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The backbone of Beval's reputation
Beval was created on a foundation of quality, innovation and style. We understand the importance of quality horse and riding equipment, as well as the need to provide the style and comfort riders yearn for in their competitive equestrian endeavors.
THE BEVAL TEAM
In addition to offering superior equestrian riding equipment, apparel, and supplies, we are also proud to offer the best in customer service. Our friendly workshop staff and retail store associates combine top notch craftsmanship and attention to detail in everything they do.
HISTORY OF BEVAL
What makes Beval Saddlery so unique?
At the heart of Beval is one man’s love for horses and his enduring determination for the right fit. Bev Walter, an occupational therapist and polo player back stateside from the Korean War, began crafting saddles in 1955 in his garage in Bernardsville, New Jersey (along with his business partner Al, hence the name “Beval”).
Saddlery came naturally; it was an extension of the small leather goods shop he’d created overseas to help his fellow servicemen heal. Soon Bev traveled to horse shows to offer on-site repairs and strap goods to competitive equestrians.
At the time, American saddles were fit to the rider, with little consideration for the comfort of the horse. Bev sought high-quality strap goods that were equal parts functional for and tailored to horse and rider — without compromising classic beauty. Sourcing materials directly from England, land of the world’s finest leather goods in those days, Bev created the Gladstone line. The first line set a lasting industry standard with his triple-fit model: fit for the rider, fit for the horse, fit for the job. A signature of the Gladstone saddle was a “numbered tree” system that accounted for changes in a rider and horse over time by adjusting the saddle, not the horse.
Saddles to follow included the Devon, the World Cup, the LTD, the Short Stirrup, the Natural, the Princeton, and the Stamford; each was customized to accommodate a range of equestrians, from the smallest leadline competitor to the top Hunter and Grand Prix jumper riders. Even today, Beval saddles are virtually unchanged from their original designs — and endure as the elegant choice of countless professionals.
Equipping champion show horses and riders made Beval a niche leader. This experience informed a new generation of needs-driven innovation. A successful junior rider with an entrepreneurial eye, Bev’s son, Mark, witnessed first-hand the invaluable top-of- mind convenience of a saddlery at shows and the limitations of temporary stands. Mark Walter’s vision was realized in a fully customized tractor-trailer chockablock with every item a competitor might need.
Starting the year and traveling the “A circuit” north from Wellington, Florida, the Beval Mobile Unit has become the de facto “local” tack shop for top exhibitors living on the road.
Though Beval was unique in shifting attention to the horse, they did not abandon the rider. Rather, they cultivated a stylish, comfortable appearance for show rings and hunt fields alike, introducing innovative apparel like the double-vented show coat and stretch breeches. People came to Bernardsville from throughout the East Coast riding community to be outfitted in the most fashionable show attire — what came to be known as “the Beval look.”
Sixty years later, Beval has grown its retail presence to flagships in Gladstone, New Jersey; New Canaan, Connecticut; and North Salem, New York; seasonal locations in Wellington, Florida (January–March); and Saugerties, New York (May–September); and a Mobile Unit that travels to more than 20 shows annually — all in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard’s most prestigious riding communities.
Beval products are available through retail and online outfitters, as well as a selection of the country’s finest saddleries. In addition to its proprietary leather goods and sportswear, the company carries beloved brands such as Cavalleria Toscana, Barbour and Hunter Boots.
Our Gladstone store is now home to our very active mail order and web operations. We offer in-house, full-service workshop services in our Gladstone, New Canaan and Saugerties stores, in addition to on-site workshop services at most of our mobile unit show locations. As the Beval brand has become synonymous with quality, a Wholesale division has been added to satisfy equipment demands outside our trading area. We remain committed to offering innovative designs, superior quality and value in all our product lines.
Whether you are already one of our many loyal Beval customers or new to our store, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude. It is equestrians such as yourself that have helped to make Beval Saddlery what it is today. We dedicate our continued commitment to Bev Walter and his vision by continuing to provide quality innovation and customer service to the discerning equestrian.
A foundation built on first-hand experience and excellence continues today through Beval Workshop Services, Custom Tailoring, in-house Manufacturing and Product Repair.