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  • Abi Kroupa

Business Spotlight - European Horse Tack

So this business spotlight and product review is long overdue for my dear friend Vanessa Vidal, owner of European Horse Tack and certified USA Agent of Pioneer Boots.

Vanessa is an avid and experienced equestrian. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist and is based just outside of Atlanta Georgia. Her company European Horse Tack is the exclusive USA retail agent for Pioneer boots and other fine European tack brands. She specializes in offering equine brands and products you won’t find anywhere else in the USA, and at competitive prices.

As an active member of the dressage community, she knows equestrian fashion and did an excellent job helping me customize my show boots. She also was able to assist me in finding a fun pair of “everyday” riding boots. The BEST part of the whole process…. I was able to get two pairs of quality and comfortable riding boots that would have cost me the same for just one custom pair at other reputable brands. There was NO break in period, and nearly a year later, both my pairs of riding boots still look brand new!

Clarity and Abi Kroupa competing in custom-ordered Pioneer Poseidone Dressage Boots

Pioneer boots were founded in1975 and offer the perfect combination of tradition, innovation, and quality. Meticulously picked and sourced materials are used to craft quality products in a wide range of styles. Their new collection of boots is entirely crafted by hand and custom made in Italy and include many stylish and bold options.

My customized boots were measured (by Vanessa) and hand crafted in Italy. The model is Pioneer Poseidone Dress Boots with crystal add-ons. My boots also feature Patent Black leather with Glittery Black color accent along the back. These boots were designed for the dressage rider seeking a glamorous looking while performing at a top level. This is one of Pioneer’s most versatile dressage boots. It is handcrafted with full-grain Italian leather and features a narrow fit through the ankle area to help hold the foot in place and create a refined silhouette in the show ring. This model comes in patent leather with a full leg length glitter print panel along the backside, a fully sown and stitched leather sole, and a double spur rest.

My everyday boots are Pioneer Aurora Dress boots in navy with navy glitter stars. They are a mix of patent leather and solid calfskin leather They are a handcrafted and sophisticated dress boot that molds to your calves for a personalized fit and minimal to no break-in time. The outside patent leather features 5 glittering stars, and the toe is embellished with matching Swarovski crystals and glitter ribbon.

I highly recommend European Horse Tack for your riding boot needs. She offers a large collection in various disciplines and styles. You can visit her website at or contact her directly at


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