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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve been going back and forth with figuring out how to transition with this and I just haven’t figured out the best way, so here it goes
So Announcing that I’m moving Down Under in my fashion, style, trend and overall reports! I will still share fabulous things and event happening all over the World that I love, but my home base has drastically changed to Australian Equestrian Fashion!
Stay with me, you most likely will find something fabulous to add to your style that you’ve never seen or heard of!
Ok it’s not that easily done, but it can be done if this is what you want. But you have to want it and be willing to put what you want into plan. Thats the tricky scary part that I feel like most people don’t do.
As I wrote in previous posts, I needed a change. I started this blog along with making spur bracelets and other pretty equestrian themed items and ignited my passion again!
I quit my job, sold my house, and have started doing some marketing and social media for various small companies while traveling to beautiful places visiting friends in Maine, USA- Calgary, CAN- and Geraldton, AUS.
I bought a couple of plane tickets! Australia here I come.
I don’t know about the tan, as I’m more of a freckle connector(white skin, freckles + sun=more freckles that connect which create an appearance of a tan, but really its just more freckles)
I fell in love!
I firstly, fell in love, with myself again! Wow did I miss you! I feel like a lot of people let this part of life go. It’s very important to get back to that, cause if you’re in love with yourself, you open opportunities that are beyond your imagination!
The funny thing while Ive been traveling- That old saying- You find love when you’re least expecting…
Yeah it’s true- Yes I fell in love too!
I fell in love with an Aussie Bloke who’s kind, fun, happy, responsible, and get this… Horsey and not gay!
I spent enough time on my best friends couch back in the states discussing with her over bottles of wine(not bottles of wine at once, but multiple discussions) who is the ideal man for ourselves.
What do you do when you actually find the guy that you were talking about? Hit the panic button- yes, I totally did this. After a phone call to my best friend, I took a breath and let it happen, just like Ive been letting everything that I set in front of me happen.
And the never to return part…
Well that’s been the hardest part. You have to say goodbye and let go of many loved friends, family and animal. I hadn’t thought of this total shift in the big plan at all. I have just had to stay positive and look forward to the future for new wonderful things verses looking back at things I’ve had to leave behind- Like my horse and two beloved dogs. I just can’t justify the money it costs to ship a horse or dogs for that matter. And my wonderful dogs, one is old and to ship a dog that far I feel is cruel. So they stay behind with wonderful homes and I just have to be happy with that. I think of them often and wish at times that I could spend time with them and have a good cuddle session with them.
At least they are back in the states to visit.
So look to the future for new wonderful things and smile back at all the fantastic opportunities you have had in the past!
Look forward to a fabulous Australian Equestrian 2016 from The Equestrianista!
Pantone has announced the colour of the year and this year they have brought out 2 colours!
Serenity and Rose Quartz! They go beautiful together and there are some great choices to be on the look out in 2016!
Get it together for 2016:
Take time this weekend and go through your closet. The easiest thing you can do is take a bit to organize your closet. What’s your motivation- IT WILL BE SO EASY TO GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING!
Try organizing by color this year: Go right through the rainbow in your closet.
***But in the front, where you reach or can get to first- collect all your soft blues and soft pinks- they are your go to colours for 2016!
When you’re out and about if you see any rose pinks or soft blues that are inexpensive, pick up a couple great trendy scarfs in 2016′s colors, nail polish, makeup, hair pieces, hats, pick some up for the year.
Keeping with this geometric, diamond pattern, contrasting colors that we’ve seen all year, I just saw this great skirt from Anthropologie, that would be perfect and easy to dress for jog-outs this fall.
It reminds me of Ralph Lauren’s Vintage collection a couple years ago- Do you recall?
The Season is changing, but if you were a fan of summer, you probably are squeezing out the last few summer type days as Autumn begins! Take the red necklace and wear that all the way till Spring of 2015!
The Chevron dress- add a shawl over or tights under to take you through Autumn. The Spur Bracelet and handbag by Lilo can used year round and unfortunately, even though you LOVE them, the Katharine Page sandals will have to be put away for most of you till warmer times in 2015.