UK equestrian sponsorship round-up

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    Nicola Wilson has signed a sponsorship deal with the premium Irish rug company.

    The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist will compete at next month’s Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland.

    Nicola said she is a fan of the stay-dry fabric that features in many of the company’s rugs.

    “It wicks moisture away and ensures my horses are always dry,” she said.


    El Remanso

    Argentine polo venue El Remanso will sponsor the 2015 and 2016 Pony Club polo seasons.

    It will support the 14 Pony Club tournaments as well as the championships at Hurtwood Park Polo Club and Cowdray Park Polo Club.

    As part of the deal, all Pony Club players will wear the El Remanso banner on their shirts for the next two seasons.

    Pony Club Polo chairman Charles Whittington said: “El Remanso’s support will enable Pony Club Polo to continue to deliver the very high standard of facilities at tournaments, especially the championship events.”


    Dodson and Horrell

    This year’s Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) national carriage driving championships was sponsored by the feed specialists.

    It was also the 40th anniversary of RDA carriage driving.

    “As a carriage driver myself I know how much enjoyment and thrill the sport can bring so becoming the new sponsor of RDA carriage driving was a
    natural fit for us,” said marketing director Sam Horrell.

    The championships, which are the world’s largest event for disabled vaulters, drivers and riders, were held at Hartpury College, Glos, from 17-19 July.



    Sponsoring the visitor bags at BETA International 2016 is leading wholesaler Battles.

    The company is sponsoring the bags, which will be handed out to visitors on arrival, under its Hy brand for a second year.

    “We were so delighted with our sponsorship experience in 2015 that we are keen to return and promote the Hy brand, with its great range of products for horse and rider,” said Battles commercial manager Anna Clarke.

    The brand joins fellow sponsors Charles Owen, Ekkia, Shires Equestrian, The Wine & Hamper Company, Toggi and main sponsor Neue Schule.

    BETA International runs from 24-26 January at the NEC, Birmingham.



    Irish showjumper David Simpson says he is “thrilled” to be working with the saddle manufacturer.

    Based in West Sussex with his string of seven horses, David won the puissance at Bolesworth International CSI4* with Gotti Van Paemel.

    “I find Equipe saddles extremely soft and they fit all my horses really well,” he said.

    “I particularly like the models with a carbon tree as it’s very light which makes a real difference to my jumping.”

    Simon Middleton, managing director of Zebra Products – the UK’s only distributor of the saddles — said they wish David every success for the rest of the season.


    Kate Negus Saddlery

    Four-star event rider Kitty King has become a sponsored rider for the saddlers.

    Kitty, who has been named as a squad member for the Longines FEI Euorpean Eventing Championships on Jane and Frank Inns’ Persimmon, has used the saddler’s products for years.

    She also helped design their elastic grackle noseband, which was released into the marketplace this year.

    “We’ve known Kitty for a long time and have always valued her input and feedback on the products we make,” said Julia Andrews from the saddlery.

    “She’s a great ambassador for our brand, is incredibly knowledgeable and knows what works and what doesn’t, so she’s a valuable asset when it comes to creating new pieces moving forward.”



    Eventer Tom Crisp will be driving a SsangYong Korando Sports one-tonne pick-up truck to events this year as part of a sponsorship deal.

    The four-star rider, who is also a retained firefighter, will be representing the Korean car manufacturer as he travels to events across the UK and abroad.

    Paul Williams, of SsangYong Motor UK said: “We are delighted to be supporting Tom who will be presenting our vehicles to the eventing and wider equine community.”

    Tom and his wife Sophie run Team Crisp Eventing from their yard in Mayfield, East Sussex.

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