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HorseHage Supports Amateur Rider for Badminton Grass Roots

Julia PatersonDurham-based amateur rider and horse owner, Julia Paterson, was the winner of a national competition we ran back in 2012 to find a true amateur rider for the brand to support for one year.

Her horse, Spot of Luck (or Marvin, as he is known at home) was able to enjoy High Fibre HorseHage and Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil and had a great season competing in British Eventing. Julia wrote a monthly blog for us on our Facebook page for the year, detailing her successes, and last August, they qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships.

This competition offers amateur riders the chance to qualify throughout the season and all over Great Britain, for Badminton in early May. The setting of Badminton House and the excitement generated by being part of the foremost three-day-event in the world give these Championships a very special feeling.

Julia and Marvin qualified firstly by winning the BE90 at Burgham Horse Trials in July 2012 which gave them a ticket to the Regional Final in 2013. The pair went on to win the Regional Final at Skipton Horse Trials in August 2013, finishing on their dressage score of 22.5%.  They now just have the last and most exciting part of the jigsaw to complete – achieving Julia’s dream to compete at the Badminton Horse Trials Grassroots Final in May 2014. And HorseHage will be following them and supporting them all the way!

37-year-old Julia has been riding since a child and has had many ups and downs in her quest to find her beloved horse. Julia and Marvin went back to basics at first to get to know one another but have progressed well and now, five years on, enjoy competing in British Dressage at Elementary level (working at Medium at home and aiming to compete at Medium this year), and at British Eventing BE100 level.

Like many horse owners, Julia has had to cope with many setbacks over the last few years, including almost losing Marvin through serious illness and a freak riding accident which almost killed him and then the extra worry of being made redundant from two jobs. But the pair came through it all and Badminton is now within sight.

We will be following Julia and Marvin’s progress closely – training, exercise, fitness, diet and stable management all play a large part in their success and we will post Julia’s blogs regularly on this website. We also hope to run a ‘pictorial diary’ from Badminton on Facebook over the two competition days, so watch this space for further information!