5 Equestrian Fashion Trends That Have Crossed Over to the Mainstream

Equestrian-inspired fashion

There is perhaps no sport that has embedded itself in fashion more than riding wear. From Kate Middleton to Blake Lively, equestrian fashion has inspired many fashionista. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities sporting equestrian-inspired ensembles, whether they’re taking a cue from British history or merely appreciating the comfort of stretchy riding pants. In any case, certain accessories have become widely adopted by fashionistas (riders or not). These five equestrian staples have crossed from the show ring over to the runway, becoming mainstays in the world of the fashion forward.

Breeches

Taylor Swift wearing riding pants

Everyone from Taylor Swift to Giuliana Rancic has been spotted sporting riding-style pants. And why not? They’re comfy, they’re sleek, and they’re on trend. So take a cue from Taylor and transition your breeches into your non-equestrian life, too.

Riding Coat

This one should not be much of a surprise. Like a classic blazer, a good riding coat instantly brings a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Buttoned or unbuttoned, it can add structure to an otherwise loose ensemble. It’s easy to see why the riding coat is worn by everyone.

Riding Boots

Perhaps the most widely-loved carryover from the equestrian world, riding boots have been a fall and winter staple for many years — and for good reason. These tall leather or faux leather boots are super warm when the weather turns south, and they’re great for a little bit of puddle splashing. Plus, they look chic with a pair of jeans and a sweater. We can’t wait for autumn to come so we can bust out ours!

Spurs

Spur

While we’re on the topic of riding boots, it must be noted that spurs have taken a special place in the hearts of non-riders. Yes, even the most utilitarian of equestrian accessories has been adopted by fashionistas. Many boots feature spur-inspired heel adornments, a throwback to classic equestrian style. Everybody loves a little extra bling!

Stock Tie

Unexpected yet refreshing, a billowy stock tie can lend a vintage feel to an otherwise simple ensemble. Paired with a flowy white blouse or a cute high-neck dress, this look is super cute for a variety of occasions.

Goode Rider Athlete: Lauren Billys

Goode Rider Athlete Lauren Billys
At this point, it seems almost silly that Goode Rider athlete Lauren Billys would be doing anything other than riding. However, her path wasn’t always so obvious. Although Lauren grew up riding horses, she was not certain that she wanted to pursue an equestrian career. She attended Fresno State University in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she earned a double degree in Enology and Chemistry in 2013. Lauren was even named the distinguished student in the Department of Enology and Viticulture. But her love of riding persisted, as well. Having competed in three-day eventing in her youth — her first horse, Texas Ranger, taught her the ropes of lower-level competition —  she founded her own training business, Lauren Billys Eventing, while still in college.

Big Dreams

Near the end of her college career, the opportunity arose for Lauren to compete in the Olympic Games. Since her grandmother is Puerto Rican, she is eligible to ride on behalf of the island territory. She decided to put her wine career on hold, at least for the time being. “I told myself I would give myself a fair shot to achieve my Olympic dream until 2016 and then decide if I would dive back into the wine industry,” she explains.
The path to Rio was a long one. In addition to all the training and preparation that goes into an Olympic run, Lauren had to do some serious fundraising. She raised money and formed a syndicate to purchase her mount, Castle Larchfield Purdy. Eventually, Lauren made it to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, becoming the first eventer in history to represent Puerto Rico at the Olympics. “It was the most fulfilling and magical riding I have done in my life,” she says. “This event gave me a new perspective on the meaning of ‘team.’ The owners, veterinarians, grooms, coaches and people behind the scenes make a moment like this unrepeatable and so powerful.”
The experience also had a profound impact on her career. “As I finished the Rio Olympics, I came through the finish flags and almost instinctually committed to competing at the top of the sport for the rest of my life.

Looking Ahead

Now based in Carmel Valley, California, Lauren has a whole host of accomplishments under her belt. In addition to the 2016 Olympic Games, she competed in the 2015 Pan American Games, as well the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (on the mare Ballingowan Ginger). More recently, she was the 2017 Chef d’equip for the Area VI Gold Medal eventing team. Lauren has also racked up a long list of high USEA rankings and wins at upper-level events in the U.S.
She also has a promising stable of up-and-coming horses. One of her recent acquisitions is a swanky five-year old German Sport Horse, Can Be Sweet. Known around the barn as Charlie, he has “the gallop, movement and jump to be as elegant as any at the top of the sport.” Her other new new ride, Caletina, is a six-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She is an amazing jumper with a fighting spirit,” Lauren notes. Like Purdy, both horses are owned by syndicates (all of which still have a few shares up for grabs).
Her immediate plans for these two and her longtime partner Purdy are bold. “I would like to get both my new horses out this year.  Charlie needs to compete in the five-year-old YEH, and I would like to get Purdy qualified for next year’s World Equestrian Games.”

