Horse Riding And Its Celebrity Fans

With the lockdown continuing to ease in most parts of the UK, there has been a rise in the number of people who are getting back in the saddle and enjoying horse riding all over again. The Queen was just one of the people who had missed riding during lockdown, and indeed the first published picture of her after lockdown was, inevitably, one of her riding a pony in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

It is apt then, that horse Riding is often described as the Sport of Kings, but these days it could also be as truthfully described as the sport of the glamorous celebrity. The list of well known names who have their own horses and custom built stables within the ground of their homes is both long and surprising.

Here are just some of the celebrities who take the opportunity to ride in their downtime.

Madonna

Top of any list of celebrity riding fans has to be the queen of pop herself, Madonna. We all know that Madonna had a very ‘English phase’ during her marriage to film director Guy Ritchie, where, as well as drinking tea, talking with a cut glass accent and wearing a nifty line in tea dresses, Madonna developed a passion for horses that continues to this day (she currently owns two.)

I can’t help thinking that the fashion maverick just loved the look of jodphurs and a riding hat (and we all know she’s been partial to a whip at times), but the fact that she actually trained, and with none other than William Fox Pitt clearly indicates that the one time Material Girl has clearly been bitten by the riding bug.

Mary Kate Olsen

These days she is better known for her fashion designing skills along with her sister Ashley for her label ‘The Row’, but Mary Kate is actually an accomplished horsewoman who has competed, most famously at the Hampton Classic Show. From a fashionista point of view, can you imagine how stylish The Row riding apparel would be. I think Mary Kate could be onto a real winner with that.

Bella Hadid

It sort of seems apt that the coltish, beautiful Bella Hadid is another lady with a passion for being in the saddle. The lovely supermodel is said to aspire to ride in an Olympic Games, well, there’s certainly still time to get the practice in before Tokyo 2020.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga became a fan of horse after she was presented with one by her record company. She is now the proud owner of a stallion called…wait for it…Trigger. (How Original!) Gaga is one person I would totally love to see on a horse, can you imagine the fun she would have with equestrian gear, and as for the boots….

Jordan/Katie Price

No roundup of celebrity horse riding fans can be complete without some mention of Jordan/Katie Price, or whatever she happens to be calling herself this week. Katie is a lover of dressage (couldn’t you guess that a woman obsessed with pink would also love the idea of dancing horses) and is actually, all joking aside, an accomplished horsewoman who is very passionate about horse sports, also playing polo. She even had her own equestrian clothing line, KP equestrian, which, as you can probably imagine, was very pink, very tongue in cheek and a whole lot of fun. After all, who could resist a ‘50 shades of hay’ t-shirt…

Are you a fan of horses, have you ever tried horse riding?

Accessories You Will Love For Man’s Best Friend

The days when a dog (or at least a dog owner) was happy with just a collar and lead have long gone. These days, any self respecting pouch has a wardrobe that could rival a Hollywood star, a huge range of toys to play with, luxury dog beds and blankets for when they chose to snooze, and like to eat anything from gourmet dog food to their very own formulated ice cream and chocolate. It really is a dogs life, but in a totally good way.

The Pet Empire is absolutely the first destination you go to when it comes to finding just about anything your four legged friend needs. It was launched to bridge the gap between addressing your pets needs, whilst also thinking about the design and decor of your home. They say:-

A beautiful interior and owning pets can complement each other very well. Our exclusive luxury design- and lifestyle products for dogs and cats in our online pet store prove this.

It now offers a unique selection and independently designed range of puppy and dog accessories, carriers, bowls, grooming equipment, toys and care items, literally just about everything else you can possibly think of that is dog related. Their range of dog beds are unsurpassed, they not only have traditional designs, but also an orthopedic dog bed if your dog needs a little extra support.

All this makes it the perfect destination if you want to treat your own pet, or buy a special gift for a dog lover.

I love the idea that you can totally spoil your pet, without spoiling the look of your home. If you are a fan of stylish, minimal design, you really don’t want this look to be spoiled with huge dog bowls, or tartan style dog beds. You want something that your pet will love, but that you will love too, something discreet and stylish, but still perfect for your pet. The dog beds from The Pet Empire come in stylish, muted colours, so could be matched to your living room colour scheme or decor, actually adding to your overall look rather than detracting.

Owning a pet does not have to mean that you have to forgo your home style, or make compromises, it just means you have to choose your pet accessories with a little more care. It’s great to know you can now actually do this with ease.

 

Creative Christmas Gift Ideas For Dog Owners

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re still trying to complete your shopping for the holidays, it’s likely that you need a few good gift ideas for the people in your life. You may have a perfect present in mind for a few lucky individuals, but what do you give someone who absolutely dotes on his or her dog? It’s likely that one of your friends or relatives is a parent to a fur baby as recent statistics show that there are more dogs than any other kind of pet in British households, and 24% of pet owners own a dog. Instead of giving generic gifts such as a water bowl or a chew toy, let your loved one know that you have his or her pet in mind by giving any of this creative Christmas gift ideas.

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A personalized dog tag

Does your friend’s dog’s tag need a serious upgrade? Then give him a personalized dog tag to keep his pet safe at all times. Dog safety and health are important for pet owners, and apart from affording regular visits to the vet, insurance papers to cover pet emergencies, and dog training, a well-designed dog tag can keep a dog safe, especially if your friend’s pet has a tendency to wander. You can pick a stainless steel or enamel dog tag and have it engraved or printed with the dog’s name and the dog owner’s mobile number. Add a smart dog collar, and you’ve got a nice present that will be a hit with the dog owner and pet.

A dog photo session

Are you handy with a camera? Do you create Instagram-ready shots that are the envy of your loved ones? Then give the gift of a doggy photo session to the pet enthusiast in your life. It’s a great present for people who are longing to take great photos of their dog for posterity’s sake. After the photo session, print out some of the greatest shots and frame the best one. Wrap all of these up before giving to your friend or relative.

A pet gadget

There are a lot of new high-tech pet gadgets out there that will allow your loved one to track his pet’s whereabouts or enable him to video chat with his dog. There are even a few gadgets which will allow a pet owner to dispense a treat for his dog even if he’s not at home. Find out what you think your friend or family member needs before choosing a pet gadget to give this Christmas.

A portable or folding dog bed

If your loved one prefers to travel with his pet in tow, then get him a portable or folding dog bed. It can be used for camping trips, beach vacations, and anywhere else they love to go. When choosing a dog bed, make sure that it’s soft, comfortable, and is the right size for your friend or relative’s furry friend. Memory foam is a great option for older dogs.

This Christmas, treat your favourite dog owner to any of these gift ideas. Your loved one and his or her pet will love receiving any of these gifts this holiday season.