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The Predator Cub II Paddock Cleaner from Kylix UK

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 by Sarah Wild

Keeping paddocks clean during the winter months can be a soul-destroying job, but with spring just around the corner, it has never been more important to keep paddocks clean and free from parasites. Kylix vacuum paddock cleaners result in clean, well-kept paddocks for horse owners with no back-breaking work.

Many of the most common internal worm parasites in horses are ingested by eating contaminated pasture, and as the weather improves and horses get more grazing time, their exposure to parasite transmission increases.  With resistance to anthelmintics now a real concern, horse owners are turning to more appropriate worm egg count monitoring, and keeping paddocks clean as part of a parasite control programme.

All paddock cleaners from Kylix are the most powerful in their class,using an advanced, hygienic vacuum system for picking up droppings quickly and efficiently whilst mulching it and aerating the muck allowing faster breakdown and compact storage.

Kylix’s mid-range machine – the Kylix Predator Cub II paddock cleaner is high-powered, lightweight and has an easy emptying device to enable it to be quick and effective. It can be towed by anything froma quad-bike to a ride-on lawnmower and has a simple hitch mechanism.

The Kylix Predator Cub II runs on a powerful 10HP Briggs and Stratton engine with an electric starter and a 6 litre fuel tank gives up to three hours running time. The powerful yet quiet engine is designed for heavy, prolonged workloads and has sustained vacuuming power to avoid the machine becoming blocked when large quantities of wet droppings are picked up.

Designed for use all-year-round, the Kylix Predator Cub II has wide turf tyres to protect the paddock even in very wet conditions. The polypropylene hopper has 0.75m² capacity and the ultra-light pick-up hose is gantry supported.

The Kylix Predator Cub II has a capacity for 1-5 horses and can also be used for picking up leaves and other debris.  By using a vacuum paddock cleaner, horse owners can be confident that their paddocks are free from parasites, reducing the need for costly wormers.  It also ensures less time is spent on chores, allowing more time for riding and training.

Prices start from just£2,995+VAT.

Kylix offer a professional service from consultation and advice on product options through to installation and technical support.

The range of horse friendly products from Kylix UK includes solariums, horse exercisers, treadmills, paddock cleaners and washroom, stable and arena equipment to suit every budget.

For more information, visit www.kylixUK.co.uk, follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/kylixuk or call 01799 542137 to find out more.

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Prestigious Awards at BETA International

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 by Sarah Wild

 

THIS year’s BETA International saw young and talented apprentices and trainees competing for the top awards in the Society of Master Saddlers’ competitions throughout the three days.

Always a major feature of BETA International, the competitions draw a lot of interest, with visitors able to see quality craftsmanship in the making as the students work at their stations in the Saddlery Pavilion.

Once again the prize money was kindly donated by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers with BETA International providing the area for the competition space.

After its success over the last two years, the SMS once again had entries from one of the classes of its National Saddlery Competition available to view and vote on over the show. This year the class was for a Leather Toy for a Boy.

Said Hazel Morley of the Society of Master Saddlers: “Every year the competition at BETA International just gets better and better, with the standards rising all the time.

“It is a great opportunity to provide a fabulous shop window for apprentices and trainees to take part in.

“To watch them working in quite a tense and competitive environment is great and really brings out the best in them and shows we have the best saddlery training facilities in the world.”

The apprentices and students taking part on Sunday made a cob size pair of cheeks with hook studs which was to be completed in six hours.

Competitors who are training at the Saddlery Training Centre and who took part were Corrin King of S. Milner & Son, Leicestershire; Lucy Ellis of Andy Wheals The Saddle Man, Shropshire; Rachel Lok of Nutwell Saddlery, Exmouth and Rebecca Simmons of Pegaso Saddlery and Leatherwork, Buckingham.

The top award went to Lucy Ellis with Rachel Lok claiming second place after judges Master Saddlers’ Catherine Baker and Emily White had made their deliberations.

Said Lucy: “It is great to win and I really enjoy coming to BETA International and competing in the classes while showcasing the skills I have learnt.”

Added Emily: “There was an excellent standard throughout and all the entrants showed different approaches which was very interesting and provoked a lot of discussion before we came to our final decision.”

On the Monday, second year Capel Manor College students included Satsuki Ishizuka, Chloe Rutherford, Vicki Andersen and Megan Webb who made a raised brow band.

The winning award went to Megan Webb with Chloe Rutherford taking the runner-up place.

Judges Laurence Pearman and Chris Taylor were full of praise for the work which was of a high standard.

Said Megan: “I really didn’t expect to win, it is just fantastic and the prize money is a real bonus.”

They were followed on Tuesday by first year Capel Manor students who showcased their leatherworking talents by making an Irish Martingale judged by Catherine Baker and Helen Reader.

The students included Gudrun-Kirstine Gadegaard Thuesen, Zoe Hurst, Bibiane Droog and Tara Griffin.

And after careful thought and study, the judges chose Tara Griffin’s entry to be the winner with Gudrun-Kirstine Gadegaard Thuesen taking second place.

Information about the Society of Master Saddlers can be found on the website:

www.mastersaddlers.co.uk or telephone 01449 711642.

Hard at work during the competitionLeft to right - Megan Webb, Satsuki Ishizuka, Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers' Hugh Thomas, Chloe Rutherford and Vicki Andersen - Copy Lucy Ellis receives her award from SMS President Sue Norton - Copy Megan Webb receives her award from Hugh Thomas Saddlery Training Centre students Rebecca Simmons, Lucy Ellis, Rachel Lok and Corrin King with (centre) SMS President Sue Norton

 

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