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Horse & Hound 10-Jan-2019

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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enviably efficient

IT is endlessly fascinating trying to establish what makes those who truly excel in any area different from the rest of us mere mortals. What’s particularly interesting reading our masterclass with eventing world champion Ros Canter in this week’s issue (feature, p26), is just how relaxed her approach appears to be. That’s not to say she isn't working hard — quite the opposite being true — but her smart, tailored approach appears so naturally efficient and uncomplicated compared to some. Ros has a wonderfully reassuring message for any keen amateur hoping to emulate her, too — if you can’t ride one day because you’re back late from work, or you only have time to squeeze in 20 minutes in the school, well, as long as your horse lives out, don’t worry…

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riders reassured over use of supplements after fei warning

BRITISH competition riders have been reassured over the use of accredited supplements after an FEI ruling on failed dope tests. The FEI Tribunal has released its decision on two dressage horses who tested positive for ractopamine in February 2017. The report said although the results were caused by contamination of a supplement, and neither rider was at fault, the FEI stated it is “of the opinion that by using a supplement in the first place, the PR [person responsible; the rider] is already negligent”. US riders Kaitlin Blythe and Adrienne Lyle’s rides, Don Principe and Horizon respectively, were both fed Soothing Pink made by Cargill Inc, which admitted responsibility. Testing found the supplement fed to the horses was contaminated by ractopamine, a drug that reduces fat content in animals reared for meat. The PRs…

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safety the driver behind new eventing elimination rules

SAFETY is the focal point of a new British Eventing (BE) rule forcing competitors to step down a level if they are repeatedly eliminated on the cross-country. The “continuing performance requirements” rule change has sparked widespread debate online, with most of the comments broadly in favour. Horses with two consecutive cross-country eliminations, as a result of refusals, run-outs or falls, or three in 12 months must drop down a level. Those competing at BE80 must be assessed before they compete again. They must complete an event at the lower level, fulfilling minimum eligibility requirements (no more than 50 dressage and 16 showjumping penalties, clear jumping across country with no more than 30 time-penalties), before they can move up again. Riders of a horse or horses, who is forced to step down twice in 12…

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bhs meeting: vote has been adjourned

A VOTE on changes to how the British Horse Society (BHS) is run has been deferred, members agreed, as part of a request for more time and explanation. Members were asked to vote on changes to the charity’s articles of association, including how the board of trustees is appointed and made up, the appointment of a chairman and the time he or she can spend in office. The BHS also asked for the number of members required to call a general meeting to be increased from 12 to 0.25% of the membership, which works out at 250 or more members, rounded to the nearest hundred. But following debate at the members’ meeting at the BHS headquarters on 5 January, one member asked for the vote to be adjourned. The question went to an…

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horses in the news

ALL STAR 5 Irish showjumper Denis Lynch’s ride has been retired to stud aged 16. He has won and been placed in grands prix across the world, his major successes including team gold in the 2017 European championships. DEVON TOUCH OF CLASS The prolific show pony has died from colic aged 16. Bred by the late Betty Skeet, she stood supreme champion at Ponies Association (UK) as a youngster before enjoying much championship success under saddle. CALIFORNIA D’HORSET The seven-year-old, who finished fifth at the 2018 World Breeding Championships for young horses under French rider Yannick Dirou, has joined the team of US event rider Phillip Dutton.…

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TED EDGAR TRIBUTES have been made to an innovator within showjumping, whose legacy has helped build the sport to where it is today. Ted Edgar died on 30 December, aged 85, following a life of success both in and out of the saddle. He was best known in competition for his partnership with ex-rodeo horse Uncle Max, winner of the 1969 King George V Gold Cup and leading showjumper of the year titles, and the chestnut mare Jane Summers. His Everest-prefixed rides were as a result of a groundbreaking sponsorship package with Everest Double Glazing, which changed the nature of sponsorship within the sport for the future. “The Everest sponsorship was revolutionary within the sport at the time and has never, to my knowledge, been matched within any other Olympic sport,” British Showjumping chief executive…