Suregrow Eventing Bursary 2017- Introduction to Shoestring Eventing
2017 promises to be an exciting year for Suregrow Fertiliser. Not only are we celebrating our 10th anniversary, but we are also delighted to officially announce the Suregrow Fertiliser Eventing Bursary!
The lucky recipients of the bursary are Sarah-Jane Brown of Shoestring eventing and Emily Cariad Nicol Eventing.
We are very excited to be working with two very dedicated members of the sport and can’t wait to share their ‘paddock progress’ and various other equestrian activities throughout 2017!
To kick things off we would like to formally introduce Sarah-Jane.
As the delighted recipient of Suregrow’s 2017 Bursary I am excited to introduce myself to you. Those of you familiar with social media or eventing may have come across me via my Shoestring Eventing Website and social media. As well as regular blogs, a host of information the website holds the largest database of British Eventing course pictures.
I don’t like to admit I’m 42, according to recent media reports this is referred to as middle aged which rather terrifies me. I work full time for Cornwall Council in the Environmental Health Service. Currently and typically of the ups and downs of many amateur riders things are a little in the doldrums with one of my rides for sale and
the other unwell. I am based in the far South West a mere 30 miles from Lands End which does make travelling both time consuming and expensive. I don’t have any of my own facilities but rent a lovely yard although it lacks a school hence maintaining my fields is very important.
Let me tell you a little bit about the horses.
Sarnita – Age 18 (my horse of a lifetime)
Sarnie came to me as a uncompeted 5 year old she is KWPN and together we reached Advanced level eventing (clear round Gatcombe championships) and were placed at 2*. Together we competed at a number events abroad and she helped me achieve many ambitions. She had a fabulous jump and always tried her heart out, she suited an amateur as liked to do things her way, sadly we never dulled her sense of humour in the dressage but won many prizes for most improved after dressage! She has been retired a couple of years and last year gave birth to her first foal Kensa.
Kensa (Cornish word for first) was born in June last year, her sire is the fabulous TB My Eclipse who himself had a successful eventing career. Kensa is already showing real presence and certainly has inherited her mother character and sense of humour.
Posy – 7 years Irish
Posy has been very successful with me she is very athletic and has a great jump. We have been well placed to BE100 eventing and numerous wins show jumping. However I have had to accept that however talented she is we don’t really click, also she needs more work than my current facilities can give her. Hence with a heavy heart she is on the market.
Ellie – 7 years Connie x TB
Ellie was a short term project who stayed a lot longer as her easy ways and attitude to work made her a pleasure to produce. Whilst I like my horses on the smaller side she was only 14.2 and I had high hopes she could be a serious event pony. We finished the season last year with two very promising runs BE. Sadly during the winter it has become apparent she has a neurological problem which is currently being treated but the prognosis is currently uncertain.
Hopefully once Posy is sold I will be able to find myself a ride for the forthcoming year and if I am very fortunate Ellie may recover to compete later in the year. I certainly won’t be idle.
I am very excited to be working with Suregrow this year and learn how I can manage the pasture properly. I can already see huge advantages in working with a product that is designed for horses, the slow release formula that avoids that dangerous flush of lush grass. Also I have been used to having to keep horses off the grass for many weeks after fertilising which can be difficult with limited grazing, it is great that if necessary I don’t need to take the horses off.
I am looking forward to keeping everyone up to date with our activities over the next year.
Keep your eyes peeled to read more about Emily and her wonderful team of horses soon.
February 1, 2017 |
The late ‘Opposition Buzz’ inducted into Equestrian Hall of Fame
The late 'Opposition Buzz' (Dodi) has been inducted into the British Horse Society's Equestrian Hall of Fame that celebrates the heroes and heroines – human and equine – of the equestrian world.
His breeder and owner, Rosemary Search and his rider, Nicola Wilson were invited to the Household Cavalry's barracks in South Carriage Drive, Knightsbridge, West London, to commemorate this legendary event horse where an engraved plaque with his name is now displayed on the barracks wall.
Afterwards Nicola said, "Both Rosemary and myself are very grateful to the British Horse Society for including Dodi in it's Equestrian Hall of Fame and we had the most lovely day at the Household Cavalry – he certainly was a 'horse of a lifetime' for both of us"
November 25, 2016 |
Oliver Townend tops the British eventing rankings for the third year
Sponsored rider Oliver Townend has earnt a staggering 2,341 British Eventing points this season, over 1,000 more than any other rider, to keep his place at the top of the rankings for the third consecutive year.