Hard Work

“I love the relationships I get to make with each horse, particularly the ones I get to show and compete to reach the top of the sport,” says Lauren. It takes a lot of hard work to make that happen. Every day at Lauren Billys Eventing begins at 7am as she feeds and clean stalls before starting a full day of riding and teaching, usually around eight horses a day, six days a week. “Each horse and rider has different goals,” she says. “It is my job to help build positive experiences to make each horse and rider journey as successful as possible.”
Her Goode Rider breeches are up to the task through all of it. “I love that the breeches are so stylish and unbelievably durable. I ride horses all day, every day and have yet to wear out a pair of GR breeches. Plus, their styles for each season are so fun and attractive. I always get questions about my outfits.”
Although she tries to give herself one day off a week to hike and cook (and cheer on her fiancé when he competes in Spartan Racing, which involves navigating a high-intensity obstacle course), she admits that you have to clock in the hours. “Learn to work hard even when you are tired,” the Goode Rider athlete advises aspiring professionals. “Don’t be a victim of your circumstances but a champion because of them.”

Material Spotlight: NILIT Innergy Fiber

If we told you that one material could be both body-sculpting and breathable — as well as anti-bacterial, odor-controlling, UV-protecting and moisture-wicking — you might not believe us. But hear us out.

A new technology called NILIT Innergy Fiber does just that. Made with a mixture of nylon, spandex and silicon, it converts the thermic energy of the human body into far infrared rays, or FIR, reflecting it back into the deep tissue. By gently warming the deeper layer of the skin, the material invigorates and energizes the tissue. So what’s the end result? Well, the answer is multifold.

Cosmetic Benefits

NILIT Innergy Fiber has incredible cosmetic effects. For one, energizing deep tissue helps reduce the appearance of cellulite from the inside out. It also warms the tissue, which makes it more malleable and thus receptive to shaping. Combined with the supportive nature of the fabric, which compresses fat and tightens the skin, the material has a body-sculpting effect for a sexy, streamlined shape.

Technical Benefits

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, NILIT Innergy Fiber has myriad benefits for athletes. It’s proven to help reduce fatigue during physical activities — perfect for riding. The breathable material has wicking properties for sweaty situations. And it even has built-in antibacterial properties to control odor, a great bonus for busy riders. Plus, the material protects skin from harmful UV rays — a must for anyone spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun.

Lifestyle Benefits

For all its technical prowess, NILIT Innergy Fiber doesn’t sacrifice comfort, either. The microfiber feels so soft to the touch that you’ll never want to take it off. This form-fitting fabric makes riding tights feels like your favorite pair of leggings. It’s super easy to care for, as well; despite all the technical benefits of this high-performance fabric, there’s no special requirements for cleaning.

But don’t just take our word for it. Try NILIT technology for yourself! Our customer-favorite Body-Sculpting Tights are a great choice to try out NILIT Innergy fiber. We think you’ll absolutely love this material.

Stable to Street: Ideal Show Tank

Whether you’re competing, schooling or just running errands, one thing’s for sure: Hot summer days require the appropriate shirt to survive without getting cranky. Our Ideal Show Tank is just the ticket, no matter where the day takes you.

Technically Superior

Our bestselling show shirt has been redesigned with new details and a new material that make it perfect for any occasion, equestrian or otherwise. Now made with a polyester/spandex mix, the tank is moisture wicking to keep you cool when the mercury rises. Furthermore, it has antibacterial properties to keep you fungus-free — even if it gets forgotten in a tack trunk after a long day at the barn.

Stylish

Now that we’ve got you hooked on the technical aspects, let’s talk about how cute it is! Beautiful princess seaming flatters your figure, while contrast banding and stitching yields a streamlined silhouette. The mock neck front has a zip top featuring an adorable silver pull shaped like a bit. Additionally, logo embroidery on the chest gives it a fun feel. The white version even has a loop on the back of neck for a stock tie if you want to wear it in the ring. Just be sure the judge doesn’t excuse coats for your afternoon class!

Multifunctional

Throw this tank on first thing in the morning and you’re good to go for the rest of the day. It’s comfy if have a long road trip ahead of you and it simplifies things if you’re already at the show grounds. It’s great for training at home or getting some exercise on your horse’s day off, too. Unzip the neck to cool down once you’re out of the ring, or if you get warm while hiking. Try it out — we think you’ll love it!

Stay tuned for the next installment of our “Stable to Street” series featuring our favorite products that transition effortlessly throughout your life.

5 Famously Fashionable Equestriennes: Celebrities Edition

Kaley Cuoco, Equestrian Fashionista

It’s time for round two of our Famously Fashionable Equestrians series! After all, there are few things that are more enjoyable than perusing photos of your favorite celebrities on horseback. Enjoy these tidbits about leading ladies who ride in their down time.

Kaley Cuoco

Having ridden since she was a teenager, the Big Bang Theory star is an avid competitor. “It’s become a very important part of my life, very serious,” Cuoco told Jimmy Kimmel. “It kind of levels me out with this whole Hollywood thing.” Her equine family includes a stable of bays, a miniature horse named Shmooshy, and her boyfriend, professional show jumper Karl Cook.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff, Equestrian Fashionista

The actress and fashionista, who has a fashion line called “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” grew up around horses. “I’ve loved riding and being around horses ever since I was little,” she says. “My family owns a ranch outside of Austin with lots of land and a great house, and my parents used to put my older sister, Haylie, and me on the ponies when we were babies. We may have been just about able to sit up, but we knew we had to hold on tight.”

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, Equestrian Fashionista

Having grown up on a 500-acre farm near Nashville, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Tennesse-born singer is an equestrian. (Her two younger sisters, Brandi and Noah, also ride, competitively.) In 2015, Miley shelled out almost $5 million for her own private equestrian estate in Hidden Hills. Now that’s living the dream!

Madonna

Madonna, Equestrian Fashionista

Unlike some of the other celebrities on this list, the Material Girl reportedly took the reins in her 40s. She suffered a bad fall in 2005, cracking three ribs and breaking her collarbone and hand in the fall at her Wiltshire estate in the U.K. while celebrating her 47th birthday with family. However, she got back in the saddle (as soon as her managers would let her!). Nowadays, she’s even sharing her equestrian passion with her son, David.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, Equestrian Fashionista

Of course Martha Stewart rides. In addition to her herd of five Friesians, she has a Fell pony and three Sicilian donkeys — plus a couple French Bulldogs. They all live at Martha’s gorgeous Cantitoe Farm, in Bedford, New York, where she has access to riding trails. You can just imagine what her stable look like — but you don’t have to. See a tour of her barn by clicking here.

Goode Rider for Girls

Goode Rider Girls Riding Clothes

School is out for summer. For young riders, that just means there’s more time to spend at the barn! Check out our favorite pieces for budding equestrian fashionistas and outfit your girls with Goode Rider for the season. Whether she’s hitting the summer show circuit for the first time or just practicing her bareback skills (what’s summer for, after all?), she’ll be riding in style all summer long.

 

Goode Rider Girls Happy Polo

Happy Polo

Silky yet technical, this polo is as functional as it is flattering. It’s perfect for schooling or just hanging out at the barn on those lazy summer afternoons. We love the mother of pearl buttons on placket and a fun leaping horse design on the back that reads, “Kick up your heels.” Too cute!

 

Goode Rider Girls Active Jacket

 

Active Jacket

This pretty periwinkle athletic jacket is perfect for chilly mornings. Made out of lightweight, stretchy polarfleece and quilted nylon, it’s warm yet streamlined. The silver horse bit pulls on the hidden pockets and cuffs are very on trend right now, as well.

 

Goode Henley

This long-sleeve, feminine V-neck henley  has logo embroidery and contrast overstitch throughout for a playful look. The moisture-wicking fabric is made out of cotton, spandex and — you’d never know it — bamboo! It’s perfect for covering up during long days in the summer sun.

 

Goode Rider Girls Horsebit Jeans

Horsebit Jeans

A lower rise and crystal-studded horse bit embroidery on the back pockets give these classic jean breeches a kick in the rear! The custom-fit waistband and velcro closures at the ankles make these stretchy bottoms adaptable for growing kids. They’re super comfy in the saddle, to boot.

 

Girls Ideal Show Shirt

This mock-neck zip-front show shirt is our bestselling show shirt made in girls sizes. We adore the princess seaming and contrast banding and stitching, which creates a streamlined silhouette. The moisture-wicking, antibacterial fabric has mesh under the arms — an absolute must-have for show season.

 

 

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Horse Show Style

Horse Show Style

Face it: horse show style is not very diverse. Depending on the discipline, it ranges from mildly boring to downright stifling (dressage riders, we’re looking at you). But that doesn’t mean you can’t express your personal style. There are plenty of opportunities for subtle twists in the details. Spice up your stale horse  show attire with one of these fashionable flourishes. You’ll be leaps and bounds above the rest of the pack.

