Here at pampeano, we owe our origins and our heritage to the polo fields of South America. Polo as a sport is a magnificent test of skill, teamwork and horsemanship, deservedly known as The Sport of Kings, and we are passionate about the game. However, pampeano is by no means limited to either polo or Argentina. In the Journal this week we take a look at some of our greatest advocates from around the world, and across multiple equestrian disciplines.
Australian show jumping
A rising star in Australian show jumping is 18 year old eventer, Hannah Lucy Hardy. An avid vlogger, Hannah brings together her talent for film making and riding with regular posts on YouTube. Follow her riding life at HannahLucy and TheEventerVlogs on Youtube. Hannah regularly reviews her favourite pampeano polo belts – see what she had to say here
American show jumping
Amongst our many equestrian followers in the USA is Jennifer Simms, a show jumper and fashionista from Los Angeles. Jennifer is the founder of StyledEquestrian.com, an equestrian fashion blog featuring the latest trends in equestrian fashion and some amazing styling tips. Jennifer loves her Sereno polo belt so much she doesn’t just save it for the saddle! Here she teams it with some skinny white jeans and a classic blue tee – stunning against the gorgeous blue backdrop of sea and sky in sunny California.
Show Jumping: accuracy and skill
The sport of show jumping is designed to be a true test for horse and rider. The aim is to make it around a course of fences clear (without dropping any rails) and inside the optimum time. Horses and riders incur penalties by knocking down fences (four penalties), refusing (four penalties), falling (elimination) or exceeding the time allowed (one penalty for every four seconds commenced).
While it may sound simple, show jumping requires extreme amounts of athleticism and precision. A show jumping course will be made up of anywhere between, on average, 10-15 fences not including combinations. The type of fences and terrain in a show jumping course will vary depending on the level.
Horses and riders who jump their first round clear will be able to continue to the “jump off.” In the jump off, the course is shortened and the horse and rider that completes the course the fastest and with the least amount of penalties wins the competition.
American Grand Prix riding
Sophie St.Clair, a young show jumper from Southern California, is another US champion of pampeano. At just 16 Sophie is an aspiring professional Grand Prix rider who has already made her mark on the local equestrian scene. When she’s not competing, Sophie uses her skills as a writer for Sidelines Magazine, Horse & Style Magazine and West Palms Events. Follow Sophie and her life on the show circuit at www.sophiestclair.tumblr.com, or Instagram @sophiesaintclair.
Sophie wears pampeano polo belt ‘Estancia’ and her horse wears a hand-stitched pampeano brow band in navy and white. All our leather pieces – for horse and for rider – are cut from premium Argentinian leather, stitched with durable, waxed-dipped saddlery threads and crafted by hand using traditional methods. Designed to last a lifetime.
Lauren McKinnon is an 18-year-old equestrian from Canada, better known on Instagram and YouTube as Blonde in Breeches. Lauren is the proud owner of Ralph, her stunning bay horse, and you can follow their adventures on Youtube at LaurenMcKinnon
Lauren is also a great advocate of pampeano – find out which pampeano polo belt she loves best and why:
Polo in Denmark, Brazil & Dubai
Meet Diana: a polo player and enthusiast, a traveller extraordinaire and founder of the polo blog PoloPeoplePlaces.com. Diana is one of our most truly international exponents: born in Rio de Janeiro to Brazilian/British and Danish parents and currently working for the Al Habtor Polo Club in Dubai.
Diana wears pampeano polo belt ‘Hermoso skinny’ - a classic combination of pink and navy – for a morning of chukkers.
English show jumping
The equestrian blogger and supremely stylish Abi Rule is a UK based amateur show jumper and writer of ACountryLady.co.uk, a blog devoted to equestrian fashion.
Here is Abi with her dachshund Mr Chips, enjoying Badminton Horse Trials last year.
Eventing brings together the three disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping into one combined event, sometimes completed during a single day (commonly at lower level eventing) but more usually held over three days. With the breadth of skills required to compete successfully, eventing is often seen as the ultimate equestrian challenge.
These events are closely governed by the FEI (International Equestrian Federation). The FEI rules are very specific about the dressage test; the height and spread of cross-country obstacles and the speed and distance of the course; and the speed, height and spread of the show-jumping course.
The various levels of eventing are classified by a star rating, with four-star being the ultimate challenge. There are only six of these four-star events in the world: Rolex, USA; Badminton and Burghley, United Kingdom; Luhmühlen, Germany; Pau, France; and Adelaide, Australia.
In the UK there are also a number of two-star and three-star competitions, which are fantastic spectator events, including Blenheim (Oxfordshire), Bramham (Yorkshire), Blair Castle (Scotland) and Gatcombe (Gloucestershire).
If you want to try your hand at eventing, contact British Eventing for more information, and details of local competitions, britisheventing.com
Badminton horse trials
Badminton is the highlight of the British eventing calendar and is one of only 6 events worldwide classified as four star – the ultimate eventing challenge. For other major eventing venues in the UK, see the calendar below.
Eventing is a great spectator sport and provides be a fun day out for all the family. Dogs are welcome, and the major eventing competitions will have refreshments, children's entertainment and country shopping galore. Pack a picnic, don your wellies and your favourite pampeano polo belt, and don’t forget to share your photos with us on Instagram or Facebook #mypampeano
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BRITISH EQUESTRIAN CALENDAR
May 4-7 Badminton International Glos.
May 25-28 Houghton International Norfolk
June 8-11 Bramham International West Yorks
June 22-25 Hickstead Derby Sussex
Aug 4-6 Gatcombe: Festival of British Eventing Glos
Aug 10-13 Hartbury International Glos
Aug 24-27 Blair Castle International Perthshire
Aug 31-3 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Lincs
Sept 14-17 Blenheim Palace International Oxon
Sept 28-1 Osberton International Notts
Eventing 2017: What to Wear
For him: polo belt ‘Roca’
An iconic pampeano polo belt in classic navy, grey and white. Premium butter-soft leather and durable wax-dipped saddlery threads.
For her: polo belt ‘Rosa’
A stunning new edition to the pampeano range for Spring: pale pink, classic navy and a splash of vibrant fuchsia . The colours sit beautifully with our signature rich Havana brown leather.
A luxury hand-stitched collar, woven with our eponymous pampa diamonds, The matching lead can be personalised with your dog's name or your initials.
For your dog: leather dog collar & lead set ‘Tornado'
A stunning, Argentine hand-stitched leather dog collar, woven with pampeano's iconic pampa diamonds. A matching dog lead is available which can be personalised with your dog's name. Pair your dog accessories with the Roca polo belt and black and grey pampa headcollar.
Thick, buttery leather and traditional hand-stitching give our premium saddlery items a unique appeal. Express your individuality with a choice of exquisite colours, to coordinate with your stable colours or your own pampeano polo belt.