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!”

Equestrian Lifestyle BlogWho said ironing is boring?Equestrian LifestyleThe collection is available at Sophie Allport

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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.

Wizards & Magic At Piccadily LondonPhotography Credit www.fotos4events.co.uk

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

PARADE ROUTE

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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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Hickstead (UK), the place to be for numerous international equestrian events, hosted one of the biggest outdoor show in the country: “The Longines Royal International Horse Show”.  Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

Let me take you with me on my trip from Brussels (Belgium) to London and Hickstead. Early morning in Brussel, leaving with the Eurostar to London. Train breakfast: check.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

Only 2 hours later, we arrived in beautiful London St. Pancras. I could talk for hours about all the shopping areas and hipster places, but let’s stick to business. There are 2 possibilities to go to Hickstead, directly by train from St. Pancras to Haywards Heath or by Coach bus (go to Victoria coach station via the Underground services).Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead I am not a big fan of public transport, but the Coach bus services are really handy, they drop you off right in front of the main entrance at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brain child of one man Douglas Bunn. Now run by his family, the showground remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since we first opened our doors in 1960.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead In 2010, The All England Jumping Course celebrated its 50th anniversary as the home of international showjumping in Great Britain. Since then it has undergone £1million-worth of refurbishment works, including the complete renovation of the famous International Arena.

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The Equestrian Lifestyle Team also attended The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ to support the Belgium team. Their where eight teams competed for the historic Prince of Wales Trophy. (Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, France and the Netherlands) . Who jumped to victory? Yes, we did! Belgium wins the FEI Nations Cup!

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First of all I have to say a great thanks to my team members, without them I wouldn’t have been in the jump-off,” said Pieter, who stood on the winners podium alongside Judy Ann Melchior (As Cold As Ice Z); Gudrun Patteet (Sea Coast Pebles Z) and Olivier Philippaerts (H&M Armstrong van de Kapel). Belgian Chef d’equipe Dirk Demeersman said: “Finally we won at Hickstead! Before, when I came here as a rider I had many disasters, so it is great to get this result – and good also that we have qualified for the final in Barcelona, as that was the goal.”

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The kids are presenting their shiny poneys in front of the judges.

Shopping. With more than 250 exhibitors, the Charles Owen sponsored shopping village is a hive of retail activity. If you are a seasoned shopper and intend to spend the entire day seeking out excellent show-discounts and special offers, or if you are merely looking for a souvenir of your day out, the Hickstead shopping village something to suit your tastes.

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Whether you are after equine accessories, tack and equipment, or fine clothing and exquisite jewellery you will not be disappointed. Even the most reluctant shopper will be able to understand why some of our loyal visitors come to Hickstead just for the shopping!

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Some views from above. Love this venue!

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Equestrian Lifestyle HicksteadWe had a great time at Hickstead and enjoyed topsport and shopping. Thank for the hospitality.

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