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.

Fourth of July Horse Safety: How to Keep Your Horse Safe This Weekend

Fourth of July Fireworks

July is here, and that means Independence Day is just around the corner. Although the Fourth of July is fun for humans—who doesn’t enjoy making the most of the beautiful summer weather with barbecues and other outdoor fun—the festivities we find so entertaining can prove terrifying for our pets. While brilliant display of fireworks in the night sky elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” from us, they can cause problems for horses who live near them. This year, take a few simple precautions for horse safety to ensure that the holiday weekend is worry-free for both you and your horse.

Put Them Inside

Experts recommend keeping house-trained pets indoors during loud festivities for safety reasons. Similarly, horses should be put in the barn if they’re usually put out to pasture on hot summer nights. Being inside creates a sense of security if things get crazy outside. Closing the barn doors will also shield them horses much of the noise associated with fireworks and the drunken revelry of your neighbors.

Check for Safety Hazards

Before it gets dark, check the barn for anything that could cause harm should your horse panic. This should be a routine part of horse care, but holes, broken boards, protruding nail heads and the like can cause extra harm should your horse panic. Take care of this stuff before it becomes a problem.

Pay Them a Visit

If you can, consider making a quick safety trip to the barn to ensure everything is okay. A treat and a few pats from a familiar person can go a long way toward soothing a stressed animal—not to mention ameliorating your own anxiety.

Give Them a Distraction

Give your horse something to do if you know they will be within earshot of fireworks. Even throwing them an extra flake or two will give them something to concentrate on besides loud noises. Natural supplements can also help calm hot-tempered horses. If you know your horse is going to have a really hard time, you can ask your vet about administering a sedative.

ID Your Horse

July 1 is national ID Your Pet Day, which should serve as a timely reminder to make sure your horse has some kind of identification prior to the Fourth. Many companies offer equine microchipping services. This is a good permanent method for identifying your horse should the worst happen—be it a drunk driver, a scared horse leaping a fence or anything else.

However, if you want something less permanent, temporary horse ID bands are a great option for quickly addressing this issue. Plus, you can use it for other occasions, such as trail riding. For last-minute identification, you can even make your own. Just make sure that it’s tight-fitting enough that it won’t easily get caught on anything (and quick-release in case it does).

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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!

Goode Rider at Western States Horse Expo

Western States Horse Expo

The Western States Horse Expo is coming up! For those of you in northern California, the Goode Rider gals will be in Sacramento all weekend long. Come visit us in the “C” Building at Booth #3801. We’ll be having our annual Goode Rider Cash N’ Carry Clearance Sale at the trade show, with all items priced at 50%-80% off!

The Horse Expo is open Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 from 9am-6pm (closes at 5pm on Sunday). If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat. In addition to incredible shopping and food, attendees can take part in all kinds of fun and games throughout the long weekend. Even returning attendees will be be pleased to discover something new: The Expo has constructed new arenas to accommodate the bursting-at-the-seams schedule of events this year.

Horse Expo Clinics

From basic horsemanship skills to specific disciplines, the Horse Expo features a wide variety of clinics. Furthermore, they’re all free to audit with the price of admission! The popular “Clinicians Unmounted,” a group setting in which participants can meet the clinicians and ask questions, is also happening this year. Clinicians include the following stars:

  • Charles deKunffy, world-renowned for teaching classical training traditions and classical riding skills
  • Pat Parelli, founder of modern day Natural Horsemanship and a complete program of developing both horse and rider
  • John Lyons, “America’s Most Trusted Horseman”
  • Josh Lyons, founder of Josh Lyons Certification Program
  • Warwick Schiller, reining
  • Jim Masterson, equine massage
  • Kalley Krickenberg, three days of colt starting
  • Brandi Lyons, fundamentals, confidence, control
  • Jochen Schleese, saddle fitting

Educational Sessions

The Western States Horse Expo University will host a number of educational sessions. Topics include equine research, health, nutrition, fitness, behavior and more. Featured experts and educators include the following:

