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What it takes to breed and produce show horses for the winner’s circle

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What it takes to breed and produce show horses for the winner’s circle

Thompson & Redwood sponsored riders Caris and Brittany Reside from Leeara Park share their knowledge about breeding and producing show ring champions.

We have been breeding Australian Riding Ponies since 2005 and are proud to say that we have brought 28 ponies into the world over the past 13 years. Breeding is hard work, yet extremely rewarding when the hard work pays off. For the purpose of this blog, we will be sharing the story of Marnie aka ‘Leeara Park Diamond Petite’ (a five year old mare) and Arden ‘Leeara Park Elizabeth Arden’ (a two year old filly).

From the very beginning, in utero, our ponies are raised and produced on quality WA Thompson and Redwood produce. Owning and operating a stud is a huge responsibility and we are adamant that our stock are raised on quality feed products. The T&R Grower Weaner pellets are our number one choice for our stud mares and young stock. Both Marnie’s and Arden’s dams were fed this product right the way through their pregnancies and during the duration of having their foals at foot. Being a high protein feed, this assisted our mares to have good milk production when it was time for their foals to come along.

Our choice was to continue both mares on the Grower Weaner pellets when the foals were at foot, as well as continuing both Marnie and Arden on this feed throughout their youngstock years. Our reasons for this was that the product promotes sound lean growth for young stock as well as sound bone development, which we believe is essential in supporting young horses in all aspects of growth.

Producing Leeara Park Elizabeth Arden

producing and feeding youngstock for the show ring

Arden – Champion Riding Pony filly

Arden is now a two year old and is currently being prepared for the show ring on the T&R Grower and Weaner pellets. We feel as a maturing show pony, her top line and condition is spot on. She has been taught to lunge and is exercised a couple of times weekly, which assists to build her condition gradually. At this age, you do not want the riding pony to be overweight or over conditioned, yet more so evenly proportioned with purposeful top line. Her coat condition is remarkable and she is feeling and looking extremely healthy, however her behaviour is not fizzy or heated up. We feel the T&R Grower and Weaner pellet suits her to a tea and provides all the right things that she needs as a growing two year old.

Arden has recently been to the Perth Royal Show, and claimed the Champion Riding Pony Filly title, ahead of the yearling fillies and three year old fillies. An enormous effort for a two year old, with the judge commenting on just how well conditioned she looked.

 

Producing ‘Leeara Park Diamond Petite’

Marnie - fuelled by Claytons Pellets

Marnie – now a 5 yo mare produced on Claytons Pellets

Marnie was broken in at three years of age and it was at this stage that we decided to utilise a different T&R feed product, that being the Claytons Pellets. As Marnie was required to exert a greater amount of energy when working under saddle, the Claytons Pellets provided a high fibre, digestible feed that fitted in perfectly with her ridden regime. As she became more educated, Marnie began competing under saddle at ridden shows. Being a no gain, cool feed, this is exactly what we needed, to keep our up and coming show pony level headed both when training at home, and out and about competing.

This in turn has led Marnie to achieving fantastic results. Being only in her newcomer year, Marnie has already claimed the Newcomer Large Hunter Pony of the Year, EWA Large Hunter Pony of the Year (Runner up in 2017 as well), Champion Novice Hunter Pony at the Perth Royal Show as well as winning her open class, plus back to back Champion Ridden Riding Pony Hunter at the Perth Royal Show. The T&R products that she is produced on, assists Marnie to look the best that she possibly can, allowing her to perform 100% which is clearly resulting in her achieving results to the highest of levels. Marnie is currently being prepared to travel to Melbourne in December to represent WA at the EA Show Horse and Rider National Championships. We are confident that she will travel fit and healthy being produced on T&R feeds.

Marnie - Newcomer Hunter Pony of the Year

Marnie – Newcomer Large Hunter Pony of the Year

The T&R products are absolutely second to none and as stud owners we cannot recommend the feed highly enough. As they are manufactured in Western Australia, we are proud to be supporting our local farming communities. Our Show Horses have never looked better, and we are excited to see what the future holds for both our breeding stock and competition horses, who are all produced on Thompson and Redwood feed products.

Thanks again T&R, we wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Caris & Brittany Reside
Leeara Park

Equitation Science – Learning from Dr Andrew McLean

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Equitation Science – Learning from Dr Andrew McLean

“They say that if you’re working on a problem that can be solved within your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.”

Dr Andrew McLean is always thinking big and he is forever curious. It makes dinner table conversation diverse and always very interesting, and made for some great discussion when on the first morning of his latest trip to Perth we took delivery of two hives of bees! Of course as well as being a world renowned expert in equine behaviour, it turns out he has also co-authored a paper on bee cognition, amongst other things. There is always so much to learn.

