Equine Quality of Life research undertaken with support of welfare organisations

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Equine Quality of Life research undertaken with support of welfare organisations How to assess an equine’s quality of life is a highly debated topic yet lacks scientific agreement on how it’s best carried out. A recently published report on an equine Quality of Life (QoL) project lays the foundation for effective measurement of this difficult to assess issue and should positively influence future horse welfare. During 2021, students from a number of institutions throughout the UK took part in an Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence (AESE) project; through the Quality of…

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HorseFest to Launch at Kelsall Hill

Equifest Kelsall Hill

HorseFest THE Exciting New Outdoor Summer Festival for Horse Lovers launches at Kelsall Hill EC in July 2022! HorseFest, a NEW summer festival for horse lovers launching in 2022, has scooped residency at one of Cheshire’s elite equestrian Centres, Kelsall Hill. Running from 8-10th July, HorseFest, presented by John Oates Horseboxes, is a fantastic new weekend festival designed to celebrate all things horse! HorseFest will bring together a magical mix of equestrian experts, elite riders and horse owners, to learn, have fun and create special memories over a summer weekend.…

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“Lucky to be alive,” says doctor after anti-hunt activist trampled by horse

Sam Morley receiving emergency medical treatment. Image copyright Staffordshire Hunt Sabs

“Lucky to be alive,” says doctor after anti-hunt activist trampled by horse 37-year-old factory worker Sam Morley of Staffordshire Hunt Saboteurs was monitoring an illegal fox hunt in the Shropshire area on 15th January 2022 when he was trampled by one of the horses from the hunt. As a result, he was hospitalised and was told by Doctors that he was “lucky to be alive”. West Midlands ambulance service were called to the scene at 3.16pm on Saturday 15th January 2022 after receiving reports of an incident where a person…

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A11 ponies doing well after tragic road accident

Mariah and Carey are currently under the care of Redwings

A11 ponies doing well after tragic road accident Two ponies rescued from the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a third pony on the A11 in Suffolk last week are doing well in Redwings’ care. Mariah and Carey, as they’ve been named, came into the charity last Tuesday (11th January). Very sadly, another pony – thought to be Carey’s mum – was killed after getting onto the road and being hit by a vehicle. Mariah and Carey were secured in a neighbouring field by police who…

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GoFundMe Appealer Gibson Banned from Keeping Animals

gofundme appealer banned from keeping animals

GoFundMe Appealer Gibson Banned from Keeping Animals Margarite Geraldine Gibson, a licensed donkey operator in Yorkshire has been banned from keeping animals for life after pleading guilty to four animal welfare offenses when she appeared before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court last week (Jan 12). Gibson, (d.o.b 16/10/1945), of Netherby Close, Sleights, Whitby, who ran Whitby Donkeys on the local beach, was found by The RSPCA and The Donkey Sanctuary with 25 animals in poor conditions. Gibson told Inspector Little she had struggled with veterinary care and farrier treatment due to Covid 19. This…

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H&C’s “Daisy Dines With” Welcomes Ben Maher in Latest Episode

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H&C’s “Daisy Dines With” Welcomes Ben Maher in Latest Episode One of H&C’s most popular shows, “Daisy Dines With” welcomes Olympic showjumping superstar Ben Maher in the latest episode! The “Daisy Dines With” show, available on H&C+, offers a unique insight into the life and times of legends of the equestrian world. The latest episode, Ben Maher, is no exception. In a wide-ranging interview with presenter Daisy Bunn, Ben shares never before heard details of his victory with Explosion W in Tokyo, and what it’s like to be drug-tested at…

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Haygain announced as British Dressage Official Partner

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Haygain announced as British Dressage Official Partner Haygain has announced its renewed alliance with British Dressage, elevating the brand to ‘official partner’ status. The renewal comes after the brand announced further partnerships with British Show Jumping and British Eventing, all aligned through the new corporate partnership with British Equestrian. Haygain’s mission of tending to the well-being of the horse strongly aligns with the values of British Dressage and its stewardship of the sport.  By participating in affiliated competition and training, over 17,000 British Dressage members are assured of fair play…

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Abu Dhabi season-opener launches Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2022 series

The winning Dutch team at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2021 in Barcelona, Spain - (L to R back) Willem Greve, Kevin Jochems, Harrie Smolders and Maikel van der Vleuten, (L to R front) Sanne Thijssen and Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens. (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski)

Abu Dhabi season-opener launches Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2022 series Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will host the first leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2022 series next Sunday and, 113 years after it all began, this historic and evergreen tournament is all set for yet another super season. The appeal of the Nations Cup concept never grows old as horses and riders proudly fly their national flags in the battle for the most precious team title of them all. There will be 10 qualifiers…

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“This is the death of an innocent horse” Beloved family horse put to sleep in tragic circumstances

Horse killed after hunt Hounds spook it causing to run into a gate. Image retrieved The Gazette.

“This is the death of an innocent horse” Beloved family horse put to sleep in tragic circumstances A 21-year-old horse has been put to sleep after he panicked when approximately 40 Essex and Suffolk Hunt hounds raced onto private land where he was situated. Horse, Barney, lived on the Grove Estate, Wormingford, and had been owned and loved by Lisa Line since he was just four months old. Barney bolted in fear and ran straight through a closed gate on the land, resulting in him sustaining a broken leg. His…

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Richard Vogel Notches His First FEI Win at 2022 WEF

Richard Vogel Notches His First FEI Win at 2022 WEF The series of Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup classes continued on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Richard Vogel (GER) sped to the win in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round One CSI3* with Caramba 92, owned by Horse Management GMBH.   In addition to top national hunter, equitation, and jumper competition, WEF Week One showcases CSI3* classes through Sunday, January 13. The featured classes this week…

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Rehoming Record Smashed say World Horse Welfare

Rehoming record smashed: equine welfare charity celebrates a record-breaking year World Horse Welfare is celebrating a record total of 378 horses and ponies rehomed during 2021. This smashes the previous record of 357 rehomed by the charity in 2020 and continues a positive trend of more people offering horses and ponies a new home and a new life. Rehabilitation and rehoming are the eventual goals for all the equines that come into the care of the charity which has four Rescue and Rehoming Centres across Britain. Tony Tyler, Deputy Chief…

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Two major road incidents involving horses in one week

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Two major road incidents involving horses in one week Two major road incidents involving horses have been reported in one week. Friday 7th January: Emergency services rush to scene of road collision: Two horses die and riders ‘seriously injured’ after crash in Waltham Abbey Two riders were rushed to hospital following a serious collision with a motor vehicle and, tragically, their horses have had to put to sleep due the injuries they sustained at the crash. The collision happened in Woodgreen Road, Waltham Abbey on Friday (7 Jan) and emergency…

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The Mare and Foal Sanctuary launches Exercise with Equines

Exercise with Equines participant with pony Cas

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary launches Exercise with Equines The Mare and Foal Sanctuary has launched a new equine assisted wellbeing programme for women and girls aged 16 and over at the charity’s Equestrian and Education Centre near Newton Abbot. The programme has been generously funded by Sport England as part of the This Girl Can campaign, which is aimed at encouraging physical activity amongst women and girls. Exercise with Equines will see up to 36 women and girls spend time outdoors learning the basics of horse care and actively…

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Badminton Horse Trials TV

Badminton TV launches for 2022 - image Badminton Horse Trials - Zara Tindall (nee Philips) competing

Badminton Horse Trials TV Badminton Horse Trials TV, or Badminton TV as it will be known, will launch this providing the 5* eventing fixture with its own Livestream service. An accessible package will be available to cover all three disciplines, dressage, cross country and showjumping, as and when they happen, ensuring viewers don’t miss a hoofbeat, wherever they are in the world. A part of the new package, subscribers will also be treated to a cross country preview, videos, year’s gone by highlights and videos. This new service will be…

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BEDMAX announce BETA NOPS Accreditation

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BEDMAX announce BETA NOPS Accreditation BEDMAX become the first company accredited to the new Bedding Industry Manufacturing Standard, BETA NOPS Bedmax has become the first equine bedding company to become BETA NOPS accredited. The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has been planning the scheme since January 2020, which aims to minimise the risk of contamination by naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) in equine bedding products. Carrying this badge certifies that all products from BEDMAX’s range, which includes Bedmax, Littlemax, and Stockmax shavings and its recently launched Strawmax straw pellet bedding,…

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Olympic Coach John Sillett, charged with rape and sexual assault of underage girl

John Sillett, renowned Olympic Showjumping Coach, charged with rape and sexual assault of underage girl

John Sillett, renowned Olympic Showjumping Coach, charged with rape and sexual assault of underage girl Winchester Crown Court has heard that a former Olympic showjumping coach, John Sillett, sexually abused and raped a teenage girl over a period of seven years. Sillett, 55, faces five charges of rape, five counts of assault by penetration and two sexual assaults report the Mirror. It is alleged that the assaults started when the girl was between 12 and 13 years old a prosecutor told the court. Sillett, who lives in Farley Hill, Wokingham,…

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Harry Hall Announce Charity Partner Winners

HARRY HALL CHARITY PARTNERS winners

Harry Hall Announce Charity Partner Winners for 2022 At the end of November 2021, Harry Hall asked their supporters to nominate and vote for 3 charities to become the company’s charity partners for 2022 and today (January 4th) the Harry Hall team have announced the winners. Each of the winning charities will receive financial support from Harry Hall in 2022 The three winners are: Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys in need, giving people the chance to meet them and to learn how to look after…

