|As riders ourselves, we wanted to build a site that reflected the majority of horse owners and riders in the UK. The reality of 5am feeds, muddy wellies and a constant battle to do the very best you can for your horse.
So here we are
Managed by a core team of 3 humans and a gaggle of four legged friends we hope that as a team of riders, horse owners, competitors and business owners we can continue to develop and build this site to really be the best equestrian site out there for every Rider Like You.
Riders Like Me founders story
Riders Like Me was a figment of our imaginations and wishes for almost 2 years before we went into build.
Over many a glass of wine we sat with friends and always ended up talking about a website where we could find events easily, enter them simply and share that info with friends. A site where we could buy and sell kit without the danger or uncertainty of current sites or methods. A place where we could find honest and impartial reviews and information, and more importantly a site that was built By Riders, For Riders.
So, rather than simply sit and dream about this site we decided to put it into action. After months of research and and fine tuning we appointed a world class web build agency who have spent the past year learning all there is to know about horse breeds, worming queries and the differences between what works for ‘normal people’ and what works for riders!!
We hope you enjoy the site, and that it enhances life with your horse and your horsey friends. After all, that was the vision all those years and glasses of wine ago.
Riders Like Me Team
Name: Michelle West
Job Title: Co-founder
Yard Duties: Pretty much everything. As they say Jack of all trades…
Likes: Prosecco, Haribo and onesies
Dislikes: Mornings and clipping
Special Skills: Supergroom (due to previously living with a pro eventer and being roped into free grooming a lot!)
Most likely to be saying: Dotty get off/come here/shut up/get down
Name: Julia Close
Yard Duties: Mucking in with everything.
Likes: Mavis, my lorry and Capri Sun
Dislikes: Any XC course over 80cm and tack cleaning
Special Skills: Forgetting to use battery isolater
Most likely to be saying: “Show Conditions!” whilst attempting to school with loose dogs/DIYing neighbour, hurricane conditions etc.etc.
Name: Mike West
Job Title: Digital Executive
Yard Duties: Dotty’s personal taxi
Likes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Especially at the pub!! Golf
Special Skills: World’s worst darts player. Shouting so loud at the TV the footballers can actually hear me
Most likely to be saying: “Who’s making the tea??” or “Have you tried turning it on and off again?”
Job Title: Therapist
Yard Duties: Listening to any moans or groans
Likes: Sleeping and her pregnant best friend Brooke
Dislikes: Polo’s! She spits them out
Special Skills: She’ll never divulge your secrets
Most likely to be saying: “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..”
Job Title: Cover Girl
Yard Duties: Playground buddy
Likes: Hacking out with the dogs for company
Dislikes: Being tied up to the lorry
Special Skills: Looking groomed even if a body brush has just been waved in her general direction (unlike Lexi and Jack)
Most likely to be saying: “What are we doing today Mum?”
Job Title: Test Dummy
Yard Duties: Testing the durability of all of the electric fencing…
Likes: Food, escaping, more food, jumping
Dislikes: Work. Especially dressage!
Special Skills: Dragging unsuspecting victims around the yard on the end of a lead rope like rag dolls
Most likely to be saying: I’m starving
Job Title: Muck spreader
Yard Duties: Collecting lost overreach boots on the yard and distributing as much dirt around as possible
Likes Investigating: All the stables for possible food and hacking out with the horses
Dislikes: The wash bay
Special skills: Importing stable contents into the office
Most likely to be saying: ” What smell……?”
Job Title: Expert course walker (water jumps a speciality)
Yard Duties: Pathfinding any jump course
Likes: Mike and hacking out with the horses
Dislikes: The lorry windscreen wipers and staying still for too long
Special skills: Embarrassingly better at most showjumping courses than the horses
Most likely to be saying: “Lets go!”
Job Title: Trainee
Yard Duties: Digging holes in the sand school
Likes: Eating shoes, escaping and Dotty
Special Skills: Chewing furniture
Most likely to be saying: Wasn’t me…
Job Title: Head of Security
Yard Duties: Barking at any person/car/object/TV channel
Likes: Ikea toy rats, digging and barking
Dislikes: Hoovers, sitting on the floor, rain
Special Skills: Daily 2pm poo breaks like clockwork
Most likely to be saying: “INTRUDER!! INTRUDER!!”