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Horse & Hound 29-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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bring on the tinsel

I’D happily eat mince pies in October, hear White Christmas in November and don a reindeer jumper any time of the year. I adore the whole season and everything about it. However, for fear of having too much of a good thing, I restrain myself and daren’t give it too much thought until 1 December — beyond planning this issue, our pre-Christmas issue and our Christmas quiz issue I mean… Once you open the first window on your advent calendar, then it is surely legitimate to start getting festive. At least put Nat King Cole on. And so with this week’s advent calendar front cover — a publishing first in Horse & Hound’s 134-year history — we say ‘let the festivities commence’. On the subject of Christmas, how’s the shopping going? I…

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welfare issues top of the fei agenda

THE welfare of horses and riders took centre stage at the FEI general assembly. New recommendations over helmets, dealing with suspected head injuries, anti-doping and cataloguing horse and rider injuries were among the key talking points at the meeting in Bahrain (16-20 November). Peter Whitehead, chairman of the FEI medical committee, said new tools have been created. “Concussion isn’t always easy to recognise,” he said. “In line with some other sports, I’m working on an assessment form and, hopefully, an app that can be used by anyone to see if concussion may have occurred.” Dr Whitehead said it is important to listen to, for example, fence judges who have seen a fall, and a new online flowchart will help establish if concussion has occurred. The committee has also been working on a definitive list of headgear…

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clean sport

MORE information on detection times for drugs used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition, will be published. This comes as part of a full review of the FEI’s equine prohibited substances list. Dr McEwen said while there have been “very few problems” with the list itself, it was “time to have a full review”, by an independent panel of experts. “I have been one of those criticising the FEI for not enough [information on] detection times, and vets have asked for this time and time again,” he said. “We had nine new detection times this year and [FEI veterinary director] Göran Akerström has promised me he is going to provide more and more — I’ll hold him to that.” Riders can also expect more blood-testing from 2019. Competitors were told at the…

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equestrian sport must have a ‘social licence’

PUBLIC trust is vital for sport to have a place today, and to secure a safe future, the equestrian world has been warned. So says former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens, who heads the FEI independent equestrian community integrity unit. The FEI asked the unit to investigate the endurance fiasco at the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG, news, 20 September). After a false start, where some riders were misdirected, the ride was cancelled on welfare grounds. “There was a catalogue of errors that created the perfect storm which resulted in a false start,” Lord Stevens told the general assembly. ‘Rules amount to nothing more than a muckheap if they are not enforced’ ROLY OWERS “There were a number of issues, such as clear lack of communication by officials, which may in part be caused by a…

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horses in the news

OLE Canadian showjumper Mac Cone’s 2008 Olympic team silver medal-winning ride has died aged 22. The KWPN gelding had success on the international circuit and represented Canada in a number of Nations Cups. IBR MOLLEGARD The first horse Hayley Watson-Greaves produced through the levels to grand prix has died aged 17. “Harry” went on to enjoy much of his successful competition career with Sara Branch. MONIVEA MAGIC RAINBOW The successful 12hh part-bred Welsh section A has been put down aged 22. He stood champion and reserve at the Royal International, took a championship title at Great Yorkshire Show and won at HOYS.…

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court order to stop sabs trespassing on hunt land

SABOTEURS have been banned from trespassing on land used by the Fitzwilliam Hunt by an interim High Court injunction. On 16 November, Mr Justice Freedman made the ruling against a number of named hunt saboteurs (sabs), as well as unnamed people, who may go on to or stay on the land in question, intending to protest against or obstruct the hunt. The legal action was initiated in October by the hunt “in respect of issues relating to trespass on land, harassment and other interference with lawful activities”, although the opponents dispute the hunt’s claims. The injunction could be lifted at trial, at which all claims from both parties could be considered. The injunction refers to seven named sabs, and unnamed people. Mr Freedman wrote: “I also find in respect of persons unknown that there…