These are a few of our favourite things..

We obviously have a few favorites of our own here on the site! Here’s what we’ve been eyeing (families please stop reading now, spoiler alert!) this Christmas.

Lisen Bratt Fredricson:

Caroline Kanekrans:

Louise Hamilton:

Sharing is Caring – here’s our Black Friday offer!

Black Friday is upon us, I’m guessing you’ve noticed by now. We’ve decided to instead of dropping prices we’re gonna donate 20% of  all sales during Friday the 24th of November to The Brooke Charity. So when you shop, you’re also helping out! Use code FREESHIPPING at checkout and you’ll get free shipping too. Aaaand, all customers will receive a free Colour Pop Pony Charm with their order!

The Brooke Charity, Action For Working Horses and Donkeys, is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules. By supplying vaccines, educating owners, farriers,  mobile vet teams and much more they help some of the 100 million equines that are working worldwide today in punishing environments like the searing heat of brick kilns and coal mines, and treacherous icy rivers and mountains. The horses, mules and donkeys help around 600 million people in the developing world work their way out of poverty. And Brooke help them.

You can read more about Brooke here.

Have a lovely Friday friends!

Caroline, Lisen and Louise

Itsy Bitsy Pee Wee Bitsy

Or something like that. We’re thrilled to have the Pee Wee Bit in our shop! One day Lisen came in saying ‘We’ve got to sell the Pee Wee bits’ and ta daa they’re here! Her husband Peder Fredricson is a fan, and more importantly, his horses too. Cause that’s what it all comes down to isn’t it, all this searching for the perfect bit. Finding something that your horse will like, or in some cases accepting is a start. Would be great to hear from you what your thoughts are on this bit. Let us know! And if you feel like trying it out – buy yours here.

Good night and sleep tight pee(wee)ps!

xCaroline

Spring time feelings there yet?

No. Not here either. But have a look at Versace‘s Spring Summer 17 campaign shoot they did in Kentucky. High fashion and horses have always had a very special bond, to most people’s liking although there are always those questioning ‘what has fashion got to do with horses’. Well – sometimes you just need a little prettiness in your life, and clothes. This isn’t Versace’s first campaign featuring horses, they’ve had them in ad campaigns before as well as when Lady Gaga was introduced as the new face of the brand she rode into the American Music Awards in 2013 on a white ‘horse’ – not a real one but a very big white pretend one. And Versace have also cast our favourite model (of course she is) and eventer Edie Campbell in this campaign, very well played Versace. So who’s to say these models are out of place in Kentucky when Edie is there rocking the boat.

Now – maybe some spring time shopping will get the weather on our side!

 

Take a look behind the scenes of the Versace Spring Summer 2017 campaign as @bruce_weber captures the freedom and dynamism of summer in the Kentucky countryside.

Happy Birthday to us!

Woop woop!! Today is our first Birthday!

It was ‘just’ one year ago that we let our baby Get the Gallop loose on the world wide web. A whole year. We’ve had many laughs, not that many cries, lots of unpacking and packing of boxes, some broken nails, quite a few miles covered in the car, more cookies than needed and every now and then some rainy days, but mostly this year has been filled with sunshine and a love of what we do. Most of that sunshine has been you guys. Our customers and friends out there who supports us. Might be a bit creepy but we feel like we know most of you, and every order that comes in is very special to us!

Now we look forward to year two, so much that we need to better, achieve and complete. But it will be great and we hope you’re with us! Keep on galloping peeps!

Love from the gallopers x Caroline, Lisen, Louise and Fanny

Interview with Caroline in Artworks

Here’s an interview that art service and hot shot App Artworks did with our co-founder Caroline recently. Enjoy!

An artful entrepreneur

The brainchild of Caroline Kanekrans, Lisen Bratt Fredricson and Louise Hamilton, is a sophisticated webshop for the country and equestrian lifestyle lover, born from a desire to make it easy and fun to shop timeless and unique products for the whole family. We met Caroline for afternoon tea to talk about just that – horses.

Where are you and why?

At the office – because work needs to be done! And today we’re having extra good ‘fika’ so can’t be missed.

What are you wearing?

Comfy clothes. We’re horsey people so no room for heels and silks. Or rather, our work includes packing/unpacking boxes so best to adapt to avoid tears.

Do you wear a fragrance? If so, which one?

Byredo – can’t remember what it’s called!

What do you never go to the stables without?

My phone, for photos and emergency calls.

Which horsey women or men do you reckon have timeless style?

Well there are the obvious like Jackie Kennedy/Onassis and Robert Redford. I do love Amanda Brooks (contr. editor at Conde Nast Traveler) style and way of life, and Olympian eventer Alex Hua Tian is pretty stylish too – straight from Savile Row.

How do horsey people around the world vary in terms of style?

Let’s just say it varies. But in the horsey world all that matters is that you’re good with horses. And we all look the same in breeches, helmets and show jackets, a bit like a school uniform.

The face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras, a fan of your site, is the world’s most famous polo player. A pretty cool sport that carries a glamour and social prestige, much like the art world, why has the sport not become more popular to the otherwise very conscious Swede?

A few people have tried bravely to take polo to Sweden, but I’m afraid most Swedes only see the glamour of it (read Pretty Woman’s polo scene) and miss out on the culture of polo, the horses, the game, asados etc.
And glamour you can get from other events, hobbies and passions that are easier to achieve and show off in (art?). People don’t grow up learning to ride horses anymore so to learn how to play polo and to ride, plus pay a fortune for it, a bit of a hurdle to overcome unfortunately..

Who was the last person to leave a particularly strong impression on you?

It’s usually someone English, literate, eccentric with high morale and a good sense of humour. One person that always makes a strong impression is movie producer Amy Gilliam, wouldn’t mind seeing more of her!

What was your first “horsey” moment?

Can’t remember really as they’ve always been around. But I remember being five and our Shetland pony walking around loose in our garden, stealing bread from my breakfast plate.

What was your first “art” moment?

Not my first perhaps, but an art experience that made a lasting impression on me was seeing Al Taylor’s exhibition at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art many moons ago. Stays with me still.

Will art ever find its way to the stables, or has it already? If so, how?

Yes – but it will have to be a horse in it. Or if not a horse, a stable dog. You have the classics such as Stubbs and Munnings, would love to own one myself (lotto win come this way please). Photography is upping its game in the equestrian art world, especially contemporary. Check out the book High Tails by publisher Capricious. Those pieces probably won’t find it’s way to every man’s stable just yet. But give it a few years and it might be a different world (stable). I personally like contemporary art with horse motifs. Artists such as Helene Billgren and Anna Tuori can sometimes sneak a horse into their work. I also love Roger Hansson! Among non-Scandis I find my horsey fix in Wes Lang and Brit Danny Fox’s work.

What is the genesis of Get the Gallop, and why did you set it up to begin with?

We wanted to make something that we ourselves were missing in the market. A carefully curated collection of equestriana, from exquisite head collars to guilty-pleasure novels, all available online with great service and user experience.

Are you involved in the horse industry outside of work?

Well, it all blurs together. I have recently taken up riding again! It’s been a few years without, so it is muscle-ache galore come Wednesdays!

Apart from Get the Gallop, what’s in your head these days?

Trying to get tickets to Marcus and Martinus gig in Stockholm for my 7-year old, moving houses and looking forward to Spring!

Military Style

Me and Lisen got a guided tour of the stables at K1 Livgardet in central Stockholm (that’s the military stables of the royal mounted guard). A beautiful place full of history and old stories, and ghosts probably.
When refurbishing the stables they’ve taken inspiration from many great stables in Sweden, such as Strömsholm, to make it a fully functioning modern stable but still with a lot of heritage and old parts very much part of it. Thank you Livgardet – we loved it!

/Caroline

Lisen and Major Jan Bredberg at
Lisen and Major Jan Bredberg
One of the stables
One of the stables
Many of the horses have been donated by companies, such as this one, such as this one by Mc Donalds....!
Many of the horses have been donated by companies, such as this one, such as this one by Mc Donalds….!

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Lisen says hi to the inhouse farrier
Lisen says hi to the inhouse farrier
Checking out the farrier's workshop
Checking out the farrier’s workshop
Saddles on poles from the old stable
Saddles on poles re-used from the old stable
Bridle heaven!
Bridle heaven!
Getting ready for the ride through town to Stockholm castle.
Getting ready for the ride through town to Stockholm castle.
Always impressive to watch these majestic Shire horses
Always impressive to watch these majestic Shire horses

 

 

 

Who We Are

Three women who one day decided to join forces and create our (and soon hopefully yours!) favourite shopping place ever – Getthegallop.com! Lisen Bratt Fredricson, Caroline Kanekrans and Louise Hamilton.

