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The Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship winner Rebecca Cowderoy and her beautiful cheatnut mare Celicia! - Here is Suregrow's Jonathan Cox congratulating the duo.

“ She’s still developing but has found everything quite easy so far. As a youngster she did all the age classes and has flown through the levels – she’s ready for PSG and small tour next year already! Keeping her constant is the tricky bit as she has so many gears to her trot. Today her canter work was amazing; I was really happy with that. We had a blip in the trot where a loss of rhythm lead to a break into canter but she coped so well with the atmosphere.”

September 23, 2014  |   Share:

A good result for Oliver and Armada at Burghley!

Suregrow's Oliver Townend and Armada had a good result at Burghley - with a dressage score of 48.3 leaving them in 12th place going into the cross country, they went on to put in the second fastest cross country round of the day moving them up into 4th place.

Unfortunately, show jumping is not Armada's strongest phase and, after a few rails down they dropped to finish 8th. Still a good result Oliver!!

Image thanks to K2Photographic.

September 23, 2014  |   Share:

GB's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro shine gold at the World Equestrian Games

Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, nicknamed Blueberry, won the dressage Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, heading off two in-form German riders.

Charlotte's golden score was 86.120% - a new world record in the Grand Prix Special - with Germany's Helen Langehanenberg scoring 84.468% for second.

The special test is an event in its own right but also a qualifier for the showpiece freestyle test, set to music.

The performance wasn't without it's mistakes, which Charlotte afterwards described as 'silly', but their otherwise clean and high quality test captivated the spectators and the judges. Valegro is a phenomenal horse and performed at least as well as he did the previous day, turning in a beautiful performance.

"It was a great ride. I had no team members to worry about, I thought I'd just go for everything," said Charlotte.

 “We made three expensive mistakes and I thought ‘Oh it’s cost me the medal!’, so I knew after each one that I had to go for a bit more to try and catch up on what I had already lost,” she said afterwards. “But he’s such a fantastic horse, he’s got a heart of gold. If I need to go for a bit more he tries to go for a bit more, he never says ‘no I can’t do it” said the rider who now holds the Grand Prix Special title at Olympic, European and World Championship level.

Charlotte and Valegro had already played a huge part in securing team GB dressage silver behind Germany at the World Equestrian Games, also guaranteeing Britain’s place at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Result: Grand Prix Special:

  1. Charlotte Dujardin/Valegro (GBR) 86.120%
  2. Helen Langehanenberg/Damon Hill NRW (GER) 84.468%
  3. Kristina Sprehe/Desperados FRH (GER) 79.762%
  4. Adelinde Cornelissen/Jerich Parzival N.O.P (NED) 79.328%
  5. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven/Don Auriello (SWE) 78.235%
  6.  Victoria Max-Theurer/Augustin Old (AUT) 77.857%    
  7.  Anna Kasprzak/Donnperignon (DEN) 77.269%
  8.  Laura Graves/Verdades (USA) 77.157%    
  9. Diederik van Silfhout (NED) 75.929%
  10. Stefan Peters/Legolas 92 (USA) 75.742%

August 29, 2014  |   Share:

Great Britain claim dressage silver at the World Equestrian Games

Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secured a silver for Great Britain's dressage team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

The pressure was on as Charlotte knew they had to score a minimum of 83.333% to overhaul Holland and secure second place behind Germany.

Once again Charlotte and Valegro were amazing. They received ten 'perfect 10' marks from the judges and posted a huge 85.271% ensuring she sealed another major medal alongside team-mates Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes.

All three teams on the podium became the first nations, in any sport, to secure qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

''I had such fun'' said Charlotte, ''I went out there to do my very best and wanted to try to get us (the team) into a medal position. He (Valegro) did his best, and I am so lucky as he has just felt fantastic all week. He did try to stop on the centre line, but apart from that I was really, really happy. To go out there and get the welcome I got was fantastic. It's such a great feeling to have that many people behind you.''

Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes completed the British team. Between them they received three 'perfect 10' marks from the judges.

Britain scored a total of 231.343 with the German team taking gold with a score of 241.700 and the Dutch team taking bronze with 227.400.

 

August 28, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins the Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scottish Open Championship CIC3* title for the fourth time!

Nicola Wilson won the Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scottish Open Championship CIC3* title for the fourth time. This time Nicola won the title on One Two Many with the duo leading from start to finish. 

Nicola competed 4 horses in the CIC3* but withdrew Opposition Buzz before the start of the cross country. Watermill Vision and Beltane Queen finished in 20th and 24th place.

Nicola is now at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy with Annie Clover, as part of the Equestrian Team GBR.

Nicola commented “One Two Many is a phenomenal horse and lovely in all three phases, it is especially pleasing for my owners and I am so lucky to have such an amazing support team – my owners, husband, groom – as we all ride the highs and lows together. We had entered the CCI3* but when Annie Clover was selected for WEG we changed the entry for One Two Many – thanks to the owners permission.''

August 26, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox prize giving to the Queen's horse

The Queen's magnificent Balmoral Erica claimed the Glyn Greenwood and Daily Mail Supreme native titles at the Ponies (UK) Summer Championships, Stoneleigh Park. She proved she is as successful in-hand as under saddle.

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox was there to present the prize to Balmoral Erica and her new mother Lizzie Briant.

August 22, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson selected to represent Britain at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Fantastic news for Nicola Wilson! Nicola has been called up to join this year’s Equestrian Team GBR Senior Eventing Squad along with Harry Meade. This follows the withdrawal of Pippa Funnell with Billy Beware and Izzy Taylor with Allercombe Ellie ahead of this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games later this month. 

Nicola commented on her selection: “I was devastated to hear about both Izzy Taylor and Pippa Funnell having to withdraw their horses from the squad. The build up to WEG this year really has been so difficult for everyone involved with the team”. 

Nicola will be competing on Annie Clover, owned by her parents Mary and Barry Tweddle.

"I am delighted that Annie Clover has been selected to go to WEG'' said Nicola, ''she is a horse that my mum bought as a 4yr old and I have always thought so much of her. She is still only a young horse (10yrs) but we have a strong partnership built up over the last 6 years and she has been so consistent in all of her Three Day Events to date. She has always appeared to be a cool customer under pressure and take each level in her stride so I am sure she will give her all at WEG, as I will. I am especially thrilled for my mum and dad - owners of Annie, who have been so influential and supportive throughout my career”.

“It will of course be a very different experience going to a Championship without Dodi [her former team ride Opposition Buzz, who has now been retired from three day events] but as with him, I have built up a really strong relationship with Annie Clover and am very proud that we (my home team) have produced another horse to this level. I would like to thank my whole support team, loyal owners of all my horses, sponsors, UK Sport, British Eventing and the British Equestrian Federation for helping me for fulfill my dream”.

“Fingers tightly crossed that the next few weeks go smoothly and we can go out and do everyone proud.”

The full team supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme (in alphabetical order) Tina Cook, 43 (De Novo News), William Fox-Pitt, 45 (Chilli Morning), Harry Meade, 30 (Wild Lone), Zara Phillips, 33 (High Kingdom), Oliver Townend, 31 (Black Tie II) and Nicola Wilson, 37 (Annie Clover).

The team of four and the two individuals will be announced post trot-up at the competition. 

August 6, 2014  |   Share:

Irish rider Trevor Breen and his one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan have carried on their winning streak at Hickstead!

Irish rider Trevor Breen and his one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan have carried on their winning streak at Hickstead and won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup. They claimed the top spot by 0.05 of a second from Britain's Robert Whitaker.

Just last month Breen and 'Addy' won the Equestrian.com Derby at the venue, a class he had repeatedly come close to winning. Their list of successes already included the British Speed Derby, Eventing Grand Prix and the All England Prix.

Trevor is the younger brother of Hickstead-based Shane Breen, who has won the Queen's Cup twice since 2008.

Photograph by K2Photographic

August 4, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at the Longines Royal International Horse Show!

At the end of June it was the huge success of the British Jumping Derby and now it is the Longines Royal International Horse Show!


Fertilised again this year by Suregrow Fertiliser the arenas are in pristine condition for what is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country. It has everything from the thrills of international showjumping to the splendor and beauty of champion showing horses and ponies, to the exciting buzz of the country's best scurry ponies.


For showing riders, it is solely a championship show and the culmination of many months of qualifications throughout the winter, with a host of prestigious classes for every breed of British horse and pony. 


The show also stages many British Showjumping Winter Finals, places for which have been fought for in winter qualifiers up and down the country. As one of only eight global hosts for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, the Royal International Horse Show is also the only chance to see our national showjumping team compete on home ground.


More information online at www.hickstead.co.uk

Photograph by K2Photographic

July 30, 2014  |   Share:

Carl Hester has been named as part of the Team GB for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

Carl Hester has been named as part of the Team GB for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France which takes place on 23 Aug - 7 Sept, with the dressage competition on the 25 - 29 Aug in Caen.

British Dressage announced the strong squad yesterday (in alphabetical order):

  • Charlotte Dujardin OBE - with Mrs Roly Luard and Carl Hester's Valegro
  • Michael Eilberg - with Mr Jon and Mrs Julie Deverill's Half Moon Delphi
  • Carl Hester MBE - with Mrs Jane De La Mare and his own Nip Tuck
  • Gareth Hughes - with Mrs Jane Brewin's DV Stenkjers Nadonna

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will have their chance to complete their hat-trick of gold medals. “To be taking part in my first World Equestrian Games is really exciting; I’m really looking forward to it. Representing my country is always a great honour and I hope we can give our fans and supporters the results to make them proud.'' says Charlotte.

Charlotte's trainer and mentor, Carl Hester, will be supporting Charlotte throughout the competition. Carl will be riding his up and coming Grand Prix star Nip Tuck with Mr and Mrs Aram Gregory's Dances with Wolves as a direct reserve. “What a great opportunity – I’m certainly looking forward to the chance of bringing home medals for Britain. I’m lucky to have three horses qualified and the three owners have been so supportive of the horses. I know that if we can all post our best results on the day, we’re in with a great shot of a medal.” says Carl

July 24, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson had a fantastic weekend at Hopetoun International Horse Trials winning the CIC*** and the CCI**

The CIC*** had some very strong competition and Opposition Buzz (Dodi) won the class by more than 7 marks showing that at 17 years old, he is still an exceptional and dazzling horse. He did a super dressage test, jumped clear in the show jumping and just added two time faults on the cross-country course.

Nicola's winning streak continued with Kiltealy Brief, a new horse for Nicola this year, taking 1st place in the CCI**. “Kiltealy Brief is a lovely horse’’, says Nicola, ‘’he is so nice to ride in all three phases and seems to be a true professional and I am looking forward to our future together and to be greeted by his owners at the finish, it was clear to see their joy!” 

It was Beltane Queen's first run back since Badminton Horse Trials and she was excited to be back out competing again taking 3rd place.

Hero Motivator finished 6th in the CCI**. He was leading in the dressage but then had an uncharacteristic stop on the cross-country, which was a great shame. Even though the cross-country course did cause many problems, a clear show jumping round meant he still finished 6th. He will continue to gain experience at this level this year and it is pleasing for Nicola to know that hopefully she has another potential horse for the future in the making!

Ngong Hills is another exciting horse for the future. He is a young horse stepping up this year to CIC*** level who was caught out at the influential double of corners. He will get there with more experience!

July 3, 2014  |   Share:

Trevor Breen and his one-eyed horse Adventure De Kannan win the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead.

The Irish International knocked last year's champions, Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z to second place by two hundredths of a second in a thrilling jump-off. It was Breen's and his 14 year old horse fifth attempt to take the title finishing runner-up last year.

Adventure De Kannan did not let his disability get the better of him, sliding down the iconic Bank and hopping beautifully over the rails feet from the base, which defeat so many. But in then faulting at the Devil's Dyke, Breen drew level with Miller on four faults, sparking a jump-off.

Miller and Caritiar Z took off the front rail at the Privet Hedge giving Breen the opening he needed.

Following a long-term infection, the decision to remove Adventure De Kannan's right eye was made last year by Breen and owner Karen Swann. His preparation for Hickstead 2014 was disrupted by a minor ligament injury and he was kicked by another horse in the warm-up arena on Saturday.

Photograph by K2Photographic

June 30, 2014  |   Share:

The GBR eventing squad for the World Equestrian Games has been announced!

Oliver Townend has been named in the GBR eventing squad for the World Equestrian Games in August. The event takes place in Normandy, France from August 23 – September 7 with the eventing competition 28-31 August 2014.

Black Tie II competed at Luhmuhlen last weekend in his first CCI4* finishing in fourth place, ''It was a really nice surprise to hear I had been called up for the team. We went to Luhmühlen for his first CCI4* last weekend without any real expectations yet he exceeded anything we could have hoped for him and more'', said Oliver. 

''When he won the CIC3* at Burnham Market this spring we said to ourselves that even if he never does another thing in his life he won’t owe us a thing. He is such a good mate to us, is lovely to have around the place and is never a moment’s bother to anyone. He has a fantastic brain and is just such a cool little horse, we are incredibly proud of him.''

''Last time I went to a WEG I was just a young lad of 23! It is a fantastic competition as you know that everyone there is the best in the world and it will be great to spot some of my equestrian idols again, some that I have followed since I was young.”

The six-strong squad of eventers comprises Tina Cook, 43, (De Novo News), William Fox-Pitt, 45, (Chilli Morning), Pippa Funnell, 45, (Billy Beware), Zara Phillips, 33, (High Kingdom), Izzy Taylor, 31, (Allercombe Ellie), and Oliver Townend, 31, (Black Tie II).

The eventing competition sees all riders compete as individuals, with the four team riders announced after the trot-up (the results of the two riders competing solely as individuals do not have any weighting on the overall team score).

 

June 23, 2014  |   Share:

Well Bramham International Horse Trials is over again for another year and what a fantastic few days it has been!!

Unfortunately the weather was unkind on Saturday but the rain didn't damper anyone's spirits and a great day was had by all. Our Suregrow Six Bar Challenge had to be cancelled to preserve the ground for Sunday which was disappointing but understandable. Sadly we cannot control the weather. The Bramham on-site team worked on the ground through Saturday night and by Sunday things were looking good again and the sun was back out!

It was Ireland's victory as Aoife Clark secured a win in the Equi-Trek CCI3* with Fenyas Elegance at Bramham International Horse Trials.

