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Professor Renate Weller Dr Med.Vet, PhD, MRCVS, FHEA has received the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF) Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her “outstanding contribution to the craft of farriery and the welfare of the horse”.
The presentation at a recent Court meeting in London was made following nomination for this distinguished award. Renate is only the 33rd recipient of this award, made by the Court “to a person who has rendered distinguished service to the Company and/or the craft of farriery”, since its introduction in 1923.
The WCF Honorary Fellowship came as a “total surprise” to Renate, and is a particularly special one. “To be recognised within your own industry is one thing but to be recognised in such a special way by an allied profession is another. It is an amazing award and I am delighted to accept it”.
Renate’s interest in farriery developed through recognising that farriers have an essential role to play in “preventing lameness before it occurs. A high percentage of horses that come to vets’ attention through lameness do not go back to the job they were doing before. Prevention is better than cure and we need to optimise what we do”.
“Professor Renate Weller’s work for the benefit of horses, in particular with reference to lameness, is well known and is very much in accordance with the Worshipful Company’s aims in the support of welfare”, Immediate Past Master David Buckton commented. “In particular she was instrumental in setting up the Royal Veterinary College’s Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research. The Diploma offers professional farriers an opportunity to develop the skill set to produce original research increasing the evidence base behind farriery. This initiative is specifically designed to assist farriers to meet the scientific and presentation requirements of examination for the Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers”.
Currently Director of Veterinary Education at CVS, Renate is also senior vice-president of BEVA, RCVS Specialist in Diagnostic imaging and a diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
British Breeding are delighted to announce their third Stallion Event, which will take place at Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire on Saturday 8th February 2020. London Olympic showjumping gold medallist stallion Big Star will return to the event, alongside a host of top stallions from high profile studs, including Catherston, Caunton Manor, Future Sport Horses, New Priory, Stallions AI and West Kington.
The British Breeding Stallion Event, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds and in association with Competition Stallions, is a highly popular show, allowing vistors to see some of the best sport horse and pony stallions standing within the UK. Stallions will be showcased in the main arena under saddle, in dressage, eventing and showjumping disciplines.
Offering a vibrant mix of established household names alongside up-and-coming talent, the show also boasts a busy trade stand area to make a perfect day out for anyone considering breeding, or just to admire the equine talent. Products, services and studbooks will be represented in the trade stand area and visitors will have the opportunity to get up to date with the latest news and activities offered by British Breeding to support British breeders.
A favourite amongst both stallion owners and show visitors alike is the ability to ‘meet’ the stallions in their stabling area. This opportunity to view in such close-quarters allows visitors time to assess the horses’ conformations in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst also having the opportunity to talk directly to the stallion owners, trainers and riders, giving all a chance to really get to know one another.
With a large number of the top stallions standing in the UK expected to be on show, this marks an important event for mare owners, riders and spectators. Several stallions will be shown with their some of their progeny, giving an invaluable insight into future generations.
Stallion bookings are now being taken on a first come, first served basis. For those interested in trade stands, limited space is available within the arena, with two spaces also available outside near to the stabling area. Should you wish to bring your stallion or book a trade stand, please contact email@example.com. The deadline for all stallion and tradestand bookings is Sunday 5th January. A waiting list will be held for those bookings taken at a later date.
For further information and to book tickets, please visit https://british-breeding.com/stallion-event
Badminton Horse Trials are pleased to announce two new Official Event Partners in MARS Equestrian™ and Science Supplements® for the 2020 Horse Trials due to take place between the 6th and 10th May at The Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton estate in Gloucestershire.
“We are delighted to welcome both Science Supplements® and MARS Equestrian™ to the Badminton family as Official Event Partners. We are extremely grateful for their support and look forward to a long and happy association with both partners.” commented The Duke of Beaufort.
MARS Equestrian™ sponsorship by Mars, Incorporated is the link between their iconic brands including SPILLERS™, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, MARS® Bar, and the equestrian community. For generations, Mars has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, Mars is committed to equestrian sport and building an enduring legacy.
“MARS Equestrian™ is thrilled to become an Official Partner of Badminton Horse Trials” said William Clements, Vice President of global sponsorships and sports marketing for Mars, Incorporated. “Through this partnership, we hope to honor the equestrian legacy of MARS and engage spectators with our iconic brands as we work to achieve our vision of a better world for horses, pets, and their owners. Mars, Incorporated is a family-owned business that has been creating products and services that people, and their four legged family members, love for over 100 years. Horses are deeply rooted in Mars’ history dating back to the 1930’s.”
Science Supplements®, who will also become the Official Supplements of Badminton Horse Trials, currently sponsor the BE90 and BE100 series with the final held at Badminton on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th May. Independently rated as the UK’s number one supplement brand. The company has over ten awards and nominations for their products and services including winning the International Innovation Award on two occasions for Gut Balancer (2014) and GastroKind (2017).
David Mitson, Group CEO of Science Supplements® said, “We are delighted to become partners of one of the worlds finest horse trials and continue our support of equestrian sport across all levels. The Science Supplements® Cup is already a showcase event for grassroots competitors and we are thrilled to be able to extend our relationship with Badminton as official partners.”
Although it is now unlikely that Badminton 2020 will have a title sponsor in place, the announcement of MARS Equestrian™ and Science Supplements®’partnership with the most prestigious horse trials in the world is significant. “From the outset we have been exploring different sponsorship models and it is fantastic to now have both Science Supplements® and MARS Equestrian™ on board as Official Partners.” commented Event Director Jane Tuckwell.
Renowned physiotherapy group Bradford’s has secured planning permission for a new headquarters.
After two years of negotiations with planners, the specialist physiotherapy and veterinary physiotherapy practice will be allowed to convert a series of historic outbuildings at Coton Cottage Farm, off the Hanley Road in Malvern.
The old dairy parlour will become a suite of treatment and office spaces, while the stables opposite will be transformed into a hub for the equine side of the business.
Downstairs in the dairy parlour, a new reception area and waiting room will be built, along with two to three treatment rooms, a staff kitchen and disabled toilet facilities.
Upstairs, a large, open plan area will be created, giving scope for Bradford’s educational work where experts can host lectures and seminars, as well as providing a useable space for groups.
An office and staff room will also be included.
Outside, parking for eight cars and three vehicles with trailers - including a disabled parking space and one for electric vehicles - will be put in.
And the stables will be renovated to accommodate horses needing Tim’s expert treatment.
“We’re absolutely delighted with Malvern Hills District Council’s decision,” said Rhiannon Bradford, who heads up the human clinics while her husband Tim runs Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy, treating the UK’s elite dressage horses.
“The business is now 13 years old, but we knew right from the off that this is what we were aiming for.
“From a business point of view, to be able to operate Bradford’s Physiotherapy and Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy from one site is absolutely fantastic.
“All of our patience, all our hard work - it feels like it’s finally come together.”
Planning permission for the sensitive conversion was two years in the making.
Conditions involve improving the entrance on to Hanley Road and installing secure cycle parking before development work takes place.
Environmental considerations include the installation of bird boxes and a hedgehog refuge and preservation of the existing bat roost.
Work is expected to start in the spring.
Bradford’s is the leading veterinary physiotherapy practice in the mid-west, counting international dressage riders from Spencer Wilton to HOYS star Katie Bailey amongst its clients.
Tim - consultant vet physio to the British Equestrian Federation, readying horses for the 2016 Rio Olympics - is much in-demand for owners here and in Europe.
The human physiotherapy side of the business specialises in providing second or third tier services - treating complex cases that others have been unable to diagnose and treat effectively.
Bradford’s is currently based at the Open Space Business Centre, near the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.
- Building on the success of the first RoR Showcase at Aintree last year the 2019 RoR Showcase will be held at Hartpury University and College in Gloucestershire on Saturday 23rd November 2019
- A show for anyone interested in buying or retraining a former racehorse
- A day of live demos, close up clinics, expert advice and displays with former racehorses
Following the success of the inaugural RoR Showcase at Aintree Equestrian Centre last year, RoR is delighted to announce that the 2019 RoR Showcase day will be held on Saturday 23rd November at Hartpury University and College in Gloucestershire 10.30am to 5pm. Once again, the day will be an inspirational training and educational event designed by RoR to highlight the talent and transition of thoroughbred racehorses to their second careers.
Visitors to the RoR Showcase, which is supported by The Racing Foundation, will have the chance to enjoy live clinics and a wide range of up-close demos, in and around two Arenas. Showing, dressage, eventing, endurance, natural horsemanship and western riding will all be showcased along with the RoR Dressage Display Team.
A line-up of top trainers and experts includes show producers Katie and Chris Jerram-Hunnable, flat-work with Cara Hayward and pole-work with Daniele Bizzaro, Western Rider Emma Lonie, and a Painted Horse demo by Nicole Rossa and Kirsty Davis. Other racing industry and equine experts will share their knowledge discussing the racehorse as an athlete and its transition to a new career, using real racehorses.
In addition, there will be an Ask The Experts Lounge where visitors will have the opportunity to ask one-to-one questions and gather more tips and advice from all the experts.
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive explains: “Last year’s event received fantastic feedback and we are delighted that the 2019 RoR Showcase will be held at Hartpury in Gloucestershire to offer more riders in and around the midlands and southern regions the chance to come together and learn about owning and retraining former racehorses. The day will be a showcase for the work of the charity all under one roof with a host of experts and industry professionals from the racing and equine worlds.”
