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!
Trevor Breen and his one-eyed horse Adventure De Kannan win the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead.
The Irish International knocked last year's champions, Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z to second place by two hundredths of a second in a thrilling jump-off. It was Breen's and his 14 year old horse fifth attempt to take the title finishing runner-up last year.
Adventure De Kannan did not let his disability get the better of him, sliding down the iconic Bank and hopping beautifully over the rails feet from the base, which defeat so many. But in then faulting at the Devil's Dyke, Breen drew level with Miller on four faults, sparking a jump-off.
Miller and Caritiar Z took off the front rail at the Privet Hedge giving Breen the opening he needed.
Following a long-term infection, the decision to remove Adventure De Kannan's right eye was made last year by Breen and owner Karen Swann. His preparation for Hickstead 2014 was disrupted by a minor ligament injury and he was kicked by another horse in the warm-up arena on Saturday.
Photograph by K2Photographic
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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Photograph by K2Photographic
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.
Suregrow's Eventing Team's new transport!
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 |
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 |
Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship winner Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche on the front cover of Horse and Hound!
October 18, 2013 |
Oliver Townend; "The value of turnout"
International event rider Oliver Townend is based in Shropshire and his yard is typical of a busy and successful top class eventing yard. He has horses of all ages and at every stage of both training and competition that are all managed impeccably by his team of experienced staff.
Regular turnout time is a key aspect of Oliver's management regime and he explains; “The value of grazing goes beyond just turnout time, as grass is a very natural and healthy way to feed. We have used Suregrow Fertiliser since we moved here as it ensuresthe grass is of a higher quality, contributing more to the overall diet. The even grass growth we see throughout the season also means we are better able to maintain our paddocks in optimum condition.”
October 15, 2013 |
Beth Barnett is the Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champion
On the eve of her 24th birthday, Beth Barnett claimed the first title of the 2013 Espayo National Dressage Championships when she won the Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship. Beth, who works as a part-time administrator to fund her horses, was drawn in the middle of the class with her own Sheepcote Delight and their score of 68.84% proved unbeatable. The partnership has been together since the mare was just 18 months old and Beth backed her and has brought her through the ranks with the help of David and Serena Pincus, who bred the horse.
The combination hasn’t had the best build up ahead of their trip to the National Championships, as Beth, from Hereford, had a bout of ‘flu and Sheepcote Delight suffering a few lameness issues but the duo were back on form when it mattered! A happy Beth commented afterwards; “I’m so pleased with her today! She was focused and really listening, which I don’t always get – she can be quite nervous. Some of my trot work felt really nice and I got my changes which was a bonus! I came here aiming for a clean test and that’s what I got!”
Beth is part of the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent programme which gives her access to top training and advice and she was quick to praise the scheme. “It’s definitely improved my riding and skill; if any young rider has the chance to apply and get on the programme, bite their hand off! You won’t regret it!” said Beth.
It was a really Barnett family effort today with dad acting as lorry driver, mum as psychologist and boyfriend as groom and it looked like some early birthday celebrations were in order once Sheepcote Delight was safely tucked up!
September 27, 2013 |
Wonder horse Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg win Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship
Many people’s idea of a perfect Sunday morning is coffee, croissants and a good read of the Sunday papers, but not for the hundreds who arrived early at Stoneleigh Park for the final, fourth day of the British Dressage National Championships. For them, it was to watch a ginger horse; not any ginger horse – but the one and only Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio), dubbed the ‘supermodel ‘of dressage.
There was an air of anticipation as the chestnut beauty, masterfully ridden by Michael Eilberg, limbered up for her 8.27am slot in the Suregrow Advanced Medium Open Championship and she didn’t disappoint. Now seven, and in her first year of ‘grown up’ competition, her performance was spellbinding and displayed all the qualities that earned the title of FEI World Young Horse Champion both as a five and six-year-old. They scored 79.05% despite an incorrect canter strike off and a change that was late behind, to win the title by almost eight percent.
“She always feels unbelievable,” said Michael. “She’s on fire and felt edgy in the collecting ring so I aimed to ride a nice test without boiling over. The half passes and fluidity were great. We had the couple of mistakes but everything she does is such good quality. Through a test, what a normal horse would be running on, she’s a mark above. Her base mark is 80%.”
“In the canter she was hanging to the exit - she can be a bit trickier in canter right – which caused the error in the canter on, but the mistake in the change was my fault. Her canter ‘tigers’ away, and her front can get away from the hind legs – I needed to keep her more together.”
September 27, 2013 |
Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert
Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert and Donnerfee competed in the Flanders Dressage Event!
September 11, 2013 |
Suregrow expands into Belgium!
Last month all eyes were on the Flanders Belgium Dressage Event at the beautiful property of Stable Husterlo in Meerdonk. Suregrow's Jonathan Cox attended the cream of Belgium Dressage Championships with Jonathan Wiggins. It is a 4 day event and all categories took part; ponies, juniors, young riders, seniors and para-equestrian with trials in the categories of Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The event was praised by all attending from competitors, organisers and visitors.
September 10, 2013 |
"The quality of the grass is remarkable"
International event rider Ruth Edge is enjoying a fabulous run of success at present and enjoying life at her new yard, Foston Stud in Derbyshire, where she has used Suregrow Fertiliser on all of the paddocks. She confirmed recently; "We've been at Foston Stud for a year now and things are starting to come together. Having used Suregrow Fertiliser both last summer and again this year, the quality of the grass and the improvement in it is remarkable. The horses are looking fantastic and we have even made some high quality hay. We are genuinely thrilled with our fields this year."
September 6, 2013 |
Caroline Powell's Recipe for Paddock Management
Olympic event rider Caroline Powell has settled into her new yard in Suffolk and Suregrow Fertiliser is important in the mix.
As the turnout of her horses is such a fundamental aspect of Caroline's very successful management regime, one of her first tasks was to ensure an application of Suregrow Fertiliser to all of the grazing paddocks. Just a short time later she reported; "It's always great to see the improvement in the pastures when Suregrow has been applied to them....just add water!!!"
Record Breaking Dressage score for Ruth Edge
Suregrow's Ruth Edge has scored a remarkable dressage score of 10 setting a new record for the best one day dressage score at a British Eventing event.
This fantastic score is the equivalent of 90% in pure dressage and was achieved on Larkshill Sovereign in a five year old class at Skipton on Saturday 3rd August. It is the best one day score recorded since 1998 when British Eventing started their recordings.
Larkshill Sovereign, a Trakehener gelding who stands at nearly 17hh, was awarded four 10's, two of which were for his walk. This win has secured a place for him at the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton in October.
Ruth is known for her expertise and dedication in dressage and has won four national titles.
Hickstead - The Longines Royal International Horse Show
The Longines Royal International Horse Show is held at Hickstead. It is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country and is also the British public's only chance to see their national showjumping team compete on home ground. This infamous event has been around for 106 years making it one of the oldest horse shows in the world. This year was better than ever thanks to Suregrow fertiliser the main ring grass was in prime condition.
Suregrow's Olympic bronze medalist Caroline Powell, did us proud winning 4th place in The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix on Lenamore! It seems even in retirement Lenamore is not one to laze around. At twenty years of age he was tackling challenges even a younger horse couldn't like the notorious Devil's Dyke.
International event rider Nicola Wilson chooses Suregrow Fertiliser
She will be applying Suregrow Fertiliser to all the grazing paddocks at her Yorkshire base.
Nicola, riding Opposition Buzz, was part of silver medal winning eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics and like many of her fellow event riders, includes daily turnout in the management of all the horses in her yard.
She explains; "I am looking forward to using Suregrow Fertiliser as it will help to ensure our grass is very nutritious and in the best possible condition. The quality of our grazing is important to me as the horses definitely look forward to their time in the paddock each day”.
Nicola joins an elite group of riders who use Suregrow for their grazing, including international event riders Oliver Townend, Ruth Edge and Caroline Powell, together with dressage icon Richard Davison.
Suregrow Fertiliser is formulated specifically for horse and pony paddocks. It is produced in the UK in easy-to-handle 20kg bags and contains a phased (slow) release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. An application will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.
Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing. Suregrow Fertiliser can be easily spread by hand and does not require the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months.
