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Janou Bleekman Takes Irish Junior Crown at Tattersall

Janou Bleekman

Tattersalls Irish National Junior Championships CCI 1* produced a convincing winner in Granntevka Prince, ridden by our youngest sponsored rider, Janou Bleekman, who led the dressage with a fabulous score of 36.3 – over three marks ahead of the second best test.

Prince (as he is known at home) is owned by Gerry and David Mills from Cornwall and was in spectacular form with Janou, storming around the cross country and show jumping, adding no further penalties  and increasing their winning margin to an amazing 9.5 penalties ahead of the eventual runner up – Great Britain’s Annie Keir with Flying Machine.

A delighted Janou said, “Prince was brilliant all week. He is such a lovely horse to ride and gave me a real buzz in all three phases. He is a new ride for me this season and it is wonderful to have a horse that has been so beautifully produced – and whose father was one of our own stallions!”

Granntevka Prince was bred by David and Gerry from a mare by local Thoroughbred stallion, Prince of Peace, using the Bleekmans’ stallion, Grannex .

He has had a wonderful career with Lucy Weigersma previously – among their many triumphs was winning the CCI 3* at the Blenheim International in 2009.  A decision was made by the Mills to let him drop down to Junior level, and hopefully Young Riders in the future, and to enjoy him competing with a young jockey rising up through the ranks.

Janou’s father, Edward, is Dutch and she represents The Netherlands when competing internationally, but is based in the UK in Devon.

She said, “It is the first time for me to stand on the podium for the Dutch anthem – and, we believe, the first time our flag has been raised at an Irish three-day-event. I was very proud and now my aim with Prince is to represent Holland in the Junior European Championships if we are selected.”

With her other seasoned campaigner, Prince Apollo, Janou finished just outside the money in the CCI 2* Under 25, finishing again on their dressage score.

“My ‘Princes’ have been stars at Tattersalls.” said Janou.  “It has been an amazing week!”

Janou Bleekman

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Mollichaff Condition Works A Treat For Troy!

Troy

Troy, a 16.2hh, nine-year-old Trakehner owned by Karen Freeman from Devon, always struggled to keep his weight on during the winter months.

Like many horse owners, Karen is busy working full time and spends any spare time riding and caring for her horse, who she has owned since he was just six months old, and her life revolves around him.

Troy Stocky

Feeding in the past had been quite a trial for Karen as Troy is a fussy feeder and she tried various products and supplements, trying to mix and match to get something to work but to no avail and he still lost weight, despite just being on light to medium work through the winter.

Then last year Karen visited our trade stand at Badminton so decided to explain the problem and see if we could recommend a product that would help Troy to build up some weight and condition.

The team recommended Mollichaff Condition – 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.

Troy

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.

Said Karen, “The team at HorseHage were extremely helpful and advised me to get rid of all the different types of feed and supplements and just to feed six round scoops of Mollichaff Condition per day, split into a minimum of two feeds, alongside good forage.”

“At first I thought this sounded a huge amount and that it would cost a fortune, but in fact it actually saved me money as I got rid of two other feeds and supplements.”

“Troy has been on Mollichaff Condition right through the winter and this spring was the best he has ever looked! My friends have all been asking me what he’s on and I no longer have to reel off a list! It is also so easy to feed and I don’t need to leave lots of complicated feeding instructions at the yard when I am away with work, and best of all, he seems to enjoy it and looks great!”

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage, “The Mollichaff range of complete feeds are fibre-based and offer a much more natural method of feeding compared to cereals. It is important to remember that when feeding a complete feed that it should always be fed at the recommended levels for optimum results.”

MolliChaff Condition

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Pirates and Princesses at The Donkey Sanctuary!

Rachel

Rachel

Want to know what the HorseHage and Mollichaff staff gets up to at the weekend? You would never guess it to be this!! Rachel Hornby of HorseHage explains:

“Well – not every Saturday morning starts with mucking out whilst dressed as a pirate, but I promise there is a perfectly valid reason!

Debbie, National Sales Manager, and I were heading to The Donkey Sanctuary in Ivybridge for a very special day. Now fully qualified volunteers, we were on our way to a ‘Princess and Pirates Party’ at the donkey assisted therapy centre which caters for children, many of which have additional needs and disabilities, and their families. And what a party it was!”

Our day started with a very quick, but well-needed cup of coffee whilst admiring the fantastic outfits of the other volunteers and the staff. It was then straight out into the yard for us landlubbers to collect the donkeys to be used for the morning rides. After a good groom the four donkeys were tacked up and even had their own pirate hats to wear. We were each assigned our duties for the morning. Debbie, along with another volunteer, was paired with Eeyore the donkey and Pirate Jill and I were partnered with Pedro. There was then a chance for lots of photos of the volunteers and donkeys in the arena which had been decorated with treasure chests, loot and bounty!! It also had its own pirate ship adorned with the Jolly Roger! Shrieks of “Yo ho ho!” and “Ahoy there, Matey!” rang out as we giggled our way through the photo taking!

Debbie

Debbie

The area where the children play was filled quickly with little pirates and fabulous princesses. The first four children were soon on board and it was all giggles and smiles as we collected treasure from all around the arena. The children also had to find and collect fish, which were then hung on hooks in the pirate ship.

Throughout the day there were lots of competitions such as the ‘Best Dressed Pirate and Princess’. My particular favourite was the young lady who had a fantastic sparkly red dress teamed with red hunter wellies (although she looked slightly unimpressed when I asked if she thought her wellies would fit me!)

Lunchtime soon arrived and the donkeys were returned to the barn for a well-earned rest whilst we grabbed the chance to sit down. The weather was beautiful so Debbie and I took advantage and enjoyed our lunch outside. The centre has a lovely enclosed play area where many of the children were also enjoying the fine spring day as we watched on, unable to contemplate the challenges they and their families must face every day.

