Not such an ugly bug – new Beetle Grackle from Kate Negus Saddlery

Kate Negus Saddlery has welcomed the Beetle Grackle to its Made-To-Order Collection. Designed with show jumpers in mind.

The noseband has been created by Kate Negus to provide an effective, stylish and tidy solution for riders looking to use a standing martingale with a grackle noseband. It’s made from English leather and combines a padded cavesson noseband with a grackle in a way that’s highly adjustable and comfortable for the horse.

“We understand what our riders want and need, and we develop products to match,” said Julia Andrews from Kate Negus Saddlery. “The Beetle Grackle is just that. We’ve designed it to fulfill a need, but also be elegant and stylish too, so the grackle passes through the cavesson to maintain its looks and the horse’s comfort. We’ve added in additional adjustment points to get the perfect fit, and it has double buckles too, so it can be used with our Grand Prix Headpiece, or used with a noseband sliphead to work with regular headpieces.”

The Beetle Grackle is from the company’s Made-To-Order Collection and has a lead time of three weeks. It is available in black and chestnut, in sizes cob or full, and has a RRP of £165.

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Hit Show ‘Blue Chip All Star Academy’ Returns to Horse & Country TV for Second Series

Following the 2016 launch of the hit show Blue Chip All Star Academy, Horse & Country TV is delighted to announce the programme will be returning to the channel for a second series.


Billed as a mixture between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp, the Blue Chip All Star Academy series saw eight riders battle it out across a number of challenges in order to be crowned series champion. The eventual winner was Rhianydd Lee-Jones, who received a year’s sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed and has since gone on to present for H&C from major equestrian events, including Burghley, Hickstead and Olympia.


The filming for this year’s Blue Chip All Star Academy will take place from Wednesday 29th March to Saturday 1st April. The location will once again be the Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, with Talland’s owner (and the horse world’s answer to Alan Sugar) Pammy Hutton acting as head judge alongside presenter Jenny Rudall.


Eight riders will be chosen to attend the camp, with each receiving a prize bundle of equestrian kit worth more than £1,000. The contestants and their horses will then be put through their paces over four days of intensive training with some of the leading names in horse sport, taking part in a number of challenges designed to test their equestrian and media skills, until one overall winner is crowned.


This year’s winner gets a year’s sponsorship from Blue Chip and the chance to co-present an episode of Rudall’s Round-Up with Jenny, while all eight finalists will be invited to join H&C’s All Star vlogging team and will appear on the channel regularly on the All Star Diaries programme.


Applications are open now, with potential candidates invited to submit their video auditions at Entries close on 1 March 2017.


“Blue Chip All Star Academy was a huge success for the channel last year, and we’re pleased to be able to produce a second series,” said H&C’s Head of Programming, Jonathan Rippon.


“The first series winner Rhi Lee-Jones has had a phenomenal year since winning the show, getting the opportunity to go to some of Britain’s biggest equestrian events and interview leading stars such as Ben Maher and Gemma Tattersall. We’re looking forward to seeing all of this year’s audition videos, and to finding out who will be crowned the All Star Academy champion for 2017.”


Clare Blaskey, Founder of Blue Chip Feed Ltd, added: “We are thrilled that Blue Chip is once again sponsoring Blue Chip All Star Academy. We have kept in touch with last year’s contestants and it has been fascinating to follow their incredible progress after appearing on the programme. We are very proud that our winner, Rhi Lee-Jones, has become a regular presenter on Horse & Country TV and looks to have a bright future in television. We can’t wait to meet this year’s contestants and look forward to working with them during the year.”


Series two will premiere on Horse & Country TV in May. H&C broadcasts on Sky channel 253 and via H&C Play, where viewers can watch the channel on laptop, smartphone and tablet.

Hiho Silver welcomes Sophie Callahan as brand ambassador

Hiho Silver is delighted to announce Sophie Callahan has joined its ‘stable’ of esteemed brand ambassadors. Sophie is an incredibly talented equine photographer and an equestrian vlogger, blogger and long time Hiho fan.

Sophie is the first photographer that Hiho has asked to be a brand ambassador. As with all of Hiho’s brand ambassadors, Sophie was asked to join the company’s team after her passion for the brand became clear on her social media channels. With an impressive social media following, an engaged audience, not to mention Sophie’s skills behind the camera and passion for anything connected to horses and the countryside, she’s a perfect fit.

“We pick our brand ambassadors really carefully,” said Emma Warren, Managing Director for Hiho Silver. “We get a lot of requests for partnerships each day, but we only work with people who are truly passionate about our brand and what we do. We love our current brand ambassadors and are on hand to help support them and their needs as much as our own – we want to develop long term relationships so that everyone benefits.

“Sophie has been on our radar for a while because of her stunning images, and we love her vlog and blog. Her passion for Hiho has come over in a few different ways, so we started the conversation and we’re really pleased to have her in our brand ambassador team.”

