Spring Race Fashion-

Keep it fresh, clean and classic with Zimmerman & add pops of electric blue like the Australian Sky


 

 

Spring Racing

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!

 

The Tale of The Equestrianista…am I crazy, brave, or something inbetween?

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?

 

Racing Colors- Outfits Ideas

The Australian racing season jump starts quick out the gate-

Are you ready?


 

Steeplechase Trends
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Get Winning Colors

Equestrianista- Jennie Brannigan tops the top at Fair Hill International Three Day the other week!  She has her own unique style that’s a mix of Eventer, Jumper, California Cool and Thrill Seeker!

Congrats Jennie

Look below to get a look similar to hers!

 Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman Photo

Winning Colors

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Croptop Crackdown!

There has been a crackdown on crops!


 

 

No, not that crop, I’m talking about the very popular mid-drift fashion piece of clothing, the crop-top!

 

 

The Melbourne Cup is Australia‘s major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as “the race that stops a nation”, it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in MelbourneVictoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November.

 

A crackdown, with fashion police stopping women who expose their stomachs will occur this coming November 4th on the Flemington Racecourse during The Melbourne Cup!


 

Women attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival can expect a crop top crackdown, with fashion police set to stop women with exposed stomachs from entering vast sections of the track.

Women entering general admission areas will be able to flash their flesh in midriff-exposing crop tops, but members and their guests trying to enter the Members’ Grandstand and enclosure, VIP Birdcage, and popular carpark picnic precincts, such as The Nursery, at Flemington in Victoria this year will be turned away.

They are already sick of the short skirts and high high heels, so they’ve drawn the line – No Crop Tops!

 

Do you think it’s fair?  Can a Crop Top be done tastefully?  Just a little sliver?


 

So if the crop top is out- Then what’s in?


 

Florals are a must!  

Great heels that pop are always a must!  

A fantastic fascinator!  

Accessories like a great clutch! 

 

Spring inspiration
Pastels and Florals
Floral Skirts for Spring

What will you be wearing?


Equestrian Stamps from Australia

I can only assume because we are celebrating the Year of the Horse and Australia being such a horsey country, they have just come out, hot off the presses, with a variety of disciplines on stamps!

 

They are quite well done, coming from a judging eye.  Check them out!  I would think any horse person would love to at least have a small sheet of their own disciplines’ stamps for keepsakes.


 What’s your discipline?


 Or maybe you just love all things horses?  

There is a wide variety of what you can purchase.  You can get a post card with one of the disciplines on it, you can get one stamp of each, you can get a sheet of just one specific stamp, etc….

Stamps
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stamps
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Wouldn’t it be great to have all 5 as framed posters for the tack room or house?  hmmmm….hint hint, wink wink


In the Equitation and Hunter Show Ring- Whats Acceptable, What Hot, Whats Not

There can be a very thin line between what’s acceptable and what’s not when you enter the show ring.  Its always been that way and always will.  I had the pleasure of interviewing, Grace Wiedner, an up and coming top young rider who helped me breakdown the ambiguity of what to wear in the show ring.  Her full interview will follow in the coming weeks!


 

New riders to the Hunter & Equitation Show Ring really need to consider these things when converting over and looking for the right show apparel.  What you wear does matter to some extent.

 

Now, when you are first starting out, there are some good basic items that you want to look for, then as you start to specialize in this area of horse competition, there are some special brands that you considered trendy and in.

 

But like all disciplines- the classics never go out of style and are classics for a reason.  Something to remember, and this applies to almost every discipline, whether it’s apparel or riding gear- ***If you go cheap- the fit most likely won’t be right, the quality is absolutely not there, and you will probably end up wasting your money because once you start using the item- the fit & quality isn’t there, and to make things worse, trying to resell this slighty or never used item- no one wants it! So always ask for advice from a reputable source and weigh in budget and level of competition.  There are always tricks and shortcuts in each discipline that you can save and places that it’s just not worth trying to get something less expensive.


 

A breakdown of what to wear in the Hunter Show Ring:


Helmet: Best value is to go for a classic velvet helmet.   Something that fits you well and looks good on you, a low profile helmet tends to look best.  A classic velvet helmet will cover Hunter, Equitation, and Jumpers.  The Microsuede material is acceptable, but could change as to what’s in or out.

GPA or Charles Owen is the brands to consider.

Hairnet- Always hair up and neat with a hairnet that matches your hair color.  There are great new ones from RWR that many people like.  A bit easier than the classic.

Earrings- You can get away with a little bigger pearl or diamond earring.  But nothing crazy. Keep it simple.

Shirt: Always wear white. You can’t go wrong with white for many years.  There are trends of colored shirts and patterns, etc… But if you are buying something that is a guaranteed classic- go with a white shirt.  Long or short sleeve is fine- you might want to have both if you plan to show in the cooler weather and need more layers.  I think most people go for the short sleeve version.

Monogrammed collars- are out.  Pins are out.  Grace mentioned that there maybe be some old fashion riders in the show ring that can pull it off, but just go for a plain collar at the moment with nothing on it- its’ the classic standard.

Jacket: Always plain black or dark navy.  There are patterns within the coats, but really plain is better for the long term value.

* Dark green has been trying to make a comeback, but as Grace said – “you have to be perfect to pull that off.”  Make sure the arms are long enough and it fits right.  You can never ever go wrong with a classic good fitting coat.

Brands to look for: Starting out- really whatever fits you best within your budget, is the best choice.  But RJ Classics is a big show ring brand and Ariat is making it’s way into the inner circle.

Gloves- Plain Black- whatever fits & is comfortable.  This is where you could go cheaper.

Breeches: Plain tan.  Tailored Sportsman is the classic classic brand that will always been accepted in the show ring.  They are also a good investment piece if you decide that the show ring isn’t for you- they hold their value for consignment.   Ariat is also acceptable, but again go for the classics.

Belt- Plain belt, you can get away with a horsey buckle as long as its not too big.

Boots:  Lots of brands to choose from.  A Field boot only- no dress boots.  Keep your eye out for the consignment area.  To start out, Ariat or TredStep seem to be the best fitting, best value, most acceptable brands.

But Grace hit the nail on the head- “It really doesn’t matter what the brand is:

As long as it hurts to put on- you’re good!”


Hunter Show Ring

 

 

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Here’s Grace’s simple breakdown between Hunter & Equitation Wear:

 

Equitation- Plain is better.  Always dark coat-Navy or Black. White Show Shirt. Plain Helmet.
Hunter- Don’t take away from the entire look.  There is a little bit of individuality that can be expressed, such as a green show coat or the top of boots are a different leather.  These trends change so be on top of what’s in and what’s out.
But if you don’t want to make a mistake- classic classic classic is the best investment.  

Mary King & Ben Hobday- Horseware’s Trot Up Best Dressed at Tattersall 3***

 

Mary King & Ben Hobday are awarded Best Dressed!


 

 

As reported, Horseware sponsored the Trot Up Best Dressed for the second year in a row at Tattersall International 3-day.

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Mary King went with a classic navy blazer with some added details.  Clean lines and a monochromatic underneath with a white blouse and white jeans.  Some added jewelry and she’s jogging!

 

 

Mary King
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With her gift voucher, What will she get?


Here are my suggestions on some always needed items:
The vest has nice slimming stitching details that you will get a lot of use out of.
The Competition Jacket- Great for giving clinics, running around, wipe off any dust or dirt easily- lots of use.
The two shirts have cute details, nice femine details with some frills and puffs.
A pair of denim breeches will go a long way!
Horseware
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Who will trot up best dressed at Tattersall International 3-Day in Ireland next weekend?

I am happy to report Horseware will sponsor for the second year in a row, Best Dressed in the jogs at the Tattersall International ***3Star- 3Day!

 

 

 

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Who will it be?

What will they be wearing?

Are they going to be wearing what’s trending right now?


 

 

Click here to read what’s trending for 2014 Spring and Fall 

Stay tuned- pictures and rapid updates will follow as reports from Tattersall are sent!


While you’re waiting for next weekend, Check out Horseware’s new items for Spring!

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