Friday, May 1

2015 Kentucky Derby inspires hunting for equestrian-inspired antiques on Ruby Lane

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Cinco Charlie wins Inaugural William Walker 
on Opening Night Kick-Off photo via
With The Kentucky Derby Hours Away,
We Have Horses On Our Mind! 

photo via CNN
The mere mention of the Kentucky Derby and I am immediately transported to a beautiful blue Kentucky sky, floppy hats and sipping chilled Mint Juleps from a vintage silver cup.  There just seems to be a magic between horse and humans that keeps us going back to these majestic creatures to watch them race, jump, hunt and trot around a ring.  
the 141st Winner's Trophy
photo Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs
The trophy has a jade base and is made of 14-karat gold, handcrafted and presented to the winning owner in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle ceremonies following the race.  The 2015 Kentucky Derby will be at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  With a record breaking over 160,000 spectators in the stands, this race will most certainly be exhilarating to watch 20 horses gallop to the finish line.  Let's raise our Juleps to the Kentucky Derby and finger's crossed your favorite wins!

Julep Cup
photo via Ruby Lane Antiques
All through the ages man has adored horses and depicted the equestrian lifestyle in art, on our garments, tabletop and home wares.  We simply cannot get enough of horses and the equestrian lifestyle.  Today, in honor of this famous horse race on the horizon, let’s take a look at some of Nest by Tamara's favorite equestrian-inspired antiques and vintage finds from Ruby Lane Antiques. We curated these select pieces from the vintage and antique website.  Each time we pick up something horse related, whether it’s a painting or a collection of antique tack, we are again reminded of the animals we love, and the beautiful lifestyle that honors this special connection between man and horses. 
photo via Ruby Lane Antiques
"After The Race" Original Watercolor
a thought provoking piece Circa 1970-1980s
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara
Vintage Riding Hunting Boots
via Ruby Lane Antiques
These tall hunting boots with a lovely patina would certainly make a statement 
in a stylish mud room or entry hallway
19th C. English Equestrian Hunt Scene
via Ruby Lane Antiques
A stately Hunt Scene indeed! 

Gucci Silver Stirrup Cup Fox Head
via Ruby Lane Antiques
This divine Fox Head Silver Cup 
would look lovely on a vintage bar cart.