Category: Shropshire News

Qualification for the 2017 SEIB Trailblazers Championships is under way

Qualifiers are under way for the prestigious 2017 SEIB Trailblazers Championships. There are over 60 equestrian venues throughout the country offering Trailblazers qualifying competitions and the series provides competitors with an opportunity to compete at different levels in their chosen discipline.

Competing at the Trailblazers National Championships is a thrill for competitors.  Credit Hoof Prints Photos

Competing at the Trailblazers National Championships is a thrill for competitors. Credit Hoof Prints Photos

Trailblazers competitions include show jumping, dressage, showing, working hunter and combined training and there are classes for both senior and junior riders. For dressage, show jumping and combined training, qualification consists of a first and then second rounds. Competitors in first round classes need to achieve the minimum specified level for the different disciplines.  In dressage that means gaining a score of 58% or more, show jumping a double clear, and combined training to be placed in the top 5. Successful competitors are awarded with a qualification pack and can then progress to the second rounds by purchasing a second round qualification card, costing £12.  Second rounds run from March to mid-May and competitors can enter as many second round competitions as they wish at the level they have qualified to try and secure their place at the SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

In Showing & Working Hunter classes, competitors qualify directly for the SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals if placed in the top 4 at a qualifier. Once a competitor has qualified they will be required to purchase a qualification card, this will then enable them to enter any showing or working hunter class at the SEIB Trailblazers Championships for which they are eligible. The 2017 Championships will see the introduction of new showing classes such as the Trailblazers Re-Trained Race Horse Championships, In Hand and Ridden Spotted, Appaloosa, Palomino & Roan Championship, In Hand and Ridden Best Foreign Breed Championship, Trailblazers Riding Horse Championship, Trailblazers Ridden Novice Cob Championship, Trailblazers Ridden Open Cob Championship and the Trailblazers Ridden Show Hunter under 148cm Championship.

show-direct-logoFor further information on the Trailblazers series and Championships including a full list of Trailblazers venues please visit www.trailblazerschampionships.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrailblazersChampionships, or our team in the Trailblazers central office on info@showdirect.co.uk.

Gold for the GB Para Dressage Team

Once again the British Para Dressage team delivered, this time in Rio with Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells all winning individual gold and Anne Dunham taking silver and Britain claiming overall team honours. Lee Pearson, riding as an individual won individual silver being pipped at the post by Pepo Puch.

This is the sixth consecutive Paralympic team title the British team has won.  All 5 British riders compete in the freestyle today.
Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/rio-2016-paralympics-dressage/britain-remain-top-world-596968#5gbmdgqRemjMLWie.99

Hereford Equestrian welcomes Strutt and Parker onboard

Hereford Equestrian is delighted to welcome estate agents Strutt and Parker as the latest high profile business to advertise on the Hereford Equestrian website.

sp-logoThe Strutt & Parker Ludlow office is centrally located in the centre of the historic market town, next to the world famous Feathers Hotel. Their team of Ludlow agents cover a very large area and offer properties for sale and to let in South Shropshire, North Herefordshire, Powys/Mid Wales, the Welsh Marches as well as Worcestershire. The office sells a wide range of property including everything from cottages to country houses and farms to new developments and town properties. They also offer a full range of professional services in respect of valuations, planning and renewables.

Tel. 01584 873711

www.struttandparker.com/offices/ludlow/properties

Team competition gets underway for Paralympics GB’s equestrians

Yesterday saw the first of the Great Britain team riders take to stadium at the Deodoro Equestrian Centre, as the second day of competition got underway, with three riders getting their Paralympic Games started for ParalympicsGB across the Grade IV and Grade Ia classes. Read full story on the British Dressage website by clicking here

Lee Pearson gets Great Britain off to a great start in Rio

As the first day of competition got underway at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro it was Lee Pearson who was the first out into the arena for Great Britain, as the Grade Ib class took to the stadium this afternoon.

Aboard David and Lynda Pearson, Gillian Chinn and his own Zion, Lee produced a lovely test aboard the eleven year-old bay gelding, after a great first halt saw the duo on their way. With some very expressive movements through the walk the combination were awarded a score of 75.280% which saw them finish top of the standings. For full story, click here

 

BEF Teams up with Society of Master Saddlers

bef-logo society-master-saddlers-logoThe British Equestrian Federation’s Equine Bridge Programme for four-year-old Futurity graduates has joined forces with the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) to provide a saddle and bridle fitting voucher scheme.

SMS vouchers will be redeemable against saddle fitting services supplied by members of the Society of Master Saddlers. Futurity graduates eligible for the Bridge will receive vouchers for their first saddle fitting and those accepted on to the Equine Bridge will receive additional support.

Said Hazel Morley, CEO of SMS: “We are delighted to be able to support both our members and young British bred horses in putting measures in place to improve the saddle and bridle fitting for young horses, which is so critical at this influential time.”

Added Hazel: “Our sponsorship of the Futurity’s live stream, offering free to view access to all the Futurity venues provided by equestrianpro.tv has meant that Futurity participants are made aware in plenty of time of the support that is available for their young horses for the first time ever.”

Said BEF’s Head of Equine Development Jan Rogers: “This pilot scheme runs for the years of 2016 and 2017 and will make a huge difference for breeders, making saddle fitting affordable, at a time when they have to make a massive investment, whilst bringing home how crucial correct saddle fit is in these formative years.”

For further information about the Equine Bridge please visit www.bef.co.uk.

For further information about the Society of Master Saddlers please visit http://www.mastersaddlers.co.uk/.

STOLEN: Ifor Williams Horse trailer Model number HB506

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Serial number SCK400000A Drawbar code 5068791

I’ve received the following message:

“This is our neighbour’s trailer which was stolen last week from near Hereford, it’s in immaculate condition, only used a handful of times to lend to other neighbours – that’s how lovely they are! If you were looking for a second hand trailer like this for sale you’d never find it so please share this message across the UK and make it too hot to handle thanks.”

BHS Dead Slow Campaign

Dead-slowThe Dead Slow campaign was launched on Maundy Thursday (24 March).

On the day of the campaign launch, national press coverage was achieved on BBC Breakfast, as well as across all BBC radio stations including Radio 2 and Radio 5 Live, which featured an interview with Alan Hiscox. National newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Times also covered the story. The overall potential reach of the campaign through the media was 49.5 million people.

Social media was hugely successful with more than 2.5 million views of our safety video. The campaign was the UK top trending story on Friday 25 March across Facebook. More than 6,000 new Facebook followers in the week the campaign launched.

The Dead slow campaign is appearing at 96 supermarket petrol forecourts across the UK, reaching an estimated 9.2 million motorists throughout the duration of the campaign.

The campaign gained traction in Parliament, with Andrew Turner MP mentioning Dead Slow in the House of Commons. Liz Saville-Roberts MP put forward an EDM to Parliament on our behalf on 11 April.

Campaign continued…

More than two months after its launch, the campaign is still generating huge interest.

Following a meeting with the DfT, Nicole Lander and Lee Hackett were able to influence the organisation to use our branded video footage in their ‘THINK! Horse’ campaigning. The DfT are producing a public information campaign for national television broadcast which will include footage from our Dead Slow video with our branding included – a huge step forward for the campaign.

Dead Slow continues to gain public traction in the media, with 20 broadcast and print media outlets covering the campaign since May 1.

This includes coverage gained through our collaboration with Greater Manchester Police, who held an event in Manchester city centre to mark the launch of the joint campaign launch. In total, this joint initiative alone reached between 2.5 – 3.5 million people through the media. We are now in talks with other police forces also interested in linking up to support Dead Slow.

Our marketing materials are in high demand, with the team receiving daily requests for posters and leaflets to be sent out to livery yards, riding centres, and rural areas with a large population of horses.

The first stage of the petrol pump advertising covered 96 stations and the next stage will start at the beginning of September (see my previous email asking for the OK for funding for this, if you haven’t responded yet please do so this week!).  Worcestershire, Shropshire and Warwickshire are all funding petrol pump advertising in their Counties.

In terms of other coverage so far, the campaign has been mentioned or printed as follows:

Radio – 47 local radio stations

TV – 20 local and national TV broadcasts

Print – 28 local and national newspapers

Online – 85 online outlets

Below is a link to the new shorter version of the video produced in partnership with the DfT as part of their Think! Campaign which will appear on TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-xdmWwz4cg

The web story with more information is now on our website: http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/july-to-december-2016/dft-and-british-horse-society-partner-up

Neighbourhood Watch message

There have been three incidents in the Forest north over the weekend.

On Friday the 2nd of September Hartpury Church was broken into. Unknown offenders have forced entry via the church door causing damage, it is unknown if anything was taken.

A garage was broken into in the Bromsberrow Heath area thought to have taken place on the 31st August but reported on the 3rd of September. Two bikes, a strimmer, chainsaw lawn mower and a number of small power tool were stolen.

A horse trailer was stolen from a property in the Birdwood area on the 3rd September.

Please be aware and if you have any information about this incident please call 101 or e-mail

101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 

Strides Veterinary Physiotherapy Sponsor Dressage Rider

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Emily Culpeck, Roger Gregory and Comanche Carlos

Strides Veterinary Physiotherapy is delighted to offer Roger Gregory a sponsorship for 2016/17. Roger is a professional dressage rider and registered trainer who has competed successfully on his own and others’ horses to Grand Prix.

  “I am delighted to be offered this sponsorship. As every rider is aware, horses like humans  are prone to many type of injuries whether it is a competition horse or a happy hacker. We all sometimes get that feeling that something is not quite right and you go through all the normal channels of saddle fitting, bit changes, teeth, diet, shoeing or even the vets. This is where animal physiotherapy can help.

Emily takes a detailed history of the horse, as well as contacting your vet and listens to issues the rider is having or feeling under saddle.  Because Emily is an experienced horse rider who backs, trains and competes horses herself, she is able to understand the issues and can relate it to what she observes in the horse straight away. For me this is very important as it means the correct treatment is given and exercises are built into to the type of work the horse is doing.

Benefits they receive from the treatment by Emily include:

• pain relief/management (alongside Veterinary treatment)

• increased circulation

• enhanced healing post injury/surgery

• improved range of movement

• reduced muscle spasm

• improved muscle symmetry

• improved strength and movement

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Roger Gregory riding Comanche Wodan

As a trainer and rider I highly recommend Emily and look forward to endorsing her through the sponsorship and work she does”  Roger Gregory

Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies Emily has been the Yard Manager of Livery and Training Yard in Hopesay, Shropshire.  During this time, Emily has competed her own horses at dressage and eventing as well as running the yard on a day to day basis and breaking and schooling many different horses and ponies.  Whilst working with horses Emily has encountered several injuries, if you have horses, they get injured! Working with the Vet, Farrier and Veterinary Physiotherapist to rehabilitate these injuries and see the transformation for the animal and  the owner really interested her and the decision was made to train to become a Vet Physio!

Emily studied her Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University.  She was fortunate to have placements with some of the best Veterinary Physiotherapists in the country and gained valuable experience from them.  Exams are heavily practical giving an all round education prior to qualification.  This combined with the skills and knowledge gained as yard manager and a horse rider, owner and competitor has obvious benefits. Emily is now fully qualified, insured and a member of the NAVP and has set up Strides Veterinary Physiotherapy (www.stridesvp.co.uk) a mobile physiotherapy service for horses and dogs covering Shropshire and surrounding areas.  The service includes a thorough assessment of your animal, treatment and remedial exercise advice from a friendly, experienced horse and dog owner.

Emily Culpeck on Chump

Emily Culpeck on Chump

“ I am extremely excited to be able to sponsor a Grand Prix rider and know that when they go out competing the horses will be in the best physical health through my work. Dressage is such a demanding sport on a horses muscles, tendons and ligaments so it is important that they are strong and the horses are able to move well so they can perform the movements.This is an exciting start to my career and my new business and as it grows I hope to look at sponsoring other riders”  Emily Culpeck 

To contact Emily her number is 01588 660 829 or 07943 637 641.

                                                                                     

Top Futurity scorers to receive discount at Osberton

High scoring Futurity youngstock are being encouraged to come forward for the Oakham Veterinary Hospital In-hand classes at the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships at Osberton, Nottinghamshire on the 29th September.

All Eventing young stock presented that score 8.75 and above through the Futurity series in 2016 will receive a £10 discount voucher (reducing the entry fee from £40 to £30) for the Oakham Veterinary Hospital In-hand classes.

The prize pool for the In-hand classes will be in excess of £1500 and the highest placing Futurity horse in each class will receive a special prize.  All prize money is itemised at www.osberton-horse.co.uk.

All youngstock entered into the Oakham Veterinary Hospital In-hand classes will also be eligible for free entry into the Best of British Showcase at Osberton.

Entries to the In-Hand classes are made through the Osberton website and close on the 17th September, see http://osberton-horse.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-In-hand-schedule.pdf.

For more information on the British Breeding/BEF/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, visit www.britishbreeding.org.

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For further press information, please call Jenny Viner on 01903 892060 or email jenny@holdsworthpr.co.uk

Picture: credit Kevin Sparrow.

Editor’s Notes & Further Information:

Futurity dates and venues 2016:

15th August –  Valeview EC, Leicestershire 

16th August – Richmond EC, North Yorkshire 

17th August – Myerscough, Lancashire 

18th August – Reaseheath College, Cheshire 

19th August – Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire 

22nd August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall 

23rd August- Hartpury College, Gloucestershire 

25th August – Writtle College, Essex 

27th August – Brendon Stud, East Sussex 

28th August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire 

30th August – Solihull RC 1, West Midlands 

31st August – Solihull RC 2, West Midlands

Social media results in quickly finding horse’s owner

A horse was recently found running loose on the A44 near Bromyard having escaped from it’s field. Fortunately, quick thinking by drivers prevented a tragedy and a number of people helped herd the horse off the road and safely to a local farm and the police called. The policewoman who came out happened to be a rider herself and, needing to find the owner quickly, contacted Hereford Equestrian who in turn put an urgent post on the website as well as on social media. It worked very fast! The Facebook post reached over 12k people that day!

Many thanks to all those who helped ensure the horse’s safety and to those who shared the social media post which then reached the owner.

