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Britain wins final leg of 2016 eventing Nations Cup with Oliver Townend taking an individual podium finish

Britain won the final eventing Nations Cup of the series at Boekelo this weekend. Team GBR entered the final showjumping phase nearly 30 penalties ahead of the field, and some class rounds only widened the lead.

Laura Collett was the first British team rider to jump and went clear on Mr Bass to finish fifth individually. Izzy Taylor was next in the ring and had just one fence down riding Trevidden to finish seventh.

Sponsored rider Oliver Townend topped off the British team effort with a faultless performance onboard Cooley SRS, confirming Britain's team victory and leaving the duo with a podium finish in third place.

Britain were truly on flying form and had a fourth top-10 individual finisher, Sarah Bullimore and Lilly Corinne, who had just one pole down in the final phase.

October 10, 2016  |   Share:

Allerton Park Horse Trials 2016

We were proud to be a sponsor at Allerton Park Horse Trials 2016 for another year. A fantastic weekend for all topped off by some glorious September sunshine! Well done to all competitiors, the winners of each section are as follows:

Section A 100

Section B 100

Section C 100
CARRICK ADALTO GIRL – Alex Postolowsky

Section D 100
QUITE SOMETHING – Rosalind Canter

Section E 100 open
PRINCE ROCKRIMMON - James Sommerville

Section F 100
GRAPPA NERA – Alex Postolowsky

Section G Novice
REBELLIOUS II - Sarah Wright

Section H Novice
CARPE DIEM V - Helen Bates

Section I Intermediate
UFONZO - Steve Garrod

Section J Intermediate
SPRING AMBITION - Rosalind Canter

Section K Open Intermediate
CADILLAC - James Avery (NZL)

Section L Intermediate-Novice

Section M Advanced
TREVIDDEN - Izzy Taylor

Section N Open Novice U18
DISCOVERY V - Alice Davies-Cooke

Section O Novice
ORLANDA BLOOM - Jeanette Brakewell

Section P Novice
MARTEL - Rachel Holden

Photographs thanks to K2Photographic.

Allerton Park Horse Trials

September 19, 2016  |   Share:

Oliver Townend crowned Event Rider Master 2016

Though Oliver was denied a third successive victory in the sixth and final stage of the Event Rider Masters (ERM), he was the runner-up and claimed victory of the overall series, taking home an extra £30,000.

Partnering Cillnabradden Evo, the horse he's won the past two legs on at Blair and Gatcombe, Oliver climbed from equal 10th after dressage to runner-up by jumping a wonderful clear showjumping and fast cross-country, just two seconds over the optimum time.

Victory went to the last to go across country, Frenchman Thomas Carlile on the stallion Upsilon, who'd been lying equal second after dressage.

Oliver also finished in the top 10 in both the CCI*** (9th onboard Dunbeau) and the CIC*** 8/9YO class (5th onboard Cooley SRS).

Nicola Wilson also had a fantastic time at Blenheim finishing 4th in both the CCI***, with the classy mare Bulana, and in the CIC*** ERM riding One Two Many.

September 12, 2016  |   Share:

Top 10 results for Suregrow riders at Burghley Horse Trials 2016

Australia's Chris Burton won his first British four-star at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016 with a nail biting finish. He entered the showjumping arena with four fences in hand, but Nobilis 18 started to drop the poles from the double at fence four and finished having used up his buffer penalties. They finished on 49.4 to claim the Burghley 2016 title, but the final showjumping phase was an influential one.

One of only two double clear rounds was produced by Oliver Townend and Samuel Thomas II resulting in seventh place and best Brit. Caroline Powell and Onwards and Upwards completed the showjumping with one pole down and one time penalty which slotted them into eighth place.

Massive congratulations to Chris Burton but also to our two sponsored riders, Oliver and Caroline, for completing with such fantastic results! Top ten results are below.

Photo of Caroline Powell courtesy of Will Baxter.

Burghley Horse Trials Top 10 results 2016

September 5, 2016  |   Share:

Want your own wild flower area?

When BBC's Countryfile featured wild flower meadows earlier in the year, we came away inspired. Wild flowers and plants are not only beautiful but also an essential part of our lives. They provide food for humans and animals.

We are proud to introduce our new Traditional Wild Flower Meadow Mix so you can create your own beautiful and natural ecosystem.
  • Contains a wide selection of reliable species together with fine leaved grasses
  • Produces a colourful ground cover and canopy
  • Can be spread by hand
  • Available in 3kg bags

Click here to find out more about our new product.

August 31, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Oliver Townend victorious at Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2016

Nicola Wilson was victorious in the CCI3* at the Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials when she and Annie Clover (Owned by her parents Barry and Mary Tweddle) retained the lead they had held from day one.

Despite heading into the final showjumping phase with a three-fence cushion, it was a nail biting finish as the pair knocked one pole down and racked up seven time penalties to reduce their winning margin to just 1.3 penalties.

It was girl power all the way for Team Wilson as Bulana (owned by James and Jo Lambert) came 5th in the CIC*** Event Rider Masters series, giving Nicola a fabulous ride throughout and proving how consistent this lovely young mare is now becoming at this level.

Oliver Townend became the first rider to win back-to-back Event Rider Master (ERM) legs when he and Cilnabradden Evo triumphed in the penultimate CRM contest of 2016.

The podium positions changed as frequently as the weather, but in the end Oliver was in a class of his own, giving the talented but sometimes unpredictable 10-year-old a masterful ride to finish on a score of 45.2 – nearly 10 penalties ahead of his nearest rival. This gave Oliver his 53rd international win. Oliver also finished second and third in the CCI3*, second and sixth in the CIC3*, and fourth and sixth in the CCI* making the journey up to Scotland very worthwhile!

Congratulations to our sponsored riders on another successful weekend!

August 30, 2016  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored riders dominate at Somerford Park International Horse Trials 2016

Our sponsored riders were out in force at this weekend's Somerford Park International Horse Trials.

It was a worthwhile trip for Oliver Townend who finished first, second, fourth and sixth in the CIC** class on Note Worthy, MHS King Joules, Ulises and Ballaghmor Class respectively. Not only did he dominate the CIC**, Oliver also finished second and third in the Open Intermediate (on board Cooley SRS and Dromgurrihy Blue) and second and fourth in his Novice section (riding Speculate and Gatestown Master).

Caroline Powell also had a successful outing, winning the CIC* class on board Flipper K. The duo was in the lead from the beginning with an enviable 33.8 dressage score.

Well done to our sponsored riders once again, we look forward to Burghley news from both Oliver and Caroline!

August 22, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins Superflex CIC*** at Hartpury International Horse Trials 2016

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many, owned by Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, proved untouchable as they came from behind to claim the Superflex CIC*** title at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials 2016.

Nicola and One Two Many were second after the dressage phase behind Izzy Taylor, however, they surged into the lead following a superb clear round in the show jumping phase after Izzy Taylor picked up four faults. Despite collecting 2.8 cross-country time penalties, Nicola set the standard for the remaining competitors and her score of 39.9 was unmatched throughout the CIC*** competition.

"I am so thrilled with how One Two Many went at Hartpury, he gave me a great ride in all three phases" said Nicola, with this being his second CIC*** win this year, I would like to thank my team at home, owners and sponsors for their unwavering support and hope that this success for Team Wilson carries through to the Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials, where Annie Clover runs in the CCI*** and Bulana in the CIC***".

August 22, 2016  |   Share:

Rio 2016 Olympics - Grand Prix dressage round-up

An exciting two days of dressage in Rio leaves the British dressage team in silver medal position after the grand prix. Charlotte Dujardin put in a stunning test with Valegro to score 85.071%, leaving them in the lead individually. Her score lifts Britain to the silver medal position at the half-way point of the team competition, which will be decided after the grand prix special today (12th August).

The top six teams are all through to today's grand prix special plus the top eight riders not qualified through team participation.

Team standings Individual standings
1. Germany (81.295% average)          1. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (GBR) 85.071%
2. Great Britain (79.252% average)                   2. Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH (GER) 82.257%
3. USA (76.971% average) 2. Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH (GER) 80.986%


The British times for the Grand Prix Special today are:

• Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II – 2.20pm (6.20pm British time)
• Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia – 3.02pm (7.02pm British time)
• Carl Hester and Nip Tuck – 3.29pm (7.29pm British time)
• Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro – 3.56pm (7.56pm British time)

The combined scores from the grand prix and the grand prix special give the result of the team competition.

