New York will make its debut on the Longines Global Champions Tour calendar this week, where Foran Equine & Connolly’s RED MILLS will be there providing the ultimate nutritional package.
The world’s best horses and riders will be jumping at this powerhouse venue for the Final of the 2019 LGCT season. View Start List
Horses have been arriving since Saturday, taking the ferry crossing to Governors Island and settling into their new surroundings.
These horses travel thousands of miles each year, and their resilience never ceases to amaze us, they really are incredible athletes.
Just like any athlete, nutrition plays a huge role in keeping them fit,healthy and at their best to perform at the highest level.
Official Nutrition Partner
The global availability of Foran Equine & Connolly’s RED MILLS means that horses can stay on the same trusted diet for the duration of the competition.
Together with Connolly’s RED MILLS, we work with the LGCT team to ensure all horses receive the complete nutritional offering and care while on the tour.
We don’t just provide the supplements and feed we also provide nutritional support. Our nutritionist, Nia O’Malley arrived in New York last Friday to ensure everything was in order before the horses arrived.
It’s important to us that we support the teams of grooms and riders as they settle the horses into their new environment.
In fact, our support starts much earlier, we have spent the last number of weeks contacting the competitors to make sure that we have everything they need at the venues and advising.
Travelling can be a stressful time
Travelling can be a stressful time for the horses and it’s so important that it is made as smooth as possible and we work alongside the LGCT team to make sure the horses are receiving the best care.
During periods of stress such as flying and a busy show schedule the rate of oxidative stress in a horse is higher. The reduction of oxidative stress can be managed through effective supplementation of antioxidants. Foran Equine’s V.S.L., Vitamin E Supplement and Muscle Max contain powerful antioxidants which are particularly useful.
It takes a huge amount of planning and organisation to ensure both the feed and supplements products are waiting for the horses on their arrival. The supplement products available are suited to the environment of the event.
Both Foran Equine and Connolly’s RED MILLS are available in the USA and we partner with our local feed dealer, Bennies Feed Barn to ensure the feed was delivered to the show venue on time. The innovative RED MILLS NFMS (nutrient fresh management system) packaging uses natural preservation to maintain perfect freshness in horse feed products for up to 12 months – vastly extending the shelf life of each product. This means that no matter where in the world you open a bag of Connolly’s RED MILLS feed, it will be as fresh as the day it was made here in Goresbridge, Ireland. Find your local RED MILLS feed dealer
Our Export Team work hard to ensure the smooth delivery of all the products
Ensuring clearance documents and necessary paper work are in place for each country
Ensuring that the products arrive on time
The feed is only allowed to arrive on-site 1 day before the event – precision timing is critical
“It is vital that time is allowed for your horse to transition onto the feed before the event. I would advise a transition period of 2-3 weeks before travel. This then ensures that you are removing change of diet stress from an already stressful period for your horse”
A change in diet is difficult for a horse. Always make changes in the diet ahead of travel. This will then remove the change of diet stress
Quarantine is a tough time for horses. They are only allowed to be hand walked. It would be best to have them on a low energy, slow release feed programme. Keep starch and energy levels low.
Always allow free access to forage and water
The change in water can reduces your horse’s water intake. Adding a flavouring to the water before and during travel ensures your horse is consuming the correct amount