Keep it fresh, clean and classic with Zimmerman & add pops of electric blue like the Australian Sky
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 on foal watch last week!
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.
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.
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.
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Dry shampoo!! It completely saves me from dealing with hat hair when I’m running from the yard to meet friends!
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.
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!
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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.
Photo Credit: Jon Stroud
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.
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!
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.
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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.”
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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!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Look forward to a fabulous Australian Equestrian 2016 from The Equestrianista!
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This post isn’t about fashion, it’s about people coming together because of a devastating disaster. I currently live in Western Australia in the beautiful Southwest where we have all been effected by these devastating fires….
The fires of Waroona are still blazing, Heros and tireless volunteers work round the clock to provide comfort to what is a leveling fire. The blaze has turned the town of Yarloop into ash, there are reports of four missing people and two found bodies. Firefighters around the country of Australia are working towards containing this massive fire that has shut down the two major highways the connect the SouthWest of Western Australia to its capital city of Perth.
The effects are beyond just lost pets, burned horses, homeless people, even diary farms south of the blazes are having to dump thousands of liters of milk because the tankers cannot get to the farms to pick up the produced milk!
This massive fire has even created its own weather! A rare occurrence, massive fires like this can change weather! The heat mixed with the atmosphere, smoke and other factors created rain storms and a change in wind!
People from everywhere have come out to donate items and money to help this major disaster. People have stopped what they are doing in their lives just to turn around and see how they can help. There are people looking for lost pets in safe areas that were effected by the fire as it blew through. People are taking in horses and taking care of them and posting pictures on Facebook to find their owners. People are opening up their farms for people to evacuate to.
The great thing about Western Australia is that almost every major little country town has an equestrian centre with permanent pens- They have been opened to all that need to evacuate. Pony Club Moms, leaders of Polocrosse Clubs, Campdraft Clubs, Equestrian Groups have posted their cell phones as a point of contact, organized hay, water buckets, everything that is needed for evacuees to just arrive and rest. Vets are volunteering their services around the clock to help with wildlife, livestock and pets.
Its really a remarkable outpouring of support to these flattening fires.
I have donated boots for people who left in a hurry that don’t have proper shoes to wear to go back to their properties and survey the damage.
I am also donating 35% of proceeds from Sales on my Etsy site. If you’ve liked my items that I make and thought about buying something, please think about it now as the sale will help these victims.
Proceeds with goes towards medical & equipment supplies of effected horses from these fires.
Click here to go to my Etsy Shop:
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Signs & Things to do around Christmas in Australia:
Christmas Spiders, Christmas Trees(orange blossoms aussie style), Swimming horses at the beach, Hot weather, To-Do List…. Cookies, toys, trim hooves, clean house, etc…
Trim Hooves in the morning- it’s a hot one this Christmas Down Under!
The Australian Christmas Tree- a native tree that blooms these beautiful orange blossoms right around Christmas time.
Taking horses to the Beach for a swim is a very equestrianista Christmas activity.
Hot weather- baked red dirt…hot hot hot- time to go to the beach! That’s the Aussie Way around Christmas Time.
A colourul decorated little creature- the Christmas Spider is a good bug eater that’s non toxic who pops out around Christmas time in the Southwest of Western Australia.
The Roo Dog reminds us to stay cool this Christmas Season down under in Australia!
Have a beer, no worries, stay cool and have a very Merry Christmas this 2015!
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Ever felt like this?
I want more out of work, a relationship, and location of living!
I have decided I need a big change. I want to move across the country! I feel like I’ve outgrown where I live. Works sucks- Everyday I wonder, along with other co-workers, are we going to have a job tomorrow??? Last but not least, I live in a lovely town. A lovely town to raise kids, it has a great public school system, fun places to go, and you feel safe. The only problem is everyone seems to be taken. The men that are left are losers who live in the basements of their parents’ houses, enjoy that their moms still do their laundry, barely have a job and are ok with that! Not my kind of man!
When I tell my plan to friends or family, they say: You are so brave to make this decision. Am I really? Why do people consider this a brave move? Is it because it’s something that they have thought of doing, but never did cause they were scared?
I have a rough plan, eventual goals, and leaving everything else open to new or better opportunities.
I’m putting my house up for sale. Once it sells, I will move out west to Colorado. Inbetween, I’ve been invited up to Maine, one of my favourite places. I am going to help an old horsey friend out open her art gallery!
Then my plan is to pack my bags for 4 months. Fly to Calgary Canada to go to the Calgary Stampede and teach Polocrosse with Polocrosse Calgary for a month.
After Stampede a wonderful friend has reminded me that “the door is always open” She lives in Geraldton, Western Australia.
Yes the water is really this color!
AUSTRALIA! How can I not go visit, help her with her family, ride horses and play polocrosse for a season?
All in the meantime, I will be working on uncovering what works for me as a career, direction in life and what really makes me happy.
Am I brave or stupid?
Im leaving the rest open to bigger and better opportunities that I never dreamed of. I wonder how this will pan out?
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