As an essentially born and raised hunter rider, there’s nothing I like more when it comes to turn out than a simple and classic look.

It’s not as easy to put together as it may seem. There’s a certain kind of elegance that exists only in the hunter ring. Our tack is there only to assist our horse in the simplest ways, and to never take away from his timeless stature or natural ability.

Arc de Triomphe, or ADT Tack (, has been a premier brand for leather bridles, saddles and accessories in the hunter and jumper worlds for decades. I was lucky enough to ride in one of their best-selling products recently, the Imperial Bridle – and it was as drool-worthy as I ever could have hoped for.

It’s difficult to truly gauge the attention to detail that goes into crafting a simple, but well-made hunter bridle just by looking at pictures on a website. When the bridle arrived and I was able to take it out of the box, I was impressed by the quality of the soft, supple and padded leather, as well as the ornate stitching that added just a subtle, refined look to the otherwise fairly standard fit of the bridle.

Arc de Triomphe uses “full grain” leather hides to make their products and never-rust

stainless steel buckles from Herm Sprenger in Germany. The thin brow and nose bands on the Imperial bridle are padded, and the fancy laced reins are delicate but durable.

I tried the bridle on a young two-year-old sales horse at the farm that had a fairly big and block-type head. Basically, he didn’t have a naturally refined hunter look just yet. But the bridle effortlessly changed the entire look of his head. It was easy to fit and even easier to use under saddle. Friends in the barn stopped me to admire the bridle (and maybe the horse) too on our way to the arena.

The overall quality of the Imperial bridle is something I would save to show off at competitions rather than subjecting it to everyday wear. Not to say this bridle couldn’t hold up to every day use, but it’s just too nice for that. This is a piece of tack that you’ll want to pull out when you want to look your absolute finest – and the quality and fit make Arc De Triomphe an easy choice for your go-to choice for tack.

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