Sophia Bush Shops in Horseworship Apparel - Gorgeous! November 21 2013, 0 Comments
Horse Illustrated Features Horseworship for the Holidays! November 08 2012, 0 Comments
The December 2012 issue of Horse Illustrated features the Horseworship "We Commune" Sweatshirt as a must have for the holidays!
Horse Illustrated says "Gotta Have" Horseworship! August 18 2012, 0 Comments
August 2012 issue of Horse Illustrated Magazines "Barn Buzz" section.
Dappled Grey Equestrian Blog: "Horseworship is highly spiritual couture" December 15 2011, 0 Comments
Horseworship Freedom Collection Pure Spirits Long Sleeve Burnout Thermal
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Equestrian Magazine Features Horseworship in Holiday Gift Guide! December 15 2011, 1 Comment
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Tuxie and I get a blue ribbon! October 22 2011, 0 Comments
After recovering from a broken clavicle in March of this year, Tuxie and I went on to get 1st Place in the Beginner Novice Division at the Flintridge Event Derby on Oct. 16, 2011.
Practical Horseman Magazine: Deck the Stalls with Horseworship Apparel! October 20 2011, 0 Comments
Holiday Gift Guide where our "JUMP" t shirt is featured as one of their top gift ideas for Equestrians!
Horseworship, Kimerlee Curyl and Return to Freedom Announce New Collaboration October 05 2011, 0 Comments
Horseworship Apparel Announces Fashion Collaboration With Renowned Equine Photographer
To Help America’s Wild Horses
Bold new designs offer hot holiday choices for horse lovers and a cause
(October 3, 2011) Horseworship, an independently owned apparel company based in Malibu, California, today joined the growing chorus of individuals and businesses working to stop the eradication of America’s rapidly diminishing wild horse population with the announcement of its “Freedom Collection” line. A portion of the profits from sales of the line will support the California-based Return To Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary. With the unveiling of her “Freedom Collection” line, Horseworship founder and designer Pamela Robins has created a series of stunning short and long sleeve tee shirts, delicious thermals and warm hoodies for both young girls and women. The collection merges graphic design, verse and the fine art photography of renowned equine photographer Kimerlee Curyl to create unique fashion that raises money while raising awareness for the cause.
The Horseworship Freedom Collection, available online at www.horseworship.com, includes an array of hip, striking apparel that represents a radical departure from the status quo of equestrian oriented fashion. The photo realistic printing and bold color strikes require as many as five separate print screens on the fashion cut shirts, creating a finished product that is a one of a kind piece of wearable art.
An avid equestrian and daily rider, Robins’ inspiration for the project began with seeing Kimerlee Curyl’s photos of wild horses (www.kimerleecuryl.com) at an opening. Comments Robins: “I was taken by the majesty and independence of these incredible animals in Kimerlee’s photos. She has a romantic eye that allows her to capture both the subtle and dynamic interactions between the horses in a way that really spoke to me and I wanted to learn more.” Robins learned from Curyl that the subjects in her images were photographed in their natural environment at Return to Freedom, a non-profit wild horse sanctuary in Lompoc, California (www.returntofreedom.org). In subsequent conversations, Robins was told that America’s wild horse population—once numbering nearly two million--has been reduced to less than thirty thousand, more than thirty-eight thousand more stockpiled in holding facilities and long term holding ranches at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $50 million annually.
Founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, Return to Freedom is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America's free ranging wild horses. On the Return to Freedom’s collaboration with Horseworship, DeMayo says, “Horses have inspired artists in all mediums for thousands of years, in a very generous gesture, Pamela Robins is sharing her appreciation and inspiration with the public to benefit the horses.”
Kimerlee Curyl commented on the Freedom Collection project saying, "Pamela's creative spirit and sensitivity to horses, as well as her willingness and dedication to participate in raising awareness for Return to Freedom can be seen and felt throughout this collection. The beauty she has created is exciting, fresh and fashionable...art has a voice!"
The Freedom Collection joins Horseworship’s signature line featuring dynamic images, bold colors and verse celebrating the equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Stadium and Cross Country Jumping. While drawing her inspiration from the surrounding beauty of the Malibu canyons and “all things horse,” Robins describes Horseworship t-shirts as “fun, versatile fashion that transitions seamlessly from a day in the saddle to a night out.”
