It’s been a busy few weeks since we wrapped-up the well anticipated Holiday and Horses CSI4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre in Wellington, where RED MILLS riders could be seen in just about every ring (as well as all over the show grounds in different disciplines) with several placing quite nicely in Saturday night’s Grand Prix.
For me these past few weeks were like a practice run for what this season is going to look like. I’ve been kept busy as many of the horses and riders where just arriving from across the US, while others headed south and have been here in Wellington since early September. It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch-up with our year-round sunshine state residents.
It’s been great to meet up with riders and trainers as well as getting my hands on some horses, many of which I haven’t seen since we wrapped up the show season up-north and in Tryon.
I am really looking forward to everyone else getting here.
Over the last few weeks, I did my fair share of checking on inventory which involved checking pallets and orders to ensure everyone’s RED MILLS feed was here and waiting for them.
I spent some time ringside to cheer riders on, (even in the rain). This is important as I get to see our customers in action, which allows me to relate to the riders and their trainers when we are discussing how their horse are feeling and performing as well as learning about what their plans and ambitions are for their horses for the season.
We got to recap on how their horses feel, how they’ve traveled and how they were adjusting to the Florida climate and made any necessary changes to their nutritional programmes.
Nutrition has such a significant role to play in supporting performance and I love working with our customers to make sure we are covering all the bases, it is the attention to detail that is going to help make all the pieces fall perfectly into place. I generally have a lot of questions about each horse. It’s so important that we have the full picture and it can be very helpful when we have valuable information to hand such as forage analysis.
By analyzing as much as we can and offering the most consistent and steady set-up for each individual horse, we’re able to put them on the right track to achieve success.
Here’s to an amazing season for everyone!