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Posted: August 05, 2022
What's so good about Prolite girths?
Prolite girths are a popular choice for flatwork, dressage, jumping and daily use. Read on to find out why so many people love them.
These girths are created, with permission, from Fairfax Saddle’s patented design of the Fairfax Performance Girth. Prolite girths are scientifically proven to drastically improve freedom of movement in horses, both on the flat and jumping.
For flatwork and dressage, the short girth encourages further leg extension and hock flexion, creating a better, more expressive movement.
When jumping, the benefits of the general purpose Prolite girth include encouraging the horse to pick up its front legs and improves their jump from the take off.
Posted: June 16, 2022
With summer just around the corner and temperatures set to soar, have you got everything your horse needs? We're here to help - take a look at our summer horse care essentials list to help keep your horse happy in the heat.
1. Fly Masks
In no particular order, first on our list of horse care summer essentials is a fly mask. Not only does a fly mask keep flies out of the horses' eyes, preventing irritation and potential infection, but it also protects their eyes from UV rays.
From full face to half face and mesh to lycra fly masks, you can choose the type that suits your horse best.
Tip: full face fly masks include a nose net so they also protect the muzzle from flies and the sunlight, making them ideal for extra protection for horses with sensitive or pink skin.
Posted: May 27, 2022
About the Tour
Touring the hat shaped factory (yes, their factory building is shaped like a riding hat) in Wrexham, North Wales, it is easy to see why Charles Owen is world leading in riding hats and head safety. The purpose of the tour was to help stockists understand how the hats are made, from initial design to production, and everything in between to help advice you, the customer, how to choose the best hat for you. But at Charles Owen things aren’t that simple, not only do they make safe and stunning riding hats, but they also set the standards in head safety along with creating the most environmentally friendly ways to produce hats. Want to know more? Well come with us on our tour of the Charles Owen Factory.
Charles Owen History
First stop on the tour was to see the history of Charles Owen and find out about the man himself pictured below. When Charles Owen himself founded the company in 1911, his mission was to make products ‘for a safer world’. The early days revolved around manufacturing military helmets which were worn by the British Army throughout the First World War. Soon after, the company expanded into motorsport protective
Posted: May 06, 2022
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
“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 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
Posted: April 20, 2022
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.
Posted: April 20, 2022
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!”
Posted: April 07, 2022
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
Posted: April 06, 2022
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.
Posted: March 31, 2022
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.
Posted: March 31, 2022
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?