Carl Hester - One on one at fifty event

We were very proud to be sponsors of Carl Hesters One on One at Fifty event on 11th November 2017.

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November 15, 2017  |   Share:

Latest news from Shoestring Events

A lot has happened since my last blog and generally things have been pretty positive. Firstly let me introduce you to the newest member of the Shoestring team – Fliss. Fliss is an Irish Sports horse by Royal Concorde from a Ricardo Z mare, she is 6 years old but currently green and quite immature so we are taking things really slowly and just letting her develop her strength and muscle.

Lots of hacking and a little schooling has been the order of the day and she probably won’t be doing much competition wise until next year. She has a great jump and can be very careful so may turn out to be more a show jumper than an eventer but Shoestring_Oct.jpgwe will see. She has the most lovable nature and is always looking to please. As the yard I rent involves hacking onto a busy road she is currently kept a few miles away with a friend who has lovely quiet hacking and a school, this is fab although having horses in two different yards does give some logistical challenged particularly with the light shortening. Ellie and Fliss are sharing a saddle and there is nothing worse than arriving at one yard and realising the saddle is at the other yard!

Ellie meanwhile has moved up to BE100 level fairly easily. It is strange but as a rider that has ridden at advanced level when you have been away from that level for a while 100 seems huge particularly on a 14.2 pony.  We chose our first event to be Treborough which is on the edge of Exmoor and one of the most picturesque events in the calendar albeit a slightly challenging drive. Treborough has a reputation for being straightforward which it is but by golly they certainly built to maximum dimensions over a long and hilly course. I will plead guilty to a slightly sleepless night. It wasn’t then helped when the competitor in front of me fell and we were held in the start box for 20 minutes.

Once underway Ellie flew round making nothing of the course and finished with an excellent clear. Frustratingly 2 poles show jumping when I rode a dodgy line to a double prevented any rosettes despite a good dressage. Our form was franked two weeks later at West Wilts a far smaller but technical track when she jumped another super clear but two rider errors show jumping as well as a dressage judge that was less keen on us kept us well out the placings.

The next event should have been Bricky. We had a good drive up, it is a favourite journey of Mum's not only is it less boring than the motorway routes but we pass some lovely farm shops that have access for the lorry to park. Luckily Ellie is chilled about any unscheduled stops!

We went straight to the event on Friday teatime and walked the course as Saturday was an early start. As always it was beautifully build and prepared although in a couple of places quite wet after the weeks rain. Luckily checking the phone no rain was forecast. We went back to the nearby stabling, plaited Ellie, cleaned stud holes and tack and set an early alarm. Worryingly there were a couple showers and checking Facebook prior to bed Bricky posted they couldn't cope with any more. When I woke up an hour later and could hear the rain pouring I knew what the outcome was going to be and indeed when the alarm went off at 5 the text was already in with the cancellation. The only good thing was the extra hour in bed!

Poor Ellie was unplaited and looked very non plussed. Nothing worse than being at the event and it cancelling, although the entry is refunded the fuel and time cannot be retrieved. Then again to be honest it is probably selfish to say this when the poor organisers have been spending months preparing the course and event only for the weather to wipe out the whole thing.

We did at least do some show jumping and headed to a favourite haunt at Chard to jump the British Novice and Discovery. Ellie pulled it out the bag for a 4th place and £17 in the first class but we had a couple of rails in the Discovery.

So two more events left for the year at Calmsden and Aldon providing the weather is kind.

Meanwhile the yearlings are rapidly growing and so pleased with their grazing this year. I applied Suregrow fertiliser and CSM in April and the field is still lush and green with grass coming through despite the two babies grazing it all year as well as using as a playground.


October 24, 2017  |   Share:

The Latest news from Emily Cariad-Nicol Eventing

At the end of August we took Lander to Millstreet as part of the GB development squad in the CIC*. He was fantastic all week and pulled out all of the stops, even with the 34 hour round journey! He started the event to be inside the top 20 out of 72 combinations after the dressage phase with a good test. After a fantastic clear showjumping over a big track of fences he moved up to be in 12th position overnight. The next day he gave me the most incredible ride x country to be clear inside the time, finishing in 8th place! I couldn’t fault him all week, he was just amazing! Meanwhile I opened my GCSE results in the morning of our first day competing, and I’m very glad to say that I was very pleased with them, as they could’ve played a huge part in how I rode at Millstreet.

Unfortunately, with the arrival of a new livery horse, a week before the BE100 RF at Firle International Simba caught an air bound hoof on his chest and it became a little swollen. Luckily they’re good friends now! Although he would probably have been absolutely fine we decided to miss out on the event, which was a great shame as he had an opportunity to qualify for Badminton grassroots. However he was due to go on a 3 month holiday after the event anyway, so now he has an extra week with no work! He’s currently very hairy and dirty and just enjoying life as a normal horse, and we will be bringing him back into work at the beginning of November. At this rate he may need a new saddle, as in just over a month with no riding he has already grown a huge amount!

