My name is Kaitlin Wilson and I am a young professional, graphic layout designer and equestrian content creator. I have been riding for over 7 years and being in the saddle is still my favourite place. I started my blog, Eyes Up, Darling, as a creative outlet that combines the equine world and my life as a young professional. This form of expression has led me to meet some amazing entrepreneurs, fellow equestrians all over the world, and foster some amazing friendships. Eyes Up, Darling has grown so much since I launched it in June 2018 and I’m excited to see what the future holds for it. Aside from a positive and inclusive attitude, willing to grow as a person and equestrian, and #horsegirlenergy passion, here are my top five must haves (www.eyesupdarling.com / @eyesupdarling)! Feature photography by Daria Mozie.
Comfortable Breeches. I love riding in my favourite breeches, Eq Athletica. They are cute, flattering and most importantly, comfortable. The seams are beautifully placed making sure that there is no chance of them sliding down throughout your ride. I also love being able to have my phone on me at all times with their convenient pocket on the bum!
Konia Equestrian. It’s no secret, living in Canada our winters can be brutal. This past winter I decided to combat the -18C days spent at the barn by investing in one of Konia Equestrian’s midweight jackets. The Anya Jacket is perfect for all riders and I genuinely lived in it this past season- both in and out of the barn! I can’t wait to invest and pick up some more of Konia’s products.
Tall Boot Socks. Foot Huggies Riding Boot Socks are my absolute favourite. With a classic and sophisticated design, you really can’t go wrong with them. They have the right amount of padding on the sole and heel, without being bulky in your boots. My favourite thing about them is that they are breathable and come in sizes to ensure the perfect fit!
Riding Gloves. I can never understand how some equestrians ride without gloves, most of the time I’m somewhat envious too! With that being said, my go to gloves have been Kerrits mesh riding gloves. They have just enough grip and a bunch of ventilation allowing your hands to stay cool during the warmer months.
Purvida Conditioning Spray. If you’re horse has dry skin, then Purvida is your answer. Ever since I met the owner, Amanda, of Purvida Healthy Horse I’ve been hooked! Lexington is prone to dry skin, whether it be in the winter or in the summer. Ever since I started using the conditioning spray his skin isn’t as dry and hair as brittle. The spray also smells amazing and Lex loves it!