August 12, 2016  |   Share:

Rio eventing concludes and dressage begins

A faultless showjumping round from Michael Jung ensured that he retained the individual gold medal that he won at the London 2012 Olympics, one of only two clears from those in the top 10. The young French rider Astier Nicolas took individual silver on board Piaf De Benville, finishing with one pole down, and the USA's Phillip Dutton moved up from fourth position to take bronze on Mighty Nice, another to finish with one pole down.

Australia's Chris Burton and Santano II were in the individual bronze position before the last round, but when the final two fences dropped, he also dropped down to fifth place behind Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh who produced a beautiful clear round. William Fox-Pitt was the only Brit to qualify for the final round and he produced another classy clear round to finish in 12th place with Chilli Morning.

Final eventing results are as follows:

Team      Individual
Gold - France      Gold - Michael Jung and Sam FBW
Silver - Germany      Silver - Astier Nicolas and Piaf De Benville
Bronze - Australia      Bronze - Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice


The eventing competition may be complete, but we will still be able to get our fix of Olympic Equestrian action with the dressage which starts today at 2pm UK time. British rider's times are as follows:

Wednesday        Thursday
Spencer Wilton: 11.18am (3:18pm UK time)        Carl Hester 11:27am (3:27pm UK time)
Fiona Bigwood: 3.06pm (7.06pm UK time)        Charlotte Dujardin 2.24pm (6:18pm UK time)


August 10, 2016  |   Share:

Final day of eventing competition at Rio Olympics 2016

Today, 9 August, is the final day of competition for the event riders at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Starting order will only be finalised after the trot-up, which takes place this morning at 8am Rio time, 12pm UK time.

For the Brits, Gemma Tattersall will be the first to jump. She completed the cross-country phase yesterday with a total of 49.6 time and 40 jump penalties to add to a 47.20 dressage score with Quicklook V for 44th place going into the showjumping.

Despite picking up 20 jumping penalties on the cross-country course, William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are the best of the Brits going into the showjumping, 22nd with 67.4 penalties.

Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz are in 28th and Kitty King and Ceylor LAN are in 34th.

The Australians are in team and individual gold positions, led by Chris Burton on the nine-year-old Santano II who had a foot perfect cross country round to finish exactly on the optimum time.

4.5 penalties behind is the New Zealand team in silver position while France lie 6.2 penalties behind them in the bronze medal position.

The showjumping will start at 10am Rio time, 2pm in the UK.

August 9, 2016  |   Share:

Cross-country timetable for Olympic eventing in Rio

The time table has been released for the second phase of the Olympic Eventing in Rio. The times for the British riders are as follows:

  • 10.23am (14.23 UK time) Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V
  • 11.39am (15.39 UK time) William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning
  • 13.05 pm (17.05 UK time) Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz
  • 14.21pm (18.21 UK time) Kitty King and Ceylor LAN

After a weekend of dressage, Great Britain is lying in fourth position in the team standings.

British rider William Fox-Pitt is in gold medal position individually, with Australia’s Chris Burton just behind.

Only 5.7 penalties separate the top four teams going into the cross country phase (Germany, France, Australia and Great Britain), and given that riders have reported that the cross-country track is one of the hardest seen at the Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000, the cross country phase will be very infuential.

Click here to download the full list of riders and their times for the cross-country phase.

August 8, 2016  |   Share:

Oliver Townend takes the British Open Title at Gatcombe

Oliver Townend became the first British rider for five years to be crowned the British Open champion at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe this weekend. Oliver partnered Cillnabradden Evo, the horse that also took the CIC** title at Burgham International last weekend, and triumphed by 6.3 penalties. This CIC*** class also incorporated the fourth leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM).

The pair were in second position after dressage and jumped a double clear, but Cillnabradden Evo tired towards the end of the undulating cross-country track and picked up 10.4 time faults.

"Coming home I thought the win had gone; I was just trying to look after him," said Oliver, "Cillnabradden Evo has got a bit of a chequered cross-country history, but he's a great jumper and I enjoy riding him. It feels great to win."

