Lifestyle

Female Horse Riders That Inspire Me.

It’s Monday again! But fear not as I am here to motivate you! For Blogtober today it’s our challenge to write something inspiring or motivational to others. So I have chosen to write about the women in the horse world that inspire me. Because Beyoncé said it best – Who run the world? Girls!

Simone Blum

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Simone has been recently crowned as Showjumping World Champion at the World Equestrian Games in September. This is a big deal because she is has sprung up the rankings very quickly making her victory a fantastic surprise to most people. Simone was German Ladies Champion in 2016, She only made her Nations Cup debut in 2017 and became German champion that same year and now World champion in 2018! Wow! If that’s not inspiring I don’t know what is!

It is also a big deal because she is a woman. In a sport where men and women compete against each other as equals. Simone became the first female ever to win the individual showjumping title at the World Equestrian Games. And what I particularly enjoy is that her horse DSP Alice is a mare too! Yes!! Oh and let’s not forget Simone is only 29 years old. That’s a lot to have achieved before your 30th birthday.

Lucinda Green

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If you follow Eventing Lucinda Green needs little introduction. But just for fun I will remind everyone how awesome she is. A mega inspiration of mine growing up, Lucinda won Badminton Horse Trials a record six times on six different horses. However that is just one of her achievements she has also won Burgley twice, an Olympic silver medal, been world champion twice and European champion five times!! A true queen of the sport.

Charlotte Dujardin

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Dressage superstar Charlotte ‘The girl on the dancing horse’ started her career as a groom for Carl Hester but he quickly spotted her riding talent.

Charlotte was a triple gold medalist in London 2012 Olympic Games on Valegro. She also went on to win another gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games making her the first British woman to retain an Olympic gold medal title.

Charlotte talked publicly about her mental health struggles following her victories in the London Olympic Games, talking about the price she had paid in her personal life for the victories she had won in her professional life, which made me respect her even more. Top athletes make winning look easy. As most of us know it’s not, but I found Charlotte to be very inspiring being so open about the harsh reality of what it takes to be a professional athlete.

So let’s just stop and think that all these women had to start somewhere. To get to where they ended up they worked hard. That is something we can all do. If you set yourself a goal – go for it! Sometimes things feel completely unachievable & out of reach but they may not be!

I bet Lucinda Green fell off many times before she became a winner at Badminton. I read that Simone Blum likes to plait her horse herself when she competes. Charlotte Dujardin bought her first horse with money she inherited from her grandmother. They are just people too, and hey if they can do we can do it too right? Well obviously a bit of money and a lot of dedication would help too!

So, look at the success of these women and let it spur you on (pardon the horsey pun). We have got this girls! And remember -Who run the world? GIRLS!

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Fun Ideas

My Ideal Winter Horsey Day

My ideal winter horsey day… well this fun to think about!

Well, for someone that feels cold all the time. I still love riding even in the winter. My mum actually could never understand how I coped being outside all day with the horses because I am so cold all the time! But I honestly do enjoy wrapping up warm & going for a nice hack on a crisp winters day.

So the first thing I would do on my ideal horsey day would be to have a nice cup of coffee & a pancake with chocolate sauce. (Why not eh?!) After that I would head to yard and walk Ziggy my little jack Russell around the fields. He loves coming to the stables with me, however he weirdly likes to come get Mya in with me but when I put on my riding stuff he asks to get into the car where he likes to stay until we go home again. Alone. Even when it’s 35 degrees in the summer in Toulouse!

The next thing I would do would be to go on a nice long hack with a friend. I love hacking early on Sunday morning. I love feeling like I’m the only one awake. The roads are empty and it’s still chilly. We are lucky at our yard, as there are lots of routes we can take that just involve riding through fields, so they are beautiful!

After I have finished riding. I would go home to spend time with my hubby James. I would love to go to the pub for lunch and have lovely roast dinner. Ideally chicken or lamb! I really miss Sunday roast dinners so much! The food in France is obviously amazing but I do miss the traditional roast on a Sunday.

