It’s FEI World Cup Final Week in Riyadh!

FEI Dressage and Jumping World Cup™ Final – this week in Riyadh Photo: Johanna Milse

The much-anticipated FEI World Cup Final is set to commence this week (April 16-20, 2024) in Riyadh, the vibrant capital of Saudi Arabia. After two years of meticulous planning and preparation, the venue is abuzz with the energy of horses, athletes, and officials, all eager for competition to get underway for the FEI World Cup Final Dressage and Jumping World Cup. With less than 48 hours remaining until the event’s inauguration, the organizing committee is ensuring the final details to guarantee a flawless experience as the first set of equestrian…

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Spana welcome Marianne Davies as interim Chair of Trustees

Marianne Davies - Spana

SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) announced that Marianne Davies has been appointed as the charity’s interim Chair of Trustees on Monday, 15th April 2024. Marianne was formally voted into her new role by the SPANA Board of Trustees on 25 March 2024 following the resignation of former Chair of Trustees, Dr Mary-Lorraine Hughes, who has supported the charity for 40 years. A senior HR and change professional, Marianne currently works as Global Head of People Services at GSK, where she has spent much of her executive…

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Nicola Philippaerts clinches third LGCT Grand Prix in Mexico City

Nicola Philippaerts Clinches Third Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Career Victory in Mexico City

Nicola Philippaerts stole the show in Mexico city to take the LGCT Grand Prix in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday, April 14th 2024. Partnering H&M Luna van’t Ruytershof, the win welcomed his third-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (LGCT) victory. The crowd erupted in applause as Philippaerts triumphantly crossed the finish line in a thrilling five-rider jump-off in the €327,000 class, ultimately securing his first LGCT Grand Prix win since 2018! Speaking with Rosie Tapner for GCTV, Nicola paid tribute to his winning partner. He explained, “She has…

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FREE tickets for BHS members: Blenheim Palace announce charity partnership with BHS

Christopher Burton (AUS) and Clever Louis - CCI-S4*8/9YO - The SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2019. Image credit Adam Fanthorpe

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials has agreed an official charity partnership with The British Horse Society (BHS) for the second year running. BHS members will benefit from an exclusive ticket offer to the equestrian showcase event taking place in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, 19 – 22 September 2024. As part of this partnership, all members of The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs (BRC) will receive exclusive deals and discounts, including: Standard parking is included with both free and discounted tickets, upgrades to Lakeside and In-Show parking…

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Mexico City Erupts as Prague Lions take GCL Championship lead 

Prague Lions Mexico City 2024

The Prague Lions ignited the crowd in Mexico City into a frenzy, securing the win as the only team to finish on 5 faults. In a nail-biting finale of the GCL of Mexico City, the Lions clinched victory as the last to go, propelling themselves to the top of the championship leaderboard with a commanding lead. The atmosphere at the Campo Marte venue was nothing short of electric as U25 rider Thibeau Spits and his exceptional mount, Impress-K van ‘t Kattenheye Z, held it together under immense pressure. The crowd…

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Simon Delestre dazzles on first day of LGCT Mexico City

Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve

The Longines Global Champions Tour has officially arrived in Mexico City. Day one kicked off with a win from flying Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve, who took the Trofeo Broxel 1.45m two-phase competition.  Speaking to GCTV Simon smiled: “The crowd here in Mexico City are always fantastic and this is just the first day! The grass arena felt amazing and Olga loves it here, I was unlucky in Miami last week so hopefully my luck has changed and I can carry on this strong start for the…

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New development to help owners monitor osteoarthritic pain in horses

Horse and owner walking along on a grass verge. Osteoarthritis pain in their horses

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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Dedicated ‘Path to Paris Prize Draw’ launched by BEF and BEFF

Lordships Graffalo will be star prize in the new draw launched by BEF and BEFF - Path to Paris Prize Draw

British Equestrian (BEF) and the British Equestrian Federation Fund (BEFF) launched their dedicated ‘Path to Paris Prize Draw’ during an evening held to celebrate 75 memorable years of Badminton Horse Trials. Featuring some fantastic prizes with more in the pipeline, the draw is part of a fundraising campaign by BEFF to support our four teams heading to this summer’s Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The funding will go towards helping them be the best prepared, supported and equipped they can be, leaving them to concentrate on performance and bringing…

