Category: Shropshire News

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrate 40th anniversary

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrated its 40th anniversary with at party for members past and present at Itton Village Hall on 3 December.

This really is a very significant achievement and around 80 members and friends including Joint President David Broome and his wife Liz and Patron and founder member Roy Raikes-May were able to be there and reminisce with each other on their part in the clubs history.

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrate 40th anniversary

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrated its 40th anniversary with at party for members past and present at Itton Village Hall on 3 December.

David & Liz Broome with Tony & Viv Clarke & Sandra Fisher

David & Liz Broome with
Tony & Viv Clarke & Sandra Fisher

This really is a very significant achievement and around 80 members and friends including Joint President David Broome and his wife Liz and Patron and founder member Roy Raikes-May were able to be there and reminisce with each other on their part in the clubs history. Our other Joint President Richard Meade although unable to attend, sent the club his good wishes for the evening and the future, stressing the important part riding clubs played in the equestrian community.

The Cake

The Cake

Those who were there were welcomed at the door by Marilyn and then offered a drink (wine, beer or soft – for those driving) ably served by Chairman Kathy, Karen and Helen. After an opportunity to mingle and chat and a wel-come from Pam Davidson who was the evening’s organiser, we all sat down for a supper of lovely homemade lasa-gne made by Pam and Ann with garlic bread followed by a selection of delicious puddings that various people had donated to the evening. David Broome later did the honours and cut the anniversary cake in the shape of 40 kindly made by Ann. Check out the pictures on the club’s Facebook page.

Pam had brought along her collection of Newsletters going back to the early 80’s for anyone to browse through and some photos of events gone by to help with the reminiscing. Some newer photos had been organised into a slide show by Lindsay that included the clubs recent visit to the Riding Club Championships.

The thoroughly enjoyable evening ended with a raffle for prizes that included chocolates, wine and a brace of pheasants – what more could you want! The evening also rekindled the enthusiasm of some past members who by the end of the evening were planning to rejoin the club.

Grateful thanks must go to all the committee and members who organised the evening preparing food, getting the drinks and other shopping, decorating and setting out the hall, clearing up and washing up afterwards. Well done.

Welcome from Pam Davidson

The Beginning

The Bar

The (fab) Food

European riding helmet standard withdrawn

The EU Commission has announced that the European equestrian riding helmet standard BS EN 1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication. This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE-mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed.

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market. Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard, it will not become “non-standard” after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn. If riders have hats certified to EN 1384, they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.

Stakeholder summit held as Defra and The British Horse Society work together to lead ragwort debate

The British Horse Society has today presented the results of its research into ragwort at a stakeholder summit with Defra and Lord De Mauley after conducting the largest survey of the English equine population.

At a stakeholder summit being held at Defra’s headquarters today, attended by Lord De Mauley, The British Horse Society revealed their recommendations for tackling concern about ragwort, a plant that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal harm, to horses.

The British Horse Society, with Defra’s input, will be producing a toolkit for local equine groups to give people clear and targeted advice about the best practice and effective mechanisms for both control on own land and legal responsibilities in connection with ragwort. Additionally, The British Horse Society is calling for the establishment of local Ragwort Action Partnerships between local authorities, public and private landowners, and local equine groups. The aim of these partnerships is to help improve communication between these groups and ensure ragwort is controlled in areas used by horses. 

Arson in barns in the Avon and Somerset area

Police would like you to be aware that recently, in the Avon and Somerset area in the vicinity of Chipping Sodbury, 3 barn fires have been reported and it is believed it is a deliberate act. Arson. There was a white van that is suspected to be involved and the partial index is WX14.  

Staunton, Gloucester area burglary

This is a farm watch word message: Between 09.30 hours and 11.53 hours on the 11th November in the Staunton, Gloucester area, there has been a burglary. A rear window of the property was smashed and silver items and jewellery has been stolen.  

British Horse Society announces new Fellow – Judith Murphy

The prestigious title of Fellow of The British Horse Society has been awarded to Judith Murphy, following two gruelling days of assessment at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on 28 and 29 October.

Under the scrutiny of senior British Horse Society assessors, all Fellows in their own right, Judith managed to keep her nerve as she was assessed in a variety of tasks. These included a discussion on her training philosophy, her riding and assessment of horses and, of course, coaching a range of horse/rider combinations across the range of disciplines.

Judith had her first riding lesson when she was six years old. “I ran down the yard and jumped onto the first pony I saw”, she said.

Hilltop Cross Country Course closing

Hilltop Cross Country Course at Ledbury in Herefordshire is closing for good on 1st November 2014 as the owners would like to retire.  The first  25 jumps were professionally designed and built during the summer of 1994, and jumps have been added over the years until it had over 100 jumps.  Hilltop has been endorsed by top riders such as Lucinda Green, Leslie Law and Matt Ryan, and it became a competition and training venue for all levels and ability of horse and rider.  The Hilltop owners would like to thank all the Riders, Riding and Pony Clubs and Hunts who have supported them over the years. 

Rural Watch – Theft of JCB at Tirley – updated

Update!  With reference to the news story relating to a stolen JCB from Tirley, we’re pleased to update you that the vehicle has been recovered due to an eagle eyed recipient of the original message. Thank you for your on-going support and vigilance.

Between 6pm on 24/10 and 10am on 25/10 a yellow JCB excavator bearing the index, V554 EHW, was stolen from a farm at Town Street, Tirley by driving it through a hedge.  If you have any information please contact the police on 101 quoting incident 145 of 25/10/2014.

The Show Producers Show Still Goes On

Robert and Claire Oliver, the top Show Producers have decided to downsize their residence at Upper House Farm, Upleadon, Nr Newent, Gloucestershire. However, this will not have any impact on their business of producing top show horses for their clients. 

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Tack Room Cleaned out by thieves at Clifton on Teme

On Saturday 11th October between 7pm and 7.30pm, thieves stole all the contents from a tack room in Clifton on Teme, Worcs. A vehicle was seen acting suspiciously at the location. It was a small, tatty white van (possibly a Renault or Peugeot), but significantly, the rear windows were blocked out with cardboard.  Items stolen include the following:

Rural Watch Messages

An incident occurred on a farm in the Malswick area of Newent on the night of the 3rd October. A partially renovated cottage was broken into and tools stolen. Damage was done to the property by cutting a water pipe causing a flood. Also…

Ask the Expert

Visitors to the website’s ‘Ask the Expert’ section have been keeping showing expert Claire Oliver, in particular, very busy with questions. Visit the ‘Ask the Expert’ section of the website to see which experts can offer you advice, for free!

Rural Crime

This is a Rural Watch Message: There have been two incidents on the 7th of September.

A red Land Rover defender registration number P517 DVJ was stolen from an out building on a farm in the Fishpool area of Kempley. To gain entry unknown persons have removed chains and padlocks from two gates.  On the same night an IVOR WILLIAMS trailer was stolen from a farm in the Shaw Common area of Oxenhall.

More theft, this time hay

This is a Rural Watch Message:

“An incident occurred on a farm in the Newent area in which seven large round bales of hay and thirty small square bales of wheat and straw have been stolen. This has been done by unknown means. This would have been taken by using machinery and a large vehicle. Please check bales regularly and if you hear of any being offered cheap please contact the Police on 101.

Stolen Landrover discovery & Ifor Williams 12ft trailer

Lawrence and Richard Bolton had their truck and trailer stolen on the afternoon of 29th August from Coombe Green, Birtsmorton. Landrover discovery FX51KAN and a 12ft Ifor Williams flat bed trailer. Fully loaded with tools, equipment and ladders whilst Lawrence was working on a roof of a property in Coombe Green on the main road -just by Windles on the common. Please contact the website if you have any information.

Tack theft

I have just received the following information:

“Just wanted to give a general heads up to anyone equestrian in the area! Last night 3 saddles, including GFS and Ideal brands were stolen from the back of a locked Mitsubishi L200 truck in the Leominster area and Stubben bridles were also taken along with numerous exercise bridles which would be of little value to anyone. The thieves actually drilled in the cab in order to steal the tack and also drilled the locks off.

Wind turbine at Great Marston Farm, Risbury, HR6 0NJ

The application for a wind turbine at Great Marston Farm, Risbury, HR6 0NJ, application P133481/F for an Endurance wind turbine E 3120  46.3m (152 ft) to blade tip, has still not been decided by the planning authority Herefordshire Council.

It is at Grid Ref. SO575 550  and is only 55m from the bridleway in direct conflict with BHS advice.  This is an important regional route and the minimum safety distance recommended by the BHS who are the experts is 200m.  If this is consented it puts all other bridleway users  in danger as it will become a precedent for developers to put turbines close to equestrian routes.

If you value the bridleway networks please support the BHS advice .  Councils are ignoring it with the result of bridleways and their access roads becoming no-go areas for equestrians, and  safe  as off road routes only for cyclists and walkers only. 

International success for Lucton School rider

 Lucton School pupil, Freddie Powell from Powys achieved an impressive third place riding in his first international eventing competition.

The event held in Ireland, was Freddie’s first international competition with Great Britain’s under 18s Junior Eventing Team.

A rider with the Lucton School Equestrian team and Ludlow Pony Club, Freddie rode in the CIC1* category against a field of 68 riders from the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and Ireland.

Freddie finished as the top placed GB rider in the CIC* category and said, “It was a great experience and I’m just over the moon to have come away with a medal. I would like to say a massive thank you to all those sponsors who helped me travel to Ireland and continue to support my training, including; Countrywide in Presteigne, Mayglothling Waste, Presteigne Gates, Arrowfield Vets in Kington, Lucton School, Presteigne Town Council, Hadley Hargreaves Limited and NAF’s Grizelda Handy.  

All WEG news & results

To see all the news, results and forthcoming action from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, from 23 August to 7 September 2014, visit the WEG website:

Fun Ride at The Glanusk Estate

Enjoy the first ever fun ride around the beautiful Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LP on Sunday 5 October 2014.  The ride will take place along the river, through woodland and parkland, with optional jumps. 

British Dressage Area Festival to take place at Kings

Kings Equestrian are delighted to be running a BD Area Festival in October.  There will be 3 days of competition with Gala freestyle evenings on both the Friday and Saturday nights.  Spectators are welcome with free Admission. So what are BD area festivals?  

A plea for volunteers for Monmouth Horse Trials.

Volunteers are needed for Monmouth Horse Trials which takes place at Park Farm Llantilio Crossenny, Abergavenny on 20th September 2014. No experience necessary and everyone will be fed and watered throughout the day.  Please contact Sharon Tovey via or alternatively see:

Local event riders excel

Shortly after it was announced that Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood with Whitsun had been selected as a reserve for the British Eventing team for the World Equestrian Games, the pair contested the British Open Championships at Gatcombe. It’s always a very hot competition with many of the world’s best riders and horses competing and with the cross country being run in reverse order, it makes for a very exciting event. Louise proved how right the selectors were to have acknowledged her consistent form with Whitsun as they galloped to an excellent 3rd place behind the winner Andrew Nicholson and 2nd placed Francis Whittington.

Brilliant Burton does it again

Christopher Burton followed up his third consecutive CIC3* win at the NAF Hartpury International Horse Trials with victory on the final day in this morning’s CCI1* event.

The Australian, who claimed top spot in the festival’s centrepiece event yesterday, led throughout the competition in the 1* before a clear round on Santano II in Sunday’s show jumping gave him his second top spot of the weekend with a score of 35.7.

Australian star Burton triumphs three years in a row

After a thrilling day of cross country action at Hartpury, Christopher Burton finished top of the leader board in the Superflex CIC*** for the third year in a row.

With the day full of thrills and spills the top three in the CIC*** were the same riders who triumphed in 2013.  Burton went clear in a faultless round on Graf Liberty, finishing on his dressage score of 44.2. New Zealander Tim Price was close behind him on Wesko, finishing with 47.7; closely followed by his wife Jonelle Price who scored 48.7 on Classic Moet after a faultless round. Jonelle also won the prize for the rider closest to the optimum time, coming in bang on 6min,22sec.

Fox-Pitt shows Olympic pedigree with leading dressage score at Hartpury

Team GBR’s William Fox-Pitt produced a fantastic test on day two of this year’s NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, surging past the Australian duo of Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths to take control in the Superflex CIC3* event.

Fox-Pitt, riding Parklane Hawk, produced a scintillating score of 35.2 to top the dressage after day two, initially giving himself a nine point cushion heading into tomorrow’s action.

Awesome Australians dominate opening day at Hartpury Horse Trials

Last year’s CIC3* winner, Christopher Burton, showed why he’s the rider to beat again at this year’s festival after topping the dressage scores on the opening day in both the CCI1* and CIC3* events.

Opening on Santano II in the Optimum CCI1*, Burton scored 35.7 to give himself a good head start on day one, with the remainder of the section to compete tomorrow. 

NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials

Wednesday – Sunday      6th – 10th  August


Outstanding Equestrian Sport – Sponsored by NAF – Natural Animal Feeds – the Official suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams

Once again the world’s leading riders are competing at this prestigious event which is to be held on Wednesday to Sunday, 6th to 10th August.   Over 300 entries have been received which include Multiple, Olympic, World and European medallist William Fox-Pitt and fellow Olympic medallist  Nicola Wilson and Sir Mark Todd together with Pippa Funnell, Laura Collett and last year’s winner of the CIC3* Australian, Christopher Burton.   This is the eleventh year of the International Horse Trials at Hartpury and is now a firm favourite in the Eventing Calendar.



In a beautiful setting alongside the River Wye and on a wonderful summer’s day we had record entries and all-day action in the BS affiliated show jumping. Steve Williams, our international course designer, built a complicated track which ensured keen competition for the generous prize fund provided by our sponsors. 

Hereford Equestrian is 11 today!

11 years ago today, this website was born. The idea was hatched as a result of constantly answering questions which I was being asked daily while teaching. They are the same sort of questions every riding coach is asked regularly…… “what’s on…..” or “where can I find….” or “where can I buy…..” or “do you know of any…..”  So on 23rd July 2003 I decided to ‘give it a go’ and try and answer all those questions in one place.  Within 24 hours I’d bought the domain name and some website building software and launched a homepage! The planning followed afterwards, as did the design and layout of the site which were changed and developed to suit the needs of the website content, with the main objective being to provide the information required in an easy to navigate site.

Does ragwort matter to you?

Every year, we’re inundated with ragwort concerns from equestrians, many of whom invest large amounts of time and money in trying to control the weed.

Therefore, we’re delighted to announce an exciting new project from the BHS, in association with Defra, to discover the real facts about ragwort and gather data from across England on perceptions and reality. 

Herefordshire rider selected as first reserve for Team GBR

Herefordshire rider Abbi Tennant has been selected as first reserve for Team GBR endurance team for the World Equestrian Games which takes place in Normandy in August 2014.  Abbi has been listed with Delwyn Hall’s (her grandmother) Barik.  Abbi has competed within the sport of Endurance for many years and has ridden from Novice to International level riding different horses and has competed twice at Championship level for Great Britain as part of the Young Rider Great Britain Endurance Team.  

Parish Councils, Parish Footpath Officers and Public Rights of Way Management

Since Balfour Beatty took over the contract from Amey, changes have been made in the Public Rights of Way Department. The document below outlines the new system, which may be of interest to riders, cyclists and walkers who use the Public Paths.

Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council recognise that maintaining the Public Rights of Way (PROW) network is key to ensuring the public have access to the countryside; however given the changes in budget our approach to prioritising work on paths has had to change. Our focus will be on ensuring that hazards are dealt with in a timely manner and that our premier promoted routes continue to be regularly inspected and maintained to a high standard.

Local Riders Excel at Hartpury

Final round up:  Thousands enjoy dazzling displays from a galaxy of stars at Festival of Dressage

The shining and rising stars of dressage from all around the world put on a dazzling display at this year’s hugely successful Hartpury international Festival of Dressage.

Record entries saw 300 riders from 19 nations compete in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes over five days of outstanding equestrian sport and thousands of people followed the action from every corner of the globe – either in person or on the Festival of Dressage website and Facebook and twitter pages.

Herefordshire Event Rider excels at Barbury

Congratulations to Herefordshire event rider Louise Harwood who came 6th riding Whitsun in a very strong CIC 3* at Barbury International Horse Trials over the weekend. A clear show jumping and just 0.4 of a time fault secured Louise her 6th place in a huge section with 81 finishers and 27 who didn’t finish.

Local riders competing at Barbury International Horse Trials

Amongst the star studded field of entries at Barbury International Horse Trials on 3rd – 6th of July, are local International event riders.

Powys event rider Franky Reid-Warrilow is riding Dolley Whisper in their first CIC 3*. Franky is the current ‘Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Winner’ and as a result of that success, has been enjoying time training with Sir Mark Todd. Franky has dressage training with Charlotte Dujardin.

Herefordshire event rider Louise Harwood has 4 horses entered including Jenga II and Whitsun who also contest the CIC 3*.

Shropshire rider Sophie Wragg rides Sandy City in the CIC2*. Sophie lives right on the Shropshire/Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, not far from another competitor, Ben McClumpha, from Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow. Ben will also be doing the CIC 2* riding Willows Tipster.

Why not head to Barbury which is on from 3rd – 6th July to show Franky, Louise, Sophie, Hannah and Ben your support?!

Powys Young rider selected to join Great Britain Junior eventing squad

Fred Powell from Powys and pupil at Lucton School, Herefordshire, has been invited to join Great Britain’s under 18s Junior Eventing Team. 

The young squad was selected by British Eventing coaches who travelled the country watching potential young riders at qualifying competitions.

The team will now compete at an international competition in Camphire, Southern Ireland from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 July.

Equine Business – The essential guide for professionals working with horses.

An excellent document has been made available to this website and added to the articles page within the ‘Collecting Ring‘. The article has been put together by experts in their field who have an understanding of the equestrian industry and includes: Starting your own business. Accounts made easy. Legal advice on contracts. Finding the right insurance. Selling horses. Livery yards.

Badminton Horse Trials

Follow all the news, results and photos from Badminton Horse Trials on the BHT website:

Watch it on TV on the BBC red button from 11:50am on Saturday and the highlights are on BBC2 on Sunday. See Badminton Website for full TV schedule.

Follow Badminton on Facebook:

or follow in Twitter  –  using the #MMBHT


Hay, straw, sedge or water reeds 16th Century method

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’, a BBC Worldwide/Starz Entertainment TV programme is currently preparing for filming its third series in Swansea.  The series is set in the 16th century, therefore often use traditional methods to achieve the look. They need to get hold of some bundles of hay pre-processing. Hay or straw or sedge or water reeds would do. Can anyone help? If so, please email

Racing at Hereford Racecourse

It’s good to see that racing will return to Hereford Racecourse, albeit for one day! The North Hereford Hunt Point to Point will be held there on Saturday 24th May starting with Pony Racing at 3pm. In addition Sunshine Radio will be broadcasting from Hereford Racecourse on the day, there will be fairground attractions for all the family to enjoy, raffle and much much more. 

The British Palomino Society would like to invite you to become involved in an exciting new venture.

The British Palomino Society is revamping and re-launching the National Championship Show. This year it is to become a two day ‘Festival of Gold’. The show is being held on 12th & 13th July at Three Counties Showground, Malvern and we attract competitors from nationwide. Schedules available at
The society itself has expanded to include other cream ‘variants’ on a special register. The variants register is to include (amongst others) Buckskins, Cremellos, Perlinos, Duns and palominos who do not meet the criteria to join the main palomino register.
Day one of the show will be the ‘BPS Open Performance Gala’ this day will be open to ALL colours, but with special prizes and recognition to the highest placed Cream Variant in each class and section. The day has a performance theme and will include Dressage and Show Jumping. Ridden showing (sports horse, retrained racehorse, side saddle, western etc) and potential sports and performance inhand showing. Various championships including one just for local competitors.
Also as a light hearted element to the day we are holding a ‘Tipplers Challenge’ this I am sure will prove to be highly entertaining and popular with the spectators!


Badminton_LogoRiders’ entries are now in for this years’ Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (7th – 11th May) and another feast of top class international sport is in prospect. Competitors from 14 other nations will take on the best of the British, with a major focus being selection for the World Equestrian Games, Normandie this summer.

13 Australian horses and 14 New Zealanders are in the entry list, reflecting those countries’ riders being assessed for selection by performance in the northern hemisphere this spring. As usual there is a strong Irish contingent, with 10 horses, 8 each from France and the USA and 7 from Sweden. 

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Events in aid of charity

There are a number of events on in aid of charity.  One of the latest addition is the Wichenford Bluebell Fun Ride on 4th May. It starts next to Wichenford Church and is an 11 Mile Pleasure ride with optional short cuts through Bluebell Woods and Fields. There’s no roadwork, many optional jumps of various heights and sizes. The fun ride is in aid of St Richards Hospice, Worcester and Midlands Air Ambulance. For full details, click here.


Protecting and Improving Access – Bridleways

In England the public rights of way network amounts to 188,700km, consisting of 146,600km of footpaths, 32,400km of bridleways, 3,700km of byways and 6,000km of restricted byways. Horse riders, therefore, currently only have access to 22 percent of public rights of way and horse-drawn vehicle drivers only five percent. Read full article on the BHS website

Planning Application for a wind turbine near the Three Rivers Ride

This letter has recently been received – your chance to object!

Dear BHS Committee Members

You will be aware of the planning  application  P133481/F for a wind turbine 46.3m to blade tip,  close to (55m) the Three Rivers Ride Bridleway (PRoW PG11) at Great Marston Farm , Risbury, Herefordshire  HR6 0NJ.  I assume you were consulted by the Planning Authority as it will impact adversely on  part of an important Bridleway. 

Local business reaches national awards finals

Barnstormers Equestrian, in Withington, Herefordshire, has reached the national finals of the 2014 British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Business Awards for Best Tack Shop (Small category). The winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner later this month.

“We’re delighted to have reached the finals of such a prestigious award, particularly as we were nominated by our customers,” said Colin of Barnstormers. “In the best traditions of a specialist retailer, we always endeavour to offer a personal yet professional service – and it’s satisfying to know that our efforts have been rewarded.”

New article about back pain in ridden horses

Back pain in ridden horses is a common issue.  As riders we sit on the weakest point of a horse’s back and then ask it to perform tasks it was never really designed to do!  So how can we prevent them becoming sore?  Correct tack fitting and good farriery are essential.  However, one of the keys to prevent back pain in ridden horses is teaching them to carry a rider properly.  A horse that has a tendency to go ‘hollow’ is far more likely to have a sore back than one which works in a good outline.  Imagine hollowing your back and then carrying a rucksack around – soon you will be pretty uncomfortable!   Read the full article written by Mel Betts, McTimoney Animal Practitioner.


Dirty slippery stables and yard?

County Jet Clean

Welcome to our latest business advertiser County Jet Clean who are offering a brand new service to all Herefordshire based stables. They have just added a stable pressure washing cleaning service to their already established jet cleaning business. They have spent 3 years building their business to offer driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, decking cleaning and tennis court cleaning and now extend their services to offer jet cleaning to the equestrian industry.  Contact Julie or Kate now by phoning 01432 265091, 07976 384392 or 07771 857027

Urgent Message to Horse Owners in Much Marcle vicinity

A message has been forwarded to Hereford Equestrian as follows:
“A friend has received this email from a Kynaston Farmer.
We had a visit on Sunday morning 5 January, from a scruffy gentleman driving a blue Volvo, Reg No. HB56RNO. He was asking questions about our stables etc which raised suspicions. I reported the information to the police via 101 and Alison came back to us to advise that it is a false number plate and to put us all on alert. We have rung round local people who keep horses as it is our guess they are after tack.
Also, last night, a horse owner in Putley was awakened in the early hours by her dogs only to see torches being used in her yard. As soon as she drew back her curtains they were gone.
Please warn everybody that thieves are about!”

Hereford Equestrian Website Performance 2013

The stats are in for 2013 and I’m delighted to report the following website traffic for the period 1st Jan – 31st Dec, showing a significant increase than for the same period in 2012.

Google Analytics Stats 2013:  324,108 visits versus 258,597 in 2012 – up 25.33%
(Server stats 2013: 566,572 visits)

Google Analytics Stats 2013:  104,058 unique visitors vs 86,421 in 2012 – up 20.41%
(Server stats 2013: 291,966 unique visitors)

Google Analytics Stats 2013:  1,137,659 pageviews vs 993,296 in 2012 – up 14.53%

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy Christmas!

Hereford Equestrian wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas.
Thank you for another year of loyal support,
with best wishes, Sally

Bogus sellers and buyers

Please be aware that occasionally there are bogus adverts placed on websites.  I will not publish adverts which I believe to be bogus, but it may not always be obvious.

If the phone number included with an advert is incorrect, please make me aware of this and be wary of entering into email only correspondence.  Be particularly cautious of buying or selling horses unseen.

If you enter into any correspondence and it sounds suspicious, stop any further contact with that buyer or seller and let me know.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Lucton School Crowned County Champion

Lucton School equestrians were crowned Herefordshire County Dressage Champions at this month’s National School’s Equestrian Association (NSEA) Inter-school County Championships at the Kings Equestrian Centre, Bromyard. 

New Q&A on Ask the Expert

So what do you do if you buy a new saddle only to be told by your trainer that while it fits the horse, it doesn’t fit you and therefore you can’t sit in the correct position?  That is exactly the question our legal expert, Aliston Goodwin was recently asked. See the full Q and A here

Read the latest news from BVP

Changes are afoot at Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy and it’s good news for us humans!  As they say: “We’re spreading our wings and ………..exploring new pastures!!” Read their latest newsletter:  BVP-Newsletter-November-2013

Franky Reid-Warrilow wins scholarship

Congratulations to Powys event rider Franky Reid-Warrilow who has won the British Eventing Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship. Franky will now be sponsored by both the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow as well as having no other than Sir Mark Todd as her mentor for the next year! Franky broke her hip in the summer which resulted in her needing surgery.  However, she was back on board quickly and within 6 weeks was placed 12th in the 2 star section at Hartpury International Horse Trials.

BHS Herefordshire News Update

Autumn is now upon us and a lot has happened in the Region this year.  The series of evening talks kicked off in March in Kidderminster and the same series is being held this Autumn at BHS HQ, Warks.

Our Adult Gymkhana Competition in memory of Heather Lucas, our late Regional Chairman, took place in April and this year 12 teams competed for the coveted ‘Clueso Cup’ and after a few hours of healthy competition the Red Devils team from Worcestershire took the cup home.  We are adding new games for 2014 to keep the competition exciting.  If you want to find out more please contact Andrea Jackman or join us on Facebook ‘West Midlands BHS’ to see all the photos from this years’ competition.

Table Top sale raises over £300 to help Matt Allen

The equestrian table top sale held on Thursday 3rd October to raise money to help farrier Matt Allen who suffered a severe head injury when kicked by a horse he was shoeing was a success.  The hall was fully booked & many people turned up to buy or socialise. Between the table receipts, a super raffle (supported by Hintons of Leominster), refreshments sales & donations, just over £300 was raised to help Matt.  Organiser Val Davies would like to thank everyone who attended for their support.
Nb. A few items were left behind, so if you forgot something, or would like to make a donation for Matt, please contact Val Davies –

Colic and Worming Talk

Colic and Worming Talk by Dominic Alexander of Belmont Veternary Centre, is to be held this Tuesday 1st of October at Kings
Equestrian Centre, Bromyard.  The evening is sure to be an informative and hopefully help you work out the correct worming progamme for your horses.

This is in Aid of The Irish Draught Horse Society and entrance is by ticket £5.00 for further information contact Liz Langford  on 07771 815700

Herefordshire Dressage Rider Beth Barnett wins at National Championships

Congratulations to Beth Barnett, 23, who won the Suregrow Advanced Medium Restricted Championship at the British Dressage National Championships on 19th September. Beth was riding her own Sheepcote Delight who was bred by David and Serena Pincus, who train Beth. Beth is also part of the UK Sport Lottery funded BEF Excel Talent programme.  For full report and photos, see the BD website

Volunteers needed – Monmouth Horse Trials

Volunteers are needed to help at British Eventing’s Monmouth Horse Trials which is being held this Saturday at Park Farm, Llantilio Crossenny, Monmouthshire.

Stewards, score board writers and score collectors all needed, no experience necessary and everyone will be fed and watered.

If anyone can help please email: or tel 07720 261631

Thieves about!

Horse rugs feed and tack stolen from a locked unit in Hoarwithy, Herefordshire on the 11th September.

Hay/Haylage/Straw page – classified ads system – resolved.

All problems resolved. They were due to a recent upgrade.

A date for your diary – raising funds to help Matt Allen

Matt Allen is a local young Farrier who lives at Ledgemoor, Weobley. On the 19th February (while shoeing a horse) he was kicked in the head smashing frontal bones & damaging the back of his skull as well when he fell backwards onto the concrete.  He was in a coma for 10 days, in all spending 16 weeks in hospital. Fortunately his eyesight has come good & he is working on his memory, mobility & coordination. The massive trauma to his brain means it will be a long hard road to recovery. Any money we can raise will help provide for his rehabilitation & stimulation. Please support the equestrian table top sale on 3rd October….

Wiggy flies the Herefordshire flag at Burghley

The Burghley International Horse Trials is underway. Herefordshire event rider Louise aka ‘Wiggy’ Harwood (nee Skelton) is no stranger to Burghley, but this time, she is competing the 10 year old homebred ‘Mr Potts’, so named because vet Graham Potts  helped with his tricky delivery. Mr Potts, out of a mare called Much of a Muddle,  is a nephew of Louise’s two 4* rides – ‘Bit of a Barney’ and ‘Partly Picked’ both of whom completed Burghley with Louise.Their dam was Gerfuffle who Louise rode during juniors. Barney, now 18, belied his age to win an advanced section at the Wellington Horse Trials last week (see write up and photo in this week’s Horse and Hound, page 43).

‘Much of a Muddle’ , Mr Pott’s dam, is by Roma Diamond Skip, the Irish Draught Stallion who is also local standing in Herefordshire at Jane Manning’s Kilpeck Stud.

