A new member of the family


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The weather has certainly not made it easy, however this week we have taken on a new clan member, Beth. Having grown up next to a Lipizzaner stud farm (the beautiful Austrian “white” horses), I spent all my formative years in stables with these beautiful horses, grooming them, feeding them, turning them out into fields and bringing them back in, mucking out, sweeping the yard… the list is endless from the everyday chores to taking them to shows pulling carriages and bringing new foals into this world. I did everything with them however I never learned to ride as my parents couldn’t afford lessons… and none of these particular horses were ridden otherwise I am sure they would have let me learn there. I always said that one day I would learn to ride and have horses myself and that was one of the hopes and plans for when we moved to Warwickshire two and a half years ago now.

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So having had lessons for the last couple of years, finally the time has come and last Saturday I borrowed my friend and QVC guest presenter Beverley Cressman’s trailer and off we went to collect Beth in the howling winds and driving rain. Many firsts come with this for me, pulling a trailer being one of them and not just pulling… reversing too!! Bev and I nearly wet ourselves laughing with the “down a bit, back a bit, forward a bit, right a bit, back a bit, forward a bit, right a bit, left a bit.” It seemed to go on forever but I’m glad to say we got there in the end despite the weather, and Beth moved into her new yard smoothly. I even managed to reverse park the trailer back into Bev’s barn once we were done. (BTW please note my Centigrade down coat , I’ve had it for years and it is still the warmest and most wonderful companion in this awful weather!)

Pipa GordonSometimes you can have a dream for such a long time that when it actually comes to fruition it’s quite a shock to the system. We live in our wellies so we love that bit but the emotional side of a new horse for both her and I is definitely a learning curve to negotiate… but we will get there, already this first week has been full of smiles of joy coupled with tears of frustration! I’ve had many conversations over the years with Alison Young, Michael Di Cesare, Cathy Kangas, and other QVCers who own horses, and have longed to be able to experience the same. So here the journey begins and boy I know it’s a journey. Step one however is now behind us, we go onwards and upwards and I will keep you posted along the way!

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By the way, now more than ever my nails are going to be put under duress so I’m swearing by my OPI Nail Envy  and my new coat of armour that has lasted really well this week is Nails Inc Gel Pro Colour. It’s proving to be super strong varnish as it barely budged which is a real achievement as my nails are incredibly oily and generally no colour lasts more than 24 hours before chipping or peeling.

So happy days all round and happy half term if you’ve got children off this week.

Much love

Pipa x

…and Beth x

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  1. Sue February 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    My granddaughter of nearly eleven has joined your club . She loves horse and has found a stable where she has to muck out ,groom and clean there stables . Then she gets a ride and she loves it so much so she doesn’t even mind the rain ,wind and cold . It’s lovely to see her doing some thing like that instead of in front of tv or computers . So you know what the next thing will be on her Christmas list , pipa it has been asked for already but love ke youshe will have to wait , but will enjoy it when it comes . Enjoy your time with Beth

    • Pipa Gordon February 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      Oh Sue that sounds wonderful for her! There is something about being around horses that far supersedes the weather! My son is the same and I always have been too, it doesn’t matter what the weather does when you are around horses, you just love it anyway.xx

  2. Leominster February 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Oh you will have such fun and hard work but the love will be in abundance,the best years of my life enjoy it Pippa.

    • Pipa Gordon February 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Thank you xx

  3. Debbie Robinson February 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    What a smile!! So cute….I’m so pleased for u pippa,I look forward to reading more…Debbie x

    • Pipa Gordon February 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Debbie …she’s got a great top lip hasn’t she?!! x

  4. Shelagh Byrne February 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    She’s beautiful. I also have wished for my own horse all my life {[not happened yet!]. Hope you have many happy years ahead with her xx

    • Pipa Gordon February 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Shelagh, I hope you get a chance to love on a horse at some point soon!!! x

  5. Christine February 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa lucky girl. She looks beautiful. Always loved horses. As I said last time dad had Clydesdales. The family will love it. Good mucking out. Ha! Ha! X

    • Pipa Gordon February 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Ha, oh yes, who doesn’t love a good clean bed of straw?! Fabulous!! Thanks Christine xx

  6. Sylvia Gross February 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa she’s beautiful happy riding looking forward to reading more.Enjoy your time with her.xx

    • Pipa Gordon February 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sylvia xx

  7. Christine Brooks February 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    A very lovely story glad to know you are enjoying yourself good on you xxxx

    • Pipa Gordon February 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

      ha ha, I’m mostly enjoying myself but it definitely has it’s hairy moments!!! Thanks Christine x

  8. Veronica Dennany February 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Beth is absolutely gorgeous You are so lucky to have found one another This is a dream of mine too having ridden into teenage years Have oodles of fun and give Beth a huge hug from me Xx

    • Pipa Gordon February 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Veronica, yes she’s beautiful and I feel very lucky indeed! I’ll pass your hugs on xx

  9. Annette Johnstone March 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, ENJOY ……. MEMORIES ARE BETTER THAN DREAMS x. I worked full time for years to give my only daughter the opportunity to enjoy riding and don’t regret it for one minuet and would do it all again. My daughter is now 45 years old and we still talk about the happy times we had with her horses. I have just had my 65th Birthday in January and still muck out every day – we still have an old Shetland Pony who would never part with. Look forward to seeing you competing at Horse of the Year Show or Olympia at Christmas – GOOD LUCK – Have lots of fun with BETH she looks lovely.

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