A garden tour with brilliant garden designer and consultant, Rosie Abel-Smith
Rosie Abel-Smith gives us a tour around her beautiful Gloucestershire garden, while chatting to us about all the wonderful species of trees and plants she has grown over the years. We also meet her Robin called Rebina who sits by her and the whole time while she's gardening!
Interview with Badminton 2022 winner, Laura Collett
I visited Laura Collett at her yard in Gloucestershire the weekend after her fantastic win at Badminton Horse Trials. She told me about her thrilling week where she lead from start to finish, to post Badminton's lowest ever finishing score of just 21.4!
How to take part in The Queen's Green Canopy and help us create a Grapevine virtual wood
I would really love to get as many members as possible to plant a tree or trees this Autumn to mark this Platinum Jubilee year. Please do take part in this great initiative that will be doing our environment a huge favour as well as marking this special year.
Cheltenham evening meeting
We had a lovely evening at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase meeting at the end of April. It was lovely to get some of the Ambassadors, Partners and Specialists together after such a long time of not being able to do events like this. We were very lucky to have the use of a fantastic box above the finish line and brilliant catering thanks to the generosity of our partner Sporting Agenda. The sun shone, lots of chatting, the drinks flowed and many bets won and lost (more were lost I think!) An altogether very jolly evening for all.
Interview with Lucinda Green
Six times Badminton winner, Lucinda Green and I discuss the upcoming Badminton Horse trials and who could do well and be in the mix at the most prestigious Three Day Event in the world, that's now been absent from the Calendar since 2019. We also talk about how important it is that the Cross Country stays being the real core of the sport and how her Lucinda Green Academy is helping riders perfect the skill of cross country riding and fine-tuning the vital relationship between horse and rider.
Emergency response in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania - Hope and Homes for Children
One of our charities, Hope and Homes for Children are playing a vital role in helping children and families in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania during this shocking crisis. Please consider donating, this situation is so desperate.
Hamish Mackie Grapevine tour
Grapevine arranged for 10 members to be taken on a tour by the brilliant sculptor Hamish Mackie. He showed us around The Lockbund foundry in Oxfordshire, seeing all his creations in each stage of the process including watching a bronze pour. We were then taken to his studio to see some of his wonderful work.
Interview with Anna Boden ahead of The Gaucho Derby
Covering over 500 kms in the foothills of the Andes. This race, only in it's third year, is based on the landscape, culture, history and horses of Patagonia and the Gauchos. This is the greatest test of horsemanship and wilderness skills on Earth.
A story about gratitude, thanks and happiness.
Alexandra is the daughter of former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine. She's going to walk from her home in Thenford to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Sunday 13th Feb, in a bid to bring her fundraising total for the heart unit to £100,000.