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Horse & Hound 10-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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pure joy

THE joy on our cover-star rider and pony’s faces this week sums up what it means for so many competitors to reach the Horse of the Year Show, let alone go supreme. It’s easy to forget the sheer effort that goes into exhibiting here — time, money, sweat and tears. For anyone in that world, it means everything. Congratulations then, not just to the winners, but to everyone who had their moment at the NEC this year. Congratulations, too, to Piggy French for her record number of international wins in a season, and to Ros Canter, who is having a truly phenomenal comeback after a short break when having her baby in July. The reigning world champion has won three internationals in the past two weeks, two just this week. I wasn’t…

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brilliant irish take final ticket to tokyo

FOR the first time in history, Ireland will be represented at an Olympics in all three equestrian disciplines after the showjumpers’ stunning Nations Cup Final victory on Sunday (6 October). Rodrigo Pessoa’s team of Cian O’Connor (PSG Final), Peter Moloney (Chianti’s Champion), Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) and Darragh Kenny (Balou Du Reventon) finished on one time-penalty to win the final in Barcelona, which carried with it their last remaining chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This will be the first time an Irish showjumping team has appeared at an Olympics since 2004, and this time they will be joined by their dressage compatriots for the first time, as well as the para riders at the Paralympics, having secured qualification at the European Championships in August. The eventers qualified the 2018…

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safety plans made after two eventing deaths

IMPROVED training for fence judges and maximum response times for medics are among a coroner’s recommendations to improve eventing safety following the deaths of two riders. Caitlyn Fischer, 19, and Olivia Inglis, 17, died following cross-country falls at Australian events in 2016. Olivia’s fall came in a national two-star (intermediate) at Scone in March, while Caitlyn’s fatal injuries were sustained in the CCI* (international novice) at Sydney International in April. Derek Lee, deputy state coroner for New South Wales, released the final report on 4 October following the inquests into the teenagers’ deaths During the first phase of the inquests, evidence was heard on factual matters particular to the falls. In the second, evidence was taken on broader systemic issues. SAFETY PLANS THE report contained a 31-part recommendation for safety. The FEI has rules for…

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IN THE NEWS CUSTOM MADE David O’Connor’s 1997 Badminton-winning ride has died aged 34. Owned by Joseph Zada, he also won Kentucky in 1995 and individual gold at the 2000 Olympics, as well as being placed at many top events. WALDGEIST The five-year-old, owned by Gestut Ammerland and Newsells Park, won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe under Pierre-Charles Boudot, denying Enable a hat-trick in the race. It was trainer Andre Fabre’s eighth Arc win. DANTE Pammy Hutton has thanked social media for helping to find the gelding, who went missing after escaping from his field. Her post was shared more than 30,000 times and with the public’s help, they found him three miles away.…

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fitness testing could boost safety and welfare

USING exercise testing in the field and assessing training could improve horses’ welfare and safety, researchers believe. Carolien Munsters, of the equine sciences department at Utrecht University, presented data about how exercise testing, a method of optimising performance and avoiding injury, can be applied, at the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation’s (ECVSMR) congress last month. Ms Munsters cited her own and others’ previous research, which had found standard exercise tests (SETs) and monitoring horses in training can help plan and evaluate training. “Owing to the increase in tracking technology, more and more wearables are and will become available for the equestrian industry,” she said. “What lessons can we learn from human sport science? And what is valuable and practical to get more insight in the fitness and daily training practices of…

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in brief

HUNTING APPOINTS NEW DIRECTORS THE Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) has announced Mark Hankinson will take over as director from Tim Easby, who is standing down after seven years. Richard Tyacke is the new director of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, taking over from Lizzie Pinney. Alice Bowden has been appointed to the new independent role of director of the Hunting Office. MFHA chair Lord Mancroft said the appointments build on the team created by Mr Easby and Ms Pinney, thanking both for their work. NEW TICKETS TO RIDE SYSTEM MAJOR changes to British Showjumping (BS) tickets to ride come in from 15 October. Instead of the paper tickets, one of which was needed for an unregistered horse to jump any BS class, £5 electronic day tickets will now be available online. Tickets will…