byNina Fedrizzi| May 27, 2017
When you're maintaining a modeling career and a busy presence on the international dressage circuit, you'd better know how to pack for the road. For Filipino dressage rider Ellesse Tzinberg—who spent her winter months competing her Grand Prix mounts Triviant 2 and Pavorotti 85 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida—that means packing her spacious, Polish-made vertical tack trunk with supplies that are equal parts fun and functional.
Though she admits she can't get enough sparkly ear bonnets, treats, and nutritional supplements for her horses, Ellesse also stocks purely practical items like Ibuprofen, boot polish, and spare deodorant (we've all been there!).
Click through the slideshow above for a look behind the curtain at a dozen items that Ellesse never leaves home without (you can watch her video here)!
1. Schockemöhle Silent Ear Bonnets use neoprene lined ears to help your horse keep his mind on his job. "I'm obsessed with ear bonnets," Ellesse says, "Sparkly ones, shiny ones, you name it. I have one nutso horse that needs a sound-proof [bonnet]."
2. Air-purifying Bags like Moso Natural sachets help to keep closed environments fresh, dry, and odor-free. "I also have [one] in my helmet bag, for obvious reasons!" Ellesse says.
3. Ariat Black Boot Cream helps buff your show boots to a beautiful luster.
4."Dressage people will know this, for the prize giving, [you need] really nice, clean, long under bandages," explains Ellesse, who prefers TransHorse Sport Memory wraps.
5. Degree Motion Sense Deodorant: "I like to use the body-heat activated one in Florida," says Ellesse.
6. ProBios Horse Treats: "I'm kind of obsessed with nutrition for horses," explains Ellesse, who likes the digestion support included in ProBios horse biscuits.
7. Acavallo Opera Stirrup Irons offer improved balance, angle, and flexibility. "They have my flag on them, which is really cool! No one ever makes things with my flag on them," she says.
8. A portable, water-resistant speaker (like the Sony SRS-XB2) is a must have, Ellesse says, to help the horses get accustomed to their Freestyle music. "If you come in on Friday night before the Freestyle, you can hear, like, 10 different musics playing."
9. Ziploc Pinch and Seal Big Bags are how Ellesse and team transport their grain to shows. "Often in Europe, there's not a lot of space [for full grain bags]," she explains, adding that Big Bags are also a great way to transport hay in your car.
10. She also loves her custom Samshield Helmet with Swarovski Crystals. "This is my big investment of the summer," Ellesse says. "It's great under stadium lights!"
11. Effol Ice-Packs are activated using a pulling mechanism, meaning they're safe for transport and quick and easy to use anywhere, anytime.
12. Acavallo Air Release Gel Pads are non-slip and compress air within their cells, expelling it as the horse moves. "A lot of the time I feel that memory foam just squishes...but doesn't really protect," Ellesse says. "I really like how this creates a cushion with the air."