HORSES

December Blog

What a year! 2016 has been a year some would like to forget and others wish to remember, a year of global turmoil and uncertainty but also a year which has proved that you can defy the odds and succeed with aplomb.

After initially retiring 16 years ago after breaking his neck in two places, Nick Skelton gave equestrian lovers one of the most memorable moments at the Rio Olympics. The 58 year old is proof that age is not defining of the person, but hard work and a tenacious attitude is. Couple this determination with a horse you trust not only in temperament but also in ability and Olympic Gold can become a reality. We must not forget Nick Skelton's other achievements, coming a worthy third (although so many of us avid equestrians wanted him to win) in Sports Personality of the Year but more notably being elevated to Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

We also witnessed another star pairing, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, perhaps the most famous horse and rider combination in the world, bring home Gold at the Rio Olympics. The undisputed success, inspiration and harmony that this pairing has brought to the world over the years culminated at Olympia with Valegro's retirement from competition. A fitting venue for Valegro to bow out of competition amongst so many fans that shall miss watching his fluid, powerful and harmonious dance across the arena.

Equetech has had a great year, our Bespoke range is going from strength to strength, new designs sell out quickly, our accessories are always well received along with our traditional and customer favourite riding apparel. Equetech's MD and designer, Liz Hayman, and all at Equetech are excited to be bringing you the new Equetech designs throughout 2017. Some of the Spring/Summer 2017 range is already on our website www.equetech.com and selling well. So all that remains is for us all at Equetech to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our customers for your support and continued support and to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!