No Fly Zone

This post is sponsored by Farnam, but all opinions expressed are my own. 

As we all know, the summer months usually bring in their fair share of pesky insects. Growing up in the Midwest, we had tons of mosquitos in the summer, especially up in the northern woods. I would always have bug bites all over my legs! The horses would also get attacked and we couldn’t reapply fly spray faster. I thought I knew bugs until I moved to Florida two years ago but let me tell you, I was pretty naive. Because of the heat and the humidity, the flies here are unbelievable. Horses are constantly swarming with flies and it breaks my heart! 

A lot of products out there just don’t cut it for this level of insect invasion. Enter Farnam. I have been a big time fan of Farnam products for quite some time, so I was seriously pumped when they sent me a whole range of their “No Fly Zone” products. This company truly has found the holistic solution to fly control to help Block, Repel, and Reduce those pesky flies! Here is what I do to protect my horses from flies:

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Prep Face. I am a huge fan of fly masks (I’ll get to that in a second!) but sometimes flies and other insects manage to get trapped under the mask, making it extremely uncomfortable for your horse to relieve himself of the biting and itching. This is why I always prep my horses’ faces with SWAT Fly Repellent Ointment. This is a white-to-clear paste that comes in a 7oz. jar and a little goes a long way. I rub a nickel size amount of SWAT in my hands and transfer it directly to my horses face, concentrating around their eyes, the outsides of their ears and sides of their faces. Because it goes on clear, horses could wear it in the show ring even! 

Protect Face. The Farnam fly masks mean business. I seriously love the SuperMask II Horse Fly Mask with Ears to help block those flies and pests. Lux and Teddy are in the Assorted Horse size and they fit them perfectly. This mask is super breathable and doesn’t impede on their vision. The soft edges provide the most comfort for the horse without added heat (super important being in the Florida heat!) and won’t cause rubs on their faces. The SuperMask also comes without ears and in a range of different sizes and colors. 

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Protect Body. There are a few products I like to use on my horses’ bodies for fly protection, but I am especially a fan of Tri-Tec 14 Fly Repellent products. For me, they have been super effective and I can honestly say that I feel like my horse can breathe a little easier after they get sprayed with Tri-Tec 14. I use both the continuous spray can and the bottle with the trigger sprayer. I don’t necessarily think there is much difference in how the spray is applied, but I usually keep the continuous spray in my grooming box to apply before I ride and the other bottles I hang by the handle on each horse’s stall door to spray before getting turned out. 

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Protect from the Inside Out. There are even more products that Farnam offers to  help reduce the fly population in the barn and farm. I just put the boys on SimpliFly feed-through fly control with LarvaStop. Living in a hot and humid area, I have to pay close attention to my horses’ body inside and out. Because of the climate, if my horse gets a cut, there is a higher chance for it to get infected and lead to something more serious. Flies swarm open wounds, which can cause serious infection. SimpliFly is a is a pelleted feed that helps tackle the No Fly Zone mentality from the inside out! I am so relieved my horses are on it now. 

What I appreciate about Farnam products is how they protect on all fronts! The key to the No Fly Zone is to block your horses face and ears from flies and other insects, repel and kill flies on horses’ bodies and environment, and reduce the fly population in the barn (CLICK HERE to find out more about Farnam’s No Fly Zone products). There isn’t a single magic product out there that covers all of these areas, but the products I mentioned above really cover all aspects of creating an environment for your horse to survive and thrive during fly season. 

XO, 

B

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Pony Popsicles

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After spending some quality time at the Swani household this week, my student Raina (@raina_swani) and I had some free time and wanted to put some cute but healthy treats together for our boys at home, Lux and Teddy, to eat after lessons! From our documentation on IG story and IG live, so many of you wanted Raina’s recipes, so she gave them to me to share with you! So if you try them out, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #ponypopsicles :)  

 

 *** PLEASE READ- A few disclaimers before we get into the recipes: 

1. We are not horse treat experts or vets! We just wanted treats for our horses without added sugar and so we put together ingredients we already give our own horses. Before making treats for your own horses, please consult with your vet that your horse can have these ingredients!! 

2. We’ve made these recipes in Tupperware containers and muffin tins. You can really put them in any container, but if your base is going to be on the stickier side (ie. peppermint, peanut butter) spray it with a non-stick cooking spray! 

THE ORIGINAL 

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 —Add in layers in this order:

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce)

•Nature Valley Oats & Honey Bars, crumbled

•3 Slices banana

•Peanut Butter Drizzle (add melted PB to a bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner and squeeze!) 

•Garnish with Oats & Honey Granola Bar

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

 

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA

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  —Add in layers in this order:

•Non-stick cooking spray  

 •Nature Valley Oats & Honey Bars, crumbled and mixed with melted Peanut Butter

•Banana, mashed 

 •Nature Valley Oats & Honey Bars, crumbled and mixed with melted Peanut Butter

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

 

THE ROSE

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   —Add in layers in this order:

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce)

•1 Raspberry for center of rose 

•8 Slices of Banana surrounding raspberry in 2 sets of square shapes  

•4 Slices of Apple for additional petals 

•Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon (optional)

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

 

THE SUNFLOWER

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  —Add in layers in this order:  

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce)

•6 Apple Slices in shapes of flower petals 

•1 Peppermint for flower’s center 

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

 

THE HEALTHY

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  —Add in layers in this order:

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce) mixed with shredded carrot

