Lady Kitson OBE DL to present ‘The Legend Perpetual Challenge Cup’ at the Royal Bath & West Show 2017

The ‘Legend Cup’ was offered to the Royal Bath & West Show, by Col. & Mrs CR Spencer in memory of their champion show pony Legend, who was bred in the West Country.

The cup is awarded to the Champion Ridden Show Hunter Pony at the Royal Bath & West each year, but this year the cup will be presented by the late Colonel and Mrs. Spencer’s daughter and Legend’s rider, Elizabeth Spencer, now Lady Kitson OBE DL.
Elizabeth moved to Devon, to live with her Grandparents, during WWII and this is where she met and was the first to ride Legend. Together they qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and at just seven years old Elizabeth and Legend became show pony champions. This was just the start of Legend and Elizabeth’s showing career. Both becoming legends in their own right.

For anyone wanting to know more about Elizabeth and Legend’s early life on Dartmoor and how together, they became champions, Lady Kitson will be signing copies of her book ‘Legend...a true story’ at the Forelock Book stand at The Royal Bath & West Show from midday on Saturday, June 3rd
“I’m extremely delighted to have been asked to present the Legend Cup at The Royal Bath & West,” said Lady Kitson OBE DL. “I have such fond memories of Legend, he really was my pony of a lifetime and I know exactly how the young riders competing will be feeling, on the day.”

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Snaffle a new browband from Kate Negus Saddlery

Kate Negus Saddlery is delighted to welcome two new browbands to its collection – the Loose Snaffle Browband and the Padded Snaffle Browband.
Both browbands are made using English leather and have a Kate Negus Union Jack bridle stud. The Loose Snaffle Browband has a brass snaffle in the centre that hangs next to the horse’s forehead, whereas the Padded Snaffle Browband features a padded and lined browband with a Mackenzie & George snaffle in the centre, backed with leather.
“We had a number of customers asking for snaffle browbands, so we got to work,” says Julia Andrews from Kate Negus Saddlery. “We’ve created two different versions – one that has the snaffle sitting next to the horse’s forehead, and the other that is lined with leather and has a little more structure.”
The Loose Snaffle Browband is available in black and chestnut in sizes cob, full and extra full and has a RRP of £45. The Padded Snaffle Browband is also available in black and chestnut in cob, full and extra full and has a RRP of £50.
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LD Equestrian: The fashion forward affordable brand for the modern rider

New stylish, affordable equestrian clothing brand, LD Equestrian, produces technical performance wear with fashion forward designs at an affordable cost. 


The combination of technical performance, fashionable detailing and design creates equestrian apparel that truly embraces performance driven style and the high quality that riders need and desire. As a rider herself, founder Lydia Duce understands the lifestyle of the modern day equestrian. 


“I visited various saddleries and almost every retailer online - I just couldn’t find any clothing that met all of my needs,” founder Lydia Duce explains. With a business background and a love of fashion, LD Equestrian was born. 


The Collection 

LDE currently has two collections; the 2016 collection includes casual branded t shirts, moisture wicking polo shirts, supremely soft hoodies and a stylish waistcoat, all designed to be low cost casual wear. 


The latest 2017 collection focuses more upon technical wear, aimed at riders who may require a little more support. It consists of a lightweight thermal jacket, technical base layer and two technical t shirts, one of which is made from a premium snakeskin pattern. They are crafted from luxuriously soft, moisture wicking and quick drying fabrics, ensuring you maximum comfort, protection and durability. 


“Our new season technical t-shirts have figure flattering panelling, sure to make you look and feel your best at all times. Not only do they feature support in the saddle but they are extremely stylish”


During the design process, the modern rider is constantly at the forefront of Lydia’s mind as she aims to focus on practicality and how the rider will feel wearing each piece. 


