Last year I wrote about Royal Windsor Horse Show and how much I enjoyed it. This year I was unsuccessful in my media appplication so I had the sulks and had missed the early bird tickets. Thanks to Facebook though I suffered serious FMO and hatched a plan with 21st Century Rider to go for an early morning jaunt.
Unless you’ve been in an underground bunker for the past week you won’t have missed the drama has followed Oliver after his Badminton Cross country rounds. Now I’ve pondered on whether or not to jump on the blog post bandwagon about this. Especially as I’m no cross-country rider!
However further dramas and information has made me feel the need to put imaginary pen to paper. Previously I’ve written about the fakery of social media and how much that can make us feel like we aren’t quite matching up to other people’s expectations. Social media has its ugly side and boy has this reared its head on more than one occasion this week. Ugly would be an understatement.
No, I haven’t gone mad and dedicated a blog post to chocolate. Choccywoccy is in fact a gorgeous Dun Gelding who happened to win my Equestrian Stockholm Giveaway over on the Facebook page.
Brooke had contacted me a while ago (nearly a year!) but due to weather and unfortunate accidents with horses we had struggled to get booked in. Even on the Friday before the bank holiday we had made a plan that then got scuppered by her other half needing rescuing. I think both of us thought her equine shoot may never happen…but it did. Bright and early on the Bank Holiday weekend.
Last year I missed the bluebells so this year I was prepared and got some lovely ones of Margaux looking her normal stunning self, but I was keen to get some horsey ones. Model calls are a great way to build up a portfolio in the less popular months and also allows the photographer, me, a bit more of a free rein. So, when Gemma responded to a post volunteering her services I snapped it up with a Woodland Fairy Tale in mind.
Well hasn’t it just been a very long winter. I hate fact that yet again I’m typing that’s it been a while since I last posted blah blah, but truth be told there’s a couple of reasons for this. First up it won’t have escaped your attention that it has been one of the greyest and dampest springs for a long time.
Now despite many people declaring how busy they are on Facebook and how the winter is just as pretty as the summer I just don’t buy it. It cold, its wet and everyone is struggling to get out and about on their ponies. Being a fairly honest straight talker means that I’ll say it how it is. Business is pants at the moment. Pretty epically sparse and rubbish.
Blimey I have got rather behind with the blog and truth be told I’ve still not posted the blog post I intended too. Currently pondering over them and debating if they will ever see the light of day. Instead I’ve gone for a light-hearted and jolly post all about Baskervilles, a wonderful dog friendly coffee shop in Kent.
I had my second session on Hoggy with Nicola Bell at Sparrows Oast during the week. He is really rather helpful and I do feel like my riding has improved just from the few sessions I have had with him and also June Long. Trotting in balance is still rather challenging but I’m telling myself it’s like learning to ride all over again. So, I need to be patient.
Equi-Tog Tips, sometimes I doubt myself and think what the heck am I doing writing a post like this. Then I remember this is all stuff I’ve learnt, so why not share it?
I’ve named this post a ‘Snow Day: A Yard Day Photoshoot’ in Kent but in reality, it was a number of sessions that built up and gathered momentum. The snow (Beast from the East) has been both a blessing and a curse for us animal lovers. One thing is for sure though it’s created lots of wonderful connections for me.