When it comes to dads and horses, there seem to be two distinct categories…
a) The horsey dad by default
Until you showed an interest in horses, a donkey on the beach was the closest your dad had got to an equine. He’s still fairly wary of them, he couldn’t tell you where the fetlock is, is prone to getting surcingles tangled and occasionally forgets what your horse is called. Nonetheless, he tirelessly helps you drag shaving bales around the yard, will step up to being a driver at the last minute and will stand for hours in the rain while you cross-country school.
b) The voluntary horsey day
This kind of dad put you on his horse before you could walk, tells tales of his hunting days pre-ban, will walk the course with you and can count strides better than you could ever hope to, knows when your horse has done enough — and scoffs at the amount of rugs you have. Horsecare was much simpler in his day…
Whichever bracket your dad falls into, we reckon he deserves a pretty good Father’s Day present next Sunday (21 June). One of these should do the trick…
1. A hip flask
Calm his nerves while you go cross-country with one of these smart leather hip flasks from Aspinal, complete with free engraving so no one else can wrongly claim his tipple.
2. A Horse & Hound subscription
Get him up to speed with all the latest news and reports with a subscription to H&H — and you can pinch the copies once he’s done.
Price: From £23.49
Add a horsey twist to his shirts with these sterling silver hunting horn cufflinks from HiHo Silver.
4. Shooting stick
Let him rest weary legs on this shooting stick from William & Son.
5. A hamper
If he’s trailing around the country with you and your horse, at least keep him well-fed with one of these luxury hampers from Daylesford.
Price: From £50
6. Glorious Goodwood tickets
Racecourses don’t get much more picture perfect than Goodwood in the Sussex Downs, and you can catch some top class action at Glorious Goodwood from 28 July-1 August 2015.
Price: From £14
7. Polo belt
Add some colour — and style — to his trousers with an Argentinian polo belt from Estribos.
Make sure he doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action with these Barska Style 10X25 Binoculars.
9. Racing tie
Smarten up his get-up for the races with this racehorse print silk tie.