When you’re a freelance equestrian journalist, you kind of give up on the traditional concept of that ‘Friday feeling.’ Fridays, after all, are usually spent on the frontline, trekking across collecting rings and calculating PBs at events, with the busiest – and best – part of the week yet to come. Sometimes they’re spent at home, desk-bound, getting as much written as possible to accommodate an outing the following week. Or, sometimes, you end up doing a rather different job, all in the name of equestrian media.
When you’re drafted in for a magazine photoshoot with your best pal, but you both have slightly different ideas about how the pictures should look. What’s that saying about discussing it with a mare…? #bestgirl #queenb #eventersofinstagram #dressage #journoduties #ontheothersideofthecamera #voltairedesign
Such has been my Friday. Horse&Rider magazine arranged to use our yard – the lovely Littleton Manor, based just south of London – for two days of cover- and feature-shoots, and today, my #supermeah Arabella and I were roped in to model for a training feature. Want to find the holes in your schooling with incredible clarity? Try to demonstrate ‘what the judge wants to see’ – you’ll find them really quickly. After a few minor disagreements about how certain (formerly easy!) movements should be executed, we were well on our way, and Bells even got the chance to pose for the cover of the magazine – so if you need me, I’ll be working on subduing the rapidly-inflating ego attached to a certain Queen of Sass. Just another day in the office, tbh.
UK Weekend Preview:
Stafford (2) [Ride Times]
Forgandenny (2) [Ride Times]
Events Opening this Weekend:
13th: Somerford Park International (2) – BE100-CIC2* – [Enter] Cheshire (August 17-19)
13th: Bicton Arena International (3) – BE100-CIC2* – [Enter] Devon (August 17-19)
13th: Firle Place International – BE90-CIC1* – [Enter] East Sussex (August 18-19)
14th: Solihull (2) – BE80-N – [Enter] West Midlands (August 18-19)
14th: Cumwhinton – BE80-N, with 4- and 5yo classes – [Enter] Carlisle (August 18-19)
Events Balloting this Weekend:
14th: Skipton (2) – BE80-N – [Enter] North Yorkshire (August 4-5)
Friday Video: Life in the Balance with Laura Collett
In the latest of the Event Rider Masters‘ series of short videos, we get to know Laura Collett, who held the series lead until she was usurped by Chris Burton last weekend at Barbury. Find out how she got bitten by the eventing bug, and meet her up-and-coming superstars London 52 and Dacapo. Then, don’t forget to head over to the ERM website tomorrow, as the penultimate leg of the 2018 series kicks off at Jardy!
The next in our Life in the Balance Series features Laura Collett who was pipped to the top of the 2018 ERM Series leader board by Chris Burton last week…Can she regain it here at Haras de Jardy? We’re pretty fond of this one 🙌🏻
Posted by Event Rider Masters on Friday, July 13, 2018