Vendor Spotlight: Canterbury Tack
Colorado’s newest mobile boutique tack shop is all over the Colorado Circuit showing customers their tried and true brands and featuring the latest MUST-HAVE products for fall & beyond. HH sat down with owner/founder Megan Maxwell for a little insight into her vision for Canterbury Tack.
By: HH Contributor Kristina McCombie
HH: How did Canterbury Tack originate, and what was the inspiration?
MM: Last fall I was becoming increasingly unhappy and unsatisfied in my career. At this time, I also became frustrated that certain riding brands either required a long drive or ordering online. As I began casually talking about this with my barn family it became apparent that I was not the only one feeling the frustration, and that there was a legitimate gap in the market… especially the CHJA market. So when I had finally made the decision to switch careers it came together rather quickly. I left my previous job in February and was receiving inventory by May. I get asked a lot about where I came up with the name Canterbury. The name, and my overall inspiration for the shop, came from my minor obsession with the English country lifestyle, or at least how I perceive it to be (which is probably not at all how it is-hahaha)!
HH: What makes Canterbury Tack different than other retailers?
MM: Canterbury offers a boutique shopping experience, that is intended to offer shoppers more of a luxury retail shopping service. We have even put together custom outfits for customers (including items that are not necessarily in the shop), similar to a personal shopper or stylist. Canterbury also offers barn visits/trunk shows. What that means is we can be booked at any barn for private shopping events. We will also personally deliver items to customers at their barns to try products on themselves or their horse(s).
HH: What brands do you carry? What is your #1 must have product in the store?
MM: We carry a variety of products at different price points. A few of the brands we carry (we are always adding more) are Tailored Sportsman, RJ Classics, Equine Couture, Samshield, Back on Track, Majyk Equipe, Lettia, Anique Equestrian, Kerrits, Haas Brushes, Kavalkade, Lilo Leather Goods, C4 Belts, Ronner Design, Tucker Tweed, HDR, Cowboy Magic, as well as Carr & Day & Martin. Our #1 must have is a toss up between our customizable Lilo belts, which we size to fit, or the new Anique sunshirts which also make a great base layer.
HH: Where can we find you the rest of the season?
MM: We will be at Blue Cloud, Fox Hill, Fall Finale, and Medal Finals. We will also be at the January IEA show, and have been asked to attend a driving event at CHP the last week of September. If you are unable to catch us at one of these events you can always book a barn visit or shop online at our website www.canterburytack.com.
HH: If you could ride any horse dead or alive, who would it be?
MM: This is a hard question and I am not sure I could pick one, so I will give you four; My horses Bear, Snowman, Totilas, and Gold Rush.