Does the prospect of bidding — and winning — on some swag excite you? Have you ever found yourself wishing you could bring home some gear used by members of the U.S. Eventing Team at an international competition? Or do you just find yourself having an ever-so-slight addiction to shopping (guilty). If you answered YES to any of these questions, and you’ll be attending the Best. Event. Ever. today for cross country, then you have to stop by the silent auction shed.
Have you heard? Boyd Martin’s Charles Owen helmet that was worn during cross country at this year’s World Equestrian Games is being offered as part of PFHT’s silent auction. And, he’s kindly autographed it for the lucky new owner. While Boyd’s helmet most likely does not contain any special magical powers to help you ride cross country like he does — that would be totally awesome though, right? — it does look super awesome.
And you won’t have to ride in it like you stole it because you have the chance to legitimately buy it. Side note: I personally LOVE the USA embroidered on the front of the helmet cover. But that shouldn’t really surprise anyone, should it? #murica
Up next is a non-slip saddle pad used on Trading Aces by Phillip Dutton at the World Equestrian Games. As with Boyd’s helmet, Phillip also quite graciously autographed the saddle pad for its new owner. The pad also features a Land Rover patch, as well as the American flag for all of those riders who are completely “Go Team USA” at heart. Now the lucky new owner of the saddle pad may want to use it or just hang it up to look at. Either way, it’s a pretty awesome looking pad!
Another cool item up for bid is a custom bling browband, created by Bark n’ Bling, which comes in Plantation Field’s colors of blue and orange. If the lucky winner chooses though, they can request to have different colors used for their own browband. And who doesn’t love a little extra bling on their bridle?
I also spied a Perri’s Leather gift basket available as well. The gift basket is pink-themed, which is perfectly timed for the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October, not to mention all your eventers out there who rock pick on cross-country day. I personally like the pretty cool outdoor-themed pink saddle pad included in the basket.
There was also a HUGE gift basket containing Mane ‘n Tail products. Let’s face it — horses. get. dirty. But if you bring home a big ‘ole basket of Mane ‘n Tail, you’ll have many products at your beck and call to scrub and shine your horse up a bit. And with the muddy season coming up, you may need every bit of clean you can get.
A completely lovely Middy N’ Me shirt is also available for purchase. It offers clean, elegant lines, and the inside of the collar and ends of the sleeves have a lovely fox pattern. It could just be a perfect gift for that fox hunter that you know!
Need a new bridle, or even a leather halter? Fear not, because there is a WHOLE ROW of Nunn Finer bridles that are available to bid on. Anything from a blingy dressage bridle to a figure 8 bridle is up for grabs.
Looking for a new cross country saddle? Well, there is a completely gorgeous looking Zaria Optimum saddle with a Biomex Seat from Stubben that is also part of the Silent Auction. This particular saddle retails for over $4,000, and I personally love the contrasting colors of the leather. It looks freaking fantastic. Just saying.
And, there is a new wheelbarrow that is filled with goodies for your dog — this is such a selfless purchase waiting to be bid on if I’ve ever seen one. A wheelbarrow for farm work, and a bed and many other items to pamper your pup with. Remember — you’re not really buying it for yourself. You’re just trying to spoil your dog a little.
Some of the other awesome swag up for grabs includes things like cross-country schooling for two at Fair Hill, a pair of Dubarry Galway boots, any Charles Owen helmet of your choice (up to a $500 value), Ariat boots, and many, many more items! The silent auction is running all day at Plantation Field, so check it out while you still can!