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Soothe it with silver!

We all hope that our first aid kit doesn’t get brought out too often, however the reality is that horses and ponies are often getting into scrapes! We now provide horse owners with a simple, effective and easy solution to treating minor ailments, in the form of AGSilver Max Strength CleanBalm.

As the choice of many riders across the globe, Max Strength CleanBalm treats scratches, skin irritations and helps prevent infection with the use of unique Agion Silver. This super-smart ionic material kills bacteria, viruses and fungi ‘on demand’, helping to increase healing and prevent any further complications in a totally safe and environmentally friendly way.

By tapping into this naturally occurring silver technology’s ability to kill viruses, moulds and fungi, Max Strength CleanBalm is effective at preventing and treating all manner of skin irritations including shallow cuts, nicks, rubs, abscesses, mud fever, rainscald and other external wounds and skin conditions.

The versatile, petroleum-based ointment is easy to apply and with many incidents occurring when away from home, the handy tin is easy to transport and keep to hand so you are prepared for minor accidents and emergencies! An essential for all first aid kits, at home and in the lorry, Max Strength CleanBalm is free from antibiotics and helps to reduce and prevent the growth of bacterial and fungal organisms even in horses with recurring problems.

As the best selling product in the AGSilver collection, Max Strength CleanBalm has a multitude of uses, from soothing cracked mouths, preventing the spread of skin conditions to healing boot rubs. Customers have even reported that the handy ointment has been effective when used on dogs, cats and even themselves!

A little goes a long way, meaning the unique formula is cost effective and can help prevent the development of costly veterinary issues and performance zapping infections. AGSilver Max Strength CleanBalm is available in a handy 1oz or 4oz tin and starts at £13.50. View and buy online at www.performancerider.co.uk or give us a call on 01483 346011.

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Marvellous May!

It’s May already! The spring season is well underway, even if the weather does still think it is winter! We’ve had our ‘pop up shop’ out and about quite a lot in the last few weeks despite the belief that we should be on an ark rather than in a tent! We went to Wales and West for the first time and really liked it there, we will definitely be going back for the second rounds. We were also at one of our favourite venues, Addington, although we are sad to say the weather did beat us on this occasion. We gave up when we had a river flowing through the stand and a gale threatening to do a ‘Wizard of Oz’ to the tent. Frank really should take his red shoes out with him more often as a precaution! Clocking up the miles again Frank went to Southview for the second time this year, we’ll be back there again for the British Masters. As you’d expect the Kingsland competition rainwear has been selling quite well! We didn’t take the stand to Hartpury’s Winter Show Jumping Championships but Frank did go up to catch our new sponsored rider Mark Bunting win the Grand Prix – he was wearing our first ever Performance Rider saddlecloth – must be a lucky charm!

Quite a few friends were at the Dressage Winter championships, Sarha Harnett my old yard manager from School Farm won the freestyle with Okey Dokey and Vicky Strutton, owner of the cheeky Shetland Chad, came 5th in the Advanced Medium Petplan finals on Sound Barrier (check out her write up in this week’s Horse and Hound after a double win at Cobham Manor). Good to see both Claire Leggat and Fiona Gair, liveries at Heathfield Equestrian where we keep our horses, in action too at the Winter Championships. If you’re a Performance Rider friend and would like your results name checked then drop us a line or post on Facebook!

We’ve been busy working on the website. We realized we’d taken on quite a few new lines and the site was looking a bit cluttered. Hopefully the new layout will help you find stuff more easily. We’ve introduced a new section, Competition Essentials, the stuff that we think is the best and you really need to have in the lorry, and launching this weekend another new section, Saver Bundles. These offers will change regularly so keep an eye on it for our latest and best savings.

Last month we announced that we’d taken on Cavalor, a new range of supplements to sit alongside our popular Horse First range. We’re really pleased with the response they’ve had, so if you’ve any specific issues please don’t hesitate to call us for advice. We’ve extended the Cavalor range this month as well, we now stock the Cavalor Cooling Wash. This natural cooling wash is the ideal way to refresh your horse and revitalize its muscles after exercise. It’s low foam formulation will leave hair and skin thoroughly cleansed, muscles cool and , here is a real bonus in this unseasonably cool weather, horses actually dry quicker than with a normal shampoo/wash! Moisture is evaporated away to speed up drying. Pretty sure this will become a yard essential! Find it on our website for £18 for 500ml bottle or on the trade stand.

