Seasons are changing, but we’re always as busy as ever rushing from business to barn. I have a question for you guys: which one of these two looks would you wear as a classic Autumn street to stable look?
Both of the looks are by Espoir Equestrian: a new and fresh South African brand that shares their vision of hope, style and grace with the equestrian world.
Espoir, what I hope for…
I am made with hope. I am woven with passion and styled to perfection.
I am the perfect stitch running through every garment. Every application following years of experience.
My core is quality. I am created with a purpose and come alive when you thrive.
I will lead, I will inspire, I will fulfill more than my purpose.
Peau Bamboo Navy Breeches With Side Pocket For Phone
Royale Show Jacket Light Beige
Signature Espoir Show Shirt
White Diamante Dressage Saddle Pad
Fancy Stitch Leather Belt
Maquette Beige Bamboo Breeches
Royale Show Jacket Navy
Beige Horse & Flower Pattern – Everyday Shirt
White Diamante Dressage Saddle Pad
Fancy Stitch Leather Belt
Never give up hope and have a stylish ride!
Every once in a while a brand brings out a collection and you simply want it all! This is most certainly the case with the autumn/ winter 18/19 collection from BR Equestrian Equipment: I want it all! Help me decide which set to splurge on this season?
Passion Hielke dressage saddle pad in Old Green
Hieke base layer in Blue Iris
Harmke jacket in Dark Merlot
Helen full seat breeches in Blue Iris
Helga bodywarmer in Old Green
Passion Hielke dressage saddle pad in Blue Iris
Hieke base layer in Dark Merlot
Henriette jacket in Old Green
Helga bodywarmer in Blue Iris
Hannah full Seat breeches in Dark Merlot
Have a stylish ride!
The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and the mornings colder… yep, Autumn’s is on its way! What I love about Autumn is the gorgeous coloring of the leaves and the great layering of early winter fashion, but, one thing I don’t particularly like though, is the relentless rain this season seems to bring with it. Nowadays though, rain really is not that big of a problem anymore around the barn and or on your horse. Gone are the yellow plastic raincoats, the heavy contraptions that shield you from the rain but make you sweat like a racehorse or the musty old wax coat that rears it’s ugly head every year.
Inspired by the rained out World Equestrian Games, I thought it would be time for a little raincoat round-up.
Here are a few of the best stylish and functional mid-season raincoats available out there right now:
A lightweight jacket for spring, summer, and autumn made of material and functionalities perfect for any activity in any weather. The jacket is insulated with a thin layer Sorona See Pro from DuPont, an insulation that provides maximum warmth and low weight while produced of annually renewable plant-based ingredients. The jacket provides just the warmth you need a chilly spring day or evening and the outer layer prevents the water from coming through a rainy day. The collar is high and has a comfortable fleece on the inside.
The skirt is thin rain resistant functional with elastics on the inside and zippers at the front and back which enables you to perform your activity in rainy /and or windy weather without interfering with your mobility. The skirt is simple to carry with you and to take on and of.
I have this set of wonderful rain wear – read the review HERE
Beautiful print as well as a super practical jacket: that’s the Rönner Begonia for you! Zipped and lined with soft stretchy cotton it’s comfortable and hooded, ideal for rainy riding days. Comes with a cute little pouch for easy and clean (barn) storage.
The Dublette, expandable rain jacket, is an elegant, lightweight and waterproof jacket. It can expand over a back protector, backpack and/or bulky layers. When one tightens the bungees on the back and down the sleeves, the Dublette takes on its most elegant form with a cinched waist and fishtail swing at the back. In addition, the Dublette has a detachable cape which adds extra waterproofing on the shoulders and takes the brunt of heavy rain. Ideal for riding thanks to the longer back that goes over the saddle, the high viz details offering a safe ride, and the noiseless, waterproof (10.000MM) fabric.
This raincoat really brightens up any rainy day! A lovely pink House of Horses raincoat, the hood has a light grey cotton blend lining. Reflective logo print on the chest and back, sides and back halters can be opened for better riding experience. Big pockets with button closure and ventilation holes in the armpits. Sizes XXS-XL. Material soft PU. Double zipper in the front.
Super practical jacket with special unique feature zips. These zips allow you to put your jacket on and to take it off even if you are wearing a helmet. This sporty anorak jacket keeps you warm and dry. Two large zipped front pockets with water-tight and breathable base material keep you warm and dry. The material of this jacket can absorb up to 1000 g of steam within 24 hours per square meter, and it has been tested for water-tightness at up to 3,000 mm.
Have a dry and stylish ride!
Twice a year the Messe in Cologne, Germany, opens its doors to horse lovers business to business heaven during the SPOGA tradefair. Every single time I attend, I’m blown away by the fabulous new fashion, the technical innovations and the discovery of new brands that shake up the established industry offerings. This year it was all about reinventing classic styles, the occasional pop of color and adding technical touches to trusted items.
A few brands stood out for me this time and I’ve made a little round-up of some of this years must haves:
Ariat has me completely hooked on their collections and I can’t wait to show you what’s new this year. I love them because of their excellent quality products, impeccable classic style and super selection. There are some very exciting things on their way this winter in the boots department (lace-ups anyone?) and breeches (casual crossover leggings anyone?), but for now I’ve added two of my personal favorites: the navy blue Tri Factor full seat breeches (product review on these beauties is coming up soon!) and a pair of coutnry casual Alora Cordovan boots.
Add a sleek and subtle show shirt to the look, like the “sky” shortsleeve from Equithème: a brand that has been around since the 80’s but has recently upgraded their selection and quality of products: make sure to check out their collection!
One of my all time favorites, Rönner Design, really is one of the very few brands in the business that can pull off classy pony prints for adults. I love their technical range to ride in, but also can’t resist most of their casual wear items like this Marina beige and ivory sweater.
Accessorize your ‘SPOGA favorites’ look with some items from smaller newcomer brands like an Espoir equestrian fancy stitch belt (check out their immaculate collection and be ready to shop!), a pair of 18K gold plated U Black rider spurs, a Desori horse gold logo bracelet an a classic and timeless Dapple Equestrian navy, beige and brown saddle pad to tie the whole look together.
Finish off your look with some tried and trusted brands who continuously reinvent themselves to give us the best the equestrian world has to offer: a pair of Roeckl Milton gloves (loads of eco friendly news coming up from Roeckl soon) and a Galassia glitter dark blue KEP Italia helmet.
Scroll through some of the pics below to see more inspo from SPOGA and have a stylish ride!
Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
A good belt is the best accessory to complete any equestrian style or to add a little hint of what you love at the office. Whether you’d prefer to go for full-on horse or just a subtle hint, there’s a beautiful belt to suit any style.
Can’t seem to find the right one for you? Here’s a roundup of a few of the most stylish ones out there at the moment.
This champagne croc leather looks so good with everything. The buckle is crafted of solid steel so it’s super strong and bonus – won’t scratch your saddle if you happen to dismount ungracefully 😉
The Spur Belt by Sandy Duftler is a figure flattering design, contoured to fit your curves. Made for wide belt loops the belt measures 2″. Available in a wide range of colors, prints, and designs: there is one to fit every look for sure!!
Add some equestrian attitude to your outfit. Great quality leather and with the stylish bits they work just as well at work, in the stable or for a night out on the town. Environmentally friendly leather made in the good ‘ol US of A. Vegetable tanned. Oakbark coloured leather with a nickel buckle and numbered holes.
The Helado (ice-cream) has just made its debut in pampeano’s world-renowned polo belt collection. The belt is made of premium grade leather and features hand-embroidered pampa diamond pattern and buttery soft Havana brown leather.
A beautiful minimalistic addition to every equestrian enthusiasts wardrobe. Perfect for summer in whiter with a subtle bit closure. Wear it with a pair of jeans or your favorite pair of breeches.
Spice up any look with one of these super cute ‘H’ horse belts. Available in a range of classy colors, super quality leather and a sophisticated ‘H’ buckle make these beauties a horse lovers’ must-have.
Add a little bridle stitch detail to your day with this beautiful leather belt.
Subtlety is key with this mini brass bit belt… just that little reminder of that sartorial equestrian style.
Yeah, it’s summer, but you might still want to be layering some fashionable riding essentials for those cool mornings or wonderful sunset rides. It all starts with a good technical baselayer. Once upon a time baselayers were ‘just’ technical tops, but now, the prints, fabrics and styles on offer are amazing! I’ve provided you with a round-up of some of the best base layers in the business in the best colors for summer.
Great for layering or sporting solo year round. You’ll love the bold branding and timeless style of this everyday fitness essential. Signature AE branding on left sleeve.
The signature, ultra-light quarter zip shirt with cooling smart yarn technology helps you maintain a comfortable body temperature during and after performance. Perfect Equestrians or for any outdoor athletic activity in the sun.
Designed with style and practicality in mind, the technical stretch base layer from Aztec Diamond has been crafted from supreme lightweight, four way stretch breathable fabric. Perfect for keeping cool during the summer months or using as an under layer during the winter.
