Donna Harrison – Equine Dentistry Visits and Clipping

Donna Harrison – An Equine Dentistry Visit and a First Time Clipping for Grace Sponsored riders blog – Donna Harrison Hello readers. I hope that you are managing to read this blog curled up safe and warm at home.  Having now moved to Wales and being quite high up I am really feeling the cold.  It seems that we are always two degrees colder than where the horses are based at the moment. I also hope that all of your horses are all safe, well and getting used to their winter…

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Donna Harrison – December Blog – The One I Have Been Waiting For

December Blog – The One I Have Been Waiting For Hello readers. Now that winter is upon us and the evenings are getting really cold, I hope that you are settling down to read this in your warm and cosy home. We’ve been advised to stay in as much as possible which will help protect ourselves from the winter elements, including COVID-19 which continues to lurk outside our front doors.  I hope your horses are all safe, well and getting used to their winter coats, should that be of the…

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Donna Harrison – September Blog – Hello Autumn

Donna Harrison – September Blog – Hello Autumn Happy Autumn everyone! There have been lots of changes for everyone this month with the nights noticeably drawing in and the temperature starting to drop.  I think we have all seen more rain than we have been used to over the past few months, and it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon.  I have seen many rugs being put on during the day and others even starting to come in at night. I hope that you are all managing well with…

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Donna Harrison – August Blog – A Very Strange Month

Donna Harrison - the last herd picture

Donna Harrison – August Blog – A Very Strange Month Hi everyone and welcome to my August blog. With competitions now underway, as the government once again gives us a little more freedom, I hope you are taking full advantage and making the most of your horsey time? With lots to report on this month, I will keep my introduction short. Everything Horse Sponsorship Anniversary It has been one whole year since Everything Horse offered to sponsor us.  It hasn’t been the year that we were hoping for, planning or…

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Donna Harrison July Blog – Grace and Spencer Round Two

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Donna Harrison July Blog – Grace and Spencer Round Two This month Donna and Grace returned for what is now their regular coaching session with International Dressage Rider, Spencer Wilton. In this month’s blog, Donna talks preparation, homework, leg yielding and contact confusion.   Hi everyone, and welcome to my July blog. I hope that everything is going well for all of our readers?  I also hope that plans we all made for 2020 have now started to happen as lockdown continues to ease and we can get out and…

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Sarah Zoryk Blog July: An Introduction

Sarah and Pascha cross-country jumping

Sarah Zoryk Blog July: An Introduction This July we welcome a new sponsored rider, Sarah Zoryk, an Amateur event rider based in Bulford, Wiltshire. Here Sarah introduces herself and horses, talks a little about her day to day life and tells us why 2021 will be that extra bit special! Wrote Sarah: Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to Everything Horse for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to be their new sponsored rider. A little bit about me……I am not your typical sponsored rider.…

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Donna Harrison – June Blog – Grace Meets Spencer Wilton

Donna and Grace - Spencer Wilton Clinic

Grace Meets Spencer Wilton Donna Harrison – June Blog   This month Donna Harrison gives a brief snapshot and great video of her lesson with Olympic Dressage Rider, Spencer Wilton, before talking us through an equine massage session with Elite Equine Therapies’, Emma Phillips.   Things are slowly starting to ramp up again which is great news and the weather is generally being kind, however, maybe it’s a little too kind! I write this blog as temperatures reach 30 degrees. Spencer Wilton Dressage Clinic June welcomed another birthday to the…

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Donna Harrison – May Blog – Education with Harley

Donna Harrison – May Blog – Education with Harley On the whole, May has been a pretty quiet month for us.  With lockdown restrictions only being slightly relaxed we are still pretty much stuck on the yard.  I have been continuing the training with Grace and she is getting better all the time.  I have also started fitness training again with Candy as I’d given her some time off so that I could focus completely on Grace. I’ve now been put on furlough at work so I’m spending more time…

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Donna Harrison – April Blog – Fun with Grace

Donna Harrison – April Blog – Fun with Grace Riders Blog :: Everything Horse With coronavirus still very much in control of the world that we live in and the country still being on lockdown I have found, that time with the horses really does mean the world to me, getting me out of the house for much needed fresh air.  I hope that each of you also find your time with our equestrian families all the more special?  With so much uncertainty around, I feel like time grooming, riding…