Then I would curl up on the sofa and watch a film and have a glass of wine with James and Zig in front of the fire. So actually my ideal horsey day would involve a lot of food too! Haha! What would be your ideal horsey winters day?

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Fashion, Reviews

Product Review : Black Heart Equestrian Flex Riding Leggings

Ok so since I have started blogging I have a favourite new brand of riding clothes. Black Heart Equestrian! I bought some of their riding leggings recently. Firstly because I wanted thinner lighter clothes to ride in and I absolutely loved the look of them on their Instagram account.

When they arrived I was really impressed with the little personal touch they added by including a hand written thank you note.

The fit is perfect I am a UK size 8 and I ordered a small and they fit perfectly. They are very comfortable and thinner than regular jodhpurs which is why I wanted them. On the website they said they wanted the leggings to be able go from the stables to the gym and you really could do that if you wanted. I live in the city and I feel comfortable walking my dog in them and would happily work out in them too.

I also really like the colour. I chose plum but it was actually hard to choose which colour to buy as all of the colours are so nice. The flex riding leggings also come in black, burgundy, grey, royal blue, mauve, teal and olive.

I have recently come back to riding and I have found this brand is modern, fashionable and very practical. One of my favourite things about the leggings is the phone pocket on the side of the leg. You can pop your phone in there before you ride and it is neatly and safely tucked away. It does not fall out when you mount or dismount your horse either!

Another great thing about Black Heart is that they ship internationally. They are based in the U.K. and I live in France and my order was delivered to me in less than a week. They have a handy currency converter on their website too which is great, so I can see how much everything is in euros.

So I if I haven’t convinced you already you really must check out Black Heart Equestrian. The company is new and is run by a student named Erin who models most of their clothes on their website (although you would never know she isn’t a professional model). Erin is also an international dressage rider with a gorgeous stallion that features regularly on their Instagram page. Kudos to Erin bearing in mind she has only just turned 21,this company is so professional!

I really like all of their clothes. They are practical for riding but look really fashionable, I also bought a full zip hoody from them in the clearance sale for just £20, which I absolutely love too. I look forward to buying more from them soon.

To check out their store visit http://www.blackheartequestrian.com.

Please note I am not affiliated to Black Heart Equestrian in anyway, I am just very impressed with the product and the service I received from them. Thanks Black Heart!

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Fun Ideas, Lifestyle

6 Reasons I Love Having a Horse In Autumn

Autumn is actually a great season for riding. It’s not too hot or too cold. I didn’t realise how much I like this season until I wrote this blog for Blogtober last year. So here are my favourite things about autumn…

1) Hacking – I love hacking and it is even better in Autumn because everywhere looks particularly beautiful because of the crunchy orangey brown leaves!

2) Cosy fires – it’s not freezing in autumn but I always looked forward to getting my fire going. It’s so cosy sitting watching TV in front of the fire.

3) Rugby – OK not a horsey one! But my hubby is a rugby fan so I’ve become one too. I really like going to watch the rugby in autumn before it gets too cold. Toulouse is a big rugby city so we really enjoy going to watch Toulouse play.

4) Horses coming in – Even though it meant more mucking out, when I owned my own horses I used to love when they were clipped & came in for winter. Stanley my thoroughbred used to come in on 1st September before the other horses as he was a bit delicate. There’s something about putting down their beds and making their stables all cosy for them!

5) Clipping – I love getting my horses clipped. They always look so smart. I just love the feel of a newly clipped pony!

6) Halloween – as you get to know me you’ll know I love any excuse for a party and Halloween is no exception! I love getting dressed up, the trick or treating, the pumpkins and of course the punch!

What are your favourite things about autumn?

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Lifestyle

My Horse Mya’s Must Haves for Autumn.

I must admit I have it very easy. I share Mya with her owner Katie who is the best person to share anything with as she is so nice & so laid back. Mya lives out in a wonderfully big paddock with Katie’s other horse Jazz who is retired. The yard where Mya is kept is fantastic as they feed & top up her water each day. She is bare foot so no losing shoes etc so we definitely have a good thing going on!

Despite living the French dream. My list of autumn essentials that Mya cannot do without are…

1) Bot egg knife. I seem to be using this a lot at the moment! I might be imagining it but there seems to a lot of bot eggs around at the moment & I don’t know about you but I have my bot egg removal technique down now!

2) Fly repellent. You see a theme here! So Mya’s main problem in life are flies. We get horrible mosquitos, hornets, crab flies & horse flies in France to name a few. Bearing in mind Mya is also British she has adapted to the heat & everything else here in France well apart from the flies. In the summer she had to wear a fly mask, hood & rug as she gets so upset when she is bitten by any flies that she goes crazy, it’s like she is possessed by an evil spirit or something dangerously rearing, pulling & running away doing anything she can to get away. So Katie also has industrial strength fly repellent that smells like tar & Mya still always wears a fly mask.

3) A thoroughly good groom. Mya is malting at the moment so every time I ride I give her a good brush before & after I have ridden. This gets out all that pesky malting hair. It still pretty warm here so none of the horses are clipped yet, our winter doesn’t really kick in until November.

4) Carrots. It’s fair to say Mya loves her food! So I make sure I take her carrots, basically because I spoil her rotten & buy her love with carrots!

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Bonne weekend! 🦄

Lifestyle

My Horsey Must Haves For Autumn

Ok so it’s October – winter is coming! Here are my autumn must have items, now as I am writing this it is currently 26 degrees here in France, so I’m having to use my imagination a bit!

1) Long socks. I don’t know about you but I’m a cold person! I always feel cold. I love wearing a normal pair of socks then a long pair of socks over the top of them that go right up to my knees. That way I never want to take them off as I am so warm! The jazzier the pattern the better!

2) My new Black Heart hoody. I have recently discovered Black Heart & I just love all of their riding gear. I bought a pair of their riding leggings & a hoody & absolutely love them. The hoody is so comfy & warm. Perfect for autumn riding as it zip fronted so you can undo it if you get too hot when you are riding.

Excuse the bags under my eyes. I got up at 5.30am this morning to drive my hubby to work. 😴

3) Moisturiser. I hate having dry skin but I always get it when the season changes between summer & autumn. I must have face moisturiser, currently I’m using one from Sephora. Hand cream , a favourite of mine is Hand Food from Soap & Glory and lip balm, I particularly like Bert’s Bees.

4) Le Chameau wellies. These wellies are the best! I love them! They are so warm and really comfy. They are pricey but I personally think they are totally worth it. Perfect for around the yard and dog walking.

5) Red wine. I personally don’t like drinking red wine in the summer, I’m more of a rose girl then but when the weather gets cooler it is lovely to enjoy a nice glass of red. Cheers to that eh?!

So I hope everyone enjoys their autumn! Don’t you just love the crunchy leaves & Halloween?! Tomorrow I will blog about Mya’s autumn must haves.

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Lifestyle

Tip Tuesday. Have a Little Confidence!

Ok so my tip today is not specific to horses but a general tip you can use in everyday life. It is don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people but you know what we all have different strengths, weaknesses & goals. We live in the age of social media, so you can portray anything you want on your social media accounts. I’ve looked at other equestrian blogs & thought perhaps there is no point in starting mine. I’m not competing at a mega level. Actually I’m not competing at all at the moment so will people find me interesting? I’ve just started riding again after a gap of several years, so am I as good as the other girls? I feel like I don’t look as pretty as the other girls in my old riding clothes that are practical & functional. But you know what I did it anyway! I bought some new riding clothes & got out there! I was so pleased that some of my friends took the time to message me to say how much they liked my blog and more importantly I love my blog and enjoy writing it.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Places to Visit, Reviews, Travel, Visits

My Visit to the National Stud in Tarbes

I recently had the pleasure of visiting The National Stud in Tarbes. Or Haras de Tarbes as it is known in French and it is beautiful! Tucked away in the city centre of Tarbes, which is in South West France on the edge of the Pyrenees mountains. You would never expect to find such a large beautiful equestrian centre as you navigate through the busy streets of this busy french city. But when you do find it you are in for such a treat!

