Combined training when it’s hotter than Hawaii

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My weekends are getting booked up and the summer weather has been typically drab this year so I took a punt and booked a random Tuesday off work to take Bolly combined training at West Wilts. It just so happened that this freak day off coincided with a mini British heat wave and we found ourselves competing in 30+ degree heat. According to my weather app that day Melksham was hotter than Hawaii!!!! You literally couldn’t make this up! Thankfully the judges decided we could ditch the dress code and ride in our stock shirts. When I rode in for…

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Kidney for sale. 1 careful lady owner!

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If the last 20 years had done anything to fade my recollection of just how incredibly MEGA polo was then within seconds of arriving at Cirencester Park Polo Club and hitting the ball it all came flooding back with a vengeance! It’s so hard to explain to an eventer, show jumper, dressage rider etc the sheer buzz that polo delivers. I can imagine the counter arguments: ‘Yes polo looks fun but……’have you but have you ever jumped clear round a 1.30 course of show jumps?’ ‘ridden the perfect passage?’ or ‘felt the thrill of notching up a clear xc round…

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Win a Tottie top for two!

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Win yourself and your best friend matching Tottie summer tops. Those generous bods at Tottie have given me 2x summer slogan vests to give away so if you’d like to win one for you and your BFF simply enter the competition below. If you want to improve your luck then get your friend to enter too, then you’ll have double the chances to win! These limited edition vests look great with jeans, at the gym or in the saddle. I’m told they are super soft so if you’re anything like me they might also get ‘styled’ with pyjamas for lounging…

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POLO…because YOLO!

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I’m a great believer in the saying ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’  and probably on the strength of that phrase alone I have ended up in some unusual, amazing and down right odd situations. Let me elaborate…. Last summer (which is becoming a bit of a habit) I went along to The Rundle Cup Polo Tournament. It’s a local event to me, great for spectators, and the perfect opportunity for some “competitive picnicking”. If you like lounging about in the sun, quaffing back Pimms with chums, watching fast horses gallop inches from your face, and pottering about the luxury trade stands…

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Fat horse, lame horse, cardboard boxes & moving house!

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The last few weeks have been a blur!! In the midst of moving house I also had to take Dustry to ‘Horsepital’ and as such have been whizzing about the B-roads of Wiltshire in my trusty Ponymobile driving either cardboard boxes containing my worldly possessions to their new home or (even more precious cargo) my broken pony back and forth to the vets. There are times when my mind has been so frazzled by stress that I’ve half expected to see Dustry delivered to my sitting room and my sofa standing out in his paddock. Broken pony news first. Since…

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#teamtottie takes on the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup

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Badminton’s newly re-named Mitsubishi Motors Cup competition (previously The Grassroots Championships) for BE90 and BE100 level riders is probably the highlight of the amateur eventer’s calendar, and to qualify and compete there must be simply awesome (it’s definitely on my bucket list!). Thanks to my new #teamtottie role as their ‘roving riding reporter’ I got to go along on Wednesday and meet up with fellow #teamtottie rider Emma Carvey who was competing in the BE100 class. Qualifying for the MMCup is not to be sniffed at. For BE100 qualification riders have to be placed in the top 20% in a BE100…

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The best of Badminton shopping: weird, wonderful & wanted!

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Badminton on the Thursday is a very different beast, it’s quiet and low key and has a really relaxed atmosphere. Some exhibitors are still putting the finishing touches to their stalls, and everyone seems to be really chipper (not yet jaded after several days trading, and answering questions!). I really enjoyed the smaller crowds and getting the chance to sit in the sun and watch the Mitsubushi Motors Cup competitors relishing their cross country rounds. Because the 4* event hasn’t yet begun the focus is very much on the shopping village, and it does NOT disappoint. I don’t know if…

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Badminton Preview Evening at The King’s Head

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High tailing it after work last Wednesday I managed to get to The King’s Head, Cirencester in time to enjoy their Badminton Preview Evening in aid of a local RDA group. The evening started with drinks and nibbles and then proceeded to a Q&A session with an expert panel. Before the Q&A I had the pleasure of catching up with Badminton bound Dani Evans and interviewed her about her riding aspirations, approach and thoughts on her second chance to compete at Badminton. (I’ll be posting that interview soon!) The expert panel consisted of Hugh Thomas, Nick Burton, Dani Evans, Tom…

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I’m Tottie’s new ‘Roving Riding Reporter’

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When an email from Tottie dropped into my inbox offering me the opportunity to work with them I jumped at the chance! I was familiar the brand because back in the day I had a blue Tottie gilet that I wore to death, and had to eventually consign to the bin when I tore it open climbing through some barbed wire fencing. (I wasn’t being chased by an angry bull or anything I just have poor spacial awareness!!) Rode both horses this morning. Mile long canter with Bolly and some school work with Dustry now for some guilty pleasures! Chillaxing…

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Wicked time at Wickstead Horseplay

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Now the lorry is back and the eventing season has begun it was time to get Bolly out to do some SJ practice before his first event. We boxed up and whizzed to Wickstead Horseplay a great local arena with lovely SJs and a few XC fences dotted about the arena making it a great place to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.   Bolly is such a dude I totally love this guy, it’s like riding a big hairy marshmallow. A little bigger than I would like atm as he still appears to be ‘carrying a little Christmas weight’…

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