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Photos are thanks to Julia Sherwood I feel that what I’m about to write sounds like something from a TV drama but unfortunately all is true. Let’s start with the good times since my last blog.Our children are on holiday so that has been great fun. My husband Gareth built a swimming pool for us out of large bales of straw and a silage sheet also heated! We even put the bouncy castle in it which has a slide which made it extra fun.I have to say I was thankful that my horses are used to bouncy castles. At Blair we had to walk past a three story bouncy castle to get to collecting ring and Dressage arenas.I really can’t remember what events I’ve done all a bit of a blur at present.Skipton both Drumany and Ki did the 90 it rained and rained and rained and you never guess what it rained. I have to say the organisers did a sterling job of keeping the competition going on the Saturday so well done to Team Skipton. Drum jumped double clear and Ki had a pole showjumping but I was exceedingly happy with both of them. Ki Be90 Millie won the performance class at the Northern Connemara breed show and gained second in both the novice and intermediate working hunter.Northallerton was an interesting day, not the best on paper but educational for all of the horses, again very happy with what we went away gaining in experience. Children headed back to school on the 18th August, and the little one started nursery the next week.This worked well as we had the preparation for Blair. Originally this was going to be our summer holiday competing Millie in the working hunter on the Friday and then Ki and drum on the Sunday in the 90 section. Due to the fabulous number of entries Blair received they decided to run the 90 section on the Friday. It meant I had a very manic day but thanks to Tanya BE secretary and the NPS secretary alongside Sam and Katie who were fantastic grooms, everything ran smoothly. Millie 143cm M&M open Well Drum lost the plot in the Dressage I have to say I got the worst dressage mark I have ever had a 50! Never mind the next phase, showjumping didn’t get much better. They were tiny and she just ran through them thankfully on cross country, after about fence five, we settled into a rhythm and she popped around lovely. Millie unfortunately had some poles and looking back on the mark sheet if she hadn’t had these she would have won. She is still green and I was super proud as this is the first time she has gone straight into an open track without jumping a novice prior. I felt I couldn’t see a stride on her so kept getting deep but maybe that’s after the ride I’d had on Drum but either way I was very proud of the two horses. Ki was the last horse to go in the 90 section. She did a lovely Dressage. I think we were third after Dressage. Knowing the showjumping was small I was a little concerned and I was right to be. The round was lovely and rhythmic but we didn’t...read more
Main Image courtesy of Schive Equestrian I think people need to realise a few things about this service that some professional equestrians provide and learn a few hard truths! Over the last few weeks I’ve seen and read many posts discussing backing and Breaking in of horses and the services offered and required! The post that hit the nail on the head for me was by Schive Equestrian who no longer provide the service for a very justifiable reason… The reason being was because at £200/week it no longer made financial sense, or any kind of sense to put my body and livelihood at such risk.. I’ve had a few hospital visits over the years from backing horses and I’m always hearing about other professionals who are becoming seriously injured through horses they’ve had in for backing. They then usually require months off of work, are suffering from injuries that will have life long effects and have no way of covering their bills. All other professions classed as dangerous (oil rig workers, gas engineers) are rewarded greatly financially for it. Why is it different in the equine world? I know of others who offer this service at a much cheaper rate than myself.. I just struggle to understand how this is even possible or worth their time? Look at it this way.. It would cost approx £120/week to simply have a horse on full livery. For only an extra £80/week this is whats included in a backing livery: 2 professionals (backing a horse is a 2 person job). Time to groom before each session Time to wash off/brush off after each session. Time spent catching and turning out (if the horse has issues around being caught/led, this will require extra time outside of the groundwork/ridden sessions). Time spent teaching a horse to tie up quietly. Time spent desensitising to equipment that will be used. Time spent teaching ground rules and basic aids from the ground (stopping, backing up, forequarter&hindquarter yields). Teaching horse to lunge and respond to voice cues. Teach to stand patiently and park next to mounting block. Teach to be okay with height and sound above him (may need another horse and rider for this). Teach to accept the bit and then respond to different cues from the hand to the bit. Long line Teach to be okay with the saddle. Teach