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Rule Changes and Growth for Endurance GB in 2022

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Rule Changes and Growth Plans Announced for Endurance GB in 2022 Minimum speed for all open/advanced Graded Endurance Rides was reduced from 10kph to 9kph   Compulsory midway vetgate to be introduced at all rides over 46km to strengthen horse welfare  Three new board appointees announced each dedicated to supporting existing board in building Endurance GB participation and membership   Endurance GB’s Annual General Meeting took place in November 2021 which saw some key changes to Endurance GB’s rule book alongside the appointment of three new Board Directors. The new…

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Over 3,000 calls in 3 months for suspected animal beatings reports RSPCA

animal beatings RSPCA reports over 3,000 calls

Over 3,000 calls in 3 months for suspected animal beatings reports RSPCA As part of its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, the RSPCA has released alarming figures where members of the public had called to express concern for animal welfare this year. Over a 3 month period, June 1 to August 31, the number of recorded telephone calls received surrounding suspected animal beatings exceeded 3,000, with an addition 421 calls from improper killings and 210 with suspected mutilations. In total there were 4,268 reports of intentional harm inflicted on animals. The charity…

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Redwings Ponies Make Their Television Debut

Redwings Ponies Miss Muffet and Tinkerbell are camera ready!

Redwings Ponies Make Their Television Debut A couple of Redwings’ ponies made a special appearance on ITV’s Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh just before Christmas to highlight the charity rehoming scheme and to talk more about the vital care provided to rescued horses and ponies. Shetland pony Tinkerbell and her best friend Miss Muffet had travelled from their home at Redwings’ Ada Cole Visitor Centre, outside Harlow in Essex, to meet the popular television host and gardener on Manor Farm in Hampshire. They were joined by Welsh pony Redwings…

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“It’s my career highlight” says Harry Charles after winning the 6th Round of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup

Harry Charles and Stardust The London International Horse Show

“It’s my career highlight,” says Harry Charles after winning the 6th Round of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup The crowning glory of Sunday’s performances at The London International Horse Show was The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup (round 6) which concluded with yet another win from Great Britain’s Tokyo Olympian, Harry Charles. Young Charles took the gold with a time of 35.91 seconds and 0 faults in the jump-off, on the 11-year-old bay mare, Stardust. He beat the Netherlands’ Harrie Smoulders on Monaco by just under one second; John Whitaker…

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Conor Swail continues dominance in Longines FEI Jumping World Cup

Conor Swail (IRL) riding Count Me In - winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 North American League - Fort Worth TX (FEI/Josh Winslow)

Conor Swail continues dominance in Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Written by Catie Staszak Conor Swail (IRL) proved his Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League dominance Saturday night before a packed crowd in Fort Worth, Texas (USA), securing his third victory of the NAL season by way of an eight-horse jump-off. Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Figor finished second, with 24-year-old Ailish Cunniffe (USA) and Vivaldi du Theil third. Swail took victories at the league’s opening two events at Vancouver (CAN) and Sacramento (USA) with Vital Chance de la…

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Showjumping Day Three London International

Showjumping London International Horse Show Lemieux Six Bar Challenge

Showjumping Day Three London International Horse Show This news piece forms an overview of the showjumping class results from day three of The London International Horse Show, The Longines Christmas Cracker, The Global Herbs Snowflake Stakes and The Lemieux Six Bar. With exhilarating riding, skills and determination, all riders who compete in these events deserve celebrating, including their horses’, grooms and all who work towards making showjumping at this level possible.   The Longines Christmas Cracker Nine combinations went through to the jump-off of The Longines Christmas Cracker. Eager to…

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A “Delighted” Harry Charles proves quicker than Marcus Ehning at London International Horse Show

Harry Charles and 15 year old gelding, Borsato

A “Delighted” Harry Charles proves quicker than Marcus Ehning at London International Horse Show British riders dominated the second day at London International Horse Show which was made extra special by Olympian, Harry Charles who took a win in the Champagne Taittinger Ivy Stakes CSI5* class. Charles was awarded the prize after beating the odds riding 15 year old gelding, Borsato (Contendro 1 x Nijinski). This comes on top of the pair’s win at CHI Geneva last weekend. With a time of 34.07 seconds, Charles left Germany’s Marcus Ehning riding…

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Charlotte and Gio delight once again at London International

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) riding Gio, winners at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2021/2022 Western European League - London (GBR) Copyright ©FEI/Jon Stroud

Charlotte and Gio delight once again at London International Written by Louise Parkes As three-time Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin said, there’s nothing quite like a big win in front of the home crowd. The 36-year-old athlete and the brilliant little gelding Gio certainly gave spectators a treat when securing a last-to-go victory at the fourth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup 2021/2022 Western European League at The London International Horse Show on Friday 17th December. The pair were reunited for their final performances together at their home fixture…

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