Horsemate Sponsored Riders
Louise Curran is an experienced dressage rider, based in Jindivick, Victoria, who trains and competes two dressage horses – Cil Dara Gandalf at Grand Prix and Fiodore at Advanced / Prix St Georges. Louise is a member of the high-performance Victorian State Dressage Squad and is a G level dressage judge.
Louise and her stunning grey gelding, Cil Dara Gandalf, have formed a very special bond and together are achieving goals Louise never thought possible.
Their journey together began six years ago when Gandalf was gifted to Louise as a horse whose dressage days were thought to be over. In the past couple of years, following a regime of patience, creative training and a low-pressure work environment, Gandalf has begun to show his extreme talent and started competing at Grand Prix in March 2018. Since then his Grand Prix performances have consistently improved and he and Louise have recently achieved a podium finish in the CDI Grand Prix at the prestigious international Sydney CDI*** and a PB score and second place in the CDI Grand Prix at the Boneo Park Spring CDI.
Fiodore is Louise’s second horse and, since joining the stable five years ago as a very immature four-year-old, Fred has won hearts and established himself as the stable clown. He has a huge personality, loves (and demands!) attention and is always ready for a hug. He’s showing great promise for the higher-level movements and his enthusiastic work ethic and his natural talent mean that he is on track to be Louise’s next Grand Prix star.
In her non-equestrian life, Louise runs a consulting and training company and as someone who is constantly juggling her professional and equestrian commitments, Louise is always on the lookout for anything that makes that juggling act easier.
Louise was attracted by the fact that Horsemate is a completely recycled product and is so easily stored, taking very little space so that it’s always on hand.
She also values the ease of mucking out that Horsemate gives. As Louise says, “the beauty of Horsemate is that it doesn’t stick to manure so it’s really easy to sift just the droppings from the bedding. That also means that you don’t remove half the stable bedding each time you muck out. I’d guess that it takes half the time to muck out a Horsemate stable than it takes for ordinary wood shavings and for me, that’s a real bonus.”
David Shoobridge is an elite, Australian dressage rider, coach and trainer based in Lancefield, Victoria.
David claimed his place on the world stage when, with the impressive black stallion, 00 Seven, he climbed to an exclusive inclusion in the top 100 of the world rankings. Ranked at 85 in the world at their peak, David and 00 Seven were the top Australian based combination and the second top Australian combination worldwide. David then went on to train Agent De Jeu, a son of 00 Seven, to success at Grand Prix level and recognition by the elite athlete program for future international representation.
David has recently imported an exciting young stallion, Toto Nation De Jeu. This extremely impressive young horse combines talent, movement and a superb temperament. Those who meet “Lio” are immediately drawn to his inquisitive, yet extremely gentle nature – he’s very keen for scratches and attention and very quickly becomes everyone’s favourite. The introduction of this stallion to Australia has created huge interest in the world of Dressage. Toto Nation De Jeu is about to commence his competition career and cement himself as a dressage star of the future.
David runs his breeding, coaching and training business from a beautiful, purpose-built property in the rolling hills of the Macedon Ranges and his facilities are of the very highest standard. Using Horsemate in each of his seven stables is part of his commitment to excellence in all areas and he’s enthusiastic about the benefits it provides.
As David says, “Horsemate is the ultimate absorbent stable bedding and it means that stables are always drier and more comfortable for our horses. Stables are easier to clean, it’s easy to store and takes no time to activate – it’s a winner all round and we wouldn’t use anything else”.
Teegan Ashby is a 4-star Eventing rider and EA coach based in Howlong NSW.
Teegan Ashby Equestrian is a busy enterprise with 40+ horses on the farm. As well as Teegan’s competition horses, there are mares and foals, a few Off The Track projects, clients horses in work and agisted horses.
In 2007, Teegan found her horse of a lifetime, Rockingham No Reason, aka Boris, a 17hh, WB x TB. Boris was 5 years old at the start of their partnership and had limited Eventing experience. In their 9 years together, they worked their way from 60cm to 4-star with lots of learning, laughter and a few tears along the way.
In 2014, Boris gave Teegan her first taste of wearing the green and gold, representing Australia at the Young Rider Oceania Challenge against NZ in which Australia was victorious. Teegan and Boris also placed 3rd individually in the 3-star.
Their other notable results include:
- 1st Sydney International Horse Trials Junior 2-star 2010
- 1st Melbourne International Horse Trials Junior 2-star 2011
- 1st Mount Gambier Horse Trials 3-star 2013 (Their first attempt at this level)
- 1st Sydney International Horse Trials 3-star 2014
- 1st Canberra Horse Trials 4-star 2014 (Their first attempt at this level)
- 1st Ballarat Horse Trials 4-star 2016
Boris is now living his best life as Teegan’s school pony, helping adult beginners safely learn the ropes of riding. Not many 4-star elite eventers are capable of that!
In 2019 Teegan’s top horse, Waitangi Password, aka Secrets, a 15.2hh WB x TB from NZ, had some great results, and this success is a result of 6 years together. As Teegan says, “it’s been a long road but very worthwhile!”
Their notable results together in 2019 include:
- 1st NSW State Eventing Championships @ Goulburn 3-star
- 2nd Australian Eventing Championships @ Adelaide 3-star
- 2nd Naracoorte Horse Trials CCN 3-star
- 4th Albury Horse Trials CCI 3-star
Although the COVID 19 lockdown in 2020 curtailed competition Teegan did manage to get to two events with her homebred babies. 4yo Magic Mike won the EvA60 @ Oxley Horse Trials and 5yo Agnes was 2nd in the EvA80 @ Canberra Horse Trials.
Teegan Ashby Equestrian uses Horsemate bedding throughout their 16-horse stable block. As Teegan says, “we would not use anything other than Horsemate. The horses always sleep so comfortably on this dust free bedding and the bonus is it’s made from recycled material. There is never any odour and clean-up is quick and easy to do. Win win!”
Naomi Brincau is a show horse rider and trainer and her team, RNB Show Stables is well known for their success in the show ring.
As a child, Naomi competed at Pony Club in Dressage, Sporting, Show Jumping and Eventing but it was the discipline of Showing and Hacking that became her first love.
In 2012, Naomi purchased Bamborough Liason as a two-year-old and in 2016 they won the Championship Best APSB Part Bred APSB Riding Pony Led Exhibit at Sydney Royal Easter Show.
After this success with Bamborough Liason, Naomi expanded her stable to include two young mares. Royalwood Song Book and Karma Park Bellagio, both registered Riding Ponies and Arabian Riding Ponies, have been extremely successful in the show ring, winning major titles at Sydney Royal in 2018 and 2019. Both qualified for Grand Nationals and between them have won titles such as the Australian Gold Champion ARP and Show Hack, the Triple Crown and Young Horse Title at Grand Nationals.
Naomi has two young upcoming stars in the stables. Leeara Park Miss Dior, a yearling riding pony from WA and Bamborough Patience, a yearling Welsh B from Cowra. Both these ponies have already won many breed-led classes, and show huge promise for the future, which is very exciting.
Naomi has her sights on breeding a couple more champions from her quality mares in the future and creating a Stud prefix for them. Her passion is for the Riding ponies and Welsh breed.
RNB Show Stables is based in NSW, between Penrith and Richmond on a boutique property purpose built for their needs. Their beautiful 4 stable insulated barn complex is bedded with Horsemate bedding.
As Naomi says, “I absolutely LOVE HORSEMATE Equine Bedding! It is the best product on the market. I have a very high standard in my stables in terms of how my horses are produced and presented for showing. I only select the very best for them. Horsemate is super absorbent, odour free, and gives my horses the comfort of laying on a superior soft bedding. It assists their recovery after exercise. As an added bonus, it’s a great fertiliser when mixed with manure for the garden. It makes an awesome compost and we use it extensively around the property”.
