The Show HuB
Issue 4 - JANUARY 2017
Mother & Daughter
Convincing evidence using Bio resonance techniques
Rob Besselink - International Trainer "Sometimes a horse can feel like a fearful rabbit"
Salem Al Suwaidi
The Equestrian Athlete
Contributing editor and freelance journalist
Amy Mathieson has been riding and involved with horses her whole life and has worked in equestrian journalism for the past 10 years. She studied English at Exeter University, where she was sports editor on the university paper for two years. Amy moved into a career in journalism shortly after leaving university and took up a role at Redpin Publishing, which produces local monthly equestrian magazines. She was there as deputy editor for nearly two years before joining Horse & Hound on the news desk in January 2008. She worked at H&H for eight and half years, progressing up to become news editor for her final two years at the publication, writing about all areas of equestrianism, with a specialty in racing and show jumping. She left H&H in March to start a new adventure in Dubai.
est October 2014
4-5 Junior of the month - Ali Al Kirbi
Feature 6-9 Salem Al Suwaidi - The Equestrian Athlete
Feature 12-14 - Rob Besselink - International Coach in the UAE
16-17 - Rachael Gritt - Mind Coach
18-20 - Anita Sande
22-23 - January Calendar
24-25 - Bharaini Show Jumper - Basel Al Dosari
26-27 - Building dressage in Bahrain
28-29 - Olivia Towers - January Dressage Blog
Contributing freelance journalist
Andrew is new to equestrian sports and the region having only recently moved out to Dubai in Augusts 2016. After completing a degree in Geography at St Andrews University, Andrew worked as an analyst for an investment bank in London. He subsequently studied Engineering and spent several years working in the Oil & Gas industry. He has always had a passion for communication and loves researching and writing, especially about topical issues. Andrew has a great love of the outdoors and spent much of his free time roaming around the farmland and stables near his home in Scotland with his beloved beagle Oscar. Andrew joins The Show Hub as a freelance consultant and bringing a variety of communication and business experiences.
38-39 - Polo Passion -by Diana de Souza Leão Jensen
40-41 - Al Marmoon Initiative
Producer and content director
The Show Hub Founder and Executive Director
Abby started the UAE Show Hub in October 2014, and it has been built from passion and dedication to the equestrian sport in the Middle East. Enhancing the sport and bringing it to the global audience is her end goal. Abby has ridden show ponies nationally as a young girl in England and trained at Advanced Medium Dressage level. She competed up to Foxhunter back in the UK and has performed for H.H Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the private opening ceremony of Meydan WC 2011 and at the Education for Borders conference at the Burj Khalifa. Her equestrian passion has been ingrained since birth. Contact email@example.com
Welcome to the second edition of The Show Hub - Equestrian. The Middle East's first fully digital equestrian magazine! We will be covering Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Polo and Arabian Showing and larger events in Racing & Endurance. The Show Hub was created back in October 2014; born from a passion and dedication for the equestrian sports in the UAE.. We provide punctual information to those that seek it whilst providing information to the avid rider looking for competitions and family equestrian days out. We look forward to building on our experience over the year by adding other GCC countries and events to our coverage. The website will be the hub of GCC equestrian with start lists, results photography bloggers, live streams, horses for sale and much more. www.uaeshowhub.com. We look forward to sharing the season with you!
The Show Hub
36-37 - England International Polo Classic at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
Writer & Sales Emily Bright
an Equine Sports Massage Therapist with world renowned Equine Physiotherapist Mary Bromiley. Thanks to many years’ experience selling advertising, my own accompanying website became the UK’s leading platform for the equine massage industry, promoting therapists and bringing together the various methodologies. Since moving to the UAE 4 years ago I have had the pleasure of leasing a dressage horse and attending the many equestrian events across the Emirates including riding for the Pink Caravan.
Front Page Image by Nour Al Masri Ghraeeb
34-35 - Anthony Rodia talks Laminitis
44-45 - Arabian Horse Show - Results
47-48 Arab League Results & Rankings
51 - Reporting neglect to the municipalities across the Emirates
42- FBH Stables - lanches new website
30-31 - Tracy Wyngard Gill - Tips
32-33 - Seeberger - Bio Resonance
Our pick for top Junior rider of the month is 15-year-old Ali Hamad al Kirbi who trains under the watchful eye of his father, Hamad Ali Al Kirbi. Al Kirbi Senior is a successful rider in his own right, competing at Grand Prix Level on the UAE circuit and also in Europe. We always suspected that the young Ali would follow in his father’s footsteps given such a strong equestrian heritage. The Show Hub noticed Ali’s up-and-coming talent at the beginning of the 2016 season when he took on the stallion Air Ukraine; a special horse who has exhibited great form over the past few years and who seems a great pairing for Ali. Keep an eye on these two as we believe there are some great accomplishments to come. Ali has grown in strength and skill over the past few months which is impressive considering he only started riding two years ago. It is becoming increasingly clear that he has a natural talent for the sport.
Results to date:
October 23rd 2016 - 2nd Child Cat - SERC
October 24th 2016 - Joint 1st Child Cat - SERC
November 6th 2016 - 2nd Child Cat - Al Ain
November 7th 2016 - Joint 1st Child Cat - Al Ain
November 24th 2016 - 2nd Junior Section - Abu Dhabi
January 2017 5th-7th Abu Dhabi International - CSI J – Ali got the double win on both days with Air Ukraine
We asked Ali what his goal for the future was; he answered quickly and confidently "to be the best rider in the world". We love his positive attitude and wish him the very best for the ongoing season and future events.
Ali Al Kirbi
Image by Nour Al Ghrayeeb
Rider of the month
Images by Nour Al Ghrayeeb
Images by Tariq Ayoub
Salem is a truly dedicated equestrian devoting much of his time and effort towards training. Each day Salem works with up to 6 horses training for a minimum of 5 hours. Two of his horses include 6-year-old SnapJack (sired by Stolenberg) who is a frequent winner and Check Me. Check Me (sired by Check In) another 6-year-old, is not as fast as SnapJack but has lots of scope over a fence and Salem sees great potential in his future. Salem trains with Andre Hellier from Germany who he has worked with for almost ten years achieving fantastic results together. Salem met Andre whilst purchasing his second horse and has developed a strong working relationship with him over the years. Salem’s best horse was a bay Holsteiner mare purchased through Andre with which he went on to win many competitions together. Building upon those successes, Salem has followed the expertise and guidance of Andre who he has gained much respect for.
