Hiho & Co are delighted to present their third instameet, designed for like-minded country people with a thirst for knowledge, a penchant for chatting and of course, an appetite for cake!
The Hiho & Co day is the brainchild of a group of like-minded people and brings together a carefully curated selection of brands, some of our Hiho ambassadors and a select group of customers, mainly small businesses, bloggers and photographers.
The day provides the opportunity for our guests to work with each other and the Ambassadors in hands-on workshops, enhancing and developing their skills. We all believe that this is an excellent way to give back to our customers, as well as celebrate the brands that we ourselves love and use.
Here’s a few words from Emma, our Queen Bee about it…
Have you ever looked at those gorgeous meet-ups on Instagram and wished you were there?
Me too – I used to watch them and wish that I had booked up to go, I’m not brilliant at the crafty, flower wreath stuff but I loved the creativity I saw in the days! Eventually, one day I plucked up enough courage to go to along to one and it was lovely and I met some great people, but something was missing. I went along to another one, had a great time met some really lovely people, but again, something was missing for me. I thought about it on the way home and realised that I’d met a few people who were ‘my tribe’ but a lot of the lovely people I met had very different priorities and ambitions to me. I respected this in them and loved hearing about what they do, but I wanted to talk about dogs and horses and fields and how to fit things in when you’re running a business, a horse, a household – all 3 of the above.
As I talked to more people in my role as MD at Hiho Silver, and took a look around on the internet, I realised that the equestrian and country world didn’t really have a day where you could just come along and be you and unashamedly indulge in your instaskills. Luckily enough, I knew a group of ladies who had some amazing skills to share and when I outlined the vision of the day to them, they’d been thinking the same thing and were so up for doing it. Before I knew it, we were up, running and selling tickets.
I can honestly say that each and every one of us had our hearts in our mouths as the first people arrived for the first one at the Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds. What if we weren’t enough? What if the ticket buying guests didn’t enjoy the day? What if the food was rubbish?
We shouldn’t have worried, the ladies we met that day were amazing. They were so ready for an event like this and we absolutely loved sharing our knowledge, learning from them and getting to know them and the brands who kindly gave their time and their products. At the end of the day, as shattered as we were, we were all talking about when we’d do the next one!
The combination of instaskills, styling and just general swopping of stories went down so well, that we’ve kept it as part of what we do, but we changed it up for the second instameet and we’re changing it again for the third one, which is going to be held on 4th November 2019.
Hiho & Co is brought to you by the following very talented ladies and me :-
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Emma Warren is Queen Bee of Hiho Silver, aka Managing Director. As you can imagine this is a pretty diverse role, and although one day might see her designing jewellery with the Hiho team, working on sponsorships and collaborations, and higher level plotting and planning, the next day will see her working on photoshoots and packing orders with our office angels Michelle and Amanda at busy times.
Emma has a pretty impressive career and actually trained as and is a fully fledged accountant. She’s worked in engineering and manufacturing at director level, has launched and sold a number of businesses.
Nowadays, if you don’t find her working with the Hiho team, you’re likely to find her on her other business, Dimpsey, which provides luxury glamping experiences on her farm in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset.
Melanie Clarihew is co-founder and designer of luxury accessories company Mackenzie & George, a company she founded with her husband Chris.
The company started life in 2012 and since that time has gone from strength to strength with the iconic collection of fedoras, feather brooches and British made leather belts and accessories becoming ‘must haves’ for any country or equestrian enthusiast.
Not only a skilled product designer, Melanie has a keen eye for marketing, branding, stand design and attention to detail like no other. Combining these elements has helped M&G become the go to brand it is today.
Ruth Chappell is an organisational whirlwind and is the brains behind online dressage company, Dressage Anywhere.
Dressage Anywhere allows riders from all over the globe to compete from the comfort of their own yard and be marked by BD list 1 and list 2 judges to win prizes and points towards Dressage Anywhere leagues. The first of its kind, Dressage Anywhere broke new ground in providing horse owners with a way to compete from home, removing transport and time issues, while still providing an exceptional service, scoresheets and helpful remarks.
At Hiho & Co, Ruth uses her methodical approach to help everything run like clockwork, and also regularly shares tips and tricks she’s picked up along the way in her work with Dressage Anywhere, from planning small and big projects to managing social media content.
Sophie Callahan is one of the UK’s leading equine portrait photographers, and has also grown as a lifestyle vlogger and blogger, and now mentors a select group of equine photographers too.
Sophie has been working as a photographer for a number of years and moved into equine photography x years ago. Since starting out as a purely equine portrait photographer, Sophie’s business and photography has diversified to take in commercial shoots for equestrian and country businesses, as well as blogging and vlogging and growing a personal brand. This has lead to her growing her own social media following to impressive levels, and also provided the opportunity to work as an influencer for some of the leading brands in equestrian and country industries.
At Hiho & Co, Sophie is on hand to offer tips connected to photography for social media, but also has a huge passion for personal brand growth and the strategy behind it.
Rachel Bragg, aka Sweet Images Photography, is also one of the UK’s leading equine portrait photographers and has a growing portfolio of commercial clients too. She’s known as our Queen of Flatlays, and a look at her incredible imagery shows why she wears this crown so well!
Rachel has worked as an event photographer covering events of all equestrian sports up and down the UK and has had a passion for horses from a young ages. Now, Rachel spends most of her time photographing dogs, horses and their owners in the South West in addition to growing an expanding portfolio of commercial clients in the equestrian and country industry.
One of Rachel’s particular passions is flatlay photography, and not just taking the images herself, but encouraging others too. Not only does this method produce outstanding results (especially with Rachel’s eye for composition!), but it also leads nicely into another skill Rachel is keen to share, and that’s batch working.
Rhea Freeman works with leading equestrian and country brands and influencers to help them develop and promote their businesses more effectively using social media and content marketing in particular… but has a long history of traditional PR and marketing too.
In addition to this, Rhea founded and runs the Small & Supercharged community on Facebook, and the membership group and podcast of the same name. She guest lectures around the subject of social media at two universities and two colleges in the Midlands/South West area, has given two TEDx talks around the subject, and has led seminars on it too. In addition, she writes the monthly business column for NFU Countryside Magazine and regularly writes for Horse & Hound, Equestrian Life and Absolute Horse.
Rhea has been a part of the Hiho team for years, working across marketing, business development and sponsorship roles. At Hiho & Co, she shares her knowledge on all of the above.
Our next Hiho & Co event is on the 4th November at Forde Abbey in Somerset – the day will include loads of getting to know people, instaskills, lunch and cake, SAVE THE DATE and subscribe below to be one of the first to hear about the tickets!
More details to follow very soon...
Still not sure?
If what’s holding you back is a little bit of nervousness about coming along to an event on your own and not knowing anyone, we’d like to reassure you that we’ve all been there! Hiho & Co is all about supporting each other and everyone goes out of their way to welcome new people and make them feel included and people have made new friendships and found a community that they belong to by coming along to the day. If you’re still not sure, please do feel free to message me and ask any other questions. Don’t end up kicking yourself afterwards because you wish you had been a bit braver and pressed the button.
Love Emma x (DM me at @emmawarren_1 on insta if you need to)
Take a look at our previous events on #hihoandco on instagram
Don’t just take our word for it – here’s a few words from some of our previous guests.
"Amazing people with fabulous knowledge and a ever growing community of social media friends who would probably never have met if it wants for Hiho and Co" - Gem Gilbert
"What a totally fabulous time we al had at the ‘Hiho and Co ... Be all you can be’ instameet in January. This was the second one of these I’ve attended and my confidence is building, thanks to their incredible team of hosts" - Tracey Callahan
"I can’t wait to see what the team comes up with next, & no matter what, I already know it’s going to be an awesome day & I need to reserve that day’s holiday to feed my soul." - Becky Wren
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