Beval Saddlery in New Canaan To Close


After more than 30 years, Beval Saddlery is closing its New Canaan store, officials say.

Beval Saddlery is closing its location at 50 Pine St. in New Canaan. Credit: Michael Dinan

According to a sign on the Pine Street business’s door, the provider of equestrian riding equipment, apparel and supplies is to continue its North Salem, N.Y. and Gladstone, N.J. stores while closing the one here.

“We’re excited for this change and look forward to serving our customers in these existing locations, both centered at the heart of two strong equestrian communities,” the sign said. “In addition, our mobile store will be hitting the road to meet you at shows beginning in May.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why the store is closing—Beval’s owners were not immediately available for on-the-record comment.

The business will continue to offer its products and support through its website.

“We appreciate your understanding and patience through this transition and look forward to seeing you soon,” the sign said.

Beval registered with the state as a business in April 1987, the records show.

It long has occupied the single-story brick building in the middle of Pine Street, a burgeoning commercial hub in New Canaan that’s anchored by businesses such as Zumbach’s Coffee and has seen the launch in recent years of Oxygen Fitness, South End Restaurant, Pine Street Concessions and CT Sandwich Co., as well as Mrs. Green’s (since closed).

In September 2014, the town issued a permit for an estimated $150,000 in interior renovations at the roomy shop.

The name ‘Beval’ is a combination of ‘Bev’ Walter, an occupational therapist and polo player who started creating saddles in 1955 in his garage in Bernardsville, N.J. with his partner, ‘Al,’ according to a history on the company’s website.

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