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New Year, Fresh Start

This is going to be our last blog this year, and actually our last blog at Horse Shoes & High Heels as we are super proud and excited to announce the rebranding of ‘Horse Shoes & High Heels’ into ‘Equiness

Founder and Equestrian Fashion Blogger La-Toyah Asha started H&H almost 4 years ago to showcase equestrian fashion and events, horse disciplines and career insights to those who shine in the equestrian arena.

La-Toyah and her team at H&H created innovative, inspirational and fresh fashion, lifestyle and equestrian content with the aim to entertain and enlighten their readers.

In those years, Horse Shoes and High Heels grew rapidly into a international recognised name and leading equestrian fashion and lifestyle brand.

To celebrate this success, its time to re-launch our entire brand including website, logo and name.

Equiness will be a global platform delivering equestrian news, updates, International events calendar, fashion editorials, travel, accommodation and much more

We are working very hard to launch our new website www.equiness.com.au in the new year. By clicking the link here subscribe to updates and our go live announcement.

In the mean time you can stay up to date of the progress at our social pages:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/equestrian_fashion_blogger

Facebook: www.facebook.com/horseshoesandhighheels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaToyahAsha/

As always, we appreciate your loyalty to H&H and are looking forward seeing you all at www.equiness.com.au soon!

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Equestrian Inspired Christmas Decorations

December, the most wonderful time of the year is finally here. Time to decorate ( if you haven’t done so already ) and prepare for all the festivities.

We love giving our Christmas decorations an equine touch by using horse tack or horse inspired decorations.

Today, we share with you some amazing examples of equestrian-inspired Christmas Decoration.

Hermes Horse head Ornament

If you want to give your Christmas tree that classy look, this equestrian eye-catcher is a must have for your equestrian Christmas decor.

Spruce Up Your Christmas Dining Table

Add some equestrian flair to your Christmas dining table by using horse tack or horseshoes as decoration. You can easily glam up these by giving it a simple spray paint.

Give Your Wreath an equestrian touch

Who said that Christmas wreaths should only have a round shape? Why not give your wreath an equestrian style makeover by making one in the shape of a horseshoe.

Use Bits as Gift Wrapping

A great way to use those bits lying around is to recycle them to decorate your Christmas gifts.

Turn Your Old Horseshoes into a Tree

If you want something unique and low maintenance this year, why not build your own Christmas tree from horseshoes?

A great way to add an equestrian touch to your Christmas decoration, by simply welding ( or let someone do it for you ) your old horseshoes together.

Decorations your Porch with horse tack

Have a look around your stable, get some horse tack together and get creative! What do you think of those equestrian inspired Christmas decorations?

Merry Christmas from us XO

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Equitana is Australia’s biggest equine festival, with more than 50.000 visitors coming to the Melbourne Showgrounds for four days of elite competition, equine education and entertainment.

There is lots to offer for horse lovers. From cowboys to Olympic riders, and from equine educators to one of the largest equine shopping precinct, you will find it all at Equitana.

The equine shopping precinct had over 300 companies offering a large range of equine products from clothing to tack.

Emma, our media accredited HH member went to check out this spectacular equine event.

Thursday

This was the day of the Open Cutting Championships, which presented a large array of Australia’s elite cutting riders and horses and a Masterclass from Richard Prew.

After this, you could enjoy a two-hour behavioural clinic from two of the USA’s top trainers; Richard Winters and Josh Lyons.

In the Tuff Rock Outdoor Competition area, a show horse and rider thoroughbred championship took place, as well as a horse ball game with international players and an Arabian horses showcase.

During the evening, it was time for the Equestrian Jumping Grand Final.

Friday

Friday was all about a Western Performance Clinic, a horsemanship challenge, and the Top Score Stakes, which is a carriage driving competition

At night when the sun went down and the music went up, visitors could enjoy the Equitana Australian Open Reining Championships and a Reining freestyle by international guests Sarah and Richard Winters.

Saturday

This was the day for dressage fans with a three-hour specialist dressage clinic by Kyra Kyrklund. Another highlight was the Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Pageant.

Night entertainment included the Equestrian Grand Final Dressage Freestyles, a demonstration by Kyra Kyrklund and a Spanish Riding performance by Manolo Mendez and his Andalusian stallion accompanied by Flamenco guitarist Richard Tedesco.

