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Why I still love this supplement

Tamsin Drew Eventing with Aloeride aloe vera
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Hello, my name is Tamsin Drew. I am a Three Day Eventer who has supplemented my horse with Aloeride aloe vera over the last three years. It has been amazing – and thank you Aloeride for the continued support – so you too may be interested in why I still love this supplement Aloeride. Ziggy is my gorgeous 16h3 Irish Hunter gelding (Sire was Kennedys Clover, son of the legendary Clover Hill, that stands at Ballinamuddagh Stud in County Wexford. Dam was ISH Gorsehill Lady) that foaled in 2009, so he’s only nine years old.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farI’ve been using Aloeride for 3 years and love how the multi supplement keeps Ziggy looking and feeling great, with super coat shine and overall condition.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farAloeride provides Ziggy with really strong hooves, no cracking or brittleness and not once has he lost a shoe or needed an extra farrier visit!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farIt’s the only supplement I use for digestion which supports healthy and happy gut, both in the stable, travelling or competing. A huge difference seen since feeding Aloeride, no upset troubled stomach or loose stools, so much more relaxed and comfortable in the stable and really chilled when arrives at a horse trials.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farSuper thick fuller mane and tail which wouldn’t look out of place in the show ring! Such a change since Ziggy arrived pre-Aloeride when his tail was extremely thin, brittle and just broke off and now it’s glossy, thick and shiny, I never dreamed it could look so good.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farZiggy’s coat looks immaculate no extra brushing, coat shine products or supplements required Aloeride has kept him looking healthy and well all year round.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farThis natural supplement has ingredients which helps support movement and suppleness, encouraging a softer outline and more relaxed dressage test for better marks, achieving our personal best dressage test this year and continued to receive consistent 70% test marks.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farOverall better muscle definition and top line, feeling and looking stronger and fitter. Thank you Aloeride, I love being a brand ambassador for you!!!

Image (Buckminster Park HT 2018) courtesy of Action Replay Photography Ltd

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Can hoof colour be changed by Aloeride

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We received an interesting query, can hoof colour be changed by Aloeride and can it change the sole colour ? Aloeride aloe vera for Horses is produced since 2011 and no such observations were reported. Beyond there being safety in numbers, we looked into this further…

I am using the Aloeride (aloe vera) and it looks like it is working very well. I have been giving it to my horse for about 15 days now. I have a question, you might know the answer. It looks like the sole of all hooves of my horse are a kind of yellow. I have also noticed that the scabs/crusts on the penis lamina look yellow, something which is new, never seen that color, usually they were white. However I must say that he looks pretty fit in this period.

Can hoof colour be changed by Aloeride

As you know, there’s not a lot of variety in hoof colour in horses: whitish yellow, black or brown or any combination thereof as the stripy hooves in the picture demonstrates. The same horse may have a different colour or stripy pattern on each leg, anything goes! The skin colour at the coronet band dictates what colour hoof grows from it because pigment follows the vertical  horn tubules. Black hooves -like skin- have cells that produce melanin, white hooves don’t produce melanin. Usually black hooves have black soles and, if sole colour becomes lighter, this frequently is because of coffin bone pressure on the sole corium. And once melanocytes are destroyed in a certain area, even if an excess pressure is gone, the cells are destroyed forever.

As you know, the sole has no direct blood supply and relies on nutrients being passed from the corium via diffusion, making these cells very susceptible to any disturbance in the blood circulation in the corium. This partially explains why nutritional factors can have a significant impact upon foot health, Aloeride strongly contributes to nutritional resources and as such can only help the sole to become/stay healthy. Aloeride strongly contributes to healthier hoof growth. Pigment colour is genetic, but the intensity of the colour can be affected naturally by nutrition or artificially by oiling the hoof (see header picture). Pigmentation is completely irrelevant to structural strength of the hoof. The answer to can hoof colour be changed by Aloeride  is no. The answer to can Aloeride change the sole colour  is that it can improve the lustre and health of the sole but not its genetic colour.

The other substance referred to is smegma which is a natural, protective lubricant. It is debris from normal secretions of the skin glands and naturally-dying cells from the surface of the skin. In healthy horses it may be black, grey or cream coloured and it has a slightly greasy feel (skin lipids). The penis and sheath have a permanent population of normal bacteria on their surface (microbiome) and these help maintain the health of the skin and protect from infection by controlling harmful bacteria (specifically Klebsiella pneomoniae , Pseudomonas aeruginosa  and Taylorella equigenitalis). Washing the penis and sheath with strong detergent solutions can remove the natural skin oils, resulting in dry penile skin which cracks as it folds and unfolds. It is best to rinse with just water. No issues with penile health or changes in smegma have been noted by any of the Stud Farms that feed Aloeride to their stallions.

The querent also asked if yellowing ‘could be an issue with the liver’. Had this been the case, he would have observed a downturn in body condition, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellow-tinged mucous membranes) and a change in droppings. Aloe vera is not a plant species that contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) that causes pigment (colour) issues such as in secondary photosensitivity.

[A horse’s liver metabolises PAs to highly reactive compounds called pyrroles, which are toxic to liver cells as well as kidney and lung tissue. Liver cell and/or bile duct injury disrupts the waste organs’ ability to excrete phylloerythrin, which is produced during chlorophyll digestion. Usually, horses excrete phylloerythrin through bile and pass it in the faeces without any interaction with skin tissues. Yet, with liver damage, phylloerythrin persists in the body and accumulates in the skin to cause photosensitivity. Upon exposure to sunlight, areas of non-pigmented skin erupt in blisters and sores]

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Dressage Divas!

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We asked top international dressage rider and Aloeride sponsored rider Leah Beckett for her top 6 top tips for competing this summer. Fantastic advice for all dressage divas!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farPractise on your square halts and riding accurately to your markers – these can really boost your marks in a test!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farAsk someone to video you in a test run through at home prior to your competition. Watching it back can help you make improvements in your schooling leading up the test day and even minor tweaks can have a big impact on overall marks.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farLearn your test! Having a caller is all very well, but as a rider, you should be preparing for each movement well ahead of the caller and if you can’t hear your voice you will be in a spot of bother!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farWhen I am training the horses I try and make myself as interesting a rider as possible. So within their training I try and keep it varied and not do all things everyday – sometimes I will work on basics, some days exercises, some days test riding, some days trot, some days canter. If you think of riding as asking the horses for a percentage of their power, then I will only hit 100% a few times a week and just play in-between the percentages.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farVariety is the spice of life and I love the horses to go out in the field a couple of times a week and if I can mix up hacking and schooling as well, even better!!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farHaving a happy and well-rounded horse makes for a much happier athlete, which is much more settled and has a much more open mind to training so try to work with your horse and incorporate exercises he or she loves as well as the more difficult stuff in your training sessions.

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Leah Beckett Dressage photoshoot video

Leah Beckett Dressage photoshoot video
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We go behind the scenes on the latest photoshoot (video below) with top dressage rider and Aloeride ambassador Leah Beckett. Shot on location in Surrey, Leah is photographed by leading equestrian photographer David Miller and rides her string of horses. Leah competes with the gorgeous horses that are owned and bred by Eva and Shaun Measures. Leah trains with both Florian Bacher of the Spanish Riding School and Charlotte Dujardin.

Diluvio’s Mare had been on birth watch for days and nothing happened. So I decided to have a kip and give the Mare some pasture time and shortly after the waters broke… that is, the Heavens opened with absolutely torrential rain. That’s when Diluvio decided to be born (‘diluvio’ in Spanish means ‘flood’). Shortly afterwards I arrived and put my finger in Diluvio’s mouth to mimic a teet and, thus attached, I led her back to the dry stables. Only when both of us were there did the mare bother to follow… there’s horses for you!

Shaun Measures
  • Rimskij Korsakov… 16 yr old Grand Prix Black Stallion by Rubenstein. Currently competing at Inter II.
  • Russki… 10 yr old son of Rimskij. Currently competing at Advanced Medium and qualified for both the Summer and Winter Nationals. Working at home towards Grand Prix and aiming to compete at the Premier League’s at Small tour through the summer.
  • Renoir… 7 yr old full brother to Russki! Currently competing at medium and working towards PSG.
  • Diluvio… 6yr old Dapple Grey Mare by Dimaggio… Working at novice level.

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Comfortable Movement and Suppleness

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Comfortable movement and suppleness is necessary for a winning performance whichever equine discipline you enjoy. Training for power, stamina and coordination will only become free and graceful movement if your horse has comfortable movement and suppleness. Aloeride helps achieve comfortable movement and suppleness and we’d love to explain how that works. Whatever your equine discipline, here are 5 make or break points for movement and suppleness.

The Biochemical Soup

The ground substance of the various tissues and organs in your horse is known as connective tissue which on cellular level is called interstitial tissue. The space in between this tissue is called the interstitium which is filled with interstitial fluid.

This is the all important biochemical soup that pretty much every tissue in your horse depends on. Its composition is affected by toxic burden, detoxification capacity*, blood sugar regulation*, hormones*, and the pH of this fluid isn’t constant (*these are nutrient-dependent factors). If the ‘soup’ goes wrong, your horse goes wrong. Nutritionists talk about alkaline-ash forming food/feed and acid-ash forming food/feed… feed changes the acid-alkaline level of ‘the soup’ and this has implications for movement & suppleness: a horse on a high protein diet is more likely to be prone to tissue stiffness, is likely to have less tolerance for lactic acid loading. A more acidic interstitium renders connective less flexible and thus it becomes more prone to strain and subsequent (micro)inflammation. These are precisely the issues you are trying to find a solution for! Muscle stretches as shown in the header picture, or deep massage, or any type of joint mobilisation (chiropractor/osteopath/physiotherapist) works best and indeed lasts longer when the interstitial tissue is neutral-alkaline. You understand this correctly: paying less attention to the ‘soup’ translates into more appointments with whoever does your horse’ body work. Between its support for digestive health and a unique, very broad nutrient spectrum, Aloeride contributes to a healthier ‘biochemical soup’.

A natural supplement that helps your horse be supple!

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt feeds Aloeride

After 23 days on Aloeride the difference was obvious. His behaviour, performance, and settled attitude is fantastic. The changes I have noticed are:
• He no longer fidgets or is unsettled, constantly moving about when tied up.
• He no longer feels like he’s about to explode/shoots off as soon as you mount
• He doesn’t bolt his food (he still eats fairly quickly but not with as much tension)
• He is much more relaxed when travelling and at competition
• He is more accepting of the leg and willing to flex in his neck and body
• His neck/neck muscles in particular are much softer, which has improved his flatwork
• His jump is positive and athletic
• He no longer feels like he’s behind the leg or ‘backing up’ he is forwards and free moving
• He is off all other supplements except his magnesium calmer now. How’s that?!

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt (Wiltshire )

Tissue Comfort

An uncomfortable horse underperforms. Duh! Direct trauma and neuralgia aside, the two commonest reasons for tissue discomfort are (micro)inflammations and lactic acid burden. If you need comfortable movement and suppleness in horses, you must be on top of both these issues. Lactic acid is produced during anaerobic energy production (oxygen deprived), so a better supply of oxygen to tissue will reduce the burden. Lactic acid is water soluble, so keeping your horse hydrated is vital for detox. The speed at which lactic acid is broken down depends on available intramuscular carnosine which in turn is limited by the amount of available β-alanine. This originates from dietary peptides such as carnosine or anserine and vitamin B5 in feed, in Aloeride and made by bacterial flora in your horse’s intestines (Aloeride supports this). Ingestion of only carnosine results in only 40% becoming available as β-alanine; another reminder that Nature doesn’t work in single nutrients, it always works in a synergistic spectrum. Note also that discomfort caused by lactic acid is a defence mechanism to stop overworking and damaging; lactic acid tolerance can be improved greatly by anaerobic threshold training.

