Friday, 23 October 2009

Shires' terrific Typhoon!

The new and improved terrific Typhoon!

Shires’ Typhoon has had a facelift for 2009…and it’s available now!

The Typhoon is still a quality heavyweight turnout rug but now has a new 1680 denier waterproof, breathable, ballistic outer; 300g filling, easy to adjust quick fasten breast straps, shoulder gussets, heavy duty fastenings, large tail flap and the excellent fit that is synonymous with the Shires rug collection.

The Typhoon comes with a standard neck, as a half combo and as a full combo- all versions are available in either blue or bronze- a stunning rug for winter!

Sizes: 51”-87”
RRP: £84.99 (Winter Typhoon)
£89.99 (Winter Typhoon Half Combo)
£94.99 (Winter Typhoon Combo)

For more information, call 01568 613600, email or see the website

Friday, 9 October 2009

Shires’ Performance Rider Programme supports Aaron Millar

Shires’ Performance Rider Programme supports Aaron Millar

Shires are delighted to announce that Aaron Millar has joined their Performance Rider Programme.

Aaron has been successfully eventing for a number of years but was chased into the limelight this year at Badminton when his horse, Stormstay, was pursued by a lurcher on the cross country phase of the event,

“My first priority was to ride as safely as possible under the circumstances, but in the back of my mind was the knowledge that Stormstay would definitely go clear, and within the time so I just kicked on!”

StormStay finished 43rd at Badminton which was quite an achievement for anyone competing at that level- let alone on your first time at Badminton after a rather trying cross country round! As for the rest of the season, StormStay has also competed at Gatcombe, Powderham Castle, The Festival of British Eventing and, of course, Burghley. In addition to Aaron’s top horse, he has a string of promising event horses competing at various different levels including Allercombe Ellie, Leonardo VIII, Dantino, Maraca, Butterfly II, King of Hearts, Shiriff, Yawl Hillbilly and Allercombe Poppy.

“After years of hard work it all feels like it is starting to pay off, after a good run at Badminton I have also been selected onto the BEF Regional Training Programme, so 2010 looks to be an exciting year”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Aaron,” explains Rhea Freeman, Shires’ Marketing Manager. “He’s a hugely talented young rider who is amazing to watch, terribly modest and we’re sure will go far. We look forward to working with Aaron and wish him every success now and in the future.”

“The support from Shires Equestrian is phenomenal, it really means a lot to have a great company backing you and makes me proud to achieve good results, I look forward to working with the team for the future”.

For more information on Aaron, see his website and, to find our more about Shires and the Performance Rider Programme, see

Rosie Thomas has ‘best season ever’ with Barry.

Rosie Thomas, one of Shires’ Performance Riders, has declared that this season has been her top horse’s best season ever, culminating in 9th place at this year’s Burghley.

Rosie and Barry’s Best (Baz) were in 50th position after the dressage on the first day at Burghley and, with the new shortened format on the cross country, the phase where Baz traditionally excels, the pressure was certainly on Rosie on the Saturday: ‘Baz is a cross country machine, but with the shortened cross country, and after walking the course, I was a little worried as the time had been shortened, there were the same amount of jumps but, critically, the long gallop had been removed; the stretch where you can make up time if required,’ Rosie explains. However, once aboard Baz, all seemed to go to plan, ‘I was meeting all my minute markers on time and Baz was brilliant. We were one of five to finish inside the cross country time and this put us in to 11th place before show jumping.’ With all to play for on the last day, Rosie and Baz entered the show jumping arena and, after a super round, finished 9th overall. ‘Baz has been show jumping really well this year so I was hopeful, but finishing 9th was just brilliant, I was thrilled!’

After a brilliant season, Baz is having a bit of time off before he comes back into work and starts his dressage and showjumping training in the winter. As for next year well, as Rosie explains, there really is all to play for: ‘we’re aiming to go to Badminton for the third time and Burghley for the fourth. I think Burghley is my favourite event and we’re aiming for a finish within the top four next year!

To find out more about Rosie, see To find out more about Shires and the Performance Rider Programme, see

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Rain stops play...but we will try again tomorrow!!

Well, we were lucky enough to go and take some pictures for the catalogue at Julie Tew's yard and house today...but sadly the weather decided that we should not have too much of a good thing and after a really successful morning of taking boot pictures, it started to rain and sadly didn't stop! That said, not to be disheartened and with the help of a very obliging group of people, we are back tomorrow to finish off the shoot. So, let's just keep EVERYTHING crossed that tomorrow doesn't turn into a wash out too!

To find out more about Julie, see

Friday, 2 October 2009

...and the winner is...the official press release about the winner of our Cover Star 2010 competition!

Shires Cover Star Competition…and the winner is…Mary Liversidge!

We’re delighted to announce that Mary Liversidge has won the Cover Star 2010 competition and will appear on the front cover of the next catalogue.

The competition was tough at every stage- from the boxes of entries we received, to the assessment day at Talland, through to the cover star photo shoot and, of course, the voting. All three finalists did incredibly well and coped with the torrential rain on the assessment day and the tail end of a hurricane on the photo shoot admirably and with good humour- but the public voted and crowned Mary the winner of this year’s competition.

After being told the news, Mary said: ‘Wow! The whole process entering and being announced as the 2010 cover star has been a once in a life time experience which I will never forget. I initially entered the competition thinking that it would be fun have a go at but never thought that I would be selected for the final 10 so when I got the phone call I was very excited. The Semi Final was held at Talland School of Equitation- unfortunately the weather was a typical summer day in England- pouring with rain and blowing a gale, we all met up in one of the exam rooms and were told about the day and given some clothes to wear. We all had 2 hours of fantastic tuition 1 hour being jumping and the other dressage. I had the opportunity to ride 5 of the lovely horses from Talland one in particular that I fell in love with which was the horse I was lucky enough to ride for the cover shoot. We also all had a good lunch and were interviewed in the afternoon. At the end of the day the Shires team presented us with loads of lovely things to take away. A couple of days later three of us were told we had made it to the last three for the cover shoot day. We all met up at Talland on yet another rainy day for our shoot. The Shires team brought along what was called the magic van, which was cram packed with clothes so throughout the day we kept jumping in and out in loads of different outfits for our photos. All three of us had a great day and it was such an experience for all of us. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and of course the Shires team for the opportunity to be their Cover Star for 2010 it is truly an amazing experience.’

To see some pictures from the day or to find out more about Shires, see, email or call 01568 613600.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

What's navy, spotty or red all over?

OK, not the most original title for anything but when I was writing the press release below about our Highlander rug turnout range and our super limited edition polka dot version it made me smile!

What's navy, spotty or red all over...Shires Winter Highlander Combo!

Shires’ Winter Highlander Combo is now available in red and, for a limited time, black with pink polka dots!

Shires’ Winter Highlander Combo is one of the most popular winter turnout rugs in the Shires range due to its quality and competitive pricing. It has a 600 denier waterproof, breathable, rip stop outer, 200g polyfill insulation, breast straps, cross surcingles, shoulder gussets, leg straps, a tail flap, an anti rub lining in the chest area and, as it’s a combo, it has a built in neck cover too to help keep the horse extra warm and snug.

So, whether you want your horse to stand out from the crowd in red, get spotted in black with pink polka dots or you’d rather a more traditional coloured navy rug- the Winter Highlander Combo is a great rug for this winter.

Colours: Navy, Red, Black with Pink Polka Dots (for a limited time only, while stocks last)
Sizes: 48”-87” (54”-84” Polka Dots)
RRP: £69.99, £79.99 (Polka Dots)

For more information, see, email, call 01568 613600 or see your nearest Shires stockist.