Quick catchup

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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 Dubarry girls. My second probationary judging appointment happened – I would love to share but need to keep the privacy sadly. Although, for those who […]

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Not a quitter

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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 stopping. A few years ago, I had a tricky horse and after several falls and near misses, I turned to mum and said “Enough”. He […]

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Standing out from the crowd

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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 pink tweed jacket, the brown long boots, the grey hat, the eventing style hat….. Why? What’s it all about? I remember the first time I […]

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Woman of Achievement

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“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 my achievement in my sport and that I was “an incredible ambassador for non-violence in the horse world and for speaking out where others dare […]

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I hate bullies.

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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 similar ammunition. People will tell you not to take notice of bullies but you will, it’s hard not to. The answer is not to ignore […]

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Winning the mind game in training

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“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle. I love a good quote and Charlie Unwin used them to great effect in his talk entitled “Winning the mind game in training.” Sadly, this quote does mean I am late! I hate being late but I did get slightly lost getting to Charlie’s talk at the Rugby club in Amersham and then couldn’t find the right room when I got there. (However, a couple of very handsome rugby boys were happy to help me – an unexpected bonus.) But I certainly got plenty of food for thought from his hour and a […]

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TSR Showing Debate – Part 2

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So, I got a bit serious and detailed in Part 1 – very unlike me but occasionally it happens. Horse welfare concerns are serious though and it’s something I am passionate about. Part 2 will involve discrimination, terrified children and painted yellow bottoms….. Read on to find out more (I am learning from all those annoying click bait stories I see on Facebook!) Part 2 was titled “Suitably Mounted in the Show Ring” – not as rude as it sounded. Chloe Chubb opened the discussion with a call for common sense (perhaps not common if it needs to be called […]

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TSR Showing Debate -Part 1

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I love a debate. Although, thinking about it, this wasn’t really a debate. The Showing Register had compiled a list of questions from views and comments submitted over the past few months. They had invited an excellent panel of experts to reveal there opinions and then the issue was opened to the floor. No debate was really necessary as everyone in attendance wanted the same results – although how to get there is the issue. As ever, ideas were lacking and criticism and personal anecdotes free flowing. Gail Chapman opened the meeting – notably thanking Grandstand Media for their support […]

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Donald Trump – seriously!?

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I think there has been enough talk about Trump, The Donald, Racist Pyscho Disaster Man. All I shall say is “Americans, that guy? Seriously!?” But the election lead me to look at past Presidents and remind myself of a special speech made by one of them. The 26th to be exact. Theodore Roosevelt. Not only did he name one of his children Kermit (thank you to Wikipedia for that fact) but he also said this… “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could […]

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I lost ?

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Tonight, between 8pm and 9pm was #equinehour on Twitter. And, as I was settling the small into his cot, one eye was glued to my Twitter feed as Hay-net were announcing the Mirror Me PR Equine Blogger of the Year 2016. At 8.23pm, Joey fell asleep. At 8.43pm, I sent this text “I lost ?” I was over the moon to have been announced as a finalist for the award and so I should be pleased anyway, but in truth, I am indutably disappointed. I have never been a good loser – ask my brother who more than once had […]

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