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Horse & Hound 11-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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the hoys dream

THE Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is the pinnacle, the dream for so many. Talking to riders and connections at this year’s show, some said it was not competing here that meant the world, but rather qualifying to do so. Some drive the length and breadth of the country to obtain their ticket to HOYS, suffering the frustration of finishing just shy of a qualifying place. Then there are those who qualify and spend thousands on training and kit, travel and accommodation, plus entry fees, only for their horse — with the impeccable timing that only a horse could muster — to tweak a ligament or get a virus the week before. There has been much talk about whether a rider should be allowed to show an animal that has qualified for…

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british brilliance

BRITISH showjumpers Alfie Bradstock and Guy Williams delighted a capacity crowd at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on Saturday night when they both cleared the massive 7ft 1in (2.16m) red wall in the fifth round to share the spoils. Former pony and junior team event rider Alfie was competing in only the second puissance of his career, riding H D’Or, while Guy was aboard Mr Blue Sky UK. Full HOYS showjumping report from p72; showing from p54. Share your news story Call 01252 555021 Email eleanor.m.jones@ti-media.com @ eleanor_jones_…

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burghley to host grassroots eventing championship

GRASSROOTS event riders with dreams of competing at Burghley will have the chance to do so from 2020 thanks to a new initiative. For an initial three-year term, the prestigious venue will host the British Eventing (BE) BE80(T) championship, during the week of the CCI4* horse trials, and featuring a new cross-country course designed for the competition. BE chief executive David Holmes said: “This is a hugely important development for our members and the sport. Burghley House is steeped in eventing tradition and is a stunning location for a championship event. We are particularly grateful to Burghley Horse Trials director Elizabeth Inman and her team, along with Burghley Horse Trials president Miranda Rock, for their enthusiastic support of this new BE initiative.” To qualify, eligible riders will have to take part in regional…

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shorter grand prix test on trial

SHORTENING the grand prix dressage test at Olympia and setting it to music are among changes aimed at broadening the discipline’s appeal and further engaging the audience. The test at this year’s show (17 to 23 December) will be shortened by 45 seconds to five minutes. Music will also be selected for each competitor, to “reflect each combination’s personality”. As part of the two-year pilot project, riders will stay in the arena after their tests to see their scores, and give feedback, while the audience will again be able to use an app to compare their scoring of each test to the judges’. An Olympia spokesman said that despite the “significant” alterations, the test will be ridden and judged in the same format as all other FEI technical tests, and that it will…

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top rider ‘feeling ok’ after cancer diagnosis

TOP British showjumper Tim Stockdale is taking a break from the saddle after revealing he has stomach cancer. The 54-year-old Olympic rider was diagnosed on 1 October and told H&H he is “feeling ok”. He added more tests are needed to establish “the parameters of what we’re dealing with” and how to treat it. “I can’t see that I’ll be riding this year, but let’s hope for the best,” he said. “I feel pretty good and I’m coming to terms with it. We just need to put the lines in the sand to know where we are, then we can hopefully move forwards.” In a post on his Facebook page, Tim thanked his owners and sponsors for their “kind words and support during this difficult time”. “It’s important to focus on getting over this obstacle before…

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horses in the news

ENABLE The outstanding four-year-old won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for a second time in back-to-back victories. Frankie Dettori rode the John Gosden-trained filly to glory on both occasions. HELLO SANCTOS Scott Brash’s London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning ride is back competing after an 18-month break from the international circuit. The 16-year-old gelding jumped at the Autumn Mediterranean Equestrian Tour (2-7 October). THISTLEDOWN VAN-DERVAART Lucy Richardson’s 10-year-old Welsh section A made history at Horse of the Year Show on 3 October, winning the Mountain & Moorland Mini Pony of the Year Championship for a fourth consecutive year.…