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WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY
Hickstead marks one year since the Games with Gamesmaker parade
Image © Samantha Lamb
The Longines Royal International Horse Show (30 July – 4 August) at Hickstead will celebrate the success of Team GB’s equestrian teams, exactly 12 months after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Gamesmakers, the Olympic volunteers who helped to make the Games such a massive success, are invited to Hickstead free of charge (including parking) on Friday 2 August, provided they wear their uniform and accreditation.
“The support of the London 2012 crowd surely helped our home teams on their path to Olympic glory, so now we want to see the same enthusiasm at the British leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™,” says Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.
As well as an Olympic parade, eight Gamesmakers will also be chosen to carry the flags and lead the teams in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™. Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and address, plus 100 words about their highlight of being a Gamesmaker during the London 2012 Olympics.
Aside from the Olympics, the Longines Royal International Horse Show is the only place to see the British showjumping team compete on home turf. On Friday 2 August history will be made at Hickstead when it hosts the first-ever new format Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain. Pressure will be on for the Brits to capitalise on their gold-medal success of last summer in Greenwich with a win at home.
Showing and showjumping classes get underway on Tuesday 30 July, while the international action starts on the Thursday of the show, with the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix. This class sees showjumpers and eventers go head to head over a course of coloured poles and solid cross-country jumps.
The Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup will form the feature class of Saturday, which is also Hickstead’s Ladies’ Day, where the best dressed visitors have the chance to win great prizes. Finally, on Sunday 4 August, the Longines King George V Gold Cup – also known as the British Grand Prix – will see many of the world’s top riders aim to take home their share of the €200,000 prize fund.
Showing is a huge part of the Royal International, with hundreds of championship classes culminating in the crowning of The British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underhill Supreme Pony. There’s also scurry driving and carriage driving, as well as grassroots and young horse showjumping classes.
The huge Charles Owen Shopping Village is home to hundreds of tradestands selling everything from tack, clothing, footwear, gifts and accessories, while a number of bars and eateries are available.
General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, while a huge range of hospitality options are also available, including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand.
Competitor entries close on 7 June.
To book tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show, go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.
THURSDAY 9TH MAY
Riding Club Members Team Up for Endurance
Photo : Cambridge Royals Riding Club Winners 2012 Photo Credit – David Saunders Photography
Endurance GB is offering, for the fourth year, a Team Endurance Event to affiliated Riding Clubs on a national scale, including in Scotland with the kind cooperation of Scottish Endurance Riding Club (SERC). Twenty teams will qualify for a place for the prestigious final held at the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon Festival of Endurance on 6th October 2013. To be eligible you simply have to create a team from Riding Club members. This year's event is once again being sponsored by KBIS who will be donating prize money totalling £600.
Riding Clubs are invited to enter endurance teams of three to six combinations into any number of EGB or SERC qualifying rides of 30 to 35km. Riders do not have to be members of EGB or SERC in order to compete, but they must be members of their affiliated Riding Club. Each combination in a team must be declared to the national organisers before they enter any qualifiers. Riding Club teams can enter the qualifiers and the final at membership rates, with a discount for five or more combinations.
The top 20 teams throughout the country will be offered a place in the final which is to be held at the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon Festival of Endurance on Sunday 6th October 2013. Stabling, camping and corralling facilities will be available at the venue on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.
So, if you are a member of a Riding Club as well as Endurance GB, why not work with your Club to form a team to compete in this event. A team can have any number of EGB members (but of course they must also be a member of the Riding Club), but it goes without saying that the main objective is to provide a way in which non-members can "have a go" at endurance in a supportive team environment.
See website www.rcteamevent.endurancegb.co.uk for further details or call the national organisers, Jane and John Hudson, on 01398 332089.
Further information about Endurance riding can be found at www.endurancegb.co.uk
MONDAY 15th APRIL
Making a Splash in Eventing!
Victoria Bax is an established eventer, who has competed at CIC international level, is also rapidly making a name for herself for her ability to retrain racehorses and transform them into model event horses and as she explains, Golly Galoshes are ideal for busy riders:
“With so many horses in work, Golly Galoshes have certainly saved my washing machine from the normal constant stream of boots and bandages! They are lightweight, breathable and waterproof and have already become an essential bit of kit, which we really couldn’t live without now”
Whether you are hacking, training or schooling, Golly Galoshes save time and your horse’s boots whatever the weather!
MONDAY 15th APRIL
Out Of The Box
Sarah Moorhouse explains why Newdigate Tack Sale has taken off
With increases in postage prices, sellers’ fees and commission, selling heavy second-hack tack and equestrian goods is no longer as cost-effective on ebay and other online auction sites, including Amazon. According to Forbes (www.forbes.com), Ebay auctions have been on a continuous downward trend and decreased over 19 per cent in 2012.
As the recession continues, it seems people are more prepared to buy and sell second hand goods. “Car boot sales continue to rise” writes Toby Walne in the Mail on Sunday financial pages (www.thisismoney.co.uk) “An estimated £1.5billion a year is spent at car boot sales across Britain with the typical seller taking home £80 for every sale they attend.”
With this in mind, two local ladies Emily Byham and Natalie King set up Newdigate Tack Sales in Surrey three years ago, where people could take their tack, clothing and other equestrian-related items and sell them in the village hall. Not only is it warm inside, you can also buy tea, coffee and cakes. If you fancy something stronger, you can buy alcoholic drinks at the bar next door!
The sales take place on the first Thursday of alternate months starting each year in February. Emily said they had visited other tack sales over 20 miles away but they wanted to provide something in their area. Their website www.newdigatetacksale.moonfruit.com lets you book a table online and they also have a Facebook page. They also advertise locally to ensure they get new people to attend.
At their sale in February there were seven stalls selling a huge range of new and used equine equipment. Items included rugs, clothing, saddlery, books as well as photographs, old pictures and paintings. Stalls are charged at £10 for a 6 foot table and £8 for a 4 foot table. The bestselling items were bridles, rugs and boots. Natalie said they have a couple of charities who regularly come to raise funds and they give them stalls free of charge. Elly Unmack, who raises money for the RSPCA Lockwood
Centre for Horses and Donkeys, has been attending since the sales started. The Godalming based Lockwood Centre rescues and rehomes a huge number of horses and donkeys but keeps a nucleus of donkeys at the centre all the year round. (www.rspca.org.uk)
Another stall-holder is Lesley Wickerson (www.mosaicart.co.uk) who undertakes animal and human portraits in pencil or watercolour. She had a portfolio of her pictures, which showed a photograph alongside her portrait and they were beautifully executed. Since she has been attending the sales, she has had three commissions.
WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH
The Stallion Open Day
Equine Events would like to invite you to The Stallion Company open day taking place this Saturday 30th March at their new base, the beautiful Buckholt Park, near Canterbury in Kent.
The Stallion Company Open Day - will be at our centre at Buckholt Park between Ashford and Canterbury on Saturday the 30th March starting at 12pm and finishing at 6pm. Lara de Liederkerke (WEG 2010, Belgian team) will be riding and Baudouin van der Brande will be presenting in hand. The collection of stallions to be presented will be Grafenstolz, Royaldik, Esteban, Rubicell, Parco, Odermus R, Clinton II, Kannan and Briar 899.
Along with the presentation, there will be full access to the stables, where you can get to meet these already legendary stallions, and come to understand how and why The Stallion Company has built its reputation on an international scale.
You don't have to be a breeder to come, it will be an interesting day for all horse enthusiasts, with Lara giving live commentary whilst she is riding each horse, and it will dispell some of the myths about stallions.
For more information, feel free to contact Jo at Equine Events.
Tel. 07879 448 501 Email. email@example.com
WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH
Spring into action and ride for your wildlife!
PHOTO: Rising to the Torry Hill challenge!
© Kent Wildlife Trust
Kent’s leading wildlife charity is calling upon the horse riding fraternity to support its cross country ride this spring to raise vital funding towards the conservation of local wildlife.
The third Kent Wildlife Trust Charity Ride, supported by Barclays Bank and Lillicos Country Stores, will be held on Sunday 14th April.
This is a rare opportunity to experience riding a beautiful country estate at Torry Hill, Milstead near Sittingbourne with bluebells and blossom adding to the occasion.
The route covers 10 miles (16km) and, for those preferring a more challenging ride, there is a series of jumps of varying heights - but these will be optional. Start times will be between 10am and 2pm.
All those who enter by the closing date will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a Rambo fleece or stable rug.
There is just one class of entry with a maximum of four riders in a group. The entry fee is £25 per rider (for pre-booked entries) or £30 on the day
For an entry form with terms and conditions go to www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
For general enquiries please call 01622 662012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY 12th MARCH
HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES – PRESIDENT OF THE HACKNEY HORSE SOCIETY
The Hackney Horse Society is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has graciously agreed to take on the role of President of the Hackney Horse Society for 2013 and 2014. As Patron of the Rare Breed Survival Trust His Royal Highness has already taken a keen and passionate interest in the rare breeds of Great Britain. We are very honoured that he has recognised within that list the plight of the Hackney, both horse and pony, now critically endangered.
Over the years, the Hackney has played an important and valuable role in the history of the 'horse' in Great Britain and indeed in the evolution of the warmblood and harness horse worldwide. Despite being now small in number, the pure bred Hackney is still dominant in the show ring and the Society is determined to reverse the decline in their fortunes and get the breed back on a firmer footing.
His Royal Highness is a keen advocate for rare British breeds and well aware of their special qualities, diversity and history, all of which we are in danger of losing.
The Hackney Horse Society feels privileged and extremely fortunate to have the support of His Royal Highness to promote the breeding of our wonderful Hackney horse and pony.
WEDNESDAY 16th JANUARY
PUPPY PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED URGENTLY
National charity, Canine Partners, urgently needs volunteers to become puppy parents in West Sussex to ensure that they can continue to train assistance dogs in the county.
This vital role allows Canine Partners to team a specially trained assistance dog with a person with disabilities.
The Charity is specifically looking for volunteers who can take a puppy into their home from the age of eight weeks until they are 12-14 months old. They will need to be available to attend regular puppy training classes at the training centre in Heyshott, near Midhurst, and to teach the pup basic obedience and core tasks that will be vital as they move on to advanced training.
Cowplain puppy parent Glenis Lawrenson has been a volunteer for the Charity for seven years, has cared for five puppies and has also offered her home to foster other pups.
She said: “I decided to become a puppy parent because I had heard about the fantastic work of Canine Partners and my social conscience kicked in – I felt I could do something which would benefit other people.
“Being a puppy parent brings out every emotion there is. There is always a lot of laughter when there is a puppy about. When you see that dog changing the life of a person with disabilities and knowing you have played a part in it, you feel proud enough to burst!”
Puppy parents will have the full support of Canine Partners’ puppy trainer, Elaine Potter, at the national centre near Midhurst, West Sussex. And all expenses relating to the pup’s training will be met by the Charity.
Elaine added: “Our puppies begin their training as soon as they are placed with their puppy parent. The puppies need a welcoming and understanding home to live in while they learn the skills that they need to become an assistance dog. The emphasis at puppy class is on having fun as you teach your puppy basic obedience. You will be guided on how to socialise your puppy to the many different environments that an assistance dog will have to cope with. If you are at home most of the day, have commitment and a sense of humour, and would like to play a part in training a puppy to help a person with a disability, then why not become a puppy parent.”
For further information about becoming a puppy parent please contact Elaine Potter on 01730 716036 or email email@example.com
TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER
Isobel Wessels Launches her Fourth Download Lesson with iRide Training
www.iridetraining.co.uk are thrilled to launch Isobel Wessels fourth download,
Riding Good Transitions and Half Halts.
“Isobel’s downloadable series of lessons have proved extremely popular with our client base,” says iRide’s co director Simon Hughes.
“Her training is easy to follow with a calm methodical delivery, and with Isobel’s knowledge as an International judge, trainer and grand prix rider she seriously knows her subject!”
iRide looks forward to Isobel’s new series of downloads which she will be recording round her busy judging and training schedule in 2013.
TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER
Preventing Rural Crime in Hampshire
A combination of dark nights and economic uncertainty is a recipe for an increase in rural crime, according to a South East rural watchdog.
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Regional Director Robin Edwards said: "Each year we seem to experience an increase in crime in the countryside almost as soon as the clocks go back. This year, with the potential catalysts of a fragile economy and belt-tightening, experience sadly suggests that we could see a swell of criminal offences – from fly-tipping to burglary.”
In light of this the CLA has been supporting an initiative offering farmers and landowners in Hampshire the opportunity to have their machinery and equipment protected by the UK’s only official ACPO approved marking scheme for agricultural machinery called CESAR, supported by Hampshire Constabulary and four Hampshire Councils.
With a limit of two subsidised fittings per eligible customer approved funding means that the CESAR fitting will cost only £60 instead of the normal £150.
One customer of the scheme who fitted CESAR devices to his lawn mower and quad said: "Rural areas present the greatest opportunity for thieves. Isolated houses and buildings, less illumination, fewer witnesses and the ease of spotting the owner's movements all add up to an attractive target for thieves, so as farmers and landlowners we need to be prepared and be aware.”
Responsibility can’t be left to a barking farm dog. Many farmers wait for a crime to happen before they consider preventative action but CLA encourage business owners to take action and secure their valuable machinery before a crime occurs.
Mr Edwards concluded: “These CESAR devices are made up of multiple components from tamper-proof labels to invisible dots that are swabbed all over the machines and contain minute traceable bar codes – it really is a good investment. We also encourage rural landowners to take simple steps such as installing security lights and not leaving tools around or keys in vehicles, to ensure that properties are less of a target.
"Have a look around your premises now, and try to do so with a thief's eye, looking for weak spots and 'safe' areas in permanent darkness. If you feel you would benefit from further help, contact the Crime Prevention Officer at your local police station."
WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER
Classic Dressage auctions top riders’ saddlecloths for a great cause
Equestrian retailers, Classic Dressage, have some very exciting news to announce. Thanks to gold-medal winning Team GB dressage duo, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, the company has two once-in-a-lifetime items up for grabs, through an auction starting on eBay on Thursday 29th November 2012.
Carl and Charlotte, who are sponsored by Classic Dressage, are kindly donating the two saddlecloths that they used to warm up Uthopia and Valegro at this year’s Olympic Games. What’s more, the saddlecloths which haven’t been washed since the Games, in fact you can still see the black and brown hairs adorning the underside of these quality cloths, have been authenticated by Charlotte and Carl. Photographs of them using them in the warm up are also visible on the Ebay page. The highest bidders of each saddle cloth will also get a personalised card with a special message from Carl and Charlotte. With proceeds going to two very worthy charities – The Midlands Air Ambulance and Gaddeson Place RDA – it’s all for a great cause, so log on to www.ebay.com to start bidding right away.
The Midlands Air Ambulance of which Carl is an ambassador serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK, including Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire, and represents a population in excess of six million. Every year Midlands Air Ambulance crew attend more than 1,000 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorways in the country, and in the last 12 months, the Charity has responded to 158 equestrian accidents. Each year it costs in excess of £6 million just to keep the three helicopters operational, and the Charity receives no funding from the Government or National Lottery, so relies entirely on support and generosity of local people and businesses. For more information, visit: www.midlandsairambulance.com/about-us.php
Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled Centre is a registered charity dedicated to teaching disabled people to ride. The Centre provides riding facilities and instruction for people with a wide range of disabilities, where riders can learn a skill, increase self-confidence and awareness, improve muscular power, balance and coordination, stimulate circulation and digestion, widen boundaries of experience and social contact and have fun! Riders aged from 4 to over 65 go to the Centre, which is run by volunteers and receives no regular funding. For more information, visit: www.gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk
The auction, which has been set up by Classic Dressage, will start at 8pm on Thursday 29th November 2012 and will run for ten days. Sure to attract international interest, the saddlecloths will be sent out (free of charge delivery courtesy of Classic Dressage) to the highest bidders wherever in the world they may hail from.
To be in with a chance of winning Uthopia’s or Valegro’s saddlecloth, and support a great cause at the same time, log onto www.ebay.com today.
TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER
BHS Hampshire offers £455 training bursary
The Hampshire committee of The British Horse Society (BHS) is delighted to announce details of their 2013 Training Bursary. The bursary, worth over £450, is for registered BHS Assistant Instructors (BHSAI) who are working towards taking the Intermediate Teaching Test. The bursary is designed to encourage instructors to continue progressing their teaching and coaching qualifications.
A training day will be held on 5 February at Wellington Riding, by kind permission of David Sherring. Geared towards developing teaching and coaching skills, the training will be taken by Robert Pickles, himself a
Fellow of the British Horse Society. The day is open to Registered BHSAIs who either live or work in Hampshire, and is free to attend.
Robert will assess the candidates’ potential throughout the training, and will award the bursary to the most promising candidate. The winner will receive £200 towards training for the Intermediate Teaching Test and have their examination fee of £255 paid too.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the bursary or booking a place on the training day should contact Alison Russell on 01794 323540 or Alison@aekrussell.plus.com.
TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER
HorseWorldLive November 16th, 17th and 18th Excel London
HorseWorldLive is London's most hotly anticipated horse show, with masterclasses demonstrations and competitions from top riders including William Fox Pitt, Emile Faurie, William and Pippa Funnell Linda Parelli, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Natasha Baker,Sharon Hunt, Geoff Billington and Geoff Luckett. Plus, a vast Retail Village with wall-to-wall shopping for unrivalled equestrian shopping experience!
Tickets are on sale, with advance prices still available from www.horseworldlive.com book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of special ticket packages and group discounts.
FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER
Horse riding success at John Lewis store
Picture caption: Queenie the mechanical horse was a runaway success at the Trafford Centre’s John Lewis store as customers took their turn sample a ride in the saddle.
More than 400 shoppers hopped aboard Queenie the mechanical horse when she arrived at the Trafford Centre’s John Lewis store with Take up the Reins, a national campaign to promote horse riding and equestrian sport throughout England.
Queenie, named in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, proved a big hit with would-be riders of all ages as mums, dads and children joined the queue to sample a taste of life in the saddle.
Trainers from the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), the organisation responsible for launching the scheme on behalf of the British Equestrian Federation, were there to provide support and advice, and to hand out goody bags, certificates and rosettes to all those who took part. Instructors from Carrington Riding Centre and Mobberley Riding School, Cheshire, joined them to offer guidance.
“We were blown away by the amazing response from everyone,” said Take up the Reins tour co-ordinator Tina Rogers. “People were queuing from first thing in the morning when we set up and there was still rides taking place at 9.30 pm as we were getting ready to close. The campaign is designed to show people that riding is for everyone, no matter what their background, whether they live in the country or a town and that you are never too old, or too young, to learn. Our visit to the Trafford Centre certainly allowed us to do this and we met some lovely people along the way.”
Moira Roberts, PR and marketing co-ordinator at the John Lewis store added: “The Take up the Reins event surpassed all our expectations. Our customers loved it and Queenie the horse definitely became their main topic of conversation for two days.
“There can’t be many large stores where you are given the opportunity to get on a horse and try out a new hobby, but thanks to Take up the Reins, you could at John Lewis!”
The campaign will continue its tour over the months ahead, appearing at sports outlets, holiday parks, sporting events, colleges, universities and shopping malls.
THURSDAY 1st NOVEMBER
New sponsor sought for Hickstead Derby
Image courtesy of Samantha Lamb
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, West Sussex, is seeking a new title sponsor of its most famous showjumping class, the Hickstead Derby. Following the end of Carpetright Plc’s sponsorship, a new sponsor must be found to ensure the continuation of this historic competition.
The British Jumping Derby, which was first run in 1961, has been sponsored by some major brands over the past 52 years, and for the last two years has been run under the banner of the Carpetright Derby. The chairman of Carpetright Plc is Lord Harris, who is a major supporter of showjumping and owner of Scott Brash’s Olympic horse, Hello Sanctos.
“We would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank Carpetright Plc for their invaluable support over the last two years, which has enabled us to ensure that the British Jumping Derby has remained one of the highlights of the international equestrian calendar,” says Hickstead director Daisy Bunn.
“Carpetright have enjoyed enormous commercial benefits through their sponsorship at Hickstead, and while we are of course sad to be ending our partnership, we wish them the very best for the future, with their new CEO Darren Shapland at the reins.
“Looking to the future, we feel that it is a very exciting time for showjumping in this country, particularly after the success of Team GB at London 2012, and we very much look forward to welcoming a new sponsor to Hickstead. The Derby itself is famous across the globe, and the title sponsorship offers a unique opportunity for a business to associate themselves with an incredibly well supported, quintessentially British event.
“Going in to its second half-century, the Derby remains as challenging as it did at its first running in 1961, and continues to attract the very best horses and riders in the world, all determined to add their name to the illustrious list of winners.
“Our Sky Sports broadcast coverage, coupled with the extensive coverage the class commands across the print and digital press, and the large footfall that flock to the showground every year to watch the Derby live, means there really is no better equestrian event to support in the UK,” Daisy adds.
Martin Harris, Group Commercial Director of Carpetright Plc, says: “Carpetright has very much enjoyed their sponsorship of the Hickstead Derby over the last two years. The sponsorship package, through event signage and TV coverage, gave Carpetright great brand presence. We are confident that the new sponsor will reap the rewards of such an association. Lord Harris will remain very much involved in the sport as an owner.”
* If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities at Hickstead, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Verm-X Sponsor Point-to-Point Jockey Frankie Hickman
Picture: Frankie racing Thenford Ryde, trained by her mother Alison.
Verm-X is delighted to announce sponsorship of talented young point-to-point jockey Frankie Hickman (17).
Sussex-based Frankie rides out for her mother Alison Hickman, who trains the horses at their family run yard near Rye. Both of Frankie’s parents, her Grandfather and her Uncles’ have all competed in point-to-point’s over the years.
Frankie had her first experience of race riding in 2011 and her first win was the Ladies Open race at Tweseldown in December that year. She quickly made an impact in the sport and went on to win the South East Area Ladies Championship and the Novice Championship in 2012.
Said Philip Ghazala of Verm-X: “Frankie is following in the family footsteps in incredible style and had an excellent first season. We wish her the best of luck for 2012/13 and look forward to supporting her.”
Verm-X is the leader in natural products for the control of intestinal hygiene and is popular with horse owners looking for an alternative to pharmaceuticals. You can follow Frankie’s results this season at www.facebook.com/VermXUK.
For further information please contact Verm-X on 0870 850 2313 or visit
MONDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Complete the national Barefoot Hoofcare Survey!
Horse owners are being urged to complete a quick, simple, online survey that aims to give hoofcare professionals a greater understanding of the issues facing horse owners in the UK.
Barefoot hoofcare as a management regime has proven to be on the increase in the UK, as seen on equestrian discussion forums and livery yards country-wide.
However the regime requires dedicated management from the horse’s owner, and there are many factors that horse owners need to be aware of before embarking on a barefoot regime for their horse.
Owners of all horses - both shod and unshod – are invited to take part in the survey, which is coordinated by hoofboot distributors Trelawne Equine. The closing date is 31st Jan 2013 and one lucky recipient, drawn at random from EACH of the two surveys, will win a £50 voucher to spend at online equestrian store, www.thesaddleryshop.co.uk.
For owners of barefoot horses visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LV9HW5F
For owners of shod horses visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LDDSH56
WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Richard Waygood Jumping Clinic at CHEQ & a celebration of Bridget Beresford-Wright’s new e-books BOLTED & HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Chelwood Equestrian are thrilled to announce a one day clinic and evening with Richard Waygood MBE, who co-authored the writing of Home by Christmas with Bridget Beresford Wright – with whom we invite you to celebrate over drinks! Friday December 14th To quote from other centres where Richard trains “ Richard inspires great confidence, provides solutions and sends everyone home with a grin having achieved more than they expected” Maximum 4 persons per session. - £35/person (includes entry to social evening). Booking essential Social evening from 6.30pm, drinks and light food. Richard will speak at 7.30pm, followed by a presentation with Bridget Beresford-Wright of the books Bolted and Home by Christmas, on which he is co-author to book this event, CLICK HERE - £10 inc food and drinks - all profits to Emile Faurie Foundation.
TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
New study shows saddle slip may be early indicator of lameness
A new study has identified a significant link between hind limb lameness and saddle slip, showing consistent saddle slip in some horses with hind limb lameness, even when the lameness is fairly subtle and difficult to detect.
Saddle slip in sports horses is a well-recognised problem that can occur for a variety of reasons, including asymmetry in the shape of the horse’s back, riders sitting crookedly and ill-fitting saddles. Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust, had also observed that saddle slip may occur because of hind limb lameness. The intention of the study, therefore, was to find out more about the interrelationships between the horse, saddle and rider and to document the frequency of occurrence of saddle slip in horses with hind limb lameness compared with other horses.
The research was undertaken by Line Greve, Intern, and Sue Dyson, at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket and was presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress last month. It is thought to be the first study of its kind, and was supported by the Saddle Research Trust (SRT). The SRT is a charitable organisation, aiming to facilitate research and provide support as well as advice on the influence of the saddle on the welfare and performance of horses and riders.
The study assessed 128 horses of varying size, age and type. The degree of lameness of each horse was graded; back shape and symmetry were measured and saddles assessed for symmetry and fit. Each horse was ridden by at least two riders and rider straightness plus weight were recorded. The grade of saddle slip, whether it occurred with more than one rider, and whether saddle slip was influenced by the direction of movement or the diagonal on which the rider was sitting were also noted.
The saddle consistently slipped to one side in 54% of horses with hind limb lameness, compared with 4% of horses with fore limb lameness, 0% with back pain and/or sacroiliac joint region pain and 0% of non-lame horses. Diagnostic analgesia was subsequently used to abolish the hind limb lameness and this eliminated the saddle slip in 97% of cases.
Sue Dyson said: “Our findings emphasise the need to educate owners, veterinarians, physiotherapists, trainers, riders and saddle fitters that saddle slip is frequently an indicator of lameness, not necessarily a manifestation of an ill-fitting saddle or asymmetric shape of the horse’s back. Detection of saddle slip provides an opportunity for the owner, riders and trainers to detect low-grade and subclinical lameness, with important welfare consequences.”
Further exciting scientific studies are planned, with the support of the Saddle Research Trust, in order to build on these findings. To this end the SRT is currently seeking an honorary fundraiser to help secure ongoing financial support. For further information contact Anne Bondi on 07775 912202 or email email@example.com.
IMAGE CAPTION : Caudal images of a horse ridden in straight lines on the left rein and on a left circle. There is saddle slip to the right, which was worse in circles compared with straight lines.
1 An investigation of the relationship between hindlimb lameness and saddle slip, L. Greve and S.J. Dyson, Centre for Equine Studies, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7UU, UK.
TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
TRM publishes video interviews with Olympic showjumping medallists
If you’ve ever wondered how the world’s leading show jumpers plan their competitions and what their priorities are when it comes to managing their horses, you’ll love a new series of exclusive short video interviews just published by Irish supplement manufacturer TRM.
The TRM team caught up with Olympic medallists Steve Guerdat and Cian O’Connor at the Royal Dublin CSIO5* Show, along with several more high profile international riders.
Swiss rider Steve Guerdat talks frankly about his Olympic win, his visit to Dublin, the care of his horses and his plans for the rest of 2012.
Irish rider Cian O’Connor discusses his Olympic horse Blue Loyd, his selection for the Irish Nations Cup Team, the care of his horses and his plans for the remainder of the season.
Watch at:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVSJ7gqbebE
There are also interesting video interviews with Swiss rider Janika Sprunger, Italian Juan Carlos Garcia, Ireland’s Clem McMahon and Conor Swail. You’ll find all the videos on the TRMSupplements YouTube channel – well worth a visit
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Take Back the Reins launches at Bedgebury in September
Bedgebury Park are working with hoof as an official centre for the British Equestrian Federation's initiative, Take Back the Reins This scheme aims to get riders back in the saddle, rekindling their enthusiasm for riding and horses in a social and relaxed environment.
Riding just once a week can boost your sense of wellbeing and help to keep you feeling fit and healthy. With the right instruction and a schoolmaster horse to give you confidence it’s amazing how quickly you’ll get going again.
From mid September 2012 Bedgebury will be running a series of weekly group coaching sessions. We are provisionally planning the lessons on Tuesday mornings, Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, although exact times have yet to be confirmed.
Your riding will be professionally assessed and together with your instructor you will decide upon a personal goal to aim for at the end of your course. This could be jumping a small fence or going for a hack in Bedgebury forest. At the end of your course you will receive a Take Back the Reins certificate to record your achievements.
Anyone can join a group, regardless of whether or not they have ridden at Bedgebury before. However, the scheme is limited to one course per rider.
The lessons are discounted to £35 for each hour, with a further 5% discount available if you book and pay for your course in advance.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details, your weight and height, a brief summary of your riding experience to date and preferred day to ride and we'll get back to you.
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Ground-breaking Thermographic Research
The Society of Master Saddlers recently joined forces with SyncThermology to undertake ground-breaking research to investigate if thermography can be used to assess the fit of a saddle.
Thermography has already proven to be a very useful tool in assessing back health in horses, but The Society of Master Saddlers were unsure how these thermographic images compared to the results of the Pliance pressure mapping system.
Said Hazel Morley of the Society of Master Saddlers: “We have found that more and more horse owners are starting to enquire about saddle testing when using thermography as part of a full body evaluation and wanted to find out whether such methods could really help when it came to saddle fitting.”
The research comprised of six horses being assessed by a vet, physiotherapist and biomechanics specialists before being put under a strict test protocol with thermographic scans being taken pre and post exercise, along with testing using the Pliance pressure mapping system.
Analysis of the findings showed that visually the thermographic imaging was misleading as heat did not reflect pressure and often detected issues on the opposite side to where the problem actually lies.
It was also found that with thermography, the image findings were ambiguous and should only be read by a trained vet or professional. The imaging also does not show a ‘bad fit’ when the saddle is used for the first time as the results will not show the long term effects the saddle has on the horse’s back.
Standalone saddle testing with thermography is in most cases providing misleading results. However during a full body scan, thermography could detect a condition that was possibly saddle related, in this case horse owners should immediately contact a saddle fitter to assess the fit of the saddle.
To find out more information on The Society of Master Saddlers and to find your nearest Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter visit www.mastersaddlers.co.uk or contact on 01449 711642.
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Hurst Green Shires can give you a journey to remember on your very special day
Here at Hurst Green Shires, we understand how important every last detail of your special day is. Every moment is precious even the arrival and departure from your venue of choice. You can calm your nerves by a carriage ride with your bridesmaids to your ceremony, and take those first few moments together whilst winding down leafy lanes, feeling like a princess in our white carriage.
We will arrange every detail of your transport for you, our focus is on a relaxing and beautiful journey to complement your special day.
Horses and ribbons can be co-ordinated to your colour scheme. The horses in the picture above are Jack and Ace ,our pair of blacks and we also have a pair of mahogany bays. Our Grooms do their very best to stay discreet at all times, so the focus is completly on you.
We do have a milage limit for the day and we will ask for a deposit on booking, but our prices are very reasonable, and we will do our best to accomadate any wishes.
For more details please contact email@example.com or fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page for a no obligation quote
New for 2013 we also have a cinderella carriage, bridesmaids wagonette, and twin hood vis a vis.
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Often seen as the training ground for future jockeys
The British Racing School in conjunction with Newmarket Racecourse are running an Introduction to Pony Racing Day on Saturday 6th October 2012.
The morning will see Children attending sessions at the BRS learning about Pony Racing at our purpose built facility. In the afternoon, children and parents will be given free badges to Newmarket Races where the final of the Charles Owen Series Pony Racing Final is being held. This fantastic display of Pony Racing will take place before normal racing and our instructors will be on hand to guide you through the day, from the course walk to a behind the scenes tour of the racecourse facilities.
Pony Racing is available for 8 to 15 year olds, you do not need to own a pony or even be able to ride to come along and enjoy this taster day. We will have tacking up demonstrations, lessons on our simulators and fall training, followed by an exclusive behind the scenes afternoon at the races with the opportunity to see Pony Racing at its highest level.
Tickets are priced at £5 per child and prior booking is required, there will be no entries on the day. Please contact Carol Casey at The British Racing School firstname.lastname@example.org 01638 675905 to book your place.
TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
Horse & Country TV to premiere new dressage film, The Equestrian
Sybil H. Mair’s new short film, The Equestrian, premieres on H&C TV in November.
This dark psychological drama stars young British actor, Layke Anderson, who plays talented dressage rider, Freddie Forester and James Wilby, who stars as his father. Our very own Olympic gold-medallist Carl Hester also makes a cameo appearance. Says Carl: “After the success at London 2012, I think it’s fantastic that a film has been made about our sport. It deserves the recognition.”
The Equestrian tells the story of Freddie and his black stallion, Gaius, who look set to take the dressage world by storm. However, when pride and vanity get in the way, things take a turn for the worse, and what was once a close partnership based on trust looks irreparable. The film follows horse and rider’s emotional journey together as they work hard to get back on track. The team behind The Equestrian includes twice Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Tony Pierce Roberts and twice BAFTA-nominated editor Jon Gregory, as well as dressage composer Tom Hunt, who has worked with top riders such as Michael Eilberg, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester.
Award-winning director Sybil Mair came up with the idea for the film after watching her instructor training for a dressage competition. Believing that dressage is the ideal sport to portray the intimate relationship between horse and rider, she says: “I was going to adapt a short story about horse racing, but then I noticed something much more interesting and subtle was going on in a horse and rider dressage combination.”
Equine star of the show is Gaius, who is played by Sandro’s Dancer, a stunning 16.2hh Swedish Warmblood. Owned by Rachel Struel and trained and competed by Stephanie Eardley, Sandro’s Dancer stands at Home Farm Stud, Hartpury in Gloucestershire, where most of the film was shot. A son of the famous stallion Sandro Hit, he has competed and placed in international young horse championships, regional and national championships, at advanced medium level since starting his dressage career in 2010.
The Equestrian will premiere on Horse & Country TV on Wednesday November 14th at 9pm, and for all keen equestrians, it’s one show not to be missed.
For more information on times of all Horse & Country TV programmes visit www.horseandcountry.tv
TUESDAY 21st AUGUST
British Breds At The Top Of Their Game
Picture Credit: Karl Heinz Frieler
British bred horses have been on flying form recently with wins including 4 Olympic medals, silver medals at the European Pony Championships and a World Young Horse Champion.
The British Olympic gold medal winning show jumping team included the 10 year old British bred stallion, Tripple X (Namelus R x Cantus). Ridden and bred by Ben Maher, Tripple X is owned jointly by Ben and the Quainton Stud.
Representing the Bronze medal winning Saudi Arabian team in the showjumping at Greenwich was Sultan, bred by the Old Lodge Stud in Sussex. Sultan (Irco Mena x Voltan) was ridden by Abdullah Waleed to help the Saudi Arabian team into bronze medal position.
Two horses on the silver medal winning British Olympic Eventing team are British bred. Miners Frolic ridden by Kristina Cook (Miners Lamp x Oats) owned by Mr and Mrs N Embiricos and Mrs S Pelham and Opposition Buzz ridden by Nicloa Wilson (Fleetwater Opposition x Java Tiger) and owned by Miss Rosemary Search. These two horses have amassed over 3,500 British Eventing points between them.
Brazil and Italy also had a British bred horse apiece on their Olympic Eventing teams. Eleda All Black (Kings Composer x Louella Monsun) represented the Brazilian team in the Olympic eventing. Owned by Ms Bronwen Jones and Mr Ian Greer, Eleda All Black, ridden by Marcelo Tosi, helped the Brazilian team into 9th place at Greenwich.
British bred Borough Pennyz (Cevin Z x Symfonie) added just one showjumping time fault to her dressage score at Greenwich to take 11th place individually. This grey mare owned by Sally Bullen and Vittoria Panizzon and ridden by Vittoria for the Italian team is a former British Eventing young horse champion.
BEF Futurity graduate, Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio), owned by Lynne Crowden and the Eilberg family won the 6 year old class at the FEI World Breeding Championships in Verden Germany last Month. Michael Eilberg partnered her to the highest mark ever awarded at the Championships of 9.88%.
Two British bred ponies won medals at the Pony European Championships held at Fontainbleau from the 17th to the 22nd July. British bred, Rock Dee Jay (Arko III x Dee Jays Rio Grande (Sire?)) took the individual silver medal in the showjumping with his Dutch rider Lisa Nooren. Rock Dee Jay was bred by Sharon Quigley. British-bred mare, Bandalera (Ski Dancer x Corston Comet) partnered by her owner and rider, Madeleine Taylor helped the British Eventing team take the silver medal at the Pony European Championships.
Jan Rogers head of equine development at the British Equestrian Federation said “year on year the number of British bred horses competing and winning at International level is rising. The careful breeding programmes our breeders have spent many years setting up and perfecting are now demonstrating consistently improving results”.
For more information about British bred horses and British breeding please visit www.bef.co.uk/British_Breeding
MONDAY 20th AUGUST
TOP RIDERS HEAD FOR BLENHEIM (6-9 September 2012)
Photo credit Fiona Scott-Maxwell
Entries for the prestigious Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (6-9 September 2012), are once again strong, with many of the world’s top riders wanting to ride in both the CCI and CIC classes held in the ground of this stunning baroque palace.
“We were obviously delighted to have so many applicants”, says Event Director Mandy Hervieu “but we are constrained by the layout and logistics (of a world heritage site) and of course we want to ensure optimum conditions for those who do run so we have extended the daily programmes and number of combinations we have accepted (105 in CCI and 71 in CIC). However, we have still had to ballot but hope that those on the wait list may get in, particularly as some combinations are also listed for Burghley,” ends Mandy.
The silver medal winning Team GB Eventers will be parading at Blenheim on Sunday with Zara, William, Tina and Nicola also taking part in the three star classes, alongside many of the overseas riders who competed at Greenwich - giving those a who did not manage to get 2012 tickets a chance to see them in action and show their support and admiration.
The combinations which take part in the two main events – the CCI 3* or 8 an 9-year-old CIC 3* - will enjoy the opportunity to test out a new course with many new and rejuvenated fences and areas of ground which have benefited from significant improvements since last year.
“The ground is perfect at the moment and we have done more grass cutting than ever,” says Clerk of the Course and course builder David Evans; “ but, as always, we will water and sand and take whatever measures we need to in order to deliver the very best going possible. We are looking forward to seeing how the riders cope with some of the new jumping challenges that we are building.”
Riders and spectators can get a sneak preview of the course by visiting http://www.blenheim-horse.co.uk/2012-cross-country-course and an interactive guided cross
As well as the three star eventing – which offers cross country on both days of the weekend - and the Team GB Eventing parade on the Sunday, Blenheim offers a packed programme over the four days which also includes: · Several Grass Roots arena-based Eventer Challenge classes · Fun events for the professionals too; with the popular High jump class running once again and - new for this year - a bareback show jumping class against the clock · Demonstrations and displays including a chance to see how Blenheim’s official charity, The Horse Trust, has improved and transformed the lives of former working and neglected horses. · A wide selection of shops and stalls selling an interesting and varied selection of goods. For Timetable and Tickets bookings visit www.blenheim-horse.co.uk Tickets start at just £8 when booked in advance (advance bookings close on 31st August) and tickets are also available on the gate. Children under 12 are free and parking is complimentary.
FRIDAY 17th AUGUST
New challenge for Becky Whitcombe as FEI 1*/2* Eventing Judge
Dressage and success have always gone hand in hand for Becky Whitcombe and her most recent new challenge is as an FEI Eventing Judge.
As a Distributor of the Sue Carson Saddles range, covering a very wide area from her base just east of Hereford, Becky is well known and has a significant involvement with event riders, having previously ridden to CCI 4* level herself. She explains; “Having focused on training my horse to Grand Prix and getting to List 2 as a dressage judge, Sue Carson suggested that I should now make use of my experience of international eventing and become an FEI Eventing Judge.
“In at the deep end, I did the FEI Official course at Houghton Horse Trials last year and my first Ground Jury invitation was to the CIC 2* European Championships at Aston le Walls. This was a very interesting team competition that Team GB won for the first time. I followed this by judging at Aldon CCI 1* at the end of the season.
“This year, having been accepted as an FEI Judge in January, I judged the CIC 3* at Houghton Horse Trials in Norfolk. An extra class had been put on for those horses not able to compete at the rain-cancelled Badminton or Chatsworth, so there was a high standard of horses, which was really interesting.
“The Glanusk CCI was next, which is my local international horse trial and a fantastic Welsh venue in the most beautiful setting.
“I really enjoy being involved in the eventing world after so many years concentrating on pure dressage. I love the cross country and show jumping. There are great people to work with and they have all been so helpful and encouraging.
MONDAY 13th AUGUST
Kids go Free to the Best of Sussex Raceday at Plumpton on
Sunday 23rd September
Plumpton Racecourse’s first meeting of the 2012-13 season, the Best of Sussex Raceday, takes place on Sunday 23rd September with an action packed programme of family entertainments and Free Entry for accompanied children under 18.
In addition to all the entertainment of a day at the races, there is plenty for all ages to see and do. The Children’s Trust Mascot Champion Hurdle featuring 20+ mascot runners will take place at 1.15pm, who will then mingle with the crowd through the afternoon. There is a funfair and face painting, you can try out as a jockey on a equicisor, meet the wonderful shire horses of Plumpton College, and visit the local trade stands. There are also Sussex themed entertainments including Morris dancing and a Mounted Skill-at-Arms display by the Sussex Peggers.
Many racegoers enjoy bringing their own picnics into the centre of the course, or there is a selection of food and drink outlets featuring local produce including a delicious Sussex sausage BBQ.
Prizemoney at this meeting is being boosted by support from Betfair as part of their £3 million commitment to support grass roots racing. Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin commented: “We are pleased to announce our sponsorship which has boosted prize money on the day by £20,000. There have been a lot of welcomed new sponsorships at the top end of the sport in recent weeks, but the grass roots should not be forgotten and our sponsorship at Plumpton on September 23rd is the latest in our three year, £3m, commitment in this area. In addition, we will also be providing all stable staff on the day with free food and drink in their canteen; this has been very well received in the past, and we are delighted to offer it once again.”
Doors open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.30pm. Adult Admission is only £14 including a free race programme when purchased in advance through the Plumpton Racecourse website, and entry is free for all accompanied under 18s.
Online ticket booking and further informtion about the day can be found at www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk or by calling the Racecourse Office on 01273 890383.
TUESDAY 7th AUGUST
Express Eventing reveal first six of Magnificent Seven to lead teams at HorseWorldLive
Here we list some top International names from the world of eventing has been released today by Tricorn Events - the company behind the thrilling, 'one seat, sees all', compact version of the sport of eventing - Express Eventing.
Seven Team Principals will compete with a second athlete at the HorseWorldLive show at Excel on Express Eventing Saturday - 17th November 2012. More details of the competition format and the seventh Team Principal will be released soon. Riders will contest each round of the Series, earning points both as an individual, and for their respective teams.
Express Eventing are pleased to present six (of the seven) principal riders - some of whom are expected to compete in the London Olympics - Clayton Fredericks (Aus), Harry Meade (GBR), Fiona Hobby (GBR), Sam Griffiths (Aus), Matthew Wright (GBR) and Mark Todd (NZ).
Stephen Renouard, Equestrian Director for Tricorn, the company behind the thrilling 'one seat sees all' compact version of eventing said: "HorseWorldLive will provide a marvellous stage for the Series, which continues to evolve and grow in popularity with riders and audiences alike. After the cancellation of so many outdoor events already this season because of the weather, we are looking forward to staging a top class competition without the fear of rain!"
The Team Principals will now be looking to select their Team members, with some already deciding who they would like to partner to give themselves the best possible chance of winning one of the top prizes in the sport of Eventing.
Mark Todd, double Olympic gold medallist, winner of Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials 2011 and an Express Eventing competitor in 2008 and 2011, explained: "Express Eventing is a great competition and something I really look forward to. Having just missed out on qualifying for the final last year. I am determined to be up with the leaders this time round and I already know who I will choose to be on my Team, and which horses we will use.''
The 2011 Series saw the competition take place at prestigious locations around the UK, attended by over 400,000 visitors. HorseWorldLive will be the first of four rounds of the 2012-13 Series, with the final taking place in the Autumn of 2013.
For more information, visit www.horseworldlive.com or www.expresseventing.co.uk
FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST
TOP NAMES CONFIRMED FOR BERKSHIRE SHOW
After all the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games, there is still plenty of top level equestrian action to come at this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show (15 – 16 September), including almost 600 confirmed entries in the showing classes.
Whether you love the thrill of international showjumping or the allure of watching top show horse and ponies strutting their stuff, the Royal County of Berkshire Show has an equestrian timetable to entertain. Top of the bill in the Main Arena is the ‘International Stairway Final’, now in its fourth year. Up to 30 competitors are set to battle it out, with a total of £7,500 at stake – for the first time, offered as a cash prize. Olympic reserve, Tina Fletcher, is just one of the big names tipped to be amongst the contenders.
The series was created as part of an initiative by British Showjumping to identify and assess both potential and existing British team competitors, and international riders and horses. Riders are competing at major county shows throughout the summer to clock up league points before heading to Berkshire for this exciting finale.
Also drawing the crowds in the Main Arena will be the Area Trial, sponsored by Rivar. The Six Bar Competition is a great crowd pleaser with horses tackling six jumps, which are raised progressively higher in each round. The packed weekend will also include Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) qualifiers with a variety of hotly contended showing classes – from amateur and open show to working hunters. Katie Jerram, who won Supreme Horse at the RIHS 2012, is amongst the 300 exhibitors putting forward almost 600 entries. She will be showing Favour, Her Majesty The Queen’s horse in the small hunter class. Three time Gold Cup winning trainer, Henrietta Knight, is entering Pilgrim’s Witchcraft and Lockinge Petunia, while Lynn Russell is pinning her hopes on three retrained racehorses.
For the first time this year, there will also be a class for Cleveland Bays and Friesian breeds. The Sunday will largely be devoted to pony classes where all our native breeds will be shown in hand and under saddle, plus classes for ‘Retrained Racehorses’. With the showground’s close proximity to Lambourn – a village famous for its association with the training of the world's finest racehorses, so you can bet you will see some fantastic breeding on parade!
And don’t forget the Aberdeen-Angus National Show, livestock parade, scurry racing competition, sheep shearing demonstration, fly-past and salute from Spitfire, and a unique outdoor shopping experienced courtesy of 600 stands and craft stalls! With a packed programme of entertainment and music devoted to keeping the kids happy, including a sports zone and BMX and skateboarding display and coaching, this promises to be a fun filled day out for all the family.
Online tickets are on sale at www.berkshireshow.co.uk and via some 50 local outlets. Buying early makes more sense than ever this year, with Earlybird discounts adding up to a 24 per cent saving for a family of four.
THURSDAY 26th JULY
Ongoing sale at Liston Equestrian – up to 30% off!
A short note from Debbie: "WE ARE HAVING AN EARLY 'SALE' TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW STOCK. SALE WILL START ON SUNDAY 29TH JULY. UP TO 30% DISCOUNT ON MOST ITEMS. PLEASE COME AND VISIT. I WILL BE OPEN ALL DAY SUNDAY, AND MOST DAYS NEXT WEEK."
IF YOU WANT TO VISIT CONTACT US on 01825 872948 / 07967 171 126 or email: email@example.com or visit our website: www.listonequestrian.com
THURSDAY 26th JULY
Karl Ude Martinez is The Face of Akuma Polo 2012
With his strong polo background, polo coverage and commentating work for Sky plus his polo presenting, Karl will be the definitive ambassador for this cutting edge British company and their polo clothing brand!
When learning of his win Karl said: “I like to say a ‘Massive Thank You’ to everyone who voted for me and helped me win this prestigious award. The support for me was huge and I really appreciated all your help.”
Thomas Aldersley, Director of Akuma Sports explained: “The objective of the competition was to find someone who could promote and model our technical, training and leisure wear. Karl looked fantastic in the photo shoot and really stood out. He also had all the attributes that we were looking for as a brand ambassador. We felt it was vital that the person we chose had close connections to the sport. Karl has a great reputation as a player and is in increasing demand as a presenter.
“We have some exciting developments for Akuma Polo over the next 12 months and Karl is going to play a very important part of our plans”.
Visit: www.akumapolo.com for more information & check out their brilliant designs.
WEDNESDAY 25th JULY
PRIORY EQUESTRIAN OPENS REHABILITATION SERVICE
Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre have announced the opening of a Rehabilitation Unit, a new facility that is available not just to existing liveries, but external clients too.
This latest service is aimed at supplementing the existing facilities at the BHS Approved Bilsington yard, where a designated vets room complete with stocks and solarium, is under the supervision of yard manager Tammy Collins, herself a qualified veterinary nurse. The Centre has a separate barn designated for any short term liveries requiring rehabilitation procedures, and will also hire the facility out for visiting ‘out-patients’.
“We are always looking at ways to improve our services and maintain our reputation as one of the top yards in the South East”, said proprietor Libby Lawson. “We’ve recently acquired a Zamar Therapy unit to compliment our range of Equissage and Magnetic Pulse units and will continue looking for ways in which we can improve our recuperation and rehabilitation services for clients.”
Zamar therapy is a simple and non-invasive therapeutic practice offering thermo and cryotherapy, using compression wraps and boots to precisely treat specific injuries. More information can be found at www.zamaruk.co.uk.
Contact: Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre, Priory Road, Bilsington TN25 7AU Telephone 01233 721770
WEDNESDAY 25th JULY
Senior Home International
Do you think you have what it takes to represent our Southern Region at Senior Home International on 28th, 29th and 30th September 2012 and where, if selected you will wear the George Cross and ride for England an honour usually reserved for the top 5% of riders in our sport.
Do you want to want to be part of something that is this unique and extremely enjoyable? We can only take four teams of four riders from the region of mixed levels starting at Novice to PSG. If you think you and your horse have what it takes you will need to meet the minimum selection criteria. Part of which is to attend a selection session these sessions will be semi formal and take place on the following dates;
Saturday 11th August with Mark Ruddock at Whitewood Equestrian, Nr Lingfield, Surrey
Thursday 16th August with Mary-Anne Horn PM and early evening Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, Kent
Tuesday 21st August with Mary-Anne Horn PM and early evening Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, Kent
Saturday 25th August with Mark Ruddock at Whitewood Equestrian, Nr Lingfield, Surrey
These sessions will last approximately 40 minutes and the cost will be £45.
Please register your interest by contacting
Linda Hall on firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma McGurk on email@example.com
Sharon Walker on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are selected you will be required to attend a test riding day which will take place at Bedgebury Park on Wednesday 12th September. Where you will not attract points (unless of course you want to!) it is an official affiliated competition.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of something truly inspirational. Any questions? Please contact Sharon Walker ON 07894 232358.
TUESDAY 17th JULY
CANCELLED EVENTS INSPIRE DESIGNER
Having been personally affected by a number of cancelled events on the equestrian calendar, British Designers Timothy Foxx have just launched a tongue-in-cheek polo shirt, to put a positive spin on the wash-out this summer.
The limited edition ‘Keep Calm, It’s Only Another Event Cancelled!’ unisex polo shirt is already getting plenty of pre-orders and as head designer Rosalie Eustace explains, the polo shirt hopes to embrace the great British attitude in the face of uncertainty:
“Despite all the extremely sad show cancellations, everyone is really pulling together to help each other, from the organizers involved, through to the retailers affected. It’s that great British bravado and positive spirit that we’ve seen time and time again first hand and we wanted to celebrate this with a polo shirt slogan, which is trying to keep a cheery outlook, as best we can in circumstances, which are otherwise very depressing. We pray and hope that the sun does come out soon and stay out for all concerned!”
Sizes: Women: 8-16 Men: S-XL RRP: £30 including Postage & Packaging
www.timothyfoxx.co.uk 01296 423 399
TUESDAY 17th JULY
Calling instructors and promoters of your riding centre! 2 – 5th August
Here is news of a fabulous opportunity to promote your riding centre with Hoof and Take Up The Reins during the Olympic Games...and a great chance to work with Sportivate and Pro-Active East London.
EVENT: Part of London Live, sporting activities will be demonstrated while big screens demo the live Olympic action including dressage and show jumping (encourage those without tickets to attend!)
VENUE: Victoria Park, Grove Road, London, E3 5SN
DATES: Thursday 2nd August to Sunday 5th August
TIMES: 11am to 8pm (Includes a break for lunch)
SET-UP: Activities will have to be set-up either over night or first thing in the morning. The whole site is secured and a large security team will be in operation throughout the Live Site.
SUPPORT: Hoof needs as many BHS qualified (minimum BHSAI or PT if they are as accompanied!) to help 'teach' on the mechanical horses. One is 'robocob' from BETA, the other is perfect for younger members. Typically people 'have a go' for 4-5 minutes – the idea being to encourage them to hold the reins and enjoy the feel of canter, increasing speed as per their comfort level....it's not technical, just a platform to enthuse people!
You are welcome to take along any leaflets/merchandise to help promote your centre.
If you would like to join in then contact Anna Bruce )pr for Hoof- London). Anna suggests people come for a few hours to savour the atmosphere and that the teaching.
THURSDAY 12th JULY
Constant rain forces ‘heartbreak’ cancellation of CLA Game Fair
With great regret the CLA said today (12 July) that exceptionally bad weather has forced it to take the “heartbreaking decision” to cancel this year’s CLA Game Fair, at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire.
CLA Director General Helen Woolley said: “I am extremely sad to say the heavy rain in the run-up to this year’s CLA Game Fair has left us with no choice but to take the heartbreaking decision to cancel the show. It is a devastating blow for the CLA team, contractors, exhibitors and the hoards of visitors and guests who make the CLA Game Fair the world’s greatest country show.
“I feel enormously sorry for all those who were so looking forward to this year’s event. The CLA Game Fair will return next year.”
Mrs Woolley paid tribute to the CLA Game Fair team who fought hard to prepare the rain-drenched site for the show.
She said: “The show’s construction team worked tirelessly to make it happen, battling the elements from dawn to dusk. They have really gone the extra mile, putting everything into giving the show its best possible chance of going ahead.
“Sadly, you can’t always buck the weather and, with the exceptionally high level of rain in the weeks running up to the show, it has proved impossible to build the event and to run it safely.”
CLA Game Fair Director Andrew Crawford said: “This was to be my first CLA Game Fair and, naturally, I am incredibly disappointed that the show has been cancelled. My team worked like Trojans in the hope the show could go on, but, sadly, it was not to be.
“I can only say sorry to all those affected and we promise to make the process for them now as painless as possible. We will, of course, honour the terms and conditions of all contracts, and members of the public who have bought advance tickets should visit the CLA Game Fair website at www.gamefair.co.uk to apply for refunds.”
CLA GAME FAIR MEDIA CONTACTS:
For further information, images and interviews:Ollie Wilson, CLA Director of Communications on 07702 928828 or Ollie.Wilson@cla.org.ukLiz Peplow, CLA Game Fair press officer on 07825 082595 or email@example.comLisa O’Brien, CLA press officer on 020 7460 7934/07900 271358 or Lisa.Obrien@cla.org.uk
Tim Barnes-Clay, CLA communications manager on 07702 926696 or Tim.Barnesclay@cla.org.uk
THURSDAY 12th JULY
Horse rescued from River Douglas in Wigan
Molly the horse being rescued from the river Douglas Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the rescue was "difficult" Firefighters who rescued a horse from a flooded Greater Manchester river have said the animal was "safe and well". Crews were called to Martland Park, Wigan, on Tuesday morning after receiving reports of a horse being unable to get out of the River Douglas.
Water rescue teams worked for three hours with ropes and an inflated fire hose to rescue 16-year-old mare Molly. Station manager Ben Levy said the rescue was "difficult" due to "the heavy rain we've had recently". Molly the horse being rescued from the river Douglas Molly was helped out of the river by firefighters
He said members of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) had initially attempted to rescue the horse, but had been unsuccessful, so had called Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for help.
Two specialist water rescue crews attended the incident and used the hose "to create a barrier to guide Molly to a safe area before getting strops round her," he said. He added the mare had been moved down the river to a "suitable spot" before being walked out of the water. "It took three hours in total to rescue Molly from the river [which] was quite deep because it was flooded due to the heavy rain we've had recently," he said.
"The rescue was difficult not only due to flooded river, but also because of the very steep and muddy banks, but she came out and is safe and well thanks to the efforts of our crews and the RSPCA."
TUESDAY 10th JULY
Can a Grand National-winning jockey Power to victory in the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix?
A stellar line-up of riders will head to Hickstead next week for the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, and top Irish jockey Robbie Power will be making his debut in the class.
Robbie won the Grand National on Silver Birch in 2007 and is among the top jump jockeys in Ireland. Before switching to racing, he used to be a professional showjumper and was a former Young Rider European gold medallist.
He’s obviously no stranger to coloured poles or jumping fixed fences at speed, so he could well be one to watch. The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix is a unique class where horse and rider must tackle a course of showjumps before jumping out of the International Arena and going round a series of cross-country fences in the gardens of Hickstead. Then it’s back into the arena to tackle some of Hickstead’s most famous fences, including the Derby bank and the Irish bank. It’s fast and furious, with event riders and showjumpers going head-to-head for the honours.
Robbie’s sister Elizabeth is a top event rider, and he will be borrowing her horse Doonaveeragh O One for the class. “The horse I’ll be competing on is an ex-eventer of hers - last year she competed him in this class and I thought this year I’d have a go!” he says. “I hope I’ll do well – he’s a three-star eventer with plenty of experience. It’s an event that I’ve always wanted to have a go at – it looks a lot of fun to do.”
While Robbie may be more used to jumping hurdles or steeplechase fences these days, he has been getting a bit of practice in over showjumps recently. “I’ve been doing plenty of shows in Ireland on days when we haven’t had any racing, to get my eye in, and I’d like to think that I’ll do racing proud,” he says.
He will have some tough rivals to face though. Among those due to line up for the eventers are Olympic team members Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Mark Kyle (IRE), Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell, Badminton and Burghley winner Oliver Townend, plus some of the brightest young eventing talents in Britain: Georgie Spence, Emily Llewellyn and Laura Collett. In showjumping, Trevor Breen brings top horse Adventure De Kannan – the winner of last month’s Bunn Leisure Speed Derby – while Harriet Nuttall and Nicole Pavitt both excel at jumping round Hickstead’s main arena at speed and could be in with a great chance.
