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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New Year, New You

It’s 2016 and this year everything is going to be different! You have made a whole list of resolutions and it’s not even the end of January and you have already broken most of them. You know that gym membership is going to be wasted by February and the green healthy detox smoothie is getting boring already. I am a big fan of New Year – representing a fresh start but at the same time […]

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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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