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Team HorseHage Riders Are Looking Ahead To Success

Bert Sheffield

Lincolnshire-based para-dressage rider, Bert Sheffield, who is on the Canadian para squad, is working hard towards her aim of selection for Rio next year and was recently one of twenty Canadian active, national senior team athletes awarded the ‘AthletesCAN’ bursary which provides funds for valuable training.

She is currently number one on the Canadian Short List rankings and has recently been competing successfully on the Canadian European Tour but is now back in the UK for the Hartpury Festival of Dressage this week, followed by Bishop Burton CPEDI*** and Bury Farm CPEDI***.  The scores attained in these CPEDI*** events will go to help selectors decide who will represent Canada in both team and individual events for Rio 2016 and so are hugely important for Bert.

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Bert is fairly unique amongst para riders as she prefers to produce her horses herself. Buying a ‘ready-made’ horse at the quality needed to reach the requirements for top level competition was out of the question for Bert. Her current horse, Double Agent (or Darcy as she is known at home) was bred in Wales and Bert has recently purchased a two-year-old by Sir Caprimond and out of Seven Percent (Darcy’s grand-mother). The youngster is called St Sheri and already stands at 16.2hh and possessing a kind and friendly temperament, Bert has high hopes for the future with her.

St-Sheri

Bert is also responsible for the day to day management of her horses, including the mucking out!  When she isn’t competing, she is works hard as a trainer and is building up a client list of pupils locally.

She has qualified for the British Dressage National Championships in September and is the reigning Grade III Champion. As well as the para competitions, she will be campaigning Darcy at able-bodied Advanced Medium level. The pair have only been out once at this level and won with a score of over 69% so the aim is to go Advanced and Prix St Georges in the near future.

Bert-and-Darcy

Having dual nationality and making the decision to ride for Canada over Great Britain has worked out very well and has given Bert the opportunity to compete at the highest level in para-dressage competitions.

 

Mary King

Following the retirement from competition of her top mare, Kings Temptress (Tess), owned by Derek Baden, Mary has made the exciting decision to breed from her. Tess has already had five successful embryo transfers in the past but this time the baby will be her own!

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Credit – Liz Knowler

Mary will continue to compete Lottie and further her education this season. Her home-bred five-year-olds competed in their second BE100 at a lovely new event at Millfield School in Somerset and Mary will continue her work with them this autumn.

 

Althea and Janou Bleekman

Like Bert Sheffield, the Bleekman sisters have dual nationality.  They have made the decision to ride for Holland but are based in the UK.

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Elder sister, Althea, will be competing on Meepswood Conquestor and Ziomf in the CIC*** at Jardy in France in mid-July, and the following week, younger sister, Janou, will be competing in Renswoude in Holland in the Dutch National Young Riders Championships with Dasj in the CCI**.

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It will be Dasj’s first CCI** (three-day-event) and Janou is hoping for a good result as the pair won the Junior National Championships last year. She will also be aiming her at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses in the seven-year-old class. She was placed 19th in the six-year-old class last year. Janou will also ride Granntevka Prince in the CIC** and Caliari Kiko in her first CIC***.

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Both Dasj and Caliari Kiko are home-bred horses and with the girls based at their parents’ Whorridge Farm Stud in Devon, breeding horses and the importance of bloodlines is a huge part of their lives, along with top level competition, as both parents, Edward and Clarissa Bleekman, were also very successful international event riders. The family are a close-knit team and use their extensive knowledge to work well together, combining breaking, schooling and selling on youngsters with stud work and the girls’ international eventing careers.

 

Beverley Brightman

Beverley’s latest addition to her team of horses, Walkman (Bugsy) has been placed at every Premier League show this season and she has qualified him for the British Dressage National Championships. She is hoping to do her first international with him this autumn,

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Her other ride, Hexagons Platina (Magic), has gone from being an all-rounder with a young girl to a Grand Prix dressage horse in three years and is now aged 18! She has been 1st, 2nd and 4th in the three Grand Prix music tests she has done at the Premier League shows this season. Beverley is also hoping to be competing Magic at the Nationals later this year.

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Jeni Gilbert

Jeni continues to campaign with her pair of Connemara endurance horses. Campaign veteran, Flurrie, on whom Jeni has had major national successes, is still competitive and is ranked 10th in the Distance League Table having clocked an amazing 7929 km over 119 rides during his years of competing from 2002 up to the present date, and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

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Credit – West-End-Photography

The ‘new kid on the block’, Alfie, has now competed in his first 80k in one day and passed with flying colours, being placed second and is now eligible to progress to advanced level.

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Credit – Kerry Dawson

 

Helen West

Devon-based event rider, Helen West, continues to combine her eventing career with managing  the south-west’s leading equestrian venue at Bicton.

Her next big event is at Hartpury in August where she will compete her top horse, Foxdon Sunny Jim, in his first 3* event along with Eebay who will be doing his first 1*.

