Brussels Court denies FEI appeal in GCL case

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Brussels Court denies FEI appeal in GCL case The Brussels Court of Appeal has today denied the FEI appeal on the interim measures imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority which prevent the FEI from imposing its unsanctioned event rule on athletes and horses competing in the Global Champions League. “We are of course disappointed that the Brussels Court of Appeal has denied the FEI’s request for a full annulment of the Belgian Competition Authority decision, but this is only a phase in the process”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said…

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Ride for Retraining Success Calls for More Charity Rides

Ride for Retraining

Ride for Retraining Success Calls for More Charity Rides MORE THAN sixty riders took part in Ride for Retraining, a unique challenge to Britain’s equestrian community that was launched in the beautiful Holker Hall Estate in the heart of the Lake District, April 24.   BRITISH THOROUGHBRED RETRAINING CENTRE LAUNCHES CHALLENGE TO RIDE ROUND UK Ride for Retraining’ is a nationwide initiative to mark the 25th Anniversary of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, Britain’s original and biggest Centre dedicated to the retraining and rehoming of racehorses for new careers after racing.    To celebrate the BTRC’s Silver Jubilee, the Centre is hoping to raise £100,000 to…

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Blue Chip All Star Academy Contestants Announced

Blue Chip All Star Academy contestants announced

Blue Chip All Star Academy Contestants Announced HORSE & COUNTRY TV’S BLUE CHIP ALL STAR ACADEMY FINALISTS REVEALED The eight Blue Chip All Star Academy contestants who will attend the Blue Chip All Star Academy have been selected. Our panel of selectors went through nearly 130 videos and chose just eight finalists to attend the training camp at Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire. “It was a very difficult decision, but ultimately we’re really pleased with the group of riders who will take part in this innovative new television series,”…

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FEI Nations Cup Update – Britain makes it a hat-trick at Ballindenisk

The winning British team, (from left to right) Izzy Taylor, Oliver Townend, Wills Oakden and Franky Reid-Warillow, with Chef d’Equipe Philip Surl (front), at Ballendenisk (IRE), second leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2016. (Tony Parkes/FEI)

FEI Nations Cup Update – Britain makes it a hat-trick at Ballindenisk FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2016 Great Britain made it three wins in a row at Ballindenisk (IRL), the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2016. The home team finished second and a valiant French quartet, who had again made the long journey to this friendly Co Cork venue, came a close third. As a result, Ireland and France, respectively third and second at Fontainebleau (FRA) last month, now jointly head the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing…

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Vulcanium – Dreams of Fire New equestrian extravaganza at HOYS 2016

Vulcanium, a new awe-inspiring act is set to take centre stage at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2016

Vulcanium – Dreams of Fire New equestrian extravaganza at HOYS 2016 Vulcanium, a new awe-inspiring act, will make their debut by taking centre stage at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2016. Gilles Fortier is bringing a never seen before performance to this year’s show. Combining athletic and agile horses with bold and gallant riders, the performance is set to be a show stopper which will astound the audience. Gilles Fortier combines dance, theatre and circus performances with fire, pyrotechnics and modern effects to “awaken emotions” in their audience. Gilles Fortier will…

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Carl Hester to Host Dressage Spectacular at HOYS

Horse of the Year Show announce exciting line up for 2016

Carl Hester to Host Dressage Spectacular at HOYS Carl Hester MBE among those set to make Horse of the Year Show one to remember! Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is set to bring another unforgettable five days of entertainment to the NEC in Birmingham this October. With show stopping displays, exhilarating Showjumping and outstanding Showing Championships, this year’s show is setting supreme standards by adding a London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist to the line-up. Olympic Dressage Rider Carl Hester MBE will be hosting a Dressage spectacular on Friday 7th…

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William Fox-Pitt Withdraws Only Horse from Badminton

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William Fox-Pitt Withdraws Only Horse from Badminton   William Fox-Pitt has withdrawn his only ride, Parklane Hawk, from Badminton Horse Trials as the world-class rider feels he’s ran out of time.   Announced on the 21st April, the decision to withdraw the 16-year-old gelding followed a unsuccessful outing at Weston Park earlier in the month which saw the pair fall during the cross country phase. Thankfully, both horse and rider were not hurt during the fall.   Parklane Hawk was Fox-Pitt’s only ride at the CCI**** Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials…

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An Evening with Top Riders at Badminton Horse Trials

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An Evening with Top Riders at Badminton Horse Trials Unique Opportunity for Evening with Eventing Experts at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Cross Country Preview evening offers exclusive insight from Yogi Breisner, Harry Meade, Ian Stark and Zara Tindall (nee Phillips). An exclusive preview evening on Friday 6th May offers the chance to gain insight to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials’ iconic cross country course with some of the eventing world’s top riders and experts including Yogi Breisner, Harry Meade, Ian Stark and Zara Tindall. Hosted by the Horse…

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Blue Chip All Star Academy Receives Huge Response

Blue Chip All Star Academy

Blue Chip All Star Academy Receives Huge Response Blue Chip All Star Academy update Horse & Country TV is delighted to report that its new reality show, Blue Chip All Star Academy, has received a huge thumbs-up from the equestrian sector. The show, which aims to recruit a group of video bloggers for the H&C website, invited riders to submit a video audition in order to take part in the filming of the series. Eight selected participants will join top trainers and equestrian sector personalities (including Carl Hester, Pammy and…

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Hannah Bown is Crowned Novice Restricted National Winter Champion

Sandro's Storm Novice Restricted Champion, ridden by Hannah Bown-small

Hannah Bown is Crowned Novice Restricted National Winter Champion Hannah Bown, and her seven-year-old gelding, Sandro’s Storm, are riding high after being crowned Novice Restricted National Champions at the Winter Dressage Championships held at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Hannah, who qualified on a wildcard at Merrist Wood, also took fourth in the Novice Restricted Music Freestyle on the first day of the championships before going on to win the Novice Restricted Championship with a score of 71.09%. Said Hannah: “This is unbelievable, it’s completely unexpected. It’s the best Stanley has ever…

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Heather Bennett Pleased to Welcome BETTA Life to Team of Sponsors

Team GB Para-Dressage rider Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett Pleased to Welcome BETTA Life to Team of Sponsors Team GB Para Dressage Rider Heather Bennett is pleased to be welcoming BETTA Life to her team of sponsors. Newly launched to the equestrian market, the BETTA Life, PharmaQuin Joint Complete HA supplement has been formulated with the sports horse in mind. The aim of the new product was to create a joint supplement using the highest grade active ingredients with no bulking agents or fillers, that supports and maintains healthy joint function in the sports horse. BETTA Life…

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Update to British Eventing protective headwear rules

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Update to British Eventing protective headwear rules British eventing protective headwear rule update, important please read. British Eventing (BE) rules relating to the cross country requirements for protective headwear have been reviewed following recent events.  This specifically relates to the wording in rule 7.2.3 “having no peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front”.  British Eventing has been made aware of a specific part of the permitted standards that permits a small, smooth protuberance to the front of a hat, but not a peak.…

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Rehome My Horse Making a Real Difference

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Rehome My Horse Making a Real Difference Helping owners and those sourcing horses. The way forward for all loans, shares, rehomes and sales. Ensuring the right home is found first time. Lessening the risk of ending up in a spiral of rehoming and becoming a welfare concern. First of its kind. Rehome My Horse has now been in existence just 6 months and is making a difference in the rehoming, loaning and sales world placing horses in wonderful homes via its robust rehoming service a revolutionary way to sell and…

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Will Yazmin Pinchen be Able to Defend Grand Prix Title at Bolesworth?

Will Yazmin Pinchen be Able to Defend Grand Prix Title at Bolesworth? Grand Prix Champion Yazmin Hopes For More Bolesworth Brilliance… Yazmin Pinchen hopes to be back at Bolesworth CSI**** International this summer to defend a grand prix title that provided arguably the greatest moment of her showjumping career so far. The 22-year-old Sussex rider lit up a thrilling Bolesworth grand prix finale last June, producing a masterclass on the chestnut gelding Van De Vivaldi by jumping three clear rounds to eclipse a world-class field that included the likes of…

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Hannah Biggs Wins Advanced Medium Open Freestyle

Hannah Biggs and Don Caledonian

Hannah Biggs Wins Advanced Medium Open Freestyle Hannah Biggs and Don Caledonian, known as Archie at home, were over the moon this week after winning the Advanced Medium Open Freestyle at the Winter Dressage Championships.  Almost two years ago, Haygain® sponsored rider Hannah Biggs and her bright hope for the future, Archie, secured a title at Medium level, so it was celebrations all round after their exciting win in the Advanced Medium Freestyle class at the Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury. The Advanced Medium Open class is always competitive and…

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British Dressage Monthly Round-up with Daisy Jackson

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British Dressage Monthly Round-up with Daisy Jackson British Dressage – Another month packed with competitions, excited winners and qualifications to the National Championships. Among the winners was Sparsholt Elementary Open Regional Champion Claire Randall, bagging herself and her own Undaunted a ticket to the Nationals which will be held at Hartpury College. Claire and ‘Super ted’ gained 72.66%! After their win I got the chance to catch up with Claire and talk a little more about their journey together and how buying Ted came about… ‘‘Undaunted ‘Super ted ‘ at home…

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Ladies Day Comes to Bolesworth International 2016

Ladies Day to add glamour to Bolesworth International

Ladies Day Comes to Bolesworth International 2016 Ladies Day to add a dash of glamour to Bolesworth International Bolesworth International (16 to 19 June 2016) will kick off in fine style this year, with a glamorous Ladies Day on the opening day. For the first time, there will be a dedicated Ladies Day, giving the ladies the perfect opportunity to dress up and look glamorous. Judges will be surveying outfits to crown one dazzling lady as ‘Miss Bolesworth’ 2016. This will be the first running of this exciting addition to…

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Kelsall Hill Horse Trials Gain Sponsorship from Grubs

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Kelsall Hill Horse Trials Gain Sponsorship from Grubs Kelsall Hill Horse Trials offers competitors ‘grass root’ level eventing with BE80 and BE90 classes right up to Advanced Intermediate classes over the three days. The course is designed by Captain Mark Phillips and is built by David Evans, Richard Taylor and their team. Grub’s, neoprene performance boot experts, are delighted to continue their support in the eventing world by sponsoring a fence at the recent British Eventing Kelsall Hill Horse Trials. Said David Foster of Grub’s: “We love the sport of…

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Strangles Hits Wiltshire as well as Wales

Strangles Hits Wiltshire as well as Wales Following confirmed cases of strangles across North Wales the county of Wiltshire has also been affected. Some 200 miles south of North Wales, Wiltshire is as populated with horses as the North West region. One confirmed case has hit a well known and loved 28-year-old horse on a farm in Sherston. Footpaths surrounding the vicinity have been closed with dog walkers being advised to stay away from the area. Speculation has risen over whether the milder weather this winter has played a part…

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Sir Anthony McCoy Appointed Patron of British Racing’s Charity, Retraining of Racehorses

Sir Anthony McCoy leads Don't Push It in the parade Sandown 25.4.15 Pic Dan Abraham-racingfotos.com

Sir Anthony McCoy Appointed Patron of British Racing’s Charity, Retraining of Racehorses Sir Anthony McCoy appointed patron of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British racing’s official equine charity Twenty times champion jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy, has been appointed a patron of British racing’s official equine charity, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). McCoy joins fellow Channel 4 Racing presenter, Clare Balding, as one of two patrons for the charity that promotes the versatility and adaptability of racehorses so they can enjoy a new life after racing. Following a career of unparalleled success, Tony…

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Horse and Country TV announces extensive Badminton coverage

Horse and Country TV Badminton Coverage

Horse and Country TV announces extensive Badminton Horse and Country TV viewers will be able to watch hours of action from this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (4th-8th May) on Horse & Country TV. Programming will be available both on the channel and on H&C Play, H&C’s online service, which is also available on smartphone and tablet via apps. For the first time ever, all 6.5hrs of cross-country action will be exclusively available to watch on-demand on H&C Play from Monday 9th May, the day after Badminton reaches its…

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Girl of 9 Dies While Internet Trolls Leave Sick Messages

Girl of 9 Dies While Internet Trolls Leave Sick Messages Girl of 9 dies in Oxfordshire Tragedy struck an Oxfordshire based family last week as a nine-year-old girl was fatally injured whilst riding her Shetland during a hunt in the Cotswolds. The young girl, Bonnie Armitage, died in hospital on Saturday morning following a blow to her chest while in the saddle. The tragedy has sparked a flurry of unnecessary messages via a social media group set up by anti-hunt protestors. Sick comments such as ‘Karma’ and ‘no good can come from this bloodlust’ were among the comments…

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Ben Maher and Sarena Triumph in $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*

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Ben Maher and Sarena Triumph in $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Sarena jumped to victory in the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*   Grand prix action at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded with an exciting international showdown Saturday night as Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Sarena jumped to victory in the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*. The finale grand prix for the winter circuit, Maher and Sarena topped a seven-horse jump-off, with McLain Ward (USA) and…

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Strangles Hits North Wales

Strangles Hits North Wales NO Reported Cases on the Wirral! Several cases of Strangles have been confirmed across North Wales, none have been confirmed on the Wirral!. With Wrexham to Anglesey thought to be the worst hit, equestrian centres, riding schools and livery yards have tightened vigilance and in some cases have closed to contain the outbreak. The highly infectious disease affects the upper respiratory tract of horses with symptoms often being mistaken for other respiratory conditions. Symptons can include: Nasal discharge Raised temperature Swollen glands Difficulty in eating and swallowing…

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