Dear Santa, this is what The Horse Rider’s Journal team would very much like for Christmas.
Text Susanne Madsen, Stacey Streshinsky and Anne Ulrikke Bak
Santa baby, slip a pony under the tree. And maybe also a few of these things if it’s not too much of a hassle? Here, The Horse Rider’s Journal team list some of the horse-themed presents they’d love to unwrap this weekend.
Velvet browband – chosen by Susanne Madsen, editor-in-chief
Undiluted pony club nostalgia. I want one in every colour.
Issey Miyake jacket – chosen by Anne Ulrikke Bak, editorial intern
This piece perfectly combines two of the things I love the most: horses and Japan. Great for the stables as well as civilian wear.
Riding holiday – chosen by Stacey Streshinsky, editorial assistant
I could always use a holiday, especially one where horses are involved. Maybe going to gallop along the beach in Queensland, Australia isn’t exactly a weekend getaway, but it definitely would be a welcome Christmas gift – you know, one of those you get half a year or so later? Doesn’t necessarily have to be Australia either – riding among bison at the Zapata Ranch in Colorado or charging through the reeds of the Okavango Delta in Botswana will do nicely as well.
Königs Grandgester boots – chosen by Susanne Madsen, editor-in-chief
I mean, just look at them. I’ve been riding in black Grandgesters since I was a teen, always ordered with much squealing and anticipation from Tattersall in Holte, Denmark, and I think it’s time these whisky-coloured babies came into my life. With matching spur straps, obvs.
Unicorn horn – chosen by Stacey Streshinsky, editorial assistant
I just want everyone in my vicinity to know how special I am. Friends, family, if you are reading this – please don’t deprive me of that. Please?
Anything AA from Horseware – chosen by Anne Ulrikke Bak, editorial intern
Family-owned Italian tailors Alessandro Albanese have made clothes for Valentino and Ungaro and their equestrianwear is so chic – handcrafted in Italy for Horseware.
Sanderson Tally Ho fabric – chosen by Susanne Madsen, editor-in-chief
Metres and metres of this beautiful teal and ruby Sanderson print from 1948 please. It also comes as a wallpaper (and as cushions) but I’m toying with the idea of hanging the fabric as a tapestry.
Russian jewellery box with troika – chosen by Stacey Streshinsky, editorial assistant
Growing up Russian, I dismissed these jewellery boxes as knick-knacks made for housing other knick-knacks, sold to tourists on the Red Square. But now I yearn for one, with a troika painted on it… looks like it’s time to visit mum!
Early’s of Witney dog blanket – chosen by Anne Ulrikke Bak, editorial intern
I won’t forget my Jack Russell even though she’s been naughty all year.
A piece by Susan Leyland – chosen by Susanne Madsen, editor-in-chief
I absolutely adore Susan Leyland’s restrained yet powerful work, available through Osborne Studio Gallery in Belgravia, London. Such a lovely way to approach horse sculpture.