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30.10.18

The Madrisa Fleece by LeMieux has Landed


After tempting us with a limited edition launch at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships the Madrisa Fleece has now landed with LeMieux's exclusive retailers and stock is limited! Here are the reasons why you need to get your hands on one...

  • The Madrisa Fleece is available in three gorgeous colours; black, blackcurrant and ice blue.
  • LeMieux take 'matchy' seriously and both the blackcurrant and ice blue are a perfect colour match to their autumn/winter range of horse and rider wear.
  • The Madrisa Fleece is a modern day, performance fleece with a super soft micro-fleece lining. It feels great on your skin and absorbs sweat keeping you dry and comfortable. 
  • Available in sizes XS-L - I am a size 8/10 and wear a small. The fit is slim and flattering, and the smooth four way stretch fabric gives full freedom of movement, whether you're lunging, riding or doing yard chores. 
  • From the outside, you'd be forgiven for not realising the Madrisa is a actually a fleece. The smooth outer shell is wind (hay, straw and shaving) repellent, I've also worn it clipping and the hair easily brushes off! 
                           
  • And finally...the attention to detail. From the contrast of the grey stitching to the smart silver LeMieux logos on the front, back and right arm of the fleece. The band around the waistline to keep the warmth in and the perfect front zip for when you get too hot. As always, it has been designed for equestrians, by equestrians, which is why I love LeMieux.


Click here to select find your stockist.
RRP £49.95.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me



16.10.18

The Blouson Jacket Just Got Better - Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket Review

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I grew up wearing a blouson style equestrian jacket to the horses and I always have one lurking in the depths of my car boot. Why...? Because they're the most practical jacket you will find. Rydale have recently updated the design of their best-seller to create the perfect one, so it's out with the old and in with the new!

The Rydale Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is the perfect blouson shape, pulled in at the bottom by an elastic waist for a snug, high fit that doesn't get in the way. The fabric is waterproof with a hood secretly concealed within the collar for the wet weather days. The jacket is lined with soft fleece for warmth and comfort, without being heavy or bulky, so you can layer up/down as appropriate. Available in sizes 8-18, I wear a size small.


Then there is the attention to detail. The Ripon III Jacket is available in seven smart and practical colours, something to suit every personality - being 'Safe Sally' one of my nicknames I am less fond of, I chose navy. It has two outer pockets that have tabs of fabric over them to avoid things falling out if you fail to zip them closed and a zipped inside pocket too. The front and outer pocket zips and poppers are chrome or gold - gold for navy - with contrasting embroidery and a faux-leather arm patch for a stylish finish. The inside has a galloping horse ribbon for decoration and the packaging it arrived in felt high end and luxurious, wrapped in Rydale tissue and beautifully presented. Hard to believe it costs just £45!

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After wearing the Ripon III Jacket on horseback for a few weeks, it came with me as my only coat on a recent jolly to Ireland. I wore it to travel in with my jeans, with base layers and jumpers on the blustery wet days when we viewed horses out in the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way and as I toured the city of Galway. A true reflection of how smart and versatile the Ripon III Equestrian Jacket is, you can view the range by clicking here. Happy shopping...

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Connermara ponies...I'll take them all please.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me





8.10.18

Why You Need A Zerofit Base Layer In Your Winter Wardrobe

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Early October and I have already scraped the frost from my car windscreen of a morning...but I am not complaining. Cold, crisp, autumnal days with bright blue clear skies are my favourite. They have also given me the perfect opportunity to put my new Zerofit Base Layers through their paces that were kindly sent to me in September.

The parcel contained two items from the range; the Heat Rub Ultimate and the Heat Rub Move. Founded in Japan, there has to be a very good reason for a Worldwide launch, a gap in our marketplace and the demand is clearly there so I was really excited about the delivery. Zerofits promise is...



Here is what I thought...

Zerofit Heat Rub Ultimate (grey): as it says, this really is the ultimate base layer. It provides protection against extreme cold by sealing in body heat. The unique fibres on the inside of the base layer rub against the skin as you move, creating frictional heat. The material feels soft, cosy and instantly warm against my skin, it almost looks like wool, without the itchiness of it. The outer fabric is slim fitting and flattering, long enough to tuck into my breeches - and stay there.

I slightly underestimated the Heat Rub Ultimate when first wearing it. I saw the frost on my car windscreen and reached for it one morning, underneath a gilet and a coat. I was almost sweating after getting the horses in from the field and tacking up, to ride I had to take off my coat. All around me thought I was mad, or coming down with a cold. I can assure you, I was neither "its the base layer!" I promised! The warmth is comparable to a coat and twice as toasty as your average jumper. 

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Zerofit Heat Rub Move (black): I have to start this with the words 'cold sweat'. You all know what I mean when I say it. You've completed your fast work or your blood has been up, maybe been a little nervous. As you cool down your horse, remove your body protector and start with post ride chores, the wind has blow and you are chilled to the bone. Nothing but a hot shower and pyjamas will solve the situation. And this is what makes the Heat Rub Move so special...

The unique 'LABO' fabric quickly removes sweat away from the skin and places it on the outer shell of the base layer where it dries ultra fast. A thinner base layer than the Ultimate this is made for movement and has zero bulk. Again I wear a size small and on a recent trip to Ireland, where it was cold and drizzly I wore it whilst viewing horses and stayed comfortable all day long.


At £50 the price at first glance is more than I would typically pay for a base layer, but after recently wearing both the Heat Rub Ultimate and Move I can confirm they're worth every penny. Whether you ride, run, work outside or simply enjoy being outside whatever the weather I recommend them and guarantee I'll live in mine over winter.

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me 

23.9.18

TurmerAid by The Golden Paste Company


The memories of summer 2016 are clear in my mind. Oscar wasn't right and everyone thought I was going crazy, seeing something that wasn't there. But I was certain I saw the occasional pottery stride in the field and XC schooling one day Oscar went from being a machine to the refusal of a jump. Time to visit the vet. 

Thankfully we are only a short drive from Oakham Veterinary Hospital where Oscar had x-rays to MRI scans and was given the diagnosis of degenerative joint disease...aka arthritis in just one of his front pasterns. The option of repeatedly injecting the joint was given to me, with a warning of steroid induced laminitis or long term management of the inflammation in the joint. 

I opted for the latter and have had a huge overhaul of our lifestyle. Our XC days might be over, with the exception of jumping a fallen down tree or log out hacking. But we enjoy dressage training and low level competitions, local showing classes - ground dependant - and lots of hacking to keep fit, walking up hills with zero trotting on the road or uneven surfaces and lots of cantering at a controlled pace when the conditions are right. I must say Oscar is feeling fabulous two years on and I never take a single ride for granted. 


Part of Oakham's recommendation was a joint supplement that Oscar continues to this day, but the drought like conditions the summer left me wanting more this year. The benefits of turmeric are hard to ignore; claiming to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness relating to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis in both humans and animals, but had been put off by the idea of a home made mix that would leave me with orange stained fingers. Often visiting the yard in my work clothes - yes, guilty as charged - I didn't need any more hazards than there already are to not arrive in the office clean, tidy and hay-free. Shortly after I walked past a new delivery of TurmerAid by The Golden Paste Co. in my local feed store and I purchased my first 2kg tub for £18.99.


The turmeric pellets smell delicious and are a blend of turmeric powder, linseed oil, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and yucca, a palatable blend even for fussy eater Oscar who continues to lick his feed bowl clean with one small scoop of the pellets added to his daily ration. The ingredients are specifically targeted to support healthy joints whilst promoting well-being and general good health. We're now on our third tub and after the concrete like ground conditions as of late I credit Oscar's wellness this summer to the TurmerAid.

Purchase here from The Golden Paste Co. or visit your local feed store...

Thank you for reading
Jessica 
Gee Gee and Me


16.9.18

3D Mesh Air Pro Grip Saddle Pad Review from the LeMieux Collection


Visiting the fantastic Horse Health trade stand at Badminton Horse Trials back in May, I was spoilt for choice on what to purchase. From the newly released rider range of breeches, base layers and polos to something shiny and new for Oscar. I met somewhere in the middle and purchased Oscar a 3D Mesh Air Pro Grip saddle pad in navy and treated myself to the new LeMieux Competition Socks. Little did I know we were about to embark on one of the hottest summers on record. Making the pads arrival to my tack room perfectly timed...

The 3D Mesh Air Pro Grip saddle pad is a marriage of LeMieux's lightweight foam fabric and their unique Pro Grip technology. The innovative design results in an extremely breathable, stylish and secure saddle pad. Including all of the trademark features we know and love from Lemieux; the underside is lined with beautifully soft bamboo for its natural wicking properties. The velcro D ring tabs are the perfect length, the girth loops fit both double and mono-flap saddles with a reinforced area to protect against the wear and tear of stirrups and boots.




The Pro Grip panels sit either side of the saddle pads spine, in line with where the seat of the saddle rests. The panels are soft to touch, flexible and slim enough not to alter the fit of a saddle. Yet are enough to reduce movement, alleviate pressure points and aid shock absorption. Horse Health always recommend washing their saddle pads before the first wear to soften the fabric and reduce the risk of any rubs, as everything does in the LeMieux Collection it washed beautifully.

Since Badminton I have ridden in the 3D Mesh Aid Pro Grip saddle pad in 30+ temperatures. I have hacked, jumped, been to the gallops, travelled tacked up and even ridden around Burghley Horse Trials 4* XC course - yes, literally around the jumps - and on the hottest of days Oscar has remained dry, happy and comfortable. As the season changes, it will be a great pad to continue using that will make my life easier so that after a fast ride I can rug up and turn out a dry horse, reducing the risk of them catching a chill.  


The range comes in CC/jump fit, half pad design and a dressage square all costing £57.95.
Colours available: white, black, brown and navy.
Oscar wears the CC/Jump in navy and size large - click here to buy.

Thank you for reading
Jessica and Oscar
Gee Gee and Me

3.9.18

Caroline Towning - Contemporary Equine Artist


Caroline Towning is a London based contemporary equine artist, who many of us will relate to because she has been drawing horses ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Caroline was also taught to ride before she could even talk and has a deep love and affection towards these spectacular animals. Spending many hours in their stables and sat alongside them out to pasture, studying their beauty and making sketches. For me this affinity is clear to see in Caroline's breathtaking artwork.

Caroline's main focus is large scale horse paintings on canvas, her passion is capturing the essence of the horse. With each painting bringing their powerful presence into the room with the viewer. I learnt of Caroline Towning through her luxurious gift range, that allows an everyday horse lovers like me to have a special piece of her work to call my own and includes:

  • Tote/Grooming Bags
  • Coasters
  • Placemats
  • Cushions
  • Cups
  • Greeting Cards
...I have the White Horse Tote Bag.




The tote is versatile, strong and a great size measuring 50 x 47cm with a 38cm handle and can be used for the grocery shopping, grooming kit and carrying competition essentials...or as mine did this weekend the picnic and prosecco at Burghley Horse Trials, where it got so much attention (the tote, not my picnic)! 


Enter Caroline Towning's wonderful website here to view the totes in three iconic prints of Caroline's work, they cost £35.00 with worldwide delivery available and make the perfect present to yourself, or any horse lover.

Thank you for reading

Jessica
Gee Gee and Me

10.8.18

Why Quick Knot Will Give You Plait Envy



Do you ever get plait envy...? When I see a horse with a silky, frizz free mane that has been evenly plaited and smartly rolled into perfect bunches, I certainly do. Oscar is a Connemara Pony, his mane is true to his breed, thick and unruly. Tidy, consistent plaits are no easy task and to get the perfect finish I find they have to be sewn in, because of the extra time this takes I often section and plait down the night prior to an event. Securing everything in place with a lycra hood, fit for a superhero and hope for the best.

For this reason, my ears pricked when I saw Quick Knot's product video on my Facebook newsfeed...



Three seconds to secure a plait...impossible?! Well, it turns out it is possible with Quick Knot and I had to try them. They come in packs of 11, 250 or 500 pieces and cost £24.95 > 99.95 in black, brown, grey and white. I was kindly sent grey for Oscar and they are silver in colour.

The process is to section the mane and plait down, securing with a band as per usual. The plait is the rolled up and secured by a Quick Knot clip, pushed through the back of the plait then bent over to secure the end. It takes seconds and they appear immaculate and just like a well sewn in plait the Quick Knot is invisible once in mane.


I recently used them in a Showing class, an Equifest Qualifier. Having once been scolded by a judge, many years ago for forgetting to remove my stud earrings. I was a little nervous they might notice the Quick Knot clips and make a remark...but nothing and we were placed 2nd in our class. Giving me a huge confidence boost to use them again.


The pictures were taken after our two classes, in sizzling hot temperatures and you can see how secure, neat and tidy they look, even in a less than ideal mane for plaiting.  

Purchase from Quick Knot UK here.

Thank you for reading,
Jessica
Gee Gee and Me