Fun Ideas, Lifestyle

Quick! It’s Amazon Prime Day!

Hurry its the last day of Amazon Prime today! There are so many sales on Amazon you’d be crazy to miss out! Along with massive savings on electronics, Amazon products, 20% off fashion,  loads of lightening deals and there are lots of savings on equestrian equipment too. Just click on these links to shop!

In order to take part in these amazing deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime member of which you can sign up for free for 30 days. Don’t worry if you are not in the UK, Amazon changes to your local currency when you check out and shipping is really cheap! I shop on Amazon UK all the time and get my stuff delivered to France really easily.

Click on the pics and highlighted text to get shopping!

Here are my top picks from the Prime Day sales…

              1. Top horsey pick = Wahl Products. Prime members will receive an extra 20% off all Wahl products including their clippers and shampoo. They also do a large range of dog clippers too.



          1. 2. Kids Toys- Lego and Playmobil . For those of you with children. There are massive savings on Playmobil and Lego sets and lots more. You aren’t going to want to miss out on these massive savings! Heck, you can even start your Christmas shopping early! It’ll be worth it!

              1. 3. Attachments for Go Pro. If you have a Go Pro and want to video yourself riding in it. Amazon basics have a large selection of head and chest attachments, carry cases and camera mounts for your Go Pro on sale today. 

                1. 4. Supplies for your cat or dog. This includes food, toys, flea treatment and accessories for your pets. 30% all products to be precise! Click here for the link to the offer for dog supplies and here for cat supplies. They also have sales on Amazon basic pet supplies here.

                  5. Kindle – Get your summer reading fix with a brand new kindle. There are lots of massive reductions.

                  So, in all honesty not the biggest selection of equestrian specific deals to be had. However, there are plenty of deals that you should definitely take advantage of. If you sign up to Prime you benefit from free super quick shipping on prime purchases, access to Amazon Prime TV, where you can stream TV and movies and much much more. You have access to special offers. Its totally worth doing. Click on the link here to try for 30 days for FREE!

                  If you enjoyed this article you may also enjoy my latest blog 6 Equestrian Brands You Probably Didn’t Know Are on Amazon.

                  ***Putting it out there – These links are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase I will receive a tiny bit of commission.***

                  Happy Prime day! Remember offers finish at Midnight tonight.

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Fashion

6 Equestrian Brands You Probably Didn’t Know Are on Amazon

NEWSFLASH- Today and tomorrow July 15th and 16th are Amazon Prime days. There are massive reductions on joining Amazon prime and massive savings for prime members. Be sure to check it out. Just click here.

I have recently become an Amazon Affiliate. It made sense for me and my blog. I chose to do this because I use Amazon A LOT! I enjoy the ease and convenience of it and let’s not forget the price is pretty hard to beat!

 

Shopping for my horse
Photo by Emily Cole Illustrations

 

However I think you may be surprised at what a good selection of equestrian clothing, tack, equipment, feed and horsey accessories they have on there.

Amazon is quick, easy and very convenient and they ship worldwide. For me in France this is a big plus. I can connect with brands that normally I would have to pay a lot in shipping when I order something and get it delivered here. 

Here are my top picks of the best equestrian brands you can shop for on Amazon. Just click on the picture to take you straight to Amazon to get your internet shopping fix!

    1. Ariat.

You will find a wide choice of Ariat riding, paddock and country boots at very reasonable prices.

2. Le Miuex

If you have matchy matchy goals, then Le Mieux is the go to brand. You can shop for your  horse and clothing for yourself on Amazon.

3. Kevin Bacon’s Hoof Care.

One of the leading hoof care companies around, Amazon have a large range of their products for your perusal!

4. Blue Chip Feed Balancer

There are many horse feed companies on Amazon including Dengie, Blue Chip, Allen and Page and Dodson and Horrell to name a few. How nice would it be to have your heavy feed delivered to your yard?!

5. Wintec Saddlery

There is a lot of  Wintec Saddlery products on Amazon, you can even buy a saddle on there!

6. Mark Todd.

Mark Todd products were a personal fav of mine when I had my own horse. I love Mark Todd and think his products are great.

**Putting it out there – These are affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase I will receive a tiny bit of commission**.

Other posts that may interest you are:

Louise’s March Look Book 

Louise’s March Look Book 2 

Louise’s April Look Book

Copyright of In Due Horse and Louise Dando 2019.

Top Tips

Keep Cool and Carry on! My Summer Tips for You and Your Horse.

I have had a steep learning curve since moving to the South of France about keeping cool during the summer. As I sit here in my apartment right now it is 35 degrees celsius and it is 8pm! I do get used to it, however the first week of each summer is tough!

I would like to share with you some of my top tips for keeping you and your horse cool this summer.

1. WATER WATER WATER! Don’t under estimate how much water you need. The National Health Service recommends that we drink 1.2 litres of water a day and that we may need up to 2.5 litres when the weather is hot. Our horses need between 5 -15 gallons of water per day.

Chilly’s bottles keep your water cold all day.

Get your Chilly’s Bottles here! Keeps Cold for 24+ Hrs, Hot for 12 Hrs

2.  Sun Protection. I always like to look tanned. However in trying to get brown I used to get sun burnt quite often. Now, I have discovered sun protection tops and have not looked back. I always ride in one now, I have an Ariat one and a Equetech one and they are both great. They are long sleeved tops that have lace down the underside of the arms to keep you cool and I swear by them. No more getting sunburnt and you don’t feel too hot either. I forget I’m not wearing a t-shirt! I bought my Equetech one pictured below from Boudica Equestrian

3. Sun tan lotion. If you can’t resist getting your skin out then make sure you are plastered in sun tan lotion. I wear it EVERYDAY in Toulouse. It’s part of my morning routine. I have recently started using factor 50 as my Spanish friends couldn’t believe that I was only using factor 30 and I have a nice tan and have not been burnt once. I definitely recommend!

4. More protection from the sun. At the stables I also always wear a cap apart from when I am riding, when obviously I wear my helmet! Protect your face. Nobody wants a leather face!  You also may have noticed if you follow me on instagram that I also always wear sun glasses. I cannot bear to squint. Perhaps they aren’t the best to ride in (not my fashion ones anyway as I always have to stop them falling off my face) but they are great for when you aren’t riding. Make sure you buy glasses that have UV protection – be aware that not all glasses have that.

5. Fly Protection. With the heat comes the flies.  Mya is so sensitive to flies she wears a fly rug and a fly mask every day in her field.  Maybe not all horses need that but I would deffo advice a fly mask and to find a good anti fly spray as a minimum. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is for them to be covered in flies. Also in France I need mozzy spray too for myself. I cover myself before I go to the stables (or anywhere else) and  I also  place citronella candles on the window ledges of my apartment to keep the mosquitoes away.

6. Pick when to ride carefully. I can only really ride in the morning here. As the evenings are the hottest part of the day. But obviously this would not suit everyone. Plan your day accordingly. Did you know that according to Practical Horseman Magazine horses can sweat up to  3-5 gallons of water a day?!

7. More water. I always hose Mya down if she is really sweaty. Horse and Hound have published research showing that it is perfectly fine to hose your horse down and not scrape the water off, as there was a popular belief that hosing a horse and leaving water on him would make him hotter – wrong! Also I find a cold shower works wonders for humans too. If you don’t want a full cold shower, I frequently just shower off my feet with cold water and I find that really cools me off.

8. Fans. Only rely on fans & air conditioners if it is exceptionally hot. I do not normally use a fan or air con in my apartment and this allows my body to actually get used to the heat. If you constantly sit in front of a fan it’s refreshing but it doesn’t allow your body to get used to the heat.  When there is a heat wave here of course I use a fan but I try to avoid it at home if possible. At work and in the car is a different ball game – I deffo need it in the car and if you are busy at work it would be impossible to be productive if you are sweating your bits off! I am just talking lounging at home here!

9. Shade. Mya lives out all year. But she does have a field shelter where she can hide from the sun or the rain. She uses it a lot! Her owner has even fitted a little fan in her field shelter. If your horse does not have a shelter, he should definitely have trees to hide under to escape the sun. The same for humans. I always walk in the shade and avoid the sun for most of the day if I can. If I am outside, I always sit in the shade as it is just too hot otherwise. Seek out those shady spots! You won’t regret it!

10. Keep your windows shut. If the temperature reaches above 30 degrees, it is actually hotter outside than it is inside. This felt really unnatural for me as a brit who craved the sun, however now in the summer the windows are shut and so are my shutters. It really does keep my apartment cooler. The windows can be opened before 10am and after 9pm (but be careful of mozzy’s in the evenings) but the rest of the day, I leave the place in darkness even if I am there! It feels weird at first, but you will get used to it.

I hope you have found my top tips for keeping you and your horse cool useful. Let me know if you have any ideas of your own in the comments!

For more top tips check out

My 6 Top Tips For Remembering Your Dressage Test

My top tips for new horse owners

**Putting it out there: In this post some of the links included in this are affiliate links, meaning at no cost to you if you click through and make a purchase I will make a tiny bit of commission.**

Copyright of Louise Dando & In Due Horse 2019.

Inspo Interviews

Inspo Interview #6 Jake Tarrant From Little Bentley Eventing

Let’s hear it for the boys! I thought it was about time we have a boy on the blog.  I am very pleased to introduce this month’s inspirational equestrian Jake Tarrant from Little Bentley eventing. You may have seen him on this years Omega All Star Academy. He is a riding instructor, eventer, blogger and all round good guy that retrains and competes on his rehabbed horses. I hope you agree that his interview does not disappoint!

1) What inspired you to start doing what you are doing?
From an early age I was always drawn to horses, but as a boy it was always about the speed and excitement of galloping across the countryside. As I approached my GCSE’s and had to decide on my route through life it became apparent that I could not compete academically with my twin brother, so I decided to abandon institutionalised education and gain a world recognised qualification with the BHS, my AI. As I progressed through my equestrian career, I worked in all the major disciplines to get as much experience of the industry as I could. It soon transpired that my particular affinity was with those animals that all others had given up on, those horses that had run out of hope, but how could i do something about it? The answer was simple, I gave up working with horses………….  took over my family business and gave it an equestrian theme, built my own yard, and started out on a new path of rehabilitating those horses that humans had failed. But as boys only get older, and never grow up, my love of the speed and power of flowing across the country stayed with me, and a love of eventing rehabbed horses was born.
The more I took these horses out, the more I did with them, the less people would understand…….. confused yet??  People simply couldn’t understand why I would be over the moon with a poor result on a horse that consistently kicked out show jumps, or did a dressage test that was half poetry and half pain; they didn’t understand that the success was just there in the partnership, in the completion, in the trust that is earned when these animals have no reason left to believe in us. This is the path that led us to audition for the Omega Equine Allstar Academy, the chance for one of these horses to prove to the world that every horse deserves a chance; a chance to rise above their past and to forgive what has been done to them. They do not judge us, they do not resent us; but if we deserve it, they can forgive us.
2) Who do you look to for inspiration & why?
As many of us have, I have been the victim of a mental health disorder, this makes being inspired both easier and harder. It’s easy to watch the great riders doing their thing and winning at Badders or Olympia and come home being galvanised into emulating them; but no, I love scrolling through facebook and seeing those people that have gone above themselves, challenged themselves, bounced back from trauma to prove that they can be a success, that have gone out of their way to be better than they were. It makes me want to believe in myself again.

 3) What would you say has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is probably the judges ride section of the Allstar Academy, when Charlie Hutton rode rehabbed 16hh Bay gelding Troy, which led to him not only winning the module, but also birthing the viral sensation that was the Cup of Tea challenge, proving that a rehabbed horse can be far more than just that.
4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?
Everyone has bad days, everyone hits walls in their riding that makes them question whether they are good enough, everyone feels judged by their peers and at that time are found wanting; But the thing is…….. EVERYONE does, you are not alone, it happens to the best of us; and like theirs, your story will be inspiring someone else.
5) What are your plans for this year & what do you hope to achieve?
I’d like to qualify my boys for the Grassroots at Badminton (in addition to the 5* obviously, but that is more of a long term goal), but this will only happen with a lot of training, so I will be pursuing any bursaries and scholarships that I come across to help fund the work I do.
 But in reality, my plans for this year are simple; to every day be a slightly better version of myself than I was yesterday, to enable me to help take these horses further along the path of success, to wherever that may be.
Find Jake on facebook – Little Bentley Eventing
Instagram- @littlebentleyeventing
Incase you missed it check out last month’s Inspo Interview – Inspo Interview #5 Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider
Copyright of Louise Dando and In Due Horse 2019.
Fun Ideas

16 Facts You Didn’t know about The Horses in Game of Thrones

As we wave goodbye to our favourite characters after the final series I thought I would share some fun facts about the horses from Game of Thrones. I have read some fascinating interviews with Camilla Naprous, The Horse Mistress from Game of Thrones and I thought I would share some facts you probably didn’t know.

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1) All the horses were provided and trained by an English company called The Devil’s Horsemen. Run by Brother and sister Daniel and Camilla Naprous and their French father Gerald.

2) The Devil’s Horsemen horses have been in too many films and TV series for me to name but include Wonder Woman, Justice League, Les Miserables & Mission Impossible Rouge Nation. If you see a horse on TV it is probably from The Devil’s Horsemen!

3) Jon Snow can actually ride! Kit Harrington took to riding very well. He learnt to ride for the show and was taught by Camilla. A body double was not needed for his scenes.

Photo credit: HBO

4) So can Jamie Lannister! Apparently Nikolaj Coster- Waldau also took to riding very well for the show and when asked who the best riders were Camilla stated Jon Snow and Jamie Lannister!

5) Elle.com stated that the actors often used the same horses. Jon Snow used three different horses during the 8 series Concord, Tornado and Quentin. Jamie Lannister’s normal mount was a grey Andalucian called Dali. The actors apparently became very fond of them and often asked about them.

6) The horses often had to wear make up to appear dirty or injured.

7) The horses also had stunt doubles too. For example Jon Snow’s horse Tornado had his own stunt double!

8) The Battle of the Bastards was the scene that used the most horses. 100 horses were used in that epic battle scene. According to the LA Times, the horse department employed 160 people for that one episode including stunt riders, grooms, lorry drivers and trainers.

9) During the Battle of the Bastards, they shot as much as possible using real horses and actors. The iconic scene where 30 horses are charging towards Jon Snow who is stood on foot was really filmed like that. In an interview with esquire.com the show’s runners have actually since said that they weren’t present that day and would of never let them do that worrying it would be too dangerous for Kit Harrington if they had been there!

10) Jon Snow’s horse Tornado was actually killed off in the Battle of the Bastards but he was used again in the next series as it was decided no one would notice!

Photo credit: HBO / Helen Sloan

11) CGI wasn’t used when the horses fell over. The horses actually did that. They fell onto a mattress and Camilla only allowed them to fall 3 times a day due to the timing and accuracy needed to safely do this stunt.

12) There was a campsite with stables and a riding school to do their training on set.

Photo credit: reddit.com

13) The Dothraki were known as being good horsemen in the show. However to be able to show their weapons and gallop freely. Camilla designed a special rig for the stunt riders so they could stand on top of the horses whilst galloping and swinging around their weapons!

14) The Dothraki horsemen were inspired by Mad Max. Mad Max on horseback if you will!

15) In the earlier series the Dothraki scenes were filmed in Spain, which meant a 3 day lorry ride for the horses used from Buckinghamshire, England.

16) You will be delighted to know that no horses were ever injured, during the filming of all 8 series of Game of Thrones.

Photo credit: gameofthrones.fandom.com

Anyone else want to go watch them all over again and look out for all these details?! That’s after I have signed up to stunt rider school obvs.

Check out my other lists here.

My 6 Favourite Disney Horses

7 Celebrities you didn’t know could ride!

10 Facts About The Queen and Her Horses

Did you know that Amazon stock loads of cool horse stuff? Click Horse stuff  to shop!

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Copyright of Louise Dando and In Due Horse 2019.

News

The Lesson That Changed Everything!

I wanted to get round to telling you all about my first riding lesson in many years. This something that had wanted to go and do for a long time,  but as I now live in France I was frightened of going incase I couldn’t understand anything the instructor said. Like most people when they start speaking another language, some days I feel fluent, like I can understand anything or there’s those other days that I will make one tiny mistake or not be understood & then think how stupid was to think I can speak French! So going for a lesson to start with was quite the personal achievement.

