A New Year, A New Us

As we strive to exceed our sustainability goals, 2019 see’s the use of our brand new CVP-500 automated packing machines – the first of it’s kind in the UK…

As 2019 arrives, sadly the shadow cast by our effects on the environment are more apparent than ever. Here at Derby House we’re taking accountability for the impacts that our business has on the environment, and we’re taking actions. 2018 marked our move to a highly efficient A-rated energy performance warehouse. From here we’ve been working hard to reduce our carbon footprint even further, so when we heard about the new technology that Neopost could offer us, how could we refuse? Introducing the CVP-500 automated packing machine…

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Technology & sustainability… 

So how does it work and how exactly does it help to tackle global warming, CO2 emissions and plastic waste in the ocean? The first of its kind to be installed into UK warehousing, the machine uses state of the art technology to detect the exact dimensions of the parcel, cutting recycled cardboard to create the perfect size box and therefore eliminating the need for plastic void fill. By reducing excess packaging we now require 90 less lorry loads per year, further reducing our carbon impact.

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In 2018 we moved into our state of the art, highly eco-friendly warehouse, complete with solar PV and thermal generating electricity and heat, high efficiency LED lighting with sensor controls, grey water systems making use of rainfall, a 100% renewable energy electricity supply, a 100% bio and frack free gas supply… the list goes on….

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It’s just the start…

Neopost’s CVP-500 packing machines fit perfectly with our green setup, after already committing to a ‘zero to landfill’ policy and reducing our plastic usage by 91% before the installation. Driven by our ethos to help to save the planet that we, and our customers love, we’ve also banished all plastic packaging on our new collection of legwear that was launched in September 2018 and are continuing to work hard to find sustainable packaging alternatives across our collection of Derby House equestrian products.

This is just the start of our green revolution. We are #PoweredGreen.

You can check out behind the scenes footage of our new CVP500 packing machines in action here:

 

 

 

Derby House Pro Denim Gel Knee Breeches – Tried & Tested

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We’ve recently launched our brand new collection of jodhpurs, breeches and riding tights, incorporating high quality fabrics at an affordable price. Offering riders value for money is at the forefront of all we do, we aim to deliver a high quality and premium looking product without the price tag. We searched high and low to find top quality performance fabrics and combined them with this seasons latest colour trends, as well as features to offer ultimate comfort and versatility. Now that they’re here, we’re keen to get them out there for real riders to try and test. We asked keen equestrian Fenella to put the Pro Denim Gel Knee Breeches through their paces – here’s what she had to say…

‘Derby house has recently re-vamped their legwear collection, improving their designs, fit and quality and it’s clear to see even at first glance. When I’m shopping for a new pair of breeches, I look for ones that will cope with the demands that owning a horse brings, but I also want to look the part, even when I’m covered in mud and hay!

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I was given the opportunity to try the new collection of Derby House breeches and I chose the Pro Denim riding breeches. I selected these breeches because I wanted a pair that were versatile, ones that are perfect for when you’re at the yard and in the saddle, but don’t look out of place at the supermarket. I found that these breeches just looked like your favourite pair of jeans when they were taken out of an equestrian environment, which I really liked.

The riding breeches are denim blue with contrasting white stitching which features a pattern on the rear pockets just like jeans, ensuring you look fashionable both in the saddle and on foot.

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I love the practicality of the breeches with them featuring five pockets, one small pocket at the top of the front right pocket (ideal for a key or something small),  two generous front hand pockets (the perfect size for your phone without it interfering with the way you ride) and two rear pockets. This pair of breeches features a reinforced knee patch with a silicon gel pattern in the shape of water droplets for an elegant look as well as added security in the saddle. The belt loops on the waist band team perfectly with your favourite belt just like when you’re wearing jeans. The branding on theses breeches is subtle but classy with a small Derby House Pegasus embossed pendant at the waistband along with a hook and eye with a branded imitation button.

The breeches are made from shape retaining technical stretch denim fabric which meant once on they fit really close, hugging in all the right places for a flattering look. Unlike jeans, the fabric is really flexible allowing for movement when you’re riding as well as when walking around the yard. These breeches are easy to get on, especially with the shaped lycra calf panels making it easy to get your foot in, but also ensuring they are a close fit around your leg for a comfortable fit, meaning no bulking inside your riding boots. Initially I tried a size 28, however I found these were too big, so I swapped them for a 26 which fitted perfectly. I would recommend getting the size down from your usual size in these breeches to ensure they are the perfect fit.