Besides help for lactic acid breakdown, Aloeride provides a unique spectrum of molecules that help to maintain normal tissue temperature. Localised raises in temperature cause reactive muscle contraction and this without fail reduces agility of movement (because a contracted muscle doesn’t stretch). Helping this is one of the reasons why Aloeride did so well in Tried & Tested with both the Veteran Horse Society and Blue Cross.

Soft Tissue Mobility

The active range of movement that a leg or the body of your horse has, can be greatly improved by passive stretches and joint mobilisations. Transverse frictions are best to mobilise cross-linkages of fibrous strands in muscle tissue. Applied pressure on myofascial points may relieve muscle tension but rarely does so for long if the trigger isn’t removed, reactive spasm is never caused by a fascia. Long massage strokes can improve circulation but then so do horse walkers and equine hydrotherapy. Ideally all this is followed by full limb and neck stretches such as depicted in the header image and a review of training in recurring issues is advisable. My point is that chiro, osteo, physio, bowen or equine massage people are called in because your horse is blocked, constricted, stiff, tense or goes short or worse still is lame. Beyond their physical ministrations, well-informed professionals recommend Aloeride because it broadens the help they bring.

Our advice to Chloe and to you is that adding Magnesium only ever works in horses that are Magnesium depleted and this is unlikely to happen in Aloeride nutrient loaded horses. I wrote about calmers and, in respect of movement and suppleness, these aim at the contractile fibres of muscle. If there’s reactive spasm, then calmers are unlikely to be effective on contractions without sorting the (micro)inflammation first. Passive stretches, as shown in the header image aim at the connective tissue inside the muscle (white in image), not at the contractile fibres (red in image). The massage technique of transverse friction mobilises connective tissue but does so very localised, it also improves local blood flow depending on how it is done.

Muscle Stability

One of our sponsored riders was fastidious about veterinary checks for her horse. Fairly quickly after it has started on Aloeride -already on an excellent feed-, its lean body mass improved (topline as well as muscle definition everywhere else). Her vet measured the total weight to have gone up by 60kgs in 2½-3 months whilst girth remained unaltered. In Dresssage for instance this can improve the back and hindlimb strength for better collection (Impulsion), in Eventing the stronger horse runs faster and jumps better, in Endurance stronger muscles cope better. Another practical advantage is that a muscularly strong horse has less chance of joint strains (muscle providing stability to a joint). However, improved lean muscle mass means little without it being trained and co-ordinated. The thing to appreciate is that you would train (and compete) from a greater abundance. More trained muscle literally puts your horse in a position of controlable strength. Kindly note that with Aloeride you cannot put on more muscle than what your horse is genetically predisposed to, Aloeride optimises naturally condition if there is an intake/uptake issue.

Coordination

Once your horse is comfortable and agile, coordination is a matter of training. Practice makes perfect and do make sure there is fun in it for your horse, you’ll achieve more by dominant persuasion than by force.

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Striking change in 1 month

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LEFT: Before Aloeride and the day after his first ODE looking too light to Chloë’s liking!
RIGHT: After a month on Aloeride (on less hard feed) looking fab! What a striking change in 1 month!

Chloë Ammonds-Nutt has become a Brand Champion for us and we have her mother Janice to thank for it! Janice owns Prophet whose longstanding digestive problems responded beautifully to Aloeride and she suggested that I’d talk to her Eventing and Blogging daughter… Beloware extracts from what Chloë wrote on her own blog:

I’ve dabbled with aloe vera products for myself (excellent as an after sun product, I found that out the painful way!) and my horses from time to time, but I’ve never used them consistently as part of my horse’s care or nutrition that is until now… I recently decided to trial a month’s supply of Aloeride supplement for Dustry because he had come out of the winter looking much leaner than I wanted and despite giving him three feeds a day, ad lib hay, and always making sure he wasn’t losing any condition by being appropriately rugged he wasn’t putting condition on as fast as I wanted. Initially I actually thought that maybe the Aloeride was driving him bonkers! In a rather misleading twist of fate, just as I started the course, the mares surrounding him all came into season and his hormones got the better of him and his behaviour deteriorated rapidly!

“I was 100% certain that Dusty standing on his hindlegs wasn’t a side effect of taking Aloeride. When it comes to calming, Aloeride always helps and never hinders. So we reviewed feeding in detail particularly as Chloë had emailed “When he has excess energy/is excitable rearing is his default thing unfortunately.” As it turned out Dusty’s ‘excess energy’ was sexually driven and was sorted by relocating two mares in season (they were on either side of his stable, poor thing).

Since then he has literally blossomed in front of my eyes. His condition is now just where I want it to be and he’s positively gleaming with health. The Aloeride has improved his health so much that I now only have to feed him half previous quantities as he’s now more able to get the most out of his nutrients which is helping him build more muscle. There have been noticeable behavioural changes also. He is all round much calmer and relaxed in himself and now only gets excited at understandable scenarios eg going in the lorry, jumping etc. I also feel like he’s much more forward going now, his lateral work is also less resistant in the initial first steps of a movement, and his jumping has gone from strength to strength.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that Aloeride isn’t paying for itself only for breeders and racehorse yards, Chloë also wrote “Dustry was on 3x feeds a day, 24/7 turn out in a huge paddock, ad lib hay when in the lorry and I was not happy with his condition. Now on just 2x small feeds a day, 24/7 turn out and his Aloeride aloe vera and just look at the difference!”

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Suzanne Taylor (Endurance Riding)

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We are delighted and proud that Suzanne Taylor is one of our Brand Champions. In 2010 Suzanne and her Salsa Caramel were selected for the Scottish Endurance Squad and in 2012 they won the Mousquetaires Trophy for highest annual mileage in Scottish Endurance. To the best of our knowledge Suzanne was the first high level endurance rider to put her horse on Aloeride and many since have followed her example. Salsa Caramel (pictured here) is a 16hh part-bred Arab.

“I have owned Caramel for 10 years and rode our first pleasure ride in 2006. He is a thoroughbred with 16% Arab (PBA). Endurance is very much his “love”, he is very forward going. As most endurance riders will say, it all started as a pleasure ride, I never thought we would get so hooked and now as hungry as ever to try and achieve the next goal. Its been a gradual build up from distance & speeds, preparing for longer distances each year. Having had a two year break from 2008/2009, I entered back into SERC and have enjoyed every minute. The members from all the different branches are so friendly and supportive, it’s very addictive, so from a pleasure ride we have now just won the 2 Day 120km Endurance Race ride at Darnaway with a Best Condition. As Caramel isn’t getting any younger I wanted to find something that would help him with stamina, recovery, hydration and his feet (as you can imagine we see the farrier often) I was delighted to try Aloeride last year and saw immediate results. It really does all the things horse owners wish for. We have represented the Scottish Endurance team on two occasions and hope to do well this year as an individual combination. I will continue to use Aloeride and ride with confidence this year knowing Caramel is getting everything he needs to be asked to do his job successfully. Thank you Han!”

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The proof is in the hoof

The proof is in the hoof Aloeride Bold Pixel
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Sorry about the pun, but this is going to be the running commentary on Thoroughbred Bold Pixel and her owner Simon Fernandez. They live in South Africa and ‘BP’ (Simon trades petrochemicals!) is a shining example of how timely-started, ongoing nutrient loading with Aloeride makes a monumental difference to (young) race horses. Simon became interested in Aloeride because Bold Pixel developed typical Thoroughbred hooves with the difficulty of keeping shoes on. The proof is in the hoof, read his feedback after having started BP on 1 sachet a day:

19 Jun 2013 “My filly is really looking good, we are now into our 5th month on Aloeride. As a 2 y/o she had her first race… Although working very well at home, she was outdone by being very green and was quite overwhelmed by all the horses around her when they jumped. We believe she had a good experience and will go on from here. After the race she pulled up sound, so no problems there. Also must admit that since she’s been in training we have had no vet issues and she is very healthy… Thanks to Aloeride.”

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Although this thoroughbred was put on Aloeride for her hooves, other benefits soon became manifest. Her condition rapidly improved and this muscular development wasn’t lost on her trainer. Training times also took a leap for the better, so much so, that her trainer pulled up Simon to ask what on earth he was feeding her: Aloeride next to her standard feed, nothing else. Further comment on 15 Feb 2014 “Been on Aloeride for just over 1 year. Her maiden win on 5 Feb 2014, we had another run on 22 Feb 2014. Good run for first one out the maidens.. close up 3rd at long odds. Needless to say, she pulled up very well from her run.”

The header image shows Bold Pixel thundering to the post at Kenilworth (RSA) on 5th Feb, winning distance 1¼. His trainer Carl Burger of Powerhouse Racing, jockey Christopher Puller and owner Simon Fernandez were suitably delighted. Beyond a good win it was noted just after the race, how completely nonplussed, no sweat and looking very easy BP was. This is how you want your racehorses to look after delivering a win. Simon sold BP to Carl J. Burger, who discontinued with the Aloeride. BP continued to race at Kenilworth but failed to break its maiden status and has concluded its racing career with her last running on the 10th Aug 2015 at Kenilworth.

Valid observations by Han van de Braak: when it comes to cost per horse per day, the increased lean muscle mass would increase the value of this young thoroughbred at auction, with every race won her value goes up, less money needed to be spent on specialist farriery, less money needed to be spent on veterinary care other than on routine work, no money needed to be spent on electrolyte supplements as recovery after racing is excellent, no money needed to be spent on other supplements full stop. Many thoroughbred racehorse owners buy Aloeride in shippers because of the excellent savings, and feed it because it increases profitability.

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Philippa about Irish’s itch

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I have ridden for 20 years and competed in a number of disciplines including: showing; eventing; show jumping; endurance; racing and hunting. Irish (also known as Nightnews) is a 10 Year old ISH by Last News out of a Carroll’s Flight mare. I’ve owned Irish for 5 years, ever since my Dad swotted a wasp away from his wine at a sale in Ireland… SOLD to the gentleman over there! Oops.

Why I’m excited about Aloeride

Aloeride has given Irish a chance to be steroid free, I am able to compete her using a non-banned substance that is helping her with her dermatitis. It was heart-breaking to see Irish itching so much and to see her now, not rubbing herself raw is such a weight off my mind. I was so close to pulling my own hair out before I started using Aloeride, now when I take her rugs off she’s no longer taking to attacking her skin. I am looking forward to the Spring when I can notice a lovely healthy shine on her coat.”

I moved from Hampshire to Banbury to progress and became a working pupil for Jodie Amos in 2011. This was our first season eventing and we went from BE90 to Novice and qualified and competed at the Tri-zone eventers challenge at Blenheim Palace. Once I had finished working for Jodie Amos, I then stayed at Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls and rode out for a local National hunt trainer Alex Hales, whilst grooming for Matt Heath, Ann and Nigel Taylor as well as Jodie Amos.

The last eventing season is where we competed the least as I took to BSJA competitions in August, winning our first try at Discovery followed by 4 further wins at Discovery and 1.05m. I qualified for the National Amateur Championships at Aintree on my first attempt at both the first and second rounds, something I later discovered whilst at the championship that riders spend all season trying to qualify for. We competed at Arena UK, coming 9th out of 72 competitors to confirm our spot at Aintree.
The championship was held at Aintree Equestrian centre and was very daunting for my eventer turned show jumper, meaning that we did not jump as well as hoped on the first day. Our second day was much better and we missed qualifying for the final by 1 second and 1 place. Although I was gutted I had to remember how far we had got in the 3 months of BSJA competitions. On the final day we competed in a ‘fun class’ and came a respectable 11th place out of 40 in the top score, clearing the 1.20 joker.