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Izabella Rogers won the 128cm Pony Championship at Horse of the Year Show on Whinney Lass - see page 50 for HOYS report. Photo: 1st Class Images

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Following an online public vote, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) have revealed the finalists for the 2018 RoR Heart Awards. RoR Patron, Clare Balding OBE will choose the winner in each of the four categories and the final winners will be revealed at the RoR End of Season Party on Saturday 17th November. The 2018 RoR Heart Awards was open to all RoR eligible former racehorses that have raced or been in training and a total of 24 former racehorses reached the initial RoR shortlist for the public vote from nearly 300 nominations. Around 2,500 votes were counted to decide on the public’s favourite twelve finalists. Seraph, who is owned by Charlotte Bruton from Essex, is a finalist in the RoR Heart Stopper Award - Overcoming Adversity category.


THRILL OF THE CHASE RETURNS TO SUFFOLK “It’s the thrill of the chase! The speed. The sheer size of the hedges!” exclaimed local rider Alex Belshaw at the thought of the Essex & Suffolk Team Chase. The annual fixture returns to Manor Farm, Semer on Sunday 4th November. “We’ve been very lucky and have good going that should make for a thrilling season climax,” said Gillie Cranfield, organiser. The final fixture of the season is the conclusion to the Foxdenton Intermediate League and the final qualifier for the Skinner’s Pet Food Open Championship. Organisers have also added two new classes – a Novice Fastest and an Intermediate Bogey. ‘Thrusters’ from around the country will join local riders to compete for the £3,000 prize fund.



Tuesday 2nd October, saw the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball High Flyers, the brand new premier take place at the St Johns equine event has released its much Hotel, Solihull. anticipated provisional timetable for The evening was attended by the three day showing show. almost 400 guests who Taking place at the East of England Arena celebrated with the extremely and Events Centre on the 15th-17th March 2019, the timetable has revealed a worthy nominees and winners range of classes and new championships from grass roots competitors through to those that have for riders to aspire to. achieved podium success this Classes throughout the three day show year. offer a selection of novice, open, RIHS, The winners announced on the amateur rider, sports horse, working night include Leading Pony hunter, hacks, maxi cobs, Piebalds and Rider of the Year Claudia Moore Skewbalds to name but a few. Each from Brentwood, Essex. evening will then see the prestigious Bishop Sortford’s Ben Maher championships awarded under the won the 5* Performance spotlights giving producers and ambitious riders alike the most amazing Award with Explosion W, a horse owned by Poden Farms. atmosphere and experience. The final day welcomes more open classes to the indoor ring in particular a Competition Winners: Barbour: Nadine Davey newly created High Flyers Open Young Norfolk. Grubs: Caroline Joyce Sports Horse for 4, 5 and 6-year-olds. Essex. Phillips Brothers: Rosie Ven - Suffolk. Timothy Foxx: /competitors Denise Lawry - Essex.

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BE80 CHAMPIONSHIP: ‘BURGHLEY BOOST’ ON THE MARKET Renowned competition centre, The Jays, Near Bury St Edmunds Suffolk is on the market for sale with specialist equestrian estate agents, ECR Properties. After twenty years owner, Angela Pearman, has decided to retire to allow her more time to focus on competing. The Jays has been her base for equestrian businesses including liveries, riding school and a stud, but over the last ten years it has been a popular competition centre and the calendar for the British Showjumping shows is currently being finalised for up until September 2019. Emily Cooper-Reade from ECR Properties said, “This is an exciting prospect for someone wishing to continue with the existing business or to build on the reputation and to expand it further. The opportunities are endless.”

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British Eventing is pleased to announce that from 2020, Burghley Estate in Stamford, Lincolnshire, will host the British Eventing BE80 Championship for an initial three-year term. Burghley Park will welcome the BE80 finalists during the week of the international Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and provide a truly unique competition experience for riders at the entry level of eventing. To qualify for 2020, Regional Finals will be staged across the country, each providing those that are eligible with the exclusive opportunity to compete at Burghley over a brand-new cross country course being designed especially for the Championship.