It’s also worth thinking about how to keep your horses fit and healthy throughout the competition season, so here is our Top Tip number 2 from Cavalor. (see our March post re Cavalor Resist +Vit C for boosting immune systems when staying away and at coat change time) Cavalor Muscle Fit ensures flexible muscles before and after intensive work by working against lactic acid build up. For horses prone to stiffness after strenuous work you should be able be able to feel a difference in only 2 days. It’s particularly good for use at competitions, we recommend you start using it 2 days before the competition and continue until the end. In extreme cases of muscle stiffness a preliminary 4 week course may be required and then dose as above and extend to one day post the competition. For superb ‘competition’ performance it’s particularly effective if used in combination with Cavalor FreeBute. This is a natural (& legal ) pain killer and inflammation inhibitor which also helps support the muscles and joints of horses that have to deliver optimum performance. Check out our ‘Saver Bundle’ section on our website to purchase both together and save, save, save!

On the riding front our girls are now fighting over Chad, the Shetland. At two years and 1 week Nell’s very definitely learnt to shout ‘NELL TURN NOW’ the moment Evie gets in the saddle. A second pony may be required soon. Nell also had her first of what will be many falls, nothing serious but she won’t hold on to the handle she’s too busy patting him and showing off! It was the gentlest of slips out of the saddle, she cried because I wouldn’t let her get straight back on until she said “YESTH’ to holding the handle. Evie is also mastering our lead rein Chad off the lead. He’s quite cheeky and prances about. She managed to steer him in a lovely trot round the common on the Bank Holiday, which, if you knew Chad, is not as easy as it sounds. Proud Mum moment!

Looking forward to seeing you on the trade stand sometime soon.

Charlotte and Frank


Fit for purpose

Back pain in horses can be a serious problem, causing poor and reduced performance, grumpiness and bad behaviour, not to mention unnecessary discomfort for the horse. It is no secret that one of the most common causes of back pain is an ill-fitting saddle and whilst regular visits from the saddler should alleviate most major issues, horses in work are constantly changing shape, so maintaining a “perfect fit” in between visits can be tricky.

In reality, getting a saddle checked every few weeks is not an option, and particularly with ever-changing young horses, and those who are gaining or losing muscular tone as a result of lifestyle and workload, their body shapes are continuously altering. This is why we have introduced EquiFit’s extensive range of Therapeutic Saddle Pads to our growing portfolio.

The flagship product within the range is the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad which has been designed to ease saddle fitting difficulties and help minimise the chance of performance-zapping back pain in horses and, because it has been created using innovative T-Foam, the Pad conforms to the exact contours of both your horse’s back and your saddle shape each time it is used, and returns to shape after.

T-Foam is used in the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad because of its superb shock absorption properties and because of its unique construction, which reduces the chance of uncomfortable pressure points. By minimising vibrations from the horse up to the rider, and from the rider down to the horse, a more harmonious feel is achieved leading to greater comfort for both horse and rider. The double thickened material also provides a soft, yet bulk-free layer to support and protect the back and with an open cell structure, it can disperse heat quickly and efficiently to prevent overheating issues caused by many other pads on the market.

The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad also helps ensure that no pain or discomfort is caused by the slipping or movement of the saddle with a non slip outer material providing unrivalled saddle stability without the use of untidy straps and fastenings.

The EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad does not alter the shape of a well-fitting saddle and can be used simply as an extra layer of protection against concussion on the vulnerable back area, or to help bridge the gap between saddle fitting visits. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to maintaining fitness, muscle tone and performance levels, and by purchasing an EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Saddle Pad you can help reduce the risk of unplanned interruptions in your competition campaign.

Available in one size only, in black, the EquiFit Double Thick Non-Slip Contour Pad is part of the comprehensive collection of Therapeutic Saddle Pads from EquiFit and costs £170 and is available exclusively in the UK from Performance Rider. View and buy online at www.performancerider.co.uk or tel: 01483 346011 for more information.


Performance Rider makes their Mark!

Finding the perfect partner to represent a brand can be tough but having travelled the country with our ‘pop-up-shop’, we discovered one rider in particular who showed dedication to the sport, an approachable attitude and a genuine passion for our innovative collection of products!

