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Horse & Hound 13-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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good luck, team gbr!

BY the time this issue is published, the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon will be in full swing. The hole in the cross-country course will have long since been filled, the opening ceremony a rousing masterpiece, and all those concerns people raised about the readiness of the venue will have proved unfounded — so we hope. Who knows, President Trump may have even turned up. I’m not sure this would be a blessing as such, but all publicity is good publicity. Or, far better, Bruce Springsteen, who it was rumoured might perform in an opening or closing ceremony — on account of his daughter being a top US showjumper, which I grant you is a tenuous link. Speaking of top showjumpers in America, I had the opportunity to interview US-based British…

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full steam ahead for weg despite concerns

A HURRICANE and concerns over facilities and grooms’ accommodation were among the issues faced by World Equestrian Games (WEG) organisers in the final days before the event. A state of emergency was declared in North Carolina at the start of this week, as Florence, which had been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane, was due to hit the east coast of the US. It is due to reach the mainland today (13 September) or tomorrow, when competition at WEG will be in full swing. But WEG host Tryon International Equestrian Center reminded fans it is set well inland. “All systems are a GO for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon this week!” the centre said in a statement. “The National Weather Service is providing updates multiple times a day. It’s too…

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hot competition for week one

A TOTAL of 349 riders from 54 countries were due to be going for gold in Tryon this week, the first of the World Equestrian Games. As the definite entries were confirmed for the first four disciplines, the FEI said “they’re going to be dancing and prancing, jogging and spinning, jumping, galloping and giving it all they’ve got.” Dressage, endurance, eventing and reining are all set to be contested this week. “Endurance will be first off, with 124 athletes from 40 countries tackling the 160-kilometre course, which has been designed to be technically demanding, with twists and turns and plenty of hills,” said an FEI spokesman. Dressage was also due to start on 12 September, with defending champion Charlotte Dujardin set to do battle on Mount St John Freestyle, as one of 78 combinations…

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countries unite over endurance concerns

GERMANY is the latest country to voice concerns about cheating, doping and welfare problems in endurance, amid fears about the likely conduct in the World Equestrian Game (WEG) ride which was due to take place yesterday (12 September). Both the German national organisation and six leading German endurance vets published open letters to the FEI last week. This follows similar lobbying by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and the decision of a top French vet Dr Pierre Romantzoff to retire in protest at the lack of progress. The Swiss federation met FEI endurance head Manuel Bandeira de Mello recently, and announced afterwards it had little confidence in the likelihood of the WEG ride running without incident. The German vets, who include British-born Juliette Mallison, a veteran four-star official, highlight fast, flat, non-technical…

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owners ‘reassured’ over claim payouts

HORSE owners waiting for payouts from an insurance firm have been promised the firm is working on “achieving a positive outcome for policyholders”. H&H reported on 26 July that Elite Insurance, which is based in Gibraltar and worked with intermediary Equicover in the UK, had been made to halt payments by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. The sanctions were imposed after Elite’s major re-insurer, New Zealand company CBL Insurance Ltd, went into liquidation. On 31 August, Elite Insurance told policyholders it had reached an agreement with CBL’s interim liquidator but that the High Court of New Zealand had objections, which the liquidator and Elite were working to resolve. It said a court hearing due on 30 and 31 August had been postponed until 24 and 25 September, and a payouts update would be made…

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horses in the news

CORNET OBOLENSKY The top showjumping stallion sired both the top-priced colt and filly at the Goresbridge Supreme Foal Sale on 1 September. The colt sold for €15,000 (£13,370), while the filly was top lot at €18,000 (£16,000). RF SCANDALOUS US eventer Marilyn Little has withdrawn from the World Equestrian Games after her ride sustained a minor injury. The 13-year-old mare showed “mild inflammation” in a lower limb and her prognosis for recovery is “excellent”. THE LAST SAMURI The 2017 Grand National runner-up will spend what is likely to be his last season in training with Harry Fry. Kim Bailey, who has trained the gelding since 2015, wished Harry “all the best” when he revealed the news.…