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Horse & Hound 29-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.
triumph and disaster

HAS there ever been a championship to evoke quite so many emotions? From the joy of gaining dressage team silver, we came crashing down at the news that the medal, and Charlotte Dujardin’s chances of individual medals, had been lost after blood was seen on her ride’s flank. For a rider renowned for harmonious riding, this was a shock, and we saw how cruel this rule can seem for anyone so unlucky, though it is of course there for good reason. Charlotte saw social media — that breeding ground of hate — at its worst, she revealed (report, p38). Keyboard warriors are a bane of modern life, and bring Rudyard Kipling’s Ifto mind: “If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, “But make allowance for their doubting too;” Or just don’t read…

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joy and heartbreak for britain

IT was a week of jubilation and devastation for Britain and Ireland at the European Championships as 2020 Olympic qualification was secured, or not, and medals won — and lost. The “fantastic” showjumping team of Ben Maher, Scott Brash, Holly Smith and Amanda Derbyshire put in a superb performance throughout to take team bronze, securing Britain’s ticket to Tokyo, while Ben and Explosion W came within a whisker of being crowned individual champions. Ben took the silver to Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs, while Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny finished 10th. Ben paid tribute to Explosion W, who had just one unlucky pole down in his five rounds. “He’s jumped amazingly all week,” he said. “I’m very happy for Martin. If anyone has to beat me, I’m happy it’s him.” British Showjumping chief executive Iain Graham said: “We…

2 min.
mixed fortunes for irish teams

THERE was devastation for the Irish showjumpers as the team — Cian O’Connor on PSG Final, Shane Sweetnam on Alejandro, Peter Moloney on Chianti’s Champion and Darragh Kenny on Balou Du Reventon — finished outside the qualifying places for the Tokyo Olympics in seventh. A Horse Sport Ireland spokesman said: “[Team manager] Rodrigo Pessoa’s team narrowly missed out on taking one of the three Olympic team places, and will now turn their attention to October’s Nations Cup final in Barcelona where one final ticket to Tokyo will be up for grabs.” But the “girls in green” — Anna Merveldt, Judy Reynolds, Heike Holstein and Kate Dwyer — made history as the first Irish dressage team to qualify for an Olympics, taking their Tokyo ticket by finishing in seventh place. Judy Reynolds, who broke…

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horses in the news

ROARING LION The four-time Group One winner was put down on 23 August. The four-year-old had gone through two colic operations and the decision was made on welfare grounds when he suffered a further bout. TANKERS TOWN The Olympic team medal-winning eventer has been put down aged 25. He helped Britain to bronze at Beijing 2008 and completed 11 CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) events with rider Sharon Hunt, winning Luhmühlen in 2010. ENABLE The John Gosden-trained superstar filly won the Yorkshire Oaks for a second year. The 10-time Grade One winner is set to appear at the Henry Cecil Open Weekend before heading to France to bid for an Arc hat-trick.…

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in brief

WORKING EQUIDS ON THE UN AGENDA EQUINE CHARITY Brooke’s accreditation as an observer to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) gives a chance to influence authorities and keep working equids on the agenda. Brooke is one of the first equine charities to gain the status, which will give access to high-level government representatives, and the chance to address the UN. Brooke’s Frances Goodrum said: “Our accreditation is a real testament to the way Brooke is contributing to the global environmental agenda. We intend to use our status to advocate for working horses, donkeys and mules and the communities they support.” FOAL SALE IS TO FEATURE THE BEST THE Anglo European Studbook and Brightwells will return to the British Dressage national championships with a “superb selection” of foals. After a successful sale last year, the event returns to…

2 min.
black and white could top high-vis for horses

WEARING patterned black and white may make riders more visible than high-vis gear on the road, a study has indicated. The research, published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, found vehicles gave horses more space when the rider was wearing a black and white tabard, or flashing front and rear helmet lights, than they did when the rider was in a high-vis vest or a plain blue jacket. Lead author Rose Scofield, who also leads the equine science and thoroughbred management degree at Oxford Brookes, told H&H the idea for the study came after previous research showed coloured horses were less likely to be involved in near-misses on the roads than solid-coloured animals (news, 2 July 2015). “My brain started ticking over, and I thought: why not try a black and white…