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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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time for glory

THE last time I was in Rotterdam, it was as dressage editor reporting Britain’s first team gold medal in the sport. That was eight years ago. It was a phenomenal few days and, although we knew the team had the ability to deliver this historic victory, it still felt unreal when it happened. Now Britain has long made their name as a dressage nation and go to the European Championships in Rotterdam in less than two weeks well in the mix for a medal. As for Britain’s showjumpers, they have a habit of pulling it out the bag just at the right moment. Following a desperately hard show at Hickstead two weeks earlier, where Amanda Derbyshire suffered a horrific fall, the team came out at Dublin (report, p60) for an emphatic victory…

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boost for britain with brilliant dublin win

BRITAIN has boosted its chances of securing Tokyo 2020 showjumping qualification with a stellar win in the Irish leg of the Longines Nations Cup series. The leg at Dublin Horse Show (9 August) was the final chance to qualify for the final in Barcelona in October, where one Olympic spot is on offer (report, p60). The Dublin team of Scott Brash (Hello Jefferson), Ben Maher (Concona), Emily Moffitt (Winning Good) and Holly Smith (Hearts Destiny) finished on one fault with no need for Holly to jump for a second time. Closest rivals Italy finished on 12 faults. “There was quite a bit of pressure, but hopefully this changes a few things for us going forward,” said Ben. British team manager Di Lampard said she was confident in her riders. “We were here to win and…

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sadness as two eventers die in riding accidents

TWO eventers died in riding accidents in Britain and the US this weekend. Iona Sclater, a 15-year-old who had been long-listed for the 2019 pony European championships, was riding at home when the accident occurred, on 11 August. On the same day, 32-year-old Jennifer Chapin suffered fatal injuries in a rotational fall in the warm-up for the cross-country at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s Festival of Eventing, in South Woodstock, Vermont, USA. In a statement, British Eventing (BE) described Iona as an “exceptionally talented and dedicated young event rider” and a “bright star” of the sport, whose performances on her pony Foxtown Cufflynx had secured her long-list spot. “Our thoughts are with Iona’s friends and family, her dad Charles, mum Hetty, and sisters Lara and Alicia, at this very difficult time,” said the statement. Jennifer,…

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new arthritis treatment could be a game-changer

A NEW treatment for arthritis in horses could “rewrite the rules of the equine health market game”, its creators believe. The first stem cell-based preparation authorised in the EU for veterinary use is now on the UK market, it was announced on Tuesday (13 August). The treatment, the result of a collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Global Stem Cell Technology (GST), involves collecting stem cells from horses’ blood and treating them so they support cartilage. They are then injected directly into the joint by a vet, where the aim is that they delay joint space narrowing and improve the joint’s biomechanics. GST founder and CEO Jan Spaas, a vet and former showjumper, said: “Globally, a quarter of all horses develop osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, at some stage, which may then develop into…

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three chosen to represent ireland

IRELAND will send three combinations to the para dressage European Championships. Tamsin Addison riding Donna Siesta and Michael Murphy aboard Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo will both make their senior championship team debut in Rotterdam (21-25 August). They are joined by Rosemary Gaffney, who rode at the 2011 and 2013 Europeans. Kate Kerr-Hora had also been entered but had to withdraw her ride Serafina T for veterinary reasons. “I am delighted we are able to field a very credible team,” said Irish para chef d’equipe Dara Kearney. “It is a testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication that they have met our criteria to compete. “The Europeans are one of three major competitions on our calendar this year so it’s vital for the future of this squad to be there. I’m very confident they will compete…

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horses in the news

TOO DARN HOT The 2018 champion two-year-old has been retired after sustaining a hairline fracture to a hind leg, believed to have happened during his win at Goodwood on 31 July. He will stand at Dalham Hall Stud from 2020. DHI LUPISON Holly Woodhead’s youth medal-winning ride made his eventing return on 9 August after a three-year gap. Holly and the 15-year-old competed as individuals at the 2015 Europeans and were long-listed for Rio 2016. ROARING LION The four-time Group One winner has returned to his New Zealand base following a second colic surgery. As H&H went to press, the 2018 Cartier Horse of the Year’ was “fragile”, but bright, alert and eating well.…