Friday, 18 August 2017

A Guide to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017


The final big international 4* event of the season in the UK - Burghley Horse Trials. Every year, I keep saying, I must go - I know, I can't quite believe it either that we haven't been - & based in Lincolnshire, I don't have a real excuse for not going there & back in a day!!


With over 160,000 visitors across the four days of competition, Burghley Horse Trials is evidently a popular event to head to as a spectator. Equally, it's highly popular with the world's best combinations, averaging 80 each year to battle it out for a piece of the £250,000 prize fund.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

It's Not Just The Horse You Need To Make Show Ready...

So, usually it's me, Sophie, that does all the posting on Team Tunnah Evening, but today, it's Andrew's turn!! Getting Louie show ready - training and cleaning - is very much left up to me, but there's also the horsebox to consider, which is definitely a job I leave firmly up to Andrew!


Here it is - Andrew's first blog!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Blogger Recognition Award - Equestrian


My blog started out as a way for me to look back at my competitions performance and training progress to make tweaks & see the progression we were making, as well as being easy to spot areas that we needed to improve on. This changed a little when Louie & I's partnership started back in January 2015 - the blog a story of my journey with my first young, recently back horse. In November 2017, this changed again following my one of my proudest times of my blogging efforts - winning Equestrian Blog of the Year. Today, I continue to blog about competitions and training sessions, as well as documenting the journey that Louie & I are on, but it has become a lot more too.

Over the last 6+ months, I have changed my content to include posts about:



It certainly keeps me busy!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Dressage at Leamside Equestrian


7am never seems a good time to have to set your alarm for on a Sunday morning, but this week, I didn't mind too much as it was time for our first dressage competition since the riding club qualifiers at the end of June. We were without a saddle for a couple of weeks at the end of July, so we were keen to get back to it and be out & about!

Friday, 11 August 2017

6 Picks of Equestrian Clothing Brands

Top 6 Picks of Equestrian Clothing Brands


As part of my monthly feature on Totally Horse & Pony, I decided that August's edition should be my personal top 6 picks of equestrian clothing brands. We all have our favourites and our in the moment & on-trend brands that we spend whatever spare cash we have on, but I've tried to look a bit deeper than that... I've considered all of the clothing brands that I've experienced over the last 10 years since getting back into riding and highlighted my top 6 picks!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hendersyde Park Horse Trials

After filling up on a full English breakfast at the delicious Running Fox in Longframlington, we headed through the beautiful Northumberland countryside and up to the Scottish border town, Kelso, to enjoy an afternoon of showjumping and cross country at Hendersyde Park Horse Trials. The event boasts stunning views over and along the River Tweed, and runs on good old fashioned turf, in surroundings typical of the area.


I was only ever fortunate to be able to run once here, back in 2013 in the BE90. There must be something about the events in the Borders as both Floors and Hendersyde featured highly on my favourites list. I liked Hendersyde as soon as I got there, but it also has a VERY happy memory of mine and Thomas' only ever British Eventing rosette - a 7th place. We got an OK dressage score (33) and a couple of time penalties, but a CLEAR ROUND - something extremely rare with Thomas (I think he only managed 5 across his six seasons). So I added a few extra favourite points to the event too!! 😉

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July Round Up

July started with a weekend off for Louie. Well he’d actually had the full week off at the end of June, following a couple of great competition days out and a trip to Copenhagen with work. But we were soon back to it, enjoying some fantastic schooling sessions, as well as some long relaxing hacks out on an evening after a busy day in the office.

Team Tunnah Eventing - July Round Up


Near the start of the month, we attended an unmounted workshop run by one of my coaches, Philippa McKeever Curry in partnership with a local vets, to talk about the conformation of sport horses. It was a very insightful couple of hours, learning about the correct conformation of front legs, hocks and overall body. Philippa also brought in five of her own horses to have the audience’s critical eyes scan over them, allowing any questions about them to be directed to the vet, before loose schooling each one on the flat and over a jump.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

CIC3* Action from Burgham Horse Trials



This weekend was Burgham Horse Trials and due to when we are usually on holiday, I've never been to watch since it was given its FEI classes. We're very lucky to have classes up to 3* right on our doorstep.

