Sponsored Riders

Haygain was developed by riders, for riders. Our products are trusted by some of the world’s leading vets, trainers and competitors. We have an incredible relationship with many individuals across the different equestrian disciplines, who trust Haygain as a key nutritional partner.

We are delighted to introduce the following Haygain Sponsored Riders.

Lauren Hough

Lauren Hough is a three-time Pan American medalist who is currently ranked among the top 50 riders in the world. The American rider has represented Team USA at the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games, in addition to seven FEI World Cup Final appearances. Lauren’s riding career began at her parents’ riding stable in the foothills of Northern California, where she was riding before she could walk. Her father, Charles “Champ” Hough, is a team bronze medalist in three-day eventing from the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and her mother, Linda Hough, is a former top hunter rider who operated a successful hunter/jumper show stable for over 25 years.

Lauren earned tri-color ribbons with the small pony, Swan Song, but the jumps didn’t stay small for long. She found success in the Junior Hunter and Equitation rings and was a member of the 1993 Gold Medal Zone 10 Junior Jumper team. In 1994 Lauren won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, and was named the Pacific Coast Horseman’s Association Grand Prix Rookie of the Year at the age of 15.

Major career highlights for Lauren include winning team gold at the in 2003 Pan American Games Team in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and two team bronze medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the 2015 Pan American Games in Ontario, Canada. She can also count nearly 50 CSI-rated wins in her FEI record.

Lauren credits her success not only to her wonderful horses and owners, but also to her extensive support staff that make her accomplishments possible: her grooms, vets, farriers, and sponsors. When Lauren isn’t traveling the world showing her horses, she is based in Gloucestershire, England and in Wellington, Florida during the winter months. Her hobbies include cooking and entertaining, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves to read and exercise at the gym.

I always want the best for my horses, and incorporating Haygain steamers into my horse’s feed program ensures they are getting the full nutritional value of their hay without the risk of respiratory problems. Not only does Haygain put my mind at ease when it comes time to feeding, but the horses too are really enjoying their steamed hay!

Lauren Hough

International showjumper, USA

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Camilla Kruger

Event rider Camilla Kruger was born and bred in Zimbabwe in the heart of Africa and almost from the moment she was born, started riding horses on her family’s farm on retired racehorses.

Now based in East Sussex in the UK, which allows her to compete in eventing with the best riders in the world, Camilla has made history by becoming the first-ever Zimbabwean to earn a place to compete in an equestrian sport at the Olympic Games. She faced huge completion to secure the slot, as there was only one place available for the whole of Africa and Middle East and Camilla earned the ride with her 10 year old KWPN horse, Biarritz (known as Sam the Man at home), after finishing top of the FEI Olympic qualification standings for the region. Sam is part of the Shamwari Syndicate (meaning “friend” in the Zimbabwean Shona) and recently finished with a promising third place in the CIC3* at the UK’s Hopetoun International Horse Trials.

On her qualification, Camilla said "this has been a very exciting and emotional journey for me, becoming Zimbabwe's first equestrian to go to the Olympics. It has always been my dream; Sam is a very talented horse and Rio will be a fantastic experience for him, too. At these Games, I am aiming for a consistent performance, but I have big plans for the next Olympics in Tokyo."

Camilla has a range of event horses at her, she is passionate about the re-training of racehorses and she also does pre-season work with racehorses. She is a long-time user of Haygain and feeds steamed hay to all of her horses, making it a core component of their feeding regime to ensure they are always in peak condition.

The Haygain Steamer has been invaluable to Biarritz (Sam the Man), transforming his breathing and overall health. It has really helped his performance, especially at the big internationals. I now feed Haygain steamed hay to all of the horses in my yard. The team at Haygain are incredibly supportive and always so helpful, supportive and informative.

Camilla Kruger

International and Olympic eventer, Zimbabwe

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Hannah Biggs

Hannah is one of Britain’s leading lady dressage riders. She is an international Grand Prix competitor and a motivational and inspiring trainer, combining traditional and classic values with modern training ideals.

Born in Hong Kong, Hannah gained experience riding a variety of ponies and horses. She enjoyed competing across all disciplines, participated in Pony Club activities and tasted her first international dressage success at the age of 13 on her ex –racehorse Fort Knox. Since moving back to the UK in 1997, she has worked with many respected international trainers; at Catherston Stud with Jennie Loriston-Clarke and in Germany with Christilot Boylen, Udo Lange and Georg Theodurescu. She is based at Brook Farm in Dorset and now trains with European Gold Medallist and Olympic Dressage Rider Emile Faurie.

Hannah has represented Great Britain on Junior, Young Rider and Senior Teams at the European Championships and Nations Cup shows. She has many Young Horse, Regional and National championship titles and has competed abroad at many top level international shows, up to 5* team competitions and World Cup events. These include Olympia CDI-W, Amsterdam CDI-W, Aachen CDIO5*, Weisbaden CDI4* and many other CDI3*’s around the world, from Hickstead to Sydney. She was shortlisted for the London 2012 Olympics and the 2013 European Championships in Herning.

