Showjumping in Saint-Tropez, top stallion joins which top stud, pony with one eye recovers and more – Daily Hoofbeat

Daily Hoofbeat 18th May

The equestrian industry sure does buzz with great news stories on a daily basis. From horse health news released by leading charities to event previews, horse sales, rider updates and more. Today’s Daily Hoofbeat rounds up just a few bite-sized stories from this week so far. Enjoy!

Pony who had eye removed doing well in Redwings’ Care

A pony who had an untreated eye injury is recovering in Redwings’ care in Norfolk after having the eye removed. Pickle, as she has been named, had surgery in the Equine Reception Centre within 24 hours of being signed over to the charity, and whilst still under quarantine conditions. 

The piebald Cob filly is just four or five months old, and is pictured here. 

Julie Harding, Senior Field Officer and Reception Centre Manager, said:

Unfortunately, circumstances meant her owner wasn’t able to provide the veterinary attention she needed, and they agreed to sign her over to us so that her welfare could be secured.  We think she probably scratched her eye on some fencing, causing the initial injury, followed by a serious infection”.

Nicola Berryman, one of Redwings’ Welfare Veterinary Surgeons, performed the operation. She said:


Pickle was in a great amount of pain when she arrived, and she couldn’t see out of her eye, so the best option was to remove it. 

Things were looking a little shaky for a few days due to problems linked to a high worm burden, but she was in the very best place with the very best care and some special company – Phoenix the foal’s old teddy bear. She’s adapted so well to having one eye, and it doesn’t seem to be phasing her at all. We’re so thrilled that she’s come through it and is now doing great.”

Pickle is one of 55 equines in Redwings’ care with sight loss or impairment. As a charity 100% funded by donations, it is thanks to the generosity of our supporters that Redwings is able to take in and care fo ponies like Pickle. 

If you’d like to make a donation please call 01508 505246 or visit

Ridgeway Farm Stud secures top stallion from Olympic medal-winning showjumper

Topaz Ice Z (Peppermill)

Ridgeway Farm Stud has secured the hugely promising stallion Topaz Ice Z from Olympic medal-winning showjumper, coach, and international horse producer Cian O’Connor.

The 5-year-old Zangersheide approved stallion (Toulon x Comme il Faut dam) will carry the Ridgway Farm Stud prefix ‘Pepper’ taken from the world-renowned Peppermill where it stands. The now ‘Peppermill Topaz Ice Z’ jumped many times for Great Britain ridden by the legendary John Whitaker.

We are delighted to have secured Peppermill Topaz Ice Z.  He is an important part of our roadmap to breed and produce some of the best showjumpers in the world here in the UK,”

explains Becky Stones, managing director, Ridgeway Farm Stud.

Peppermill Topaz Ice Z will stand at the Ridgeway Farm Stud and compete with its resident international rider Peter Moloney.

Other stallions standing at Ridgeway Farm Stud number Peppermill, Cabo Verde, and Peppermill Vincent. For further details go to:

All Systems Go For Aske Horse Trials 

Aske – one of Yorkshire’s premier events

ONE of Yorkshire’s premier events, Aske, provides a fantastic venue and excellent ground for competitors in the north.

Plans are well underway to step the 2022 showcase (July 9 and 10) up a level with the organiser, BEDE Events, pulling out all the stops to ensure a good run for riders heading into the second half of the season.

This well-established event runs over undulating parkland on the Aske Hall Estate with the Georgian country house near Richmond in the background, courtesy of the Earl and Countess Ronaldshay.

Sections include BE80, BE90, BE100, BE100 Open, Novice, Open Novice, Intermediate and Open Intermediate.

Said organiser Stuart Buntine:

“Aske is a great Yorkshire venue that always has good ground even when the south is struggling and it is well worth competitors making the trip. This year we have a new BE80 course and the very exciting Sue Carson Saddles Challenge running.

“The challenge is aimed at encouraging grassroots riders to compete at the three events and to really gain momentum throughout the summer season.

“Supported by Sue Carson Saddles the series winners will receive a host of prizes including Sue Carson Saddles branded rugs, cash prizes to the top four in each section across the series and rosettes.”

For further information please visit

World’s best ready to rock French Riviera, Saint-Tropez 

A head-turning lineup of show jumping stars are in action in Ramatuelle / Saint Tropez this week, kick-starting the charge along the French Riviera with this sparkling event in Longines Global Champions Tour calendar.

At the head of the pack will be World Number 1 and 2021 LGCT Champion Peder Fredricson, after his win in the LGCT Grand Prix of St Tropez last year Fredricson will be looking to continue riding his wave of success. He’ll be accompanied by a world-class field with Henrik von Eckermann, Laura Kraut, Maikel van der VleutenSimon Delestre and Harrie Smolders all in action for the fifth event of the Championship race.

Leading since the first leg of the 2022 Championship, overall LGCT ranking leader Ludger Beerbaum will be watching this leg from home to see if young gun Gilles Thomas will be able to capitalise and close the gap. Pieter Devos and Christian Kukuk are also hot on their heels and have been on phenomenal form in recent events so it is all to play for at this crucial stage. 

This week three previous LGCT Grand Prix of St Tropez winners will be present and looking to do the double as Jessica Springsteen, Ben Maher and Christian Ahlmann set their eyes on the prize and an exclusive golden ticket to the LGCT Super Grand Prix in Prague at the end of the year. 

The sophisticated Riviera resort of Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez will host the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show (LAOHS) which will see riders head to the legendary Pampelonne Beach with it’s turquoise waters and enviable blue skies. In total, a hundred riders and nearly 200 horses are expected, representing more than twenty nations.

Big names in attendance this weekend will be Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Scott Brash, Harry Charles, Kevin Staut, Spencer Smith, Niels Bruynseels, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Bertram Allen, Edward Levy, Pieter Clemens, Evelina Tovek, Olivier Robert, Roger-Yves Bost, Athina Onassis and Jerome Guery.

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