Life After Racing Project Launched For Former Racehorses

Retrained Racehorse Eventing Championship -Gold Nugget and Andrew Downes winners of NTF prize at Gatcombe

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) have undertaken a project that seeks to improve the understanding of retraining and rehoming former racehorses, and they are calling for owners and ex-owners of retrained racehorses to help! Owners are invited to take part in an online survey to divulge their experiences of taking on a former racehorse, with researchers aiming to secure at least 500 respondents over the course of the next month. The Life After Racing project survey forms part of the RVC’s wider ‘Life After Racing’ project, which outlines the the…

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Janet Devlin: Beyond The X Factor

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Singer songwriter Janet Devlin on horses, Russell Crowe and the equestrian walk of shame. By Katie Gilmour. It’s hard to reconcile the confident, accomplished young woman that fills my laptop screen with the shy, whimsical 16-year-old that filled my television screen in 2011. Gone is the fiery red hair, and the hesitant smile. The woman in front of me smiles widely, talks openly and passionately. Her complexion is flawless and my first impression is that the 29-year-old version of Janet Devlin is a woman that you cannot keep down. Devlin…...

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Horses: Domesticated twice?

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According to a report in Nature, researchers believe that horses were domesticated twice, but the first attempt didn’t stick. It’s believed that according to genetic data, Botai hunters in Central Asia may have been the first to domesticate horses around 5,000 years ago for milk and meat, but the farming did not continue. Researchers said that the use of horses varied. North of the Caucasian mountains, horses were first used for transportation 4,200 years ago. This revolutionised travel, and within a few centuries, wild horses in the area were replaced…...

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King Charles undertakes equestrian patronages

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His Majesty King Charles III has taken on a number of horse focussed patronages, following the example of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. King Charles has been confirmed as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) new Royal Patron, taking on the role previously held by his late mother Queen Elizabeth II.The role was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last month as part of a recent review of royal patronages, a role that helps to highlight, promote and recognise the work of the many charities and organisations supported by a…

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Team GB Jr jumps onto the podium at de Wolden

The junior team for Great Britain jumped into second place at the Junior Nations Cup of Zuidwolde at the Youth Meeting in De Wolden, The Netherlands, only one fence between them and the first place. 14 strong teams came forward to compete over Henk Landers course, that consisted of a 12-fence 1.40m track. Two teams emerged at the top of the leaderboard by the halfway stage – host country The Netherlands and Belgium.  Great Britain was tied in third place on four faults but rose to second further in the competition.…

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Round table held on how AI may be used in veterinary procedures

Winter Horse Care Tips from Equine Veterinarian Juliette Edmonds. Juliette Stood examining a horse

Exploring the future of veterinary procedures in the age of AI. Learn about the discussions around how AI can enhance positive outcomes and minimize risks in the veterinary sector. With the world drawing ever closer to the use of robots and artificial intelligence, a round table was held last week to discuss how the veterinary professions might flourish in the midst of exponential technological change. The event, hosted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), discussed how AI use in the veterinary sector might best be regulated to optimise…

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One in three riders quit due to menopause

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In a survey of more than 1,600 riders, it was discovered that one in three female riders stop riding totally or temporarily when they hit the perimenopause and menopause. The research by Level 4 UKCC dressage coach and saddle fitter Stephanie Bradley won the first prize at last week’s Alltech Hartpury Conference for the oral presentation of her study Effects of the perimenopause and menopause on female riders, and the research will now feature in a scientific journal. Stephanie’s research forms part of her Masters degree that she is undertaking at…

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British Equestrian announce nominated eventing combinations for Paris 2024

Oliver Townend at the FEI Eventing World Championship 2022 in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA). FEI - Massimo Argenziano

British Equestrian and the British Eventing Selectors have confirmed the 12 eventing combinations that will be submitted to the FEI as our nominated entries for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the list features some exciting combinations. Oliver Townend, who withdrew from this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, is on the list with two horses. The nominated entries, listed alphabetically by athlete surname, are as follows: The grooms for the horses have not yet been confirmed, but British Eventing has confirmed that these will be included in the final squad announcement. …

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Saddle up to protect 78,000 kilometres of off-road routes