Izzy Taylor and Orlando took 2nd place with William Fox-Pitt and Freddie Mac coming 3rd.
Suregrow's Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover finished 4th, just missing out on the podium!

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and ODT Ghareeb take on the Suregrow Fertiliser Owl Hole at Bramham!

Oliver and ODT Ghareeb moved up from 34th after dressage to finish in 15th place in the CCI*** competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. ODT Ghareeb was on great form jumping one of only six cross country clears inside the time.

Oliver and Black Tie II competed in the dressage phase and now 'Tonti' heads to Luhmuhlen for his first 4*.

It was a very busy weekend for Oliver as straight after his cross country it was a quick change then off to be Best Man at his best friend's wedding.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover finish 4th at Bramham International Horse Trials

Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover just missed out on the podium after finishing in 4th place in the CCI*** competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver takes 1st place at Tattersalls International Horse Trials!

Oliver Townend, who uses Suregrow Fertiliser on his grazing paddocks, secured a win at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ireland. Oliver came 1st with Colonel Joe in the Landrover CCI*.

Ballaghmor Class finished 7th with Cooley SRS taking 8th place. Three top 10 finishes meant it wasn't a bad class for Oliver at all.

Sandiman II just missed out on the top 10 finishing 11th in the CCI***. He jumped clear around a tough cross country track but show jumping penalties knocked him into 11th place.


June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Here is a peek of some of the course at the Bramham International Horse Trials!

Ian Stark and Emilie Chandler were there to explain the fabulous course.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz do it again!

A fantastic and well deserved win to Suregrow's Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz. The duo won first place in the International Advanced CIC*** at Chatsworth International Horse Trials this weekend with a score of 39.3

Nicola Wilson recently retired Opposition Buzz from four-star events and he now competes at advanced and three-star level.

 

Photograph by K2Photographic

May 19, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Suregrow's Nicola Wilson was thrilled with the performance from both of her horses at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and is excited for the future, ''Both horses, Annie Clover and Beltane Queen were doing their first 4* competition and are still only 10 years old and very inexperienced in comparison to the majority of the horses competing there and of course, in comparison to Opposition Buzz my long time 4* horse and European, World and Olympic Team Medalist'' says Nicola. 

The challenging 4* course was a test to these 2 inexperienced horses but they both did a fabulous job.

Annie Clover did her dressage test on the first day performing and coping very well. Unfortunately a mistake near the end left her with a mark of 50.

Beltane Queen performed her best dressage test to date finishing 13th. She then went on to be fabulous in the cross-country. Unfortunately she was caught out by a frangible pin that broke, resulting in a penalty fault of 21 being added to their score.

Beltane Queen is having a short holiday now and Annie Clover will be going on to compete in the Equi-trek CCI*** at Bramham International Horse Trials in June.

May 19, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and Armada place 2nd at Badminton Horse Trials!

Congratulations to Suregrow's Oliver Townend and Armada on placing 2nd at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials!

Armada made it look effortless and soared 32 places after the opening dressage phase for them to finish less than 3 penalties behind Griffiths final score. Oliver was so affected by Armada's performance that it left him close to tears.

This was Oliver's best four-star result since his win in 2009.

Oliver took over the ride on Armada at the start of 2012 from his friend Andrew Nicholson. It was recommended by Andrew that owner Paul Ridgeon pass the four-star event horse to Oliver because he could not guarantee the horse a Badminton run.

May 12, 2014  |   Share:

***COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*** Here is your chance to win 2 members passes to Bramham International Horse Trials!

Here is your chance to win 2 members passes to Bramham International Horse Trials - a £168 value prize. These passes give you access to all 4 days of events, free car parking, and access to the member's marquee. 


Photograph by K2Photographic


May 12, 2014  |   Share:

Mount St John's paddocks are looking in tip top shape. Must be the Suregrow Fertiliser!

Mount St John is a private estate set in North Yorkshire. They specialise in breeding dressage horses of the highest standard, ''We are currently breeding with around 30 quality dressage mares per season, which includes a high proportion of embryo transfers from elite sport mares currently competing'' says Emma Blundell - MSJE Owner/Director.

Their paddocks are in top condition thanks to an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.

Mount St John share our passion to meet the needs and requirements of every horse.

May 8, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow's Eventing Team's new transport!

May 6, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow does what it can to help The Household Cavalry

Since its formation the Headquarters has been responsible for providing welfare and benevolence to serving and retired soldiers.

The Household Cavalry Foundation raises much needed funds to care for serving and retired soldiers and their families. It provides them with the fundamental support they need to improve their lives and it is reassuring for the soldiers to know that they are supported by the general public.

February 12, 2014  |   Share:

Carl Hester to use Suregrow Fertiliser

As one of the most successful dressage riders and trainers in the world, Carl Hester's management of his horses is much admired and amongst the impeccable attention to detail is a fundamental belief in the importance and value of long periods of turnout.

