If your trainer appreciates the finer things in life, and you are feeling generous, then a bronze sculpture by equestrian artist Harriet Glen is likely to go down well. Harriet has the incredible ability to capture the essence of the horse in her works, which are priced from £400 per piece. She also produces a range of jewellery, which start at around £150 per item. Pictured is a large horseheads in heart brooch with sapphires, which can also be worn as a pendant and costs from £310. The entire range of sculptures and jewellery can be viewed at www.hgd.co.uk or call (tel: 01305 852803).
On a more practical note, you could treat your trainer to a useful item like the Arctic Long Jacket FW from Musto. This fabulous jacket is ideal for trainers who spend much of their day teaching in drafty indoor schools or braving the elements of outdoor arenas. It is well insulated against the cold as well as being waterproof, windproof and breathable. It is available in a choice of black, dark red and dark mink in a range of sizes, and costs around £130. Visit www.musto.co.uk or (tel: 01268 495830)
If you are struggling to find a unique present to thank your long suffering trainer, then why not treat them to tickets for next year’s World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. You will have to be quick through as they are selling fast. The show jumping tickets have completely sold out, as have the best dressage tickets. Only the cheapest season tickets are left for the dressage, costing 34 per person. However, if eventing is their sport, season tickets are available and will cost 80 each. Tickets to the opening ceremony cost from 10-60. Visit: www.aachen2006.de or (tel: +49 (0) 241 917 1111).
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Or if dressage is your trainer’s sport of choice then this new two-disk set from Equestrian Vision is bound to hit the right spot. Anky’s Music – From Atlanta to Athens includes a DVD that looks behind the scenes to find out how Anky’s world famous Olympic Kur music was composed by Cees Slings and Victor Kerkhof, plus a 10-track CD of Anky’s original freestyle music, including those used for her Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Kur. The two-disk set costs £25. Visit: www.equestrianvision.co.uk