The expression “a one stop shop” may be a tad clichéd, but for once it is an absolutely accurate description of PADD, an elegant shop on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, where you can buy everything you could possibly need for horse riding.
Well, barring the horse.
Otherwise, just about everything equestrian you can think of is available – and it they don’t have it in stock, they will happily order it for you.
Attracted by a display of polo mallets in the window, I went in and enquired about a polo saddle. Only one in stock, but they would put me in touch with the manufacturer, pas de problème. The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more friendly, and the thick, glossy catalogue they happily gave me was a work of art on its own.
Prices seems competitive, too.
And the website is www.padd.fr