EQUESTRIAN: TOP 5 TACK TRUCK SHOW ESSENTIALS

Travelling abroad to a show with horses can mean packing tons of equipment as (like me) they haven’t yet mastered the art of travelling light! A tack locker becomes the centre of the stabling set up and works as a horsey wardrobe storing all the obvious things like saddles, bridles, boots etc but also other…

EQUESTRIAN: 5 mins with presenter ALY VANCE

You will probably recognise Aly Vance from top events such as the Longines Global Champions Tour and Olympia 5* shows as she interviews the world’s best show jumping athletes for all the top sport TV channels. A talented busy sports journalist and presenter giving us the post competition run downs with the big GP winners…

EQUESTRIAN: 5 mins with ELLEN WHITAKER

5 mins with show jumper, mum and business owner ELLEN WHITAKER   Between being a mum to the gorgeous brothers Harry and Frankie, riding, training, competing and co-running the Marinas Whitaker stable with fellow showjumper and fiancé Tony, Ellen is the epitome of a multi tasker and is a showjumping wonderwoman.   Being born into…

EQUESTRIAN: Travelling abroad with the horses

With the horses back into full work following their end of year break, I am now only 6 weeks away from my first trip of the year to Europe. I’m just starting to plan our travel arrangements and although after doing the trip a lot over the last few years it can still take some…

EQUESTRIAN: Starting 2018 the right way

Happy New Year! This is my first post for 2018 and although I had a very relaxing break over Christmas from work and the horses, I am feeling very unfit/rusty and ready to get back in the gym (did I just say that??) and start fitness work for both myself and the horses. To start…

EQUESTRIAN: Christmas wish list

Anyone who knows me well will know that this is my favourite time of the year! I am Christmas obsessed and not just with the 25th December but generally everything leading up to it including the food, decorations, films, even the weather (yes I know thats weird as I hate being cold) and of course…

EQUESTRIAN: MY TOP 5 WINTER RIDER ESSENTIALS

The winter weather has arrived and I really hate being cold (I’m in thermals from October usually) so I have shortlisted 5 of my favourite winter essentials for keeping warm and dry while riding and around the stables, click on the titles to see places to purchase each item.   NEUMANN WINTER RIDING GLOVES:- The winter…

EQUESTRIAN: Handling Competition Nerves

Hearing both professional and amateur riders in the sport talk about how they don’t get nervous or feel pre-competition anxiety makes me just a teeny bit envious. My nerves teeter on the edge a lot of the time, balancing on the fine thin between performance enhancing and performance destroying and have on a number of…

Finally getting started…

Starting to write this blog has been something I have been thinking about doing for about 12 months as a way to share the experiences I am lucky enough to have as an amateur horse rider competing internationally with my horses alongside co-running a company (non-horse related) with my husband. I am not a professional…