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    Winter Warmers - Our picks of the season!

    Winter Warmers - Our picks of the season!

    With the wet weather really setting in (with a vengeance!) we are all finding ourselves either a) wet and cold, or b) our horses are wet and/or cold.

    Here are Lara and Carla's picks of the season to help heat you and your horse, up!

    1) Dubarry Boots

    Being a showjumper, I hadn't really been keen on the whole Dubarry craze that many Eventing fanatics (and possibly most normal people that choose warmth over the latest cute ballet flats) were into. I think I have regretted that many times since having my first pair of Dubarry boots! If you aren't familiar with these beauties (see pic above), their worth comes from:

    • Goretex lining - keeps your feet dry by allowing wetness out (see 'waterproof' below) should water get in!
    • Waterproof - yep that's right. Walk straight through the most "don't even think about it" puddles with these babies on your hooves and there won't be a speck of wetness. Try a water jump, if you're brave!
    • Warm. They are so so so snuggly and toasty warm. If you're extra cold blooded (like me) perhaps add some faux-fur boot liners (also totally cute) or the cotton cable knit socks, or for non-visible warmth, chuck on some Dubarry Alpaca socks. Lightweight, soft and super toasty!
    • Eternal classic style. Surrender to your inner Lady of the Manor and pull on a pair of Dubarry boots. Add some tweed if you're wanting the full effect!!
    • Style to suit anyone. From the infamous Galway through to city sleekness and equestrian style, there are a number of options to suit pretty much all foot sizes and calf widths.


    2) Padded Jackets

    We have a range of brilliant padded jackets with fill ranging from Eco material through to gorgeous down jackets for luxurious warmth. These are a few of our favourites:

    • Anything Dubarry. Let's face it, it's cold in Ireland... so they have got one thing right - keeping warm! Dubarry jackets are not only stunning, classic examples of design. They're also really really good at keeping you warm. Some even have water resistant properties - including their Tweed sports coats!
    • ANKY. Hailing from yet another cold place, ANKY knows how to do a winter jacket. She even throws in waterproof-ness to pretty much all winter garments, just to make sure you're a) warm and b) dry!
    • Equestrian Stockholm (notice any pattern here?? All hideously cold places!). These guys use eco friendly materials in all of their garments, in the effort to help minimise waste and their ecological footprint. Pretty awesome, right? The garment even ends up fashionable and WARM.
    • Another cold (and fashionable place) hailing brilliant winter garments is Italy, and Animo, Equiline and Makebe all have exceptional outer garments to help combat the cold.


    3) Winter Breeches

    Yep that's right - our friends at Animo make a 'winter weight' fabric which is worth its weight in gold when the weather starts getting cooler.

    In both mens and ladies styles, white and beige (calla) - all with the water repellant & stain resistant wonderfulness that Animo puts into all their garments for extra durability and easy cleaning.

    My picks for ladies would be the lovely Nipar (white) with the stunning crushed Swarovski tape on the pockets, and Naire (calla) which has a really flattering cut on everyone who has tried them; featuring small studs and Swarovski detailing over the back.

     The lovely Nipar with incredible blueish/green hues in the tape on the pockets, surrounded by small Swarovski! Love!

    These breeches are possibly the nicest and most flattering fit across the backside that I have seen from Animo in a while. Details that aren't too OTT either.

     4) Winter Rugs

    Stocking both Bucas (Ireland) and Horseware (Ireland), you know you're going to get rugs that are capable of dealing with the cold & wet!

    There is nothing worse than getting a set of blistering cold, wet days and finding your rugs just aren't cutting it. Coming out to a sodden and shivering horse is pretty disheartening as a horse owner - we don't like seeing our beloved ones suffering!

    Both Bucas and Horseware have some excellent rugs to prevent this from occurring, and here are our top picks from each:


    Both Lara and I have been Bucas converts for a while now, and although the initial outlay is expensive, these rugs outlive many many others. Here's what Lara thinks of these rugs:

    1. Power Turnout Extra
    2. Smartex Turnout
    3. Shamrock Power

    The Power Turnout Extra. With both living hectic life styles, we still want to give 100% to our horses, which i'm sure everyone does. This rug has made my life so much easier, especially with this horrible time of year.  I ride my horses in all type of weather conditions and I don't have time to wait for them to dry before going back out in the paddock. BUT with Bucas rugs I can throw them on wet horses and with the moisture management in the fibers of the rug, it dries the horses out without compromising the rug or the warmth of the horse.

    Now even when that sun comes out I hear people saying "Oh, I'm consistently taking rugs off on off on". When you're working full time you just can't leave your job, to go change rugs. That's where the real benefit of this rug is - heat reflective inner aluminium coating. You can safely leave on up to 18 degrees without the horse getting cooked. I no longer need to be stressing about what rugs I have on my horses when I'm at work.

