Suregrow Fertiliser sponsors Allerton Park Horse Trials 2017
We are very proud to have sponsored Allerton Park Horse Trials for another year. It provided a great weekend of competition with some very testing conditions at times after a lot of surprise rain on the Saturday night!
The showjumping proved to be very influential across the whole competition and it definitely wasn't a dressage competition. We would like to say a big congratulations to all competitors and well done to the organisers of such a great event (and the tractor drivers for towing people on and off site on the Sunday!).
Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored the Novice U18 section on the Saturday and the Open Intermediate section on the Sunday. The top 3 for those sections are as follows:
1. Brianna Tweddall with Lisboy Buachaill
2. Connie Warde-Aldam with Erco Polo B
3. Ellen Hobson with Fernhill Finnegan
1. Angus Smales with A Bit Much
2. Emilie Chandler with Gortfadda Diamond
3. Jamie Atkinson with Salunette
September 18, 2017 |
Oliver Townend on the front cover of Horse & Hound following his win at Burghley 2017!
September 7, 2017 |
Class by name, Class by nature!
Sponsored rider Oliver Townend clung onto his lead at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to take the prestigious four star title with the 10 year old Ballaghmor Class, owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan. The win made even more of an achievement by the fact it was the horses first attempt at this level!
Oliver had one fence down and a time-fault but it was enough to seal the win by 1.3 penalties on a horse Oliver has produced from the start of his education. Oliver last took the Bughley title in 2009 on board another grey, Carousel Quest.
Second place went to Piggy French who jumped a clear round to rise from fifth on Vanir Kamira. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul had one fence down, dropping them from second to third. Tom McEwen jumped an immaculate clear round on Toledo De Kerser to take fourth place.
Huge congratulations to Oliver and his team, we are very proud to support such talented riders!
September 4, 2017 |
Team GBR take Gold and Nicola Wilson secures individual Bronze at the European Eventing Championships 2017!
Great Britain takes team gold and sponsored rider Nicola Wilson secured individual bronze during a tense final phase at the European Eventing Championships this weekend (19-20th August 2017).
Unfortunately sponsored rider Oliver Townend had to withdraw Cooley SRS before the final showjumping phase leaving the final 3 members of the team, Ros Canter (Allstar B), Tina Cook (Billy The Red) and Nicola Wilson (Bulana), to showjump clear and take the top spot.
They finished 9.1 penalties clear of Germany, the defending champions. Sweden took bronze.
In the individual competition Ingrid Klimke rode a beautiful clear aboard Horseware Hale Bob to seize gold. Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST were also clear and took individual silver with Nicola Wilson and Bulana taking bronze.
Massive congratulations to the whole of Team GB and to Nicola Wilson for taking the bronze medal!!
The latest news from Emily Cariad-Nicol Eventing
So finally the event season is in full swing for us, although it is already nearly at an end! Over the past few months I have completed my GCSE's, whilst staying extremely busy with the horses.
Simba is now comfortably competing at BE100 level, and has been extremely successful: ending on his dressage score of 26.5 at his first ever BE100 at Tweseldown to place 3rd and subsequently qualifying for the regional finals at Firle in a few weeks. He also placed 3rd at his first 5yo class, just one placing away from qualifying for the Young Event Horse Championships at Osberton.
Lander is now sound (thankfully!) and has been competing at Novice level and above for the past few months. Just after my exams had ended he competed at Keysoe in late June in the Novice. A fantastic dressage score of 26.5 in a very harshly marked section meant that we even had a pole in hand going into the showjumping, which was handy – as he was slightly lazy over one of the fences! He then gave me the most fantastic feeling x country, and was easily inside the time. We led from start to finish, taking our first ever affiliated win! I was extremely pleased with our performance, and hopefully this win wil be the first of many more to come!
Just last weekend both horses competed at Chilham Castle in the international horse trials, this was my first ever time competing two horses in separate classes on the same day, and it was definitely hard work! Lander competed in the CIC*: we gained a good dressage score of 48.6 on the Saturday to put us just outside the top 10 overnight. We then returned on the Sunday with both horses to complete the CIC*, and for Simba to compete in the 5yo class. However, we took one horse in the trailer whilst the other travelled in the lorry! For anyone who know my two horses, they'll know that they are the best of friends; and although we have taken them both out in the lorry together many times without an issue, I did not want the added pressure of knowing that one of them may not have performed to their full potential because they knew that their brother was only 100m away - so we had to hide them from each other all day, just in case! Lander proceeded to have 4 faults in the showjumping (over the first fence as the jockey didn't get enough canter!), and then a fantastic clear x country over a technical course with just a few time penalties, eventually ending in 11th place!
