What a year. I think that’s all we can say to begin our conversations out at the shows. Troy and I are here in Eugene Oregon for the OQHA Summer Classic. The weather is lovely and we are starting to view our. Friends and customers in a whole new light with what they look like with masks. The. One thing that everyone says is how happy they are to be out showing and being with their horses and horse family. We could not be more impressed with how the show management has worked so hard to make this event happen. So much behind the scenes. When we arrived Kari and her amazing crew were cleaning the stalls so that the competitors could arrive earlier as the complex had a big show just finishing. They would not allow vendors inside, so we are set up in the parking lot, but they have put up signs letting everyone know where we are. We are very thankful to her team. We at Kathy’s and Sterling are so happy to be on the road again! We leave here and have a few days off then to NSBA and on to Reno. I will be writing to you as we go! Stacy aka Tackgodess
One of the questions that I get the most is: What is the difference between Kathy’s Congress Cut and Kathy’s Regular Cut??
Well, lemme tell ya…Kathy’s regular cut halter has been a standard style for show halters from way back, it has straight leather with silver that goes all the way across the nose and cheek from end to end. We have changed the design to include the leather pieces between the nose and cheek which we call..1/2 moons..which you may add silver to. The Congress Cut of course started with Kathy’s when she originally set up at the Quarter Horse Congress…many, many years ago. It has a wider tapered leather cheek and nose and the silver is shorter and wider. It also has the 1/2 moons on it so you can add the silver pieces there also. The regular cut looks great on most all horses and is really sharp for showmanship and any halter class. You might change to a congress cut, it you want to maybe shorten up your horses face a little, it is sorta like wearing black pants…it makes everybody look better…same with the congress cut.
You will see most big trainers using the congress cut in halter classes, but we have seen quite an uptick in them using the regular cut over the last 6 months. What it comes down to is buy what you like and you are happy with and make sure that if fits properly…that is a huge pet peeve of mine. Any of our halters will look great on your horse if it is adjusted properly. And like clothes sometimes you have to make some alterations. That is what we do at Kathy’s…so if you try one of our halters on and it does not fit just right, let us know and get me some pictures and we will make the adjustments for you. Also, take a look at the video on the web site on with trainers Brian and Dena Raggio on how to fit them properly and how adjustable they are! Hope that helps… if you have more questions just give me an email or message me on facebook!
All the best! The Tackgodess
So here at Kathy's we offer both Sterling Overlay silver and our Santana Silver plate. So which do you choose? What is the difference? What will I be happy with?
First off lets talk about the difference, sterling overlay has been the standard of the industry for many years. What Kathy's uses, which is not always what other companies use, is 25% solid sterling silver that is bonded onto a metal base. We bond it to the metal for strength and durability and can come in different gauges depending on what we will be building.
With Sterling Overlay you will have to clean it as it will tarnish, but it will last a lifetime! It is an investment in your show equipment that you will always have and will retain its value. Even 40 years later we can take older Kathy's halters and steam clean them and mount them on new leather and they will be brand new! Of course anything that will last this long will cost you more in the initial investment, but will pay off in the long run.
Kathy's Santana silver plate, this is a great product that will last a long time if you take the correct care. But, it is not a lifetime product, it can last a lifetime, but it is not a guarantee. Our silver plate is a hand engraved metal that is then electroplated with 5 microns of pure powdered silver. It is then covered with a lacquer coating to protect it. You DO NOT clean it with any abrasive products or it will impregnate the coating and can turn ugly! We recommend a good wipe down with a damp cloth after showing and wipe it completely dry before putting it in your halter bag. Moisture is its enemy as we find those that live in a drier climate have less issues. You can still have problems and sometimes we honestly do not know why...one of life's mysteries..
We do give you a one year warranty on them to start. On our silver plate we do re plate them all the time, which NO other company will do!
In summary, which do you buy? Well we always recommend that you buy the best, but that is really not reality for most of us. I know personally that our Santana halters are the best out there as we have so many of our customers tell us so. We have actual hoarders out there! You know who you are! And thank you for that! Our leather on the halters, sizing etc is exactly the same on both, so the only difference is the silver. We have so many fun and fresh designs in the Santana halters that will be timeless for you, but if you do get tired of it they are priced well enough that you can sell it and buy a new one. We also have a trade in program and layaway! If you buy the overlay, you probably will not change it up after 2 or 3 years.
So below are 2 pictures, can you tell which one is overlay and which one is Santana??
Well.....the top one is Santana and the bottom is overlay.. which will you choose?