A Wellington for Everyone’s Taste (Not your Grandpa’s Rubbers)

A Wellington for Everyone’s Taste (Not your Grandpa’s Rubbers)

You know what I meant…those old black things that covered Grandpa’s shoes in the rain!! 😉

Anyway, Since the recent renaissance of Hunter, wellington boots have taken over the ubiquitous UGG boot for casually fashionable women, it girls and oh yeah, practical women’s rain gear. I love my Hunter boots, but I think it’s time for a migration to something different this year. The good old rubber boot has had some fun incarnations over the past couple of seasons, and this fall proves to be no different.

The Ariat STORM STOPPER

A wonderfully waterproof boot, with leather buckle details, it has space for a spur and a heel, so it has been approved for riding. Versatile, you can get them in navy or brown. A must have wellington boot for riders; great for a muck or a buck. Wear warm wellie socks and you don’t need much else for the colder weather until it’s really sub zero time.

 

Ariat also has the MUD BUSTER Tall Boot for a nice wellington option but not as saddle ready. There is room for a spur, but the tred isn’t as advanced as the Storm Stopper. It’s a more traditional wellington option, available for men and women and in hunter green, black and navy. $129.99

AriatMudBusters
Ariat MudBusters Wellington Boot – can be worn to ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the more stylish wellie-lovers, I have to introduce the MoovBoot!

Not for heavy duty stall mucking, these are the Porches of the wellingtons. Shipped from Australia (orders over $150USD ship free), they come in a number of styles and heights. For those colder late fall days, they have a line of boots lined with 100%Australian merino. YUM. Sure to keep your feet warm and dry on even the dampest and slushiest of days. Great for you city girls looking for this year’s everyday boot trend.

 

For those of you looking for a regular wellington (not meant for riding), Joules makes some of the cutest around. Fun designs and different heights, they’ll be sure to have one that you or your little one will love.

 

Whichever one you select, you are sure to be happy!

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Congrats to Jessica Springsteen – Winner of the American Gold Cup!

Congrats to Jessica Springsteen – Winner of the American Gold Cup!
Jessica Springsteen Round One -  a killer round!
Jessica Springsteen Round One – a killer round!

Fabulous day of jumping and sun. Just a quick post to congratulate Jessica Sprintsteen in her win. Beating former Gold Cup champ Brianne Goutal and perpetual competitor Todd Minikus can’t be easy!

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Equestrian Diggs for Boys

Equestrian Diggs for Boys

It’s pretty hard to find English equestrian clothing for boys. In a girl-dominated sport (at least in the younger years), our sons that love to ride English are forced to wear “unisex” (codeword for “girls”) jodphers and boring white oxfords or polos. I’ve spent some time searching out the best and coolest boys equestrian attire and everyday wear that can be worn stylishly on a jumper saddle, so you don’t have to.

We should start with the breech. I know that many kids wear jods, but the quality and style of a 4 pocket (two pockets in the back) create a definitively boys style breech. They can put on some half chaps to complete the look. The two that I found were at Dover Saddlery:

 

Next essential is the show jacket. Often expensive, it’s best to buy something that can last more than one show. My son’s was a little long in the sleeve, so I had the tailor take them up an inch but only in a temporary manner. When he grows a little taller, the sleeves can be let down (he doesn’t show that much, however). Take a look at these:

Now, on to the fun stuff! I’ve compiled a collage of my favorite, bright, happy and cool garments that your boy (or tomboy) can wear to the barn, hacking around, or to the store after their lesson.

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These are all so adorable and cool; all the little girls at the barn will be swooning!

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Hunting for Hunters

Hunter Black for J Menel
Hunter Black for J Menel

As the fall and winter weather rolls in, I’m reminded that I do not own a pair of rain boots. I typically alternate between my slUggs (slipper-like Uggs) to my super duper arctic fur-lined winters. I think I need to find a pair for the fall and spring when the slush and rain puddles are up to my ankles, but the weather isn’t so cold. I only have a budget for one pair, so I need to find some that are stylish enough for Soho but functional for the times I’m at the barn cleaning my tack and stepping in poop. I need to be able to rinse off the manure and jump in my car without too much residual slime…my husband likes a clean car (again, sorry dear).

Hunter Umbrella
Hunter Umbrella

I have a fun new Hunter Umbrella – it reminds me of the clear plastic one I had as a child – it’s great because I’m totally protected, but can see where I’m going on the streets. For some reason, New Yorkers love to either open ginormous golf umbrellas while exiting a crowded subway stair, or rest their umbrellas strategically on their heads so the little end spikes are at on-comers’ eye level. Probably some defense mechanism or complete obliviousness, but I digress….

I also have a navy blue Jules Horse Poncho for rainy days when I need to push my baby’s stroller and I need both hands free.

Joules Navy Horse Poncho
Joules Navy Horse Poncho

As I will be wearing all my rubber at once, I have to match.  Here are my options:

Jules makes really cute wellies.. They have a sale on their “horsey” patterns, but I think with my poncho, this may over do it just a tad; a little too preppy for downtown.

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Of course I LOVE the Hunter for J Mendel boots with muscrat fur and shearling. Boot bliss, but perhaps it’s a little decadent for doodoo.

Hunter Black for J Menel
Hunter Black for J Menel

I also adore the Burberry Shearling-Lined House Check Winter boots, but yet again, I digress from the practical side of my purchase….

Burberry Boots
Burberry Boots

Chooka makes a pretty wellie for a reasonable price. This pair is definitely in the running. The added contrasting color straps give this a little luxury.

Chooka Navy
Chooka Navy

Hmmm, maybe I can get a twofor…barn work with riding ability.  The Green Rag Bone X Hunter Tall Boots seem to be okay for riding (heel, zipper on outside, tall). Again, they’re not cheap at $295, but if they double as a winter riding boot, that’s two in one. I’ll have to try them on to be sure.

Hunter Tall Boots
Hunter Tall Boots

My last option is the good old Original Hunter Wellington. I love the silver – and added benefit of matching Annalise’s new little girl pair. Mommy and me wellies always win.

Original Hunter in Silver
Original Hunter in Silver
Hunter Kids' Boots
Hunter Kids’ Boots

Decisions, decisions!

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