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A film based on true WORLD PREMIER stories of Suffolk’s OF FILM First World War has been made by Director Tim Curtis as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 1918 Armistice. Stanley’s War receives it’s world premier at a gala reception and screening at the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge on 4th November. The film follows the lives of Suffolk people during WW1. Said Kerry Wilmot, Head of Equestrian at Saint Felix School, “I offered to arrange horses for the filming and with the help of two friends Johanna Baylis Fuller and Abigail Lee we arranged for their two horses to take part in the filming. Johanna’s horse Saratoga Springs aka Dragon played the part of Polly Hopkins, while PC Peter (the grey) belongs to Abigail Lee of Happy Horse Saddlery in Woodbridge. My son Jack plays a tiny part as young Stanley in the film.” “Being involved with the filming has been an amazing experience. Dragon thoroughly enjoyed all the attention,” said Johanna.


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dding hot water to feeds and/or giving warm mashes keeps my horse warm. This is not untrue, per se, but is not necessarily the best way to help your horse keep warm during particularly cold weather. It’s arguable that by the time a horse has chewed any feed, warm or cold, it will have taken on the temperature of the horse’s mouth and saliva, however, using warm water on any feed releases tempting aromas, making it an ideal way to encourage fussy feeders. Be careful not to use boiling water as this can ‘denature’ vitamins in the feed, negating their nutritional value, and could scald a horse’s mouth, if fed too soon. Ensuring the horse is able to consume forage ad lib is one of the best ways to help him keep warm, as heat is produced while the fibre is fermented in the hind gut. Wetting feed and giving feed, or fibre, products which are designed to be soaked before feeding, do help keep hydration levels up at times when horses may be less

inclined to drink. They are often not keen to drink ice cold water so adding hot water to their buckets, to make the water tepid or, at least, not icy, is a good idea during a really cold snap. Dunking or soaking hay is also a good way to help maintain hydration levels, especially of the gut contents, as there may be a risk of compactions leading to colic, if a horse eats dry hay and is not drinking sufficiently.

Adding vegetable oil or linseed to my horse’s feed helps maintain condition. Both vegetable oil, like soya or rapeseed oils, and oil-rich linseed are good sources of calories, which are slow release and non-heating. Indeed, oil supplies 2¼ times as many calories as carbohydrates from cereals so is ideal for enhancing the overall energy/calorie content of the diet, without significantly increasing the volume fed. It’s important to ensure that the base diet is fully balanced, however, before adding extras, including supplements. This means feeding the full

recommended amount of a mix, cube or balancer, alongside forage, to ensure the diet is providing all the protein, vitamins, minerals and calories your horse needs to maintain condition and fuel work. If your horse drops condition, first check how much you are feeding and then whether the feed is appropriate for your horse’s condition and workload. Feeding the right feed, at the right amounts should negate the need for any nutritional supplements, unless they are nutraceutical products, like joint supplements, which are not included in the feed. Adding a splash of oil or a measure of micronized linseed will probably help encourage a shiny coat – although there are more nutrients involved in achieving a shiny coat than oil – but greater quantities must be fed to make a significant calorie contribution. This means 300 to 500ml of oil, which can pose palatability problems as well as requiring an increase in dietary levels of antioxidants to help the body utilise the oil efficiently. Specially formulated high oil supplements, which already

contain the necessary antioxidants, are a better bet and are less messy and often more palatable.

Skinny horses should only gain weight slowly. We often hear from owners who believe that weight gain should be a slow process and we’re not sure why! It probably comes from the correct assumption that the equine digestive system is sensitive to change so any new diet or increases in feed should be made gradually. Swapping from one feed to another, should be done over a 10 to 14 day period, for example, and particular care should be taken with horses who have been starved and are really emaciated, as their digestive systems are likely to be especially compromised, so the introduction of any feed at all needs to be done carefully. Body condition should be monitored using a combination of Body Condition Scoring (BCS) and bodyweight, which can be measured using a weightape or weighbridge. On the 1 to 9 BCS system, one scoring unit is the equivalent of 15 – 20kg of bodyweight and a realistic aim is for the horse to gain 3 – 5 kg per week. Continued on page 23...




By Baileys Horse Feeds


NUTRITION Horses with poor teeth may struggle to chew long fibre effectively. In this case the hindgut microflora are deprived of essential fibre which can lead to digestive disturbances, with weight loss and loose droppings seen as a result. A soft, shortchopped grass can be used as a hay replacer for a period of time. However, offering fibre in a preground form e.g. with nutritious but high-fibre cubes, rapidly becomes essential. Although forage is the foundation of a horse’s diet during the winter, it is important to balance this diet and ensure an optimum supply of the essential amino acids, vitamins, traceelements and minerals that will be lacking in a forage-only diet. A working efficiently. top specification feed balancer is Fibre is continually fermented by the perfect solution. the microflora in the hindgut. For those that need to gain This process of fermentation weight, a top specification, produces warmth. So before conditioning feed balancer is reaching for extra hard feed in the ideal. The high quality protein cold weather, always ensure your included will promote muscle horse has access to ample forage. development and topline when

