UK equestrian sponsorship round-up

  • Connolly’s Red Mills and Foran Equine

    Ashford Farm has signed a sponsorship deal with Irish feed company Connolly’s Red Mills and nutrition and healthcare brand Foran Equine.

    The deal means that all horses at the Belgian-based sport horse producers will be fed Foran Equine and Connolly’s Red Mills products.

    “We at Ashford Farm, are super excited about our new partnership with Red Mills and Foran Equine,” said Enda Carroll.

    “We always try to offer the best to our horses, and we feel food and nutrition are the fundamental starting points of a happy and healthy animal.”

    Showjumpers Marlon Zanotelli and European bronze medallist Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli are both based at the yard.

    Rathbones Investment Management

    The investment management service provider will sponsor the CIC2* classes at both Bicton Arena’s April and August horse trials.

    Organiser Helen West said she is “thrilled” that Rathbones is committed to supporting the Devon-based horse trials in 2016.

    Sarah Tobey, from Rathbones, added: “I have known Helen for a while and her enthusiasm, together with that of her team, has helped to put Bicton Arena firmly on the international horse trials map, attracting a number of top competitors.

    “Helen and her team’s commitment to the future success of Bicton is all too evident, and we are delighted to continue our support during these exciting times.”

    Childéric Saddles UK

    The French saddlery brand has revealed its sponsorship of a number of British Eventing events this season.

    It is continuing its support of Little Downham Horse Trials for a fifth year, sponsoring all three of its events at Ely Eventing Centre this season.

    As well as this, Childéric will also be sponsoring Whitfield, Cholmondeley Castle and Burnham Market International.

    Roeckl Sports

    Valegro’s groom Alan Davies is now being sponsored by Roeckl Sports.

    The company is a market leader in the sports gloves markets and creates products for elite cycling, biathlon, cross-country skiing and equestrian sports.

    “Alan is an exceptional example of a hard working groom and embodies such dedication in ensuring the horses in his care are happy, healthy and turned out to the highest standards for their riders,” said a Roeckl spokesman.

    Charles Owen

    The equestrian helmet manufacturer has revealed it will be continuing its long-standing support of British pony riders in 2016.

    The company will support British Eventing’s (BE) pony programme, from training to pony trials up to the British National Pony Championships and Pony Europeans.

    “We are hugely grateful of the loyal support from our fantastic sponsors and it is wonderful to see Charles Owen continuing their sponsorship of the Pony riders in Britain again this year,” said BE’s David Holmes.

    Askham Bryan College

    The college has revealed its support of BE’s young riders.

    It will support the National Under-21 Championships, the young rider programme and the European Young Rider Championship team.

    Askham Bryan College provides specialist land-based further education in England. Originally opened in January 1948, it now offers courses from entry level to honours degrees in a number of centres.

    Mr Holmes said it is “wonderful” to have Askham Bryan on board as sponsors.

    Charles Stanley

    The investment management company is returning to support showjumping by sponsoring the British Masters International and the Winter JA Classic Championship.

    Both competitions are held at South View Equestrian Centre in Cheshire.

    The venue is owned by Linda Wright and Charles Britton.

    “Our own ethos has always been to cater for all levels of competitors from tiny tots on lead reins upwards and in that way to help facilitate growth and development for all in equestrian sports, and particularly in showjumping,” said Linda.

    “Charles Stanley fully support this stance and it is particularly rewarding to be joined by such a hugely successful organisation who champion the event not only in financial terms, but in terms of a real belief in the value and long term purpose of the sport being offered.”

    Mitsubishi Motors

    The long-term sponsor of Badminton Horse Trials will continue to support the event until at least 2019.

    This year marks 25 years of partnership between Mitsubishi Motors and Badminton, and the company is donating a copse of 25 trees to be planted on the estate in celebration.

    It has also commissioned a pair of rocking horses from Stevenson Brothers, based on the Duke of Beaufort’s favourite horse, Countryman III, with who he finished second at the event in 1959.

    “To reach the milestone of 25 years in any partnership is a great achievement and to do it in the sporting arena is truly remarkable,” said Lance Bradley from Mitsubishi Motors.

    SEIB Insurance Brokers

    The company has signed a sponsorship deal to support arena eventing at Vale View Equestrian Centre.

    The Leicestershire venue is running an arena eventing series in 2016 which features a £3,000 prize fund at the championships in September.

    It includes classes from intro to intermediate level.

    “We are very excited to be involved with this fast growing sport and to expand our support into the eventing world”, said Nicolina MacKenzie from SEIB.

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