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Our sale is still in full swing. We are clearing all of our rider and pet items, along with many horse products

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Calling time on a 4 year struggle It’s been a couple of months since I updated my blog, mostly because I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over young Scarlet. My last post covered the amazing clinic we did at Firle with Francis Whittington in September, where for the first hour she behaved appallingly and it was only due to the fact that I have a life threatening amount of pride that I didn’t just get off and go home. It’s true that when she’s on side she’s the best horse I’ve ever ridden, but when she’s not, and that’s like, 95% of the time, she scares the heck out of me. I’m only an amateur rider, I don’t have the skills or the courage to keep getting on a horse that might decide to ditch me at the slightest provocation. I ride for fun, and because I love the adrenaline buzz of a cross country round, and the thrill of clearing a course of show jumps, and the sheer pleasure of a nice hack out on the South Downs. I love to potter around the yard on a sunny Saturday, cleaning tack, weeding the yard, poo picking. But that stuff is only enjoyable (to me, anyway) if you have a horse that loves his or her job, and I don’t think Scarlet does enjoy her job. It breaks my heart to think that, because I know what a talented beastie she is, and she certainly feels like she’s enjoying herself when she gets going, but the amount of strength, bravery and determination it takes for me to get her there is draining my enjoyment. I’m not a naturally bold rider, but I am pretty brave and a decent enough jockey, so if I still, after 4 years (3 if you count the fact that she spent 2013 off sick) can’t get her to jump round a 2’9” cross country course without dumping me (twice), what is the point of carrying on? We went to a show jumping clinic recently and it was all I could do to get her over a 1’9” cross pole. I can’t keep spending my time and money on a horse who won’t play ball. Scarlet’s a sweetheart, and she has scope to burn - even her paces are pretty good when she relaxes and works properly - but I think ultimately she’s too much of a stress head to cope with what I’m asking of her. I took her to Blue Anchor Farm to do the 2’9” hunter trial and we got to fence 16 and she whipped round at a simple palisade and dumped me. She hightailed it off round the fields, with me and Mum trailing after her. We caught her, I got back on and Mum re-entered me, HC. Off we went, and this time got to fence 17, a straightforward sleeper fence and she repeated the trick. Off we went after her, I got back on, jumped her over the warm up fence and threw her back in the lorry. AND MY BACK STILL HURTS. She’s been at our new yard since August - it’s a two stable private yard, with 6 acres of grazing and a school, and it’s on the same lane as she’s been on for the last 4 years - with Comet and Blue for company, but instead of thriving on the grass as we had expected her to, she’s reverted back to her old habits of box walking and eating her bedding at night. We’ve tried dozens of different calmers and feed, and she’s been scoped for ulcers, but the scope showed she was clear. There’s no reason that I or any number of experienced horsey people can see for her to be such a stressy, worried little mare, but she continues to drop condition and behave idiotically. I’ve even had a professional rider out to ride her, and although he rode her beautifully, she was a moron for him as well, and was very stressy both times he rode her. If he can’t get her to calm down, what chance do I stand? I’ve read through my older blog posts and see how each time we’ve gone out to a clinic or a competition we have to start at the very beginning each time, and that’s so depressing. I can’t go to a one day event and ask if they’ll let us have a bash at the show jumping and only count our second round! It’s also kind of depressing to scroll through my Facebook and Twitter feeds and see how much fun everyone else is having with their nice, sane horses... She’s a lamb to handle on the ground, and she’s an excellent hack when in company, so ideally I’ll find someone who just wants to hack and does so with another horse. If I can’t find that person, I’ll just retire her, because it’s just too depressing (and expensive) to keep her going as a riding horse for me. The farrier took her shoes off this week, so she’s now happily lording it over the other two out in the field, and being lunged twice a week to stop her going feral and keep her muscles and joints in good working order. It’s so crushing to see her loafing around in the field, her talent and gorgeousness totally wasted simply because she’s got a crazy brain. We’ve come up with any number of theories and new ideas about why she’s nuts and how we can fix her - did the clinic at Firle blow her mind? was she badly treated when she was racing? - but I would rather accept that I’ve failed with her and move on than continue in the same vein for another 4 years. A very nice friend of mine has offered me her own lovely event horse to ride a couple of times during the week as she is very busy with work, and even though I’ve only ridden him a few times, he’s already hugely bolstered my confidence in my own riding. Scarlet makes me feel a bit useless, because it often doesn’t matter what I do, if she wants to be a prat then she will be. Riding Sailor has been great, because when I ride well, he goes well. If I do something wrong, like lean forward, let my reins get too long, etc then he responds in kind. I’m hoping to start jumping soon, and that will be a huge test for me, but I know he’s such a genuine, honest horse that he’ll look after me. I’ve had some fab lessons with Sailor, and am so grateful to him and his lovely owner Polly and yard owner Beverley that I can still ride and enjoy my hobby. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Special offers in the run up to Christmas: 20% off Bucas Power heavyweight high neck turnout rug 20% off Bucas Power heavyweight classic cut turnout rug 20% off Bucas heavyweight stable rug 20% off Tredstep Da Vinci long boots 20% off Tredstep Raphael long boots 20% off Champion AirTech hats For those of you who come in store, join our loyalty scheme and earn points on absolutely everything, from saddles and breeches to feed and rug repairs. Happy Christmas everyone, don’t forget to give your horses and ponies extra carrots and cuddles!

Yet another Bank Holiday coming up! We will be here on Monday 10am-3pm so come & see us here in Hassocks.

New in from Prestige is the ultralight jumping saddle the Prestige X-Breath. A revolutionary design!

We are open on BH Monday from 10-3 (Sunday hours). We will hope for sunshine for all those who have horsey weekends planned! Don't forget to check out our Face Book competition, as it ends this week and you could WIN a pair of the NEW Tredstep breeches!

We've had a huge delivery from Global Herbs this past week! To celebrate a shop full of wellness, we have a voucher on our Facebook page for you to get £2.50 off any Global Herb supplement over £10. Whether you have a Frisky Mare, an old man or lady in need of Old Age supplementation or a pony prone to Laminitis, come and check out the goodies!
Just Like our page and click on the offer! It will then be emailed to your account for printing. See you soon!

Following on from our visit to the saddle manufacturers showcase day at Moulton College in Northants, I made my way back up on Tuesday for a 2 day saddle fitting course, again run by the Society of Master Saddlers. What a brilliant 2 days it was. We had lectures from vets, tree & saddle manufacturers & Master Saddlers who are well respected throughout the trade. We also got our hands on the college horses & looked at a huge selection of saddles on them & assessed them in regard to fit, fitness for purpose & rider comfort. It was also an excellent opportunity to see a few makes that we are not familiar with & to talk to the saddlers who fit them. All in all, an excellent 2 days, cant wait to go back next year hopefully for the 4 day one!

We went to the british saddle manufacturers showcase day at Moulton College on Sunday. A very good idea from the Society of Master Saddlers - congratulations to Hazel for all her hard work in co-ordinating everything.
It was an excellent opportunity to meet the manufacturers, make new contacts & meet the faces behind the names of people we normally only speak to on the phone.
The only other opportunity to see several manufacturers is at BETA but there is normally not time to spend discussing anything in any depth.
We saw some lovely models, new lines & will be introducing some super saddles for our customers soon - watch this space!

Well, it's now officially Autumn, it is raining this afternoon as I look out of the window, so our horses will be shortly donning their Lightweight Turnout rugs - & they will certainly be wearing neck covers as they do love to roll.
We are adding to our range of rugs this year with Horseware & the Loveson Candy stripe rug specially for ponies.

Many thanks to everyone who came to our Pony Club afternoon. It was a great success!

We are having our summer sale at the moment with fly rugs, bridles, clothing from Joules & Musto, jods & breeches from Phoenix, Shires & Equetech all included. Don't forget to check out our online offers also!


Going to Pony Club camp this summer?
Whether you are a first timer or an old hand, come to our Pony Club afternoon on Wednesday 20th July from 3.30pm & have your saddlery, hats & body protectors checked for safety.
We are running a raffle for SHADH - Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land - a terrific charity which helps the donkeys in this war torn land, providing essential veterinary care, places of shade & watering points for working donkeys. You can win a Poly Products hat, a voucher for Tuffa boots, a jacket from Mountain Horse & other prizes, so well worth the ticket price. There will be 10% off across the board too for everyone attending, so a perfect time to treat yourself to something new.

It's all crazy today as Tuesdays storm took out our phones and switch machine.
Please email us with any questions - I'm here all day!
It's cash only in the shop, which is unheard of nowadays!
Hopefully we will be back to normal tomorrow (Friday)
We can be reached on 01273 843606

It's all crazy today as yesterdays storm took out our phones and switch machine.
Please email us with any questions - I'm here all day!
It's cash only in the shop, which is unheard of nowadays!
Hopefully we will beback to normal tomorrow (thursday)

It's International Helmet Awareness Day! All hats bought in store and online toay June 11th are 10% off. We are working with Champion, Charles Owen and Airowear to promote head safety. So if you've had your hat a few years, take advantage of this special offer and treat yourself to a brand spanking new one!

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May - Open 10-3

Easter Opening Hours:
Good Friday 10 - 3pm
Saturday 9 - 5.30pm
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 9 - 12pm
Back to Normal from Tuesday

Spring must be around the corner, the midges were out in force last night!
We have a special offer on our Castle Fly rugs - 10% off for April, while stocks last - be quick!

WOW! Pink Equine pony bridles half price.......
Just click on the special offers button for further information

WOW! Pink Equine pony bridles half price.......http://www.dragonflysaddlery.co.uk/addtocart.asp?categoryid=2&subcatid=213&hr=h&categoryname=Bridles&subcatname=Special+Offer&itemid=1971#

We have all our heavyweight rugs reduced by 15-20% at the moment, both stable & turnout, so pick up a bargain for your horse while stocks last!

We are now supplying feed and bedding! Dengie, Spillers, Blue Chip and Dodson & Horrell form the core feed we now have in stock, while Whites Premium and James Wellbeloved take care of the canines. Additionally we stock BedSoft bedding and Dutch Large woodshavings.
We are now back at work for the interim before the New Year Holiday & will be despatching goods ordered on Wednesday 29th December

We are now supplying feed and bedding! Dengie, Spillers, Blue Chip and Dodson & Horrell form the core feed we now have in stock, while Whites Premium and James Wellbeloved take care of the canines. Additionally we stock BedSoft bedding and Dutch Large woodshavings.

We send everything first class recorded, but people are reporting delays.
The Post Office seem to be catching up with the deliveries after the snow, but please allow 3-4 days for delivery. Give us a ring if it's urgent and we can send it with our courier.

Six inches of snow last night - very pretty, Harry (the terrier) disappeared completely in the snow!
Got to work today, parcelled up today's orders, Richard trudged off to the village to the main post office - SHUT!! So, sorry to everyone expecting parcels, we turned up, Royal Mail went home early......... I'm speechless

Christmas is racing towards us. I need to start shopping very soon, don't leave it too late if you see something you like as certain items are selling out!

Sat 6th Nov - We are having phone problems - please use 01273 843606 or 01273 844372 until further notice.

Shop early for Christmas!
I can't believe there are only 8 weekends to go. We are already selling out of our most popular tops & jackets, so if you have your eye on a jacket or a fleece, get it now to prevent disappointment

We have booked Heather Hyde, from Neue Schule bits, for a bitting talk here at our shop on Tuesday 26th October from 6.30-8.30 pm. Heather is very knowledgeable & will be able to answer your bitting queries for you on the night. We will also be offering 10% discount for bits ordered & paid for during the evening.

We are delighted to be able to offer the new ZP176 range of equestrian clothing which was launched at Gatcombe Festival of British Eventing at the beginning of August. Zara has designed practical & effective, but stylish garments for both professional & amateur riders to keep you warm & dry & comfortable when out riding in all weathers.
The first items to arrive will be the long sleeve tech tee, which is due in from the 12th August. These will be followed by hoodies, gilets, fleeces, microfleeces & soft shell jackets throughout September & October

Summer is really flying by now. Schools are breaking up & many Pony Club Areas are beginning Camp. We recommend you get your saddlery checked over before you go, just pop in & ask to see one of our two saddlers who are almost always available for help & advice.
You can also bring your eqipment list & we will help you to make sure you have everything you need, But DON'T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE!! (Yes, I'm talking to YOU!!!!!)

PS, we have the last of our discontinued jods, boots & tops going for very silly prices, so keep an eye on our Offers button. Yes, we have got brushing boots from under £10, but not many!


We are very pleased to be able to tell you that we have been appointed official Joules stockists. To start off, we are able to offer the lovely padded jacket Solstice & the fleece ladies top Bonita for a super 30% off. The Autumn range will be arriving early September, so watch this space!

We are open today (Sunday) but there is a sign up at Stonepound Crossroads saying 'Road Ahead Closed". Ignore it and the nice lady sitting at the traffic cones will let you through if you tell her where you're going.
If we were paranoid, we'd be thinking that the Council don't like us...

We have been working hard on reducing our postage particularly for smaller items. We can now offer delivery from just £3.50 for anything weighing up to 1 Kilo. For example a pair of jodhpurs or breeches, gaiters or half chaps, most of the riding tops, eventing sets & our show shirts. All boots tend to tip the scales at over 1 kilo, also all rugs are very heavy!
You can also order from outside the UK & the postage will automatically calculated for you. No more annoying messages about contacting us first! You can contact us, of course, but now you can just process your order wherever you are in the world!

One of the most innovative things we found at BETA were the fabulous Back On Track people, horse & dog products.
They have a huge following in Sweden, where Dr. Erland Beslin has done research on the pain relieving properties of certain ceramic stones. These work by reflecting the bodies own heat in such a way that stimulates blood flow, which is necessary for pain relief for such diverse ailments as arthritis, joint pain, muscular aches, poor circulation etc. The ground ceramic is fused to the fabrics of the rugs, t-shirts, saddle pads, bandages etc. This has huge application across the horse world particularly & top riders, vets & trainers such as Beezie Madden, Guy Williams, Michael Whitaker & the Swedish Mounted Police are all using the products to huge benefits. We are starting by stocking the fleece cooler for horses - see our magnetic/massage section, but will be stocking dog coats, t-shirts for people etc.

One of the most innovative things we found at BETA were the fabulous Back On Track people, horse & dog products.
They have a huge following in Sweden, where Dr. Erland Beslin was excited by the pain relieving properties of certain cermics. These work by reflecting the bodies own heat in such a way that stimulates blood flow, which is necessary for pain relief for such diverse ailments as arthritis, joint pain, muscular aches, poor circulation etc. This has huge application across the horse world particularly & top riders, vets & trainers such as Beezie Madden, Guy Williams, Michael Whitaker & the Swedish Mounted Police.

At long last we have seen the sun! Hopefully the 2010 season can now get underway, without any delay. We are stocking some excellent horse boots & bandages from Equilibrium & NEW Boots which allow your horse to work hard yet help keep his legs at the correct temperature. Much research has gone into the problems of keeping horses sound, keeping their legs cool is an important part of the picture.

Thank heavens the snow seems to have gone now. We are looking foward to February half term & will be kitting everyone out for all the PC activities that happen at half term.

Last two weeks of our SALE!! Grab some Breeches at 30% off and keep the cold out with a fabulously snug puffa gilet! It's all gotta go to make way for our exciting New Lines...Expect some great new lines from Rugged, Mountain Horse and Equetch to name a few!

We have held our prices down & are absorbing the VAT increase for Jan. Order now to save 2.5%!

We are having a sale both online & instore, so if you fancy some reduced boots or a Puffa gilet reduced or need to stock up on yard jods, have a look round, we think you will like what you see.

We will be shut on New Years Day, back as normal on Sat 2nd Jan 2010.

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year

XX

Dragonfly Saddlery


It is 4.30 on Christmas Eve, so we are off home now. We will be back on Tuesday 29th Dec at 9.00 am.
Wishing everyone a peaceful & happy christmas.

We have some cut off dates for our event shirts & our custom body protectors. Please order by 7th December for guaranteed Christmas delivery.
All orders received after this date will be advised on a day to day basis.

Christmas is only next month!!
Spread the cost & reduce the stress by buying early & buying online. We have some special pre-christmas offers for you - 20% off some of our Airowear Body Protectors & Shoulder Pads, 30% off some of the Mountain Horse Boots....... at these discounts you could treat yourself to an early Christmas present..... because you're worth it!!

