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Horse & Hound 27-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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from tryon to tokyo

THE World Games in Tryon have been an emotional rollercoaster from the outset, fraught with controversy and appeals while simultaneously providing some of the best sport we’ve ever seen. And from here we inevitably look forward to Tokyo 2020. Sophie Wells was sensational in the para dressage to win two individual grade V golds. Her team-mates had some drama, from the wrong music being played during Erin Orford’s freestyle, to Natasha Baker being eliminated for an uncharacteristic fall from her double silver medallist. Anyone who follows Sophie will be aware of the incredible effort and number of hours she puts in to ensuring she is the best she can be. She did all she could for the hat-trick and team gold, though it was not to be, as the British team was…

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a memorable championships

THE chef de mission of Team GBR has praised horses, riders, owners and support staff for a “memorable championships”. As the World Equestrian Games (WEG) drew to a close in Tryon, David Holmes congratulated all those involved in Britain’s success. “Our athletes have delivered some outstanding performances,” he told H&H. “The medals and personal bests delivered across the disciplines have been brilliant to see and I hope they have inspired people watching at home.” Mr Holmes said one of the main aims across the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was to gain qualification for the 2020 Games and that it is “fantastic” this has been achieved in dressage, para dressage and eventing. “Our showjumpers put in some fabulous rounds, showing their potential, and I know will come back even stronger next year at the European…

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laying the foundations

THE Pony Club was represented at WEG by at least 20 former members, including riders and support staff. In eventing, Dickie Waygood is the performance manager, while all five riders were members: Ros Canter, Tom McEwen, Piggy French, Gemma Tattersall and Tina Cook. Dressage riders Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton were members, while in showjumping, it was William Whitaker and William Funnell, along with para dressage rider Sophie Wells. Vaulters Luke Smith, Rebecca Norval, Lucy Phillips, Carys Morgan and lunger Julie Newhall were all members, as were media representative Becky Elvin, para squad physio Lucy Bell and Clive Milkins, the chef d’équipe of the Canadian para dressage team. “Their hard work and dedication is an inspiration to all of our current members, and a great reminder of where horses can take you,” said a…

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horses in the news

OUR CASHEL BLUE The multiple championship-winning cob, this week’s H&H cover star, is recuperating following an operation to remove a tumour. The nine-year-old, owned by Lady Caroline Tyrrell and ridden by Allister Hood, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. BOX QUTIE The 12-year-old mare, ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård, who pulled up lame after cross-country at the World Equestrian Games, has been put down. She had soft tissue injuries and was initially improving, then suffered complications. WEIDYFLEUR II An embryo out of Valegro’s full sister, Weidyfleur II, was the top lot at the Anglo European Studbook & Brightwells Elite Foal Auction at Stoneleigh (22 September). The foal, by Finest, is due in June 2019 and sold for £15,000.…

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changes to dressage competition structure

CHANGES are to be made to the British Dressage (BD) bronze/silver/gold competition structure, it has been announced, as part of rule amendments for next year. At the national championships last week, BD said a number of changes will be made, including upping the maximum points level to compete in bronze to 25, allowing for those moving up from Quest Club, and to give those feeling disadvantaged at silver the right opportunities. Restrictions are also in store for the top of the silver section. Competitors who have ridden in a senior CDI at middle or big tour will no longer be able to compete in silver at any level, while those who have ridden in a senior CDI at small tour, or at grand prix (excluding pick-your-own classes), must ride in gold sections up…

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all systems go for showjumpers’ club

A CLUB aiming to represent showjumpers and benefit the sport as a whole is to be resurrected, after an initial meeting was a success. H&H reported (news, 20 September) that Tim Stockdale and Robert Smith hoped to recreate the Professional Showjumpers’ Association, known as the Riders’ Club, which had been “dormant” for some time. Tim told H&H that between 50 and 60 riders turned up at Arena UK for the first meeting, on 19 September, and that some have already subscribed and paid their fees. “It was very positive; we’re definitely going ahead with it,” he said. “The Riders’ Club will be up and running very shortly.” Tim said elections will be held for various roles on a working group, and reiterated that the idea is in no way to be “anti-British Showjumping” or…