The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) moves to Hamburg, Germany this week and for the third year-in-a-row, Irish based feed company Connolly’s RED MILLS will be the Official Feed Supplier for the event.
The LGCT is the brainchild of International Showjumper and horse producer extraordinaire Jan Topps. The tour combines the most elite show jumping competition with spectacular destinations on a truly worldwide platform.
The world sees the jaw-dropping images of riders such as RED MILLS Ambassador Bertram Allen soaring over huge fences against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean in Miami, or RED MILLS ambassadors Scott Brash and Edwina Alexander on the podium in Mexico. Behind the scenes, there is a vast team of people responsible for the smooth running of the shows, the welfare of the horses and the sheer logistical matters of getting horses, riders and grooms and all their equipment and feed from one venue to the next.
From Pony Club days, we all remember the golden rule of feeding, never change the horses diet suddenly. This can be difficult for some of the most expensive horses in the world, as they clock up more air miles than most international business travellers. Bringing horse feed in the lorry when travelling to national events is something that most people are accustomed to. However, when travelling internationally this isn’t quite so easy. Crossing international borders with nearly a tonne of Horse Care 14 is slightly trickier than your average Irish Mammy bringing the sausages and teabags to Costa de la Wherever!
Official Horse Feed Supplier for LGCT
RED MILLS is the official horse feed supplier for the Miami, Mexico and Shanghai legs of the LGCT calendar. This means that all of the horses jumping in Miami, Mexico and Shanghai are fed on RED MILLS feeds. Anne Marie and the export team back at base in Goresbridge ensure that the feed is packed up, shipped out and delivered to the venue in each country. Even the packaging of the feed is tailored to guarantee that the feed arrives fresh off the boat. This means that the riders and grooms can indulge in a little (or a lot of) Mexican Tequila without worrying about what the horses are going to eat.
The LGCT now comprises the individual events for huge prizemoney and the Global Champions League, which is a team competition. The team currently leading the rankings is Valkenswaard United having won the season opener in Miami when RED MILLS Ambassador Bertram Allen was paired with British legend John Whittaker.
With the combination of travel, new environments and the hectic competition schedule, the diet for the horses is even more important. Performance feeds have to provide the energy to compete at the highest level, the stamina to go and do it all over again the following day, and the vitamins and minerals in balance for healthy bones and muscles. The riders have spent years getting these horses to the pinnacle of their sport, never mind just to that venue.
With Scott Brash pipped off top spot in Fridays Shanghai CSI 5* by just a tenth of a second it shows how close the competition can be. Nutrition is a small part of the complex recipe for a successful horse and a successful worldwide show jumping extravaganza, but a vital part nonetheless. Even Formula 1 cars need fuel in the tanks!
If you are travelling to the next leg of the LGCT at Hamburg, on the road to Rio or going to the RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix, and you’re looking for advice on feeding your horse, simply ask our experts.
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