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GBR Dressage European Squad 2015 Named

Carl Hester has been named as part of the British dressage team to represent GB in the FEI European Championships held this year in Aachen, Germany in August (12-16).

This event is the last major Championship before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Great Britain qualified a Dressage team place with a silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The four strong squad has been named as (in alphabetical order):

* Fiona Bigwood (39) with Penny Bigwood's Atterupgaards Orthilia
* Charlotte Dujardin OBE (30) with Mrs Roly Luard, Mrs Anne Barrott and Mr Carl Hester's Valegro
* Michael Eilberg (28) with Mr Ferdi Eilberg's Marakov
* Carl Hester MBE (48) with Miss Jane de la Mare and his own Nip Tuck

''Really happy Charlotte, myself, Fiona & Michael have been selected for the Europeans! Relishing the challenge to bring back a gold!'' said Carl

Chef d’Equipe Richard Waygood commented; “I’m delighted once again to be taking such a strong British team to a European Championships.'' 

“We’re in the envious position that yet again we have competitive riders on the team, and looking ahead this is yet another good stepping-stone on the road to Rio.”

All four selected athletes contest the team competition (with the three best scores counting); the top thirty athletes after the Grand Prix [team test] then go forward to contest the Grand Prix Special, with only the top fifteen athletes progressing through to the Grand Prix Freestyle.

July 27, 2015  |   Share:

GBR squad named for the FEI European Eventing Championships

Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson have been named as part of the British squad for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships held at Blair Castle, Scotland in September (10-13).

This event is the last major Championship before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where Great Britain will be represented having already qualified a team place after the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The strong squad of 12 eventers have been named as (in alphabetical order) Laura Collett (25) with Grand Manoeuvre, Dani Evans (23) with Smart Time, William Fox-Pitt (46) with Bay My Hero, Pippa Funnell (46) with Sandman 7, Flora Harris (27) with Bayano, Kitty King (32) with Persimmon, Gemma Tattersall (30) with Arctic Soul, Izzy Taylor (32) with Allercombe Ellie, Oliver Townend (32) with Fenyas Elagance, Francis Whittington (37) with Easy Target, Nicola Wilson (38) with One Two Many and Holly Woodhead (21) with DHI Lupison.

Fenyas Elegance is a new ride for Oliver this year and not surprisingly is delighted with the news.

“I am very pleased to have been selected especially being such a new partnership. I am very excited and very proud of her.''

“We will keep quietly progressing and getting to know each other better and continue to build on the relationship we have established so far and continue to be successful; I am really pleased with how she has performed so far, especially with her third place in the CCI3* at Saumur in May.”

Nicola is also delighted with the news riding on One Two Many with her parents Annie Clover as direct reserve.

''It is such an honour and so exciting to have One Two Many selected for the European Championships with Annie Clover, both horses have been so consistent and a pleasure to work with.''

“It is especially exciting after the delay to the beginning of our season due to me breaking my collar bone that subsequently needed plating. It is credit to my home support team who worked so hard to keep the horses in tip-top shape and to my fantastic owners and sponsors who remained supportive and positive through this time.''

“Blair Castle is a really exciting event and hopefully the support there will be enormous for Team GBR. It’s just the most beautiful setting; the hills and the parkland really lend itself to a great cross-country track; I’ve been very fortunate to go and compete there so often, it has been a fantastic event for us over the years but I'm certain Ian Stark (course designer) will have some hidden surprises up his sleeve.''

The eventing competition sees all riders compete as individuals with the four team riders announced nearer the time, with the other eight riding as individuals only. Britain can field 12 combinations instead of the usual six at this championship because it is the host nation.

July 24, 2015  |   Share:

Our Great Yorkshire Show Debut

This year we made our debut at The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and sponsored the Big Screen in the main arena. We had our Suregrow Fertiliser advert played on the screen and our logo was shown throughout the day. We also had a huge Suregrow Fertiliser banner uneder the screen for the duration of the show.

The show was held on 14 - 16 July and is in its 157th year and had a total of 132,131 people through the gates. Visitors to the show were thrilled to see HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall tour the event on the opening day. 

The show is a fabulous day out and is the biggest show of its kind in the country - it's an agricultural show with a difference. You see Britain's finest cattle, sheep, pigs and horses in top class show jumping and equine classes as well as other animal contests such as sheep-shearing competitions.

You can shop in the vast range of trade stands, eat in its popular food hall and watch demonstrations of cutting edge forestry and agricultural machinery, birds of prey and traditional blacksmiths. You can learn about the history and variety of livestock from across the world, get horticultural hints and tips and watch as the region's top chefs share their culinary skills in the Cooking Theatre.

We were proud to be sponsor's!

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

July 24, 2015  |   Share:

Success at Barbury for Nicola

It was a success at Barbury International Horse Trials for Nicola Wilson and Beltane Queen (known as Maisy and owned by Mrs Val Robson and Mrs Anne Robson). They were the best placed British rider finishing in 4th place in the CIC***

They added nothing to their dressage score of 44.1 posting a clear show jumping round and inside the time over the taxing Barbury cross-country course. Nicola couldn't have been happier with Beltane Queen saying, ''Maisy jumped a lovely show jumping round and showed what a fantastic cross-country horse she is over such a demanding track, where she loved every minute of it, I am so proud of her.''

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

July 23, 2015  |   Share:

Success for Nicola Wilson at Hopetoun International Horse Trials

Nicola Wilson had a very successful competition at Hopetoun International Horse Trials winning the CIC*** with One Two Many and the CCI** with Ngong Hills.

One Two Many, who is owned by Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, was very excited to be competing as his last run was at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials finishing in 7th place. The Bay Gelding did a great dressage test followed by a lovely double clear in the show jumping and cross-country to finish in top place in the CIC***. Both Nicola and his owners were very proud of him.

Ngong Hills, who is owned by Mrs Gilly Guthrie and Mrs Juliette Alers-Hankey, had a beautiful win in the CCI**. He was originally to compete in the CCI*** at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials but it was felt that he was not quite ready, therefore, his performance at Hopetoun made up for the disappointment of him not going to Bramham.

Dartans Greenlough Tom, who is owned by Mrs Deirdre Johnston and Mrs Mary Lofthouse, ran in the CCI* finishing 11th. This was only his 2nd competition of the season due to a pulled muscle earlier in the year so he coped very well and put in a super performance.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic


July 17, 2015  |   Share:

Trevor Breen triumphs at Hickstead.....again!

Irish rider Trevor Breen triumphed at the Hickstead Derby for the second year running this time riding Loughnatousa WB. Trevor was 7th out of 37 competitors to go in the field and was the only one to put in a clear round. 

Trevor made history last year being the first rider to win Hickstead on a one-eyed horse, Adventure De Kannan. Unfortunately this year Karen Swann's gelding had 2 rails down to finish in 7th place

It was also an exceptional achievement for Loughnatousa WB who is now the only horse to have won the Derby twice with different riders. The 16 year old gelding by Spring Elegance VII claimed the trophy in 2012 with previous rider Paul Beecher.

Photograph of 2014 winners Trevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan thanks to

June 30, 2015  |   Share:

Caroline Powell finishes 3rd in the CIC3*

Caroline Powell had a splendid weekend at Bramham International Horse Trials in the CIC3*. She held third place throughout the competition on Onwards And Upwards finishing in that position on their dressage score.

Caroline was thrilled with Cameron Crawford's Onwards And Upwards. They put in a late entry to do the dressage and jumping and he jumped so well and was fantastic all the way.

“We had been selected for the NZ team at WEG but he had to have quite a bit of time off. That time off has been invaluable as it has made him more settled, he is a much better horse for it.  He has had time to mature. He certainly picked the right time to have off!” Powell said.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson did it!

Nicola Wilson had a fantastic first win in the CIC3* at Bramham international Horse Trails. 

Nicola won on the beautiful Annie Clover who is owned by her parents. The final result came down to the cross-country with the top four dressage combinations going clear in the jumping phase. Nicola was first to go and the duo had a great run making light of Ian Stark's course finishing clear inside the time seeing them move into first place on 37.4

It was Annie Clovers's first event back after finishing eighth at Rolex Kentucky in April. 

