Devon Horse Show Traditions

Since 1896, The Devon Horse Show has been held in late May through early June in Devon, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed equestrian competition in the United States. The traditions are rich at the Devon Horse Show, from the country fair, ladies day luncheon, to vendors row and food, we’ll walk you through some of the well known sights and experiences from this exciting event.

Photo Credit: Devonhorseshow.net

Carriage Driving

The carriage driving four-in-hand events are some of the most exciting to watch at the Devon Horse Show. When spectators first came to the Devon Horse Show back in the early nineteen hundreds, many showed up in horse-drawn carriage. The coaching division (pictured above) is one of the most traditional. These elaborate carriages are fully equipped with uniformed grooms and footmen and adorned with all the details they would have had when new, including packed sandwiches, candle lit headlights, and umbrella holders. Every night through Friday there is a different coaching class to test the horses and drivers. Some are judged on beauty and authenticity, while others are judged on speed and how fast they can go through a difficult course of orange cones.

Saddlebred

Some of the most traditional equestrian sports stem from the Saddlebred industry. The Saddlebred is exhibited in several different divisions including five-gaited, three-gaited, fine harness, pleasure, park, and western. The traditional ‘saddle seat’ attire includes jodhpurs, collard dress shirt, vest, black gloves, boots, and a top hat. Don’t be alarmed if you see fashion stylist Carson Kressley ringside (or showing) at the Devon Horse Show. He is a Saddlebred traditionalist and has been showing at the Devon Horse Show since 1986. “There is so much tradition here. There is no other place that has the ambience that Devon has. You can go shopping, there’s a big crowd, it’s the charm of the Main Line, the blue and white…..we don’t have another horse show that’s like this.” – Carson was quoted on Devon from an article published at US Equestrian here a few years back.

Photo by: Equestrianstylist.com

Pony Hunt Teams 

Perhaps one of the most exciting events for the children is the pony hunt teams. The children and ponies competing at the Devon Horse Show are the top competing ponies in the country (top 30 get qualified). For pony hunt teams, a group of 3 riders (in the same size division) plan a theme to dress up together in costume for this event. The riders have to jump a full course of 8 jumps in a single-file line until the final jump where everyone jumps together in sync, not to mention – all according to a song they choose to play over the loud speaker. Anything and everything goes in this class, and the kids (and ponies) get a kick out of this class since Devon is the only horse show that offers this exciting opportunity.

Photo by: Equestrianstylist.com

Leadline

Devon Horse Show features the best in all breeds, but also all ages. Leadline is not just a show for the little rider, but also the handler. Handlers are to dress to impress with fashionable outfits coordinating both pony and rider. Usually there are over 80 leadline entries between the two divisions, under four years old, and four years old and up.

Weather in Devon, PA can be sporadic, so we recommend bringing a versatile jacket ‘just in case’ it rains or the wind is blowing. The Goode Rider Warm Up Jacket is the perfect piece to include in your Devon Horse Show packing list. This 3 in 1 Jacket is super versatile and fashionable at the same time. Outer layer is water repellent for those rainy days, its zips in and out and can be worn with or without the underlayer, depending on temperatures. The inside layer is a knit jacket that can be worn separately.

Best of luck to all of the competitors showing at the Devon Horse Show this week! It is a huge accomplishment to compete at the Devon Horse Show, and the memories will last forever. If you’re attending, be sure to grab some traditional Devon tea sandwiches and a box of fudge – you’ll go back for seconds, for sure!

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day show your mom how much you love her by gifting her something she will really love. If she’s a horse lover, we’ve got her covered…

Go for a trail ride! Whether you’re close to the mountains or the beach, pack up the horse trailer, tack, and horses and get off the property for the day. Your horses will enjoy the scenery just as much as she will with you!Take her out for a spa day – any lady loves a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage (or all of the above for the day!)

Shower her with Goode Rider goodies! – From functional equestrian rain coats, equestrian competition apparel, and comfy equestrian style tees, Goode Rider has great gifts for Mom.

  1. Reign Jacket:This stylish colorful jacket will brighten her outlook on a dreary rainy day. Streamlined silhouette with a drawcord in back so you can get a turned in look at waist. Double entry pockets with zipper and snap closure and pretty contrast piping. Grosgrain detailing highlights the feminine princess paneling. 2-way zipper in front and a longer pleated back with a hidden zipper and gusset ensures you stay dry. Cuff zippers with gussets finishes this fashionable rain coat.
  2. Ideal Show Shirt: Our ever popular show and schooling shirt in a moisture wicking fabric. Flattering princess seaming with contrast banding and coverstitch for a streamlined silhouette. Mock neck zip front with pretty silver horsebit pull. Logo embroidery on chest or sleeve and a back Loop for stocktie on white.
  3. Goode Rider Comfy Tee: Silky, super thin yet technical, this fun tee is exactly what it’s named after, super comfortable. Loose A-line cut silhouette with an asymmetrical hemline. Ribbed, raw hems finishes the bottom and sleeve cuff. Goode Rider printed logo on back and sleeve.

Make her one of her favorite meals – make one of your childhood favorites she used to make for you growing up, or be spontaneous and check out a new recipe you found on a blog or healthy website.

And finally, don’t forget to tell her you Love her in a sweet card… Remember to thank her for all those times she supported you at the horse show, groomed your horses / ponies while you were competing, made sure you got to the horse show on time, and cheered you on every step of the way. She truly is the BEST and be sure to give her lots of love and hugs for being your momma.

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Summer Equestrian Essentials

Whether your galloping across hay fields, or trail riding on the beach, the Summer is approaching and it’s time to relax and enjoy the outdoors with your favorite equine. As the warm weather approaches and the sun heats up, remember to keep your skin and your horse’s skin protected. We’ve got some helpful tips and summer essentials to keep you cool and comfortable this Summer!

Our new Goode Rider Seamless Cooltech Jacket is perfect for riding outdoors in bright sun. It’s sweat wicking properties will keep you cool and comfortable. The seamless design with slight ruching at waist for a super comfortable and flattering fit. This very flattering seamless lined design gives a beautiful silhouette in and out of the tack. No seams mean no chafing. Fabric is lightweight, perfect for spring, yet blocks the sun. Don’t forget: a  new pair of sunglasses are always a treat for the Summertime! We love the lightweight aviators by Ray Ban- classic, and chic! Our new Goode Rider Couture Breech is the best way to go from the stables to the city streets.  These breeches are super elegant and flattering in a mid rise fit. They are designed with a new composition of specially twisted yarns for incredible stretch and recovery. The silver horse bit hardware on the front pockets are a subtle equestrian style touch. Get some fun tech-socks for riding in your favorite summer prints, and don’t forget to stock up on a bucket of peppermints for the ponies!

Lexol Quick Wipes from Dover Saddlery are a great way to keep your tack clean and fresh after a good workout on your horse. Don’t let your tack get moldy, and clean it after every ride. Your horse and hands will thank you later! Our new Goode Rider Seamless Cooltech Tank is another great top for an extremely warm day in the summer. Go from yoga class to the barn in this super-flattering zip up top that also blocks the sun. The silky elastic hair ties (that you can pretty much get anywhere nowadays) are great to wear around your wrist until you are ready to pull your hair up. Always keep one on you during the Spring/Summer. Lather up with some broad spectrum zinc oxide sunscreen, and don’t forget to spray your horse with some sunscreen to keep his/her coat looking it’s best. The Healthy Haircare Sunscreen from Dover Saddlery is a great choice! The Goode Rider Happy Polo is another great option to go from the stables out to lunch with your girlfriends. Silky yet technical, this fun polo is as functional as it is flattering. The embroidery details are fun and add a touch of equestrian style throughout. Each colorway has a different embroidery with a catchy saying in back. Feminine mother of pearl buttons on placket are a knockout.

Happy Spring/Summer everyone! XX, Good Rider Gals.

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Highlights from Miami Beach Global Champions Tour

The waters are crystal clear. It’s 80 degrees with a slight breeze coming off of the sea. The sun is shining and there’s just a few clouds in the sky. Collins Park on Miami Beach is booming with the sights and sounds of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Spectators line the rail on the beach wearing bikinis, coverups, and fedoras with a camera or cell phone camera in hand. The horse gallops by and 3, 2, 1… JUMPS over the middle vertical in the triple combination on the rail just 30 feet from the ocean…

Wow. Talk about the ultimate equestrian experience! The Longines Global Champions Tour Miami Beach features  world’s best horses and riders during the first week of April. The riders, horses, and spectators get to enjoy this relaxing beach setting after finishing a long winded Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

For the fourth year, this event is separated into two categories- CSI5* and CSI2* classes. The CSI5* is the top level, where the top ranked riders in the world compete for the highest prize money, over the biggest jumps – up to 1.60M. The CSI 2* is smaller in fence hight, and offers opportunities for many local athletes as well as international rising equestrian stars. 

One of our favorite jumps in the arena was the simple skinny “Miami Beach” vertical facing the ocean.

Celebrity rider Jennifer Gates clears the ‘seahorse fence’ at the Longines Global Champions Tour in a classic white and navy ensemble matching her horse’s attire. 

The crowd intensely stared as the horses jumped just inches away from their faces over the rail. 

Olivier Philippaerts was spotted wearing the family H&M equestrian styled ensemble. Talk about one handsome team…

You couldn’t help but stare at these beautiful horses and riders in the arena at the Longines Global Champions Tour. It’s an incredible event, and if you ever get the chance to experience the thrills of this tour, be sure to check the schedule and mark your calendars for the next one!

Until then, we will keep dreaming from the sidelines.

As the summer nears, we recommend wearing sun stopper shirts that are cool and comfortable for riding, beach outings, or hiking trails. Check out the Goode Rider ‘featured style’ for Miami Beach below.

 

Goode Rider Goode Sportshirt: Super lightweight, silky, technical fabric in a fun sporty long sleeve sun stopper shirt. This shirt will take you on any activity from running to bike riding or horseback. Streamlined silhouette with contrast details throughout.

Goode Rider Bodysculpting Tights Knee Patch: Our latest riding tights are made from an exciting new technology Nilit Innergy Fiber made with Nylon/Spandex and Silicon F/S provides anti-cellulite, energizing, and body-sculptingproperties These riding breeches take you from a yoga session on the beach, to a riding lesson at the barn, and no need to go home and change. Comfortable, flexible, and super flattering!

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Palm Beach Masters: Equestrian Elegance

During Florida’s winter season in Wellington, Florida, it’s really a horseman’s dream come true with equestrian showjumping from January through March at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. However, not only is the Winter Equestrian Festival in full swing, but other boutique horse shows have started to pop up over the years. The Palm Beach Masters series is one of the few world-class horse shows that features some of the finest hospitality, shopping, and International competitors, while keeping the essence of equestrian lifestyle in an intimate setting.

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Positioned on the beautiful award-winning landscaped property of Deeridge Farms includes two world class arenas, beautifully designed jumps with exceptional detail, and a luxurious double-decker VIP tent for outstanding hospitality. The 300-acre facility is home to the Jacobs family, Wellington equestrian residents of over 30 years.

Tori Colvin in the Hunter Derby at Deeridge Farms. Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Celebrity riders often enjoy this horse show due to the quiet peaceful atmosphere. Pictured below is Mary Kate Olsen with a clear round in a jumper division at the Palm Beach Masters.

Mary Kate Olsen riding in the jumper ring at Deeridge Farms Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Jeremy Jacobs, owner of Deeridge Farms, also owns the Boston Bruins ice hockey team. So, of course they would have a Boston Bruins jump in the ring…

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

We couldn’t stop giggling when the mascot, “Blades the Bruin” was photobombing the double combination in the jumper arena.

Lissa Bachner and “Meridian” Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

The second week of the Palm Beach Masters Series, ‘The Deeridge Derby’, is hunter-focused with beautiful hunter derbies on the grass field overlooking the peaceful lake on the property.

The VIP tent is designed with attention to detail focusing on the most elegant equestrian inspired art, decor, food, and drinks. Looking to be spoiled for the day? This is definitely the horse show to be pampered…

On site gourmet chefs cook at different stations set up throughout the VIP tent at the Palm Beach Masters. Everything from fresh seafood, gourmet prime rib and meat, pasta stations, and desert tables, the tastes are on point.

The boutiques on “vendor row” are situated on the outskirts of both arenas at the Palm Beach Masters, which makes for a unique experience of equestrian inspired shopping.

The signature event of the series, the Palm Beach Masters, is one of one of only seven North American, east coast qualifiers for the Longines FEI World CupTM. Irish equestrian athlete, Daniele Coyle, won this year’s Palm Beach Masters aboard Cita.

“It took me a long time to figure out the way [Cita] likes to go best and the way that she jumps these bigger fences easiest. When she’s on my side, she’ll do her best to jump everything she can, I think that’s what I love most about her,” Coyle said.

The final weekend, The Palm Beach Open, was graced with more glorious Florida sunshine for both horses and riders. Chloe Field and Tess De Jalesnes won the $15,000 Turkish Airlines 1.40m Jumper Time First Jump-Off class on the final day of the Palm Beach Open. “It is hard not to have a great trip on this mare, and it is hard not to have a great time at this venue, especially after 11 weeks in Florida. When this show came up a few weeks ago it was an immediate choice for us to be here. We love it. It is a real treat for the horses to be here.”

Watch Chloe Field win the Final 1.40 M at the Palm Beach Open below:

Field and Tess Du Jalness, a chestnut mare by Baloubet Du Rouet and owned by Hidden Brook Farm, were last to go in the jump-off, where riders were given the option of staying in the ring to immediately jump-off or waiting until the end of the first round. Field decided to wait, which proved sweet success, with a clear round in the winning time of 39.173 seconds.

Not only is winning or getting a ribbon important to riders at this level, but style and ‘looking your best’ also matter. Rider style trends at the Palm Beach Masters included anywhere between navy and black riding coats with tan colored riding breeches. This horse show excuses traditional elegance, so the trends were keeping in line with tradition this year.

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Want to get the get “the Palm Beach Masters look”? We’ve got you covered with Goode Rider competition style below…

The featured style above includes: 

1.) Goode Rider Ideal Show Coat : This Versatile Show Coat takes you from Dressage to Jumping to Eventing. In a New Modern, Sleek, Flattering Silhouette the Coat Features Streamlined Zippers w/ Silver Horsebit Pulls.

2.) Goode Rider Couture Show Shirt: This stunning new show shirt has it all. Beautiful built in ruffle stocktie with pretty crystal buttons and contrast pearl stitched hems. Comfortable moisture wicking knit fabric with poly/spandex mesh under sleeve and back neck for extra breathability and coolness.

3. Goode Rider Legacy Breech Knee Patch: One of our most flattering of riding breeches made from Nylon/Spandex 4-Way Stretch Twill Microfiber in a slightly lower rise fit.

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Luxury Under The Lights: Winter Equestrian Festival

Just as the sun starts setting, the riders and spectators head to the International arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the ‘main event’ of the weekend, “Saturday Night Lights”. The same location, the same riders and many of the same horses enter the ring to show off their style over a different course in the Grand Prix in front of thousands of fans in the stands.

The temperatures drop, the live music kicks in, and the carousel turns in the children’s area. It’s amazing to see how much this venue has developed over the years. Ten years ago, the vibe was a much different atmosphere – West Palm Beach locals had no idea Olympic level showjumping events took place here. Now, people fly in all over the world to witness the prestige of the Grand Prix.

Celebrity riders like Georgina Bloomberg (Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter), Jessica Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen’s daughter), Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, and even youngsters like Eve Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter) compete in the International Ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival each week in Wellington, Florida.

 

“WEF” has grown over the years and has become the equestrian sunshine oasis for northerners from January through March. Wellington, Florida is a small community of about 60,000 people, and just about 30 minutes to Palm Beach. Bill Gates owns several multi million dollar equestrian properties in the area, as his daughter Jennifer Gates is also a seasoned Winter Equestrian Festival competitor.

Georgina was all smiles after her 3rd place in the WEF Challenge Cup which qualified her for the Horseware Grand Prix on March 17, 2018.

“More than 5,000 horses with a net value of well over half a billion dollars compete within the circuit” – Business Insider quoted.

At just 21 years of age, Spencer Smith won this past weekend’s Horseware Ireland Grand Prix. Luckily he was able to enjoy the champagne celebration at the end… 😉

So, if you get a chance to experience the Winter Equestrian Festival, definitely spend a little extra money on the VIP experience. The food, atmosphere, service and sights are an exceptional experience. Goode Rider equestrian athletes (whether you’re showing or not) should all experience a night under the lights at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Inside the VIP International Club at WEF 2018

Wondering what to wear to Saturday Night at the Grand Prix? We suggest wearing casual-chic apparel. The Goode Rider Posh Polo Sweater or the  Forever Shirt are great tops to wear with white or dark denim pants. A pair of short or tall boots would go well with either look. Dress it up with equestrian jewelry or your favorite designer handbag, and you’ll fit in perfectly at the VIP.

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Plan Your Equestrian Goode Rider Getaway

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway in North America, considering the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, or galloping through rich grasses in Northern Europe, we’ve outlined a few exciting equestrian getaways for the avid equestrian. The ultimate way to become a ‘Goode Rider’ is not only to enjoy riding in the horse show ring, but enjoy riding in nature and in all parts of the world.

North America

Photo by: The Ranch at Rock Creek

For an all inclusive prestigious western retreat, the Luxury Dude Ranch is located in one of Montana’s pristine valleys offering year round vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. The Luxury Dude Ranch offers 29 one-of-a-kind accommodations ranging from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom homes. A twice daily guided trail ride is included in your stay with over 75 horses on site. Guests can also enjoy skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, shooting sports, and more while on site. https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com.

Salamander Resort
Photo by: EquestrianStylist.com

For a Southern equestrian retreat, check out the Salamander Resort & Spa just 40 miles from Washington DC. The 340 acre resort is located in the heart of Middleburg, VA situated amongst prime equestrian lifestyle and activities like the Upperville Colt and Classic Horse Show, National Sporting Museum and Library, and Great Meadows Polo Club.

The Caribbean

From crystal clear beaches and wellness retreats, to experienced equestrian programs, the Caribbean offers a unique blend of equestrian activities, water sports, and general relaxation.

Photo: Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

All equestrians dream of that incredible moment of riding a pony (or horse) through crystal clear seawater. However not all horses enjoy the ocean waves, and most prefer to stay on the sand rather than the ocean. It takes some research to find a program where the horses enjoy swimming and riding through the water. Provo Ponies is legit! If you’re more experienced, you’ll be given the opportunity to canter on the beach if it’s low tide, so check the tides before you book your time! We love that it clearly states on the site that “This is NOT a nose to tail ride where riders are required to follow one another.” Hurray! Enjoy the freedom to ride on the shores and in the ocean at your own pace!

Love the Dominican? Noted as the ‘most exclusive resort in the Carribbean’, Casa De Campo, offers a variety of equestrian activities, water sports, golf, and historic sites for all ages. Private guides are available for individual or group trail rides on the cattle ranch. The equestrian and polo activities are directed by Fernando Arata, originally from Argentina, a professional polo player with ample experience in the field.

Heading to Costa Rica for surf, rainforest adventures, zip lining? Don’t forget to check out horseback riding on the beach! The riding adventure program by Diego Solis is customized for the group and level of experience. The horseback riding beach is between the resort towns Jaco and Manuel Antonio. Visit http://www.theridingadventure.com for more information.

Europe

See the ‘City of Horses’ by horseback in France through ‘Riding Holidays and tour the Maisons-Laffitte. Choose from multi-day trail itineraries, full day rides, and more with equestrian activities for all levels. Located just 30 minutes from Paris, you can experience the fashion, history, and architecture of the city of Love after your horseback riding session.

Ride through rivers and river valleys, through orange and lemon tree plantations, through forest, over hills and mountains into the rugged countryside of Andalusia… Horse Riding in Spain offers unique equestrian programs from trail riding to classical Dressage taught by an International Grand Prix rider, ‘Alta Escuela’, pilates, and more. Between March and October enjoy a presentation of Spanish Equestrian Art and Andalucian Horsemanship “Cartujano del Arte Ecuestre” on Thursday evenings.

Packing Tips 

Bring your riding pants – no matter what! SPF sun shirts are essential, especially if you’re traveling to the islands or riding in the ocean for the day. Remember to bring your riding boots in case you have a lesson, or closed toed shoes for trail riding. If you’re going across time zones, remind your self to plan an extra day or two to get adjusted to the time change. Jet lag can really cut your vacation short if you don’t plan for it!

Equestrian Hot Spots in Wellington, FL

From Elegant Decor to Exceptional Dining, Equestrians Gather at Wellington Hot Spots

Whether you’re a resident full-time, or just visit for the Winter, Wellington, Florida is known as the winter equestrian capital of the world. Home of the Winter Equestrian Festival from January through March, the town is hustlin’ and bustlin’ with equestrians, horses, trainers, grooms, friends and family connected to the business. From shopping, food, and things to do, the village of Wellington is a South Florida gem located just minutes from downtown Palm Beach. Here’s an inside look at some of our favorite hot spots:

Suri West – Formerly known as “the Players Club,” this is new ‘tapas style’ lounge-like venue is known for an ‘after the horse show’ rendezvous. Some nights feature live music and happy hour specials, but definitely be sure to check out the scene on Sundays.

The Grille – Another Sunday “after the horse show” hot spot, The Grille is located on South Shore boulevard just minutes from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. This restaurant pays attention to detail with elegantly designed dishes. Our insider tips:  order the tower of seafood for the party, don’t skimp on the truffle fries, and do fill up on a steak dinner or local fish dish.

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine – If you love fashion, you might as well love fashion cuisine … Right?! Oli’s is known for using the finest local ingredients and flavors. Oli’s fashionable cuisine appeals to all the senses in a modern, sophisticated, equestrian styled atmosphere. Inside you will dine amongst beautiful artwork of horses and equestrian lifestyle, all available for sale. We suggest sharing many dishes to get a taste of everything. Some of our favorite dishes include: The Necane Salad, Lobster Tacos, Cheese Ravioli, Bouillabaisse, and Filet.

The Patio at Polo Club – Located inside the well known Polo Club, The Patio is open November through April. Started by an avid equestrian, Sheila Motley combined her event management talents with Chef Mat Allen’s excellent catering techniques. As the menu changes regularly, The Patio at Polo offers a variety of seasonal ingredients sourced locally. If you’re celebrating a special event, don’t forget to ask for the ultimate ‘sparkler desert’!

The Wellington Green Mall – Everyone deserves some retail therapy after a long week of riding, so be sure visit the Wellington Green Mall off of Forest Hill Blvd. With Nordstrom as one of the anchor department stores, it’s highly enticing to spend a few hours browsing the ladies or shoe department. Unlike some other South Florida malls, the Wellington Green Mall is pleasantly quiet and not overly crowded, especially if you go on a Monday on your ‘off day’ from riding.

7 Ways To Show Some Love to You and Your Horse

Show Some Love You To and Your Horse

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the season of love has arrived. While your significant other may be at the top of your list, you and your horse should be right up at the top as well. With busy schedules getting in the way of taking time to de-stress as equestrians, this can take a toll on our bodies and personal health of ourselves and our horse. Love your horse and yourself with these 7 tips for the new year. Make it a priority to start thinking about lowering stress levels, enjoying your horse time, and building a better “you”.

1) Make it out to the barn more

Everyone can use a little more barn time during the week. This may mean “shutting off” your devices after 5PM, or taking a lunch break out to see your best friend. Build time after working hours to spend time with your horse, even if that doesn’t involve riding. There’s something special about the bond of the horse and rider even on the ground. By grooming, bathing, or even hand-walking, your horse will apreciate your time as much as you will. Not only will this build a better bond between you and your horse, but it will also appease your mind and body by “checking out” of work and putting technology aside.

2) Focus on Flatting

I know jumping is your favorite activity. Everyone loves the thrills of jumping bigger jumps when they get a chance, but this year focus on heavy flat work. By doing this, your horse will lengthen and strengthen and build a better physical foundation for jumping and showing. Build in some figure eights, poles, and bending work in your weekly routine and leave the big jumps for lesson days. Another good exercise is trotting on long straight lines on firm ground. This will help strengthen your horse’s stifles, and if you can take him or her off property to do this rather than doing this in an arena. By trotting long straight lines, it will also help improve balance and straightness in the show ring.

 

3) Ride without stirrups – at least once a month

And – don’t whine about it! Think of riding without stirrups as a muscle building activity for yourself. Instead of going to a gym class, focus on strengthening your core and leg muscles aboard your horse. By riding without stirrups, you are building a bigger bond between you and your horse and riding as “one”. If you’re more inclined to ride bareback, even better! You may even save some time on tacking up!

4) Give more rewards!

Whether this means more praises in the ring while you’re schooling, peppermints treats after you ride, or a simple apple as a reward for him/her greeting you at the gate from the pasture, rewarding your horse is important no matter what age. If you enjoy baking, try out some recipes for homemade treats made with oats and molasses that both you and your horse can enjoy together on the farm.

 

5) Update your wardrobe

Get rid of the old worn-out breeches and tops. If they’re still in good condition, try selling them to consignment shops or Poshmark to make a few extra bucks to put towards some new outfits. Browse Goode Rider’s “What’s New” to check out some new riding attire from shirts, jackets, and breeches to update your new look. 

6) Get more massages

In effort to maintain a healthy mind and body in 2018, massages are one of the best stress relieving activities to help your muscles heal after a thorough workout. Massage therapy is not only good for the rider, but also the horse. If you’ve recently shown a few weekends in a row, treat yourself and your horse to a nice massage with essential oils to relieve tight muscles and ease tension. It’s proven to help, and it’s another way to reward your horse for the hard work he or she has put in this season.

7) Maintain a healthy diet

Finally, watch out for inflammatory foods, and cut down on the sugar in you and your horse’s diet. Eat more vegetables, and try to stay away from inorganic foods. Pesticides and processed foods have higher rates of cancer causing agents, so try and avoid them when you can! If your horse is getting older, be sure to test for metabolism disorders like Cushing’s or Thyroid disease, in which many cases diet must be adjusted.

Equestrian Inspired Gifts this Holiday Season!

By: Equestrian Stylist

Searching for the perfect equestrian inspired gift for someone who absolutely adores her horse can be challenging. But, we’ve got you covered with a few significant equestrian staple items that will always make her smile. Christmas carols are ringing, the snow is falling, the kids are out of school, the horses’ coats are getting furry, and the winter chores keep adding up! But, most importantly, the time is ticking to get the holiday shopping finished.  So let’s get started! Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, o’er the hills we go, laughing all the way …

Riding Apparel

Whether she’s a hunter/jumper rider, dressage, or western horseback rider, Goode Rider breeches and tights provide a comfortable fit with a modern fashionable style. The breeches are super flattering and are so stylish they can be worn out to dinner with a dressy top. Everyone is riding in long sleeves now, whether it’s a cold winter or not, protecting your skin from the sun while riding is essential. The long sleeve ideal show shirt and long sleeve super seamless shirt have moisture-wicking technology and will block the sun! Henleys also make great gifts for the comfort-chic gal with an equestrian style flair.

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Goode Henley: Here

Long Sleeve Ideal Show Shirt: Here

Long Sleeve Super Seamless Shirt: Here

Functional Outerwear

Burr… It’s getting cold out there! Keep warm and dry this season with Goode Rider’s functional outwear. Let’s face it, many of us are traveling lots this holiday season, so finding gifts that are “packable”, and easy to layer are key! Layering up with a vest and the splash jacket will keep you warm and protect you from the snow/rain. The ‘Chill Out’ jacket comes in this beautiful holiday red color and is perfect for traveling, since it packs up into a very small space!

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In Style Vest:
Here

Splash Jacket: Here

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Equestrian Art

Equestrian inspiration is in style for fashion, but also in style for the home decor! Everything from rustic barnwood frames and shelves, to custom oil horse portraits, art is something that can last a lifetime. The wood-look impressionistic equestrian art pieces are very in style for the home, even in mainstream decor, so finding a good sized piece can be found at large online retailers like Wayfair!

Wrap it up!

Wrap your gifts in equestrian style wrapping paper for a personal touch! First wrap in a tweed or tattersall printed wrapping paper, then add unique horsebit accents like a horse bit, used tack, or a horse show ribbon. Using a halter, leather spur straps or stirrups to add a festive flair as a ribbon instead are also make great equestrian style holiday wrapping ideas.

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