Follow all the action, news and results from Burghley –

Riding in the Forest of Dean

It’s great news to hear from Jenny Carling that the Forest of Dean Greenways was launched last week. Horse riders, leisure cyclists and walkers can now enjoy some 30 miles of high-quality and inter-connected woodland tracks contained within four individual Greenway routes linked by quiet country lanes to local towns, villages, tourist attractions, hotels, pubs, equestrian centres and rural businesses.For further information, visit the website

Win Tickets to the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials

Between the 12th and 15th September 2013 the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials are taking place. Now in their 22nd year, the trials attract top event riders and many spectators. On Thursday and Friday spectators will be treated to the dressage, while cross country and show jumping take place over the weekend.

Fidelity have launched a competition to help you get your lucky hands on a pair of tickets to the event by engaging on Twitter and Instagram. The top prize winnerwill receive two pairs of tickets to the prestigious event, £200 to spend on Ariat equestrian equipment and a twelve month subscription to Eventing magazine. Nine runners up will receive a pair of tickets to the event.

William Fox-Pitt jumps the Fidelity sponsored XC in front of Blenheim House

William Fox-Pitt jumps the Fidelity sponsored XC in front of Blenheim House

Full details on the competition including how to enter can be found here –


European Eventing Championships

This week the European Eventing Championships take place in Malmo, Sweden. The GB team are:

William Fox-Pitt Chilli Morning
Kristina Cook Miners Frolic
Pippa Funnell Mirage d’elle
Tom McEwen Diesel
Izzy Taylor KBIS Briarlands Matilda
Lucy Wiegersma Simon Parloe


You can follow all the news and results at:

Espayo Equestrian backs rising dressage star

High-end retailer, Espayo Equestrian is increasing its support in the equestrian world by investing in up and coming dressage rider, Phoebe Peters.

Fourteen year old, Worcestershire based Phoebe Peters will be representing Espayo Equestrian as she storms through the ranks on the national and international dressage circuit. Having recently returned from the Pony European Championships in Arezzo, where she made history by becoming the first British U21 rider to win Gold medals in the Individual and Kur Championships, Phoebe and her 148cm German Riding Pony SL Lucci also broke the world record in the Kur with a massive 84%.Phoebe and Lucci also topped the Team Test and helped her Team win a Bronze medal putting the British team back on the podium for the first time in 7 years. Phoebe is determined and ambitious despite her young age.

Photo of Phoebe Peters by Camille Peters

Phoebe Peters competing at the European Pony Championships. Photo by Camille Peters

Having committed herself to pure dressage from the age of eight years old Phoebe is aiming for a career in the equestrian world. Aspiring to be on Junior, Young Rider and Senior teams to represent Great Britain, her current form suggests she is on route to great achievements.

Director of Espayo Equestrian, Jack Eaves, is proud to support Phoebe and looks forward to helping her reach her goals in the dressage arena. “Phoebe’s enthusiasm and obvious passion for dressage makes her the perfect representative of Espayo Equestrian,” he states. “Her recent results reflect her obvious talent and we look forward to being part of her team as her career progresses.”

Immaculate turnout for horse and rider is obviously important in the dressage world and with the help of Espayo Equestrian, Phoebe will be kitted out in the latest, top-quality clothing and accessories. “I am really excited to be sponsored by Espayo,” Phoebe says. “As the title sponsor of the British Dressage National Championships they are a prestigious brand and I am looking forward to helping make a statement on the UK circuit with European brands such as Animo.”

Espayo Equestrian brings a collection of beautifully designed, high quality European products to the UK market. Brands such as Animo, Iris Bayer, Dy’on, Alexandra Ledermann, Nathalie, Manfredi and Spooks are just a few of the fashion lines and equestrian accessories available.
For more information visit or call 01527 857 522

Medals of all colours being won by GBR at European Dressage & Show Jumping Championships

Team GB are winning medals galore in Denmark including Team and individual Golds…..and it isn’t over yet with Charlotte Dujardin aiming at her second individual Gold in the Freestyle to music today.The BBC Sport website will show live coverage and all the results and news can be found on both the European Championship Website and also the Horse and Hound Website.

The dressage freestyle to music will be shown on Sunday 25 August on the BBC Sport website from 12.30-4.10pm.

And highlights will be shown on Monday 26 August on BBC Two from 1-3pm.



Kingsland based show jumper, Erin Cullimore, and her horse My Fletcher, jumped the winning clear round in the jump off to clinch the Amateur Home International Competition at The Wales and West Showground against Wales and Ireland.

Hartpury concludes

The NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials concluded yesterday with the show jumping phase of the CCI 1* and 2* competitions.

Drama packed XC day at the NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials

XC day started at 8.30am as the first competitor set out on the CCI 1* cross country course, followed a couple of minutes later by no 2.  However, both riders fell, the first rider –  Jennifer Meiklejohn, riding Bold Move, having a very serious fall resulting in a head injury.  The XC was held for 1 .25  hours while she was stabilised on site before being flown by air ambulance to Frenchay hospital. Reports later in the day thankfully said that she was doing well in hospital.

The one star track was strong, but any problems were widespread over the course.  Herefordshire riders Christine Hardinge and Holly Bradshaw were both clear and inside the time.  Worcestershire’s Emily Johnson went clear with just 2.8 time penalties, but Herefordshire’s Anna Sherwood and Monmouthshire’s Kathryn Raybould retired XC, Kat having been unseated.  

NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials is underway

Following the first day of dressage at the NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials, Germany’s Dirk Schrade leads the CIC 3* competition with Edino on  37.7. The 2* CCI is lead by GBR’s Oliver Smith with Noon Hill on a score of 42.1 and the 1* CCI leader is  Germany’s Franca Luedeke with Cero Song.  There is plenty of local interest with riders from Herefordshire, Worcs, Shrops, Powys and Gloucestershire.


The NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials takes place from Wednesday – Sunday    7th – 11th August

“Outstanding Equestrian Sport – Sponsored by NAF – Natural Animal Feeds the Official suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams”

This is the eleventh year of the International Horse Trials at Hartpury and is now a firm favourite in the Eventing calendar.

Once again the world’s leading riders are competing at this prestigious event.  Over 300 entries have been received which include  Olympic medallists William Fox-Pitt,  Nicola Wilson, Andrew Nicholson and  Mark Todd together with Pippa Funnell, Blyth Tait,  Matt Ryan and Lucinda Fredericks just to mention a few!

Phoebe Peters and SL Lucci win Individual Golds

More dressage records were broken by a British dressage rider when the extremely talented Phoebe Peters from Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire secured two individual golds at the Pony European Dressage Championships on Saturday 27 July & Sunday 28 July. Firstly, 14 year old Phoebe and her pony SL Lucci won the individual test with a pb score of 79%  then they went on to set a new pony freestyle record of 84% to win her second gold on Sunday. This is the first time Britain has ever won individual pony dressage gold medals.  Phoebe is based with and trained by Peter Storr who is also the GB Pony Team Trainer.

Jules Hudson Supports the Equestrian Olympic Legacy

TV Presenter and leading face of the BBC hit series Escape to the Country and Countryfile, Jules Hudson has jumped on board to support the Hoof equestrian legacy. The CLA Game Fair was held at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire last weekend (19-21st July) the event hosted Jules’ debut as an ambassador of the Hoof project, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) Olympic Legacy programme.

Tim Bradford selected as sole veterinary physio for new BEF Futurity Bridge Program

The BEF Futurity Bridge Program is a brand new program including an assessment by top level judges and trainers in the horses discipline plus an assessment from specialist veterinarians.  Tim Bradford was asked to be the sole Veterinary Physiotherapist responsible for assessing their physical capacity and health from a musculoskeletal perspective. A great accolade! Well done Tim.

Herefordshire Country Fair

Working Hunter and Hunter Entries  close this Saturday 27th July.
Anybody wishing to enter the above classes at this year’s Country Fair must do so in advance, this is to enable car passes and numbers to be sent out prior to event.

Hay v Haylage

Lucy Harris has written an article about Hay and Haylage, the feed debate. What is the difference and which should you feed? To find out more 

The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is coming to Wales

They will be giving displays twice daily at the Royal Welsh Show on July 22nd – 25th. This is a fantastic and rare opportunity to see the Portuguese riders who are on a par with the classical schools of Vienna, Jerez and Saumur.  Some years ago  the Spanish School from Jerez came to the Royal Welsh and were met with rapturous applause and the whole show ground came to a standstill to watch them. The Portuguese riders will surely meet with the same success.  This annual agricultural show is a great event in a spectatular setting amongst the Welsh hills, near  the small market town of Builth Wells.

Local Riders Selected for UK Polocrosse Team

Four local riders have been selected to play for the Uk under 16’s in the exciting equestrian sport of polocrosse.
All four riders started to play around 3 years ago , for Ledbury Hunt Pony Club  and then Ledbury Polocrosse Club founded by Jan Whitehead.


The Duke of Beaufort and Hugh Thomas, Director of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, have appointed a new Course Designer for the world famous Event. Giuseppe della Chiesa, Technical Delegate at the Event from 2008 to 2010 and assistant TD in 2011, has also been responsible for designing prestigious international courses, most well known being the Championship track at Pratoni, Italy where he was Show Director for the World Equestrian Games in 1998 and Course Designer for the European Championships in 2007.

Huntley School of Equitation interviewing for student places

Huntley School of Equitation are now interviewing for student places to start September 2013.

“We can offer places for students training for all levels of BHS exams and we have an extremely high pass rate.

Course Details:

Our long term course runs over a year offering 51/2 days training over 50 weeks. Shorter term courses can be organised to suit the individual.

Akhal-Teke organisation re-launch website

Team Teke GB, the breed organisation for the Akhal-Teke horse, has recently re-launched its website. News, competitions, breed information, past newsletters, etc.

Questions for arena expert?

We’re preparing a video interview with an arena expert. He’s an expert on both constructing arenas and also in repairing arenas. If you have any questions you want us to ask him, please email them to

Missing cat found after 8 months thanks to HED

In November 2012, I received an email from the worried and sad owners of a missing cat in Hereford. The owners had just moved to the area and the cat escaped.  More than happy to help I posted photos and a description in the website news section.  8 months later, (June 2013), I received this message:

New articles just published

New articles have just been published in the articles section of the website.  Visit Collecting Ring – Articles

Horse Passports – what you need to know…

“The horse passport regime has been under intense scrutiny in recent months following the discovery of horse meat which had entered the human food chain unlawfully.  As a result there likely to be continued focus on the legislation governing this area, the Horse Passports Regulations 2009 (“Regulations”),  by enforcing authorities long after the media focus on the subject has ended.  This is likely to lead to an increase in investigation and enforcement activity in this area in the coming months.

Congratulations to Sue McMahon – List 1 Dressage Judge!

Dressage rider,  trainer and judge Sue McMahon, has been upgraded to British Dressage’s highest level – List 1 following judge testing at the Somerford Park Premier League show. A list 1 judge can judge tests of all levels up to and including Grand Prix, as well as Young Horse Classes and Eventing tests of all levels.

NB date change for Fun Ride

The NLHSC Fun Ride at The Beanhouse, Cradley, Malvern, Worcestershire, is now taking place on 27th July, not the weekend before. Full details are on the what’s on page.

All you need to know about Horsebox Hire

Horse and Hound recently did an article about Horsebox Hire. “If squeezed finances have forced you to sell your lorry and you are looking for horsebox hire instead, find out what facts you should be checking and what questions you should be asking.”

Nigel Brown wins National Farrier Championships

Abergavenny Farrier Nigel Brown has this weekend become one of an elite group of farriers who have won the coveted UK National Championships.

The National Championships for Farriers has traditionally been held at The Forge, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire as part of the Royal Show farriery and blacksmith competitions. Since the show’s demise the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association has sought a new host in order to provide it with the public stage it deserves and so have decided that the National Championships will move around the ‘Royal’ shows in rotation, this year held at the Royal Bath & West Show on Saturday 1st June.

Pembridge Horse Show will not be held this year unless a new organiser is found

Pembridge Horse Show which has always been an integral part of Pembridge Horticultural Show will not be held this year as no replacement organiser has been found despite two years of searching.  Unless someone comes forward to organise the show by 14th June there will be no horse and pony section. If you think you could take it on, please contact Sharon & Bromley O’Hare, Tel: 01544 388645

The show is due to take place on Saturday 27th July 2013

Should you stock up on hay now?

An abundance of stock, coupled with steady prices, means smart riders could save money by bulk buying hay now for the winter, according to a news article on the Horse and Hound website.

Thieves steal fuel from horsebox

Warning to all horse owners in the area of Dilwyn, Herefordshire, (and also all other areas!) between 9pm Thursday 23rd May and  10am Friday morning someone broke into a yard in Dilwyn and helped themselves to half a tank of deisel from a horsebox. They also cut all the battery leads presumably in order to take the batteries but they left them in the end.

Thieves at Fun Ride

I’ve received this message this morning from a rider who would like her experience shared to help others avoid being victims at shows, fun rides or any other event.

“Friends of mine came over from Cirencester yesterday to do the north Ledbury Fun Ride with me.  It was a glorious ride and on completion we boxed our horses and went to get a burger sadly leaving our vehicles unlocked.  On return my friend found she had had her handbag stolen.  At first we thought this was an opportunist thief even though we were almost at the far end of the parking. 

News of Arrow Week from Arrow Equestrian

Arrow Week – July 19th – 24th 2013

Details of  our popular annual Arrow Week are now on the website – together with the booking form, all of which can be downloaded from the “Arrow Week ”  page. This year it is being held over a week end – Friday July 19th – Wed July 24th,  with optional additional lessons on thursday and friday of that week. The week includes a wide range of activites both on and off the horse, all of them geared to help the rider to help the horse.

Inharness Native Pony Championship

Inharness magazine is delighted to announce a new sponsorship for 2013.

Working with the British Driving Society Inharness will be sponsoring a new championship class at Driving Addington which this year is being held on the 28th September.

The new championship is for registered Native Ponies* with four qualifying rounds being held at the BDS Annual Show, BDS Scottish Show, BDS Wales and BDS Northern Ireland Show.  A fifth qualifier will be held at Driving Addington.  Four ponies will qualify from each show with two places being allocated to Welsh ponies and two to non Welsh native breeds.

An amazing Badminton

Badminton was incredibly exciting this year and went right down to the wire, with just a fence between the top few.  I’m sure anyone interested in eventing was either there to watch, or saw it on tv or did both! Full results, photographs, video and audio can be seen on the website:

Next year’s Badminton Horse Trials reverts back to the traditional Thursday to Sunday – 8th – 11th May 2014. I can’t wait!

Rolex Kentucky 3DE, Badminton and the Grand Slam!

Andrew Nicholson lies 1st and 2nd after XC at the Rolex Kentucky 3DE in the USA. If he wins, he will be in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam at Badminton alongside William Fox-Pitt.  There would normally only be one rider in contention as they have to win 3 four star events in a row, but because of the cancellation of Badminton last year, William’s attempt was deferred to the 2013 event.

Badminton Horse Trials

Not long to go until Badminton! There is an absolutely top class International list of riders and horses including reigning Olympic, World and European Gold medallist Michael Jung who will be competing at his first Badminton.  All our GB Olympic team are riding too, so it’s going to be a very exciting competition.   

Bradford Veterinary Physiotherapy’s Latest Newsletter

Bradford Veterinary Physiotherapy April Newsletter is now available.  This latest newsletter includes information on Canine- Cranial Cruciate Disease,  Rider influence and information about the equine suspensory ligament. It’s essential reading!

A series of clinics to help riders use their minds to improve their performance

Have you ever said to yourself “I hate show jumping because I can never see a stride” and then you enter the arena and promptly miss at ever fence! Have you ever considered what goes on in your head and how your thoughts can become a self fulfilling prophecy? 

Checklist for Equine Health

A new ‘Checklist for Equine Health’ has been developed by equine veterinary specialists, welfare charities and Defra to help ensure horse owners are caring for their animals responsibly.

Help Matt Allen, Herefordshire farrier, badly injured as a result of a kick to the face

A link below is a site where help can be given for Matt Allen, the Herefordshire farrier, who was badly injured as a result of a kick to the face by a horse and is still recovering in hospital. He still has a very long road to recovery, all donations would be gratefully received.

Hereford Racecourse to host Arabian Racing

Five fixtures will be held at Hereford Racecourse under an agreement with Arena Racing Company (ARC). The first four fixtures will take place on the first weekend of the month from May through until August with the fifth fixture being the Arabian Racing Season Finale taking place on Saturday, 28 September with races supported by H.H. Sheikh Mansoor. For full article:

Showell Riding School Celebrate their 1st year

Showell Riding School will be celebrating their 1st birthday during an open afternoon on Saturday 6th April from 1-4pm. The past 12months have been very successful for SRS and has exceeded a lot of peoples expectations.

Muscle Care – Samsara Equitation feature in Horse Magazine

“Like humans, horses are powered by muscles, which are vital but often overlooked. As a result, they are put at increased risk of injury. When issues do occur, they are frequently missed.  Many problems, from lameness to a loss of performance and behavioural issues, can be traced back to muscle pain, too.

Disease Threat Lifted from Badminton Horse Trials

Following confirmation of Equine Herpes Virus in the Beaufort Hunt stables at Badminton, urgent action has been taken to ensure the hygiene and biosecurity of the stables to be used for the Badminton Horse Trials in 6 weeks time.

EHV Confirmed At Beaufort Hunt Stables

A statement on the Badminton Horse Trials website says that there has been a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Virus in the Beaufort Hunt stables at Badminton. Vets and the Animal Health Trust biosecurity experts are being consulted to ensure that the stables are a safe environment for the Badminton Horse Trials contenders in 6 weeks time.

Meanwhile, the list of entries has been published. showing a top class International list of riders and horses.


The all star entry list for the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (2nd – 6th May) is headed by reigning Olympic, World and European Champion Michael Jung, accompanied by 3 of his 4 fellow German team gold medallists. The whole of the British silver medal team is intending to take part, as are all 5 of the New Zealand bronze medal team. Rarely can there have been a stronger cast for the longest established major eventing competition in the world.

Ongoing lameness, no resolution – does it really have to mean the end of the road for your horse?

The desire to stop horses being put to sleep unnecessarily is the motivation behind the setting up of a new business.  Stephen and Julie Goodridge have set up Samsara Equitation based at Cabalva Farm, Whitney-on-Wye to help horses survive against the odds. 

Running an event?

If you are an event or show organiser, visit the ‘Event & Show Services‘ page of the A-Z Directory to find all the help you need.

Running a business which provides a service at shows and events?

Whether you are offering catering, a bar, photography or other service, you can advertise on the page linked above. Just visit the ‘Business Advertising‘ page of the website.

Hartpury College will be offering an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence from Sept

Horse and Hound report that a government funded sports performance programme — already used for other mainstream sports — will soon be available to talented riders looking to perform at the highest level.  Hartpury College in Gloucestershire will be offering the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) from this September, to riders aged 16-19. For full article see Horse and Hound

Horse meat scandal

Keep up to date with the latest news about the horse meat scandal on the Horse and Hound website and in their magazine.

City and Guilds level 1 Diploma in work-based Horse Care and Riding.

Redbrook Equestrian is running a City and Guilds level 1 Diploma in work-based Horse Care and Riding. This is a funded course. ( cost you nothing) If you are interested please get intouched ASAP we have limited places available. Starting in the next couple of weeks. Must be ove 16 years. No upper age limit. Please call Hayley  01600 715339 / 07785568842 or you can email

Latest ads

You can see the most recent 25 ads placed in the classified ads section on the new page: 

UK Horse welfare charities urge Defra to monitor slaughterhouses with CCTV

World Horse Welfare are united with the BHS, the Blue Cross, HorseWorld, Redwings and the RSPCA in calling on Defra to make CCTV monitoring in slaughterhouses mandatory in light of the appalling welfare abuses revealed in footage obtained by Sky News

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV 1) in Gloucestershire

This news came from the British Horse Society:

You may have seen the recent news stories concerning an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV 1) in Gloucestershire. Two horses have been shown to have the neurological form of the disease and one the respiratory form. It appears that others are also showing signs but have yet to be definitively diagnosed.

Pony found on road now back with owner

Updated – owner found. A chestnut pony, approx 13hh, sec B type, has just been found (4pm ish) on Weston Beggard lane heading towards the main road at Bartestree nr Hereford.

Are you interested in having your say in a documentary about horse-racing and horse welfare?

A third year TV Production student has been in touch with Hereford Equestrian. She is currently the production manager on a documentary about horse-racing and horse welfare and is looking for some people to talk to about the treatment and welfare of horses in general.

Stolen miniature Shetland pony

Dog Lost have received details of a stolen miniature Shetland pony. He was bundled into a van. The police are involved but the owners are asking if we can make this little chap “ too hot to handle” as another miniature was found in a field after a similar incident. 

An Appaloosa colt has been found abandoned in South Wales.

An Appaloosa colt has been found abandoned in South Wales.  Under 1 year old and currently standing 12.2/3hh.  He is microchipped but apparently the details haven’t been registered.  It was thought the colt may have been stolen from Dorset but this has not been confirmed.  There doesn’t appear to be anything on the Stolen Horse Register either.

Items stolen from stables in Richards Castle

Two outdoor rugs, a waffle rug, lead-ropes and a range of headcollars in different sizes (including one on one of the horses) were stolen overnight from a stables in Richards Castle.

Bradford’s Veterinary Physio’s latest newsletter now available

This is the third quarterly newsletter which Bradford’s Veterinary Physio have produced providing useful topics of interest and news. It includes information about ASSVAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy), an article about ‘Close, impinging and overriding spinous processes in the thoracolumbar spine’, ask the physio, canine hydrotherapy and more.

Tim Stockdale, is coming to Kings Equestrian

Tim Stockdale, is coming to Kings Equestrian on Tuesday 12th March 2013. The evening is a fundraising event for the Irish Draught Horse Society.

Tim will be bringing along  3 of his horses for the lecture/demostration and it should be an evening of great interest to anybody with a keen interest in showjumping or even horses in general. 

Samsara Update

We have been delighted with the initial response to our advertisement and this week have taken on two horses, one to ‘break in’ – we prefer the term ‘start’.  Sadly he has not learnt that much and is three years old so most things are new to him, and the one previous attempt to start him wasn’t a good experience for him.  Horses learn quickly and that means good things and not so good things, so if it can be got right in the first place it can save a lot of work.  

Shows at Kings Cancelled due to Weather

Shows due to be held at Kings Equestrian, Sturts Farm, Winslow, Bromyard this weekend – 19th, 20th January 2013, have been cancelled due to the weather forecast. Heavy snow is expected on Friday as well as strong winds and freezing conditions.

Can anyone help? URGENT

EQUINE MARKET WATCH are pretty desperate to get a foster home in place for a 29 year old fit and healthy pure arab gelding. It is urgent. Anywhere suitable between Northwest M6 corridor to West Midlands Herefordshire. We cannot intake him ourself at this time due to possible virus at the sanctuary. He needs good clean turnout and most costs will be met though we will not place him in a livery environment. Please PM or mail


The organisers of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials are all systems go for the 2013 renewal after the washout of last year. The Box Office at  is now open and Badminton’s many regular and welcome new fans will have a fantastic long weekend of sport to look forward to from May 2nd to 6th. Ticket prices remain largely unchanged from 2012 in view of the cancellation and demand for sites in the huge Tradestand Village has been as strong as ever.

All the top international riders, a year on from their Olympic exploits, are expected to be amongst the entries, including Germany’s dual Gold medallist, World and European Champion, Michael Jung, who is yet to compete at the world’s premier Event. Andrew Nicholson from New Zealand, who has completed Badminton more times than any rider without ever winning, finished 2012 in spectacular form, winning both the HSBC FEI Classics events at Burghley and Pau and will be keener than ever to lift the Mitsubishi Motors trophy and consolidate his lead in that series. In addition for the first time Badminton has emerged as the event which might provide the elusive third leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing for William Fox- Pitt, after his victories at Burghley 2011 and Kentucky in 2012.

For the final time Cross Country day, over a similar course to the one built but not jumped last year, will run on the Sunday of the Trials after two days of Dressage. Badminton concludes with the nail biting Jumping round on Bank Holiday Monday.

Proceedings get going on the Thursday with the recreational riders’ Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, which will feature both the 2013 and the postponed 2012 classes, over the hallowed turf of the Duke of Beaufort’s Gloucestershire park.

Badminton’s annual designated charity in 2013 will be Alzheimer’s Research UK, which will as usual be recognized by a cross country fence and which will have the opportunity to publicise its important work and of course seek to raise funds.

Early booking of tickets is strongly advised, particular for the Camping Site and Grandstand Tickets for the final day, both of which have sold out in recent years. Happily Badminton has been able to renew its insurance, so in the very unlikely event of another cancellation advance ticket holders are assured of their money back in full.

Two ponies found

Two ponies found on the B4521 by tretire on 31st December.

Update: The ponies owner has been found

Samsara Equine Rehabilitation Centre arrives at Cabalva Farm

Stephen & Julie Goodridge have just returned from 3 intensive years in Central France where Stephen learned a unique method of treating soft-tissue injuries in horses.

He trained with a Dutch horseman called Willy Sidorak who has had a lot of success over many years with horses of all levels from happy hackers to top Olympic riders. Very often, Samsara is the last stop for many horses. They come with a whole range of behavioural and physical issues which have not
been able to be resolved with more conventional approaches or often even unconventional approaches. Their own stallion, Vigo, out of Concorde, consigned to the scrap heap, was sold to Olympic rider Cian O’Connor with a full bill of health after going through their treatment process. “What you will get from us is
the truth – if the horse is beyond help we’ll tell you, if it possible to help it but in other ways we’ll point you in the right direction. “ says Stephen.
“Prevention is better than cure and we share our simple philosophy with owners who want to listen – as humans we like to over-complicate and we do our four legged friends a dis-service in doing that, we believe. “

For the month of January they are offering free assessments within a 20 mile radius of Hay-On-Wye and 25% off treatment prices. Go to to find out more or call Stephen 07794-935590.

New Years Honours, including OBE’s for Charlotte and Sophie

Charlotte Dujardin and Sophie Christiansen are awarded OBE’s following their success at the London Olympics.

MBE’s are awarded to Olympic riders Laura Bechtolsheimer, Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Carl Hester, Mary King & Ben Maher.

MBE’s are awarded to paralympic riders Natasha Baker, Deborah Criddle and Sophie Wells

Will Connell was also awarded an MBE for his services to equestrian sport

Congratulations to all!. Very well deserved!

See all sports recipients of awards here:

See the full Olympic and Paralympic honours list:

Went Missing, but now found safe and sound


The horse has been found safe and sound. It seems as if he crossed the river as he was found downstream.

MISSING 25th December between 1pm and 2.30 pm from a field in Prescott Weir, River Lea, Shropshire.

Bronllys Corals Bay 148cm iron / brown roan registered welsh part bred gelding. Any information or sightings please contact Lucy Jenkins 07791233003.

Police, vets and RSPCA have been informed.

Happy Christmas!

I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and to thank all those who continue to support the website, from the main business advertisers on the website, to the end users. You’re all equally important to the website’s success, so thank you.

Lets hope 2013 is a drier one and that the ‘What’s On’ page remains named as such. I nearly changed it to ‘What’s Off’ during the wet summer!

Happy Christmas and New Year


And the winners are….

The Christmas Prize Draw was extremely popular! 19 prizes were up for grabs and the draw has just been completed.

Were you a winner!? CLICK HERE TO SEE!!

Thank you very much to all the sponsors of prizes. There wouldn’t have been a draw without your generosity.

The sponsors and prizes:

The Olde Forge Tackshop - Wormbridge, Herefordshire.  Tel. 01981 570 639 – £40 voucher

Barnstormers, The Dairy, Thingehill, Withington, Hereford. HR1 3QG. – £25 voucher
Tel. 01432 850885

The Horse Boutique, Kingsland, Herefordshire.  01568 708280, – £20 voucher

Choice Saddlery, 1 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys. LD7 1BL Tel. 01547 528385 – £20 voucher

New Hunt Horses Equestrian Shop, New Hunt Farm, Newent Lane, Huntley, Gloucester, GL19 3HH – £25 voucher
Tel. Sue – 07817 693203

Hartpury Saddlery, Hartpury Post Office & Dairy, Gloucester Rd, Hartpury, Glos. Tel. 01452 700800 – £20 voucher  or

Pioneer Feed and Countrystore, Unit 1-2 Lower Road Trading Estate, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 2DJ Tel. 01531 635 272 – £20 voucher

Putley Riding Stables, Newtons Farm, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QW – A 1 hour riding lesson, or hack for an adult or child
Tel 01531670256

Triley Fields Equestrian Centre, Llantilo Pertholey, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. – A half hour private lesson for an adult or an hour group lesson for a child
Tel. 01873 890 523,

McGuires Performance Horses Western Riding, Brimfield, Nr Ludlow, Shropshire. – A free Western experience lesson
Tel. 01584 711747/ 07768226952

Nicol Caplin - photographer – Half a days photoshoot at one location with a cd of the images taken

Clare Williams - photographer – A Photo Shoot of your horse including a free 8″ x 6″ print.  NB. No travel charged if within a 15 mile radius of Hay on Wye. After that travel will be charged at 45p per mile.

HorseHero   -  – DVDs “Laura Bechtolsheimer progresses her youngsters Part 1 and 2″.

Anabel Bray  or  ( – a Thermal Image session for one horse. NB No travel charges if within a 20 mile radius of Hereford, but after that, travel will be charged at 40p per mile.

Mel Betts Tel. 07875 085769 – – A free appointment for an assessment, McTimoney treatment and Sports massage for a horse based in Herefordshire. NB. Travel will be free if within Herefordshire, but 40p per mile will be charged if over 20 miles from HR4.

Countrywide - Hereford store, Mortimer Road, Hereford, HR4 9SR- £20 voucher
Tel. 01432 352244

Countrywide - Leominster store, Railway Ind Est (North), Worcester Road, Leominster, Herefordshire. HR6 8AR – Xmas gift basket
Tel. 01568 612243

Countrywide - Presteigne Store, Presteigne Mill, Leominster Road, Presteigne, LD8 2HG. – A mug
Tel. 01544 267909

And So To Bed, 8 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL50 1SW – £50 voucher
Tel. 01242 523331

Christmas at Triley Fields Equestrian Centre

We are a BHS Approved Riding, Livery & Training Centre.   We hold BHS Stage 1, 2, 3 and PTT Courses.  We currently have 5 Working Pupils that we are putting through the above courses over a period of 2 years.

We are also a Pony Club Centre,  and the children have recently started entering Jumping and Tetrathalon Competitions and are doing very well (all children being placed in top 6 of the events entered so far).  Also training in Mounted Games, Polocrosse and many other disciplines.

Every Wednesday evening we have visiting Instructors who teach small groups (private sessions can also be arranged) Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country in the drier months!

Over Christmas we have a Gymkhana for all ages are abilities on 27th December at 9.30am- 11.00am and Pony Club Rallies at 12.00pm – 1.30pm for the younger/beginners  and 2.00pm – 4.00pm for the older more advanced children.  Evening lessons will run as normal.

On Friday 28th December we have our Christmas Jumping Show starting at 10.30am – Schedules are available from the centre – all evening lessons will run as normal.  We also have a Dog Show at 1.00pm  Both with rosettes to 6th Place.

Into 2013 we will be running our Mini Camp which again is suitable for all ages and abilities, it runs from 9.00am – 4.00pm with lunch included.

Thursday 3rd January we have a Dressage Show starting at 10.00am and our normal evening lessons will run as usual.  Rosettes to 6th place.

‘Own A Pony Day’ is on Friday 4th January 12.30pm – 3.30pm which is a shorter version of our Mini Camp

All details are on our website . If you interested in booking any of the above please call the office on 01873 890523 or email


Free Christmas Prize Draw – Entries now closed

Thank you to ALL the kind sponsors of this Christmas Prize Draw, see list below. Please reward their generosity by supporting their businesses.

How to enter: ENTRIES NOW CLOSED. PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN AND NOTIFIED afternoon or evening of 17 DECEMBER 2012 by email.

There will be a draw for each prize.  You only need send one entry even if you want to enter for all prizes, but there will only be one prize per person/entry.
You can opt out of any prizes which aren’t of interest to you, but make it clear in your email which ones you DON’T want.  Please make a note of those prizes which may incur travel expenses depending on where you live. If you aren’t prepared to pay any travel expenses, you need to opt out of those prizes!

Simply send an email to
Subject line – XMAS COMP
Make sure you include – Your name, email address & tel no.
If you want to enter for all prizes, put ALL PRIZES in your email.
You can opt out of any prizes which aren’t of interest to you, but make it clear which ones you don’t want.

Entries close midnight Sunday 16th Dec 2012.
Winners will be drawn and announced on 17th December 2012

Click the link below to see the list of prizes and the generous sponsors of this competition

Updated – new prize added:

The competition is sponsored by:

The Olde Forge Tackshop - Wormbridge, Herefordshire.  Tel. 01981 570 639 – £40 voucher

The Horse Boutique, Kingsland, Herefordshire.  01568 708280, – £20 voucher

Barnstormers, The Dairy, Thingehill, Withington, Hereford. HR1 3QG. – £25 voucher
Tel. 01432 850885

Choice Saddlery, 1 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys. LD7 1BL Tel. 01547 528385 – £20 voucher

New Hunt Horses Equestrian Shop, New Hunt Farm, Newent Lane, Huntley, Gloucester, GL19 3HH – £25 voucher
Tel. Sue – 07817 693203

Hartpury Saddlery, Hartpury Post Office & Dairy, Gloucester Rd, Hartpury, Glos. Tel. 01452 700800 – £20 voucher  or

Pioneer Feed and Countrystore, Unit 1-2 Lower Road Trading Estate, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 2DJ Tel. 01531 635 272 – £20 voucher

Putley Riding Stables, Newtons Farm, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QW – A 1 hour riding lesson, or hack for an adult or child
Tel 01531670256

Triley Fields Equestrian Centre, Llantilo Pertholey, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. – A half hour private lesson for an adult or an hour group lesson for a child
Tel. 01873 890 523,

McGuires Performance Horses Western Riding, Brimfield, Nr Ludlow, Shropshire. – A free Western experience lesson
Tel. 01584 711747/ 07768226952

Nicol Caplin - photographer – Half a days photoshoot at one location with a cd of the images taken

Clare Williams - photographer – A Photo Shoot of your horse including a free 8″ x 6″ print.  NB. No travel charged if within a 15 mile radius of Hay on Wye. After that travel will be charged at 45p per mile.

HorseHero   -  – DVDs “Laura Bechtolsheimer progresses her youngsters Part 1 and 2″.

Anabel Bray  or  ( – a Thermal Image session for one horse. NB No travel charges if within a 20 mile radius of Hereford, but after that, travel will be charged at 40p per mile.

Mel Betts Tel. 07875 085769 – – A free appointment for an assessment, McTimoney treatment and Sports massage for a horse based in Herefordshire. NB. Travel will be free if within Herefordshire, but 40p per mile will be charged if over 20 miles from HR4.

Countrywide - Hereford store, Mortimer Road, Hereford, HR4 9SR- £20 voucher
Tel. 01432 352244

Countrywide - Leominster store, Railway Ind Est (North), Worcester Road, Leominster, Herefordshire. HR6 8AR – Xmas gift basket
Tel. 01568 612243

Countrywide - Presteigne Store, Presteigne Mill, Leominster Road, Presteigne, LD8 2HG. – A mug
Tel. 01544 267909

And So To Bed, 8 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL50 1SW – £50 voucher
Tel. 01242 523331


Horse related accidents in Wales

The Welsh Assembly have produced a draft road safety strategy plan for 2012 to 2020 and have based their information on the Police Stats 19 form.  This form only records horse related accidents IF the police are called, IF the injured rider/driver is injured and IF he/she goes to hospital from the scene of the accident.  If the police are not called, if the rider/driver doesn’t go straight to hospital as too busy catching horse, waiting for vet etc or if injury not apparently that severe at the time, then either nothing is recorded or it is only noted as an animal related incident (even if the horse is killed).  There is a desperate need across the UK for better and more accurate information about horse/pony related incidents AND also incidents relating to dangerous dogs, dog attacks, firework frighteners, low-flying aircraft etc.  To this end the BHS has organised a special web-site, but knowing that often people are put off going through the BHS itself, the new web-site is an independent one.  The address is  We can only argue any case if we have relevant statistics as has just been proved in Wales, where, apparently, we have NO horse related road incidentas!!!!!  (I wish).  One never knows if and when such information is going to prove gold dust to those arguing for the case of horses on the roads.

New Y Fenni and District Riding Club ‘Meet and Greet’

On 17th December 2012, 7.30 pm the fledgling Y Fenni and District Riding Club is holding a ‘meet and greet’ evening.  To be held at Triley Fields Equestrian Centre by kind permission of Beccy Field and the Whittall Williams family.  Interested?  All welcome, contributions towards the nibbles greatly appreciated.  Further information, Jenny (secretary) 07875593221 or Tracey (chair) 07791 694945 or Fiona (vice chair) 07792 041695

Young Herefordshire horse and rider win 7 national Awards.

Ben jumping with Andee at the Scope Festival 2012

Ben Thomas-Cook, from Hereford, has had an unbelievable year not just because his young horse doing so well in show jumping but he started this year with being in a major blockbuster film. Since appearing as a stable lad in the Steve Spellberg movie War Horse, he has concentrated on his Show jumping and bring on youngsters to a very high level.

His horse called Bolgednewydd Andee (known as ‘Andee’ for short) has won the Premiere Champion at the Welsh Part Bred Performance awards. As well as bring home the Pioneer Show Jumper Award beating the other sections for Eventing (‘Gingindlovu’ ridden by Matt Ryan) and dressages (‘Cadifr Madie’ ridden by Miss S Parkes.)

Andees Breeder, Mrs Maggie Harris, was also asked to attend the awards as she would receive two awards won by Andee. She hadn’t seen the Andee since she sold him to Ben through Brightwell sale at Leominster in Nov 2011. She was very delighted to receive his awards and will be keeping in touch with Andee and Bens career now.

His joint owner with Ben is Mrs Jackie Hancock from Hereford. She was also delighted to receive the National Grade C BSJA champion and the British Show jumping Overall Champion. Upon receiving her sash and two beautiful trophies she said ‘its been the most successful horse she ever had the pleasure of owning, but with Ben and his ‘Mum’ Sara Thomas have put in so much hard work that the awards were so well deserved.’

Ben also won the Young Rider Award out of all the sections. Ben is currently being trained in Ireland by one of Ireland national trainers, Mr Paddy Quinland, who will take Ben’s with him to international competitions.

This year Andee achieved 22 double clears in affiliated competitions, 7 wins and £350 in BS winnings, he was place 4th at the the Nation Showjumping Scope Festival and won from 92 starters at David Broomes Event Center. Ben said ‘ he had not stopped learning this year and every time we asked him to jump bigger he just did, I think he loves it.!’ His Trainer, Sara Thomas, said ‘it sound like we done a lot with him but we haven’t hes just been so consistent and a pleasure to work with, we have bigger competition next year for him and lots of second rounds but hes having a rest until march he deserves it.’

Christmas Special Offer for Classified Ads

Classified ads can include one photograph FREE as a Christmas special offer.  The offer extends from 30 November – 31 December 2012.

Place your advert in the normal way. Choose the 1 photo option. There will be nothing to pay!

This offer is for one  photo only. The advert will stay online for one month unless you request the advert is removed sooner.

Please use the following guidelines.

The photo name must have NO spaces.
The photograph must be a jpeg.
Please don’t upload enormous images. They should be resized to 72dpi and preferably 800 x 600 pixels.

Sincere thanks

To all who supported, sponsored and donated we send our sincere thanks.  Pats fund raising evening was a tremendous success and everybody who attended had a great time.

The Organising Committee were not surprised by the kindness and generosity of those people and organisations whom we asked for help, it is a measure of the high esteem that many people hold for Pat.  The funds are intended to be used for an investment that would make a long term improvement to Pats life.  We have some ideas – a specific improvement to her home and independent mobility.


Karen Nicholas
Jo Blackman-Howard
Sarah and Richard Leitch
Caroline Cotterell

Bid for the chance to use the stallion Cornetto King and help raise money for the Pat Nosworthy Fund

Cornetto King

Pat Nosworthy is a well respected Herefordshire based horsewoman, who you may well know. She has taken both horses and riders through from Pony Club to International level, show jumping and Eventing. Pat sustained spinal injuries following a riding accident, which has left her paralysed, please help us to help her.

To help raise money for the Pat Nosworthy fund, Mrs Gaynor Kingston and family have very kindly donated this amazing opportunity for the chance to use their lovely stallion Cornetto King.  Cornetto King is with John Whitaker and is currently jumped by himself and Robert.

He will be advertised over the next month and the highest offer will secure.  The Semen is stored at Kearns and Rea. All proceeds will go to the fund raising account.

For further information please contact Mrs Jo Blackman-Howard (on behalf of the Pat Nosworthy Committee)

For more information, click here:

New article on control of rats

“There can be few horse owners who have not at some time been troubled with rats.   There is any amount of information to be found on line or the easy way out of the problem is to have a pest control contract with reputable people who will do the whole job for you effectively and safely.   But this service comes at a cost and it is quite possible to do the job yourself if you follow some rules”……..Read more

…..or click ‘Collecting Ring’ above and then click Horsecare & knowledge Centre.

Watch videos of lessons with Sue Nevill-Parker using a Riding Simulator.

Take a look at the latest videos of lessons with Sue Nevill-Parker using “Blackberry”, the Riding Simulator.

See other lessons here –

You will also find several new articles in the Library section of and new articles written by Erik Herbermann. In facts lots to enjoy!

Thanks Sue for sending these useful links

Missing cat, Kings Acre Road area, Hereford


Can you help? I have received this: “One of our cats went missing on Saturday 27th October. I had been keeping both cats in as we were expecting fireworks however one got out as it was my daughter’s birthday and there were extra people in the house.

She is a med/small cat and dark charcoal grey in colour and her whiskers are dark grey too. She is 2.5 years old and very friendly though can be a bit feisty if she isn’t getting her own way. She’s called Lila. She isn’t microchipped unfortunately.

We live off the Kings Acre Road in Hereford. We moved here 6 weeks ago but she had been out and about with no problems for 4 weeks befores he went missing. I’ve walked the streets, spoken to neighbours and phoned round the local vets. A stray cat very similar to mine was taken in to Holmer Vets last Thursday but sadly it wasn’t my cat, it was older and had white whiskers and no amount of me trying to convince myself was going to make it Lila.

I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if anyone reports her found to you, I’ve attached a couple of pictures. My other cat is lost without her and my 3 year old daughter really misses her too.

My phone number is 07712596265″



Visit the Hereford Equestrian shop!

The Hereford Equestrian Shop is now open!

Click on ‘Collecting Ring’ above and then look for the link to the shop, centre of the top row.

More shops will be added, but for now, it is possible to buy equestrian books, other books, dvd’s, clothing, gifts and more from the Amazon powered shop.  So please do support this website by using it for your Christmas Shopping!

If you have products to sell which you would like to sell through the website, please send me an email – or call 01531 828350

Fireworks frighten horses!

For many people Bonfire Night is an enjoyable evening spent watching spectacular firework displays and warming themselves by a bonfire, but for horse owners it can be a time of concern and distress.
Fireworks can frighten even the most sensible horse, so all horse owners should be prepared for the firework season. The British Horse Society (BHS) has issued the following advice for owners:

Fireworks must not be set off near livestock or horses in fields or stables
It is best to keep your horse in its normal routine
Risk assess your stable yard and plan to limit disturbance
Ensure you find out if there are any displays planned nearby
Warn local organisers, councils and schools that there are horses in the area
Organise your plans in advance
Remain calm and positive yourself as horses will sense your unease
Keep your horse in a familiar environment
Safety for everyone is the key – do not put yourself in danger

The BHS also now has a Horses and Fireworks advice leaflet which gives some useful information regarding preparing your horses for firework season and managing them during it. This can be downloaded from or printed copies are available from

Everyone can help

It is not just horse owners who need to be careful. People organising firework displays should inform local horse owners and it is also a good idea not to let off fireworks anywhere near fields or farms. Most people don’t realise how much suffering fireworks cause animals, particularly horses. Those who really want to have fireworks in their back garden should think carefully about how it will affect local pets and animals before they do so.

By being proactive in planning for fireworks and Bonfire Night, you can make the annual celebrations less stressful for you and your horse.

This article is reproduced with the kind permission of the British Horse Society.

Visit the new BHS website at:

Feed prices likely to rise

Horse and Hound Magazine this week report that the wet weather during 2012 is likely to affect the price of horse feed.  The extremely wet weather in the UK caused low yields and poorer quality grain to be harvested.  Farmers are continuing to have a difficult time as saturated and waterlogged fields are making it difficult to drill next years crops which could impact on the harvest in 2013.  To make matters worse, there was a drought in the US which affected their harvest. As a result, good quality grain is in shorter supply and this will undoubtably push prices up.

Hay and haylage prices have not yet been so affected.  Whilst  there is less good quality hay available this winter due to the weather being so wet during the time when hay crops would normally be taken, there is plenty of haylage.  Many farmers made haylage when they were unable to make hay.

Pat Nosworthy Fund Raiser. Silent bids now being taken on the lot items: New lots added

November 10th 2012, Bromyard. Black Tie evening with Auction of promises, dinner, raffle, bar and Live Music to raise money to help Pat Nosworthy.

There but for the grace of God!!

Pat Nosworthy is a well respected Herefordshire based horsewoman, who you may or may not know. She has taken both horses and riders through from Pony Club to International level, show jumping and Eventing. Pat sustained spinal injuries following a riding accident, which has left her paralysed, please help us to help her.

Tables are 10 guests, tickets are £35.00

See poster

Silent Bids are now being taken on the following lot items:

Holiday cottage in North Yorkshire, sleeps 4, 1 week in 2013

Days experience on a live film set

Two Premium Tickets ~ Bath Race Course 2013

Two Tickets for Silverstone Classic Racing 2013

Flight for 2 passengers in a light aircraft  ~ 40 mins.

Candle making workshop for 4 people followed by farmhouse dinner

Small cottage in Plakias, Crete ~ sleeps 6 ~ 1 week in 2013 ~ second week by negotiation

Riding Lesson from Louise Harwood nee Skelton

Lesson / flight in a Robinson 22 Helicopter ~ 30 mins

Holiday for 1 doggy  for 1 week, North Hereford

1 Days Shooting for 1 Gun at Broadfield Court

Set of Olympic Gold Medal Wining Stamps signed by GB Dressage Team 

Set of Olympic Gold Medal Wining Stamps signed by GB Show Jumping Team

Ride in Marcos Mantis Sports Car recently driven by Sir Stirling Moss & Pub Lunch

Cider on the Thames at Houses of Westminster

Hand painted portrait of your favourite animal on a plate

Days hunting for 2 with North Hereford Hunt

10 keyboard lessons

2 Tickets for Hereford United then Dinner with the Directors / Meet the Players

Private Reserve 12 year old Cask Strength Speyside Malt , 6 Bottles to be sold.

 Days Hunting for 2 with South Hereford Hunt from Dunswater February 2013.

44 Bales of Haylage can be delivered Herefordshire.

I stud fee to Sternsberg Larina (larry) reg. Connemara stallion standing in Hereford 2013

1 stud fee Kilpeck Stud.

Fishing for one rod on the River Wye.


If you would like to leave a bid on any of the above lots or require anymore further information on items and ticket availablity, please contact Jo Blackman-Howard 07739 806461, Karen Nicholas 07967 156788 or Sarah and Richard Leitch 07974 191947

Donations.  We are also now taking donations. If you would like to donate please send cheques made payable to Miss P Nosworthy and forward to Mrs J Blackman-Howard. Rowden Abbey Farm, Winslow, Bromyard. Hereford. HR7 4LS


New article, including Q & A’s re Arena construction and planning

An excellent article has been written by Gill Davies of Martin Collins Arenas. It answers the questions sent in by website visitors and gives invaluable information on this complicated subject. As Gill says at the beginning of the article, “All your questions illustrate the mine-field you unwittingly enter if you are considering installing new stables or an arena and you do not have a planning advisor.”  She goes on to say “Sadly there is NOT a single web page which will provide all the answers regarding the planning requirements for an arena.”  So, to find out what you need to know and do:  Read more …..

Follow all the news and action from HOYS

It’s the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham NEC until 7th October. Follow all the news, results and action at the HOYS website and if you’d like to go, there are 2 tickets for sale on the miscellaneous page of the classified ads section:

Tom Grant of Grant & Co answers questions re planning permission for arenas

To view the questions and answers regarding planning permission, why you need it, what regulations apply and how to appeal re an adverse decision, for all weather arenas, visit the Ask the Expert page:

Send in the questions you’d like to ask either when planning your all weather arena or the questions you wish you had asked before you had an arena constructed.

Thieves in Mathon area near Malvern, Worcs.

A burglary took place from a yard in Mathon near Malvern in the early hours of Monday 17th September.  Thieves cut the fencing and entered the property over the neighbours field before taking a complete farrier forge and tools and a large quantity of new shoes including aluminium racing plates. They also took driving harness, about 120 bales of Easibed and a low loader trailer. Please keep your eyes open in case anyone is offered a quantity of farrier tools or cheap bedding. If you are, please contact the police or crime stoppers.

Welfare! If you care, take Action Today…..

Each year, 65,000 stressed horses are packed into trucks and driven vast distances across Europe for slaughter, fattening, and other purposes. Exhausted, diseased, injured and travelling for days over thousands of kilometres: these horses are desperate for food, water and rest. These journeys are unnecessary, passing many slaughterhouses that could take the horses – their suffering is needless. Now, they need your help at this important time.

Earlier this year, MEP Janusz Wojciechowski drafted a report on the Animal Transport Regulation (EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005). We were encouraged to see that this report both pointed out the welfare problems that horses suffer as a result of long-distance transportation to slaughter, and called for a short maximum journey limit.

As with all European Parliament reports, other MEPs have now proposed amendments to this report and at the end of September, the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) Committee will vote on which amendments they wish to accept or reject. Many of the tabled amendments will enhance this report even further:  we need your help to ask MEPs to support these amendments so that they are included in the final report! This report will then be sent to the European Commission, who have the power to propose changes to the current, inadequate legislation. Please add your voice to the thousands of others to help us convince the European Commission to propose a short, maximum journey limit, ending the torment caused by these long and completely needless journeys. 

This takes just three simple steps: Please follow this link 


Dumped horse left to die in Kidderminster field

The news page on the BBC Hereford & Worcester website reports this sad story. Read full story here:

More Equestrian Success for Gloucestershire!

Following on from the medal winning performances of Gloucestershire riders at the Olympics and Paralympics, the strength of the county in creating equestrian talent has been proved again with the success of the Cheltenham Panthers Show Jumping team finishing 5th out of 101 teams at the recent British Riding Club Show Jumping Championships at the world renowned Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead, Sussex.

Click image to enlarge

L - R: Jeanette Stayt, Pippa Wilson and Pippa Morris

Last year the same team of Jeanette Stayt, Pippa Wilson and Pippa Morris achieved 7th place at this prestigious event and a delighted Michelle Holder, Team Manager said “I am thrilled and overjoyed by the result; for Jeanette, Pippa and Pippa to emulate their placing last year is incredible.’

‘This is a national competition open to all UK Riding Clubs and was made even more special due to the fact each team only has three members and all three scores count. It made for a wonderful competition, only decided when the very last rider from the very last team had competed. No-one knew the results until they were announced.’

Michelle continued ‘It is a testiment to the depth of talent in Cheltenham Riding Club that we sent three teams to these Championships. We had a great weekend and I was impressed with how well all our members did as the standard of British Riding  Clubs has risen over recent years. It was lovely to ride on a surface instead of grass and this added to the occasion, with many more spectators and supporters than last year.  I am very proud with how all our members rode – they were a credit to our Club and I’m already looking forwards to next year!’

Telegraph’s photos from the Olympic & Paralympic Parade in London

click this link:


Crown Jewels Equestrian Sponsor Shropshire based young show jumper

Crown Jewels Equestrian sign new Sponsorship with Miss Demelza Taylor 

Demelza Taylor sponsored by Crown Jewels Equestrian

Demelza Taylor is a British Show Jumping, Pony Associate Member, Area 33. She was the British Show Jumping regional league table winner 2011 Wales and West Mercia, with Rocky Pendragon, and also rides for the School Show Jumping Team.

Crown Jewels Equestrian design and make unique and unusual browbands, putting them on the map for being one of the first companies to make shamballa for horses! What started out as a single commission piece has turned into a successful thriving business and Crown Jewels Equestrian now supplies tack retailers, all over the UK.

Crown Jewels Equestrian has been asked by invitation to attend “Your Horse Live” show this November 2012.  Crown Jewels Equestrian undertake many commissions and have designed exclusive brow bands for Pendragon’s horses, Hot Spot IV and Elle Pendragon.  Pendragon Show Jumping and Demelza Taylor are proud to be associated with Crown Jewels Equestrian and Demelza will be making an appearance at the Crown Jewels stand at this years “Your Horse Live” event.

Demelza Taylor has a Cornish name as her family originate from the west country and competes using the name of Pendragon Show Jumping, her logo and registered colours are made up of the Cornish flag of St Piran and an early image of her jumping. Demz is based on the Shropshire borders near Cleobury Mortimer, is a pony associate British Show Jumping Member Area 33 and rides for her school team and was a former member of The Ludlow Hunt Pony Club and Severn Valley Riding Club

Demelza has been riding ponies since she was six years old, her first pony was a cheeky little 11.2h Welsh called Foxy, although Demz had been riding for a few years at the riding school before she acquired her first pony. Foxy was a typical little pony and was very good at doing what he wanted to do, but from an early age Demi had ambitions of being a show jumper. Over the past years Demi has had a range of ponies, but is mostly known for the combination of Demz and her 138cm Rocky Pendragon. Rocky is currently on loan to fellow Area 33 Pony rider Miss Lily Dean. Demz made the complete jump from ponies to horses in May of this year and is currently riding, the very capable, Hot Spot IV and her youngster Elle Pendragon, Demz has an ambition to become a full time show jumper and wants to study at Hartpury when she leaves school.  (She will be 15 in October)

Demz and her horses are regulars at the local circuits, Kings, Allens Hill, Tack Farm, Gracelands and of course Hartpury, where she and Hot Spot IV will be jumping this weekend for BSJA Seniors.

Demz is extremely pleased to be sponsored by Crown Jewels Equestrian as everyone loves bling, especially Demz, the sponsorship deal is and exclusive equine jewelley deal for Demelza and Pendragon Show Jumping and Demz will be making an appearanceon the Crown Jewels Equestrian Stand at this years “Your Horse Live” in November.

Some past results:

Winner Most Improved Junior Rider in Training 2009 (BSJA Area 33)

Winner Mill Hill Cup Puddleston Show 2009

One of the Combination’s to watch Pony Club 2010

Winner Derek Lillis Memorial Trophy 2010 SVRC

Winner Clee Hill Cup Puddleston Show 2010

5th Place Hartpury South Western Championships 2011

Qualified for Midlands Championships 2011

Qualified for Cricklands Championships 2011

Winner Derek Lillis Memorial Trophy 2011 SVRC

Winner British Show Jumping 2011 Wales West Mercia league

The number of horses in the RSPCA has doubled over the past year.

The number of horses in the RSPCA has doubled over the past year. We have almost 600 ponies and horses in our care – a 204% increase on March 2011. This costs approx £3.25 million a year to simply care for these horses, before paying any vet costs.

In 2010 the RSPCA gave out horse welfare advice about 41 times a week, it rose to about 42 times a week in 2011, so far this year its risen to 49 times a week.

In 2010 and 2011 we had about 13 complaints regarding abandoned horses a week, so far this year it’s risen to 18 complaints a week.

In 2010 we found new homes for 156 horses, in 2011 we rehomed 240 horses. It costs the RSPCA approx £5000 to care for, rehabilitate and rehome each horse in our care.

Due to the overwhelming demand on the RSPCA funds, staff at Gonsal Farm Equine Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre are working hard to raise as much money as possible to help with the ever growing demand on funds at the Rspca.

Staff are organising a tack sale and have also been in training for a half marathon which will be held on 9th Sept.


TACK SALE, to be held at Rspca Gonsal Farm, 6th October 9.30am – 1pm.  We are inviting the public to come along with any items, equine related i.e. rugs, tack etc which they wish to sell. The RSPCA will also have our own stall on the day. The Rspca will require £5 per car boot or table. All money raised will go directly to the horses in our care. Tours of the equine centre available too. [See what’s on for more info:]

HALF MARATHON,  Sally Roberts, Harriet Trow, Lisa Antell, all grooms at the centre, plus a special guest supporter, Becky Steadman will be running the WYE VALLEY HALF MARATHON to raise funds for Rspca Gonsal  farm equine centre. All funds raised will go directly to the horses in our care. Sponsorship or donations can be made by either cheque or simply drop in to the centre.

Address Rspca Gonsal farm, Dorrington, Shrewsbury, SY5 7ET


Paralympic Dressage

The British Dressage riders are having a fantastic Paralympics with individual medals won by all riders and a team Gold. This morning Natasha Baker won her second gold medal when winning the freestyle with a massive 82.8%.  Full reports and a guide to the classifications can be found on the Horse and Hound website at  and up to the minute information is at

Follow all the action from Burghley

Burghley International 4* horse trials continues with XC on Saturday and SJ on Sunday.

Follow the action:

BBC2 – Sunday XC highlights and SJ beginning at 3.15pm.

Live score board:


Equitak Announce Sponsorship of Show Jumper

Hereford based online tack shop, Equitak, has just announced they are to sponsor Leominster show jumper, Erin Cullimore.

John trained with Olympic Gold Medalist, Matt Ryan, whom he said helped him such a lot. “I wanted to help out a young rider in a similar way as Matt helped me as it is very hard to get started.

Equitak was started by horseman, John Jones, at the end of June 2011. “I started the company because I was fed up of not finding the things I wanted at a good price. Equitak began with most items under the recommended retail price so it would help everyone save money. We also have a product of the month for better savings again,” John said. Items are being added to the Equitak website all the time and John promises that if you find the same item somewhere else for less he will try his best to match or even better the price.

Erin Cullimore with My Fletcher. Photo copyright of

Erin has been competing at affiliated show jumping for the last two years with her ponies Tally Ho Toby and recent addition, My Fletcher. She has already been Wales and West Mercia Junior League winner and has jumped at Pony of the Year and Scope Festival of Show Jumping, and is currently jumping Newcomers. She has competed all over the country this summer. This is her last year in Juniors and she will be moving on to jump horses soon.

“I think business and show jumping have some similarities in that you have to get stuck in and go for it if you want success” he said.  “ You also have to watch the pennies and this is where I hope I am helping Erin.”

“I am really grateful to John and Equitak for the help,” said Erin. “ My aim is to get a horse for Senior classes next year and take it up through the grades. I would love to ride at Horse of the Year and my big dream would be to represent Team GB at top level. I have just left school so I can develop my career and concentrate on show jumping.”

Contact: John Jones: 07792153417 / 01432 271886



Laminitis – an illustrated talk by Robert A Eustace FRCVS

Robert Eustace FRCVS, Founder of the Laminitis Trust is giving an illustrated talk on Friday 14th September at Ludlow Racecourse.  Laminitis is second only to colic as the major cause of premature death in equines and second only to pus in the foot as the major cause of lameness. Proceeds will go to the Laminitis Trust and also the Vale of Arrow RC who are organising this event. See more info by clicking here

Print the poster here: Laminitis_talk_14Sept

Beware – Thieves in the Mordiford area of Herefordshire

Two horse owners from Mordiford (east of Hereford) were victims of thieves on Tuesday night – 28 August.  Thieves stole electric fencing, energisers and storage containers from paddocks at both properties. This was with the horses in the paddocks. One owner’s energisers (CP500, CP250 and Hotline Horsepower) were marked with Smartwater and the CP’s had a  name and mobile number written on them!

Perhaps the thieves aren’t aware of how Smartwater can link them to the crime!  For those not familiar with Smartwater, see for more information and how it enables the police to link thieves to stolen goods which have been marked with the Smartwater forensic solution.

Thinking of having your own arena? Read this first

Perhaps you are planning your first arena, or reflecting on the arena you already have?

An article is currently being compiled with your questions answered by experts regarding the construction of an arena and advice re surfaces.  See more on the arena construction page of the A-Z Directory, by clicking here.

Send in your questions to

Wondering whether to advertise on this website?

Whether you are a running a business or are a private advertiser, this regional equestrian website is one of the very best places to advertise.  It is used regularly by riders and horse owners in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Forest of Dean, Powys, Monmouthshire and other parts of Wales, but also by many others in the UK and by those abroad looking to move to the area.

Look at the amount of ‘traffic’ to the website:

The webserver counts the visitor statistics.  It filters out the robots and gives information on the number of real people who visit the site (visitors) and the number of times a visitor visits the site  (visits) and also hits.  But hits aren’t an accurate measure of website activity, so although many websites boast the large numbers of hits (which run into millions), the important statistics are the number of visitors and visits. Here are the stats for this website for May, June and July.

May 2012: Visitors 13,442. Visits 32,809

June 2012: Visitors 15654. Visits 41,839

July 2012: Visitors 16,465. Visits 42,321

At 28th August, the number of visitors for the month is 17,334

Interested in advertising your business here? Click the ‘Business Advertising’ link above for more information.

Want to sell or buy equipment, a horsebox or a horse? Click ‘Place an Ad’ from any of the classified ads pages.

Already using the site to advertise? Write a testimonial – see link above.


The CBHS is undertaking a breed census this year to try and ascertain accurate numbers of pure bred horses currently alive in the World.

We would like to encourage ALL OWNERS OF PURE BRED HORSES to inform the Society of: the name of the horse(s), stud book number(s) and the current owner/keeper and address.

It would be helpful to have details of all horses irrespective of age or current function – if its alive please let us know.

Please provide census results via email to (putting Census as the subject). Thanks for your help with this important survey.

National Equine Database (NED) to close at the end of September 2012

DEFRA have given notice that they are not awarding a new contract for a central equine database and their contract with the National Equine Database Ltd (NED) will terminate at the end of September 2012.

Therefore, the NED website cannot continue to operate beyond the end of September and all NED Services including horse search, lost and stolen register, horse associations, pedigree, progeny and performance reports, passport check, NEDLinks and equine reminders will no longer be available –

Nick, CEO of NED writes … In practical terms probably the best thing you can do right now is write to Defra expressing your view.

The Ministers responsible are Jim Paice and Caroline Spelman. The Horse passport team is on horse.passports@DEFRA.GSI.GOV.UK

In the meantime we [Tracing Equines]and the British Equestrian Federation are trying to find ways of persuading Defra to change their mind or to find ways to fund NED from within the Industry.

Unfortunately, because Defra delayed making their decision from May until the end of July (in the middle of the Olympics!), we have only a couple of weeks to find a solution.

Tracing Equines is asking people to email Defra at the above address voicing your concerns and to also sign the petition that has been set up –

Trisha Grant
Tracing Equines –


First Aid Awareness Course

A short First Aid Awareness Course ( approx 3-4 hrs – no exams!)  has been arranged with a view to giving horse riders, or  any one else  who may be interested, information on how to deal with an accident emergency, perhaps whilst  waiting for the professionals to arrive.It is hoped this will give each of us  more confidence and the upto date first aid knowledge which could and should be used in an emergency situation (where ever it might happen)

Hopefully those interested will find it affordable and all profit will go to the Air Ambulance Charity.

Details are as follows:

A FIRST AID AWARENESS COURSE is to be provided by Pro -Medical from Derbyshire.

It has been arranged for

WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2012 at 10.30 am ( please arrive by10.15am) in  LLANGROVE VILLAGE HALL ( Nr Ross on Wye)  HR9 6EX

Tea/Coffee and biscuits are provided

Light Refreshments will also be available for a small donation

Tickets cost £22 – All profits to go to the Air Ambulance Charity.

Numbers are limited but there are a few places remaining  – so buy your Ticket now.

Please contact Linda on 01989 770478 for more information & or Tickets

Active Travel Wales Bill – Final chance to have your say!

Closing date for the White Paper consultation for the Active Travel Wales Bill is August 14th. No responses received after that date will be considered.

It is vital that we send in as many responses as possible from Regions, groups (eg bridleways groups) and individuals.

The email address to send the responses to is:-


As it stands at the moment this bill is entirely for the benefit of cyclists

and walkers. It was written by cyclists (SUSTRANS) for cyclists

As it is a long term proposal we must speak up now if we hope to be

considered and included. Remember that we were not included in the

National Transport Policy for Wales or in the Regional Transport Plans. At

least we have been in on the consultation this time.

Arguments used against the inclusion of equestrians in this bill include

1. Horses are not a form of transport.

2. Horse riding is purely recreational

3. Horse riding takes place in a rural setting and this bill is aimed at

(key) urban areas.


The consultation itself can be viewed on


Some of the points to consider that you may want to include in a response



1. This bill should be designed for ALL VULNERABLE ROAD USERS/NON-MOTORISED

USERS – not simply for walkers and cyclists.


2. Horses ARE a form of transport. They carry riders/drivers in the same

way that bicycles carry cyclists.


3. Horse riding may be largely recreational but by far the greatest use of

cycling is also recreational


4.The majority of livery yards and fields where riding horses are kept are

on the urban fringe of towns and their owners/riders live in the towns.


5. Horse owners put a great deal into the local economy over and above

their contribution as citizens. The National Equine Database figures for

May 2012 show that there are 134,748 passported horses /ponies in Wales and

as the BETA estimates say that horse owners spend £3000 per horse per annum,

this puts over £400million into the Welsh economy each year.

6. One of the aims of this bill is to get people to travel in a healthier

way – include the Health Benefits of Riding.


7. Since 1968, cyclists have been able to use bridleways without any

restrictions (other than giving way to walkers and horse riders) so it

follows that there is no reason not to have reciprocal opportunities for

horse riders on cycle routes.


8. If a road is considered ‘unsafe’ for walkers and cyclists then it is

equally, if not more so, for equestrians – who are probably the most

vulnerable of all non-motorised road users.


9. Making routes multi-user wherever possible is ‘best value’ for the use

of local government resources. If possible routes should be considered as

restricted byways – which wopuld also benefit horse drawn vehicles, although

it is accepted that this is not always possible.


10. Kepping this bill purely for walkers and cyclists could be seen as

discrimination against a whole group of vulnerable road users ie horse

riders. Most horse riders are female and often children while cyclists

seem to be predominantly male. (on the Cardiff LAF, we have 3 cyclists –

all men, 2 ramblers – 1male and 1 female and 2 equestrians – both women.)


11. During the consultation meetings many people felt that this bill should

take into account rural as well as urban settings. They also felt that

cyclists as well as others needed educating about the rules of the road –

such as not going through red lights! Many thought that the mapping

procedure would be costly both in time and resources to local authorities

and was not really necessary because it is already there on lots of

different sites.(Q1) and that guidance was preferable to regulation – being

less combative (Q 2.)


At the end of the consultation paper there are 7 questions. Most of the

points I have brought up here would probably go under Q7. Q4 deals with

horse riders having the use of cycle paths – so that is important to us as

well. Q 6 deals with the costs and benefitd if this bill should go through

and if it goes through unchanged it could well cost us a lot by losing

access to cyclist and walkers.

It is interesting to look at the end of the paper to see the list of

publications used for evidence in developing this white paper – almost entirely cycling orientated!!

Dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin wins Olympic Gold with over 90%

What a sensational result for Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester’s protégé, who today won the freestyle to music at Greenwich Park to win the Olympic gold medal.  She has ridden with such a cool head throughout the competition, even after winning team gold, but the previously controlled emotion bubbled up and there were many tears as Charlotte heard her score of over 90% and knew that she and Valegro had won the gold.

Laura Bechtolsheimer rode a super freestyle on Mistral Hojris to music from ‘The Lion King’ to take the Bronze medal with over  84% while Carl Hester had to settle for 5th on the lovely Uthopia who, he said, was just lacking a little energy in this final test, but still achieved over 82%.

Dividing the British riders to take the silver medal was Adelinde Cornelissen with Parzival who scored what looked like an unbeatable test for 88% just before Charlotte rode her test, but it wasn’t enough to beat the 26 year old Gloucestershire based rider.

Charlotte has ridden Valegro since he was a young horse and they clearly have a wonderful partnership. Carl was going to take the ride over when Valegro reached Prix St Georges, but he allowed Charlotte to continue riding him and what an amazing break that was for Charlotte. His decision at that time led to the team gold medal.

Carl has changed the face of dressage in Great Britain and made it what it is today and the olympic successes will be an amazing shot in the arm for British Dressage. He so deserves the team gold medal he helped win 2 days earlier.

Thank you Carl and very well done to Charlotte and Laura.

British Dressage team win Olympic GOLD

Another thrilling day at Greenwich Park saw the British Dressage team of Carl Hester riding Uthopia, Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro and Laura Bechtolsheimer -Mistral Hojris, win a gold medal at the Olympics. As has been well reported in the news, this is the first olympic medal for the British in the dressage…..ever!

Carl Hester has led the way in British Dressage ever since he went to work as a rider for Dr ‘B’ –  Laura Bechtolsheimer’s father, who rode on the British Team himself.  Carl had many successes and multi national championship titles before setting up his own yard at Upleadon, nr Newent in Gloucestershire. He is one of the very best riders in the World and is probably the most popular too! He has such a wonderful attitude, sense of humour and charm.

Laura Bechtolsheimer has ridden for GB teams since a junior and like her 2 team mates, was in the team which won gold at the European Championships in 2011. Based in the Cotswolds at the family yard, she and Mistral Hojris need little introduction. She may have been a little disappointed with her first test score with ‘Alf’, but she put in two solid performances to help team GB to gold.  There were 3 riders in each team and all 3 scores counted.

Carl’s 26 year old protege Charlotte Dujardin is incredibly talented and her meteoric rise to the top has been remarkable. She clinched the team gold medal with her 2 excellent dressage tests on Valegro, who is only 10 years old and, like Charlotte, has only been competing at Grand Prix for 18 months.  Charlotte and Valegro were top of the leaderboard after the first GP test and Charlotte remained so cool riding into the arena for their Grand Prix Special test knowing that she had to gain a very high percentage for the British team to win.  She did just that scoring over 83%, an even higher mark than for the first test, despite the pressure on her to bring the gold medal home!

On Thursday, all 3 riders compete in the Freestyle to Music to decide the individual medals.  Lets hope we see more medals for team GB and that one of them is Gold.

See the full team results here:

and individual results here:

Success for farrier Nigel Brown AWCF

Nigel Brown AWCF  – European Farrier Championships, Austria 3rd – 5th August 2012

Nigel Brown receives 3rd placed trophy from day 2 of the competition

Abergavenny Farrier, Nigel Brown, travelled to Austria last weekend as part of the four man team representing the UK to participate in the European Farrier Championships.

A total of 54 farriers from across Europe, chosen to represent their countries, took part in a terrific competition held in Stadl-Paura.

In extremely warm weather conditions the competitors took part in two days of grueling competition in a series of classes to test their forging and shoeing ability. The accrual of points in the first two days of competition qualified the ‘top 16’ for the final shoeing rounds on the third and final day.

Nigel accumulated valuable points across the first two days to secure his place in the Sunday final in 5th position; all four of the UK farriers qualified for the top 16.

The final shoeing round – to be completed in just 70 minutes – consisted of shoeing a ‘diagonal pair’ of feet, the front with a bar shoe and the hind with a three quarter fullered shoe. The heat, tight time and sheer test of forging ability meant for a particularly demanding class!

UK Farrier Team (l to r) David Varini, Nigel Brown, David Smith, Nigel Fennell

The final results revealed Nigel was placed 4th in the European Championships for 2012; all four of the UK team secured placed in the top 8. “To be part of such a great UK team is an honour and to take part in such a terrific Championships was a privilege. I am extremely pleased with the results and have gained valuable experience”.

Olympic GOLD for Team GB Show Jumpers

An incredibly exciting competition sees extremely cool riding by all the British show jumpers to win Gold in the team competition, beating the Netherlands in a nail biting jump off for gold and silver.  The team of Nick Skelton , Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles put in superb performances to win.

It’s the first time the British team have won Olympic Gold since 1952 – 60 years!

The silver medal went to the Netherlands and the Bronze medal to Saudi Arabia

Nick Skelton has a very strong chance in the individual competition having not had a single fault in the first 3 rounds.

Well done to team manager Rob Hoekstra and all those involved with this monumental success.

What will the coming days bring for team GB’s DR & SJ riders at Greenwich Park

The Olympics have been fantastic for Great Britain so far with many medals won.  At the end of week one, team GB are 3rd in the medal table which exceeds expectation.

Our superb, and ever popular event team, brought home a team silver medal which was brilliant, although a little disappointing. Everyone so wanted them to win a well deserved gold medal.  They all rode so well, particularly XC, but little things happened to all to affect their final score. Tina had to ride her test in a downpour, Mary’s Imperial Cavalier fluffed one flying change, William’s Lionheart had 9 time penalties, Zara’s High Kingdom had 7 faults SJ. At the end of the day, or days, as has happened before, the Germans were better.  Full results here: and here:

Can our dressage riders deliver Gold, or better still, 2 golds? It’s looking possible as Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro, is at the top of the leaderboard with team mates Carl Hester riding Uthopia and Laura Bechtolsheimer – Mistral Hojris, lying 5th and 7th. As a team, GB are in the lead….just, over Germany, with the Netherlands in 3rd position. Tuesday’s Grand Prix Special will decide the team placings and medals.  After a day off, the top individual competitors will compete in the Freestyle to Music to decide individual medals.  If Charlotte, Carl and Laura (who all live in Gloucestershire) can all produce PB’s, what more can we ask! Lets just hope that they continue their meteoric rise to the top and take double Gold! Good luck!!  View regularly updated individual results here: and  team results here:

The show jumpers have made a good start and go into the next round in equal 2nd place with just 4 faults, along with 4 other teams. Both Nick Skelton and Ben Maher rode super clear rounds in the first two qualifying rounds.  All of us groaned as Scott Brash just touched the last for four faults in Sunday’s second qualifying round, otherwise Team GB would have been in the lead. If, if, if …..

With 5 rounds in all, round 3 takes place on Monday 6th August when team medals will be decided, and rounds 4 & 5 on Wednesday 8th August for individual medals. The course has been beautifully designed with a great London theme such as a London bus, London Bridge, the Olympic flame.

Individual SJ results are updated regularly here –

Team SJ results are updated regularly here –

As eventers take silver, what will it be for GB Dressage riders?

Silver was brilliant however disappointed anyone is that it wasn’t gold. And to have 5 riders clear XC was incredible. But Germany were brilliant too especially the super talented Michael Jung and Sandra Auffarth and yet again they pipped us.  I was fortunate to get tickets and saw day 2 of the dressage and the cross country. The atmosphere was just incredible. Photos to follow…..

Full results here:

So now it’s the dressage riders turn and with all horses successfully through the trot up, times are as follows:

11.54 am. Thursday – Carl Hester with Utopia

3.11 pm. Thursday – Laura Bechtolsheimer with  Mistral Hojris

12.15 pm. Friday –  Richard Davison with Artemis — (competing as an individual)

2.10 pm Friday – Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro

Help save Hereford Racecourse otherwise it will close at the end of 2012!


The sad news was announced on July 27th 2012 that Northern Racing are to close Hereford Racecourse at the end of the 2012 season. The reasoning behind this appears to be that the owners of the land, Herefordshire Council, have not been willing to discuss extending the current lease, which has 17 years to run, which would allow the company to invest in the course to make it a viable proposition.

There has been thoroughbred horseracing in the city of Hereford since 1771.

With an inactive building site already in the city (the fabled Edgar Street Grid), the closure of the course would rip more of the heart out of a historic city, with a council with no plans visible, and possibly no ideas as to what to do with the land; and would take much-needed money out of the economy of Herefordshire.

We ask the owners of the land, Herefordshire Council, to:

1 – Disclose the current plans for proposed usage of the land that comprises Hereford Racecourse if it were to close.

2 – Think again about allowing the course to close and to agree a longer-term lease with interested parties allow investment and the continuation of the historic tradition of thoroughbred horseracing in the city of Hereford.

Police Investigate Theft Of Harness Racing Equipment

Police officers are investigating after more than £1000 worth of harness racing equipment was stolen in Herefordshire.

The theft occurred near Leominster sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday 28 July and 9.30am on Sunday 29 July.

Sometime overnight it appears that thieves approached a secure barn that is located just off the A49 by firstly cutting the padlock off a gate that accesses the lane that leads to it.

The thieves then cut a padlock off the door to the barn and went inside to search it.

A police spokesman said:

“Having accessed the barn the thieves then stole several items of equipment that are used to train horses for harness or trotting racing.  Among the items stolen were two ‘custom made’ horse jog carts – one orange and one blue – worth around £1400 and a number of knee pads and tendon straps worth more than £250.

Many of the stolen items were secured with chains within the barn and the thieves cut the chains to allow them to take them.  Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this theft and are especially keen to hear from anyone who may know where the stolen items can now be found.

Anyone who has information about this theft is asked to call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000, quoting reference number 212S 290712.

Alternatively, please remember that Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you’d rather leave information without getting directly involved yourself.”

Here we go…’s the Olympics!

At last, the Olympics are about to begin after a build up which has seemed to go on for ever.  Not only is the opening ceremony today, but the equestrian eventing trot up is today too, before the eventing kicks off for real tomorrow with day 1 of dressage.  The eventing concludes on Tuesday 31st July and the pure dressage begins with the team dressage on 2nd and 3rd August. The top 25 combinations then go on to compete in the Grand Prix Special on 7th August and the top 15 then compete in the Freestyle on 9th August. As you will know, we have great medal chances and hopes in the eventing and dressage. And, did you know, all the dressage team are from Gloucestershire! That’s Laura B, Carl and Charlotte.

The show jumping begins on 4th August with the team competition concluding on 6th August, while the individual competition finishes on 8th August.

The pentathlon takes place with the men’s competition on 11th August and the women’s on 12th August.

Here are a few of the Olympic websites I’ve found. Please email me any recommendations to add to this list or add a comment below:


Enjoy the ride!

Double Silver medals for Louisa Nesbitt at Europeans

A clear round in the show jumping helped 16 year old Louisa Nesbitt a member of the Ludlow branch of the Pony Club, clinch the individual Silver medal at the European Pony Event Championships in France. Louisa is trained by Worcestershire international riders Kate Cowell (dressage) and Rosie Thomas (eventing) as well as British Pony Team trainer Jonquil Hemming. The British team of Louisa, Janou Bleekman (7th), Madeline Taylor and Charlotte Bacon won the silver medal while Gold went to the strong Irish team.  GB riders Yasmine Ingham & Annie Keir rode as individuals. Full results can be seen here:

Coming soon…..budget busting training!

New plans for the website include budget busting training with top riders and trainers, for you and your horse via video.

If you are interested, prepare your videos now!  At the moment we are prepared to accept videos of dressage (flatwork) or jumping.  The video can be of schooling at home or video of you competing. The videos need to be good quality and clear enough that a trainer or trainers can clearly see the footage (if not, the video may be rejected).  Video should either be emailed to the website or posted on with a link sent via email to


  • Try and keep the sun (if it is out!) behind you
  • Zoom in as close as you can.
  • Hold the camera very still to avoid un-necessary camera shake.

There will be a short free trial of this service to see how popular it is and to evaluate the demand. In the event of a very high demand, the free service may be restricted to the first few videos received, so first come, first served.

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Dead horse still attached to cart is found in River Severn

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead horse attached to a cart was pulled out of the River Severn in Worcester. See Horse and Hound news for full story:  But warning – the photograph is gruesome

Missing Terriers

2 Terriers went missing from the Shifnal, Shropshire on Monday evening.  One is black and white and the other is black and tan.  The black and tan is in pup and due on Monday.  Please call 07815 151 279.


Pat Nosworthy Fund Raiser

Pat received severe spinal injuries from a horse training accident now several years ago.  She maintains her aim of being more independent and mobile with an upbeat view on life.  She faces an endless struggle financially and her family and small group of friends are holding a black tie evening with auction of promise on November 10th to raise her very much needed funds to help her.  She needs alterations to her home to make her life much easier.  Over the last few years small amounts of monies have been donated which have been spent on Physio treatment,  This has been excellent and has given her much needed hope that she can achieve her goal for independence.

We are asking for sponsors for our evening,and so far we have had excellent support. If anybody or club/organisation would like to help in anyway We would be delighted to hear from you.

Pat is an extremely well known and liked horsewoman.  Her life has always been to help and care for others.  If you needed help with your horse wether you were an adult or child she was always there to help.

We now want to help her.

If you are able to help please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you


Jo Blackman-Howard.

Would you jump out of a plane at 12,000 feet? Michelle Lambert will…..

Michelle Lambert is one brave lady! She is going to to jump 12,000 feet out of a plane for the SWHP!! (Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies).


She says: “After recieving the SWHP regular newsletter and their desperate plea for money, I decided to help. The SWHP are a small charity who care for abused or injured horses and ponies, rehabilitating them and re-homing them in a safe, caring environment. The charity are full to bursting with horses and ponies, with more money going out than coming in – so unless something is done to help the future looks bleak.

SWHP is run from the MacGregors’ farm at St Maughans, Monmouth, where the buildings have been adapted to stable up to 21 horses and ponies and 30 acres of grass provide grazing, and are currently caring for over 50 horses and ponies.

I thought I would need to do something pretty spectacular in order for people to support me – hence the skydive! Although they may need to push me out of the plane!!

If you would like to donate I would be extremely grateful – no matter how small the donation! Imagine if everyone reading this donated just £1 – it would make a huge difference. I am funding the jump myself, so all of your donation will go to the SWHP.

Fundrasing page:

Its quick and easy to donate, and you can make payment via paypal or card.

Please help ponies like Eliose who would have died a slow and painful death if it was not for the SWHP.

Michelle Lambert


Huntley Championships Reminder

A reminder that the Huntley Championships are on Sunday 22nd July.  If you have qualified please check the Huntley website:  for the schedule, or phone the Huntley School of Equitation office on 01452 830440 to check your qualification status

Equine table top sale raises £375 for Midland Air Ambulance

Meg Morris ran an equine table top sale at Kimbolton Village Hall on 26th June in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance and reports that it was a huge hit!

There were 19 tables and the hall was packed throughout the evening.  Lots of cakes had been made and a raffle with prizes largely donated by Hintons (Leominster) ensured a very enjoyable evening with people enjoying themselves catching up with friends whilst grabbing some bargains!  £375 was raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance. Due to the success of this event, there will be another sale on 2nd October again at Kimbolton Village Hall, with even better raffle prizes, tea, coffee and cakes again! Event details can be found on the what’s on page.

About the Midlands Air Ambulance: Visit their website to see the work they do and how to donate –

“The Midlands Air Ambulance is the only Charity responsible for funding and operating three Air Ambulances serving the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.

Since 1991, the Charity has responded to more than 34,000 missions averaging 3,000 per year or nearly ten each day, making it one of the longest established and busiest Air Ambulance organisations in the UK.

The Charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising Pilot, two Paramedics or Flight Doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional air bases, the maximum flying time to hospital from anywhere in the region is less than 15 minutes.


What is not widely known is that Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. £6 million is needed each year to keep its three Air Ambulances operational which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with 4 in 10 of those we help funded by Gifts in Wills.

If a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury (referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.

The Charity is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, but never takes this for granted. Winning and keeping hearts and minds is an essential and constant challenge. That is why it regards the real ‘helicopter heroes’ as not only the flight and medic crews, but those often unsung ground heroes, its fundraisers.”

Visit their website to see the work they do and how to donate –


Olympic nominations competing at Hartpury

Hartpury Festival of Dressage is delighted to announce that the following combinations, that are listed on the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic Nominated Entry list, are entered for the CDI*** 6th – 8th July 2012;

Carl Hester with Uthopia, Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro, Henriette Andersen with Louis D’Or , Michael Eilberg with Marakov, Gareth Hughes with DV Stenkjers Nadonna.

In addition, on Friday 6th July at 13:30hrs two further combinations from the Nominated Entry List, Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris and Richard Davison with Hiscox Artemis, will each deliver a test training demo with commentary. This will be a fabulous opportunity to see these Olympic hopefuls up close.

For more information, see the whats on page or visit the Hartpury Festival of Dressage website:

Natural Horsemanship Display at Llangarron Fete

Jamie and Mattie. Photo Claire Spelling

Jamie Evans and Mattie Cowherd, both 3 star Parelli Instructors based in Colorado, are currently in the UK running a number of Study Programs and Clinics. Whilst here,  they will be giving a display of Natural Horsemanship at Langstone Court on Sat 7 July at 3pm as part of the entertainment at Llangarron Fete.

This is a rare opportunity to find out more about this approach to riding that uses psychology to build a partnership between the horse and rider based on mutual trust and respect. It promises to be an informative and entertaining spectacle for horse lovers and the general public alike.

They will be demonstrating the first four Parelli “savvy’s”, namely “on line” which is groundwork; “at liberty” which shows the horse free of physical restraint; “freestyle” which is loose rein, bridleless or bareback riding and “finesse” which is precision riding.

The Fete runs from 1.30 to 5pm and includes Archery displays by the medieval re-enactment group  “Bowmen of the Rose”, children’s entertainer Jenny-Any-Dots, Gladiator Duelling, Berry Hill Brass Band plus all the traditional stalls, games and refreshments.

For a quintessential English fete set in beautiful parkland, join us at Langstone Court on Sat 7 July. Entry is £2 for adults, children 16 and under free.

For further information contact Rosie Wilson:

Orchard Barn, Orcop, Hereford. HR2 8ES. 01981 580013

Photo of Jamie and Mattie by Claire Spelling

2012 Glanusk International Horse Trials & Country Fair

A great line up of sport and entertainment awaits you at the 2012 Glanusk International Horse Trials & Country Fair.  With many levels of the sport of British Eventing taking place, there really is something for everyone.  Competitions range from BE90; Novice;  Intermediate;  National Junior Championship and CCI* International.  This year, we are proud to launch the WELSH OPEN, a new competition for the professionals of the sport and one that promises to set the scene for some great spectator sport at Glanusk.    International Course  Designer Eric Winter has created four superb Cross Country Courses that flow over the 400 acre Parklands of Glanusk Estate.

Over the weekend, visitors to the COUNTRY FAIR ARENA will see a myriad of country pursuit displays to include Lusitano Quadrille, Quackpack, Warhorse stunt horses, Gundog Demos, Falconry,  Dog Scurries & Retrievals.  We also have a Championship Sheepdog Trials which will culminate in a Double Gather on Sunday afternoon.  Over the last couple of years, we have developed a superb range of exhibitors for the enjoyment of our visitors and we also have a very popular Children’s Play Area which includes a Fun Fair;  Archery; Face Painting and Climbing Wall.

BRAND NEW for 2012; come and holiday with friends and family – pitch your tent, Caravan or Bongo and enjoy the great outdoors.  Glanusk Estate is a stunning location set within the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Enjoy the thrilling sport, fabulous Country Fair entertainment, Children’s Play Area or take time out to go cycling in the Brecon Beacons or perhaps climb the famous Sugarloaf Mountain.  The choice is yours….

Please see website for full details and to book tickets:

FORCES EQUINE is an online equine site dedicated to the Combined Services, and their dependent family members, for everything equestrian. Here you will be able to find the information and links you need to keep you up to date with what’s going on within Royal Navy, The British Army, Royal Air Force & Police Equestrian world.  We keep you up to date with events, clinics and courses at saddle clubs and yards around the forces community.


Aldershot Military Horse Show. 1st May 2010 for Show Jumping and 2nd May for skill at arms. Photo by Peter Meade -

Debi Heath-French, founder of Forces Equine (FE), felt there was a vast gap of knowledge to help those in the forces pursue their equestrian disciplines at competition level or simply take back the reins when they have some rare down time from their many operational commitments.

Forces Equine recognises the impact this has on individuals and families, mainly as we have all be through it to ourselves, we are all volunteers pulled from the exact audience that Forces Equine seeks to help.

We at Forces Equine want to make sure there is an opportunity for all service personnel to ride and compete in their chosen disciplines regardless of the pressures of their job. We also want to make sure families members are not denied the opportunity to experience the stress busting qualities of a gentle hack on a summer evening or the thrill of winning their first rosette.

If you would like to get involved in Forces Equine and support us by offering a facility or discount to our members please contact me at


Skill at Arms competitions held on 2nd May 2010. Photo by Peter Meade -

Aldershot Military Horse Show held on 1st May 2010. Photo by Peter Meade -

Photo by Peter Meade -

Three Counties Show Going Ahead

The Three Counties Show is going ahead. The show office contacted me today confirming the show will go ahead despite the wet weather.

It’s a great show. Don’t miss it.  More info on the Whats on page:

Or visit their website:

All weather equestrian competition facility in the heart of Monmouthshire

I have received an email with exciting news from Helen Dawson as follows:

“We are looking at the possibility of building an all weather equestrian competition facility in the heart of Monmouthshire.

Having lived and worked in this county for 11 years we appreciate how horse orientated the area is. Monmouth has a horsey heart and a lot of equestrian talent but is without a central facility for riding, training, competing and socialising. To construct a business plan we require information about the need for a centre and the facilities required to maximise its usage for as many diferent equestrian disciplines as possible!

The purpose of the survey is to try and find out what people want so we can devise the best and most useful facility possible!

Please please fill it in and send it back!”

Please return by email to or by post to Miss Helen Dawson, Penylan House, Hendre, Monmouth, NP25 5NL”

To fill in the survey, click here:

Local interest at Bramham

Bramham International Horse Trials is underway in Yorkshire with event riders from Herefordshire and surrounding counties competing.

In the CCI3* Three day event, Louise Harwood (Skelton) from Eardisley, rides Mr Potts while Rosie Thomas from Grafton Farm, Worcs rides the popular Barry’s Best who missed his run at Badminton this year following the cancellation due to waterlogged ground.

Herefordshire’s Alice Pearson rides Beau Bear, the horse she had such a great ride on at Badminton last year, in the Under 25 CCI3*.

