December 2019 - Holiday Gift Guide
Written by CRM
Sunday, 01 December 2019 09:44
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Last minute gift-giving ideas!

Look Holiday Haute | Ride Cool

Made of recycled water bottles, and featuring anti-bacterial and wicking performance technology, as well as UPF 50 sun protection built right into the fabric, these luxury performance shirts will keep you looking good and feeling good all year and in all climates.  


Fashionable & flattering enough for the barn or the bistro, An Capall polos are soft, comfortable and they fit all body types like a dream. They have an outstanding level of breathability that keeps you comfortable even on the hottest day. And they feature stretch comfort with slight compression to give the most flattering fit that will hold its shape and not ride up no matter how many horses you ride a day.

Best of all, they are machine washable, quick drying, and never need ironing ever! Made proudly in the USA.

Merry, Bright & Beneficial

The Kenyan Collection offers dog collars, browbands and belts beaded by the mamas of the Maasai Tribe in Kenya.  In the Maasai culture, the beaded creations they wear say something about who wears them - age, marital status, social status, special events in their life (like a new bride). With guidance from a talented leather worker/designer, the mamas were given the opportunity to use their natural sense of color and design to create these.

Muck Boots

Most equestrians are in that rare category of people who get excited about extremely practical gifts. The Original Muck Boot Company offers exactly that. The turning-20 years old brand has a wide line, highlighted by the Derby, a pull-on with a stirrup-ready design that’s also stylish enough to wear into town after riding and barn chores. Work-only days are well suited for the Chore Boot line. These are comfortable, rugged boots for rugged tasks in rugged weather. The Classic Chore Wide Calf edition features blaze yellow high visibility linings for additional safety, plus a steel toe and non-metallic plate for additional protection. 

Lock It Down!

Tack and equipment theft is a crummy topic to think about during the holidays, but unfortunately, it’s a timely topic year-round. Perhaps more so this time of year with thieves counting on people being too distracted to carefully secure their valuables.

Padlocks on tack trunks, tack room doors, trailer compartments and elsewhere can help, but that means remembering the combination and preventing it from being shared with the wrong people.

The mainstream product, Tapplock one+, has many applications in the stable environment. It is a “smart padlock” that opens with a touch of the finger and can store up to 500 fingerprints to allow others access. The hi-tech lock has a waterproof rating of IP67, meaning it can be used outdoors and unlocked in any weather conditions and users can utilize the Tapplock app to manage other users, track the access history of the lock and grant mobile access to others via a Bluetooth feature. The finger print ID opens the lock in .8 of a second.

Riding For The Team

The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s Riding For The Team features the stories of 47 athletes who have served on championship teams for the United States in all eight international disciplines. Edited by renowned equestrian journalist Nancy Jaffer, it recounts their struggles, triumphs, and journeys to the top of the sport. Highlighted by fantastic photographs, the 302-page coffee table book also includes behind-the-scenes moments and images of top riders in their younger years, such as Margie Engle’s pony ride as a five-year-old and Phillip Dutton in his Australian Pony Club days.

It’s the third in a series: The first version, also edited by Jaffer, covered 1976 to 1990. That version followed on from The USET Book of Riding: The First Quarter Century of the USET, by the late Olympic gold medalist show jumper and USET chairman emeritus William Steinkraus.

The book is published by Trafalgar Square Books and can be purchased on the USET Foundation website, Proceeds benefit the Foundation. The limited edition with a slip cover is $70; and the standard edition is $40.

We have a copy of this book available for review! If you’d like to review it for a future issue of California Riding Magazine, and get to keep the book in return, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . First come, first served. Must live in California. (We also have several other books available! View them here:

A Beautiful Book

An Illustrated History of Equestrian Sports: Dressage, Jumping, Eventing documents the history of competitive horse riding through fascinating stories and record-breaking events. Organized by decade, with both the individual and team achievements listed across the sport’s three Olympic disciplines—showjumping, dressage, and eventing—the coverage in this coffee-table quality volume begins when the sport first appeared in the 1912 Olympic Games and continues through present-day competitions.

It includes portraits and profiles of some of the sport’s most ground-breaking equestrians: show jumper Bill Steinkraus, dressage star Charlotte Dujardin and show jumper Kevin Staut among them. A perfect gift for fans and students of the sport – of all ages—the book includes previously unpublished information, archival photography and memorable anecdotes.   

Published by Flammarion with the International Equestrian Federation’s blessing, the book was written by Marie de Pellegars-Malhortie and Benoit Capdebarthes. “It becomes apparent that each of these exceptional riders has a touch of madness, a hint of genius, deep resolve, a singular gift and the tenacity to overcome every challenge,” the authors write in the forward. “By recounting the development of the sport through anecdotes and reminiscences, we hope to give readers a sense of participating in every great equestrian contest since the Stockholm Olympics of 1912.”

The book is widely available: