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HorseHage Supports British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show

BSJ ChampsWe are proud to announce that we will be supplying forage to the British Showjumping (BS) National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show this year as the show’s ‘Official Forage Supplier’.

Our high quality, dust-free bagged forage will be available to all horses and ponies competing at the show which takes place at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on 11th – 16th August.

HorseHage is available in four varieties –High Fibre, Timothy, Ryegrass and Alfalfa, offering a choice suitable for all types of horses and ponies, including laminitics.

It has BETA FEMAS NOPS certification, is consistent and comes with a 100% quality guarantee. It contains no additives, preservatives, mould inhibitors or inoculants and is lower in sugar than most hays.

A Royal Warrant was awarded to HorseHage in 1983 after Her Majesty the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage when suffering from a respiratory problem. He is one of tens of thousands of horses and ponies, from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds, that have benefited from this dust-free, natural product.

HorseHage is a great forage choice, both for at home and travelling to shows. It is packed into highly compressed bales for easy handling and storage. There is no wastage and horses relish the taste. No soaking is necessary and it splits easily into wedges for netting up, making your life easier and enabling you to feed it with confidence.

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage, “We are very happy to be on board supporting these important Championships and hope it offers an opportunity for more horses and ponies to benefit from HorseHage’s dust-free properties.”

Helena Pettit, managing director of Grandstand Media Ltd who organise the show, says “We are thrilled to welcome HorseHage as the Official Forage Supplier’ at the British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show. With their renowned quality HorseHage they are a fantastic company to deliver all forage requirements at the show”.

As the ‘Official Forage Supplier’ for the British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show, HorseHage will offer competitors the opportunity to purchase required forage for their horses at the Show. Forage can be pre-purchased at the time of entry or purchased onsite.

For more information on the British Showjumping National Championship and Stoneleigh Horse Show please visit www.bsnationalchampionships.co.uk or call 02477 712 110.

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Latest Blog from Spencer Roe – 23rd May 2015

For the last six weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time competing in France going to a few 3* shows before heading to the Nations Cup competition in La Baule. Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last blog…

Hardelot

Jess and I headed out early on a Wednesday morning for Hardelot in France; it’s only about an hour from Calais so we managed to get there early in the afternoon. The show went well for us; Con-Artist came 2nd in the 1.35m on the first day and Wonder Why was unlucky in the Grand Prix just having the double of ditches down. My stallion, Chaccomo Agostini, jumped in his first 1.50m class finishing on 4 faults. He’s looking really promising for the future.

Le Touquet

We then had a couple of weeks at home before crossing the channel again for Le Touquet. I took Con-Artist into his first Derby competition here to see how he would cope with that type of course. He took to it brilliantly having no problems with the lake, going straight through it and we finished in 9th place. I think he has the makings of a derby horse.

La Baule

Spencer Roe

From Le Touquet we headed to La Baule. This was my first Nations Cup competition of the year and I was hoping it would all go well. It couldn’t have gone much better for us!

Spencer Roe

Friday saw a great win for us in the Furusiyya Nations Cup, the first time Team GB have ever won at La Baule and my team mates all jumped great rounds. Wonder Why and I jumped perfect in the first round, our second round wasn’t as good, we just had the penultimate fence down in round two, but you also get to learn when you’re making mistakes, and it was my mistake, not my horse’s.  It was a great start for us both though and I hope we can continue to be a successful as last year.

Spencer Roe and the waiting for the presentation

Con-Artist jumped his second Derby competition here, continuing on from how well he went in Le Touquet. He just had a foot in the water and the penultimate fence down. He’s taken to the derby classes so well that I’ve entered him into the Speed Derby at Hickstead this year.

Spencer Roe and the team on the podium

The show finished off with the Longines Grand Prix in which I jumped Wonder Why, he went amazingly jumping a clear in the first round. We finished 9th in the end having had a couple of fences in the jump off.

Next Time…

By now you will have heard that I have been selected onto another Nations Cup squad, this time in St Gallen, Switzerland. We’ll also be jumping at a 3* in Bourg En Brasse on the way. So while everyone else is chilling out this Bank Holiday Monday we’ll be loading up our lorry with Wonder Why, Chaccomo Agostini and Con-Artist and heading off for the ferry again. It’s good thing I love my job!

