I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been shortlisted for The Equestrian Blogger of the Year awards!
I am completely shocked to have been shortlisted but I am absolutely over the moon! To see In Due Horse be shortlisted alongside some of my favourite bloggers and vloggers is just incredible!
I started my blog as a horsey outlet when I moved to France and found myself with a lot extra free time than I had ever had before. It gave me a purpose and absolutely reopened the gates to my horse obsession I feel I had lost when my horse Stanley had died 15 years before.
The blog became something I would use as an excuse to do things that I wouldn’t ever have done before. Like restart riding and having a horse on a loan (enter Mya). I started to go and do things like riding on the beach and visiting studs, just so I could write about them on my blog. These are things I enjoyed so so much and really didn’t need an excuse to do them, but looking back I had just moved abroad and didn’t yet speak the language. I probably needed a little push to get me on my way.
I discovered that I loved writing and loved writing about horses even more! I started not only writing for my own blog, but for magazines and guest posts on blogs I really respected. My network grew and I have now made friends all over the world. I am now a host of an awesome podcast Equestrian Pulse with 2 great friends. Although I have never ‘met’ them in real life they are honestly people I think of as friends Heather in America and Andrea in Australia. It’s a great example of horsey friends, we talk very little about anything else and we don’t need to. Our love of horses is why we are friends!
2020 has not been an easy year. Living through a global pandemic in a foreign country away from my family has not been easy. Struggling mentally through a strict lockdown in an inner city apartment to then return to the stables 8 weeks later to find Mya had devastatingly injured her tendon so she can no longer be ridden was tough. However since then Smartie appeared in my life and what a joy she has been! For an old cob with terrible sweet itch and arthritis she has honestly been the most fun to look after this summer. I loved every minute of a summer spent hacking and enjoying life at a speed far slower than I am used to with her.
I will be forever grateful that I started In Due Horse. Even in the short 2 years I have writing the blog, the things I have done and the people I have met online have changed my life for the better! I don’t want to sound too dramatic when I say this but it’s true!
I want to thank each and everyone of you that has supported me and the blog along the way. I am still genuinely very touched when someone comments or even seems remotely interested in my silly little blog. I often think it resembles a brain dump of things I love about horses. I have thought long and hard about trying to focus the blog on something in particular to gain more readers but to be honest it is just a hobby and I love it just the way it is! My one focus now is for it to be more inclusive, to promote diversity in the equestrian world and be a platform where everyone feels welcome.
I don’t think I stand a chance in winning the award but to be honest I feel like I have won already just being part of it! So thanks again and if you have a spare minute I would love it if you could vote for me by clicking on my picture on the link below.