Sponsorship news in the UK horse industry

    • Blenheim Horse Trials 2012 (6-9 September) has signed up two new sponsors.K ¤rcher will provide wash-down equipment for the on-site stabling and the roads around the venue.And Draper Equine Therapy, makers of therapeutic horse and rider products, will sponsor the official course walk with the Blenheim cross-country course designer Eric Winter and the Best Foot Forward Challenge.

      The Best Foot Forward Course Walk Challenge will include collecting symbols or letters on all 27 cross-country fences and recording them on a scorecard.

      The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials takes place in the grounds of Blenheim Palace from 6-9 September 2012.

      Tickets can be booked through www.blenheim-horse.co.uk.

    • Young eventer Wills Oakden is the latest rider to join the Global Herbs sponsorship scheme.In 2010 the 22-year-old, based in Fife, was the highest placed Scottish rider in the FEI World Rankings.And last year he won Burgie CCI** and team gold at the Young Rider Europeans.

      “Wills has already achieved so much in his short career, so we are thrilled to be involved with such a promising young talent. We wish him the very best of luck for 2012,” said Allen Taylor, Global Herbs’ general manager.

    • Virbac Animal Health will continue to sponsor showjumper Ellen Whitaker.Ellen and the Virbac sponsored Equimax Ocolado have already established themselves as a formidable partnership and have made a great start to 2012 by winning the Grand Prix at Rowallan.Now based in her own yard north of Newcastle, Ellen also has some impressive new horses waiting in the wings that are sure to make their mark this year.

      Virbac will also sponsor the Equimax/Equifest Open Ridden championship at Equifest (15-19 August), for a third year.

    • Estate agents Hamptons International will sponsor the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park (13-15 July) for a ninth consecutive year.Andrew Marshall of Hamptons International said: “The Festival of British Eventing, at the stunning Gatcombe Park, is a world renowned event among equestrian enthusiasts and the general public alike.”Hamptons International is delighted to have the opportunity to support this event for the ninth consecutive year.”
    • The Leeman family and its Kellythorpe Stud will again be supporting Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) through sponsorship of the maxi cob of the year championship and the new leading sire awards.The Leeman family maxi cob of the year championship will take place in the Caldene Arena on Saturday 6 October.The class was introduced to the HOYS schedule in 2011 as a result of its growing popularity and the number of successful cobs who measured out of the existing light and heavyweight sections.

      The Kellythorpe’s leading sire awards have been introduced to recognise some of the top stallions in the country.

      Victors will be decided using a points scale for placings at HOYS qualifiers, which will then be added to a league table.

      There will be an award for horses, ponies, Arabs and miniatures, as well as the 12 native British breeds.

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