Kelsey Rothery- Update
August started off with a bang, with finding out I’ve been lucky enough to continue my ambassadorship with Dublin New Zealand! I was wrapped to be continuing my rapport with Dublin as I feel like every season they are keeping up with trends and improving fabrics and products.
I was honoured to be invited to the Equestrian Connection conference in Auckland and got to see all of what’s going on and coming out in the future year ahead. A real highlight was seeing the new Black by Dublin range, which was all lovely-and to pick my selection of apparel for the season ahead-now that was tricky to narrow down! I think the rain jackets with be very popular especially.
As I help with some social media and other aspects of Beyond the Barriers (a non-profit organisation to promote off the track Thoroughbreds as sporthorses) I was invited to participate in a clinic with Donna Smith, which was awesome and got to try out all my new season gear which had just turned up! The Corvus breeches and Ara polo look great together and are very cool and comfortable to wear.
This set us up in good stead for the first competition of the season, down at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo. Gaz performed a lovely dressage test and a clear Showjumping round to take out 2nd place, which was a positive start to the season. Nice to get in the new indoor arena for a jump too!
Next stop for us was Te Rapa horse trial, where we were in the 1* class. I was delighted with our dressage test, in a very competitive field, to sit 2nd. He then jumped a clear Showjumping round and whizzed around the XC clear inside time to take out the win, much to my delight! Such a great start to our season and really nice to get a win-especially as I had my brand new Corvus breeches and brown Galtymore boots on for cross country-they must be lucky!
I was also lucky enough to receive a goody pack from Weatherbeeta New Zealand and Collegiate. The Comfitec bridle is really quality, I’ve been using it on a Thoroughbred I have in race training as he is quite strong yet sensitive and likes to cross his jaw, so I find it great for him. The leather is very soft and pliable and softened up straight away. The single lock brushing boots I’ve been absolutely thrashing-as a busy mum I’m always rushing and love how quick and easy these are to put on and remove and they don’t move during a ride-even galloping and jumping.
Looking forward to a busy season and lots more wearing of my Dublin gear!
Pic via: Take the Moment