Plan Your Weekend at Bolesworth International 2016

Overlooking the main arena at Bolesworth International

Plan Your Weekend at Bolesworth International 2016 Would you like a fantastic weekend of fun at a top equestrian event, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family? Then look no further than Bolesworth International top-class show jumping, a magnificent dressage to music competition, a puissance and an action packed line up of displays and things to do. With a buzzing atmosphere, stylish grounds and incredible entertainment, there’s no better place to spend a summer’s weekend with your family than at Bolesworth International. What’s more the fun goes on all day,…

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Update on rider left with broken neck after tractor road accident

Update on rider left with broken neck after tractor road accident Last week we reported on the incident involving 28-year-old Rosie Archibald of Honeybourne, Worcs, and her horse Rio, being hit by a tractor whilst out riding. Rosie has since informed Everything Horse that: “I was discharged from hospital yesterday and will have to wear my neck brace for the next eight weeks until I have to go back for an operation.” On her ex-racehorse Rio, who she was riding when the incident happened she assures the readers he is…

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Uthopia – what we know so far

Uthopia up for Auction - Charlotte Dujardin riding Uthopia Image credit Kit Houghton/Hpower

Uthopia – what we know so far Uthopia fans were last week left heartbroken, when Carl Hester took to his personal Facebook page to confirm he was not involved in the £165,000 sale of Uthopia, on the 27th May. Many fans had been hopeful that although Carl was not present at the sale in person, that the buyer had been in connection with him or purchasing on his behalf. A statement taken from Carl Hester’s official Facebook page: “Sorry for the silence, I am so grateful for all the support…

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Equisafety join road safety campaigner in movement for safer roads for horse riders

Road Safety Campaign

Equisafety join road safety campaigner in movement for safer roads for horse riders written by Roberta Coll Equisafety, the UK’s largest specialist in high visibility equine wear, have joined forces with an innovative road safety campaigner, Debbie Smith, who constructed the petition to ‘Make it law to pass by a horse wide and slow and abide by horse riders hand signals’. The campaign has already attracted an impressive 88,691 supporters. Debbie, from Penzance, contacted Equisafety as she already wore a lot of the products and asked them for their support…

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German team triumphant at Houghton Hall

Germany, winners of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing at Houghton Hall (GBR) for the second year running (left to right): Peter Thomsen, Josefa Sommer, Bettina Hoy and Josephine Schnauffer, with their coach Christopher Bartle (Trevor Holt/FEI)

 FEI Nations Cup Eventing German team triumphant at Houghton Hall The German team again showed their liking for the beautiful surroundings of Houghton Hall (GBR), third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2016, and won for the second year running, narrowly beating Australia by just 0.4 penalties. The French, who are having a brilliant season, were third and now head the 2016 series leaderboard ahead of host nation Great Britain, who finished fourth, while Nicola Wilson, who was not in the team, finished first and third on the individual…

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Fun in the Sun at Somerford

Fun in the Sun at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage Written by Daisy Jackson What a fantastic show Somerford Premier League was yesterday! Absolutely nothing better than to sit in the sun watching some top quality dressage from some of the UK’s finest riders. First to take a win was Maya Goldberg riding Torino in the PSG section 2. Maya gained a very strong 71.93%, securing herself a win in one of the first classes of the day. At the top of the leader board in the PSG section 1…

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Tight at the Top for FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park

Gareth Hughes withdraws Image credit Lucy Hall-Photography www.lucyhall-photography.com

Tight at the Top for FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park, Sunday May 29 It was tight at the top for riders of the FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park Premier League dressage today, with less than 1% between the top three placings. Gareth Hughes took the top spot riding nine-year-old Cleopatra II finishing with a score of 70.53%. It was Warwickshire based Hughes’ debut ride on board the KWPN mare this May bank holiday weekend, who is owned by Judy Firmston-Williams.…

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Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016 – Round 10

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016 – Round 10 Spanish reign supreme at Furusiyya leg in Lisbon  by Louise Parkes Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016 – Marco Fuste’s Spanish team won the tenth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2016 series in Lisbon (POR) tonight. This was the fourth round of the Europe Division 2 League, and only the winners and the host nation were chasing points towards the 2016 Furusiyya Final which will take place once again in Barcelona (ESP) in September. Tonight’s result sees Spain climb…

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The Blue Chip All Star Academy – Meet the Stars

The Blue Chip All Star Academy Finalists

The Blue Chip All Star Academy – Meet the Stars A group of eight riders will star in a brand new national television series to be shown on Horse & Country TV (Sky 253 and online via H&C Play) this June. The riders were all chosen to be part in the Blue Chip All Star Academy, a show that could be described as a mix between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp. Out of 130 video auditions, eight finalists were selected and invited to attend a training camp at Talland…

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Horse rider’s broken neck after collision with tractor

Horse rider’s broken neck after collision with tractor   On Wednesday May 25th, 28-year-old horse rider Rosie Archibald, was struck by a tractor, whilst riding her horse, Rio. The incident happened while Rosie was riding along Bretforton road with her friend Vicky Tomkins. The Honeybourne rider was taken to the Alexander hospital in Redditch, where after a MRI and CT scan, it was confirmed she had sustained a broken c6 vertebrae. Her horse Rio, who is a 17hh ex racehorse, is described as gentle, suffered deep lacerations and cuts from…

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Strangles Kelsall Hill Report Now Clear

Strangles Kelsall Hill - All clear and facilities now open

Strangles – Kelsall Hill Report Now Clear Strangles Kelsall Hill update Kelsall Hill reported on the 26/05/2016 they are now clear of any infection and are officially open. They released the following statement “We apologise for the inconvenience of closing the facilities during this period and thank you all for your positive messages of support while we have been closed. We know a lot more about temperature surveillance, biosecurity and disinfectants than we did! There are no doubt a number of lessons to be learned about how we progress and reduce our…

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Uthopia up for auction with no reserve tomorrow

Uthopia up for Auction - Charlotte Dujardin riding Uthopia Image credit Kit Houghton/Hpower

Uthopia up for auction with no reserve tomorrow Uthopia up for auction through Wilson’s Auctions, Northern Ireland, Friday 27th May Not all is a utopian paradise at Olympic winning Dressage riders Carl Hester’s, as an ownership dispute rages on. The GB Gold medal winning dark bay stallion, Uthopia, is to be put to public auction with no reserve. Uthopia is being sold by Tom Keenan (Keenan Corporate Finance) and James Neill (HNH Group), who hold joint ownership of the horse. The sale is part of bankruptcy proceedings for Irish event rider,…

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The Cheshire Bloodhounds and their VIPP (Very important pink person)

The Cheshire Bloodhounds and their VIPP (Very important pink person) written by Roberta Coll The Cheshire Bloodhounds hunting ground was graced with a rather unorthodox presence, in the shape of a rather pink, Katie Price. The Bloodhounds and Estate owners, Stuart and Shelley Parkin, successfully raised an impressive £4,000 for Cancer Research whilst filming with Katie through day caps and donations towards their chosen charity. The charity fundraiser was organised by the Bloodhounds and took place at Parkin manor in Warrington. The Cheshire Bloodhounds were formed in 2013, by Charles…

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HorseHage Celebrates 40 Years of Experience!

HorseHage

HorseHage Celebrates 40 Years of Experience! HorseHage – a brand synonymous with high quality, dust-free forage for horses, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The company was established when the late Mark Westaway (Snr) became increasingly concerned about his event horses persistently coughing. His veterinary surgeon expressed the view that the coughing was dust-related and that since hay was the major dust source, the problem would continue unless someone could come up with a dust-free forage designed specifically for the horse. So the challenge was set and from that chance…

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BD Marketplace A Shopping Experience Like No Other

BD Marketplace

BD marketplace ‘a shopping experience like no other’ BD Marketplace launched as a ‘one stop shop’ with products and services to enlighten any aspects of the dressage enthusiast’s life. The dressage community is renowned for its love of shopping; spoiling ourselves, our horses and our canine friends, treating friends and coveting all things fabulous.  So, it’s with great pleasure that British Dressage announces today the launch of our newest commercial initiative, the BD marketplace.  A bespoke marketing platform, the marketplace is a ‘shopping experience like no other’ and unites our…

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Tamarillo’s clone put to stud this year

Tamarillo’s clone put to stud - Image above Tamarillo and William Fox-pitt winning Burghley 2008. Photo credit Mike Bain.

Tamarillo’s clone put to stud this year Tamarillo’s clone, Tomatillo put to stud This year will be the first time we see the genetic copy of an Eventing superstar at Stud. The controversial cloned colt’s apt name, Tomatillo, serves as a constant reminder of his shared genetic profile with the unforgettable Badminton and Burghley winner, Tamarillo. Tomatillo, who is owned by Honn Finn and MW Guinness, who famously also owned and bred the original Tamarillo, is the second ever eventing horse to be cloned from a British original. The cloning…

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Large dog terrorizes pony and rider in three mile chase

Large dog terrorizes pony and rider in three-mile chase A pony and rider were chased by a large dog, thought to be a Rottweiler, for three miles on Thursday 19th May. The traumatic incident took place in the Gattonside area, near the river Tweed, where the women was exercising her young pony. The animal broke away from its owner and gave chase, the women who feared the dog would attack her pony, galloped towards Gattonside mains farm in an effort to shake her pursuer. The relentless chase went on for…

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FEI Nations Cup Dressage: Team USA on top again in rainy Compiegne

FEI Nations Cup Dressage - Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet led Team USA to a convincing victory at the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2016 series at Compiegne (FRA). (FEI/Christophe Bricot)

FEI Nations Cup Dressage: Team USA on top again in rainy Compiegne  By Louise Parkes Team USA were deemed winners of the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2016 series at CDI5* Compiegne (FRA) where torrential rain led to the cancellation of the day’s Grand Prix Special. An extraordinarily heavy downpour left the arenas under water for some time, and the Ground Jury made the decision to base the result on yesterday’s Grand Prix alone, in which American riders came out on top by a convincing 11-percent margin. “Unfortunately,…

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Alan Young, Star of Mr Ed Dies Aged 96

Alan Young and Mr Ed

Alan Young, Star of Mr Ed Dies Aged 67 Alan Young, friend to talking horse Mr Ed, died on Thursday 19th May of natural causes, aged 96. Popular TV series Mr Ed, where Young stared as architect Wilbur Post, aired between 1961 – 1966. His relationship with his Palomino in the american sitcom series lit up the lives of those who did and those who didn’t love horses. Guest appearances to the series included the formidable Clint Eastwood and basketball star Sandy Koufax. Young reported he was continually asked, after the…

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Equestrivan latest brand to join Trailblazers

Equestrivan latest brand to join Trailblazers

Equestrivan latest brand to join Trailblazers Equestrivan, the 2 horse horsebox manufacturers, are the latest brand to join Trailblazers as sponsors of the 2016 Trailblazers Showing Championships and to support the Master Class in the Park. Equestrivan join other top brands SEIB Insurance Brokers, Countrywide, Dodson & Horrell, Snowflake bedding and Solution Saddles as sponsors. Equestrivan are a family owned business based in Berkshire manufacturing quality 2 horse horseboxes. Owned and run by horse lovers, they understand the importance of safety when transporting your best friend and will only ever…

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Dressage at Hickstead put International on hold

Dressage at Hickstead

Dressage at Hickstead put International on hold Dressage at Hickstead Director and founder Dane Rawlins has today announced the disappointing decision to cancel this year’s CDIO3*/CDI2* (28 – 31 July) due to a lack of funding to make the fixture viable.  Hickstead has been working with British Dressage to explore ways to secure additional sources of revenue for the show but, despite best endeavours by all, the fixture will not run at the West Sussex venue this year. “I’ve explored every avenue possible to try and find financial support to allow…

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Eventing world mourns loss of Top Groom Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes Eventing world mourns loss of Top Groom Image credit Mike Bain

Eventing world mourns loss of Top Groom Karen Hughes Monday brought with it the bitterly sad news of the loss of Karen Hughes, one of the world’s greatest Eventing grooms, as she lost her long and courageous battle against cancer. Karen, who through her years dedicated to the sport, was groom to many of the top riders such as Andrew and Bettina Hoy, Harry Meade and most recently Clark Montgomery. In 2015 Karen’s tireless work was recognised and celebrated, as she received the British Grooms Associations Lifetime Achievement Award. Karen…

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BEF FUTURITY 2016 DATES AND VENUES

BEF Futurity 2016 Dates and Venues

BEF FUTURITY 2016 DATES AND VENUES BEF Futurity 2016 The dates and venues for the 2016 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding/BEF Futurity evaluation series have been announced.  The Futurity evaluations aim to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies, destined for top level careers in dressage, eventing, show-jumping or endurance.  The Futurity is fast becoming recognised as an important first step in the careers of many potential top level horses and provides a valuable marketing tool for breeders. The 2016 Futurity evaluations will run from the 15th to the…

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Badminton Welcome New Cross Country Course Designer

cross country course designer Badminton Horse Trials Cross Country 2013

Badminton Welcome New Cross Country Course Designer Cross Country course designer steps down for Badminton Badminton 2017 will host a fresh new course, designed by Blenheim course designer Eric Winter. Current course designer, Giuseppe Della Chiesa, gracefully bows out following a successful three year reign designing the Gloucestershire based course. Giuseppe felt unable to accept the invitation to continue in his position, after being hailed for bringing a fresh outlook to the Badminton course. Giuseppe expressed how he was a great believer in the benefits of changing course designer from…

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Horse rider sustains serious injuries after thugs throw bottles at horse

Horse rider sustains serious injuries after thugs throw bottles at horse written by Roberta Coll Horse rider required surgery and lengthy recovery period. At 12.30pm on Tuesday May 3rd, a 22 year old woman from County Durham sustained serious injuries, after a group of teenage thugs leapt out of the bushes and threw bottles at her horse. The women was riding along the Sustrans track near Oakey Park, Stanley, when the teenagers described as between 14 and 15, deliberately launched their attack causing the women to be thrown from her…

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