No British rider has ever won back to back individual titles at young rider level so we are really setting the bar high!

water houghton 1The start of the 2016 season certainly wasn’t ideal – losing lots of events to the weather all across the country. Given that I missed planned ‘runs’ early on it feels like the season is only really getting started in May / June time! Having said all that – we’ve put the disturbances behind us and are now firing on all cylinders.

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Livingstone won the u21 national Championship at Houghton a few weeks back. He’s very established now at 2* level and it wasn’t really on my original plans at the beginning of the year but a bad run in deep mud in Belgium meant we needed to hold fire a bit + have a nice confident run. He was seriously impressive all week, leading right from the start and finishing on his dressage score. My main aim for him this year is to be selected for the Young Rider Europeans again, held in Italy at the end of September. No British rider has ever won back to back individual titles at young rider level so we are really setting the bar high!
Adele 97 has come on so much this Spring and is really starting to strengthen her core muscles. She had done a few 1* in Germany before she came to me but was very weak and wasn’t use to my way of going. She is a phenomenal jumper but there wasn’t really any gears and a bit dead off the leg. There’s still a long way to go with her but she’s made huge strides forward going clear XC round her first CCI2* after just 2 intermediate runs! This Autumn will be one of consolidation for her; she is still only 8 so there’s no rush. Watch out for this one though because she will be seriously special one day!

I’m lucky enough to have another advanced ride in Collien P 2 – another grey mare!! We headed off to Houghton to do the 1* for qualification after only having about 10 days. Our second XC school was over the warm up fences the day before XC day – not recommended at all. Although it didn’t cause problems, she made the track feel ridiculously easy and was in the lead going into show jumping. Unfortunately there’s a bit of work needed in this phase so she had a couple of rails down but an incredibly exciting first run and I’m now looking forward to the rest of the season to develop more of a partnership.

badminton 2The younger horses have come on really nicely too. Elstar has made a super transition up to Novice this year, winning last time out after 3 consecutive 2nd places earlier in the year. She still hasn’t had a dressage score below 29 and is a bit of a dressage diva! Esprit has also bagged a couple of good placings too with a 2nd place at BCA. They will both be aimed for their first 1*s this Autumn. I have started both of their Eventing Careers and it’s very rewarding to see them progress as well as they have done.

badminton2I’m very fortunate to have some great supporters, whom without I simply wouldn’t be able to do what I do so I am very grateful for the support that Feedmark give me. The quality nutrients, vitamins and other food groups mean that my horses can perform at their very best. In a sport where 0.1 can be the difference between winning and losing, every small detail is crucial. Small changes to the horses’ diet has enabled me to maximise their potentially and hopefully leading to successful results! It was great to meet up with the Team at Badminton, where I was doing the ‘Guinea Pig’ test. They can offer really professional advice and always have great deals on. Make sure you check the website to which shows they’re at and don’t forget to pay a visit!!

Will Furlong

 

Horse Of The Week – Martha.

Martha 6Our new Horse Of The Week is owned by Kym Wilson, who explains: “I’ve owned 8-year-old Martha, a British Warmblood, since she was 4-years-old. I didn’t go out to buy a 4-year-old, but completely fell in love and bought her anyway. I only wanted something I could call my own, after riding my daughter’s horse.
Martha is a loving mare, and not at all mareish. She really loves fuss and will stand for hours to be cuddled.”Martha 8

“During the first year we played and got to know each other, as I’d been a happy hacker up until I bought Martha. I then decided that I wanted to do more, so I got myself a trainer. I went from a wobbly, unbalanced rider (kick to go, pull to stop) on a 5-year-old unbalanced horse, to a balanced rider, and a reasonable combination.”

Martha 7“I started to do low level unaffiliated Dressage and Show Jumping, and also did an adult camp. I then went on, at 46 years old, to do my first ever One Day Event. It was Martha’s first one too, and we were placed 10th out of 40!”

“Unfortunately, I had a fall last year, which was all my fault, and broke my ankle. I therefore spent most of last year regaining my confidence to do Cross-Country and Show Jumping again. A few weeks ago, we completed our first Martha 9ODE since the fall, and went double clear.”

“Martha is my horse of a lifetime, which my hubby fondly calls my obsession!”

“I use Benevit Advance from Feedmark as Martha was a little lacklustre last year, and I wanted something to pick her up so tried her on this and haven’t looked back since. As Martha is a good Martha 10doer I don’t feed her that much hard feed, so I wanted something that would give her the minerals and vitamins that her diet was lacking.”

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Horse Of The Week – Arawak Prince.

Arawak Prince 2This is our new Horse Of The Week, his name is Arawak Prince. This chestnut is 20 years old, and stands at 16.1hh. Arawak Prince is an Irish Thoroughbred, whom has raced in the past and has won prize money for it. Jan Nagel has owned Arawak Prince for 4 years.

Jan explains: “I bought him from aArawak Prince 3 friend who could no longer keep him. He is retired from ridden work now. I kept Arawak Prince as the companion to my youngster and now as the companion to my mare, who is the youngsters mother.”

Arawak Prince 1“Arawak Prince is a box walker and can end up with really fat legs when he is stabled. Now I’ve found No Fill, his legs look great when he is kept in and he seems much happier.”

A FREE tub of No Fill is on its way to Arawak Prince for Arawak Prince 4being our Horse Of The Week.

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Horse Of The Week – Billy Boy.

Billy Boy 3Meet Billy Boy, an 8-year-old Cob cross. He stands at 15.1hh, and has been owned by Samantha Ellis for 4 years. Samantha explains: “Together, Billy Boy and I do mainly dressage and showing. He was placed 2nd in his first RHIS Coloured Qualifier this year.”

“I bought him as a stuffy 4-year-old, and backed him. We have done a little of everything together including cross-country. Billy Boy has taken a long time to mature and finally, this year, he has come in to his own. I hope to compete side-saddle on him next year and continue competing in Working Hunters.”Billy Boy 2

“Billy Boy is a fab horse to have on the yard, and is definitely one of the family with his cheeky little ways. He is extremely willing, and wants to please all of the time!”

“I first noticed that Billy Boy was a little less smooth in his movement last year, and after trying a few different supplements it was recommended that I use Feedmark’s ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips. I gave it a go, and I have to say that his former fluid movement returned within two weeks. Billy has bloomed in condition and his legs look slim and defined. He Billy Boy 1has a better length of stride, and his jumping has improved. It has definitely made a huge difference to Billy Boy”
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Horse Of The Week – Dee.

Dee 9This is Dee, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred. She stands at 17hh, and is loaned by Megan Pollitt who has been loaning her since 4th July 2015.

Megan told us: “Together, Dee and I primarily do dressage and hacking, but she has previously evented. We competed in a Dee 7showing show shortly after I got her, where she was placed in every class and was foot perfect. Unfortunately, since then we have had no more outings due to our lack of transport. Dee has been working Dee 6beautifully in the arena and we hope to compete in dressage competitions next month!”

“Since putting Dee on ActiVet in November 2015, the changes have been outstanding! She is so flexible, she Dee 5really works her back end and is really balanced which shows in our schooling. Out hacking she’s up for anything and loves to be out, always has a spring in her step! It’s lovely to see her playing in the field, galloping full speed, bucking vertically and turning like a games Dee 3pony! I wouldn’t choose any other supplement!”

“Dee is a one in a million horse and I’m so thankful I have the chance to loan her. She’s loved by everyone at our yard and has the sweetest character! She’s like an overgrown dog.”Dee 4

A FREE tub of ActiVet is on its way to Dee for being our Horse Of Dee 1The Week!

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Horse Of The Week – Enoch.

Enoch 1Meet Feedmark’s new Horse Of The Week, Strathardle Enochdhu. Also known as Enoch, he turned 23-years-old on 27th April this year. Owner, Tara Jane Lothian explains: “Enoch is a 15.1hh Highland. I’ve owned him for over four years, I had him on loan for a year or so before that, and had riding lessons on him before that”.

“When I bought Enoch I knew he had limited mobility, but as I was totally in love with him I bought him anyway, though everyone told me I was mad! We were only doing light hacking due to his health, but this then had to stop Enoch 7over a year ago.”

“Winter 2014 took its toll on him, his movement became much worse which resulted in loss of muscle and weight. So after that, I decided to give him a good Summer and Autumn over 2015, but decided that it wouldn’t be fair to put him through another Winter.”

“Whilst I was at Your Horse Live, I talked with the people on the Feedmark stand, who recommended I try ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips. So I bought abig tub of it, thinking Enoch 4‘what have I got to loose’. I knew then that we were on a countdown.”

“Well, I really can’t believe the difference it has made! Enoch now trots about and even canters! He has gained weight and muscle, and is more mobile now than he was when I first bought him. Enoch is currently enjoying his retirement.”

“I wish I had discovered ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips years ago, and not wasted my time and Enoch 8money on other supplements. Thank you Feedmark, now I get to watch my boy be the cheeky horse that everyone knows and loves! Enoch deserves it as he spent years in a riding school where lots of people learned to ride on him. I’m still in touch with a few of the people that he taught to ride, as everyone falls in love with Enoch.”

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Horse Of The Week – Valentino.

Valentino 2Valentino is an Irish Sports Horse, and he stands at 16.1hh. He is 6 years old and belongs to Rachel Calder, who has owned Valentino since September 2014. Rachel explains: “I do mostly dressage, schooling and hacking with Vallé. I currently compete with him in British Dressage Team Quest, and our teams are currently 4th and 9th place in Scotland.”Valentino 6

“I don’t have a great deal of information about Vallé’s past. All I know is that he came straight from the breeder in Ireland, to a dealer. He had never had a feed in his life, nor had he been turned out. he had done some hunting but not a lot. He was quite a nervous skittish Valentino 5character, but now he loves life.”

“I’m hoping to start Vallé’s jumping education in the next year, as I would really like to do cross country and also some Working Hunter classes with him.”

“Vallé was losing front shoes every second week and his feet Valentino 4were beginning to crumble. There was soon going to be no hoof to put a shoe on! After putting him on Feedmark’s Hardy Hoof Formula, Vallé can now go the full 8 weeks without his shoes even being loose.”

“I took him off the supplement, and after just two weeks he lost a shoe. The supplement works wonders. I am a strong believer Valentino 1in Feedmark, I use their SarVoid for skin blemishes, and Benevit Advance for everyday Vitamins and Minerals.”

A FREE tub of Hardy Hoof Formula is on its way to Valentino for being our Horse Of The Week!Valentino 3

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Horse Of The Week – Daisy.

Daisy 1Meet Daisy, an Irish Sports Horse who is rising 11 years old. Daisy stands at 16.2hh and has been owned for six years, by Jayne Nicholson.

Jayne explains: “Together, we mainly compete in low level dressage, and we Daisy 3do a few Show Jumping clinics also. Daisy achieved Reserve Champion in my local Dressage League last year. Our aim for the future is to compete in more Show Jumping Classes.”

“Daisy has always had poor coat and skin condition over Daisy 4the spring and summer months.
However, since being on EquiDermis Plus this is a thing of the past and she hardly ever rubs herself at all. Her skin and coat is in fantastic condition.”Daisy 8

“I tried Daisy without the product for a few weeks a year ago, just to see how she was. She gradually got scurfy and started rubbing, and I vowed never to be without EquiDermis Plus again!”

Daisy 6“Daisy is a classic Chestnut mare, very opinionated! With her attitude she was a bit of a handful, and her coat was always lacking shine. At least now I have solved one of the problems!”

A FREE tub of EquiDermis Plus is on its way to Daisy for being our Horse Of The Week!Daisy 7

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Horse Of The Week – Icelander.

Icelander 7This is Icelander, he stands at 15.2hh and is 6 years old. This Welsh Cross is owned by Tiernee McCall, and has been for three years. Tiernee explains: “Mainly, we compete in affiliated British Dressage, but we also jump for fun. I broke Icelander in, just over two years ago. Since then, we have placed in the 2015 DressageIcelander 14 Masters Semi Final, Summer Regional’s and Area Festivals, and have also competed as part of the Southern BYRDS team.”

“I bought Icelander as an unbroken driving prospect, with the intent to break and sell him on. After having some
Icelander 1lessons with Leanne Wall it soon became apparent that he had far too much to give to ever sell him.”

“Regarding our plans for the future, I am hoping to qualify for Dressage Masters at Novice and Elementary. We have already qualified this year for the British Dressage Native Pony Champs and Area Icelander 15Festival at Elementary level. I hope to do a Medium dressage test by the end of the year and just see how far we can go!”

“Icelander is nicknamed Princess due to his attitude. He is a one in a million horse, and has given me so many amazing opportunities already, I can’t wait to see what the future has to hold.”

“Icelander’s dressage score had begun to drop down to around 65/66 and we were receiving comments Icelander 13from the judge regarding lack of energy and cadence. I believed this was due to his sudden weight gain. I then tried Feedmark’s SlimAid, and it has been amazing! Icelander looks Icelander 3healthy and fit, and he has lost the excess weight. He is now full of energy and no longer seems to tire! Last weekend was the first time Icelander had breezed through two elementary tests without tiring, and then had plenty of energy the next day to do some jumping. We love SlimAid!”
Icelander 10A FREE tub of SlimAid is on its way to Icelander for being our Horse Of The Week!

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Horse Of The Week – Paddy.

Paddy 6Paddy is our new Horse Of The Week. His owner, Suzanne Kelly, explains: “Paddy is a 26-year-old Irish cob whom I have owned since he was 3 years old and very green. He is 14.3hh, barefoot, and I ride him in a treeless saddle. Paddy is a happy hacker now, but together we used to participate in charity rides, such as the East Kent Ride. He doesn’t reallyPaddy 3 jump, but he does enjoy jumping the odd log and the breakers on the beach where we live. As he is getting older, I just hope to keep him healthy and active, and to continue our great partnership.”

“As he aged, I have tried all sorts of things to keep him supple but Paddy 1nothing made a difference until I bought Flexamine 10:10. He’s on a maintenance dose now and he’s been on it for years. We hack out together all the time, and he is getting along great. Flexamine 10:10 seems to be the perfect solution to keep him supple, and keeps him fit and healthy.  I also use Feedmark’s Benevit Advance and have done for some time. I often have a look on the Internet to see what other products Feedmark are introducing.  I Paddy 2would not use anything else! Quite a few of my friends now use Feedmark supplements and are as equally impressed with the products as I am. Thanks Feedmark!”

A FREE pouch of Flexamine 10:10 is on its way to Paddy for being our Horse Of The Week!

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