For more information and to book tickets for the RoR Showcase day visit www.ror-events.org.uk. Advance Tickets booked online cost £15 per person (£18 per person on the day) or don’t miss the early bird ticket offer to Buy One and Get One Free if booked before Friday 11th October 2019.
About Retraining of Racehorses (RoR):
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The charity:
- raises funds from within the Racing Industry for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
- provides a safety net for ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses
- promotes the adaptability and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
- runs and funds a well established programme of competitions and educational events across the country
- provides information for owners and trainers in both the Racing and Equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of their former racehorses
The ultimate goal is to maintain a balance between the number of horses leaving Racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes. For more information visit RoR’s website: www.ror.org.uk
The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA) 40th International Team Horseshoeing Championships took place over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September. England’s Senior and Apprentice Teams both secured wins in their respective Championships with England’s Steven Beane securing the Individual Championship.
15 senior teams and 8 apprentice farrier teams from across the world undertook a series of shoemaking and shoeing classes. The seniors, judged by Jay Tovey FWCF (England) and Jake Engler (USA) produced “work to the highest level”. The apprentices were judged by Kevin Balfour DipWCF (Scotland). England’s senior farriery team (Steven Beane, Ben Casserly, Liam Collins, Alex Collier, George Rogerson) and England’s apprentice farriery team (Dominic Welsh, Henry Allison, Rob Hawthorn, Tom Pigford, Rob Mulqueen) both produced consistently high scores to successfully win with reserve places going to Ireland for the seniors and Wales for the apprentices. Steven Beane was “delighted with the win. This competition is one of the best in the world and, as a team, me and the ‘young guns’ have pushed each other to be the best and, just as importantly, had fun along the way.”
The Horseshoeing Championships are a feature of the BFBA’s ‘Farrier Focus’; the UK's largest farriery event featuring two days of lectures and demonstrations from world class clinicians and a trade show with in excess of 50 leading manufacturers and suppliers.
Over the course of the weekend just over 1000 farriers, apprentices, blacksmiths, veterinary physiotherapists, barefoot trimmers and nutritionists listened to presentations from Simon Curtis FWCF HonAssoc (RCVS), David Hall DipWCF BSc Hons, Grant Moon AWCF, Katie Lawrence V.Phys MIRVAP, PGCert, Vet Ed (RVC), Chris Powell FWCF, Dan Stern DipWCF, LS-HMC CBT CFP CFGP CLS and Wayne Preece FWCF in addition to watching practical demonstrations and exploring the impressive tradeshow.
Huw Dyer AWCF, President of the BFBA, is “delighted with the event and would like to thank everyone who played a part. From the sponsors and exhibitors to the speakers, competitors and attendees this was our largest event to date and we are very excited about beginning work on next year”.
World-renowned Badminton Horse Trials is proud to introduce a new look for the 2020 event and beyond. The new Badminton logo signals an exciting stage in the event’s evolution as it moves into its eighth decade. Having celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, the 2020 event will quite literally be marked by a fresh and contemporary new look with the newly released logo befitting its exciting future. The new logo is designed to work as a stand-alone icon, and will feature throughout all online content, merchandise, stationery, moving picture grabs and on-site embellishments. Using the Beaufort blue and buff colour palette, the logo has been carefully developed to allow any future title sponsor’s own branding to work comfortably alongside. Developed over the past 8 months by Badminton’s in-house webmaster and computer graphic designer, Claire Shand, and Media Director, Julian Seaman, the logo will be rolled out over the next few weeks as the event launches its plans for 2020. Commenting on the new look, Jane Tuckwell, Badminton Event Director said: “We have all been excited to witness the development process and are thrilled with the result of Claire and Julian’s joint efforts which will work very well alongside the title sponsor we are looking to attract.” www.badminton-horse.co.uk
For the ninth year running, Absorbine are hugely proud to be sponsoring The Groom of the Year Awards. Voting for this year’s nominees is now underway for this prestigious national award, with the winner to be announced at The British Showing Awards on 19th October 2019, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.
Finalists have been split into two categories; professional and amateur grooms, with a total of eight individuals. Spanning the country, ranging from Devon to North Yorkshire, the nominees have range of experience but all with a common interest – their love and devotion to horses and the discipline of showing.
This year’s nominees for the Absorbine Professional Groom of the Year Award are:
Alice Tomlinson of Team KMP; Charlotte Grooby of Team Jinks; Hannah Pollard of Emmersons and Mark Chester of Jayne Ross Showing.
This year’s nominees for the Absorbine Non-Professional Groom of the Year Award are:
Claire Batterbee from North Yorkshire, Rachael Longbottom from Lincolnshire, David Woolley from Devon and Laura Marshall from Lancashire.
Leading horse care products company, Absorbine are thrilled to be able to continue their support and sponsorship of these awards. Says European marketing manager, Rachael Holdsworth, “The ethos of Absorbine is reflected in this fantastic award and we are so pleased to support our grooms, without whom many competitors – both amateur and professional – could not be so successful. Our grooming products are used by so many and it’s fantastic to be able to give something back to those who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to the discipline.”
The full range of Absorbine products are available from Equestrian retailers and Absorbine Stockists. For more product information, visit www.absorbine.co.uk or find us on Facebook (@AbsorbineUK) and Instagram (@absorbine_europe).
To vote for the finalists in this year’s Grooms Award visit www.showingworld.co.uk. Voting closes Saturday 7th September.
[HARTPURY, GLOUCESTER, August 12th, 2019] Piggy French recorded her tenth international victory of the season on Saturday, winning the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S competition onboard Quarrycrest Echo and also taking the runner up spot with Brookfield Inocent. Ten soon became eleven as she added the NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L title to her 2019 count on Sunday.
Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo will head to Luhmühlen later this month to contest the European Championships, and it was notable that Piggy was the only rider to stop the clock inside the seven-minute optimum time, finishing easily in 6:53.
Piggy finished on her dressage score of 26.6.
Speaking to Eventing Nation after her round, Piggy said "'Red’ was fantastic – he’s just such a pleasure to ride cross-country. He’s very easy, to be honest, and so it’s easy to be economical and to be quick.”
Piggy's other ride, Brookfield Inocent is still a relatively new addition to her string, joining her yard in 2018.
“He may well follow in Red’s footsteps in being a quick and easy cross-country ride, to be honest. People say I’m so fast, but I’m really not – with some horses, you can get in a gear and change the gear so quickly. When they’re confident, you can ride so much quicker in the rhythm and in the lines, because you leave the adjusting so late. That’s what I can do with those two and having the quality of gallop that they have helps, too. They’ve been great today, and to finish first and second is really exciting” Piggy explained.
Pippa Funnell may have relinquished her two-phase lead on time penalties, but solid rounds with the reformed MGH Grafton Street, who added eight time penalties, and overnight leader Billy The Biz, who added ten, saw her finish third and fifth respectively, nonetheless. Pippa's round on the striking grey Billy The Biz also included a lengthy forty-minute hold just after the corners at 13 and 14, due to a heavy fall for Tom Jackson.
Speaking to Eventing Nation, Pippa said “Being held for so long is never a good thing for someone my age. You have all these things going through your head – but my main concern was that I was being held for Tom Jackson, who I’ve helped a lot over the last few years. I was really worried about him, and so you have that going through your mind, and suddenly the dangers of the sport become very real, and it’s difficult – you just have to stay focused and positive and pick up and get on with the job. A few years ago, I was held in exactly the same place with Biz, and then he picked up a little fresh, overjumped into the water, and I had a fall – so that was going through my mind as well. I was sort of a psychological mess by the time I started again! But I had a great spin on all of mine – I’m chuffed. I was never going to threaten Pig, I knew that, but I had great rides.”
Both Piggy and Pippa jumped clear rounds over Paul Connor's showjumping track despite the second phase being moved indoors due to high winds. Intermittent heavy rain showers and relentless wind gusts created difficult conditions for riders, although the ground on the Eric Winter designed cross country track held up well.
Hartpury's efforts to maintain good conditions and continue running were praised by Pippa.
“A few places got a bit cut up, but I thought they were great courses, and they encouraged positive riding,” she says. “We saw a few falls and no, we never like to see falls, and maybe it was a bigger track than we normally see, but we need to have these bigger tracks if we want to go to Burghley or to a big three-day. It was a very good track, and I thought Eric did a great job. Horses had to be fit because of the conditions.”
Alex Bragg, who finished fourth on the inexperienced King of the Mill, agrees with Pippa's sentiments. Speaking to Eventing Nation, he said “The ground was great – they’d watered well anyway, and the grass coverage here has just gotten better and better over the last few years."
Tom Jackson's day was one of mixed fortunes. The Surrey-based rider took sixth place in the CCI4*-S competition with Pencos Crown Jewel, who cruised home in 7:09 to execute a stratospheric climb up the leaderboard. Celebrations were short-lived however when his second ride of the day, Newmarket Prospect, came down at fence twenty. While the horse was unharmed, Tom was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. Tina Cook also took a fall from last year's CCI4*-S winner, Billy The Red, with the chestnut pecking on landing after the final fence. Tina was taken to hospital and kept in overnight for observation.
Problems on the course were widespread and not infrequent across Eric Winter’s track, which is built with long-format prep in mind. 88 combinations started, and while 69 would ultimately finish – 48 would cross the finish line without incurring jumping penalties, flag penalties, or knocked-pin penalties.
Fence 8AB, a hanging log to the first of two skinny triple-bars on a downhill related distance, proved the most influential, with six eliminations and two retirements occurring here. The first water at 6ABC saw four refusals or run-outs, which took place largely at the latter two skinny elements within the water, but in at least one case, the issue occurred at the first element, a rolltop in the water.
"I was really pleased with the three courses actually" said Eric Winter, reflecting on a busy cross country day.
"I thought we stepped the levels up in all three classes and they were definitely at the top end. I love the long format two-star, I thought there was a lot of education in it. We had triple brushes through a bunker and I sat on the hill for a long time and watched how the horses just lowered their head and necks and popped through it. All the horses I saw learned from it.
"Some horses coped better than others, but that’s the nature of competition; some find it easier than others. As we went up through the levels, it was very similar really. I thought that the big competition, the four-star, was a great competition with some fantastic horses. As I've said in previous interviews, the one thing about Hartpury, and it happened again this year, you actually watch the best horses in the world. A lot of these horses are off to the Europeans next and it’s not often you get to see those horses. And when you see them, it’s not often that you get to see them run fast and take the risk. It was a good day, really."
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The competitors in the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI2*-L had the best conditions of the day on Sunday with a sunny morning for their show jumping phase. A clear round sealed the deal for Harriett Beaumont on Annaghmore Bonita who finished on their dressage score of 29.6. Mark Davidson and Striding Edge finished in second on a score of 29.9 and Charlotte Rowe finished in third on Redbarn Luxury Biscuit with a score of 31.3. Harriett celebrated her first-ever international win.
Heavy rain and thunder on Sunday afternoon forced competitors to shelter in the indoor arena during intermittent halts in proceedings. However, unseasonable weather couldn't stop Piggy French winning the NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L on Brookfield Quality. It was, however, a win of ‘totally mixed emotions’ for Piggy who was delighted for the owners of Brookfield Quality but was disappointed for Susie Berry, the talented young Irish rider based at Piggy’s yard who so nearly won the class. Susie Berry finished in second place on a score of 31.6 with 0.8 time penalties proving costly in the final phase. Charlotte Dennis and Mount Panther finished in third with a score of 37.7.
Hartpury Equine Director, Philip Cheetham, was quick to praise competitors and the Hartpury team.
"Running an event such as this is a huge team event, particularly when the weather presents challenges like it has this week. We are very grateful to the entire team.
"We'd also like to thank the competitors and their supporters who showed understanding and flexibility throughout. This allowed us to run a successful event which provides such an important preparatory run for those riders heading for championship events and autumn three-days" he added.
British Breeding is encouraging owners and breeders of British bred young sport horses to bring them along to the 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity evaluations, which will be held at Pencoed on 27th July. This highly regarded series for foals and young stock aims to identify talented horses that will go on to compete successfully in the future. With many Futurity graduates already competing at top level in Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Showjumping the series offers the ideal opportunity for breeders to showcase their potential stars.
The 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity offers sections for foals, yearlings, two- and three-year olds to be shown in hand to a panel of expert evaluators, with additional opportunities for four- and five-year olds to be evaluated under saddle. After a detailed veterinary assessment of soundness and conformation, they will be assessed in a safe indoor environment where the panel will be able to see the youngsters demonstrate their paces. Four- and five-year olds will be asked to do a short ridden test. This world-leading linear scoring evaluation system delivers an independent and objective detailed assessment of performance potential and opening opportunities for British bred foals and youngsters from all studbooks.
The Futurity evaluations offer the opportunity for the three to five-year olds to earn a qualifying score that will allow them to go forward to the British Breeding Equine Bridge. Relaunched this year, the Equine Bridge offers a training and assessment opportunity under the eye of leading riders and trainers. This development programme is organised by British Breeding in cooperation with the Olympic disciplines, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, with the aim to put more British riders on British horses.
A new grading system has also been announced, replacing the old third, second and first premiums with Bronze, Silver and Gold. This reflects the Futurity’s recognition of the quality of a wide range of riding horses and ponies, from those suitable for the ambitious amateur to the next generation of international Grand Prix horses.
British Breeding’s Futurity Evaluations have developed several unique benefits to breeders. Each participant will receive a comprehensive linear profile and detailed feedback at the end of their evaluation and a copy of their scoresheet which is also recorded in a database for future reference. Professional videography and photography ensure that every entrant has a comprehensive record of their day. Qualification for the newly re-launched Equine Bridge, in cooperation with the Olympic Disciplines offers further opportunities for development and working closer with the sport.
The Futurity is open to foals, yearlings, two, three, four and five-year-olds in the disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping. All venues offer a safe, indoor environment that breeders have come to expect at Futurity evaluations.
This year, the series will take place across eleven locations:
27th July – Pencoed - foals – 2-year olds
28th July – Fosshey Stud, Cheshire - foals – 2-year olds
29th July – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire – 3-5-year olds
30th July – Richmond Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire – foals – 2-year olds
31st July – Vale View, Melton Mowbray – Foals – 2-year olds
1st August – Writtle College, Essex – Foals – 2-year olds
2nd August – Bilsington Priory, Kent – Foals – 2-year olds
26th August – The Grange, Okehampton – Foals – 2-year olds
27th August – Catherston, Stockbridge – Foals – 2-year olds
28th August – Catherston, Stockbridge – 3-5-year olds
29th August – Addington Manor, Buckingham– Foals – 2-year olds
30th August – Swallowfield, Solihull – Foals – 2-year olds
31st August – Newton Rigg, Penrith – Foals – 2-year olds
1st September – Drumcarrow, St Andrews – Foals – 2-year olds
21st September – Solihull Riding Club – 3-5-year olds
22nd September – Solihull Riding Club – Futurity Gala and Mare & Youngstock Show
For more information, visit www.british-breeding.com, or follow on facebook @BritishBreedingFuturity.
Portugal’s Luis Principe brought down the curtain on this year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage with a victory in Sunday’s Equikro FEI CDI Intermediate I Freestyle. The win was a fitting way to conclude a week of dazzling international performances, world debuts and stunning displays.
With 14 nations represented, the festival lived up to its international credentials and offered team selectors an insightful preview ahead of the European Championships later this summer.
Earlier on Sunday, crowd favourite Carl Hester stormed to an impressive victory in the Baileys Horse Feeds FEI CDI Grand Prix Special with Hawtins Delicato (75.894%). The Newent-based pairing scored 76.543% on Friday in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix.
Friday evening also gave crowds their first opportunity to see the hugely talented combination of Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle. Drawn last in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix, spectators stayed on late to witness the pair notch up a score of 82.979%, just short of their Grand Prix Special score at Bolesworth a few weeks ago.
Just over twenty-four hours later, the festival’s blue riband event – the NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle was surely Charlotte Dujardin’s to lose. Once again paired with Mount St John Freestyle, the combination performed their long-awaited and highly-anticipated kür, a world debut of a new routine choreographed to Frozen-inspired music.
The 10-year-old daughter of Fidermark danced her way to a huge winning score and personal best of 87.6%. Emma and Jill Blundell’s mare earned no less than 86% from the judges with two even awarding the pair 89%.
Speaking to Horse & Hound after her performance, Charlotte said “I’m absolutely thrilled because the degree of difficulty is immense; it is one thing after another and there is no room for error at all. On the last centre line I really didn’t know if I was going to stop — she was still raring to go.”
“I don’t know what it is about that horse, but she makes me cry every time, and that music feels so magical to ride to.”
The NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle was filled with personal bests. Second-placed Hayley Watson-Greaves earned an impressive 77.69% with Rubins Nite while Gareth Hughes scored 75.93% aboard KK Woodstock.
Gareth Hughes was in particularly good form on Friday too, following up an earlier win on Sintano Van Hof Olympia in the Freeflex FEI CDI Prix St Georges (72.324%) with a third placing aboard Classic Briolinca in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix (75.696%).
Saturday’s Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges championship was another hugely competitive affair during the popular gala evening with Jayne Turney and Shirley Rixon's Penhaligon's Jupiter coming out on top with 72.94%. Eventer and dressage rider Dannie Morgan scored 71.04% to take second place on board Knoxxs Figaro.
Elsewhere on Super Saturday, Charlotte Dujardin notched up yet another win in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 with her own and Carl Hester’s Hawtins San Floriana on a score of 75.79%.
Hartpury students and graduates enjoyed a good week with solid performances across the board. Graduate Lucy Pincus finished in sixth place during Saturday’s NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle scoring 68.535%. Student Tesla Whitaker’s 67.63% with Barcelona in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 earned her a special prize courtesy of Andrews Bowen Equestrian Surfaces.
Kate Shoemaker of the United States made a promising European debut in a competitive para dressage offering alongside compatriot Rebecca Hart. Shoemaker’s impressive 71.220% in the FEI Para Individual Championship Test Grade IV and 70.300% in the FEI Para Team Test Grade IV, were particularly eye-catching on the opening day.