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Donna Harrison – March Blog – COVID–19 Hits the UK

Harrison Equestrian - Donna Harrison riding young horse, Grace

Donna Harrison – March Blog – COVID–19 Hits the UK Rider Blog :: Everything Horse This month Donna Harrison talks coronavirus, issues and lessons learned as we all adapt to our new way of life. Coronavirus COVID-19 When the coronavirus first hit the UK back on 31st January, I don’t think any of us expected our world would change as much as it has.  For me, life carried on as normal or as much as it could due to the awful weather throughout February. Then, on Monday 23rd March Boris…

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Donna Harrison February 2020 – Grace’s Education Continues

Donna Harrison February 2020 – Grace’s Education Continues Donna Harrison Blog :: Everything Horse Hopefully, you will have already read about our first two successful outings in January so are able to follow on from our previous posts. If not, I’m currently documenting my journey with my latest horse I have the pleasure of riding, Grace. A young 7 year old, Grace is currently experiencing outings, and clinics for the first time. I’m hoping by sharing my experiences with you all, it’ll help with any similar situations you may be…

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The End of January Already! Welcome To The New Year

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The End of January Already! Welcome To The New Year Firstly I would like to say Happy New Year to all of the people that read my blog! I wish you all the best for whatever you have planned this year. If you read my December blog you will already know what I have mapped out for 2020, which I am chuffed to say that I’m already underway with! Grace Grace has already had two outings to Foxes Equestrian Centre!  After all of my worrying about her not wanting to…

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Donna Harrison – December Blog – 2019 Wrap Up

Donna Harrison, Harrison Equestrian :: Everything Horse :: Riders Blog I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2019, this year seems to have flown by for team Harrison Equestrian!  To end the year I thought that it would be a good opportunity to reflect on 2019’s highs and lows and also share our plans for 2020. I thought that I would start with my lows so that I can end this blog on a high. My first, and no doubt biggest low came in November when…

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Donna Harrison, November Blog – Winter is Well and Truly Here

As you already know, the horrible winter weather is well and truly upon us!  Many horses have already had their first winter haircut and are wearing heavy outdoor rugs day and night.  Most are lucky enough to be tucked up in their snuggly pyjamas ready for their evening in a cosy stable too. This is not the case for our bunch though, they have the pleasure of living out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.  The only exception for this is illness or…

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REVIEW: Aztec Diamond Black Technical Stretch Riding Leggings’

REVIEW: Diamond Black Technical Stretch Riding Leggings. Everything Horse

Aztec Diamond Black Technical Stretch Riding Leggings’ Review by Everything Horse sponsored rider Donna Harrison, Harrison Equestrian Sizes: ES (4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), XL (16+) Colours: Navy, Burgundy, Grey, Black RRP: £40.00 I have worn the Aztec Diamond Black Technical Stretch Riding Leggings’ several times now for a variety of activities around the yard. I normally wear full seat breeches and have never thought about trying the relatively new to the scene riding leggings as, to be honest I saw them as a more youthful product and…

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Rider’s Blog: Donna Harrison – Young Horses

Rider’s Blog: Donna Harrison – Young Horses October 2019 I started working with young horses at the age of 18 when I decided to leave college and chase my dream of working within the industry. I was lucky that my then riding instructor was about to sign up for a fantastic sponsorship which included backing, schooling and competing in showjumping. I was offered a groom position within this sponsorship and was allowed to continue my equestrian education, which was provided at the time through Reaseheath College in Cheshire. Within my…

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Horseback Archery – Donna Harrison Blog, September

Horseback Archery - Harrison Equestrian

Horseback Archery – Donna Harrison Blog, September I recently celebrated my 40th birthday and my husband gave me the fantastic present of a one-day horseback archery course, at the Centre of Horseback Combat in Hemel Hemstead (something I have always wanted to do).  When the day of the course arrived, I approached the yard full of both excitement and apprehension.  I love a challenge (and this most definitely was one), but also strive to excel at everything I do.  I really hate the thought of failure and on this occasion,…

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August 2019 Blog – Donna Harrison Introduction

Donna Harrison - Trailblazer Dressage Championship 2019. Copyright Harrison Equestrian

