Right horse, wrong time

In April last year, I went to a show at Addington. Purely for a day out as I missed riding, my old pony friends and general show-ness. I remember it being a fun day – I ended up helping at the gate for the workers, the Mother bought a yummy picnic including pimms, I saw some friends I hadn’t seen for ages and I also saw Jack. Now, I didn’t know his name was Jack […]

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Marks system – good or bad?

I am normally a fan of Simon Reynolds’ column – saying it how it is, not scared to be a bit controversial, bringing up current topics. But this week, discussing the marks system in showing and I have to object.I agree with him when it comes to “the same old rumblings” – it does seem to be a continual debate, seemingly as endless as the EU referendum. But I disagree that marks are a bad […]

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A Side Saddle taster

At the age of 12, I had only ridden a very small amount of times but I went for a lesson with Betty Skelton because I loved the idea of riding side saddle. I did not know Mrs S so had no warning of what I had in store. I should have guessed from the fact she was in her 80s, carried water buckets around and drove at a million miles an hour that I […]

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Proud to be British

I am a proud Brit; I hang my union jack flag at any opportunity, I will cheer for Team GB in basically any sport going and over the last few weeks the horse world has just made me even prouder. Just over two weeks ago, we took our annual pilgrimage to Badminton Horse Trials. I make no secret that I am not the biggest eventing fan but Badminton has definitely become a not to be […]

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If at first you don’t succeed 

A few weeks ago, I read about a very exciting new competition – the Blue Chip All Star Academy in association with Horse and Country TV. They were looking for a normal riders, good with social media, happy in front of a camera, with interesting stories for regular video blogs (vlogs!). Well, I thought, this is my chance! I don’t cook well enough for Masterchef, I don’t sing well enough for The Voice, I occasionally […]

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A reason to smile

Today was just one of those days! The days where nothing quite goes to plan, you feel unappreciated and as if everything is a losing battle. So, I came home ready to curl in a ball, take a large pot of Ben and Jerry’s from the freezer, make a duvet fort to live in forever and then I saw this article – “Use of Spurs, nosebands, bits and draw reins in competition called into question.” Well […]

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Sports Horse Breeders (GB) AGM

I arrived at the Oaksey Centre in Lambourn for the Sports Horse Breeders (GB) annual general meeting. I left the leather jacket behind this time, instead going for jumper and jeans but yet again missed the dress code of anything as long as it’s tweed. I looked around and saw a few familiar faces – well known horsey faces and people I knew well enough to smile at across a room but I was definitely […]

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Conformation training day

Turning up at Folly Fields Farm in Wicken near Milton Keynes for the British Show Horse Association Conformation Training Day, I didn’t know what to expect. There was a gathering of people, mostly women, all in tweed, keeping warm with cups of tea. I stood out instantly as the baby of the group in a leather jacket! Thankfully I saw a familiar face in Sandra Curtis who I had judged with before so joined the […]

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“The Future of Showing” report

What is the FUTURE of SHOWING? An open debate held at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 21st February 2016 with panel members of Sandy Anderson and Emma Wardell from Grandstand Media, Professional producers Craig Elenor and Rory Gilsenan, M&M exhibitor and judge Lizzie Briant, amateur exhibitor Jonathan Fry, show organiser Carolle Lee Jones and journalist Tricia Johnson.   Firstly, thank you to Gail Chapman from TSR for arranging the event. It was a fantastic opportunity for key […]

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Going cross country without a stick…

Whilst scrolling the realms of Facebook the other day, I came across a debate about carrying a whip in racing and whether it should be banned or not. To my surprise many had responded saying no. Genuinely, I was surprised – how could anyone say no to something that could improve horse welfare? And then one response really shocked me “You wouldn’t expect someone to ride cross country without a stick so why should we […]

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