Manufacturer: Miller's Collegiate (View all products by Unknown)
Model: Plain Raised Hunter Bridle w/ Laced Reins (View all n/a reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I have 4 of these bridles. The first was given to me in 2019, and I paid around the $30 range for the other three on eBay and TackTackRoom. They are all at least 20-25 years old.
Likes: These are all very nice bridles considering they were originally made for a lower-mid grade price point! They are nicer than the current lineup of Collegiate bridles (and the same can be said about the saddles as well), and the leather softens up nicely, and does not have the painted on/color corrected finish most inexpensive bridles have. I also love the oakbark color three of mine are (with the last being a dark Havana which is also pretty, but oakbark is my favorite).
Dislikes: Mostly the fact that they are sadly no longer available, and hard to find used! While the Collegiate brand is still around, the current products are not the same. I would love for a comparable bridle in a lower-mid grade price point to still be available today! One of mine that came to me in bad shape had some rust on the hardware and some dry and brittle spots (of which parts I replaced), but considering the other three are fine, I think that was due to a lack of care and having sat forgotten about in a barn for about a decade and a half.
Quality: These are very well made bridles for the price point. The leather has a nice, supple feel to it (it reminds me of older Bobby's from years ago, older Ovation from the hazelnut era in which their bridles looked similar to the Edgewoods, and Harmohn Kraft tack), and as I stated before, doesn't have the painted on/color corrected finish so many bridles these days have, especially at a lower price point.
Summary: These are nice quality schooling bridles (which could probably clean up to go to lower level shows as well) that can't be beat, especially for the price. Like the saddles of the same vintage, they are extremely resilient, good quality, and were a great value in their day. No, they are not Edgewoods, but they are much better than the vast majority of the current lower-mid priced ($150-ish) bridle selection.
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