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Horse & Hound 05-Sep-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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silver success

TEAM silver for Britain’s eventers at the Euros — a remarkable achievement in such a close competition. The squad went to Germany under the pressure of being capable of beating the home nation. But the Germans had such a strong advantage after the dressage that the competition became about the battle for silver, which the team achieved admirably. Kitty King did herself no harm ahead of Tokyo either, finishing best of the Brits. When watching composed TV interviews, it’s easy to forget quite what it takes and means to riders to get there, whereas both Kitty and Oliver Townend’s emotional responses reminded BBC viewers. For many, the most phenomenal performance was that of Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua. The little chestnut mare was charming to watch. We’re in a world where vegan…

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silver service for britain’s eventers

TEAM GBR put in a strong performance to take silver to Germany at the European Championships in Luhmühlen (29 August-1 September). Tina Cook (Billy The Red), Pippa Funnell (Majas Hope), Piggy French (Quarrycrest Echo) and Oliver Townend (Cooley Master Class) finished 0.3 of a penalty in front of third-placed Sweden. Kitty King, who was riding as an individual on Vendredi Biats, finished best of Brits in seventh, while just one unfortunate showjump down took Oliver out of the medals. “I’m so proud of my team,” said chef d’equipe Dickie Waygood. “There were such strong performances across the disciplines. I’d also like to congratulate the German team on their victory. A team silver medal is fantastic, but our attention now turns to Tokyo.” In a turnaround of her heartbreak at the World Equestrian Games…

3 min.
concerns over jumping at tokyo olympics

CONCERNS have been raised over the Tokyo 2020 Olympics showjumping format, and the consultation over the plans. The format was tested at an event in Germany in June, at which federations had the chance to “familiarise themselves with the three-to-a-team format”, the FEI told H&H. An FEI spokesman said: “The event was successful and gave the opportunity to see where the format needs refining.” But among those concerned is Peter Charles, who won team gold at the 2012 Olympics. Peter told H&H his main concerns are the three-man teams, which he feels could have a negative effect on horse and rider, especially for less established showjumping nations, and the fact the individual medals will be decided before the team medals. “This is serious,” he said. “At Olympics, the best go forward for individual medals but…

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horses in the news

QUALITY OLD JOKER Holly Smith’s ride has gone to a new home. The 11-year-old gelding scored puissance victories at Olympia, Liverpool, Bolesworth and HOYS as well as many other international classes with Holly in the saddle. SAP HALE BOB OLD The 15-year-old retained his European title with victory at the 2019 championships under Germany’s Ingrid Klimke. The pair also helped Germany to team gold at this year’s event in Luhmühlen. Report, p34 BUTTERCUP The piebald mare was crowned champion rescue pony at Equifest (28 August-1 September), 14 months after she was brought into World Horse Welfare’s care as one of the “worst cases staff had ever seen”.…

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loan contracts are key to help prevent horse theft

POLICE have urged owners to use loan agreements in the hope of reducing horse theft. The West Yorkshire force is promoting agreements as it deals with growing numbers of theft reports from loans “gone wrong”. Wildlife crime officer and Horsewatch co-ordinator Shaun Taylor told H&H it is “almost impossible” to prove theft if there is no written contract and that it was “incredibly surprising” how many owners do not draw them up when loaning horses. “It makes our job much easier to prove theft if a written contract specifies where the horse should be,” he said. “I deal with cases regularly and owners can be very naïve. If we get this out, we could reduce a lot of thefts. We might not eliminate them, but we will reduce the opportunity to do it.” Mr…

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in brief

RACING SHOCKED BY TWO DEATHS THE Australian racing community has been shaken by the deaths of two jockeys. Mikaela Claridge, a 22-year-old apprentice, died after an accident at Cranbourne Training Centre on 30 August. “Mikaela was a talented young rider, pursuing a career in the sport she loved,” said Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson. “She was a much-loved and valuable member of the racing community and her sad passing is felt by many.” The next day, 32-year-old Melanie Tyndall died after a racing fall at Fannie Bay. “Melanie was a much-respected member of the Northern Territory [NT] racing family and her sad passing will be felt by many within the industry,” said Thoroughbred Racing NT CEO Andrew O’Toole. SECOND RUNNING OF YOUTH SCHEME APPLICATIONS have opened for the second running of the British Equestrian Federation’s youth…