Party Trick Legacy launched in memory of top eventing stallion killed in RTA

Nick Gauntlett riding Party Trick (Nick Gauntlett Eventing Facebook Page)

Party Trick Legacy launched in memory of top eventing stallion killed in RTA The Party Trick legacy has been launched in memory of a top eventing stallion killed in an RTA. Earlier this year, international event rider, Nick Gauntlett announced that he had lost four horses in a freak road traffic accident. After breaking down on the way to competition, Gauntlett’s lorry was unfortunately struck by another vehicle as he and his team watched on. Of the four horse killed, one was his top eventing and breeding stallion, Party Trick.…

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Equi-Trek receive major funding for exciting expansion

Equi-Trek receive major funding for exciting expansion

Equi-Trek receive major funding for exciting expansion Leading horsebox and trailer manufacturer Equi-Trek is undergoing major expansion following a £5-million investment funded by parent company, the Trek Group. Not only does the investment promise an innovative new horse trailer in the new year, but the expansion in production and plant will see 50 more jobs created in the Stocksbridge manufacturing facility. The move comes as Equi-Trek, the largest producer of horseboxes and trailers in the UK and Europe and has experienced unprecedented demand in recent months. Said Trek Group Chief Executive, Tom Janion: Demand…

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Trevor Hemmings passes aged 86

Trevor Hemmings passes aged 86 Racehorse owner and football club owner, Trevor Hemmings has passed away aged 86 (1935 – 2021). Celebrated as one of National Hunt’s greatest supporters, Hemmings enjoyed considerable success on the racetrack as owner of three Grand National winners; Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabrigs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). Jockey’s and horses were unmistakably identifiable by the yellow, green and white colours he chose to represent his success and stamp on the industry. Many victories came outside of Aintree’s infamous Grand National including wins with Albertas Run and…

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Terminally ill woman granted wish to see horse for the final time

Image retrieved from, and property of Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Terminally ill woman granted wish to see horse for the final time A terminally ill woman was granted a special visit when she was allowed to see her horse and two dogs from her hospice bed in Cheshire. Spending four weeks at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Jan Holman desperately missed her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Monty and Rowley, as well as piebald cob, Bob. Staff at the hospice decided to surprise her with the reunion by putting her furry friends on the guest list. Image retrieved from, and…

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Man banned for life after keeping 40 horses in ‘horrendous conditions’

Man banned for life after keeping 40 horses in ‘horrendous conditions’

Man banned for life after keeping 40 horses in ‘horrendous conditions’ RSPCA inspectors found horses standing on muck 4ft high with their heads touching the roof of their stable A couple from Tyne and Wear have been disqualified from keeping all animals after they neglected 40 horses. Following an RSPCA prosecution, Gordon Hamilton Metcalf (DOB 18/07/1962) and Denise Ann Clark (DOB 20/07/1973) both of Rutland Street, Hetton-le-Hole were sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court  on Thursday (7 October). The pair were convicted of five animal welfare offences each following a…

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International Showjumper Banned For Using Spiked Boots

Germany’s Jos Verlooy and Jacobien Dwerse Hagen rode to win The Bunn Leisure Salver at the world-renowned Hickstead Showground, in West Sussex this morning.

International Showjumper Banned For Using Spiked Boots NOTE: Images used in this article do in no way represent the type of boots used by Andre Schröder – the images are for decorative purposes only. An international showjumper has been banned for using spiked boots, in the first case of it’s kind. Ukrainian showjumper, Andre Schröder has been banned from FEI competition after sharp pressure points were found inside of the boots of his competing horse in May. Riding 13-year-old gelding, Allegro at the CSI* in Samorin, Slovakia, the points inside…

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Frantic BMW driver causes another near-miss incident on the road for 11 year old rider 

Frantic BMW driver causes another near-miss incident on the road for 11 year old rider Another near-miss road incident involving a frantic BMW driver, an 11-year-old and her horse has been captured on a dashcam in Wiltshire. Niamh Wykeham-Martin (19) was leading her sister, Izzy (11) and horse Sully out on a leisurely ride down quieter country lanes in Wanborough, Wiltshire, when a BMW was captured screeching into view with minimal regard for any of the surrounding road users at the time. The incident happened on September 22; however, the…

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Tommy ‘Hilfiger’ Equestrian launched in move to capture new audience

Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian, or Tommy Equestrian

Tommy ‘Hilfiger’ Equestrian launched in move to capture new audience Tommy ‘Hilfiger’ Equestrian launched for AW21 and beyond Range includes gear for the horse and rider In a bid to break into a new market, premium American brand Tommy Hilfiger has expanded their current sports product range to include a selection of items for the horse and rider. In a similar move to high-end British brand Holland Cooper, the new Tommy Equestrian range brings yet more fashion-focussed wears to the market that boast modern styling, branding and quality garments customers have…

