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Horse & Hound 23-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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fairytale endings

WHEN I interviewed Paul Tapner a few weeks ago, he talked about hopes for a really good run at Burghley and then going on to Badminton in May, which would be his final four-star (interview, p22). That was the goal. That would be the “fairytale” as he put it. This morning (Monday), I had to call for an update as his horse had to be withdrawn from Burghley with an injury. “Fairytales don’t always happen in eventing,” as he put it. It’s hoped they’ll still get to Badminton next year. Fairytales in horse sport are few and far between. Perhaps that’s why they mean so much when they happen. I’ve spoken to many young riders over the years who want to be the next Charlotte Dujardin, or the next Nick Skelton, or the…

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riders and horses set to go for gb glory on world stage

CONFIDENCE is high in the British eventing and dressage camps, as the squads set to compete at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) have been named. Eventers Ros Canter, on her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B, Tina Cook with Elizabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red, Piggy French and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo, Tom McEwen with his own, Jane Inns and Ali McEwen’s Toledo De Kerser and Gemma Tattersall with her own and the Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul will travel to Tryon, USA, for the Games, which will run from 11 to 23 September. But there was controversy as the line-up does not include world number one Oliver Townend, who won the Kentucky Three-Day Event this year and was second at Badminton in May. Oliver had been long-listed on three horses,…

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blunders led to ineligible novice taking part in international ride

EUSTON Park Endurance has accepted responsibility for administrative blunders that enabled a novice, unregistered rider to join a 160km FEI ride. Newcomer Saeed Khalil Mansour Al Mansoori, 28, slipped through all pre-ride identity checks, lining up on HS Jamal on 5 August wearing a number originally allocated to another combination and making it 11 horses on an official start list of 10. The FEI investigated after witnesses raised concerns days later, though anomalies remain. The rogue duo came to spectator attention because the rider allegedly fell off and the horse had to be caught. The FEI says the ground jury was made aware of Al Mansoori’s ineligibility 10 minutes after the start, and acted quickly to stop him. But it was a week before official results were amended to show their participation and…

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full set of medals at youth europeans

BRITAIN returned home with a full set of medals from the European Dressage Championships for under-25s. The team of Charlotte Fry (Dark Legend V), Ryan Todd (Charlex Eskebjerg), Becky Edwards (Headmore Delegate) and Claire Gallimore (Annette Ballerina) won bronze at the championships in Exloo, the Netherlands, on 16 August. Charlotte, 22, followed up on the team’s success with silver in the grand prix, scoring a personal best of 75.308% to finish a whisker behind Germany’s Jill-Marielle Becks, riding Damon’s Delight. The combination then reversed the placings to win freestyle gold on a score of 82.14%, a clear 3% ahead of Jill-Marielle. “I’m in shock — this is all really unexpected,” said Charlotte. “I trained with Carl Hester from 14 to 17 years old, then moved to Holland just after I turned 18. “Carl suggested I…

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horses in the news

BONZA KING OF ROUGES Eventer Paul Tapner’s sole ride is to miss Burghley and the rest of season due to an injury. Paul hopes the 15-year-old, who won his second eventers’ challenge at Hickstead last month, will be back for Badminton 2019. WINX The Chris Waller-trained mare set a new Australian record, winning her 26th consecutive race. The seven-year-old, by Street Cry, surpassed Black Caviar’s record at Royal Randwick on 18 August. BROOKLEIGH Emily King’s 16-year-old ride, owned by Jane Del Missier, completed his first event, at Somerford, since Badminton 2016. The pair scored 29.3 in the dressage and jumped double clear, with time faults, in an open novice section.…

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row brews on plaiting of natives’ forelocks

COMPETITORS and breed societies are at loggerheads over plaiting native ponies’ forelocks for working hunter jumping. The issue came to light when complaints were lodged against competitors who jumped large breed natives with forelock plaits. Some say loosely plaiting a forelock, which may not be trimmed or pulled under some breed standards, will improve vision needed to navigate a course. But some societies disagree, citing the origin and true purpose of natives, which was to survive in their natural habits without human interference. The Fell Pony Society (FPS) handbook for showing and competing states: “Ponies must be shown unplaited and untrimmed”. FPS secretary Katherine Wilkinson said: “The matter was discussed at a council meeting following discussion on social media. A unanimous decision was to leave the rule as it is, and precede it with ‘ponies…