Under the helmet of Eva

You might know Shilas (yes, he has his own Instagram page @shilasthehaflinger welcome to follow!) But you might miss out Eva's story and we believe it’s fascinating! And there no one to tell it better than she is, so lets us introduce you Eva Roemaat and welcome her to the Uhip team 🙂

My name is Eva Roemaat.
I am a 27-year-old horse trainer based in the Netherlands. I have lived here all my life and even though winters here are not as bad as Scandinavia, Uhip is still a welcome addition to my wardrobe - I'll tell you more about that later.

I am the proud owner of four horses: Haflinger Shilas, shetland Flip, black forest horse Rede and Lusitano stallion Que-Habil. And to think we started with just one horse... oops!

My passion is working with horses from the ground, in the saddle and mostly focused on trick training and natural dressage. I hear you thinking; what exactly is that last subject you mentioned? Trick training? Natural Dressage?

Well... It is teaching your horse to frame himself like you would see with dressage, only without any tack. So pure understanding and collaboration with no extra aid used! It is truly amazing! I have been doing this since I was 15, so, that is quite a long time looking back at it. My horses enjoy it, I enjoy it, what more should I ask for?

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So, I share my home with my horses. Yes, our horses literally live IN our house. How, you might ask? Well, the stables are connected to my parents’ bedroom, it is all in the same building, and my living room (I live upstairs) is right above my horses. It's crazy, but I can just hear them eating when I am doing my computer work. When I am not out giving lessons, I am enjoying spending my time here in the little paradise I call home.

Now, summer is all fun and games. But when autumn and winter kick in... Listen, I might not live in Scandinavia and I might not have a right to talk about 'a cold day', but temperatures sure can drop here! (at least, I think so). And that is where Uhip comes in.

I feel warm and cozy all day outdoors with temperature below 0!!! That instantly tells you how insanely warm the products are.

And besides the fact that jackets, coats, skirts and so on are really, really warm and comfortable, they are also beautiful to look at.

Honestly, usually, when I wear a longer (trench)coat I look like a pole: no shape, nothing feminine about that. Just practical.

But Uhip managed to combine all the things you need in a winter-coat: It is warm, fashionable, comfortable and you have many options to choose from! And I am not even talking about the range of colors... You have to check it yourself!

To recap my story:
I am beyond happy to be working together with Uhip. I am being kept warm whilst playing and working with my horses. And, looking fancy as I do it. Which is, well... Kind of unique for us horse girls? Usually being covered in mud, straw, hay - but even then Uhip keeps looking fabulous!

Jump Club at its best

Are you a fan of show jumping or ready to start your jumping lessons?
We are very proud to present riders from Jump Club and their success stories and
asked them how their journey started.

Joel Torstensson
Joel Torstensson

Joel Torstensson

1. How did it start with horses and competition for you?
I grew up in a horse family. My mom and dad have competed in jumping. They put me on the horse when I was two, and I have been riding since then. I started competing on B-pony when I was five.

2. What is your relationship with the Jump Club?
I've been riding for Jump Club for three years. We have high cohesion, and I have several of my friends in the club. We are not only seen in competition but are heard and keep in touch even otherwise.

3. Tell us about your biggest dream in the future?
My goal is to take a medal at the Olympics!

4. What is your favorite horse? Tell us a little about it.
My favorite horse is Joker Ek, and he is six years old and magical! I have a big hopes for him in the future.

Hugo Wihlmark
Hugo Wihlmark

Hugo Wihlmark

1. How did it start with horses and competition for you?
It started with my sister and her pony that it was just about to be sold. As it was very sad, I asked my parents what if I will start to ride? And so it all started. It was a Tuesday. And my first jump training was on Thursday, and I get the license on Friday and competed for the first time on the weekend. I fell off and broke my nose, haha ... but it does not stop me and keep riding since then.

2. What is your relationship with the Jump Club?
I rode for Jump Club several years ago when I competed with a pony. Lotta Björe has always been my mentor, and also my coach for several years. Then I have been away and worked away for a few years but have continued to have Lotta as my mentor. Last autumn she called me and asked if I wanted to come back to Jumping Club. I have all my friends on the races, several of them riding for Jumping Club just like me.

3. Tell us about your biggest dream in the future?
My dream is to be able to live on the horses. I don't have to be the best, but I want to do this and be able to live well on it.

4. What is your favorite horse? Tell us a little about it.
My favorite horse is Chamie RTG. Perhaps it is not always the horse that is the most fun to ride at home, but it is my best horse that I have the greatest success with. It is a mare, and she has to do a little as she wants, but she has a heart of gold and is amazing!

Jennie Juhlin Lundström
Jennie Juhlin Lundström

Jennie Juhlin Lundström

1. How did it start with horses and competition for you?
I grew up in a horse family. My mom, grandmother, and grandfather all had horses. So I have horses around me all my life! And I have been riding since I was a kid, and I have competed in all categories.

2. What is your relationship with the Jump Club?
This is my first year in the Jump Club. I switched to Jump Club because my relatives Carro and Peter Lundström have taken over Rekasta and have also joined the Jump Club. I also have Lotta Björe as a mentor and have trained with her for many years.

3. Tell us about your biggest dream in the future?
My biggest dream is to ride the big championships abroad.

4. What is your favorite horse? Tell us a little about it.
You should not favor horses, but I still have to say that the favorite horse is Beyoncoe. It's my best horse right now. She is stubborn with a lot of energy, just like myself..haha, so we fit very well together. We have climbed the classes together.

Under the helmet on Cecilie

Hi

Martina at Uhip got in touch with me, and asked if I could write a few words about my experience with their clothing. What a treat! That’s what horsey people are all about. Helping each other out.

Before I discovered Uhip, I went for items designed for mountain skiing, as items with a hood that fits over a helmet, is a must have. I have tried most brands under the sun. The problem is, they are not made to last. Not for professional use, anyway. So, set out to find equestrian clothing. Finding clothing that actually works is time consuming and very expensive.

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Starting with a riding skirt, since I am fed up with my really big, lumpy, slippery snowboard pants. Kept feeding Google until I got a match. The lady commenting on Uhip's skirt was impressed with the number of details that had gone into making a functional, warm, easy to use, good quality, warm, really warm, riding skirt, that worked just as well around the yard as on board a horse.

She mentioned the color, the brand, Uhip, so it was quite easy to find uhipwear.com.

I was still skeptical, but the description of the items seemed genuine, so decided to give it a go. Thanks to DHL Norway being useless, it took quite a while, before it arrived, but finally it came. Brought it to the yard the very next day. My thighs where warm 😳😶. The weather was best spent indoors in front of the fireplace.

Ice skirt from Uhip was actually working.

The rest is history.

I bought my first Uhip skirt last christmas and during these few months until now I have:

  • The Ice family long winter coat
  • The hybrid mid layer jacket
  • The bodywarmer (new this season)
  • The riding tights

I am in love 😍!

The description of the items are correct. The sizing is made for normal women, not a tiny professional model. The materials do keep what it’s intended for. There are a few bits and bobs, but nothing that really matters.

At present I am saving up to buy the long Trench coat, with a liner.

 

Best regards

Cecilie Røsjø, Norway

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Who am I?

I will try to make the personal introduction short and sweet.

My mother will never forget the time I crawled under the fence at our local riding school to say hello to a foal. She tried to stop me by saying: “ Cecilie, the mother might bite you to protect her baby”. My answer was: “ Nope. Not me”. I can only imagine her relief when all went well. My age? I was 3 and 1/2.

Since then, it’s been horses 26/7, not 24/7 😅.

My father signed a huge emergency insurance policy for me at the age of 13 or 14. I had just been at the racetrack in Oslo, and bought an American TB racehorse. Mind you, he was a stallion, 6 years old and still in full training. Bless my father for not scaring his children- ever- with domed day chit chat about what could go wrong. He believed in learning by doing.

Mind you, when I grew up with horses, we where taught “horse” . We are now talking early 1970, I was 6. Tried getting in a year earlier, but was told to come back when I was eight. No deal. Wiggled my way in by letting my big sister sign me up for lessons 🙃, and by the time I was eight, I was part of the inventory at our local riding school.

The system was: Work hard, earn our trust, and you will be given responsibility matching your horsey qualifications, taught by the best in the business. If you at any given time, hurt a horse, deliberately. You are out. Permanently. If you make a honest mistake, ask a grown up for help, learn from it and move on. It was like a step ladder, and taught me everything I needed to know to make it in this business for 35+ years, and still doing it.

I have been there and done that. Strømsholm, UK, NZ, France, travelling groom, the whole Chabang.

Quite early on, I had to make up my mind if I wanted to aim for the front row of Showjumping, or, taking care of the horses behind the scene and at the same time, be able to teach new generations of horsey people, horse. To honor the dedication others made towards us kids.

I chose behind the scene. For the welfare of the horses, and the possibility to teach. I also lacked the funding-big time 🤓 - to really make it into the big league of the horse world. Coming from a non horsey working class, very supportive, family.

So, at the age of 51, I made an attempt to quit the business. Moved to Bodø, Norway, above the Arctic Circle. That did last approx 12 months 😂😋.

So, now I am back where I belong. At a small local riding school, called Stall Elverøy, located at a place called Valnesfjord, teaching. And boy it’s cold! (Please use Google Maps to find our location).

 

PS. Going to a show during winter? Combine the skirt with the long winter coat - Enjoy 😊. No more frozen thighs. I do it all the time when teaching in those freezing indoor schools.

Under the helmet on Emmi

Emmi Nikunen

"Whatever you wanna do with Icelandic horse, they will help you to make it happen."

Thank you for sharing Emmi.

My story why I ended up with Icelandic horses.

I have started in "normal" horse riding school where I stayed for sometime. After a while we found this Icelandic horse stable where we went for summer camp with my sister. It was fun and we went there almost every year for almost five years in a row. Somewhere between those summers we got asked to ride this old Icelandic horse. That is when my love for Icelandic horses really started. Her (the horses) owner's taught me how to ride different gaits and till this day, she is the one who has taught and maybe will teach me the most. Besides riding she has taught me how to always have fun, whatever you do.

 

"Build trust and connection between you and the Icelandic horse you are riding and he would carry you to the moon and back"

 

Icelandic horses aren't just for hacking as many people think. You can do lots of different things with them. They are easy and willing to learn. Build trust and connection between you and the Icelandic horse you are riding and he/she would carry you to the moon and back (which they also kind of will). When I rode in riding school I had my moments and the lessons were nice but with Icelandic horses I was able to laugh with them, I became proud of that I am a horse rider. I became able to enjoy every single moment with them. And that is how it should be, right?

With Icelandic horse, you can do whatever you come up with. If you feel like riding dressage or jumping over some poles, you can do it (just remember to keep your horse educated for it!). On those bad days when you don't feel like riding at all you can go for easy ride or just sit with them and trust me, the horse will you make you feel easier again. They will make you forget your worries for a while or they can share your worry. Those days when you think you just want to take long gallop, you don't have to ask them twice.

Whatever you wanna do with Icelandic horse, they will help you to make it happen.

 

Regards,

Emmi Nikunen

PS thank you as well Eliisa Mönkäre and Erja Tuunainen