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Horse & Hound 06-Dec-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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tuning in

HALF a million viewers tuned in to watch Badminton and Burghley live on the BBC this year, while viewing figures for the World Equestrian Games peaked at 0.8 million. Meanwhile, the events’ gate figures are the envy of the equestrian world. These are, of course, not the only examples of popular events with significant TV audiences that do not appear to stop enthusiasts from wanting to attend. On the contrary, the coverage of these events fuels individuals’ enthusiasm and introduces the event to new audiences yet to make the journey. Covering events — on TV, online and in magazines — beforehand, during and afterwards, makes people engage with them more not less, in turn making people more likely to rock up in future to see the spectacle in the flesh. That…

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wall of silence over two ‘fake’ endurance riders

A WALL of silence surrounds the circumstances that enabled two ineligible riders to accompany HH Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum and other UAE competitors during an international 160km endurance ride at Euston Park on 5 August. Since reporting on one of the instances (news, 23 August) H&H has made exhaustive efforts to contact people allegedly involved. While there is no dispute about their ineligibility, neither the FEI nor organisers Euston Park Endurance (EPE) will either confirm or deny the names provided by H&H as being the two riders’ true identities. Both are regularly pictured and named on the social media pages of the sheikh and his associates. One is even pictured with Sheikh Hamdan on the Crown Prince’s official YouTube channel. When pressed about this matter last week, EPE replied: “No comment.” After receiving new…

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horse sport booming on our screens and devices

EQUESTRIAN sport is enjoying an upswing in viewers as it embraces new technology and online coverage. The Event Riders Masters (ERM) series reported a 235% increase in television viewers in a year, from 687,000 in 2017 to more than 2.3million in 2018. Over 100,000 hours of online video was also watched last year. It credits part of the rise to new broadcast deals in India, China and the Far East, plus an increase in broadcast hours from 965 to more than 1,300. ERM has its first real-time live television broadcasts planned for 2019. “The presence of World and Olympic champions and their horses is key to our core offering of world-class performance,” chief executive Jim O’Toole told H&H. “Our ongoing commitment to exploring innovative methods of both television production and distribution is paying off.” It…

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still demand on mainstream channels

STATISTICS from the BBC and ITV show there is still demand for horse sport on mainstream channels. This year’s World Equestrian Games had a peak audience of 0.8m with 117,000 online programme requests. In 2017, Burghley had a peak audience of 0.9m viewers. While this dropped to 0.5m in 2018, 64,000 people watched it on catch-up this year — an increase of 16,000 from 2017. Badminton’s peak audience remained stable at 0.5m viewers, but its online programme requests were at 101,000, up 26,000 from 2017. ITV Racing has also had increases at major fixtures — the audience for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe peaked at 911,000, up 9% from 2017. Coverage of Cheltenham, Newbury and Doncaster on 27 October averaged at 484,000, an increase of 35% on 2017.…

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horses in the news

FLINT CURTIS Oliver Townend’s Badminton-winning ride has been put down aged 22. Owned by Richard Ames, and Edward and Robert Nicholson, the gelding won team gold at the 2007 and 2009 European Championships. MOUNT ST JOHN FREESTYLE Charlotte Dujardin will not ride her medal-winning mare at Olympia as the horse has had some time off with a cough. She is back in work, but Charlotte will instead ride Hawtins Delicato. PENNY CLAWD The 11-year-old mare and Belinda Stewart were crowned Endurance GB’s 2018 supreme champions for collecting 2,613 points in seven rides. The combination also picked up other trophies for their 2018 achievements. COOLEY SRS Australian rider Hazel Shannon has taken over the reins of the 11-year-old gelding. Formerly ridden by Oliver Townend, the horse finished second at Badminton and 12th at Burghley this year. MR CHUNKY The eventer’s…

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anti-hunt activists in the spotlight after vile posts

THE behaviour of anti-hunt activists has come under the spotlight again, following vile comments made about the death of a hunt follower. Jane Goring, 57, suffered fatal injuries while out with the Mid Surrey Farmers’ Draghounds on 7 November. Mrs Goring was involved in an incident caught on film by hunt saboteurs last autumn, in which a masked man grabbed her horse’s bridle and she appeared to hit him with her whip. She had initially been told she would not face prosecution, but was later told she was facing a private prosecution over the same incident, and was due to go to court in January. Since her death, a number of vile comments have been made online by followers of sabs’ social media pages. “The comments made in light of Jane’s tragic death are…