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Horse & Hound 30-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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team players

THE Horse & Hound team is preparing for an immense month of sport, between Burghley and the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Britain’s WEG hopes rest with a number of talented horses, many making their championship debut. We wish them the very best and look forward to reporting their successes. Our most assured chance of gold sits as ever with the para dressage team, who remain unbeaten and I see no reason for that to change. Our eventers and dressage team are also in with a shout of gold, if they can peak now. I’m hopeful our showjumpers can exceed expectations and that seeing new blood at the top will give renewed enthusiasm for the sport in the UK. Two of our most experienced team members grace this week’s cover. Carl Hester and Tina…

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showjumpers aim to give it their best for britain

THE showjumping team set to represent Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) is packed with up-and-coming talent and confidence in success. The combinations heading to Tryon, US, are Amanda Derbyshire on Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Luibanta BH; William Funnell on the Billy Stud’s Billy Buckingham; Holly Smith on her own, Graham Smith and TJ Hall Ltd’s Hearts Destiny; and William Whitaker on Ludwig and Yasmine Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines. The travelling reserve is Alexandra Thornton on Dunwalke Ltd’s Cornetto K. It will be Holly and Amanda’s first championship and a second for William Whitaker, who jumped as an individual on Utamaro at last year’s Europeans. “It’s really good to have new, up-and-coming people and horses,” Amanda told H&H. “Everyone deserves to be there; it’s a great team.” Amanda is confident “Lulu” will not…

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previous championship teams and results

2018 WEG RIDERS: Amanda Derbyshire, William Funnell, Holly Smith, William Whitaker COMBINED AGE: 140 PREVIOUS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TOTAL: 3 2016 OLYMPICS RIDERS: Ben Maher, Nick Skelton, John and Michael Whitaker COMBINED AGE: 208 PREVIOUS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TOTAL: 78 RESULT: team 12th place 2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPS: Joe Clee, Ben Maher, Jessica Mendoza, Michael Whitaker COMBINED AGE: 143 PREVIOUS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TOTAL: 56 RESULT: team fourth place 2014 WEG: RIDERS: Michael Whitaker, Joe Clee, Spencer Roe, Scott Brash COMBINED AGE: 139 PREVIOUS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TOTAL: 25 RESULT: team 18th place 2013 EUROPEAN CHAMPS Scott Brash, William Funnell, Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker COMBINED AGE: 157 PREVIOUS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS TOTAL: 29 RESULT: team gold…

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british team tackle complex logistics for world games

TEN tonnes of air baggage, a 20ft shipping container and 250 bales of HorseHage are making their way to Tryon ready for Team GBR’s arrival at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). The logistics to co-ordinate the arrival of kit, riders, support teams and horses, while complying with strict US import restrictions, are painstakingly complex. A week before the organisational team leaves, they are finalising flights for 180 athletes, coaches, staff and team managers, ensuring the 1,500 hotel nights are booked, packing feed and ensuring equine import and export paperwork is in place. The British Equestrian Federation’s performance operations manager, Sophie Thomas, is one of the trio at the helm of ensuring that Britain’s trip to the Games runs seamlessly. She said: “All the feed has been gathered at Dodson & Horrell, who have allowed…

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horses in the news

STRADIVARIUS The John Gosden-trained four-year-old is the first winner of the WH Stayers’ Million bonus with a win in the Lonsdale Cup at York, following wins in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Henry II Stakes. SPIN DOCTOR Francis Whittington’s former four-star ride has been put down, at the age of 24. The Irish gelding stepped down from top-level eventing in 2008 and had enjoyed a happy retirement with Sophie Colloby. WELLSHEAD FARE OPPOSITION Coral Keen’s advanced horse has been retired from top-level eventing. It is hoped the 14-year-old will be able to enjoy an active semi-retirement of showjumping, dressage and fun classes.…

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olympic format is a ‘big learning curve’

OFFICIALS, riders and spectators at Millstreet were adjusting to the psychological, mathematical and selection implications of the new Olympic format for eventing. The three-rider system, which includes a reserve combination that may be substituted at any time, was trialled in the Nations Cup at the Irish horse trials (22-26 August, report, p50). The Irish team had to make a change before the dressage when Clare Abbott had to withdraw Euro Prince. As it was less than two hours before the competition began, the team was given 100 penalties (for having a rider not complete the dressage phase), plus 20 was added to the team’s cross-country score for bringing in the substitute rider James O’Haire. THE EFFECTS BRITAIN led after cross-country, but accrued 20 penalties on the final day when Francis Whittington had to withdraw…