GAIN’s UK Business Manager Alan Nolan to compete at 4* Burghley Horse Trials
Alan Nolan one of GAIN’s Business Managers for the Southern Region is taking time off this week to compete at Burghley Horse Trials. Alan’s week normally consists of dealing with enquiries from various types of yards and helping them to achieve their goals through balanced and nutritional feed advice. He also manages some of the wholesale accounts in the Southern Region helping them to develop their service to the end user. Having such a keen interest in the equine sector Alan enjoys the opportunity to work with some incredible horses and loves to see them develop, grow and win on a correct balanced diet.
This weekend Alan will be competing at Burghley Horse Trials which is one of only six CCI 4* events in the world! He will be competing on his long term partner Bronze Flight (16 years old) aka Colby (or Precious to his facebook friends)! He has been competing on Colby since 2008 and has come through the grades from BE novice level up to four star. Colby is owned by Mrs Carole Warren who has always had a keen interest in Eventing and has competed up to BE novice level herself, but family and business commitments have forced her to take an “owners seat”, which gives Alan the opportunity to take up the ride. As she has competed herself she is incredibly supportive on good days and bad days alike!
Colby has overcome back problems (fused spin) through the assistance of a very good VET and physio which allows him to compete at this level. He had found the dressage phase very difficult, however over the last few years with training techniques adjusted to suit him he is coping better with dressage. His massive heart and desire to do the job over rides any of his physical problems but as with a lot of event riders and horses they both much prefer the jumping phases.
To date Alan and Colby have competed at events such as the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Blenheim 3* making their debut on the 4* scene last year at Pau in France where they had an unlucky fall in the final water jump which was only four fences from the finish. He had jumped clear up until that point!
Like any event rider the home team is a vital part of Alan’s preparation for an event such as Burghley. Alan’s partner Emily is very supportive and has a wonderful “everything is possible” attitude which contributes greatly to the whole thing of preparation for any sport. The head girl at Carole Warren’s is Marie Yarranton is always at hand to get Colby ready for Alan when he finds the time to ride out before or after work enabling him to keep the show on the road!
Commenting on his work/life balance Alan said:
‘’Of course, none of this would be possible if GAIN Horse Feeds didn’t allow me to have this running alongside my day job. They are very understanding of the commitment it takes and encourage me to compete at this level which is a massive bonus!’’
We wish Alan, Carole and all their hardworking team the very best of luck this weekend.