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New Show Jumping rules ring changes for horse boots for young horses

The new British Showjumping rules introduced for young horses will mean a change of horse boots for all those jumping in specific age related classes this summer and onwards.

The new rules state:

“For Talent Seekers, Newcomers 2nd Rounds and Foxhunter 2nd Rounds (effective 24 April 2012 onwards) and all Age Classes (effective from British Young Horse Championships at Addington 2012 onwards).

The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse’s leg, front or hind or multiple boots, fetlock rings etc is 500g.

All hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16cm and minimum exterior width of 5cm.

The inside protection must be smooth, the fixations must be non elastic Velcro fasteners, no hooks or straps may be used. The rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside of the fetlock. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection. Bandages are not permitted.

Failure to comply will incur disqualification.”

However, do not fret as Veredus has released the Young-Jump boot, a fetlock protector that complies with International rules for “young horses”. Anatomically shaped with an impact resistant shell, the Veredus Young-Jump horse boot will keep your horse safe while complying with rules, giving you peace of mind in all areas.

The Top 4 Dressage Riding Hats

British Dressage riders have certainly been putting their stamp on the sport since the rule changes regarding keeping your head safe whilst in the saddle. From LAS diamantes to a classic Charles Owen, here’s the top 4 riding hats to keep you looking great and feeling safe in the dressage arena.

New Season, New Riding Hat

New season, new riding hat? At Dogwood, we have selected a few hats that will brighten up your equestrian clothing wardrobe for the summer season.

Charles Owen riding hats have been around for as long as one can remember, always known for their reputation as being number one in safety. From children’s riding hats, skull caps to show jumping hats, Charles Owen’s new collection has leapt the brand forward in terms of fashion and style with top riders choosing their products across all the equestrian disciplines.

The new riding hats from Charles Owen include the ever so stylish and incredibly popular AYR8 leather look. A natural progression and update to the popular AYR8, the hats vented middle and lightweight feel gives a modern look while still bringing a classic edge, especially important for dressage riders.

However, there are other hats on the market that accommodate for style and safety such as Gatehouse. With experience in manufacturing head gear for sports for over 15 years, they are innovative in lightweight, comfortable headwear. A classic riding hat from gatehouse is most definitely the HS1 which is a hit with Event riders, especially in the Cross Country phase.

The newest addition to Gatehouse’s collection of riding hats is the Gatehouse Conquest. A new concept from the brand, this hat comes in a range of styles while keeping the essence of real safety equipment that you would expect from the manufactures. A definite hit across the board for eventer’s and show jumper’s alike, sweaty heads will be an inconvenience of the past!

Italian made LAS helmets and French designed GPA riding hats are also worth considering for their style and safety. Different, modern and forward thinking, these hats compared to Charles Owen may be the new kids on the block but are quickly catching the eyes of many riders. Whatever choice you make, Dogwood has a selection of reputable brands for all riders and disciplines.

Dogwood London releases Spanish style country boots


Country Boot

Dogwood London has built a reputation on its excellent selection of country boots and riding boots. In 2011 they released a collection of Dogwood’s own branded equestrian clothing, including polo shirts and show jackets, and now in 2012 Dogwood have released its own Spanish style country boots to complement their growing range.

New De Niro and Brogini Boots at Dogwood!


A new year, a new equestrian wardrobe? A new season, a new look? Yes I hear you cry! Well you are in luck with a new range of riding boots picked especially for the style and quality. New boots from De Niro and Brogini are soon to be released in the Dogwood collection, you may want to sit tight because these boots are not for the shrinking violet's among you!

Dogwood's December Top 3


It’s coming to that time of year where we are counting down to spreading the Christmas joy and here at Dogwood, we have got a special treat for every family member…

Number one is a product for him - the alluring Really Wild Leathington Boot; an ideal gift for the hunting/shooting man of the family. Perfect to wear with breeks on a frosty day’s shoot or a stylish all round country boot, the Really Wild Leathington boot is incredibly attractive, fully waterproof and ultra comfortable.

