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Localrider Magazine


Show Reports from across the region

December 2014 / January 2015 • VOLUME XIV NUMBER 11



Dec 2014/ Jan 2015 WINTER ISSUE

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Contents December 2014 EDITOR

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Cover: Charlotte Uden and Valdi Vee, first 1.05m Open at Parwood Equestrian Centre Picture by Peter Blackman

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Features 10 Friends at the End 15 Five tips for successful winter hoofcare 17 Improve your horsemanship skills 18 Young Riders Development Day 26 Pony Racing at Lingfield Park 31 Seeking the right advice 35 Achieving Brakes 38 Winners explain why they need Muscle Power 40 Winter Rugs Tried & Tested 41 Some Clever Ideas 48 Winter Clothing Tried & Tested 56 Day Equestrian – waxed surfaces 57 Christmas Gift Ideas 63 Happy Hunting this Season 71 Atypical Myopathy 72 How secure are your paddocks? 73 Feed the Chestnut way this winter

Regulars 6 News 20 Regional Roundup

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British Showjumping News Laura’s Diary Eventing News Racing News Father Figure – Simon Wilkinson Winter Feeding Show Dates Classifieds Readers’ Gallery Coming Next Issue

Show Reports 12 Strictly Come Dressage 16 Halloween Show Jumping at Warren Barn Farm 32 Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Qualifiers 34 Wales & West Derby Show 36 Showjumping at Parwood Equestrian Centre 50 SEIB HOYS Report 52 Southern Counties Horse & Dog Show 54 S&D Autumn Show 64 Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdray Hunter Trials

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he year may be drawing to a close, but putting this issue together it is clear that our readers have been as active as ever across all disciplines. Having watched Rosie Moore and Jennifer at the Eridge Pony Club Race Day (page 26) at Lingfield Park during half-term (picture on the cover), I was delighted to spot them again a few days later at Strictly Come Dressage at Oldencraig. It may have been dressage, but they still managed to wear their racing colours for one of their performances. Strictly Come Dressage (page 12) is a wonderful event, which helps raise funds for the Emile Faurie Foundation, which was established to help children in disadvantaged areas learn how to ride. There were some fabulous performances and it never fails to put me in the Christmas mood. Thinking of Christmas we have lots of festive gift ideas on page 57. I have to admit I would be happy if Santa dropped any of those gifts down my chimney this Christmas, although he may have to park my new Equi-Star Horsebox outside! And it wouldn’t be Christmas without our Bumper Giveaways on page 43. There are some amazing prizes this year and remember someone has to win, so if you haven’t entered before, why not tick the boxes and pop your entry form in the post before the closing date of 31st January 2015. This is a combined December/January issue, so I expect there will be lots of news to report when our next issue comes out in February. Plus we will be featuring Readers’ Veteran horses and ponies, so if you own a veteran send me an email with a high resolution picture and a bit about your veteran and hopefully we can feature him/her in the next issue. Now I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a

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NEWS Nominate Your Practice for a Petplan Veterinary Award


etplan, the UK’s largest pet insurance provider, launched the Veterinary Awards over 15 years ago to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary practices like Spring Paddocks equine and Avonvale equine vets. When Tracey Pettipher bought an unbroken Highland pony she sent him to a supposedly reputable trainer to be broken in. Five weeks later the three-year-old returned a neurotic and nervous runaway and after turning him away for the winter Tracey sent him to another trainer to be re-broken. It took several weeks but Sunny eventually lost his fear of being ridden and Tracey was due to take him home when she received a call to say that Sunny was showing signs of colic. Tracey immediately called her veterinary practice Spring Paddocks equine and, after the pony failed to respond to anti-colic drugs, vet Lizzie Samuel realised that only emergency surgery would save him. “The other option was to put him to sleep,” recalls Tracey. “my previous Highland pony had been put to sleep just a few months before and Lizzie knew I was still deeply traumatised. She was so supportive, but also explained the hard facts very clearly. Thanks to Petplan equine I was able to choose the surgery, something that would not have been possible if I had not been insured.” As Spring Paddocks equine does not perform emergency colic surgery on site Lizzie contacted the local Lizzy and Avonvale veterinary practice whose colic Sunny specialist melissa Packer was on call that night. Accepting the referral, mel invited Lizzie to oversee the operation, both vets working together for several hours to save Sunny. He was found to have a rare type of colic ‘epiploic foramen entrapment’ when the small intestine pushes through the chest cavity. Happily the operation was successful; Sunny made a miraculous recovery and returned home a week later. “After a long period of rest and regular visits from Lizzie to check on his progress Sunny was fit to ride again,” said Tracey. “I was extremely nervous given his past behavior. I follow Natural Horsemanship and it really works well with Sunny. He is now one the most relaxed horse on the yard and everybody’s cheeky favourite. I’m just so grateful that I have two local vets who put business rivalry aside for the good of the horse. I will be nominating Lizzie for a Petplan Veterinary Award, not only for what she did to save Sunny but also for giving me so much support throughout my previous pony’s illness. She even sent me a condolence card after she died, which meant so much knowing that she genuinely cares for all her patients. She truly is a fantastic and talented vet.” If your vet or a member of your veterinary practice has shown dedication above and beyond the call of duty why not nominate them for a 2015 Petplan Veterinary Awards. For further information go to:

Rowen Barbary Carrot Mash Carrot Mash is a healthy treat for your horse or pony containing real carrots on a very palatable high fibre base, ideal for using on those cold winter days. Just soak with water for five minutes and feed, it really is that easy.

wanted: Veteran Stories In the February issue we will be featuring readers’ veterans. If you own a veteran horse or pony, we would love to hear from you. Send a high resolution image together with some information about your horse, how old he (she) is, how long you have had him, what you have done in the past and what you do together now. Email:

First Aid Essentials The NaturalintX first aid range includes a choice of veterinary approved, 100% natural dressings for wound management, together with naturally formulated applications to support the healing of minor wounds, cuts, abrasions and strains. The range includes EquiCleanse, which kills 99.9% of all known germs dead. Plus NaturalintX Poultice, Hoof Poultice, Wrap, Dressing, Cotton Wool, Purple Spray, Arnica Gel, MSM Ointment and Wound Cream. Be prepared this winter and make sure your yard first aid kit is stocked with everything you might need in an emergency.

Equine America Coff-Less Powder equine America Coff-Less Powder aids upper and lower respiratory health. Coff-Less Powder soothes the airways, promoting clear healthy lungs, whilst providing support to the immune system. Coff-Less can be used in the short term to support respiratory health, this can then be maintained using Airways Xtra Strength Powder. Coff-Less is specially formulated using herbs and natural ingredients including Fenugreek Seed Powder, Kelp meal, Garlic Powder, Gentian and mullein extract for healthy clear lungs and healthy respiratory system. Coff-Less also contains Glycerine and Aloe Vera to soothe and lubricate the throat, Oil of eucalyptus to clear the airway, and echinacea to support the immune system.

Sponsor a Horse or Donkey this Christmas A year’s membership to the Adoption Club costs just £12.50 and makes a fantastic gift for family and friends. As a member, your loved one will receive a certificate, updates and photographs from their new best friend and an invitation to their birthday party. Also, to celebrate redwings 30th anniversary, for adoptions purchased before 31st December 2014, the charity is offering a year’s free access to your chosen Adoption Star’s online diary. best of all, every penny goes directly towards the care of your chosen horse, pony, donkey or mule and their friends, so they too can have a very happy Christmas. you can choose from 21 of redwings’ special Adoption Stars to sponsor for your family and friends, all of whom are based at the charity’s visitor centres so can be visited free of charge. adopting

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New Year’s Day Parade To get your horsey fix over the festive season, how about ‘All The Queens Horses’ at The London New Year’s Day Parade?

The Importance of Tying your Horse Safely By Roy French, Horse Trainer & Inventor of the Idolo Tether Tie Where did the idea for your tether tie come from? I am a horse trainer of many years and have trained many difficult horses around the world. I thought it time, after being presented with one of my biggest challenges, to invent something to assist me, as I often worked alone. I came up with the design of the Original Tether Tie. It was the ideal partner, a second pair of hands. The name “Idolo” comes from my Spanish Stallion. The New Lightweight Tether Tie is my easier to use version. Designed by me and made in the UK . What is it good for? The Tether Tie is capable, if used correctly, to train any horse or pony to tie up safely, old or young. It can teach patience and give confidence. It is excellent for horses that have learnt to escape from other tying devices such as baler twine and products that break open to release your horse. How does it work? This safety product works entirely on friction, designed to give your horse as much release as he needs, but not to make a habit of breaking away when he feels like it. The tether tie will release him in extreme circumstances. A horse will only pull back until he gets the required amount of release he is looking for, usually two or three strides then he will stop.

The Benefits of using the Idolo Tether Tie

The Tether Tie looks and feels much nicer than baler twine. It is waterproof, rustproof and comes in eight fabulous colours. It is easy to use, just loop your lead rope, thread under the friction bar and place over the shoulders, add the clip and secure to something solid i.e. a tie ring. No knots to tie. Can be used with the farrier, clipping, in the wash bay, in and outside of your horse box and any situation where you need to tie your horse.

EquiAmi Training Aids EquiAmi aids are different to any other aids in the equestrian marketplace and this is acknowledged by full UK & US patents. They are equally suitable for competition horses, leisure horses and those in rehabilitation or retraining for a new career. Receiving endorsements from competition riders is just as rewarding as the rehabilitation work done with horses recovering from injury and surgery which is proving to be hugely successful. The aids are self-centring, encouraging engagement, selfcarriage and wither lift whilst discouraging leaning and resistance. Horses develop power, lightness and swing with improved balance, paces, symmetry and a soft contact. EquiAmi aids are simple to use and do not require adjustment for rein changes hence suitable for experts and recreational riders alike. British designed and made, with proven results and user testimonials, an EquiAmi is the perfect Christmas gift for the busy rider.

Amongst jugglers, cheerleaders, acrobats, clowns and marching bands, the parade also features three teams of riders and 75 horses. Invited for selection from all over the UK and travelling from as far afield as Belgium to appear in this annual event, the riders range from just six years old through to late seventies and are unpaid volunteers unified in their passion for horses and bringing equestrianism to the capital! The equestrian element of the parade starts off 11.45am at Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regents Street and follows the route up through Waterloo Place and Trafalgar Square Whitehall, Parliament Square- Horse Guards and finishing at Buckingham Palace. Each year the parade celebrates a theme, with previous year’s including Swinging Sixties, Hats Off To London and The Queen’s Diamond Jubliee. 2015 is ‘London Moving’ year and alongside creative costumes, there will be horses and carriages, sidesaddle costumes through the ages and the ‘Iberian Team’ in full traditional dress. The event is free to watch and alongside the horses, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained!

Can you give Sasha a home? Sasha was found living rough in some stables. She was found in a barn with a prolapsed rectum, desperately needed medical attention and would have died if she hadn’t been rescued by Pussy Cat Lodge. She is female, black and white, 4-5 months old, she has been spayed and vaccinated. She is an adorable little thing and is looking for a gentle caring home. If you can give her that special home please phone Terri 07947 664 539.

Put to the test: Extremities X Touch Gloves For women in the great outdoors…keep your gloves on and still use your touch screen mobile device … welcome to the X Touch Glove, from extreme weather clothing brand ‘Extremities’. Whether you’re out riding our just making the most of the great outdoors; the X Touch Gloves will prove the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. Originally developed to allow explorers and adventurers to use GPS navigation tools in hostile weather environments, these thermal lightweight stretch fabric gloves have a conductive fleece forefinger and thumb for smartphone or tablet use as well as a silicone print palm for extra grip. They can also be used as a base layer beneath ski gloves. Price: £25. Sizes XS, S/M, L/XL. Available online at LR Comment: I was amazed how well these touch screen gloves worked, I could quite easily navigate around a small smart phone, while wearing them. They are also extremely warm and comfortable to wear.

Equine America Just Plain Nasty One application of Just Plain Nasty anti chew and anti crib-biting gel will last up to two days. december 2014 / january 2015 Localrider 7

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NEWS Rowen Barbary Launch New Website


Recognising the changing way in which we access information and the important role social media plays in today’s society Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds have launched a new website with improved functionality, design and navigation. The bespoke, modern design is responsive and fully functional on mobiles and tablets which allows for easy reading and navigation. With clear and concise product information, improved feed advice, the latest news and an easy to use stockist locator Rowen Barbary hope the new website will provide an improved user experience. To launch the site Rowen Barbary are giving away a pair of tickets to Olympia, The London International Horse Show. To enter simply visit entries close 10th December.

BETA Best Stand Awards at YHL beTA (british equestrian Trade Association), sponsors of the main arena at your Horse Live, also hosted the beTA best Stand Awards, which recognise those companies who go that extra mile to create attractive and effective stands. We were pleased to see Localrider clients winning these prestigious awards. BETA Best Small Stand Award, Chestnut Horse Feeds, Sharron Harrington and Brian Davies

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here are just a couple of weeks left to enter the easy Pack Competition, don’t miss out on the chance of winning a whole pallet of easy Pack bedding’ plus a whole pallet of easy Pack Haylage. entries for the easy Pack competition will close on the 12th of December. A winner being drawn on the 15th so that we can deliver in time for Christmas. The winner will be contacted directly and the result will announced on line.

It’s easy to enter just go to and follow the competition link on the right hand side of the page.

Could you be the next Horslyx Ambassador? Are you dedicated to your sport? If so, could you be a Horslyx Ambassador? Following on from the success of the 2014 Horslyx Ambassador Scheme, manufactures of nutrient rich lick, Horslyx, are offering eight budding riders the chance to become a Horslyx Ambassador for twelve months, beginning in January 2015. In a nutshell, Horslyx want dedicated and enthusiastic Ambassadors ‘on the ground’ to help spread the word about the products and their versatility! The Ambassador Scheme is open to riders over the age of 16 years, competing in any discipline, with one space for a Junior Horslyx Ambassador, under the age of 16. Each of these eight riders will receive branded clothing and equestrian equipment, a supply of Horslyx to last one year and nutritional support wherever necessary. In addition, Horslyx will promote their eight lucky Ambassadors through regional press, social media and their website, helping to gain valuable exposure! If you think you have what it takes, fill out the form via the Horslyx website at: Entries will close on the 31st December 2014 and the eight winners will be announced by the 31st January 2015.

Marriage’s Secure NOPS Quality Accreditation

Idolo - runner-up in the BETA Best Small Stand Award at Your Horse live, Sue Stock and Roy French BETA Best Large Stand was Equilibrium Products, pictured here Vicky Boakes and Stephanie Jones of Equilibrium Products with BETA executive director Claire Williams who presented the trophy and certificate.

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Best Large Stand Award runner-up, Horslyx, pictured are National sales manager Nick Mackley and Northern area sales manager Becky Brennan.

KM Elite Ultimate Treats New to the KM Elite Health Range - the Ultimate Treat. These tasty, healthy treats are made from 100% natural ingredients and include coconut and flaxseed which provide a good source of vital Omega 3 6 and 9. Perfect as a reward or training aid, this big bag will go a long way and provides a complimentary, delicious treat that can be fed in addition to our equine Ultimate Oil (not as a replacement feed for Ultimate Oil). This product offers unbelievable value for money as it comes in a re-sealable 4kg bag, costing £6.50.

The importance of Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances Accreditation (NOPS) has been raised to new highs following the global Pr surrounding the Queens horse being tested and found positive for morphine back in July this year. marriages Specialist Foods is the latest company to secure their NOPS accreditation. marriages are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of bird foods and animal feeds. marriage’s supply many horse food manufacturers and brands with Coarse mixes, Cleaned Dressed Ingredients, Linseed meal, micronised Flakes, and many other cooked and uncooked meals and feeds. marriages have been working toward NOPS accreditation at their Lincolnshire facility for the last six months, so where delighted to secure their accreditation at their first audit this September. The NOPS accreditation follows a risk assessment based approach and regularly auditing of suppliers and staff. It looks at sourcing, storage, transport and the manufacturing process to reduce the risk of racehorse feed including any of the prohibited substances banned by the british Horseracing Authority. The prohibited substances naturally occur in many raw materials, including caffeine, theobromine from coco and morphine from poppies. by having the NOPS accreditation it means that the supplier has a managed and control process to help prevent the risk of these substances getting in the supply chain. NOPS accredited also gives manufactures the opportunity to display the NOPs logo on their product, communicating with customers that it has the accreditation.

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feature Last year The British Horse Society created a support service to help horse owners when it comes to making the hardest decision for their beloved equine companion, that of whether or not to euthanise. So if you are in that sad position, and feel you need their help, please call upon Friends at the End

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hether you’re a serious competition rider or a happy hacker, a paid groom or you simply own them as companion animals, horses give us a bond, a friendship and a level of trust to which no other animal compares. There are so many reasons why you love your horse, pony or donkey; and these are the same reasons you may find it so hard to even consider saying goodbye. Emotions can often cloud an owner’s judgement. Putting your feelings first to have them around may not be the kindest thing to do. As much as you, their carer, would like nature to take its course and for them to pass away peacefully in their sleep, very often this is not the reality. This means that for their welfare we must manage their end of life care – difficult as this may be for us.

Friendly Service In 2013, the British Horse Society created a friendly service for owners to talk to someone who loves horses just as much as you do – but who will not judge. Here they explain how the service works. “We can also put you in touch with a

trained BHS volunteer who will know more about the services local to you, and who can even be there on the day when it’s time to say goodbye; the extra support you might need – a Friend at the End. We have helped and supported more than 100 horse owners. Horse owners like Lauren who used the service when her older pony became ill. “He was 41, fit and lively for his age, but a couple of weeks earlier his field companion was put to sleep. This didn’t seem to affect him at first but then he suffered from mild colic symptoms. Although the vet reassured us and said he should recover, after a few days of repeated emergency call outs something just wasn’t right; I know you shouldn’t give animals emotions, but he looked heartbroken. Talking to a BHS friend was extremely helpful. They were professional and answered all the questions I had in an objective manner. I felt quite isolated at this time, as none of my close friends were ‘horsey’, but they gave me the support I needed to reassure me I had made the right decision and helped my pony pass away peacefully and with dignity, something I obviously had always wanted.”

Talk it through objectively With any important decision it’s helpful to carefully consider all options available to you and your horse. We can simply provide the opportunity for you to talk it through, with objectivity and a non-judgemental approach being our priority. We recognise this may be a difficult phone call to make, but be assured we will take it step by step, allowing you time to talk and answer any questions you may have. Your call will be received with understanding, empathy and confidentiality. We appreciate it’s a huge step to simply pick up the phone and make the decision to talk about this topic. It might be helpful for you to write some questions down before you call, or make yourself a cup of tea to help you relax. Lisa Randle, one of our BHS Friends, says: “People love their horses dearly and it’s very hard to know the right thing to do with those emotions. It’s helpful to speak to someone who is emotionally detached who can talk you through that decision. Keeping a horse alive isn’t always right and owners sometimes need help in knowing when to say goodbye.”

Make an informed decision Just remember, we’re here to help, not judge. By calling you’re not committing to anything, you’re gathering information to make an informed decision that most importantly prioritises the welfare of your horse. No horse should suffer because the owner wants to prolong the horse’s life for their gain. It is in the best interests of the horse’s welfare that euthanasia be considered at the appropriate time and give a dignified and timely end, rather than allow it to suffer or be passed from home to home, facing an uncertain future. We will be there for you – for your horse.” HOW TO ASSESS QUALITY OF LIFE • Is the horse able to move freely when turned out? • Does the horse have equine companionship without being bullied? • Is the horse able to lie down and get back up again easily? • Is the horse able to eat and chew comfortably? • Is the horse suffering from any chronic conditions that are affecting his wellbeing? • Does the horse seem in good health? Things to look out for are: lethargy, dull eyes and coat, changes in behaviour Other things to consider: • Is the horse now dangerous to handle or ride? • Have your time or financial circumstances changed? To be put in touch with a Friend, call 02476 840517. For more information or to join The British Horse Society visit

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show report

Deirdre Robinson and Summer of Tardunday, performed Star Wars

“This is Halloween, this is Halloween” Madeline Heath and Larkhurst Jeeves performed Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas, improving on their qualifying performance to win the Individual Championship. Larkhurst Jeeves also won the prize for the Best Veteran over 20.

Strictly Come Dressage

in aid of the Emile Faurie Foundation

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Oldencraig Equestrian Centre Sunday 2nd November 2014


ince it was first founded in 2006 the Emile Faurie Foundation has helped over 9,000 children learn to ride. Emile said that he is consistently hearing from teachers that the benefits to the children go much further than learning to ride. They observe a change in the children’s behaviour: their attendance goes up, they concentrate more, they are more respectful and in general their behaviour is better. Emile would love to be able to help even more children to learn to ride, but it is only through fundraising events like Strictly Come Dressage that the funds can be raised and he is very grateful to Ian and Vicky Winfield of Oldencraig Equestrian Centre for their continued support of the Foundation. If you want to help this wonderful charity, Emile suggests running a coffee morning or an event. All the money you raise will go directly to helping children to learn to ride. The P.E. Teacher at Buile Hill High School, Salford, Manchester said: “It makes a massive difference to the children – we teach in a really underprivileged area and most of the kids have never seen a horse before, but they love it!” Strictly Come Dressage is a fun event, which encourages everyone to have a go at performing a dressage to music test in costume. There are classes for individuals, Pas de deux (pairs) and Quadrilles (four plus). This year’s classes were judged by a guest panel of Emile Faurie, Vicky Winfield, Mark Ruddock, Tim Hatley and The Black Knight. Being so close to Halloween, there were many spooky tales unravelling at Oldencraig and plenty of spectacular costumes. Emile and his team are grateful to their generous sponsors who gave wonderful prizes, they included John Sankey Bespoke Funiture, Sally Dernie Interior Design, Dominic and Juliet Langdon-Down, The Wilkins Family, Equine Eclipse Services, Forelock Books, British Dressage Southern and Localrider Magazine.

Christine Fillier was a very fetching Pumkin

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Below: Rosie receiving her Strictly Glitter Ball from Emile Faurie

Nicola Whiteman and Zero, performed The Spanish Lady to win the Individual Qualifier, they took the Reserve Championship in the Evening Performance.

Vicky Lacey and Tristan D travelled from the Isle of Wight to compete. Their performance of England Football, saw them finish joint-third in the Individual Qualifier.

Samantha Prior and Daisy as Dick Turpin: “Your Money or your Wife.”

Winner of the Localrider Best Costume Award, Beverley Hallett and Leo

Sarah Mitchell and Painted Lady, joint-third in the Individual Qualifier.

Junior Strictly Champions, Rosie Moore and Jennifer. Rosie was also second on Tealeaf and fourth on Kilmore Carlos.

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show report Strictly Come Dressage Continued...