Feeding ADVICE


uring winter, when grazing is in limited supply, frozen or covered by snow, it is important to provide alternative sources of fibre (e.g. hay, haylage or chop) to aid digestion and keep the hindgut

combined with working in a correct outline. The amount of nutrients that can be utilised from hay/haylage will be increased when using one of these balancers, reducing or eliminating the requirement for additional hard feed. When further condition is needed, appropriate blends and/or straights can be added. Conversely, for good-doers, winter can be a very useful time to drop some condition before spring. Poor-nutritional-quality hay should be fed, e.g. late-cut meadow hay, and soaked if necessary. A non-conditioning, top specification feed balancer can be used to balance the diet. This will supply optimum levels of micronutrients without promoting weight gain when fed as part of a calorie controlled diet. Article supplied by nutritionists from the TopSpec Multiple Award-Winning-Helpline. They can be contacted, free of charge, on 01845 565030.

Maintaining Weight... f you have an underweight horse, or one that tends to lose weight over the colder months and then struggles to put it on again, then Mollichaff Condition Complete may be the ideal feed choice. Mollichaff Condition Complete is a highly digestible, high fibre, high oil and low starch blend in a single bag. It can be fed as a complete concentrate feed alongside good quality forage, when fed at the recommended levels, and contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. It is made from a balanced blend of alfalfa, dried grass, oat straw, fibre pellets, barley, soya flakes, soya oil and mint, plus Yea-sacc - a natural live yeast culture - and a prebiotic to help maintain a healthy digestive system. Kelly Marsden’s horse Mr Anderson (aka Neo), a 15-year-old, 16.2hh Kinsky horse (a Warmblood that originated in the Czech Republic) was purchased by her as a scruffy, unbroken 7-year-old



when she was living in London and looking for a ‘project horse’. She started feeding him on Mollichaff Condition Complete five years ago to build him up. Said Kelly: “Neo absolutely loves Mollichaff Condition Complete and it really has improved how he looks as well as his energy levels, but without the fizziness. I feed him on it all year round.” Mollichaff Condition Complete is suitable for encouraging weight gain in underweight horses and ponies and can also help to maintain weight in competition horses and ponies.

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The most efficient way to do this is to increase the overall calorie content of the diet, while ensuring it remains fully balanced and meeting fibre requirements. Fibre is essential for gut health and efficiency so a lack of fibre, or poor fibre quality, can affect the horse’s ability to utilise the remainder of the diet. Softer, leafier forage is a wise choice, where possible, and alternative fibre sources, like alfalfa chops, soaked beet pulps and fibre nuggets, are useful when fed as a “haynet in a bucket”, separate from the hard feed, especially if a horse is not a good hay/haylage eater. If significant weight gain is required, improving fibre

quality/quantity alone, will not be sufficient and a concentrated source of highly digestible calories, aka a conditioning feed, should be fed alongside. The digestibility of a good quality feed means that the horse can make the most of every mouthful, while meal sizes can be kept manageable to further support digestive and gastric health. It’s important that the chosen feed is given at recommended levels and that the daily amount is divided into as many small meals as possible. A switch from a fibre-based diet to one containing some cereals – as many conditioning feeds do should also be made very gradually; for sure, a horse is likely to notice a change from no hard

feed, or a low energy mix/cube, to a higher energy/calorie feed but should adapt easily, if the change is made slowly so that the bacteria in the hindgut have the time to adjust to the new diet. Any improvement in the nutrient content of the diet should make a horse feel better in itself as well as look better. Remember, condition is about a lot more than levels of body fat; muscle tone and top line are also integral as are healthy skin, hooves and coat. Dietary protein provides the building blocks of muscle, and other body tissues, and the quality of that protein is as important as the quantity. Good quality protein comes from sources, like alfalfa and soya

beans, and supplies certain essential amino acids that other dietary protein sources don’t. For this reason, a good quality conditioning feed, containing these ingredients, is likely to bring better results than a ‘cheaper’ one or a random combination of feeds, like barley, beet and pony nuts! In our experience, a careful change to the recommended quantity of the market-leading conditioning feed, brings visible results in two to three weeks, which can only benefit the horse’s health and wellbeing.