Simba then gained a 31.3 dressage, and as all of the horses were within 3 penalties of one another all was to play for in the jumping phases. He then cruised around the show jumping and the x country effortlessly, ending on his dressage score to come 6th place. So overall we had a very good weekend!
Recently we have been taking the horses to an aqua treadmill for fitness work, as the ground has been far too hard for fast work, and we wanted to see if the treadmill could improve their overall way of going, and it certainly has! After only one session both horses' walks had so much more purpose, and they're both gaining plenty of muscle at the same time – which is always nice to see.
We now only have 3 events left in this season, and then both horses will be going on a holiday to have some down time and relax, Simba will have 3 months off whilst Lander is having 7 weeks off. Hopefully both of them will come back into work raring to go!
The fields are also looking in fantastic condition! Although there has not been much rain, they are still very green; and, as well as being grazed on by the horses, we are having to mow them every month due to the grass growth! I love the summer for the simple reason that everything is so green, and that there are no muddy gateways!
The latest news from Shoestring Eventing
It has been a good couple months although maybe not the most exciting blog wise. We have been active on all affiliated fronts and Ellie has been showing great progress, however, frilly wise there seem to have been a few too many just out the placings! For a very competitive person this has been a source of frustration but then again drives us to improve me.
Since our fall at Pontispool we have now established ourselves at BE90 level with some nice clear rounds, the odd pole show jumping has cost us dear though. As Ellie is ony 14.2 I find my position influences her far more than it would on a bigger horse so I have to be careful not to get in front of the movement. Equally I can struggle by overthinking her slightly shorter stride in related distances.
So we have completed West Wilts, Treborough, Bicton and Launcestion with finishing scores ranging from 33.7-43.7 which is pretty pleasing. Currently debating moving up to a 100 level at the end of August.
We have also had the chance to do some affiliated dressage at Tall Trees where working at Novice she produced the best tests to date with two scores of 66% winning her 8 BD points and a 3rd and 4th place. Dressage is certainly not my favourite phase but more a necessary evil that has to be endured! Competitions are only entered when all jumping options have been eliminated! Saying that we do work hard at home and have had some really good lessons with Stef Eardley to help improve things. With Ellie her main problem is that she will often curl behind the vertical particularly when she is tense, Stef gave us some really good tips to help this. I was trying to stop this by giving her the rein whereas a lot of the time she actually needed support from the hand.
Show jumping wise we have progressed to jumping British Novice and Discovery, I can assure you on a 14.2 pony a Discovery jump off 1.05 – 1.10 looks pretty big! She is very scopey though and I just need to learn to adapt to her size and stride.
This last week I organised a Biomechanics clinic with Russel Guire from Centaur Biomechanics who is one of the top people in his field working with the British Equestrian Teams. Considering my past injuries and wonkiness I have always been keen to have a session so the only way to do so was organise a clinic in Cornwall. I had no shortage of people keen to take part.
I watched a few sessions and couldn't help but be extremely impressed how Russel helped a wide variety of riders of different ages and abilities. He started by assessing each rider on a centre line from both directions and then riding a circle in each direction around him while recording the footage on a slow motion camera. When this was done riders came back to the 'office' as pictured to review the footage. Here he could point out any positional issues and discuss reasons it may be happening. He then asked riders to do a centre lie in walk with their eyes closed and it was amazing without the correction ability of the eyes the horses quickly veared in the direction their riders body was taking them.
What impressed me most was not only could he recognise the problems but he could put a plan in with the riders to help correct the issues, this was a variety of exercises or simple corrections that quickly made huge differences in the horses way of going. The feedback from all the riders was very positive.
Typically my session was not as straightforward he quickly identified from the video that one side of my pelvis / hip was doing more work than the other giving almost a rolling motion.
I told him about my old injuries and accidents that mean my hip and ankle are pinned and that also I ride in low grade pain most of the time. This also precludes we from riding some big moving horses. To compensate I ride with quite unlevel stirrups up to 3 holes different.