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Spencer Roe

Lincolnshire-based show-jumper, Spencer Roe, has represented Team GB for the last four years, from Junior and Young Riders Nations Cup Teams to winning his first 5* Nations Cup Team in May 2014. He earned his second 5* Nations Cup win in La Baule earlier this year, in May. He has now represented his country on six 5* Nations Cup Teams as well as the World Equestrian Games and is the youngest rider to be selected for a British Championship Team in twenty years.

He was placed 4th in the 1.60m 4* Bunn Leisure Derby Trial at Hickstead last month on his top horse, Wonder Why, and will be competing there again at the end of this month at the Royal Interntational Horse Show.

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He has a great team of horses, including the stallion, Chaccomo Agostini, owned by Darren Hardy, Hill Valley Stud, plus six other rides owned by Spencer and the Roe family.

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Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil – Molasses-Free!

Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil

Alfalfa supplies not only a great source of highly digestible fibre, but high quality protein along with naturally low levels of sugar and starch. It is also a great natural source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including Vitamin E and selenium.

Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil from HorseHage contains the nutrient rich leaf as well as the stalk of the plant. It combines pure alfalfa with a generous dressing of pure soya oil and contains no molasses.

It provides controlled energy and condition with an energy level similar to that of a medium energy hard feed. Because this is ‘slow-release’ energy, it will not cause the fizziness or excitability associated with grains.

Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil carries the HoofKind logo to denote that it is naturally low in both sugar and starch, making it suitable for laminitics.

It can be used as part of the forage ration or in place of hard feed.

As with all the products in the HorseHage and Mollichaff range, Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil is backed by our 100% quality guarantee and offers great value for money.

If you would like further information or feeding advice, call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527257 .

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Royal Highland Show 2015 Blog

Here’s the second of our show blogs for 2015. This one is written by Karen Howarth from our Equine Sales Team. Karen is based at Friendship Estates Ltd in South Yorkshire – our licensed producer for the North of England, Scotland and Wales.

“It was my first visit to the Royal Highland Show and everyone I had spoken to about it had told me what a great show it is, so I was looking forward to arriving!

Setting Up Day

“Wednesday was ‘Setting Up Day’ and having set off early I arranged to meet Kate, our sales representative for the South East, who flew up to Edinburgh in style, walking into the show ground from the airport. The runway seemed to be situated right next to our stand and we had fantastic views of planes taking off over the showground!

Work in progress

“Thursday, unfortunately, was cold and dull but this did not deter the visitors making it a busy day on the stand. It was a credit to the show to talk to so many people who had travelled such long distances to compete, including many from Ireland who told us they were regular visitors.

The finished trade stand

“Friday and Saturday gradually grew busier, especially on Saturday afternoon when we had a respite from the weather and the sun came out, improving conditions greatly.

“The show jumping ring opposite the stand provided a wide variety of classes and attracted large crowds while the main ring was the stage for showing classes for everything from Shetlands to Shires and sheep to Charolais cattle.

“We started extra early on Sunday to enable us to park near the stand so we would be ready to pack away at the end of the show. The early start gave Kate and myself time to take advantage of the breakfast bar and have a quick look round before another busy day on the stand, meeting many of our Scottish stockists as well as end users.

Mollichaff on the stand

“As the show came to an end we said our goodbyes to those we had met, both old and new, Kate went off to catch her plane back home and I set off back to Yorkshire.

“We would like to thank the RHS for including us and hope to see you next year.”

 

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Gleam in the Show Ring with Mollichaff ShowShine!

Mollichaff ShowShine

MAKE sure your horse looks his best for the summer show season by feeding MolliChaff ShowShine from HorseHage – a high-oil chaff for ultimate show shine.

MolliChaff ShowShine is a cherry-flavoured feed providing a delicious taste and smell to ensure it is highly palatable for even the fussiest of eaters.

It is made from the highest quality oat straw that has been chopped and dust extracted, and it is naturally high in fibre.

To give extra bloom to the coat and that added condition required for show horses and ponies, or poor doers, Mollichaff ShowShine contains a unique coating which combines high levels of soya oil with low sugar molasses. Limestone is also added to provide additional calcium for healthy growth and stronger bones.

Mollichaff ShowShine will add extra fibre to hard feeds, and can be mixed with concentrates to prolong feeding time and aid digestion by stimulating the production of saliva. The extra fibre helps prevent bolting and reduces boredom while your horse is stabled. It can also be used in place of hard feed if fed alongside an all-purpose vitamin and mineral supplement or feed balancer.

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Talking HorseHage & Mollichaff at Your Organisation

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These days we have so much information at our finger tips on our computers, smartphones and tablets, but nothing beats a face to face presentation with a real person to whom you can ask questions.

Our sales team has a wealth of experience in equine knowledge and would be very happy to come to your riding club or equestrian organisation, free of charge, to talk to you about basic equine nutrition and hopefully provide answers to any feeding queries you may have.

They can also tell you about the different products in our HorseHage and Mollichaff ranges and how they can benefit different types of horses and ponies. We produce forage, chaffs and complete feeds.

We will also bring along free Mollichaff samples to give out as well as a raffle prize.

To book a talk for your group, please call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527257 or email sales@horsehage.co.uk

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