Beval Saddlery in Cross River is a one-stop shop for every type of horse and rider
There are no horses inside of Beval Saddlery, though you’d be forgiven if you found yourself fighting the urge to saddle up once inside. The boutique tack shop nestled in the Orchard Square shopping center in Cross River is a horse lover’s paradise, filled with everything a rider needs–and plenty they would want–to outfit themselves and their horse in style.
Beval Saddlery has been a fixture in the equestrian community since 1955, when founder Bev Walter began crafting saddles from his garage in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Walter focused on high quality goods fit for the rider, the horse and the activity. Walter’s attention to detail and use of premium materials sourced from England quickly made his products highly sought after by champion riders.
Beval has maintained brick-and-mortar locations in strong equestrian communities across the Northeast for decades, including in Bernardsville and Gladstone New Jersey as well as New Canaan, Connecticut. Most recently, the Saddlery occupied a cavernous space opposite Hayfields Market on route 121 here in North Salem. The store had to shutter its doors during the pandemic after being closed to in-person customers for eight months.
Beval’s current location in Cross River occupies a smaller footprint than its previous space in North Salem, though it maintains a comprehensive selection of well-sourced items suitable for everyone from casual riders to elite Olympic athletes. Store manager Emily Riddick, who has helmed the shop since last July, said she curates the shop’s selection to meet customer demands.
“Beval is constantly evolving,” Riddick said. “I’m trying to make everything about this store user friendly, so that we can meet everyone’s needs.” Riddick has extensive experience in client service. She grew up watching her mother run the now-closed Hampton’s Antique Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut. As an adult, she spent time working in high-end retail, including for Gucci and Stuart Weitzman, before joining Beval.
“When I saw this position open up, I thought, sales and horses, it seemed like the right fit,” said Riddick, who grew up riding. “I like talking to people and finding things that work for them. I love seeing things come together and sending customers out happy with what they purchased.”
Beval’s assortment includes items for riders, horse equipment, horse care and barn supplies. The company has its own line of branded merchandise, which includes everything from leather goods to scented candles. The shop's walls are lined with premium leather riding crops, bridles, reins and halters. There is a dedicated area for horse bits and saddles. Display tables include a selection of breeches from The Tailored Sportsman, belts from Elllany and a Beval-branded custom-scented candle, “Tack Room,” which it created in partnership with Joy in Living Candle Company. Beval also offers nameplate engraving and embroidery services, so riders can customize just about anything and everything for their horse.
Whether it’s show clients or “backyard barn” customers, Riddick says every customer who walks through the door at Beval is treated with specialized attention. “People come in and we know them. I remember their names, what they ordered, who their kids are. I see them at shows, or at their barns…we end up at the same places. It’s very community minded.”
Beval Saddlery, located at 20 N. Salem Road in Cross River, is open Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Inquiries: 914.875.9418