Not only did Oliver take the CIC*** title, he also finished first, second and fourth in the Advanced class on board Dunbeau, Samuel Thomas II and Dromgurrihy Blue respectively.

Nicola Wilson also finished in the top 10 in the CIC*** ERM on board the classy mare Bulana.

Another successful weekend for our sponsored riders, well done!


August 8, 2016  |   Share:

Rio Olympics 2016

Make sure you don's miss any of the equestrian action in Rio. All times shown are UK times, Rio times are in the brackets.
All the equestrian action will be shown on the BBC red button and on the BBC sport website. Cross-country, eventing showjumping, showjumping team round two (team final) and individual final, dressage grand prix special (team final) and grand prix freestyle (individual final) may also be shown on the main BBC TV channels.

Friday 5 August

•Eventing first horse inspection: 12.30-1.55pm (8.30-9.55am)

•Opening ceremony: 11.30pm (7.30pm)

Saturday 6 August

 •Eventing dressage: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Sunday 7 August

 •Eventing dressage: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Monday 8 August

•Eventing cross-country: 2-7pm (10am-3pm)

•Dressage horse inspection: 7.45-8.55pm (3.45-4.55pm)

Tuesday 9 August

•Eventing second horse inspection: Noon-1pm ((8-9am)

•Eventing team showjumping, eventing individual showumping, eventing team and individual medal ceremonies: 2-7.30pm (10am-3.30pm)

Wednesday 10 August

•Dressage grand prix: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Thursday 11 August

•Dressage grand prix: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Friday 12 August

•Showjumping horse inspection: 11.30am-1pm (7.30-9am)

•Dressage grand prix special team final and team medal ceremony: 2-8.30pm (10am-4.30pm)

Saturday 13 August

•Showjumping training session: 2-6.50pm (10am-2.50pm)

Sunday 14 August

•Showjumping first qualifier (team and individual): 2-5.45pm (10am-1.45pm)

Monday 15 August

•Dressage grand prix freestyle and individual medal ceremony: 2-6pm (10am-2pm)

Tuesday 16 August

•Showjumping team round one: 2-5.30pm (10am-1.30pm)

Wednesday 17 August

•Showjumping team round two and team medal ceremony: 2-4.45pm (10am-12.45pm)

Thursday 18 August

•Showjumping horse inspection: 8-8.30pm (4-4.30pm)

Friday 19 August

•Showjumping individual final and individual medal ceremony: 2-6.45pm (10am-2.45pm)

Sunday 21 August

•Closing ceremony: 11.30pm (7.30pm) 


August 4, 2016  |   Share:

Successful trip to Burgham International for our sponsored riders

Our three sponsored event riders have had a very successful trip to Burgham Horse Trials (29-31 July) in Northumberland.

Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules finished on their dressage score of 43.3 to win the CIC***. Oliver also finished third in the CIC*** on ODT Ghareeb with a 42.6 dressage score and double clear with just a few time penalties cross country. Not only did Oliver win the CIC***, but he also took the CIC** title on board Cillnabradden Evo, again finishing on their dressage score of 37.0.

Nicola Wilson finished second and fifth in the CIC***, with Annie Clover and One Two Many respectively, both completing the event double clear with just a few time penalties.

Caroline Powell had three rides in the CIC*** class finishing eighth, ninth and twelfth overall, riding Onwards and Upwards, Flying Finish and Sinatra Frank Baby.

Not a bad feat to have seven horses in the top 12 in the CIC*** powered by Suregrow Fertilised grass! Proud to sponsor such dedicated and talented riders. Massive well done from us!

Photograph of our sponsored riders at Bramham Horse Trials 2016 thanks to K2 Photographic.

Our sponsored riders Oliver Townend, Nicola Wilson and Caroline Powell at Bramham International Horse Trials.

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

Hickstead RIHS 2016

Yet again the hallowed turf at Hickstead was fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser, and boy did it look good!

The Royal International Horse Show is in its 109th year and is one of the most prestigious outdoor shows in the country. 2016 did not disappoint and was packed full of action from scurry ponies to the eventers' challenge, there was something for everyone.

