The Millbry Hill Blog: Life in the Country


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

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“Nationals here we come!” – Cara Shardlow, Supported Rider

It was a shaky start to the year with three horses injured – I really wasn’t sure that any of them would make it to regionals at the beginning of February.  However, by the skin of our teeth I managed to make it with all three of them! Sandonista and Mario Lanza were first on in the Novice Freestyle.  This was Mario’s first big competition and I was so pleased with how he coped; although he a little tense, he made no big mistakes and was placed 10th.  Sandonista was... Read More


Our Top Twelve Gifts for Mum

  With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you’ll be wanting to find that perfect gift to show Mum just how much you care. At Millbry Hill we have a fabulous range of unique country and equestrian inspired gifts. To help you choose, we’ve compiled our top 12 gifts for Mother’s Day:


Looking forward to Crufts – the largest dog show in the world

Our four-legged founding father Millbry Hill Jones Esq has put pen to paper again and writes: “What a splendid time of year! Crufts is just around the corner and scores of my distant cousins from all four corners of the globe are preparing to take part in the world’s largest dog show. “I recall the time it began, started by a dear chap called Charles Cruft at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington. “It was around 1878 when our paths first crossed – Cruft was a travelling salesman who was... Read More


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