We are having phone problems at the moment, so please can everyone call 01273 843606, until further notice. Many thanks

Get ready for the chilly weather which is just around the corner, we have the lovely Woolly Warmer from Mountain Horse, the Active Winter Rider & the Fusion boots are all coming in to stock ready for trying on & buying.
We have super rugs for your equine pals from Bucas, Premier Equine & Castle, to suit all budgets. We haven't forgotten those other four legged friends - those faithful hounds who accompany us everywhere, the lovely Luxury Dog Coat from Danish Design is flying out of the shop. Warm, waterproof & snug, your dog will be happy at early moring stables in one of these.

New in this week - Fuller Fillies Veston Gilets & Checkmate breeches, the fabulous winter boots from Tuffa - the Country Rider, Suffolk & Suffolk 2-tone. Absolutely perfect for this lovely autumn weather!

New in this week - Fuller Fillies Veston Gilets & Checkmate breeches. Absolutely perfect for this lovely autumn weather!

More phone trouble, apologies to all who have tried to contact us today. The engineers are rectifying it today (Tues) we hope. Please use 01273 843606 until further notice!! Many thanks

Nearly 3 months into our new shop & it really feels like home now. We have the super Bucas rugs coming in. Winter gear from Mountain Horse, Puffa & Equetech for the riders & spectators. Super new doggie toys & treats too. Our two dogs couldn't believe their eyes when the chicken sticks came out of their box (I am going to keep a very close eye on them!)

Help!! Our phone is out of action!! engineers on it as we speak. Call us on 01273 844372 instead

We are loving our new shop, 6 weeks in & it feels like home. We have introduced new lines for both horse, rider & their dogs.
We have a good selection of fly & sweetitch rugs from only £29.99. Lightweight t/o rugs from £46.99, summer sheets are on special offer.
For riders we have the new Rugged Horseware breeches - unbelievably flattering, not often you can say that about legwear!
New to us also are Tredstep half chaps & the new Ayr8 hat from Charles Owen.
Dog beds, cages, harnesses & collars & leads are all available

We are now open at our new shop premises! Opening hours will be 9am-5pm Mon-Sat & Sun 11am-3pm.
Lots of offers, new lines, plenty of free parking & more room to browse.
We look foward to seeing you

Here is the first of our super opening offers to celebrate the opening of our new shop - Mountain Horse Stirling Boots, with the SCS3 system for extra security in the stirrup, we are able to offer a fantasticc 50% off their list price of £99.95. We will have more boots from Mountain Horse in store at great prices.
Also Shires Jods, Hacking & Show Jackets, Show Shirts, Jackets & jods/breeches from Equetech & masses more.

Apologies to all who have been trying to phone us today (Tues 28th April) The local electricity substation has been under repair - they have promised we will be back tomorrow!

New to us are the lovely leather horse boots from Prestige Italia. As an introductory offer, we are offering them at 10% off for the whole of April.

After 23 years in Ditchling, we have finally found new premises to expand into! For local visitors this means lots of free parking. For people buying online, a more streamline & speedy service. We are taking on another member of staff to help with phone calls & packing & we also plan to expand our Pets department.
We have just sorted out our brushing boots & have reduced them by 50% to clear!

After 23 years in Ditchling, we have finally found new premises to expand into! For local visitors this means lots of free parking. For people buying online, a more streamline & speedy service. We are taking on another member of staff to help with phone calls & packing & we also plan to expand our Pets department.
We are only moving locally so our phone number will stay the same.
We are putting more lines on special offer - fly rugs & masks, leather riding boots, saddles, jackets, tops & jackets, more lines added every day, so keep checking for bargains & keep an eye on our new shop blog where we will post our updates!

From Saturday 14th March we have some massive reductions both in our shop & online. For example, Stubben Siegfried MF Special (1 only)is 20% off. Some Pessoa saddles are marked down, show & tweed jackets, half chaps, Equilibrium boots are reduced. Fuller Fillies Musketeer jackets & snuggle fleeces, 20% off. We will be adding more all the time, there are unrepeatable bargains to be found, so what are you doing still sitting there?????????

We are doing a huge March stocktake & are finding that we have far too much stock!!!
So, keep an eye on our special offers ticket as you may find that perfect bargain for you or your horse or pony.

More special offers from today are the range of Huntingdon Tweed Jackets for men, women & children. At a fantastic 20% off, these stylish jackets are just too good to miss out on. Go to Rider Clearance & make sure you are not missing out!

Wishing everyone a very happy new year for 2009.
We would also love to wish everyone a prosperous new year......lets keep our fingers X'd for that!
We will endeavour to try & source top quality equipment at the most competitive prices for you. We are able to offer (for January) big reductions on all of our Horseware rugs, reductions of 20-30% in most cases. Check out our rug section/rug clearance.
Not forgetting people, we have some super ladies Puffa Gilets, also VERY heavily reduced - check out our rider clearance section.
We will be bringing more special offers as we source them,

Just added to say Equetech Supa-seat breeches & junior Invent Jackets are on clearance as of today, also a special offer on their Airflow Competition shirts. These are clearance lines, when they're gone, they're gone!!
Sue & Richard x


Wishing everyone a very happy new year for 2009.
We would also love to wish everyone a prosperous new year......lets keep our fingers X'd for that!
We will endeavour to try & source top quality equipment at the most competitive prices for you. We are able to offer (for January) big reductions on all of our Horseware rugs, reductions of 20-30% in most cases. Check out our rug section/rug clearance.
Not forgetting people, we have some super ladies Puffa Gilets, also VERY heavily reduced - check out our rider clearance section.
We will be bringing more special offers as we source them,

