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Haynet is the host of the Countryside Blogger of the Year Award and the founder of the original Equestrian Blogger of the Year Award.

The awards have been running for nearly eight years celebrating authentic equestrian and rural bloggers who are the cream of the crop! During that time Sam Hobden from Haynet and fellow judge Ashley Rossiter from MirrorMePR have recognised the very best rural and equestrian bloggers out there and the concept has grown considerably over the years.

In 2019, the awards took on an exciting new direction with new award titles, categories and a definitive split between the two sectors. In a natural progression, Haynet passed the reins of running the Equestrian Blogger Awards to Equestrian PR & Social Media Marketing Agency, MirrorMePR. Haynet moved forward separately with the Countryside Blogger of the Year Award working closely as a judge on the equestrian awards. Still working together with Ashley judging the Countryside Blogger Awards, they aim to recognise top class bloggers writing content with a genuine following with the heart of the countryside and equestrian world at its core.

In August 2019  the finalists in the Countryside Blogger of the Year Award were announced through our Instagram channel, with the winner being crowned some ten days later. The Equestrian Blogger of the Year Award held in October also recognised top class bloggers who were writing and filming from the stables. Judges will look at all bloggers who they feel fall into the countryside and equestrian categories independently together with bloggers being invited to put their blog forward. 

Both awards have the focus of celebrating rural writers acknowledging their content, consistency and how they promote themselves in the world of digital marketing through their blog content. Judging criteria will look at genuine and authentic blogs that are well written, rounded, interesting and have relevant content presented to their audience with a unique personality. Finalists should have a connection with their readers and judges will take into consideration social etiquette, post content, the use of product placement and overall engagement.

The Countryside Blogger Awards very much wants to share all aspects of the countryside from what we eat, do and wear through quality blog writing, giving the winners recognition to be proud of.

Please follow our Instagram channel for all the award news, following the hashtag #CBYA2019:



We have had some fantastic blogging award winners over the years. Here are our previous winners since the awards began in 2012.

Please visit 2018 Equestrian Blogger of the Year Winner: The Forelock Journal
Please visit 2018 Country Style Blogger of the Year Winner: Girl About Farm
Please visit 2017 Equestrian Blogger of the Year Winner: Roosa’s Horsey Life
Please visit Country Style Blogger of the Year 2017 Winner: Sophie in the Sticks
Please visit Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2016 Winner: Team Tunnah Eventing
Please visit Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2015 Winner: My Shetland
Please visit Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2014 Winner: The Dressage Tipster
Please visit Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2013 Winner: My Shetland
Please visit Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2012 Winner: My Shetland



1 The finalists will be announced on Tuesday 13th August 2019 when the public online vote will then be opened. Links for voting will be announced on the day. The winner of all categories will be announced through our Instagram channel on Thursday 22nd August 2019.

2 Voting is via email address only. Duplicate email entries will be discounted and only counted as ONE vote.

3 HAYNET has the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any attempt to rig the voting.

4 Any personal data collected will be solely used in connection with the Countryside Blogger Of The Year Awards 2019, MirrorMePR & HAYNET.

5 The prize money is transferable to the winner within 14 days of the correct bank account details being submitted. The winning prize monies will be transferred by BACS to the winner’s bank account.

6 The winning trophy will be forwarded by courier within 14 working days of the winners address being forwarded to HAYNET.

7 HAYNET its web host Black Nova Designs and Survey Planet, who are collating votes, cannot accept any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with the internet connectivity or line, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded. With regards to marketing and advertising of the event, HAYNET accepts no responsibility again for technical failure should promotion be interrupted in this manner.

9 HAYNET reserves the right to change these Terms & Conditions without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on the website and such posting shall be adequate notice to all participants.

About Haynet

Haynet is a leading equestrian and countryside blogging directory, telling your stories from the stables to the fields. If you love living in the countryside, riding your horse, farming the fields or walking your dogs through the woods – then you will feel right at home here!

Haynet is the host of the Countryside Blogger of the Year Award celebrating top class bloggers within the industry. Samantha is also joint judge of the Equestrian Blogger/Vlogger of the Year Award. We are the founder of the #HorseBloggers and #RuralBloggers channel, dedicated networks to share countryside related content, engaging with the blogging community. Being passionate about rural business, we work and support equestrian and countryside companies too. Haynet brings you all the views, news, podcasts and latest products from the stables to the fields which we know you will find of interest!

So grab a cuppa, kick off your wellies and enjoy reading from the countryside!


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