Sponsorship news in the UK horse industry

  • Equestrian companies Toggi and Champion will be sponsoring Irish eventer Joseph Murphy for the 2013 season. “I am delighted,” said Joseph. “They are both world-renowned brands with top of the range products that have been an essential part of my wardrobe for many years.”

    Houghton International Horse Trials will be supported by car, motorcyle and quad-bike manufacturer Suzuki GB for the eighth consecutive year. The British-based owner with the highest placed horse in the CCI** will get a KingQuad 400 quad-bike on a 12-month loan.

    Surrey-based eventer Kate Lukas will be sponsored this season by veterinary physiotherapist and thermographer Helen Morrell, of Surrey Vet Physio. “We were working with the Event Riders Association on a feature, and I was asked to go and see Kate, so that she could test out thermal imaging and physiotherapy,” said Helen. “I was really impressed with her attitude and her horses.”

    Online retailer Exclusively Equestrian has announced it will be backing “British Dressage Southern Region” team riders and events, as well as the “Hickstead Unaffiliated Dressage Series”.

    Eventer Izzy Taylor will be sponsored by Italian saddlery company Equipe. She joins its “UK rider team”, which already includes Charlotte Dujardin, Ben Maher and Blyth Tait.

    Ascot racecourse has announced that Swiss watchmaker Longines has become its official partner, initially through to 2017. “We are proud to be able to showcase the Longines brand alongside our own through the year, including Royal Ascot,” said the racecourse’s Charles Barnett.

    Verdo Horse Bedding will sponsor eventer Gemma Tattersall for 2013. “Gemma is the idea ambassador for us within the eventing world,” said Verdo’s Alistair McGlynn. “She is a talented rider and not only does she value the wide reaching benefits of our bedding, but she also appreciates our ethological approach.”

    Blair Castle International Horse Trials and The Scottish Liqueur Centre have announced that they will carry on their partnership for the next three years. The company’s liqueur Bruadar will continue as the title sponsor of the country fair, that runs alongside the horse trials.

    The Amateur Jockeys Association’s (AJA) “Novice Flat Amateur Series” will be sponsored by Betfair for 2013. The series is open to amateur jockeys who are members of the AJA and who at the start of the 2013flat season had ridden no more than three winners under rules.

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