The winning Adult Quadrille – The Dancing Girls: Debbie Rees Davis on Poppy, Lauren Hunt on Frecles, Emily Fort on Diego, Elsie Hogben on Max, Lulu Aiswawi on Angel and the lady who choreographed both this quadrille and the winning junior quadrille, Jessica Conway on Louie.

The adorable octopus, Eva Herring and Sam

Junior Quadrille Champions – Over the Sea: Scarlet Menzies on Angel, Tatlulah Butcher on Leese, Tatlulah Rhodes on Saffron, Abigail Sanders on Leo, Freya Herring on Millie, Eva Herring on Sam and Olivia Davis on Macie.

The Dancing Girls collecting their prizes from the Judges & Sponsors

Second Adult Quadrille – Jim Boyle Racehorses: Ammie Oswn on Hoover, Jackie Stevens on Chartplan, Nicola Bates on Berry Ice Bat and Lucy Holby on Oisins Boy.

Third Adult Quadrille: Kerry Upton on William, Harri Eccarius on Baily, Laura Matthew on Ralph and Judith Charmin on Bertie.

Second Junior Quadrille – The Ferocious Four: Charlotte Vickery on Blaze, Katherine Davison on Cas, Tabbi Ahmed on Ben and Ben Foss on Breeze.

Third Junior Quadrille – Circus Tricks: Natalie Kerpalani on Cas, Jess Calcutt on Tommy, Cara Moore on Guiness and (inset) Rosie Moore on Jennifer.

Winner of the Localrider Best Costume Award, Beverley Hallett collecting her prizes from Emile Faurie and Tim Hatley

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Five tips


One of the trickiest aspects of winter management is balancing your horse’s diet. Everyone has their own ideas about what works for their horse, and many people will want to pass on their wisdom to you, perhaps recommending particular proprietary brands, or advising you to ‘feed up’ your horse. However, don’t forget that each horse is individual, with their own constitution, and each horse responds to nutritional elements, such as sugar and starch levels, differently. Maintaining low levels of sugar and starch are key elements of hoof care for many horses, especially those maintained with a barefoot regime, so carefully check the levels of the feeds that you are giving. Ad lib hay is advisable, while fast-soaking unmolassed, flaked sugar beet products (that generally have a low sugar content!) are good for adding condition to a horse in the winter.

for successful winter


Ad lib hay is advisable in winter


Winter often means enforced or increased stabling, depending on whether the horses are kept at home or at livery. And a lack of movement, combined with damp conditions, does not aid healthy hooves. Of course, however clean the stable environment is, bacteria still find it easy to proliferate, and can cause a number of unwanted problems. Keep on top of dreaded thrush by regularly picking out and brushing the underside of the horse’s feet, and select a bedding that does not become too damp. I like to use a product called “NT-Dry Heel and Frog Maintenance” - a powder that prevents and clears thrush in the frogs, central sulcus and heels of horses and ponies. It is available at at £12.49 for 70 grams.


As a barefoot hoofcare advocate, I know that owners who exercise their horses more in winter, as opposed to less, are beneficially maintaining hoof circulation – even if it is walking in hand up and down your drive, or in the arena, every little helps. A horse that is standing aimlessly around, close to a muddy gateway is not moving very much – so put piles of hay down across the field (rather than within 10 feet of the gate for your convenience), to encourage walking, as well as foraging behaviour.

Try to reduce the time your horse stands in mud, to help reduce issues like mud fever

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If your barefoot horse does struggle with some surfaces when you are riding, and becomes more careful, do consider using hoof boots – they offer protection and shock absorption, especially when comfort pads are used inside. Today’s hoof boots are easy to fit, and are also easy to care for – they can be rinsed off after use and the fastenings do not easily come undone in wet conditions. Visit for info. See page 46 of this issue to win a pair of Transition hoofboots.


Try to reduce the time your horse stands in mud, for example by providing hard standing areas, alternating the gates you use for coming in and out of the field, or rotating fields where possible. Not only will you give the hooves a chance to dry out, you will also help reduce issues like mud fever. This bacterial skin condition usually affects the horse’s heel, pastern and fetlock area, and is more frequent in the wetter months. It is easily spotted due to the scabby areas that form, although the skin may also swell slightly or weep, if very sore. You may find it useful to clip or trim excess feathers on a horse that lives out, as this will make it easier to ensure the area stays clean. When you ride, clean and dry the limbs thoroughly after schooling or hacking, to make sure there is no sand or debris stuck to the hair, and make sure your brushing or schooling boots are cleaned after use. I like Keratex mud fever powder - a very highly effective waterproofing and disinfecting powder that helps stop the skin from softening, so that mud particles and bacteria are less able to enter the skin pores and hair follicles. It is available at for £11.79 for 450 grams. DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Localrider 15

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Halloween Show Jumping

Winners of the Plump Pumpkin Pairs: Deanna Knight on Acorn and Amber Harvey on Pie, pictured with Jean Bywater

Words and pictures by Claire Owen of Attic Photographic atticphotographic


arlingham and District Horse Club’s ‘Halloween Show jumping’ event was held at Warren Barn Farm on Sunday 26th October. The annual event featured Batty Bats Mini 2’0”, Skinny Skeletons Mini Novice 2’3”, Grizzly Ghouls Novice 2’6” – 2’9” and Wicked Witches Open 2’9” – 3’0”, which was won by Charlee Bywater riding John Rooney’s Camanchi. The feature class of the day was the Plump Pumpkin Pairs, which was a speedy class, won by Deanna Knight riding Acorn and Amber Harvey on Pie. Warming pumpkin soup, homemade cupcakes and other treats were served in the on-site cafe and a fantastic thrill filled day was enjoyed by all. Beckie Hill and Merlin

Abby Hills and Jimmy

Katie Butler

Deanna Knight and Acorn

Charlee Bywater and Camanchi, winners of the Wicked Witches Open Alana Anderson

The ladies in the café served some delicious treats Anabell and Emily

Faye Potter

Sam Hills and Joey

Amber Pearce and Picnic

Robyn Kite on Emily

A devilish look

Amber Harvey and Pie

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Parelli professional Rachel Evans

Parelli South East Demonstrations The Parelli South East Team will be at Hadlow College in Kent this December and Plumpton College in East Sussex in January 2015. Led by Parelli Professional, Terri Marthus, the demonstration will focus on how to improve your horsemanship skills.


Sara de Vries he demonstration will take place at Hadlow College on Saturday 23rd December from 11am to 3pm. As well as Terri, the team will include Rachel Evans, Vicky Manser, Sara de Vries and Jamie Evans. Sessions include: What is Parelli? The Four Savvys, and Seven Games with the professionals working online, at liberty, freestyle and finesse. Vicky will look at Horsenality and the four different types while Jamie will present a session on trailer loading. During the lunch break – 1pm to 2pm a series of mini presentations will be held including young horse preparation, veterinary preparation and Mini Parelli for those younger visitors and spectators. Parelli Natural Horsemanship is the world’s most popular horsemanship education programme with the goal to help raise the level of horsemanship for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.

Parelli at Plumpton College Why not start your New Year with renewed inspiration for both you and your horse? The Parelli South East team will be holding a demonstration at Plumpton College, Plumpton, East Sussex on Saturday, 31st January from 11am to 3.30pm. Sessions include: What is Parelli? The Four Savvys and Seven Games with the professionals working online, at liberty, freestyle and finesse. Vicky will explore Horsenality and leadership strategies. There will also be problem and solution sessions with various horses including “It’s not about the trailer,” young horses and preparation for the vet and farrier. The South East Mini Parelli Team will be there too showing how to be safe and have fun with ponies. By practicing the Parelli programme, horsemen and women of all disciplines and skill levels are able to build solid, reliable foundations with their horses.

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The young riders had a wonderful time at the Development Day held at Warren Barn Farm

Young Riders Development Day Words and pictures by Claire Owen of Attic Photographic


imply shows, run by Sian Littledyke held another Young Riders Development Day at the beautiful Warren Barn Farm in Woldingham during the October half term. Children were split into groups depending on ability and each group took part in a lesson in the sand school, where they jumped a small course of jumps, as well as riding over the cross country course. Following the morning’s activities, ponies and riders had a well deserved lunch break, which was followed by pumpkin carving and face painting by Karen Brett. The afternoon was filled with gymkhana fun, including walk, trot and run races, Grandmother’s footsteps, a ‘donut race’ and apple bobbing! Non riders were also able to join in these games. A good day was had by all and riders went home happy with rosettes as a souvenir from their day.

Carrie-Anne and Red

Five-year-old Allegra Williams on Tuppy

There were lots of opportunities to go cross country

Taz Clayton and William 2

Mastering the water complex

Painted faces

Looking scary!

Happy faces

The riders enjoyed other activities including face painting

One of the groups riding out over the cross country course

Grace Jones and Piglet

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regional roundup

Awesome Foursome

Elstead Team Members: Sara Malpass, Jenny Binks, Penny Jann, Charlotte Smith (riding Ronaldo Firecracker), Tish Harwood, Emma Kampa, Melanie Lusted, Debi Arkle, Annie Denton and Emily Weeks.

Elstead are Riding Club Champions T

he london & South east riding Club Championships for Show Jumping, Dressage, riding Tests and Horse Trials were held at lodge Farm, Matfield in Kent on Sunday 5th october. elstead riding Club’s individuals and teams claimed numerous championships, before being awarded the natasha Trophy for the most successful club at the championships. a trophy that elstead have now won twelve times. The elstead Horse Trials Team of Holly Stuart (So Sue Me), Charlotte Smith (ronaldo Firecracker), Tish Harwood (Crickadarn arian) and Charlotte Spratt (Clover robe) won the championship narrowly beating Maidstone riding Club by just over a mark. Charlotte and Holly were each individual first in their respective arenas both jumping double clear rounds. Holly had a particularly busy day and also rode the same horse in the Dressage Championship coming fifth in her arena. The team of Holly, emma Kampa (nyton Master Joker), ros Milton (Pentrepiod emperor), and Melanie lusted (Keeshan Jazmine) came fifth. it was a long wait for the results of the riding Test Championship. But it was worth it as the two elstead qualified teams finished first and second. The ‘orange’ team of emily Weeks (Monta Mystic Clover), Jenny Binks (Portenais Prince), Melanie lusted and Clara Jollands (lily) who stepped in at the very last minute became lSe champions. The second placed ‘green’ team competitors were emma Kampa, Sara Malpass (Basil), annie Denton (Malingold Mercury) and ros Milton. Sara and emily were individual second and Melanie and Jenny individual fifth in their arenas. Sara, emily, Jenny and annie all scored over 80% for their tests. Team Manager, Penny Jann said: “our riders did so well at the london and South east Championships and we all had a very enjoyable day. Thanks to our designated helpers - Claudine and andrew lawes, Marion Spencer, Jan Fenn, Dan Shean and allison Kite.” Debi arkle and her mare, Wandering Star, continued elstead’s successful streak at the lSe Dressage to Music (DTM) Championship at Sands Farm on 19th october. They won the regional novice Dressage to Music class with a score of 75%. The pair danced to a ‘swing’ theme by the BBC Big Band orchestra which suited the horse’s movement perfectly.

Having produced some good solid dressage tests the team of Amanda Croft-Pearman (Ashdown Red Highlight), Isobel Lee (Flynn), AJ Mortimer (Lucifers Star) and Tiff Tasney (That’ll Do) set out on cross-country day with a find mix of nerves and excitement. They had nothing to worry about they ended crosscountry day in third place. After good show jumping rounds, Isobel, AJ and Tiff, finished third in their arenas. Isobel did roll a pole, but her dressage test had been so good, she was still placed. Amanda secured a clear round to finish just out of the placings. As the team relaxed and reflected on the fun weekend, they were genuinely surprised when they heard over the loud-speaker that they were the overall winners. In haste the giggling girls, who had enjoyed every moment of the event, climbed on to the podium to receive their gold medals, rugs for the ponies and lots of other prizes too. To read Amanda’s full account of the weekend visit Isobel Lee, AJ Mortimer, Tiff Tasney and Amanda Croft-Pearman, pictured with their wonderful groom, Alice

Look no stirrups! emily roberts is pictured here recovering from a tricky moment, while out with the Surrey union Hunt. emily said: “Bailey left a leg over the hedge, so i let go of my reins and lost my stirrups, but we landed and i stayed on.” a pupil at greenacre School for girls in Surrey, emily is the main rider for Surrey Sport Horses, which is owned by Jenna Percival and Sean o’Toole, she is pictured here riding six-year-old Bailey and is being followed by natalie arscott, who is riding eight-year-old Harry for Surrey Sport Horses. emily also sent a picture of her and Harry, showing how things normally look. Emily and Harry having fun with the Emily Roberts lost her reins and Surrey Union Hunt stirrups, but landed safely

Pictures courtesy of Surrey Union Hunt Supporters

Pic courtesy of Jenny Patrick

When four friends from East and West Sussex decided to take part in the last ever Milton Keynes Three Day Event, they didn’t once imagine the fun, frolics and fabulous result they ended up achieving. The three-day-event aimed at the amateur rider is run over 70cm, 80cm and 90cm tracks, with the full long format of trot-up, dressage, roads & tracks, steeplechase, cross-country and show jumping.

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Chris Burton Clinic


n Saturday 1st november australian olympic and Weg Team Member Chris Burton held his first Show Jumping and Cross Country clinic at littleton Manor equestrian in Surrey. Chris’s Show Jumping clinic focused on going back to basics to show how important it is to get the basics correct, as this is fundamentally how to progress in any equine discipline. By the end of one session a rider who normally compete at Be90 and hopes to move up to Be100 next season was happy flying over 1.20m. riders then moved on to the cross country, which in november is normally unheard of, but lMeQ is open all year round due to their great sandy ground. This is where Chris really excels as a coach. He understands what the horses are thinking when on the course and how to work to the horse and rider’s strengths. Chris helped a few of the riders out by giving them a demonstration of what to do in certain situations. This helped instill confidence in both the horses and the riders. Some even conquered their fears and jumped jumps on the course that they have always been scared of.

Chris Burton pictured with one of the groups

Nicola Holehouse and Marmalade Monty enjoying the clinic

Best Dressing Fence Rebecca Wilman and Lauren Faggetter had a fantastic weekend at the Horseware Cross Country Championships, held at Eland Lodge in Derbyshire. The pair travelled up from Chertesy in Surrey and stabled overnight at the venue. The pair, Rebecca on Soviet Suspect and Lauren on The Cardinal II were placed seventh in the Pairs competition and won the prize for the best jump over the Dressing Fence. They both also jumped clear individually around the 90cm class. Lauren said: “We are hoping to find more venues who can run a 100 qualifier next year as we didn’t find any this year within 80 miles (the only one was on a date we were already booked elsewhere).”

Pic by Bill Parrott Photography

Rebecca Wilman on Soviet Suspect and Lauren Faggetter on The Cardinal II won the prize for best jump over the Dressing Fence.

The winning 80cm Team: Maddie Ambort, Katie Vaughan, Ella Barten and Bindi Vereker

Mayfield Riders dominate at the National Schools Championships The Mayfield School riding squad is celebrating after winning a number of titles at the national Schools Championships. 15-yearold amy Whiffen took the individual title in the 1.10/1.15m Show Jumping Championship, to which the east Sussex school added three of the nine team championship titles. They were also runners-up and placed in a further four championship classes. The 17-strong squad from the independent girls’ school travelled to addington Manor where the prestigious competition is held each year, ready to compete for the top prizes against over 800 competitors from 180 schools from all over great Britain. amy Whiffen, a pupil in year 10 at Mayfield, produced a fantastic clear round to take the 1m10/1m15 individual Show Jumping title on her home-produced pony Knight rider, beating off stiff competition from some of the best young riders in the country, including an international competition pony who jumped for team gB at the recent european Championships. amy was delighted with her success and commented: “i’m so pleased with Knight rider. He did everything i asked of him against such tough competition he really is a star and rose to the challenge beautifully. i’m so pleased with the result as he always puts his everything into his jumping and loves his job!” She was joined by Sophie Malorey (17) and ellie Walker (16) to successfully defend their title as national Schools 1m10/1m15 Team Show Jumping Champions for the second consecutive year. Team Mayfield dominated in the 1m Team Show Jumping competition to claim both the title and the runners-up trophy, and took the Championship in the 80cm Team Show Jumping class in a most convincing manner, to complete the hat-trick. However, their success was not limited to the Show Jumping arena. Mayfield teams fought hard in the 1m arena eventing Championship, narrowly missing out on the title to take both second and third place. The school also finished in a highly respectable sixth place in the Team Dressage competition, showing that Mayfield’s squad of riders is strong across the disciplines. This is not the first time that Mayfield has dominated the national Schools Championships. in 2013, the School claimed three national Titles, and this is the 10th consecutive year Amy Whiffen and Knight that the Mayfield equestrian Squad Rider won the 1m10/1m15 has been national Schools Champions. Individual Show Jumping title DeCeMBer 2014 / January 2015 Localrider 21

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regional roundup

Dame Judi Dench meets Volunteers at Riding For The Disabled Regional Conference Sophie, Judi and Sarah

Pip Sampson with Sophie Christiansen


ver 120 Riding for the Disabled members representing nearly 25 groups from across the South East converged on the Haven Centre in Crawley Down at the end of October for the region’s Annual Conference. This year, delegates heard from a number of inspirational guest speakers including Amanda Jupp, Chairman of West Sussex County Council and Tony Orsi, Managing Director of award-winning digital agency, Netro42. Paralympic triple Gold Medallist, Sophie Christiansen OBE and Dame Judi Dench also gave up their time in special praise of the volunteers behind the RDA who had been singled out for awards.

Winning grants

Sophie Christiansen chats to RDA carriage driver, Sarah Baverstock.

David Cowan of RDA sponsor, Cowan Architects, shares a laugh with Dame Judi Dench. Julie Courtney, Bradbourne RDA, winner of the coveted Tora Bray award for the outstanding volunteer, with Sophie Christiansen (left) and Tora Bray herself (right).

Amanda Jupp gave an insight into the process behind applying for and winning grants. Each RDA Group is a charity in its own right and has to fundraise to keep afloat. The upkeep of ponies and horses is an expensive business so Amanda’s tips on making the Groups’ applications for funding go further will be of real value. Tony Orsi runs the agency that is behind a number of high profile sites, including the design of the Big Brother website and app and his team at London’s Netro42 have been working on the launch this week of a new website for the South East RDA Region. The new website is designed to be user friendly for those with disabilities and fully responsive so it can be used on anything from a smartphone to a desktop PC. It integrates with Facebook and Twitter enthusiasts as well as those just looking for a group nearby ( Equine Journalist, Jennie Knight also took to the floor to entertain delegates with stories of her career journey and to give them an insight into what it is a journalist looks for in a story and how to help them meet deadlines.

Hopes and dreams

The South East region has its own success story in RDA competitor Sarah Baverstock, from Pevensey, who told her story of how she made it from a rider at Hope in the Valley RDA (Plumpton College) to the World Para Carriage Driving Championships. Julie Courtney, Bradbourne RDA (Riverhead, Sevenoaks), was awarded the coveted Tora Bray Perpetual Trophy for her tireless contribution to the running of the group that went ‘above and beyond’ the normal. As one of the many group volunteers to nominate The List Lady (as Julie is known) put it “Julie’s spreadsheets, lists, data bases and pleading emails are second to none”. Added to this Julie helps with two regular riding sessions each week (totalling six rides) doing everything from mucking out and catching ponies to helping nervous riders and new volunteers. “Nothing is too much trouble, from dustbins and loo rolls to designing party invitations and being our entries secretary for an annual sponsored ride”. 22 Localrider December 2014 / January 2015

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Above & beyond

Dame Judi Dench made a special appearance to present an award to Sally Anne O’Neill, owner of Little Brook Equestrian, Lingfield where East Park RDA is based, for her services to the Group and Region that went’ ‘above and beyond’. The Sandhurst RDA Group was awarded the Buchan Bobby trophy for their amazing commitment and fundraising efforts throughout 2014 as a result of being charity of the year for Sainsbury Watchmoor Park. There was also the opportunity for delegates to meet runner Sam Cooper again, who raised £2645 for the region by competing for the first time in the London Marathon in April. Sandhurst RDA volunteer Carolyne Baker, Sophie and Judi all admire the award

The Sandhurst RDA Group pictured with Sophie

Judi, SallyAnne and Sophie

Sam Cooper with Sophie Christiansen

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Pic by Equinational

Phoebe Leake and Sauvey Golden Condor had a very successful week at the BSPS Heritage Champs

Phoebe Leake and Sauvey Golden Condor competing at the Hickstead Derby Meeting

Bronte Ball bought her now 12-year-old dressage horse, Reuben, when he was five, but despite showing enormous potential, his progression has been hampered by an auto-immune condition. Despite numerous tests, the condition still puzzles his vets. Bronte said: “When it happens, his bloods drop very low, his immune system becomes very much non-existent and he becomes almost completely unresponsive to chiropractic treatment. He can be off work because of this for anything between three weeks and three months. He never ceases to amaze me at how well he manages to bounce back between these times, but it is none the less very frustrating that I can’t quite progress as quickly as I’d like as a lot of the time when he is brought back in to work for a short amount of time its back to basics. He was placed fourth at the Oldencraig Dressage Championships in 2013, however he was then off work ill from November 2013 to February 2014. His first time back out was in March at Oldencraig where he was placed second and he was fourth at Hickstead in April. We had qualified for South East Champs at Hickstead last year and so had that in May, we were placed second, which I was absolutely thrilled with. Sadly, he was then ill again and off work for the whole of June and July. We made our first show back at Oldencraig in August which he won! We then came fourth at the Hickstead Championships the week later. Reuben is my world and I will continue to love him and do everything I can to make the most of him and keep his spirits up when he feels so low. I would love to share my story as I believe he is such a star and never fails to amaze me how he comes back fighting from being so ill.” After a year of ups and downs we are delighted to report that Bronte and Reuben were crowned Prelim Champions at the recent Oldencraig Championships.

Charlotte and Marmite are dressage champions Charlotte Ash and Marmite

Bronte Ball and Reuben, Prelim Champions at Oldencraig

This picture aptly captures what Charlotte Ash describes as the proudest moment of her life so far, winning the Intro Championships at Blue Barn with her wonderful horse, Marmite. Charlotte said: “Marmite and I have been competing in dressage competitions for the last year (mainly to improve my jumping) and I just happened to qualify for the South East Equestrian Championships, SMP Shows, at Blue Barn in Ashford.