This month The Show Hub caught up with Salem Suwaidi; a competitive athlete who counts equestrianism as his top sport. Salem has a long history in equestrian sports with over 15 years’ experience. He first became interested in the sport due to the influence of his show jumping cousin; and also his grandfather who was a keen equestrian. Salem competes in the Big and Medium Tours on the show jumping circuit and is based out of Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club. He has also spent the last 3/4 years working in partnership with Nadia Taryam to help train youngsters based in the region. When not riding, Salem works as a Security Inspector at Sharjah International Airport and is patriotic about his work in the UAE.
Salem Al Suwaidi
The Athletic Equestrian
During the summer, Salem and Andre spend up to two months travelling from city-to-city across Europe (e.g. Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Czech Republic) seeking out the finest of horses. Salem says it a personal choice when with horses, adding “The more you travel throughout the countries, the more likely you are to find the hidden gems”. Each show has approximately ten dealers but Salem’s experience has shown that more undiscovered talents can be unearthed in the Czech Republic.
In addition to his rigorous equestrian training regime, Salem is also an avid biker who takes on 100km rides. He trains for 2-3hrs up to five times a week, often covering 50-100km in a single session. Salem is also a 5km runner and all of the exercises he completes burns up thousands of calories which allows him to enjoy a relatively unrestricted diet. Salem believes that “sport and fitness are extremely important for keeping in shape as a rider”. However, if Salem has shown at an event, he takes a day off to recover……it’s good to know he’s human!
Salem loves competing in the UAE and across Europe and has noticed some differences. For example, Salem notes that a 3* in Europe is probably equivalent to a 5* in the UAE. As such, some regions such as Abu Dhabi hold local classes to improve riders and build skills accordingly.
Fitness speaks for itself, it's about dedication.
Salem’s main equestrian ambition is to improve as much as possible and fulfil his potential to achieve the best results he can. He is pragmatic and realistic about setting future goals adding - “You have to be honest with yourself and work hard on a day-to-day basis. You first have to improve as a rider …then look at the quality of the horses you have”. The thrill of the ride and success in competitions keeps Salem motivated to continue with his tough training regime. One of his fondest memories was victory the 2005 Ajman International. It was his first international and he won the Junior Grand Prix. We at The Show Hub wish Salem future success on the show jumping circuit and continued enjoyment from his other sporting endeavours.
The Show Hub’s Abby Blom meets show jumping trainer Rob Besselink, of The Netherlands
When I was invited to spend the day with national and international coach Rob Besselink, who was in the UAE training one of his clients Sheikh Ali Jamal Nasser Al Nuaimi, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. He was only over for a few days, and here at The Show Hub we have heard so much about his techniques and his sense of humour that we had to meet him. As well as being a trainer, Rob has also experienced success in saddle at CSI2* and had many successes training members of the Dutch show jumping team, who have competed in the Furusiyya Nation’s Cup series.
Rob was born in The Netherlands and grew up there, but moved to Belgium straight after school. After competing in show jumping for many years, he became a full-time coach to inspire and share some of the practices he had learned over the years.
Rob has an answer for everything, speaking about the feeling he gets from the horses. He’s also knowledgeable on the health side, as he works closely with Pieter de Vries, a vet from his home team. With Rob’s in depth knowledge of muscle reaction and movement, we can see how it really gives him the upper hand in understanding the horses.
“The harmony between horse and rider is exceptionally important both mentally and physically and there is a bridge to the education,” says Rob. “Find your style and your own identity don’t be forced to conform.”
Finding a trainer
Rob stresses the importance of finding a good fit with a trainer.
"Never stay with a coach you don't feel comfortable with. Remember a trainer only has one task, that is to make the rider train and perform better, with the end goal of making the rider happy and proud," he says.
Rob's training techniques are straightforward, interesting and extremely encouraging for the horse and rider and he makes the work out fun. When we visit we see various grids, pole work and schooling practices.
Rob says that success in the saddle is all about building a relationship and trust.
"Sometimes a horse can feel like a fearful rabbit," he says. "He doesn't accept your hands and gets himself into a panic. To produce a good relationship with it you must tame it.
"I can't let the rabbit free, as it's already gone, so I have to hold on tight, without damaging it until the rabbit relaxes more. After a few minutes I will be able to let go with one hand, and later with both. The rabbit now trusts my hands, she even likes them enough to return to them. For a lot of riders this is a good story to improve their riding, and many of them realise that what they were doing before wouldn't tame the rabbit."
However, he adds, sometimes a horse's mouth can feel like "a big dog pulling on a leash", which is a completely different story.
"That's why every rider should start by asking themselves, 'how's my horse today?'"
He adds that you need to gauge the horse's reaction immediately and not influence them before you know how it is feeling.
After Rob left school he began working at a riding centre as a groom. After a year and half he moved to Belgium as a junior rider at The Zangersheide Stud.
"After my time in Belgium I start riding at several stables in the north of Holland. Ten years ago my last sponsorship ended, at which point I felt like I was ready for the next step in my life. I didn't want to become involved in buying and selling horses, so after more then 20 years of riding day-in, day-out, I started with coaching and teaching. I enjoyed it from day one, and I still enjoy it now."
Rob says that when he coaches someone he is there to make the person a better rider and for them to gain more success, but that he doesn't want to overload people with so much technical information that they forget their own feelings and riding skills.
"I want to make my riders think, and get into their heads with my vision, so they get the right ideas for riding," he says.
"My training in show jumping is simple. There's no 'abracadabra', it's all about hard work.
"Stretching a horse is one of the most important parts of training, and I believe a lot of riders have forgotten how to do it, or have a wrong way of doing it."
Rob also stresses the importance of repetition and the amount of training hours put in.
"Do not practise something until you are able to do it, practise until it can't go wrong anymore," he says. "Some people think doing an exercise 10 times is a lot, but if you play the piano or do gymnastics, you need to repeat things hundreds of times before you are successful."
According to Rob his most important rule is not to react to your horse, rather to let them react to you.
This means that you should be telling your horse what to do, not what he shouldn't do.
Working on the flatwork
Suppleness and flexibility
Rob often uses cavalettis for flexion but believes in plenty of schooling and, again, practise.
"Flexion is also to do with going forward" he says.
"For example, if you do a very small circle at a slow speed you are are not benefiting the horse as much as doing the same circle riding him forward and at speed. This makes him use his body more, and doesn't give him the chance to hold his body tensely.
"Every sportsman be they an athlete or ballet dancer uses stretching techniques to enhance the body's suppleness. A horse should be able to collect and get 'short', but I want that to be 20% off the time. 80% of the time it should be in a forwards rhythm.
"Having full control over a horse at high speed is the most difficult thing in riding, and is what we need in competition, so it's what should be practised the most, that's why I made it my speciality. Lack of balance, rhythm and control are the reasons why the correct distance is hard to get and see. In my experience, you can improve somebody's eye to see the distance in just 10 minutes, if you concentrate on just that."
"If people believe mental coaching will help, then they should do it," he says. "You should do anything and everything you think will improve you. However, I like to put it in the 10% bucket, which is filled with things like good food, stabling, a decent saddle, training aids, bits and more. The 90% left is how you ride and are trained on a good horse."
CONTROL YOUR "ANGER" BECAUSE IT IS ONLY ONE LETTER AWAY FROM "D"ANGER.
Train your mind for competition
RachaelGritt - The Equestrian Mind
with Rachael Gritt Mind Coach
CERT.H, DIP.HYP.PSYCH, Practitioner & Sports Psychology
The key is to stay away from the danger zone! Easier said than done?? Here’s some practical tips to help:
1. Finding the trigger is key! Can you identify what’s causing you to lose patience and react emotionally? Think back or write down the times when you seemed to lose it (writing can be a great release).
2. Become more aware of your emotions around your horse. How do you arrive at the stables? Are you feeling irritated even before you get on your horse? Are the stresses of the day still with you?
3. Take a moment to put yourself in your horse’s shoes – has there been a misunderstanding? What can you do differently to help? Do you need input from your instructor/trainer?
4. Put things into their proper perspective. You really cannot do anything right??
5. Treat yourself as if you’re your own best friend! How would you advise someone else to deal with the situation?
6. Aim to stay more relaxed in order to be able to help yourself and more importantly, your horse! Take the time to take a step back; take a few deep (belly) breaths; concentrate on relaxing imagery; sing your favourite song;
7. Visualise yourself working through the problem; allow yourself to think about how you felt when you were enjoying being with your horse in the past – when you & your horse performed well. It takes a cool head to stay out of hot water!
How do you react when confronted with a challenge, mistake or missed opportunity?
Furious or curious? Enraged or engaged? Believe it or not feeling anger is an unusual example of the fight or flight (stress) response. When faced with a challenge, do you fight yourself or even your horse (anger) or flee from it (quit)?
Anger can be outwardly directed – throwing your gloves to the ground or yanking your horse’s mouth when the going gets tough. It’s an unplanned response to a challenge; a kind of reflex that happens without thinking about it. It’s when our emotions are running high and our thinking becomes exaggerated.
Anger can also be inwardly directed which is much more common. We turn against ourselves (or our horses) when things don’t go well or when we feel as though we’ve let ourselves down. Instead of learning from a mistake, we beat ourselves up and might say things like “you’re such a rubbish rider, you just can’t get it right” or “how could my horse do this to me”!
Believe it or not, anger has a purpose as a subconscious coping mechanism. Instead of dealing with a problem in a confident way, we use anger to protect ourselves from feeling let down, put on a front to other people or as a defense mechanism. Whatever form anger takes, it is counter-productive and sabotages your ability to remain focused, confident and enjoy riding.
Anita is currently based in the UAE with summers spent training in Europe. She has been in Dubai for three years and now lives in Ajman. Anita loves the UAE and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world saying “People are really nice in the UAE which is a quality you don’t always find in many other places”.
Furthermore, the country suits her personality due to the encouragement she gets on the circuit and the superb shows and prize money make it much easier to actually live on the sport. Over the summer period, Anita teaches across Europe in Germany, Sweden, and Norway and has long term students ranging from 1.10 – 1.50m. One of her best students is 22-year-old Amanda Kegellbag who won Falsterbo (Sweden) this year.
Fundamental to Anita’s development as a rider was her top-level training with renowned trainers Paul Schockemohle and Josef Klapphake. Anita was employed by Paul Schockemohle for nine years at the world class Competition Yard in Muhlen Oldenburg, Germany where she trained up to World Championship Level with six of the best horses. Anita recalls that it was during this time that Paul Schockemohle gave her some sage advice – “You must ride for fun…..not for a living”.
It’s clear that Anita has a lot of fun with her beloved horse For Cash. Anita bought For Cash during a visit to Germany after falling in love at first sight. Anita didn’t initially have all the money to purchase For Cash but with the support of her brother Tommy and parents was able to buy the horse of her dreams. For Cash has been with her from a Young Horse and she has brought him through the levels forming a special bond between horse and rider. However, such a close relationship has peaks and troughs. Anita recalls her heartbreak as For Cash was very sick over the summer with ulcers whilst Anita was in Norway. She really was worried that she may lose him. However, Anita worked very closely with a vet in Sharjah to use natural products and feeds from India. Thankfully, after developing the best feeding regime and care, For Cash recovered and is already back placing in this year’s Big Tour season.
Anita Sande – Ride for Fun…Not for a Living!
Anita Sande is a highly accomplished equestrian athlete who competes at the very top of her game. Born in Bergen Norway in 1971, Anita learned how to ride at the tender age of 5 years old and quickly showed she had great potential. Anita won the Norwegian Championship as a Young Rider and went on to represent the Norwegian National Team as a Junior, Young Rider and also as a Senior. She has become one of Norway’s top riders having competed in the European Championship three times as well as at international level for over a decade. Her list of achievements is too long and varied to fully detail but some of her accomplishments include; 1st place in the International Grand Prix Paris, 1st place in the International Grand Prix Abano (Italy) and 1st place Oldenburger Championat (Germany) to name but a few.