So on Saturday, we head up to the event, nestled in a beautiful part of Northumberland approximately 10 miles north of Morpeth, to enjoy watching some of the world's top combinations being put through their paces in the showjumping and across the country.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Blogger's Corner: Video Apps & Editing Tools


Apps & Tools to Create Engaging Videos for your Blog & Social Media

As you're reading this, you're probably already aware of the emphasis that social media platforms place on the use of video within your content plans. If you're not - go & find out about it!!

Monday, 3 July 2017

June Round Up

June was another busy month (I seem to now be saying this more & more!)



It kicked off in a pretty AMAZING way!! My sister, who has been on the transplant list for over a year, received a phone call at 5.20am Sunday 4th June to say that there was a kidney ready for her. I got several missed calls from her, my Mum & my Dad, and at 6.30am they finally managed to wake me up to tell me the great news... I immediately called my sister and as soon as she answered, I was a completely blubbering mess that couldn't even manage a 'Hello'...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

6 Picks...of 6 Months

Wow...half way through the year already!! Where did six months disappear to? So I suppose we should start by look at what we wanted to achieve & what we have achieved in the first half of the year.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

An Olympic Q&A with Ludwig Svennerstal

Ludwig Svennerstal & Louie at Bramham CCI3* in 2017


A few years ago now, I watch a beautifully modest dressage test at Bramham Horse Trials. I didn't recognise the rider, nor the horse. It was a very harmonious test, showing a very real & working partnership. I thoroughly enjoyed the test & it has stuck in my mind ever since...

Glancing at my programme, I discovered it was a Swedish young rider, called Ludwig Svennerstal & a horse called King Bob. That was back in 2011...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Glow Means Slow

Many of you will have heard of the campaign GLOW MEANS SLOW currently running to help with educating motorists about the safe way to pass a horse while out on the roads.It also has a little added extra & helps riders to understand why it is sort important to be seen, both on & off the road.



We asked Sarah Johnson from the campaign to tell us a little bit more about it!

Let's start at the beginning...

What is Glow Means Slow?

Monday, 26 June 2017

Qualifying for the Northern Regional Championships!

As most of you know from last week's competition report, we're members of the Newcastle riding club, and have been for a little over a year. It's a club that I used to be a member of with Buddy five or so years ago too.



Anyway, I put Louie & I forward for the summer area 2 qualifiers, very last minute on the entries closing date! There were also three other members interested, so we created a team and looked forward to the competition. The qualifiers were being held at Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire, on Saturday 24th June. The day is run by volunteers from all the clubs in area 2 and they did a really great job, helping to point people in the right direction, rounding up from the warm up arenas and getting people out into the main arenas and into the correct test arena... If we didn't have volunteers in this sport, nothing would run, so it's always important to appreciate them.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Blogger's Corner: Increasing Site Engagement


Are you interested in trying to get your blog visitors to read multiple posts once they are on your site? If not, you should be - you made all that effort to get them there so it's good to get them to see as much of your content as possible...

However, it is important to identify what content they want to see through presenting content options to them that are related to what made them click through to your blog in the first place.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Fun in the Sun



This weekend, we headed out to Todburn Equestrian Centre to enjoy some riding club dressage and combined training. After our dressage disaster at Benridge at the end of May, our sole aim was to go & have an enjoyable day, with a less dramatic test from both Louie & I!!

Mission accomplished!!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Welcome to the World of Blogging

Many of you reading this will already be bloggers in some guise - you may not even realise you are!

Regular & long standing readers will know why I started my blog, but in a nutshell, it was to create a space to look back at competition reports to see our improvements as we progressed across the seasons & throughout the winter.


Team Tunnah Eventing launched on 9th October 2012. I had my digital marketing knowledge & experience in my back pocket, but really blogging back then was nowhere near as popular as it is today, especially in our equestrian niche. I've just taken a few minutes to read back through my first ever post - I thought I would be severely shocked & a tad embarrassed. I'm not at all.

