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Horse & Hound 28-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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ready for success

WELCOME to part one of the Horse & Hound show guide, featuring event dates from now until the end of May to help you plan your competition season. To complete your planning, do look out for part two — featuring dates from June to December — which is out next Thursday, 7 March. With the sun out, too, it’s proving a pretty motivational week. And you’ll be pleased to know — in some ways at least — that we have guaranteed a further mild spell by running a feature in this week’s issue on what to look for in a car that will get you to the yard in the worst of snow and across a field in the wettest of mud, which is the magazine publishing equivalent of taking your…

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breeders have option to choose horses’ sex

BREEDERS will be able to choose whether they want a colt or a filly from April, as one of the UK’s leading stallion centres becomes the first to offer sexed semen. Stallion AI Services in Shropshire will be offering the choice between “male” or “female” sperm to owners of mares standing at neighbouring Twemlows Stud Farm this year. The process uses technology from Cogent and Sexing Technologies, which has been offering the service in cattle for many years. It will cost £750, plus VAT, for the first cycle and £450, plus VAT, for second-cycle breedings, on top of stud fees. Tullis Matson, founder and managing director of Stallion AI Services, told H&H it has an accuracy rate of about 96%. “It is a huge step, we still have a long way to go as it…

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flu outbreaks up as trust continues to monitor

THE Animal Health Trust (AHT) is continuing to assess how flu vaccines are performing, and recommending six-month boosters, as more cases are confirmed. As H&H went to press on Monday (25 February), the total number of outbreaks was 37, in 20 counties across England and Scotland. All samples sent to the AHT for diagnosis are subject to expert analysis by the research team to collect information on how the horse population is being affected. This data is passed on to the expert surveillance panel and used to determine what strains of the virus should be used in vaccines in future. “This is one reason why sending samples to the AHT for analysis is superior to a number of horse-side testing options available,” a spokesman for the charity said. “Only through comprehensive analysis in a…

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government’s guidance for travel after no-deal brexit

THE government has issued advice to horse owners on how international equine travel will change in the event of a no-deal Brexit — but if a deal is secured, nothing will change for the immediate future. Defra has warned that if the EU and Britain fail to reach a deal on our leaving the union, no horses will be able to travel from here to the Continent until the UK’s status as a listed third country is secured. Defra’s chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss told H&H if a deal is secured, which is the government’s “top priority”, nothing will change until at least December 2020 while our future economic partnership is negotiated. Should a deal not be reached and the UK is listed, Ms Middlemiss expects our horses to be listed in…

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horses in the news

SAINT ARE The 13-year-old Aintree hero has made a winning debut in the show ring, having retired from racing after the 2018 Grand National. “Arnie” ran in the Grand National five times, finishing second in 2015 and third in 2017. LIMELIGHT DE BREVE The showjumper who gave Laura Renwick many of the early major wins of her career, has died aged 20. Following Laura’s successes, Joan Sloan Allen’s mare formed a partnership with Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL The 16-year-old gelding, formerly used for carriage driving, has qualified for the showjumping World Cup final. He and Japan’s Shino Hirota secured their place with three wins and two seconds in the Japan League.…

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showjumping nations cup decisions

BRITAIN has set out its stall for the 2019 showjumping Nations Cup series — as the Hickstead leg returns to its traditional Friday. The team has chosen which four legs will count for points, and qualification to the final. These are: La Baule (16-19 May), St Gallen (30 May-2 June), Hickstead (25-28 July) and Dublin (7-11 August). British Showjumping World Class performance manager Di Lampard told H&H: “Qualifying for the Olympics at the European Championships is very much our primary focus. But we are also aiming to field strong Nations Cup teams with a view to securing our place at the final. With this in mind, we have two at the start and two at the end of the season which could work really well for us. “[After the first two] we can review…