Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Equine Planner + GIVEAWAY

From a young age I've always loved planners, when it was the time to go back to school, choosing a  new planner was something that I really enjoyed and it still is nowadays. However, since the time I got my first horse, I've been feeling the urge to find a planner that allows me to write things related with my horse without losing the space that I need for my other appointments. 

After all these years looking for one, I've found Equine Planner, an American company that makes planners for equestrians.
In addition to being large enough and having a great design, they have some pages that are exclusively dedicated to horses - horse health and horse information - as well as riding and feed notes.

Another thing that sets these planners apart from all the planners that I've ever had are the budget sheets and horse show budget sheets. I will use them a lot to manage my monthly expenses - dad, if you are reading this post, I'm sure you are so happy! =).

Equine Planner has kindly sent me these three planners and the cute "Eyes up, Heels Down" pocket notebook. My favorites are the brown one because of the size and quality of the cover and the pink one because I love that color and the quote makes it super cool.

I know these would be a great help to some of you and because it's Christmas time, I'm going to give away two of these planners (pink and green) so if you want to try your luck, go to my Instagram (@equestriantrendblog) and see how you could win one! 

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Interviewing Megasus Horserunners

A few weeks ago, a video featuring revolutionary horseshoes went viral on the internet. I have never seen that many people sharing a horse related video before, I got curious and found that those are Megasus Horserunners' new product.

I thought that just like me, you would have some questions about how these runners work so I have interviewed them for you!

Equestrian Trend (ET): How did you come up with the idea of creating this product?

Megasus Horserunners (MH): If you had the choice between metal shoes and shock absorbing sports shoes to go for a run, which one would you choose?
Horses have the same bones, tendons and ligaments as we have. While we have used modern technology to develop our sports shoes to give us a comfortable run, our horses have been wearing iron horseshoes for more than 2000 years. 
Years ago, Charly (one of our founders and Director of R&D at Megasus) could prove the existence of vertical hoof movements by glueing a wedge under one heel of a barefoot horse. The hoof was able to compensate for the wedges with a height of 1.5 cm with no impact on the joint. It therefore has a joint equivalent function to compensate for uneven ground. His research findings disqualify the validity of stiff material „iron” as species-appropriate hoof protection. 
Megasus Horserunners are the result of 20 years of research and development. Working for animal welfare, Charly regularly experienced numerous of horses having to be euthanized due to hoof and leg issues. In his investigations, he very often came across this one sentence which he just wouldn’t accept. Science said that „Iron horseshoes are a necessary evil”.  We want to change that. That’s why we invented a only-as-needed hoof protection that is easy to take on an off anytime to let walk horses barefoot and strengthen their tendons and ligament and protects their hooves with shock absorbing material when riding.

ET: Your promotional video went viral over the past weeks getting over 140.000.000 views on Facebook. How do you feel about that? Was there a huge impact on your company?

MH: Yes, the crowdfunding campaign and the social media campaign definitely had a huge impact on our company! Thanks to our wonderful backers we can now bring our idea to live and we are currently in the early phase of manufacturing.
The previous weeks have been incredibly exciting and we are very grateful for the heart-warming feedback from horse lovers from so many different nations!
We have received more than 4000 emails and so many messages and phone calls. It’s just so great to see and feel that there are so many people who believe in us and our Megasus Horserunners. It has been a real boost to our motivation! We are working very hard to meet their expectations.

ET: Some horses have health issues - such as the navicular disease - that could be solved or minimized by getting different horseshoes - do you believe that your product could be used as a therapeutic tool?

MH: It always depends on the individual horse and it’s needs. We want to provide a new type of hoof protection and hope that Megasus can help horses with health issues. The advantage of Megasus Horserunners is that they are individually customizable, light weight and shock absorbing, plus you are able to take them off anytime to trim or for treatment. Because of being flexible (under the horse’s weight) they allow all natural hoof movements which leads to a good blood circulation. Step by step, we will provide more information about how to use Megasus Horserunners for horses with health issues.

ET: Could a horse wear Megasus Horserunners twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? If yes, would it be hard to lose one?

MH: You can take them off after riding or leave them on - just as needed! You can use them 24/7. Some horses just need hoof protection all the time, e.g. when having health issues. However, we highly recommend that you take them off after 1–2 weeks to trim the hooves a little bit so that they won´t lose their shape. 

ET: Would they work on showjumping horses? We often ride on grass arenas where we need horseshoe studs, how could we use your product on grass and still be safe?

MHIn principle, yes! We will provide spikes and cleats which can be mounted easily (please watch here).

Megasus Horserunners are designed, first of all, for leisure riders who want to jump in the terrain through some obstacles. This has already tested very positively, but we are still testing.  Shear forces during jumping are absorbed by the  Side Clips which are extremely stabile. The Mega-Lock connection is mainly demanded in deep ground when the hoof pulls up. It will be task of the next tests to prove in how far the Megasus will go in challenging sports. 
Also, we plan to further develop and innovate our product for special purpose like racing, reining and other sports.

ET: Will your product be available on local tack shops in the future or only online?

MH: We are currently developing our distribution concept and we will launch Megasus Horserunners on the market in August of 2017. There will be dealers in various countries as well as an online shop on our website.

I hope that you have enjoyed this interview and thank you Megasus Horserunners for it!

Saturday At Longines Masters de Paris

Saturday was a day full of activities at the Longines Masters of Paris. The adventure started around 1pm when me and other bloggers/youtubers got together to walk the course for the Gold Cup presented by Salon du Cheval de Paris / CENECA. 

As a showjumper, every time I go to a show I walk courses but walking that one was a completely different thing. Can you imagine having all that people looking at you? It must be terrifying but incredible at the same time because the atmosphere is really unique.

After walking the course, we went to Lumas Terrace where we met Christophe Ameeuw, the founder and CEO of EEM. We had the opportunity to ask him some questions and I learned that Christophe has been a horse enthusiast since he was younger and because show jumping was the discipline that interested him the most, his ambition was to see this passion recognized in the world. Therefore, he launched one of the most prestigious equestrian events, the Longines Masters.
Christophe Ameeuw has also created the Ecaussines Stables, a place recognized by its role in the breeding and trading of quality sport horses as well as top level teaching for amateur riders worldwide.

Afterwards, we visited the stables, learned the routines of some of those incredible horses and I may or may not have spent some time petting and telling one of Reed Kessler's horses how gorgeous he was! =)

As I told you before, one of the things that I wanted to do at the Longines Masters was to see the Pro-Am for Charity class. It was great to see all those riders having fun and jumping for a good cause! We even made a Mannequin Challenge!

At the end of the night we went to the after party, some of our Portuguese friends were there so we spent some time chatting with them, dancing and, like always, laughing like crazy!

Now that I've told you everything about this year's Longines Masters, I must start saving for the next edition because I won't miss it! ♥

Friday, December 9, 2016

MIASUKI Riders Club At Longines Masters

Hey everyone, today I'm here to talk about one of my favorite parts of my trip to Paris! Thanks to MIASUKI I had the chance to be at MIASUKI Riders Club, the best spot at Longines Masters. There I could see the warm up arena, the main arena and basically everything that was going on while spending some time (and trying not to faint) next to my favorite riders.

I also had the opportunity to see their collection, to learn a few things about MIASUKI, as well as the brand's vision.

I already talked about the brand founded by Mia S. Lei here on the blog, I saw their collection for the first time last year when the brand was launched but only in photos. This time I had a completely different perception of their products, everything is extremely well tailored and the attention to the detail is honestly unbelievable.

MIASUKI only designs clothes for equestrian women because their mission is to empower us, they believe that we must feel comfortable in our bodies so each one of their clothes is conceived taking that in consideration. I have also learned that the fabrics used are really exclusive - I saw one of their show shirts that is made from two different materials and one of those stretches in four different ways. I was even challenged to stretch it as much as I could and was amazed by its resistance.

Overall, the Italian luxury brand believes that it is better to spend a bit more on good quality products that will last us a lifetime and that never go out of fashion. This is why they only present us a single collection at the moment.

Next post: Behind the scenes at Longines Masters of Paris
Have a nice weekend!