A rather belated Happy New Year to all my customers and followers! I hope you managed to have some time out to relax and recharge your batteries over the Christmas holiday and are staying safe at the moment. What a strange time it is, with us back in the limbo of another lockdown and unsure of when we will be out competing again. I know a lot of my customers are struggling with the combination of fit horses and either frozen ground or bottomless mud - it’s certainly a tough time to be a horse owner, isn’t it?
We’re still fitting saddles for our customers
AMZ is still open during this lockdown and I’m travelling to fit saddles across the UK, but with a range of measures in place to ensure visits are safe and Covid-19 secure. If you’re keen to get your saddle checked and fitted or get a brand-new saddle ordered then make sure you give me a call. When I’m coming to your yard, please ensure that you wear a face mask and sanitise your hands and the saddle before my arrival. I also ask that only one person - the owner or rider - is present during the visit to minimise contact. That way we can all stay safe; horses can have their saddles checked and I can keep working - thank you.
Something to look forward to - new life at AMZ!
It’s lambing time here at AMZ HQ which is certainly keeping us busy! It’s a tough job heading out into the cold and dark to check the ewes when you know that most people (and even fellow hardy horsey folk) are tucked up in front of their log burner. But of course, that’s all part of life when you farm sheep...! And after the hard work is over, we get the joyous sight (and sound) of lambs and ewes frolicking in the fields together. That, along with daffodils coming into flower and the sun having enough warmth to it to help dry out the mud, are the fabulous signs that spring has arrived. Those days will be here before we know it!
Young horses to be started
Another job that’s keeping us busy this lockdown is starting some of our young horses. Of course, it can be a hairy job at times (maybe the lambing isn’t so bad after all…) but it’s exciting to see how the young horses are shaping up. It’s hard not to start imagining what they might achieve when they start their careers and planning the next 5 years in my head. Here’s hoping we have some competitions running to look forward to in the not-too-distant future.
In the meantime, stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing some of you soon for saddle fitting.
December 2020 Blog - Taking a look back at 2020
Well, here we are, so very close to the end of the strangest year I can remember. It's safe to say if someone had tried to tell me what 2020 held for us this time last year, I would probably have laughed and offered them a strong drink and a lie down! But here we are, frantically planning for Christmas and dreaming about what 2021 might bring. I think we can all agree that we would like it to be a safer, kinder and hopefully more sociable than this year has been! Fingers crossed...
But despite the uncertainty, fear and gloom that a global pandemic brings with it, 2020 has seen AMZ Saddles move forward and grow as a business, which makes me so very proud. Even without so many of the events where myself and my team would normally meet customers and new friends, we've managed to keep going. Taking a saddle fitting and making business digital was very tricky but we managed to do it. We were so grateful for the short period of time when there were some events to head out to. During 2020 we've also invested in new photography to ensure that people on social media can see exactly why they need to give us a call. And why is that - AMZ Saddles is great at what we do, and our saddles make horses and people very happy indeed!
I know so many of my customers and brand ambassadors found the 'will we or wont we' nature of a return to competitions very tough and I've been amazed by how hard they worked to keep their horses fit and well. They've had to be flexible and keep plugging away even in the face of that uncertainty. You can definitely say that about horse folk - we might be a little bit mad, but we can always put the welfare of our horses first. At least even under the current regulations it looks as though we can carry on competing - hopefully that doesn't change.
I launched the AMZ Saddles branded products this year and have been delighted with their popularity. There's everything from saddle cloths, fly veils and saddle covers, to t-shirts, jackets and baseball caps. As a small business owner, I can tell it is just amazing seeing people and their horses wearing my brand. Having said that, I've worked hard to ensure that first and foremost they are of excellent quality and will stand up to the rigours of a busy yard life. The fact that they are beautiful and feature the most gorgeous navy AMZ Saddles branding is just the most wonderful bonus.
From the AMZ Saddles team and I, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It certainly feels high time for some rest and relaxation after a strange and stressful year. We can't wait to see more of you all in 2021 - stay safe and well.