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WEG FOCUS: JONELLE PRICE- Riding the Crest of the Wave after the birth of her son.

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New Zealand’s Jonelle Price has been knocking on the door of a big win for nearly a decade. This year with her evergreen mare Classic Moet, she won perhaps the most famous equestrian events of them all, The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials. In doing so, Jonelle became the first female winner in ten years and all this, just eight months after the birth of her son Otis. Then just a month later, she proved it wasn’t a fluke by winning Luhmuhlen on Faerie Dianimo. Jonelle has been a regular fixture on the New Zealand event squad and helped the team to win the bronze medal in London 2012.

 

This week the 37-year-old will be hoping to add another medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games, where she must be in serious contention for an individual as well as a team in Tryon. And why not? It has been a great year for the Price family and the stars seem aligned. Earlier this month her husband and fellow WEG team-member, Tim Price won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, making them the first husband and wife to win back-to-back titles since Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips did it in 1971.

 

Jonelle, who quit her law degree to follow her eventing dreams, is one of the most determined riders on the circuit and has success at all levels of the sport. According to the statisticians from Equi-ratings, Price is still “the fastest cross-country rider in the world” even after her break to have baby Otis.

 

For Jonelle, her pregnancy came as something of a surprise and was received with mixed emotions; “I hated being off. I was riding the crest of a wave, having just been third at Burghley (2016). Things were all going in the right direction and it felt like a spanner in the works. But reflecting on it, I realise now that in the scheme of your lifetime, it is not much really is it?”

 

Her sporting ambitions kept the 37-year-old looking forwards and helped her make a speedy comeback to the sport.

 

“It was a real focus throughout my pregnancy to stay fit. I rode pretty much the whole way through and I was at the gym and worked with a personal trainer the whole time so I didn’t lose a huge amount of fitness. Even though obviously your body changes a bit and that takes time to come back, I don’t think I lost the fitness of core stability.”

 

On her return, it was business as normal and giving birth had not dampened her competitive spirit or changed her feelings for contesting a high-risk and physically and emotionally demanding sport. “For me, that wasn’t a problem. You have more time when you are pregnant to think about these things and you wonder how it will affect you and hear stories of other women who decide to give up, in any sport. I think it’s a very individual thing and I was pleasantly surprised that I felt really normal. Nothing had changed and it really was just back to work.”

 

Whilst her family still live in New Zealand, the Prices are reliant on good child-care and Otis joins them at most events. “It hasn’t been as life-changing in the way I thought it would. I was worried about that but it has just enhanced our lives. He’s an incredible little boy and he doesn’t care whether we win or lose. It’s really refreshing, he still loves you the same and looks forward to seeing us at the end of the day, as we do him. For us, it really has been business as normal and we are lucky that in this job, he can come on the road with us. He is probably one of the most well-traveled one-year-olds you will find and he doesn’t know any different”.

 

Written by Ellie Kelly

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Mud, sweat and germs

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Mud, sweat and germs
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It is time for spring cleaning. That smell of ammonia that has hung around the yard, those bacteria infested stables you have not had time to get on top of. Beyond the bugs and bacteria, even just the grease and grime eating its way into your tack and equipment. Let us introduce you to a new range of products from The Logical Range.

Already these products are being favoured by professional yards. If it is good enough for the prized animals found with an international eventer, a high goal polo player and a top dressage rider in Emily King, Hazel Jackson and Ellie McCarthy, then it must be good enough for the rest of us.

Germ Kill

Did you know, strangles is responsible for 30% of infectious disease in the equine industry worldwide? Furthermore, data from the Animal Health Trust implies that the disease is on the rise in the UK. It is a disease that can impact any yard or equine individual, professionals and happy hackers alike and even those with excellent management. As well as being extremely distressing for both the animal and the owner, this disease causes major economic losses to the industry due to its contagious nature, prolonged course and associated complications, which can be fatal.

The Logical Range’s product ‘Germ Kill’ has been produced to kill 99.9% of germs including Equine Strangles. Not only does it disinfect and keep the dangers of micro-organisms at bay, but it is a product that also cleans. It can be used on stables, yards and horse equipment. It is safe to use for humans and environmentally friendly.

  • Effective against Equine Strangles.
  • Powerful cleaning and disinfection in a single environmentally friendly product.
  • Safe to use around animals and humans.
  • Effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.

