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World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand, Spartan, Launches First Race in South Africa

World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand, Spartan, Launches First Race in South Africa
October 27 Johannesburg Races Mark Entrance to Sixth Continent for Spartan; Events Include 5-km “Sprint,” 13-km “Super” and Kid’s Races The rugged trails, tough terrain and scenic views of Kings Kloof, just outside of Johannesburg, will play host to fire, barbed wire and pure grit during South Africa’s first ever Spartan race October 27, 2018. The country’s inaugural Spartan event weekend will feature three of the brand’s signature obstacle race (OCR) distances including the fast and furious “Sprint,” with more than 5-km of terrain and between 20–23 obstacles, a challenging “Super” with more than 13-km of terrain and more than…

18th October 2018

Chaps & Co., Dubai

Men’s grooming is a growth segment and barbershops have kept popping up daily for several years.  And while stylish men’s full-service spas are not yet as common as the fairly sterile unisex spas and decidedly feminine women’s spas, there are signs of significant growth in bigger cities, and the competition is heating up.  We have […]

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11th October 2018

USRider® Equestrian Traveler’s Companion-Fall 2018

USRider® Equestrian Traveler’s Companion-Fall 2018 In this issue, we’ll share expert trailer-loading techniques from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight, tell you how to wrap your horse’s legs, and give you a rundown on equine protective gear, from head bumpers to hoof boots. Plus, you’ll find a travel guide to a Vermont horse resort and a click-and-shop holiday gift guide for every horseperson on your list.

8th October 2018

Aman Hotel, Tokyo – A Resort In The Sky (Review)

Staying in a luxury top-floor suite at Aman Tokyo is an experience that redefines what a stay at a mega-city hotel can be. Aman Tokyo is Aman Resorts’ first decidedly urban resort. It occupies the top six floors (levels 33-38) of the Otemachi Tower, the headquarters of the Mizhuo Bank that was designed by Kohn Pedersen […]

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27th September 2018

Alessandro Paglia – Vintage Car Pen Drawings

The master of pen and paper, Milanese artist and photographer Alessandro Paglia, has taken an extremely close look at some thoroughly sexy vintage automobiles. The results of his hundreds of hours of painstaking pen work are as mesmerising as ever. His latest feat is an exclusive series of one-of-a-kind artworks depicting iconic cars ranging from […]

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25th September 2018

SPINE Rooftop Lounge, Waterfront City, Beirut, Lebanon

Perched on top of one of the area’s tallest buildings (G1 Rodeo Drive on Naccache Seaside Rd.) the SPINE lounge opened in June and has quickly become one of Beirut’s hottest places to be seen. About 300 of the city’s coolest, well-to-do movers and shakers, artists and celebrities show up at cocktail hour, stay for […]

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23rd September 2018

Chez Claire éclair Boutique, Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium

If you believe Belgian entrepreneurs Dries Henau and Yuri Vandenbogaerde, cupcakes are a thing of the past as are macaroons. They are betting on their favourite sweet thing: éclairs. In their two Chez Claire boutiques – in Antwerp and Ghent – the two are set to elevate their tasty grandma-made childhood treat from its current lowly, […]

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21st September 2018

Harbook bookstore, Hangzhou, China

Once again, we find ourselves admiring arches. In Harbook bookstore in Hangzhou, China, Alberto Caiola Design has given arches multiple roles. Here, arches function as space dividers, visual eye-catchers, book displays, cash desks, modern statements and historical reminders. The 600 square-metre (6,458 sq. ft) open space is loosely divided into a

18th September 2018

Kennedy Apartment, Paris, France

We are seeing arches everywhere. In newly built spaces, in restored hybrids and, of course, in a historical context. Even more surprising, at least to us, is that we like them. Perhaps our former arch-fobia was the result of old images of American suburbia with cookie-cutter bungalows with their hideous

16th September 2018

Sant Martí House, Catalonia, Spain

The Sant Martí house may have started its life a long time ago as a fairly ordinary, sturdy three-story farmhouse built of local stone and situated in a small valley in Vallès Occidental, a comarca (county) in Catalonia, Spain. But, Barcelona, Spain-based Francesc Rifé Studio has transformed it into an exquisite

12th September 2018

Crystal Cordless Lamps

LED-lights have come a long way from the initial, ugly units emitting a dead light. Now we are seeing sophisticated restaurants, hotels, stores and homes use small, stylish LED lights to romance a table setting or to create startling illumination.  Our cordless, solid-glass lights are hand-crafted in Japan. They’ve become the cool

8th September 2018

Casa C3, Marina Lancheros, Ancon, Peru

The sublime Casa C3 is located in Marina Lancheros in Ancon, a popular beach resort in the northern Lima province, Peru. After nearly three years of building and now nearly two years of existence, the vacation residence has settled beautifully in its relatively stark setting, allowing the vistas toward the

6th September 2018


ELITE ATHTLETE LANDIE GREYLING’S FIT PREGNANCY If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal. ~ Paul Coelho For many woman pregnancy is seen as a time to slow down, hang up their hat and cut back on exercise. Exhaustion and extra baby weight justify the decision to stay

4th September 2018

MRBL Apartment, Yaroslavl, Russia

A professional Russian couple who have a crash pad in Moscow was looking for a main residence in Yaroslavl, Russia, a city located 250 kilometres (160 mi) northeast of Moscow. What they found was a rather impossible 86 square-metre (926 sq.ft) apartment on the 18th floor of a building that

28th August 2018

City Loft G, Antwerp, Belgium

A city crash pad for a busy internationally travelling bachelor. It could be tempting for a designer to go overboard with an opportunity such as this. But when Antwerp-based designer Arjaan De Feyter received an assignment to create a quiet retreat from the busy city life, he knew a restrained approach

7th August 2018

Cube Law firm office, Antwerp, Belgium

There’s nothing new about dark wood, marble and leather-topped desks in lawyers’ offices, but even the traditional approach does not need to be stuffy. Dutch law firm Deknudt Nelis wanted its third office – the other two are in Brussels and Kortrijk – to exude honesty and authenticity. As their space

7th August 2018

EQ LIVING August / September 2018

In this year’s Gold List issue, EQLiving readers have voted on their favorites in a wide variety of categories from riders to shows and saddles to trailers.

6th August 2018

XYZ Lounge, Zeebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium

In Ghent’s storied Zebrastraat complex, Paris-based architect and artist Didier Fiúza Faustino has created an intriguing bar-entrance area that is a surprisingly harmonious mix of slightly brutalist elements in strawberry ice cream hues. The pink colour, an open plan, geometric wall patterns, exposed pipes and pink marble are prominent in the high-ceilinged

5th August 2018

Benguela Cove Residence, Overberg, South Africa

This sublime residence is located above the luxurious Benguela Cove Wine Estate in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa. The house overlooks the Bot River Lagoon and the Overberg mountains. The site is 1,610 square-metres (0.4 acres) in size with the house occupying 423 square metres

31st July 2018

ORO Tiramisu, Shanghai, China

Arches and rounded corners, shiny brass, pink velvet upholstery, black marble – these are ingredients we have seen in numerous projects before. But it is always a delight when a concept that is characterised by that elusive mix of old-school opulence and trendy modern touches actually works. Such is the

21st July 2018

Mia Yoga, Moscow, by Harry Nuriev of Crosby Studios

Is Mia Yoga in Moscow the beginning of a new minty-green period for Harry Nuriev, the reigning monarch of Instagrammable design?  Indeed, we are all drawn to the New York and Moscow-based artist, designer and architect’s ever-changing colour preferences and bold choices. Individual pieces of furniture, architectural environments, and most recently,

18th July 2018

Tartuferia San Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil

By combining truffles, minimalistic restaurant design and nature, architects Mariana Garcia Oliveira and Filipi Oliveira created a beautiful pop-up restaurant at CARACOR 2018 for Tartuferia San Paolo in Brazil. The 60-seat, 200-square meter (2,152 sq.ft) temporary restaurant has all of the characteristics of considered, minimalist design, yet it also has

9th July 2018

Khromis Eye Wear, PoHo, Hong Kong

Khromis eye wear is located in PoHo, one of Hong Kong’s hip neighbourhoods-to-watch, a cul-de-sac of Po Hing Fong Street in Sheung Wan. The sleek yet inviting boutique is 812 square feet (75,5 sq. metres) in size, but seems much larger due to the clever use of mirrors and lighting.

7th June 2018

EQ LIVING June/July 2018

The June/July issue includes new trends in equestrian weddings, an inside look at show jumper Alison Robitaille’s home, and the Gochmans.

31st May 2018

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    andrew barlow fine art

    Born 1970, Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Fine Art at University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting). website: andrew barlow fine art

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    Caryn Bowie

    I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

    Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

    Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

    Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless


    When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.  

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

    If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

    You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.

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