The Power of Supporting Small, Local Businesses in the Equine Industry

In a world dominated by big corporations and online marketplaces, it’s easy to overlook the importance of supporting small, local businesses, especially in niche industries like the equine industry. These businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, offering personalised services and fostering a sense of connection between horse owners, riders, and enthusiasts. In this blog post, we’ll explore why supporting small, local businesses in the equine industry is crucial and how it can positively impact both individuals and the entire community.

1. Personalised Service and Expertise:

One of the most significant advantages of supporting small, local equine businesses, such as R S Jumps, is the exceptional level of personalised service and expertise they provide. We prioritise building relationships with our customers. We take the time to understand your unique needs, offer tailored advice, and provide hands-on assistance. The personalised touch and depth of knowledge can make all the difference in ensuring the health, well-being, and success of your horse.

2. Quality Products and Services:

Small, local equine businesses often focus on providing high-quality products and services to differentiate themselves from larger, more commercial competitors. We take pride in the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into our offerings. When you support these businesses, you not only gain access to top-notch products, such as our X-Country Jumps or Training Aids, but you also contribute to the preservation of traditional skills and craftsmanship that may otherwise be lost in a mass-produced world.

3. Economic Impact:

Supporting small, local equine businesses has a significant positive impact on the local economy. When you choose to spend your pennies at these establishments, you are directly supporting the livelihoods of your neighbours and fellow horse lovers. Small businesses often reinvest their earnings locally, helping to create a cycle of economic growth and sustainability within the community. By supporting local businesses, you contribute to the overall prosperity and well-being of your area.

4. Preserving Community and Heritage:

Small, local businesses in the equine industry play a vital role in preserving the sense of community and heritage that make our horse-loving communities special. They serve as gathering places for like-minded individuals to share stories, exchange knowledge, and foster lasting friendships. These businesses often sponsor local equestrian events, clinics, and competitions, providing a platform for riders of all levels to come together and celebrate their passion. We are proud to sponsor Kimpton Horse Show and attend local events such as Bedfordshire YFC, Blaston Show and Rockingham International Horse Trials.  By supporting these establishments, you help preserve the unique character and traditions that make your equine community thrive.

5. Environmental Considerations:

Many small, local equine businesses prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility. We source their materials as locally as possible, reducing carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation. By choosing to support these environmentally conscious businesses, you contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for the equine industry and the planet as a whole.

Conclusion:

Supporting small, local businesses in the equine industry is about more than just making a purchase—it’s an investment in your community, the preservation of tradition, and the well-being of horses and riders alike. By opting for personalised service, high-quality products, and a stronger local economy, you play a crucial role in fostering a thriving equine community. So, the next time you need equine supplies or services, consider reaching out to your local businesses. Your support will make a world of difference in their success and the vibrancy of the equine world you cherish.

Bedfordshire Young Farmers Country Show and Rally

Following the disappointing news that Rockingham International Horse Trials 2023 had been cancelled, we were very pleased to be able to join the 75th Bedfordshire Young Farmers Country Show and Rally on 20th May 2023.

We had a great day chatting to friends and previous customers who came to see us, meeting new customers from all over the country and discussing ideas and challenges with visitors.

It was a wonderful day and congratulations to the team for presenting an excellent event with plenty for all the family to enjoy.

We’re looking forward to our next event which is Blaston Show in June. Do pop over and say hi to the team if you’re visiting and see how we can help you – whether it’s with x-country jumps, show jumps, fencing, training aids or event prep including water bowser hire, stewards or course prep.

When Two Worlds Collide

Agriculture and theatre are two sectors that don’t seem to cross over much. Unless you’re Ricky and Kathryn.

Some of you might have noticed some social media sharing between R S Jumps and Standing In The Wings so we thought we’d explain the reasoning behind it.

Back in 2018, Ricky was Lighting Designer for the play, Wait Until Dark. He’s been involved in theatre for as long as he can remember as a hobby. It started with set building which is probably the closest link to the jumps! Kathryn (Marketing Manager for RS Jumps) was playing the leading role in the play – originally a Stage Manager on a variety of shows in London, UK Tours and films, she’d returned to the boards having taken a local 9-5 job. 

Fast forward a few years and Ricky and Kathryn are now a couple (getting married in 2024) and not content with having busy careers in farming and the IT sector, they wanted to push their own ‘side line’ businesses – and fortunately, the other one said yes to supporting.

So, Ricky helps with the technical and building side of Standing In The Wings (Kathryn’s theatre company) and Kathryn supports with the social media, marketing and attending events for R S Jumps.

We believe that sharing our two worlds helps make us the strong partnership we are and whilst the target audiences might be different for the two companies, we want to share what each other does and help them to be the best possible and reach as many people. So, if you see a post that isn’t directly linked to what we do primarily, that’s why.

If you fancy supporting us too, check out our socials and websites – and if you think we can help you out, drop us a message – be it theatre related or agriculture/equine based. 

         

Point To Point – White is the new orange

Over the past few months, Ricky has been working with Oakley Point To Point to prepare the course for their event on 19th March 2023.

There have been updates to the rules and regs for Jump Racing across the country meaning lots of additional work in the run up to the season.

Ricky has been busy sanding, repairing and painting toe boards (orange to white), mending fences, collecting and changing guard rails as well as offering support to the team on any other issues that arise.

On the day, Ricky is pleased to be providing event support on the course along with some of the rest of the R S Jumps team.

If you’re at the event at Brafield-On The Green on 19th March, we’d love to see you so do pop over and say hello!

For help and support with your Point To Point, please email ricky@rsjumps.co.uk for more information about the services we provide.

  

Orange Guard Rails have now all been replaced with White Guard Rails

 

All toe boards are going from orange to white to help with equine visibility. All of these boards have been sanded, repaired, painted and replaced on the fences.

 

 

Fence update – old boards replaced with the new white ones and white guards rails in place waiting for final tidying

 

 

Summer Project

Back in May 2022, we exhibited at Rockingham International Horse Trials.

It was our first major public event, and we had a great weekend seeing existing customers as well as meeting new customers.

Through the event, we were asked to undertake a large scale project in Buckinghamshire which included:

  • Concreting the stable yard
  • Installing gates
  • Rebuilding stable walls
  • Installing a muck clamp
  • Creating a soakaway
  • Adding slips rails to existing stables
  • Installing a water trough

We picked the hottest month of the year to complete the work but we were pleased with the work but more importantly, our customer was too!

Photos of some of the work (before and after) and the team in action below:

If you’d like a quote for any yard projects, do get in touch and we’d be very happy to visit to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.