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Hello, my name is Euan McManus. I have been working for FOMO for three weeks now as an intern through NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) for the summer. I have just finished my second year as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Strathclyde and I am looking forward to the rest of my summer working here! My degree course is a combination of material from both the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree and the Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree. It aims to give me a wide range of skills which can be used to bridge the gap between mechanical and electrical engineering work. Currently, I am working with the rest of the team to help develop new products (most notably the FLIP body protector) and doing some work internally to help the company run as smoothly as possible.   Shoulder protector for testing This includes work on the Dynamics 365 inventory management system, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and market analysis, working on ways to new processes for foam as well as general help around the office. Everything I have done so far has taught me a huge amount about what goes into designing and selling products and the inner workings of how businesses operate. I did not have much prior experience in the equestrian world so it has been really interesting to find out more about the sport and the role engineering contributes to the equipment used for riders. I do, however, participate in other sports, mainly tricking (an expressive movement practice where combinations of moves from many disciplines, called “tricks”, are performed by the tricker) and martial arts (which also uses foam protective gear) and occasionally bouldering (technical rock climbing at lower heights). I still have a couple of months left on my internship and I hope to use this time to learn even more and make as big a contribution to FOMO as possible. ...

Last but not least in our FOMO Real Riders 2024 introductions we have Iona Oloughlin Iona has been riding in her FOMO FAZE body protector for two seasons and can be spotted in the beautiful Feel Taupe on her superstar horse, Prince. A massive advocate for the brand after previously having a severe fall where she, unfortunately, suffered a horrendous punctured lung, Iona was delighted to finally find a body protector that she didn’t hate! Always keeping us up to date with fab action-packed videos we are delighted to have Iona on board as our youngest ‘Real Rider’. What's your go-to pre or post-comp snack? My pre-comp snack is typically a breakfast bar or food drink, and my post-comp snack is over-priced cheesy chips!!  Describe your perfect horsey day. My perfect horsey day would be to go for a gallop along the beach with my pals, then take the horses into the sea for a swim followed by beach BBQ!  If your horse could talk, what would it say about you? If Prince could talk he would probably say that I don’t let him go fast enough xc and that I am to much of a micromanager!  What's the most memorable place you've ever ridden? I haven’t ridden at any big top events, but Hopetoun horse trials will always have the best memories and firsts! It was my first BE, my first clear showjumping, my first 20 out XC and my first time going wrong in the dressage! Not all I deal for a finishing score but I have learned the most at Hopetoun! (It was also where I bought my FOMO FAZE!) Name one riding gear item you can't live without (besides your body protector!) A piece of riding gear I couldn’t live without would probably be my Loxley by Bliss jumping saddle as I think I’d be well and truly LOST without it!  What's your horse's funniest habit? Prince's funniest habit is once he has his girth done up and I’m about to do his bridle he stretches out his front legs for me, I did teach him how to do it, and now does it for attention in the field or while I’m leading! He can also do it mounted which shocked my mum when he first did it!  If you could ride any horse from history or fiction, who would it be? If I could ride any horse I would love to ride Ros Canter’s LORDSHIPS GRAFFALO. What's the best piece of riding advice you've ever received? The best piece of riding advice I’ve ever been given is, don’t chase a stride, one will come to you, so keep at the movement not in front or behind the natural movement. How do you stay motivated during tough training sessions? During tough training sessions to keep motivated, I reflect on how far I have come and realise I am progressing. Although it is difficult I try not to compare myself to others, especially with having access to different resources! Another thing that helps me is reflecting on past sessions, what made them so great or not so good, and building up from there and looking forward to the longer warmer eventing days keep my spirits and motivation high!  Who's your equestrian hero and why? Bubby Upton is my equestrian hero because she shows a phenomenal amount of dedication and determination towards eventing, especially after her accident 8 months ago leaving her unknown if she could ride again. So for her to come out and ride how she did in this year's Badminton Horse Trials was truly inspiring! ...

Next up is Sophie McDearmid who is a full-time event rider and coach based in the North East of England. Sophie has Elhers-Danlos syndrome which means her body is a bit more fragile than most. Sophie has a gastric pacemaker and feeding tube on her stomach that means getting a body protector to fit and be comfortable can be a challenge. Sophie has been riding in her FOMO FAZE body protector for a while now after buying from stockist Tick Tack at Hopetoun Horse Trials last year and has several horses from grassroots to 2* level. We got to know Sophie a bit better with some quickfire questions below...

