Chio Aachen Welcomes The World’s Best to Contend for the First Equestrian Major of 2017

THE MAIN ARENA AT CHIO AACHEN ©ROLEX/KIT HOUGHTON

Chio Aachen Welcomes The World’s Best to Contend for the First Equestrian Major of 2017 Elite competitors and world-class show jumping will be on display at CHIO Aachen this July, as the sport’s leading riders compete in the first equestrian Major of the year. Each summer over 360,000 spectators travel to the iconic equestrian venue in West Germany to watch five disciplines of equestrian sport over 10 days, this includes dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting and show jumping. Hailed as the world’s greatest equine sporting exhibition, the historic CHIO Aachen is…

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Blenheim Palace Horse Trials Entries Open Next Week

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2016 Entries open next week Entries for the principal classes at Blenheim Palace Horse Trials open next week on Friday, 5 August. This year Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (8th-11th September) boasts THREE three-star international classes – the CCI3*, the prestigious CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, and the final leg of Event Rider Masters series, also held at CIC3* level. All entries should be made by visiting www.bdwp.co.uk/ble. Please note that while accepted entries for the CCI3* and CIC3* 8/9yo classes will be announced 48hr after the…

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Blue Chip All Star Academy winner debut at Hickstead

Blue Chip All Star Academy Winner RHIANYDD

‘Blue Chip All Star Academy winner Rhianydd Lee-Jones will make her debut for H&C at Hickstead Blue Chip All Star Academy winner Rhianydd Lee-Jones heads to Hickstead Horse & Country TV are pleased to announce that the winner of its new reality series will be joining the team for online coverage of Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show this week. Rhianydd, 27, was crowned the 2016 Blue Chip All Star Academy Champion after taking part in Horse & Country TV’s innovative new reality television series. The Welsh rider will be reporting from…

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Holly Smith continues the honeymoon at Hickstead

Holly Smith and Quality Old Joker. Image (c) Julian Portch

Holly Smith continues the honeymoon at Hickstead Holly Smith (née Gillott) was on winning form once again at Hickstead, winning a prestigious class at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (27-31 July). Riding Quality Old Joker, an eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Holly Smith claimed the Winter Grades B & C Championship in the International Arena. Nine combinations made it through to the jump-off, with Holly going third from last. A well-judged round by the Leicestershire-based rider saw her knock nearly 3sec off first-drawn Adrian Whiteway’s time. “He’s 17.3hh and big with…

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Land Rover Supports New Pony Club Initiative

Pony club winter championships

Land Rover Supports New Pony Club Initiative  Land Rover sponsors new Pony Club initiative aimed at grassroots riders The Land Rover Pony Club Regional Championships will take place in August and September The new partnership further cements Land Rover’s long term commitment to equestrian sport Land Rover is delighted to announce it is to become title sponsor of a brand new Pony Club competition aimed at grassroots riders. The Land Rover Pony Club Regional Championships 2016, which are open to all Pony Club members between the ages of 4-25 years…

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Vicky Mitson & Royal Gent win a third HOYS qualifier

Vicky Mitson and Royal Gent aka Buster RIHS Championship-1

Vicky Mitson & Royal Gent win a third HOYS qualifier Vicky Mitson has been on winning form this season and has followed up a series of significant successes with another 1st place at last weekend’s Royal Welsh Show. Vicky rode her own 12-year-old Irish Sports Horse gelding, Royal Gent (Buster) in the Lightweight Working Hunter. Now in their 4th competition season together, the partnership have recently also won at Devon County and Royal Norfolk, both also HOYS qualifiers. “It’s always a great feeling winning any HOYS qualifier but to win…

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New Visitor Centre Hailed a ‘Fantastic Achievement’ by HRH The Princess Royal

Entrance to the new visitor centre

New Visitor Centre Hailed a ‘Fantastic Achievement’ by HRH The Princess Royal World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue & Rehoming Centre’s new facilities officially opened by charity’s President The redevelopment of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Somerton, Somerset was described as a ‘fantastic achievement’ by the charity’s President, HRH The Princess Royal when she officially opened the centre on Friday (15th July). The final stage of the completed development includes an indoor arena and visitor centre which enables the centre’s rehabilitation work to…

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Olympic stars line up for the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge

Pippa Funnell is among the entries for the Amlin Plus Eventers' Challenge. Image (c) Julian Portch

Olympic stars line up for the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge A number of Olympic-bound event riders will compete in the popular Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead next week (28 July). Sir Mark Todd, who will be competing in his eighth Olympic Games in Rio, will head to Hickstead shortly before the Games to compete in the class on NZB Land Vision. New Zealand’s Rio team reserve Tim Price also lines up in the Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge with Xavier Faer. Likewise, Pippa Funnell – who…

