Love… Actually, Merry Christmas 

Globally 2016 seemed hard, with war, terrorism, politics and tragedies. I was putting together my gift guides and watching Christmas movies and I started watching Love Actually (the best Christmas movie BTW) and the opening quote really struck a cord in a way that it’s never done before: 

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

So this holiday season surround yourself with love,

Merry Christmas 

Lots of love,

Emily & Patrick xoxo

Equestrian Gift Guide: For Your Horse (that are really for you!)

1. Browband $82.83


Boy O Boy Bridleworks

These browbands are stunning, perfect to add some colour and personalisation to your tack, they also have collar and leads for your dog friends.

2. Fly Mask $14.99USD


Funny Fly Masks

These are hands down the funniest fly masks, will tones of options to suit the personality of your horse they keep the flies away while looking super cool.

3. Peppermint Jolly Ball (prices vary)


Amazon ($16.99AUD)

It’s the time of the year for peppermint so why should your horse miss out! 

4. Horse Polo Leg Wraps CLASSY TEAL Print $16.00 USD

Take the Reins

How cute is this pattern?! And they have heaps of other colours and patterns.

5. Paracord Reins $30.00 USD


Reins for Rescues

These adjustable riding reins not only come in countless colours but they have a custom option as well. Better yet proceeds from sales go directly to the care of their rescues. 

6. Monogram tack plates $35.00 USD


Swanky Saddles

With heaps of different stylish monogram and name plate options never again will you have to label your tack wth those gross cheap plastic key ring tags.

Equestrian Christmas Gift Guide

1. Stirrup Buckle Belt with Grosgrain Ribbon $158.75 AUD


Boy O Boy Bridleworks

I’ve been lusting over these belts for ages, they remind me of browband designs which they also sell and any equestrian knows you can never have too many cute belts.

2. Rider Wristlet Black GRAND PRIX C$70.00


Black Knight Accessories 

These are genius, they are three in one you can use it as a wallet, wristlet or attached to your belt to hold your phone and other bits and bobs while your riding. They can also be customised with a nameplate, can someone say perfect gift! 

3. All Natural Soy Candle, 4 for $82.85 AUD ($23.47 each) 


Grey Horse Candle Co.

Everyone loves a good candle right? Well these are perfect for the equestrian in your life with scents like: show day, sweet feed, peppermints for ponies, fresh cut hay, high end saddle, wash rack, early morning hack, cedar shavings, apples for horses, beach ride, Spring pasture, moonlight ride and trail ride.

4. Samshield Embossed Gloves $78.00 USD (or let’s be honest anything from Personally Preppy😉)


Personally Preppy 

I mean they’re personalised Samshield gloves do I need to say more? Well I will they also give you the option of having you initials in silver, gold or embossed and have a bundle option including the gloves and spur straps.

5. HKM Breeches $174.50 AUD (converted from euros)


HKM Sports

There are no words for how much I love, love, love these breeches! I first saw these on Instagram and have been drooling over them ever since.

6. Zig  Zag Large Groom Bag $89.73 AUD


Padded Ponies

It’s so hard to find nice patterned grooming bags so I was stoked to come across this Etsy, if zig zags aren’t your thing there’s an elephant design as well! 

7. Ringside Backpack $99.00 USD


Noble Outfitters

Perfect to carry all the essentials to and from the barn, this backpack keeps everything organised and within reach with a helmet pocket on the front and a side crop pocket. 

8. Bluetooth Saddle Speaker $129.00 USD


I Rock n Ride

Designed to fit on your English saddle or on the horn of your Western saddle or even on your belt or around your arm this awesome Bluetooth device lets you take your music with you or take training podcasts with you into the ring.

9. HV Polo Horses Scarf $29.95 AUD


Horseland

I love HV Polo and I love scarves so this is a match made in heaven. I ride in scarves like these in winter tucked into a vest worn over a long sleeved top with my breeches and a similar winter casual outfit with jeans. They are also great to add some colour in the warmer months worn over a plain dress or top.

10. For the Love of Horses (Australian Title) $34.99 AUD


Horsebooks

For me it’s not Christmas with out receiving/giving the gift of a book. Horse books.com.au is a great site with a range of horse related biographies and training manuals all in one place. This book is on my current reading list: “three sisters and their unforgettable journey to rescue, tame, and train New Zealand’s wild horses, as seen on ABC’s Keeping Up with the Kaimanawas.” I’m going to start posting reviews of my equestrian themed books so I’ll let you know what I think.