Meet Liesbeth Milan: dressage rider, instructor, judge, equestrian lifestyle blogger and stylish equestrian.
Liesbteh grew up in a real horse family where everyone was very active in showjumping. She’s from Belgium and when she was growing up Belgium was quite the pioneer when it comes to the breeding and development of showjumping horses, so this seemed to be the most logical place to start her riding career.
She started riding at a very your age (6) and absolutely LOVED racing through the woods and jumping with her ponies. She has always had quite the competitive mindset and really had to adjust her ‘happy go lucky’ riding style in order to perform her best at competitions. At 18 she wanted to take her riding even more seriously and took a holiday job at a dressage stable. Here is where she was introduced to the higher levels and intricacies of dressage riding and training and had the opportunity to work with a variety of Grand Prix level horses. This was the real start of her long time love affair with the sport of dressage.
After finishing her law degree (!), she went to work as an intern with a few different dressage trainers throughout Europe to gain as much experience as possible and learn all about the different training techniques including classical dressage training.
Liesbeth loves analysing, reviewing and discussing the wide variety of styles and techniques in dressage and the logical next step for her, was to get her dressage judging certificate when she was 25 years old. She now combines judging with training her own horses and teaching others. The combination of these 3 different perspectives (Judge – Rider – Trainer) gives her a very broad view on what the sport of dressage truly entails.
A source of inspiration for Liesbeth is the world renowned rider Ingrid Klimke:
“she manages to be successful in all aspect of equestrian sport while prioritising the well being of the horse and training in true classical dressage style”
Her full time job is actually her hobby as well: a combination and ideal variety of equestrianism and management. She often works with equestrian events, takes care of project management, PR campaigns, is an entrepreneur in equestrian sports (a new app is coming at the end of 2017) and then there is also her blog Equestrian Lifestyle
. The blog was created a few years ago and through the blog, Liesbeth has had the opportunity to engage in unique collaborations with brands and event organizations and, above all, she gets the chance to travel a lot.
“Equestrianism has been evolving a lot in recent years and everything is being professionally performed on top, so it’s nice to be able to be a small part of it.”
Liesbeth’s style is simple, classic and sophisticated. She usually goes for navy blues, whites and soft pinks and loves to combine this with antique brown accessories. She’ll always be on the look out for the perfect ‘stand-out’ accessories to add a little spice to her look. She’s an absolute Hermès devotee and is still looking for the perfect pair of Bordeaux red riding boots, but today we went with her signature look.
She loves to ride in denim breeches, so we went for the Pikeur
Darjeen full seat. A pair of jeans calls for a chic and sophisticate shirt like the Ronner Design
Carla shirt combined with a sleek navy blue Vestrum
For her signature antique brown accessories, we chose a pair of The Spanish Boot Co
classic brown boots in combination with a pampeano
Rosa polo belt, a pair of Roeckl
grip gloves and Uvex
Suxxeed Luxury helmet.
Last but not least, Liesbeth always carries a statement bag with her and for this look we added the Mulberry
leather satchel with navy blue accents.
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to be kept up to date with all her wonderful equestrian activities and blog posts!
Have a stylish ride!