Introducing our FOMO Real Riders for 2024. Jemma Buchan had a horrific accident on the road in March 2022 where she fractured two vertebrae on her back. After months of not being able to lift her daughter into her car seat, Jemma vowed to do everything within her control to try to prevent that from happening again. Jemma had heard about FOMO and our research and evidence-based product development for enhanced safety. Jemma now uses her FOMO FAZE every day for every discipline and activity from beach rides, to backing and showing. What's your go-to pre or post-comp snack? This is an easy one...

Introducing our FOMO Real Riders for 2024. First up we have Danielle Magner who is a 23yo Irish Event Rider who is based at Hillcrest Sport Horses in County Limerick where she also learned to ride as a young child. Danielle will be competing several of the Hillcrest horses this year from 4yo to 3*! So we had some quick fire questions for Danielle to get to know her a bit better...

The anticipation is palpable as the eventing season calendar is now live and the countdown is on. If you haven't already started, now is the perfect time to kick off your horse's fitness plan, ensuring they are in prime condition for the upcoming events. The following 12-week fitness programme is designed to transition your horse from a winter break to their first event of the year. Please note that this plan assumes your horse has not been turned away due to injury; consult your vet for a tailored program if that's the case. Week 1-3: Coming Back from a Break Week 1: Begin with around 30 minutes of roadwork walking each day. Week 2: Increase walking time to 45 minutes on the road daily. Week 3: Progress to 60 minutes of walking on the road, incorporating more hills. Note: If your horse has been in light work post-season or engaged in other activities, you can join the program at this stage. Week 4-6: Building Up the Pace Week 4: Introduce short spells of trotting (two minutes at a time) during hacks on suitable surfaces. Week 5: Extend trotting time and incorporate more varied terrain. Introduce 20 minutes of flatwork during a 60-minute hack. Week 6: Start a rotated exercise program including hacking, hill work, flatwork, and some jumping. Week 7-8: Adding Intensity Week 7: Increase hill work and slow cantering. Week 8: Introduce more jump training and extend slow canters to three or four minutes on varied ground. Note: If your horse has been in regular work in other disciplines, such as hunting or showjumping, you can join the program at Week 8. Week 9-11: Discipline-Specific Training Week 9: Introduce faster work and stronger canters on a slight incline. Include a dressage or small jumping show. Week 10: Cross-country schooling with a focus on discipline-specific training. Maintain cantering and hill work. Week 11: Varied week including hill work, strong canters, discipline-specific training, and relaxing hacking. Week 12: Preparing for Competition Week 12: Your horse should be ready to compete. Listen to your horse and adjust your riding accordingly. Expect heightened adrenaline during the first event; use it to settle them into work for the season ahead. By following this structured 12-week plan, you'll ensure that your equine partner is not only physically prepared but also mentally ready for the exhilarating challenges of the eventing season. Happy eventing!...

Research conducted by Riders Minds, has revealed that 76% of equestrians have been bullied, with a further 85% saying that they have witnessed bullying within the industry. Of those equestrians who have been bullied a staggering 77% felt unable to speak out. The shocking survey results have been released in conjunction with Anti-Bullying Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’. Victoria Wright, Founder and Chair of Riders Minds said, “The results of the recent survey are staggering, to see around 80% of people have experienced or witnessed bullying within an equestrian-related environment is a bitter pill for the industry to swallow. With the launch of our anti-bullying campaign, we hope to target the issues physically or over the internet, by creating a movement that the industry can follow. In response to people needing mental health support more than ever, Riders Minds has extended the services that we provide with instant online counselling support, one-to-one sessions, new self-help content online and the continuation of our 24/7 helpline. We are proud to be one of the few mental health charities to be able to offer this service.” Mental Health Coach and Riders Minds Consultant, Sylvia Bruce said, “The effect of bullying on mental health is more far-reaching than many realise. It’s not only the direct effect on the bullied who can experience emotional, physical, physiological, thoughts and behavioural change, often with devastating effects including suicide, but also the ripple effect on those loved ones supporting the person being bullied, the witnesses, those handling bullying cases, and even the equines if the bullied person’s behaviour and responses change. We must come together - bullying has no place in equestrianism.” In response to the statistics, Riders Minds has launched a bullying resource on the website with information detailing what bullying is, advice on what to do if you are being bullied, or are witnessing bullying, and support for those affected. To find out more about Riders Minds and to access the live chat go to https://ridersminds.org/. If you would like to talk to someone call the helpline on 0300 102 1540, or text 07860 065 202. All of the Riders Minds services are free, 100% confidential, and accessible 24 hours a day. For more information on Anti-Bullying Week go to: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/....