For additional information, photos and interview opportunities, contact Tom Doody at Cold Canyon Partners: Cell. 312.320.5213 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse & Rider Magazine - Slide Into This Horseworship Apparel Look! August 23 2011, 0 Comments
Horse Radio Network: "Horseworship Apparel is Rock 'n Roll Meets the Horse World!" July 31 2011, 0 Comments
On July 29, 2011 Horseworship Apparel was featured on Horse Radio Network's Stable Scoop program!
You can hear my interview with Glenn and Helena from Stable Scoop at the 10:30 mark.
Equestrian Magazine: Jumps for Joy over Horseworship Apparel July 22 2011, 0 Comments
The Equestrian Stylist: Horseworship has got it right for riding in style July 21 2011, 0 Comments
Ashley Cline of the Equestrian Stylist introduces Horseworship to the Equestrian Community.
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Baby steps and then a big giant leap! June 19 2011, 0 Comments
Since my last entry, Tux and I have been having fun being back in our routine together. Our routine is 5-6 days of work - Dressage and Jumping activities that make up our week. Tux gets one or two days off depending on what we do - sometimes I just turn him loose in the round pen and let him roll and clear his head or we go for a trail ride with a friend. He's a smart horse and a solid thinker and I am so blessed to be able to do so many different activities with him. It keeps us both very entertained!
About 2 weeks ago, we competed in our first Jumping Derby since my accident. I wanted to get Tuxie out into another environment and thought this would be a good opportunity for he and I to get back into the swing of things. A jumping derby is basically a combined course of jumps that start and end inside a stadium (with various poles and patterns) and in the middle you go out into a cross country field and jump logs, ditches, houses, run through water and really get your adrenalin pumping!
We came in first in our division! I opted out of going the next level higher because I felt good about what we had done. Instead, I set up 2 jumping lessons with the amazing Debbie Rosen (3 Day Eventing Rolex Competitor) to work some more on getting my confidence back before our very first 3 day event June 24-26 at Shepherd Ranch. We will be competing Beginner Novice with jumps about 2'6 in stadium and cross country as well as our dressage test.
To read more about the exciting sport of eventing, you can go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eventing
I'll let you know how it goes!
The HorsePedia Recommends Horseworship June 2011 June 15 2011, 0 Comments
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Healed and Riding Again! May 22 2011, 0 Comments
My visit with the Doctor couldn't have gone better!
The x-ray showed the bone as being solid all the way across - I was surprised how quickly that happened. It only took six weeks - the body is an incredible machine and through the x-rays over the months I got to see how it works inside there.
Now, he did say that the metal plate and screws were still doing their job so perhaps Rollerblading and Sky Diving would not be a good idea. However, riding and the activities I had been doing before the accident were fine!
Honestly I was a bit surprised that he let me off the hook that easy, but I have to say, I tried to make it difficult for him to hold me back any longer by being extremely enthusiastic, very excited and very happy and being very clear about how GREAT I felt.
I had been working out with a trainer, getting my strength and range of motion back and there wasn't much I was not able to do. Oddly enough, one of the few things that bothered the collar bone was the bra strap sitting on the metal plate and a few smaller motions that tweaked some of the muscles over in my bicep area. Big deal, I thought.
So with his words "go ahead and ride," my heart sang and I felt grateful, happy and free!
Since my visit about 3 weeks ago, I have been riding on my regular schedule - 5 or 6 days a week. Dressage, jumping and lots of exercises with Cavaletti poles.
What was truly most amazing was the fact that I had not lost any skill level during the time I was off. My first lesson or two it did feel a bit strange to be back up there and I was very aware how high up I was sitting (Tuxie is 16.1 hands) but as I suspected, those thoughts quickly went away and were replaced by caution and joy.
I definitely wrap my legs more firmly around his middle. I definitely ride with my heels way down and sit back a bit more than before. I definitely am ready to keep his head up when necessary. I turn him out before my lessons and l longe him before we jump to get that excess energy out. I think these are all really good choices and it keeps him (and me) both happy and calm. The work we do on the ground before I ride really tells me where he is at energy wise and keeps the surprise level to a minimum.
I did sign up for an Eventing Derby that was scheduled for June 5 but it was canceled. Now there is the Equine Virus that is keeping horses put at their stables until it passes. I am going to take this time to continue to heal, practice and play with my Tuxie. :)
One thing that I wanted to mention, in closing, was that somewhere along the way I made the conscious decision that this fall was not going to define my whole riding experience. So when I got back on, I got back on with my whole heart filled with joy. That way, there was no room for fear or hesitation.
