And the winner is: Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Saddlery! Jennifer made this detailed gaming bridle for MEPSA, where she is familiar to fellow showers for not only her excellent tack, but her great photo set-ups. Jennifer has a popular and very interesting blog at http://braymere.blogspot.com/ She is usually busy with commission work, but if you're very lucky, you may be able to find a spot on her list.
Mary Lineman made this stock show halter and lead rope in a really pretty, soft, light leather, with silver buckle accent. The lead rope is nice and long, so you can position your handler lots of ways. Mary usually only produces tack for herself, but her success in the contest might mean she'll make some available for sale before long. Thank you, Mary!
Here is an authentic and lovely Russian historical bridle- the kind you may see on a Don horse, ridden by nobility. I have seen this in person, and I can't tell you how truly beautiful it is! Jill Aman made this for us at MEPSA. You can see her astounding gallery of work here: http://www.modelhorsecostumes.com/ on her website. I was amazed as I checked out all the neat things there!
A historical Muscovite Boyar bridle with leadline for light warmblood type horses.
Large Traditional size- made on the Peter Stone Thoroughbred but also fits Lonesome Glory/Proud Arabian Stallion/similar large-headed horses. Not for horses with wide-set ears
Simulated gilted copper (gold leather) with dark brown leather straps
Many dozens of individual decorations- gold sharksteeth tops w/ handpainted semiprecious "stones"
Fancy browband and noseband medallions with Ro Rondo conchos and Swarovski crystals
18 goldtone drops on bridle
Working fancy tongue buckles
Armored silver painted metal reins
Cast snaffle bit
Red leather leadline is over 1 foot long
This excellently designed and fitted Chips scale halter was entered by Stephanie Michel. This was a prototype she had done, and then has not had time to do any more tack. You may know Stephanie for her gorgeous custom work! Thank you Stephanie, for supporting MEPSA!
The black set of bridle and breastcollar is by Gabrielle Holst-Kirkegaard, a MEPSA shower, as well as a tackmaker. She has made many brdle and breastcollar sets in different colors and designs. Gabrielle also does web design- her site is: http://gahoki.com/