Get Technical 

The LDE collection really embraces high performance and sublime quality from lightweight, comfortable fabrics. The latest collection focuses upon more technical fabrics such as spandex, polyester and nylon, all of which boast elasticity and comfort. These fabrics feature a quick drying formula that pulls moisture away from your skin and is 100% breathable as it allows air to pass through so that perspiration can evaporate, leaving you feeling fresher for longer. In addition the fabrics also contain a non-chemical protective layer that prevents staining.


Get The Look Now 

Such stunning style, normally comes with a hefty price tag. This is where LDE stand out from the crowd - their beautiful creations are made with you, the rider in mind and are available at an affordable price. 


T-Shirts £14.99 

Technical T-Shirts From £35.00 

Moisture Wicking Polo Shirts £24.99

Hooded Sweatshirts £34.99 

Technical Base Layers £30.00 

Lightweight Jacket £55.00

Technical Silicone Grip Breeches are to be released later in the year!


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All Round Cherry Roller Style!

Hiho Silver has added two short run pieces to its Exclusive Cherry Roller Collection. Both will be available at Badminton Horse Trials and just five of each have been made by Hiho’s King of the Road.

The Exclusive Cherry Roller Collection continues to go from strength to strength with many loyal fans looking to add to and grow their collections each season. To celebrate the collection’s success, Hiho has created two ‘all round’ Cherry Roller pieces, which feature sterling silver and 18ct rose gold vermeil cherry rollers all the way around.

“We made up two pieces like this for a photoshoot last year and had them as part of our display at Olympia, to showcase the beauty of the rollers,” said Emma Warren from Hiho Silver. “We had no intention of selling the pieces – people loved them but we had two great styles of necklace and two gorgeous styles of bracelet in the range already. At Olympia, a lady came and asked to buy the necklace. At that time it was the only one in existence but she was determined and we parted with it. Since then, we’ve used the all round images on our social media and people have been incredibly excited about them, so we’ve created five bracelets and five necklaces of each design.”

The Exclusive All Round Cherry Roller pieces are made using solid sterling silver snaffles complete with five beads on each. Every other bead on the ‘mouthpiece’ is plated in 18ct rose gold, although the actual technique used on the beads is vermeil, which gives a more durable finish thanks to the increased amount of gold applied.

The Exclusive All Round Cherry Roller Necklace is available for £985 and the Exclusive All Round Cherry Roller Bracelet is available for £495.
To find out more about Hiho Silver, see or call 01460 221006.

One Week Left To Enter Your Blog For The Countrystyle Blog Award!

Do you write a blog focusing on countryside style and equestrian life? Following news that Haynet and MirrorMePR are presenting the Countrystyle and Equestrian Blogger of the Year Awards this year, they would like blog writers to register their interest in submitting their blog for consideration for the awards.


The Countrystyle Blogger of the Year Award is being launched in May 2017 with the Equestrian Blogger of the Year Award being held in October 2017.They are looking at blogs for both categories and all entries will be put forward to the judges for consideration.


If you would like your blog to be considered for the up and coming awards, then please message by email to:


registering your interest. Closing dates to be considered for the Countrystyle Blogger of the Year award is Wednesday 26th April 2017. The closing date to be considered for the Equestrian Blogger of the Year Award is Wednesday 18th October 2017. More details about the Countrystyle Blogger Award will be coming soon together with details of what the winner will win, so please keep a look out for further Award news!


If you are submitting your blog to the award judges, then please ensure the following information is included:


Your Full Name
Your Blog Name and URL
Your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram URL’s
In no more than 200 words why your blog should be considered for the Awards


To keep up to date with the Countrystyle and Equestrian Blogger of the Year Awards, then please follow their TWITTER and FACEBOOK pages.

Charles Owen Issues Recall on 4Star Cross Country Helmet with Chrome Buckle

Charles Owen has recalled its Limited Edition 4Star Cross Country Helmet with Chrome Buckle.

The Wrexham based manufacturer says the move is due to the potential for extreme corrosion of the chrome buckle, which may result in buckle failure.

“This recall impacts this model in sizes 54 (0½), 55 (1) and 56 (1½),” said a spokesman for Charles Owen.

“Information regarding the helmet model can be found on the product satin, guarantee card or user instructions.”

Consumers are advised to cease use of the affected helmets immediately.

They are invited contact either the shop they purchased the helmet from or Charles Owen directly in order to receive a replacement or full refund.

Consumers and retailers can contact Charles Owen on 01978 317769 or email for more information about replacement and refunds.

Tickets still available for The Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race!

Eventer Hannah Francis, who sadly lost her short life to cancer expressed a wish to have a charity race run to raise funds for the Willberry Wonder Pony Charity she set up. 

This event is to come to fruition in conjunction with one of racing’s most famous cancer survivors, Bob Champion and The Bob Champion Cancer Trust which he set up in 1983 and which has so far raised over £14million. 

Cheltenham Racecourse have kindly agreed to stage this one-off flat race, to be called The Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race, at the Home of Jump Racing on Thursday 20 April 2017. 

Six celebrities will ride in the event including Alice Fox Pit, Olympic silver medalist Tina Cook and top eventer Ben Hobday, who himself battled cancer at the same time as Hannah. The celebrities will be joined by eight riders from the wider equestrian community. 


If you would like to view the parade of equine superstars featuring Chilli Morning, Valegro, Big Star - stallion and Sprinter Sacre then you will need to purchase tickets for the Club/Tatts Enclosure. For more about ticket information, please click HERE. Please also visit:




My Ten All Time Favourite Equine Photoshoots by Sophie Callahan

Welcome back to Haynet's business showcase week. Thank you for following along and for all of your support so far. :) Today, I'm going to be sharing ten of my all time favourite shoots with you. 

I've been doing this job for five years now and I average around 150 shoots a year, with up to seven a week in the busiest, summer months. So, I've photographed a lot of horses since I started!

But the following are some real 'stand outs' for me, and ones that spring to mind when I think about my absolute faves.

The famous RSPCA rescue pony who was nursed back to health by the team at Catley Cross Veterinary Centre, when they really didn't think he'd make it through the night. 



The Steve Dent Stunt Team 
Spending the day with Sam Dent her team of Hollywood superstars... Including the stars of Beauy and the Beast, The Huntsman, War Horse, Cinderella and more.



Valegro at Olympia 
Does this need an explanation? It was such an honour to have this horse in front of my lens.


Rosie and Pongo 
Every year I have a 'snow shoot' waiting list and we rarely get more than a sprinkling. But this photo from a shoot about five years ago, was so popular and remains one of my favourites still today.


Abbie and Lola 
This is more of a recent favourite, as it was from January 2017, but I just love the light and the love between Abbie and her mare, Lola.


Camilla Neame 
As a big fan of showing, and in particular, cobs, I was super excited to be asked to photograph Camilla Neame and Val Sheehan's top horses, Starry Night, six time HOYS Cob Champion and So Smart, the only coloured to have ever gone HOYS Supreme Champion, until last year.

Vicky at Holkham 

Photographing at the beach is one of my favourite locations and this shoot with Vicky and her horse, Prince, was awesome. She was super brave, cantering through the waves bareback, but I think you'll agree that it was worth it.


Shogun was my oldest model. He was 48 and only three years off of the world record. Sadly he passed away last year and didn't break the record, but he will always stick in my mind as one of my favourites.

Vanessa and Harry 

This is a shoot from last year and I absolutely love the outfits that Vanessa chose. When a client puts as much effort into their shoot as I promise to, it always makes me excited for our session. And in this case, it paid off in spades. 


Greenmeads Stud

 I love working with mares and foals and I also love working with other equine businesses, so when I get booked to go to a stud and photograph all of their horses, to get images for their website and social media, it's a win win! And Greenmeads breeds beautiful unusually coloured Welsh Sec D's, so that was extra fun. 


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