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Three Derby contenders share honours in Agria Derby Trial at Hickstead

Last year’s joint Agria Derby Trial winners, Robert Whitaker and Carlos Ribas once again shared the honours in today’s class (21st June) – and they were joined by 2022 winner William Funnell in a three-way split for first place. Robert, Carlos and William were the only clear rounds of the 26 starters, but the three riders all decided to split the honours in order to save their horses for Sunday’s Al Shira’aa Derby. The 19 fence round is a World Ranking class, comprising of a mix of complex lines and…

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Ain’t Nobody takes Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot

Ain't Nobody after winning the Windsor Castle Stakes (credit: Megan Coggin)

Jamie Spencer’s reputation on Ascot’s Straight Course gained further credence as he guided racehorse, Ain’t Nobody to victory at Royal Ascot in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. In familiar style, Spencer drove the Kevin Ryan-trained winner (5/1) to the head of affairs inside the final 100 yards, denying US raider Gabaldon by a length at the famous Royal Ascot line.  Racehorse, Aviation Time, the only filly in the race, finished half a length further back in third, while the 4/1 favourite Shadow Army could only finish…

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Horses: Domesticated twice?

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According to a report in Nature, researchers believe that horses were domesticated twice, but the first attempt didn’t stick. It’s believed that according to genetic data, Botai hunters in Central Asia may have been the first to domesticate horses around 5,000 years ago for milk and meat, but the farming did not continue. Researchers said that the use of horses varied. North of the Caucasian mountains, horses were first used for transportation 4,200 years ago. This revolutionised travel, and within a few centuries, wild horses in the area were replaced…...

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Karl Cook and Caracole de la Roque Showcase Exceptional Talent in Europe

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Karl Cook and Caracole de la Roque (Zandor Z x Kannan GFE x Quick Star) were the top US rider/horse pairs in CSIO 5* in Rome and La Baule in France. In a true test of stamina, Karl and Caracole jumped eight 1.6M rounds over 19 days in 2 Nations Cups and 2 Grand Prix’s each week at the maximum height of 1.6M for 8 rounds, 122 individual jumps, and only two rails fell. This level of consistency, stamina and soundness hasn’t been recorded since the 1996 Olympic Year of…

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Explore Historic Sites with English Heritage: A Unique Opportunity for Horse Lovers

Dover Castle

Are you a horse enthusiast with a passion for history? English Heritage offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the UK’s rich history through their extensive collection of historic sites. From ancient castles to grand estates, these sites provide a fascinating glimpse into the past, often featuring horse-related heritage and activities. English Heritage manages over 400 historic properties, providing a diverse range of experiences. Many of these sites are not only horse-friendly but also host events and activities that celebrate equestrian traditions. For example, the majestic Kenwood House and the iconic…

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Biggest Horse Races Around the World

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Horses were among the first animals to be domesticated. Humans probably used them in Russia and Kazakhstan as early as 3500 BC. Before that, donkeys were used to carry loads and pull carts. When early humans adopted the horse as the main means of work and transport, civilisation was able to advance in leaps and bounds. The adoption of the horse as a worker was the same kind of breakthrough for early societies as the harnessing of fire or the invention of the wheel. Horses have been used for hunting,…

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Historic Belmont Stakes 2024: Dornoch’s Stunning Victory at Saratoga

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The 2024 Belmont Stakes, a cornerstone of American horse racing, unfolded with high drama and unexpected turns on June 8. Traditionally held at Belmont Park, this year’s event was relocated to Saratoga Race Course due to extensive renovations at Belmont Park. The venue change added a unique flavour to the race, blending the historic ambience of Saratoga with the prestige of the Belmont Stakes. The History & Significance of the Belmont Stakes The Belmont Stakes is the final jewel in the Triple Crown series, following the Kentucky Derby and the…

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Equestrian Events Select Derek Braun and Co to Manage New CSI5* Grand Prix

Germany’s Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH continued their flawless performance to win the CCI 5*-L at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™. Michelle Dunn Photo

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) has selected Derek Braun and his Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT) team to produce and manage the Kentucky CSI5* Invitational Grand Prix for 2025. The Invitational will be held at the 5* level for the first time next year (pending FEI approval), making EEI the only event organizer in the world to host both a CCI5*-L and CSI5* in the same week. EEI is best known for producing the annual Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian (K3DE), the nation’s premier eventing competition and one…

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Link Building For Your Equestrian Business

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Link building offers numerous benefits for any equestrian business, enhancing its online presence, credibility, and overall digital marketing strategy. Adding links to websites relevant to your niche further helps align brands, improves trust and expands exposure. But did you know link building has many other benefits for your equestrian business? Here are the key benefits of link-building for your equestrian buisiness: Improved Search Engine Ranking Increased Website Traffic Brand Exposure and Recognition Relationship Building Enhanced Credibility and Trust Better Indexing and Crawling Competitive Advantage Long-term ROI Content Promotion Lead Generation…

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Ascot Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club sign partnership

Ascot Racecourse and the Victoria Racing Club have signed a new strategic partnership this week, acknowledging the unique ties between the two “sister” tracks. The signatories are Ascot Chairman and His Majesty’s Representative, Sir Francis Brooke, and the Neil Wilson, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club. Both courses stage their nations’ premier flat meetings and they work together on various race planning initiatives, which have led to multiple runners in the Royal Ascot sprints from Australia and numerous runners in the Melbourne Cup and other feature races at Flemington from…

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Olympic Showjumping: A Deep Dive into Paris 2024

Featured image; Explosion W and Ben Maher during showjumping Tokyo First Horse Inspection. Image copyright British Equestrian/Jon Stroud Media

Get ready for the excitement of Olympic showjumping at the 2024 Paris Games. Explore the competition format, top riders, and thrilling team and individual events. The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will showcase the pinnacle of showjumping talent from around the globe. The event, scheduled from July 27 to August 11, will feature top riders and horses competing for individual and team honours. With the British equestrian team aiming for top spots, let’s trot straight into the details of the competition, the athletes, and what to expect. Competition Structure The…...

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Feeding Young Horses

Feeding Young Horses

Feeding Young Horses – Hints for Optimal Health and Growth Whether you’re rearing a foal to sell on or to produce at home, the aim of feeding young horses should be to achieve a sound, healthy and successful athlete for whatever level and type of equestrian use. Many factors influence the growth and development of foals. However, we are increasingly realising that how we feed and manage our pregnant and lactating mares, as well as their young stock, can have a profound effect on health and welfare. Some of the…...

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Survey Reveals Worrying Picture for Horses and their Owners

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National Equine Welfare Council survey reveals ‘worrying’ picture for horses and their owners due to cost of living crisis and the impacts of climate change The National Equine Welfare Council has today, Monday 17th June 2024, released the results from its latest cost-of-living survey, which uncovers the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on horse-keeping. The survey reveals a worrying picture. Over 6,000 horse owners from across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland filled in this year’s survey conducted by the National Equine Welfare Council which was founded in 1977, as a point…

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Showjumping Nominations for the Paris 2024 Olympics

Harry Charles (GBR) and Sherlock - winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2023/24 - La Coruña (ESP) Copyright ©FEI/Mackenzie Clark

British Equestrian and the British Showjumping Selectors have confirmed the 12 athlete and horse combinations nominated for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. These combinations will be submitted to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) by June 25, 2024, with only those on the list eligible for final selection by the British Olympic Association. Harry Charles and Ben Maher are each nominated with three mounts, including Charles’s most prominent ride, Romeo 88. The nominated athletes, in surname alphabetical order, and their horses are: Scott Brash (38) from Horsham, West Sussex, with: Hello…

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Shane Breen Claims Victory at Bolesworth CSI3* Grand Prix

Shane Breen and Scarteen. Bolesworth Grand Prix winners 2024. Image credit 1st Class Images / Bolesworth

Shane Breen Claims Victory at Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival’s CSI3* Grand Prix The grand finale of the Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival, presented by Al Shira’aa, witnessed an exhilarating climax as Ireland’s Shane Breen clinched victory in the highly competitive Al Shira’aa CSI3* Grand Prix (LR) 1.55m. The prestigious class featured seven Olympic longlisted athletes from two countries, alongside a Gold medal-winning Olympian, promising a thrilling contest for the spectators. The class saw 48 top-tier competitors, all of whom had qualified through rigorous ranking classes earlier in the week,…

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Weight Loss & Weigh Tapes. But Who’s It For?

Weight Loss & Weigh Tapes. But Who’s It For?

Another writer joins the team at Everything Horse, and we’re very excited to have her here! Introducing Jennifer Hyde, who you may have already seen on Instagram as the Fair Weather Rider (@thefairweatherrider). Jennifer will be popping in with a selection of articles (all sprinkled with a hint of humour) each month to help keep our readers entertained in a thought-proving way. Weight Loss & Weigh Tapes. But Who’s It For? For any millennial out there, the pop culture reference of telling someone you’d ‘rather not answer that because I’m…

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FEI Launch ‘A bond like no other’ campaign ahead of Paris 2024! 