to be okay with getting on and off both sides. Installing brakes and the understanding to move forwards from the leg in walk, trot and then canter. Teaching horse to steer. Hacking out Possibly pop a few jumps. The peace of mind you have knowing your horse is not going to put you in hospital as soon as you lower yourself into the saddle! To get all of the above achieved (within the time frame of 4-6 weeks) in a correct, safe and ethical way, at least 2 hours would need to be spent working through the above with the horse 5X per week. £200/week = just over £28/day. Just to compare, it would cost around £20/day to simply have your dog stay at a kennels! Think of all of the extra time, expertise and resources that are required to back a horse. Not to mention the danger aspect I spoke of earlier… Yet for...read more
High calibre entries have been flooding in for the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials, whilst the Organisers have just received confirmation of permission to increase visitor numbers, allowing for 12,000 spectators on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Recently back from the Tokyo Olympics, team gold medal winners Oliver Townend and Tom McEwen bring seven and four rides respectively while travelling reserve and reigning World Champion, Ros Canter, has four horses running. Also in the mix are the newly crowned British Open Champions, Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around, Olympic reserve and longtime Blair supporter Nicola Wilson, France’s 2019 Blair CCI4*S winner Astier Nicolas, and even multi-medal winning three times Badminton champion, Blair legend and course designer of the 2015 Blair European Championships, Ian Stark. The new ‘trial’ class, a CCI1*-Intro, has a huge entry list of 138 combinations, while the Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival and standard BE100 and BE90 sections are also very well supported. Not surprisingly, an extra day of cross country competition has been added to the schedule to accommodate the large number of eventing competitors. Assistant Director Nicky Townshend commented: “We have been working hard to gain approval for an increase in spectator numbers for some time. To finally hear that this application has been approved is fantastic news and bodes well for a truly exciting weekend of sport which can be enjoyed by more people than we felt might be possible this time last week.” Away from the various equestrian competitions, which also include showing and show jumping, visitors to the horse trials can enjoy excellent shopping opportunities, new catering options, and on Friday evening Persie Gin are offering their annual ticket only Charity Gin Tasting in support of the event’s official charity, The Sandpiper Trust. Additional season and weekend tickets are now available, plus single day tickets for both Saturday and Sunday, with some availability for Thursday and Friday. There is no more capacity in either the campsite or the members marquee. Tickets can be purchased through the website – there will be no tickets on the gate. Follow...read more
The Countdown is on for Blair Castle International Horse Trials – No tickets Available on the gates , Limited Tickets are Available ….
Four weeks to go until the 2021 FEI Land Rover Blair Castle International Entries are strong for the Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival, providing lower level competitors the chance to compete in front of the iconic Blair Castle, shoulder to shoulder with the professionals. A new CCI1*-Intro competition is being trialled, with close to 100 combinations already entered, and there has been a recent addition to the schedule – a Home Pony Team International, riders tackling the new CCI1* track. This has come about following the disappointment of not being able to send a team to the FEI Eventing European Championship for Ponies in Strzegom this summer. Twelve combinations have been selected to compete for Great Britain, with several teams from Ireland also expected. Higher up the levels, two members of the British squad currently in Tokyo have made entries, as has past World and European Champion Zara Tindall. The Horse Trials organisers are working closely with British Eventing to ensure international riders can attend under the Elite Athlete exemption so they won’t have to quarantine when coming to Scotland. Away from the eventing classes are British Showjumping and showing classes plus the highly charged and competitive Pony Club games – not forgetting the new Heart of the Highlands shopping area, showcasing local and small Scottish businesses, and Blair’s renowned variety of tradestands – less than normal due to restrictions, but still a wonderful selection of favourites. A new Catering Director, in the form of Alec Cruikshank of Fonab Farm / Event Boxes Ltd, brings a fresh take on catering outlets and hospitality options as he plans to make Blair memorable not just for horses and shopping, but for eating too. A limited number of tickets are still available, and can be purchased through the website – there will be no tickets on the gate. Photo Credit @Julia Shearwood Follow...read more
