Sophie's Winter Blog
"Winter is well and truly here! The days are getting shorter, which means cramming working horses and a full time job into a few short days of sunlight!
Since my la..
Burdock – Arctium Lappa
Common names: Bardane, Beggar’s Button.
Habitat: Britain, Europe and North America. Found in fields and waysides, waste areas and around field borde..
Para-dressage rider Verity Smith
“At age eight I was told that I was going blind and that I would never be able to drive a car, to which I replied that’s not a problem, my horse can see..
Clivers – Galium Aparine
Common names: Cleavers, Goose-grass, Clives. Its Old English name was Catch-weed or Scratch-weed.
Habitat: A rampant plant that is found in field and hed..
Nettle – Urtica Dioica
Common name: Stinging Nettle
Habitat: Throughout the world on waste ground, hedgerows or anywhere where the earth is disturbed.
Part used: Aerial parts...
Another endurance season over.
Raf at the Maryland pleasure ride
"Well we’re just over a month on from the Home Internationals at Red Dragon and the boys have been on holiday.&nbs..
Milk Thistle - Silybum marianum
Common names: Marian Thistle, Mary's Thistle.
Habitat: Originated in western and central Europe, but now grows wild in dry and rocky places in south..
Scullcap - Scutellaria laterifolia
Common names: Skullcap, Virginian Scullcap, Helmet Flower, Mad-dog Scullcap, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet, Madweed.
Part used: Aerial par..
Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
Common Name: Single Chamomile, Pin Heads.
Habitat: Native to Europe, naturalising in North America and extensively cultivated.
Part used: Flowe..
Hawthorn – Crataegus Oxyacantha
Common names: May, Haw, Whitehorn, Hagthorn
Habitat: Common in Britain, Europe and USA.
Part used: Berries, leaf tops and flowers.
The Red Dragon ride, historically the endurance season 'finale' was held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on October 4th-6th 2019. This year Red Dragon, sponsored generously..
The plastic tubs that contain our equine dry mixes have been replaced by lined Kraft paper bags – so why have we decided on this change?
It’s taken us nearly 18 months to find..
The last time I wrote a blog, I was just gearing up for the national ROR championships with Silmi at Aintree. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, which is way it has taken me almost a month to p..
Some great news from our sponsored endurance rider, Julie Abbott, on being selected for the Welsh team...
Idris the Welsh Team mascot
"Well, to say I am thrille..
Julie has sent us her latest news:
"Well, after a really poor night’s sleep where I was worrying about whether Raf (and I) would be fit enough for the 64K at Pen Ddol Y Gader h..
Rosehip – Rosa Canina
Common Name: Dog Rose, Wild Briar, Briar Rose.
Habitat: Throughout Britain, Europe, N. Africa, parts of Asia, naturalised on the East Coast of the US and cu..
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
Common Names: Fairy Clock, Pee-the-Bed, Lion’s Teeth.
Habitat: Distributed throughout the majority of the world.
Part used: Root and lea..
Here at Hilton Herbs we recently had a visit from our DPD Account Manager who checked through the preparations we have made in advance of a no-deal BREXIT. She said we were all up to date wi..
Julie Abbott is Hilton Herbs' Brand Ambassador for, amongst others, the Plus range of competition-legal feed supplements.
"Well, Edith and I had a lovely training ride at Govilon on Sunday..
Eyebright - Euphrasia Officinalis
Habitat: Meadowland throughout Britain and Europe.
Part used: Aerial parts.
Actions of Eyebright: Astringent, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory.
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