Mitavite Partner Rider:

Kim Best

Kim Best

Kim has been a partner of ours for many years. A product of a committed horse family, Kim was a super competitive pony rider in her youth, winning many titles at the highest level in New Zealand. Kim’s love of horses has kept her in the saddle and now as a Mum she is highly respected for her skill at producing starry young showjumpers. Kim and her husband Greg are based in the beautiful Hawkes Bay on the North Island of New Zealand.

Interview - Kim Best

Introduce your horses:

Giggles (Selle Francais) - Giggles is a little pocket rocket. She is only about 15.2 but is a very feisty wee thing. She always gives 120% when in the ring and is a real competitor. She is a very fun ride.

Mr Wiggle (Dutch Warmblood) - Wiggle is a lovely type of horse, he has a cheeky personality but most of the time pretty laid back. He likes to be told what to do otherwise he can be a little non self-motivated!

Duke (TB /Warmlood X) - Duke is a young horse who has been around before. He has a very level head and really enjoys to learn. He loves the attention of being in work and has a great work ethic. He is very self confident and has quite a cheeky personality.

Josh (Holsteiner) - Josh is a huge big baby. He is scared of everything but if you tell him he really must do it anyway he trusts what you say and tries hard. He is very spooky, and usually way more scared of the blade of grass moving than the scary jump he is happy to jump.

Popeye (Dutch Warmblood) - Popeye is a real gentleman. He looks a little freaky as has a blue eye but is the kindest sweetest guy. At this stage he is a little unsure of how to do things correctly and worries he may get it wrong. He is desperate to please and tries really hard.


Where did your love of horse-riding begin and when did you get started within your discipline?

I started riding when I was 18 months old. My parents bought me a Shetland pony, that they didn’t realise was a stallion until someone told them some weeks after we bought him! I probably started taking show-jumping seriously from about 12 or 13 years old.


Did you have any horse-riding role-models as a beginner rider?

My parents were both very supportive of my riding from a young age but did not ride themselves. Eric Ropiha was my coach from a young age.


What have been some of your greatest achievements within your discipline?

5YO 2012 – 1st place. As a 5YO Mr Wiggle won the North Island, South Island and National 5 YO Titles and convincingly won the National Series.

Horse of the Year 2012 – 1st place. Giggles had a wonderful show winning the 1.35m Title, jumping a clear round in the Lady Rider class and 2nd in the 7YO class.

Rotorua GP - 3rd place. This is Giggles first season jumping in Grand Prixs and she is doing very well with the step up. Her worst score in any Grand Prix has been 4 faults, often with just a really unlucky rail and went double clear for a 3rd at Rotorua.

7YO Classes – Numerous. Mr Wiggle has been consistent in the 7YO series this season with lots of placings and also won a 1.30m class.

National Young Horse Show 2013 – 1st place. Duke won at the Young Horse Show which was a thrill for this young horse. He had had a cough leading up to the show so not the ideal preparation but took it all in his stride and jumped 4 clear rounds over the 3 days.


What are your aspirations for your riding career? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I love producing nice young horses and hope to continue to breed, produce, sell and compete quality horses. I am hopeful the bunch of horses I currently have will all make nice Grand Prix horses and would love to one day be in the position I am able to keep one rather than needing to sell all the time.


Which Mitavite feeds and/or supplements do you use?

The feed I use most often is Cool Performer. I have a lot of young horses and I find this is a great feed to keep them settled and feeling good. On a horse that requires more energy I use Pro Sport and find it gives them the extra boost they need. On this type of horse I will also add Power On if necessary and like the results this produces. I have used Formula 3 on a horse that was prone to tying up and found this feed worked well in reducing this issue. I have a 36 year old pony who eats Gumnuts and still looks very fit and healthy. I have also fed Munga, XLR8, Breeda and Xtra Cool. I feed Performa Oil to all the horses and if you introduce it slowly to them they really enjoy the taste. They all look a picture, with shiny coats and general good health which I think is a direct result. On my young horses I often feed them Bonafide and since I have been doing so have noticed a reduction in splints and general young horse jarring up.


What is your all-time favourite Mitavite product and why?

My favourite Mitavite Product would be Cool Performer as I think it is suited to a large variety of horses. It is very easy to feed, horses look great on it, behave well and they love it.


What has your experience as a Mitavite Partner Rider been like?

Greg and I have been associated with Mitavite for approximately 12 years now and have had wonderful experience with all the people involved and the wonderful products we have access to. We feel very very lucky to be partnered with such a wonderful company and fortunate our horses are eating the very best.


Do you have any advice for beginner / aspiring riders?

Love you horse and have fun!


What has your experience as a Mitavite Partner Rider been like?

My husband Greg is a huge help to me. He is not only my coach but also my babysitter. We have a 1 year old boy who keeps us very busy and give us lots of fun.

Kim Best recommends

  • Promita

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    Ideal for breeding mares, foals and recovering horses.

  • Promita

    Ideal for breeding mares, foals and recovering horses.

  • Promita

    Ideal for breeding mares, foals and recovering horses.