  • Deb Bennett, horse anatomy and biomechanics
  • Bryan Owen, photonic heath and proper foot balance
  • Kristin Stephens, equine nutrition
  • Rick Roncka, equine pharmaceuticals
  • Carole Herder, hoof boots and saddle pads
  • Jeff Moore, therapeutic connection between horse and rider
  • Richard Godbee, animal nutrition and nutritional biochemistry
  • Ron McLoughlin, lateral system of training focusing on horse’s footwork
  • Lyn Ringrose Moe, Cowboy Dressage
  • Heidi McLaughlin, overcoming fear

Trail Symposium

There is also a lineup of speakers dedicated to trail riding. This year, the Trail Symposium experts touch on a wide range of backcountry topics:

  • Teresa Spencer, horse safety
  • Samantha Szesciorka, long distance riding
  • Jerry Heitzler, mules
  • George Archer, packing
  • Carolyn Gilmore, wildfire preparedness
  • Debra Mason, Dutch oven open-fire cooking
  • Lucy Badenhoop, planning ahead and preparedness
  • Dennis Serpa, Back Country Horsemen of California

Rodeo Poker

This sport challenges riders to make the best possible five-card poker hand. How? Instead of the standard rodeo-style numbers on the cows, there are giant specially-designs playing cards! Riders must think strategically and ride competitively in dynamic, timed events including PokerPenning and 2ManPokerSort.

Rigs and Digs

In the market for a new trailer? The Rigs and Digs area of the Western States Horse Expo showcases the most horse trailers on display in the entire country. Mechanics are onsite to put on a new hitch, rewire lighting or do anything else needed to make driving a new trailer a safe experience.

BLM Adoption

BLM Mustang Adoptions are scheduled to help home wonderful, professionally-started mustangs.

 

We’ll see you there!

 

5 Famous Equestrian Fashionistas: Model Edition

Equestrian Fashionista Gigi Hadid Riding

If you’re like us, you love getting the latest scoop in your favorite celebs. And it’s even better when you learn that the hidden aspects of their lives are things that you can relate to, like these five equestrian fashionistas. Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t tell that these famous models are bona fide horse lovers—models are supposed to look good doing everything, right?

 

Gigi Hadid

If you’ve ever seen pictures of top supermodel Gigi Hadid posing gracefully astride a horse, it may be no surprise that she was raised on a horse farm. She got her first pony, a rescue from a neighbor, at age two. “The farmer was kind of old and couldn’t take care of him,” she told Allure. “So my mom asked if we could, and that’s the pony I started riding.” By the look of her Instagram, that was the start of a lifelong obsession.

 

Equestrian Fashionista Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

Okay, it may seem like a cop-out to list Bella separately from Gigi. But she has the riding cred to back it up. The model was reportedly aiming for the Olympics before she was sidelined by Lyme’s disease. Although her focus is on modeling these days, her heart still lies with her horses. When asked about her first break-up, with R&B singer The Weeknd, she told Teen Vogue about her real first break-up: having to sell her horse Lego.  “I was really traumatized,” she said. “You can ask any equestrian: You develop a crazy, emotional connection with this animal. When you’re riding a horse, they have full control over you. They can literally kill you in a second, so you build a trust with them.”

 

Mary-Kate Olsen Riding

Mary-Kate Olsen

The Hadid sisters aren’t the only famous fashionistas on this list—Mary-Kate Olsen is also an equestrienne. After starring on Full House with her sister Ashley, the twins went on to become moguls in the worlds of media and fashion. Although Mary-Kate isn’t a model, she and Ashley are the minds behind luxury fashion brand Elizabeth & James (among other fashionable enterprises). Mary-Kate began riding during high school as a way of escaping the pressures of fame. She quit when she moved to New York City, but ultimately started riding again. “I came back to the sport because I missed it every day that I wasn’t riding,” she said in a profile for HIITS Shows’ website. “It was the hardest thing to leave and the hardest thing to come back to.”

Kate Upton Riding

Kate Upton

Before baring skin in Sports Illustrated and GQ, the curvaceous model was a dedicated equestrienne. “I have my own horse and two ponies,” she told GQ. “I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion.” Although she showed in the American Paint Horse Association at a national level when she was younger, she doesn’t have much time for it these days. However, Kate is still known to compete on occasion when she has time off from her modeling duties.

 

Edie Campbell Riding

Edie Campbell

A true renaissance woman, It-Girl Edie Campbell is a both a fashionista and a scholar with a degree in art history. Furthermore, she’s also an eventer! The chic Brit has a wicked sense of humor about her horse: “Basically, Dolly is a bastard child because her dad is a very fancy, show-jumping stallion, but got into the field with some little pet pony and spawned an illegitimate heir. She’s on a permanent diet because she puts on weight easily, and it’s not very good for her to get too fat. This makes her really angry so she’s pretty livid all the time, but she can be adorable.” Poor little Dolly!

Steps & Style: Goode Rider Invites You to a Benefit Fashion Show

Steps & Style Fashion Show

 

Picture this: You’re sitting on the lush lawn of a fabulous chateau, sipping wine with your girlfriends at a fashion show. A parade of models are strutting the runway under the golden glow of a late afternoon in wine country. There’s no better way to spend an early summer afternoon—except, of course, if it happened to benefit the lives of others.

On the first Sunday in June, we invite you to join us at the stunning Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood. We’ll be there as part of a fabulous fashion show event benefitting one of our favorite nonprofits. You get to sit back and sip on fabulous Chateau St. Jean wines while shopping our latest looks, and it’s all for a great cause.

Chateau St. Jean

Giant Steps

Any horse-lover knows that our equine friends have the power to heal us from the inside out. That’s the philosophy of Petaluma-based Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, which uses equine therapy to better the lives of those living with disabilities. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit located at Sonoma Horse Park is dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled children and adults in the Bay Area.

 

 

Giant Steps believes that caring for and riding horses can be a powerful, life-changing tool for healing individuals with physical, emotional and developmental challenges. From little Megan, in the video above, to veterans with PTSD, they help a wide array of people. Their customized therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy programs can assist those dealing with the effects of everything from ADHD to cerebral palsy to depression to strokes.

The riding programs help students develop not only physical strength and coordination but also social skills, such as following directions, making friends, improving motor skills and learning how to problem solve.  Giant Steps also offers what they refer to as equine-facilitated learning, which consists of unmounted group lessons that include engaging activities with the horses as a method of teaching character development and reinforcing life skills.

Giant Steps promises never to turn away a rider because of a lack of means—but it’s a goal that’s not without obstacles.

Fashion Show

Steps & Style Fashion Show ParticipantsWe hope you will join us on Sunday, June 4 from 2-5pm. In addition to fashion from Goode Rider, there will also be ensembles by Overland Sheepskin Company, luxury brand Stick & Ball, girls’ activewear line Athleta Girl and Mini Britches, whose equestrian-inspired clothing for babies and toddlers is absolutely darling.

All proceeds directly benefit Giant Steps and the wonderful work they do with equine therapy.

You can save on ticketing fees by purchasing tickets for your whole group, so round up the girls and purchase your tickets HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Gift Guide: What to Buy for Mother’s Day

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers mean it’s gift-giving season. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday, May 14. Then there’s the plethora of high school and college graduations that pop up like daffodils this time of year. But what to get for the equestrian fashionista in your life?

The Vogue Vest

The Vogue Vest fits the bill on all accounts. Like all Goode Rider products, this beautiful vest is practical for the barn. However, it’s also stylish enough to wear everywhere else. Featuring faux fur trim and leather pull tabs on the zippers, it’s luxurious yet utilitarian. The Vogue Vest is one gift that will certainly be appreciated as fickle spring weather gives way to summer.Goode Rider Vogue Vest

Flattering princess seaming belies the warmth of this convertible garment. A soft fur fleece lining will keep mom warm on cooler mornings, while the faux-fur-lined hood is removable to transition easily into warmer weather. And the stretchy, water-resistant fabric will keep her dry in case those April showers decide they’re not quite finished after all.

The Vogue Vest also makes a wonderful graduation gift for graduates, whether they’re equestriennes or non-riders. This stylish piece is perfect for layering over a sweater or shirt to run errands on chilly spring days. Its sleek design creates a beautiful, streamlined silhouette, so she’ll look great no matter what she’s doing. Plus, black looks good on everyone!

Whether it’s for Mom, a matriculant, or just somebody who deserves a little something special, give the gift of Goode Rider this spring. The woman of the hour will thank you.