Ireland's Billy Twomey had a particularly great show, having bagged four international wins across the week. This included the Bunn Leisure Salver, the British Speed Classic, the Bunn Leisure Vase and the biggest class of the week, the King George V cup.

Other winners included:

  • Jayne Ross riding the profilic hunter mare Time 2 Reflect took the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship for the second year in a row
  • Olivia Bowen and Golden Tasset won the Underwood Supreme Ridden Pony Championship
  • Ireland's David Simpson claimed the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup onboard Chessy 17
  • The british leg of the Nation Cup was taken by the German team consising of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Fibonacci 17), Janne Friederike Meyer (Goja 27), Patrick Stühlmeyer (Lacan 2) and Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara 222) who finished on a score of just four faults.
  • Another win for the Irish in the Amlin Eventers' Challenge where Elizabeth Power and Doonaveerage O One claimed the £3,000 first prize

We are proud to supply Suregrow Fertiliser to Hickstead and look forward to 2017.

Photograph thanks to K2 Photographic.

Hickstead grass arena fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

Great Yorkshire Show 2016

This year was our second at The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and once again we sponsored the screen in the main arena. Our Suregrow Fertiliser advert played on the screen and our (huge!) Suregrow banner was on show for all to see. Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), the 158th show was held on 12 - 14 July.

The competitive classes were at the heart of the event attracting around 13,000 entries, ranging from prize-winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. There was a large live robotic milking exhibition as well as fashion shows, game cookery demonstrations and a live forging competition which was held throughout the three days, a new addition for 2016.

On the final day of the show was the Cock O'The North Championship, where Laura Renwick, aboard Heliodor Hybris, hailed victory to bag the £8,000 prize on only her second ever outing to the Great Yorkshire Show. Essex-based Chloe Winchester produced the only other triple-clear to come second on Avoca Valkyrie while Shipley’s seven-time winner Robert Smith was third on Ilton.

We are proud to sponsor such a fantastic event and look forward to 2017!

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

Our advert and banner on shown for all to see in the main arena at the 158th Great Yorkshire Show 2016

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

William Whitaker Crowned the Hickstead Derby 2016 Champion

William Whitaker claimed the title of Hickstead Derby Champion following a magnificent performance riding 13 year-old chestnut gelding Glenavadra Brilliant. They were the only combination in the field of 28 to not have a fence down. They did pick up a one time penalty for being just over the allowed time of 180 seconds, but that did not matter in the end

The 26 year-old Yorkshireman became the third member, after Michael and John, of Britain's most recognised showjumping family to be crowned the champion at the West Sussex arena.

Last year William was runner-up behind Irelands Trevor Breen. This year three riders shared that spot, Irishmen Richard Howley (Chinook) and Billy Twomey (Diaghilev) and British rider Harriet Nuttall all finishing on four faults. 

Discussing his win William said: ' I am obviously delighted. It's one of the classes I've always really, really wanted to win.

 "I am pleased with my horse. He has always knocked on the door, and been second in numerous other derbies around Europe, so to finally get the win today, I'm really pleased.

 "The more times you ride the course the better it is because the more experience you get.

 "He is a strong and scopey horse, and he's got a lot of stamina. When he jumped the last fence he almost felt as if he could have done it again. I always hoped he would win a derby."

Image with thanks to K2photographic 

June 30, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* Results

1st - Chico Bella P - Gemma Tattersall
2nd - Billy the Red - Kristina Cook
3rd - Billy the Biz - Pippa Funnell
4th - Ceylor L A N - Kitty King
5th - Bango - Tim Price
6th - One Two Many - Nicola Wilson 
7th - Quicklook V - Gemma Tattersall
8th - DHI Lupison - Holly Woodhead
9th - Chilli Morning - William Fox-Pitt 
10th - Yogi Bear VIII - Paul Tapner

Image thanks to K2photographic

June 21, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - Equi-Trek CCI3* Results

New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson took the top spot with nine year old Jet Set IV making it his third Bramham win.

2nd place went to Leicestershire rider Lauren Shannon and Quality Purdey and finishing 3rd was Suregrow sponsored rider Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules.

