Westgate Labs is lucky to have some wonderful Brand Ambassadors who act as advocates and help spread the word to horse owners about the importance of targeted parasite control and reputable diagnostic testing as part of overall horse health.
Sarah Bullimore - International Event RIDER
We’ve worked with the team at Bullimore Eventing for several years now and have always been impressed by Sarah’s approach to the management of her yard. The whole team are meticulous about the wellbeing of their horses and reflect the same values of professionalism, quality and care that we set ourselves here at Westgate.
“Targeted parasite control is a no brainer for me and so quick and easy with the backup and advice from Westgate Labs. It’s always busy on the yard with competition horses coming and going and foals and young stock on the ground. Using their trusted service and knowing their friendly experts are just a phone call away gives me peace of mind that we have this essential aspect of our horses’ care well covered to keep them in tip top condition through the season. I’m really happy to be working with Westgate to help spread the message about best practice parasite control so that we can highlight the importance of managing worm burdens to keep horses healthy while using drugs responsibly to slow resistance.”
Follow Sarah and her team on Facebook: Bullimore Eventing
Miri HAckett - HAckett Equine
Miri is based in Bedfordshire and is an inspirational coach, mentor and trainer of horses and riders across all disciplines. She is constantly seeking new ways of helping and nurturing horses towards being the best they can be, mentally and physically and has developed a step-by-step approach to training. She believes that every horse has different needs and rates of learning, and therefore there is a need to understand each horse’s individual path.
Miri is also passionate about horse health and advocates that parasite control in a conservative way is vital to the ecosystems our horses live in.
ALLY KELLY - ALLY APPROVED
Ally writes a blog called “Ally Approved” and shares her life from a busy working horse owner’s point of view. Her posts and product reviews are honest, entertaining and educational and she loves to do the best by her beautiful horse Mags.
"I have owned my Irish cob Mags for almost 4 years and I can safely say we are two peas in a pod! We both have our confidence issues but love nothing better than loading up on the trailer and going out having fun - whether it be a dressage competition, a polework clinic or a sponsored ride. We are real all rounders in every sense!"
"Having previously been on bigger Livery Yards with their own worming programmes, the opportunity arose to move to a smaller yard within walking distance of my home; with this new found freedom I was able to tailor my own worming programme, being solely in charge of my own grazing. I am excited to get started on the All Seasons Subscription and show everyone how easy and beneficial it is to test before worming!"
Now Ally is in sole charge of Mag's worm control, she will be letting you know how our award winning subscription service helps her to easily and simply adopt a worm control programme.
You can follow Ally and Mags on Instagram: Ally Approved
Joe Midgley Horsemanship
'I have been using Westgate labs for a number of years so I'm thrilled to now be part of the team! Parasite control and the threat of wormer resistance is something that is so important to consider with our horses, especially when they travel away from home to clinics and demo's, so are at higher risk in parasite control terms. Westgate lead the way in providing the very best support to horse owners around the country. So much more than just testing, the friendly team at Westgate make it all so easy to follow and the support is there when you need it.'
You can follow Joe on Facebook and Instagram and he also has the Good Horsemanship Channel an online coaching and tutorial website, with training videos, reading and listening materials and support.
Sally Rowe - Follow the rabbit
Sally and Rabbit, her Highland pony, live in Dorset and compete very successfully in endurance riding. As a long standing customer with so much to juggle to keep on top of Rabbit’s overall health, wellbeing and fitness, she joined our All Seasons subscription service so we could plan the best targeted parasite control programme for her. One less job!
Sally decided to give endurance a go after visiting a promotional stand at an equine fair. "The early rides were pretty hairy, but giving her a job to do, a job that actually burned some of that energy up, helped calm her -and me! - down. It gave us a focus and going to new places made her less spooky as she had to really think about where she was heading. Of course, this being Rabbit, we’ve had plenty of drama, including Rabbit twice dropping to the floor mid-ride to roll in mud, trying to eat a steward’s Hi-Viz vest while she was wearing it, taking off after some wild horses on the moors and starting a stampede, going bananas when she met some llamas and deciding to go solo and follow her own private route, triggering a search party, after dumping me off 10k from the finish! It's fair to say we've had a lot of adventures!
“I have learnt so much about myself and Rabbit and what makes us tick as a team but also about horse welfare - fitness, diet, management and the care needed to keep a pony slim, fit and in tip-top condition. No easy task with a native pony who lives out 24/7 and whose favourite hobby is eating! I’m so very proud of Rabbit. She's gone from a muddy, fluffy, tearaway pony to a little star and is proof that if you want something badly enough and keep trying, you will get there in the end."
Sally and Rabbit completed 234 km in their first year and winning the Wessex Pleasure ride shield. In 2019 they were also selected for the England squad, competing 79km across two days at the Home International in Wales. They have competed for their local Wessex team in the inter-regional championships three times.
You can follow Sally and the #TeamRabbit blog on Facebook: FollowTheRabbit
Laura Szuca - Wannabe in the ribbons
Laura lives in Bedfordshire and Mikey is a Irish Sports Horse who she has owned for several years. They tend to do a bit of everything, although competing has been off the cards over the last few years due to lameness issues. Mikey was a bit of a show ring diva so we are hopeful they can get out soon to try their hand back in the show ring competing in some veteran showing classes.
"Before coming a Brand Ambassador for them I was a customer. The service is fab, and the team are so knowledgeable, I don’t mind admitting that I have certainly been on a learning journey on all things parasite management but I am now firmly in the camp of test before treating so you know what is going on with your horse and will help spread that message to horse owners whenever I can."
"I recently moved yards and so of course one of the things to check off the list for me was what is their approach to worming. I was pleased to hear that the yard and the liveries already used Westgate Labs. As a Brand Ambassador we benefit from the All Seasons Subscription service from Westgate is really does make life easier. The test kits arrive in the post just as you need to use them and the results are always back from the lab super quickly! If you do need to worm the team are on hand to advise the best options."
You can catch their adventures and day to day life on Facebook: WannaBeintheRibbons