Taylor Ladds named as Brand Ambassador for Showing for 2nd year
We are super-pleased to announce that, for a second year running, young Taylor Ladds has been named as our Brand Ambassador for Showing for the 2017/2018 season. Taylor was already a fan of our products and we can have no better endorsement than from a genuine, loyal customer.
Here’s Taylor’s story:
“My name is Taylor Ladds, I am a young home produced show rider from East Kilbride in Scotland. I started riding at the age of 10 at Busby Equitation Centre where I had six lessons, as it was expensive for my brother and I to take weekly lessons, my parents decided to buy our first family horse, a 15h Cob called Tubby. Given my size on such a big horse, everyone laughed, as my feet didn’t even reach the bottom of the saddle and he regularly napped and tried to dump me over the school gate! (We still own and love him).
I was introduced to showing soon after on a friend’s very fast but adorable little Mare called Rita who won me my first ever red rosette. I immediately had the “bug” for showing. Rita gave me a great seat. My parents bought me my first show pony George (Wingland Royal Signet) a few months later, and give or take a few lessons, I was very much self-taught from this point. He taught me loads, together we took many championships locally, competed all over Scotland and he was the first pony I travelled to England with to compete at Ponies (UK) where we stayed in the top 3 and performed to the music “Bolero” in the showman’s class.
George was 17 and showing signs of tiring of showing so I was extremely lucky to get Eski (Wychways Escapade). We were unstoppable, we won supreme of show many times locally and championships with BSPS, we took 2nd at Royal Highland Show, before heading to Ponies (UK) where we were reserve home produced champion in 2010, and also joint champion home produced show pony 2010 with BSPS Scotland. I was over the moon in 2011 to return to Ponies (UK) Championships in Nottingham and take the champion Lee Smith home produced show pony title.
The 14 2 classes were a little more challenging on our new grey mare, Arab part bred, Suzy (Premier Dancer) who was not the easiest of ponies, but after working hard together it came together eventually and we did rather well at various shows and travelled to Derby Festival where we qualified for Cheriff Championships in the part bred section.
Finally, the newest addition to my team, my beautiful Mare Amy (Wyld Amethyst) who we bought from Yorkshire last summer. From the moment I sat on her, I could instantly feel it would be a promising partnership, she didn’t disappoint, and on our very first outing together we were pulled first in a big Royal International qualifier at Ayr County Show and just missed our ticket by 2 marks, I was just overwhelmed by the pull alone, at our very first show. We went on a few weeks later to 2 supreme championships at Lesmahagow and Strathkelvin and were pulled top at The Royal Highland Show to get placed 2nd in a huge class of top quality intermediates. To top the season off, Equifest, which was a fantastic experience in the evening performance after a 2nd place in a huge part bred class of 24 beautiful horses. We remained in the top 3 for the rest of our time at Equifest.
It’s still early days, but I’m very excited to see what the future holds for me, to get to Royal International or HOYS as a Home Produced Rider would be a dream come true, but to compete in the sport that I love is a privilege every time I enter the ring.
I’m so pleased that I get to support Safe-Care for a second year. I love their products and wouldn’t use anything else on my horses now. I’m always keen to make sure I use as many natural products as possible as it’s so much better for my horses’ welfare. I’m looking forward to this season and a huge part of that is being well turned out so a biig thanks to Safe-Care for their support.”