Guest writer Christa Myers has reviewed a line of riding apparel called Hayward Sportswear. Below she outlines some of their most popular items.
After years of admiring Hayward Sportswear’s jackets, I bought my first jacket and show shirt last year. Before I even showed in it, I wore it around the house and adored it! While the price appeals to more “higher-end” customers, I was able to afford them on a part-time, Subway salary. Hayward Sportswear is a Canadian Company with modern equestrian products, and they have come to be a huge hit in all rings.
Rhonda Thuna, the owner of Hayward stated their best seller is the EuroRibbon Jacket with a starting price of $600. These jackets are lightweight, breathable, and are made of stretch material. My personal favorite thing about my jacket is that it’s machine washable! After a show, I can come home and throw all of my show apparel in the wash and take a long shower! There is no need to travel into the city and bring your jacket to a dry cleaner. This way I am able to have a clean, sweat-free jacket every show. These jackets are basically the skittles of the equestrian world. They come in any color and pattern imaginable! You can match your Hayward Jacket to your Ogilvy saddle pads and De La Couer bonnets, which is what I’m doing.. just need the bonnet now!
The Snap Collar Show Shirt, priced at $160, is the second product I have. Rhonda and I looked through the pattern books to find the perfect purple for me, and I absolutely LOVE my show shirt. The shirt can be made of 100% cotton or a stretch cotton that allows the shirts to be super light and breathable. They are must have during summer heat! I love the patterns the shirts come in. They allow one to keep a classic look while having some colors. I personally love love doing this because it’s fun to not look like everyone else in the ring.
Two products I am dying to buy are the easy wrap and crystal stock ties. One reason I want to buy these is because I cannot for the life of me tie a stock tie – no matter how many YouTube videos I watch. Plus the Crystal Stock Tie was worn by Jessica Phoenix, who is my favourite event rider ever, at Rolex this past year. So if I wear one, my dressage score has to come out as good as hers, right?
But I believe these stock ties should be a staple in every equestrian’s show box. They are made of 100% cotton and have a velcro back, which means no more fumbling with those darn buttons. The Easy Stock Tie sells for $50 and the Crystal Stock Tie sells for $90.
Hayward will be releasing a EuroRibbon Jacket with a half collar ribbon with the option of single piping. As well as new jacket colours in navy, beige, light grey, and brown for custom orders! Keep an eye out for these awesome new options.
There are also many riders who have worn Hayward, such as:
- Belinda Trussel
- Hugh Graham
- Will Coleman III
- Sarah Johnstone
- Kendal Lehari
- Andrea Bresee
- Jessica Phoenix
- Diana Burnett
*= Please note that these riders are not sponsored by Hayward and simply chose to wear their clothing.
If anyone is looking for this season’s show outfit, Hayward Sportswear is the place to buy from. They are the epitome of fashionable and functional. They can be found on social media at: