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Horse & Hound 22-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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he will be missed

THE response to Tim Stockdale’s death reflects an incredible level of adoration and respect towards this incredible rider. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a story to tell that gives an example of why they held him in such high regard. Most of those anecdotes include an element of kindness — Tim appears to have had time for everyone, which is hard to do when you are working flat out for the success he will also be remembered for. Tim was a journalist’s dream, always coming back with a quote — an insightful, enigmatic one at that — and came across incredibly well. When TV producers were looking for someone to front the showsFaking ItandOnly Fools On Horses, Tim was the ideal candidate. Here was someone viewers could relate…

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the legend with a heart of gold

HE was a showjumping legend, a grafter, a family man and passionate about his sport — and he had a smile that “lit up a room”. The equestrian world is mourning the loss of Tim Stockdale, who died on 14 November, aged 54. Tim, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in October, died peacefully at Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton, surrounded by his devoted wife, Laura, and sons Joseph and Mark. Social media has been flooded with tributes from riders of all disciplines and levels, from members of the public and figures from outside the equestrian world. “He was a legend,” showjumper Geoff Billington told H&H. “He was always so passionate about the sport, and optimistic. He wasn’t a top rider when he started out, not a born superstar, but he made himself into one…

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TIMOTHY MARK STOCKDALE TIM was born in 1964, with twin brother Ivan, to Nancy and Geoffrey Stockdale. The boys joined three brothers, and a sixth sibling, their sister, came later. Tim’s introduction to riding was met with “some disdain”. It was a summer when he, his twin brother and sister were sent to a riding school to “get them out from under their mother’s feet”. Tim did not like the idea of riding because “it hurt and the ponies smelled”. He preferred football and cricket to academic subjects at school, and followed in the footsteps of his father, whose business was construction, as he became an “eight-year-old handyman” at the riding school, with payment in lessons. His equestrian “eureka” moment came one evening when, encouraged to canter, his fear gave way to exhilaration. His course…

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horses in the news

ROARING LION The three-year-old colt, trained by John Gosden and owned by Qatar Racing, was named Cartier Horse of the Year on 13 November. The son of Kitten’s Joy won four Group One races between July and October this year. LOT 38 The unnamed gelding, by OBOS Quality 004, topped Goresbridge’s Go For Gold event horse sale in Ireland (12-13 November). The three-year-old was bought by British rider Sam Ecroyd for €59,000 (£52,495). LALOR The six-year-old won on his debut over fences at Cheltenham. He was ridden by Richard Johnson for Kayley Woollacott, who took over the licence from her late husband, Richard Woollacott DUBLIN The 11-year-old has joined British showjumper Jessica Mendoza’s string. The German-bred gelding, by Cobra 18, was most recently competed by Kent Farrington and had several CSI5* wins with the US rider. BALLINEEN GLEN…

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combined world games could become a thing of the past

THE World Equestrian Games (WEG) is likely to be split into separate world championships, the FEI revealed on the opening day of the 2018 general assembly (17 November). The games, held every four years since 1990, are the World Championships for all FEI disciplines: eventing, showjumping, dressage and para dressage, driving, reining and vaulting. But hosting them has proved expensive and logistically challenging. Tryon stepped in to host the 2018 games two years ago after Bromont in Canada agreed with the FEI to pull out, due to financial reasons. “The FEI has twice opened the bidding process for [2022], but this has not resulted in any realistic bids,” said an FEI spokesman after an FEI bureau meeting at the assembly. “As a result, the bureau unanimously approved the opening of a bidding process for…

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in brief

FREE ADVENT CALENDAR IN H&H H&H readers are in for a treat this December as, for the first time in the weekly magazine’s long history, the front cover of next week’s issue is also an advent calendar. The advent calendar appears as the cover of the Thursday, 29 November issue — just in time to open the first door on Saturday, 1 December. The cover is produced in partnership with equine supplement company NAF and has a Thelwell theme. H&H editor-in-chief Sarah Jenkins said: “We are so excited to be bringing readers this unique front cover, a publishing first in H&H’s 134-year history. As print creatives go, this one is both a joy for us to produce and for readers to experience.” SAFETY AWARDS FOR CAMPAIGNERS CAMPAIGNERS who work tirelessly to improve the safety of horses…