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Horse & Hound 14-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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playing our part

I SAW a post on a parenting group on Facebook last month where one parent asked a question along the lines of: “My daughter isn’t vaccinated against a disease that has been prevalent in our area lately — any ideas for what I can do to protect her?” And of course someone had written in the comments: “Nearly there…”. It still staggers me that anyone would be reticent to vaccinate a child or horse against a condition that could prove fatal when there is a trusted vaccine available. As racing was cancelled last week and responsible trainers and owners took every possible precaution to limit the risk of equine flu spreading, there were those who continued to insist they would not vaccinate their animals. Some are reluctant to vaccinate any horse on account…

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hundreds gather to remember ‘one of our own’, tim stockdale

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE County Cricket Ground was packed to bursting last Tuesday (5 February) as family, friends and hundreds of others whose lives Tim Stockdale had touched gathered at the showjumper’s memorial service. Tim died last November, weeks after his diagnosis with stomach cancer. A private funeral was held for family and close friends before Christmas but this public service was a celebration of and thanksgiving for his life. In addresses from the Reverend Michael Burton, Tim’s twin brother Ivan, wife Laura, sons Joseph and Mark and friends Nick Brooks-Ward and Graham Fletcher, those present were treated to accounts, film and photos of the lighter side of Tim’s life, as well as his extensive sporting achievements. ‘WHAT A MAN’ “I CAN think of no better way to describe him than as the most caring, generous, honest…

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volunteering benefits all those connected with it

VOLUNTEERING should be used by the government as a way of improving mental and physical health and tackling loneliness. This is the view of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), which presented a report on the impact of volunteering, in parliament last week (6 February). To mark its 50th anniversary, the RDA surveyed more than 1,600 of its 18,000 volunteers. It found 81% said volunteering made them feel better about themselves, 84% felt more cheerful and 92% more useful. The RDA is pushing for wider recognition of the “dual benefit” to the volunteers and the community they support. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of groups and fantastic volunteers, and they all say volunteering is a great experience,” said RDA volunteer development manager Matt Cobble. “I always see people smiling. We wanted…

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‘volunteering with the rda saved me’

JAMES WISEMAN, an 18-year-old who has been volunteering with the RDA for two years, says the organisation “saved him”. James, who spoke at the reception, said two years ago, he would not have been able to address guests in the House of Commons. “My home life was a struggle, so I wasn’t outgoing and I struggled with depression,” he said. “The yard helped me better myself; they showed me what was right and wrong.” James told H&H at first he just“helped out with the heavy lifting”, but he moved on to more regular volunteering, eventually earning his certificate as a carriage-driving coach. “I’d never passed anything; that was my first certificate,” he said. “Helping made me feel needed. My confidence went up and my depression down. “It saved me really. Natalie [O’Rourke, the yard owner]…

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in the news

ANNIE POWER The 2016 Champion Hurdle winner has given birth to a colt by Epsom Derby-winning super-sire Galileo. The as yet unnamed foal was born at Coolmore Stud in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. SFN ZENITH The double 2014 World and 2015 European gold medallist will be retired from showjumping at the Dutch Masters on 17 March. The 15-year-old has been ridden by Jeroen Dubbeldam throughout his career. EN VOGUE Charlotte Dujardin’s rising star scored a career best at grand prix of 81.4% on 8 February at Summerhouse. Charlotte, who owns and rides the 10-year-old, “can’t put into words” how proud she is of him.…

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plans well ahead for the challenges of tokyo

PROCEDURES for coping with the heat and humidity in Tokyo 2020 are in the pipeline as preparations for next summer’s Olympics ramp up. Early details of the Tokyo test event have been revealed and the FEI has outlined how it has been liaising with organisers to manage the effects of climate on horses and riders. Equestrian events will be split across two sites: Baji Koen equestrian park, a park in Tokyo which was one of the venues for the 1964 Games, plus Sea Forest cross-country course, an area of reclaimed land in Tokyo harbour. The two bases are about a 45-minute drive apart. The test event will be run at CCI3*-S (formerly CIC2*) across both venues from 12 to 14 August. “It will be used to test the infrastructure and the operational side of…