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Horse & Hound 22-Aug-2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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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1 min.
high hopes

WE wish Britain’s eventers the very best of luck as they head off to Luhmühlen for the European Championships next week. They have a cracking team that will be the envy of other nations, a group of horses and riders capable of not only topping the team podium but also dominating the individual podium. Of course it may not be all plain sailing for our riders in Luhmühlen, the German team having the intangible home advantage and the tangible home advantage of more riders — 12 — gathering intelligence out on the course. Their leading rider, Ingrid Klimke, will be looking to retain her individual gold European title as well as putting her team out in front. We will be glued to the action willing our riders on under Chris…

3 min.
tokyo test on track for olympic games

HOPES are high for next year’s Olympic Games after a successful Tokyo test event. British eventers Georgie Spence and William Fox-Pitt competed in the CCI3*-S Ready Steady Tokyo test event (12-14 August). Multiple para dressage medallist Natasha Baker also was among the British contingent visiting the venue. Georgie, the highest-placed Brit, finished fourth aboard her 2019 Badminton ride Halltown Harley. The pair added nothing to their dressage score of 30.6 to end the competition less then three penalties behind winners Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave. Georgie told H&H it was a hot but amazing week. She explained she did a shorter warm-up and factored in cooling time, with Harley coping well. “In terms of intensity, he found the dressage test on the easier side [as he has competed at five-star] and he did a…

1 min.
cooling facilities at the test event

• Five-person cooling team led by expert Philine Ganders Meyer, plus two vets on cross-country day. • Air-conditioned stables (23°C). • Water stations, all with cooled water (16°C). • Cool-down stations at stables, including showers and water tubs. • Cool-down stations directly accessible from training rings and cross-county practice, and at cross-country stopping points. • Misting fans filled with iced water. • Mobile cooling unit for any horse who needs attention on course. • 2,400kg of ice was used on cross-country phase. • Vet monitoring across all training and phases. • Vital signs taken at the end of each phase.…

2 min.
area festivals given fresh look for 2020

MAJOR changes to the British Dressage (BD) Area Festival championship pathway have been widely welcomed by riders. The Petplan Equine Area Festival championships will run under a new two-season format from 2020 with the introduction of a summer championship. Qualification for the summer Area Festival championships in September 2020 will start on 1 December, while qualification for the winter Area Festivals will begin on 1 June 2020 for the championships in April 2021. Other changes include the introduction of a points-based qualification system (in line with the regional championships), the incorporation of music classes at the summer championships, and the loss of separate classes for under-21s at Area Festivals. A spokesman for BD said the initiatives were in “direct response” to feedback received from its members and “extensive data analysis”, where 70% of people…

1 min.
british ponies bring home medal haul

BRITAIN’S talented pony riders brought home two gold and three silver medals from the 2019 European Championships for Ponies in Strzegom, Poland. The eventers lead the way with team gold, plus individual gold and silver, while the showjumpers won a brace of silver medals. The dressage team finished just off the podium in fourth place, with a number of personal best scores. Britain was dominant in the eventing to win team gold by over 18 penalties from France in silver, while Ireland took bronze. Fin Healy riding Midnight Dancer II jumped up the leaderboard from sixth after cross-country to claim individual gold. Ibble Watson finished on her dressage score of 32.7 penalties to take the silver medal on Bookhamlodge Pennylane. The showjumping team competition was incredibly close, with a third round jump-off required to…

1 min.
horses in the news

CLASSIC MOET The 16-year-old winner of Badminton 2019 has been withdrawn from Burghley after sustaining a puncture wound to her knee during her victorious cross-country round in the British Open at Gatcombe (4 August). JEZKI The eight-time Grade One winner has been retired following a glittering career with trainer Jessica Harrington. By Milan, the 11-year-old gelding won 16 of his 39 starts including the 2014 Champion Hurdle. ZIGA BOY The dual Sky Bet Chase winner has died aged 10 after sustaining a fatal injury in retirement. The popular grey, trained by Alan King, took back-to-back victories in the Grade One contest at Doncaster in 2016 and 2017.…