Sunday

On Sunday, the Equitana Youth Forum was introduced to young horse riders that had the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s elite equestrians, while others could enjoy the Australian Stock Horse State of Origin Time Trials with top horses and equestrians from all over the nation.

Families could enjoy the Sunday Entertainment Showcase with the best riding, horsemanship and entertainment.

Altogether a great equine event to experience.

Have you been to Equitana before?

More information about the event can be found here

#Equitana2018

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Horse riding holidays in Europe have been growing in popularity over the years, and not without reason. Europe offers a variety of terrain from mountains, lush forests and arid valleys. Discovering Europe on horseback is one of the best ways to explore all the different countries and regions that each have their own culture and nature.

No matter what level of horse rider you are or what your budget is, Europe has a horse riding holiday that suit your needs.

With many different countries in Europe, and each country having its own options for horse riding holidays, we share with you a few of the best countries to enjoy a horse riding holiday.

Italy

Italy is known for romance, culture, food and history, and what better way then discovering all those joys on a horseback.

Tuscany, Campania or Sicily are just a few examples of beautiful areas to explore with their charm, nature, various trails and a wide range of accommodation.

France

The Camargue is popular for its beauty and wild horses. There are several horse riding trails through the Camargue where you can spot pink flamingo’s, beautiful beaches, mountains and lot’s of culture in the ancient villages you will ride through.

Bulgary

Maybe not the first country you think about when going on a horse riding holiday in Europe, but Bulgary offers the stunning Golden Treasure Trail, where you might find some real gold as it’s a place where gold has been discovered in the past. Several horse riding trails will lead you through forests, mountains and local villages.

Spain

Spain is famous in the horse riding industry for its horse riders on Andalusians but has many more on offer for horse riders.

One of the best places to head to is a place called Jerez, which is the equestrian epicentre of Andalucia. When you are not riding, you can also enjoy a delicious meal and sherry ( Jerez is also the sherry capital ) in one of the many cozy bodegas.

Have you been on a horse riding holiday in Europe?

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Regardless of the weather, The Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse last week was again an amazing event of horse racing, socialising and fashion.

As every year at the Melbourne Cup, exciting things did happen in regard to fashion. We share with you a few of the eye-catching fashion outfits we came across.

1. Breaking the dress code

Model, entrepreneur and mum Lara Worthington draw everyone’s attention when she threw the dress code ‘ colour’ out of the window by wearing a white Chloe dress with hip cut-outs and boots appropriate for the wet weather.

2. Summer Yellow

Myer ambassador Elyse Knowles was bringing the sun out by wearing a bright yellow outfit from Acler and a beautiful straw hat by Melissa Jackson Millinery.

3. Shiny Silver

Jodi Gordan was stealing the show in her head to toe silver outfit.

4. Prints

Fashion blogger Jessie Murphy was wearing a custom-made dress by Eliya The Label.

5. Something Different
Jockey Michelle Payne was wearing this unique creation including a turban.

6. Colourful heels

Nathalie Kelley went for a black and white combination with a pop of colour from her beautiful red heels.

7. Splash of colour
Anna Heinrich went for a beautiful colourful dress from by Johnny. Looking stunning as always

together with her husband Tim.

8. Amazing Millinery

Our own La Toyah was stealing the show at Oaks Day with a stunning Oaks day Millinery award piece ‘flight of the dragon fly’ by Ana Bella Millinery.

At the Melbourne Cup La Toyah was wearing a colourful floral designer dress from Glam Corner and a stylish millinery from Ana Bella Millinery.

What about you? What were you wearing at the Melbourne Spring Carnival this year? Who was your favourite style icon this year?

#horseshoesandhighheels

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One of the places where horses and fashion mingle best is at the races. And with the Melbourne Cup Carnival just around the corner, it’s time to lock in your race day outfits.

The Flemington Racecourse has a strict etiquette for visitors of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which has been part of the Carnival for generations.

Getting your outfit ready for the Melbourne Cup Carnival means respecting the traditions and dress codes.

There are four main days of the Spring Carnival that each come with a certain dress code.

We’ve rounded up a little Melbourne Cup Carnival style guide for each of the four days.

Derby Day – November 3

The Cup Carnival kicks off with the Derby Day, which is a day of traditions and classic elegance.

The dress code for Derby Day includes monochrome colours like black and white for the woman and, black or grey for men.

