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Spencer Behind the scenes with

Leading dressage rider Spencer Wilton enjoys a successful Premier League debut with Super Nova and Doogie, and teams up with Jay Halim for a starring role in front of the camera!


’m writing this from our first Premier League show at The College Equestrian Centre in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, where we’ve come with Neville [Super Nova] and Doogie for three days of competition – and the good news is we’ve got off to a flying start! I haven’t competed at a Premier League show for five years, but I really like them as it’s a good opportunity to be judged by a fresh pair of eyes. These shows usually have one or two international judges present, as well as several of our senior judges, such as David Trott and Nick Burton. It’s also good for the horses to get used to the bigger atmosphere and to have the chance to compete in several advanced classes over consecutive days. It’s Neville’s first time of stabling away overnight, but since he made his winning competition debut last month, followed by four outings in two weeks, his confidence has really grown. We tackled our Advanced Medium test on the first day and scored more than 68 per cent to be placed second in good company. He still felt a bit green and got a bit distracted, and sometimes felt like he forgot what he was doing, but I can honestly say that our regular dose of NAF Magic has made all the difference! Doogie was a star too and settled in well. We arrived the night before the competition in time to do the ‘arena walk’, which I decided to do with Neville in-hand with a pocketful of carrots. He had his eyes out on stalks as there was a lot to look at but, as we thought, he decided that the carrots were far more important than spooking, so the plan worked out very well. Doogie didn’t have the best preparation as last month he bumped his fetlock in the Doogie shows off his expressive paces in his Prix St Georges test

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where he didn’t feel quite ‘with me’, I was so pleased with him and he scored more than 69 per cent, earning him second place. He’ll now have a quiet day before competing again, while Neville will tackle another Advanced Medium and, if all goes to plan, we might enter him in his first Prix St Georges test. Update: Super Nova won his second Advanced Medium and was placed sixth on his debut at Prix St Georges. Doogie was third in his Prix St Georges.

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Supa Nova (aka Neville) wins his Advanced Medium test with more than 72 percent

Neville had his eyes out on stalks as there was a lot to look at, but decided that the carrots in my pocket were far more important than spooking!’ stable the day before we were due out at a competition. It swelled up badly, which meant he had to have two weeks of box rest, followed by five days of hand walking before resuming full training. Luckily, he picked up where we’d left off and didn’t lose any fitness, but it meant we only had 10 days to prepare for our competition! We did our first ever Prix St Georges test at Keysoe on the first day and he really did me proud. Although there were moments

Jay and I were recently approached by the marketing folk at Mitsubishi to feature in a 90-second commercial for Badminton Horse Trials, which proved a great experience. The filming took place in the dark in our indoor school under spotlights and featured lots of close ups, which meant riding right up next to the cameras. I decided it was a great opportunity for Neville to gain some experience and he really rose to the occasion showing off his fantastic talent for piaffe and passage, which was all filmed in slow motion and looked very atmospheric. Neville and Zamboucca have also been chosen as the faces of NAF products and recently enjoyed a photo shoot, which produced some stunning pictures – keep an eye out for them and you’ll see how much they both enjoy all the posing! I’ve been a fan of the company’s products for many years – people sometimes make the mistaken assumption that as a rider you are paid to endorse a product, but that’s not the case. I can honestly say I’m a great believer in their products and they would be my first on my shopping list.

About Spencer

Spencer started as a working pupil for eventing luminaries Lucinda Green, Mark Todd and Ruth McMullen. After taking up dressage, he was based with Carl Hester and won the 1997 national dressage title on Dolendo. He now has a training base at Grove Farm, Gloucestershire, with his partner, event rider Jay Halim. For information on the team, visit

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Win VIP tickets! Fancy rubbing shoulders with the stars at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show? We’ve got Members tickets to give away in our exclusive competition


s it approaches its 69th birthday, this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show – from 9 to 13 May – is set to play host to a glittering array of red carpet stars and their horses in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The horse world’s biggest names from around the globe will gather at Windsor Castle for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrations. From Italy’s Carosello de Carabinieri, to Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police and

Oman’s Royal Cavalry Activity Ride, this year’s show promises to be a historic and memorable event. Plus visitors can enjoy rare UK appearances from Russian display team the Kremlin Equestrian School, India’s Marwari Dancing Horses and Australia’s New South Wales Mounted Police Activity Ride. As the first major outdoor show of the season – and the only annual event that allows visitors access to Her Majesty The Queen’s


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private grounds at Windsor – this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show is set to be bigger and better than ever. More than 3,000 horses and ponies, including The Queen’s own, will take part in over 170 classes, including The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, top class show jumping, 150 showing classes and fun displays from the likes of the Pony Club

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Mounted Games teams. There’ll also be a tent pegging display and ‘Best Turned Out Trooper’ competition. If you visit on the second day of the competition (Thursday 10th May), you can enjoy the Horse Deals-sponsored Amateur Hunter Championships. Qualifying classes include Amateur Small and Lightweight Hunter; and Amateur Middleweight and Heavyweight Hunter. And the good news is there are still a few places left in each class if you fancy your chances in the ring (see the website for contact details and more information).

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Championships taking place. The Members’ Enclosure has grandstand seating alongside the Royal Box, as well as a Members’ restaurant, bar and lawn area, with its deli café. All overlook the main Castle Arena, where many of the international displays will take place. The winner will be the first name drawn after the closing date of Thursday 3 May, 2012. Please note: the winner is responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Royal Windsor.

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at the ready! Badminton Horse Trials has it all – world-class eventers, plenty of thrills and spills, and hundreds of trade stands. Carolyn Henderson takes a sneak peek at the shopping on offer this year…


adminton Horse Trials has a special magic. It’s the one every rider wants to win and, because it’s the first big event of the year, it sets the scene for the season. But they and their horses aren’t the only ones who’ll need stamina and dedication. For many, part of the attraction of this event is the shopping. With more than 270 individual sites and about 500 businesses represented in the Badminton shopping village, it really does have everything you need. Jane Tuckwell, the event’s assistant director, is in charge of the village and says there is always a waiting list of would-be exhibitors.

“One of the criteria for getting a site is how long an applicant has been waiting,” she says. “But that’s not all we look at. We need to have variety and the shopping village has got to fit with our visitors. A huge variety of people come to Badminton, of all ages and interests. Some will be looking for things that are reasonably priced as well as good quality, while others will be looking to buy more luxurious items. You won’t find any cheap tat at Badminton, but you will find value. If you’re lucky, you’ll even find a bargain. I often get people coming up at the end and saying, ‘You’ll never believe what I got this for...’” Putting the village together so there’s always another row you’ve absolutely got to look round is a skilled job. Jane and her team not only may 2012 Horse Deals

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If the fencing in your field has seen better days, now may be the time to improve security Andrea McHugh reports


s spring turns to summer, many owners delight in being able to turn their horses out for the season. However, horses escaping from fields can cause serious injuries to themselves, property and people, particularly if they stray on to roads and become involved in a car accident, which can result in a hefty claim for damages. Taking a few minutes to check the fencing in fields can help to ensure the safety and security of horses, and potentially save money on expensive veterinary fees. Although the fencing in your paddock might have been adequate last year it may no longer meet your requirements, especially if you have acquired a new horse or are trying to keep a horse fit, slim and healthy by strip grazing the field. A hedge that was strong enough to safely confine a small veteran pony may not be robust enough to prevent a prone-to(BHS) laminitis cob from crashing through into The British Horse Society st that fencing is at lea s ise adv a neighbour’s paddock. In addition, a t 6in to 1.08 to 1.38 metres (3f fencing h wit , ght hei in horse that has a history of being a bit of a ) 6in 4ft her at hig htly slig ns for stallio bully or is vulnerable to being attacked by 6ft). The 1.25 to 2 metres (4ft to fencing other horses may benefit from a fencing BHS lists the following horses for le tab sui as s tem sys system that allows you to organise : ies and pon n fencing • Post and rail woode separate, restricted grazing. -resistant • Post and rail impact There are many different types of plastic fencing ber• Flexi-rails (PVC or rub equestrian fencing systems on the market, coated webbing) with something to suit everyone’s budget • Post and electric in or Wire fencing (both pla and requirements. A horse’s fight or flight nd stra gle sin and ) barbed avoided instinct can be very strong, so make sure electric wire should be se all costs as they can cau at fencing is the correct height, strength and . ses hor to ries inju e ribl ter design to confine him safely.

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OntheMarket Equestrian properties we can all aspire to!

The ultimate in equine luxury Of course we all want a nice place to live, but for some of us the equine facilities on offer come higher up the wish list than our own accommodation. Top, and even luxury facilities can be all-important for the serious competitor, and the living accommodation on offer is often secondary to their needs. You need deep pockets to buy the stunning Uplands in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire – renowned for its links to horseracing – but the cost is surely worth it. It possibly boasts every equine facility as one of the finest training yards in the country. Just 15 miles from Newbury and 72 miles to London, this fabulous property standing in 233 acres has a six-bed Grade II listed farmhouse, annexe and outbuildings, four-bed cottage, offices, swimming pool, tennis court, 80 stables, indoor school, equine pool, three indoor horse-walkers, lunge ring and five-bed staff hostel. Plus paddocks, pasture, arable land, woodland, extensive schooling grounds with grass and two all-weather gallops. Situated in the heart of ‘The Valley of the Racehorse’, Uplands is probably the most historic training yard in Lambourn as it’s been the base for several successful trainers, including Fred Winter, and has the capacity to run a stud farm alongside if required.

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Situated in the heart of ‘the valley of the racehorse’, uplands is a historic training yard Available as a whole for £4,000,000 with Savills [, London office 020 7016 3715] this substantial property can also be split into three lots. The Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, on the edge of Hanslope village and 12 miles north of Milton Keynes with excellent access to the M1, provides an opportunity to buy an internationally renowned equestrian establishment, which caters for almost every equestrian use. The current set-up provides a wide range of facilities including a comfortable, four-bed house, a centre for dressage, cross-country (with its well-established cross-country course), and show jumping, as well as a wide range of events such as three-day events, British Eventing horse trials and Pony Club camps. Another core area is the livery yard with 50 loose boxes, staff MAY 2012 Horse Deals

accommodation, 58m x 23m indoor school served by a sprinkler and lighting system, two outdoor arenas, horse-walkers and grazing in the 141.55 acre property. Available as a whole for £2,500,000 or split into two lots, Milton Keynes Eventing Centre can be viewed via Fisher German [, contact

Matthew Allen or Robert Russell on 01295 271555]. At Spring Acre Farm, situated on the outskirts of the sought-after village of Thorpe in Barne, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the accommodation matches the facilities with a substantial, character five-bed farmhouse and adjoining two-bed cottage. Set in 10 Tel: 01733 468000


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acres, the equestrian facilities comprise of nine internal stables, two tack-rooms, floodlit manége, workshop and barn with feed store. Towards the rear of the property is a stocked, two acre lake with a central island, having a log cabin with WC and power, reached by a ‘hand-pull’ ferry. Priced at £899,999, this property is marketed by Rural and Equestrian [, 0845 127 9919]. Also with Rural and Equestrian and priced at £699,999 is Willow Tree Farm, Wheatley Bank, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, a four/five bed barn conversion with detached two-bed annexe, leisure complex and equine facilities. For the serious competitor who intends to keep as fit as his equine charges, the leisure suite is located off the rear courtyard garden with a games room, kitchen, changing room with shower, sauna, heated swimming

pool with spa, covered hot tub and alfresco dining area for balmy summer evenings. Two steel portal barns with brick in-fills provide six internal stables and storage in this eight acre property, which is divided into five post-and-rail paddocks – some with field shelters – a 40m x 20m manège and hard tennis court. Overa Farm Stud, Larling, Norfolk, is an extensive equestrian property currently run as a successful stud, competition centre, livery yard and retail saddler. The 29 acre property has a main residence of a pretty, thatched four-bed farmhouse with many original features and a separate one-bed cottage. The equine facilities include 27 stables, rug, tack and feed rooms, foaling box, farrier box, barns, a large indoor arena with fully-equipped cafe and viewing gallery, a second, smaller indoor arena, hay barn, toilet block, two outdoor arenas with judges box, cross country course

and a Claydon five-horse horse-walker. Overa Farm Stud is on the market for £1,225,000 with ECR Properties [, 07767 327327]. Hunters Lodge, located in the rural location of the Blackdown Hills, Taunton, Somerset, one and a half miles from Churchinford village and just eight miles from the M5, is a family equestrian property set in 7.45 acres. The spacious five-bed, three reception room period house has been sympathetically refurbished and comes with a one-bed cottage with adjacent workshop/garage and gardens to provide ample accommodation. American style stabling provides 11 boxes, feed and tack rooms, wash-down boxes, a 37.5m x 17.5m indoor school with Cushion Track wax-coated surface and mainly level paddocks. Priced at £865,000, for further information or viewing, contact Guy Sherratt Property Agents [, 01598 710134]. MAY 2012 Horse Deals

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