ON THE HOOF: WITH DEBORAH SMITH

Spring has sprung, and with a whole host of events in the diary, I’ve been casting my eyes over some of this season’s most desirable clothing and accessories, says luxe equestrian columnist Deborah Smith.
ON THE HOOF: WITH DEBORAH SMITH

Whether you’re after a bit of bling or a touch of comfort as a rider, a new season gets us excited about new horse and rider collections.

Equestrian Stockholm’s gorgeous new spring collection features three stunning new colours: Moroccan blue, grenadine and ice blue which feature across their range of saddle pads, fleece bandages and ear nets.

And to be truly matchy-matchy, you’ll find a  striking lightweight jacket in all the colours as well; sure to be one of this season’s must-haves, with a soft sheen fabric front and back combined with stretchy eco-fleece on sides and sleeves.

As with all Equestrian Stockholm’s clothing, there is no fur or down used in this jacket. Instead of using down as insulation, they have chosen to use a top quality eco-friendly filling which is breathable, wind-resistant and water-resistant. Perfect for British spring weather! DonnaDiva Equestrian stock the whole range donnadivaequestrian.com – be quick as they’re bound to fly off the shelves!

I was lucky enough to get a super smart new SCHARF hat for Christmas. It’s the lightest hat I’ve ever ridden in and amazingly comfortable. With an easily adjustable strap, and sizing and a COOLMAX washable removable liner, this is a perfect competition hat for spring into summer.

SCHARF is a Danish brand and the hats have a very distinctive and contemporary design with some traditional elements. They meet the highest current safety requirements.

I first saw them at the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh and they come in a wide variety of colours and coatings, not least countless combinations of Swarovski crystals, granite and beads to choose from! I went for rutile red gloss (a sort of blackberry colour) with two rows of Swarovski crystals. The helmets are customised so you can be as adventurous as you like! Visit scharfuk.com to start designing your own bespoke hat.

For accessories, makebeboutique.com has the whole range of Makebe bangles in leather and brass and a range of belts, spurs and stirrups including the stunning Wave Stirrup and Ergo-Spur Set in rose-gold.  We’re definitely talking wow factor here. Almost too glamorous to ride in (but I’ll give it a go!).

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THE EQUERRY BOLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

12 – 16 JUNE

Where else would you want to be this summer than in the stunning setting of Bolesworth Castle, watching world class competition at the must-visit Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.

With a stellar line-up featuring many leading riders from home and abroad, the show offers a whole week of equestrian sport at the very highest level including: CDI 3* dressage and CSI 4* showjumping competitions. Bolesworth Castle provides a stunning backdrop and the event continues into the evenings with live entertainment in Club Boles overlooking the Main Arena.

Get 40% off gate prices if you pre-book your tickets online.

bolesworthinternational.com


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