Sue & Richard x


Just to mention (as I forgot to). All items purchased in December can be returned for exchange up to the end of January 2009 - hope this helps!
Very popular presents this year are the super hats from Puffa, they really help to keep the chill winds away.
Going to the other extremeties (your feet!) the new winter boots from Mountain Horse have also been flying out of the shop. The Fusion & the Active winter rider have been a terrific addition to our shop. Don't leave your ordering too late, we will be despatching up to Tuesday 23rd, but we are bound to run low on some things, so don't be disappointed this year, get your orders in early or send your wish list around to all the rellies in plenty of time.
Have a cosy, fun christmas time.
Love Sue xx
Just to add, our cut off date for the Event Shirts & Hat Silks is 8th December. We may have to bring this foward according to demand, so get your orders in early!


I can't believe that we are gearing up for christmas! Very popular this year are the super hats from Puffa, they really help to keep the chill winds away.
Going to the other extremeties (your feet!) the new winter boots from Mountain Horse have also been flying out of the shop. The Fusion & the Active winter rider have been a terrific addition to our shop. Don't leave your ordering too late, we will be despatching up to Tuesday 23rd, but we are bound to run low on some things, so don't be disappointed this year, get your orders in early or send your wish list around to all the rellies in plenty of time.
Have a cosy, fun christmas time.
Love Sue xx

Just to add, our cut off date for the Event Shirts & Hat Silks is 8th December. We may have to bring this foward according to demand, so get your orders in early!


I can't believe that we are gearing up for christmas! Very popular this year are the super hats from Puffa, they really help to keep the chill winds away.
Going to the other extremeties (your feet!) the new winter boots from Mountain Horse have also been flying out of the shop. The Fusion & the Active winter rider have been a terrific addition to our shop. Don't leave your ordering too late, we will be despatching up to Tuesday 23rd, but we are bound to runlow on some things, so don't be disappointed this year, get your orders in early or send your wish list around to all the rellies in plenty of time.

Have a cosy, fun christmas time.
Love Sue xx


We have some super new lines coming in every day for the Autumn season for riders & their horses. We really like the new Irish rugs from Bucas. They also do a super small pony range which is definitely worth checking out. Like all retailers, we have odd rugs left from various ranges. Sometimes it is just a discontinued colour, or sometimes just a clear out at the end of the season. Check all our clearance sections, including specifically our Rug Clearance in our rug section, where you will find Rambo, Rhino, Amigo, Shires, Mark Todd & Masta rugs, all looking for new homes at very favourable prices

We have some super new lines coming in every day for the Autumn season for riders & their horses. We really like the new Irish rugs from Bucas. They also do a super small pony range which is definitely worth checking out. Like all retailers, we have odd rugs left from various ranges. Sometimes it is hust a discontinued colour, or sometimes just a clear out at the end of the season. Check all our clearance sections, including specifically our Rug Clearance in our rug section, where you will find Rambo, Rhino, Amigo, Shires, Mark Todd & Masta rugs, all looking for new homes at very favourable prices

We are pleased to be able to offer a new range of competition clothing for fuller figured lady riders. The range is from Equetech, who have long been recognised for their super designs in casual & competition wear for ladies & men. The range includes their beautifully cut Heritage Tweed jacket, the In-Vent show jacket, Prima jods & breeches & competition shirts. Definitely worth a look!

Check out our new range of casual riding tops from the Australian company Giddy Up Girl. They produce a funky, edgy range of tops for girls & women who want to be fashionable & still have great tops for everyday riding. Stand out from the crowd with these super Tee's & Sweatshirts

Just a quick note to say check out our reduced prices on our Rambo Turnout rugs. Snap up a bargain for next winter. Only a very few left

We now have our new online selector for Rodney Powell Body protectors. Choose your size, back length, design & colours. Don't forget if you want extra advice on sizing, just give us a call or email us & we will go through it all with you.
Neue Schule are gradually coming in - check the listings for available stock.
Have a great year, whether you have your own horses or ride other peoples, or go to a riding school, we have everything you need.

New look web site. In reponse to your suggestions we have changed our front page. Hope you like it! Thanks for your suggestions. Tell us what else we can do!

We have some great new items to come on line this year. New colours of hacking jackets, great new stuff from the lovely Suzanne at Fuller Fillies.
Equetech have come up with a great line in protective shirts & jods for all you people out there who don't wear body protectors (eg when you are in the show ring). Watch this space!

We can't wait for the BETA trade fair in February as it is often our first opportunity to see the new clothing ranges that will be available for 2008.

There are some new saddles from Prestige, our new interacive body protector site will be ready soon (just in time for the 2008 eventing season)

Whether you are planning a competitive year or are new to riding, we hope to have something for everyone here.


Wishing all our customers a very happy new year!
Apparently, it is going to snow soon, so wrap up warm & think about upgrading your or your horses & ponies outdoor wear (don't forget your dogs either!)
The Horseware Rhino Plus stable rug is as snug as you could wish for, a pair of Muck Boots are ideal for helping to fend off chillblains, & the Sheppy dog coat will help your dog keep warm when he or she is helping out around the stable yard!!

Want it for Christmas???

Ring our order line before 6pm today - Friday 21st December & we will see if we can help!!

Freephone 0800 374878 (UK)
+44(0)1273 844606 (Int)


We have had to bring foward our cut off day for ordering event shirts & unfortunately it is today. All event shirts ordered after today 4th December cannot be guaranteed for delivery before Christmas.

We are trying to source some ready made's so watch this space!