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Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event announce rider line-up

Defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) will have longtime partner Mai Baum compete in the Cosequin® Lexington 4* as part of their preparation for the summer’s Paris Olympic Games © Michelle Dunn

Three of the world’s four top-ranked riders and defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) head to the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian from April 25-28.  The Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event features one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world. In addition to the traditional CCI5*-L, the event also features the Cosequin® Lexington 4* and Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.  With many riders’ sights set on the Paris Olympics this summer, the CCI5*-L and the Cosequin Lexington 4* will be thrilling…

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Former racehorses showcase their second careers in Aintree RoR Parade

RoR Parade will feature Lady Buttons

The second day of the Randox Grand National Festival on Friday, 12 April, sees the return of the annual Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade at 12.40pm before racing starts. The line-up of eight horses taking part in the RoR Parade illustrates the versatility of the Thoroughbred. It shows off the diverse options available to racehorses after their racing careers end. The parade includes horses excelling in slightly more unconventional activities, such as horseball, and the more traditional disciplines of dressage and showing. Blaklion Aintree favourite Blaklion returns to the course where…

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Michael Duffy Secures First LGCT Grand Prix Victory in Miami

LGCT Miami Beach 2024 - Michael Duffy takes his first Miami GP win

With not a dry eye in the house and against the iconic backdrop of Miami Beach, Michael Duffy and Claptonn Mouche secured their first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix victory. The duo’s remarkable win was highlighted by their status as the sole double clear of the day.  While Duffy and Claptonn Mouche claimed the top spot, Max Kühner and EIC Cooley Jump finished two seconds faster but accumulated four faults over the Liverpool fence, which caught out more than a couple of contenders. On form Frenchman, Julien Anquetin and…

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Rome Gladiators Seize Victory in Spectacular GCL Showdown on Miami’s Shores

GCL Miami Beach 2024 Rome Gladiators win

In a jaw-dropping race to the finish, Rome Gladiators powered by ClipMyHorse.TV of Laura Kraut, Lorenzo de Luca and Micheal Duffy stood on top of the podium for the GCL Miami showdown (round 2), after climbing an impressive eight places from 1st round.  Spectators were treated to the highest level of competitive show jumping and to the unique ambience that only Miami Beach can offer. With its blend of vibrant culture, luxurious lifestyle, and breathtaking natural beauty, Miami Beach provided the perfect stage for this unparalleled sporting event. The dynamic…

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Maikel van der Vleuten Secures Victory in 1.45m LGCT Miami Beach 

Miakel van der Vleuten. LGCT Miami Beach, April 2024

The vibrant shore of Miami Beach was electrified as the first CSI5* day of the highly anticipated 2024 Longines Global Champions Tour kicked off in spectacular fashion. Against the backdrop of sun-kissed shores and swaying palms, the world’s top equestrian athletes converged for an exhilarating weekend of fun and entertainment. Dutch rider Miakel van der Vleuten emerged victorious aboard Elwikke in one of the closest speed class showdowns of the year, clinching the CSI5* title by a mere 0.08 of a second. The crowd of beach goers erupted in applause…

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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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A formidable line-up of riders head to Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final

Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson

The world’s best showjumping athletes will meet in Riyadh from 16 to 20 April 2024 for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final, and what a thrilling, star-studded competition it is set to be. In a competition boasting the largest prize fund in its history, 2.6 million Euros, 17 Western European League athletes and seven North American League athletes will form part of those vying for the honours. Champions from Great Britain, including Ben Maher (GBR) and Scott Brash (GBR), will meet defending champion Peder Fredricson (SWE), who, collectively, form…

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Excitement palpable as line-up for 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final is announced

Great Britain’s Charlotte (Lottie) Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic ride, Everdale, winners of the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Mechelen, Belgium. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

The excitement is palpable as the 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final lineup has been confirmed. Seventeen Dressage athletes from twelve nations are set to compete in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from April 16 to 20 for the coveted FEI Dressage World Cup trophy in 2024. What makes this final particularly thrilling is the diverse mix of finalists! Flying the flag for GBR (Western European League) is World Champion Charlotte ‘Lotti’ Fry, who achieved the best qualification result of all the finalists, with 88.18%. The 28-year-old will bring with her the…

