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New Season Clothing & Accessories to Brighten Up Your Spring 

New Fly Rug

Have you seen Cedars Country & Equestrians new fly rug with a difference?

Recently we have brought out a new fly rug, this is Sheldon’s new all in one fly rug with waterproof upper. This new rug is brilliant for the unpredictable summer months as there’s no need to keep swapping rugs over during the changing weather conditions.
Not realising how popular these rugs to be and at £29.99 they’re excellent value for money we’ve already sold out and had to re-order stock with a new batch which has just come into Cedars Country and Equestrian now. The Sheldon all in one combo fly rug fuses a high grade light fly mesh with a waterproof 600 denier ripstop upper. The rug also has full coverage belly coverage, elasticated leg straps and ripstop shoulder pleats for easy movement.


If your horse needs a new fly rug for this summer this is an essential piece for your horses wardrobe and I’m proud to say it is in stock at Cedars, searching for new innovative products and brands for horse and rider.

“Great value for money rug, such a good idea”
“Love the neck on this rug, some can be too long”
“Lovely lightweight rug, the waterproof top is a brilliant idea”
“Super rug, fitted well and stayed in place, really happy with it”

The Cedars Film Competition

Have you seen our new video montage competition?

Our website officially launched in February and is being viewed by more people than we ever hoped for. As a result we are now putting together a video montage for our home page. So far we have had a fantastic range of entries, including people displaying a wide range of riding styles, yard duties and even a lovely short clip of a horse having his moustache trimmed.

For your chance to win send over a small clip of you or your friends (with their permission) enjoying the equestrian lifestyle. This could be you and your horse hacking or competing, grooming your horse, mucking out or your horse playing in the field preferably in any of the brands we supply in store (all our brands are listed on our brands page).

YOU STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A £50 Noble Outfitters voucher
to spend in Cedars

The lucky winner will be picked out at random, the competition will close on the 30th April and we will try and put up as many clips as possible. You can send over video footage through Facebook messenger, email, or deliver your footage in store which we can upload. Please try to make any clips less than 30 seconds long. We are very excited to be putting this video together and the opportunity to let our customers and followers be a part of our website. Happy filming everybody.

Noble Outfitters new spring/summer collection is here

Cedars Country & Equestrians new spring/ summer collection is now available in store. From clothing to a wide range of breeches, gloves and socks this new collection of exciting new products just shows how much Noble Outfitters is expanding.

We have new styles of the ever popular Ashley Performance tops, one in a pretty Hyacinth colour with mesh underarms in a watercolour floral design and a new colour in mint with a lace effect floral design. The Ashley performance shirts are perfect for the changeable weather in spring, they have mesh underarms and breathable fabric to keep you cool, the fabric also have opti-dry technology which regulates your body temperature, keeping you cooler when its hot and warmer when its colder weather.

The Balance riding breeches Cedars Country & Equestrian have in stock has now quadrupled in size due to them growing in popularity and demand. The sizes range from small to extra large with extra small and extra extra large available to order. The new colours in stock are pacific blue, grey asphalt, navy as well as a navy patterned design and a black and purple patterned design, giving equestrians a better choice of the range. These riding tights have a wonderful stretch giving you a flattering fit, they are extremely comfortable and have a pocket on the side thigh which is big enough to hold a standard I phone.

By far my favourite new pieces are the new perfect fit gloves which now come in a funky purple print and a blue and teal print. The new cool mesh glove in lime punch is an excellent colour and perfect for when going out hacking, they make signalling so much clearer due to the bright colour.

I congratulate Noble Outfitters for the innovative designs they keep coming up with, we have already placed an order for the Autumn/Winter collection which has a even bigger range of new products and existing items in new colours.

Their spring/summer collection we’re stocking also includes new colours in the Hailey long sleeve tops and a range of caps in different colours.

Making spring brighter for equestrians,

Katie xx

Why the right hat is so important

Although a few riders don’t it is now a given that a majority of riders will wear an approved up to standard riding hat every time they get on a horse. They protect your most vital component and save your head from potential knocks, blows and scrapes.

