If you aren't lucky enough to have a groom/friend/long suffering partner or parent to help you get yourself and your horse ready for an event, you will probably spend more time making sure your horse looks fabulous leaving little time for yourself. Having arrived at the event, tacked up and added the finishing touches to your horse, time has in all probability run away with you, unless you are one of life's highly organised people. So, you throw on your hopefully clean competition clothes and hastily tie your hair in a ponytail and add a hair net. You will then cram your hat on and hope that your hair is neatly confined in your hairnet and stays confined for the duration required.
Equetech's newest sponsored rider, Helen Newbold, has had a phenomenal few weeks with her top three horses. The show ring rider, panel judge and producer has had wins across the board with Marley the cheeky New Forest pony, Emporers Jade a beautiful ex racehorse and Allithorne the fairytale small hunter. Marley picked up his Royal International ticket at Staffordshire County Show, and both Emporers Jade and Allithorne have gained their HOYS tickets in the SEIB R2R and Small Hunter classes respectively. Helen's motto is "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work" and with husband Jason very much at the forefront of this incredible husband and wife team,
There's an increasing move towards the use of sports psychology amongst the equestrian fraternity. Interestingly, this performance enhancing medium isn't only used by those professional riders at the top of their game that strive to remain at the top but the popularity amongst amateur and leisure riders is also on the increase, why? Horse ownership/riding is more popular now than ever before. In the UK we are very lucky at the amount of grass roots and lower level events which are open to amateur riders.
Ruffles, Lace and Pinks, as seen on the runways of the major fashion shows across the world, are on-trend for Spring/Summer 2017. Here at Equetech we've put together a shirt collection based on this season's "Must Have" trending fashions. The Equetech Frilly Show Shirt brings a romantic feel to this beautiful crisp white shirt. An ideal crossover piece, this shirt looks equally stunning when worn in the show ring or outside of the equestrian environment. Team with your favourite jeans and a tweed waistcoat for a classic look, wear to the office to soften a sharply tailored suit, enjoy an elegant yet edgy image when worn with a pair of killer heels and skinny jeans or simply create a classic and sophisticated look for in-hand or lead rein showing.
There remains a strong gender bias, with females representing 74% of the riding population, so it's no wonder a majority of equestrian clothing brands target the female population with stylish male apparel being under-represented. As one of the UK's leading equestrian brands, Equetech strives to redress the balance. Managing Director and Head Designer, Liz Hayman has designed a range of not only practical and hard wearing casual riding wear, but a range that also delivers on smart competition and hunting wear for the all too forgotten about male rider.
It's common place to believe that to enhance our equestrian wardrobe we have spend lots of money. Well, thankfully this doesn't have to be so. All we really need to do is make minor adjustments to our existing wardrobe by adding on-trend accessories. A statement belt can make all the difference not only to your competition outfit but to your training and non-riding outfits. For a classic look whilst competing, choose a belt that tones or matches with the main block colour of your jacket and one with an interesting buckle design.
Equetech are pleased to welcome ROR panel judge, show rider and producer, Helen Newbold to our sponsored rider team. Helen has always had an interest in showing having produced her own horses to county and national standard and she is also renowned for her success with Retrained Racehorses. With a passion for retraining racehorses giving them a chance at a second career, she has enjoyed much success at national level, notably with Deep Reflection winning the Tattersalls RoR series final at Hickstead also standing Champion Racehorse to Riding Horse at HOYS.
It was a weekend of excess leg hair removal for Reggie, not Reggie's owner and Equetech MD Liz, washing and tidying of the giant 3 year olds magnificent gingerness and just general pre show day sprucing – I'm sure we spend more time beautifying our horses than ourselves! His royal gingerness went from a slightly scruffy, why can't I be a huge field ornament, to a resplendent vision befitting his incredible breeding which can be traced back to the 1600s. So, show day dawns with an early wake up call for Reggie who has a bemused yet disgruntled "I'm not a morning person" and "what is all the fuss about" look written all over his face.
This season is all about accessories and crossover pieces. With varying temperatures, sunshine and showers (even snow!) it's difficult to decide what to wear. Scarves are a sophisticated year round wardrobe staple, ideal at keeping the winter chill away from the neck and the ultimate stylish accessory teamed with a lighter spring/summer outfit. New to the Equetech Spring/Summer collection are two not to be missed simply stunning scarves. The Equetech Infinity Scarf is a delicate pink featuring an all over printed pheasants design in metallic rose gold foil and the Equetech Bridles Infinity Scarf features the exclusive Equetech bridles design in stylish blues and stone tones.