My blog has always truly been in my own personality, my own style and about me & my horse. This is one thing that looking back, I'm quite proud that I have maintained throughout. My visitors like my posts & I've had good feedback on my style from industry experts.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Summer Coolers

Image credit: Hannah Russell

Every month I post for Totally Horse & Pony magazine, usually covering Fashion & Style. I've now completed three posts.

  • Spring Greens, Gorgeous Greys... & A Hint of Pink in Between
    Looking a colourful spring items for you & your horse to brighten your day & blow away those winter cobwebs!
  • Too Hot to Trot
    What to wear (& what not to wear) when visiting Badminton horse trials at the start of May. The post also looked into what should be popular in the all important & eagerly anticipated trot-up outfits!
  • Summer Cooler Ideas for You and Your Horse!
    Our latest post, inspire by a lovely long burst of summer weather... Sadly, the warmer temperatures seemed to disappear, and be exchanged for rain, no sooner had the post gone live...

Monday, 12 June 2017

Bramham Horse Trials 2017

We've just come back from enjoying another fantastic weekend at Bramham horse trials... OK, so we only go to Friday's dressage & Saturday's cross country, but coming from around the Bramham area, I make sure we always make a weekend of the trip away. Take a read through our 2016 Bramham Horse Trials post to see what we thought last year too!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Blogger's Corner: Picking Your Social Media Platform



Our latest Blogger's Corner top tip comes from Ruby Butchers, author of Equipepper. Equipepper started out as a blog documenting the journey of retraining her ex-racehorse, Highland Rain. In November 2016, Ruby was named as Haynet's Rising Star in the equestrian blog awards.

Equipepper logo


Ruby has chosen to cover social media platforms & how we should go about choosing what platforms our blogs should be present on.

What Social Media platforms should you use for blogging?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Belsay Horse Trials


This weekend, we headed along to one of our local horse trial events, Belsay horse trials in Northumberland. Whether to spectate, or back when we competed, it is our favourite horse trials to go to in the county. It has always been super organised and tries hard to have something for everyone making it a great family day out.

The horse trials are set in the grounds of the Belsay estate, boasting a spectacular yet quaint castle, hall and beautiful gardens, and is just located north-west of Newcastle on the A696. It has good road access whether your in a big, bulky horsebox or heading along in your car.

Belsay horse trials run British Eventing classes from BE90 up to Intermediate, and this year included U18's, U21's as well as a Novice Region Final.

So why do we love this local event so much?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

May Round Up

Jumping. That’s what this month has been all about! Our last showjumping lesson feels like a lifetime ago, WAY back on 28th April, where we saw Louie show some real green mistakes - mistakes that we thought were behind him and took us by surprise.

We decided to build his confidence back up, starting with loose jumping him over various things (water trays, fillers, planks, ladders…) which highlighted that actually he didn’t seem to have a lot of his own confidence. I’m not really sure what’s caused the loss of confidence – perhaps his recent over-eagerness, but there’s certainly been no immediate trigger.

So, the task this month was to make jumping anything the norm for Louie, while still also working on our rhythm.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Meet Blue Chip All Star Academy Pupil, Tina Wallace!!

Last night (Sunday 28th May) saw the Blue Chip All Star Academy return to Horse & Country TV for its second series.

Series one was a great watch, covering all sorts from Rhi's first dressage lesson on her ex-racehorse & who had only been off the track three weeks, to seeing the pupils being put through their paces with Pammy & Charlie Hutton on some of Talland's top schoolmasters. The series also cover jumping session, as well as one-to-one interview and vlogging opportunities with some of the top stars of the equestrian world. But it wasn't all glam - veterinary care, bandaging, stable management and plaiting were amongst the non-ridden tasks that the series included.

Well, as the series launches, we've had the unique and privileged opportunity to speak with one of the stars of series two!!



Meet Tina Wallace and her horse Banksy in our quick fire Q&A!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

When it's just not your day...


