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Bert Sheffield to Ride for Canada!

bertHorseHage-sponsored Para-equestrian rider, Bert (Roberta) Sheffield, has received the exciting news that she will now be riding as a member of the Canadian squad for Para-equestrian dressage with her horse, Wonderboy. Bert will be number two in the Canadian ranking system and will be aiming for selection for their 2013 European Summer Tour, US Winter Tour and hopefully the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and eventually the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Bert will continue to be based in England, the global powerhouse of Para-equestrian dressage. She has been competing successfully at British Dressage Para shows against the best in the world for the past six years and has won a National title. She qualified for the National and British Championships eight times and began her international career representing Great Britain in 2012.

Said a thrilled Bert, “Because I have dual nationality, I am able to compete for either Great Britain or Canada. This means I will no longer be riding for Great Britain but can still compete in British Dressage competitions. However, riding for the Canadian team will open up fantastic opportunities for me to compete internationally as part of an evolving team.”

Said Chris Tar, of HorseHage, one of Bert’s main sponsors: “We are delighted at this wonderful opportunity for Bert. She has worked very hard to get to this level and we will be continuing our support for her with our HorseHage and Mollichaff products as she enters this exciting development in her career.”

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Yorkshire Winner For HorseHage National Competition!

karenKaren Wareing from Wakefield in Yorkshire was the lucky winner of the national competition run by HorseHage throughout last year. She entered the competition at the Bramham International Horse Trials last summer and her prize was six months of feed and forage for her horse from HorseHage and Mollichaff.

Our feed advisor, Rebecca Murray, travelled to Karen’s livery yard which is near Tadcaster, and did a full nutritional assessment on her horse, Tammy.

Tammy is a 16.3hh, 20-year-old mare who just enjoys light work nowadays, due to being a little stiff from arthritis in her hind legs.

Said Karen: “We used to do dressage, a little jumping and some pleasure rides but now we just stick to some light hacking.”

Karen explained that Tammy could sometimes be a fussy feeder so Rebecca recommended trying Timothy HorseHage which is made from Timothy grass rather than Ryegrass. It is higher in fibre and lower in protein than many other grasses and so is particularly suitable for leisure horses and ponies, native ponies, veterans and those that are resting, convalescing or laminitic. It has a different ‘nose’ to ryegrass, making it highly palatable and ideal for picky eaters.

Mollichaff Condition was also suggested as Tammy can drop a little weight during the winter months. Mollichaff Condition is a complete feed made from 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. It is highly digestible and high in fibre and oil and low in starch, and because it is a complete feed, no other hard feed is required – just plenty of good forage.

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Para-Equestrian Dressage Rider Bert Sheffield Selected For LEAP

Bert and Doubleagent2013 promises to be a truly exciting year for HorseHage-sponsored international Para-Equestrian Dressage rider, Bert Sheffield.  The Lincolnshire-based rider has been selected onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) for 2013 which provides funding for equipment and training. The scheme is designed to co-ordinate support for talented sports people from Lincolnshire and provide a legacy supporting athletes for potential selection for future Games.

The current UK sports system provides funding for top-end elite performers through Lottery funding, but the tier below that has what could be best described as ‘patchwork’ support. LEAP offers a better, more consistent level of support to that level of performer in Lincolnshire.

Bert will also be making her debut on her younger horse, Double Agent, in British Dressage and Para-Dressage competitions next year.

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Work Experience

Just before HorseHage National Sales Manager, Debbie Harris, and Equine Feed Advisor, Rachel Hornby, were due to set off for Your Horse Live for four days, they were talking to 11-year-old Georgia Hopkins, who kept her pony at the same livery yard, and she told them how much she would love to come and work on the HorseHage stand. So HorseHage decided to make a little girl’s dream come true this Christmas by inviting her to spend a day with them on the HorseHage and Mollichaff stand at the South West Christmas Equine Fair. Here is Georgia’s story in her own words:

“My name is Georgia. I am 11 years old and live in Paignton in Devon. I have been 
riding for just over four years, I have an amazing pony called ‘Bardic Doodlebug’ (or ‘Dude’ to his friends). He is a five-year-old 12.2hh, bay Welsh/TB. We love going on long hacks, fun rides, show  jumping, cross country, hunting, WHP and doing lots of Pony Club stuff.”

