NUZZLES: Jennifer Boyle with her horse Champy, Jennifer is the one wearing some of the Dark Horse Studio jewellery.
NUZZLES: Jennifer Boyle with her horse Champy, Jennifer is the one wearing some of the Dark Horse Studio jewellery. Doug Eaton

Jennifer's a dark horse

YORKLEA woman Jennifer Boyle admits that she is "horse obsessed".

She has two beloved horses, Streak and Champy.

She also has a background in equine photography and her new small business, Dark Horse Studio, features horse-themed jewellery.

"I grew up with horses," she said.

"It's hard to put into words, but I think people form special bonds with horses.

"Horses are very sensitive, and they are also ingrained in our entire history.

"They have become mythological animals as well."

Given Ms Boyle's love of horses, it's fair to say that she's looking forward to the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

"This is the one day of the year that non-horse lovers care about horses," she said.

"The Melbourne Cup is such an important tradition in Australia."

For Ms Boyle, who now spends her days - and nights - designing horse-themed jewellery, the fashion is also an important part of the race that stops a nation.

She said wearing a pendant or a ring that had the image of a horse was a perfect fit for race-day accessories.

"My jewellery is contemporary and fun," Ms Boyle said.

"It's versatile so that you could wear it with jeans or at the Melbourne Cup and it can be worn by all age groups.

"My designs are a mixture of my own designs and some which are from antique paintings or from pop culture.

"One of the reasons for starting Dark Horse Studio is because I couldn't find anything I liked out there.

"And because I'm so horse-obsessed.

"But this jewellery isn't just for people who love horses."

Ms Boyle suggested the Galope pendant was an appropriate option for Melbourne Cup attire.

It features a French vintage illustration of a jockey on horseback.

Another popular item is the Cog horse pendant, one of Ms Boyle's designs.



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