For more information about Suregrow Fertiliser, contact the technical support line on 01423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com
Hickstead - The British Jumping Derby Meeting
What a fantastic year for the Hickstead Derby! The infamous equestrian event was held over the 19th to the 23rd of July. Douglas Bunn was the founder of the Hickstead Derby in 1960. The event has now grown to be known all over the world. The main class to watch was The British Derby (£111,000.00). Phillip Miller was the proud winner of this class winning a whopping £36,630.00! The class was filled with tricky jumps including the Devil's Dyke - three fences in short succession with a water-filled ditch in the middle. The infamous Derby Bank was also great to watch, a jump with 3ft 5in rails on top and a 10ft 6in steep slope down the front. Fortunately for the horses the bank didn't turn in to too much of a mud slide as the main arena was fertilized with Suregrow, ensuring the grass was kept nice and thick so there was a softer landing for the unfortunate few who fell.
Ruth Edge's Camphire International Win
Congratulations to Suregrow's Ruth Edge who has had a fantastic week at Camphire International coming 1st place on Carnival Prince in the CIC*** with a dressage score of 40.1.
Ruth carried on her winning streak coming 3rd in the CIC** on Mister Maccondy.
Blacklaw Thymelord earned a respectable dressage score of 36.7 and a clear round in the showjumping which earnt them a place of 9th overall in the CIC**.
Master Zero flew the crosscountry getting a clear round within the time. This fantastic round earnt them 9th place in the CIC***.
Ruth's next event will be Skipton and Suregrow would like to wish her luck!
We are proud to have Ruth as one of our sponsored riders who puts the wellbeing of her horses first and uses Suregrow in all of her grazing paddocks.
Caroline Powell at Bramham International Horse Trials
Caroline Powell showing off her Suregrow saddle cloth in the Equi Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI***.
Photo taken by k2 Photographic
Value of Turnout improved by good grazing
At this time of year, especially given the recent dry period, your summer grazing might be looking a bit sparse and if that's the case, keeping an eye on the weather will ensure you don't miss the opportunity to spread Suregrow Fertiliser before any rain to revitalise your grazing.
Olympic dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison is based in Staffordshire and uses Suregrow on all of his grazing paddocks. He says, "When it comes to performance horse training thank goodness the message of good turnout is finally getting across. Horses are designed to be out in paddocks with their necks stretched down and moving their legs around, not cooped up in stables. Like other top yards, our horses are turned out 365 days per year. But to do this we need our paddocks in tip-top condition and Suregrow makes sure they are."
Suregrow Fertiliser will help you keep your grazing paddocks in the best possible condition - and you can buy online for direct delivery to your yard. It couldn't be more simple!
STOP PRESS: With outbreaks of possibly thundery rain forecast for many areas of the UK, if your paddocks need a boost, order Suregrow Fertiliser now, while you remember. It's in convenient 20kg bags and you don't normally need to take your horses off their grazing for spreading.
Suregrow Fertiliser Video Training with Richard Davison
With the cut-off date for the British Dressage Summer Regional Championships now passed, Suregrow Fertiliser is - like everyone else - waiting for confirmation of who has qualified for this year's Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open and Restricted 'Regionals', which start at the end of July. Top placed riders from each will qualify for the British Dressage National Championships in September.
In a training video produced by Suregrow Fertiliser, international dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison gives a fascinating insight into how a talented horse, the Negro gelding Hiscox Algranco ridden by his wife Gillian, is prepared for the Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship.
Richard explains clearly how he breaks down the Championship test, Advanced Medium 98, into its different parts and focuses on training to improve the horse’s way of going alongside Gillian’s presentation of the test.
This short, free video will be of interest to all riders who want to improve their test riding, but especially those competing at, or moving up to, advanced medium level. You can view the video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOkF3bGBnk&feature=youtu.be or follow the link from the Suregrow website at www.suregrowuk.com
Richard Davison uses Suregrow Fertiliser on all of his grazing paddocks and every one of the horses on his yard enjoy daily turnout as part of their impeccable management. He says; “Our horses enjoy their turnout time and by ensuring the grass they graze provides a correct mineral balance, it offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”
Focus on One of Suregrows Distributors
Copdock Mill is a fourth generation manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler of animal feeds including dogs and birds but most importantly SureGrow. Herbert George Cladwell was the founder of the now successful business which is situated on a thousand year old mill. Copdock Mill pride them self in buying locally to reduce travel, which ultimately helps the environment. As well as using a Just-In-Time production system Copdock Mill run an extremely efficent business they also go out of there was to raise money for causes such as awareness for men’s health and The British Heart Foundation. Visit there webpage and watch the short video which gives you an insight to where SureGrow comes from.http://www.copdockmill.co.uk/index.shtml
Caroline Powell's New Stables
Our Managing Director Jonathan Cox had a first hand tour of Caroline Powell's new stable yard. Caroline has relocated down south to become more central to the eventing world, creating more opportunities to further her upcoming horses. After her recent move Caroline has had great success on Up Up And Away, Stellor Seaurchin, Spice Sensation and Halltown Harley. On Jonathan's visit he witnessed the secrets of how to create a first class event horse. Although the only secret we can divulge is that Caroline uses SureGrow on all of her paddocks. Carolines new yard is manned by a diverse collection of grooms. As hard as they work the picture speaks for itself.
Philip Miller and Caritiar Z win the Hickstead Derby
Landing on turf fertilised by Suregrow Fertliser with every winning stride. Hertfordshire based Phillip Miller was the deserving winner of the 53rd Hickstead Derby on the grey Caritiar Z.
He produced the sole clear on the 13-year-old gelding with the later drawn Trevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorada) having to settle for second place with four faults each, both dislodging a pole over the open ditch near to the end of the course. Last to go Tina Fletcher looked to be having a super round on Promised Land, the exuberant winner of the class in 2011, but the gelding stumbled slightly at the bottom of the bank and unseated his rider, meaning Phillip took home the £36,500 first prize."
I never thought I'd be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby,” said a delighted Phillip. “It’s an amazing achievement and it's the one everyone wants to win."
To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance."
Phillip is based at Greenacres Equestrian, a riding school owned and run by Di and Pennie Cornish. Hehas produced a number of top showjumpers, including Talan and Je T'aime Flamenco, but most havethen been passed on to other riders to continue their international careers.“
'Carter’ is the first horse I've kept on and he's got me to where I am. I got him as three-year-old and he wasn't gelded until he was eight and he was so rudely behaved.” Phillip learned to ride at Greenacres as a child, and still mucks out every day. “I didn't get any financial help from my parents growing up. I started riding at Pennie's 29 years ago and I've worked my way up. I've worked hard to be where I am,” he said.
Trevor Breen, who finished joint third last year with Adventure De Kannan, was gracious in defeat. “I'm genuinely happy for Phil – he is a great friend of mine,” he said. “But I came here to win, not to make up the numbers.“Addy has been on unbelievable form this year, then he had the trauma of the eye operation [he had his eye removed]. This is only his third show since then, so to come back like this is incredible - I can't ask anymore of him. To win would have been a fairytale, but it wasn't to be. There always seems to be one fence catching me. It's been a tough week for me,” he said, referring to the death of his mother Mary Breen."
William Funnell found history repeating itself when he was runner up for the second year in a row with the 15-year-old Dorada. “I know how good it feels to win, and Phil is a real trier and he deserves it,” said William, who won the class in 2006, 2008 and 2009. “He's a nice guy so if I've got to get beaten it's good to be beaten by him.”
Suregrow Fertiliser at The Longines Royal International Horse Show
Following the success of the Derby Meeting at Hickstead, the arenas are now benefiting from expert maintenance ahead of the Longines Royal International Horse Show later this month and the dense sward of grass, fertilised again this year by Suregrow Fertiliser, will be in pristine condition for what is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country.
The skill of nternational showjumping, the elegance and glamour of champion show horse horses and ponies and the exhilaration of the unique eventing grand prix.
For showing riders, The Royal International is a championship show and the culmination of many months of qualifications throughout the winter, with a host of prestigious classes for every breed of British horse and pony.
The show also stages many British Showjumping Winter Finals, places for which have been fought for in winter qualifiers up and down the country. As one of only eight global hosts for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, the Royal International Horse Show is also the only chance to see our national showjumping team compete on home ground.
More information online at www.hickstead.co.uk
Surergrow Fertiliser Celebrates Hickstead Derby
With the British Jumping Derby Meeting at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course getting into full swing, some of the world's greatest showjumping combinations are about to contest one of the most famous events on the equestrian calendar - The British Jumping Derby.
Suregrow Fertiliser is supporting all the Hickstead action quite literally, as the magnificently presented arenas have all benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser for the second season in succession.
Friday's action is centred on The Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, whilst on Saturday, the feature class is the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby before all eyes focus on The British Jumping Derby on Sunday. With the official start list yet to be published, predicting this year's winning combination is no easy task but with fabulous going in the International arena, exciting performances are guaranteed.
Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course.
Riders view of the Bramham International Horse Trials Cross Country Course
Follow the link for a riders-eye-view as Ben Hobday flies around the Bramham cross-country course, you can ride through the Owl Hole with him too! Suregrow's fence ended the day for more than its fair share of riders but Ben made it through without a hitch. A really great way to check out all the action!
Official Photography of our SureGrow Fertiliser Jump at Bramham International Horse Trials
Colourful, informative new packaging for Suregrow Fertiliser
With an eyecatching new design, Suregrow Fertiliser's colourful, informative and robust 20kg bags are increasingly the choice of owners and riders seeking to maximise the health and financial benefits of good quality grazing for their horses and ponies.
Specifically formulated for use on horse and pony paddocks, Suregrow Fertiliser is produced in the UK and contains a phased (slow) release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. It also facilitates the uptake of nutrients essential to the wellbeing of horses and ponies.
Applying Suregrow Fertiliser will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.
Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing and unlike agricultural fertilisers, Suregrow Fertiliser pellets are easy to handle and spread, without the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months, especially for owners with limited acreage.
For more information contact the technical support line on 01423 223045.
Some More Action From Bramham International Horse Trials
A few more great shots from the Bramham International Horse Trials 2013, including the SureGrow sponsored owl hole and the Speedi-Beat jump.
Restore Your Grazing Pastures
However, if like many landowners, your pastures are looking rather the worse for wear after one of the wettest years on record, Suregrow Fertiliser advises on how can you revitalise the grass and deal with moss, bare patches and other problems.
Restoring neglected pasture doesn’t always mean ploughing and re-seeding, as although this will produce a good end result, new grass realistically takes a full season to establish a strong root system and top growth before grazing again by horses.
Even heavy soils like clay don't make restoration more difficult, as provided the root system is still healthy underneath the remaining grass, it is possible to improve the remaining pasture significantly.
We suggest that whenever weather conditions are favourable, applying the right kind of fertiliser will ensure that the grass has the nutrients it requires to start growing steadily and evenly, which will be a key step in restoring your pasture.
If there are weeds, you could consider spot spraying but topping, even this early in the season, will reduce the challenge to the grass from weed growth. Harrowing and rolling is normal spring maintenance for grassland; the harrow will aerate the surface of the sward by removing dead grasses and the roller will encourage the grass to tiller (spread sideways with new shoots) into bare areas.
When choosing your fertiliser, don’t use a formulation intended for high yielding agricultural pastures. Like any living organism, grass needs the correct balance of minerals for strong, healthy growth and when used for horses and ponies, making the right choice of fertiliser can help ensure appropriately nutritious pasture.
Using a formulation designed specifically for horse and pony paddocks, like Suregrow Fertiliser, with its slower release form of nutrients, will help to produce sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to equine wellbeing. The correct choice of fertiliser will also stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress future weed growth.
Check that the fertiliser you choose is safe to handle and spread without the use of agricultural-scale machinery, is easy to apply and that you don’t have to keep your horses off the paddocks during and after spreading. That said, your grass will recover and re-establish more quickly if you can keep the horses off it in the early stages. You may want to consider strip grazing, perhaps with electric fencing, and move the horses regularly to achieve this.
Horses evolved to eat a natural forage diet and as feed prices continue to rise, it is essential to ensure your valuable grazing is kept in the best possible condition, because it also offers important psychological benefits to help manage ‘the happy athlete’. Pictured is international dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison leading a horse in after turnout in a paddock fertilised with Suregrow.
For more information about Suregrow fertiliser and free advice on pasture management, contact the technical support line on 01423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com.