Don't forget to use our wish list to make sure you get exactly what you want for christmas!
Our pet department is going from strength to strength with more lines added each week. Look at the toys - a fun range of handbags, shoes, even a tea set & a private plane, & of course they all squeak.

We have the new fleeces & jackets in stock from Fuller Fillies. Also, an amazing range of bits in all sizes & materials. Email us if you can't find what you need.

Order in plenty of time for christmas, we are working right through December to fill the orders, to make sure everyone gets their parcels.

Breyer Model Horses will be coming on line this week also, very exciting!

We have a last orders day for our event shirts. Please order before 10th December for delivery to be guaranteed before Christmas. If you order after this day, delivery will be the second week of January 2008.


Don't forget to use our wish list to make sure you get exactly what you want for christmas!

Our pet department is going from strength to strength with more lines added each week. Look at the toys - a fun range of handbags, shoes, even a tea set & a private plane, & of course they all squeak.

We have the new fleeces & jackets in stock from Fuller Fillies. Also, an amazing range of bits in all sizes & materials. Email us if you can't find what you need.

Order in plenty of time for christmas, we are working right through December to fill the orders, to make sure everyone gets their parcels.

Breyer Model Horses will be coming on line this week also, very exciting!


Thank heavens the Postal strike is now over - what a nightmare that was!

We are getting geared up for the winter season now, with loads of gift ideas for horses, people & their pets. Dont forget to check out our new online pet section. I have already decided to treat my lurcher to a new Rodeo basket & cushion, he is so bony & it looks so comfy, it might also persuade him to stop sitting on my lap in the evening. He really is too big & my husband remarks that he looks like a large heron sitting there (& I cannot see the TV either!)
Our terrier has the new Security T-shirt which makes us laugh as he struts around importantly when wearing it.


Unfortunately we find ourselves having to deal with another postal strike. We estimate it will delay our deliveries by up to 1 week (according to my friend at our local PO).
We will send as much as we can by private courier, but suggest that all urgent items are phoned through so we can confirm whether this is practical. Normal service will be resumed asap!!

We are very excited to announce an addition to our ranges. We are including pet beds, toys, collars & leads for our best friends - the dog! (& some very nice cats). We hope you like what we have chosen to sell, we have two dogs & three cats ourselves & have consulted with them as to their favourite items.

As promised, more T-shirts from Giddy Up girl. We now have "Horses Rock" for teens & adults, "Glitter Horse", & the really cute "An apple a day...." for ages 4-10. check them all out in our casual tops section.

With all the terrible weather, the seasons are upside down, we are still selling Turnout rugs along side fly masks! Quite crazy!!


New in today!!!!! The fantastic range of t-shirts all the way from Australia - featuring tongue in cheek "get bucked" or the high maintenance look "Dressage Diva", they are fun & that little bit different. We will be adding to the range as they come through, so watch this space!

Need a new saddle, but budget a little tight?
Have a look at our secondhand saddle selection.
We have saddles from Albion, Cliff Barnsby, L&R, Stubben & Falcon. GP's, jumping & dressage styles from 15" - 18" seats.

As the weather gets steadily hotter, don't forget to protect your horse or pony with one of our excellent range of Fly Rugs. Prices range from £45 to £180 for sweetitch rugs. Shires, Horseware, Masta & Snuggy all stocked


The summer season is now in full swing with showing, jumping, eventing & dressage taking place everywhere

We have some super bridles from Pink Equine starting at only £59.99. Colours range from bright pink to subtle dark greens & a stylish pearl grey, have a browse through the colour charts.

For everyone competing on grass this summer, studs are essential for your horses maximum performance. Pick some of the superb Supa Studs for an easier life when studding up.

Body Protectors are an essential for all jumping - see our huge range, not sure of the size or want a different colour? Call us on our freephone number - 0800 374878 Mon-Sat 9.15-5.15 +44(0)1273 844606 if you are outside the UK

New colours from Professionals Choice SMB's - match your colours from head to toe


Just added to our website & in stock in our shop are the Fuller Fillies Cristal Show Shirts & Ali Show Gaiters. Absolutely perfect for bigger girls to go showing/dressaging/jumping with.

From Shires we have some more of their terrific saddlehugger jods. Saddlehugger Hipsters in Maids sizes as well as Ladies.
New for 2007 are the Sports Saddlehuggers in Maids & Ladies sizes, in eyecatching colors too


Having returned from BETA 2007, we are pleased to add the following lines to our existing ones.

SupaStuds - brilliant self-cleaning studs, a godsend for all you poor grooms out there with the summer competitions coming up!

Pink-equine - fabulous bridles with brilliantly coloured padding.

Fuller Fillies - just the most stylish clothing we have seen for more generously proportioned riders. Not just jods but show & tweed jackets, fleece tops & flattering rugby shirts.

Equilibrium Fly masks, nose nets, work boots.

The JTE Classic Switch - change your hat strip to match your outfits.


We are so excited for 2007, there are so many new products which we are adding to our existing ranges. We are very pleased to be including the wonderful Equilibrium products to our site. Currently we have their excellent chaps for horses in stock. Shortly we will have their equestrian work boots & their very good fly masks.

Here's wishing every one a very happy, successful & healthy new year in 2007.

We are back to work on 27th December, usual hours - Mon-Sat 9.15-5.15.
We are closed Mon 1st Jan 2007, back on Tuesday 2nd


With Christmas fast approaching, we are extending our opening hours for personal callers & phone orders.
From 1st December we will be here to take your calls up until 7pm every evening Mon-Sat & Sundays we will be here from 10am until 4pm.
For everyone who buys online with us in November & December, we are extending our returns date right out.......... until January 31st.

