Great horse products

I do have a bit of a thing for good quality, clever and interesting horse products.

I’ve been in this industry for longer than I’ll admit here, and have owned horses for nearly 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen companies and products come and go… but I’ve also seen some crazy good horse products that I want to share with you!

Many of these products are connected to businesses I have something to do with. They might not be clients at the moment, or they might be. They might be companies in my Small & Supercharged Facebook Group for equestrian and country businesses, or they might be in my Mastermind group- they might just be people I know and love.

You might have heard of some of these horse products, but some might be new to you. It might be something that you’ve been looking for… and you might have found it here in the horse products bit of my blog! Good hey!

Behind… the Small & Supercharged giveaway! | Rhea Freeman

Small and Supercharged Giveaway

The Small and Supercharged giveaway bundle

Have you seen the Small & Supercharged giveaway? This AMAZING competition has recently launched on my Facebook page and the prize bundle is INCREDIBLE. I want to say a ginormous thank you to all the businesses who have donated prizes (I’m going to walk you through them all below) – the winner is going to have a very good day when this bundle of joy arrives!

What’s the Small & Supercharged giveaway?

The Small & Supercharged giveaway is a simple competition with a few purposes. First of all, it’s to celebrate my Small & Supercharged Facebook group getting over 1000 members. To me, that’s just plain crazy. It’s such a fab group and I am SO proud of it, but I didn’t imagine it would grow at such a rate and do so much good. To get to over 1000 fabulous members is amazing to me. And I wanted to celebrate.

So – I posted in the group and asked if anyone would be interested in donating a prize to the prize bundle. The idea would be to promote S&S and this milestone, of course, but it would also be to promote some of the amazing members inside the group. The remit was that anyone could donate a prize as long as it didn’t cross over the path of someone else who had already agreed. I didn’t want have a prize bundle made up of, I don’t know, 20 saddle pads, for example. As great as saddle pads are, that wouldn’t work as a prize. But luckily the diversity of the group shone through and an amazing bundle was created. Here are the prizes in the bundle – in alphabetical order by company name for fairness!

Hiho Silver Friendship Bracelet

Hiho Silver Friendship Bracelet

Who has donated to the Small & Supercharged 1k giveaway bundle?

Black Nova Designs has given a USB stick and a year’s hosting

Bling in the Show Ring has given a stock pin with pink, pearl and white elements

Doris & Co has given a lovely British creamware ‘Hold Fast’ Half Pint Mug

Equestriman has given a branded baseball cap

EvoEquine has given a tub of natural leather balm

Haynet has donated a lovely branded mug and pen

Hettie Company has donated a beautiful tweed iPad case. Made in Britain and soooo pretty!

Hiho Silver has given a stunning Exclusive Sterling Silver Horseshoe Friendship Bracelet

Hoofprints has donated a Small & Supercharged branded mug and coaster

Mackenzie and George

Mackenzie and George

Horse Riding With Confidence Scotland has donated a gift voucher for a session

Horsemanship Magazine has donated a magazine subscription

Horseshoe Hearts & Gifts has given Linked Horseshoe Hearts

Huf Designs has given a beautiful turquoise SKUP

Inkpot & Press has donated a Kikki K Goals Journal – ideal for stationery lovers!

Loch Leven Equine Practice has given an extensive equine first aid kit. Not only are first aid items included, but it comes in a great bag with a handy guide.

Lois Rose Fine Art has given one colouring book

Lotte Simons Photography has donated a stunning equine photo print

Mackenzie & George has given a handmade feather brooch by Wendy Goode, and a new leather keyring with branded brass rivet

Mother Bee has given a bundle of goodies for horse (Soothe & Protect), human (Soothing Lip Balm & Yard Hand Rescue) and tack (Leather Balm)

NKC Equestrian has given TWO places on an equine first aid course

My Dogs Deli has donated a box of canine goodies

Rowan & Ruby has donated a gorgeous tweed keyring

Safe Care Equine has donated two bottles of Total Body Wash

Super X Country has given a pink bobble hat from its current collection

Safe-Care Equine, The Herbal Horse, and Lotte Simons Photography

Safe-Care Equine, The Herbal Horse, and Lotte Simons Photography

Tail End Jewellery has given a £40 gift voucher

The Collar Club has give a subscription box for dogs

Tidy Tack Rooms Ltd has donated two saddlepad storage bags

The Equine Business Assistant has donated a pen, horse paperclips and a voucher for a hour of services

21st Century Rider has donated a Back On Track saddlepad

White Horse Leather has donated a leather headcollar

Wimpy Eventer has given two books: How To Get Your Leg Over and How To Stay On Top

 

I’ve added Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive, and a Project Book notebook

How can you enter AND find out about all the amazing prizes above?

Well, that’s simple! In order to enter, just pop on over to my Facebook page. The post is pinned to the top of the page and you can find out more about ALL the companies involved and tagged there too. Please give them a little social media love and support. Without their generosity, this giveaway would be, well, non-existent, if you can show them a little love that would be fab.

And what if you want to join Small & Supercharged?

Wimpy Eventer, Haynet, and Hoofprints

Wimpy Eventer, Haynet, and Hoofprints

Then be my guest – just come on over and ask to join the Small & Supercharged group on Facebook. Just one thing, PLEASE answer the questions. At time of writing this blog, I have 94 requests pending approval. Why? Because most of them didn’t answer the questions and I can not see from their profile if they’re a good fit for the group. I know. I take my role of creator and admin a *bit* too seriously.

Anyway, a HUGE thank you to the Small & Supercharged group for their help with the giveaway. And best of luck to you if you enter… entries close at the end of May ’18.

Behind… bespoke cross country colours from Super X Country

bespoke cross country coloursA little while ago, I wrote an article for Horse & Hound all about what cross country colours mean to the people who ride in them. With insight from Paul Tapner, Mary King, David Doel and Nicki Strong, the piece attracted lots of attention and was also fascinating to write. Cross country colours, in my mind at least, cross over into branding. But how on earth do you get ones that reflect what you want?! And how do you stand out from the crowd? The answer lies in bespoke cross country colours.

Enter Super X Country

Becci Harrold runs Super X Country and is also an accomplished event rider in her own right. She started Super X Country in 2010 when she couldn’t find any base layers that suited her taste.

“Before there was a very very slim choice,” said Becci. “There were no online XC colours back then, so it was a case of turning up to a tack shop and seeing what they had. I was horrified when my mum pulled out a heavy, dull, dark rugby shirt! We put it back on the rail and went home to design my own. I was 16 when I did my first event and wore my own colours that I had made from the very start. It was only when I left A levels at 18 I decided to start the business as I had more time and knowledge having done business and textiles!”

Now, Super X Country offers a staggering array of highly customisable designs. At the time of writing this (so, depending on when you read it, the numbers might change!) there are 19 breathable base layer colours to choose from that can be customised with stars, spots and checks in 31 different colours (and, if you select a ‘burst’ pattern, you can have up to three different colours in the design). In addition, there’s a rose gold and a unicorn set. And I haven’t even mentioned the custom hat silks…

Do you find people pick similar colour combinations for their bespoke cross country colours?

“When I post a picture on social media of a set, that usually becomes the favourite for many people for a week or two, and then something different shows up and then that takes over,” said Becci. “It goes in waves! Some people are deadset on their favourite colour but I’m finding now that many people are influenced by a good looking set that I might have put together or another customer”

Becci has some amazing plans for the future and will be appearing at a number of events this season and beyond. In addition, she’s incredibly active on social media – you can follow Super X Country on Instagram, or Facebook, and obviously you can visit the Super X Country website to see the range of amazing designs available, to give you inspiration to create your own bespoke cross country colours.

A few minutes with Paula Bryan – Blades Services

Paula Bryan - Blades ServicesAh- a few minutes with IS BACK, and what a great one to kick off 2018! Today, we are spending a few minutes with the lovely Paula Bryan from Blades Services. Paula is a legend and what she doesn’t know about clipping and trimming (for horses and dogs) probably isn’t worth knowing! She’s an innovator, a real leader in this area of her industry and a thoroughly nice person too. So, without further ado, I give you Paula Bryan from Blades Services…

A few minutes with Paula Bryan from Blades Services Ltd…

Who are you? Paula Bryan

What’s your business called? Blades Services Ltd

When did it start? 2015

If you could sum your business up in one sentence, what would it be? Blades Services specialises in the repair and service of clippers, clipper blades and scissors. We are highly experienced in creating new innovative products for our audience to include professional dog groomers, horse owners and vets.

Tell us a bit more about your business – what makes you different and what was the idea behind it?  I have 35 years’ experience within the canine and equine industries. I know how my customer thinks and what products they require to run their business or interest. We try to meet all their expectations with our fast turnaround service and product offering. We work to educate our clients through educational papers and our increasing YouTube channel. One creation that I devised while sitting on the beach is The Clipit Suit. This all in one garment protects those who come into contact with animal hair, and if you clip your horse you will only know what it’s like to be uncomfortable.

Your favourite product? The Clipit Suit

Paula Bryan - Blades ServicesWho designed your logo? My designer, Brett

Which product launched the business? I purchased the sharpening and servicing side of the business from my parents, who ran it as a hobby business in their shed!

One thing we might not know about you: I have in the past ridden for England at Dressage.

Best business book: Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith

Best advice you’ve ever been given: Believe in yourself and take a risk

Favourite quote:  Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and notice more than you realise.

Brands you love: Horse Health

Who do you admire? Richard Branson

 

Quick fire questions…..

Dogs or cats? Cats

Blogs or vlogs? Vlogs

Tea of coffee? Coffee

Sweet or savoury? Sweet

 

Where can we find you online?

Facebook @bladesservicesltd

Twitter @blades_services

Instagram @blades_services

Youtube: Search Blades Services

Website www.blades-services.com

BETA International – how to make the most out of BETA International

If you’re planning to go to BETA International later this month, then make sure you read this first!

What is BETA International?

BETA International in the British Equestrian Trade Association’s international trade show that happens at the NEC in Birmingham each January. Well, it used to be February, but it’s January now. This year it’s running between 21st and 23rd. The good and great of the equestrian and country industry gather to see what’s new, what’s hot, what we can expect to see in the coming year… and to have a good catch up with friends and colleagues. It lasts for three days, it’s free entry, but you do need to register and be a true member of the equestrian trade. You can’t buy things at BETA International, as in, you can’t walk away with armfuls of stuff like you can at somewhere like Badminton or Your Horse Live. Retailers can place orders on stands, and it gives busy retailers the chance to see a lot of businesses in a fairly short space of time, and to get most of their forward orders sorted too!

Why am I giving advice on BETA International?

I’ve attended BETA International as an exhibitor (when I used to be marketing manager for one of the biggest exhibitors there), and as an equestrian PR and marketing consultant, so I think I’ve seen it from a few different sides. The advice below, whether you’re an exhibitor or a visitor should help you… you ready?

Top Tips for exhibitors at BETA International…

  • Make sure you have filled in and taken advantage of all the free opportunities you can. When you exhibit you’re sent a lot of information you need to fill in and filter through, but it’s worth it.
  • Make sure your customers know you’ll be there. Send them an email. Get on the phone. Invite them to come and see you.
  • Use BETA International as an opportunity to sell but also to build relationships with your customers. Invite them for a drink, have a chat, get to know them. People buy from people and there’s no better opportunity than when that person is on your stand!
  • Snacks and drinks. Having snacks and drink on the stand for customers is a big plus. The air con makes you want to drink a fair amount of water, and having someone offer you a bottle can make a big difference. You could always get your drinks and snacks branded too. So you never miss an opportunity.
  • There’s usually the opportunity to display a press release on the racking inside the press office during the event, for members of the press to pick up. Have a chat with the press officer and get the info you need (best time to drop them off, number required, etc).
  • Incentives. Are you running any show offers? Competitions? Incentives can encoruage people to visit you. But make sure you tell them about the incentives…

Top Tips for people visiting BETA International…

…and many of these apply to exhibitors too…

  • Stay hydrated. I know I sound like your mother, but it’s true. I have been foolish before and not drunk as much as I should have and have felt pretty rough as the day progressed. You’re chattering away most of the time, there’s the air con… you need to drink. Tea and coffee are fine, but water is best. Pop at least one bottle in your bag. Trust me on this.
  • Lip balm. It sounds like I have a thing about air con, but it can really dry your lips out and that’s not nice. Pop a lip balm in your bag and you’ll be sorted.
  • Footwear. Comfort wins. Always. Be smart, yes, but keep in mind you could cover miles in the halls and you don’t want to be limping after an hour… because you’ll be in a world of pain come home time (and for the next few days too).
  • Layers. In January, the temperature outside can vary enormously, but get into a big indoor exhibition and you have more temperature issues to contend with. Dress in layers so you can stay comfortable and smart all day long. There’s also another benefit that thin layers can be put in a bag when removed. Bulky layers are a lot more challenging.
  • Charging unit. I don’t know about you, but I get battery anxiety when I go to shows and events. The fear of the damn thing running out when I need it genuinely concerns me, but if you invest in a charging pack that can charge your phone remotely, you’re covered. My friend has a nifty phone case that does this, but I have a plugin one.
  • Business cards. Make sure you have some. Make sure you have somewhere to keep other people’s.
  • Plan. It’s easy to miss people if you don’t have a plan. Write down the stands you want to see, their stand numbers and, if you’re ultra organised, mark them on the show plan. That said, it’s pretty easy to navigate around BETA International due to the enormous letters hanging from the ceiling, so don’t worry too much about this.
  • Appointments. Some stands work on a no appointments policy and for some it’s essential to make an appointment. Check if it’s important you see a specific person.
  • Bags. You will be given various brochures, leaflets and samples, so make sure you have a good bag that you’re happy to carry around with you. Think strength but also think comfortable wide handles.
  • Programme. Look at the programme. See what talks are going on and when. There’s usually a really interesting programme, so make the most of it.
  • Enjoy! It’s about having fun too, so don’t get yourself completely booked up – add some amble time so you can take in the whole show and discover new bits too.

