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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
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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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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 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 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.
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.