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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‘Incredible’ finish for Daniel Coyle in NAL finale

Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Incredible - winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ NAL 2023/24 - Ocala (USA) Copyright ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2023-2024 – North American League. Written by Catie Staszak World Cup success is nothing new for Daniel Coyle (IRL), but he reached another milestone on Sunday at the Live Oak International (USA) when he topped the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala aboard his exciting new mount, Incredible. “I’ve had a really, really good experience with the World Cup already, but I think this is the first year I’ve ever won three [in one season],” Coyle expressed, “so I’m really, really happy about that.” Coyle, a…

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Hartpury University Reintroduces Equine Dentistry with New BSc (Hons) Equine Dental Science Degree

Equine Dentistry with New BSc (Hons) Equine Dental Science Degree

Hartpury University is pleased to announce the return of equine dentistry to its academic offerings, the BSc (Hons) Equine Dental Science Degree. And even better still, the course is now open for applications for the September 2024 intake. This newly launched degree aims to nurture students into skilled Equine Dental Technicians, blending theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. A key highlight of the program is the inclusion of a placement with a mentor from the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT). The placement aims to provide students with invaluable real-world…

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New home of the British Young Horse Championships announced!

British Young Horse Championships to be held at Hickstead. The British Young Horse Championships have moved to Hickstead (c) Elli Birch/Boots and Hooves Photography

The new home of the British Young Horse Championships has been announced, and it’s an exciting one! The prestigious event will now be set against the stunning backdrop of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, West Sussex. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for talented young horses to begin their journey to stardom in the most supportive and highly respected atmosphere. The show, which will this year take place from the 9th to the 12th of August (2024), boasts a total prize fund of nearly £80,000, will take place…

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Recognising Trauma in Horses webinar encourages engagement with live Q&A

Recognising Trauma in Horses: A Neuroscience Perspective webinar

A Recognising Trauma in Horses webinar, hosted by the World Horse Welfare on Wednesday 13 March (7pm), will welcome neuroscientist, Dr Emma Lethbridge and equine behaviourist, Justine Harrison. Emma and Justine will also be on hand to answer your questions in a live Q&A, you can register your attendance for here. World Horse Welfare’s incredibly popular webinars have grown to over 50 thought-provoking subjects and all are available free to view on the newly updated World Horse Welfare Advice Pages. Topics this year have included such diverse themes as social media…

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Eventing Spring Carnival on the horizon for Paris 2024 contenders

BEDE Events’ Eventing Spring Carnival, at Thoresby Park

The 2024 Eventing Spring Carnival, held at Thorseby Park, will this month welcome just shy of 700 horse and rider combinations for the first international event of the season. Taking place from March 29th to 31st, this year’s event will be an enormously important fixture ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games (Paris 2024). Heading up the CCI4*-S (126 entries) field of Paris 2024 hopefuls is world champion Ros Canter riding her Badminton 2023 winner, Lordships Graffalo. Ros will be joined by industry heavyweights Laura Collett and London 52, reigning World Champions…

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Ellen Whitaker and Korlenski celebrate success in Spain

Ellen Whitaker riding Andalusia Sunshine Tour 2024

Ellen Whitaker has been hitting form once again during the 5th week of the Andalucia Sunshine Tour in Vejer De La Frontera, Spain on 8th March. Ellen secured the impressive win in the CSI5* 1.50m Ashford Farm Trophy, Longines Ranging speed class riding Korlenski. Out of sixty nine entering combinations, only eighteen completed the course without fault. Ellen rode to triumph on the nine-year-old KWPN mare Korlenski (out of legendary stallion Coronet Oblensky) stopping the clock over a second faster than second-placed Turkish rider, Derin Demorsoy on the BWP gelding…

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The Golden Paste Company Welcomes New Ambassador

Sophie Traynor and two of her horses - Left, Okehurst Nightlife (Poppy) and Right, Bellingham Cruising Encounter (Elsa). Photo Credit: Sophie Traynor.

The Golden Paste Company (GPCo) has announced a new ambassador will be joining the team in 2024. A natural fit for the brand, amateur event rider Sophie Traynor (18) already feeds TurmerAid™ to her three horses Breeze, Elsa and Poppy for many years.   Sophie enjoys sharing content on Instagram and TikTok, including the experiences she has with her horses. From producing to competing, highlighting both the highs and lows of their journey from their base in the South East, Sophie has seen first hand the benefits and improvements that GPCo…

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Isabell Werth finishes top of League table with last leg win at ’s-Hertogenbosch

By Louise Parkes German dressage legend, Isabell Werth, posted her second victory of the season at the eleventh and last leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today. Taking maximum points with Emilio on home ground in Stuttgart last November, she did it again when the pair were runners-up to compatriot Jessica von Bredow-Werndl in Basel in January because the 2023 series champion was not entitled to qualifying points at the Swiss fixture.  Today Werth topped up her points tally to a…

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FEI Issues Updated Guidelines for Non-Rights Holders on Social Media Video Posting

fei logo FEI issues update in guidelines for Non Rights Holders

The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) has introduced new guidelines to provide clear instructions to Non-Rights Holders (NRH) regarding filming, recording, and posting video content from FEI-Named Events… and it’s caused quite a stir! Published on February 12, 2024, the latest updates outline specific regulations governing the use of content from prestigious equestrian competitions such as FEI World Cups, FEI Nations Cups, FEI World/European Championships, and the Longines League of Nations™. Contrary to misconceptions, the guidelines do not prohibit filming or capturing images at events. Instead, they focus solely on the…

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BEDE Events launch new Team Competition

Oasby Horse Trials 2022 Izzy Taylor riding cross country

BEDE Events have announced the launch of a Teams Competition that will take place at this year’s Catton Park (15th—16th June) and Brightling Park (29th—30th June) from BEDE Events. The concept is designed to create a new fun dynamic for competing with friends or for brands to bring together individual ambassadors competing at the same event to compete as a team. Teams at Catton Park will require a rider at BE90 and BE100, whereas teams at Brightling Park will also require a rider at BE80. Teams may also include riders in…

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LeMieux to go up for sale for £150M

LeMieux for Sale

Equestrian product specialist, LeMieux, is to be put up for sale with a price tag of £150m, however, founder members British former Olympic eventer Robert Lemieux and his wife Lisa intend to continue to play ‘an active role’ in the brand they started almost 20 years ago. Since its inception, the brand has impressively increased its annual revenue from £10m in 2018 to £50m.   Robert and Lisa started Horse Health in 2003, expanding upon the business until they were able to launch the celebrated LeMieux brand in 2006, beginning with…

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Equine Carbon Calculator launched to inspire environmental action

equine carbon calculator logo on a white background

Today, we welcome the launch of the Equine Carbon Calculator, a tool that will play a leading role in addressing the climate crisis alongside other key areas that must be addressed in order for a better tomorrow. Pioneered by equine environmental sustainability specialists White Griffin and the Farm Carbon Toolkit, in partnership with Derby College Group, Hartpury University and Sparsholt Group, the calculator has been developed to empower equine businesses and horse owners to better understand their environmental impact and take meaningful steps to mitigate it. The free-to-use tool – accessible here – also…

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World-class line-up for Longines League of Nations™ second leg in Ocala

Aaron Vale will be lining out again once again for Team USA at the second leg of the Longines League of Nations™ on home turf in Ocala (USA) in just over two weeks’ time. (FEI/Liz Gregg)

A star-studded cast of athletes will line up for round 2 of the inaugural Longines League of Nations ™ in Ocala, USA in two weeks. This will include 8 of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 riders in the latest world ranking. With the 2024 Paris looming, this leg will provide the teams with extreme testing of their horse and rider combinations whilst seriously competing for selection. The field will comprise top-class, world-ranking victors and promises to provide a spectacular celebration of equestrian sport. This brand new,…

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Charlotte Dujardin rides Alive and Kicking to a double victory at Lier CDI 

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Charlotte Dujardin rode Alive and Kicking to victory at the Lier CDI held in Belgium 27th February to 3rd March 2024. The 10-year-old mare out of All at Once (sire) x Fürst Piccolo is jointly owned by Charlotte, Ulrike Bachinger and Carl Hester.  Despite this being only the horse’s second GP and first International Big Tour attendance, the pair won the CDI3* Grand Prix Dressage scoring a respectable 75.043%, before going on to win the Grand Prix Special with a score of 75.192%.  Out of 41 starters in the CDI3*,…

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WOAH launches centenary photo competition

World Organisation for Animal Health image of animals on sand

In celebration of their centenary, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) has launched its 2024 photo competition to highlight the work that animal health and welfare providers are carrying out around the world. The competition has been running for six years, and this year’s theme is ‘Animal health and welfare: looking to the past, embracing the future’. The competition seeks to champion the World Organisation for Animal Health’s major mission: Improving animal health and welfare, ‘A good life for animals’ and ‘Health and Happiness’. The World Organisation for Animal…

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Revolutionising Friesian Breeding in United Kingdom

Friesian Horse: Breed focus - galloping through the field

Friesian Sport Horse Studbook: Bridging Elegance and Athleticism The Friesian Sport Horse Studbook, a collaboration between the Friesian and KWPN (Dutch Warmblood) breeds, aims to create a harmonious blend of the Friesian’s distinctive character and the KWPN’s renowned athleticism. Recognising the demand for versatile sport horses, this studbook opens avenues for enhanced performance, agility, and an infusion of vigour within the Friesian lineage. Friesian Fusion Studbook: Embracing Diversity for a Healthier Future In response to the ongoing challenges posed by inbreeding, the Friesian Fusion Studbook is introduced, embracing a broader…

