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Equerry Grand Prix Victory for Belgium’s Rik Hemeryk

Belgium’s Rik Hemeryk claimed one of his biggest career victories after winning the Equerry Horse Feeds Bolesworth International Grand Prix.

In doing so, he saw off a concerted challenge from nine other combinations that reached the jump-off in pursuit of a £29,500 top prize.

Riding 11-year-old stallion Ulyss Morinda, Rik’s jump-off time of 38.33 seconds proved 30 hundredths quicker than American world star Laura Kraut.

Laura, aboard new ride Vvaramog de Breve, produced the form that helped her guide the United States to World Equestrian Games showjumping team gold in North Carolina last September.

And there was also an outstanding performance from Ellen Whitaker and Arena UK Winston, who finished as leading British rider in third place.

Ireland’s David Simpson took fourth aboard Jenson 55, with Britain’s Alison Barton in fifth on Roma IV, just in front of Amanda Derbyshire and Luibanta BH.

The grand prix, which carries a £90,000 total prize fund, did not disappoint as 39 starters tackled the challenge posed by course designer Kelvin Bywater.

But it was Rik who came up trumps after last-to-go Laura finished just short in her attempt to knock him off the top of the leaderboard.

“I saw the jump-off course, and there were a lot of verticals, and I thought it would suit my horse,”  Rik said.

“I went with a lot of canter between the fences and managed to put some pressure on the others.

“I have had the horse since he was seven, and he is really careful. I took my time developing him, and he did a couple of bigger shows last year before having a whole winter’s rest. This would be his biggest win.

“I have really enjoyed the Bolesworth experience. It is so nice here, and I hope I can come back next year.”

For Laura, it was a case of so near, yet so far, but she was thrilled with the display of a 10-year-old mare that excelled amid the pressure of a four-star grand prix.

“I am thrilled. This was my first grand prix with her, and we went pretty close,” Laura said.

And for Ellen, who helped Great Britain to a team bronze medal at the European Championships 12 years ago alongside her uncles John and Michael Whitaker, it was an outstanding result.

“I am absolutely delighted. We got him  as a four-year-old, and it has been an interesting road to this point,” Ellen said.

“It has taken me a little while to get the hang of managing such a big horse, and he was great today. It is really exciting for the future.”

Equerry Add Support to New Bolesworth Young Horse Championships

EQUERRY Horse Feeds is to sponsor the prestigious Amateur Bronze Grand Prix at the exciting new Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Show.

This five day young horse showcase runs from August 14 to 18 in the stunning grounds of Bolesworth Castle and will feature 4, 5, 6 & 7-year-old age classes, incorporating qualifiers for the FEI World Young Horse Breeding Championships in Lanaken, held in September.

This is a new addition to the Equerry team’s major sponsorship portfolio at Bolesworth International as title sponsor of the event and also supporter of the British Riding Club’s competitions, as well as sponsors of the Under 25 Grand Prix at the Liverpool International Horse Show over the New Year.

The young horse classes will run alongside CSI** and CSIAm International classes with the youngsters having the chance to experience jumping in the amphitheatre-style Main Arena with the atmosphere of a true International competition.

The Equerry Amateur Bronze Grand Prix takes place on Saturday, August 17 and will bring together the best combinations that have made it through to the prestigious final day.

Said Edward Lea of Equerry: “The new Young Horse Championship’s at Bolesworth is another fantastic addition to the growing number of events held at this magnificent venue and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Amateur Bronze Grand Prix.

“We are very committed to supporting events at Bolesworth with our title sponsorship of The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show now entering its fourth year and work very closely alongside the events’ team.”

Added Show Promoter, Nina Barbour: “Equerry Horse Feeds are very supportive of the events established at Bolesworth and Liverpool, and we are delighted to have them on board for the new show.”

The opening night on August 14 will include an Eventing Grand Prix, and a Ramiro B Elite Auction for foals, yearlings and two-year-olds sired by the legendary Ramiro B.

The finals of a new British 3-year-old Loose Jumping Championship will be held on the Thursday night.

Qualifiers will be held throughout July at the following venues:

PYECOMBE (Sussex)

ONLEY GROUNDS (Warwickshire)

MUIRMILL (Scotland)

SPOT ACRE (Staffordshire)

LEDSTON EQUINE CENTRE (Yorkshire)

Friday night includes the launch of the new Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction featuring the very best British bred foals.

Saturday will conclude with the TheraPlate UK Puissance followed by evening entertainment, it’s party time.

VIP Hospitality packages are available from £85 plus VAT per person in the day and £50 plus VAT per person for the evening sessions.

A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available, with supporter’s packages starting at £1,500 plus VAT.

For further information please contact 01829 307676, email melanie@bolesworth.com or visit www.bolesworthyounghorse.com.

Equerry Horse Feeds British Riding Clubs Competition at Bolesworth International

FOLLOWING its huge success last year, the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show is once again hosting the British Riding Club’s showjumping competition at the prestigious venue.

Taking place on Saturday, June 15 there will be an 80cm and 90cm class for British Riding Club members.

There will be four competitions including a Team and Individual Competition at 80cm and 85cm, and a Team and Individual Competition at 90cm and 95cm level.

The team classes include four horse and rider combinations and will be run under British Showjumping rules.

The Individual Competitions are only open to competitors who have competed in the Team Competitions and will see all competitors who gain a clear round jump against the clock to produce the individual winner.

Equerry Horse Feed, rugs and saddlecloths as well as rosettes will be awarded to the prize winners in what looks set to be a great addition to the competition at Bolesworth International.

Said Show President, Nina Barbour: “We were delighted with the inaugural British Riding Club competitions in 2018 so it’s great to be hosting them once again and are looking forward to members from all over the region taking part across the classes.”

Added Edward Lea of Equerry Horse Feeds: “The new addition was just fantastic last year and the classes give riding club members the opportunity to compete in front of Bolesworth Castle which provides a stunning and prestigious backdrop.”

Also taking place on Saturday, June 15 is the glamorous event of Ladies Day, CSI 4* Showjumping and CSI 2* Showjumping Grand Prix. The evening see’s the exciting Ride & Drive competition as well as the not to be missed evening entertainment from Furnace and the Fundamentals! With so much going on it is the perfect opportunity to have an enjoyable day out with your friends.

General admission tickets can be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com

Evening Hospitality Tables are available at a cost of £95+ VAT per person for tables of 6 or 8 with access to the VIP marquee from 6.30pm – contact hospitality@bolesworth.com

Equerry Cool Mash For All-Round Good Health

Amber Major and Howard looking fit and well.
Amber Major and Howard looking fit and well.

Equerry Cool Mash is an efficient quick-soaking mash for horses that need a low energy feed.

And it has proved a great success for Amber Major and her horse Howard, especially through the summer months.

Designed for horses and ponies in light to medium work Equerry Cool Mash is cereal-grain-free.

It has low levels of starch and benefits from a ‘Non-Heating’ formula. Equerry Cool Mash contains highly digestible fibre sources including sugar beet, to benefit your horse or pony.

Said Amber: “The Equerry Cool Mash proved fantastic throughout the warmer weather when Howard didn’t need a conditioning feed but did require a diet to help him stay calm and perform at his best. It’s great to know he’s getting everything he needs and he loves it too.”

The mash also includes yeast to support a healthy digestive system and added vitamins and minerals including magnesium.

The Equerry horse feed range includes; Equerry High Fibre Cubes, Equerry Cool Mix, Equerry Horse & Pony Mix, Equerry Horse & Pony Cubes, Equerry Conditioning Mash, Equerry Conditioning Cubes, Equerry Sports Mix and Equerry Veteran Mix.

Equerry Cool Mash is available in a 20kg bag. RRP £11.95.

Looking for Extra Condition this Winter?

Is your horse or pony a bit light on condition after the colder months or are you looking for that extra finish and glossy coat in the run up to the outdoor season?

Throughout February and March there is £2 off Equerry Conditioning Mash at participating retailers and whilst promotional stocks last.

Says Audrey Muirhead who’s horse Skye won the Equerry Horse of the Year Award:  “I was so pleased that Skye won Equerry Horse of the Year.  She lives out and I find the Equerry Conditioning Mash helps her to keep her condition throughout the winter months. I have two other horses who are also fed on conditioning mash. One is 26 and the other is 24. They all love it and it’s so easy to feed.”

Equerry Conditioning Mash is a quick-soaking mash for horses that need to gain weight and condition.

It is a ‘Non-Heating’ formula with low levels of starch and has a good level of protein for muscle development and topline.

Highly-digestible fibre sources include sugar beet; while oil and linseed promote condition and a shiny coat.

A high level of yeast promotes a healthy digestive system, with added vitamins and minerals including magnesium.

New Year’s Eve with a Difference! Horses, Champagne, Indoor Fireworks and the Best Party Rock Band in Town!

Celebrate your New Year in style with the whole family at the Liverpool International Horse Show with a production that will keep you at the edge of your seat all night!

Running for the fourth time, from December 28 – 31, 2018 at the Echo Arena Liverpool, the show is both a serious highlight for the International Sporting Calendar and an essential date for the social calendar.

If you are looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s Eve with family and friends. whilst enjoying an unbelievable party atmosphere, the final performance of the Liverpool International Horse Show has it all.

The Evening Performance kicks off at 7pm with the €75,000 Liverpool International Grand Prix, showcasing some of the world’s best horses and riders, all with their eye firmly set on winning the top prize of the show.  The fences will be set at a staggering 1.60m high, and riders will also be competing for much sought after Longines World Ranking points.

The current dual Liverpool International Grand Prix champion, Irishman Billy Twomey, will be back to defend his title this year, having won the prestigious class in both 2016 and 2017 with his seasoned campaigner Diaghilev.

Spectators will then be treated to the amazing spectacle of the Arenacross UK Freestyle Motocross crew, performing gravity defying stunts against a backdrop of pyro, along with crowd favourites the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Gilles Fortier and his dramatic team of stunt riders and horses will be delivering a world premier of his new ‘Phoenix’ act, showcasing an emotive collection of equestrian art, acrobatics and fire performers.

There’s more equestrian action with the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Knockout, involving riders racing against each other over two sets of mirror image fences.  This nail biting class promises to be the fastest and most furious show jumping you will see all weekend.

Finally we will be joined by world renowned party rock specialist Rick Parfitt Jr, and the RPJ band who will be ramping up the atmosphere as we get closer to midnight and counting down to a spectacular show with indoor fireworks and lots of surprises as the clock strikes 12!

At the heart of the shopping village, our Champagne Bar will once again be located next to the Warm-Up Arena allowing you to get close up and personal to the shows leading horses and riders before they perform.

All evening tickets purchased for Monday, December 31 INCLUDE access to the Shopping Village (with more than 80 equestrian and lifestyle outlets) and onsite restaurants from 9am, and unallocated seating is available during the day to watch the action from the Amateur and Pony Show jumping Finals. Tickets also give access to the Champagne Bar in Hall Two.
If you are unable to make the evening show, reduced price tickets are available for the shops, restaurants and unallocated daytime arena seating.

 

To book tickets and for further information visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com
All performances are suitable for young children, and accessible seating is available by contacting the Echo Arena.
VIP Hospitality and Private Boxes are available for all sessions. All enquiries contact hospitality@bolesworth.com

Bolesworth International Sponsorship Goes from Strength to Strength

THE teams at Bolesworth International Horse Show and Equerry Horse Feeds are delighted to announce continuing their major title sponsorship agreement for 2019 and 2020.

Having supported Cheshire’s premier, world-class equestrian event for the last three year’s Equerry Horse Feeds continued sponsorship over the next two years will see further investment to what has been hailed the ‘Carslberg’ of horse shows.

Without doubt the 2018 event was the ‘best ever’ with fantastic show jumping, dressage, family and evening entertainment on offer over the five days, attracting the biggest crowds since 2014 when the show moved up to CSI4* level.

Said Show President and Founder, Nina Barbour: “We are absolutely thrilled that our brilliant partnership with Equerry Horse Feeds is to continue.

“Without doubt running a big event such as Bolesworth International is a major undertaking and we are very grateful to their continued support as well as all their help promoting the show and helping it to grow, develop and improve each year.”

Added Edward Lea of Equerry Horse Feeds: “This year’s show was the best ever with the organising team not only putting on a great event but also doing everything they could to promote the Equerry brand.

“From extensive signage to commentary promotion and media awareness, we would like to think not only did all visitors to the show have visibility of the brand and horse feed range, but also those following through social media and the excellent livestream coverage also saw and will remember the name.”

After competing at this year’s show, as well as hosting an exclusive masterclass with the Van Olst Horses team, Carl Hester said: “It is an amazing show, we’re so well looked after, the surfaces are the best and we get the top judges to ride in front of; it’s about time the Europeans travelled over to support us!”

Added Equerry Grand Prix winner, Paul Kennedy: “The show is an absolute credit to Nina and the whole team.

“They haven’t had it easy over the last few years, but they keep going, they get better every year, and for us riders to come to a place like this on home soil in front of a home crowd is amazing.”

Thrilling Finish as Paul Kennedy Wins Equerry Grand Prix

Paul Kennedy led an Irish grand prix one-two as this year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show reached a thrilling conclusion on Sunday.

Paul, who is based in nearby Shropshire, captured the £30,000 Equerry Grand Prix top prize aboard 12-year-old Cartown Danger Mouse to deny his countryman Billy Twomey and Kimba Flamenco victory by just nine hundredths of a second.

Decorated British Olympian – 62-year-old Yorkshireman John Whitaker – finished third with Cassinis Chaplin, while John’s nephew William Whitaker was fourth on Ilusionata van ‘T Meulenhof.

Billy, twice winner of the Liverpool International Grand Prix, looked to have done enough as the five-day show reached a pulsating crescendo, but last-to-go Paul had other ideas as he guided his home-bred mare to victory in masterful fashion.

There were hard luck stories as well, but the day belonged to last-to-go Paul, who thrived under intense pressure and claimed a truly outstanding success, punching the air as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 38.56 seconds.

“I am absolutely delighted. It is a really good feeling,” Paul said. “It is certainly a day I will never forget.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel the pressure so much. I was very calm. I have a really good team, and they had it all worked out what to do, and as I was coming into the arena I knew exactly what I had to.

“This win has to be right up there at the top in terms of my career.”

Billy, meanwhile, added: “Credit to Paul. His mare has been jumping well all the show, and he was probably the favourite today.

“I thought the course-builder did a really good job. The course was difficult enough, and it made for a really good grand prix, very entertaining for the crowd.

“My horse is absolutely going in the right direction. Hopefully, he is going to be one to look forward to.”

Third-placed John was delighted by the performance of Cassinis Chaplin, stating: “Well done to Paul and Billy. My horse jumped great. The last few weeks, he has really improved, stepped up a gear and jumped really well.”

The grand prix brought the curtain down on another memorable Bolesworth, and Paul paid tribute to show president Nina Barbour and her entire team.

“This is a very local show for me – I am just down the road in Whitchurch – and it is an absolute credit to Nina and the whole team.

“They haven’t had it easy over the last few years, but they keep going, they get better every year, and for us riders to come to a place like this on home soil in front of a home crowd is amazing.”

Why feed a mash?

Traditionally, mashes were made from wheat-bran and were fed irregularly, often just once a week. It was mistakenly believed that this helped to prevent digestive upsets. In fact, the laxative effect of bran mashes may be a result of mild digestive upset, caused by the abrupt change in diet. Similarly, the long-held belief that bran mashes helped to warm a horse is untrue; far more body heat will be generated by the fermentation of forage in the hind-gut.  The problem with feeding bran alone is compounded by the fact that bran is very low in calcium and essential amino acids such as lysine.

Nowadays nutritionists rarely recommend feeding bran mashes – so what is the alternative? Thankfully, innovates, quick-soaking, nutritionally balanced mashes are available and are ideal when either hydration is an issue or when feeding succulent/wet feed is desirable e.g. when stabled on dry forage in winter.

We know that forage alone will not provide a fully balanced diet and this can contribute to problems such as reduced immune function and poor hoof quality.  Modern mashes like Equerry Conditioning Mash, have been formulated to provide your horse with optimal levels of all the essential vitamins and minerals and, when fed daily, will help to keep your horse in tip-top health this winter.

