Here’s a few tips to keep your eye out for to stay stylish and trendy:
One piece of clothing that I encourage everyone to pick up- is an Off the Shoulder piece. There are many options in all budgets. Try something new and different to wear and be stylish at the same time- you never know you might like the look!
Look in your closet, your moms closet, thrift shops, and in stores for any 60′s/ early 70′s items.
Layers for the cooler months are trending-
For your Hair- Lucky for most of us- we are well rehearsed in braiding and a messy braid is very trendy- So do a good tight braid before you ride, and by the time you’re done riding and you’ve changed into a non horsey outfit- you won’t have to do anything with your hair! It will be windswept, styles by sweat under the helmet, and dried by the sun!
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!
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:
***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!
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!