Fodder and Feast at Millbry Hill Whitby

Poster for Fodder & Feast eventEnjoy a feast of foodie fun for the whole family, even the dog.

On Saturday, September 24, we’re transforming our car park into a pop up mini food festival where you can fill your boots with a range of locally produced food and drink from the Northern Dales Farmers’ Market.

And, as a special treat we’re organising some special food and drink stalls that are strictly for your four-legged friends as well as some giveaway goodies.

We’ve also lined up popular children’s entertainer Defying Gravity – Tom Rolfe, face painting, live music, village green games and a doggy picnic area. Don’t miss it!

And, as if that’s not enough, we have four £50 gift cards up for grabs. Entry forms will soon be available in-store and must be posted into a competition letterbox at the event. Four winners will be chose at random throughout the day.

 

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Charlotte Dujardin’s Treble Celebration!

Charlotte Dujardin's Treble Celebration

Olympic star Charlotte Dujardin has successfully defended her individual dressage title in Rio, picking up yet another gold medal! Continue reading

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Millbry Hill welcomes Melissa Chapman

Millbry Hill, the country store, provides support to an elite group of horsemen and women. This section of the website is where the talented riders share their successes, their disappointments, and their everyday experiences from stable to eventing. They give us their opinions on latest products and provide tips to others who share their love of all things Equestrian.

This week we’re thrilled to introduce the latest of Millbry Hill’s supported riders – Melissa Chapman.

Melissa is a professional dressage rider who has her heart set on competing internationally.

She works tirelessly to provide the very best facilities and care for her horses and, as a trainer, she’s helping others achieve their full potential.

Melissa, her horses and her support team are based at her competition yard – Team Chapman Equestrian, situated just outside Catterick Village, North Yorkshire. With the support of her parents Melissa has forged an incredibly successful career and business to date.

She told Millbry Hill: “I started riding when I was two years old and I quite simply fell in love with horses. They have enriched my life ever since and I have never looked back. I was a pupil at Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby Park, where I earned the prestigious role of ‘Riding Captain’ and my first real taste of responsibility. Upon completion of my A-levels, I went to work for an event rider. It was a valuable experience and gave me the confidence to move my own career to the next level – at 19 I become a freelance rider and trainer.”

Initially, Melissa continued to work in the field of eventing, where she competed up to advanced level.

But she soon realised that it was the dressage phase that really interested her.

For a short while she combined the two disciplines but, at the age of 24, she decided to focus on pure dressage.

During this time, she’s won a national title and seven regional titles.

She’s also won premier league classes up to Inter 1 level and is currently competing at Inter 2 and Grand Prix.

Melissa added: “The early part of 2016 has been geared towards the development of our younger horses and I have enjoyed being ‘out and about’ with them.

“It’s a very rewarding part of my work and I love watching and feeling them grow in confidence as they become stronger athletes in their own right.

“More recently, I have made the decision to explore the possibility of a return to Eventing and I have acquired a young four-year-old event horse called Rockstar.

“I am rather excited about this new member of the team – as are my mum and dad) -  and I’m looking forward to producing him through the levels.

“He has dipped his hooves into all three of the disciplines over recent weeks and I am sure that he is definitely one for the future.

“I am proud of the varied roles I hold within my chosen equestrian discipline of dressage – yard owner, young horse producer, trainer, mentor, livery provider and competitor – and I recognise that each of these elements come with great professional responsibility and expectation.

“I am really looking forward to the rest of the year and working closely with the team at Millbry Hill.”

We’re thrilled to have you with us Melissa and we can’t wait to hear more about you and your horses.

Picture shows Melissa with four-year-old Fergie (TCE Honneur)

 

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Millbry Hill fashion show boosts Macmillan Cancer Support

STAFF and customers at Millbry Hill raised more than £2,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support after they joined forces to stage a fashion show.

The event was the brainchild of Liz Jones, Marcia Sanderson and Christine Swiers.

Liz is a member of the Jones’ family, owners of Millbry Hill, and Marcia and Christine were competitors in Ride of their Lives at Macmillan Race Day at York – the oldest and largest charity event of its kind in the UK.

Race day features a full card of professional racing alongside charity lunches, auctions, raffles and collections.

The highlight is the Best Western Hotels and Macmillan Ride of their Lives.

Marcia and Christine were among 12 amateur jockeys who each pledged to raise at least £2,500 for Macmillan to take part in the race.

To support the two women in their efforts and help boost the charity funds, more than 400 guests packed into Millbry Hill’s Richmond store for a fashion show featuring a wide range of country clothing for all the family, including Equestrian clothing.

Willing volunteers – including staff and daring friends – modelled clothing from the Millbry Hill range.

Money poured in from ticket sales, a raffle, hog roast and a charity auction.

Marcia said: “The amount of money raised was incredible
and will help provide a family with a Macmillan support worker for eight months.”

Liz said: “We were delighted to be able to help

“As soon as we announced we were holding the fashion show it sparked a huge wave of support.”

Christine Garrett, Richmond store manager, said: “Our customers were hugely generous, we even had donations instore from those who were unable to attend but who wanted to show their support.”

The Macmillan Race Day at York is into its 44th year and has raised more than £5.8m over the years.

Donate to Macmillan Cancer Support here.

 

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Puppies: Buying From Breeders

Puppies: Buying From Breeders

Thinking about a new furry addition to the family? Dogs make excellent pets and companions. Whether it’s your first pet, first dog or first time buying one for yourself from a breeder – you want to make sure that everything is in check. So in order to make sure you and the breeder are both fully informed and you have all the relevant information about your new puppy pal to cater for them as they need. Continue reading

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