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Horse & Hound 12-Sep-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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fantastic funnell

THIS year’s Burghley goes down as one of the most dramatic to date and one of the most exciting results. Could there be a more popular winner than Pippa Funnell? One of the most heralded riders in the sport, a dedicated proponent of correct training, self deprecating and disbelieving, and — perhaps even more importantly for her fans — clearly besotted with her horses. She says it is the horses that get her up every day, that made her carry on after heavy falls and disappointment. It was wonderful to watch a tearful, joyful, overwhelmed Pippa be crowned Burghley champion 16 years after her previous victory here. When she is interviewed ahead of an event, or having walked a course, you hear from Pippa all manner of things that could go…

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pippa’s burghley joy

BRITISH eventing icon Pippa Funnell claimed her second Burghley Horse Trials victory aboard MGH Grafton Street in a close-fought showdown at the Lincolnshire CCI5*-L (5-8 September). Pippa, 50, last won the event in 2003 on Primmore’s Pride and in doing so, became the first person to win the Rolex Grand Slam title for consecutive wins at Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley. Her win at the 2019 event came with the narrowest of margins — 0.1 of a penalty — over reigning Badminton Horse Trials champions Piggy French and Vanir Kamira. Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class, winners here in 2017, were third. Pippa said her horses have kept her going in the sport. “It’s the belief in the horses and my belief in their talent. It’s just that pure love of the day-today graft of working with…

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3d technology used for a perfect hat fit

BESPOKE safety helmets that use 3D printing to fit the precise contours of an individual rider’s head could be on the market within 12 months. Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC), a collaboration between Cerebra, a charity for children with brain conditions, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, has designed a British Standard Institution-approved helmet for children who struggle to find hats to fit. CIC’s Ross Head said the technology means a perfect fit. “We use a 3D printer to print a mould using the polystyrene a normal helmet is made from, and slot that inside a tough shell made from Kevlar and fibreglass. It’s a really great outcome,” he said. CIC does not charge children with brain conditions for hats, but hopes to sell them to the public within a year, for about…

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olympic rider suspended for abuse

BELGIAN event rider Joris Vanspringel, 56, has been suspended by the FEI for nine months and fined CHF3,000 (£2,450) for abusing a pony at a cross-country clinic. He was accused of beating Sherwill Valerian hard enough to break a whip during a training session in South Africa in November 2018. He did not deny the allegations, but said he felt “very sad” after reading the complaint and had apologised in writing to the pony’s owners. “I have been a professional rider, trainer and teacher for more than 30 years and this has never happened to me before,” he stated. “I wanted to help this young girl, but what I did on the pony is not who I am and I feel terribly bad and sorry about it. “I have never received any warning, yellow…

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horses in the news

BALLAGHMOR CLASS The top eventer was inducted into the Burghley Hall of Fame at the Eventing Riders Association dinner, with rider Oliver Townend. They won the event in 2017, finished second in 2018 and third this year. TIGER ROLL Trainer Gordon Elliott has confirmed the nine-year-old will be aimed at a third Grand National win in 2020. Mr Elliott said the horse will make his racing return in the new year, before heading to Cheltenham and Aintree. LOUGH INCH The former champion point-to-pointer won the racehorse to riding horse qualifier in Burghley’s main arena to secure a place at the Horse of the Year Show final. He was ridden by Lizzie Harris, who won this class in 2018.…

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pressure mounts for action over dope case

PRESSURE is mounting on the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to take action after Maktoum family trainer Ismail Mohammed, who trains endurance and racehorses, was suspended for two years by the FEI for a doping violation. Endurance horse Shaddad, one of 314 trained by Mr Mohammed at the Dubai ruler’s stables, tested positive for testosterone at the CEI3* at Euston Park last July. While in most disciplines only the rider is considered the person responsible for a positive test, the FEI recognises in endurance “a trainer has more responsibilities for the horse than the rider, especially in the Middle East”. Mr Mohammed, 56, and Shaddad’s rider Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi, 22, were each banned for two years, fined and ordered to pay costs. The trainer had said the result was caused by contamination from…

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