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Horse & Hound 08-Nov-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 whole picture

AS equestrian journalists, we’re fortunate that the vast majority of the time we are celebrating horses and horsesport. Then there are the stories we’d rather hadn’t happened, like FEI sanctions. If they hadn’t happened, we would have been delighted not to write about them. But when they happen and the public has a right to know about them, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t cover them. Our readers expect nothing less. H&H is, after all, a 135-year-old award-winning news service, not a parish magazine. But the thought of doing so does not fill us with glee — quite the opposite. How we cover these stories depends on how newsworthy they are and what information the rider shares with us — we always give right of reply of course, which…

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changing times for modern horsemanship

RIDER weight and the use of whips and spurs in modern riding were among the issues discussed by leading vets at the 2018 World Horse Welfare conference. Five experts took part in a discussion panel chaired by Sky News sports editor Nick Powell at the 31 October meeting, the theme of which was “changing times”. Gemma Pearson, Ebony Escalona, Ben Mayes, Sarah Coombs and Julian Rishworth were asked about the issue of riders being of inappropriate size for their mounts, as highlighted by the Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) when it imposed a maximum weight limit in 2016. Mr Rishworth, the GYS vet, said the show felt it needed to take a stand on welfare issues including riders too big for their mounts, such as adults riding children’s ponies “into the ground” while working…

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brexit: ‘campaign for horse welfare and you will prevail’

IF the equestrian world joins forces to campaign on crucial issues during Brexit, “it will prevail”, a former MP believes. Tim Collins, a former member of the shadow cabinet who runs a company providing communications support to businesses, gave his perspective on Britain leaving the EU at the World Horse Welfare conference. Mr Collins reminded those present that the process of leaving would not be brief, citing the fact that in the 1950s Britain twice “walked out” of negotiations on the creation of what became the European Economic Community, and that a decade later, the French “decided they wanted us out”. “So negotiations going through rocky periods and breaking down isn’t unprecedented; smart people would have said this was always quite likely to happen,” he said. He also said the average time for countries…

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the rise of the traditional gypsy cob

THERE is a “long way to go” in work promoting and protecting the traditional gypsy cob but “we will get there”, the founder of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) believes. Society founder Andrea Betteridge told the World Horse Welfare conference of the progress the studbook has made in recording genetic information on as many equines as possible, in a breed now recognised by Defra and the EU, and educating both buyers and sellers. “It’s the future and the feather that takes us all forwards,” she said. “The theme ‘changing times’ certainly fits the breed and our association.” She said the TGCA wanted to understand the culture and traditions of breeders and promote responsible breeding from registered animals to preserve the integrity of the traditional gypsy cob. She said the breed’s popularity and value…

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horses in the news

ENABLE The John Gosden-trained filly has made history as the first horse to win the Breeders’ Cup and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season. The four-year-old was ridden by Frankie Dettori on both occasions. ALLSTAR B Caroline Moore and Ros Canter’s world individual and team gold medallist has been crowned British Eventing’s leading horse of 2018 with 408 points. Ros’ own Zenshera finished in the runner-up spot. IDALGO George and Jayne Apter’s European team gold medal-winner has been put down aged 22. “Frog” spent his retirement hunting with Alex van Tuyll, who had looked after him since William Fox-Pitt took the ride in 2003. Pictures by Lucy Merrell, Peter Tirmuss/Alamy, Jean Catuffe, Peter Nixon and trevor-meeks-photography.co.uk…

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launch of new system to improve eventing safety

BRITISH EVENTING (BE) must communicate better with members it has admitted, while a system to improve rider safety in the sport is imminent. A major initiative announced at the annual general meeting (AGM) on 4 November was that BE is planning to instigate reverse qualification as an interim rule in 2019 following work with data company EquiRatings. This system will force competitors who run into repeat problems to step down a level. Sport manager Debbie Pritchard said the aim is to change horses’ paths before falls occur. BE is continuing to work with EquiRatings on its quality index (ERQI) safety system, which will link to the entries page and is based on statistics and past form. This will mean riders can see whether an entry is green (fine to enter), amber (warning) or red…