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Horse & Hound 25-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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hunting perfection

READING Ian’s Stark’s wonderful description of his “hunter of a lifetime” (hunting, p42), Silver Monument — the speed with which the mare will tackle a descent and Ian’s suggestion that it is “everyone for themselves” reminded me what an incredible equestrian education hunting provides. Not all great riders grew up hunting, but those who did would credit the experience, at least in part, for the courage, horsemanship, reactions and fortitude they both compete and train with today. And of course, hunting teaches a great deal more than just riding — consideration for other people and appreciation of others’ skill, not to mention a better understanding of our marvellous British countryside. For these reasons and many besides, those who grow up hunting benefit in ways that hold them in good stead for all…

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riders urged to lobby mps over road safety changes

RIDERS are being urged to lobby their MPs after government plans to review the Highway Code ignored horses. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced on 18 October that the review aims to “empower cyclists and pedestrians”. The DfT said guidance on how road users should behave in relation to those on bikes and on foot is to be considered. But the British Horse Society (BHS), which has been working closely with the DfT, the DVSA and numerous other bodies on improving rider road safety, said it is “disappointing” there was no mention of equestrians. “This came as a complete surprise,” BHS safety director Alan Hiscox told H&H. “The government has consulted Cycling UK (CUK), and our relationship with them is so good that [CUK head of campaigns] Duncan Dollimore is saying we should be included,…

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why faster broadband is crucial to the industry

A PUSH for faster, more reliable internet in rural areas to benefit equestrian business is making waves in parliament. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have been pressuring government to improve broadband and 4G for rural areas as a priority. The British Equestrian Trade Association is backing the call. “Good internet and phone connections are essential to rural equestrian businesses,” executive director Claire Williams said. “An improved service would be particularly welcome, as many retailers are left to cope with the challenges of slow internet and a service that is often intermittent. “Online businesses rely on good internet — but bricks-and-mortar stores do, too, as many customers expect to pay by card. “Businesses with trade stands really rely on good-quality Wi-Fi at events, with card payments often preferred for on-site…

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new racing welfare body ‘not needed’

PARLIAMENT has decided against a new independent regulatory body for racehorse welfare after a 105,000-signature petition sparked an MPs’ debate. Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill introduced the debate on 15 October, in response to the call for the body, which would focus entirely on welfare. Animal welfare minister David Rutley supports the collaboration the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. But he added that while the drop in horse fatalities since 2012 is positive, he would like to see the numbers decline further, consideration over starting stalls injuries and increased transparency around the number of horse deaths. “The government welcomes all the work the BHA has done, and continues to do, for the safety of horses and riders and as a functioning and transparent body, which has…

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horses in the news

LA BIOSTHETIQUE-SAM FBW Sam, one of the most successful event horses of all time, has been retired. The four-time CCI4* winner and double Olympic individual gold medal-winner will stay with rider Michael Jung. ROARING LION 2018 will be the final year of racing for the multiple Group One winner. The three-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, who won four Group Ones this season, will stand at Tweenhills after his racing career comes to an end. CRISTAL FONTAINE Kitty King won gold at the young horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with Alex Wakeley’s six-year-old gelding. The combination added nothing to their dressage score of 25.4 to win (report, p56).…

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merger is ‘key to hunting’s future’

THE Quorn and the Cottesmore are in the early stages of moving towards proposed amalgamation. Meetings have been held to discuss the plan, with subscribers, landowners and farmers of both packs to vote on it next month. Cottesmore joint-master and huntsman Andrew Osborne, who is retiring at the end of this season, said: “It’s very appropriate that in the heart of the area where modern hunting was invented by Hugo Meynell more than 250 years ago, two historic packs have the opportunity to secure the future. While the hunts have the ability to carry on as at present, the masters of both wish to use the opportunity of their huntsmen retiring [the Quorn’s Peter Collins is also to retire at the end of the season] to bring the benefits of a merger…