Meet Rhianydd of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- Part 2

 Rhianydd of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing is a contestant on the Horse and Country TV series- The Blue Chip All Star Academy!  The All Star Academy is a reality Equestrian TV series that’s best described as a combination of The Apprentice meets Big Brother meets Pony Club!

Rhianydd’s sense of style and fashion has always caught my eye, so I was super excited to be able to interview her recently!


Rhianydd on foal watch last week!  

Describe the style and culture of your discipline, what’s the core of it?


It’s interesting how varied the style culture is across different disciplines. For example, polocrosse has a very Southern Hemisphere style. It has a relaxed vibe: white jeans and cowboy boots, rope reins, big spurs. I’ve found eventing, however, less rustic and a lot more polished and pristine: Hairnets, immaculate plaits, oiled hooves and spotless white saddle pads. It’s interesting how, even though the sports have progressed massively, the style culture surrounding them is very true to their roots; polocrosse which was developed in the Australian outback and Eventing which originated from the military cavalry.

 

 

Polocrosse vs Eventing
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   Define your equestrian & everyday style:


 

 Simple, comfortable and classic. In terms of riding, my daily uniform consists of grey johdpurs with a checked shirt, but I love smartening up myself and my horse for an event. Out of the saddle I’m a bit of a chameleon; I’m equally happy in a pair of jeans with one of my boyfriend’s sweaters and a statement necklace, as I am in a floor length ball gown. I love dressing to the occasion.

 

Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- My everyday style

Rhi Lee Jones Eventing- My everyday style by equestrianista featuring a chiffon maxi skirt

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  Any Basics that horsewomen need?


 

I think little beats a beautifully fit hunting jacket.  A great source for finding a hunt coat is to go to : The Vintage Tack Room- They are an amazing resource.  www.thevintagetackroom.com

 

  What are your go to pieces? Colors you enjoy?

 

I showjump in tweed, and wear my jacket with a navy stock. I love the combo.

 

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Style
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  What are new things you’re currently obsessed with?(items, brands, etc..)


 

 I am utterly addicted to Eurostar Clothing at the moment. Their johdpurs have a low hipster cut which fit beautifully and give a modern twist to a classic. They also make gorgeous lightweight jackets that are just perfect for riding in spring. I have one in turquoise which is featured in the photo and it looks amazing warming up at a competition with white johdpurs or at training with grey johdpurs.

In terms of helmets, I think One K are doing something really different at the moment while still maintaining a classic style. I love their defender helmets, particularly in the matte navy and black.

 

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Riding Style

Rhi Lee Jones-Eventing Riding Style by equestrianista on Polyvore

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Do you have a Rider on the Go tip?


Dry shampoo!! It completely saves me from dealing with hat hair when I’m running from the yard to meet friends!

 

 Travel- Best places horsey to travel?


I’ve been lucky to have some amazing horsey experiences while travelling. I once played polocrosse in Zimbabwe where we had to hold time during the game as a herd of elephants walked past the pitch!

One of my favourite travel memories was a horseback safari in the Chyulu Hills, Kenya. A wonderful company called Ride Kenya offers absolute luxury in the bush and I was lucky enough to go to help them work horses and assist the guests while travelling a couple of years ago. The wildlife offers such unexpected adventure. We would gallop with herds of zebra, and finish the day with a g&t in front of the fire. An absolutely unbeatable experience that I feel so privileged to have had.

To contact Ride Kenya, drop them a message on Facebook!  Click here-

Keep in touch & follow!


Photo Credit Jon Stroud

I am hugely active on social media and love to keep my followers updated on my equestrian journey. Whether it be dishing the goss about the All Star Academy, my training experiences, competition results, mucking out thoughts or cute pictures of my newborn foal, it’s all on there! You can follow me on facebook on www.facebook.com/RLJEventing, and instagram and twitter on @RLJEventing. The Blue Chip All Star Academy is a brand new television series which premieres on Sunday 12th June 9pm on Horse and Country TV. Horse & Country TV is available in the UK on Sky channel 253 and online via the H&C Play app

Now that you’ve gotten to know Rhianydd, one of the stars on the Blue Chip All Star Academy- a Horse and County TV Series that airs this Sunday, June 12th at 9pm UK Time- Be sure to follow her and watch!  Its going to be really really epic!

 

Blue Chip All Star Academy Premieres this Sunday! Interview Part 1

The doors of the academy open at 9pm, Sunday 12th June, when our eight finalists compete to be crowned champion in the show that has been described as a mix between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp.

Filmed at Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire the show also features some of the leading names in the sport, including Pammy Hutton, Charlie Hutton, Olympic event rider Ludwig Svennerstal, top show producer Jayne Ross, event and dressage star Daisy Coakley and Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester.

- Meet one of the stylish Stars Rhianydd

of Rhi Lee Jones Eventing


Photo Credit: Jon Stroud

Tell me a little about yourself?


 

I grew up in South Wales and stayed there until I was 18 when I moved across the border to England, where I went to Birmingham to attend university. I thought it would be a great experience to go to a multi-cultural city after growing up in the countryside in Wales, but I was only there a couple of weeks when I missed my horses like mad, and needed an excuse to bring them to Birmingham with me. A flatmate and I started a student polo club which really took off and gave me an excuse to bring my four horses to university. Safe to say I did a lot more riding than studying! After university I helped manage a polo club for a season before moving to London for three years. Now I’m back in the Countryside in South Wales, this time with four different horses,  including my first foal that was born at the beginning of June, and couldn’t be happier!

 

How did you get started riding? 

 I’ve been riding since I was 3 years old and had my first pony when I was 7. I was mad about showjumping for a number of years until I found polocrosse and absolutely fell in love with the adrenaline of the crazy sport! I played polocrosse for over 15 years and represented the UK at under 16, under 21 and under 25 level. Unfortunately 3 years ago I broke my hip which ended my polocrosse career and I nearly gave up riding all together until I found eventing. I was absolutely devastated at the time, but figured when nothing goes right… Go left! I’ve absolutely fallen in love with eventing and have got a whole new set of goals that I’m currently working my butt off to achieve. I love to retrain ex racehorses for the sport as I love their athleticism and forward thinking mentality. This takes a lot of time and patience but is so incredibly rewarding when everything starts coming together and the hard work pays off.

Tell me about this Blue Chip Academy Show you have filmed:


I couldn’t believe that I was selected to be a part of the Blue Chip All Star Acadamy. The show is like big brother meets Pony Club Camp for adults! Filmed as a reality show by Horse and Country TV, I was one of 8 finalists who competed to get sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed. As Blue Chip is arguably the best feed on the market we were all pretty keen to win the sponsorship! We also were spoilt rotten by other sponsors of the show, including Easibed Bedding and Point-Two Airjackets. To compete for the prize, we had numerous lessons with top trainers and took part in various tasks off the horse, too.

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I was all set to bring my eventing mare to the All Star Academy, who I have owned for three years and retrained myself off the racetrack. Unfortunately, just as filming was due to start she got a foot abscess which meant I was unable to take her. I was determined not to miss out on the competition so took my new horse, Bob instead, who had only been off the racetrack for two weeks! The other competitors were on their best competition horses, so it was a very different experience for me, as my priority was keeping Bob calm and relaxed, and making it a positive experience for him in a very high-pressured environment. You’ll have to tune in to see how I got on!

 

Be sure to follow Rhianydd of RLJ Eventing on the Blue Clip All Star Academy and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!


I am hugely active on social media and love to keep my followers updated on my equestrian journey. Whether it be dishing the goss about the All Star Academy, my training experiences, competition results, mucking out thoughts or cute pictures of my newborn foal, it’s all on there! You can follow me on facebook on www.facebook.com/RLJEventing, and instagram and twitter on @RLJEventing. The Blue Chip All Star Academy is a brand new television series which premieres on Sunday 12th June 9pm on Horse and Country TV. Horse & Country TV is available in the UK on Sky channel 253 and online via the H&C Play app.

Click here to go The Blue Chip All Star Website:  http://allstar-academy.tv 

 

PART 2 Coming Saturday!  Find out Rhianydd’s Fashion sense and style!


Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials


Warm winter layers

Warm winter layers


Demin Breeches vs Jeggins- Winter Essentials

Denim Breeches or Jeggings are essential this Winter!


At Kmart, you can find easy to fit, super cheap, soft stretchy Jeggings for $15.00AUD a pair.
Positives:  You can ride in them, they are super cheap, they come in 4 colours- dark & light demin, black and olive, they are stretchy, soft, and comfortable.  Negatives- They’re cheap- so they don’t last very long and they get snags.  Don’t’ except them to last past this winter, but for that price- pick up a few pairs!
OR
You can Splurge on these amazing stylish denim breeches from ANKY!  They make you look 5kgs lighter, beautifully cut with great fabrics and amazing zipper details!  LOVE THEM and you can see why!
They can easily be worn with tall brown boots or black heels to go out in!
Winter Essentials

Le Blanc Seing- 1965

One of my favorite equestrian paintings by Rene Magritte in 1965- Le Blanc Seing

 

 

You may have not seen this painting, but know Rene Magritte’s work from the raining men- Goncolnda painting or the apple- Son of Man,  or cloud paintings that are more main stream:

 

Rene Magritte was an internationally acclaimed surrealist artist of all time, yet it was not until his 50s, when he was finally able to reach some form of fame and recognition for his work. Rene Magritte described his paintings saying, “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”

Winter Essentials- Vests

 

 

I think I wear a vest more often than any other piece of clothing for the changing temperatures Australia has, especially during the Winter!

 

I really love the new HV POLO Senga Vest.  It retails for $160.00.  It comes in a beautiful blue or deep raspberry maroon.  The faux fur collar is removable, the cut of the vest is flattering on any body type, it has double zippers, good pockets and a slimming waist.    My Save choice is the Dublin Tara Vest- simple and plain in a classic Navy.  Quilted fabric, button closure, elastic waist- easy choice to save but still have a nice vest.

 

Save vs Splurge Vest Winter 2016

Australian Year Round Essentials- Don’t leave home without them

As we head into the cooler months, some of us feel that we’re safe on cooler and cloudy days not to wear a hat or sunscreen.  Don’t be fooled- make sure you have these essentials within reach at all times.

 

Need an update?  Hat, Sunnies, Sunscreen has seen better days?  Go for a new look!

 

Australian Essentials Year round

Australian Brands:

 

Did you know that Akubra boasts that most of their hats are at least 70SPF?
Gidgee Eyes make sunglasses with the equestrian especially in mind
And Cancer Council Sunscreen comes highly recommended from many dermatologists and is found at almost any chemist.

Grey for Autumn

Grey for Autumn

 

Australian Essentials

 

 

When traveling or living  in Australia here are your essentials:

 

Sunglasses or as they say in Australia: Sunnies


 

You can choose any style that you like.  Make sure you like your sunglasses and they give you a little bit of confidence.  If you’re not sure about the style, either bring a friend to try some on that you value their opinion or ask someone in the store that looks stylish.  Sometimes a stranger will suggest to you a great new style!

I’d suggest that you don’t buy super cheap ones as eye protection from the sun is very important, especially in Australia.

One suggestion is to check out Gidgee-Eyes for Equestrians.  They have four main styles to choose from, several color options, but most importantly they have been designed for the equestrian.  They are light, fit very well, fit under your helmet, have excellent UV protection, technical material for durability and have been tested and loved by many top competitors in all sorts of weather conditions and terrain.

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What’s also nice is they come with a nice hard case, a soft case, and two lenses to interchange depending on light.

I’m digging the Enduro and Liberty Styles that Gidgee Eyes have to offer:

Gidgee Eyes
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***Even when its a rainy day in Australia, don’t’ be caught without your sunnies.  The sun always comes out and you will need them!  Don’t’ leave home without them!

Another essential is footwear when you’re not riding: Thongs  or Pluggers (Flip flops)


SAVE OPTION: A favorite Australian brand of thongs is Havaianas- They pretty much come in any color or pattern imaginable!

Things to possibly consider- Do you want to add a pop of color with your footwear?  Or do you want your footwear to compliment colors you wear?

Decisions Decisions…. They are comfortable but are a regular pair of thongs that will last you, depending on your wear and tear, a year or two.

SPLURGE OPTION: If you are looking for a pair of Equestrian inspired sandals or thongs that will last you a life time and will look great with anything you wear, my suggestion is that you check out the amazing creations of Katharine Page!   My heart skips a beat when I think about her shoes!

 

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I just love the equestrian tack inspired stitching found on all her items.

 

There are endless choices when it comes to non riding light footwear- just make sure you have at least one pair of thongs!  

 

Save vs Splurge
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Last but not least, a hat is essential:


Your Australian classic hat of choice is an Akubra hat!  Its an Australian icon that has been producing  felt hats for over 130 years!  There are hundreds of styles to choose from, an equestrian classic is the Arena style.

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They also provide 70SPF sun protection!  Make sure you shape the hat a little or it will just look like you bought it- you gotta break them in a little.   

Other equestrian choices- almost all equestrian clothing manufacture produces a fun cap to wear- Come colorful choices come from Ariat or Wrangler.

 

Don’t forget to also pack your sunscreen, have some clothing layers handy for sun protection, to change into after riding, and to add when the sea breeze comes in and cools things down quickly in the afternoon, depending on where you are.

STAY TUNED: More Australian essentials coming soon!


 


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