16-year old Angus Richardson is an upcoming young rider heralding from Moriac in the outskirts of Geelong. Angus’ riding career started out in the showring riding ponies for his mother, but it’s in the camp draft and stockhorse arena that Angus feels at home.
Angus is currently competing with a number of horses, most notably Boonara Jackson, a ten-year old Australian Stock Horse. Together they have had great success in Maiden and Novice camp draft events at a local level as well as Working and Hack classes, and Youth and Open Challenges including the Eion Millward Youth Challenge Memorial Trophy at the 2019 Victorian ASH State Championships.
Upcoming youngsters include Dartbrook Bandit and Nethaway Luna Magic who were purchased as weanlings and will be competing under saddle in the upcoming seasons.
Angus finds great reward working with young horses, from handling through to breaking and schooling where the transformation from an unhandled youngster to a trusty ridden steed gives Angus great satisfaction. Several ponies Angus has started have gone on to great success with his younger sister Annabelle.
With a busy lifestyle Angus understands the need for ease, and Horsemate is the perfect stable solution. Low maintenance means making mucking out is a breeze and so quick to top up it means there is more time to spend on the important things like being with the horses in the round yard, on the arena or mustering cattle.
Olivia Batten is a 17-year-old Victorian showjumper who is currently juggling the demands of completing year 12 VCE and training and competing her horse Boulevard II (Stewie).
Olivia’s progress throughout the last couple of years has been one of increasing success and she is now competing in show jumping events up to 125cm and successfully competed in the Junior Championships throughout 2019.
Each night Stewie and a couple of Olivia’s other horses sleep in a stable full of Horsemate bedding. As Olivia says, “We love our Horsemate bedding because it is environmentally friendly, locally made and also extremely sustainable. The product lasts for a much longer period than any others and it’s both time and cost effective. Even more importantly, the pellets are a great absorbent and they are very soft, comfortable and safe for the horses.”
Marvin Smink is a Dutch Bereiter, dressage rider and instructor based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Marvin’s training methodology is in high demand from dressage riders striving to reach their full potential in a soft and natural way.
Marvin started riding at the age of eight and from the first moment he sat on a horse he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. As a child, Marvin spent many hours at “Manege Spijkerboor”, a highly respected riding establishment in the Netherlands. At the age of twelve, Marvin’s Grandfather and parents gave him his first pony.
After finishing school, Marvin continued to follow his equestrian dream to become a qualified Dutch Bereiter and completed his Master’s in training dressage horses at NHB Deurne in 2010 (The National Dutch Equine School).
Once qualified, Marvin worked at a number of international dressage stables in the Netherlands, training and schooling horses from three-year old’s up to Grand Prix level, under the supervision of International trainer Ger Geertsen and International Grand Prix riders Rien and Inge van der Schaft.
In 2012, Marvin made the move to Australia and established Smink Dressage Group. The Group is now located at a private, boutique facility in Balnarring, in the heart of Mornington Peninsula horse country.
The facilities at Smink Dressage Group are of the highest standard and Marvin insists on Horsemate bedding for all his stables. He values the fact that it’s easy to store and access and that it makes stable management a breeze, reducing dust and cleaning time. Marvin trialled a range of bedding before finding Horsemate and is now a committed Horsemate user and advocate.
Chloe Brooks is an eventer with big goals for her upcoming campaign. With three horses in her stable – a warmblood named Snowy River Masterpiece and two off-the-track thoroughbreads named Caught in the Breeze and Earnest Credere, Chloe has her sites set on becoming one of the most respected and admired five-star riders in the world.
She looks up to Emily Anker – a fellow eventer who has achieved much success in her career – and appreciates the sponsorship of Horsemate due to it’s quality product.
“I love how it doesn’t move under your horses feet,” she said.
“There’s no more dust like saw dust and it’s so much cheaper than sawdust as you have less waste.”
I would just like to say how good it was to discover your product at Boneo Park while competing there. On our trip back to WA we travelled one of my horses on Horsemate and the other on traditional pine shavings. I could not believe the difference, your product was so much easier to clean out at the end of each long day’s drive (the longest 15hrs) the wet had been absorbed totally by the product no wet flooring and there was no smell either, so much nicer for the horses and us! As for the shavings, wet flooring and smelly, yuck! The other thing coming back into WA, we have to stop for Quarrantine and completely clean out, soo much quicker with your product, great for time saving! After cleaning out each night there was also more of your product left clean so there was still lots for the horse to stand on and when we did, it was easy to top up. I will definitely be using this again when we make our next trip back across the Nullarbor in 5.5weeks and recommending it to others making the trip. Thank you
Unless I had tried it for myself, I would not have believed the time and cost savings that have resulted from switching to Horsemate. The 15kg bags are easy to handle and the longevity of the bedding, even for the messiest of horses is remarkable! The customer service at Australian New Energy is outstanding and I will never go back to wood shavings now that I have tried PetMate. I am a convert to this clean, green and economical product.
We used Horsemate for the first time at Statene Park in October 2014, it is an amazing product, no odours, not sticky, easy to use, little or no waste and significantly cheaper than shavings and straw. Our time spent mucking out stables has reduced significantly allowing us more time for other jobs. There is no doubt that this type of bedding is the future for horse stables, thank you HORSEMATE.
Super happy with our HorseMate Equine Bedding. Whilst we’ve tried other products, they’ve had problems. This is great!!! Doesn’t stick to the horse’s feet, we get better coverage from less and it DRAMATICALLY cuts down the time to clean the stables! YAY – more time for riding (and doing farm chores)
Dressage Australia PTY LTD
Very impressed with the Horsemate. Boxes where conventional shavings were used are looking very soiled and smelly despite being picked out regularly and topped up with more shavings. I have dug out the wet spots once and topped up with more Horsemate, odour is minimal, bedding is soft and dry, and cleaning is a breeze.
I’ve been using horsemate stable pellets for about four weeks now, swapping from wood shavings. I am really happy with the product. It’s a lot easier to store that the shavings were, as it comes in small bags. I don’t have a forklift at home but I was still able to buy a ton (66 bags) and it fits neatly in a corner of my feed room. I don’t have to worry about it getting wet, contaminated by products or turning into a mice nest. Set up was straightforward and, again, the convenience of having it in small bags made it a quick tidy job. The pellets soon turned into fluffy sawdust and made a really thick plush layer of bedding – much softer under foot than any bedding I’ve used before. Given that my stable has a concrete floor with no other cushioning I was very pleased. I find it easy to clean up with minimal wastage. The other big benefits I found are the reduction in dust – which is good not only for my horse but also for me cleaning up!- and odour. With shavings it always smelt really strongly in the morning, an after a week of use the smell would be quite persistent in the stable block, even with the window open. Since using horsemate there are no unpleasant urine smells in my stable, even if I don’t have time to clean it up for a couple of days. Even my husband has stopped whingeing about it (he’s using one of the empty stable to store a few things while waiting for his workshop to be ready). In terms of price it shouldn’t cost any more than the wood shavings I was using before.I’d definitely recommend it to my friends.
Good news! Sandford Levante won both her level 1 tests yesterday, first time out in 2 years after recovering from laminitis.
Horsemate has been a key factor in her recovery – offering a dust free and supportive bedding for the months she endured in the stable.
Anne Hall , SANDFORD LODGE
The Horsemate bedding is so easy as it does not stick to the manure, meaning you can still use your manure scoop instead of the rake which can leave some manure in the bedding. Because of this, there is no need to top up the bedding as often, resulting in a cost effective option. The storage of the easy to handle, 15kg bags is a big plus as it requires very little space. When the time comes to top up the bedding, it is much easier than carting barrows full from a dusty pile.
STEPHANIE SPENCER, DRESSAGE RIDER