Wendy & Idris – Belstead

You may recognise Wendy as my cover star with her rather handsome cob, Chico. This year we caught up to capture some bluebell magic with her latest addition to the herd; Idris (affectionately known as Idris the Tall) has just turned 3.

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He is an Andalusian x WB x TB, and has now been with Wendy for 18 months. Wendy is teaching him groundwork at the moment which has proven to be rather amusing at times. His favourite trick? Laying down!

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Idris is just about as cool as a cucumber, and just loves to get his face into everything. This includes the feed room, where he has been found a number of times rifling around! Happy to pose, and even behaving in the woods without his headcollar, this quirky young man was a pleasure to work with! He adored being the centre of attention that’s for sure.

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I can’t wait to come back next year to see how he’s progressing and perhaps get some photos of the boys together!

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Stratford Hills – Clear Round XC

Yesterday I took a short trip down the road to Stratford Hills Cross Country course for their clear round XC day!

The weather was perfect, save for a bit of a chill from the wind at times, and everybody was in good spirits enjoying themselves. We overheard a few funny conversations between rider and horse over the course of the day, and there were plenty of you going round the course positively beaming. Rightly so!

A mixture of jumps. Freedom to mix and match; all a recipe for success, and that’s what the day was all about.

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Thank you to Lauren for inviting me down for the day, it was a pleasure and turned out to be a lovely sociable event. I look forward to seeing more on the calendar.

If you’re interested in hiring the cross country course to have a play yourself, head over to Stratford Hills’ Facebook Page and give them a call or drop them a message. The scenery is beautiful and the rolling hills won’t fail to give you a challenge along the way!

Well done to everyone who rode yesterday – you were all fab! Images are now published, and you can view them here

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If I could choose a photo of the day, it would be this lady and her wonderful honest pony! They jumped the brush from standing, and then managed to make it away from the other side of the jump at speed.

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Put a Spring in your step

Hello Spring

There’s a faint earthy scent in the air, and that glorious waft of freshly mown grass from down the road. The bluebells are starting to peer out of their buds, ready to create a stunning purple blue bed for us to find. Trees are coming out in all shades of green, and the blossoms are starting to emerge. Those bare hedgerows are filling out, and make for a perfect backdrop, the fields are lush with grass, and all manner of crops fill the landscape.

Spring has sprung, and as you brush away the last loose hairs from your horse’s coat, tidy up the once wild mane, and brush the mud from their tail, a gentle breeze picks up and blows the cobwebs away. Nothing feels better than the fresh start that Spring brings with it. The longer nights mean that sunsets and the golden hours before sundown are perfectly accessible for an evening photoshoot, and what better way to wind down after a long day?

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So wipe the dirt from those boots, get out your glad rags, and call me to book your Spring 2017 photoshoot today.

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017.

Limited weekend dates now available for April.

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Spring has arrived!

Spring Blog ImageOwners rejoice – Spring time is here, and the nights are getting longer.

Horses and ponies are out for longer, and without rugs. That thick winter coat is starting to moult (but you already know that, from the copious amounts of hair stuck in or on all of your clothes!) and rides after work are no longer a mad rush before sunset.

Spring grass is coming through, and those April showers aren’t slowing the growth! Prepare for the gymnastics and above-airs dance moves, and remember that all experience is good experience. Enjoy the extra pennies you’re not spending on hay or feed now that there’s so much greenery to take in.

Babies are on the way! I’m talking about foal babies, not babies like mine! Although there are plenty of those expected too. Watch those long legs frolicking around the paddock, and I challenge you not to smile.

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The bluebells are blossoming, as are all of the other beautiful plants that create the gorgeous scenery around the yard, and surrounding area.

Spirits will be lifting along with the clouds, and despite the showers, we will generally have drier fields and tracks – and less slip-sliding around on trampled ground.

Enjoy the milder weather for the next few weeks – it won’t be long before we’re saying it’s too hot! I for one am looking forward to some summer riding, just as soon as this little one makes an appearance, and I can get back up into the saddle.

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Laura Fiddaman Equine Photographer