Suregrow Eventing Bursary 2017- Introduction to Shoestring Eventing
2017 promises to be an exciting year for Suregrow Fertiliser. Not only are we celebrating our 10th anniversary, but we are also delighted to officially announce the Suregrow Fertiliser Eventing Bursary!
The lucky recipients of the bursary are Sarah-Jane Brown of Shoestring eventing and Emily Cariad Nicol Eventing.
We are very excited to be working with two very dedicated members of the sport and can’t wait to share their ‘paddock progress’ and various other equestrian activities throughout 2017!
To kick things off we would like to formally introduce Sarah-Jane.
As the delighted recipient of Suregrow’s 2017 Bursary I am excited to introduce myself to you. Those of you familiar with social media or eventing may have come across me via my Shoestring Eventing Website and social media. As well as regular blogs, a host of information the website holds the largest database of British Eventing course pictures.
I don’t like to admit I’m 42, according to recent media reports this is referred to as middle aged which rather terrifies me. I work full time for Cornwall Council in the Environmental Health Service. Currently and typically of the ups and downs of many amateur riders things are a little in the doldrums with one of my rides for sale and
the other unwell. I am based in the far South West a mere 30 miles from Lands End which does make travelling both time consuming and expensive. I don’t have any of my own facilities but rent a lovely yard although it lacks a school hence maintaining my fields is very important.
Let me tell you a little bit about the horses.
Sarnita – Age 18 (my horse of a lifetime)
Sarnie came to me as a uncompeted 5 year old she is KWPN and together we reached Advanced level eventing (clear round Gatcombe championships) and were placed at 2*. Together we competed at a number events abroad and she helped me achieve many ambitions. She had a fabulous jump and always tried her heart out, she suited an amateur as liked to do things her way, sadly we never dulled her sense of humour in the dressage but won many prizes for most improved after dressage! She has been retired a couple of years and last year gave birth to her first foal Kensa.
Kensa (Cornish word for first) was born in June last year, her sire is the fabulous TB My Eclipse who himself had a successful eventing career. Kensa is already showing real presence and certainly has inherited her mother character and sense of humour.
Posy – 7 years Irish
Posy has been very successful with me she is very athletic and has a great jump. We have been well placed to BE100 eventing and numerous wins show jumping. However I have had to accept that however talented she is we don’t really click, also she needs more work than my current facilities can give her. Hence with a heavy heart she is on the market.
Ellie – 7 years Connie x TB
Ellie was a short term project who stayed a lot longer as her easy ways and attitude to work made her a pleasure to produce. Whilst I like my horses on the smaller side she was only 14.2 and I had high hopes she could be a serious event pony. We finished the season last year with two very promising runs BE. Sadly during the winter it has become apparent she has a neurological problem which is currently being treated but the prognosis is currently uncertain.
Hopefully once Posy is sold I will be able to find myself a ride for the forthcoming year and if I am very fortunate Ellie may recover to compete later in the year. I certainly won’t be idle.
I am very excited to be working with Suregrow this year and learn how I can manage the pasture properly. I can already see huge advantages in working with a product that is designed for horses, the slow release formula that avoids that dangerous flush of lush grass. Also I have been used to having to keep horses off the grass for many weeks after fertilising which can be difficult with limited grazing, it is great that if necessary I don’t need to take the horses off.
I am looking forward to keeping everyone up to date with our activities over the next year.
Keep your eyes peeled to read more about Emily and her wonderful team of horses soon.
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