Haygain, the world leader in hay steaming, is a ground breaker in the purification of hay and haylage and committed to innovation in the fields of respiratory and digestive wellbeing of the horse. To reflect our commitment to excellence, we are proud to introduce our Global Haygain Brand Ambassadors.
These incredible equestrian talents trust Haygain to deliver the very best for their horses and embody our values of performance, dedication and innovation.
The rising star of British showjumping, Jessica Mendoza was born and brought up in Chippenham, Wiltshire and began riding at the tender age of three and has become one of the brightest young talents in the sport. Still aged only 20, she has been selected as Travelling Reserve for the British Showjumping team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Following in the footsteps of other top riders, Jessica’s career started on the international pony circuit where she won numerous titles and was a highly successful Junior Showjumping rider, setting records and winning unequalled titles as a younger rider on both horses and ponies. Her most notable senior wins include Team Gold in the Nations Cup in Rotterdam (2015) and Rome (2016), Team Silver in the Barcelona Nations Cup (2015), top placings in World Cups and podium results in 5 star Grand Prix over the past two years, including at Hickstead, Shanghai, Estoril and St Gallen.
In the summer of 2015 at the age of 19, Jessica became the youngest British team member to ride in a senior international championship for 40 years when she joined the British senior team for Nations Cups competitions. She helped to secure Rio Olympics qualification for the British team at the European Championships in Aachen riding her AES mare Spirit T.
From her base in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Jessica now has a string of around 12 horses, including Spirit T (the star of Haygain’s new advertising campaign), Sam de Bacon, Constance and Ramiro de Belle Vue, which she competes across the globe at the highest level. In 2016 she joined Scott Brash and Georgina Bloomberg on the Team Miami Glory for the 2016 Global Champions League season.
Jessica’s outstanding sporting achievements were recognised when she received a number of prestigious awards at the end of 2015 including the Longines Rising Star Award at the FEI Awards, British Showjumping's Young (Under 21) Rider of the Year, the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Under 25 trophy and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award for the most promising British young rider of the Year, as voted by British equestrian journalists.
We started using Haygain for Spirit when we first got her because she coughed quite a bit and we never knew what it was. It really seemed to work and ever since, she's been really fit and healthy, so we use it for all the horses now. We find it so easy to use that we even take one of their travel units to the shows.
Haygain's International Showjumping Brand Ambassador
Husband and wife team of James Dwyer and Philippa Johnson-Dwyer are leading international Paralympic riders. Irish born James (45) met South African Philippa (40) while competing on the Para competition circuit and married in 2014. Now based in Belgium, James and Philippa also compete at the top international level in able-bodied dressage and give regular dressage clinics in Europe and South Africa. In addition to coaching and competing internationally, James is a motivational speaker and Philippa is about to publish her autobiography.
Already a national level dressage rider in South Africa, in 1998 Philippa was involved in a car accident which left her with no use of her right arm and only 60% strength in her right leg. After intensive rehabilitation, she was competing again within a year; however, she then sustained a serious fall from a horse and broke her back. Against her doctor’s orders, she got straight back in the saddle and competed in her first Para-equestrian competition with the South African team in 2002. She rides at Grade III level.
Philippa won two Silver medals in Athens in 2004 (winning the first ever equestrian medals for South Africa), two Gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Hong Kong and was fifth atthe 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Philippa will proudly be representing South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympics with her talented Westphalian chestnut gelding, Lord Louis.
James has been riding since he was a child but was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 16. Two years later he was diagnosed with secondary cancer in his left lung and a quarter of his left lung was removed. Despite years of treatment, his right leg was amputated in 1997. Within six months of his amputation, James was riding again and now rides at Grade IV level.
From 2004 to 2012, James was based in the USA with three-time dressage Olympian rider and trainer, Jessica Ransehousen (who was also Chef d’ Equipe for the US dressage team for four Olympics). James was the first rider ever to represent Ireland at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, when Para equestrian was first introduced, where he was placed fifth. James is now a member of the Horse Sport Ireland High Performance Squad and he won team Bronze in the London 2012 Paralympics, where he also placed 6th in the individual Freestyle. James and is now competing his very exciting young Belgian Warmblood mare, Fleurette van de Kreungel.
We decided to run our own experiment with the hay from our new Haygain steamer, so we replicated the experiment that Haygain had done with some polo ponies. We took dry hay, soaked hay and the steamed hay and put a heap of each in each stable. It worked like a charm and every one of our horses repeatedly chose the steamed hay. They absolutely love it and we have seen no traces of the dust cough to which one of them was prone since we switched to Haygain!
James Dwyer and Philippa Johnson-Dwyer
Haygain's International Paralympic Brand Ambassadors
Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) MBE is a British Dressage rider based in Gloucestershire, UK. Laura won two medals for Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games; Gold in the team dressage (the first ever Olympic team gold in the discipline for Britain) and Bronze in individual dressage with her freestyle routine, set to music from The Lion King.
Laura started riding aged three, initially concentrating on jumping and eventing at Pony Club level and aged 12 she won the National Championships of Independent Schools. At 13, she started to concentrate on dressage and was selected to ride at the Pony European Championship the following season, winning a team Silver medal at her first major competition.
At the age of 20, Laura became the youngest ever British Dressage champion, riding Douglas Dorsey. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games on her horse Mistral Højris, gaining 18th place in the Individual Grand Prix Special and 6th place in the team event and was named as British Dressage’s Rider of the Year. In 2009, she won team silver and individual bronze in the Grand Prix Special at the European Championships.
At the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, Laura set three British International Grand Prix records with Mistral Højris, getting 82.511% in the Grand Prix, 81.708% in the Grand Prix Special and 85.350% in the Grand Prix Freestyle, gaining her three silver medals.
In 2013 Laura was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
Laura is married to professional polo player Mark Tomlinson and they have a young daughter, Annalisa. Now competing with a stable of talented horses including Rosalie B and Unique, Laura is looking forward to the next few years of international competition.
We use Haygain as it eliminates dust but maintains all the nutrition. This is vital for competition horses whilst at home and travelling. Before using Haygain our horses would often cough and need to clear their airways after a long journey, but with Haygain we can dramatically reduce the dust they breathe in on the lorry. It’s easy to use on the go and smells yummy too!
Laura Tomlinson, MBE
Haygain's International Dressage Brand Ambassador