Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Weatherbeeta Freebies . . .

For those of you who may have frequented our website just recently, you may have noticed a few more changes. My last blog (published back in August - slap my wrists) mentioned the fact that we are changing into an equestrian site, and this has been done, but it is still a work in progress.

Our home page introduces you to a site dedicated to your horse - including some rather attractive flashing banners designed by yours truly) - and advertising our range of horse rugs, including turnout rugs, stable rugs, etc. But for the non-equestrian customers out there, do not fear. Our Outlet tag at the top will take you directly to the other items we are still selling; nutritional supplements, household goods, exercise and sports equipment, and camping goods and tents, etc. It's all still there.

AND, I'd just like to direct your attention quickly to the new logo - also designed by yours truly.

For a limited time, all our Weatherbeeta horse rugs and equestrian clothing come with a free item. These are ranging from hoof picks, to socks, and vary depending on what item you are looking at purchasing.

So, for all our equestrian customers out there, get in quick before the offer ends . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Thursday, 12 August 2010

It's Horseware Blogs At 20 Paces . . .

If anyone has picked up recently that the last few blogs to have been posted are all about our equestrian products, then well spotted. We are branching out when it comes to our horse ware. We now have some fantastic ranges under our Weatherbeeta collection. These brands include Dublin clothing, Collegiate leatherware, Kincade leatherware, Roma yard accessories, Saxon boots and clothing, and Harry Hall and Caldene clothing, not to mention the horse rugs themselves.

And these are just from our Weatherbeeta range.

We still have our Horseware Ireland stock, and not forgetting out very own quality brand, Chillton. If you shop with us, your horse will have so much of a choice it will be like a fashion parade.

Anyway, for those of you who are unaware, we also have an equestrian blog that our dearest Lisa keeps. I found myself with a spare five minutes today when I noticed she had recently updated it (recently being last week). I couldn't help but chuckle, relating it to a few of my non-work horsey friends, and thought that it was worthy of sharing.

You know you're a horse person when...........

...your horse gets new shoes more often than you do.
…your mouth waters at the sight of a truck full of hay.
...every time you drive past a road construction sight you think what nice jumps the barricades would make. consider a golf course as a waste of good pasture land.
...your friends no longer ask to get together after school/work or on a weekend because they know you'll say, "I can't, I have to ride." pull a £17,000 horse trailer with a £1,000 pick-up truck. buy duct tape by the case, and carry rolls in your pocketbook, briefcase, backpack, and car.
...your boyfriend complains that you love your horse more than you love him and you say: "And your point is..?"
...someone does something nice for you and you pat them on the neck and say 'good boy'. try to get by someone is a restricted space and instead of saying "excuse me" to him/her, you cluck at them instead. show up for an appointment in your city clothes and when you get there people reach across the table to pick shavings out of your hair. one wants to ride in your car because they'll get feed and hay in their socks and on their clothes...but that's ok because you'll have to rearrange all the tack to make room for them anyway! look at all the piles of laundry sitting next to your washing machine and most of them are breeches, horse blankets, saddle pads, etc.... but you don't even care about the horsey hair residue that will be left in your washer and dryer. say "whoa" to the dog.
...your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses and dogs. see the vet more than your child's pediatrician. groom your horse daily for hours and you haven't seen a beautician since...?
...someone asks for a screwdriver and you hand them a hoof pick. clean tack after every ride but you never, ever, wash the car.
...on rainy days, you organize the tack room, not the house. can remember worming schedules, lessons, and farrier visits in your head, but often forget your class schedule, household chores, and
meals. are unreasonably pleased to get a horse item, ANY horse item, as a gift.
...books and movies are ruined for you if horsemanship references aren't correct. actually get to a point where flies don't bother you that much anymore.
Gridstop Ltd

Monday, 12 July 2010

Weatherbeeta Moments . . .

For those of you who are unaware, we are now stocking Weatherbeeta, a brand of equestrian ware that excels in quality, practicality and attractiveness. Weatherbeeta do everything, from turnout rugs and stable rugs, to travel rugs and tack, and even clothing. The Weatherbeeta list is endless, and each product is as impressive as the next.

However, when we received some new stock, the Weatherbeeta brand was treated no differently to any of our other products. It still needed to be photographed. And seeing as it is horse ware, we called, once again, upon our own equine model - Will.

Now, you may remember the last time Will was commissioned a modelling job; he got over-excited, went overboard and decided to show everybody his hovering skills. This time he was completely different, and he wasn't having any of it.

And this was the response we got from him:

Let's take a close up of those facial expressions:

Says a lot about the sort of mood he was in that day, and the amount of cooperation he was going to show us. And that wasn't the end of it. He knew precisely what he was doing, how he was toying and playing games with us (The captured wink says it all), and how he decided to disagree with us over his best side.

But after a while he stomped his hoof, declared that enough was enough, and neighed "No pictures! No comment!" That was when we decided we couldn't possibly continue, and went home.

Will did, however, allow us one nice image to show off just how exquisite his new Weatherbeeta Kool Coat Airstream Combo was. Bless him . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Monday, 14 June 2010

Lightweight Turnout Rug Moments . . .

Our dearest Equestrian leader wrote her recent blog on our new equestrian range, with all things equestrian, saddlery and rugs (to quote). As with all new products we get in, we have to spend a day doing photo shoots so we can then put them up on our website. This is were Lisa's Will galloped in to help. What a star he is.

Lisa also posted some of Will's fantastic photos on her blog, but neglected many. And I don't blame her. Some of these photos give evidence to the fact that her horse is no ordinary horse. The famous quote from `Banana man` springs into mind: "When Eric eats a banana . . ." - only this time it's: "When Will puts on his rug . . ."

They knew the day wasn't going to go strictly to plan when Will decided to show his new strengths by standing, then slowly and gently removing each leg in turn until he was balancing himself on one leg. Such strength.

He then decided to show his fantastic hovering skills by hovering himself all around his field. He was dead chuffed with himself, until . . .

. . . towards the end things started to go wrong for him. Gone was his graceful hovering as he tripped (on what exactly is still unknown).

Then afterwards, as if to add insult to his injured pride, he was then caught trying to hover again in a different rug, but all he could manage was using his tail as a propeller to propel himself along.

These are the photos that they didn't want you to know about. But don't let these pictures fool you! Don't be duped into thinking that if your horse dons a new lightweight turnout rug they'll end up hovering all around your field. Will is a special horse . . . and this only happens "When Will eats a Banana . . ."

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd