Ascot Races – Prince’s Countryside Fund Amateur Charity Race

I come from a racing family – my grandfather was a racehorse trainer, my dad a jockey, my aunt a champion lady jockey… However, apart from the occasional visit, I am not as involved in racing as you may expect. After taking Joey to his first race meet on Friday though, I fear the bug may have skipped my generation and hit him. He loved it. We did have a really great day supporting Southerly […]

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Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner

I knew eating chicken for supper the night the Equine Blog Awards were announced was a good decision! I think I am still in a state of shock from seeing the tweet which said “Rising Star 2017 is How Very Horsey”. It genuinely means so much to me. I don’t have as big a following as some of the other finalists but so many people voted and cheered me on, it was really special. Plus […]

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October Equestrian Blog Hop – Halloween: Finding the fun

This month’s Equestrian Blog hop is all about Halloween, yard traditions, All Saints Day celebrations with horses and yard friends. But the truth is, I am not a big fan of Halloween. Growing up, my Gran was so truly English that she saw Halloween as something “very American” so not for us – saying “cute” was also frowned upon.  Also, being on the top floor of flats means trick or treaters frankly didn’t bother with […]

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Top 12 Equestrian Blogger of the Year announced – I’m in shock

I love a great bit of poetry and a personal favourite is “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This evening, I though of this line : “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.” And I realised….. I really can’t.  Tonight, I found out that I have made the top 12 for the Equine Blog Awards and after sitting in shock for a moment, I ran around the kitchen […]

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Cuddy Working Hunter at HOYS 2017 – roundup

I love The Horse of the Year Show and the Cuddy Working Hunter final is my absolute favourite class. I thought I would get a quick roundup out tonight for any avid fans – I know I have previously been stuck at work and searching the Internet for news. I will do a proper HOYS report soon. I really enjoyed walking the course with Sarah Green from Cheshire Show Services. I made this video so you […]

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Why did you start blogging? September Equestrian Blog Hop

I was excited to hear of a new venture called Equestrian Blog Hop. An idea that bloggers unite to write about a particular topic each month so readers can “hop” around and read different blogs talking on the same topic. I am always interested to join forces as a writer and am also excited to explore the other blogs too and hopefully adventure into some topics I may not have written about! Topic one for […]

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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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