In 2008 when I had jewellery shops in the Scottish Borders, I was asked to make a bespoke farriers nail necklace for a 21st birthday. From then on every so often I discussed the idea of making a range based solely on the Farriers Nail. However the time was never quite right and the idea always ended up being put to one side.
In early 2015 having moved back to my home village in Perthshire, I found it increasingly hard to find unusual British jewellery of good quality without the price tag of a named brand. After a very frustrating trip to the Scottish Trade Fair I decided to take a leap of blind faith and try to produce our own range inspired by the farrier nail.
Our starting point to get the scales /proportions right was to ask the local Farrier and old friend George West for a few Nails. My first pony was kept on Georges farm and in turn he learnt to shoe on my first horse, more years ago then either of us will admit to. The first few items were some very simple pendants and earrings. These products formed the basis of our classic range, I rounded up a few friends took some photographs with a borrowed horse and a dog or two. Little did I know that some 18 months later it would be these core lines that we would be making for the Spanish Riding School of Vienna's retail outlet. I chose a name which would reflect the products roots and ethnicity, Tarrag the Gaelic for nail and Naegel the old English for nail. In July I held a charity launch evening prior to putting it in the shop....... disaster, sadly I picked the fine evening of the whole summer of 2015 and the event fell somewhat flat as I could not compete with the sun. Undeterred I had made a little money for Cancer Research and was able to see the flexibility of the range on our catwalk models. The next day I popped the new stock in the window and waited......slowly I began to have people come looking for our product.
The products were well received and we have had a great deal of support from the local community, many pieces going across the globe. I can say I have sold to Australia, Canada, America, Germany and from Orkney to Hampshire. In the spring of 2016 I decided to try a few outside events the first of which was Perth Races. The very first piece I sold was to be engraved and had the additions of birthstones to celebrate the birth of a new baby. This was a real milestone, I realised we had made a quality product which lent itself to being very easy to personalise. A few events later I realised I had something very special and decided to give up the shop. In late 2016 making Tarrag Naegel its own company and moving forward to just doing events. Since then I have been as far south as Malton for the Racing Welfare open day, have enjoyed our first Blair horse trial and gained a few well known customers from the racing world. My collections have grown to "Tarrag Naegel with a Twist", the "Farriers Loop "collection and the "Stirrup" collection for 2018. At the end of 2018 I became a BETA retail member much to my delight. We are always happy to take your ideas and if possible incorporate them in our designs, our only rule is there must be a farriers nail in there somewhere! Thank you to all of you, friends, family and so many new friends who have supported us along the way. Looking forwards to the next chapter including visits to Belton, Belsay, Gatcombe ,Chatsworth and many other events through out the year.
Well 2019 is here , the Eventing season is about to start 50 plus events to go to this year. The new Spur of the moment Collection for 2019 is about to launch and in the word of Ian Stark I will kick on come and meet me at :- BELTON, BURNHAM MARKET,BICTION, BELSAY, GATCOMBE,CHATSWORTH, ROCKINGHAM,DALKEITH,BLAIR,BURGHAM,WARWICKHALL,FRENCHFEILDS, ASKE, Cartmel Races, Perth Races, the list goes on! .