1Comparison of nutrient digestibility between three diets for aged and adult horses (2017) Sarah Elzinga, Brian D. Nielsen, Harold C. Schott, Julie Rapson, Cara I. Robison, Jill McCutcheon, Ray Geor and Patricia A. Harris. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, vol 52 p89




esearch has shown that horses on a hay-only diet may not digest some nutrients as effectively as those fed combination diets.1 With winter just round the corner and grass growth stunted by the UK’s arid summer many



horse owners are feeding hay or haylage earlier than usual. But simply giving horses hay may not be enough for optimum health, even if it meets their energy needs and requirement to chew. A pertinent study published last year by Waltham, who provides the science underpinning the Spillers brand, in collaboration with Michigan State University, discovered that feeding a hay-only diet resulted in reduced digestibility of many micro and macro minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc). Clare Barfoot RNutr, the research and development manager at Spillers said: “It seems that many micro and macro minerals are less available to the horse from a hay only diet than when the hay is fed together with a fortified feed. This strongly suggests that horses and ponies fed hay only diets may require additional supplementation such as a balancer to maintain good health and well-being.”

HorseHage dust-free bagged forage is a tried and trusted product that has been around for over 40 years. During this time it has been awarded a Royal Warrant and its stable of products has grown to four varieties in total. HorseHage is used by both ordinary leisure riders as well as the professionals such as event riders, Mary and Emily King and Padraig McCarthy; showjumper, Spencer Roe; dressage rider, Beverley Brightman; para-equestrian rider, Roberta Sheffield and endurance rider, Jeni Gilbert. So whatever type of owner and/or rider you may be, choosing the best possible forage choice for your horse or pony should mean choosing HorseHage!

Equerry conditioning feeds have been scientifically formulated to provide your horse with the calories and quality protein they need to promote muscle development, gain weight and improve topline. They contain highly digestible cereals to improve digestive efficiency and yeast to help promote a healthy digestive system. Equerry Conditioning Cubes provide a good source of fibre and contain high levels of oil to promote condition and a shiny coat. 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.




Speedi-Beet, from British Horse Feeds, is a unique beet pulp feed which can be soaked in warm water and be ready to feed in just under ten minutes, helping to keep your horse warm this winter. It provides a great source of non-heating slow release energy and its low starch and sugar content means SpeediBeet is ideal for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. Speedi-Beet is extremely versatile; it can be fed in larger quantities to a poor doer for weight gain or in small amounts to overweight horses as a carrier for a multivitamin and mineral supplement. To enter: Visit www.absolute and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st November and close 30th November 2018.

RRP around £13.50 for a 20kg sack.






quine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) affects roughly 40% of leisure horses, 60% of competition horses and up to 90% of racehorses. But a brand new survey commissioned by Dengie has found that while awareness is high about the key ways to manage horses with ulcers, some of those easy to deliver methods are still not being widely used. While over half of the respondents who believed their horses suffered with ulcers (67%) had increased their

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horse’s access to hay or fibre, only 55% were feeding a double handful of fibre shortly before exercise and 38% weren’t avoiding cereals/starch. “Feeding before exercise is quite easy to do, and reducing starch is universally recognised as being essential for managing EGUS and I’d certainly hope to see both of these strategies used more consistently,” says Katie Williams, Technical Manager of Dengie.

Everyday Vitamin & Mineral Supplement (EV&MS) is an ideal addition to any feeding regime providing essential vitamins and minerals and trace elements in a pre-biotic base to support good health and condition. EV&MS provides great value while maintaining top product performance. EV&MS can be used as an economic vitamin and mineral supplement for horses and ponies in low level work. RRP: £17.99/1260g (six week supply).

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ith continuing research Rowen Barbary are always looking at ways to enhance and improve feed formulations, so have taken a closer look at Senior Support. First launched in 2004 it has always been a popular feed for veteran horse owners, but following market research the step was taken to review the formula introducing new ingredients along with some extra additives to help improve overall health and wellness in the older horse. Senior Support still remains a high fibre formula but now contains a blend of Linseed and Soya Oil designed to provide the extra calories required by the older horses to help ensure excellent overall condition is maintained. Special attention


has been given to help support joint health, with an equal ratio of Glucosamine and MSM added to help restore joint function and mobility, alongside Turmeric and Cracked Black Pepper to aid bio-availability. Like all Rowen Barbary products it is fully balanced in essential nutrients and rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Yeasacc 1026 to help promote overall health and wellness in the older horse. Jo Chesmore contacted Rowen Barbary thrilled with the results after feeding Senior Support to her daughter’s 19-year-old Irish Sports Pony Pebbles who suffers from arthritis in her shoulders. “Pebbles has been doing extremely well on the feed. I’ve kept her off all other supplements. Firstly her hooves are looking great, not chipped on