The highly competitive CIC3* includes possible Olympic horses, so watch the results on the website, or better still, jump in the car and go and support them all!

JUBILEE Drive 5th JUNE 2012 BDS Herefordshire

The Jubilee drive held at KC Riding and Rescue Centre Near Leominster on the 5th June was attended by about sixty members and friends. Eighteen turnouts set off most of them covered in red white and blue. The twelve mile drive through some of Herefordshire’s wonderful countryside was dry to the halfway point. Then the heavens opened and we all got soaked.

The BBQ afterwards was a little soggy but the Marquee meant that we kept mostly dry. Neville Jones proposed three cheers for the Queen and we raised the roof!!!

Gill Andrews judged the Best jubilee turnout and Ed Pyatt with Charlie was first, Jane Friend with Rosie second Kay Walton with Bess third, Dave Davies with Rosie (On her first rally) Fourth and Colin Quincy with Tim Fifth.

Many thanks to Roy Moore who hosted the drive and to all of the sturdy stalwarts who attended in spite of the forecast.


Kay and Bess at the Jubilee rally 3rd prize winners










Ed Pyatt with Charlie who won first prize










Dave and Judi Davies with Rosie Fourth place winners










Jane friend and Rosie who came second

RAF pilots call for riders to wear high-visibility gear

Horse and Hound report that RAF pilots call for riders to wear high-visibility gear.  H & H report: “If riders want to prevent accidents arising from low-flying aircraft, they must understand how invisible they are in the countryside, say pilots.” Read full story on the Horse and Hound website

Jane Goldsmith FBHS – 1941 – 2012

It is with much sadness that I must report the passing of Jane Goldsmith FBHS.

Jane Goldsmith, who lived in Warwickshire, was a source of inspiration to many.  She was a leading exponent of para equestrian throughout the world as well as a highly respected trainer in all disciplines. A former Chief Examiner for the British Horse Society, Jane was an FEI Para Steward and acted in many cases as an expert witness. Last year, she was presented with the Queen’s Award for Equestrianism for her outstanding service. She will be sadly missed.

Equine Hydrotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre Opens in the Cotswolds

The Centre of Excellence that is Peasebrook Equine Clinic, a purpose built Equine Veterinary Hospital & Equine Rehabilitation Centre is located in the heart of the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire – Worcestershire boarders. Peasebrook has seen great expansion, success & development over recent years. With 2012 having seen the acquisition of the NEW PER ECB Equine Spa & other facilities offered at the Veterinary rehabilitation centre. The Spa’s arrival has been timely with the amalgamation of the Veterinary Rehabilitation Services & Eq-Wise Therapy & is proving to be so beneficial to all clients of both businesses. The combined services have become invaluable for all involved. &

The team at Peasebrook are busy with preparations for their Summer Open Day & there is evidently great enthusiasm & team spirit circulating around the practice. The Open Day is set for Sunday 1st July 2012 at Peasebrook Equine Clinic, Little Buckland, Broadway. WR12 7JH. 11am – 4pm. There will be Equine Spa, Equi-Tred Treadmill, Solarium, ESMT & Arena demonstrations & Exhibitors throughout the day. Dressage Demo & Training, Show Jumping Demo & Training, Polo Display & Training, Lunging & Equine Training Aid Display & Gait Analysis. The PER team of Vets, Therapists, Nurses & Rehabilitation Staff will be available for discussions, questions & tours throughout the day. All welcome, for an official invitation call (01386) 853884 or email

Everyone at Peasebrook feels greatly privileged that Mary Bromiley MBE the Pioneer of Equine Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation will be the honorary guest, officially opening the PER ECB Equine Spa. Her years of experience & expertise are to be greatly respected. She is a very distinguished & honoured lecturer on the subject worldwide, has published numerous books and over the years has revolutionised the way racehorses have been treated and rehabilitated from soft tissue & muscle injury. She single-handedly linked Physiotherapy to the Veterinary profession & her MBE in the New Year’s honours list 2011 drew widespread acclaim.

Tim Galer MRCVS established Peasebrook Equine Clinic in 1991, the practice has an outstanding reputation & boasts facilities that are second to none: Stabling for 9 in-patients, resident veterinary surgeons, Equine Sports Therapist, Veterinary Nurses & Rehabilitation staff, Operating 2Theatre with padded recovery boxes, full Equine Surgical Referral Service, highly equipped laboratory open 24 hours, PER Equi-Tred Treadmill, PER ECB Equine Spa, KYLIX Equine Solarium, 25×45 Pro Track Arena, Lunge Pen, Turnout Pens, Turnout Paddocks of 30 Acres, Regular Dental Clinics, Diagnostic Imaging Unit, Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer Packages, Referrals taken from anywhere in the UK & Europe, Pre-Purchase Examinations in the UK & Europe. Equine practice serving: Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire & West Midlands.

The whole team at Peasebrook are committed to providing the highest standards of rehabilitation. They pride themselves in their excellent client communication, with rehabilitation clientele coming from within all equine disciplines; Dressage, Racing, Eventers, Endurance Horses, Trotters, Hunters, Show Jumpers, Polo, Riding Club, pony Club etc.

Tim and Claire Galer have set up Peasebrook rehabilitation centre, with the aim of providing a first class service for all the patients that enter the centre.  At Peasebrook they strive to ensure that each horse receives an individual program that suits each individual horse’s case. Combining Tim’s expert veterinary skills and Claire’s career as an equine sports therapist with a strong nutritional back ground, the clinic is able to ensure that horses are brought back from injury in the safest way. Therefore this helps to maximise the best chances for a full recovery, as well as aiming to improve each horse’s overall performance. Whether it is to return to Racing, Dressage, Eventing, and Show jumping or just to be a part of the family!

Physical therapy for horses is a rapidly evolving field. Over the past ten years there has been much research published on the use of physical therapy on horses. The treatments used for rehabilitation include ice, heat, exercise, massage, lasers, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and magnetic fields.

The human sports medicine specialist works by referral from a physician. Similarly the equine sport therapist must work in close co-operation with the veterinarian, having sought Veterinary Consent to treat. The successful outcome of physical therapy is dependent on the accuracy of the diagnosis. Input from the rider and trainer is also of great value.

Services at Peasebrook

Shock Wave Therapy, PER ECB Equine Spa, Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy, Kylix Equine Solarium, Therapeutic Laser Therapy, Remedial Sports Massage Therapy, Chiropractics, Osteopathy, Remedial Farriery, Nutritional Analysis, Stem Cell Therapy, Intra-Muscular Dry Needling Techniques, Joint Medication,  Gait Analysis, Magnotherapy, In-Hand Schooling & Groundwork, All Ridden Schooling Work, Treadmill Programmes, Individually Designed Exercise Strengthening & Training programmes. Ridden Tuition, Training & ongoing related Equine Educational  Courses. All of these rehabilitation services are either applied or overseen by a qualified on-site Equine Veterinary Surgeon.

Peasebrook Rehabilitation Centre boasts outstanding attention to detail & excellent service. The Centre is unique in, in that it is based at an Equine Veterinary Hospital. Therefore ensuring all Rehabilitation Programmes are designed specifically & overseen by the Resident Equine Veterinary Surgeons, Resident Equine Sports Therapist, On-Site Equine Veterinary Nurses & Rehabilitation Staff. Your horse could not be in better hands.

The Team at Peasebrook fulfil a niche where horses in rehabilitation do not fit into the daily regime of the competition / training yard. They provide owners with piece of mind of knowing that their horse is having the best possible chance of recovery to injury. Horse either stay post surgery or come in from other practices for their rehabilitation. They are taken through from post surgical recovery, through box rest, into light in-hand walking exercises. Then designing their individual rehabilitation programme, through Tred-Mill exercise, in-hand work through to ridden training. With the inclusion of the PER ECB Equine Spa, ESMT with Solarium & other treatment options.

Peasebrook accept horses at any point in their rehabilitation programme, from the acute injury requiring diagnostic work up to post surgical cases, box rest cases through to the case that is ready to begin a controlled exercise programme. Horses come in as day cases for Spa treatments, ESMT & Solarium & other day case treatments.

The Director of the centre Tim Galer MRCVS has over 25 years of experience in this field. This is an area where one needs to regularly call upon a wealth of experience to make correct clinical decisions. There is no substitute for having dealt with such a wide range of equine injury and rehabilitation situations.

Peasebrook Equine Rehabilitation Centre offers the ultimate in box-rest facilities with spacious stables. Each stable has the benefit of double aspect views which helps the horse to de-stress and relax whilst recovering from their injury. The fees are competitive and the atmosphere is always friendly and professional.

The goal for each horse at the centre is to not only have the injury recover in a shorter period of time, but to heal with a far greater quality of repair than comparative paddock rest, thereby reducing the chance of re-injury.

Whether your horse has an injured tendon or ligament, muscle soreness or strain, joint pain or even non-healing wounds, Peasebrook Rehabilitation Centre offers the best in professional care specifically designed to help equine athletes on the road to recovery.

Each rehabilitation program is designed, taking into consideration the type, extent of injury and estimated recovery time. This will be done in close consultation with either the referring veterinary surgeon or one of the Centre’s four resident veterinary surgeons.

Progress report’s are issued to the trainer and/or owners of the horse throughout the rehabilitation process.

At Peasebook Rehabilitation Centre you will find a complete range of treatments and courses geared toward the recuperation and fitness of sports horses. The services are backed by extensive research, and administered by  professional staff that share your compassion and concern for the equine athlete. The innovative rehabilitation treatments have been demonstrated to greatly speed recovery from illness or injuries. Peasebrook rehabilitation centre is able to take both long and short-term cases, and will do everything in their power to suit your individual requirements.


Tim Galer BVet Med. MRCVS, Cert ESM

Senior Veterinary Surgeon & Director of Peasebrook Equine Clinic

Michelle Lawrence BVet Med MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Rehabilitation Centre Team


Consultant Surgeons: Professor J.Geoffrey Lane  FRCVS and Henry Tremaine MRCVS both from Bristol Veterinary School visit the Practice when required, to carry out some of the upper airway, dental and sinus surgery. Tim Philips FRCVS from the Liphook Equine Hospital visits us to perform some of the more complex Orthopaedic Surgery.

Part – Time Locum Veterinary Surgeon Jacqui McCann  MRCVS continues to work at Peasebrook. Jackie is a devoted Equine Vet & is highly competent & valued member of the team.

Claire Galer BSc (Hons) Equine Science . ITEC Dip Eq. MESMA. ITEC Dip Hu. MIGPP                                                 Equine Nutritionist ~ Equine Sports Therapist ~ Sports & Remedial Therapist. Rehabilitation Centre Team & Manager

Anna Buchanon BSc (Hons) Equine Science                                                                                                                              Equine Veterinary Nurse & Rehabilitation Centre Team

Hannah Complin BSc (Hons) Equine Science                                                                                                                Equine Veterinary Nurse & Rehabilitation Centre Team

Anneliese Renne BSc (Hons) Equine Science                                                                                                               Office & Rehabilitation Centre Team & Practice Management

Lisa Pearson                                                                                                                                                                 Office Manager &  Accounts & Rehabilitation Centre Team Secretary

For further information & for your official invitation for the 1st July 2012 Peasebrook Equine Rehabilitation Centre Summer Open Day call the office on (01386)  853884 or Claire Galer on (07947) 655042

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Olympic Torch in the area…..

The Olympic Torch being carried into Hartpury by Ian Sockett


Today, Thursday 24th May, on the sixth day of its journey, the Olympic Flame will travel from Gloucester, through Hartpury, Staunton/Corse and on to Ledbury. It will enter Hartpury at 9.20 am and be carried through the village before getting to Staunton and Corse at 9.35am.


The full schedule through Herefordshire can be seen here:


Thursday 24 May

 Time and community

Flame will be carried along:

 Past a point on route/junction with
 10:05 Ledbury  A449  Biddulph Way Changes to Torchbearer mode
 10:06 Ledbury  A449  South Parade
 10:09 Ledbury  A449  Worcester Road (A449)
 10:11 Ledbury  High Street (A438)  Lloyds TSB
 10:11 Ledbury  High Street (A438)  High Street
 10:12 Ledbury  The Homend (A438)  Belle Orchard
 10:15 Ledbury  The Homend (A438)  Orchard Lane
 10:17 Ledbury  The Homend (A438)  Newbury Park
 10:19 Ledbury  The Homend (A438)  Masefield Avenue
 10:21 Ledbury  Hereford Road (A438)  Ballard Close
 10:24 Ledbury  Hereford Road (A438)  Saxon Way
 10:25 Ledbury  Hereford Road (A438)  At Roundabout (Changes to Convoy mode)

Torch in Convoy mode


 Time and community

Flame will be carried along

 Passed a point on route/junction with
 10:44 Bartestree  A438  Longworth Lane Change to Torchbearer mode
 10:44 Bartestree  A438  Bartestree Stores
 10:47 Bartestree  A438  Wilcroft Park
 10:48 Bartestree  A438  Hagley Orchard
 10:50 Bartestree  A438  Williams Mead
 10:52 Bartestree  A438  Welcome to Lugwardine sign
 10:55 Lugwardine  A438  ‘White Rose Cottage’
 10:57 Lugwardine  A438  Rhystone Lane
 10:58 Lugwardine  A438  St Marys RC High School
 11:00 Lugwardine  A438  Lugwardine Court Orchard
 11:01 Lugwardine  A438  Tidnor Lane (Changes to Convoy mode)

Torch in Convoy mode


 Time and community

Flame will be carried along

 Past a point on route/junction with
 11:06 Hereford  A438  Hampton Dene Road (Change to Torchbearer mode)
 11:06 Hereford  Ledbury Road  Whittern Way
 11:07 Hereford  Ledbury Road (A438)  Salisbury Avenue
 11:09 Hereford  Ledbury Road (A438)  Burden Road
 11:11 Hereford  Ledbury Road (A438)  Folly Lane
 11:13 Hereford  Folly Lane  Clifton Road
 11:15 Hereford  Folly Lane  Southbank Road
 11:16 Hereford  Folly Lane  Whittern Way
 11:16 Hereford  Folly Lane  Hereford Sixth Form College
 11:19 Hereford  Hereford Sixth Form College  Private event – not open to public
 11:21 Hereford  Hereford Sixth Form College  Private event – not open to public



 Time and community

Flame will be carried along

 Past a point on route/junction with
 12:21 Hereford  Exit Hereford Sixth Form College  onto Folly Lane
 12:23 Hereford  Folly Lane  Aylestone Hill (A465)
 12:24 Hereford  Aylestone Hill  Aylestone Drive
 12:25 Hereford  Aylestone Hill (A465)  Moreland Avenue
 12:26 Hereford  Aylestone Hill (A465)  Barrs Court Road
 12:28 Hereford  Commercial Road (A465)  Station Approach
 12:29 Hereford  Commercial Road (A465)  Stonebow Road
 12:30 Hereford  Commercial Road (A465)  Union Walk
 12:31 Hereford  Commercial Road (A465)  Blueschool Street
 12:33 Hereford  Blueschool Street (A438)  Commercial Street
 12:33 Hereford  Commercial Street  Mayford Street
 12:34 Hereford  Commercial Street  Lloyds TSB
 12:35 Hereford  Commercial Street  Widemarsh Street
 12:36 Hereford  High Street  Broad Street
 12:36 Hereford  Broad Street  ‘The Green Dragon’
 12:37 Hereford  Broad Street  Hereford Cathedral
 12:39 Hereford  Kings Street  Bridge Street
 12:39 Hereford  St Nicholas Street  Victoria Street
 12:40 Hereford  Victoria Street (A49)  Eign Street
 12:43 Hereford  Victoria Street (A49)  Cattle Market Roundabout
 12:44 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  Canonmoor Street
 12:46 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  Hereford Utd FC
 12:48 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  BP Petrol station
 12:49 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  Prior Street
 12:49 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  Nolan Road
 12:50 Hereford  Edgar Street (A49)  Newtown Road
 12:51 Hereford  Newtown Road (A49)  Mortimer Road
 12:54 Hereford  Newtown Road (A49)  Holmer Road (A49)
 12:55 Hereford  Holmer Road (A49)  Holmer C of E Primary School
 12:57 Hereford  Holmer Road (A49)  Herbie Samuels Way
 12:59 Hereford  Holmer Road (A49)  Hereford Skatepark (Changes to Convoy mode)

Torch in Convoy mode


 Time and community

Flame will be carried along

 Past a point on route/junction with
 13:19 Leominster  B4361  St Botolph’s Green (Change to Torchbearer mode)
 13:19 Leominster  Hereford Road (B4361)  Elm Close
 13:21 Leominster  Hereford Road (B4361)  Hereford Terrace – Leominster Infants school
 13:22 Leominster  Hereford Road (B4361)  Churchill Avenue
 13:25 Leominster  South Street (B4361)  Hawthorne Place
 13:27 Leominster  South Street (B4361)  Westbury Street
 13:27 Leominster  High Street (B4361)  Etnam Street
 13:28 Leominster  High Street (B4361)  West Street
 13:29 Leominster  West Street  Rainbow Street
 13:30 Leominster  Rainbow Street  Burgess Street
 13:31 Leominster  Burgess Street  Broad Street
 13:33 Leominster  Broad Street  New Street (A44)
 13:34 Leominster  Broad Street  Richards Castle Turnoff (B436)
 13:37 Leominster  Mill Street (A44)  Porters Mill Close (Changes to Convoy mode)

Torch carried to Ludlow in Convoy mode


Friday 25 May 2012

Torch carried from Malvern in Convoy mode


 Time and community

Flame will be carried along

 Past a point on route/junction with
 10:11 Ross  Ledbury Road  Oak Tree Rise (Change to Torchbearer mode)
 10:12 Ross  Ledbury Road  Overross Close
 10:14 Ross  Ledbury Road  Three Crosses Road / Welcome to Ross sign
 10:15 Ross  Ledbury Road  Court Road
 10:16 Ross  Ledbury Road  Checkley Close
 10:18 Ross  Ledbury Road  Brookmead
 10:20 Ross  Ledbury Road  Millpond Street
 10:22 Ross  Millpond Street  Station Road
 10:24 Ross  Station Road  Cantilupe Road
 10:25 Ross  Cantilupe Road  Gloucester Road (B4260)
 10:28 Ross  Gloucester Road  onto High Street
 10:29 Ross  High Street  St Mary’s Street / Lloyds TSB
 10:30 Ross  High Street  Wilton Road (B4260) (Changes to Convoy mode)

Torch carried to Monmouth in Convoy mode

A detailed map of the Torch Relay route can be found on the London 2012 website at

Heatwave coming!

The Met Office have said temperatures would reach the “high-20s” in the South, Midlands and Welsh borders Wednesday onwards, some have even predicted higher than 27C, according to the Telegraph website. So having been cold and wet for 6 weeks, you’re now going to be too hot!

Badminton & Chatsworth riders re-route to the Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials, Norfolk


Over 350 competitors have entered the international classes at this year’s Subaru Houghton International.

The organisers have rescheduled the programme to accommodate the huge field, and will now run Cross Country over three days, Friday 25 – Sunday 27 May. 17.  The FEI Nations Cup will take place on Saturday 26 May.

Alec Lochore, Event Director and Eventing Manager at London 2012, says, “After the sad cancellation of Badminton and Chatsworth, we are now inundated with entries.  We are delighted that so many international competitors will be making their way to Norfolk next week including 80 riders from 16 countries for the inaugural Nations Cup competition.  There are a significant number of horses and riders at Houghton who will also be challenging for the Gold Medals in London on 31 July.  Houghton is blessed with free draining soil and the all important going will be good next weekend.”

In addition to the international classes, some 300 riders and horses will take part in other competitions at Houghton, including the Burghley Young Event Horse class, unaffiliated show jumping and dressage, and the Eventers Grand Prix.

“We are keen to give young riders the chance to compete in a top class setting” comments Lochore, “By offering classes for Pony Club riders upwards, we are helping to support the international riders of tomorrow.”

For information on the event, visit

For a preview on riders competing at the event, visit

Watch the highlights of Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro’s World recording breaking dressage test – over 88%

Sadly Badminton has been cancelled

The press release says, Monday 30th April 2012:

“The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded.  Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out.  Very sadly therefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.

Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, Sponsors and riders will of course be refunded as soon as is practical.

Hugh Thomas
Event Director”

Coming soon…..Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars

Cancelled events due to weather

Keep an eye on the what’s on page for events which have been cancelled due to the wet weather. The listing will start with “CANCELLED - ” just before the rest of the event listing.  Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news and updates.

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Join exclusive XC and SJ course-walks and experts at the horse inspections at The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Leading riders, coaches, British Eventing selectors and a veterinarian are offering a unique insight into the thrilling sport of three-day-eventing at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Tina Cook, Gill Watson and Mandy Stibbe are among the names to offer their advice and anecdotes in an action packed timetable from Thursday 3rd May – Monday 7th May.

Tickets are priced at a minimum donation of £10 – with all proceeds going to support Britain’s international equestrian teams, Equestrian Team GBR.

To book visit or for more information contact Anna Bruce at or Tel 07970 285781.


Thursday 3rd May – meeting at the EquestrianTeam GBR Marquee – stand 100

13.00 XC Course walks with British Eventing international riders Richard Waygood and Ben Hobday, British Eventing team selectors; Mandy Stibbe, Angela Tucker and Robin Balfour, and accredited coach Sue Edwards. Minimum donation £20.00 including refreshments.

15.15 Expert advice at the Horse Inspection with British Eventing international riders Nick Gauntlett and Ben Hobday, British Eventing Selectors, Angela Tucker and Mandy Stibbe, Young Horse judge, Sue Clark; and accredited coach Sue Edwards. Minimum donation £10.00 including refreshments.


Friday 4th May – meeting at the Equestrian Team GBR Marquee – stand 100

11.15 XC course walk with accredited coach Mandy Lucey – particularly suited for young/aspiring event riders. Minimum donation £15.00

12.45 XC course walk with British Eventing international rider Richard Waygood MBE – ideal for all ages. Minimum donation £15.00


Saturday 5th May – meeting at the Equestrian Team GBR Marquee – stand 100

11.15 XC course walk with either (subject to availability) the legendary British youth team coach Gill Watson or young international rider, Ben Hobday. Minimum donation £15.00

12.45 XC course walk with either (subject to availability) the legendary British youth team coach Gill Watson or young international rider, Ben Hobday. Minimum donation £15.00


Monday 7th May – meeting in front of Badminton House

07.30hrs  Expert advice at the Horse Inspection with British Eventing international rider Ben Hobday, British Eventing Selectors, Angela Tucker and Mandy Stibbe and veterinarian, Mark Lucey, Minimum donation £10.00 including refreshments.

09.30hrs  Show jumping course walk with international rider Ben Hobday and British Eventing selector Mandy Stibbe – ticket for those also donating for the horse inspection – minimum donation for combined package £15.00 including refreshments.


Monday 7th May – meeting at the Equestrian Team GBR Marquee – stand 100

09.00 Welcome refreshment and Show Jumping course walk with British Eventing international rider, Tina Cook  who will be joined (as soon as possible after the horse inspection) by the legendary former Badminton Horse Trials winner, and coach, Lucinda Green.  Minimum donation £10.00 including refreshments.


Equestrian TeamGBR can also be supported by

  • donating into our collection buckets at the event,
  • donating to sign our giant ‘good luck’ boards for our international teams,
  • buying Best of British wares at the John Lewis/Team GBR stand (stand 100) and
  • by coming along to a Celebrity sports quiz – featuring young British riders -Laura Collett, Lauren Shannon and Ben Hobday along with ‘BEF Excel Manager’, David Hamer, as they take on journalists, Radio Badminton and Horse & Hound Magazine at 7pm at The Outside Chance bar in the grounds of the horse trials.

Donations can also be made by cheque payable to BEF-EquestrianTeamGBR and posted to; British Equestrian Federation, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH

Have your tack marked at the Equine Market Watch Tack Sale, for prevention against theft.

A local community Police Officer will be attending the Equine Market Watch Tack Sale at Edwyn Ralph Village Hall next Tues night (24th April)  with tack marking and tack checking kits.  If anyone in the area would like to have any of their tack marked on the night, or wants to find out any further information on the systems available regarding crime and theft prevention, she will be very pleased to help you.


Please note the change of date for the Lucinda Green Clinic at Hilltop XC Ledbury

Previously planned for 9th May, it has been changed to Wed. 16th May

The Pit Ponies and other Needy Horses & Ponies In our area need a little help

Their micro Charity (No 1002933) is privileged to have become a part of “Small Charity Week 2012″.  A national event June 11th until June 15th with all the publicity and razz-a-ma-tazz that the “FSI” can muster.

They have been given two opportunities:

1. to hold a fundraising event in the new St David’s Centre in Cardiff.

2. to find items with “Celebrity” provenance to auction that week on a special E-Bay sponsored event.

They need some help in Cardiff to assist passing members of the public to support the last few Welsh Pit Ponies in their retirement and all the other Needy Horses & Ponies they can.

Can you and/or someone you know spare a couple of hours on Tuesday 12th June?

Do you know any celebrities or someone who does who can ask for a special “Money can’t buy item or experience” for the ponies? For example,  Tea4Two with Dame Judi Dench at the Ritz London? A script (used) by David Tennent as Dr Who? or A Mini Skirt worn by “Becky” in ITV’s Coronation Street?

Please help if you can! Contact details below.

We have posted a few 5 min videos at for your enjoyment/information. You can also meet Wallace the Pit Pony at

One-day there will be a permanent home for the Welsh Pit Ponies.  It will have mature trees to provide shade from the summer sun, a babbling brook will cascade down into pools of clear water to drink long and cool from on hot summer days, It will have a good range of buildings to stable old bones on cold winter nights.  It will be easily accessible so anyone who wants to will be able to visit the Ponies.

To help make this a reality please visit;

to find out how you can help us help them.

Fforest Uchaf Horse & Pony Centre & The Pit Pony Sanctuary

Fforest Uchaf Farm, Penycoedcae, Pontypridd, CF37 1PS

Tel;01443480327 e-mail

(P.S.  There will be considerable media attention to the events of Small Charity Week so you will need to be aware and agree that you may be photographed/filmed by the media during your session.)

Foster mare required in Tewkesbury area

Foster mare required in Tewkesbury area, GLoucestershire for 2 week old TB foal. If you can help please contact 07533890659.

Early HOYS qualification for show producers Mark Armstrong and Alan Charlesworth

Last week saw one of the first entries secured for Droitwich at Octobers’ prestigious Horse of the Year Show.

Renowned show producers Mark Armstrong and Alan Charlesworth, who relocated from Leicestershire to Droitwich last September, attended the West Midlands PoniesUK In Hand Show at the Three Counties Showground with Mark Armstrong’s 3 year old mare, Romanno Bedriska. Bred out of Olympic dressage stallion Quando Quando she was only bought in November from breeder Jenny Gilchrist in Scotland. Shown in the ring by Alan Charlesworth, they firstly won the Riding Horse Championships and then went on to win the Cuddy Qualifier Championship and also take the Supreme in Show, beating many ridden horses.

To win all three championships and qualify for HOYS in her very first outing is a dream come true for owner Mark Armstrong, and is an amazing performance from Romanno Bedriska. Says Mark, “I am overjoyed with Romanno Bedriska today. She has behaved impeccably at her first show and to win as she has done today is astounding. I knew she had talent and am so pleased that my convictions have come true. She is a real star in the making.”

The partnership hope to continue the showing season with continued success at county shows throughout the country, and also their breeding programme with the two stallions they currently have standing – Broadstone West Country and The Fife Flyer. For more information please visit

Thieves at competitions

A car was robbed of two handbags whilst at a competition at an equestrian centre in Herefordshire. The thieves drove up, took bags and tried to withdraw money in Upton and Tewkesbury. I have heard of this happening a lot over the years at competitions, so please be careful!

Aintree & the Grand National

This week sees the annual Aintree meeting which starts on Thursday with Liverpool Day and concludes on Saturday 14th April – Grand National Day. Find out more on the Aintree website –

Beware – Bogus emails

When you place an advert on the website and include an email address, you may receive bogus/scam emails from people showing interest in your horse or item.  The emails are very strange and you should be able to see straight away that they aren’t genuine.  Here is an example of an email being sent at present:

“How are you doing ,

My name is Benjamin Garry

Am writing you to know that I would like you to kindly email me with more information of your horse for sale on herefordequestrian.

I would be glad to read from you if only you still have the horse for sale and then email me with the following

.The pet name you call the horse

.How much is your last price

.When was the horse last vet checked

.What food do you feed the horse.

Thank you and waiting to read from you with the necessary information.


When you place a classified ad on this site using the ‘Place an ad’ form (linked from the classified ads page) there is a warning re the possible implications of including your email address and you have the option of contacting the website to have your email address removed from the advert. Some sellers do take this option, while others are confident and happy to  ‘weed’ out the non-genuine replies.  If you receive an email which looks ‘dodgy’, please do forward it to me.

One day emergency first aid course

Tregoyd Riding Centre is trying to organise a one day  emergency first aid course here at Tregoyd Farm, Brecon, Powys with Strata Medical before 22nd April 2012.

Strata Medical’s courses relate to outdoor activities and are very thorough.  With a minimum of five participants the course would cost £45.00 per person, gradually dropping in price to £32.50 for a maximum of 12 participants.

Please telephone Jo Price on 01497 847351 if you would like to book a place.

The winner of the March ‘Jelliebox’ competition is……

The winner of our March competition, kindly sponsored by Jelliebox, is Kerstin Maile. Click on ‘Collecting Ring’, then click on ‘Competitions’ to see more!

Sponsored by Jelliebox –

Herefordshire Junior showjumper gains sponsorship

Herefordshire Junior showjumper, Erin Cullimore from Kingsland, is now to be sponsored by Classic Showjumps of Bury, Lancashire. The company has a policy of supporting up and coming riders as well as working with top riders such as Oliver Townend and Tina Gifford. “ Classic Showjumps’ help is going to be invaluable for my preparations for the Scope second rounds and my potential qualification for HOYS” said Erin. Her new ride, My Fletcher has his 4 double clears at Newcomers and Tally Ho Toby his 4 at Discovery.

