The new Dy’on Stud Guard Girth “Click and Ride” was recently introduced. Our Equteam-riders, Jean Christophe de Grande and USA’s Randy Sherman tested this new girth.
The new girth introduces an exclusive system detaching automatically under downwards strong traction to avoid any accident and allows an easy fixing. Still it is possible to unhook the accessories in one click.
The Stud Guard Girth is available in brown-blue and black-blue.
To celebrate the exceptional connection between a horse and rider Lebeau-Courally has introduced a brand new watch for the Waregem Horse Week. Lebeau created the capsule collection, with a limited WHW edition.
Specially created for the Waregem Horse Week, this watch is inspired by the LeBaron Chronograph of Lebeau-Courally.
Only 20 watches were made for this limited edition. Handmade precision watch, made in Switzerland. Highly reliable self-winding chronograph with a unique and timeless design, accentuated by the WHW logo on the dial. Its flawless precision is the result of rigorous testing in varying conditions. Created for a variety of challenging performances, positions and temperatures, it can resists extremes. This WHW Limited Edition watch is made to support you wherever you go, even when you are under severe competitive pressure.
The capsule collection also offers a nice set of luxury leather goods.
High-quality fences look stylish and luxurious, making some horse owners wonder whether they would be able to afford one. We can reassure you: our range of products includes nicely finished fences in any price range.
De Sutter Naturally is known for its sustainable, rural fences. However, it is less well known that our range consists of a wide selection of models for any budget. Our entry-level models are not only budget-friendly but also sturdy and reliable, enabling us to provide a 20-year anti-rot warranty on these models as well.
Wire mesh fence from €10.95 per lineal metre.
De Sutter Naturally has one such fence in its range since 2018. This is suitable for a pasture or forest with chickens, sheep, deer or llamas.
The aluminum-zinc alloy wire protects the fence against corrosion for a long time. For the pinewood posts you can choose between round and square pinewood posts that have been optimally saturated.
This budget-friendly fence gives your pasture a beautiful appearance and additionally ensures a safe fence for poultry or small livestock.
Wooden horse fences from €11.95 per metre
Another new addition to our range is a wooden fence with screwed-on boards. This horse fence with a chambered top has a stylish appearance and will last for at least 20 years.
Do you prefer a pasture fence with the perfect finish without any nails or screws? In that case, we have various models on offer in the best quality Scandinavian pine (European redwood).
Top class: tropical hardwood fence from €29.95 per metre
Our showpieces? The pasture fences made of tropical hardwood with the best solidity and the longest lifespan available on the market. We provide no less than 30-year anti-rot guarantee on all our hardwood fences.
We can also really live up to that guarantee: feel free to take a look at the fences we have placed in the past 40 years and judge for yourself how stylish and graceful the wood has withstood the test of time.
The famous Saddle Bag from Dior is back. The small handbag was first introduced in 1999 by John Galliano, former artistic director for Dior. Today the French fashion house has officially re-introduced the bag of the year.
The designer bad is inspired, as says the name, by an English saddle. You close the bag by the shining ‘D’, referring to Dior. After the first launch in 1999 the Saddle Bag evolved into a culticon, also used by Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City.
New creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, decided a few months ago to relaunch the Saddle Bag in the next fall-winter collection.
You can buy the bag online as well as in the shops.
Hiho Silver is in the mood for summer love with the introduction of the new Exclusive Sterling Silver Love Hearts Roller Bead and Exclusive Cherry Bangle featuring the new bead. Not only will this bead fit Foxtail bracelets and Cherry Roller bangles, it’ll also fit a range of other charm bead bracelets and is compatible with Pandora bracelets too.
The pretty little bead is made from sterling silver and has heart shaped indents around the outside of the bead. To help these stand out more, the hearts have been oxidised inside to give a darker colour.
“The heart bead is one we’ve been asked for and is obviously a great gift for any loved one,” says Emma Warren, Managing Director of Hiho Silver. “It can be purchased on its own, as part of a Cherry Roller, and if you visit a Hiho tradestand or select the ‘Create your own Cherry Roller’ option on our website, you can create a completely customised bangle using this bead. Our beads also fit popular makes of charm bracelet, so don’t worry if you don’t have one of our Foxtails!”
The Exclusive Sterling Silver Love Hearts Roller Bead costs €30. The Exclusive Sterling Silver & 18ct Rose Gold Plate Cherry Roller with Love Hearts Roller Bead costs £155. Create your own options depend on the kind of beads selected.
For more information, see www.hihosilver.co.uk
Belgium is a country gifted when speaking about creating and developing performant and talented riders. We just have to look at the numerous top-level athletes competing regarding the size of some others. That is why Harcour wants to unit its savoir-faire in creating adapted equipment, to Belgium’s one in growing good athletes.
What is Harcour?
Harcour is a young French company created in 2014 which offers modern, elegant and performant clothes for riding and for a daily life. Started and expanding thanks to passionate people, the French brand keeps improving to offer its riders, avant-gardists products. Harcour creates two seasonal collections every year in limited edition, in addition of the permanent one. All designed in France, the main objective of the company is to offer the best quality-price ratio as well as trendy products.
More than being performant, Harcour also creates elegant clothes that are wearable in your daily life. Our designer creates two seasonal collections every year that are always on trend and adapted to the current weather conditions. This ability of following the trend places Harcour as a “must have” in riders’ wardrobe
Harcour in Belgium!
Now, Harcour counts more than 550 saddleries all over the world that decided to trust Harcour and that distributing its products in their stores would be an asset for them. Twelve of them are in Belgium, but Harcour wants to develop this sector more deeply.
That is why Harcour is associating with Equnews during the Summer Masters of Showjumping which will take place from the 15th to the 19th of August 2018. The brand is also planning to launch more contests that will allow all Belgian riders to win lots of gifts.
In order to develop its brand in Belgium, Harcour is looking for local ambassadors. If you are a rider, interested in promoting Harcour brand, contact us at the following……
Based in Belgium, the hearth of Europe’s equine realm, Sea Coast stables has build a dream fro every horse. It’s a paradise for every professional equestrian offering one big sand arena, gras arena, a beautiful indoor and private stabling facilities.
The galop track is surrounded by greenery and reveals the nice paddocks for the horses. Let us give you a small insight : More info http://seacoaststables.be (continue below video)
ERIC VAN DER VLEUTEN has been working with horses his whole life. He has been a trade rider, competition rider, trainer, coach and dealer. A success story that has allowed Eric to build magnificent facilities in Someren (Holland), where he has been living with his family and, of course, with his horses for years.
TIME GALLOPS. WHAT REMAINS OF YOUNG ERIC TODAY, WHO AT THE AGE OF 14 DECIDED TO DEDICATE HIMSELF PROFESSIONALLY TO HORSE RIDING?
I started riding as a child for fun and when I finished school I decided I wanted to dedicate myself to it professionally. For two and a half years I was riding for Henk Noren and at 25 I decided to start my own stable.
WHO IS MORE IMPORTANT IN THE RIDER-HORSE PARTNERSHIP?
I think both are very important. All riders who now place high in the ranking are all very good; it is a match between the two. There are riders who don’t get great results with a horse, but that same horse with another rider does. The rapport between them is very important: the mentality and the type of riding.
EXPERTS SAY THAT THERE’S BEEN A GREAT MORPHOLOGICAL AND GENETIC EVOLUTION IN COMPETITION HORSES. HAVE THESE COMPETING HORSES CHANGED THAT MUCH IN RECENT YEARS?
Of course. Nowadays tracks are becoming more technical and jumps are more delicate. We now see horses with more blood and that are warmer, very careful and strong. The horses of today have to have everything to win, as they participate in many competitions each year with a high technical level; so in addition to being fast, they also need many other qualities.
Before horses had to do very large jumps and nowadays they are more technical jumps, more delicate with the bar falling beforehand, so it is very important that the horse has a great capacity for reaction, can lengthen and shorten its legs very easily, something that is reflected in the horse breeding.
THE COMPETITION SCHEDULE IS VERY DEMANDING AND YOUNG RIDERS DOMINATE THE WORLD RANKING. HOW HAVE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS CHANGED?
Nowadays there are many more competitions; every weekend there is a 5*. A few years ago there was just one 5* per month. As there are more competitions there are many more riders, and young riders have the opportunity to be in important competitions and compete against the best riders, helping them to improve. This is what makes the level increase every day.
WHAT GOALS DOES ERIC VAN DER VLEUTEN HAVE FOR THE 2018 SEASON?
Right now my goals are focused on the GCL Madrid in Motion team. We’re going to try to get the best results and get our passport to Prague.
WHAT IS WUNSCHKIND LIKE?
We bought her a little over a year ago when she was competing in 2* competitions. Last season she did various 5* and I hope that now, with more experience, we will get good results. She is a great mare (in all senses of the word); she has a very good head on her, she is very careful and always tries to do her best.
MAIKEL van der VLEUTEN is part of the generation of young riders leading world equestrian sports. He is an undisputed member of the Dutch national team which has triumphed in the main international competitions over the last decade.
IS IT HARD TO CARRY THE VAN DER VLEUTEN SURNAME?
To be honest, not entirely. Of course when I was little there were a lot of people looking at me, knowing that I was Eric’s son, and deep down everyone expected me to be one way. But the truth is that from the beginning I learned to deal with the situation and have fun with the horses. I have managed to develop my own system thanks to everything I have learned from my father.
THE SUCCESSFUL 2017 SEASON ALLOWED MAIKEL VAN DER VLEUTEN TO ENTER THE WORLD TOP10. WHAT IS MORE DIFFICULT: TO GET TO THE TOP OR MAINTAIN AN ELITE STATUS?
Both are very complicated. If you get good results for two months you can get to the top ten, but to stay there you need to be successful for at least six months, meaning that both the horses and the rider are in top form. For me, the most important thing is knowing that we are on the right track, that we are doing well, so the results come by themselves.
THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT— THE RIDER OR THE HORSE?
You need both if you want to win. It’s a sport for two: the horse and rider. You need them to complement each other, and if the rider has a bad day the horse responds for both and vice versa. A good horse can make an average rider a great rider, and the other way around; but to win, both are very important.
2018 HAS HAD AN INTENSE START FOR MAIKEL. IN JANUARY, YOUR FIRST DAUGHTER WAS BORN AND FOR THE AMSTERDAM COMPETITION YOU HAD A HAND INJURY. NOW THAT YOU ARE RECOVERED, YOU ARE FACING A LONG AND DEMANDING SEASON. WHAT PLANS DOES MAIKEL HAVE FOR THIS YEAR?
My goals for this year are focused on the Global Champions Tour and GCL circuits. Last year I was second in the general classification and this year I want to try to win. Why not? For the team competition I think we have a great team, Madrid in Motion; I hope we can get good results and be in Prague at the end of the year.
The World Championship is at the end of the year and I would like to compete with Idi Utopia. She doesn’t have much experience but I think she could do it well.
WHAT IS UTOPIA LIKE?
I’ve been with her for almost two years. She is a highly talented, quality mare who is very careful and transmits a great vibe while riding. She’s only done a few 5* Grand Prix but my goal is to take her to the highest level. I think she could be a good mare for championships.
source: Massimo Dutti, press through OXER SPORT
Horses and Fashion it remains a close contact bond. This season the Chloé Girls are dressed in Horse Prints. Recently Natacha Ramsay-Levi made her debut as Chloé’s Creative Director. For the 2018 Spring collection she made a big hit with the streetstyle set.
Looking into the history of the house, Ramsay-Levi discovered the equestrian theme was one that Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo both loved.
This blazer has been tailored in France from soft brown velvet that’s embroidered with white ponies. It’s a statement look, but one that feels effortless to wear. It’s safe to say Chloé’s newly appointed Creative Director Natacha Ramsay-Levi will be carrying on the brand’s coveted street-style legacy.
The next level – shine to impress – outfit is the velvet horse printed collection in black. The velvet blazer and pants are designed with gilded horse embroidery and the label’s signature gold rings.
All clothes are available at net-a-porter.
De eerste dazen zijn alweer gespot. Deze grijze of bruine agressief ogende vliegen laten zich met name in de maanden juni t/m augustus zien. Dazen steken niet maar ze bijten en ze vinden jou net zo lekker als je paard. Een dazenbeet is pijnlijk en veroorzaakt vaak een flinke bult.
Met een dazenval kun je deze hinderlijke insecten vangen. Je kunt dazenvallen kant en klaar kopen maar je kunt ze ook zelf maken met een emmer, touw en dazenlijm. Daarnaast is een vliegendeken een must voor je paard! Hoe effectief is een vliegendeken met zebrastreep eigenlijk?
Dazen komen in allerlei gebieden van Europa voor, meer in de bossen dan op de open vlakten. Toch is er soms ook een dazenprobleem in weilanden, met name bij bossen. Paarden zijn bang voor dazen en kunnen van angst soms door de omheining rennen. Ook kunnen dazen soms besmettelijke ziekten overbrengen, maar gelukkig speelt dat in Europa (nog) geen rol. In bepaalde gebieden is buitenrijden om reden van de aanwezigheid van dazen alleen ’s morgens heel vroeg of ’s avonds tegen donker mogelijk. Als een daas op een paard gaat zitten om te steken, kan het paard echt heel vervelend reageren en alles doen om deze belager (soms samen met de ruiter) kwijt te raken.
Wat trekt Dazen aan?
Dazen worden aangetrokken door meerdere dingen:
- Koolzuurgas (CO 2) dat wordt uitgeademd
- Ammoniakdamp die ontstaat bij de afbraak van urine
- Bepaald spectrum weerkaatst licht, zoals zonlicht op water weerkaatst
- Dazen vliegen vooral bij warm en droog weer en worden veel minder gezien op koele, bewolkte of regenachtige dagen
Het is de vraag of dit onderzoek er inderdaad toe zou moeten leiden alle paarden strepen te geven. Er zijn immers nog flink wat kanttekeningen. Zo is in het onderzoek een andere dazensoort (Tabanus sudeticus) onderzocht. Ook is alleen het effect van een wit-zwarte streping onderzocht. Witte tonnen (als proefobject vergelijkbaar met schimmels?) bleken immers
Strepen helpen wel degelijk, al is het onderzoek naar de exactheid hier nog niet afgerond. Er is bijvoorbeeld minder succes bij paarse strepen, of zwarte en ook het patroon is van belang.
Het is dus nog steeds een vraag in hoeverre het bestrepen van paarden zinvol is, daarvoor is eerst nog veel meer onderzoek nodig. Echter, als mensen het nu toch graag willen proberen, is daar niets op tegen. Wel is van groot belang alleen gezichtsverf of veekrijt te gebruiken en absoluut geen producten die ongeschikt zijn voor de huid.
Paarden hebben natuurlijke mogelijkheden de dazen te ontlopen, zoals in de schaduw gaan staan. De lichtweerkaatsing wordt dan anders en het is koeler. Ook kunnen paarden met hun staart en/of hun huidrimpelreflex de dazen verjagen, en dit eventueel ook bij elkaar doen door hoofd-aan-staart te gaan staan. Dat is in de praktijk vaak niet voldoende, weet iedereen die in een dazenrijk gebied woont of geregeld in een dazenrijk gebied rijdt. ’s Morgens vroeg of ’s avonds laat rijden kan dan helpen. In een wei waar veel dazen voorkomen, kan een afdak of een inloopstal de paarden de kans geven deze belagers te ontlopen. Ook een insectendeken, zoals voor knutten veel wordt gebruikt, helpt waarschijnlijk goed tegen dazen, zeker als er een buikdek aan zit. Met de huidige kennis zou het interessant zijn om te onderzoeken of insectendekens met een zebra-streping extra goed helpen