The Millbry Hill Blog: Life in the Country


The Summer Season – Cara Shardlow

July It’s been a busy run up to the regionals, with all three horses partaking in training sessions and competitions. Mario and Sandonista both had a trip to Port Royal and Snainton pre regionals, Sando winning all three classes he was in and got himself a write up in the Horse & Hound – so we were very pleased with him!  As he matures, he is becoming a very consistent horse. The regionals were held at Port Royal again.  Detonator was on the first day and after a change of... Read More

Brambles Recipes 01/09/2017

Recipe Ideas: Bramble Bakewells

Whilst the prospect of the end of summer may not fill us all with joy, it does however bring with it some of the best of our British wild fruits. Of course, some of the very best are blackberries. A childhood tradition, summer simply wouldn’t be complete without a brambling expedition! This year has brought an abundance of these shining black gems to our hedgerows and woodlands, and now is the time to make the most of this most tasty crop.

Great Ayton Walks 25/08/2017

Our Favourite Walks – Great Ayton

At Millbry Hill, we are very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. In this new series, we will share some of our favourite walks and rides through our spectacular countryside. This first featured walk is a three mile, family friendly, circular route which starts and finishes in the village of Great Ayton. Just three miles from our Stokesley Shop, Great Ayton is as famous locally for its Suggit’s Ice-Creams and Petch’s Pork Pies as it is for being the boyhood home of the... Read More


Origins of the Glorious Twelfth

Steeped in tradition and evoking images of wild, rugged moorland, the Glorious Twelfth is an integral part of the British Countryside Calendar. Marking the start of the shooting season for red grouse, the 12th of August is a pivotal date in the country sport enthusiast’s diary. But where did this tradition begin? We take a step back in time, to discover the history of the Glorious Twelfth.

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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