Women in Business Series - Fiona Baptie and Catherine Stott of Pro-Equine

As part of our Women in Business series, our roving reporter Lynne Clark, sits down with Fiona Baptie and Catherine Stott to find out more about their journey to establishing Pro-Equine.
All About MIPS

All About MIPS

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and up until recently, I had never heard of it, which is surprising because the technology has been around for some time now and is an established safety feature in cycling and skiing helmets. Indeed the more I learn about it, the more surprised I am that it’s taken so long for MIPS to filter into the equestrian world (but then I suppose a sport that relies so much on the premise of tradition doesn’t always lend itself naturally to change!) 



Research began in the late 1990’s by leading Swedish brain surgeons and scientists looking to design a helmet that could reduce the rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. Now, clearly I am not a brain surgeon! So bear with me while I try and explain the science behind the technology! The key concept that differs is the idea of mitigating against rotational force, as opposed to force from a blunt impact. Accident statistics show that the most common injuries occur where an angled impact causes rotation of the head and brain (so when the brain is jiggled around in our head, as opposed to a single blunt force). Think of a jam jar full of water. You swirl the water around and around and then put it down. The jar then acts as a stabilising force to diffuse the movement of the water. MIPS essentially acts as the jam jar by seeking to mimic the brain’s own built-in protection system. Two layers inside the helmet rotate against each other, allowing the helmet to slide under angled impact and reduce the impact of rotational force (essentially protecting the water in the jam jar from being shaken too aggressively). What it also does is replicate the action of our scalp. During a fall, the scalp helps to dissipate energy from an impact by stretching. But the scalp only has so much stretch in it and once it reaches its stretch limit, the brain will continue its movement, causing damage. A MIPS liner seeks to increase that stretch limit and mitigate against the likelihood of brain injuries. For example, the MIPS Charles Owen helmets increase stretch movement from 12 to 24mm and the technology is now incorporated in the Charles Owen My PS peaked helmet and the MS1 Pro jockey skull - both of which are now available at Country Ways. 



MIPS is a cause close to my heart (or perhaps I should say head!) I know all about sustaining a serious head injury and the life-changing impact it can have. I wish now I had been wearing a MIPS helmet when I had my accident, but I fell head first down the stairs in my house and honestly who can say they would ever think to wear a hat in their own house?! A fedora perhaps if you were feeling fancy, but the chances of you having an actual helmet on would be slim to none! The chance of having one on when you are riding are 100% however (or at least they should be). And whilst you can never guarantee the outcome of an accident, you can take steps to reduce the potential damage. Testing of MIPS helmets has shown marked improvement in the type of falls that you would see at speed, typically seen in disciplines that include cantering or galloping. And because the technology is inside the helmet, a MIPS hat looks the same as any other. It feels the same too (having tried a few on myself!) Some people have asked whether the helmet will feel like its slipping around on their head when they are wearing it. But because the MIPS liner system only kicks in at high speed, it’s only going to do its job (ie stretch and move) when it needs to. And that’s when you are having a fall at speed. And that’s when you want it to work! 


Juni 06, 2024 — Lynne Clark
Stichworte: MIPS Riding Helmets Safety
Women in Business Series – Sally McCarthy - Aberdeen Riding Club

Women in Business Series – Sally McCarthy - Aberdeen Riding Club

As part of our Women in Business series, Lynne Clark, sits down with Sally McCarthy to find out more about her journey to establishing Aberdeen Riding Club.
Mai 24, 2024 — Lynne Clark
Sponsored Rider Catch Up

Sponsored Rider Catch Up

Lynne Clark, our roving reporter at Country Ways, catches up with Eilidh Costelloe our sponsored rider about the weather, her team and the future of British Eventing.

April 19, 2024 — Lynne Clark
Marion Dreelan at Bogenraith Equestrian Centre

Women in Business - Marion Dreelan of Bogenraith

As part of our new Women in Business series, Lynne Clark, our roving reporter at Country Ways, sat down with Marion Dreelan, Director and driving force behind Bogenraith, to find out more about this fantastic new equestrian facility in the North East of Scotland. 

April 04, 2024 — Lynne Clark
Love Local, Love Aberdeen - discovering places to shop in Aberdeen and beyond

Love Local, Love Aberdeen - discovering places to shop in Aberdeen and beyond

Lynne Clark, our resident writer, blogger and curator at Country Ways and Charles Michies, set out on a mission to discover what was on offer from some of our local, independent and national stores. Here's what Lynne found within the different ‘zones’ of the city...and beyond. 

März 14, 2024 — Lynne Clark
Visiting Harley of Scotland

Zu Besuch bei Harley of Scotland

Country Ways ist stolz darauf, lokale Lieferanten und Hersteller zu unterstützen. Kleines Einkaufen ist uns wichtig – und wir haben Harley of Scotland besucht, um zu sehen, wo das alles passiert.
Januar 12, 2024 — Web Admin
An Evening with Hunt & Hall at Country Ways Banchory

Ein Abend mit Hunt & Hall im Country Ways Banchory

Diese Woche hatten wir das Vergnügen, die unglaublich talentierte Natalie Harper Howell von Hunt & Hall in unserem Banchory-Store zu begrüßen! Kommen Sie und lesen Sie ein wenig über den Abend.
November 22, 2023 — Web Admin
An Introduction to using studs

Eine Einführung in die Verwendung von Stollen

Machen Sie sich keine Sorgen wegen der Stollen für die Hufeisen Ihres Pferdes ! Hier ist eine großartige Einführung in die verschiedenen Typen und ihre Verwendung durch unsere gesponserte Event-Fahrerin Eilidh Costelloe.

November 01, 2023 — Country Ways
Looking forward to 2021!

Wir freuen uns auf 2021!

Es ist wieder die Zeit des Jahres, in der ich mich zum Jahresende mit unserer gesponserten Fahrerin Eilidh Costelloe unterhalten kann. Es ist das dritte Mal, dass wir uns zu einem Gespräch zusammensetzen, das ist so ziemlich das Einzige, was gleich ist. Schließlich hätte keiner von uns jemals damit rechnen können, ein solches Gespräch zu führen, denn keiner von uns hätte vorhersehen können, was das Jahr 2020 bringen würde
November 01, 2023 — Country Ways
Dressage Masterclass with Daniel Watson

Dressur-Meisterkurs mit Daniel Watson

Als ich zur von Country Ways gesponserten Daniel Watson-Demo im Tillyoch Equestrian Centre ankomme, sehe ich, dass der Mann selbst lässig an einem Picknicktisch sitzt und eine wohlverdiente Pause einlegt, bevor er mit der Abenddemo beginnt (und bevor ich ihn mit meinen Fragen unterbreche! ). Ich werde ihm vorgestellt und das erste, was er mir erzählt, ist, wie sehr ihm der Unterrichtstag gefallen hat und wie freundlich wir alle hier oben in Schottland sind. Es ist sein erstes Mal in Aberdeen und er hat es sehr genossen.
November 01, 2023 — Country Ways
Stichworte: Daniel Watson Dressage
Badminton Grassroots success for local rider, Sophie Bultitude

Badminton-Breitenfußball-Erfolg für die lokale Fahrerin Sophie Bultitude

Erwähnen Sie das Wort Badminton in nicht-pferdebezogenen Kreisen, werden die meisten Leute an die Sportart denken, bei der es um Schläger und einen Federball geht. Für den Rest von uns Pferdeliebhabern ist das Wort jedoch gleichbedeutend mit dem Höhepunkt des Vielseitigkeitsreitens.
November 01, 2023 — Country Ways