Keeping Your Tack Area Organized & Clean

Keeping your tack are clean and organized at all times is REALLY hard. There is always the 3 Ms, Mice, Mold, and Mud, present no matter what. So these are my 5 tips and trick to keep your tack area clean and organized without breaking the bank!

 

1. Invest In Some Plastic Bins!

Rubbermaid bins are so great for just about everything. I store saddle pads, bonnets, polos, open front boots, and really just about everything in them. As long as you keep them closed and not overflowing with things, they are perfect for keeping mice, mud, and mold off. I got an assortment of sizes to fit all of the stuff I have to spoil my ponies. I have 2 large Sterilite® Ultra™ 70 Quart Clear Storage Tubs (found at your local Target for $8.99) to hold all of my saddle pads and other fabric wear items like stall guards. I can fit almost all of my saddle pads in 1 bin but of course, you can never have too many saddle pads, so I always have room in my second one for more. Folding is your best friend for sure! I also have the Sterilite® Clearview Latch™ 15 Quart Storage Bin (found at your local Target for $3.64). This bin I use for holding all of my polos and open front boots as well as my extra spurs and such. I have a little section separated off to be my catch all for little things.

2. Get A Grooming Tote That Can Latch!

Having a grooming tote with a lid and that latches may seem like a burden but it is actually one of the best purchases I have made! It makes it unappealing for people to steal what is inside (some have lock options) and deters mice from getting in there and nesting or leaving behind anything on your brushes. If you are like me and have a nosey pony like Pearl who likes to touch just about everything, having a lid and latch prevents them from getting into it! Though it may bulk up what you have to carry, it is definitely worth it in the fact that they are easier to clean and can hold more. My recommendation is the Ascot II Grooming Box (found here for $24.99). It holds up great for daily wear and tear and holds a TON of stuff.

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3. Keep All Your Tack On Racks & Off the Floor!

The first place that your tack will pick up mold is from the ground. By having your tack elevated off the floor and not dragging, it is way less likely for it to mold. If the floor isn’t the cleanest in the world, then your tack can get muddy if it sits or drags on the ground as well. And of course those pesky mice! Those little buggers will nibble on just about anything and that includes tack that is hanging on the ground. I also recommend that you get covers or bags for your tack that can keep even more stuff of of it. My favorite place is E.C Equestrian which you can find here for high quality and handmade stuff!

 

4. Treats Need To Go In Their Own Airtight Container!

Mice like food. And the least amount of effort that they have to put in to get it, the better. So keep your treats in an airtight container that is hard, thick plastic.  Since it is airtight, no mice are drawn to it and if they stumble upon it, they have no way of getting in mice the plastic is too hard and thick for their little teeth to chew through. I have an IRIS USA Airtight Pet Food Container in the 10lb size (found at your local farm store for ≈$9.99).   Also, I can put fresh horse treats that I make in there and don’t have to worry about mold!

 

5. Monogram Or Write Your Name On Everything!

Sadly, people like to steal stuff. So I like to monogram all of my brushes and stuff as well as write my name on stuff I can’t monogram. Any vinyl monogram will work and sharpie does too!

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I hope that these tips and tricks help you guys to keep your tack area clean and organized! If you ever have any questions feel free to DM me on instagram @equestrian.syd !

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

The PonyApp: New Tech For An Evolving Equestrian Community

Recently, a lot of different companies have been coming out with apps for iPhones and Androids that are tailored towards equestrians. Some of the most well known are All Ears App and PandaHAUS Equestrian. But, one recently launched app has been trailblazing with popularity among professionals, The Pony App.

The Pony App “…engages all parties involved in daily horse care. We help you stay organized outside of the arena so that you can focus on staying in the saddle.” The app does this by breaking down everything that is horse related into categories that help you stay organized. It has many different features that include, Spotlight, My Stable, and Invoices. I have been trialing this app for about 2 months now and now have integrated it into my regular training program. Since I have 3 horses at the moment, it allows me to keep track of everything that they are up to.

