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Horse & Hound 03-Oct-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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2 min.
sad times

I’D owned horses for 25 years before losing one for the first time last year. Since then I’ve had to have my other two euthanised as well, all within 18 months of each other. Not having horses for the first time in all that time feels more than a little strange, like there is a part of me missing. I also feel relief not to be checking my phone to see if anyone from the yard has called with reason to worry. And guilt that I feel that relief. Skippy was the horse you could trust your grandma on, or your toddler. She looked after her rider — I had her for 17 years and fell off twice. She’d go anywhere and jump anything you wanted her to. Aged 22, she…

2 min.
shorter test to help engage audiences

DRESSAGE is a traditional sport but should be open to new things, experts agree, as it is hoped a new grand prix test could be announced this year. The topic was discussed at an FEI test day on 9 September, when stakeholders including judges, trainers, riders and organisers reviewed tests. FEI dressage committee chairman Frank Kemperman told H&H it was a “very good event”. “We tasked the group to come up with a shorter grand prix and one test was favoured. We don’t have a conclusion yet but are in the process of launching a new test. It looks very promising and people have been very positive from the test group,” he said. “The second step is to discuss it in the technical committee. If everyone agrees, next is to discuss things like when…

1 min.
washout weekend but situation looks brighter

THIS weekend’s Osberton International incorporating the British Eventing (BE) young horse championships (3-6 October) is due to go ahead after last weekend’s washout. Organisers Bede Events said on 30 September the ground was looking “great”. With further rainfall expected, Tuesday’s (1 October) trot-up was cancelled with all horses due to trot up on Wednesday instead and Wednesday dressage was moved to Thursday and Friday. Following the abandonment of Kelsall Hill (29 September) and Bricky Horse Trials (28-29 September) due to the adverse weather BE announced the BE80(T) championship will take place at Norton Disney in Lincolnshire on 25-27 October and the BE100 regional final has been rescheduled for Bovington, Dorset, on 19-20 October. “It is such a shame the BE80(T) championships weren’t able to go ahead. We are extremely appreciative to Kelsall Hill who…

3 min.
new scheme aims to make riding open to everyone

MEMBERS of a new initiative aimed at broadening access to equestrianism hope it will have significant benefits to the sport as well as participants. The British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) equality engagement group first met on 26 September. The aim was to help the BEF engage with people to “help us provide equal opportunities for all to take part in equestrian sport, and to make what we do more accessible”. Members include proprietors of urban riding centres and Riding for the Disabled Association representatives, who hope to “find ways to engage with communities not readily associated with equestrianism so everyone can enjoy access to horses and riding; helping to improve the diversity of the UK equestrian industry.” Naomi Howgate of Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, south London, which caters for young people who would…

1 min.
horses in the news

WINSOME ADANTE The three-time Kentucky winner ridden by Kim Severson has died aged 26. Linda Wachtmeister’s “Dan” won Olympic silver and helped the USA to team bronze in 2004 and World team gold in 2002. TOPOFTHEGAME The 2019 RSA Novice Chase winner has been ruled out of the season with a minor injury. Trainer Paul Nicholls said the aim for Chris Giles and Mr and Mrs Barber’s seven-year-old is the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup. NAOMI VAN HET KEIZERSHOF The six-year-old mare by Cartendo was the top lot at the Dutch Sport Horse Sales selling for €445,000 (£395,320) to Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut. The average price was €123,000.…

2 min.
judging shake-up aims to improve the sport

A SHAKE-UP in how dressage judges are trained is on the cards in an effort to improve education, recruitment and development. The new British Dressage (BD) system is aimed at being more in line with what judges want and takes into account time pressures, to make training more accessible and develop judging into a professional qualification. “The process started by identifying the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be a good judge, then developing set criteria from which a training and assessment programme could be developed,” stated information sent by BD to judges. “The intention is that this will work in exactly the same way as any other professional qualification, with a full programme of training and development, formal assessment/ examination and independent quality assurance. This information was then mapped against the present…