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Horse & Hound 21-Mar-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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common sense calls

ANNA ROSS raises some interesting points in her wonderful, inimitable style in this week’s issue (comment, p62). There is a growing divide between the actions of those who are happy to cause horses harm and those who unwittingly cause horses harm — with those like Anna sat in the middle baffled. She sums this up with the example of nosebands. Governing bodies have directives in place to ensure nosebands are not done up too tightly, as this would be against animal welfare. At the other end of the spectrum, there are riders barely doing their horses’ nosebands up at all — and subsequently putting greater pressure elsewhere in its mouth when they use the bit. Everything in moderation, surely. There appears to be no welfare concern in a noseband that is…

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changes to animal rescue could put people at risk

CHARGES for animal rescues may be introduced by a fire and rescue service, but experts warn this could put people and animals “at risk” if they do not call for help. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) announced it is looking at how it responds to incidents “to make sure firefighters get to where they are needed as quickly as possible” as part of the Making Surrey Safer Plan 2020-2023. Members of the public have until 26 May to give views on the plan, which proposes to recover costs from “non-emergencies” such as large animal rescues, to re-invest into the fire service. A spokesman for Surrey County Council said: “We will balance our statutory obligations to ensure we act ethically, humanitarianly and maintain our values and standards.” Jim Green is animal rescue team manager…

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world medallists spearhead badminton line-up

MEDALLISTS from last year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) head up the entry list for this year’s Badminton (1-5 May). Three riders from Britain’s gold medal-winning team will take part, with Tom McEwen and Gemma Tattersall riding their WEG horses Toledo De Kerser and Arctic Soul. Gemma also has Pamero 4 in the mix, while Piggy French brings forward the former Burghley runner-up Vanir Kamira. Their team-mate, individual world champion Ros Canter, is not competing because she is pregnant, but she will assess the cross-country course for H&H’s Badminton preview (25 April). Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy will line up on his double WEG silver medallist Mr Chunky, as will the pair who won world individual bronze, Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. New Zealand’s Jonelle Price defends her title with Classic Moet, while six…

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fei faces more incidents in international endurance

AN endurance rider who beat his horse with a bottle during an international ride has been suspended, while the FEI investigates footage appearing to show another horse being injected during a competition. The FEI Tribunal found the actions of UAE rider Ali Mohd Ali Al Hosani constituted abuse of LCE Corleone during the Sheikh Mohammed Cup CEI3* 160km ride in Dubai on 4 January. H&H contributor Pippa Cuckson had lodged a protest with the FEI over Al Hosani’s actions, which were caught on camera. He can be seen hitting the 11-year-old gelding “aggressively” with a “slosh bottle” handed to him by a groom, having poured the water over the horse. Al Hosani said he had not meant to abuse the horse, the Tribunal report read. “As shown in the video, it is clear that when…

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honours for the best in scotland

OUTSTANDING contributions within Scottish equestrianism have been recognised at the annual Horsescotland National Equestrian Awards, sponsored by the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). Some 300 guests attended the ceremony on 1 March, when top riders, coaches and volunteers were among those presented with awards by former National Hunt jockey Peter Scudamore MBE and RHASS chairman Allan J Murray. The lifetime achievement award went to David Blair and Tom Best of Waxwing Stud for their “continued passion and dedication” to the world of breeding, while Scott Brash’s ride Ursula XII, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, received the board’s special recognition. The other winners included: Lindores Equestrian — equestrian business of the year; Jamie Turnbull — employee; Sean Henderson — youth coach of the year; Jennifer Burnett — young people’s coach;…

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horses in the news

PACHA DU POLDER The hunter chasing star has retired aged 12 after pulling up in the Cheltenham Foxhunter. Most recently trained by Paul Nicholls, he won the “amateur gold cup” with Bryony Frost in 2017 and Harriet Tucker in 2018. ARCTIC SOUL The World Equestrian Games team gold medallist started his 2019 season in the open intermediate at Lincolnshire on 15 March. “Spike” and Gemma Tattersall posted a 26.6 dressage and jumped a steady double clear. NIP TUCK The European, world and Olympic silver medal-winner returned to competition with Carl Hester at Keysoe CDI (15-17 March) following an 18-month break. The pair won both the grand prix and the freestyle (report, p60).…