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More Horse Feeds Contaminated with Zilpaterol

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) have reported, on behalf of a number of its horse feed manufacturing members, clarification with regards the recent contamination of some horse feeds by Zilpaterol. Whilst there is no health risks to horses, Zilpaterol is prohibited for horses competing under rules. It is used as a feed additive in…

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Further Update from Gain Horse Feeds

Further Press release on October 14th: “In line with our commitment to keep our customers fully informed, GAIN Equine Nutrition can confirm that the following equine feed batch numbers may be impacted by the presence of an unapproved feed supplement. Cubes (2029 – 2040) Muesli (2028 – 2040) The above batches were manufactured using a…

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New Rules for Exporting Horses

From 1st January 2021, there are new rules for exporting horses. For full information of all rules, both importing and exporting and regulations during the transition period after Brexit, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-horses-and-ponies-from-1-january-2021

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Gain Horse Feeds

Gain Horse Feeds have issued a press release which reads as follows: “5 October 2020: Following a weekend of intensive testing and data analysis, GAIN Equine Nutrition wishes to provide an update on the investigation into the presence of an unapproved feed supplement identified in our equine feed range. We have made significant progress in…

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AN ONLINE AUCTION WITH A DIFFERENCE

British Breeding Launch the First Futurity Elite Online Auction Unlike studbook or private auctions, the Futurity Elite Online Auction drew on around 400 Futurity entries this year to create a selection of 41 exceptional lots with superb pedigrees, but above all with the highly respected seal of approval that comes from achieving a Gold or…

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Farriers compete – from their own forges

The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association’s (BFBA) competitive ‘Lockdown League’ has demonstrated exceptional forging skills and attracted an international entry! The ‘distanced’ events, formed to provide competition, education and fun, took place over three Saturdays in June, July and August from the farriers’ own forge. Two judges at each competition provided images of specimen shoes…

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And they’re off…….

Follow the progress of the 5* event riders and support team who left Badminton on their bikes at 10am this morning raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance. Lots of money has already been donated and it isn’t too late to donate and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes! Follow their…

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The Best of Burghley Star Cast

Burghley Horse Trials have released details for the Land Rover Burghley Weekend. Pippa Funnell, Sir Mark Todd, Oliver Townend and five-time Olympian Carl Hester MBE headline the all-star cast of the Land Rover Burghley Sunday Programme at 3pm on Sunday 6th September at www.burghley-horse.co.uk Land Rover Burghley organisers invite you to mark the 2020 dates…

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Research Reinforces Benefits 
of Equine-Assisted Therapy for Children 

A Hartpury University postgraduate research project carried out jointly with Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship (STH) has underlined the benefits of equine-assisted therapy and learning for children and young adults.  MSc Equine Science student Cherith Wilson collaborated on the new study with Devon-based STH to determine the impact of its Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning (EAT/L) programmes and to help inform industry practice.  The EAT/L programmes at STH, one of a number of programmes offered by the charity, are undertaken by young people aged from six to 19.  Normally held over…

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PhD student Fiona steps up to support NHS during Covid-19 pandemic

Postgraduate researcher Fiona Bloom has performed a key specialist role as a volunteer supporting the NHS seven days a week during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fiona, who is studying a PhD at Hartpury University in lameness in endurance horses to promote welfare, longevity and competitive success, was formerly employed as a specialist respiratory physiotherapist before setting up…

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New partnership will drive research
 and promote equine education

Hartpury has announced a new partnership with three organisations – the Society of Master Saddlers, the Worshipful Company of Loriners and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers – to carry out industry-driven research and promote equine education. With horse welfare at the heart of all the organisations’ equestrian activities, the partnership will drive forward training, education…

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The British Breeding Virtual Futurity Evaluations – Off to a Flying Start

The British Breeding/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations set off with a strong start with breeders for the first time submitting their entries in a digital format in sets of detailed videos taken on hard and soft ground that were examined by a team of international experts, including a senior veterinarian, nutritionist, linear scorer and senior…

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British Breeding and ClipMyHorse.TV Announce a New Futurity Elite Online Auction

This summer, the team in charge of the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series have entered a partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV to deliver new concept; the first ever Futurity Elite Online Auction. To be held in September 2020, the auction will feature the best Futurity entries of the year in the disciplines of dressage, eventing…

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Horseracing staff are positive about new working practices

A study at Hartpury University suggests the vast majority of people working within the UK horseracing industry believe changes made to their working practices as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have been effective in maintaining health and safety. As a result of Covid-19, the sport was suspended by the British Horseracing Authority from 18…

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Indoor Arenas Permitted for Use

British Equestrian has had confirmation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that equestrian indoor arenas will be permitted for use from 4 July in England. Indoor equestrian facilities in Wales remain closed at present but work will continue to lobby government and sport agencies for change. Kings Equestrian have added their…

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Hartpury Student Patrick Launches Business to Identify Future Champion Racehorses

Hartpury University international student Patrick Duncan has launched an exciting new venture that uses algorithms to predict which racehorses could be champions of the future. Patrick’s enterprise, Bio-Cal Thoroughbreds, produces a Biomechanical Analysis Report to provide bloodstock agents, trainers and owners with a scientific and mathematically-based assessment of the potential ability of racehorses. Patrick, who…

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You Can Ride Again as Lockdown is Eased

The British Horse Society have put out the following news on their website: “We are encouraging our members and the wider equestrian community in England, Scotland and Wales to resume riding whilst maintaining social distancing and staying alert to control the virus. This is with immediate effect in Scotland and Wales (please check your nation’s…

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Hartpury Event Cancellations

Hartpury has today announced the cancellation of the NAF Hartpury Festival of Dressage, NAF Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular, NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials and the FEI Dressage & Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The venue is currently working with the FEI to establish whether the FEI…

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Westgate Labs offers free interactive training course for horse owners

Award winning postal worm testing service, Westgate Labs, has produced a free interactive training course to help owners learn more about equine parasites and ways to protect their horses from worms. The module, entitled ‘An Introduction to Parasite Control’ went live today, 30th April 2020, and features fun facts, quizzes and videos to explain about…

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Recommendations for equine industry
over impact of COVID-19 pandemic

A study supported by Hartpury University into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on horses and horse owners has provided a number of recommendations for the equine industry, to mitigate the potential impact. Dr Jane Williams – Associate Professor and Head of Research at Hartpury – joined scientific and equine consultant Dr David Marlin and…

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Some Online Fun with Harry Hall

The Harry Hall One Club Online Championships begin today on Facebook and here’s what they’re offering: “Let’s have some fun! We’re bringing the show to you and we want those who can’t get to their horse involved too, so grab your dogs, cats (other pets also welcome) and get involved in the Harry Hall One…

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Hartpury involved in investigating impact of coronavirus pandemic on horse owners

Hartpury University is supporting research looking at the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on horses and horse owners. The study aims to mitigate any potential long-term negative impact. Dr Jane Williams – Associate Professor and Head of Research at Hartpury – has joined scientific and equine consultant Dr David Marlin and Louisa Taylor MRCVS, veterinary…

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Look to the Future Online Competition – Winner

And the winner is…. Rosie Pothecary, congratulations Rosie. The equine first aid kit will be sent to you as soon as is practically possible!  Another competition will be coming shortly. WIN an equine first aid travel kit!  It’s a very worrying time for everyone at the moment and I’m sure you will all want to…

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Can I Call the Vet During Coronavirus?

The British Equestrian Veterinary Association’s (BEVA) view is that they should be doing everything possible to protect human health and follow the recommendations and advice from the UK government, which is based on efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID 19 virus and to protect the NHS. At the same time we need to…

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Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell makes special trip to Hartpury

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell has paid a special visit to Hartpury in her attempt to complete an extraordinary horseriding challenge for the world’s longest running children’s programme. Lindsey had been set the demanding task of progressing from complete riding beginner to being able to jump a fence on a horse after only six weeks.…

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BFBA Advice for Farriers providing hoofcare during COVID-19 pandemic

The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA), in liaison with David Mountford (Chief Executive Officer of BEVA), Jeanette Allen (Chief Executive of The Horse Trust), Roly Owers (Chief Executive Officer of World Horse Welfare) and Jan Rogers (Director of Research and Policy at The Horse Trust), have provided guidance for registered farriers during this incredibly…

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Coronavirus – Looking After Your Horse

The Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March is for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary. Horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery the British Horse Society (BHS) advises that…

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BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS CANCELLATION 2020

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Following the Government’s COVID-19 public health restrictions and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce it is no longer possible to stage Badminton Horse Trials between the 6th and 10th May in any capacity. This cancellation also includes the Science Supplements Cup. This…

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Coronavirus – Updates

The British Horse Society …”has been monitoring the Government’s guidance to protect people during the Covid-19 outbreak. We recognise this is a challenging and worrying time for individuals in the industry both professionally and personally. We advise that Approved Centre activity and freelance coaching by Accredited Professional Coaches may continue where the government guidelines regarding…

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NAF BOOSTS HARTPURY TITLE SPONSORSHIP AHEAD OF SUMMER EQUESTRIAN EVENTS

NAF has renewed and expanded its sponsorship deal with Hartpury, taking up the title sponsorship role at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage (1-5 July), Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular (14-16 July) and International Hartpury Horse Trials (12-16 August). The supplement company has sponsored the annual International Horse Trials since 2011 but will add the NAF Five Star…

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Westgate Labs Take Two Top Honours at BETA International 2020

Horse health test specialists Westgate Labs were amazed and delighted to take two of the top honours at the British Equestrian Trade Association International Trade Fair 2020, 19-21 January. They scooped the coveted Judge’s Choice Innovation Award for a test to help guard against the risk of sand colic as well as lifting a BETA…

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MudRugs – a New Leominster Based Business

Inspired by years of owning horses and battling with the British weather in a bid to keep her horses ‘out’, MudRugs was born, the brain-child of Louise Gant who heads a small organisation based near Leominster, Herefordshire. Originally from Hampshire, Louise moved with her husband to Herefordshire in 2018, to escape city life. They relocated…

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MY FRIEND THE HORSE – Alex Atock

About the Author: Alex Atock was born in Dublin in 1932 and graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland in 1958. His love for all things equine commenced as a small child and continued throughout his life. Following some years in general veterinary practice in Ireland and England and resulting from his interest in racing.…

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BADMINTON OPENS BOX OFFICE FOR EIGHTH DECADE

Badminton Horse Trials logo

Badminton Horse Trials, one of the most established equestrian sporting events, is set to enter a remarkable eighth decade, with the Box Office for advance tickets opening to the public on Monday, 13th January, offering discounts for early booking. Badminton, which was recently voted the ‘Best Event Award – Outdoor Eventing’ by the prestigious publication…

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New equine degree is launched at Hartpury

Equine students at Hartpury University

Hartpury University has launched a new equine degree driven by industry experts to enable graduates to succeed in the global equine industry. The BSc (Hons) Equine Performance with Rehabilitation degree at Hartpury – among the largest equine education establishments in the world – will provide students with knowledge of the latest scientific principles and practices.…

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Happy New Year & Have You…

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! Lets hope the exceptional wet weather has ended and that you have an easier time through the rest of the winter. Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2020.  I’d like to hear from anyone who has achieved something they’re especially proud of during the…

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Olympia on TV

As seen on the BBC sport website: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/equestrian/50743986 Wednesday, 18 December Live:  21:15-22:15, Puissance, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, Connected TV and online Replay: 18:35-00:55, Dressage World Cup, BBC Red Button Friday, 20 December Live: 18:40-22:30, Christmas Cracker, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, Connected TV and online Replay: 15:00-17:40, Dressage World Cup, BBC Red Button…

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Hereford’s Amy Phillips wins H&H NAF 5 Star Groom of the Year

Amy Phillips, Piggy French, Tina Cook, Tom March, VANIR KAMIRA

Everyone knows what a fabulous season event rider Piggy French has had winning 15 Internationals this year, including Badminton, but it’s great to see that a very key member of her team, travelling head groom Amy Phillips, has won recognition for her part in the success by winning the prestigious Groom of the Year award…

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Renate Weller receives WCF Honorary Fellowship     

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…

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British Breeding Stallion Event – February 8th 2020

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…

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BADMINTON ANNOUNCE NEW OFFICIAL EVENT PARTNERS

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…

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Classified Ads Updated

The classified ads section has been updated to a new version. Hopefully all will work as it should but if you have any problems at all, please email me with details of the issues and  I will correct them.  

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RENOWNED PHYSIOTHERAPY GROUP WINS PLANNING PERMISSION FOR NEW HQ

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…

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British Breeding Celebration Ball

As the 2019 British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series comes to a close, the British Breeding Celebration Ball on Saturday 9th November will recognise the achievements of top-scoring participants.  Awards will be presented by Baileys to the top scoring foal, yearling, two-year-old and three-year-old within the dressage, endurance, eventing and showjumping discipline categories from…

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RoR Showcase to be held at Hartpury

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…

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England farriery team victorious at the BFBA International Championships

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…

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