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Horse & Hound 02-Aug-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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things are looking up

IT was thrilling to see Britain’s showjumping team up its game at Hickstead on Sunday under Di Lampard to secure second place in our home Nations Cup. This puts the Brits back in the hunt for a place at the final, although inclusion is still dependent on their fortunes in Dublin. Team member Amanda Derbyshire will not be a familiar name to non-core showjumping fans, having been based in the US riding for the Gochman family since 2010. But Amanda, who heralds from Lancashire, previously rode for Nick Skelton. She even took Big Star to his first show. Her presence in Europe and her availability for the British team is timely with World Equestrian Games selection imminent, and her performance for her country at Hickstead was standout. That is not to take…

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result puts brits back in the game

BRITAIN was two seconds away from winning the home Nations Cup leg on Sunday (29 July) — but our “fantastic” second-place finish means qualifying for the series final is within reach. The competition, run for the first time on the Sunday of the Royal International Horse Show, went down to the wire, with both Ireland and Great Britain finishing on a total of 16 faults after two rounds. Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny delivered a foot-perfect clear in 43.39 seconds in a rare Nations Cup jump-off, to celebrations from the British camp. But Anthony Condon and SFS Aristio then crossed the line clear in 41.29 seconds to give Ireland the win. And although Britain is still in ninth place in European division one, four of those ahead of us — Belgium, Sweden, Germany…

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cross-country length query puts team selection on hold

GREAT BRITAIN is among the countries keeping their powder dry on releasing final eventing squads for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) as the length of the cross-country course is in doubt. With less than seven weeks until the Games, which run from 11 to 23 September, it was announced last week that work on the footing, at Tryon International Equestrian Center, US, is ongoing. This could mean the length of the course is shorter than currently planned, which could then have an impact on selection. Britain and Australia have said final squads will not be named until the length is confirmed. WEG course-designer Mark Phillips told H&H: “The plan is to run the full 5,700m, but it’s dependent on whether we have the footing to be able to finish the course in the main…

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events called off due to long dry spell

REPERCUSSIONS of the extreme weather and hard ground have forced the cancellation of British Eventing’s (BE) Bicton and Horseheath August fixtures. Bicton, Devon, was to run from 17 to 19 August, but low entries on the ballot date meant the event was not “financially viable”. “We understand the weather has made it tough for competitors to get in their schooling and fitness preparation, plan competitions and so make early entries,” said organiser Helen West. “But with so many financial outlays at this point in the buildup, we simply cannot afford to run in August with entries as they are.” The venue has stepped in to hold a new event in the autumn to fill the gap left by the cancellation of Aldon in October, due to the sale of the venue. It will hold…

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horses in the news

RINGWOOD COCKATOO Bettina Hoy’s former ride has been put down aged 27. The 2006 world team gold medallist also won Olympic team and individual gold at Athens 2004, before these were taken away as they had crossed the start line twice. GRAND MANOEUVRE Diana Chappell’s four-star eventer has been put down due to lameness aged 14, 10 weeks after retiring. Ridden by Nick Gauntlett and Laura Collett, he completed three Badmintons and the 2015 European Championships. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Annabel Jenks’ nine-year-old, ridden by Oliver Hood rather than his father Allister, took the supreme title at the Royal International for a second year and the champion riding horse for a third year. Report, p34.…

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review launched over suspension confusion

ENDURANCE GB (EGB) has launched an “internal process review” after Britain’s Charlie Chadwick only discovered she was suspended from competition after her arrival in Italy for the young rider European Endurance Championships. Charlie, 18, was in France with the rest of the team on 20 July, when she was alerted by EGB to a potential problem. The news was confirmed when she reached Pisa. EGB says Charlie is responsible for observing mandatory rest periods for horses after each ride — a breach of which has triggered her two-month FEI suspension. But the FEI told H&H the national federation is responsible for checking rider eligibility. Charlie feels “let down” by both FEI and EGB, while social media has blasted the Clean Endurance community representative who alerted EGB and FEI to the breach in the first…