 

My favorite feature of this app has to by My Stable. It has allowed for me to keep track of all my horse’s activities, manage expenses, set reminders for routine services, take notes about the horse, and upload X-Rays, Passports, etc to a gallery for safe keeping. Using the activities section I record all of my lessons and liberty training sessions so that I can note our progress from point A to point B. I use the reminders section in conjunction with the expenses section to make sure I know when to write checks for services like the farrier or annual vet visits. In the Gallery section, I upload photos of Coggin’s Tests, any x-rays that have been taken, and dated confirmation photos so that if I ever need them, there is quick and easy access to them. img_5431

 

The Invoice section of the app is essentially a version of Venmo, made for equestrians. It allows you to pay invoices and expenses through the app and not have to deal with anything regarding checks and whatnot. It is very convenient if you are like me, and disorganized about that stuff. 

 

 

 

 

The Spotlight section is great for keeping up with equestrian related news from all over the world. With the combination of many different media providers, you can get information on just about anything. If you find a site that you really enjoy, you can browse their site directly from the app. I love reading Horse&Hound so I check their site every couple of days to catch up!

 

This app has really simplified my riding life and organized a not so organized person. Big  shoutout to the Pony App for allowing me to work with them on this review and sending me some of their awesome logo stickers! Make sure to check them out on instagram @theponyapp and download their app on the App Store or Google Play. If you ever have any questions or want to suggest something for me to write about, feel free to DM on instagram @equestrian.syd!

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

 

 

How I Get And Keep My Grey Clean

Anybody who owns a grey horse of any shape or size, knows how difficult it is to keep them clean. Some of us have spent an arm or a leg in money and time to get sort of close to clean. And now that I now have my sweet Pearl, I have had to work out a regimen for keeping her white-ish, no matter how much she lays in her own poop.

I have found a great range of products from many different brands that have been really effective and helped to tame that coat. But, as a lot of equestrians know, some of the best stuff is expensive. My range varies with products from $5 to $20. My kit includes the following:

  • Microfiber Bathing Mitt- I use this to scrub on her face without the harshness around the sensitive areas (ie. Eyes, Nostrils, Ears): $5.95 on Smartpak here.
  • Vetrolin White ‘N Brite- This stuff is my holy grail for Pearl. It works amazingly on getting out those stains and brightning her coat: $14.99 at Smartpak here.
  • Mane ‘n Tale- I use this stuff as a basic washing soap. It is affective of getting out stenches and cleaning the hair but isn’t great for sun protection or strengthening on the hair: $7.00 at any drug store
  • SleekEZ- Pearl just turned 1 this month and is starting to loose her baby fuzz. This tool really helps get that baby hair out from under her coat so that new hair can grow. It works especially well when coat is wet: $15.95 on Smartpak here.
  • Hippies On Horses Soft & Shiny Shampoo and Spray-In Conditioner- This stuff is the real deal if you want to strengthen your horse’s coat and promote growth. It is made by hand with All-Natural Ingredients so it makes me feel good about using it on her often: $11.00 each on the HOH site here and get 5% off when you use code HOHSYDGREEN! 
  • Pony Riders Club Assorted Rainbow Pony Sticks- Only being 1, Pearl gets distracted very easily. These treats are large and sweet enough keep her busy for a while and not dancing around being bored: $9.00 for 12 sticks here

Since she isn’t in full work, I leave her mane long so that it be majestic. My best trick to tame that crazy mane and forlock is to do a running and a button braid. I do her mane in a tight running braid along her mane so that if she does roll, there are just shavings and such on the outside of the mane. I do her forlock in a button braid so that it is out of the way when putting on/off her halter and getting it out of her eyes when she is eating. Adding a bit of water to your hands and spritzing the hair allows for stronger and smoother braid.

We like to have a lot of fun while we bathe to keep her from wiggling. So, if you have a horse that stands well, or a mini that you can block the enrty/exit of the wash area, let them go halterless. It allows for easier access to the face and makes them feel more comfortable. 

can you tell she is loving it?

Her before and afters are crazy. Just with two treatments of this regimen she has gone from drab to fab. 

I hope my routine for kepping my mini “pearly white”… pun intended, has helped you guys! Feel free to DM on instagram if you have and questions @equestrian.syd !

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

Welcome Back!

Hey, Preps!

