by Emily Baker
The Equestrian community in Europe is always on the cutting edge of innovation and design, and their stirrup leathers are no exception. Millbrook Equestrian tapped into this little known market on a recent horse shopping trip to Europe. They brought back these new stirrup leathers to Colorado to introduce to our equine locality.
Traditionally stirrup leathers have always been one uniform width throughout and this is really the only way to make stirrup leathers, right? Wrong. The European design that Millbrook offers is the work of French Olympic rider Michel Robert. It is a much wider stirrup leather along the calf in order to provide more strength and stability for a rider's leg.
As founder, Alexia Honneger states of the design, "We believe that a great ride starts with a great leg. When a rider has a stable leg their confidence tends to rise. Our wider design offers more leg stability, greater comfort, and eliminates twisting to result in an overall smoother ride."
The wider stirrup leather design is certainly catching on. Millbrook is able to boast such professional clients as Todd Minikus, Mandy Porter, Natascha Gates, Jen Duffy, Erin Bounds, and many more!
Millbrook leathers come in different sizes based on your height and are offered in dark brown or black. Each pair is $149 plus $10 in shipping. To order your pair of Millbrook stirrup leathers visit their website today!
by Kristina Kern
As the summer horse show circuit kicks off this month, the latest and greatest clothing lines are hitting the shelves with some incredible products. We interviewed brand representative, Kristina Matthews, to get the inside scoop on the brands she reps for and some of her favorite products to bring to the shows.
A seasoned and decorated rider, Matthews' competes with her 19 year old gelding Neolisto van het Mierenhof, or “Neo,” in the High Adult Jumpers and is kicking off their third show season together. No stranger to the horse show industry, in 2015 Kristina was able to make the career move into equestrian fashion when she accepted a job with Noble Outfitters as their Colorado/ New Mexico representative. Soon after, Matthews’ network of industry contacts grew to allow her to become an independent representative for several other brands.
Currently, Matthews is partnered with five equestrian brands and travels in between Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona visiting tack shops and trade shows to promote her line and notify customers of new product launches. Matthews actively represents Noble Outfitters, FOAL, Arista, FITS Riding, and JoJo riding socks.
Matthews' and Neo’s current favorite products are below. You can start looking for their Fall 2016 product lines this August!
Many of the clothing brands listed above will be sold at select vendors featured at the Colorado Horse Park this summer. Check out the the extent of each line and shop your favorite looks by clicking on the names below.
Mother's Day is an occasion for us to celebrate our wonderful moms and all that they do for us on all of the rest of the 364 days of the year. But we think that barn moms deserve an extra special shoutout for their patience and support for this crazy sport we love so much! Here are eight reasons why barn moms are the best moms out there:
1. They have driven you at all hours of the day to the barn and to horse shows without complaint.
2. They help you with the less fun parts of the sport.... like cleaning tack,
3. .... and making meds.
4. They have funded your habit (and goodness knows it ain't cheap!)
5. They have waited for hours... and hours... and hours by the ring to watch you show.
6. They have cared for your horse (and you) tirelessly.
7. To them, every ribbon is a blue ribbon regardless of the actual color.
8. They have been, and always will be, behind you every step of the way.
This is dedicated to our barn moms, without whom we wouldn't be where we are today!
by Emily Baker
The Kentucky Derby has been a historic tradition in the United States since 1875. Today, the event is more widely recognized as a chance to put on your nicest dress or suit, your largest hat, and celebrate in style at a Derby Party.
This year the Kentucky Derby will be on Saturday, May 7. We know that you have endless options of Derby Parties around Denver, but why not celebrate for a good cause? Here are Equestrienne’s top five Derby Parties around Denver that donate most if not all of their proceeds to charity.
5. Hyatt Regency Hotel
If you’re looking for a downtown alternative to the Denver Derby Party, Jockeys, Juleps and Jazz is a great option. This classed up derby party features live and silent auctions, southern cuisine, a hat contest, a photo booth, and live Simulcast of all the derby action. In relatively the same price bracket as the Denver Derby Party, tickets to this event cost $125 but all proceeds go to benefit MyLifeLine.org, a resource for online support for people with cancer. Tickets also get you discounted room rates of $139 at the Hyatt Regency for the night to ensure that no one needs a designated driver for the evening! For more information or to order your tickets visit www.mylifeline.org/derby/.
4. Bar Car
Voted one of Denver’s Best Derby Parties, Talk Derby to Me at The Bar Car on Colorado Boulevard boasts Mint Julep cocktails, a Big Hat Contest, games and prizes for party-goers, and live music throughout from That Damn Sasquatch, and Waitin’ on Ray. The party lasts from 1:00-8:00 on Derby Day, and expands out into the tented parking lot neighboring the bar. The best part? Bar Car is located on Colorado Bouldevard and 8th Avenue so this party is a great alternative if you want to avoid downtown. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Rocky Mountain Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in training. Or maybe the best part is that Jim Beam, Dry Dock, and PBR are sponsoring the party. his party is certainly one of the most affordable on the list at $12 at the door. For more information visit the restaurant website at www.denverbarcar.com.
Brunch. They have three seatings at $65 per person. This includes brunch, bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, wrist band access to the Post Race party, live music by the Taylor Scott Band, and access to the pool deck. It is highly recommended to reserve tables.
Later in the day is the Annual Post Race party in the Edge Bar and Restaurant. There is NO COVER charge for this party. In the world of derby parties that’s about as rare as a unicorn. This party is sponsored by Jim Beam and Makers Mark and features specialty cocktails with both of these liquors. It also has a DJ, half off appetizers, and did we mention no cover charge? Also in the hotel, in the Cottonwood Ballroom, is the Official VIP Jockey Club After Party. This is for people who purchased the Jockey Club ticket to the Denver Derby as it is located a few short blocks from the party. This event also has specialty cocktails, open food buffet, a DJ, and bottle service available in the bar area.
2. The Denver Derby Party
Equestrienne’s number two Derby Party to attend in Denver this year is The Denver Derby Party located at the Performing Arts Complex and Sculpture Garden. Started way back in 2001 as a donation only party for roughly 70 guests, this Derby Party has outgrown three previous locations as it’s risen in popularity and is expecting over 5500 guests this year. Today the party costs $150 for a ticket, but 100% of the proceeds go toward the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship for whom the party was initially created 15 years ago.
Having outgrown the original private venue location, the Washington Park Boat House, and the Denver Botanic Gardens this fiesta has been ranked the #1 Derby Party in the United States outside of Louisville, Kentucky. In fact, at least 25% of attendees travel here from out of state for the occasion. This year the party features over 100 bars, the ever popular champagne tent, the Macy’s Big Hat contest, and over 50 big screen TVs and two jumbotrons for viewing all of the race day activities. The cost of the ticket includes food, beverages, and enjoyment of all of the features this event has to offer! The price of admission to this event is worth every penny, not only for the entertainment value but for the cause it benefits. For more information about The Denver Derby visit www.denverderby.com or check out the 2015 highlights here.
1. The Boulder Derby Party
The name is a bit misleading for this derby party, as the Boulder Derby Party this year will be hosted at the West Club Lounge at Mile High Stadium in downtown Denver! Not to worry though, that just saves you a strenuous trip up US-36. This derby party lasts from 1PM-6PM on Derby Day and boasts live music, food and drink, mint juleps, and live and silent auctions. Ticket cost is $100 and all proceeds go to benefit Front Range Hippotherapy. If you are unfamiliar with this organization, it provides occupational, speech, and physical therapy to people with disabilities using horses as animal therapists. As equestrians, we obviously feel strongly about this cause, and that’s why this comes in as our NUMBER ONE derby party to attend this year! If you can’t make the event, The Boulder Derby Party strongly encourages you to make a donation to Front Range through their website. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation visit www.boulderderby.com.
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