Posted on August 14th, 2017

Not all Superheroes wear lycra – some wear jodhpurs!

Before ill health took hold Jean Adams was a regular volunteer at her local Riding for the Disabled group. Then Jean became very ill indeed, suffering from multiple medical problems which resulted in numerous trips to the hospital, sometimes for long periods of time.
Knowing from her own experience the physical and mental benefits of riding, Jean is now a rider at the Woodbridge and District RDA. But not content to just ride Jean is fund raising for the charity.
On Saturday 12th August Jean is attempting a 16 mile sponsored ride on her daughter’s horse Katie. Jean feels that her health has benefitted significantly since she has been riding again and as a keen horsewoman of many years knows that this will be a challenge.
But this is a challenge she feels more than up to and she joins an ever increasing line of Woodbridge and District RDA Superheroes who have collectively raised over £15,000 so far this year.
Jean’s sponsored ride begins outside the RDA (Woodbridge and District Group) on Saturday 12th August at 1pm.
Jean’s ride will go from Sutton to Hollesley, then Bawdsey and back to Sutton via Alderton.
People can donate on Jean’s mydonate page

Posted on August 2nd, 2017


Posted on July 31st, 2017

Allister Hood in seventh heaven after one-two in Supreme Championship

Top showing producer Allister Hood claimed his seventh British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship title today at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

The Norfolk-based showman has won the Winston Churchill Cup – given to the overall supreme champion show horse at Hickstead – more times than anyone else. Today he came double handed to the championship, having qualified for the final with the Saracen Horse Feeds Supreme Riding Horse Champion Diamonds Are Forever and the Surrey Envelopes Supreme Cob victor Our Cashel Blue.

His elegant show on the dark-bay eight-year-old riding horse champion set the standard early on. The performance netted a score of 28 out of 30 from the three judges, including a perfect 10 from Tom O’Brien from the Al Shira’aa stables. Allister’s dream day was then made complete when cob Our Cashel Blue was crowned reserve Supreme on a score of 26.

“The first time I won the Supreme was with my hack Brown Buzzard back in about 1981,” said Allister, who has since gone on to win the title a further six times.

“Diamonds Are Forever is a real show horse with great charisma and movement. He gives you the most incredible feeling when you ride him. He’s been unbeaten for two seasons now,” he added.

It was a real family affair in the Supreme, as Allister’s son Oliver also came forward with the Ridden Skewbald & Piebald champion Kellythorpes Master Key – they were one of three Supreme finalists who tied on a score of 22.

Photo: Craig Payne Photography/Courtesy of Hickstead

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Essex’s Allana Clutterbuck helps British Showjumping’s Team LeMieux win FEI Pony European Championship Team Silver

The British Pony Team riding under the title sponsor banner of Team LeMieux did Great Britain proud when they won Team Silver earlier this evening at the FEI Pony European Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary.

 All British riders had put in a solid performance during the first round yesterday and their performances today further highlighted the depth of talent we have within the Pony environment.

 Allana Clutterbuck aged 16 from Upminster, Essex with Sultan Du Bary an 11-year-old bay gelding owned by Susan Evans came forward to the first round today with a clear penalty score so it was unfortunate to see them pick up 4 penalties mid course in the first round. With all to play for in the second round and knowing that a medal was at stake, Allana absolutely pulled it out the bag when she broke the finish line clear and within the time allowed to secure Great Britain a Silver medal podium position.

Ireland took Gold finishing just one jump ahead of Great Britain with their 4 penalties whilst the Netherlands, who sat two-time penalties behind us were relegated into Bronze.

Photo: Helen Revington

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Ride Like: Bonnie Fishburn

Dressage and event rider Bonnie Fishburn explains the art of leg yielding, a useful exercise which can significantly help to improve suppleness. Leg yield is the most basic of lateral movements and encourages looseness and flexibility across the whole of the horse’s body whilst ensuring that the rider uses the correct aids and leg positioning to influence the horse. Read the full tutorial in our September edition.

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Top Tips for a Healthy Stable Environment

In our September issue David Jeffrey’s of Stable Shield, The Leaders in Equine Biosecurity offers advice and tips on keeping your stable a bacteria-free zone, and to ensure your stable provides the best environment it can for your horse.


Posted on July 31st, 2017

Young Entrepreneur launches Equestrian Performance Brand

Scottish based Equestrian Clothing Brand, Apt Cavalier Ltd, has launched their introductory collection “On The Yard”, founded by Fashion Graduate and keen British Eventer, Sarah Johnstone. We find out more about this exciting new brand in our September edition…

Posted on July 27th, 2017

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Posted on July 18th, 2017

Essex’s Allana Clutterbuck has been selected for the British Showjumping’s Team LeMieux Pony European Championship Squad

Allana Clutterbuck, aged 16, from Upminster, Essex with Sultan Du Mary has been selected to represent Great Britain under the title sponsor banner of Team LeMieux in the Pony European Championship in Kaposvar, Hungary. The competition takes place between the 25th – 30th July 2017 at the Lovasakademia Sport Club.


The Pony Team medals will be decided on Friday 28th July at 15:00 hours local time whilst the Pony Individual medals will be decided on Sunday 30th July at 15.00 hours local time. The Chef d’Equipe accompanying the team will be Clare Whitaker.

Image Credit – British Showjumping

Posted on July 17th, 2017

Don’t miss out!

Last few spaces left for Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s FREE CPD course for farriers.

The CPD course runs on 30th August – at Redwings Ada Cole near Harlow, Essex, EN9 2DH.

Update your knowledge on equine welfare and build on your client communication skills to the benefit of your business and the horse!

To book your free place call Andie on 01508 481066/07711489622 or email