If there’s one thing that makes a cowboy or -girl stand our from other equestrians it’s… the hat! Over the years, however, the once functional piece of clothing has turned into a fashion statement, especially at horse shows. And as with most things in the industry, trends are coming and going. We talked to Mel Loebel of Ekedie Showclothing and Kendra Köhnen of Kendra’s about taking care of a hat, the process of hat making and current trends.
Around ten years ago, the European show circuit witnessed a new trend: black saddles and tack. While some claimed that this was only a short-time trend, others realized that it was here to stay. Some ordered black saddles, others let theirs dye. We have talked to Lisa-Marie Arndt who does this professionally about the trends and the craft that is behind dyeing saddles.
You have practiced a lot. You feel ready. Your horse feels ready. Ready for the first horse show. But before you start off to this unique experience, you might wonder: What to wear in which class? You might have seen pictures on Facebook or in magazines of riders wearing fancy jackets and colourful vests. And you have found out that these cost a fortune. What to do? In this article, DQHA Professional Horsewoman Claudia Bingel and designers Sabrina Hoppert and Nadine Caballera as well as Jacqueline Hans of Hansride explain what to wear, when to wear it and how to save money.
For many years, most allround riders only would have had two answers when asked what saddle they ride in: Harris or Blue Ribbon. Today, however, they have gotten serious competitions and this time it is not from the States but from Austria: CR Saddlery. The team around boss Toni Mayrhofer and his wife Michaela – who tragically passed away last year – has developed the brand into a household name in the European allround industry. We have talked to them about the business, the tragic loss of Michi and what is next to come.
As promised, we created a packing list for the shows. We made two versions: one for Amateur riders who travel to a show by themselves and one for entire show teams. We do know that some things might be missing – because each team is different and every rider needs different things at a show. After all, we and our horses are individuals. We do hope, however, to have covered all the important basics and we have left some margins, spaces and check boxes empty so you can individualize the packing list and add whatever you need.
Dressage saddle pads, jumping bits, fetlock boots and much more in top quality — equipment for high class equine athletes. Lami-Cell has been one of the top sellers in the jumping and dressage industry for quite a while. However, the brand has been seen more and more in the Western allround industry for quite a while now — mainly because of its brand ambassadors and FEQHA European Champions Stefanie Bubenzer and Arne Kühn. The Belgian company is represented in Germany by Elisabeth Kamp and Stefan Kögel. The CEOs of Lami-Cell Germany have told us how the brand is currently established in Germany, how they started to collaborate with the famous dressage riders Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl and whether Lami-Cell will be a sponsor at the big AQHA shows in Europa from now on. (non-sponsored ad)