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Horse & Hound 16-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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time of our lives

I can be queuing in a petrol station or packed onto a train of sweaty commuters — wherever I am, the taste of a Polo mint transports me back to some of the best days of my life. Sitting in the haybarn, aged 10, taking a break with pony-mad friends. I can smell the hay, the saddle soap, the citronella. From that age for the rest of my childhood, if I wasn’t in school I was at the yard. Summer holidays were heaven. There were lessons, tests and local shows, but the day-to-day was polishing the pony until she shined, packing a picnic and riding out for hours with friends. I hope some parents reading this issue will have picked it up in an airport lounge and never even considered sending their child…

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tight nosebands are in the spotlight again

TIGHT nosebands have been hitting headlines again as a rider was “caught out” by protocol — which the FEI is reviewing. British team member Charlotte Dicker was given a yellow card by the FEI ground jury for “abuse of horse” at the junior and young rider European Championships in Fontainebleau in July. Her ride Sabatini’s noseband was deemed too tight at the tack inspection after her individual test, but Charlotte said she had ridden in the same padded noseband, done up on the same hole, the previous day, and at “all her competitions this season”. “I’d never had a comment from a steward,” she said. “Sabatini is my world and I would never do anything to compromise her welfare or cause her discomfort. But I accept the decision.” The protocol for checking noseband tightness,…

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british success on ponies — and the nations cup

BRITAIN’S riders have brought home a medal haul from the pony European Championships. The showjumping team, Shaunie Greig (Casino Royale), Claudia Moore (Elando Van De Roshoeve), Perdita Digby (Kayleighs Star) and Nicole Lockhead Anderson (Gangnam Style II), took team gold at Bishop Burton on 10 August. Claudia, 13, then rose from individual fifth to claim bronze. The home eventing team then added a golden double and another individual bronze to the Brits’ medal tally. Saffron Osborne and Little Indian Feather upgraded their 2017 team and individual silver medals to a brace of golds by finishing on their dressage score of 28. A clear showjumping round from Daisy Proctor and Holiday Chase was rewarded with an individual bronze. Saffron and Daisy were joined on the gold medal-winning team by Hattie Grace with Noble Superman and Ellie…

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riders could benefit from pin-prick concussion test

A NEW concussion test that could provide an accurate and fast diagnosis while a rider is still at an event, could be hitting the market as soon as 2019. The pin-prick blood test is one of several new developments in head injury research. The pocket-sized device works by identifying a protein that is released when brain cells are damaged by impact. A line will appear if the patient needs to go for a CT scan or if the person is uninjured, it will remain clear. “Our idea was to find a way to do a quick exam that will allow, during a sporting event, to say if the athlete can return to the field or requires hospitalisation,” said Jean-Charles Sanchez of the University of Geneva, who worked with scientists at the universities of…

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warning over ‘toxic’ arena surfaces

RIDERS have been warned of the risks “toxic” plastic waste as arena surfaces could pose to themselves, horses and the environment. The Environment Agency (EA) warned that those found with the substance on their land could face an expensive bill for removal, and could be liable for prosecution. The substance is plastic granulate, made from recycled cable sheathing and waste electronic equipment. “It’s being marketed by some waste producers and brokers as a base material for manèges and track surfaces. But there is no legal route for its use for this purpose,” said a statement released by the EA. “This granulate is being sold as a cheap replacement for clean plastic granules derived as a byproduct from plastic manufacture or granules specifically produced for manèges.” Certain waste materials, such as granulated rubber and wood chip,…

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horses in the news

BILLY THE RED Tina Cook’s ride returned to form with a win in the CIC3* at Hartpury (9 to 12 August). The 11-year-old gelding was lying in fifth overnight and rose four places to finish on his dressage score of 25.6 (report, p44). NEWTON VAMOUCHE A daughter of world young horse champion Woodlander Farouche is the first regional dressage champion of the Elite Foals Registration Tour. The filly, by Valverde, was bred by Ally Walton and is owned by Newton Stud. CRAIKHOW HALL JENSEN The Suffolk stallion is at the centre of an international bid to save the endangered breed. His frozen semen is being shipped to New Zealand to help boost the Suffolk horse gene pool in the country. Pictures by Peter Nixon, Selene Scarsi and kevinsparrow.co.uk…