AeroEquine: The next generation of Tack Trunks has landed.

AeroEquine: The next generation of Tack Trunks has landed.

When I first read about AeroEquine’s arrival on the tack trunk scene, I was pretty intrigued. Like many, I’ve had my wooden tack trunk from Phoenix West for over 20 years. It still has my maiden name on it, it is covered in vinyl colors worthy of a 12 year old’s taste and it looks like a 100 lb bottomless box for unorganized equestrian gadgets. Tack trunks have been on the barn aisle scene forever and they haven’t changed at all…until now. AeroEquine has created a line of modern tack trunks that weigh substantially less and are thoughtfully designed for the wannabe organized equestrian.

HG: Can you share more behind the personal story which sparked the idea for AeroEquine. When did you realize you were truly onto something?

GE: My husband, Brian, works with his brother at Edwards Interiors and they manufacture a lot of aircraft parts for Gulfstream. He has access to the latest and greatest substrates available on the market. When he met me, he had absolutely no horse experience, which we all know can be quite a culture shock! I had a hideously beat up/heavy trunk from Phoenix West. One Christmas a few years ago, he re-wrapped the vinyl on it with my farms colors. It worked fabulously (for me a least!) until I became super busy last winter with my two young jumpers hauling to shows almost every week. He of course was assisting me loading and unloading the trailer. One particular show after a few hours of unloading, set up, and schooling, we went out for dinner. He said “You know babe, your trunk is SO ugly and heavy…. what do you think if I just made you a completely new one out of some aircraft material at our shop?” Of course I wasn’t going to turn him down. A few weeks later he came home with a clean-lined tack trunk, that he could easily lift by himself. To be honest the craftsmanship surprised me so much I said you know, I think these things would sell like CRAZY…. I showed a few of my clients here at the farm and they said they wanted to be our first customers. It’s been a whirlwind since then!

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HG: AeroEquine trunks weigh only 40lbs, roughly half the weight of traditional wooden trunks, which makes all the difference at the end of a long show week. What are some of the other major differences between AeroEquine’s basicBox and the traditional wooden box that is sitting in front of most stalls today? I personally love the organizational compartments, convenient catch-all mesh pocket, cork board insert, complimentary grooming tote AND bit box…did I miss anything?!

GE: We have now started spraying the interior of the boxes and all of the compartments with a truck Bedliner material. It provides extreme durability (I did prototype testing by beating on it with a hammer!) and easy cleanability! The basicBox also has lockable casters on the bottom. We can custom match most paint colors and it adds a beautiful visual texture to the inside of the box. When you walk down our farms aisle at the show, the basicBoxs have a stunningly simple beauty about them. Clean lines, matte finish, custom logos, and most importantly, every basicBox is crafted by Brian himself (of course after I approve the design and paint colors :)).

HG: So far we have only talked about the basicBox…and there is nothing “basic” about it. However, I am drooling over the techBox. As an equestrian lifestyle blogger and small business owner (Pony Glam), I am always on my phone. I am either taking pictures, emailing orders or doing my social media catchup/homework. In other words, my phone is always dead. The techBox comes with an USB charging port AND bluetooth speakers!! I could simultaneously charge my phone while making Chloe listen to my (amazing) playlists! This is genius! I also saw that there is an ammyBox that is coming soon. Any hints?

GE: I debuted the first techBox at a show in Aiken, South Carolina recently and it was a HIT!!!! Everyone was stopping by to play their favorite song and catch a quick charge. See a snippet from the show below!

 

The ammyBox was the brainchild of one of my amateur clients at the barn…. we are developing a cooling box that will keep your medications, water, cocktails, you name it, the perfect temp within easy reach! Also, I should mention we are doing  a ponyBox, which will be a smaller size of the basicBox for the pony kids at the barn!

HG: In the future, do you see additional products that you want to add to your line or do you think you will focus solely on the trunks for now?

GE: We have a few new products working their way through our design stage. The wallBox is a wall grooming box that we anticipate will weigh around 10-15lbs, compared to traditional wall boxes at 40lbs!  Also, be on the lookout for AeroEquine’s Wing. It is something everyone needs, but that is all I can say about it right now! 😉 I am also a bit of an equestrian fashion nut so I am hoping to be able to launch my own line of clothing sometime in the future, focusing on streamlined sophisticated style.

HG: Any good tips for running a new equestrian business with a spouse?

GE: You definitely have to have a sense of humor. Starting any business is so tough, and so many fail before you even get a chance to reap the benefits. The most important thing to remember is that you get what you put into it. If you truly believe you have a product that will make a huge impact on an industry, you have to put everything you have into it. And another key word is patience. Coca Cola sold 24 bottles their first year in existence. Our first year has been tough, and we don’t expect it to get much easier in the near future but we are firm believers in what we have to offer, and will do everything we can to make it successful!