I picked a stables near where Mya is kept. It was familiar and I was able to book online. The yard is called Encayla. My friend Nic came with me for moral support as she was familiar with the yard as she had previously had a pony on part loan there for her son Jake to learn to ride. Handily Nic is also an ex riding instructor.

The day I went for my lesson, the weather was apocalyptic. Storms and heavy rain continued throughout the day. Marion my instructor had text that morning asking me my size and my riding ability so she knew which horse to put me on. So I knew the lesson wasn’t cancelled. That would have been a good excuse not to go!

We arrived at the yard and the weather seemed to break. I was told I was riding Campa, who to me looked like a big pony. Pretty looking horse but seemingly quite nervy. I was regretting telling Marion that my riding was ‘ bien’,  when I needed to ask Nic to help me tack her up. (At french riding stables you come 15 mins early to brush and tack up the horse you are riding). Campa just seemed nervous or excited, moving around, pawing the ground which was making me a bit nervous too now. Gulp. I tried to be brave so I didn’t look like a complete wimp in front of Nic.

It was time to get on. I led Campa to the smaller arena. There was stuff everywhere. Cones, poles, whips & jumps. But it was only me riding so I tried not to let it bother me. I got on and Campa felt so tense! She felt like a coiled spring ready to explode. But I didn’t know how. As we started to warm up Marion told me that Campa does not like any contact on her reins and that I must ride with loose reins to keep her calm. This to me was the opposite of I wanted to do. However I did what I was told. Half relieved that I could understand what Marion was saying to me and half relieved that Campa hadn’t galloped or bucked me off yet.

Marion was right, we walked and trotted and Campa became more and more relaxed. She quite quickly settled down, and riding her with loose contact actually started feeling normal. I no longer had the urge to shorten her up to gain control as it was not necessary. Campa was doing everything I asked of her. I realised as I riding that Campa that my tenseness is the exact same thing that happens when I ride Mya. Mya is strong and can lean on my hands, and instead of pulling her up (which only occurred to me to do after Katie telling me recently) I just get more and more tense.

We went into canter next, and it was so interesting as Campa was very responsive, however when I asked for canter she wouldn’t. Marion said it was because I was too tense and blocking her & you know what it was true! Exactly like when I ride Mya I was a little worried about going into canter. As Mya has a tendency to run across the middle of our enormous arena bucking if she is feeling particularly naughty. I reminded myself that probably wouldn’t happen now and kicked on. Campa was good as gold. No bucks, no gallops. I actually felt a bit silly for being worried about cantering. Nic gave me an encouraging ‘go on’ from the side of the arena and on the other rein we were much better. We then did some walk to canter transitions to help me with my canter transitions and that was good fun. Marion reminded me to keep my reins loose to keep Campa calm and we went for it! By this time I had begun to trust Campa and had relaxed a lot. We did lots of walk to canter transitions on both reins and Campa did them brilliantly. Responding exactly when I wanted her to.

We finished the lesson and I felt so pleased. I just got Campa back to her tie up paddock (which was covered) and the rain absolutely poured down again. I was so lucky that my hour lesson had been dry.

I realised that I had brought along my insecurities with Mya to my lesson with Campa. For someone that had never suffered with nervousness when riding before. I was relieved that by the end of the lesson those nerves had vanished and I was enjoying riding like I should be! I didn’t realise how nervous I had become riding Mya. I had a few incidents with Mya in hand since Christmas. That involved her rearing and bolting a few times on separate occasions that I had admitted had frightened me but I didn’t realise I had let that worry join me in the saddle too.

But I am delighted to report that since that lesson I have ridden Mya on several occasions and have not been worried. I have been firmer with her, as I now realise I think she was being naughty sometimes when I let her be. For example she would spook constantly when being ridden in the arena, since my lesson now I have found some renewed confidence she has not spooked once.

I will be certain to book more lessons in the summer. As I really enjoyed it, I liked my instructor and I cannot explain fully how much it has helped me. It took going to ride another horse for me to have a little epiphany about how I had let the fear take over with Mya. The change since that lesson has been incredible. I didn’t want to admit that I was starting to feel nervous every time I went down to see Mya, worried about what she was going to do. I had lost all my trust in her, and I think that lead to her not trusting me either. Mya needs a firm hand, as she can be nappy and she can be spooky. After riding Campa, I realised that I do know Mya and can predict what she will do and that actually I do trust her to not be  a complete idiot all the time. Since then each ride we have had has been so much better!