In winter our horse’s diets tend to become much drier; preserved forages (i.e. hay/haylage) contain significantly less water compared to fresh grass. This combined with the fact that our horses can drink as much as 12% less water during chilly days can contribute to problems including reduced performance, increased risk of digestive upset and diminished appetite. A soaked mash will help to add water back into your horse’s diet and moreover they have been proven to help improve overall water intake, compared to feeding a dry concentrate feed. This becomes very important if your horse has to be confined to his stable, perhaps in atrocious weather.

Fussy feeders find conditioning mashes like Equerry Conditioning Mash simply irresistible! Rich in calories and essential amino acids they aid weight gain and help to promote top-line. The oil helps to encourage a shiny coat, whilst the highly digestible fibre and yeast help to maximize digestive efficiency. The Equerry mash is lower in starch than many mashes for horses that need to stay relaxed or minimise starch for other reasons.

Mashes are also a godsend for horses that have difficulty swallowing or chewing, including veterans with dental problems or horses prone to choke. They are ideal for disguising unpalatable medicine or powdered supplements.

Remember never to use water hotter than luke-warm or you will destroy all those helpful vitamins you have just paid for!

Many factors can influence your horse’s ability when competing, including his genetic potential and fitness. However, the correct diet is very important in order to meet his nutrient requirements for the Riding Club activities he is doing.

One of the most difficult challenges in feeding horses is balancing the need for sufficient fibre whilst also providing enough energy for his workload. Fibre is fermented in the hindgut by microbes to produce a continual supply of energy. All forage (i.e. hay, haylage and/or grazing) fed should be of good quality, both in terms of its nutritional value and hygiene. Most horses should receive between 1.5- 2% of their bodyweight in fibre. A diet of ad-lib forage and little and often feeding of a low sugar and starch feed are recommended in most cases.

If your horse is a good-doer, then feeding a high fibre, low-calorie feed such as Equerry High Fibre Cubes is advisable. Equerry High Fibre Cubes are ‘Non-Heating’, cereal-grain-free, low in sugar and starch and will provide all his basic vitamins and minerals for light to medium work.

If your horse is in medium to hard work, he will probably need more calories to support his condition and provide more energy. There will also be an increased demand for protein. Equerry Conditioning Mash or Equerry Conditioning Cubes are the ideal choice for him.

Protein is a very important nutrient required in the horse’s diet. It is essential for muscle development and damage repair along with promoting topline and for losses in body fluids. Protein is made up of chains of amino acids, of which ten are essential for the horse and about ten are non-essential. The essential amino acids must be provided in the diet as the horse can only synthesise the non-essential himself. Equerry Conditioning Mash/Equerry Conditioning Cubes have been formulated to provide good levels of essential amino acids, including lysine and methionine. These amino acids, plus the added oil and linseed provided in Equerry Conditioning Mash/Equerry Conditioning Cubes, also help to promote a glossy, shiny skin and coat.

The increased need for macro-nutrients (protein and energy) is accompanied by a higher demand for micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Vitamins and minerals are responsible for energy metabolism, good bone strength and hoof quality. Equerry Conditioning Mash/Equerry Conditioning Cubes contain raised levels of Vitamin E and Selenium which are important antioxidants that play a large role in the muscle metabolism of horses with strenuous workloads. They help to neutralise the increased free radical production which is associated with higher levels of exercise.

Equerry Conditioning Mash/Equerry Conditioning Cubes also contain added yeast. This helps to promote overall digestive health and therefore, will enable your horse to digest his hard feed and forage more efficiently. The demands placed on your horse can cause stress in his work and travel and there is now a great deal of evidence to show that yeast can benefit stressed horses.

Equerry Conditioning Mash and Equerry Conditioning Cubes are complete feeds and when fed at the recommended rate will provide your horse with the correct levels of vitamins, minerals and trace-elements. As a guide, a horse weighing 500kg would need 2.5-3kg Equerry Conditioning Mash/Equerry Conditioning Cubes daily. This should be divided into at least 2 small meals, fed at least 4 hours apart.