2003 ‘ish – Love Riding, Love Western Riding
I (Theresa) discovered Western riding and decided that I wanted an American Quarter Horse and I wanted to compete in Western riding events.. yay, however after I discovered a love for Western Riding and Quarter Horses I was horrified when I saw the show clothing that was available in the UK, really horrified!
After a little research I discovered Hobby Horse Clothing Company in the USA, while it was still a shock to the system going from Jodhpurs and Jackets to Sparkly tops, at least with Hobby Horse I knew the trends were current and there was a wide variety of choice for different tastes and budgets.
2006 – Rhinestone is Born
Initially we (yes I have now entangled my husband Mark into my horse riding hobby and now business) started out concentrating on Western Show clothing and Western boots, we started with Hobby Horse for Show Clothing and Ariat for boots and have never looked back.
2008 – Must fix the hat situation!
We had show clothing and boots sorted but hats were letting all of us on the show circuit down, they were bad, very bad! So we flew Trent Johnson, owner of Greeley Hatworks, over along with a selection of his quality hats. You won’t find any dodgy wool hats in our store and Trent regularly visits the UK to take care of your hat needs, in fact he will next visit in August when we take the Rhinestone (and SQH tack) store to the WES Champs… keep an eye on our blog or Facebook page for more info.
2009 – Onwards...
At this point in our story we have you covered for the show ring, but what about outside the ring? Back to our research.. we first identified Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel (OSWSA) as a leading western clothing manufacturer here in Europe, they have a range of innovative designs in high quality materials which have been a hit ever since we first introduced the range to the UK.
Then we discovered Longhorn Jeans, classic, simple and understated which is why they continue to be a firm favourite with our customers.
In 2010 an up and coming western fashion brand caught our eye, Cowgirl Tuff, we thought their jeans, t-shirts and sweaters would be perfect for our UK customers.
Our most recent addition is Cowgirls for a Cause, not only do we love the clothing we love their ethos you can read more about them in our blog.
Over the years we have also increasingly carried clothing, including jeans, jackets, shirts and tees, from the Ariat range which meets the high standard of performance, innovation and style that we love about Ariat.
2013 - That’s our story so far…
We continue to look for new designs so that you can look amazing while doing the things you love (if you're one of our customers that most probably involves horses!).