One of our long standing Brand Ambassadors is Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Maher, as most of you know Ben has been a Brand Ambassador for our sister company Falcon Equine Feeds for over 12 years and we are really pleased that he is also on board with our fantastic range of supplements.
As part of the victorious gold medal winning team at London 2012, Ben rode Tripple X II to win Britain's first Olympic show jumping gold medal for 60 years.
2013 has seen Ben win some of the worlds' most prestigious competitions around the globe, including the inaugural Longines Champions Tour Grand Prix in London and the Longines King George V at Hickstead. Success also came at the Ecco European Championships in Herning, Denmark where Team GB where Team Gold medalists and Ben won an individual silver medal.
He also represented Britain in at the 2008 Beijing, 2009 European Championships at Windsor and won team bronze medal at the 2011 European Championships in Madrid, Spain.
Ben began riding at the age of eight and after finishing school, he trained with Liz Edgar before travelling to Switzerland to further his education with Beat Mandli.
He started making his mark on the international circuit in his early twenties and began building up a string of world Class horses.
By the age of 26 he had overtaken regular British team members to become ranked number one in the country and number five in the world, with consistent wins around the globe in some of the sports' most prestigious competitions. He is also one of just two riders to have won both the Hickstead Derby and Speed Derby in the same year.
With one of the strongest strings of horses he has ever had, Ben continues to produce the results that have made him a valuable part of the Team GBR both as an individual and a team participant. To view his website click here and check out his Facebook page here.
Robert Whitaker is one of our latest Brand Ambassadors and we are really pleased to have him using our products on his horses, anyone within the equestrian industry will instantly know the Whitaker name in the sport of showjumping.
As the son of Olympic Showjumper John Whitaker MBE and countless family members being a big part of the sport it was no surprise when he decided which career path to take. Robert won 6 European team gold medals and an individual bronze at European pony, junior and young rider championships.
During his senior career Robert has represented his country on more than 25 occasions and was among the British riders long-listed for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Robert and his wife Kate who is also from an Equestrian family and competes at top level have all the skills required to produce horses from the start of their careers to winning Grand Prix’s. They are well known across the showjumping circuit for producing or helping to source clients own future stars.
Hector Payne Eventing
One of our newer sponsored riders is Hector Payne of HP Eventing.
Hector is based with Ian & Heidi Woodhead and has a small team yet busy and growing yard of horses all competing in Eventing at Various levels. Prior to setting up on his own Hector was based with Fox-Pitt Eventing.
I am currently in the process of looking for sponsors or supporters to join my team and be involved in my new venture. Prior to being based at Fox-Pitt Eventing I used Falcon feed for my team of horses and was very impressed with the condition the horses were in and in their performances. During my time at Fox-Pitt Eventing I was not allowed to be personally associated with any businesses, so I am now looking to establish my own relationships with various companies. I am looking for a company to support and work with me, with the aim that together we can promote one another as much as possible.
Whilst at Fox-Pitt Eventing, I played a large role in managing their social media, aiding them with Facebook posts and newsletters. More recently I have set up my own social media pages, and am in the process of building a website. My following is frequently growing and I find it an extremely important and current way to keep my owners and supporters up to date with everything going on at Hector Payne Eventing, whether it be event reports, training, or general news, as well as generating greater interest through pictures and video footage. Check out his Facebook page here.
Jude Burgess Showjumper
Jude is one of our local Brand Ambassadors being based in Tunbridge Wells in the South East of England he competes Internationally and sells horses all over the world. Jude has also become an established trainer for both horses and riders of all abilities and is highly thought of in the equestrian industry.
You can often see Jude at the top level competitions with his string of horses but he is also an advocate for producing quality young horses so he regular competes with good results in the young horse classes across the circuit.
Jude brings with him a wealth of knowledge when producing and competing his horses at all levels and is a great Ambassador for our products. We look forward to keeping you update on his successes this year. You can look at his website here and check out his Facebook page here.