•Small pieces of Apple 

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

CARROT CAKE WITH A TWIST

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—Add in layers in this order:

•Nature Valley Oats & Honey Granola Bars, crumbled 

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce)

•Finally Chopped Carrot 

•Garnish with a Banana Slice 

—Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

RASPBERRY PIE

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   —Add in layers in this order:

•Apple GoGo Squeeze (or unsweetened apple sauce)

•2 Raspberries, mashed and lightly mixed into apple sauce 

•Garnish with Nature Valley Oats & Honey Granola Bars, crumbled 

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

 

PEPPERMINT CUP

(For advanced treat-makers only! Read all directions before you begin :)

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-Melt Peppermint and nonstick cooking spray/butter in a non-plastic container in the microwave for about about a minute and a half, checking every 20 second until peppermint pieces are fully melted (Bowl/container should be one that you are okay with peppermint sticking to it!! We got ours off our bowl with hot water and lots of hard work!)

-Quickly remove peppermint from container into your muffin tins or non-plastic container of choice that has already been thoroughly greased with non-stock cooking spray (we learned the hard way!) Use spoons greased in cooking spray to mold peppermint into a little cup along the bottom and sides of your muffin tin. CAUTION: mixture will be super hot and sticky!  

   —Add in layers in this order:

•Banana, mashed 

•Nature Valley Oats & Honey Granola Bars, crumbled 

•Garnish with a slice of Banana

 —Freeze Overnight, keep in freezer when not serving to your pony :)

 

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We hope you enjoy and can’t wait to see your treats! #ponypopsicles

XO,

Raina and Bethany

3 Classic Kentucky Derby Cocktails

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It’s almost Derby day!! I’ve teamed up with Taryn from @WarmbloodsandWine to share some fun facts and cocktail recipes to get you ready to run for the roses. Even if you won’t be getting lucky in Kentucky, you can prepare a few Derby favorites right at home and we're here to show you how:

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Derby Facts from @WarmbloodsandWine:

  • On Derby Day, the infield at Churchill Downs will hold 80,000 people – which makes it Kentucky’s third largest city behind Lexington and Louisville.

  • Nearly $130million will be bet within Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby

  • No Derby has ever been postponed because of rain or bad weather and rain has fallen at approx. 46% of all Derby days.

  • The Kentucky Derby is referred to as “The Run for the Roses” due to the garland of 554 red roses draped over the winner.

  • The event lasts just two minutes, hence the reason the Kentucky Derby is known as the “Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports.”

  • The fastest time ever ran at the Kentucky Derby is held by Secretariat who was clocked at an astounding 1:59:40 in 1973.

  • The official song of the Kentucky Derby is “My Old Kentucky Home” and is performed each year before the race. (You can also place a prop bet on just how long the song will take to be played.)

Go give @WarmbloodsandWine a follow!

Go give @WarmbloodsandWine a follow!

Now for the cocktails!

Here are our favorite Kentucky Derby classics:

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 DERBY FAVORITE :

mint julep

The official drink of the Kentucky Derby -- 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby each year!

 Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar, 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey, 2 teaspoons Water, 4 Mint leaves

Preparation: In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.


 

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TARYN’S FAVORITE:

Kentucky Mule

A Moscow Mule with a twist! Made with Kentucky bourbon, this is perfect for any party.

Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces of Kentucky Bourbon, 3 ounces of ginger beer, ½ ounces of lime juice

Preparation: Fill a copper mug or cocktail glass with ice, pour in the bourbon and lime juice. Top it off with ginger beer and give it a quick stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.


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BETHANY’S FAVORITE:

Kentucky Peach Cocktail

Lighter than a straight bourbon cocktail but packs the same punch!

 Ingredients: 1 ripe peach, sliced, 2 oz SMIRNOFF® Peach Vodka, 4 oz Lemonade, 1 oz Simple Syrup,1 oz Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Lemon and/or peach slices for garnish.

Preparation: Put the peach into a cocktail shaker and muddle well until it's soft. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with lemon and/or peach slices.

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 If you’ve seen some my IG stories this week, you have seen me sporting some clutch Kentucky Derby apparel from Fanatics! You can shop them in the link HERE

 

xo, 

Bethany & Taryn  

Rose Gold Accessories

From phone cases to jewelry and now riding accessories, rose gold is super in. I love adding hints of it in my riding and everyday outfit for the pop of color and sparkle, not to mention it goes with just about anything! Since you’ll be seeing it a ton this year, even in equestrian fashion, I wanted to share some of my favorite rose gold accessories with you.

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These spurs and stirrups are both from American Equus and I am obsessed with how they look! They look amazing against the dark boot and go well with any color horse. They are worth every penny and never lose their shine, even through riding multiple horses every day. What I love about these spurs for my job is the interchangeable shank feature, which lets you change the size and length of shank, without having to remove the entire spur. The stirrups are made to naturally contour your leg around the horse’s barrel, to take pressure off of the knees, ankles, and feet, while the pins keep the foot from slipping in the stirrup. Each of these are sure to add luster to any outfit and get you noticed.

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Despite how dainty they are, these spur straps by Spur Tech are the statement piece of any outfit. The dainty buckle on them is super chic, adding just the right amount of color. All of Spur Tech’s products are made very well and fit beautifully. I don’t think I’ll ever use another spur strap!