    Smart look of the Power Turnout Extra (and lighter Power Turnout)

    Smartex Turnout. I wanted to see the difference between the two rugs. It ticks all the boxes - I throw it on after I have worked  my horse and he is dry before I know it.  It is still a unreal rug, I would mainly use this rug in winter for colder weather and pack it away once the weather starts getting warmer. The difference being it just doesn't have the heat reflective inner coating like the Power Turnout extra and Power Turnout rugs.

    Smartex Extra is a great rug for cold weather

    The Shamrock Power is a great all round  under rug for extra warmth in the cold as well as maintaining the excellent properties of the quick dry lining so you can still throw it on wet horses. Travelling the long distances that I do with horses, I can rest assured knowing they are going to be warm and not overheat while travelling. After my lessons I throw this rug on straight away to travel my guys home, they are warm and they are dry by the time I am home. I also use the Shamrock under all my turnout rugs to give them just that little more warmth in these Adelaide Hills wet and cold conditions. These are available in navy or black, full neck or classic cut.


    Of course we also have other options in stable rugs and turnout rugs from Horseware Ireland as well as the customisable Anna Scarpati, who make even waterproof rugs for those wanting to be colour coordinated!

    As usual, there is plenty in store to choose from and we are more than happy to order you special order rugs in if we don't have the particular one you are looking for.

    Keep warm! & look out for our next edition from SPOGA Horse!

    Lara & Carla


    Stivaleria Secchiari Handmade Boots

    Stivaleria Secchiari Handmade Boots

    Synonymous with style, the Secchiari label is second to none.

    Stivaleria Secchiari is a family business founded in 1950 by Alfredo and Emilia Secchiari based in Le Marche, Italy; today Stivaleria Secchiari continues with traditional, expert craftsmanship handed down through three generations of boot makers specialising in high quality boots in the equestrian industry.

    Their products are entirely hand made and can be personalised by choosing from a variety of trims, models and types of leathers.

    All of the leathers used in creating the boots and accessories are carefully selected in Tuscany, renowned for its quality and durability.

    The Secchiari brand is well known across the world by riders from many equestrian disciplines for classic design, attention to detail and for their performance.

    We were stunned and unbelievably impressed by the true craftsmanship and passion for their work, as demonstrated at the Secchiari workshop in Macerata, Italy, and you will undoubtedly feel the same way upon laying eyes on their bespoke handmade boots!

    Offering a multitude of leather options, trim details, stitching, styles and bling - there is almost nothing that this small family cannot achieve in boot creation.



    Similarly to the Italian Anna Scarpati label, there are also two ways of getting your hands on these boots:

    1. Off The Shelf

    As the name suggests, and alike many commercial manufacturers - this allows a range of foot sizes (mens and womens) with four different heights available and a range of calf widths. This means that you can essentially walk into the shop and find a pair of boots that will more or less fit you as best a non-made to measure boot would, all with the handmade attention to detail and flawless finish of Secchiari.


    These second option offers a vast and potentially unlimited selection of boots, the only limit being the imagination!

    2. Made to Measure

    Here is where you get to think outside the box a little & create the boot of your dreams. We have a range of 'made to measure' boots in store/online for the creative juices to start flowing - but the options are endless here!

    Some inspiration:


    For more details on how to order or build the boot of your dreams, get in touch with us today!

    The measurement process is straightforward and the results have been excellent. A multitude of leg and foot measurements means these boots fit like they should, right from the start. The hardest part is deciding what you want!

    Happy riding :)

    Lara & Carla

    Anna Scarpati - Italian Customised Riding Equipment

    Anna Scarpati - Italian Customised Riding Equipment

    Have you got 'Colours'? Many studs, breeders and companies do and it can be a real hassle trying to get riding accessories off the shelf that reflect this.

    Enter Italian label Anna Scarpati, who can craft essentially anything you can possible desire with an incredible range of coloured trimmings, colours and bling for your rugs, show & stable equipment.


    "Anna Scarpati is an Italian company born from the passion of horses. Staying true to the Made in Italy promise, Anna and her associates offer a full collection of accessories for the horse, the stable and the rider. The attention to detail, the choice of materials and the customer service they provide are points that continue to distinguish this brand. The entire collection is structured in a simple way, to assist the customer in creating items of their dreams."


    Essentially there are two divisions to Scarpati.

    1. Fast Delivery: As this suggests, this section is part of the collection that includes items that can be delivered quickly (turn around 10 days from order). It includes basic versions in solid colours, and other versions with the most sought-after colour combinations. These products cannot be customised or altered, hence the ability to produce them quickly.



    2. Tailor Line: This is the most complete collection with a wide range of items that can be customised according to customer taste and requirement. This includes accessories for the horse, the stable and the rider. This line requires 20 days from order to production.


    Currently we have a few colour ranges in store and online for those wanting to check out options: The Bordeaux Collection of Beige/Ruby/Navy/White and Navy/Turtle Dove/White/Ruby and the Classic Collection of Black/Silver/White/Grey.


    Both Lara and Carla self can vouch for the exceptional quality of handcrafted Scarpati. Drop in and see it for yourself, or jump online and see what you can do!

    Lara & Carla


    Kentucky Young Horse Fetlock Boots

    Kentucky Young Horse Fetlock Boots

    Kentucky are great at keeping up with needed products for the market, and the Young Horse Fetlock Boots are another great item to have in your boot kit.


    We have found the Young Horse boots to be the perfect way to initiate young horses who are unfamiliar with wearing fetlock boots, safely and easily. They're a excellent choice for horses competing in young horse classes (they are FEI compliant) and also for use in general classes.

    Featuring an anatomically shaped design for ultimate stability on the leg, these boots are also very lightweight thanks to the breathable neoprene addition, which ensures freedom of movement and comfort for the horse. The inner fetlock is protected against knocks by a light and tough TPU shell. These Young Horse boots are hardwearing, easy to clean, are adjustable and have a secure velcro strap closure which completes this highly desirable boot.


    They are really the ultimate way to start a horse wearing boots or for those competing under 110cm. 

    The Young Horse Fetlock boots are now available at Dapple EQ in black or brown, in a few combinations (click on item to view):


     Set - Tendon Elastic & Young Horse Fetlock Boots

     Set - Air Tendon & Young Horse Fetlock Boots

    And the new addition to the range, Sheepskin Young Horse Fetlock Boots


    As with everything, we are improving and adding to the range over time. So if there is ever something Kentucky you would like & we don't have currently in store - let us know! 


    Happy training

    Lara & Carla

    Dapple EQ's Italian Adventure

    Dapple EQ's Lara & Carla at Equiline Italia

    Lara & Carla go to Italy.

    Animo. Equiline. Stivaleria Secchiari. Anna Scarpati. Lorenzini.

    All brilliant brands, synonymous with style, cutting edge technology and quality. Our experience in Italy was a bit of a whirlwind/whistle stop tour - but none the less was i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e in every sense of the word.

    But I'll start from the start. After a fairly easy flight from Adelaide to Dubai, Lara and I very nearly missed our flight to Rome due to a *small* amount of Prosecco consumed with a rather delicious pizza (I know, go figure - in Dubai airport!), left us rather hastily bolting to the opposite end of the terminal with poor Amelie in the airport pram having the time (ride) of her life. Thankfully we made it as the last through the gates (let's face it, it's probably not that surprising of us really!) and onwards to Rome! 

    From Rome, we went north to an incredible town called Bassano del Grappa (yep, it's the home of Grappa!). So so beautiful, crowned with spectacular mountains looming in the background of the picturesque town, with the most beautiful river that runs straight down the middle. It really was the most serene way to start our Italian adventure! The next day we ventured out to Animo (after Carla becoming lost/found by of course none other than the owner of Animo's son, Marco... small embarrassment!) in Cassola. From the moment we pulled into the gates, we realised that this was something special and would be remembered.


    A small tour of the incredible facility (including a full working restaurant - soon to open to general public, which created a truly delicious lunch of mushroom risotto and eggplant parmigiana washed down with a great local red wine) we ended up in the show room for our SS17 collection buy. We are so excited to bring this range to Australia, and some garments will be arriving in December ready for the summer season ahead! This is probably one of the most *cutting edge* collection from Animo we have received yet, but we're not giving anything away...!

    After Animo we had a great weekend spent in Venice, eating pastries and getting lost in the streets. We then made our way towards Trebaseleghe, home of Equiline.

    Upon arrival at Equiline, we were met with a different focus than we anticipated - their extreme passion to develop their leatherwear & saddlery to be second to none. Consequently, after an extensive tour around the facility we had decided to take on Equiline Saddlery including the newly developed dressage monoflap, the 'Cross' eventing monoflap and the highly revered Nick Skelton jumping saddle.

    Further to that - we have also begun to import the Lorenzini jumping boots (tendon and fetlock) to accompany our current collection of Lorenzini stirrups! These great boots feature a panel of titanium down the tendon to provide extreme protection against knocks and bumps. Elastic closure tabs on front boots, with two fetlock versions offered - young horse (velcro, and shorter on the fetlock) and the style pictured below (elastic closure tabs).


    The final leg of our Italian adventure led us to the indescribably hospitable and passionate Stivaleria Secchiari in Macerata.

    Secchiari needs no real introduction, their modest family workshop hosts a small team of family members who all work incredibly hard to provide completely handcrafted, 100% Italian, leather boots. The quality and craftsmanship of these boots is second to none, and we are so proud to be able to offer them to you as the sole distributor in Australia. These boots hold very few boundaries - if there is something you desire or have always wanted to achieve in a boot, then get in touch. Secchiari can make it a reality!


    The final 'icing on the cake' part of our adventure was again the acquisition of another superior label, Anna Scarpati - who along with her team can make any of your stabling, rugging, saddle accessories and travel luggage dreams come true with customised options through the entire range. We have been lucky enough to snaffle part of their SPOGA collection in a few colour ways, and will have it on show in-store and online shortly.

    Hope you all have enjoyed our small adventure,

    Lara & Carla x



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