Those #WinterHorseMoments

Saturday rain collage

This is just for fun 😉 I am inspired by the Muddyboots on Twitter and would like to call all of you all-weather-riders to send in your real-life-winter-with-horses snaps!

It can be anything from lovely and cosy indoor arena training to soggy ponies with soggy you! As long as you go out to ride this winter, you are in.

If you use Twitter, tweet @AspireAcademy with photos hash tagged #WinterHorseMoments and if you don’t, just email them to I will publish them on the blog and Aspire’s Facebook page so all of us who deal with mud, wind, rain and cold can share our… ehem… great moments 😉

Below are some tweets that started it all! As I wrestled with a field gate today in wind and rain whilst my feet were sliding from underneath me in all directions, I thought – yeah, let’s take a photo for Muddyboots, as you do! And that silly thought made me smile, so maybe our little challenge will make you smile too 🙂

Get sending and feel free to give a shout out to any great winter outfits/boots/horse wear etc that help you survive those glorious winter moments 🙂

Introducing new Guest Blogger: Caitlin Thorpe

“You can do much better than that” – is what 15 year old Caitlin heard from one of her career tutors when she shared her ideas about “working with horses”and studying for a coaching degree…

Why is it that a dedicated, intelligent, clever and talented person should be discouraged from following a profession that can be incredibly fulfilling, challenging, interesting and – if done well – financially rewarding?

caitlin thorpe

I invited Caitlin, who has also been Aspire Equestrian Academy’s rider since April 2014 (you might remember her from some of my previous posts – HERE and HERE), to blog about her ups and downs as she follows her chosen career/life path.

It would be wonderful if we could all make this series into a dialogue between parents, other coaches, riders and other young people who are perhaps in similar situation as Caitlin and aren’t sure which way to go.

Ever since starting the Academy I wanted it to be a structure that facilitates goals and dreams of riders of all backgrounds, ambitions and abilities – from committed grassroots horse lovers to dedicated instructors-to-be. 

I would love to one day invite Caitlin to teach alongside me as Aspire’s coach or help her find the best other avenues for her chosen equestrian career.

In this series we will explore various options, opportunities and challenges, look at variety of equine colleges, courses, work experience and training placements. We will ask questions and mull over answers that maybe not everyone is preparing to discuss…We will share views and experiences from Caitlin’s point of view, her parents point of view as well as mine as her riding teacher.

We will also follow Caitlin’s adventures as a rider and horse owner as she trains, competes and strives to do the best she can at affiliated events in the future.


I hope to hear from many of you out there with your experiences too.

Stay tuned for Caitlin’s first post later this month!



VIDEO: First Aspire Equestrian Training Camp at Brackenhill Stud: 30th October – 1st November 2015

Let me take you for a 5 minutes video viewing of some fun memories from our first training camp at Brackenhill Stud 🙂 Grab a cup of something and hope you will enjoy re-living it all with us.

XC setting off

Day 1:

Morning: Flatwork, Rider Balance & Awareness session,

Afternoon: Jumping/Pole work

 Day 2: 

XC schooling at Attington (


The next winter series camp coming up on 4th – 6th December 2015. Join the Academy to take part in many exciting training opportunities in the near future 🙂

Check out the options on: (you don’t need your own horse to receive quality & challenging coaching)