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Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

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I'm Nicki Strong, a Hampshire based amateur rider - mostly addicted to eventing and ex-racehorses.
I also offer freelance equestrian PR and journalist services.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

New product review - a hard working, super lightweight, stylish cooler rug.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/lemieux-carbon-cooler-rug-product-review-beat-the-heat-in-style

LeMieux carbon cooler rug product review; beat the heat in style.

LeMieux carbon cooler rug product review; beat the heat in style.

Looking for a summer weight, super light cooler rug? I tried out the brand new LeMieux Carbon Cooler rug from Horsehealth.co.uk and it didn't disappoint. Light in weight and thickness but certainly not light on features. Blue gave it a good test in warm c...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Just a little post-competition musing about how success can sometimes come from small victories and sweating the small stuff...
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/sweat-the-small-stuffschooling-your-horse-for-success

Sweat the small stuff...schooling your horse for success

Sweat the small stuff...schooling your horse for success

Just a post-competition musing really, about something seemingly insignificant but which really stuck with me as a personal success. On Sunday I took Blue to combined training. Having only been back in work for two weeks after time off with an injury, it ...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Are you headed to Badminton Horse Trials? I've pulled together a guide featuring all the best show offers, deals and competitions I can find to help you get the most out of your Badminton experience.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-best-of-badminton-horse-trials-2017-trade-stand-offers-deals-and-competitions

The best of Badminton Horse Trials 2017; trade stand offers, deals and competitions.

The best of Badminton Horse Trials 2017; trade stand offers, deals and competitions.

As well as playing host to world class eventing action, Badminton Horse Trials is also an absolute Aladdin's cave of shopping with more than 275 retailers. In short - horsey shopping heaven. With so much going on and all those trade stands to visit, prepa...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Dressage is like the holy grail for me; it doesn't come naturally and I found myself watching the BD winter championships in quiet awe. I spoke to three national title winners about their story, and for their top tips for dressagespiration; it turns out all three of them had eventing backgrounds! Check out the end result here >
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/here-come-the-boys-british-dressage-national-champions-in-the-spotlight

Here come the boys... British Dressage National Champions in the spotlight

Here come the boys... British Dressage National Champions in the spotlight

​If you're a male rider in your mid-twenties with an eventing background - the chances are you didn't do too badly at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships in April. I've spoken to three such competitors who walked away with National titles, to ...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Hola! A very excited edition of the renovation diaries, as today our long awaited stables were completed. Hurrah! Read all about it, and check out the photo journal from start to finish of the job. Always heartening to see the progress over time, when it seems you have such a big task ahead of you.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/if-you-want-a-stable-relationship-get-a-horse-the-renovation-diaries-part-3

If you want a stable relationship - get a horse! The renovation diaries, part 3

If you want a stable relationship - get a horse! The renovation diaries, part 3

So it's been a while since I've posted a renovation update...mainly due to things going a little quiet over winter / the Christmas period. Where did we get to?

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

I've tried and tested a brand new product from LeMieux - and I think you're going to like it. Check out this new release - the LeMieux X-Grip Silicone saddle pad. As practical as it is stylish.
Here are all the best features:
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/saddle-pad-goals-introducing-the-new-lemieux-x-grip-silicone-eurojump-square

Saddle pad goals - introducing the NEW LeMieux X-Grip Silicone Eurojump square

Saddle pad goals - introducing the NEW LeMieux X-Grip Silicone Eurojump square

LeMieux is a name synonymous with top quality, stylish saddle pads, and this latest release seems to take all the best features and combine them in one. I've tried and tested the brand new LeMieux...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

New blog: tendon boots to put the style in showjumping. Swit swoo! *Warning - may cause involuntary purchasing*
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/tendon-boots-to-put-the-style-in-showjumping

Tendon boots to put the style in showjumping

Tendon boots to put the style in showjumping

The OTHER kind of style showjumping - it's like regular showjumping only your horse is wearing these uber stylish LeMieux Teknique Tendon boots. If you're in the market for some tendon boots,...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Show days are meant to be fun but the truth is, it can actually be pretty stressful at times! Here are 3 simple show day saviours which could help make life a little bit easier so you can concentrate on riding>>
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/three-show-day-saviours-eventing-essentials

Three show day saviours; eventing essentials

Three show day saviours; eventing essentials

Eventers and grooms - rejoice! The quickest, easiest way to protect your stud holes. My other half Wayne is my 'stud man' (erm, I mean he does the studs when we're at events. Ahem) and there's generally a fair bit of muttering and swearing involved.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Hot off the press! As promised - write-up with videos, tips, exercises and learning from the Yogi Breisner demo I attended at Sparsholt this week.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/coaching-to-maximise-performance-with-yogi-breisner-sparsholt-college

'Coaching to maximise performance' with Yogi Breisner, Sparsholt College

'Coaching to maximise performance' with Yogi Breisner, Sparsholt College

"The mother of learning is repetition. With ALL horses - the aim of everything we do is rideability." - Yogi Breisner On 1 March, I attended a demo evening at Sparsholt with all round coaching genius Yogi Breisner - see his bio from the programme to the r...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

One for your shopping list! I recently put the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square to the test for Horsehealth.co.uk; it got a 10/10 from me - and not just because it's super pretty. Here's why>>
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-perfect-saddle-pad-6-reasons-the-lemieux-3d-mesh-air-half-square-has-nailed-it

The perfect saddle pad; 6 reasons the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square has nailed it

The perfect saddle pad; 6 reasons the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square has nailed it

It could be argued that I have too many saddle cloths. I'm not going to lie, I probably have one in every colour, style, fabric and variation you could imagine.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Went to a really educational demo at Sparsholt tonight with Yogi Breisner - I took some notes so will write up & share some of his tips and principles

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Anyone else feeling like a right old glum bum? I'm exhausted! Thinking it might be the time of year and all the rain / mud! Ugh. If anyone has some spare mojo please send it this way.