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Spring 2016 SUCCEED UK Rider Round-Up

SUCCEED is proud to help support a great contingent of serious horse people who are based in the UK. Freedom Health and these riders have a shared vision to do right by the horse, understanding that digestive health is at the core of overall wellness and performance. We are proud to play a small but important part in the management of these fine horses. 

Here’s what our serious horse people in the UK are up to as we move into the summer season.


Lissa Green and Malin Head Clover, Houghton Int HT 2015. Photo: Fiona Scott Maxwell.

Lissa Green and Malin Head Clover, Houghton Int HT 2015. Photo: Fiona Scott Maxwell.

Lissa Green – Eventing

Lissa Green has a really super string of horses to compete this season, and Hollyfield II, a 16.2 hh, 12 yr old gelding by Quite Easy will be running in 2016 under the SUCCEED name.

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Hollyfield II came to Lissa in 2015 after a bit of a turbulent past. However, after a bit of hunting then a few months off over the winter, the horse has come back into work with renewed enthusiasm and attitude.

Lissa tells us “I already I have noticed a vast improvement. He is so much happier in his work and my jumping trainer is completely in awe of how much he has transformed in such a short space of time.”

Hollyfield II has recently contested a strong CIC3* at Chatsworth International, finishing a very respectable 20th. Not bad for his first 3* and first ever Advanced also! “We finished with the biggest smile on both our faces….he was so classy from start to finish,” Lissa shares. “What a horse for the future; I am SO excited.”

Lissa is aiming to continue Hollyfield’s campaign through the season gaining more experience at 3* level before finishing up at Blenheim to compete in the prestigious CCI3*.


Rosanna Walters Symons – Pony Driving

This season Rosanna will be competing with Hurricain, her 10-year-old German sports pony. This will be their first season together and they are really looking forward to building on every competition through the season.

The first key competition is Sandringham CAI2* – June 24-26th. At this event, Rosanna hopes to qualify for the National Championships which take place on the 9-11th September. This is also the first of the qualifying events for the 2017 World Championships.

Rosanna remarks that “Hurricain is by no means a ‘good doer’ and maintaining his condition is really important. With the addition of Succeed to his feeding plan, maintaining condition for optimal performance is so much easier.”


Lizzie Brown – Eventing

Lizzie had a busy winter with spending time both in the UK and New Zealand – and getting engaged. Congratulations Lizzie & Freddie!

Lizzie has some new faces, both human and horses, joining the team this season. In January they welcomed super experienced new yard manager Jackie Hoon onto the team. She has slotted in to her new role very easily and has all the horses looking tip top.

On the horse front, Lizzie is very excited to have the beautiful 9-year-old mare Havanna Van’t Castaneahof to head her team for 2016, following the sad sale of Princeton and the retirement of Henton Attorney General. She also has several lovely new youngsters who will be starting their eventing careers this season.

Lizzie tells us, “The horses all looking amazing on SUCCEED and I am so pleased. In fact we have been able to cut our hard feed right down since they are doing so well! Our saddle fitter from Devoucoux visited the yard recently and told us how so many yards were struggling with loss of topline on their horses after the winter so she was struggling to fit saddle,s but ours hadn’t lost any!” She goes on to say that in fact they are probably bigger!

Lizzie also commented: “Those other horses obviously need some SUCCEED in their lives!”


Levett, Bill (AUS) IMPROVISE, CIC***, Blenheim Int HT 2013. Photo: Fiona Scott Maxwell.

Levett, Bill (AUS) IMPROVISE, CIC***,
Blenheim Int HT 2013. Photo: Fiona Scott Maxwell.

Bill Levett – Eventing

Bill again has a very strong line up of horses for the 2016 season, and with Rio in his sights the team is more focused than ever.

Improvise

Improvise had a solid 2015 with two 4* completions to secure Olympic qualification. He had a 10th place finish at Rolex, Kentucky in the spring and then a return to Burghley in the autumn where he finished 15th.

The first of the big events of this season for Improvise was Fontainebleau CIC3*. With his best dressage to date and an eventual 8th placing, Bill was very pleased and felt it had been good preparation for Badminton. As is not unusual with horses, “the best laid plans of mice and men” … and Badminton proved one of those. An unfortunate stumble at one of the most influential fences on the cross country meant that Bill took the difficult decision to retire and save him for another day.

Shannondale Titan and Alexander NJ

Alexander NJ & Shannondale Titan are both aimed at CIC 3 & 4* level this year, including Lumhulen if all goes to plan. Shanondale Titan had a solid 2015 with two 4* competitions to secure Olympic qualification. He finished in the top 20 at Badminton. However, at Pau an unlucky knock left him unable to jump on the last day when lying in the top 6, which Bill says “was a very disappointing end to a good season.”

Alexander NJ is already having a successful 2016 after recording a very solid round at Belton CIC3*, and then storming the CIC3* at Chatsworth to take 2nd place. In 2014, Alex finished in the top 10 at Tattersalls CCI3* and then he had a good year in 2015 consolidating his experience at Advanced level and rounding off a good season with a top 20 finish at Blenheim CCI3*. There he had a double clear and was one of only five horses in a field of over 100 horses to finish on his dressage score.

Bill tells us “I’m very excited about his future. Alex is a complete gent and lovely to have around the yard and to train. Alongside this, he has a great jump and movement.”

Horses on SUCCEED

Bill remarks that “SUCCEED is a critical product for me in helping me manage my event horses. It has universal application and use in my yard as it helps them to do better on the feed we are giving them. We also seem to have no issues with appetite, even when the horses are very fit.”

“I have a couple of sensitive mares and SUCCEED has really helped with the management of their gut health and their condition. They’ve been able to step up to Advanced level eventing and continue to build condition despite the step up in competitive demands.”

Well it looks like the hard work has paid off with Alexander NJ, Shannondale Titan and Improvise all achieving selection for the Australian 2016 Rio Squad!


Denise Hallion – Dressage

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Denise Hallion and her top horse, Wervelwind have also got their sights on Rio. We at SUCCEED are very excited in supporting their campaign and keeping Wervelwind fit and healthy. Denise commented on recent competitions that she is “So pleased with Verve at Keysoe International and Premier League. I’m so proud of how far we have come and so excited about our future.”

Representing South Africa, the South African Equestrian Federation are as optimistic as us, stating “Our Rio prospects from Dressage SA are hard at work in Europe/UK in preparation for the selection of the Individuals to represent RSA, with the selection date just weeks away now.”

Everything crossed for Denise and Olympic selection!


SUCCEED at the 2016 Dublin Horse Show

RDS 2015We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Dublin Horse Show from the 20-24th July. Our UK and Ireland reps, Emma and Helen, will be on hand to answer any of your queries and provide you with special RDS discounts on the SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Formula for the duration of the show.

You will find us at stand C2 behind the information desk, and beside the Irish Field &Horse Sport Ireland stands, in the main hall near the main entrance and exit.

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