A double shot of feel-good: yummy cotton next to your skin and a horsey print to announce your passion (and maybe bring a little luck!). Fun worn on its own or as a base layer that peeks out and pulls together an outfit, these tees come in colors that happily harmonize your summer look.
A light, reliable layer. The durable Sunstopper top comes with built-in sunscreen, mesh ventilation panels and moisture-wicking properties for a dry feel. It includes Heat Series technology keeps you cool in the heat of a tournament, Sun Protection Fabric ™ providing protection from UV rays. But best of all, have you seen the cute pony print?
The perfect training top in true Rönner design style. Permanently fresh during
sporting activities, quick dry, breathable technology, odor
protect, color, sun and sweat.
Have a stylish ride!!
There is no torture worse for the fashion conscious equestrian than having a closet full of new summer fashion and not being able to ride…. For the time being, I thought I’d show you some of my absolute favorites in my closet right now just waiting to be worn and shown this summer when I can get back in the saddle. This time zooming in on the Ariat Spring / Summer 2018 collection.
I can’t wait to try the latest addition to Ariat’s breech collection, a pair that demonstrates style, comfort and exceptional grip.
It’s made from mid-weight stretch knit and utilising a compressive fabrication, the Tri Factor breeches incorporate Icefil cooling technology to keep riders cool and comfortable on those warmer days.
The flexible Ariat Hex Silicone Grip full seat offers optimal grip in the saddle, while the V3 technology provides superior stretch and a close fit.
Additional features include Ariat’s Calf Fit System to alleviate pressure points and friction under the boots, Moisture Movement Technology to wick moisture away from the skin and Core Control Technology to create a sleek profile.
Faux back flap pockets and an Ariat logo trim add finishing touches.
I will keep you posted on how these beauties perform product review post after the summer!
A must-have in any equestrians’ summer wardrobe: a winner in Ariat’s ‘Heat series’ which promises to help you beat the heat and stay cool an dry. I have a few already in different colors and am loving the pale blue color in the summer collection. The jersey shirt from the Heat Series collection prevents chafing through seamless processing. Moisture-wicking properties and integrated sun protection ensure comfort.
Bring on the SUN!
A light-weight, super reliable sunstopper in the best color of the season, including a cute print detail on the inside of the collar. The durable Sunstopper top comes with built-in sunscreen, mesh ventilation panels and moisture-wicking properties for a dry feel.
Bets way to tie a whole look together: a light-weight summertime pony print scarf. Best gift for any horse lover this summer!
Move over established sneaker brands: there’s a new kid in town!! I’ve been living in these beauties over the past few weeks: ideal for a walk in the woods, a light-weight barn shoe or paired with jeans for a coffee in town with the girls. LOVE’M!!
The FUSE is made from a combination of breathable mesh and synthetic upper part, it features an innovative, removable comfort insole with a contoured massage surface that restores tired feet. Other features include a heel pull-in loop, EVA midsole and a rubber outsole with forefoot flex notches – a perfect blend of performance and style. And, it’s available in a wide range of fashionable shades suit anyone’s sneaker needs.
Last but not least, I’ve added a pair of classic Roeckl grip gloves.
Go check out Ariat.com for the latest fabulous summer fashion and happy shopping!
Have a stylish ride!
Eventing season is officially in full swing! The cross-country section of the 3-day events is most certainly one of my favorite things to watch. I wish I were brave enough to actually do it…. for now, I’ll stick to being a stylish spectator 😉
What to wear to one of these magnificent springtime events? Lots of layers and a mud proof item or two. I came across these incredibly cute Joules teal green and flower print wellies, which not only posed as the color pallet inspo for this look but also are pretty much the best footwear for countryside eventing viewing.
Before leaving the house, remember it can be chilly in the countryside, so throw on a stylish and functional Louis Vuitton logo scarf.
Enjoy all of the wonderful equestrian sports this season and have a stylish ride!
Finding some spring pieces that will fit you like a glove is easier than you think!
One of my current favorite key items for any look, thanks to still wanting to look sophisticated while sporting a growing bump, is a pair of Kingsland Katja Pull on full seat riding breeches in classic beige. Keeping my frail pale winter skin out of the spring sunshine is also key and for this, I love the Asmar Equestrian logo long sleeve T in this lovely shade of soft Olive, paired with a La Valencio ivory colored zip vest.
Thes soft shimmery shades call for bold and beautiful chocolate and croco rider accessories like a pair of Stivaleria Secchiari patent croco boots, a Samshield croco detail helmet, a pair of matching Roeckl Chester grip gloves and the ultimate no miss, must have stable accessories: the PS of Sweden luxury grooming bag with matching spur straps.
Have a stylish ride!!