Suregrow Eventing Bursary 2017 - Introduction to Emily Cariad Nicol Eventing
As promised, here's an introduction to Emily Cariad Nicol Eventing, one of two lucky recipients of the Suregrow Fertiliser Eventing Bursary for 2017.
My name is Emily Cariad Nicol and I am a 15 year old event rider based at home in Kent.
I have been riding since I was just 4 years old and very quickly I became obsessed with the late great eventing mare Headley Britannia. By the time she had won her third 4* at Rolex Kentucky I was 8 years old and had made the decision that I wanted to be an event rider. I never waivered from this goal and everything I have done since that age was with one aim in mind – to affiliate with British Eventing the moment I was allowed to, start my eventing career properly and to get a place on a GB team.
Originally my aim was to gain a place on the Pony Team however a growth spurt quickly put paid to that and I found myself having to start again in my second season with a new bigger partner. He hasn't let me down, we have represented the South East for the last two years running, once at 100u18 level and last year at CCIJ* level. I am hoping that this year I can once again represent the South East and I am also looking to compete in a CCI* abroad this season in order to gain the relevant experience I will need for GB squading by 2019.
I am very very lucky. I had an amazing opportunity to buy a Headley Britannia foal early in 2013 and surpassing all my dreams her twin brother arrived with us later the same year. Little did I know all those years ago I would become part of the Headley Britannia story. In 2014 my parents re-located to the countryside in order to buy a property that dad could build me my own yard on to house the horses I was collecting! Even better my trainer of 7 years and my absolute partner in crime, Adam Heitman, has also been based with us now for over a year and I train alongside him every day. As I am sitting my GCSE's this year Adam is invaluable, I just couldn’t do it without him.
As dad takes the paddock maintenance very seriously and has been using Suregrow Fertiliser products for the last two years to ensure my horses have the best grazing. At least I can finally pay him back a little with my association with Suregrow Fertiliser this year.
Annaghmore Boomlander (Lander), age 9 – When it became obvious that I was rapidly outgrowing my brave little pony we went over to Ireland to find a horse that I could hopefully aim for Juniors. Our remit was to find a 'been there done that school master'. Instead we found Lander – a rather green 5 year old – but the minute we saw him we knew we wanted him. He has been an absolute pleasure to train, he is a true gentleman and every time you think you have reached his limit he digs in further and offers me more. He has taken me from BE90 to Novice in just 3 seasons, and in spectacular fashion. Last season at only his second ever Novice we gained 2nd place! We were offered a provisional place on the CCIJ* squad for South East England and then had to gain the relevant FEI qualification to compete at this level. We dashed around the countryside trying to cope with the weather and all the cancellations but we did it with just days to spare. And so at 15 years old I was the youngest member (and Lander the youngest horse) on the CCIJ* team last year. This year we have been accepted onto the GB junior training programme and I now have 3 years to achieve my ambition of GB Junior squading with this rather special little horse.
Britannia's Pride (Simba) rising 5 – Everybody absolutely loves Simba and doesn't he just know it. At still not even 5 years of age he is the most trainable obedient horse I think I have ever come across, it helps that he really is gorgeous to look at as well! We bought Simba as a yearling as we already had his twin sister. What a massive opportunity that was for me, I rode them as 3 year olds at Your Horse Live alongside Jason Webb who started them both. Simba was impeccably behaved and has been ever since. He is the most laid back youngster ever! Last year I competed him in two BE 4yo classes and he went easily clear cross country in both. I have taken him to JAS classes this year so he can just gain experience prior to the season and bless him he has already qualified for the championships in one of his classes! I am so excited about Simba's future, he will compete in BE 5yo classes this year and I have no doubt he will do really well in these.
Britannia's Jubilee (Nala), rising 5 – Simba's rather naughty biological twin sister, she is smaller than her brother and apparently a lot like her mum 'Brit'. We have owned her since she was a foal and were really excited about her future eventing prospects as she has always been so incredibly brave and inquisitive. Unfortunately after she was started it slowly became clear that Nala had some health issues that have kept us from progressing any further with her. She is now at home being expertly looked after by our farrier and physio every month. This year we will put her into foal and carry on the Headley Britannia line, hopefully next year we may be able to bring her slowly back into work.
We will be keeping you updated with Emily and Sarah's equestrian activities throughout the year, as well as their 'paddock progress'.
February 3, 2017 |
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 |
Carl Hester to use Suregrow Fertiliser
As one of the most successful dressage riders and trainers in the world, Carl Hester's management of his horses is much admired and amongst the impeccable attention to detail is a fundamental belief in the importance and value of long periods of turnout.
Following a review of his grazing paddocks and a meeting with Suregrow Fertiliser, sponsor of the British Dressage Advanced Medium National Championship, Carl has joined the increasing number of successful riders from all disciplines who are choosing to fertilise their grassland with Suregrow.
He explains: "It's a well-known fact that I believe in turnout for all of my horses and in some cases, living out suits their temperament perfectly. This applies to both my grand prix horses and also the youngsters, who I hope will be the stars of the future.
