Monthly Archives: June 2016

Horse Of The Week – Zarina.

Zarina 3Meet Zarina, Feedmark’s new Horse Of The Week whom is owned by Charlotte Lee. Charlotte explains: “Zarina is a 12-year-old KWPN by Zarina 5Matterhorn. She stands at 16.1hh and is six years of age. Together we compete in affiliated Showjumping, up to 1.35 metres.”

“Zarina is currently winning at 1.30m level, she was selected as part of the final 12 on the International Experience Programme which is Zarina 9run by British Showjumping. Zarina also won the 1.20m Open at Devon County Show recently. We started competing at international 2* level this year.”

“I bought Zarina from Holland as a green 7-year-old Zarina 4after she had bred 2 foals. Produced from a completely wild, novice horse up to the level she is competing at now. It has been a very long journey but we have persevered, and have made huge improvements Zarina 7over the last couple of years. She’s an out and out jumper who absolutely loves her job, and gives her all every time she enters the ring.”

“My plans for Zarina 2 smallerthe future are for us to compete at a show abroad by the end of the year. I am also aiming to jump a couple of 1.40m tracks by the end of the summer, and the long term aim is for area trials.”

ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips has helped dramatically Zarina 6 smallerover the last year. I started feeding this supplement in order to maintain her joints now she is jumping at a higher level. Her results in the ring have reflectedZarina 1 how well she is obviously feeling!”

A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Zarina for being our Horse Of The Week!

Zarina 8Would you like the chance to win a tub of your chosen supplement? If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

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.”

A FREE tub of Benevit Advance is on its way to Martha 5Martha for being our Horse Of The Week!

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE WEEK? Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them. If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

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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.

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE WEEK? Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails Arawak Prince 5sent to them. If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .

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”
A FREE tub of ExtraFlex HA with Rosehips is on its way to Billy Boy for being our Horse Of The Week!

COULD YOUR HORSE BE THE NEXT HORSE OF THE WEEK? Each week, the Feedmark team select a horse of the week from reviews, letters and emails sent to them. If you would like your horse to feature, then please send your horse’s details in to [email protected] .