[Equihunter] We would like to give a note of thanks to all those that have helped us in our business recently and also say a big thank you to all the lovely people that visit our website and thus are growing our popularity.
We have just passed a landmark today as our website recorded it’s 20,000 hit.
We hope you continue to like what we do…. Thank you.
We passed the 20,000 hits mark today….THANK YOU…!!!
[Equihunter] The phenomenal growth in popularity of the new show jumping league Cashjumping™ continues as the first Scottish venue signs up for competitions this week.
Bryan Shear of CashJumping this week welcomed The Tillyoch Equestrian Centre to the new league. Images: Courtesy Tillyoch EC
In a matter of a few short weeks since it’s launch, Cashjumping™ has made its way north to the borders of Scotland and beyond to Aberdeen with the advent of the Tillyoch Equestrian Centre signing up to hold competitions.
Conveniently located just 8 miles west of Aberdeen, the Tillyoch Equestrian Centre is not only a fine competition centre, but also offers livery and training as well.
Horses are accommodated in spacious stables in popular American-barn style buildings, with easy access to heated tack rooms, a wash-down areas plus a horse solarium. A range of other modern equine equipment is also available including a horse walker and an equissage.
Tillyoch’s other facilities include a 40m x 80m all weather surface floodlit arena, 25m x 48m indoor arena, good hard standing, a floodlit car park and catering on site and for security full CCTV system is in place.
The Tillyoch Equestrian Centre is not far off the A90 near Aberdeen and is a competition, livery and training establishment in the North East of Scotland. The Centre opened in November 2011 built from scratch by Michael and Sarah Hamilton who have been involved in Showjumping for many years, Michael is a judge and Sarah competes along with their two children.
We are located in Milltimber, Aberdeen at a farm called Tillyoch which houses Tillyoch Equestrian and Aberdeen Pet Resort.
Directions from Aberdeen:
Continue along (A93) North Deeside Road through Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber. Continue through the traffic lights after the Waterwheel Inn Take the second on right – Contlaw Road for 20 yards Turn left into Culter House Road continue for about 1.5 miles keeping the golf course on your left We are on the left Directions from Kingswells:
Continue along the A944 Westhill road taking the left fork towards Echt Continue through 3 roundabouts passing the industrial estates Turn left at Carnie roundabout just after passing Foxglove nursery Pass over 2 small bridges After about 1 mile Turn Left signposted to Contlaw Continue along this road for about 1 mile We are on the right
[GazetteLive] Teesside’s Pippa Allen claims victory for the ladies’ team in hugely popular Battle of the Sexes in at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre.
Pippa said in an interview: Girl power is so much fun, all being together and cheering each other on like this” Photo:GazetteLive/Pippa Allen
This year Allen, competing in Florida for the first time, joined the USA’s Laura Kraut – one of the best in the world – plus Nicole Bellisimo, Danielle Goldstein, Brianne Goutal, Lauren Hough, Maggie Jayne, Catherine Passmore and Debbie Stephens under the guidance of captain Candice King.
Team GBLondon 2012 Team Gold rider, Nick Skelton was on the men’s team accompanied by Stefano Barcho, Mark Bluman, Lorenzo de Luca, Todd Minikus, Richie Moloney, Samuel Parot, Shane Sweetnam, Hardin Towell and team captain Charlie Jayne.
With both teams having to perform across a speed phase, match competition and a six bar, the boys looked set for victory.
But when Passmore was the only rider to jump clear in the second round of the six bar, the deciding performance snatched the title fore the girls.
[Equihunter] The British Grooms Association posed an interesting question on their website today …. What is the real truth behind the employment issues in our industry?
The British Grooms Association has been created to provide a professional organisation for grooms of all disciplines.
The British Grooms Association (BGA) has issued a plea to the equestrian industry for their help in unveiling the truth behind employment trends within the sector. As the professional membership association which represents the career interests of grooms, the BGA is urging all those who work with horses to come forward and have their say.
Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the BGA, explained, “We are calling for grooms and employers to fill in our anonymous surveys to help us to build a realistic picture of the employment practices that are occurring right now. There have been several headlines about grooms and employers recently all of which raise concerning issues. For the BGA to make a real difference to the working lives of both grooms and employers we must first discover the real facts.”
