Arden Wood Shavings is delighted to, once again, be the…
Arden Announces Sponsorship of Roberta ‘Bert’ Sheffield
Arden Wood Shavings is delighted to be sponsoring Roberta ‘Bert’ Sheffield, a world-class international Para Dressage rider, with Safemix Equestrian bedding.
Bert, who lives in the UK, actually has dual British/Canadian nationality, and in 2013 became a familiar face in the Canadian Para Equestrian Dressage Team. The 33 year old from Lincolnshire competes in both Grade 3 para dressage and able bodied dressage with horses that include Wonderboy and Double Agent. She is currently 3rd in the Para Equestrian Canada Short List Rankings and 24th (Highest placed Canadian) in the FEI WORLD Para Rankings. Bert has also been selected on to the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme for 2014.
The team at Arden Wood Shavings first met Bert at last year’s BD National Dressage Championships and found her background and motivation truly inspirational. Bert suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis in all her limb joints, as well as her neck, shoulders and jaw. She was first diagnosed with the condition at the age of 15, and it has continued to progress throughout her body. Bert uses straps from her stirrups to the girth to stabilise her lower legs, and bobbles on the reins to help her grip. As well as medication and painkillers, Bert has regular chiropractic treatment to help keep her body working evenly.
While this has allowed her to excel in top flight international Para Equestrian Dressage events, Bert also continues to make a name for herself in able-bodied BD national competitions, so far at Medium Regional level. She has her sights set on Prix St George with Wonderboy, and she recently won the Novice Open title on Double Agent competing against able bodied riders at the BD Winter Northern Regional Championships.
Bert’s next major event is Deauville International CPEDI 3* in April, where she will compete as part of the Canadian team’s European tour. She quite rightly has aspirations for team selection at this year’s World Equestrian Games.
It seems that Bert’s horses are loving their Safemix bedding, which is a blend of specially selected wood shavings and shredded soft wood-fibre. Bert comments: “I am thrilled to be sponsored by Arden Wood Shavings. With Safemix bedding, I am confident that my horses will have a great night’s sleep as it is soft, comfortable – yet supportive- and dust-extracted. It helps keep my horses in tiptop condition and the soft fibrous structure almost creates a spring mattress. It makes a great bed while still being economical and easy to muck out.”
Bert joins Arden’s team of sponsored riders that includes international show jumper, Robert Smith and young para-dressage star, Ashleigh Jones. For further information on Bert Sheffield, please visit www.bertsheffieldparaequestrianrider.com
Photography courtesy of Kevin Sparrow.