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I’m a big fan of anything by Anique, but I have to say that this top may just be my favorite. The subtle hint of rose gold in the zipper is to die for and the fit of this top is so flattering. Because it’s moisture wicking, breathable, and has UV protection, this shirt is perfect for those warmer days. Not to mention it’s very comfortable, even when I’m spending all day in it.

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I always use belts to bring my entire outfit together, so for this one, I had to choose this Mane Jane belt with a rose gold buckle. It’s ever so classy and and great for ring at home and showing, or even everyday wear. I love that Mane Jane’s products are all hand made in the United States (Cali to be exact), it definitely shows. Last but not least, I never go anywhere without my Hattie Banks rose gold horse shoe necklace! It’s the softest rose gold so it truly goes with everything.

I hope you loved these rose gold pieces as much as I do. I know I’ll be sporting at least a few of them in my daily ROOTD!

xo, MES

The Equestrian Podcast Series 1 Overview

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I had a blast creating The Equestrian Podcast for you guys and I hope you love it as much as I do! If you’re anything like me, you’ve already binged every episode multiple times and can’t get enough of the fabulous guests. But, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to all of them, I put together a quick synopsis of each episode. If you want to listen to them before I spoil it for you, you can listen on Spotify, iTunes, or the My Equestrian Style website.

Episode 1 was with Noelle Floyd, the voice behind noellefloyd.com, one of the world’s leading equestrian sport and lifestyle websites. In this episode Noelle discussed how she got her start in riding and worked to become one of the biggest equestrian brands. Although she knew she wasn’t the most naturally talented rider, Noelle used her passion for horses to drive her to risk everything to make it in the industry. This episode has great tips for those wanting to develop the grit that is necessary for success.

For episode 2, I was able to interview eventer extraordinaire, Boyd Martin. Boyd talked about riding in Australia and why he chose to come to the United States and become a professional. It got a little emotional talking about the barn fire, and his horse, Neville Bardos’ struggle to survive, but it showed the true determination that it took for Boyd to get to the top. We were also able to get into his training methods, which I found super interesting, not to mention useful!

Laine Ashker’s (@laineyea) episode, was super fun to record and covered information that I got tons of requests for. We talked a little bit about her business and eventing successes, but the episode’s focus was everything Thoroughbreds. Like many, Laine loves the heart and grit that Thoroughbred’s have to offer, which makes them exceptional eventing horses. Also discussed in this episode is her method for picking horses directly off the racetrack and training them for a second career.

Episode 4 was everything show jumping and The Pony App with Lucy Davis (@gooseydavis). It was amazing to hear about how she was able to develop the app and make the Olympic Show Jumping Team while going to school, and all before the age of 25! Lucy also explains the laser-focus and entrepreneurship skills that are needed to succeed in any area of the equine industry, and how to develop them. One of my personal favorite moments from the episode was her description of how she balances all of the demands of school, The Pony App, and riding, all while making time to take care of herself.

In episode 5 I interviewed Max Corcoran, a top groom, best known for working with David and Karen O’Connor. In this episode, Max discussed how she became the best of the best and the work it took to get there. She also explained what some of her jobs are as a head groom and how she ensures that her horses receive the best care possible.

I really enjoyed recording this episode with Helen Polluck, the voice behind Life Equestrian. Helen offered a ton of helpful advice for anyone who is looking to get into this field and encouraged listeners to reach out to people they look up to when they’re starting out. Because she also works full time, Helen is constantly trying to balance work and riding, and talks about how she is even able to show occasionally.

A working student making her way up the levels of eventing, Taylor Oxley (@feeltherhythm_eventing) was my guest for episode 7, and had amazing tips and tricks for those looking to become a professional in any discipline. Taylor talked about her first steps when she realized she needed a working student position. As a professional myself, it was great to hear her take on what us professionals can do to help give these young riders their start. She also talked about how online school has helped her to take advantage of working student opportunities.

In episode 8 I interviewed course designer Nick Granat (@nickgranat). It was very interesting to hear his strategies for designing a course, and what it’s like to actually set one at a top show. Nick also mentioned how he knew this was the perfect career for him, and what competitors generally think of his courses.

I really enjoyed chatting with Kira Plymire (@kiraplymire) in episode 9, not only because we used to ride together, but also because she had amazing things to say about being a model and equestrian. Kira had some amazing advice for all listeners about breaking into the equestrian industry as a professional and taking care of yourself. She discusses internal and external adversity that she faced and how she was able to overcome it. Something that I loved from this episode was that she mentioned that no one is ever done learning in this industry.

And last, but certainly not least was episode 10 with Karina Harris (@karinamharris). This episode was full of fashion and discussion of how body type plays into outfit choices and overall confidence as a rider. Karina talks about what it means and is like to be a mid-sized person. She mentions how she is able to be confident in her body, especially when she’s wearing riding clothes. In order to help other mid-sized riders find their perfect outfit, Karina started her blog, The Hunt, where she often notes what brands flatter her body type best.

I loved recording every episode of series 1 of The Equestrian Podcast and I cannot wait to bring series 2 to you. Series 2 will be releasing soon so keep your eyes out for any sneak peaks of who my guests may be and what we will be talking about!

xo, MES

Customize Your Equestrian Style

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Whether it’s for riding or everyday wear, I love beautiful custom pieces, but they can be so pricey. Thankfully I found Silver Oaks Farm’s products! For custom products, they’re very inexpensive, but are still super high quality and absolutely gorgeous.