Nicola also took 4th place with Watermill Vision, who too ran at Kentucky, finishing on their dressage score of 43.1.

“This week was about Annie Clover and Watermill Vision having a lovely run back after Kentucky and the rain made the ground perfect,'' said Nicola.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Richard Howley wins joint first place in the Six Bar Competition

Irish rider Richard Howley and Verlindo took joint first place in the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar at Bramham International Horse Trails. 

Richard is part of Team HK Horses who specialise in breeding, producing, training and competing showjumping horses.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before.

Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. If there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Robert Smith wins joint first place in the Six Bar Competition

Robert Smith and Ilton win joint first place in the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar at Bramham International Horse Trails.

Robert, originally from Yorkshire, is now based in Warwickshire. He is an Olympic show jumper whose career has spanned three decades. He placed fourth in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and has represented Great Britain in Nations Cup teams on over 100 occasions, winning over 20 times. He frequently tops the BSJA Show jumping Riders List and is one of Britain's most well-known and consistently successful international show jumpers.

Robert also spends his time sourcing and selling quality horses as well as training aspiring young riders who are serious about pursuing show jumping as a career. At his yard in Warwickshire he has on average 20 to 25 horses with outstanding facilities and has clients from all over the world.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between them and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before.

Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. If there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

Image with thanks to DoAllThingsWithLovePhotography - Luke Taylor

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

The new 'Suregrow Keyhole' at Bramham International Horse Trails

Ian Stark's new cross-country course for Bramham this year was again to test riders skill and bravery. With the help of world-renowned chainsaw artist David Evans and his team, Ian used every aspect of the Yorkshire parkland to create another amazing course.

Our sponsored fence over the last few years had been replaced with the new and exciting Suregrow Keyhole (fence 11). Ian's advice for the riders 'keep kicking!'.

June 16, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow were proud to be sponsors of the Royal Windsor Horse Show this year.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is a horse show held annually since 1943 over 5 days in Windsor Home Park. It is the only show in the UK to host international competition for dressage, show jumping, driving and endurance riding. There are also over 130 showing classes.

 Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson at the Badminton Horse Trials

Well done to Nicola Wilson in the CCI****. One Two Many finished in the top 10, taking 7th place after a brilliant clear show jumping round.

Beltane Queen finished in the top 20 after a few unlucky faults.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Caroline Powell - The difference in 5 days....

Caroline Powell uses Suregrow Fertiliser on her paddocks. Here she shows the difference the 'Suregrow effect' has -

''The difference in 5 days... Two fields getting the same use. One didn't get fertilised with Suregrow... Spot the difference!''

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Team Powell had a busy few days at Belton Park

Onwards and Upwards had a fantastic finish in 10th place in the CIC*** Grantham Cup and Halltown Harley placed 30th out of a field of 115 runners.

Shepherds Watch came in at 3rd place in the Novice and Grovine De Reve 15th in the Intermediate class.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Oliver Townend had a splendid weekend at Belton Park.

Suregrow's sponsored rider Oliver Townend had a splendid weekend at Belton Park. Note Worthy comfortably won the CIC2* on a dressage score completion of 42.2. Power Drive also came first winning the intermediate section and a 25.0 dressage score.

Red Andes Fanfare and LCC Cooley placed 4th and 5th in the intermediate.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson's season starts!

Nicola Wilson's season may have had a delayed start due to a broken collarbone but she was delighted with how the horses ran at Burgham International.

It was their first event of the season and unfortunately weather was against them but Annie Clover lead the CIC** with an amazing dressage score of 35 and then jumped a lovely double clear to win. It was Annie Clover's first run since The World Equestrian Games in August 2014 and Nicola was interested to see how she came out this year. Annie Clover's immediate excitement to get to the first fence was obvious and Nicola couldn't have been happier.

One Two Many, who competed in his first 4* last October, also put in a solid first run with a dressage score of 37 and a superb double clear to finish 2nd. WaterMill Vision finished 6th after a few mistakes in his dressage but a lovely double clear.