During Beta International 2017 here at Cedars Country & Equestrian we took notes on a seminar run by managing director Roy Burek as he explained the safety protocol Charles Owen participated in to receive the BSI kitemark, why it is so important to get a hat that suits your head shape and what they are doing to exceed there safety standards.

 

For Charles Owen to obtain the BSI kitemark they have initial product assessments, factory assessments, annual testing of all there hats and batch testing of eight out of every three thousand hats. These tests though tough regulations ensure you are wearing a helmet that will sufficiently protect your head.

Every helmet will fit a slightly different head shape. The most common head shape is oval which the V8’s, 4Stars and young jockey skulls are designed for. Round heads are more suited to the Ayre8’s and the Competitor helmets. The Plagiocephaly head shape is uneven, where as the Dolichocephaly head shape is very long and narrow where the V8 is recommended.

 

 

Due to the recent way it has been advised to sleep babies on there back rather than there front is has affected the shape of their heads in later life and has related in younger riders developing a brachycephaly head shape where the head is wider and flatter at the back. Most helmets are designed to hook under the back of the head, however if the back of the head is flatter Charles owen have created different styles to fit these flatter heads. As well as there standard designs which can be fitted for you by a qualified member of staff at Cedars Country & Equestrian safely and correctly, Charles Owen also do a made to measure service and work closely with members of the RDA so anyone with an uneven or individual head shape can have a helmet that fits correctly.

 

Charles Owen have teamed up with Lazer, a bike company in Europe to research through three different universities different ways to prevent head and brain injuries. The brain moves and pulsates in our skulls so if an impaction occurs the brain can twist and create sheer forces. Charles Owen and Lazer are researching ways of reducing brain injuries in the future by doing tests and studies with synthetic brains.

It is amazing the amount of researching and testing Charles Owen are doing to protect equestrians heads, it is very important you get your hat fitted by a qualified hat fitter and you replace your hat if its had an impaction, everyone at Cedars Country & Equestrian are fully qualified to fit hats, you can also come into our store and check if your hat fits correctly, we do not charge for any of our hat fitting knowledge as we believe you safety is more important.

Keep your head safe. Katie 

Brand Focus – Safe Care Equine

One of our main horse care brands at Cedars Country & Equestrian, Safe Care Equine specialises in horse care brands which are completely natural.
Their range has no colorants, chemicals, or artificial fragrances as well as being hypo allergenic. The products don’t strip the natural oils in the horses coat, they’re non irritating, non toxic, non flammable and are 100% natural.

Safe Care equine originally started in 2010 based in Ayrshire, Scotland. All products are manufactured on site promoting UK business and promotes environmentally friendly horse care products that give great results.

The range compromises of first aid products such as rapid relief and barrier cream which are dual purpose to aliments such as sweet itch and mud fever, also they have a wide selection of shampoos, coat conditioners, mane and tail detanglers, stain removers, tack care products and stable, trailer and rug washes.

Many of our customers who had never heard of the Safe Care range before took a shot and tried one or two of the products and have been so amazed by the results they have converted to the brand entirely, the face that the range is non irritating is a big bonus as horses skin is very sensitive, giving them the confidence that they can apply the products with no fear of irritating the horses skin.

Cedars Country & Equestrian stocks a large range of Safe Care items and has tried and tested a large percentage of them, although I was a bit sceptical at first I was amazed by the quick results I could see and how much our customers loved the brand. My two favourites (as I couldn’t just pick one) was the mane and tail detangler, as well as detangling the hair without leaving a slippery finish it also conditioned the hair and noticed my mares mane and tail looked much healthier and felt a lot stronger in just a few uses.

My second top pick is the Leather Balsam, it absorbs really well into the leather and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy, it is great to use on tack, as well as riding boots, leather furniture and I’ve even used it on my leather jacket at home, it gives great results.
So come in and try a few new pieces of the Safe Care Equine range today at Cedars Equestrian & Country, you’ll be amazed by the results.

The Noble Outfitters showcase


Pulling up to Lynnford Hall Hotel I was quite in ore and overwhelmed by the scale of this hotel. Going through these grand cast iron gates all to see Noble Outfitters new autumn/winter range, I am so impressed by what scale this company has grown to and still expanding day by day in the UK.

