When I saw the Tweet I couldn’t believe my eyes, this sounded like the exact opportunity I needed, the perfect platform to help share knowledge and get myself out there!
I have just started pushing my social media presents and begun videoing tips and sharing them via YouTube and Facebook.
On offer, a once in a lifetime experience at Talland School of Equitation and the Blue Chip All Star Academy filming for Horse and Country TV with the most well respected and talented people in the business, this could improve mine and Oranges bond and develop and give us new skills and knowledge.
The sponsors are being incredibly generous too with their offerings, these are companies and products I believe in and use already. It really does sound perfect.
Working 7 days a week, looking after 13 horses at the livery yard, teaching training, judging and generally being all round horsey consumed, sometimes mine and Oranges training gets put on the back burner which I never mind as I love helping and training others and the horses care always comes first, Im not very good at putting myself first so this seemed like it could be something for just me and him, to allow us to be Stars and really shine together!
Everyone around us is so supportive too, I didn’t feel guilty putting myself and Orange first, perhaps this could be the start of our focus.
With excitement bubbling I got to thinking and test filming some ideas.
The brief a little ambiguous so I re-read a few times to try and get a clear idea of what they wanted and what they were looking for. The main thing I took out of it was the presenting part – they wanted to see you, hear you, get to know you. They did say to introduce your horse too so it was important to get my guys involved.
I didn’t put any riding in at all. They didn't need this. There are clips and bits on YouTube and my Facebook page if they wanted to have a little look.
I choose three of my horses and tried to present in a different ways each time to show my versatility as well as my horse skills. This actually a bit more difficult in a two-minute video than I thought.
We played with a few different options, having all three of them together but I felt it overshadowed me.
So we did it individually.
First was Princess Fiona, the soon to be Mamma! She as always was impeccably behaved. She at one point dozed off and on waking realized where she was and that I was there and gave me a big nuzzle and a few kisses. She really is the sweetest mare. I chose to put her in a double but I didn’t have to hold her, all my guys will stay with me without needing to tie them to me or to something. We also had a little play with some groundwork before filming, although pregnant and no longer ridden she still likes some work to exercise her brain and helps keep her happy. She is super talented so she isn't one for complete retirement just yet.
We then filmed Toasties part, my lovely little ex polo pony who I get on with so well, she is the quite one of my herd so we slowed everything down and had a little scratch while filming her section. She was just in a head collar and again no need to hold her. She did her talking lips the whole way through and at the end did a big flehmening response! She is so funny.
By the time we got to Mr Oranges section he was a little frustrated with being made to wait till last, he is the most comical horse I’ve ever known. Sometimes I think I can hear him speak, he is so clever when getting his point across. The faces he can pull tell a thousand words.
I jumped on and worked him to get his attention and to settle his mind and we did our thing!
He was a little fidgety but nothing major and I was thrilled with the work he produced beforehand. His attitude to work is remarkable and although hot, he is supper rideable and I wouldn’t change him for the world.
I was so proud to share my herd and am very pleased with how well they behaved, they are a credit to themselves.
I probably could have been more creative, I probably could have been more informative but I think that’s half the learning part for me, it’s just like dressage aim for perfection but be happy with your best you can do on the day.
Team Orange have all hooves crossed to be selected!
Good luck everyone who has entered, there are so many cracking entries it really is going to be a tough choice, whoever is picked it will be a great show to watch!