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Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound 05-Dec-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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52 Issues


1 min.
h&h plus…

WE’VE been particularly busy at H&H Towers over the past two weeks planning for our awards, which took place last night, and launching the new premium paid-for area of our website, horseandhound. co.uk/hhplus Magazine subscribers will receive details of this service, called H&H Plus, in letters with today’s issue, and are welcome to enjoy an extended free trial of the service that enables users to read our magazine news and exclusive columnists on our website before the magazine hits doormats. There’s a limit to how quickly we can get a magazine printed and posted, but once articles are written there’s nothing to stop us getting them online to give subscribers early access and make them the first to know. Our H&H Plus service also includes an online veterinary library, curated and approved…

3 min.
rates fight pays off for one yard — and others

A YARD owner who has spent years fighting to decrease his business rates hopes the concessions he won could benefit others in a similar position. Walter Brinzer, of Chelmsford Equestrian Centre in Essex, went to tribunal this autumn as part of his appeal against the values assigned to his premises, from which rates are calculated. Although the tribunal did not agree with some of his basic arguments — such as the £250 value assigned to each of his stables being too high compared to £165 in areas of London and Surrey — points ceded by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) beforehand meant he has already been refunded some £6,000. Mr Brinzer told H&H while it is simple to calculate the rateable value of a shop, for example, as they are often rented and…

3 min.
how politicians hope to win riders’ votes

RACING, animal welfare and hunting are among the issues on which political parties have made promises ahead of next week’s (12 December) election that will have a direct impact on equestrians and the industry. The Countryside Alliance (CA) is pushing its rural charter, to highlight some of the key issues for those who live and work in the countryside, and its “Twibbon” social media campaign — a picture frame that can be used on photos on social media — to spread the message that rural communities must not be taken for granted. “Political parties would do well to tackle the vast number of issues facing the countryside,” said the CA’s head of policy, Sarah Lee. “These include fixing poor broadband in rural areas, addressing the lack of affordable housing, better rural transport…

1 min.
horses in the news

HELLO SANCTOS Scott Brash’s Olympic gold medallist and Rolex Grand Slam winner is to be retired. Owners Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, and Scott, have decided the 17-year-old will bow out at Geneva CHI this month. LJT LUCAS NORMARK Anne Dunham’s Rio ride has been put down aged 18. The Lady Joseph Trust and Henrietta Cheetham’s stallion, who won nine para dressage championship medals, had a worsening issue with a hind leg. TIGER ROLL A third Grand National is the aim for Gigginstown’s nine-year-old, after surgery to remove a bone chip. Trainer Gordon Elliott said he is making a good recovery, with the bandage set to come off today (5 December).…

2 min.
sales agreements aim to protect buyer and seller

SIGNING a sales agreement could protect both buyers and sellers of horses, the creators of an online tool believe. The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a portal for gold members to create legal documents, allowing buyers and sellers to set out points such as whether a horse has a microchip, its characteristics, and the buyer’s obligations. BHS membership director Emma Day told H&H having an agreement keeps buyers and sellers safe by ensuring what has been agreed is in writing. “It’s something everyone should do to ensure their interests are protected,” she said. “Our legal line take calls from members where it’s all gone horribly wrong with the sale of a horse and this can help ensure it doesn’t.” A spokesman for Epoq Legal, which provides the BHS’s legal helpline and agreements, told…

1 min.
in brief

HUNT WINS £500 ENGAGEMENT POT THE South Shropshire has won £500 for its efforts to engage with its local community in a competition aimed at promoting mutual understanding. The hunt’s supporters’ club hosted a fun day at its kennels, where visitors could see military tanks and an artificial milking cow, as well as being able to meet hounds and groom horses. The club also dropped invitation leaflets to 400 homes. This is Hunting UK judged its efforts best in its new “Let’s meet the hounds” competition. The runner-up was the Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, which invited Women’s Institute and Young Farmers’ groups to visit kennels. NEW BRIDLE-FITTING COURSE LAUNCHED THE Society of Master Saddlers hopes its new bridle-fitting qualification will raise standards and boost equine welfare. The City & Guilds-approved course will run next summer, after 18…