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Historic win for Emily King at Eventing Spring Carnival

Emily King and Valmy Biats. Image courtesy of Eventing Images/Tim Wilkinson

In the history of the Lycetts Grantham Cup, never before has a horse and rider combination delivered back-to-back wins, until Saturday, March 30th at the Eventing Spring Carnival. Emily King and Valmy Biats delivered a near perfect three phases to retain their crown, alongside the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy. “He was unreal”, exclaimed a jubilant King. “I’m so proud of how Valmy performed here he felt amazing.” “It was the smoothest, easiest, in sync one [cross-country round] I think I’ve ever had with him.  He’s quite lairy and really brave…

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Thoresby Eventing Spring Carnival Showcases Badminton Line-Up

Eventing Spring Carnival

With fifty-two of the eighty-seven Badminton bound combinations destined for the Eventing Spring Carnival this weekend, Thoresby Park offers the ultimate Badminton preview. Not only does the Lycetts Grantham Cup (CCI4*-S) and Advanced offer the ideal preparation for the first of the big B’s, but as the first international event of the British season it becomes an enormously important fixture ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.  The Lycetts Grantham Cup, formally run at Belton and now at Thoresby, has historically acted as a crucial feeder and preparation run for May’s MARS…

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Badminton Horse Trials announces competitor line-up for 75th anniversary event

Oliver Townend riding Ballaghmor Class for (GBR) takes 2nd place at Badminton Horse Trials 2023

As Mars Badminton Horse Trials welcomes its 75th anniversary in 2024, organisers have announced a stellar lineup of horse and rider combinations for the event, which will take place from Wednesday, May 8th, to Sunday, May 12th. With a record first prize pot of £117,600, we take a look at who else will face this fierce 5* competition that graces the rolling fields of the Badminton Estate each year. Horse and rider combinations Of the top 12 FEI World Ranking riders, we can expect to see 11 tackling this year’s…

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New eventing challenge offers competitors hope following recent cancellations

Hollie Clarke at Belsay in 2023. Image credit Athalens

British Eventing venues Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials will all form part of an exciting new eventing challenge in 2024. The news comes following a flurry of event cancellations that continue to shake up the eventing community in the UK. The new initiative, aptly named the Northumberland Challenge, will include the CCI3*-S, CC2*-S and, for the first time, the BE100 competitions. All will take place across the three venues offering a total potential prize pot of £61,000. All events have received considerable support so far, with Hambro…

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Tributes pour in for Caroline March who passes aged 31

Social media tributes are pouring in for British Eventing star, Caroline March, who took to social media to announce the reasons around her heartbreaking decision to opt for assisted suicide. The letter, which is both frank and poignant, powerfully portrays Caroline’s strength of character and pragmatic approach to her situation.   Caroline emotionally wrote “I’d rather have a short life that’s full of what I love doing” in the letter.  “I’d rather have a short life that’s full of what I love doing”  31 year old Caroline from Colchester had sustained life changing spinal injuries after falling from a horse during a cross-country event…

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An Irish victory in the Longines League of Nations

O'CONNOR Cian from Ireland rides Maurice during Longines League of Nations in Ocala USA on 23 March 2024 FEI/ Richard Juilliart

In a competition that was as unpredictable as it was exciting, Ireland came out on top with a superb team effort at the second leg of the Longines League of Nations on Saturday evening (23.3.24). Staged at the World Equestrian Centre in Ocala, Florida (USA), Switzerland finished second ahead of the American hosts in third. The 10 best teams in the world are battling it out over four qualifying events for the eight places on offer at the series Final in Barcelona (ESP) in early October. Saturday’s line-up included eight…

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FEI Dressage World Cup season finale fast approaching with Charlotte Fry in second place on the rankings table

Jessica von Bredow Werndl (GER) and Charlotte Fry (GBR) during the award ceremony from the Grand Prix Freestyle at the FEI Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

The 37th season finale of the global FEI Dressage World Cup series is fast approaching. For the first time, the best dressage athletes in the world will meet for the World Cup Final in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, from Tuesday, 16 April to Saturday, 20 April, 2024. Athletes can collect points for the final in four leagues: In the Western European League (WEL), the Central European League (CEL), the North American League (NAL) and the Pacific League (PAL). Out of all those four Leagues 18 riders receive their…

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