Renwick & Sons, purveyors of the finest equine brushware, are thrilled to welcome International Showjumper Jessica Mendoza as their first Rider Ambassador.
Launched in the late autumn of 2017, the British designed & handcrafted grooming kits are already used by equestrians worldwide, both by horse owners and grooms but the importance of picking a British rider to represent their brand internationally was imperative as Richard Renwick, founder explains:
"As a heritage British brand, we very much want to support British talent. Jessica has represented Great Britain at the highest level and continues to fly the British flag on the international circuit from her base in Europe. As we are rapidly growing a strong global presence, we are excited to team up with Jessica to continue to build our brand awareness and support this rising star."
Jessica is equally thrilled saying:
"As a professional rider, I look for perfection both under saddle and across all my tack and equipment. The Renwick & Sons Grooming Kit is unlike any other grooming kit we’ve seen and I am thrilled to be associated with this fantastic brand.”
TOPSPEC is sponsoring a new charity pleasure ride raising funds for Dorset Air Ambulance, Wilton Riding for the Disabled and three historic churches of Farnham, Chettle and Tollard Royal that are all in need of funds.
The inaugural ARC Ride takes place across the Cranborne Chase on April 29, 2018 with TopSpec as the title sponsor.
Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are delighted to support such a great event and hope that all riders and their horses have an enjoyable day whilst raising money for such great causes.”
The Parochial Church Council of St Peters church in Tollard Royal came up with the idea to start a charity horse ride. With the idea of utilising what they already have the focus was put towards their greatest asset being the amazing countryside and location in which the three churches are situated. So the idea of the ARC Ride was created.
Anand Patel is delighted to be joining Dengie Horse Feed’s illustrious stable of supported riders and ambassadors, and will now benefit from the dedicated support of Dengie’s expert nutritionists.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited to join the Dengie team. Having the support of such a well-regarded brand is an absolute honour and a privilege and one that we are very excited about. Having the support of Dengie’s nutritionists to help us feed the winning edge will be a crucial element of the team effort it takes to shine.”
“Here at Dengie we’re delighted to have Anand on our team. We’ve educated him on the benefits of a fibre, he’s made the switch from a predominately cereal diet for his horses and is already seeing the benefits”, said Lisa Wilson, Dengie’s Marketing Manager.
Anand’s yard of international dressage horses competing at Prix St George through to Novice as well as young future stars have converted to an Dengie Alfa-A Oil diet.
Equine Construction are delighted confirm their sponsorship of the Keysoe CDI3* Grand Prix, 16 – 18th March, as a further extension of their Dressage sponsorship.
“Dressage is a sport that we are all incredibly passionate about, from breeding and producing horses, to watching our own horses compete at the higher levels. I’m therefore very pleased to be able to give something back to the sport in terms of sponsorship. We appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to produce a horse to Grand Prix level and we look forward to supporting in person on the night.” David Johnson, Equine Construction Managing Director.
Through building and developing Equine Construction, and sister company Equine Planning, David is now delighted to able to give back to the equestrian world.
Equine Construction started their equestrian sponsorship with British Dressage and the sponsorship of the Advanced Medium Championships in 2015. Following the success of both the sponsorship and the businesses, David was pleased to be able to extend his support of British Dressage into 2018, and embark on Eventing sponsorship in 2017. The addition on the Keysoe Grand Prix, marks another exciting step in the company’s growth and support of equestrian sports.
“We are delighted to welcome Equine Construction on board as key sponsors for our first international of 2018. Gaining investment from sponsors is crucial for the running of these events and we are therefore incredibly grateful. The Keysoe team are looking forward to welcoming Equine Construction to present the Grand Prix prizes, to what we expect will be a world class field.” Simon Bates, The College Equestrian Keysoe.
CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show returns to the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 9th – 13th May as the iconic Show celebrates its 75th year.
This renowned equestrian event was launched in 1943 to support ‘Wings for Victory’ – a war time campaign to raise money to purchase Hurricanes and Spitfires for the Royal Air Force. Since this first Show, the event has grown in international prestige to become the UK’s largest outdoor Show, with Her Majesty The Queen, the Show’s Patron, attending every year since its creation.
Over the 75 years the Show has maintained its objective to raise funds for charity. ABF, The Soldiers Charity is supported every year and an equestrian charity is chosen to support by the Committee annually. This year the equestrian charity is the Free Spirit Horse Memorial.
The annual event now hosts the Rolex Grand Prix, the pinnacle of the week’s calendar, with a prize fund of €300,000, compared to a top prize of £15 in Show Jumping classes in 1944. The increased number of entries is a sheer reflection of the Show’s popularity and prestige, seeing 3,300 entries in 2017, including many of the world’s best riders, compared to 884 entered horses in 1950.
Mr Clive Lidstone, one of the 300 original founding members of Royal Windsor Horse Show said:
‘I’ve attended the Show every year since it was first created in 1943, where I actually competed in the Gymkhana. I left school early to get there that day. It’s brilliant to see how much the event has grown over the years, not just in size but globally, attracting many of the world’s best competitors."
Pictured is HRH Princess Anne competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973, the first year International Show Jumping was showcased at the event.
To find out more about Royal Windsor Horse Show, or to book tickets visit www.rwhs.co.uk.
The teams have been named for the Bryan Morrison Trophy, the international Arena Polo Test Match held annually at Hickstead, with England taking on the USA on Saturday 3 March.
It will be the fifth time the teams have met at the All England Polo Club, having previously clashed in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016. England has won all but one of those fixtures, with 10-goaler Tommy Biddle leading the USA team to victory in 2014.
The mighty Biddle is on the sidelines for this year’s encounter, however, as he has sustained a bicep injury. Instead he is coaching the American trio of 8-goaler Pelon Escapite (Captain), Shane Rice (7-goals) and Tommy Collingwood (6-goals).
Chris Hyde makes a welcome return to Hickstead after a year’s absence from the Test Match. The 9-goaler will captain the Flannels-sponsored England side, with Sebastian Dawnay (7-goals) and Eden Ormerod (6-goals) completing the line-up and Tom Morley acting as coach.
“The Bryan Morrison Trophy is set to be another thriller, and we’re delighted to be the Hurlingham Polo Association’s venue of choice for their 10th annual international test match,” said AEPC Chairman John Bunn. “We’re very grateful to our sponsors for their support of this fixture, including Flannels for their support of the England team and Playnation, who are sponsoring the US team.”
The International Test Match for the Bryan Morrison Trophy will be preceded by the 12-goal challenge match between Simon Arber’s 4 Quarters team and the AEPC Hickstead team, which gets underway at 11.30am.
Admission tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online in advance.
Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) announced its 2018 competition schedule today featuring 13 FEI jumping weeks, plus one CDI dressage and one eventing competition in its 40-week schedule spanning multiple disciplines. TIEC hosted five series of competition in 2017, which welcomed more than 2,300 riders from 45 states and 31 countries to the venue, and 2018 is poised to deliver an even more robust equestrian calendar for competitors in a variety of disciplines.
TIEC is expanding its footprint in 2018 to host competitions in all eight FEI disciplines including jumping, dressage and para-dressage, eventing, reining, driving, vaulting and endurance. For the second time, the venue will host The Fork at TIEC, a 3* eventing competition featuring a CIC 3*/2*/1* presented by Lucky Clays, and the 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, as well as the U.S. Pony Club Championships East. New to the competition calendar is the 28th annual Carolina Classic at TIEC, the facility's inaugural reining event. Multi-discipline events and specialty horse shows are also scheduled throughout the year.
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world's premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.
Delight for Shropshire as Adrian Stewart and Sarah Taylor win prestigious horseracing industry awards
It was good news for Shropshire on Monday evening as Adrian Stewart and Sarah Taylor, based at David Loughnane Racing and Mickley Stud respectively, came out on top at the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, which is organised by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
Beating highly competitive fields from a total entry of over 250 nominations, Adrian was successful in the David Nicholson Newcomer Category while Sarah landed the Stud Staff Award at the 14th annual ceremony which look to recognise and reward the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution of British racing’s 6,000 stud and stable staff.
Both Adrian and Sarah take home £5,000 as a result of their successes, with the same amount matched and shared amongst their colleagues at their places of work near Market Drayton. The awards were presented with by ex-England football star Michael Owen at a star-studded awards event in London on Monday night.
Adrian joined David Loughnane’s team having had a difficult start in life. His path into racing started with a conversation with a chaplain whilst he was in prison, who recommended he look into the Northern Racing College in Doncaster.
Having completed his training Adrian ended up joining David’s team at Helshaw Grange, and since doing so he has proven himself to be completely dedicated to his job, the horses in the yard and the team there.
“The horses have given me a great life and a future. The only thing I can do when I come into work is to make the horses as happy as I can and give them the best care that I can to repay the happiness they have given me.
“Racing has given me a whole other life. To win this award and work with people, team and family I’m around now is a world I couldn’t have dreamed of.”
Sarah is one of the real unsung heroes in breeding, waiting up late at night to foal mares, tending to sick horses, and doing all the unglamorous things that many do not see.
“I’m in shock. I was very honoured to get to the final and to win the award is unbelievable really.”
Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA, said:
“British racing employs over 6,000 people to provide first class care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training at any one time, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal. It is a fantastic achievement for Sarah and Adrian to have won in their respective categories and on behalf of the BHA I’d like to pass on our warmest congratulations.”