Picture by Louise Siggers Solheim


hoebe Leake has had a wonderful first season with the stunning eight-year-old Welsh section C, Sauvey Golden Condor aka Kevin. They won the Young Riders M&M Large Breeds class at the Area 11 Show, which was only their second outing and since then they haven’t looked back. The combination was placed second in the Heritage Supreme Welsh Section C class at the Hickstead Derby Meeting and enjoyed the huge thrill of being invited into the International Arena for the judging of the Supreme Championship. A month later, at the Royal International they finished seventh in the Ponies (UK) Dalkeith Young Riders M&M Large Breeds Championship. Their form continued at the BSPS Heritage Champs, where they finished third in both the Classified Heritage Ridden Welsh Section C & D’s and the Blue Riband Heritage Welsh Section C. They saved their best to last when in the Preliminary Young Riders Ridden Mixed Breeds class they were pulled in third of a massive class of 24. They were put through to the Evening Performance, where they finished second with fantastic marks of 45 for ride and 45 for conformation. Phoebe keeps Kevin at her trainer Samantha Darlington’s yard in Dorking and whilst at the Heritage Champs Sam qualified Kevin for the Section C&D final at the Royal International. It was one of Phoebe’s goals to ride at the Royal International in 2015, the other two are to qualify for HOYS and Olympia. The pair are already gearing up to the 2015 season and at Crockstead in early November they stood Mountain & Moorland Ridden Champion, having won the NPS Open, The Ponies UK Open and the Ponies UK Junior Rider.

Reuben is a Champion at Oldencraig

Pic by Danny Berta

Successful season for Phoebe Leake

Heading to the Regionals Jennifer Pidgeon had much to celebrate when Just Jeremiah qualified at Oldencraig in November for the Elementary Winter Regionals, just three months after he received a kick in his ribs during a freak thunderstorm. Luckily nothing was broken, but once the haematoma reduced in size, scans revealed severe muscle wall damage. Sadly this resulted in them missing the Area Festival and the BD Home International Teams. The combination returned to form winning on their first outing at Step Aside in October (see picture).

I had qualified for the Prelim 1 as well as an Intro final, but I felt nervous and decided to go for the Intro. When I first got Marmite he couldn’t canter to the left and just kept going on wrong lead. So I thought dressage was off the cards, but we persevered and he is now correct 99% of the time. So having decided to go for it I took part in my class and I was so shocked and delighted that we actually won with a score of 76.08% ,the second highest score of the day. We were the Senior Intro Champions. I am so proud of my horse Marmite and would like to thank Scott Ponton for putting up with me over the past year when I kept coming to his wonderful shows and Maddi Burchell for judging me and giving encouraging kind words.” 24 Localrider DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015

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It was a tight finish for third and fourth in the Priors Farm Vets 138cm Open for Isobel Clifton on Dinky By Design (Badsworth Hunt) and Holly Ann Rose on Pennway Tap Dance (Tickham Hunt).

Pony Racing at Lingfield Park Racecourse Tuesday 28th October 2014


hirty six Pony Clubs from as far away as Yorkshire, Lancashire and Llangeinor in Wales travelled to Lingfield Racecourse in Surrey to take part in the Pony Club Race Day. Organised by the Eridge Branch of the Pony Club during half term the day was blessed with the most amazing sunny weather, perfect for a day at the races. There were nine races in total catering for ponies up to 128cm, 138cm and 148cm in height and within the height categories the races were split for those who have never won a race before and Open races for the more experienced combinations. There was a wonderful mixture of ponies from the traditional Pony Club all-rounder to under height thoroughbreds, whose long strides ate up the all-weather track at Lingfield. Competition was fierce as the jockeys came in sight of the grandstand and battled it out to be the first to pass the post. One race was so tight the stewards requested a photograph.

The winners in the Chelwood Equestrian Stakes, pictured with Julia Smith and Laura Bigwood from Champion Hats, who presented each of the winners with a voucher for a new hat. The Open 128cm section was won by Freddie de la Sayette on Ruby Tuesday, Bradley Kent was second and Emma D’Angibau, third. The Novice section was won by Harry Cunningham, with Duncan Morgan in second and Ben Pearson, third.

Members from Kent Border Branch: Amy Etherton, Rayna Donovan, Abby Hills, Sam Hills, Tegan Wallis, Izzy Wyatt and Isobel Edwards, who all raced together finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th

Rosie Moore and Jennifer had a busy week. Pictured at Lingfield on Tuesday, they were competing in the Strictly Come Dressage competition the following Sunday. Although their dressage to music display did have a racing theme. This versatile combination also participated in the Shetland Grand National races around the country during the summer.

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Ben Pearson and Footprint, representing West Kent Hunt (Sevenoaks), finished second in the Premiere UK Novice 138cm Stakes

The winners of the Premiere UK Stakes Open 138cm race (William Humphrey, Amelilia Cameron-Clarke, William Carver, Will Featherstone, William Nunn, Mayan NorthwayYoung, Sophie Clark and Alana Taylor).

East Sussex Members, Amy Miles and Ockley Quick Step led by a fair distance to win the SEPTPSC Training Stakes for Novice ponies under 148cm. The sixyear-old Ockley Quickstep was bred by Maria Walsh from Surrey and was competing in her first race.

Jack Wildman and Coveham Generation, representing Essex Farmers, won the Premiere UK Novice 138cm Stakes

Owen Lewis and Baronsdown Obi Kenobi racing in the Premiere UK Novice 138cm Stakes

William Humphrey, Amelilia Cameron-Clarke and William Carver battle it out in the Premiere UK Stakes Open 138cm

Essex Farmers member, Bradley Kent on Honky Tonk Girl, took the Priors Farm Vets 138cm Open ahead of Cambridge Hunt member, Noah Brazg Carrell on Dough Boy.

Izzie Marshall and Annie Get Ur Gun (East Sussex), third Windmill Stakes for Novice Ponies 148cm & under.

Ellie Vaughan and Goldfinch Jessy, representing Old Surrey & Burstow, finished second in the SEPTPSC Training Stakes for Novice ponies under 148cm.

Sophie Clark and Shadow of Colours, representing West Kent Meopham, galloping past the finishing post.

Lord Leconfield Hunt member, Tobias Musset and My Top Lot, second Windmill Stakes for Novice Ponies 148cm & under Division 2.

As the sun was setting, Old Surrey & Burstow member, Cora Moore and Warrior Queen cantered across the finish.

South Durham Hunt member, Harry Cunningham made the trip worthwhile when he piloted Crofthill Montague to victory in the Chelwood Equestrian 128cm Novice Stakes.

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British Showjumping News Please contact Fiona on 01892 863062 or email to submit your British Showjumping News to Localrider

ighteen-year-old Heidi cousins had a fantastic September, which started when she and Flash Lappen were placed third in the Pro-am Sport Horses all england 100 Open Qualifier at the all england jumping championships at Hickstead. The combination was placed at all three Hickstead Shows this summer and it was a dream come true for Heidi to jump in the main ring at Hickstead, qualifying at her first attempt. They had a great round, frustratingly knocking out a couple of poles. Heidi has produced the now six-year-old Flash Lappen, since he was a just backed four-year-old and they are proving a consistent combination. The weekend after Hickstead they won the second round dodson & Horrell amateur championship (85cm Open) at Pyecombe, having originally qualified in november 2013. They now head to the amateur championships at aintree at the end of november. Their winning streak continued at Felbridge, when they won the bill Kear arenas novice Horse 1.05m championship. The class was open to all combinations that had been placed in a discovery at Felbridge since October Heidi Cousins and Flash Lappen 2013 and their fantastic victory jumping in the main ring at Hickstead netted them £150.

James Emblen and Rosgan Divinity qualified for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship Picture by SBM Photographic

Picture by Spidge Photography

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Heidi Cousins and Flash Lappen won the Bill Kear Arenas Novice Horse Championship at Felbridge

James Emblen wins SEIB Winter Novice Championship Qualifier Twenty-two-year-old James Emblen from Woking in Surrey rode Emma Grant’s 10-year-old, Rosgan Divinity, to victory in the second qualifier for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship 2015, which took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Club in Slapton, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 26th October. Competition was fierce with 101 combinations looking to qualify for the Hickstead final. With just two qualifying places available for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship, which will be held at the Longines Royal International Horse Show during 28th July – 2nd August 2015, each competitor was riding with the aim of delivering a double clear as they knew that would put them in with a chance of securing a coveted qualification spot. After a solid first round of competition, the jump off proved to be competitive with 21 combinations making it through. Nine double clears were produced in total and the times were tight as there were just over two seconds separating all of those combinations with a double clear. James and Rosgan Divinity produced the fastest double clear of the class as the combination produced two immaculate rounds and made sure that they picked up the pace in the jump off, crossing the finish line in 33.43 seconds. James has been riding Rosgan Divinity aka Vinnie for the last three months, as his owner Emma Grant is due to have a baby in December. James rides Vinnie once a week and at competitions and was recommended to Emma, by her trainer, Carl Belson. The jury is out on who will ride Vinnie in the final in the main ring at Hickstead, but James hopes that he can convince Emma to take back the reins for the prestigious final. Since leaving school James has combined his riding and competing with coaching football. Whilst it is a profession he can return to if necessary, he is now fully focused on show jumping and has six horses at his private yard in Chobham and also trains and competes horses for owners, who are not based at his yard. James describes Vinnie as a good fun horse, who loves his jumping. They have only competed at a handful of shows but have either won or been placed at every one. Vinnie will shortly be having a holiday, before coming back into work ready for Hickstead.

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Jo Fulcher and Captain Willoughby landed the Retraining of Racehorses Recognition Award and £2,500 prize.

Captain Willoughby wins £2,500 National Recognition Award


aptain Willoughby, a 13-year-old bay gelding owned and ridden by jo Fulcher from Sissinghurst in Kent has been awarded the 2014 british Showjumping retraining of racehorses (ror) national recognition award. during his racing career, captain Willoughby contested three national hunt flat races and two hurdle races between march 2007 and February 2010. bought by jo as a 10-year-old, captain Willoughby commenced his showjumping career in the September of 2011. With his trainer, he also acted as a nanny horse to the younger racehorses. He started out competing in british novice classes and under the guidance of jo, he quickly progressed to contesting classes up to 1.05m at venues such as arena uK, bury Farm equestrian club and Wales & West. Having finished sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2013 in the national recognition awards, jo was determined to focus the combination’s efforts towards winning this year. amassing 219 points between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2014, the period that the ror league runs, jo was thrilled to learn that the combination had achieved what they set out to do. Talking about her horse, jo said: “I am absolutely delighted that captain Willoughby has won this year’s league, he’s such a lovely horse and he is definitely a yard favourite. my background is in showjumping and although he was green to start with, he has become more and more confident over the fences, which I attribute to regular gridwork sessions. With this year’s league title in mind, I really made the effort to get out both during the week and at weekends, but I have enjoyed jumping at my local shows and I’m also just enjoying my horse.” The british Showjumping ror national recognition awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses that have started Showjumping with the national governing body. There are a total of six cash awards that are given to the highest graded horses during the

Results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Captain Willoughby – Owned and ridden by Jo Fulcher Sagassa – Owned by Peta Viner and ridden by Bumble (Marie Louise) Thomas Toulaman – Owned and ridden by Nancy Kirkpatrick Petite Pistolet – Owned and ridden by John Garrett Bunacurry - Owned and ridden by Claire Halliday Wild Mushroom – Owned and ridden by Kay Simpson

given twelve month period. a £2,500 award is given to the winning combination with the five additional winners each receiving £500 each. To ensure as many retrained horses are given the opportunity of being recognised and encouraged to compete within a new discipline, previous title holders are not eligible for future consideration. For further information about British Showjumping and the Retraining of Racehorses Recognition Awards 2015, please contact the British Showjumping Membership Department on 02476 698824. To register your horse with Retraining of Racehorses please do so online by visiting

Friendly Fun Show proved a success The Royal Alexandra and Albert School Equestrian Centre, Surrey Sunday 21st September 2014

The royal alexandra and albert School equestrian centre held their second Show jumping competition on Sunday 21st September. 40 combinations participated, including 13 of the school’s pupils, in a range of classes. Tarryn Poole, Stables Secretary and aI Instructor, was one of the judges. She said of the event: “It was a great day. It was lovely to have such great positive feedback about the event, and to see the riders and how well they improved throughout the classes.” daire Farrell, an outside competitor, won the 80cm class on Hollypark Lad and the 90cm class on dublins Pride. not only did he take home two first place rosettes, but also a ticket for the Littleton manor equestrian centre’s cross country course. year 12 student, jade armitage Hughes, won the 70cm class on Tulley. Zara Keetley and comet Prize won the 50cm class, while the honours went to Tallulah betts and Giddy in the 60cm class. jade Smith, a year 11 boarder, who is currently studying Horse care at the School, came second in the 70cm class on dublin. She agreed that the event was success, saying: “I had great day. The atmosphere was really nice, there were a lot of people there, and we competed with some fantastic riders. my mum enjoyed it as well – she came down for the day and had a lot of fun watching.” The friendly atmosphere in the equestrian centre has attracted outside competitors. yard manager, miss Irini economou said: “The idea of these shows is to give our pupils and outside competitors the opportunity to take part in a real competition, but to also have fun. We had several comments saying that our yard staff were extremely supportive and welcoming. many of our visitors said that they would definitely be coming back to compete here in the future.” Jade Smith (Year 11 boarder) and Dublin’s Pride, second 70cm Showjumping

Royal Alexander 2 Competitors found the show both friendly and fun

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Having recently been approved by British Showjumping, Helite Air Jackets, which are distributed by Treehouse Sporting Colours, are becoming a popular choice with top names in the sport, such as Louise and Joe Whitaker. The jackets are available in Blouson and Gilet styles, allowing riders to swap garments, according to the weather. Due to the Tekseries soft shell outer, the jackets allow for outward inflation, which means riders can opt for a snug and flattering fit. “I feel great in my Helite Air Jacket,” says Louise Whitaker. “It’s a really stylish garment and as the air bags have the quickest inflation speed on the market, it makes me feel safer, too.” Did you know the Helite Air Shell Gilet is now also permitted in British Dressage competition? Sports Operations Manager for British Dressage, Paul Graham, stated: “The Gilet worn over the top of a show jacket or tail coat is acceptable and permitted under BD rules.” “It’s great to see riders taking safety more seriously,” adds Theresa. “After all, even the calmest of horses can have an off day.”


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Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Qualifiers Qualification for the Dodson & Horrell Amateur Championships, which are being held at Aintree at the end of November, has been fierce. Lots of local competitors have qualified and here we catch up with a few of them. All that remains is to wish them all lots of luck for the final and we look forward to reporting the results in the next issue. end of September. From the initial 15 combinations, 11 went through to the jumpoff, with only two combinations producing double clears. drawn fourth to go in the jump off ellie-Louise knew that a foot perfect round would put her in contention for the win. She went on to deliver a double clear on Gatestown diva in 39.54 seconds and this was to prove unbeatable. Philippa Stanley, 24, from Southampton, secured second place with her own eight-year-old gelding, Smart de L Heureux. They produced the second double clear of the class in 45.79 seconds. Third place went to 15-year-old Olivia Leaning from Horsham, riding her mother, jane’s 11-year-old mare, all That jazz X. Picking up four faults in the latter part of the course, this combination took their place in the top three after stopping the clock in 35.24 seconds. an additional eight riders went on to secure their qualification for the dodson & Horrell 1.05m national amateur championship Final.

Aurora Mouturat-Sorensen


urora mouturat-Sorensen from Woking in Surrey rode her own 10-year-old gelding, Son Of India, to victory in the dodson & Horrell 1.10m national amateur Second round at crofton manor equestrian centre in Hampshire at the end of September. Seven combinations contested the 1.10m second round and three went on to compete in the jump-off, with only one combination producing a double clear. each of the starting combinations came forward to compete with the aim of taking home one of the direct qualifying places on offer in each second round for the dodson & Horrell national amateur championships, which take place at aintree equestrian centre in Liverpool during the 19th – 23rd november 2014. Having produced the only double clear of the class, the win in this second round was taken by aurora and Son Of India. The combination set the standard after being drawn first to go in the jump-off and they subsequently produced a double clear in 35.58 seconds. Sophie coombs from blandford Forum in dorset took second place with rosconael clover, an 11-year-old grey mare owned by amanda Farwell. The combination was unfortunate to pick up four faults part way through the course, but they secured a good time of 36.05 seconds. Improving on their placing from the previous day, third place was taken by 21-year-old melanie round from castel in Guernsey. riding her own 20-year-old skewbald gelding, Going To america, this combination picked up eight penalties across the jump-off course and stopped the clock in 45.15 seconds.

Elle-Louise Francis

eighteen-year-old ellieLouise Francis from reading, rode her father Thomas’ 10-year-old grey mare, Gatestown diva, in to the top spot in the dodson & Horrell 1.05m national amateur Second round at crofton manor equestrian centre in Hampshire at the Ellie-Louise Francis and Gatestown Diva won the Dodson & Horrell 1.05m National Amateur Second Round

Monica Ballard

monica ballard, 28, from Sittingbourne in Kent rode david Simpson’s eight-year-old, anemoon Van de Kapel, to win the dodson & Horrell 1.05m national amateur Second round on Saturday 4th October at Felbridge Showjumping club in east Grinstead. 21 competitors rode in this dodson & Horrell 1.05m national amateur Second round and each of the starters were hoping to claim one of the twelve direct qualifying places on offer for the dodson & Horrell national amateur championships, which take place at aintree equestrian centre in Liverpool from 19th to 23rd november 2014. eleven of these went on to compete in the jumpoff, with four combinations jumping double clear. 1.10m Qualifier at Pyecombe The combination had previously qualified for the 1.10m dodson & Horrell national amateur championships, when they won the qualifier at brendon Pyecombe on Saturday 13th September. eight competitors came forward for this dodson & Horrell 1.10m national amateur Second round, six of whom went on to contest the jump-off. The jump-off then saw three double clears being delivered overall. monica and anemoon Van de Kapel were drawn as the penultimate combination to go in the jump-off and they used this to their advantage, making sure that they delivered an immaculate, but quick round. This then saw the combination cruise to the win with a double clear in 39.13 seconds. Second place went to Samantha Smith from Horsham on Pauldaries mysteque, a 10-year-old mare owned by Gillian baker. This combination were first to go in the jump-off and they got proceedings off to strong start after gaining their double clear in 40.98 seconds. Third place was taken by 23-year-old jessica ayre from Horsham, who was riding her own 11-yearold grey gelding, Gaudy night. an accurate double clear from this combination ensured them a top three finish in 45.00 seconds. Monica and Anemoon Van De Kapel qualified for the Dodson & Horrell 1.05m

Aurora Mouturat-Sorensen and Son of India are heading to the Amateur Championships at Aintree

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Richard Baker and Cajelgan’t wining the Dodson and Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round

Richard Baker

richard baker from Horsham took the top spot in the dodson & Horrell 0.95cm national amateur Second round on Saturday 4th October at Felbridge Showjumping club, riding his fiancé, Samantha Smith’s 12-year-old, cajelgan’t. richard worked with horses when he first left school, riding for the then yorkshire-based Trevor banks, who produced many top horses including Hideaway and Towerlands anglezarke. Whilst the passion for competing is still there, it is a pleasure that is saved for the weekend, as richard now runs his own transport business, with a number of eight wheel grab and tipper lorries. Luckily Samantha, who competes herself keeps the horses exercised during the week. Only being able to ride at the weekend, richard is aware that he doesn’t have the time to jump and compete at a higher level. With this in mind he sold his last talented horse, Sabre, to Leesa Long, who has since been jumping him in area Trials. Finding himself in need of a new horse, richard discovered cajelgan’t or ‘Swishy’ as he is known at home (as he is always swishing his tail), in a local dealer’s yard. He popped around 1.30m at Felbridge, but although his record was clean he only had £100 on his card. The dealer explained he was a fantastic jumper, but amongst his quirks, he was a terrible traveller. It took some time, but richard discovered the best way to travel Swishy is in a trailer, so if you see a six horse Oakley pulling an Ifor Williams Trailer, the chances are Swishy is inside. In just over a year richard has added £2,000 to Swishy’s record and says if he didn’t have the quirks, he could have gone a very long way as he is careful, consistent and very quick. Other recent results include finishing sixth in the main ring at Hickstead in the 1m championship as well as winning the £150 amateur championship at Felbridge. 39 combinations competed in the second round at Felbridge, 24 of whom made it through to the final jump-off. With just the

twelve qualification spots available, each competitor was focused on securing a double clear and eleven eventually achieved this. The remainder of the field then fought it out for that last place in the championship Final. richard and cajelgan’t were drawn midway through the field for the jump-off, richard had seen four double clears produced before him. Knowing that a quick double clear would put him into a strong position, richard steered cajelgan’t round the jump-off course quickly and accurately to deliver a double clear in just 38.82 seconds, a time which was to give him nearly three seconds in hand over his nearest rival. Second place went to 23-year-old Helena Gurdin from dorking on her own 13-year-old dark bay ultimate Flying dutchman. Helena and her ride were drawn last to go in the jump off and they used their draw wisely, producing a solid round to cross the finish line with a double clear in 41.66 seconds. Sarah burgess, 18, from epsom took third place with her own eight-year-old brown gelding miracle jack. This combination stopped the clock in 41.73 seconds to secure not only their place in the top three, but also a place in the championship Final. an additional nine combinations also went on to achieve their qualification for the dodson & Horrell 0.95cm national amateur championship Final.

Gemma Sayers

Gemma Sayers from Hook in Hampshire rode her own eight-yearold grey gelding, Kingdom cruise, to win the 1.10m dodson & Horrell national amateur Second round hosted by bury Farm equestrian club in buckinghamshire on Sunday 14th September, qualifying for the amateur championships at aintree. building on their performance in the 1.05m second round Gemma and Kingdom cruise took the victory in this 1.10m qualifier after producing a quick but careful jump-off round in 49.32 seconds. Right: Gemma Sayers and Kingdom Cruise

Locals have an amazing time at Wales & West End of Season Derby Show 26th – 28th September 2014 • Pictures courtesy of David Broome Event Centre


onica ballard scooped two derby titles and was runner-up in a third on board her consistent mare, my amazing Grace, at the Wales & West end of Season derby Show. The pair opened their account with a fine second place behind Surrey’s Sam Holmes in the Senior 90cms derby on the second day of the show; they then topped the leader board in both the following day’s equivalent and Saturday’s Gwalia Packaging Group Senior 1.00m. Having beaten monica in the first of the Senior 90cms derbies, Sam and his mount Sea breeze had to settle for third place in Sunday’s class. Tamara Vernon, also from Surrey, headed the first of the Gwalia Packaging Group-sponsored Senior 1.10m derbies on board her own Graf Truly.

