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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!

http://youtu.be/XPT4snUfwJg

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:

Suregrow sponsored riders successfully complete Burghley Horse Trials

Congratulations to Oliver Townend finishing 4th place at Burghley Horse Trials riding the stunning chestnut, Armada. Oliver completed a faultless cross country round inside the time to lie in 4th place overnight. The showjumping proved influential in the final placings, despite Oliver having two unfortunate poles down he was still able to hold onto his 4th place.

Caroline Powell riding Boston Two Tip finished in 14th place after a clear cross country round but three unfortunate poles down in the show jumping

Ruth Edge riding the inexperienced Rogersdale at his first 4* event had a very positive start in the dressage scoring 45.5, securing the overnight lead on the first day, ''Roger tried his hardest today, really thrilled with him, he had lovely rhythm and balance throughout the test. The xc this year has been superbly presented, yet there are no let ups and it’s a true Burghley track, looking forward to getting going on it.'' said Ruth

Rogersdale didn’t disappoint on the cross country going clear, even after losing a shoe early on at fence 3, but unfortunately picked up some time faults due to the ground and getting tired ''Really proud of Roger today he jumped fantastically and thoroughly enjoyed his first 4 star experience which considering how inexperienced he is just shows what a genuine chap he is. He gave me a fantastic ride really good fun''

Rogersdale flew through the trot up but was very tired in the showjumping phase, completing his first 4* in a creditable 46th place ''Roger was tired in the showjumping, but really chuffed with the completion. He did his best and that's all we could ask of him, really pleased.''

All the horse will now be having a well earned holiday turned out in their Suregrow paddocks but there’s no rest for the riders….. Caroline and Oliver will be heading to Blenheim Horse Trials and Ruth will be switching to her other discipline, dressage, and heading for the National Dressage championships at Stoneleigh with Shadowfax.

September 4, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow supports Allerton Park Horse Trials

Suregrow is delighted to support the Allerton Park Horse Trials for the second year running.

Allerton Park Horse Trials in North Yorkshire is an extremely popular event attracting both amateur and professional riders alike, held on the 15th and 16th September.

This year Allerton Park Horse Trials has added an Advanced course to its busy weekend schedule, already attracting top riders including Ruth Edge and Nicola Wilson. The courses designed by Ian Stark consist of flowing tracks over an undulating terrain, featuring bold and natural fences to put the riders to the test. To keep in the Olympic spirit, two of the Olympic cross country fences seen at Greenwich will feature on the course – the Olympic chestnut logs and the East End barrows.

Look out for the Suregrow fertiliser fence on the cross country course

August 31, 2012  |   Share:

Another busy weekend for Suregrow sponsored riders

Oliver rode 10 horses during the weekend, with 6 horses finishing in top 10 places, including a win for Royale Sam in the BE100 section A on a dressage score of 27.5.

Ruth Edge also had a good day on her exciting youngster, Larkshill Sovereign, finishing on their dressage score of 26.5 to win the 4 year old class, his first outing of the year. Ruth and Larkshill Sovereign will be competing at Burghley this week in the BYEH classes so watch out for them.

August 28, 2012  |   Share:

An Olympic Diary; Caroline Powell shares her personal insight

Event rider Caroline Powell has been resident in the Scottish Borders 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 is now planning the remainder of the season, with a busy schedule of three day runs at Burghley, Blenheim and then to Boekelo and Le Lion D’Anger. She’s hoping for a good end to the year and with a stable of talented and experienced horses to compete, more top international placings seem inevitable.

August 23, 2012  |   Share:

Success for Suregrow sponsored riders

The Suregrow sponsored riders had a busy weekend bringing home the ribbons.

Caroline Powell travelled down to Richmond Horse Trials in North Yorkshire with a full lorry of horses. Competing in the Open Intermediate Section F, Caroline came home with 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places!

2nd          The Earl of Belvedere (32.1)

3rd           Thornfield Jones (35.1)

4th           Onwards and Upwards (36.3)

5th           Boston Two Tip (36.7)

Caroline also gained 3rd place in the Novice section N riding Up Up and Away.

Oliver Townend made the short journey from his yard to Somerford Park, competing an exhausting 14 horses over the weekend.

Harthill Percy won the CIC* on a dressage score of 41.4

Skyhills Cavalier and Cooley Master Class both competed in the CIC** on a score of 48.1 and 50.1 to gain 3rd and 5th place respectively.

Another win in the Intermediate Section C riding DHI Bandit King on a dressage score of 27.7. Cooley SRS gained 3rd place on a score of 29.0 in the BE100 section N. Sonic Boom was 4th in the Open Intermediate section D and Sandiman II was 6th in the Intermediate section D.

Next stop for Caroline and Oliver is Burghley Horse Trials next week. Caroline will be riding Boston Two Tip and Oliver has two rides this year ODT Sonas Rovatio and Armada. Ruth Edge will also be competing in the 4*riding Rogersdale. We will be keeping you up to date with their progress of our sponsored riders throughout Burghley.

August 20, 2012  |   Share:

Caroline Powell and Lenamore celebrate Bronze

Caroline, riding for her home country New Zealand, on the famous Lenamore, produced a fantastic clear cross country round over the tricky Greenwich terrain which seemed to suit the ever agile Lenamore, now 19 years old.

Just one fence down in the up to height show jumping helped secure the New Zealand team a well earned Bronze medal. “Ed (Lenamore) has gone home for his holiday and has yet to tell us what he wants to do with his career....one day at a time...who knows! Rest and Grass is priority at the moment” said Caroline

August 17, 2012  |   Share:

Video Dressage Training with Richard Davison

International dressage rider and trainer Richard Davison gives a fascinating insight into how to prepare for the Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium Championship, Advanced Medium 98. Richard explains clearly how he breaks down the test into different parts and focuses on training to improve the horse’s way of going and the presentation of the test.

This short 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 here

August 17, 2012  |   Share:

Have you gained a wild card entry to the Nationals?

The following combinations have gained a wild-card entry for the Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium championships at the National Dressage Championships, Stoneleigh, congratulations!

SUREGROW FERTILISER ADVANCED MEDIUM RESTRICTED
Georgia Davis, Richmans Manta, 66.58%
Julie Hyslop, DHI Krackatoa, 66.14%
Margaret Sinkinson, Urato, 65.61%

SUREGROW FERTILISER ADVANCED MEDIUM OPEN
Gillian Davison, Hiscox Alfranco, 70.96%
Matt Hicks, El Zorro, 70.79%
Gareth Hughes, Samba Hit III, 70.53%
Maria Griffin, D.J, 69.74%
Matt Hicks, Casse-Cou, 69.47%
Tahley Reeve-Smith, Special, 68.95%
Jacky Stolper, Luciano Pavarotti, 68.86%
Nicola Cooper,Classic Ziezo, 68.77%
Fiona Bigwood, Raikkanos Son, 68.60%
Lesley Peyton – Gilbert, Woodcroft Garuda K, 68.60%
Rebecca Hughes, Rubini Royale, 68.16%
Joy MacLean, Donnercrescendo, 68.07%

For a full list of wild card holders for the Nationals please visit www.britishdressage.co.uk

August 17, 2012  |   Share:

BD Eastern Regional Championships

The final Regional championship took place yesterday at The College Equestrian Centre. Riders were out in force looking to gain a ticket to the National Championships at Stoneleigh

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Victoria Glasow riding Wilumait (66.58%)

Darren Crowe riding Monterey MM (65.18%)

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Becky Moody riding Don Angelo (75.44%)

Julie Hugo riding Welcome O (69.91%)

Garry Williams riding Showmaker (69.74%)

Daniel Greenwood riding Lennox (69.39%)

 

August 16, 2012  |   Share:

BD Southern Regional Championships

Congratulations to the following riders who secured their ticket to the Nationals at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre

 

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Daniel Busbridge riding Regal Destiny (65.88%)

 

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Roland Tong riding Ambience IV (71.93%)

Anders Dahl riding Wincenzo (70.35%)

Henry Boswell riding Lord of the Rings (69.82%)

Anders Dahl riding Sir Donato (69.74%)

August 16, 2012  |   Share:

BD North West Regional Championships

Congratulations to the following combinations who secured their ticket to the Nationals at the North West Regional Championships, held at Somerford Park:


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Jane Critchley riding Donnerouge 67.98%

Mark Walters riding Ice Blue Valentino 67.37%

 

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Michael Eilberg riding Half Moon Dynasty 73.86%

Charlie Hutton riding Don Dino 71.40%

Paul Friday riding Winston Bond 70.18%

Charlotte Ward riding Parcival S 69.91%

August 14, 2012  |   Share:

Top Dressage tips from Suregrow

If you are looking to improve your dressage marks or competing in the Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium Championships, view this video of a top International Rider/Trainer.

Lots of top tips to gain those vital extra marks, every dressage rider can learn something. Click here

August 8, 2012  |   Share:

Ruth Edge wins again!

Ruth’s winning streak continues with a comfortable win at Campshire International Horse Trials in Ireland. Riding Basco, in the CIC* (5&6 year old) class, Ruth led from the start, completing on her dressage score of 32.2, six marks ahead of the 2nd place rider.

Ruth also secured 4th place in the strongly contested CIC*** riding the lovely bay gelding Rogersdale, who is now entered for Burghley.

August 8, 2012  |   Share:

The Suregrow Advanced Medium Regional Championships

The Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium Regional Championships are now well underway, see who has secured their place at the BD National Dressage Championships.


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Laura Newton riding Urban Hit

Emile Faurie riding Smash Hit

Matt Frost riding AMD Don Rosso II

Katie Bailey riding Nip Tuck

Jo Hamilton riding Vivaldi V

Laura B riding Polar Bear

Spencer Wilton riding Zamboucca

Daniel Greenwood riding Woodward

Sarah Mills riding Furst Rubin

 

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Pippa Corbett riding Sea Sapphire Dance

Emma Jablonski riding Cor IV Z

Chloe Vell riding Kaja Di Valentina

Julia Morris riding Willis

Jade Struthers riding Knighthawk

Terri Graham riding Ten O’May

Rachael Clark riding Urionetta

Claire Abel riding Rowan Magic 

 

Good luck to all the competitors competing at the remaining qualifiers.

August 3, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow July Competition Winner

Congratulations to Elizabeth King, Reading, winner of our July competition.

For your chance to win 4 bags of Suregrow to fertilise a one acre field, simply click on the link on our homepage and complete the entry form.

August 3, 2012  |   Share:

BD Central Regional Championships

The Central Regional Championship held at Addington Manor attracted a high class field seeking qualification to the Nationals.

Congratulations to the following riders who are through to the BD National Championships


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Rachael Clark riding Urionetta

Claire Abel riding Rowan Magic 


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Spencer Wilton riding Zamboucca

Daniel Greenwood riding Woodward

Sarah Mills riding Furst Rubin

July 31, 2012  |   Share:

BD Scottish Regional Championships

Rowallan Activity Centre in Ayrshire was the impressive venue for the BD Scottish Regional Championships.

Congratulations to the following riders who secured their place at the Nationals:

                                                                                                                              

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Jade Struthers riding Knighthawk

Terri Graham riding Ten O’May

 

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Jo Hamilton riding Vivaldi V

July 25, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow sponsored riders shine

The sun made a welcome appearance at the weekend for Aston-Le-Walls Horse Trials

Ruth Edge continued her winning streak, winning the Novice section E riding Blacklaw Thymelord on a score of 28.8, her new yard is certainly proving to be a lucky charm!

Ruth also had a lovely clear cross country round on her new ride Dark Crusader securing 8th place in the competitive Open Novice section F.

Oliver Townend had a very successful but busy weekend at Aston Le Walls riding an impressive 14 horses with 3 more rides competing today!

Oliver secured 3 sections riding HHS Comporta Beach to win the Novice section B on his dressage score of 29.0, ODT Sonas Rovatio in the Advanced  Section J and a one, two placing in the Intermediate section Q riding Skyhills Cavalier and ODT Quizzical respectively.

Next stop for Oliver and Ruth is Cholmondeley Horse Trials next weekend.

July 23, 2012  |   Share:

Ruth Edge secures another win!

Ruth’s new yard is certainly proving to be lucky for Team Edge, securing another win at Burgham Horse Trials yesterday. Despite the recent cancellation of events, the rain subsided and Burgham did a great job, adding an extra day to give competitors a run.

 

Ruth, riding Mister Maccondy, yet again produced a faultless showjumping and cross country round, to finish on her dressage score of 27.7 to win the Open Intermediate.

July 17, 2012  |   Share:

BD South West Regional Championships

Congratulations to the following combinations who have secured their place at the BD National Dressage Championships:


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Emile Faurie riding Smash Hit

Matt Frost riding AMD Don Rosso II

Katie Bailey riding Nip Tuck

 

Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium Restricted

Chloe Vell riding Kaja Di Valentina

Julia Morris riding Willis

 

July 16, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow sponsored rider Ruth Edge secures a win at Burgham Horse Trials

Finally after countless cancellations due to the persistent wet weather, many eventers were finally able to blow the cobwebs away at Burgham Horse Trials at the weekend.

Congratulations to Ruth Edge riding Rowley Farm Diamond who won the BE100 section K on a dressage score of 32.0.

July 16, 2012  |   Share:

BD Northern Regional Championships

Fry's Dressage near Driffield was the venue for the Northern Regional Championships at the weekend. The immaculately kept arenas attracted numerous high calibre combinations seeking their place to the finals.

                                            

Congratulations to the following combinations who have secured their place at the BD National Dressage Championships:

 

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Laura Newton riding Urban Hit

 

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Pippa Corbett riding Sea Sapphire Dance

Emma Jablonski riding Cor IV Z

July 16, 2012  |   Share:

The Longines Royal International Horse Show

Good luck to all the competitors competing in The Longines Royal International Horse Show starting tomorrow.

Hickstead is one of the oldest horse shows in the world, running for an impressive 105 years. Horses will be competing in a wide range of classes from Coloureds to Hunters, Show ponies to Cobs accumulating in the highly sort after accolade of Supreme Ridden Horse and Supreme Ridden Pony Championships.

All the grass arenas including the famous International arena have all been fertilised with Suregrow,  The Suregrow fertiliser formulation, with its slow release nutrients, is proving an excellent fit with Hickstead’s world-renowned arena management. Speaking recently, Hickstead Director Edward Bunn confirmed, “Since applying Suregrow fertiliser to our arenas, I have already noticed a considerable improvement to the quality and cover of the grass sward.”

July 16, 2012  |   Share:

BD Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium Championships

The Regional championships are now well underway for the Suregrow fertiliser Advanced Medium classes, with riders competing for a place at the prestigious BD National Championships held at Stoneleigh in September.

 

Watch this space to see which successful combinations have secured their place at the BD National Championships

July 16, 2012  |   Share:

New Zealand Olympic Eventing Team announced

The New Zealand Eventing team has been selected and we are thrilled for Caroline Powell and Lenamore who will represent New Zealand at London 2012.

This will be the combination’s second Olympics having finished the best of the Kiwis in Beijing 2008, finishing 14th. The famous grey gelding, Lenamore, now 19 years of age is still proving a force to be reckoned with, showing no signs of slowing down.

Caroline will be joined on the team by:

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo

Mark Todd and NZB Campion

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise

Jonelle Richards and Flintstar

Lucy Jackson has been named as reserve

July 3, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow June Competition Winner

Congratulations to Michelle Massara from Harrietsham, Kent, winner of our June competition.

For your chance to win 4 bags of Suregrow to fertilise a one acre field, simply click on the link on our homepage and complete the entry form.

July 3, 2012  |   Share:

The British Olympic Dressage team is revealed

We are delighted to announce Richard Davison has been selected to represent Team GB at the London Olympics.

Richard will be riding Artemis, owned by the Countess of Derby in the individual competition, “To ride in the Olympics is the greatest honour a rider can ever have and to do it in front of the home crowd in London will be a once-in-a-lifetime privilege.  But I’m really happy for Artemis’ owners, sponsors, home team and supporters who have believed in this horse since the beginning and deserve this moment."

Richard will be joined by team riders Carl Hester riding Uthopia , Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris and Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro.

Good luck Team GB!

June 25, 2012  |   Share:

Ireland’s Paul Beecher wins the 2012 Hickstead Derby

Congratulations to Paul Beecher riding Loughnatousa WB winner of the 2012 Hickstead Derby.

First to go in the challenging competition, Paul jumped a flawless clear round and led from the start. A clear round from William Funnell resulted in a tense jump-off, but Paul jumped another great clear round to win the class.

The grass arenas at Hickstead are all fertilised with Suregrow.

June 25, 2012  |   Share:

Suregrow May Competition Winner

Congratulations to Kelly Webb from Ceredigion, winner of our May competition

For your chance to win 4 bags of Suregrow to fertilise a one acre field, simply click on the link on our homepage and complete the entry form.

June 14, 2012  |   Share:

Congratulations to Suregrow sponsored rider Caroline Powell and Lenamore

Despite being 19 years old, Lenamore looked as fit as ever to take 4th place in the Bramham International CIC***.

Lenamore composed himself in the dressage arena posting a score of 45.3 to lie in 18th place. A clear showjumping and faultless cross country round within the optimum time rose the popular combination to 4th place overall, boosting their chances of selection for the New Zealand Olympic team.

June 12, 2012  |   Share:

William Fox-Pitt dominates Bramham Horse Trials 2012

Congratulations to William Fox-Pitt who not only won the CCI*** but also the CIC*** riding Chilli Morning and Neuf Des Coeurs respectively.

The Suregrow fertiliser Owl Hole fence described as ‘a tricky combination’ certainly caught a few riders out but overall rode well, with just a couple of riders choosing to take the alternative route. The excellent ground conditions throughout the course we’re certainly praised by riders.

Despite tricky weather conditions at the start of the event, the sun came out to give a Bramham Horse Trials to remember. With riders keen to impress for Olympic selection competition was as tough as ever.

June 12, 2012  |   Share: