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Horse & Hound 20-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 fortune

I HAD my cards read at a wedding on Saturday. Not normally something I’d go for, but two glasses of Moët down I thought why not, they’re hardly going to give me bad news here. Much excitement was looming, she said. So I was totally prepared for the euphoria of watching Ros Canter, cool as ice, cruising to world individual gold and securing team gold in the process. How painful for Ingrid Klimke to see gold slip away at the last fence, but Ros was a gracious beneficiary. Britain’s eventing team can do no wrong under the leadership of Chris Bartle and Dickie Waygood. For a team to leave the world number one at home and still get double gold is quite something. Roll on Tokyo 2020. It was once said a…

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britain brilliant as hurricane hits hard

BRITAIN triumphed in Tryon during the first week of the World Equestrian Games (WEG), despite the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. Team GBR’s eventers scooped team and individual gold, the latter coming thanks to a near-faultless performance from Ros Canter and Allstar B, while the dressage riders took team bronze and, courtesy of Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle, individual bronze. Both teams have secured qualification for the 2020 Olympics. After a full set of world-class dressage performances, all four British eventing team members jumped clear and inside the time around the cross-country course, from which two fences had been removed owing to the weather. Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo, Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser and Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul, along with Ros, were the only team to add no…

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what next for weg?

THE FEI is to undertake a “very clear” assessment of WEG, with a view to possible adaptations to its format in future. In a press conference, the FEI was asked whether “the WEG concept has reached its sell-by date”. “Non-Olympic disciplines have drawn the short straw before at WEGs and suffered from sub-standard facilities and courses, though nowhere as bad as Tryon,” stated one guest. “Isn’t it time to reintroduce stand-alone championships at venues that know what they’re doing?” FEI president Ingmar de Vos answered: “We need to make a very clear assessment of these Games and understand their future. We still have interest from organisers to run them but yes, we need to look at the concept; maybe to make some adaptations to the format. “After Caen [2014], we made a full assessment…

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chaos as storm hits endurance ride

THE endurance got off to a bad start when some competitors were misdirected early in the ride. There were chaotic scenes as the ground jury ruled that it would be restarted as a 120km ride. Torrential rain made conditions more testing as the ride was restarted, and it was then cancelled as rising heat and humidity posed an “unacceptable” risk to equine welfare. FEI president Ingmar de Vos said an “immediate” investigation would be carried out into the misdirection. He added that the cancellation was a “very difficult” decision, and that he understood competitors’ frustration. Kieran O’Brien, a member of the veterinary commission at Tryon, said that by the time the ride was stopped, 51 horses were in hospital, of whom 32 needed intensive treatment. One horse, a 20-year-old who was suffering from…

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horses in the news

SAXON WARRIOR The Aiden O’Brien-trained Classic winner has been retired following a tendon injury in the Irish Champion Stakes on 15 September. The three-year-old bagged more than £1.1m in prize money in his two-year career. RUBINSTEENA Headmore Stud’s star broodmare has died at the age of 22. By Rubinstein, out of a Donnerhall mare, “Ruby” is the mother of top competition horses including Half Moon Frizzante and Headmore Davina. PETITION One of The Queen’s most successful show horses, the 15.3hh gelding died peacefully on 7 September. The son of Reverie had success with Katie Jerram-Hunnable at Horse of the Year Show and Hickstead. Pictures by Peter Nixon, Jon Stroud Media, Bill Selwyn and trevor-meeks-photography.co.uk…

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the fight goes on as uk horses get fatter

TOP vets have been discussing the obesity epidemic as “one of the biggest welfare issues facing British leisure horses”. The topic came up at the British Equine Veterinary Association’s annual congress, as vets discussed tackling obesity and its related conditions, and how owners perceive the issue. Caroline Argo, head of veterinary clinical science at the University of Surrey, wants to “descience” the topic, and find out what vets may be missing. “Equine obesity is probably the biggest welfare issue facing the industry,” she said. “The list of direct and indirect effects is extensive. We’ve had a lot of focus on laminitis, which is understandable, but if you look at the direct implications on health they’re severe in their own right and should not be tolerated.” OTHER OPTIONS PROF Argo said identifying obesity is “challenging”, as…