 

I am so excited to be back and posting full-time on the blog! My posts will be up every Monday and Thursday so make sure to follow me on Instagram @thepreppyequestrianblog to be the first to know when they are up. If you are new to the blog I want to say welcome and tell you a bit about myself:

  • My name is Sydney Green and I am the founder and owner of The Preppy Equestrian
  • I am 16 years old and a sophomore in high school
  • I have been riding for 14 years
  • I have shown in almost every discipline but Western
  • I ride in two different disciplines, Dressage and Hunter Jumper
  • I currently have 3 horses, Pinky Promise (Pinky), Blue Melody (Libby), and Pearl
  • I am from and train Hunter Jumper in Central Indiana but train in Wellington, Florida for Dressage
  • I do dressage up to the 4th level with my dressage trainer, Lauren Knopp
  • I show in the Low Children’s Jumpers
  • With my new mini pony Pearl and Pinky, I do liberty training
  • Navy is my favorite color and the best color
  • I monogram everything… and I mean everything
  • My social media is @equestrian.syd on Instagram so feel free to follow!

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Pearl and I

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Pinky and I

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Libby and I

 

If you ever have any questions or want to suggest anything for me to cover, feel fee to DM me on Instagram, @equestrian.syd !

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

The Equestrian Stylebook: April | Sponsored By Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery

This month, I partnered with my local tack shop, Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery, to bring my preps the April edition of The Equestrian Stylebook! All of these products* are available at Grand Champion so make sure to check them out online here.

I was lucky enough to be able to shoot on location at Carben Farms in Wellington, Florida. My gorgeous modeling partner in crime in Twinkie the Wonder Pony who is a Grand Prix dressage horse. In this shoot, Twinkie sports his Schockemoehle Sports Jumper Bridle w/ Crank in Havana ($324.00).

Finding the perfect riding outfit is one of the hardest things in the world. With so many different brands and styles to choose from, there are so many great options. And, as much as I would like to be, none of us are made of money, so pricing is something that most of us have to be very cautious of. I have compiled a stylebook with 3 1/2 great outfits that every equestrian can rock!

Floral Frenzy:

 

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Everyone who reads the stylebook on a regular basis knows how much I love navy in all forms. But this outfit of navy USG breeches and a floral Joules sleeveless polo take the cake. With soft and flexible material and contrast piping, these breeches feel like a second skin. This outfit will defiantly wow when schooling at shows or at home!

  • USG By KL Select Lara Breech in Navy: $198.00
  • Joules Cheeky Polo in Bright White: $52.95
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots in Black: $329.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap in Black: $239.00

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Flower Power:

 

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This month I have been crazy about florals. Joules has treated me well with their very spring flower filled collection. When I saw the fun pinks and gray I knew that I had to pick up this hoodie and pair it with something. Flower Power is more of a casual day at the barn outfit with gray breezes paired with a loose fit hoodie.

  • Joules Hoodie in Marlston Print: $69.95
  • Devon-Aire® Signature Classic Knee-Patch Breech in Charcoal/Black- $99.95
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots in Black: $329.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap in Black: $239.00

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Jumper Turns:

This show ensemble is the classic jumper look with a hidden flare. It is paired with white breeches for Classic Day, but the white could easily be switched out for a tan pair. I recommend the Ghodho Fiona Show Breech ($199.00) for a professional look with some character.

 

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  • Grand Prix Classic Sport Show Jacket in Navy: $470.00
  • Le Fash Paulo Alto Show Shirt: $139.00
  • Treadstep Symphony No. 3 Rosa Breech in White: $119.99
  • Samshield ShadowMatt Helmet in Black: $465.99
  • Equiline Maggie Belt in Black: $149.95
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots in Black: $329.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap in Black: $239.00

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Sugar Plum Pony:

For the final outfit of the month, I wanted to bring a more untraditional look to the schooling ring. By pairing a Tailored Sportsman Sun Shirt with white breeches you bring a comfortable, everyday look to the next level. The sun shirt provides UV protection and keeps you cool while riding, even though it is long sleeve.

