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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound 04-Oct-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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1 min.
difficult decisions

WE ran a news story last week on the welfare issue of owners leaving it too late to have horses put down, as highlighted by vets and charities. Whether with the best intentions, or due to costs, some owners do avoid the decision, to the detriment of the horse. This dilemma was made real for me last week as I had to make the call for my first horse, Tally — a sweet, beautiful, impeccably mannered Irish thoroughbred I’d owned for 21 years, enjoying Pony Club, eventing (badly) and dressage (a little better). Retired long ago, she injured a suspensory 18 months ago that was getting worse and was never going to get better. She has had a happy summer and was looking fantastic for her age. I made the choice to…

2 min.
team gbr up-beat about olympic qualification chance

BRITAIN’S showjumping team still stands an “amazing chance” of securing a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, performance manager Di Lampard has said. Showjumping was the only Olympic or Paralympic discipline in which the British squad did not collect a ticket at Tryon’s World Equestrian Games (WEG), finishing two places away from qualification in eighth. “It was so close, we were just two fences off qualifying and one time-fault away from seventh place. Considering we had three World Championship debutantes and a horse extremely inexperienced at this level [Holly Smith’s nine-year-old ride Hearts Destiny], it was a remarkable achievement,” said Di. The top six finishers at WEG — USA, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Australia — plus host nation Japan, have now guaranteed their places at the next Games. Strong European squads…

1 min.
fox-pitt joins athletes’ committee

WILLIAM FOX-PITT will represent event riders’ views on the FEI’s newly elected athletes’ committee for the next four years. The six-time Burghley winner is one of two Brits voted on to the committee; the second is reiner Francesca Sternberg. Ireland’s Cian O’Connor will be on the panel to voice the opinions of his fellow showjumpers. They are joined by Spanish dressage rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, endurance rider Tarek Taher from Saudi Arabia and Germany’s vaulter Kristina Boe and para dressage rider Angelika Trabert. There is a tie for the driving representative between Hungary’s Vilmos Jámbor and Germany’s Mareike Harm. A second round of online voting will take place from 1-10 October, with the result due to be revealed on 12 October. “The athletes’ viewpoint is central to the global decision-making process”, said FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibáñez. “The…

2 min.
stoneleigh to embrace change as hs2 steams on

THE impact of the controversial High Speed 2 (HS2) railway spells change for championships held at Stoneleigh Park. The new London to Birmingham line, set to open to passengers in 2026, will sever the Warwickshire estate. Chris Hartley, managing director of Grandstand Stoneleigh Events which hosts the championships, including British Dressage’s (BD) National Championships, confirmed that layout changes are planned to ensure the future of the venue. “There is a huge amount of consultation going on with HS2 and the work we are doing is all around ensuring we are fit for purpose to continue to host equine [and other] events moving forwards,” Mr Hartley told H&H. “It will obviously require some relocation of the equestrian rings, which will be moved to a better place on the estate.” He added the collaboration and support…

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horses in the news

EDREDON BLEU The Queen Mother Champion Chase and King George VI winner has died aged 26. Formerly trained by Henrietta Knight and owned by Jim Lewis, the French-bred gelding retired from racing at the age of 13. DONNPERIGNON The medal-winning dressage horse has retired aged 19. He competed at every Olympics, WEG and European Championships from 2010 to 2017 with Germany’s Christoph Koschel and Denmark’s Anna Kasprzak. APPALOUSIE FIREFLY Pam Jordan’s long-serving endurance horse has died aged 36. The Crabbet Arabian/Appaloosa competed in international and national rides well into his 20s, before enjoying an active retirement.…

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new equine microchip law comes into force

NEW equine identification regulations making it a legal requirement for every equine to be microchipped (news, 29 March) came into force on Monday (1 October). The British Horse Council has welcomed the new legislation, which it hopes will result in greater protection against theft, the spread of disease and neglect. The details of all equines must be stored on the Central Equine Database (CED). Owners of horses born before 30 June 2009 will have two years in which to ensure they are microchipped, with horses born after this date already required to be chipped. Any changes in ownership or status of a horse — for example, if they are put down, lost, stolen or signed out of the foodchain — need to be made to the horse’s passport-issuing organisation, which will then have 24…