….many parents are increasingly concerned about their children working for riders in our industry. Image: BGA
The two surveys, one targeted at grooms and the other to employers, have been compiled with the combined expertise of Georgina Brooke-Holmes of Coventry University and Sport England in partnership with BGA. Participants can opt to submit their answers anonymously to ensure that a true picture is generated. To add a little more incentive there is the opportunity for respondents to win a £100 cash prize or a luxury hamper of Absorbine grooming products, in return for giving up a few minutes of their time.
Andrew Finding, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, commented: “We are pleased that the BGA is taking on this research project. Once again it demonstrates that they are leading the industry in this crucial area of work. We urge all of those that work with horses, either as a groom or an employer, to take time to fill in a survey.”
[Equihunter] The phenomenon known as CASHJumping™ is sweeping the country after it’s successful launch within the last few weeks.
Designed for all show jumpers whatever their level and will provide fair competition for all with reasonable entry fees, decent prize money and good facilities
Join in the fun – Register at Cashjumping™
President of the newly formed organisation Bryan Shear happily noted in a Facebook post earlier today …..
President – Bryan Shear
“CASHJUMPING IS NOW LIVE – following the highly successful launch shows at Norton Heath and Blue Sky – comments such as “showjumping as it used to be”, “absolutely fab”, “you’ve bought showjumping back alive” – have come back to us, which is all fantastic news, and you can view them on our cashjumping facebook page.”
“Cashjumping now has over 3300 Rider and Horse or Pony Registrations, and 30 Show Centres are now registered with more coming in all the time.”
What is CashJumping
CashJumping is the brainchild of Bryan Shear and is designed to allow show jumpers of all levels to compete for decent prize money in venues with good facilities and at a reasonable cost.
Within the first week and and with no marketing campaign supporting it CashJumping saw over 600 competitors register and this is continuing to grow at the rate of 50 new registrations a day.
Bryan Shear founder of this new show jumping competition confessed to be overwhelmed with the response: “In the first hour of our website going live the number of people trying to access the system and sign up caused the servers to overload we completely underestimated the demand”
Having resolved those initial teething problems membership was firmly on the rise.
Cashjumping: How it works
The basic concept is simple explains Bryan, “entry fee is £10 a class for our stage one classes which go from 60cm to 1.40m and anyone who has not won more than £500 at Cashjumping at the relevant height can enter. 50% of all of the entry fees go into the prize fund.
Once a rider has won £500 they move up to the stage 2 classes were winnings limit is £1500 and thereafter to Stage 3 where there is no limit” Stage 2 classes the entry fee is £15 and stage 3 £20 resulting in even more prize money for the competitors.”
From the first few show centres who had already signed up, including the prestigious Netley Hall Equestrian Centre, runner up in this year’s British show jumping show centre of the year awards, the list has since grown with amazing speed and now stands at over 30 show centres, with yet more to follow.
For the show centre’s approved to run these classes there are benefits too. No affiliation fees, no class fees and a series that appeals to riders of all levels, with a prestigious final at the end of the season to look forward to.
The Cashjumping website www.cashjumping.co.uk can be used to market the shows and the centre’s are able to view the registered riders by area and see the level of demand for the shows and communicate direct with their local competitors to make sure the schedule reflects what the local riders want to see.
How was this all possible – Bryan explains….
“When British Show jumping changed its rules to allow its members to compete in other non BS events and not have any limit on the amount of prize money the opportunity to provide all riders with a good quality local show combined with a national final was too good to miss.”
“The fact is that everybody is having to look to reduce costs where they can and if local centre’s can put on quality shows with good facilities using accredited course builders and judges at a reasonable cost with a decent return the savings for the competitors in diesel, entry fees and membership costs can be huge”.
So is this a direct competitor to the established show jumping scene? Bryan says not…
“We see this as something that will bridge the gap between the British Show jumpers and the unaffiliated riders”.
“Yes of course it is expensive even for the professional yards to register and compete all of their horses at BS shows, and there may be some people who decide not to register all of their youngsters straight in at BS level, but any loss of income should be more than compensated for by an increase in the number of unaffiliated riders who go Cashjumping compete against their BS counterparts and realize that BS is not some sort of holy grail reserved for the rich or professional rider”.