It’s Christmas!

I received a message the other day “Hi Daisy. Just had a thought – and please feel free to say No, but we’re holding a little fun show on Saturday for yard clients in aid of Walking with the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care and our judge for the fancy dress is no longer available. Is there any chance you may be free?” So of course I said I would be delighted and duly turned […]

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Taking a risk

Showing is about performing, it’s about standing out from the crowd, it’s about that something special… But where do you draw the line? When does showmanship become circus tricks, when does standing out become a distraction? I saw a Horse and Hound feature “7 incredible moments from 2015 showing season” – top of the list were two moments involving cobs. Firstly, Simon Charlesworth standing on top of Vicky Smith’s Fait Acobbli at the British Show […]

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Strictly Come Showing

I am loving Strictly Come Dancing – the elegance, the sparkles, the music. It’s harmless entertainment on a Saturday night. The only stress is –  Who to support? Jay McGuiness or Jeremy Vine? Three weeks ago, Jay did the most incredible Pulp Fiction themed dance scoring the first 9s of the series (definitely worth youtubing if you haven’t seen it). Jeremy however scored 4s and 5s with an awkward, stilted routine. There is no argument […]

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Food for thought 

Preparing your horses feed in the morning takes some serious focus – the molasses free chaff, scientifically formulated mix, unbelievably expensive joint supplement, mint powder to disguise the unbelievably expensive joint supplement, new additive with the advert featuring that pony that wins everything, one apple carefully cut into 6 pieces then exactly 145mls of luke warm water mixed together with the lucky spoon in a clockwise direction. Then you grab a black coffee and two […]

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A kind word costs nothing

It’s Horse of the Year Show week! So many people fight for their place to be there and so many fail to make it. But for the lucky few, the opportunity to see their name in lights is here. It is an achievement to be there and everyone should be proud. So why the nastiness? Little backstabbing remarks, nasty glares, strategic tactics to upset other horses and with forums allowing anonymous comments people are free […]

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Hypno-riding

I am now a week overdue and waiting for my first child to decide to make a move. It has been 9 long months but the end is in sight – he better be worth the wait! So I sit, twiddling my thumbs and trying not to worry about giving birth. Getting anxious about it a couple of days ago my friend, Kelly, reassured me – “You’re going to be amazing! Horsey people can cope […]

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Sports Personality – what makes a winner?

What an incredible few days of sport with the World Athletics Championships, the FEI European Championships, the Belgium Grand Prix… I have been glued to the TV. It has been inspiring, humbling and at times weirdly stressful! But what I have been most intrigued by is the different characters in the sports – successful sports people come in all shapes and sizes but also with all kinds of personalities, how does that work? Let’s take […]

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The Hickstead Effect

I grew up with stories about Hickstead – my Mum and Aunt recounted endless tales about sinking in the mud and being stuck there for days, about seeing legends being made when they tackled the Derby bank, about trudging from the stable field down to ring 5 with a pony in each hand – even the tales of getting there before the M4 existed. It is a place of dreams and somewhere that has always […]

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Have you qualified yet?

“We won! Yey!” …… “Was it a qualifier?”….. “No, but he went so beautifully, I’m really pleased.”…. “Well, hopefully he will go beautifully again next week at the qualifier where it really matters.” This is a conversation I actually heard  What a downer! I walk along at shows and it is all I hear. Even little tots discussing how many they have qualified – I am not always convinced they even know what it means […]

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Burn all Scrunchies!

My eyes struggle to focus, I take a deep breath, my palms start to sweat, my breaths shorten – yes someone is wearing a scrunchie! People laugh at my ridiculous dislike for anything scrunchie related but they don’t understand that this is not just a mild issue – this is a marmite level of hate and something to be taken very seriously. Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City) famously declared that no woman of […]

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