4th Sammi Birch, Hunter Valley II
5th Ibby Macpherson, Ballingowan Diamond
6th Caroline Powell, Onwards and Upwards
7th Andrew Nicholson, Teseo
8th Pippa Funnell, Second Supreme
9th Oliver Townend, Samuel Thomas II
10th Tim Price, Xavier Faer

Image thanks to K2photographic

June 14, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - The Suregrow Six Bar Competition

Irish rider Richard Howley won the Suregrow Six Bar Competition for the second year in a row, this time with Carpe Diem Z. Richard also took the second spot with Verlindo, whom he came joint first place with last year.

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

Holly Gillott and Quality Old Joker came joint 3rd place with David Harlend and Nux D'Mour.

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 thanks to K2photographic

June 14, 2016  |   Share:

Fence 11, The Suregrow Kidney Ponds

Around 170 horse and rider combinations tackle the cross country course at Bramham Horse Trials each year. It was Ian Stark's seventh year designing the course and yet again, with the help of his team, he has used every aspect of the Yorkshire parkland to create another dazzling course to test the riders bravery, accuracy and stamina.

This year our sponsored fence was Fence 11, The Kidney Ponds. This fence sits on a tight line and undulating ground and, in the words of Ian Stark, requires riders to 'have their brave pants on!'


June 13, 2016  |   Share:

We were honored to be part of such a special Royal Windsor Show

This year the Royal Windsor Horse Show was in its 73rd year and is now a global brand. It is the UK's largest outdoor equestrian event and the only show in the UK to host international competition for dressage, show jumping, driving and endurance riding. 

We are always proud to be part of the show but this year was even more special as it was also host to one of the main celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday. The show attracted over 65,000 visitors who were all treated to many spectacular displays from the 1,500 performers and 900 horses. The monarch is well known for her love of horses and was seen beaming as she walked around the grounds. She was joined by several members of her family including husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Edward and grandchildren James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

The Horse Show is held over 4 days but unfortunately a month’s rain in 12 hours caused the first day of the show to be cancelled; the first time that had ever happened in its history. The quick work of the shows organizers had things back on track by day two. The Queen has attended every single year since it began back in 1943 and even competed in it in her younger years as did the Duke of Edinburgh.

 Image with thanks to K2photographic

June 8, 2016  |   Share:

Superb result for Nicola Wilson at Houghton International

A superb result for Nicola Wilson at Houghton international finishing first and third in the 3*** class with One Two Many and Annie Clover.

“If I’d been asked last week whether I would be riding at Houghton today I would have said no. The last few weeks have been bumpy for me; Badminton didn’t go my way, I had a nasty fall at Chatsworth and then fell off a young horse at home.

“I’m so grateful to the people at the Jack Berry House rehabilitation centre in Malton. I’ve been there every day since my fall and their care enabled me to ride at this fantastic venue.”

Finishing in between Nicola's rides was French team rider Matthieu Van Landeghem riding Trouble Fete ENE. They climbed from sixth after the dressage to second place with a clean sheet in the jumping phases.

Image with thanks to K2photographic (Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover)

June 7, 2016  |   Share:

Belton Park

The weather on Saturday gave rain, sleet and even snow resulting in the cancellation of the intermediate sections. However the CIC3* did run and Cilnabradden Evo finished 9th out of 126 starters. were there to catch the action and got a great shot of Oliver

June 3, 2016  |   Share:

Suregrow Sponsored Football Team

Coming to the end of the football season and our sponsored football team, after getting a promotion last year, are looking like they'll be finishing mid-table. A big well done to the team!!

.......and they have the greenest pitch in the league

April 13, 2016  |   Share:

New Grass Seed......Meadow & Laminitics Mix

Our new Meadow & Laminitics mix creates a none rye grass sword making it an ideal choice as a rye replacement where laminitis has previously been an issue.

By its nature and component makeup it will help grazing horses and ponies to reduce the incident of laminitis.
It produces a coarser grass which is durable, extremely persistent and winter hardy making it ideal for longer duration usage.

Also available with mixed herbs.

March 16, 2016  |   Share:

New Product for 2016......CSM

2016 has started with a bang for Suregrow Fertiliser with the introduction of our new product CSM

We all consider the fertiliser requirements of our grassland but we give little or no consideration to the mineral and trace element requirement.

CSM: Contains over 70 trace elements.

CSM: Contains Calcified seaweed.