Lisen has made a stamp on Swedish show jumping not just through her two Olympics, several Grand Prix wins, Falsterbo Derby win, Swedish Championship titles and so on but also through being an avid entrepreneur having founded events and companies such as the Swedish Riders Award (Ryttargalan), Swedish Select Horse Sales and Elmia Scandinavian Horse Show. She was also voted Athlete Role Model by the International Olympic Committee in 2010. We’re impressed.

Caroline then. She is also a horse lover and rider. Having grown up with more horses and dogs than she can count the stable and kennels gave her a good foundation to start up and run her own business, at 19. Since then she’s been working in various industries including fashion, interiors, advertising and communication either running her own businesses or working at lovely companies such as Mother London and Dubarry of Ireland. And all of that together has eventually led up to this!

And finally Louise. Our Art Director, Web-pro and Digi-everything! She’s then one who’s not riding but with two daughters and two horsey business partners we’re not too worried. Her time will come. Her experience spans from all over the world having worked at some of the top names in Advertising and Digital Communication. She also co-founded an art gallery and a webshop selling and curating art. From art to horses – not as big leap as you think!

Why Equestrian Lifestyle?

The word lifestyle is a very popular and perhaps quite an over-used word as well. But we do understand why, more today than ever before. A way of living. Existence. Daily life. Well it couldn’t be more correct in explaining what impact and part of our lives that horses play. They don’t just require our time, care and money (!) but also give us a purpose of being, a way of communicating with mother nature, a bigger sense. Perhaps our sixth sense?

Here at Get the Gallop we’ve decided to let our love for that big four legged animal show through lovely products and things. But by doing this, and hopefully by you finding something you love here, we hope to help our equestrian friends by giving back. As a business we want to take our responsibility in making sure that the world out there is a better place, not just for us humans but for the ones that can’t fight their own battle, the loved and unloved ones without a voice but with furry ears, four majestic (in most cases) legs and eyes as deep as the ocean. The horses.

Here’s someone who puts it very nicely. Simon Barnes, an award-winning chief sportswriter at The Times. Whose book, The Horsey Life, you can also buy here!

Back in pre-history, people needed horses, because they needed to eat. Over generations, it became clear that keeping half a ton of meat on your doorstep was better than having to go on a long hunting trip every time you needed a feast. And so domestication began: the beginnings of horsemanship. Civilisation was built by horse-power. Humans used horses for transport, for war, for agriculture. Horses were everywhere: the cities were full of them, and no one could cross a road, save where the crossing-sweeper had been.

But then we invented tractors and tanks and cars. The horse was no longer necessary. And so, by any kind of logic, horses should have died out: perhaps a few kept going here and there, in the way that some people still keep vintage cars. But this didn’t happen. There are horses every- where: in this country, all over the world. Millions and millions of horses, and practically all of them useless. There are nearly a million horses in pri- vate hands in this country. More than four million people in this country ride, even though more than 80 per cent of them don’t own a horse.

That is crazy. Why on earth do we still bother with these big, hungry dangerous, inconvenient animals? Why do we tolerate them? It just doesn’t make sense. The answer, then, must be beyond sense, beyond logic. For many people, horses are a real bonus in life: something that makes everything more vivid, more meaningful, more thrilling. But for others – for more than 700,000 people in the UK who own or who care for a horse – horses are more than that. They are a completion.

As a sportswriter for The Times, I cover all sports. I have seen a lot of team sports in my time, and admired the way that team spirit crosses the boundaries of individuality, of race, of religion. But there is another, still stronger barrier than can be crossed: and it is the boundary between one species and another. The team of horse and rider is the most extraordinary team of them all. It is a mystery. Horses took to domestication because they have some kind of affinity for humans. And humans, some of us, have a profound affinity for horses: and, in defiance of sense and logic, simply refuse to live without them.

Far from going extinct, horses survive and prosper: so much so that you have to ask who is exploiting whom. Horses are perfectly willing to cooperate with humans and take them to madcap adventures or to gentle and meditative strolls – and humans are prepared to feed horses, provide them with shelter and clean up after them. I know: I do it myself, every day.

This strange mystery, this bizarre empathy between one species and another is at the heart of it all: at the heart of all the horsey sports, at the heart of every crazy gallop, the heart of every quiet ride across the common. Humans have reached the stage when in theory it is perfectly possible to live without horses. But it seems we don’t want to. And the more built up and civilised and organised the world gets, the more we need them.