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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Winning the mind game in training

“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 […]

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TSR Showing Debate – Part 2

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 […]

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TSR Showing Debate -Part 1

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. […]

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Donald Trump – seriously!?

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… […]

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I lost ?

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 […]

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Stick or not to stick, that is the question

Tomorrow, I shall be getting up super early and heading to Addington Manor for the Sports Horse Breeding and British Show Horse Association joint Judges assessment day. I was so excited to have been accepted although now the nerves are kicking in a bit. I love judging and I am good at it but am I good enough for the top people who will be assessing me? The people who have judged me, who I […]

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The Sporting Mind – an evening with AP McCoy, Victoria Pendleton and Clare Balding

It is rare when you attend a talk because you love the interviewer rather than the interviewee but it was the case when I went to “The Sporting Mind – a select audience with Sir Anthony McCoy and Victoria Pendleton. Hosted by Clare Balding.”I love Clare and literally would do anything to have her job. She hosted the evening superbly, controlled the interview in such a way that we got the most from it, lots […]

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