In their sixth year, All The Queen’s Horses captivated the 500,000 strong crowd with their equestrian injection at the annual London New Year’s Day Parade on 1st January 2017. Travelling from all over the UK and further afield Spanish, American Quarter horses, Haflingers, Norwegian Fjords, Holsteins, Warmbloods, Traditional Cobs, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Irish Sport Horses, Welsh Section A’s, Pure Arabs & British Miniatures all walked proudly through central London dressed as colourful characters from famous film and TV shows under this year’s theme ‘Lights, Camera, Action’.

Wie droomt er niet van om in één van de meest bruisende steden ter wereld oudjaar te vieren? Stel dat je de eerste dag van het nieuwe jaar ook nog eens getrakteerd wordt op een groots hippisch event in het stadscentrum? Wel, dan moet je in London zijn. Naar jaarlijkse traditie worden op 1 januari de Londense straten omgetoverd tot een heus filmdecor, waarin paarden de hoofdrol wegkapen. Voor het 6de jaar op rij ging de nieuwjaarsparade “All the Queen’s horses” door. Ruiters uit het ganse land stromen toe naar de thuishaven van Big Ben om er, piekfijn uitgedost, een rit door de stad te maken en zich te tonen aan de 500 000 people red horseHorses and riders replicated super hero’s and famous films including 101 Dalmatians, Oliver Twist, Ben Hur, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars, Mary Poppins etc..Editie 2017 stond in het teken van superhelden en films. De 101 Dalmatiërs, Ben Hur, Mary Poppins en Oliver Twist waren allemaal van de partij. horseAll The Queen’s Horses Founder & Organiser, Caroline Marsh said: “It was another magical parade for All The Queen’s Horses, which would not be possible without the help of the 200 enthusiastic and passionate equestrians who spend the rest of the year planning this one day event of a lifetime.” 

Oprichter en organisator Caroline March was zeer tevreden over deze editie. Een enthousiast team van 200 gepassioneerde paardenliefhebbers werkten het jaar rond om van deze dag een uniek event te maken. Een echte aanrader voor wie oudjaar in London wil and yellow horse

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Will this be the upcoming trend in 2017? Personalized Saddlery Art? Last night, the La Martina polo shop in Jermyn Street London invited artist Elizabeth Armstrong to create a wonderful live painting session on a polo saddle. It looks amazing. What do you think?Saddlery painting#EquestrianEyecatcher


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To help celebrate the UK tour of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the fantastic white horses were asked to appear live on the BBC’s One Show this month. With only two days’ notice the team at Martin Collins had to get a mini riding arena of the highest calibre laid out in front of BBC Broadcasting House in the heart of London.white horseMartin Collins is the official surface choice for the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, supplying surfaces for their arenas in Austria as well as for their UK tour. So when the SRS were asked to perform for the BBC’s One Show outside BBC Broadcasting House in the heart of London, it took a military style operation to ensure that these magnificent white dancing horses could perform.White horse
With only twelve hours to go until the live broadcast to over 4 million people, the team from Martin Collins arrived at the top of London’s Regent Street at 7am. They were tasked with installing a small riding arena on the Piazza right outside Broadcasting House. The obvious problems such as traffic and being in the centre of London were challenging enough, but they were faced with creating this arena in a very small confined area that also had a weight restriction. They could not drive the huge trucks delivering the surface onto the actual Piazza so the two lorries had to tip the 40 tonnes of surface at the entrance.BBC white horseThe horses gave the gathered audience a real treat as they carried out two rehearsals during the afternoon performing their world famous “airs above the ground” movements.
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna are performing at the SSE Arena, Wembley from the 11 – 13th November and at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 18-20th November 2016.

We all love polo. Becoming a good polo player is still on my bucket list. I went to a lot of polo events, so I am already halfway I guess 🙂 Polo has been cast with an image of tradition and formality. Imagine ladies wearing stylish designer dresses, big hats, gloves and expensive sunglasses. But I want to show the other side of polo, the equestrian side. Because polo is a game with a rich cultural history. Originating in Persia over 2,000 years ago, it is one oft he oldest team sports in recorded history.Horse and water I’ve teamed up the founder of the Polo & Lifestyle MagazineScarlett Stilling, who recently shot the most beautiful, magical polo pictures from the game to behind the scenes in Dubai and London.White horseYou can see the passion and love for horses and polo in all the photographs. Enjoy!Equestrian Lifestyle BlogPolo horses by evening sunbrown leather boots polohorse in stable with sunlight

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The road to Rio 2016. Luxury South American inspired leather goods brand, Pampeano, launches their limited edition polo belts, in celebration of the great sporting summer of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Designed in Great Britain and hand-crafted in South America, this patriotic time piece perfectly pays homage to the first ever olympics in South America. Equestrian Lifestyle Blog PampeanoWith this limited-edition Brazil flag polo belt, Pampeano celebrates South America’s largest country, and its former capital Rio de Janeiro, whose motto this summer will be ‘Live Your Passion’. Whether you’ll be spectating from home with your loved ones, or journeying to Rio’s arenas to watch or compete, there is a shared passion for adventure and sportsmanship. pampeano has its roots firmly set in the beautifully vast plains of La Pampa found only in South America. Here, the famous gauchos herd cattle and practise their expert horsemanship on estancias that are surrounded by views of the impressive and instantly recognisable Andes Mountains. With this polo belt, Pampeano brings you a piece of this rich heritage with leatherwork that has been perfected by local artisans from generation to generation.Equestrian Lifestyle Blog The Brazilian flag is often called the ‘Auriverde’ by locals, and is synonymous not only with sport, but with Carnival. Rio de Janeiro’s carnival celebration, the largest in the world, sees two million people per day joining in the street parades, which are bursting with colour and alive with singing and samba dancing.  The vibrant colours in this Brazil flag polo belt will bring culture and worldwide celebrations wherever you go.

Equestrian Lifestyle BlogThis polo belt has been created using bright red, white and royal blue saddlery threads, in honour of Britain’s participation in the games this Summer in Rio. Pampeano is a long history of athletic prowess with this British design – their own take on the iconic Union Jack. Even if you are spectating from afar, this belt is the perfect piece to wear to show your support, in the thrilling run-up to the summer games. (under: Prince Harry, UK)Equestrian Lifestyle Blog The stitching is rendered onto the leather completely by hand, in a process that takes up to 5 hours. The threads have been meticulously stitched onto thick Havana Brown leather, ensuring that this unique design will endure the long life of the equally high-quality leather. The buckle is nickel-free with an antique brass finish, and the width of the belt is our standard 3.5cm.Equestrian Lifestyle BlogA pampeano belt allows everyday wear to become distinctive and exciting. Express your individuality by choosing your favourites from the entire collection, and create conversation pieces wherever you go, with the finest examples of South American heritage and craftsmanship.

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