Then it was all hands on deck before we knew it and, not wanting to be the ones to ‘walk the plank’, we jumped into action for the afternoon session.

Four new donkeys were bought in, groomed and we were soon collecting more loot and treasure surrounded by pirate music and children’s laughter. Our day very quickly came to an end and, though very tired, thanks to the children, staff, other volunteers and of course the donkeys, we had had the most fabulous time.”

Our Pirate Ship

Our Pirate Ship

The Treasure Island

The Treasure Island

The Donkey Pirate Crew

The Donkey Pirate Crew

 

 

Julia and Marvin’s Badminton Experience Part 3

Wednesday 7th May 2014

The day dawned, wet and rainy and very windy. Julia’s husband, Neil arrived the previous night and today another couple of friends – Nina and Simon – arrived with their two young children, to complete the team of supporters.

Julia and Jane were up early and worked hard to get Marvin looking perfect – he gleamed everywhere!

Ready for the dressage

Ready for the dressage

The dressage section was at 9.50am. Julia warmed up under a very black sky and the rain started just as she was about to go in. They were scored at 34.8. There was just time then for a quick look around the tradestands and a spot of shopping before getting ready for the show jumping at 2.10pm.

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

The show-jumping phase is Julia’s least favourite and unfortunately the pair had two fences down giving 8 penalties. But the relief that it was over was evident as Julia came out of the ring, excited to now be able to look forward to her favourite section – the cross country.

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

Warming up in the collecting ring

Warming up in the collecting ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

It was then time for another quick change of gear and into cross country colours and tack. By this time, the wind had really got up and several people were spotted grappling with their gazebos in the horsebox park and trying to keep them from taking off!

Unfortunately when Julia got over to the start there was a delay of 45 minutes, which seemed an age. However eventually she was into the start box and she was off, with Marvin’s ears pricked and a big smile on her face.

Clearing the first fence

Clearing the first fence

Warming up

Warming up

But sadly, it was not meant to be. At Fence 8 – the coffin complex – Marvin had two (very unusual) refusals and so, to everyone’s great disappointment, the pair were eliminated.

Said a gutted Julia: “Marvin never stops on the cross country, but at this fence he just really backed off and didn’t want to know.”

However, here at HorseHage we are thrilled and proud that Julia and Marvin got this far and managed to experience this prestigious event. The team arrived home around midnight on Wednesday and will now both be enjoying a few days rest and recuperation.

Said Julia: “This is the pinnacle of Marvin’s eventing career. I am delighted that we got this far and competing here has been a wonderful experience. There are a couple more events I would like to do with him this season but then I think we will wind down a little as he has given me everything and he is my horse of a lifetime.”

Team Paterson!

Team Paterson!

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Julia and Marvin’s Badminton Experience Part 2

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Julia’s dressage start time came through while she was driving down the day before and as it turned out, she was down to do all three phases on Wednesday so this allowed plenty of time for Marvin to get used to the hustle and bustle of his surroundings and to settle in and also for Julia to ride him again in the morning and walk the cross country course in the afternoon.

Julia takes Marvin for a leg stretch

Julia takes Marvin for a leg stretch

Another good friend of Julia’s arrived in the morning – Angie Shield – and so after lunch we all headed off to check out the show jumping and cross country courses. The weather was extremely changeable.

Jane, Julia and Angie

Jane, Julia and Angie

Julia felt happy after walking the show jumping course, even though it is her least favourite phase, and she said “It’s a nice, flowing course, forward-moving and a real ‘rider’s course.”

Checking the distances on the show jumping course

Checking the distances on the show jumping course

Black clouds had loomed above whilst Jane advised Julia on the show jumping course but by the time we set off towards the cross country fences, we were in glorious sunshine and sun glasses, hoping that this would be the weather for the next day and a half. (Unfortunately it wasn’t, and we were soaked by the time we got back to the lorry!)

 

The Cross Country Course

Here we have images of every fence on the BE90 Cross Country course:

Fence 1

Fence 1

Fence 2

Fence 2

Fence 3

Fence 3

Fence 4

Fence 4

Fence 5a

Fence 5a

Fence 5b

Fence 5b

Fence 6

Fence 6

Fence 7

Fence 7

Fence 8a

Fence 8a

Fence 8b

Fence 8b

Fence 8c

Fence 8c

Fence 9

Fence 9

Fence 10

Fence 10

Fence 11

Fence 11

Fence 12a

Fence 12a

Fence 12b

Fence 12b

Fence 13

Fence 13

Fence 14a

Fence 14a

Fence 14b

Fence 14b

Fence 15

Fence 15

Fence 16a

Fence 16a

Fence 16b

Fence 16b

Fence 17a

Fence 17a

Fence 17b

Fence 17b

Fence 18

Fence 18

Fence 20a

Fence 20a

Fence 20b

Fence 20b

Fence 20b alternative route

Fence 20b alternative route

Fence 21 almost done

Fence 21 almost done

Fence 22

Fence 22

Finish a welcome sight!

Finish a welcome sight!

Said Julia: “I am looking forward to riding this course and feel honoured to be riding here. We have worked so hard to get to this point. The fences are well built and the distances are good. I am a little concerned, though, at the length – it will be the longest course Marvin has ever done and it’s quite technical in places and the fences seem to come up quite fast. I’m not worried about any particular fence but there is that long pull up the hill so I must remember to save some petrol in the tank for that as well as riding forward to the fences.”

The rest of the afternoon was spent preparing – polishing boots, cleaning tack and plaiting Marvin up.

Nerves are setting in a little!

Nerves are setting in a little!

Getting spick and span for tomorrow

Getting spick and span for tomorrow

 

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