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Horse & Hound 15-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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a night to remember

THE Horse & Hound Awards had their third run last week, moving from Ascot to Cheltenham Racecourse this time. The event has rapidly become our favourite night of the year. It is a joyous celebration of all that is good about horse sport. Everyone turns up hellbent on having a good time and consequently they do. This year we welcomed, among others, Horse of the Year Show winners, Badminton and Burghley victors, and World Equestrian Games medallists. These exceptional athletes joined the incredible vets, grooms and volunteers also nominated, who combined to make our phenomenal sports happen. There was a sense of genuine appreciation in the room for what each role being honoured at the event brings to the whole. And the winners, well, they were the characters with the greatest charm…

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your 2018 heroes crowned

THE people and horses named the most worthy recipients of this year’s Horse & Hound Awards have been named. After hundreds of nominations were received, and some 24,000 votes from readers, the titles were handed out at Cheltenham racecourse on 8 November. H&H editor-in-chief Sarah Jenkins said: “Each is extremely worthy of our praise and respect and I’d like to add my own congratulations to each of our fantastic winners.” Share your news story Call 01252 555021 Email eleanor.m.jones@ti-media.com @ eleanor_jones_ Pictures by Peter Nixon, BGA/EEA and Bill Selwyn…

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further changes made to 2020 olympic format

THE controversial eventing substitution rules proposed for the 2020 Olympics have been tweaked again following concerns from national federations. The “three to a team” format, which means the travelling reserve can be substituted in part-way through a team competition, was announced in November 2017 and tested at the 2018 Millstreet and Strzegom Nations Cups (news, 30 August). Any combination that does not complete the dressage or showjumping phase will be given a score of 100 penalties, and those who do not finish the cross-country will be given 200 penalties. Substitutions on medical or veterinary grounds are to be allowed, but will be penalised with 20 penalties. The German and US equestrian federations both voiced worries that the new scoring system is too confusing. “The test event in Strzegom has shown that it is really too…

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‘the time is now’ to change the industry

THE time is now for changing the equestrian industry, according to those behind a new initiative. The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) council, and many of its member bodies, have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for “a shared vision for the equestrian industry”. The idea of the MOA, which is launched today (15 November), is to change the industry’s culture, says Lucy Katan, executive director of the British Grooms Association (BGA) and Equestrian Employers Association (EEA), which created the initiative. ‘The industry can’t continue as it is’ LUCY KATAN It comprises principles, including respect, integrity, fairness and equality. “This is the moment; change starts now,” Ms Katan said. “The industry can’t continue as it is.” Ms Katan told H&H the move had been an aim ever since she set up the BGA, followed by the EEA. “But…

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horses in the news

CRACKSMAN The John Gosden-trained star ends his career on the track joint top of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings with Winx. The four-year-old is standing at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £25,000. DOUGLAS Simon Grieve’s four-star ride has been put down, aged 15, after an injury failed to heal. The Irish Sport Horse, most recently owned by Vicki and Stewart Irlam, also showjumped internationally with Nina Barbour. DOUVAN The six-time Grade One winner looks set to miss the season due to injury. Trained by Willie Mullins, the eight-year-old with two Cheltenham Festival wins ran twice last season due to trouble with the same leg. BOWKER Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted section has named a five-year-old Irish equine recruit after the late former chairman of the Lancashire Police Horse Benevolent Fund. Bill Bowker fundraised for retired police…

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parliament road safety debate a ‘huge success’

A PARLIAMENT debate on road safety has been hailed a “huge success” by the British Horse Society (BHS), after an appeal to riders to contact their MPs. The debate, on 5 November, came after H&H reported that a review of the Highway Code announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) did not mention horses (news, 25 October). MPs raised concerns on issues riders face on the roads, and the importance of driver education. “I can’t stress enough the importance of the debate,” BHS safety director Alan Hiscox said. “We are very pleased so many BHS members wrote to their MPs on the important factor of the omission of horses from the review, and the briefing given to MPs meant their arguments were well informed. “It was very encouraging that nine MPs spoke about ongoing issues…