Melbourne Cup day – November 6

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation and where for some is the focus on the horse race, for others it’s all about making a strong fashion statement.

Bold Colours for a ladies outfit, accessories, heels and headpiece and a beautiful statement suit for men with a colourful tie.

Oaks day – November 8

Oaks day is also known as Ladies Day and it’s all about feminism. This is the day to show off your outfit and accessories that suit your personal style.

Flower prints, Chiffon and Silk fabrics, and lace detailing are popular options on Oaks day for the ladies.

Perfect colours for men at Oaks Day are light grey and navy.

Stakes day – November 10

Stakes day is the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is known as family day at Flemington. Therefore, Stakes day is also the most informal days in regards to fashion, but still don’t come underdressed.

It’s the day for a lovely dress paired with a nice headpiece to finish off your outfit.

Extra fashion tips for the Melbourne Cup Carnival

Although the above fashion guide is a reflection of the dress code at the particular race days, there are a few other points to keep in mind when choosing your outfit for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Be yourself

Although you probably don’t look the same way in your daily life than you do at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, make sure your outfit is a reflection of yourself. Know what works for you and wear it with confidence.

Choose the right headpiece

Go for a headpiece that you can use across a few outfits in different seasons. Leather and Silk headpieces are often timeless and make them work together with several race outfits.

Bigger is not always better

Make sure you wear an outfit that suits your personality and confidence. If you are wearing a massive and colourful headpiece, for example, make sure you’ve got the confidence to pull it off. If you like to dress up, but don’t want all the attention drawn to you, go for simple elegance and style.

Are you going to the Melbourne Cup Carnival this year? What are you wearing?

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Today we are looking back at the Everest Carnival, which is a six-week racing festival full of fashion, entertainment and immaculate horse racing held between September 8 and October 13.

The Everest Carnival was hosted between two jewels in the crown of Sydney horse racing; Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.

The Everest Carnival opened at Rosehill Gardens with The Run to the Rose (1200m ) and the Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes ( 1400m )

Royal Randwick hosted the four biggest Carnival days with the following races:

Colgate Optic White Stakes Day (15 September)

Royal Randwick’s opening of the Everest Carnival.

This was a day filled with a vibrant social scene, award-winning hospitality and of course world- class Group racing.

TAB Epsom Day (29 September)

TAB Epsom Day was the biggest day of Group 1 racing at the Everest Carnival with three Group 1 races. The $3.4 million in prize money was headlined by the $1million Group 1 TAB Epsom.

Dress: Thurley – Venus Dress Headwear: Morgan & Taylor Shoes: Novo Hair: RnR Hair Randwick Outfit: Glamcorner.com.au #theraces

Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day (6 October)

The Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day is the official Ladies Day of the Everest Carnival and was highlighted by the Group 1 $500,000 Spring Champion Stakes.

With award-winning entertainment and fashion that took a centre stage with the Harrolds Fashion Chute competition, this was an amazing day.

The Everest on 13 October

Last but not least is the Everest, which takes the crown in being the richest turf race in the entire world with $13 million in total prize money.

Pant Suit: Elliat Harper Set Headwear: Morfan & Taylor Outfit: Glamcorner.com.au

The concept of the race is that there are 12 slot holders who each paid $600,000 to pick their own runner to line up in the 1200 metre race.

The Everest was run for the first time at Randwick in 2017 and won by Redzel, the horse trained by Peter and Paul Snowden. History repeated itself, as Redzel was also the winner in the 2018 Everest race.

Have you been to The Everest Carnival before?

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Interior Design Inspired by Horses: Equestrian Chic

We think there’s a fine line between horse riding and interior design. Horses have always been present in fashion, they have been since ancient times. But horses also play a huge inspiration in regard to interior design.

A term that is getting more and more popular is equestrian chic, which stands for a less rustic and more modern, elegant aesthetic in interior design. Back in the day’s interiors compared with the equestrian lifestyle where more rustic and dark, but times have changed. Think horse riding boots instead of cowboy boots.

Equestrians, in general, lead a busy life and when it comes to their interiors, most equestrians like to simplify things to spend more time with their loved ones and horses. They often go for comfort, cosiness and minimalism.

Others like more traditional and love to go back in the times with their interior designs, but they all have the same thing in common. Whether it is the prints on the wall, a beautiful artwork or their cushions, they all use a horse as their driving interior theme.