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Silver Oaks Farm makes custom, button up chambray shirts that are perfect to wear at the barn, or just out and about. When you’re designing your shirt you can choose a completely customized saying under 14 characters and also select thread color. I had a hard time choosing what to put on mine, but of course I had to go with, “Equestrian Style” in black thread… keeping it classy, you know?! This top is super comfy, so I’ve worn it a ton, but the embroidery has held up very well, even through long days at the barn. One of my favorite things about these tops are how flattering they are on any body type.

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To design your own top and get inspo from what others have done with theirs, you can check out Silver Oaks Farm on etsy or instagram! Happy Customizing!


Alsooooo-

We are GIVING AWAY one free custom top to one of you lovely people!

2 Giveaway Rules

FOLLOW- @myequestrianstyle + @silveroaksfarm

COMMENT- what your custom words/phrase would be if you won! (must be 14 characters or less)

**Giveaway is live 4/2/19-4/8/19. Winner will be announced 4/9/19. Open worldwide, international winners must pay shipping. Thank you and good luck!!



xo, MES

It's All in the Details!

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There’s a reason this saying is so famous! The key to a great wardrobe is the details. I love wearing basics like this look: Distressed denim, sweater and denim jacket (shop these super inexpensive pieces HERE) and then adding subtle equestrian details to it. I got all three pieces from SheIn and I seriously love their stuff.. crazy cheap and they’re always on trend. I also have a 15% off promo code that you’re welcome to use:

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FOR 15% off your ORDER :)

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You may think I wear my Katharine Page sandals too much- maybe I do- but it’s only because they are so comfortable and never fail to add a little equestrian style to any outfit. These Fairfield sandals in Bridle Brown are one of my favorite investment accessories ever because they are real leather (so they last forever) and the equestrian stitching is just to die for. (You can shop this pair and other KP sandals right here)

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I’m also rocking one of my favorite belts from Street and Saddle: the Chestnut Italian Wrangler Belt. It is just so simple and really helps me look like I’m cooler than I am ;) It also comes in black which I am currently ordering, BRB!

Last but not least, the jewelry in my opinion seals the deal. I live for a stack of yellow gold bracelets. The little gold bangle says, “Eat. Sleep. Ride” which is just perfect for me because its small and delicate but clearly equestrian. The Cartier Love bracelet is one of my favorite dupes because it is SO durable and will save you SO much money instead of buying the real deal. The best one I’ve found you shop right HERE! Finally one of my all-time faves, the Surpiqure yellow gold and leather Half Moon Bracelet. I am like it so much because of the leather and the stitching and how it is so modern and chic while still being horsey- very hard line to walk if you ask me! It also has a magnetic closure which is really convenient for popping on and off.

My little stacking rings are by Jen Meyer (used to work for Jen, love love love her jewelry), but my pinky ring is something I wear 24/7 along with my horseshoe necklace. It’s no coincidence they are from the same brand, Hattie Banks!

These are all pieces I’ve collected over time. My advice to you would be to take your time with it. Try to only buy accessories that will stand the test of time- both quality and style. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal on fashion, but accessories can be really tricky to fake sometimes. Wouldn’t you rather have a great leather bag for 15+ years that was double the cost of a lesser material bag that was only going to be popular for 4 months? While the investment may be steep at first, I feel like you end up spending less in the long run.

xo B

Colors for Your Complexion

With spring approaching, I am so excited to start adding color to my outfits! When the sun starts shining and weather gets warmer (for some of us anyway), I always love to use more color, but it can be difficult to decide what my skin tone really is and which colors look best with it. Today I’ve put together a guide to help you use the best colors for your skin.

An easy way to start to learn about your skin tone is to decide if it is warm or cool. To do this, all you need to do is look at your veins! Blue veins mean that you have a cool skin tone, and green veins indicate a warm tone. Your veins are actually always blue, but with yellow pigment in the skin, they look green. If you’re not sure what your skin tone is, check out the short quiz below.

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If you’ve determined that you have a cool skin tone, the best cool colors for you are those “inspired by the sea” like blues and deep purples or colors like frosty greys or whites and light pinks. For these “inspired by the sea” type of colors, I love these Cavalleria Toscana breeches and top, and this gorgeous lighter blue top by Anique. The colors of these are on the cool spectrum, and highlight cooler skin tones super well. If you’re looking to add grey or white to your outfit, I really like pairing these white Equiline breeches with the grey Aztec Diamond shirt, but if you’re wanting a bit of color, this collared t-shirt by Horse Pilot will do just the trick. And of course even in sunny FL it can get chilly, so for those days this Alessandro Albanese jacket is the perfect addition.

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If you’re looking for some warmer colors a cool skin tone, bright red colors will look great on you. Just be sure to wear this color sparingly as a whole outfit of it may overpower you. This Horse Pilot jacket from KAVAL is perfect to add this pop of warm color, without overpowering your skin tone, and for days when you may not need a jacket, I love these Ronner Design shoes. The color on them is perfect for any outfit and they are very equestrian chic.


If you’re like me and have a more neutral skin tone, it’s best to choose softened colors like raspberry, lavender, or lemon. True red is also a great color for you!  Sometimes I have trouble adding different colors to my outfits, but it always looks so nice in the spring so I will definitely be adding these pieces to my regular spring wardrobe!

