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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:

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1. Brianna Tweddall with Lisboy Buachaill
2. Connie Warde-Aldam with Erco Polo B
3. Ellen Hobson with Fernhill Finnegan

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1. Angus Smales with A Bit Much
2. Emilie Chandler with Gortfadda Diamond
3. Jamie Atkinson with Salunette

September 18, 2017  |   Share:

Oliver Townend on the front cover of Horse & Hound following his win at Burghley 2017!

September 7, 2017  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell has a successful trip to Blair!

It was a worthwhile trip up to Blair Atoll for sponsored rider Oliver Townend who took top 10 placings on 4 out of the 6 horses that made the trip to Scotland.

Cooley Master Class finished 3rd in the CIC3* ERM, Cooley Down Under finished 3rd in the CCI* and Khoi Traveler and Tregilder finished 7th and 3rd in the CCI2* respectively.

Another of our sponsored event riders, Caroline Powell, also had a very successful Blair with Up Up and Away finishing 4th and On The Brash finishing 6th, both in the CIC3*.

Successful weekend all round! Next stop for our three sponsored event riders, Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell, is Burghley. We can't wait to cheer them on, good luck!!

August 29, 2017  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson is on the front cover of Horse and Hound!

Sponsored rider Nicola Wilson is on the front cover of Horse and Hound 24 August 2017! 

Nicola won an individual bronze medal and was part of gold medal winning Team GB at the European eventing Championships in Strzegom. Another of our sponsored riders, Oliver Townend, was also part of the team.

We are very proud to support both riders! 

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August 25, 2017  |   Share:

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!! 

August 21, 2017  |   Share:

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!

CX2_3106_354_ANNAGHMORE_BOOMLANDER_Nicol2c_Emily_C.JPGJust 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!

 

August 4, 2017  |   Share:

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.

DSC_0058XX.JPGSince 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!

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July 31, 2017  |   Share:

Nigel Coupe strikes again!

Nigel Coupe pipped Yorkshireman Robert Smith to win the 2017 Cock O'The North at The Great Yorkshire Show 2017.

Nigel and Glovers Hill were the last pair to tackle a seven-strong jump off and faced a good test after seven-time winner Robert Smith and Ilton posted what seemed to be an unbeatable time. Just three weeks after winning the Hickstead Derby, Coupe and Golvers Hill went at breakneck speed to seal a very well deserved victory by 1.36 seconds.

Keith Shore and Mystic Hurricane finished third in the class, six seconds behing Smith.

We love this picture of Nigel giving Glovers Hill a hug after winning the class. I wonder if he knows just how special he is! 

Photos courtesy of K2 Photographic.

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July 14, 2017  |   Share:

The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby 2017

After an exciting Hickstead (isn't it always?!) Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill claimed the 2017 Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby.

Nigel and Sue Simmons' 14-year-old Irish gelding produced only one of two clears to give the first Derby jump off since 2014. They were joined by Harriet Nuttall and A Touch Imperious.

Completing the jump off course with one pole down, Nigel Coupe set a target of 90.73sec.

Harriet and "Henry" finished on a time of 91.06sec with two poles down to put them into the runner up spot.
Three riders tied on four faults, first-timer Holly Smith with her Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard winner Quality Old Joker, Ireland's Billy Twomey with Diaghilev and another Irishman Dermott Lennon with Gelvins Touch.

William Funnell's Billy Buckingham impressed on his first trip round Hickstead, finishing on a round with no jumping penalties but a step back on the bank and a time fault left the pair to collect sixth place.

It had been an exciting previous day too with Matthew Sampson winning the British Speed Derby on catch ride Topflight True Carlo.

A "change in circumstances" meant Matt only found out on Friday that he would be taking over the ride from Christy Kemp. Matt set an unbeatable target when he jumped clear in 92.73sec.

Congratulations to all competitors at the Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meet, from showing to scurry driving to showjumping. Take a look at some of the brilliant shots taken by K2 Photographic in our gallery.

June 27, 2017  |   Share:

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.

June 27, 2017  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson takes the runners up spot at Luhmuhlen CCI****

Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored rider Nicola Wilson finished second in the CCI4* at Luhmühlen!

Nicola rode Jo and James Lambert's Bulana to a clear jumping round on the final day with 3 time penalties to complete on a score of 41.7.

German rider Julia Krajewski and Samourai Du Thot finished on 41.1 to take the top spot, just 0.6 of a penalty ahead of Nicola.

Overnight leader Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 had a fence in hand going into the final phase. The pair hit fence six and despite finishing the course with no further jumping penalties, 3 time faults dropped Bettina to third position.

We would like to pass on huge congratulations to Nicola and her team!

June 19, 2017  |   Share:

2017 Bramham Horse Trials

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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.

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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.




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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.

June 12, 2017  |   Share:

It been a rollercoaster ride but we're back on track...

Since my last blog we have very much had the rollercoaster ride typical to the amateur eventer, or maybe just typical to anyone with horses. Ellie has returned to full work fit and well and we have progressed back to eventing fitness. Our first event was Millfield I knew that with the dry weather there was a risk that conditions may not be to my liking but I was hoping the ground was acceptable. The team were working hard on the course and although it was firm with the continued work I felt at 90 level it was acceptable to run.

sj.jpgHowever I was swayed when I walked the show jumping, the ring was on what they use as a rounders pitch and the grass cut very short, they had spiked but the ground here was pretty firm and you would need studs to stop slipping adding concussion. The warm up (although seen before they had worked on it) was a bit rough and very hard. Sadly there was no significant rain forecast that night and I decided for Ellie having had time off and being her first run we would save her for another day. Really disappointing and must emphasis this is no reflection on the event who worked very hard or anybody that did run. In fact with a lot of rain Saturday night I understand the going on Sunday was pretty near perfect. For once the blow was softened by finding something else to do nearby. So we headed off to Chard Equestrian for their BS show. This was Ellie's first competitive jumping show since last October and it was great to be out again. In the British Novice we just had a pole in the jump off section and in the 95cm open she jumped a super double clear to win her first BS points. Was so pleased with this result don't get me wrong it is still a bit all or nothing i.e. long strides or bounce up and down then pop but we are moving in the right direction.

xc.jpgI am aware that I am very risk adverse and sometimes a bit too much maybe but when you only have one or two horses you can get over protective. Luckily 2 weeks later we made it to our first event at Pontispool. In the dressage we had one of our best ever marks of 24.3 in a generously marked section, we then proceeded to be clear showjumping leaving us comfortably in the top 10 before cross country. Ellie gave me a super round cross country over a testing track albeit a little green at times. I am not sure exactly what happened but at 3/4 way round we approached the hay cart, we just lost our stride and she chipped in and left a leg meaning she landed on her nose and only just stayed upright catapulting me out the saddle. There are some spectacular pro pictures of the sequence if you want to look them up on Jayphotos site by my name in the BE90 section of Pontispool.

ellie.jpgEllie rather than waiting to see if mother was ok disappeared back to the lorries so we had no alternative but to retire. Luckily I was able to get a lift back from the organiser to find Ellie. I am sore but my Kan Teq back protector is invaluable at times like this it offers superb protection. Ellie has a slightly bruised knee but is trotting up sound, we are sharing the Arc Equine to help our respective aches and pains.

So some cross country schooling is planned this weekend before we head to West Wilts for our next event.

Hoping I will have some more positive news to share next time. However talking of good news I have sold Posy which I had been hoping to do for a few months now. This means it is horse hunting time where I spend hours pouring over adverts, pictures and videos and when I do go and see something usually find I missed that it only had 3 legs or I wasn't told some vital bit of information or sometimes however nice a horse is it just isn't my cup of tea - I can be fussy!

babies.jpgI do have a smart one growing up in the field and Kensa is a year old this week, in the last few months she has changed from a foal to looking like a little horse. She still has plenty of character and cheek though and poor Tommy doesn't get much peace and quiet. Seems a long time to wait though! The two yearlings are really appreciating grazing the field that I fertilised in early April. Have to say the grass seems very good and thick which is ideal for the youngsters. I managed to finish the other fields only last weekend, must admit doing by hand I was aching a bit the next day!

 

 

On the Shoestring front my website and social media have just had some great stats for May.

Website Page views: 125,000
Unique visitors: 12,100
Course Pictures
24 Venues covered
80 sets of pictures
1935 photos uploaded
Facebook 8,370 likes with post reach of 30,000

Very excited that an amateur website and associated social media is pulling in so many people.

June 2, 2017  |   Share:

Why use CSM?

Majority of grazed grassland in the UK is mineral deficient. CSM contains over 70 minerals and trace elements to inject lost nutrition back into your soil, creating the optimum conditions for quality, healthy grassland. 

Make the most of your grassland and apply CSM now! 

May 24, 2017  |   Share:

Withdrawals, withdrawals, withdrawals!

The event season is here, but sadly for us out of the five events that we've been entered into I've only competed in two! Lander competed in our first event of the season in the BE Novice at Tweseldown, but since then we've struggled to get out!

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Four days before 5yo Simba's BE90 class at Munstead he hit his leg on the corner of the arena during a fantastic dressage session; three stitches later we were advised to put him onto 2 weeks of box rest – meaning our first withdrawal.

Five days before Lander's second event at South of England I very stupidly and randomly fell over in the stables, giving myself a terrible black eye and cut which meant that I couldn't see for four days! Meaning our second withdrawal.

Finally Simba had his first outing of the season, and only his third ever event, in the BE90 at Horseheath. A fantastic dressage test in a harshly marked section for 30.3 put us into 3rd place after this phase; he then jumped a beautiful clear showjumping to move us up to 2nd place. As the ground was extremely hard and he's still only young I took it easy x country, gaining many time penalties. But he gave me a super confident clear; so I'm now extremely excited for his first BE 100 class in a few weeks' time at Tweseldown!

We then took Lander to GB junior training, and he was an absolute star! He really impressed the trainers all day in both the dressage and the track jumping, and consequently we've been put forward for the trip to Millstreet Horse trails in Ireland to compete in the CCI J* later on in the season, the objective being to give international experience to 16 year olds. And he wore his SureGrow sponsored numnahs all day!

17796510_1460432337340114_434658196613631813_n.jpgBut disaster strikes again! Just over a week before Lander's second event of the season at Chilham he walked out of his stable lame. The next day when our physio came out for her monthly visit to see all of the horses he was sound again; but a few days before the event he went hopping lame. Meaning our third withdrawal! Our vets and farrier thought that he may have an abscess, but they're back out on Monday for further investigation.

On a better note, the fields our starting to look fantastic! A couple of months ago all of the gateways were muddy, with absolutely no grass; and the fields themselves were looking rather bare and the grass was very sparse. But now thanks to SureGrow Fast Grass and Paddock Grass Seed Mix the fields are looking brilliant and positively green; and even though there has been hardly any rain in our area the grass growth has been fantastic! We are hoping to extend our land and grazing into another field which lies alongside our own, which would complete the square of land that our house and stables are built on, so this is also extremely exciting. All of us at home find the field maintenance quite therapeutic, and with the arrival of a new sit-on mower it's easier than ever! We have set up a time lapse camera in one of our fields to watch the grass growth over a period of a few months, and soon that video will be ready to view.

May 10, 2017  |   Share:

Badminton Horse Trials 2017

It was definitely an emotional one with Andrew Nicholson taking his first Badminton victory on board the 17 year old Nereo, having completed the event a record breaking 37 times.

The pair were sitting in third position going into the final phase but when Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW knocked a pole and leaders Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD had three poles down the victory went to Andrew.

Suregrow sponsored riders were also out in force at Badminton Horse Trials. Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover unfortunately retired around a very tough x-country track. Oliver Towned completed on both his horses ODT Ghareeb and Samuel Thomas II to finish in the top 25 (16th and 25th respectively).

May 9, 2017  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson gets off to a flying start

The season is well underway now and what a fantastic start Nicola has had, especially with the young horses which is so encouraging for the future. There's also been a new addition to the yard, Tipple! 

The team have had 6 wins and 10 top 10 placings from five events with these exciting young horses.

The advanced horses Annie Clover and Bulana should have made their first CIC3* outing at Burgham International but unfortunately the weather played its part and the event was cancelled which was so disappointing as both horses produced fantastic dressage tests and were in strong positions.

Burnham Market International CIC3* was the next stop for both Annie and Bulana and they both gave Nicola great rides. 3rd and 6th respectively after dressage and two clear show jumping rounds put them in a great position going into the cross country phase. Annie went clear with just a few time penalties to finish 4th overall.

Preparations are now in full swing with Annie for Badminton in two weeks time. The team at home are fully focused on getting her ready for this fabulous event, fingers and toes crossed that preparations pay off.

We would like to wish Nicola and Annie good luck at Badminton Horse Trials, exciting times!

April 20, 2017  |   Share:

Positive vet reports, mixed up diaries and a spot of volunteering...

Sorry my blog is a little late this month but I wanted to let you know the good news regarding Ellie. As you may have read in November she was diagnosed with a neurological problem and the prognosis was guarded. She was treated by B&W vets, who mylogrammed her and then treated a compression in the neck with injections. We followed the rehab to the letter and last week she was examined again and presented no symptoms and was perfect on all the neurological tests. The vet could therefore confidently say that this would not affect her or limit her competitive career and we can crack on. Therefore hopefully future blogs may be filled with some competition action.

On the negative Posy who I am trying to sell has still not found the right home and I'm rather pulling my hair out. It is the first time I have sent a horse away to be sold (people don't like travelling to Cornwall) and although the yard are doing a great job the costs are mounting. Maybe good news on my next blog.

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So what now for Ellie? She is in full work and just before this problem raised its head I had registered her for British Dressage so last Sunday we did our first BD competition together.Maybe we were a tad ambitious trying our first novices! It seems a travesty that I'm not eligible for any qualification classes at Prelim because of the level I reached with Sarnie who was the most uncooperative dressage horse ever!

We went to St Leonards which is a lovely friendly well organised yet low-key venue. We were entered in novice 24 and 34 quite similar short arena tests. I knew we would struggle a little and we did. At the moment she can get very tight in her frame and draw her head behind the verticle, whilst we had some nice work we also had elements spoilt by this, With time and strength this will improve dramatically I'm sure. Even then we scored 64% and 65% meaning she gained 5 dressage points and some mid class placings (4th and 5th)

This weekend we are off to Bicton International Horse Trials where I am volunteering for 3 days. Should be a great competition as some top riders entered and the parkland, facilities and organisation is second to none. Ellie is coming too which means I can work her in the warm up arenas before or after competition. My role for the weekend will be updating the live scoring which should be great fun, hope I can keep up!

I am aiming for Ellie's first BE to be mid May at Millfield, we didn't have a great time there with Posy last year, I came off after catching my foot in some brush at the edge of a fence. As lovely as Millfield is it doesn't have the happiest memories, better make some good ones this year. I will certainly be appreciating getting Ellie out and about again.

In March we also had the Shoestring holiday when horses are abandoned and we explore a different part of the country. This time it was Shropshire which was lovely. We couldn't though make it totally non horsey and on the way back I arranged a yard visit at National hunt trainer Oliver Sherwood.

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We arrived the night before in Lambourn with accommodation booked we first sussed out where his yard was as the visit involved a 7.15 start. As I was checking the paperwork I suddenly realised that I had booked the Friday not the Saturday as I had thought and hence missed the tour. I was fairly upset at the wasted money and spoilt present! I posted on Facebook regarding my stupidity and as well as sympathy a couple of friends tagged and contacted Oliver and he rang me saying that we could join a tour the next day.

The whole experience was fascinating and certainly a few interesting observations. The horses were a lot more lightweight than I was expecting very few looking liked the old-fashioned chaser that I would describe as rangey but with a bit of substance. Interestingly Oliver agreed that the horses have changed and with it they seem to be more prone to injury. All the horses are stabled on straw (good quality) but he feels that lessens the liklihood of ulcers and that is key to their well being. I was also surprised to see after exercise the horses turned out in groups of 5 or 6, I have to admit with animals of that value I would worry regarding injury but again as herd animals he very much wants them to be happy.

image1.jpgWe watched two lots on the gallops on what was a work day. At this time of the season the horses are all fit so ticking over with two 5 furlong work sessions up a steep all weather gallop. Interestingly I asked what different levels of work he would give a horse aimed at the Grand National (a 4 mile race) in comparison to a much shorter race, evidently the work is pretty similar and they don't work them differently. I was surprised to learn that Lambourn as what I thought was the home of jump racing now trains probably more flat race horses.
Back at home the great British weather is playing havoc with my plans again. I had intended to fertilise my fields by now but much of March was just too wet, we then had a week off and on my return I managed to do an acre (by hand) and we had a nice amount of rain to wash it in. Since then it has been bone dry so waiting for a little rain in the forecast before I finish the job.

April 20, 2017  |   Share:

Exclusive interview with Martin and Michaela Wood featuring Suregrow Fertiliser!

Great read in the Horse and Hound published on 16th March 2017. Exclusive interview with top showing team Martin and Michaela Wood looking super smart in their Suregrow Fertiliser jackets. Only the best for the best!   MMW.PNGMW.PNG

March 21, 2017  |   Share:

Triumphs, Storms & Blow Outs!

The horses and I have been extremely busy this February preparing for the eventing season ahead, we started the month off at Bury Farm at the BE JAS qualifiers with both Simba and Lander. To be honest I hoped that Lander would qualify but he literally did it in style, coming 2nd in BE Novice and then taking the win in the BE Novice Open! He is just feeling fantastic at the moment, and I am really looking forward to his first event at Tweseldown (1). We took rising 5-year-old Simba along to just gain a different experience for him, and bless him he also went and qualified in one of his classes, and had a fantastic round in his first ever BE 100! Which really wasn’t expected!

As my half term loomed both boys had their first XC training session of the year: Adam and I took Lander to Ely Eventing Centre and you wouldn’t have thought that it had been six months since this little horse saw a XC jump! We then threw Simba totally in at the deep end and he took part in his first ever SE u18 XC clinic with other horses (yes Simba other horses!) and jumping 1 meter fences. Apart from deciding he had a new best friend and being completely over excited by the group of youngsters going bananas in the field next to us he was a totally cool dude. It occurred to me that he hadn't seen a XC jump since his 4yo class August last year but far from being spooky he just didn't look at a thing and the confidence this baby has gained over winter is incredible. I am seriously excited about his future in the sport.

Lander was up next at SE u18 training for the potential CCIJ* squad for Frickley; run as combined training event. Lander was just a star as usual, gaining 74% in the dressage test. My de-brief with the judge after was very encouraging giving me tips to further improve on his score, as she was very happy with how he was going, and had no real complaints! He then jumped a really smooth clear round showjumping. We had to run as we were due at Hartpury for the JAS Championships the next day and wanted to get home as quickly as possible to give Lander the maximum rest possible.

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BLOW OUT

Unbelievably, half way round the M25, and in the middle lane, we had a blow out! I have never heard anything like it. Although I am sure that mum never wants to experience this again, Surrey Police, the Highways Authority, Call Assist Recovery were all brilliant and after 4 hours we finally got to move on again after the tyre was replaced and before the M25 could have been closed to take a slightly agitated Lander off of the lorry.

We got home at 10.30pm and Lander was rudely awoken at 6.30 the next morning to go back out, this time with Simba on board too, to Hartpury for the JAS Championships. Neither of them let me down, they didn't touch a pole all day and both boys gained 12th places in their first classes with a few time faults in each case. Lander then upped his game and flew around the Novice course inside the, taking 7th place in a hotly contested class. I was so happy with both of my boys, they never let me down and always give me their all. It’s safe to say that all of us had a very well deserved rest the next couple of days.

Unfortunately, storm Doris got the better of my first Junior Training day, which consequently had to be abandoned. But it’s not much time to go now, the season’s nearly underway.. and we are all very excited!

March 8, 2017  |   Share:

A Mare and two foals, let me explain...

The first month has flown by and the support I am receiving from SureGrow is so appreciated when I look at the state my fields are getting in. In particular the paddock that I have Sarnie and the two foals in is looking poached, needing a rest, a harrow and roll as well as some Suregrow to support the grass.

A mare and 2 foals let me explain - Sarnie my horse of a lifetime retired a couple of years ago having taken me as an amateur to advanced level and placings at Intermediate and 2*. She is KWPN with great dutch bloodlines and her mother was recognised as one of the top broodmares in Holland after breeding 5 international horses. A Sarnie baby was always on the cards yet despite multiple attempts in 2014 we could not get her in foal, in 2015 we tried again naturally but she wouldn't let the stallion near her. 

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Our last throw of the dice was to send her to a local stud that stood MY ECLIPSE (TB) (son of SHAAB). There Sarnie was turned out with another eventing broodmare Batty, they alternately bullied each other and fell out before becoming inseparable mates. Sarnie learnt to chill and it was this change in her that finally on the last try meant Sarnie was expecting. I credit Batty with settling her down resulting in her getting in foal.

Batty and Sarnie were just the best mates, Sarnie was 9 months pregnant when Batty had a bad abscess and had to be kept in. Although we felt that she would be better off out she came in uphill over a 5 bar gate to get back to her mate. After this we let her stay in with her. Batty foaled a month ahead of Sarnie yet they stayed together and Sarnie was allowed to look after the foal. One day we even thought Sarnie had foaled early as Batty's foal was settled beside Sarnie.

Sarnie had a good foaling and we hit a slight hitch when she went back out with Batty, she decided Batty could look after her foal too!! They then lived in adjacent fields, always beside each other with the hedge separating them while Sarnie got the hang of her responsibilities. After a month they were put back together and resumed the same close relationship.

Very sadly with Batty's foal 3 months old Batty died suddenly in the field leaving Tommy orphaned. Both for a foal losing his mother and Sarnie losing her soul mate times were tough. At least they all knew what had happened, she died overnight so they spent some time understanding the situation.

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Tommy was too young ideally to be weaned but thankfully Sarnie stepped up to the plate and looked after Batty's foal. Whilst she never fed him (he was old enough to eat solids) she adopted him in all other ways ensuring he was with her and shouting for him if he strayed too far or they were moving fields. I think the two foals test Sarnie's patience on many occasions and she certainly gets a headache keeping them both in order. However she owes Batty so much for her gorgeous foal (Kensa the chestnut), I am so proud of her that she has adopted Tommy and ensuring he gets the best start in life. In the next week we will be weaning so I will update you next time.

Ellie is progressing well in her return to work plan and so far the vets are happy. She has had a neurological problem but we are hoping the treatment has been effective. Maybe in the next blog there may even be a low key competition report. She is certainly feeling very well to the extent we parted company this week when a cat spooked her.

Very excited to have received my delivery so Suregrow fertiliser and CSM ready to spread in March, the fields certainly need a little support after taking rather a hammering from baby feet.

If you want to keep regularly up to date with our activates check out my website at www.shoestringeventing.co.uk

 

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March 2, 2017  |   Share:

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.

PS__3742.JPGAnnaghmore 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. 

IMG_9866.JPGBritannia'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.

 

14067552_1216187715097912_2693463933128549475_n.jpgBritannia'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  |   Share:

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 

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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.


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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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  |   Share:

Valegro's emotional retirement at Olympia 2016

'Truly one in a million', 'He has it all' and 'Genius in an athlete's body' are just a few of the comments describing the one and only Valegro. 

With three gold medals under his belt partnered by Charlotte Dujardin, he has now been officially retired from competition. The sport's most successfull partnership performed at Olympia last night, 14th December 2016.

To see his routine please click here. 

Although Valegro will no longer compete, he will continue to give celebrity appearances and demonstrations. Charlotte is currently campaigning several potential successors for Tokyo 2020, including Mount St John Freestyle. 

To add to an already emotional evening, sponsored rider Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin's team-mate, metor and co-owner of Valegro, danced to victory for the second night running in the freestyle aboard Nip Tuck with a score of 84.669%. 

December 15, 2016  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

CIC3* Master Oliver Townend triumphs at Adelaide

Oliver Townend triumphs the CIC3* at the Australian International Three-Day Event at Adelaide.

Oliver rode Napoloen to victory, a catch ride offered by Tim Boland, having just ridden him three times before arriving on site at the event. The pair were competitive from the beginning, posting an impressive dressage score of 44.9 to sit them in second place.

With no showjumping penalties to add and a clear cross-country round with 13.2 time faults the pair clinched victory at the unique event, being situated right in Adelaide's city centre.

Huge congratulations to Oliver Townend, what a way to finish the event season!

November 7, 2016  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson finishes best of the Brits at Pau CCI4*

Nicola Wilson finished her 2016 eventing season in style by being the highest placed British rider at the CCI**** Pau International Horse Trials, where riding One Two Many (owned by Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan) Nicola finished in 4th place and with Annie Clover (owned by her parents Barry & Mary Tweddle) she finished in 8th place.

One Two Many produced a superb dressage test to lie in 3rd place, while Annie Clover, who unfortunately on her toes in this phase was further down the field, however, the little mare showed true class in the cross-country phase by jumping clear with only 2 time penalties. One Two Many powered his way over the Pierre Michelet cross country course and showed he was no slouch either by coming home with just 2.8 time penalties, leaving them 12th and 3rd respectively going into the show jumping phase.
Annie Clover showed a clean pair of heels to jump a superb clear round that finally moved her up to 8th position, while One Two Many moved down one place to finish in 4th place – his best result to date at CCI**** level.

"I am absolutely thrilled with both my horses said Nicola, it has been a superb week of competition and what a great finish to the 2016 season",

"A massive thank you to all my owners, sponsors, the girls on the yard and everyone who makes up Team Wilson".

French rider Maxime Livio claimed the victory, his first CCI4* win.

We would like to wish all those that took part a very well done, but especially huge congratulations to Nicola for not one, but two top 10 results!!!

October 17, 2016  |   Share:

** NEW ** Equine Gastric Ulcer Factsheet

Equine Gastric Ulcers are a common problem that can be found in horses of all ages. As horses have evolved to graze, it's important that you make the most of your grassland so you can encourage your horses natural behaviour in your quest to avoid ulcers. 

We have created a handy fact sheet all about Equine Gastric Ulcers to help answer some of the questions you may have. Please feel free to take a look and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like some advice on how to make the most of your grassland.

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October 12, 2016  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

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.

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September 19, 2016  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

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.

Burghley Horse Trials Top 10 results 2016

September 5, 2016  |   Share:

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When BBC's Countryfile featured wild flower meadows earlier in the year, we came away inspired. Wild flowers and plants are not only beautiful but also an essential part of our lives. They provide food for humans and animals.

We are proud to introduce our new Traditional Wild Flower Meadow Mix so you can create your own beautiful and natural ecosystem.
 
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August 31, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Oliver Townend victorious at Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2016

Nicola Wilson was victorious in the CCI3* at the Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials when she and Annie Clover (Owned by her parents Barry and Mary Tweddle) retained the lead they had held from day one.

Despite heading into the final showjumping phase with a three-fence cushion, it was a nail biting finish as the pair knocked one pole down and racked up seven time penalties to reduce their winning margin to just 1.3 penalties.

It was girl power all the way for Team Wilson as Bulana (owned by James and Jo Lambert) came 5th in the CIC*** Event Rider Masters series, giving Nicola a fabulous ride throughout and proving how consistent this lovely young mare is now becoming at this level.

Oliver Townend became the first rider to win back-to-back Event Rider Master (ERM) legs when he and Cilnabradden Evo triumphed in the penultimate CRM contest of 2016.

The podium positions changed as frequently as the weather, but in the end Oliver was in a class of his own, giving the talented but sometimes unpredictable 10-year-old a masterful ride to finish on a score of 45.2 – nearly 10 penalties ahead of his nearest rival. This gave Oliver his 53rd international win. Oliver also finished second and third in the CCI3*, second and sixth in the CIC3*, and fourth and sixth in the CCI* making the journey up to Scotland very worthwhile!

Congratulations to our sponsored riders on another successful weekend!

August 30, 2016  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored riders dominate at Somerford Park International Horse Trials 2016

Our sponsored riders were out in force at this weekend's Somerford Park International Horse Trials.

It was a worthwhile trip for Oliver Townend who finished first, second, fourth and sixth in the CIC** class on Note Worthy, MHS King Joules, Ulises and Ballaghmor Class respectively. Not only did he dominate the CIC**, Oliver also finished second and third in the Open Intermediate (on board Cooley SRS and Dromgurrihy Blue) and second and fourth in his Novice section (riding Speculate and Gatestown Master).

Caroline Powell also had a successful outing, winning the CIC* class on board Flipper K. The duo was in the lead from the beginning with an enviable 33.8 dressage score.

Well done to our sponsored riders once again, we look forward to Burghley news from both Oliver and Caroline!

August 22, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins Superflex CIC*** at Hartpury International Horse Trials 2016

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many, owned by Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, proved untouchable as they came from behind to claim the Superflex CIC*** title at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials 2016.

Nicola and One Two Many were second after the dressage phase behind Izzy Taylor, however, they surged into the lead following a superb clear round in the show jumping phase after Izzy Taylor picked up four faults. Despite collecting 2.8 cross-country time penalties, Nicola set the standard for the remaining competitors and her score of 39.9 was unmatched throughout the CIC*** competition.

"I am so thrilled with how One Two Many went at Hartpury, he gave me a great ride in all three phases" said Nicola, with this being his second CIC*** win this year, I would like to thank my team at home, owners and sponsors for their unwavering support and hope that this success for Team Wilson carries through to the Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials, where Annie Clover runs in the CCI*** and Bulana in the CIC***".

August 22, 2016  |   Share:

Rio 2016 Olympics - Grand Prix dressage round-up

An exciting two days of dressage in Rio leaves the British dressage team in silver medal position after the grand prix. Charlotte Dujardin put in a stunning test with Valegro to score 85.071%, leaving them in the lead individually. Her score lifts Britain to the silver medal position at the half-way point of the team competition, which will be decided after the grand prix special today (12th August).

The top six teams are all through to today's grand prix special plus the top eight riders not qualified through team participation.

Team standings Individual standings
1. Germany (81.295% average)          1. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (GBR) 85.071%
2. Great Britain (79.252% average)                   2. Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH (GER) 82.257%
3. USA (76.971% average) 2. Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH (GER) 80.986%

 

The British times for the Grand Prix Special today are:

• Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II – 2.20pm (6.20pm British time)
• Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia – 3.02pm (7.02pm British time)
• Carl Hester and Nip Tuck – 3.29pm (7.29pm British time)
• Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro – 3.56pm (7.56pm British time)

The combined scores from the grand prix and the grand prix special give the result of the team competition.

August 12, 2016  |   Share:

Rio eventing concludes and dressage begins

A faultless showjumping round from Michael Jung ensured that he retained the individual gold medal that he won at the London 2012 Olympics, one of only two clears from those in the top 10. The young French rider Astier Nicolas took individual silver on board Piaf De Benville, finishing with one pole down, and the USA's Phillip Dutton moved up from fourth position to take bronze on Mighty Nice, another to finish with one pole down.

Australia's Chris Burton and Santano II were in the individual bronze position before the last round, but when the final two fences dropped, he also dropped down to fifth place behind Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh who produced a beautiful clear round. William Fox-Pitt was the only Brit to qualify for the final round and he produced another classy clear round to finish in 12th place with Chilli Morning.

Final eventing results are as follows:

Team      Individual
Gold - France      Gold - Michael Jung and Sam FBW
Silver - Germany      Silver - Astier Nicolas and Piaf De Benville
Bronze - Australia      Bronze - Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice

 

The eventing competition may be complete, but we will still be able to get our fix of Olympic Equestrian action with the dressage which starts today at 2pm UK time. British rider's times are as follows:

Wednesday        Thursday
Spencer Wilton: 11.18am (3:18pm UK time)        Carl Hester 11:27am (3:27pm UK time)
Fiona Bigwood: 3.06pm (7.06pm UK time)        Charlotte Dujardin 2.24pm (6:18pm UK time)

 

August 10, 2016  |   Share:

Final day of eventing competition at Rio Olympics 2016

Today, 9 August, is the final day of competition for the event riders at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Starting order will only be finalised after the trot-up, which takes place this morning at 8am Rio time, 12pm UK time.

For the Brits, Gemma Tattersall will be the first to jump. She completed the cross-country phase yesterday with a total of 49.6 time and 40 jump penalties to add to a 47.20 dressage score with Quicklook V for 44th place going into the showjumping.

Despite picking up 20 jumping penalties on the cross-country course, William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are the best of the Brits going into the showjumping, 22nd with 67.4 penalties.

Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz are in 28th and Kitty King and Ceylor LAN are in 34th.

The Australians are in team and individual gold positions, led by Chris Burton on the nine-year-old Santano II who had a foot perfect cross country round to finish exactly on the optimum time.

4.5 penalties behind is the New Zealand team in silver position while France lie 6.2 penalties behind them in the bronze medal position.

The showjumping will start at 10am Rio time, 2pm in the UK.

August 9, 2016  |   Share:

Cross-country timetable for Olympic eventing in Rio

The time table has been released for the second phase of the Olympic Eventing in Rio. The times for the British riders are as follows:

  • 10.23am (14.23 UK time) Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V
  • 11.39am (15.39 UK time) William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning
  • 13.05 pm (17.05 UK time) Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz
  • 14.21pm (18.21 UK time) Kitty King and Ceylor LAN

After a weekend of dressage, Great Britain is lying in fourth position in the team standings.

British rider William Fox-Pitt is in gold medal position individually, with Australia’s Chris Burton just behind.

Only 5.7 penalties separate the top four teams going into the cross country phase (Germany, France, Australia and Great Britain), and given that riders have reported that the cross-country track is one of the hardest seen at the Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000, the cross country phase will be very infuential.

Click here to download the full list of riders and their times for the cross-country phase.

August 8, 2016  |   Share:

Oliver Townend takes the British Open Title at Gatcombe

Oliver Townend became the first British rider for five years to be crowned the British Open champion at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe this weekend. Oliver partnered Cillnabradden Evo, the horse that also took the CIC** title at Burgham International last weekend, and triumphed by 6.3 penalties. This CIC*** class also incorporated the fourth leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM).

The pair were in second position after dressage and jumped a double clear, but Cillnabradden Evo tired towards the end of the undulating cross-country track and picked up 10.4 time faults.

"Coming home I thought the win had gone; I was just trying to look after him," said Oliver, "Cillnabradden Evo has got a bit of a chequered cross-country history, but he's a great jumper and I enjoy riding him. It feels great to win."

Not only did Oliver take the CIC*** title, he also finished first, second and fourth in the Advanced class on board Dunbeau, Samuel Thomas II and Dromgurrihy Blue respectively.

Nicola Wilson also finished in the top 10 in the CIC*** ERM on board the classy mare Bulana.

Another successful weekend for our sponsored riders, well done!

 

August 8, 2016  |   Share:

Rio Olympics 2016

Make sure you don's miss any of the equestrian action in Rio. All times shown are UK times, Rio times are in the brackets.
All the equestrian action will be shown on the BBC red button and on the BBC sport website. Cross-country, eventing showjumping, showjumping team round two (team final) and individual final, dressage grand prix special (team final) and grand prix freestyle (individual final) may also be shown on the main BBC TV channels.

Friday 5 August

•Eventing first horse inspection: 12.30-1.55pm (8.30-9.55am)

•Opening ceremony: 11.30pm (7.30pm)

Saturday 6 August

 •Eventing dressage: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Sunday 7 August

 •Eventing dressage: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Monday 8 August

•Eventing cross-country: 2-7pm (10am-3pm)

•Dressage horse inspection: 7.45-8.55pm (3.45-4.55pm)

Tuesday 9 August

•Eventing second horse inspection: Noon-1pm ((8-9am)

•Eventing team showjumping, eventing individual showumping, eventing team and individual medal ceremonies: 2-7.30pm (10am-3.30pm)

Wednesday 10 August

•Dressage grand prix: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Thursday 11 August

•Dressage grand prix: 2-8pm (10am-4pm)

Friday 12 August

•Showjumping horse inspection: 11.30am-1pm (7.30-9am)

•Dressage grand prix special team final and team medal ceremony: 2-8.30pm (10am-4.30pm)

Saturday 13 August

•Showjumping training session: 2-6.50pm (10am-2.50pm)

Sunday 14 August

•Showjumping first qualifier (team and individual): 2-5.45pm (10am-1.45pm)

Monday 15 August

•Dressage grand prix freestyle and individual medal ceremony: 2-6pm (10am-2pm)

Tuesday 16 August

•Showjumping team round one: 2-5.30pm (10am-1.30pm)

Wednesday 17 August

•Showjumping team round two and team medal ceremony: 2-4.45pm (10am-12.45pm)

Thursday 18 August

•Showjumping horse inspection: 8-8.30pm (4-4.30pm)

Friday 19 August

•Showjumping individual final and individual medal ceremony: 2-6.45pm (10am-2.45pm)

Sunday 21 August

•Closing ceremony: 11.30pm (7.30pm) 

 

August 4, 2016  |   Share:

Successful trip to Burgham International for our sponsored riders

Our three sponsored event riders have had a very successful trip to Burgham Horse Trials (29-31 July) in Northumberland.

Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules finished on their dressage score of 43.3 to win the CIC***. Oliver also finished third in the CIC*** on ODT Ghareeb with a 42.6 dressage score and double clear with just a few time penalties cross country. Not only did Oliver win the CIC***, but he also took the CIC** title on board Cillnabradden Evo, again finishing on their dressage score of 37.0.

Nicola Wilson finished second and fifth in the CIC***, with Annie Clover and One Two Many respectively, both completing the event double clear with just a few time penalties.

Caroline Powell had three rides in the CIC*** class finishing eighth, ninth and twelfth overall, riding Onwards and Upwards, Flying Finish and Sinatra Frank Baby.

Not a bad feat to have seven horses in the top 12 in the CIC*** powered by Suregrow Fertilised grass! Proud to sponsor such dedicated and talented riders. Massive well done from us!

Photograph of our sponsored riders at Bramham Horse Trials 2016 thanks to K2 Photographic.

Our sponsored riders Oliver Townend, Nicola Wilson and Caroline Powell at Bramham International Horse Trials.

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

Hickstead RIHS 2016

Yet again the hallowed turf at Hickstead was fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser, and boy did it look good!

The Royal International Horse Show is in its 109th year and is one of the most prestigious outdoor shows in the country. 2016 did not disappoint and was packed full of action from scurry ponies to the eventers' challenge, there was something for everyone.

Ireland's Billy Twomey had a particularly great show, having bagged four international wins across the week. This included the Bunn Leisure Salver, the British Speed Classic, the Bunn Leisure Vase and the biggest class of the week, the King George V cup.

Other winners included:

  • Jayne Ross riding the profilic hunter mare Time 2 Reflect took the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship for the second year in a row
  • Olivia Bowen and Golden Tasset won the Underwood Supreme Ridden Pony Championship
  • Ireland's David Simpson claimed the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup onboard Chessy 17
  • The british leg of the Nation Cup was taken by the German team consising of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Fibonacci 17), Janne Friederike Meyer (Goja 27), Patrick Stühlmeyer (Lacan 2) and Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara 222) who finished on a score of just four faults.
  • Another win for the Irish in the Amlin Eventers' Challenge where Elizabeth Power and Doonaveerage O One claimed the £3,000 first prize

We are proud to supply Suregrow Fertiliser to Hickstead and look forward to 2017.

Photograph thanks to K2 Photographic.

Hickstead grass arena fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

Great Yorkshire Show 2016

This year was our second at The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and once again we sponsored the screen in the main arena. Our Suregrow Fertiliser advert played on the screen and our (huge!) Suregrow banner was on show for all to see. Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), the 158th show was held on 12 - 14 July.

The competitive classes were at the heart of the event attracting around 13,000 entries, ranging from prize-winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. There was a large live robotic milking exhibition as well as fashion shows, game cookery demonstrations and a live forging competition which was held throughout the three days, a new addition for 2016.

On the final day of the show was the Cock O'The North Championship, where Laura Renwick, aboard Heliodor Hybris, hailed victory to bag the £8,000 prize on only her second ever outing to the Great Yorkshire Show. Essex-based Chloe Winchester produced the only other triple-clear to come second on Avoca Valkyrie while Shipley’s seven-time winner Robert Smith was third on Ilton.

We are proud to sponsor such a fantastic event and look forward to 2017!

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

Our advert and banner on shown for all to see in the main arena at the 158th Great Yorkshire Show 2016

August 3, 2016  |   Share:

William Whitaker Crowned the Hickstead Derby 2016 Champion

William Whitaker claimed the title of Hickstead Derby Champion following a magnificent performance riding 13 year-old chestnut gelding Glenavadra Brilliant. They were the only combination in the field of 28 to not have a fence down. They did pick up a one time penalty for being just over the allowed time of 180 seconds, but that did not matter in the end

The 26 year-old Yorkshireman became the third member, after Michael and John, of Britain's most recognised showjumping family to be crowned the champion at the West Sussex arena.

Last year William was runner-up behind Irelands Trevor Breen. This year three riders shared that spot, Irishmen Richard Howley (Chinook) and Billy Twomey (Diaghilev) and British rider Harriet Nuttall all finishing on four faults. 

Discussing his win William said: ' I am obviously delighted. It's one of the classes I've always really, really wanted to win.

 "I am pleased with my horse. He has always knocked on the door, and been second in numerous other derbies around Europe, so to finally get the win today, I'm really pleased.

 "The more times you ride the course the better it is because the more experience you get.

 "He is a strong and scopey horse, and he's got a lot of stamina. When he jumped the last fence he almost felt as if he could have done it again. I always hoped he would win a derby."

Image with thanks to K2photographic 

June 30, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* Results

1st - Chico Bella P - Gemma Tattersall
2nd - Billy the Red - Kristina Cook
3rd - Billy the Biz - Pippa Funnell
4th - Ceylor L A N - Kitty King
5th - Bango - Tim Price
6th - One Two Many - Nicola Wilson 
7th - Quicklook V - Gemma Tattersall
8th - DHI Lupison - Holly Woodhead
9th - Chilli Morning - William Fox-Pitt 
10th - Yogi Bear VIII - Paul Tapner

Image thanks to K2photographic

June 21, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - Equi-Trek CCI3* Results

New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson took the top spot with nine year old Jet Set IV making it his third Bramham win.

2nd place went to Leicestershire rider Lauren Shannon and Quality Purdey and finishing 3rd was Suregrow sponsored rider Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules.

4th Sammi Birch, Hunter Valley II
5th Ibby Macpherson, Ballingowan Diamond
6th Caroline Powell, Onwards and Upwards
7th Andrew Nicholson, Teseo
8th Pippa Funnell, Second Supreme
9th Oliver Townend, Samuel Thomas II
10th Tim Price, Xavier Faer

Image thanks to K2photographic

June 14, 2016  |   Share:

Bramham Horse Trials - The Suregrow Six Bar Competition

Irish rider Richard Howley won the Suregrow Six Bar Competition for the second year in a row, this time with Carpe Diem Z. Richard also took the second spot with Verlindo, whom he came joint first place with last year.

Richard is part of Team HK horses who specialise in breeding, producing, training and competing show jumping horses. 

Holly Gillott and Quality Old Joker came joint 3rd place with David Harlend and Nux D'Mour.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between them and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before. Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. if there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

 Image thanks to K2photographic

June 14, 2016  |   Share:

Fence 11, The Suregrow Kidney Ponds

Around 170 horse and rider combinations tackle the cross country course at Bramham Horse Trials each year. It was Ian Stark's seventh year designing the course and yet again, with the help of his team, he has used every aspect of the Yorkshire parkland to create another dazzling course to test the riders bravery, accuracy and stamina.

This year our sponsored fence was Fence 11, The Kidney Ponds. This fence sits on a tight line and undulating ground and, in the words of Ian Stark, requires riders to 'have their brave pants on!'

 

June 13, 2016  |   Share:

We were honored to be part of such a special Royal Windsor Show

This year the Royal Windsor Horse Show was in its 73rd year and is now a global brand. It is the UK's largest outdoor equestrian event and the only show in the UK to host international competition for dressage, show jumping, driving and endurance riding. 

