Ever catch yourself in on of those moods? You know, when you're all set for a great ride and then you get to the barn and ... things aren't PERFECT. Maybe it's too hot ... or too cold ... or the footing is too dry and dusty ... or last night's storm left it with puddles ... lots of puddles. That's when we ... think of Ingrid Klimke.
Why? You ask. Well, take a second to watch this video of Ingrid schooling, in what most of us would consider "less than perfect conditions", and you'll understand exactly why we at SHADBELLY are so completely Inspired by Ingrid.
First off, it is just our imagination or are Ingrid's breeches and scarf in the video literally color-coordinated to the cavaletti? GOLD STAR, Ingrid!
Yes, her personal sense of style is right on, but it's Ingrid's attitude we admire most. I have no idea what she's saying in this video, the only words I recognize are "cavaletti", "splish-splash" and "supahhhhhhhh", and yet, I watch it over and over and still marvel at its absolute brilliance.
In an attempt to live, laugh and ultimately, ride more "Ingrid-like", SHADBELLY asked Ingrid to help us put together a collection of her favorites from Horseware Ireland - a little ensemble designed to inspire us all to have a little more fun with our horses.
First, a fabulous scarf, of course ...
Ingrid chose the bright, vibrant Polo Silk Scarf in Navy/Cherry from Horseware Ireland, $39. Remember, it's all in the attitude - you don't just "wear" a scarf, darling, you must "own it"!
Next? The Horseware Bella Jacket - it's the perfect light summer jacket, made of water repellant 100% nylon with lots of pockets and SHADBELLY SECRET - the Bella features an adjustable cord at the waistband that contours the garment for an ultra flattering fit. Available in Navy or Olive; XS-XXL, $145.
Ingrid and I both love the Horseware Emmy Technical Polo - a slim fitting shirt made of moisture-wicking, antibacterial fabric to keep you cool and comfortable. Invisible zipper at neck, contrast styling and embroidery make this polo a winner. Available in White/Navy (shown) or Navy/Pink; sizes XXS-XXL; $65.
Oh, and don't miss the Horseware Platinum HP Leather Belt. We love the sleek modern styling of the buckle and the quality of the leather. Available in Brown, Black (shown), Navy and White; sizes 33" - 43"; $105.
We completed our look with a pair of Horseware Platinum Siena Breeches. We've blogged about the Sienas before on SHADBELLY and there are a couple of important things to note: a) because they don't have pockets, the Sienas have a nice flattering fit across the tummy; b) the tone-on-tone paisley detail on the full seat panel and side trim really IS cute! c) we find that the Sienas tend to run a tad small, so order up if you're between sizes. Available in competition White, Charcoal Grey (shown), or Black; sizes 26-36R; $185.
Thank you, Ingrid - we're off to trot those cavaletti with newfound style and verve!