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Overall, I really enjoyed riding in the Derby House Pro Denim riding breeches, as they were flexible, elegant and most importantly comfortable both when riding and walking. The best thing about the Pro Denim breeches is that they are so versatile and are easily mistaken for your favourite pair of jeans when you’re not in the saddle. I’d highly recommend them!’

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Our new collection doesn’t just cater for every day riding, but also for competitive riding too! You can check out the full collection here.

Introducing the new Dublin Country Boots.

Dublin has over 40 years experience in creating high quality equestrian products for every day and competitive riders. Their aim has always been to make their clothing and footwear affordable but without compromising on the quality. The Dublin riding wearapparel and legwear is no exception, made from technically advanced materials to ensure comfort and style both in and out of the saddle.

There is no getting away from the popularity of the Dublin brand when it comes to their riding boots, you don’t have to go far to see them being worn in the show ring and on yards up and down the country as well as overseas. We know how important a good pair of riding boots are but just as important is a pair of sturdy country boots. The Dublin country boots are incredibly popular, you just need to go to a country show, or to your favourite equestrian event and you can see Dublin country boots being worn by many. Whats Dublin’s secret to making these boots so popular, well through years of extensive research they have created super comfortable, robust, stylish footwear that can be worn for a variety of occasions.

This season Dublin have introduced new boots to add to their existing country range, we have picked just a few to help you find the perfect pair.

 The Dublin Eskimo Boots

They are back! A winter version on the standard river boots, designed to keep you cosy this season. Made from a waterproof and breathable full grain leather upper and lined with a synthetic fleece which offers warmth and comfort. Featuring a moisture-wicking RCS footbed and a super tough tec rubber outer sole to ensure added stability on a variety of terrains.

 

The Dublin Bourne Country Boots

These stylish Dublin Bourne Boots are super versatile, hardwearing for yard use but paired with your favourite pair of jeans these boots would not look out of place being worn while walking down the high street. Made from a waterproof breathable full grain leather upper, and featuring a moisture-wicking RCS footbed for comfort and finished with a faux fur trim for that added bit of style.

 

 

The Dublin Calton Country Boots

Not just for wearing around country shows or on the yard, these versatile boots will take you from stable to saddle. Made from a soft full grain leather upper and featuring the RCS moisture-wicking footbed for comfort. These boots also have a hidden elasticated stretch panel at the back and finished with a stylish side buckle for a sophisticated look.

 

You can view the full Dublin collection here.

 

 

Chit Chat with Bella-Giles Smith – 5 Winter Warmer Top Tips

Brrr, there is a distinct chill in the air as I write this blog. I am already wearing long sleeved tops under my fabulous Horseware Polo Charlita Jacket, (I have to say, I feel the bees knees in my jacket around the yard or going to work or out for the day). Anyway, enough about me.  How about I share some great ways to stay warm when the freezing wind, pouring rain and snow descends upon us.

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My 5 top tips for keeping warm this winter:

  1. Layers

It is widely known, it is better to wear layers, rather than one thick item of clothing as air gets trapped in the layers, helping to keep us warm. The ideal number of clothing layers is 4. For instance a wool or base layer, normal long sleeved top, wool or fleece mid layer and water repellent shell layer. This also enables you to remove layers when you get too warm.

Mind you, last winter, when it was really cold, all I wore was a long sleeved base layer and my Dublin jacket and I was toasty. I wasn’t weighed down by lots of clothing so could move and ride very comfortably without getting sweaty. Wearing my riding tights with either thermals or woolly tights underneath kept my legs lovely and warm without restricting movement.

    2. Vulnerable Areas

It is important to keep your ears, fingers and toes covered. During the winter you will always see me wearing an ear warmer and when really cold, a hat with ear flaps I can do up under my chin. When it’s freezing, I wear a snood so I can cover my face. On my feet I’ll wear 2 pairs of socks and either my long yard boots or long leather riding boots (if your boots feel tight, then go for thinner socks as being tight will restrict blood flow so your feet will feel colder). My top tip for helping to keep hands warm, is to wear a pair of pure silk liners inside your warmest gloves, this tip is from my motor biking days.

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    3. Important Areas

Another top tip is to keep your neck and chest covered. Even just wearing a lightweight scarf around your neck will help keep out the cold. When it is freezing, I wrap a wool scarf around my neck and cross the ends flat across my chest and zip my coat right up to the top. I find keeping my neck and chest warm helps me avoid those horrible winter coughs and colds.

    4. Movement 

When you first get to the yard on a very cold day, you probably feel very cold. Once you have been mucking out, going to the muck heap, topping up bedding, carrying water buckets, putting hay in the stable or out in the field, poo picking, sweeping the yard, and even making up feeds, you notice you have warmed up. Movement is a great way to warm yourself up and of course, riding is the fun way to get warm.