Bramham International Horse Trials 2013
Suregrow's Jonathon Cox has been spending some quality time at Bramham to bring us the latest news and some superb pictures of all the action. Living legend William Fox-Pitt and the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips (see pic below), are among the world class riders competing at this year's event.
Suregrow have 3 sponsored riders taking part in this years trials: Ruth Edge, Caroline Powell, and Oliver Townend. Very best of luck to them all. We also have our own sponsored jump in the cross country - the Owl Hole - which always proves tricky but a real crowd pleaser.
Stay tuned for lots of pictures and information from an insiders viewpoint!
Pictured is Zara Phillips riding Lord Lauries in the dressage at Bramham International Horse Trials 6th June 2013
Suregrow Fertiliser at Hickstead and Bramham
Suregrow Fertiliser has confirmed additional support this season for the Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Royal International Horse Show and Bramham International Horse Trials.
Once again the magnificently presented arenas and showground at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course are being prepared for this season's major international fixtures with an application of Suregrow Fertiliser, which Hickstead Director Edward Bunn confirms has "considerably improved the quality and cover of the sward".
Based in Yorkshire, Suregrow Fertiliser is an enthusiastic supporter of its 'local' Bramham International Horse Trials, at which entrants for this year's 40th Anniversary event will include Caroline Powell and Oliver Townend, both of whom use Suregrow Fertiliser on their grazing paddocks. Suregrow's sponsorship of the eyecatching Owl Hole cross country fence always provides great action photographs and is a real crowd pleaser.
Suregrow Fertiliser is running an online competition to win two Member Passes for Bramham International Horse Trials, so if you're planning a visit, visit www.suregrowuk.com to enter and you could be enjoying all the action in fine style!
Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course has once again benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.
Suregrow Fertiliser renews support for successful international riders
Good quality grazing is vital to increasing numbers of successful international riders and four world-class competitors, event riders Caroline Powell, Oliver Townend and Ruth Edge, together with dressage rider and sought-after trainer Richard Davison, have once again chosen Suregrow Fertiliser for their grazing paddocks.
Caroline Powell, whose New Zealand team eventing bronze medal at the London Olympics with Lenamore was a hugely popular success explains; "Working with Suregrow complements our management extremely well because we place a lot of emphasis on the importance of lengthy turnout time and good quality grazing."
Fellow event rider Ruth Edge echoes this approach, saying; "I wouldn’t choose anything else, because grazing correctly managed pasture is so important to our management of both dressage and event horses.”
Richard Davison, whose dressage yard is also managed to impeccably high standards, adds; “I am impressed with the science behind Suregrow Fertiliser and believe it is extremely beneficial to our grassland. Our horses enjoy their turnout time and Suregrow offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”
Oliver Townend focuses on similar priorities, commenting; “Turnout is well known to offer psychological benefits to all horses, but the value of grazing goes beyond that, as grass is a very natural and healthy way to feed. I am delighted with the advice we have received from Suregrow Fertiliser and by ensuring even grass growth throughout the season, we are better able to maintain our grassland in optimum condition, which can only be good for the horses.”
Suregrow Fertiliser, formulated specifically for horse and pony paddocks, contains a slower release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to the wellbeing of horses and ponies. Suregrow Fertiliser will also stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed or poached pastures. It is safe to handle and spread, making it easy to apply.
For individual advice on pasture management this season, contact Suregrow Fertiliser on 01423 223045, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.suregrowuk.com or find Suregrow Fertiliser on facebook.
Suregrow Fertiliser renews support for British Dressage National Advanced Medium Championship
Already the choice of international event riders Oliver Townend, Ruth Edge and Caroline Powell, Suregrow Fertiliser is also used by dressage ‘icon’ Richard Davison, who says, “Our horses enjoy their turnout time and by ensuring the grass they graze provides a correct mineral balance, it offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”
Suregrow is a unique fertiliser specifically for horse and pony paddocks, containing a slower release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to wellbeing.
Confirming the company’s support of the Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship, Suregrow’s Jonathon Cox said, “More horse owners seeing the benefits of turnout alongside feeding a natural, high forage diet and our support of the British Dressage Advanced Medium Championship will enable us to meet and help dressage riders and trainers looking to improve grazing quality as part of their management of ‘happy equine athletes’. We are pleased to be working with British Dressage and looking forward to the opportunities it offers.
The Suregrow Advanced Medium Championships take place at the British Dressage National Championships, where successful riders from a series of Regional Championships will contest both the Suregrow Open Advanced Medium Championship and the Suregrow Restricted Advanced Medium Championship.
Pictured is the winner of the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship, Laura Bechtolsheimer (now Tomlinson) with Polar Bear, with Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertliser.
An Olympic Diary; Caroline Powell shares her personal insight
Event rider Caroline Powell has been resident in the UK for 20 years, but even though it was on her adopted ‘home ground’, New Zealand team selection for the London 2012 Olympics with the remarkable 19-year-old gelding Lenamore was just as exciting as her previous international appearances in Lexington and Beijing, albeit without all the travelling.
Caroline won a team bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2012 with Mac Macdonald and with Lenamore, she was the highest placed New Zealand rider at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, so is no stranger to the limelight. Speaking on her return home to Kelso with a well-deserved team bronze medal, she gives a personal insight into the experience that was her London 2012.
“The whole of the New Zealand team met up at a secret training location in Surrey, which was a gorgeous house with swimming pools and gyms, and the yard for the horses was second to none. It was awesome. We had some fantastic training, the horses were purring and the atmosphere was great. We got the chance of going to the Olympic Village to get accredited and have a look around before we went back to our own bases and relaxed for a few days before the pressure began.
“When we got all of our accreditation and team uniforms, we were like kids at Christmas, unwrapping things and trying them on. There was great hilarity and then the realisation hit that we had to do the trot up in team uniform – they were lovely little dresses – not ideal for the job!”
“Lenamore and I drew third in the team and so were on the Sunday morning. He did a really a nice test apart from the two wee whoopsies, which messed things up. It was then that we all realised his personal dream was over and it was all about playing a major role in the team....
“The cross country was like a rollercoaster. The fences were 2½ to 3 star level, amazing to look at, but the terrain and the camber made it a real test. As the grass was so beautifully trimmed, it was difficult to ride fluently and you couldn’t take your mind off what you were doing for a second or you would end up in trouble.
“They had actually been watering the ground, but I don’t think it was slippery because of the watering, I think it was just ‘new’ ground. The equine facilities in general were very impressive, acres of arenas, gallops and stabling. It was a bit weird sharing a room in the Olympic village though – not what the New Zealand team manager Sarah or I were used to. We were there for a week and a half and I have to say it was all very well organised from our point of view – nothing was an issue at all.
“Lenamore finished fine after his cross country round and trotted up well before the show jumping. We had the second last fence down although he jumped extremely well and the whole experience was just tremendous. There was really good camaraderie, everybody was supportive, knew each other and enjoyed the company. We played around with Twitter and Facebook and tried to keep everyone in touch along the way.
“Looking back, I don’t think we could have done anything different in Lenamore’s preparation. He’s 19 and we’re a little bit on borrowed time with him now, so anything we do is a bonus. He’s gone home to the Mackinnons and that’s probably him for the season. Then we’ll see what he’s like, but he still looks and feels so well, although we are very aware that he is at the age when he should be retired. The plan is to keep competing him until he tells us he is!”
Bringing home a bronze medal would be a highlight for any rider and it is no different for Caroline, even though she is a veteran of those two previous major team appearances for New Zealand. “The Olympic medal is still in my handbag, being trollied around everyone and everywhere. It’s huge, like a big rosette and very heavy.”
Caroline ended the season, with a busy schedule of three day runs at Blair Castle, Burghley, Blenheim and finally at Boekelo and Le Lion D’Anger.
Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium Championship
Laura Bechtolsheimer and Polar Bear are the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium Champions
Laura scored 74.58% in a very strong class to take home the Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium title. Clearly delighted to win a national title “I’m a real proud mum,” smiled Laura after the prize giving. “I’m very pleased with him; he’s taken it all in his stride. With the Olympics this year I haven’t had much time to compete Polar Bear. We did just enough to qualify – two shows, followed by the regionals which he won.”
Polar Bear, a 17.3h.h 8 year old home bred gelding, is by Laura’s former Junior team horse Polarion out of a Landadel mare. He is on the World Class Equine Pathway programme and Laura has high hopes for him in the future“I took him to an Equine Pathway training day two weeks ago, but apart from that and qualifying for today, he hasn’t been out much this year. He certainly hasn’t competed somewhere like this before.”
Laura and Polar Bear are looking forward to a well deserved short break before winter, with the aim to compete at small tour next year.
October 26, 2012 |
Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Championship
Chloe Vell and Kaja Di Valentina are the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champions after an impressive performance on what was Chloe’s first visit to the National Dressage Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
Drawn late in the very competitive class, 14-year-old Chloe rode a confident and stylish test against a field of experienced senior riders on her new ride of just seven months, the elegant 16.1hh mare Kaja Di Valentina, to deservedly come out on top.
Chloe explains; “We were looking for a horse as I was growing too tall for my pony, a stallion with a great temperament called Danger 36. I’d done Pony squad training and competitions and international competitions with him and knew as soon as I sat on Kaja that she was the right horse because she gave me such a good feel. I go to school in Manchester and Kaja is based with Lucy Cartwright in Gloucestershire, so every Friday evening I get on the train and go to stay with Lucy until Sunday, so I can ride and train with her.”
Kaja Di Valentina is out of a Weltmeyer mare by the Trakehner stallion K2 and was originally produced by Pippa Fisher for owner Jackie Walker, who also owns Pinocchio, ridden by paralympian Sophie Wells.
Clearly delighted with her win, Chloe said; “We’ve done quite a few Premier League shows this season and qualified for the National Championships at the Kingston Maurward Regional Championships. I didn’t think I’d ever get to the ‘Nationals’ so didn’t expect much as there was quite an atmosphere, the warm up was busy and Kaja’s only eight. She can be hot and feisty, but we went in, she stayed focused and did a really good test. I tried my best, didn’t want to push for more and this was what she gave me. I’m very happy.”
Taking home a fabulous presentation rug from Suregrow Fertiliser, Chloe and Kaja are now working towards an international trip to Biarritz, France in October where they will compete with the British Junior team. Next season, they are planning to step up to Prix-St-Georges level.
Chloe’s Advanced Medium Championship prize also includes Suregrow Fertliser, specifically formulated for horse and pony grazing, which will ensure Kaja enjoys her turnout time even more.
October 26, 2012 |
Suregrow sponsored riders successfully complete Burghley Horse Trials
Congratulations to Oliver Townend finishing 4th place at Burghley Horse Trials riding the stunning chestnut, Armada. Oliver completed a faultless cross country round inside the time to lie in 4th place overnight. The showjumping proved influential in the final placings, despite Oliver having two unfortunate poles down he was still able to hold onto his 4th place.
Caroline Powell riding Boston Two Tip finished in 14th place after a clear cross country round but three unfortunate poles down in the show jumping
Ruth Edge riding the inexperienced Rogersdale at his first 4* event had a very positive start in the dressage scoring 45.5, securing the overnight lead on the first day, ''Roger tried his hardest today, really thrilled with him, he had lovely rhythm and balance throughout the test. The xc this year has been superbly presented, yet there are no let ups and it’s a true Burghley track, looking forward to getting going on it.'' said Ruth
Rogersdale didn’t disappoint on the cross country going clear, even after losing a shoe early on at fence 3, but unfortunately picked up some time faults due to the ground and getting tired ''Really proud of Roger today he jumped fantastically and thoroughly enjoyed his first 4 star experience which considering how inexperienced he is just shows what a genuine chap he is. He gave me a fantastic ride really good fun''
Rogersdale flew through the trot up but was very tired in the showjumping phase, completing his first 4* in a creditable 46th place ''Roger was tired in the showjumping, but really chuffed with the completion. He did his best and that's all we could ask of him, really pleased.''
All the horse will now be having a well earned holiday turned out in their Suregrow paddocks but there’s no rest for the riders….. Caroline and Oliver will be heading to Blenheim Horse Trials and Ruth will be switching to her other discipline, dressage, and heading for the National Dressage championships at Stoneleigh with Shadowfax.
September 4, 2012 |