I spotted a post a few weeks ago on the TwitterEventing Facebook group where someone raised a very valid point that I see across equestrian groups & communities all the time...
In a nutshell, people post their good times which when you're having not such a good time, can make you feel very negative. I see a few (not many) accounts that have multiple posts, photos, videos & excitement when the times are good, but go deadly silent when the times aren't so good.


Let me make it clear - I am not suggesting in any way that anyone should post up every single competition report, writing in detail about what a total crap day we've had. I'm not. I also don't think you should ever look at anyone else and compare yourself, especially to someone's social media!!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Blogger's Corner: Google Analytics & Google Search Console


Google Analytics

Many of us concentrate on our traffic volumes - & rightly so, if you're confident in your content, you want people to see it! However, not all blogger's take advantage of what I think it is the best FREE blogger analytical tool - Google Analytics.

Why is being interested in the analytical side to your blog important?

Simply because it enables you to see how you're doing, maximise your strength & support the weaknesses.

Getting Google Analytics (GA) set up on your site is really easy - there's no need to be a technical whizz kid!
  1. Head over to https://analytics.google.com & login with your Google account (you can set one up in a few minutes if you don't already have one) to set up your GA profile - make sure you select 'Website'
  2. Now, make a note of your unique tracking ID (or copy it)
  3. Depending on which platform you blog on, will depend how you need to implement it.

    For WordPress.com blogs, it's very easy and quick - just follow this quick guide
    For WordPress.org (self-hosted) blogs, you'll need to use a plug-in unless you're familiar with web coding. If the latter, you can drop the code into your blog's template. If not, You can use the Google Analytics for WP plugin - take a read.
    For blogger blogs, go to Settings > Other, & under Google Analytics, paste your ID
  4. It can take up to 24 hours for data to show in your GA account, so be patient! 
Once you're all set up,I prefer to log into GA directly, rather than viewing stats from the platform (not available in Blogger).

Google run a specific Google Analytics for Beginners as part of their free academy - even if you're familiar with GA, it's worth reviewing every once in a while to see any new features or tools.

Traffic Insight

We all want to know where our blog users are coming from, and understand how well our promotional activities are working.

GA allows you to look at precisely where your traffic is coming from, breaking it down into almost any secondary dimension.

Google Analytics Channel Traffic

In this example, you can see that most of the traffic is coming from social media channels - click into it, and you will see the networks that make up the 1,373 sessions. This is found under Acquisition > All Traffic > Channels

Further, you can change what you are viewing using the top navigation, as well as add in a secondary dimension to show data for.

Google Analytics Filtering

The best way to get to grips with this is to play with it - filter it multiple ways to show you just what each category can show you. 

TIP: When looking at organic traffic, there is no longer a way to see the keyword that users were searching for when they discovered your site. However using landing page as a secondary dimension after you click into 'Organic' can give you a good indication.

If you work with 3rd party sites, do collaborations or list your blog on other sites, Referral traffic is a good one to see how they are contributing towards your traffic levels.

Audience Insight

Not only can you see the volume of traffic that your site sees, you can gain a lot of insight into who it is that is viewing your site:
  • New v returning users
  • Locations & Languages
  • Age & Genders
  • Interests & Affinities
  • Engagement rates
  • & much more!
Google Analytics Audience Insight

All of this insight sits within the Audience section of the left-hand navigation. Take time to explore it.

On Site Behaviour

Google Analytics can also show you what content users like to consume on site, what they don't and how well you can cross-seed your content through sections of similar/popular posts.

Head over to Behaviour > Site Content > All Pages to take a look at your individual posts and how they stack up against your site's averages.

Are there some posts or pages that see a much higher bounce rate than the average?

You can also start to think about increasing the time that your users are spending on your blog through longer posts and cross-promotion of posts within your blog's site.

Google Analytic Site Usage

Under the same section (Behaviour), there is another area that is dedicated to Site Speed - pay attention to this. Slow sites see higher bounce rates and overall offer poorer user experience. Within the area, there is a Speed Suggestion option - use it! 

Google Analytics Page Speed Suggestions

Most of us are likely to have image size issues - it is worth correcting these but it is a BIG task to do so if you're established. This is my weakest area - I need to go through and optimise all my images. 

