Seeing world through pair of ears after week looking at screen
Welcome to this week’s
Apologies for the radio silence but I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for the past couple of weeks, firstly getting our monthly Westcountry
Farmer supplement safely off to the press and then partaking in a five-day training course down at our lovely riverside office in Truro.
And then come the weekend, it’s strictly “horsey time”, with his Lordship Ollie the apple of my eye, as he is every day of the week of course! After five days spent mostly looking at a computer screen, I love seeing the world through a pair of comically large ears.
I’m often asked whether, once all the summer’s agricultural shows are over for another year, things quieten down for me during the autumn and winter months. The answer to that question? No! Come rain or shine, there is always a story to tell somewhere in the region, be it based on a farm or stable yard. Plus, it’s not even worth thinking about how horrendously bored I would be if all my story opportunities dried up come the end of August!
Anyway, turning our attentions back to this coming weekend, I am looking forward to my annual trip to the Westcountry Equine Fair, which sees Westpoint Exeter transformed for two days into a full-on horsey haven.
If you’ve not been before it’s definitely worth a jaunt either tomorrow or on Sunday, with loads of shopping opportunities plus insightful master classes from top riders, expert advice, plenty of shopping opportunities and more. Turn over to page three to read more. I’ve currently only got one thing on my “to buy” list – a bag of the fattest, crunchiest-looking carrots I can find. No questions as to who they are for! If I forget, I’ll be in seriously big trouble!
Also in today’s section, Fran McElhone brings us her wonderful interview with Bicton Arena manager Helen West, who earlier this year became an advanced level cross-country course designer – only the second woman in Britain to achieve this standard.
If the first paragraph, in which Helen is quoted saying: “Cross-country is a hugely risky sport, riskier than Formula One, so when your name is on the course, it’s a massive responsibility” doesn’t want to make you read on, then I don’t know what will! I think it’ll be best read with a cuppa in hand, turn over to page four for the full piece.
Last but my no means least, our much-loved Between the Ears slot is back on page three. Does your view from the saddle trump today’s picture? If so, why not prove it and get in touch!