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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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IT’S much easier to find positives in lockdown if you’ve been isolated with your family, not alone, if you have outdoor space, if your income has been unaffected, if you’ve not seen anybody you love struggle as a key worker, and, vitally, if nobody you love has suffered or died with this virus. We’re seeing a bit of, “It’s all right for them, they still have their desk job,” never mind if they are imprisoned at that desk in a flat with no garden or company. We’re seeing a bit of, “It’s all right for them, they have their horses on their doorstep,” never mind how they’re going to pay for that now. But beyond that, we’re witnessing more kindness, greater perspective, a desire to help others, and incredible fundraising efforts.…

4 min.
event refunds in spotlight as future entries a concern

BRITISH EVENTING (BE) is working on a “worst case scenario” for future events, as riders and owners are waiting for news of refunds from lost fixtures. Many competitors are still waiting for their entry fees to be returned for events cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic. For some, this figure runs into hundreds and even thousands of pounds. BE shared a summary of how events might work while maintaining social distancing on 18 May (news, 21 May). This included no extra public or spectators, online payments, print-at-home numbers, riders encouraged or mandated to do volunteering shifts, and strict penalties (disqualification and rejection of future entries) if social distancing measures are not adhered to. But riders and owners, including those waiting for refunds from cancelled fixtures, have queried what will happen to their entry…

2 min.
changes afoot as rules adapted for olympics

COMPETITORS targeting the postponed Olympics will have to achieve a confirmation qualifying result before heading to Tokyo. The news, which applies to dressage, showjumping and eventing, is one of a number of recent FEI board decisions as the sport looks ahead to the logistics of preparing for the Olympics. The “confirmation result”, details of which will be confirmed, is for combinations who had achieved a qualifying minimum eligibility result (MER) between 1 January and 31 December 2019. The deadline for all MERs and confirmation results has been moved to 21 June 2021. The horse nationality transfer deadline, by which horses must be in at least partial ownership of the nation they are competing for, has shifted a year, to January 2021. The 2020 dressage Nations Cup series is cancelled, but the FEI is prioritising shows…

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burghley latest event lost to covid-19

BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS (2–6 September) has been cancelled for the first time in its history, owing to the coronavirus. Organisers said they must act “responsibly” and their “absolute priority” is the health and safety of the event’s community. Richard Jewson, chairman of the event’s committee, said: “One of the joys of being involved with Burghley Horse Trials is to be continually reminded how much this iconic event is loved by the many who create, take part and attend. “We are so appreciative of the support and co-operation we have received at this difficult time. We wish everyone well in these uncertain times.” Sir Richard added that they will now focus their efforts on planning the 2021 event, which is due to be held on 1 to 5 September. Only two five-star events remain scheduled to…

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CEVIN Z The Billy Stud’s stallion has died aged 23. He had success in the ring with William Funnell, Steven Franks and Jake Saywell, but won global acclaim as a sire, including to Billy The Biz, Billy Balou and Billy Diamo. DABINETT MOON Christopher and Fran Marriott’s 12-year-old prolific point-to-pointer has had her first foal, a filly by Passing Glance. The home-bred mare, under Claire Hardwick, won 17 of 31 pointing starts, plus two hunter chases. OAKHURST IN THE SPOTLIGHT The 138cm showjumper has died aged 20. He came to prominence ridden by Ella Curley, won at the RIHS with Olivia Poole, and took the national 138cm title with Tahnia Jordan Jones.…

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centre membership schemes could help all

A NEW show centre membership scheme created to help boost income during the coronavirus pandemic could also benefit all parties once normality returns. The College EC, Keysoe, has launched the scheme, by which members pay £120 per month for unlimited use of all facilities. The cost is per rider, not per horse. Centre owner Simon Bates told H&H the idea became reality as Keysoe has lost so much income since lockdown started and sport stopped, but the concept is older. “I wonder whether the suggested start date of 4 July for sport is a bit optimistic but whatever happens, we need other options to tide us over,” he said. “We were thinking about this, and had done bits before, as we had a girl who lived in the next village with a stable…