 

Stable Cleanse

Do you wish you could replace stable smells with a fresh minty aroma? Now you can with Stable Cleanse – the ultimate odour eater for use on stables, yards, horseboxes and trailers.

If you think how that strong smell of a stable yard can take your breath away, imagine what it is doing to your horse’s airways, as well as your stable staff.

This is a product that is safe and effective:

  • Kills the unpleasant odour under rubber matting but without eating into the matting.
  • Can be used with any bedding and on any floor surface.
  • No special handling requirements. Safe for your horse and you.
  • Great value: one five litre lasts up to six months on a standard size stable.
  • Money back guarantee, if you’re not happy.

 

All Rounder

So here is quick and easy to use product that every yard should have – for safe use on all your equipment. Have a bottle on the yard, in the horsebox, even by your kitchen sink. You can stop buying washing up liquid which can eat into fibres and enjoy not having grime embedded in your nails any more. This is a product that will not damage your skin and you will not harm the environment either.

  • Effortlessly removes sweat, grease, grime, mud etc.
  • Can be used on rugs, saddle cloths, clothing, synthetic and leather tack.
  • Safe to use for you and your horse, in the home and on trailers and horseboxes.
  • A highly versatile natural orange cleaner- environmentally friendly.

For more information visit the website:  http://thelogicalrange.co.uk 

 

Written by Ellie Kelly 

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Jin Stirrups and Helmets- forging the way in Equestrian design and technology.

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Jin Stirrups and Helmets- forging the way in Equestrian design and technology.

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If you were to compare the Equestrian brand Jin Stirrup to a car, it would definitely be a Ferrari. Just as the car is synonymous with performance, design, innovation and quality so is Jin Stirrups.

In an age where helmets and stirrups have become a fashion and status symbol, it is often at the expense of their true purpose- to protect and support rider performance. Jin Stirrup who now produce helmets as well as a range of stirrups, have ticked all the boxes and offer the ultimate in rider protection and support.

The man behind it all is Italian Filippo Pozza and their headquarters are in Venice, Italy. Unlike so many products on the market, everything in manufactured in one country- Italy. Whilst this is less cost effective for the brand than outsourcing, it insures the highest level of quality control that is a core value for Jin Stirrups.

The engineers behind Jin Stirrup are part of the Wild Group, whose background is in precision mechanics. An industry that requires maximum accuracy throughout all levels of production, right from the selection of materials down to the final quality check. Their experience includes making components for the aeronautical industry as well as motorbike components and performance and safety equipment for competitive karting and biking.

In 2004, Jin Stirrups launched the first “closed design” stirrup, using just one piece of aluminium to avoid any weak spots created by joints of fixings. Since then other brands have followed suit. Jin select only the best aluminium and are also innovative in the way they cut the metal to offer the maximum level of strength and resistance to trauma.

The stirrup has a removable footplate which offers one of the best grips on the market. The  plate releases in the event of a problem for rider safety and a special coating which safeguards against weathering and wear and tear.

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In 2017, Jin Stirrups brought out the Dynamik stirrup. An ergonomic design which helps accommodate the balance of the rider and a secure the lower leg. It works to distribute the weight of both left and right legs evenly.

Jin Stirrups have now developed an elegant range of safety helmets which come in two styles and a number of colours. Not only do they offer the FEI certification approval ASTM- PAS015 2011 and KITEMARK 2015 but the ventilation system makes them extremely comfortable even in hot and humid conditions. There is also a removable and washable inner pad.

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We have several of our advocates using Jin products and have had overwhelmingly positive feedback. Here are just a few:

“This helmet was definitely a contributing factor to my Bronze Medal win at the 13th China National Games in 2017!

The Jin Stirrup helmet combines elegance and safety in a greatly innovative and fashionable way. Not only is it sleek in design, it is also extremely comfortable to wear. The inner lining can be removed and washed with ease. The ventilations allow for comfortable use even in the hottest climates.”

Clarissa Lyra

“I’ve  been riding in Jin Stirrups which Horse Scout introduced me to and I love them. They are light and the grip is amazing. Even when it’s raining and muddy, they stick tight to your foot.”

Emily King, 4* event rider and British Team member

“I will never ride cross country in a different stirrup iron again”

CEO Horse Scout Lucienne Elms

 

written by Ellie Kelly