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Horse & Hound 06-Sep-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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brilliant burghley

BURGHLEY was sensational. The calibre of entrants was no poorer for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) looming and the course was an immense test — even if the likes of Andrew Nicholson, filmed feigning a yawn as he finished, made it look easy. For me the rounds of the day were Piggy French — such a beautiful rider, self-deprecating enough to suggest the horse would have gone round with a monkey on its back — and Tina Cook, who turned things round with a storming cross-country performance to move from 62nd after dressage to eventual 11th. It’s great to see both team riders on great form pre-WEG. The chat remained: “Why is Oliver Townend not going to WEG?” as he finished second on last year’s winner. Oliver worked a PR masterpiece, patting his…

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venue declares it is ‘ready for the games’ despite concerns

CONSTRUCTION workers are finishing facilities at Tryon International Equestrian Centre (TIEC), even though the first horses for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) were due to arrive on Sunday (September 2). Amid rumour some events may have to be cancelled or allocated to other venues at short notice, TIEC operations director Sharon Decker staged a press conference last week to assure local media “the Games are still happening”. Tryon took over as host for the 2018 WEG after original venue Bromont, Canada, dropped out two years ago. The resort, in North Carolina, has been developed to a similar business model as Wellington, Florida, by the same promoter, Mark Bellissimo. But neither venue has experience staging all eight FEI disciplines. Unlike the past two WEGs, Tryon has attracted no title sponsor, but some individual sport…

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ireland makes late changes to world games squads

CHANGES have been made to Ireland’s showjumping and eventing squads ahead of the World Equestrian Games. Shane Breen and Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker replace Darragh Kenny and Babalou 41 on the showjumping team. Babalou 41 underwent colic surgery last week. Shane’s call-up was revealed on Sunday (2 September), after he won the All England Grand Prix at Hickstead on Clyde VA. Michael Duffy and EFS Top Contender are the first reserve. Patricia Ryan received a late call-up to the Irish eventing squad aboard the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Dunrath Eclipse, owned by Tom and Carol Henry. They replace Aoife Clark and Fernhill Adventure. Aoife hit her head in a cross-country fall when Master Rory tripped on landing during the CCI3* at Millstreet on 25 August. “This is most unfortunate for Aoife after producing a very good…

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why fractures are no longer an equine death sentence

THANKS to modern surgical practices a fracture does not always mean fatality, but prevention is key in avoiding catastrophic bone injuries. Eugenio Cillán-García of The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies said the school has seen more than a 50% increase in fractures in 2018 compared to last year but that, with the right treatment, many of the horses concerned have a good prognosis of returning to work. Dr Cillán-García told H&H: “Vets are getting a better reputation for repairing fractures and owners are referring horses for treatment more. “Owners and referring vets are more aware that there are fractures that can be repaired, which is good. “We’ve come forward in the past 10 years — fractures we thought we would never be able to repair, we can now with simpler…

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blair warning and yellow cards given

OLIVER TOWNEND was given a verbal warning for whip use at Blair International Horse Trials. The world number one was spoken to months after his warning for use of the whip across country at Badminton. Oliver said his ride was “developing a habit of running out”, and did so in the cross-country warm-up at Blair. “I wanted to nip this habit in the bud by correcting him,” he added. “I gave this explanation to the ground jury on the day, which they accepted. The horse performed well and is happy, healthy and enjoying a break.” Louise Evans and James Sommerville were given yellow cards at Blair, Louise’s for “continuing after three refusals”. She declined to comment to H&H. James Sommerville’s card was for jumping the ropes after the cross-country finish. He felt the pulling-up area…

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horses in the news

HAPPY TIMES Sam Griffiths’ CCI4* campaigner was retired from competition in a ceremony at Burghley Horse Trials. Sam, Dinah Posford and Juliet Donald’s 19-year-old gelding had 11 CCI4* starts and numerous top placings. VALEGRO Artist Georgie Welch has started work on the first maquette for the Newent Initiative Trust’s plans to place a sculpture of the dressage star in Newent. The unveiling of the sculpture is planned for 2019. MEDICEAN Winner of the Eclipse and Lockinge Stakes and sire of 10 Group One winners, the 21-year-old has died from a suspected heart attack. Bred and raced by Cheveley Park Stud, he stood at the stud from 2002, retiring last year.…