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Saracen Horse Feeds Announce British Dressage Sponsorship

Saracen Horse Feeds are delighted to announce their further support of the dressage industry by sponsoring the Inter I and Inter I Freestyle qualifiers and championships at the 2013 British Dressage National Championships.

Saracen Horse Feeds are the UK's leading premium feed brand and have already proven their commitment and reputation for producing nutritionally sound, innovative formulas that deliver results, having fed Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Natasha Baker's Olympic Champions Uthopia, Valegro & Cabral.

The company provides a wide selection of technically advanced diets for high calibre competition horses. Saracen products are the feed of choice for many international dressage riders and trainers.

"We're delighted to be increasing our support of the dressage industry by sponsoring the highly popular Inter I classes. It reflects our commitment to the Pro and Pro-Am riders who are focused on producing results and who pay attention to the fine level of detail required to compete successfully at this level," commented Liz Reid, Marketing Manager for Saracen Horse Feeds.

All feeds in the Saracen Horse Feeds range are formulated using the latest in cutting-edge research and ingredient technology through the company's unique partnership with U.S.-based Kentucky Equine Research (KER). KER is the most prolific independent equine research centre in the world, entirely committed to the advancement of breeding and athletic performance through nutrition.

Sponsored Rider Baker Chosen for London Paralympic Games

Natasha Baker will ride for Great Britain on the para-equestrian dressage team at the London Paralympic Games that will begin on August 29. Baker lives on her family's farm in Uxbridge, West London. Her international career includes winning the Overall Under 21 International Championship in 2005 as well as two gold medals at the European Championships and two National Titles in 2011. Baker is sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds, a Team Member of Kentucky Equine Research.

Record Dressage Score for British Rider

Charlotte Dujardin has achieved record-breaking dressage scores this spring at show after show, scoring in the high 80s with her mount Valegro. The pair set a new standard last week, becoming the first British dressage partnership to break the 90% barrier in international competition. In an equestrian discipline where many riders struggle for scores in the 60s, Charlotte got a dressage score of 90.65%.

Charlotte has chosen products from Saracen Horse Feeds, a Kentucky Equine Research Team Member, to keep her horses in top condition throughout their training and performance schedules. Saracen's equine nutritionist Lizzie Drury works closely with Charlotte and her grooms, answering questions about feed management and other nutrition-related topics.  

Saracen Feeds Sponsors Paralympic Dressage Rider

Natasha Baker, a Grade II para-equestrian, has been selected to ride for England in the London Paralympic Games later this summer. Baker is sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds, a Team Member of Kentucky Equine Research.

Baker has trained toward the goal of riding in the Paralympic Games for more than 10 years. In her 2011 season, she earned the titles of European individual and freestyle grade II champion.

Her equine partner is Cabral, an 11-year-old dark bay Polish Warmblood gelding. Cabral is owned by C. Landolt, Mr. and Mrs. P. Baker, and Mrs. D. Alder.

KER and Team Members Sponsor Olympic Riders

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) and several of its Team Member companies are proud to sponsor riders who will represent their countries in Olympic Game competition later this month in London.

Andrew Nicholson will compete in eventing for the New Zealand team. Nicholson is sponsored by Bluegrass Horse Feeds in Ireland. Bluegrass Horse Feeds is a KER Team Member.

Saracen Horse Feeds, a KER Team Member in the U.K., sponsors Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, both of whom have been chosen to represent that country in dressage.

Barastoc/KER will sponsor Megan Jones, who is the reserve rider for the eventing team from Australia. Barastoc is a KER Brand Alliance Partner.

KER's Australian office sponsors Grace Bowman, a para-equestrian who will ride for Australia in the Paralympic dressage competition.

KER's U.S. office sponsors Karen O'Connor and Phillip Dutton, Olympic veterans who will again represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

KER applauds these equestrians and their horses and wishes them the best of luck during the summer's international competition.

Saracen Horse Feeds Applauds Royal Ascot Winners

Saracen Horse Feeds, a Kentucky Equine Research Team Member, is proud to have been a part of the race preparation for several victorious horses at the Royal Ascot race meeting outside of London in late June. Forty-six horses bred, consigned, owned, or trained by clients or associates of Saracen were among the race entrants at Royal Ascot. Of these, 22 horses collected win, place, or show honors at the prestigious meet.

The Queen RA2327CTJones copy.jpgPolly Bonnor, director at Saracen, said, "The Roll of Honour from Royal Ascot is quite a long list, happily, for our trainers and breeders but a double for Sir Michael Stoute (including a win for the Queen) and three places from seven runners were pretty satisfying results from our most recent convert in the training ranks. We should also be proud of our homebred fillies with a terrific win in the Coronation Stakes for Normandie Stud, plus a second and third in the Ribblesdale for Watership Down Stud and Meon Valley Stud respectively. All three breeders are longstanding clients."

"The two horses that were talked about the most beforehand both won. Frankel was beyond awesome for Sir Henry Cecil, and Black Caviar's jockey had us all worried in the final few yards, but he managed to get her head in front to record 22 wins out of 22 runs for the Aussies on Saturday. We all hope that Nelly gets home safely and the English racing fans feel privileged to have seen her on these shores," Bonnor said.

