I found myself in the baby isle of Target the other day talking a mom to be out of buying a nappy/diaper bag! I know it really wasn’t my business and I really have no idea why I even opened my mouth, except I feel that you pay WAY too much on an ugly nappy/diaper bag, when all a nappy/diaper bag is, is a bag with pockets and different compartments!
Well equestrian mothers to be- Take my advice:
Buy are super beautiful bag that will last way past nappy/diaper years!
Really what you need is a great bag that has a few compartments and in addition to that- a clutch purse or cross body bag for your own items and an envelope bag or two for baby goods and other things.
If you’re going to spend money on a diaper bag- you might as well get something that fits your style(cause face it, mid price nappy/diaper bags are UGLY and pretty ones are super $$$). Find something that will grow with your needs from infant to toddler and beyond!
Large equestrian bags the suit these needs: Check out Oughton Limited, Baker Blankets, Rebecca Ray Designs, Sheplers and Etsy.
Consider also packing a small cosmetic type bag that has quick fixes: Eyes, Lips, Scents, hair! I really enjoy sweet scents from Lush. Their body powder is a great quick option for deodorant on the go, etc…
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!
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!
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.
Life as it is has not been satisfying… I want more!
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!
I’ve decided this is not the way I want to live!
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?
THIS IS MY PLAN:
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?
I’m going on Walkabout
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?
Where was I? Oh yes Change… Once you feel like you need a change, what do you do about it?
I feel like most people do change a bit. Once they really feel like they need to change something in their life, they do go down a path to do something about it.
Anyone out there up your workout routine so your clothes fit you better. This probably happens every year as the gym commercials ramp up and New Years resolutions start to be promoted! What about a change in your job? A change in location of living? A change in your relationship or lack of?
What do you want to change?
I had been feeling like I needed a change, I wasn’t really sure what exactly yet.
My advice for anyone feeling a need for change in their life:
Figure out what is making you feel like you need a change first.
Then think about how to steer towards that direction of change.
Think about short term things that need to happen and long term things that need to happen.
The more specific you are, the more direct and exact of a change you will receive. If you leave details very open, change will happen regardless, but a loose plan will open yourself up for possibly much more than you ever thought, possibly something way more than you ever pictured, and something much better than you ever dreamed.
Have you ever talked about doing something and actually open yourself up to doing it for real?
Of course you always have grand plans that you and your girlfriends like to talk about. Some friends get annoying cause that’s all they talk about but NEVER do it, not even a baby step towards something different. You think to yourself as they drown you in their sorrows… what a crappy way to live!
My Wanderluster instinct is a strong family trait. Both of my parents have traveled extensively and each side of their family has strong desires to travel and see the world. For example, my great grandfather on my mother’s side decided that Holland wasn’t going to give him the opportunities he dreamed about, so he set sail to America. He checked it out, loved it, traveled back to Holland and announced to his family that he was moving to America. He traveled back to America with a friend, they met their, to be wives and mother of their children on the boat and…Well, as they say, The rest is history!
I have always traveled, mostly seeing the World with horses or because of horses. I have met amazing people who have become very close friends along the way.
I guess looking back, those are major reasons why I am where I am today!
The story begins…The journey of The Equestrianista
The Rolex Grand Slam- is up for grabs again. This time it’s up to William Fox-Pitt to win it this weekend at Badminton!
As reported last year, The Rolex Grand Slam is not impossible, but sometimes it seems so. Only Pippa Funnel has accomplished such a feat!
The biggest 4-stars in the World are Rolex 3-Day in Lexington, KY, USA & Badminton 3-day in the UK. They will be held in late April/early May – one weekend apart. Other big events is The Landrover Burghley Horse Trials held in the fall. These three top events are part of The Grand Slam of Eventing.
The Grand Slam of Eventing, sponsored by Rolex, consists of three of the top CCI****eventing competitions in the world. To win the Grand Slam, a rider must consecutively win all three events, although they are permitted to ride different horses in each competition. This is especially important, since the Badminton Horse Trials is only one week after Kentucky, and the horse would not have sufficient time to recover between the two competitions, especially since he/she would have to be flown overseas in that time.
Winners receive an extra $350,000, in addition to their winnings from each event.
Pippa Funnell at Badminton winning Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam
William Fox-Pitt has four horses entered in the Badminton 3-Day event. Will that be enough to be the second rider in history to win the Grand Slam? He had the Grand Slam in his grasp last year at Rolex, but then fell short when Andew Nicholson won, taking Williams chances away.
Does he have this in the bag? Can he do it? Does he have what it takes?
You bet ya!
Traveling to Badminton?
What to pack for Badminton this year?
Weather Report- Weds- Sun:
The Highs of 14*C and lows of 8*C- with chances of showers from day to day.
When you live in one of the most beautiful historic horsey areas in the USA, it’s hard not to be involved with horses and pick up a camera!
It all started two years ago for Alec Thayer, a typical teenager who resides in Unionville, PA. In my opinion, Unionville, PA and the surrounding area ranks right up there as far as a more amazing famous horsemen/women found per square mile than any other place in the United States. Eventing, Dressage and Racetrack Superstars such as Phillip Dutton, Martin Boyd, Silva Boyd, Michael W Dickinson, Lana DuPont, Bruce Davidson, Jennie Brannigan- Just to name a few off the top of my head(sorry if I missed you). I’d have to do a whole blog post as to who lives around there!
If you ever get a chance to drive down the stone wall lined country roads in that area you will understand why.
What started it all for Alec, of AP3 Photography, was taking a national outdoor leadership school program. He was assigned to take 10 pictures a day. He enjoyed that so much that when he returned home that he took his camera and headed down the road to the Plantation Horse Trials to take some more!
After Plantation, he received many encouraging comments about his pictures that he has taken photography up as a main hobby. With a good natural eye and a camera in hand, Alec set off for more competitions and horsey events to attend to.
What do you love so much about what you do?
Being a recreational horseback rider and a self proclaimed adrenaline junky- skiing, sailing, etc.. Alec comments that he understands the timing of the horse & rider jumping. He really enjoys the challenge of taking pictures of a moving object and getting that perfect shot! That is his adrenaline rush when taking pictures of horsey subjects.
When fall came, Alec started to chase Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds. Started in the early 1900′s, the Cheshire Hunt has a rich heritage and is still a very active hunt. This is where the real love for photography started for Alec. For him, and many other foxhunting photographers, it’s the Chase of the Hunt that makes them come back for more!
Pictured above, it’s not just some crazy fit guy who runs 10 miles or more with the Cheshire Hounds on foot, but a very famous steeplechase jockey/ 5 Guiness Book of World Record title holder / turned race horse trainer from UK who also trained in Maryland, USA- Michael W Dickinson!
What do you love the most about taking pictures of foxhunting?
All of it, he replied. It’s the whole thing: capturing parts of the hunt, getting up close and achieving the ultimate goal of getting a picture of the hunted- Mr. Fox! It’s the challenge of figuring out where to be and how to get there ahead of the hunt so you can actually get a picture of it happening! It’s a game of getting the whole thing on camera.
Alex explains, that there are about 30-40 in car followers of the hunt. They follow the hunt in vehicles and all end up following the guy in the hound truck! The hound truck guy has “specialized skills, fox radar, built-in intuition, along with excellent driving skills” to know the back roads inside & out and where the hunt is probably going. First Alec would follow in his own vehicle, but has befriended the hound truck guy and now he rides with him!
This has enabled Alec to capture the real prize- the fox!
I asked Alec what he does in the off season. He replied, ” There really is no off season. There is a nice balance between Eventing and Foxhunting.” At the moment, finishing High School and getting accepted into College is the main priority for this young photographer. Alec hopes to get back into full swing once summer arrives. In the meantime, when he can, he gets out to continue to shoot photos.
His photography goals are to take some lighting classes and learn about indoor studio lighting. His ultimate dream location to shoot would be The World Equestrian Festival- CHIO Aachen this summer!
Best of luck with all your goals this year Alec!
I just love this picture, it reminds me of an old English hunt painting!
To see more of Alec Thayer- Check out his website and follow him on Facebook!