So much galloping love!

Last weekend was spent down in the south of Sweden at our second home Grevlunda gården, the home of Lisen and her family, and her and husband Peder Fredricson’s Grevlunda Showjumping.
It was time for the Grevlunda Grand Prix. First of all, well done team Grevlunda and Österlen Ridklubb for putting together such a fun, warm (in all aspects), hi quality show!
What made the show even better and what will fuel us these coming months (apart from all this glorious sunshine) was seeing all our browbands out there. We’re thrilled so many of you are embracing our velvet browband craze and adorning your horses in them! The horses look kick ass good and so do you riding them. As a small start up fighting every day to do, make and get better this is everything. To see your pictures, read your messages and hear your feedback. Thank you! There’s so much more to come so keep following us. And keep galloping!

Caroline, Lisen and Louise

  

Get the Look – the horses of Grevlunda Showjumping

If you’re a horse in the Grevlunda Showjumping Stable then there are a few products you will most likely be dressed in. Dressed for success of course. Here are a few of Peder Fredricson and Stephanie Holmén’s horses’ favorites (yes they’ve been asked).

The Kentucky Horsewear fly veil. H&M All In’s favourite and so everyone else obviously follows. Their new American style veil is the option of choice. It’s called the Wellington. Obviously.

Fly veil sorted it’s on to the show stopper. The Browbands. We’re hoping you all have noticed the absolutely gorgeous retro looking but oh so stylish browbands that adorn the Grevlunda ponies. They’re from us! Yay! They obviously get the colours they want, bespoke. But most of their choice of colours we tend to put in production and make available to you our dear customers. Such as the Gold and Navy that most of Stephanie’s horses wear. Or the Blue and White that Peder used to ride in. Now he has switched to Black and Red so bear with us and who knows (!) it might be up in the webshop sooner than you think.

Ok, so now you’ve got the look when in the ring. What about when off work? Well, there are a few selections here. Most horses in the stable are fans of the Kentucky Horsewear Shipping Halter. All colours allowed (only three to choose from but still). It’s faux fur is super comfy and can be washed. Hooray!

There has also been sightings of our favourite Cotton Web and Leather Head collar. Peder’s super groom Malin Henlöv picked it out herself from us. In navy. They seem to have a thing for blue at Grevlunda. But talking about blue. Or rather, not so blue but quite the opposite. Something that do stand out colour wise, but is such a classic that no matter what you’re stable colours are it’s always right. The Witney Wool blanket.

A classic. Our one is made on the original Early’s of Witney mills in England. Pure wool. The best for the best. This blanket goes everywhere at Grevlunda. Horses, dogs, humans and cats love them.

We could go on but we’ve decided to stop here. Obviously there are countless of products used, different to each horse, show ground, rider, weather and purpose. But we dare say that above products are very rarely left at home, if ever. No matter what.

xoxo

Pictures from Instagram accounts of Peder Fredricson, Stepanie Holmén, Malin Henlöv, Haide Westring and Grevlunda Showjumping

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