Cracker Barrel Goes Equestrian

Yes, you read the title right.  Cracker Barrel restaurant has gone equestrian.  I have found that equestrian inspired pieces can show up in some pretty random places, but it just goes to show how popular this look is.  I was…

Pick of the Week: Tiffany Horseshoes

It’s Friday so it’s time for my pick of the week!  There is just something about the sight of the little blue box that just gets my heart to racing.   Look at that!  It’s just so exciting!  I tend…

Pink Tack

Ok, when I found this on Pinterest, I don’t think I have ever seen anything more fabulous!  Pink leather tack?  Really?  Shut up!  What girl wouldn’t want this on her pony?  I think it is so over the top and…

Project Centerline: A Design Contest

Dressage Today is sponsoring an equestrian fashion design contest inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games.  This design contest is called Project Centerline, and the finalists have been chosen!  Nothing sounds more fabulous to me than having a Project Runway-esque contest…

Beautiful RAMM Horse Stalls

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When it comes to Taylor (and all my future horses), I dream big!  I love to look at beautiful barns, tack rooms, and horse stalls, and I imagine my horse living there.  We all think our horses deserve the very…

My Pick of the Week

Sometimes I come across style pieces that are just so wonderful I have to share.  This yellow bracelet from Caracol is available for $32 and is so cute with the horseshoe detail!  This is the perfect bracelet to add to…

In Honor of Team USA

I decided it would be fun to get some items together in honor of Team USA and the Summer Olympics in London!  Red, white, and blue looks good on everyone and every horse.  Pick one, order it, and where it…

Running Errands or Stopping by the Barn

  Running Errands by thevelvetrider featuring a wrap bracelet This is outfit is ready for a quick trip to the barn after running your errands for the day!  It doesn’t get much cuter than this equestrian inspired hat and navy…

Equestrian Olympic History

The world is abuzz with Olympic talk right now, and if you’re anything like me, you’re keeping up with all of the trials!  I really enjoy watching the swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and of course the equestrian events!  I…

De La Coeur Fly Bonnets Off to London

I adore De La Coeur Fly Bonnets.  What better way to give your horse some personality than with a custom ordered fly bonnet?  I am all about getting items for Taylor that will be unique and not everyone at the…

Equestrian Inspired Black & White Jacket Set

  Equestrian Inspired Black & White Jacket Set by thevelvetrider featuring leather tote handbags I love to put together outfits that have an equestrian inspired feel to them. I just bought this black and white jacket from Express and absolutely…

Equestrian Light Fixtures

I love finding unique equestrian pieces to decorate the house with.  I have discovered that there are actually pretty cheesy horse decor items out there, and I’m really not one that always wants to go with the predictable.  That’s why…

Spotlight on: Archarcharch

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I wanted to start a series of posts on magnificent “power” horses, and it was kind of a no brainer to me who would be the first pick.  He may not be the most expected choice, but I think he’s…

Perfect Equestrian Gift: Horsey Aprons

Sometimes I have a hard time finding that perfect gift for the horse lover.  Let’s face it…when you own a horse(s), holidays and birthdays are a great opportunity to get that item you’ve been drooling over for your horse!  We…

Confirmed Qualifications for London

I decided to follow up on my post from yesterday about the chase forLondon!  FEI released today the competitors who had qualified for the Olympics 2012.  I am a huge fan of Boyd Martin and his horses as well as…

US Olympic Horses Ready for London

It’s Olympic year! I have been trying very hard to keep up with all of the Olympic hub bub, picking out my faves, and crossing my fingers they make the cut.  So far I have been pleased with who potentially will…

Book Review: War Horse

  With all the hype and previews of the movie War Horse swirling around me, I was instantly curious about this story.  Any horse movie usually catches my attention, and I can’t wait to see it.  Judging from the movie…

Book Review: Beyond the Homestretch

  I love to read and especially to read a good horse book!  I enjoy passing along my finds so hopefully you will discover them as well.  I will confess that I am a little partial to books about Thoroughbreds (maybe because…

Welcome to The Velvet Rider

Hi and welcome to The Velvet Rider!  We are currently under construction but will be up and running very soon.  Here you will be able to find all things equestrian!  We will be covering everything from equestrian style, decor, gifts,…