“ I am really looking forward to having some new jumps to practice with’ said Erin, “ but my mum is really pleased that she will be getting a nice new blue Equibarrow with a purple wheel!”

Classic Showjumps are stocked at Countrywide Stores through Herefordshire. Their whole range can be seen at

Interested in riding in the FODD countryside?

The Greenways Project in the Forest of Dean District is being launched on 30 March at Mitcheldean Community Centre with an open event starting at 1.30pm and finishing at 4.00pm Everyone who is interested in accessing our countryside is welcome to come. Tea/coffee/biscuits from 1.30 – 2.00pm and then a panel session to respond to questions etc.

Steve Brady is coming to the UK

Steve Brady is coming to the UK! (See whats on page 28, 29, 30 May). The demo at Hartpury on 28th, will include work with a range of horses from unbroken youngsters to competition horses. Steve will show you how to improve performance and solve common ground work and ridden problems. If you have a problem horse which you would like to put forward to be used at the demo, please contact Sarah – contact details on ‘Whats on’, 28th May, venue – Hartpury, Glos.


The Entry list for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2012 is published today on the Badminton website and it is as star studded as ever in this Olympic year. Once again, not all the aspiring riders have been able to be accommodated, so there is a Waiting List of 49 after the usual 85 have been taken.

12 nations will be represented. The leading rider is undoubtedly Michael Jung, reigning World and European Champion from Germany, at Badminton for the first time, who brings Leopin FST. The horse with most international points at the top of the entries is Lenamore, looking for his first win and 8th completion under Caroline Powell from New Zealand.

6 previous winners are among those accepted: Mary King, the 2011 HSBC FEI Classics Series Champion; Pippa Funnell, the only Rolex Grand Slam winner; William Fox-Pitt, 6 times Burghley winner; Mark Todd, the 2011 Mitsubishi Motors champion and double Olympic gold medallist; Andrew Hoy, triple Olympic team gold medallist, back at Badminton after a short absence; and Oliver Townend, another who has done the Badminton and Burghley double.

Zara Phillips has a good chance of a top placing with High Kingdom while Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) goes for his first win after a record 32 completions to date and former world champion Jean Teulere heads a strong French challenge. The Irish are out in force, no doubt eager to snatch one of their country’s three slots in the Olympic Games and for many riders this will be the last major chance to catch the selectors’ eye before the squads are announced for Greenwich. With very few riders from any nation being guaranteed an Olympic place, the tension is sure to last until the very last show jump is cleared.

After the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships on Thursday 3rd May, the international starts in earnest with two days of dressage on Friday and Saturday, cross country on Sunday 6th May and the climax in the main arena on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.

Equine Market Watch UK win National award

Equine Market Watch UK are feeling very elated right now, as they’ve just taken a national award at the star-studded Wetnose Awards event hosted by Gavin and Andrea Gamby – Boulger at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, London on  9 March 2012.  From the Burgess group of animal feeds, they won the Wetnose Award for Best Equine Rescue 2012.

L to R: EMW's Amy Jones, Actress Jenny Seagrove and EMW's Elaine Tasker

Left: Two of the trustees, Elaine (right) and Amy – (left) receiving their recent award from actress and animal lover Jenny Seagrove.

Click this link to watch the film clip of EMW UK shown at the award ceremony

EMW Larry and trustee Samantha EMW Sanctuaries UK

Left: EMW Larry with another trustee Sam, Larry is one of our resident ponies who has severe joint problems due to issues of being bred down in size.


Reg. charity no. 1114700 Call 07944581831 


Support the Air Ambulance

As with Lifeboats, any one of us or relatives could need the services of the Air Ambulance.

Due to a loophole in the VAT laws the RNLI can claim back the VAT on fuel but the Air Ambulance can’t, despite them both being charities. Please help by clicking on the link and signing the petition.  If it gets 100,000 signatures there will be good chance it will be debated in Parliament.

Has your horse got a sore back?

Melanie Betts, McTimoney Animal Therapist, has written a very interesting article for the website which you can read either by visiting the Collecting Ring, then Horsecare Articles, or the A-Z Directory – Articles,  horsecare. Or just Click here for a quick link.

Mel has a Masters Degree in McTimoney Animal Therapy and treats horses and dogs. She also trained with Mary Bromiley, world leading authority on equine sports massage and physiotherapist to the New Zealand Olympic equestrian teams, and has an ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage and is also a qualified ITEC Holistic Human Massage Therapist.



2 amended fun ride dates

The dates for 2 fun rides have been altered:

WBRA Easter Fun Ride round the Wyre Forest, near Bewdley, is now on 31 March. See details by clicking here

The Much Cowarne Parish Fun Ride at Panksbridge Farm, is now on 7th April. See details by clicking here

And the winner is……

The winner of the competition to win a 12 x 10 framed photograph of their horse taken on location at their own home by photographer Wendy Lilygreen  is……Hayley Fletcher, from Ludlow, Shropshire.

Congratulations to Hayley.

A new competition will be launched later today.

Robert Oliver Showing Clinic

Robert Oliver Showing Clinic – Kings Equestrian Centre – Thursday 1st March 2012.  Tickets available on the door, please note that we are wishing to commence at 7pm.  Tickets £7.00.  If you have any queries please contact the organiser 07771 815700.

Last chance to enter competition….

Win a 12″ x 10″ framed photograph of your horse (or dog), sponsored by Wendy Lilygreen Photography. Visit to enter and for full details. Entries close midnight 29th February.

Herefordshire’s James Robinson and Comanche head for their 10th Badminton

All being well, Herefordshire vet and event rider James Robinson and Comanche will be heading for their 10th Badminton this year. That’s quite some feat!  See the interview on the Badminton website:

New HOYS rules for showing classes

New Horse of the Year Show rules for showing classes prove controversial report Horse & Hound.  See full story here:

Highwayman required for short film

I have been approached by a television production student at the university of Gloucestershire.  They are currently making a short documentary about Highwaymen. They would like to film a Highwayman getting on his horse and riding away.  If you are a man with a horse and wouldn’t mind dressing up and riding for an afternoon, please contact me by email so that I can pass your contact details on. They will provide the costume.  If you think you are the man for this part, please send me an email explaining why you would be perfect!

Former Hartpury College graduate & horse killed in explosion in USA

Erica Marshall, 28,  and the horse from the O’Connor event team was killed in an explosion at an equine facility in Florida report Horse and Hound. Read full story.

Great news regarding bridleway network!

Local riders secure grant to improve and extend the bridleway network in the Forest of Dean and district. If you think you might have the skills to project manage this, then go to and follow the link to the Greenways Project.

Nine-month suspended prison sentence

Horse and Hound report that the Yorkshire dealer who took horses on loan then sold them on has received a nine-month suspended prison sentence. Let that be a warning to all those trying the same! Read full report here.

Win £200 in the Cotswold Vale Farmers PC Grand Raffle!

The Cotswold Vale Farmers PC are celebrating their 60th Anniversary during 2012 and to celebrate are holding a Grand Raffle to raise funds for their club.  There are some great prizes, with 1st prize £200 cash! The raffle will be drawn on 30 March 2012 and tickets are available from Pip Morris: 07513 994215.  Click here to see the full list of prizes.

The winner of the competition….

is Gemma Webster who has won a £20 voucher to spend at the Olde Forge Tackshop, Wormbridge, Herefordshire.

A new competition will be launched very soon.



If you would like to show your horse but feel that you don’t have the knowledge nor the expertise, why not come and join ROBERT OLIVER on Thursday 1st March 2012, from 7pm – 9pm at Kings Equestrian Centre, Sturts Farm, Winslow, Bromyard HR7 4SR. Tickets £7.00 each

Irish Draught Horse Society Regional Representative, Elizabeth Langford, had been thinking of ideas, which would benefit the Members and, at the same time, help the Society.

Liz says ”I had received several calls from members in my area who were keen to start showing their animals but didn’t know where to start.  The Society President, Robert Oliver, lives within my area and has always been very willing to help us promote the Irish Draught, so I thought that I would contact him and ask for his assistance.”

Robert and his wife, Claire, said that they would be delighted to come and talk to members about the preparation for showing, how to dress both horse and handler, which tack should be used for various classes etc., and Liz has arranged for a variety of horses to be there on the night, Cobs, Hunters, Riding Horses, both purebred Irish Draughts and I D Sport Horses, ridden and in-hand, so that Robert can point out what should be done and what could be done to show the horses to their best advantage.

Robert says:” There are many ways to improve the look of any horse in the show ring – even just a simple thing like changing a nose band can make all the difference.”

This is an unique opportunity to hear it straight from the acknowledged expert in all types of showing. Anyone from any area, at any level is most welcome.

Says Liz “I have already sold a lot of tickets so people will have to hurry if they want to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets  for this exciting event are available from Liz Langford, Coldnose Farm, Dewsall, Hereford HR2 8DD.  01432 353468

Rewards offered to help catch whoever mutilated and killed horses in South Wales & Cornwall

Horse and Hound report that Rewards totalling £5,000 are being offered to help catch whoever mutilated and killed two horses in Cornwall and south Wales. Read full story here:

Talented young showjumpers gear up to learn from the experts

Twelve up and coming showjumpers will descend on Solihull Equestrian Centre in the West Midlands next week (16-17 January) to hone their talent in the saddle and learn how to deliver a championship winning performance when it matters.

The two-day performance camp is an integral part of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) England Excel Talent Programme, which aims to seek out and nurture a pool of talented riders across the England Regions for future success. The training will develop their technical skill and ability to perform in the arena when competing, plus veterinary care, nutrition and sports psychology.

On day one riders will learn how best to train at home for a faultless performance in the ring with International team coach Corinne Bracken. They will then be coached on the flat by leading International dressage rider and multiple national title holder, Michael Eilberg.

Out of the saddle, the first day’s focus will be on the importance of physical fitness, with guidance from strength and conditioning coach Luke Sweet. The riders will also benefit from expert advice on their horse’s foot care and shoeing from farrier Ben Benson.

Day two will see each rider tackle an individual course, again under the watchful eye of Corinne Bracken. They will then consolidate their flatwork training with Michael Eilberg. The riders will pick up dietary tips from nutritionist Chris Rofinus, a sport science specialist from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) at Loughborough University, and analyse their mental attitude to training and competition with sports psychologist Nichola Kentzer.

The BEF England Excel Talent Programme was introduced in 2011 and the nationalised format will allow the BEF to provide a heightened level of expertise, so aiding riders’ development as all-round athletes.

This two-day course forms part of a series of Excel training camps across the equestrian Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. Dressage and event riders have already benefited from the first of two winter training camps, while the Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes are due to attend their first course later this month.

For more information about the programme visit:

War Horse reigns in theatregoers

Theatre production sees boost in ticket demand thanks to film adaptation ~

The forthcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse this weekend has seen fans of the story chomping at the bit for tickets to see the stage production according to viagogo, Europe’s largest ticket marketplace.

The excitement around the film release of War Horse has seen searches for the theatre show double in the past 72 hours on viagogo, making it currently the most popular theatre production based on demand.

With new highly acclaimed productions like One Man Two Guvnors and Richard II running over the next month theatregoers are spoilt for choice, but it is the long running War Horse that has galloped into the lead as the most wanted theatre ticket in the UK.

Ed Parkinson, Director of viagogo UK said: “The recent “Royal” buzz around the film release has reinvigorated ticket demand for this award winning production, with film fans cantering to theatreland to compare the stage performance to the big screen”

New Year website competition….

Win a £20 voucher to spend at The Olde Forge Tack Shop!

See the ‘Collecting Ring’, ‘Competitions’ page for full details.

It is hoped to bring you more competitions to cheer you up from the winter blues!

Mitsubishi Motors UK to continue sponsoring Badminton for three more years

As preparations for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials get underway for the 2012 Event, the organisers have an extra reason to start the year with optimism. Continuing what is one of the longest sponsorships in sport (starting in 1992) Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has extended their support for three more years, up to and including 2015.

Said Event Director Hugh Thomas,

“This welcome renewal will take Mitsubishi’s involvement to twenty four years of a very happy relationship with Badminton and we look forward to a secure future in these challenging economic times.”

In response, Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s Managing Director, replied,

“Even in difficult times for the UK motor industry and the world economy, our commitment to equestrianism and especially three-day eventing at all levels is as strong as ever. We are proud to pledge our ongoing support to all those who take part in the sport, whether riders, support staff, friends or families. This new agreement underlines our commitment to every level of the sport by including the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship as well as the main Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials itself.”

Badminton 2012 will be significant as a last chance for many international team managers to see their riders perform at a top 4 star event before heading to the London 2012 Olympics at Greenwich in the summer. It is also a reminder that it was at the last London Olympics in 1948 that the 10th Duke of Beaufort, after watching a lacklustre performance by the British Three day Event team, offered Badminton Park as a venue for an annual Olympic format Event. In 1949 the first ever Badminton was run.

This year the International Trials run from Friday 4th – Monday 7th May, with the Cross Country again taking place on the Sunday and the climax on Bank Holiday Monday for a record first prize of £65,000, a fitting reward for the world’s premier Three Day Event. Riders will also be conscious that Badminton is part of both the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing and the HSBC FEI Classics Series, the two combinations of top events that unite the sport throughout the year. William Fox-Pitt as the current Burghley Champion is the man to watch for the Rolex Grand Slam, while Mary King will be keen to win the Classics Series again and was indeed the leading rider in the HSBC Rider Rankings at the end of the 2011 season.

Reflecting the excitement of a home Olympics, Badminton has decided to make its official ‘cause’ for 2012 Equestrian Team GBR, raising money for all the British teams taking part in Olympic, World and European Championships over the next four years.

Running just before the International event (Wednesday & Thursday 2nd/3rd May) will be the very popular Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, where qualified leisure riders get their chance to compete on the hallowed turf. Once again enthusiasm for this part of Badminton is huge, riders having qualified in autumn 2011 and now preparing for the most important days of their sporting life. In addition, for the first time for many years, Badminton will host on Thursday 3rd May the first 2012 qualifying round for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Championships, which is sure to bring many breeders and followers to see the potential stars of the future.

As ever the Badminton weekend promises top sport, over 500 trade exhibitors and a great family day out. Wednesday 2nd May which is Grassroots Dressage (only) day is free of charge but tickets for the rest of the great event go on sale now through the Badminton Box Office, which opened to previous customers on its Mailing List on 4th January and will be available to everyone online from 11th January at

Welsh Rider awarded compensation following fall

Horse and Hound report that a Welsh rider from Dinas Powys, has been awarded compensation including costs, by a High Court judge in Cardiff,  for “injuries caused by the inconsiderate actions of a riding school employee.”

Read the full story on the Horse and Hound website –

Happy New Year!

Have a happy, healthy and successful New Year!

And lets look forward to many medals in the equestrian events at London 2012!  Good luck everyone.

Horse owners – be vigilant around Monmouth area

A quick note for all in and around Monmouth. A horse owner went to feed her horses on the afternoon of 29th December at approx 4:30 pm. There was a man standing next to the electric tape in the field calling the horses over. Up on to the road there was a pick up truck with horse box attached. As he saw her walking towards him he jumped the gate and got in his truck to drive off.  She was unable to get a reg number as it was to far away.

She has, however, informed the police and they will be doing checks to make sure he will not return.

This vigilant horse owner has done her best to ring round everyone she knows with horses in the area as there may be a chance he will be after others. So, please please keep an eye out.  The truck was a dark open black truck, with a dark horse box not a new one.  He was wearing a black wool hat, black wool jumper and dark trousers. Approx late forties, early fifties and scruffy!

We suggest you have your horses microchipped as this gives proof of ownership in the event of your horse being stolen!

Pranksters in the Pembridge, Bearwood area?

I received an email from Marion saying:

“I thought that several incidents which have happened in my area might be of interest to other horse owners in the Pembridge, Bearwood area of Herefordshire….

Before Christmas I went out to feed my four horses …no horses ! we discovered that one of the field gates was lying flat on the ground ,I found the horses half a mile away grazing at lower Bearwood ,we thought that the gales we had overnight, had lifted the gate ,a few days later my nieghbour found two horses in her garden escaped from a farm nearby ,yesterday I helped my friend Sue who has a livery yard half a mile from me, rehang two paddock gates that were taken off there hinges ,we also discovered the tying strings on a horse box parked at the same yard had all been cut ..does this follow on from the tail cutting incident that happened in Sept or is it pranksters out for a bit of fun?”

If anything similar has happened to you, please let me know either by leaving a comment below or email

Hereford Equestrian wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas everyone.

It’s been quite a year for Hereford Equestrian with the relaunch of the website which eventually went live at the end of February.  Whilst the new look was very well received, there were a few teething problems with the inevitable ‘bugs’ which always seem to go hand in hand with a new website. A persistent problem with the classified ad system was resolved by ditching the ‘plugin’ used and rewriting the whole section, successfully done and resulting in a totally stable and extremely popular classified ads section. Thanks for your patience during those early days.

The competition I’d hoped to run after launching the site, will now be held in 2012 giving you the chance to win some great prizes.  Other parts of the website which have been waiting for development, will also be given due attention in the New Year and there are some new ideas too!

Don’t forget to send in your competition results, reports and photos and any news or suggestions for ‘your’ website!

Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy and successful New Year and thank you for your loyal support.


The days start getting longer now!

December 21st is the shortest day, so everyone can now look forward, not only to Christmas and New Year, but also to the days getting gradually longer. Snowdrops will soon appear, then daffodils and before you know it the competition season will really get going again. Keep your eye on the What’s On page as new events are being added and there will no doubt be a flood of new entries to that page early in the New Year.

Horse found – Kinnersley, Herefordshire, final update

FINAL UPDATE: A message has been posted on Facebook, by the person who has been looking after the ‘abandoned’ grey horse and lead the search for his owner. She says: “Sorry for the delay in an update.  This is not going to be the news most of you want to hear, but I can’t share with you any details that I have now found out about this horse due to legal reasons connected to him.  However, I can say, we are now aware of his history and do not need to continue the search for his owner.  Thank you all very much for your help.”

Previous news:

A horse was found at Kinnersley, Herefordshire on 8th December.  He’s a grey 16/16.1ish gelding, very friendly, has a head collar on and is shod all round; not clipped.

Update 11 December: This lovely horse’s owners still havent ‘claimed’ him. He has been moved to a safe place so he can be cared for (he was in a crop field with no proper water supply). He seems fit and healthy and is well handled so he has obviously been well looked after up until recently. It looks like he has been shod very recently. The vet will be coming out to him in the next couple of days to give him a once over and scan for a chip.  LATEST UPDATE: The horse IS microchipped, so we await further information.

He’s been measured and he is approximately 16hh, we’ll try and get the vet to age him if possible as that may also help with the search for his owners.

If anyone has any information on him could they please call Beth on 07748151153 or Jen on 07917011807. Alternatively they could email Jen at

Equestrian Related Business?

If you are running an Equestrian related business, donate a prize for our forthcoming New Year Competition & get 1 free month’s advertising!  Prizes must be appropriate for riders, horseowners and other visitors to this website, so the offer is subject to meeting those requirements. Contact for more information.

Following us on Twitter?

Are you following us on Twitter?  If so, our username is now @HerefordEquest.  If not, you should be! follow us at

Visit Hereford Equestrian frequently? Get the cool new toolbar!

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Click this link to download then just follow the instructions. It’s really easy!

New article about Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging

Thanks to Equiscan who have provided a very interesting article about Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. Read all about DITI by visiting the Collecting Ring, Horsecare & Knowledge section.

An interesting story just published….

“Beau – A Canker Case History” has just been published on the website. Visit the Collecting Ring, then Horsecare & Knowledge.

New article published – Winter Care of the Horse or Pony: Common Conditions & Disorders

Don’t miss this excellent article written by Alison Pyatt. You can read it by visiting the Collecting Ring, then click on Horsecare & Knowledge, or see the Health & Fitness section of the A-Z directory.

Read the latest article about ‘Intelligent Worming’

A new article called “Sustainable worming and the value of worm egg counts” written by the experts at Intelligent Worming, has just been posted in the Horsecare section of the website, accessed via the Collecting Ring

Success for Herefordshire rider

Erin Cullimore with Tally Ho Toby

Herefordshire rider Erin Cullimore (15) and her pony Tally Ho Toby won the Wales and West Mercia Junior 80cms League 2010 – 2011.  Points were awarded for wins and places in 80cms Open classes throughout the season.  “I didn’t realise we had so many points until we received the letter saying we’d won,” said Erin, “but, when I looked at his record, Toby had won pretty much every one he had entered and come second in the others.”  Their achievement is all the more outstanding as they have only been doing affiliated jumping since January 2011.

This year Erin and Toby have already qualified for the Discovery second rounds and are well on the way to qualifying for the Newcomers as well.  Her aims for this season are to qualify for the Scope Festival again and also HOYS.  She is now being trained by Olympic rider, Stephen Hadley.

“I’d also like to thank my sponsors, E and J Solutions Ltd.  Their support has been very helpful and we are looking for any other sponsors, however small,” she said.

Erin received her award at the British Show Jumping Awards Ball at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham at the end of October, which was attended by international riders such as Robert Whitaker, Tina Fletcher and David Broome.

For more information contact:

Denise Cullimore – 07827 666394

Erin’s You Tube channel: xxerincullimorexx




Think of your horses and dogs during the firework ‘season’. Personally I prefer to keep horses in. I’ve heard horror stories of horses galloping in panic when out and having an accident. However, you must make any decision based on knowing your own horse/s. I leave the radio on for the dogs too, preferably music with a beat to it! Have fun and stay safe!

See what advice the BHS offer re fireworks here:

Petition the Government for more bridleways!

The Government is under pressure from riding groups to equal the number of bridleways in the country (currently approx 20,000 miles) up to the same level as footpaths (approx 91,000) miles to help reduce horses on the road/accidents while promoting outdoor activity and safe use of the countryside for all sexes and ages. This will only happen if people sign the online petition. Please go to to sign and help get riders equal rights to walkers/ramblers

Herefordshire rider earmarked for future Olympics

Dressage rider Beth Ward-Barnett,  from Hereford has taken a step closer to her aim of representing Great Britain at Olympic level by being selected onto the British Equestrian Federation England Excel Talent Programme, which includes around 50 riders earmarked with the potential to represent Great Britain on senior teams in the future.

The selected riders from all four Olympic disciplines – Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Para-Equestrian Dressage – gathered on 20 October 2011 at Warwickshire Racecourse for an induction day to learn more about the British Equestrian Federation (BEF)-run programme, which provides selected individuals with access to top equestrian specialists including coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists, vets and nutritionists via a series of rider performance camps.

Beth (21) said: “I feel very privileged and excited to be a part of the BEF Excel Talent Programme. Being part of the programme is going to help me take a positive step in my career by helping me improve all the skills I need to reach my goals. I found the induction day inspirational and am looking forward to our first training camp.”

Riders also had the opportunity to find out what it takes to succeed at the top level from those on the World Class Programme. Laura Collett (Eventing), Simon Crippen (Showjumping), Maria Eilberg (Dressage) and Natasha Baker (Para-Equestrian Dressage) all gave motivational talks to the riders in their own disciplines.

Simon Wergan, Senior Talent Development Manager for Sport England, said: “These athletes have already been identified as having the talent to succeed and the Excel Talent Programme is the next step of this journey. It is important that these riders grasp the opportunities on offer with both hands.”

The Excel Talent Programme has been set up through funding from Sport England and replaces the Regional Foundation Squad system. It is intended that the revised nationalised format will allow the BEF to provide a heightened level of expertise, so aiding riders’ development as all-round athletes. The programme’s managers are working closely with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping to ensure they add value to what is already on offer through the disciplines.

Leader of the Excel Programme, David Hamer, said: “We are lucky to have the funding to support these riders from the Lottery and Government Exchequer through Sport England. The induction day has set the theme for the programme which is to develop riders for future Olympics and Paralympic Games.

New articles posted

Very interesting new articles have been added to the website. These can be viewed by visiting the Collecting Ring – Horsecare & Knowledge section. More articles to follow soon.

Equestrian specialists are welcome to submit articles for inclusion on this website (subject to website administrators approval).

New Q & A on Ask the Expert page

Visit the Ask the Expert page to read the latest question and answer to Alison Goodwin, our equine legal expert. Visit the ‘Collecting Ring’, then click Ask the Expert. Or just click here.

Calling equestrian specialists!

Are you an equestrian specialist? If so, would you be interested in writing an article for Hereford Equestrian in return for a free advert? If you think you can write an article which will be of interest to the riders, horse owners & horse-lovers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, or anyway! please contact

(All articles will have to be approved by admin before they will be published. Only articles believed to be of use to the users of this website will be used.)

Brightwells ban brutal buyers

Horse and Hound report that Brightwells auctioneers have banned at least four people from future sales following alleged “brutality” at Fayre Oaks Sale, Royal Welsh Showground. Well done Brightwells for taking a stance on this.  Read full story on Horse and Hound website.

Herefordshire RDA need your vote!

Herefordshire RDA have sent me the following. They need your vote!
“We have applied to the NatWest Community Force Fund for funding for a new pony for our Centre in Holme Lacy and have been lucky enough to be short listed.  As a self funding organisation we rely heavily on the generosity and support of individuals to ensure our services can continue.  Could you spare 2 minutes of your time to register and vote for us on their website?  The organisation with the most votes in each category will receive the funding they have asked for – so every vote counts!  Votes can be cast until 20th October.

The link to the website is: You will be asked to register, a link will be sent to your email address and then you will be able to cast your vote.   May we send our grateful thanks to everyone who takes the time to vote.”

Visit the Herefordshire RDA & Carriage Driving website here

Email scam targetting advertisers

If you have anything advertised in the classified ads section, you are likely to receive an email like the one below.

All you need to do it ignore it and delete it.  But read the content first as it is typical of an email scam.

My name is Ryan i saw your advert placement of your (HORSE) which
am interesting in purchasing it.. I want you to answer all the
following question before below :
1)Why do you want to sell it
2)For how long do you have it
3)Is it well okay or what’ i mean the present condition.
4)And am located in Sweden and i want to purchase your horse to my
family, especially my wife and my only son…I promise your horse will
be in good home and my family will take good care of your horse..
5)I want to know if you have is health certificate and you have deworn
your horse.
6)And i will like to have the recent pictures of it .
7)And your LAST ASKING PRICE please get back to me.And i want you to
understand that my mode of payment lays on U.K certified bank cheque
and i will be handle the pick up….


“I must tell you am really interested about the (horse) and
also I hope the (horse) is good condition. I want the best that’s I’m
saying this.

Concerning the shipment of the (horse) from your location to my
house,this will be taking (horse) of by my shipping agent, who will be
coming directly to your location for the pickup of the (horse). If
there are papers, he can use this for clearance and also for the
shipment of the (horse).This is all the requirements needed at this
time. The shipper agent will handle every other thing necessary when
he Arrive sour O cation.

So i will like to pay £1,500 for the (horse) plus an extra £100 for
you to keep other buyers off till it is picked up by the shipping
agent. So please get back to me, and also keep other buyers off. My
client who owes me will send you a bank certified cheque of £1,950.
Can I trust you to have it cashed, take £1,600 and and send the
balance to the agent, so he will be using the rest of the money for
the pick up of the (horse).?If yes, kindly reply with the following
payment details so I can inform him to make out payment to you.

Thank you.

Looking forward to your soonest reply.
My very warm regards to your family,..

from a ‘James Jerry’ email address:

Tails cut

“Hi just to flag up to other horse owners that we have had 5 horses tails gradually cut during the last few nights.  The first two were in the field, the last three have been started to be trimmed this evening whilst in the stable. It appears that they start cutting the offside of the tail, just a little bit, varying amounts on each so its less noticeable on some than on others. Then what happened to the ones in the field was the next night after initial trimming the rest of the tail was gone. We are contacting the police now and will let you know what happens and any further details.

Pembridge area, Herefordshire.”

Are you moving your mobile field shelter regularly? You need to!

Horse and Hound report that a horse owner in Carmarthenshire has been fined because he didn’t move his mobile field shelter! He was fined more than £1,000. Read the full story on the Horse and Hound website.

National Dressage Championship success for Tracy Moseley

Tracy Moseley had a successful time at the National Dressage Championships. Read the report in the reports and results section of the website.

If you have had a good result at a championship or significant competition during 2011, let us know. We want to hear your experiences.

Orphan foal urgently needs surrogate mother

Orphan foal urgently needs surrogate mother (a companion foal has now been found). This foal is only 5 weeks old. 5 star long term loan home is offered.  If you can help, please tel Margarette (The Olde Forge Tackshop, Herefordshire) on  01981 570 639 or 01989 570 288 or 07810 413997.

Red Rum’s Trainer Ginger McCain has died

Ginger McCain, trainer of the Grand National phenomenon Red Rum has died at home in Cheshire following a short illness.  Ginger was a great character as well as a great trainer and will be sadly missed. See full story on the Horse and Hound website:

Bronze for Nick Skelton

Nick Skelton won the individual bronze medal at the European SJ Championships in Madrid which concluded yesterday (18th September 2011). After he had knocked down one fence, it was thought his medal chance had gone, but the final dutch rider Gerco Schroder, having not had a rail down all Championships, had 2 down to knock him out of the medals, and enable Nick to win bronze.  If Nick had gone clear, he would have won gold, but this went to Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson riding Ninja La Silla, while Silver went to Germany’s Carsten-Otto Nagel riding his mare Corradina.

Bronze for GB show jumping team

The GB show jumping team showed grit and determination to win a team bronze medal at the European Championships in Madrid and Nick Skelton is now lying in individual silver. See for all news

National Dressage Championships

The National Dressage Championships are currently taking place at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire.  The championships which started on Thursday 15th Sept, continue until Sunday 18th Sept, so why not have a day out and watch Britiain’s best in action. There are classes from Preliminary to Grand Prix which riders and horses have qualified for throughout the year. See all the news and information at:

European SJ Championships – Madrid

The European Show Jumping Championships are currently taking place in Madrid. The British team comprises John Whitaker, Ben Maher, Nick Skelton and Guy Williams. Read more news on the British SJ website:

The British team have moved up to 4th position after day 2 and Nick Skelton lies 3rd individually.  For instant updates, you can follow!/BritShowjumping or

Friday 16th September – Show jumping on red button from 3.30 teams in reverse order from 4.15pm

Sunday 18th September – BBC2 on Sunday afternoon

Dressage riders, please note new rule coming re safety hats

One of the new BD rules for 2012 will be that safety hats will be compulsory for all riders at a BD show, except for those competing or in the final warm up for classes from Advanced to Grand Prix.  For a list of all the new rules for 2012, see

Terry Johnsey funeral, St Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow, Monday 12 September

Horse and Hound report that the funeral of  Terry Johnsey, father of show jumper Debbie Johnsey, will take place at St Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow on Monday 12 September. Read more information here:

1, 2, 3 William, Andrew, Mary!

In the world of eventing, if you say William, Andrew and Mary, everyone knows who you are talking about and they were the top 3 at Burghley. William Fox-Pitt made it a record breaking 6th win. Andrew Nicholson was 2nd and Mary King 3rd.  See the full report, results and photos here –

Herefordshire’s James Robinson with the 18yr old Comanche had such a good XC round, but unfortunately tapped show jumps to the penalty score of 16 to finish 29th, but yet another good performance at 4 star level. I think I’m right in saying that’s 9 Badminton’s and 9 Burghley’s for Comanche!

Who’s who of eventing at the top of the leaderboard after XC

It’s 2 horses apiece for top riders at Burghley following the cross country.  William Fox-Pitt is in the lead with Parklane Hawk and 8th with Neuf des Coeurs. Andrew Nicholson is lying 2nd with Avebury and 5th with Nereo and  Mary King is lying 4th with Kings Temptress and 7th with Apache Sauce.  Last year’s winner Caroline Powell is lying 3rd with the lovely grey Lenamore,  Ireland’s Elizabeth Power puts her bad fall at Badminton behind her with a good clear on Kilpatrick River to lie 6th, Australian Sam Griffiths lies 9th with Happy Times and Tom McEwen has a fantastic first Burghley to jump clear round the huge course inside the time to lie 10th with Dry Old Party.

Comanche the ride of Herefordshire vet James Robinson is one of the oldest horses competing at 18, but he jumped clear with just  7.6 time penalties to lie 21st of the 58 who completed the course. 11 were eliminated and 9 retired.

You can watch the coverage on BBC2 tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm until 3.45pm.  If you can’t wait until then, go to

Burghley news

Prior to the XC, the leaderboard at Burghley sees Germany’s Simone Dietermann in the lead riding Free Easy NRW with a penalty score of 39.3, with William Fox-Pitt in 2nd on Parklane Hawk. Mary King, recovered from her heavy fall at the Europeans, lies 3rd and 8th with her 2 rides Kings Temptress and Apache Sauce while Andrew Nicholson, so in form at Gatcombe, lies 4th and 5th.  Last years winner Caroline Powell and Lenamore lie =5th. Herefordshire vet James Robinson lies 20th with Comanche with a good dressage score of 48.8. See more on the Burghley website –

Herefordshire’s James Robinson lies 10th at Burghley after day 1 of dressage

Herefordshire’s James Robinson, a vet with the Three Counties Equine Hospital, lies 10th at Burghley with Comanche following the first day of dressage at Burghley, with 48.8 penalties. Any score under 50 is good, so good luck James!  Follow all the news and action at

Burghley Horse Trials 1-4 Sept

The International 4 star Burghley Horse Trials event is now underway with the trot-up seeing all the horses through even though 4 were held and had to be trotted up again. You can follow all the news, reports and photos on the Burghley website:   See this page for TV times: With Burghley TV you can follow every rider’s performance in any phase: Burghley TV is free to view and available from 1-30 September.

Bronze for event team

Opposition Buzz

So, in the end, we had to settle for just a team bronze at the European Eventing Championships when things didn’t really go the way the GB team would have liked. However, considering all the problems encountered on the way, they did very well to win bronze! How did Cool Mountain stay on his feet in the water and how did William Fox-Pitt stay on ….twice (!) to avoid any jumping penalties XC? Mary King suffered a crushing fall, but in her true style got up smiling and waved to the crowd – what an amazing role model she is. Piggy French has a habit of beating herself up, but she really shouldn’t – she has fantastic talent and surely always better to go clear with a few time penalties than risk jumping penalties.  As for Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz – once again they make it look so easy! According to the interview afterwards, Laura Collett, riding Rayef as an individual, obviously felt Rayef wasn’t on form XC. They were eliminated for 3 runouts. Disappointing for Laura, but no doubt she will have learnt a lot from the experience and she will be back.

Sadly a show jumping fence down for each of our 3 team members meant we couldn’t retain our overnight silver medal position and France who all show jumped clear moved up to take the silver while we took the bronze.

The German team were on fire and deserved the Gold, but you couldn’t help but feel sorry for Ingrid Klimke with 6 knock downs SJ after being in Gold medal position after a great dressage and XC. And also poor Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (lying in Silver position before SJ) who completely ‘missed’ at the final treble causing a knock down and then a stop. She was lucky not to fall too. Ironically that helped her husband, German rider Frank Ostholt, move up to take the individual bronze and both Ingrid and Sara dropped right out of the medal positions although Ingrid won a team gold.  But the talented 24 year old Sandra Auffarth thoroughly deserved her individual silver medal with the lovely chestnut Opgun Louvo.  As for Michael Jung, well he now adds the European Champion title to his existing World Champion title and he finished on his dressage of 33.40. What more can you say except WOW!….. And the horse I’d most like to ride (in my dreams!!) – Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve, ridden by Stefano Brecciaroli.

“Feeding your Horse for the Winter”

Last chance to book for this event – “Feeding your Horse for the Winter” Talk by Top Spec feed company.
Saturday 3rd Sept at The Day House, Kingsland, – 12 noon. £5 per person with light refreshments but please bring a Chair. A general talk on aspects of Feeding the riding club type horse. Q and A session  and after individuals will have the chance for 1 :1 session with a member of the Top Spec team and have their horse weighed on their mobile weighbridge, and have a suggested feed programme designed for their horse. Individual sessions will be limited so need to book early. 1:1 sessions at end will have to book individual sessions. £5 per person
For more details contact Alisha  07845908509

European Eventing Champs update

Following a very eventful XC day at the Europeans, the British Team, now down to 3 following Mary King’s heavy fall, are lying 2nd. This morning, Sunday, all 3 passed the trot up and will show-jump this afternoon. The German team look as if they can’t be beaten with 10 fences in hand. You can watch the action on the BBC2 from 3.15, but possibly on the red button too from 12:40?  Also on TV this morning, Country Tracks at 11am on BBC1 features Burghley Horse Trials.

GB 2nd in Nations Cup

Great Britain came a close 2nd to Germany in the final leg of the 2011 FEI Nations Cup series in Rotterdam.

The team members were:
Michael Whitaker riding GIG Amai II
Guy Williams riding Depardieu Van Kiezelhof
Ben Maher riding Tripple X III
John Whitaker riding Peppermill

For reports and results, visit or

German team lead, but GB lie 2nd.

The German team posted excellent dressage scores at the European Eventing championships to hold a big lead over GB who lie 2nd after the dressage phase. Italy are in 3rd with a small advantage over Sweden in 4th.  Ireland lie 8th of the 11 teams.  Our standings individually are Laura Collett (riding as an individual) in equal 4th, Mary King 10th, Piggy French 11th, William Fox Pitt 17th and Nicola Wilson 39th out of a total field of 69 competitors.

4 German riders fill the top slots after the dressage with Ingrid Klimke riding FRH Butts Abraxxas on an excellent score of 30 penalties, 80%!  See the full live scoreboard here:

For up to date news, photos etc., visit

GB lying 2nd after 1st day of dressage at the European Eventing Champs

GB team riders Nicola Wilson and Piggy French both completed their dressage tests at the first day of the European Eventing Championships in Germany, to leave GB lying in silver position behind the German team.  Tomorrow afternoon the other 2 GB team riders Mary King (at 12:18) and William Fox-Pitt (at 4:18) will ride their tests.  Individual riders Polly Stockton and Laura Collett will ride their tests in the morning. Follow the action and see the results so far  here: Click ‘live ticker’ to follow the live scoreboard or follow this link:

More email scam information

If you are selling an item or horse/pony on this or any other website with your email address included in the advert, you need to be aware of the many email scams about. To avoid them, just don’t include your email address in your advert. Below is an example of an email sent to a seller, as well as the response sent after the seller responded.  (This person (Fiona Margie) sent  a cheque not bankers draft, to the seller. The cheque was actually stolen. The police were informed and are now in possession of the cheque and details of all emails)

“Am Fiona Margie..I just want to know if your {Saddle}is still for sale..Kindly get back to me with this details if still available for sale such as :-

1.Present Condition.
2.Least selling price

Looking forward to hear back from you so we can proceed further.
Fiona Margie”

The response to the sellers response:
“Hello ,
Thanks for your swift response,I’m very much interested in your (Saddle) And the asking price  which is £500 is Okay by me .and I  have read and understand that the {Saddle} is in  good Condition. However I’ll instruct my colleague to issue you a Banker’s Draft” in your name with an advance which will cover the shipping  of the { Saddle} to our home and having it in mind that business is based on trust,

when you receive the Banker’s Draft check, take it to your bank,Have it verified and cashed,Deduct the cost price due for the purchase of the {Saddle} and the rest will be used for the pickup by my reputable shipping company’s staff who will take care of the pickup at your location,So you should be expecting a payment by next week Monday. If
this is clear please write me back with all the details below in order to make the payment: :-
Info needed as follows:

(1)Cheque payable to:
(2)Home Address:
(4)Post code:
(6)Telephone number/mobile phone:

Note :- Am ready to offer you an additional £50 plus your sales price,If you do consider the { Saddle} sold to me and turn away every other interested buyer’s that has been Sold.

Thanks With Regards
Fiona Margie”

European Eventing Championships

The European eventing championships start on Thursday 25th August in Luhmuhlen, Germany with the concluding show jumping on Sunday 28th August. GB have 6 riders and horses competing, 4 of whom are in the team and 2 riding as individuals.   We have a very strong team with Nicola Wilson riding Opposition Buzz, Piggy French riding Jakata, Mary King with Imperial Cavalier and William Fox-Pitt with Cool Mountain.  The 2 individual riders are Polly Stockton with Regulus and Laura Collett riding Rayef. The rest of Europe must be shaking in their boots! Go team GB!!

You can follow all the news from the European Eventing Championships here –

Success at Hickstead for Becky Goodwin

Becky Goodwin, 15 yrs, from Shobdon, near Leominster in Herefordshire, and her Connemara pony Finbar won the 138cm mountain and moorland working hunter class at the Royal International Horse Show held at Hickstead, a major achievement for anyone, let alone a family with totally home produced ponies. To crown an unbelievable week for the Goodwin family, they went to the National Pony Championships at Malvern where Becky and Finbar qualified for the Horse of the Year show in October. Her twin sister Kate also qualified and competed at the Royal International qualifying her welsh section B for the 3rd year running and is trying to get him and a new partnership with a Dartmoor through to the HOYS this year so fingers crossed for them both.

European Eventing Ch, European SJ Champs & Burghley TV schedule

There will be BBC coverage of the European Eventing Championships from Luhmuhlen which take place 24-28 August as follows:

Cross country phase: Saturday 27th August  09:25am – 15:00pm, Red Button/online (available on freeview from 11:05)

Showjumping phase
: Sunday 28th August  15:15pm – 17:30pm, BBC Two/online

Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website nearer the time for further updates.

Also on TV:

Burghley Horse Trials coverage on Sunday 4th Sept: 14:00pm – 15:45pm, BBC Two/online
European Show Jumping Championships coverage – Friday 16th September:   15:25pm – 18:45 pm , BBC Red Button/online

Cheltenham & District RC SJ ‘Panthers’ team 7th out of 103 at Hickstead

Pippa Wilson, Jeanette Stayt & Pippa Morris

The Cheltenham and District Riding Club (CDRC) Show Jumping ‘Panthers’ team shone at Hickstead recently, finishing 7th out of 103 teams!

This was made even more special due to the fact each team only has three members and all three scores count.

Team Manager Michelle Holder said ‘I am delighted and overjoyed by the result, not only for what the Panthers team achieved, but also because our two other teams, the Tigers and the Lynx, both came in the top end of the class. This is a national competition open to all UK Riding Clubs and all who represented CDRC at Hickstead have made us very proud.’ Michelle continued ‘The class was held as part of the Royal International Horse Show and took place on the same day as the King George VI competition – it was a great experience for all of us who travelled down to Sussex to support our members.’

The Tigers team were Lisa Hyett on Bella, Genevieve Reading on Scooby and Katie Mills on Solo .

The Lynx team were Louise Willkinson on Tarka, Arlene Mansell on Jackanory and Cassie Wood on Magic.

The Panthers team were Pippa Morris on The Bosun, Pippa Wilson on Dudley and Jeanette Stayt on Smirnoff. The competition, organised by the British Riding Club, has three members to a team, each jumping one round of different heights – 85cms, 95cms and 105cms with time taken into consideration as well; CDRC Panthers were drawn the 93rd team to go.

First to go in the 85cms section were Pippa Morris on The Bosun (known as Alf) who did a good round, with just one jump down, inside the time allowed.  Pippa said ‘I am really chuffed with our round as I’ve just been told there were only three clear rounds in the whole of this section. Alf is great, he is so genuine and also a true family horse – I share him with my son and he has been doing Pony Club camp with him all week! I have only been a CDRC member for 2 years and it was a big step to put myself forward for selection – I am so pleased I did now!’

Pippa Wilson on Dudley were next;  they competed in the 95cms section and did a lovely clear round, also inside the time allowed. This combination competed at Hickstead last year in this competiton but a fortnight later,  Dudley injured his check ligament in the field. Pippa then gave him most of the year off and this was his first competition back on grass for a whole year. A delighted Pippa said ‘It was worth every moment of caring for him and the weeks of box rest to be able to jump at Hickstead. This was his first competition outside and on grass since Hickstead last year and I am so pleased I saved him for today!’

Last to go, in the 105cms, were Jeanette Stayt on Smirnoff (known as Smurf).  The tension had risen because there were no score boards for the day, so it was a case of listening to others at the ringside to see  how other teams were faring;  it sounded as though CDRC were in the running with only 4 faults. Unbeknown to Jeanette, the two Pippas had a plan that if she went clear, they would run the half mile back to the lorry to get changed as quickly as possible, whilst Kayleigh and Megan fetched the horses from the stables for them and still be back in time for the prize giving….

Jeanette had injured her shoulder in a fall at Hickstead last year and she had undergone another operation on it just a fortnight ago. She kept a really cool head, and produced an effortless, smooth clear round inside the time allowed. An overjoyed Jeanette said ‘I punched the air when we’d cleared the last fence as I so was so pleased with Smurf. He had not been ridden since before my operation and he looked after me and carried me around the course. My shoulder was still hurting and I was riding virtually one-handed! He is a star.’
When the results were announced, there were only two teams who had finished on a zero score, with five finishing on 4 faults; the placings were then decided on time.

Michelle Holder concluded ‘This result has placed CDRC firmly on the map and shows we are a force to reckoned with. The team spirit was wonderful and everyone supported each other – a fabulous time was had by all!’

Silver & Bronze medals for Carl & Laura at European Dressage Champs

British Dressage riders, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer added individual silver and bronze medals to their team Gold medals, in the Grand Prix Special at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam. Gold went to Adelinde Cornelissen riding Parzival for Holland. Totilas now ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath had to settle for 4th place, while Charlotte Dujardin rode another good test at her Championship debut with Valegro for 6th. Dividing them in 5th, was Patrick Kittle with Watermill Scandic H.B.C

On Sunday, the championships concluded with the Freestyle to music and once again Carl and Utophia won a silver medal!

You can watch the British Team performances here:

Full results can be seen here:

South Hereford & Ross Harriers Hunt PC Team are Tetrathlon Champions!

Tilley Jewell

The South Hereford & Ross Harriers Hunt Branch of the Pony Club Intermediate girls tetrathlon team were victorious at the 2011 PC Tetrathlon Championships at Hartpury.

The team members: Tilley Jewell, Lucy May Turner, Kitty Jewell and Hannah Prestwich, had to shoot, swim, run and ride XC in a hotly contested championships run over 2 days. 13 yr old Kitty scored an impressive 960 in the shooting, where the maximum possible score is 1000, to be the best shot.

After shooting, the team had to swim the farthest distance possible in 3 minutes.  The next morning, the girls had to run a 1500m course and complete as close as they could to a bogey time.

Finally, they all rode XC round a course which caused quite a lot of trouble. Bold riding was needed, but with the control required to quickly dismount to do a slip-rail and remount to continue XC followed a few fences later by opening and closing a wicket gate which was only 1 fence before the water.

Well done Tilley, Lucy, Kitty and Hannah and all team trainers, supporters and families involved. A great result! Click any photo to enlarge (all photos copyright Sally Newcomb)

Lucy May Turner

Kitty Jewell

Hannah Prestwich

It’s GOLD for team GB at the European Dressage Champs!

A fantastic first ever Gold medal for the British team at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam.  Carl Hester has scored a PB with Utophia with a score of 82.568% to finish top of the leader board ahead of Totilas and his new rider Matthias Alexander Rath who scored 79.453.   3rd on the leader board is cool cookie British rider Charlotte Dujardin, 26, who is riding at her first Championship, in her first year of Grand Prix. She scored 78.83% with Valegro.  GB’s Laura Bechtolsheimer  is 4th with 77.280% and Emile Faurie produced a solid test for just over 70% yesterday. So it’s team GOLD for the 4 riders who are all based in Gloucestershire.

The top riders will now compete in the Grand Prix Special and the GP Freestyle to determine individual results with the conclusion on . Keep an eye on the results and news here:

New Q & A’s in the Ask the Expert section

Click on ‘Collecting Ring’ and then ‘Ask the Expert’ to see the new questions and answers in that section.

Success for Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory (age 17 ) has won at the British Dressage North West regional championships at Advanced Medium level giving her a place at the National Championships in September. This is Sam’s first season of dressage and she has only done five classes to gain the qualification for the regional’s. She won four out of five classes and came second in the other.
The horse she was riding is Comanche Wodan an 8yr KWPN by Rousseau who is owned and trained by her father dressage rider and trainer Roger Gregory. Roger now plans to take him international next year, if he can obtain sponsorship.

Look out sellers, email scam….

Current warning:  emails from Bobby Tony – email address:  This man is scamming sellers on this website. Do not respond to his emails, just delete them.

Sellers of items on websites need to be aware that including your email address in your advert does make you susceptible to receiving scam emails.

These scam emails are fairly obvious  as they sound foreign, the english is poor and also strange phrases and words are used which just don’t sound genuine.

Below are examples of a scam email currently in circulation and also an example of the reply you will get if you respond to his scam email:

This is just to let you to know that i came across your advert on the website and I’m very interested in buying it from you. I’ll like you to kindly write
back if you still have it for sale and what is your final price? Also I’ll really appreciate it if you can send me some recent pictures. Meanwhile i live in London, but I will like you to know that I will.
Thank you.

And the reply you may receive back:

“Hello ,

Thanks for your mail back and also for the information of your
(item) I must tell you am really interested about the (item) and
also I hope the (item) is good condition. I want the best that’s I’m
saying this.

Concerning the shipment of the (item) from your location to my
house,this will be taking (item) of by my shipping agent, who will be
coming directly to your location for the pickup of the (item). If
there are papers, he can use this for clearance and also for the
shipment of the (item).This is all the requirements needed at this
time. The shipper agent will handle every other thing necessary when
he Arrive sour O cation.

So i will like to pay £1,300 for the (item) plus an extra £50 for
you to keep other buyers off till it is picked up by the shipping
agent. So please get back to me, and also keep other buyers off. My
client who owes me will send you a bank certified cheque of £1,980.
Can I trust you to have it cashed, take £1,350 and and send the
balance to the agent, so he will be using the rest of the money for
the pick up of the (item).?If yes, kindly reply with the following
payment details so I can inform him to make out payment to you.

Thank you.

Looking forward to your soonest reply.
My very warm regards to your family,..

Welcome to latest expert on our Ask the Expert panel….

I’m delighted that Rhiannon Bradford of Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy has agreed to be our expert on equine physiotherapy (canine too) in the Ask the Expert section of the website.

Rhiannon Bradford is a fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapist who has undertaken her MSc (masters) degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, London.  She set up and developed ‘Bradford`s Veterinary Physiotherapy’ based in Yarkhill, Hereford with her husband Tim and now the practice has four Chartered Physiotherapists on the team in total.  They cover Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, South Shropshire, East Powys and Monmouthshire.  They are the experts when it comes to managing and treating soft tissue injuries and skeletal problems, plus identifying and correcting movement and performance problems in your horse.

Ask the Expert is accessed through the ‘Collecting Ring’. We are lucky to have such experience and talent in our experts panel, so please don’t miss the opportunity to ask questions! Click Q and A next to any experts name and you can view questions and answers received so far.

Want to visit the Ask the Expert page right now? Click here

New classified ads system now live!

The old classified ads system has been removed and replaced with the new system.

Photo ads have been imported from the old system and are in place and most of the free lineage ads have been moved too.  However, please check whether your ad has been moved and if it hasn’t, fill in the Place an Ad form.

Photo ads cost £10 with one photo, plus £5 per additional photo and include up to 1500 characters.  Ads will remain online for 30 days at which point they will be removed. However, you can request that your advert stays online longer if necessary at no extra charge! The more photos you have, the higher your advert will appear in it’s category.

Free ads are always placed below photo ads and can include up to 500 characters. The free ads will be removed after 14 days.

There are 14 main categories, all of which have sub-categories.

Any questions, please email me:

Beware of Virus phone scam from call centres in India

You often hear about these scams, but it got close to home today when my parents were targetted! They didn’t fall for it, but the Indian sounding man who was probably in a call centre, knew their christian names and told them there was a problem with their computer.  If they turned it on, he would be able to identify the problems and sort them out for them.  Realising it was a scam, Mum and Dad quickly ended the call. I googled it and found news of this scam on the Guardian website: Don’t fall for it!

Do you have a bombproof vanner?

Does anyone have a bomb-proof ‘vanner’, preferably piebald, to pull a Gypsy caravan at the first Bromyard Hop Festival on September 3rd. They want to include a Gypsy caravan in the parade of horse-drawn and vintage vehicles as Gypsy families always helped with the hop harvest. Although they think they have found a caravan to use, the owner has no horse to pull it. If you can help, please email Chris Barltrop at  Find out more about the festival here:


Ifor Williams HB510 Blue, Stolen from yard in Golden Valley, Herefordshire after 9.30pm 19/07/11 & before 6am 20/07/2011. Chassis/serial No: SCK40000030381898, Chassis number-3-70036, trailer has smart water stickers on it, damage to left back top door. If anyone has any information please contact police on 0300 333 3000 using incident no: 28-N-200711.

Hereford Equestrian is 8 years old today!

The domain name Hereford Equestrian was first registered on 1st July 2003, but the first page of the website was uploaded on 23 July 2003. Admittedly it was a very small and rather amateurish website to begin with, but I was learning as I went along!

At the beginning of this year the website was professionally redesigned and built on a new platform which is enabling the continuing growth. Google analaytics show that in June there were 16,393 visitors and 106,099 page views.  If you have a few minutes spare, please leave a birthday wish/testimonial on this page: You’ll see a link in the top right corner to write your testimonial.

Want to know a little more……

So it was on 1st July 2003 while chatting to my now brother in law, Peter, over a glass of wine that I first mentioned an idea I had for a local equestrian website which could provide a one-stop shop resource for the local equestrian community.  At the time I had my own yard at Warham, nr Hereford and was very busy teaching and training riders and horses.  I told him that while teaching,  I was constantly being asked questions such as where you could find this or that, what competitions were on, where to go schooling, who to use for saddle fitting or horses teeth, etc etc.  Many questions every day.  Peter listened carefully to my idea and said only about 2% of ideas come to fruition, so if I really believed it could work why not give it a try. After all, I wouldn’t need to stop doing any of the work I was already doing, just work in the evenings and in any spare time!

That was enough encouragement for me. I went home, instantly registered the domain name (not realising at that stage how big it would grow and that it would expand beyond Herefordshire) and next day went to PC World to buy a website building software package.  Total expense at this stage, about £30.  I used the software ‘wizard’ to build the site and 3 weeks later the first pages were uploaded. I then added pages as the directory and classifieds grew.  I soon had to upgrade to the industry standard html software package Dreamweaver (another steep learning curve) and used that until the beginning of this year.  I loved working with Dreamweaver, but had to accept that the site was growing too big and that it was difficult for me to maintain it manually in this way for much longer.

So a visit to ‘Naked Creative’ at Fownhope, with whom I had had a meeting 2 or 3 years previously, meant the beginning of the rebuild which began in November 2010. It was a mixture of emotions, lots of sadness losing the old site, lots of excitement re the new site and the possibilities that would bring and then there was the stress! So much to do, so many decisions to make and a lot to learn!  But it is all settling down nicely and hopefully those used to the old site are now used to the new.

Next week will bring the new classified ads system, forced upon us as the developer of the classified plugin in the USA has not been able to resolve a few issues with the system.  With all these decisions, there are advantages and disadvantages.  The new system will be similar to that of the old site, so that will mean more scrolling and less clicking for you with more ads viewable on one page and no chance of getting lost!

Please continue to let me have your feedback, after-all this website is for you. Criticism is fine too as long as it is constructive.  But most importantly, please keep on using the site!


New Classified Ads System coming soon…..

There is a new easier to use classified ads system coming very soon. This is necessary as there are some ‘bugs’ in the current system which can’t be resolved.

The aim is to launch the new system early next week, but this will mean the classified ads will be offline for a couple of hours while the change over takes place.  If you currently have a free advert on the site, you will need to place it again once the new system is live.  Photo ads will be moved over to the new system free of charge, but please respond to the email sent to you on 20/21 July 2011.

Those who preferred the layout on the original Hereford Equestrian website will be pleased to see the new system resembling a very similar layout to that of the old site. Sub-categories will be placed on the same page as the main category. For example, if you want to look at horses for sale, you will find them all on one page, but divided into price brackets. Photo adverts will always be placed at the top of their section and they will continue to be Tweeted and Shared on Facebook. They are worth every penny of their small fee – £10 for one photo, £5 per additional photo.

Thank you very much for your patience!


Reports & Results, latest from CVFHPC Summer show

Don’t miss the reports and results page.  The latest report and results are for The Cotswold Vale Farmers’ Hunt Pony Club who held their Summer Show on 10th July in Deerhurst Walton near Tewkesbury.

To visit the page, visit the Collecting Ring –

Have you heard about horse agility?

Horse agility is a new equestrian sport that is growing rapidly in popularity because people who love horses have found that they can now compete at the highest levels without having to ride.

Horse Agility

In this fast and exciting sport the horse has to overcome a number of challenging obstacles, sometimes against the clock, being guided by a handler who moves along with him. The speed, drama, tension and excitement of the competition make this a great spectator sport.

Horse Agility tests the horse’s physical as well as his emotional fitness and tests the handler’s ability as a trainer to keep the horse travelling safely over the course effectively and with style.
The sport is great for people who can’t or don’t want to ride, disabled people who are unable to ride but can move alongside a horse. Read full article here……

There are local trainers organising events as well as giving training, so see more under Horse Agility in the A-Z Directory.

British Event squad announced for Europeans

British Eventing have announced the squad of riders who will compete at the European Championships at Luhmuhlen, Germany from 25-28 August. New to the senior team, Laura Collett, aged 21 gets her first senior badge riding Rayef. Laura may be young, but she has flown the flag successfully for Britain in Pony, Junior and Young Rider teams in the past. Also in the squad, William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French, Mary King, Polly Stockton and Nicola Wilson. All 6 will compete, but the team of 4 will be named nearer the time. Non-travelling reserves have not yet been named.  It’s a strong squad – good luck and GO Team GB!

Hartpury International Festival of Dressage gets underway

As Hartpury International Festival of Dressage gets underway, we learn of the nearby confirmed case of Strangles.  However, there are no cases of Strangles at the college as confirmed by Janet Plant, Director of Equine at Hartpury college.   Read more and see who is riding and when by following this link:

It is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best riders in the UK competing, so don’t miss it.  The festival continues until Sunday.

Horses die painful and unnecessary deaths as a result of eating ragwort

It’s Ragwort awareness week! Every year animals die painful and unnecessary deaths as a result of damage to their liver from consuming ragwort. The danger that the plant poses is widely known, yet levels in the UK still continue to rise.

The BHS 2010 survey in Ragwort Awareness Week produced some very interesting results – more than 75% of cases reported involved land that animals were grazing on or near. A total of 13,189 horses were identified as grazing on ragwort infested pasture which is shocking!

Please help the BHS with their 2011 survey by taking a few minutes to complete the survey during Ragwort Awareness Week from 11-17 July. The survey form is available on their website – and they also have a useful guide with everything you need to know about ragwort:

BE Rule amendment regarding white breeches

British Eventing is constantly reviewing the Rules based on feedback from the sport. Eland Lodge has highlighted an anomaly relating to the wearing of white breeches in the Dressage & Show Jumping phases which needed to be changed.

The BE Sport Committee was consulted and unanimously agreed to amend the Competitors’ Dress Rules in Annex 6 of the current BE Rule Book, with immediate effect, for Dressage & Show Jumping at Intermediate level and below.

  • White breeches may be worn with a black or dark blue coat with white stock.
  • Buff or fawn breeches may be worn with a tweed coat with coloured stock or tie.

See for more

Herefordshire Country Fair

Marches Equine Charity to sponsor the Racehorse to Riding Horse Class with a £20.00 first prize. See more on the website:

Attempt to steal horses

I have just received this message by email:

“I would just like to let everyone know that an attempt was made to steal two of my horses between the hours of 6.00pm Tuesday and 9.00am Wednesday this week.

The horses are in a field at Lower Hardwick just outside Pembridge, Herefordshire and were two very well marked three year old appaloosas about 16.1 so had probably been targeted to order.  A fence had been removed and it appears they tried to herd them on to a vehicle.  Luckily for me they must have been spooked by the strangers so I think they were unable to corner them.  They would only have been used to quiet handling.

