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Dorking Advertiser Jubilee front cover
07th June 2012
Thanks to the Ockley Society, the Ockley Jubilee Party was a day to remember, particularly for me as the Dorking Advertiser used one of my images for their Jubilee pull-out front cover. Thank you Alex Morrison and for your kind words about my photos!

DA front cover
Our Blue Tit family
03rd June 2012
I have had the most amazing opportunity to capture a blue tit family as my eldest son Jamie built a bird box last year and we had never got round to putting it up anywhere. Now we have a family of blue tits nesting on the floor outside our backdoor.

I spent several hours lying on a sun lounger about 6ft away from them and every time the chicks started getting noisy, I knew one of the parents was nearby, so it was time to concentrate.I had to put the camera's shutter speed up to full whack and then struggled to capture these incredibly fast little birds.

The Eilberg Family
24th May 2012
Issue 4 of British Dressage magazine is out, featuring my article and photos of my visit to the Eilberg's home, Pink Green Farm. What a lovely, warm and unpretentious family; they have certainly earned their success. You can view the photos on my gallery.
Dressage Deluxe to use Damian Hallam image
27th April 2012
Dressage Deluxe have just bought one of the photos from the Damian Hallam shoot to use in their advertising and PR campaign. Have a feeling Damian is going to be in even bigger demand!

Damian Hallam's training article is a hit
27th April 2012
A big thank you to all you British Dressage forumites who have written about how much you love the feature "Forward Thinking" I did with Damian Hallam. One member said it was the best training article she had ever read. What made this forum thread so special to me was the fact that one member wrote that Damian's training tips were working and that her horse was so much happier.

It makes all the hard work involved in producing such an article so worthwhile...
What a feat
22nd April 2012
I'm incredibly lucky to have this as my view from our home.

Peter James, who has spent many years working on this project restoring the mill with great attention to detail and it's history, kindly gave me a guided tour yesterday as I was picking up tickets for his talk, which he gave in the village hall that evening (another due in May).

It was the most amazing experience - the last time I stood in the windmill, there was just the remnants of the brick wall base. This time, Peter showed me all his incredible work and I climbed right up to the top - the last bit by ladder. Once there, Peter enjoyed telling me that below the wood I was standing on, there was nothing for 44ft, at which point my face, I suspect, drained of all colour as I realised I was standing on the bit protruding at the back!

The sheer hard graft that has gone into this restoration has to be seen to be believed. Peter works full-time as an engineer and has been the architect on this project to turn this into his home. If only there was a Britain's Got Talent to recognise this kind of achievement.

BPA endorses my Paralympic accreditation
17th April 2012
I've just heard that my request for Paralympic press accreditation has been endorsed by the British Paralympic Association. Spent the morning filling out forms with passport numbers, supplying mug shots, etc. It would be a first for me - fingers crossed it all goes through.
Damian Hallam's masterclass in BD issue 4
11th April 2012
It was a pleasure to work with NLP practitioner Damian Hallam on my latest Masterclass feature for British Dressage magazine. I love the way he relates car gear changes to describe judging speed control within the paces. Click here to read the article.
What a treat!
07th April 2012
Went to Addington CDI to watch the grand prix last night - wow - what a treat. Laura Bechtolsheimer's Tellwell has the most uphill flying changes I have ever seen and Imke Schellekens-Bartels's Toots is simply phenomenal. Check out the gallery for all the pix...
BDSC National Judges Convention
04th April 2012
Just packing to go to the BDSC National Judges Convention at Bury Farm EC, Bucks, tomorrow. BD are expecting 400 plus bods, so should be interesting with Wim Ernes from Holland joining Britain's Stephen Clarke.

Am also hoping to go to Addington international to watch the grand prix on Friday night - looks like an interesting line up with some new horses. Will report back and hopefully have some nice photos to post in my gallery.
BD magazine issue 3 out!
10th March 2012
My Masterclass with Kirsty Mepham has just been published in British Dressage magazine issue 3 2012. Two more Masterclasses are already in the pipeline...
Great day at Kingston Maurward
13th February 2012
What a lovely atmosphere there was yesterday at Kingston Maurward College and, I believe, a record crowd. I even managed to stay warm, with the help of five layers.

Kingston Maurward Winter Regionals 2012
11th February 2012
Looking forward to a day of shooting all of you who have made it to the Kingston Maurward Dressage Winter Regionals tomorrow - hope it warms up a little by then and good luck!