Pretty happy to be part of the press team during the Chio Aachen this year. As a yearly tradition, I will show you our favorite fashion picks of the event. The weather couldn’t be nicer, 28° degrees and as always the crowd was extremely enthusiastic. But while I am writing this blogpost, I am sitting in the press room, say hello to the airco : ).Chio Aachen

There were plenty of trade stands around the venue, 200 in total, where you can find the latest trends in the equestrian industry. Despite the heat wave, we’ve found some really lovely fall/winter clothes. This jacket by Sonnereiter (left) will definitely give you that effortless chic look in and outside the barn. The sweater and the blouse with the sparkly bow (right) are by Princess & Queens and reminds me a bit of the whole Gucci-bow-trend. Jacket Equestrian Gucci

Belt envy all the way with these leather croco and pony hair belts (left – 180€). If you are more on a budget, you’ll find beautiful leather belts with Swarovski elements. (right – 25€)Equestrian colorful belts swarovski

A golden oldie, but still one of my favorite riding boots, are the polo boots by Tucci (left). Even if you are looking for equestrian interior design, Chio Aachen is right up your alley. Check out this stylish wine rack, which looks very expensive, but  is actually very affordable (< 150€). And don’t we all want the pink and silver chair in the back?Brown leather boots pink chair

For all those equestrians out there who love to travel; this one is for you! What about this amazing hand luggage wrapped in polo horses? The ultimate eye-catcher at the airport 🙂 Polo horse luggage

As always the Hermès scarfs at their trade stand were waving around the big Rolex timepiece at the entrance. Who will win the Grand Prix of Chio Aachen this year? Keep an eye on our Instagram page and follow the action live next Sunday.Hermes Scarf Rolex watch

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Life is better at the beach

From 6th till 9th of July 2017 all eyes and cameras were focused on Knokke (Belgium), as knokke Hippique was bringing the glamour of the equestrian world to the most exclusive coastal town of the Benelux.Green grass horseThe horse festival in Knokke starts with Knokke Hippique, a competition at the highest achievable five-star level which brings the world’s top riders to Belgium. After these four days, there are 2 more weekends filled with competition under the name of the Summer Circuit.Green grass blue sky No less than fifteen riders from the top 30 of the world come to Knokke. The status of Knokke Hippique, the unique framework and experience around the sport, the prize money (1.350.000€) and the presence of Rolex and BMW. These are all the ingredients that imply that the world’s best choose for Knokke.Horse jump But, Knokke Hippique is not only about what happens in the ring and at the show ground. It is about the experience, so the guests can enjoy their summer, with friends and family. That’s why the days during the Summer Circuit are a bit shorter, so that you can get time to appreciate everything beautiful and exclusive Knokke has to offer; from the beach, to the dining, to the shopping – the choice is yours.

“This is not an event, this is an experience”

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The infrastructure has been improved for the 2017-edition of Knokke Hippique with a more compact and easy-navigating Lifestyle Village. With 60 exhibitors opening their doors with equestrian apparel, jewellery and fashion their will be no lack of choice. A brand-new Food Court with food trucks is also being introduced at Knokke Hippique, next to the lake – where riders, grooms and visitors can enjoy and share a wide selection of flavours from all over the world.

fashion shopping horseLast, but not least comes of course the unforgettable entertainment that is one of the signatures of the event. A remarkable show up in the sky! Knokke Hippique is and remains a place where everyone feels welcome and at home. 

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Check out Knokke Hippique, a top class equestrian event that breaths a luxurious equestrian lifestyle. Congrats to the Stephex team for organizing this masterpiece near the beach!sand blue hat

 

CHIO AACHEN WELCOMES THE WORLD’S BEST TO CONTEND FOR THE FIRST EQUESTRIAN MAJOR OF 2017

Elite competitors and world-class show jumping will be on display at CHIO Aachen this July, as the sport’s leading riders compete in the first equestrian Major of the year.

Each summer over 360,000 spectators travel to the iconic equestrian venue in West Germany to watch five disciplines of equestrian sport over 10 days, this includes dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting and show jumping. Hailed as the world’s greatest equine sporting exhibition, the historic CHIO Aachen is one of the calendar year’s most highly anticipated events.

The competition will culminate on Sunday 23 July with the highlight of the show, the Rolex Grand Prix. As part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping the pinnacle of CHIO Aachen will be played out in front of a full house in the main jumping arena, a spectator setting which accommodates over 40,000 fans. Part of the magic of the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen can be attributed to the notorious difficulty of the jumping efforts, designed by world-famous Frank Rothenberger. Generally considered the most demanding course for show jumping athletes, the competing horse and rider combinations will strive to be crowned the coveted champion by producing a faultless performance over the 1.60m 5* track.Rolex scot brash

ROLEX AND CHIO AACHEN
Rolex prides itself on its long standing partnerships at the pinnacle of the sport. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Pat Smythe becoming Rolex’s first equestrian Testimonee, an example of an exceptional athlete who laid the foundations for the enduring relationship between Rolex and the world’s finest competitions and Testimonees that is thriving today.

CHIO Aachen is a shining example of that flourishing relationship. The affiliation between Rolex and Aachen has continued to go from strength-to-strength since ties were first made in 1999.

Rolex Director of Communication & Image, Arnaud Boetsch, said: “As Rolex celebrates 60 years in equestrianism we remain dedicated to one of the greatest equestrian shows of the calendar year. Like Rolex, Aachen is an iconic institution symbolising both heritage and world class performance.”rolex chio Aachen

SHOW JUMPING’S SUPREME COMPETITION
Established collectively in 2013 by CHIO Aachen, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and CHI Geneva, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has been extended to four Majors with the inclusion of The Dutch Masters in 2018. Riders will now have the chance to win the coveted title at four events across the show jumping year while keeping the same format of needing to win three consecutive Majors to claim the Grand Slam title.

In 2017 the world’s best will be hoping to replicate the achievement of Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash, the British rider who made history in 2015 by winning every consecutive Grand Slam Event, the first ever rider to do so.

Brash remarked: “Every rider wants to be part of the Rolex Grand Slam and have the opportunity to try and win the most coveted prize in our sport. Aachen is a highlight of the year and everyone will be heading to the first equestrian Major with one aim, to win.

CHIO AACHEN July 14th -23rd 2017

 

 

Nothing’s more cosy than sleeping in new fresh bedding. So we were very trilled to see the new equestrian inspired collection by Swedish designer Sofia Öberg: EquiHomeSweden.White bedspread

EquihomeSweden is a swedish home interior brand that designs and develops high-quality home textiles, inspired by the equestrian sport. The company was founded back in 2015 by Sofia Öberg. The equestrian sport has always been a big part of her life together with her interest of home interiors and textiles. As since a few years the equestrian industry has transformed a lot and focusses more on fashion. Sofie thought this change is something that she really welcomed and her new collection was a step in this market transformation, to combine the equestrian industry with the interior design.White bedding

Fine equestrian textiles like saddle pads and blankets combined with the typical Scandinavian interior style inspired her to create this new bedding collection. The colors and materials are carefully picked and all the products are made from premium quality cotton. With the unique corner design the bedspreads cover the bed nicely, so say bye bye to fabric all over the floor.

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“I have really put my heart and soul in this collection and there is a reason why it took me two years to develop it. For me quality is important, that is why the fabric is made from only the best cotton. My earlier career as a quality engineer have really helped me in my search for finding the best materials available. The supplier is carefully picked and I have a close relation with the workforce that I also frequently visit” said Sofie. 

EquiHomeSweden recently launched a webshop and founder Sofie is really excited about extending the brand in the future.

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When you buy a bedspread or a bedspread set, a nice navy bag is included where you can store things or why not use it to pack things in for the upcoming competition?

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Aptly named the Floride (French for Florida) this gorgeous luxury travel bag by French Saddlery brand Childéric Saddles certainly makes us think of sunny skies and long sandy beaches and is the perfect travel companion!blue leather bag

Styled in beautifully buttery soft leather, this stunning bag is offered in over 25 colour ways and is part of the Childéric designer fashion accessories collection. This version in duck egg blue features a bright pop of colour courtesy of the sunshine yellow and sky plaid cotton lining and details such as an internal zip pocket; designer embossed stitched logo, full-length zip and leather loop and stud top closure.blue leather bag

Just as the brand’s saddles are renown for bespoke creations, so are their stunning bag collection which combines traditional craftsmanship with a fresh passion for design and quality finish.

Bespoke Childéric Floride Travel Bag is available in three different sizes: 55cm, 65cm and 75cm.

Prices start at: £914.40 

‘Childéric – where beautiful designs happen’

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