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  1. Top Tips for Turnout Success with NAF

    Your Time to Shine!

    Get ready to stand out from the crowd with some top tips to get you ready to shine! Be it the show ring, a centre line or a course of showjumps, we all like to be ready for action.

    Turning out well also offers comfort for the individual and can help put them in a state of relaxation, so we have provided some common questions with suggested solutions for you to put in your basket and tack box!

    The Stain Remover

    The Question:

    “My horse gets lots of stains on him, it doesn’t matter how much I bed him down!  It is really frustrating if we have to leave early for a competition too, is there anything to avoid endless scrubbing and getting him soaking wet that can help remove the stains?”

    The Solution:

    NAF Muck Off

    The name says it all, this is a quick and easy powerful stain remover. With ingredients that are designed to lift dirt and grease from all types of coat effortlessly, Muck Off offers a friendly approach

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  2. Top Ariat Representatives Pay a Visit to Eland Lodge

    We had the pleasure of welcoming to site, a high level deligation from Ariat. The group which included Beth Cross the Co-Founder and CEO of Ariat International, and representatives for America and Europe, visited Eland Lodge as one of the top Ariat retailers in the UK.

    While at Eland Lodge they toured the site, where they viewed the extensive cross country facilities and saw the Ariat showjumping fences in the arenas.

    The Ariat team also took a look around the store, seeing how the Ariat clothing was displayed, how the stock was organized behind the scenes, and the work that is done to promote the Ariat collection at Eland Lodge. The highlight of the retail store tour was a visit to the newly fitted Boot Room, the creation of which was supported by Ariat. The Boot Room plays host to  a huge range of Ariat long riding boots, paddock boots, country boots and casual footwear, all beautifully displayed on the new Ariat branded shelving.

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  3. Voltaire Design Eland Lodge Horse Trials Event Report

    Voltaire Design Eland Lodge Horse Trials Event Report

    I had the pleasure of attending the Voltaire Design Eland Lodge Horse Trials on the 15th and 16th April 2022, and what an amazing way to start the season than with two days of British Eventing. 376 competitiors made their way to the Staffordshire countryside for two full days of dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

    With a new Eventing season, we welcome some new sponsors to the event. 7 of our jumps had sponsors this year, Blackfort Castles, Tredstep Island, Snowflake Skinny Boxes, Dubarry Water, Mountain Horse Holly Brush, Voltaire Design Barrel and Rail and the Duchy of Lancaster Arch. One rider said “The course really looks great, you can tell the team have spent a lot of time and hard work to get it dressed to this standard and the sponsored jumps look fab!”  

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  4. Mountain Horse Sponsors The Holly Brush Cross Country Fence at Eland Lodge

    Mountain Horse Sponsors The Holly Brush Cross Country Fence at Eland Lodge

    Popular equestrian brand Mountain Horse is the new sponsor of Eland Lodge’s recently renamed Holly Brush cross country fence.

    The Holly Brush, which was previously known as the Newborough Leap, was a new addition to Eland Lodge in 2017. Built into a natural trench, the jump consists of a ditch with brush boxes at the back filled with birch. As a result of the course change, the jump has been turned for the first time this year, allowing it to be jumped in the opposite direction. Following Mountain Horse’s Sponsorship, the jump has been renamed with the help of Eland Lodge’s social media followers. The name was suggested as Eland Lodge is adjacent to Holly Bush Road and the Holly Bush estate, and with it being a brush fence the name was adjusted to make the Holly Brush!

    Mountain Horse representative Steph said, "This will be the first cross country fence that Mountain Horse has sponsored in the UK; we are so excited and can’t wait to see it in action". In addition to the jump sponsorship, Mountain Horse have also provided displays for Eland Lodge’s spacious new footwear area in-store, where you can browse and try on boots from their fantastic footwear collection.

    John Coupland, Managing Director of Eland Lodge, said “We are proud to have a long-standing relationship with Mountain Horse, who have provided Eland Lodge with quality riding

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  5. ‘Plant A Tree For The Jubilee’ Local Equestrian Centre Joins The Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative

    In celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year, local equestrian centre Eland Lodge has planted four trees across the site, as part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

    Three fruit trees have been planted alongside Eland Lodge's "Queen's Platform," which was built for when Her Majesty visited Eland Lodge in 2017 and watched the cross-country course in action. A wonderful selection of apple, pear, and plum trees have been chosen with the plethora of wildlife in mind, providing a food source for all the animals that live on site.

    An acer has also been planted over by the main arena, a popular spot for spectators to sit during the competition season. It will provide some welcome shade from the summer sun and be a focal point on the grass banks by the arena.

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  6. Childrens Breeches and Johpurs

    If you’ve got a little one who's mad about horses, loves riding and is in need a pair of breeches, jodhpurs or riding tights then look no further. Our team have checked all our children’s breeches from brands like Shires, Ariat, Toggi, Le Mieux and Pikeur and picked a handful of their favorites. To ensure they have all the features they need we’ve done all the hard work in selecting everything you need to look for when purchasing a pair of jodhpurs for your tiny equestrian. Whether they are taking lessons at a riding school or taking their own pony out on a hack we are sure you’ll find the perfect pair to kit them out for any occasion.

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  7. Mens Breeches

    Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our male riders. We know you need a good pair of breeches too and our team have hand picked some of their favorite breeches from the super comfy everyday performance breeches through to the smart, technical competition breeches. We’ve put together a list and some helpful tips as to what to look for, when to wear them and most importantly, which ones to buy.  

    What are breeches and when should I wear them?

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  8. Seasonal Summer 2022 Breeches and Riding Tights

    Do you struggle to stay cool at the stables? Do you hate riding in thick jodhpurs? With summer just around the corner the last thing you want to be worrying about is what to wear and how to stay cool whilst you’re at the stables.

    Don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard work in finding summer riding tights, breeches and jodhpurs, that are perfect for those warmer days. Our team of experts have put together a list of their favorite pairs so you can have stress free summer.

    What’s the main difference with summer breeches and riding tights?

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  9. Ladies Riding Breeches

    What are breeches and the differences between breeches, jodhpurs and riding tights?

    Breeches are fairly similar to jodhpurs; the main difference is where they finish on the rider’s leg. Breeches tend to finish around the rider’s mid-calf or above the ankle and have elasticated or Velcro cuffs to ensure a snug fit. Breeches are commonly paired with long boots due to where they sit on the rider’s leg but can be worn with short boots and chaps. Numerous brands offer a wide selection of breeches, including Shires, Cavalleria Toscana, Cavello, Le Mieux, Toggi, Holland Cooper, Ariat, and many others. Breeches tend to be used for more formal riding such as competitions and schooling and traditionally come in the colours white, cream and canary but are also available in other colours if you wanted something a bit brighter. Breeches are made from stretchy material, just like riding tights and jodhpurs, so you can move freely and remain comfortable while you're riding.

    When should I wear breeches?

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  10. Ladies Competition Breeches and Jodhpurs

    The competition season has begun and it’s time to get those white breeches back out ready to get in the competition ring, out on the Cross-Country course, over those Show Jumps or down the center line for Dressage. Whether your white competition wear is losing its lustre, or you require some beige jodhpurs to compete in, we have what you're looking for. To assist you in finding the perfect pair, our team of experts have compiled a list of their favorite competition breeches, jodhpurs, and even breggings to make you feel confident in and out of the saddle at any equestrian event.

    What colours can I wear for each discipline?

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