Mike Vince Racing UK Blog

Mike Vince Racing UK Blog 

There’s one thing that stands out about this job- variety and the need to deal with all sorts of emotions.

First there was the honour of being Racecourse Commentator as 30,000 packed Ascot for the DDF Shergar Cup, regarded as the world’s premier jockey’s challenge. Calling 12 of the world’s greatest is special enough but the fact they all wear team colours makes it a challenge. But although my rooftop eerie can be lonely, the atmosphere generated by the crowd as the race reaches its climax- hopefully lifted by a few well chosen words- is amazing. (you might understand by watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93jNbBqfo2E)

Then came 4 days of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Four magical days in Gods Own County where the horses who stole the show were Ulysses, Enable (our best of the year) and Marsha but the first day welcome was one of the most spectacular if happily short lived cloudbursts I have ever seen. York is famous for the successes of its summer music programme but it really did seem Wet Wet Wet had made an unscheduled appearance.

There have been trips to Ireland in between- notably for the first day of the Longines Irish Champions weekend, but in recent days two tasks that really made you realise why racing is more than just a sport to countless thousands.

It was back to York on Sunday for a day which featured the first running of the Tom O’Ryan Apprentice Handicap, named in memory of the man who was my Presentation colleague at York in 2016 until he was stricken in late July which claimed his life just five short weeks later.

How Tom would have loved that the race was for Apprentices. He mentored many, who sought him out as his advice was solid gold- just as his friendship was to people like me. Yorkshire was his adopted home and he would have been thrilled that a young man named Callum Rodriguez, who spoke with a sincerity and dignity of how everyone had talked about Tom that did him enormous credit, should have won the race.

Just 24 hours later I found myself interviewing jockey George Baker. A year ago he celebrated his finest hour when he rode the winner of the world’s oldest classic, the St Leger, at Doncaster on Harbour Law, the first victory in a race first run in 1776 for a woman trainer.

This weekend he will be back on Town Moor, just pleased to be there after life threatening injuries in the most horrific fall at St Moritz where horses race on ice. He talked amazingly about how watching that Leger DVD has helped so much in his recovery and in a 3 minute interview used the word positive no less than 5 times. There have been few more popular jockeys in the flat racing world in the past decade. His courage does him huge credit.

It was, of course, Bill Shankly who once said ‘Football to many is a matter of life and death- to us it is much more serious’.

What a shame no one in racing has ever encapsulated what the sport means in such memorable prose.

My Day at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – Blog

My Day at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is one of the biggest dates in the Eventing calendar, and after 15 years of wanting to see what Burghley is like, I finally got the opportunity to attend the event! I can say it definitely lived up to expectations!

I drove up on the first day of competition to watch riders who were fulfilling their dream by making their debut at Burghley while once again the event attracted the top names from all over the world.

I have been an equestrian fan since I was 5 years old when I started riding and being able to go to Burghley was a dream come true. Watching the riders warm up and see how they prepare to achieve a near flawless dressage test, is incredible.  I will definitely be hoping to use some of their tactics when I compete!

Listening to what the riders said in the interviews was one of my absolute highlights as hearing how they prepare to get to an event such as Burghley was truly interesting but also how they see Burghley as one of the biggest ‘stages’ in Eventing.

Burghley however offers far more than just top level sport with the shopping area being one of the best at an Equestrian event and I made sure I had time to have a look at some of the shops! I could not believe the variety in the trade stands from tack stalls, to jewelry, to art and finally horse lorries – there’s no doubt Burghley definitely offers something for everyone.

Anna’s Introduction

Anna’s Introduction 

Hey I am Anna, I have just joined the Lloyd bell team for the summer! I am from Pembrokeshire in South Wales.

I am a student at Bournemouth University studying events management, in November I will be off to USA for my placement year in Aspen Colorado. I will be working in a top ski resort as part of their events team!

I have been playing sport ever since I can remember, my two main sports are horse riding and Hockey though I love watching all sports. I have been riding and competing since I was 5 years old, I have competed at various competitions across the country up to Pony Club National Champs.

I have been playing hockey since I was 11, I have represented South West Wales and was a member of Wales’ Goal keeping under 18’s goal keeping coaching programme. I am currently a member of the Bournemouth University XI hockey team.

I hope to gain new and different experiences through joining the Lloyd Bell team I am really looking forward to being a member of the team and getting involved various projects with the team throughout the summer!  I am really looking forward to working on the equestrian and hockey events Lloyd Bell are involved with!

Hockey Wales Filming – Lucy’s Blog

Hockey Wales Filming – Lucy’s Blog 

It’s always exciting working with new clients. New clients mean new projects and new projects often mean new challenges. Hockey Wales came to Lloyd Bell for support during the lead up to the Women’s Euro Hockey Championships which will be taking place in Cardiff this August. The governing body have been given a huge opportunity in hosting the tournament and therefore wanted to ensure they were promoting it as much as possible, in order to capitalise on such an opportunity.

We began to brainstorm different ideas around how to best promote the tournament and eventually decided upon running a social media campaign of short films, each encapsulating a different aspect of Hockey Wales.

We worked with Hockey Wales to establish key dates that would enable us to film footage of the Welsh women’s team, but also other individuals who are key to the Hockey Wales family. As we all know in this industry, it’s not as simple as choosing a time and date and all parties being available – so three dates in the diary later, we were ready to rock!

We attended two international training sessions, a club tournament and an international match in order to capture the variety of footage required to portray the real Hockey Wales family. It was great to film with a fantastic group – the squad, the coaches, the volunteers, the background staff – everyone was so enthusiastic which made our job a lot easier!

After weeks of planning, filming and editing, the films turned out fantastic!

We created a total of nine films, which were themed:
- The Hockey Family
- Team Work
- The Coaches
- Volunteers
- Fans
- Playing for the Dragon
- Heroes on Home Soil
- I Love Hockey
- Trivia

The reaction to the films has been great since Hockey Wales have began publishing – which is something we are very proud of!

It was great to see a project through from start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Hockey Wales team!


My Royal Ascot – Bobby’s Blog

My Royal Ascot – Bobby’s Blog

Cheltenham Festivals, Grand National, Ebor and St Leger’s, are all meetings I have covered over the years but this year for the first time I was offered the opportunity to cover the five days of the Royal meeting for Lloyd Bell Productions. To say I was excited was an understatement.

I arrived on the Tuesday to 30 degree heat already for the week ahead. I walked round the course taking it all in, it was amazing.

Over the period of the 5 days, I was getting features ahead of racing with a variety of different people from the person in charge of the Ascot shop to the ice cream stall.

When racing had commenced, then it got exciting. Getting interviews with wining connections, previews for the following day and getting the chance to see some of the best horses that dominate the flat season. To say the hours were long, the days went fast, by the time I knew it, it were Saturday evening and time to make the three and half hour journey back home.

There were so many highlights of my time there, a few to mention. I got my first interview with Aidan O’Brien, he was very polite and I were so happy I got the chance to speak to him. Also, it were great to see a fair few Yorkshire trained horses pass the post first especially on the Saturday with Snoano winning the Wolferton, former Great St Wilfrid winner Out Do taking the Wokingham and Oriental Fox recording win number 2 in the Queen Alexandra. And not forgetting Ribchesters’ win in the Queen Anne and Permian winning the King Edward VII.

It was fantastic to be apart of such a fantastic meeting on the racing calendar, already looking forward to next year.

By Bobby Beevers