We are delighted to sponsor Conal Kavanagh this week. at the Injured Jockey’s Fund Floodlit Football match at Cheltenham. Conal rides regular in our local area of East Anglia and has the most lovely little pony, Percy. Percy may not be the quickest but he loves a cheer and his ears are always pricked! Great team who have had a lovely season to date!
Heading up the teams are AP McCoy and Nicky Henderson. The pony racing jockeys will be acting as mascots and will be running out with the players.
Teams include a whole heap of racing stars and celebrities, including jockeys:
Jonjo O’Neill Jr
Nico De Boinville
A Penalty Shoot Out at half time will take place and the likes of
Nigel Twiston Davies
will be giving it a go!
You can purchase your ticket for £10 with proceeds going to the Injured Jockeys Fund. First 200 children through the gate will get an Easter Egg too!
Find them at the Jonny Rocks Stadium and purchase your ticket here.
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.
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).
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!