These tops by Aztec Diamond and Free x Rein add beautiful tones to any outfit. If you’re looking for a more subtle way to add some color, this clutch from Free x Rein will do just the trick. I also am a huge fan of these RJ breeches in Dove Grey because not only do they look great on my skin tone, but they also match well with almost any top I pair them with. I especially love this Le Fash top with them, very chic!

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For days when I’m feeling more casual or I’m not riding (is there ever a day that I don’t ride!?), I love these tops by Anique and F.WORDS. Each of them can be paired with breeches for a day with the ponies or with leggings for days away from the barn.

Whether you’re at a horse show or out for the day, I absolutely love this Ronner Design maxi dress, it has just the right amount of color for neutral skin tones and is perfect for any occasion.


Last, but certainly not least, if you have a warm skin tone, rich, earthy shades will look great on you. You can easily pull off peach and coral, as well as different shades of brown, so I’ve put together some pieces that will look amazing on you!

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If you can’t tell, I love Cavalleria Toscana, so I couldn’t resist putting a few more of their pieces in here. This show coat and olive green top are gorgeous and will highlight warm skin tones super well.

With spring coming, that means it’s almost sun shirt season, so I had to add two Tailored sun shirts that will look amazing at home or in the schooling ring at a spring show. And, since in some places it isn’t quite warm enough to wear sun shirts yet, this Asmar Equestrian jacket is perfect for those colder days.

These Callidae and Aztec Diamond breeches will look great with almost any top and will be the perfect cool colored accent for warmer skin tones. Both pairs are super quality, not to mention gorgeous!

As a good rule of thumb, if your skin tone is very pale, it’s best to avoid stark black or white colors, those with a more medium skin tone have more freedom when choosing clothing colors. Anyone with darker skin should avoid darker colors, especially during spring.


As much as I love the winter in Southern Florida, I can’t wait for spring to come! I hope you love these outfits and fun colors that go with them. Happy Spring!
xo, Bethany

Look for Less

As much as I love the look of high end clothing, my wallet does not always like their prices. Recently I’ve been trying to find cheaper look-alikes for my favorite pieces.

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I found this knock off Gucci belt on Amazon and I love the look and quality of it! This belt will definitely hold up well whether you wear it riding or around the show grounds for the weekend, even though it’s under $25. Click here to add it to your wardrobe!

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My top is a silk scarf by Red Scarf Equestrian. All of their products are so cute, but if you’re looking for a look-alike, SheIn has a less expensive option here. Hermes also has many high quality options, but this is one of my favorites. If you own a square scarf, it’s super easy to fold it diagonally and tie it around your bust for a cute tube top shirt!

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My sweater, shoes, and jeans are all from SheIn. I haven’t found a product of theirs that I don’t like! Everything they have is priced very reasonably, but is still super adorable.

I wore this entire outfit at WEF last weekend and I got so many compliments! Each of the pieces look amazing whether your at a horse show or at a non-horsey event. I also love the belt to wear with breeches! Either way, so Equestrian chic.

xo, MES

 

ps- is you loved this post, let me know! I am happy to keep posting dupes for you on a consistent basis ❤️ 

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Healthy Hair

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Equestrians and non-equestrians alike are always looking for the best ways to get those luscious locks! My hair goes through a lot in a day. From being trapped in a helmet for hours to being in the sun while I teach, at the end of the day, my hair needs a little love. So, I’ve gathered the best tips and products that I love for getting that gorgeous hair.

Tip 1: We all know that as an equestrian, not washing your hair everyday is almost impossible. To make sure that you don’t damage your hair when it’s wet, use a wide toothed comb, and run it very gently through your hair.

Tip 2: Try to avoid using heat on your hair as often as possible. Some days, that’s just not possible, so a heat protectant can be helpful. If you’re looking to curl your hair, try this article that includes 7 ways to curl your hair without using heat!

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Tip 3: Find a product or two that you absolutely love and pamper yourself! I try to take some time once in a while to give my hair a little extra love. Currently I’m using products by Monat and I couldn’t be happier with them. My hair has never been healthier! My favorite products are the smoothing shampoo and smoothing deep conditioner. I love these products because Becca genuinely wants her brand to help people, whether it’s improving the quality of their hair or changing their life so they can start living again. She even created a hair quiz to help you decide what Monat products will be best for your hair. Contact her here to get started. Becca is also pro Vegan and has a FREE Vegan starter guide!

Tip 4: Choose satin pillow covers! It sounds so simple that you may think it won’t work, but using a satin pillowcase can reduce hair breakage due to friction.

Tip 5: Use a clarifying shampoo once a month. Especially as equestrians, our hair gathers way more dirt and oils than we might want to think about, and normal shampoos may not remove all of it. Using a clarifying shampoo as little as once a month can refresh your hair and improve its overall health.

These tips have completely changed how I take care of my hair and I can totally see the difference! My hair grows faster, has more shine, and is much easier to tame. If you give your hair a little bit of love, it will definitely thank you.

xo, MES

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When You Accidentally Match Your Dog

Has anyone ever told you you look like your pet? I always thought that was stupid to think, but now that I am a dog mom, I can see the resemblance... well, Fifa and I have the same hair color at least! And without realizing it, I matched my outfit with her leash and collar the other day! Since I first started wearing SheIn’s products, I’ve always loved them. They’re made of quality materials and are super cute, so when I saw this outfit, I knew I had to have it. It wasn’t until it was delivered that I realized it matched Fifa’s collar and leash from Urbana!

I absolutely adore this jacket! It’s warm enough to wear on those chilly Florida days (yes, even in Southern Florida it gets cold!), without being too bulky or uncomfortable. The material is super soft and feels more like a cozy blanket than a coat.

These jeans are also from SheIn and they are my new favorite pair! The distressing on them is super cute and the ankle length is very chic. I love the fit of them and they’re super comfortable!

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Fifa’s collar and matching leash are both from Urbana and I couldn’t be happier with them. Fifa is a super active dog, but the quality materials of these products have held up great. Urbana has products for all shapes and sizes of dogs. You can check them out on their Instagram here!

xo, MES

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Equestrian Accessories

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Am I the only one who absolutely loves leather accessories? Whether I’m at the barn teaching and riding or out and about, I can’t help but add an elegant leather accessory to my outfit. I love that they match with almost everything and add an equestrian chic touch to any wardrobe.

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This leather bracelet by Surpiqure is the perfect addition to any outfit! The combination of metal and leather make this piece absolutely gorgeous. I’m wearing the bracelet in the color “camel”, but it’s available in three other colors that are just as beautiful. I definitely had a hard time choosing a color, but I had to go with the classic look of the “camel”.

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I’ve worn this bracelet SO much since I got it! It wasn’t stiff and didn’t need to be broken in like many other leather accessories. You can check out their other pieces on their website. Their products are a great gift for equestrians and non-equestrian loved ones. I know I have a few others from the Surpiqure collection on my wishlist this year!

xo MES

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New Equestrian Brand

Herd of Zebras is an all new equestrian brand hitting the horse apparel market.

I love HofZ’s mission because we need more of that rawness in the industry. Zebras all look differently with their stripes but at the end of the day, they are all zebras! That’s totally how we are as women. We need to stick together despite our trials and differences.

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Besides loving the brand vision, their clothes are adorable and comfortable!! If you went through my 2018 Holiday Lookbook you would have seen me sporting some of their pieces! This hoodie has that insanely soft inside fabric that makes you feel so cozy. I also love this canvas bag and hat with the HofZ logo!.. the bag is perfect for groceries- or horse treats!

Here’s a little peek from my Holiday Lookbook featuring Herd of Zebras! Please go check out their pieces at herd-of-zebras.com !

 

xo B

Putting Your Horse in a Frame

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Riding a horse in a correct frame is so beneficial to their well-being because it prevents injury, builds his topline, and makes him stronger and more adjustable. Not to mention, riding a horse in a frame can avoid you having to fight with him every step of your ride! I always establish the frame at the walk first. This sets the stage for the rest of your ride and allows the horse to become familiar with what you are asking before moving to a more difficult task. In my experience, the frame will differ based upon the discipline. Most hunters will have their nose perpendicular to the ground or slightly out, while equitation horses will almost always have their nose perpendicular to the ground. I usually want my equitation and jumper horses to have their frame break higher than the hunter frame, so that their poll is higher than withers.

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It’s also very important to remember that the frame MUST be developed from your leg first! The leg helps the horse to stay balanced and soft. I always use my leg to push the horse through his hind end and then add the rein aid to stop the forward momentum, which allows the horse to lower his head.

I’m wearing my DeNiro boots, which I absolutely love! Their leather is super soft, which makes them easy to break in, but they still hold their shape. Check out their website to see all of the beautiful styles they offer!

Here, I’m working the horse on a circle to help him balance and to create lightness in my hands.

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I love that this picture shows off my riding top from Anique and sweater from Sheln! Both are super soft and comfortable and can be worn on their own or layered like I have them here.

If you find that your horse is resisting the frame, try putting him on circles of different sizes and riding lots of changes of direction. Remember to keep a steady rein and your leg on while doing this to encourage him to soften. I also like to use the sitting trot to help horses who struggle with finding a correct frame. Once he gets the idea, you can soften the inside rein to reward him, but it’s important to keep steady pressure on the outside rein as well as lightly check him with the inside rein every few steps to keep the frame.

The same idea can be used at the canter, but you may have to increase the intensity of your aids depending on the horse. These tips can also be useful to soften a very heavy horse.

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I was also wearing my black Roeckl gloves. I really like that they don’t wear out easily, even when I’m riding strong horses. Roeckl has several other glove styles that are an excellent addition to any wardrobe!

The horse that I’m riding in these photos is green, so he is just learning to be ridden in a proper frame. It’s important to remember that if your horse is also green, or is new to the idea of a frame, to be patient and give him lots of breaks. It can be tough to teach a horse to go in a correct frame, but it’s definitely worth the work!

xo My Equestrian Style






Equestrian Riding Leggings

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With the increase popularity of equestrian athleisure, I have a confession to make. I used to totally turn my nose up to riding leggings. I didn’t think they were for serious riders. I didn’t think they were good enough for the amount of riding I did. I was so wrong!

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Once I tried riding leggings or tights, I could hardly take them off! Now, I do almost all of my home riding in these babies! Bare Equestrian is one of my favorite brands!

(Go check out my IGTV Video HERE)

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I love these grey riding leggings because they have a full seat of silicone, which makes for a nice, grippy seat. There are also cell phone pockets, a wide high-waisted waistline and adorable color block accents.

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My look was made complete with this crazy-comfy full zip riding top and baseball hat, also by Bare Equestrian. BE has several other cute designs of leggings and tops; I included their link here for you to check out!