In addition to being a top athlete, one of Anita’s other passions is designing saddles. Anita was inspired to start making saddles for her own needs after riding a horse that kept jumping her out of the saddle. Building upon this initial endeavour, Anita now creates saddles for champions that are designed and built by riders where compromising on quality is a non-starter (www.anitasande.ae). Her elite saddles are manufactured using the highest certified level of leather with the best quality wool filling and a wooden tree which is flexible. Anita utilises natural products and ensures that the design maximises rider/horse comfort and support.
Saddle features include a tree far away from the spine and a wide channel that allows greater
freedom of movement to mitigate against back pain. The deeper, highest quality wool makes for an
easier seat (greater saddle contact for rider) and the wide flat cushion disperses the pressure of
body weight more evenly. Furthermore, the higher gullet and smooth transition along the saddle
reduce saddle movement, creating a natural union between horse and rider.
Anita is a truly world class and dedicated equestrian who excels in her sport and creates elite
equestrian products for fellow riders. She is not only a top rider but is also known as great team
player who exhibits great care and empathy for the horses she works with. Anita is an excellent
female role model and concluded with a few parting words of wisdom.
“Always take the chance and never have regrets. Jump on it and take the risks. Never say no.”
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January 2017 Calender
Basel Al Dosari
Basel Al Dosari – Bahraini Show Jumper & Current BREEF Leader
Basel Al Dosari has started 2017 with a bang, building upon the momentum gained during the beginning of the 2016/2017 equestrian season where he placed 1st in the opening show and 5th in the second show. Basel took first place in the National Day Cup and the opening Grand Prix held at the Military Sports Association Arena in Sakhir. Basel, who was riding CISM1 Al Fateh fended off a challenge from five other jockeys to claim the top prize with a time of 52.47s and four penalties. The event was attended by its patron HH Sheikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa (President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation – BREEF) who was on site to distribute prizes to the winners.
For those unfamiliar with the show jumping scene in Bahrain, Basel Al Dosari’s recent successes have propelled him to the top of the BREEF table. The 39-year- old is currently the head instructor of the Saar Riding School and represents the Conseil International Du Sport Militaire (CISM), having previously represented the national team. His current role involves the training of 6 other riders whilst spending hours every day preparing for his own upcoming events. Basel has a long history with, and strong passion for equestrianism since becoming involved in the sport at the age of 13.
He later went on to participate in show across Europe (UK, Germany, France, Spain) as well as the World Cup Military Tour in Brazil.
The Show Hub Bahrain & Emily Bright was lucky enough to have a quick catch up with Basel and ask him a few questions about his stellar 2016/2017 season so far.
Can you describe the Bahrain show jumping scene and travel to the UAE for events?
We have 10 National shows for the 2016/2017 season. The competitions reach 145 at Grand Prix level. We are looking forward to competing in the UAE league but horses from Bahrain are suspended to enter the UAE at the moment*. Unless we travel the horses to Europe first for a month and then from their destination directly to the UAE. That will cost us triple.
*Suspension was enacted in order to prevent the spread of Glanders in the region. We understand this suspension is currently under review.
What are your short and long term goals?
My short term goal is to improve my new young horses and long term plan is to be competing in the UAE and international shows.
Tell us more about the young horse?
I have a new young horse that I am working on. I have a special mare that just arrived from Europe and my one and only Chika; the Grand Prix mare imported from the UAE who was previously owned by Mohamed Al Owais.
Do you have any parting comments?
I would like to thank my sponsors that have been with me for the past year; namely CISM, Al
Faten Equestrian Equipment, Feeds Alice Alessi, KepItalia and JinStirrups.
It is going to take time as we are starting from scratch so we have spent a lot of time implementing the organization of the shows, getting permission from the right people etc, but the interest and participation in the first two shows was overwhelming, so much so that we had to fly out a judge, Denise Vertigen, from Dubai to help keep up with demand. The turnout at our first training show and then the following national show was better than I expected. We had 10 hours of test riding with two arenas, which tells you how many riders were competing! We had fantastic feedback from competitors about the organization and we are now getting ready for our next one on the 20th of January. “
“As we progress I expect the standards will improve as previously riders never really had training shows to experience riding a test outside in a competition environment. Many don’t have access to a 20 x 60 arena so this was also new to some.. I am also organising a dressage series to help people understand the importance of dressage & flatwork in all disciplines. With this I foresee more consistency in the sport and the general standard of flatwork improving, which is so fundamental to every discipline. I would also love to see more local people get involved in judging, so I am organising judge training. I think the overall response has been fantastic In Bahrain and I’m looking forward to the future of dressage here.”
Oliver Walter, a listed British Dressage trainer and judge has recently moved to Bahrain to set up and improve the dressage scene on the Island. Formerly based in the UK, Oliver managed Cobham Manor Equestrian Centre in Kent where he ran British Dressage and Show Jumping competitions, together with a livery yard and riding school.
Improving the Dressage in Bahrain
Oliver has the right skillset for riders in Bahrain as he is keen to improve flatwork for showjumping also, which is the island’s main focus. He has owned and trained a string of show jumpers in the UK for Gran Prix and international level jumping. Whilst bringing up the scene in Bahrain during the short season, Oliver also has dressage horses of his own in France where he still competes up to national level.
He came over to Bahrain for two seasons and judged a few shows. “At that time the dressage scene was virtually non existent. There were two shows a year maximum. However I felt riders would appreciate more emphasis on flatwork with many riders expressing an interest in dressage but with nothing to work towards or aim for.” After spending time on the island Oliver felt there was a gap in the equestrian sphere as the focus was mainly on show jumping and endurance, with very little time given to dressage or even proper flatwork training, which is fundamental to any equestrian discipline. “I came to push that as there is a definite need and an interest, and luckily we have a great sponsor in Al Fursan stables who are instrumental in helping us to bring this sport to the forefront in Bahrain.
Installing Self esteem - A good coach inspires you to believe in your ability and potential. They get you to dream big! Part of this involves building you up rather than knocking you down. Good coaches always build self-esteem rather than undermine it. This self-esteem building is not a gimmick nor is it done artificially. In other words the coach doesn’t praise a mediocre effort. They simply make it a practice to catch you doing things RIGHT.
Teaching self sufficiency- Your coaches job is to fill your ‘Tool box’ with useful exercises that you can work on by yourself. You should come away from a lesson with a clear idea of how you achieved what you did and the exercises you worked on. This way you don’t get left in a ‘grey’ area whilst working alone and do not come dependent on your coach.
Finding the right coach is like finding the perfect partner. You have to have mutual respect for each other and good communication. This is fundamental for getting the most out of your training sessions. You need to both be able to agree on short term and long term goals and go after them as a team.
Diverse - Everyone is different in attitude, personality, response-ability, sensitivity and how they handle criticism and adversity. To help you in the best way possible the coach needs to pay attention to all of these and be willing to explain something different or take another approach. They have to not be stubborn in their methods.
Something that I would like to touch upon to finish is that when you do find ‘the one’ don't feel you can’t use other trainers. A fresh pair of eyes can help you look at it from a new angle and can also help your trainer do the same. For example I have David as my Mentor (main trainer) but also love to train with his wife Serena. They both share the same core belief and structure about training but explain things differently.
So these are a few things to look for in a good coach. Next blog I will be talking about the characteristics of a good student. As I said at the start this is a partnership.
Olivia Towers is based in UK at Mercian Dressage.
Finding the one…
by Olivia Towers
What makes a good coach?
Now obviously a good coach needs to have the knowledge but in this blog I am more interested at looking into the mentality of a good coach. Here are some important aspects you need to watch out for.
Patience - We need to be given time to process and develop. Its very easy to be ‘overloaded’ with information but this isn’t constructive. Research shows we can only keep a small amount of information in focus at any given time. Another point is we learn better with spaced practice. We perform better if we learn something in chunks with breaks in between than if we work without breaks for hours. Our brains need some time to consolidate the information that comes in before we can use it effectively.
Over the next few months we will be following Olivia's journey and blogs on her day to day experiences as a young Dressage rider and to inspire those aspiring Dressage enthusiasts in the Middle East .
Image credit Monica Pinhero
Tracy Wyngard Gill
A horse is a horse is a horse…..
..and this is what we love about them, but it never ceases to amaze me that people are surprised when horses act like horses.
It’s really important to remember that horses have basic requirements (that are not the same as ours) to keep them physiologically and psychologically healthy.
I want to take a quick look at “one” of the psychological requirements of our horses….and that is horses have a requirement to “move”. To exercise, to run and buck. This is all very natural.
A lot of pent up tension can be removed simply through correct exercise and mental stimulation. You know that feeling of sedated satisfaction after a good workout… this is also very similar to how a horse feels after a good gallop and buck in the field or a good satisfying work out!
Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed a horse living in a field will be as apposed to a horse that is permanently stabled? Don't be surprised if the new horse you bought that was “so quiet” at home in his own stable (where he was most likely turned out most of the time) gets a little sharper and a bit more electric in the fully stabled environment we have here.
Ways to compensate for this, is to adequately exercise him and give him enough stimulation. Some horses are happy and more relaxed with routine, and some (as I’ve found) need to be faced with new challenges all the time to keep them stimulated, especially young horses.
Another consideration is your feed. If you feed your stabled sport horse like a racehorse don't be surprised if he starts to act like one! Ensure the energy that you feed him is relative to the exercise he is receiving.
Consider suitability of your experience and ability when taking on a horse. ie: Don’t take on an ex-race horse if you are afraid to canter & gallop. Thoroughbreds, as one of the ultimate equine athletes have a need to canter and gallop, stifling this (from personal experience) only ends in certain explosive tendencies.
If your horse has an enormous natural gait (one of the reasons you bought him perhaps), please don't smother his movements for weeks and be surprised when he explodes.
If he is a little too forward or big moving for your comfort and you know you aren't able to work him in the way he needs, don't be afraid to ask for help or advice from educated experienced riders/trainers that you respect to ensure that you get the “right” useful opinion and support (we all know that everyone in the barn has an opinion). You may actually need your trainer to help out with support and perhaps sit on him every once in a while.
Perhaps give him a good work out on the lunge (and by this I don't mean letting him go nuts and hurt himself), a good solid work out to the point of relaxation. It is much more effective than having a bad ride or a bad experience when he's feeling like there is a cracker under his tail! Burn off the energy and try again tomorrow or ride after the lunge with a short and effective correct piece of work (it’s still positive training).
If you feel he's getting a bit of pent up energy and you aren't confident to take him for a good canter or gallop, ask a rider you trust (who’s training methods you respect) to take him for a good long steady canter until he starts to relax (even around your largest arena may be enough). I have a couple of horses that need this regularly or they can’t contain themselves. Its lovely to have your horse feeling so well, but use the energy as a positive, rather than bottle it up…. leading to the inevitable.
In summary, don’t compromise on the work, exercise and stimulation your horse needs if you don't want there to be repercussions on his sanity and/or comfort…….
A horse is a horse, is a horse. We cant be surprised when they act like one.
Alongside her daughter, Isabella, who after completing school trained in osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture “Seeberger Horse and Rider Therapy” was born. The combination of skills is most helpful; an example being the recent equine client with kissing spines, who received treatment from both Karin and Isabella in bioresonance, acupuncture and osteopathy. Following just three appointments the team was pleased with the x-rays.
Of course not all results are that sudden, some problems can take a lot of time for example, metabolic diseases that have affected the horse for a long time. In lame horses bioresonance offers an easier way of detecting issues particularly with chronic cases and can pinpoint specific areas of concern. “Bioresonance is like a window into the body and soul of a living being,” says Karin.
“Bioresonance is like a window into
the body and soul of a living being,”
What is bioresonance?
Bioresonance therapy was invented in Germany in 1977 by Franz Morell and his son-in-law, engineer Erich Rasche. It is a non-invasive therapy which involves placing electrodes connected to a bioresonance machine onto the skin to check the energy wavelengths coming from the body. Discoveries made in quantum physics have revealed that all particles of matter share the characteristics of both waves and particles. This means that all substances – and therefore all cells in all parts of the body, as well as viruses, bacteria, pollen, toxins – emit electromagnetic waves. Depending upon their nature, all substances have their specific wavelength or frequency with highly individual characteristics. This is known as a frequency pattern which can be detected by a bioresonance machine. It is claimed that these waves can help treat the horse.
Karin and Isabella Seeberger, the mother and daughter team from Germany, have been specialising in helping horses in training by using bioresonance therapy for many years. Karin had felt instantly drawn to horses as a small child and thanks to great instructors was taught about the harmonious coexistence of both horse and rider. Once old enough to own and compete her own horses, Karin began looking for ways to help her mounts on a physical and physiological level and eventually discovered bioresonance. For 15 years now Karin has specialised in the method and is continually amazed by the results that can be achieved.
