Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event announce rider line-up

Defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) will have longtime partner Mai Baum compete in the Cosequin® Lexington 4* as part of their preparation for the summer’s Paris Olympic Games © Michelle Dunn

Three of the world’s four top-ranked riders and defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) head to the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian from April 25-28.  The Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event features one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world. In addition to the traditional CCI5*-L, the event also features the Cosequin® Lexington 4* and Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.  With many riders’ sights set on the Paris Olympics this summer, the CCI5*-L and the Cosequin Lexington 4* will be thrilling…

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Former racehorses showcase their second careers in Aintree RoR Parade

RoR Parade will feature Lady Buttons

The second day of the Randox Grand National Festival on Friday, 12 April, sees the return of the annual Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade at 12.40pm before racing starts. The line-up of eight horses taking part in the RoR Parade illustrates the versatility of the Thoroughbred. It shows off the diverse options available to racehorses after their racing careers end. The parade includes horses excelling in slightly more unconventional activities, such as horseball, and the more traditional disciplines of dressage and showing. Blaklion Aintree favourite Blaklion returns to the course where…

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Michael Duffy Secures First LGCT Grand Prix Victory in Miami

LGCT Miami Beach 2024 - Michael Duffy takes his first Miami GP win

With not a dry eye in the house and against the iconic backdrop of Miami Beach, Michael Duffy and Claptonn Mouche secured their first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix victory. The duo’s remarkable win was highlighted by their status as the sole double clear of the day.  While Duffy and Claptonn Mouche claimed the top spot, Max Kühner and EIC Cooley Jump finished two seconds faster but accumulated four faults over the Liverpool fence, which caught out more than a couple of contenders. On form Frenchman, Julien Anquetin and…

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Rome Gladiators Seize Victory in Spectacular GCL Showdown on Miami’s Shores

GCL Miami Beach 2024 Rome Gladiators win

In a jaw-dropping race to the finish, Rome Gladiators powered by ClipMyHorse.TV of Laura Kraut, Lorenzo de Luca and Micheal Duffy stood on top of the podium for the GCL Miami showdown (round 2), after climbing an impressive eight places from 1st round.  Spectators were treated to the highest level of competitive show jumping and to the unique ambience that only Miami Beach can offer. With its blend of vibrant culture, luxurious lifestyle, and breathtaking natural beauty, Miami Beach provided the perfect stage for this unparalleled sporting event. The dynamic…

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Maikel van der Vleuten Secures Victory in 1.45m LGCT Miami Beach 

Miakel van der Vleuten. LGCT Miami Beach, April 2024

The vibrant shore of Miami Beach was electrified as the first CSI5* day of the highly anticipated 2024 Longines Global Champions Tour kicked off in spectacular fashion. Against the backdrop of sun-kissed shores and swaying palms, the world’s top equestrian athletes converged for an exhilarating weekend of fun and entertainment. Dutch rider Miakel van der Vleuten emerged victorious aboard Elwikke in one of the closest speed class showdowns of the year, clinching the CSI5* title by a mere 0.08 of a second. The crowd of beach goers erupted in applause…

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The name’s Bond… James Bond II

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Continuing her incredible breakthrough year, Becky Moody rode to success at Myerscough Premiere League Show in the Grand Prix with her new superstar, James Bond II. The super 10-year-old Desperado x Fidertanz stallion owned by Becky’s longtime supporter, Jo Cooper, sealed his first Grand Prix win in a hot class. After her success with stable mate Jagerbomb at the London International, Becky rode James Bond II to win the class on 70.8%, narrowly ahead of stalwart Emma Hindle on Zippo MI, another exciting new horse. “Clever Mr Bond was determined…

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Contaminated stalls to blame for recent positive equine dope test

In a move that could set an interesting precedent, the FEI have announced that in the case of Chaman Ginn, ridden by Juan Benitez Gallardo to success at the CCI4*-S in Quillota, who tested positive for O-Desmethylvenlafaxine, that there were other causes at play and Gallardo was not negligent in his handling of the horse. It transpires that the banned substance entered the horse’s system by eating contaminated hay after a member of staff urinated in his stall while on medication. While the rider will not incur fines or a…

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A formidable line-up of riders head to Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final

Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson

The world’s best showjumping athletes will meet in Riyadh from 16 to 20 April 2024 for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final, and what a thrilling, star-studded competition it is set to be. In a competition boasting the largest prize fund in its history, 2.6 million Euros, 17 Western European League athletes and seven North American League athletes will form part of those vying for the honours. Champions from Great Britain, including Ben Maher (GBR) and Scott Brash (GBR), will meet defending champion Peder Fredricson (SWE), who, collectively, form…

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Excitement palpable as line-up for 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final is announced

Great Britain’s Charlotte (Lottie) Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic ride, Everdale, winners of the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Mechelen, Belgium. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

The excitement is palpable as the 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final lineup has been confirmed. Seventeen Dressage athletes from twelve nations are set to compete in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from April 16 to 20 for the coveted FEI Dressage World Cup trophy in 2024. What makes this final particularly thrilling is the diverse mix of finalists! Flying the flag for GBR (Western European League) is World Champion Charlotte ‘Lotti’ Fry, who achieved the best qualification result of all the finalists, with 88.18%. The 28-year-old will bring with her the…

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Historic win for Emily King at Eventing Spring Carnival

Emily King and Valmy Biats. Image courtesy of Eventing Images/Tim Wilkinson

In the history of the Lycetts Grantham Cup, never before has a horse and rider combination delivered back-to-back wins, until Saturday, March 30th at the Eventing Spring Carnival. Emily King and Valmy Biats delivered a near perfect three phases to retain their crown, alongside the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy. “He was unreal”, exclaimed a jubilant King. “I’m so proud of how Valmy performed here he felt amazing.” “It was the smoothest, easiest, in sync one [cross-country round] I think I’ve ever had with him.  He’s quite lairy and really brave…

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Thoresby Eventing Spring Carnival Showcases Badminton Line-Up

Eventing Spring Carnival

With fifty-two of the eighty-seven Badminton bound combinations destined for the Eventing Spring Carnival this weekend, Thoresby Park offers the ultimate Badminton preview. Not only does the Lycetts Grantham Cup (CCI4*-S) and Advanced offer the ideal preparation for the first of the big B’s, but as the first international event of the British season it becomes an enormously important fixture ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.  The Lycetts Grantham Cup, formally run at Belton and now at Thoresby, has historically acted as a crucial feeder and preparation run for May’s MARS…

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Badminton Horse Trials announces competitor line-up for 75th anniversary event

Oliver Townend riding Ballaghmor Class for (GBR) takes 2nd place at Badminton Horse Trials 2023

As Mars Badminton Horse Trials welcomes its 75th anniversary in 2024, organisers have announced a stellar lineup of horse and rider combinations for the event, which will take place from Wednesday, May 8th, to Sunday, May 12th. With a record first prize pot of £117,600, we take a look at who else will face this fierce 5* competition that graces the rolling fields of the Badminton Estate each year. Horse and rider combinations Of the top 12 FEI World Ranking riders, we can expect to see 11 tackling this year’s…

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New eventing challenge offers competitors hope following recent cancellations

Hollie Clarke at Belsay in 2023. Image credit Athalens

British Eventing venues Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials will all form part of an exciting new eventing challenge in 2024. The news comes following a flurry of event cancellations that continue to shake up the eventing community in the UK. The new initiative, aptly named the Northumberland Challenge, will include the CCI3*-S, CC2*-S and, for the first time, the BE100 competitions. All will take place across the three venues offering a total potential prize pot of £61,000. All events have received considerable support so far, with Hambro…

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Tributes pour in for Caroline March who passes aged 31

Social media tributes are pouring in for British Eventing star, Caroline March, who took to social media to announce the reasons around her heartbreaking decision to opt for assisted suicide. The letter, which is both frank and poignant, powerfully portrays Caroline’s strength of character and pragmatic approach to her situation.   Caroline emotionally wrote “I’d rather have a short life that’s full of what I love doing” in the letter.  “I’d rather have a short life that’s full of what I love doing”  31 year old Caroline from Colchester had sustained life changing spinal injuries after falling from a horse during a cross-country event…

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An Irish victory in the Longines League of Nations

O'CONNOR Cian from Ireland rides Maurice during Longines League of Nations in Ocala USA on 23 March 2024 FEI/ Richard Juilliart

In a competition that was as unpredictable as it was exciting, Ireland came out on top with a superb team effort at the second leg of the Longines League of Nations on Saturday evening (23.3.24). Staged at the World Equestrian Centre in Ocala, Florida (USA), Switzerland finished second ahead of the American hosts in third. The 10 best teams in the world are battling it out over four qualifying events for the eight places on offer at the series Final in Barcelona (ESP) in early October. Saturday’s line-up included eight…

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FEI Dressage World Cup season finale fast approaching with Charlotte Fry in second place on the rankings table

Jessica von Bredow Werndl (GER) and Charlotte Fry (GBR) during the award ceremony from the Grand Prix Freestyle at the FEI Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

The 37th season finale of the global FEI Dressage World Cup series is fast approaching. For the first time, the best dressage athletes in the world will meet for the World Cup Final in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, from Tuesday, 16 April to Saturday, 20 April, 2024. Athletes can collect points for the final in four leagues: In the Western European League (WEL), the Central European League (CEL), the North American League (NAL) and the Pacific League (PAL). Out of all those four Leagues 18 riders receive their…

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Self-proclaimed horse whisperer sentenced to life in prison

Christine Rawle. Image from Devon and Cornwall Police

Self-proclaimed horse whisperer Christine Rawle, 69, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years after she stabbed her 72-year-old husband, Ian Rawle, in the back at their £800k home in Braunton, Devon, in 2022.  It was heard that, on August 21st 2022, Mr Rawle had been cleaning out their horses at home when, during a heated argument. Christine then went on to stab him in the back with a knife, causing a 10cm wound and a punctured lung. The couple had been arguing over selling a…

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Global Champions Playoffs to rotate between iconic cities

Confirmed: Global Champions Playoffs to Rotate Between Riyadh and Prague

The prestigious Global Champions Playoffs (GC Playoffs) is set to embark on an exciting journey as it announces its confirmed locations for the years 2024 to 2029. Organisers have unveiled plans for the Playoffs to alternate annually, between Riyadh and Prague. The new direction will kick off in 2024, with Riyadh hosting the event in even years and Prague taking the reins in odd years. The decision to rotate between these two iconic cities reflects the global appeal and growth of the sport of show jumping. Riyadh and Prague, each…

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‘It’s the end of an era for everyone involved’, much-loved horse trials loses venue

blair castle horse trials image of cross country water jump

Blair Castle International Horse Trials organizers have announced that the 2024 event will be the last to be held on the Scottish grounds. While the future remains uncertain, this year’s event, August 22nd—25th, promises a spectacular celebration marking its final farewell on the grounds. In accordance with renewed environmental aims, regenerative agriculture looks set to shape the future of the farmland where the event first event took place in 1989. The event, which has been hosted at Blair for 35 years, is yet another blow to the British eventing community,…

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BEF announce Charter for the Horse

With equestrian sports very much in the spotlight as welfare claims are pitted against top trainers, news of the BEF’s Charter for the Horse is welcomed. The federation, its 19 member bodies and associated industry leaders have all committed to endorse the highest standards of equine welfare, wellbeing and ethics under a new ‘Charter for the Horse’, launched today.  The Charter for the Horse is to be adopted across the equestrian industry in every facet. Under the six headings of empathy, care, respect, consideration, ethics and learning, the Charter outlines…

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Top Scottish showjumper, James Smith, suspended from competition

Showjumper James Smith at Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural Show 2018

British Nations Cup showjumper 31-year-old Scottish James Smith has been suspended from competing as of March 16, 2024, at home or abroad due to concerns about the welfare of a horse. Smith is currently under investigation and barred from national and international competitions due to allegedly having used an outlawed training method during a European event.   Concerns relating to the horse’s welfare were raised after photographs circulated on social media appeared to evidence a cane being used to make the horse lift its hind legs higher over a practice jump…

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Redwings says goodbye to oldest resident

redwings say goodbye to Willow. Image of grey pony, Willow

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has announced the sad passing of its oldest resident, Welsh pony Willow, at the age of 46.  Willow came to Redwings in 2003 following a successful RSPCA prosecution. She had been living on the Welsh commons, where she had received little or no handling from humans. Over the years, she became a friendly and much-loved girl and was a favourite of all those who met her.  Sadly, on Friday (15th March), Willow experienced sudden and severe colic, and though the charity’s expert teams did everything possible, staff…

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Bransby Horses search for the perfect home for Duchess

Duchess, a 15hh black mare

Could You Be The Perfect Partner For The Duchess? Equine charity Bransby Horses is on the hunt to find a loving home for a special resident who, unlike most horses, cannot live in a herd.   Duchess, a 15hh black mare, was taken in by the charity two years ago, when the family who owned her suffered a sudden bereavement.   Having spent many years alone in her field with minimal human interaction, she developed a strong desire to keep with her herd and could not cope with other equines in her…

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Olympian Shane Rose in ICU following severe fall

Shane Rose riding VIRGIL Photo Copyright © FEI/Christophe Taniére

Australian Olympic medalist Shane Rose risks losing his place at the 2024 Paris Games due to a severe accident which has left him in ICU following a heavy fall from his horse, Virgil, during a cross-country session on Thursday, 15 March 24. The horse was not injured; however, the fall saw Shane rushed to intensive care, where he remains with serious injuries. It has been reported that Shane has fractured his femur as well as pelvis and ribs. Having already undergone urgent surgery to stabilize his pelvis and femur, the question…

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French forge ahead at FEI Eventing Nations Cup season opener

Benjamin MASSIE (FRA) FIGARO FONROY, FEI Nations CUP™ Montelibretti Italy 2024 Copyright ©FEI/Massimo Argenziano

FEI Eventing Nations Cup™, opening leg. Written by Eleanore Kelly Slick, quick cross-country performances gave France the winning edge in the opening leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup. Taking place in the beautiful Italian setting of Montelibretti, five nations came forward but it was France who took a decisive victory over Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Australia. They finished on an overall team score of 122.70 ahead of home nation Italy on 144.50 whilst Team Switzerland wound up in close third on 145.30.  Benjamin Massie led his team to victory…

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