Always wanted to have a go at horse riding, but never had the chance? Or, did you used to take riding lessons? You're going to love Aldi's new Specialbuys, launching this weekend. The budget supermarket is helping to get more keen horse riders in the saddle by launching a new equestrian range and discount horse riding lessons.
Aldi has teamed up with two riding schools in Cheltenham and Wigan to offer 30% off a horse riding lesson for both adults and children. The deal is part of its Rein It In campaign, which hopes to make the sport more accessible to all, after research found that nearly one fifth of ex-riders were forced to stop their hobby because it was too expensive.
The 30-minute private taster session will see riders taught a wide range of skills. A typical horse riding lesson may see participants learn how to mount/dismount a horse, develop balance and control, stopping, steering and even potentially learning how to ask the horse to walk, trot, canter and halt. All lesson activity is entirely dependent on rider ability, which will be assessed at the start of any lesson.
All of the lessons are subject to availability, and just like all Aldi Specialbuys, once they’re gone, they’re gone – so you best be quick and book soon!
Aldi is launching an equestrian range this weekend.
Italian bootmaker Fratelli Fabbri has created a 100% vegan riding boot, crafted from faux leather and other non-animal components.
The Fabbri VEG riding boots are the result of a year of rigorous testing to endure they maintained the Fabbri standard, with riders of various levels, ages, and in different climatic conditions putting the boots through their paces. The company says the VEG boots are resistant to stress and exceptionally comfortable.
“Because of their synthetic materials and construction, they are more difficult to damage and easier to clean. The vegan leather, a result of many years of research and development, allows for air flow and has antimicrobial properties,” the company said.
A couple of years ago I bought myself a Superdry jacket for a spring holiday in Exmoor. It then became the jacket I changed into when I threw off the jacket I'd been wearing on the yard to avoid driving people away with my horsy pong when I went shopping! However, the following year it ended up being the jacket that I wore for yard work and riding. Not only did it look really good, but it was lightweight whilst keeping me lovely and warm. It had some wonderful details like elasticated panels at the side so it was comfortable to move in, plus elasticated inner cuffs to prevent the wind whistling up the sleeves. And that's not to mention the wonderfully sturdy double zip system that really helped prevent any unwanted drafts AND they never got stuck once! A few years on and it's still in top condition.
This year however, I was given a Horseware Ireland jacket for Christmas. At the time I was pretty happy as it looks good (I’ve even been complimented on it) and is water resistant too. However, I think there isn't a day goes by when the zip doesn't get stuck on the flimsy bit of material behind it. It absolutely drives me mad! And then a couple of weeks ago I found that the lining had come away under the sleeve.
The jacket was actually a medium when I'm only a size 10 but I always like jackets to be roomy so this definitely wasn't caused by it being too tight! Also as I haven't ridden this year for various reasons, it hasn't come in for much abuse. Now the Horseware jacket was cheaper than the Superdry one but at over £70 it still wasn't cheap and surely you should expect zips that don't get stuck all the time and a lining that doesn't split within a month!
Have you had experiences like me with equestrian brands not being worth the price tag? And do you opt for non-equestrian brands?
The pieces look great by themselves or stacked up. As usual I went overboard on the stacking!
What I really love is the rustic feel of the jewellery. While Vikki has a mix of country/equestrian pieces, of course my favourite was the equestrian themed pieces. I particularly loved the double stirrup necklace pictured below.
This jewellery is really versatile and can be worn for pretty much any occasion.
The Spring/Summer 2017 equestrian ranges are slooowly coming through so If you want to be the first to show off the latest designs you might be interested in our five favourite finds ….
The super stylish Felix Bühler Show Jacket Vivien is made in a 4 way stretch breathable fabric and is available in 6 different colours with white piping. It's also a bargain at £49.90, plus free delivery in UK unit March 27.
We also love the Felix Bühler competition shirt Helene. There are 8 gorgeous colours to choose from but Flamingo Pink, Lime and Cobalt Blue definitely get our vote! And what's not to like about the price of £19.90 (p&p as above).
This HKM Cavallino Marino Soft Powder Blouson Jacket is a bit pricier at £99.95 (free delivery in UK) but hey, you're worth it aren't you? It's made from a breathable, windproof and apparently dirt resistant fabric with eye-catching detailing on the arm and pockets that will add a bit of glamour to your equestrian wardrobe. Choose from Mocha and Blue.
Ward off chill spring breezes in the HV Polo Emmeline Gilet, £60 which comes in this seasons on-trend coral pink.
If you spot any fab-u-lous fashion finds then please show them off in our group The Equestrian Style File.
There’s No Horsing Around with Aldi’s Great Value Range of Equestrian Essentials
Aldi’s Specialbuys Country Living range is available in stores nationwide from 26th January and can be pre-ordered online at www.aldi.co.uk from 19th January but be quick, as with all Specialbuys, once it’s gone it’s gone!
Riding enthusiasts need look no further than Aldi’s Country Living range to stock up on equestrian essentials this winter. Including everything from blouson jackets and gilets to stable rugs and hay nets, the range will be available online from 19th January and in stores from 26th January.
The Fixed Neck Turnout Rug (£34.99) is available in blue and comes complete with integrated neck cover, touch close straps and shoulder gussets. It’s the perfect choice for keeping horses comfortable and dry during chilly rides in the winter months. In addition, the fully lined Standard Neck Stable Rug (£19.99) with twin buckle chest fastening is a great option for keeping horses warm whilst in the stable and is available in a range of sizes.
Aldi’s wind and water resistant Ladies’ Softshell Riding Breeches (£29.99) are breathable and quick drying to ensure riders are also protected against the elements. They are available in 26-32” waist sizes and come with a full faux suede seat to provide ultimate comfort. These can be paired perfectly with the hooded Ladies’ Softshell Jacket (£19.99), and Ladies Riding Gilet (£14.99), which come in stylish blue and berry colour options.
With a fleece lined collar and padded lining, the Blouson Jacket (£24.99) is warm, cosy and ideal for wearing round the stables or even for keeping warm during cold country walks. The jacket also features an inner zipped panel for team logos be embroidered onto. Lovers of the great outdoors can complete the look with Aldi’s Ladies Walking Boots (£19.99).
Aldi has even got the dogs covered for 2017 with a cute Waterproof Dog Coat (£8.99) which comes in smart navy or green colour options and boasts a warm fleece lining to keep them dry and snug. What’s more, Aldi’s Canvas Dog Bed (£9.99) will ensure pooches get a comfy night’s sleep. It is washable and comes complete with removable mattress cover to protect against muddy little paws.
The range also boasts a whole host of quality stable must-haves, including smart and durable Numnahs (£8.99), padded Saddle Pads (£8.99) , adjustable Horse Head Collars (£3.99) and nylon Hay Nets (£3.99).
The items are expected to be in store for two weeks, or until they sell out.
Black Friday is here again and a great opportunity to pick up some equestrian bargains! These are just a few I've found so far...
If you spot any good deals then please post them on the www.troton.com home page with hashtag #BlackFriday2016
Tattini Altea Close Fit Black Breeches
RRP: £130 – NOW: £19.99!
Size : Come up small, I would go a size up.
Style: Amazing fit and look great!
Quality: Comfy, sturdy, all day wear breeches
Tattini Tamigi Unisex Bomber Jacket Red
(also available in brown, blue and black)
RRP: £67.20 –NOW: £12.99!
Size: True to size
Style: Amazing, lovely colour not too bright but not dull
Quality: Great quality, very warm
Tattini Ladies Diagonal Contrast Show Shirt
RRP: £74.99 –NOW: £11.99!
Size: True to size
Style: So stylish, looks smart
Quality: Great quality, stretchy material, breathable
P2 Pro Air Vest
(Thirteen colours to choose from!)
RRP: £420.00 –NOW: £294.00!
It is worth checking out Naylor's Equestrian too. They are having a Black Friday COUNTDOWN with savings on different items, changing daily.
And don't forget Amazon, not an obvious choice for equestrian shopping, but there will be plenty of Black Friday deals available.
Let us know what bargains you find! #BlackFriday2016
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Crystal brow bands, diamanté breeches, carbon fibre saddles....the list goes on.
Equestrian products, for both horse and rider, have evolved at a rate of knots in the last few years, but has it all gone a step too far?
We take a look at some of the equestrian products wowing us at the moment and also ask that burning question - "is it all really worth it?"
1. Lamborghini GP1 Limited Edition Saddle
Benefits: Well this saddle is certainly a head turner if nothing else. This saddle is fully hand-made. The materials used also ensure it's crush proof, with the front part of the tree reinforced with stainless steel. The saddle is made in a way which minimises pressure on a horses' back muscles.
2.PS of Sweden Bridle
Price: Circa £250
Benefits: This bridle has been designed to give a horse full freedom whilst wearing a bridle. The shape of the headpiece reduces the pressure on the poll and gives more spaces for the ears to move naturally.
3. Samshield Shadowmatt Black Chrome Helmet
Benefits: It has a crystal trim?! Surely that will give you a bit of magic to make you go faster in the jump-off? Or to add some spring to your medium trot? In all seriousness, this hat is equipped with a front air inlet which ensures the helmet provides exceptional ventilation. It's scratch and drop proof and an all round hardy helmet.
4. Animo Breeches
Benefits: The ultimate glamour. These breeches have Swarovski crystal detailing on the front and back pockets and along the back. They also feature Animo's 'AGS Gripping System' knee patches. They are also known for their wonderful fit.
We're not going to lie, we'd of course love all of the above products and it's great that we have such diversity and options available to us as equestrians. We're also excited to see what direction equestrian fashion goes next.
In answer to our question however, "Is it worth it?", we'd have to say, no... not really.
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