We ended the season by moving up to Intermediate, which was both mine and Lander’s first time competing at this level. We competed in the OIu21 at Little Downham and had the most fantastic day. We started with a 33.2 dressage in a very harshly marked section to be inside the top 10 after this phase. He then jumped a fantastic clear round showjumping which made me even more nervous than I already was going into the x country phase! It was a huge track of fences and I'll admit that I wasn't sure if I was going to cope with it, but we came back having had the most fantastic clear round, he was so bold and so scopey over the biggest fences on the course! We did however get a fair amount of time penalties, as I took one alternate route just to be on the safe side, and made my life extremely difficult by accidentally going around one of the judging cars after the jump, so I had to do a very tight turn slowly, which wasted a huge amount of time!! We were dropped down just out of the placings because of this, but it doesn't matter at all – we had the best experience that we could’ve asked for with our first time at this level, and now I’m extremely excited for next season with this fantastic horse. Lander is now enjoying a very well deserved 12 week  holiday, and his Connemara side is starting to show as he’s already extremely hairy!

And I’m thrilled to say that 2 new 3yo’s arrived at home a few weeks ago! Both are completely untouched mares from the Netherlands, and I must say they are quite beautiful! They both come from showjumping lines but have more than enough blood and movement to event. They’re currently being backed at Jason Webb’s and I am so excited to go and see them being ridden. They’ll come for a break in a couple of weeks and then go back down to Jason’s, at which point he will show me how to ride them. Then at the end of November it’ll be all hands on deck – so I’m looking forward to a very busy winter!

October 18, 2017  |   Share:

Caroline Powell takes the CIC2* title at Waregem 2017!

Sponsored rider Caroline Powell and the smart Flipper K made the trip to Waregem worthwhile by taking the CIC2* title! The pair were lying 7th after the dressage phase which they then followed by a super clear in both the showjumping and the cross country phases with only 3.6 time penalties to add. This was just the performance to take the top spot in this class but Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man were hot on their heels finishing in the runner up spot with only 0.1 penalties separating them. Dirk Shrade and Catelan finished 3rd to complete the top 3 in the CIC2* class.

September 25, 2017  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser sponsors Allerton Park Horse Trials 2017

We are very proud to have sponsored Allerton Park Horse Trials for another year. It provided a great weekend of competition with some very testing conditions at times after a lot of surprise rain on the Saturday night!

The showjumping proved to be very influential across the whole competition and it definitely wasn't a dressage competition. We would like to say a big congratulations to all competitors and well done to the organisers of such a great event (and the tractor drivers for towing people on and off site on the Sunday!).

Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored the Novice U18 section on the Saturday and the Open Intermediate section on the Sunday. The top 3 for those sections are as follows:

1. Brianna Tweddall with Lisboy Buachaill
2. Connie Warde-Aldam with Erco Polo B
3. Ellen Hobson with Fernhill Finnegan

1. Angus Smales with A Bit Much
2. Emilie Chandler with Gortfadda Diamond
3. Jamie Atkinson with Salunette

September 18, 2017  |   Share:

Oliver Townend on the front cover of Horse & Hound following his win at Burghley 2017!

September 7, 2017  |   Share:

Class by name, Class by nature!

Sponsored rider Oliver Townend clung onto his lead at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to take the prestigious four star title with the 10 year old Ballaghmor Class, owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan. The win made even more of an achievement by the fact it was the horses first attempt at this level!

Oliver had one fence down and a time-fault but it was enough to seal the win by 1.3 penalties on a horse Oliver has produced from the start of his education. Oliver last took the Bughley title in 2009 on board another grey, Carousel Quest.

Second place went to Piggy French who jumped a clear round to rise from fifth on Vanir Kamira. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul had one fence down, dropping them from second to third. Tom McEwen jumped an immaculate clear round on Toledo De Kerser to take fourth place.

Huge congratulations to Oliver and his team, we are very proud to support such talented riders!

September 4, 2017  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell has a successful trip to Blair!

It was a worthwhile trip up to Blair Atoll for sponsored rider Oliver Townend who took top 10 placings on 4 out of the 6 horses that made the trip to Scotland.

Cooley Master Class finished 3rd in the CIC3* ERM, Cooley Down Under finished 3rd in the CCI* and Khoi Traveler and Tregilder finished 7th and 3rd in the CCI2* respectively.

Another of our sponsored event riders, Caroline Powell, also had a very successful Blair with Up Up and Away finishing 4th and On The Brash finishing 6th, both in the CIC3*.

Successful weekend all round! Next stop for our three sponsored event riders, Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell, is Burghley. We can't wait to cheer them on, good luck!!

August 29, 2017  |   Share:

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