Color

In the hunter ring, you have a number of options as far as color goes. Make the most of it! Go for a jewel-tone or pastel-colored shirt, like this burgundy shirt with a charcoal coat or an aqua shirt with chocolate brown. If you’re feeling bold, an interesting coat color will beautifully draw attention to any horse. For example, hunter green looks stunning on bright chestnuts or bays.

Prints

A subtle print can go a long way in the show ring. If your discipline allows it, try a nice checker or stripe under a solid colored coat. The Ideal Show Tank in black swirl is fun way to liven up a black-on-black pairing.

Bling

Stock ties, earrings and barrettes are classic options for adding a little bling. Think outside the box and add a little sparkle to your clothing itself. The Noble Show Shirt has beautiful crystal buttons—a perfect adornment for glitter-loving gals!

Ruffles

Even in disciplines that don’t allow for varied colors and prints, you can get away with a ruffle here and there. The Regal Show Shirt has cute ruffles on the bib that peek out from under your show coat.

Trim

Beautiful piping or trim on your coat is a classy way to squeeze some extra style into your ensemble. For example, the Iconic Competition Coat features beautiful buttons and ribbon trim. It also has pretty pleats and contrast pick-stitch embroidery to really make the details pop.

Stable to Street: Goode Rider Vogue Jean Breeches

Goode Rider Vogue Jean Breeches (Front)

Sometimes you have to go somewhere straight from the barn. But that’s okay. In these situations, the Goode Rider Vogue Jean is just what you need. Perfect for on-the-go riders, these denim breeches are pseudo jeans. Details like pockets and a stitched zipper fly help you transition from the barn to the city and back.

Why Do We Love the Vogue Jean Breeches?

With a composition of specially twisted yarns for super stretch and soft velvet feel, the Vogue Jean is as comfy in the saddle as it is out. Featuring a double-button closure, the custom-fit stretch waistband is comfortable on every body.  Although the sleek mid-rise fit is sexy, it does not sacrifice coverage. Delicate, subtly equestrian whip embroidery on the back pockets alludes to your equestrian activities without broadcasting it. Meanwhile, the discreet knee patches match the denim fabric, blending in to appear like true skinny jeans. Plus, the breeches are available in both regular and long styles, so you’re never caught with high waters when you swap your field boots for sandals.

How Do You Pair the Vogue Jean Breeches?

These incredibly flattering breeches pair perfectly with a cute tee for that post-ride errand. For days that involve post-riding errands, pair our Charcoal Denim with a deep burgundy riding top (we might recommend the Long Sleeve Ideal Show Shirt in burgundy or gunmetal link). However, for more lengthy after-barn activities like lunch or drinks, the Blue/Black Denim breeches are ideal. Simply swap out your riding shirt for your favorite top when you leave the barn. Dress things up with a nice sweater and statement necklace for more sophisticated occasions.

No matter what you wear them with, the Vogue Jean breeches are simply destined to become a favorite piece—wherever you’re headed.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our “Stable to Street” series featuring our favorite products that transition effortlessly throughout your life.

5 Far-Flung Equestrian Vacations

Equestrian Vacations

Longing for a vacation? Next time you’re planning a trip abroad, schedule one around your four-legged friends. Because let’s be honest, you’ll be drooling over the foreign ponies the whole time, anyway. These five equestrian vacations are stops to check off every horse-lover’s bucket list.

Visit the Irish National Stud

The horse holds a dear place in the heart of Irish culture, so it should be no surprise that the Irish National Stud is, in many ways, a shrine to the Thoroughbred. Located in the heart of the country in County Kildare, the stud is home to both future stars and the so-called Living Legends, a group of resident stallions that includes Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Kicking King and Rite Of Passage. In addition to guided tours of the facility and an equine museum that regales visitors with the history of Irish racing heroes who called the stud home (such as Arkle and Sea the Stars), the stud boasts gorgeous Japanese gardens and St. Fiachara’s Garden, a verdant garden of plants native to the Emerald Isle.

View the Lipizanners in Vienna

The ornate Spanish Riding School is a sight every equestrian must see. Established over 450 years ago, the baroque hall adjacent to the royal palace was commissioned by Emperor Charles VI in 1729. There, in the capital of Austria, guests can watch the team of snow-white stallions perform the advanced dressage work for which they’re famous. Bred at the countryside stud farm in Piber and trained at Heldenberg in southern Austria, the stallions—who are born black but turn white as they mature—are trained to do the airs above ground movements, as well as advanced dressage such as passage and piaffe. Onlookers can also book somewhat cheaper tickets to the less formal schooling sessions in the morning, where they can watch the masters work with the greener stallions in the same ornate arena.

