Product & Book Reviews

Brief History of the Side Saddle

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

Brief History of the Side Saddle  Authors Sally Mitchell and Nick Creaton BHSI published by Museum of the Horse 2019 ISBN 978-09556-138-8-3 I have to confess that I have had only one attempt at riding side saddle – after all, I show jumped three or four times a week in the season and rode to...

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Book Review A countryman’s Creel

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

The Remarkable, the Heart-rending, the Intriguing, the Almost Unbelievable Conor Farrington ISBN 978-1-903122-35-5 Merlin Unwin £14-99 I had never heard of Conor Farrington until picking up this compendium of short stories however the fact that he was an unknown quantity only served to increase my enjoyment of the book. I now understand that though Dr...

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Tales of Olden Glories – Book Review

Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2020
Written by: The Editor

‘Tales of Olden Glories’ Neil Salisbury Bettyfold Publishing October 2020 315pp ISBN 9781527270930 Long ago I was ‘taught’ how to review books as part of my part-time job at Oxford University Press as an impecunious Law undergraduate- the theory being that you wrote a review that would strike a chord with fellow students, who would...

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Ecclesfield Duke

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

In this modern world full of unnecessary and highly toxic ‘Political Correctness’ school reports for both Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan would perhaps describe them as ‘ lively characters’ and overlook their little idiosyncrasies. In the same way,  having puppy walked beagles, and had them return as retirees many yers later, the best phrase...

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Johnny Richardson – Memories of a Legend

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

2020 Published by the author and available from https://midgetodhunter.co.uk @£15-00 In this latest work author Midge Todhunter has been able, through both research and interviews to put some ‘meat on the bones’ of Blencathra Huntsman Johnny Richardson. This little volume is so much more than ‘just’ a series of  hunting reports and gives the reader...

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In Search of the Kerry Beagle by Stanislaus Lynch

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Written by: Ben Skipper

Edited and Published by Noel Mullins If you want to know what sort of man Stan Lynch was then look no further than his portrait which welcomes you to this most wonderful account of hounds and hunting in post war Ireland. His pose is atypical of any hunting man of the era, filled with an...

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Zarasyl Skin Cream

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

Over the last few weeks, we have been delighted to be allowed to trial a new product from Ireland called Zarasyl. Zarasyl is described as a “Preparation for skin barrier for wounds and abrasions.” As such it might be thought to be another of those products claiming to do the same thing or at least…

Hounds Please!

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

Kay Gardner 2019 littleredvixenpublishing@gmail.com 267pp hardback  Little Red Vixen. Kay Gardner’s latest work is a 267 page hardpack full of: anecdote, and history strung together with information, advice and personal experiences all lavishly illustrated with images from a number of contributors. The title should tell the astute reader that this is first and foremost this...

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BHS First Pony Manual

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019
Written by: Peter Brook

ISBN:     9781908809155 Publisher Trafalgar Square Books Imprint: J. A. Allen Pub date:15 Nov 2013 Authors Debby Frewen & Madeline Ridge BHSISM Having a first pony is impossibly exciting. For a parent, however, it can be both a challenge and a huge responsibility. The book guides you through the pitfalls of buying or loaning a...

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Lake Vyrnwy- Tale of a Sporting Hotel

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019
Written by: Peter Brook

Written by John Baynes, George Westropp, Simon Baynes ISBN 97818462981 £14-95 April 2019 I had a number of questions before commencing the review of this little book beautifully produced by Quiller.  Such as:- As this edition is revised and update who is the intended audience? Would someone who has the original and apparently well thought...

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