Sponsorship news in the UK horse industry

    • British Horse Feeds is looking for riders to join its Speedi-Beet team.And it’s not just looking for competition horses.

      They suggest owners nominate equines involved with a local charity, who have survived against all odds or are simply a loyal friend.

      “Whatever your horse does, tell us why he’s special by simply visiting the British Horse Feeds Facebook page, post a photo of you and your horse, and tell us why you deserve sponsorship,” said a spokesman for the company.

      British Horse Feeds will then contact a selection of people to discuss sponsorship and the final Speedi-Beet team members will be announced in the spring.

      You can also send a photo and entry for consideration to: Claire Hogarth, TSM Ltd, 1 Doncaster Road, Gunness, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8TG.

      For more information visit www.britishhorsefeeds.com.

    • Mathias Rath’s helmet partner Casco has extended its contract with the German dressage rider for a further two years.Casco started sponsoring the rider of legendary dressage stallion Totilas in 2011.

      A spokesman for the company said: “Safety is very important for Matthias and he wants to provide a good example for the young riders.”

    • Mitsubishi Motors has extended its title sponsorship of Badminton Horse Trials and Grassroots Championship for three more years, up to and including 2015.Event director Hugh Thomas said: “”This welcome renewal will take Mitsubishi’s involvement to 24 years of a very happy relationship with Badminton and we look forward to a secure future in these challenging economic times.”

      Lance Bradley of Mitsubishi Motors added: “Even in difficult times for the UK motor industry and the world economy, our commitment to equestrianism and especially three-day eventing at all levels is as strong as ever.

      “We are proud to pledge our ongoing support to all those who take part in the sport, whether riders, support staff, friends or families.”

      This year the horse trials run from 4-7 May. For more information, go to www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

    • After numerous years as title sponsors to British Eventing’s regional Open Novice series and Championships for riders under eighteen, KBIS British Equestrian Insurance is extending its support to the British Young Rider squad in 2012.

The young rider programme offers a competition and training structure for riders between 18 and 21 aiming to represent Britain at Young Rider European Championship level.

      BE chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith said: “It is fantastic news to hear that KBIS is increasing its sponsorship of eventing to include the Young Rider programme, a system which has helped form the building blocks of success for so many household names today.”

      This year the British Young Rider squad will head to the European Championships in Malmo in Sweden to defend their team gold title (10 – 12 August 2012).

    • Social gambling website Bodugi.com has announced its commitment to support to the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) by hosting a daily IJF game, where Bodugi users can join and compete against each other, with a proportion of the proceeds being donated to the charity.Bodugi will be hosting the first IJF game in time for the Cheltenham International meeting. The game is available at www.bodugi.com/ijf

      Jeremy Zielinskiof IJF said “We are delighted with the support of Bodugi.com which provides a fun and exciting way for us to raise funds.

      “Our supporterscan now enjoy playing the IJF game and hopefully win a bit of money in the knowledge that they are also contributing to the Injured Jockeys Fund.”

      The IJF game is available now at www.bodugi.com/ijf.

    • German clothing and riding boot brand Cavallo is now sponsoring dressage rider Michael Eilberg.A spokesman for the brand said: “Michael continues to make his mark at the highest levels, winning at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden beating strong German and Dutch competition.

      “Cavallo is a brand associated with quality and performance, so teaming up with a rider of Michael’s calibre is the perfect partnership.”

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