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With only a week to go until Mothers Day it’s worth having a look on www.top-stocks.co.uk to find that perfect present. And if you use the promo code MUM at the checkout you will receive a 15% discount. There is a huge range of stocks, pins and clothing for those who ride and/or compete, but what about those, possibly, non-horsey mums who are long suffering grooms, drivers and general helpers with our horses? Findra merino sportswear is perfect for those chilly early starts – baselayers, tops, neckwarmers, head bands and bobble hats in beautiful colours would all make a lovely surprise. They are made from Italian sport merino yarn which has antibacterial and self regulating properties. With no seams on the garments, there is no irritating rubbing, and with a long shaped back, long sleeves and thumb holes they are super comfortable and practical, as well as being extremely smart. The Coldstream Kimmerston gilet is a very useful extra layer for either riding or general casual wear. Available in a beautiful wine and a classic navy they coordinate well with the Findra clothing. Coldstream baselayers also available in wine, black and navy/raspberry. And of course, for those mums who are out there competing or hunting there is always a stock in ivory/cream/white silk or cotton to wear with a show jacket/hunt coat or tails, or a beautifully patterned coloured design to wear with a tweed. You could always match up with one of many stock pins – in gold or silver and a wide range of coloured stones. If you are still undecided we also offer gift vouchers for any amount – please contact me on email@example.com as these are not on the website yet. They can however be used on the website as come with an individual code to be used at checkout. These are valid for 6 months so plenty of time to make a selection. ORDER TODAY FROM TOPSTOCKS Follow us Share...read more
Last year proved extremely busy, rewarding and produced very exciting results – Kate Cowell Dressage
It’s been so much fun alongside my owners and sponsors experiencing and watching the horses develop….. Firmino aka Maverick started 2019 by winning his first PSG, while Dramatic Conquest aka Delilah, owned by Trish Andrews competed her first Small Tour International at Keysoe in March producing a good PSG to finish in fourth place as well as competing only her second Inter I and came 5th!! I have had this lovely mare since she was a foal and its been such a great journey that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, she is turning out to be a true superstar. Sirocco,aka Suchi, owned by Helen Illes came out for his first show at Keysoe Premier League all guns blazing in April with a whopping win of 71% bagging the Golden Ticket straight through to the Summer National Championships. Delilah claimed her first PSG win at Addington’s Premier League with 71% gaining her Golden Ticket to the Summer National Championships and a second spot with another 71% in the Inter I. While Ray-Ban, aka UV, co owned with Jonny Clarke-West, produced a super test to finish 3rd in the PSG.READ MORE 2019 International OutingsBolesworth International CDI***Hickstead International CDI**Hartpury International CDI***Keysoe CDI*** WINTER WORK OUT Samba Dancer establishing GP Ray-Ban small tour.winter regs ad med and psg Sirocco competing inter1 winter regs and developing intermediate II training Joolz strength and conditioning Dramatic conquest developing grand Prix Firmino developing inter II Delbury strength and conditioning 2020 OUTLOOK Samber Dancer competing Grand Prix Premier League’s Tour and aiming International Ray-Ban competing PSG/Inter 1 at Premier League, Small Tour International and BD National ChampionshipsSirocco continued focus Inter II training with aim of competing Inter II locally through to Premier LeagueJoolz young horse 6 yr old national classes aim for Young Horse Championships and BD National ChampionshipsDramatic Conquest compete Inter II locally aiming Grand Prix Premier LeagueFirmino looking for new co-owner Delbury compete Young Horse 4yr olds Follow us Share...read more
From the author of Planet Fran – Population One They say there’s a book in everyone. I’d wanted to write a book for what-felt-like forever and just never got down to doing it. Mostly, I think, not because I wasn’t motivated to do it but because I was quite afraid of the blank screen in front of me. What would I write and how would I know if what I was writing was going in the right direction. I mean, within a story, there are countless characters that can be created and countless decisions they will make that could change the very essence of the plot and character development. So, for years on end, I procrastinated, continued reading books and watching endless movies but rarely did I actually put pen to paper (or, rather, fingers to keyboard) to actually get a work-in-progress underway and every idea I came up with just didn’t seem to hold water for me. What changed? I got older and realised time was slipping by so I focussed my attention on what I knew about. They say, write what you know. Well, I knew about setting up a business and I knew about horses and I knew about the difficulty coming to riding as an adult. These combined gave me the skeleton of a story that became Planet Fran – Population One. Fran McBride is a serial dreamer of riches with great ideas but no-one will back her. She has a complete dislike of all things equestrian, too. The book follows Fran’s journey to learn to ride and jump her nemesis, Batman, as she tries to prove herself to secure the investment she needs to launch her new business. Once I had a workable idea, I was disciplined in writing it. I set myself aggressive word-count targets per week. I didn’t often meet them but having those targets kept me writing. I didn’t worry about draft one; if the story didn’t hang together at points, that didn’t matter, it could be fixed during editing. The important point was to write and keep on writing and that’s what I did. In addition to Planet Fran, I now also have a children’s book out: Lauren and Buddy, Time to Shine, a lovely pony story of triumph for ages 8-12. Book 2 in the Planet Fran trilogy is now written and is currently in editing. Watch out for it coming later this year! They say there’s a book in everyone. Is there a book in you? Sponsored by writersretreatuk.co.uk You can buy Josie King’s books at writersretreatuk.co.uk/shop All books purchased at writersretreatuk.co.uk come signed. Follow us Share...read more
Why you should always wear a Hat – James Boulton had a minor bleed on the brain from a freak incident
James Boulton was involved in a freak accident when loading a horse. I have seen many riders loading horses (including myself not wearing a hat when doing so ). This just shows how important it is to be wearing a hat at all times when handling horses!. James tells us what happened after the incident that was caught on camera! Well… after talking jiberesh for the rest of that day I was taken to hospital and rushed through for a CT scan. Thankfully the yard has the cctv footage to show the incident. Initial response on the Sunday was no major bleed and was told could go home, rest etc but to call 999 should I pass out or vomit….. slept for pretty much two days straight and woke up vomiting…. went to docs who requested 2nd review of CT do discover I had a minor bleed. Same treatment of rest and return should anything happen. Simple tasks such as talking on phone, watching tv etc all have me headaches and for first 8 days and didn’t hardly get out of bed. As back at docs for check up last week and they happy with progress…. got back on horse and only walked last Friday and rode properly today in prep for regionals on Wednesday. massive thank you Jess for your help this morning….. first time I’ve ridden properly in over three weeks due to a bleed on my brain and heading to Easton College Equestrian Centre for the regionals tomorrow. Thankfully Florence is a mega star, but not anticipating too much of a result. Lesson learnt from this is always wear your hat folks! You never know what might happen! This hurt…. a lot! Put me out of action for three weeks, but could have been much worse!As always mummy (Jane)has been amazing looking after Florence and Roxanne has kept Florence ticking over to help make this week happen… thank you both xx Now…. back to this test learning Follow us Share...read more
January is always an interesting month – after the hectic pre Christmas rush to get everyone’s orders out in time, the first month of a new year is a great time to look forward to an exciting time ahead. Orders are still coming in so it’s a time to re-stock ahead of the Eventing season as all items have been rundown a bit with all the Christmas orders. BETA International, which is held at the NEC over 3 days in mid January, is always a great day out – a chance to catch up with existing suppliers, find some new, interesting products, listen into demos and talks and watch the fashion show. I also usually bump into tradestand friends that I haven’t seen since the summer months while out in the road at horse trials, which is always fun. This year’s show was a good one and I did find some lovely new clothing items. Firstly I made a visit to an existing supplier to view the new Coldstream range. I already stock the lovely Lennel baselayers and Kilham breeches in white and I was very impressed with the quality of this new premium range. So I have added the Kilham breeches in taupe – a lovely colour that are perfect for those who prefer a slightly darker shade rather than a cream/beige tone – and the gorgeously snug Kimmerston quilted gilets in navy and Windsor wine. These are a great extra layer perfect for any time of the year. These are all available on the website now – www.top-stocks.co.uk – and the first 10 Coldstream orders will receive a free Coldstream baseball cap, and the very first order will also receive a free pair of Coldstream Pawston performance socks. I also ordered some beautiful sleeveless and short sleeved show shirts. Next up was a visit to the stand of a very new company, DVR Equestrian – I had seen their collection in the BETA magazine and was very interested in both their designs and technical innovations. The specialist sports fabric is produced in Italy and incorporates recycled ocean plastics. It offers muscle control, UV protection, is oil resistant, is fully breathable and wicks away moisture, has two-way stretch and shape retention. And the colours and designs are amazing to top it all off! So impressed that the Santos show shirt has stock loops – I know this is a small detail but how difficult is it to find show shirts with them?! The fabrics really feel amazing against the skin – incredibly light and cool to the touch. These show shirts and base layers will be with me in April and will retail at £56.99. There were lots of other interesting items that I am thinking over, possibly for later in the year. As the show is showcasing the new autumn/winter ranges many items are not available until summer time so I have plenty time to consider these. I listened into a very helpful talk about using social media to increase sales from websites – I was glad to hear that many of the things I do on social media are good, but could be improved. I brought away plenty of top tips to utilise Facebook and Instagram in a better way! The fashion show is a great...read more
