• The Equestrian news round-up for the day:16/07/2015

    Record fourth wind for Nicholson and Avebury
    It was a stellar weekend for New Zealand riders at the Barbury Horse trials who made the most of their familiarity with the conditions to put in some excellent performances.
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  • Throwback thursday: Donnerhall ( 1981– 2002)

    Donnerhall (Donnerwetter x Ninette) doesn't need much introduction, as one of the most prolific producers of quality offspring his impact on the modern dressage competition horse has been profound. Standing at 16.3 hh, he was part of the gold medal winning German team at both the World and European Championships, and consistently passed on his flowing gait, presence and excellent temperament to his offspring.

  • Scott Brash vs Abdullah Al Sharbatly for the Grand Prix win in Cascais

    It's not everyday that we see a tie in an international showjumping competition but that is exactly what happened when Kep Italia sponsored riders Scott Brash and Abdullah Al Sharbatly went head-to-head in a jump off. 

    Congratulations to both of them for their outstanding performances.

    Like Scott and Abdullah we here at Equistead love Kep Italia helmets. The unparalleled flexibility offered by the interchangeable liners as well as the fact that they meet every international safety certification requirement means that our customers are getting the best of the best when they buy Kep. Our favourite feature is the adjustable air vent in the front of the helmet, which allows the rider to control the amount of air flowing through the helmet, a fantastic feature to see you through the different seasons.

  • The Equestrian News round-up for the day: 15/07/2015

    The global champions tour put out a great little clip featuring some of the top horses in the world, it's an excellent little primer for those who are coming to the sport as outsiders and gives them a little intro to the reigning personalities. 

    PEOPLE magazine has done a feature on Bruce Springsteen's showjumping daughter Jessica. Getting the general public interested in equestrian sports is vital for the continued health of riding competitions, so this type of coverage is essential for the future.

    Horse & Hound reports on the British team that has been selected for the home leg of the Nations cup dressage.The team will be made up of Hayley Watson-Greaves on Rubins Nite, Alice Oppenheimer on Headmore Delegate, Henriette Andersen on Warlocks Charm and Spencer Wilton aboard Numberto.

    The Irish national showjumping team has scored their first corporate sponsor in Investec. The bank has a long history of sports sponsorship and considering that their mascot is a zebra named Nairobi we think it's only fitting.

    Tickets for the best of British Dressage are on sale now, at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, over the weekend of  November 21 and 22, are on sale now. British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler has promised a revitalised event which can only mean good things for the sport of Dressage.

  • Spotted: Reed Kessler in the Kingsland Equestrian ladies softshell Show Jacket

    Reed is a Kingsland Ambassador and has her pick of their gear, but this particular Show jacket seems to be her favourite at the moment and no wonder it looks fantastic.

    Stand out from the crowd in this fantastic, machine washable competition jacket by Kingsland Equestrian, perfect fit and comfort in a stunning colour. We think it is the perfect addition to your summer competition campaign.

    We have both versions of the jacket in stock, which feature the same stunning detailing, but with reversed colours, namely the trademark dark navy and royal blue.

    Both can be found in store here: Shop

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  • Kingsland Equestrian at Equistead

    lin-kingsrod Lin Kingsrød Kingsland Founder

    Founded 12 years ago by Lin Kingsrød and retailing in 29 countries Kingsland has become one of the best known quality brands in the equestrian world. By sticking to classic designs, and by focussing on quality and fit Lin has built a brand that is much beloved worldwide. The company is still based in Norway and it is a fundamental characteristic of the brand that it is able to withstand the harshest conditions without compromising on style.

    By taking their design cues from the wider fashion industry Lin and her team are constantly improving the look and fit of the garments that they design, never sacrificing functionality for style. 

    A lifelong rider and enthusiast herself, Lin originally started her company to meet her own needs, designing breeches, show jackets and casual to suit what she saw as an undeserved need among her rider friends. the designs are classical and the colours always clean and traditional, transitioning with ease from season to season. Kingsland produces two distinct lines, the Classic Collection in the traditional colours of red, white and blue, and the seasonal collections that help loyal customers update their look. 

    The last 12 years of hard work at Kingsland have paid off and it is now one of the worlds best known equestrian apparel brands sponsoring some of the best riders in international competition. All the more remarkable is that they are only now starting to target the North American market, a campaign that was kicked off with the signing of the charming Olympian Reed Kessler. We are certain that our American customers will love Kingsland as much as we do.


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    It was also with great excitement that Kingsland signed a sponsorship deal with the reigning queen of international dressage Charlotte Dujardin and Valero's groom Alan Davies. "Kingsland is a brand of clothing I have loved and worn for a long time now and if I was ever going to work with one brand exclusively, it really has to deliver on the yard, when training the horses and for when I'm teaching. Those who also know me know I am always cold, so I have to get the comfort, durability and the warmth from what I wear!"Charlotte Dujardin

  • Shop the Look: Fresh for Summer

    The sun is shining and the temperatures are up, and that means smart, sweat wicking fabrics that won't chafe and cause discomfort while keeping you cool and collected. We love the latest collection by Kingsland Equestrian, stunning colours to flatter any and every skin stone, practical fabrics and classic cuts. 

    Kingsland Equestrian at Equistead Fresh Kingsland Equestrian style for the Summer

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  • Get the Look: Esperado Competition Wear

    We love Esperado representing the perfect mix of style, quality and value. We have a fabulous capsule selection of items from the range that you can mix and match to give you the perfect competition look. Wonderfully understated feminine finishes give that little extra touch.

    A perfectly stylish ensemble for competing. A perfectly stylish ensemble for competing.

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  • Get the Look - 19 March 2015


    This week’s featured look is perfect for a change in weather. It comes in the season’s must-have shades and is finished with the Esperado signature.

    Here’s how to put this versatile casual look together.

    Esperado Tracy Gilet

    A must-have season colour, our Esperado Gilet is light-as-a-feather and features two front zipped pockets with the Esperado badge on the chest.


    Esperado Oxer Hoodie

    Perfect for dress-down days, this cosy hoodie has a gorgeously soft lining, front pouch pocket and is finished with the Esperado signature.


    Esperado Sally Breeches

    These fashionable breeches come with a snaffle detail on the pockets, contrast stitching and elasticated ankles for a great fit.


  • Get the Look - 11 March 2015


    This week’s featured look brings a stylish and sparkly edge to show days in the form of a sophisticated four-piece ensemble from Esperado and Dobert.

    Here’s how to put this effortlessly smart show look together.

    Esperado Parade Show Jacket

    Tailored in a light softshell fabric, this flattering show jacket features rhinestone trims and embossed buttons for added competition day sparkle.


    Esperado Aline Show Shirt

    Pair the jacket with a pretty Esperado show shirt for some extra competition style. Ruching on the collar and crystal buttons gives this sophisticated shirt a feminine touch.


    Esperado Sally Breeches

    These tailored breeches come with a snaffle detail on the pockets, contrast stitching and elasticated ankles for the best fit.


    Dobert Dressage Whip

    A single Swarovski crystal inlay gives this smart dressage whip that something special needed for show days.


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