In another incident, and this could have been completely harmless, a lady in her thirties was seen photographing my daughters 16.2 chestnut thoroughbred about a mile from the first incident.  She had with her a dappled Pit Bull type dog.

The Police have been informed and are being very helpful by informing as many people as possible and driving around that area.

Kind regards,
Stephanie Castell”

Foster Mare Available-South Shropshire

A Mare lost her foal this morning (13th June), so if you have an orphan foal in need of a Mum, please contact Ali on 07794 453911, (who has already contacted the National Foaling Bank).

Want to advertise something but don’t like using a computer?

Want to advertise something, with a photo, but find using a computer a hassle or pain? No problem!!

Take a photo of your horse or other item with your mobile phone and text it to 07767 396782. Then text or ring me with the wording for your advert – leave a message if necessary. Finally pay by cheque or the most convenient method to you.  £10 for a classified ad with one photo. Extra photos are £5 each!


Check the what’s on page to see if the show or event you have entered is still on! DUE TO VERY BAD WEATHER FORECAST – Marden & District Riding Club Open Horse Show at Houghton Court, Bodenham, Hereford is cancelled on Sunday 12th June 2011

BDS Introduction to Driving Day at Monnington Court, Herefordshire.

On Sunday June 5th the British Driving Society held an Introduction to Driving Day at Monnington Court in Herefordshire. The audience were treated to a display of carriage driving by the Hereford District Driving Group members and included a wonderful array of vehicles and horses.

Particular thanks go to Julie Wedgebury with her team of Shetlands driven to a trials vehicle, Julie is currently National Indoor trials champion and we could understand why watching her thrilling gallop around a small cones course in the indoor school.

All the displays had turned out their horses beautifully, from the immaculate Reddock team with Just Jasper put to a Bennington Back Step Buggy to Roy Moore with Sheila Bells rescue Donkey Peter driven to a Bennington Intro.(The Ahhh factor in the programme)

The forty strong audience watched a display of long reining from Katja Jones with her homebred Conygar Red ably assisted by her husband Richard and locally based LHHI Sarah Wildy, this was followed by Mandy, then Neville Jones Country vehicle turnout, Jane Friend with her Dartmoor Rosie turned out for a private driving class complete with Molly the dalmation. Nick Jones showed us his new horse Brickell Buzz put to a Bennington funbug proving that disability is no barrier to enjoying carriage driving. Our Junior driver Suzy Allcoat drove her pony Merlin beautifully through the cones course and the finale was a display by John Bulmer with his Morgan Gelding put to a show wagon and turned out for a Morgan showing class.

The audience were invited to meet the whips and horses in the courtyard and several took up the offer of a ride around the outside arena.

With grateful thanks to John Bulmer and Trudi from Monnington who made us very welcome and provided a fabulous venue for a lovely afternoon. Here are the photos: [imagebrowser id=17]

Equine Welfare Charity appeals for Hoof Boots

HorseWorld logoHorseWorld, an animal welfare charity based in Bristol, are appealing to horse owners to donate their old hoof boots to rescued horses and ponies.

Visitor Centre Groom, Hattie Abretti explains “Some horses arrive at HorseWorld in a terrible state of neglect. It can take years of corrective hoof trimming to bring their hooves back to a well balanced and healthy state. This can cause a great deal of strain to tendons, ligaments and joints so changes to the feet have to be made very gradually.

photo of over-grown feet

A horse that arrived at HorseWorld having not had his hooves trimmed for approximately two years.

We also have horses that, as part of their rehabilitation will need to have their shoes removed. Some will be retiring so will no longer need shoes. Many have been poorly shod or left too long between shoeing in the past. Some may never have worn shoes but may have had their hoof care neglected and left to overgrow or become unbalanced. These issues can cause pain and abnormalities in the feet and joints resulting in the horse needing to go barefoot to enable the hooves to be rebalanced.

During their period of rehabilitation, many horses can become uncomfortable until their feet harden up and become accustomed to being barefoot. Wearing hoof boots means that they are able to walk comfortably while their feet are adapting to this change and provide cushioning while the joints and tendons are adjusting. Horses that are in work may not need to have time off and become unfit as they can wear their boots to be ridden out on hard ground.

If you have any hoof boots you no longer need or know someone who does, please bear HorseWorld’s rescued horses and ponies in mind. A donation of a pair of hoof boots can help a horse or pony through their rehabilitation and then be passed on to the next rescued horse in need until they finally wear out.”

HorseWorld can also make use of any used tack, equipment or rugs that are donated to the charity. With almost 150 horses, ponies and donkeys on site in various stages of rehabilitation, most donations can be used for the rescued animals. Anything that cannot be used will go into the on-site charity tack shop to raise the vital funds HorseWorld needs to continue its rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work.

hoof boots image

Hoof boots can reduce the concussion to damaged joints and ease soreness on bruised soles.

If you can help or would like more information, please call Amy on 01275 893034 or email

To read more about HorseWorld’s work, visit

HorseWorld is responsible for the care of nearly 500 equines, giving them the safe and happy futures they deserve, free from pain or neglect. The Visitor Centre plays an important role, allowing the public to meet some of the recovered animals and learn about animal welfare. It is home to rescued horses, donkeys, hens, ducks, goats, ferrets and Portia the pot-bellied pig. Funds raised from the Visitor Centre are used to help pay for the charity’s work. Registered Charity No 1121920

Run an equestrian related business?

If you run an equestrian related business in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire or surrounding areas, you could and should be advertising on this website!  This website offers business advertising for all budgets: choose between a free basic lineage advert, an enhanced business lineage advert or, for the best impact, a banner advert.  Use the online forms to place your advert. To access the forms or for more information, click  here

Photo ads now ‘Tweeted’ and put on ‘Facebook’!

Purchase a photo ad to sell your horse, horsebox, saddle, property or any other item and I will ‘Tweet’ your advert and also ‘Share it on Facebook’.

Hereford Equestrian has over 1000 friends on Facebook, with new people joining every day, so your advert will reach all those people, PLUS all their friends. It’s a great way to sell your horse, house or other items.  Look at the photo ads on the classified ads pages and see how many views they get compared with adverts without photos.  All this for just £10 with one photo (£5 per photo after that) and your advert will be online for 60 days unless you remove it before that time.

To place an advert, just click ‘Place Ad’ which is underneath the property banner on the Classified Ads page.

New Bridleway!

There is to be a public meeting to be held on Tuesday 7th June at 10am to discuss the possibility of creating a new bridleway from Preston Wynne to Holbatch Lane in Marden, then continuing on through Venn Wood to outskirts of Bodenham.  It would be fantastic if any riders, particularly from the above areas, could attend the meeting to show support to the council and to demonstrate that we would very much appreciate the proposed route. The meeting is to be held at Hereford Group Training Association, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9SX.  Any more info please phone Lisa Brown 07919578135.

The Forest of Dean Greenways Project – feasibility study

Riders in the Forest of Dean

Riders in the Forest of Dean

The aim of the Forest of Greenways Project is to create a network of safe and sustainable routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
If implemented in full, the ‘Final Route’ of the proposed Greenway Network will be 54 miles/87 km long, creating approximately 35 miles/55km of new Bridleways.

Interested in carriage driving?

There is an Introduction to Carriage Driving day, Sponsored by British Driving Society (Herefordshire), being held at Monnington Stud, Monnington, Herefordshire. HR4 7N, on Sunday 5th June from 2 – 4pm. There will be a display of carriage driving by Hereford District Driving Group. Great opportunity to go along and find out how to get started and see showcased all the different events and activities available.
See the group on
£4.00 per person at the door.  To include a cup of tea or coffee.  For more information   Kay Walton  01981 540209  –  07786 628274

Stolen Horse -photos added

Spirit has been stolen

The scar on Spirit's leg

15.2hh Grey Andalusion type gelding, distinctive scar on right hind leg. Last seen 21.30hrs 08/05/11pm Dainewell fields carrington, Manchester. Microchipped and missed very much! Any info please contact lisa on 07712156726. Please post this and repost this!! The more people who are looking for him the harder it is for those that took him!!

Sam Barr has died aged 90

Sam Barr, together with his wife Linda, bred horses at their Limbury Stud in Hartpury, Gloucestershire. The horses had the very well known prefix ‘Welton’ and 20 of the Welton horses went on to event at 4 star level under such riders as Ginny Elliot, Mark Todd, Blyth Tait & Lucy Thompson! Sam himself rode Welton Friday round Burghley 4* event when he was 64 years young. The stallion Welton Gameful was the first in the line of Welton horses and Tricia Gardiner FBHS (Dressage expert on our Ask the Expert page) evented him to advanced level. I was lucky enough to jump Welton Louis during my BHSI exam. He gave me such confidence that I was popping 4ft for fun and feeling like we’d been a partnership for years, not just 20 minutes. He was evented by Pammy Hutton.

Sam was awarded the BEF Medal of Honour in recognition of his contribution to the equestrian world.
His funeral will take place at 2pm on Tuesday May 10th at Hartpury Church and then back at the family’s farm. Linda Barr would like everyone to know that they are welcome.

Are you managing your muck heap properly?

A stud has just been fined £20,000 for causing an environmental hazard after their muck heap caught fire. Read the full story on the Horse & Hound website.

It is illegal to burn a muck heap. Your best option may well be to ask a local farmer to remove your muck heap for you.

Mary King 1st & 2nd at Kentucky!

Mary King has won the Rolex Kentucky Three day event with Kings Temptress and also came 2nd with Fernhill Urco. Mary bred Kings Temptress so that must make the victory even sweeter! The American rider Sinead Halpin who has spent time training with William Fox-Pitt was third and William himself 4th. Clayton Fredericks was 5th and our Oliver Townend 6th. Full results and reports can be read here:

Eventing fans will be pleased to hear….

Mary King is lying 1st and 2nd after the XC at the Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials in America.  3 of our top riders flew out to USA the day after Badminton, to compete at this 4* three day event.  The horses were already out there and had been through quarantine.  There was a worrying time when the typhoon got close to the area and all riders were told not to leave their hotels and the horses were evacuated to the indoor school.  But the event got underway and our riders are doing well. Mary in 1st with Kings Temptress and 2nd with Fernhill Urco.  William Fox-Pitt is lying 6th with Neuf des Coeurs and Oliver Townend is lying 7th with ODT Sonas Rovatio.  Mark Todd, Badminton winner the week before is in 18th place with Grass Valley having incurred 20 pens XC.  Full results and a live scoreboard can be seen here:

Vintage Toddy!

As you will undoubtably already know, Mark Todd did it again and in such style! He is the Badminton Champion of 2011.  It was an exciting and at times dramatic Badminton and after the XC, any one of 9 riders could have taken the title if they jumped clear and those above them didn’t.  But, of course Mark Todd did jump clear and he won again, 31 years after first taking the title, which was 10 years before the young star Laura Collett (8th) was even born!  Piggy French and Mary King also jumped clear to take 2nd and 3rd place – they are such class riders. Before the SJ, they were lying 5th and 7th! At the press conference, Mary said that when she was a little girl, Piggy used to write fan letters to Mary and Mary used to write back.  A few years on and Piggy has beaten Mary at her own game! Mary will now write the fan letters!  Poles down in the show jumping were very expensive. I felt so sorry for Nicola Wilson who dropped from 3rd to 7th with just one pole down.  It was really disappointing that Tina Cook had to withdraw Miners Frolic before the dressage because her horse had a bad reaction to an insect bite on his withers and Pippa Funnell withdrew both hers.

Our local riders had mixed fortunes.  Firstly I’m very pleased to say that Louise Skelton and Partly Pickled are ok after a terrible fall at the penultimate cross country fence.  Louise thinks Pickle may have mistaken the beginning of a strip of grass to be a ditch and took off when he should have put in another stride.  The result was a very bad fall which left Pickle down on the ground winded for a minute and Louise battered and bruised. Fortunately she had been thrown clear.  Pickle has been x-rayed and he is ok.  They were clear up to that point and were going really well, so it was very bad luck.

Badminton regulars James Robinson and Comanche had yet another good result, finishing 20th in this his 9th year at the great event.  If only ‘Henry’ would treat the show jumps with a little more respect, he would have come =15th.

Alice Pearson at her first Badminton, must have been delighted.  She and Beau Bear were very impressive cross country, but it was tight at the top, so the time penalties incurred plus a couple of rails down SJ the next day did push her down the order, but what an achievement at her first Badminton and while a lot of attention has been given to 21 year old Laura Collett, Alice is still only 23.

Worcestershire’s Rosie Thomas with Barry’s Best put in another great performance XC, making it look so easy, but again time penalties and a show jump down were costly.   Also from Worcestershire, Carolyne Ryan-Bell sadly retired the lovely grey horse Rathmoyle King after a fall at Huntsman’s Close.  Another faller was Shropshire based Oliver Townend who fell when coming out of the quarry.

Gloucestershire’s Nick Gauntlett with Elektron was 28th.

I was extremely privileged to be one of the 3 photographers for the Badminton Press office for both the main event and the Grassroots Championships.  The images are on the Badminton website.

For the news, photos and results from Badminton, visit

Arrow Equestrian News

There is an exciting new arrival at Arrow Equestrian – the first Racewood Equine Simulator in the county! The simulator has been  custom  made  with a realistic  canter and gallop and a  head and neck  which moves with the stride. It has sensors on its sides and on the bit  so you can regulate the speed with your legs and reins or you can control it by  pressing the buttons on its shoulder.  The adjustable girth straps allow  you  to use any saddle, (dressage, jumping or racing) and it will carry  a vaulting roller – ideal for  improving suppleness, balance and confidence.

This is a fantastic teaching aid as the instructor can make “hands on” adjustment to rider’s positions while the simulator is moving. In addition, the video cameras set up around the horse enables you to see yourself  on the  TV monitor while you are riding.

Sue Nevill-Parker who owns Arrow Equestrian says:
“I find that canter is the best pace in which to learn how to achieve a balanced supple seat and to be able to keep cantering uninterrupted for as long as you like makes all the difference. The slowest pace is very relaxing and therapeutic and gives the novice rider a gentle introduction to canter. It is also useful for making fundamental changes to your riding before consolidating them at the faster speeds.  The middle pace is as close to a working canter as you can get without actually being on a real horse and is equally useful  for  dressage and  jumping.  The fastest pace is for racing or cross country and everyone who has tried it has found it challenging but exhilarating  – ideal for getting fit. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly posiitive!”

The simulator is available for lessons (and for hire after an induction lesson)
Lessons cost £30 for  30 minutes

Introductory Offer
20% off all lessons   booked before July 1st

Contact Sue: Tel: 01544 388 321

Badminton Horse Trials has begun!

Come and support your local top event riders at the best three day event in the World which is right on your doorstep at Badminton, in Gloucestershire. Visit for all information.  The best riders in the World are competing, including 7 previous winners – don’t miss it!

Local interest at Badminton Horse Trials

Not long now til Badminton and there will be plenty of local interest with riders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire!

Often well placed at Badminton with 4th, 5th and 6th (2010) placings under their girths, seasoned campaigners James Robinson and Comanche are back for the 9th time in a row – surely that deserves a special rosette!  James is a vet with the Three Counties Equine Hospital. His number is 57.

Louise Skelton (no 51) is from Eardisley (Herefordshire) has been round Badminton a few times now. She rides Partly Pickled. Pickle was the winner of Blair Castle CCI*** in 2005.  First timer Alice Pearson (no 56) from Bromyard, will also be flying the flag for Herefordshire with Beau Bear who went well at Burghley last autumn.

Rosie Thomas (no 85) of Grafton Farm Stables, lives right on the Worcestershire/Shropshire border and will be riding the ever popular Barry’s Best while Worcestershire’s Carolyne Ryan-Bell from Abbots Morton rides Rathmoyle King (no 69)

Shropshire based Oliver Townend needs no introduction. A previous winner at Badminton and also survivor of the horrific fall in Kentucky where he was surely saved by his air-filled body protector, Oliver has 4 horses entered and will be first to go with one of the 2 horses he will ride. (Rider’s can enter more than 2 horses, but can only ride 2).  It is thought likely that Carousel Quest will be no 1. and therefore first out on the cross country.  Another rider based in Shropshire is Brazilian rider Carlos Paro who is currently on the waiting list with Political Mandate

If they get in from the waiting list, Gloucestershire will be represented by Bill Levett who went so well last year. He has Political Trump entered (no 39) and  Nick Gauntlett from Chipping Sodbury, has Elektron (no 105).

There are 7 previous winners riding this year and it is a very International field too, so don’t miss it! And don’t forget, the event now runs from a Friday to a Monday, so XC day is Sunday.  See for all information. Dates of main competition – 21st (First horse inspection) -25 April 2011.

The Grassroots Championships also take place at Badminton beginning on Wednesday 20 April and concluding on Thursday 21st.

Keep an eye on the Badminton blog too –

9 Rugs stolen – look out!

9 rugs stolen from a field three weeks ago – there are a couple in good condition – a blue and yellow checked stable rug and blue Masta check tech high neck 6’6″. The others are pretty ripped and not really worth anything to anyone but the owner would recognise them if she saw them.

–     Shires lightweight blue – ripped on chest
–    /Rambo Wug – 7’0 – purple – repaired straps and red warning label on the side
–    Masta check tech – Pink and Black 6’9″ – ripped across chest
–    Saxon fly rug
–    ‘Bourbon check’ lightweight rug 6’9″
–    McAlister navy rug 6’9″
–    Orican blue 6’6″

Stolen from a barn in Little Dewchurch / Hoarwithy area.

Thieves will steal any rugs left unlocked – regardless of condition!

SPACES AVAILABLE on a bus to Badminton

Badminton Horse Trials Cross Country Day……. Sunday April 24th 2011…….There are a few  SPACES  AVAILABLE  on a bus from Leominster  ….Phone:  07817 624805 or 01568 613828 for more information

Latest ad – Equestrian Yard available for rent nr Craven Arms

Don’t miss the latest adverts on the property page!  Go to the classified ads section and click the property banner.

If you want to place an advert a property advert, go to the property page and then click submit a listing.

NAF Winter Dressage Champs at Hartpury

NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships

With title sponsorship from the NAF Five Star brand there is more than a little magic in the air at this year’s Winter Dressage Championships. Making full use of the superb facilities on offer at Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire the show promises high-calibre competition at this world class venue.

Featuring music classes from novice level to intermediate 1 and a new para-equestrian dressage championship this show’s diverse programme is quite unique. Side by side with the best British riders, the UK’s top amateurs will compete in the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships.  The show runs from 13th – 17th April.  For more info see

2 New Articles

New articles have been added to the website about Saddle fitting and all about the breed: The New Forest Pony.

To see the articles, either go to ‘Collecting Ring’, ‘Horsecare & Knowledge Centre’ and ‘articles’.

Or click on A-Z Directory and click on either the ‘Saddlers & saddle fitting’ or ‘Breeds and Breeding’ pages.

More articles will follow soon.  If you would like to submit an article for the website in exchange for a period of free advertising, please get in touch –

Not a BS member but interested in Showjumping & under 18?

If you are under 18 and not a British Showjumping member but interested in Showjumping, Sport England are now offering non-British Showjumping members a chance to train with top Showjumping Coaches at a heavily discounted rate.  Make the Jump – with Jump Start!  See events titled Jump-Start on the what’s on page. First training date is 30th June and all training is at Kings Equestrian, Herefordshire

Sad death of Olympic Dressage Rider

It is with great sadness that I hear of the death of Dressage rider Jane Gregory, nee Bredin. Jane was only 51. It is believed that she died as a result of a massive heart attack.  She rode in both the Atlanta and Hong Kong Olympics and lived in Wiltshire with her husband Aram Gregory. Our condolences to her family and friends. Read more on the Horse and Hound website

Are you using Internet Explorer v 6….

Are you still using Internet Explorer 6 (or earlier version)? If so, please upgrade to a more recent version such as v 8 or 9 It’s a free download from here:

WHY?  IE6 may not display this website properly. It is an old version of Internet Explorer and newer browsers are much more secure, a lot faster and more intuitive.  If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will need to know what computer operating system you are using, for example Windows XP, Windows vista, Windows 7 and also which internet browser and version, for example Internet explorer v 6, or 7, 8, 9, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or other.  (I haven’t heard of anyone having a problem with a Mac, but if you have – please let me know!)  You should be able to see which version you are using by clicking ‘About’ in the help menu across the top of the internet browser window.  Alternatively, watch the screen as you start your internet browser and it will tell you what you are using and which version! This is how the homepage should look. If it doesn’t look like this, please let me know: 

Such sad news

What sad news that the lovely Spring Along died at Gatcombe Horse Trials this weekend.  The popular and very successful event horse was having his first run of the season with Daisy Berkeley. He died instantly of a suspected heart attack when jumping up the steps. Daisy is okay, but must be distraught.

Answer posted to question asked to Tricia Gardiner in Ask the Expert

A new question and answer have been posted in the Ask the Expert section. The question is a very interesting one to many who struggle with a horse which works behind the vertical.  Our dressage expert Tricia Gardiner FBHS and a regular member of the British Dressage Team gives the answer.  To access the Q & A, navigate to Collecting Ring, then look for the link to Ask the Expert. In Ask the Expert, click Q & A next to Tricia Gardiner’s profile, or just click here to jump straight to it.

Beware – rural theft is rife!

Thanks to Lucy who sent us this:   “In the early hours of Wednesday morning someone tried to steal my horse trailer, but they were not successful and stole items off it instead, when I reported it to the police they said Rural Theft was rife at the moment and in particular horse owner are being targeted .  It has upset me a lot and I would hate to think other horse owners will be targeted and was wondering if you could put a general article on your website suggesting horse owner should be extra vigilant at the moment.  I am based in North Herefordshire.”

Grazing & Land section added to classifieds

A new section has been added to the classified ads page especially for grazing & land adverts.  However, please note there is a dedicated property page linked from the classified ads page and also that livery yards are listed under ‘L’ in the A-Z Directory.

Be aware of scammers

Horse and Hound report that advertisers on a Hampshire equestrian website are being targeted by scammers who are trying to steal their credit card details. Read full story here….

Hereford Equestrian will never ask you for debit nor credit card details because the website does not accept card payments.  Adverts can be paid for using Paypal, but this does not require Hereford Equestrian to need your card details.   See for more information regarding security.

Good news from Forest of Dean Horse Riders & Carriage Drivers Assn

Newsletter …………. March 2011 …………… Newsletter
The Greenways Project

Dear Member/Supporter

We now have a continuous route from Queenswood, Dymock in the north to Bream in the south via Cliffords Mesne, Huntley, Longhope and Mitcheldean into the core Forest of Dean. Well, to be honest it is almost complete – there is a stretch through Spring Wood in Kilcot that is subject to a Definitive Map Modification Order and the owner has died, so we have to wait until probate is granted before the legal process can continue. Life is never simple!

When we last wrote to you in January we said we hoped to have some exciting news to share with you. Well we have! After intensive negotiations with the Forestry Commission (FC) and with support from Mark Harper, MP the FC has agreed to dedicate in perpetuity our spinal route from Dymock to Bream and agree to 10-yr licenses for our community routes. This means that whatever happens in the future we have secured public access for all equestrians on the spinal route once the legal process has gone through and we have the necessary funding in place. At the moment equestrians only have permission to access FC land unlike walkers who have legal right of access. Although the “heat” recently went out of the public debate over the future of our forests, we were still concerned that equestrians might get left out in the cold again. So we kept up our lobbying and meetings and were delighted with the recent FC response. We think that, given the scope of the route, this is a first in the UK involving the FC!!

We feel delighted on everyone’s behalf about the progress we have made in just over 6 months of the project. Now we need YOU to help us take it into the next stage.

The next stage is about paying for groundworks and gates etc.  We desperately need someone or two to help us apply for funding – our current funders could in theory provide up to £100,000 but we need to find at least 20% of this from other sources. Completing application forms for funding can be time consuming and we need your help. Also, our project is being costed at the moment and could easily exceed the above figure. So do you have the time to do some research on our behalf? We need to find out about potential funders and their requirements etc – perhaps you have experience of this sort of work or can just spare a few hours to do some internet searching and report back to us. We really do need your help.

Spring and clocks!

Today, 20th March, is officially the first day of Spring 2011 and judging by the what’s on page, there are plenty of shows and other events to attend from now on.

Remember clocks go forward 1 hour at 01:00 on Sunday 27 March. So put your clocks forward an hour when you go to bed on Saturday night.  We may lose an hour of sleep that night, but we gain the extra hour of light in the evenings which is good news to all those with horses!

Claim your free Expert’s Guide to Eventing e-book with Piggy French

Following their excellent e-books with dressage riders Maria Eilberg and Lee Pearson, Equissage have produced an e-book with leading event rider Piggy French who took individual silver at the European Championships 2009. Meet Piggy’s horses and team, find out how she organises her day at home and at events and get Piggy’s top top tips on fitness training, dealing with nerves and trouble horses! All in Equissage’s new free e-book which is packed with information and is a really excellent read! Claim your FREE copy now by clicking here.

New Q&A just published with showing expert Claire Oliver

Visit the Ask the Expert page – via the collecting ring, to view the most recent question and answer to Claire Oliver our showing expert.

Click Q & A  next to Claire’s profile.

Rider tragically killed at VWH Team Chase

Jo Rugman, a very experienced rider and member of the RoR Lycetts A Class Act team which had already qualified for the national championships, was fatally injured at the VWH team chase held at Ampney Down Farm, near Cirencester last weekend.  Her horse hit the top of a fence which her team mates had all cleared.  Horse and Hound have the full report on this tragic story.

New JumpCross course in Worcestershire

Lea Castle Farm, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire has opened a new JumpCross course.  With 120 acres of grassland, woodland and undulating terrain, the course will provide a great experience for riders.

JumpCross is becoming increasingly popular as riders enjoy the experience and thrill of riding cross country, but over knock down fences.  There will be training events at Lea Castle Farm as well as competitions.  For more information, see and to contact Lea Castle Farm, call Emma Strong on 01562 851710.

Livery yards moved to A-Z

Livery yards have been moved from the classified section to the A-Z Directory.  Any ads posted have also been moved.  Livery wanted ads can still be posted. Just email your full advert to:

Tragedy as car collides with trailer on M4

A pony was killed when a car collided with the back of a trailer travelling on the M4 reports Horse & Hound.  The show pony was being driven home by the owner and her 6 year old daughter having just won the reserve champion title at the Ponies UK winter championships. Read the full story on the Horse & Hound website.

Tricia Gardiner – Dressage Trainer joins Ask the Expert panel

What an opportunity to ask about training your horse whether at novice level or higher up the scale. Dressage trainer Tricia Gardiner has trained many horses and riders to the top and competed herself at the Seoul Olympics.  Trish will answer questions on training and dressage whether basic or advanced, so please don’t be shy with your questions.  For example:  “Why won’t my horse canter on the right leg”?  “How do I teach my horse medium trot”?  “How do I stop my horse changing leg in counter canter?” To ask your question, visit the Ask The Expert page from within Collecting Ring

New Olympic size arena at the Three Counties Showground

Horse and Hound report that the Three Counties Show Ground has added an Olympic size arena to its facilities.The new Ledbury Ring, which replaces the old Ring 5 at the Worcestershire venue, measures 6,500 sq m.  Read the full story on the Horse and Hound website, but come back here soon!

Web browsers

There were some issues with the browser Internet Explorer not displaying the website correctly. We believe all these problems have now been resolved. Please let me know if you find a problem.

New Website

After nearly 5 months of planning and hard work, the new website is at last launched.  Not completely ‘furnished’, but ready to accept visitors and with the main areas fully operational!

A huge thank you to the team at The Naked Creative, Fownhope, Herefordshire – and particularly to their web genius Brett Mason!

We haven’t finished yet, more to come over the coming weeks and months……and years!

Enjoy the new site and thank you for your loyalty


Have you had a horse related accident?

The British Horse Society’s new dedicated horse accident website has been designed to provide statistics to help lobby government and other organisations for better riding conditions. It is not necessary to be a BHS members to report an accident.

See website for more information.

BE & BRC collaborate to provide new eventing series

Horse & Hound report that British Eventing (BE) and British Riding Clubs (BRC) have collaborated to provide an eventing series for BRC members.

Click here for more info….

Rider Code of Conduct

A new Rider Code of Conduct created for all riders will help sustain horse riding and competitions in the UK. The Code has been launched by The British Horse Society as part of a risk and guidance pack for Equestrian Establishments. Read more on the BHS website. This is particularly important for those having riding lessons at riding establishments.

Changes to driving legislations will impact on horse industry warns BHS

New driving licensing legislation revoking ‘grandfather rights’, to accompany learner drivers in small lorries, buses and vehicle plus trailer combinations will have a profound impact on the equestrian industry according to The British Horse Society.

From 6 April 2010 drivers who passed their car driving test before January 1997 will no longer be able to act as ‘supervising’ drivers to those learning to drive small lorries, buses and vehicle plus trailer combinations (but not car/horse trailer combinations i.e. Category B+E). Crucially for the equestrian industry this will include 7.5 tonne horse boxes.

In a response to questioning by The British Horse Society, the Driving Standards Agency stated: “Drivers who passed their car driving test before January 1997 were granted implied entitlement, sometimes known as ‘grandfather rights’, to drive small lorries, buses and vehicle plus trailer combinations. These are classed as categories C1, C1+E, D1 and D1+E and subject to certain restrictions.

“It should be noted that it was never the intention to allow learner drivers to drive a vehicle on public roads unless being supervised by a qualified driver who had passed a test for that category of vehicle.

“Clearly there are road safety issues involved where a person who has never passed the relevant driving test will act as the supervisor for a driver in these categories.

“These changes will not affect the person’s existing entitlement to drive C1 or D1 vehicles or vehicle plus trailer combinations. They will however make it illegal for anyone to act as a supervising driver in such vehicles if they only hold pre-1997 implied entitlements.”

The new legislation has not been widely publicised and the BHS is concerned that many drivers will not be aware that they will be affected when the changes come into place on 6 April 2010.

Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive Safety said: “It is concerning that this legislation has not been more widely publicised. It has left people no time at all to prepare themselves.”

A detailed description of the changes from the DSA is available on The British Horse Society website.