    5. Best Friend 

I mustn’t forget our best friend/s and how I keep my horse Rudy warm.  There is a very simple answer to this, Rudy spent most of last winter in his Derby House Elite All-in-One turnout rug. I absolutely LOVE this rug as it fits Rudy perfectly, it is gathered at the top of neck for a great fit, the belly flap keeps his girth area dry and mud free (apart from the odd splat) and the strap under the tail flap (pull tail through loop) keeps his bottom snug and prevents the rug getting blown up. Then when it gets really cold, I just add the 100g under rug included with the Elite All-in one rug giving a total of 300g of warmth. I didn’t need to add the under rug until it dropped to -3 degrees. I almost can’t wait for it to get really cold just so I can change Rudy from either his Weatherbeeta rug which does look gorgeous on him, or his Unicorn rug, he looks so cute in it, for those chilly rainy days, to his awesome Elite All-in one turnout rug.

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I hope you find some of my tips helpful even though I am sure you already know them all. I do have one last little tip not related to keeping warm. If you don’t have lights at the yard or field, use a head torch. You will always see me with my head torch from the end of September through to May as by the time I get to the yard after work, it is dark. I couldn’t manage without it and the brilliant thing about it is, it follows me around LOL.

That’s about it from me, so until next time, cuddle your horse or pony (they are also great for warming you up LOL), good luck if you are out competing and have loads of fun.  If you have any tips for the winter, please do share them with us. Bye for now and keep warm. Bella and Rudy 😊 xxx

Extended Christmas Returns at Derby House

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We want you to get it right this Christmas, but we’re making it easy for you if you don’t…

All orders placed from November 1st will automatically qualify for our extended returns period. This means you will be able to return any unwanted gifts up to and including 31st January 2019. Our normal returns criteria remains unchanged.

 

Last Christmas Delivery Dates

Free Delivery up to 21:00 (GMT) on Wednesday 19th Dec 2018

For all Mainland UK* deliveries we will continue to provide a FREE Super Saver Delivery option up to and including 21:00 (GMT) on the 19th December – so if you want your item in time for Christmas but don’t want to pay for delivery, then order it before the 19th December.

*Excludes Channel Islands, Scottish Highlands, Republic of Ireland, The Isle of Mann & The Isle of Wight. The last FREE super saver Delivery for items currently stored in the store will be Tuesday 18th December 2018

Next Day Delivery available to 21:00 (GMT) on Friday 21st Dec 2018

Please enter your delivery country and postcode/Zip code on the basket page to give you your postal options. For most parts of the UK*, delivery in time for Christmas will be available until 21:00 (GMT) on the 21st of December for delivery with Saturday service. If the Pre-Christmas delivery option is not available then we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. Please call us if you have any concerns.

*Excludes Channel Islands, Scottish Highlands, Republic of Ireland, The Isle of Mann & The Isle of Wight.  The last Next Day Delivery for items currently stored in the store will be Thursday 20th December 2018

Extended Returns for Christmas

All orders placed from November 1st will automatically qualify for our extended returns period. This means you will be able to return any unwanted gifts up to and including 31st January 2018. Our normal returns criteria remains unchanged and after this period returns will revert back to our standard period of 30 days.

Christmas & New Year Holiday Opening

We are open and taking orders in the time between Christmas and New Year although deliveries and customer service functions will be restricted during that time.

Overseas Orders for Christmas

Please note for Overseas orders we cannot give guarantees on delivery dates before Christmas.

We expect all orders placed with free delivery up to and including 16.00 (GMT) on the 13th of December for Australia, Spain and Portugal, 11th for the USA, 17th for France and 18th for Germany to arrive in time for Christmas.

We expect all orders placed with upgraded delivery up to and including 16.00 (GMT) on the 19th of December for France and Germany, 17th for Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia and the 19th for the USA.

Our top picks for men’s gifts.

It’s that time of year again when you need to start thinking about what to get the loved one in your life. With so much to choose from sometimes, it’s not always that easy so we have put together our top picks to give you a helping hand.

Like all our products our giftware has been specially selected for quality and style from top brands in the equestrian industry, so you can be rest assured you are getting the best product for him this Christmas.

Grays Shenton Hunter Tweed Wallet

Our first pick is this Grays Shenton Hunter Tweed Wallet, a bit different to your standard leather wallet with the tweed finish but perfect for a country loving gent. Made from fine cow leather and featuring an 8 card slot, zipped coin pocket, large note sleeve and finished off with a popper fastening.

What country loving gent doesn’t love a new shirt! This timeless style is perfect for days in the field, summer days at your favourite country show or even in the pub. Made from a durable cotton twill which is soft to the touch and features classic button cuffs. Available in a range of colours to suit any country look.

Joules Put A Sock in it Boxer shorts Pack

This set is a perfect stocking filler or will make a great extra gift for a loved one. The boxer shorts are made from a super soft cotton material with an elastic waistband and feature a fun print. While the soft cotton socks will ensure feet are kept warm this festive season. Available in a rugby or race day print.

Derby House Ribbed Beanie 

The Derby House Ribbed Beanie is a must have this coming season. This on-trend style features a fleece lining to ensure you are protected from the harsh, winter weather. This makes for a perfect gift for any gent that enjoys the great outdoors. Available in a range of colours too.

 

Ariat Wexford H20 Jodhpur Boots

These Ariat Boots are sure to put a smile on a loved ones face this Christmas. Made from a waterproof full grain leather upper and featuring a non-marking rubber sole. These versatile shoes are perfect for walking around county shows and smart enough for wearing to your favourite country pub.

The latest equestrian app – Huufe

Here at Derby House we’re super excited about the launch of Huufe, the equestrian app that rewards you for doing what you love – riding! The best part is that you can earn HuufeCoin to spend here at Derby House!

Earn HuufeCoin 

Track your rides to rack up your HuufeCoins. The more time you spend in the saddle, the more HuufeCoins you earn – you can then use them to purchase from us!

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Analyse your ride

Track your rides and equine activities in the app to give you visibility of your horses performance and fitness levels as well as your own. Great for preparing for competition and reflecting on improvements you’ve made – all from your smart phone.

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Capture the moment 

As you track your rides by GPS from your smartphone, you can capture the moment as you go. Any snaps and video’s that you take are a memento of your equestrian achievements and are stored in your personal equine profile.

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Share the journey 

Share your equestrian achievements, photos, videos and rides with your horse-minded friends and family through the app. Browse your friends and family through their profiles, like and comment on their photos and equine accomplishments.

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Join the community 

Share, discuss and discover as part of the Huufe community. Join and create groups to share great rides you’ve discovered  or to chat about the discipline you love the most. Keep up to date with equestrian events and competitions in your local area. Browse the Huufe marketplace for all your equestrian needs as well as creating your own classified ads.

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Ride | Earn HuufeCoin | Buy Derby House Gear 

Download the app here.

Derby House jodhpurs, breeches & tights

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to re-vamp our legwear collection. As horse riders ourselves we know what makes a great addition to your equestrian wardrobe. Whether you’re competing in dressage or showjumping, or just completing your everyday yard tasks, one thing is certain – comfort counts. We’ve carefully thought out each design feature to offer you comfort, style and performance to bring you a collection of jodhpurs, breeches and riding tights that will become you’re new ‘go-to’.

We may have re-vamped the design, re-visited sizing and re-jigged fit, but one thing remains the same – our three capsules – Classic, Pro & Elite.

The Classic collection offers absolute value for money. Here we’ve focused on fabric. While the designs are simplistic and not too ‘fussy’, we’ve been able to focus all of our attention on the fabrics. We’re offering high quality fabrics that bring you all day comfort as well as longevity. You’ll find concealed pockets and deep pull on waist bands for sleek and comfortable styling. Ideal for everyday hacking and yard work and also great for learners. We also offer beige in this collection for competition riders.

The Pro collection is one that also offers absolute value for money, but in this capsule we’ve focused on versatility. As horse lovers ourselves we know that riders spend a lot of time in their jods, and often well beyond the boundaries of the stables. Often spilling over into our ‘everyday lives’ if your favourite pair of breeches transition smoothly into the supermarket or the pub, then it’s a win win.  From super comfortable riding tights taking inspiration from athleisure to denim breeches that would easily pass as your favourite pair of jeans, there’s something for every rider.

The Elite collection (coming soon!) has been curated for competitive riders, offering the highest quality of fabrics with style at the forefront of the designs. Absolute attention to detail has been paid to ensure the best fit with the most flattering of details – from premium V shaped waistbands to body con mesh detailing, we’re proud to call this collection our own. You’ll also find water repelling fabrics and functional pockets within the range – it’s not all about style. Also available in fashion forward, non competition colours.

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Product shown: Derby House Elite High Waist Gel Full Seat Breeches in Merlot – Coming soon – RRP £49.99

This is just a taster! You can browse the full collection of Derby House Jodhpurs, Breeches and Tights here.

If you’ve already tried a pair, we’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

Dublin Riding Tights

Riding tights have been a huge trend within the horse riding community over the past year, and it’s not slowing down. We’re seeing more and more choice, including gel, mesh, print and suede knee patches – there’s no better time to jump on the bandwagon and try a pair – if you haven’t already! By far our best selling brand for jodhpurs, breeches and tights, Dublin have been dominating the riding tight market by offering high quality, innovative tights at a great price. And they’re back this Winter with new and updated styles created specifically for the cold weather ahead! Let’s take a look at the range…

Dublin Performance Thermal Active Riding Tights – RRP £57.99

Apart from being super comfortable, the Thermal Active Tights have the added benefit of a contrast knit panel along the thigh, which gives the rider extra stability and flexibility. The premium stretch fabric with thermal properties ensures you stay cosy this winter. Team with Dublin’s iconic silicon gel print seat for extra stick in the saddle and you’ve got yourself the perfect all rounder.

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Dublin Performance Warm-It Gel Riding Tights – RRP £69.99

A winter version of the much loved ‘Cool-It Tights’, the Warm-It Gel Tights bring you the ultimate in comfort, flex and stretch with their innovative performance fabric with warming properties. Complete with body-con thigh stitching which not only looks flattering but offers the rider support too. Finished off with the famous silicon gel seat for extra stability in the saddle.

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Dublin Performance Compression Riding Tights – RRP £79.99

Ideal for the active rider, the Compression Tights offer features which allow for better muscle recovery and increased blood flow. 4-way technical stretch fabric offers the ultimate in freedom of movement and comfort. This time Dublin have updated the gel print to a unique honeycomb print which gives the rider optimum grip in the saddle. Complete with side pockets for your phone these tights are superbly practical. These ones are also available in white, which have belt loops for a smart competition look.

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If riding tights aren’t your thing, Dublin is also offering a collection of riding breeches with thermal properties this winter, all of which incorporate the highest quality fabrics. You’ll find features like silicon gel knee patches, full suede seats and self knee patches in a range of the most on trend colour palettes – there is something for every rider. You can check out the full collection here.

Ariat insulated riding boots

The cold weather is on its way! Luckily for you Ariat have a range of insulated, waterproof footwear to keep your toes cosy this winter, whether you’re riding or pottering about on the yard, there’s a boot for you.

Ariat are renowned for their quality riding boots, wellingtons and practical footwear which can been seen worn in the UK, Europe, America and across the globe. Let’s take a look at their Insulated Boots – a must have for winter riding.

Ariat Bromont Pro Tall H20 Insulated Long Riding Boots – RRP £319.99

The pinnacle of Ariat’s tall riding boot collection, the Bromont offer classic front lace styling making them perfect for competition or everyday riding. Made from only the best quality, durable, waterproof full grain leather, these boots give you the longevity that you expect from an Ariat boot. The suede leather adds to their durability, being able to withstand hour after hour in the saddle. And the best bit? The Primaloft technology – the part that keeps you warm. Primaloft Technology is the unique and insulating fibres that are made up to retain heat and keep moisture out. It’s extremely lightweight meaning it gives you all the warmth without the bulk. Gone are the days of numb toes whilst you’re riding.

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Ariat Extreme Zip H20 Insulated Paddock Boots – RRP £160.00

If long riding boots aren’t your thing, then the Extreme Zip H20 Paddock boots are the perfect alternative. Pushing footwear technology to the next level and withstanding the most extreme of weather conditions, this little boot is up there for innovation.  The same waterproof membrane as the Bromont but this time with added Thinsulate to offer heat retention with minimal bulk, even at the height of winter. The lining also includes moisture wicking properties to ensure your feet down overheat, and to prevent them from sweating. Add in an Achilles support and stabilising lateral motion control, and you’ve got yourself a super supportive, durable & practical winter boot.

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Ariat Burford Insulated Wellingtons – RRP £149.99

A good quality welly is essential for long days at the yard. Winter and wellies usually makes for very cold toes and lots of pairs of socks, but not this time! Thanks to the Ariat Burford you can spend cold winter days feeling comfortable with 3.5mm of cosy neoprene lining throughout. They also feature moisture wicking technology to prevent sweating and over-heating as well as Ariat’s ATS Pro Technology to keep away any unwanted odours. Despite being extremely practical, these wellies stand out for being particularly stylish with their adjustable leather strap and trimmings.

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It doesn’t stop there, you can check out the full collection of Ariat Boots here.