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NEW Redwings podcast series launched

Redwings Podcast Series pony and podcast member

NEW Redwings podcast series launched A new Redwings podcast has been launched with the aim to take listeners on a journey through the Sanctuary, with a spotlight each week on a rescued resident and their care, plus conversations with the vets, nurses, carers and support teams who make it possible. This #InternationalPodcastDay on 30th September, the charity is celebrating by announcing its Redwings podcast series, called Sounds of the Sanctuary. Rescue ponies, such as Phoenix (video below) rely on the comfort, care, treatment and security of Redwings Horse Sanctuary. Listeners can…

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World’s most expensive foal sold at auction

Luciana Diniz (POR) riding Fit For Fun 13 at Rio Olympics 2016 (Comité Olímpico Portugal)

World’s most expensive foal sold at auction The world’s most expensive foal has sold at auction. Colt foal, Especially for Fun Z, sold at Zangersheide Quality Auction for a massive €160,000.  An auction night that will ‘go down in history’, the world record-breaking price knocked the previous record out of the park. Sold to a German buyer, the foal is out of Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz’s Olympic ride. Diniz’s took 17-year-old mare, Fit For Fun 13, to the Rio Olympic’s in 2016. The Hannoverian chestnut mare has also made many Nations Cup team…

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Saddle Fitting: Are most horses lefties?

Saddle Fitting image of horse with tack on

Saddle Fitting: Are most horses lefties? Saddle fitting – the perils of putting symmetrical saddles on asymmetrical horses We were not surprised to learn 60% of the horses in our 490 horse retrospective study had larger measurements on the left side of their withers,” says Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph. Undergraduate students, Julia Alebrand, Bethany Harwood, Katharine Labarge and Laura Scott digitized and compared years of measurement data gathered from a saddle fitting company, which used a flexible wither tracing tool. The empirical…

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Arko III clone born announce Gemini Genetics

Arko III Clone

Arko III clone born announce Gemini Genetics Arko III – International Showjumping Legend Is Reborn To Continue His Worldwide Legacy! An Arko III clone was born in August 2021 following the combined efforts of UK based genetic preservation company, Gemini Genetics, and their partner and world leader in animal cloning, ViaGen Pets and Equine. A truly remarkable moment for the equine industry, Arko’s clone will enable his legacy to continue after his sad passing earlier this year. By the world famous Argentinus, out of Unika, Arko III was the Number 1…

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Eventing superstar Andrew Nicholson hangs up his boots

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) on Nereo. Image credit Mike Bain

Eventing superstar Andrew Nicholson hangs up his boots Eventing superstar Andrew Nicholson (60) this week announced his retirement from top competition in favour of producing younger horses for 2* and 3* level, and sale. The notice of retirement came after he competed at Blenheim Palace International Horse trails last weekend. His outstanding commitment to equestrian sport has been second to none, as is his renowned ability to give horses confidence on the cross country course. Famed for his talent and ability on many a horse, across many an event, Nicholson…

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New Wearable Tech Set To Improve Rider Safety

New Wearable Tech Set To Improve Rider Safety

New Wearable Tech Set To Improve Rider Safety ICE-Scan is the new wearable tech, set to improve rider safety when hacking. A modern solution for an age old dilemma, ICE-scan allows riders to securely save and store medical and personal information for referral in the event of an emergency. As paramedics and clinicians often testify, saving time in an emergency can save lives. However, access to that critical medical information can and does save lives too. So how does ICE-scan provide this crucial information? The wearable technology allows the first…

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BFBA FOCUS on hoofcare event set to be largest of its kind

Focus on Hoofcare Event 2021

BFBA FOCUS on hoofcare event set to be largest of its kind The BFBA Focus event will take place 30th and 31st October 2021 at the Blackdown Halls in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA) annual ‘Focus’ event will take place over the weekend of 30th and 31st October 2021 at the Blackdown Halls in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The Focus event is the UK’s largest of its kinds and features two days of lectures and demonstrations from world class clinicians, alongside boasting an equally impressive marketplace with all the leading…

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Two-year-old girl dies at Bedale Hunt Meet

Two-year-old girl dies at Bedale Hunt Meet

Two-year-old girl dies at Bedale Hunt Meet A two-year-old girl dies at Bedale Hunt Meet in North Yorkshire, after falling from her pony. The incident occurred when the toddler was riding out with other members of the Bedale Hunt. Riding on land in a village near Northallerton, the young-girl fell from her pony on the Wednesday (15th September) morning hunt. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance confirmed it had attended the incident but did not provide further details. However, North Yorkshire police later confirmed that the girl later died in the early…

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How to Build the Perfect Horse Stable

Horse stood in stable

How to Build the Perfect Horse Stable Your horses are like family members, which means you want to make sure they have every creature comfort. A substantial part of making your horse feel at home is creating a great home for them! If you have the land and money ready to go, it is time to create a stable you’d be comfortable spending a night in, one that feels like home. Check out these tips and tricks that every horse owner needs to know before breaking ground! Work With Professionals…

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New Guide to Prevent Spread of Equine Diseases Launched

Reducing Inflammatory Airway Disease in Horses

New Guide to Prevent Spread of Equine Diseases Launched A new guide to prevent the spread of equine diseases has been launched. The British Equestrian’s Equine Infections Disease Action Group (EIDAG) has released a new, comprehensive guide aimed at mitigating the risk of equine disease transmission. Aimed at governing bodies and event organisers, the new publication condenses vital information on 12 common equine disease into 69 pages. Outlining the diseases, pillars of responsibility the industry has to horse welfare, as well as example codes of conduct and report forms, the…

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Public still not listening as another horse dies

horse died from being fed too many apples

Public still not listening as another horse dies A healthy horse has died after eating too many apples as owner sends out plea to the general public to stop feeding animals who do not belong to them. When Debbie Frost arrived to see her horse in Woodbridge, Suffolk, she was upset to find him sweating and in pain. She immediately called the vet and once assessed, Debbie was told her horse had suffered a serious bout of colic. Unfortunately, the attack was that severe the gut had twisted and he…

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Young rider waits hours for ambulance after fall from horse

16-year-old student, Amy Wells. Image Helen Knowles/MEDIA WALES

Young rider waits hours for ambulance after fall from horse A young horse rider waited nine hours for an ambulance after falling from the horse she was riding at her college in Wales. 16-year-old student, Amy Wells fell when the mare became spooked while riding in the arena at Coleg Gwent Equestrian Centre. She then waited for hours, in agony, before being taken to hospital for treatment on Wednesday 8th September. Following the fall Amy was unable to stand as she felt immense pain to the left side of her back.…

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Trailer Test Changes Mean More Riders Can Tow Their Horses

Equine Digital Passport Solution Proposed for Safer European Travel image of horse trailer

Trailer Test Changes Mean More Riders Can Tow Their Horses Trailer test changes mean more riders can tow their horses without taking an additional qualification. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced changes to the trailer test requirements, although the date has not been confirmed. It means that drivers who passed their car test after 1 January 1997 will no longer have to sit a test in order to tow a trailer or caravan. The maximum authorised mass (MAM) will be 3,500kg, the weight normally required when towing…

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Olympic Modern Pentathlon Coach and Rider Receive Disciplinary Action from UIPM

UIPM Modern Pentathlon Changes

Olympic Modern Pentathlon Coach and Rider Receive Disciplinary Action from UIPM An olympic modern pentathlon coach and rider receive disciplinary action after shocking scenes witnessed at the Tokyo 2020 Games. On Monday (6 Sept), the UIPM Disciplinary Panel announced it has completed its review of events from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Specifically focusing on the situation which occurred during the Women’s Modern Pentathlon Riding competition, the review has been long awaited. At the Games, Germany’s modern pentathlon coach, Kim Raisner, punched her athlete’s horse, horse, Saint Boy. Attempting to help…

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Herds of Americans turn to Ivermectin to Prevent COVID

Ivermectin to prevent COVID

Herds of Americans turn to Ivermectin to prevent COVID A large proportion of Americans have reportedly turned to taking a cocktail of drugs, including Ivermectin to prevent COVID-19. Ivermectin, a drug more widely recognised as treatment for a selection of worms found in horses, is now believed by many to be a game changer in preventing and treating the illness that caused a world-wide pandemic. The questionable treatment since caught the eye of the Lincoln Project where group members turned their wits and sarcasm into a short video to highlight…

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Horse offered cannabis captured in ‘sick’ video

Horse fed cannabis

Horse offered cannabis captured in ‘sick’ video A horse being offered what appears to be cannabis has been captured in a sickening video. The field kept horse is viewed reaching through the bars of what appears to be fencing or a gate, sniffing a rolled up cigarette believed to have been filled with cannabis. The short video shot by yobs on an estate close to Prenton, Wirral, goes on to show the horse being offered the cigarette on two occasions, however it is unclear as to whether the horse ingested…

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Gemma Tattersall Engaged After Bicton Proposal

Chedington Equestrian Bicton Park 5* - Gemma Tattersall and Chilli Knight

Gemma Tattersall Engaged After Bicton Proposal Gemma Tattersall is engaged after a Bicton proposal. Winning her first ever  CCI5* title at the Chedington Bicton Park Horse Trials, Gemma also received an unexpected surprise at press conference afterwards. The one-off event in Devon was the first 5* event to run on UK soil in two years. Leading an an all-female top three, the first time this has been achieved in 18 years, the event was made extra special by her husband-to-be’s gesture. Gemma was taking part in the press conference in…

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