Monica Ballard and My Amazing Grace, won a 90cm Derby and Gwalia Packaging Group 1m Derby

Sam Holmes and Sea Breeze, first 90cm Derby

Tamara Vernon and Graf Truly, first Gwalia Packaging Group 1.10m Derby

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e all know that sensitive riding is key to achieving harmony with our horses, but sometimes a specific combination of horse and rider needs a little extra help when it comes to achieving ‘brakes’ when hunting or cross country schooling. Please note, the bits and nosebands detailed below are described separately and are not necessarily used in combination with each other - we are simply detailing some of the products available to riders. A ‘stronger’ bit works best with a kinder noseband such as a plain cavesson, and vice versa, and the advice of an experienced instructor should always be sought.

Nosebands with an ‘action’

Always make sure your noseband is right for the horse in question, and be sure to fit it carefully – it is better to have it too loose than too tight, generally, as in the latter case, it may rub or even disrupt the horse’s breathing.

Flash This was originally invented so a standing martingale could be attached to the cavesson part of the noseband. The flash noseband allows flexibility, as the separate flash strap The flash can be removed for less noseband demanding ridden work. prevents a horse The flash helps prevent a opening his horse opening his mouth too mouth too wide wide, and it also helps keep a jointed loose ring snaffle central in the horse’s mouth. The flash strap fastens below the bit, and needs to be fitted tightly enough to prevent the horse opening or crossing his mouth; it should have one finger’s width between the strap and the horse’s nose.

Grackle This is effective at preventing the horse from crossing his jaw. The grackle fastens higher on the head than a drop or flash noseband, and should have one finger’s width between the strap and the horse’s face. The leather circle where the sections ‘meet’ should be on the centre front of the nose, with the top straps just below the facial bones, to avoid rubbing. Allow at least a finger’s width between top and bottom straps and the horse’s jaw.

Achieving ‘brakes’ By Stephen Biddlecombe of

which spread the pressure over many points, discouraging the horse from leaning on it. It also promotes mouthing and salivation, and is usually worn ¼” - ½” longer than your traditional mouthpiece, in order to curl around the horse’s lips and maximise the effect. There are many cheekpieces available - for example, the Bombers Bit Waterford Pelham introduces poll pressure, as well as creating leverage on the mouthpiece, and has an RRP of £106.33 (exc VAT).

Buster Roller A mild bit that is still good for achieving ‘brakes’ is the Buster Roller from Bombers Bits - the link in the middle has a width of 40mm, maximising bar and tongue pressure, making the bit sharper than many conventional link bits. The increased pressure on the bars will lift the horse’s head, and the roller will increase pressure on the tongue, encouraging the horse to tuck the chin in. It is best suited for a horse with a low head carriage that leans on the bit, and again comes in a variety of cheekpieces. The ‘kindest’ of all the cheekpieces in the Bombers range would be the loose ring, priced The Buster Roller Loose Ring, pictured, maximises bar and £51.33 (exc tongue pressure, and encourages the horse to tuck the chin in VAT]. These products are all available at

Bits that can aid control

A horse that may be described as needing extra ‘brakes’ is usually objecting to continuous pressure by exhibiting one or more of the following traits: pulling its head down, pulling the reins out of the rider’s hands, tucking its head against its chest and getting behind the bit, or pulling against the rider’s contact. A stronger bit works best with a kinder noseband – this horse wears a plain cavesson with a loose ring snaffle

Waterford The Waterford mouthpiece has many smooth flexible bumps

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Leonnie Jones and Bellatrix III won 0.95cm Dodson & Horrell Second Round

Leonnie Jones wins the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm Second Round


eonnie Jones, aged 33 from Haywards Heath, West Sussex rode Bellatrix III, a seven-year-old black mare owned by James Johnson to win the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round hosted by Sparsholt College Equine Centre in Winchester, Hampshire on Saturday 18th October, qualifying for the final at Aintree. Of the nineteen starters coming forward for the twelve qualifying places, only nine jumped clear in the first round to go through to the jump off. The jump-off then saw seven secure a double clear, with all of the competitors picking up a qualifying place in the Championship final. The penultimate combination to go in the jump-off, Leonnie and Bellatrix III gained their double clear in 33.58 seconds ensuring the victory was theirs. Second place went to 23-yearold Bex Foster from Hook, Hampshire and she took her a top two spot on her own six-yearold chestnut mare Ruby Tuesday XII. Their double clear was secured in 34.01 seconds. Third place went to Lana-Mai Couzens, 25, from Rowlands Castle, Hampshire with her own eight-year-old piebald gelding Peeping Tom. Delivery of a double clear in 34.51 seconds ensured the combination a top threeplacing, and also a spot in the Championship Final.

Showjumping at Parwood Equestrian Centre Sunday 19th October 2014 Pictures by Peter Blackman

Abby Weller, NAF Shining Star

Abby Weller wins NAF Shining Star Award Fifteen-year-old Abby Weller from Canterbury won the NAF Shining Star for October as a result of the commitment and advances that she has shown during her time as a member of the British Showjumping Kent Junior Academy. Abby was nominated for the award by Junior Academy Lead Coach, Chris Moyce, who had the following to say about his nominee: “Abby started riding Prima Barnaby (Midnight) in April this year and has worked really hard to build a relationship with her. Their time at the academy sessions has made a huge impact in their performance and they have gone from jumping 0.75m to 1.00m. She was also selected to compete for the Junior Academy at the Interacademy show at Weston Lawns where she helped the team finish in third place and she also finished fifth individually.” Abby has been a member of British Showjumping since August 2014, and upon hearing that she had won this month’s award, a delighted Abbey said: “I was pleased and surprised to hear that I had won, I would like to thank Chris Moyce for nominating me. I joined the junior academy for the training opportunities that are available to me.”

Natascha Whitehead and Bloxham Dece Eleven, first British Novice

Marion Gore and Mazton Spring Time, first 90cm Open

Charlotte Uden and Valdi Vee, first 1.05m Open

Localrider Magazine South East British Showjumping Club Leagues Rider Name

Horse Name


Horse 70cm Francis Howard ....... J J DIAMOND II ............................. 28 Arabella Myles ........ CORHA SUPREME ......................... 15 Horse 80cm Francis Howard ....... J J DIAMOND II ............................. 30 Paris Johnson .......... MALIN ROSE ................................. 13 Arabella Myles ........ CORHA SUPREME ......................... 10 Pony 80cm Lilly Vine ................. KNOCKRAHEEN THIBAULT ............ 12

For more information on Club Shows and how you can take part visit Sam Matson riding Beverly Smalldridge’s Larina II, first 1m Open

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre is holding Club Shows on Saturday 6th December and Saturday 17th January.

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FEATURE Pics by Julian Portch and E.S Photography

Winners Explain Why They Need Muscle Power!

Nicole Pavitt on her way to the Newcomers title at HOYS believes Equitop Myoplast helps her horses perform

By Hannah Dyball

When a horse is worked, its muscle protein is turned over at a faster rate and the need for amino acids is greater. Muscle tissue experiences low-level stress damage during exercise and training, which the body works to repair. For horses in competition and training or those resuming exercise after a period of rest, amino acids are more critical than ever, helping to support muscle condition and growth, as well as the tissue turnover process.

Trevor Breen celebrates winning The Hickstead Derby


f there is one thing all horse owners desire it is to improve and maintain their horse’s condition, whatever its discipline, workload and state of fitness. A balanced diet combining adequate forage will maintain your horse to a good degree but there will be times in every horse’s life and career when condition is lost and muscle needs rebuilding. The market offers a wide range of supplements specifically for this purpose but choosing the right one is important. Two of the world’s top riders explain what they use and why. International show jumper and Hickstead Derby winner Trevor Breen commented: “We have been using Equitop Myoplast for the last few years on all our horses from 4 year olds to 5* Grand Prix horses. It allows the horse to put on more muscle in a shorter space of time. The results have spoken for themselves when you look at the horses in our yard. Thanks Equitop Myoplast for a super product that actually does the job.” Supporting the muscle growth and repair process is vital in performance horses, whether they race, show, event or jump, horses that are returning to work following a period of rest or convalescence, and older horses that are struggling to maintain condition. To achieve this, your horse relies on “essential amino acids,” which are needed to support protein production in the body.

How is muscle developed? Muscle is protein, made up of chains of amino acids. It is useful to think of these as the building blocks or raw ingredients needed for muscle renewal, repair and healing. Horses can produce some amino acids themselves, but need to derive these essential ones from their diet. Without them, the muscle turnover process isn’t supported and condition cannot be improved.

Another winning show jumper who believes in the benefits of this product is Nicole Pavitt who won this year’s Newcomers at HOYS. She says: “Equitop Myoplast is amazing for overall condition and enhances muscle development and maintenance.”

Veterinary recommendation Equitop Myoplast also has veterinary recommendation. Vet John Cousins, BVsc MRCVS, from online equine retailer explains: “These essential amino acids help to build lean muscle mass in horses with diminished top line and condition, without causing weight gain through the unnecessary inclusion of oils or fats. It can be a huge aid to recovery from injury and also benefit performance and appearance.” Ultimately the proof will come from customer opinion and it certainly seems to live up to the marketing. 93% of users would recommend the product and it receives 5 star reviews from customers at VioVet. Recommended by a number of top performance riders, Equitop Myoplast provides readily available, easily digestible ingredients that form an essential part of the horse’s diet. Regular use of the supplement has been shown to facilitate healthy muscle growth, in turn improving Win a lesson with strength, speed, stamina, and overall champion showjumper, condition. Nicole Pavitt courtesy of Purchase Equitop Myoplast online All purchases of from retailers including, Equitop Myoplast until who are ranked the UK’s number 1 31st January will be online retailer by Trustpilot, the entered automatically. consumer ratings site. Visit Terms and conditions apply, and search see online for details. for Myoplast for more information.


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Spud and Margret Whatt, pictured out hunting with Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Foxhounds Pic by Ginni Beard

Laura Powell writes...

It has been a quiet month competition wise, with just a couple of outings, most recently I went to the monthly British Dressage Show at Eaglesfield. It’s midweek, on a Tuesday and I am pleased to say it was the busiest I’ve seen it. It’s very handy for me in the winter being 15 minutes down the road and gives me the ideal opportunity to practise riding within the white boards through the winter and on the plus side, we’re sheltered from the elements with it being indoors. I only had two entered for the Prelim, Nessa and a new ride Jagermeister A. The latter is a big warmblood, who was in to sell and an absolute pleasure to do and ride having been produced by Tom Dymond for much of his life. This was proved when he scored an impressive 75.5% for second place (by a whisker!). Nessa meanwhile didn’t disappoint with fourth place also breaking the 70% barrier. She’s finally starting to manage her engine. Talking of Nessa I appear to have hit the teenage stage and she is beginning to mature into the athlete I hoped she would be. She is now a professional traveller and was very happy to stand alone, silently on the lorry while I taught a group of Pony Club members cross-country at Lodge Farm. She then popped round the course, bold as a lion and straight as a die and it was only her second time cross country. Producing a homebred from day one to competition level is never straightforward. When Nessa was eight-weeks-old she jumped (slid) over a five bar gate and last year she had an operation for colic. I have factored all this into her work and was keen for the ‘Back Man’, Roy Coles to look at her. I expected her to be disconnected, which was an understatement. However, after her treatment and with her engine fully running, I now have a replica of Daisy (her dam). And Nessa can now leap, buck, rear

Laura working her homebred Nessa at home and twist! Especially if she happens to have a pole down and it’s not her fault. I’m about to dig out my handle! Other news is that Spud has settled in to his new career as a hunt horse like a duck to water. He is proving to be a good asset to the hunt and is about to start earning his keep as a hiring. He was always on a diet when I was eventing him to keep him super lean, but now he can eat as many calories as he wants as he’s working them off with the amount of hunting he’s doing and he completely loves it.

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Turnouts &

Winter Rugs As the temperature falls it is time to start thinking about heavyweight rugs that will keep your horse warm on even the coldest day. The size, breed and workload of your horse will determine the type of rug your horse needs this winter. This month we have been testing a wonderful selection of rugs with varying levels of insulation, as well as fixed and detachable neck covers.

Herbb Body Hugger The Herbb “Body Hugger” offers a new pioneering approach to rugging your horse. It is made using a Registered Design, which was inspired by a horse, who showed by his very actions, he wanted a rug which was more comfortable, more forgiving and of higher quality. The “Body Hugger” is suitable for all breeds of horse and offers the perfect layer to go against the horse’s skin. It acts as a multi-functional under rug, which can be used under stable or turnout rugs or on its own. Sizes: 4’0” – 7’3” RRP: from £29.99 + p&p LR Comment: Every horse should have a Herbb Body Hugger. The made to measure rug fits perfectly, doesn’t slip and looks great. When I called to order my rug, the person I spoke to was helpful and eager to make sure everything was perfect with my rug, I just had difficulty choosing which colour!

Horseware Rambo Original Turnout Made from waterproof and breathable 1000D ballistic nylon: the strongest and most durable turnout material on the market. The lining is anti-static and anti-bacterial with thermobonded fibrefill for longer lasting heat retention. Cut to Horseware’s classic original cut with classic double front closures and cross surcingles as standard. This iconic rug has been available since 1985. Colour: Green/Red Sizes: 5’6” – 7’3” RRP: £230.00 LR Comment: This rug is beautifully made from amazingly strong fabric, making it very robust. I particularly liked the strong fittings and fluorescent strips. This is a great rug for larger boned horses.

WeatherBeeta Genero 1200D Combo Heavy The WeatherBeeta Genero 1200D Combo Heavy provides great value, quality and waterproof protection for winter. It is made from a tough 1200 Denier outer shell with Ripstop that helps control and limit tears. It is waterproof and breathable, with 360g of warm fill. The 210 Denier Polyester lining will help to keep your horse’s coat clean and shiny Plus there is a tail flap for protection and adjustable twin chests straps and adjustable web leg straps. Colours: New Grey/Blue, New Navy/Hunter, New Purple/Taupe and Red/Navy Size: 5’6 to 7’0 in New Grey/Blue in New Purple/Taupe 5’6 to 7’3 in New Navy/Hunter and Red/Navy RRP: £74.99 LR Comment: This is a great all-round rug that offers fantastic value for money.

Horseware Rambo Stable 200g

Whitaker Turnout Rug

Made from strong and durable 1000D ripstop polyester outer, with microfibre lining and thermobonded fibre fill, it is an extremely tough stable rug. The soft microfibre lining keeps your horse warm and comfortable in the stable.

The new Whitaker 200g Turnout Rug will keep your horse warm whilst out in the field on colder days and can be made in to a combo rug when purchased with the R051 200g Whitaker hood. This turnout rug features a tall shoulder gusset on both sides to allow for greater freedom of movement and the adjustable chest and belly surcingles ensure the best fit to your horse.

Colours: Dark Brown and Black Sizes: 5’6” – 7’3” RRP: £80.00 LR Comment: This rug is perfect for late autumn and early winter, when the temperature doesn’t drop that much at night. It is beautifully made, extremely smart and fits perfectly.

Colour: Navy with yellow piping Sizes: 5’6” – 6’9” RRP: £90.00 LR Comment: This is a great rug for mild winter days. It is lightweight, yet warm and offers the horse plenty of freedom to move.

MASTA Turnoutmasta XT 350

Mark Todd Heavyweight Combo Turnout Rug

The new 600 denier Turnoutmasta by Masta, is a thermal rug, which is super tough and extremely resilient. The rug contains 350g of filling, to provide warmth on those cold winter nights. The fixed neck section incorporates reinforced internal webbing, for added durability. Made to a generous S shaped self-righting pattern with shoulder gussets, to achieve a great fit.

This popular, top quality turnout has a smart, Teflon coated, 1200 denier ripstop polyester outer shell, plus a warm 350g insulation layer and a nylon lining that leaves the coat shiny. Waterproof and breathable, the rug gives total protection from the elements, even when grazing thanks to the extra long integral neck cover which is gusseted at the wither, allowing the horse to extend his neck freely. Other design features include shoulder pleats, cross surcingles, removable leg straps, quick release adjustable breast fastenings, a generous pleated tail flap with reflective strip and reflective stitching on the binding.

Colour: Black/Steel Sizes: 4’6” – 7’3” RRP: £106.49 Neck cover: £51.59

Colours: Navy Plaid or new Grey Plaid Sizes: 5’6” to 7’0” RRP: £144.99

LR Comment: The Turnoutmasta has unique clips at the front, which look good and keep the rug safely in position, but release quickly. I liked the generous shoulder pleats, which are good if you have a larger horse.

LR Comment: This is a fantastic rug, it fits well and offers great protection from the cold. I love the combo design with integrated hood and it has been designed to give the horse plenty of movement and freedom over the withers and neck while grazing. Great colours (when not covered in mud) and good value for money too.

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Some other clever ideas... Warm an’ Dry These simple, but effective footwear warmers dry out all kinds of boots and shoes including wellingtons, giving you warm dry footwear to put on the next morning after a wet day out. They dry out all kinds of boots and shoes, you just place a cylinder in each boot or shoe, pushing them well down towards the toes, plug into the mains, switch on and you will have comfortable dry footwear in a matter of hours or overnight. All electrical components used are to BSI standard specifications. The cylinders do not function by direct heat, but by warming the air around them inside the boots or shoes. Therefore there is no harm done to the footwear because they dry out gradually, which prevents cracking. LR Comment: I found the Warm an’ Dry very effective if I placed them in the right part of the boots. Definitely worth a try if you would like toasty boots every time you go outside this winter.

Bucas Power Turnout The Bucas Power Turnout Extra is made from a tough waterproof, breathable Ballistic nylon outer which offers protection against the elements, as well as offering superb heat reflection through an aluminium coating and silver outer. The technology of this rug means that the heat is either retained or reflected so extending the temperature range at which it can be used - the intelligent system gets the perfect temperature at both low and high temperature ranges from -25°c to +15°c. The Bucas unique Stay-dry lining fabric helps wick away all moisture, ensuring that your horse is dry and comfortable even if you put the rug onto a wet horse. Extra padding around the front of the rug, shoulder darts and a soft nylon area around the shoulder area offer freedom of movement and comfort whilst helping to prevent rubbing. Colour: Silver with Navy Trim Sizes: 5’0” – 7’0” RRP: £219.00 LR Comment: This is an extremely warm, yet lightweight rug. It fitted well and I liked the added Velcro strip at the front which protects the patented fastenings. The addition of the separate neck cover gives the rug flexibility to be used differently as required. This is the perfect rug for horses which really feel the cold.

John Whitaker 350g Combo Rug The John Whitaker Full Neck Combo rug has a 350g fibre fill and Teflon coated outer to help keep your horse warm in cold winter conditions. It has a fully detachable hood turning this Combo Rug in to a regular turnout rug when the hood is removed. The pleated Union Jack gussets, fully adjustable double surcingle straps and d-ring clasps across the chest help to make this rug a comfortable fit for your horse. Colour: Navy with white piping Sizes: 5’6” – 6’9” RRP: £140.00 LR Comment: This is an extremely smart rug, with fun Union Jack shoulder pleats. It is well priced and has the added benefit of a detachable neck cover, which simply zips into place when needed. Unlike many detachable neck covers, this one comes complete with the rug. I liked the fittings, particularly at the front, where there is a panel, which velcros across, giving the rug extra strength and protection.

We also like… Kensington Rugs ‘Platinum Collection’ The Kensington Rugs ‘Platinum Collection’ is exclusively available through online retailers Shadow Horse. This new generation of rug is made from intelligent fabric, which ensures that they can be worn comfortably in both hot and cold temperatures from -6°C to 22°C, dependent on which of the two versions you choose. The rugs are made from 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon, are fully lined and have a detachable neck cover. Colour: Teal with Black & Silver trim Sizes: 5’9” to 7’3” Medium weight rug: £155 Heavyweight rug: £170 (neck cover available at £75)

Glamourati’s ‘glitter tattoos for horses’ Glamourati’s ‘glitter tattoos for horses’ allows designs, logos and text to be applied to horses for decoration and marketing. Glamourati has developed a new quartermarking process which allows intricate designs, logos and text to be easily applied to horses using a specially formulated adhesive, glitter and stencil. The unique and patent-pending method of application means that no artistic skill is required and all manner of designs can easily be applied to short-haired or clipped horses and last up to two weeks. Glamourati’s founder, Sally Rees, says: “As well as this being a fun and decorative product, we can convert most logos and team names into the special adhesive stencils we use, allowing quartermarking to effectively become ‘quartermarketing’. RRP from £19.99 LR Comment: The kit arrived in a beautiful presentation with box with easy to follow instructions. The stencil is easy to apply and stayed in place, whilst I first applied the adhesive and then the glitter. The kit makes a fun present for children and I can also see it being popular for events requiring glitter effects, such as costume competitions.

C10 SiMPLEFEEDER SiMPLEFEEDER is an exceptional aid to improving your horse’s welfare through frequent feeding. It automatically dispenses what you want when you want it and the unit can be easily mounted on external walls or bars. The concept behind SiMPLEFEEDER is to provide each horse a feeding regime, which replicates as close as possible its natural feeding environment. With SiMPLEFEEDER the horse has a greater number of daily feed times, each containing a smaller quantity of feed, than previously fed. This enables trainers, breeders and owners to more closely mimic a horse’s natural grazing behaviour, allowing owners to tend to their horses as and when they require – saving time and money.

Benefits Convenience: Feed when you want, not only when you are there. Great for early/late feeds after competition. Plus early feed times ensure that when you arrive at the stable, your horse has digested its feed and is ready to be exercised. Labour Savings: Reduces labour cost at feeding time and reduces need for overtime Reliability: Know when and how much your horse is being fed Weight Gain: Feed more often for better feed utilization Help Reduce Vices: Feeding more often will help with weaving, cribbing and other stall vices and give you a calmer horse Ulcer Control: Feeding less feed, more often is recommended to help reduce the potential for ulcers. SiMPLEFEEDER allows up to eight feeding times per 24 hours, in precise, pre-determined amounts using an automated timer mechanism. This enables accurate monitoring of the individual horse’s appetite and feeding pattern, as well as enabling owners to vary feeding times and amounts. or LR Comment: I initially tried this feeder for my old pony that needed to be fed little and often, but have since used for other horses on my yard. Not only can I feed my horse up to eight times a day, thus meaning he doesn’t tend to box walk and wreck his stable as much, it also means that I do not need to be up at the crack of dawn to feed prior to a competition. Once tried I think everyone would agree that every yard and every horse should have one.

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Courville BZ tops the leaderboard

Sam Evans and Toptimist Utopia receiving their prize from Lorraine Meadowcroft of Equestrian


Catriona Kerruish and Courville B Z

urrey-based event rider Catriona Kerruish’s horse, Corville B Z headed the British Eventing Foundation points League for horses, tying for first place with Alyson Parker’s JJ Malone. Just two points separated the leading three. Both Catriona Kerruish’s Courville B Z and Alyson Parker’s JJ Malone finish the season on 158 points, the latter picking up a crucial two points on the last weekend of the season, at Aldon. Hard on their heels was Jo Boggon’s Goodluck Jonathon on 156. This pair finished the season in fine style, winning on the last weekend at Norton Disney, having already won 22 points in October.

