12 really useful products for the new eventing season

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  • With the eventing season underway, if you haven’t already now is a good time to check all your eventing kit is in working order and that you have everything you need. If some of your eventing kit has seen better days, here are some ideas of products to invest in to make your competition days that bit easier.

    Riding hats no longer need to be black or navy in the dressage and showjumping phases at any level, so it’s worth checking out a selection of colours if you’re thinking of upgrading. If you’re not sure on any of the other clothing rules, check out what you need to wear for eventing competitions.

    Optimum Time OE Series 3 watch eventing kit

    Optimum Time OE Series 3 watch

    Colours: Black, white, yellow, red, blue, green or pink | RRP: £65.95 |

    The OE395 optimum ultimate event watch is easy to use with a large clear LCD display screen and bold digits in a compact and comfortable design. It can count up and down and has an alarm feature. If you’re looking for something with more features, there is also the Series 12 (RRP £74.95) and the Series 14 (RRP £99.95).

    View now at amazon.co.uk or elandlodge.com

    Shires learner dressage test boards

    RRP: £6.99 |

    Practise your tests off your horse with this useful wipe-clean double-sided board, printed with a long arena on one side and a short arena on the other. Complete with wipe off pen.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or elandlodge.com

    Shires Aubrion number bib eventing kit

    Shires Aubrion number bib

    Sizes: Adult or child | RRP: From £9.99 |

    Arrive prepared with this number bib. It has adjustable straps that allow for a flexible and secure fit, and a clear plastic front and back with a secure slot for the numbers.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or elandlodge.com

    Stromsholm stud starter kit

    Stromsholm stud starter kit

    RRP: £68.80 |

    This starter kit contains three sets of studs for varying terrain and the accessories needed for stud hole care and the application and removal of studs. It includes 4 x TS jumping studs, 4 x EL road studs, 4 x square jumping studs, a tap spanner, stud hole brush and hoof pick, and one pack of rubber stoppers.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, elandlodge.com or viovet.co.uk

    LeMieux bridle number eventing kit

    LeMieux bridle number

    Colours: Black, brown or black/diamante | RRP: From £19.96 |

    Made from premium leather and perfect for adding a touch of class to any bridle needing a number. It secures with a hook and stud fastenings, plus it come with the changeable numbers.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or naylors.com

    Hy Event Pro Series show kit bag eventing kit

    Hy Event Pro Series show kit bag

    Colours: Black | RRP: £41.99 |

    Keep all your smaller bits together with this convenient to use kit bag. It’s ideal for hanging outside the lorry to store everything from grooming brushes to boots and bandages. It has touch-tape fastenings and a strong clip for easy hanging.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Veredus E-Vento XC boots

    Veredus E-Vento XC boots

    Colours: M or L | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £131 (front), £140.50 (hind) | Review: 9/10 |

    These boots are described as lightweight for greater freedom of movement and flexibility, with waterproof, all-terrain robust protection. They have a flex shell, shock-absorbing strike plate and foam pads, tendon support, and are made with micro perforated neoprene that allows moisture and heat to escape. They are secured with a wide Velcro closure.

    These Veredus boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10 – read the full review. Check out our round up of the best cross-country boots for more options.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Plastic water carrier eventing kit

    Plastic water carrier

    Size: 25l | RRP: £14.83 |

    This tough plastic water carrier – an essential for travelling and competing – is made from food quality polyethylene.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Shires Ezi-Groom leather wipes best saddle soaps

    Shires Ezi-Groom leather wipes

    Sizes: Pack of 100 | RRP: £9.99 |

    This saddle soap comes in the form of a wipe, making it really easy to use and very convenient if you’re at a competition and need to quickly freshen up your tack.

    In the UK? View now at equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Champion Air-Tech Deluxe riding hat

    Champion Air-Tech Deluxe

    Colours: Black metallic, navy metallic, oyster metallic, ruby metallic or black silk | Sizes: S, M or L (52–61cm) | Standards: PAS015:2011 (with Kitemark), ASTM F1163, VG1 | RRP: From £148 |

    Now that you no longer have to stick to black or navy, this low-profile helmet is now an option. It’s made with a lightweight injection-moulded ABS shell, which makes it comfortable without compromising on safety, and it features triple-mesh venting for superior airflow, a removable crown-comfort padded, wicking lining. It uses a dial-fit system for full sizing adjustability and is available with metallic or silk paint finishes.

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    NAF Event Grease eventing kit

    NAF Event Grease

    Sizes: 1kg, 2.5kg | RRP: £14.70 for 1kg |

    This grease is described as long lasting and water repellent, goes on effortlessly and washes off easily with shampoo and water. It lubricates the skin allowing the surface to glide over jumps.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, naylors.com or elandlodge.com

    WD40 Smart Straw eventing kit

    WD40 Smart Straw

    Sizes: 450ml | RRP: £7 |

    No eventing lorry should be without it – WD40 is there to help with all emergencies, from stubborn studs to stiff ramps.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, halfords.com or diy.com

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