This month we welcome a new sponsored rider, Donna Harrison of Harrison Equestrian. Here’s Donna’s first blog where she takes time out to introduce readers to her horses, and competitive goals. Hi everyone,  my name is Donna Harrison and during my time with Everything Horse I will introduce you to my herd of horses and our journey together.  For my introduction blog I have included a picture of my current dressage competition horse Candy. Here at Harrison Equestrian, we are all excited to start this blog and to share our…

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Horsemanship: The Eyes Have It

Horsemanship and the left eye

Horsemanship: The Eyes Have I Suzie School of Horsemanship Blog post: August, 2019 Reading horse behaviour and understanding the psychology of horses takes dedicated learning and is a step towards good horsemanship. The amount of horses whose actions gets misread by the human, and then treated like something it’s not is huge. When it comes to learning to ride and horse husbandry, the element of horse psychology and natural behaviour isn’t covered. We’re all just muddling along doing the same stuff that’s always been done because that’s the way it’s…

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Anne’s Mongol Derby III, Preparing for the Horses and the Journey Ahead

Anne's Mongol Derby III, Preparing for the Horses and the Journey Ahead

How does one prepare for Mongolian horses? That is one question I have an easy answer to, you don’t. Here in the Netherlands, where I live, we do not have horses that come anything near the Mongolian horses. Not in size, not in temperament and not in strength. The Mongolian horses are bred for centuries for their habitat, work, and lifestyle. Nothing to be found like that near my home, sadly. Meanwhile, I ride a lot of different horses. Big and small, and I take my trusty backpack anywhere. To…

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A 1000km horse race! Anne’s Mongol Derby

A 1000km horse race, Anne's Mongol Derby

Readers Blog: Anne’s story Written by Anne Binnendijk Mongolia, the country with few people and lots of horses in between Russia and China is the place where every year, the Mongol Derby takes place. About 40 riders, 1000 horses and 27 horse stations get set to cover a distance of 1000 kilometers (about 621 miles). It’s called the longest and toughest horse race on Earth, and guess what? I am going to ride in the 2019 derby! The race will start on the August 4th, and will take 7 to 10…

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Sponsored Rider Interview, Daisy Jackson

Daisy Jackson - Image credit Kevin Sparrow

Ambition, Determination and Drive – Daisy Jackson With so many horses to train, ride and clients to teach we do wonder how our sponsored rider, Daisy Jackson, fits it all in. From her recent interview however, we sensed that same determination, will and ability to carry on in the face of adversity is still very much so present, as it was five years ago when we first met her. It’s been a true pleasure watching, if sometimes from under the radar, this incredibly talented rider transform from a young eager…

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Daisy Jackson’s insights into her Ambitions

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Daisy Jackson’s insights into her Ambitions and the Obstacles that Lie Ahead. This month I wanted to give you a little insight into the sport of Dressage. My long term ambition has always been to compete internationally at senior level. In order to do so you need a horse that is at Grand Prix level. I prefer to train my horse to GP level rather than have a ready made horse. Even a horse that is already trained cannot be ridden without suppleness; coordination and high level of fitness from…

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10 things you didn’t know about British dressage rider Stephen Hayes

10 things you didn't know about British dressage rider Stephen Hayes

10 things you didn’t know about British dressage rider Stephen Hayes 1. Where are you from and how old are you? I’m 25, I can’t believe I’m that old, it’s going so fast. I’m from Liverpool in the U.K but now based in New York, USA. 2. Why dressage? I love the feeling of having a dance partner in a 1000lb animal, being on the exact wave length, my body and theirs communicating to each other harmoniously through a silent language. That feeling is just something else, it feeds me.…

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Steph Gumn – 2017 Already a Rollercoaster of a Ride

Steph Gumn new horse, due to arrive shortly at SG Sports Horses

Steph Gumn – 2017 Already a Rollercoaster of a Ride Sponsored riders blog – Steph Gumn, February 2017 So, 2017 is here and its already been a rollercoaster! I had a lovely Christmas and New Year with a yard full of lovely clients horses. Sadly, Alvin my chestnut gelding, enjoyed his last few days galloping round the field and eating far too much before being put to sleep due to his wobblers diagnosis. I will miss him everyday, but I couldn’t watch him suffer in pain anymore. Since then things…

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