Sue Wane and her homebred veteran Fizz enjoyed a day learning about all the turnout tips of the showing world from top show rider and producer Robert Walker.
As the lucky winner of a Supreme Products competition, Sue travelled from Glossop in Derbyshire to Robert’s base in Cheshire for a day to remember.
Fizz, also known as Mirror Image, arrived looking fit and well but once Robert and his team set out on the makeover he was more than ready for a winning performance in the show ring, with Sue looking immaculate as well.
Robert was delighted at the 20-year-old, Cleveland Bay cross Thoroughbred’s condition, commenting that he certainly didn’t look like a veteran.
Said Sue: “It was a brilliant experience and I learned so much from Robert and Sarah. Fizz looked immaculate when the team had finished and using the Supreme Products Professional Collection really made a huge difference.”
Sue explained that after initially retiring Fizz a few years ago she decided he looked far too well and brought him back in to work to compete in Veteran showing classes.
“My real aim is to try and qualify for the Veteran Championships at Olympia which would be brilliant,” said Sue.
Robert set to work on Fizz, guiding Sue on how to make him really stand out in the ring and use the Supreme Products Professional Collection effectively.
After giving Fizz a good brush following his journey, Robert started to explain the finer points of turnout to Sue.
Starting with the tail, Robert trimmed a couple of inches off Fizz’s tail to accentuate his correct limbs and movement. As the tail was clean he then sprayed in Supreme Products Sparkle to make the tail look shiny and glossy.
Robert then used Supreme Products De Luxe Coat Gloss to help add lustre and shine to Fizz’s coat so that he really gleamed with condition.
The art of quarter marks and sharks teeth was then demonstrated to perfection with Robert making it look easy and the final image proved outstanding with the help of Supreme Products Spray & Shine.
Sarah showed Sue how to enhance his black legs to make them look glossy and shiny using Supreme Products Glistening Oil on a cloth.
Finishing touches were added to the hooves with Supreme Products Black Hoof Paint before Supreme Products Black Matt Makeup and Highlighter Gel brought definition to his eyes and muzzle.
As Fizz’s mane was very thin, the team were careful when it came to plaiting and Robert explained that new Supreme Products Mane & Tail Builder would certainly help.
Once the makeover was complete it was time to tack up and get ready for the ring. Sue looked smart in her showing attire and Sarah pointed out how using a thicker brow and noseband would enhance Fizz’s head and suit him better.
To round off the day Sue was delighted when Robert asked if she would like him to provide a few tips when in the arena.
Watching Sue ride, Robert was impressed with their team work and Fizz’s way of going, just encouraging Sue to ride him forward a bit more in the canter.
Sue will now be aiming to secure her ticket to Olympia with Fizz hoping to compete in the Veteran Championships at the end of the season.
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