CKD Art is a family run pet portrait business based in Cheshire comprising of a husband and wife duo. “We work great together as a team and work to our strengths” The husband Colin being the engine (the artist!) and the wife Kim being the ship (keeping everything afloat and on course!) Colin is a talented self taught artist who is now following his dream as a respected artist and rightly so. Kim has spent her entire working career in sales so is the front of house dealing with all the customer enquiries, orders, finances and delivery. Not to mention she is also responsible for the making of the bespoke hand made boards that have proved so popular with all their customers for being that little bit quirky and robust. “ We believe we offer something a little bit different from what you generally see on the market with portraits on distressed wooden boards and slate but with a personal service that clients leave feeling like friends rather than customers “ They have high hopes for their little business in 2020 and will be attending many shows across the UK. Keep an eye on their page for upcoming work and feel free to follow them! To enquire on a price of a portrait of your pets or horses PM them on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ColinKimDavisonArt/ Follow us Share...read more
I have over 20 years experience in the textile and fashion industries. Being a keen equestrian I have always struggled to find good quality riding stocks in interesting designs, so I started to make my own. So in 2009, after realising there was a definite lack of choice available I decided to combine my interests in textiles/fashion design and horses!A further interest in vintage jewellery and good design led me to source one off stock pins in gold or silver, with a variety of different coloured stones and classic pearl to complement the look. The range of pins changes constantly due to their vintage nature – every one is a real find. All Top Stocks stocks are handmade by myself in Cumbria. I love sourcing special fabrics resulting in a large range of silk and cotton fabrics including prints, many from Liberty of London, and special embroidered, beaded and embellished designs, offering the wearer a real sense of individuality. Your new stock will come complete with a gift box for storage, and a ‘how to tie your new stock’ illustration card.There are other ranges of handmade gifts and homeware in equestrian and country themed fabrics. For the fashion conscious I also stock a selection of quality competition and casual riding gear from The likes of Esperado, Hy and Findra. Find them on Facebook Go to Website by clicking this link Topstocks.co.uk Follow us Share...read more
Images courtesy of Dave Cameron Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Which is your Favourite Event and why? Fave event : we are very lucky that we get to compete at some of the most beautiful settings in the country so having a favourite is really difficult, I do love when there is a castle or a stately home, this year driving into the new venue at glamis castle with the stunning view of the castle right in front of you, it felt like I was in an episode of downtown abbey lol What is your most embarrassing moment? I have Many ! If you ask my sister she will vouch that I attract embarrassing situations, I have no filter this seems to be my problem. One that’s just off the top of my head as it’s sort of horsey related, I walked into the stable managers at Blair this year and the FEI vets, officials and such were there, they were having a go at telling each other jokes (it was evening and the wine was opened) , they asked me to tell one, so after a quick think I proceeded to tell them the most shockingly inappropriate joke, I immediately had one of those did I just say that out load moments, The joke didn’t get much laughs, and I made a swift exit, and no I am not telling you the joke ! Do you have a hobby/ favourite pastime away from the horses? I am a horse addict which leaves me no time for any other hobbies, I do a little bit of extra exercise and yoga, but that’s only to help me with the riding not because I enjoy it. Whats your favourite motto? ’fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ my high school PE teacher told me that and it’s stuck with me and it really suits me. Whats the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? I have major self esteem issues, it really holds me back in every aspect of life as I dont push myself, or put myself out there, I stay very much in my comfort zone, and I allow myself to be treated unfairly, especially in this industry. But I am working on it, just doing this is a major step for me. I am a very bubbly person so you would never know. What is your favourite TV programme? I am more into movies, I love a Rom com or something funny, no scary movies ! Oh and anything that David Attenborough does, he is my ultimate fave human If you could be an animal what would you be and why? nothing ! I would hate to come back as an animal, there is so much animal abuse out there I would no doubt come back as something like a whale that’s ingested a tonne of plastic ! However, if I could have a super hero power it would be to stop time, as I am always late ! What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? I love being organised, so will often plan my day out, and what I am doing the next day, or if I am going to a show I...read more
