Ok so he's not quite as retired as he used to be, and he and Fifi now live on a farm (no, not the kind of farm where your old pets go when they're old to live happily ever after, an actual farm.). We can now add his list of occupations to include sheepdogpony, after a hack with Sarah and Piper turned into an hour and a half of sheep herding 3 different flocks of sheep into various different fields and barns. Bandi has decided he is quite a pro at this now and got rather (ridiculously so) excited! I must admit that I did really enjoy it too, bring on the next herding day if you ask me!
And on a serious note I'm now more involved with ex racehorses than ever. Having Fifi really opened up my eyes to what these horses are capable of and I'm really proud to say I now work with the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) as a regional coordinator for the East Midlands region. This basically means that I will be organising clinics and demonstration days and the like, to benefit those who have, or are thinking or getting an exracehorse. I already have a few different days organised, and I'm just waiting on final confirmation from instructors before these will be released by RoR. We have a few show jumping ones, a cross country one and I'm now organising dressage ones.
If you are based in my region which covers Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, please do contact me to let me know if there is anything in particular I can help with via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently I came across something called Verditer, a new brand which currently offers stylish bracelets as part of their range, which will expand in to other areas in the future, all being well. The bracelets are beautifully made and come in all different colours, including some special ones for those at university which can only be purchased via brand ambassadors based at those universities in question. They really are a great accessory for anyone and I really recommend that you take a look at the range available (just click on the picture to go through to their website). I do have a cheeky discount code for them too, so if you want it, just shout up!
So a huge thanks to all of my sponsors, please do click onto the sponsors and links page and take a look at them all. And on that note a huge thank you to Shearwater Insurance who have continued their support in me for the third year and whose generosity has meant I can invest more into my training again, how exciting!
With 2014 comes a new sponsor for us, a big welcome to SLP Sports Massage, run by Sarah Powell, who is going to attempt to keep my achey and wonky body in some sort of order. Sarah is based in Husbands Bosworth, which is between Lutterworth and Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Sarah also rides herself so she has the advantage of knowing exactly what feeling you want and how you should be positioning yourself. There will be more information on Sarah to come very soon so do keep an eye on the sponsors page.
Here's to a positive 2014 and for starters, lets have some fun and see what else follows on. Happy New Year everyone!