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The High and Lows of 2013

The High and Lows of 2013

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Over the year we’ve featured many of our interesting friends and customers on the A Hume blog. Not surprisingly as a country clothing retailer we have many loyal supporters in the world of country sporting life.


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Local sporting hero for 2013, Grand National winner Ryan Mania in his A Hume tweeds.


2013 has been a great year for country sports in the Scottish Borders, particularly equestrian sport. Ryan Mania romped home on Aurora’s Encore in the Grand National and Emily Galbraith did fantastically well on Timing at Badminton and Pau.  We’ve had the pleasure of supporting both riders with tweed offerings from A Hume and wish them both continued success in 2014.


Sticking with the equestrian theme we’ve heard from the wonderful Kim Bailey, racehorse trainer, blogger and raconteur. Our Pre-Cheltenham Chat with Kim Bailey was one of the highlights of our blogging year. And we’ve peeked behind the scenes of the Eventing world with our great chum Cameron “Choppy” Crawford who’s kept us regularly entertained with his adventures as owner of Olympic Medal Winner, Caroline Powell’s horse, Onwards and Upwards.


Both Kim and Choppy have been kind enough to pen a little missive on their high and lows for 2013, as has another of great friends, Emma Crabtree of property letting co., Crabtree & Crabtree. Sometimes we like to spread the word about good places to stay, or clever property development opportunities. And we’ve often drawn on Emma’s expertise to write these posts. Today she talks in her own words about the past year.


So here you have them, our friends and supporters on 2013.


Kim Bailey


“Oh the highs and lows of a racehorse trainer in 2013.

‘The fun of the fair never stops in our sport as we race most days of the week; yes we keep ourselves busy but during that time our nerves tangle and occasionally tingle depending on where and what we run in.’

‘We might have won the Grand National this year if my jockey had stayed on…but he didn’t and we finished 2nd without one. At least we made the papers with our picture upsides the winner with the Kim Bailey Racing logo on his breast girth for all to see. Great marketing but the powers that be didn’t fancy it so have now banned me from using them. That was a tangle’


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Race winner Harry Topper jumping the last at Exeter. Kim says “Harry give me that tingle.”

‘Highlights were Harry Topper winning the prestigious Charlie Hall Chase recently at Wetherby and he looks every inch a top chaser when he has his preferred soft ground. Harry gives me that tingle.’

‘Christmas is a time of hard work and many miles on the clock, but hey, I get paid to do something I would do as a hobby, so what else would I want to do’

‘Have a great time over Christmas and may it be a happy one for you all up in Kelso.. my favourite town… which also holds my favourite shop?” – Kim Bailey December 2013


Cameron ‘Choppy’ Crawford

“In the horse world there are always high and lows! The biggest high has to be going to Badminton and completing. A dream come true but now, having been there, we know we have a truly competitive horse and the bar is set even higher for next year.’


Caroline Powell & ONWARDS & UPWARDS

Caroline Powell rode a clear round on Onwards and Upwards, in the X-country at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Photo courtesy, Al Crook.

‘We also managed to secure the Cup for the best Scottish Horse, my son won the Northern Area & Scottish Point to Point pony Champion, plus my daughter won the Scottish BE90 overall championship.’

‘Now for the lows. The horse I compete on, not Onwards and Upwards, cracked his pelvis which ruled out most of the year (although I did win first time out at Belsay Castle in July). We suffered another blow in Pau*4, where a simple mistake on the cross country cost Caroline Powell and Onwards and Upwards 4th place.’

‘But…..overall a very successful season .’

‘Big Year next season. World equestrian Games (WEG) in August is the target so a good run at Badminton in the spring will be needed if we are to make the team.’

‘Onwards and upwards.” Choppy Crawford, December 2013.


Emma Crabtree


“Highs: the fabulous summer resulting in some very happy UK holidaymakers and a surge in last minute summer bookings.  VisitBritain are reporting an all-time high of visitors to the UK this summer.’


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The historic Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing, at Scott’s Abbotsford now available for holiday lets through Crabtree and Crabtree.

‘The Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing where Scott and his descendants lived opened for lettings this year through C&C following a £1.25 million refurbishment.’

‘The excellent late autumn fishing season on the Tweed where extraordinarily every day in November was fishable.’

‘Lows: the fabulous summer (because) we all wanted to be outside!’

‘The cold spring had an impact on bookings early on and got the fishing season off to a bad start”. – Emma Crabtree, December 2013.


We hope you enjoyed their reflections on the outgoing year and we wish you a very Happy New Year when it comes.


Thanks for being part of our blogging world – keep reading in 2014.

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