Thanks so much Genevieve for giving me the scoop on AeroEquine. Best of luck to you and Brian- you have a truly great product and vision for the future! I can’t wait to hear more about the top-secret Wing! xx, HG

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Grey is the New Black

I know I am forever talking about LeFash breeches, but have I mentioned their show shirts? I have two myself, and if I showed more I would definitely want to add this one to my wardrobe. The Grey Check Open Placket is GORGEOUS. The collar is magnetic, which makes it easy for horse shows, but it also “opens clean” so that it coverts into modern street wear… an equestrian trend that LeFash pioneered.  I included a picture of the back so that you could see the signature block paneling. The bamboo sides and sleeves are everything. Not only are they so soft, comfortable and breathable, but they are very flattering on your body. My LeFash shirts almost mold to my skin. Also important to note, in my opinion, is that these shirts tend to have longer tails than other shirts I have worn. I really appreciate that because it makes it easy to tuck in and helps give you a more tailored look. Comes in XS-XL. It isn’t cheap at $195 but the quality is top-notch and it will last you forever. It obviously looks great with the white breeches but I am sort of digging the Alphabet City Breech, with tan patches and gold detailing. Maybe my next breech purchase? What do you guys think? xx, HG

 

Pull One Over

If you are looking for a good layering piece, or maybe you are lucky enough to spend your winter in FL and you don’t need a winter riding coat, this Dover Cowl Neck Pullover is a good option. I picked it up at the last Dover sale and was first drawn to it because of the color. It is mostly black with herringbone print on the neck. The snap closure is offset, giving it a fashionable feel. The neckline is composed of thermal fabric and can be buttoned to provide you with a variety of neckline heights. It was perfect the other day for blocking some chilly wind during my morning lesson. Also, there are rollover mitten sleeves with thumb holes to provide extra warmth for when you forget your gloves (always me).  The pocket is large enough for a phone, but not much else.  I purchased mine on sale, but typically it is priced at $89. Not sure I would pay this much for myself, but it would make a great gift for sure.Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 2.19.01 PM.

Ponies = Parker Peacock = Name To Remember

Ponies = Parker Peacock = Name To Remember

Meet Parker Peacock. She’s cute as can be, full of spunk, and can ride a pony like a champ (quite literally). Parker is a mere 9 years young, although she was quick to let me know she is almost 10. She lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she currently has 6 ponies she rides for Peacock Acres, a farm owned and managed by her mother, Ashley. Growing up in an equestrian household means that Parker “has been riding for as long as she can remember”.

HG:  When you are not at a horse show, what is a typical Saturday at Peacock Acres like for you?
PP: I go to the barn early and ride 2-3 ponies. Then I play with my mini ponies and jump them over mini-jumps.

HG: In addition to your minis, you have so many adorable ponies. I hate to have you choose, butttt I am going to anyway. When I say a word, tell me the pony that first pops into your mind.
HG: Sweetest?
PP: Neigh.
HG: Treat monster?
PP: Sailor.
HG: Class clown?
PP: Waylon.
HG: Fancy?
PP: Waylon.

HG: You answered that Waylon is the class clown of the pony barn. Why?
PP: Well, Waylon is the youngest and can often misbehave. He also has the most nicknames, like shrimp and grits, biscuit and cream puff.

HG: What is it like being the daughter of a trainer and the barn owner?
PP: I like it cause I always get to go to the barn.

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Parker and Neigh.

HG: Congratulations on recently qualifying and competing in the Small Pony Hunter division at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. What was going through your mind when you entered the indoor arena for the first time?
PP: I was very nervous because it was my first time showing at Indoors and the arena is very overwhelming when you walk in. Neigh (AKA Glenhaven Astoria) was nervous too because it was her first time also so I rubbed her neck right before we walked in.

HG: What was the best part and worst part about Harrisburg?
PP: The best part was how cool it was to do an Indoor horse show. The worst part was how the arena felt really small when I was riding.

HG: Tell us about winning the Sportsmanship Award there? That is quite an honor. Why do you think you won?
PP: I always went into the arena with a smile. Even when the trip wasn’t the best, I always made sure to reward Neigh. Neigh was one of the youngest ponies, and I am only 9, so we were one of the youngest teams. I think the judges liked our positive attitudes, no matter how our trips went.

HG: What are your pony goals for this show season?
PP: My goals are to qualify for both Devon and Harrisburg, again.

HG: What is one thing you want to improve on with your riding?
PP: I need to keep practicing my course jumping. I want to slow it down and make it look as smooth as it can.

HG: Where do you see yourself in 4 years?
PP: I want to be doing 3’6″ hunters and start doing equitation.

HG: Do you have any good luck charms or superstitious things you do or wear at a big show?
PP: My grandmother passed away before Pony Finals 2017. I keep her casino card in my pocket.

HG: What is your must-have rider product and must-have horse product?
PP: Samshield helmet and Pony Glam Hoof Hi-lites.

HG: What do you hope Santa brings you this year?
PP: I want a puppy from Santa! I also want a halter for my mini, new riding gloves and chaps, and a Jott jacket.

Thanks so much for chatting, Parker. Can’t wait to see you shine in the pony ring this year! xoxo

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Mini playing at Peacock Acres.

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When you are feeling fancy…

I love a good t-shirt. My life consists mainly of jeans, athleisure wear (okay, my fancy word for sweatpants) and breeches, so for me, having plenty of quality t-shirts to cycle through is key. While they are essential closet staples, solid white and grey t-shirts can be boring and routine. That’s why I tend to gravitate to brands like TKEQ. They have soft, quality t-shirts with single word or short phrases on them that make commonplace sense to your mainstream audience, but have underlying equestrian meanings that only other equestrians would notice. I LOVE THIS! The t-shirts come in neutral colors with a slim fit that makes them very versatile. I have worn them at the barn, shopping, and with pajamas. TKEQ is based in Canada, but the package got here cheaply and very quickly. Both shirts pictured are a size M. Hurry over to their website and browse all the major sales! Click HERE to shop!

 

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