December 2016 - Gift Guide: Staff Picks
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 December 2016 23:27
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In November 2014, photographer Charlotte Dumas (born 1977)— author of the acclaimed Retreived, among other photobooks—began photographing the eight native horse breeds of Japan. Once necessary for farming and transportation, most of these indigenous breeds have lost their practical purpose and have declined in number.

As some of the breeds are confined to small islands, many of the horses have never been able to migrate and their future existence is now uncertain. In some cases, these near-mythical animals have become symbolic of their place, like the Yonaguni horse, which—together with the world’s largest moth and the marlin—is depicted on the manhole covers of this remote island. Each breed seems to unlock a history of its location and a story about the people who share its territory. This limited-edition artist’s book, documenting Dumas’ project to date, portrays horses from the islands of Yonaguni, Miyakojima, Nagano and Hokkaido.

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Here’s a stocking stuffer that might just save the recipient’s life. The Ride Safe bracelet allows you to conveniently display your personal information in case you are ever in an emergency with your horse. Each bracelet has an ID number located on the back of the plate, which can unlock your medical profile to expedite care.

These attractive bracelets are available in a variety of colors and are made from 100% medical grade silicone with a stainless steel buckle, clasp and ID plate.

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The annual L’Année Hippique makes a terrific gift for any serious student of international equestrian sports. The 2016 edition includes special feature articles detailing the past year of international competitions with color photographs taken by some of the world’s best equestrian photographers.

The Rio Olympic Games, Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Season and the Reema Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage are among the featured events. Plus, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, The Dublin Horse Show and Rolex/IJRC Top 10 Final.

Current subscribers to Horse International will receive a complimentary edition of the 2016 L’Année Hippique, but if you’re not one of those, you can purchase it through Classic Communications at 508-698-6810 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Happy reading!



Toast to equestrian passion with a sloganed wine glass, draft a note on stationery that tributes our sport, or do both with gift sets from JJ Equestrian Designs.

Glasses and stationery feature JJ, a sassy equestrian, created by Julie and Jenny, who enjoy a glass of wine after a day of horse showing or riding at home. “JJ is all about good taste, getting the job done and having a great time in or out of the ring!” says Julie White, owner and operator of JJ Equestrian Designs.

JJ’s slogans include Cheers to Every Round, Keep It Smooth, Derby Courage and Bitchin, Bitches in Breeches.

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