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Horse & Hound


Published by TI Media Limited 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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1 min.
learning to adapt

IF, in the build up to, en route to, and while attending Olympia international horse show each December, you had a pound for every time you heard the words “it’s not Christmas until Olympia”, you’d have enough to pay for everyone’s presents. So when news landed that Olympia was having to cancel the show this year, it rather felt like Christmas was being cancelled. Don’t worry, this comment does get a bit more upbeat... The week before, with Covid-19-related restrictions increasing, people were talking about Christmas. Would we be able to see families of more than six by then? Nothing is certain, but we are becoming accustomed to not knowing what the future holds and adapting rather well as best we can in the circumstances. Even the horse world, which some…

3 min.
cloned foal to boost species

THE birth of a Przewalski’s foal as a way of increasing the genetic diversity of the species is an example of the way cloning can benefit conservation and prevent extinction, experts believe. Kurt, the first successfully cloned Przewalski’s horse, was born in Texas, US, on 6 August. He is the clone of a “genetically important” UK-born stallion, cells from whom had been stored at the San Diego Zoo’s “frozen zoo” tissue bank since 1980. Revive & Restore, which promotes the use of biotechnology in conservation, worked with the zoo and cloning firm ViaGen Equine on the project. Co-founder Ryan Phelan told H&H the aim is to preserve the Przewalski’s horse, a separate species of which some 2,000 individuals survive, from 12 who were rescued from extinction early last century. “We’ve gone back at least…

1 min.
sport still on but olympia is cancelled

EQUESTRIAN sport may continue under the latest Covid-19 guidelines – but Olympia is off. Organised equestrian sport and activity, run under governing bodies’ approved rules, may continue, despite the six-person gathering limit imposed in England on 14 September. British Equestrian head of participation David Butler said: “Having stringent [resumption] plans was vital, but even more so with these new restrictions because our plans mean activity can safely continue. We must all play our part in complying with the guidance to minimise the Covid risk when taking part in equestrian activity.” On 14 September there was worse news for equestrians as Olympia organisers announced that, having spent months looking at options, they had to call it off, “with the health and welfare of everyone at the heart of that”. They added that, given the commercial…

2 min.
rider rep steps down over handling of sport restart

TAREK TAHER, elected rider representative on the FEI endurance temporary committee (ETC), has resigned in protest over the resumption of sport. From the outset of lockdown, the Saudi veteran rider registered concerns about the FEI’s return-to-play policy. He was right in anticipating the FEI would announce (in July) that riders compete at their own risk, with the FEI not liable if anyone at a competition catches Covid. “I put my right foot forward to provide a professional presentation for athletes to the FEI,” he said. “But I found my code of ethics in many cases is in conflict with FEI policies, especially on Covid-19. “I have always maintained that any large gathering would be a breeding ground for the virus. There’s a very high risk someone will bring it or take it home;…

1 min.
riders urged to report ‘pay cards’

INTERNATIONAL riders asked to buy “pay cards” or VIP tables as a condition of entry have been urged to report it to the FEI. Anecdotally, pay cards are widely used, while banned by the FEI, but the facility for riders to pay tens of thousands above the fee to secure a place has become a hot topic with the current shortage of CSI opportunities. The European Equestrian Federation and International Jumping Riders Club say that without “merit over money”, jumping’s credibility is risked. Only one organiser has ever been sanctioned for pay card use – fined €25,000 (£23,150) in 2011. An FEI spokesman said past complaints were always followed up. “But it is very difficult to proceed with a case unless the complainant is willing to provide the FEI with evidence. Additionally, the…

1 min.

IN THE NEWS EXPLOSION W The 2019 European team bronze and individual silver medal-winner and rider Ben Maher won the $500,000 (£388,000) grand prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson national show in New York on 6 September. DON VHP Z The top showjumping stallion retired aged 16 at the Global Champions League show in Valkenswaard. He won European silver with Dutchman Harrie Smolders, and helped him reach world number one. LOT 269 The full sister to dual Arc-winning star mare Treve sold for €520,000 (£479,154) at Arqana’s select yearling sale (10 September). The filly was sold to Chantilly Bloodstock and will be trained in France by Fabrice Chappet.…