Mitavite Partner Rider:
Ex- Pat Kiwi Blair Richardson came to Australia to pursue his eventing career. Soon after he met his future wife, fellow eventer Nikki Bishop and today the Richardson family is well and truly established at Scone in the Hunter Valley. Blair and Nikki, while still competing, now spend much of their time running their highly successful thoroughbred breaking and pre-training business and supporting their children at Pony Club. Blair and Nikki have built their business on producing well-schooled, well-adjusted young thoroughbreds that train on well and that look superb after spending time at their Vantage Hill property.
Introduce your horses:
Maverick – 6 years old – Thoroughbred: Maverick started eventing in February last year. He moved up very quickly to 2 star level. He competed in Adelaide last year and is improving fast. He's a tricky character, but is a great jumper and enjoys competing. He has lots of ability.
Dancer – 5 years old – Half warmblood / half thoroughbred philly: Dancer is a pre-novice, about to go onto 1 star in March. – – 5 year old – would like to take her to Melbourne as a 1 star in june. Very bust and inquisitive. Progressing happily and well.
Cupid – Full brother to Dancer: He's just been broken in. He's very spooky when you're on the ground around him, but he's much more comfortable with you on his back. Cupid is a good jumper.
Where did your love of horse-riding begin and when did you get started within your discipline?
My parents used to train trotters. When I was 10 years old, Mum and Dad wanted my sister and I to get started in pony club. Dad had been a part of Pony club as a kid and tried to show me how to ride but he ended up falling off the pony! From then I decided I wanted to be better than my Dad and dived right in. At 17, I started performing in one day events in NZ.
Did you have any horse-riding role-models as a beginner rider?
My main role-model as a kid was Andrew Nicholson, a rider from the UK. I used to live next to his Mother and she would always tell me to spend time with him so I could learn from him. I spent a few months with Andrew in England and decided I wanted to do what he did. I was also inspired by Mark Todd, New Zealand's hero of eventing.
What have been some of your greatest achievements within your discipline?
1996 Brahman 3 day event in England – 3rd place (20 years old) Chosen as part of British team at European Championships 2006 reserve for World Equestrian Games Germany 2007 Taupo Transtasman team member for NZ 2009 Adelaide Transtasman team member for NZ – 9th place
What are your aspirations for your riding career? Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope Maverick and Dancer will keep improving steadily through the grades. I also hope to represent NZ with them in the future. I'd like to see how far I can take Maverick - maybe even to the Olympics one day.
Which Mitavite feeds and/or supplements do you use?
I use Mitavite feeds and supplements for both my equestrian and racing businesses. I use Xtra-Cool, Formula 3 and Power On feeds as well as Super Amino 66 and Bonafide supplements.
What is your all-time favourite Mitavite product and why?
Use the feeds and supplements for all different reasons. The base feed I use is Xtra-Cool. It's a great base, and I simply add the other feeds and supplements in with the base to suit the individual horse's requirements and level. For example, if I'm feeding a skinny horse I'll add Power On and Super Amino 66 to their Xtra-Cool.
What has your experience as a Mitavite Partner Rider been like?
I've had great experiences and formed great relationships with Mitavite over the past 10 years. Great experiences on riding teams and they provide me with the best feed on the market. I have established a great relationship with Kyle, Cassandra & Colin at Mitavite.
Do you have any advice for beginner / aspiring riders?
Follow your dreams and never, ever give up.