If you're just starting out, do this from the start, believe me, it's A LOT easier!!

That leads us nicely into the technical health of your blog, & how Google Search Console can help you.

Google Search Console

OK, so setting this up is a bit more detailed, but it is definitely achievable. Rather than listing the step, take a look at this Setup Guide from Google to get going.

Search Console will send you Messages to alert you to recommended changes - there is a message centre within the tool, so don't worry about having them on email.

Site Errors

These are located in Crawl > Site Errors

Don't be put off by these - you do not need to be a technical genius, but they are worth being aware of. My blog currently has NO errors, and all the ones it has had, I've fixed with the help of my friend Google and a few searches! 


Sitemap

This just sounds technical - it really isn't. A sitemap basically allows Google to understand the relationships between all of the elements on your site. Don't worry, you don't need to create one. You can use a free tool (XML-Sitemaps.com).
  1. Enter your site's URL
  2. Change the frequency to roughly how often you post new content (I chose weekly)
  3. Leave Modification & Priority options set as they are
  4. Click Start
  5. You are redirected to a page where you download your generated sitemap
  6. Head back the Search Console & add it in (under Crawl > Sitemap - look for the red 'add/test' button near the top right)
It can take a little while so make sure you allow it sufficient time to run, both on the generator and in Search Console.

Content Links

If you navigate over to Search Traffic > Links to Your Site you'll be able to see a summary of the number of other sites that are linking back to you, as well as your most linked to content.

You can download either of these reports, with a date that they were added to help you keep a record of any link building activity that you do.

Take a look also at Search Traffic > Internal Links. This will allow you to see your content with the most links to it from your own content within the site. 

What's good about this? 

Well, check out your lowest linked to content and find opportunity in some of your more successful posts to link to it. It will help Google understand that the content is important.

TIP: don't link internally unless it is necessary, and certainly don't over internal link. Both of these can be seen negatively to Google.

Mobile Usability

In the GA step about Site Speed, you can toggle between desktop and mobile, so some issues for the mobile version of your site may be highlighted. It's worth fixing as many as you can if you see a typically strong percentage of traffic coming to your blog from mobile.

Google Analytics Device Usage

Search Console also has an area that you can quickly identify if your mobile version has any issues. Take a look under Search Traffic > Mobile Usability to see any issues listed.

If this is all new to you, there's a lot to take in, but fear not, if you set aside a few hours a week to go through, you'll soon be up to speed with both Google Analytics and Google Search Console. 

I hang a lot on understanding how your blog performs beyond just how many people visited, and a key area is technical soundness to assist with your organic traffic. Investing the time into improving your site early, will free up a lot of time further down the line to add in more of your effort with your proactive promotion, such as social media, community management & outreach.



Sunday, 14 May 2017

British Showjumping Area Team Qualifiers

Yesterday (Saturday 13th May), we swapped a trip up to Floors Castle horse trials with a trip to Northallerton Equestrian centre to watch the area team qualifiers class. I voluntarily sit on the committee for area 12 (Northumberland & Tyne and Wear) to look after their social media, and while I know a fair bit about that, I know almost NOTHING about showjumping!

I took the opportunity to head down, not only to support the team, but to learn a bit more about the sport, its rules and enjoy a morning of showjumping. It did mean a bit of an early start, leaving Northumberland at 6.45am to arrive in good time.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017 Round Up

Image credit: Horse & Country TV

Well, what a finish - Andrew Nicholson has won Badminton after attempting a total of 37 times over 33 years, just going to show you what patience & determination really can achieve!

Take a spin through our round up of Badminton Horse Trials 2017 to find out the highlights as all the action unfolded across the five days.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Top 5 Things I've Learnt with a Young Horse



Firstly, I do not, in any way claim to be an established producer of young horses! Louie is my first proper young horse - taking him from a freshly backed rising 4 year old to where he is in his training today (which is still a work in progress, & always will be!)

I've created this post based on what I've learnt along the way, as well as being able to understand a lot of the learning curves I took with Buddy (a previous horse I bought as a 5 year old) that at the time, I couldn't get my head around.

