September 30 2014
Alice Reins Give Confidence to Young Rider
We received an enquiry from a lovely lady called Kate Stewart asking if Alice Reins could help her little girl Alexa to ride her pony Snoopy. Kate and I discussed the problems Alexa had when she rides. The problem was that Alexa’s hands hadn’t fully developed and that her hands were very small. This caused Alexa to have grip issues and although she was already riding to a rather good standard for her age, this issue was stopping Alexa progressing onto other disciplines like show jumping etc.
After Kate’s initial email enquiry we had a telephone conversation. Kate had been looking around for solutions to help Alexa and was talking with her instructor who had suggested Reinbows. Reinbows are a great product but would only attach onto rubber reins and were too thick for Alexa’s little hands and she found it difficult to grasp.
We make Alice Reins in 1/2″ width and so when Kate came back to me I suggested these to her.
It turned out that Kate, her husband Glen and Alexa were coming to my hometown of Stamford for a day out at the famous Burghley Horse Trials. Perfect! We arranged to meet up and it was wonderful to actually meet Alexa in person. My daughter Alice found great pleasure showing Alexa how she held her own Alice Reins and then Alexa held a pair of sample Alice Reins to see what she thought. Immediately Alexa found her “own way” of negotiating the loops even without having a pony attached to them!
We decided between us all that Alexa needed pony length short which would put her in good stead for riding her pony Snoopy and also riding bigger ponies as she grows.
Alexa rode with her Alice Reins for the first time and this is what her Mum Kate sent in after the event….
Well, she loves them!!! Played about to get them to the right length (think this clip was from when we had them too long!) and she had a great ride.
Thank you again
Thank you. She was jumping (small jumps) this morning without the reins so now she’s got them …..Watch out world!
How wonderful to hear. We are looking very much forward to watching Alexa progress through the ranks and build in confidence, watch this space!
Below is the video clip that Kate sent in of Alexa and her adorable pony Snoopy!
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September 19 2014
Alice Reins founder Jacqui Edwards has won the Alltech Equine Hero Award
I cannot put into words how I felt when my friend of many years Michele Gaskin sent me a message on Facebook asking me to call her because she had some very exciting news for me. I called Michele only to be told that she had nominated me as her Equine Hero! Michele wrote a story about me and my daughter Alice who rides with one functional hand. This is the story which Michele sent in which made the final 3 in the judging process. It was then down to the general public to place their votes and WE WON the Alltech Equine Hero Award. How fantastic!
Alltech has just hosted the World Equestrian Games in Normandy and are a global company, this award means so much as it helps us spread the word of Alice Reins so that we can help more people to ride. Click here for Alice Reins testimonials.
Alltech Equine Hero Award
August’s public vote has now closed.
Congratulations to our August Alltech Equine Hero Award
winner Jacqui Edwards! Michele Gaskin from the United Kingdom has nominated Jacqui Edwards as her Equine hero
! Michele explains that Jacqui is an inspirational and dedicated mother to her daughter Alice.Alice is passionate about horses and it has always been her dream to be able to ride a horse. Unfortunately this was difficult for Alice as she was born with only one functioning hand. Nonetheless Jacqui was determined to get her daughter riding the way she wanted to, and designed a type of rein which Alice would be able to use. This special set of reins helped Alice to achieve her dream of riding a pony and allowed her to go on to win lots of local pony events!
After seeing the success of her rein design, Jacqui decided that she wanted to help more people and set up a company called Alice Reins. Through this company she sells her special reins for those with lesser grip, such as people suffering from arthritis, those who have had a stroke, or even people who have carpal tunnel or other similar ailments!
Michele finishes by explaining that she “feels that Jacqui is an inspiration and has given much hope and happiness to others through her clever thinking of how to overcome the obstacles faced for those wishing to ride who have disabilities”. This is why Jacqui Edwards is Michele’s Equine Hero!
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