We've got loads of equestrian news this week, competition winners, riders' blogs and more! Jody Hartstone returns with another great series of Fiber Fresh Feeds Equine TV and Edward Bullock continues to educate and entertain in the Stable Mate Equine TV series. We're introducing our latest blogs with Jaime Campbell as she prepares for HOY, Jody Hartstone in Europe as she introduces her amazing new horse, Wunders-Tag, to the international grand prix circuit and Andrea Bank continues showing us more beautiful horses from Germany. Don't miss your last chance to win a DirtyMan skincare pack, winners will be drawn Monday!
In equestrian news, Hamilton-based young rider Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Pico Boo are the newest winners of the prestigious New Zealand Young Rider Eventing Championship. The pair was crowned winners of the coveted Charisma Trophy at the Dunstan Bay of Plenty Horse Trials at Rotorua. The 20-year-old, formerly from Kerikeri but currently based in Hamilton, took the title ahead of Taumarunui’s Ashley McKinstry on Pioneer Makokomiko. Defending champ Jessica Woods and Too Predictable, from Ohaupo, got off to a flying start and led the class after dressage. But a single showjumping rail and time faults across country was enough to drop the pair to third place overall.
Elsewhere, the weekend’s wild ‘weather bomb’ wasn’t enough to stop the Hawera show completely, with the Kiwis scoring victory over the Aussies at the weekend in the first of the trans-Tasman tests. The New Zealand team finished on 28 faults, well clear of the Australians, who ended the two-round competition on 44 faults. The Kiwi team was anchored by a classy performance from Waipukurau’s Simon Wilson and his grand old campaigner, Swinger, who won the class. New Zealand reserve Ashburton’s Susie Hayward on her stallion Andretti were second and Australian non-team member Paula Hamood on Nero GPH was third. Kiwi team member Katie McVean was fourth on Dunstan Daffodil. The other two team members, Bernard Denton (Gisborne/Fielding) on Horsesports Suzuki and Lisa Coupe (Kumeu/Hawke’s Bay) on Bates Amaretto MVNZ both finished on 12 faults. The second test will be held during the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show in Hastings later this month. All competition at Hawera was abandoned on Sunday though, as it bore the full brunt of the storm.
Horse of the Year news
Olympians, future Olympians, stars and future stars will all have best feet and fetlocks forward at the 2012 New Zealand Horse of the Year Show in Hastings this month. The show will be the last chance for Kiwis to see London Olympian Louisa Hill in full flight before she heads to Europe. Read More>>
Country99 TV secures exclusive rights to Badminton coverage
In other great equestrian news, Country 99 TV have secured live and exclusive rights to Badminton 2012 Cross Country! Keep an eye out in our next newsletter for their special offer.
Fiber Fresh Feeds Equine TV is back!
In this great new series of Fiber Fresh Feeds Equine TV we welcome back Jody Hartstone, Grand Prix dressage rider and Equitation Science specialist. This week Jody talks to us about the signals which effect speed and stride length Watch Equisode»
StableMate™ Equine TV
In the latest equisode of Equine Trader StableMate™ TV, Edward Bullock, Grand Prix show jumper, explains the difference between a show jumping canter and a dressage canter.Watch Equisode»
Vetpro Photo of the Week
Each week we choose a winning photo for our home page and the lucky winner takes home a voucher worth $50 from Vetpro, equine therapeutics and nutraceuticals specialists. The winner of last week's Vetpro Photo of the Week was Toni Bryant from Ruatapu, Hokitika with "Can I please join the circus?" "
There's an open theme this week so send in any funny, cute, crazy, interesting or quirky photos of you and/or your horse and be in to win a great Vetpro prize! Enter Now»
(Next week's theme is "Horse of the Year" so don't forget to take lots of photos while you're there and send them in to be in for the weekly Vetpro prize!)
Jaime Campbell prepares for HOY
Jaime Campbell is a rising star on the New Zealand Show Jumping circuit. With a team of very successful young horses Jaime has had great success in all disciplines but now focuses her talents on showjumping. Follow her as she prepares and competes at Horse of the Year 2012. Watch Video Blog»
Jody Hartstone in Europe
Jody Hartstone, grand prix dressage rider and equitation science specialist, is currently in Europe where she's introducing her new horse Wunders-Tag (Wookie) to international competition. Wookie is a 13 year old Hanoverian gelding by Wolkendanz and owned jointly by Jody and Erin Mortimer from Matakana. Follow her as she travels to some of the top equestrian venues in Europe. This week Wunders-Tag makes his grand prix international debut at a show in Provence in the south of France. Watch Video Blog»
Andrea Bank's blog continues
Andrea Bank is becoming one of New Zealand’s most recognisable up and coming dressage riders. She recorded some of her experiences for Equine Trader during her latest training visit to Germany. This week Andrea shows us more of the beautiful "Seramai" who we met in an earlier blog post. Watch Video Blog»
DirtyMan Skincare packs to give away
Don't miss your last chance to win one of three packs of great skincare products from DirtyMan.the competition closes later this week so Enter Now!»
Manage pasture turnout and forage intake to reduce laminitis risk
Research has shown that pasture-induced laminitis occurs at times of rapid grass growth. The accumulation of certain carbohydrates including fructans, starches, and sugars (Non-Structural Carbohydrates, NSC) in pasture forage during the spring, early summer and fall, particularly after rainfall precipitate this laminitis. Here's some valuable insight from Dr. Tania Cubitt of HyGain Feeds, into pasture turnout and strategies to limit the intake of these carbohydrates for sick or at-risk horses. Read More>>
Winner of the final El Caballo Blanco Family Gold Pass announced!
The magnificent stallions of Spain have been in New Zealand for a seven-centre tour since January, in their fully choreographed arena spectacular El Caballo Blanco “The Dance of the White Stallion". The show was performed in Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru, Invercargill, Palmerston North, Whangarei. The final performance will be held this weekend in Hamilton - find out who won the final Equine Trader family gold pass giveaway.