Having a young horse is a lot of fun, a lot of reward, a lot of hard work and a lot of learning.

Would I do it all again? YES!

Here's my top 5 things that I've learnt along the way while training, handling, competing & enjoying my young horse.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April Round Up

Well 2017 is certainly flying past – I can’t believe we’re now at the end of April!!

At the start of the month, I took Louie on his first ever pleasure ride. We spend a lot of time hacking out alone, or with only really one or two others, so I was keen to know how Louie would get on by himself, within a much larger group.


He was definitely keen!! He had a blast and really took me forward around the whole ride, even if it was a little quicker than I’d first hoped!

The ride was through Hulne Park with some beautiful countryside of Alnwick, making for some great photos – we did a full post on the pleasure ride already.

We changed Louie’s bit at the end of March, so we’ve done a “bit” of playing around with how that works for us too, really just by putting it through everything we do.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017


An eventing blog wouldn't be quite the same without some mention of the first four star of the year - Badminton.

Badminton is my favourite four star - I like that it is early(ish) in the season, I like the setup of it with the Badminton house in the background, and the vibrant red & white of the grandstand. But most of all, I love the cross country course!!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Eventing Legend, Yogi Breisner, Puts Us Through Our Paces!

The day after the Inspire with Yogi Breisner demonstration back in mid-March, there was opportunity to have a lesson with the master himself, putting both you & your horse put through their paces! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have such an experienced pair of eyes on both Louie & I.


As Louie had been off ridden work for about four weeks, I was convinced I'd not be able to get a spot back in the clinic with just four days notice. But I was a VERY lucky girl... I managed to organise a private, one-to-one 45 minute lesson with Yogi!

A private lesson with such an eventing legend definitely made the 5am Sunday morning start much easier - our lesson was at 7.30am, before the rest of Yogi's coaching day started.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Collaboration with Totally Horse & Pony Magazine

April saw the launch post of our collaboration with Totally Horse & Pony magazine, starting with a bright & colourful posts of items to match the spring bloom - Spring Green, Gorgeous Greys & a hint of Pink in between!

Each month, we'll be picking out our favourite items from across the horsey world for both you and your horse.

Image credit: Throstlenest Saddlery
I picked this glorious green to start off our first post as it's a colour that I really love, and is very fitting with the clocks going forward and the countryside around us coming into the gorgeous colours of the spring bloom.

While the colour itself is very bold on its own, it look even better when paired up with light or dark tones of grey. During my research to create the post, I soon realise that there are a whole host of colour to represent spring, and each has its very own matchy-matchy set it seems.

From the purples to match the crocuses and vibrance of pink and yellow of tulips, through to the spring-fresh green of the grass, you can tone all of it down with a more subtle grey. My only advice is not to to mix and match the colours together - only with the grey.

Hopefully you'll enjoy the series that we're doing with Totally Horse & Pony magazine over the coming month and that you'll follow along as the seasons (& colours) change.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

March Round Up

WOW! Well March seemed to fly past… & of course, ended on the BRILLIANT high of the clocks going forward – Spring has finally arrived!

Louie had his MOT in February, and in between a couple of visits from the vets, saddle fitter and physio, we spent a few weeks lunging. I’m a big advocate as to the benefits of lunging, seeing the way in which it has helped Louie develop and build up his muscles without the interference of a rider. Some people don’t see the purpose, but with the correct use of the appropriate aid for your horse, it’s a good exercise to support your overall plans.

Mid-March we were back to it – enjoying being back onboard and Louie was feeling fab!

It had been weeks since we’d been on a hack around the countryside, so at the first opportunity (the weekend), we ventured out on a GLORIOUSLY sunny spring morning – we got a real feel of spring fever that morning!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Hulne Park Pleasure Ride




Sunday just gone, Louie & I headed out on our first pleasure ride together. I quite enjoy the odd pleasure ride here & there - the countryside they ride through along with the manners of people also enjoying the ride are what make them for me.

