I am very grateful to all of my sponsors and supporters,
here is a little more information about them:
Platinum - Harry Dabbs/ Thermatex
Michael came to the attention of Mr Peter Wilkes of Vale Brothers Ltd (owners of Harry Dabbs saddle makers, Thermatex rugs, KBF99 anti-bacterial grooming products, Equerry brushes and Edward Goddard whips) back in 2007 at Oldencraig Equestrian centre in Kent.
We were at the centre to check over a number of Harry Dabbs saddles owned by Oldencraig EC and many of their clients. The owner Ian Winfield introduced us to Michael by saying that he was an extremely talented and committed ‘up and coming’ Para rider and thought that Michael would be a great ambassador for Harry Dabbs. At this stage Michael and his pony had already notched up wins at the 2006 & 2007 National RDA championships.
After chatting with Michael and his mum Sue, it became obvious how ambitious Michael was despite his disabilities and tender age. Straight away we realised that Michael had the talent, confidence and determination to succeed in his chosen discipline – Dressage. Michael had his sights firmly set on becoming a future Para star and nothing was going to stop him! We fitted Michael’s first serious pony (Brockholm Royal Vagabond) with a Dressage saddle which instantly helped to improve Michael’s position and Vinnie’s freedom of movement. Michael’s new ride Aura has now will been fitted with a new luxury saddle from the Harry Dabbs Platinum collection.
When watching Michael ride you can see the rapport he has with all of his horses, Michael works with them in a gentle yet positive way, in return the horses respond to his commands creating a picture of pure harmony. Every time Michael rides his horse whether it’s at home during a training session, or whilst he competing he is able to demonstrate to disabled and abled bodied riders the benefits of riding in a Harry Dabbs saddle.
For over 40 years saddlemakers from Harry Dabbs have been producing exceptional saddles from their factory base in Walsall England. Each saddle from the Dabbs range is manufactured using the finest leather chosen for its strength, softness and looks. Our saddles are produced by experienced, skilled craftsmen who combine traditional methods with the latest technology creating saddles of distinction. All of the traditionally sprung saddle trees are guaranteed for the life of the saddle and are manufactured by hand. Harry Dabbs saddles are designed to deliver the very best performance and connection between horse and rider.
Michael also has a selection of Thermatex products and appreciates the benefits provided by this unique fabric. Thermatex rugs are very versatile; not only are they extremely effective for cooling a hot horse down, they are also ideal for use as a day/travel/show rug.
Once a Thermatex cooler rug has been placed on the horse it will immediately start working for you. The fabric will actively draw away any excess moisture before releasing it into the atmosphere, thus helping your horse regain natural body temperature. During this process the knitted fibres will gently relax and interlock with the coat, allowing the rug to mould perfectly around the shape of the horse. Your horse will instantly feel the benefit of this technical rug by staying warm and totally comfortable.
Bringing SCIENCE to the stable SCIENCE
The new range of KBF99 products brings a revolution to Horse Health CareLaunched by Vale Brothers, KBF99 products will assist in the prevention of infection and reinfection of these troublesome and painful diseases. KBF99 has been tested by Coventry University using the standard test for Anti Microbial Activity. Laboratory tests resulted in KBF99 material killing 99% of the bacteria test culture. Any reduction of harmful bacteria and fungus in the stable environment assists in reducing the chances of the diseases being transmitted from horse to horse. The KBF99 product range has been developed to help protect and safeguard horses and in some cases humans from contracting these and other conditions.http://www.kbf99.co.uk/
HAYGAIN is the range of scientifically proven hay steamers that producehygienically clean, palatable forage. Patented distribution method ensures even, thorough steaming throughout the bale/wedges/haynet killing mould, fungal spores and bacteria in both hay and haylage. Fit for purpose they are designed to be effortless and simple to use; a relief for those suffering with back problems. Savings and benefits beyond your horse's health become evident in potential reductions in vet bills, forage costs, water (if you currently soak) and potential competition overheads due to inability to perform through coughing or suchlike. For more details visit www.haygain.com
“We first met Michael at BETA 2009, our very first exhibition and were struck by his determination and charismatic character. He expressed such enthusiasm and great interest in HAYGAIN and could easily see how it would help his pony and all the others at Penniwells. We were delighted to be able to support this young man on his ambitious road to success in the arena . Both Michael and all his team at Penniwells have been an absolute joy to work with over the last 3 years. We are proud to sponsor Michael, he is a true professional both in the arena and outside, he always puts a smile on our face and inspires the HAYGAIN team at shows.”
Tim Oliver, Director.
Neue Schule are delighted to have Michael on board as a Team Rider. We are keen to support riders who understand the Neue Schule philosophy, look to promote performance though comfort and who show drive, determination and sheer joy of riding, Michael is the epitome of this. We very much look forward to following Michael's career and cheering him on!
The Neue Schule Difference
There’s something different about Neue Schule design and engineering. We’ve talked to you, looked at what has gone before, thought about your horse and your ambitions and built our reputation on keeping you and your horse happy to work together and to have fun.
Our company Founder, Heather Hyde, started one of the first horse bit rental companies in the UK in the late 1990s after seeing first hand how difficult it was to find bitting solutions to problems you were having. Seeing that the traditional and highly regarded Lorinery industry was in decline in the UK, Heather set about filling the gap in the horse bit market with well considered bit designs. Involving the adaptation or overhaul of traditional designs, Heather fine-tuned her design strategy, guided by the thoughts and needs of riders and their horses as they entered the 21st century.
This ‘new school’ of thinking (“Neue Schule”) is embodied in the refined designs, more accomodating profiles and cutting edge materials to be found in our products. Paradoxically, going forwards like this in bit design may help us rekindle the ancient art of classical equitation first documented by the Greeks. Whether out on a leisurely hack or in the heat of international competition everything we do for bitting may lead us back to a more considered approach to the horse.
Use this web site to learn what we have learned. Use it to tell us what you think.
The Neue Schule Team