If you have been following our journey over the last few years, you will know that FOMO is gaining popularity amongst novice and professional riders alike, with our award-winning flagship product, the FOMO FAZE body protector.  Perhaps you’ve seen us at a local stockist or a national event like Blair or Blenheim, or maybe you’ve even been following one of our numerous ambassadors on their eventing journey.   So it may surprise you to know that despite our increasing notoriety, FOMO is a very small (but dedicated) team, meaning that as a small business, we have to cover all the bases that larger, more established brands do, with a much bigger workforce.  Running a small business is a multifaceted endeavour that demands a willingness to take on a multitude of roles, so what does that mean at FOMO HQ? Product design?  Yes, we often collaborate as a team to bring our collective experience (Sports Engineering and Fashion Design to name a few!) together to create innovative products and try out new ideas.  Safety, innovation and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do, so this is always a massive consideration in anything that we manufacture, whether it be investigating new more eco-friendly materials or repurposing post-production off-cuts from our protector manufacturing process to reduce our contributions to landfill, whilst still offering innovative products for riders of all abilities. Manufacturing? Yes - although we were originally working with a small production unit at the beginning of the very first lockdown, we decided that in such uncertain times, we should invest in our production room to bring everything in-house.  This not only means that we can be in control of our manufacturing but it also means that we can quickly develop prototypes when we have a great idea about a new product.  All our protectors are made to order right here in our head office in Glasgow, Scotland. Quality Control?  You guessed it, we do that too!  When our head of production Rachel isn’t overseeing the production of our protectors or horsewear, she is meticulously checking the quality of each and every item that leaves our HQ.  Of course, we do have annual external re-tests to ensure all our protectors, materials and components comply with the Beta Level 3 and CE Mark safety-testing standards.   We are proud to perform above and beyond the industry standard, meaning that when you buy a FOMO FAZE, you can ride with the assurance of unparalleled comfort and safety. Sales?  Absolutely- you will find Carmen, our intrepid MD on stand with stockists at lots of events throughout the season, she loves to meet new customers and help them get the absolute best fit from our protectors – with a massive size range (size 6 -18) and 3 body lengths in each size, we can cater to most body types.  What’s more, we have a teenage range coming out very soon and a children’s range in development too!   As well as being out and about at lots of events across the country, we also offer a virtual fit session via our website www.fomoprotection.com - we can send you a complimentary fit pack, and set up an online meeting to help guide you through the fit process to find your perfect size. Customer Services?  Definitely!  Being such a small company, we pride ourselves on knowing our products intimately, this means that no matter how you get in touch, whether that be in person, over the phone, by email or via any of our social media channels, you will always be speaking to the most knowledgeable people about our products – us!  Social Media?  Yes, yes and yes!  Again, this is quite a collaborative effort, social media management is a job in itself that encompasses photography, graphic design, sales and promotion, all to keep our community up to date with all our latest news, we love getting out on photoshoot days to find great ways to showcase our flagship protector FAZE, our sustainable and innovative horsewear, not to mention our great FOMO team wear. As an equestrian safety company, we feel it’s really important to communicate with our followers how seriously we take making quality products that are rigorously safety tested. Social media is also a great platform for us to host informative chats with our brand ambassadors and industry experts alike, helping to deliver great training tips and advice for riders of all abilities and disciplines.  You can find previous reels on our Instagram page, or check out our previous blog posts for lots of helpful information. So you can see, it’s not just riding hats we wear at Fomo, as a small but formidable team, we have to wear many hats to keep FOMO running smoothly day to day!  Managing a small business certainly isn’t without its challenges, but we think it’s worth it to see you all #flyinginfaze! Rachel x Head of Garment Design & Manufacturing...

