The Horse Rider's Journal

Ten reasons to buy the AW16 issue of The Horse Rider’s Journal


Our 18th edition is out now. Here’s why it’s essential reading.

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1. Our cover girl Edie Campbell

“It’s really nice that fashion is so fast and fickle, and everything changes so quickly. And then it’s really nice to go somewhere where I’ve got a two-year plan, and I’m slowly going to make changes in my horse and the way it performs, and won’t reap the benefits for six or eight months.” Shot by Lea Colombo, Edie Campbell speaks to Jack Sunnucks backstage from the Saint Laurent SS17 show about her double life as a supermodel and event rider.


2. Jilly Cooper! (Yes, Rupert Campbell-Black makes an appearance or two)

HM Queen Elizabeth II may be the world’s longest-reigning monarch but Jilly Cooper is forever the queen of the bonkbuster. Sasha Wilkins speaks to the author about her new novel Mount!, toff-bashing and horses, and it’s a rather fabulous conversation. Case in point, these words of wisdom from Cooper: “I’ve always found that men who are nice to dogs are always automatically twice as sexually attractive as men who aren’t.”


3. Nic Roldan in a Gucci tracksuit. Where do we sign up for polo lessons?

Speaking of Jilly Cooper, Nic Roldan could pretty much have walked straight off a page in Polo. Shot by Hill & Aubrey – at the magnificent Cowdray House where Roldan’s La Indiana team have been playing this summer – and styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, the American 8-goaler tells Olivia Singer about his ambition to bring polo to a wider audience.


4. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl shares her dressage training methods

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl’s riding is everything dressage should be: elegant, subtle, kind and harmonious. Our editor-in-chief Susanne Madsen spent two days at Jessica’s yard and the result is an inspiring look into von Bredow-Werndl’s sympathetic training, accompanied by an Hermès special shot by Jonas Bie and styled by Emilie Guldbrandsen – featuring the new Hermes Arpège dressage saddle that Jessica and her superstar stallion Unee BB have helped bring to life.


5. We speak to the legend that is Cheryl White

Who run the world? Girls. And Cheryl White is one of our all-time cult heroines. The first black female jockey in the United States (now working as a racing official at all the major tracks) shares a unique glimpse into her phenomenal career with Colleen Nika, discussing gender and race issues in racing with wit and honesty.


6. The one and only Spanish Riding School

Our creative director Rasmus Skousen and coordinating editor Maria Graae were invited inside the hallowed halls of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for a world exclusive with the church and cradle of dressage. The school’s riders – including the first-ever female rider – share their insightful perspective on dressage today.


7. Hunter’s handsome new equestrian collection

Dean Mayo Davies speaks to Hunter’s creative director Alasdhair Willis about teaming up with the Duke of Wellington estate’s Earl and Countess of Mornington for the brand’s venture into proper riding boots and equestrian gear. Dham Srifuengfung and Nicco Torelli shot the collection at Larkspur Equestrian, the Hampshire yard where our editor-in-chief goes for dressage lessons on a very lovely Westphalian gentleman named Dax, whose legs make an appearance in the story – along with Kendal, the resident canine supermodel.


8. A behind-the-scenes look at the Saut Hermès

As the modern philosopher of our time, Mr Kanye West, once said: “Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory. Shit is real.” The same can be said of the Saut Hermès, the annual showjumping fixture that is a lesson in equestrian authenticity, shot for this issue by Michael Hemy. Susanne Madsen speaks to the dream team behind the Paris showjumping event: course builder Frank Rothenberger, vet Dr Thierry Grisard and event director Sylvie Robert about their work and what makes the show so special.


9. Horsey psychedelia courtesy of Noam Griegst

Asser’s Mill – a livery and organic orchard supplying fruits and berries to Nordic Michelin-star restaurants – stars in photographer Noam Griegst’s trippy New Age-inspired story, styled by Nanna Flachs and with artful berry puddings by Noma’s Mette Brink Søberg.


10. Tack envy from the Alka of Sinj tournament

If Dries Van Noten did tilting tournaments, it might look a little bit like the Alka of Sinj. Maria Graae travelled to Croatia to experience an ancient knighthood tradition that’s still going strong.


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