ODT Ghareeb won him the most points, 251, to lie in 6th place in the horse rankings, with Cillnabradden Evo 9th on 233 and Samuel Thomas 11th on 218.
October 17, 2016 |
Britain wins final leg of 2016 eventing Nations Cup with Oliver Townend taking an individual podium finish
Britain won the final eventing Nations Cup of the series at Boekelo this weekend. Team GBR entered the final showjumping phase nearly 30 penalties ahead of the field, and some class rounds only widened the lead.
Laura Collett was the first British team rider to jump and went clear on Mr Bass to finish fifth individually. Izzy Taylor was next in the ring and had just one fence down riding Trevidden to finish seventh.
Sponsored rider Oliver Townend topped off the British team effort with a faultless performance onboard Cooley SRS, confirming Britain's team victory and leaving the duo with a podium finish in third place.
Britain were truly on flying form and had a fourth top-10 individual finisher, Sarah Bullimore and Lilly Corinne, who had just one pole down in the final phase.
October 10, 2016 |
Allerton Park Horse Trials 2016
We were proud to be a sponsor at Allerton Park Horse Trials 2016 for another year. A fantastic weekend for all topped off by some glorious September sunshine! Well done to all competitiors, the winners of each section are as follows:
Section A 100
SHANNONVIEW GLORY – Nicola Wilson
Section B 100
CHAMPIONS FIRECRACKER – Willa Newton
Section C 100
CARRICK ADALTO GIRL – Alex Postolowsky
Section D 100
QUITE SOMETHING – Rosalind Canter
Section E 100 open
PRINCE ROCKRIMMON - James Sommerville
Section F 100
GRAPPA NERA – Alex Postolowsky
Section G Novice
REBELLIOUS II - Sarah Wright
Section H Novice
CARPE DIEM V - Helen Bates
Section I Intermediate
UFONZO - Steve Garrod
Section J Intermediate
SPRING AMBITION - Rosalind Canter
Section K Open Intermediate
CADILLAC - James Avery (NZL)
Section L Intermediate-Novice
CRUISINGS SLAINTE MHATH - Alexandra Farrar-Fry
Section M Advanced
TREVIDDEN - Izzy Taylor
Section N Open Novice U18
DISCOVERY V - Alice Davies-Cooke
Section O Novice
ORLANDA BLOOM - Jeanette Brakewell
Section P Novice
MARTEL - Rachel Holden
Photographs thanks to K2Photographic.
September 19, 2016 |
Oliver Townend crowned Event Rider Master 2016
Though Oliver was denied a third successive victory in the sixth and final stage of the Event Rider Masters (ERM), he was the runner-up and claimed victory of the overall series, taking home an extra £30,000.
Partnering Cillnabradden Evo, the horse he's won the past two legs on at Blair and Gatcombe, Oliver climbed from equal 10th after dressage to runner-up by jumping a wonderful clear showjumping and fast cross-country, just two seconds over the optimum time.
Victory went to the last to go across country, Frenchman Thomas Carlile on the stallion Upsilon, who'd been lying equal second after dressage.
Oliver also finished in the top 10 in both the CCI*** (9th onboard Dunbeau) and the CIC*** 8/9YO class (5th onboard Cooley SRS).
Nicola Wilson also had a fantastic time at Blenheim finishing 4th in both the CCI***, with the classy mare Bulana, and in the CIC*** ERM riding One Two Many.
September 12, 2016 |
Top 10 results for Suregrow riders at Burghley Horse Trials 2016
Australia's Chris Burton won his first British four-star at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016 with a nail biting finish. He entered the showjumping arena with four fences in hand, but Nobilis 18 started to drop the poles from the double at fence four and finished having used up his buffer penalties. They finished on 49.4 to claim the Burghley 2016 title, but the final showjumping phase was an influential one.
One of only two double clear rounds was produced by Oliver Townend and Samuel Thomas II resulting in seventh place and best Brit. Caroline Powell and Onwards and Upwards completed the showjumping with one pole down and one time penalty which slotted them into eighth place.
Massive congratulations to Chris Burton but also to our two sponsored riders, Oliver and Caroline, for completing with such fantastic results! Top ten results are below.
Photo of Caroline Powell courtesy of Will Baxter.
September 5, 2016 |