Number two is something for her, the Cavallo Polar II boot. We all know those cold toes on a winter’s day can be painful, especially whilst riding, where hacking out can become unbearable. And when it comes to jumping off your horse after a ride? Let’s not even talk about that one! However, this winter there is no need to fret thanks to a new boot by the saviors that are Cavallo, specifically designed to tackle all these problems. The Cavallo Polar II riding boot has been especially made to be used for all occasions being smart and elegant enough for dressage tests and stylish enough for the show jumping arenas; a great all round boot to make riding as pleasurable as possible this season.

Number three is one for the kids – The Cavallo Chirac Children’s breech. These beautiful pair of breeches are the ultimate luxury children’s equestrian clothing piece, coming in a choice of two different fabrics and seventeen colours. The fabrics come in a choice of the 150 fabric which is a soft shell, water repellent, fleece coated fabric, ideal for the winter, and a 770 fabric which is hardwearing as a work breech or for shows with its bi-elastic, micro-fibre properties.

Cavallo breeches - Fabrics for all requirements

Cavallo is a brand associated with luxury, sought after by many riders for its high quality, comfortable and beautifully crafted products. Cavallo has a wide range of equestrian clothing each season from dazzling show jackets to elegant riding breeches.

The company has a long history of sporting wear, founded back in 1978 by Paul Sahle. Although initially just a riding boot manufacture, the company rapidly grew as the market leader and has built a reputation known throughout the equestrian industry. To this day, Cavallo are still extremely strong and growing year on year, whilst retaining their high quality control with impeccable hand finished competition wear.

Equipe bridles and leatherwork, quality without compromise!


Selleria Equipe has over 20 years experience in delivering quality equestrian leather horse tack to their dedicated customers. Crafted with attention to detail that is unparalleled to any other of their competitors, the company’s constant allegiance and devotion to research and product development gives a clear view of Equipe’s innovative nature.

Dogwood's November Top 3


November is here, and now is the time to start thinking about those Christmas presents (don’t pretend you’re not excited!). This month’s top 3 is dedicated to presents for your equestrian enthusiast friends and family – it’s a confusing game but don’t worry, we are here to help!

In number one, is the dressage divas most wanted new accessory this season; the Amerigo Patent Double Bridle. Having the choice of the snaffle or double bridle gives this piece of equestrian equipment fantastic scope, being available to the dressage rider of any level.

The bridles integrated headpiece makes it stand out, using new technologies to achieve the utmost comfort for the horse. Made in Italy, this Amerigo bridle will leave any rider sparkling in the dressage arena.

Carrying on the dressage theme into this months number two is the Fleck Swarovski Dressage whip. One of the most flashy and classy riding whips on the market, Fleck has made something truly stunning. Featuring a nubuck grip with Swarovski’s crystals running through and a Swarovski jewel on the handle, this is a classy and practical Christmas present for any serious rider who likes to indulge in some luxury.

Last but not least, in number three is the Roeckl Bling Chester Glove. Coming in a colour choice of brown, black or white, the Roeckl glove gives a bit more jazz for a rider of any discipline. Made with the same quality and features as the ever so popular Roeckl Chester Glove, the Bling Chester is not just extremely lightweight, durable and comfortable but also an incredibly eye catching piece of equi fashion!

Equipe Bridles and Leatherwork


Equipes reputation as one of the most prestigious saddlers in the world isn’t by chance.  All saddles, bridles and horse tack are hand crafted out of prime natural calfskins at their state of the art facilities in Italy.  This dedication to keeping one step ahead of the field is evident in the leatherwork that they produce; each has unique and inventive details that make it stand out from the crowd both in looks as well as in practical use.

Which Aigle Wellingtons for your chosen pursuit?


The humble Wellington boot has undergone a revolution in the past few years. No longer is there merely a staple welly boot, there are now Wellingtons which are designed for numerous specialist outdoor pursuits. Here at Dogwood, we are proud suppliers of one of the finest French exports since wine and Eric Cantona, the Aigle Wellington boot.

Aigle have been hand crafting wellies for over 100 years, and in this time they have constantly reinvented, updated and upgraded the traditional Wellington so it accords with the new technologies of the day, all the while maintaining the very essence of a handcrafted item of specialist footwear.

So which Aigle Wellington should you choose? This all depends on what you want it for. Do you want a good all round, walking the dogs on the common, going to the meet down the road boot? Or do you want a boot that will see you through the chill of a cold winters shoot? Either way, Aigle has a range of boots to suit. So let's have a look.


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