Life is good.
Horse Illustrated Magazine: Horseworship Apparel Fashion Tees are What's New! May 04 2011, 0 Comments
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Healing and (kind of) Riding Again April 30 2011, 0 Comments
The moment I've been waiting for will finally be here in only 3 more short days! It's my follow up appointment with the Doctor and I am awaiting his green light approval for being able to get back on Tuxie and ride.
Ok, really...it's just a technicality because I must admit, I have gotten back on Tuxie a couple of times in the last 10 days or so. Mostly out of curiosity and also a desire to be re-connected with him and what I love to do. I've watched my Instructor ride him and I never missed a stride - I know what it's like to be up there and I would sit on the bench and vicariously ride him.
Not riding over these last several weeks has really showed me how much a part of my life Tuxie has become. I know I can't live without him - I just love that horse! The only time I wasn't with him during this whole period was a few days when it initially happened and one or two days when I had the surgery.
I did make the most of our down time, though. My good left arm became accustomed to grooming him. Eventually, I was able to get him ready for my Instructor to ride and cleaned him up after she was done. It was my pleasure to spend time with him however I could. I did ground work with him and we improved our walking together at liberty. Let's just say that walking together is an area where there is room for improvement with us! All of these experiences were special and magical and helped pass the time.
Working out at the gym several times a week with a trainer really helped harness a lot of my energy and as I got stronger I could also feel my body working away at healing. Some days were better than others and then they just got better and better!
But back to the riding part...
A few times I felt like it was ok to get on him and cool him down after he'd had his training with my Instructor. I'll admit it felt strange to be up there again and that threw me off a bit. I only walked around and tried out a little posting trot but that was all. However, that left me wondering how long it was going to take me to get back to where I was before the accident.
Another couple of days passed and I did actually have a mini-lesson - I did walk, trot, canter and it felt really good. My confidence obviously isn't going to be much of an issue and that was a relief to me.
Having done the preliminary research I decided to take it easy and make sure that I was still in one piece when I go to the Doc next week.
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Horseworship Tee Shirts for Horse Lovers, Made in the USA April 15 2011, 0 Comments
Susie Blackmon: Blogger extraordinaire , prolific photographer and passionate promoter of all things Horse takes her Horseworship Tees for a spin using her artsy, unique style...and we love it!
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Surgery April 02 2011, 0 Comments
Since the surgery was scheduled for the next day, I didn't have much time to think about it. I was so ready to get to the healing part that surgery was a relief at that point.
Tom took me to the hospital at 6:15 a.m. In surgery at 8:15. I can't say enough about how kind and caring the staff was to me. Sure, it was their boss, THE Director of Orthopedic Bone Trauma that was doing the operation and they seemed to hold him in the highest of esteem. I was very comforted by that because it was very clear that they thought there was no one more talented than Dr. Wiss. In a lighter moment and as a needle was being placed into the top of my hand for fluids, one of the Anesthesiologists assistants showed me his busted up collarbone that he didn't get the surgery done on - and it was not pretty. He assured me that it was a good thing to have broken mine as badly as I did so that they could put it back together properly. I believed that to be true.
I don't remember being wheeled into the operating room - just waking up 3 1/2 hours later. Once the anesthesia wore off, I felt awake, clear and ready to leave. The Anesthesiologist checked in on me and we both decided he would talk to Dr. Wiss and get me released to go home - with pain meds, of course. While I was waiting to get my exit x-ray, someone came around with lunch and Tom told me it was really good. I got wheeled out and propped up in the car and was home shortly thereafter. For the first time - ever - I knew I wasn't going to be able to clean the house - probably for at least a couple of days. The pain was quite intense in the first 48 hours and then it kind of settled in and I honestly didn't even think about much of anything as I drifted in and out of drugged sleep.
My husband took great care of me, the cats and the house. My Riding Instructor and her son took care of my horse and I just had no other choice but to settle in and take care of myself.
One lucky thing was that I was in really great physical shape when the accident happened. After a week I felt really, really good. I had achy pain and soreness but that was to be expected with the rearranging of muscle, re-attaching of the bone and the insertion of a metal plate and several screws. I have to admit I felt a little bionic! I was back to being driven over every day to see Tuxie for a few minutes and give him some carrots. I could tell he was very unsettled but I knew as soon as I could I would be back to spending hours fawning all over him and he would be much calmer with the routine somewhat back to normal.