"We have smaller paddocks for everyday turnout and larger fields for youngsters and those competition horses who live out permanently. By using Suregrow Fertiliser, we will be able to enhance and prolong the growth of good quality grazing in the smaller paddocks, so the horses can enjoy the nutritional benefits of the grass whenever turned out. Whilst they are grazing, they are not 'messing around' and I can see that they clearly feel contented, which is very important to me.
"In the larger fields, where horses live out, it's even more important to ensure the grass quality is as good as it can be, as they are grazing for 24 hours a day."
Suregrow Fertiliser's Jonathan Cox visited Carl's immaculate yard to assess the soil condition and grazing quality before offering a management protocol to suit Carl's regime. "There are 30 acres of grassland and it is generally in good condition", he observed, adding, "The small paddocks used for daily turnout have already benefited from an autumn application of Suregrow, which is helping to improve the thickness of the grass sward, resulting in better quality grazing for longer this season and earlier next spring.
"We are pleased to be working with Carl and his team and looking forward to another visit in the spring to advise on an application rate and timetable for all the land to help ensure the best possible grazing for all of his horses throughout the year."
November 29, 2013 |
Oliver Townend; "The value of turnout"
International event rider Oliver Townend is based in Shropshire and his yard is typical of a busy and successful top class eventing yard. He has horses of all ages and at every stage of both training and competition that are all managed impeccably by his team of experienced staff.
Regular turnout time is a key aspect of Oliver's management regime and he explains; “The value of grazing goes beyond just turnout time, as grass is a very natural and healthy way to feed. We have used Suregrow Fertiliser since we moved here as it ensuresthe grass is of a higher quality, contributing more to the overall diet. The even grass growth we see throughout the season also means we are better able to maintain our paddocks in optimum condition.”
October 15, 2013 |
Beth Barnett is the Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champion
On the eve of her 24th birthday, Beth Barnett claimed the first title of the 2013 Espayo National Dressage Championships when she won the Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship. Beth, who works as a part-time administrator to fund her horses, was drawn in the middle of the class with her own Sheepcote Delight and their score of 68.84% proved unbeatable. The partnership has been together since the mare was just 18 months old and Beth backed her and has brought her through the ranks with the help of David and Serena Pincus, who bred the horse.
The combination hasn’t had the best build up ahead of their trip to the National Championships, as Beth, from Hereford, had a bout of ‘flu and Sheepcote Delight suffering a few lameness issues but the duo were back on form when it mattered! A happy Beth commented afterwards; “I’m so pleased with her today! She was focused and really listening, which I don’t always get – she can be quite nervous. Some of my trot work felt really nice and I got my changes which was a bonus! I came here aiming for a clean test and that’s what I got!”
Beth is part of the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent programme which gives her access to top training and advice and she was quick to praise the scheme. “It’s definitely improved my riding and skill; if any young rider has the chance to apply and get on the programme, bite their hand off! You won’t regret it!” said Beth.
It was a really Barnett family effort today with dad acting as lorry driver, mum as psychologist and boyfriend as groom and it looked like some early birthday celebrations were in order once Sheepcote Delight was safely tucked up!
September 27, 2013 |
"The quality of the grass is remarkable"
International event rider Ruth Edge is enjoying a fabulous run of success at present and enjoying life at her new yard, Foston Stud in Derbyshire, where she has used Suregrow Fertiliser on all of the paddocks. She confirmed recently; "We've been at Foston Stud for a year now and things are starting to come together. Having used Suregrow Fertiliser both last summer and again this year, the quality of the grass and the improvement in it is remarkable. The horses are looking fantastic and we have even made some high quality hay. We are genuinely thrilled with our fields this year."
September 6, 2013 |
Caroline Powell's Recipe for Paddock Management
Olympic event rider Caroline Powell has settled into her new yard in Suffolk and Suregrow Fertiliser is important in the mix.
As the turnout of her horses is such a fundamental aspect of Caroline's very successful management regime, one of her first tasks was to ensure an application of Suregrow Fertiliser to all of the grazing paddocks. Just a short time later she reported; "It's always great to see the improvement in the pastures when Suregrow has been applied to them....just add water!!!"
Value of Turnout improved by good grazing
At this time of year, especially given the recent dry period, your summer grazing might be looking a bit sparse and if that's the case, keeping an eye on the weather will ensure you don't miss the opportunity to spread Suregrow Fertiliser before any rain to revitalise your grazing.
Olympic dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison is based in Staffordshire and uses Suregrow on all of his grazing paddocks. He says, "When it comes to performance horse training thank goodness the message of good turnout is finally getting across. Horses are designed to be out in paddocks with their necks stretched down and moving their legs around, not cooped up in stables. Like other top yards, our horses are turned out 365 days per year. But to do this we need our paddocks in tip-top condition and Suregrow makes sure they are."
Suregrow Fertiliser will help you keep your grazing paddocks in the best possible condition - and you can buy online for direct delivery to your yard. It couldn't be more simple!
STOP PRESS: With outbreaks of possibly thundery rain forecast for many areas of the UK, if your paddocks need a boost, order Suregrow Fertiliser now, while you remember. It's in convenient 20kg bags and you don't normally need to take your horses off their grazing for spreading.