Following a review of his grazing paddocks and a meeting with Suregrow Fertiliser, sponsor of the British Dressage Advanced Medium National Championship, Carl has joined the increasing number of successful riders from all disciplines who are choosing to fertilise their grassland with Suregrow.

He explains: "It's a well-known fact that I believe in turnout for all of my horses and in some cases, living out suits their temperament perfectly. This applies to both my grand prix horses and also the youngsters, who I hope will be the stars of the future.

"We have smaller paddocks for everyday turnout and larger fields for youngsters and those competition horses who live out permanently. By using Suregrow Fertiliser, we will be able to enhance and prolong the growth of good quality grazing in the smaller paddocks, so the horses can enjoy the nutritional benefits of the grass whenever turned out. Whilst they are grazing, they are not 'messing around' and I can see that they clearly feel contented, which is very important to me.

"In the larger fields, where horses live out, it's even more important to ensure the grass quality is as good as it can be, as they are grazing for 24 hours a day."

Suregrow Fertiliser's Jonathan Cox visited Carl's immaculate yard to assess the soil condition and grazing quality before offering a management protocol to suit Carl's regime. "There are 30 acres of grassland and it is generally in good condition", he observed, adding, "The small paddocks used for daily turnout have already benefited from an autumn application of Suregrow, which is helping to improve the thickness of the grass sward, resulting in better quality grazing for longer this season and earlier next spring.

"We are pleased to be working with Carl and his team and looking forward to another visit in the spring to advise on an application rate and timetable for all the land to help ensure the best possible grazing for all of his horses throughout the year."

November 29, 2013  |   Share:

Top Read!

Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship winner Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche on the front cover of Horse and Hound!

October 18, 2013  |   Share:

Oliver Townend; "The value of turnout"

International event rider Oliver Townend is based in Shropshire and his yard is typical of a busy and successful top class eventing yard.  He has horses of all ages and at every stage of both training and competition that are all managed impeccably by his team of experienced staff.

Regular turnout time is a key aspect of Oliver's management regime and he explains; The value of grazing goes beyond just turnout time, as grass is a very natural and healthy way to feed. We have used Suregrow Fertiliser since we moved here as it ensuresthe grass is of a higher quality, contributing more to the overall diet. The even grass growth we see throughout the season also means we are better able to maintain our paddocks in optimum condition.”

October 15, 2013  |   Share:

Beth Barnett is the Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champion

On the eve of her 24th birthday, Beth Barnett claimed the first title of the 2013 Espayo National Dressage Championships when she won the Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship. Beth, who works as a part-time administrator to fund her horses, was drawn in the middle of the class with her own Sheepcote Delight and their score of 68.84% proved unbeatable. The partnership has been together since the mare was just 18 months old and Beth backed her and has brought her through the ranks with the help of David and Serena Pincus, who bred the horse.

The combination hasn’t had the best build up ahead of their trip to the National Championships, as Beth, from Hereford, had a bout of ‘flu and Sheepcote Delight suffering a few lameness issues but the duo were back on form when it mattered! A happy Beth commented afterwards; “I’m so pleased with her today! She was focused and really listening, which I don’t always get – she can be quite nervous. Some of my trot work felt really nice and I got my changes which was a bonus! I came here aiming for a clean test and that’s what I got!”

Beth is part of the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent programme which gives her access to top training and advice and she was quick to praise the scheme. “It’s definitely improved my riding and skill; if any young rider has the chance to apply and get on the programme, bite their hand off! You won’t regret it!” said Beth.

It was a really Barnett family effort today with dad acting as lorry driver, mum as psychologist and boyfriend as groom and it looked like some early birthday celebrations were in order once Sheepcote Delight was safely tucked up!

September 27, 2013  |   Share:

Wonder horse Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg win Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship

Many people’s idea of a perfect Sunday morning is coffee, croissants and a good read of the Sunday papers, but not for the hundreds who arrived early at Stoneleigh Park for the final, fourth day of the British Dressage National Championships. For them, it was to watch a ginger horse; not any ginger horse – but the one and only Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio), dubbed the ‘supermodel ‘of dressage.

There was an air of anticipation as the chestnut beauty, masterfully ridden by Michael Eilberg, limbered up for her 8.27am slot in the Suregrow Advanced Medium Open Championship and she didn’t disappoint. Now seven, and in her first year of ‘grown up’ competition, her performance was spellbinding and displayed all the qualities that earned the title of FEI World Young Horse Champion both as a five and six-year-old. They scored 79.05% despite an incorrect canter strike off and a change that was late behind, to win the title by almost eight percent.

“She always feels unbelievable,” said Michael. “She’s on fire and felt edgy in the collecting ring so I aimed to ride a nice test without boiling over. The half passes and fluidity were great. We had the couple of mistakes but everything she does is such good quality. Through a test, what a normal horse would be running on, she’s a mark above. Her base mark is 80%.”

“In the canter she was hanging to the exit - she can be a bit trickier in canter right – which caused the error in the canter on, but the mistake in the change was my fault. Her canter ‘tigers’ away, and her front can get away from the hind legs – I needed to keep her more together.”

September 27, 2013  |   Share:

Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert

Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert and Donnerfee competed in the Flanders Dressage Event!

September 11, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow expands into Belgium!

Last month all eyes were on the Flanders Belgium Dressage Event at the beautiful property of Stable Husterlo in Meerdonk. Suregrow's Jonathan Cox attended the cream of Belgium Dressage Championships with Jonathan Wiggins. It is a 4 day event and all categories took part; ponies, juniors, young riders, seniors and para-equestrian with trials in the categories of Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The event was praised by all attending from competitors, organisers and visitors. 

September 10, 2013  |   Share:

"The quality of the grass is remarkable"

International event rider Ruth Edge is enjoying a fabulous run of success at present and enjoying life at her new yard, Foston Stud in Derbyshire, where she has used Suregrow Fertiliser on all of the paddocks. She confirmed recently; "We've been at Foston Stud for a year now and things are starting to come together. Having used Suregrow Fertiliser both last summer and again this year, the quality of the grass and the improvement in it is remarkable. The horses are looking fantastic and we have even made some high quality hay. We are genuinely thrilled with our fields this year."

September 6, 2013  |   Share:

Caroline Powell's Recipe for Paddock Management

Olympic event rider Caroline Powell has settled into her new yard in Suffolk and Suregrow Fertiliser is important in the mix.

As the turnout of her horses is such a fundamental aspect of Caroline's very successful management regime, one of her first tasks was to ensure an application of Suregrow Fertiliser to all of the grazing paddocks. Just a short time later she reported; "It's always great to see the improvement in the pastures when Suregrow has been applied to them....just add water!!!"

August 30, 2013  |   Share:

Record Breaking Dressage score for Ruth Edge

Suregrow's Ruth Edge has scored a remarkable dressage score of 10 setting a new record for the best one day dressage score at a British Eventing event. 

This fantastic score is the equivalent of 90% in pure dressage and was achieved on Larkshill Sovereign in a five year old class at Skipton on Saturday 3rd August. It is the best one day score recorded since 1998 when British Eventing started their recordings.

Larkshill Sovereign, a Trakehener gelding who stands at nearly 17hh, was awarded four 10's, two of which were for his walk. This win has secured a place for him at the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton in October.

Ruth is known for her expertise and dedication in dressage and has won four national titles.

August 12, 2013  |   Share:

Hickstead - The Longines Royal International Horse Show

The Longines Royal International Horse Show is held at Hickstead. It is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country and is also the British public's only chance to see their national showjumping team compete on home ground. This infamous event has been around for 106 years making it one of the oldest horse shows in the world. This year was better than ever thanks to Suregrow fertiliser the main ring grass was in prime condition.

Suregrow's Olympic bronze medalist Caroline Powell, did us proud winning 4th place in The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix on Lenamore! It seems even in retirement Lenamore is not one to laze around. At twenty years of age he was tackling challenges even a younger horse couldn't like the notorious Devil's Dyke.

August 6, 2013  |   Share:

International event rider Nicola Wilson chooses Suregrow Fertiliser

She will be applying Suregrow Fertiliser to all the grazing paddocks at her Yorkshire base.

Nicola, riding Opposition Buzz, was part of silver medal winning eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics and like many of her fellow event riders, includes daily turnout in the management of all the horses in her yard.

She explains; "I am looking forward to using Suregrow Fertiliser as it will help to ensure our grass is very nutritious and in the best possible condition. The quality of our grazing is important to me as the horses definitely look forward to their time in the paddock each day”.

Nicola joins an elite group of riders who use Suregrow for their grazing, including international event riders Oliver Townend, Ruth Edge and Caroline Powell, together with dressage icon Richard Davison.

Suregrow Fertiliser is formulated specifically for horse and pony paddocks. It is produced in the UK in easy-to-handle 20kg bags and contains a phased (slow) release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. An application will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.

Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing. Suregrow Fertiliser can be easily spread by hand and does not require the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months.

For more information about Suregrow Fertiliser, contact the technical support line on 01423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com

August 5, 2013  |   Share:

Hickstead - The British Jumping Derby Meeting

What a fantastic year for the Hickstead Derby! The infamous equestrian event was held over the 19th to the 23rd of July. Douglas Bunn was the founder of the Hickstead Derby in 1960. The event has now grown to be known all over the world. The main class to watch was The British Derby (£111,000.00). Phillip Miller was the proud winner of this class winning a whopping £36,630.00! The class was filled with tricky jumps including the Devil's Dyke - three fences in short succession with a water-filled ditch in the middle. The infamous Derby Bank was also great to watch, a jump with 3ft 5in rails on top and a 10ft 6in steep slope down the front. Fortunately for the horses the bank didn't turn in to too much of a mud slide as the main arena was fertilized with Suregrow, ensuring the grass was kept nice and thick so there was a softer landing for the unfortunate few who fell.

