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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What if you are not the queen of the kitchen? No worries, with this new Sophie Allport homeware collection you would love to become one! This month, British Homewares designer Sophie Allport is launching a new equestrian collection. Let’s have a look.Equestrian Lifestyle BlogKnown for her quintessentially British designs, this new collection features trotting and jumping horses on a pale stone background. Its neutral tones should complement most interiors and will appeal to equestrian fans.Equestrian Lifestyle BlogThe collection includes a wide range of kitchen textiles, tinware, oilcloth products, bags, stationery and fine bone china. There’s everything from practical Picnic Bags, Wallets and rucksack to Mugs, Tea Towels and Table Runners. Plenty of gift ideas for all ages. Prices start from £2 for a sheet of Gift Wrap up to £35 for a Picnic Blanket.Equestrian Lifestyle BlogI spend hours working at my desk overlooking a paddock with horses. They have such elegance and poise and inspired me to paint them;” explained Sophie, “I loved riding as a child and have very fond memories of a pony called Velvet that used to trot me over little jumps! I now have plenty of family and friends that still ride including my gorgeous niece who’s modelling in some of our lifestyle shots!”

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The UK capital got it’s fair share of magic on New Year’s Day when the London New Year’s Day Parade featuring ‘All The Queens Horses’ hit the global city in style.

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The first New Year’s Day Parade in London was on January 1st in 1987 and it was called ‘The Lord Mayor of Westminster’s Big Parade’. Today, 64 horses and 200 participants were invited for selection from all over the UK to appear in this annual event.

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The riders ranged from just six years old through to late seventies and were unpaid volunteers unified in their passion for horses and bringing equestrianism to the capital. Some of them were professional competitors but most of them were happy hackers.

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An amazing crowd of 500 000 spectators were thrilled to meet them.

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The equestrian element of the parade started off at Piccadilly Circus and finished at Parliament, with the return route back via the Horse Guards, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

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Each year the parade celebrates a particular theme, with previous year’s celebrating the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and ‘Hats Off For London’ and the most recently ‘London Moving’. This year the parade took on ‘A Magical Thirty Years ’ to celebrate the main parade’s 30th Year.

Alice In Wonderland in central London. Photo by Jo Monck


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The Parade begins outside The Ritz in Piccadilly at 11.45, proceeds to Piccadilly Circus, turning right into Regent Street, then Pall Mall and into Whitehall where the Parade ends. Horses then proceed to Horse Guard’s Parade for photo and interview opportunities before riding down The Mall to the Gates of Buckingham Palace for more photos. This gives the riders and organisers an opportunity to meet their sponsors, supporters and friends as well as the many tourists.

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New Year’s Day Horse Parade London

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#2 Horse sculptures in the London Thames

I have a huge crush for everything British and when I was in London last week a new hotspot appeared while I was crossing the River Thames: 4 riders on horseback! The scultpures are a part of the Totally Thames Art Festival and represent the role the river Thames had played in the history of London. You can see the underwater horses at low and high tide.

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