I am Nicola Baur-Rona, an Austrian dressage rider, competing since 8 years old all the way up to Grand Prix level. I’ve represented the Austrian team in 5 European championships juniors and young riders.
I have always worked as a professional rider, mainly in Switzerland and Germany but also in Austria where in 2013 me and my husband decided to take over the family-in-law’s business. We moved to the picturesque spa and mountain resort of Bad Gastein in the middle of the Austrian alps.
This is where a big dream came true: building a small private stable with indoor arena and paddocks only for my horses and 2-3 young horses for training to continuing my professional riding career.
I have always been a self confessed fashion-maniac and was spotted by a London agency 2 years ago in Bad Gastein: they thought my style was quite outstanding for someone living in the middle of the forest with all the horses, dogs and sheep and asked me to write a fashion blog for them. Thanks to a unique point of view the blog became very successful very fast. At this moment my Grand Prix horse was retired, one stallion was injured, and there were no stunning young horses in sight, so I took the chance to unleash my inner fashionista and start traveling to all the fashion weeks from Paris, London, Milan to New Delhi and Kiev for the blog.
But permanent traveling meant not being with the animals and I started to miss riding and competing so much that late 2015 I came to the crucial point where I had to decide whether to stay in fashion or return ‘home’ to the horses.
Home and horses it was, and as things happen I was extremely lucky to find some beautiful and talented young horses as well as an excellent trainer.
Read all about my life, love for horses and style. Check in regularly to find out more about my horses and what happens behind our stable doors (BTSD), where I will share all my stable secrets. Also, find out more about style, new brands, the best products and the latest updates in Style and about our training and life in News.