Until next time.

Spencer

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Badminton 2015 Blog

Here’s the first of our blogs from one of the several shows we attend over the season. Written by Rachel Hornby, from our Equine sales team. Rachel is based at our Head Office – Mark Westaway & Son, down in Devon.

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“I can never quite understand how the Badminton Horse Trials seems to come round so quickly. It is the first show of the season which we attend with our full trade stand so it is always one we look forward to and I always feel it hails the start of summer. The empty spaceTuesday is set up day which always flies by in a hive of excitement and activity. Kate, the rep from the South East and I arrived at lunch time after a brief supermarket stop to stock up on yummy goodies for the week ahead. I always get a slight feeling of panic when we arrive at the trade stand site and it is completely empty. The forthcoming task of filling the vast space seems almost impossible but we haven’t failed yet and despite the wind’s best efforts to whisk away various parts of the stand we didn’t fail this time. The stand was soon up and ready for the following morning.”

stand2Wednesday sadly started very wet and our thoughts turned to the poor riders competing in the Grassroots competition. Kate and I were very impressed at the Great British public’s resilience as they still turned out in their thousands to support the competitors and enjoy the great variety of trade stands and shopping available. The rain did subside but was replaced by incredible gusts of winds. We were very grateful for the lovely people who came to ask a variety of feeding enquiries and patiently listened to our advice as we clung on to various parts of the trade stand.”

“Thursday and Friday, thankfully, were much improved and we were kept very busy with lots people, interesting enquiries and some fascinating stories. We were also treated to visits for some gorgeous dogs who left the stand sporting one of our Mollichaff or HorseHage bandanas!”

“The beginning of Badminton also marked the launch of our new competition to win a Mollichaff Sponsorship Package which is proving to be very popular with lots of very worthwhile entries being received in just the first 24 hours! Friday also saw the arrival of Debbie, the National Sales Manager, and Karen, the sales representative from the North, or as we had fondly named them ‘The Cavalry’.”

 

Dogs

“Cross country day on the Saturday was an early start as we all met for breakfast at our lovely B&B, slightly blurry-eyed at 6.45am. All full up with a good hearty breakfast of bacon and sausages we were on the stand by 7.45am with the kettle boiling whilst we busied ourselves with hoovering and filling the samples ready for the very busy day ahead. The day passed so quickly we barely had chance to catch our breath between speaking to people. It is such a privilege to attend an event like Badminton and speak to so many lovely people. We were very thankful for Penny who had joined us for the day to fill samples and she also did an amazing job of supplying us with endless cups of tea, coffee and biscuits also known as the ‘fuel’ of sales reps! It was with great delight, having popped off the stand for a quick dash to the ladies, that I bumped into the beautiful police horses. Contrary to what many people think it is not often that we get chance to see a horse at events so it was a treat to see the two big beautiful bays.”

cake“Saturday is a late finish so we always book a table at the local pub for a much needed hot meal and a glass of wine. I often think that anyone else in the pub may find us a peculiar bunch as we are so tired that we barely hold a conversation during our meal. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the dessert menus appeared for us to muse over. Debbie was so tired that she ordered her Turkish Delight Cheesecake to go!”

“Sunday started a little more sedately than Saturday. We checked out of our B&B, thanking Laura, the owner, for another lovely stay and booking our rooms for next year which will come round so quickly. The full quota of staff on a Sunday gives us a chance to have a break and enjoy some of the show ourselves. We each popped off for a short break and inevitably returned with a shopping bag or two! Some with gifts for family, friends or ‘thank- yous’ for the fantastic people who had looked after horses in our absence and others with gifts for themselves. We also had a lovely surprise visit from Cassie James who regularly writes a column for our website and her partner Simon. The almighty roar coming from the grandstand direction indicated the show jumping had come to an end and the 4pm finish of the show soon came round. We started the task of breaking down the trade stand as the last few members of the public headed to their cars with arms full of shopping bags. There is something a little sad about the end of a show as the bustle of the many people dies down and the colourful trade stands slowly get packed away but it is always lovely to head home to long-suffering partners and muddy ponies. Thank you to all the lovely people we met, stockists and friends who came on the stand to say hi and to the organisers of Badminton Horse Trials for another great show. Roll on next year!”