CSM: Improves the mineral and trace element content which can contribute towards horse health.

CSM: Improves grass quality, soil stucture and root development.

CSM: Does not require stock movement during application.

The coral structure of Calcified seaweed captures and increases beneficial soil bacteria and they then break down gradually over a number of weeks realeasing the nutrients.

Visit our product page for more information.


March 4, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Bulana win at Military Boekelo

It was a great win last weekend (8th to 11th October) for Nicola Wilson and Bulana. Nicola and the 9 year old black mare, owned by Mr James Lambert and Mrs Jo Lambert, won the CCI***. The duo were sitting in 5th place after the dressage, moved up to 4th after the cross country then finished in the top spot after jumping a clear round show jumping.

Bulana was a new ride for Nicola mid-season last year and they have had some fantastic results, including a 9th place in the CIC*** at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe and winning an advanced class at Allerton Park.

“I am over the moon with Bulana, says Nicola, she stepped up to this level of competition this year, but she still felt so secure and confident in all three phases. This win is just fabulous for us all as a team and gives the yard another horse qualification for the Rio Olympics next year. Although the Olympics are still a long way off it gives us all a boost going into the winter training months”

“I am thrilled for her owners but also for all my supporters, sponsors and my team of hardworking girls, who all make this possible”.


October 15, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins at Allerton

Nicola was thrilled to take 1st, 2nd and 5th place in the Advanced class at Allerton Park Horse Trials last weekend. 

Bulana and Watermill Vision, owned by James Lambert and Mrs Jo Lambert, took the top spot and runner up with Kiltealy Brief, owned by Ramscove Ltd taking 5th.

Photogragh thanks to K2Photographic

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser on wheels......

Our new wagon in conjunction with Horseshoe Distribution Ltd.

Keep a look out for it!

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

Richard Davison supports Carl Hester at Aachen

Our sponsored rider Richard Davison has been supporting one of our other riders, Carl Hester at the recent Aachen European Dressage competition.

Richard has said 'I help Carl warm up and train the horse before he goes in the arena' Richard is a huge help towards Carl in his preparation for any competitions and championships.

Charlotte Dujardin was competing on Carl Hesters world champion Valegro, she took individual gold at the European's with a percentage of 83.029. This is the second time that Charlotte and Valegro have won the special title, the last was in 2003 in Denmark.

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

GBR squad take silver at the European Eventing Championships

Britain took team silver at the Logines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland (10-13 September).

Ian Stark's cross-country course proved as strong as expected, while the torrential rain made it even more challenging. The rain stayed all day resulting in one fence on the course, the Haggis at fence 21a being removed after three horses fell there. 

Three superb showjumping performances by Nicola Wilson, Pippa Funnell and Kitty King saw them stand on the podium alongside fellow team-mate William Fox-Pitt

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, finished inside the time with a jumping score of four faults, completing on a score of 77.4 penalties. The duo has a superb start to the round but unfortunately met the distance wrong to fence seven seeing Nicola almost come unseated and the pole fall. 

A slightly disappointed Nicola commented; “­I put him in an impossible position, but what a super horse for jumping and very nearly jumping me out of the saddle, going through my head was ‘there’s only three of us, there’s only three of us, you’ve got to stay on’ and we re-grouped and he picked up beautifully and finished the rest of the course really nicely.”

Oliver Townend and PJ Hegarty's Fenyas Elegance produced a dazzling round finishing inside the time and finish their competition with a total penalty score of 64.70.

Commenting afterwards he said; “It’s nice to jump a clear on the third day, she’s a good jumper and a clear round jumper in general so there’s no excuses. I’m glad that it ended that way. She is a new ride, so we’ll see, but she’ll be aimed at Badminton next year. It’s frustrating that we had a run-out, she’s capable in my mind of being an individual medallist but it was a nice way for her to finish the week with that clear round but hopefully onwards and upwards.”

Gold - Germany

Silver - Great Britain

Bronze - France

September 21, 2015  |   Share:

Silver for Team GBR at Euros

Britain's magnificent four - Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Fiona Bigwood and Michael Eilberg - secured silver at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen. The last competitor in the ring, Germany's Kritina Broring-Sprehe could not pull her team up from bronze position. The Netherlands won gold.

