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Horse & Hound 18-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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riding for all

WE held a client day last Thursday, an opportunity for us to hear from advertisers and talk to them about what we’re doing at Horse & Hound. This year we included a live panel discussion with some of the great and the good of the horse world, looking at what we can do as an industry to increase the popularity of our sport (news, p8-9) and inviting input from those in the room. A discussion we originally thought would hinge around encouraging spectators by looking at improved formats for top level sport, and increasing participation at affiliated level, kept coming back to getting riders started in the sport at entry level. As Dane Rawlins of Dressage at Hickstead so eloquently put it: “Elite sport drags the bottom up, but we have…

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uniting against the bullies

PEOPLE from across the horse world are standing up against bullies after a 14-year-old rider took his own life. Bradley John was weeks away from leaving school to take up a place on an equestrian college course when he was found dead on 12 September. His father Byron John told H&H: “It was bullying.” Mr John said Bradley had become a target for bullies owing to his love for and involvement with horses, adding: “Because it’s something different — and people don’t like different.” Bradley was whipper-in at the Three Counties Bloodhounds, of which his father and stepmother Kate Pickard are founder masters, and a showjumper. Riders have been remembering him and supporting his family by posting videos of themselves sounding hunting horns, using the hashtag #blowforbradley. Mr John said the message he wants to…

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deal or no deal: what will happen after brexit

HIGHER costs and additional paperwork could be in store for owners taking horses abroad if there is a “no deal” Brexit. Defra released guidance on 12 October to allow equestrians time to prepare should the UK leave the EU without a deal next March. Now, horses need an ID document (passport) that includes details of their health status, plus either an intra-community trade animal health certificate (ITAHC) or a vet certificate. Horses can move freely between Britain and Ireland with just a passport, while under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), certain horses — such as sport horses and racehorses — can move freely between Britain, Ireland and France with a passport plus a DOCOM document, that confirms the high health status of the horse and records the trip on the EU animal movements…

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eventing calls extraordinary meeting

BRITISH EVENTING (BE) is to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) after receiving a list of 107 signatures expressing “no confidence” in the chairman and chief executive. BE, which has a membership of 15,800, has a threshold of 100 voices to call an EGM. In a message to members, chairman Paul Hodgson said he understands most of the signatures were gathered at the start of the season at a “wet and very frustrating time period”. He added that from feedback received, he believes issues include rising costs within the sport, quality of customer service to members, plus concerns over the cost and delays of the IT project. Lack of competition opportunities at the upper levels, spend on commercial and marketing, ground-care equipment and its maintenance, support provided to the Osborne House showcase event and…

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horses in the news

WILLY DO Lucy Jackson’s four-star campaigner has retired from international competition. The 17-year-old gelding, who the New Zealand rider co-owns with Gillian Greenlees, will be competed at the lower levels by Lucy’s head girl Emelia Hazell. LIEBLING II The World and European team silver medal-winning dressage horse has died, at the age of 21. The gelding, by Lorentin I, competed at grand prix level with five riders, including Anna Ross and Carl Hester. He retired to Carl’s yard in 2014. LOT 325 The Dubawi colt became the highest-priced yearling to sell at auction in 2018. He was sold by Watership Down Stud to David Redvers, on behalf of Qatar Racing, for 3.5million guineas (£3.675m) at Tattersalls October Book 1 sale on 10 October.…

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chewing over signals of equine behaviours

LICKING and chewing is behaviour displayed following a stressful situation rather than submissive, a study has indicated. Research was conducted on behalf of the International Society for Equitation Science by scientists Margrete Lie and Ruth Newberry, who observed herds of horses in Ecuador and collected data on sequences of behaviour. Ms Lie told H&H: “I think a lot of the things we do with horses influences them, and I wanted to look at horses in a [natural] environment. It was important to look at completely natural behaviour, so we wanted to see horses living without restriction.” The study investigated whether a submissive horse would show signs of licking and chewing following the approach of an aggressive horse. But it was found both performed the behaviour. This indicated it came after a period of tension,…