Greg Le Gear of GLG Equestrian
Greg is based in Twineham in West Sussex, very locally to the fantastic venue that it is the All England Jumping Course – Hickstead!
Originally from County Clare, Ireland. Greg previously has been to Germany to work for Irish international showjumper Denis Lynch, he travelled as groom on the Global Champions tour and competed himself in international 6 & 7-year-old classes alongside competing nationally up to 1.40m level. Greg then ventured Sussex to work for Old Lodge Stud rider Adnan Al Baitony for Saudi Arabia based at Hickstead. From here he produced young horses and competed locally. It was in his time at Hickstead that Greg then met Shane Breen and started working for him as Yard Manager. During this time Greg was selected as one of 8 riders onto the Development programme by British Show jumping 'Step up to Gold'. This gave Greg help to access more international shows and training.
With Greg’s vast yard management and competition experience he has now set up his own yard based at Hickstead training and producing horses and is running the stud for Breen Equestrian.Every horse on Greg’s yard is fed solely on the Omega Equine Supplements. All of his horses are out competing on a weekly basis across the county and are always performing well and having great placings in their classes! Check out his Facebook page here.
Nicola McGivern – Active Equestrian
We are very pleased to have Nicola McGivern from Active Equestrian on our team of Brand Ambassadors, Nicola is a European Bronze Medalist and Olympic Dressage Rider who is now helping others to follow their dreams.
Nicola now specialises in sourcing her clients the best horses for them and has numerous success stories with clients coming to her over and over again to help find the right horse for them. Nicola has also become a very well respected instructor and is know for her sympathetic and structured coaching for any level of rider. Internationally and Nationally her enthusiasm is always seen.
Along with her teaching and sourcing of horses Nicola is well known for her breeding programme that has helped to produce some stunning youngsters, she managed to successfully produce full sisters and a brother to her Olympic horse Active Walero. In 2011 all five of her foals were given Premium Status, with one colt being awarded Premium Stallion Status.
Nicola is a great Ambassador for Omega Equine as she has used our products to help produce some of the best horses today. You can look at her website here.
Caroline Harris Eventing
28 year old, Caroline Harris, has been based, for the past 6 seasons, with Australian Olympic medallist, Sam Griffiths, in Dorset and has already achieved notable successes, bringing young horses up through the eventing ranks and achieving highly consistent results at international level.
Aboard Billy Bumble, Caroline was never out of the top 10 in international events in 2016 – which included a third in Bicton’s CIC2* and 7th in Blenheim’s 8/9 year old CIC3*
Sam has described Caroline as being a quick learner and having a natural way with horses and genuine talent; whilst Caroline is indebted to him for all the support and encouragement he gives her. So being based on site, at the Griffiths’ Symphony Farm provides a perfect base from which to compete.
At any one time, she has around 10 horses in the yard, making a deliberate choice to focus on a small group of horses at any one time to ensure each gets the individual attention it deserves.
Emma is based locally to the Omega Equine head office and can often be seen at local events both supporting and competing.
I have been a showjumping groom all of my life and now manage a showjumping stud 6 days a week which means I do my own 2 horses after work and compete on my days off. Both of my horses Roque Luna and Roque Jerrico are both homebred who have been produced by myself, I started showing 3 years ago with Roque Luna with great success competing at the Royal International and HOYS. This is such an achievement for us as we are beginners who are completely self-taught as I do not have time or can afford many lessons.
The 2018 season has been great so far with Roque Luna qualifying for the Royal International at Hickstead at our first outing, we competed at Royal Windsor for the first time coming 6th in a strong line up. She has also qualified for the CHAPS Championships, BSPA Championships and Equifest for 2018 so I keep you posted on how we get on.
Roque Jerrico is having his first season showing this year and has qualified for the CHAPS Championships, BSPA Championships, and Equifest so I am really pleased with him so far this year. We took him to his second ridden show at Surrey County Show and I am really pleased to say that he came 2nd so has also got a ticket for the Royal International at Hickstead. He was such a brilliant boy as there was a lot going on and he took it all in his stride, we then went to Surrey Spring Show and he won a big ridden coloured class and won his in hand and took champion with lovely comments from all judges, he has also qualified for home produced finals.
My aim for the 2018 season is to try and qualify for HOYS with Roque Luna again this year and will do the championship shows. Roque Jerrico will do the Championships and maybe try HOYS next year when he has done a bit more.
Oliver Burchell is a well known show pony producer who has produced some brilliant results with his string of ponies including winning the overall show pony at the Royal International in 2017.
The ponies are produced under the well known name Rowfantina Ponies and have become a popular name as top class show pony producers, as well as breeding top class horses he also takes ponies in for bringing on and backing. Oliver and his team are well known for being able to help owners and riders bring on young ponies and prepare them for the show ring.
We will keep you posted on how their season goes, check out Rowfantina Ponies Facebook page here.
Dominic Hoult Equine
Dominic Hoult has had horses from an early age and has always provided his horses and ponies with the best possible care whilst being competitive. During his youth he competed for the local pony club in multiple disciplines and teams, he competed in two national teams and completed in other national competitions as an individual.
Dom competed at the Pony Club National Dressage Championships and came a very good 7th place, Dom also competes in British Eventing and British Showjumping and is aiming to move towards international competitions in the 2018 season with looking to develop towards the elite of the sport.
Freya is based with Dom Hoult Equine in Hampshire with her horse Cloud Nine aka Gringo, Freya produced Gringo from a just broken 4yr to jumping round 1.25m showjumping tracks and competing internationally.
In 2017 Freya took Gringo to France where they had numerous placings and came a fantastic 2nd in the 1.20m Grand Prix at Fontainebleu, they have also competed nationally here in Great Britain including placings in the Derby’s at Bicton Arena.
Freya is looking forward to the coming 2018 season and have high aims of being competitive and consistent around 1.20m tracks and hope to step up to 1.30m tracks by the end of the year. We will keep you posted on her progress throughout the season.
I have been riding since I was 4 years old and got into showing at very young age as discovered my Connemara jumping pony really enjoyed it after a bad past with jumping. As our confidence grew we competed in showing, working hunter, show jumping, cross country. He is my pony that taught me everything I know today. At 16 years old I was extremely lucky to qualify my lightweight hunter for Royal International Horse Show where it was an honour to compete him with some of the best riders in the country. Sadly, shortly after he had to be retired where he lived with me to the grand age of 25.
I decided to do a degree at University in Equine Behaviour and Psychology which reinforced the importance of not only good handling, riding, environment but also how important nutrition is to horses performance and behaviour.
I work full time in sales now to pay for my expensive hobby however I enjoy being able to spend all of my hours at weekends and holidays travelling the country to compete my horses at a high level. As an amateur I am always extremely proud of all my horses when we stand in lines amongst top producers. I now have a collection of horses and ponies who are all part of my family and very much have a home for life ranging from young stock to retired veterans.
My biggest achievement would be my young warmblood who was purchased with inheritance money from my grandparents (so she is very special to me). As part of her education as a youngster we showed her inhand, she was very successful and unknown to myself was awarded 3 year old sports horse of the year by SHB(GB). I felt this was a huge achievement as an amateur to be so successful and beating the professional.
Snelsmore Miniature Pony Stud
Omega Equine are pleased to introduce Snelsmore Miniature Pony Stud to our team of Brand Ambassadors. The stud is based in Chieveley near Newbury in Berkshire and is a peaceful part of the English countryside and was established in 1993 adding to the already busy life of breaking and competing horses.
Clifford and Jackie originally bought the ponies as pets for their two children and gradually progressed further to where they are today; owning around 65 ponies of excellent breeding on their well-maintained stud.
They have a combined experience of over 95 years dealing with horses has stood them in great stead for knowing what is required to breed top quality ponies with correct conformation, movement and temperament.