For all equestrians, safety in the saddle is paramount. An essential piece of safety gear is your body protector, designed to minimise the risk of injury in case of a fall or accident. However, ensuring the right fit for this protective equipment is crucial for its effectiveness. Accurate measurements are key for getting the perfect fit for your body protector. Measuring for Your Equestrian Body Protector To ensure an accurate fit, it's important to take precise measurements. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you measure for your equestrian body protector: Gather the Necessary Tools: Get a soft measuring tape, a pen, and paper. It's essential to have these tools ready before you start the measuring process. Take Chest Measurements: Stand upright and wrap the measuring tape around the broadest part of your chest. Ensure the tape is snug but not too tight. Measure Your Waist: Locate your natural waistline, typically an inch or two above the belly button, and measure around this area. Determine Your Back Length: From the base of your neck, measure down to the point just above your hip bone. Check Your Shoulder to Waist Measurement: Measure from the highest point of your shoulder to just below your waistline passing your last rib at the front  Consult Sizing Charts: Different brands might have varying sizing charts. Once you have your measurements, refer to the specific brand's sizing guide to select the appropriate body protector size. The FOMO sizing charts use centimetres not inches so make sure your tape is the right way round! Virtual Fitting Pack for Accurate Measurements To make the process even more seamless and accurate, we offer a free virtual fitting pack. This pack includes a measuring tape, fabric swatches, and product information. With this pack, you'll also have access to a courtesy video call with our fitting experts. During the video call, our experts will guide you through the measuring process, ensuring precise measurements and offering assistance in choosing the right size and model of FOMO body protector. This personalised assistance will help guarantee that the body protector you select fits you perfectly, maximising your safety while riding. Ensuring the right fit for your equestrian body protector is as important as the protector itself. Our virtual fitting pack aims to simplify this process, providing you with the necessary tools and expert guidance to make an informed decision when choosing your protective gear. Prioritising safety in equestrian sports begins with selecting the right safety equipment, and the correct fit is a crucial aspect of this process. Get in touch with us today to order your free virtual fitting pack and take the first step towards a safer ride! Remember, a well-fitted body protector could be a lifesaver in unforeseen circumstances, so measure carefully and ride with confidence! To order your fitting pack and/or book a free no obligation virtual fitting click here....

Introduction: Join me, Ailz, and my friend Helen, as we tackled this year's Scottish Police Recreational Association (SPRA) equestrian camp in Lindores (on our youngsters!!) Ailie: Last year, I was devastated when my horse became lame just before the camp. But I couldn't bear the thought of missing out, so I borrowed a horse and signed up for this year's camp. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side once again, and I found myself without a rideable horse. However, my FOMO (fear of missing out) drove me to give it another shot with Spinner, an untested horse. Little did I know that Spinner would become an absolute superstar! Spinner, who had never experienced a big truck or jumped over cross-country obstacles, amazed everyone with his courage and adaptability. Together, we faced new challenges head-on, conquering fears and embracing the thrill of the camp. Spinner's fearlessness was a constant source of inspiration, and I couldn't be prouder of our accomplishments. Throughout the camp, my trusty FOMO body protector provided me with comfort, breathability, and peace of mind. It fit like a comfy pair of joggers, and I hardly noticed it while riding. Thankfully, I never had to put it to the test during the camp, which meant I could fully enjoy the experience without any mishaps. As camp came to an end, Spinner and I celebrated our achievements, cherished the friendships we formed, and expressed gratitude to the incredible organizers who made it all possible. Helen: Quinn, the Youngster on the Rise When I decided to bring my 4-year-old horse, Quinn, to the training camp, I questioned my sanity. Little did I know that this leap of faith would be a transformative experience for both of us. My FOMO body protector became my trusty companion, offering the protection and confidence I needed as we trained and rode together. Throughout the camp, I witnessed Quinn's remarkable growth and potential. With each jump and cross-country challenge, Quinn's enthusiasm and skill exceeded my expectations. I marveled at our young horse's progress and reveled in the freedom that my body protector provided, knowing I was fully protected in case of any falls. The camp solidified our bond and ignited a passion for cross-country riding within me. I couldn't help but feel grateful for the camp! Conclusion: We both definitely found solace in our FOMO body protectors!!!...

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