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We are proud to have been “dressing” Mary’s horses for 8 years – since we encouraged her to try a Turn Out Hood some years ago at Olympia Horse Show.
Mary King with King Soloman III wearing his Turn Out HoodShe is such a wonderful ambassador to the Equestrian World having represented GB at 5 Olympic Games, 1992-2008 – winning Silver and a Bronze medal with her team. She has won two gold and one silver medal in the World Equestrian Games team eventing and four team gold medals at the European Eventing Championships along with one bronze and one silver medal in the individual event. Nationally, she was the British Open Champion in 1990, 1991 & 1996 and won the CCI four star Badminton Horse Trials in 1992 & 2000, and the CCI four star Burghley Horse Trials in 1996. And this year she won a fantastic 1st and 2nd at the Rolex Kentucky 3 day event!
We wish both Mary and her daughter Emily (following in her mothers’ footsteps) all the best for the future! Snuggy Hoods will continue their support of them both!
What Mary says about Snuggy Hoods:
"Snuggy Hoods have given back all those hours spent scrubbing mud off with their fantastic turnout hoods - giving me more time to ride, train and compete. Snuggy Hoods are both fun and practical, the fleece sheep print always makes me smile and I know all my horses especially King Solomon are laughing when it comes to those chilly winter months with their cosy fleece Snuggy Hoods!"
Lynn RussellA name synonymous with the show ring and mostly with Cobs! Lynn has been linked with Snuggy Hoods for almost 6 years, constantly helping with product development, testing new products and offering help with design. Lynn has over 20 years competing at top level showing and has won numerous prestigious titles over the years at some of the UK ’s biggest equestrian shows including Royal Windsor, the Royal International and HOYS. Lynn is constantly involved in passing on her top tips and advice and tuition is available upon request. She runs "Showing Masterclasses" throughout the year along with Charity Tack Sales to which you can bring and buy quality second hand tack and other kit. Take a look at her website www.topcobs.com for more information.
International show jumper Guy Williams recently moved with his wife, two children and head groom from Canterbury Kent to France. Guy has many wins to date including bronze medal Europeans championships but most memorable winning the Hickstead Derby 2010. Guy's goals for 2016 Rio Olympics and keep representing Great Britain.
Professional Showing Team are based in Hertfordshire producing top class show ponies and horses with a reputation for working hard, and playing hard too!
Team Harvey have won all top titles, most recently standing Mini Show Pony Champion with Barkway Magic Moments at HOYS 2012 and reserve Champion with Barkway Precocious.
Snuggy Hoods are delighted to sponsor Team Harvey and are proud to say our products are used and valued on some of the best show horses and ponies around!
Rhys, Coen & Scarlett are superb show jumpers. Scarlett at 7years won the little stars of the future last year & Coen - 10yrs - won the National Championships in 2015. Rhys - 11years - won at the RDS ( 2014 & 2015), won 2 GP’s in Wales & West HPI 2015 & was also on the Irish team last year for his 3rd year in a row. He also won Young Champion of Ireland and the National Discovery at only 11 years beating European riders that are 5 years older than him.
Currently Rhys & Coen are showing great form. They have 7 grade A ponies and we hope to qualify again for the RDS, Jump at all the HPI’s and compete in the Premiers, Spring Tours.
Check out Rhys in action:
Please read an article written about Rhys as far away as Palm Beach in Florida. http://www.horsecollaborative.com/there-are-pony-jumpers-and-then-there-are-irelands-pony-jumpers/
Louise Rich competes internationally in endurance, she 6 competition horses that are shared with her mum who also competes in Endurance internationally. Louise's horses are home bred Arabs, they range from 6-16. Having represented the British young riders team Louise is now on the British senior team. In 2010 Louise and her mum went to Mont Le Soie in Belgium with British Development Squad.
Achievements throughout Louise's career include being selected for the Young Rider World Championships in Abu Dhabi 2011, but unfortunately team GBR didn't go. In 2012 Louise went to the Young Riders European Championships in Belgium where Team GBR won a Bronze medal. Qualified for the World Championships this year with a plan to qualify another horse for the European Championships 2017.
Natalie is a para equestrian dressage rider who is based in Wrexham, North Wales. She has been a member of the World Class Para Equestrian Dressage Development Program since 2007. Coming from a non horsy background Natalie has only been involved with horses since first starting to ride at the age of fifteen when it was suggested by her physio, she started riding at a local Riding for the Disabled Association Group and her career went from there. To date Natalie has represented Great Britain at eight international para equestrian dressage competitions as well as competing nationally and regularly qualifying for each of the para dressage championships. Her ultimate goal is to compete at the Paralympic games as well as World and European Championships.
Snuggy Hoods is delighted to announce an alliance with Ann and Po Fowler and Peter Thomas of Broadgrove Stud. This family business near Bristol, breed, produce and show riding ponies with great success.
Ann is also a well respected BSPS judge, who has judged at the Horse of the Year Show and in Australia. Their homebred pony Broadgrove Chatterbox won the ‘Cuddy at Horse of the Year Show 2004’ and then won the coveted ‘Pony of the Year’ at both RIHS and HOYS in 2005. She qualified for the Cuddy as a broodmare in 2010.
Their homebred pony Broadgrove Springtime won the Show Pony title at The Horse of the Year show in 2011. Broadgrove Only You won the coveted title in 2012.
This is a family operation which has found success through hard work and a good eye....and good taste of course - their beautiful ponies wear our fabulous products! If you would like a profile or feature on this talented team please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In 2011, Snuggy Hoods received a call from Jenna Saunders – at the same time, Director Becky Godfrey-Faussett was looking at a photo of Parkdene Music Man in the Horse and Hound.
We were thrilled to agree to sponsor Jenna and her coloured horses.
Jenna is the proud owner of 3-year-old Parkdene Music Man and 3-year-old filly Solaris Dwenqua. Both horses have had fabulous success so far with Music Man – Calvin being placed 9th at the Horse of the Year show this year!!!! At the BSPA Champs this year, Dwenqua took Supreme Champion – well done those horses!! As you see from the pictures, Snuggy hoods definitely make Jennas load a little lighter when keeping them clean.
Looking forward to another successful year next year!
Samantha Osborne is an amateur rider based in North Yorkshire who home produces her horses for the show ring.
Samantha gained experience working for professional showing, dressage and racing yards when studying English at Teesside University, before qualifying as a secondary school and sixth form English and Media teacher. Working full time currently juggled with managing her horses, including daily care, exercise, competing and transportation to events.
Samantha has finished in the placings with her home produced horses & ponies on a number of occasions at the prestigious Horse of The Year Show. She gains great satisfaction from the retraining of racehorses, breaking and schooling of novice ponies, as well as contributing to the local showing community. In 2014, being selected as the winner of the BETA International Sponsored Rider of the Year; one of Samantha's proudest achievements to date.
To follow my results and news, please follow my website: samanthaosborneequestrian.weebly.com
Jo was born into a competitive equestrian family and, as she grew up, she never wanted to do anything else but ride.
From a successful start in the show ring on ponies produced by her mother, she took up dressage when she was 12, and went on to become one of the top young riders in GB in 1977 and 1978 and Junior Dressage Champion in 1978.
On leaving school, Jo trained with some of the best known horsemen and women in the business, including Ernst Bachinger (at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna), Jennie Loriston Clarke and Iris Kellet, gaining a grounding that has stood her in very good stead.
She then joined Broadstone Stud producing dressage and show horses, finally taking over as Joint Manager.
At Broadstone Jo had some notable successes, including championships at HOYS and RIHS as well as competing at top level in dressage.
When the stud was disbanded in 2003, Jo set up her own training and competition yard, building up a loyal clientele as well as continuing to achieve championship success in the show ring.