Tolt in Iceland

The adorable Icelandic horse is known for more than just its diminutive stature and friendly nature. In addition to the usual gaits, Icelandic horses possess two special gaits: the tölt, a four-beat gait akin to a pace, in which the front and back legs on the same side move concurrently; and the fast but unstable skeið, known as the “flying pace.” The latter is used for harness racing, while the former is extremely comfortable for long days in the saddle. In addition to brief rides, many outfitters offer multi-day treks, so you can see the rugged Icelandic landscape from aboard the most reliable form of transport: a hardy Icelandic horse.

Foxhunt in England

Get an authentic taste of English country life by participating in a foxhunt. But be warned—this high-octane sport is not for the faint of heart. You’ll find yourself flying over hedges and through muddy moors at breakneck speed in pursuit of a pack of howling hounds. Per the Hunting Act of 2004, all sanctioned hunts are mock “drag hunts,” meaning the dogs are merely chasing a chemical scent laid beforehand. Foxhunters are infamous for having a good time, both in and out of the saddle, so be sure to pack a flask in addition to your boots.

Trek the Mongolian Steppe

Most horses that are thought of as wild, such as mustangs, are actually descended form feral horses escaped from European settlers. To see legitimately wild horses, you have to go to central Asia. There you can see the rare—and endangered—Przewalski horse, which roams the Mongolian steppe. These equines play a large role in the culture of the Mongolian people. As an old proverb goes, “A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings.” In addition to allowing them to live nomadically, horses provide a food product: kumis, a beverage made of fermented mare’s milk. Although cow’s milk is generally used to produce this mildly alcoholic beverage en masse, it’s traditionally made using mare’s milk, which has more sugar. Go beyond your comfort zone with the only truly wild horses in the world.

Tech Tips: Stay Cool This Summer

Goode Rider Cool Clothes for Summer

Things are heating up in our neck of the woods, and chances are your location isn’t far behind. This leads up to the annual conundrum: How to stay cool at the barn? Helmets certainly don’t do riders any favors in this department. Things are even worse if you plan on showing: stock ties, show coats and long days out in the sun all contribute to toasty rides. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some tips to help you stay comfortable when the mercury rises. Cool down with these technical tips for riding wear this summer.

Light Colors

Everyone knows black attracts heat, by why is that? Basically, certain colors absorb certain wavelengths of light. Albeit not a “color” in the technical sense, black is essentially a muddy combination of all the other colors. This means that is absorbs all light, making it hotter than other colors. White, on the other hand, reflects light.

So opt for lighter colors when possible. White is best, but even a pale blue is better than dark blue when you have the choice. The Goode Rider Super Seamless Shirt comes in an array of lighter colors, from white to aqua to a beautiful orchid long sleeve. It’s great for schooling, and the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool under a show coat, too.

Breathability

Human bodies have built-in mechanisms for staying cool when it’s hot out. All you have to do is allow to to function correctly. Good fabric is key for allowing your body to sweat. This sounds easy, but it can be tough when you have to wear full-seat breeches. Goode Rider’s Seamless Designer Tights are made from a polyamide / spandex material that’s both breathable and moisture wicking. They have ventilated knees for better air flow, as well.

The fabric is also anti-bacterial for odor control. However, you still need to wash them often. Like skin, the pores of the fabric can get clogged by dirt, so it’s important to keep them clean so they function their best. That means rotating clothing or washing your riding clothes (as well as saddles pads and wraps, for your horse’s sake) after every ride, if you can.

Structure

If loose clothing is your friend, then structure is your best friend. Shirts with seaming keep fabric from clinging to your body, which is uncomfortable and causes more sweating.  Another thing to note is that heavy embellishments weigh clothes down and trap the fabric against your body. Avoid lots of bling until the weather cools off. The Best Shirt is a great simple, structured option. It’s loose-fitting with seams on the sides to keep the fabric away from your torso, and does not have excessive embellishments. The Boyfriend Shirt is another great choice. It even comes in a summery gingham print!

Sun Protection

Lastly, don’t forget sun protection. Long sleeves may sound like the last thing you want to wear on a hot day, but it will keep you safe. It will also prevent that awful scorched-skin sensation so you won’t feel hot the next day. The Long Sleeve Ideal Show Shirt is perfect for hot weather. It’s wicking and breathable, and it will protect your arms from the su’s harmful rays during long days outside. The zip front can be zipped up to protect the back of your neck from sunburn. If it’s really hot, you can even wet the collar of your shirt to keep yourself cool.

We won’t tell if you just want to hose yourself off along with your horse after a long ride. (We’ve all been there.) Whatever you do, be sure to stay cool out there!