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The Tails of The Equestrianista…The Beginning

I know I should write about myself within my blog…I mean that’s what blogs are about right?  Recently I have had comments that I need to write more about myself….So here it goes:


I think about it often and then get stuck as to where to start.

The Equestrianista blog started sitting at a kitchen table in mid October of 2012 with an old equestrian friend and a glass or two of wine(ok it was probably a bottle shared between us if I really think about it).  The Equestrianista started because I needed an idea, I needed change in my life, and I needed a chance to create something.  Also.. who knows who I would meet along the way, get to know, find other opportunities out there!

I said I needed a change in my life-

So Why Not Do This and see where this Journey would take me?


OMG If you told me then where I would be now- I would’ve bet you were lying and making up the biggest story EVER!

But I guess I should back up to the beginning – enter at A, go down the center line and halt at X to start. 

When I was young, my parents enjoyed taking long walks together.  As I’ve been told, my dad would pack me on his back and they’d go for a long walk exploring around.  Little did they know, that going to pet the horses, one day at the local barn, would influence my entire life.  At age 2, I was pony crazy and with a little luck on my side, there was a very small pony for sale by the name of Peanuts at the local barn.

Some things have never changed, I love decorating the house, making things, etc…My favorite color is purple, and I have a soft spot for chestnuts.  Yep this picture sums it up pretty much!

From the very beginning, I was a total pony girl, even when I was not spending time riding or at the barn.

 Here is evidence, I used to make cloth bridles for the dog, pick her “hooves” and lead her around the house.  When this wonderful dog passed away, from cancer, not my horsing around, I got a Jack Russell.  I continued my horse training by collecting empty plant pots and sticks to jump her in the back yard.  *On a side note, a Jack Russell and an active child are a perfect pair- they will wear each other out!

From out of the womb, I’ve always been very independent.  I have been reminded by my father that I used to yell at him for trying to help me put my saddle on when I was 3yrs old.  Even though I was not strong or tall enough to get it on and would belt the pony in the side with the saddle.

By age 4, I wanted to be just like the cool teenage girls and take jumping lessons.  So my dad would put rails on the ground and lounge me over them as I bounced around on the saddle.


Asides from being naturally horse crazy- there were other influences to take into consideration of how I have come to be:



  Other major horsey influences was fact that I grew up in the heart of horse country in New Jersey!    I lived in Mendham which was 20 mins from Gladstone, NJ- a major epicenter for all things horses.  That area has Hamilton Farms- the headquarters for the USET in Gladstone, NJ

Click here to read about the USET

Also at the grounds of the USET, there used to be a very big International 3-Day event by the name of Essex 3-Day.  The Jersey Fresh 3-day has essentially taken its place.   There is also a very well known international driving event called Gladstone Driving Event.

There were two great saddleries in the area.

Bevals, which is a very big fancy English riding tack store.

Coach Stop Saddlery, one of my favorite places to go as a kid.  Just the other year I went to visit and check it out.  It smelled the same and brought me back.  It was wonderful!

Click here to go to Coach Stop’s Facebook Page

Far Hills Races, in October, is one of the largest steeplechase events around.  Its one of New Jersey’s biggest social events.

Click here to see Far Hills Race

Then you can’t forget Essex Fox Hounds!  A very old hunt who has had some very high profile participants, including our favorite, Jackie O . Who I remember, as a young kid hunting with a very nice pretty lady who used to hang around the kids…hmmmm

These horsey things really stick in my head as far as being first influences in my life to be a pony crazy Equestrianista.


Yes I rocked the Pompom, it was trendy back then!

 Products of the early 80’s!  Gotta love them.


Until next time- keep riding and styling!


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!




Click here to go to Tattersalls Website

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!

Click here to go to Horseware’s website


Burberry Fall Collection 2014! Sneak Preview….

That iconic Burberry plaid has been enlarged this coming Fall 2014.  Big, bold prints, beautiful color combinations that we should wear, and some stunning pieces that we all wish to wear.


 Click here or on picture to view the whole collection. 



With those big, bold shawls- they remind me of one of my favorite horsey patterns- The classic New Market Rug:


Celebrating the Year of the Horse – 2014 here we go!

Finally, we come upon The Year of the Horse!

2014-The Year of the Horse -is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.



What does this translate into for The Equestrianista?



More Horsey Travel Adventures are needed! Go off the beaten path to find the best travel destinations!

Photo from Ride Kenya(Click here to visit their Facebook page)

Here at The Equestrianista there will be horsey adventures to add to your bucket list as well as added International News and trends! 

Shopping wise:


Be decisive- if you love it- go for it.  If you think about the piece- go back asap and get it, you’ll regret if if you don’t.

Know what’s trending so you can make quick decisions if you need to add that certain special piece to your collection!

 Here at the Equestrianista- more trend reports, what to look for and where  will be featured!

