Did you know 85% of grassland is mineral and trace element deficient?
Your paddocks and grassland may look in reasonable condition but is both the soil and the grass the very best it can be?
CSM from the Suregrow fertiliser range provides more than 70 minerals and trace elements. A number of these enter into the plant and can be beneficial to the health of the animals eating the grass.
A granular blend of calcified seaweed, CSM is from sustainable sources, sun dried sea salt and a natural source of Magnesium. This results in the formulation which is high in Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium and Chloride.
The minerals in CSM have many benefits for both the grass and horses. Calcium helps the grass growth and neutralises plant cell acidity improving the palatability of the grass. Increased levels of Magnesium in the grass can have a calming effect on the horse or pony and supports the absorption of Phosphate. Sodium, improves the palatability of grass and reduces the Potassium imbalance in growing grass. Chloride’s benefit is that it supports the transportation of nutrients in the plant.
CSM injects a wide range of minerals and trace elements into the soil which maximises the utilisation of Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash and Sulphur. This totally natural product stimulates root development and strength giving a denser sward, while also improving the eating quality of grass and acts as a soil conditioner which results in a denser more vibrant turf.
Said Jonathan Cox of Suregrow UK: “CSM is a very flexible product in that it can be applied all year round.
“We advise and recommend the continuous use of CSM, ideally twice a year in late Spring and again in early Autumn, this will ensure an on-going supply of minerals and trace elements.
“After applying CSM you can immediately turn out your horse after application, providing there is 50mm of grass so there is no need for any change of routine.”
Suregrow CSM is available in 20kg bags. RRP: £21.50
Suregrow products include Suregrow Fertiliser, Paddock Grass Seed Mix, Fast Grass, Meadow & Laminitics Grass Mix and Traditional Wild Flower Meadow Mix.
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Where do you get the chance to meet and learn from both a showjumping and eventing legend at the same time?
The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show of course – with the organisers announcing a new and exciting Masterclass with William and Pippa Funnell.
Having won countless Grand Prix’ and being a part of so many British teams, William’s knowledge of producing international level showjumpers has the highest respect, while on the eventing scene Pippa has won every major championship there is and was the first winner of the Rolex Eventing Grand Slam.
As if their winning ways wasn’t enough, this husband and wife team are also a major driving force behind The Billy Stud, a breeder and producer of so many talented horses across the disciplines.
Said Bolesworth International Show President Nina Barbour: “William and Pippa have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to producing horses whether in the sport of show jumping or eventing.
“Their success with homebred horses is phenomenal and for visitors to be able to see William and Pippa training their young horses and to learn more about their methods and philosophies is a great opportunity.”
The demonstration will form part of a special British Riding Clubs day with a competition launched to find a member of the association to take part in the masterclass.
The Wednesday gets even better with a fantastic ‘Wednesday Offer’ that is not to be missed. Priced at £60 a head a Group Deal for 10 or more people also has 10% off the ticket price.
The Wednesday offer will feature all day admission to the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show with VIP parking. Access to the Exclusive VIP Main ringside Hospitality marquee from 6:30pm with a drink on arrival and a delicious two course dinner.
The ‘British Riding Clubs Big Night Out’ offer will also provide the fantastic opportunity to attend an exclusive post demonstration Q & A with William and Pippa and to finish the night off ticket holders will have free access to Bolesworth International’s new party facility ‘The Club’ with fully licensed bar and DJ till late.
VIP Hospitality experiences are available for all sessions throughout the show, and include access to the luxury ringside marquee, with high end dining included from renowned London caterers Absolute Taste. For more information and to book Hospitality packages, contact email@example.com
General admission tickets can be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com
Will Britain's leading event rider Oliver Townend again defend his succession of wins in Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International's headline class, the CIC***? Townend, from Shropshire, has claimed victory a remarkable 10 times since 2007 and has this year entered his Burghley winner, Ballaghmor Class. With Burnham Market the opening leg of the Tri-Star Grand Slam with its £50,000 'winner takes all' bonus he will undoubtedly be aiming for an early lead in the series.
However, with 140 combinations listed in this class, competition will be fierce. Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, who finished second behind Ballaghmor Class at last autumn's Burghley, are entered, as are Burghley third placed Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul and European bronze medal winners Nicola Wilson and Bulana.
Ones to watch are Laura Collett and Mr Bass, who bagged two CIC***s last season including the penultimate leg of the 2017 Grand Slam, and Kitty King with Vendredi Biats who claimed the final leg last year. Crowd favourite Pippa Funnell has three horses in this class as well as two Advanced class runners.
Tina Cook and Billy The Red could claim a win in the Advanced – this pair finished fourth individually at last summer's European Championships. Leading the New Zealand charge will be Sir Mark Todd's Leonidas II and reigning Badminton champion Andrew Nicholson's Swallow Springs.
As ever, Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International has attracted riders from across the globe. Eighteen nationalities will be represented, from as far afield as Hong Kong, Brasil, South Africa and Russia, with 800 horses due to compete over the three days.
Of course, the horse trials isn't just about horses. New for this year, the Exotic Animal Encounter will be on site on the Friday and Saturday, with their meerkats, skunks, snakes and coatimundi – they will be running handling sessions and educational talks. Fens Falconry will also be attending, with a variety of birds of prey. Add in bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, a climbing wall and Razz & Pearl's circus workshops, plus over 40 shops, and Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International really does offer a fantastic day out for all the family.
Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International takes place from 29th - 31st March at Sussex Farm, PE31 8AG.
For more information on any aspect of this year's Horse Trials, and to book advance tickets, visit http://www.musketeer.co.uk.
The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (21-24 June) at Hickstead is one of the most popular events in the equestrian calendar, with top class showjumping featuring alongside showing, carriage driving and more.
The CSI4* show culminates in the famous Al Shira’aa Derby on the Sunday afternoon. The Derby course is fearsomely tricky, and the fences have barely changed since the class was first held in 1961. Iconic obstacles such as the Derby Bank, the Devil’s Dyke and the double of water ditches are as difficult to jump now as they have always been, and clear rounds remain a rarity. Last year’s renewal saw two horses jump clear in the first round, with Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill taking the title ahead of Harriet Nuttall (A Touch Imperious) after a nail-biting jump-off.
Riders must qualify for the Al Shira’aa Derby in Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, a class that often gives a good indication of a horse’s chances in Sunday afternoon’s showcase event. Saturday is all about speed, with the British Speed Derby forming the focus of the day. This class is also held over the same course year after year, meaning riders can try to break the course record as well as defeating their rivals. Last year’s winning horse was Topflight True Carlo, giving Matthew Sampson his first ever Speed Derby title.
There will be a total of eight rings of equestrian competition during the show, ranging from cross-poles in the NSEA Hickstead Mini Challenge going up to international World Ranking showjumping classes, as well as showing classes for cobs, riding horses, small hunters, mountain and moorlands, ridden hunters and coloured horses. Saturday evening gives spectators the chance to see the sport’s biggest stars try a new equestrian discipline in the Celebrity Derby Challenge.
Hickstead provides a perfect family day out, with something on offer for everyone. There are more than 150 stands in the Charles Owen Shopping Village, selling tack, clothing, footwear, homeware and more. This year, there is free general admission on the Thursday of the show, to encourage people to come along to experience the fabulous shopping for themselves. A new Family Zone will feature a funfair (with half price rides on Thursday and Friday) alongside entertainment from local company Tomfoolery.
Visitors can choose from a wide range of bars and eateries, or they can opt to make their visit truly special by selecting one of Hickstead’s hospitality options. Whether choosing fine dining overlooking the International Arena, or finding the perfect spot to set up a picnic, there is no better place than Hickstead to enjoy a summer day with the accompaniment of top class equestrian sport.
Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk
This year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show is set to host a number of prestigious Dressage Viewing Trials for the World Equestrian Games, Young Dressage Horse World Championships and the European Pony Championships.
The show takes place from June 12 to 17 in the glorious grounds of Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall, Chester and is set to provide a feast of sport and entertainment with dressage stars heading to this stunning venue.
Fans can enjoy watching top horses and riders with a Small Tour Prix St George getting the competition action underway on the Tuesday evening – June 12. Spectators can access the showground free of charge to enjoy this class.
Following its’ huge success in 2017, the Wednesday and Thursday, will see top-level dressage return with the Bolesworth CDI*** attracting leading riders to the magnificent Bolesworth Estate.
The investment in dressage means that the event is a fully-fledged CDI*** competition with international riders able to compete in what has quickly become one of the most sought after arenas to ride in.
Said Bolesworth International Show President Nina Barbour: “We are delighted to be hosting the Viewing Trials and hope that dressage fans across the county and further afield will take the opportunity to come to Bolesworth and see the very best dressage action the country has to offer.”
Dressage fans can enjoy watching top horses and riders over the first two days of the show with the competition focus getting underway on Wednesday, June 13 with the CDI*** Grand Prix, the Small Tour Inter 1 Freestyle Dressage to Music as well as the Viewing Trials for the Young Dressage Horse World Championships at five, six and seven-year-old stages.
On the Thursday classes include the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle as well as an FEI Pony Team Test, a Viewing Trial for the Pony Europeans later in the year.
A second pony class, the FEI Pony Freestyle to Music Test takes places on the Saturday morning.
Get 40% off gate prices if you pre-book your tickets online.
Tickets can be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com