Thank you so much Kristin for filming and capturing your All about Wetzlgut experience on video ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you so much Kristin for filming and capturing your All about Wetzlgut experience on video ❤️❤️❤️
The All about Wetzlgut event was such a unique experience for me and I still cannot believe how many of you came and how much fun we had. This video by Dressage Team KK is a first insight for all who could not be there as well as again a huge Thank You to all of my family, team, sponsors and supporters who came from far abroad to be there in person. And just once again a very special Thank You to my trainer and the two wonderful tutors.
Hope you will love the video as much as I do -thank you Antonia & Lena ❤️
In this 6th part of presenting my favourite brands and sponsors it is all about a very new and exciting company I got to know last autumn: Winderen Equestrian produces very innovative and technical saddle pads and as I am always looking for ways to improve the well-being of my horses I was happy to test the pads over a few months. I felt that especially the young horses did not tire as fast in the back. I then had the horses examined by my vet and physiotherapist who too came to the same conclusion. The pad definitely had improved the horses during training and helped avoiding to much stress in that sensitive area of the back.
I thought it would be exciting to read a bit about the history and even more so about the future plans of Winderen Equestrian.
How did you come to build up a company for equestrian equipment, and why (what drives you)?
We are a group of people who combine their work with passion. We are coming from fields of technology, design and industrial manufacturing but privately we are horse riders. Riding has always been our greatest passion and a way of life.
Winderen brand was created from linking professional experience with real needs of horses and riders that we experienced. By observing the world around us, we noticed that there is a room for innovative products that can make horses and riders life easier, more comfortable and – most of all – safer.
Our driving force is satisfaction of the people who notice (usually quite fast) the difference in their riding comfort and horse behavior while using Winderen’s products. And for us it’s just amazing to witness it working and bringing joy!
What is the company’s philosophy?
In Winderen we decided to focus on creating products that have real and noticeable impact on the riding issues we are aware of. Each and every one of our products helps riders, horses or both in the same time.
Moreover, our brand aims to bring new technologies into the equestrian world and by that helps to increase the comfort of riding in a new way. We also care about design!
What materials & technology do you use and how do you test it? What is your policy concerning environment and recyclable materials?
Our production process starts from identifying the need – once we know what kind of issue we want to solve we start to build prototype and search for material that we can use.
Finding the right components is the first step. We test solutions that are already on the market and consult our partners from different fields, e.g. chemistry or physics. Sometimes we find out that there is no known component that we can use and in that case we move on to creating unique material only for our usage. We collaborate with global manufacturers and we make sure all of the materials are safe for horses and riders.
Once the materials are in place we’re moving to phase two: prototyping. First prototypes are always tested on our own horses – we know them best and we can easily observe the impact of the product on them. Prototyping phase is the most important and also most time-consuming. It means constant iteration: making materials better, shaping product differently, testing, applying corrections. In that phase the product changes constantly both visually and functionally.
Later on, we’re expanding our trail groups with Winderen‘s Ambassadors and Consultants – it’s a group of people we trust when it comes to honest feedback on the product. All of these people work with horses on daily basis (as professional riders, vets, trainers, physiotherapists) and they just know how to “hear what horses have to say”.
Throughout entire process we have just one thing on our minds – the product has to work. It has to solve issues we are addressing and serve horses and riders. In reality in means months of work and endless trails. But it’s all worth it!
In the moment when we are sure the product has all the functions needed we’re moving to phase three: design. Here we’re focusing on visual side of the product. We’re selecting shapes, colours and adding finish touches, also creating packages and accessories.
Although we are using components from around the world, we decided to focus our manufacturing locally – in Poland. We wanted to make sure that we have an impact on factories and vendors we collaborate with, making sure it’s all done sustainably and with the respect to environment. We know each and every single one of our producers personally. We see them face to face and they understand the philosophy behind Winderen.
What are your plans & goals for the future? Are there new products/lines/etc planned?
In the nearest future we’re launching three new products: stirrups, bits and tack lockers. Every single one of these product bring new quality to the market.
First, Winderen‘s stirrups are designed to have double absorbers system – something eventers and jumpers can truly appreciate as the main purpose of the stirrups is to reduce the excessive forces on riders legs and joints. Next, our synthetic, resilient to the bites bits with interchangeable shank were created to suit even the most sensitive horses. And last but not least, Winderen‘s electric drive tack lockers with it’s own power supply, electric dryer, freezes, music player, phone charging slots, electric saddle pads dryer and many things that every rider can make a use of during competitions.
