Ask any equestrian the first thing he or she does immediately upon purchasing a new horse, and chances are the response will be: secure an equine insurance policy.  The second priority? Order a nameplate…for everything: the stall, the bridle, the halter, the saddle, the tack trunk. Anything that could possibly belong to our new companion is identified as distinctly his (at OR we are partial to geldings).

Due to the timeless desire for personalization, the popularity of the nameplate has migrated beyond the barn. Leather accessories from bracelets and belts to handbags and dog collars have all been adorned with the familiar brass plaque. Pike Road Pillow Company took this recognizable detail in yet another direction, for the home. Their limited supply Keeneland feather down pillow is an elegant twist on a precise theme without going wildly overboard. On durable Sunbrella fabric in a natural linen color, the solid brass nameplate is fastened to black grosgrain ribbon that evokes the concept of a strapped leather good. The custom nameplates are created by Albright Halters – the go-to source for Keeneland Racecourse’s prized Thoroughbreds. Choose a barn name, a farm name, a pet name, a family name, or any monogram for a thoughtful gift. We particularly like the sentimental expression of a nameplate pillow in loving memory of a once-in-a-lifetime pet.

Alternatively, you can take the lead of one of OR’s adventurous founders and discreetly tattoo your late horse’s name on your body. You don’t need a plaque for that.