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Horse & Hound 04-Apr-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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unenviable tasks

WITH the departure of David Holmes from British Eventing (news, p9) we witness the second resignation of a CEO from one of British horse sport’s governing bodies in a little more than as many weeks — following Lynn Petersen’s resignation from the British Horse Society (news, 21 March). With the eventing fixtures review and IT expenditure and glitches giving cause for complaint, David’s replacement will likely have their ear bent on arrival. I hope David enjoys his new home in Italy and a break from the often-unenviable task of having so many factions to please, or even appease. He did previously leave British Dressage for Europe, so perhaps we’ll see him back here again before long. From Italy to Kent — as my horse starts living out shortly I am acutely aware…

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confusion reigns over eventing fixtures calendar

EVENT organisers have been left bewildered as the results of British Eventing’s (BE) international and championship fixtures review start to come to light. BE has been developing a longterm strategy to rebalance the international and championship calendar from 2020 to 2025. While BE’s aim is to make the calendar work, given how membership and the number of events has grown, the way it has been handled has frustrated a number of organisers (Mark Phillips’ comment, 28 March). Organisers were given scores for aspects of running events, including ground care, administration and medical cover, which formed the basis for BE’s decisions on whether to allow them to host international classes. H&H asked BE for more information on the process and the calendar, but no further details or dates were provided as we went to press…

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the best of british line up for kentucky five-star

THREE British riders will contest Kentucky (25-28 April) this year, including Piggy French with her world team gold medal-winner Quarrycrest Echo. She makes her debut in the CCI5*-L (previously CCI4*), having ridden at the venue as an individual at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, where the British team won gold. “His owner Jayne McGivern works in the States and it’s always been an ambition of hers to have a horse running at the event,” Piggy told H&H. “I have great memories of Kentucky from WEG — it went very well for Team GBR and although I was an individual, it was one of my first team experiences so I always have fond feelings towards the event. “It’s very exciting and I’m very grateful to Jayne because as a rider it’s an amazing experience and…

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the importance of small steps in beating strangles

OWNERS are being reminded of the importance of “small steps” in preventing the spread of strangles. Industry experts at the Strangles Symposium: Working Together to Stamp out Strangles on 28 March at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies agreed that while there are major issues with biosecurity, we should avoid seeking “perfection”. British Equine Veterinary Association CEO David Mountford said owners must be careful of thinking “if it’s not perfect, it’s not worth doing”. “There seems to be a significant number of yards that don’t have facilities to quarantine adequately. The real risk is people are turned off if they are given an example of perfect and at the first level they fall short — they’ll just say, ‘Well I won’t do it.’ It’s much better to say ‘these are steps you…

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vaccination on its way

A NEW strangles vaccine, Strangvac, is expected in 2020. The protein-based vaccine, which is safe for intramuscular injection, will allow blood tests to differentiate between a vaccinated horse and an infected horse — unlike the current vaccine, Equilis Strep E, which is not widely used. “The catch is the vaccine only has a duration of two months’ immunity,” said Dr Waller, head of bacteriology research at the Animal Health Trust. “Where the vaccine comes in, is with naïve horses who haven’t had strangles; it reduces the number of horses who become carriers, then we can gradually make a difference over time.” Dr Waller said the vaccine can have an important role at events at which the risk of infection is high, despite the short duration of immunity. “If your horse is going to a competition,…

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horses in the news

YARLANDS SUMMER SONG The top eventing sire has died, aged 33. He helped France to team silver at the World Equestrian Games in 1994 and 1998 and competed at the 1996 Olympics with Marie-Christine Duroy. THOMAS CRAPPER Robert Dickin’s stalwart has been retired after a career spanning nine seasons. Charlie Poste was the main jockey for the 12-year-old, who will enjoy hunting, eventing and Retraining of Racehorse classes. QUALITY FZ The 10-year-old showjumper, ridden by Canada’s Eric Lamaze, has been sold as a potential ride for Rodrigo Pessoa for the Olympics. Eric said it was a difficult decision, but is pleased he has gone to Rodrigo.…