Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Changing the appearance through plaiting.......

We wanted to demonstrate how the appearance of a horse or pony can be changed through clever plaiting. Some animals may be a little long or short in front, so we co-opted the help of super-plaiter, Adam Forster from Jinks Show Team and roped him in to plaiting the same pony three times to help us demonstrate the point!

Our model for the day was the five-year-old 122cm show hunter pony Rushfield Limited Edition. Edward is owned by David Jinks and Adam Forster of the Jinks Show Team and was lightly shown in his novice year but was successful with wins each time out. 

Conformationally, Edward is well put together so plaiting to improve the appearance – or hide inadequacies – is not needed, however plaiting that complements the conformation is what the team strive for. To demonstrate how the appearance can be altered by plaiting, Adam first plaited Edward with a number of very large plaits which he set very high up on the neck with a ‘hooded’ effect with some of the plaits being mis-matched in size. This gave the impression of a considerably shorter neck and frontage with an overly enhanced top line.

Adam then plaited Edward with lots of very small plaits, which he set into small balls further down the neck, which made the neck look much longer.

For the third plaiting session of the day, Adam then plaited Edward as he would for a show. Adam does not have a ‘formula’ or a specific number of plaits, nor does he count out the number of plaits along the neck – some competitors like to have an odd number of plaits on the neck so the total, including the forelock, come to an even number, but he says this is tradition which came from superstition than a specific 'rule' to be followed. He likes to plait to enhance the pony rather than have to stick to 9 or 11 plaits as historically was the tradition.

Supreme Products Easy Plait
Adam used a metal comb to section the mane and always has a hair clip on hand to keep the next section of mane clear of the plaiting area. He used Easy Plait sprayed onto the mane to help get a good grip on the hairs, and then plaited with a slightly ‘hooded’ effect, setting the plaits midway to complement the topline. Finishing touches were to trim any long hairs and apply Highlighter Gel between the plaits to smooth the plaits and any stray hairs.  

The first image shows lots of small plaits set down the neck which gives the impression of lengthening the front / elongating the neck. The second shows large plaits, hooded an set up high which shortens the front and enhances the top line. The third images is how Adam would plait for a show, to complement Edward's conformation.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Product of the week - SUPREME PRODUCTS High Shine Shampoo

With clipping season upon us it's definitely time to get your horses' coat gleaming, and the first stop has to be good lather up with SUPREME PRODUCTS High Shine Shampoo. 

This 'must have' shampoo that will strip out dirt, dust and grease as well as any product build up to leave your coat deeply cleansed, soft and with a beautiful shine ready for clipping - no more blunt blades! 

With the added benefit of essential oil, this soothing shampoo is great for all hair types, including those horses prone to sensitivity (patch test always recommended). Also useful for after clipping to remove clipper oil from the coat and leave a soft, shiny and conditioned finish. 

RRP- 500ml £9.99; 1 litre £16.99; 5 litre £59.99

For more information, visit 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Our 'How to' videos are now live!

We have recently filmed a series of 'How to' videos along with the team at Jinks Show Team in North Yorkshire and these are designed to assist with the trickier aspects of presentation for show ring and arena.

Presentation is not just important in the show ring, but many other equestrian disciplines too.... Follow the link to visit our YouTube channel where you can view the first in the series - How to apply sharks teeth.

We hope you enjoy the videos and find them helpful!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Masterclass - Hot Clothing

A gleaming coat that shines to perfection, a lustrous quality, soft to the touch, championship rosettes won under the spotlight…follow the Supreme Products Hot Clothing Masterclass for a finish to be proud of...

Hot Clothing Masterclass for Glamour and Shine

What you will need

Two buckets – one full of warm water / one full of warm water and 4 to 6 generous pumps of Supreme Products Hot Oil.
One chenille cloth or mitt.

Hot Clothing – The Process
Hot clothing works by removing residues in the coat while adding condition in preparation for competing. Hot clothing is also extremely useful after clipping to break down dirt and oil in the coat and to remove and rinse away clipper oil.

Add 4 - 6 generous squirts of Supreme Products Hot Oil to a bucket of warm water

(Note - before applying the oil and water mixture to the coat, check that the temperature of the water is not too hot for use.)

Step One
Drench the clean cloth in the oil and water mixture before rubbing the coat vigorously.

Use the cloth or mitt in both a circular and rubbing motion to get well into the coat and skin for the best results.

Rub all over the body including legs and face.

Horses and ponies really enjoy the motion of such a movement as it mimics their own behaviour when nuzzling each other in the field and in natural environments.

Step Two
Thoroughly rinse the cloth or mitt in the bucket containing just the warm water and start rinsing the coat by working all over the body once again leaving it clean and refreshed.

Use a sweat scraper to remove any excess water once the coat is fully rinsed.

What Hot Clothing Does

1 – Hot clothing cleans the coat and skin and removes stubborn grease and dirt that has built up in the coat.

2 – Hot clothing invigorates the coat, moisturises the hair and stimulates blood flow thanks to the massage effect of the process.

3 – Hot clothing leaves horses and ponies feeling healthy, vibrant and glowing.

After hot clothing

Supreme Products Hot Oil

A revolutionary product that has undergone extensive research and development, new Supreme Products Hot Oil should be used when hot clothing.

Hot Oil contains Panthenol and Collagen to help strengthen and repair damaged or dry coats.

It also contains UV protection helping to keep the coat in full lustre and providing protection against the sun, well known for damaging the show coats.

250ml - £10.99.

Contact Supreme Products on (01377) 229050 or visit

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Judges Q & A........ with Robert Cockram

Name:    Robert Cockram.

Country of residence? Australia.

Which Judging panels are you on? Equestrian Australia National, Welsh Society, Riding Pony Society, Show Horse Council.

What is your favourite breed to judge? Riding ponies, ridden classes.

Why? I love to see beautiful ponies doing what they were bred to do.

Is turnout and presentation of the animal important? Very, as it all completes the full picture.

How can people improve an animal using preparation products? By not over doing the black make up and bling.

What is your favourite show of the year? Horse of the Year (UK) and Grand Nationals (Australia).

What is the biggest show you have  judged at? Melbourne Royal Show.

Is there a piece of show kit you just cannot live without?   My bridles, they are made by Barbara Butler (Scotland).

What is your favourite film? Out of Africa.

Apart from judging, do you have a hobby?  I have no extra time.

Who is your horse of a lifetime?   Sandbourne Royal  Ensign.

What are the big no-no’s when it comes to using preparation products?   Not to over use them. A little less is sometimes more...

Have you judged overseas?   Yes.

How does it differ?    Mostly in  the way classes are worded and you need to adjust to that when judging the same animals but for a different category of class.

What is you biggest / best piece of advice for showing?     Know your animals faults and learn to improve them for the show ring. Nothing is perfect yet.

Who do you admire most (past or present) in the showing world?    Robert Oliver, Colin Rose (UK) Darryl Hayes, Chris and Vicky Lawrie (Australia).