So, a bit about the stud. The National Stud is actually classified as a historical monument. The stud was restored in 1806 by Napoleon to house stallions to produce mounts for the cavalry. It was successful as the stud actually provided 35% of the horses that were used in the light cavalry at that time. Today however the facilities are used to develop the horse industry here in France.

Now that is interesting, but on the tour what they are very interested in telling you that Haras de Tarbes is the birthplace of the Anglo Arab (Thoroughbred x Arab). This breed is common all over the world but the French have made it popular. These horses have excellent qualities as they have the characteristics of an English Thoroughbred who are fast and agile and an Arab who have immense stamina.  So with all that combined they really do make brilliant sports horses. Anglo Arabs were first bred in France in 1836 under the control of the National Stud Service. They are the 3rd oldest breed in the world and the have the 3rd oldest official stud book in France.

When we arrived at the stud I expected to see lots of mares and their foals but I was wrong. Today the stud is used for developing the horse industry by working on such things as the selection and preservation of breeds, research and experimentation, encouragement of the sector, technical support for the implementation of horse projects and horse trades training.

In 2006 the 1st regiment Paratroopers set up a military equestrian club at the stud with 30 horses and military personnel. This includes a programme that supports injured soldiers. There is a therapeutic programme that offers equine meditation for soldiers that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There is also an adapted sport programme that are riding lessons for military personnel that are in the process of physical or mental recovery and there is also an ambitious sport programme for soldiers that would like to train with support of the Federation Français d’équitation (the national federation for equestrianism) to get to the para olympics.

The equestrian centre is very beautiful even just seeing the old buildings and stables set amongst the trees is very special. It still feels very grand and when you are there you do not think you are in the middle of a busy city! We arrived without booking on a Saturday afternoon. Me, my husband James and our Jack Russell Ziggy were all welcomed and shown to the little museum where they were playing videos of their big summer show as we waited for everyone to arrive for the guided tour. The tour guide was very nice and spoke English and French. The tour we took was in French but he spoke English to me and said that if there was anything I didn’t understand he would happily translate for me. Tours can be done in English if you pre- book.

As it was Saturday we benefitted from a farrier demonstration on our tour. We were shown how he makes horseshoes, shown different types and how they are fitted. My non- horsey husband James particularly enjoyed this part.

After the farrier demonstration we were shown around the stables. Each stable block had different types of horses in them. When we visited we saw the military equestrian club, another stable block with former police horses in and a few Anglo Arabs. The stable blocks were beautiful. On the guided tour you are shown around the whole site and can see all the original old buildings still being used. We also got to meet some of the old and very young horses who were out in the paddocks.

The stables and yards were so clean. They showed us how they had made a specialised system to help them muck out. Each stall had a trap door at the back where you would place all the muck you want removed through the trap door. From there a conveyer belt would sweep all the muck along to one big pile a the end of the yard – genius huh? I needed that when I worked at a riding school!

If you are ever in Tarbes, I would throughly recommend a tour of the stud. It really is special. The tour is informative and full of history but it equally as interesting seeing the stud and what they are doing there today. Most of the people on the tour weren’t horsey and my non horsey hubby enjoyed it so it is suitable for everyone including children.

I have read since my visit that the council have bought the stud and plan to invest more money into it creating a public garden and a gourmet restaurant so it sounds like it is getting to get even better!

For more information visit http://www.tarbes-tourisme.fr