I am 24 years old and I am a U25 Grand Prix dressage rider.
I first learnt to ride when I came to my local riding school back in 2002. I was very fortunate from a young age to have the rides on many different horses and ponies, this enabled me to progress very quickly and soon became the one to have to get on all the naughty/ cheeky ones, which I loved!!
2009 My mum brought me my first pony. He was called Nutty. He took me to some amazing competitions, including jumping around Hickstead’s main arena. It was when my instructor Helen Barton- Smith first saw that I had a talent for dressage, it was then a year later that I had competed in my first year at British Dressage and coming 7th in the prelim summer regionals.
Skip to 10 years later I am now competing at Grand Prix!!!
Along the journey I have done my BHS exams and am a BHSAI. I have also gone up the levels with my other rides along the way.
My best result to date on each horse I ride for Liz Rawlingson must be winning the Petplan Equine Elementary Championships 2017 on Dragonfly VCG. Winning the Petplan inter 2 finals in 2018 on ShowBoy and Winning the Senior Home International team 2019 on Don Paccini.
My Goals for 2020, I would love to go to an international with ShowBoy at U25 and keep training the others up the levels, At the same time as expanding my business and also developing in the young horses for the future and for sale.
This couldn’t be possible without the amazing team behind me who work with me on a day to day basis, ensuring the horses and I are in tip top condition.
This is where Shiwon and FenlaNdZ Health have had such an important role to play.
With Don Paccini being 19 this year and ShowBoy 17, Epitalis has been a crucial supplement in their joint health which we have used for many years, enabling them to compete at the highest of levels whilst being comfortable.
My name is Natasha Swales, and I am married to Harry Swales, a fellow Fenlandz Health brand ambassador. I would argue that I introduced Harry to the wonder product that is Epiitalis Forte Gel, but like most married couples we probably don’t quite see eye to eye on that!
I am 28 years old, and am lucky enough to have my own wonderful, yet ever-so slightly deviant horse, Mary. This year we’ve managed to move up to jump our first few Foxhunters, and I’d love to think that a 1.30m isn’t too far away from us. I’ve ridden since I was 4 years old, so I don’t really know a life without horses, what disposable income is, or what the point of a Sunday lie in is. I wouldn’t trade this for the world!
I am about to embark on a very exciting new challenge, working for a production yard where I will be involved in the starting and producing of eight, currently very feral, four year olds! I am armed with a new riding hat, and a fear that I might be drinking more than the occasional medicinal gin to help ease my aches and pains. I’ll be first in line to test the human version of Epiitalis, and it will mean that I can finally stop stealing Mary’s equine version!
I discovered Epiitalis Forte gel thanks to a previous horse’s diagnosis of arthritic changes in the hocks, and duly entered a competition to win some of this proclaimed wonder gel. I bombarded poor Shiwon with messages on why I should be the lucky winner of the competition, and she either knew that the product would help my lovely little horse or simply wanted to shut me up. Either way, within three days I could not believe the difference in this previously stiff and creaky mare, and began to tell anyone who would listen about how they simply had to try Epiitalis for themselves.
I have Mary on it for maintenance of her joints, and feel hugely reassured that there is no better supplement for me to be spending my hard earned money on. I have since recommended it to friends who have stated that their horses feel like ‘all of their joints have been oiled’, and my arthritic mare’s hock injections have become fewer and farther between, which is just the icing on the cake.
I will only be associated with and accept support from companies that I genuinely love, and this is one of them. Thank you, Shiwon, for your continued support, and I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!