The Year of the Horse
Click above on image to view these items in Polyvore! 

Be efficient:

 How to organize better, What should be packed in your Ride on the Go bag, New products, and easy recipes will be available at The Equestrianista!  



Worn-out (wôrnout, wrn-) adj. Worn or used until no longer usable or effective.

I’m Worn-out but feeling rediscovered & refreshed!

I packed for 90 days in Australia and ended up staying for over 7 months!  Here I sit in South Western Australia looking at my worn out clothes and feel refreshed and rediscovered!



We all reflect the year that just past.

If someone told me where I would be sitting down to write this blog post,

I would’ve told them that they were lying! 


Lessons learned and enforced to live by from 2013:

Starting with my favorite old life lesson and ending with my new life lesson.

1. Be cautious of people who don’t have close good old friends.  

I have always found that there is something askew with people who don’t have oldie but goodie friends.  Not that every person you run into has the same thing wrong with them- but there are excellent good person qualities that are needed to have good old friends and be able to keep them!  People who lack those good person qualities usually dont have many good old friends.


2. If you’re unhappy, change things.

Easier said than done sometimes, but if you can find the courage to take the first step, the rest of the steps come easy.  There is NO reason to be unhappy and NO reason not to CHANGE things.  You’re just wasting life on being unhappy- who wants to do that?


3. Life is too short- do what  inspires you.

Earlier in the year of 2013, I was unfortunately reminded this life lesson.  My wonderful friend Renee, pictured above,  was killed in a horse related accident.  It was one of those stories you read about that reminds you to practice being safe around horses.  As much as I am still crushed to even think that she is not spreading glitter around this earth any longer, I am so grateful that she reminds me that Life is too Short and you need to do what inspires you and the rest will come.   Renee was a huge advocate for animal rights  in NYC and a big supporter for the carriage horses in NYC.  She always followed her heart and did what inspired her.

Fashion Advice in honor of Renee- But something sparkly pink for 2014!  




4. Create your own destiny.

This one is also a hard one, but as soon as you become inspired, feel that passion and fire inside of you, there is really nothing you can’t do.  I don’t think that Destiny is a predetermined course of events.  It’s your willingness and openness to try new things and go on different paths in life that inspire you.


5. Trust your gut.  

Another oldie but goodie- You can never go wrong with this one. You will always wish you had gone with your gut when you were on the fence about something and you will NEVER look back on a decision if you allow your “gut” to point you in the right direction.  *** Apply this to shopping for items.  If you totally fall in love with a piece of clothing and you think about it often. Go back and buy it- you’ll end up wearing the worth out of it!


6. You’ll find love when you least expect it.

Yep they always say that and it’s true.  I think when you finally take care of what needs to be taken care of along with  a little bit of timing on things- you will find love when you least expect it.


7. You can’t deal with Crazy (This is stolen from a good friend of mine)

We have all tried to deal with crazy people and in the end, you will end up saying: You can’t deal with Crazy.

Steer clear of people when you get the “crazy person” feeling from them.  Usually nothing good comes out of it.


8. Selfless and Selfish people just don’t mix

Again a personality difference that just never works out for both parties.  If you feel that you are dealing with someone on the extreme end of one or the other- it might be best to change your strategy on how you work with them.


9. When times get tough the tough step in and offer help.

I have always been a person that has stood on their own.  I fought for my independence out of the womb.  I was reminded of that when my father told me that I used to yell at him for trying to help me put my saddle on my pony when I was 2 years old!

When times get tough, accept help, let friends step in and offer support.  You’ll really find who’s who when you do.  Last year I quit my job, sold my house, and set sail on a life adventure.  Yes, that all sounds very fairytale, brave and adventurous- It was a bit calculated and a definite leap of life, and the best thing I ever did.

I just want to thank all my wonderful friends who offered places to stay, jobs to do and places to travel all over the world!  PA, NJ, MD, ME, USA, Calgary, Canada, Western Australia!

Thank you Cara, Megan, Sarah, Lesley, Jane,  & Mandy

10.  Make yourself complete, love yourself & do what makes you happy.  All else falls into place like you thought it would. 


As I look back over the year of 2013, there were some real lows but also some great highlights.  Looking at my clothes that I packed for 90 days in Australia that has turned into 7 months, I’m embarrassed of the wear and tear.

Thank you to some companies which I did pack!

I would like to thank Smartwool- the best sock company for keeping my feet happy while riding horses, exercising & hiking, and having an all around good time.  

Click above to visit SmartWool’s site

Walmart for making great fitting, cheap, jeans that you can ride in as well as wear outside of the barn!  My go to Cheap pair of jeans are LEI that is carried by Walmart!  

Click above to visit Walmart


Thank you Victoria’s Secret for making great fitting bra’s.  Even though they wore out after 6 months, I did only pack 3 along with some sports bras.  

