Cherif Championships 2017

I was so honoured when I was asked to judge at this year’s Cherif Championships at Addington on 13th September. A memorable date as its Joey’s birthday – but, figuring that he is only 2, he isn’t particularly adept at reading calendars and isn’t totally knowledgable about birthdays, I thought he wouldn’t mind if I accepted.  However, there was a tinge of sadness over the show as it would be the last one. I have […]

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My Burghley winner – a story of generosity

I have absolutely loved The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. I have loved the horses, the riders, the fashion (see previous blog where I got weirdly into fashion!), the incredible course and I have loved the coverage. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the event but have so enjoyed the various coverage – particularly the different TV interviews, call it research on my mission to be the next Claire Balding! The story that hit me […]

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Finding your tribe

It is Reading Festival this week and, as a Reading resident, this mainly means lots of traffic. But, it also brings back very happy memories and I can’t help but smile as I sit stationary on the ring road! The Festival always coincides with the BSPS Summer Championships and I remember seeing the festival goers flocking to the field in Reading as we drove our fully loaded lorry to the champs. Then a few days […]

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Alien gym adventure

The gym is a weird place. I have had patches of time during my life when I have gone to the gym but it still feels like an alien world to me. At University, I had a sports scholarship which meant I was given a personal trainer once a week…. that sounds wrong, I was given a personal training session once a week! I remember him being very confused that an “Elite Athlete” as we […]

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To be continued….

How do you make decisions? How do you know if you are doing things for the right reason or not? I am usually a good decision maker, except when it comes to the big crossroads when there is too much at stake or too many factors to consider and recently, that has been the case.  I started riding at the age of 12, a relatively late start considering my very horsey family, but from day […]

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Quick catchup

On promising myself I would blog more regularly, life then threw a few obstacles in the way and 40 days have passed. Sorry. And so much has happened and there is so much I want to share…but for now, a quick catch up. Badminton was yet again spectacular – see my previous posts on the awesomeness. Plus this year, my incredibly sociable 1.5 year old stole the show everywhere he went especially with the beautiful […]

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Not a quitter

It really has come close but it is a sticking point for me and I have realised that I am just not a quitter. I have eluded in recent blogs that things have been tough for me over the last few (or sadly, not so few) months, and they really have been rock bottom but I have realised that quitting just isn’t in my nature. I have also realised though that quitting is different from […]

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Standing out from the crowd

Some people live in the shadows, happy to blend in and terrified to stand out. These people should probably not enter the show ring. After the go round, you anxiously walk around with the others, subtly staring down the judge in the hope that you have stood out and get called in. But when did this need to stand out go away from being the best in the ring and become about breaking with tradition?The […]

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Woman of Achievement

“Surprised” is how I described myself when the Henley Herald emailed me to ask how I felt about my nomination for Woman of Achievement. Mainly because I never received the letter telling me about my nomination and their email was the first I had heard of it! But also because it is something so surreal and out of the blue. Someone took the time to write a nomination as they felt I deserved recognition for […]

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I hate bullies.

There is an anti- bullying campaign at the moment and bullying is sadly a very relevant topic in the horse world. I have been to various yards over the years and am amazed by the differences when it comes to atmosphere.  I am an expert on bullies! Being vertically challenged was like catnip to bullies at school and then moving into the horse world, my slightly “different” background and approach to horses seemed to give […]

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