We were thrilled with the feedback we received so we thought we would share it with you all.
Tester Emma Woolley said…
“OMG these boots definitely are an absolute must-have for horse people across all disciplines. The design is beautiful, the outside is a lovely suede with attractive two-tone colouring. The soles are robust and the inside lining comfortable, making them very hard-wearing. Very versatile, over the past few weeks they have been worn around the yard, whilst riding and just look so smart at events and competitions. Some days they were on from morning till night and as they are lightweight and waterproof, they finished the day looking fresher than me! I will certainly purchase these boots again!”
In our latest blog we take a look at the wrapping up of the Event season for Jemima Gray and some heartfelt words and testimonials of our products we were hugely appreciated by all at Team Taurus!
At the end of the Eventing season for 2014 I’d just like to take the opportunity to say thank you so much to Taurus Footwear for supporting me this season.
This year has been full of highs and lows but everyone at Taurus Footwear has been incredibly loyal and have really benefited our small team. I have worn your boots all season and can definitely say that the are the most comfortable, durable and smartest boots I have ever owned. You have been so incredibly generous with providing boots for me, especially ordering my Lancer boots - I have had so many compliments and many people asked where I purchased them from! They have now stepped off the Eventing field for the year and took a trip Hunting with me yesterday! (pictured).
The season finished on a high with Central Team winning Weston Park u18 Championships and both horses are sound, happy and ready to start Winter training in a couple of weeks time! My aim next season is to compete Murphy at one star and Intermediate level and possible compete abroad. In the Spring we may start to look for another eventer to run alongside Murphy and loan Foxy to someone looking for experience and success at lower levels – whoever we choose will be incredibly lucky, I can honestly say he is the pony of a lifetime!
I look forward to updating you on my winter training over the period and can’t wait to get out Eventing and representing Taurus Footwear in 2015.
Taurus Footwear is proud to sponsor Michaela Huntington, a show jumping, trainer and riding instructor. Hard working Michaela has already had numerous successes this season and the team we thrilled to join her at Hickstead this summer. She’s now achieved again with her stunning mare Alegro Z, know at home as Zena as the pair won the Blue Chip Karma Performance Qualifier as reported here by Horse and Hound.
We love the quote from Michaela which cites Zena to be “the best horse I’ve ever sat on”. We can’t wait to see what the future brings for this partnership.
Michaela competes her horses in her Taurus Lancer Boots and loves walking the course and hacking out at home in the Holkham Rider boots. She also cites the Colorado Boots as a really handy pair of work boots for yard tasks! Why not check out the whole range and the personal favourites of Michaela Huntington by visiting the website at http://www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Talented young event rider Jemima Gray is a brand ambassador for Taurus Footwear and we love hearing about her exploits on the Eventing field with her two horses Murphy and Foxy. With the Event season drawing to the close Jemima will be hanging up her Taurus Lancer Boots just for a short period whilst the horses have a well-deserved break before she is back out completing her Winter Dressage and Show Jumping training! But let’s not rush ahead… here is Jemima’s update from her last event of the season the Weston Park U18 Championships!
“For the last event of the season we made the three hour journey up to Shropshire for the Weston Park National u18 Championships with Foxy. It was without a doubt one of the best weekends of my life, I spent it doing my favourite sport with amazing friends, set in a beautiful park – what more could an eventer want!
We arrived at Weston on Friday for the rider briefing and one of the many course walks, I worked Foxy that afternoon and he seemed to be in really good form and produced some lovely work. Our dressage was very early on Saturday morning, so after a chilly night in the horsebox, Foxy and I performed our test. He tried very hard but I wasn’t expecting a brilliant mark as there were over 60 competitors in our section and his dressage isn’t his strongest phase. However I was thrilled (and very surprised!) to see that we got a mark of 29.3, putting us in 12th place after the first phase, and Central Team in 4th.
I thought the XC course was lovely, very nicely built and on flat ground and as Foxy is only 14.2hh the aim was to really crack on to get inside the time. The show jumping was on Sunday morning and after being cooped up in his stable for a couple of days (he’s normally out all the time at home) Foxy was feeling ridiculously fresh for his 18 years, despite being worked and hacked twice a day. The lack of breaks led to a disappointing two poles down, he jumped beautifully but just got away from me slightly, becoming very bossy and defiant!