All rankings and league tables can be found in full on

Sofia triumphs at U18 Regional Championships Pictures by Fiona Scott-Maxwell and Matt Nuttall Sixteen-year-old Sofia Sjoborg, from London, was the triumphant winner of the U18 Regional Championship Three Day Event at Weston Park Horse Trials, which were held in Staffordshire, 9-12th October. The Championship, which is generously sponsored by KBIS British Equestrian Insurance, is made up of entries from eight regions across the country, all of whom put forward up to ten riders who have qualified throughout the season as part of British Eventing’s successful under 18 Youth Programme. Sofia Sjoborg and Representing the South-East region Sofia, who Contessa, U18 Champions was riding her own 14-year-old mare Contessa, produced two fault free rounds in the show jumping and cross country phases to add nothing to her impressive dressage score of 43.70 to clinch the individual title. She also enjoyed success in the CCI1* (three day international) section, finishing seventh aboard her own second ride DHI Mighty Dwight.

Third for the team

The BE South East Junior team of Sofia Sjoborg, Chloe Mariani, Ailsa Wates and Sophie Brooks finished in third position. Two of the team are members of Lord Leconfield branch of the Pony Club, 15-year-old Chloe Mariani riding Dumbleton who finished 14th individually and 16-year-old Ailsa Wates, who rode Vermute Pera Manca to finish 17th. Guy Prest, Managing Director of KBIS who are in their ninth year of sponsorship of the series commented: “The Under Eighteen Championships here are such an important foundation for future riders in the sport. It is an experience they will remember forever, whether they continue up the ranks or if this remains their only international competition, we know it is a hugely important achievement to have come this far.” He also complimented the efforts of the Organising team at Weston: “They have gone to really huge lengths to put on a fantastic event with lots of positive new changes for this year, and as ever the course was a wonderful challenge over fantastic going.” Chloe Mariani and Dumbleton

Ailsa Wates and Vermute Pera Manca

Sophie Brooks and Tullibards Nimbus

Championship win for Samantha Working sheep farmer, Sam Evans and her 14-year-old Toptimist Utopia aka TipTop secured a convincing win in the BRC BE80(T) Championships at Brooksby Melton College Horse Trials. Based at Warnford in Hampshire, Sam and the 16.1hh, bay gelding have had a rollercoaster of a few years together with Sam working hard to cement a solid relationship and foundation with the dressage bred Tip-Top. “We have been together five-anda-half years but it has been far from plain sailing,” said Sam. “He is bred for dressage, his sire is Krack C who is an Olympic gold medallist and he was originally bought as a potential top class dressage horse, but his temperament couldn’t cope with the pressure. I was introduced to him by friends and feel really fortunate that despite his issues we have learned so much together. Our aim was to initially go show jumping but he just couldn’t deal with the pressure and would stop, run out or spin round. I was about to give up on him when I found a new instructor in Alison Smith who took us right back to basics and for six months we just concentrated on flatwork. After a while Alison started suggesting we have a go at a BE80(T) competition but I took a lot of persuading. We started with major problems at any water complex but thanks to patience and a lot of water schooling he now loves it and some of our best results have been in the pouring rain and mud.” A member of Meon Riding Club, Sam’s season started off with a win at Bovington qualifying them for the sponsored Championship. Added Sam: “We are now competing at BE90 level and our aim is the Badminton Grass Roots championship which would be just amazing. I would encourage anyone to have a go starting with BE80(T), it is a brilliant way to join the competition scene and has done so much for me and Tip-Top. “He has gone from a worried dressage horse to one who now chills out in a field of sheep in the week and then goes eventing at the weekend – what a star he really is.”

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GIVEAWAYS £200 of Mark Todd Rugs


The Mark Todd Collection is giving one lucky winner the opportunity to choose rugs worth up to £200. With such variety across the Mark Todd range for horses, ponies, foals and even dogs, your beloved animals could soon be wrapped up snug and warm for the winter.

Aloeride Aloeride is a natural organic aloe vera supplement on the market which alongside daily grooming and good hygiene practices can help maintain healthy skin and hooves and encourage a shiny coat from the inside out. Aloeride not only helps to promote healthy skin, condition hooves, encourage great coat shine and glossy locks, but also supports the immune system as well –another key factor to consider over the winter months.

Three winners will each win one box of 30 sachets.


Mountain Horse Winter Stable Jodhpur

Mountain Horse’s classic and popular Stable Jodhpur boot with a cosy winter lining. This great everyday working boot is packed with features for day-long comfort including a forged steel shank, Mountain Horse’s shock-absorbing system in the heel, ergonomically-designed removable EVA insole and a warm pile lining - all to help keep you on your feet.


It has a full grain leather upper and is available in brown, sizes 36-44. Please indicate your shoe size on the entry form.

There are five pages of wonderful prizes to be won and all you have to do is complete the entry form on page 47 and return it before the closing date of 31st January 2015. Good Luck!



BACK ON TRACK® Mesh Rug All Back on Track products are made from advanced Welltex® fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infrared heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury.

Idolo Tether Tie


The Idolo Tether Tie is a knotless tying system, that uses pressure/ release. It can be used to tie any horse, but is particularly good for retraining horses that pull back. It is available in eight fabulous colours and is very strong and durable. The Idolo Tether Tie comes complete with easy to use instructions and an easy clip to attach it to the tie ring on your wall, stable or horsebox and can be used with any lead rope.

The Mesh Rug is great for use when travelling, either on its own in the summer months or under another rug in colder weather. The rug can be used both prior to exercise and afterwards, to help the muscles recuperate. Please confirm your horse’s rug size on the entry form.


A Pallet of Verdo Horse Bedding


Verdo Horse Bedding is a clever heat-treated wood pellet product, created for equine use. When a small amount of water is added to the bag a regeneration process is activated and within 15 minutes, you are ready to empty the open bags out into the stable floor and create a soft fluffy and dry bed ready for your equine friend! Because the pellets are sourced from 100% virgin soft wood and heat treated to eliminate pests and bacteria, you can rest assured that your horse is sleeping on only the best and it’s good to know that it also contains a low dust content too. One lucky winner will win a pallet of bedding – that could be enough bedding for a whole year! DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Localrider 43

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GIVEAWAYS Equetech Mursely Gilet


The new Equetech Mursely Gilet is a flattering quilted gilet that will take you through the seasons with ease. Wear with long sleeves and layers with the extended collar worn up for those cold autumn and winter days and short sleeves and the collar down for milder weather. Water resistant with wind proof properties, this gilet has a generous cosy ‘down-feel’ inner offering exceptional warmth yet with an easy care, machine washable label. Attention to detail features throughout, from the country plaid lining, the handy chest zip chest pocket, two way front pouch pockets with both side and top access, generous two way zip with internal storm flap, contrast piping and a clinch brass buckle effect elasticated belt to compliment your curves.

Bossy’s Under Rug The Bossy’s Under Rug incorporates their existing top selling bib with an extension in the same fabric to provide total body cover. It forms a protective layer between the top rug and the hair, preventing rubs and leaving a shiny coat. The Under Rug also helps to prevent the build-up of grease and grime on your rugs. It is simple to fit and fully machine washable. Please indicate your preferred size on the entry form. TWO TO BE GIVEN AWAY!

Likit Christmas Starter Kit The Likit Starter Kit is ideal for those wanting to try these innovative products for the first time. The lucky winners will also receive a Likit Selection Box packed with goodies for your horse, Likit Snaks and a Snak-a-Ball which encourages natural foraging behaviour and slows feed consumption rates.

Sizes: XS – XL. Colours: Black/Tan & Fir Green/Tan Please confirm your preferred colour and size on the entry form.


Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a tasty twist on an old favourite, with just one thing missing – the added sugar! It’s still a complete feed with no need for any extras and has the same nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help keep horses and ponies looking and feeling fabulous, and their feet in great condition. Featuring a splash of oil to replace the molasses, Healthy Hooves Molasses Free contains just 2.5 per cent sugar, which is found naturally in the fibrous ingredients, and starch levels are extremely low, at just 1.5 per cent. These low levels – less than any other complete fibre feed on the market – make Healthy Hooves Molasses Free the safest option today for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. Its high-fibre content helps to deliver efficient gut function and provides plenty of energy for horses and ponies at rest or in light work. The feed, which is approved by the Laminitis Trust, also promotes improved hoof growth and quality hoof horn when fed at the recommended levels. Ten winners will each win one bag of Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free.

Equine Speedskip

Hiho Silver Bracelets

When removing manure from the stable, it is essential to have the right tools for the job. The Speedskip’s innovative rake design makes it possible to be highly selective at removing only the manure, dramatically reducing the amount of bedding removed. As the cost of bedding continues to rise, a tool which can save good bedding material ending up on the muck heap will quickly pay for itself.

Hiho Silver is giving away two stunning bracelets. The first is the new Exclusive Pearl & Sterling Silver Snaffle Bracelet. Made by the Hiho team in Somerset, it combines Hiho’s most popular ranges (Pearls and Snaffles) with gold plated beads.


Also, if you clear your paddocks of manure, the rake does not get tangled up in long grass and makes it easy to collect even small particles. Colours: Black, blue, green, red and purple. Please indicate your preferred colour on the entry form.


Soxtrot Socks The unique Soxtrot socks, worn and loved by riders right across America, are now available here in the UK. They’re made from a lightweight, stretch, durable fabric which is cool in summer and surprisingly warm in winter perfect for wearing under boots.


PK Saddlecloth The PK Saddlecloth is a quilted saddle pad, which is comfortable and well fitted for the horse.

Hiho is also giving a Sterling Silver Snaffle Bracelet worth £105. Featuring scaled down eggbutt snaffles, this piece is instantly recognisable (and instantly loved) by any equestrian who see it.


They look great when you take your boots off, coming in over 100 jazzy designs (checks, stripes, spots, plain colours, florals, paisleys, animal prints and even denim designs, cartoon strips, stars and stripes, and oranges!) They make perfect presents! EIGHT TO BE Great for guys and girls. One adult size fits all. GIVEN Child/teen and ankle also available. AWAY!

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EquiAmi Lunge Aid

Toggi Grafton Jacket

The EquiAmi Lunge Aid fits horses ranging from 13 hands to 17 hands. It comes complete with a fully illustrated booklet and DVD and hangs up in its neat hessian bag. It is perfect for a gymnastic workout for competition horses as well as for rehabilitation, retraining or a gentle workout for your veteran. With user testimonials from top riders, vets and therapists it is the perfect addition to any yard. Designed and made in England. ONE TO BE GIVEN AWAY!

The wonderfully cosy padded Grafton jacket features a water repellent finish to keep the jacket looking fabulous for longer. With a luxurious detachable fake fur collar and sumptuous floral lining, Grafton brings a gorgeous touch of Christmas glamour.


Colours: Chocolate, Claret. Sizes: 8-20

Magnetic Warmwick Quarter Sheet The Harpley Magnetic Warmwick Quarter Sheet is made in England, from a high quality three layer fabric. The two thermal outer knitted layers sandwich polypropylene fibres in a padded quilted pattern. The Warmwick Quarter Sheet wicks moisture away.

Please indicate your preferred colour and size on the entry form.

There are 2 rows of strong 2000 gause ‘rare earth’ Neodymium magnets placed on each side of the spine. This helps with the warming-up process, before exercise or at shows or events where you are waiting for classes to start. It also helps with the cooling off and relaxing process after exercise. This is a stylish and smart quarter sheet, which sits just behind the saddle keeping the hind quarter muscles warm. It fastens to the girth straps with quick release velcro and can be quickly removed without having to unsaddle.


Equine Answers Calma

Gemosi Horse Hair Jewellery Gift Certificate

Equine Answers Calma uses a unique formulation of neutraceuticals and special calming herbs. It has long been recognised that supplementing magnesium to a horse’s diet can have a marked effect on temperament. It is thought that “fizziness” from spring grass is actually a lack of magnesium in the rapidly growing grass. In formulating Calma Equine Answers have used the very best forms of absorbable magnesium in Magnesium Aspartate and Magnesium AAC. They have found that combining these two high quality forms of magnesium with their secret calming has produced an effective calmer for horses.


The perfect way to celebrate a treasured equine friendship since passed, or as a clear expression of the love and partnership between a loved one and their favourite horse, custom made horse hair jewellery from Gemosi is a gift that will be treasured like no other.

Thermal Bundle from Hot Togs


Hot Togs is giving away one Thermal Bundle containing a pair of Ultra Thermal Leggings for ladies, a pair of Nude Thermal Leggings, a pair of Knee Length Thermal Socks and a pair of Thermolite Socks. Both pairs of leggings have a close fit thanks to the Spandex they contain and sit beautifully under jodhpurs and breeches…the nude version is virtually invisible under white and beige ones. Both pairs of socks are snug with cushion soles and ribbed detail to ensure perfect positioning.

A beautiful selection of designs are available for you to choose from, with each Gemosi piece handmade to the highest standard, finished with sterling silver fastenings and presented in a luxury gift box. Gemosi gift certificates are a great Christmas Gift idea, allowing the lucky recipient to choose the design they love the most and avoiding the hassle of you trying to sneak cuttings of tail hair from your loved one’s horse. Two winners will each receive one Gemosi Horse Hair Jewellery Gift Certificates, worth €60! TWO TO BE GIVEN AWAY!

Please indicate your size on the entry form.

Absorbine Magic Cushion®

Fleck MyWhip

Hooflex Magic Cushion hoof packing is an efficient way to cool and cushion bruised soles and sore feet. Thermographic tests show that the all-natural formula starts working to reduce heat in hooves in just one hour and the cleaning and cushioning properties help to keep soles in good condition, even under pads.

Whips from the ‘My Whip’ collectioncan be personalised with your name or your horse’s name. Each whip in the range has a white writable surface so you can label with a marker pen as you so wish.

Hooflex Magic Cushion can be used on shod and barefoot horses. It’s sticky, spongy texture enables it to mould perfectly to the horse’s sole and on a shod horse Magic Cushion hoof packing will stay in place with just a covering of paper or shavings. For an unshod horse, apply in the same way and simply cover the entire hoof with self-adhesive wrap or a hoof boot. One application of FOUR Magic Cushion lasts up to 48 hours. TO BE GIVEN AWAY!

This jumping bat has the popular Delta Pro grip which provides comfort for a smooth ride.


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GIVEAWAYS Transition hoofboots for barefoot horses

Horslyx Rainbow Mixed Mini Gift Sets

The Easyboot Transition takes the best attributes of the most popular hoofboots, plus new technology, producing the industry’s ultimate hoofboot for barefoot horses. This is the ideal hoofboot to provide shock absorption to the equine hoof structures and limbs.

Mini Horslyx is a palatable, healthy treat containing three days of the essential nutrients to help maintain horse and pony health, from antioxidants to boost the immune system, to the unique healthy hooves formula contained in every Horslyx product. As well as being the perfect Christmas present or stocking filler, Mini Horslyx has a multitude of uses, including as an aid to catching, loading, clipping, stretching exercises, or distraction during routine visits such as shoeing and vaccinations.

Available in eight sizes; the ideal hoof boot for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week). Visit and search for ‘Transition’ to see an image of the boots’ size guide, which you will need to ascertain your preferred size, based on your horse’s hoof measurements, should you win. Please indicate your preferred size on the entry form.


This extremely lightweight helmet weighs from only 330g and is thought to be one of the lightest kitemarked helmets on TWO the market, which allows TO BE for no compromises. GIVEN The exxential helmet AWAY! combines outstanding ventilation with a moisture wicking, removeable, anti-allergenic, washable liner. The front vent openings feature a staggered multi-blade sliding system which means that with with one touch your personal ventilation system can be adjusted. Cool air is drawn and funnelled over the top of the head, in an active motion when the vents are open, through to the vents at the rear of the helmet. Each winner will also receive a pair of uvex ear warmers. The uvex ear warmers are simple to fit to the helmet, and are constructed in such a way that the rider’s hearing is not impaired, which is vital for their safety. Available in sizes: 52-55cm/2xs-xs, 55 – 57cm/s-m, 57-59cm/m-l. Colours: Black Matt, brown matt, grey matt, blue matt, titan degrade. Please indicate your preferred size and colour on the entry form.

Blue Chip Goodies All the Blue Chip balancers are whole-cereal and molasses free making them very low in sugar and starch and all include a complete hoof and respiratory formula, a natural, fruit-derived form of Vitamin E and the revolutionary ingredient Nucleotides. The range includes: Blue Chip Original, Blue Chip Pro, Blue Chip Lami Light and Blue Chip Original Native. Other products include: Blue Chip Dynamic, Blue Chip Joint RLF, Blue Chip Garliq, Blue Chip Karma, Blue Chip AppleCalm and CarrotCalm Syringes and Blue Chip Stallion SPM20.

Uvex Exxential Helmet



One winner will receive a Blue Chip Balancer of choice plus Blue Chip fleece ear warmers. One runner-up will receive a Blue Chip Supplement of choice plus Blue Chip ear warmers. 10 further runner-ups will each receive a £10 money off voucher.

LMEQ Schooling Vouchers

Nettex Tastlyx & Supalyx Horse & Pony

Built by the Willis Brothers of Badminton Horse Trials fame, the cross-country course at Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre in Reigate has something for every level of rider, from the tiniest fences to those suitable for the advanced eventer.

10 lucky winners will each receive a Christmassy Nettex Tastylyx three pack and a Supalyx Horse & Pony Original.

Five winners will each receive a voucher entitling them to one cross country schooling session at Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre.

The new Tastylyx treats from Nettex can be used to alleviate boredom during long periods of stabling, reducing the onset of stable vices. They are also great to reward your horse after exercise, for good behaviour, after a farrier or vet visit or just because you love them! Three flavours: Apple, Mint and Carrot flavours. A complete all round molasses based feed, vitamin and mineral feeding block, Supalyx Horse & Pony Original will supplement dietary requirements that are lacking in everyday feed and forage. Supalyx Horse & Pony Original blocks contain a complex blend of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and additives that are known to promote all round general health. Designed to be used in the field or stable, they are perfect for horses on box rest or placing in the field when grazing is sparse.


A pair of Original Cowboy Wellies from Talolo These high quality rubber wellingtons have cotton linings and cowboy boot styling, including small heel, shaped top and flattering fit. They’re ideal for time on the yard, walking the dog, trips to town and any other time you want look great and TWO stay dry. TO BE Talolo Boots’ Cowboy GIVEN Wellies are available in AWAY! four styles. Please indicate your preferred size on the entry form.

Berlei Padded Briefs Six winners will each receive one pair of nude, padded riding briefs designed for horse riding from Berlei and available exclusively at LessBounce. The engineered padding improves comfort in the saddle and the thin compressed edges prevent chaffing whilst also proving invisible under breeches and jodhpurs. They match the new Berlei Horse Riding Bra perfectly for a great equestrian underwear solution!


Available in sizes XS(6/8) - XL(16/18). Please indicate your preferred size on the entry form.

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Amphora Aromatics Winter Rescue Kits

From soothing hand creams, foot lotions and massage oils through to rejuvenating face creams, gels and organic body moisturisers, Amphora Aromatics Christmas gifts are packed with natural ingredients, combining a delicious mix of essential oils with traditional formulations. Winter Rescue is the perfect skin protection pack for lovers of the outdoors. It contains Lemon Thyme & Tea Tree Lip Balm (30ml) and Lavender & Chamomile Barrier Cream (60ml).


The WeatherBeeta Genero 1200D Combo Heavy The WeatherBeeta Genero 1200D Combo Heavy provides great value, quality and waterproof protection for winter. It is made from a tough 1200 Denier outer shell with Ripstop that helps control and limit tears. It is waterproof and breathable, with 360g of warm fill. The 210 Denier Polyester lining will help to keep your horse’s coat clean and shiny. Plus there is a tail flap for protection and adjustable twin chests straps and adjustable web leg straps. ONE Available in sizes 5’6” to 7’3”, please indicate your preferred size TO BE on the entry form. GIVEN AWAY!

Equisafety Gilet

Equerry Condition Cooler Mash

This elegantly fitted, quilted gilet is very flattering and comfortable to wear. Two hidden zips at the rear allow extension over the back of the saddle and the 2oz quilting gives the wearer warmth without overheating. A deep storm collar, with reflective piping around the top, is curved around the chin for extra comfort during inclement weather, but it can be folded down if not needed.

Equerry Condition Cooler Mash is a quick-soaking mash for horses that need to gain weight and condition. It is a ‘Non-Heating’ formula with low levels of starch and has a good level of protein for muscle development and topline.

All zips have easy grab pulls and the gilet comes with two large, waterproof front zipped pockets. Sizes: 10-16. Colours: Yellow, Pink and Orange

Highly-digestible fibre sources include sugar beet; while oil and linseed promote condition and a shiny coat. A high level of yeast promotes a healthy digestive system, with added vitamins and minerals including magnesium. Each product in the Equerry range benefits from generations of knowledge as it is manufactured by HJ Lea Oakes, one of the longest established independent animal feed manufacturers in Britain, dating back to 1675 where the Lea family began milling feeds to supply to the Cheshire farming community.

Please indicate your preferred size and colour on the entry form.

All the feeds are balanced with vitamins and minerals to support health and wellbeing and include quality protein sources for muscle development.


To enter any of the Giveaways in this month’s issue of Localrider, simply tick the relevant boxes below, complete the form, and send it to us at:

Localrider Giveaways, Roundbale Ltd, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TP


■ £200 of Mark Todd Rugs

■ PK Saddlecloth

■ Blue Chip Goodies

■ Mountain Horse Winter Stable Jodhpur

■ Soxtrot Socks

■ Uvex Exxential Helmet


■ EquiAmi Lunge Aid

Colour.................................................. Size..............................

■ Aloeride

■ Magnetic Warmwick Quarter Sheet

■ LMEQ Schooling Vouchers

■ Idolo Tether Tie

■ Toggi Grafton Jacket

■ Nettex Tastlyx & Supalyx Horse & Pony

■ A Pallet of Verdo Horse Bedding

Colour.................................................. Size..............................

■ A pair of Original Cowboy Wellies


■ Equine Answers Calma


■ Equetech Mursely Gilet Colour.................................................. Size..............................

■ Bossy’s Under Rug

■ Thermal Bundle from Hot Togs Size..............................

■ Berlei Padded Briefs

■ Gemosi Horse Hair Jewellery


Gift Certificate


■ Absorbine Magic Cushion®

■ Likit Christmas Starter Kit

■ Fleck MyWhip

■ Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free ■ Equine Speedskip

from Talolo Size..............................

■ Transition hoofboots for

barefoot horses

■ Amphora Aromatics Winter Rescue Kits ■ WeatherBeeta Genero 1200D

Combo Heavy Size..............................

■ Equisafety Gilet



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■ Hiho Silver Bracelets

■ Horslyx Rainbow Mixed Mini Gift Sets

■ Equerry Condition Cooler Mash


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This month we have been testing a diverse range of clothes, which have been designed to keep you warm in even the coldest conditions, whether you are mucking out, riding or even spectating.

BOGS® Alexandria Boots The Alexandria offers the technical performance and comfort, which is inherent in all BOGS®’ footwear, coupled with a stylish leather design that won’t look out of place in the pub or high street, a good looking, technical boot. They are made from waterproof full-grain leather and 4-way stretch NeoTech LITE neoprene, with a pull handle designed for easy on and off. They had DuraFresh biotechnology to combat unwanted odours, plus the BOGS MaxWick to move sweat away from your foot to keep you dry. Slip-resistant rubber outsole. Colours: Wine, Chocolate, Tobacco and Black Sizes: 37-42 RRP: £140.00 LR Comment: These wonderful boots felt comfortable from the moment I put them on. They are suitable for all occasions and are perfect for smarter horsey occasions when one might have to walk through muddy car parks or stand in an arena.

Mark Todd Deluxe Unisex Parka

Equetech Thermal Under Breeches

Ideal for life in the great outdoors, this stylish and practical new jacket is manufactured in jacquard taslon waterproof fabric and features a satin lining, plenty of useful pockets and a 2-way zip. The faux fur trim on the hood is removable, as is the hood itself.

Incorporating the latest design features and fabric technology to provide optimum comfort in the saddle. Soft seam free seats, non-chaff leg trim and comfort waistbands. Stirrup foot ensuring the garment does not ride up. Seam free inner legs, preventing the risk of rubbing and chaffing and additional micro panels to each thigh to prevent chill blains whilst riding. Made in the UK from a cotton rich fabric, the breeches are unisex.

Colour: Black Sizes: Unisex XSmall to XLarge sizes RRP: £99.99 LR Comment: This is a really warm waterproof jacket. It has internal cuffs in the sleeve, which help to keep all the lovely warmth inside the jacket. It is great for the yard and spectating and has deep pockets as well as hand warming pockets too. It is practical and stylish and comes with a detachable hood.

Equetech Cable Visor Beanie Cosy cable knit patterned beanie with fleece lining. Useful peak design with added Equetech® gold metal shield badge detail to side. Ideal all for winter outdoor pursuits. Colours: Raspberry, Ecru RRP: £12.50 LR Comment: A fun good value Beanie, which would make a great Christmas gift too.

Champion Goodwood The Goodwood full zip hoodie is made from breathable anti-pill fleece, to help riders to maintain a consistent body temperature. Featuring stylish long cuffs complemented by practical thumb loops, for extra cosy warmth. Colour: Black Size: XXS - XXL RRP: £50 LR Comment: This is a gorgeous

Colour: White RRP: £26.50 LR Comment: I was pleasantly surprised by these under breeches, as when I first saw them I wasn’t sure what to expect. They are beautifully made, fit perfectly and are ideal to wear under trousers as well as breeches, to help keep you warm and prevent chilled legs.

Gersemi Functional Top and Long Johns These base layers are made from a technical mix of Polyester and Spandex, which combines to form a soft, yet stretchy fabric, which is perfect to wear under rider’s clothes. Colours: Black, White, Graphite, Blue Stone Sizes: XS-XL RRP: Top £42.00 and Long Johns £34.00 LR Comment: The top and long johns, which can be worn separately or together as required work to keep the heat in and wick away any extra moisture. They are extremely comfortable and warm and can be worn under normal clothing too.

PK Unistar Socks Soft quality PK socks in three bright colours, including cherry red, with a PK design printed on them. Pack of 5 Colours: Cherry Red, Azure Blue and Deep Purple Sizes: 35/38 or 39/42 RRP: £9.00 LR Comment: Wonderfully comfortable socks in fun cheerful colours and great value for money too.

soft fleece hoodie, which can be worn casually as well as while riding. I like the full zip at the front, which gives you the flexibility to wear it open or part open on warmer days.

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Cavallo Corvina S Breeches Fresh from Cavallo’s in between collection, these popular breeches are made of a softshell fabric lined with fleece, perfect for the cold winter conditions. With trendy Lurex stitching and Swarovski elements embedded on the pockets, the breeches are water repellent as well as windproof. Colours: Marine, Black, Schiefer, Coffee Sizes: 34-48, 72-96, 140-176 RRP: £139 LR Comment:

Back On Track® Long Johns All Back on Track garments are made from unique Welltex® fabric with infra-red technology. Ceramic particles are fused into the fibres of the fabric. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury. Back on Track Long Johns are a must for the cold winter weather. They can aid problems in the groin or hip area and right down to the thighs, knees and calves. The women’s Long Johns are made from a smooth fabric and the men’s Long Johns are a made from a ribbed double layered fabric with a closed fly.

These are wonderfully smart, super warm winter riding breeches. I love the soft fleece lining. They are great if you are riding out in all weathers.

LR Comment: These long johns were extremely soft and comfortable to wear. They could easily be worn under smart clothing, for example if going to the races or other outdoor events. It would be good to think I might feel less stiff after a long day working outside, thanks to infra-red technology.

Mountain Horse Energy Tech Top

Champion Aintree

Comfortable wicking top that washes easily and dries quickly. Team this Energy Tech Top with the matching pants for the ideal base layer set, use it under a fleece as a breathable, thermal layer or wear it on its own – it really is that versatile. The fabric is softshell polyester with a brushed inside for warmth and comfort. There’s a long zip for extra ventilation and thumbholes to keep out the draughts. 96% polyester, 4% spandex. Colours: Black, Snow White, Crown Blue, Royal Red, Sunrise Pink Sizes: XS-XXL ladies RRP: £49.95 LR Comment: This is the type of top I love to wear all winter. It can be worn all day without feeling uncomfortable and makes a great base layer on really cold days. It is well made, washes well and dries quickly.

The Aintree blouson jacket is fully waterproof and breathable, with taped seams to protect you from the elements, whatever the weather. With an anti-pill fleece lining for extra warmth, elasticated cuffs and hem and a practical concealed hood, Aintree is a Champion of jackets. Colour: Black Size: XXS - XXL RRP: £70.00 LR Comment: This is the perfect jacket for wearing around the yard and while riding this winter. It is waterproof, with a warm fleece lining, plus there is plenty of space to layer if needed. It is blouson style so doesn’t interfere with your position in the saddle.

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HOYS REPORT Madeline Heath and Romain Rouge, first Riding Club Show Horse

Madeline Triumphs at Horse of the Year Show Pictures by ES Photography

Abigail Thorogood riding Jane Tonshend’s ex-racehorse, Camissa, in the Racehorse to Riding Horse final

Lynn Russell and Decimate, fifth Racehorse to Riding Horse final

Lily Edgington and Risky Business, second Riding Horse Hack final

Elizabeth Pellett and Calato II Z competing in the Working Hunter final


adeline Heath from Oxted in Surrey rode her horse, Romain Rouge to victory in the Riding Club Show Horse Final in the South Essex Insurance Brokers’ (SEIB) Search For A Star Championship at the prestigious Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) at the Birmingham NEC. Now in its seventeenth year, Search for a Star was the brainchild of South Essex Insurance Brokers who still run and support it today. It is exclusively for amateur riders and owners and designed to give these enthusiastic people a chance to compete at the Horse of the Year Show and also to discover new equine talent. SEIB has been providing equestrian insurance for over five decades and is a major player in equestrian insurance. Romain Rouge jumped neatly over the two fences in the HOYS final with Madeline before the ride and confirmation judging and did not put a foot wrong for the ride judge. “I can’t fault him, he was fantastic”, said a delighted Madeline. The win was watched by the horse’s breeder, Mary Simmons, who came over especially from her home in France to be here for the final. “He was bred to be my horse, by a Welsh section D stallion out of an Anglo Arab mare, but I had health issues and sent him over to Madeline as a 14.3hh, black, unbroken four-year-old. Madeline has done everything and I am so proud with the way he has turned out”, said Mary. Madeline has had the nine-year-old grey gelding for five years. “My own horse had damaged both hind suspensory ligaments. Romain was a bit quirky and needed a job so he was offered to me, but I was surprised when he just turned up on the Parkers lorry!

Gemma Dunn and Kells Lad, fifth Cob final

He hates being alone, but we learned to work around it. I was devastated when my horse was injured and I was just so pleased to have something to ride.” Said Madeline, who works full time as a Science Technician at Nescot College. Romain loves doing dressage and the pair have recently started doing side saddle. They competed at the area 8 Side Saddle Show in June and won the Sunshine Tour Prelim Dressage in 2012. The grey is Anglo Arab, by the Welsh stallion, Foxglen Express, out of an Anglo Arab mare. The judges, Robert Oliver, Katie Jerram, and ride Judge Clare Oliver, had some difficult decisions to make. SFAS Conformation Judge, Katie Jerram, said: “Another year of Search for a Star and every year it gets better. I’ve loved all the horses and it has been an absolute honour to judge. The team behind the scenes have all worked so hard and without them we would not have today. An awful lot of time and effort has been put in to get to this level, and we have certainly seen some stars of the future.” SEIB Marketing Manager, Nicolina Mackenzie, said: “I am always impressed with the number of people wanting to have a go at Search for a Star, and the standard of horses and ponies coming forward just gets better each year. The atmosphere at HOYS was magical. It is wonderful to be able to give genuine amateur owners and riders this opportunity and I hope that many will go on to further success.” For more information on SEIB Insurance Brokers Search For A Star, visit or

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show report

Parys Chapman and Carga Socks

Left, Katie Keogh on Humphrey, Reserve Supreme Champions and Hannah Naylor on Derry Mist, Supreme Champions, with judge, Katie Iggulgden

Sam Dowse and Missy

Clare Hardstone and Moretwon Lacey

Freya Stockdale and Llanarth Marco

Katie Keogh and Humphrey, the Jackson’s South East Dressage Novice Champions

Pat Joiner and Pare Joshua, the Barrett’s Land Rover M&M Pony of the Year Champion

Tia Cable and Smart Attack

Sam Prior and Daisy II, Veteran Champions

H Spinney and Lovebrook Foxglove

Southern Counties Horse and Dog Show Faversham Show Ground, Kent • Sunday 21st September

Words by Colette walker and pictures courtesy of Jayne Golding, Nicola Saunders and Rhianna Howard


his popular annual event at the Faversham Show Ground (next to Farming World) had six arenas of competition, covering showing, show jumping, dressage and a fun dog show. This year the event was delighted to receive in excess of 600 entries across the sixty plus classes. The judges and staff worked tirelessly all day judging the horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes (only just finishing the last class before the sun set!) and were delighted to receive so many kind comments from the riders. The event boasts some prestigious championship classes including the ‘15+ Horse & Pony Society

Veteran Horse/Pony Champion of Kent’, which was won by Sam Prior and Daisy II. Sam Prior said: “Daisy is a 21-year-old 15.1hh Thoroughbred cross. We have done many things over the 11 years that she has been with me, everything from dressage, show jumping and even had a go at showing at County level, but by far the best and biggest was being part of the winning Moat View Quadrille team in 2012 at Olympia. Even at 21 she still surprises me with her cheeky ways, she loves her work and to willing turn her hoof to anything, including Trec where she had a blast.” The event also includes the finals of

the Barrett’s Land Rover and Jackson’s Fencing Showing, Jumping and Dressage Championships. These classes attract riders from Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex who have had to qualify by being placed first to third in one of the qualifying classes held over the previous 12 months. This year the standard was particularly high, especially in the Mountain and Moorland Championship, which was eventually won by Hannah Naylor and Derry, who went on to take the Supreme Ridden Championship at the end of the show. Katie Keogh and Humphrey were Reserve, having previously won the Barrett’s Land Rover Riding Pony

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Rebecca Brewer and Baronsdown Shinluti, Jackson’s South East Dressage Walk & Trot Champions

Mufti Richards winner of the Barrett’s Land Rover 60cm Jumping Championship

Clare Morhen and Pops Poppy

E Mankelow and Bobby Dazzler

P Boocock and Dixieland Barndance

Cherish Cable and Rough Diamond

Championship and the Jacksons’ Fencing Novice Dressage Championship. Hannah Naylor said: “I competed with my pure bred Connemara mare, Derry Mist. I purchased Derry Mist directly from her breeder, Ms Trudi Deja, in Kent and have broken her in to ride and schooled and produced her myself. We qualified for this Championship show at Blue Barn Equestrian Centre. We had a great show that I will never forget. Huge thanks to Colette Walker, all the sponsors of the show and her team for a memorable day. I still can’t believe we did so well and won so many lovely rosettes, sashes and a massive trophy too! I look forward to competing in Colette’s future shows.” This year the in-hand classes proved particularly popular with the Coloured class and the Gelding, Colt and Stallion class receiving so many entries they had to be spilt several ways in the ring to enable them to be judged. The Reserve Champion for the afternoon section of classes was Jock Sporran (a Highland X who is 24-years-old). His owner, Kelly Hughes, said: “This was the first

show I ever done with him and I couldn’t believe what we won. I never thought he would do anything like this. As I walked him home, he was doing his fancy walk and trot all the way, I was amazed and couldn’t believe it, and every time I think of him and winning, it always brings a tear to my eyes.” The event is held annually and run by Colette Walker (Colette’s Horse & Dog Shows) who runs shows throughout the year at various venues. It strives to create a friendly, family orientated show where everyone wins a rosette in every class. The show also includes a small shopping village with various trade stands and charities in attendance. The Fun Dog Show also proved popular. It is primarily aimed at family pets but there are also classes for pedigree show dogs. The organisers ensure every dog receives a rosette in every class with the winner of each class going through to a supreme championship at the end of the day. Colette said ‘I would like to thank all the judges, stewards, helpers, sponsors and of course everyone who attended the show.

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SHOW REPORT Georgina Allan and Twirl, first Novice Jumping and first Improvers Jumping

Isobel Oliver and Cloud, winners of ‘My First Pony’

Evie Tozer and JimJam, the winner of the ‘Most Handsome Gelding’ competition

S&D Autumn Show

Priory Equestrian, Frensham, Surrey • Sunday 12th October 2014 Words by Jeanette Middleton and pictures by


ith a record number of pre-entries to the S&D Autumn Show it promised to be an exciting day and we were not disappointed. With over 100 entrants on the day, the classes were busy and very competitive. Mother Nature was also very kind to us and the rain held off until the last class had just finished. This annual horse show has been held in the area now for 24 years. Sandy Payne, owner of S&D Equitation, is a local freelance instructor, who also runs her highly successful livery yard in Bentley. Sandy said: “This show wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our loyal helpers and sponsors, who help every year: Middleton’s Masonic Antiques & Collectables, Arcana Cabinet Makers, Farnham Upholstery, Matthew Luard Hay, Straw and Haylage, 999-LOCKS, Stable Close Equine Vets and Sandy’s Tack Exchange. With next year being our 25th year anniversary we are looking to hold a special anniversary show with extra classes and prizes.”

Ring One

The Farnham Upholstery Improvers Jumping was the biggest jumping class of the day. With 13 out of the 34 riders going into the timed jump-off it proved to be a hotly fought out competition. Georgina Allan (12) was fourth to jump-off and blasted around the course on her lovely pony Twirl in a time of just 17.5 seconds. Everyone tried to beat her time but no-one came close until the

penultimate competitor, Laurette Parsons, she shot off from the start and cut every corner she could, but finished with a time of 21seconds, just not quick enough to beat Georgina. Georgina Allen, who attends Robert May’s School in Odiham, said: “I am really pleased with Twirl, she was amazing, sadly though she is up for sale as I have grown and am moving up to a bigger pony.” Georgina was presented with ‘The T. Godfrey Challenge Cup’, which has been presented to the winner of this class for the last 15 years. Georgina also won the Novice Jumping on Twirl.

Ring Two

It was lovely to see so many children with their ponies competing in this ring, for many it was also their first ever show. One of those was Evie Tozer aged just four-years-old, Evie won the ‘Middleton’s Masonic Antiques Handsomest Gelding’ on her lovely pony Jim Jam. Evie spent the whole time giggling and smiling as she rode expertly around the arena. Another that deserves a mention is old timer, Cloud, who at 28-years-old won the “My First Pony” with her jockey Isobel Oliver (7). Cloud was purchased by her current owner Kelly Faughan from S&D Equitation over 20 years ago and has attended many of the shows over the years. She was bought out of retirement for this show especially as Isobel’s own pony couldn’t go due to lameness.


A spectator

Class Name




Minimus Jumping Novice Jumping Scurry Jumping Improvers Jumping Intermediate Jumping Open Jumping Beginners Jumping My 1st Pony Handsomest Gelding Prettiest Mare Mountain & Moorland Cob/Cob Type Veterans

Emily Devlin on Charlies Georgina Allan on Twirl Laurette Parsons on Rosie Georgina Allan on Twirl Karin Themsen on Casanova Annabelle Towler on Oscar Freddie Wallis on Emily Isobel Oliver on Cloud Evie Tozier on JimJam Alina Elrick on Rio Poppy Foster on Veev Lucy Davis on Just Jack Teagan Fifer on Dancer

Maisie Seward on Dillon Scarlett Chamberlain on Willow Scarlett Chamberlain on Willow Laurette Parsons on Rosie Natasha Clarke on Phantom Lucy Schryver on Clippy

Georgia Baddeley on Pocket Rocket Charlotte Wiltshire on Tramp Jo Browne on Bella Archie Lisle on Millie Harriet Hunter on Emma Poppy Wallis on Walli

Grace Russell on Popstar Lydia Thomas on Rowan Edward Hunter on Emma Honey Lubbock on Lathomdale Luke Georgia Baddeley on Texas Ghost Honey Lubbock on Lathomdale Luke

Poppy Faughan on Storm Ella Boulton on Drollis Dandini Hollie Champness on Zazoo Teagan Fifer on Rryndffa Dancer Megan Davis on Bonnie Cerys Hill on Pardy

Stable Close Equine Vets Championship Champion Teagan Fifer on Dancer Reserve Champion Poppy Foster on Veev

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Poppy Foster on Veev, winners of the Ridden Mountain & Moorland and Reserve Showing Champions

Georgina Allan and Twirl, first Novice Jumping and first Improvers Jumping

Poppy Faughan and Storm, third My First Pony

The youngest competitor was two-year-old Emily Golding, who is riding Carmaco Atena and is being led by six-yearold Jasmine Middleton

Annabelle Towler on Oscar on their way to winning the Open Jumping

Annabelle Towler and Oscar, first Open Jumping Jasmine Middleton riding Trigger

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An indoor school with Daytrack Indoor surface

An arena with a Fibreride surface An arena with a Daytrack surface


Day’s Premium Waxed Surface

ay Equestrian manufactures two standard wax coated surfaces Daytrack and Fibreride. Daytrack premium waxed surface has been designed to cater for the specific needs of the various equestrian disciplines. Day Equestrian’s computer controlled processing plant can mix to a high degree of accuracy and consistency, making it easy to deliver their generic recipes or to offer you a bespoke mixing service should you have different requirements.


Daytrack has been developed using the key elements of a high quality washed silica sand to give stability and free drainage, carefully selected fibre to mimic a grass root structure, and rubber to produce good energy return to stop the surface feeling “dead”. This is then coated with a specially blended Equestrian wax at very high temperature, which binds the mixture together.



Daytrack product benefits: ➤ High stability from day one ➤ High energy return to stop the surface feeling dead ➤ Low maintenance ➤ Low kickback ➤ Dust free ➤ Suitable for indoor & outdoor use

Fibreride offers all the benefits ➤ Compatible with most of a premium riding surface, other waxed surfaces, well-suited to even the more so can be used to top up demanding disciplines, but at existing installations a more economical price. The product known as “Fibreride” is a mixture of high quality silica sand, carefully chosen synthetic fibres and coated with specially blended wax at high temperature. The silica sand ensures good drainage and stability to the surface; the fibres provide a “root structure” similar to that of turf, so offer support and cushioning; and the wax acts to bind the materials together to offer durability. Fibreride is a consistent allpurpose affordable surface that requires minimal maintenance.

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Having made a considerable investment in your surface, it makes sense to look after it properly. Using the right equipment is vital in keeping your surface in tip top shape, as well as preventing maintenance from becoming a chore. As a rule of thumb, if a surface has fibre in it, be it waxed or not, you will need to harrow it. This loosens up the top of the waxed surface stopping it becoming too compacted. On a nonwaxed surface it remixes any fibres that have come to the top. How regularly you do this depends very much on usage and personal preference. Day Equestrian can offer both tractor mounted and towable graders, designed specifically for use on waxed or fibre surfaces. These graders are simple to use and very robust, with easy adjustment for depth. They also come as standard with an easy to use pop out plate to bring material in from the kickboards and so fill in the track. The tractor mounted graders come in a range of sizes from 1.5m up to 3.0m and the towable grader from 1.5m to 2.0m. If you are thinking about installing a new surface or upgrading your current one call 0845 0066 444 or visit to find out more about Day Group’s equestrian surfaces.

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Christmas Gift ideas We have some wonderfully exciting new products to share, which we think will make fantastic gifts this Christmas, for friends, family and your four-legged friends too.

Baker & Bray Dog Jackets Treat your dog to a Hoxton Hoodie coat in mustard with luxurious Gunmetal moleskin lining. all baker & bray dog jackets are water-repellent and will keep your dog dry and warm on even the coldest of days!

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christmas Dressage Deluxe When it comes to choosing the right style of jacket, dressage deluxe know how important this wardrobe investment is, so they also offer a personal shopper service. all you have to do is email a clear photograph and sizing of the person you are buying for to and their equestrian stylist, alison nye-Warden, will put forward suggestions to help you make the right choice. not sure what to buy the dressage diva in your life then how about gift vouchers. Starting at £5.00 they sound the perfect solution to all your horsey gifts.

euro-star Snowflake socks High quality socks especially designed for riders. comfortable non- restricting cuff, cushioned sole and strengthened heel and toe.

Equi-Star Horseboxes all I want for christmas is a new horsebox! This gorgeous model from equi-Star is called the athena. built on a nissen nV400, then up rated to 3.9 ton, finished in montalcino rouge. It has lots of built in features including Led lighting, ccTV to horse area and reversing camera, reversing sensors, gliding centre partition, two roof vents, pull out rear step with extra wide rear door, two internal larger lockable tack lockers, plus much more.

Vitamunch Xmas Pack The munch™ bunch are getting together this christmas with this special edition vitamunch® gift pack. Vitamunch® - the healthy snack with added benefits. each pack contains: one vitamunch® Heavenly Hedgerow with added rosehips, Hawthorn Leaf and cleavers and one vitamunch® marvellous meadow with added dandelion, red clover and nettle, plus a munch™ net, all in a convenient package all wrapped up for christmas.

