Horse Feeds are to sponsor the British Dressage Novice Freestyle
Championship having signed a deal taking them to 2006. Baileys are
no strangers to the sport of dressage, being involved with reigning
National Champion, Nicky Barrett, and rising star, Gareth Hughes,
and having previously supported individual classes at both affiliated
and unaffiliated competitions and throughout the grades. Quite surprising
then that the Novice Freestyle will be their first commitment to
an affiliated series. "We've really enjoyed following our riders'
successes over the past few months and after a super evening at
the Winter Championships, I felt it was about time we got more involved
with the sport," says Marketing Manager, Jane Buchan.
freestyle to music was originally the brainchild of Jenny Loriston-Clarke,
whose Catherston Stud first hosted and sponsored the series, and
was responsible for encouraging numerous novice riders to take part.
Its popularity has grown enormously over recent years, with the
number of qualifying competitions growing from 12 to around 30 throughout
the country from May to December. The top three riders from each
qualifier are eligible to compete at one of four Regional Semi finals,
with the prize winners there competing in the final at the Winter
Championships, at Solihull.
the top of the company down, Baileys are very much hands-on horse
people with a passion for what they do and a very real understanding
of the demands of the different disciplines, including dressage.
Riders at all levels are encouraged to take advantage of the practical,
knowledgeable, no obligation advice offered by their team of nutritionists
in fine tuning horses diets for optimum performance. "Sponsoring
this series will give us a chance to share in the enjoyment of a
growing area of the sport and a further valuable opportunity to
communicate with owners and riders and understand their needs,"