The Percy Hunt held this one in the gorgeous ground of Hulne Park, just outside of Alnwick. The ride offers a 10 mile option and a 6 mile option - both follow the same trail and split off after the fields and jumps which is probably about the first 4 miles.

The start of the ride was through lots of big open fields with loads & loads of logs - more than I've seen on a pleasure ride before. They varied in height from 6 inches to 2'6", with one bigger one. They aren't placed around the fields which is good - no disorganised riders cantering in front of you!! It also means that if you go with someone who doesn't want to jump, you can still canter along together.

Friday, 31 March 2017

JHL Faux Fur Headcollar Review


At the end of January, I was warmly welcomed into Haynet's Cream of the Crop club & within a couple of weeks I was asked to trial a product through Westgate EFI - JHL's Faux Fur headcollar.

When I joined the initiative, one thing I outlined in my head was that I didn't want to trial products just for the sake of it - I wanted to continue to review items/products we would organically consider.

A headcollar is fairly generic so I was happy to take part...& I'm pleased I did as JHL isn't a brand that I would naturally have considered and haven't used their products in the past. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality to the item & how quickly it was delivered from Westgate EFI.

Haynet published our full review of the headcollar on their site - take a read through to see what we thought and how we got on with it.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March Showjumping Lesson

Hooray! It's been a little while since we actually did some jumping - mid January (!!) & after spending a few weeks giving Louie a full spring MOT, we were more than ready to get back to it!



After putting what we'd learnt during our Yogi lesson into practice all week, our stronger contact was coming on a treat. Philippa recommended trying a very bendy, thick rubber mullen mouth loose ring bit, & taking away the flash.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bespoke Designs for Equestrians


At the start of March, it was the Christening of one of my friend's son, taking place in a very quaint little chapel in a beautiful rural Northumberland spot. The sun was even shining!

Usually, I'm a real last minute person - dashing around the shops the morning of a birthday or celebration to find a gift, card and the perfect wrapping. I was almost proud of myself to have the organisation to be well prepared for this occasion... 👌

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Inspire with Yogi Breisner


Last weekend  (18th-19th March 2017) we were very lucky to have Yogi Breisner visit Northumberland to hold a demonstration - Bedmax Inspires with Yogi Breisner - in partnership with Northumberland Sport.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Equestrian Bloggers Facebook Group

CALLING ALL EQUESTRIAN BLOGGERS!!!




The equestrian blogging community is larger than I originally thought it was, and there's no easy forum for us all to interact and discuss the world of blogging. I'm a member of 3-4 blogging groups on Facebook, but often find my equestrian niche is just too niche to connect with their members.

As such, I've set up a closed group to bring us all together. The purpose of the group is not simply just to post up links to your blog posts, although there will be opportunity to do this via specific threads.

The main concept behind the group is for knowledge sharing - so anything from people asking for tips & support on reporting on your blog through to more technical question to implement elements like Twitter cards across your blog, for example.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Has Spring, Sprung?

Even on a weekend, I find myself waking up not too long after my weekday alarm goes off... (I really wish I didn't have such a good internal body clock!)

I'd been looking forward to a long relaxing hack all week long, and was gutted on Saturday afternoon to see the rain come over once again. Still at least there was no wind and it was warm...

I opted for a schooling session, and thought I'd go for an early hack on Sunday morning instead...

So glad I did!! We head out with just the glorious spring sunshine & birdsong for company...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A-Z of Everyday Equestrian



There's literally 100's of products that we all use everyday, ranging from the common same item in every equestrian kit, through to the unusual & unexpected non-horsey products pulling their weight in the tough equestrian & yard life...

So, for the next 26 days, I'll be posted a different item from my "everyday equestrian" - stayed tune everyday to see what I've given to each letter!

Scroll down to see what we've included for each letter!

Let's get started...

Monday, 27 February 2017

My Top 5 Apps for Anyone Who Loves the Outdoors

I'm sure I'm not alone in admitting that I rely on my phone (probably more than I should!) in everyday life, but especially when I'm outside and around the yard...

I've considered my top five apps that I probably use & think anyone who enjoys being outside could also install.