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12 October

Update from sponsored rider, Sophie Spiteri

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It's been a strange old few months but I'm starting to feel like things are slowly returning to some kind of normal...


For the first time in a few months, I've been able to get out and compete every weekend for the last few weeks. It's been an absolute pleasure to get out and about on my new steed called Headley. Headley accidentally ended up on my lorry after I went to go and pick up some racehorses from a trailer in South Wales. He found his way onto my lorry as I was asked to sell him on behalf of his owner who had used him last winter for hunting and has done very little with him since. He wouldn't be my usual type as I'm sure you'll see from the photos he's a coloured and considerably thicker boned then my usual type of lean, mean, racing machine.  


He has somehow found a way into my heart and is proving himself everyday with his fantastic, relaxed attitude to life and his talent in the dressage and show jumping arena. We've been out to three competitions now and he has been placed in the top 4 at every competition gaining scores of over 70% in his dressage and jumping double clears. To look at he may look like a chunky old, coloured horse but he has Jumbo's breeding lines and scope to burn. My plan is to train him up over the winter months and enjoy some winter league dressage and show jumping and then see what happens as the eventing season kicks off in March. I'm looking forward to getting some hunting in and really getting to know him over the winter months. More on Headley's adventures next month.



The racehorses are certainly keeping me busy at the moment. With winter fast approaching, many yards are ready to offload their summer racehorses to make way for the new season’s recruits. This means I currently have a full house and two horses waiting in Ireland for a space to crop up back here in Wales. I can see a busy winter ahead, but nothing pleases me more than seeing these fantastic horses go on and start their new careers having learnt a little bit about life outside of racing here at Gwernant in West Wales.


My newest recruits arrived yesterday evening, one of them being a lovely 7-year-old who goes by the name of Prince Charming, the other being a 6-year-old mare who goes by the name of Caroline's Quest. Both are about 15.2hh and will be looking for long-term eventing homes once they've learnt a little bit more about life outside of racing here at the farm. 


I'm pleased to say all the horses are looking really well at the moment and that's largely down to the fantastic supplements that go into all the horses’ feeds from Hilton Herbs. I'm able to feed a range of supplements that support various horses needs and requirements as they arrive. One of my go-to supplements is the apple cider vinegar that gets fed to all my horses whatever their requirements. I think it's probably one of the most underutilized supplements on the market and also one of the cheapest. Why not have a look on the Hilton herbs website and get yourself some ordered ready for winter. I can guarantee that you'll see the benefits within a matter of weeks.


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