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Success at the Five Star Winter Dressage Championships
It was another day and another win for leading event and dressage rider Ruth Edge riding Zebra Products very own eight-year-old KWPN gelding Rock Me Amadeus. A score of 72.40% gave a decisive victory in the Equitop Myoplast Elementary Open, perhaps one of the hottest classes of whole five-day show.
“He was awesome today. He loved it so much yesterday and knew what he was in for today. He was brilliant,” said Ruth. “The test flows, but there are a lot of transitions which show if the horses are not secure and confident enough. As Amadeus has a lovely balance and outline, he’s easy to present in a good frame and I’m able to ride him accurately. He’s a really lovely horse to work with and always wants to do his best.”
“He’s good fun, straightforward, and the more he does, the better,” she added.
Ruth, who is originally from Cumbria but has now set up a base in Derbyshire with her husband Peter, has to be one of the hardest working riders on the circuit, combining pure dressage - ‘her hobby’ - with her day job of a top flight eventing career. Her record at this show is outstanding though, and most years she seems to take home a clutch of titles.
Super Shiny Horses….
When it comes to presenting a polished performance, Veredus are perhaps better known for their extensive collection of protective equine boots, however the Italian brand have just launched some new additions to their grooming products which promise to add sparkle to your performance in the ring.
Shampoo Sheen is a high shine, nourishing detangling shampoo. It leaves a silky coat and tangle free mane and tail.
Suitable for any colour of horse and also for those with sensitive skins it is the perfect show ring shampoo. Can be used regularly as will not dry out the skin or leave residue.
RRP 500ml: £11.50
Excellence in the dressage arena from Fleck
All dressage riders need a little back up to their seat and leg aids when teaching a horse the more advanced movements. A soft touch is what is needed and what better brand to look for the perfect schooling aid than leading German whip manufacturers Fleck.
Their new ErgoBalance Impuls! Dressage Whip range has perfect style, balance and handling. Carl Hester is a big fan of the whips using the Impuls! Solid whip for teaching his horses to shorten their steps - leading to the start of piaffe. This whip has a solid shaft which is ideal for touching the horse without any risk of additional movement through the length of it. This is preferred by Carl Hester’s training methods as there is no risk of any backlash from the whip. The short top lash just gives a small light touch.
The grip is an ergonomically designed triangular shape and has special adhesion properties for a secure grasp. The FEI rules state that the length of 120cm including the top lash can be used in competition.
The whip is available in longer lengths as can be used as a touchier whip for training the horses from the ground.
Get the professional look this season and treat yourself to pair of new Konig Derby Special patent jumping boots. Available in ladies’ and men’s versions, these gorgeous boots are perfect for wearing in the competition ring and when you’re training at home. Forget patent boots being the domain of the dressage arena – they are now going to be the next big thing in the showjumping classes.
Featuring a robust patent leather upper, nappa leather lining, front Derby lacing, a sewn-on toecap and a full-length inside zip, the Derby Special boots are hard-wearing and made to last. What’s more, these boots offer the ultimate comfortable riding experience as they quickly mould to your leg to offer great support without restriction. They’re just what every keen show jumper needs from a pair of long boots.
The Konig Derby Special is a top-quality, stylish boot that won’t let you down. Beautifully finished off with a hunting strap carrying the Konig crown emblem, and a 6cm high cut side to give a longer leg appearance, you will most definitely be the envy of all your friends.
Colours: Black, Dark Brown, Bordeaux and Navy
Sizes: 3 - 12
Bucas Sun Shower – a predictable rug for unpredictable days
If you’re looking for a lightweight turnout rug that repels rain and sunshine then the Bucas Sun Shower is the perfect choice this season.
The Sun Shower is waterproof and breathable with a tough Teflon outer shield and is made from a silver, sun reflective, fabric. This sheet ensures the horse has perfect climate control with a mesh lining that helps to circulate air underneath the rug. And with the addition of Velcro attachments for the Combi-Neck horse owners can now keep their horse’s neck and mane clean and dry, too!
Featuring shoulder darts, cross surcingles, removable elastic leg straps and a tail cover, this blanket offers a practical solution to warm, wet weather. What’s more, it offers plenty of room around the shoulders and a soft nylon lining in this area helps to prevent rubbing. New for this year, the Bucas Sun Shower features just one front strap instead of two, making rug fitting quicker and easier without compromising on fit and security.
Colour: Silver with navy trim Sizes:Sun Shower 115-165 (5’0 – 7’0) Sun Shower Combi Neck XS - XL