BETA is searching for the winner of the Nutritional Helpline of the Year award, which is being sponsored by Stubbs England for the first time. Consumers who have received outstanding support and advice from a feed company helpline can reward its great customer service with a nomination for this accolade. Nominations should be made by 30th November.

the hard ground like the other ponies we have. She has a lot more channelled energy and more forward going. At the moment she is moulting, her coat isn’t greasy and she has a lovely shine to her coat, which is hard to get on a grey. She has gained a little weight, but that’s ok coming into the winter.” www.rowen




eading animal nutrition company, Alltech, recently paid a visit to World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre to meet Xena and Tsar, the mare and foal they are helping to support, and catch up on the latest news on their progress. As Alltech is helping to support both Xena and Tsar, they received a VIP visit recently when Isla Baker-Browne, Alltech’s UK Marketing Manager, made the trip to Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre. Isla had the opportunity to meet Xena and Tsar as well as their grooms. Said Isla: “I had the most fantastic day with the team at Hall Farm and was made to feel incredibly welcome. “It is humbling to see the work they do, instilling confidence and trust in horses like Xena that have been treated so badly by humans in the past and Alltech is proud to support the work of World Horse Welfare.”

The British Equestrian Trade Association is set to launch BETA Feed Awareness Week – a new annual campaign to help dispel feeding myths and improve consumer knowledge of equine nutrition. It will run from 10th to 18th November, just as the feed season gets into full swing. #BFAW18

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ImmuBoost is a liquid herbal supplement from the makers of No Bute. ImmuBoost contains Echinacea - this herb has been used for centuries, known for its ability to boost the immune system. ImmuBoost is a top seller for The Animal Health Company. Available in 1lt, 2lt and 4lt sizes.



study carried out at Agroscope (Switzerland’s centre of excellence for agricultural research and affiliated with the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture) explored the extent to which the


microbiological quality of hay could be improved. Crucially, this study also looked at how long these benefits were effective for, and at the impact of soaking or steaming on the ingredients of the hay. During this trial, hay was treated with a Haygain steamer with samples taken immediately before the steaming began, straight afterwards and then 3 days after steaming. Hay was also soaked for 5 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours and 24 hours, with samples taken from each before and after soaking. Again, a sample was tested when the

soaked hay had been stored for 3 days. All the samples from both methods were tested for microbiological quality (so the levels of aerobic mesophilic bacteria, mould, fungi and yeasts) and the effect of each treatment on the hay ingredients was examined using near infrared light (NIRS). In the hay that had been steamed in the Haygain Steamer, the levels of all the microbes tested for (so the bacteria, fungi, moulds and yeasts) had decreased, and these values did not rise even when

the hay was then stored for three days. The hay that had been soaked showed very different results – the 5-minute soaking had little effect on the levels of bacteria and mould present in the hay, and when the hay was soaked for each longer period, the incidence of bacteria, mould and yeasts actually increased. When hay that had been soaked and stored for 3 days was tested it was warm to handle, had very high bacterial counts and was considered spoilt and unsuitable to feed by the researchers.





revention is always better than cure, so here are my top tips to winter proof your health… 80% of your immune system is in your gut, follow a nutritious diet rich in cruciferous vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. Supplement your diet with Vitamin D, Krill oil and collagen through the winter months, to support your immune system, healthy hair, skin and bones.

Product News... Blackdraw Ointment, containing Ichthammol, can be used as a topical application or hoof draw.

RRP: £28.99/400g.


Even though the mornings and nights are drawing in and the last thing you feel like doing is exercising, staying fit lowers stress and supports your immune system. If you’re somebody that says yes to everybody at the expense of your own health then it’s time to say NO! Make time for yourself to rest and recuperate especially in the Christmas silly season. Sleep with the seasons, the immune cells are most active during the sleep cycle,

making sleep the number one winter health essential to strengthen the immune system. Regular washing of your hands in tepid water is the best way to prevent infection especially if you’re sharing workspaces. Skin is especially sensitive to the extreme winter temperatures. Coming in from the yard to a hot shower/bath can make matters worse. Prevent cracks and dry skin by using good quality moisturisers that are free from toxic

Fungatrol Shampoo can be used to wash the whole horse or individual areas, protecting the skin from bacteria and fungus. After the legs have been washed and dried thoroughly, smear on Fungatrol Cream, which will condition and protect the skin from bacteria and fungus.