The Amlin Plus Evening Grand Prix will start at 3pm on Thursday 19 July, with TV coverage starting an hour earlier on Sky Sports 4.
MONDAY 9th JULY
H&C TV TO RUN DAILY SHOW DURING OLYMPICS
Equestrian Olympic action with expert analysis will be broadcast daily by Horse & Country TV during London 2012.
Every evening of equestrian competition, H&C TV will broadcast an episode of Rudall’s Round-Up magazine show from a location just outside Greenwich Park.
Presenter Jenny Rudall will discuss the day’s action with experts from each discipline plus special guests from the equestrian world. Already lined up are dressage rider Andrew Gould, show jumper Trevor Breen and eventer Sharon Hunt.
Rudall’s Round-Up airs at 10pm each evening with repeats the following day at 11am and 5pm. H&C TV is on Sky channel 280.
MONDAY 9th JULY
WOOF BOOTS INVENTOR HAS DIED
Louise Woof, who invented the first neoprene brushing boots for horses, died on Friday (6 July). She was in her mid 50s and had MS.
Louise developed Woof boots in 1981 when working as a groom in a hunting yard. With help from agent Tiger Davies, who introduced the boots to the trade, and endorsement from international eventer Ginny Leng, the brand became a household name.
Louise sold her business to Gul International in 1994 for around £1million. She then established the Maximillian Stud where she stood the famous dressage and show jumping sire Saluut. “I remember her most as a stickler for getting everything right,” said Tiger.
Woof Wear is now owned by John and Ali Felton who acquired the brand in a management buy-out in 2009.
SUNDAY 1st JULY
PIKEUR is official outfitter of the German Show Jumping Team for the Olympic Games in London
For many decades the equestrian fashions manufacturer PIKEUR has been the reliable outfitter-partner of numerous equestrian sports teams at top international competitive events including European and World Championships as well as the Olympic Games.
On the occasion of the Olympic Games in London, which begin in July, the world’s leading company is to equip the entire German showjumping team, including the grooms, with high-quality outfits and competition clothing by PIKEUR. The outfits include riding jackets, breeches, shirts, blouses and caps, fleece jackets and a functional Gore-Tex garment. PIKEUR also plays a decisive role in equipping the officials.
In the case of all models PIKEUR places great importance on quality, workmanship and functionality in order to provide the sportsmen and women with optimum wearing comfort.
Together with the entire German team, PIKEUR is hoping for a magnificent equestrian presence at Olympia as well as a place on the winners’ rostrum.
PIKEUR products are available from selected equestrian stockists only or under www.pikeur-shop.de . Find us on www.facebook.de/pikeur
FRIDAY 29th JUNE
Brooke Rescue Horse and Dog Show Rides Again
Following the success of the last seven years of this fabulous fixture in the horse and dog show calendar, the 2012 Brooke Rescue Horse and Dog Show promises to be the best ever.
This year’s show is booked for Sunday 12 August and will return to the splendid venue of Chevithorne Barton near Tiverton, by kind permission of Michael and Arabella Heathcoat Amory.
After seven years of attracting spectators and participants to this unique show in Devon, the organisers have a really exciting and fun-filled event planned for this year. The participants are drawn from the owners and handlers of horses and dogs who have suffered a traumatic earlier life but have recovered sufficiently to show off their new-found confidence. “Every year more local rescue charities and individuals bring their horses and dogs along to enjoy the fun, so it’s a format with increasing appeal,” Said Penny Woollams, Co-organiser.
For spectators it’s an opportunity to enjoy the action packed antics of classes including; judge’s favourite horse; best young handler; best veteran, and of course that perennial crowd pleaser, the dog agility. The show is also blessed by having in its line-up Vanessa Bee of Horse Agility Club of Great Britain. Vanessa’s innovative and intelligent work with nervous horses is now well known among horsey folk, but by creating Horse Agility as a sport, Vanessa enables participants to strengthen the bond between horse and handler further, while having a huge amount of fun! Free of the usual gadgets and tack, the horse is unrestrained and is guided round a course of obstacles by the handler. This is quite a spectacle and Vanessa will be running an open competition at the show to demonstrate the sport.
There will also be special stalls, fun and games for children, equine car boots, and delicious refreshments. The show opens at 10.30 with the first parade at 11.00.
The show is, as always, in aid of The Brooke, a charity that has been in operation for 78 years providing veterinary care for working equines in some of the world’s poorest communities. The Brooke’s work is in greater demand than ever. Despite mechanisation and emerging global development, horse and donkey power remains the chief resource for poverty-stricken people in places like India, North Africa and South America. With its network of mobile veterinary teams, The Brooke cares for nearly one million working animals every year, thereby helping the millions of people who rely on them for their own survival.
Entry to the show is £5.00 per car. Dogs can be entered for classes (open to non-rescued animals too) on the day, but horse entries must be received in advance. Show programmes and details from the Show Secretary: Jane Schofield email firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 01884 861181, or Penny Woollams email email@example.com tel. 07970 821017. Also on Facebook: Brooke Supporters Devon
FRIDAY 22nd JUNE
“GET INTO DRESSAGE” DAY
On Tuesday 5th June 48 riders took part in a “Get into Dressage Day” which was held at Cobham Manor EC, Nr Maidstone, by Kind Permission of Michelle Jarvis and the Cobham team. This event was funded by Sport England via the BEF and allowed riders who have never competed in affiliated dressage to have lessons from BD Registered National Trainers and Judges; Kirsty Mepham, Claire Lewis, Leanne Wall and Oliver Walter.
The whole day had a huge support team including McTimony Physiotherapist Sarah Game who was on hand to offer free advice and check – ups on any stiffness and weakness issues any horses had – her presence was invaluable when a horse arrived lame and another had an “incident” on the lorry!!.
Sam Mabb – British Dressage Judge was on hand to offer advice and tips on Test Riding Techniques, correct attire and what to do at a show as well as a Reiki demonstration and its uses for equines (and humans!)
Christina Wilton – MSTAT Teacher of the Alexander Technique has worked with many International riders with her sole focus on Position and Posture and how this affects the Horses way of going – many were shocked on how little she said but what a huge impact her words had.
A huge variety of horses and riders from a 13hh welsh pony to a 17.3hh Dutch Warm blood arrived not really knowing what to expect but all were soon put at ease by the ever so calm Sharon Walker British Dressage RDO. Everybody was amazed at how simplistic dressage could be and the scale of improvement in every combination shown in just 30 minutes was really impressive. Even a dare devil team chaser was converted and could understand how by improving his horses balance it would make life safer and easier when galloping over varied terrain whilst negotiating fences at great speed!
A great day was had by all proved by 10 people signing up to British Dressage. Should anybody want any information on the activities British Dressage has to offer or wish to enquire about membership please contact a member of the Southern Team!
Sharonwalker@britishdressage.co.uk, Leanne_wall@sky.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY 22nd JUNE
Get Ready To Party At Your Horse Live
ARE you just crazy about horses and want to enjoy a fantastic day out with your equally horse mad friends?
Your Horse Live on November 10 and 11 is a ‘must visit’ two days, with Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire hosting the indoor spectacular.
The most anticipated equestrian event of the year will see top riders holding demonstrations and you can shop until you drop with all your favourite brands under one roof!
Sounds like the perfect weekend?
Your Horse Live is challenging you to become a party planner. The team at Your Horse Live will be rewarding the person who can get the most friends together to come along to the show.
Have a think about how many of your friends would love a day out and get planning. Think about what to wear, how you will get there and all the fun to be had once you arrive.
If your group is the largest, you will win a luxury hamper to the value of £250 which you could possibly share in between doing a bit of celeb spotting!
Remember to book all your tickets together. To book your tickets in advance and save money visit www.yourhorselive.co.uk or call 0844 581 0770. Hotline closes on Monday 5th November at midday.
Don’t miss out on Your Horse Live; this fun packed weekend is definitely the place to be.
FRIDAY 15TH JUNE
BRIGHTLING BOSSES REPORT ENTRIES SURGE DUE TO RAINED-OFF HORSE TRIALS
Organisers of Brightling Park International Horse Trials have reported an unprecedented surge in entry numbers this year, due to the high number of rainedoff horse trials elsewhere in the country. The two-day event in East Sussex, which will be held on 14 and 15 July 2012, regularly attracts around 400 entries from all over the world, including renowned Olympians Pippa Funnell and Sharon Hunt. Organiser Gardie Grissell said that since entries opened on 9 June, there has been a rush by riders to secure their place. “The recent unseasonal wet weather has resulted in a lot of disappointed and frustrated riders after the cancellation of Badminton, Chatsworth and Withington. Our phone has been ringing off the hook with enquiries. Compared to this point in previous years, our entries are up by 20 per cent. Last year saw a new record set for entry numbers, but we are well on course to beat that this year.” Entries close on 4 July or when each class is full. For more information, visit www.brightlinghorsetrials.co.uk or telephone 01424 838241.
WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE
Hickstead’s App is back – and it’s bigger and better than before!
Last year the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead was among the first equestrian events to launch its own App. One year on, the Hickstead 2012 App has been relaunched with a stunning new design, a host of added features, plus a new version for Android.
Hickstead’s App was one of the most downloaded free sports Apps of last year, and this year users will be able to get a heap of new benefits. The All England Jumping Course is a huge showground with five rings of action – and the App has a handy tool of updating class times, posting results and sending Live Alerts to users, making the lives of grooms and riders much easier.
Visitors to the showground and viewers following the action from home on Sky Sports will be able to connect with others using the App’s Twitter and Facebook feed integration, giving users the chance to communicate with other Hickstead fans and discuss the latest results. Users can also use the ‘archive’ facility to browse through last year’s results.
All the essential information is included in the App, including local traffic and weather reports, while an interactive map allows users to explore the showground and get directions from wherever they are. The showground also boasts 250 tradestands, and visitors can seek out their vital purchases from the Charles Owen Shopping Village with the App’s searchable shopping directory.
Available to download now, completely free of charge, the App will be a must-have for anyone who wants to keep up to date with the action from the British Jumping Derby Meeting (21-24 June), the Longines Royal International Horse Show (17-22 July) and the All England Jumping Championships (6-9 September).
To download the App for iPhone or iPad, users can either visit http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hickstead-2011/id439986480?mt=8 or search for ‘Hickstead’ on the iTunes website. To download the App for Android, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.hickstead.app&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsInVrLmNvLmhpY2tzdGVhZC5hcHAiXQ..
FRIDAY 1ST JUNE
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials takes place between 6 – 9th September and this year sees the introduction of the first smart phone course walk.
The Fidelity Blenheim Horse Trials will be incorporating QR codes onto the name boards of all fences on the new cross country course allowing spectators with smart phones to scan the codes and hear what the course designer and leading riders think about the fence and how to ride it., this is particularly pertinent this year as the course will include many new and reconditioned fences and changes to the route.
“QR (Quick Response) codes are frequently used on products” explains Event Director Mandy Hervieu “ but we thought there was a great opportunity to use them to give spectators more information on the fences, along with the thoughts of the course designer and the riders opinion of his course.
“Traditionally, course walks with riders have been very popular but these are not always at a time that is convenient; so this will enable anyone with a smart phone to benefit from a ‘course walk’ with both the Course Designer and the riders, “ adds Hervieu.
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials takes place between 6 – 9th September and the best days to walk the whole course, see all the new fences and use the QR codes will be the Thursday (6th) and Friday (7th) of the event..
There is also a new and improved website and new event logo which incorporates Fidelity Investment Worldwide’s new branding, to reflect the prestige of the event. The site features some stunning shots of rider and their horses in fhe fantastic setting of Blenheim Palace.
To view the new website and to buy advanced discounted tickets for the event, visit www.blenheim-horse.co.uk
THURSDAY 31ST MAY
Need a new saddle?
Looking for a new saddle, but money is tight? Thinking eBay is a good place to start? Think again! With eBay and the internet today providing such as easily accessible method to buy cheaper or second hand products, it may appear on the surface to be an ideal way to sell unwanted saddles or purchase a new one for a seemingly low price. However a word of caution from The Society of Master Saddlers. Says Hazel Morley of The SMS: “A saddle should be correctly fitted to each individual horse to ensure it is not only comfortable but also helps your horse or pony to perform at their best. “You may know the size of saddle and the width fitting you need as well as having the basic knowledge on how a saddle should fit, but for something as important as a saddle, it is vital that you turn to the expertise of a professional Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter.” Did you know all Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitters must have a minimum of three years’ experience, so you can trust they know exactly what they are doing. The Society of Master Saddlers is in place to safeguard the quality of work, service, training and qualifications of those who work in the saddlery trade from manufacturers and retailers through to individual craftspeople and saddle fitters. Committed to providing the highest levels of welfare, safety and optimum performance of horses and their riders, the society works hard to maintain standards throughout the industry. Adds Hazel: “Remember, a cheap saddle off the internet that may look like an attractive offer in the first instance can easily in the long run become expensive, when it doesn’t quite fit correctly or your horse gets sore and in pain. “Always call out your local SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter, who will be happy to give advice and guidance and when possible will repair your existing saddle, not demand you need a new one.”
To find your local saddle fitter and for more information visit www.mastersaddlers.co.uk or contact The Society of Master Saddlers on 01449 711642.
THURSDAY 31ST MAY
Charity Barbecue and Sports Day for Altogether Olympics
There is a Charity ‘Altogether Olympics’ event at Anna Ross Davies’s yard, Cholderton House, SP4 0DW on Sunday 3rd June, in aid of The Horse Boys Foundation. Should be great fun and for a great cause. 'Olympic' events start from 2pm.
For more information visit www.altogetherequestrian.com
THURSDAY 24TH MAY
Encouraging results for standing fracture repair in racehorses
New research has shown that the use of standing sedation to repair lower limb fractures in racehorses produces similar results to surgery performed under a general anaesthetic, but with the advantages of less surgical complexity, time, cost and risk.
Standing fracture repair in the horse is a relatively new surgical procedure with very little follow-up data available. The study Short and long term results following standing fracture repair in 34 horses was conducted by Richard Payne and Polly Compston at Rossdales Equine Hospital and has recently been published in the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ)1.
Treatable fractures sustained by racehorses in the UK have traditionally been repaired under general anaesthesia but it is well known that this carries an increased risk of anaesthetic-related death compared with other elective surgical procedures. However, despite the substantial increase in the number and type of surgical procedures performed under standing sedation over the past decade there has previously been very little work undertaken on standing fracture repairs.
The study looked at the case records of 34 Thoroughbred and Arab racehorses that had a lower limb fracture surgically repaired by one surgeon at Rossdales up until June 2011. The injuries included non-displaced fractures of the proximal phalanx, the third metacarpal bone and the third metatarsal bone, all of which are relatively common fracture sites in racehorses. Hospital records, owner and trainer telephone questionnaires and website research were used to evaluate follow-up. The short and long-term results were similar to those of horses undergoing repair of comparable fracture configurations under general anaesthesia, with 20 of the horses returning to racing within an average of 226 days.
This early research indicates potential for tangible benefits, including avoidance of the inherent risks of general anaesthesia as well as a reduction in surgical complexity and associated costs, leading the way for future research into larger cohorts of horses.
EVJ’s Editor Celia Marr said “The recent fatalities at the Grand National highlight that it is critical that the equine veterinary research community strives to reduce the prevalence of fractures in our racehorses. We also need to continue to seek better ways of treating those horses that do develop fractures and, while not every fracture will be amenable to this approach, this study is an important first step towards treating some of the non-displaced fractures that occur in racehorses without the need for anaesthesia.”
1 Short and long term results following standing fracture repair in 34 horses Richard Payne and Polly Compston, Equine Veterinary Journal ISSN 0425-1644 DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2012.00569.
THURSDAY 10TH MAY
POSTPONED: SURREY SPRING SHOW 2012
Now being held 21st July 2012
Due to the inclement weather we are all enjoying at the moment we have had to postpone the Surrey Spring Show to the 21st July 2012.
We will still have the same schedule and are moving the closing date for postal entries to Monday 16th July 2012 and will also be taking entries on the day. The photographer, BBQ, hog roast & licensed bar will all be available on the new date as well.
The raffle will still be drawn on Sunday 3rd June 2012 and if you wish to purchase any tickets please contact any of the committee or through email@example.com.
If you were kind enough to offer cakes for the cake stand we are happy to take them early and freeze them or please bring some along on the new date of 21st July 2012.
If you have any questions or require any further information please contact us at anytime otherwise we look forward to seeing you on the 21st July 2012 at Felbridge Show Ground.
Please spread the word and help us raise as much money as possible for St Catherine’s Hospice & The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
For more information visit http://www.surreyspringshow.org/
THURSDAY 10TH MAY
Win your place In The Saddle!
With the unfortunate cancellation of Badminton Horse Trials, many consumers feel they have missed out on sales, offers and exclusive competitions from the show. However, to soften the blow, In The Saddle have opened up a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity…
Well known for their exhilarating equestrian adventures, In The Saddle are offering one lucky winner the chance to spend seven nights* in Botswana on a adrenalin filled Horseback Safari at Macatoo in the Okavango Delta. The prize, worth £6,500, is for the person and their guest and promises an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
Stay in luxury en-suite safari tents, spend hours in the saddle riding in an area regarded as one of Africa’s prime wildlife areas and find yourself in the company of wild elephants, giraffe, buffalo, antelopes and even lions. This holiday is for experienced riders and promises a fast and fun exploration around the world’s largest inland delta.
Entry for the competition is exclusively through the In The Saddle website, http://www.inthesaddle.com/MacatooCompetition.aspx please quote promotional code ‘itspr’ when applying and entries close at midnight 23rd May 2012.
For further information about the exciting ventures on offer through In The Saddle visit: www.inthesaddle.com or call 01299 272 997.
*Prize does not include flights or travel insurance. Terms and conditions apply.
WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY
Celebrate three years of Stickhedz with 30% off!
The month of June marks the three year anniversary of Stickhedz Polo Apparel and husband and wife team Sam and Antonia Morris-Warbuton want you to join the celebrations with a 30% off discount code for the whole month!
What started as an idea to bring authentic polo clothing to the market has blossomed into a successful business, bucking the trend in the current economic climate. Passionate about keeping their products authentic and using organic cotton where possible, Stickhedz produce clothing that you will be proud to be seen wearing – on or off the pitch.
Just choose from any of stylish Stickhedz clothing on the website and enter ‘Versary30’ at the checkout to get your discount off the products you really want!
Featuring the signature Stickhedz ‘Zebby’ logo, the Zebby Men’s Polo is sure to make people look twice. Available in classic navy with a stylised Union Jack on the sleeve, it’s perfect for such an iconic year in the British calendar. Plus June is the month of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations – perfect timing. Wear it to the races or to the pub. Normally priced at £39, it’s a bargain buy with the discount code at only £27.30.
The Stickhedz Caballo Women’s White Baggy Tunic Tee would look at home out hacking or on the high street. A flattering baggy, tunic-style top with super-size distressed POLO print design, it’s perfect for throwing on with jeans or jodhpurs. Made from 100% certified organic cotton fine jersey, it also features Stickhedz hem and sleeve tab details – accept no imitations! Available in small, medium and large. Usually priced at £25, you will be able to pick up this wardrobe essential for just £17.50 throughout June 2012.
Visit www.stickhedz.com during the month of June to get 30% off the Stickhedz 2012 range.
WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY
Can Tina Fletcher win the Carpetright Derby for the second year in a row?
Last year Tina Fletcher became the first lady rider to win the Hickstead Derby for 38 years. Next month, she hopes to become the first woman to win the most famous of showjumping classes on two consecutive occasions.
Tina’s Carpetright Derby winner, the quirky but talented Promised Land, has jumped in the class twice and is yet to have a single pole down – an incredible achievement considering there’s only been 53 clear rounds in the Derby since it was first run in 1961.
A number of horses have won the Hickstead Derby multiple times. Boomerang and Eddie Macken are the only combination to win four times, taking home the famous trophy every year from 1976-1979. Michael Whitaker and Mon Santa won it three consecutive times (1991-1993), Peter Charles did the same with Corrada (2001-2003), while William Funnell and Cortaflex Mondriaan won in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Tina and Promised Land came very close to winning in 2010, in the horse’s first Derby attempt. They rode a perfect double clear, only for Guy Williams and Skip Two Ramiro to match their feat in a quicker time. It meant Tina became the second rider ever to jump double clear in the Hickstead Derby but to not win – the only other rider to do so was Tim Stockdale and Wiston Bridget in 2000. Having finished tantalisingly close on two occasions, Tina Fletcher was certainly due a win in 2011 – and she duly jumped the only clear round to net the £40,000 first prize.
The Carpetright Derby is the grand finale of Hickstead’s June meeting, and this year it will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 24 June. Riders have to qualify for the Carpetright Derby by competing in Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, last year won by Peter Charles and Murka’s Vindicat W. The British Speed Derby on Saturday will see riders and horses go over Hickstead’s permanent obstacles at the gallop – last year the class was won for the second time by Hickstead’s own Shane Breen. Sky Sports will also be televising live action from Hickstead every afternoon from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June.
With showing classes, scurry driving, the celebrity polo match, hundreds of tradestands and entertainment for all the family, a trip to Hickstead offers the perfect day out. A range of hospitality options are available, including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, named after Douglas Bunn’s most famous horse. Admission prices start from just £8 per person.
To book tickets, go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.
TUESDAY 8TH MAY
LISTON EQUESTRIAN’S NEW SHOP NOW OPEN AT GOLDEN CROSS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Liston Equestrian is extremely proud to announce the opening of the new shop at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, and can be found on the first floor viewing gallery of the indoor arena. Stock has been carefully chosen from France, Belgium, Italy and Germany and includes Passier, Dy’on, Ekkia, LAS Helmets, Fleck Whips, Freejump boots, chaps and stirrups, Waldhausen leatherwork and accessories just to name a few. The aim is to provide not only extremely high quality products, but products with a difference and an edge that we know you’ll fine both exciting and refreshing.
As well as our new range and our wood pellets products we also stock a large range of Cavalor supplements and offer free consultations to anyone who is unsure about their horses specific needs.
We will endeavor to be open on all show days, and also regular days during the week. Please feel free to call us for private group visits, or to find out when we are open.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new shop. Debbie Vincent (Director, Liston Equestrian) 01825 872948 / 07967 171126
TUESDAY 8TH MAY 2012
Plumpton College cancels Open Day
Plumpton College regrets that, very reluctantly, the decision has been made to cancel the Open Day on Saturday 12 May 2012.
The reason for this is that whereas the College can cope with the expected numbers of visitors around the College buildings, unfortunately the car parking fields are currently too wet. And although Saturday is forecast to be drier, there is a lot of rain forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
Since public safety is the foremost concern this decision has been taken with great reluctance and is much regretted.
The Principal, staff and students at Plumpton College appreciate all the efforts many people have put into this event. They are very unhappy about having to make this decision, especially in a drought. Plumpton College has cancelled the Open Day a couple of times before in the past, and only because of ground conditions.
Plumpton College intends to have an event on Thursday 28 June when enquirers can get careers advice and find out about Land Based courses available.
THURSDAY 3RD MAY 2012
POPULAR HEAVY HORSE SHOW TO INCLUDE ‘WAR HORSE’ FEATURES
The Heavy Horse and Working Animals Show, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The Heavy Horse and Working Animals Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, at Singleton, near Chichester, will be an unforgettable weekend of displays, demonstrations and parades. The Show is a long-established highlight of the summer calendar at the Museum, and one of the biggest shows of its kind in the south of England. This year for the first time current popular interest in the ‘War Horse’ theme will be reflected at the event with a number of very special features.
The Museum is open for the Heavy Horse and Working Animals Show on Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 May, and daily until 23 December. Opening hours are 10.30 – 6pm during British Summer Time, and until 4pm during the rest of the year. Admission is adults £10, over 65s £9, children £5.40, family £28. Group rates are also available.
Further details about the Museum and its activities are also available on the Museum’s website www.wealddown.co.uk
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2012
Carrying on regardless
It was a case of carrying on regardless at Midlands Driving Trials Group's (MDTG) seasonal opener, held at Catton Park in April. Despite the rain, hail and endless mud, competitors and stewards kept going and managed to maintain a sense of humour throughout.
Everyone involved with driving trials are always indebted to generous landowners and this occasion was no exception. Robin and Kate Neilson exceeded the bounds of hospitality, not only lending the club a tractor to tow vehicles ONTO the lorry park, but Robin himself drove a second tractor to ensure competitors were able to leave as soon as they were packed up and ready to go. Kate also played her part by stewarding on one of the obstacles.
It really was a competition to remember and proved what a hardy (or foolhardy) lot we are! Ruth Auton, driving her lovely pair of Fell horses had a birthday she will never forget on the Saturday as she completed her dressage test in the most appalling hail storm. How ironic then that she was eliminated in the cones for incorrect axle width. Other eliminations in this phase included competitors driving cones backwards or missing them out altogether. A real case of 'Should have gone to Specsavers' as the phase had a strong influence on results.
Despite the conditions there were some close finishes although class winners did so with clear margins. In the Novice section Amanda Hawley had a comfort zone of over 25 penalties to lead Marion Lovelace and Julie Goodwin, the latter being less than two penalties behind Marion. In the Intermediates, Sara Clough was the lone survivor while Sue Corlett showed a clean pair of heels to her rivals in Open Pony after recording the only double clear in cones among the two-day competitors. Emily Bennett led the Open Horse while a superb performance by Geoff Kirby put him in second place, just 0.7 penalties ahead of Pam Neill. In the mixed pairs Gemma Smith came home in front of Wendy Wadsworth despite having to retrace part of the marathon route after she missed a flag.
The other multiple class had one pony tandem, three pony teams and two horse teams. Karen Bassett drove HC with her horses; she put on a great display of obstacle driving with Ray Aziz's ponies but could not overcome the big 'E' in cones. Anne Chambers (tandem) kept in touch throughout to take the winner's rosette with Julia Liles (pony team) in second and Julie Wedgebury's game little Shetlands in third.
Megan Wheeldon was in a class of her own in Pre-Novice but showed signs of things to come with her new pony, driving a very competent and accurate dressage test. In the One-Day event, Dawn Tebbet, also driving a new pony, proved she will be a force to reckon with once again.
For full details of MDTG competitions, schedules, entry forms and results visit www.mdtg.co.uk or call 01630 661314.
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2012
A regular fixture at Badminton’s shopping village each year, stylish tweed designer label Timothy Foxx is running a series of special ‘Badminton Show Offers’ daily on-line from this Tuesday through to Friday, in light of the event’s cancellation, including 10% off and special ‘Badminton’ show offers on selected items in their virtual shop.
For further information log onto: http://www.timothyfoxx.co.uk/blogs/news Or their Facebook page and twitter for further details
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2012
Jessie going in the water jump!
A rather funny video of Jessie Williamson from Hadlow College. It was taken in 2009 so we agreed there may have been some improvement in her horsemanship since.
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2012
Gastroscope Clinic day at Lingfield Equine Vets – Tuesday 8th
Lingfield Equine vets is having a Gastrocopy Clinic at their surgery in Felbridge Tuesday 8th May. Many leisure and competition horses have reduced performance due to gastric complications bought on by intensive training. Lingfield Equine are able to visually examine your horse's stomach with a gastroscope, displaying the video image on a monitor and if needed give advice on diet, medicines or supplements accordingly. Ring the surgery on 01342 300008 if you wish to make an appointment or to visit the clinic to learn about the procedure and see surgery facilities.
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2012
BADMINTON SHOW OFFER STILL STANDS!
On line retailer Shadow Horse is honouring their 10% off ‘Badminton Special’ with a special on-line offer, which will run across all non-sale items on the website until Monday night.
Shadow Horse have searched the globe to handpick some of the best products around and you can choose from three new and exciting brands (Silver Crown, Fleeceworks and Ogilvy Equestrian) encompassing beautiful bridles, stunning sheepskin saddlecloths and terrifically technical saddle pads all with a special Badminton discount!
Sadly Badminton might not be going ahead, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t bag yourself a great Badminton bargain with Shadow Horse!
www.shadowhorse.co.uk 01628 857 466
MONDAY 30TH APRIL 2012
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
3rd – 7th May 2012
The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out. Very sadly therefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.
Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, Sponsors and riders will of course be refunded as soon as is practical.
Hugh Thomas, Event Director
For more information visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk/
MONDAY 30TH APRIL 2012
Unique auction will prove a gem of an opportunity for horse lovers
Team Fredericks and Uptown Eventing are offering horse lovers a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of Headley Britannia’s foals by Grafenstolz – Britannia’s Jewel (Ruby) - in a unique online auction.
The auction was the brainchild of Clayton Fredericks and Uptown Eventing’s Rachel Wakefield and Michael Wynne whilst they were all on holiday together last year.
Clayton commented “Ruby is a beautiful filly with the potential to follow in Headley Britannia’s hoof steps and be one of eventing’s next big horses with the right owners to train and care for her. Ruby has such great potential in terms of breeding and athleticism that we wanted to offer her to an international market. Selling horses is an inevitable part of our lives, as it’s impossible to make a living from competing. We feel that Brit’s bloodlines and ability must be made part of the gene pool and from a practical point of view we can’t keep all of her foals”.
The auction is being organised by Rachel and Michael, who run Uptown Eventing. They are sales agents with a fantastic track record who specialise in top class international event horses so they were the natural choice for us to run the auction and manage the sale.
The auction will open on Monday 28th May at 09.00 (GMT +1) and will close at 21.30 (GMT +1) on Tuesday 12th June 2012. Potential owners will be required to register prior to being able to place a bid.
The auction website www.britanniasjewel.com will be live from Friday 27th April for people to see videos and full information on Ruby prior to bidding.
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2012
GRIDWORK CLINIC – Tuesday 22nd May at Plumpton College
THIS HAS BEEN MOVED FROM MARCH 6TH!!
Gridwork is great for both young and more experienced horses! By coming along you will help to teach your horse to be athletic, quick-thinking, accurate and more confident. You will also improve your horse's rhythm, balance, reactions and their jumping technique. For the more experienced horses, you will be able to work with different exercises to develop your horse's ability to adjust within a combination.
Gridwork will benefit you as a rider enormously. Whether you are an experienced rider or a complete beginner, using gridwork exercises will give you the opportunity to practise your style over a fence, your position and balance while jumping a fence. You will quickly notice improvements in your confidence, sense of rhythm, reactions and your ability to judge distances.
Sessions are as follows:
5.30pm - 6.30pm - 16yrs & under
6.30pm - 7.30pm - 16yrs & over
7.30pm - 8.30pm - open to all
Each group will have no more than 5 riders in it! £20 per rider
Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07738 993995
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2012
Club Polo Clothing fight Polo/Lauren for right to use their logo
Mallets clash in the courts over who owns the right to the use of polo player branding Australian company, Club Polo Clothing, ride off against US Giant, Polo/Lauren, in an international trademark battle.
London, 27th April 2012 – Club Polo Clothing, a popular Australian polo clothing company, are fighting a court battle against Polo/Lauren for the right to continue to use and trademark their polo player logo. Club Polo’s clothing range is very popular among the Australian polo community. The business is operated out of a modest shop-front in the small town of Yass, in the New South Wales southern tablelands.
However, for the past four years, Australian businesswomen and co-owners of Club Polo Clothing, Megan Philip and Rowena Sylvester, have fought to keep the 20-year old clothing business alive because of a court action being taken against their company by US-based Polo/Lauren. The trouble first started in October 2008, when Ms Philip lodged an application to trademark her logo with IP Australia, the Australian government agency that administers intellectual property rights.
Last week, Club Polo faced a legal battle against the polo and clothing giants, Polo/Lauren to not only allow them to use the logo and image, but also to continue trading as Club Polo Clothing.
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2012
Win a ranching holiday with Buck and Toggi
Iconic lifestyle, country and equestrian clothing brand, Toggi, has partnered with Revolver Entertainment to celebrate the cinema and DVD release of Buck, an award winning film which follows real-life “horse-whisperer” Buck Brannaman.
A “truly inspiring” film of “an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift”, Buck eschews the harshness of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck demonstrates the importance of understanding and respect as his techniques transform horses – and people, in a story that will touch the hearts of horse lovers everywhere.
To celebrate the release of this awe-inspiring movie, Toggi are offering you the chance to win the adventure of a lifetime. You and a friend could be riding off into the sunset against a backdrop of some of America’s most stunning scenery on a once-in-a-lifetime ranching experience in Colorado, courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office and Ranch Rider.
You will be captivated by the natural splendour found throughout Colorado’s 18million acres of National Parks and mountains. The home of ranchers and cowboys, the old Sante Fe trail, route of the Pony Express, Colorado is the birthplace of the famous Stetson hat and of Denver, boom town of the gold rush in 1858. Ranch Rider is the UK’s no. 1 specialist in ranch holidays in the USA and Canada, offering working, guest and resort ranches. The holidays are great for families, couples and singles and all riders from the novice to the seasoned, as well as the non-rider will enjoy their real ranch holidays.
The ranching holiday for 2 people includes return Economy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Denver, Colorado and seven nights all inclusive at the North Fork Ranch which includes a hearty breakfast, riverside lunch and a 5 star dinner daily. The range of inclusive activities include Horseback riding, white water rafting and guided hikes, jeep tours plus some evening entertainment.
To enter for your chance to win simply go to www.toggi.com/buck and you could be saddling up for the holiday of a lifetime.
Buck will be in selected cinemas & on-demand from 27 April and available on DVD and to download from 07 May.
For more information see www.toggi.com, www.colorado.com/english, www.ranchrider.com, www.northforkranch.com, www.revolvergroup.com/uk
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2012
Equestrian Vision To Offer 35% Off DVDs In Conjunction With The Telegraph At Badminton Horse Trials
Equestrian Vision, the UK’s premier producer and distributor of equestrian DVDs have teamed up with The Telegraph to offer a fantastic saving of 35% off some of their greatest DVD titles, in association with The Telegraph at Badminton Horse Trials.
To take advantage of this brilliant offer, simply buy your copy of the Telegraph at Badminton and inside it you will find a flyer with the offer details. The 35% off offer can be redeemed at either the Horse & Rider stand in the World Of The Horse pavilion at Badminton with the flyer or by entering the offer code on the flyer at the Equestrian Vision online shop. www.equestrianvision.co.uk
Equestrian Vision are the UK’s premier producer and distributor of equestrian DVDs offering a wide selection of training, documentary and review programmes to suit all ages and tastes.
For more information visit Equestrian Vision’s online shop, www.equestrianvision.co.uk, call 01403 864173 or find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/EquestrianVision
To find out more about Thrills & Spills 3 and to buy this and many more exciting equestrian DVDs please visit the Equestrian Vision online shop: www.equestrianvision.co.uk or find us on facebook www.facebook.com/EquestrianVision