BEF FUTURITY TO BE AVAILABLE BY LIVESTREAM

Filly foal Florouche JT attained an elite premium in 2015.  Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Filly foal Florouche JT attained an elite premium in 2015. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

The 2016 Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding/BEF Futurity Evaluations will be available to view live for the first time, thanks to livestreaming of the series by Equestrianpro.tv.   The service will allow a much wider audience including connections and potential owners and riders to view our talented young sport horses presented at an early age. 

The BEF Futurity will be free to watch at www.EquestrianPro.tv in High Definition and can be viewed on any device whether it be mobile phone or laptop, providing reasonable internet access is available. Furthermore, Equestrianpro.tv is providing the opportunity to buy the recording of each equine’s performance.

Mark Rigby of EquestrianPro.tv says, “We are delighted to be involved with the Futurity for 2016 and provide the livestream for the entire event. Being one of the most important equestrian events of the season, we believe that people need to be made more aware of the quality of British bred sport horses and that they are worthy alternatives to buying abroad.  We hope that you join us for the event and wish all participants the best of luck.”

Jan Rogers, Head of Equine Development at the British Equestrian Federation, says “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the quality horses that get presented at the Futurity to be seen by a much wider audience.  People will be able to have the live stream running on their PC or laptop while sitting at their desks and those who cannot attend the venues will no longer have to miss out! We are delighted that Equestrianpro.tv has agreed to provide the service which will, I am sure, be invaluable to breeders to enhance the potential for marketing their horses”. 

The Futurity aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show jumping or endurance.  British bred horses and ponies from foals to three year olds are eligible to take part.  The series is open to all and each young horse is assessed by a panel of experts and an experienced vet and then given a Futurity premium score (grade). 

The 2016 Futurity evaluations will run from the 15th to the 31st August, covering 11 venues nationwide with a total of 12 days of evaluations.

Futurity scores are used by many breeders as a credible marketing tool for their young horses, adding value to a young horse whilst it is still too young to have achieved a performance record. Many young horses are now advertised for sale as having a “BEF Premium” and many people have purchased these young horses because they believe that an independent assessment run by a National Federation has value.

All results are published on the fully searchable Futurity website which can be found at www.britishbreeding.org

Horses that are entered as three year-olds are eligible for assessment at the BEF Equine Bridge, which provides ongoing support for developing their potential in their discipline. 

Futurity dates and venues 2016:

15th August –  Valeview EC, Leicestershire 

16th August – Richmond EC, North Yorkshire 

17th August – Myerscough, Lancashire 

18th August – Reaseheath College, Cheshire 

19th August – Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire 

22nd August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall 

23rd August- Hartpury College, Gloucestershire 

25th August – Writtle College, Essex 

27th August – Brendon Stud, East Sussex 

28th August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire 

30th August – Solihull RC 1, West Midlands 

31st August – Solihull RC 2, West Midlands

Will Furlong triumphs to claim the CCI** title at Hartpury

Saturday’s overnight joint leader Will Furlong triumphed to claim the Magic CCI** title in tight fashion on the last day of the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

It all came down to the last round as Will, riding nine year old mare Collien P 2, had less than a fence in hand over Andrew Nicholson in second spot. Despite the pressure Furlong kept his composure to produce a lovely clear and claim first prize on his dressage score of 42.3.

New Zealand’s Nicholson rose from fourth to finish second having completed his show jumping round clear and inside the time on Swallow Springs to also finish on his dressage score of 45, narrowly beating Germany’s Franca Luedeke aboard Cero Song on 45.9 to finish third.

Tom Carlile occupied both joint first and third spots after the cross country but withdrew joint leader Quiro Hoy before the showjumping. With his own Opium de Boisy he had an unfortunate ten faults to drop him to fourth place. Rupert Batting and Manyoshu took home the prize for completing the cross country course closest to the optimum prize.

Furlong, who is in his last year of young riders, said: “I am over the moon, absolutely delighted, and really looking forward to progressing with her. I’ve only been riding her since May so it’s really exciting to see what we will achieve together.”

Meanwhile in the Recover CCI* Amy Crerar and Sankro managed to retain their lead for the entire duration of their competition to win with a score of 41.8. It was an extremely close run for the top two spots as Amy added one show jumping time fault to her dressage and cross country score (40.8) to finish just 0.1 ahead of Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive.

Llewellyn went into an early lead in the dressage phase with a score of 41.9 with Amy just pushing her to second spot in the second day of dressage. Emily and Exclusive then went clear inside the time in both the cross country and the show jumping to remain on 41.9, keeping the pressure on Crerar for the whole event but ultimately it was not quite enough and they took home second.

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Lizzie Baugh riding Quarry Man rose to the occasion on the cross country to go into third after phase two. She too had nothing to add after the final phase and finished on her dressage score of 45.2, keeping her spot on the podium at the end of the class.

Storm Straker completed on her dressage score of 48.8 to claim 10th prize and in doing so clinched the Denis Ivan trophy for the highest placed Pony Club Rider. Charlotte Jenkins and Cuffesgrange Ars Royale took home the award for completing the cross country closest to the optimum time, as well as landing 11th place.

Sunday’s action rounds off another fantastic year of top eventing at Hartpury, which saw Nicola Wilson excel in the pinnacle event, the Superflex CCI***. Her untouchable performance during the cross country and showjumping phases were enough to see her crowned champion aboard One Two Many.

Event Director, Phillip Cheetham, said: “This has been another amazing display of world class eventing right across the whole week. Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard to pull off one of the biggest events on our equine calendar. We hope that all the spectators and competitors all had a great time and we cannot wait to welcome them back next year.”

Hartpury would like to thank NAF, all the sponsors and everyone involved in putting on such a hugely successful international event.

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many prove untouchable at Hartpury

CIC 3* winner Nicola Wilson, centre, flanked by 2nd placed Izzy Taylor (left) and Willa Newton 3rd (rt). Joined of course by Willberry Wonder Pony

CIC 3* winner Nicola Wilson, centre, flanked by 2nd placed Izzy Taylor (left) and Willa Newton 3rd (rt). Joined by everyones champion, Willberry Wonder Pony

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many proved untouchable as they came from behind to claim the Superflex CIC*** title at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials. 

Wilson, second overnight behind Izzy Taylor, surged into the lead following the a clear in the showjumping round which saw Taylor pick up four penalties to fall behind the eventual winner. Despite Wilson getting a 2.8 time penalty in the cross country, Wilson set the standard for the remaining competitors and her score of 39.9 was unmatched throughout.
Overnight leader Izzy Taylor’s unlucky four faults in the showjumping took her into the cross country on a score of 40.6. She completed a rare clear round inside the time to remain on her showjumping score to finished second overall.Willa Newton and Neelix had nothing to add to their dressage score of 41, with clear rounds in both their showjumping and cross country to take the final podium spot.
With the CIC** wrapped up it’s still all to play for in the CCI* and CCI* tomorrow – the final day of the NAF Five Star International Horse Trials.
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Amy Crerar riding Sankro

Thursday’s first action saw the cross country get underway in the Recover CCI* with Amy Crerar, aboard Sankro, cruising round clear to remain on her dressage score of 40.8. Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive also had nothing to add to their 41.0 dressage score to remain in second ahead of tomorrow’s final show jumping phase.

Overnight third place holders Kevin Mcnab and Creevagh Bobby Joe unfortunately had jumping and time penalties to add to drop them down the leaderboard making way for Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man to take third place. They had a super clear cross country round to make it home inside the time, finishing on their dressage score of 45.2.
The day ended the way it had begun – on the cross country course – as the Magic CCI** competitors battled for position heading into the final day. Overnight leader Tom Carlile finds himself joined at the top by Will Furlong and Collien P 2 as the riders sit on exactly the same score of 42.3 after the cross country.
Izzy Taylor led after dressage but a rail down show jumping resulted in 2nd place

Izzy Taylor led after dressage but a rail down show jumping resulted in 2nd place

Carlile’s second ride, Opium de Boisy, currently occupies the final podium spot after picking up a 0.8 time penalty in the cross country to fall behind Furlong. the top three are separated by just 0.3 points heading into the final day.

Both classes will be completing their show jumping rounds to determine the winner. With entry at just £10 per person, under 16s and parking free pop down to find out who manage to clinch first place!

Days 1 & 2 of the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials

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Amy Crerar and Sankro lead the CCI 1*

Day 2

Izzy touches the top at Hartpury Horse Trials

It’s all change at the top as Izzy Taylor heads up the leader board moving into the final day of the Superflex CIC*** at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

British rider Taylor and horse Be Touchable lead on a score of 36.6 ahead of Nicola Wilson on One Two Many (37.1) and the pair of Flora Harris and Bayano (37.9) as the dressage finished on day two of the competition. Overnight leader, Caroline Powell on Flying Finish, finds herself down in tenth.

Tomorrow’s action (Saturday 13th August) sees the CIC*** competitors up against one another in the show jumping before finishing with the horse trials showpiece event, the cross country. Action begins at 8.30 and spectators will also be able to take in the CCI* cross country in the morning and the CCI** cross country in the afternoon following the climax of the CIC***.

Meanwhile Tom Carlile has taken the one-two in the Magic CCI**. Tom and Opium de Boisy have managed to retain their lead of 41.8 throughout day two of dressage and has taken the second spot with Quiro Hoy on 42.3. Will Furlong and Collien P 2 occupy the third spot also with 42.3 ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s cross country.

In the Recover CCI* Amy Crerar and Sankro scored 40.8 to just pip in front of yesterday’s dressage leaders Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive with a score of 41.9. Kevin Mcnab and Creevagh complete the top three going into tomorrow’s cross country with 44.2 for their dressage.

Entry for the weekend is £10 per person (free for under-16s) and parking is free. All information on the event can be found at www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk<http://www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk/>


Day 1

Flying Finish soars into the lead after Day 1 of the Hartpury Horse Trials.

Eventing superstar Caroline Powell has soared into the lead in the Superflex CIC*** with Flying Finish after the first day of dressage at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

New Zealand’s Caroline, a previous Burghley winner and Olympic medallist, produced an excellent test to gain a score of 41.6 ahead of Ibby Macpherson and Ballingowan Diamond on 42.5. Sitting in third spot ahead of tomorrow’s competitors completing their dressage is Bella Innes Kerr and Carolyn with a score of 43.

Tom Carlile has taken the lead on 41.9 in the Magic CCI** aboard Opium de Boisy followed by Alice Sandberg and Cecilio with 44.9. Finishing off the top three at the end of day one is Sarah Bullimore and Upper Class on 44.9.

In the Recover CCI* Emily Llewellyn on Exclusive will go into the second day of dressage in the lead with a score of 42. Helen Wilson on Fine Fleur sits in second with 45.3 and hot on her heels are Francis Whittington on Excellent R with a score of 45.8.

Tomorrow will see the remaining riders take to the stage to complete the dressage tests before the weekend’s cross country and show jumping action gets underway on Saturday. Admission on Friday 12th is free of charge and Saturday 13th and Sunday 16th entry is charge at £10 per person with under 16s and parking free.

To stay up to date with the latest news and results, go to www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk follow @hartpuryHT on twitter and visit the Facebook page.

Dressage GPS & Team Medals

Times (BST) for the Grand Prix Special Dressage today are:
Spencer & Super Nova – 18.20
Fiona & Orthilia – 19.02
Carl & Nip Tuck – 19.29
Charlotte & Valegro – 19.56

The combined scores from the tests done over the last 2 days and the GPS today will decide the team medals. Individual medals will be decided on Monday following the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Hartpury NAF International Horse Trials is underway

Whilst it’s difficult to drag yourself away from watching Olympic action in Rio at the moment, there is some good International competition underway down the road at Hartpury. Top riders who missed out on Rio, such as Izzy Taylor and Andrew Nicholson are competing, as are many event riders from our region, including Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood who rides Mr Potts in the 3*. Thursday saw the first day of dressage for all sections with more on Friday.  With a CCI 1*, 2* and a CIC 3*, XC will run all day on Saturday, so come and watch! The event concludes on Sunday with showjumping for the CCI 1* &2*. Full results and news can be viewed at: www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk

How to follow equestrian action at the Olympics

Have you re-tuned your tv in the last week or so to find the new Olympic channels?! As well as the normal BBC channels, look for the red button channels – 600 – 609.

The Equestrian Team GBR website has a guide which shows you how and when you can follow the equestrian action at Rio. Copy and paste either link: http://www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk/blog/posts/how-to-follow-equestrian-at-the-olympics/

Horse and Hound will also be a good resource: www.horseandhound.co.uk/rio-2016-olympics

Dressage GP start times:

The times (BST) are:

Wednesday
15:18 – Spencer Wilton riding Jen Goodman’s Super Nova
19:06 – Fiona Bigwood riding Penny Bigwood and the Dahl’s Atterupgaards Orthilia

Thursday
15:27 – Carl Hester riding his own and Jane de la Mare’s Nip Tuck
18:24 –

Charlotte Dujardin riding Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott’s Valegro

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How to watch:

Coverage comes courtesy of the BBC on the red button (eight platforms), website and radio. If you can’t watch live, you can record the BBC Red Button through Sky Channel 980, Freeview 601, Freesat 981 and click here for Virgin info.

Here’s more from the BBC on how to watch their Olympic streams:

Similar to our coverage of London 2012 Olympics, you will also be able to access upto 24 live HD streams online – these will be available from bbc.co.uk/sport, through the BBC Sport apps for mobiles and tablets and on Red Button+. It is also available on the BBC Sport App on connected TVs. With our online service, you will be able to access the widest range of on-demand and interactive content across the Rio Olympics, including:
• Up to 24 live HD video streams
• All the action wherever you are, on the devices you use – BBC Sport’s live coverage page, will bring together all the events, alongside our Olympics sports player, text commentary and the best audience interaction, all in one place
• The BBC Sport website will have highlights and replays of those not-to-be-missed moments and the Olympics Playlist will be downloadable to catch up every morning on the BBC iPlayer
• “My Sport” will allow Olympics fans to personalise their Rio 2016 experience by following the sports you like most, signing up for the latest news alerts, setting event reminders and sharing your favourite moments across the social media platforms
• And on our own social media pages, BBC Sport will give you the chance to get even closer to the BBC’s coverage, presenters and special guests with behind-the-scenes coverage

Full times & results – click here

Remember your hashtags when posting on social media:

#RoadToRio
#TwoHearts
#JoinTheJourney
#EquestrianDressage
#Rio2016

Equestrian fans are urged to share their passion for the sport during Rio.

The Games, which kick off on Friday (5 August), are particularly important for equestrianism as the sport’s popularity will determine its future in the programme of the Olympics.

From 29 July-28 August the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will assess how engaged fans are.

The IOC will explore print, broadcast and online coverage, as well as engagement on social media. This will demonstrate how widespread the appeal is of each Olympic event.
Read full article at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/rio-2016-olympics-news/equestrian-fans-urged-to-share-their-support-throughout-rio-equestrian-sport-582034#62TZp5yu87aZk7RO.99

NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials

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Last year’s CIC3* winner William Fox-Pitt riding Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero

Eventing excitement grows as Hartpury counts down to Horse Trials 10th – 14th August 2016.

Cross country course preparation has begun as some of the top international eventers get set to head to Hartpury Horse Trials.

The NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, which runs from August 10th to 14th will once again feature the stars of eventing from all over the world. Now into its 13th year, Hartpury will play host to household names from the world of eventing as they compete in the Recover CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3*.

Harry Meade, Laura Collett, Izzy Taylor, Paul Tapner, Andrew Nicholson and Andrew Hoy are just some of the names entered in the CIC3*. With such top quality competitors across all the classes, spectators can be sure to experience the very best of the sport.

The highlight of the show will no doubt be the cross country on Saturday, August 13th. This year sees Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials course designer Eric Winter return to Hartpury to add his touch to what is set to be another challenging course.

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Hartpury graduate Astier Nicolas on Carole Broad’s Molakai competing at last year’s horse trials.

Winter, who has designed courses for a host of top European Championships, has also been passed the mantel of designing the cross country course for next year’s Badminton Horse Trials, the pinnacle of the world’s 3-Day-Event calendar, so we can be sure to see some exciting and challenging action on the day, especially with the calibre of entries.

Course builder Andrew Hunter and his team are well underway in the course preparation whilst the Hartpury team are keeping the ground in tip top condition, despite the recent warm weather. With the dry forecast set to stay the team are expecting to use in excess of 1.5 million litres of water to keep the footing in the best condition possible!

Farm manager, Peter Lord, is overseeing the cross country course preparation and said: “As ever there is a dedicated team to prepare the course for 2016. It is of the utmost importance to us here at Hartpury to ensure the ground is as good as it can be to ensure the highest level of competition is possible across all three courses.”

Wednesday 10th August will see the Horse Trials action getting underway with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse, a chance for eventing fans to see horse stars of the future. The dressage and show jumping will take place in Hartpury’s international arenas which offer tiered seating for the perfect view.

Admission is free from Wednesday 10th August to Friday 12th August and only £10 per person on the Saturday and Sunday, with under-16s free throughout the event.  There is also free car parking on site.

For all the latest news and to book tickets online, visit www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk or call 01452 702126. To stay up to date with all the action and results, don’t forget to follow Hartpury Horse Trials on Facebook and Twitter.

Rio Olympics – Who, what and when?

Opening ceremony Friday 5th August. Rio de Janeiro is 4 hours behind the UK.

Dressage: 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th August. GB Dressage Team:

Fiona Bigwood, age 40, based West Sussex, with Penny Bigwood and Neils and Lis Dahl’s Atterupgaards Orthilia.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE, age 30, based Gloucestershire, with Rowena Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester’s Valegro.
Carl Hester MBE, age 49, based Gloucestershire, with Jane De La Mare and his own Nip Tuck.
Spencer Wilton, age 43, based Reading, with Jennifer Goodman and his own Super Nova II.
Travelling Reserve: Lara Griffith, age 27, based Gloucestershire, with Dr Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad.

Eventing: Saturday – Tuesday 6th – 9th August. GB Eventing Team:

William Fox-Pitt, age 47, based Dorset, with Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning.
Pippa Funnell MBE, age 47, based Surrey, with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz.
Kitty King, age 33, based Wiltshire, with Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson’s Ceylor L A N.
Gemma Tattersall, age 31, based West Sussex, with The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V.
Travelling Reserve: Tina Cook with Billy the Red.

Show jumping: 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th August. GB team:

Ben Maher MBE, age 33, based Hertfordshire, with Jane Forbes Clark and his own Tic Tac.
Nick Skelton OBE, age 58, based Warwickshire, with Beverley Widdowson’s Big Star.
John Whitaker MBE, age 60, based West Yorkshire, with Team Harmony Management Co Ltd’s Ornellaia.
Michael Whitaker, age 56, based Nottinghamshire, with Beverley Widdowson’s Cassionato.
Travelling reserve: Jessica Mendoza, age 20, hometown Wiltshire, with Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit.

Modern Pentathlon: 18th, 19th, 20th August.

Closing ceremony: Sunday 21st August.

Follow all the Olympic news here: www.horseandhound.co.uk/rio-2016-olympics

Paralympics

The squad of five riders selected to represent GB at Rio’s paralympics at September’s is as follows:

  • Anne Dunham, grade 1a with Lucas Normark, owned by the Lady Joseph Trust and Henrietta Cheetham.
  • Sophie Christiansen, grade 1a with Athene Lindebjerg, owned by Diane Redfern.
  • Lee Pearson, grade 1b, with Zion, owned by David and Lynda Pearson, Gillian Chinn.
  • Natasha Baker, grade II, with Cabral, owned by Christian Landolt, Phil and Lorraine Baker and Dorothy Alder.
  • Sophie Wells, grade IV, riding her own Valerius.

Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/rio-2016-olympics-dressage/breaking-british-paralympic-squad-rio-revealed-571384#JGKI4RwzF5j2vYgW.99

Hartpury is looking for loan horses

Loan-horses-1Are you a horse owner heading off to university or are you struggling to find the time to give your horse the attention he or she deserves? Hartpury could have the answer.

Hartpury is looking for loan horses that can be used for teaching our college and University Centre equine students for the next academic year from September 2015. They will receive excellent care, attention and exercise from our dedicated and experienced yard and instructing team.

Director of Animal, Equine and Land at Hartpury, Tom Hallam, said: “Sending your horse to a college on loan can be the ideal solution if you’re off to university and don’t know what to do with your horse, or if you have work commitments or financial constraints.

“The day to day care of the horse, including a tailored exercise plan, diet, bedding and farriery, are all provided by our highly qualified staff, and we treat all of the horses as individuals, ensuring they benefit from the right balance of work and relaxation, much like our students!”

Hartpury usually asks for loan horses to be at least five years old, 15hh or above and established on the flat and over fences. Our loan horses range from those used in Riding for the Disabled sessions right up to former advanced eventing horses. They are ridden by riders of a range of abilities, from British Horse Society Stages One to Four.

Tom added: “Horses are graded depending on their level of training and education. We need a variety as we run a range of courses and host BHS training courses and exams.”

Sally Harte, who put her horse on loan at Hartpury, said: “I would like to thank all the equine staff at Hartpury College, especially Emelye Trew [Yard Manager], for all of the thought and effort they put into looking after my two ponies. They couldn’t have been in better hands.”

To find out more about the loan horse scheme, give our yard team a call on 01452 702364 or email equineyard@hartpury.ac.uk

New products launched for horses and dogs

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NEW DRESSAGE GIRTH NOW AVAILABLE FROM BACK ON TRACK®

Back on Track® are pleased to announce the launch of their new Dressage Girth, bringing the benefits of their revolutionary Welltex® fabric to this sensitive area of the horse.

The Back on Track® range of high performance clothing and horse wear promotes a feeling of well-being through the use of advanced technology with foundations in ancient Chinese medicine. Developed in Sweden, Back on Track products are widely used by professional riders worldwide.

BOT-Dressage-girth-with-elasticThe area under the girth is often sensitive to pressure and discomfort can lead to a poor performance. The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is lined with the Back on Track’s revolutionary Welltex™ fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury.

The Back on Track Dressage Girth features a patented buckle design on one end of the girth which will look for the hole in the strap when doing up the girth. The buckles are stainless steel which can be fixed or have elastic inserts to help reduce pressure and make tacking up easier. The curved shape of the girth reduces the width of material behind the horse’s elbows helping to prevent pinching of the horse’s skin.

The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is available in black and in sizes 22”, 24”, 26”, and 28”, fixed or elasticated ends. RRP £49

For more information and a list of UK stockists, visit www.backontrack.com


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BENEFITS OF BACK ON TRACK® NOW FOR DOGS, TOO

Many people already enjoy the benefits of Back on Track® products for themselves and their horses – and now the same therapeutic technology is available for dogs, too.

The Back on Track Oval Dog Bed is a comfortable bed to take anywhere for your dog. Made from Welltex® fabric with infra-red technology, the Oval Dog Bed will help support circulation and wellbeing. It features a non-slip underside, perfect for at home, in the car, or at the yard.

For therapeutic support, the Back on Track Hock Wrap and the Back on Track Shin Wrap are each made of revolutionary ceramic-infused durable polyester, offering support and heat-inducing properties to increase circulation without immobilising the leg.

If your dog suffers from spinal pain, the Back on Track Back Brace is designed to provide increased support and improved circulation in the exact area where the back pain is experienced. The back brace offers optimal body contact and padding for comfort.

Also offered is a full range of Back on Track Rain Coats, Fleece Rugs, and Mesh Sheets to keep your dog happy and comfortable no matter the weather. All sizes and breeds are catered for, including dachshunds and greyhounds.

All Back on Track products are made of their revolutionary Welltex™ fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body.  The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury.

Back on Track products are available for horses, humans and dogs. The range extends from horse rugs to travel boots and human base layers to knee and wrist wraps. The canine range includes everything from dog beds to leg braces.

Visit www.backontrack.com/

It’s Hereford Equestrian’s 13th Birthday!

birthday-balloon-image13 years have flown by and the Hereford Equestrian website is still going from strength to strength. Thank you to everyone for helping make the website a success by using it and thank you also for spreading the word. It works! A new look website will be launched in the next few months.

Trailblazers Showing & Working Hunter 2017

We are delighted to introduce the new and exciting developments to the Showing & Working Hunter Trailblazers Series and Championships. Trailblazers are increasing the number of showing classes at the Championship Finals, which sees the introduction of the following classes: –

In Hand Trailblazers Spotted, Appaloosa, Palomino & Roan Championship

In Hand Trailblazers Best Foreign Breed Championship

Ridden Trailblazers Show Hunter under 148cm Championship

Trailblazers Riding Horse Championship

Trailblazers Ridden Novice Cob Championship

Trailblazers Ridden Open Cob Championship

Ridden Trailblazers Spotted, Appaloosa, Palomino & Roan Championship

Ridden Trailblazers Best Foreign Breed Championship

Trailblazers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship

In addition, for the 2017 Showing & Working Hunter Championships Trailblazers are implementing a new qualification system, where competitors qualify directly for the SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals if placed in the top 4 at a Trailblazers Qualifier.

Once a competitor has qualified they will be required to purchase a qualification card, this will then enable them to enter any showing or working hunter class at the SEIB Trailblazers Championships for which they are eligible.

Qualifiers have now begun for the 2017 SEIB Trailblazers Championship Finals.  A list of qualifier dates and venues, as well as comprehensive details on the Trailblazers series, is available on the website, www.trailblazerschampionships.com.   You can keep up to date with the latest news by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrailblazersChampionships, or contact our team in the Trailblazers central office on info@showdirect.co.uk if you have any other queries.

Three-quarters of GB Olympic Dressage Team have Local Connections

Spencer Wilton with Super Nova II. Photo copyright Sally Newcomb

Spencer Wilton with Super Nova II who was first produced by Melanie Slater.
Photo copyright Sally Newcomb

What a fantastic opportunity it was to see our 2016 Olympic dressage team in action at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, pre Rio. 

Whilst everyone knows Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin are based near Newent, in Gloucestershire, Olympic team rookie Spencer Wilton’s ride ‘Super Nova II’ was bred in Monmouthshire and initially produced in Herefordshire.

Super Nova was bred by the late Mrs Kirby from Grosmont, Monmouthshire.  The Slaters, who own Ruxton Horses, bought quite a few foals from Mrs Kirby over the years, including Super Nova. Mr Slater first spotted him in the field while Melanie’s eye had initially been caught by another foal.  Dad chose well! Although Melanie says Super Nova was very ugly as a youngster, when Melanie started to break him in she realised he was very special and destined for greatness!! She competed him in young horse classes and qualified and competed him at the nationals. When Melanie took Super Nova for a lesson with her trainer Carl Hester, Carl loved him and bought him. He was 6 at the time. Jen Goodman, who is from Warfield in Berkshire, bought him from Carl when he was 7 and Spencer Wilton has ridden and trained ‘Neville’ since then. He has impressed at every level. When asked if she would be going out to Rio, owner Jen said “Yes try and stop me!”

The other team member is Fiona Bigwood from West Sussex riding the gorgeous mare Atterupgaards Orthilia.

Good luck to all. No doubt there will be medals won, it’s just a question of which colour! Go for Gold!!

The team for Rio is as follows:

Fiona Bigwood, age 40, based West Sussex, with Penny Bigwood and Neils and Lis Dahl’s Atterupgaards Orthilia

Charlotte Dujardin OBE, age 30, based Gloucestershire, with Rowena Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester’s Valegro

Carl Hester MBE, age 49, based Gloucestershire, with Jane De La Mare and his own Nip Tuck

Spencer Wilton, age 43, based Reading, with Jennifer Goodman and his own Super Nova II

(Travelling Reserve: Lara Griffith, age 27, based Gloucestershire, with Dr Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad)

Theft in the Area – Rural Watch messages 

Theft of Ride on Mower – Coombe Hill, Nr Tewkesbury.

Sometime between 30th June and 6th July a yellow ride on mower was stolen from an insecure outbuilding of a house in Coombe Hill.  The mower had been chained to a concrete block but thieves cut the chain.

This is a typical rural crime for this time of year and it is suspected that thieves are using a transit size van to transport away stolen property such as this mower.  If you see such a vehicle and its occupants acting in a suspicious manner please try to obtain the registration number and any other identification details and forward the information immediately to the police using 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

If you own property similar to this ride on mower please store it as securely as possible and consider permanently security marking it in some way.  Further advice on the security of this type of item can be obtained by talking to your local Police Community Support Officer or by accessing the Gloucestershire Constabulary website at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk and looking under the “Staying Safe” menu.

Incidents in the Forest North

`There have been four incidents in the forest north between the 5th and the 8th of July.

On the 5th July a farmer returned home in the Upleadon area around 3.30pm to witness an attempted theft of his van. Offenders left in a white ford transit.

A barn was broken into on the 6th of July in the Taynton area and 2 drive shafts from two bailers were stolen.

Steel gates were stolen from a farm in Redmarley by lifting them off their hinges some time between the 6th and 7th July.

Workshops were broken into on a farm in the Tibberton area and chain saws were stolen on the 8th.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 or e-mail

101@gloucestershire.police.uk

Olympic heroes hail record-breaking Hartpury Festival of Dressage

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Carl Hester on Nip Tuck. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Olympic gold medal hopes Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester have hailed the Hartpury Festival of Dressage as the perfect preparation for Rio 2016 

The dressage superstars both lit up the Festival stage with a series of stunning tests to clinch emphatic victories in a host of classes, and more than 50,000 people from 26 countries tuned in to watch the action on the livestream – a record for equine events livestream providers Goldeneye and 15,000 more viewers than in 2015.

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

A 1000-strong sell-out crowd were also treated to a breathtaking performance from Charlotte Dujardin on Saturday night (July 9th) in Hartpury’s main international arena as she premiered her new Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle on treble dressage world record holder, Valegro.

The duo scored an incredible 90.625% with their Rio Carnival-inspired test that they will perform in Rio – an amazing 17% ahead of second place. Valegro even made the most of his extended Hartpury holiday by having a cool down in the water treadmill at the Equine Therapy Centre on Sunday morning, where he visits at least once a week in the run-up to major competitions.

Charlotte’s mentor, fellow London 2012 gold medallist and Hartpury Equine Academy dressage coach, Carl, stole the show on Sunday, winning the Grand Prix Special on Nip Tuck by a more than 10% winning margin.

He said: “Hartpury delivered a spectacular show for Great Britain team members to practice their Rio preparations. We’re really grateful that the footing was perfect, the stabling is fantastic and the organisation and friendly atmosphere is making it one of the premier events of the country.

“At Hartpury, we are blessed with amazing surfaces and there are very few shows that you can go to in the world now that can boast these sort of facilities and permanent stabling. I would like to say thank you to Hartpury for hosting this.

“There is a tremendous effort gone into supporting the welfare of horses here at Hartpury and the equine therapy unit is incredible. We use the water treadmill and it is a tremendous way of getting horses fit. If anyone’s seen Valegro on a water treadmill, it’s quite funny because he actually walks like a gold medallist in the water as well!

“I mean, most horses are stuck to the bottom of it whereas his legs come out of the top of it. It does do amazing things for his back when you see him walking on it.

“The Hartpury Festival of Dressage and Hartpury generally is certainly somewhere we would always come back to. Although everyone thinks it’s just because we live 10 minutes away, it’s actually the facilities and the whole package that makes it worthwhile for us.”

This year’s Hartpury Festival saw more than 300 riders from around 19 nations competing in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes over five days of outstanding equestrian sport.

Other stars of the Festival were crowd favourite Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche and Charlotte and Carl’s fellow Olympic dressage team members, Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II and Fiona Bigwood on Atterupgaards Orthilia. All four of the Rio 2016 team performed on Festival Friday in the Horsescout.com CDI Grand Prix and filled the top four spots.

Natasha Baker on Cabral. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Natasha Baker on Cabral. Photo Kevin Sparrow

While the livestream was hugely popular, others kept up to date with all the action on the new website and the Festival’s Facebook and twitter pages. Almost 6000 people have already watched Hartpury video of Great Britain’s London 2012 gold medallist, Dujardin, from Newent, winning the Horsescout.com CDI Grand Prix on Valegro.

Charlotte said: “It’s super to be riding here at Hartpury. The atmosphere is always fantastic and so is having all this support. It’s a lovely show and a lovely venue to ride. It really it makes it so enjoyable when you come and you’ve got a place with facilities like this.

“Plus it’s only down the road so it’s the perfect prep for Rio for me. Every year, this is my final run before a major championship. I love coming here and it’s always a pleasure.”

Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction.  Photo Kevin Sparrow

Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction.
Photo Kevin Sparrow

There were also many exceptional performances from international para riders, who were staking their final claims for selection for the Rio Paralympics. Sophie Wells and Natasha Baker both completed an astonishing clean sweep of class wins on all three days of the Festival in the Grade IV and II respectively to help Great Britain to an emphatic team title victory.

Hartpury’s own up and coming dressage stars, including Equine Academy members and current degree students, Lucy Pincus and Francesca Bradley, also put in encouraging performances and gained valuable experience at the highest level.

Philip Cheetham, Hartpury Equine Director, said: “With record entries and so many fabulous performances, not least from our Great Britain Olympic team, we were delighted to have been able to share them with a much bigger audience this year.

Anne Dunham on LJT Lucas Normark.  Photo Kevin Sparrow

Anne Dunham on LJT Lucas Normark.
Photo Kevin Sparrow

“As well as the record number of livestream viewers, our social media and web updates showcased the best of the para dressage and the able-bodied dressage, sharing the stories and the results of our fantastic competitors.

“From competitors, owners, grooms, sponsors and the general public, we have had so much positive feedback about the quality of the facilities and competition.

“The support of our sponsors is absolutely crucial to the continued success of the Festival and a big thank you goes to them as well as to all the Hartpury staff and students who gave up so much of their time and worked so hard to make this year’s Festival such an outstanding event.”

Carl clinches last class in Hartpury Festival finale

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Great Britain team stalwart Carl Hester finished off the Festival of Dressage with a bang as, with his Olympic ride Nip Tuck, he won the last class of the day by more than 10%.

Carl, who is one of the Hartpury Equine Academy coaches, completed a lovely test to finish top of the podium on 79.216%.

The last freestyle class of the Festival was the CDI Intermediate I, which saw some stunning tests to imaginative music. Rebecca Jane Edwards won the class with Don Archie on 75.725%, second was Claire Moir and Davenport Bewes with 74.775% and finishing off the top three was Gemma Maddocks and El Paso Van Overis on 74.100%.

Rebecca Edwards with Don Archie

Rebecca Edwards with Don Archie. Photo Kevin Sparrow

In a large Fairfax FEI Prix St Georges class Kate Cowell, directed Barcelona to win on 73.15%. Coming in just behind was Hannah Biggs aboard Don Caledonia with 72.28% followed by Claire Able and Rowan Magic on 70.04%.

Outside, the action started with the FEI Intermediate II, which saw Becky Moody and Carinsio take the lead halfway through the class with a score of 70.307%. Michael Eilberg with Furst Sinclair came second with 69.078% while Emma Blundell took third with Keystone Darling on 67.770%.

The Dawson Memorial FEI Pony/Junior/Young Rider Team and Pony Individual Test saw Sophie Williams take a late lead on Ferrari with 70.576%. Abbie Newbury and Disneyland took home second with 68.716%. On her second horse, MFS Caliana, Rebecca Johnston-Harman took the third spot with 67.770%.

Becky Moody. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Becky Moody. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Kicking off the final day of competition indoors were the Hickstead age classes. Matthew Burnett ruled the 5 Year Old National and International classes, winning both with Grisbimone on scores of 7.8 and 7.6 respectively. He then took both second spots aboard Gino with 7.64 and 7.54.

Scooping third in the National class was Sarah Williams and Bellas Dream with 7.12 while Ellie Worrall and Rouven claimed the bronze spot in the International class with 7.26.

In the Hickstead National 6 Year Old class, Willow Kemp rode Dark Horse into first place with 7.74. The scores for second and third were not far adrift as Lucinda Elliott and Mount St John Best Of All received 7.32 and Andrew Harris and Freya F.S.T 7.26.

Andrew Harris and Freya F.S.T moved up a placing for second on 7.1 in the International 6 Year Old. They were narrowly beaten by Leah Beckett, who rode Woodcroft San Leonardo to win with 7.46.

The indoor arena also hosted the British Dressage Young Pony Finals. De Votion, ridden by Annie Lloyd-Aylett, was the overall best scoring pony and won the 4 Year Old class with a score of 8. Charlotte Drakeley and Woodlander Sir Gorgeous were second on 7.42 and Vanessa Haunch and Bunbury Peppermill third on 7.14

Matthew Burnett. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Matthew Burnett. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Woodlander Wagalina took first for Rosie Morgan on a score of 7.56 in the 5 Year Olds. With extremely close scores, second went to Alice Hurley and BKs Cleopatra on 7.52, who just got in front of Millie McBride and Bounty on 7.40.

The 6 Year Old class went to Samantha Sargeant-Smith on Dylano Du Bois on 7.08. Georgia Stokes and Niki Tottman came joint second on SOS What Apricot Want and Chocolatier Delux with scores of 6.86.

Charlotte and Valegro claim Grand Prix Freestyle at Hartpury Festival

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro continued their phenomenal Festival of Dressage form as they premiered their new Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle to storm their class with a score of over 90% at last night’s sell-out gala evening.

After claiming double gold at the London Olympics 2012 with a patriotic-themed freestyle, treble dressage world record holders Charlotte and Valegro have opted for a new piece of music with a distinct Rio carnival feel as they bid for medal success with the rest of Team GB at this year’s games in Rio.

Performing their brand new routine – Charlotte’s seventh test of the day – during the packed gala evening, the pair wowed the 1000-strong crowd and the five judges with a spellbinding test in Hartpury’s international indoor arena. As the last to go, the spectators were kept waiting but they were not disappointed as the score came in for 90.625% – an amazing 17% ahead of second place. It followed a similarly sublime performance from the dazzling dressage duo on Friday, when they clinched the summit spot in the Grand Prix.

Second place went to Henriette Anderson with Warlocks Charm, with a touch of Vanilla Ice in their music they kept their cool to come in for 73.875%. Roland Tong and Rybrook Ambience came in just behind them for 73.325% to take a podium spot for Ireland.

Dujardin also won the other class of the night, the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St George Championship. Having won the qualifying class earlier in the week, Charlotte on Hawtins Delicato – owned by Ann Corry and her mentor and Hartpury equine academy coach, Carl Hester – scooped the top spot with 76.62%.

As in that qualifying class, Sonnar Murray-Brown and Erlentanz came in on 75.31% for second. Changing the order though, Michael Eilberg and SA Couer impressed the judges for 72.24% to claim third.

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Photo by Kevin Sparrow

The gala evening also saw an informative and fun demonstration from Charlie and Abi Hutton. The evening was rounded off with a chat with Carl Hester while waiting for the prizegiving for the Grand Prix. Informing the crowds about he and Charlotte’s final preparations for Rio, he also mentioned how important Hartpury has been in their build-up.

Carl, who won team gold with Team GB at London 2012, said: “There is a complete Equine Therapy Centre here, which is incredible. We use the water treadmill here and I think it is an amazing way of getting horses fit. Another thing from the competitors point of view is that we are blessed with amazing surfaces at Hartpury. There are not many places in the world that can boast these facilities, so I would like to say thank you to Hartpury for hosting.”

Further delight for Farouche in first class Festival action 

Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Woodlander Farouche continues to wow the crowds, making it two from two when winning her second class on the fourth day of action at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

The mare leapt into the limelight as the first British-bred horse to win the World Breeding Dressage Championships as a five-year-old and has gone from strength to strength since. Ridden by Michael Eilberg, from the Eilberg dressage dynasty, the duo received 76.632% in the Shadow Horse FEI CDI Inter I – more than three per cent clear of Thomas Goode and Dior with 73.421%. Sealing a Great Britain top three was Claire Moir on Davenport Mewes with 69.526%.

 The day kicked off with the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Semi-Finals, setting a trend for the day of very few marks separating the top spots with the age classes being no exception. In the 4 Year Old class, Darren Hicks and Hennessy T took the lead with 8.14, Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Forever claimed second with 8.08 and Sonnar Murray-Brown and Tomoko completed the top three with 8.

The 5 Year Old class was extremely tight as Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John VIP claimed a very narrow win over Natalie Banks and Giloma, scoring 8.64 and 8.58 respectively. Rebecca Hughes and Classic Goldstrike were not far behind with 8.14 for third spot.

Gareth Hughes and Sintano Van Hof Olympia win the 6 Year Old Shearwater semi-final. Photo by Sally Newcomb, copyright Kevin Sparrow.

Gareth Hughes and Sintano Van Hof Olympia win the 6 Year Old Shearwater semi-final. Photo by Sally Newcomb, copyright Kevin Sparrow.

In another very close scoring class, Gareth Hughes and Sintano Van Hof Olympia clinched the 6 Year Old honours with a score of 8.48. Dujardin finished in the top three again, this time aboard Florentina, with 8.3 and Caroline Church with San Marco rounded off the top three on 8.12.

The ponies had their chance to shine in the Speedskip FEI Pony Team Test in the Hartpury Arena. Sophie Taylor rode Madam’s Miss Maria into the lead with 71.94%. Second place went to Lara Kurpatwa on her first ride, Le Chiffre, with 71.41% whilst third went to Isobel Lickley and Gigolo on 70.45%.

In the afternoon’s action, a chance to compete at tonight’s Gala Evening – the pinnacle of the Festival of Dressage – was the prize on offer to the best riders in the BYRDS A Squad Ride Off.

Sophie Taylor winner of the FEI pony test with Madam’s Miss Maria. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Sophie Taylor winner of the FEI pony test with Madam’s Miss Maria. Photo Kevin Sparrow

The BYRDS Inter-Regional event took place recently with teams of riders from regions all over the UK competing. Today, the top nine riders from the A squad competition competed in groups of three, all riding each other’s horses. Assessed by Becky Moody, she then selected the top three riders to ride completely new and unfamiliar horses in the final.

The three riders that went through to the Gala Evening were Emma Jones representing Wales, Holly Colgate Hardaway from the Southern region and Emily Watts from the North West. In the gala evening final, Emma took top spot with Emily second and Holly third.

Team GB’s fantastic four in fine fettle in run-up to Rio

Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro

Charlotte Dujardin wins with Valegro in front of an appreciative Hartpury audience. Photo Sally Newcomb

Team GB’s fantastic four stole the limelight on the third day of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, proving their red-hot form in the run-up to Rio.

The quartet selected to represent Great Britain in the dressage in the Olympic in Brazil took the top four places in today’s Horsescout.com CDI Grand Prix.

Charlotte Dujardin, the London 2012 double Olympic gold medallist from Newent, finished top of the pile on Valegro with 83.28% and you can watch her winning test here<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGATRDwOaww&feature=youtu.be>. Her mentor and Hartpury equine academy’s elite dressage coach, Carl Hester, was second on Nip Tuck with 78.2% (watch his test here<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6zOorFXj0&feature=youtu.be>), while Spencer Wilton was third on Super Nova II with 77.5% and fourth was Fiona Bigwood, who scored 75.14% on Atterupgaards Orthilia.

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Carl Hester is second with Nip Tuck. Photo Sally Newcomb

The outdoor arena saw the start of the Hartpury Equine CDI3* with the Prix St Georges this morning. Great Britain took the podium places as Michael Eilberg and the renowned Woodlander Farouche stole the show with 77.447%, Thomas Goode rode Dior into second with 73.395% whilst Rebecca Jane Edwards and Don Archie took the bronze spot with 73.158%.

Day three also saw the final Hartpury-sponsored international para dressage competition of the festival as the riders battled it out in their freestyle tests. They kicked off the day indoors to complete their tests to music.Natasha Baker sealed off her campaign in fine style, flying into top spot in the Grade II with a huge 79.15%, smashing her scores of 74% so far.

She said: “It’s been a consistent year, every competition I’ve been to its been 74 or 75. I’m really, really happy. The walk felt amazing but the trot felt a little bit flat. I think three days in a row and then going from outside to inside makes a big difference. I had no medium trot whatsoever today but I kept the rhythm and harmony and I love riding to music – its my favourite!”

Erin Orford with Dior and Suzanna Hext and Abira again completed the top three with 74.60% and 72.65% respectively.

At her last chance to steal a win, Natasha Adkinson just pipped Lee Pearson and Zion’s 74.80% on Sweet Caledonia with 75.60% in the Grade 1a. Laura Lee rode into third place aboard Midnight II with 72.80%.

Natasha said: “I could not ask for more of my horse. Callie went in there and coped with the atmosphere and she produced the most fantastic test. It was an incredible score, one of my best.”

Anne Dunham also made it three from three, winning her freestyle with 77.40% on LJT Lucas Normark. Sophie Christianson again took second spot on Janerio 6 with 75.80% and Sergio Oliva completed the top three with Coco Chanel on 72.85%.

Anne said: ““It’s been lovely to see all the work that everyone has put in paid off. He’s been to stay at Talland twice and we’ve come here from there and pushed it a bit harder this year in terms of the training schedule and it seems to have paid off. I’d certainly do it again this way if I get the chance – it’s great.”

The Grade III saw another win for Nicky Greenhill and Gregorian Chant with 76.35%, second for Izzy Palmer and Pinnochio with 74.90% while Deb Criddle and LJT Akilles came in for third on 73.95%.

Sophie Wells had a dream ending to the festival, again winning the Grade IV with a whopping 80.70%, nine per cent ahead of the rest of the field. Thiago Foncesca and Win Du Vieux Logis scored 71.35% for second while Charlotte Cundall and The Chenko Artist achieved 69.60% for third.

It was a fabulous festival for the Great Britain para dressage stars putting in a last bid for selection for the Paralympics in Rio and they emphatically scooped the top spot of the team competition.

While tickets for Saturday’s gala evening are sold out, there are still tickets left for the two remaining days of outstanding equestrian at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage. Day entry is £6 per person on July 9th and 10th. Under-16s go free on all days. Parking is free on all days.

Olympic duo both claim wins at Hartpury

Carl Hester Wanadoo. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Carl Hester Wanadoo. Photo Kevin Sparrow

An action packed day two saw Olympic pair Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin begin their Rio warm-up in style at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

The duo, who are using the festival as their last event before heading to Brazil, claimed a win each with Carl taking top spot ahead of Charlotte in the Lemieux FEI Grand Prix while Dujardin claimed first place in the Young Horse Prix St. Georges Qualifier.

The morning’s action saw the hotly contested Young Horse Prix St Georges Qualifier in the international Hartpury Arena. With the top eight going through to the British Young Horse Championship at Saturday’s star-studded gala evening, competition was fierce with less than one per cent between the top three.

Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Charlotte Dujardin and Hawtins Delicato took the lead with 75.66%, closely followed by Sonnar Murray-Brown and Erientanz on 75.04%. Michael Eilberg stole the third spot aboard SA Couer with 74.78%. Kicking off the class and the entire day’s action was Hartpury equine academy rider and Sports and Exercise Nutrition degree student, Lily Hewitt. Lily, who is a member of the Great Britain Young Riders dressage squad, scored 64.3% on Sir Charlie Chaplin.

Meanwhile it was Hester and Wanadoo who stole the show in the afternoon’s Lemieux FEI Grand Prix. The Great Britain rider’s score of 74.78% was enough to edge teammate Dujardin and Barolo into second place. Katherine Bateson-Chandler claimed third place with a score of 70.22%.

Following Hartpury student Lucy Pincus’ good showing on the opening day it was the turn of Equine Business Management student Chris Hammond to wow the judges in the Lovingtons Ice Advanced 105. His score of 68.26% aboard Ruban D’Or was enough to finish in third place behind Jennifer Johnston-Harman and Jodie Phillips respectively. Having taken a win yesterday, Pincus also helped herself to a tenth place

Lily Hewitt on Sir Charlie Chaplain. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Lily Hewitt on Sir Charlie Chaplain. Photo Kevin Sparrow

finish in the Zamar FEI Intermediate I.

In the para dressage, Izzy Palmer and Pinnochio were the stars of the action outdoors, clinching first place with 71.098% in the Grade III Individual Championship Test. It was an extremely close battle for second and third with Nicky Greenhill just pipping Rosemary Gaffney and Bink with 69.610% and 69.585% respectively.

Sophie Wells continued her fine form and again took the two top spots in the Grade IV, replicating – with almost the same score – last year’s results! She achieved first place on Valerius with 74.429% and second place on C Fatal Attraction scoring 72.262%.

The Grade 1a was also a close run affair, again with less than one percent between the top three placings. Anne Dunham repeated yesterday’s result with a win on LJT Lucas Normark with 73.080%. Only 0.2% behind was Sophie Christianson and Janerio 6 on 73.080% with Sergio Oliva and Coco Chanel coming in third on 72.783%.

Sonnar Murray-Brown on Erlentanz. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Sonnar Murray-Brown on Erlentanz. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Also continuing his winning form from yesterday, Lee Pearson again took the top spot in Grade 1b with Zion on 72.862%. Natasha Adkinson with Sweet Caledonia took second on 71.241% while Marcos Fernandes and Vladimir finished third on 69% exactly.

Natasha Baker and Cabral capped the morning of para competition off with another win under their belts in the Grade II on 74.857%. Erin Orford and Dior just stole second, improving on yesterday’s third place, with 70.257%. Suzanna Hext, who only competed in her first para international last year, came third on Abira with 69.514%.

While tickets for Saturday’s gala evening are now sold out, there are still tickets left for all three days of outstanding equestrian sport still to come at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, including tomorrow (July 8th) when all four riders selected for the Great Britain dressage team for the Rio 2016 Olympics will be competing.

Day entry is £6 per person on July 8th, 9th and 10th. Under-16s go free on all days. If you would like to come on the 8th, 9th and 10th, you can buy a combined ticket for the special offer price of £15. Parking is free on all days.

Hartpury starlet Brogaard secures British victory in Belgium

Katinka Brogaard

Hartpury student Katinka Brogaard

Hartpury student Katinka Brogaard played a vital part in securing gold for Great Britain as part of the Junior Nations Cup Team in Belgium.

Katinka, 17, from Devizes, who has just completed her first year of studying A-levels at Hartpury and is part of the Elite Equine Academy, was selected for the show in Opglabeek after finishing as the third highest placed junior rider at Chepstow International earlier in May.

Brogaard and her horse, Belfast, went into the team competition on the second day after jumping a clear round on day one. They were the third to jump of the team of four, just rolling a pole in the jump off.

With great rounds from the other team members, they together clinched team gold ahead of Spain in second and France in third. Katinka also jumped in the 1.40m Junior Grand Prix class on the last day of the show, clocking an unlucky two time faults in a clear jumping round.

Katinka said: “To be selected was completely unexpected and a great achievement as this was only my first year in the junior trials. When we went to Belfast, the aim was simply to give me experience of competing at 1.20m so to get in the team and then win gold was unbelievable.

Back on Hartpury soil, Brogaard also recently received the award for Hartpury Elite Equine Academy Student of the Year. As part of the academy, she receives top class coaching and performance support and use of Hartpury’s exceptional facilities as well as support to balance her A-level study with training and competing.

She said: “Hartpury has been great as they are so flexible between lectures and training. The teachers are really understanding about tight training and competition schedules and are very helpful when it comes to catching up.

“Being part of the academy is very beneficial as the access to training and sessions, like strength and conditioning, is so easy. I don’t have to travel as it’s all on my doorstep. Corinne Bracken (the Elite Equine Academy show jumping coach) constantly improves my riding and the horse’s way of going while always being really encouraging.

“The extra sessions we receive as part of the academy have really improved my riding too. I didn’t really have access to strength and conditioning before coming to Hartpury and so I didn’t really know to the extent that it could help. It has been invaluable.”

As part of a British Jumping team, Katinka is also supported by the Equestrian World Class Programme.  The programme, which encompasses both Podium and Podium Potential squads, focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal winning performances on the world stage.

Para dressage superstars steal the show on Festival’s opening day

The Hartpury Festival of Dressage got off to a flying start as riders vying for a place in the Great Britain team for the Paralympics in Brazil went all out for their last chance to impress selectors.

An extremely strong field of British riders contested the Para Team Test in the last 3* para dressage event in Europe before Rio 2016.

Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Kicking off the day was the Grade IV in which Sophie Wells claimed a one-two on C Fatal Attraction with 72.548% and Valerius with 72.524%. As a Paralympic, World and European gold medallist, Sophie has her sights firmly set on Rio and was more than four per cent clear of the rest of the class. Coming in third was Kathryn Gallagher for Ireland with Wargon on 68.310%.

Next up in the Grade III, Great Britain again took the top two with Ireland third. Last to go, Nicky Greenhill on Gregorian Chant clinched the class with a 71.737% win and there was a lovely test from Izzy Palmer and Pinnochio to claim second with 69.342%. Close behind were Rosemary Gaffney and Bink with 68.789%.

The Grade II saw double Paralympic and five times European Para Dressage champion, Natasha Baker, return to Hartpury looking to seal her place in the team for Rio. With her horse from the London 2012 games, Cabral, she stormed the class with 74.353%. Second and third were very closely contested with Suzanna Hext and Abira just clinching the silver spot with 71.853% and Erin Orford and Dior hot on their heels with 71.206%.

Grade 1a and 1b saw Great Britain para dressage superstars Sophie Christiansen and Lee Pearson in action.

Lucy Pincus on Sheepcote Suncrest. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Lucy Pincus on Sheepcote Suncrest. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Christiansen, who has numerous World and European titles to her name as well as being a five time Paralympic Champion, was just pipped into second on her, Janerio. They scored 73.369%, while Anne Dunham and LJT Lucas Normark took the class honours on 74.391%. Dunham is also looking for a spot on the GB team as she bids to qualify for her fifth Paralympics. In third was Sergio Oliva for Brazil with 72.435%.

Lee Pearson, winner of nine Paralympic golds, won the 1a aboard Zion with 73.240%. Natasha Adkinson and Sweet Caledonia followed with 70.600% for second and Lorna Lee with Midnight II clinched third with 68.120%.

Meanwhile, current Hartpury student, Lucy Pincus, took the top spot in Advanced Medium 92. Sports and Exercise Nutrition degree student, Pincus, who is a member of the equine academy at Hartpury, took a late lead in the class with 72.30% on board Sheepcote Suncrest. Louise Davison and De Galles came second on 69.73% with Elizabeth Allen and Don Dellero close behind on 69.05% for third.

A delighted Charlotte Dujardin after her winning PSG test with Mount St John Freestyle

A delighted Charlotte Dujardin after her winning PSG test with Mount St John Freestyle

Lucy Norris took the Advanced Medium 98 on Light of Earendil with 72.89%. Second and third were closely contested with Kate Smith and De La Veiga scooping the silver spot on 70.26% followed by Henrietta Cheetham and Dancer Khan on 69.74%.

In the FEI Prix St Georges 1b class, Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin produced a gold display on board Mount St John Freestyle to secure first place with a score of 76.57%. Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Beltoni scored 72.19% while Kate Cowell and Samba Dancer finished with 71.44% to seal second and third place respectively.

Maya Goldberg won the Prix St Georges 1a after achieving a score of 68.99% on Torino, as she just edged out Alice Peternell’s 68.68% with Fan-Set for top spot. A score of 67.85% saw Alice Hurley and Deseado Ccv finish in the final podium position.

Worcestershire dressage rider Kate Cowell, 3rd in the PSG

Worcestershire dressage rider Kate Cowell, 3rd in the PSG

Rounding off the first day’s action, Anna Ross and Wydny produced a late show to clinch first place in the FEI Intermediate II competition after a score of 69.62% saw off Maria Griffin and DJ’s total of 68.68%. Matthew Hicks and Excalibur claimed third place with a score of 67.36%.

While tickets for Saturday’s gala evening are now sold out, there are still tickets left for all four days of outstanding equestrian sport still to come at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

Day entry is free on Thursday, July 7th, or £6 per person on July 8th, 9th and 10th. Under-16s go free on all days. If you would like to come on the 8th, 9th and 10th, you can buy a combined ticket for the special offer price of £15. Parking is free on all days.

Team GB set for Olympic dress rehearsal at Hartpury Festival of Dressage

Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin

Carl Hester & Charlotte Dujardin at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage last year. Photo copyright Sally Newcomb

The Great Britain dressage team heading to the Rio Olympics will all perform at this week’s star-studded Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

The Festival, which runs from July 6th to 10th, will be the final competition before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil both for Charlotte and World Freestyle record holder Valegro and for fellow Great Britain dressage star, Carl Hester MBE, and Nip Tuck.

Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood will also compete at the Festival on Super Nova II and Atterupgaards Orthilia respectively. Spencer and Fiona will make their Olympic debut in Rio, having been named in the final GB team of four for Brazil today.

Charlotte will warm up for her bid for Olympic glory by performing in the NAF Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle at Saturday’s gala evening (July 9th). The gala evening is always the highlight of the Festival, with 800 spectators watching outstanding dressage action in an electric atmosphere. While it is now virtually sold out, you can catch all the action on the livestream on www.hartpuryfestivalofdressage.co.uk

Tickets are still available for all of the other days, including Friday (July 8th), when both Charlotte and Carl will perform in the Horse Scout CDI Grand Prix, starting at 2.30pm. Carl and Nip Tuck are also entered for the Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special on Sunday, July 10th, starting at 3.45pm.

And both Charlotte and Carl have appealed for the crowds to come out in force to help create an Olympic atmosphere for the Team GB competitors and their horses.

“Both Charlotte and I love performing at the Festival and the spectators and support staff are always fantastic,” said Carl.

“There’s always a very special atmosphere and it would be fantastic to see the banks packed. It would be the best possible preparation for the horses to perform in front of a lot of people, as they will in Rio, and it’s a great opportunity for people to show their support for Team GB ahead of the Olympics.”

Hartpury’s Elite Dressage coach, Carl Hester MBE, is also Charlotte and Valegro’s coach and mentor, having nurtured their talent from their very first competitions together.

Charlotte and Valegro, who are based in Newent, were double Olympic gold medallists at the London 2012 Olympics. Since then, they have amassed an impressive tally of medals, including becoming 2014 Individual Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle World Champions, winning Team Silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and gold at the 2014 and 2015 Dressage World Cup. They have also claimed three World Records.

Both Charlotte and Carl put in star turns at last year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage, when record entries saw more than 400 riders from 17 nations compete in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes over five days of outstanding equestrian sport.

Having already won three major classes over the first four days, Charlotte teamed up with Valegro again on the final day to wow the crowds with a fantastic test to win the Baileys FEI CDI Grand Prix Special with 87.765.

Valegro is a regular visitor to Hartpury to use the hydrotherapy treadmill at Hartpury’s Equine Therapy Centre. He is brought by his groom, Alan Davies, several times a month as part of his normal regime, increasing his visits to twice a week in the build-up to competing at major events.

Charlotte said: “We love Hartpury. We’re so lucky to have a facility like this so close by and it’s such a super show; we look forward to it every year. The people behind the scenes here are incredible and so are the facilities.”

 At last year’s Festival, London 2012 Olympic team gold medallist, Carl, rode Nip Tuck to victory in the Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle.

Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury College, said: “We are thrilled that all of the Team GB riders and their phenomenal horses are making the Hartpury Festival of Dressage such a key part of their build-up to Rio.

“We’re hoping for big crowds to cheer them on and give them the best possible chance of going for gold in Brazil. To have the chance to watch the very best in the world at our unique venue is an opportunity not to be missed!”

The Festival features five of days of outstanding equestrian sport, incorporating Premier League, CDI3*, CPEDI3*, Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Semi-Final, British Dressage Young Pony Championship and the Elite Stallions Prix St Georges Young Horse Championship.

Day entry is free on July 6th and 7th, or £6 per person on July 8th, 9th and 10th. Under-16s go free on all days, except the gala evening. If you would like to come on the 8th, 9th and 10th, you can buy a combined ticket for the special offer price of £15. Parking is free on all days.

Find out more and book your tickets at www.hartpuryfestivalofdressage.co.uk

Teams for Rio announced

Teams for Rio are announced, GOOD LUCK TEAM GB!

Eventing:

William Fox-Pitt, age 47, based Dorset, with Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning
Kitty King, age 33, based Wiltshire, with Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson’s Ceylor L A N
Gemma Tattersall, age 31, based West Sussex, with either Christopher Stone’s Chico Bella P or The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V
Isabelle (Izzy) Taylor, age 33, based Oxfordshire, with Susan Holroyd and Frances Carter’s Allercombe Ellie
Travelling Reserve: Pippa Funnell MBE, age 47, based Surrey, with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz

Dressage:

Fiona Bigwood, age 40, based West Sussex, with Penny Bigwood and Neils and Lis Dahl’s Atterupgaards Orthilia
Charlotte Dujardin OBE, age 30, based Gloucestershire, with Rowena Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester’s Valegro
Carl Hester MBE, age 49, based Gloucestershire, with Jane De La Mare and his own Nip Tuck
Spencer Wilton, age 43, based Reading, with Jennifer Goodman and his own Super Nova II
Travelling Reserve: Lara Griffith, age 27, based Gloucestershire, with Dr Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad

Jumping:

Ben Maher MBE, age 33, based Hertfordshire, with Jane Forbes Clark and his own Tic Tac
Nick Skelton OBE, age 58, based Warwickshire, with Beverley Widdowson’s Big Star
John Whitaker MBE, age 60, based West Yorkshire, with Team Harmony Management Co Ltd’s Ornellaia
Michael Whitaker, age 56, based Nottinghamshire, with Beverley Widdowson’s Cassionato
Travelling reserve: Jessica Mendoza, age 20, hometown Wiltshire, with Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit

http://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/news/item.aspx

Smart Horse Nutrition Competition Result

And the winner of 2 bags of Smart Balance from Smart Horse Nutrition is……..Joanne Holley, from Innsworth, Gloucestershire. Well done Jo, Smart Horse Nutrition will be in touch with you soon.

Entries Now Open for 2016 BEF Futurity

Headmore Bugatti. Photograph by Kevin Sparrow

Headmore Bugatti. Photograph by Kevin Sparrow

Entries open on 1st July for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Evaluation series of 2016.

Futurity welcomes entries from British bred young horses from foals to three years with the potential to be dressage horses, endurance horses, showjumpers and eventers.

The 2016 Futurity evaluations will run from the 15th to the 31st August, covering 11 venues nationwide with a total of 12 days of evaluations.

Entries are made on a user friendly online system at www.britishbreeding.org.

Futurity dates and venues 2016:

15th August –  Valeview EC, Leicestershire 

16th August – Richmond EC, North Yorkshire 

17th August – Myerscough, Lancashire 

18th August – Reaseheath College, Cheshire 

19th August – Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire 

22nd August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall 

23rd August- Hartpury College, Gloucestershire 

25th August – Writtle College, Essex 

27th August – Brendon Stud, East Sussex 

28th August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire 

30th August – Solihull RC 1, West Midlands 

31st August – Solihull RC 2, West Midlands

SEIB Trailblazers National Championships 2016, held at Stoneleigh Park

Horses and ponies from across the country will descend upon Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire at the end of July for the much anticipated 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championships. The senior and junior Dodson & Horrell Dressage Championships will be on 29 – 31 July, the Equestrivan Showing and Working Hunter Championships on 30 – 31 July, the senior and junior Countrywide Show Jumping Championships on 3 – 6 August and Solution Saddles Combined Training Championships on 4 – 5 August.

The SEIB Trailblazers Championships are a 7-day equestrian extravaganza with on-site camping, stabling, flags and flowers.  It provides riders at grassroots level with the opportunity to experience a Championship atmosphere, the thrill of riding in the grand arenas and the prospect of completing a lap of honour in magnificent style.

The SEIB Trailblazers National Championships are the culmination of the hard work put in by every amateur rider that has qualified through the two rounds of qualification competitions at over 65 venues throughout the UK.  Riders compete at the level they wish in Showing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Combined Training.  Getting to the championships is a huge achievement, and riders are encouraged to enjoy the experience and do their best. 

There is no joining fee to become a Trailblazer member or horse registration required.

As well as the all-important championship finals, the event also offers optional dressage and show jumping warm up days, giving competitors at the Championships more classes and the opportunity to get used to the atmosphere.

The popular Master Class in the Park supported by Equestrivan is back again and two extremely talented top riders are ready to share their advice. One of the leading event and dressage riders in the country Ruth Edge will be hosting the dressage master class on Friday 29 July at 7pm. Ruth started her high profile career as an event rider and now competes at the top level dressage holding six national dressage titles, as well as eventing.

Top international show jumper and consecutive winner of the Hickstead Derby in 2014 and 2015,  Trevor Breen will provide an insight into his training techniques for producing show jumpers at 7pm on Thursday 4 August.

Admission and parking is free for supporters and spectators at the SEIB Trailblazers Championships, so come along and see what Trailblazers is all about. 

Further information on the Championships, to find your local venue, or for further comprehensive details of the Trailblazers series, please visit www.trailblazerschampionships.com.   Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrailblazersChampionships, or contact our team in the Trailblazers central office on info@showdirect.co.uk.

More crime committed

The following incidents have occurred in the Forest North between the 8th and the 16th June.

10th June incident 167 a stable block was entered at a farm in Redmarley and a saddle, lawn mower, strimmer, air compressor, drills and other power tools were stolen.

13th June incident 359 at a property in the Philips Road area of Redmarley a gate was lifted off its hinges to gain entry to a shed and garage. A ride on lawn mower, specialised milk feeder valued at £6000.00 and horse tack was stolen.

On the 15th June incident 396 In the Hawcross area a garage was broken into by breaking the padlock and a petrol strimmer, five in one petrol garden tool and a two tool boxes were taken.

On the 16th June incident 72 in the Playley Green area a diesel pressure washer was stolen from the front of a property.

There have also been two incidents in the Oxenhall area

On the 8th June incident 280 diesel has been stolen from a farm yard.

And on the 15th June incident 202 tools worth £800.00 were taken from an unlocked shed.

A quad bike was also stolen from a property in the Hartpury area incident 260 of the 13th June

If you have any information about these incidents please call 101 or e-mail

101@gloucestershire.police.uk

New XC schooling course – Ace Cross Country

Ace Cross Country is open for schooling, clinics & rallies. We are a new venue just off Junction 1 of the M50. We welcome everyone, young, old and everyone in between…that goes for the riders & horses! Our fences begin at 45cms and go up to 90cms, with lots in between. We are ideal for young horses, novices & those new to cross country. And anyone who just fancies having some fun! Our course has been created to give confidence and be inviting. We have water, ditches, corners, arrowheads and loads of fun stuff! We also have grass dressage arenas for hire and show jumps coming!

Website address: www.acecrosscountry.co.uk
You can find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/acecrosscountry
Email us: info@acecrosscountry.co.uk
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British Cycling Road Race – Herefordshire

Once again the Climb on Bikes CC road race will be held on the 19th of June starting at 10-00am and finishing around 1-00pm ish.

It will be raced around the same circuit as last year, on roads in Weobley area. The cycling road race starts from Weobley and head on the A4112 towards Leominster before turning left and heading through Pembridge Village, left in Lyonshall and then going left again at Sarnesfield and back to Weobley to complete 1 lap of 4.

80 riders are competing in the event and will be supported by 3 motorcycle outriders, 2 official commissaire lead cars, 2 support cars, an ambulance and first car and a service vehicle. Marshals will be stationed around the course in strategic positions including Pembridge and Lyonshall village to try and manage traffic and minimize any possibility of an incident.

Rural Watch message – Crime incidents in the Forest North 

A Honda quad bike has been stolen on the 28th May between 13.30 and 14 30 from a property in the Playley Green area of Redmarley. Unknown offenders have unhooked a trailer from the back of the bike and it is believed they drove it onto a vehicle to transport it. On the 31st May an IFOR Williams stock trailer was stolen from a property in the Littledean area of Cinderford. Unknown offenders were seen towing it behind a 4×4 around 17.20hrs.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incidents 263 28th May.

Hartpury looks set to be final stop on Road to Rio for Olympic champions!

Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. Photo copyright Sally Newcomb

Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at Hartpury FOD last year. Photo copyright Sally Newcomb

Dressage superstars, Charlotte Dujardin OBE and Valegro, are heading back to Hartpury, hoping that the Festival of Dressage proves the springboard to more Olympic success.

The Festival, which runs from July 6th to 10th, is likely to be the final competition before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil both for Charlotte and World Freestyle record holder Valegro and for fellow Great Britain dressage star, Carl Hester MBE, and Nip Tuck; although team selections for Rio are yet to be announced.

Hartpury’s Elite Dressage coach, Carl Hester MBE, is also Charlotte and Valegro’s coach and mentor, having nurtured their talent from their very first competitions together.

Charlotte and Valegro, who are based in Newent, were double Olympic gold medallists at the London 2012 Olympics. Since then, they have amassed an impressive tally of medals, including becoming 2014 Individual Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle World Champions, winning Team Silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and gold at the 2014 and 2015 Dressage World Cup. They have also claimed three World Records.

Both Charlotte and Carl put in star turns at last year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage, when record entries saw more than 400 riders from 17 nations compete in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes over five days of outstanding equestrian sport.

Having already won three major classes over the first four days, Charlotte teamed up with Valegro again on the final day to wow the crowds with a fantastic test to win the Baileys FEI CDI Grand Prix Special with 87.765.

Valegro is a regular visitor to Hartpury to use the hydrotherapy treadmill at Hartpury’s Equine Therapy Centre. He is brought by his groom, Alan Davies, several times a month as part of his normal regime, increasing his visits to twice a week in the build-up to competing at major events.

Charlotte said: “We love Hartpury. We’re so lucky to have a facility like this so close by and it’s such a super show; we look forward to it every year. The people behind the scenes here are incredible and so are the facilities.”

At last year’s Festival, London 2012 Olympic team gold medallist, Carl, rode Nip Tuck to victory in the Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle.

Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury College, said: “We are thrilled that Charlotte and Carl and their phenomenal horses are making the Hartpury Festival of Dressage such a key part of their build-up to Rio.

“The Festival always attracts a star-studded line-up of competitors from all over the world but, to have such renowned ambassadors for the sport at the college is very special. Everyone in the Hartpury community will be rooting for them, both at the Festival and hopefully at the Olympics.

“It’s such exciting news and we’re hoping for big crowds to cheer them on and give them the best possible chance of going for gold in Brazil. To have the chance to watch the very best in the world at our unique venue is an opportunity not to be missed!”

The Festival features five of days of outstanding equestrian sport, incorporating Premier League, CDI3*, CPEDI3*, Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Semi-Final, British Dressage Young Pony Championship and the Elite Stallions Prix St Georges Young Horse Championship.

Saturday’s gala evening is always the major highlight. Last year’s sell-out gala evening saw 800 spectators watch outstanding dressage action in an electric atmosphere.

Tickets for the gala evening, which includes day entry, are £16.50 in advance. A hospitality VIP package for the gala evening is available for £60 to include champagne reception and four-course meal overlooking the Hartpury Arena.

Day entry is free on July 6th and 7th, or £6 per person on July 8th, 9th and 10th. Under-16s go free on all days, except the gala evening. If you would like to come on the 8th, 9th and 10th, you can buy a combined ticket for the special offer price of £15. Parking is free on all days.

Find out more and book your tickets at www.hartpuryfestivalofdressage.co.uk

Neighbourhood Watch Warning!

We have intelligence that the Redmarley, Corse and Staunton areas of Glos are being targeted by thieves from the West Mercia area. It would appear that they come over and scout the area during the day to pick targets returning at night. Please be aware and report any suspicious vehicles with their number plate to the Police at the time on 101.

Hartpury’s Jenni goes global with packages to help riders peak at perfect time

Jenni Douglas

Jenni Douglas

Hartpury’s Jenni Douglas is helping horse riders all over the world to achieve peak performance and cope with the long-term demands of an eventing career after launching a new suite of rider fitness resources.

Jenni – a Hartpury graduate who went on to become an equine lecturer at the college – has developed ‘EventFit’ as a result of her own PhD research focused on the fitness and physiological demands of eventing.

The fitness suite includes a 30-day, 40-exercise challenge, with the next one launching on June 1st, 2016. The challenge requires no equipment and offers support and encouragement via an online global community.

The challenge, however, is only one part of EventFit. It also includes three progressive six-week programmes; the first focused on providing a solid fitness foundation, the second on stabilising the core in reactive situations and the third on pushing and supporting riders to maintain form and good functional movement patterns when they are under cardiovascular strain.

Jenni also offers online coaching, effectively acting as a personal trainer for top level competition riders, who include Hartpury Equine Academy 2* eventer and Equine Business Management degree student, Madison Penfound, from Canada.

This coaching package is tailored to the individual and can take into account age, levels of fitness, the number of horses they ride, levels of competition and the equipment they have access to. The bespoke programme starts with a remote screening assessment and is designed around competition if required.

You can find out more and sign up for the next 30-day challenge at www.eventingfit.com – the website was designed by Hartpury Equine Science graduate, Celeste Wilkins, who is now a marketing specialist based in Ireland. And the Hartpury links do not stop there. Jenni has also collaborated on research with Hartpury graduate, Thalia Edwards (BSc and MSc Equine Science).

Jenni said: “Scientific evidence has proven that riders have to maintain good posture, while making decisions and keeping neuromuscular control for five to 10 minutes periods at over 80% of their heart rate maximum during a cross-country phase.

“Riding is definitely a mental and skills-based sport but as its status as a sport and competitions come more into the public eye and people become more aware of the physical demands, riders are increasingly seeking ways to find an edge and recognising that it’s not enough just to be skillful; they need to ensure their physical strength and fitness can cope with the performance demands too.

“Many riders experience pain and asymmetry that need to be addressed and they need programmes that fit around the equestrian lifestyle, to be able to cope with training and performance demands and be fit for life.

“Riders should concentrate on their own weaknesses and problems with their symmetry on the ground before they think about their performance on their horse. When I moved to Canada, I was really keen to continue to educate students and clients about how best to physically prepare for horseriding activities, as well as how to peak at the right time for competitions and to build up their longer-term resilience, both physically and mentally, using a recognised strength and conditioning approach.

“The idea behind ‘Eventfit’ is to reach riders from all over the world and give them the guidance and exercises they need to be as competition fit as they can be, using training techniques that best replicate the demands of the sport.

“It’s vital to take them on a journey from functional person to athlete using progressive methods to ensure they peak at the right time and achieve their goals.”

Jenni has also recently contributed to the book ‘Training for Equestrian Performance’, which a whole host of Hartpury lecturers were involved with producing.

Jenni is now based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in Canada, with her husband and fellow Hartpury graduate, Lee Douglas, who is the now the assistant coach for Canada Rugby Sevens.

However, she remains a visiting associate principal lecturer for Hartpury, supporting and helping to disseminate research from Hartpury University Centre.

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More theft incidents in Forest North

It has been reported that a tennis court roller has been stolen from a property in the Conigree Road area of Newent on the 23rd May.  Also between 18.00 hours on the 21st May and 07.30 hours on the 24th May unknown offenders have stolen a Quad bike from a farm in the Mitcheldean area. The bike valued at around £3,500 was removed from an open barn along with a lot of old car and lorry batteries.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incidents

Incidents in Forest North

A quad bike has been stolen from a farm in the Leddington area of Dymock on the 20th May. The bike was stolen from a barn at the farm yard. A dark coloured car was seen in the area at the time. An attempt has been made to take a trailer from a property in the Gloucester road area of Longhope on the 23rd May. Please be aware and report anything suspicious to the police on 101.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incidents 401 of the 20th or 108 of the 23rd…..

BEF FUTURITY 2016 DATES AND VENUES

Filly foal Carthago Girl, photo Kevin Sparrow

Filly foal Carthago Girl gained an elite premium of 9.00 at Solihull in the showjumping section in 2015. Credit Kevin Sparrow Photography.

The 2016 Futurity evaluations will run from the 15th to the 31st August, covering 11 venues nationwide with a total of 12 days of evaluations. Entries are taken online and will open on the 1st July 2016.

The Futurity is open to British bred horses and ponies with group ages for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds, and selects for the main disciplines of dressage, show jumping, eventing and endurance. Each horse or pony undergoes a vet’s assessment and is then evaluated in hand and loose in an indoor school. Three year olds entered into either the show jumping or eventing sections are required to loose jump.

The BEF’s Head of Equine Development Jan Rogers said. “Breeders, buyers and riders of British bred horses are increasingly finding that a Futurity premium is very useful in helping to assess these horses.  We are also seeing a marked improvement in the standard of youngsters entered in the futurity, which is very good news for the future of British breeding”.

Three-year-old horses and ponies are encouraged to attend for their final futurity year as a threshold score will result in an invitation to the Futurity Equine Bridge selection day under saddle in the following year.  The aim of the Equine Bridge is to provide direction and support to riders and trainers and to help owners and breeders realise the best of their horse’s ability.

For more information, visit www.britishbreeding.org.

Futurity dates and venues 2016

15th August –  Valeview EC, Leicestershire 

16th August – Richmond EC, North Yorkshire 

17th August – Myerscough, Lancashire 

18th August – Reaseheath College, Cheshire 

19th August – Keysoe EC, Bedfordshire 

22nd August – Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall 

23rd August- Hartpury College, Gloucestershire 

25th August – Writtle College, Essex 

27th August – Brendon Stud, East Sussex 

28th August – Catherston Stud, Hampshire 

30th August – Solihull RC 1, West Midlands 

31st August – Solihull RC 2, West Midlands

Picture:  Filly foal Carthago Girl gained an elite premium of 9.00 at Solihull in the showjumping section in 2015. Credit Kevin Sparrow Photography.

Equestrivan latest brand to join Trailblazers

Working Hunter Supreme Champion - Brooke Pickering (Byley Cracker Jack)

Brooke Pickering, riding Byley Cracker Jack, winner of the 2015 Trailblazers Working Hunter Championship.

Equestrivan are the latest brand to join Trailblazers as sponsors of the 2016 Trailblazers Showing Championships and to support the Master Class in the Park. Equestrivan join other top brands SEIB Insurance Brokers, Countrywide, Dodson & Horrell, Snowflake bedding and Solution Saddles as sponsors. 

Equestrivan are a family owned business based in Berkshire manufacturing quality 2 horse horseboxes.  Owned and run by horse lovers, they understand the importance of safety when transporting your best friend and will only ever sell vehicles in which they would confidently transport their own horses. 

Equestrivan are the perfect partner for the Trailblazers Showing Championships as they understand the special partnership between horse and rider, especially at the grass roots level.  The Trailblazers Equestrivan Showing Championships offer in-hand and ridden classes as well as working hunter.

New to the Championships last year, which proved to be very popular, the Equestrivan Master Class in the Park consists of a dressage master class on Friday 29 July and a show jumping master class on Thursday 4 August, both are free for all at the show to watch.

“Equestrivan are so excited to be sponsoring the Trailblazers Championships. It is a brilliant series and we are proud to be involved.” said Equestrivan Director, Sharon Matthews.

The 2016 SEIB Trailblazers Championships will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire from the 29 July – 6 August 2016.  With the superb facilities at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, finalists will enjoy that unbeatable championship atmosphere, the thrill of riding in the grand arenas and the prospect of completing a lap of honour in magnificent style. 

Trailblazers competitions include dressage, showing, working hunter, show jumping and combined training, with classes for both senior and junior riders. There are over 65 venues throughout the country offering Trailblazers qualifying competitions and the series provides every aspiring competitor with an opportunity to compete at different levels in their chosen discipline. 

A full list of first and second round dates, venues, as well as comprehensive details of the Trailblazers series is available on the website www.trailblazerschampionships.com.  Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrailblazersChampionships, or contact our team in the Trailblazers central office on info@showdirect.co.uk.

ERIC WINTER TAKES OVER AS COURSE DESIGNER FOR BADMINTON

Erik Winter takes over as course designer for Badminton

Erik Winter takes over as course designer for Badminton

Eric Winter has been appointed to take over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa as course designer for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. After three years in which he successfully brought a fresh eye to Badminton Park Giuseppe did not feel able to accept the invitation to continue for a further period.

Eric, 53, who lives with his wife and family near Chepstow, only some 30 miles from Badminton, has designed the course at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the last 10 years and during that time he has also designed for the Asian Games, 2 European Pony Championships, a European Junior and a European Young Rider Championship. He was Technical Delegate at Badminton 2011-2014 and as a rider completed the event in 1991.

Giuseppe said: “After having had the privilege of designing Badminton for three years it has been a true honour to have been offered the possibility to continue but, sadly, I am not able to go on due to shifting life priorities and new personal commitments. Being also a true believer in the benefits of changing course designers from time to time I wish Eric all success.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Duke of Beaufort, Hugh Thomas and all the very special Badminton team for their trust and support through this challenging and rewarding journey. Last but not least a very special thank you goes to James Willis and all the Willis Bros without whom nothing would have been possible. It has been a real pleasure to work with all of them”.

Eric said: “It is a great honour to be asked to design the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton course – it is such an iconic event. I first visited Badminton in 1974 – that was my first ever taste of eventing. In recent years I have been involved in several different roles and have got to know the team behind the scenes very well. To be asked to design here is truly a dream come true and I am extremely thankful to all those involved for giving me this opportunity. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Summer Feeding – is your horse on the right track?

Smart Horse - Spring GrazingAs we move forward towards summer with the weather finally improving, it is important to adjust the management of your horse or pony to reflect the change in environment he is living in.

Robert Fowler from Smart Horse Nutrition – a new feed company locally based in Hay on Wye in Herefordshire – is here to give us some insights into how to manage this change and into the nutritional needs of your horse this summer.

During the winter months your horse faces challenges from cold weather, the lack of nutrients available from grazing and a continued work load. As a result, your horse will tend to use more energy to meet these demands in winter and it will take more energy just to maintain his weight and condition. Rugs, shelter, extra forage and high energy feeds are all ways to help manage your horse during winter and help him to maintain his optimum body weight.

Now we are in spring and approaching summer, many of these environmental factors disappear. The weather is warmer, the grass is growing and we tend to see our horse’s condition increasing. For sport horses, the few hours spent grazing will provide more nutrients and be less challenging than cold, wet weather and for those horses living out 24/7, life will suddenly become a whole lot easier. 

Manage the change

Managing this change is vital to maintain a healthy horse. It is important to allow your horse to gradually adjust from eating hay or haylage as their main forage source, to eating grass. Don’t stop feeding hay or haylage, as spring grass is low in essential fibre and his digestive tract must be given time to adjust to the change. This transition should take several weeks rather than just days as the microflora in the horses’ hind gut will need to adapt to the change in diet.

Metabolic disorders

This is also the time of year when horses and ponies are most at risk from metabolic disorders, such as laminitis or insulin resistance. Such animals should not be given free access to new spring grass and a management program should be worked out to allow these horses access to pasture, but without the risk of over indulgence. A bare paddock in the spring will still have a lot of grass shoots coming through and these can be the most dangerous to the metabolic-at-risk horse. Using a grazing muzzle can offer a solution to some horses and there are a number of paddock layouts that can encourage a horse to move and eat on the go and so replicate a more natural grazing pattern.

It is essential that an exercise program is worked out to help these horses burn calories, as weight gain is the greatest danger coming into summer. Ponies especially find spring and summer a very easy time. Most pony breeds have been developed to withstand harsh environments with little food and they are extremely good at converting any food into energy.  Welsh, Shetland and Highland ponies, to name a few, have extremely efficient metabolisms, as do some horse breeds such as the Iberian breeds and Arabs. So when these breeds are offered nice spring grass and an easy life, it puts them at great risk of metabolic disorders.

However, it’s possible for us, as responsible horse owners, to manage this through both an exercise and feed regime. Cutting down on available calories is essential: feed low energy forage such as oat straw, and balance this with a good quality feed balancer. There are many feeds on the market for the ‘at risk’ horse, but you have to remember that what you are aiming for is a balanced, low energy diet and this can simply and cheaply be achieved by using oat straw chaff and a quality feed balancer. Exercise is an essential part of managing the challenges Spring brings, as it is not just the addition of grass to the horse’s diet that can lead to weight gain. An improvement in the weather also means the horse will not use as much energy to keep warm and so will then store this energy as fat. We then need to increase exercise to burn off these unused calories, but what could be nicer than making the most of the good weather than spending more time riding your horse?!

Smart Balance

Part of the Smart Horse Nutrition range, Smart Balance is the ideal summer time feed for horses at grass, those at risk of laminits, or those that tend to pile on the pounds in summer.

Smart Balance bagsSmart Balance is a concentrated supply of micronutrients; vitamins, performance minerals, amino acids, Omega 3 and antioxidants, along with an advanced digestive aid, packed into a low calorie feed.

Smart Balance is ideal for laminitics and horses that need to lose weight as it is low starch and sugar, molasses free and provides optimal levels of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, which are so essential in keeping your horse healthy and to aid in repair and healing. Smart Balance contains high levels of vitamin E and selenium, antioxidants that combat free-radicals, optimum levels of biotin (which is scientifically proven to improve hoof quality) and generous levels of B vitamins for efficient energy metabolism. Smart Balance is also made without cereals or cereal by-products, is Soya free, and contains non GMO ingredients.

Smart Horse Nutrition is on mission to allow you to take control of your horse’s diet.  By providing you with the 3 essential building blocks of a balanced diet – micro nutrients (Smart Balance), macro nutrients (a Smart Muesli) and fibre, Smart allows every horse’s diet to be tailored exactly to its individual needs, for the benefit of your horse’s health and your pocket.

For more information see www.smarthorsenutrition.com, call 01497 570345 or email theteam@smarthorsenutrition.com

Smart Balance - Smart Horse Nutrition

Smart Balance – Smart Horse Nutrition

Badminton Horse Trials

The lake awaits at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

The lake awaits at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Photograph copyright BHT / Sally Newcomb

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials takes place from 4th – 8th May preceded by the renamed Mitsubishi Motors Cup. The International 4* event begins on Thursday although all horses must first pass the Wednesday trot up. As always there is a star studded International entry for Badminton, which is the one all event riders want to win – even more than an Olympic Gold medal!

Louise Harwood walking the course at Badminton last year

Louise Harwood walking the course at Badminton last year. Photograph copyright BHT / Sally Newcomb

Once again Herefordshire International event rider Louise Harwood is competing. Louise, from Eardisley, has 2 rides this year: Whitson, owned by Roy and Emma Baker and the homebred Mr Potts, who completed last year. Mr Potts is owned by Louise’s mother Jackie and was named after the vet Graham Potts who helped bring the 4 legged Mr Potts into this world! Louise, aka Wiggy, is no stranger to Badminton having ridden her other homebreds there, full brothers Bit of a Barney and Partly Pickled.

Mr Potts, Louise Harwood's horse, was named after Mr Potts the vet!

Mr Potts, Louise Harwood’s horse, was named after Mr Potts the vet! Photograph copyright BHT / Sally Newcomb

Last year’s winner William Fox-Pitt has withdrawn which will disappoint his many fans, but a terrible fall last October delayed William’s preparations this Spring and a fall at Weston Park (although no injuries were sustained) meant time just ran out.

This year’s competition will be made all the more exciting as Michael Jung has won the Kentucky 4* horse trials this weekend and is in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam which has only been won once, by Pippa Funnell. To win it, a rider has to win Burghley, Kentucky and Badminton back to back, although in any order. The current prize for the Rolex Grand Slam is $350,000.

For all the news and results, visit the Badminton website: www.badminton-horse.co.uk

The Mitsubishi Motors Cup, formerly called the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, has championships at BE90 and BE100, (BE = British Eventing, 90 means 90cms which is the max height, and 100 – max height of 100cms).  Rider and horse combinations qualified at regional finals which took place last Autumn. Although this is thought of as an amateur championship due to the restrictions on eligibility to enter, riders can certainly use it as a stepping stone to greater things.  One such rider, Ben Way from Warwickshire, rode at the Grassroots Championships a few years ago and has since progressed to compete at the 4* Badminton which he does again this year.

One local rider I’ll be supporting is Sarah Mitchell from Herefordshire, who rides Puzzel in the MMC BE90 Championship. Good luck Sarah!

Find out more about the MMC at https://mitsubishimotorscup.badminton-horse.co.uk/ and see if your friends have qualified by viewing the entries here: https://mitsubishimotorscup.badminton-horse.co.uk/index.php/2016-qualifiers/

 

Cracking Card For Cold Harbour Point-to-Point This Sunday.

A busy day is in prospect next Sunday (1st) at Cold Harbour, Monkland for the Radnor & West Hereford Hunt Point-to-Point, where the four mile Area Classic, the Crudwell Cup Mens Open is among the minimum of 7 races on the card. A total of 163 horses have been entered for the meeting, and it is likely that a couple races may be divided on the day.

Clerk of the course, Alan Rogers and his team have been hard at work preparing the course, and the going is currently ‘good’. However, if the rain forecast for later in the week does not materialise, the team are poised to water the course as needed to provide the best possible conditions.

There will be plenty of action at the popular riverside venue (HR6 0JS), with 3 pony races scheduled for 12.45pm, the first point-to-point race at 2pm, a parade of hounds after the 3rd race and a Hunt Scurry over a shortened course after the last race.

Entrance to the course, with its superb natural grandstand, is £10 per person, with under 16’s and car parking free

Herefordshire Dressage Rider Lucy Pincus excels at Keysoe CDI after GB selection

Up and coming dressage stars from the Hartpury Equine Academy filled three of the 10 UK selection spots for the prestigious Keysoe CDI – the first international on home soil this year.

Lucy Pincus riding Sheepcote Doncalisto

Lucy Pincus riding Sheepcote Doncalisto

Lucy Pincus, Francesca Bradley and Lily Hewitt were among 10 UK Young Riders selected to compete for Great Britain Under-21s at the CDI 3* event by British Dressage, with the talented trio coming up against senior professional riders. London 2012 Olympic gold medallists, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester – Hartpury Equine Academy’s elite dressage coach – competed at the event in the top classes.

Lucy and her horse, Sheepcote Doncalisto, claimed an excellent second place finish in the Young Rider Freestyle dressage to music class with 70.917% as well as finishing fourth overall in the Young Rider Individual (67.631%) and seventh in the Team Test (66.227%).

Lily finished in ninth spot in the Team Test on Sir Charlie Chaplin with a score of 64.122%, 10th in the Young Rider Freestyle (66.500%) and 13th in the Young Rider Individual (64.649%). Affected by the unseasonal snow, Francesca Bradley and Baldovino had three 14th place finishes, in the Team Test with 62.850%, in the Individual (63.114%) and in the Freestyle (63.875%).

Lucy has been in excellent form so far this Spring, achieving a score of 74% in the Intermediate I class at Kings Equestrian and then achieving fifth (Prix St Georges Music), sixth (Prix St Georges) and eighth place (Intermediate I) finishes in the Myerscough Premier League.

Lily Hewitt riding Sir Charlie Chaplin

Lily Hewitt riding Sir Charlie Chaplin

Lily was also delighted with her score of 68.11% in the advanced medium open class at the recent Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury.

Fellow Equine Academy starlet, Alessya Kaiser, has also been in excellent form in senior competitions recently. She achieved a first place finish on her horse, Aida, in the British Dressage affiliated Prix St Georges at Chester Hall with 66.58%, despite a difficult warm-up, and the duo – still tired from the previous day – secured third spot with 62.10% in the same class at Pachesham Equestrian Centre only a day later.

Francesca Bradley riding Baldovino

Francesca Bradley riding Baldovino

The pair then headed to Hickstead, where they won the Silver Section Prix St George and they were third overall with a score of 66.10% out of 13 competitors.

Alessya said: “The competition at Hickstead was superb! I was really worried because we were competing in torrential rain and Aida is very sensitive but she was perfect in the warm-up and rode her nicest test so far.

“With 7s for the pirouettes and the changes, the judge at C had me winning the whole class on 68.7% but the overall score with the second judge was 66.10%. I was so happy with her and with our placings.”

LIVELY CARD AT LUDLOW POINT-TO-POINT THIS SATURDAY

Point to pointingThe Ludlow Hunt point-to-point scheduled for this Saturday at Bitterley (SY8 3HF) has attracted a very respectable entry of 160 horses.

There will be card of a minimum of 7 highly competitive races, with the first at 1.30pm. The action ‘between the flags’ will be  followed by 2 Pony Races, and there will be the usual bars, stalls and children’s amusements that always make Bitterley one of the best attended meetings of the season.

With a dry week in prospect, it is hopeful that the going will be perfect for an exciting afternoon of racing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, accompanied under 16’s free.

Local trainer, Victoria Collins has entered 4 of the 11 hopefuls for the Hunt race, and fixture secretary, Sarah Dawson will be crossing her fingers that her top-rated Gauvain will be able to go one better than his recent second at Eyeton-on Severn. However, there is plenty of strong opposition, notably in Midnight’s Mischief, Union De Chenet, Neighbour’s Lady and the gallant Upton Centurion, though the drying ground may see some horses find better form.

There are 11 entered for the Confined race, and Sheila Crow is double-handed with Abbeyview and Irish Anthem, the latter having suffered 2 narrow defeats recently, and looks due for a victory. However, Gareth Thomas’ Hazy Tom has 2 recent placings in Ludlow Hunter ‘chases, albeit over a shorter distance. Swift Council has 2 early-season placings, while Midnight’s Mischief, runner up on her both appearances so far, may choose this option.

The Subaru Restricted race has attracted 27 entries, several of which are recent Maiden winners, but a few, including the impressive Colarado Doc and Late Romantic were over two and a half miles rather than the three needed here. Big Bad Barry won on his only appearance in December for Axelle Wall’s stable, and may have been waiting for better ground. Flea The Bar was an impressive winner at Upton-on-Severn recently in the mud, while Upton Kaddy defied sticky conditions at Eyeton-on-Severn to stay on well. The tough little mare, Brown Revel, trounced opposition recently at Hereford Racecourse in slightly better conditions.

The Men’s Open over two and a half miles has attracted some distinguished performers among the 22 entries. The Waley-Cohen’s Warne recently won unchallenged at Dingeley, Fruit Fayre is a class act from the Crow stable who has mostly won over 3 miles, but did win her Maiden over this distance,  and Green Winter from John Bryan’s yard has not been out of the first 2 in five runs this year. Hazy Tom may prefer this distance, which Black Banjo won over at Cothelstone. Tim’s Crusader and Coolna Shuil have both recently won over 3 miles, but have both had placings over two and a half in their careers.

The AGA Ladies Open has some awesome performers amongst the 21 entries- 11 of them are rated over 103, and it really looks as if it may be a clash of the Titans. Arthurs Secret, Awesome George and Hazel Hill were all classy winners at Brampton Bryan recently, while All Great N Theory has not yet been unplaced this year……practically ALL have good form, but Arthurs Secret is the real eye-catcher.

There are 36 entries for the Open Maiden, so there may be a possibility of it being split on the day. There are several with form, including Alphamar, who was 8L 2nd in a Club Member’s at Siddington recently, Dewi’s Mate who has a couple of good 2nd’s to his credit and Delineate, who has three placings in 2016, but the eyecatcher is Richard Lee’s Herefordshire, who was recently only a length and a half 2nd in a Restricted at Hereford Racecourse.

There are 33 horses listed for the ‘Young Horse’ Maiden over two and a half miles. Philip Rowley has entered two who have good placings, Follow The Bear and Round Robin.  Kelly Morgan’s 4 year old charge, Extreme Appeal has an attractive weight allowance and unseated late on while well in contention last time out. Gareth Moore’s Bleu et Or also holds appeal with consistent placings.

The point-to-point races will be followed by 2 competitive Pony Races, with valuable points towards the Area Championships.

Laura Wollen wins at the BD Winter Championships

Day one of the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury College produced seven worthy winners over nearly 12 hours of dressage action.

Ledbury based Laura Wollen wins riding Woodlander Buddy Holly. Photo by Kevin Sparrow - www.kevinsparrow.co.uk

Ledbury based Laura Wollen wins riding Woodlander Buddy Holly. Photo by Kevin Sparrow – www.kevinsparrow.co.uk

Dressage rider and trainer Laura Wollen, who is based at Fairfields Stables near Dymock, posted 74.74% to win the PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Open riding Helen Farley-Higgs’ ‘Woodlander Buddy Holly’.

“It was a nice easy, flowing test. I was really pleased with the walk as he’s got such a massive walk.” Laura adapted her floorplan, designed by herself and complimenting bold, brave music created by Julie Geraghty at Equivisions, from the regionals especially to show off this pace after one judge was unsure of whether his walk should be marked as a 7 or a 9. Today a ‘shark-tooth’ shaped walk across the arena confirmed it as the latter.

“A typical dressage diva,” Laura confirms Buddy can be a little tricky, “we brought him out last night for the arena walk and he was so spooky but today he managed to go in there and just concentrate. He definitely knows when to put his working hat on!”

Returning for the Albion Medium Open on Sunday, Laura and the nine year old, by Burlington, who train with Peter Storr, will have tomorrow off. “I’ll just need to refresh and remind him to give even more in such a hot class! I’d love to be placed in the top half and, if I’m really greedy, I’d love a top five place as it’ll be great preparation for the summer where he’s already nearly qualified for the Medium.” Laura also hopes the pair will be able to give qualification for Advanced Medium level a go soon – “It’s just about getting the changes right – they’re huge!”  For full report from day one click here

Day two at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury College, saw dressage newbies, Jamie Broom and Furst Impression claim the Albion Medium Restricted Championship. For full report from day 2 click here

Day 3 at Hartpury saw new champions for the Blue Chip Novice Restricted Championship, Blue Chip Novice Open and the PDS Saddles Elementary Restricted Freestyle as well as the Petplan Equine Area Festival Novice Open Championship.  Petplan Equine Medium Restricted Area Festival Championship. Young dressage rider Hannah Bown (23) from Steventon, Hampshire stormed to victory to win the Blue Chip Novice Restricted Championship with a super score of 71.09%. Hannah rode her own Sandro’s Storm (pictured right), an elegant seven-year-old son of Sandro’s Dancer.  For full report from day 3 click here

Day 4: In a hotly contested class with less than two percent separating the top five, it was Shropshire-based Theresa Smyth who topped the leader board in the Petplan Equine Medium Open Area Festival Championship on day 4 of the championships. For full report on day 4 click here

Day 5: The British Dressage Winter Championships have come to an end after 5 days of competition at Hartpury. As reported by BD, five worthy champions were crowned on the final day of the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships to bring the curtain down on five amazing days of top sporting action with over 750 tests being completed. For full report on day 5 click here

For full results and scores click here