Hey y’all…I was planning on having some really cute Bianca pics up on the blog today, but I haven’t been able to shake my sick spell i’m in the middle of. AND, I took the ACT this morning with a 100 degree fever…#36forsure. Ah well, can’t win em’ all.
I came across the on another horsey blog (check this FAB ammy out over on Ready For the BigEq who shows that you don’t have to let your eq dreams die just because you age out!) and thought it would be a great post to do now that i’m on house arrest!
1. Whats your horses name and how did they come by it?
Oh man…this is a very hard question for me because i’ve only had Bianca for a couple of months. I’ll tell y’all what I know, though! When Bianca lived over in Europe (she’s a KWPN or a Dutch Warmblood), her name was actually Viky. Viky. I know. Luckily, her awesome owner Alexandra imported her and renamed her Vanity Fair, or ‘Bianca’.
Side note-I almost never call her Bianca. More likely you’ll hear me say B, QB (Queen B), Queen Diva, or just straight up Sassy.
2. What are your favorite breeches?
I love Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters. My favorite pair are French Blue, I am OBSESSED.
3. Tall boots or paddock boots and half chaps?
I used to refuse to school in tall boots, but they have really grown on me since my Tenney’s chaps broke (they’re awesome if you’re looking for nice chaps). I’m actually thinking about retiring my Sergio Imperias to practice boots and investing in a show pair.
4. What brand of tall boots do you have (if you wear them)? If you had an unlimited budget what would you get?
Right Now, I have Sergio Grasso Imperia boots. I love how skinny the ankles are. I have hard to fit legs, really tall and really slim. I’d really like some Parlantis, however their off-the-racks are known to be really short legged, and my parents probably aren’t on board with me getting customs at 16. If those don’t work out i’m thinking Tuccis. However, if I wasn’t an eq rider, I would TOTALLY get Casas De Las Botas customs (if only someone spoke english in their Argentina shop!) They make some of the most original customs i’ve ever seen. Jumper riders…you’re welcome!
5. Favorite Helmet
I have a huge head. The only helmets that have ever fit me are GPAs. Good thing I love them 🙂 My current helmet is the GPA First Lady. I love it because I am very picky about my skin/
wrinkles sun exposure, and the visor keeps my face nice and shaded.
6. Shows or no shows?
Shows, of course! The queen diva has to strut her stuff.
7. Jumping or flat work?
Of course jumping is more fun, but I love flatwork because it can tweak tiny details in my ride that can change the whole appearance of it.
8. Hunters, Jumpers, Cross Country or Derby’s?
I’ve been a hunter girl my whole life, but I am a recent Eq convert! Also, Bianca has some 1.10 experience so I may dabble in the jumpers (let’s just say I’m doing it for the white tailoreds.)
9. What other disciplines have you ridden?
None! (although secretly I really want to try polo. Anyone want to hook me up?)
10. Dressed to the nines or whatever you can find when riding?
Dressed to the nines! I love fashion in real life, so obviously I try my best to incorporate athletic materials into a cute #ROOTD (riding outfit of the day, for the non-insta users out there!) I usually wear Lululemon or Nike long sleeve tops tucked in with a belt. Cute and Florida weather friendly 🙂
11. Where do you shop the most for you? Your horse?
Well…my go to place for anything nice is Stockman’s Harness in Otown. Although he doesn’t carry many high end items instore, Mr. Stockman is the absolute sweetest and will order anything for you (and I personally find that easier than buying online). Orlando does have a Dover now also, which is awesome for when I need random things like no bows, or earplugs. Style wise, I am obsessed with Shop Dapple Gray in Ontario, and Blueberry Hill, a vendor at HITS (Ardie’s instagram is on point!!).
12. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
I rode Thursday in a lesson (pre-plague) and I mostly did some little Eq courses, to see what B can do. She was fab, of course. I’m trying to figure out how to make the footage better quality so I can post it.
13. What tack do you use every ride/day?
My Antares, Arc DeTriomphe Scott Stewart Bridle/Martingale, Random Girth, Front & Ankle Eskadrons, a Sheepskin Halfpad, Pomms, and my favorite horsey item ever- my Signature Spurs monogrammed crop!
14. What are your horses color(s)?
I don’t really have “colors per say, but I love how crisp navy looks with B’s baker. SKS‘s colors are Royal Blue, Black, and White, not far off 🙂
15. How often do you clean your tack?
It depends on the weather. During the summer I’ll end up cleaning it after every other ride, but during the winter I’m a wimp and don’t like getting my hands wet, so it’s more like once a week.
16. What kind of bit do you use?
B is currently in a Pelham for jumping, and a D-Ring Snaffle for flatwork.
17. Mares or Geldings?
Not answering this in fear that QB might somehow get her hands on my blog…
18. What is something you want to improve on in your riding?
Equitation, Equitation, Equitation! My entire career has been about making the horse look good. Now I have to make myself look perfect as well. struggle bus for sure.
19. Favorite horse-themed quote?
Does my equestrian pinterest board count? I do love the youtube “equestrianisms” series. I would look those up 🙂
20.What was your most recent equestrian purchase?
A Baker stable sheet and white Tailoreds (now all I need is an Oglivy, or some Le Fash breeches…ahhhh)
That’s pretty much my horsey life in a nutshell. Enjoy!
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