September 04, 2008

Why not?

Writing about web page http://www.kpequestrian.com/index.php?page=398

Katie Price/Jordan whatever you choose to call her...you have to admit, whether you like her or not, she certainly knows how to promote herself. Her latest equestrian range is...well, pink to say the least. And as classy as it isn't, there's something fun and quite friendly about it. Pink has been increasingly creeping into the equestrian world - I have a very nice pink Tayberry cap and of course there is their welly range based on the original hunter welly design, to name but a few items. Silks and pink crops have always been available as far as I can remember.

wellies pink

(mum told me when I was picking out new wellies there was no way anyone from the countryside would take me seriously in these so I bought green ones but I wanted those spotty ones, I really did.)

So Katie's range includes such horsey looking tops as stripy cross country shirts, equestrian jackets and also pink headcollars, leadropes and rugs for your fashion concious equine friends too. I'm assuming she might branch out into pink Jodphurs at some point as well - perhaps with her logo printed on the Arse as is popular with such styles as Juicy Couture tracksuit bottoms (although I hope they won't be as expensive...)

I wonder what the equestrian world really thinks of the range - or for that matter, what their opinion on Katie Price is. Well, I think that we know what a certain proportion of the community think of the woman but perhaps they're not so snobbish about her merchandise. Then again... it is VERY pink.

I grew up loving horses and desperately wanting one of my own. Katie obviously felt the same, and luckily for her she's now in a position to afford to own and look after them, something my poor old bank balance won't stretch to. Unfortunately it is quite an exclusive and snobby sport - historically only the rich could really afford to keep horses for pleasure, rather than for work, and games such as polo and sports such as hunting were therefore never really available to your average rider. This is probably largely still so, there is definitely an element of it being about your connections, rather than your riding ability. Katie might not be the right image for the sport, but her money is as good as anyone else's and what harm would it really have caused to have let her in to the match? I can't say I'm her number one fan, but you can't say that she hasn't worked for what she has achieved, whether you approve of her methods or not.

So would I buy her pink range? Probably not. I don't think there's anything particularly unique about it, If I want to wear a pink shirt riding I can probably pick one up in Matalan for half the price, the chances are that if I did buy something I'd get it covered in slobber and grass stains when (inevitably) I fall off at high speed. Perhaps if she had a range that was wipe-clean and padded I might be interested (or perhaps I should just stick to stroking horses over a fence or mucking them out - less distance to fall!) but still, Katie I salute you for bringing much pinkness to the Horsey world.


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