He also assessed me over a jump and although not as clear the tendency was the same.
In some ways he was complimentary that my riding ability made me cover up the problems very well but I should not be riding with such uneven stirrups and that in itself is causing me problems and is likely to cause more problems. If I had a significant leg length difference then I can ride slightly uneven but mine is not that significant therefore by doing so it may not be helping me physically. However at this time he was unwilling to give me exercises to correct until my physical disability and how much it can be corrected is understood. He has referred me to a physio near Taunton to assess this, the physio in question regularly works with all types of riders including para riders and can assess what can be improved so maybe working with them both we can improve things. It would need a lot of additional strength and conditioning work as well.
I went away feeling slightly deflated on one hand but very positive on another as the possibility is there that I can improve another level. However to do that it sounds like a lot of hard work ahead. My biggest regret is that I didn't meet Russel and the people he has access to 5 or 6 years ago.
Watch this space for progress!
The latest news from Nicola Wilson Eventing
We continue to enjoy a great season here at Nicola Wilson Eventing.
Last weekend at Luhmuhlen was so exciting and I was absolutely delighted with Bulana competing in her 1ST CCI4. She produced a beautiful test scoring 38.70 within a whisker of the Germans and gave me a superb ride cross country clear inside the time to move us to 4th place going into the show jumping. The show jumping track was probably the biggest I have seen at a Horse Trials and she jumped beautifully to produce one of the very few clears picking up just a few time faults to leave us in the runner up position. I was a bit frustrated to miss the victory as I felt she deserved the win but I am delighted with how far she has come, we are an established partnership now – she is such a competitor.
Berry had given me a great ride around Chatsworth CIC3* ERM just a month earlier where she finished 4th with a 39.9 dressage and double clear that I went to Luhmuhlen hopefully well prepared.
One Two Many showed his experience in the CCI3* at Bramham. He was the only horse clear inside the time cross country and this helped to secure him 8th place in our 'home' event. He will run next at Barbury in the CIC3* ERM.
Meanwhile we are pretty busy with the younger horses on the yard who are all continuing to make great progress racking up 8 wins and 9 top 10 placings between them since my last newsletter in April. Three have stepped up to Novice, JL Dublin has won his Novice Regional Final and was 8th in his first 1* at Chatsworth.
We will have a couple of weeks near home now before setting off for Barbury in July.
Fingers and toes crossed that we can continue the season in such good form.
2017 Bramham Horse Trials
Yoshiaki Oiwa made history as the first Japanese rider to seal victory at Bramham with a clear showjumping round. On board 10-year-old gelding Calle 44, Yoshi rose from third place after the cross-country to take the title.
Cross-country leader, Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V, had the back rail of the triple bar down, plus one time-fault which dropped them to second place.
Australian rider Sammi Birch who was third going into the final phase, also had a fence down on Hunter Valley II, but they maintained their overall position.
Toshiyuki Tanaka rose from 35th after the dressage thanks to a speedy clear across country on Talma D Allou, to eventual fourth, incurring just one time-fault around a tough showjumping track.
Sponsored rider Nicola Wilson, who was fifth going into the final phase riding One Two Many had two fences down, resulting in an overall 8th position.
Under 25's CCI***
22 year old Will Furlong held onto his cross-country lead to take the Bishop Burton College CCI3* under-25 title after a dramatic showjumping phase. Even more impressive, this was Will's first CCI3*!
The pair won by 2.6 penalties over Gina Ruck and Rehy Too who jumped a beautiful clear round to hold second place. Alicia Hawker and Charles RR finished a very credible 3rd.
A speedy cross country round by Izzy Taylor and Dr Patricia Turner's 12 year old, Trevidden, paid off in the CIC3* enabling them to finish on a score of 47.4 and take top of the podium.
Second went to Paul Tapner and the three-star specialist Yogi Bear VIII, who jumped a double clear, to finish on a score of 51.2.
Third went to New Zealand's Tim Price, who produced a very classy double clear on Cekatinka. Tim has recently taken on the ride of this mare when his wife Jonelle fell pregnant. Something says he may be a little reluctant to give Jonelle the horse back when she returns to competition!
We would like to say a very well deserved well done to all competitors at the 2017 Equi Trek Bramham Horse Trials. Take a look at some of the super action shots taken by K2 Photographic plus some videos of the Suregrow Kidney Ponds on our galley page.