To say it was a shock would be an understatement! Last Friday I had a very welcome, out of the blue phone call from Kate at Protexin Equine Premium, sharing the good news.
Protexin are committed to supporting riders across the UK, and in 2012 they set up the Protexin Equine Premium Bursary Award to help them do just that.
In previous years they have split the bursary between a couple of deserving winners, however this year they opted to award just one adult rider a massive £600, and one lucky under 18 rider £200 as part of a new junior bursary. To be chosen as that one adult rider out of so many deserving applicants was completely overwhelming!
In my application I said that I would like to use the bursary towards training for Blue and I to help us to the next level - I'd always dreamed of doing Badminton Grassroots but know that our dressage needs some serious work if we are to make that possible. Somehow, we also seem to have found ourselves ready to move up to Novice level eventing, so the bursary will be a massive help in preparing for the step up. I am determined to put the bursary to good use, and am sure that £600 will go a long way to making a big difference. I cannot thank the guys at Protexin enough for choosing to support me and Blue.
For anyone not familiar with Protexin products - they make high quality probiotics along with Protexin’s unique Preplex prebiotic, a food source that nourishes the friendly bacteria and supports beneficial bacterial growth. The Equine Premium range comprises of five products Acid Ease, Gut Balancer, Quick Fix, Recover Aid and Gut Bind.
I've been a fan of their products for a long time, and use both the gut balancer and acid ease on my horses on a daily basis to encourage a healthy gut. This has been vitally important especially for Blue as part of managing and preventing recurrence of ulcers since his treatment, helping to keep them at bay by buffering excess acid and helping to protect and soothe the gut lining which is essential for his wellbeing and performance.
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