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Mitsubishi Motors Cup Winners Get Motoring

mitsubishi motors cup results

Mitsubishi Motors Cup Winners Get Motoring The inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Cup winners have now picked up the keys to their prizes from the competition’s Ambassador Emily King. Katie Hancock, the winner in the BE100 category collected a Mitsubishi Outlander GX4 from Hawkins Mitsubishi in Cornwall while the winner of the BE90 category, Sophie Walker, picked up an ASX 5 from JT Hughes in Telford. Katie, 33, a safety and compliance manager from St Columb, near Newquay, was the runaway winner in the BE100 category of the eventing championship, which offered…

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SEIB RDA Showing Success at National Championships

SEIB RDA Showing 1st Imogen Dark on Jimmy Jones

SEIB RDA Showing Success at National Championships RDA Showing Success The inaugural SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Showing Master Class was herald an enormous success, held at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College on the 15th July.  Nine riders volunteered as guinea pigs and each put in an excellent performance for the crowd that had gathered for this evening class. The experienced judging team, consisting of Richard Ramsay, David Bartram, David Ingle and Chris Lawton, are all showing professionals and are well-known for judging the…

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Equestrian sport gallops into the Rio limelight

Equestrian Sport

Equestrian sport gallops into the Rio limelight By Louise Parkes Equestrian sport arrives in Rio with its head held high, the bit between its teeth and on the crest of a wave of expansion across the globe. The Rio 2016 sport entries (FEI Definite Entries) are all in, and a total of 200 athlete and horse combinations from 43 countries will chase their dreams of glory in three separate disciplines, soaring over massive obstacles in Jumping displaying athleticism and grace in Dressage, and powering around a cross-country track in Eventing.…

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Australia on top of the world at Aachen

Shane Rose and CP Qualified lead the victorious Australian team in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, and finish individual 2nd, at Aachen (GER) (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Australia on top of the world at Aachen By Kate Green On the eve of the Rio Olympic Games, a confident, new-look Australian team put up a brilliant performance to take their first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing victory and break Germany’s winning run at their home leg at Aachen (GER), the sixth in the 2016 series. The Australian quartet led a competitive nine-nation field from the start and extended their lead of just 0.7 penalties after Dressage to a convincing final margin of 9.5 penalties with four fast Cross Country…

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Pippa Funnell announced as replacement to Izzy Taylor at Rio 2016

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BREAKING NEWS  *** Pippa Funnell announced as replacement to Izzy Taylor at Rio 2016 Pippa Funnell to take the reins at Rio Allercombe Ellie, owned by Susan Holroyd and Frances Carter and ridden by Izzy Taylor, has unfortunately incurred a slight injury in training that will prevent the combination from competing as part of the eventing team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The combination will be replaced by the first reserve, Pippa Funnell MBE (47, from Surrey) with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz, who will represent Team…

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Trailblazers 2017

Trailblazers 2017 Showing Classes PR MR. Credit Real Time Imaging

Trailblazers 2017 – Showing & Working Hunter for 2017 Trailblazers are delighted to introduce the new and exciting developments to the Showing & Working Hunter Trailblazers 2017 Series and Championships. Trailblazers are increasing the number of showing classes at the Championship Finals, which sees the introduction of the following classes: – In Hand Trailblazers Spotted, Appaloosa, Palomino & Roan Championship In Hand Trailblazers Best Foreign Breed Championship Ridden Trailblazers Show Hunter under 148cm Championship Trailblazers Riding Horse Championship Trailblazers Ridden Novice Cob Championship Trailblazers Ridden Open Cob Championship Ridden Trailblazers Spotted,…

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Horses Stabbed and One Dies Police, Appeal for Witnesses

Horse News

Horses Stabbed and One Dies, Police Appeal for Witnesses Horses stabbed in brutal attack  – warning graphic images Police are appealing for witnesses following two horses being attached in Haltwhistle, Northumberland. The attack happened somewhere between the evening of Friday 8th July and the Saturday morning. Both horses were found by the their owner, hiding in their field shelter in a state of shock. 19-year-old mare Tara, was stabbed in her throat, neck and abdomen. Unfortunately she didn’t pull through the attack and died with her owner by her side a…

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Paralympic Equestrian Team GB Confirmed

Paralympic Equestrian Team GB

Paralympic Equestrian Team GB Confirmed Glittering line-up of multi-medallists to represent Paralympic Equestrian Team GB  at Rio 2016 The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today confirmed the high calibre squad of five equestrian riders that will represent Paralympic Equestrian Team GB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, each a multi-Paralympic medallist in their own right. Natasha Baker MBE, Sophie Christiansen OBE, Anne Dunham MBE, Lee Pearson CBE and Sophie Wells MBE have 13 Games’ worth of experience between them and a shared haul of 30 Paralympic medals. Great Britain has been…

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British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’

2020 British Dressage Championships get the go ahead - Image credit Daisy Jackson Dressage www.djdressage.co.uk

British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’ Plans launched for this year’s BD National Convention Dressage is the foundation to all equestrian activity; a well-trained, responsive horse gives the rider the advantage to make that tight turn in the jumping ring or angle that skinny cross country fence.  But in its purest form, more and more horse and rider combinations are discovering that dressage is so much more than ‘flatwork’!  It’s a challenging sport with great rewards for the hours of training put in and, most importantly, it’s not just for…