Sophia Parry is one of our younger brand ambassadors at just 7 yr. old, she has 3 ponies who are 12yr old My Mate Murphy, 18yr old Cui Milady and 8yr old Orchids Yana.
Sophia has had a very successful unaffiliated career, achieving top 10 placings at the Junior showjumping championships of Great Britain and winning the Macaliece judges award for the most promising junior rider for the past two years. Sophia may be young but she helps fund her showjumping by running a business alongside her mum schooling and backing/ producing and selling small ponies.
Sophia has now started her British Showjumping career and is loving it, she took My Mate Murphy and Cui Milady to Pony of The Year Show this Easter and qualified My Mate Murphy for the Harcour Style and Performance final, which was amazing in itself as only 12 riders out of a class of 51 Could be picked for the final on Gala night, My Mate Murphy was awesome and they finished 8th.
Cui Milady also made the final in the mini open championships, but missed out on a placing, she has recently qualified for Scope Festival in the stepping stones class and we are aiming to qualify her and My Mate Murphy for the Cats and Pipe class too.
Sophia and Lady have been to Welsh team training at the David Broome Centre and are hoping to represent Wales in the 10 and unders at Welsh Home Pony. Sophia is aiming to compete at the Wales and West British Showjumping Derby which feature a proper bank. We look forward to keeping you updated with Sophia’s progress throughout the year.
Beatrice has been riding since she started to walk and when she was 2 years old she had two mini Shetlands; Leo and Louis, her love for ponies grew from there. At 4 she was riding weekly at a local riding school and by 5 talked her way into owning her first (and very special) pony Symphony. Her competitive spirit was ignited when she began entering showing classes at local riding clubs and coming home with a clutch of red rosettes and trophy’s.
Beatrice has developed her riding with the support of pony club and is a member of the Meynell Hunt PC and has represented the club show jumping, our Friday night sessions are never missed as they are always packed with fun and chatter. Hunting with the Meynell is one of Beatrice’s greatest loves having hunted for the first time in Storm Dorris and taking every second in her stride.
In 2018 Beatrice was lucky to be given the opportunity to purchase Forlan Honey Dancer, a seasoned 11.2h working hunter pony, previously placed at both HOYS and the Royal International Horse Show. At the end of their first week together they took 1st in the BSPS Winter Championship Tiny Tots Working Hunter class. This success has continued throughout the season with the partnership taking the 1st in the Open Nursery Stakes and the Open Pony n/e 122cm at the Three Shires Spring Festival and first in the BSPS Tiny Tots at Staffordshire County Show
Beatrice also runs a second pony alongside, Renkum Super Spy. A little entrepreneur in the making last winter she successfully broke in and produced her first pony to sell on and to support the cost of her competing she takes in ponies to school while their jockey are on holiday.
Beatices’s hopes and dreams are to ride at both HOYS and the Royal International herself. She trains with Victoria Leavesely Equestrian who specialises in working hunter ponies. Her long term aim is to represent GB Eventing.
Naomi Oliver Dressage
Naomi Oliver is just 7 years old and has been riding most of her life; she found her love for dressage at the end of 2017 after taking her pony, Hallie, to a local competition. Hallie hasn't been the easiest pony so we had planned to keep things simple to start with but they have proven unstoppable ever since their first outing!
They have a superb unaffiliated record, always in the ribbons (often red!) even when competing against adults! So much so that Naomi has recently launched her affiliated campaign, which also seems to be holding a lot of promise, with equally impressive results in her first affiliated competition.
The highlight of their career so far was the Winter League Championships at Mount Ballon. Over the 2 days they achieved fantastic scores, winning them bronze overall in the under 12s and qualifying them for the championships of Great Britain later this year.
Naomi has continued to produce and compete Hallie while recently taking on a lovely new pony, Chockey. Naomi is already having brilliant results with her, having qualified for Hickstead on Chockey, along with Hallie. Naomi shows unbelievable amounts of perseverance and dedication, and dreams of becoming a Grand Prix dressage rider one day.