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With just weeks to go until the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the FEI has launched its global marketing campaign – “A bond Like no other” – honouring good horsemanship and celebrating the unique and long-lasting connection between horse and human.  The aim of the campaign is to engage Olympic and Paralympic equestrian sports fans and connect with a broader audience, showcasing the essential connection between horses and humans and their critical role in the success of the sport. “Equestrian sport is a rich mosaic of stories that illustrate…

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WHW Express Outrage at RTÉ Documentary Slaughterhouse Cruelty

image taken from RTÉ Investigate exposé ‘Horses – Making a Killing’ in slaughterhouse documentary

World Horse Welfare expresses outrage at slaughterhouse cruelty revealed in RTÉ documentary and calls for urgent government action to protect horses  Following the airing of ‘RTÉ Investigates: Horses – Making a Killing’, shown at 9.35pm, 12th June 2024 on RTÉ One, leading equine welfare charity World Horse Welfare has come out in condemnation of the cruelty and abuse revealed in the programme. The charity, which was originally founded to protect vulnerable horses exported to slaughter, has also reacted to the systemic failures highlighted in the documentary that enable equines that…

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Guy Williams and Elliott Smith Break Bolesworth Puissance Record

The Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival, presented by Al Shira’aa, witnessed a historic feat last night as Guy Williams and Elliott Smith jointly smashed the current Puissance record. The packed international arena erupted in applause as the two equestrian stars shared the glory, setting a new record at 2 meters 21 centimetres. A total of 12 daring combinations faced the formidable LeMieux sponsored red brick wall, each vying for the prestigious title of Puissance champion. The competition showcased exceptional horsemanship, with riders displaying remarkable skill and courage. Early rounds saw Paul Sims,…

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Para-dressage nominations for Paris 2024 Revealed

Natasha Baker

Today, British Equestrian and the British Dressage Selectors confirm the 12 para dressage athlete and horse combinations that will be submitted to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as nominated entries for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Only the combinations that appear on the nominated entries list (closing date Wednesday, 19 June 2024) may be put forward to the British Paralympic Association for selection to the Games. The Para-dressage nominated entries for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, listed by classification grade and then in alphabetical order by athlete surname: Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade…

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Seamus Hughes Kennedy Triumphs in CSI3* Grand Prix Qualifier at Bolesworth

Seamus Hughes Kennedy riding Esi Rocky. Image credit 1st Class Images / Bolesworth.

The Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival, presented by Al Shira’aa, enoyed a thrilling CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix Qualifier, sponsored by HM3 Legal. The competition marked the first ranking class of the week, welcoming an impressive lineup of 63 entries, including elite athletes vying for Olympic glory. Among the competitors were four of the six longlisted athletes for Team GB for the upcoming Olympics: Robert Whitaker aboard his longlisted horse Vermento, Scott Brash, Tim Gredley, and Joseph Stockdale. Adding to the impressive lineup was the reigning Bolesworth International Grand Prix champion,…

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Dressage Nominated Entries for Paris 2024 Olympic Games Announced

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) 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

British Equestrian and the British Dressage Selectors have confirmed the 12 dressage athlete and horse combinations that will be submitted to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as nominated entries for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Only those on the nominated entries list, closing on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, will be eligible for selection by the British Olympic Association for the Games. Charlotte Dujardin has been nominated with two of her most prominent horses, Alive and Kicking and Imhotep. Annabella Pidgley, on the other hand, is set to compete with Gio,…

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British Equestrian Launches E-Learning for Establishments

British Equestrian Launches E-Learning Resource for Equestrian Establishments

British Equestrian Launches E-Learning Resource for Equestrian Establishments British Equestrian has launched its first e-learning resource to help equestrian businesses become more robust and viable. This initiative, funded through Sport England’s Together Fund and developed in partnership with Sport Structures, aims to assist establishments in planning for unexpected circumstances and producing strategies for long-term sustainability. This new resource complements the existing training materials provided by British Equestrian’s member bodies. Insights from British Equestrian’s Health of Riding Establishments research and consultations with individual centres have highlighted the vulnerability of equestrian establishments.…

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Strangles Awareness Week 2024 Reaches Millions

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The 2024 Strangles Awareness Week (SAW) campaign has made a significant impact, reaching over 2.8 million equestrians and yard owners. The campaign also welcomed over 150 new Ambassadors committed to spreading the word about disease prevention. Held annually during the first week of May, SAW is coordinated by a coalition of leading equine welfare organizations, research institutes, and companies. The campaign aims to educate about Strangles and biosecurity, sharing the latest research to help protect horses and businesses from the devastating effects of a Strangles outbreak. This year, the campaign…

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