Club Hipico – La Paz, Bolivia

For the past couple years I’ve had the pleasure of visiting family in Bolivia, South America. Most of my family lives in Santa Cruz and La Paz. One of the things I like to do is visit the riding clubs, obviously because I myself ride horses, but also because of their history and sense of community centered around horses. The club in La Paz is where the riders in my family first learned to ride and it is one of my favorite places to visit in Bolivia. Club Hipico Los Sargentos is nestled in the mountains of La Paz, Bolivia. The club offers many different amenities such as horse-back riding, soccer, racquet ball, tennis, a shooting range and a gymnasium with various fitness classes. This year, on October 27th, the club is hosting the 2012 Campeonato Nacional, national show jumping championship. Clubs, riders, and horses from all over Bolivia will travel to La Paz to compete.

Club Hipico Los Sargentos Campeonato Nacional 2012

Here are some pictures from my visit in December:

Club Hipico Los Sargentos club house The club house exterior

Club Hipico Los Sargentos club house and pool The interior of the club house and a view of the pool

Club Hipico Los Sargentos grand prix field View from the grand prix field

Club Hipico Los Sargentos horse and winding road One of the private barns and the beautiful winding road leading up to it

Club Hipico Los Sargentos schooling horses The schooling horses waiting for their students

via LOS SARGENTOS and CHLS

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Fav Five: Boots

These are some of my favorite horse boots, for schooling and the show ring.

Favorite Five Horse Boots

1. CWD Buckle Tendon Boots – cwdsellier.com
2. Doda Hind Horse Boots – doversaddlery.com
3. Eskadron Flexisoft Air Easy Boots – doversaddlery.com
4. EquiFit T-Boot Hind Xcel Horse Boots – doversaddlery.com
5. Veredus Nero Carbon Gel Open Front Horse Boots – doversaddlery.com

The CWD leather boots are great for the show ring. I’ve tried so many different brands of leather boots and all are way too stiff and leave sores on my horses legs. But these CWD boots are amazing because the leather is so soft and they look great!

The Doda boots are also pretty great. The pressure points on the inside help your horse really lift their legs over the jump. I’ve used these in the jumpers and have seen many people use them in the schooling ring for hunters. But they don’t work on every horse.

Eskadron boots are very popular and great for schooling. The new ones have vents which help keep your horse cool. However the buckles don’t seem very durable. I know the velcro was a problem because it would wear out quickly, but at least velcro is easy to replace.

EquiFit is by far my favorite brand of boots. The memory foam offers the best support and comfort for your horse. I use the front and hind T-Boots for my horse in the jumpers. These hind Xcel boots are great for horses that need the extra help lifting their hind legs because you can add weights. They are a good alternative for horses that don’t respond to the pressure points on the Doda boots.

Veredus is another popular brand. I’ve never tried them but have always been curious. The gel seems to offer good support but what I really like is the extra protection from the carbon fiber shell. These would be great for schooling or showing.

via DOVER and CWD

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Pennsylvania National Horse Show

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show starts today! Some of the best equestrian athletes travel to Harrisburg, PA to give it their all. Really wishing I was there to watch the amazing riders and horses perform. Watch live streaming of the events on the USEF Network.

Pennsylvania National Horse Show logo

Visit the PA National Horse Show’s Facebook page

PA horse show stick horse

PA National Horse Show Terrier Races

Don’t miss the terrier races on October 15!

LINKS: PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL HORSE SHOW 
PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center October 11-20, 2012

 

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Back on Track

Back on Track products are a must have. The way they work is clay particles are melted into the thread that radiates heat back to the body. This can help with increasing blood circulation, muscle relief, and injury prevention. There are products for horses, people, and dogs. I’ve used some of the horse products and I love them.

Back on Track saddle pad

saddle pad

Back on Track knee braces

knee braces

Back on Track no-bow leg wraps

no-bow leg wraps

via DOVER and BACK ON TRACK

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equiJAMZ – 3 / Rock Edition

Hit play and enjoy! – mobile and tablets…

equijamz mobile

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1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
2. I Ain’t Superstitious – Jeff Beck
3. Commotion – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
5. I Like Dirt – Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Shake A Leg – AC/DC
7. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
8. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Stationery by Rifle Paper Co.

Adorable and whimsical hand-painted illustrations and lettering created by the boutique stationery brand and design studio based in Winter Park, Florida. All of their products are printed using environmentally friendly papers and assembled in-house by hand. I’m very much wanting one of each!

Stationery by Rifle Paper Co.

Pony express social stationery set

Postcards by Rifle Paper Co.

Pony express postcards

Card by Rifle Paper Co.

Fox Card & Animal alphabet chart print

Dog card set by Rifle Paper Co.

Girly dog card set & Dog card set

cowboy invitations by Rifle Paper Co. Cowboy invitations

 

LINK: Rifle Paper Co.

 

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