Arriving at the hotel I was greeted by Noble Outfitters sales manager Dean. He kindly gave me a tour of the hotel before showing off the new lines we could be potentially stocking at Cedars Country & Equestrian.

Every possible item was beautifully displayed, this give a huge opportunity to not only view the new colourways of current lines but also gave a chance to see the new ranges first hand and try on sample pieces to experience the fit and see first hand the new features their clothes have.

I have only very positive things to say about the new ranges Noble Outfitters has in stock, though my favorite piece was a new jacket they are bringing out. It is completely waterproof, fully seam sealed, really warm and its a stunning fit, this is to only mention a few features.

We have a huge range of Noble Outfitters clothing and accessories, which will soon be expanding again. Anyone is welcome to come in and try on the products in our comfortable changing room here at Cedars Country & Equestrian. We wear a lot of the brand ourselves. The new range is due to come out start of September, which is a little while away. We do however have our spring/summer range to look forward to being delivered to us mid to end of March, we have new lines coming in including the ever popular balance riding tight which boasts new colourways and something a little different.

If you are interested in the Noble Outfitters range of clothing and accessories, do make a point of calling in to the Cedars Country & Equestrian shop here on Mepal Road in Witcham, just outside of Ely, in Cambridgeshire to try them on, we can boast the largest selection in stock for miles around. 

Cedars Country & Equestrian, behind the scenes at BETA International.

BETA International is the world’s top equestrian trade show, it allows retailers to get more information on a wide range of equestrian brands, source new suppliers and ask questions to existing suppliers. Because BETA isn’t open to the public here at Cedars Country & Equestrian we thought we’d give you a sneak peak.
 
 
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Seminars:

There are plenty of interesting and informative talks at BETA, companies give in depth information on their products and discussions on the equestrian retail market.  The two I particularly wanted to see was Charles Owens talk on the safety standards of their helmets hosted by the managing director Roy Burek, he explained what new innovations they are working on to improve their safety standards paying particular attention to brain injuries. The second talk was entitled, Talking business with Alistair Stuart, a famous newscaster from ITV. In this discussion he was joined by leading equestrian companies including, Matchmakers, Horseware Ireland, Neue Schule, R&R Country and Bliss of London. The topics included the recommended retail pricing and online shops vs retail establishments. Whilst some of the discussions were heated they were to the point and gave you some brilliant insights into larger businesses and how they ran effectively to ensure shops and online retailers were on a level playing field with their brands or what they were doing to improve it. 

Product demonstrations and fashion shows:

Many fashion shows and product demonstrations were put on throughout the day, from country clothing to tendon boots the new lines and innovations these companies have come up with are fantastic. My favourite was a tendon boot with protection on the outside yet had enough give to allow the tendon to stretch; this means the horse has no negative impaction on the tendon. However some of these products need further testing so the suppliers have been displaying the developing prototypes.

Exhibitors:

BETA has hundreds of exhibitors standing at the show. I was thoroughly impressed by how Noble Outfitters (our current clothing supplier at Cedars Country & Equestrian) had quadrupled the size of their stand because of the growing popularity and thought their new spring/summer and autumn/winter collections looked fantastic. There was a lot of our current suppliers at the show so it was a brilliant opportunity to catch up with the area representatives, see their new products and ask questions about their brand. As well as existing suppliers there was plenty of well established suppliers we don’t stock and new companies in which it was their first year at BETA demonstrating their new designs and ranges.

The main incentive for Cedars Country & Equestrian to attend BETA this year was to find a new up and coming clothing supplier. We do have a few in the works; however any information about it is top secret.

Katie

Ethical riding products

A good friend of mine has recently become vegan since June, this means she doesn’t eat meat or use any animal products. Whilst horse riding can be considered as non vegan ( though there is a lot of debates on this it isn’t the topic of this post). Some vegans or anyone who doesn’t want to use animal products and ride find it difficult to find alternatives to leather, suede and down. Looking threw our stockists I have composed a wardrobe of quality ethical riding products so everyone can have a larger choice in what they wear.

1. Riding Hats:
The Charles Owen YR8 fixed peak helmet is fully trimmed in micro fibre suede which is a synthetic alternative to suede, because of this it cleans easier and is softer to the touch than standard suede.

