Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New FreeJump Soft'Up Classic

I must say that the first time I tried FreeJump stirrups was only a few weeks ago when a friend of mine asked me to ride a horse and she had a pair of FreeJumps on the saddle. I don't know how this is even possible but yes, they have been around for ten years and I only tried them now.

Although I always thought they were really nice looking, I never thought that I needed them, specially after that polemic video of Henrik Von Eckermann that gave me some mixed feelings. 

I always felt comfortable in my Sprenger stirrups but it all changed as soon as I put my feet on the FreeJump for the first time. I immediately told my friend that I wanted them because it feels like they help you keeping your leg and ankle in the most correct and perfect position - weird, ha?! As much as I read about all the science behind them I can't understand how they can help me feeling so much more stable. There's also something that concerns me a lot and I already talked about it with you, I'm super afraid of falling and getting my foot stuck on the stirrup, it already happened to me once and, omg, it is NOT cool guys... so that's why I would prefer having an open stirrup.

Anyway, now that I've told you that FreeJump is my most recent love concerning stirrups, it is time to introduce their new product: the Soft'Up Classic stirrups that were created by Pénélope Leprevost, designed by Pininfarina which is an Italian design studio and produced in by FreeJump in France.

These new stirrups were designed for women as they have a smaller size that would fit us better - I find it so interesting that now so many brands make products specially for us! Another thing that is different in this new stirrup is the straight eye, if you recall the previous Soft'Up Pro had a different shape on the place where we put the stirrup leathers, now they have brought it back to the classic style which is a great thing as I have heard some people saying that it wasn't that comfortable!

FreeJump also added some new colors to this new collection - although the brown ones have always been my favorite, I am sure that me and the pearl navy/black would be best friends!!!

Are you a fan of the new collection?
See you on the next post,

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cold Days & A Cute Horse

Hi everyone! It's crazy how easily we go from the crazy hot days to the super cold ones and this happened a lot during this past week. 
Last Wednesday was a holiday so I went to the barn really early to ride Gali, I love being at the barn when the day is still starting, I feel so relaxed.

I was feeling so cold that I decided to take a beanie and a scarf with me - obviously, everybody laughed and asked me what I would wear during the Winter!
I also wore my rose gold "Horse Treasure" bracelet that I just bought at HorseGloss and I love the way it looks on this outfit. When I first saw the bracelet on their Instagram account I loved it so much but it was out of stock so as soon as it was back I immediately bought it, I was really afraid that it would fly off the shelves again. :)
It's super discrete and not big at all but when I look to this bracelet I think it is so gorgeous. Am I the only one obsessed with it?!

My v-neck sweater is from Ralph Lauren and although I bought it many, many years ago you can still find some that look exactly like mine. It's cozy but good looking so I usually wear it with my trusty Equi-Thème vest that I never get tired of wearing. I've written more times than I can count about it and there is really nothing else to add - it's pretty, it's comfortable and it's not the only vest I own but it is definitely my favorite!
The breeches are from Spooks as you probably know as well, not only because of their signature blue  color but also because I wear them a lot, hahaha.

Gali was clipped not long ago so before and after riding I put him his new quarter sheet from Equi-Thème. A friend of mine was selling it and it looks like new, it was a great deal.
Lastly, his ear bonnet is from Kingsland Equestrian and was given to me by my super boyfriend who doesn't understand anything about horses and still nailed it! It is from this Winter's collection and looks much better on Gali than his other bonnet from Kingsland's classic collection.

I didn't want to end the post without sharing this last photo with you. When Gali had a colic this past Summer I honestly thought we would lose him so after that I have been thinking a lot on how lucky I am to still have my boy with me. I have been working hard to make sure his physical condition is great and that he his healthy. I must say that I feel super proud because the colic completely knocked him down but he has had an amazing comeback, he's looking better than ever. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Would Gali Be A Great Kingsland Model Or What?!

Hey everyone! On the previous post I shared my latest YouTube video where I opened a huge box full of products from Kingsland Equestrian that I won on a giveaway (watch it here).
As I am obsessed with this brand I had to take some photos of Gali wearing everything and post a review here on the blog!
First things first, I know Gali looks like a polar bear but I was so excited to take the photos that I didn't want to wait until he was clipped (we was clipped right after the shoot hahaha!).

The prizes from the giveaway were the Kingsland Classic Stable Rug, the Classic Wraps and the Classic Stable Bandages. I already owned the halter which makes me super happy because now Gali has a complete Kingsland outfit!

When I saw the wraps my first thought was that the fabric is super soft, it almost feels like a cozy blanket but I also said that they would probably be too big for Gali. Yes, they look giant and puffy but once I put them on I changed my opinion. You can see that they have some volume but I actually like them this way - I can't cover him in bubble wrap but I can use some extra protection! :)
They are not the easiest to put on but it was only a matter of time until I got used to them!

The stable bandages were the only prize that I had seen before in real life so I already knew them. They are not very thick which is cool but I just hope Gali acts like a grown up (so far so good...) and doesn't rip them because I have the feeling they would be easily destroyed by his teeth. They were probably designed for well behaved horses anyway!
I must refer that they are wither than my other stable bandages so they make my job with the Kingsland wraps easier.

Now my favorite thing, I always wanted to have a Kingsland rug!!! I remember my first trainer had one and I was always admiring it so you can imagine my happiness for winning something that I wanted so bad...
I already loved it because of its beauty but after touching it and trying it on Gali I only regret that I didn't buy the rug before. As I have said on the video, its quality is supreme and it looks very, very comfortable. It is waterproof and covers half of the neck without blocking Gali's movements (see the photo immediately above).
If you need to buy your horse a new rug, go for this one - I can't recommend it enough!

I must thank Kingsland Equestrian for giving us the opportunity to win such amazing products!
Hope you all enjoyed this little review and the photos, see you on the next post! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Got A Huge Box From Kingsland Equestrian - NEW VIDEO

Hi, everyone! I recently won a Kingsland giveaway so I decided to unbox them with you!

I hope you like it! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Miss Shield: A Review

Half a year ago I changed my regular Samshield Shadowmatt for the Miss Shield. I bought my first Samshield when they start appearing on almost every rider's head - it was definitely a trend all over the world. I bought it because my previous helmet wasn't a great one but I probably ended up buying this brand because I was also a "victim" of that trend.

I ended up falling in love with it, my little black Shadowmatt was super comfortable, I felt safe in it and it was pretty. I didn't think it look fabulous on me but I thought that was something that would happen with all the helmets on Earth.

I used it every time I rode for about 5 years and the scratches and rust started appearing, the silver paint on the front disappeared leaving only a white and ugly square - it was the right moment to replace my old buddy!

 I thought I would get a GPA First Lady but for some reason their helmets don't make me feel 100% safe and there was another problem: would I really spend around 600€ on a new helmet? I didn't think so.

Then everyone started talking about the Miss Shield so I decided to wait and see if was worth it. When I first saw it it didn't love that band on the front. It looked a bit sloppy, like if it was there because they didn't find a better way to join the two parts of the helmet but then I looked at the premium version and I thought that it was a fun way to personalise them.

The visor and that front band are the only two different things on the Miss Shield, everything else is just the same you get on a regular Shadowmatt helmet: the outer shell is made of polycarbonate, the inner shell is made of polystyrenene and you have the same foams to place inside the helmets as well. The ventilation of this helmet is just as incredible as on a regular Shadowmatt too.

There is only a negative aspect, not only on the Miss Shield but on every new Samshield helmet...In my opinion the finishes on the interior of the helmet seem to have lost some quality because now they are made of plastic or something that looks like it. 

Now onto the real question: is it worth it? If you like this brand but the size of the visor is completely indifferent to you, go for the regular Shadowmatt. The comfort and features don't change as I have said above. Its suggested retail price is 295€ and for the Miss Shield is 345€ which is a 50€ difference. There are some stores that have lower prices though!
If you are looking for a long visor then this Miss Shield is the cheapest I can think of and the one I recommend you - comparing with GPA's First Lady and Kask's Star Lady.

Uhh and I almost forget to say this, the Miss Shield looks a million times better on me than my old Shadowmatt!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tack Haul From Prague

Hey, everyone! Here is my first YouTube video where I show you everything I bought at Dance And Jump, the tack store I visited during my trip to Prague.

Let me know what you think! If you enjoyed this first video please leave a thumbs up and subscribe my channel. I will be bringing you more fun videos!

Monday, September 18, 2017

#ROOTD | Show Vibes

Good morning everyone, and welcome back! You know me, when I like something I wear it so many times that I almost forget that I have other clothes. I have been feeling so in love with this Horse Pilot  outfit that every time I pick something to wear at a show I have to include it - thank god I enter 3-day shows, otherwise I wouldn't be able to wear all my show shirts and breeches!

The shirt is what I enjoy the most in this combination and it is easy to tell you my favorite features: it is a body (I have never ridden in one before) and I absolutely adore the coral/red details of it, I think they make the shirt so beautiful and elegant. Although it is a body, this shirt provides a total freedom of movements. The fabric is reallyyy, really thin. I hate competing in clothes that make me feel I am suffocating!!

The breeches are cool as well. Their fabric is soft - surely they're the softest pair I own - and, just like what I have said about the shirt, it is thin. The bands on the quadriceps, lumbar region and knees give them an edgy look but they actually have an important purpose. According to the brand, they were designed to secure, relieve and tone all the areas in contact with the bands and to enhance our elastic response. I don't know if the technology really works or if it is just like a placebo effect from all the information I have read but they are just...comfortable!
There is only a thing I don't particularly like, the fact that they are high waisted on the back and low waisted at the front. I think this doesn't flatter my body as much as a normal pair of high waist breeches would. This last photo doesn't look amazing but I still wanted to show you how I look from the back. I am conscious I lost some weight since the last time I wore them and probably that is why they aren't fitting me that well though.
Lastly, my socks are from Miasuki and I've talked about them here. The belt is from Springfield but I bought it years and years ago! :)

As you know, I only write about products I LOVE so my overall opinion is that if you are looking for competition gear that will make you feel fresh and that will "increase" your performance, these are worth to take a look at. Let me remind you that these aren't the most affordable competition clothes but I believe that in this case we are really paying for the quality of the products.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fresh Schooling ROOTD

Do you know those hot days where you have no idea of what to wear because you feel that you will melt the second you put something on? I had one of those days a few time ago, I looked to all my riding clothes and the only top that seemed reasonable to me was the Antilope show polo. It is from the brand Cavaletic which creates really comfortable show gear - I've talked about the brand here. Although I have never worn a show shirt or polo on a normal day before, I really liked the combination!

I paired the navy show polo with my GPA breeches that unfortunately aren't produced anymore and with my trusty tall boots from Pioneer Italy. My helmet is the Miss Shield Shadowmatt which I absolutely love! Fun fact: ever since I bought it my trainer calls me Pénélope because he says my helmet reminds him of Pénélope Leprevost. :)

Gali wore his matching polos and saddle pad from Eskadron and we all know how amazing their sets are. I wish I was like those people I follow on Instagram that own more than 100 sets!!
His bell boots are from Lehxis. They were super cheap and their quality is impressive, I'm so glad I bought them.

What do you think of this riding outfit? Let me know! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais - 2017 Edition

It has been a while since the last time I attended a Global Champions Tour event... In fact, the last one was Valkenswaard in 2014 and I can't even remember the last time I attended the LGCT of Cascais!
This year college finals ended earlier and therefore I was finally able to visit that impressive place again. It was the first time I went there without my dad and I even slept at Vila Galé hotel near Hipódromo Manuel Possolo which made my experience much better.

On Saturday, July 8th, we arrived around 1pm which only gave us time to check in at the hotel and to have lunch at Jardim da Cerveja - an amazing restaurant located between the hotel and the show. If you don't know Cascais, it is a very small village where you can go almost everywhere by foot. The food is incredible (if you go there please eat a French burger!!!) and I ate near Harrie Smolders. Scott Brash, Markus Ehning and Bertram Allen were also there after the show so you're basically eating among the starts!

After our meal, we went to the event right in time for the first class of the day: the second competition of the Global Champions League. I was a little sad because Ludger, Meredith, Staut, Christian Ahlmann and many other familiar faces weren't there as usual but I knew that the show was still worth it. It was the first time I was going to see a competition from the League and I knew it would be something great.

Luís Sabino & Acheo di San Patrignano
Georgina Bloomberg & Manodie II H

Ben Maher & Quilata
Luciana Diniz & Lennox

Cian O'Connor & Super Sox

Bertram Allen & Molly Malone V
As I thought, I loved the class and specially to see the riders from the different teams - and their outfits, of course! :)
At the end of this class we went to the warmup arena and I spent most of my time there admiring all the grooms working, the friendship between the riders and their love for the horses. They seemed so normal but I couldn't avoid staring at them, after all I was admiring the best riders in the world, which always makes me feel so lucky (and like a little girl).


Georgina Bloomberg

Marcus Ehning & Funky Fred

Monodie H

Bertram placed 3rd
The following class was the Grand Prix. Although it is always the most exciting class to watch, most of the riders jumped on the same horses and it took some of the magic away to me. Don't get me wrong, I totally understand why they jump on the same horses and I know that they are 100% capable of jumping the two classes but it would be terrific if they brought even more horses!
The most exciting part was to see Danielle Goldstein winning. I think nobody was expecting that, not even her and this is how dreams start becoming a reality!

Hello Forever

Hopefully I will be back next year!
I must thank Carolina Fontes for all these stunning photos, they are truly special to me! Did you enjoy them as well?