Blake Goods delivers.

Blake Goods Belt; PC Shannen Smyth Photography

Equestrians know a thing or two about leather goods. We outfit our horses in expensive leather tack and equipment. We ride in leather gloves, chaps and boots. We have high expectations when it comes to leather quality and durability, and equally high expectations when it comes to its aesthetics. When Jessie Lochrie founded Blake Goods, she knew exactly the sort of equestrian-inspired leather belt she wanted to bring to both the mainstream and equestrian markets. A crucial component of bringing her vision to life is key business partnerships. Blake Goods has joined forces with a master tannery that has been producing old-world bridle leather for over 150 years and an expert equestrian leatherwork American factory that can bring her modern design visions to life. The result is a “durable, beautiful leather good” that is strong enough for your horse, but stylish enough for you.

I received the Center Bar Belt in jet (black) and brass. It also comes in a caramel leather, with brass buckle. The belt is 1″ wide, which means it fits all the different size belt loops on my breeches and jeans. It also is the perfect size for one of my equestrian belt bags (as pictured) so I was pretty excited about that! The belt design is clean and modern, and the leather is high quality, as promised. The black color has remained true and has not bled onto my tan breeches. One reviewer mentioned the leather was stiff for a few days, but I did not notice this at all. I have only had this belt for a month, but I have worn it many times to the barn and I have also worn it out to dinner with friends. It pairs nicely with jeans and heels. This belt is currently priced at $85.

Also worth mentioning is the Circle Belt. It is currently the most popular item on the website. The belt is fully adjustable and does not have any traditional belt holes. It is a slightly wider than my belt, at 1.5″. It also comes in jet and caramel leather, as well as a nickel option for the circle hardware. I think this belt would look really cute around a maxi dress.

Some worthwhile notes! 1. Sizing. Pay attention to the sizing guide. Size up, especially if you are on the fence. These belts will not stretch significantly over time. My belt is a size 32 for reference. 2. All belts are made from vegetable tanned leather and are eco-friendly. Yay! 3. There are sample sizes on the website here selling for $55! Don’t miss out!

Meet C&C Signature

C&C Signature (“C&C”) is an equestrian company based out of Virginia that has two divisions, Filly Finery (custom-made fly bonnets, embroidered goods, vinyl decals and other similar accessories) and Cheval Classique (tack and leather goods). Owners Chloe and Carly began C&C officially in 2016, but have been working on the concept and designs since 2014. Chloe and Carly strive to bring you A-circuit quality and classical style, with modern trends, at a price point affordable for every rider.

If you need a new bridle, look no further. In fact, even if you don’t need a new bridle but you are tired of changing out bits, or cleaning your everyday bridle for the show ring, then seriously, you need to keep reading this review.  YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER BRIDLE FOR THIS PRICE. My previous bridle was more than double this price and there is no difference (to my eyes) in the quality or stitching. I promise you I will always look to C&C first for leather tack going forward. In fact, Chloe is in desperate need of a new leather halter and I plan to purchase this one !


Chloe has been using the Cheval Classique fancy stitch traditional bridle with removable flash, as pictured herein. When I first opened the package, I was blown away by how nice the bridle was. Truly, the bridle is so reasonably priced that I just wasn’t expecting to find such attention to detail with an obvious emphasis on the horse’s comfort.  The leather is gorgeous and soft and the fancy stitching on the browband and noseband is beautiful. There is ample padding where your horse appreciates it most: crownpiece, browband, noseband, and noseband buckle guard. The crownpiece is anatomically contoured and there are ear cut outs to help with the release of pressure from your horse’s head, neck and poll. I appreciated that the leather was already dark (2 colors to choose from; I chose Havana) and I didn’t have to soak it in warm neatsfoot oil like I did my last bridle. I also liked how supple it was – I put it together in record time (for me). I am the worst at swapping bits out – seriously it takes me forever to work the leather. This leather, however, is like butter. I am not sure that is something that most people comment on normally, but I imagine that Chloe, my horse, appreciates the softness since it is wrapped all around her pretty face.

The first few weeks that I had the bridle at the barn, I had so many compliments and questions about it. People inquired about it and when I told them the price, they were blown away. In fact, my trainer purchased the same bridle for her new prospect! You can scoop this bridle AND the reins for $140. Yes, that price includes the reins. You can choose between leather or rubber. I chose the rubber reins because I had been contemplating buying a pair for rainy jumper days anyway. Like the bridle, the reins were super nice, with fancy raised leather stitching at the base and built-in leather martingale stoppers. I honestly haven’t owned a pair of rubber reins with fancy stitching before so I was super impressed. It really is the little things!


As mentioned, there is a clear focus on the horse in C&C’s bridle designs with the extra padding and anatomical monocrown with ear cutouts. Additionally, the leather goes through a more natural process for tanning, without the use of chromium and other harsh chemicals. The rider shouldn’t feel left out, however, because the affordability of these leather goods, without loss in overall quality, is a major win and something you don’t often find in the equestrian world. I LOVE that this bridle is from a small company and I look forward to continue to support C&C.

To browse more C&C, click HERE.



Rubber reins, yet still so fancy!