According to the dictionary a “clotheshorse” is a person excessively concerned with fashion. According to me a “clotheshorse” is a horse-person who is excessively concerned with both horses and fashion and knows that the two can cohabit peacefully. I divide my time between riding horses and fashion, spending equal time in paddock boots and high heels.
I took my first riding lesson at the tender age of five and was instantly hooked. My first horse was a POA named Little Mischief Britches and we did it all, showmanship in the morning followed western classes, then english classes and finally barrel racing. I moved on to showing paint horses as I got older and have shown in everything from halter to jumping to western pleasure. I currently own a 16’3 hand Quarter Horse named Woody, who I show in Hunter Under Saddle.
My love of fashion and shopping was inherited from my mother and grandmother, both of which are gold-medal winning professional shoppers. I graduated from college with a degree in apparel merchandising and after a short stint as a buyer I took the plunge and opened a high-end women’s clothing store. My store, What To Wear, lasted 3 years (until my lease was up). I closed it so I could have my life back and could focus on riding, writing and enjoying fashion without the stress of running a store.
So, this blog is a combo of my two loves, horses and fashion and the posts that follow will be a little of both. Because who says you can’t be stylish and an equestrian. I often ride in skinny J-Brand jeans, Ariat boots, a Vince cashmere hoody and a Horseware coat. Follow me on Twitter at aclotheshorseok.
My first horse Mischief:
My current horse Woody: