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Horse & Hound 07-Feb-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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consistent judging

YOU could put 10 of the best dressage riders, trainers and judges in the world in a room and show them 10 different dressage tests from the same angle, and the chances of them placing combinations in the same order are slim to none. A “code of points” has, for some years, been suggested to rectify this and ensure greater consistency (feature, p32). Start with a 10 and mark down for deficiencies, the theory goes. It makes sound logical sense and, in order to be fair to competitors, judging must be as consistent as humanly possible. But as long as humans, rather than computers, are judging dressage, there will always be some element of incorporating preference and bias. How often you hear dressage commentators say, “For me, the test was…” — admitting…

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erm moves into ireland as only one british leg remains

THE 2019 Event Rider Masters (ERM) series features one British leg as it moves towards becoming a truly international series. Eventing’s richest series will not feature at Blair or Barbury Horse Trials this year, leaving only Chatsworth (11-12 May) in the British calendar, as the first leg. But Millstreet International (24-25 August) will host the series for the first time this year, with fellow new venue Lignieres, France, running from 5-6 October. Wisebaden, Arville and Jardy all return, with legs on 7-8 June, 22-23 June and 13-14 July respectively. ERM chief executive Chris Stone told H&H the aim was always for an international series. “So there are always challenges with the calendar,” he said. “We’ve agreed to avoid Nations Cup clashes wherever possible; we’ve tried to run in countries where eventing is strongly supported, and…

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equestrian industry acts on environmental impact

SHOCKING statistics from the RSPCA show cases of plastic litter harming wildlife in England and Wales are at an all-time high. With the news that there has been a 22% rise in incidents since 2015, the equestrian world is among those taking action to reduce its environmental impact. Figures released on Monday (4 February) showed there were 579 incidents involving plastic litter in 2018, compared to 473 in 2015. This bucks a downward trend of cases involving any type of litter (not just plastic) of 4,579 in 2018 compared to 4,968 in 2015. The Jockey Club, which welcomes two million visitors yearly to its racecourses, takes environmental impact seriously. Sustainability manager Kirstin McEvoy told H&H the organisation scrutinises the materials it uses at every step, from the packaging they arrive in, to what the…

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whataboutthepackagingon h&h subscriptions?

THE plastic used to wrap H&H magazines is fully recyclable and can be recycled at larger supermarkets, alongside plastic bags. Some local authorities have dedicated recycling bins for plastic bags and lightweight film, while some allow this to be put in with home recycling, but this varies across the UK. TI Media, which owns H&H, is also running a pilot on compostable plastic wrap on other magazines. The company follows the plastic wrapping guidelines by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and is involved in research into biodegradable plastics through membership of the PPA’s sustainability action group.…

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in the news

TOTILAS The former dressage star made a rare public appearance at the KWPN stallion show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on 1 February. The record-breaking stallion appeared alongside a number of his celebrated progeny. SPECIAL TIARA The chaser, known for his bold jumping, sustained a fatal injury before the first fence at Leopardstown on 2 February. Trained by Henry de Bromhead, the 12-year-old’s biggest win was the 2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase. TOMATILLO Badminton and Burghley winner Tamarillo’s clone has a new rider in Melissa Townshend, who trains with William Fox-Pitt. The six-year-old stallion is owned by Hon Finn and Mary Guinness.…

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new horse insurance ratings are ‘obscure’

INSURERS have described a new equine insurance rating policy as “obscure” and “confusing” after researchers said the level of cover available in the market is low. Financial information firm Defaqto’s new star rating system for equine insurance looked at 85 policies. Five, from three providers, received five stars, while 35 were rated one-star. Policies are rated on 51 criteria. To gain four or five stars, a “core criteria” test is applied. For five stars, policies must offer a minimum of £3,000 vet fees, 100% loss of use cover, £1.5m third party liability and tack cover. Brian Brown, head of insight at Defaqto, said the ratings are designed to help consumers make an informed choice about the level of cover they need, adding that the findings were “disappointing”. “In most product areas we tend to…