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The British Horse Society is urging riders to saddle up to protect over 78,000 miles of off-road riding in a ‘use it or lose it’ campaign to raise money to ensure routes are available in the future. The initiative encourages riders to undertake a distance of 25km or more over the month of July and gain sponsorship for its completion. The challenge has four goals, and riders can choose which they prefer: 25km, 50km, 75km and 100+km, and riders can create a Just Giving page associated with the campaign. Money…

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Riders’ Minds service expanded

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With the rise of ill mental health in riders, Riders Minds has announced that their helplines are being taken in-house, and expanded with additional mental health and well-being services that includes help for those experiencing bullying and confidence issues.  “When we set up Riders Minds, we always wanted to be able to support all equestrian people in any time of need,” said Victoria Wright, Founder and Chair of Riders Minds. “Having our services available 24/7 was very important to us. This is a service that we’ve always outsourced whilst we…

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New development to help owners monitor osteoarthritic pain in horses

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Researchers in the UK have introduced a straightforward questionnaire to help horse owners identify and monitor signs of osteoarthritis pain in their horses. The development aims to enable earlier and more effective treatment to enhance quality of life and improve athletic function. Led by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College and University of Edingburgh, the questionnaire is modelled on the Brief Pain Inventory used to evaluate pain severity and its impact on functioning. The team consisted of Dr. Janny de Grauw, Senior Lecturer at The Royal Veterinary College in the…

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Para Selector and BD judge Juliet Seal passes away, aged 86

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British equestrian organisations are paying tribute following the passing of Juliet Seal. Juliet, one of the most influential figures in the development of Para Dressage in Great Britain, died peacefully at home on 30 January at the age of 86. As a BD List 2 Judge, FEI Para Judge, Para Selector and Chair of Selectors, Juliet’s unwavering support played a key role in shaping and cultivating Para Dressage, leading to successive Championship successes for the British team during her time at the forefront of the sport. In 2015, Juliet received…

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The name’s Bond… James Bond II

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Continuing her incredible breakthrough year, Becky Moody rode to success at Myerscough Premiere League Show in the Grand Prix with her new superstar, James Bond II. The super 10-year-old Desperado x Fidertanz stallion owned by Becky’s longtime supporter, Jo Cooper, sealed his first Grand Prix win in a hot class. After her success with stable mate Jagerbomb at the London International, Becky rode James Bond II to win the class on 70.8%, narrowly ahead of stalwart Emma Hindle on Zippo MI, another exciting new horse. “Clever Mr Bond was determined…

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Contaminated stalls to blame for recent positive equine dope test

In a move that could set an interesting precedent, the FEI have announced that in the case of Chaman Ginn, ridden by Juan Benitez Gallardo to success at the CCI4*-S in Quillota, who tested positive for O-Desmethylvenlafaxine, that there were other causes at play and Gallardo was not negligent in his handling of the horse. It transpires that the banned substance entered the horse’s system by eating contaminated hay after a member of staff urinated in his stall while on medication. While the rider will not incur fines or a…

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BEF announce Charter for the Horse

With equestrian sports very much in the spotlight as welfare claims are pitted against top trainers, news of the BEF’s Charter for the Horse is welcomed. The federation, its 19 member bodies and associated industry leaders have all committed to endorse the highest standards of equine welfare, wellbeing and ethics under a new ‘Charter for the Horse’, launched today.  The Charter for the Horse is to be adopted across the equestrian industry in every facet. Under the six headings of empathy, care, respect, consideration, ethics and learning, the Charter outlines…

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WOAH launches centenary photo competition

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In celebration of their centenary, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) has launched its 2024 photo competition to highlight the work that animal health and welfare providers are carrying out around the world. The competition has been running for six years, and this year’s theme is ‘Animal health and welfare: looking to the past, embracing the future’. The competition seeks to champion the World Organisation for Animal Health’s major mission: Improving animal health and welfare, ‘A good life for animals’ and ‘Health and Happiness’. The World Organisation for Animal…

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Ben Maher flies the banner for Britain at the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival

Ben Maher & Point Break, winners of the $200,000 JTWG, Inc. CSIO4* Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot

It’s been a successful trip to the sunshine of the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival for Olympian Ben Maher, with a $200,000 win on the final day of the festival on the 3rd March on board Point Break (Action-Breaker x Balou du Rouet), owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright. Ben’s win comes on week eight of the festival when he topped the leaderboard in the JTWG, Inc. CSI04* Grand Prix. Five combinations jumped the USA’s Steve Stephens and Nick Granat’s challenging course, with Maher, the first to jump clear…

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National Steeplechase Association approve new horseshoe for racing

Equishox

The National Steeplechase Association has given prestigious approval to an innovative new horseshoe, designed with horse welfare at its very heart. Equishox is a composite rubber-coated aluminium horseshoe designed especially for racehorses that provides shock absorption and reduces the impact on horses’ legs. The innovative shoes are said to reduce the risk of slipping and encourage horses to stride “with newfound confidence.” “We are honoured to have received the endorsement of the National Steeplechase Association,” said former jockey and co-founder Robert ‘Choc” Thornton. “This recognition is a testament to the…

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Have your voice heard at the NEF

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The National Equine Forum (NEF) takes place on 7th March 2024 and a very limited number of face-to-face or live stream tickets are still available, and you can get your voice heard. The event takes place in London and is available on a livestream. The programme and full speaker details are available to view now on the NEF website. Q&A opportunities have been built in at the end of all the main sessions to give the audience and the livestream viewers a chance to engage with the discussions. The BEVA…

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Rob Burrow made patron of MND initiative in racing

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Rob Burrow, the rugby league legend, has become a patron of a horse racing initiative which raises money for motor neurone disease (MND) charities. A club has been formed in the name of the ex-Leeds Rhinos star in association with The Good Racing Company, which fundraises by selling memberships to the Rob Burrow Racing Club. Burrow, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019, was also presented with two cheques, each worth £7,777 in tribute to the number seven Burrow wore in his playing days. Standing at just 5 feet 5…

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Michelle Mone’s horse may be banned from the Grand National

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Michelle Mone and husband Doug Barrowman’s horse, one of the favourites for this year’s Grand National, is at the centre of a British Horseracing Authority investigation following the news that £75m of assets owned by the couple have been “frozen or restrained” by a court order obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service. The BHA has confirmed it is aware of the situation and whether Monbeg Genius, who would be a contender for Britain’s most famous steeplechase, is among the assets in question and consequently unable to run. The horse is…

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Help RVC and You Coul Win £500!

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The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is encouraging equestrians to track their rides in a bid to understand more about how illnesses travel and infect horses. The research project, which is being run in partnership with the Equine Register, encourages horse owners to track where they take their horses using a Digital Stable app. The recorded data then creates a record that will allow scientists to gain valuable insight. Experts are hoping this initiative helps uncover the transmission and spread of infectious diseases by analysing patterns of data. After signing, owners…

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British Showjumping announce the team for the UAE Nations Cup

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Four riders and their horses will be wearing the Union flag of Great Britain at the CSIO4* Nations Cup in Sharjah, UAE, at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club between 25 and 28 January 2024. Di Lampard’s team consists of Skye Higgin, Joe Stockdale, Donald Whitaker and Jack Whitaker. Skye Higgin is based in France and will travel with Bernadette Lejeune’s 11-year-old mare, Djordania du Tillard. Northampton based Joe Stockdale will compete either Joy Conklin and Laura Stockdale’s 13-year-old mare Equine America Cacharel, or Barbara Hester and Laura Stockdale’s 10-year-old…

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Relaxed horses learn quicker, according to new research

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The researchers used key indicators, such as heart rate and eye temperature when horses were at rest and when they were performing cognitive tasks. 20 horses took part in the study, during which researchers offered two targets. If the horse selected the correct target, they were rewarded with food. Once the horses had learned the task, it was reversed so that the other target was rewarded. The team found that horses with a lower arousal at rest and during the challenge fared better, and had an increased temperature in the…

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The Horse’s Trust tackles obesity in showing

Obese horse grazing. Horse's Trust encourages health body condition

With the Healthiest Body awards in their fifth year, The Horse’s Trust is aiming to encourage show horse and pony owners, riders and producers to think about body scores and the health and welfare benefits of keeping horses at a healthy weight. The awards, which give rosettes to those showing a horse or pony with a healthy body condition score (BCS), will be at a range of popular shows over the Spring and Summer, including Royal Windsor, Great Yorkshire Show, Hickstead and lower level local shows. The judging is separate…

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