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Soxtrots are lightweight silk-feel socks which allow tight boots to fit comfortably, and look great when you take the boots off. They have thermal and wicking properties, keeping feet warm and dry, they’re strong and durable and wash well. now available in over 200 designs ranging from bright and wacky to plain colours.

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Brogini Ginny Boot The top strap, made out of luxurious shiny patent leather comes in either pink, blue or red and really makes the boot stand out. an elasticated panel at the rear allows for 2cm extra of growth before the need for new boots.

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Pure Luxury


From luxury home ware through to their collection of beautifully tailored shirting and bold graphic print scarves, the Freddie Parker collection features the Freddie Parker signature motif of multicoloured horse and rider incorporated through design detailing on both fabrics, china and soft furnishings.

Oak-a-holics will create anything from a personalised name plate for your horse to a dining room table or even an Oak front door. Why not order a personalised gift this Christmas for more information email

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The Absorbine, ShowSheen® Try-Pak The Absorbine, ShowSheen® Try-Pak is a true favourite amongst children. The Try-Pak is a pack of three travel sized bottles of Absorbine’s leading products, ShowSheen® Original Hair Polish & Detangler, ShowSheen® 2-In-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, and ShowSheen® Stain Remover & Whitener. The Try-Pak is handy for when travelling and also an economical way to try out these three leading products from Absorbine.

The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed is a comfortable bed to take anywhere for your dog. Made from Welltex® fabric with infra-red technology, the Oval Dog Bed will keep your dog warm and comfortable at home or in the car. The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed has a non-slip underside. Other products for humans and horses.

Blue Chips’ ear bonnets are made from lightweight, breathable material with in-built stretch. These comfortable ear bonnets are multi-functional, whether you are hacking out or competing in your chosen discipline. Smartly embroidered with the Blue Chip logo and trimmed with silver piping, your horse is sure to turn heads wherever they go. merchandise

John Whitaker DuoTone Dial-to-Fit Helmet The RH022 Duo-Tone Helmets features a two colour shell that combines a choice of four colours (red, yellow, white and blue) with a cool matt design. Reflective piping separating the colours ensures visibility in low light, whilst the inner Coolmax lining (which is machine washable) coupled with a unique air ventilation system keeps your head cool and dry, eliminating dreaded ‘Hat Hair’.

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christmas Equetech Bespoke Cross Country Shirt

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The Equetech Bespoke Cross Country Shirt designed through the ‘Equetech Design Lab’ on-line offers a bespoke gift with a difference. Simple and easy to use, you can create the perfect shirt for your loved one or friend and with Equetech Custom Hat Silks also available, you can create a very personal and eye catching present, which will certainly stand out on Christmas morning!

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A Christmas gift to remember There could be few gifts more special and personal this Christmas than a stunning piece of handmade jewellery, custom made from the hair of your beloved horse. Choose from a collection of beautiful Gemosi designs, with optional crystal or sterling silver beads to make this an extremely special gift.

Add a PROtector to your Christmas list Christmas is nearly here again, and so why not add a PROtector Riding hat to your Christmas Wish List while everyone is feeling generous. With the SNELL E2001 standard, the highest manufactured equestrian standard in the world, these hats are made of carbon fibre reinforced shells with a high density liners being extremely comfortable and have had extraordinary success in preventing serious head injuries. The new PC Design is very smart and as usual can be done in almost any colour.

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Super Molichop Shreddi WIN! worth £90 up for grabs! Localrider Magazine has 12 bags of Super Molichop Shreddi to give away to the first 12 readers that write in to Localrider Magazine with an SAE (address on page 3), courtesy of Youngs Animal Feeds. Super Molichop Shreddi “the quiet For a bespoke and beautiful ‘bling’ finish is a unique blend of sugar beet energiser” to your horse’s wardrobe, how about this shreds and other top quality fibre feeds. It is There’s just time to order a stunning saddle from Childéric Saddles? exceptionally palatable and will tempt even made to measure dog coat This beautiful crystal finish is a bespoke or horse rug in a variety of the fussiest of feeders. option now available across all theirShreddi saddlesis the ideal choice were quiet energy materials, or other bespoke and features a Swarovski crystal fabric, whichare sought, when the energy level goodies from King Smith and stamina has been shaped to fit the cantleof and Designs in time for Christmas. thethen diet needs to be safely increased without sewn elegantly into the leather with spectacular effect. Pictured here is a melton wool causing any adverse behaviour. coat for providing a dog called Poppy in Shreddi is an excellent source of highly digestible fibre, her owner’s racing colours. slow release energy for stamina not fizz. Shreddi can also be used as a conditioning “ me up feed” for Tel: 01580 880088. horses in poor condition due to sickness, stress, or age. Sugar beet has a probiotic effect during digestion. This increases the beneficial flora or “good bacteria” in the hindgut improved utilisation of The safest,leading easiesttoway fibre allowing the horse toto obtain maximum from the feed. Gallop Collection includes Bracelets, Necklaces tie your horse nutrition or The For more information please contact Feeds on and Charms including the Happy Hack Pendant pony. Retrains a Youngs horse Animal 01782 791209,, and rose Gold Horseshoe earrings shown here. that pulls back.

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Words by Alex Kelly

Photos by Sarah Puttick Photography

Going sideways

Lucy Hanby with Oisin’s Boy at ROR South East Championship Show September 2014.


horoughbreds are known for their agility, speed and spirit, these are qualities that make them naturally elegant and would lend themselves very well to side saddle. Like most types and breeds, former racehorses can carry a side saddle once the basic schooling is in place. It is a conformational advantage, but of course not essential, that the horse has a good self carriage, a well defined wither, a good, sloping shoulder and a smooth movement while being responsive to the rider’s aids. If you are interested in riding your retrained race horse side saddle then it is important that you introduce your horse gradually, finding a qualified instructor is advisable, to the discipline (as with all types of horses). Ensure that your horse is comfortable carrying a side saddle and the tack fits correctly before you start.

Local Side Saddle Success Story Lucy Hanby, based at Lomond Equestrian Centre in Horley, tells us about training Oisin’s Boy to carry a side saddle. Horse’s name and age: Oisin’s Boy (or Rain) aged eight.


Suzy Smith scores a double Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre held their annual fund raising race day at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday 20th October. Monies raised from the event will go towards the costs of running the Sussex based Welfare Centre, which is a charity that rehabilitates former racehorses so they can enjoy a successful second career. Local trainer Suzy Smith scored a double when Invicta Lake won the SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle with jockey Paddy Brennan before Mariet won the 5.30 Retired Big Buck’s Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle. As well as hosting some exciting national hunt racing one of the highlights was the Shetland Gold Cup, which was won by Hertfordshire’s Paddy Brennan and the Gemma Pallett Suzy Smith trained Invicta aboard Galloping Lake won the SIS Supports Goring. Taking Morrcroft Handicap Hurdle part and enjoying there first season Shetland racing were Sussex based sisters Danielle and Jessica Sheehan with Bankserve Boy and The Lytle Flyer.

Pictures courtesy of Getty Images

West Sussex born jockey, Ryan Moore, has enjoyed a history making stint in Australia, where he rode the Aidan O’Brien trained Adelaide to victory in the Cox Plate and then the German-trained Protectionist to win the Melbourne Cup.

Purchased where & when? From Jim and Pippa Boyle, in July 2009, on the recommendation of my vet, when I was looking for one to retrain (I evented up to intermediate and 1* level with an ex-race horse before). What qualities do ex-races need for side saddle? An ex-race horse requires the same attributes as any breed of horse for side saddle. It is important they stand still to be mounted, have a reasonable level of schooling and they are attentive to the leg aids. If a horse has a tendency to rear it is not advisable to try side saddle. Biggest challenge you faced while retraining? None really. It is the same as training any other young horse where you pay attention to forwardness and straightness.

Right: Shetland pony jockeys, Danielle and Jessica Sheehan

Melbourne Cup victory for Ryan Moore

Racing history: Rain was a mediocre racehorse, he ran eight times for trainer, Jim Boyle. He was big and took a while too mature. His owners felt it was fairer to retire him to enjoy a new career.

Ryan Moore and Protectionist winning the Melbourne Cup

Biggest side saddle success so far? The first time I took Rain out in public riding side saddle was to parade at Epsom racecourse with Jim Boyle’s Ex Racehorses in August 2014. So far the highlight of our side saddle exploits was winning the first ROR South East side saddle competition at the Championship show. This class was always my aim with Rain when I decided to have a go at side saddle with him, hopefully the classes popularity will grow. Does your horse compete in any other disciplines? Rain has had a go at most things now. A little eventing and dressage, he and I are part of Jim Boyle’s Ex-Racehorse Quadrille team who recently finished fifth at Bury Farm qualifier, just missing out qualifying for Olympia. Goals for the future? I am pregnant with my first child at the moment so I have not planned anything for the near future, but Rain and I will be out and about having fun at some point!

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The RS-tor is an ideal safety product to use when hunting

Happy Hunting this Season! By George Gorman of Photography by Jules Aldred

Your horse must be healthy, fit and sound to cope with hunting’s rigours.

This rider, Amy Biggs, is safely kitted out for Autumn hunting with a helmet and air jacket.

The autumn and winter seasons The RS-tor bring the opportunity to take our Take an RS-tor riding safety aid. The RS-tor provides the perfect horses hunting, and few things beat safety companion whilst hunting, and is perfect for keeping you secure in the saddle, especially if you horse becomes excited and commandeering our equines across bucks, rears or spooks. It is ideal when jumping, when the reins the South East’s beautiful countryside become slippery from rain or sweat, and when tackling fences as drops, as you can hold onto the RS-tor at the same time amongst friends. So if you haven’t been such as slipping the reins through your hands, keeping you stable and hunting before, perhaps 2014 is your balanced. For more information visit the website chance to start?


he most important thing when considering hunting is that your horse is healthy, fit and sound. Rider fitness is also important to ensure you are safe in the saddle whilst tackling a variety of different terrains, conditions and jumping efforts, but often the most common issue holding riders back from the hunting field is the puzzle of correct hunting etiquette and dress code. The traditional discipline of hunting can prove somewhat of a dress-code conundrum for horse owners, so we thought we would provide a basic guide and some top tips for how to ‘fit-in’ on the hunting field this season.

Local hunts

There are many hunts in the South East, including the ‘Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt’, which covers the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire areas; the ‘Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt’, based in Kent; ‘Old Surrey & Burstow West Kent’, which covers Kent and Sussex; ‘Southdown & Eridge’ which primarily covers Sussex; plus Kent and Surrey Bloodhounds and the Coakham Bloodhounds, which drag hunt across the South East. Check out for more info.

What to wear

Adults going hunting that have not been awarded colours by their hunt must wear either tweed during the autumn (or ‘cubbing’) season, and black or navy coats as the season migrates into the main winter season. Smart, beige-coloured (not white) breeches should be paired with long, dark-coloured boots. During the main hunting season, a white or cream stock, properly tied and secured with a plain pin, is advised. Ladies’ hair should be secured via a hairnet, or a plait for younger riders. An up-to-standard helmet with a three point chin strap is paramount for safety, while body protectors, air jackets and RS-tor rider safety aids (see below) are of course allowed. Extra safety precautions are very sensible, as the risk factors for falls increases on the hunting field.

See the RS-tor at Libby’s International’s Olympia stand: G45

Getting started

1. If you are interested in going hunting, but haven’t been before, get the number for your local hunt secretary to get advice about your first visit. They are there to help, and will be able to tell you all about the meeting venue, dress code, parking and payment, known as the cap. 2. Ensure you wrap up warm, so you can relax and enjoy yourself. Hunting days can be long, so make sure you are prepared for the elements. 3. If you haven’t been hunting before it may be wise to go with a friend, preferably with a well-behaved horse that has been before, as this will give you confidence. If this is not an option, tell the hunt secretary this is your first time, and he or she may be able to suggest someone to meet up with you on the day and will at the least be aware, and therefore able keep an eye on you. 4. Always shut gates if you are the last through, unless told otherwise. Not doing this could lead to farm animals escaping, which could be dangerous and certainly would result in an unhappy farmer. Practise opening and shutting them at home beforehand with your horse, to make sure you are both comfortable with the process. DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Localrider 63

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Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt Hunter Trials Iping, West Sussex Sunday 19th October 2014

Words by Storme Whittaker and pictures by Sue Bird


record-breaking 205 combinations set out around the various courses at Iping, which ranged from Minimus to Open. The going held up brilliantly, despite the rainfall we had the week prior to the event. A number of fences were sponsored by local companies and we are grateful to the following companies for their support: Zedlock, Conifers School, Peter Hughes Sales and Letting, Optimum Event Management, Burntwood Kennels, Laurentia and Dashing Hound Dog Grooming as well as many families and supporters of the hunt. For hungry competitors the Pizza Oven from Steyning was on site to provide handmade delicious pizzas, plus the Hunt Supporters team provided a variety of drinks. Huge thanks to all our competitors and team of volunteers who supported the event, Mrs Lakin for allowing us to run the event and Mike who prepares the course so thoroughly and diligently every year. Grace Thomas and Ralph competing in the Minimus

Rory Leggett and Flyer, second Novice

Charlie Rummey and Monty, first Novice

Jessica Rogers and Charlie Naylor competing in the Novice

Novice Pairs winners: Michael Doody and Musical Shares

Sophie Zahra and Prince competing in the Minimus

Sherrie Cooper and Megan

Melissa Powell and Dublin, first Intermediate

Jack Mariani and Tiger Lily jumping the Intermediate Roll Top

Lorna Shone and Gus competing in the Intermediate

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Rachael Morley and Gadfly clearing the last in the Open

Intermediate Pairs winners: Jenny Melvin and Cicero Van de Vive la Vie...

...and Mattie Poole and Ralph

Eleanor De la Fuente and Leo, second in the Open

Karl Standing and Sula Jet, flying round the Open.

Neil Meadows and Rio Rico, first Open

Littleton Manor Equestrian Combined Training

Jo Davies and Queen B, first BE90 Section 1

Pictures by Stephen Bartholomew


n Thursday 30th October Littleton Manor Equestrian in Reigate opened their gates for the first time for a combined training competition. 63 combinations competed across three levels – BE80, BE90 and BE100. Sally Price judged BE80 and BE90 Section 1 and Sally-Lynne Andrews judged BE90 Section 2 and BE100. John Farrell built a fair, but testing course, which proved influential in the final results as only 21 combinations jumped clear. Polished dressage tests saw, Candice Payne and Freddie Shoestring win the BE80 with a great score of 27.5 and Jo Davies riding Queen B win BE90 section 1 with a score of 28. It was a home win for Kate Tarrant and Lynne Underhill’s Heigh Hopes in the BE90 section 2, finishing on a fantastic score of 18.5. The good scores continued in the BE100, which was won by Sarah Eastman and her horse, Ben with a score of 22.

Kate Tarrant and Heigh Hopes, first BE90 Section 2

Above: Candice Payne and Freddir Shoestring, first BE80

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show report

Connor Cole and Candy, second In-Hand Riding Horse or Pony

David and Buttons, second Judges Favourite

Reserve Ridden Champions, Maria Beves and Ginger Fred

Show Jumping & Showing Show Hangleton Equestrian Centre, Ferring, West Sussex Sunday 12th October 2014 Words and pictures by Luke Gee

T Abi and Paddy, first Best Bay

his was the first of many planned shows and dressage events, organised by the new management of Mr Joe Boyle and Miss Terisa Jones at Hangleton Equestrian Centre. It was a grey and chilly day that turned to rain just as the show finished and considering the change in the weather the attendance was good. The morning showing classes were great fun with some lovely horses and ponies being presented for judging. The overall Champion, Maska, a five-year-old stallion owned by Vicky Parkinson was a very worthy winner, his flashy looks and lovely calm attitude was clear for all to see. The afternoon jumping classes were very competitive with some great riding. Hangleton Equestrian Centre plan to hold events all winter and with two good outdoor schools and plenty of parking they should attract good entries.

Dawn Cowdrey and Magic Merlin, first In-Hand Mountain & Moorland

Kelly Finch and Hardy, first In-Hand Driving Type

Megan and Pepsie, second Best Grey

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Lucy Bickers and Echo, second In-Hand Cob Type

Amy Little and Floss, third Open 2’9” – 3’0”

Christie Breach and Chilli, first Mini Novice 1’0” – 1’3”

Liz Stern and Velvet, first Ridden Riding Horse or Pony and Ridden Champions

Vicky Parkinson and Maska, first In-Hand Cob Type Grace and Bella, first Best Coloured

Maria Beves and Ginger Fred, first Novice 1’3” – 1’6”

Courtney Cole and Rosie, first Best Chestnut In-Hand Champions, Vicky Parkinson and Maska

Dawn and Ellie Cowdrey with Magic Merlin, first Fancy Dress

Sophie O’Sullivan and Blondie, third In-Hand Mountain & Moorland Harriot and Dell Boy, first In-Hand Riding Horse or Pony

Dawn and Ellie Cowdrey, with Magic Merlin, first Lead Rein and In-Hand Reserve Champions

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Millie Hanson and Ted, first Fancy Dress

Isla Hobbs and Earls Meadow Lasses Cariad, first Prettiest Mare

Kimberly Hills and Akehurst Secret Beau, first Best Turned Out

Amber Townsend and Casper, third Veterans

Tara Hobbs and Natewoods Womble, second Most Handsome Gelding Ridden

Golden Weekend at Golden Cross

Millie Hanson and Ted, First Most Handsome Gelding Lead Rein

Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, East Sussex Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October 2014

Golden Cross Staff: Lynn Wakeman, Amanda Lynch, Sarah Wakeman, and Alex Osborn

Works and photography by Luke Gee


he weekend hosted the Grand open day at Golden cross equestrian centre, which is now under new ownership as well as the Halloween Fun Show. alex Osborn one of the new owners of Golden cross, has made vast improvements to the equestrian centre, including the addition of a new surface in the indoor arena. This was perfect for the carriage driving demonstration by jenny Longley with the handsome and talented moccasian, which was followed by ‘have a go’ driving challenges with ponies Prince and alan. It was fast and furious and a great deal of fun, although we hear that alex was terrified when he had his turn. The Open day on Saturday included a fun dog show, which was really well attended with pooches of all shapes and sizes represented. Golden cross’s resident cats, muffin and his side kick Kitkat, were not impressed with so many dogs on their territory and muffin stood guard on the café stairs. Saturday’s Open day was held in aid of The abc animal rescue centre and a total of £1,004 was raised to aid their amazing work. Sunday’s Halloween Show, was a mixture of showing and jumping. The showing classes were held in the morning and judged by Laura clutton and the afternoon’s jumping was judged by craig mcclelland The show was really well attended with twenty combinations in the Halloween themed fancy dress class. millie Hanson and her mother, anna, with their Shetland Ted

had a great show, winning the most Handsome Gelding (lead rein) class as well as the Fancy dress. another family pair that had a great day were sisters, Saffron and amber Townsend. Saffron won the most Handsome Gelding and amber finished third in the Veteran class. The fancy dress class was a feast of imagination, colourful and fun and it was clear that a lot of hard work and time had gone into the preparation of the costumes and all the entrants should be congratulated for their enthusiasm.

Show Jumping The afternoon jumping classes started with a cross poles competition, which was narrowly won after a jump-off by the speedy, Holly Hassan riding maesquin. Holly’s grandmother, Sue Sparrow rode her daughter’s pony, duke nukem and borrowed her other daughter’s dog, bala, to win the Horse and Hound class. The competition involved jumping a full course of jumps, before running and jumping the same course with your dog. Sue did this very well, especially considering this was her first time jumping in a competition for 35 years. ellie rose collins riding blue finished the day in high spirts after winning the novice jumping, before heading the Pairs jumping with partner, Lora Pittam, who was riding Wishford Lottie.

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Amelia Duggan and Pip, first Best Veteran

Crystal Lloyd and Spillie, second Horse & Hound

Saffron Townsend and Oliver, first Most Handsome Gelding Ridden

Ellie Rose Collins and Blue, first Novice Jumping and first Pairs Jumping

Lora Pittam Wishford and Lottie, first Pairs Jumping

Holly Hassan and Maesquin, first Minimus Jumping

Sue Sparrow and Duke Nukem, first Horse & Hound

Alexis Chappell

Golden Cross Proprietor, Alex Osborn having a go at driving

Alex Osborn with Kit Kat

Spooky goings on in the kitchen at Golden Cross

Halloween Fun

Driving is fun‌

Jenny Longley and Moccasian pictured during the Carriage Driving Demonstration

Muffin guarding the stairs

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father figure

The behind the scenes hero… Simon Wilkinson

Any successful equestrian will tell you that the key to success is a great back up team, be it a trainer, sponsor or family member there are just some people we cannot be without. In this continuing series we meet ‘the dads’, so important and so supportive, but very rarely known. Simon Wilkinson is always on hand to support and encourage his daughter, Dominique (Domi), with her equine pursuits in eventing, dressage and showing. Sometimes he can even open his eyes to watch, despite seeing his youngest daughter have the occasional mishap.

Domi and Greystoke II (Ashley) going cross country

Name: Simon Wilkinson Home-town: Heathfield, East Sussex Occupation: Asset Finance Broker Off-spring: Dominique, 25 and Christiana, 27 How did you become involved with horses? Through my wife and daughter. Do you ride yourself? Very badly! Favourite horse or pony and why? Ashley, who is a real fighter and survived a bad injury. He always loves to see you and is a larger than life character. He never fails to put a smile on your face.

Simon Wilkinson Domi and Witch Mission, competing at Novice level

What area of the sport are you involved with? Eventing, Dressage and Showing.

Simon and Domi

How do you support your family with their sport? I attend events and encourage them and I am the occasional driver (only when we are not in a hurry). What’s the best thing about competing? The excitement of the event atmosphere and watching my daughter compete. What’s the worst thing about competing? Definitely the occasional injury, having watched Domi leave South of England cross country course in an air ambulance really brings the danger of the sport into perspective.

Domi and Witch Mission, competing at Crockstead

Favorite show ground snack? Bacon Butties! How do you and your family like to celebrate a big win? A bottle of champagne and a good old Barbeque in the summer or a roast dinner in the winter. Favorite show ground and why? Golden Cross, has always been a good prize winning place for my favourite horse, Ashley and also for embarrassing Domi. Ashley once fell asleep in my arms during a showing class. She was mortified. What do your friends think about what you and your family do? Those involved in horses get it, those not involved don’t get it, but a good general statement: beautiful animals but very expensive and time consuming.

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Domi with her first homebred, Mission To The Limit, at Heathfield Show 2014

Pics by Spidge Photography and Equi Snaps

What was your proudest moment when watching your child compete? Watching her finish a Dressage test with a smile on her face, because she feels it went well. Also knowing the hours of training and preparation that goes into it.

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What’s Atypical Myopathy? Words by Suzanne Duncan, BVMS, Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS of Arundel Equine Hospital


typical myopathy was first recognised back in 1984, but has largely come to prominence over the last few years with outbreaks in the UK and Europe. It occurs in individuals or groups of horses at pasture and is likely caused by ingestion of seeds known as ‘helicopters’ (and possibly to a lesser extent leaves) of the sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) that contain a specific toxin. This toxin has been identified as hypoglycin A. The amount of toxin within seeds is variable and it is not understood why some seeds have more toxin than others nor is it understood how many seeds have to be eaten for a horse to become sick. It is likely that some horses will be more susceptible than others with younger horses appearing particularly susceptible, particularly those in poor bodily condition, on relatively poor quality pasture. As older horses are less likely to become affected it may be that they develop some tolerance to the toxin.

Changes in the weather

Incidences tend to occur in the autumn and in the spring following large autumnal outbreaks and are often following a sudden adverse change in weather conditions, such as a frost or heavy rain. This year heavy winds seem to have played a factor in causing a significant increase of seeds on the pasture over a short space of time. It can cause a variety of clinical signs which can present as dullness or lethargy or as a sudden onset of muscle stiffness or weakness that can progress rapidly to recumbency (resting/lying down). Other reported signs also include reluctance to work, choke, whinnying, head tossing or an abnormally low head carriage. It can affect the diaphragm resulting in difficult or laboured breathing and some cases may show some colic like symptoms such as paddling or stretching the limbs. Due to the breakdown of the muscle, urine often appears dark red and brown. If it affects the heart muscle it can result in a fast or irregular heart beat and in the worst case some horses may present as a sudden death. The mortality rates vary from 40-100% and vary from year to year.


Diagnosis is based on clinical signs alongside an increase in serum muscle enzymes (AST/CK) and the presence of red/brown urine.

In horses that do recover, recovery is initially slow, but most go on to make a complete recovery and return to work with no longterm effects of the disease.


Given the high mortality rate prevention is better than cure. If sycamore seeds are present in your fields then the following is advised: • Avoid letting horses graze pasture that are contaminated with the sycamore seeds. • Move horses out of the field to as distant a point as is practical, or stable the horses during the risk period. • If you are unable to remove horses from pastures then fence off areas where the seeds and leaves have fallen and offer supplementary hay, but do not leave it on the ground to get wet, and feed extra concentrate. • Rake up or hoover to remove the seeds, dead leaves and saplings where possible. • Reducing the stocking density can help to ensure there is good grazing for every horse. • If you are suspicious that your horse may have ingested some of these seeds then call your vet out to check the muscle enzyme levels (AST/CK) to identify subclinical and pre-clinical cases. If you suspect that your horse is showing any signs of atypical myopathy then contact your vet IMMEDIATELY. If you have any other concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your vet practice for further advice.

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Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential if horses are to have any chance of survival. There is no specific treatment only supportive care, which involves hospitalisation, intensive intravenous fluid therapy and nursing. Fluids are required to provide cardiovascular support as horses can become very dehydrated and to support the kidneys as the product of muscle breakdown (myoglobin) can affect their function and can cause renal failure. If there is concern over the kidney function then they may also be given a diuretic to help the kidneys maintain a good urine output. This condition can be extremely painful and so a variety of powerful painkillers and antiinflammatories may be required. When horses become recumbent then they require frequent turning to encourage them to stand and to prevent sores. If they are inappetant then they are provided with an alternative source of nutrition usually by stomach tube in order to provide their energy requirements. Supplementary vitamins and minerals have also been shown to be useful in some cases. Prognostic factors for survival are normal mucosae, no respiratory distress signs, a standing position most of the time, no temperature, and normal abdominal transit. Factors unfavourable to a recovery include recumbency, abundant sedation, anorexia, tachycardia (a high heart rate), tachypnoea (high respiratory rate), respiratory difficulties and severe acid-base disturbances. Euthanasia may have to be considered when horses appear to have reached the stage where they are no longer likely to respond to supportive treatment.

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How secure are your paddocks? It is normally around this time of year, when the ground is wet, the fence posts are wet and the horses are leaning over the fence to reach the greener grass that something simply snaps or breaks completely. Now is the time to check your fencing and here Mark Scott talks through what is currently available on the market and how much you should expect to pay.


questrian paddocks can be fenced in a variety of materials, using different installation techniques. I will briefly run through a range of those, that in my opinion are safe and fit for purpose, from the affordable to the more expensive, but robust longer life alternatives.

Cost effective fencing

The most cost effective option is electric tape, rope or wire forms, these can be installed on simple plastic multi wire push in posts. Systems like these can be purchased from £1.80 per metre, including a 12 volt fence energiser. This system offers flexibility for the horse owner to move the fencing as and when required. To make this system more secure and to maintain the tape tension, it may be worth considering punching in timber fence posts with screw on eyelets to support the tape. Simple gateways with a spring loaded and insulated handle can be Posts with fitted. These systems cost around £4 electric horse per metre, based on wooden posts tape and two wires attached to the post.

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This is a specifically designed wire fence (similar to stock fence), which is manufactured up to 1.5 metres high, with smaller wire windows to avoid horses “pawing” with their hooves and catching their shoes in the wire squares. Equifence is made with high tensile wire, which is much stronger than regular non tensile wire, it requires around 25% less posts per length and lasts longer, although it is more difficult to work with and erect. Installed it costs around £10 per metre.

Post and rail

There are many post and rail options available, including rustic riven or split chestnut post and rail with mortised posts. This style while attractive is better for boundary situations away from horses, as there are too many sharper edges and protruding post tops for the welfare of the horses contained, I have heard of impalements on posts while exuberant jumping attempts are made.

5” x 3” square posts with 4” rails

Double rails of Octowood The images of this style of fencing provide an idea of materials and specification, the costs vary from a simple two rail system at around £10 per metre installed, up to around £15 per metre for a four rail system attached to 5x3 posts as below. Four Rail System

Special winter fencing rates on volume orders

Call 01580 292751 Biddenden Kent TN27 8LG

As a rule it is recommended that fencing is best installed into moist ground as posts enter easily resulting in less post damage, coupled with the better chance of the post remaining firm in the ground, when it dries up. Posts punched into hard ground tend not to stay so firm in the longer term. Single strands of live electric rope attached to the top rail will preserve the fence life further, reducing the chances of sweat itch rubbing, wind sucking, chewing and so on. We at Mark Scott Arenas provide a winter fencing service to cover the included systems and many other types too varied to be able to mention them all here. Please call our offices for more information.

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Feed the Chestnut Way this winter

Chestnut Horse Feeds provide complete feeds for a range of horses in many different disciplines.


hestnut Horse Feeds is a family owned business operating from the heart of rural Warwickshire with one key goal; to produce equine feed using only the finest natural ingredients. Chestnut Horse Feeds, pride themselves on the quality of their fibre rich complete feeds and unique Bulk Bin Feeding System, and are thrilled to be partnering with the one of the largest animal feed and saddlery superstores in the South East; Broadfeed. Previously only available directly from Chestnut Horse Feeds to a limited delivery area, this new relationship means that customers throughout the South East of England can now have the complete feed of their choice delivered to their yard in either 20kg bags or in the exclusive Bulk Bin Feeding System.

Long Chop Formula

Chestnut Horse Feeds provide a range of horse feeds ideal for all equines. Packed full of vital nutrients that provide optimum energy levels for the performance horse, without over exuberance, the high fibre, complete feed approach to feeding complements the digestive system. Chestnut Horse Feeds use a long chop formula that allows horses to trickle feed as nature intended allowing the digestive transit to be slowed. The high fibre formula of all products helps to neutralise stomach acid, therefore supporting gut health.

Complete approach to Nutrition

The Chestnut Horse Feeds range offers a variety of feed types to suit all horses and ponies. Alpha Plus, Alpha Easy and Sports Horse Mix provide differing levels of calories and energy levels, suitable for horses in light to hard work. All three products have one thing in common; a high fibre, complete approach to nutrition that minimises the amount of different feed types necessary by providing a comprehensive diet in one simple formulation. The competition horse needs high quality protein in the form of amino acids, for tissue repair, muscle function and performance. Alpha Plus, Alpha Easy and Sports Horse Mix contain this, along with a vitamin and mineral package which ensures optimum levels of antioxidants and nutrients are provided to support the whole body. High oil content also provides slow release energy to help encourage stamina and a healthy appearance, minimising the risk of excitable or unpredictable behaviour.

Bulk Bin System Chestnut Horse Feeds can be delivered directly to your yard, by Broadfeed, in the unique Bulk Bin System. This rodent-resistant, waterproof and lockable Bulk Bin helps keep your feed fresh, secure and tidy and comes on FREE loan for the life of your feed. Once emptied simply contact Broadfeed and your new, sanitised Bulk Bin will be delivered to you containing your next order. Alternatively you can purchase 20kg bags. For more information visit or call them on 01892 532619 to place your order. Alternatively visit to view the range or call 01455 558808 to discuss your horse’s nutritional requirements. DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Localrider 73

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Feed news

Winter Feeding

part II

Even if your horse is in very light work, if the temperatures plummet he will use more calories just in the process of keeping warm, so it is important to ensure your horse is receiving the correct diet this winter. Remember most of the companies featured here all have very helpful feed lines and if you need any advice just give them a call.

Keep Calm it’s new from Baileys

British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet

Baileys’ new Keep Calm is a high fibre nonheating feed for horses and ponies at rest or in up to moderate work. This new innovation contains Speedi-Beet, which provides highly digestible superfibres in a fully balanced low starch, low sugar feed. Designed to soak to a tasty mash in just 10 minutes, Baileys Keep Calm is barley-free, with linseed for a shiny coat, while extracts of flavours of essential oils give it an irresistible aroma. Keep Calm is ideal for horses whose owners are looking to control starch and/or sugar intake and is even suitable for those prone to laminitis. Formulated to maintain condition whilst helping encourage a calm temperament, Keep Calm’s Digestible Energy (DE) content of 11 MJ/kg puts it in the low to medium energy bracket. It also contains quality protein, to support muscle tone, and a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium. For optimum gut health and digestive efficiency, Keep Calm contains Baileys Digest Plus prebiotic as well as antioxidants, like vitamin E, to support the immune system.

Over winter, forage (e.g. hay, haylage) will be the main dietary component for horses and ponies and by simply adding beet pulp to the diet, nutrient availability and degradability of fibre can be improved. Beet pulp feed, Speedi-Beet, provides calories by providing highly fermentable soluble fibre, namely pectin. This soluble fibre is fermented by the micro-organisms living in the horse’s hindgut where it is turned into energy and condition. It can also increase the nutrient value of the hay (or other forage) being fed. Speedi-Beet increases the general fermentation activity of the intestinal microbial population, with an overall increase in the efficiency of fibre digestion, again increasing the energy supply.

Blue Chip Feed Balancers Feeding a high quality feed balancer such as one from the Blue Chip range will ensure that your horse or pony is getting a nutritionally balanced diet, and because all the Blue Chip balancers are nutrient dense they are fed in small quantities. Blue Chip balancers are whole-cereal and molasses free and include a fruit derived form of vitamin E, which is a powerful natural antioxidant. Horses can use up to 80% of their feed energy keeping warm; fibre is the most ‘warming’ feed, as more heat is produced during digestion of fibre than any other nutrient. All of the Blue Chip balancers contain a probiotic yeast which can double the digestibility of fibre in the diet, meaning that they will get twice as much ‘warming energy’ out of their hay or haylage. Blue Chip Original, as with all the balancers in the Blue Chip range is whole-cereal and molasses free, making it very low in sugar and starch. Original contains a probiotic yeast that can double the digestibility of fibre, meaning horses will get twice as much ‘warming energy’ from the fibre in their diet. Also included in Blue Chip balancers is a complete hoof and respiratory formula and a fruit derived form of the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E.

Mollichaff Veteran Mollichaff Veteran which can be used as a partial hay-replacer and is ideal for older horses and ponies or those that cannot consume long-stem forage. Many elderly equines have loose or missing teeth and cannot chew long stemmed forage such as hay or haylage. Mollichaff Veteran is made from chopped ingredients so it is easy to manage and is very palatable too, making it great for fussy feeders.

Rowen Barbary Senior Support As horses grow older they are less efficient at extracting nutrients from the feed which can result in weight loss. Senior Support combines high levels of oils with antioxidants and added Yeasacc1026 to help ensure efficient fibre and mineral digestion, keeping your veteran in tip top shape. Glucosamine HCL is also included to support joint mobility and help reduce any signs of stiffness displayed in the older horse along with Biotin for hoof health and added herbs spearmint and garlic. By feeding Senior Support you can help allivate the symptons that bring on the aging procees helping ensure your veteran comes through winter well ready for the season ahead.

Winter Supplements... KM Elite Ultimate Oil Ultimate Oil is the next generation in oil supplementation. It is a blend of high quality oils providing more than 190 bioactive nutrients including healthy ratios of Omegas 3, 6, 9 and rare Omega 7 - nourishing the body with essential fatty acids, minerals, plant sterols, antioxidants, amino acids, anti-viral and antibacterial nutrients and vitamins including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, B15, C, E, K. This is a fantastic supplement to use in the winter to support all horses and ponies ‘ condition, vitality and well-being.

Equine America Everyday Vitamin & Minerals Everyday Vitamins & Minerals is a complete supplement for all horses, containing top quality vitamins, minerals, pro-biotics and trace element it is an easy to feed palatable pellet which is ideal for both stable and field kept horses.

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NAF In The Pink Powder nutritional support of the gut is the cornerstone of health and vitality in horses, and will be reflected as a horse in perfect condition. In The Pink Powder is the concentrated feed balancer with live probiotic yeast for perfect condition. In The Pink Powder is one of the most advanced nutritional preparations available today to improve the diet of sport and leisure horses. It is a unique, concentrated formula containing live yeasts and probiotics designed to optimise gut function and the natural digestive process. This enables the horse to fully utilize his diet and maintain perfect condition. Plus, because it contains high quality vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, it supports perfect health, vitality and performance. In The Pink Powder is a concentrated conditioning formula containing essential vitamins and minerals with a live probiotic yeast for perfect condition, formulated for both sport and leisure horses and ponies.

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TopSpec Digestive Aid TopSpec digestive Aid is designed to optimise digestive health and stimulate appetite in horses. It contains vitamin B12 and high levels of a pure, protected probiotic yeast and a prebiotic MOS. It is particularly effective for horses that are working hard, on high concentrate/low forage diets, or stressed. It is ideal for use after antibiotic/worming treatments which can upset the hind gut microbial balance. This proven formula, containing grass and mint leaves with added peppermint oil to make the whole meal smell delicious, works on appetite both externally (appetising smell) and internally (via a range of ingredients). effects on the digestive system and appetite will start to show within two days but maximum effects on appetite from the ingredients that work within the body will be seen within three weeks.

The Lifeforce Range from Alltech Most horses will have gone into winter with plenty of grazing still available in the field. However, horses that are living out 24/7 will be probably by now be relying on other sources of feed and forage to meet their nutritional needs to maintain condition and help keep them warm. The digestive system of a horse acts as an in built central heating system and fibre is the fuel that keeps it working efficiently, thanks to fibre digesting bacteria in the hind gut. If the digestive system becomes disrupted, this will have a knock on effect on the horse’s overall well-being, making it difficult for them to thrive against the elements during winter. Supplementing the diet with yeast cultures can help reduce hind gut acidity, creating optimum conditions for the beneficial bacteria to flourish, thereby improving fibre digestion, as well as nutrient absorption and buffering against digestive upset. The Lifeforce range from Alltech has been designed to optimise the digestive health of horses at every stage of life, from breeding stock to leisure and performance horses.

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SHOW DATES DECEMBER 2014 6 December, Australian Horsemanship Demonstrations, Jason Webb Christmas Demonstration, celebrity guest Jenny Rudall from H&C Channel, panel of expert riders, discounts on training, courses, clinics and mulled wine, Risebridge Farm, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1HN, Telephone: 07749914267, 6 December, Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:, 6 December, The Equi-Fun Club, Jumping Clinic, Open to all levels of horse and rider, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@,

7 December, Colettes Shows, Colettes Indoor Show Jumping, Show Jumping, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faersham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@btinternet. com 7 December, The Equi-Fun Club, Winter Dressage Series, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@, 7 December, Simply Shows Events, In Hand, Ridden & Fun Show, Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 344959, Email: simplyshows@hotmail., 12 December, LMEQ, Clinic with Trevor Breen, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB, Email Hannah: hannah@lmeq. com for places,

13 December, Francis Whittington Training

Rachel’s Rosettes & Show Supplies

Clinics, Show Jumping Clinics at Heathfield Stables, the home base of Whittington Eventing. With a fun, friendly supportive atmosphere the clincis are arranged in small groups all levels welcome with lessons taking place in Francis’ Indoor school where there is a range of jumps and fillers, Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3QX. Telephone: 07595 979372, Email: training@whittingtoneventing.,

Beautiful handmade rosettes, sashes & garlands. Entry sheets, numbers, strings, judges books, steward badges etc. Everything for your Equine, Canine or Feline show or event. ★★★★★★★ Rachel Dear, Chequer Tree Farm, Collier Street, Kent, TN129SB Tel: 07711 838319 Email: - Rachel’s rosettes & show supplies

13 December, LMEQ, Clinic with Trevor Breen, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB, Email Hannah: hannah@lmeq. com for places,

EAGLESFIELD UNAFFILIATED INDOOR JUMPING COMPETITIONS with CRICKLANDS & SUNSHINE TOUR QUALIFIERS SUNDAYS: 14th Dec 2014, 18th Jan, 8th Feb, 1st Mar, 22nd Mar 2015. Classes: Cross Pole – 95cm Opens

Everyone welcome – entries close Wednesday before each show Prizes: 1st £15, 2nd £10, 3rd £5, Rosettes Friendly professionally run fun jumping events for all ages and abilities ******************

For schedules at or SAE to: Eaglesfield Equestrian Events Limited, West Yoke, Ash, Near Sevenoaks, Kent. TN15 7HT (Near New Ash Green), 8 miles from Dartford Bridge. Directions on website. Enter online at or by post at above address. General Enquiries: Jean Clark Tel: 07958 650036 Email:

14 December, Colettes Shows, Colettes Christmas Horse Show, Showjumping with a festive theme, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DH, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@

14 December, Eaglesfield, Unaffiliated Indoor Show Jumping Competitions, with Crickland, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Classes cross pole to 95cm open. Everyone welcome, friendly professionally run fun jumping events for all ages and albilities. Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT (near New Ash Green), Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email: eaglesfield.,

14 December, Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Christmas Show, Show Jumping & Pony Games, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938

15 December, Speedgate Events, Andrew Day Clinic, Andrew is an international event and dressage rider and trainer and a senior instructor and lecturer of the TTT with over 20 years experience. Attain a thorough understanding of the classical system of Dressage training, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Kim Atkinson, Telephone: 07834 170830, Email: events@,

20 December, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Show Jumping Clinics at Heathfield Stables, the home base of Whittington Eventing. With a fun, friendly supportive atmosphere the clincis are arranged in small groups all levels welcome with lessons taking place in Francis’ Indoor school where there is a range of jumps and fillers, Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3QX. Telephone: 07595 979372, Email: training@whittingtoneventing.,

27 December, Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:,

29 December, The Equi-Fun Club, Christmas Fun Jumping Show, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email:,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! JANUARY 2015 2 January, Hursley Branch of the Pony Club, Open Indoor Show Jumping, Including Dengie Qualifier, Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, Titchfield Road, Stubbington, Fareham, PO14 3EW, Telephone: 07789 050402, Email:, 11 January, The Equi-Fun Club, Winter Dressage Series, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@, 17 January, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Show Jumping Clinics at Heathfield Stables, the home base of Whittington Eventing. With a fun, friendly supportive atmosphere the clincis are arranged in small groups all levels welcome with lessons taking place in Francis’ Indoor school where there is a range of jumps and fillers, Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3QX. Telephone: 07595 979372, Email: training@whittingtoneventing., 18 January, Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:,

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18 January, Eaglesfield, Unaffiliated Indoor Show Jumping Competitions, with Crickland, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Classes cross pole to 95cm open. Everyone welcome, friendly professionally run fun jumping events for all ages and albilities. Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT (near New Ash Green), Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email: eaglesfield.,

25 January, Colettes Shows, Colettes Show Jumping, Show Jumping, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DH, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@ 27 January, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Cross Country Clinic at the Littleton Manor, situated on sandy soil, providing excellent all year round footing and offers fences ranging from intro to intermediate including a water complex, coffin, steps, sunken road, bank, skinnies, corners etc. Groups will be 1hr 15mins with a maximum of 5 in a group with riders of a similar standard, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB, Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing.,

FEBRUARY 2015 8 February, Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:,

8 February, Eaglesfield, Unaffiliated Indoor Show Jumping Competitions, with Crickland, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Classes cross pole to 95cm open. Everyone welcome, friendly professionally run fun jumping events for all ages and albilities. Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT (near New Ash Green), Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email: eaglesfield., 8 February, The Equi-Fun Club, Winter Dressage Series, Championship, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07738 993995, email:, 17 February, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Cross Country Clinic at the Littleton Manor, situated on sandy soil, providing excellent all year round footing and offers fences ranging from intro to intermediate including a water complex, coffin, steps, sunken road, bank, skinnies, corners etc. Groups will be 1hr 15mins with a maximum of 5 in a group with riders of a similar standard, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB, Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing., 21 February, Colettes Shows, Colettes Show Jumping & Team Dressage, Show Jumping, Team & Individual Dressage, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DH, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@ 21 February, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Show Jumping Clinics at Heathfield Stables, the home base of Whittington Eventing. With a fun, friendly supportive atmosphere the clincis are arranged in small groups all levels welcome with lessons taking place in Francis’ Indoor school where there is a range of jumps and fillers, Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3QX. Telephone: 07595 979372, Email: training@whittingtoneventing., 28 February, Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Cross Country Clinics at Munstead is set on sandy going which ensures good going all year round. The course ranges from 1ft to 3ft 3, which includes inviting water, ditch, small drops and some combinations. Munstead run two British Eventing horse trials a year at intro and BE100 levels, 9.00am to 1.00pm, Heath Farm, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1UN. Telephone: 07595 979372, Email: training@whittingtoneventing., 28 February, Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:,

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Five-year-old Toby Pollard and his pony Roadie Little Gem, joined riders of all ages to help raise money by taking part in the Molash Ride, near Canterbury in Kent.

We are big fans of Eric & Ernie here (July cover stars) and couldn’t help sharing this picture of the boys as they approach 18 months. Their coats may be changing, but they still have that mischievous look in their eyes.

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Four-year-old Freya Garman had a wonderful time at the Rye Horse Show, winning prizes in the Mountain & Moorland class as well as the Fancy Dress on Michaela Wood’s pony, Sidley Blue Boy.

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