As a horse inspired interior design is often associated with sophistication, elegance, comfort, power, beauty, inspiration and luxe, and you don’t necessarily need to be an avid horse rider to fall in love with this interior design style.

Horse inspired interiors are often timeless and work very well in a traditional country home, but also in a modern style home. Take, for example, Ralph Lauren. He started to work with equestrian elements and motifs in his fashion line but soon carried them over into his interior and fabrics line and his items are hugely popular.

Do you have an equestrian-inspired interior in your home?

Tag your favourite horse inspired interiors #HorseshoesandHighheels

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We at Horseshoes & Highheels love sharing everything related to horses, equine fashion, equestrian blogs and lifestyle with you.

Our founder La-Toyah has created a cohesive collection of images, articles and professional insights sourced with enthusiasm and integrity.

Horseshoes and High Heels utilises the development of equestrian skills and understanding of equine etiquette teamed with a model’s privileged perspective on the fashion industry.

If you are looking for fun, entertaining, educational and practical stories related to everything horses and the equestrian lifestyle, we’ve got you covered.

But there are such a plethora of other equine blogs around, that we would love to share with you a few other equestrian blogs that we like to read.

So here we go…

A Country Lady

A Country Lady is an Equestrian blog by Abi Rule which covers everything from equestrian sports, lifestyle, fashion and fitness.

As an amateur Show Jumper herself, Abi is obsessed with equestrian fashion. Her blog showcases her favourite products along with her equestrian life, both the ups and the downs.

The Equestrian 

The Equestrian is the work of Linnea Aarflot, is a holistic dressage rider and trainer, born in a creative Swedish family. From a young age, she developed her natural talent with horses and was being able to calm wild horses and encourage weaker horses to grow strong.

She has worked with a wide range of horses including; World Cup Competition Horses, Grand Prix dressage stallions, Military horses, Rescue horses and Wild horses. She also worked with many riders to help them understand and deepen their connection with their horses.

Linnea runs an Equestrian Mind-away Retreat and regularly goes to clinics and courses in Sweden and the USA.

Her mission is to spread her deep understanding and love for horses, riding, art and dressage.

Equestrian Lifestyle

Equestrian Lifestyle was founded in 2013 and is an extension of the lifestyle its team developed while working in the equestrian sports.

The team of Equestrian Lifestyle travels around the world on the lookout for all things luxury, fashion, travel and influential brands.

My Equestrian Style

My Equestrian Style is written by Bethany, an equestrian who started horse riding at a very young age, but took a break from it to focus on school.

After a few years in the fashion industry, she decided to go back to her roots in horse riding and reached out to several barns in Malibu, USA, to see if anyone needed assistance as an exercise rider. Eventually, she got offered a full-time job as a horse rider and trainer of a Riding School.

After moving to the other side of the country, she sadly had to leave her job but found a new creative outlet in her blog ‘ My Equestrian Style’ where she could combine her love and knowledge of blogging, horses and fashion.

With her blog, she showcases equine fashion, equestrian fitness and lifestyle.

Do you have any other favourite equestrian blogs? Let us know, as we would love to read them.

Comment you favourites on our Facebook or Instagram

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It’s no secret that fashion and horses go well together. For us, equestrians and horse lovers, there is a wide range of equestrian fashion on the market, but we can also be very creative with our horse’s tack and accessories.

Fashionable horse saddle

A horse saddle is supposed to be the supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to the horse’s back by a girth.

Back in the days, a blanket attached by a girth would do the job, but soon after elaborate padded designs came on the market.

Fashionable horse blanket

The horse blanket is intended for keeping the horse warm and protected from natural elements like wind and rain.

Horse blankets are tailored to fit around the horse’s body from chest to rump, with straps crossing underneath the belly to secure the blanket, but also allows the horse to move freely. Most horse blankets have one or two straps that buckle in front, but a few designs have a closed front and must be slipped over the horse’s head.

Fashionable Horse Bridles & Halters

A halter is probably the most basic, but essential piece of tack because it allows you to handle and restrain your horse before you put on and you take off the bridle.

Bridles are generally functional, but they can definitely help your horse stand out from the crowds and be fashionable.

by lusitanohorse Halter by style.com

Tag us #horseshoesandhighheels to show us your fashionable horses

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