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The King is Back! Barbury International Horse Trials Report

Barbury International Horse Trials - L-R Top three on the ERM podium Gemma Tattersall, Andrew Nicholson and Paul Tapner Photo Credit: Libby Law Photography & Eventridermasters.tv

The King is Back! Barbury International Horse Trials Report Written by Amy Bennett In a seriously competitive section at the international CIC*** class at St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials, the king of Barbury Castle reigned supreme once more. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson stormed around the third leg of the Event Rider Master (ERM) series to take his fifth Barbury title in a row with the only sub-40 score of the section. But in the absence of his now retired Barbury champion Avebury, the title this year was awarded…

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Gemma Tattersall Confirms Olympic Ride

Gemma Tattersall image credit Mike Bain

Gemma Tattersall Confirms Olympic Ride British Equestrian Team – Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Update Following the announcement of the Team GB Equestrian Eventing team on 5 July 2016, it has now been confirmed that Gemma Tattersall, age 31, based West Sussex, will partner The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The announcement confirms Gemma’s ride of Quicklook V and not Christopher Stone’s, Chicco Bella P. Quicklook V, stable name Pebbles, is a 12-year-old grey mare by Urkel, out of Unabresse M (Image below) Gemma has…

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FEI Nations Cup Eventing: USA team makes history with win at The Plains

Team USA’s Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer and Clark Montgomery celebrate their first win in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series, at the Land Rover Great Meadows International, The Plains, Virginia (USA) with Helen McDonald and Deborah Sandford for Land Rover North America and US Chef d'Equipe David O'Connor. (FEI/Stock Image Services)

FEI Nations Cup Eventing: USA team makes history with win at The Plains By Kate Green FEI Nations Cup Eventing: Clark Montgomery (USA) flew back from Britain to his home country to lead a strong American quartet to victory in the fifth leg of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing, held for the first time outside Europe, at the Land Rover Great Meadows International at The Plains, Virginia. Riding the Irish-bred Loughan Glen, the horse he is hoping to partner at the Rio Olympic Games next month, Montgomery finished the…

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Charlotte Dujardin Sets the Expectation for Rio At Hartpury Festival of Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin - image for illustration purposes only

Charlotte Dujardin Sets the Expectation for Rio At Hartpury Festival of Dressage Charlotte Dujardin has set the expectation for Rio during last night’s Gala Evening in the Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle at Hartpury Festival of Dressage. Maintaining top form, Dujardin and her humble steed Valegro, finished a staggering 17% (90.62%) ahead of second placed rider Henriette Anderson riding Warlocks Charm (73.87%). Irish rider Roland Tong finished less than 1% behind Anderson, in third, riding the 2005 bay gelding, Rybrook Ambience. Dujardin rode to music she has planned for the…

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Hartpury Festival of Dressage Sets Dujardin and Hester up for Rio

dressage team Hartpury Festival of Dressage Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Hartpury Festival of Dressage Sets Dujardin and Hester up for Rio There’s no such thing as pre-event nerves for world-renowned dressage duo Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester as they take 1st and 2nd place in the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Grand Prix, ahead of their venture to Rio. Dujardin and Hester, who will ride for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, have proved themselves and their horses, yet again, worthy of Team GB selection whilst competing at Hartpury this week. This is the last event the pair will ride in on…

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Sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup

sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Paul Estermann and Castlefield Eclipse produced one of the three sensational double-clears that clinched victory for Switzerland at today’s sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1 League in Falsterbo (SWE). (FEI/LOTTAPICTURES)

Sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Super Swiss sweep to Furusiyya victory in Falsterbo – FEI Showjumping – by Louise Parkes Sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup – Andy Kistler’s Swiss side produced a superb performance to win the sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1 League at Falsterbo (SWE). Tied for the lead with the host nation and Brazil at the halfway stage, the winners were simply faultless while Sweden lined up second ahead of Brazil, Great Britain and The Netherlands…

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Last Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier held at Burghley Horse Trials

Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier

Last Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier held at Burghley Horse Trials The last of the 2016 Last Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier will be held at Burghley Horse Trials. in the Main Arena on Sunday 4th September. The opportunity provides the final opportunity to qualify for the prestigious finals at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The event recognises the huge popularity of this class with both competitors and spectators alike, and is delighted to be able to provide an opportunity to see how correctly re-schooled ex-racehorses can go on to…

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Rider Development Pathway Pony Club Riders Selected

Pony Club Talent Pathway 2017

Rider Development Pathway Pony Club Riders Selected Pony Club Stars of Tomorrow Are Selected! Twenty-nine talented Pony Club Members from across the country made their way to Rider Development Pathway (RDP) Camp, supported by the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme, at Somerford Park in Cheshire July 2-3 for a weekend of top class coaching in their chosen discipline of Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing. The riders were selected for the RDP Camp following ten Regional Assessment Days, and worked throughout the weekend with recognised and experienced coaches, including…

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