Once all of these three product are on the market we’ll be back to working on more prototypes. And we can assure you – our heads are full of new ideas!
One week ago on January 20, 2018 the ‘All about Wetzlgut’ event took place. What at first started out as a small idea grew into a proper event. As it was the first time ever I opened my stable doors to the public I wanted to offer a full insight to everything that is important to me.
So I made a list, that started with young horse training and ended with gummy bears…
At 12am guests started to arrive and Bad Gastein showed its most beautiful postcard-winter wonderland-sunny weather-face. Just perfect for welcoming everyone in front of the stables with a cup of hot glogg and a photo wall to take first pics.
I am still overwhelmed everyone came -most traveling really far (Norway, Sweden, Italy etc). Also almost all my sponsors came and we finally had the chance to meet in person and chat.
We started the afternoon’s programme with a tour through the stable, so everyone could meet all the horses. When planning the event’s schedule I had wondered how the horses would react to such a crowd of people in their usually very quiet home and I learned that they had the time of their life.
Next was showing some of the horses in training together with my trainer Jochen Rothleitner. Since we started organising ‘All about Wetzlgut’ I was thinking how I should do it and what I wanted to show and communicate. We discussed it a lot and finally decided on not doing the usual ‘display’, like on stallion shows or auctions but to try to make it an interactive dialogue with the audience. I wanted people to ask as many questions as possible and me on horse back and my trainer would answer.
This turned out to be (I believe not only for me) really interesting and good fun. We were discussing topics from how to lunge correctly and what we focus on doing so, how to adjust the side reins and why, etc. How to develop first piaffe steps and why it is a good exercise to not only enhance the horse’s health but also the communication between horse and rider. To how to sit smoothly and correctly on a horse, with me ending up explaining & showing whilst trotting Harry one-handed in front of the stands… lol.
Most amazing for me was to see how my young horses, like Harry or Santi for example, managed the whole situation. It was not only the stands, displays, buffet and many people but also the sound system, lighting and the whole atmosphere which they had to cope with and they handled it like true future champions.
After this ‘practical’ part we had two lectures. Nina Hammarstrom, equine nutritionist with whom I am working since May 2017 talked about aspects in nutrition especially for sport horses. Vet Antonia Zanker, Pferdeklinik Wolfesing -my trusted vet clinic, spoke about tendon injuries and how to deal with and heal them. Although we had installed some heaters on the stalls and provided blankets and hot drinks -it was rather cold, but no one could be shied away from following the lectures with keen interest. Again it was not designed as one way communication but an open discussion and if it had not been for the dinner to be served I guess we would have never stopped talking! Once again a display of what a tough bunch of people we equestrians are (as long as we can talk about our favourite topic…)
After the lectures during dinner my sponsors Back on Track and Acuswedemat had prepared surprise lotteries, so two lucky guests had the chance to win a set of my favourite Back on Track PK Scandic bandage wraps (underlayers) and a new Acuswedemat that I indeed use almost daily to relax my back muscles. -Special thanks to both companies for that!
But also all my other sponsors and cooperating brands provided displays of their newest and signature products and a separate blog story on all the exciting new tack will follow!
During dinner I finally had the time to sit (at least briefly) with everyone and have a little chat and for me it felt as if we all had known eachother for ages. The truth is, that thanks to all the social media we indeed do know eachother -even nicer it was to meet in person!
So what’s left to say is: THANK YOU everyone for traveling all the way to the mountains and for making my first event such a wonderful lovely experience I decided we will for sure do another ‘All about Wetzlgut’ event in the nearer future…
all pics by awesome Marktl Photography, Manuel Marktl
It’s this time of the year…
The time to say ‘THANK YOU’ to all my incredible sponsors & supporters and to the most awesome, caring & loving crowd of followers.
We are now over 104k and daily growing and I am well aware of the responsibility I have towards you. It is overwhelming and sometimes even a bit frightening to imagine that we could fill more than a huge stadion all together.
And I feel humbled and blessed that all of you are so positive and supporting. I started my Instagram for a few good reasons but mainly because I wanted to share my love for horses and it makes me so soooo happy that now we are all together spreading this love!
So keep on loving and working happier (and harder) and commenting because I love every single one of you ❤️
Have a wonderful merry christmas with all your loved ones, keep on dreaming big and stay tuned…
You guys are the most amazing & supportive crowd and we are growing into dimensions I never would have imagined (ever)!
