UK equestrian sponsorship round-up

  • Mollichaff

    Amateur rider Tam Thompson has signed a sponsorship deal with the HorseHage brand Mollichaff.

    Tam, a committee member of Cherwell Valley Riding Club, takes part in dressage, side-saddle and showjumping with her 15.2hh Irish draught cross Beau.

    The company held a national search for an amateur rider to support for one year and Tam was the winner.

    The deal includes a training bursary, Mollichaff products and branded clothing, a saddlecloth and a rug as well as a regular blog-spot on the HorseHage website.


    The clothing company has revealed it will be supporting dressage rider Amy Woodhead by providing her with clothing for training and competition.

    Amy, who currently works for Carl Hester, has had a successful start to the year, taking reserve at the medium Winter Dressage Championships and qualifying four horses for summer regionals.

    “I’m extremely excited to now be a sponsored rider for Euro-star,” said Amy. “I have always loved the clothing and believe it is fantastic quality which is extremely important when riding up to 10 horses every day.”

    British Equestrian Trade Association

    The organisation sponsored the Pony Club team showjumping competition at the Equ-Trek Bramham Horse Trials last month.

    The sponsorship is part of the British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA) aim to raise the profile of rider safety.

    Free safety checks for riding hats and body protectors were offered across the four-days of Bramham.

    All those who took part were given a discount voucher giving them 10% off at participating BETA retailers.


    The Dressage Future Elite Championship and Carl Hester’s dressage masterclass at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) will be sponsored by Arbonne independent consultant Julie Rowbotham.

    Both take place on 7 October at this year’s show, which runs from 5-9 October.

    Arbonne creates health and beauty products based on botanical principles.

    “As Arbonne independent consultants and keen horse riders, we looked for an opportunity to bring the two elements together,” said Ms Rowbotham.

    “HOYS is a prestigious well-known show and we felt it was the best opportunity to introduce Arbonne and be able to sponsor such high quality classes.”

    Andrews Bowen

    The arena surface specialist has revealed a new partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

    Andrews Bowen has supplied surfaces at RDA venues across the UK for years, but this is the first time the two organisations have made a formal agreement.

    As official surface provider to the RDA, the company will sponsor the ground crew at the RDA national championships and the charity’s gala awards evening.

    “We have been committed to supporting the RDA for many years, the organisation does great work and its horses and riders deserve arenas that allow them to get the best out of their riding,” said David Andrews, of Andrews Bowen.

    “This partnership is very special and we feel privileged to be able to help.”

    Arka Equipe

    The horse and rider luxury clothing supplier has announced the name of its new sponsored rider following a search on social media.

    Showjumper Paul George joins Arka Equipe’s team of sponsored riders, which also features eventer Melissa Joannides and dressage rider Emma Brooks.

    Paul spent 10 years living in Holland and Spain, returning to the UK last year to set up his own yard in Devon. His string of horses range from novice to grand prix level and include WKD Haiti and WKD Cairo.

    Karolina Mikulicz-Church, managing director of Arka Equipe, said: “It was huge job to narrow down the hundreds of applicants and really tough to make a final decision.

    “We chose Paul because of his obvious talent and that of his horses, plus he really understands our brand.”


    Area 8 of the Pony Club has secured sponsorship from saddler Devoucoux for a new points series.

    The aim of the series, run in collaboration with eventer Piggy French, is to boost rally and camp attendance and to encourage Pony Club members to participate in area teams.

    Members registered for the challenge will receive points for attending rallies, camp and representing their branches at team competitions.

    Prizes on offer include Devoucoux products, a £500 training bursary and a day’s training with Piggy French at her Northamptonshire base.

    The Price Family

    HOYS has welcomed the Price family as the official sponsor of the lead rein, first ridden and mini show pony of the year championships at the 2016 show.

    This is the first year that the family has been involved as sponsors at the event.

    Darren Price said HOYS is a “highlight” of their showing year.

    “We absolutely love HOYS and as a family we are thrilled to be associated with the show,” he said.


    Young dressage rider Matilda Haley has signed a sponsorship deal with the fibre-based horse feed manufacturer.

    The 15-year-old and her horse Watch Me! won the open and dressage to music secitons at the Pony Club Dengie Winter Championships earlier this year.

    “I am completely honoured to be asked to be a part of the Dengie stable of brand ambassadors,” said Matilda. “We have used the products for years anyway and to be recognised and supported by them is incredible.”

    Chillout Horsewear

    Grandstand Media has revealed that Chillout Horsewear will be the official champion rug supplier at the British Showjumping national championships (9-14 August).

    Each of the winners at the show, held at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Stoneleigh, will be given a show rug featuring satin-lined shoulders and detachable surcingles.

    “We’re excited to be working with such a fast-growing company as Chillout Horsewear and we know each of our champions is going to look stunning in their show rugs, thanks to the Chillout team,” said Grandstand Media’s show director Richard Todd.

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