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Horse & Hound 31-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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life-saving action

IF you do not have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the living of your horsebox — or you know that your loved one doesn’t — do make installing one a priority. This warning comes after a mother and daughter experienced a lucky escape when staying in their lorry, in which it transpired a damaged heating exhaust was sending fumes to them as they slept (news, p6). The vehicle having passed its MOT should be no comfort; damage can occur at any time and besides the MOT deems your vehicle roadworthy and not necessarily fit for living in. More owners are checking lorry flooring after an accident last year led to the death of a horse in transit, and now we are urging you to take another step to…

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‘common sense needed’ after britain loses two gold medals

CALLS have been made for common sense to be applied if miniscule traces of controlled substances are found in horses after Britain lost two gold medals. It was announced last week that a sample taken from Harry Charles’ individual and team gold medal-winning ride, Vivaldi Du Dom, at last year’s young rider European Championships had tested positive for controlled medication substance lidocaine, a topical anaesthetic. Although the amount of the substance present was measured in picograms — trillionths of a gram — in the sample taken on 13 July, and another sample taken two days later was negative, its presence meant disqualification. Lidocaine is found in human non-prescription items, including teething gel, sore throat spray and aftersun lotion. Its presence was caused, Harry’s father Peter Charles explained, by accidental transference of a…

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finance firm that sponsored eventing under investigation

A MAJOR equestrian sponsor has had its assets frozen as part of an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). London Capital & Finance (LCF) is best known in the eventing world as a new sponsor for horse trials last year. It was title sponsor of the 2018 Osberton International Horse Trials as well as the Osborne House showcase, and had individual deals with a number of riders. Stuart Buntine, director of Bede Events which runs Osberton and Osborne, confirmed to H&H the news means LCF will not be sponsoring the events this year. “We have found ourselves in a situation where we are looking for new title sponsors,” he added. Bede and its activities are in no way connected to the practices under investigation by the FCA. The investigation centres around how LCF marketed…

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fells and dales get new hoys finals

FELL and Dales ponies will have their own mountain and moorland (M&M) finals at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) this year, it has been announced. The breeds have competed together at HOYS since the Highlands were awarded their own breed final in 2011. HOYS organiser Grandstand Media said this “exciting development” has come about through “ongoing collaboration between Grandstand Media and the showing societies”. “This will allow each of these breeds to see a higher minimum number represented at the final,” said a spokesman for Grandstand, which will alter the format of some of this season’s qualifiers. Enthusiasts have been pushing for separate finals and qualifying fixtures for several years, in line with other breeds such as the Welsh and the Connemaras. Event director Emma Williams said: “As host of the most prestigious national…

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in the news

BILLY GRAND The former international showjumper has started a new career as a hunter, with Alice Dunsdon. The 17-year-old, previously ridden by the Funnells, won the Queen Elizabeth II at Hickstead with Daniel Moseley. EKITOF The 10-year-old gelding scored 71.4% on his grand prix debut with Carl Hester at Hartpury on 20 January. The black roan gelding was advanced medium gold national champion with Charlotte Dujardin in 2017. ZACRAMENTO Sweden’s double Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson is the 14-year-old showjumper’s new rider. The horse was previously campaigned by Douglas Lindelöw, winning European team silver in 2017.…

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why not having a working gas detector could be fatal

RIDERS are being reminded about the importance of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and smoke alarms in horseboxes after a woman and her daughter were woken by a detector as they slept. Jon Phillips, managing director of the Organisation of Horsebox and Trailer Owners, told H&H a CO detector is an “absolute necessity”. “When vehicles are moving you can jog gas connections and get a leak without knowing, so it’s very important to have one. People will say, ‘My vehicle just went through an MOT,’ but these things aren’t covered — just because it’s roadworthy, it doesn’t mean you can live in it,” said Mr Phillips. “Everyone should be checking all gas and heating connections and make sure there are no perished pipes from the winter.” Mr Phillips said fitting CO detectors and smoke alarms…