Hannah has been a member of the World Class Development Squad since 2010 and has been reselected for the squad for 2015-2017. This programme is lottery funded through UK Sport and is designed to select and support talented riders and combinations that have the ability to deliver medal winning performances on the world stage for Great Britain.

The Haygain steamer is an ingenious and now essential piece of kit that should be on every yard. I want the best for my equine athletes, all the benefits of 100% dust free forage without any loss of nutrition. I now don't have to worry about the time and mess associated with soaking hay. I have complete peace of mind that my horses are getting the full nutritional value of their hay - with no detrimental respiratory problems.

Hannah Biggs

International dressage rider, UK

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Jodie Amos

Jodie grew up in France over 20 years and only returned to the UK in 2002 to study History, French and Spanish at Nottingham University. She was originally trained by Laurent Bousquet, one of the top French three day eventers and coach to the Japanese, Belgium and French Senior Eventing Squads. Laurent and his wife Blandine mentored Jodie in her training, competing, backing, selling, running a yard; everything she now practices stems from her initial training in France.

Jodie first moved to Nigel and Ann Taylor’s base Washbrook Farm in 2004, where she worked and rode for the Taylors, eventually putting her studies aside and choosing to set up her own yard and concentrate on pursuing a career in Eventing. Nigel himself, a prolific event rider in his time with a wealth of experience at top level, still helps Jodie with the jumping and XC phases of her eventing training, playing an invaluable role in her career. As for dressage, Jodie is trained by Andrew Fletcher who has helped to develop her horses over the years, in their ongoing strive for perfection. Jodie now lives in Priors Marston, with her fiancé Nick Hollick who runs Honesberie Shooting School, having previously shot for GB himself.

Selected for the Lottery Funded World Class Programme in 2013, Jodie has been recognized as one of Great Britain's leading stars for the future. Long listed for both the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and the European Championships in 2015 and most recently finishing 3rd individually for GB in the Great Meadows Nations Cup in America, Jodie has an exciting future ahead.

Jodie Amos Eventing not only consists of an exciting string of eventers from youngsters all the way up the grades to 4 star horses, she also produces and sells eventers and very much enjoys teaching.

Haygain has proved to be a real asset to my yard. It's easy to use, simple and the most efficient way of guaranteeing my horses are getting nothing but the best, the highest nutritional value hay, free from contaminants. Scientifically proven and equally as appetising, it helps with respiratory issues, healthy digestion and any general hygiene concerns, consequently promoting my horses’ overall well-being and ability to perform.

Jodie Amos

International eventer, UK

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Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson has dominated the United States Eventing Association leaderboard over the last five years, earning the top rider honor four out of five times including 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

He represented the USA at the 2010 Lexington and 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games and the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games. He has won the Pinnacle Trophy for Highest Placed US Rider at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in 2013 on Reggie and in 2009 riding My Boy Bobby. In 2016, he placed ninth with Petite Flower.

Buck has ridden many horses in his life, but one horse stands out among the dozens he has competed; Buck and his long time partner, Ballynoe Castle RM, (Reggie as he is known at home), owned by Cassandra and Carl Segal. They rode into the history books in 2014 when he became the USEA’s highest scoring horse of all time.

Buck has another big year coming up in 2016 with plans to compete some of his three and four-star horses overseas. While in the USA, he will compete more than 40 horses throughout the year all over the country at many different levels, as he brings up on a continuous string of talented mounts.

Buck lives in Florida for the winter months and spends his summer months in Pennsylvania. He is married to Andrea Leatherman-Davidson and they have a baby daughter, Aubrey Brook, who was born in March 2016.

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Chelsea Pearce

Chelsea first started riding at the age of two and started competing competitively in show ponies, the highlight being at the Royal International and Horse of the Year Show in 2008. She made the switch to Eventing in 2011 and that’s where she discovered her real passion.

In 2012, Chelsea was lucky enough to have British Pony Team stalwart Catherston Nutsafe. They intended to get ‘Snoopy’ to help her gain experience in the world of Eventing, however, after only several BE100s, she completed her first season doing Pony Trials in 2013, finishing third at the Brand Hall British National Pony Championships. She then went on to be selected as an individual for the Pony European Championships in Arezzo, Italy, in her first international event abroad, where she finished 15th.

They finished the season at Weston Park CCNP** where they were placed second and Best British Rider. Alongside Nutsafe, Chelsea also acquired the ride on Little Indian Feather, where she produced some phenomenal results in 2013 and went on to finish third in the CCIP* at Le Haras du Pin International in France.

2014 was Chelsea’s final year in ponies and she had another successful season with Catherston Nutsafe and Little Indian Feather, with some very successful results. Little Indian Feather won Salperton TCN* and went on to finish third at the final selection trial at Barbury Castle International, behind Catherston Nutsafe, who won. Both ponies were then selected for the Pony European Championships in Millstreet, Ireland, Chelsea took the experienced Catherston Nutsafe and went on to win Team Silver. She ended her pony career at Weston Park where she finished second with Nutsafe.

Chelsea, now a junior rider, hopes to advance through the levels from Junior to Young Rider and Seniors. Her ambition is to compete successfully at 4* level and compete at the Olympic Games.

I am very proud to be a Haygain Sponsored Rider. The Hay steamer is second to none and is an incredibly efficient and easy way of improving the quality of hay and therefore improving my horses’ health and performance. I believe it is an essential piece of kit that should be on every yard.

Chelsea Pearce

European Junior Eventer, UK

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Verity Smith

Verity is a ground-breaking blind international dressage rider, singer, songwriter, author, fund raiser and motivational speaker. She believes in advocating the “ability” in disability and relishes the challenge of defying convention and breaking down boundaries.

Currently competing in Europe, Verity has represented Great Britain as part of Para Team GB. Having been competing and winning at able bodied Prix St. George level (the highest level ever achieved by a blind rider). Verity is now competing at Inter 1 level, she hopes to take her horse Kit to Grand Prix next year and her dream is to one day be on the Able Bodied Team GB . Horse and Hound magazine called her “one to watch” for the future.

Her global campaign Beat the Blindfold against the blindfold rule for registered blind riders has resulted in discussion for change with the governing bodies. Sadly not in time for Rio! The short film which accompanies the campaign was viewed by over 4 million people on the BBC Radio Gloucester website alone.

Verity’s trainers and mentors are Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Tomlinson MBE (Haygain’s International Brand Ambassador) and Sandy Phillips, Olympic Rider and Grade 1 listed International Judge.

Perfectly bi-lingual French/English, Verity is a vocal advocate for Para equestrianism and has been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, France Bleu, the Mail on Sunday and many more media throughout the world. Her positive contribution to her sport has seen her featured in the CNN International World Sport ‘Human to Hero’ documentary series, which won Gold at the New York World Film and TV Awards 2015. She also featured in the Land Rover 'Can and Will' Campaign.

A gifted singer / songwriter, Verity has written and worked with, amongst others, Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek, Grammy nominee, Paul Herman and Oscar winner, Craig Armstrong. Her acoustic album La Verity debuted at The Purcel Room, South Bank in London in 2013 and she has also written music for the London production of the ‘Norma Jeane’ Musical and wrote and performed in a French musical trapeze show!

Author and writer, Verity published her first book, the autobiographical “The Groper’s Guide” which offers a humorous insight into the hidden world of the unseen, which was favourably reviewed by Ivan Nabokov. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and frequent blogger.

Being based in the south of France where dust is a real problem, I have found the Haygain steamer really invaluable. It is so easy to use, very neat and takes up very little space in the yard.   My Irish thoroughbred, who is quite sensitive to dust, really loves the delicious steamed hay and he no longer has bouts of coughing.  I am much happier too, knowing that he is getting the best quality hay, even when we travel abroad to competitions.

Verity Smith

International Paralympic dressage rider, UK

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Gareth Hughes

British born Gareth Hughes spent much of his childhood competing in a variety of equine sports including Dressage, Showing, in hand and Western riding whilst living in Australia. He returned to England, aged 23 and shortly after based himself with Stephen Clarke, who has been one of Gareth’s main influences throughout his career.

In 2001 he first set up his own yard in Cheshire and in 2004 moved back to Paradise Farm in Oxfordshire to launch Aspen Grove Dressage with one of his owners Mrs Ann Newton. In 2011 Gareth, with his wife Rebecca, moved onto their own premises in Warwickshire and Hughes Dressage was born.

Over the past 10 years Gareth has amassed more than 30 National and International Titles including International wins at Small Tour and Grand Prix, both in the UK and abroad. He represented Great Britain at the Nations Cup in Rotterdam in 2012, was short listed for the 2011 European Championships and long listed for the London 2012 and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2013, Gareth was part of the Bronze Medal winning team at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning, capping off an already phenomenal year, where he was already the winner of two Nations Cup team competitions. He then represented Great Britain at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014, putting in a great performance to help secure the team a Silver Medal.

Gareth’s wife Rebecca is also a successful dressage rider; in addition to successes in sourcing and competing young horses, Rebecca has enjoyed many opportunities to represent Great Britain Internationally at Small Tour Level. She is firmly establishing herself as a very effective trainer of all levels including Young Riders and Eventers. Rebecca is a British Dressage listed judge and is renowned for having an excellent eye for finding and starting talented horses.

Breathing is of paramount important to our international dressage horses here at Aspen Grove. We used to soak our hay, like many yards, thinking this would make it completely dust-free, when actually it doesn’t. We have gone on to the Haygain hay steamer so we know the hay is completely dust and spore-free, giving our horses the best quality feed we can.

Gareth Hughes

International Dressage Rider, UK

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