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Horse & Hound 21-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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happiness is... horses

IT’S always refreshing to read an interview with medal-magnet para dressage rider Sir Lee Pearson (H&H interview, p22). Lee is an interviewer’s dream — he’s a quote a minute and not afraid to tell it like it is. He is ever open about his disability, saying it’s “what makes him interesting”. There are many things that make Lee interesting, but his disability certainly makes his ability to train horses to the top level all the more extraordinary. He is so savvy to the importance of effective marketing that he has bred an appaloosa to be eye-catching, like his multi-medal winning dun Blue Circle Boy. And he endears himself to any horse lover by appearing grateful to horses as a species, for all they have helped him achieve and all the freedom…

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equine flu is ‘going nowhere’ say experts

THE flu outbreak is far from over, despite the return of racing, and all owners should play a part in helping the situation come back under control, experts agree. After a six-day shutdown, racing resumed on 13 February, with strict biosecurity controls, and only horses who have been vaccinated in the past six months allowed to run. But the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has since confirmed a number of new cases in horses outside racing, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Philip Ivens, a specialist in equine internal medicine with a background in infectious disease, told H&H owners must take sensible action. “We don’t want people to panic but outbreaks are ongoing,” Dr Ivens said. “We need to ensure that with up-to-date vaccinations, appropriate biosecurity and surveillance, we protect our horses and future competitions.” The British Equestrian…

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caught on camera: what footage counts?

THE issue of how video footage is used in appeals has re-arisen as the sport moves to keep up with developments in technology. The FEI’s decision to only allow official video footage to be used in cross-country appeals was one of the key talking points in its eventing rule changes for 2019. The ground jury, organisers and technical delegates will agree which recording is the “official view” before the start of the cross-country. Riders and chef d’equipes will be informed at the briefing “to avoid any misunderstanding”. “The new rule streamlines the process of evidence review after the cross-country, which in the past allowed for any video footage to be submitted by the athlete,” an FEI spokesman told H&H. “The FEI is currently undertaking a full review of its legal system and the use…

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eventing fixtures go through appeals

SEVERAL British Eventing (BE) fixtures are going through an appeals process over the future of international classes at their horse trials from 2020 onwards. Brightling and Hambleden are among the major fixtures going through the process, with many riders voicing their support. The #KeepBrightling hashtag has spread across social media, with competitors sharing their memories of the event and saying why they believe it should be saved. Hambleden is hoping to return to the calendar from 2020 following a two-year break — the event was cancelled in 2018 due to a clash with Bicton and then planned its 2020 return to tie-in with the new tendering process. Riders have also shared their support for the popular Oxfordshire fixture. BE told members at the 2018 AGM that its fixtures team was focusing on “long-term rebalancing”…

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in the news

CONEYGREE The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero has retired aged 12. Bred by Sara Bradstock’s late father, Lord Oaksey, and trained by her husband, Mark, he was the first novice to win the Gold Cup since Captain Christy in 1974. BLACK TIE II Karyn Shuter’s 18-year-old has retired. He came fourth at Luhmühlen CCI4* (now CCI5*-L), won Burnham Market CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) and competed at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with Oliver Townend. SIZING JOHN The nine-year-old will miss the rest of the season after an injury setback. His trainer Jessica Harrington said they will continue to consult vets and “do what is best” for the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.…

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british horse society’s vote on hold ‘indefinitely’

THE British Horse Society (BHS) has “adjourned indefinitely” the meeting and controversial vote on changes to how it is run. The charity came under fire at a meeting on 5 January over the proposed changes and how these were communicated as well as facing accusations over aspects of its management. This resulted in a member proposing the resolution to adjourn the meeting until questions over the proposals had been answered and to give the trustees time to consider issues raised (news, 17 January). An email to BHS members from chairman David Sheerin on 12 February said the board of trustees had “two options”. These were to reconvene the meeting and ask members to reconsider the original amendments or to adjourn the meeting indefinitely to consider different or no amendments. “We have decided to adjourn…