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37 Herbalist Daisy Bayliss - Herbs for Horse Bothered by Flies? 44 NEW: Rose Kimberley Equine Sports Therapist - Focus on 56 the Longissimus Muscle 62 Samantha Hardingham 63 Always Read the Packaging Small Print NEW: Paul Herbert’s legal advice - Who Will Look After Your Horse When You’re No Longer Able?

Though every attempt is made to ensure accuracy, PCD Media Ltd cannot be held responsible for the opinions expressed in the magazine. The opinions and technical information in the articles are those of the authors.

Donna Case Nutritionist Input Versus Output

What’s On


Equestrian Adventures including Castle Leslie Estate Ireland, Dartmoor Derby and Autumn in Andalucia


Health & Welfare Summer Special - including Simple Vet Checks for Your Horse, A-Z of Healthcare Products, Medicine Cabinet for Your Horse, Advice from Hippo Showers, Introducing 3 Donkeys


Nutrition - What’s The Score? Body Condition Scoring explained


Nutrition - The Truth About Chaff


Buyer’s Guide


Saddlery & Tack


The Professionals - including Maria Eilberg, Lisa Spence, Laura Tomlinson, plus Simon and Natalie Reynolds


Love Dogs

Rhea Asks - Do You Say Thank You Enough? Reports Classifieds/Vets Directory Agroco-sponsored Showdates Diary

FEATURES 8 Special Feature - Happy Horse Saddlery

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NEWS he British READERS ARE Equestrian Trade INVITED TO GET Association (BETA) has launched its annual competition to find twelve of the very best horsey-themed photographs to star in next year’s BETA Equestrian Calendar. An image is needed to represent not be subject to copyright. The each month, with the one judged deadline for entries is 18th Best in Show winning the September 2019. photographer a fabulous luxury gift “In the past, we have had hamper. All entries must be everything from rides in the country supplied in a digital format – and well-turned out ponies in the minimum size 150 x 115mm (1,722 show ring to beautiful close-ups of x 1,358 px) at 300dpi – and equine features and cheeky shots of emailed to Tina Hustler, tina@betahorsey fun in the paddock.” uk.org. The photographer’s name, The 2019 competition was won by address and a description of the Ciara Walsh with her breath-taking image should be included. All photograph of riders enjoying a images must have been taken by winter’s evening on Ballyhoughane the person submitting them and Beach, Galway.




f travelling causes stress for both you and your horse, then Redwings Horse Sanctuary may be able to help. All are invited to attend the charity’s latest free evening of expert talks on Tuesday 2nd July, which will focus on how you and your four-legged friend can enjoy safer and happier journeys. Taking place at Redwings’ Aylsham visitor centre, north of Norwich, from 6.30pm, the charity’s Equine Behaviour Manager Sarah Hallsworth will be on hand to unpick common loading problems. Sarah will also demonstrate some of the most effective techniques to help your horse happily up your box or trailer ramp, plus there will be top tips from Redwings’ own transport team on how to keep your four-legged passenger safe and relaxed on the road. To secure your free place on the evening seminar, call 01508 481055 or email education@redwings.co.uk.






he ninth Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference took place at Hartpury University, Gloucester, with around 100 delegates attending, representing more than fifteen colleges and universities from the UK and Europe. Writtle University College student, Rosemary Lawrence, was awarded the prize for top poster for her study entitled ‘The Effects of Dynamic Mobilisation Exercises on the Biomechanics of the Ridden Horse’.


ndurance GB announced with great regret the death of Vencedor A’ Diamonds, a 10-year old grey gelding owned and ridden by Switzerland’s Urs Wenger, while competing at the FEI King’s Forest Ride, Suffolk on Saturday 1st June. Vencedor A’ Diamonds, who was bred by Mr Wenger, had previously completed two CEI-2* rides coming second at Babenhausen CE1-2* in 2017 and seventh at Costaros in 2018. This was his second attempt at a CEI-3* with his rider, an experienced competitor who represented the Swiss team at the World Endurance Championships at Euston Park in 2012. A spokesperson for the ride organiser said: “Vencedor A’ Diamonds performed consistently through the ride and passed the stringent veterinary parameters in place without any concerns. Vencedor A’ Diamonds and Mr Wenger were travelling within 11 minutes of the leading horses in the CEI-3* 160km event and were 3km from home when the horse stopped. Veterinary services were immediately in attendance, but unfortunately the horse collapsed and died.” Competition winners: Fleck Event Bat: Kerry Carter, Suffolk; Lisa Leek, Suffolk. Hickstead Tickets: Eris Body, Suffolk. HorseHage: Cherry Coates, Norfolk; Claire Collier, Essex; Dawn Cape, Suffolk; Pauline Whitley, Norfolk; Sharon Evans, Cambs. Phillips Bedding: Michelle Downes, Essex.



six-month-old pony, believed to have been dumped beside a busy road in Norwich, is receiving urgent veterinary treatment at Redwings Horse Sanctuary. The young colt, who has been named Buddy, was discovered very underweight, with his hooves in a poor condition and suffering from a severe worm burden. He was also extremely nervous. Norfolk Police were called to the A140 Ipswich Road, just outside the Holiday Inn near Harford Bridge, on the morning of Saturday 11th May, after Buddy had been spotted straying dangerously close to the busy road. www.redwings.org.uk/donate





continue to act as a part-time independent clinical consultant forefront of clinical and to be involved in education. investigation and research in Dr Mark Vaudin, CEO of the the diagnosis and Animal Health Trust, thanked Dr management of lameness and Dyson for her long service and poor performance in the horse. the important work which she Sue decided to retire from fullhas performed over many years. time employment, but she will

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r Sue Dyson has left her post as Head of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Centre for Equine Studies. Dr Dyson had been employed by the Animal Health Trust since 1982 and has been at the



he Boxted Church Ride will this year be taking place on Saturday 7th September. By kind permission of the Weller-Poley family, the beautiful ride takes you through stunning, hilly Suffolk countryside to include woodland, headlands, a few optional jumps and limited roadwork. Closing date for entries is 3rd September. Call Ride Secretary Mrs Jane Ackroyd for details 01284 830428 or see www.facebook.com /Boxted/.

Saturday July 20th 2019 on Castle Meadow Framlingham


REFRESHMENTS Photos: Far Loudoun



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“We’ve been at the building at Potash for twelve years and the building has been modified several times to accommodate the growing bi Lea, who originates business. Originally there from Shropshire, runs were three separate units all Happy Horse Saddlery in a row; the end part was from her home at Potash Farm derelict whilst a French in Melton, Suffolk. Many polisher had the second unit readers will be familiar with and Happy Horse Saddlery took more about you, your both Abi and her partner, Ben the third unit. I found that Ryder-Davies, who is an Equine background and how customers would bring their Veterinary Surgeon and part of you came set up the rugs in for washing, or repairs, the popular independent Happy Horse Saddlery. but then need to pick up a hoof veterinary practice Ryder“So we’re going back thirteen oil, body brush, lotion or potion. Davies and Partners that has years now, to when my daughter So every time they collected several surgeries throughout Alex was just a tiny baby. I their rug they’d also buy a Suffolk. They have two children, wanted to set up just a rug product, so I had to keep 20-year-old Daniel, who is washing service but the whole expanding our retail ranges. currently living and working in business took off literally from “Eventually the French Polisher New Zealand, and daughter day one. vacated his unit so I took over Alex, who at 14-years-old “The rug wash was popular but successfully competes on one of then a customer was wanting to the three separate units and modified them into one larger her ponies for the Woodbridge offload some second-hand tack retail space. The additional space School Equestrian Team as well that I offered to sell for her. It allowed us to keep adding new as being an active member of sold straight away and the products. the Easton Harriers Pony Club business grew from that. “I’m sure that in time we’d like to and British Showjumping. “I’ve never been very good at the look at adding a coffee shop, In this issue we caught up with tax or book-keeping side of the however we’re already finding Abi to find out more about her business, but I massively enjoy that we’re running out of space and her business... meeting our customers and for all our retail products Abi we’d love to find out hearing about their horses.




Can you tell us more about the team at Happy Horse? “I’ve got a fantastic team of staff who already work in the store for me and Gill Daniel will be joining me soon. Gill brings with her a wealth of knowledge and has worked in the saddlery industry for over twenty years. She teaches Pony Club and everyone adores her - she will be a real asset to the business. “Fiona Goldsmith is involved in the rug repairs, while Briony Staff and Sophie Allen work in the store. Lucinda Kay has also been a great member of the team but she will be leaving us soon. “We’re open seven days a week so I have to ensure that the store is well staffed at all times, including Sundays. I am contemplating reducing the Sunday trading hours and instead offering late-night openings a couple of times a week - but I’ve not yet made a final decision on this. It’s work in progress!”


What changes have you noticed in equestrian retail over recent years? “We are currently one of the largest saddleries in East Anglia but this is not something to celebrate as this means that other saddleries have closed. I believe this is due to the internet and prices being constantly undercut. “I’m lucky in that I’ve got so many loyal customers who have been with me for years, and who understand where I’m coming from. I have to train and then pay for a member of staff to spend time with a customer in my store, to fit the riding hats and body protectors properly; it doesn’t seem fair that a customer will then leave the store and try and purchase that hat or body protector online at a lower cost. “I try and offer the best service and price for my customers - I don’t ever put my prices up there’s only ever an increase when the wholesaler puts their price up.”

How do you feel that social media has helped your business? “Social media really serves a purpose; it allows us to communicate promotions and get our message out there immediately. “Briony handles the majority of our social media posts and is a real dab hand at it all, and I

jump on there occasionally. We’ve got a great following on both Facebook and Instagram. “We recently promoted our June Open Day through social media, but equally we were able to communicate with our customers when we experienced an extended road closure just outside the shop, that meant customers couldn’t access the store easily for weeks and weeks. As a small business that road closure was an absolute nightmare for us last year and even though we communicated regularly with our customers to say ‘we’re still open,’ we still lost in excess of £25,000 worth of business due to the access problem.”

So what ranges can we find in store now? “We offer something for everyone, and stock the more affordable brands through to the high-end lifestyle ranges. For example our customers can find Shires, LeMieux, Ariat, Charles Owen, Champion, Toggi, Mark Todd, JHL, Carr Day Martin, NAF, Global Herbs, Science Supplements and Equine America plus many more. “Plus the list is growing, so we will definitely need to expand the shop again in the future!” What else can customers expect from Happy Horse Saddlery? “My aim has always been to

make this a one-stop shop; a destination that’s fun and sociable, where my customers feel welcome. “I’d love to reinstate a coffee shop at some point. We do offer coffees to customers, but to have an actual coffee shop and sell cakes would be wonderful.”

couple of evenings a week.”

You mentioned your recent Open Day that took place at the start of We’re sure every day is June. How was that? different for you Abi, but “It was a brilliant day, so well can you run us through a supported! We had a very steady typical day? stream of customers and it was great to launch Ariat within the “Well it’s full of hard work and store that day. People just love sacrifice! However my partner Ben is really hands-on and does Ariat! “We offered a £300 pair of Ariat the horses every morning, boots as a prize and when I mucking out and feeding them contacted the winner to tell her before work, while I take our she’d won, she literally cried! dogs on a three mile walk first She was so pleased! Entry into thing. the competition to win the boots “Then the day starts at the saddlery, where ordinarily when I was free, and just involved get there the girls have already customers coming in to store on the Open Day to try on a pair of opened the shop so we’re prepared for our first customers boots. “We also had an Omega Equine of the day. rep with us at the event, who “We then deal with the rugs, was offering discounts on the getting them washed, dried, day which also proved to be wrapped and packed, with any repairs carried out as necessary. I popular.” do the rug deliveries and then What’s the best part of deal with customers and service running Happy Horse their needs. We then tackle our Saddlery Abi? social media. “For me it’s definitely talking to “I’m always about every day as our customers about their horses the shop is getting busier and and successes. We all love a busier. Weekends are really busy good old chat! I really do love for us too. This is why I am that part of the job.” thinking that we might re-jig our www.facebook.com/Happyopening hours slightly to offer Horse-Saddlery-Equinethe longer opening hours a Laundry-Suffolk





he SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled (RDA) showing series will run for the third time in 2019. Successful horses and riders will qualify for the prestigious 2019 SEIB Search for a Star RDA final at the British Show Horse Association (BSHA) Hunter Championship Show at Addington on the 12th September. There will be two qualifiers for the Search for a Star RDA showing series finals in 2019. The RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire will hold a qualifying class on the 12th July and the second qualifying class will be held at TOYS at Onley Equestrian Centre, Rugby on the 1st August. At TOYS there will also be a variety of other classes put on by SEIB for RDA

competitors including a Showing Masterclass, Introduction to Showing class where riders may be led and there will also be Introduction to dressage RDA tests 2 and 4. As part of the entry criteria for the Search for a Star RDA series, each competitor must be associated with an RDA Group and entries are subject to the Group’s approval of both horse and rider. SEIB’s Marketing Manager Nicolina MacKenzie said: “At SEIB we are proud to be able to offer RDA riders the opportunity to take part in their own Search for a Star series. I am grateful to TOYS for the addition of the Showing Masterclass and the Introduction to

Showing class, and through these classes we hope to help give riders the confidence to have a go at the Search for a Star RDA qualifiers in 2020. We are delighted that the finals for this series will be once again held at the BSHA Hunter Championship.” The SEIB Search for a Star RDA competition requires competitors to ride around the ring together in walk and trot before lining up and performing an individual show. Any type of horse or pony is able to compete and the class will be judged 30% on conformation, 30% on turnout and 40% on suitability, manners and

way of going, so giving a good individual show will be important to the overall result. Full rules for the competition are to be found on the Search for a Star website. The qualifiers for the 2019 SEIB RDA Showing series will be held at: Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE – 12th July; Onley Equestrian Centre, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 8AJ – 1st August. The Finals for the 2019 SEIB RDA Showing series will be held at the BHSA Hunter Championship, Addington, Bucks on 12th September. www.search4astar.org.uk www.facebook.com/SEIB. Search4AStar

2018 SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled champions Tracy Steel riding John Hackett's horse Johan's Debut. Photo: Nico Morgan





edwings Horse Sanctuary believes that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life, free of fear and neglect. The charity rescues neglected and abandoned horses from across the country and is currently home to over 1,500 residents – making it the UK’s largest horse sanctuary! Redwings is 100% funded by donations, so why not support them and help save the lives of horses and donkeys in need? There are so many ways to fundraise – and here’s just two ways supporters have gone the extra mile this year. Horseshoes Riding School in Maidstone, Kent, raised an incredible £751 by hosting a Family Fun Afternoon. The school decided to fundraise for Redwings having rehomed two of the charity’s rescued horses in June 2018, cob Fred and native pony Jack. Fred was previously unbacked but began taking part in riding lessons this year.

Yard Manager Sophie Byfield, said: “We decided to consider rehoming horses from Redwings for our new school horses as we knew how many rescued horses need a home. Both horses have settled into riding school life really well, and Fred has been a pleasure throughout all of his training and seems to be very happy in his new role!” The afternoon of fun included a musical drill ride, gymkhana races, a dog obstacle course and an instructors’ challenge, which saw the instructors tasked with riding one-handed holding a glass of champagne, with

whoever had the most drink remaining after the challenge being crowned the winner! Meanwhile, lifestyle blogger Francesca Simes, from Essex, took fundraising for Redwings to new heights with a sponsored skydive, raising almost £700! She said: “I first visited Redwings a couple of years ago when I was really struggling with my anxiety. I always felt most comfortable around horses so my Dad arranged to take me there. It was one of the first public places I went to, but I

fell in love with the place and was inspired by the care given to their rescued horses and donkeys.” As well as jumping out of a plane, Francesca also raised money through bake days, raffles, Easter egg hunts and by setting up a JustGiving page. She added: “I’m ecstatic about my total and so glad that everyone got behind me to raise money for a charity that I hold so dear to my heart.” If you’ve been inspired to fundraise for Redwings, would like a fundraising pack or just need some encouragement along the way, get in touch by calling 01508 481000 or emailing info@redwings.co.uk



YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE IS WAITING... What to expect at Castle Leslie Estate astle Leslie Estate voted as one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 equestrian destinations worldwide - is one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, offering truly memorable horse riding holiday experiences. Located in County Monaghan, it is nestled in 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside with over 300 cross country jumps to tackle. The estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. Here are some popular packages: Four night ‘Horse sport’ package - For experienced riders wanting to expand their skills or try a new riding discipline. This package includes



four nights B&B and three hours riding per day. This package incorporates a mix of show jumping, cross country, dressage and estate rides. This is a four day programme which also includes a two course meal each night in Conor’s Bar. From £1,118 per person.

Two night ‘Getaway on Horseback’ package – Ideal for those returning to riding. This package includes two nights B&B and a one hour horse trail, where guests can explore the Estate’s 1,000 acre site on horseback through rolling parklands. Includes two nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning. From £165 per person (this price is midweek).

A variety of riding activities is available at the Estate, including a state-of-the-art mechanical horse (ideal for honing riding skills before mounting the real thing), and side saddle lessons in full, authentic riding habits. Located in County Monaghan, Ireland, the Estate is only 80 minutes from Dublin, and 60 minutes from Belfast. The Castle at the heart of the Estate offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality; the Lodge brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. There is something for everyone at Castle Leslie Estate – non riding friends or partners may enjoy pike fishing, a private cinema, exceptional walking trails, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting

and a fabulous spa, for rejuvenation.

What do equestrian guests say? ‘My second visit to Castle Leslie was as outstanding as my first! My group was looked after extremely well by the stable managers who matched us to excellent horses. Orla was, as ever, a brilliant fun guide on the cross country course, and gave me so much confidence. Afternoon tea in the castle was lovely, and the food in Snaffles restaurant and Conor’s Bar was top class. Love the huge choice of gins!’ ‘Absolutely wonderful experience, from Tina in the stables office, to Briggetta who brought us out on a hack

through the estate - we had a fabulous time. Briggetta was fantastic, super company with lots of interesting information on the Estate. Will return again! Five star experience. Thank you to our rides, Black Betty and Domino.’ ‘We spent five days at Castle Leslie, primarily to enjoy the equestrian centre’s facilities; although the luxurious but still quite relaxed setting was a definite plus! The Horse Sports package offered was highly enjoyable, and well tailored to our specific needs. It ended up consisting of hacks, XC training, stridework, and showjumping. We felt well taken care of throughout, and the wonderful human staff (Jenny, Orla, Chris, Rebecca; thanks!) and equines (Jessica, Blue, Charlie, Traveller, Eric and Bumble) ensured we both learned a lot. It is a rare thing to see such a happy, healthy, and well-schooled set of horses in one stableyard! Special thanks go out to Orla for her confidence-inducing, honest guidance and her ability to read people (or definitely us) very well. This resulted in one of our party’s first ever hacks out, featuring canters she could actually take charge of and relax into, and the perfect reintroduction to cross country for myself. If possible at all, we will definitely be back!’

2019 DARTMOOR DERBY: Now Open For Bookings...

he 2019 Dartmoor Derby is now taking bookings and will run from 20th to 23rd September. This annual experience, now in its fourth year, attracts riders from all over the world. This uniquely formatted event is inspired both by the international success of the famously rough, rugged and breathtaking annual challenge across the Steppes, the Mongol Derby, and the enduring appeal of chic African riding safaris. The Dartmoor Derby combines the best of both. It’s an opportunity to navigate a carefully planned, two-and-a-half day ride covering around fifty miles in total around beautiful countryside. Riders camp in a specially built and terrifically smart moorland camp purpose-built for the event, dining at the day’s end in camp from a magnificent dining yurt and enjoying fantastic, locallysourced food. Riding in teams no larger than ten strong, with expert local guides and a ground support crew,


participants are invited to bring their own horse for the Derby, or may hire a fit horse experienced in handling varied terrain through the organisers. Horses are accommodated in an excellently equipped, purpose-built ‘horse station’ alongside camp in large stables. The Dartmoor Derby is a luxury riding challenge, and while participants will need to be established riders, confident at every pace, this is not a race and there is no need to jump. Riders may enter individually; the organisers can help group them into appropriate teams. Price is £1,695 for three days riding and three nights luxury camp accommodation on your own horse (£1,995 with horse hire included), staying in an extremely comfortable threeperson heated yurt. Double or single occupancy premiums available on request. Price includes all meals and drinks (pre-dinner cocktails, wine with dinner etc), and if you bring your own horse, price also includes stabling, forage and bedding. www.dartmoorderby.com

Please visit www.castleleslie.com for more information on Castle Leslie Estate’s riding holidays. (Rates are quoted in sterling; based on current exchange rate. Guest accounts are settled in euros.)



Photo: Cerys Davies

Emma tackling one of the steep tracks around Caballo Blanco


igh in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Southern Spain, lies an area seemingly untouched by time: Las Alpujarras (pronounced alp-oo-harrahs). Here, basket weavers sell their wares on the roadside, water channels known as acequias stream down the mountain, and the old men called ‘campesinos’ still make their way to their hilltop farmland on their trusty mules. This is the heartland of Andalucía, home to one of the most famous horse breeds of all: The Pura Raza Española, or Andalusian. What better way to


soak up all the history and culture of this area than in partnership with one of these amazing, surefooted steeds. Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy Andalucía. By now, the fierce heat of summer is dissipating, to be replaced by refreshingly cool mornings and evenings. During the day though, there is still plenty of warm sun, and when the rains come they are usually intense but pass quickly. Caballo Blanco Trekking Centre is in the perfect location to make the most of all that this region has to offer. Situated just above the spa town of Lanjarón, the

trekking centre sits at 1,000 metres above sea level. The owner, Sarah Vesey, has lived in this area since 1998, and over the years has learnt every trail that criss-crosses these mountains. Sarah’s herd is predominately made up of PRE horses, with a few others including draught mixes, Arabians, HispanoArabes (PRE and Arabian cross) as well as Tres Sangres. This literally translates as ‘threeblood’, or a mix of PRE, Arabian, and Thoroughbred. The herd at Caballo Blanco incudes a range of horses for all abilities of rider, and Sarah has a talent for


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selecting the perfect horse for her clients. In fact, some visitors find the horse that they have been paired with is so perfect, that they end up taking them home. Sarah has sold horses to clients in Sweden, the UK, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland, to name just a few! You can choose any length of trek you like, from a half-hour walkout, to a week-long trek staying at a range of different accommodation options. Our seven day trek took us from Caballo Blanco, high into the Sierra Nevada National Park, before dropping into the valley below to complete our route.

Riding high in the Sierra Nevada National Park

Emma Harris and Flicka enjoying the sunset

Spectacular views from Caballo Blanco Photo: Henrike Wiesemann

thundering past our horses, we find contentment, and the peace of the forest. We ride high into the mountains, to the foothills of Mulhacen, mainland Spain’s highest peak which stands at 3,479 metres above sea level. When riding at these altitudes, you can be out all day without seeing anyone else. This is in stark contrast to later in the trek, when we ride down into the valley. Here, the bustling life of the local market town suddenly catches up with us. Accommodation is in a range of carefully selected hotels and farmhouses. We can be sure of stunning scenery, delicious home cooked food, and friendly hosts. Our luggage is delivered to each overnight stop, meaning all we need to carry in our saddlebags is whatever is needed for the day’s riding. Depending on the snow levels, one of the possible accommodation options is a farmhouse which sits at 1,600 metres above sea level. From here, there are spectacular views across the Poqueira Valley, to the famous white villages of Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira. After turning the horses out for the night, the lights of the villages twinkle in

the distance, and we listen to the gentle sound of bells from the cattle herd next door, before returning inside for a hearty meal in front of the fire. Other accommodation sits deep in the valley, near the town of Órgiva. Here, it’s possible to ride down into the steep river valley, surrounded by lush bamboo. Another day, we leave our guide and horses and head into a vibrant market during our lunch break, finding piles of fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal crafts, and the inevitable jumble of toys and clothes. Later, we ride through an olive plantation, with the trees stretching row upon row behind, around, and ahead of us. On our last day, we climb high, higher, and even higher into the deep cleft of a valley. We follow

Photo: Jo Chipchase

Sarah and her guides are informative and knowledgeable about the local area, pointing out huge birds of prey circling above, aromatic herbs crushed underneath the horse’s hooves, and the famous white villages perched on the sides of the valleys. This trek provides a huge variety of landscapes: from sweeping pine forests, to open scrubland, through shady trails, and then down into the glittering silver-green of the abundant olive trees in the valley below. Lunches are taken out in the open, eating the generous provisions which we have carried in our saddlebags. Sitting at a remote picnic spot, with an ancient acequia

Photo: Jo Chipchase

Photos: Henrike Wisesmann

Emma and Coralie

Trail riders enjoying the scenery

an ancient mule path which has been carved into the mountain. Our surefooted horses carry us past the burnt trunks of a former Chestnut forest which was set alight when, many years ago, tourists became lost and tried to signal for help by lighting a fire. In this area, fires are a genuine concern. Over the summer, tinder dry undergrowth does not need much encouragement to set alight. On Lújar Mountain, across the other side of the valley, we see wide firebreaks carved into the forests. Indeed, while riding high in the Sierra, we cross a number of these firebreaks – devoid of vegetation and carefully maintained. There’s plenty of culture to enjoy in this corner of Andalucía as well. Many visitors choose to extend their stay to make the most of all this area has to offer. Lanjarón is famous for its water, which is freely available from numerous springs dotted throughout the small town. After an unforgettable week riding through some of the most picturesque scenery, some of which is at an altitude so high that it can literally take your breath away, it’s still the noble and kind PRE horses who are the true stars of the show.






Heart rate “The most important thing about checking your horse’s resting heart rate is to first of all know what’s normal,” begins Juliette. “For me, normal is anywhere between 28 and 44 beats per minute (bpm). Some horses will have a faster resting heart rate while others will be

slower, so make sure you take your horse’s heart rate periodically so you gauge what is the norm for them. “You can take your horse’s pulse rate from a few different places. The first is at the angle of their jaw. This can be a little difficult on a resting horse, if they are moving or eating a hay net, so you can always count for fifteen seconds and then times it by four. You can also take the pulse from just behind the left elbow or just under the tail at the top, this is quite a good place to take the heart rate when your horse is relaxed.”

Taking the temperature “Again, it is good to know what is a normal temperature is for your horse, so take a few readings periodically. A normal temperature, can be anywhere between 37.3 and 38.5 degrees;


any higher than that and it is always an idea to call your vet just to be on the safe side. “Always remember to stand to the side and lift the tail up in case your horse decides to take umbrage to you monitoring their temperature - and don’t let go of the thermometer,” advises Juliette.

A horse’s digital pulse “Taking a digital pulse can be harder to do on heavier set horses and a normal pulse can be difficult to feel. It is always good to remember that you are feeling for an increase in depth rather than rate. Checking for a digital pulse can help you identify pain or inflammation in horse hooves and the lower limb. “When taking the pulse, you are feeling the blood flowing through the artery going into

Keeping your horse happy in summer “Hopefully we will have a nice warm summer like we did last year, but this does present a few Checking your horse’s issues. Sunburn can be a respiratory rate problem for horses with pink “Similar to heart rate, it is good noses. The best way to prevent to monitor your horse over a this is to apply sun cream, a period of time so you know hypo-allergenic one if possible. what is normal. I work on the Some fly masks also come with bases of eight to twelve breaths a strip to cover the nose; these per minute as standard and the can also be useful to protect easiest way to check is simply by against UV rays. watching their tummy,” “With the warmer weather continues Juliette. “One breath comes pesky flies. Flies irritate is counted as one intake and one eyes and, in some cases, causes outtake of air and make sure you conjunctivitis. I always advise measure this when your horse is my clients to invest in a fly mask relaxed and at rest.” to prevent this from happening. the hooves. The more inflammation there is in the hoof; the stronger the pulse,” explains Juliette.

Fly masks can also reduce direct sunlight into the eyes, similar to us and sunglasses. “Just ensure it fits well and won’t cause any added irritation. “Make sure your field provides the essentials; water, shade and forage. If you feel your horse is getting too hot you can always clip. My mare has quite a thick coat so I clip her all year round,” adds Juliette. “If your horse is on hay, they will always require more water and it can be beneficial to introduce electrolytes, not just in summer but all year round if your horse is in moderate work and sweating. If you don’t wish to add electrolytes, you can always put

a salt lick into their field to help replace some of the minerals lost. “It will always take your horse a little time to acclimatise to the change in temperature so try not to ride in the middle of the day; early morning and evenings are normally cooler. However, if you are out competing in the summer, where riding times can vary, it is an idea to get your horse used to riding in the hotter part of the day before you head to your competition. “The most important thing to remember is to go out and have fun and enjoy the summer season,” concludes Juliette. www.petplanequine.co.uk

AN A-Z Guide OF HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS A is for Animalintex... Animalintex should be the first product on your list when looking to stock your first aid kit, and the first to be replaced when it has been used. It is the only poultice that can legally be used to treat infected wounds, foot punctures, corns, bruised soles, thrush, seedy toe, abscesses, laminitis, sandcracks and thorns, thanks to it being the only VMD licensed multi-layered absorbent poultice available in the UK. It is unique in that each poultice contains two active ingredients, Boric Acid to kill infection and promote faster healing, and Tragacanth to draw out dirt and infection and reduce inflammation. This, in combination with different layers of absorbent material, padding and a low adherent wound facing layer creates the proven formulation. www.robinson healthcare.com

B is for Bianco Wash...

Cavalor Bianco Wash is fantastic for white and grey horses that need to be super clean especially for the show ring. Whether its stubborn grass or stable stains that need removing this PH neutral shampoo is ideal for fighting those stubborn marks. Also helps to keep the coats and skin hydrated. RRP: £25/500ml. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

C is for Cortaflex... Cortaflex HA Regular Powder provides a tried and tested blend of key compounds on a palatable alfalfa base, including collagen and protein isolates, Hyaluronic acid, trace elements and amino acid building blocks to provide nutritional support for maintaining healthy cartilage and joint fluid. RRP: 19.99/250gm. www.equine-america.co.uk


HEALTH & WELFARE: SUMMER SPECIAL D is for Digestive Aid...

G is for Green Ice Gel...

TopSpec Digestive Aid is designed to optimise digestive health and stimulate appetite in horses. Contains vitamin B12 and high levels of a pure, protected probiotic yeast and a prebiotic MOS. It is particularly effective for horses that are working hard, on high concentrate/low forage diets, or stressed. It is ideal for use after antibiotic/worming treatments which can upset the hindgut microbial balance. This proven formula, containing grass and mint leaves with added peppermint oil to make the whole meal smell delicious, works on appetite both externally (appetising smell) and internally (via a range of ingredients). www.topspec.com

New improved formula for a soothing, cooling and easy to apply gel for ‘tired’ limbs. Can also be used as a refreshing wash when mixed with water. Contains Witch Hazel and Arnica. RRP: £16.99/1.5ltr. www.equine-america.co.uk

H is for Hydration... Revive is an easy to mix great tasting rehydration powder. Helps replace salts and minerals lost through sweat. Just 2oz in 4 litres of water, so a little goes a long way. RRP: £26/3kg plus free delivery. www.animal-health.co.uk

E is for Electrolytes...

Dodson & Horrell Electrolytes is a scientifically formulated complete rehydration supplement for use after sweating. Suitable for both horses and ponies, the electrolyte salts it contains are specifically chosen to compensate for nutrient and electrolyte loss caused by heavy sweating due to hard work, in hot weather or whilst travelling. RRP: £16/2kg.

F is for Fly Veil... Protechmasta fly veil has infrared properties that helps relax the horse. RRP: One Club price £23.09; non member price £32.99. www.harry hall.com


Summer Salt - A natural source of 100% pure granular rock salt. With a scoop included, add to feed or water to replenish salts lost in work or travelling and aid rehydration. RRP: £7/2kg. www.simplesystemhorsefeeds.co.uk

I is for Itch Free... Dodson & Horrell Itch-Free is an herbal supplement that contains nettle and burdock root that provide essential minerals to support the formation and maintenance of a normal skin and coat. Chamomile is used for its soothing properties. RRP: £14.20/1kg. www.dodsonandhorrell.com

J is for Joint Support...

TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support is a caramel flavoured additive which contains an excellent specification of nutrients to support the development and maintenance of healthy joints. Contains a generous combination of natural sources of glucosamine and MSM. Also contains a blend of anti-oxidants, i.e. vitamins C, E, betacarotene and natural tocopherols. www.topspec.com

HEALTH & WELFARE: SUMMER SPECIAL K is for Keep Electrolyte Levels Up...

L is for Largest Organ

Some minerals are also called electrolytes. This is because when dissolved in body fluids they carry spare ions which give them an electrical charge. Electrolytes use this charge to help control the water balance in a horse, trying to maintain a sufficiently hydrated status at all times. Electrolytes also play an important role in muscle function and through their role in hydration, both temperature regulation and the transport of nutrients and waste products throughout the horse’s body. If electrolytes are not added to a horse’s diet problems may occur including dehydration. Dehydration can be life-threatening and is frequently performance limiting, with colic and ‘Tying-Up’ the most well known consequences. A horse has only to become mildly dehydrated in order to lose performance, sometimes reported as a lack of stamina and slow recovery rates. TopSpec Electrolytes should always be added in addition to any salt already in the diet and not instead of that salt. The addition of salt to the diet should be sufficient for horses only sweating lightly. Salt-licks should always be available 24/7.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for the control of body temperature and production of Vitamin D from sunlight. The skin also protects from various environmental factors which include sunlight, insects, bacteria, moulds, fungi and atmospheric pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide. New Skin & Coat contains 13 different active ingredients all carefully selected based on clinical research to underpin their proven efficacy to support a healthy coat and skin. RRP: £39.99/1.47kg. www.sciencesupplements.co.uk


M is for MultiPurpose Rug... The Bucas Power Cooler is a high performance, light weight multipurpose rug that is ideal as a sweat rug, travel rug, competition and light stable rug. The Power Cooler has a single layer of stay-dry fabric which wicks away moisture and ensures that the horse is always dry. The silk-feel lining on the shoulders helps to prevent rubs. RRP: £66. www.zebraproducts.co.uk


N is for No Bute Premium...

No Bute Premium - Natural joint care containing Devils Claw, MSM, Glucosamine and Vitamin C. Free UK delivery on orders containing No Bute. RRP: from £25. www.animal-health.co.uk

O is for Offers...

Team Equissage are offering a special treat for owners who purchase the Equissage Pulse for their horse, with membership to the new Niagara Equissage Rewards card which could provide up to £2000 per annum in savings through discounts on leading brands. www.niagaraequissage.com

Available in 1lt, 2.5lt and 5lt bottles.

Q is for Quality Product... Super Body Wash - a top selling non rinse shampoo from Grooms choice range. Containing Tea Tree and Peppermint for a refreshing wash down after exercise. www.animal-health.co.uk

P is for Poultice... A poultice, such as Animalintex is used to draw out infection, reduce inflammation, ease bruising and cleanse wounds. As one of the most versatile first aid products, a poultice can be used hot and wet, cold and wet or as a dry dressing, to suit the needs of the injury. A hot, wet poultice increases the blood supply to the injured area, providing more oxygen and infection fighting blood cells. The improved blood and lymph flow promotes the resorption of blood and fluids from the damaged tissue. At the same time, the warmth helps to relieve the pain and provide greater comfort for the horse. A cold, wet poultice is generally used to relieve bruises, sprains or strains, and can even be refrigerated before application. Common conditions that respond well to a cold poultice are: sore shins, capped hocks, splints and laminitis. www.robinsonhealthcare.com

R is for Respiratory... PolleneX helps soothe irritation and aid respiratory systems, targeting pollen and all other air-borne irritants. Suitable for high pollen counts in summer to soothe the nose, eyes and head. www.globalherbs.co.uk

RRP: from ÂŁ28.27/1ltr.

S is for Shakefree...

RRP: from ÂŁ42.69/1ltr.

ShakeFree is a soothing herbal blend with added calming minerals, designed to target face and head irritants. Reduces sensitivity, helps maintain skin condition, soothes airways and calms behaviour. www.globalherbs.co.uk

Our most efficient fly repellent to date -


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HEALTH & WELFARE: SUMMER SPECIAL T is for Tub...and Tea Tree!


Tea Tree Lotion Spray - a great summer product. Spray onto itchy or irritated areas. Tea Tree has naturally anti- fungal and anti-bacterial properties. www.animal-health.co.uk


Salt Lick Tub - A salt lick in a flexible tub for all horses and ponies, providing sodium and a top up of magnesium. Suitable for use in the stable or the field. RRP: £14.50/10kg. www.simplesystemhorsefeeds.co.uk

U is for Use Frequently... Veredus Bio Repel Spray has repellent ingredients of citronella, geranium and cinnamon create a protective layer over the horse’s coat to help discourage flies. The balanced formula allows for frequent use. RRP: from £17/500ml. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

X is for X-Rated Shine... Cavalor Star Shine helps promote a brilliant gloss and adds volume to the hair. It can also be used on manes and tails, helping to keep them tangle-free for up to a week. The gentle formula will keep the coat, mane and tail hydrated. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

W is for Wound...

V is for Veredus...

The ears of the new Veredus Soundless Fly-Fringe are made out of specialist sound-absorbing material which helps reduce the possibility of the horse becoming distracted. RRP £58. www.zebra products.co.uk

A wound can be categorised as open or closed, with open wounds suffering skin damage and closed wounds as bruises or sprains. When the skin becomes damaged as a result of a wound your horse loses its first line of defence against infection, so the prompt and correct treatment of a wound is vital to speed up healing and reduce the risk of scarring. All wounds should be cleaned as soon as possible (even minor ones) with a saline solution or a level teaspoon of salt per pint of previously boiled water. Wound hydrogels such as Ventalinex provide moisture and absorb excess exudate which provides a more controlled wound environment and encourages healing. www.robinsonhealthcare.com


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Y is for Yucca Inclusion..


own an 18.1hh 8-year-old TB x Shire gelding. We competed him with British Eventing to Novice level but sadly he damaged his rear suspensory ligaments. He displayed pain by head tilt and grunting. “He was given nine months off including twelve weeks of box rest then underwent a text book rehab programme. Sadly he still displayed pain so he was prescribed Bute three times a day. The Bute worked on his pain and he stopped displaying symptoms. However when we stopped feeding the Bute, his

symptoms returned immediately. “Equine America Brand Ambassador Lisa Spence suggested I try Buteless Super Strength Powder. I was sceptical but was willing to try anything. After one week on the product his pain symptoms disappeared. It’s given my horse a life line. I would recommend this product - he is leading a happy pain free life.” - Kerry Lockwood Brawshaw, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Buteless High Strength contains Boswellia and Yucca, which are both thought to provide nutritional support for the maintenance of joint and muscle comfort. RRP: £24.99/1ltr. www.equine-america.co.uk

Z is for Zebra Products... Veredus Honey Hoof is a hoof ointment made with honey. The particular mixture of which this Veredus Grease is made, gives the product special softening properties making the hoof more elastic and flexible. Honey is an excellent natural softener and gives the hoof extraordinary flexibility and elasticity, preventing cracks due to hard and brittle hooves. RRP: £19/1000ml tub. www.zebraproducts.co.uk

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Primrose, the little cremello cob mare we’ve featured recently due to extreme photosensitivty around her eyes, nose, shoulders, and hind quarters, is the inspiration behind one of the maquettes going on display on World Horse Welfare’s Horse Farm Trail. Alltech has kindly provided sponsorship for Primrose’s maquette and YouTube sensation, This Esme, is the artist behind the unique design. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk



CoolDown is an all-natural, herbal equine body wash made with twelve herbs and essential oils, including rosemary oil, lavender oil and aloe vera juice. The fresh aromatherapy fragrance has a calming and relaxing effect on your horse, and the wash gently cools, refreshes and cleans whilst soothing tired muscles. CoolDown is perfect for use after exercise, competition or anytime you want to indulge your horse. The wash also conditions the skin and coat to ensure cleanliness without stripping out essential oils, making it ideal for daily use. Simply add to water and wash your horse with the mixed solution. And because CoolDown is soap free, there is no need to rinse off. One 950ml bottle makes 150 litres of solution; a little goes a long way. For further information and to view the full range of Absorbine products, please visit www.absorbine.co.uk

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wning a horse is a huge responsibility so it is great to be prepared, should your horse get injured in any way. Upon ownership, you will be called upon to care for various wounds or illness that may occur, under your veterinarian’s instruction. Ensuring that you have a fully stocked first aid cabinet will help you care for your horse(s) quickly and effectively. It is vital to follow the instructions of each item below carefully.

(PPID), depending on your horse.

Creams and ointments These are applied to the skin and wounds. • Hydrogel, such as Vetalintex - a sterile water based gel that promotes optimal wound healing; • Antibacterial cream such as Flamazine; • Honey: medical grade honey must be used because normal food products frequently contain bacteria that will contaminate the wound and Medicines slow the healing process. Your veterinarian may suggest Honey should only be used in a one of more of the following: heavily contaminated wound • Anthelmintics (wormers) based in the first 24-48 hours. on your parasite control Medical equipment and program; tools • Repeat medications, such as Having the following tools is Bute (prescription NSAID) or great but it is important to Prascend for Cushing’s Disease understand how to use them:


• Digital thermometer - normal temperature should be between 36.8 - 38.0°C; • Stethoscope or feel for the horse’s pulse - normal heart rate should be 36-42 beats per minute; • Bandage scissors (rounded ends); • Normal scissors; • Forceps or tweezers; • Disposable gloves; • Clean bucket or bowl; • Clean towel; • Rope halter;

• A length of baler twine. Important to note: you can assess your horses breathing rate by watching its flank closely. The normal respiratory rate is 8-12 breaths per minute. Bandages and wraps Similar to medical tools, every horse owner should know how to apply bandages to your horse’s leg, effectively and safely. • Wound dressing: - Non-stick dressings, such as Melolin, to apply directly to the wound (Primary layer); - Soffban, to hold the dressing in place; - Roll of cotton wool, to add a layer of padding on top of the soffban (Secondary layer); - Rolled gauze or Knit Firm bandage, to conform the cotton wool layer (Tertiary layer); - The secondary and tertiary layers can then be repeated to provide more support to the leg to promote healing; - Vet wrap (this is elasticated and may cause significant damage or pain if applied incorrectly (Ask your vet for a demonstration if you are unsure of how to apply it safely); - Elastoplast or Eband, to help prevent the

bandage slipping and to stop debris getting into the top or bottom of the bandage; - Leg wraps (reusable and washable); - Poultice, such as Animalintex; - Duct tape or reusable hoof boot for foot bandages; - Adhesive medical tape.

Hoof care It is important that the following tools are easily accessible. If there is a serious or penetrating injury, it is vital to call your veterinarian or farrier immediately. • Hoof pick; • Small stiff brush; • Small hammer; • Buffer; • Pliers; • Rasp; • Wire cutters; • Thrush treatment, such as iodine diluted to a 1% solution.

Wound preparation Preparing and cleaning a wound for a bandage requires a gentle solution that effectively cleanses the wound, without causing pain or further damage to the tissues: • All horses must be fully vaccinated against tetanus, which provides protection in the event of a wound. Ask your vet if you are unsure about your horse’s vaccination status; • Sterile saline solution; • Betadine (povidone-iodine) solution for cleaning minor wounds, diluted to 1%; • Hibiscrub solution: this must be diluted before use (one teaspoon per pint of clean water), however it should only be used for heavily

contaminated wounds because once a wound starts to heal and there is healthy salmon pink granulation tissue, Hibiscrub will cause harm and slow down the healing process; • Powders and sprays should all be avoided as they dry out the wound bed, desiccating delicate new cells and slowing down the healing process.

Additional useful items • Useful emergency contact numbers; • Fly repellent • A bright torch for inspecting wounds. A head torch is excellent as it enables you to work more independently.

