Style and form, they say, is really nothing without function.

It’s a point which was demonstrated at a wonderful shoot in the stately surroundings of Arley Hall, in Cheshire, for Gatehouse, a leading manufacturer of riding helmets. It has just launched new helmets from its Conquest range, including the ZC, which is studded with Swarovski crystals, no less.

The entire day was a truly stylish affair, featuring the hall, vintage riding habits and a charismatic horse named Donald. The focus, however, was quite literally on the Gatehouse helmets which, I discovered on the day, are the only ones in the UK to meet rigorous domestic and European safety standards.

It was my first shoot for Westgate EFI, the company which sells the Gatehouse range (http://www.wefi.co.uk), and an experience thoroughly enjoyed by me and everyone else present. Even Donald!