July 30, 2013  |   Share:

Ruth Edge's Camphire International Win

Congratulations to Suregrow's Ruth Edge who has had a fantastic week at Camphire International coming 1st place on Carnival Prince in the CIC*** with a dressage score of 40.1. 

Ruth carried on her winning streak coming 3rd in the CIC** on Mister Maccondy.

Blacklaw Thymelord earned a respectable dressage score of 36.7 and a clear round in the showjumping which earnt them a place of 9th overall in the CIC**.

Master Zero flew the crosscountry getting a clear round within the time. This fantastic round earnt them 9th place in the CIC***.

Ruth's next event will be Skipton and Suregrow would like to wish her luck!

We are proud to have Ruth as one of our sponsored riders who puts the wellbeing of her horses first and uses Suregrow in all of her grazing paddocks.

July 29, 2013  |   Share:

Caroline Powell at Bramham International Horse Trials

Caroline Powell showing off her Suregrow saddle cloth in the Equi Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI***.

 

Photo taken by k2 Photographic

July 24, 2013  |   Share:

Value of Turnout improved by good grazing

At this time of year, especially given the recent dry period, your summer grazing might be looking a bit sparse and if that's the case, keeping an eye on the weather will ensure you don't miss the opportunity to spread Suregrow Fertiliser before any rain to revitalise your grazing.

Olympic  dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison is based in Staffordshire and uses Suregrow on all of his grazing paddocks. He says, "When it comes to performance horse training thank goodness the message of good turnout is finally getting across. Horses are designed to be out in paddocks with their necks stretched down and moving their legs around, not cooped up in stables. Like other top yards, our horses are turned out 365 days per year. But to do this we need our paddocks in tip-top condition and Suregrow makes sure they are."

Suregrow Fertiliser will help you keep your grazing paddocks in the best possible condition - and you can buy online for direct delivery to your yard. It couldn't be more simple!

STOP PRESS: With outbreaks of possibly thundery rain forecast for many areas of the UK, if your paddocks need a boost, order Suregrow Fertiliser now, while you remember. It's in convenient 20kg bags and you don't normally need to take your horses off their grazing for spreading.

July 22, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser Video Training with Richard Davison

With the cut-off date for the British Dressage Summer Regional Championships now passed, Suregrow Fertiliser is - like everyone else - waiting for confirmation of who has qualified for this year's Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open and Restricted 'Regionals', which start at the end of July. Top placed riders from each will qualify for the British Dressage National Championships in September.

In a training video produced by Suregrow Fertiliser, international dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison gives a fascinating insight into how a talented horse, the Negro gelding Hiscox Algranco ridden by his wife Gillian, is prepared for the Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship.

Richard explains clearly how he breaks down the Championship test, Advanced Medium 98, into its different parts and focuses on training to improve the horse’s way of going alongside Gillian’s presentation of the test.

This short, free video will be of interest to all riders who want to improve their test riding, but especially those competing at, or moving up to, advanced medium level. You can view the video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOkF3bGBnk&feature=youtu.be or follow the link from the Suregrow website at www.suregrowuk.com

Richard Davison uses Suregrow Fertiliser on all of his grazing paddocks and every one of the horses on his yard enjoy daily turnout as part of their impeccable management. He says; “Our horses enjoy their turnout time and by ensuring the grass they graze provides a correct mineral balance, it offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”

July 12, 2013  |   Share:

Focus on One of Suregrows Distributors

Copdock Mill is a fourth generation manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler of animal feeds including dogs and birds but most importantly SureGrow. Herbert George Cladwell was the founder of the now successful business which is situated on a thousand year old mill. Copdock Mill pride them self in buying locally to reduce travel, which ultimately helps the environment. As well as using a Just-In-Time production system Copdock Mill run an extremely efficent business they also go out of there was to raise money for causes such as awareness for men’s health and The British Heart Foundation. Visit there webpage and watch the short video which gives you an insight to where SureGrow comes from.http://www.copdockmill.co.uk/index.shtml

July 12, 2013  |   Share:

Caroline Powell's New Stables

Our Managing Director Jonathan Cox had a first hand tour of Caroline Powell's new stable yard. Caroline has relocated down south to become more central to the eventing world, creating more opportunities to further her upcoming horses. After her recent move Caroline has had great success on Up Up And Away, Stellor Seaurchin, Spice Sensation and Halltown Harley. On Jonathan's visit he witnessed the secrets of how to create a first class event horse. Although the only secret we can divulge is that Caroline uses SureGrow on all of her paddocks. Carolines new yard is manned by a diverse collection of grooms. As hard as they work the picture speaks for itself.

July 11, 2013  |   Share:

Philip Miller and Caritiar Z win the Hickstead Derby

Landing on turf fertilised by Suregrow Fertliser with every winning stride. Hertfordshire based Phillip Miller was the deserving winner of the 53rd Hickstead Derby on the grey Caritiar Z.

He  produced the sole clear on the 13-year-old gelding with the later drawn Trevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorada) having to settle for second place with four faults each, both dislodging a pole over the open ditch near to the end of the course. Last to go Tina Fletcher looked to be having a super round on Promised Land, the exuberant winner of the class in 2011, but the gelding stumbled slightly at the bottom of the bank and unseated his rider, meaning Phillip took home the £36,500 first prize."

I never thought I'd be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby,” said a delighted Phillip. “It’s an amazing achievement and it's the one everyone wants to win."

To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance."

Phillip is based at Greenacres Equestrian, a riding school owned and run by Di and Pennie Cornish. Hehas produced a number of top showjumpers, including Talan and Je T'aime Flamenco, but most havethen been passed on to other riders to continue their international careers.“

'Carter’ is the first horse I've kept on and he's got me to where I am. I got him as three-year-old and he wasn't gelded until he was eight and he was so rudely behaved.” Phillip learned to ride at Greenacres as a child, and still mucks out every day. “I didn't get any financial help from my parents growing up. I started riding at Pennie's 29 years ago and I've worked my way up. I've worked hard to be where I am,” he said.

Trevor Breen, who finished joint third last year with Adventure De Kannan, was gracious in defeat. “I'm genuinely happy for Phil – he is a great friend of mine,” he said. “But I came here to win, not to make up the numbers.“Addy has been on unbelievable form this year, then he had the trauma of the eye operation [he had his eye removed]. This is only his third show since then, so to come back like this is incredible - I can't ask anymore of him. To win would have been a fairytale, but it wasn't to be. There always seems to be one fence catching me. It's been a tough week for me,” he said, referring to the death of his mother Mary Breen."

William Funnell found history repeating itself when he was runner up for the second year in a row with the 15-year-old Dorada. “I know how good it feels to win, and Phil is a real trier and he deserves it,” said William, who won the class in 2006, 2008 and 2009. “He's a nice guy so if I've got to get beaten it's good to be beaten by him.”

June 28, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at The Longines Royal International Horse Show

Following the success of the Derby Meeting at Hickstead, the arenas are now benefiting from expert maintenance ahead of the Longines Royal International Horse Show later this month and the dense sward of grass, fertilised again this year by Suregrow Fertiliser, will be in pristine condition for what is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country.

The skill of nternational showjumping, the elegance and glamour of champion show horse horses and ponies and the exhilaration of the unique eventing grand prix.

For showing riders, The Royal International is a championship show and the culmination of many months of qualifications throughout the winter, with a host of prestigious classes for every breed of British horse and pony.

The show also stages many British Showjumping Winter Finals, places for which have been fought for in winter qualifiers up and down the country. As one of only eight global hosts for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, the Royal International Horse Show is also the only chance to see our national showjumping team compete on home ground.

More information online at www.hickstead.co.uk

June 27, 2013  |   Share:

Surergrow Fertiliser Celebrates Hickstead Derby

With the British Jumping Derby Meeting at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course getting into full swing, some of the world's greatest showjumping combinations are about to contest one of the most famous events on the equestrian calendar - The British Jumping Derby.

Suregrow Fertiliser is supporting all the Hickstead action quite literally, as the magnificently presented arenas have all benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser for the second season in succession.

Friday's action is centred on The Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, whilst on Saturday, the feature class is the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby before all eyes focus on The British Jumping Derby on Sunday. With the official start list yet to be published, predicting this year's winning combination is no easy task but with fabulous going in the International arena, exciting performances are guaranteed.

Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course.

June 21, 2013  |   Share:

Riders view of the Bramham International Horse Trials Cross Country Course

Follow the link for a riders-eye-view as Ben Hobday flies around the Bramham cross-country course, you can ride through the Owl Hole with him too! Suregrow's fence ended the day for more than its fair share of riders but Ben made it through without a hitch. A really great way to check out all the action!

http://youtu.be/XPT4snUfwJg

June 20, 2013  |   Share:

Official Photography of our SureGrow Fertiliser Jump at Bramham International Horse Trials

©Kit Houghton

June 20, 2013  |   Share:

Colourful, informative new packaging for Suregrow Fertiliser

With an eyecatching new design, Suregrow Fertiliser's colourful, informative and robust 20kg bags are increasingly the choice of owners and riders seeking to maximise the health and financial benefits of good quality grazing for their horses and ponies.

Specifically formulated for use on horse and pony paddocks, Suregrow Fertiliser is produced in the UK and contains a phased (slow)  release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. It also facilitates the uptake of nutrients essential to the wellbeing of horses and ponies.

Applying Suregrow Fertiliser will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.

Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing and unlike agricultural fertilisers, Suregrow Fertiliser pellets are easy to handle and spread, without the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months, especially for owners with limited acreage.

For more information  contact the technical support line on 01423 223045.

June 18, 2013  |   Share: