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HorseHage Supports British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show

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

Our HorseHage high quality, dust-free bagged forage will once again be available to all horses and ponies competing at the show that takes place at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on 9th – 14th August.

It 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 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 able to continue our support at these important Championships and hope it offers an opportunity for more horses and ponies to benefit from HorseHage’s dust-free properties.”

Richard Todd show Director at Grandstand Media said: “We’re delighted to welcome back HorseHage as the official forage supplier for the British National Showjumping Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show for 2016. Making sure the competitors have the highest quality forage is really important to us to enable competitors to compete at the top of their game.”

As the ‘Official Forage Supplier’ for the British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show, competitors will have 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 HYPERLINK “http://www.bsnationalchampionships.co.uk” www.bsnationalchampionships.co.uk or call 02476 858205

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Our First Blog From Our Mollichaff-Sponsored Rider, Tam Thompson

Earlier this year we ran a national competition to search for an amateur rider who we thought deserved some support from our Mollichaff brand in the form of a training bursary, rider clothing, rug and saddlecloth and, of course, some Mollichaff. We also wanted someone who is happy to promote the brand and provide us with regular blogs and photographs of his/her progress throughout the year. After much deliberation, we finally chose our winner – Tam Thompson from Northamptonshire – and so it gives us great pleasure to introduce you to Tam and her horse, Beau, and welcome them to Team HorseHage for one year:

Team Quest

About us: On 24th February it was announced that I was the very lucky winner of the Mollichaff sponsorship opportunity! I have been so incredibly fortunate and I hope I can share some good progress with everyone this year as a result.  I am the most average rider – and I can prove that.  I always come halfway up (or down) the leader board in competitions.  Hopefully this blog will inspire other ‘average riders’ into getting out there and having a go.  It doesn’t stop us!  Beau is 19, has been everywhere and done everything at PC/RC level and is now having an easier, but hopefully interesting, time now with me in his ‘retirement’.  We have tried lots of things together and have discovered that our (my) favourite is quadrille.  Beau’s very favourite thing is jumping – my brave boots need some work in this area!

Goals:  For 2016 I have some ambitions which, with the help of Mollichaff, I’d like to ‘tick off’:

Dressage:  Beat my PB of 65.0% and get 70% in a prelim test unaffiliated.

Team Quest:  Compete in Team Quest for the first time, and improve my initial scores by the end of the season.

Sidesaddle: I just want to get better – maybe enter a show if I can find a suitable saddle and habit to hire.

Quadrille: To play out at Bury Farm again in 2016 for Cherwell Valley RC.  Quadrille is immense fun!

Jumping: To jump a whole course of fences with no fuss and no tears, and no arena surface in my teeth!

Day One:  Beau decided this sponsorship announcement was a good reason to give himself a holiday.  Like almost everyone this year, we’ve had a spot of mud fever, so every morning at 5am when I feed, I thoroughly check his legs for heat.  I have to use a head-torch to see, but I am positive his legs were all A-Ok that morning.

I left my other half (OH), Simon,  in charge for a visit from our fab physio, Jen, at 9am that morning, just to get the season off to a comfy and healthy start for him.  As soon as Simon dragged Beau in from the field he could see he wasn’t right, so trotted him up for Jen who stopped him straight away with clear but slight hind leg lameness.  On examination, she was worried it may be a pulled tendon (presumably because of the mud) which OH texted to tell me.  Unfortunately I was on a course with work so could do nothing but panic for the rest of the day!  OH texted that it was okay though: Jen had advised cooling therapy to bring the swelling down so we could find the problem, and OH had found that the wine cooler from the freezer fits a treat on Beau’s leg!  (Hope that does not result in warm wine…!)   He’d also been told it would be a good precaution to arrange box rest and, as we don’t currently have stables, came up with the genius idea of electric-fencing off a dry 12 x 12 area of paddock!

odel patient

odel patient

Ready for Spring:  A bonus was that because his fur is so thick, the needle wouldn’t go in for the antibiotics, so we discovered he is good to clip.  I was feeling inspired, so he is now bald!  Interesting that he was still toasty the morning after, still in just the same medium-weight turnout rug.

Fluffy Beau

 

Good boyHalf clipped

With Beau’s cut leg still healing, on Sunday I played out with my sister’s horse – the legendary Sardra (also 19).  You will be seeing more of her this year as she is also on the quadrille team, and in our Team Quest…

Of course nobody told Beau that he should take it easy with his injury, and our ‘relaxed’ lunge session to stop him getting too bored was mostly up and down – instead of round in circles – and at a far quicker pace than intended, to a constant soundtrack of squeals!  I think he had fun.  Although he seemed to like his little pen with his personal stash of hay for the first couple of days, he quite soon turned into a whirling dervish and covered his wound with mud anyway, so I let him out again with a good layer of wound protector on his scab.  He was indeed back in work within the week.

Kisses

Competitions:  We had our first go at Team Quest dressage on March 13th in our gorgeous royal blue Cherwell Valley VRC gilets!  We had gone aiming for a start time of 12.30, which was changed at the last minute to 12.48, so at 12.30 I hopped on and wandered over to the warm up, only to be called straight in!  I didn’t argue because I figured just five minutes warm up would be a good place to hang my hat of failure if it went wrong.  I had bought some continental reins to try and stop me dropping the contact as soon as I enter the arena (I always lose marks for inconsistent contact and Beau is quite happy to flop along at top speed if I let him) and I got no negative comments about slipping reins.  We scored 65.8% which means  I have already achieved half of Goal 1!!  I thought this was brilliant, being not too bad AND a personal best, but we ended up as the discarded score!  What a team!  Much to improve for next time but much improvement too from the last time I competed at dressage.  So, as to maintain my tradition of average, the team came 2nd out of 3.

Training: We are so very, very lucky in Northamptonshire to be surrounded by top class instructors in all disciplines.  Our local Riding Club chairman, Amanda Rawson, (security blanket, test reader, instructor, organiser, mediator and sanity maintainer) is our regular trainer and practically every member of CVRC owes any success to her patience and talent.  The club has also been working with a fabulous teacher called Jonathan Canty, and both Simon and I have had a flat lesson from him on Beau this month.  He helped Simon to focus on his riding empathy, and me to focus on enjoying myself and to stop trying to ‘fix’ every issue after one lesson.  He explained (obvious, really) that Beau is used to how I have always ridden him, so if I change that – even to the ‘correct’ way – he will have to adapt and that takes time.  Makes sense.  If Si can keep his balance and I can bend my elbows and keep my reins, we’ll be giving Charlotte and Scott a run for their money soon…

Beau has now had his proper massage from Jen, and enjoyed it very much with just some tightness behind, and in his neck.  All in all he wasn’t in bad shape for this early in the year, so I’m hopeful that with the right management we can keep the old campaigner campaigning!

Massage

Quadrille practice has been going on already with some serious test writing in the evenings using substitute horses…

Quadders test writing

Roll on spring and the clocks going forwards so that, weather permitting, Beau and I can play out in the week too!

Tam and Beau x

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Spencer’s Latest Blog – February 2016

Spencer’s Latest Blog – February 2016

The past few months have been quiet on the competition front for me. We didn’t have a particularly good end to the season, which was disappointing since it started so well in La Baule. But since then we’ve made a few changes and put a lot of hard work into training and hopefully that will pay off this year.

Henfield, West Sussex…

The new yard

The new yard

In October I was made an offer from a new owner to move to a yard in West Sussex and ride a few of his horses. After much consideration and visiting the new yard, I made the decision to move. So in November we packed up our yard and most of my horses and moved from Lincolnshire down to Henfield. It took the horses (and me) a little time to get used to the change but we have been there for just over two months now and they are settling in fine.

Getting settled in

Getting settled in

The past two months I have spent getting to know the new horses I am riding (I’ll let you know all about them soon) and preparing my youngsters who are now five-year-old horses for their first international show.

Trying out the indoor school

Trying out the indoor school

Spencer and his team

Spencer and his team

Next time…

I now find myself on a ferry from Portsmouth heading to the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera. We are taking seven horses with us, including a few youngsters, and will be competing out there until the end of March. I compete out there every year as it’s a great show to get my horses back into jumping and it’s good experience for my younger horses. I’ll let you all know how I’m doing on social media and in my next blog.

Until next time,

Spencer

 

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West Country Equine Fair 5th – 6th December 2015

Here’s our latest blog from Equine Feed Adviser, Rachel Hornby, following last weekend’s West Country Equine Fair in Devon:

“The West Country Equine Fair marks the end of the show season for us, but also the start of Christmas festivities, so its arrival is a bitter-sweet event.

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Debbie, National Sales Manager, and I arrived on Friday morning to set up the trade- stand.  There is always a lovely atmosphere at this event and this year was a particularly colourful set-up day with an amazing array of Christmas jumpers being modelled by various members of staff from other trade-stands.   Our trade-stand soon began to take shape and the Christmas poinsettia took pride of place on the desk.

Saturday had a sedate start but the crowds soon arrived and could be found clustered around the main ring watching the fantastic demonstrations which included a ‘Three-Day-Eventing Master Class’ by Sir Mark Todd. They were also able to enjoy the huge variety of exhibitor stands, many of which were adorned with Christmas lights.   The fair gives a welcome opportunity to partake in an equine-related event without the extreme mud and wet weather encountered by so many horse owners recently.

Sunday was another great day and we were busy from the moment the doors opened.  We had many visits from our lovely stockists and the day soon flew by as we talked to customers old and new.   There was a brief lull late afternoon giving us a chance to enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee and a piece of Christmas cake very kindly provided by Penny who had joined us for the weekend to assist on the trade- stand.  The cheers and frivolity coming from the indoor arena indicated that the Pony Club show-jumping competition was coming to an intense end and so was the show.

The-finished-trade-stand

We were soon heading home, participating in our Sunday night Christmas post-event tradition of listening to our favourite Michael Buble Christmas CD.

Thank-you so much to those of you who visited the stand and helped to make this event another memorable one.  We wish you and your equine friends a fantastic Christmas.’

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HorseHage ‘Ask The Vet’ Sessions at Your Horse Live!

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This year at Your Horse Live we have decided to do something a little different. We will be holding two free ‘Ask The Vet’ sessions on Saturday 14th November with equine vet, Simon Woods BVSC, MRCVS.

Simon is a partner at Fyrnwy Equine Clinics – a specialist veterinary practice based in Shropshire dedicated to the horse world, offering a highly experienced ambulatory equine practice and a fully equipped equine surgical facility.

Simon is an official FEI veterinarian and also an ARVS veterinary surgeon and was part of the veterinary team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He officiates at many BE events and rides a little in his spare time.

We are inviting you to come along to our stand (Hall 1, Stand 6) on the Saturday, if you have any equine feed-related questions you wish to put to Simon. Questions for the morning session will be from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will be by appointment only. To book a slot, please email your name and contact number to becky.tsmltd@btconnect.com by noon on Thursday 12th November. Bookings will close at 12pm. The bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis and we will have limited places only. All applications will be informed that their email has been received and those that are successful will receive confirmation of their allocated time. Only one question per person will be permitted to allow as many people as possible to speak to Simon and no more than 10 minutes allowed per question.

In the afternoon on Saturday we will also run another two hour session from 2pm to 4pm and this will be operated on a first come, first served queuing system and no appointment is required.

We ask that all questions be related to feeding issues only.