Making the most of membership


The importance of Learning

The importance of Learning

I have just returned from a riding lesson. I have been riding for 12 years now and still consider myself a novice. Where horses are concerned there is always more to learn (and if William Fox Pitt – one of the UK’s top riders – is still having…


Making Progress

Making Progress

I was waiting to see a friend the other day at her yard to see how they where making progress (she’s a keen eventer and has about 12 horses she competes regularly). Her farrier was at the yard and since it was a cold day I decided to keep warm at the…


The Essential is Invisible

The Essential is Invisible

For those of you who did any research into friends1st before you joined (you did do that didn’t you?!) you’ll probably be aware that I have been writing newsletters, blogs and archives for our members for a long time (well like since 1999 now!). I guess a large…


Are you really looking for your other half?

Are you really looking for your other half?

Are you really looking for your other half? Enjoy our guest article by Elaine Ward. Couples often refer to their husband or wife as their “ other half ” thus compounding the belief that a couple comprise of two halves making a whole. Where does this belief come from? In Plato’s…


Where do you live?

Where do you live?

Many members tell us that they aren’t even getting to make friends with other members because of where they live – i.e. they live too far away from the person they’ve contacted. We had a piece of written feedback about this recently and this was the…


Getting the most out of events

Getting the most out of events

I hosted one of our events near Stratford upon Avon and took the opportunity to observe how different attendees ‘behaved’ during the event and thought that sharing a bit of what I noticed might be useful to everyone – whether you…