We are always proud to be part of the show but this year was even more special as it was also host to one of the main celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday. The show attracted over 65,000 visitors who were all treated to many spectacular displays from the 1,500 performers and 900 horses. The monarch is well known for her love of horses and was seen beaming as she walked around the grounds. She was joined by several members of her family including husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Edward and grandchildren James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

The Horse Show is held over 4 days but unfortunately a month’s rain in 12 hours caused the first day of the show to be cancelled; the first time that had ever happened in its history. The quick work of the shows organizers had things back on track by day two. The Queen has attended every single year since it began back in 1943 and even competed in it in her younger years as did the Duke of Edinburgh.

 Image with thanks to K2photographic

June 8, 2016  |   Share:

Superb result for Nicola Wilson at Houghton International

A superb result for Nicola Wilson at Houghton international finishing first and third in the 3*** class with One Two Many and Annie Clover.

“If I’d been asked last week whether I would be riding at Houghton today I would have said no. The last few weeks have been bumpy for me; Badminton didn’t go my way, I had a nasty fall at Chatsworth and then fell off a young horse at home.

“I’m so grateful to the people at the Jack Berry House rehabilitation centre in Malton. I’ve been there every day since my fall and their care enabled me to ride at this fantastic venue.”

Finishing in between Nicola's rides was French team rider Matthieu Van Landeghem riding Trouble Fete ENE. They climbed from sixth after the dressage to second place with a clean sheet in the jumping phases.

Image with thanks to K2photographic (Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover)

June 7, 2016  |   Share:

Belton Park

The weather on Saturday gave rain, sleet and even snow resulting in the cancellation of the intermediate sections. However the CIC3* did run and Cilnabradden Evo finished 9th out of 126 starters.

www.k2photographic.com/ were there to catch the action and got a great shot of Oliver

June 3, 2016  |   Share:

Suregrow Sponsored Football Team

Coming to the end of the football season and our sponsored football team, after getting a promotion last year, are looking like they'll be finishing mid-table. A big well done to the team!!

.......and they have the greenest pitch in the league

April 13, 2016  |   Share:

New Grass Seed......Meadow & Laminitics Mix

Our new Meadow & Laminitics mix creates a none rye grass sword making it an ideal choice as a rye replacement where laminitis has previously been an issue.

By its nature and component makeup it will help grazing horses and ponies to reduce the incident of laminitis.
It produces a coarser grass which is durable, extremely persistent and winter hardy making it ideal for longer duration usage.

Also available with mixed herbs.

March 16, 2016  |   Share:

New Product for 2016......CSM

2016 has started with a bang for Suregrow Fertiliser with the introduction of our new product CSM

We all consider the fertiliser requirements of our grassland but we give little or no consideration to the mineral and trace element requirement.

CSM: Contains over 70 trace elements.

CSM: Contains Calcified seaweed.

CSM: Improves the mineral and trace element content which can contribute towards horse health.

CSM: Improves grass quality, soil stucture and root development.

CSM: Does not require stock movement during application.

The coral structure of Calcified seaweed captures and increases beneficial soil bacteria and they then break down gradually over a number of weeks realeasing the nutrients.

Visit our product page for more information.

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March 4, 2016  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Bulana win at Military Boekelo

It was a great win last weekend (8th to 11th October) for Nicola Wilson and Bulana. Nicola and the 9 year old black mare, owned by Mr James Lambert and Mrs Jo Lambert, won the CCI***. The duo were sitting in 5th place after the dressage, moved up to 4th after the cross country then finished in the top spot after jumping a clear round show jumping.

Bulana was a new ride for Nicola mid-season last year and they have had some fantastic results, including a 9th place in the CIC*** at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe and winning an advanced class at Allerton Park.

“I am over the moon with Bulana, says Nicola, she stepped up to this level of competition this year, but she still felt so secure and confident in all three phases. This win is just fabulous for us all as a team and gives the yard another horse qualification for the Rio Olympics next year. Although the Olympics are still a long way off it gives us all a boost going into the winter training months”

“I am thrilled for her owners but also for all my supporters, sponsors and my team of hardworking girls, who all make this possible”.

 

October 15, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins at Allerton

Nicola was thrilled to take 1st, 2nd and 5th place in the Advanced class at Allerton Park Horse Trials last weekend. 

Bulana and Watermill Vision, owned by James Lambert and Mrs Jo Lambert, took the top spot and runner up with Kiltealy Brief, owned by Ramscove Ltd taking 5th.

Photogragh thanks to K2Photographic

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser on wheels......

Our new wagon in conjunction with Horseshoe Distribution Ltd.

Keep a look out for it!

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

Richard Davison supports Carl Hester at Aachen

Our sponsored rider Richard Davison has been supporting one of our other riders, Carl Hester at the recent Aachen European Dressage competition.

Richard has said 'I help Carl warm up and train the horse before he goes in the arena' Richard is a huge help towards Carl in his preparation for any competitions and championships.

Charlotte Dujardin was competing on Carl Hesters world champion Valegro, she took individual gold at the European's with a percentage of 83.029. This is the second time that Charlotte and Valegro have won the special title, the last was in 2003 in Denmark.

September 22, 2015  |   Share:

GBR squad take silver at the European Eventing Championships

Britain took team silver at the Logines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland (10-13 September).

Ian Stark's cross-country course proved as strong as expected, while the torrential rain made it even more challenging. The rain stayed all day resulting in one fence on the course, the Haggis at fence 21a being removed after three horses fell there. 

Three superb showjumping performances by Nicola Wilson, Pippa Funnell and Kitty King saw them stand on the podium alongside fellow team-mate William Fox-Pitt

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, finished inside the time with a jumping score of four faults, completing on a score of 77.4 penalties. The duo has a superb start to the round but unfortunately met the distance wrong to fence seven seeing Nicola almost come unseated and the pole fall. 

A slightly disappointed Nicola commented; “­I put him in an impossible position, but what a super horse for jumping and very nearly jumping me out of the saddle, going through my head was ‘there’s only three of us, there’s only three of us, you’ve got to stay on’ and we re-grouped and he picked up beautifully and finished the rest of the course really nicely.”

Oliver Townend and PJ Hegarty's Fenyas Elegance produced a dazzling round finishing inside the time and finish their competition with a total penalty score of 64.70.

Commenting afterwards he said; “It’s nice to jump a clear on the third day, she’s a good jumper and a clear round jumper in general so there’s no excuses. I’m glad that it ended that way. She is a new ride, so we’ll see, but she’ll be aimed at Badminton next year. It’s frustrating that we had a run-out, she’s capable in my mind of being an individual medallist but it was a nice way for her to finish the week with that clear round but hopefully onwards and upwards.”

Gold - Germany

Silver - Great Britain

Bronze - France

September 21, 2015  |   Share:

Silver for Team GBR at Euros

Britain's magnificent four - Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Fiona Bigwood and Michael Eilberg - secured silver at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen. The last competitor in the ring, Germany's Kritina Broring-Sprehe could not pull her team up from bronze position. The Netherlands won gold.

Carl Hester was riding Nip Tuck owned by Miss Jane De La Mare. They performed a lovely test with a score of 75.400%.

Carl commented after his test; “He’s so consistent, he’s a horse that’s never had under 70%; it’s his second Championship at eleven years old; I’m really, really happy with how he’s going and a lot of horses have had issues in there, so for a horse that’s very young to go in there and have just a couple of minor mistakes, I’m delighted with him.

“It was a little more difficult going towards A; I don’t know what he saw down there, that’s what made him back up when he was on that right diagonal which is why I missed the change, he’s such an obedient horse, it just caught him out at the end there. For me personally that’s the best ride I’ve ever had at an Aachen, having finished last here – probably about 15 years ago, it was a great improvement.”

Charlotte and Valgro, owned by Mrs Roly Luard, Mrs Anne Barrott and Carl Hester, were the final combination in for Great Britain. They produced a lovely test but a couple of small mistakes in the zig-zag prevented them overtaking the Dutch. They finished on a score of 83.029%.

Commenting afterwards Charlotte said; “I had a problem on the zig-zag, that was completely my fault and then I think I still had that on my mind when I went into the changes, so then I had a mistake in the changes, a little bit disappointed with that but the beginning felt really good. I don’t think there’s many horses that have gone in and not had a mistake. We all went in to try our best and enjoy it.”

Spain, Sweden and France finished in fourth, fifth and sixth securing their Olympic qualification as there were three spots up for grabs and the podium teams had all qualified before this championships.

September 21, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson takes National Champion

Nicola Wilson has been crowned the British National Champion at the Festival of Eventing held at Gatcombe Park.

Nicola came third on her ride Beltane Queen in the British Open. As best of British rider she became National Champion. Unfortunately faults in the show jumping put Nicola in third place, however if she had gone clear they would have won the title.

Nicola said, ''She was phenomenal, she's just getting better and better, I can't believe it!'' Beltane Queen is an 11 year old coloured mare owned by Mrs Val Robson and Mrs Ann Robson. We are very excited about their future!

Nicola also finished ninth on Bulana jumping a brilliant double clear. Nicola was thrilled by the mares performance over such a technical show jumping track and tough cross-country course.

As well as the British National Champion Nicola is also the current Scottish Open Champion, having won that in 2014 riding One Two Many.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

August 10, 2015  |   Share:

Super Sonic Oliver takes victory at The Festival of British Eventing

The Festival of British Eventing 2015 held at Gatcombe Park proved to be a very successful weekend for our sponsored rider Oliver Townend. He competed in the national novice on Sonic De Sermentol taking first place for the 4th time as well as taking runner up on his second ride Ridire Dorcha.

However, his good luck did not stop there, he then went onto win the intermediate on his third ride Note Worthy. He was a massive 12 marks clear of the runner up. Oliver has now won this class for the third time.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

August 10, 2015  |   Share:

Fertilised again with Suregrow

Yet again fertilised with Suregrow Fertiliser, the arenas at Hickstead were in tip top condition.

The Royal International horse show is one of the more prestigious outdoor shows in the country, with top riders from show jumping, showing and the more fun events such as the scurry racing.

The showing championships are the best in the country; former Santa’s little helper took the top spot in the pony overall supreme. His rider, Susie Eddis was offered her pony ‘Beat The Boss’ b...y a dealer only last Easter, after his show jumping career did not work out. However previous to this, Beat The Boss used to pull a sleigh dressed as Rudolf!

As for the show jumping, the rider to take the top spot in the The Longines King George V Gold Cup was Beezie Madden, an American rider who has won the title for 2 consecutive years. She was the first female last year to be crowned the King George V cup winner; she has become the first female to ever hold down the title. Jessica Mendoza almost piped her to the post with a faster jump of time of a tenth of a second; however her 1 fence down meant she had to settle for second place.

August 5, 2015  |   Share:

SureGrow proudly sponsor The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

The group have been involved in every major conflict within the last 400 years. They have recently been involved with activity in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Royal regiment of Fusiliers are a group capable of meeting every challenge with courage and determination, they have a proven ability to succeed in the tough environment that is modern soldiering.

July 29, 2015  |   Share:

GBR Dressage European Squad 2015 Named

Carl Hester has been named as part of the British dressage team to represent GB in the FEI European Championships held this year in Aachen, Germany in August (12-16).

This event is the last major Championship before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Great Britain qualified a Dressage team place with a silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The four strong squad has been named as (in alphabetical order):

* Fiona Bigwood (39) with Penny Bigwood's Atterupgaards Orthilia
* Charlotte Dujardin OBE (30) with Mrs Roly Luard, Mrs Anne Barrott and Mr Carl Hester's Valegro
* Michael Eilberg (28) with Mr Ferdi Eilberg's Marakov
* Carl Hester MBE (48) with Miss Jane de la Mare and his own Nip Tuck

''Really happy Charlotte, myself, Fiona & Michael have been selected for the Europeans! Relishing the challenge to bring back a gold!'' said Carl

Chef d’Equipe Richard Waygood commented; “I’m delighted once again to be taking such a strong British team to a European Championships.'' 

“We’re in the envious position that yet again we have competitive riders on the team, and looking ahead this is yet another good stepping-stone on the road to Rio.”

All four selected athletes contest the team competition (with the three best scores counting); the top thirty athletes after the Grand Prix [team test] then go forward to contest the Grand Prix Special, with only the top fifteen athletes progressing through to the Grand Prix Freestyle.

July 27, 2015  |   Share:

GBR squad named for the FEI European Eventing Championships

Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson have been named as part of the British squad for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships held at Blair Castle, Scotland in September (10-13).

This event is the last major Championship before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where Great Britain will be represented having already qualified a team place after the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The strong squad of 12 eventers have been named as (in alphabetical order) Laura Collett (25) with Grand Manoeuvre, Dani Evans (23) with Smart Time, William Fox-Pitt (46) with Bay My Hero, Pippa Funnell (46) with Sandman 7, Flora Harris (27) with Bayano, Kitty King (32) with Persimmon, Gemma Tattersall (30) with Arctic Soul, Izzy Taylor (32) with Allercombe Ellie, Oliver Townend (32) with Fenyas Elagance, Francis Whittington (37) with Easy Target, Nicola Wilson (38) with One Two Many and Holly Woodhead (21) with DHI Lupison.

Fenyas Elegance is a new ride for Oliver this year and not surprisingly is delighted with the news.

“I am very pleased to have been selected especially being such a new partnership. I am very excited and very proud of her.''

“We will keep quietly progressing and getting to know each other better and continue to build on the relationship we have established so far and continue to be successful; I am really pleased with how she has performed so far, especially with her third place in the CCI3* at Saumur in May.”

Nicola is also delighted with the news riding on One Two Many with her parents Annie Clover as direct reserve.

''It is such an honour and so exciting to have One Two Many selected for the European Championships with Annie Clover, both horses have been so consistent and a pleasure to work with.''

“It is especially exciting after the delay to the beginning of our season due to me breaking my collar bone that subsequently needed plating. It is credit to my home support team who worked so hard to keep the horses in tip-top shape and to my fantastic owners and sponsors who remained supportive and positive through this time.''

“Blair Castle is a really exciting event and hopefully the support there will be enormous for Team GBR. It’s just the most beautiful setting; the hills and the parkland really lend itself to a great cross-country track; I’ve been very fortunate to go and compete there so often, it has been a fantastic event for us over the years but I'm certain Ian Stark (course designer) will have some hidden surprises up his sleeve.''

The eventing competition sees all riders compete as individuals with the four team riders announced nearer the time, with the other eight riding as individuals only. Britain can field 12 combinations instead of the usual six at this championship because it is the host nation.

July 24, 2015  |   Share:

Our Great Yorkshire Show Debut

This year we made our debut at The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and sponsored the Big Screen in the main arena. We had our Suregrow Fertiliser advert played on the screen and our logo was shown throughout the day. We also had a huge Suregrow Fertiliser banner uneder the screen for the duration of the show.

The show was held on 14 - 16 July and is in its 157th year and had a total of 132,131 people through the gates. Visitors to the show were thrilled to see HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall tour the event on the opening day. 

The show is a fabulous day out and is the biggest show of its kind in the country - it's an agricultural show with a difference. You see Britain's finest cattle, sheep, pigs and horses in top class show jumping and equine classes as well as other animal contests such as sheep-shearing competitions.

You can shop in the vast range of trade stands, eat in its popular food hall and watch demonstrations of cutting edge forestry and agricultural machinery, birds of prey and traditional blacksmiths. You can learn about the history and variety of livestock from across the world, get horticultural hints and tips and watch as the region's top chefs share their culinary skills in the Cooking Theatre.

We were proud to be sponsor's!

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

July 24, 2015  |   Share:

Success at Barbury for Nicola

It was a success at Barbury International Horse Trials for Nicola Wilson and Beltane Queen (known as Maisy and owned by Mrs Val Robson and Mrs Anne Robson). They were the best placed British rider finishing in 4th place in the CIC***

They added nothing to their dressage score of 44.1 posting a clear show jumping round and inside the time over the taxing Barbury cross-country course. Nicola couldn't have been happier with Beltane Queen saying, ''Maisy jumped a lovely show jumping round and showed what a fantastic cross-country horse she is over such a demanding track, where she loved every minute of it, I am so proud of her.''

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

July 23, 2015  |   Share:

Success for Nicola Wilson at Hopetoun International Horse Trials

Nicola Wilson had a very successful competition at Hopetoun International Horse Trials winning the CIC*** with One Two Many and the CCI** with Ngong Hills.

One Two Many, who is owned by Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp and Mrs Janine Shewan, was very excited to be competing as his last run was at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials finishing in 7th place. The Bay Gelding did a great dressage test followed by a lovely double clear in the show jumping and cross-country to finish in top place in the CIC***. Both Nicola and his owners were very proud of him.

Ngong Hills, who is owned by Mrs Gilly Guthrie and Mrs Juliette Alers-Hankey, had a beautiful win in the CCI**. He was originally to compete in the CCI*** at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials but it was felt that he was not quite ready, therefore, his performance at Hopetoun made up for the disappointment of him not going to Bramham.

Dartans Greenlough Tom, who is owned by Mrs Deirdre Johnston and Mrs Mary Lofthouse, ran in the CCI* finishing 11th. This was only his 2nd competition of the season due to a pulled muscle earlier in the year so he coped very well and put in a super performance.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

 

July 17, 2015  |   Share:

Trevor Breen triumphs at Hickstead.....again!

Irish rider Trevor Breen triumphed at the Hickstead Derby for the second year running this time riding Loughnatousa WB. Trevor was 7th out of 37 competitors to go in the field and was the only one to put in a clear round. 

Trevor made history last year being the first rider to win Hickstead on a one-eyed horse, Adventure De Kannan. Unfortunately this year Karen Swann's gelding had 2 rails down to finish in 7th place

It was also an exceptional achievement for Loughnatousa WB who is now the only horse to have won the Derby twice with different riders. The 16 year old gelding by Spring Elegance VII claimed the trophy in 2012 with previous rider Paul Beecher.

Photograph of 2014 winners Trevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan thanks to k2photographic.com

June 30, 2015  |   Share:

Caroline Powell finishes 3rd in the CIC3*

Caroline Powell had a splendid weekend at Bramham International Horse Trials in the CIC3*. She held third place throughout the competition on Onwards And Upwards finishing in that position on their dressage score.

Caroline was thrilled with Cameron Crawford's Onwards And Upwards. They put in a late entry to do the dressage and jumping and he jumped so well and was fantastic all the way.

“We had been selected for the NZ team at WEG but he had to have quite a bit of time off. That time off has been invaluable as it has made him more settled, he is a much better horse for it.  He has had time to mature. He certainly picked the right time to have off!” Powell said.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson did it!

Nicola Wilson had a fantastic first win in the CIC3* at Bramham international Horse Trails. 

Nicola won on the beautiful Annie Clover who is owned by her parents. The final result came down to the cross-country with the top four dressage combinations going clear in the jumping phase. Nicola was first to go and the duo had a great run making light of Ian Stark's course finishing clear inside the time seeing them move into first place on 37.4

It was Annie Clovers's first event back after finishing eighth at Rolex Kentucky in April. 

Nicola also took 4th place with Watermill Vision, who too ran at Kentucky, finishing on their dressage score of 43.1.

“This week was about Annie Clover and Watermill Vision having a lovely run back after Kentucky and the rain made the ground perfect,'' said Nicola.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Richard Howley wins joint first place in the Six Bar Competition

Irish rider Richard Howley and Verlindo took joint first place in the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar at Bramham International Horse Trails. 

Richard is part of Team HK Horses who specialise in breeding, producing, training and competing showjumping horses.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before.

Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. If there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

Robert Smith wins joint first place in the Six Bar Competition

Robert Smith and Ilton win joint first place in the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar at Bramham International Horse Trails.

Robert, originally from Yorkshire, is now based in Warwickshire. He is an Olympic show jumper whose career has spanned three decades. He placed fourth in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and has represented Great Britain in Nations Cup teams on over 100 occasions, winning over 20 times. He frequently tops the BSJA Show jumping Riders List and is one of Britain's most well-known and consistently successful international show jumpers.

Robert also spends his time sourcing and selling quality horses as well as training aspiring young riders who are serious about pursuing show jumping as a career. At his yard in Warwickshire he has on average 20 to 25 horses with outstanding facilities and has clients from all over the world.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between them and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before.

Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. If there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

Image with thanks to DoAllThingsWithLovePhotography - Luke Taylor

June 24, 2015  |   Share:

The new 'Suregrow Keyhole' at Bramham International Horse Trails

Ian Stark's new cross-country course for Bramham this year was again to test riders skill and bravery. With the help of world-renowned chainsaw artist David Evans and his team, Ian used every aspect of the Yorkshire parkland to create another amazing course.

Our sponsored fence over the last few years had been replaced with the new and exciting Suregrow Keyhole (fence 11). Ian's advice for the riders 'keep kicking!'.

June 16, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow were proud to be sponsors of the Royal Windsor Horse Show this year.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is a horse show held annually since 1943 over 5 days in Windsor Home Park. It is the only show in the UK to host international competition for dressage, show jumping, driving and endurance riding. There are also over 130 showing classes.

 Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson at the Badminton Horse Trials

Well done to Nicola Wilson in the CCI****. One Two Many finished in the top 10, taking 7th place after a brilliant clear show jumping round.

Beltane Queen finished in the top 20 after a few unlucky faults.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Caroline Powell - The difference in 5 days....

Caroline Powell uses Suregrow Fertiliser on her paddocks. Here she shows the difference the 'Suregrow effect' has -

''The difference in 5 days... Two fields getting the same use. One didn't get fertilised with Suregrow... Spot the difference!''

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Team Powell had a busy few days at Belton Park

Onwards and Upwards had a fantastic finish in 10th place in the CIC*** Grantham Cup and Halltown Harley placed 30th out of a field of 115 runners.

Shepherds Watch came in at 3rd place in the Novice and Grovine De Reve 15th in the Intermediate class.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Oliver Townend had a splendid weekend at Belton Park.

Suregrow's sponsored rider Oliver Townend had a splendid weekend at Belton Park. Note Worthy comfortably won the CIC2* on a dressage score completion of 42.2. Power Drive also came first winning the intermediate section and a 25.0 dressage score.

Red Andes Fanfare and LCC Cooley placed 4th and 5th in the intermediate.

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 2, 2015  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson's season starts!

Nicola Wilson's season may have had a delayed start due to a broken collarbone but she was delighted with how the horses ran at Burgham International.

It was their first event of the season and unfortunately weather was against them but Annie Clover lead the CIC** with an amazing dressage score of 35 and then jumped a lovely double clear to win. It was Annie Clover's first run since The World Equestrian Games in August 2014 and Nicola was interested to see how she came out this year. Annie Clover's immediate excitement to get to the first fence was obvious and Nicola couldn't have been happier.

One Two Many, who competed in his first 4* last October, also put in a solid first run with a dressage score of 37 and a superb double clear to finish 2nd. WaterMill Vision finished 6th after a few mistakes in his dressage but a lovely double clear.

Bulana finished 4th in the Open Intermediate. 

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

June 1, 2015  |   Share:

Oliver Townend starts the season on top form!!

Suregrow's sponsored rider Oliver Townend has started the season on top form with 2 wins at Isleham and another at Oasby.

ODT Ghareeb took a win in the Open Intermediate at Isleham – the only horse to make the intermediate optimum time, and therefore the only one to finish on a dressage score. ‘The older he gets, the better he gets’, Oliver says. While new ride Dromgurrihy Blue had a solid cross country clear to finish 5th.

Note Worthy won the Open Novice section by over 5 marks.

Oasby was very busy for Oliver with 13 rides, 10 of which posted top 5 placings. Ballaghmor Cross won top spot in the Intermediate section with a dressage score of 23.6, nearly 10 points clear of the field with Power Drive as runner up. Kanga Rouge finished 2nd in the Novice & Pursuit & Tregilder finished 2nd in the BE100 (both Power Drive and Kanga Rouge again on dressage score completions).

Treboy & Harthill Diamond took 3rd place in their sections & Peruising, Cooley SRS & Cooley Master Class took 5th place in theirs. 

Photograph thanks to K2Photographic

April 1, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow continues to support the Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry Foundation raises much needed funds to care for serving and retired soldiers and their families. It provides them with the fundamental support they need to improve their lives and it is reassuring for the soldiers to know that they are supported by the general public.

January 12, 2015  |   Share:

Suregrow Five Fence Challenge winner

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox and the Five Fence Challenge winner Billy Twomey and Royale Du Rouet at the Horse of the Year Show.

November 22, 2014  |   Share:

A HOYS Royal win for Twomey

Nottinghamshire-based Irish star Billy Twomey and Royale Du Rouet triumphed in the Suregrow Five Fence Challenge claiming their first win at the Horse of the Year Show. The winning duo achieved the only clear over the massive course.

Billy, who rode for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics and is among the most consistent performers in World show jumping, celebrated with the promising nine-year-old stallion Royale Du Rouet.

The Five Fence Challenge sees competitors jump a course of five fences, which increase in height in each round. There are a maximum of five rounds, with riders gaining two points for each fence jumped and one point taken away if they knock it down. Should they accure a fault, then combinations are eliminated.

Three riders made it through to the fourth round but Cian O’Connor (Billy's Irish London 2012 colleague) with Ulme De Feugeres and Graham Lovegrove with Centolove both had one down leaving Billy to win with a clear.

The nine year old stallion was astounding and didn't put a foot wrong giving the pair the maximum number of points to win the class.

“He’s got lots of ability and is super careful – he doesn't want to touch the fences,” Billy told H&C. “This class suited him as he grew in confidence with each round. I was really pleased with him."

October 22, 2014  |   Share:

The Horse of the Year Show Suregrow Five Fence Challenge

This year we are proud to sponsor the Five Fence Challenge at the Horse of the Year Show. Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition has proved popular with both riders and spectators. Competitors jump a course of five fences, which increase in height in each round. The competition will go to a maximum of five rounds. If a fault is incurred in any round, a bell will be rung, signalling the end of that competitors round and elimination from the competition. Scoring works on a point system; two points for clearing a fence, one point for a knock-down and 0 points for a refusal or a fall. The winner is the remaining competitor at the end of final round with the highest point total.

Suregrow's Jonathon Cox commented: “Suregrow is delighted to be a part of HOYS 2014. The Show will provide an excellent platform to promote our product to a wider audience and illustrate the benefits of Suregrow to paddocks and, of course, horses and ponies.”

Helena Pettit from Grandstand Media Ltd added: “Now in its fourth year, this class gets more and more popular each time around and we’re thrilled that it will receive support from Suregrow in 2014. We’re looking forward to working with the Suregrow team on what is a real crowd-favourite at HOYS.

October 22, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow AMO winner is.......

Congratulations to Becky Moody and Carinsio who won 1st place in the Suregrow Advanced Medium Open Championship at the National Dressage Championships, Stoneleigh Park.

Michael Eilberg and Der Designer finished in 2nd place with Emile Faurie and Cavalia just behind in 3rd.

Image thanks to Paul Ruffle Photography

October 21, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow AMR winner is.......

The Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship winner Rebecca Cowderoy and her beautiful cheatnut mare Celicia! - Here is Suregrow's Jonathan Cox congratulating the duo.

“ She’s still developing but has found everything quite easy so far. As a youngster she did all the age classes and has flown through the levels – she’s ready for PSG and small tour next year already! Keeping her constant is the tricky bit as she has so many gears to her trot. Today her canter work was amazing; I was really happy with that. We had a blip in the trot where a loss of rhythm lead to a break into canter but she coped so well with the atmosphere.”

September 23, 2014  |   Share:

A good result for Oliver and Armada at Burghley!

Suregrow's Oliver Townend and Armada had a good result at Burghley - with a dressage score of 48.3 leaving them in 12th place going into the cross country, they went on to put in the second fastest cross country round of the day moving them up into 4th place.

Unfortunately, show jumping is not Armada's strongest phase and, after a few rails down they dropped to finish 8th. Still a good result Oliver!!

Image thanks to K2Photographic.

September 23, 2014  |   Share:

GB's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro shine gold at the World Equestrian Games

Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, nicknamed Blueberry, won the dressage Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, heading off two in-form German riders.

Charlotte's golden score was 86.120% - a new world record in the Grand Prix Special - with Germany's Helen Langehanenberg scoring 84.468% for second.

The special test is an event in its own right but also a qualifier for the showpiece freestyle test, set to music.

The performance wasn't without it's mistakes, which Charlotte afterwards described as 'silly', but their otherwise clean and high quality test captivated the spectators and the judges. Valegro is a phenomenal horse and performed at least as well as he did the previous day, turning in a beautiful performance.

"It was a great ride. I had no team members to worry about, I thought I'd just go for everything," said Charlotte.

 “We made three expensive mistakes and I thought ‘Oh it’s cost me the medal!’, so I knew after each one that I had to go for a bit more to try and catch up on what I had already lost,” she said afterwards. “But he’s such a fantastic horse, he’s got a heart of gold. If I need to go for a bit more he tries to go for a bit more, he never says ‘no I can’t do it” said the rider who now holds the Grand Prix Special title at Olympic, European and World Championship level.

Charlotte and Valegro had already played a huge part in securing team GB dressage silver behind Germany at the World Equestrian Games, also guaranteeing Britain’s place at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Result: Grand Prix Special:

  1. Charlotte Dujardin/Valegro (GBR) 86.120%
  2. Helen Langehanenberg/Damon Hill NRW (GER) 84.468%
  3. Kristina Sprehe/Desperados FRH (GER) 79.762%
  4. Adelinde Cornelissen/Jerich Parzival N.O.P (NED) 79.328%
  5. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven/Don Auriello (SWE) 78.235%
  6.  Victoria Max-Theurer/Augustin Old (AUT) 77.857%    
  7.  Anna Kasprzak/Donnperignon (DEN) 77.269%
  8.  Laura Graves/Verdades (USA) 77.157%    
  9. Diederik van Silfhout (NED) 75.929%
  10. Stefan Peters/Legolas 92 (USA) 75.742%

August 29, 2014  |   Share:

Great Britain claim dressage silver at the World Equestrian Games

Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secured a silver for Great Britain's dressage team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

The pressure was on as Charlotte knew they had to score a minimum of 83.333% to overhaul Holland and secure second place behind Germany.

Once again Charlotte and Valegro were amazing. They received ten 'perfect 10' marks from the judges and posted a huge 85.271% ensuring she sealed another major medal alongside team-mates Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes.

All three teams on the podium became the first nations, in any sport, to secure qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

''I had such fun'' said Charlotte, ''I went out there to do my very best and wanted to try to get us (the team) into a medal position. He (Valegro) did his best, and I am so lucky as he has just felt fantastic all week. He did try to stop on the centre line, but apart from that I was really, really happy. To go out there and get the welcome I got was fantastic. It's such a great feeling to have that many people behind you.''

Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes completed the British team. Between them they received three 'perfect 10' marks from the judges.

Britain scored a total of 231.343 with the German team taking gold with a score of 241.700 and the Dutch team taking bronze with 227.400.

 

August 28, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson wins the Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scottish Open Championship CIC3* title for the fourth time!

Nicola Wilson won the Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scottish Open Championship CIC3* title for the fourth time. This time Nicola won the title on One Two Many with the duo leading from start to finish. 

Nicola competed 4 horses in the CIC3* but withdrew Opposition Buzz before the start of the cross country. Watermill Vision and Beltane Queen finished in 20th and 24th place.

Nicola is now at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy with Annie Clover, as part of the Equestrian Team GBR.

Nicola commented “One Two Many is a phenomenal horse and lovely in all three phases, it is especially pleasing for my owners and I am so lucky to have such an amazing support team – my owners, husband, groom – as we all ride the highs and lows together. We had entered the CCI3* but when Annie Clover was selected for WEG we changed the entry for One Two Many – thanks to the owners permission.''

August 26, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox prize giving to the Queen's horse

The Queen's magnificent Balmoral Erica claimed the Glyn Greenwood and Daily Mail Supreme native titles at the Ponies (UK) Summer Championships, Stoneleigh Park. She proved she is as successful in-hand as under saddle.

Suregrow's Jonathan Cox was there to present the prize to Balmoral Erica and her new mother Lizzie Briant.

August 22, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson selected to represent Britain at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Fantastic news for Nicola Wilson! Nicola has been called up to join this year’s Equestrian Team GBR Senior Eventing Squad along with Harry Meade. This follows the withdrawal of Pippa Funnell with Billy Beware and Izzy Taylor with Allercombe Ellie ahead of this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games later this month. 

Nicola commented on her selection: “I was devastated to hear about both Izzy Taylor and Pippa Funnell having to withdraw their horses from the squad. The build up to WEG this year really has been so difficult for everyone involved with the team”. 

Nicola will be competing on Annie Clover, owned by her parents Mary and Barry Tweddle.

"I am delighted that Annie Clover has been selected to go to WEG'' said Nicola, ''she is a horse that my mum bought as a 4yr old and I have always thought so much of her. She is still only a young horse (10yrs) but we have a strong partnership built up over the last 6 years and she has been so consistent in all of her Three Day Events to date. She has always appeared to be a cool customer under pressure and take each level in her stride so I am sure she will give her all at WEG, as I will. I am especially thrilled for my mum and dad - owners of Annie, who have been so influential and supportive throughout my career”.

“It will of course be a very different experience going to a Championship without Dodi [her former team ride Opposition Buzz, who has now been retired from three day events] but as with him, I have built up a really strong relationship with Annie Clover and am very proud that we (my home team) have produced another horse to this level. I would like to thank my whole support team, loyal owners of all my horses, sponsors, UK Sport, British Eventing and the British Equestrian Federation for helping me for fulfill my dream”.

“Fingers tightly crossed that the next few weeks go smoothly and we can go out and do everyone proud.”

The full team supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme (in alphabetical order) Tina Cook, 43 (De Novo News), William Fox-Pitt, 45 (Chilli Morning), Harry Meade, 30 (Wild Lone), Zara Phillips, 33 (High Kingdom), Oliver Townend, 31 (Black Tie II) and Nicola Wilson, 37 (Annie Clover).

The team of four and the two individuals will be announced post trot-up at the competition. 

August 6, 2014  |   Share:

Irish rider Trevor Breen and his one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan have carried on their winning streak at Hickstead!

Irish rider Trevor Breen and his one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan have carried on their winning streak at Hickstead and won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup. They claimed the top spot by 0.05 of a second from Britain's Robert Whitaker.

Just last month Breen and 'Addy' won the Equestrian.com Derby at the venue, a class he had repeatedly come close to winning. Their list of successes already included the British Speed Derby, Eventing Grand Prix and the All England Prix.

Trevor is the younger brother of Hickstead-based Shane Breen, who has won the Queen's Cup twice since 2008.

Photograph by K2Photographic

August 4, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at the Longines Royal International Horse Show!

At the end of June it was the huge success of the British Jumping Derby and now it is the Longines Royal International Horse Show!


Fertilised again this year by Suregrow Fertiliser the arenas are in pristine condition for what is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country. It has everything from the thrills of international showjumping to the splendor and beauty of champion showing horses and ponies, to the exciting buzz of the country's best scurry ponies.


For showing riders, it is solely a championship show and the culmination of many months of qualifications throughout the winter, with a host of prestigious classes for every breed of British horse and pony. 


The show also stages many British Showjumping Winter Finals, places for which have been fought for in winter qualifiers up and down the country. As one of only eight global hosts for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, the Royal International Horse Show is also the only chance to see our national showjumping team compete on home ground.


More information online at www.hickstead.co.uk

Photograph by K2Photographic

July 30, 2014  |   Share:

Carl Hester has been named as part of the Team GB for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

Carl Hester has been named as part of the Team GB for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France which takes place on 23 Aug - 7 Sept, with the dressage competition on the 25 - 29 Aug in Caen.

British Dressage announced the strong squad yesterday (in alphabetical order):

  • Charlotte Dujardin OBE - with Mrs Roly Luard and Carl Hester's Valegro
  • Michael Eilberg - with Mr Jon and Mrs Julie Deverill's Half Moon Delphi
  • Carl Hester MBE - with Mrs Jane De La Mare and his own Nip Tuck
  • Gareth Hughes - with Mrs Jane Brewin's DV Stenkjers Nadonna

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will have their chance to complete their hat-trick of gold medals. “To be taking part in my first World Equestrian Games is really exciting; I’m really looking forward to it. Representing my country is always a great honour and I hope we can give our fans and supporters the results to make them proud.'' says Charlotte.

Charlotte's trainer and mentor, Carl Hester, will be supporting Charlotte throughout the competition. Carl will be riding his up and coming Grand Prix star Nip Tuck with Mr and Mrs Aram Gregory's Dances with Wolves as a direct reserve. “What a great opportunity – I’m certainly looking forward to the chance of bringing home medals for Britain. I’m lucky to have three horses qualified and the three owners have been so supportive of the horses. I know that if we can all post our best results on the day, we’re in with a great shot of a medal.” says Carl

July 24, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson had a fantastic weekend at Hopetoun International Horse Trials winning the CIC*** and the CCI**

The CIC*** had some very strong competition and Opposition Buzz (Dodi) won the class by more than 7 marks showing that at 17 years old, he is still an exceptional and dazzling horse. He did a super dressage test, jumped clear in the show jumping and just added two time faults on the cross-country course.

Nicola's winning streak continued with Kiltealy Brief, a new horse for Nicola this year, taking 1st place in the CCI**. “Kiltealy Brief is a lovely horse’’, says Nicola, ‘’he is so nice to ride in all three phases and seems to be a true professional and I am looking forward to our future together and to be greeted by his owners at the finish, it was clear to see their joy!” 

It was Beltane Queen's first run back since Badminton Horse Trials and she was excited to be back out competing again taking 3rd place.

Hero Motivator finished 6th in the CCI**. He was leading in the dressage but then had an uncharacteristic stop on the cross-country, which was a great shame. Even though the cross-country course did cause many problems, a clear show jumping round meant he still finished 6th. He will continue to gain experience at this level this year and it is pleasing for Nicola to know that hopefully she has another potential horse for the future in the making!

Ngong Hills is another exciting horse for the future. He is a young horse stepping up this year to CIC*** level who was caught out at the influential double of corners. He will get there with more experience!

July 3, 2014  |   Share:

Trevor Breen and his one-eyed horse Adventure De Kannan win the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead.

The Irish International knocked last year's champions, Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z to second place by two hundredths of a second in a thrilling jump-off. It was Breen's and his 14 year old horse fifth attempt to take the title finishing runner-up last year.

Adventure De Kannan did not let his disability get the better of him, sliding down the iconic Bank and hopping beautifully over the rails feet from the base, which defeat so many. But in then faulting at the Devil's Dyke, Breen drew level with Miller on four faults, sparking a jump-off.

Miller and Caritiar Z took off the front rail at the Privet Hedge giving Breen the opening he needed.

Following a long-term infection, the decision to remove Adventure De Kannan's right eye was made last year by Breen and owner Karen Swann. His preparation for Hickstead 2014 was disrupted by a minor ligament injury and he was kicked by another horse in the warm-up arena on Saturday.

Photograph by K2Photographic

June 30, 2014  |   Share:

The GBR eventing squad for the World Equestrian Games has been announced!

Oliver Townend has been named in the GBR eventing squad for the World Equestrian Games in August. The event takes place in Normandy, France from August 23 – September 7 with the eventing competition 28-31 August 2014.

Black Tie II competed at Luhmuhlen last weekend in his first CCI4* finishing in fourth place, ''It was a really nice surprise to hear I had been called up for the team. We went to Luhmühlen for his first CCI4* last weekend without any real expectations yet he exceeded anything we could have hoped for him and more'', said Oliver. 

''When he won the CIC3* at Burnham Market this spring we said to ourselves that even if he never does another thing in his life he won’t owe us a thing. He is such a good mate to us, is lovely to have around the place and is never a moment’s bother to anyone. He has a fantastic brain and is just such a cool little horse, we are incredibly proud of him.''

''Last time I went to a WEG I was just a young lad of 23! It is a fantastic competition as you know that everyone there is the best in the world and it will be great to spot some of my equestrian idols again, some that I have followed since I was young.”

The six-strong squad of eventers comprises Tina Cook, 43, (De Novo News), William Fox-Pitt, 45, (Chilli Morning), Pippa Funnell, 45, (Billy Beware), Zara Phillips, 33, (High Kingdom), Izzy Taylor, 31, (Allercombe Ellie), and Oliver Townend, 31, (Black Tie II).

The eventing competition sees all riders compete as individuals, with the four team riders announced after the trot-up (the results of the two riders competing solely as individuals do not have any weighting on the overall team score).

 

June 23, 2014  |   Share:

Well Bramham International Horse Trials is over again for another year and what a fantastic few days it has been!!

Unfortunately the weather was unkind on Saturday but the rain didn't damper anyone's spirits and a great day was had by all. Our Suregrow Six Bar Challenge had to be cancelled to preserve the ground for Sunday which was disappointing but understandable. Sadly we cannot control the weather. The Bramham on-site team worked on the ground through Saturday night and by Sunday things were looking good again and the sun was back out!

It was Ireland's victory as Aoife Clark secured a win in the Equi-Trek CCI3* with Fenyas Elegance at Bramham International Horse Trials.

Izzy Taylor and Orlando took 2nd place with William Fox-Pitt and Freddie Mac coming 3rd.
Suregrow's Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover finished 4th, just missing out on the podium!

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and ODT Ghareeb take on the Suregrow Fertiliser Owl Hole at Bramham!

Oliver and ODT Ghareeb moved up from 34th after dressage to finish in 15th place in the CCI*** competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. ODT Ghareeb was on great form jumping one of only six cross country clears inside the time.

Oliver and Black Tie II competed in the dressage phase and now 'Tonti' heads to Luhmuhlen for his first 4*.

It was a very busy weekend for Oliver as straight after his cross country it was a quick change then off to be Best Man at his best friend's wedding.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover finish 4th at Bramham International Horse Trials

Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover just missed out on the podium after finishing in 4th place in the CCI*** competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver takes 1st place at Tattersalls International Horse Trials!

Oliver Townend, who uses Suregrow Fertiliser on his grazing paddocks, secured a win at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ireland. Oliver came 1st with Colonel Joe in the Landrover CCI*.

Ballaghmor Class finished 7th with Cooley SRS taking 8th place. Three top 10 finishes meant it wasn't a bad class for Oliver at all.

Sandiman II just missed out on the top 10 finishing 11th in the CCI***. He jumped clear around a tough cross country track but show jumping penalties knocked him into 11th place.


June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Here is a peek of some of the course at the Bramham International Horse Trials!

Ian Stark and Emilie Chandler were there to explain the fabulous course.

June 10, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz do it again!

A fantastic and well deserved win to Suregrow's Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz. The duo won first place in the International Advanced CIC*** at Chatsworth International Horse Trials this weekend with a score of 39.3

Nicola Wilson recently retired Opposition Buzz from four-star events and he now competes at advanced and three-star level.

 

Photograph by K2Photographic

May 19, 2014  |   Share:

Nicola Wilson at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Suregrow's Nicola Wilson was thrilled with the performance from both of her horses at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and is excited for the future, ''Both horses, Annie Clover and Beltane Queen were doing their first 4* competition and are still only 10 years old and very inexperienced in comparison to the majority of the horses competing there and of course, in comparison to Opposition Buzz my long time 4* horse and European, World and Olympic Team Medalist'' says Nicola. 

The challenging 4* course was a test to these 2 inexperienced horses but they both did a fabulous job.

Annie Clover did her dressage test on the first day performing and coping very well. Unfortunately a mistake near the end left her with a mark of 50.

Beltane Queen performed her best dressage test to date finishing 13th. She then went on to be fabulous in the cross-country. Unfortunately she was caught out by a frangible pin that broke, resulting in a penalty fault of 21 being added to their score.