 

Inspo Interviews

Inspo Interview #5 Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider

This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider as our Inspo Interviewee. Zoe is an Equestrian blogger on Instagram and facebook. Her pages follow her progress with her new mount ‘Princess Brian’ as they start competing together.

I reached out to her to be part of the Inspo Interviews because of a really honest blog post I had seen she had written recently for Equissimo a brand of whom she is an ambassador for. It was about some bad personal circumstances that she has been going through. It was so honest and raw but she wrote with such tact and warmth that I respected her even more than I did before. Zoe is not only a cool person and a great rider  but a great role model to her online followers! I urge you to follow her if you don’t already.

  1. What inspired you to start your instagram account/ blog?

It’s not really inspiration but I did it to stop boring my friends and family on Facebook as I used to spam my page with all things horsey! I then realised that there were a lot of people out there that have a geniune interest in how you have been getting on with your horse. So I created all my social media handles. I find it lovely to part of an online community.

2. Who do you look to for inspiration and why?

I don’t particularly have one person that I look up to it’s more of a group of people who keep me inspired. I love seeing how people are achieving their goals and staying positive with their set backs.

3. What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement would be competing at the showjumping National Championships 2 years ago. I genuinely thought it was a once in a lifetime thing…until this year on my new horse Brian, I have managed to qualify again for show jumping AND Combined training. I couldn’t make the Show jumping nationals this year though as they were two weeks after the qualifiers and Nationals was about 300 miles away from me. Thankfully I am able to compete at The Festival of The Horse in May.

4. What would be your best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?

Behind every rider there has been some level of pain or upset. You still have the passion inside to get back to it after a knock back, you just need to get your butt back in the saddle and remember how the good days feel.

5. What are your plans for this year and what do you hope to achieve?

This year I’m hoping to just bond more with Princess Brian, so far we have been quite successful in a short amount of time. Once we have full trust in one another Im hoping to up the ante and compete at a higher level.

Follow Zoe @thatsassyrider on facebook & instagram.

Incase you missed it. Check out last month’s Inspo Interview here. Inspo Interview #4 Poppy from Young Hip & Horsey

Copyright of In Due Horse and Louise Dando. Photo credit Zoe Boyd unless otherwise stated.

Food & Drink

Horse Girls need to eat too. Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Salad Recipe.

Good evening everyone! Here is a little treat for you. I really want In Due Horse to be all round equestrian lifestyle blog, that includes recipes, fashion and everything horsey we want to talk about. With that in mind I was so happy that Cat Banks, a budding food writer, who I had meet recently in Toulouse said she would write a recipe for the blog. This recipe is perfect after a spring ride or a day at the yard. It’s quick and easy & totally delicious!

Little pointy green spears have been popping up in markets across France over the last few weeks and they are a welcome addition to our weekly veg shop. That’s right, it’s asparagus season and I’m having my annual binge. For about one month these delicious spring vegetables are at their best and there are so many things you can do with them. Transform a quick quiche into a thing of beauty. Throw them into some pasta for a pimped-up carbonara. Dip them into your boiled eggs instead of toast. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, such is their seemingly never-ending versatility. As the weather gets warmer, you can’t beat a good asparagus salad. Teaming asparagus with their seasonal bed fellows- new potatoes – is a fabulous match. This salad can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes, is healthy, filling and delicious and can as easily be a dinner for one as it can be a dinner party starter.

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Serves 2 People

You will need…

Small bunch of asparagus (about 4 spears per person)

10 new potatoes

Handful of mint leaves

100 grams smoked salmon

2 eggs

Bag of salad leaves (I love the baby leaf with beetroot for this recipe)

3 tablespoons olive oil

Squeeze of lemon  juice

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 shallot

A knob of butter

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Method.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add your new potatoes to the pan and cook for around 10 minutes or until you can easily push a fork all the way through.

Gently boil your eggs in the same pan for 6 minutes for firm whites and slightly runny yolks. Perfect for salads! When time’s up,plunge them into cold water.

Place a steaming basket over the top of the pan and steam your asparagus spears for around 4 – 6 minutes depending on the thickness of the stems. You can always cut a small piece off the end to test the firmness. They should turn bright green in colour, hold their shape well and still have some bite. Plunge these into cold water to pause the cooking process.

It’s time to whip up a quick dressing. Finely chop the shallot, whisk together your oil, vinegar and lemon with some salt and pepper. Then add the shallot and set to one side. Make sure you taste-test the dressing, it should have a citrus tang to it. If it’s too bland add some more lemon.

Drain your potatoes once they are cooked and allow them to steam dry for a minute. Pour them back into the pan with a knob of butter, mint and seasoning. Put them over a gentle heat while you melt the butter over the potatoes, turning them over with a wooden spoon until coated. You can also coat your asparagus in minted butter if you like.

To assemble your salad: place your leaves at the bottom of the bowl and dress them with your vinaigrette. Next place your other ingredients on top, I start with the asparagus (which I sometimes cut down the middle to reveal the white centre), then place on the potatoes and the salmon. I finish with the runny-yolked egg to crown the dish. Scatter a generous drizzle of dressing and some extra mint leaves over the finished salad as a garnish.

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Thank you Cat! For more gorgeous recipes be sure to check out Cat’s instagram @cats_toulouse_kitchen her recipes and photos are just so beautiful.

Copyright Cat Banks 2019.

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Fun Ideas

My 5 Favourite Disney Horses

OK admittedly less serious than my normal posts. But who doesn’t love Disney films?! I am a massive fan! I loved them when I was a child and I still love them now. So I thought I would compose a list of my favourite Disney horse characters. Take a look to see your favourite makes the list.

Frou Frou from Aristocats

Now, Aristocats is one of my absolute favourite Disney films. It is one of the classics and for me that is part of the appeal. The animation is all scratchy and it is based in France! Anyway Frou Frou is a friend of Duchess and the kittens who get kidnapped by their owner’s horrible butler when he realises their rich owner is leaving all of her money to her cats in her will. Frou Frou actually is the one who helps capture Edgar the butler at the end of the film when she kicks him into a trunk heading to Timbucktu!

Phillipe from Beauty and the Beast.

Phillipe is the horse Belle rides up to the beast’s castle and when she escapes from the beast. He is kind and sweet and he tries to look after Belle. He also warms to the beast when he shows his softer side to Belle. Another one based in France!

 

Maximus from Tangled

Maximus is more like a big dog than a white stallion but he is very funny! He is arch enemies with Flynn Ryder but he later becomes his best friend to help Rapunzal return to her family.

Bulls Eye from Toy Story 2

Bull Eye is Woody’s horse in Toy Story 2. He is a horse but acts like an excitable puppy as he has been in storage for years. He loves Jessie & Woody & he is part of Woody’s round up gang. He helps Woody and Buzz rescue Jessie by running as fast a plane when they escape from Stinky Pete.

Sitron from Frozen.

Sitron is Hans’ horse and side kick. He holds the boat steady when Hans and Ana first met and is ridden by Hans up to Elsa’s castle. I just love his mane!! 

Do you have a favourite? Is it on the list? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Equestrian Events

My Weekend at Badminton

Well, what a weekend! I just absolutely love Badminton! I was lucky enough to be able to fly back from France for a long weekend to catch up with all of the action of the Cross Country and Show jumping.

On the Saturday, I went with my besties Hannah & Jo (they are not horsey but they know how much I am into it). We arrived nice and early and did a spot of shopping. I bought an Ariat Sun Stopper shirt that I had my eye on and was particularly chuffed that I could fit into an XL childs size which saved me £15! We watched the Shetland Grand National, which was just so entertaining. Some of them sped around the course, whilst others poodled along behind or even cut through the middle of the course! Then headed over to the Thatchers stand, where we sampled their new rosé cider which was rather nice!

We then headed out onto the Cross Country course. Incase you missed it you can see an interactive map of the full course here. I had read that the course was big and as difficult as ever. Our first stop was of course the Lake! It was fairly rammed full of people like normal. But we did manage to see Oliver Townend come through. When I was watching the horses and riders come through the lake, there was so many people watching, a few possibly waiting for someone to fall into the water and I thought how scary it must be for those riders! They must have nerves of steel!