Is there anything I’ve missed?

Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle – Advent Calendar Competition

Wimpy EventerToday, on day 23 of our advent calendar competition, we have a lovely Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle from the brilliant Wimpy Eventer herself, Victoria Brant.

Why am I giving away a Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle from Diary of a Wimpy Eventer?

I’ve been a Victoria fan for a long time. She calls it as she sees it, she’s honest and then some, and I also admire how she’s managed to build a community around her. Victoria shares her trials and tribulations online, more openly than anyone else I’ve ever met. It’s a risky strategy, by which I mean when you open yourself up and bare your soul the way Victoria has, you do leave yourself vulnerable. Keyboard warriors appear. People cast very public aspersions on your character. And I know that Victoria has had to deal with these things. However, when you are authentic to this degree, you will also attract an amazingly loyal fan base who love you, just as you are (little festive Bridget Jones quote for you there!). And more than that, by being so open and honest, you can shine a light as a beacon to help others. Victoria has overcome (and continues to work on) some serious anxiety and confidence issues (lack of, I mean), and by showing how she overcomes them, what she’s managed to achieve and then some, it gives everyone a hope. Everyone’s inner Wimpy can find inspiration over on Victoria’s Facebook page – Diary of a Wimpy Eventer.

Victoria has very kindly donated three things to the Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle: her new book ‘How To Stay On Top’, a bravery band and also a Wonderful Wimpy Calendar.

Why do I like the Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle?

The Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle is made up of three products – and all are great. The book, the sequel to ‘How To Get Your Leg Over’, looks to be as good as the first. At the time of writing this blog, I haven’t read it completely yet, but it’s started very, very well, and I adored the first one, so I am excited to read the sequel. The one I am giving away is signed by Victoria too. In addition, I have a Wonderful Wimpy Calendar to giveaway, which has been created with fan input as the illustrations have been created by fans to illustrate horsey glossary terms. And last but not least, I have a ‘bravery band’ that says ‘You’ve Got This’ on one side. It’s a welcome reminder that it’s all in hand.

Would you like to win a Wimpy Eventer Prize Bundle?

It’s a lovely one, and I have one bundle to giveaway… and the competition is only running until midnight on the day this blog is published. If you read this afterwards, worry not – you can find out more about Victoria, her books and more over on the Wimpy Eventer website. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do it pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!

Hawkins Organic Set – Advent Calendar Competition

Hawkins OrganicToday I have the most gorgeous set from Hawkins Organic, made up of Stable Hands Green Fig Hand Lotion and Muck Off Green Fig Hand Wash . Not only do these products smell divine, but they’re ideal for hardworking hands. So if you spend any time outside with your horse or dog, if you shoot or garden, or your hands just need a little TLC, this is the competition for you.

Why am I giving away Muck Off and Stable Hands from Hawkins Organic?

Hawkins Organic is a lovely brand, run by the same people as Annabel Brocks. I have long admired the brand’s design prowess (have you seen the packaging?!) and the names I thought were really fun too. When I met the products in person (my first encounter was with the Lemon Drizzle Shampoo and Deodoriser for dogs), I was smitten, They smelt as good as they sounded! The company’s ethos is lovely too. Natural ingredients are used in the products, but they’re also free from ‘nasties’, perfume, additives… and they’re made in Suffolk. Find out more about Hawkins Organic on the website.

Why do I like Muck Off and Stable Hands from Hawkins Organic?

When I worked outside with horses properly, the winter was a really challenging time for my poor hands. I’d go from riding out in the rain to filling haynets, cleaning tack to removing the ice from water troughs, and everything in between. My hands went from wet to cold to dry to hot over and over and over again and it was not fun at all. Now I spend more time inside, it’s not so bad, but my hands still get a fair amount of abuse, and I know many people suffer at this time of year. So getting a couple of lovely products to look after hard working hands felt like a good plan.

So, let’s start with Muck Off. This green fig hand wash is free from parabens, colours and chemicals – the lovely smell is created from the gorgeous natural ingredients used. How good is that? Stable Hands is the ‘matching’ hand lotion that can be used as and when, but is ideal for next to the sink after hands have been washed. As with Muck Off, this product is free from nasties and it’s also made using green fig. Both have a nifty pump dispenser too, so are really easy to use, even with grubby, cold hands.

Would you like to win Muck Off and Stable Hands from Hawkins Organic?

You really, really do. Trust me! I have one set to giveaway… and the competition is only running until midnight on the day this blog is published. If you read this afterwards, worry not – you can find the whole Hawkins Organic range online. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do it pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!

Apt Cavalier – Heavyweight Bobble Hat – Advent Calendar Competition

apt cavalierToday I’m delighted to be giving away a lovely Heavyweight Bobble Hat from Apt Cavalier. Apt Cavalier has very kindly donated this to me… well, to one of you… so I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Sarah and the team too.

Why am I giving away a one of Apt Cavalier’s Bobble Hats?

Apt Cavalier is a fairly new company, but it caught my eye before it launched because of its strong branding, lovely colours and striking photography. I like to think I have my finger on the equestrian and country business pulse (I’m sure that’s a phrase?!), so when Apt Cavalier launched, I did pay attention. And I’ve been so, so impressed with everything that Apt Cavalier has done since. The photography, the content marketing, the social media, the products… everything really. This area of the equestrian world has seen a lot of growth in recent years and I think Apt Cavalier has pitched it slightly differently to many others which, again, impressed me. I like people who see a space and make it their own.

Why do I like the Apt Cavalier Bobble Hat?

Well, when I was working on my various Christmas Gift Guides, I was keen to include some Apt Cavalier products. I asked to borrow two – the bobble hat and the saddlepad, and I said I would return them after I’d filmed/photographed them. This was something I offered to everyone who took part in the gift guide. Anyway. The parcel arrived and I opened it and the ‘problem’ was the colour. Well. It was the same colour as my brand and essentially my favourite colour ever. So I had to buy it. I paid for it and it was all I could do not to wear it straight away, but it did motivate me to crack on and film that bit of the gift guide pronto, so I could start using it in my day to day life! Since I filmed and photographed it, I feel that it hasn’t left my head that much! I wear my Apt Cavalier Bobble Hat whenever I walk the dog or spend prolonged periods outside at the moment. It keeps my hair flat (which deserves an award itself), it’s a really good length so you can pull it down over your ears, and did I mention the colour?! Yes. I love mine. And I’m thrilled that one lucky Facebook fan will get to enjoy the same experience.

Would you like to win an Apt Cavalier Bobble Hat?

I bet you do… if you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder what you did without it! The competition will run until midnight the day that this blog is published. If you miss it, you can still buy the hat online on Apt Cavalier’s website. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do it pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!

Robin Roadnight’s Hanging Star – Advent Calendar Competition

robin roadnight hanging starToday I’m giving away a gorgeous Hanging Star, very kindly donated by Robin Roadnight Equestrian Art. Robin is such a lovely lady and so talented too, and I’m delighted to share a bit more of her with you.

Why am I giving away a one of Robin Roadnight’s Hanging Star?

Robin Roadnight is based up in the Scottish Highlands, where she creates gorgeous pieces of equestrian art, that then find their way onto fabric. From here, Robin creates a range of stunning homeware pieces from memo boards to bunting, fabric letters to lightshades. And that’s before we even get onto the print range. The art Robin creates is printed onto the highest quality British linens and then she works with a talented craft team who turn the fabric into something else. You can also buy the fabrics by the metre for your own project if you like. I did actually chat to Robin for one of my ‘a few minutes with…’ interviews a few months back. So you can learn more about Robin Roadnight here.

Why do I like the Hanging Stars?

I’m not sure I know anyone who wouldn’t! The one I have been given to give is the ‘mulberry’ print which features on a linen printed fabric, finished with hessian twine and a wooden button, and isn’t too big either. It’s the perfect size for hanging on curtain poles and dressing table drawers, cupboards and bedsteads. And a lot else besides. It’s really pretty.

Would you like to win a Hanging Star from Robin Roadnight Equestrian Art?

I have one of these lovely stars to giveaway… and the competition is only running until midnight on the day this blog is published. If you read this afterwards, worry not – you can find these stars (and hearts too!) on Robin’s website. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do it pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!

Kate Negus Lifestyle – Arthur Bear – Advent Calendar Competition

Kate Negus Saddlery Arthur BearThis little chap has been kindly donated by the lovely people at Kate Negus Saddlery. He’s called Arthur and he’s part of the new Lifestyle Collection. How cute is he? Massive thank you to the team for donating him.

Why am I giving away an Arthur Bear from Kate Negus Saddlery?

I’ve worked with Kate Negus Saddlery for years and find the company’s bespoke approach to bridles just brilliant. As everything is made in the UK, turnaround times are short and the team can design and create bespoke pieces if needed too… with very short lead times. The leather used is top quality English leather, and the service Julia provides is second to none. The bespoke approach to bridlework is something that I see some other brands adopting now, but I honestly think Kate Negus led the way here. When you buy a bridle, whether you buy it online or at a show, you can pick the size and style of all the component pieces to get a bridle that fits your horse first time, and fits your style too. So if you want to change a plain browband for a super duper sparkly one you can! This will also save you money as you don’t need to buy two browbands… just the one you want! So, with this pedigree and attention to detail, you can imagine how excited I was when I heard about the launch of the Lifestyle Collection. And that was before I met the lovely Arthur, who’s really fun, would make a great gift for a child, a lorry mascot or a stocking filler for anyone really!

Why do I like the Arthur Bear from the Kate Negus Lifestyle Collection?

He’s simply adorable. He’s fluffy and soft (as you’d expect from a teddy bear!), but is wearing a very smart leather scarf with Kate Negus Union Jack bridle pin. Because that’s what the smartest bears wear. He has a nifty hinged split ring too that you can use to attach him to things. He looks great in so many places, actually, when he arrived with me he was adorning the new Kate Negus Tote… and he looked brilliant! Arthur comes in a range of colours and if you buy him you can decide what colour his body and scarf are. The bear I have to give is as pictured. And he’s gorgeous!

Would you like to win an Arthur Bear from Kate Negus Saddlery?

I have one Arthur Bear to giveaway… and the competition is only running until midnight on the day this blog is published. If you read this afterwards, worry not, the full Kate Negus Lifestyle Collection is online, and Arthur’s there too. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do it pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!

Sweet Images – Mounted Print – Advent Calendar Competition

Sweet Images PhotographyToday’s prize is a super dooper special one. It’s a print from my incredibly talented friend and client, equestrian photographer Rachel Bragg aka Sweet Images Photography. This print is lovely. I saw it on Sweet Images’ Instagram and I just loved it. So I asked if I could buy one… and it’s even more amazing in the flesh. Rachel has kindly donated another print for one lucky Facebook fan. If you’re the lucky winner, you will love it!

Why am I giving away a Mounted Print from Sweet Images?

I just adore this print and I am confident that my Facebook following will too. The timing was clearly perfect when the shot was taken but the colours and the composition of the image I also find very calming. I also feel that this image is very Rachel, by which I mean it perfectly encapsulates what she does as a photographer for her clients. It’s capturing those special moments and holding a situation or feeling in time. And this picture, I think, shows it really well. I also like that it’s not a ‘traditional’ beach image because that’s not the kind of thing I would want on my wall unless it was of me riding. I see this as a piece of equestrian art. And the fact that Rachel, who I am just beyond proud of, took it, makes it even more special.

Why do I like the Mounted Print from Sweet Images?

It takes me back to my horsey roots a little more and, as I know that the vast majority of my followers on social media, and the vast majority of my clients, have links to equestrian and country, I am confident they will like it too.

Would you like to win a Mounted Print from Sweet Images?

I bet you do! All you need to do is come on over to my Facebook page on the day this is published, watch the little stop motion video and like and comment below that video. If you read this afterwards, worry not – you can find out more about Rachel over on her Sweet Images website. However, if you’re in time, all you need to do is pop on over to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page, watch the video that will be pinned to the top today and enter. That’s it! Of course, I’d love it if you’d tell your friends by sharing the post.

I hope you enjoy my advent calendar competition – best of luck!