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  • Tailored Sportsman Ice Fill Zip Top in Plum: $69.95
  • Treadstep Symphony No. 3 Rosa Breech in White: $119.99
  • Equiline Maggie Belt in Black: $119.95
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots in Black: $329.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap in Black: $239.00
  • Samshield ShadowMatt Helmet in Black: $465.00

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Twinkie The Wonder Pony:

As a little extra at the end of this post, I wanted to feature my partner in crime for this photoshoot and his outfits. Mr. Twinkie was sporting his Schockemoehle Sports Jumper Bridle w/ Crank in Havana. This bridle offers versatility in that it has an interchangeable flash and can convert to a double bridle if necessary for the horse being ridden in it. You can purchase it for $324.00 in with Havana (pictured) or Oak Bark. Twinkie also wanted to wear a Samshield Helmet but sadly they don’t make his size yet and he was very unhappy but wore it anyway because he wouldn’t trust any other brand to protect his noggin. The horse size Samshield is coming soon to a dealer near you😉

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I also want to give some recognition to my amazing friend and trainer, Lauren Knopp, for being my last minute photographer. She kept me sane through all the crazy of finding a location, a horse to model with, make-up looks, poses, and for encouraging me to bring out the model within me. I couldn’t be more thankful for her and she deserves so love on this post too.

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I hope that this stylebook helps my fellow preps with your styling. More to come with next months Equestrian Stylebook!

Until  next  time  Preps,

Sydney

Brand Review: The Bit Of Design

As most of you know, I am a huge supporter of small business. I work with quite a few all over the country on a regular basis. So recently, when the opportunity arose to review products from my good friend Grace’s small business, The Bit Of Design, I happily accepted.

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The Bit of Design is an equestrian apparel and design company that sells a wide variety of products. The designs vary in the people they are targeted to so that everyone can enjoy. Some of these designs include the Team Thoroughbred, Team Warmblood, the Classic Logo Tee, etc.

When The Bit Of Design first opened, Grace asked if I wanted to purchase any of the products she offered and, of course, I said yes! After much debate, I decided to go with the Classic Logo Tee in Grey. I normally wear a woman’s size XS/S but after the recommendation from Grace to go a size larger and me having wider shoulders, I went with a Medium. The design and fit of the tee allows for flexibility and reach when jumping larger fences, without any un-tucking or bunching around the waistband. Also, I am a stickler for wearing soft shirts and the cotton blend of the tees is absolutely perfect for me to wear on all occasions.  Cotton is also very breathable so it allows for you to stay cool while riding. The only downside to the cotton is the fact that it absorbs sweat and water but retains that liquid and doesn’t allow for it to evaporate. So, on hot days beware that everyone will know about those sweat stains!

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Working with Grace has been fantastic too! Whenever I had a question or a concern about anything, she was very quick and thorough in her responses. As an equestrian herself, she personally made sure that all of her apparel did its purpose and to the greatest degree, it could. Being a young entrepreneur can be tough when you are a full-time student, and trying to bring up a young Thoroughbred on the Hunter/Jumper circuit. But, even with all of this, Grace handles everything with such elegance and passion and I am proud to call her one of my good friends.

 

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Grace and Her Fur Baby, Canyon

 

Lucky for y’all this partnership brings forward a DISCOUNT CODE! Use code PEREVIEW for 5% off your order at checkout. You can get more information and check them out on Instagram @thebitofdesign and on their website thebitofdesign.com.

 

Until next time prepsters,

Sydney

Brand Review: Custom Saddlery

Custom Saddlery is one of the biggest dressage saddle brands in the world. Some of their sponsored riders include Stephan Peters, Juan Matute Guimon,  and Patrik Kittel. They also offer a range of jump saddles but I have personally had no experience with them but have heard good things.

Custom Saddlery offers 29 different models of dressage saddle with 4 different categories, Custom, Wolfgang, Icon, and through their partnership with Stephan Peters, Signature. All of these saddles are customizable from the color of the leather, the color of the welting and the stitching, and cantle designs.

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An example with pink welting and stitching! Photo Rights: Custom Saddlery

I have had the pleasure to ride in multiple different models of Custom saddles in the past year. My trainer in Wellington, Fellow TPE writer Lauren Knopp, has all of her horses in them and when I ride with her, I ride in Custom. My goodness, I could not be more in love! They are so comfortable and really do help your leg get put and stay in the correct place the entire ride, even when you do get a bit unseated ;).

Most recently I rode in Custom’s Wolfgang Omni 2 Monoflap Saddle and it was such a dream. When riding a large strided horse, sometimes it is difficult to keep your leg in the correct place and not be put off balance. But, when I was riding Duke, a hefty 16.3hh gelding, my leg wasn’t slipping around at all, it felt just like I was on my own small strided pony, Pinky Promise.

Being a long-legged rider can sometimes be difficult in a dressage saddle because some knee block styles just don’t work. But fear not, Custom offers a wide variety of knee block styles to fit everyone’s needs. I personally love the look, feel, and security that the knee block that holds your thigh in place. I am someone who is longer in the femur/thigh region so full-length knee blocks don’t tend to be comfortable. So, if you are someone who is like me, definitely give this model a try!

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Pictured here is Duke and I going down the long side at his working trot, look at that stride!

The quality of the products used to make these saddle is impeccable. From the premium buffalo leather to the imported wool used to flock it to the premium wood tree, I don’t think you can get much better. The combination of these outstanding features plus being handcrafted in a state of the art facility provides both horse and rider with a custom fit masterpiece that is perfect for both parties.

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Can you tell that Duke is comfortable in his Custom saddle?

When buying a saddle you want to have the best customer service that you can rely on every time. From the fitting of your saddle with your local representative all the way up to the designers of the saddle. I asked my favorite long time Custom Saddlery user, Lauren Knopp, her thoughts on their customer service and here is what she said:

“Custom Saddlery goes above and beyond to make sure their clients are happy. I’ve ridden in Custom for 6 years and I won’t ever ride in anything else. They always make sure your horse are well taken care of in every aspect.”

 

 

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Pictured here is Lauren riding one of her horses, Greggory in her Custom Saddlery Wolfgang Star Saddle.

 

 

However, with all things, there must be at least be one flaw, though not unwarranted. Because these saddles are made with high-quality products and handled with such care, they come with a not so humble price tag. Base models start around $2,695 USD and goes up as customization is added. Luckily for those on a budget who would love to be the proud owners of a Custom Saddlery saddle, you can find consignment saddles through your local rep and online retailers. Large scale retailers such as Dover Saddlery and Smartpak also offer select models such as the Wolfgang Solo and Signature Stephan’s Advantage.

 

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Horse & Rider #OOTD on Point! Feat. Samshield, Centerline Style, E.C Equestrian, Custom Saddlery, and Showmark

 

You can check Custom out on their website here, and follow them on Instagram @customsaddlery. Big thanks to Lauren Knopp for helping me out with this post and taking some awesome photos of Duke and me! If you are ever in Wellington and want a dressage lesson you can find all of her contact information on her website www.laurenknoppdressage.com. Hope y’all enjoyed this review on Custom Saddlery!

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney

 

The Equestrian Stylebook: December-Collaboration With Lauren Knopp

This month for The Equestrian Stylebook, I was in Wellington, Florida. So, of course, I had to collaborate with one of my favorite people and fellow TPE writer, Lauren Knopp.
Finding the perfect riding outfit is one of the hardest things in the world. With so many different brands and styles to choose from, there are so many great options. And, as much as I would like to be, none of us are made of money, so pricing is something that most of us have to be very cautious of. I have compiled a stylebook with 6, yes 6, great outfits that every equestrian can rock!

Mare Mantra:

This outfit was probably the favorite of all of the outfits this month. Everyone at the farm was just crazy about it! I am not one that really goes for experimental patterns on clothing so this was something new for me, but boy was it a success! It features a clean-cut white shirt and breeches with boat blueprints on them.

Delilah is sporting her Passier Snaffle Bridle!

This Combo Includes:

  • The Blonde & The Bay Mare Mantra Tee: $35.00
  • Equine Couture Schooner Knee Patch Breech: $64.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots: $329.00 in Black
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap: $239.00 in Black
  • Samshield V-Skin Gloves in Black: $67.50
  • Samshield Alcantara Helmet in Black with Flower Swarovski and 255 Crystals: $1416.00
Delilah needs no controlling, she is a perfect little filly!

 

Merlot By The Ocean:

Would it really be The Equestrian Stylebook if I didn’t feature at least one solid navy item? I didn’t think so. Lauren models here with her main man De Greggory in the gorgeous pairing of merlot and navy.

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There is no love greater than between pony and person

This Combo Includes:

  • Mastermind Equestrian Rigoletto Merlot & Pink Full Seat Breeches: $375.00
  • Kastel Denmark Long Sleeve Show Shirt in Navy: $95.00
  • Ralph Lauren Snake-Embossed Belt in Cognac: $38.00

De Greggory is sporting his amazing Custom Saddlery Advantage Monoflap Saddle, E.C Equestrian Saddle Pad custom made in The Preppy Equestrian colors, and a Primera Milano Snaffle Bridle in black & white from 20×60 Equestrian.

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Whale Of A Time:

Pink whales and blue stripes, these breeches couldn’t get any better. They may seem a bit kid-like and not professional but everyone needs a pair of those in their breech collection. The pink polo brings the outfit back a step in the adulting direction.

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This Combo Includes:

  • Ralph Lauren Classic Polo in Pink: $40.00
  • Equine Couture Natasha Whales Breech in Light Blue: $64.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots: $329.00 in Black
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap: $239.00 in Black
  • Samshield V-Skin Gloves in Brown: $67.50
  • Samshield Alcantara Helmet in Black with Flower Swarovski and 255 Crystals: $1416.00
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Sipping On Merlot:

With the return of those gorgeous merlot breeches, Lauren paired them with a gray and white contrasting shirt. It is a timeless look that works for stable to street gorgeousness. DSC00723.jpg

This Combo Includes:

  • Mastermind Equestrian Rigoletto Merlot & Pink Full Seat Breeches: $375.00
  • Kastel Denmark Long Sleeve Show Shirt in White/Grey: $95.00
  • Ralph Lauren Snake-Embossed Belt in Cognac: $38.00

Samoa 52 is sporting his amazing Custom Saddlery Advantage Monoflap Saddle, Ecogold Non-Slip Saddle Pad, and a Primera Milano Snaffle Bridle in black & white from 20×60 Equestrian.

 

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Lauren & Flamenco Rubin Owned By Alex Devries

 

Shadow Matte & Show Whites:

Standing ringside on a busy show day, just watching other riders in their tests and rounds is one of the best ways to spend a day. The breathableness and comfort that this ensemble creates in unparalleled. With breeches that fit like a second skin, a shirt that allows airflow to keep you cool, and a helmet that is as pretty as a crown and as comfortable as your favorite PJ’s, you will never what to take this outfit off.

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This Combo Includes:

  • Kastel Denmark Short Sleeve Show Shirt in Black/White: $75.00
  • Horseware Ireland Elise Breeches in White: $105.00
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Space Paddock Boots: $329.00 in Black
  • Tonics Fabulous Shoes Triton Half Chap: $239.00 in Black
  • Samshield V-Skin Gloves in Brown: $67.50
  • Samshield Shadow Matte Helmet in Black: $439.00

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Starbucks Stop… Ringside:

Anyone who knows Lauren knows she couldn’t live without coffee. So, with her show attire, she definitely had to include her caramel iced latte. Show days can lead to early mornings and late nights, so who wouldn’t need a little, sweet pick me up ringside.

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This Combo Includes:

  • Kastel Long Sleeve Show Shirt in Navy: $95.00
  • Pikeur Lucinda Full Seat Breeches in White: $299.99
  • DeNiro Boot Co. Raffaello Top Rondine Tall Boots With Gretta Trim: $665.00
  • Samshield Shadow Matte Helmet in Navy: $439.00
  • Grande Carmel Latte: $4.45 at your local Starbucks Store

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I really had a great time working with Lauren on this and doing the photoshoot at her family farm, IDA Farms. She is super nice and if you are ever in Wellington and are looking for a dressage lesson, shoot her a message and follow her on Instagram @laurenknoppdressage!

I hope that this stylebook helps my fellow preps with your styling. More to come with next months Equestrian Stylebook!

Until next time Preps,

Sydney

 

How To: Painless No Stirrup Work

Everybody hates no stirrup work. Every single one of us and there is no denying it. Though I am posting this in December, that doesn’t mean you can’t apply it to every ride. And contrary to popular belief, no stirrup work should build both horse and rider. The exercises that you do should benefit you both rather than one or the other.

 

Personally, I love to work no stirrup work into almost every ride. It helps me to develop all of the muscles in my core and lower leg needed in day to day riding. It also eliminates the undue stress on my horse’s back that comes with doing no stirrup work every ride, for a full month, without any prior conditioning.

 

I have compiled a list of 6 fun exercises to help make your no stirrup work painless and helpful.

 

Exercise 1: Leg On the Shoulder

  • This exercise is meant to work on your balance at all gaits
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    You work this exercise by placing your one of your legs over the “knee roll” area of the saddle so your calf is resting on the horse’s shoulder

  1. On a 20 meter circle start at the walk and keep your balance centered in the middle of the saddle
  2. After you feel comfortable, pick up the canter
  3. Still on the 20m circle, trot half then transition back down to the walk for the second half, then after the walk half, pick up the canter once again
  4. Repeat step 4, however, many times you feel are needed until you have kept a nice balanced, round canter on the circle
  5. Once you have reached that balanced and round canter, start at step one again with the other leg

 

Exercise 2: Alternating Raised Poles

  • This exercise is meant to build your horse’s hind end and to help you develop lower leg muscles
  1. Place four poles 3 feet apart on the ground
  2. Place blocks, buckets, or any 4 same height objects under alternating sides of the poles

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  3. Drop your stirrups and cross them over the front of the saddle so they are out of the way (you can also take them completely off if you aren’t working with them at all that ride)
  4. Go through the poles at an even and steady posting trot
  5. You may experience a throwing forward or up feeling the first few rounds through but don’t fret! It is just your horse pushing up and engaging their hind end over the poles, it will become more comfortable as you go!
  6. Repeat step 4 as many times as you feel necessary from both directions
  7. If you have been working this exercise and others to develop your seat a lot, feel free to try this at a sitting trot too!

 

Exercise 3-6: Bending Around The Leg on Circles

  • This exercise is meant to build a response from your horse when asking to bend around it and build your lower leg muscles and seat
  • The photos explain themselves but I will put a brief summary of each with some extra stuff you can add on for difficulty!

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  1. This helps to work on the gentler bend in the horse’s neck and can  also work on forwardness along the long side. This exercise is meant to be performed at the rising trot
  2. This helps to work on keeping control in a forward gate by adding a 15meter circle to bring them back under your seat. To add difficulty, try this at a sitting trot!
  3. This helps to work on deep and full corners. It is especially got for horses who like to fall inward in the trot and canter. This exercise is meant to performed at both the trot and canter.

Sponsorships​: How To Get And Keep It

Sponsorships from brands big and small are what any equestrian strives for. To be recognized by a brand or applied to be a part of the company and asked then to join their team is a great feeling. I am blessed enough to be apart of 8 amazing companies and have had my fair share of experience with them. I have compiled a list of the Do’s and Don’ts and tips to keep your sponsorships. When looking for a good sponsor:

Do: Become very familiar with the company’s products and mission statement

When looking into a company for sponsorship, you need to be familiar with the brand and what they stand for. You can sweeten the deal by being a regular user of the products and they are one of your go-to’s.

 

Don’t: Apply for the same position with companies that sell similar or the exact same products

This is probably THE most important rule to follow. Don’t apply for sponsorships or ambassadorships with multiple companies that make/sell the same or similar products. Doing this will more than likely get you automatically cut from the list of contenders.

 

Do: Be professional when negotiating and in all communications

When communicating, whether it is by email, private message, or phone calls, you want to be professional and show that professionalism. By being this way, it can lead to recommendations and connections within the community.

 

Don’t: Expect free products from your sponsor

This is probably the second most important rule. Some companies are known worldwide like Ogilvy Equestrian or  CWD Sellier and some companies are smaller like EC Equestrian or Hippies On Horses. The bigger companies have large overheads and are able to send free products but smaller ones aren’t. But all of their support is equal and that is what it truly is all about but, a lot of people want to have an arsenal of companies on their team. You need to look for quality over quantity in a good sponsor. Just because they send you free products, doesn’t mean that they make a good addition.

 

These are just a few of the do’s and don’ts of having and keeping a sponsorship. If you have any questions feel free to DM me on Instagram @equestrian.syd !

 

Until Next Time Prepsters,

Sydney