We wandered past Badminton House and took our obligatory selfies and managed to see William Fox Pitt come flying past us. We then followed the course, stopping at the Young minds bushes, and the Feed Haywain. Next we went over to Nye Timber Heights, this was a good jump to spectate at as it was raised, so I managed to get a few shots of one of my fav’s Ben Hobday and Wizard over this one. I particularly enjoyed Ben’s whoop of delight as they galloped away.

We stayed here for most of the afternoon, as we queued for a long time to get something to eat. Note to self take a picnic next time. We thought about it but decided to take our drinks instead. But it took a big chunk of our afternoon away. By the time we had walked down to the loo’s at the far end of the course, came back, queued for a LONG time for some expensive, mediocre & quite frankly small portions of noodles and then sitting to eat that.  It worked out well though as we had a drink whilst sitting in the sunshine and then were able to meet fellow blogger and my instagram buddy Becky aka @becksbackinthesaddle at the Mirage Water.

We then headed back to The World of Food & Drink, which was located in its normal spot but not in a tent this year. We tasted all sorts of things including  honey whiskey, vodka, cheese and even some spices and balsamic vinegar!

We had a fabulous day and really soaked up the ambience. I just love seeing all the dogs and the fashion. I think I appreciate everything more now I have moved abroad. It definitely feels very English. You don’t see much tweed in France!  It was a great day out with my friends but was over so quickly. They say time flies when you are having fun! Luckily for me I returned to Badminton the next day. This time with my mum Margaret and Sister Ellen.

Now, we are some what veterans of Badminton, having been many times before. So although still relaxed (a coffee break and a(nother) cider stop were also squeezed in). We knew exactly what we wanted to see and do. After not seeing all the shops on Saturday or many horses for that matter! The Sunday let me get my horsey fix! We started in The World of Food for breakfast and then visited nearly every shop Badminton had to offer. We were mainly looking as none of us actually have our own horses at the moment, which does help your bank balance from taking a massive hit. However I made sure I got some Fudge from The Fudge Kitchen ( if you live in the west they have a shop in Bath & the fudge is to die for) and some really strong cheddar cheese to take back with me to France! I was able to find some Halloumi as well for lunch furthering my quest for food to eat that I can’t find in France.

Then came the show jumping. I absolutely love the nervous excitement of the show jumping arena. We watched the top twenty jump the course, which actually gave a few of the horses a tough time. With only 9 clear rounds in the top twenty the tension was really mounting by the time Christopher Burton came in to ride to keep his third position. After shocking the crowd with the only refusal of the afternoon on Graf Liberty, the tension hung in the air until Piggy French came in and did a beautiful clear round! The crowd went wild and it seemed that everyone in the grandstands felt so pleased to see her pure joy, she kept pointing to her horse Vanir Kamira and just couldn’t seem to believe that she had gone clear! It was quite emotional actually.  Then came in Oliver Townend, the commentator announced he could have one fence down but not two to keep his position. I’m personally not a fan of his but thought it was unlikely he wouldn’t win. However, he knocked one down, everyone gasped but I thought he had still won. Once he had finished there were a few seconds of mumblings and confusion in the grandstand until it was announced that Piggy French had won because Oliver Townend had knocked one down and incurred a few time penalties. The crowd went wild! What a result! So so pleased for Piggy French!

Results

1st. Piggy French & Vanir Kamira

2nd. Oliver Townend & Ballaghmor Class

3rd. Christopher Burton & Cooley Lands

4th. Christopher Burton & Graf Liberty

5th.  Andrew Nicholson & Swallow Springs

6th. Oliver Townend & Cillnabradden Evo

7th. Kristina Cook & Billy the Red

8th. Imogen Murray & Ivar Gooden

9th. William Fox-Pitt & Little Fire

10th. Tim Price & Ringwood Sky Boy.

For more information about Badminton head to their website.

So, what a weekend! I will be definitely coming back next year. I have my sights set on all of the days next year and definitely want to go on one of the course walks.

Did your favourite win? Were you there too? Let me know in the comments below.

Here is a link to my previous blog about my fav riders that competed at Badminton.

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