Georgia Bacon

“In Dude’s first few months of showing, he qualified for Cricklands where he came 1st, 4th and 5th. It was an amazing experience and we would love to go again this year. We also came 1st and 4th at Totnes Show. Must be something I’m feeding him…Mollichaff Hoofkind!  My goal for this year is to do BSJA.”

“I was so pleased when one day Rachel from HorseHage gave me some signed pictures of Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, but very envious that she had got to meet them while she was working for HorseHage at Your Horse Live. I told her that I wanted her job as she gets to go to all the best horsey events and meet lots of famous riders! Little did I know that Debbie had decided to try and make my wish come true!”

“One Saturday morning Rach and Debbie surprised me with the news that they had arranged for me to come and help them out for the day on the HorseHage stand at the South West Christmas Equine Fair in Exeter. WooHoo! I was so excited!!”
Saturday 8th December 2012.

“I met Rach and Merv at Marksway HorseHage headquarters in Marldon at 8am. Rach handed me my uniform – a smart, green hoodie embroidered with the Mollichaff logo and also a badge with my name on. We jumped in the car and went to pick up Debbie before heading off to Exeter. Debbie had a Michael Buble Christmas Special CD playing so we had a sing-song along the way.”

“We arrived at approximately 8:25am and found our way to the Horsehage and Mollichaff stand and got everything in place. Debbie and I left Rach and Merv to start filling the sample bags whilst we went to the café and got the bacon rolls! Once we had finished our lush brekkie, we were ready to face the wild public at 8:45am when the doors opened.”

“At 10am I had to head down to the arena with Debbie to give out 2nd prize in the class ‘Strictly Showing’ – 13.2hh and under. They handed out some amazing prizes like clippers and numnahs and as HorseHage had sponsored the class, the winner also received five bags of the Mollichaff of their choice too.”

“At around 11am, Rach and I had a little peek around the stalls seeing what to spend our money on. One stall gave us a free dog advent calendar as one of the 
windows had been opened and eaten!”

“When we got back to the tradestand, I filled the sample bags and helped Merv with topping up the sample feed bags as we were running low. Wow! Time had flown by and it was lunch already! We let Debbie and Merv go to lunch first and kept working our socks off. It then became very exciting as I had learnt quickly and I was allowed to serve some customers. When Debbie and Merv came back, Rach took me to get some lunch. I had some chips and we sat down in the Exhibiters Area and it was so quiet that Rach was falling asleep! After lunch we snuck off without Debbie and Merv knowing and raided the Celebrations tin on the TopSpec stand – they always have nice sweets!. We wandered around the other stands and I spotted a fleece rug that I wanted for Dude but they didn’t have it in his size.”

“It went quiet on the stand later in the afternoon so Rach and I went to watch Tim Stockdale in the arena and left Debbie and Merv in charge. Tim was riding an 18.2hh horse called K2 who was a Six Bar Challenge Champion and made mincemeat of the top hole fences. He was amazeballs!”

“At 6pm, sadly it was time to pack up and go home. We jumped in the car and headed off, chatting about the great day we had all had together. We dropped Debbie off at home and then went back to Marksway Horsehage to drop Merv off and pick up Rach’s car. We hopped into Rachel’s little sports car and made our way to the stables to meet mum – I couldn’t wait to tell her all about my amazing experience.”

“Thank you to everyone at Horsehage and Mollichaff and especially to my work colleagues, Debbie, Rach and Merv for a fabulous day that I will remember forever.”

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