SO, don't worry about the wrong size boots/wrong colour jods/wrong anything - just return the item unused & in the original packaging & we will exchange post free.

Refunds have to be made to the purchaser however as we can only refund to the same card no. that was used for purchase.

We have now had to say no more event shirts for delivery before christmas. It just isn't possible to get them all made up & not disappoint people.

Also please note that our last posting days are in line with Royal Mail:

December 16th - 2nd class
December 19th - first class
December 21st - special delivery
December 22nd - guaranteed next day

Wishing all our customers a very happy christmas, we hope you all get what you want under the tree, if you didn't - YOU SHOULD HAVE USED OUR WISH LIST!!


Sue & Richard Paine xxxx


With Christmas fast approaching, we are extending our opening hours for personal callers & phone orders.
From 1st December we will be here to take your calls up until 7pm every evening Mon-Sat & Sundays we will be here from 10am until 4pm.

For everyone who buys online with us in November & December, we are extending our returns date right out.......... until January 31st.

SO, don't worry about the wrong size boots/wrong colour jods/wrong anything - just return the item unused & in the original packaging & we will exchange post free.

Refunds have to be made to the purchaser however as we can only refund to the same card no. that was used for purchase.


With Christmas fast approaching, we are extending our opening hours for personal callers & phone orders.
From 1st December we will be here to take your calls up until 7pm every evening Mon-Sat & Sundays we will be here from 10am until 4pm.

For everyone who buys online with us in November & December, we are extending our returns date right out.......... until January 31st.

SO, don't worry about the wrong size boots/wrong colour jods/wrong anything - just return the item unused & in the original packaging & we will exchange post free.

Refunds have to be made to the purchaser however as we can only refund to the same card no. that was used for purchase.


Bonfire night has gone, so next on the list is Christmas!!
(So exciting - I just LOVE Christmas)

For everyone who buys online with us in November & December, we are extending our returns date right out.......... until January 31st.

SO, don't worry about the wrong size boots/wrong colour jods/wrong anything - just return the item unused & in the original packaging & we will exchange post free.

Refunds have to be made to the purchaser however as we can only refund to the same card no. that was used for purchase.

However, to mke sure you get the present buying right this year, why not make use of our wish list? Easy to use for both buyers & recipients, make sure you get what you really, really want -oh yeah! (apologies to the spice girls!)


Summer has packed her bags & moved on , so our thoughts must now go to planning how to keep our horses & ponies dry & warm this autumn.

We offer a selection of rugs to fit all sizes from Miniatures to heavyweight hunters. Prices range from £45.00 upwards.

What you buy depends on your circumstances & the type of work you expect from your horse in the winter.

The native pony types will often just need a lightweight rug to keep the rain off, whereas the veteran or clipped competition horse will need medium or heavyweight rugs with or without neck covers for complete protection.
If you are in a quandary about which rug to buy, then call our helpline - freephone 0800 374878 & we will help you decide on the best rug for your circumstances & your budget! (Mon-Sat 9.15-5.15)

Don’t forget yourselves - being cold & wet is no joke when stables need doing & horses & ponies need exercising.
We offer the Calgary jacket from Shires for children & adults, guaranteed waterproof, windproof & weatherproof. The ultimate for the professional is the Drizabone Long Coat - quite simply the best for keeping the weather out.
Don’t forget your boots - the wonderful Muck Boots in fabulous new colours this year, for children & adults.
Mountain Horse also offer a good range for riding & yard work.
Look at our range of gloves, socks & hats also & stay warm & dry this winter. Also our Dri Rider full chaps for all sizes & very good value for money!


Friday 18th August 2006

Our on-line service has been experiencing some problems (our server has been down for a few days). Unfortunately this means all our emails have been swallowed!! If you have emailed us in the last 7 to 10 days & have not yet received a reply, please email again, we are not ignoring you!!

Many thanks,

Sue & Richard Paine - Dragonfly Saddlery


Put some colour into your life with the terrific new range of jods from Jazzy Jods. Spots, army camouflage, swarkovski crystal, how far to go is up to you!! We also have a terrific range of glittery whips for the young at heart & some mega size grooming trays, ideal for shows, PC camp or just everyone really.

Have you been watching the BBC's Sport Relief Only Fools on Horses? Like the hats? See them in the riding hat section - GR8! (Love the colours!)


Put some colour into your life with the terrific new range of jods from Jazzy Jods. Spots, army camouflage, swarkovski crystal, how far to go is up to you!! We also have a terrific range of glittery whips for the young at heart & some mega size grooming trays, ideal for shows, PC camp or just everyone really.

Check out our new "Plus Size" for more generous clothing sizes. You will be able to find jodphurs & breeches which go up to a waist size 38" (Ladies) & 42" waist for Men, Show & Tweed jackets to fit up to a 46" chest. Long Boots, Gaiters, Half Chaps & Body Protectors all to fit more generous sizes. Just look for the "Plus Size" in the descriptions!

Check out our new "Ladies Plus" for more generous clothing sizes. You will be able to find jodphurs & breeches which go up to a waist size 38", Show & Tweed jackets to fit up to a 46" chest. Long Boots, Gaiters, Half Chaps & Body Protectors all to fit more generous sizes. Just look for the "Ladies Plus" in the descriptions!

We always have a few older but sound saddles in stock. Ideal if you are starting a young horse this year. Ring for details - 0800 374878

For family reasons we will be unable to process orders for a few days. Despatch will be from 27th Jan 2006
Wishing everyone a happy & successful new year for 2006

Check out our clearance section as new products are added - riding boots, rugs, jackets etc or phone us on 0800 374878 for information about our clearance offers

Christmas is almost here & we will need your orders by 20th Dec LATEST to arrive by 24th Dec.
Don't delay & be disappointed!

Wishing everyone a very merry christmas & a happy new year

Sue & Richard - Dragonfly Saddlery


New from Thorowgood this year is the Claire Lilley Training Kit. This really is an excellent addition to anyone's tackroom. I watched an fascinating demonstration from Claire Lilley herself last month & was very impressed with her results. The kit comes complete with her DVD & booklet. If you want to improve your horses way of going this winter, this will be a worthwhile piece of equipment to invest in.

Special offer NOT to be missed - from now until end October we are offering the JTE hat with £10.00 off of the usual price. This means that sizes up to 6 5/8 will be down from £76.99 to £66.99 & 6 3/4 up will be down from £89.99 to £79.99. We only have a limited number of these hats at this price. When they're gone they're really gone!! Price will be altered manually when order received.

As I sit here typing this I am looking out at a very rainy August. This reminds me that Summer is moving off & chillier weather is around the corner. Looking ahead to the Autumn season we have some great new products for you & your horses.
Horsewear have produced the new "Duo" Turnout rug, this is multi-layered to give you a lighter turnout rug, a stable rug & a heavier turnout rug, complete with removable hood.
Mountain Horse are bringing out a new, super stylish long boot which I think looks worth twice the price. This will be launched at Burley Three Day Event early September.
Both Horsewear & Mountain Horse have some fabulous new jackets coming out, keep checking this website for further details!!

Our newest feature is our wish list. Ideal for making sure that those Christmas & birthday pressies are what you really want. You will need to register first, then compile your list of "wishes", let all your friends & relatives know your id, then sit back & wait for all your wishes to be delivered! Couldn't be easier!

New for 2005 the Amigo Bug Rug is flying out of the door!! Don't wait to order or they will soon be gone.

Our newest feature is our wish list. Ideal for making sure that those Christmas & birthday pressies are what you really want. You will need to register first, then compile your list of "wishes", let all your friends & relatives know your id, then sit back & wait for all your wishes to be delivered! Couldn't be easier!


Turn heads at any event with these wonderful, colourful travel boots from Horseware. Team them up with the matching fleece & headcollar & rope for a stylish turnout!

Good news for all pony club riders who like the stylish JTE hat. It now carries the BSI Kitemark & thereby passes the Pony Club Approved Standard. We have a good stock of sizes in both Black & Navy.

We are only days away from the new Cross-Country season. Time to chuck out your old tired cross-country shirt & think of a new colour scheme. Make sure you have a matching hat silk & saddle cloth too! Don't forget to look at our excellent range of body protectors & skull hats as well

Just in time for the cold weather. The Rimfrost Rider from Mountain Horse will keep your feet warm & dry no matter how low the temperature. Also available & new this year, the Rimfrost Paddock (short boot)

The ideal Christmas present!!
Smart & tough - the Mountain Hi-rider boots from Mountain Horse are always a popular choice in our store. We have a great selection in both Black & Brown in all sizes & fittings.

We are pleased to have in stock the new waterproof, breathable turnout rug from Fieldhouse. As it is new for 2004 we are offering it for only £48.60 instead of the RRP of £54.00. Buy now while stocks last. We think they will go quickly at this very attractive price. Our horses will certainly be road testing this rug for us!

Smart & tough - the Mountain Hi-rider boots from Mountain Horse are always a popular choice in our store. We have a great selection in both Black & Brown in all sizes & fittings.

The bad news - the end of summer is near!
The good news - it 's time for cross country again!!
We have a full range of Body Protectors for all ages - tiny tots to BIG grown ups! Check out our hats, protective horse boots, bandages, cross country shirts, leg ice, bits, jumping saddles, etc, etc.

Summer holidays are fast approaching & that means Pony Club Camp for lots of you! Many of you will be old hands but there are many of you who are first timers - very exciting! Don't let your tack fail the tack check - bring it in in plenty of time & we will check it for you free of charge. Don't forget that we stock all camp requisites - jods, boots, waterproof coats, hats, buckets, bowls, grooming kit etc...... be well prepared - bring us your lists & we will help you get organised - leaving you to have fun!!

Our featured items are the YR leather Gaiters from English Gaiters. These are allowed in affiliated competition by BSJA, BE, BD, RC & PC. Also available for adults

It 's show time! Every one is getting ready for their local pony club & riding club shows. Smart show clothes need not be expensive. Our show jackets are only £29.99 for children. With Jods from £19.99 & Jod Boots from only £23.99 you won't break the bank, but will look the part!

The new X-Country season is nearly here! Check out our hats & Body Protectors - make sure yours are up to standard!

Special Offers - 20% off of Rambo Plus rugs (6'3-6'9 only) limited stock. Also 10% off all jackets including Kyra K, Barbour & Mountain Horse - only while stocks last

Happy New Year to everyone! I know it doesn't feel like it, but spring is round the corner. Keep vigilant against mud fever, which can take hold now. Give us a ring or drop in & we can discuss the best way to help prevent this horrible condition.

Christmas is approaching at the gallop, but there is no need to fight your way through the crowds in the big towns. Come & visit us in the lovely village of Ditchling in Sussex - we are open Monday - Saturday 9.15-5.15. There is plenty of free parking & (best of all, some super pubs & teashops nearby for weary shoppers) We will also be open on SUNDAY 21st December 10am-4pm for extra shopping time. See you very soon!


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