This year we are delighted to be sponsoring two riders, Daisy Dace and Zac Kent. Zac had a successful time at Olympia and has had quite a year with a number of good wins! Daisy is riding at Liverpool and we wish her loads of luck.. Look out for our name on their breeches!
If you are keen to have a go, there are some rules as you would expect. The basics are:
To enter Olympia qualifiers they must have had their 9th birthday but not their 14th by 1st January.
All children must have obtained their 8th birthday by 1st January of the racing year to participate in display races.
All jockeys must be under 5 foot in height.
All Shetland ponies must be between 37-42 inches in height, aged between 5-20 years old and registered with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society.
To be eligible to take part in the Shetland Pony Grand National, jockeys and ponies must attend the training day.
Many of you will have seen the social media posts from pony racing jockey Jack Landers this week. He has been walking all week – I believe around 180 miles in total – and fund raising for Injured Jockeys Fund and Racing Welfare. His walk started at Newmarket Rowley Mile and has ended at Jack Berry House, in Molton. His total today on finishing his walk is just over £7750.00.
It’s been such great fun attending our nearby East Anglia point-to-points and watch the pony racing – so many new children riding this year and having a ball!
As always, I get loads of ideas for new products to add to the Blue Lizard Equestrian website! Our most recent are the Regent Boots and the new smaller sizes of the BLE pony racing/exercise boots which now go down to a UK size 1 (34).
Well, what a year 2016 was and what a lead-in to 2017. We added a wide number of new products, particularly in our pony racing tack range and these have been really popular over the past year.
Blue Lizard pony racing saddles were in demand over Christmas and I am sure there were a number of very happy riders out there on the big day. One of my favourites was a black and red number which looked incredibly smart!
Now we are into the New Year, we have added some great new products and will continue to do so over the year. Our latest, the BLE children’s pony racing/exercise boots are made specifically for children and made of the softest leather, whilst giving support and a solid sole.
We’ve been send another couple of rave reviews for Sea Buckthorn gastric supplement for horses. This natural product is making an amazing difference to some horses. These two come from UK based racehorse trainers who have been using the product on horses whilst in training. Take a look!
Sea Buckthorn for horses is brought to you by The British Seabuckthorn Company. It is an exceptionally high quality product, sourced in the EU, which combines the individual benefits of the berry seed, pulp and juice, with absolutely no added water.
We’ve had a great new review for our Sea Buckthorn gastric supplement.
We have used Seabuckthorn on a number of our horses, in particular an older horse who had lost some condition over last winter. All of them look fantastic, with great coats and all are retaining condition. Highly recommend – S Payne, BucksSea Buckthorn is a natural supplement, which is an active support for gastric and digestive comfort. It helps support the immune system and is fantastic for the skin and coat.
It was interesting to talk to a number of people about our Back on Track rugs. They work brilliant – just in case you did not know! We have many clients who keep one in the lorry ready for horses on the way home or after a heavy race, and another at home for horses after or before their work. If you have not heard of them, take a look at our Back on Track page.
Well, what a weird winter. I believe our horses have grown webbed feet – and I am truly fed up of mud!
However, there is something to look forward too next weekend on the 7th February! The pony racing at Horseheath point-to-point, run by Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace hunt.
We can tell the season is on its way as our sales of pony racing saddles, tack and breeches start to rise! Thank you for that! It is great to see the riders and ponies ready to roll again though and we look forward to seeing some new faces, as well as some of the experienced riders.
We hope to take a stand and very much hope to be filling it with lots of new bits and bobs for the pony racing riders and the older jockeys.
Racing starts at 12 noon, but the pony racing will be run before that so get there in plenty of time!