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Horse & Hound 31-Oct-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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tall tales

STUART HOLLINGS picks up the conversation about pony height checks in his comment this week (showing, p82). He questions whether it is feasible that the current system of fellow competitors being able to request that a pony be remeasured could invite attempts to derail the opposition. It is stressful for connections to have a pony officially remeasured. And it is a completely unnecessary stress should the pony be competing in the correct class and have previously measured in with ease. But it is necessary for competitors to be able to alert officials to possible foul play — just as they should on suspicion of another athlete using performance-enhancing drugs, for example. Stuart suggests having transparency rather than anonymity might help — I agree it might well deter some spurious claims, but…

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concerns flagged as rule change plans out

A REWRITE of the flag rule and disputes over checks and standards for safety equipment have come to light in the final draft of FEI eventing rule changes. The first draft of 2020 rules were released in July (news, 18 July) and stakeholders fed back to the FEI ahead of this final draft, published on 23 October. The flag rule is a hot topic — its purpose is to penalise combinations who only partially answer the question at a fence. Its wording has been tinkered with in every rules draft in recent years. The International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC), European Equestrian Federation (EEF) and 15 national federations, sent feedback to the FEI on the rule. ‘Public thinking and the FEI are totally out of sync’HARRY MEADE The IEOC, working with the Eventing Riders Association, suggested…

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horses in the news

FINBURY HILL Susie Guild’s gelding, who jumped cross-country clears at two Badmintons and two Burghleys with rider Hannah Bate, has been put down aged 20. He also scored top-10 finishes at Bramham, Tattersalls and Blair. MR POTTS Louise Harwood’s home-bred top international eventer, with six Burghley and four Badminton starts to his name, enjoyed the Ludlow’s opening meet as field master’s horse under Alan Nolan. LINE OF DUTY Godolphin’s 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, trained by Charlie Appleby, has been put down after sustaining a serious injury. The three-year-old was also placed twice in Group One races this year.…

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in brief

NEW FORMAT FOR UNDER-25 RIDERS A NEW format has been announced for the under-25 British showjumping championship at Olympia (16-22 December). The line-up will comprise 24 riders; the junior and young rider European Championships teams, riders who have been on a senior Nations Cup team in 2019, the top four combinations who qualified at the winter classic shows, and a wildcard, to compete at the qualifying two-round class on Friday morning (20 December). The top 10 will advance to the final on Sunday evening (22 December) with a prize-pot of £13,000 on offer. CHARITY AWARDS OPEN FOR 2020 NOMINATIONS are open for the annual SEIB charity awards 2020. The public has until 28 November to nominate a charity to win the top grant of £25,000, which went to World Horse Welfare in 2019. A further £25,000 will…

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plans to change dressage nations cups under way

THE FEI is working on a new proposal for the dressage Nations Cup series, as organisers warn the current format is not working. A working group has been tasked with coming up with a way of “enhancing” the series, to make it more attractive to potential sponsors. The group had a first meeting during the European Championships in Rotterdam in August and is due to meet again at Olympia in December. Next year’s series will comprise five legs instead of eight, with some being dropped owing to the Tokyo Olympics. Dane Rawlins of Dressage at Hickstead told H&H he was not sorry not to be running the competition in 2020. “The concept is flawed,” he said. “We had a very good meeting in Rotterdam and it was almost unanimously agreed that things need…

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horses living in chernobyl buildings

RARE wild horses have been sheltering in buildings inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). Researchers from the University of Georgia captured footage of Przewalski’s horses in buildings abandoned since the 1986 nuclear plant accident. Peter Schlichting used motion-activated cameras in the Polesie State Radiation Ecological Reserve, on the Belarusian side of the CEZ, to capture the horses using abandoned structures as shelters, particularly barns. They were often inside for more than five consecutive hours, using the buildings for sleeping, breeding and avoiding insects in summer. James Beasley, senior author of the study, said: “These structures can serve as important focal points for research and management to obtain key demographic information such as age, sex ratio, population size and genetic structure.” A total of 36 Przewalski’s horses were brought to the exclusion zone, which borders Belarus…