Carl Hester was riding Nip Tuck owned by Miss Jane De La Mare. They performed a lovely test with a score of 75.400%.

Carl commented after his test; “He’s so consistent, he’s a horse that’s never had under 70%; it’s his second Championship at eleven years old; I’m really, really happy with how he’s going and a lot of horses have had issues in there, so for a horse that’s very young to go in there and have just a couple of minor mistakes, I’m delighted with him.

“It was a little more difficult going towards A; I don’t know what he saw down there, that’s what made him back up when he was on that right diagonal which is why I missed the change, he’s such an obedient horse, it just caught him out at the end there. For me personally that’s the best ride I’ve ever had at an Aachen, having finished last here – probably about 15 years ago, it was a great improvement.”

Charlotte and Valgro, owned by Mrs Roly Luard, Mrs Anne Barrott and Carl Hester, were the final combination in for Great Britain. They produced a lovely test but a couple of small mistakes in the zig-zag prevented them overtaking the Dutch. They finished on a score of 83.029%.

Commenting afterwards Charlotte said; “I had a problem on the zig-zag, that was completely my fault and then I think I still had that on my mind when I went into the changes, so then I had a mistake in the changes, a little bit disappointed with that but the beginning felt really good. I don’t think there’s many horses that have gone in and not had a mistake. We all went in to try our best and enjoy it.”

Spain, Sweden and France finished in fourth, fifth and sixth securing their Olympic qualification as there were three spots up for grabs and the podium teams had all qualified before this championships.

September 21, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson takes National Champion

Nicola Wilson has been crowned the British National Champion at the Festival of Eventing held at Gatcombe Park.

Nicola came third on her ride Beltane Queen in the British Open. As best of British rider she became National Champion. Unfortunately faults in the show jumping put Nicola in third place, however if she had gone clear they would have won the title.

Nicola said, ''She was phenomenal, she's just getting better and better, I can't believe it!'' Beltane Queen is an 11 year old coloured mare owned by Mrs Val Robson and Mrs Ann Robson. We are very excited about their future!

Nicola also finished ninth on Bulana jumping a brilliant double clear. Nicola was thrilled by the mares performance over such a technical show jumping track and tough cross-country course.

As well as the British National Champion Nicola is also the current Scottish Open Champion, having won that in 2014 riding One Two Many.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

August 10, 2015  |   Share:

Super Sonic Oliver takes victory at The Festival of British Eventing

The Festival of British Eventing 2015 held at Gatcombe Park proved to be a very successful weekend for our sponsored rider Oliver Townend. He competed in the national novice on Sonic De Sermentol taking first place for the 4th time as well as taking runner up on his second ride Ridire Dorcha.

However, his good luck did not stop there, he then went onto win the intermediate on his third ride Note Worthy. He was a massive 12 marks clear of the runner up. Oliver has now won this class for the third time.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

August 10, 2015  |   Share:

Fertilised again with Suregrow

Yet again fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser, the arenas at Hickstead were in tip top condition.

The Royal International horse show is one of the more prestigious outdoor shows in the country, with top riders from show jumping, showing and the more fun events such as the scurry racing.

The showing championships are the best in the country; former Santa’s little helper took the top spot in the pony overall supreme. His rider, Susie Eddis was offered her pony ‘Beat The Boss’ b...y a dealer only last Easter, after his show jumping career did not work out. However previous to this, Beat The Boss used to pull a sleigh dressed as Rudolf!

As for the show jumping, the rider to take the top spot in the The Longines King George V Gold Cup was Beezie Madden, an American rider who has won the title for 2 consecutive years. She was the first female last year to be crowned the King George V cup winner; she has become the first female to ever hold down the title. Jessica Mendoza almost piped her to the post with a faster jump of time of a tenth of a second; however her 1 fence down meant she had to settle for second place.

August 5, 2015  |   Share:

SureGrow proudly sponsor The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

The group have been involved in every major conflict within the last 400 years. They have recently been involved with activity in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Royal regiment of Fusiliers are a group capable of meeting every challenge with courage and determination, they have a proven ability to succeed in the tough environment that is modern soldiering.

July 29, 2015  |   Share:

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: