Leicestershire 5* Event rider and GBR Nations Cup Team eventer Imogen Murray, invites us behind the scenes where we find out how she got into eventing and the reason why she has fed SPILLERS for years and years.
"I’m Imogen Murray, a professional event rider from Leicestershire. As part of the family business, M.S.Team Eventing I produce and compete a string of horses, both for ourselves and for a great team of owners. I generally ride everything from little inexperienced 4-year-olds to my more experienced 4* and 5* horses.
I’ve been eventing since I was 13. When I was a lot younger, I was a working and show hunter pony rider and regularly competed at events like the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show, but then the eventing bug caught me, and I haven’t really looked back.
I’d be most well-known for my partnership with Sir Charles, Ivar Gooden, with whom I’ve jumped some of the biggest tracks in the world, with a 100% cross-country clear rate at 5* level. He’s become a bit of a crowd favourite as he’s constantly one of the highest climbers after dressage. In 2019 we finished 8th at Badminton and 6th at Burghley. Everyone is always amazed he does what he does, as he predominately eats Happy Hoof! He’s a bit of a hero and a complete an utter legend!
I’ve fed SPILLERS for as long as I can remember. The range of feeds available means that there is something for everyone, from the fussy eaters to the good-doers and for those who need a little extra oomph. The help and support we get from the SPILLERS team is invaluable, from the nutritional expertise to the forage analysis we have access to. It all forms part of a very complex puzzle as an elite athlete, the horses being the elite athletes that is!
I recently trailed the NEW SPILLERS Perform & Restore Mash which our horses took to very well. It was super palatable and had a lovely apple aroma, making it very good for the fussy eaters on the yard. I like that it includes essential vitamins and antioxidants that support muscle health and the horse’s immune system, which is so important for maintaining optimal performance. The mashes are also great as it helps to rehydrate the horses after hard work, meaning there is less need for additional electrolytes.”
I’m really looking forward to the 2022 season and, hopefully, have one of the strongest teams I’ve had for a while. Last year was all about horses stepping up levels, and this season it is about pushing on and being competitive. I’ve also got two key horses coming back from either injury or being with other riders, Ruby and Vince, and hopefully Sir Charles’ rehab will continue to progress well, and we’ll have him back doing what he loves the most – galloping and jumping!"