However his excess energy was certainly useful on the XC course, he flew round clear and inside the time, finishing just as he’d started – very fresh! I was thrilled to complete as this time last year we weren’t sure if he’d compete again and I just loved seeing him enjoying himself. To finish off the weekend, Central Team ended up winning the team competition, there was a lot of screaming and excitement involved – what an amazing experience!
As I write this I can see Foxy and Murphs romping round the fields bucking and squealing, clearly having a very eventful holiday! They will come back into work mid-November and then we’ll get cracking with winter training, mostly dressage for Fox and mostly show jumping for Murphs! To stop myself from getting bored with the lack of riding, and to get a much loved adrenaline rush, I’ve managed to borrow a horse to take hunting as I am not allowed to take our horses, so I can’t wait and my Taurus Lancer Boots will be just the ticket for looking smart on the hunting field!
Jemima competes, trains and works in her range of the Taurus Footwear Boots including The Lancer Long Boot, The Kentucky Jodhpur Boot and the Holkham Country Boot. To find out more about the fabulous range of equestrian leather footwear from Taurus Footwear including the boots selected by eventer Jemima Gray visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Co-proprietor of Taurus Footwear Sally Groome offers some advice for fitting children’s jodhpur boots.
The right fit is key where children’s boots are concerned. Here are our top tips for ensuring fitting success –
- Pull the honeycomb elastic sides before putting them on, to stretch the elastic.
- Put the boots on when the child is seated and apply the boot toe first, with a twisting action.
- Feel down the back of the boot with your finger to make sure the child’s heel isn’t squashed and sits comfortably at the heel section of the boot.
- With your fingers, press down at the front end of the boot to check where the child’s big toe lies – it shouldn’t be touching the toe of the boot.
- Gently try to pull the boot off – it shouldn’t easily come off – if it does, it may be too big.
- Check that the outside ankle bone isn’t rubbing on the outside of the boot – this could indicate a boot that is too small.
- Check that the widest part of the foot is in the widest part of the shoe.
- Ask the child to walk in the boots to ensure they’re comfortable and don’t slip off.
Taurus Footwear has a range of boots suitable for young equestrians including the Hampton Boot in all three colours, The Classic and Navy Mucker Boots and our comfy Suede Chaps and smart Leather Gaiters for children.
Visit www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or call 01328 851432 for more info
The autumn and winter months bring with them the joy of drag hunting with our equines for many a horseman. This traditional discipline has diversified since 2005 when the fox-hunting ban was put in place but the drag hunting option brings an excellent alternative offering many an exciting opportunity to their ride horses and ponies out with hounds, following a laid scent over a variety of terrain, including jumps all whilst enjoying the beautiful British countryside.
Drag hunting offers a great sense of solidarity between equestrians and other members of a countryside community alongside a partnership and harmony between horse and rider. Our equines think drag hunting is great fun but for some riders the etiquette rules and the dress code can put them off taking part in this exciting autumnal and winter equine activity.
In our latest blog Taurus Footwear aims to provide a simple, easy to understand guide to what to wear out hunting, with of course our suggestions of suitable footwear!
Attire varies according to three main variables—gender, colors, and cub hunting versus formal season.
During cub hunting season there is no real distinction in attire between members. Hacking jackets are worn by both ladies and gentlemen, preferably wool tweed or a linen material and in an earth tone color such as shades of brown or green. Shirts and blouses should be a pastel color and muted striping or subtle patterns are allowed. If a stock tie is worn, it should be colored and/or patterned but not a plain white or ecru formal stock.
Breeches may be beige, buff, rust, or canary. White breeches and dark colors, such as forest green or navy blue, are not correct. Brown boots are considered appropriate to match the tweed attire. Why not check out the Savannah Boot from Taurus Footwear in Brown?
Once formal season begins, more distinctions apply based on the member’s gender and whether or not he or she has been awarded colors.
All members of the field should wear a hunt-style helmet which is defined as a brimmed cap with a black velvet covering. Safety harnesses are recommended. The appropriate neck-wear during formal season is a white or cream stock tie secured with a gold pin which is worn with a black jacket unless you have been awarded colours and then a red jacket would be appropriate.
Gloves worn during formal season may be brown, either dark or lighter shades such as tan or buff, full leather.
Footwear must be black and a long boot is considered the best type of footwear in formal season.
The Lancer Boot from Taurus Footwear made from quality black full-grain calf leather and featuring elasticated front lacing and a covered elasticated rear panel for an improved fit is ideal for looking the part on the field.
The Dermo dry padded lining has a special anti-bacteria treatment, which absorbs humidity away from the skin and provides a fresh and dry touch. The non-slip rubber riding sole has been specifically designed for good grip in the stirrup, essential for when hunting.
The Caballero is also made from quality black full-grain calf leather, and boasts a covered elasticated rear panel for improved fit. A high quality rear zip with rolled edges starts low down for ease of entry, with a elasticated top strap and press stud fastener.
The Caballero also provides the Dermo dry padded lining with the special anti-bacterial treatment which absorbs humidity away from the skin, and provides a fresh and dry touch while the beautiful leather achieves a high-shine.
A range of equestrian and country lifestyle footwear is available from Taurus Footwear, including the Lancer, the Savanna and the Caballero suitable for the hunting field. Why not visit the website today to find out more at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Local show jumper and instructor, Michaela Huntington is sponsored by Taurus Footwear and in our latest blog she shares her advice for the rider when coping with a spooky horse at an indoor venue. Featured in EQ Life- to see the full feature- pick up a copy of the magazine today!
“Indoor Arenas are less common in the current economic climate, with high building, lighting, maintenance and planning costs for the owners; not to mention exorbitant business rates. Centres have become much more focused on their new superb outdoor facilities which are being used eight or more months a year, after which they accept a virtual shut down over the worst months, leaving us with few and far between places to go in winter. Accordingly, our horses become less used to jumping indoors, and therefore can become more spooky, and less fluent in their jumping.”
Michaela’s Top Tips for Beating the Spook Factor for Indoor Show Jumping
- Where possible, try to replicate the objects of fear that your horse would be likely to react to – banners along the sides, pots of flowers, fillers, water trays, etc. Utilise what you have at home, eg. empty feed sacks, tarpaulin etc.
- A good tip is to improve your leg yielding skills, so that you are able to get the horse to move sideways off your leg in either direction, as it can be very helpful to prevent and block a spook that you feel is about to happen.
- Training on the flat will improve your ability to move forwards or sideways at will, and concentrate the mind-set of the horse on your instructions and his subsequent obedience, rather than his own free thoughts, which may run him into trouble! For example, if there is a scary banner on your right hand side, you should get left bend, so that the horse is not looking at the ‘monster’ on his right. Next, leg yield from left to right, so that you are still riding alongside the foe, where you want to be, but you are in control.
- Another option to think about would be sheepskin bridle additions which cover each cheek piece, slightly restricting the horse’s view to a more central line. These are quite legal in British Show Jumping providing they are not too thick; around 3cm is acceptable.
- Once again, we must follow the tried and tested methods of training and practice. Identify all possible indoor facilities within an acceptable radius, and attend clear round shows when possible, consider hiring arenas for you own or shared use, and maybe jumping at club nights even at lower levels until confidence has been built up.
- At a competition, it is a good idea to enter the ring as early as you can, and ride around the obstacles. You are given a 45 second countdown after the bell goes and before you go through the start, which – indoors – is longer than you think, and can be a real help in settling your horse.
Essex-based Michaela Huntington is sponsored by Norfolk-based Taurus Footwear, who produce competitively-priced, high-quality leather equestrian footwear for all ages, sizes and disciplines. Personal favourites of Michaela are the Lancer Long Boots for competing and the Colorado Boots for yard work. She also loves her Kentucky Jodhpur Boots for everyday riding at home! To see the full range available why not visit the website today at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Taurus Footwear sponsored rider Michaela Huntington has been on fire in the competition ring recently. Her first event in a her series of successes saw the return of Drumhowan Cavalier, known as Zac, to the competition area. Reported by Horse & Hound Magazine Micheala took Zac to Arena UK to win the 95cm in the pair’s second show in two years. Micheala said “He was fat in the field with no shoes on, but it’s like he’s never been away.”
Michaela also added “We had a brilliant show Frankie my four year old jumped two double clears in his 4year old classes including the Grand Prix so was joint first! Zac did three classes and won everyone including his Grand Prix! Zena was equal first in two 6year old classes and came 13th in her Grand Prix.”
Well done Michaela from Team Taurus!
