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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound 14-Nov-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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1 min.
fun at h&h

I’VE enjoyed guest editing H&H this week. It was fun to chat openly with staff members Pippa Roome and Martha Terry about topics I feel passionately about, and interesting to see how the writers then went and canvassed views to create the features. I was fascinated by owner Trevor Dickens’ thoughts on prize money (p32) — I agree the winner of a premier five-star should take home around £250,000 rather than the current £100,000. The volume of spectators should make it possible to fund better rewards for competitors. Christopher Stone’s comments about building an audience for eventing through the Event Rider Masters (ERM) struck a chord, as the slick online ERM streaming has got my friends and family hooked on horse sport — so much so they’ve bought subscriptions to other sites…

3 min.
para classification in the spotlight

IMPROVING classification is to be a “top priority” over the next two years, a leading figure in para sport has pledged. Classification underpins para dressage, with riders allocated one of five grades depending on their physical ability. The FEI spells out the criteria for each grade in para dressage, which is underpinned by the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) international standard for physical impairments. Any changes by the IPC could affect both individual riders and para dressage as a whole. “As a board, we know more can be done to further develop classification,” said IPC president Andrew Parsons at the organisation’s general assembly in Bonn (26-27 October). “We cannot continue what we’ve been doing for the past 20 years as the movement has grown and moved on a lot.” That change is not likely to happen…

3 min.
showing world acts on positive bromide case

A SHOWING producer has been suspended for three months and ordered to pay a £500 fine and £2,000 in costs after a horse in his care tested positive for prohibited substance potassium bromide. Lightweight hunter Forever Faberge, produced by Peter Hodgkinson, was randomly selected for testing by a British Show Horse Association (BSHA) steward at Wales and West in August 2018. His blood sample indicated a “high level” of the controlled medication, an anti-convulsant that also has a sedative effect. Potassium bromide was only added to the FEI equine prohibited substance list, on which BSHA bases its anti-doping rules, in January 2018 — making the case one of the first positives for the substance. Mr Hodgkinson said he had been expecting the test results to be “completely negative”, and had not heard of…

1 min.
horses in the news

HELLO M’LADY The 13-year-old mare, who helped Britain to team bronze and Tokyo Olympic qualification at the 2019 Europeans, won the Verona leg of the FEI World Cup showjumping series with Scott Brash on 10 November. CHAMP The dual Grade One hurdle victor made his winning debut over fences six years to the day his namesake, Sir AP McCoy, scored his 4,000th win. JP McManus’ seven-year-old won at Newbury on 7 November. MBF DESERT DANCER The Ramiro B gelding topped the 10th Anniversary Monart Sale (4-6 November), selling to Oliver Townend for £30,000. The three-year-old’s dam is Fleur VII, who is by thoroughbred sire Dervish out of a sport horse mare.…

2 min.
smartphone app locates riders in emergencies

A SMARTPHONE app that can save “vital time” locating an injured person after an accident is being increasingly used by riders and emergency services. The what3words app operates by providing three unique words for every three square metres of land around the world to identify precise locations. If a rider falls off, they simply give the operator the three words to enable emergency services to locate them. What3words chief marketing officer Giles Rhys Jones told H&H the free app is recognised by more than 75 of approximately 120 emergency services in the UK. “This year we’ve seen many cases of riders who have been injured and used what3words to receive help,” he said. “One of the first questions you get asked when you phone 999 is where is the emergency; that can be…

1 min.
in brief

FUNNELL AND FROST NEED YOUR VOTES PIPPA FUNNELL and Bryony Frost are among eight named for the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Awards. The prize celebrates stand-out performances from Britain’s female athletes. Pippa was nominated for her “return to winning ways” at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, where she claimed her first five-star (previously four-star) victory in 14 years. Bryony made history with her Ryanair Chase victory in March aboard Frodon, making her the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over fences at the Cheltenham Festival. Voting is open at btsport. com/actionwoman2019 and closes on 1 December. HUNT RIDES HIT BY WET WEATHER THE Melton Hunt Club ride has been postponed until spring 2020 due to ground conditions after heavy rain in recent weeks. The ride, which will be held in Quorn country,…