You can read my recap of Equifest here for Friday evening and Saturday here. Sunday’s recap will be out later this week.
Like any good big show there were a whole lot of vendors at Equifest with some awesome bargains. I wasn’t planning on buying any big-ticket items but put aside some money for small bits and pieces.
All the big shops like Saddlery Warehouse, TackShop and Canterbury Equestrian were there as well as small, independent retailers. The options were amazing.
One of the big things I noticed at this show is the change in fashion since I was last competing a few years ago. Bling is all the rage. Helmets, show shirts, bridles and saddle pads are dripping in it. I’m not super into bling, I prefer a cool coloured horse with more subtle saddlery then the other way around so I steered clear of it. Le Mieux is super popular too with so many people riding with those saddle pads. I prefer saddle pads with big quilting rather than small quilting but I really love the matching boots and bonnets they are known for.
Anyway, here is my little haul! I am stoaked.
Here’s the rundown:
- 1 x black Enzo saddle pad – $20
- 1 x merlot Roma saddle pad – $30 (down from $70)
- 1 x white no brand saddle pad – $15
- 2 x 2L White colour enhancing shampoo – $9.95 each (down from $20 each)
- 1 x Prima Safety Ties – $7.99 (down from $9.99 each)
- 1 x Horze Short Sleeve Show Shirt Navy Blue – $28.00 (half price)
- 1 x Horze Short Sleeve Show Shirt Bright Blue – $35.00 (25% off)
- 1 x Horze Long Sleeve Show Shirt White – $32.50 (half price)
- 3 x white grooming chalk – $2.99 each (down from $6.99)
- Schooling whip – $10.00
- 3 x cohesive bandage – $1.99 each (down from $2.99)
My favourite buys are probably the Horze Paige Show Shirts. I was actually hoping to find the long sleeve version of the bright blue shirt before coming to the show because I want it as my cross country shirt but they didn’t have my size. But I love the colour so I got the short sleeve one anyway – well actually its technically my Christmas present from mum so I have to wrap it up and put it under my Christmas tree.
The other two shirts were the best bargain I got on the Sunday. They were down to half price which was way better then the 25% I got off the bright blue shirt the day before so I snapped them up.
I was also pretty stoaked to get all that shampoo for so cheap. Its technically expired but I don’t think that matters and you need as much whitening shampoo as you can get when you have a grey horse.
Sadly my schooling whip went up against my car door and lost – it wasn’t in the car fully and I shut it in the car door a few times before I realised and it broke near the tip but it’s still usable so oh well.
So there you are, my little haul from Equifest. I’m going to need to start saving my pennies for Horse of the Year in March – the shopping there will be even better.