“We are very proud to announce our support of international show jumper, Mark Bunting,” says Charlotte Emery. “Mark is well respected, clearly has exceptional talent and represents all of the values we have at Performance Rider. He uses our products because he genuinely feels they are the best, and he is fully prepared to communicate that. As a growing company, it is vital that we work with someone who understands the importance of getting our messages across, and we feel Mark is in the perfect position to do this. He has already confirmed our belief in him having won the hotly contested Blue Chip Grand Prix at the Winter Show Jumping Championships while representing Performance Rider, and we are looking forward to helping continue his success.”

Warwickshire based Mark began his career at the age of 8 years old and over the years he has established a firm foothold on the show jumping circuit. With many successes at junior, young rider and senior level, Mark has competed at international shows across the globe and has a string of talented horses, which he has high hopes for.

Mark understands that to perform at the top level, all aspects of his horses’ management need to be considered, which is why he has 100% commitment to Performance Rider and our ethos. “Having used EquiFit boots for several months now I can honestly say they have made a difference,” he says. “When jumping at top level horses need to be fully supported, using EquiFit boots gives me peace of mind and I believe the horses actually jump better when wearing them.”

“As a competitive rider I want to use products that genuinely work and this is why I believe Performance Rider stands out,” Mark goes on to say. “All of the products have been carefully chosen because they do an excellent job. I am very pleased to have the company’s backing, it means I can focus on riding, knowing that the equipment I use is genuinely working for me and my horses.”

Many competitors are now turning to Performance Rider as their first port of call for equestrian essentials, including exclusive EquiFit horse boots and AGSilver horse care, GPA and Manfredi clothing, Cavalor and Horse First supplements and other must-haves such as the revolutionary ThinLine Reins and Heritage Gloves.

Keep up to date with Mark’s progress by ‘liking’ our page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/PerformanceRider


Made to ride, for him and her!

Performance Rider have brought pioneering equestrian products from the international market into the UK, and the latest clothing brand to hit their virtual shelves is sure to create a stir on the competition circuit…

Manfredi has been ‘made to ride’ in Spain, utilising innovative fabric technologies teamed with beautiful, flattering and exceptional designs. With a strong belief that both men and women deserve to ride proudly in clothing that performs, the Manfredi collection is simple, yet stylish, and won’t compromise on comfort or flexibility in the saddle, making it a popular choice for competitors of all levels, from aspirational amateurs to international professionals.

The flagship products in the Manfredi collection, the Sacramento Men’s Jacket and the Fontana Ladies Jacket, have both been created from breathable, washable and water repellent, four-way stretch, Nanostretch 360 fabric, which offers a comfortable, tailored fit that allows total freedom of movement, yet retains a traditional and elegant look. Every garment in the Manfredi range has been carefully considered from the elegant buttons and immaculate stitching, to the exceptional tailoring.

The smart-material will not crease or wrinkle, maintaining a tidy and edgy appearance regardless of what your equine throws, or slobbers, at you. With the ‘made to ride’ ethos being applied to every item of apparel in the whole Manfredi collection, customers can be sure that each and every item has been designed by riders, especially for riders.

Both the Men’s Sacramento Jacket and Ladies Fontana Jacket have been cut to flatter the figure and each features a classic double vented back, subtle contrasting collar and a unique stripe detail at the sides to accentuate the shape. Available in several colour combinations in ladies sizes 36 – 46, and men’s 38 – 42, both Jackets are priced at £330.

The Manfredi collection is available through Performance Rider in the UK. Browse the virtual shelves at www.performancerider.co.uk or tel: 01483 346011 for more information. Alternatively check out the Performance Rider diary dates online and try the Manfredi range for yourself in the exclusive ‘pop up shop’ at a show near you. Don’t forget to ‘like’ Performance Rider on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PerformanceRider


EquiFit expands their sponsorship to reach British turf

EquiFit, inc. maker of distinctive high performance equine products, distributed exclusively in the UK by Performance Rider, is excited to partner with British Show Jumpers Guy Williams and Laura Renwick. Both riders have represented their home country in international competition and have won numerous championships around the globe.

Based out of Maldon, Essex, Laura Renwick has been a successful showjumper since childhood. In 2010 she took the title of Leading Showjumper of the Year at the Horse of the Year show in Britain. Renwick finished the 2010 season in 2nd place in the British Rider Rankings, and achieved the Leading Lady Rider award for the second year in a row.

Her 2011 saw numerous top three finishes and the Leading Rider award at Lisbon, Lons le Saunier and Bourg on Bresse. Renwick currently sits 54th in the Rolex World Rankings. “I am so happy to be associated with EquiFit and their incredible line of products,” reports Renwick. “My horses are really benefitting by using such advanced and high-quality materials.”

Winner of the 2010 Hickstead Derby, Guy Williams is a fixture on the European Show Jumping scene. Last January he was a member of Great Britain’s winning Nation’s Cup Team in Abu Dhabi. Williams was a winner of the prestigious 5* Grand Prix in Mechelen in 2008. He is currently ranked 47th in the Rolex World Rankings.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Guy and Laura to the EquiFit Team, and to expand our network of riders in the UK,” said EquiFit, inc. Founder and President Alexandra Cherubini. “Both are dynamic forces in the world of show jumping, and we look forward to working with them and their teams.”

EquiFit is one of the primary collections of technologically advanced equestrian items sold and distributed by Performance Rider. EquiFit’s T-Boot Series are the ‘Official Performance Horse Boot and Leg Wear” of the United States Equestrian Federation and EquiFit is now fast becoming the brand of choice for amateur and professional competition riders in the UK.

Performance Rider is dedicated to meeting the requirements of riders across the disciplines offering a range of innovative items from manufacturers who only provide the best, including GPA, KEP Italia, ThinLine Reins, Heritage Gloves and Nathalie Breeches.

To find out more about the collections on offer, view and buy online at www.performancerider.co.uk. Keep up to date with EquiFit sponsored riders, Guy Williams and Laura Renwick by ‘liking’ Performance Rider on Facebook, www.facebook.com/PerformanceRider


EquiFit available exclusively in the UK from Performance Rider

The lower limb is one of the most vulnerable areas on a horse with injuries often occurring, whether small external knocks and grazes or more serious internal tweaks to tendons and ligaments, these ailments can reduce comfort and affect performance levels. By offering extensive protection riders can make a conscious step towards optimum leg care and with this in mind Performance Rider are proud to bring EquiFit to the UK Market.

As the ‘Official Performance Horse Boot and Leg Protection of the United States Equestrian Federation’, EquiFit Boots have a wealth of science and technology behind them. Over the years the use of boots to protect horses’ limbs has become more and more prevalent and the ranges on offer have grown extensively. There is however, some fundamental issues with the fit and support that many of these boots offer and it is no longer responsible to simply choose a cheap product which may or may not provide adequate support and protection.

EquiFit have combined revolutionary technology together with years of competitive horse expertise to create an evolution in horse boots. Now chosen by some of the world’s top riders, EquiFit is committed to all horses and riders and actively seeks new and innovative ways of helping improve performance, recovery, comfort and overall, encourage success at all levels, in all disciplines.

What makes EquiFit stand out is the use of advanced technological material, T-Foam. Originally developed for astronaut seating to help reduce pressure points, T-Foam is a shock absorbing material that conforms to each horse’s body for a custom fit, every time and with 100% recovery for the next use.

You have to see and feel T-Foam to really believe it! The neoprene-free material absorbs 97% of shock and vibration under impact helping to disperse any knocks or bangs to the leg and prevent injury occurring. In addition it allows air to circulate which prevents the build up of heat and sweat – helping to keep tendons cool and legs dry.

The removable T-Foam lining is fully washable which extends the lifespan of the boots and can be replaced when necessary without having to purchase new outers. In addition, for riders with more than one horse, linings can be interchanged to help prevent cross contamination. For training purposes, weighted liners are also available to help condition the horse.

EquiFit boots are hand moulded at a purpose built factory in the USA using a unique process and it is the inner T-Foam lining which creates the fit rather than the outer shape, unlike many stiff, injection moulded boots which can be restrictive and cause discomfort. EquiFit Boots are designed to be worn snugly and the T-Foam reacts to body heat and pressure which ensures they follow the contour of each individual horse’s anatomy. This ergonomic fit also means there is minimal risk of dirt and debris building up underneath the boot, which in turn reduces the chance of rubs, chafing and abrasions.

EquiFit Boots offer products to suit every equestrian, from the All-Purpose T-Boots, ideal for everyday riding, to the top of the range T-Boot Luxe jumping boots. Prices start at £47.99.

EquiFit Boots are available exclusively in the UK from Performance Rider. View and buy online at www.performancerider.co.uk