Bare is also offering FREE SHIPPING for MES readers!! Use code Bethany4Bare at check out!! (Valid for all countries, offer ends November 30)

xo B

My Everyday Necklace

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Am I the only one with really sensitive skin? My ears especially can only handle solid gold pieces or they swell up and get infected. It’s also annoying to find a dainty piece of jewelry you LOVE to only find that it is made up of cheap materials and turns green by week two.

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To be fair, I wear my jewelry HARD. If I find a piece I like, I will never take it off! I will bathe in it, wear it to the barn, sleep in it, you name it! So if I am going to wear jewelry, it needs to be solid! I discovered Hattie Banks and fell in love with her jewelry line. Her pieces reminded me of the days I worked for Jennifer Meyer Jewelry in LA right out of college. Dainty, great quality, so equestrian chic.

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I saw this Lucky Shoe necklace by Hattie Banks and I had to have it. Much like many simple horse shoe necklaces, but Hattie went the extra mile with adding the subtle bling of the off centered diamond. This necklace comes in rose, yellow and white 14k gold, too! I’m sporting the rose gold and even though the rest of my jewelry tends to be yellow gold, I love mixing metals. This rose gold isn’t so in-your-face rose colored, either. It is so soft and matches everything!

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I haven’t taken this necklace off since the day it came in the mail! It is such a great investment because you won’t want to take it off, either! You can check out her pieces on their website here where you can find Hattie Bank’s Equestrian Line among other non-horsey pieces of fine jewelry. I have my eye on a couple other pieces, too! This would be such a great Christmas present for a family member or to add to our personal wish list. Perfect investment to last you a lifetime, and a great way to add equestrian flair to any look.

xo B

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NF.Edit Subscription Box

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Everyone and their pony has been dying to know about the *new* Noelle Floyd subscription box, the NF.Edit! Here’s a peek of what’s in the first box—  

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This is such a great box. At $59/box, this is such a great gift idea.. for a friend and for you :) When it’s all said and done, the contents in the box is valued just shy of $200! I am thinking the perfect Christmas gift for trainers and barn friends, what about you?! 

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The NF x Dreamers and Schemers “Stay Grounded” boot socks are out of the world! I am a big fan of the DS socks (just collaborated with them on an limited edition MES sock) but these are so perfectly cushy yet breathable. To top it all off, the socks are black and white polka dots with the ever so chic NF logo. You’ll find the words, “Stay Grounded” on the bottom of the sock. (Valued at $17.95) 

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The Ruespari Twin Surcingle Black Belt is as gorgeous as it is versatile! Valued at $75- more than the box itself - this was such a great surprise! I can never have enough black belts, and Ruespari is one of my favorites. Love it with breeches, jeans or dresses. I find ways to wear it with something every week! 

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The other items are pieces I wouldn’t have necessarily purchased for myself, but now that I have them, I’m hooked!! Scentuals gave us some Grapefruit Tumeric Hand Repair Cream which feels like heaven! I don’t know about you, but my hands are in a constant state of nasty after being at the barn all day! (Valued at $7.63) Scentuals also added two Aromatherapy Roll-On Oils to the NF.Edit box! I received De-Stress and Balance oils which will be perfect for horse show weekends or busy times at the barn! (Valued at $12.23 each) The last item of the box was the Equestrian Wellness Essential Helmet Spray. How smart of an invention is this?!? It smells so nice and can actually be used as a “FeBreze” on any fabric or clothing! Brilliant! (Valued at $14)

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Oh! I almost forgot! One of the best items was the $50 gift card to the brand new NF.Edit Shop! So amazing. NF has some amazing brands available on the marketplace so I can’t wait to go shopping! 

Overall, I was so impressed with what was included in the box. I love that I learned about brands I hadn’t been exposed to before. I loved the pieces that were selected were actually my style and things I would probably purchase and wear anyway! The NF.Edit box is only going to get better from here, and with the holidays right around the corner, snagging this subscription box while you can is a no brainer!

 

xo B

Cute Halloween Costumes You Can Wear Again -- SHEIN Haul!

***pssst… exclusive 20% coupon code to SHEIN below…

Every year, we spend $60, $80, $100 on a costume from the Halloween store, just to throw it to the back of our closets come November 1st, and never use it again. I’m not about that life!

For one: if I am dressing up for Halloween, it is going to be for much less than $60; heck, its going to be as cheap as possible! Why spend so much cash on something you only wear once?

Which brings me to my second reason: I only like to wear Halloween costumes that are made up of clothing I can wear the rest of the year! I can totally justify a $40 Halloween costume that I can sport all of the pieces for the rest of the year… especially if I can wear something to the barn!

 
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So with the help of SHEIN (my favorite one-stop-shop for all things cheap and trendy) I came up with three simple and cute Halloween costumes that are very easy to replicate with pieces you may already have at home! If you don’t own something that you see here, all three outfits are under $40 and purchased from SHEIN! PLUS — SHEIN gave me a special coupon code for 20% OFF YOUR PURCHASE… keep reading to snag that code!

So not only are all three outfits under $40, you’re going to be able to take another 20% off on top of that! I’m telling you, if you haven’t shopped at SHEIN before, you’re going to be able to find EVERYTHING you need on this website. The prices are jaw-dropping and the quality is great. The customer service and shipping is easy-breezy, too. I really buy all of my non-equestrian clothing from SHEIN because it doesn’t break the bank and all of their pieces are so on-trend. Plus, with this 20% off promo code, you’re going to be able to really go crazy— I’m thinking you don’t just buy your Halloween outfit, but go ahead and get all your Christmas shopping done while you’re at it! Scroll down and check out these three outfits.. you’ll find the coupon code down there, too!

How iconic is Minnie Mouse for Halloween? Sweet, simple, and I had to have this dress anyway! If you own some red polka dots, you’re already set! SHEIN has pages of red polka dot dresses (see for yourself) for you to choose from. I loved this SHEIN Bell Cuff Split Back Polka Dot Dress… and for $18 I was sold. The dress is so fun!! The sleeves and neckline are perfect, and the back slit is really fun, too. (I ordered mine in a size Small) If you’re not really a dress girl, SHEIN also has tons of red polka dot tops you can pair with some black leggings or jeans. I snagged a pair of Minnie Mouse ears on Amazon for a few bucks. With my 20% off coupon code, myequestrianstyle20, this outfit is totally cheap, easy and this dress is perfect to wear again to dinner or GNO!

Ah, you have to be the classic school girl once in your life! I was going to go for something a little cropped for the top, but then I found this amazing SHEIN Contrast Stripe Trim Jumper and thought it would be PERFECT to wear over a riding shirt at the barn. I’m a sucker for varsity striping! (I am wearing size Small) I also loved this SHEIN Grid Print Asymmetrical Hem Skirt (especially the price tag!) because I recently bought a pair of over-the-knee boots that it will look perfect with this winter! (I got it in a Medium) Lastly, the SHEIN Striped Over-the-Knee Socks were an essential to the school girl look, and only seven bucks for two pairs of socks. (I’ve already worn the other pair under my tall boots at the barn!) For a grand total of $38 without even counting the myequestrianstyle20 20% off, this look is a no-brainer if you don’t already have something like it at home!

Okay confession- I went with a country-redneck-scarecrow-farmer kinda vibe for my last Halloween costume for one reason only: I wanted these SHEIN Ripped Denim Overalls! HAHA I saw them on the website and literally asked myself, “How can I turn these into a costume?!” I love the rips and the wash of these overalls. (I ordered a size Medium because I wanted to make sure they were a more relaxed fit) I already owned this flannel, but you could also sport a tank top for the look! I linked some plaid shirts here if you need to grab one! Lastly for $7, this SHEIN Straw Fedora Hat with the bandana Scarf completed the look. You could grab some hay from the barn and to stuff under your hat and in the legs of your jeans for a scarecrow look, or pop some black construction paper over a few teeth for the hillbilly route! I can’t wait to wear the overalls with a sweater or cute blouse out and about this fall. This look was a grand total of $35 plus 20% using myequestrianstyle20.


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I hope this Halloween Guide was helpful to you! Please message me if you need any help sizing or if you have questions about a look! Also- if you know what you want to be for Halloween but need inspiration, let me help you put your outfit together… but please feel free to use this promo code and let me know what you find!

xo B

Leather Goods

Another favorite fall look of mine includes leather accessories from Atelier de Pravins.

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I love the genuine leather accessories from Atelier de Pravins because they are so sturdy! I have the adorable Shetland bag from them with the saddle cutout along the top. It is a small bag so I don’t end up carrying around my entire life in there. I also have a pair of spur covers in brown leather. In addition to being a cute fall colored accessory, they also are very practical and protect my boots from being scuffed by the metal spurs. The covers come in more colors besides brown including navy, grey, and orange.

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Pravins also has accessories for pups! I got Fifa a collar and leash and as usual was impressed with the quality of the products. Fifa is very playful so she needs something durable if she wears it 24/7. I can just handwash the rope leash and it comes out good as new.

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I paired all of these accesories with my classic Tailored Sportsman breeches from KAVAL and new favorite Fairfax&Favor boots. They are more of a relaxed fit than riding boots but are made for being outdoors so I love to wear them around the barn when I am out of the saddle. If I go out in the mornings or after a rainshower, I like to throw on my Huntsmen&Hounds faded red bomber jacket. It is a light jacket so it is perfect for this transitional time of year and, most importantly, it is so cozy!

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xo

MES

I designed a tshirt with TKEQ!

It’s finally here! We could not wait to share our newest collaboration piece with you! We all know TKEQ is a powerhouse when it comes to equestrian slogan tees, so I decided to work with them to create this t-shirt, and I have to say, it’s pretty adorable.

Hack Winner

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TKEQ has some amazing slogans so I knew I had big shoes to fill when it came to creating my slogan, but since moving to Florida and being reimmersed in the hunter world, the term “hack winner” kept popping up.

“Your horse is totally the hack winner.”

“Her horse is so fancy, he’s totally the hack winner.”

“I may have gone off course, but at least I have the hack winner…”

If you’re in hunter land too, chances are you have heard it once or twice… a day. I thought about it, and we think it is spot on for an equestrian slogan tee! Top it off with cute embroidered pink letters and heathered grey fitted tee, and you have yourself a top for any occasion!

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This shirt has been so versatile! It looks great at the barn, with a skirt, peeking under a pair of overalls. I also really like it under a bomber jacket! It is a fitted tee (I am wearing a medium) so if you are on the fence I would size up.

For about thirty bucks, you totally need to add this embroidered tee to your wardrobe. At the very least, make sure it is on your Christmas list. The Hack Winner tee is now live on TKEQ website, and I included the link here. Please reach out if you have any questions about sizing…Happy Shopping!


xo, B

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