A long, long time ago, in a past life, I used to teach art, and make a lot of my own work too. I was quite successful, with pieces in the permanent collection at the V&A and in various private and public collections across the world. I loved it… but it’s a hard career to keep going. You need time… studio and research time to keep the ideas developing. With teaching to earn a living and then having kids and a family to look after I fell out of love with making ‘stuff’…Read more "The tale of the rag rug… and taking time with horses"
Over the past few years there has been a surge of technical stirrups new to the market. From the very popular Sprenger Bow Balance (from £160) to the lightweight metal, and very popular Jin Stirrups (from £125), and recently the ‘safety’, ergonomic option FreeJump. With prices over £100 to the £200 mark these are big investments and loved by a pro’s and amateur riders alike. The latest offering from FreeJump is the Safety Soft’Up Premium Pro Stirrup. But just how good are they and are they worth the extra spend?Read more "B&W Reviews… FreeJump Safety Soft’Up Pro Adult Stirrups"
A stellar weekend of top class eventing, style and fashion… read all about it in my latest blogRead more "Four seasons in one weekend… Belton had it all… literally!"
With the wet winter our paddocks and hacking fields are less than desirable and it’s been tough keeping my horses in nice condition – even Wanda the super cob is fed up with mud and all that is entails…Read more "5 steps to a clean winter horse!"
Woof Wear launch their latest range of Smart tech Show jumping bootsRead more "Are you a SMART Showjumper?"
Well known equine manufacturer Woof Wear are launching a new line of boots, available Nationwide December 2015 and at http://www.woofwear.com Their new design comprises of lightweight, breathable showjumping boots offer superb protection against strike injuries to the vulnerable tendon and fetlock areas whilst allowing unrestricted movement of the joints. I particularly like their simple use of […]Read more "Woof Wear release Young Horse Compliant Showjumping Boots"
Feeding a cob can be quite a balancing act. Wanda needs fibre and the right amount of nutrients in order to keep her in tip top condition, but she also can bloat and put on weight very easily. Over the winter there has been little grass available and I’ve needed to supplement Wanda’s diet with […]Read more "Chop Chop… feeding a cob!"
A few years ago I used to work as a fashion lecturer… yes… seems like another world to that of dirty nails, hat hair, eau de muck and all those other equine fashion statements. Never-the-less I still have a real interest in fashion, style and the constant battle of defying my age. I am lucky […]Read more "5 Ways to Treat your Skin Well when Working Outdoors"
I’m writing as what has possibly been one of the most stressful weeks of my life draws to a close. To be fair it has been a pretty rough few months. Like many, I will be glad when the days get longer and warmer as we know how much a difference that makes. Amongst other […]Read more "You cannot be serious…"
For ages I’ve been on the lookout for overreach boots that actually protect and last more than a season’s worth of wear. I was lucky enough to test Woof Wear Smart Over Reach Boots and was pleasantly pleased with them after a string of overreach purchases that really didn’t come up to scratch. I compete on my horses […]Read more "Smarter than most…Woof Wear Smart Overreach Boots Review"