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HORSEWEEK
FARMWEEK
JANUARY 23 2020
Picking up points
at Connell Hill’s
SJI Winter League
T
HE second leg of the
SJI Winter Horse and
Pony League took
place
on
Sunday
at
Connell
Hill,
Randalstown,
with
‘Jack
Frost’ making an appearance;
but he did not deter those
competitors
determined
to take advantage of the
opportunity to introduce
young horses to their future
career and those wishing to
pick up valuable points.
Course Designers, Colm
Quinn and Derrick Gillan,
set
tremendous
tracks
demanding riders to think
and plan their course of
action whilst walking the
track, with judge, Lynne
Thompson, carrying out her
duties in a most professional
manner and photographer,
Lyndon McKee snapping the
action.
Many thanks to everyone
for
their
support
and
organisers look forward to
welcoming everyone for the
remaining dates of this winter
league: Saturdays, January 25
and February 1 and 8, with
horses at 10am and ponies at
approximately 3pm. Contact
Grace on 07765 884254 or
Gillian on 07715 201787 for
information.
RESULTS
Sunday, January 19
HORSES - 80cm: No Result.
90cm:
=1)
Peadar
McLaughlin’s Ars Clover,
Peadar McLaughlin; Colin
Thompson’s Golden Age,
Victoria Thompson.
1m: =1) Colin Thompson’s
Golden
Age,
Victoria
Thompson; Sara Houston’s
Muckno
Magic,
Tyler
Houston.
HORSE
NUTRITION
UNDERSTAND:
Right, It is
important to
understand horse
feed labels in
order to choose
the best product
for your horse.
(FW04-500NN)
1.30M: Jennifer Torrens and ‘Chirokko H’ won the 1.30m class
at Connell Hill’s SJI Winter Horse and Pony League.
(FW04-533NN)
PICTURES: courtesy of Lyndon McKee
1.10m: 1) Sara Houston’s
Muckno
Magic,
Tyler
Houston.
1.20m: 1) Louise Anderson’s
KEC Lanz, Wendy Anderson;
2) Sarah Jane Alexander’s
Altaskin
Harley,
Jodie
Creighton.
1.30m: 1) Harry Marshall’s
Chirokko M, Jennifer Torrens.
PONIES - 128cm 80cm: =1)
Sharon Margey’s Aladdin,
Sara Margey; Lynn Caskey’s
Ruthstown
Speed,
Zoe
Caskey;
Lynn
Caskey’s
Smokegun, Jennifer Torrens.
128cm 90cm: 1) Lynn
Caskey’s Ruthstown Speed,
Zoe Caskey.
128cm 1m: No Result.
138cm
1m:
1)
Cali
O’Donnell’s Kiltormer Dan,
Calum McVeigh; 2) Pamela
Lowe’s Roughan Boy, Lucie
Mcilhatton; 3) Nicola Burns’s
Ardnacashel Little Dreamer,
Emma Burns.
1.20M: Wendy Anderson and ‘KEC Lanz’
on their way to winning the 1.20m class
at Connell Hill’s SJI Winter Horse and Pony
League. (FW04-532NN)
138cm 1.10m: =1) Cali
O’Donnell’s Kiltormer Dan,
Calum
McVeigh;
Pamela
Lowe’s Roughan Boy, Lucie
McIlhatton.
148cm 1m: =1) Dionne
Leathem’s Coolys Trendy,
Simone Leathem; Brenda
Gordon’s Gurteen Molly,
Bethany
Gordon;
Sarah
McLean’s Kiltiernan Bell,
Katy McLean; Cathal Forbes’s
Rainbow’s Promise, Emma
Forbes; Clare Sloan’s Slieve
Rushen Don, Eva Sloan; Nicola
Burns’s Tullymurry Sunshine,
Zara Burns; John Jackson’s
Woodchip, Anna Jackson.
148cm 1.10m: 1) Brenda
Gordon’s Gurteen Molly,
Bethany Gordon; 2) Dionne
Leathem’s Coolys Trendy,
Simone Leathem; 3) John
Jackson’s Woodchip, Anna
Jackson; 4) Cathal Forbes’s
Rainbow’s Promise, Emma
Forbes.
148cm 1.20m: No result.
RUNNER UP: Jodie Creighton and ‘Altaskin
Harley’ came second in the 1.20m class
at Connell Hill’s SJI Winter Horse and Pony
League. (FW04-531NN)
Omagh Show on film
OMAGH SHOW: Kenneth Graham from Muff, Co.
Donegal won the Underwriting Exchange National Grand
Prix League at Omagh Show last year. The show will
feature on TG4 on Thursday, January 23. (FW04-518NN)
A TG4 filming team from Crawford
McCann were at Omagh Show last
year and the recording is being
broadcast on TG4 in the Beidh
Aonach Amárach programme on
Thursday, January 23 at 8pm.
This is the start of a series of
features similar to last year, with
other shows such as Clonmany
and Castlewellan featuring along
the way.
A longer version will also be shown
on the BBC at a later date.
Understanding Horse Feed Labels
READING food labels is becoming the norm
when choosing the weekly grocery shop. As
consumers, we are becoming more aware of
making better and healthier decisions on food
products. The same applies to our horses’
feed. Within this article, we will look at what a
horse feed label includes and give some helpful
insight into understanding how to choose the
best product for your horse.
The label found on every Bluegrass Horse
Feed product is a legal requirement known as
a statutory statement, containing analytical
constituents, additives and composition.
The statutory statement is governed by the
UK Feeding Stuffs Regulation, which ensures
that all feed brands and manufacturers are
complying by these rules and regulations.
Basically, it helps to give you as horse owners
(the consumer), peace of mind by cutting out
any marketing highlights of the product and
allowing you to understand exactly what is in
the product.
To comply by these regulations every label
must include:
- Name and Description of the Feed:
The product name must be stated on the
bag, along with a description, including the
species this product is suitable for. Within the
description you may nd out some key points,
such as low in starch, high in bre or oat free.
- Direction of Use:
This usually gives recommended feeding
guidelines according to your horse’s workload/
status, weight and size (horse or pony). It
is important to remember that these are
guidelines and are to be fed alongside good
quality forage and clean water. If you’re unsure
of how much to feed, complete the Bluegrass
Horse Feed diet request form on the website:
www.bluegrasshorsefeed.com for a tailored
diet plan to suit your horse’s needs.
- Analytical Constituents:
To comply with the law, the following must be
stated; % of crude protein, % of oils and fats, %
of bre and % of Ash. The quality and source
of protein is just as important as the quantity.
Feed for horses in maintenance or light work
can range from 10-12% protein, whereas feeds
for breeding or growing youngstock usually
range from 15-17% protein.
- Composition:
This is simply the ingredients that are in the
product, in descending order, so the rst listed
feed material is found the most within the feed.
- Additives:
These include things like vitamin A, D and E,
as well as all compound trace elements. The
source and amount will also be stated.
- Best Before Date and Batch Number:
The best before date differs for each product,
for example Bluegrass Horse Feed mixes have
an expiry date of three months and cubes are
four months. After these dates, the vitamin
quality begins to deplete.
The batch number can be used by the
manufacturer to trace back information if
an issue arises. As Bluegrass Horse Feed
manufactures all products at their mill in Co.
Tyrone, the batch number gives the ability to
trace back to the date of manufacturing and
quality assurance of raw materials.
- Net Weight:
All bags will have Net Weight displayed - most
Bluegrass Horse Feed bags are 20kg in weight.
Before leaving the mill, all Bluegrass bags are
automatically weighed through a computerised
system.
- Manufacturer Details:
All horse feed will have the name and address
of the registered business and manufacturer, as
well as the establishment’s number, this is the
manufacturer number, not the brand.
By understanding the basics of your horse’s
feed bag, it will help you when deciding what
is the most suitable product for your horse. If
you’re unsure on feeding rates or suitability,
it’s best to check with an equine nutritionist
for advice. Learn more on what makes up your
horse’s feed bag with the Bluegrass 12-part
article series, visit: www.bluegrasshorsefeed.
com
FEED LABEL: Right,
The label on every
Bluegrass Horse
Feed product is a
legal requirement
known as a
statutory statement,
containing analytical
constituents,
additives and
composition.
(FW04-501NN)
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