Bulana finished 4th in the Open Intermediate. 

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 1, 2015  |   Share:

Oliver Townend starts the season on top form!!

Suregrow's sponsored rider Oliver Townend has started the season on top form with 2 wins at Isleham and another at Oasby.

ODT Ghareeb took a win in the Open Intermediate at Isleham – the only horse to make the intermediate optimum time, and therefore the only one to finish on a dressage score. ‘The older he gets, the better he gets’, Oliver says. While new ride Dromgurrihy Blue had a solid cross country clear to finish 5th.

Note Worthy won the Open Novice section by over 5 marks.

Oasby was very busy for Oliver with 13 rides, 10 of which posted top 5 placings. Ballaghmor Cross won top spot in the Intermediate section with a dressage score of 23.6, nearly 10 points clear of the field with Power Drive as runner up. Kanga Rouge finished 2nd in the Novice & Pursuit & Tregilder finished 2nd in the BE100 (both Power Drive and Kanga Rouge again on dressage score completions).

Treboy & Harthill Diamond took 3rd place in their sections & Peruising, Cooley SRS & Cooley Master Class took 5th place in theirs. 

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

April 1, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow continues to support the Household Cavalry

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.

January 12, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow Five Fence Challenge winner

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox and the Five Fence Challenge winner Billy Twomey and Royale Du Rouet at the Horse of the Year Show.

November 22, 2014  |   Share:

A HOYS Royal win for Twomey

Nottinghamshire-based Irish star Billy Twomey and Royale Du Rouet triumphed in the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge claiming their first win at the Horse of the Year Show. The winning duo achieved the only clear over the massive course.

Billy, who rode for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics and is among the most consistent performers in World show jumping, celebrated with the promising nine-year-old stallion Royale Du Rouet.

The Five Fence Challenge sees competitors jump a course of five fences, which increase in height in each round. There are a maximum of five rounds, with riders gaining two points for each fence jumped and one point taken away if they knock it down. Should they accure a fault, then combinations are eliminated.

Three riders made it through to the fourth round but Cian O’Connor (Billy's Irish London 2012 colleague) with Ulme De Feugeres and Graham Lovegrove with Centolove both had one down leaving Billy to win with a clear.

The nine year old stallion was astounding and didn't put a foot wrong giving the pair the maximum number of points to win the class.

“He’s got lots of ability and is super careful – he doesn't want to touch the fences,” Billy told H&C. “This class suited him as he grew in confidence with each round. I was really pleased with him."

October 22, 2014  |   Share:

The Horse of the Year Show Suregrow Five Fence Challenge

This year we are proud to sponsor the Five Fence Challenge at the Horse of the Year Show. Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition has proved popular with both riders and spectators. Competitors jump a course of five fences, which increase in height in each round. The competition will go to a maximum of five rounds. If a fault is incurred in any round, a bell will be rung, signalling the end of that competitors round and elimination from the competition. Scoring works on a point system; two points for clearing a fence, one point for a knock-down and 0 points for a refusal or a fall. The winner is the remaining competitor at the end of final round with the highest point total.

Suregrow's Jonathon Cox commented: “Suregrow is delighted to be a part of HOYS 2014. The Show will provide an excellent platform to promote our product to a wider audience and illustrate the benefits of Suregrow to paddocks and, of course, horses and ponies.”

Helena Pettit from Grandstand Media Ltd added: “Now in its fourth year, this class gets more and more popular each time around and we’re thrilled that it will receive support from Suregrow in 2014. We’re looking forward to working with the Suregrow team on what is a real crowd-favourite at HOYS.

October 22, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow AMO winner is.......

Congratulations to Becky Moody and Carinsio who won 1st place in the Suregrow Advanced Medium Open Championship at the National Dressage Championships, Stoneleigh Park.

Michael Eilberg and Der Designer finished in 2nd place with Emile Faurie and Cavalia just behind in 3rd.

Image thanks to Paul Ruffle Photography

October 21, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow AMR winner is.......

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 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

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 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: