Top Stocks are here to help you find the perfect gift for the equestrian in your life
Christmas is coming! Yes, there are only 6 weeks to go, but don’t panic – Here are a few of my favourite items which are sure to be the perfect present.
Just in are the new cream coloured competition Agaso Cambridge breeches. I have stocked the everyday colours – anthracite, navy and mid grey – for a while and they have all proved very popular. The cream ones have been eagerly awaited. These are fantastic super comfortable breeches made with 4 way stretch, water repellent technical fabric, silicon full seat (gives a secure grip without being over the top sticky so you can still move in the saddle), slightly higher waisted with a wide waistband and no bulk stretch ankle cuffs. All colours are available in 24″-32″ and in short fit (for those shorter than 5″6″) and regular for those over 5′ 6″. These would be ideal for those wet hunting days, or competitions.
For a spot of luxury, with practical sportswear properties there is the Findra range – tops, baselayers, headbands and bobble hats. Popular with riders have been the Betty neckwarmers in a myriad of fantastic colours – perfect hacking out gear if it’s a bit chilly to spot the cold seeping in. And the tops are great for layering up without bulk. The merino yarn that is used for the Findra range is an Italian sport merino that has the most amazing antibacterial and heat regulating properties, so it is not just for cold weather. With super fine weight, seamless knitting technology, thumbholes and shaped back seams these are true sportswear garments – designed for cycling, walking, running, and of course, horse riding. Made in the UK they are definetely fit for purpose!
Silk or cotton riding stocks and stock pins make perfect stocking fillers – stocks range from £25-38, and pins £10-60.
The stocks are all made with high quality fabrics in natural fibres – cotton, tana lawn cotton and silk.
Many designs are available – florals, geometric, stripes, spots, etc, in almost every conceivable colour range. All handmade in small runs, giving the rider a sense of true individuality, especially if paired up with an often one off vintage stock pin.
To match to your tweed you can pick out colours – there are often stripes or checks within the tweed – and accentuate these by picking a stock that highlights these colours. Keepers tweed is the easiest as everything goes with it – go contrasting with blues or reds, or tonal with greens or browns.
For those who prefer a navy or black show jacket (or get to wear tails!), or hunt coat, there is a wide range of whites, creams and ivories. To really stand out from the crowd pick a silk stock with embroidery or beadwork. For the traditionalists there are plain silks and white on white or white on ecru cotton prints. These are nice and subtle but just that bit different from completely plain. All stocks come in a gift box which makes for handy storage, and a ‘how to tie your new stock’ illustration card. There is also a brilliant master class video, kindly shared by the Vintage Tackroom, on the website if anyone needs a reminder.
For the ultimate finishing touch how about a vintage stock pin? Gold or silver with pearls, coloured gemstones, or plain – there is a comprehensive range at www.top-stocks.co.uk. Favourites include the rich, intense blues of butterfly wing cabachon(perfect with a white or cream stock and a navy show jacket/hunt coat), agates including Connemara marble, and the ever popular pearls, marcasites, and diamante. Again the pins come in a smart storage box so you can keep your pin safe for its next outing.