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Horse & Hound


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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 49,30
R 1 972,01
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
let’s go!

AS I write on Monday, H&H journalists Pippa Roome and Polly Bryan and photographer Peter Nixon have made it through all the checks and are ensconced in their Tokyo hotel rooms, quarantined for three days to be able to access the stadium when sport begins. We are as delighted as the athletes to be there, to bring you every moment of action from the Games as it happens on horseandhound.co.uk, and complete analysis of the news and sport in these pages over the next four weeks. Today we bring you our form guide, relied upon by commentators and armchair viewers alike, allowing readers to immerse themselves in Olympic horse sport from Saturday morning, keeping track of scores. These form guides are a labour of love to produce, with inevitable last-minute changes –…

1 min
late change to british olympic eventing squad

WORLD champions Ros Canter and Allstar B have replaced Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent as the British Olympic eventing team’s alternate combination. A British Equestrian statement said after “careful consideration and full collaboration” between performance director Dickie Waygood and Brookfield Inocent’s owners, it was decided that the horse would not travel to Tokyo, a decision made with Piggy’s “understanding and support”. Alison Swinburn, who co-owns the 12-year-old gelding with John and Chloe Perry, wished the British team the best of luck on behalf of the owners, adding they will have “no bigger supporters as we all cheer them on”. “The chance to represent your country on the Olympic stage is the pinnacle of every owner’s ambition but, taking everything into account, we have to put those dreams on hold for now,” she said. Ros…

3 min
riders’ lorry concerns on clean air proposals

CLEAN air zone proposals have been finalised for Greater Manchester including funding towards upgrading non-compliant vehicles – but equestrians say the support is not enough. Following the announcement a clean air zone would be created in Greater Manchester as part of Government plans to improve air quality, and a public consultation (news, 8 October), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has published its final plans which have been put to the area’s 10 local authorities for approval. From 30 May 2022, non-compliant vehicles, including horseboxes, over 3.5 tonnes must pay £60 per day to drive in the zone. Private vehicles registered to Greater Manchester owners can apply for a discounted charge of £10 per day. Non-compliant vehicles under 3.5 tonnes must pay £10 per day, which has been delayed until 1 June 2023. FINANCIAL…

1 min
people in the news

Dressage rider Laura Tomlinson and husband Mark are “nervously and excitedly” expecting their fourth child. The couple have daughters Annalisa and Hanni, and son Wilfred. Farrier Steven Beane was crowned British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association national champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. Steven said it is “the one everyone wants to win”. Stunt rider Ben Atkinson of Atkinson Action Horses proposed to his girlfriend Georgie Jackson in the main arena at the Great Yorkshire Show, after his equestrian display. She said yes. Grand Nationalwinning jockey Rachael Blackmore is recovering from surgery after she fractured an ankle and injured a hip in a fall at Killarney on 16 July. Rachael is in “good spirits”. Flat jockey Hollie Doyle became the first to ride 100 winners in 2021, with a win at Yarmouth on 14 July…

3 min
‘mini ponies shouldn’t be tied in’

alexandra.robinson@futurenet.com @alexrob_journo_ THE mini mountain and moorland (M&M) classes were the biggest – and arguably the best – classes at the 2021 Great Yorkshire Show and I had the privilege of judging them, putting a lead-rein and first ridden combination through to Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The classes were mammoth, with 48 first ridden entries. Champion of the day was a perfect Shetland lead-rein pony (Sharptor Keepsake), who was everything I could want in a mini pony. It was a “proper” Shetland with super conformation; it walked in like it was going to win and as the class went on, I couldn’t find a fault in it. What I liked most about the winner was that it wasn’t strapped in in front and was very natural in its way of going. A lot…

4 min
toy entrepreneur

The Crafty Ponies business started 10 years ago as a craft kit, however people didn’t want to sew it up and kept asking me for a finished product. I couldn’t find a manufacturer in England, so my husband and I got on a plane to China – what an adventure! Five years ago we brought out a pony, two rug sets plus a saddle and bridle. They were designed to help children learn about how tack and other pony equipment works and to role-play with products that look and perform just like the real thing. The idea for the business formed 30 years ago. I found myself on my own with four children under five, it was coming up to Christmas and I was a bit upset at how I could give…