A few weeks ago, I popped across the Solent to meet up with Rosie Knight, the inspiration behind KnightsBrand Equestrian, which she set up just over two years ago to combine her love of horses and the equine world with her retail background. Having met Rosie almost a year ago, we'd put a plan in place to work collaboratively as and when possible and appropriate. The reason for my visit this time was to capture the magic of KnightsBrand's 2nd birthday and take photographs of some of the main products she stocks to use on her upcoming website.
From its small beginnings KnightsBrand Equestrian now has its own bricks and mortar at Lake Farm Equestrian Centre in Rookley, on the Isle of Wight. Lake Farm is a very busy riding school and competition yard headed up by 3* event rider Sarah Holmes, who also happens to be one of Rosie's brand ambassadors. What better place to have a shop.
My day at Lake Farm was a full on experience from start to finish. Not only was it KnightsBrand's birthday party, there was also a great show jumping competition, with the jumps starting really low for the young and nervous but ending up challenging many of the horses taking part. Throughout, yard owner Sarah and her parents were there to help everyone, creating a really happy atmosphere and giving those who didn't think they could get round all the encouragement they needed to do exactly that.
As the day progressed, I took the opportunity to venture around the local surroundings to take photographs of every day life within a stone's thrown of an amazing location. From bridle paths to pubs and beautiful views, I could have got totally carried away!
One of the main remits of my trip was to get images of one of Rosie's main brands - Bareback Equestrian - so she can include them in her 'under construction' website, due for release later this year. The boots themselves are just beautiful with many of them made in Portugal. Once on they really hug your leg and give you a bit of 'extra grip', but more than that, if you can keep them clean enough, you could wear even the riding boots as fashion boots - how do I know this? Because I now have my very own pair of Phoenix Long Boots and I've put them to the test, hacking out, show jumping and generally wearing them all day as they are so comfortable.
Rosie corralled a few models to photograph in their boots, not least Sarah who like me has a pair of made to measure Phoenix boots, and I had a great afternoon creating some fun shots for future use.
Rosie's business is going from strength to strength with more stock coming online on a regular basis and I wish her continued success in 2019 with her very clever venture.