Thursday, 3 December 2009

Shires sponsor Talland School of Equitation

Shires sponsor Talland School of Equitation!

Shires are delighted to announce their support of Talland School of Equitation in Cirencester.

Talland is regarded as a centre of excellence in equitation and is world renowned for the quality of its instructors and horses as well as the excellent level of training offered and the list of top equestrian trainers and riders who started their careers there.

‘Talland has always been very well regarded in equestrian circles,’ explains Rhea Freeman, Marketing Manager for Shires, ‘and we have been lucky enough to work with Talland on numerous photoshoots, with the Performance Riders that work at Talland and with our Cover Star competition. We are delighted to be supporting such an excellent establishment as it really is a beacon to the equestrian community. Equestrian education is something that we are passionate about at Shires and we hope we will be able to work with Talland now and in the future on a variety of projects.’

Emma Harford from Talland added : ‘It has been great to have the opportunity to work with one of the countries major suppliers of Equestrian goods, we are thrilled with the support they have given us this year, as they provide us with affordable, quality merchandise for all our horses, staff and students, we hope this partnership will continue for a long time to come.’

To find out more about Shires, see, email or call 01568 613600.

To find out more about Talland, see or call 01285 740155.

Alice Pearson joins Shires' Performance Rider Programme!

Alice Pearson joins Shires’ Performance Rider Programme

Shires is delighted to announce that eventer Alice Pearson from Bromyard in Herefordshire has become the latest rider to join its Performance Rider Programme in preparation for the 2010 season.

At just 22, Alice has already achieved a huge amount in her equestrian career. She currently has six competition event horses including the Advanced ‘Beau Bear’ and Intermediate ‘Whatever You Want’ as well as a number of younger horses who are just starting to event. During the 2009 season, Alice’s top achievements include 6th place at Bramham CIC*** and 29th at Blenheim CCI***.

Alice has also been selected for the West Midlands Regional Foundation Squad which aims to produce a pool of up and coming talented riders across the four Olympic disciplines - dressage, eventing, show jumping and para-equestrian dressage - and has been set up through funding from Sport England and is being co-ordinated by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). The aim is that it will identify riders between the ages of 16-24 who show the potential to progress to International sporting success.

‘We’re really pleased that Alice has decided to join the Performance Rider Programme,’ explains Rhea Freeman, Marketing Manager for Shires. ‘She’s a local girl and a talented rider who had a successful 2009 and is set for bigger things in 2010. Her selection by the BEF for the Regional Foundation Squad will also help with her training and performance- meaning she really is one to watch for 2010 and beyond!’

Alice added: ‘I'm honoured to have been selected on the Regional Foundation Squad and feel that the training will really help me get the results I want and to promote myself and Shires in 2010 and further years. It’s exciting to be sponsored by such a quality brand that I can enjoy working with.’

For more information about Shires, see, email or all 01568 613600. For more information about the Regional Foundation Squad, visit