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Are girth cams the latest craze? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Revolutionary or just too weird to watch, I’m not sure about this one!

Rider, Gemma Creighton has taken the helmet cam craze to a whole new level with a girth cam. Attached under the belly to the horse tack, the girth cam is a either a revolutionary new angle to see our horses perform or a useless, dangerous piece of equestrian equipment.

I personally love the idea of looking at a whole new angle to how we usually see our horses and the way they move. However, will we them dangling from stud girths at horse shows in the coming years, unfortunately I can’t see it happening.

Watch the video of Gemma here.

Charles Owen unveils the 4Star helmet PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

The riding hat manufacture Charles Owen is once again the leader of the industry with its innovative, forward thinking designs.

The first ever manufacture to develop a riding hat which reaches the grade of all four safety standards across the world, the Charles Owen 4Star “leads the competition in its delivery of unparalleled rider safety.”

The 4Star helmet has features beyond its competitors on the market with 4 years of science going into the development of the product, reaching the following safety standards:

•    Kitemarked by the British Standard Institute to PAS 015:2011
•    CE certified to the European Directive and BSEN 1384:1997
•    Certified by the Safety Equipment Institute outside Washington DC to ASTM F1163:2004a
•    Certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation of Californiato Snell E2001

The new riding hat features some stunning technology from the comfortable deep fit which maximises head coverage while the outer shell is made extra tough by the reinforced aramid fibers to improve crush resistance. However, protection doesn’t mean that your head has to be sweaty like with previous hats, with the hats unique “Free fit” system it increases airflow with ten ventilation slots to help riders “keep their cool”.

Roy Buerk, the Managing Director of Charles Owen & Co commented: “We are pleased to, once again, lead the industry in safety innovation and performance.  Never before has a helmet manufacturer been able to attain four safety standards.  It is fitting that on the heels of our 100th anniversary, we continue our tradition of being the industry leader.”

The Charles Owen 4Star riding hat is now available at Dogwood London, click here.

*News Flash* Badminton Cancelled! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2012 00:00

A disappointing year for riders and spectators as Badminton Horse Trials has been forced into cancellation thiis year.

Disappointment for all involved, Badminton was one of the main events leading up to London Olympic selection and part of the final preparations for riders looking towards Greenwich Park this summer.

The trials were cancelled after it was confirmed that there was “no chance” of the ground drying out in time for the weekend which was due to start this Thursday (3rd May.)

Badminton director, Hugh Thomas explained: "The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded,"
"Further rain is due this week, leaving no chance of the ground drying out.

"Very sadly, therefore, the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.

"Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, sponsors and riders will of course be refunded as soon as is practical."

Spectators who visit the show to purchase horse riding equipment in the famous shopping village will be unfortunately be left short this year and the famous cross country day will be a missed on our screens.

The news couldn’t be more disappointing for current world number one, William Fox-Pitt who was gunning for the £220,000 Rolex Grand Slam title which is awarded to riders who win consecutive Burghley, Kentucky and Badminton titles.

Lets hope Williams makes up for the loss of Badminton with a gold medal looking forward to the games this summer!

Equestrians to take part in Olympic torch procession PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 09:51

Riders across the UK and Ireland will be holding the Olympic torch throughout England this summer.

Part of those will be event rider, Jane Holderness-Roddam who rode in GB colours back in the 1968 Mexico Olympics, winning team gold. She will be carrying the torch in Shurdington, Glos on 23rd May.

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Monday, 23 April 2012 00:00

The Hermès saddle could quite possibly be the piece of horse tack to have this year, if only it was for sale!
winged Hermes Saddle
The luxury brand known for bags and silk scarves was originally founded as a house of master harness and saddle-making, making beautiful leather horse tack.

The winged saddle is a centre piece of the exhibition by Hermes, marking its 175th year anniversary.

New toy SJ horse equipment launched PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 April 2012 11:47

JJ’s Jumping is a new equestrian toy which is set to appear on British high streets this summer.  Wiith a range set to reach the imaginations and capture the professional world of show jumping for a younger audience.

Limited Edition Equestrian coin to be released for Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00

A limited edition 50 pence coin is to be released in celebration for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games.

The designs were chosen from over 30,000 competition entries throughout the country and whittled down to the best 29 to reflect each sport. Entries came from designers of all ages and professions, from policemen to school girls. With each carefully assessed one lucky winner included an equestrian themed design.

Eventing - "It's Ab Fab Darling" PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2012 17:12

Comedian, actress, Absolutely Fabulous star turned Event rider, Jennifer Saunders has been rekindling her love for the equestrian sport while filming a new ITV documentary.

A two part documentary following the footsteps of British hopefuls will show 53-year-old Jennifer taking lessons from show jumper Tim Stockdale and event riders Piggy French and Lauren Shannon.

Bucas horse rugs unveil new fly/cooler rug PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 00:00

The innovative horse rug company Bucas have released a new piece to there impressive collection for the summer season with the new integrated fly and cooler blanket.

The “Buzz-off cooler” is a natural progression from other Bucas fly rugs such as the “Buzz-off rain” that was released last year. The full neck design of the new rug protects horses from flies and bites at shows whilst looking smart for competition wear and cooling off after exercise - keeping chills at bay and flies at a distance.

"It has a padded front for comfort and protection with a metal clasp and additional single Velcro strap for secure fitting. It also has a removable belly strap that keeps it in place when it may be a little breezy. The full neck features three Velcro straps and an elastic head band to attach to a bridle or head-collar." Said a spokesman for the horse rug manufactures.

This special rug comes in navy with a smart silver trim in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

Aigle releases new foldable wellington boot PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 April 2012 15:08

The French Wellington boot manufacturer, Aigle, are launching a new piece of footwear to their collection; a foldable Wellington boot.

Compact and lightweight, the “rubberpack” boot has been designed to be clever and versatile, having the choice to be worn as either an ankle boot or rolled up for a fully waterproof Wellington boot.

New Dressage TV Series on H & C PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 00:00

A new dressage series is returning to Horse and Country in the form of Carl Hester and his protege Charlotte Djuardin. Sponsored by Bucas horse rugs, Charlotte has risen to fame with the help of Carl and now they are coming together for the new TV series ‘Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars’.


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