The Millbry Hill Blog: Life in the Country


Farewell 2016, Hello 2017 – Team Chapman Equestrian

Farewell 2016…Hello 2017 December was rather hectic for everyone involved with Team Chapman.  As the weather was unusually kind to us for most of the month, we were kept very busy with both the training and competing of our super horses. We had a ‘travel’ hiccup prior to our first trip out of the month.  My ever-reliable wagon decided to be ‘unreliable’ for the day, which caused us a bit of a headache!  We were, however, lucky enough to be able to enlist the help of a good friend (and... Read More


Kilimanjaro charity climb in memory of grandad

CHARLOTTE Jones from North Yorkshire is always on the lookout for a new challenge, and this year she’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She gained her HGV licence at the age of 18 and heads up one of the UK’s leading international horse transportation companies – C&C Horse Transport based in Stokesley. The 24-year-old, who is better known as Charlie, is now limbering up for a mammoth charity challenge – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her late grandfather, Brian Jones. She’s starting the seven-day trek on March 16 and has been... Read More

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Millbry Hill plays a key role in celebration of innovation at BETA International 2017

MILLBRY Hill retail director Serena Jones was one of those tasked with judging craftsmanship, design, technology and invention when a range of new products was put under the spotlight at the 2017 BETA International Innovation Awards. Serena was one of a team of industry experts to make up the judging panel, all handpicked for their equestrian experience. Winning products came from Musto, Trilanco, Stable & Barn, Keratex Hoofcare, Rockfish, Harry Hall, Cryochaps, Doggy Bag, Scruffs, Kask Spa, Ariat Europe, Neue Schule and Salamo. Serena said: “There are some amazing new... Read More

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Park or palace – dog walks are happening in every corner of the UK

Dog walks take place in every corner of the UK, and this story just proves it! We just loved reading about the Queen secretly walking her gamekeeper’s dogs when he was too ill to take them out. It just goes to show that dog walking is for everyone, regardless of how old you are, where you live or the job you do. It’s one of the reasons we launched our Walkies for Weightloss campaign. Not only will it help you develop a great relationship with your dog, but it’s the... Read More

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Health mash – why buy Dodson & Horrell?

We asked our elite team of supported riders to review Dodson & Horrell Winter Health Mash and tell us what they think. Key features of the health mash, as highlighted by Dodson & Horrell: Contains a blend of oils to provide additional calories and promote a healthy, glossy coat Oat-grain and molasses free formulation Contains echinacea to support immune function and a blend of fennel and mint to support digestive function Cara Shardlow writes: When I was asked to try the winter health mash I was a little unsure about... Read More


Dog health – how will walking for weightloss help an obese dog?

If your tickle-loving tummy is too large and your bottom wiggles when you wag your tail it could be the start of a string of dog health issues. Just the same as humans, dogs carrying extra pounds of weight are putting extra demands on virtually all the organs in their bodies. Not only is this uncomfortable but it increases the risk of disease.  Experts warn that the risks in overweight and obese dogs include: Diabetes Damage to joints and ligaments Heart disease and increased blood pressure Difficulty breathing Reduced stamina... Read More

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A Guide to Feeding Wild Birds – Feeding by Species

Whilst the garden may not be in full bloom, January once again gets us enjoying a quiet moment in the company of our feathered friends. Each year, the RSPB hold their annual Big Garden Bird Watch, where everyone is invited to take an hour out of their busy day to sit down with a cuppa and take note of the wild birds in their garden. We all have our favourite garden visitors, but what should you feed to attract particular wild birds to your garden? Each species has its own... Read More


Shed the pounds with Walkies for Weightloss

Overdone the treats at Christmas? Spent too much time in front of the TV? Starting to feel a bit like this chap? Then it’s time for you and your human to get involved in our Walkies for Weightloss. At Millbry Hill we know how easy it is to keep blaming it on puppy fat, but if you’re panting before you’ve reached the end of the road, or you’re ready for a sit down after a quick lap of the garden it’s time to take action and start walking for weightloss.... Read More

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How Christmas has changed over the years

By George how times have changed… Millbry Hill Jones here. Thought I’d put pen to paper once again, although writing these days rarely calls for pen or paper.  It’s something I’m not quite sure I’ll ever get used to, but then I’ve seen many changes in my life, none more so than this time of year. I know it seems hard to imagine but at the start of the 1900s Christmas was little more than another date on the calendar. Indeed I recall that for many it didn’t even warrant... Read More


Horse or hippo? Boe’s not sure says Tracy Morgan

Well winter has arrived and Boe and I are slowing down a little, he’s having a well deserved couple of weeks off from competitions and training after a busy and successful year. He’s more than happy at the moment doing his favourite thing of doing an  impression of being a hippo and digging holes in the field and rolling in them much to my disgust but he’s happy!! October and November were busy again with trading, competing and teaching. We started October with a trip to my trainers Paul and... Read More