So I decided to organise something very special and personal and something that would be just for you:
On Saturday the 20th of January 2018 you will have the chance to see all of Stall Wetzlgut, meet Keksi, Bofi and all the other horses, watch me train the horses, get a little insight on how we school young horses and my trainer Jochen Rothleitner, a member of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna since 30 years will show how to -for example -start piaffe in hand.
There will be lectures on my favourite topics like horse health & nutrition, but also fashion and some of the newest products by my sponsors which you can see and try. I do not want to reveal everything right now but believe me -it’s gonna be awesome!
At the end of this afternoon we all will have dinner, music and get together and I cannot wait to meet you all in person and finally have the time to chat with you ❤️
As our facilities are rather small I unfortunately can only welcome a limited number of 50 guests.
A part of the entry fee of €70,- will be donated to one of my favourite charities (I just have to decide which one)
If you are interested in the event please send a direct email to: email@example.com and you will get all detailed information. Please do not write via Instagram or Facebook (because it will get chaotic and I do not want your request to get lost!)
I am so excited about this event and I really hope you will love it too
You all know that I love the Swedish functional wear brand uhip, so I felt very honoured when they asked me if I could model for the campaign of their newest project.
Uhip is expanding to Russia and will open on November 26 a showroom in one of Moscow’s most exclusive equestrian facilities.
The aim of the photoshoot was to capture some winter vibes, so our place was just perfect. Even more so when it started to snow… The locations were my stables and also one of the most beautiful places in Bad Gastein, called Sportgastein. It is a plateau 2.000m above sea level and a national park and I love it so much as in my world it looks like the Scottish Highlands -especially in late autumn.
It indeed was freezing cold and I was so grateful for all the winter jackets and coats *lol but I really love what Max Steinbauer (the photographer) created on this day.
I have for you some exclusive (not yet published) campaign pics, but also lots of making of and behind the scenes and I hope you like them as much as I do…
For even more pics please look at uhip.se and on the Instagram accounts
…and some BTS ❤
I have said it before and I have said it already on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter but I will to say it once again:
As my Instagram has reached incredible 99.7k followers yesterday I really wanted to give you something very personal. For the first time in German, but don’t worry I think you will be able to follow, and we are already planning an English version too 😉
The idea & all the filming, music & creative work was done by Antonia Koch & Lena Kaindlstorfer aka Dressage Team KK. Their YouTube channel is called Dressage Team KK and I will link them also on Instagram so you can follow them and their amazing videos ❤️
Und hier ist Teil 1 meiner Homestory -als eines meiner großen ‘Dankeschöns’ für all Eure Unterstützung, Interesse und lieben Kommentare und dafür dass Ihr meine Liebe zu den Pferden und dem Sport täglich mit mir teilt!
xoxo Eure Nicola
I love fashion but I confess that I am rather picky. My fashion must be chic, sleek, cool, definitely 99% free of bling and if possible not totally mainstream. When it comes to riding fashion this is something not so easily found especially if you add attributes like functional, durable, washable, etc.
As I love denim I thought it would be so cool to have denim breeches, jackets or even shirts for riding but although there are several companies on the market producing denim riding wear I did not manage to find the ‘ultimate’ denim piece.
Then one day somehow this small Hamburg based label popped up and I immediately loved the vibes the website spread and this is how my lovestory with Kudamono started ❤
Kudamono, was founded 2 years ago by Nele Obst (Obst means ‘fruit’ in German and Kudamono means ‘fruit’ in Japanese -just to explain the unusual name…) who, herself a rider and having worked for fashion label Marc O’Polo, was searching for a sleek approach to equestrian fashion. Since then her aim is to produce sustainable fashion that is functional enough so that you can use it as a professional who rides way more than 1 or 2 horses a day and sleek enough to be worn also outside the stables.
In my opinion this mission was accomplished. I tested myself now for a few weeks the Kudamono breeches, shirt and jacket and not only that I absolutely love the look and fit, I wore them almost daily, washed the pieces several times and as I am always short in time threw them to the dry tumbler (luckily mine has a special denim program) and everything stayed in perfect shape.
What I love most, is that the Kudamono garments are cut very thoughtfully with many clever details, for example the jacket’s front zipper is a bit shorter in order not to scratch the saddle. The materials are (in my opinion) unique: comfortable, smooth and stretchy like the denim shirt, that indeed feels like a jersey one.
So I am sure you will see Kudamono on me quite a lot as I am so happy to finally have found my denim love ❤
Have a look yourself on http://kudamono-company.com/shop/