The Millbry Hill Blog: Life in the Country

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June Round Up, All Abroad! – Cara Shardlow

Wow.  June was another busy month for me and my boys. Our selection for Great Britain to compete in Pompadour France was a real high.  It was going to be a long trip with three days of travelling down there and typically, just as a heat wave was about to hit the country.  We had fans fitted in the horse area, took lots of electrolytes with us and he really did cope incredibly well with the 40 degree temperature, better than me I fact!!  We had a stop off in... Read More

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What a couple of months! – Melissa Chapman

The last two months have been brilliant; we have celebrated so many new experiences and had some great outcomes.  Despite the fact that we sometimes feel that there’s not enough hours in a day, days in a week or weeks in a month…Team Chapman Equestrian continues to live life to the max… April started with a trip to Northallerton Equestrian Centre, where our young horses tackled their Prelim and Novice tests with gusto.  We achieved great results and many wins… I love the excitement and unpredictability of educating the younger... Read More


Win a Doggy Bag

This weekend, we’re giving one lucky customer the chance to win a Microfibre Doggy Bag in the size of their choice. The Doggy Bay dries and cleans your wet muddy dog in seconds! Perfect for those wet and muddy dogs whether it be for use in the car or after a bath at home, as this bag is super absorbent, quick drying and easy to clean. Available to buy online at Millbry Hill >


Win a Rambo Summer Series Combo Turnout Rug

We’re giving one lucky customer the chance to win a fantastic Rambo Summer Series Combo Turnout Rug from Horseware Ireland. The Rambo Summer Series Combo Turnout is an versatile summer rug, which combines the benifits of a fly sheet with the features a waterproof turnout rug. With a detachable neck cover, this rug has a waterproof and breathable top section to keep off the summer showers, whilst the mesh side panels allow maximum breathability and air flow to keep your horse cool. Available to buy online at Millbry Hill >... Read More

Waterproof Fly Rugs 07/06/2017

5 of the Best: Waterproof Fly Rugs

With the unpredictable British weather, it can often be difficult to decide – Turnout Rug or Fly Sheet? And with work and other commitments, many of us don’t have the luxury of being able to change rugs part way through the day. However more and more rug manufacturers are designing and producing waterproof fly rugs. These rugs usually feature a waterproof top section combined with mesh sides, to give your horse protection from summer showers, without the risk of him getting too hot when the sun starts to shine again.


Early Spring with Melissa

I can’t believe where the last couple of months have gone…the year is flying by far too quickly.  Despite our winter having not being a severe one, it has been so lovely to have the horses out in the fields again where they can stretch their legs, feast on the grass and, on the warmer days, enjoy having the sun on their backs.  I love the calmness and the lift in mood that such weather brings. We have been trucking up and down the country on a very regular basis... Read More

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It’s all about the lists… – Millbry Hill Richmond Horse Trials

If 10 Downing Street think they are busy preparing for an election they should come and spend some time in the horse trials office! The photocopier is whirring, the laminator is getting hotter and hotter and the ever expanding list of things to do seems to be getting longer and longer. There was no such thing as a bank holiday this week for the team at the horse trials, as the event site started taking shape. The tradestand village was meticulously marked out so ensure all tradestands know where they are... Read More

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Full Steam Ahead – Millbry Hill Richmond Horse Trials

With a relaxed Easter now feeling like a dim and distant memory, it is full steam ahead to the first of Millbry Hill Richmond’s British Eventing Horse Trials. The team are hoping that the stress, long hours and hard graft might shift a few pounds put on with the over indulgence of too many Easter eggs!! The team behind the horse trials is small but perfectly formed! Everyone has their roles and expectations with the previous months work coming in fits and starts depending of the different responsibilities. However, it... Read More

Badminton Horse Trials Facts 21/04/2017

7 Fascinating Facts you never knew about Badminton Horse Trials

A key date in any equestrian’s calendar, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trails are back again this May. Running from 3rd to 7th May 2017 at Badminton Park, Gloucestershire, Badminton Horse Trials is the World’s Premier 3-Day-Event and one of only six annual FEI Concours Complet International Four Star (CCI ****) events. So whether you are visting the event yourself, or just watching on the tv, impress your friends with these facinating facts about one of the world’s most famous horse trial events…


Mad March for Cara

March ended up being a busier month than I had expected – I received my third call up for Great Britain! The call up this time was for Keysoe CDI, at small tour level.  After some lovely warm weather, it was a bit of a shock travelling down south and finding it about 10 degrees colder and very windy.  I had to borrow stables drapes to shield Detonator from the wind in his stable!  Not what I had imagined at all!  He passed the trot up on Thursday with no... Read More