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Horse & Hound 03-Jan-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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we’d be lost without them

I’M not currently involved in any non-equestrian sport, and have often found myself wondering whether the volunteers in other disciplines are anywhere near as fantastic as those in ours. If they are, that’s rather heartening as it means there are many more good eggs in the world than it appears on the face of it. From the show secretary to the cross-country starter, the dressage judge to the ticket checker at major horse shows, there are vast amounts of extraordinarily generous people keeping our shows on the road. Without volunteers, our sports could not run. Entry fees, sponsorship and advertising alone could not sustain the manpower necessary at any level. The volunteers I’ve met at World Championships and Olympic Games have been some of the most exceptional. Some are there in part…

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huge support

HUNDREDS of thousands of people did their bit to ensure the sound of hounds never dies, by turning out to support hunts on Boxing Day. Whether they were following on foot, mounted or lining the streets and marketplaces, supporters across the country were out in force, at more than 250 registered hunts. “This annual spectacle is an opportunity for hunts to thank all those who support them, from the farmers and landowners over whose land they ride, to their subscribers and the public, to the different venues that host meets, whose enthusiasm for hunting shows no signs of waning, despite more than a decade of the Hunting Act,” said a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance. David Elliott, master of the York and Ainsty South, added: “The hundreds of people who joined us today…

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horses in the news

URSULA XII Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s 17-year-old showjumper, who officially retired from competition in a ceremony at Olympia on 23 December, is likely to be put in foal. Rider Scott Brash said the mare will “continue to have five-star treatment”. CLAN DES OBEAUX The six-year-old gave trainer Paul Nicholls his 10th King George VI win at Kempton on Boxing Day, by 1½ lengths over Thistlecrack. The gelding was piloted to victory by Harry Cobden. (report, p70). VANCOUVER K The gelding and his Irish rider, Judy Reynolds, scored 71.087% for fifth in the World Cup grand prix at Mechelen, Belgium, on 28 December. This was the 16-year-old horse’s first FEI outing since the World Equestrian Games. Pictures by Sarah Farnsworth, Sport in Pictures/Alamy, Alan Crowhurst, Steve Bardens and Cindy Voss…

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new scoring idea is ‘brilliant’ or ‘mad’

AN alternative eventing scoring system has been hailed as “brilliant and game-changing”, but also described as “barking mad”. World silver medallist Sam Watson and Diarmuid Byrne, founders of equestrian data analytics company EquiRatings, discussed the z-line concept in a podcast. They explained that currently, eventers can achieve “unlimited advantage” in dressage, as riders are ranked by exact scores, while in cross-country and showjumping, going clear inside the time gives zero penalties. “There is no bonus for clearing the fences by six inches or going faster, while we do reward extreme dressage performances,” explained Sam. “Therefore, the sport gravitates towards the advantages on offer in dressage.” Under the z-line system, riders who exceed a certain percentage in the dressage would receive zero penalties. Horses outside the z-line would incur relative penalties — so if…

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in brief

NEW ONLINE PARA DRESSAGE SHOWS DRESSAGE ANYWHERE (DA) has launched monthly competitions for para riders. The British Dressage (BD) para equestrian online competitions allow riders to film their tests at home and upload to dressageanywhere.com for judging, and will run in addition to its Riding for the Disabled Association competition. BD para director Julie Frizzell said: “Our most qualified para judges are among those working with DA so the feedback is invaluable for all.” The first BD para equestrian competition is running the BD2017 grade I to V para bronze tests and is open to all bronze, silver and gold riders who have a national or FEI classification. COULD YOUR HORSE HELP FIGHT CRIME? THE Greater Manchester Police mounted section is seeking equine recruits to help patrol the region’s streets. The horses are an “important part of…

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equestrian sport must change its mindset in order to survive

EQUESTRIAN sport must not only continue to ensure horse welfare is its top priority but also demonstrate this to the public — or face the consequences. World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers has spoken of the need to maintain the sport’s social licence to operate at conferences and events this autumn and winter. Mr Owers is concerned by the rise of the extreme animal rights movement, which has “always been there” but is “gaining considerable traction”. “If the sector ignores the rise of this voice, it could have significant consequences,” he said at the 2018 British Equine Veterinary Association congress. “There’s an increasing belief that use is abuse and horses belong in fields; World Horse Welfare passionately disagrees with this but it’s there, and unless we try to take these challenges on,…