Posts Written By Chloë

Rabson Manor ODE – Two 3rds BRILLIANT!

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It seems to me that if I’m at risk of frost bite or heat stroke then it can mean only one thing….I’m competing that day! Now I’m not just doing that typical British thing of bemoaning the weather, it really was an absolute SCORCHER, and the prospect of slipping on a tweed jacket was making me want to weep. Off we set, cool box, sun cream, isotonic drinks and sunglasses in hand to Swindon Riding Club’s ODE at Rabson Manor. This was Bolly and I’s first ODE together back in October (refresh your memory here if you like) and so…

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Combining training & practise pays off for 2nd!

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Someone pinch me, I think it all might be a dream! Bolly is quite possibly the most perfect little “goody 4 hooves” to ever grace this planet, and I am his No 1 Super Fan. He’s been part of the family for almost 2 years now but due to moving house, Dustry’s op, fitness levels, instructor changes and numerous saddle issues I feel like we’ve only just recently got all our ducks in a row and been able to train, practice and compete feeling like things are on the right track and that linear progress is possible. Mummy Groom has…

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WIN Equestrian Jewellery – Elvira silver polo mallet ring.

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Being an avid Instagrammer (I’m here if you want to follow my GHE Insta) I like the double tap action and can waste hours scrolling for inspo and entertainment. During one of these sessions I discovered Elvira jewellery and started stalking their account, I got weeks deep on their profile and was loving what I found. This polo mallet ring really caught my eye. Horsey girls’ hands are usually blistered, cracked, sporting a chipped mani, and typically smelling of saddle soap or fly spray so every now and again I think they deserve a treat! (that’s my excuse for buying…

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Badminton 2017 – Shopping, Scoffing & Jaw Dropping!

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Wednesday Badminton is getting busy! It seems that people have cottoned on to the fact that the BE90/100 competition days provide all the same shopping opportunities minus the huge crowds and as such it seemed decidedly busier this year compared to last. With no particular shopping list except ‘lunch’ in mind we set off moseying round the stalls, with our usual plan of shop – lunch – watch some xc – more shopping – maybe a sweet treat – home. Typically the first stall we came across was brilliant (so we did the browse-and-make-a-mental-note-to-return-later-stall-sweep walk) Will Bees Bespoke. I love it,…

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Cross country cobwebs blown away & dressage breakthroughs

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Nothing gives me that buzz like going XC, it’s simply THE best fun! Finally after more saddle issues (when do they ever end???) Bolly now has a jump saddle that fits and is comfortable for him and me and so we booked into a XC schooling clinic with my old chum Stephen Way. I’ve known Steve for years and his lessons are always a really good laugh, especially when I needed him to help me into my extremely tight back protector, you can imagine the scene! Sweet baby angel horse Mega XC schooling today #tweseldown #xc #eventing #horsesofinstagram #horses #equine…

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Win a £25 Viovet voucher

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The nice folks at VioVet have not only supplied me with a ‘back to work bundle’ for Dustry as he begins his post kissing spine op rehab but they’ve also given me a £25 voucher to giveaway to one lucky GHE reader! They sell feed, medication and accessories for horses, cats, dogs, birds, and other small pets so for your chance to win simply enter your name and email below. Competition closing date 10th April 2017 The winner will be picked at random and contacted via the email provided Good luck!

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Rehabilitation Plans After Kissing Spine Operation

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It has been 8 months now since Dustry went in for his kissing spine operation and to coin a phrase ‘its been emotional’. He has wintered out really well. Thankfully he has had a little furry friend ‘Rufus’ (Dustry’s ‘handbag’ as he has been nicknamed!) to keep him company and the winter weather has been kind. So the start of his rehab is imminent as soon as the yard switches from winter back to summer routine and he moves to a paddock nearer the yard then his work shall begin. Last month he had his 6 monthly dentist appointment (and…

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Birthday Dressage Bootcamp @ Pepperwood Park

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Cards, cake and a 2 day residential dressage bootcamp, what more could a girl want for her birthday!? Packed and prepped Bolly and I set off in the lorry to my instructor Grand Prix rider Karen Sherperd’s home Pepperwood Park near Stockbridge, leaving Mummy Groom to follow us the next day and watch the final lesson of the boot-camp. Bolly is such a pro he settled into a strange stable and just tucked into his hay net like nothing out of the ordinary had happened. There were 6 of us on the boot-camp riding from Prelim to Elementary, and it…

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11th in our 1st ODE together. If in doubt kick on!!!

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As I walked further round the cross country course this thought popped into my head…. “I wonder if I could ask to move down to the smaller class?…hhhmmm No! Chloe, get a grip these only look big because you normally see all your XC fences from horse back, you’ve not jumped a 90cm course for 6 years that’s the only reason it looks big, they are not big….repeat they are NOT big” More on that later….. So Bolly, myself and “Mummy Groom” arrived at Rabson Manor for Swindon Riding Club’s ODE. Starting our eventing debut together in August wasn’t the…

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Kissing Spine Standing Operation – before, during & after care

Avid readers will be up to speed with Dustry’s lameness diagnosis, but if you’ve just discovered my blog and want to know the history it’s here. He went for his kissing spine operation in Lambourn at Valley Equine Hospital. It’s a great facility and pretty local to me, but unfortunately it doesn’t exactly hold happy memories. The last visit I had there in 2011 was with Soap who as a result of an injury sustained in the field had to be PTS and we drove home with an empty lorry Brushing off thoughts of the past I dropped Dustry off for his…

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