Bonnor continued, "This year's Royal Ascot is being claimed as one of the best ever, so it's good to have some exciting results. All of us at Saracen feel that we were able to play a small part in making it a more memorable event for the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee Year. She was smiling out of every newspaper on Saturday when they printed a picture of her getting the Queen's Vase trophy from Prince Philip!"

KER Equi-Jewel Boosts Condition of Mare in the UK

Over the eight months that Denise McKay was riding Foxy, a Friesian mare based in England, she noticed a significant improvement in condition, strength, and temperament after KER Equi-Jewel was introduced to her diet.

Denise says, "I rode Foxy for the owner who bought her from Holland unseen. She'd had her about a month when I started riding her. She would tire after about 20 minutes of flatwork, was very unbalanced, and didn't have much muscle. I figured she needed some fattening up but because of her 'mare-ish' temperament and potential strength, I really didn't want to heat her up more."

Denise recommended that Foxy should start receiving Equi-Jewel to provide her with a low-starch, safe form of energy. Foxy was already receiving a balancer from KER Team Member Saracen to successfully meet all her nutrient requirements, and Equi-Jewel was an ideal addition to this diet.

"Her energy levels increased, and she was able to handle much longer flatwork sessions," says Denise. "Her condition improved dramatically within three months and we won a red rosette at a little local show for "best conditioned" in a class of 10. Foxy was no quiet horse. Although I classify her as flighty, she was definitely very strong, so we didn't want her getting out of hand. Equi-Jewel helped to keep that lid on and turn that energy into performance. I totally love this product and Foxy's owner was very impressed with the results."

For more information on KER Equi-Jewel or any of your horse's nutritional needs, contact KER

KER Feeds Power Red Cadeaux to Melbourne Cup Second

Melbourne Cup photo finish
The official winner was Dunaden, the bay horse, with Red Cadeaux second.

English stayer Red Cadeaux, who was beaten by merely a millimeter in the Melbourne Cup, has been fed KER and Team Member feeds throughout his racing career.

While at home in England, Red Cadeaux receives Saracen Horse Feeds and was provided with a custom-made KER feed to mimic the formulation of his UK diet when he arrived in Australia in October. He also received the essential electrolyte, Restore Paste, as part of his diet.

Red Cadeaux is trained by Ed Dunlop, who has experienced previous success with horses such as Snow Fairy and Ouija Board.

Win Horse Feed from KER Team Member Saracen

Horse owners in the UK can enter to win a three-month supply of horse feed from Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member Saracen.

To enter to win, answer a question on Saracen's website, then state your case for why you should be selected. Finally, follow Saracen on Facebook. The closing date for entries is August 31. The prize is for one horse and rider and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Saracen is the exclusive KER Team Member in the UK, and is part of an international network of horse feed manufacturers devoted to the advancement of equine nutrition. Learn more about Saracen and KER.

KER Speakers to Present at Team Member Gala

The Saracen Horse Feeds Gala Conference Day at Warwickshire College on July 6, 2011, promises to "Educate the Nation" with a host of great talks and demos from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In a collection of talks and demos, attendees can marvel at western riding, brush up on dressage, or watch those "drive" with ambition whilst learning about equine nutrition.

Speakers will include Joe Pagan, Ph.D., president of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), and Bryan Waldridge, D.V.M., a veterinarian at KER. Saracen Horse Feeds is the only UK feed company that has an association with this world leader in equine nutrition research, making this a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the latest research as well as behind-the-scenes feed and bedding management at the 2010 Allech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Saracen Horse Feeds' equine nutritionist, Lizzie Drury, M.Sc., R.Nutr., will also be giving insights into what the company's panel of top celebrity riders feed, and the impact that the right or wrong feed can have on a horse's performance and well-being.

The day will include demos from three of Saracen's sponsored riders: top Olympic dressage rider Carl Hester, carriage driving star Georgina Frith, and a western demo from newly signed champion Shane Borland.

And if all that still leaves you wanting more, there will also be a celebrity Q&A featuring the brand's riders including Hester, Francis Whittington, and Philip Spivey, as well as an opportunity to quiz the "Saracen Feed Team" on what to feed your horse!

Tickets cost £42.50 including refreshments, lunch, and afternoon tea, plus a goodie bag worth over £25.00. Hurry, as tickets are strictly limited!

Full details of the day can be found on www.saracenhorsefeeds.com and tickets can be purchased online, via telephone (01622 718 487), or direct from your local Saracen representative.

Saracen Celebrates Cheltenham Success

Alan King, steeplechase trainer and long-term client of Kentucky Equine Research Team Member Saracen Feeds in England, had much to celebrate at the Cheltenham Festival. Seven horses from his training stable placed very well in races throughout the festival in mid-March.

One of the most amazing stories was that of eight-year-old Bensalem, winner by half a length in the Spinal Research Handicap Chase. Bensalem ran well in the same race last year but fell over one of the last barriers, finishing second to last. In this year's race, the horse battled neck and neck with Carole's Legacy in the last uphill section of the course before pulling out a gritty win.

Triumphing in any tough race is admirable, but in Bensalem's case, the horse had to battle greater odds last winter when he got pneumonia and pleurisy. Despite excellent care, he was in a veterinary clinic for many weeks and came close to dying. A long, slow rehabilitation was guided by veterinarian Jeremy Swann before Bensalem resumed race training under King.

Owners Alan Marsh and John Duggan had questioned whether the horse would ever return to racing, let alone winning, so the win was quite emotional. "We are all very, very excited, and Alan King has done a tremendous job looking after him," said Marsh.

Congratulations to this bold horse, his skillful trainer, and nutritional advisors and feed manufacturers Saracen Feeds.

Fueled by Race 13 from Saracen Feeds, Snow Fairy Wins Hong Kong Cup

Snow Fairy has chalked up another outstanding Group 1 victory in the Far East, just four weeks after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Japan, increasing her lifetime earnings to more than £2.6 million.

In her previous race, the three-year-old filly oozed class when she passed 11 horses in the last two furlongs of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. She found the lead in the last 100 yards, beating a top-class field and recording the fastest two-furlong sectional time of the meeting.

"She's very special--a machine. I thought she had no chance when we turned in, but she quickened up so well. She has a marvelous turn of foot, and she surpassed what we thought she could do," said her jockey, Ryan Moore.

Trainer Ed Dunlop concurred, "To do it against colts for the first time in her life puts her down as an exceptional horse; there can be no doubt about that. She's not the biggest filly in the world, but she has the biggest heart."

Snow Fairy has now won over 10, 11, and 12 furlongs at the highest level, which leaves plenty of options open for next year's schedule. The world's richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, is one of several major international races over a mile and a quarter that is being considered for the filly. Other possibilities include the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong in May, the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in July, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs.

"She has had a busy season, having been on the go since the spring, but she has now won four Group 1 races, including the English and Irish Oaks, and she has shown that she loves traveling by winning both here and in Japan. She has been a credit to the stable and I cannot thank my staff enough for the work that they have done with her," said Dunlop.

Snow Fairy trains and competes on Race 13, a high-energy textured feed formulated to maintain the equine athlete during the rigors of strenuous racing campaign. Race 13 is available through Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Members Saracen Feeds in England and Hallway Feeds in the United States.

KER Founder and President to Speak in Newmarket, England

Joe Pagan, Ph.D., founder and president of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), will give a presentation during the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) Annual Stud Farming Course, to be held Dec. 7-9, 2010 at the British Racing School, Newmarket, UK.

According to the TBA website, the course provides a unique opportunity for delegates to learn from veterinary and industry experts on many topics that range from pedigree analysis and mating plans to management of growing foals and yearlings.

In addition to Pagan, speakers include representatives from Rossdales & Partners, Newmarket Equine Hospital, and Animal Health Trust. All delegates will receive a comprehensive handbook with up-to-date notes. Away from the lecture theater, delegates will enjoy dinner on the first evening, plus visits to Newmarket Equine Hospital and Lanwades Stud, as well as a tour of the British Racing School.

The fee for the course is £385 for TBA members, £525 for nonmembers and includes dinner on the first night, lunches, and visits but excludes accommodation. Go to the TBA website for more information.

The course is sponsored in part by Saracen Horse Feeds, a KER Team Member in England.

Hester Finishes Well in WEG Individual Dressage

At the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Carl Hester of Great Britain finished the Grand Prix Special in eleventh place out of 66 competitors. Riding Liebling II, a thirteen-year-old bay Holsteiner, Hester rode an excellent test for a score of 72.128. The British team stood in second place at the close of two days' competition, with The Netherlands in first place and Germany in third.DSC_1671.jpg

To keep Liebling II in good condition during training and competitions, Hester uses feed products supplied by Saracen Horse Feeds, a Kentucky Equine Research Team Member. The horse's energy-dense diet is based around Saracen's Racing Prep 14, a sweet feed formulated exclusively to meet the needs of equine athletes. Incorporating digestible fiber and soy oil as sustained sources of slow-release energy, this feed supports top performance without increasing excitability.

Saracen Feeds Another Sales-Topping Yearling

Saracen Horse Feeds has done it again! The only Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member in England fed the sales-topping yearling at this year's St. Leger Yearling Sale in Doncaster. The filly was owned and sale-prepped by Laundry Cottage Stud and consigned to the sale by Furnace Mill Stud; both farms are clients of Saracen. The filly sold for £120,000, a sales price that was matched by two colts but not exceeded by any other consignment.

Another point of interest: Saracen-fed horses had a significantly better average when compared with the average price achieved by the yearlings fed by other feed manufacturers in the United Kingdom.

To learn more about Saracen, check out the latest issue of Equinews, the official quarterly publication of KER. An article titled "Saracen Horse Feeds at the Sales" tracts the company's success in feeding outstanding sale horses over the last decade.