Michaela, show jumper, riding instructor and trainer wears Taurus Footwear at every equestrian occasion. She competes in her stunning, long black leather Lancer Boots, walks the course in her Holkham Country Boots and works on the yard at home in the functional Colorado Boots! To see the range available including the boots personally selected by Michaela Huntington visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Taurus Footwear sponsored rider Show Jumper Michaela Huntington is pleased to announce that the fabulous piebald stallion Zac belonging to Andrea Pearman of the Jays Stud and Equestrian Centre in Sicklesmere, is back with her.
“A while back when Drumhowen Cavelier, or Zac, was here to do some show jumping, we had fabulous success together winning the Amateur Finals at Aintree and the BS Points League and had an amazing record of over 40 straight wins. He then returned home to continue his stud work and showing classes.
Andrea, his owner, now thinks he would rather enjoy another show jumping season and we are both delighted to be reunited. At the Hickstead for the All England Jumping Championships in September he amazed us all by winning three out of four classes, which had entry numbers up to 250 per class.”
Michaela will be competing Zac in her fabulously smart Taurus Footwear Lancer Boots. The stylish long boots are manufactured from quality black full-grain calf leather and feature an elasticated front lacing and covered elasticated rear panel for improved fit. The Lancer Boots are have dermo dry padded lining for added comfort and a rubber riding sole for perfect grip in the saddle when riders’ need it most!
To find out more about Michaela’s favourite competition boots; the Lancers and the wide range of other footwear such including others of Michaela’s top choices the Colorado and the Kentucky short boots visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Taurus Footwear supports event rider Jemima Gray who competes her two horses Foxy and Murphy in British Eventing. Taurus provides Jemima functional footwear for riding at home, walking the courses at events and of course, for looking smart at competitions!
In our latest blog Jemima updates us on her recent equestrian adventures including her brand new Taurus Lancer Boots!
“After Barbury, Murphy and I headed to Homme House and our performance was much improved with a tense dressage mark of 35 but a lovely SJ round, just having the first fence down as we weren’t awake! He then stormed round the XC, picking up a few time faults as I wasn’t pushing him and felt really ill (due to recently diagnosed Coeliac Disease) and he had to look after me, what a saint!
Three days later we took Foxy to Aston le Walls for the 100u18. A nice test of 30.5 and a double clear inside the time for 4th meant that we qualified for Weston u18 Championships in the autumn as part of the Central team, I was thrilled!
Next stop was Milton Keynes with Murphy in the Novice. He started off with a lovely dressage test (even though we were in the arena directly after Izzy Taylor!) to put us in the top ten after the first phase. Warming up for the SJ he was a bit lazy and casual with his legs which is unlike him and I considered withdrawing (always go with your gut instinct!) but decided not to. Murph jumped an average round, picking up 8 faults which I was disappointed with as his show jumping’s improved recently and I wasn’t expecting that!
XC he felt reluctant to move forward, difficult to turn, very unwilling and dazed. We had two really unnecessary stops at easy fences, he just didn’t feel as if he was enjoying it, odd because normally he becomes completely overly excited in the start box!
I knew there was something wrong and when we got back to the lorry, Mum admitted that she tried a new type of calmer just before the dressage…. If I had known we wouldn’t have run. Very annoying as we were in a good position, but also relieved that there was a reason for his lack of performance and enthusiasm, hopefully he’ll be back to his usual self once it wears off!
My Mother is now keeping a very low profile…
After Milton Keynes we were supposed to run at Keysoe a week later, however I haven’t been coping with my Coeliac Disease at all well, and became really ill a few days before, although I was a lot better by the weekend, Mum withdrew me.
It was completely her decision and if it were up to me I would have gone without a second thought! Unfortunately we were entered for the CIC* at Gatcombe, but the class had over 100 entries, meaning that the chances of us getting in were very slim so we have entered the Novice there instead, very disappointing but hopefully we will get lots more chances to run at a higher level next season!
I also wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you so much to Taurus for generously sending me some new Lancer Boots! The quality of the boots is outstanding and even after using my old boots for over a year, they still look brand new but it was great to have a sparkly new pair for the next season!”
To find out more about the wide range of equestrian and country living footwear supplied by Taurus Footwear, including the Lancer Boots worn by Jemima Gray, visit the website http://www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or Tel: 01328 851 432