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Competition Convenience with HorseHage!

Spencer with Wonder Why

HorseHage makes the perfect partner when it comes to making your choice of forage to take to competitions.

It is very convenient for travelling as it’s highly compressed into half its original size and packed into handy sized bales which are heat-sealed and double-skinned to avoid puncturing. They can be stored outside or on a roof rack if necessary.

It splits very easily into wedges for netting up and because most horses and ponies truly relish the taste, there is rarely any wasted.

HorseHage is a dust-free, pure product and contains no artificial additives and comes with a 100% quality guarantee. It is the only haylage-type product to have FEMAS NOPS certification which means it is produced following the current best practice to minimise risk of contamination from naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) and is made from specially grown leys with a high regard for feed safety, consistent quality and full product traceability.

It is available in four varieties – Ryegrass, High Fibre, Timothy and Alfalfa, offering an option for all types of horses and ponies with varying energy requirements. It is a consistent product and has a good level of moisture that will help reduce the risk of colic and dehydration during longer journeys.

Feeding a dust-free forage such as HorseHage is extremely important to reduce respiratory problems, especially in a tightly confined environment such as a horsebox, and to enable a horse or pony to perform at his best.

It can be fed in a HorseHage Net which is specially designed with a smaller mesh than a typical hay net, to prolong eating time and prevent your horse from becoming bored whilst travelling or standing in the box at shows. Always make sure it is tied high enough to avoid the horse’s legs becoming caught in it.

Said show-jumper, Spencer Roe: “The fact that HorseHage is dust-free and sealed is great for the health of my horses and especially useful as I’m constantly on the road. I also like the fact that there are four varieties to suit different horses’ requirements, so HorseHage is a must for my team now.”

HorseHage is the official forage supplier for the British Equestrian Team as well as The Horse of The Year Show (HOYS) and also the British Showjumping National Championships & Stoneleigh Horse Show.

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Mollichaff Sponsorship On Offer For Amateur Rider!

MolliChaff Sponsorship Competition

The Mollichaff brand is looking for its first ever sponsored rider We would like to offer one amateur rider, of any age and competing at any level, in any discipline, the opportunity to be supported by Mollichaff.

The winner of this competition will receive a training bursary of £1000 which can be used towards competition and training expenses such as lessons, show entry fees, registration fees and fuel costs for the 2016 season. He or she will also receive a fabulous Mollichaff-branded equestrian wardrobe which will include a show jacket, jodhpurs, competition shirt, training jacket, polo shirt, plus a branded saddlecloth, rug and 20 bags of Mollichaff for their horse or pony!

In addition, two runners-up will each receive 10 bags of Mollichaff and a Mollichaff-branded saddlecloth.

The winner will also have a monthly ‘blog-spot’ on the HorseHage website so they can share their experiences and progress throughout the following year.

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage: ‘Due to rising costs over the past few years, we realise many riders are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Perhaps you are thinking about having to give up competing in order to keep costs down, or possibly competing is something you have always wanted to have a go at but were put off by the expense. We hope that by offering this support we can help one amateur rider to carry on, or even start competing this year.”

To enter please send us information about you and your horse or pony and what discipline and level you compete at (if you are currently competing). We get many letters and emails asking for sponsorship so please highlight what makes you special and why you would like to be considered. Also please include a colour photo of you and your horse or pony and your full name, address, telephone number, email and age.

Entries can be emailed to  feedroomfocus@horsehage.co.uk  (Please put ‘Mollichaff Sponsorship Competition’ in the subject line)

 

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Post to the address below:

Mollichaff Sponsorship Competition
FAO: Debbie Harris
Mark Westaway & Son
Love Lane Farm
Marldon
Paignton
Devon
TQ3 1SP

The competition is open to riders of any age, based in the UK. Closing date: 31/12/15. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms and Conditions

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