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SEIB Strengthens Partnership with BRC

A Junior winner at the SEIB Insurance Brokers BRC Winter Novice Championships

SEIB Insurance Brokers has announced an extended sponsorship partnership with British Riding Clubs (BRC) for the next two years, solidifying their support for the grassroots equestrian sector. With over 30 years of collaboration, SEIB is committed to bolstering its relationship with BRC. The insurance broker will serve as the title sponsor for several prestigious events, including the SEIB BRC Quadrille of the Year, the SEIB National Horse Trials Championships, and the SEIB Combined Championships until 2026, in addition to continuing their sponsorship of the SEIB Novice Winter Championships. Rachael Hollely-Thompson,…

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Ben Maher flies the banner for Britain at the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival

Ben Maher & Point Break, winners of the $200,000 JTWG, Inc. CSIO4* Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot

It’s been a successful trip to the sunshine of the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival for Olympian Ben Maher, with a $200,000 win on the final day of the festival on the 3rd March on board Point Break (Action-Breaker x Balou du Rouet), owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright. Ben’s win comes on week eight of the festival when he topped the leaderboard in the JTWG, Inc. CSI04* Grand Prix. Five combinations jumped the USA’s Steve Stephens and Nick Granat’s challenging course, with Maher, the first to jump clear…

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Emotional Abdel Saïd and Bonne Amie Triumph in LGCT Grand Prix of Doha

Abdel Saïd and Bonne Amie winners LGCT Grand Prix Doha 2024. Photo: Longines Global Champions Tour

It was Belgium’s Abdel Saïd and the remarkable, Bonne Amie, emerging victorious after a heart-stopping class during the €375,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha. Their triumph not only secured the win but also propelled them to claim the lead in the prestigious LGCT Championship race after collecting maximum points. The spectacular sound and light show at the prize-giving ceremony rounded off three days of the highest calibre show jumping kicking off the supreme test to find the 2024 LGCT Champion.   In an electrifying round, Abdel Saïd and…

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National Shire Horse Show returns to Staffordshire Showground

Shire Horse Mordearg Pendragon. Image credit Daydream Equine Art

The world’s largest gathering of Shire horses is making its presence felt this March as the iconic National Shire Horse Show returns to Staffordshire Showground. Following interruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event found temporary refuge at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. However, the show now returns to its indoor venue at Staffordshire Showground for three days of fun-filled action from March 8th to March 10th, 2024. Further helping promote the anticipated return of such a prestigious event, Shire horses gathered at the Stone Farmers’ Market on March 2nd. The…

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Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing Cancelled

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo credit: Event Rider Masters

In a disappointing turn of events for equestrian enthusiasts, the iconic Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing has been canceled for the upcoming season. Despite the fervent efforts of the organizing team, the prevailing economic climate has rendered the event financially unviable. Event Director, Peter Phillips, expressed his regret, stating, “It is with a heavy heart that The Festival, which has played a significant part in the British Eventing calendar since 1983, cannot run this year.” Phillips, whose family has been deeply involved in the event for four decades, acknowledged…

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Abdulrahman Alrajhi Rides Ventago to Victory on Opening Day of LGCT Doha

Abdulrahman Alrajhi & Ventago Longines Global Champions Tour 2024 Doha, day 1

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha commenced in spectacular fashion at the renowned Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. Crowds were treated to a thrilling display of equestrian prowess as 32 of the world’s finest horse-and-rider combinations competed in the CSI5* 1.45m speed class, setting the stage for an unforgettable start to the 2024 season. In a riveting showdown between two of Saudi Arabia’s top show jumping talents, Abdulrahman Alrajhi and Abdullah Alsharbatly, it was Alrajhi astride the impressive Ventago who emerged victorious. Alrajhi’s electrifying performance ignited the competitive spirit…

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Cannes Stars Triumph in Thrilling Opening Stage of 2024 GCL Season

cannes stars win season opener in Doha. Podium shot

The equestrian world was set ablaze as the 2024 Global Champions League (GCL) season kicked off in Doha, Qatar, with the Cannes Stars, powered by Iron Dames, seizing victory in a historic display of skill and determination. Under the dazzling lights of the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, the Cannes Stars made history as the first all-female team of six riders to lead the championship race, setting the stage for an electrifying season ahead. In a riveting showdown, the Cannes Stars soared to victory, propelled by stellar performances from Sophie…

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