Road Trip to Devon

Sometimes I need a moment to regroup. I think everyone does. So, when Monty’s demonstrations for this year were booked and all a few hours away, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I got online and found a little farmhouse 15 minutes away from The Grange, Okehampton and some me time was officially booked. I arrived at the Lobhill Farmhouse in Devon last night to a beautiful view, the sound of sheep and a friendly […]

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Falling off to be a good rider – is that actually a thing?

Joey got a scooter for Christmas. He loves his scooter. He is a little young for a scooter but is very active and we thought it would be something he would enjoy. He did some practice at home before venturing out to the local park and he was let loose. He fell off. Quite spectacularly in fact. Coated from head to foot in mud. So, did this make him a better scooter rider? Or was […]

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Terrifying Mindy cont – chickening out.

As I walked out of the arena, a smiling stranger said “oh, chickening out!”, I smiled and muttered something along the lines of “ha, yeah, you know,” But in truth she really didn’t know. I was avoiding terrifying Mindy! Last weekend, it was the British Eventing Jumping and Style Finals at Hartpury College – supported by Baileys Horse Feeds. The wonderful Jack had qualified so Joey and I headed down to cheer him on. We […]

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Terrifying Mindy – how to put someone off riding for good

I have a friend, let’s call her Mindy, and I say friend in the loosest sense of the word. Mindy is not a very nice person. Mindy hasn’t ridden for a while, she has had some confidence issues but wants to come and ride on Saturday and potentially a few times a week after that. I really don’t want that to happen. I would really love for her to have a rubbish time and potentially […]

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Caring vs Spoiling

We have the vet, physiotherapist, dentist, farrier, feed supplier, saddle fitter, rug company, additive provider, psychic….. well, maybe that’s a step too far but where is the line between caring and spoiling? I have always tried to give my horses the best possible lives and will always do that. However, None of us have an unlimited budget and so compromises have to be made sometimes. Care is not something to compromise on though. My question […]

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One fence at a time

I jump the practice jump and the mother says “That’s the one. Let’s head down.” So, I walk him down to the entrance. We are ready to go in. Ready to jump round the course. If we do it right and come out with a clear then we are in the running to win. If we win, we get to compete in the championship in the main arena – a dream of mine for so […]

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Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” is a quote dating back a long way, to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans; wise people. Nelle Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was seemingly on the same track when she wrote “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” They […]

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Moving Forward in 2018

I love a new year. Everything is fresh and new and I find a new determination that I lack at the end of a year. For me, the new year is all about moving forward and although I love to write a philosophical, motivational blog, this is not that. I actually want to write about literally moving forward. Perhaps because I am not the owner of particularly long legs or perhaps because I am very […]

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The end of my judging journey

It is the end of my judging journey and it is ok. After finishing a law degree, I followed my path to becoming a lawyer. I found myself working on a murder trial at the Old Bailey which is probably a dream of so many aspiring lawyers. I sat there numb. It was not what I expected at all. Hours of detailed discussions of a 14-page list of mobile phone records were very different from […]

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So, that was Christmas.

How was Christmas for you? Now, continuing the theory that I am a bit of a dreamer, I accept Christmas was never going to live up to the expectations or picture I had put on it, I didn’t anticipate it being quite such a failure though. After feeling a bit of a cold coming on, I diligently took some cold medicine, snuggled up with a hot water bottle for an early night so as to […]

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