Beltane Queen is having a short holiday now and Annie Clover will be going on to compete in the Equi-trek CCI*** at Bramham International Horse Trials in June.

May 19, 2014  |   Share:

Oliver Townend and Armada place 2nd at Badminton Horse Trials!

Congratulations to Suregrow's Oliver Townend and Armada on placing 2nd at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials!

Armada made it look effortless and soared 32 places after the opening dressage phase for them to finish less than 3 penalties behind Griffiths final score. Oliver was so affected by Armada's performance that it left him close to tears.

This was Oliver's best four-star result since his win in 2009.

Oliver took over the ride on Armada at the start of 2012 from his friend Andrew Nicholson. It was recommended by Andrew that owner Paul Ridgeon pass the four-star event horse to Oliver because he could not guarantee the horse a Badminton run.

May 12, 2014  |   Share:

***COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*** Here is your chance to win 2 members passes to Bramham International Horse Trials!

Here is your chance to win 2 members passes to Bramham International Horse Trials - a £168 value prize. These passes give you access to all 4 days of events, free car parking, and access to the member's marquee. 


Photograph by K2Photographic


May 12, 2014  |   Share:

Mount St John's paddocks are looking in tip top shape. Must be the Suregrow Fertiliser!

Mount St John is a private estate set in North Yorkshire. They specialise in breeding dressage horses of the highest standard, ''We are currently breeding with around 30 quality dressage mares per season, which includes a high proportion of embryo transfers from elite sport mares currently competing'' says Emma Blundell - MSJE Owner/Director.

Their paddocks are in top condition thanks to an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.

Mount St John share our passion to meet the needs and requirements of every horse.

May 8, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow's Eventing Team's new transport!

May 6, 2014  |   Share:

Suregrow does what it can to help The Household Cavalry

Since its formation the Headquarters has been responsible for providing welfare and benevolence to serving and retired soldiers.

The Household Cavalry Foundation raises much needed funds to care for serving and retired soldiers and their families. It provides them with the fundamental support they need to improve their lives and it is reassuring for the soldiers to know that they are supported by the general public.

February 12, 2014  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

Top Read!

Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship winner Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche on the front cover of Horse and Hound!

October 18, 2013  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

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  |   Share:

Wonder horse Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg win Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship

Many people’s idea of a perfect Sunday morning is coffee, croissants and a good read of the Sunday papers, but not for the hundreds who arrived early at Stoneleigh Park for the final, fourth day of the British Dressage National Championships. For them, it was to watch a ginger horse; not any ginger horse – but the one and only Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio), dubbed the ‘supermodel ‘of dressage.

There was an air of anticipation as the chestnut beauty, masterfully ridden by Michael Eilberg, limbered up for her 8.27am slot in the Suregrow Advanced Medium Open Championship and she didn’t disappoint. Now seven, and in her first year of ‘grown up’ competition, her performance was spellbinding and displayed all the qualities that earned the title of FEI World Young Horse Champion both as a five and six-year-old. They scored 79.05% despite an incorrect canter strike off and a change that was late behind, to win the title by almost eight percent.

“She always feels unbelievable,” said Michael. “She’s on fire and felt edgy in the collecting ring so I aimed to ride a nice test without boiling over. The half passes and fluidity were great. We had the couple of mistakes but everything she does is such good quality. Through a test, what a normal horse would be running on, she’s a mark above. Her base mark is 80%.”

“In the canter she was hanging to the exit - she can be a bit trickier in canter right – which caused the error in the canter on, but the mistake in the change was my fault. Her canter ‘tigers’ away, and her front can get away from the hind legs – I needed to keep her more together.”

September 27, 2013  |   Share:

Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert

Belgian Olympic Grand Prix rider Claudia Fassaert and Donnerfee competed in the Flanders Dressage Event!

September 11, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow expands into Belgium!

Last month all eyes were on the Flanders Belgium Dressage Event at the beautiful property of Stable Husterlo in Meerdonk. Suregrow's Jonathan Cox attended the cream of Belgium Dressage Championships with Jonathan Wiggins. It is a 4 day event and all categories took part; ponies, juniors, young riders, seniors and para-equestrian with trials in the categories of Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The event was praised by all attending from competitors, organisers and visitors. 

September 10, 2013  |   Share:

"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  |   Share:

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!!!"

August 30, 2013  |   Share:

Record Breaking Dressage score for Ruth Edge

Suregrow's Ruth Edge has scored a remarkable dressage score of 10 setting a new record for the best one day dressage score at a British Eventing event. 

This fantastic score is the equivalent of 90% in pure dressage and was achieved on Larkshill Sovereign in a five year old class at Skipton on Saturday 3rd August. It is the best one day score recorded since 1998 when British Eventing started their recordings.

Larkshill Sovereign, a Trakehener gelding who stands at nearly 17hh, was awarded four 10's, two of which were for his walk. This win has secured a place for him at the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton in October.

Ruth is known for her expertise and dedication in dressage and has won four national titles.

August 12, 2013  |   Share:

Hickstead - The Longines Royal International Horse Show

The Longines Royal International Horse Show is held at Hickstead. It is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country and is also the British public's only chance to see their national showjumping team compete on home ground. This infamous event has been around for 106 years making it one of the oldest horse shows in the world. This year was better than ever thanks to Suregrow fertiliser the main ring grass was in prime condition.

Suregrow's Olympic bronze medalist Caroline Powell, did us proud winning 4th place in The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix on Lenamore! It seems even in retirement Lenamore is not one to laze around. At twenty years of age he was tackling challenges even a younger horse couldn't like the notorious Devil's Dyke.

August 6, 2013  |   Share:

International event rider Nicola Wilson chooses Suregrow Fertiliser

She will be applying Suregrow Fertiliser to all the grazing paddocks at her Yorkshire base.

Nicola, riding Opposition Buzz, was part of silver medal winning eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics and like many of her fellow event riders, includes daily turnout in the management of all the horses in her yard.

She explains; "I am looking forward to using Suregrow Fertiliser as it will help to ensure our grass is very nutritious and in the best possible condition. The quality of our grazing is important to me as the horses definitely look forward to their time in the paddock each day”.

Nicola joins an elite group of riders who use Suregrow for their grazing, including international event riders Oliver Townend, Ruth Edge and Caroline Powell, together with dressage icon Richard Davison.

Suregrow Fertiliser is formulated specifically for horse and pony paddocks. It is produced in the UK in easy-to-handle 20kg bags and contains a phased (slow) release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. An application will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.

Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing. Suregrow Fertiliser can be easily spread by hand and does not require the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months.

For more information about Suregrow Fertiliser, contact the technical support line on 01423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com

August 5, 2013  |   Share:

Hickstead - The British Jumping Derby Meeting

What a fantastic year for the Hickstead Derby! The infamous equestrian event was held over the 19th to the 23rd of July. Douglas Bunn was the founder of the Hickstead Derby in 1960. The event has now grown to be known all over the world. The main class to watch was The British Derby (£111,000.00). Phillip Miller was the proud winner of this class winning a whopping £36,630.00! The class was filled with tricky jumps including the Devil's Dyke - three fences in short succession with a water-filled ditch in the middle. The infamous Derby Bank was also great to watch, a jump with 3ft 5in rails on top and a 10ft 6in steep slope down the front. Fortunately for the horses the bank didn't turn in to too much of a mud slide as the main arena was fertilized with Suregrow, ensuring the grass was kept nice and thick so there was a softer landing for the unfortunate few who fell.

July 30, 2013  |   Share:

Ruth Edge's Camphire International Win

Congratulations to Suregrow's Ruth Edge who has had a fantastic week at Camphire International coming 1st place on Carnival Prince in the CIC*** with a dressage score of 40.1. 

Ruth carried on her winning streak coming 3rd in the CIC** on Mister Maccondy.

Blacklaw Thymelord earned a respectable dressage score of 36.7 and a clear round in the showjumping which earnt them a place of 9th overall in the CIC**.

Master Zero flew the crosscountry getting a clear round within the time. This fantastic round earnt them 9th place in the CIC***.

Ruth's next event will be Skipton and Suregrow would like to wish her luck!

We are proud to have Ruth as one of our sponsored riders who puts the wellbeing of her horses first and uses Suregrow in all of her grazing paddocks.

July 29, 2013  |   Share:

Caroline Powell at Bramham International Horse Trials

Caroline Powell showing off her Suregrow saddle cloth in the Equi Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI***.

 

Photo taken by k2 Photographic

July 24, 2013  |   Share:

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.

July 22, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser Video Training with Richard Davison

With the cut-off date for the British Dressage Summer Regional Championships now passed, Suregrow Fertiliser is - like everyone else - waiting for confirmation of who has qualified for this year's Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open and Restricted 'Regionals', which start at the end of July. Top placed riders from each will qualify for the British Dressage National Championships in September.

In a training video produced by Suregrow Fertiliser, international dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison gives a fascinating insight into how a talented horse, the Negro gelding Hiscox Algranco ridden by his wife Gillian, is prepared for the Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship.

Richard explains clearly how he breaks down the Championship test, Advanced Medium 98, into its different parts and focuses on training to improve the horse’s way of going alongside Gillian’s presentation of the test.

This short, free video will be of interest to all riders who want to improve their test riding, but especially those competing at, or moving up to, advanced medium level. You can view the video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOkF3bGBnk&feature=youtu.be or follow the link from the Suregrow website at www.suregrowuk.com

Richard Davison uses Suregrow Fertiliser on all of his grazing paddocks and every one of the horses on his yard enjoy daily turnout as part of their impeccable management. He says; “Our horses enjoy their turnout time and by ensuring the grass they graze provides a correct mineral balance, it offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”

July 12, 2013  |   Share:

Focus on One of Suregrows Distributors

Copdock Mill is a fourth generation manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler of animal feeds including dogs and birds but most importantly SureGrow. Herbert George Cladwell was the founder of the now successful business which is situated on a thousand year old mill. Copdock Mill pride them self in buying locally to reduce travel, which ultimately helps the environment. As well as using a Just-In-Time production system Copdock Mill run an extremely efficent business they also go out of there was to raise money for causes such as awareness for men’s health and The British Heart Foundation. Visit there webpage and watch the short video which gives you an insight to where SureGrow comes from.http://www.copdockmill.co.uk/index.shtml

July 12, 2013  |   Share:

Caroline Powell's New Stables

Our Managing Director Jonathan Cox had a first hand tour of Caroline Powell's new stable yard. Caroline has relocated down south to become more central to the eventing world, creating more opportunities to further her upcoming horses. After her recent move Caroline has had great success on Up Up And Away, Stellor Seaurchin, Spice Sensation and Halltown Harley. On Jonathan's visit he witnessed the secrets of how to create a first class event horse. Although the only secret we can divulge is that Caroline uses SureGrow on all of her paddocks. Carolines new yard is manned by a diverse collection of grooms. As hard as they work the picture speaks for itself.

July 11, 2013  |   Share:

Philip Miller and Caritiar Z win the Hickstead Derby

Landing on turf fertilised by Suregrow Fertliser with every winning stride. Hertfordshire based Phillip Miller was the deserving winner of the 53rd Hickstead Derby on the grey Caritiar Z.

He  produced the sole clear on the 13-year-old gelding with the later drawn Trevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorada) having to settle for second place with four faults each, both dislodging a pole over the open ditch near to the end of the course. Last to go Tina Fletcher looked to be having a super round on Promised Land, the exuberant winner of the class in 2011, but the gelding stumbled slightly at the bottom of the bank and unseated his rider, meaning Phillip took home the £36,500 first prize."

I never thought I'd be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby,” said a delighted Phillip. “It’s an amazing achievement and it's the one everyone wants to win."

To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance."

Phillip is based at Greenacres Equestrian, a riding school owned and run by Di and Pennie Cornish. Hehas produced a number of top showjumpers, including Talan and Je T'aime Flamenco, but most havethen been passed on to other riders to continue their international careers.“

'Carter’ is the first horse I've kept on and he's got me to where I am. I got him as three-year-old and he wasn't gelded until he was eight and he was so rudely behaved.” Phillip learned to ride at Greenacres as a child, and still mucks out every day. “I didn't get any financial help from my parents growing up. I started riding at Pennie's 29 years ago and I've worked my way up. I've worked hard to be where I am,” he said.

Trevor Breen, who finished joint third last year with Adventure De Kannan, was gracious in defeat. “I'm genuinely happy for Phil – he is a great friend of mine,” he said. “But I came here to win, not to make up the numbers.“Addy has been on unbelievable form this year, then he had the trauma of the eye operation [he had his eye removed]. This is only his third show since then, so to come back like this is incredible - I can't ask anymore of him. To win would have been a fairytale, but it wasn't to be. There always seems to be one fence catching me. It's been a tough week for me,” he said, referring to the death of his mother Mary Breen."

William Funnell found history repeating itself when he was runner up for the second year in a row with the 15-year-old Dorada. “I know how good it feels to win, and Phil is a real trier and he deserves it,” said William, who won the class in 2006, 2008 and 2009. “He's a nice guy so if I've got to get beaten it's good to be beaten by him.”

June 28, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at The Longines Royal International Horse Show

Following the success of the Derby Meeting at Hickstead, the arenas are now benefiting from expert maintenance ahead of the Longines Royal International Horse Show later this month and the dense sward of grass, fertilised again this year by Suregrow Fertiliser, will be in pristine condition for what is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country.

The skill of nternational showjumping, the elegance and glamour of champion show horse horses and ponies and the exhilaration of the unique eventing grand prix.

For showing riders, The Royal International is a championship show and the culmination of many months of qualifications throughout the winter, with a host of prestigious classes for every breed of British horse and pony.

The show also stages many British Showjumping Winter Finals, places for which have been fought for in winter qualifiers up and down the country. As one of only eight global hosts for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series, the Royal International Horse Show is also the only chance to see our national showjumping team compete on home ground.

More information online at www.hickstead.co.uk

June 27, 2013  |   Share:

Surergrow Fertiliser Celebrates Hickstead Derby

With the British Jumping Derby Meeting at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course getting into full swing, some of the world's greatest showjumping combinations are about to contest one of the most famous events on the equestrian calendar - The British Jumping Derby.

Suregrow Fertiliser is supporting all the Hickstead action quite literally, as the magnificently presented arenas have all benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser for the second season in succession.

Friday's action is centred on The Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, whilst on Saturday, the feature class is the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby before all eyes focus on The British Jumping Derby on Sunday. With the official start list yet to be published, predicting this year's winning combination is no easy task but with fabulous going in the International arena, exciting performances are guaranteed.

Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course.

June 21, 2013  |   Share:

Riders view of the Bramham International Horse Trials Cross Country Course

Follow the link for a riders-eye-view as Ben Hobday flies around the Bramham cross-country course, you can ride through the Owl Hole with him too! Suregrow's fence ended the day for more than its fair share of riders but Ben made it through without a hitch. A really great way to check out all the action!

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June 20, 2013  |   Share:

Official Photography of our SureGrow Fertiliser Jump at Bramham International Horse Trials

©Kit Houghton

June 20, 2013  |   Share:

Colourful, informative new packaging for Suregrow Fertiliser

With an eyecatching new design, Suregrow Fertiliser's colourful, informative and robust 20kg bags are increasingly the choice of owners and riders seeking to maximise the health and financial benefits of good quality grazing for their horses and ponies.

Specifically formulated for use on horse and pony paddocks, Suregrow Fertiliser is produced in the UK and contains a phased (slow)  release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality and palatable grass growth over a long period. It also facilitates the uptake of nutrients essential to the wellbeing of horses and ponies.

Applying Suregrow Fertiliser will stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed, poached or 'stressed' pastures.

Avoiding a rich flush of grass resulting in unwanted weight gain or even laminitis is a vital aspect of managing grazing and unlike agricultural fertilisers, Suregrow Fertiliser pellets are easy to handle and spread, without the need to move horses and ponies off the fields during or after application. This makes it the ideal fertiliser to help keep grazing land in good condition during the summer and autumn months, especially for owners with limited acreage.

For more information  contact the technical support line on 01423 223045.

June 18, 2013  |   Share:

Some More Action From Bramham International Horse Trials

A few more great shots from the Bramham International Horse Trials 2013, including the SureGrow sponsored owl hole and the Speedi-Beat jump.

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June 17, 2013  |   Share:

Restore Your Grazing Pastures

However, if like many landowners, your pastures are looking rather the worse for wear after one of the wettest years on record, Suregrow Fertiliser advises on how can you revitalise the grass and deal with moss, bare patches and other problems.

Restoring neglected pasture doesn’t always mean ploughing and re-seeding, as although this will produce a good end result, new grass realistically takes a full season to establish a strong root system and top growth before grazing again by horses.

Even heavy soils like clay don't make restoration more difficult, as provided the root system is still healthy underneath the remaining grass, it is possible to improve the remaining pasture significantly.

We suggest that whenever weather conditions are favourable, applying the right kind of fertiliser will ensure that the grass has the nutrients it requires to start growing steadily and evenly, which will be a key step in restoring your pasture.

If there are weeds, you could consider spot spraying but topping, even this early in the season, will reduce the challenge to the grass from weed growth. Harrowing and rolling is normal spring maintenance for grassland; the harrow will aerate the surface of the sward by removing dead grasses and the roller will encourage the grass to tiller (spread sideways with new shoots) into bare areas.

When choosing your fertiliser, don’t use a formulation intended for high yielding agricultural pastures. Like any living organism, grass needs the correct balance of minerals for strong, healthy growth and when used for horses and ponies, making the right choice of fertiliser can help ensure appropriately nutritious pasture.

Using a formulation designed specifically for horse and pony paddocks, like Suregrow Fertiliser, with its slower release form of nutrients, will help to produce sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to equine wellbeing. The correct choice of fertiliser will also stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress future weed growth.

Check that the fertiliser you choose is safe to handle and spread without the use of agricultural-scale machinery, is easy to apply and that you don’t have to keep your horses off the paddocks during and after spreading. That said, your grass will recover and re-establish more quickly if you can keep the horses off it in the early stages. You may want to consider strip grazing, perhaps with electric fencing, and move the horses regularly to achieve this.

Horses evolved to eat a natural forage diet and as feed prices continue to rise, it is essential to ensure your valuable grazing is kept in the best possible condition, because it also offers important psychological benefits to help manage ‘the happy athlete’. Pictured is international dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison leading a horse in after turnout in a paddock fertilised with Suregrow.

For more information about Suregrow fertiliser and free advice on pasture management, contact the technical support line on 01423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com.

 

 

June 14, 2013  |   Share:

Bramham International Horse Trials 2013

Suregrow's Jonathon Cox has been spending some quality time at Bramham to bring us the latest news and some superb pictures of all the action.  Living legend William Fox-Pitt and the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips (see pic below), are among the world class riders competing at this year's event.

Suregrow have 3 sponsored riders taking part in this years trials: Ruth Edge, Caroline Powell, and Oliver Townend.  Very best of luck to them all.  We also have our own sponsored jump in the cross country - the Owl Hole - which always proves tricky but a real crowd pleaser.

Stay tuned for lots of pictures and information from an insiders viewpoint!

Pictured is Zara Phillips riding Lord Lauries in the dressage at Bramham International Horse Trials 6th June 2013

June 10, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at Hickstead and Bramham

Suregrow Fertiliser has confirmed additional support this season for the Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Royal International Horse Show and Bramham International Horse Trials.

Once again the magnificently presented arenas and showground at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course are being prepared for this season's major international fixtures with an application of Suregrow Fertiliser, which Hickstead Director Edward Bunn confirms has "considerably improved the quality and cover of the sward".

Based in Yorkshire, Suregrow Fertiliser is an enthusiastic supporter of its 'local' Bramham International Horse Trials, at which entrants for this year's 40th Anniversary event will include Caroline Powell and Oliver Townend, both of whom use Suregrow Fertiliser on their grazing paddocks. Suregrow's sponsorship of the eyecatching Owl Hole cross country fence always provides great action photographs and is a real crowd pleaser.

Suregrow Fertiliser is running an online competition to win two Member Passes for Bramham International Horse Trials, so if you're planning a visit, visit www.suregrowuk.com to enter and you could be enjoying all the action in fine style!

Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course has once again benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.

May 17, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser renews support for successful international riders

Good quality grazing is vital to increasing numbers of successful international riders and four world-class competitors, event riders Caroline Powell, Oliver Townend and Ruth Edge, together with dressage rider and sought-after trainer Richard Davison, have once again chosen Suregrow Fertiliser for their grazing paddocks.

Caroline Powell, whose New Zealand team eventing bronze medal at the London Olympics with Lenamore was a hugely popular success explains; "Working with Suregrow complements our management extremely well because we place a lot of emphasis on the importance of lengthy turnout time and good quality grazing."

Fellow event rider Ruth Edge echoes this approach, saying; "I wouldn’t choose anything else, because grazing correctly managed pasture is so important to our management of both dressage and event horses.”

Richard Davison, whose dressage yard is also managed to impeccably high standards, adds; “I am impressed with the science behind Suregrow Fertiliser and believe it is extremely beneficial to our grassland. Our horses enjoy their turnout time and Suregrow offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”

Oliver Townend focuses on similar priorities, commenting; “Turnout is well known to offer psychological benefits to all horses, but the value of grazing goes beyond that, as grass is a very natural and healthy way to feed. I am delighted with the advice we have received from Suregrow Fertiliser and by ensuring even grass growth throughout the season, we are better able to maintain our grassland in optimum condition, which can only be good for the horses.”

Suregrow Fertiliser, formulated specifically for horse and pony paddocks, contains a slower release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to the wellbeing of horses and ponies. Suregrow Fertiliser will also stimulate the development of strong, healthy roots in grasses, resulting in a denser sward that helps to suppress weed growth and can aid recovery of over-grazed or poached pastures. It is safe to handle and spread, making it easy to apply.

For individual advice on pasture management this season, contact Suregrow Fertiliser on 01423 223045, email sales@suregrowuk.com, visit www.suregrowuk.com or find Suregrow Fertiliser on facebook.

May 3, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser renews support for British Dressage National Advanced Medium Championship

Already the choice of international event riders Oliver Townend, Ruth Edge and Caroline Powell, Suregrow Fertiliser is also used by dressage ‘icon’ Richard Davison, who says, “Our horses enjoy their turnout time and by ensuring the grass they graze provides a correct mineral balance, it offers the potential to contribute significantly to their diet and wellbeing, which is very important to me.”

Suregrow is a unique fertiliser specifically for horse and pony paddocks, containing a slower release form of nutrients proven in trials to produce more sustained, better quality grass growth over a longer period and to facilitate uptake of nutrients essential to wellbeing.

Confirming the company’s support of the Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship, Suregrow’s Jonathon Cox said, “More horse owners seeing the benefits of turnout alongside feeding a natural, high forage diet and our support of the British Dressage Advanced Medium Championship will enable us to meet and help dressage riders and trainers looking to improve grazing quality as part of their management of ‘happy equine athletes’. We are pleased to be working with British Dressage and looking forward to the opportunities it offers.

The Suregrow Advanced Medium Championships take place at the British Dressage National Championships, where successful riders from a series of Regional Championships will contest both the Suregrow Open Advanced Medium Championship and the Suregrow Restricted Advanced Medium Championship.

Pictured is the winner of the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Advanced Medium Open Championship, Laura Bechtolsheimer (now Tomlinson) with Polar Bear, with Jonathan Cox of Suregrow Fertliser.

 

April 26, 2013  |   Share:

An Olympic Diary; Caroline Powell shares her personal insight

Event rider Caroline Powell has been resident in the UK for 20 years, but even though it was on her adopted ‘home ground’, New Zealand team selection for the London 2012 Olympics with the remarkable 19-year-old gelding Lenamore was just as exciting as her previous international appearances in Lexington and Beijing, albeit without all the travelling.

Caroline won a team bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2012 with Mac Macdonald and with Lenamore, she was the highest placed New Zealand rider at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, so is no stranger to the limelight. Speaking on her return home to Kelso with a well-deserved team bronze medal, she gives a personal insight into the experience that was her London 2012.

 “The whole of the New Zealand team met up at a secret training location in Surrey, which was a gorgeous house with swimming pools and gyms, and the yard for the horses was second to none. It was awesome. We had some fantastic training, the horses were purring and the atmosphere was great. We got the chance of going to the Olympic Village to get accredited and have a look around before we went back to our own bases and relaxed for a few days before the pressure began.

 “When we got all of our accreditation and team uniforms, we were like kids at Christmas, unwrapping things and trying them on. There was great hilarity and then the realisation hit that we had to do the trot up in team uniform – they were lovely little dresses – not ideal for the job!”

 “Lenamore and I drew third in the team and so were on the Sunday morning. He did a really a nice test apart from the two wee whoopsies, which messed things up. It was then that we all realised his personal dream was over and it was all about playing a major role in the team....

“The cross country was like a rollercoaster. The fences were 2½ to 3 star level, amazing to look at, but the terrain and the camber made it a real test. As the grass was so beautifully trimmed, it was difficult to ride fluently and you couldn’t take your mind off what you were doing for a second or you would end up in trouble.

 “They had actually been watering the ground, but I don’t think it was slippery because of the watering, I think it was just ‘new’ ground. The equine facilities in general were very impressive, acres of arenas, gallops and stabling. It was a bit weird sharing a room in the Olympic village though – not what the New Zealand team manager Sarah or I were used to. We were there for a week and a half and I have to say it was all very well organised from our point of view – nothing was an issue at all.

 “Lenamore finished fine after his cross country round and trotted up well before the show jumping. We had the second last fence down although he jumped extremely well and the whole experience was just tremendous. There was really good camaraderie, everybody was supportive, knew each other and enjoyed the company. We played around with Twitter and Facebook and tried to keep everyone in touch along the way.

“Looking back, I don’t think we could have done anything different in Lenamore’s preparation. He’s 19 and we’re a little bit on borrowed time with him now, so anything we do is a bonus. He’s gone home to the Mackinnons and that’s probably him for the season. Then we’ll see what he’s like, but he still looks and feels so well, although we are very aware that he is at the age when he should be retired. The plan is to keep competing him until he tells us he is!”

Bringing home a bronze medal would be a highlight for any rider and it is no different for Caroline, even though she is a veteran of those two previous major team appearances for New Zealand. “The Olympic medal is still in my handbag, being trollied around everyone and everywhere. It’s huge, like a big rosette and very heavy.”

Caroline ended the season, with a busy schedule of three day runs at Blair Castle, Burghley, Blenheim and finally at Boekelo and Le Lion D’Anger.

April 18, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium Championship

Laura Bechtolsheimer and Polar Bear are the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium Champions

Laura scored 74.58% in a very strong class to take home the Suregrow Fertiliser Open Advanced Medium title. Clearly delighted to win a national title “I’m a real proud mum,” smiled Laura after the prize giving. “I’m very pleased with him; he’s taken it all in his stride. With the Olympics this year I haven’t had much time to compete Polar Bear. We did just enough to qualify – two shows, followed by the regionals which he won.”

Polar Bear, a 17.3h.h 8 year old home bred gelding, is by Laura’s former Junior team horse Polarion out of a Landadel mare. He is on the World Class Equine Pathway programme and Laura has high hopes for him in the future“I took him to an Equine Pathway training day two weeks ago, but apart from that and qualifying for today, he hasn’t been out much this year. He certainly hasn’t competed somewhere like this before.”

Laura and Polar Bear are looking forward to a well deserved short break before winter, with the aim to compete at small tour next year.

October 26, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Championship

Chloe Vell and Kaja Di Valentina are the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champions after an impressive performance on what was Chloe’s first visit to the National Dressage Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.                                                                                       

Drawn late in the very competitive class, 14-year-old Chloe rode a confident and stylish test against a field of experienced senior riders on her new ride of just seven months, the elegant 16.1hh mare Kaja Di Valentina, to deservedly come out on top.

Chloe explains; “We were looking for a horse as I was growing too tall for my pony, a stallion with a great temperament called Danger 36. I’d done Pony squad training and competitions and international competitions with him and knew as soon as I sat on Kaja that she was the right horse because she gave me such a good feel. I go to school in Manchester and Kaja is based with Lucy Cartwright in Gloucestershire, so every Friday evening I get on the train and go to stay with Lucy until Sunday, so I can ride and train with her.”

Kaja Di Valentina is out of a Weltmeyer mare by the Trakehner stallion K2 and was originally produced by Pippa Fisher for owner Jackie Walker, who also owns Pinocchio, ridden by paralympian Sophie Wells.

Clearly delighted with her win, Chloe said; “We’ve done quite a few Premier League shows this season and qualified for the National Championships at the Kingston Maurward Regional Championships. I didn’t think I’d ever get to the ‘Nationals’ so didn’t expect much as there was quite an atmosphere, the warm up was busy and Kaja’s only eight. She can be hot and feisty, but we went in, she stayed focused and did a really good test. I tried my best, didn’t want to push for more and this was what she gave me. I’m very happy.”

Taking home a fabulous presentation rug from Suregrow Fertiliser, Chloe and Kaja are now working towards an international trip to Biarritz, France in October where they will compete with the British Junior team. Next season, they are planning to step up to Prix-St-Georges level.

Chloe’s Advanced Medium Championship prize also includes Suregrow Fertliser, specifically formulated for horse and pony grazing, which will ensure Kaja enjoys her turnout time even more.

October 26, 2012  |   Share:

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