Matthew Ainsworth

Show Horse Producer From Herefordshire

Most Memorable Horse/Pony: Colebrooke, owned by the Hyde-Andrews family.

Top Tip: Do a variety of work with your horse, whatever discipline it is you chose to focus on. Varied work keeps their minds occupied and prevents staleness. Ours all go hacking, schooling, on the gallops, clear round show jumping and autumn hunting.

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Up and Running – Matthew Ainsworth


It feels like the hunting season finished only five minutes ago, and already we have been to a show! The hunters have begun their well earned holiday. I had a few days “away” visiting, it’s always good to go and see other peoples country and hounds. I enjoyed a few days with the Belvoir, which […]

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Good head torch needed – Matthew Ainsworth


A lot of our time, at the moment, is taken up looking for blackthorns! After hunting, we have to spend a considerable amount of time looking for the little blighters. They tend to end up in knees, and high up the inside of hind legs. We had one horse who, having hunted all winter, developed […]



Start of another season – Matthew Ainsworth


At the time of our last blog, we had finished showing and were preparing for Horse of the Year Show, and the start of the open hunting season. HOYS came and went in a flash, we didn’t stable there, instead we set off at 3am on the day of Lordys class. Ideal with a 16 month […]

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Nearing the end – Matthew Ainsworth


The penultimate show of the season, for us, is always the British Show Horse Association National Championship Show, held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre.  The show boasts classes for everyone, and every horse. It is a brilliant get together, to reminisce over the season, and in some instances the last time we will see some […]



Judging – Matthew Ainsworth


I was very privileged to be asked to judge at this years RDS Dublin Horse Show. For me, and a lot of other people in the showing world, this is the World Cup Final of young horses! Whether judging or simply spectating, there is a magical, special feeling about this show, that is not replicated […]

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June has been busy – Matthew Ainsworth


June was a very busy month (although July isn’t looking exactly quiet!), we started off with three days at The Royal Bath and West. First in was Revenge in the Lightweight Hunter class. The main ring at this show is fab, and we were saddened to hear that the Hunter classes may not feature here […]



We needed an ark – Matthew Ainsworth


We needed an ark to get to Royal Windsor. We traveled down the day before the hunters were in the ring, and stayed with some friends. We pulled into the show ground at 5.30am only to be told no more lorries were allowed on the grass (there is a metal road that runs through the […]

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In Full Swing – Matthew Ainsworth


Last time, we were in the week running up to the pointer having his first run. He pulled up three from home at Andoversford, in the open maiden. The ground conditions weren’t ideal for him – he needs good ground, this was soft in places, also, as this was his first run in a few […]

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Showing has begun! – Matthew Ainsworth


Our first show of the season took place this weekend at Kings Equestrian, Bromyard. We took three young novice horses. The classes were held indoors, which always tends to be a bit more spooky and scary for the horses! First to go was Wentworth (aka Basil) in the open novice class. This was his first […]

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Overflowing With Horses – Matthew Ainsworth


At the moment we are overflowing with horses! The hunting season is drawing to a close and in a couple of weeks the hunters will be going home for a well earned break. The show horses are also in from their winter hols, ready for the coming season.   Pit stop out hunting! Last week […]

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