Sabrina Relives the Hickstead Derby

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 02 July 2014

Sabrina Relives the Hickstead Derby

All the RED MILLS Ambassadors were busy at the weekend but the greatest hive of activity was The All-England Jumping course at Hickstead. Sunday was Hickstead derby day… the infamous track that hasn't changed since Dougie Bunn built it in 1962. Successful national hunt jockey…

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Frollicking Foals

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 24 June 2014

Frollicking Foals

It’s that lovely time of year when most mares have foaled and the new arrivals are out and about enjoying the sunshine. Foals are a pleasure to have and the first few months of life are key to a sound start in terms of muscular and skeletal development. The weather over the winter was unusually…

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Jockeys Risk of Osteoporosis

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 21 June 2014

Jockeys Risk of Osteoporosis

All athletes, not just jockeys, have to ensure adequate calcium intake. Why? Most processes in life are acid forming, exercise very much so. The body has mechanisms to deal with this acidity to restore balance. Minerals are great buffers, chiefly calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

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Sensational Shanghai GCT

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 17 June 2014

Sensational Shanghai GCT

While mere mortals such as I have been enjoying the rarity that is an Irish sun, the glitterati of the RED MILLS Showjumping Ambassadors have been globe-trotting around the world. The first ever international equestrian competition in China was the Longines GCT in Shanghai. 

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Honest Energy for Jockeys

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 14 June 2014

Honest Energy for Jockeys

As a jockey, you may feel that you can’t eat anything at all, or that you have to starve yourself all the time. It would be sad if it were so. Luckily, you are actually eating every day even if it’s little and calorie restricted. What matters most is what you eat, not necessarily…

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The Climb of a Lifetime

Written by Nia O'Malley on 10 June 2014

The Climb of a Lifetime

What a great weekend! As I mentioned earlier the weather in Kerry on Friday was horrendous, madness being on a mountain in those conditions but what an experience – one to tell the grandkids alright! Mweelrea in Mayo on Saturday was bliss in comparison, great weather and stunning views.

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Dehydrated? You can't win!

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 07 June 2014

Dehydrated? You can't win!

As a jockey your body is comprised of up to 70% water. We need to drink roughly 2 litres of water daily to stay hydrated. Thirst sets in around 2-3% dehydration, whilst mental performance is affected even at 1% dehydration. Water helps lubricate your joints to keep them flexible…

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Cathal Daniels - Tatts Review

Written by Cathal Daniels on 04 June 2014

Cathal Daniels - Tatts Review

One of the highlights of the Irish eventing calendar is Tattersalls International Horse Trials, my preparation for it started months ago in the cold and wet winter. Everything went fairly well and I was lucky to have three horses going to Tatts: Mister Brightside and Camee in the CCIJ* and Rioghan…

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From Ratoath to Hong Kong Plaza Shanghai

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 03 June 2014

From Ratoath to Hong Kong Plaza Shanghai

What a weekend of glorious Irish sunshine. Congratulations to all the competitors, organisers, exhibitors and spectators that made Tattersalls 2014 such a huge success. The Connolly's RED MILLS under 25 title went to Millie Dumas who added second in the CIC*** to her podium tally for the weekend. 

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Exercise - Jockeys can Win on the Run

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 31 May 2014

Exercise - Jockeys can Win on the Run

Jockeys are probably the last athletes to be embraced by sports science. Like in boxing, jockeys are in a weight making sport. But unlike boxing, where weigh-in might be 24 hours before the occasional event, jockeys have to weight in and out often several times a day – right throughout the year. That's pressure.

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