A number of new sponsorship deals have been struck in the equestrian world this week.
- Supplements and feed balancers company Blue Chip has added two new equestrians to its stable of sponsored riders.Four-times British Champion carriage driver Matt Were and Scottish Prix St Georges Champion dressage rider Jennifer Johnson will now benefit from the company’s support.Matt’s goal for 2011 is to attend the Single World Championships in Pratoni (28 July-1 August) and Jennifer aims to compete her Donnergrollen at the Hickstead British Young Horse Championships (27-31 July).
- Earn Equestrian will sponsor the Scottish Sports Horse (SSH) mare and youngstock championship at Blair Castle International Horse Trials on 18 August.The tack shop, based in Bridge of Earn, Perth, is a newcomer to the equestrian scene and stocks all the big brands, from Sergio Grasso and Pikeur to Amerigo and Eskadron.SSH chairman Jane Barr, said: “We are delighted to welcome Earn Equestrian on board as sponsor of our mare and youngstock championships.”
- Young rider and para dressage star Sophie Wells is now sponsored by Robinson Animal Healthcare, which, like her, is based in Nottinghamshire.Twenty-one-year-old Sophie is the only rider to compete for GB in both able-bodied and para dressage teams and won two para gold medals at last year’s World Equestrian Games.Joanne Thomasson of Robinson Animal Healthcare, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting such a talented local rider.”
- And clothing brand Musto was the sponsor of the VIP hospitality marquee at the British Beach Polo Championships in Sandbanks, Dorset (8-9 July).Organiser Johnny Wheeler said: “The Musto marquee was the place to be seen during the championships. We are very pleased to have brands like them onboard.”