As the British equestrian team gets ready to fly to Rio — the first horses will set off at the weekend — this is the perfect time to look at how to travel to competitions in style.
Although you may be heading to your local show, rather than to the Olympics, the right equestrian luggage makes it easier to keep your kit tidy and organised, helping you to focus only on your horse and your competition and giving you a shot of confidence.
Here are our top picks to keep your equipment in tip-top shape while you are on the road.
This stylish saddle bag is ideal both when travelling to shows and to protect your saddle when not in use. Waterproof and durable, it has a practical zip fastening, an adjustable shoulder strap and two handy outer pockets for all your little ‘bits’. £29.99 through Derby House.
Made of heavy-duty, water-resistant material, this brilliant holdall is perfect to carry everything you need at the collecting ring. It has a large, external side pockets for those items you always need at hand and a secure inner pocket for keys and wallet. A non-slip handle and an extendable, padded shoulder strap (which you can remove) make it easy to carry the Woof Wear holdall around. £25 through Derby House.
As elegant as it is durable, Ariat’s brilliant tote will keep your hat well protected thanks to its dust-, wind- and water-resistant material. A striped central pattern and web handles are high on style, while the external pockets have magnetic closures to make it easy to store and retrieve your belongings. Your hat will rest safely in the large central compartment, which has a firm flat bottom. £39.99 via Derby House.
You’ll be able to fit all your brushes, leg wraps and grooming tools in this handy, water-resistant bag, which has a multitude of pockets in different sizes. Comfy handles and a detachable should strap make the bag easy to carry, while the contrast colour stitching and silver hardware up the style factor. £24.99 through Derby House.
Made of dust-, wind-, and water-resistant poly canvas, Ariat’s stunning bag will keep your show outfit secure and pristine. Every detail is perfect, from the striped webbing handle (with matching central stripe) to the convenient zip fastening and many handy pockets. To top it all off, the bag is easy to clean with soap and water. £59.99 through Derby House.
Perfect for tall boots, this durable poly canvas bag will keep you boots neat and safe. It is lined with a protective fabric and has a soft internal divider to prevent your boots rubbing together. A full-length front zip makes the bag easy to open and fasten, and external pockets with Velcro straps allow you to keep useful items conveniently at hand. £59.99 through Derby House.
The perfect companion to the Roma Cruise saddle bag featured above, this striking bridle bag has a practical zip fastening and beautiful red and white details against a navy background. Strong handles make it a cinch to carry. £13.99 through Derby House.