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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Blogger's Corner: The Secret that is...StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon...There seems to be a secret minority split of bloggers that really know about the power of StumbleUpon & how it can be a fantastic source of relevant and quality traffic.

Like all social networks, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. AND, the more self promotion you do, the less you'll get from it.

StumbleUpon is a platform discovery tool - its purpose is to put your content in front of users who have expressed an interest in your posts' categories. It primarily uses two signals for this - a simple checkbox system that a user manual chooses, and then the second is the way that user interacts with content they discover. It learns what you do and don't like through its thumbs up / thumbs down system.

Friday, 27 October 2017

British Showjumping Academy Training

How many of us are fortunate enough to have access to true high quality, experienced coaching?

For me, quality coaching is a given as part of my training routine, and is one of the higher monthly costs I have to owning a horse.

How many of us use an accredited coach, who is insured & regularly takes check on developing their coaching techniques?

But I see so many people opting for non-qualified, inexperienced and crucially, uninsured coaches... We take part in an already dangerous enough sport, so do we need the added complexity of someone on the ground trying to "add value" to our efforts which in reality cause longer term issues or put both the horse & rider in potential danger...

Friday, 20 October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2017

I am super proud and thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2017 final, nominated by Haynet and MirrorMePR!! 

Whether you're a first time reader or a regular visitor to our blog, I really hope you enjoy sharing my journey with Louie in training, competition and everyday yard life. If you do, it would be FANTASTIC if you can give my blog a vote: https://s.surveyplanet.com/SySrs0gpZ

Voting takes a matter of moments - and is done in 3 simple steps!

Getting to know #HorseHour's Founder, Amy Frost!

Over the last 12 months, I've enjoyed tuning into the many and varied podcasts created by #HorseHour. #HorseHour originally started on a Monday evening on Twitter between 8pm & 9pm every week. The hashtag (#HorseHour) provides a great base for equestrians worldwide to interact with one another, share their content & engage overall with like minded people in a dedicated time.

I recently reached out to founder of #HorseHour to find out about what is stands for and why Amy created. More interestingly, I was curious to understand the podcast's creation and the direction in which it was going.

Amy has very kindly agreed to guest blog on Team Tunnah Eventing to answer some of the questions that I had burning!! 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

One of My Most Proud Moments...

Today, I had one of my most proud moments with Louie.

We headed out showjumping to the fantastic Alnwick Ford Equestrian to jump around two of their unaffiliated classes. After a few busy weeks of dressage in August and at the start of September, I was pleased that we didn't need to be plaited nor be a contender for the 'Daz Doorstep Challenge'! However, I obviously couldn't go with a yellow tail and socks, so the day before I gave Louie a quick hose down after a long morning hack before popping him back in the field.

Back to showjumping...

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September Round Up

The met office predicted an Indian summer in September... The month started off in a very different way, with temperatures falling, more rain & wind that we'd seen in the last few months, and of course, it is the first month of Autumn.

Following a dressage focused August, we kicked off September with a brilliant show jumping training session. The last time we had jumped in early July, it hadn't gone to plan, and I quickly found out that Louie's saddle was pinching. So, armed with a brand new saddle, we headed off excitedly for a jump training session with Philippa.
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