2. Riding Jackets:
Whilst a lot of riding jackets are insulated with down the Noble Outfitters Warm Up Quilted jacket has a 100% nylon exterior with water repellent finish and uses polyester insulation opposed to down.

3. Breeches:
Are range of full seat Rugged breeches all have seats and knee patches made from alos synthetic leather, this faux leather is very stretchy and gives greater grip in the saddle opposed to self seat breeches.

4. Riding boots:
These were slightly trickier to source, as a big percentage of riding boots are leather. There are a lot of rubber riding boots available to equestrians, however these can rub as well as being extremely cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The lined Pfiff jodhpur boots are waterproof synthetic leather with taped seams, they look and feel like leather and are extremely comfortable and easy to clean. The lining is also made of synthetic fur to keep your feet warm. These boots will be due into Cedar’s Country & Equestrian in the middle of February.

5. Half chaps:
Tuffa Amara Shetland half chaps are composed of Amara synthetic suede, however if your looking for a leather look the Pfiff ‘Milan’ half chaps are made from faux leather and are extremely soft.

I can imagine not wanting to use animal products in the equestrian industry is very difficult, however with new alternatives being created everyday it can give every equestrian a choice in what they wear.

If you would like more details and extra verification ethical riding products please contact these suppliers directly.

Cedars Winter Tips

Winter always seems like a long haul for any rider. Cold and wet days, early evenings, toes and fingers so cold you check them when you get home each night that none have succumbed to frost bite.
 
It’s all worth it though to see your horse happy, warm and healthy in the warmer months of the year. Here at Cedars Country & Equestrian we’ve put together a few tips to keep you and your horses life more pleasant over winter.
 
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Dress Appropriately. Always one person in your family will say “theres no such thing as bather, just bad clothing”, I hate to admit it like anyone who hears that saying but there right. Invest in some well insulated waterproofs for you and your horse, Insulated waterproof jackets, gloves and trousers, rugs and exercise sheets.
 
Keep him entertained. Keeping a horse entertained in or out of the stable over winter will keep him happier. Vary your riding by trying new things like dressage, jumping, hacking, poles, le trec or neck reining.
 
Try different ways to keep him occupied in the stable or field by encouraging there natural foraging instinct, dotting different types of fruit and vegetables like carrots, parsnips or sweet potato around or investing in a treat ball with some pony nuts which are high in fibre.
 
Prevention is better than cure. Keep mud fever at bay by cleaning and towel drying your horses legs. They’re are plenty of fantastic products on the market for preventing mud fever, Safe Cares Barrier cream is a all natural cream for the prevention of mud fever and can be used to sooth and heal sweet itch during the summer months is well.
 
Also keep an eye on your horses feet during winter by ensuring they are cleaned and checked regularly. Hooves may become soft or brittle by standing in the wet and snow for long periods of time, here at Cedars Country & Equestrian we have many products which help harden hooves including ointments and supplements.
 
Hopefully these few tips will make your winter that little bit shorter, Katie xx

When riding wear evolves: Product focus – Noble Outfitters Evolution insulated jacket.

Like most riders I’ve always had an issue with finding a riding jacket that is both waterproof and lightweight. Looking around BETA, the international equestrian trade fair in January, was when we first came across the Noble Outfitters brand which had just launched in the UK.

There range was incredible, the clothing was fashionable and well fitted as well as having technical aspects to suit both the competition and the pleasure riders. However the one thing that caught my eye was there Evolution insulated jacket. It looks and feels like a good quality lightweight waterproof jacket, however to insulation is fantastic and keeps any rider dry and warm all day without having a thick bulky coat.

The Evolution insulated jacket also features:

– A detachable zipped hood.
– A 100% waterproof, breathable and fully seam sealed finish.
– Polyester insulated lining of 120g.
– Dual action hand pockets.
– Storm cuffs.
– A detachable pommel cover.
– Hidden ventilation.
– Storm flaps.
– A inner drawstring to nip you in at the waist.
– An inside pocket with headphone feed threw.
The Evolution insulated jacket is available from Cedars Country & Equestrian in sizes XS – XXL in navy, with black available to order.

Wishing you all a very merry and warm Christmas

Katie xx

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