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It is almost our birthday!!

lady and child in red bear equestrian t shirts by the river

It is official.

I only have less than one week left in the office before our first birthday.

Next week I am out of the office to enjoy some family time (but I will still be appearing on our socials and I am leaving you in very capable hands).

Then when I get back we are officially in birthday week.

What an amazing year it has been.

I never thought at the start of 2020, I would be sat here having started this business and having such an amazing community supporting us.

We are a family business, the pandemic and lockdowns have solidified this even more.

The name came about because of my kids, you can read more about that here.

Our clothing has been designed in house and created locally for us.

However our new Fell Collection has now come in house within our own team which I am so excited about.

The new and upcoming Fell Collection has been totally inspired by you.

It is what you have asked for from the pieces, designs, colours, logos and pricing. Every time you vote in one of the polls I put out I listen.

The homeware has enabled me to work with some amazing local crafts people. There is so much to come in this range.

Our jewellery is designed and finished in-house, by me and I adore getting back to where I started in jewellery creation many years ago.

All of our pieces have names which are all linked to our family.

We donate towards a charity so close to my heart via your purchases. You can read more about why Day One means so much to be here.

The models are mainly family.

The photography is myself or my eldest son.

The designs are all passed by my kids who are the most amazing inspiration, as well as being amazing critics, to ensure everything is the best it can be.

Our new puppy seems to have his own fan club, with our followers regularly asking after him (he is definitely using that against the other dogs and fame is going to his head).

We are now starting to bring others into the team and thank you for supporting us so we can do that.

There are so many plans for over the next 12 months I cannot wait to share them with you.

Our birthday week is going to be amazing and our first birthday on 10th June is going to be filled with fun, so keep looking out for more on this.

I know I have said it before but Red Bear Equestrian would not exist of it wasn’t for you, so thank you for all of your comments about our ranges, votes in my polls (I know there are lots), purchase, shares on social media and general support.

You are all amazing and are helping our dreams come true.

Hayley and Team Red Bear Equestrian x

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Ups, Downs, Closures and Celebrations

 I thought I would give you another quick update about where we are as I have had so many amazing messages from people who have heard about our ranges, who are excited to see them and who have had a glimpse into what is launching.  I have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness shown, especially at the moment when everyone is finding things so tough.

I am so excited and everyday brings new excitement, plus a comment from one of my kids about something they want to add a message from my sister about something she or my nieces think we should add to the range. It seems to be growing and growing and more ideas are developing for over the next year or two.

The last week and a bit has been a mix of ups and downs.

We have the final designs (whoop whoop) and we have accidently designed some additional items including some boys pieces ( whoop whoop), I have some new members of the team (yay), I have a group of amazing ladies who are going to be part of a focus group on the items we have designed for the future and also those we will be bring to you soon (yay) and everything is set for launch (so so excited).

However….. With every up there is a down and the downs this week were the manufacturer of the clothing informing us there is now an additional 10 day delay on items due to staffing and demand at the moment, meaning we are still working hard for our launch to be on the day we have planned, which will be announced very soon, but it may have to be put back by a week (boo), the jewellery items I am awaiting on pieces to complete have been lost by the courier, so they are having to be resent (boo) the factory creating our fabric for the homeware have closed (boo) but we have a spoken with a couple of other businesses who we are hoping will be collaborating with us and can get our homeware produced by launch day.

So this weekend we have planned in lots to celebrate our achievements and unwind, Friday consisted of a online quiz night for my mums birthday, today apart from a hour or twos work I have been out running with one of my sons (the other hid so he didn’t have to come), I am going riding with my daughter and doing some photography later with my eldest, then fingers crossed the sun stays a bbq. Followed by a lazy Sunday.

What are you up to?

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Want to know what we are going to be bringing to you?

It has been really important to me that everything we sell is something we believe in. I have a busy lifestyle, three active kids, lots of pets including dogs and horses, businesses to run and I love being on the go myself so everything needed to stand up to family life, and do so while looking amazing. As why should we have to settle for any less?

Red Bear was created from my love (OK obsession) with everything equine and country. It is something I have wanted to create for so long and now I have the opportunity and am bringing my family along for the ride.

All of our clothing has taken longer than expected to come to life as I have sourced several potential suppliers to create my designs and then had to await samples, followed by making sure they stand up to our tests before altering little bits and trying again, this is so important as I only sell what I believe in and we are putting the Red Bear label to all of our exclusive clothing ranges. We have t-shirts (these look so good on), sweatshirts (super comfy to ride in as well as daily wear) and caps all of these are for ladies and children and are almost ready (sorry men we will do a range for you in the future). Plus once lock down is over we can restart talks with the company who is providing the most amazing leggings these are comfy, hardwearing and so flattering, perfect for riding, the gym, or even just the school run. Plus another two super exciting ranges that I cannot reveal yet.

Between us we hand design everything and then outsource to be handmade or hand finished just for you.

We have homeware currently being developed which we have hand drawn and created the patterns for the fabrics. We are currently finding the perfect fabric to print this onto, then we have a team at the ready to create cushion covers, lampshades, bunting, memo boards and more all exclusive to us and again all by hand.

Then there are the bags (perfect for shopping, school runs or throwing your horse gear in for the yard), and our hand drawn art and photography collection, there is also so much more on top of all of this but I am sworn to secrecy and so much love that has gone into every part.

Finally is the jewellery range. I am and always have been passionate about jewellery, my first company was a jewellery designer and retailer, which I since sold and have secretly missed. I love all things sparkly, and to be able to create this along with my other love of horses has been a dream, I have designed two pieces initially and am awaiting all of the goodies to create these, with many more items soon to join the range.

Everything is taking so much longer at the moment due to suppliers and wholesalers all suffering due to the current situation but I promise we will be with you soon and certainly worth the wait.

In the meantime I am loving working from the garden, getting the kids input, having board meetings over bbq’s and gin and seeing everything in the background come together.

I have also just bought myself a sparkly new camera meaning as soon as we are able to share the products with you there will be no waiting for the official shoot, we will be sharing with you that day!! As long as I have learned to use it by then!

Remember my instagram stories are showing you daily our journey and will continue to do so, so please give us a follow and learn more about us.

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Meet the team.

Red Bear Equestrian is a family run business and so let me introduce you to the team.

The business has been grown from a passion for all things equestrian and country, o.k so my husbands love of equine is not as big as mine and the children’s, but he is getting there.

I am Hayley I have ridden for about 30 years on and off, I have been having a great time developing our new range of products, my husband is the artistic one behind the scenes. Then there are the kids, Liam, Harry and Lily-May who love the ponies as much as I do. Lily-May recently got a new pony so she will be featuring in photos I am sure. They have had a great time, getting creative with product design, images and social media.

Also part of the team are our ever growing collection of pets, currently these include a lizard, chickens, cat, parrot, three dogs, fish and three ponies. Although the bird and pony collection is soon to be expanding (fingers crossed).

I cannot wait to share more with you as we go through this journey.