The Heart Bar Shoe - is designed to put pressure on the frog, releasing the pressure on the Wall of the hoof.
In extreme cases of laminitis, the blood flow to the hoof is very poor causing additional problems. In the above case a large abscess
A farrier and vet must work together.
Here’s what you can do:
1. X-rays (check pedal bone situation and sole).
2. Get a proper treatment plan with your vet and farrier.
3. Make up a deep bed of sand or shavings, which helps to mold into the hoof and goes around the frog to provide support.
4. Manage weight and carefully decide what to feed your horse.
5. Ice the legs to reduce inflammation and pulse
6. With a farrier mechanical stabalisation is a primary treatment, with the goal being realignment of the bones (especially pedal bone) to reduce pressure. Once the distal bone rotates it is essential to aim to re-establish its proper orientation within the hoof capsule. With correct trimming, and if necessary, the application of orthopedics shoes. All shoes with pressure on the frog help to reduce pressure on wall and deep flexor, such as; heart bar shoes, reverse shoes, silicone.
7. Aggressive and extreme therapies: dorsal hoof wall resection, coronary grooving, deep flexor tenotomy.
8. Exclusive “blood booster”. The blood booster is a new treatment via new kind of shoe you can add on existing shoes. It increases blood circulation on the foot and the leg of a horse allowing the anteroposterior movement on static (based on the research of the American Ric Redden). Nicolas Guilliot (French) found a very easy and effective way to use the method. www.blood-booster.fr
Laminitis includes recurrent hoof abscesses, which are sometimes secondary to pedal osteitis and fracture of the coffin bone. The procedure is lengthy. The farrier and vet will have to check the horse frequently over three and four weeks.
Laminitis is a very painful and potentially crippling disease that can be fatal to horses, if left untreated.
Laminitis occurs when the attachment of the pedal bone to the hoof wall starts to fail. This leads to the pedal bone rotating and eventually pointing towards the sole. Sometimes it can even go through the sole.
Causes of laminitis
There are several causes of the condition.
High intake of soluble carbohydrates (sugar)
This can be due to feeding your horse too much food that contains high sugar or too much cereal. Consult an equine nutritionist if in doubt. High levels of insulin are believed to be linked to the condition, caused by glucose entering the blood stream from the small intestine.
Factors such as a dramatic change in environment and frequent travelling can add towards this, especially in overweight animals. Mares can also be at greater risk after foaling, due to additional physical stress on the body. Stress can also be caused by extremely cold water or excess heat, a change in stabling or paddock environment or a change in feeding or routine.
This is a common cause, especially in non-competition horses. When the horse is eating more calories than it can burn off it can quickly put on weight. This means that there is more weight to carry, causing extra pressure.
If a horse has been worked fast and for a prolonged period of time on a hard surface, it can affect the laminae.
Signs of laminitis
Usually very sudden and severe. The horse will show an inability or reluctance to walk or move and may possibly lie down, displaying an unwillingness to get up.
The horse will have a digital pulse and have very hot feet. The sole will be sore and sensitive to pressure. Chronic
A horse with chronic laminitis will show signs that are generally relapse from previous attacks.
December was an important month in polo in the Emirates, as the England polo team competed in the UAE for the first time, in match against the Habtoor UAE polo team.
And after a tightly fought match it was a popular win for the home side, who dominated throughout, with a final score of 7-4.
A young English team made-up of Charlie Cadogan (0), James Harper (6), Will Emerson (5) and Tom Brodie (3) took on the Habtoor team, captained by leading UAE polo patron Mohammed Al Habtoor (0). Al Habtoor was joined by Justo Cuitino (3), Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (8) and Santiago Gomez Romero (3), but it was the patron himself that shone in the match, kicking off the game with the first goal after just a minute on the field.
On December 16, the inaugural England International Polo Classic, presented by Chestertons, took place at the
Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
"The UAE is now considered to be one of the world’s fastest growing polo communities and we certainly see Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club to be one of the finest polo venues in the world”
A fast-paced and exciting game ensued, with Ferrario scoring shortly after, signing off the first chukka 2-0. Emerson opened the second chukka with England’s first goal, however this was soon eclipsed by yet another goal from the home team. The third chukka saw two goals apiece making for an exciting conclusion.
Despite England’s best efforts, and a strong goal from Tom Brodie, Al Habtoor and Romero both scored for UAE in the final chukka, securing the 7-4 win for the team.
“We had a wonderful trip and met some great friends,” England player Will Emerson told The Show Hub. “The match was played in a fantastic spirit and was enjoyed thoroughly by all the players and hopefully the onlooking crowd. We’d like to say a special thank you to the event sponsors and Mohammed Al Habtoor."
After the game players were presented with a mini version of one of polo’s most prestigious trophies, The Coronation Cup. And it was only time that this miniature trophy has been awarded since the first ever Coronation Cup that took place in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V.
“It is a truly proud moment to be able to bring an England team here to Dubai for the first time,” said Oliver Hughes, deputy chief executive of Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA).
"The UAE is now considered to be one of the world’s fastest growing polo communities and we certainly see Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club to be one of the finest polo venues in the world”
Mohammed Al Habtoor, committee chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club added: “It was an absolute pleasure to host this inaugural international match here at our club and I look forward to many more. As always we greatly appreciate the support from the HPA, Chestertons, Boadicea the Victorious (sponsor of the England team) and of course our team sponsors Argentex. I’d also like to say a big thank you to Sportgate International for the great collaboration in making this day possible.”
Then it was finally time to ride for Stick and Ball, which is how a polo practice is called. I was very eager and hit the ball too rushed or missed it entirely. Hmm, not so easy to hit a tiny ball on the ground from a moving horse…Then after a few rounds I finally got one right! I still remember the feeling I had at that exact moment, when all things get in sync; the horse, the rider, the mallet, the timing, the direction, it all comes together and meets in perfect harmony and then you hear that wonderful sound, which rings through your entire body in to the center of your core, ’Clack’ it goes, the mallet head hitting the ball in the sweet spot and it seamlessly flies away. That moment is one of the many addictive things about polo, not to mention the adrenaline. From that moment on I was as hooked as can be, and I have been chasing polo and polo tournaments all over the world, wherever I got the chance. Besides Wellington, I have been to Sotogrande, New York, Denmark, California, Dubai, London to mention a few, just for the sake of polo.
