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Goodbye from Nikki

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 10:10:27 Europe/London

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the lovely customers I have spoken to over the last 12 months and those that I have met when out and about at the shows, I will be leaving Elevator Bridles at Christmas so I hope you all have a fabulous time! spoil your horses and all the very best for 2016 if you are out competing or just enjoying your horses out hacking my very best wishes Nikki

November's Featured Rider

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 10:08:30 Europe/London

My name is Peter Bridle (yes its not a joke and even though I sometimes take the bit between my teeth I am a sort of stable chap!!) My horse is called Percy (Gaelic Gamble) known on the yard as Perfect Percy or PP because he is a delight to handle and ride. He is a middleweight/heavy weight hunter ( a muggle as Mr. David Tatlow called him). I have owned him for 18 months and he has been to the Horse of the Year twice in that time. He was produced beautifully by Zara Owens and he has been a joy to own and compete. He is a beautiful chestnut with three white socks and a coat that never needs clipping even in the winter. He shines like a conker! Last season I started competing in non affiliated dressage and in ten outings he won 9 red rosettes. I started competing late in life and did my first dressage test age about 60 years old. Showing has come late in life too and I have been to HOYS four times now, twice very successfully with a good friends middleweight, Leo and twice with Percy. I love dressage and my aim is to be the oldest rider in competition. I admit I am 70 years old now and hope to be still riding well into my 80’s and who knows even 90’s

How old were you when you started riding?twelve

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?Sally

Who has been your inspiration?My teachers Jenny Key and Gill Rose plus Carl Hester of course!

When was the last time you fell off?About two years ago (twice!!)

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?My zip on mountain horse full length riding boots

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Everything in walk first!

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?Valegro!

Black or brown tack? Black

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?Sparkling white socks and pants (for me not the horse)

October's Featured Rider

Sunday, 1 November 2015 08:13:47 Europe/London

My Names is Lou Jones and I am the North West Regional Development Officer for British Dressage. I have been riding for pretty much 42 years as I had my first Shetland Pony when I was 6 months old. I have always had horses throughout my life and I worked around the world as a Showjumping groom for several years in my 20’s. Showjumping has always been my preferred discipline, however having 2 young girls my priorities changed so I made a gradual change towards Showing and Dressage. I became more addicted to Dressage since starting the role as an RDO, I wanted to get out there and sit on the member’s side so I could understand more about the sport as a whole. I have recently had a new horse called Albert ! He is 9 and a 16hh Full Irish Draught and a true gentleman. Having lost some confidence on my previous horse, I am far happier now and hoping that I can move forward and hit some personal goals. Having had to downsize from my previous horse, I decided that I would treat myself to an Elevator Bridle, I have always loved the quality and style but I have never actually needed one! So this was a perfect excuse :) Albert does a bit of everything so I am looking forward to getting out and about and maybe give some unaffiliated jumping and cross country (nothing big :) ) a try again. My hope is that we can do some Showing next year and improve on our Dressage, but most of all just have some fun.

How old were you when you started riding?6 months

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?Ferghus

Who has been your inspiration?Nick Skelton

When was the last time you fell off?6 weeks ago

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?Pom Pom hats ( I have a great collection)

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Breathe

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?Milton

Black or brown tack? Both

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? Olympia at Christmas

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?No.

September's Featured Rider

Thursday, 1 October 2015 08:41:20 Europe/London

Hi I’m Hannah, and I am based in Banbury Oxfordshire at a small friendly eventing and competition yard. I currently compete 2 horses; F.B is competing at BE100, owned by Sally Taylor. He is now back into his second year eventing after having been retired in the field for 5 years and he definitely hasn’t lost the eventing bug! He is 17 years old and has been a fantastic horse to compete and has taught me a lot and we have had many successes. My newest addition is Willow who I’m competing at BE Novice I’m still learning to find the right buttons to press but we are definitely getting there, and I’m looking forward to seeing our partnership develop.

How old were you when you started riding?I was around 6 when I started riding down at our local riding school back home in Worcestershire every Saturday, it was a lot of fun especially the Gymkhana games. I was around 13 when I started riding competitively at Show jumping and Hunter Trials.

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?The first horse I ever rode was actually my grans donkey Bruno, his favourite game was to pull away from my gran holding the rope and start bucking. Luckily I never hurt myself and found it fun.

Who has been your inspiration?I am inspired by many people, from all disciplines but Scott Brash and Ben Maher I think are amazing how they make show jumping look so effortless and easy I’m still trying to resemble their rounds!

When was the last time you fell off?I last fell off at my first 1* at Brand Hall this May, unfortunately we left a leg at a very upright skinny which resulted in me falling out the side door after great efforts to stay on. Luckily he never fell and carried on!

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?Full seat breeches

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?You can’t control the past and you can’t control the future, but you can control the present day and what’s going on right here and now.

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?Totilas- wow what a horse

Black or brown tack? I seem to be riding in both at the moment but I would have to say Brown.

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? I have wanted to ride at Hartpury International Horse trials ever since I can remember, that was my aim this year but unfortunately had to re-route. Next year is the year! Obviously Badminton is the ultimate dream.

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?Not really, I’ve stopped being superstitious as there are too many superstitions to worry about!

August 2015 Featured Rider

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 12:18:49 Europe/London

I come from a non horsy family and have only been involved with horses since first starting to ride at the age of fifteen – I started riding at a local Riding for the Disabled Association Group as it was suggested by my physio at the time, and from then I caught the bug for dressage. At first I competed at the RDA National Championships in 2003 and 2005, then took up para equestrian dressage in 2005 when I competed at the RDA Regional Qualifiers and at the RDA National Championships in my first dressage competitions. I was talent spotted at a British Para Dressage competition in 2006 and was invited to attend the selection trials for the World Class Para Equestrian Dressage Development Programme late in 2006 and was successful in being selected to join the programme from 2007 -2014.

I now compete at national and international competitions. To date I have represented Great Britian at nine internationals.

I currently own Upsall’s Elton or Elton he is known to his friends, who is a 5 year old gelding. We are a fairly new partnership as he has only been with us since mid-May. He has a very promising career ahead of him and has already proving to be very trainable taking extremely well to his job as a para-dressage. He will be making his competition debut very soon …

How old were you when you started riding?Fifteen

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?George, a Welsh Section D X

Who has been your inspiration?Lee Pearson and Charlotte Dujardin

When was the last time you fell off?2006

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?To be very honest I don’t think I could pick one item as there are so many horsey things I couldn’t do without!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Take each experience as a good experience even when things aren’t going too well as they can always be used as a positive to learn from for the future!

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?Valegro

Black or brown tack? Black

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? Paralympics

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?I have to wear my lucky necklace I was given on my 18th Birthday and I have a small piece of coal in my competition jacket pocket.

The National Championships 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 08:36:33 Europe/London

We will be at "LeMieux National Dressage Championships 17 - 20 September | Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ"

For more information click here

July 2015 Featured Rider

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 08:32:18 Europe/London

Sue Mart

My name is Sue Mart, Managing Director of Bennington Carriages; we are family business, manufacturing pleasure and competition horse drawn carriages. I also head the Bennington Carriage Driving Academy and I am UKCC level 3 coach in carriage driving.

I am fortunate to own 3 super ponies which all ride and drive. Steppers Viceroy – Zac is my Advanced Single Pony who I have had great success. We represented Great Britain at the Pony World Championships in Germany in 2009 and finished in 7th place. Last year we competed in Breda, Holland and finished in 6th place and we are currently campaigning to compete at the same venue this year at the World Pony Championships in September. Zac is 15 years old and is a Welsh part bred.

Fudge – is my up and coming future competition carriage driving star and I compete him in the Open Pony classes. Through the winter I compete at British Dressage events. My plan is to compete him Advanced next year and compete abroad. Fudge is 10 years old and is a Connemara x

Dillon - Was my first completion pony and now aged 24 he is my “teaching” pony. He brings much happiness to my clients, learning the skill of carriage driving. My greatest success with Dillon was winning the Royal Windsor International Single Pony title in 2003

How old were you when you started riding?Gosh I must have been about 5 years old. Mum & Dad thought it would be a good idea to buy my sister Wendy and I a Shetland pony. Dusty arrived who was the sweetest pony to look at, but was a monster!! SO not to be beat, with Dad’s engineering skills built a carriage, broke Dusty to drive and the rest is history! A second Shetland was purchased, Fusty and Dad was driving them as a pair, then started competing in driving trials and scurry events.

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?Flicker, a New Forest pony. Dad went down to the Beaulieu Road sales in the New Forest and returned with Flicker, who turned out to my first “real” competition driving pony too. We did everything, pony club, cross country, jumping and driving!

Who has been your inspiration?Wow what a question, there are so many people who have inspired in all walks of life In the equestrian world, Boyd Exell for the driving, who is so professional and his attention to every detail, he leaves no stone unturned. Charlotle Dujardin for her approachability, raising the level and opening up the sport of ridden dressage. William Fox Pitt for his dedication and coolness!!

When was the last time you fell off?I am pleased do say, quite a few years ago, can’t actually remember when I last fell off. Phew!!

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?My Bucas rugs – love them

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Set realistic goals, keep learn/raising your game and enjoy your equestrian pastime

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?Would have to be Valegro - what I would give to have a ride on him!

Black or brown tack? Black for Zac and Brown for Fudge

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? Olympia, what an atmosphere!

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?No real superstitions, I just like lists and planning, before and at shows. We even have a white board, which is outside the lorry, so we all know when, where and what we are doing. We even schedule meals in and some R & R time!!

June 2015 Featured Rider

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 13:57:38 Europe/London

Nicky Patrick

My name is Nicky Patrick.

I'm a freelance dressage rider and trainer based in Worcestershire. I've represented Great Britain on a number of occasions throughout Juniors, Young Riders and Seniors with a few incredible horses!
I love competing and also really enjoy training people of all levels.

How old were you when you started riding?I can't remember a time when I didn’t ride! Must have been around 2 or 3!

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?She was a cheeky Shetland called Lucy. I had to have grass reins all the time or we would just make a beeline to the nearest bit of grass!

Who has been your inspiration?Lots of people have inspired me; my parents have inspired me to work hard and keep trying even when the going gets tough, and as far as inspirational riders, I've always thought Edward Gal is magical to watch!

When was the last time you fell off?I'm actually writing this from a sofa with my leg up!! I had a little whoopsie 3 weeks ago which involved my leg getting crushed! I've had it operated on, pinned, plated and bone grafted and I'm hoping to be back on board ASAP!

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?There's too many to choose from! Trends change and new products come out so often, but I have to say, my Elevator double bridle is probably the thing I've had the longest and is still a key part of my kit! It will be 11 years old this year and still looks great!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Be patient! Rhett Bird, my trainer, is an amazing horseman and among other things, his patience is incredible and we all know you can't rush horses if you want to do the job properly!

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?There are so many I would love to have a sit on!! High up on my list would be Edward Gal's Undercover and of course Valegro!

Black or brown tack? Black.

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? I would love to ride at Olympia. The show is incredible with such an awesome atmosphere. To ride at a show like that with a home crowd would be amazing!

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?I have a lucky belt that I like to wear when I'm competing and I have to make sure all the keepers on my bridle are in, but I try not to be too superstitious when it comes to the horses and just think about riding!

Hartpury Festival of Dressage 2015

Monday, 1 June 2015 19:23:01 Europe/London

Hartpury Festival of Dressage

We are going to attend Hartpury Festival of Dressage between July 8th – 12th 2015 with our winning trade stand and would be very happy to welcome customers and show them the fantastic Elevator range.

For more information, please click http://equineevents.hartpury.ac.uk/dressage/

May 2015 Featured Rider

Monday, 1 June 2015 19:18:38 Europe/London

My name is Jane Brook.

I was always obsessed with horses and started riding when I was 8 years old.  My cousin said it was another fad and she would give it 6 weeks and here we are 56 years later!  When I was 15 I rode show ponies for Mrs Mason who lived at Binton nr Stratford on Avon and my first big success was winning the show pony pairs at Royal Windsor in 1967.

Showing has always been my passion because I love beautiful horses.  I spent 27 years at Andrea Boyle’s yard with a succession of small hunters and riding horses.  I first qualified for HOYS in 1976 with a small hunter, a huge ambition realised. 

My most successful show horse was my Small Riding Horse Taliesyn Talisman (Arthur) who qualified for HOYS 4 times, was placed at the Royal International and was Amateur Owner National Champion at the BSHA National Championships in 2003.  He is 22 this year, retired but still has the X Factor and is ‘Simply the Best’   He was followed by Summerstory ( Freddie) who won the Home Produced Small Riding Horse at the BSHA Champs on 2 occasions.  I then concentrated more on dressage with Freddie but sadly he has suffered from a number of soundness issues and my friends have persuaded me to return to my roots and buy myself a show horse before I get too old! 

I had seen photographs on Facebook during the season of a lovely small hunter and he came up for sale at the end of the season.  I took the plunge and am now the proud owner of A Lanson (Eric) He has got a great showing record so I’m really looking forward to competing at the big shows this season, having fun and hopefully achieving my lifetime ambition of being placed at HOYS.

How old were you when you started riding? 8

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode? Merrylegs

Who has been your inspiration? Jo Bates I really admire the fact she competes successfully at both showing and dressage.  Her horses always go to perfection

When was the last time you fell off? 2009

What is the one horsey item you could not live without? A nit comb!  Invaluable for quarter marks

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman? Get in there and ride to within an inch of your bleeping life! Jo’s advice when I completed at HOYS

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be? The 2008 Show Hunter of the Year, Finn McCool

Black or brown tack? Brown.

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? The main arena at Hickstead.

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)? I like to see a pair of magpies on the way to the show.