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Sir Gino remains unbeaten over the hurdles at Aintree

Sir Gino Grand National 2024

Sir Gino (11-10 Favourite) made it four wins from as many starts over hurdles when coming home the winner under Nico de Boinville for the Grade One Boodles Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday, 11th April. Having been forced to swerve last month’s Cheltenham Festival when his stable was in the doldrums, the son of It’s Gino made no mistake as he prevailed by three and a quarter lengths from Kargese. Winning trainer Nicky Henderson said: “It was a messy sort of a race and they were playing cat and…

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Simon Delestre dazzles on first day of LGCT Mexico City

Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve

The Longines Global Champions Tour has officially arrived in Mexico City. Day one kicked off with a win from flying Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve, who took the Trofeo Broxel 1.45m two-phase competition.  Speaking to GCTV Simon smiled: “The crowd here in Mexico City are always fantastic and this is just the first day! The grass arena felt amazing and Olga loves it here, I was unlucky in Miami last week so hopefully my luck has changed and I can carry on this strong start for the…

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Main Rules for successful game management in Australian online pokies for real money

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Online slots, or pokies, are the most popular games in online casinos. Australian pokies for real money come in many different themes and styles, but most slots have similar basic rules. As a result, this makes it easy for players to learn and win big. This guide will discuss the importance of effective game management strategies in Australian pokies online real money. We will also cover the basic rules and strategies to increase the chances of winning in Australian casino online pokies. Setting a Budget When playing online slots, it…

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New development to help owners monitor osteoarthritic pain in horses

Horse and owner walking along on a grass verge. Osteoarthritis pain in their horses

Researchers in the UK have introduced a straightforward questionnaire to help horse owners identify and monitor signs of osteoarthritis pain in their horses. The development aims to enable earlier and more effective treatment to enhance quality of life and improve athletic function. Led by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College and University of Edingburgh, the questionnaire is modelled on the Brief Pain Inventory used to evaluate pain severity and its impact on functioning. The team consisted of Dr. Janny de Grauw, Senior Lecturer at The Royal Veterinary College in the…

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Para Selector and BD judge Juliet Seal passes away, aged 86

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British equestrian organisations are paying tribute following the passing of Juliet Seal. Juliet, one of the most influential figures in the development of Para Dressage in Great Britain, died peacefully at home on 30 January at the age of 86. As a BD List 2 Judge, FEI Para Judge, Para Selector and Chair of Selectors, Juliet’s unwavering support played a key role in shaping and cultivating Para Dressage, leading to successive Championship successes for the British team during her time at the forefront of the sport. In 2015, Juliet received…

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Dedicated ‘Path to Paris Prize Draw’ launched by BEF and BEFF

Lordships Graffalo will be star prize in the new draw launched by BEF and BEFF - Path to Paris Prize Draw

British Equestrian (BEF) and the British Equestrian Federation Fund (BEFF) launched their dedicated ‘Path to Paris Prize Draw’ during an evening held to celebrate 75 memorable years of Badminton Horse Trials. Featuring some fantastic prizes with more in the pipeline, the draw is part of a fundraising campaign by BEFF to support our four teams heading to this summer’s Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The funding will go towards helping them be the best prepared, supported and equipped they can be, leaving them to concentrate on performance and bringing…

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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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Grand National News: River Island becomes style partner of Ladies Day

Randox Grand National Festival announce River Island as style partner for Ladies Day, 2024

Iconic high-street fashion retailer River Island has been named the official style partner of Ladies Day for the 2024 Randox Grand National Festival this week. This year, Ladies’ Day, including the Style Awards, will take place on Friday, 12th April, running from Thursday, 11th April to Saturday, 13th April. The overall Style Award prize package is this year worth £10,000 – double the amount it was worth in 2023. Brand new for 2024 is the Sustainable Style Award, which will see a prize worth £2,000 awarded to the most fashionably…

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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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Jockey, Stefano Cherchi dies after fall in Australia

Jockey Stefano Cherchi.

Jockey Stefano Cherchi has tragically died two weeks after falling from a horse at the Canberra Races in Australia, the NSW Jockeys Association said on Wednesday. 23-year-old Cherchi from Sardinia, who had ridden over 100 winners in the UK, fell during a meeting at Canberra. On 20 March 24, his mount Hasime fell in the Affinity Electrical Technologies Plate, and two other riders narrowly avoided serious injury when they became unseated during the incident. After receiving emergency medical treatment at the track, Cherchi was rushed to hospital, where it was discovered he had sustained a…

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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

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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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Chester Racecourse announce 17% increase in prize fund for 2024

Save the Last Dance race horse at Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse has announced a total prize fund increase of 17% (from 2023) to £3.275 million in 2024 across 15 of its race days. Owned by Chester Race Company, the move will see more than £1.3m of the total fund offered over three days of the prestigious Boodles May Festival, from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th May.  Uplifts in the race values of the 200-year-old Chester Cup* (£170,000), the Group 3 Boodles Chester Vase, Group 3 Ormonde Stakes (both £140,000) and the Listed Weatherbys Cheshire Oaks (£120,000) help contribute to a 13%…

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Who are the Biggest Winners from the Cheltenham Races’ History?

Who are the Biggest Winners from the Cheltenham Races’ History? Image of horses racing on grass

The Cheltenham Festival is widely deemed a key event in horse racing that assembles the most superior horses, jockeys, and trainers worldwide. Unique, this festival, with its reputation for fantastic races, acts out the parade of the competitive fire, and these highlight the highest level of jump racing. In this article, we look at the stalwarts of the week that were, and somewhat endearingly, dig into the tales of those who coloured the Cheltenham fields with their everlasting performances. Major Winners The Cheltenham Festival, of course, regarded as the most…

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Exploring the Isle of Wight: Best Places for Pony Trekking

The Isle of Wight, a gem nestled in the English Channel off the southern coast of England, boasts stunning landscapes, diverse terrain, and a rich cultural heritage. One of the most enchanting ways to experience the island’s beauty is through pony trekking. With its gentle hills, lush meadows, and picturesque coastal paths, the Isle of Wight offers an idyllic setting for horseback adventures – it’s one of many things to do on the island. Here are some of the best places to go pony trekking on this charming island: 1. St.…

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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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