The session so far I am about half way through my show diary for 2021 – I can’t believe how quickly it has gone! Unfortunately we had 2 cancellations – Glamis Castle due to Covid restrictions in Scotland, and Skipton (1) due to low entry numbers at ballot date. If I have come to realise anything this year it is be willing to adapt to what is going on as everything is quite fluid. On a happier note all shows so far have been very busy – I think everyone has had enough of online shopping and desperate to see and feel what they are thinking of buying. Plus, after a year of not buying riding gear, competitors and spectators are enthusiastic to replace their clothing. So far, there have been Covid protocols to adhere to – hand sanitiser to be provided on the tradestand and request customers wear a mask. I know this seems a bit strange as we are standing in a field but as the tradestands are enclosed spaces BETA advise us that everyone should be wearing a mask. I’m glad to say most people have been very understanding and it’s all been taken in very good humour. On to bestsellers this season – well pretty much everything! The clothing lines are proving incredibly popular which is fantastic! I don’t have a huge range but like to think that every item is something that is special and different from what most retailers are selling. I am so proud to be supporting British brands such as DVR Equestrian, Agaso Equestrian, Findra and Coldstream. New products just in include Agaso breeches in white – these are new to the brand and are incredible. Much care has been taken to find a white fabric that isn’t see-through and is still flattering, in the classic styling and comfort that Agaso is becoming well known for. Additionally these breeches are cool to the touch, water repellent, stain resistant and wind proof – perfect for the British weather! Competitively priced at £93.99 and available in 24″-32″ waist sizes in short and regular lengths. Other colours include cream, anthracite, navy and mid grey. Also just in stock are these gorgeous baselayers from DVR Equestrian – navy/black and orange/ graphite. These baselayers are designed and manufactured in the U.K. from a fabric which contains recycled ocean waste fibres. Again, the fabric is cool to the touch and incredibly comfortable against the skin. Now on the website priced at £65.00 in XS-XL. Contact Toptocks to discuss your requirements : T: 01228 675671|E: email@example.com Follow...read more
I hope you’re all keeping well and have been enjoying the fantastic weather. Anybody else ever get frustrated with technology? I’m currently sat here trying to put my entries in for some horse trials. This usually is a very simple job. Not today! Every time I get to enter in the third horse and go to press save, draft or complete, the screen goes blank. End of story, start again! Hence I thought I’d change tactics and write my blog.My children are all on summer holidays so we have been having a fabulous time at home and away with the horses. My husband and I managed to get a two day break to Ballathie house. We were meant to go in January as a Christmas present, finally made it in June and celebrated our wedding anniversary. The last few months have been manic but wonderful fun.So in brief; Drumany has continued eventing. Her dressage has been improving, still rather tense but we are staying in the arena. Showjumping really varies depending on if her head is with us or she is starry-eyed. Cross country – she is phenomenal! Millie has been gaining mileage showjumping and doing some work in hunters. In her last competition she was third in an open, jumped fabulously. I’m hoping to enter her in a BE80 at Northallerton, well, that’s if I can get my entries to go onto the system 🤦🏻♀️. Millie 3rd 143cm m & m open Scottish friends We have two new girls on the block. The first being Rocaille or Ki to her friends. She is owned and bred by my friend Sam Ritson by one of my sister stallions, Crackenthorpe Rococo. We sadly lost Rococo earlier this month which was rather an unexpected shock but we had to do the right thing by him. Ki did her first horse trials at the weekend at Warwick gaining fifth in the BE 80. She is stepping up to 90 next weekend only as I’m competing with Millie the day the 80s run. The showjumping may be our weaker element but the cross country she is a dream. Ki Warwick BE80 5th The second new addition is Peepings Daisy, a 3yrs old Fell pony. She has been living on the fell her entire life, only seeing people when she was microchiped and on the yearly roundup. So it’s safe to say she is semi-wild. I have left her to gain her confidence and trust in humans,with my mum, Anne Chappelhow. I didn’t feel it was sensible to bring her back to my house when children may let her out. Oh yes I nearly forgot, My wagon had gone to the mechanics for a routine thing, so I thought it would only be there the afternoon. The Wagon ended up staying longer than initially thought and I decided to go showjumping, so popped in to get my gear. It wasn’t there! Highest praise goes to the western Cumbria task force police for recovering all of my items. Thanks to the power of Facebook an officer on the case saw my post and linked the cases disappointingly the police system hadn’t done this. Oops!Since then the wagon has had a revamp and previously could only carry two big horses due to lack of space. Now thanks...read more
