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Horse & Hound 11-Apr-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Every week Horse & Hound brings horse lovers up-to-date with the latest news and event reports and provides expert equestrian advice on subjects including training and horse care, the latest equine products and feed. The weekly features inform and entertain inspiring readers to go out and ride to improve their horsemanship in every discipline from eventing to show jumping, dressage to showing, polo and hunting. It is also the must read for anyone wanting to buy or sell a horse.

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on a roll

SOME horses’ connections would rather we didn’t risk jinxing their chances of victory by putting the horse on the front cover of Horse & Hound for the corresponding event’s preview issue — riders and trainers are a superstitious lot, after all — even if it is the favourite. Happily our doing so did Tiger Roll no harm, the hero romping home a little shy of three lengths clear to win his second Grand National on the trot. And so a star is born — a Red Rum for our era — a little horse bred for the Flat, which makes his prowess so much the better given our tendency to favour a David over a Goliath. It was a “where were you when…” moment, to which I would have to answer, “Ikea…

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burning bright

TIGER ROLL wrote his name in the history books when he became the first horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals since Red Rum 45 years ago. The nine-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, beat 66/1 chance Magic Of Light to the post by nearly three lengths at Aintree on 6 April. Davy, 39, whose win on Tiger Roll last year was his first National victory, said: “He’s one hell of a horse.” Gordon added: “We work very hard for this the whole time. I’ve got a brilliant team behind me, and all my family at home. Davy ’s mother died last year, and this was for her; my uncle Willie Elliott died this year and this was for him.” • Report, p108 Share your news story Call 01252 555021 Email eleanor.jones@ti-media.com @…

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cases of notifiable disease confirmed by government

DEFRA is investigating and has put breeding restrictions in place after equine viral arteritis (EVA) was confirmed in two stallions at a yard in Dorset. Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said the department had taken “swift action to limit the risk of the disease spreading”, and that a full investigation into the source and possible spread is under way. “Owners of mares and stallions are urged to have their animals tested before they are used for breeding,” she added. EVA is a notifiable viral disease in stallions, and in mares who have mated or been inseminated in the past 14 days. It can cause flu-like symptoms, and weakness in foals or abortion, especially in the second half of pregnancy. “These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and…

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eventing under fire after fixture list backlash

BRITISH EVENTING (BE) has come under fire as changes to the international calendar sparked an outcry from members. The international and championship 2020 to 2025 fixtures list, released on 3 April, was met with uproar due to the loss of international classes at venues including Hambleden and Brightling (news, 4 April). For these two events, the loss of the FEI classes has also spelled the end of their affiliated horse trials. Concerns were raised over the distances riders in the south-east and south-west will need to travel. The Eventing Riders Association of Great Britain (ERA) is against centralisation. “We need to protect events on the peripheries of Britain; we have lost too many of these,” chairman Bruce Haskell told H&H, adding that BE “needs to be more transparent”, but he would like to see…

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horses in the news

ZAGREB The 15-year-old gelding is Alex Bragg’s sole ride at Badminton after he withdrew Barrichello and Shannondale Percy. Zagreb and Alex completed the event in 2018 and came third at Blenheim CCI3* (now CCI4*-L). PRIDE OF PLACE Martin Surtees has bought Jill Day’s prolific lightweight hunter. The nine-year-old, produced by Robert Walker to win at the RIHS, will join Benjamin Button and Caesars Palace, also sourced from Jill. DONO DI MAGGIO OLD Emile Faurie’s world team bronze medal-winning ride will now compete under Greek dressage rider Theodora Livanos. The 12-year-old has been sold with the aim of qualification for the Olympics.…

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next phase of rider weight study aims to find guidelines

A SECOND phase of research will aim to deliver more specific guidelines on the ideal maximum horse to rider weight ratio. Following a successful pilot, involving four riders ranging from light to very heavy, funding has been secured for further work. The initial study showed excess rider weight can cause lameness, muscle tension and pain in horses (news, 8 March 2018 and 13 December 2018). Sue Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, who led the study, told H&H the next phase is expected to run this July involving four riders all classed as heavy. “In the previous project we didn’t finish any sessions with the heavy or very heavy riders [as the horses showed lameness of discomfort] so we couldn’t determine what the cut-off might be,” she said. “If we…