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Your Horse (UK) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Edi­tor, Aimi Clark PS: It would be great to hear from you, so feel free to email me at aimi.clark@bauer­me­dia.co.uk or fol­low me on Twit­ter @Aim­i_clark

SOME­TIMES IT’S sur­pris­ing the sce­nar­ios we at Your Horse find our­selves in when vis­it­ing rid­ers. Talk­ing on the yard or around the kitchen ta­ble is the norm. Ev­ery now and then we might be in the back of a horse­box or ac­tu­ally on a horse, but this month, act­ing on­line ed Julie’s note-tak­ing while on a mov­ing car­riage was a first. Horse peo­ple have to be time savvy (hence our reg­u­lar work/horse di­ary on p20), and stunt­man Ben Atkin­son — this month’s in­ter­vie­wee (p16) — is no dif­fer­ent. Luck­ily, Julie has a steady hand. Reg­u­lar read­ers of Your Horse will no­tice a new, fresher look in this is­sue, while still bring­ing you the great con­tent you’ve come to love. We’re very ex­cited to un­veil the fi­nal re­sult — I hope you like it as much as we do. Our #hack­1000miles pages ap­pear ear­lier (be­cause we’re su­per proud of the cam­paign) and, this time, we’re shar­ing pho­tos and sto­ries from the SEIB Burgh­ley Spon­sored Ride. This was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for some of our chal­lengers to hack around the fa­mous CCI4* cross-coun­try course (p10). I was there on foot and have vowed that next year, I’ll be there too. Then I can say I’ve rid­den around Burgh­ley! It’s achiev­able, as I re­cently be­came the new owner of Bilbo (pic­tured be­low right). I’m en­joy­ing be­ing back in the sad­dle more — and very glad my hunt is over. Bilbo is the end re­sult of a lot of search­ing on horsedeals.co.uk, tele­phone calls, driv­ing around the coun­try, test rides, dis­ap­point­ment and de­ci­sion mak­ing. Any­one else who is horse hunt­ing, has re­cently pur­chased one or is con­sid­er­ing their op­tions will find so­lic­i­tor Re­becca Sto­jak’s le­gal ad­vice handy (p96). It pays to be well in­formed. We’re cel­e­brat­ing our im­pend­ing show, Your Horse Live (9-11 Novem­ber), with an ex­clu­sive pre­view (p85). We’ve lined up the very best rid­ers, train­ers and ex­perts, so it’s a must for your di­ary. Plus we’ve got tick­ets to win (in­clud­ing lunch with the one and only Ge­off Billing­ton) up for grabs on p59. En­joy!

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