I had my one week Doctor visit and was told I was "above average" in healing. Of course I was, I just wanted to get back on my horse! It's all I thought about and I believe in the possibility that you can will your body to hurry up and heal. Somewhat disappointing was the 5 week follow up and stern warning that "it would not be a good idea to get on your horse until after the next visit."
So...I was not happy about that (I was visualizing 3 weeks in my mind) and it took about 24 hours to settle in that this was not going to go as quickly as I hoped it would. I missed my first Eventing Derby of the year and it was really hard to watch everyone leave the barn excited to ride and compete. I wished them luck with a lump in my throat. It's what I had been working so hard for and looking forward to and we were ready. I got through the weekend and made some decisions about how I was going to get through the next 5 weeks and make some excitement happen for myself.
So, I am working with a trainer on lower body exercises, eating well and working on my Horseworship Equestrian Apparel business. I am able to groom Tuxie and get him ready for my Instructor to ride and then groom/bathe him when his ride is over. It has helped us to bond again and he and I are in a really good space together because of it. I felt like he was worried I wasn't going to want him anymore after what happened but nothing could be further from the truth. With animals actions do speak louder than words and my time with Tuxie has been as healing for me as it has been for him.
Today, I have 4 weeks until my next Doctor visit and even though I have settled into a wonderful new routine I can't help but count the days until I can get back on my boy and ride.
In the meantime, this is the ride I am on now and I am going to enjoy this too.
Finding Dr. Right March 23 2011, 4 Comments
It's been a long couple of weeks! I have to say that the worst part was walking around feeling broken and unbalanced while we worked our way to the perfect Doctor/Surgeon. It was a very unsettling experience. Your body as you knew it yesterday is not the body you have today -- and you can't fix it. You have to find someone and trust that they can fix it for you.
Thanks to some good friends, we were first sent to "The Shoulder Guy" who graciously referred us to "The Bone Trauma Specialist." It took a few days to get there but we knew we had found the right man for the job. He was Dr. Wiss, Director of Orthopedic Trauma at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.
The night after we saw "The Shoulder Guy" I went home and just cried my eyes out. I knew at that point that surgery was inevitable. I missed my horse. I was pissed I wasn't going to be able to compete. I was tired and in pain and I was ready to be out of limbo and onto healing. I am right handed and I wanted my right arm back. There were a lot of things I could not do and that already was getting old. My husband just hugged me and told me everything was going to be ok. I knew it was going to be - I had just quietly held onto the hope that this was somehow going to take care of itself.
So, the next day my husband drives my bad hair having, puffy-crying eyes, no sleep self to see Dr. Wiss. Sitting in the room with the nurse, Tom (my husband) handed her the x-rays from the day of the accident. "Wow!" she exclaimed. "Finally, we get to work on something really good." I just thought,"why does that good case have to be me?" but Tom was excited and thought it was cool that I was unique. Great.
They took another x-ray and as Dr. Wiss walked into the room with the film he said "well, the first x-ray would have justified surgery but the broken bone had basically moved into another zip code." There was no chance that the bones would be fusing together. So, it was a Titanium plate and screws. A highly successful surgery that would put the bones back in place (giving me even shoulders) but leave me with a scar and the likelihood of seeing the plate through my skin because I'm thin and my collar bones are visible. They do take the plate out but that's a year down the line. Then...Dr. Wiss says...and 6-8 weeks to be riding again. At that point I couldn't have cared less if they put the plate and the screws on top of the skin. "Let's do it!" Tom and I both said at the same time.
And as life has a tendency to do for us, Dr. Wiss told us that someone who was supposed to have hours of surgery the next day had gotten an infection and had to postpone their surgery. An opening was available for me at 8 am the next morning. "I'll take it" I said. I just wanted to move on. I had already thought about it. I didn't want to go through 1 more day with my arm hanging off my side waiting for surgery. And so I went through the pre-op testing and paperwork and was home in time for dinner. Or my last meal. Before surgery, that is.
Tuxie + Mule = Broken Collarbone March 11 2011, 8 Comments
It was last Saturday morning. I woke up and was having my usual coffee and insanely delicious cinnamon cereal that I am not addicted to and thinking that maybe I would just call my riding instructor and tell her I was going to take the day off from riding. I simply and honestly wasn't "feeling it" and it did strike me as odd because it's very rare that I don't feel like riding.
Saturday is almost always a group jumping lesson with usually 4-6 students of which I am the oldest - by like 30 years, but whatever. Let's say average age is 12. Most girls are from our neighborhood and most bring their own horses.
This Saturday we weren't scheduled to jump. Our Instructor had moved the jumping to Sunday. The planned exercise for this Saturday was going to be gymnastics or riding over Cavaletti poles - which I had done a few days earlier and honestly wasn't overly enthusiastic about repeating.
Tuxie and I had worked everyday that week and I thought he'd be ok with a day off and jumping the next day. But I still didn't cancel. Why? Well, in the past if I ever didn't feel like riding, I usually always feel better after and I end up having a good if not great lesson.
So, I tacked Tuxie up and he was his normal puppy dog/lover boy self and we proceeded to join the other couple of students in the arena to warm up. About 10 minutes into the walk/trot portion, I saw 2 more students coming up the drive way on horseback. No...wait, one of them was on a....no...it can't be....yup....it was a Mule! In my head in big black letters was "OH NO." Just like that - a big clear sign that my intuition quickly typed up and presented to me free of charge. Did I take the free advice I was given and just hop off? No.
The girls came into the arena and everyone stopped what they were doing and went over to see what she was doing on the Mule. Apparently, she was joining the lesson. I wished I had known in advance because for sure I would have opted out. Tuxie does not like Mules. I had the benefit of discovering this the year before at a large show. One of the competitors in a walk-trot class had a Mule. The second Tuxie saw it he freaked - big bulging eyes, pawing, running sideways - drama! The show arena was gigantic and I kept him as far away from it as possible but he was clearly upset and not going to get over it. We got through it and I made a note to myself that we would not be repeating that scenario again.
So, the horses were reacting to the Mule - one of Tuxie's barn buddies, Shark, had his neck extended about 2 feet up - like a Giraffe while his eyes simultaneously almost popped out of his head. Tuxie, who was standing next to Shark, curled his neck in a way I have never seen - well maybe it resembled Rollkur - and his eyes were big as saucers.
Anyway, it was time to get back to warming up and I had my doubts.
I did stay away from the Mule - even at opposite ends of the arena. To Tuxie the Mule may as well have been on his back the whole time. I tried to collect him up a bit, keep his attention on me by doing lots of transitions. We all began to canter and as we did, the Mule farted several times which translated into an explosion of energy from Tuxie and in that second I discovered that Mule Farts are Tuxie's Kryptonite.
I remember he threw his head down very close to the ground and he either bucked or kicked out in the general direction of the Mule. I had never experienced this type of force from Tuxie and I didn't have a chance of staying on. His motion sent me directly into the sand arena floor like a rocket, squarely landing on and subsequently breaking my right collarbone and crashing down on the right side of my head.
I immediately took inventory - and the result was that I couldn't move my right side. I was, even in that moment grateful for my helmet because I hit so hard that under any other circumstance I would not have been so lucky. About 5 minutes into the searing, white hot pain I was helped up only to have to go right back down because I started to see stars, sweat, get nauseous and go numb.
My husband came and took me to the Urgent Care. Longest 5 minute ride ever. Somehow through the tears streaming down my face and over-flowing runny nose, they managed to get 2 shots of some painkiller in me. I wouldn't have cared at all if they had to give me a shot in the butt at that point - oh... my husband just pointed out that they did in fact give me 2 shots in the butt! I'd have to say I was just fine with that! About 20 minutes later we had to get the x-ray and if I moved a centimeter it caused searing pain, so they let me leave my shirt and bra on (for which I am forever grateful) and got the x-ray.
The collarbone is so broken that it will need surgery. I have an appointment on Monday with a surgeon and we'll see what he says.
If I could impart one piece of wisdom on anyone who is reading this, as well as myself, it would be to listen to and act upon your instincts when necessary. Especially when it has to do with your Horse. Horses have a built in mechanism for survival. Humans have the added complication of thinking which falls between detecting the threat and diminishing the threat. The moments in which we over-think or question over and over if we should be doing something or not could be the moment you save yourself and possibly your horse from a disaster.
I am going to take this time to practice listening to my instincts. And hopefully not eating too many Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.
**Also, some Mule and Horse factoids that would have helped to know before the accident: That Horses view Mules as predators, that Mules smell differently (and have no reproductive organs) and that they can frighten a Horse so much that the horse can panic and go into flight mode.
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