Horses are coming back into work if they’ve had a break over the festivities, and we are all looking forward to the spring, and longing for lighter morning and evenings! So if you feel your competition clothing is possibly looking a bit shabby, it’s worth having a look on www.top-stocks.co.uk as there are some bargains to be had, before the new season’s items start coming in. For Horses is a fantastic brand of equestrian clothing from Italy. With a close eye for detail, strong fashion sense, and good knowledge of sport technical fabrics their premium garments are hard to beat. The Aria show shirt is an immaculately designed piece by For Horses Italy. The traditional white panel at the front of the shirt allows this model to be perfect for the competition arena. The luxurious wickable and breathable microfibres provides on each of the softest and lightest fabrics you can wear against your skin. Machine washable. Sizes S-XL. Reduced from £98.00 to £60.00. Winnie breeches in dove grey which is a pale taupe. Made from top quality Italian technical/performance fabric they are comfortable, lightweight and breathable with a silicon seat, perfect for every everyday riding or competing. The attention to detail is typical of this high end brand. Mid-rise. Machine washable. Leg length: regular. Sizes 24”-32″. Full price £148.00, now £90.00. For Horses Yakie show jacket in navy. A traditionally styled jacket in 4 way stretch material from premium Italian brand For Horses. Made from an innovative technical fabric which moves with you while riding, this jacket is extremely comfortable. Double vented for the ultimate fit. Water repellent and quick drying properties are perfect for British weather conditions. For Horses branding on upper arm and on the front buttons. Material: Softshell, 100% polyester, machine washable at 30 degrees. Sizes M-XL left. Now £250.00 reduced from £318.00. It’s not just For Horses products that are reduced – have some other fantastic competition and everyday breeches available. HyPerformance Oxburgh breeches in beige. Comfortable, lightweight and breathable breeches with a full Alos leather seat, perfect for every everyday riding or competing. Featuring cream coloured binding around the front pockets and back, These breeches look both smart and professional. Complete with belt loops and elastic anti-bulk stretch ankle hems, the breeches are finished with a Hy embossed button. Machine washable. Leg length: regular. Sizes 24”-32”. Also available in navy. Were £70.00, now £56.00. Aren’t these a gorgeous colour?! HyPerformance Merlewood breeches in marine green offers the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and style all in one breech. 4-way stretch material ensures a comfortable fit allowing unrestricted movement whilst the full seat in the signature Hy honeycomb silicone print ensures security in the saddle. Cut to a mid-rise waist with no bulk stretch ankle cuffs they alo feature 4 practical pockets – 2 front and 2 on the rear. Contrast stitching to the waist, zip and pockets add the finishing touches. Sizes 24”-32”. Were £80.00, now £64.00. Looking forward to the new season I will be visiting BETA on 19th January to meet up with existing suppliers and find new, exciting products. Can’t wait to get going again! Contact Topstocks today via our website by clicking here by Facebook by clicking the Facebook logo or by phoning 01228 675671 Follow us Share...read more
By Kate Cowell Dressage Understanding aspects to help make a top test: Scales of training Accuracy Fluency and Harmony Ease of movements Showmanship Degree of risk Mistake free Horse is a happy athlete Let’s talk about these in more detail: 1) The scales of training are a German systematic approach of training which riders, trainers and judges adhere to: Rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness, collection You achieve each one in order as the horse develops his education and training up the levels from novice to advanced. 2)Ease of movements are achieved if the scales of training have been accomplished. The horse can demonstrate the movements securely with confidence and energy. The horse is confront of the leg and on the aids. 3) Accuracy riding from market to marker, again demonstrating that the horse is on the aids. Circles are the right size, lines are straight, corners are ridden. 4)Fluency and Harmony where the test flows easily and with no restriction, tension or resistance. The horse looks supple, elastic, engaged and confident. 5)Showmanship is where the rider is able to ride with confidence and intelligence to showcase the horse in its best light. 6) Degree of risk relates to where the rider decides how much effort to put into a movement to gain maximum marks, thus increasing the risk of potentially making a mistake. He who dares wins! 7) Mistake free tests with no glitches, mess ups, spooks or error of course. 8) A happy athlete is a horse that looks well, happy and calm which has been achieved through harmonious education (not through force or fear) How do I relate this to my competition test riding? A) At home with your trainer/training mirrors: Get excellent basics through the the scales of training. Perfect your transitions, half halts, straightness. Responsiveness to your aids and submission Work on your position. Develop your poise so it becomes autonomous [My goal: I focus on my symmetry] Mentally focus on accuracy when you practise your movements Off the horse: practise the test through mental visualisation :Sit in with judges to see their perspective and translate to your own test riding. :If you want to maximise your marks you ultimately need to show the judge what they want to see! B)Pre- Competition Test Riding: Ride through the test, this will expose the weaknesses. ‘re-evaluate and go back to your training plan. Videoing the test will help hugely as it often looks different from how it feels in a test situation. Practise training at different venues to ensure your horse can cope with other stimuli C)Competition: Stick to a good warm up plan. Have confidence in all your preparation you’ve done at home. Don’t “win the warm up”; aim to have your horse right for the test. This may take several months to get right, and you may need a trial and error approach. Not the same approach works for each horse! [Tip: I have one advanced horse that is far more successful if I warm up for only 25minutes. Another advanced horse needs stretching for 20 minutes, a rest in the stable then another 30 minutes warm up before the test.] Key movements to gain marks easily: 1) Enter down centre line, halt, salute, proceed in trot. Anyone can achieve a minimum of 8/10 for...read more