Emcee Apparel Rider Catch-up: Aria Baker

Aria Baker riding Limo wearing the Alice competition shirt
Aria and ‘Limo’ competing at Sydney Jump Club

Where are you based?

I live on the South Coast of NSW in Kangaroo Valley. 

Tell us about your team, have you got any exciting prospects coming through?

Currently I only have one horse,  That’s Limo. I am very excited to start competing in Juniors with him when the show season commences as it will be my first start in the section. In the near future I am hoping to bring up a couple of young horses to improve my riding and knowledge as well as put my training into a different aspect of the sport. 

Any superstitions? Do you have a lucky shirt, piece of clothing or gear you save for important days at the show?

Generally going into a show I don’t have any superstitions. However, if I ride well one of the days I become superstitious and wear that outfit again at least once 

Emcee Apparel sponsored rider Aria Baker Showjumping

What shows have you really missed going to this year?

The two shows I have missed the most would be Aussie Titles and the NSW State Titles. These competitions have always been my favourites as the atmosphere of the show is incredible. The level of riding displayed at these shows are always world class and I learn so much from them every year. 

How has Covid affected your day to day training?

When Covid caused the lock down at the end of March,  I was unable to have lessons and all the shows that we were looking forward to were cancelled.  However,  once restrictions eased I was able to get back to regular lessons.  Even though competitons were still unable to run,  I used the situation to train hard and improve as much as I could before the show season commences. 

What are you looking forward to most post Covid?

Obviously all the competitions! I have missed competing and the feeling you get when entering the ring, especially the feeling after jumping an amazing round. I can’t wait to get back out in the show ring. 

Aria Baker and Limo at Sydney Showjumping Club

Emcee Apparel Rider Catch-up: Olivia Dalton

2020 has been a wild ride so far! We decided to check in with the Emcee Apparel Team across the globe and see how our sponsored riders in Australia and abroad are travelling! As usual, the first to respond was our prolific New Zealand representative Olivia Dalton. See what we had to say:

Emcee Apparel sponsored rider Olivia Dalton riding 'Cil Dara Bonaparte'
Olivia competing her stunning gelding ‘Cil Dara Bonaparte’

Where are you based?
Karaka, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tell us about your team, have you got any exciting prospects coming through? 

I have 4 horses on my team for this season. Cil Dara Bonaparte, Yalambis Garibaldi and Cheyenne who I had last season, as well as a new addition – Silva Bug MSNZ or Bernie as she’s known around the stable. She’s a 8 year old mare with an awesome jump, I’m super excited to see her progress this season. 

Any superstitions? Do you have a lucky shirt, piece of clothing or gear you save for important days at the show? 

I’m not very superstitious but I usually save my white Emcee competition jodhpurs for the Young Rider classes. I sometimes have a hard time deciding which Emcee shirt I’m going to wear on a show day, they’re all so gorgeous it’s so hard to choose! 

Emcee Apparel's New Zealand representative Olivia Dalton riding Cheyenne
Olivia aboard ‘Cheyenne’

What shows have you really missed going to this year? 

We missed out on the Glistening Waters Series Final in March after HOY – this was super disappointing to miss because it’s such great show to finish on before the winter. 


How has Covid affected your day to day training? 

Luckily, it hasn’t really affected us too much. My horses had a break but they’re now back in their usual routine, it’s been a good time to reflect on last season and work on my riding in preparation for the shows starting up again! 

What are you looking forward to most post Covid? 

I’m most looking forward to competing and seeing my friends, as well as being able to travel around New Zealand for shows again.