Storage and Shelf Life It is important to check the shelf life and storage information for each product, to make sure each treatment is effective • Products can be damaged by extreme or fluctuating temperatures, humidity or light. These exposures can change the chemical composition and reduce potency, altering the shelf life and safety of the products. • Products which require refrigeration (2-8°C) should be kept away from a domestic environment to avoid contamination. It is handy to also keep a thermometer inside the fridge to make sure the unit is at the correct temperature and is working. • Expiry dates need to be checked on a regular basis, because if a medication is out of date it may be ineffective or toxic to your horse. www.firstvet.com


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omplaints about Ragwort in England have risen by over 20% between 2016 and 2018. Commonly called Stinking Willie and Mare’s Fart due to its strong, bitter odour, the striking Ragwort plant with its pretty yellow flowers is toxic to any horse who eats enough of it, potentially causing liver damage, liver failure and death. Horse insurance provider, The Insurance Emporium, revealed the worrying trend with information sourced from several public bodies across the UK. The Insurance Emporium’s Chief

Executive Officer, Francis Martin, said: “Whilst Ragwort plays an important environmental role in supporting other wildlife including the Cinnabar Moth, it can prove toxic for horses if eaten in enough volume. Proper land management is the way to go to ensure that grazing is Ragwort-free and safe for horses. “It is also important to check hay and haylage for Ragwort. “If your horse does ingest Ragwort or something similarly poisonous, make sure you seek your vet’s advice immediately.”



he Animal Health Trust (AHT) is advising horse owners to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to minimise the threat of equine influenza (EI) as outbreaks of the disease continue to occur. The AHT is continuing to confirm outbreaks of the disease, with one week in May seeing the second highest number of confirmed outbreaks in one week since the start of 2019. Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, at the Animal Health Trust, said, “As the competition season is getting into its busiest period the number of outbreaks is likely to continue to rise with the movement of horses across the country. Flu is still as much of a threat as it was earlier this year. Our advice to horse owners remains the same; be aware of the clinical signs of equine influenza and boost your horse’s vaccination if it was given more than six months ago. Importantly isolate new arrivals on your yard and continue to practice good biosecurity at competitions and at home.” www.equiflunet.org.uk


Daisy Bayliss, Herbalist

y horse is constantly bothered by the flies and seems to attract them more than the other horses in the field. She also seems to be particularly sensitive to bites and gets nasty lumps from them. Is there anything natural I can feed to deter them?”


Garlic, Brewer’s Yeast and Turmeric are natural repellents, you need to feed them for 3-4 weeks before the bugs come out to get it into the skin / coat properly. Turmeric will also help with any itchiness and Brewer’s Yeast is great for improving the skin and coat. If she is already being bitten, you can feed Buckwheat which is a natural anti-histamine and will help with the swelling and itching. Feeding a combination of Burdock, Clivers, Nettle and Kelp will help to support the skin. Burdock works as a tissue cleanser and will remove toxins from the skin. The Nettle and Cleavers help to remove the toxins from the body. Sea Kelp is great for improving skin and coat health and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. If you use Turmeric you will need to feed it with an oil (linseed or vegetable are fine) as it needs fat to be absorbed and ground black pepper to boost the absorption of curcumin. www.champerene bespokehorseherbal.com

y name is Poppy, but I’m known as ‘Mrs Hippo’ because I am the owner/director of Hippo Showers. We are a family business, set up after Mr Hippo (Nick, my husband, full time police officer, LPG Gas qualified person, and all round good guy) made me a hot shower for my filthy little Highland pony. “We decided very early on that we aren’t trying to be the cheapest on the market, instead we’re concentrating on being the best we can be. Handmade frames - wall mounted, lorry, portable and even a pumped version (for people with no water supply) with solid brass fittings and top quality hosing. “We now have several employees and are coming up to our third year of selling them. “As a working mum, it’s a marathon juggling act keeping it all running smoothly. But we offer a very personal level of customer service; including a no quibble warranty. We also recommend people send their shower back to us for servicing annually which means we maintain a relationship with our customers. And it seems to be working! We have a lovely community of happy Hippo-ers. “I’m pleased to be able to share with you my top tips for washing your horse.”



Stain Free Horse PREPARE: Groom well. Wet your horse thoroughly. Warm water (approx 35°c) is proven to get coats cleaner, open pores and remove more grease. If you’re not lucky enough to have a hot shower, boil the kettle a few times and make a mental note to ask Santa for one.

<< TOP TIP - the ‘flat’ setting on hose heads is good for blasting mud from hooves and rinsing>>

DEEP CLEAN: Start off with a deep cleaning, dirt busting shampoo (eg Hippo Tingle) and pre-mix it with warm water (we use the HippoHippo Shaker bottle). This makes it go further, and helps with the rinsing. Diluting a concentrated shampoo also saves money. Apply the bubbly mixture to the body of the horse, and work it right in using fingers, curry comb or a Hippo Scrubber mitt.

Leave on for a few minutes as you work on the mane, tail, legs and face. Again, leave to work for a few minutes. Set your hose onto a higher powered setting to rinse, and make sure you rinse with warm water until all the suds are gone. << TOP TIP - scrape suds off with sweat scraper before and during rinsing to save time >>

It should be a bubble free zone, because then the horse is clean enough for the next stage. Whitening. Skip the next stage if you have no white bits… and move straight to conditioning.

WHITEN: Using a blue shampoo designed for whitening (eg Hippo Twinkle), pre-mix with warm water and apply to all white bits. Scrub that blue stuff in well. Leave on for a few minutes. The blue of the shampoo counteracts the yellowing and takes out the brassiness. Again, swizzle that hose

head setting onto a high powered one to blast the suds away. Rinse thoroughly. Those hair shafts need to be squeaky clean, ready for conditioning.

CONDITIONING: If you condition clean hair, it will help prevent it getting dirty again. A decent conditioner will coat the hair slightly, meaning dirt brushes off more easily. It also means less knots and tangles in the mane and tail. << TOP TIP - don’t use conditioners or mane/tail sprays on a dirty horse, it seals the dirt in >> Use a conditioning shampoo or conditioner (eg Hippo Tangle) and smother your clean, wet horse in it. Leave it on for a few minutes so it can work its magic.

RINSE AND DRY: Rinse well. Scrape excess water away, and then rinse again. If you’re lucky enough to have a solarium, pop them under there whilst you towel dry their face and legs. Stand back, admire your work, kiss your horse’s velvet nose. www.hipposhowers.co.uk




r all!” “Our coveralls really do cove


fter another lambing season struggling to get in and out of my all-in-one coveralls, I looked for an alternative. I could not find anything suitable, so I set about designing one myself. “There are some very nice women’s coveralls on the market however they were still an all-inone and impractical like the men’s versions - I felt that they were not a real alternative. “It needed to be practical and feminine yet not compromising on function and the 3 Donkeys design reflects this. It is the only coverall which consists of a jacket and trouser which join together with a full length waist zip, it also allows them to be worn independently. “All of our coveralls are made in Britain and our packaging is as reusable or recyclable with the least amount of plastic possible. We are always looking for alternative materials for both our packaging and coveralls.


“I spent two years researching and developing the design, and we launched 3 Donkeys in December 2018 at the Equine Fair in Exeter with our original purple and lilac colour scheme. Then due to demand we added blue and purple to our catalogue in March 2019. “However I soon found that

“So far this has been an amazing year for us and we have lots of plans and new products to develop!” 28

designing the coveralls was the easy bit. Thinking of a company name was much harder! We chose ‘3 Donkeys’ because our donkey foal Dave had just been born, so along with Teabag his mum and Woolley (our Poitou Jenny), this made three. “The beauty of coveralls, is that they keep your clothes underneath clean which in turn saves time and money.” Here are a few handy ways to use yours: • “I have a set available in the back of my car. Sometimes it can be the most random thing like walking my dog Hattie and the ground being muddier than I thought. It is also a bonus to have the trousers to hand on a summer’s evening

when the temperature drops.” • “They work well on photoshoots, especially if you are having a special one with your horse. Wear them over your best clothes, between locations and getting your horse ready.” • Clipping and grooming: “Zip them together and close the collar and it keeps those annoying hairs from covering your clothes. Pop in the wash and they’re good to go again.” • Competitions: “Wear over your competition clothes when getting your horse ready, remove and get on.” • Save time on the way to work: “Just put them on over work clothes, do the horses. Your clothes underneath are left clean and tidy.” • “If you have to pop to the yard at lunchtime or for an emergency visit – they’ll keep your daytime clothes clean.” • Unloading feed sacks: “You’ll no longer get dirty shoulders.” • Pop on over PJs to do the late night yard checks: “No one will ever know! I have certainly done this!” www.3donkeys.co.uk

My Focus On The...



ll of us, of any age, can sometimes wake up with our bodies feeling tight and stiff. This can provoke a lethargic and unenthusiastic attitude towards the day. Why shouldn’t horses feel just as out of sorts as humans do sometimes? We are nowadays encouraged to promote our mental wellbeing and physical fitness by engaging in yoga, Pilates and stretch classes. This form of bodywork could also have a positive impact on our horses’ physicality and zest for life! The muscle group that I would like to focus on is the Longissimus muscle. It is the longest muscle in the equine back and its health is vital to how your horse is performs and behaves. Tension in this region may cause your horse to experience poor performance issues. This muscle when activated on both sides, allows extensions and hollowing of the back. When either side is activated singularly it enables the spine to bend laterally. A competent and qualified bodyworker will identify the following physical signs which indicate that your horse may have a problem in this muscle group: • Hollowing of the back; • Spasms visible with light to medium pressure and at the risk of sounding ‘technical’ (this is why you need a therapist to help you); • Sensitivity on the cranial

(front) region of the scapula and the junction of the longissimus dorsi including the gluteus medialis on the opposite side.

Owner’s checklist • Check saddle fit (find a good Master Saddler); • Be aware that horses can be sensitive to washing detergents (used to clean saddle pads) and also that their skin can be irritated by the fabric type; • Check for skin issues.

A vet check could identify: • Orthopaedic problems in the hind end which can cause strain to the muscle; • Some underlying abnormality in the vertebral column (kissing spines); • Distal limb problems which can contribute to secondary back problems.

Also: • Is your horse a mare? Reproductive complications may indicate soreness in this region; • Check your riding and

By Rose Kimberley BSc Equine Sports Therapist EEBW

Aim of this stretch: you are trying to get your horse to lower it’s head and place it between it’s front legs. To achieve this, hold a treat between the horse’s front legs up against its chest. Repeat this time lower between it’s knees and then lower still to between its feet. At first horses will find this tricky and may try to cheat by bowing! As the horse stretches downwards towards the treat, consider taking lessons. Poor keep an eye on the riding can cause big problems. longissimus region of the back and you will notice it rounding. Stretch! Only carry out stretches after This particular ‘baited’ stretch exercise when the muscles are will help to keep the muscle warm. Do this as often as you group healthy and improve can. flexibility in this region.

Rose Kimberley is a trained Equine Sports Therapist and specifically trained in the musculoskeletal system. Rose treats the muscles of the horse to enable improved movement achieving greater range of motion. Rose is currently building up her client base, working evening and weekend visits. Tel: 07773 694931 www.rosekimberley. wixsite.com





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t’s July the sun is out and fingers crossed it stays that way as the summer holidays begin. But before you buy your holiday supplies of suncream have you considered what’s on the ingredients list? A study by Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a nonprofit scientific organisation found the chemicals in sunscreen cause bleaching, deformities, DNA damage and ultimately death in coral when they are washed off beachgoers or discharged into wastewater treatment plants and deposited into bodies of water. Which begs the question, what on earth makes it so toxic to coral, and what does it therefore do to the human body? Oxybenzone or

benzonephenone-3, is an organic compound used in many commercial sunscreens because of it’s ability to absorb UVB and short UVA rays. It’s not only very toxic to the growth of young coral, it can disrupt hormones in humans plus it’s a carcinogen meaning that it can potentially cause cell damage that can cause cancer. Whilst the EU deems the ingredient to be safe in concentrations of 10% or less, Sweden has completely banned the use of oxybenzone. So how do we pick the best sunscreen and how do we use it? Choose a sunscreen that is FREE from toxic chemicals. The best I’ve found so far is at Tropic Skincare, they have a water resistant mineral sunscreen range available in Factors 15, 30 and


50. If you have lily white legs from spending a lifetime in jodhpurs then check out Tropic’s Instant Glow Leg Serum which mimics your melatonin, creating a natural tan rather than a laughable fake orange Strictly Come Dancing look! The moral of the story is to always read the ingredients, be curious and be aware of whatever you put in and on your body. www.facebook.com/ ItsTheBodyMindCoach



e all enjoy being outside when the sun is out, but it’s important to be aware of the UV rays that the sun emits and the danger these pose to our eyes, writes Eye Care Expert Ashish Mathur. There are three types of rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC rays are the most dangerous, the earth’s atmosphere actually absorbs these rays before they can pose a threat to us. This leaves UVA and UVB as the rays that can cause damage to our eyes and vision if we don’t protect ourselves properly. Wearing sunglasses when it’s sunny outside is extremely important to protect your eyes from the sun. Always check that your sunglasses offer at least 99% UV protection and are marked with CE letters, which indicate their compliance with European safety regulations. Sunglasses with darker lenses offer the most protection, while wrap around frames offer full coverage of your eyes from all angles. www.feelgoodcontacts.com



unding an equestrian habit is a universal struggle, but what if you were paid for riding? That’s what Huufe, the free riding app, is now doing. Riders have been able to exchange its digital currency, HuufeCoin, for discounts on equestrian brands for a while. But now HuufeCoin can be turned into actual cash! Huufe added its reward currency ‘HuufeCoin’ in October. Huufe pays riders one HuufeCoin for every half an hour of riding. These can then be traded for big discounts from equestrian brands and now real cash. www.huufe.com



ominations are now open to find this year’s Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year. Designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of equine SQPs, the award supports those professionals who go the extra mile to help their customers adopt the correct worming approach. If your SQP deserves special recognition, make your nomination at www.3dworming.co.uk/ nominate-your-sqp


Who will look after your horse when you’re no longer able? By Paul Herbert


ost of us try to avoid thinking about death and serious illness, and tend to put off making a Will. Yet everyone should make one, and horse owners have even more reasons to plan for the future... Have you thought about who will look after your horse when you are no longer able to do so? Can they afford to? If not, how will the upkeep of the horse be paid for? Will this cause difficulties within your family? These are a just few of the questions you need to consider, and the answers will be different for each horse owner and for each horse. It is important to give careful thought to these matters at an early stage. Things do not always go to plan, and it is good to consider all alternatives. If making a simple gift of the horse to a named person for example, you will need to determine whether they indeed want the horse. There is also no guarantee that they will keep it once you have passed. Where provision of a legacy is

included, you will need to be realistic about the annual costs of caring for a horse; including life expectancy, vet fees, insurance and so on. You will also need to consider what will happen if your beneficiary becomes unable to care for the horse. Despite your best intentions, it’s an unfortunate possibility that the horse may need to be sold upon your death or in the event that you become incapacitated during your lifetime. Whilst it’s not possible to foresee every eventuality, many future difficulties can be avoided by careful planning. Spending a little time now to ensure that you have a suitably worded Lasting Power of Attorney (in case of future illness or incapacity) and Will (stating your wishes regarding your assets when you die) is likely to save time, trouble and money in the future. For estate planning advice tailored to your individual circumstances, call Burnett Barker Solicitors on 01284 701131 or visit www.burnettbarker.co.uk.

Dispute resolution solicitor Paul Herbert is Burnett Barker Solicitors’ equine specialist and has over 25 years’ involvement in the equestrian industry. He can help with issues including sale/purchase disputes; trainer fee disputes; veterinary negligence claims; foal share agreements and syndication agreements.

HEALTH & WELFARE: SUMMER SPECIAL NEW ARRIVALS: POKER AND UNO ARE FULL OF THE JOYS OF SPRING hree charming cobs, Monopoly, Yahtzee and Cluedo, were taken in by Bransby Horses earlier this year after being found on a 3-mile stretch of riverbank. When the team reached the three neglected horses they were underweight, had acute diarrhoea, lice infestation and needed immediate farrier treatment. Monopoly and Yahtzee were also in foal by seven or eight months. The Bransby Horses welfare team worked hard to remove the parasite burden through a strict and thorough regime of testing and worming treatments. The team also had to carefully control their diet, ensuring they put on weight in a healthy way. Alongside the medical treatments provided to tackle all the issues they had, the yard team also spent time getting to know both horses, helping them to trust humans and socialise with other horses when they were ready. Since arriving at Bransby Horses, the two mares have given birth to their foals. Monopoly has had a filly called Poker and Yahtzee has had a colt called Uno (who needed plasma at birth). Both foals are in good health but are still closely monitored by the Bransby Horses team as their mothers’ experience means they could be vulnerable to health issues in the future. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk


Monopoly and her foal Poker



n a collaborative project scientists from the Animal Health Trust and the University of East Anglia have made 3D printed scaffolds that can be used to turn induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into bone in the laboratory. Dr Debbie Guest, Head of Stem Cell Research at the Animal Health Trust, said, “iPS cells are created by ‘reprogramming’ an adult cell, such as a skin cell, to turn back into a stem cell state where they can grow forever in the lab and turn into any cell type of the body. They could therefore produce a wide variety of cells to help replace injured and damaged tissues in regenerative medicine approaches.” Bone fractures occur commonly in horses through traumatic injuries and bone overloading. Severe fractures can be difficult to treat due to a horse’s need to bear weight on all of its limbs. Surgical approaches to fracture repair are constantly improving and bone grafting is often carried out in human patients to help the repair of the fracture site. However, the harvesting of bone from another site can have catastrophic consequences and it is not commonly used in horses. In work funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust, Paul Mellon Foundation and Anne Duchess of Westminster Charitable Trust a scaffold was produced that enabled horse iPS cells to be turned into bone to provide a 3D structure. The scaffold material is inexpensive and can be printed to any size or shape, treated to encourage the attachment of cells to it’s surface and it is transparent, which allowed the scientists to see what was happening to the stem cells over time and determine that they turned into bone cells. Dr Guest added, “This work paves the way towards the laboratory production of bone constructs that could be used to aid fracture repair in horses; so could ultimately benefit many horses in the future.”



Health Benefits


his time of year is ideal for making any changes to your stabling that can be impossible to implement in the cold, dark winter months. Installing the revolutionary equestrian stable flooring system ComfortStall from Haygain: • Eliminates the chance of stable fluids such as urine from getting underneath matting; • IronClad top layer can easily withstand the strains of everyday use, and ‘springs’ back with every step the horse takes; • Soft PrecisionFoam padding forms the heart of ComfortStall, providing a comfortable yet supportive flooring. www.haygain.co.uk /pages/comfortstall


Redwings' Education and Campaigns Manager, Andie Vilela, presents at the Workshop in Iceland.



epresentatives from Redwings Horse Sanctuary joined leading scientists and vets from across the world in Iceland to discuss their experiences of the infectious equine disease Strangles. The charity was invited to present at the three-day Dorothy Havemeyer Foundation Workshop held in Reykjavik. In recent years, Redwings has expanded its award-winning campaign to eradicate Strangles across the country with it’s Stamp Out Strangles Pledge and practical online advice. Redwings’ Head of Welfare and Behaviour, Nic de Brauware, presented on the charity’s Strangles screening process, while Education and Campaigns Manager, Andie Vilela, presented the findings of Redwings’ 2017 Strangles survey, which assessed horse owner knowledge, attitudes and practices. Completed by over 2,000 people, the survey is believed to be the first of its kind. www.redwings.org.uk/ strangles

ince relocating to the UK in 2012 from their native Australia, event riders, Kevin and Emma McNab, have become regulars on the European eventing circuit. Based at their beautiful yard in Surrey, the Robinson Animal Healthcare sponsored riders have a strong team of 4* event horses as well as some talented youngsters that are rising through the ranks. Here we find out 10 things that you might not know about the McNab Eventing duo. 1. Emma’s first job was as a working pupil for Kelecyn Eventing which is also now based in the UK. Kevin began his career as a working pupil for Italian event rider, Tony Manca. 2. Both Kevin and Emma started riding at an early age, with Emma having memories of being led around on a little pony at the tender age of two. 3. Kevin and Emma first met at a cross-country clinic in 8. Luhmuhlen is their favourite Australia. event and is always top of 4. Emma’s first pony was called the list for their entries every Star Pony and Kevin’s was year. Emma says that called Lecky. everything about the event 5. Kevin proposed to Emma on is great – the course, going, a romantic weekend away in weather and people. Biarritz, which she describes 9. When living away as perfect. from home in the 6. When they get some rare lorry, Emma can’t time off, they enjoy going live without fresh out for dinner followed by a milk for her tea trip to the cinema. and coffee, while 7. Although neither Kevin or Kevin likes to have Emma are particularly his travelling office superstitious, they both like with him where to compete with their own ever he goes. jumping whip, which they 10. At the end of this insist on using. summer, Kevin

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s b a N c M e Th and Emma are excited to welcome their first child – no doubt there will already be a little pony waiting, ready to carry on the family tradition of learning to ride young! www.robinsonhealthcare.com




SCORE? By Baileys Horse Feeds


nowing a horse’s bodyweight is useful for calculating their nutrient requirements but, as there’s still no way of working out a ‘correct’ or ideal weight for an individual, bodyweight alone doesn’t tell you if they are over or underweight. This is where assessing body condition can help and regularly using an objective scoring method is particularly useful for monitoring any changes.


Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a visual and hands-on assessment of a horse’s levels of body fat and gives an indication of how well his calorie requirements are being met (or exceeded!). Some Body Condition Scoring systems use a 1 – 5 scale but here we’re illustrating one based on the American 1 – 9 system (adapted from Henneke et al 1983), which gives the assessor greater flexibility and detail for the score given.

Key areas to consider are across the neck and shoulders, over the back and ribs and the tailhead and hindquarters. Fat pads, especially deposits on the neck, are associated with insulin dysfunction and problems, like Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and can be particularly difficult to get rid of. A separate Cresty Neck Scoring (CNS) system is available and may be a useful tool for the obviously overweight equine. Ribs should, ideally, be easily felt without necessarily being visible – run your fingers along the ribcage, from front to back, with a reasonable amount of pressure – and walk round the horse to view them, and other areas, from different angles. Feel for any fat at the tailhead and look to see if the hindquarters are angular, rounded or ‘appleshaped’, with a ‘gully’ along the spine. These areas can either be scored separately, and an average score calculated, or looked at carefully and a single overall score given, according to the descriptions in

the chart. As a guide, a BCS of less than 4 would indicate that the horse’s minimum calorie requirements are not being met by it’s diet, whilst one of more than 6 would indicate that it’s diet is supplying more calories than the horse requires.

Top Line Body Condition Scoring doesn’t necessarily look at the muscle development and top line, which is a reflection of the protein content of the horse’s diet. Too little, or protein of insufficient quality, can mean that muscle and body tissues remain underdeveloped which could compromise the horse as it’s workload and training level increases. One situation we often see is the horse with the big belly and under-muscled neck and hindquarters, which only go to emphasise the size of the belly! The owner feels the horse is ‘fat’ but actually a combination of an imbalanced diet and lack of, or incorrect, work is behind this. Correct work will help build muscle in right places, as well as to tighten those tummy muscles, and, along with a diet providing the essential protein building blocks, from the recommended amount of a good quality mix, cube or balancer, should help the horse to change shape. Also, if forage or grazing is particularly fibrous, for example if hay is stalky because it’s been cut late, it will spend longer in the horse’s hindgut while the bacteria attempt to ferment the fibre element. This can give rise Continued overleaf...

NUTRITION individuals – just like people! Key considerations that may influence the horse’s natural body shape include: • Breeding status – Stallions, or geldings who have been cut late, may be cresty, due to Using Your Horse’s elevated testosterone levels, Body Condition Score but may not be fat. Having evaluated your horse’s • Workload – A horse that is at body condition and top line, you rest or in light work may not will have a good idea of where have an excellent top line but your horse deposits fat and can still be in good condition builds muscle, which will help (ie. not too fat or too thin). identify areas for weight gain, They may also have a weight loss or top line distended belly due to lack of development. It is, however, appropriate work and/or important to remember that it’s through consuming high levels difficult to focus weight loss or of indigestible forage eg. ‘hay gain in a particular region of the belly’. body and all horses are Continued from previous page...

to a ‘hay’ or ‘grass belly’ appearance which will typically reduce once the horse gets softer, leafier, more digestible forage.


For more information on Body Condition Scoring, or to download a comprehensive explanatory leaflet, visit the Baileys Horse Feeds website

• Underlying clinical issues – Horses with EMS or insulin resistance may have a cresty neck which is more difficult to lose.

Dietary Implications You will now also have an indication of any shortfalls, or excesses, in the diet which you

can address accordingly. Make sure your chosen feed is formulated for your horse’s workload and feed according to recommendations. If you have any questions about adjusting your horse’s diet, for whatever reason, contact a feed company helpline. www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

Located in Newmarket but working both nationally and internationally Donna is the highly experienced equine nutritionist who runs ‘The Horse Feed Guru’, an equine nutrition consultancy. Formerly a Commercial Nutritionist across three brands, now completely independent, she has worked with horses and riders competing at an Olympic level through to one-horse owners wanting the very best. Clients can trust the independent advice they receive comes from extensive industry knowledge and experience but is also totally impartial of any feed brand. Her aim is to demystify feeding for the good of the horse and rider.

www.thehorsefeedguru.com Tel: 07901 337826


ne of the biggest pitfalls I find owners make when feeding their horses is that they overestimate the work they are doing, whilst underestimating their condition score. At this time of year, I have many clients come to me asking if they should move onto a competition feed for no other reason than they think they should as they are out and about competing. The truth is however there any many wonderful all-rounders up and down

the country competing very successfully on a leisure feed, so how do you decide if you need to make the transition? First is he the ideal weight? Sounds dead obvious but if he is overweight moving to a higher energy feed is not a good idea. Energy is calories, the two are the same. If he is dropping weight check first that you are feeding the manufacturers recommended weight of your current feed. It may be that your horse just needs more of his current feed as opposed to moving onto a


By Donna Case BSc (Hons)

competition feed. Has your grazing increased? Grazing will account for a significant energy/calorie intake so don’t forget to bear this in mind. Whilst you might not think your horse’s energy intake has gone up, the chances are at this time of year it probably has. How hard is your horse actually working? Make an honest assessment of the situation. It is easy to think our horses are working harder than they actually are. Don’t confuse being unfit for needing more feed. Remember to look at your horse as a whole and to look at his fitness programme in conjunction with the feed you are giving. No amount of feed will remedy an unfit horse. Is what you are doing already working well? Don’t feel you should change just because others around you are. You know the old saying, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”. If your horse is going nicely, maintaining an ideal weight there is no reason to think you should change just because you are competing. Do however ensure your horse is adequately hydrated at all times, and have a suitable electrolyte strategy in place. Make sure that the diet is properly balanced to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals. If you are still not sure then speak to a nutritionist like myself who will be happy to help.



THE TRUTH ABOUT FEEDING By Deborah Lucas MSc.Eq.S.,CBiol., MRIB Consultant Nutritionist to HorseHage


any horse owners feed a small amount of chaff (chopped hay or straw) just to bulk out the concentrate feed, and increase chewing time, whilst others use it as a partial hay replacer - but feeding the right chaff can have other benefits too.


Horses have evolved as predominantly hindgut fibre digesters. Within the hindgut are millions of micro-organisms that play a vital role in breaking down the digestible fibre content of the natural herbage diet and releasing energy-giving substances. These hindgut micro-organisms create a delicate microbalance within the


onto the delicate lining of the upper part of the stomach. Alfalfa may actually have a more protective effect than other haybased chaffs because of the high protein and calcium content giving improved buffering properties. Feeding a bowl of alfalfa chaff (or any chaff ) prior to exercise may be helpful as this will help to reduce the splashing effect of acid on an empty stomach.

Feeding large quantities of high starch, cereal-based gut, which, if upset, may result concentrates may overwhelm in health and performance the capacity for enzymic problems and also may suppress digestion in the foregut and end the immune system, creating a up in the hindgut where they downward spiral of health are rapidly fermented by the problems. hindgut micro-organisms. This So feeding plenty of good may lead to metabolic quality fibre helps to maintain a problems, increased acidity in healthy digestive tract and has the hindgut, followed by the an important role in immune proliferation of undesirable function as well as reducing the micro-organisms and upsetting risk of digestive problems and the delicate microbial balance carbohydrate overload. which may lead to health Trickle feeding fibre such as chaff problems. Feeding chaff will encourages horses to chew, slow down the horse’s intake by producing much more saliva encouraging chewing, helping than when concentrates are fed the horse to digest the feed in on their own and this alkaline the right part of the digestive saliva buffers the stomach acid, tract. as well as providing a physical Molasses is often added ‘mat’ to prevent acid splashing to chaff mixes to reduce

40-50% sugar but is only added to chaffs typically between 10 and 40% The horse’s natural diet of grass often contains 20% sugar (on a dry matter basis) and horses will consume large amounts whilst grazing, mostly with no harmful effects. In fact a 500kg horse may consume roughly 10kg dry matter (or 50kg fresh weight) of grass per day, thereby eating about 2kg or 2000g of sugar, i.e. two bags of sugar every day! Most horses are very well adapted to digest and metabolise sugar as long as it is ‘trickle fed’ (as in grazing) and not offered in one large meal. Sugar is actually vital for horses as an energy source and the central nervous system – including the brain - specifically requires glucose for energy. Other benefits of the addition of molasses to chaff mixes are the natural nutrients contained within, such as potassium, iron, calcium, salt and B vitamins. So, molasses is actually useful in moderation as long as the horse’s own natural ability to digest sugar in the small intestine is not overwhelmed.

(Owners of Horses or ponies diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), PPID (Pars dust and increase Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction palatability but has had a bad or Cushings), insulin resistance press and many horse owners (IR) or are know to be at risk of believe that as sugar is bad laminitis should discuss the for humans, it is also bad for feeding of molassed chaffs with their horses. Molasses is their vet or a nutritionist, to the dark brown syrup- ensure they are suitable in a like residue necessarily controlled diet.) produced as a byOther ingredients that may be product of the added to chaff include soya oil sugar extraction to increase energy content with process from sugar cane or some chaffs containing as much beet. Molasses contains roughly

as 20% oil but more commonly around 10%.

horses or those in light work would be better suited to lower Flavoured chaffs are excellent for energy hay/straw chaff mixes. Horses in hard work could be fed helping to mask drugs and improve palatability of the feed high oil chaffs to help provide extra energy. and are highly appetising for horses. This type of chaff is ideal Whichever chaff is preferred, it for fussy feeders. must be made from good quality ingredients from a For veteran horses with poor known reputable supplier. It dentition, chaffs are a valuable source of chopped or short fibre should smell fresh and should not be dusty or contain boluses reducing the need to rely so or chunks of molasses in gluey much on the teeth. They can balls and have no obvious provide a more palatable base contaminants. for a feed to help encourage appetite, whilst maintaining the www.horsehage.co.uk intake of vital fibre. The choice of chaff product will really depend upon the horse’s bodyweight, work level or stage of the breeding cycle. Youngstock and horses in hard work may benefit from alfalfa chaffs due to the higher protein, energy and mineral levels whereas overweight



eading animal feed manufacturer, I’Anson Brothers Ltd, has unveiled plans to build a new production facility, as part of its 2020 Vision to deliver a sustainable future for the business. The business is also well known in the equestrian industry for its British Horse Feeds brand that includes the market leading products Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet and The Golden Paste Company makers of the fast growing TurmerAid supplement. The new 23,000 sq ft factory will be built at Dalton New Bridge, the next phase of the Dalton Industrial Estate. The ultramodern facility has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible and will deliver an initial 150,000 tonne capacity per year – with two production lines producing over 30 tonnes per hour. This increased production will enable I’Anson to meet the growing demand of existing customers, expand its export operations and continue to be a major supporter of the North Yorkshire farming and wider economy. I’Anson currently employs

eighty people from the local community and this new production facility will initially create a further ten new jobs. It will also allow I’Anson to grow its existing network of local producers, farmers and suppliers from whom it buys a large proportion of its raw materials for manufacture. Founded in Masham in 1900, I’Anson has grown to become a leader in the production of animal feeds and has been based at its current mill for the past 60 years. It supports over 3,000 customers locally across the North, nationally and internationally, exporting to over forty countries worldwide. The business headquarters will remain in Masham, where it will continue to manufacture an extensive range of micronized feeds, specialty rations and horse feeds. The new facility will focus on the production of bulk farm feeds. Throughout its 119-year history, I’Anson has led the way in product innovation and has partnered on several research projects with leading universities including Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and Edinburgh.



EXERCISE IS BENEFICIAL FOR DIETING HORSES ext time you decide not to ride because you don’t have much time think again: New research has shown that even 25 minutes of light exercise may benefit your horse’s health, even if it doesn’t result in additional weight loss. The study Influence of dietary restriction and low-intensity exercise on weight loss and insulin sensitivity in obese equids was carried out at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, in collaboration with Spillers. A total of 24 obese horses and ponies were randomly divided into two groups; ‘restricted diet only’ or ‘restricted diet plus exercise’. All horses and ponies were fed the same diet of restricted hay (no grazing), a small amount of alfalfa chaff and soya bean meal, and a vitamin and mineral supplement. The exercise programme, which was designed following feedback from horse owners to help ensure it could be implemented relatively easily in ‘the real world’, consisted of 15 minutes of brisk trotting (with a five minute walk before and after) five days per week for 12 weeks. The ‘restricted diet only’ group showed an overall reduction in body weight and body condition score. They had increased levels of adiponectin – a hormone produced by fat cells, low levels of which are a risk factor for laminitis. They had decreased baseline insulin, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of laminitis, and decreased leptin, high levels of which are associated with obesity. Although exercise did not increase weight loss, it did produce additional benefits that were not seen in the ‘restricted diet only’ group, the most important one being improved insulin sensitivity. More insulin sensitive horses and ponies need to produce less insulin in order to control their blood sugar. This is important because high levels of insulin in the blood and/or reduced insulin sensitivity are risk factors for laminitis. Horses and ponies in the exercise group also had decreased levels of ‘serum amyloid A’, a protein that is a marker for inflammation. “Reducing calorie intake and feeding a diet low in starch and sugar should be the priority for overweight horses and ponies,” said Clare Barfoot RNutr, the research and development manager at Spillers. “However, the results of this study suggest that exercise may offer additional health benefits for obese horses and ponies and/or those with ‘EMS’ that cannot be achieved by cutting calories and weight loss alone.”


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NEW PRODUCT ALERT Re-Covery Starts Here... aracen Horse Feeds are very excited to introduce a truly unique new product to their range. Re-Covery Mash is the result of many years research and development, and the very first Saracen feed to support the rehydration and recovery of horses following intensive training and performance, exertion, travel, convalescing and during periods of warm weather. Rich in ‘Super-Fibres’, quality proteins and electrolytes, the quick soak mash can be fed as and when needed, without disturbing the horse’s normal feed routine.


Lizzie Drury, Senior Nutritionist at Saracen Horse Feeds, explains, “I have spent many years feeding performance horses as they travel, train and compete around the world, and understand the demands we make on them. Often post competition horses have an equally demanding journey home, when potentially they could be showing signs of dehydration, muscle fatigue and digestive disturbance. The ReCovery Mash has been formulated to support these horses in an easy to feed, palatable mash to kick start recovery. The banana flavour should help even the fussiest of feeders.”

Product News... Equerry Conditioning Mash is a quick-soaking mash for horses that need to gain weight and condition. It is a ‘Non-Heating’ formula with low levels of starch and has a good level of protein for muscle development and topline. Highly-digestible fibre sources include sugar beet; while oil and linseed promote condition and a shiny coat. www.equerryhorsefeeds.com



SENIOR LITE FEED BALANCER: Ideal for the Summer Months

In addition to the electrolytes, the advanced formula includes Vitamin E to support normal muscle function and recovery, live yeast to stabilise the pH level in the gut and linseed, which is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, to help manage inflammation and muscle response. Not limited to competition horses, the Re-Covery Mash can be used as part of an electrolyte program for sick or convalescing horses or during periods of warm weather to replenish electrolytes lost through sweating. Horses with a limited thirst response, or who are sensitive to different tasting water when away from home,


RRP £19.95

will also benefit from the soaked mash. The new Saracen Re-Covery Mash will be available through Saracen distributors and online retailers, in a 20kg fully recyclable bag. www.saracen horsefeeds.com

Equerry Veteran Mix is specially designed for elderly horses and ponies that need to gain weight and condition. Formulated with high levels of protein to promote muscle tone and topline, Equerry Veteran Mix also contains oil and linseed to improve condition and ensure a shiny coat.


opSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer is designed for elderly horses that are prone to weight gain. It combines the benefits of a lowcalorie feed balancer and a joint supplement, in a highly costeffective way. Senior Lite Feed Balancer is formulated without cereal grains and provides only low levels of sugar and starch. It is important to keep the starch intake of elderly horses low when fibre intake is compromised, in order to maintain healthy hindgut function and avoid loose droppings. When Senior Lite Feed Balancer is fed there is therefore no need to add any further supplements. Feeding Senior Lite Feed Balancer will not promote weight gain when fed as part of a calorie-controlled diet. www.topspec.com



arco Fresco (or Harley, as he is known at home) is a 15-year-old Arab/KWPN gelding owned by Fiona Wright. Fiona and Harley enjoy taking part in endurance. To be a successful participant in endurance, Harley needs to be fit and healthy as well as having an excellent immune system. Harley has been on Mollichaff ShowShine for eight years. Said Fiona: “He enjoys himself enormously on his rides. People are always commenting how well he looks and he receives compliments wherever he travels. He literally shines with health!” www.horsehage.co.uk


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hen you were little, did your mum or dad remind you about your pleases and thank yous? In my house, manners were incredibly important, and now with my own children, I find myself uttering the same line of ‘what do you say?!’ when a there’s a forgotten ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ in a sentence. But it’s more than just something we need to learn at home when we’re small and never use again. Even in a fast paced world, manners are SO important. And they cost nothing. When did I turn into my parents?! In all seriousness, saying ‘thank you’ is one of the most underrated tools. Although by saying it’s a ‘tool’ I feel like I’m saying manners are a tactic for getting further in life and business, and while they will definitely help, don’t see it as a ‘scheme’. It’s a bit like boiling the kettle makes a better cup of tea. It’s an integral part of the process. Just like manners. Another great thing about saying thank you is that it costs you zero. If you want to up your game, an email or a handwritten note adds an extra dimension. And if you want to go bigger you can obviously send a thank you something or other… but you don’t have to go for the big gestures if you don’t want, just saying it and meaning it is enough. Many things in our life we expect and take for

granted, but by sharing a smile and saying thank you, you can make the person you’re dealing with feel more appreciated. Little acts like this can change the trajectory of a whole day for people. But it goes deeper than this too. If we look at business, there are some people you deal with who will do the minimum in every aspect and are sparse when it comes to thank yous too, and that’s fine. There are others who go over and above and say their pleases and thank yous and make you feel like you matter. Which of those are you likely to want to work with and have more to do with? Who do you look forward to reaching out to or chatting with? Who do you want to help when you can? I’ll take the one who has held onto their manners any day of the week. Manners and their power extend into other areas of our life too, not just face to face encounters. On your social media – thank people who bother to leave genuine comments on your content. If someone reaches out to you with an offer to help – say thank you. More than this, saying thank you and showing gratitude for things can make you, yes, YOU, feel more grateful and happier. These two tiny words are massively underrated. But my goodness, can they change the game.

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The strikingly short Uvex Ceravent Riding Gloves stand for durable lightness, making them the ideal glove this season, and were tailored with ‘riders are athletes’ in mind. The Ceraspace technology with ceramic coating, which completely encloses the glove on the outside and is incorporated in the spaces in between, make the glove extremely durable. The innovative, highly abrasion-resistant synthetic leather provides for the necessary grip at the contact points of the glove. This combination makes the Ceravent lightweight as well as providing a perfect fit and the necessary flexibility for a riding glove. The grip accents modern riding attire making the Uvex Ceravent a contemporary choice. The snug cuff of this short sports glove is hardly noticeable and can be perfectly matched with all kinds of riding outfits. Like all Uvex equestrian gloves, the Uvex Ceravent is suitable for touchscreens and washable at 30°C. www.zebra products.co.uk

The gloves are available in a classic Black colour in sizes 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10 and 10.5. RRP: £49.99.

Brandy Chelsea Leather Boots. RRP: £229. www.welligogs.com Technical Breeches. RRP: £90. www.aztecdiamond equestrian.com

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IN OUR REGULAR COLUMN THE SOCIETY OF MASTER SADDLERS LOOK AT SPOTTING WEAR AND TEAR IN YOUR SADDLERY AND MAKING SURE YOUR TACK IS IN THE BEST REPAIR. ow many of you have been trotting along and found your leg suddenly drop due to a broken stirrup leather? Accidents happen at the best of times with a sudden spook from your horse or a refusal at a jump but when tack fails there is often a reason! When looking at saddle safety three areas to consider are regular checks to ensure correct fit, good and thorough cleaning and checks for safety and repair. When cleaning saddles and bridles this is the ideal time to check for any loose stitching or corrosion and it is important to get weaknesses mended, stitched and repaired immediately. It is all too easy to be riding along and for a stirrup leather to break or become totally unstitched at



the buckle but all can be prevented if checks are carried out and become part of the process for ensuring tack is safe and kept in the very best shape. It’s surprising how many owners notice a rug getting tighter but the fact that the saddle no longer fits well completely escapes them. This is why it is very important to get saddles checked regularly. Saddle fitting checks are an important part of horse care. Yes, they cost money. And yes, occasionally the Saddle Fitter may need to return quite quickly because the horse has changed shape so rapidly. This isn’t an unnecessary expense it is vital to make sure your horse is comfortable. A saddle that is too narrow and is pinching and exerting other

unwanted pressure - or too wide and pressing down and restricting the horse’s ability to use himself correctly - can result in welfare, veterinary, behavioural and performance problems. Overcoming the resulting problems could be expensive in terms of veterinary, schooling and other professional services. Meanwhile the horse has suffered totally unnecessarily. Use the services of a Society of Master Saddlers’ qualified Saddle Fitter to undertake fitting checks regularly. Always have a new saddle fitted and recognise that it is equally as important to have a second-hand saddle professionally fitted. SMS Saddle Fitters have a comprehensive knowledge of saddle brands and designs. They are aware of the rules and regulations applicable

to tack and equipment used in all the equestrian disciplines and sports, and offer advice and professional services. Mud, rain, wind and cold temperatures, our horses' tack goes through a lot during the winter months battling the elements, not to mention the sweat produced by the horse during hard work or a morning spent hunting. Quality leather tack is designed to withstand a lot, but with daily use the leather and stitching can become damaged, so time spent cleaning our tack is a good opportunity to inspect for wear and tear. We are all guilty of cutting corners to get in a quick ride during daylight hours but with a bit of care and attention it is possible to keep our tack clean, after all, for many it has been a serious investment. Ideally we should all clean our tack and wash off the bit every time we ride wiping off mud and grease with a damp sponge before using saddle soap, taking care to make sure the underside is cleaned as well. As often as possible give the bridle a thorough clean by completely dismantling it, cleaning and inspecting each individual piece of the bridle, taking the opportunity to also check for worn stitching. To prolong the life of your leather work, cleaning your tack should be a regular part of your routine, not only could it prevent an accident it could also save you money. www.mastersaddlers.co.uk

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TWICE PRESIDENT OF SOCIETY MASTER SADDLERS, LECTURER/ASSESSOR ON SADDLE FITTING COURSES AND MASTER SADDLER LAURENCE PEARMAN ANSWERS... Q: I have had my saddle for three years since I bought my now 7-year-old Irish Draught gelding George. I think it still fits but do you think I need a new saddle by now? - Samantha Timms A: Ideally you need your saddle checked at least every six months by a Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter, to check for any changes in your horse’s shape. The check would also ensure that all the components of the saddle are safe, for example straps and stirrup bars. If the saddle is flocked then the flocking is best replaced with new after two years and adjusted accordingly at the six monthly intervals. If as you say the fit still looks good, again with advice from your Qualified Saddle Fitter, hopefully it will still be good. Also at 7years-old your horse will have gone through any growth changes.




hen training on the flat, suppleness is a key element which should be carefully attended to and developed. A useful exercise which can significantly help to improve suppleness is leg yield. It is the first lateral exercise that is introduced to a horse and involves working on two tracks. Leg yield is the most basic of lateral movements and encourages looseness and flexibility across the whole of the horse’s body whilst ensuring that the rider uses the correct aids and leg positioning to influence the horse. During leg yield, the horse steps sideways and forwards at the same time. This means that the inside hind leg steps into the tracks of the opposite front leg. The inside legs step in front of and across the outside feet and the steps should be equal and in positive forward momentum. When training for leg yield it is important that the horse moves off the leg and learns the aid to step sideways. It is crucial that the rider positions the horse correctly to set up the leg yield. To start with turn the horse down the centre or quarter line and be sure to ride a few straight steps before turning your horse’s shoulders onto a diagonal line in the direction that you wish to travel. The half halt should then be used to make the horse’s shoulders wait and the outside leg can be applied for support. Simultaneously, the inside leg should be applied slightly further back, just behind the girth and should be used to ask the horse to step sideways. The rider should sit straight and central. To clarify, the inside leg drives the sideways motion and





encourages forwardness whilst the outside leg ‘guards.’ When leg-yielding, the horse should be straight through the body and give a slight flexion to the inside at the poll, which is encouraged by a gentle inside rein, supported by the inside leg to outside rein connection. To finish the leg yield, the horse should be straightened, so that his hind legs and forelegs use the same track. It is important that the movement is started and finished properly so that the horse learns to be obedient and not fall sideways until he reaches the track for support. There are different forms of leg yield which can be utilised as training progresses. These include leg yield on a circle, off a diagonal line and from line to line. Leg yield can be performed in walk, trot and canter, but should be introduced in walk to establish the correct positioning and teach the horse to accept the aids. Leg yield is very useful for developing lateral suppleness, which will improve the horse’s way of going as well as teaching the rider to ride lateral movements correctly. When the leg yield is established, other lateral work can be introduced such as shoulder in which should be smooth as the horse has learnt to accept the aids involved.

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s the countdown begins to the Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, 14th -18th August, the show is celebrating the very best of British breeding, with the chance to win a truly unique prize. Purchasers of Bolesworth Golden Tickets will have a once in a life time opportunity to win a British bred 3-year-old by Arkol, coupled with a K21 Theraplate to support the horse’s growth, development and well-being. The stunning un-backed mare, Bolesworth Havana, is out of renowned showjumping stallion Arkol, with a strong dam line including Havana, who herself jumped to 1.60m. The 3-year-old mare offers the winner an exciting opportunity to own a British Bred horse with natural scope and trainability. In addition, there is also a chance to win a pallet of feed courtesy of Equerry, a £250 voucher from Equitop Myoplast, and a Voltaire bridle.


Golden Tickets can be purchased from The Bolesworth Young Horse Championships website for £30 or £50 for 2 tickets, and for every ticket purchased a donation will be made to the Tim Stockdale Foundation. The winner will be announced at the Bolesworth Young Horse Championship on Saturday 17th August. With welfare in mind, all Golden Ticket holders will need to be affiliated to one of the following associations: British Showjumping, British Dressage or British Eventing, and the home will be vetted to ensure suitability. To purchase your ticket and for full terms and conditions, visit www.bolesworthyoung horsechampionship.com






pril is my birthday month so usually a good one, but this year April and May have been quite trying. I had a discussion with a good event rider many years ago, when I was a single horse rider just making my way onto the event ladder. The conversation went rather like this... “It’s ok for you eventers,” I said, “you have loads of horses to ride, lots of other chances if one goes wrong.” Being a wise and hardened event rider his reply was, “That’s fine until they all go wrong together, then it’s the same problem the one horse owner has, multiplied by how ever many horses you have!” Oh how right he was! I have been pretty lucky and pride myself in being stringent with fittening programmes and having a meticulous attention to detail, and thankfully I have been rewarded by sound competitive horses. However this last two months have been tough. We had to say good bye to the

amazing American Blend, a horse in a million. An ongoing heart condition finally saw her go over the rainbow bridge, she will be greatly missed. Her jumping ability and honesty to a fence was second to none, she gave me a huge amount of fun and went on to teach lots of riders the joy of jumping in the school. My superstar Fidget has been off games with a respiratory infection, which resulted in me retiring XC at Chillam, the first time ever in her entire career. She could not cope with the hills as her airway was compromised. Ever grateful to Equine America whose Pollen Eze has kept it at bay following her course of antibiotics. I am pleased to report she is now finding her form and has been out showjumping and I hope to report good things soon. Two horses I ride for owners, Nicolai and Desert Fox, have also been sidelined with injury, and Tough Customer is under the vet too, so on the eventing front I have very little to report, except that I have paid for my Vet’s

holiday in vets fees and what was left has been used for the purchase of wine, so I could drown my sorrows! Thankfully I have been kept incredibly busy with my team of school horses. We took three to Royal Windsor Horse Show to compete in the university competition for three Brighton University students. It was a super day, the sun shone and the students all did really well, I was very proud of the horses and students with how well they coped round a very technical course. Then we saw eight of my school horses off to Houghton Hall International for the Cambridge Oxford Varsity Equitation Challenge. Four horses have to be ridden by each team

member for a dressage test and another four for the showjumping round. Houghton is a truly beautiful venue and I could not of been prouder of my staff for turning them out so well and of my horses who behaved impeccably. The students only get seven minutes warm up for the dressage, and five minutes with a total of four warm up jumps for the showjumping. Considering none of them have ever sat on the horses before, it’s tough on both horse and rider.

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My staff also all enjoyed riding the demo round in the big rings at Houghton, a really good experience for them. A lot of my school horses are now a little more senior in their years, and I was quite worried about how they would cope doing four tests and four showjumping rounds on the firm ground. Addie, my ever helpful Equine America rep, came to the rescue; she said, “Please try this Buteless super strength product” - she assured me it was totally competition legal and would help the horses cope on the firm. OMG it is an amazing product, my old boy Edd in particular was on springs it made him feel so good. This is one product that is not coming off my feed room shelf! Due to the loss of Mary (American Blend) I have taken on some new horses for the school. One of these is Guliver, having been mostly a hack for the last four years and myself being a bit short on horsepower I have taken him under my wing. He is not disappointing me, we managed a win and two seconds at his first show! So he is definitely a keeper. I hope to report more good things of Guliver in blogs to come so watch this space.

Five Mintues with...

Laura Tomlinson


ow has 2019 been for you so far? We hear there’s been an exciting new addition! “2019 has been great! We started the year by welcoming a new addition to our family and then moved all of the horses in to our new home in Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire. So, while it has been pretty hectic, it’s been good!”

So, while you’ve been busy with babies and moving stables, what have you decided are your key ambitions for this season? “I want to get back in to competing properly! I’m planning to get my top rides out to some shows and hopefully get them some solid experience at an International level.”

Who are your top rides? “I’ve got a few exciting rides at the moment including Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr (Cas), Rose of Bavaria (I) and Fallatijn Van Kairos (Felix). I am aiming to get them all some good show experiences this season.”


very talented and I’m hopeful that we will have some good results.”

What are the challenges of riding, running a yard and competing with such a young family? “It can certainly be challenging juggling a family, running a yard and competing but I love every moment of it. It’s amazing that the kids get to spend time with the horses and the horses are all very patient with them – it’s lovely to watch.”

Before using the Haygain steamer, our horses would often need to cough to clear their airways after a long journey but now we can eliminate dust from their hay whilst still keeping the nutrients. “I couldn’t live without the Haygain HG One, because it is travel-sized we can steam our hay on the go. It’s brilliant for competitions to be able to go out and still steam your hay without big, heavy equipment.” www.haygain.co.uk

How do the Haygain products fit into your stable management routine? “We travel a lot with the horses and the Haygain hay steaming products work really well for us both for steaming hay on the go and at the yard.

Have you got any upand-coming horses that you are most excited about? “Well that would be telling! Honestly though, I’m excited about all of my current rides. I’m very lucky as they are all





efore bathing the horses, Simon and Natalie always make sure the hooves are clean and free from mud. Explains Simon: “Many people make the mistake of washing the legs and hooves then dragging the dirty sponge back across the horse’s coat. “If your horse’s coat is particularly dull, have a look at what you are feeding him - a good diet normally enhances the bloom of the coat. Many show ring champions rely on a good feeding programme and also have a specific bathing routine and certain must-have products. “Preparing for shows can be tough, but make sure you have bathed your horse a couple of times so that all the dirt and grease is lifted to the top of the coat. Thorough brushing of the hair where the stains are before washing also helps to lift the dirt. “Ensure your horse is thoroughly soaked before adding the shampoo and try using a water brush or slika, not just a sponge, to ensure you get to the roots of the coat hairs. This not only reaches deep down into the coat but also acts as a massage for your horse. When shampooing, lather up and use all over the coat, leaving the shampoo on the coat, where possible, for a couple of minutes to sink and


start to work. “The key to successful bathing is good and thorough rinsing, shampoo that has been left in the coat can dry white and ‘scurfy’. “For grey horses and ponies Veredus Blue Snow Shampoo has been specially designed for lighter coats and is also great on stable stains. “If overnight stains need removing urgently Veredus Easy White is a dry shampoo. It should be sprayed on to stubborn stains left for a minute to work and then be rubbed with a clean cloth.”

For a Brighter Shine We all want our show horses and ponies to gleam with health with tangle free manes and tails that are easy to brush through. Adds Natalie: “First start by making sure the mane and tail are kept knot free on a daily basis but a word of caution!



“Over brushing makes manes and tails thin and also when plaiting on a regular basis it is easy for hair to be lost. Weak manes and tails that lack lustre and are too fine will not show your horse or pony off to the desired effect in the ring. “Veredus Shampoo Sheen provides a nourishing and silky tangle free finish and with its special ‘sheen effect’ formula this makes the coat and horsehair soft, bright and shiny.”

After Bathing After bathing your horse remove all the excess water with a sweat scraper and spray all over the mane and tail with Veredus Biocare Super Shine, making the hair silky, shiny and tangle free. Effective for 15 days, a protective film makes the surface of the hair waterproof and also repels dust and dirt.

Refining your horse Trimming One way to quickly improve and perfect the appearance of your horse or pony is to trim excess hair to create a more elegant appearance. Explains Simon: “For hunters, riding horses, hacks, show hunter ponies and show ponies consider trimming out the ears, whiskers, jaws, bridle path and heels. “Small silent clippers are perfect for working around the face, by removing excess hair you are defining the features, creating a more elegant and quality look. “Also make sure that the legs

look tidy using scissors and a comb, however not to the extent that the legs are exposed to the elements - to avoid problems such as cracked heels and mud fever. “A scissor and comb neatly tidies up the leg whilst still leaving the hair long enough to cover any scars that may be there which would look undesirable to the Judge. “If you are intending to show your horse in cob classes you will need to hog the mane. For Mountain and Moorland ponies you should refer to the designated breed book before trimming your pony. Some breeds allow a certain amount of trimming but they should be shown in their natural state, so any improvements to your pony’s appearance must be subtle.” www.zebraproducts.co.uk

Above: Before; Below and left: after bathing.





he British Veterinary Association (BVA) is warning pet owners to take extra care of their pets after almost three in five vets in the East of England reported treating animals being affected by heat-related conditions during last summer’s record-breaking weather. BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found that almost half of the vets in the region had treated animals for heat stroke, while a third had seen animals requiring treatment for other conditions relating to hot weather, like breathing difficulties, heart conditions, burnt paw pads and sunburn. Dogs may particularly struggle to stay cool in high temperatures and humid conditions since, unlike humans,

they are unable to cool down quickly through sweating, making them vulnerable to overheating. Flat-faced breeds such as English or French bulldogs and Pugs are at even greater risk, as their short muzzles can make breathing difficult, and therefore cooling down much harder. Even a 20-minute walk in the middle of the day can prove to be fatal. One vet in BVA’s survey

mentioned seeing a 3-year-old, double-coated breed last May who had overheated and collapsed after a 20-minute walk in the hot sun. “The dog presented with a body temperature of over 43°C, almost 5°C above normal. A team of two vets and six nurses tried active cooling and fluid therapy to save it, but it went into multiple organ failure and all attempts to resuscitate it failed. It devastated the whole team who tried so hard to save the dog,” the vet wrote. Some breeds of dogs, particularly those with lightercoloured or finer fur, may benefit from pet-appropriate sun cream in hot weather, especially on the ears, which are prone to sunburn. Consult with your local vet to ensure you are providing the right protection in the right place.


BVA and British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (BSAVA) eight simple steps to help keep dogs safe: 1. Ensure adequate fresh water. 2. Provide ventilation. 3. Avoid exercising dogs in the heat of the day. 4. Provide shade from the sun. 5. Watch out for early signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting, restlessness and lack of coordination. 6. Contact a vet immediately if the animal does not respond to efforts to cool it down. 7. Never leave dogs in vehicles. 8. If heatstroke or any other heat-related condition is suspected, dogs should be taken to a cool place and given water to drink.

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ollowing interest in the therapeutic capabilities of certain organic ceramics, Back on Track was founded in 2000 by Swedish doctor Erland Beselin. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, their products harness the natural energy of mineral-infused fabric to promote wellbeing, keeping muscles relaxed and supple, whilst maintaining good blood flow, all helping avoid injury or strain. The renowned Welltex fabric, which reflects infrared rays emitted by the body, has been developed into a fine range of high-quality garments and accessories for horses, humans and dogs, providing the wearer with maximum benefit to their circulatory system. Back on Track canine products help promote mobility and wellbeing by aiding muscle recovery before, during and after exercise. Whatever their breed, the importance of a dogs’ wellbeing contributes hugely towards their overall demeanour, health and temperament. Brand ambassador Lauren Langman, of Absolute Dogs, has a team of agility dogs, two of whom currently compete for team GB. “I love


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nvil Park Stud in Norwich, Norfolk played host to one of two Nupafeed Senior Discovery Second Rounds that were taking place across the country recently, and it was Essex-based Georgie Roadnight that took the win with her own Rich Ricardo. Course designer Stephen Dye created a tough track to whittle the initial starting field down to twelve in the final round. All that stood between them and a qualifying ticket into the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Championship Final at the British Showjumping National Championships in August, was the all-important third round clear and four were lucky enough to do so. Georgie from Manningtree, Essex and Rich Ricardo, the 8-year-old Ricardo Z sired gelding, galloped ahead of her opponents and took a comfortable win with 8.45 seconds to spare crossing the line in 51.69 seconds. Stacey Webb was her closest rival aboard her own Newbridges Jackpot SW, a 5-year-old Dutch bred who also qualified for the British Novice Final last month. They posted a time of 60.14 seconds. Philippa King steered her own Concordance Z into third whilst Abigail Steel produced the final treble clear with Mary Benjafield’s DC Cordeila.




Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round took place at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe recently and it was Tim Davies who took the honours. With just two qualifying tickets available for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final, which will be held during Horse of the Year Show in October, all combinations were aiming for a treble clear. With an initial starting field of 100, course designer David Conway set a challenging track to whittle the numbers down to seventeen for the second round and seven for the third round. Just one combination could produce the goods to earn a treble clear. Tim Davies from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk piloted Lisa Volk’s Nielson Red, a 6-year-old Belgian bred gelding whom Tim has been competing since January, to victory setting the pressure with clear in a time of 44.51 seconds.




he Endurance GB Young Rider National Championship saw Madison Pomroy (pictured above), with Angel’s Twilight Spirit on loan from Roz Plail, and Katie Bedwin, riding Sue Higgins’ Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz take the well-deserved titles of Champion and Reserve Champion respectively. Paying tribute, Endurance GB Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney, said: “Well done to all those who achieved their goals here and particularly to our fantastic Young Rider champion Maddie Pomroy and Reserve, Katie Bedwin. King’s Forest has become one of the high points of the Endurance GB calendar. The ride is not only renowned for its stunning course and fantastic organisation, but also the hospitality and real sense of camaraderie.”


Champion and Reserve in the Working Hunter ring, Champion (right) Olivia Aulton on Churchill and Reserve Champion (left) Polly Flinn on Honour Bound.

Geoffrey Baldwin with Allstars Technicoloured Pestashio

he first LDEC summer show of the year, held in the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall, was a huge success. “With the most entries we’ve had since 2010 in our June show, we kicked our rings off at 9.30am and the last championship finished around 4.30pm. We were blessed with beautiful weather and the turnout was super. “We added a few new classes this year, including In-hand Miniature, Ridden and In-hand Foreign Breeds, which was very popular. The club also bought new working hunter fences this year, which looked very smart in front of Melford Hall. “We are preparing for our next show which is a Show Jumping, Showing and Fun Show, held at Melford Hall on Sunday 7th July.”



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attended with a weighbridge and were available throughout the day to offer nutrition advice to competitors. A prize pot of £200 was up for grabs, along with Simple System goodie bags.

Jane Van Lennep, Director of Nutrition at Simple System, writing out a feed plan on the day

The winning team (pictured here with Stacey Lascelles, Marketing Manager at Simple System) won £200 and Simple System goodie bags.



he season opener at Euston Park, Suffolk, set the bar high for the next two rides, with near perfect course conditions greeting the 117 National and International riders who competed over two days in distances ranging from 40km GER Novice to CEI3* 160km, representing thirteen nations. Despite the high rainfall leading up to the event, the ground held up remarkably well and riders were treated to some new tracks through lovely farm and parkland, and some new water crossings. The weather was cool and mainly bright, with some occasional showers; a good 10°C cooler than this time in 2018. Saturday’s CEI2*had thirty-four starters and in the end only eleven seconds separated the first seven finishers. UAE’s Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum riding Bullio Blue Sue clinched victory in a total ride time of 05:26:35 with an average speed of 22.41 kmph. British rider Lauren Mills and her horse HS Jamal completed the ride meaning that they qualified for this summer’s Meydan FEI European Championships, to be held at Euston Park in August. Eight riders took part in the CEIYJ2* and Saif Juma Mohd Khamis Beljafla (UAE) won. Thirty-seven National riders competed in 82km and 40km GERs and a 40km Nov class. On Sunday it was the turn of ten riders to tackle the CEI3* and thirty-four the CEI1*. Victorious over 160km was Saif Amed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE). The winner of the 80km was India’s Shaitan Singh Hari Singh.

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he Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Rounds took place at Bicton Arena’s Summer Spectacular Show recenty and it was Ronnie Lee Jones who clinched the win. With only two qualifying tickets up for grabs for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final, which will be held during Horse of the Year Show in October, all combinations were aiming to cross the finish line with a treble

ESSEX’S RONNIE LEE JONES: TAKES TOP SPOT clear. From an initial starting field of seventyeight, only four combinations went on to produce a treble clear which meant that the allocation of the qualification places came down to the clock. Ronnie Lee Jones from

Dunmow in Essex steered Ruth Dowie’s Interstar B, a 6-year-old Dutch bred gelding by I’m Special De Muze, into the top spot after producing an immaculate treble clear in 40.67 seconds.

Reader Jodie Sillett writes... tockdale Black Prince (Diablo) is a 9-year-old Welsh Section D who I took on as a 2-year-old. He was scared of his own shadow. With a lot of time, patience and perseverance I finally gained his trust and eventually started showing in-hand. Since then he’s been broken to ride and competed on the working hunter circuit then was broken to drive, this is where his talent lays. “He is produced by Jessie Dudley Apicella who has many titles to her name within the driven circuit. Diablo has had numerous wins and championships since being broken to drive, including qualifying for HOYS three years running and being placed in top eight each time. “This season he started with a win and Overall Champion then his second show was Royal Windsor where he won a strong class and then proceeded to be Private Drive Champion, a huge success for Diablo and Kelly Searle who is driving him this season. “That wasn’t Royal Windsor over for him as he had been selected to take part in the Pageant, an evening performance celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. A huge audience, huge amount of noise and a situation he’d never been in before, as with everything he didn’t fail us and went out like a pro! To say I’m proud of this pony is an understatement. He’s come a long way from ‘the pony that should be shot.’”


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ESSEX’S HARRY BATEMAN: LANDS NEWCOMERS SECOND ROUND IN HAMPSHIRE ellington Riding Centre in Hook, Hampshire played host to one of this year’s Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round recently and it was Harry Bateman and Teza Englefield’s Calista II who claimed the top spot. With a starting field of ninety combinations, each rider set out with the hopes of gaining one of two qualifying tickets available for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final held during Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in October. Course designer Lisa Kelly set a challenging first round track and whittled the initial starters down to seventeen in the final round. Harry from Hockley, Essex steered the 9-year-old German bred mare Calista II, whom he has been riding for just over a year, to the top spot in fine style shaving off 4.87 seconds from his closest rival, crossing the finish line in 50.68 seconds. Second place was awarded to Alex Hempleman and the Aspire Equine Venture Capital’s 6-year-old Belgian bred gelding Jammy Dodger II, they posted a time of 55.55 seconds. Olivia Poole took third place with Brittany Poole’s My Premier Touch, a 7-year-old British bred gelding by Hold Up Premier whom Olivia has produced herself over the last two years, they crossed the line in 56.79 seconds. Fourth place was claimed by John Popely and Emma Riordan’s Desterly I and fifth place went to the fastest of the four faulters, Ryan O’Sullivan and Lisa Hinton’s Holisco. The top two combinations secured their place in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show and the top five took home the chance to compete in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.




onathon Egmore from Diss, Norfolk dominated in the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round hosted by the Norfolk Showjumping Club at Houghton International Horse Trials in Norfolk recently as he claimed the top two places. Course designer Stephen Dye set a challenging test as only eight of the initials starters made it through to the final jump-off and five of those gained the treble clear that all riders set out to achieve to ensure they gained a qualifying ticket into the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Championship Final, which will be held during the British Showjumping National Championships in August. Jonathon edged ahead with Passilano, a 5-year-old German bred by Cassini I, they crossed the finish line in 52.06 seconds whilst his second ride Jupiter XXI, also a 5-yearold by Numero Uno, produced a time of 52.69 seconds. Both of Jonathon’s rides are owned by Nicola Withey.



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n a repeat of twelve months ago, Bubby Upton’s hopes of taking the Young Rider title were dashed in the closing seconds when a miscommunication between horse and the Suffolk-based rider resulted in something of a crash through a fence for four penalties. This moved Phoebe Locke and Union Fortunus to the top of the table, with Bubby having to settle for second and third places on Cola III and overnight leader Eros DHI respectively. “I never thought that Bubby would have a pole down,” said Phoebe, through a mass of

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Bubby Upton and Eros DHI


Phoebe Locke with Saracen Horse Feeds’ Michael Bacon

tears. “I didn’t ever imagine I might win – I always finish second. My horse tries so hard for me, I absolutely can’t believe it.” Heidi Coy finished fourth, fifth

and sixth. Norfolk-born Piggy French led from pillar to post in the twostar, on board Lancer Stud’s First Lancer. “This is such a reward for the owners’ patience, bringing ‘Tokyo’ back from serious injury,” said Piggy. “He’s a totally genuine horse. It doesn’t matter if the fences are big, small or spooky, he just wants to jump them. To win here with Emma Craggs, his owner, watching... she’s been poorly recently and he spent over two years in rehab being cared for by the family – hopefully they will remain healthy together.” “That made me cry,” an emotional Emma Craggs admitted. “Tokyo won last weekend at Rockingham and I thought hoping for two wins was plain greedy. Just to be here is so exciting – Tokyo had never done a three-day event before, and we didn't know how he’d be after the cross country; would he be sound, how would he showjump today [in one-day events, horses showjump before they go cross country]? I can’t quite believe it.” Belgium’s Stephanie D’Andrimont and Casperelli retained the runner up spot they held throughout the competition, but an expensive rail down for Willa Newton dropped Cock A Doodle Doo seven places to tenth. Kitty King and MHS Fernhill Finale were the beneficiaries of this, completing the top three.

TEAM NAF JUNIORS hursday 30th May saw the British Junior riders, who compete under the title sponsor banner of Team NAF, take a triumphant victory in a thrilling Nations Cup in Wierden, The Netherlands. Following their first round, the Brits were sat in first place on four penalties after two riders jumped clear with the other two just having a single fence down each. This left the team with a fence in hand over both The Netherlands and Spain who were sat on eight penalties. After the second round, Great Britain and The Netherlands were tied on eight penalties and the British quartet delivered the win after a nail-biting jump-off for the top spot. The team from Poland climbed up the order to take third. Allana Clutterbuck, aged 18, from Upminster, Essex was pathfinder with Vykinbay, a 10-year-old bay gelding owned by Sally Lane and Marina Storgato. Allana and Vykinbay had a single fence down in their first round for four penalties. They were determined to deliver a clear in round two which they duly achieved. This combination also got off to a perfect start for GB in the jumpoff when they put another clear round onto the leaderboard. Next in was Oliver Tuff, from Devon with Darino B. The pairing picked up four penalties in their first round and then twenty penalties in their second round, but they put this behind them for the jump-off and produced a brilliant clear to put GB in a strong


GB PONIES: TRIUMPH IN WIERDEN t was a tremendous win by the British pony riders, competing under the title sponsor banner of Team position. LeMieux in The Netherlands Jack Whitaker, aged 17, from Nottinghamshire was on board recently, when they claimed the top spot in the Wierden Scenletha, and their Nations Cup competition. performances were faultless all At the end of the first round, afternoon. After jumping a with all four of the British riders brilliant double clear, Jack put having jumped clear, they sat in his foot down in the jump-off joint first place alongside Ireland and delivered yet another clear in a fast time to put the pressure on a zero penalty score. This saw the leaders two fences ahead of on the team from The their closest contenders which Netherlands, who at this stage came in the form of Italy and were carrying eight penalties Germany with The Netherlands alongside two clears in the behind them on twelve jump-off. penalties. Ben Clark, aged 17, from Hampshire with Jancovica, rode Shaunie Greig, aged 16, from Aberdeenshire with Casino a great first round to return Royale, a 16-year-old bay home with a clear ,and in round two the combination picked up gelding owned by Anne Greig opened up for the Brits four penalties. With the Brits delivering a first round clear being drawn second to go in the which she mirrored in the jump-off, Ben had to wait and second. see what all of the other The same performance was put combinations did before in by the youngest member of knowing whether he’d have to jump again. With the rest of the the team, 14-year-old Claudia Moore from Brentwood, Essex British team having all jumped with Elando van de Roshoeve, a clear, all eyes turned to the final rider from The Netherlands, Elize 15-year-old bay gelding owned by Katrina Moore. van de Mheen, who needed a Lila Bremner, aged 15, from zero penalty round to put the Swindon, Wiltshire with pressure back onto GB. She Lapislazuli, a 9-year-old dun looked set to deliver this until gelding owned by Tessa the final fence which came Bremner made a great British down leaving The Netherlands on four penalties and Britain on team debut when she also came out and jumped a faultless zero. This meant that Britain round. Their second round saw a could not be beaten. run-out halfway round the course at the water tray, before


returning to jump it perfectly, and a seven penalty score accrued. With Ireland having picked up four penalties with their first rider and then clear with the next two, the pressure was really on for both nations final riders to deliver a clear. For GB this responsibility fell to Holly Truelove, aged 15, from Brigg, Lincolnshire with Rexter d’Or, a 14-year-old grey stallion owned by Barrie Truelove. As the penultimate rider in the competition Holly entered the arena knowing that a clear round from her was vital if the team were to still be in the running and even then, if Ireland's final rider jumped clear, it would mean a jump off between the two countries. In true style, Holly posted yet another foot-perfect clear within the time allowed to finish on zero penalties and really put the heat on Ireland who were now in the situation of either jumping

Holly Truelovewith Rexter d’Or Claudia Moore with Elando van de Roshoeve

clear, or accepting they would be relegated into second place. Setting off well, their final rider Tom Wachman looked set to post a solid round but a surprise stop early on saw their hopes of victory vanish, knowing that they had lost the fight and the Brits were taking the honours.

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708400 DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall Dressage; British Dressage. Tel: 07527 482847 JUMPCROSS Essex: Codham Park EC; JumpCross Competition. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands Arena; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550708400 SUNDAY 28TH JULY DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; British Dressage Quest. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; British Dressage. Tel: 07875 044829 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; British Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 ENDURANCE Essex. Spains Hall, Finchingfield. Tel: 07771 770912. ONE DAY EVENT Beds: The College EC; Unaffiliated One Day Event. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWING Suffolk: The Jays; Showing Show. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands Arena; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Unaffil SJ. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 Continued over page




Your Showdate listings for..July/August 2019 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: The Jays; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07759 603120 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 PLEASURE RIDE Essex. Spains Hall, Finchingfield. Tel: 07771 770912.

MONDAY 29TH JULY DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550708400 TUESDAY 30TH JULY SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY DRESSAGE Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 492068 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Dressage. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550708400 THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07557 091008 FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST


DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550708400 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07557 091008 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Open Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Fletchers Farm; Dressage. Tel: 01206 242210 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Newton Hall EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01473 785616 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 01708 687550708400 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; British Dressage. Tel: 01603 732316 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC;. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Cambs: Grey Fern Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07879 492068 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated

Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC. Tel: 07557 091008 TUESDAY 6TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage Eastern Regional. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Codham Park EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07769 907076 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Brampton EC; Unaffiliated Evening Showjumping. Tel: 07824 344072 WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage Eastern Regional. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening S/J. Tel: 01255 870744 THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST COMBINED TRAINING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Evening Combined Training. Tel: 07557 091008 DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage Eastern Regional. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud: British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01708 687550708400 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Evening Novice Showjumping. Tel: 01449 711962 SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall


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