"I'm so honoured to be teaming up and working alongside Hiho Silver, representing them as an ambassador, going forward,” said Sophie Callahan. “I have admired Hiho as a brand for a long time, spent many hours fawning over their beautiful jewellery and love everything that they stand for. I think this is the beginning of an exciting journey."

To find out more about Hiho Silver, see or call 01460 221006. To find out more about Sophie Callahan, see

2017 Lambourn Open Day named in memory of Many Clouds

This year’s Lambourn’s Open Day which takes place on Good Friday, 14th April 2017, will be known as ‘The Many Clouds Lambourn Open Day’ to celebrate the life of the legendary chaser who was based at Oliver Sherwood’s Lambourn yard, Rhonehurst.


Many Clouds, who sadly ran his last race when gallantly beating Cheltenham Gold Cup hot favourite Thistlecrack at Cheltenham in January, had been the apple of Lambourn’s eye for many years. After first winning the Hennessy Gold Cup, and then unforgettably the Grand National in the 2014-2015 season, Many Clouds has become a household name up and down the country. The scenes of adulation as thousands lined the streets of Lambourn when Many Clouds was paraded the day after winning the Grand National will live long in the memory.


The Open Day will honour the 2015 Horse of the Year as Lambourn again opens its doors to the public. Chairman Mark Smyly feels it is a fitting tribute to a horse of a lifetime: “What Many Clouds achieved for Oliver Sherwood was remarkable. He was everything a top chaser should be; a bold, impeccable jumper who stayed forever. The affection with which the team at Rhonehurst held him epitomises why people work in racing. The Lambourn Open Day is a day for everyone that works in the village to show off their yards and horses to the public; they are an essential part of Lambourn and the people involved with Many Clouds exemplified that. The day raises valuable money for two charities. One of these is the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust which provides welfare for both our retired and working stable staff; thus naming the day after Many Clouds this year makes perfect sense.”


More than 30 racing yards and horse exhibitions will open at 8.30 on the morning of Good Friday to give the public the opportunity to get first-hand experience into the running of top trainers’ yards such as Nicky Henderson, Warren Greatrex, Clive Cox, Charlie Hills and of course, Oliver Sherwood.


There will also be an opportunity to check out the brilliant facilities at both the Lambourn Valley Equine Hospital and the Injured Jockey’s Fund rehabilitation centre, Oaksey House. In addition, a wide range of demonstrations will be taking place during the day, including horses swimming and farrier displays.  From 1 p.m. there is a full programme of equine shows and demonstrations of country skills. Sir AP McCoy and John Francome are amongst celebrities taking part.

Three Super Equestrian Books Seeking Reviewers!

Haynet in conjunction with Quiller Publishing are seeking reviewers for three super new equestrian books. If you fancy reading and giving us your thoughts on the following books, then please contact with your interest. Please let us know if there is a particular title that you would like to review or if any of them would be interesting. All we ask in return is some written thoughts of the book which will be published and promoted through Haynet. Here are the three titles that we are looking for reviewers:


Brain Training For Riders

Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the “Lizard Brain” that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your “Rational Brain” can effectively “shut down” and you are at the mercy of a reptile ... dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly—even though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or “stressful” riding situations. But here’s the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Monsarrat Waldo teaches you how to: handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of “Focused Calm” and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.


Fergus A Horse To Be Reckoned With

Fergus is back! Following up the bestselling 2015 release of The Essential Fergus, this new book explores natural horsemanship training techniques via a comical conversation between Fergus and The Lad a young boy who is determined to ride him.

Both endlessly entertaining and intentionally educational, Fergus A Horse to Be Reckoned With is certain to inspire laughter in adults and young readers alike. The result is a lively, colourful, highly illustrated treasury that will entertain anyone with an eye for a horse.



Mini School: Train Your Mini to Be All He Can Be

Turn your pint-size package into a head-turning performer! The first book of its kind for Mini lovers, Mini School takes the training and conditioning of Minis as seriously as that of their full-size cousins. With real, honest-to-goodness in-hand work that promises a relaxed, supple body and collected frame as well as obedience, you're given the tools to transform your cuddly companion into a sleek, well-muscled athlete and a talented entertainer.

You'll find valuable information on: • How Minis learn, with discussion of both "learning through association" and "learning through success," and ways to manage factors that impact your Mini's ability to absorb new lessons • Work on the longe line, long lines, and long reins, with special instruction on the proper use of side-reins and whip cues • Popular tricks loved by audiences and Minis alike—bowing, kneeling, sitting, lying down, and rearing, to name a few • Lateral work, including leg-yield, shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half-pass • Dressage movements in-hand, such as pirouettes, piaffe, passage, and levade • Conditioning through interval training and cross-training, featuring canter work, driving, cavalletti, and jumping gymnastics • Plus a dictionary of voice commands and tips on how to use them.