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What I’ve Learnt about Feeding the Performance Horse

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What I’ve Learnt about Feeding the Performance Horse

“If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt over the past few years of feeding a team of show jumping performance horses, it’s this: keep it simple, stupid (KISS)! Don’t get me wrong – equine nutrition is an extremely broad topic that involves complex bodily processes… However, as we all know, horses have evolved to survive and thrive on a natural diet; the more that we can adhere to this, the better.”

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What Scraps can I feed my Chicken?

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What Scraps can I feed my Chicken?

Table and kitchen scraps can be a terrific addition to the diets of your chickens. Being omnivores, they will eat just about anything; however, care must be taken on just what (and how much) is given in the way of scraps. Remember that the bulk of what you should be feeding your birds is a specially formulated chicken feed – this will provide them with the correct amount of protein and nutrients.

However, as a supplement to this everyday feed, some scraps can be given to provide variety (and reduce your own table scraps!). We will outline some of the common foods that should, and shouldn’t, be fed to chickens. Read More

Management Tips for the Older Horse

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Management Tips for the Older Horse

As much as we may not want to accept it, time does eventually catch up with our beloved horses and ponies.

As they become older, issues such as arthritis, stiffness, weaker immune systems, hormonal changes and more can take a heavy toll on their quality of life. Fortunately, we are better equipped than ever to deal with such issues, with management information and products being widely available.  Read More

Liz Tollarzo: What do I feed my horses?

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Liz Tollarzo: What do I feed my horses?

Liz Tollarzo is a dressage coach and rider based in Western Australia. Having ridden at the FEI level at the Australian Dressage Championships, she knows what it takes to keep horses looking and feeling their best to compete.

“What do I feed my horses…. I see more and more posts regarding feeding and thought I would do my own post on the subject.  Read More

Rabbit Nutrition: An Overview

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Rabbit Nutrition: An Overview

So much is written on feeding practices, with different names for grains, pellets and hay, and everyone has a different idea.

Many sources of information available are not applicable to Australian conditions, or even remotely similar to what is grown and sold here. It is often a matter of trial and error, availability, convenience, seasonal and personal choice. We all have our own likes and dislikes, as I’m sure our rabbits do. What works for one pet owner or breeder, won’t necessarily suit or work for another.  Read More

Feeding your Chicken throughout the Lifecycle

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Feeding your Chicken throughout the Lifecycle

Keeping chickens can be both rewarding and fun, and doesn’t have to be restricted to commercial farmers. We have developed a range of feeds for chickens throughout different stages of the lifecycle to make providing the correct nutrition easy. With a direct correlation between nutrition and egg output, it’s important to provide your chickens with balanced, fresh feed that contains quality ingredients; this way, you know your chicken will be getting the right nutrients they need to thrive.   Read More

Why Buy Local Stockfeed?

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Why Buy Local Stockfeed?

Buy Local. Buy Natural. Buy Fresh: Three reasons to support Thompson & Redwood, your local stock feed manufacturer

With the volume of nutritional information available on the internet and across social media, it’s not unusual to see horse and livestock owners getting swept up in the latest “fad product craze”. The problem is, often the latest trends don’t take into account how purchasing stockfeed made right here in Western Australia not only benefits your animals, but also local farmers, the environment and everyone involved within the horse and livestock industries. Read More

Feeding the Retired Racehorse

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Feeding the Retired Racehorse

Racehorses are usually fed high energy and roughage diets for maximum power and endurance. These feeds are made up of high levels of grain concentrates. When retiring the horse, it may not need as much energy, depending on the amount of work you will be doing. You can adjust their feed by dropping the amount of grain and increasing the amount of roughage, but monitor regularly according to what your horse looks like and how it is performing. The most suitable feeds are the Hi-Performance Muesli, Oat-Free Muesli and Claytons Pellets.

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Lamb Development and Feeding

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Lamb Development and Feeding

Feeding lambs the correct diet early on is extremely important for their long-term growth, health and feed conversion efficiency.

Lambs are born with a digestive tract incapable of utilising pasture or other roughage. This is understandable because they initially consume only milk; their digestive tract has to undergo at least 3-4 weeks adaptation to develop the fore-stomachs that ultimately ferment solid feeds. Read More

Why Feed Herbs to Horses?

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Why Feed Herbs to Horses?

The feeding of herbs is becoming increasingly popular with horse owners across the globe. As we become more aware of the benefits of feeding certain herbs, it has become common practice to add dried herbs or herbal tinctures to horse feed as a means to promote health and wellbeing.

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The Two Most Important Feed Nutrients for Egg Production

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The Two Most Important Feed Nutrients for Egg Production

~ By Daniel Goussac ~

What are the two most important nutrients for achieving a good egg production? It’s not often these days that the two most obvious answers that come to anyone’s mind – Protein and Calcium – are the correct answers, but in this case, they are! The full answer is, as usual, a bit more complex, and we will try and elaborate a bit in the next few paragraphs.

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