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The Definition of an Equestrian.

If you google equestrian you will find a few search responses. One is Wikipedia, who defines it as; "The word equestrian is a reference to horseback riding, derived from Latin equester and equus, "horse"."

Another is from Webster, who defines us as "one who rides on horseback." At Equestrianista we know there is much more to being an equestrian than eithe r of these two definitions.

Actual, day-in-and-day-out, true equestrians - define ourselves as athletes with an unmatched work ethic, bravery and love for our partner(s) in this sport. Whether we compete in the hunter jumper ring, dressage arena, western show ring or are a campaigner on the trail - we encompass dedication and a true passion.

Equestrian is the broad word to define us, but up and coming term equestrianista narrows that even more. Equestrianista is quickly becoming synonymous with those equestrian's that define themselves as equestrian fashionistas. With this term seeing a rise in the equestrian world - from equestrian apparel sported in the schooling ring, horse show, to the social media hashtag #equestrianista seeing exponential growth - equestrianista will undoubtedly share space in both Wikipedia and Webster in the near future.

Here at the Equestrianista Clothing Brand we define Equestrianista  as: 

Equestrianista | noun | eques-tri-an-is-ta | \i-ˈkwes-trē-ən-ˈnēs-tə\ : one with a love for equestrian-inspired style.

How do you define being an equestrianista?

Equestrianista® is an equestrian lifestyle clothing brand created for the equestrian fashionista. 
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The rust trend in equestrian apparel is going strong and we’re not mad about it. The burnt orange, or rust, equestrian style was so much a part of the equestrian ensemble a few decades back that it’s hard to believe it ever went out of equestrian fashion. Well it’s back and proving that it never truly left an equestrienne's favorite Riding Outfit of the Day pick. The Equestrianista latest take on this classic equestrian staple, obviously, has been refreshed with a metallic logo patch perfectly placed on an iconic silhouette. Not only is this Vintage Riding Sweater flattering to pair with breeches for schooling, to your favorite plaid pencil skirt for that street to stable look; it’s also scrumptiously soft.

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Equestrian apparel is a stable staple from summer to winter. The search is always on for the perfect equestrian outfit for saddle, stable and beyond.

Equestrian clothing encompasses everything from western, to english riding apparel for the schooling ring to the show ring. Top equestrian riding apparel brands cater to either men, women or children, while some make a mix of tops and bottoms that outfit all of the above; Dover Saddlery, SmartPak, Horze and Dubarry of Ireland to name a few.

Equestrian gear and apparel can range from simple decorated apparel or equestrian shirts and tops, to a wide range of products, like helmets, riding boots, horse tack and much more.

Horse riding apparel for women and men has been big business for large tack stores and equestrian clothing companies for a number of years. With the age of social media and e-commerce there has been a big boom in small equestrian clothing brands making their mark on the equestrian fashion landscape, or should I say riding arena!

Equestrian style makes a personal statement about you and your passion. The Equestrianista clothing brand wraps you in sophisticated choices that allow you to dress in comfort, while looking equestrian chic. We offer stable to street riding tops and accessories for the discerning rider.

Equestrianista apparel offers fashion that works from the schooling ring to the competition ring, and far beyond. Take a look for yourself and shop our equestrian fashion tops for yourself or as a great equestrian gift idea! Shop Equestrianista now!
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Gah! It is that time of year when we walk into the tack room and pull out tack that has not seen the light of day since those beautiful fall schooling days! Today's post is info every equestrian needs at one point, but dreads having to use. 

Bringing moldy leather tack back to life can seem like a daunting barn chore I mean who really enjoys cleaning their tack after each ride, much less the tack covered in the fuzzy green stuff.

Be ready to set aside some time where you don't feel rushed, as well as muster up patience and a lot of elbow grease! Start by pulling all the tack to be cleaned outside or in a well-ventilated area so that you can avoid inhaling mold spores and/or releasing them in the air only to land and spread on the already clean tack within your tack room (your barn besties may turn into frienemies otherwise).

Start by gathering these tack cleaning tools (many can be found around the house):

  • 2 or 3 old rags to dampen and 2 or 3 dry rags to wipe dry
  • Soft Toothbrush
  • 2 Tack Sponges (or two small natural sponges will due)
  • Leather Cleaner
  • Leather Conditioner

 

Begin by unfastening any buckles and remove any fittings from your tack. Dampen a rag and wipe away as much surface mold as possible. Once the rag is fully covered in mold throw it away to keep from redepositing it on tack. Begin with a fresh dampened rag to continue or move on to the next step.

Dampen the toothbrush and gently massage it into the creases and hard to reach areas of your tack to remove any remaining mold. Rinse the toothbrush periodically to keep from redepositing mold spores onto tack.

After you've successfully removed the mold off your tack, it’s time to use leather cleaner. Be sure to keep in mind that many tack manufacturers have specific cleaning instructions for their tack and recommend certain cleaners and conditioners. So we suggest checking your tack maker's website before cleaning.

Poor a quarter size amount of your favorite leather cleaner to a tack sponge. My favorite is the Leather Therapy Wash . Thoroughly massage in small circular motions, covering the entire leather area while avoiding any suede or rough-out areas. Gently rub the cleaner into the leather until there’s no residue left over from it. Read the directions of your particular cleaner to know if it requires removal with a damp cloth.

Lastly, after you've allowed your tack to fully dry, it's time to condition the leather and restore the moisture removed during cleaning. A good leather conditioner will also help your tack stay soft and supple. A former dressage trainer turned me on to the Passier Lederbalsam. Again check with the manufacturer for their guidelines on how often their pieces should be conditioned. It can really depend too on how often you ride and where you live due to the climate and weather. 

Condition by applying a quarter size of conditioner to the second, clean tack sponge. Apply a thin coat of conditioner to all of the leather parts of your tack, paying special attention to cracking areas. If the conditioner disappears immediately, add another thin coat and work it into the leather. But remember that more isn't always better when it comes to your saddle. You can apply too much, which can soak through to your padding or tree and cause them to deteriorate.

Now take a moment to sit back, breath in the luscious clean leather smell and gaze at your glistening tack (because you're an equestrian- it won't last long). Make sure your tack is completely dry before you put it away.

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