The most exciting launch of last week was for sure the new Hunter Boots collection “Duke of Wellington” by Hunter Fields. I am a huge fan of classy British brands and if a collection is also equestrian inspired, we want to be first in line to discover it.
The all-purpose equestrian collection, set to launch in Spring 2016, is the first collaboration within Hunter’s new brand category, Hunter Field. The launch event was held at Apsley House, the home of the first Duke of Wellington, in the same week as the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Apsley House, also known as Number One, London, stands alone at Hyde Park Corner, a must visit when you are in London.
Working with the Duke of Wellington’s family, Hunter has reinforced historic pieces to create a collection that fuses technological advances with heritage design.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by 4 horses, with riders each wearing key pieces from the collection. Even supermodel David Gandy was attending the event.
Developed with their technical experts in the equestrian field, the collection comprises men’s and women’s leather and rubber boots including riding and jodhpur styles, all with scarlet red heel features inspired by the Duke’s original Wellington Boot, and discreet Duke of Wellington x Hunter Field branding.
We already look forward to spring 2016 to wear this beautiful stylish collection.
We recently visited Dubai and had the chance to discover the most amazing luxurious equestrian jewelry collection of Alezan.
Jewelry designer – based in Dubai – Salama Khalfan bundled her design skills and found the inspiration for the collection in her horse Penelope. Her passion for horses translated into stunning pieces of femininely decadent jewelry with the elite world of equestrians at heart.
We are completely in love with these rings, inspired on a horse’s bridle.
Luck at First Sight horseshoe bangles are for everyday chic.
These understatedly elegant bangles are inspired by the horses of the Ottoman Empire. Carefully handmade, these bangles’ horse shoes are studded with 0.5 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds, and come in yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold.
All items can be bought online. Your perfect Valentine gift?
In 2013, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna was opening his doors to professional trainers. The idea was to open the school for foreign riders to share their century old knowledge of classical dressage.The perfect opportunity for me (as a trainer/rider) to find out what’s really going on behind the scenes and to learn more about their training methods.The training course took place at the equestrian center Heldenberg, about 50 km outside of Vienna.A brand new and modern training center with all facilities, in the middle of nowhere, where every horse feels like a king. The perfect place to improve your training in a professional environment.Every horse has his own paddock to enjoy the sunshine.The outdoor area is in perfect condition to train high school dressage.
A little sneak peek into the stables: spacious boxes with a lot of light.The beautiful indoor areaUnfortunately, it was not allowed to take pictures during the training sessions.Our group of trainers came from all over the world, which leads to very inspiring discussions. The course – an sich– was very interesting and chief rider Andreas Hausberger was answering all our questions. We also had the chance to attend the daily training sessions with the schoolhorses and permanent riders. For those who wonder, no rollkur or no low-deep-round methods were shown. After a week of training, I took some time to visit the famous indoor arena in the center city of Vienna.A few times a year the horses are switched stables, the ones who live in the center of Vienna are moving to Heldenberg and those who are stabled in Heldenberg come to Vienna. In the center of Vienna, there is no place for grazing or running and bocking around in the field. But what a privilege the Lipizzaner stallions have in Vienna: world’s largest oval horse walker. With its 132 m, the walker can fit 20 horses in it.
A guided tour leads you through the stables, the tack room and the indoor area.A sample of the different marksYou can have a drink in the café or buy some goodies at the souvenir shop.I enjoyed my stay in Vienna and can recommand it to everyone!
For the professional trainers/riders who are interested in the traditional way of dressage training, check out the training center in Heldenberg. I would like to thank Andreas Hausberger and the other trainers for all the information and interesting training week.