All-equestrian.co.uk was born from two horsey loving women who wanted to make the buying and selling of horses and ponies that little bit easier. “The big problem with buying a horse, especially in today’s competitive buying market, is that you easily lose track of who you’ve called, messaged, emailed, who said what to you about which horse and who you need to call back. It can be a logistical nightmare!” said Jan Birley, one of the All-Equestrian founders. With a free account on all-equestrian.co.uk, you simply ‘heart’ an advert and when you view your list of favourited adverts, you can then add notes against each one, helping you to keep a track of all your enquiries, in one simple place. It’s simple but quite revolutionary. Of course, all-equestrian.co.uk is not just for horses and ponies. In fact, you can sell anything equestrian on there. For tack and other equestrian goods, you can sell either at a fixed price or at auction where you set the starting price.There are no charges for listing on all-equestrian.co.uk and there are no commission fees. If you’re paying for adverts, you’re paying too much!Sign up for your free account, list any horse, pony or item for sale and you will automatically be entered into the All-Equestrian free draw to win an original equine painting worth over £500. Follow...read more
All Equestrian is a complete marketplace for buying and selling everything relating to equestrianism. List horses, ponies, transport and properties for sale. Auction your second-hand tack, clothes, yard equipment and other equestrian items for extra cash. Our site lets you easily keep track of items you’re interested in buying and offers a quick and easy option to get your items listed for sale. Search for whatever you’re interested in finding using our simple keyword search, that lets you home in on just the right results for you. All Equestrian is a trading style of Principus Studios Ltd Manor FarmSouth End LaneGooleDN14 0EQ Follow...read more
All Equestrian is a complete marketplace for buying and selling everything relating to equestrianism. List horses, ponies, transport and properties for sale. Auction your second-hand tack, clothes, yard equipment and other equestrian items for extra cash. Our site lets you easily keep track of items you’re interested in buying and offers a quick and easy option to get your items listed for sale. Search for whatever you’re interested in finding using our simple keyword search, that lets you home in on just the right results for you. https://www.all-equestrian.co.uk All Equestrian is a trading style of Principus Studios Ltd Manor FarmSouth End LaneGooleDN14 0EQ Follow...read more
We are delighted to announce that Keyflow® Sensi-Care®, our new cereal-free feed, ideal for sensitive horses, is now available from your retailer. Keyflow® Sensi-Care®is exceptionally low in sugar and starch and high in fibre, with the added benefit of digestive support from Protexin® probiotics.Keyflow® Sensi-Care® provides soothing and settling nutrition for horses and ponies prone to gastric ulcers, fizzy behaviour and who can be fussy with their feed.Features & BenefitsFree from cereal grainHigh in fibre Very low sugar (3.8%) and starch (8%)Non-heating cool conditionExceptional digestive support from Protexin® probiotics and prebiotics Added omega 3 for all round health and vitalityHigh quality proteins for healthy muscle functioning, development and repairContains sunflower seeds to provide antioxidant benefits Coconut flavouring to tempt the fussiest and pickiest eaters Molasses-free Concentrated formulationWe have feedback already from this brand new product that you can feed with confidence. “Tia is a British Warmblood who is just entering her 11th year. I bought her last year from the field, after falling in love with her straight away. We have completed some British Showjumping so far and the Army Hunter Trials, but I would love to event her. We moved yards in September and unfortunately Tia’s behaviour started to change. In late November Tia was diagnosed with squamous and glandular gastric ulcers. She started a course of treatment from the vets, but wasn’t holding her weight or condition very well throughout the process. On recommendation from a couple of friends, I emailed Keyflow and explained my situation. Grace recommended to start Tia on a diet of Pink Mash and Sensi-Care. Changing Tia’s feed has helped transform her. She has gained weight and condition, has now re-established her topline and most importantly has recently scoped clear from the ulcers. She looks and feels great, and I honestly believe the change in diet was a huge factor. With a bit more fittening work and schooling, hopefully we will get out eventing before the summer!”Sammy Langdon and Tia To read more about Keyflow® Sensi-Care® please follow the link below..https://keyflowfeeds.com/horse-feeds/sensi-care/To request a FREE sample click here!The Keyflow Advice and Support Teamkeyflowfeeds.com01672 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow...read more