My passion brought me to my new job based right here in Dubai, where I am the Social Media and Marketing Executive for the beautiful new Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. This is an amazing facility for anyone interested in polo, dressage, jumping or simply enjoy horsing around. The first class stables have outstanding horses for all levels. And all types of horses for beginners up to experienced riders, children and adults. So I now finally have the opportunity to get on track and hopefully become a real polista. Who’s joining me?
I gazed from the sidelines for years, daydreaming and wishing that I could ride with the wind like the players I so intensely watched. Still, I felt too scared to try and preferred to observe from a safe distance, than risk anything. Finally I could no longer resist the longing to experience for myself what it was all about, so after 4 years of watching I decided that it was time to give it a try. I had started my polo blog, PoloPeoplePlaces, and it felt almost wrong to not give it a go. So I booked lessons at my local riding school, and got started. Baby steps. At the time I was based in Bahrain where there is no polo, so it was general riding, but at least it gave me an initial idea. My first time around that paddock on BamBam was just amazing, even though, I was a total sack of potatoes. My legs were everywhere, my feet practically through the stirrups and I have no clue what the rest of my body was doing. Nevertheless,I was dazzled .
After a few weeks at the riding school, I flew across the world to one of the capitals of polo, Wellington in Florida, USA and I had my first proper polo lessons. First the polo teacher, Juan, taught me to readjust my seat, since for polo you are basically sitting in a completely different way than for showjumping. Once that had been discussed and tried out for a few rounds I got a mallet to play with. First on the ground, learning the technique, a few practice shots and getting the flow of it all correctly. You don’t want to hit the ball, you want to swing through the ball (I am still trying to grasp what that actually means).
Polo Passion -by Diana de Souza Leão Jensen
Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love with horses? I do. Unlike many young girls, I did not grow up with a collection of Breyers and pony posters on my walls. Actually I wasn’t interested in horses at all. I thought they were big and smelly and frankly I was a bit scared of them. At the tender age of 22, on a gloriously sunny afternoon in Buenos Aires, I was invited to a polo match, which is the thing to do on Saturdays in December in Argentina. But this was no ordinary polo match, it was the semifinal of the greatest polo tournament in the world, the Palermo Open! I watched in absolute awe and this is when my perception of horses suddenly changed. I saw the brute power combined with the most refined elegance, how these opposites could actually exist within one being was beyond my understanding and I was intrigued and absolutely infatuated. Not only with the horses, but with the exhilarating sport of polo. How grace and power came together, how quickly everything went, how the game could change in a split second and it did! A lot! The absolute coordination between rider and this magnificent animal.That was the exact moment I fell in love with horses and polo, and since then the passion has only grown stronger.
to schedule as many lessons and events as possible”. “We have some new horses to introduce to our programme next year and we will be working on them during our break from lessons”. Sessions in the Greenhouse and with the horses restart on January 8th 2017 and the Al Marmoom team have many new equestrian disciplines to introduce to the students in the future.
The past few weeks at the Al Marmoom Initiative has been action-packed as ever. All students have completed their second block of training and have completed their Gardening and Basic Riding assessments too. To celebrate their achievements, ‘The Festival of Fun 2016’ was held at the Centre. More than 160 attended and all 40 riders, drivers and handlers demonstrated their skills to family and friends.
Judging the basic riding skills test was Para-dressage rider, Belinda Gaitland, who was impressed at the riders’ position and balance: “It’s amazing to see the progress that these young people have managed over just a few short weeks. There are certainly some superstars in the making here”.
With plenty of food to share including a BBQ, traditional Arabic cuisine and cake – of course, the spectators could also enjoy therapeutic art with Sondoss, a regular volunteer and University student and children could also have their faces painted. A recipe for a fun afternoon at Al Marmoom for sure!
The Desert Challenge was officially opened this month too. The course, built just outside the Centre, is designed to test the riders’ basic riding, coordination and obstacle negotiation skills. Many of the ‘challenges’ are based on Western Trail obstacles that encourage the horse to look where he’s putting his hooves and test the rider’s control of the horse.
Al Marmoom Initiative Volunteers
By Annie Haresign
The Al Marmoom Initiative is part of UK’s ‘The Pony Club’. Ten volunteers and coaches from the Centre attended the latest Continuous Professional Development (CPD) day at Al Habtoor’s amazing Equestrian development and learned from one of the UK’s leading Pony Club Instructors. Al Marmoom’s team can’t wait to start their students on the Pony Club programme in the coming months.
With the Holiday break just days away, Centre Manager, Annie, is pleased to report that in 2016, more than 2300 lessons were conducted thanks to the help and support of more than 300 volunteers. Not bad considering that the riding sessions are conducted in the cooler part of the year. “We dream of having an indoor school so we can fulfill the demand for lessons we have at the moment. Teaching and training all year would just be amazing, however until our dreams come true, we will do our best
Suitable for FEI Dressage riders. A useful reference for trainers, judges and spectators. Study FEI dressage tests with a more visual and auditory learning approach.
Each test allows you to:
Read the test instructions along with the marking criteria
Review dressage arena diagrams that animate through the movements within a test
Play and record your own readings of the test that are perfectly timed for the individual horses and the arena in which you are practicing
Reference the official FEI dressage test score sheet to see how judges will mark a riders performance
On the larger iPad screen, practice your dressage test by sketching out the movements
Understand the rules for dressage events as PDFs of related rule books are provided for reference on topics such as movement definitions, competition rules, dress attire, judging and veterinary inspection
Keep up-to-date on the latest in dressage competition through the FEI news feed
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Horse Health Tracker (Free - App store and Google Play)
Horse Health Tracker is available for download at the App Store and Google Play. The basic version, which is free, allows you to track information for one or two horses. Upgrades ($4.59 to $11.99) can handle as many as 50 horses. Each horse is tracked separately, and you can add pictures taken with your device to the records. A user guide is online at equineguelph.ca.
Horse Health Check – a five-minute, 16-point assessment for signs of illness, injury or fatigue Body Condition Score Generator – a numeric score to evaluate the body condition of your horse Body Weight Calculator – calculates an estimated body weight of your horse
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Sharjah Local Show
(7 – 10 December 2016)
The local show celebrates the UAE Arabian and encourages breeders in maintaining
the heritage of our local breed. Due to the high number of entrants and in accordance
with Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS) rules, the show was held over four days for the first time.
Congratulations to the Champions:
Yearling Fillies' Championship
44 - D WASAYEF - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
39 - MDS SHEIKHA - QUSAI MOHD SAEED ALI OBAIDALLA
58 - BINT AL ASAWIR - H. H. SHEIKHA MARIAM BINT SULTAN BIN AHMED AL QASIMI
119 - D SHIREEN - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
98 - JAREEN AL ZOBAIR - SHAIKHA NOUR KHALID ABDULLA M. AL THANI
84 - ROWAIAT AL BUSTAN - ALBUSTAN STABLES
285 - SHAGRA AL HAWAJER - DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID AL HAJRI
282 - FAKHIRA AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
292 - D THORAYA - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Yearling Colts, Championship
189 - EDWAN AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
178 - D RANNAN - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
167 - KA NABRAS - KHALED GHANEM MUBARAK ALOMAIRI
251 - BARJASS AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
267 - OMEAR AL HAWAJER - DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID AL HAJRI
255 - RAOUD AL BIDAYER - SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN SAUD AL QASSIMI
315 - D KHATTAF - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
319 E.S. SARAB - SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN MAJID AL QASSIMI
316 AJ KARMAN AL TAYAR - ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Fujairah National Arabian Horse Show
(14-17 December 2016)
The championship, held over four days against the spectacular backdrop of Fujairah Fort,
received around 480 entries. The event was launched under the patronage of Sheikh
Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, and following the directives by
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Congratulations to the Champions:
Yearling Filly Championship
37 - MARWA ALBIDAYER - SHEIKH MOHAMMED SAOUD SULTAN S ALQASSIMI
38 - AJ HADBAA - AJMAN STUD
42 - KARIMAH AL AALYA - AL AALYA ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Junior Filly Championship
129 - AJ HAMS - AJMAN STUD
121 - BASMAH AL BIDAYER - SHEIKH MOHAMMED SAOUD SULTAN S ALQASSIMI
90 - CHELLEASON SILK ROAD - AL RAHBA ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Senior Mare Championship
177 - AJ SAYEDA - AJMAN STUD
223 - PETRA SF - ALI GHANEM ALI HUMAILA ALMAZROUEI
191 - OFW KALISTA - ALI GHANEM ALI HUMAILA ALMAZROUEI
Yearling Colt Championship
282 - MARZOQ AL HAWAJER - HUMAID GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID ALHAJERI
254 - D JERNAS - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
262 - LAMMAH ALAALYA - AL AALYA ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Junior Colt Championship
369 - ZAHE AL HAWAJER - DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID AL HAJRI
315 - SG SA'AD - AL NAKHEEL STUD
313 - BADEEA AL BIDAYER - SHEIKH MOHAMMED SAOUD SULTAN S ALQASSIMI
Senior Stallion Championship
408 - ELIOS D'AMOUR - MOHTHAB ARABIAN HORSE STUD
390 - BAHY AL HAWAJER - AL GHADEER ARABIAN HORSE STUD
388 - BURKAN AL BIDAYER - AHMED MOHAMMED ALI SHULAIK ALSHEMEILI
Emirates Arabian Horse Breeders Championship
(28-30 December 2016)
Held at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and open to horses registered in EAHS and bred by UAE
registered breeders permits a maximum of 10 horses per stud to enter. Horses must not have
been a champion (gold, silver or bronze) since 1 October 2014, except for juniors becoming
seniors. Owned and bred by the owners or c family member (wife/husband, son, daughter,
grandchildren). Results for this event will follow.
Images courtesy of Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club.
2- 5 Nov 2016 - Mostaganem ALG - CSI3* - W
5- 7 Jan 2017 - Abu Dhabi UAE - CSI3* - W
13 - 16 Oct 2016 - El Jadida MAR CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
1 - 3 Jan 2017 - Al Rayyan QAT - CSI4* - W
27-29 Oct 2016 - Hurghada Egypt CSI3* - W
6 - 10 Oct 2016 - Rabat MAR CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
27 - 29 Dec 2016 - Doha QAT - CSI4* - W
26-29 Oct 2016 - Mostaganem Algeria CSI3* - W
26 - 28 Jan2017 - Dubai UAE - CSI3* - W
30 Nov - 3rd Dec 2016 - Riyadh KSA - CSI5* - W
14th - 16th Jan 2017 - Sharjah UAE -
CSI3* - W
29 Sept - 2 Oct 2016 - Tetouan, CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
2 - 4 Feb 2017 - Dubai UAE - CSI3* - W
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23 - 26 Nov 2016 - Riyadh, KSA - CSI3* - W
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Introducing Tam Tam de Bacon Frozen Semen to the UAE & Region
Al Asayl Show Jumping (AASJ) is an equestrian team that keeps the horse at the centre of its philosophy. Their goal is to produce young horses according to their ethics, tailor-making training programmes for each individual athlete and maintaining consistent results whilst competing confidently at shows. They carefully breed their own stock of future stars, source the correct stallions to use on their foundation mares, giving a strategic string of horses for the future years at international level. In 2015, they decided to use their own stallion, Tam Tam de Bacon (Mr Blue x Fougueux AA) on a For Pleasure mare. This match with Tam Tam de Bacon produced a flashy chestnut colt with excellent movement and confirmation. Caroline Kettle, Manager of AASJ, stated, “We used Tam Tam on a Calido I x Cassini I mare of ours and we are excited to see what she throws this year, especially after seeing our cracking first foal by Tam Tam called Lifetam of Pleasure. We believe in Tam Tam as he has performed well in the international arena and, as a young horse, competed at the Young Horse Championship in Lanaken as a 5 year old. There are not many Mr Blue stallions around and we have seen many Mr Blues perform at the very top of this sport. This is an opportunity for breeders to breed to this talented horse and use an exceptional bloodline at a competitive price. “
Al Asayl Show Jumping is now offering Tam Tam de Bacon frozen semen that is available at Sharjah Equine Hospital.
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