Click above to visit Vicoria’s Secret

Thank you Wrangler for making fashionable, classic jeans that make your butt look great in!

Click here to visit Wrangler’s Site

I will need to get my Lagrange Cowgirl boots resoled as I am afraid I have ridden and danced right out of the soles!  Beautiful fashionable designs that Australia has never seen the likes of- Everyone wants to buy my boots!

Click above to visit Lagrange Leather’s site

My favorite Polocrosse playing boots- The Buckaroo made by Twisted X.

Click above to visit website 

Man have these boots been through alot of riding this year, let alone the last 2 years!

Since July 2013- 25 weeks of riding multiple horses a day plus most weekends playing polocrosse tournaments in Western Australia.  They still look great!

Click here to visit WAPA website


2014 is going to be great!  It’s the year of the Horse and 2014’s Color of the Year is Purple!  What more could an Equestrianista ask for?


Sneak Preview: Fall Designs from Rebecca Ray Designs!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rebecca Smith of Rebecca Ray Designs, a company inspired by the sporting lifestyle.



When I asked her, “is there anything new coming out?”  I could feel her lighting up with excitement!  Her voice changed a bit over the phone and I could picture her doing a little dance in her chair behind her desk.


When a designer is excited about a new collection, I get excited about it too!!!!



Rebecca was particularly excited about mixing black and browns for a two tone collection of bags- The Bella, Liza, Dolly and Snaffle Clutch.

She’s adding some different styles in the Trapper collection which uses the Hudson Bay company blankets.  The Meghan bag, Andrea, Lucy and Barbie are from the new wool line of bags that Rebecca Ray Designs offers.  They have horsey touches trimmed in beautiful bridle leather.  Last but not least- some new color choices in accessories to put in your bag!

Start saving cause I know you will want more than just one of these new releases for Fall of 2013!!!!



What am I going to save up for?



I LOVE the Trapper Messaganger and the Trapper Kit!    The new wool collection looks warm and lovely to wear anywhere and the two tone bags are classy and classic for years of use. They will never go out of style.


You just can’t go wrong with a purchase from Rebecca Ray Designs. They are timeless classics.



Sneak Preview: Rebecca Smith of Rebecca Ray Designs ideal Mother’s Day…

Rebecca Smith,  of Rebecca Ray Designs, interviews with The Equestrianista about what inspires her collections, travel tips and rider on the go tips!

A full interview coming soon! Stay Tuned…


Rebecca is a creative working mom who juggles it all just like everyone else.  She had a vision in mind and started an authentic American couture line of beautiful bags and accessories that are all made in the USA.  Recent growth has expanded into a sister line of great stationary called Seven Barks.


What’s Rebecca’s plans for Mother’s Day?




Rebecca and her family just moved into a 100 year old farm which hasn’t been occupied in 6 years.  As they work on things, her ideal Mother’s Day would be spent planting some shrubs and gardening and taking one of her driving Percheron horses out for a carriage ride with her husband and 9 year old, pony girl, daughter.



Full interview with Rebecca will be posted in the next coming weeks when we talk about Travel Tricks & Ride on the Go Tips!!!   Stay Tuned….




Exclusive: Dubarry announces their new boot: Introducing the Longford Boot!


Dubarry’s new boot, the Longford will be previewing in the USA at the Rolex KY 3 Day Event. (April 25th-28th 2013, KY Horse Park, Lexington KY)

Limited numbers will be available to be purchased during the preview and Dubarry will be running a social media competition through the event in which one lucky US resident can win a pair!

Scroll down to the bottom for details on how to enter the contest and WIN A PAIR OF LONGFORD BOOTS!



Introducing the Longford Boot by Dubarry


•       Waterproof & Breathable

•       Lined with GORE-TEX® right to the top

•       Made in Europe from Dubarry’s water resistant DryFast-DrySoft ™ leathers

•       Stylish double buckle detail

•       Available in Walnut or Black

•       Sizes: Euro 37 – 43 (USW 5.5-11.5)

•       MSRP $529




Scroll to the bottom to Win a pair of these fantastic boots!


I can’t wait to see them in person!



If you’re not sure what to wear, Dubarry it up all the way!  Here are some outfits with the new boot and Dubarry’s lovely clothing selection along with other great equestrian accessories!

Click on the pictures below to be directed to shop for these items!

Dubarry Longford Boot



Longford Boot By Dubarry



Longford Boot By Dubarry
Travel with Dubarry
Dubarry Longford Boot


For more details on the competition keep an eye out on the Dubarry’s Facebook Page

Eventing is coming soon!

Eventing is coming soon- March & April!  When I think of Spring, I think of Eventing.  Badminton and Rolex are the worlds’ most competitive three-day events that take place in late April/ early May.  Here at The Equestrianista, I will go deep into the heart of eventing, the history and culture, top eventing equestrianista interviews, trends & styles, three-day eventing, the jog-out and so much more!   Stay Tuned!

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