Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Martin Collins CLOPF® Fiber

Martin Collins CLOPF® Fiber is a cost effective performance fiber to improve existing sand surfaces. Available as a stand-alone product CLOPF® fiber can significantly enhance sand or sand/mix footings without incurring the expense of an all-new product.

This is a fiber that assists in building a ‘root structure’ with the sand or sand/mix, thereby providing more stability and energy return to the limbs of the horse.  Correctly maintained, the horses will work more on top of the surface rather than “through” it.  CLOPF® also has an excellent moisture retention property.

Clopf® Fiber has been in the worldwide market place since 2000 with significant installations in the UK, Europe and South Africa.  Clopf® achieved World Cup Status upon being installed in Leipzig for the 2011 Finals and was first introduced into the US market in 2005.

Clients using CLOPF® fiber in the U.S. include:
* FL – Arlene (Tuny) Page, Rodrigo Pessoa Double H Farm, TEquestrian Farm, Dr. Alex Rey, Tim Gredley, Diamante Farm, Mikala Gunderson
* KY – Kathy Priest, Hampton Farms
* MA – The Ark
* MD – Toni Herbert
* TX – Guy Hodgson
* VA – Stonehall Farm

Worldwide CLOPF® clients include:

* UK - Nick Skelton, Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks, Laura Bechtolsheimer, (UK Olympic Dressage Team Gold, London 2012)
* Spanish Riding School, Austria
* Stal Tops, Valkenswaard, Holland


Laura Bechtolsheimer:
“A good quality surface is hugely important when you are riding and training top class dressage horses. We train on a Martin Collins’ surface at home, and to compete at a venue on a Martin Collins’ surface is fantastic….”

Kathy Priest:
“Except for watering it is less maintenance,” she raves. “The horses go great over it and I have had no training injuries using this surface.”

Clayton Fredericks:
"Having installed our MC Ecotrack® lunge surface we have been impressed by the security and confidence it gives our horses. We have also added the special Clopf® fibre to our arena and have been delighted with the improvement in stability and spring. Both Cinda and I firmly believe that the surfaces have contributed to our success!"

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Millbrook Horse Trials Wrap Up

Buck Davidson and Carl and Cassandra Segal's Ballynoecastle RM and Phillip Dutton with Anne Jones' Young Man came away with the Advanced Divisions A and B wins at the 2012 Millbrook Horse Trials. Buck completes a trifecta this year having won the Advanced Division with Reggie in each of the last three years, while Phillip Dutton who flew directly back from London got his first Advanced win at Millbrook.

Young rider, Caroline Martin also has a streak of her own going as she once again claimed the SSG "Go Low For The Dough" Bonus Award at Millbrook in the Intermediate Divisions for being the only young rider or amateur to jump a double clear cross-country round bang on the optimum time with Petite Flower. Laine Ashker talks with Buck, Phillip and Caroline after Saturday's cross-country round:

Saturday night featured the ever popular competitor's party at Millbrook with the addition of riders cheering on the kids during the PRO Kids Horseless Show Jumping. The kids got the pros pretty revved up with Jennie Brannigan, Tik Maynard and Andrea Leatherman getting into the action as well:

Laine Ashker talks with Phillip after his winning round aboard Ann Jones' Young Man: