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Horse & Hound 26-Jul-2018

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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horsebox horrors

WE have to ensure our transport is suitably tested to be roadworthy and yet being roadworthy doesn’t include, for example, checks on the safety of your horse area flooring. At a show recently, one non-equestrian friend having a nose at the boxes parked up — and being suitably impressed by the extensive, swanky living areas available for the riders — said of the horse area: “If I kicked that I’d fully expect my foot to come out the other side. And I imagine a horse packs a rather harder punch.” These words were pertinent following H&H’s report on Carole Mutch’s promising eventer Gorsehill Echo, who had to be put down after his leg went through the floor of a horsebox (news, 28 June). Mrs Mutch was of the impression the lorry’s…

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entries to be limited at world’s top events

A CAP on field sizes, increase in minimum prize money and yearly reviews of all top-level events are on the cards from 2019. The FEI has released a host of new proposals for CCI4*, to be known in the future as CCI5* events, from 2019 as part of rule change proposals reported last week (news, 19 July). These include a minimum of 30 starters and a maximum of 75. Badminton already has its own cap of 85 starters, plus additional qualification requirements over and above the FEI minimums, and it runs a wait list, while Burghley has not had a wait list since 2013. Badminton event director Hugh Thomas told H&H: “We have set a maximum of 85 starters for the past few years, which actually works out at around closer to 80. “In some…

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on the wait list…

KIRSTY SHORT, who has been on the Badminton wait list twice with her seasoned four-star campaigner Cossan Lad, said the not knowing makes it hard to prepare. She added that a cap on entries will mean more riders find themselves in that position. “It can be hard on a horse to get fit for Badminton and then fit again for Luhmühlen if you don’t get in,” she said. “Then there’s the older horses, who perhaps run twice a year. If it meant those horses weren’t able to get in to the top events for their final few years that would be really sad.” She added a cap is likely to make it harder for up-and-coming riders to step up to four-star and the cost of re-routing to compete at at the highest level abroad…

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owners in limbo after insurance cash halted

AN insurance firm has left horse owners in limbo over payouts after it was made to halt all payments by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). Elite, which is based in Gibraltar and worked with UK intermediary Equicover, had the sanctions imposed after its major reinsurer, New Zealand company CBL Insurance Ltd (CBL NZ), went into liquidation. Some customers have been left owing vets thousands and say they have no clear indication of when payments will resume. Eventer Kat Bentz had to claim for around £1,000 after her horse was diagnosed with navicular just before her policy ended. “It’s frustrating as I’ll probably have to use a credit card to pay, and won’t be able to claim any interest. At the moment, we don’t have an end in sight,” she said. “They were happy to…

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horses in the news

PRET A TOUT The 15-year-old’s owner Ruth Krech received the Halla Challenge Trophy at Aachen CHIO after her gelding, ridden by Germany’s Marcus Ehning, was the most successful horse in the showjumping. Report, p54. VANCOUVER K Irish dressage rider Judy Reynolds’ horse returned to international competition at Aachen CHIO after a yearlong absence due to injury (report, p46). The pair were last seen on the international stage at this show a year ago. MR MEDICOTT The Olympic eventer who helped Germany to team gold in 2008 has retired, aged 19. The gelding also competed at London 2012 with US rider Karen O’Connor, and had CCI4* placings with Phillip Dutton.…

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fake doctor injected patient at event

THE organisers of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials have “revised and strengthened” checks after a volunteer falsely claimed to be a medic. Cassandra Grant, of Mulberry Walk, Bristol, was jailed for four years on 20 July, having pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The 39-year-old was one of the event’s general volunteers, not on the medical team, last year. After falsely claiming to be a medic, she injected a patient with an intravenous anti-sickness drug. Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Tim Hawley, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Grant’s actions were extremely dangerous, especially when you consider the years of training that medical professionals undertake before they are allowed to practise.” A Blenheim spokesman said that thanks to the procedures in place, only suitably qualified staff were appointed to…