Great Britain took the para team championship overall helped by impressive performances from Sophie Wells, Erin Orford and Georgia Wilson. Brazil also enjoyed individual championship successes with Sergio Oliva and Rodolpho Riskalla topping their respective grades. Ireland was once again well represented with popular rider Michael Murphy returning to Hartpury with Rohan and Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo.
If the young equine talent on show is anything to go by, the future of the sport looks promising. In the Hickstead 5-Year-Old National Qualifier, Abigail Lyle took the top spot with the De Niro bred gelding Jefferson P on a score of 8.1. In the international equivalent, it was the Franziskus bred gelding Time Will Tell that reigned supreme under Martina Ott. The Hickstead National 6-Year-Old Qualifier was won by Michael Eilberg and the Dante Weltino bred MSJ Dante VX on a score of 8.82 with the international equivalent won by Mia Mordecai-Smith and the Johnson-sired Innocent with a score of 7.6.
Young human talent was on display during the final day with Soraya Rogers and Evita I winning the Andrews Bowen Junior, Young Rider and Pony Team Test with a score of 69.64%.
Alice Peternell and Hillgarth Nixon proved popular winners of the British Dressage Young Pony Finals for 4-year-olds on a score of 7.48, while Bryony Goodwin and RSC The Ogopogo, and Jayne Turney and Hikins Showgirl claimed the 5 and 6-year-old finals respectively.
Sunshine beamed down on Hartpury for much of the festival and attendance figures were near 5,000 across the five days.
The Hartpury Festival of Dressage returns in 2020 just a month before the Tokyo Olympics. The event is already anticipated as the last chance to see some of the world’s best combinations in action before the Games.
Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle's highly anticipated kür made a winning world debut at Hartpury's Festival of Dressage last night (Saturday 6th July).
The 10-year-old daughter of Fidermark pulled out all the stops, earning a personal-best mark of 87.6%. No judge marked the combination lower than 86% with two judges even awarding 89%. Emma and Jill Blundell's mare danced her way through clean changes and near-perfect pirouettes before the Frozen-inspired music reached its powerful climax.
Speaking to Horse & Hound after her performance, Charlotte said “I’m absolutely thrilled because the degree of difficulty is immense; it is one thing after another and there is no room for error at all. On the last centre line I really didn’t know if I was going to stop — she was still raring to go.”
“I don’t know what it is about that horse, but she makes me cry every time, and that music feels so magical to ride to.”
The NAF Superflex CDI Grand Prix was filled with personal bests. Second-placed Hayley Watson-Greaves earned an impressive 77.69% with Rubins Nite while Gareth Hughes scored 75.93% aboard KK Woodstock.
The Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges championship was another hugely competitive affair with Jayne Turney and Shirley Rixon's Penhaligon's Jupiter coming out on top with 72.94%. Eventer and dressage rider Dannie Morgan scored 71.04% to take second place on board Knoxxs Figaro.
Saturday's ever-popular gala evening also included a rather humorous and highly informative demonstration by dressage rider, Anna Ross.
Earlier in the day, young horses were on display in the Shearwater 4, 5 and 6-year-old semi-finals. In the 4-year-olds, Greg Sims scored 8.86 riding Stena Hoerner's Waverley Fellini. Lucinda Elliot earned the first 5-year-old qualification spot with Judith Davis' Hawtins Lirica scoring 8.64 while Michael Eilberg and MSJ Dante VX took 6-year-old honours on 8.16.
Elsewhere, Portugal's Luis Principe put a number of second-placed efforts behind him by winning the FEI CDI Intermediate I aboard James Walker's R.S.Raphael (73.647%).
Charlotte Dujardin had started a super Saturday by winning the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 with her own and Carl Hester's Hawtins San Floriana posting a score of 75.79%.
The action continues on Sunday.
British Breeding are delighted to announce the re-launch of the newly enhanced British Breeding Equine Bridge, in association with British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing. The Equine Bridge is a programme designed to bring together breeders, trainers, riders and owners to support the very best British bred horses on their journey into the sport and to achieve the ultimate goal of seeing more British riders on British horses representing their country at international level. The first new Equine Bridge event will take place on 14th and 15th October this year at Addington EC in Buckinghamshire and is for horses and ponies aged four to six years that have qualified via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations.
CEO of British Showjumping, Iain Graham explains the vision behind the new format:
“We have re-designed the Equine Bridge to offer more opportunities for all stakeholders in the industry, from the breeders who need recognition and feedback, as well as the opportunity to place their horses and ponies in competent hands to enable them to achieve their potential, to our riders and owners, who need to find youngsters with the talent to go all the way to the top.”
The October Equine Bridge event will offer activities for ridden four to six-year-old horses and ponies for the disciplines of eventing, dressage, showjumping and endurance. The event is designed to encourage networking between breeders, trainers and riders to and encourage investors and new owners into the market by offering information and seminars on management, insurance and syndicate opportunities, plus a showcasing opportunity for unridden horses and ponies at three to four years of age.
British Breeding Director, Rachael Holdsworth, says, “We listened to potential buyers of young horses who told us that they would like to be able to see a range of high quality young horses and ponies in one place and who want better information about the future prospects of their investment. The Equine Bridge is ideally placed to showcase the very best of British bred youngstock while also providing objective and trustworthy information.”
The ridden Bridge horses will undergo a two day evaluation programme designed to provide helpful support and feedback, as well as an objective and detailed assessment. It will include a detailed veterinary inspection of correctness of conformation and soundness and nutritional, saddlery and farriery advice from industry experts. The horses and ponies will be observed by a team of three internationally renowned judges over both days. On day 1, the participants will receive training under their usual rider with senior discipline trainers, then on day 2, the horses will be presented again under saddle, first with their own rider, and then with one of the disciplines’ test riders who will contribute to the feedback.
As well as recognition for having completed the Bridge assessment, British Breeding and the Olympic Disciplines are working together to provide an attractive range of benefits, from reductions on membership and entry fees, to access to further opportunities designed to offer incentives and support.
CEO of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam, says, “Our vision for the Equine Bridge is to create an ongoing programme of support and opportunities. The October event is an important start to a range of activities designed to get the very best British bred horses out there representing their country. We will continue to monitor the progress of all Bridge candidates and offer incentives and support where it is needed. We are particularly interested in ways in which we can provide better information about and accessibility to young horse classes, at national level, as well as for the world breeding championships.”
Recruitment to the Equine Bridge takes place via the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity programme. From the pool of past Futurity entries, those who achieved a score of 8.5 or above as 3-year-olds and who are aged between 4 and 6 this year are already qualified to go forward for the Bridge programme. Additional qualifying opportunities have also been implemented for this summer.
British Breeding Director Dr Eva-Maria Broomer explains; “To provide a smooth transition for young horses and ponies into the Equine Bridge programme, we have taken significant steps to enhance the qualifying process via the Futurity Evaluations. This year, for the first time, we are running separate Futurity assessment days for 3 to 5-year-olds, which will enable us to optimise the evaluations for this age group. In addition to the 3-year-old horses and ponies, we are inviting older candidates of 4 and 5 years old to come forward, thus providing the opportunity for them to qualify for the Equine Bridge”.
These evaluations are open to any horse that meets the criteria for being British bred. For 2019, there are four Equine Bridge qualifying opportunities across the country: 29th July at Richmond EC in Yorkshire, 28th August at Catherston Stud in Hampshire, 1st September at Drumcarrow in Scotland, and 21 September at Solihull in the Midlands.
Three-year-old entrants are to be presented in hand and loose and will benefit from a new arena layout designed to eliminate tension and give youngstock a good experience. Five-year-old entrants will be presented under saddle to show some basic work appropriate for their age, as well as without tack for their conformation assessment. Four-year-old entrants will have a choice of being presented loose and in hand or under saddle.
Those interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity for British bred horses can enter one of the qualifiers via the online entry system at
Work Rider/Stable Staff required to join the existing successful team in Herefordshire with trainer Kerry Lee.
- Sensible full time hours
- One to one care of horses
- Good wages, pool money & pension
- Good accommodation provided
- Well run private yard and gallops
- Opportunity to develop skill and progress career
Previous experience working with horses is essential.
Location Herefordshire, HR6 9NR
To apply, please email: Kerry@kerrylee.co.uk
Detailing your ability and experience or call Kerry 07968 242663
CL Country will open its doors on the 28th June. Founder and Managing Director, Emily Knapp, brings 25 years of customer service and account management experience from both the hospitality and manufacturing corporate worlds to her new venture.
CL Country will stock a mixture of country and equestrian clothing, accessories and gifts as well as a selection of animal food and bedding. The shop will be located at The Hop Pocket in Bishops Frome where visitors can also find a selection of gift and clothing shops, a beautifully stocked wine shop, furniture store and café.
Emily has been involved with horses since her grandfather sat her on his badly behaved horse when she was 18 months old. Skip forward 42 years and she is still horse mad and has a passion for country life and small, local businesses. She is so excited to be able to launch her dream business in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.
The launch weekend will start on Friday 28thJune where you will be able to see all that CL Country has to offer. You will benefit from a 20% discount on all items throughout the store and enjoy refreshments to celebrate the opening of CL Country.
You can contact CL Country via Facebook and Instagram or telephone 07881 306321.
For more information or to book a slot, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note payment is required to secure lesson. NB. All horses must be up to date with equine flu vaccinations.
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