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It’s nice to be back in the UK now after spending the last seven weeks at the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. With a bit of down time before I head abroad again, I now find the time to write an update for you all. So here’s what I’ve been up to since my last blog…

The London International Horse Show – Olympia

Getting into the Christmas spirit at OlympiaIt was my first time at Olympia competing in the international classes; I’ve only ever done the Under 23 Young Rider Competition there, so I was really looking forward to experiencing the whole show. On the Thursday afternoon of the show I was invited to the British Equestrian Writer’s Association luncheon to receive an award from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers. The award was for ‘The best rider, 25 years or under, judged to have made a successful transition from Young Rider level to Senior competition, during which time they conducted themselves with maturity and dignity and presented their sport well to the media’. I gave them one of my classic ‘er’ and ‘um’ speeches; I think I’m getting rather good at public speaking now.

Later on that evening I got to meet the Duchess of Cornwall when she presented me with the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy as the ‘young rider to have shown the greatest potential for success in any FEI discipline’. It was a great honour to receive the award and I only hope I can live up to the expectation.

It was the first time at Olympia for Ballando II, he has never jumped in such a tight arena with a crowd so close, I think he coped very well and was pleased that he only had a fence down in both classes. So although the show didn’t go well for my horses in general, it was a very good experience for both them and me.

The Spanish Sunshine Tour – Vejer de la Frontera

Sunshine Tour

Because of the bad weather at the end of January, we decided to head out to Spain early this year. I felt my horses would benefit from working with the sun on their backs as oppose to the sleet and rain. On the 6th February we started out on our four day journey to Spain, which sounds like a long time to get there, but I like to make sure my horses all get there in good health. So we make three stops along the way, stabling the horses at different yards each night.

I usually use the tour as a training and warm up show for the start of the year, as most of my horses have been on rest during the winter. We didn’t go to win a lot of prizes, we went to gain experience. I feel that we achieved that on the whole and my horses are now ready for the outdoor season ahead.

I’m really pleased with my stallion, Chaccomo Agostini, who I took out there to gain experience. He only started competing in July last year, and although he is a 9-year-old and is a little bit behind where he should be at this stage in his life, he is coming on leaps and bounds. At the start of the show he was jumping 1.30m classes, by the end he was jumping 1.45m classes, I think he will be a promising star for the future.

Next Time…

This week I am heading out to Hardelot in France for their CSI *** show, where I’ll be taking Wonder Why, Chaccomo Agostini and Ballando II, before heading back for my sister’s wedding.

Spencer

Mark Farmer presenting Spencer with the award

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Complete Condition from Mollichaff

MolliChaff ConditionHas your horse or pony lost a bit of condition over the colder winter months?

This can be due to several factors but the most common are a lack of good forage when grazing is poor and no increase in calories. Horses need to burn more calories during winter in order to keep warm.

Making a decision on which feeds and supplements you need to keep your horse healthy can be a challenge so why not forget the shopping list and opt for a complete feed such as Mollichaff Condition which contains everything your horse or pony needs in one bag? This can save you time as well as money.

Mollichaff Condition is a highly digestible, high fibre, high oil and low starch mix which can be fed as a complete concentrate feed alongside good quality forage.

It contains a balanced blend of alfalfa, dried grass, oat straw, fibre pellets, barley, soya flakes, soya oil and mint as well as Yea-sacc® and a prebiotic, plus vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Soya oil provides essential fatty acids to help improve skin condition and encourage a healthy, glossy coat. Yea-sacc® and a prebiotic help maintain a healthy digestive system, along with mint, which is particularly palatable to horses.

Mollichaff Condition is suitable for encouraging weight gain in all horses and ponies, especially those that struggle to maintain their condition.

It can be used as the sole concentrate feed as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement.

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Spring Feeding With HorseHage and Mollichaff

Spring Feeding With HorseHage and Mollichaff

Spring can be an important season for horse owners, with the competition season getting underway and the change in weather, which should allow many horses to be turned out. Adjustments may need to be made to feeding regimes to allow for changes in work and daily routine.

Whatever the time of year, though, good quality forage should always provide the basis of any equine diet. HorseHage offers four varieties of dust-free bagged forage, with an option to suit all types of horses and ponies, from laminitics, which can safely be fed the Timothy and High Fibre varieties, to performance horses in hard work which require the optimum levels of protein provided by the Ryegrass or Alfalfa HorseHage

Good quality chaffs, such as Mollichaff, can help to bulk out the hard feed and by stimulating the production of saliva and slowing the passage of food through the gut, can help to promote good digestion and will satisfy a stabled horse’s psychological need to chew. There are several varieties and one that is very popular for the show season is Mollichaff ShowShine – a cherry-flavoured, high oil chaff.for the ultimate in show condition.

Our Mollichaff range also includes three complete fibre feeds for horses and ponies, which can be an economical choice for many owners in today’s financial climate as when fed in the recommended amounts, only additional forage is required. These complete feeds – Mollichaff Calmer, Mollichaff Condition and Mollichaff HoofKind -  are carefully balanced and contain all the minerals and vitamins needed. Mollichaff HoofKind is ideal for laminitics – a condition that can be very prevalent at this time of year.

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HorseHage to Continue with Sponsorship of BRC’s Volunteers Club

Master BRC Volunteers ClubWe are pleased to announce that we will be continuing with our sponsorship of the Volunteers Club within British Riding Clubs (BRC) for 2015. Local riding clubs are so important and without the help from volunteers, many shows and events that take place throughout the year would not be able to run.

Over 33,000 horse owners and carers are represented through BRC in over 490 clubs and centres which are affiliated to the British Horse Society (BHS). All disciplines from dressage to endurance riding are covered and the organisation offers training and assessments for all ages and abilities, aimed at improving the standards of horse care, riding and horsemanship skills through local and national programmes.

There are currently around 160 members in the BRC Volunteers Club. They provide a vital presence within the organisation, offering valuable assistance in organising and running BRC events throughout the UK.

One of the valued BRC volunteers helping out at an event

One of the valued BRC volunteers helping out at an event

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Nine Out Of Ten Horses Prefer HorseHage!

HorseHage Ryegrass 2013We recently  conducted a survey of horse and pony owners and the findings were impressive.

Our primary research established that 92% of owners in our survey said their horse or pony preferred Ryegrass HorseHage to their usual forage.

The survey also showed that 6% of horses surveyed showed no preference. The majority of the horses and ponies surveyed were usually fed on hay and a small percentage on haylage.

All the owners surveyed rated the quality of HorseHage as very high or high and 100% said they would recommend HorseHage to a friend.

HorseHage dust-free bagged forage is available in four different varieties and comes in a highly compressed bale. It is never re-bagged and does not contain any chemical additives. Because of the fermentation process it goes through in the bag, it is lower in sugar than most hays and the High Fibre and Timothy varieties are suitable to feed to laminitics.

HorseHage is produced with the optimum moisture content for horses of between 35 and 45 percent through strict quality control throughout the production process and has FEMAS NOPS BETA certification which ensures it is manufactured from specifically-grown grass and alfalfa leys with a high regard for feed safety, consistent quality and full product traceability.

It allows you to feed naturally, in the knowledge you are providing your equine friend with a top quality, high fibre product that he/she will relish without any wastage.

For further information please call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527257

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