RRP: £17.99/400ml.

chemicals. Add epsom salts to your bath with a few drops of coconut oil and lavender oil to induce a great night’s sleep, feed and nourish your skin. Invest in good winter clothing. Exposure to cold weather causes vasoconstriction. Staying warm will keep the immune defences in your air passages strong and well supplied with white blood cells.

Magic Mud Furmula is a safe and soothing anti-fungal and anti-bacterial cream than can be applied regularly to the skin for healthy hooves and legs.

RRP: £11.99/473ml.

RRP: £15.99/400ml.

DAISY’S HERBAL ANSWERS... “With Bonfire night approaching I would like to give my horse something to help keep her settled throughout this time as we may have fireworks near us. Could you recommend some herbs that may help?” There are several herbs you can use to help relax a stressed horse, the main herbs I use are Chamomile, Vervain and Valerian. They all help to relieve stress, anxiety, restlessness and should help to take the edge off during this stressful time. You can use them combined in a mix or try them individually. It is also important to consider the digestive system during stressful times as stress can lead to ulcers. Feeding herbs such as Meadowsweet, Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root can help to support and protect the digestive system. Chamomile is also useful as it can help to settle the digestive system in stressful situations. If you are competing, please note Daisy Pri c that valerian is Herbalist e, prohibited by some competitive bodies.


LEGISLATION WELCOMED he British Horse Council welcomes Defra’s new equine identification regulations which came into force in England on 1st October and will, if horse owners comply, offer a host of benefits including greater protection against theft, the spread of disease, and neglect. The regulations will make it a legal requirement for every horse, pony and donkey in England to be microchipped and possess a valid UK passport, with all details stored on a Central Equine Database. Owners of horses born before 30th June 2009 will have two years in which to ensure they are microchipped, with horses born after this date already required to be chipped. To ensure reliable data, any changes in ownership or status of a horse (ie. if they are euthanased, lost, stolen or signed out of the food chain) will need to be notified to their Passport Issuing Organisation which will then have 24 hours to update the Central Equine Database.




Winter Wash is a non rinse Tea Tree shampoo that comes in a ready to use spray bottle. Perfect for washing sweaty under saddle and girth areas in the winter, as the horse won’t get chilled by having to be bathed, so quicker to be rugged up again.

WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH ANIWELL TO OFFER 5 LUCKY READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A SET OF THEIR POPULAR PRODUCTS FILTABAC, FILTACLEAR AND AMHVET. To enter: Visit www.absolutehorse and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st November and close 30th November 2018.

Derma Spray - herbal skin hydrogel for intensive and rapid skin care, plus a protective barrier effective against foreign contaminants. Derma Gel provides and maintains a moist epidermal environment with the ability to help clean and deride necrotic tissue, encourage natural hair re-growth and maximise skin smoothness. RRP: from £11.10.




he vet’s time is valuable but this is also your opportunity to address any minor niggles, particularly if it is an annual routine visit.

Non-Emergency A routine visit from the vet should be relaxed and stress-free but try to ensure you are ready well in advance of the time you are expecting your vet to call. • Bring your horse into the stable - Spending five minutes trying to catch your horse will not be appreciated and will mean both you and your horse meet the vet feeling flustered. • Provide a clean, dry stable – Ensure you muck out your stable prior to the vet’s arrival. • Groom your horse – Give your horse a quick flick over with a brush, removing mud from the coat, particularly if the vet is there to administer a vaccination. • Have your passport to hand – It is essential that your vet completes the relevant section in your horses’ passport every time they are vaccinated.




Emergency In an emergency situation, keeping calm and being able to provide your vet with information can save valuable time.

• Know your vital signs – Knowing what is normal for your horse can help you identify when something is wrong and enable you to relay this information to your vet

Four-year-old Cleo had been turned out with a few other horses of a similar age at Lara’s base in Lincolnshire, and some high jinks had resulted in Cleo suffering a kick to her hind leg. Lara treated the wound as she would normally do and hoped that it would heal up quickly. Unfortunately the wound didn’t seem to be healing as Lara had hoped so Cleo was taken to the vets to be scanned, which

showed a large section of hoof embedded in her leg. All the horses turned out with Cleo were bare foot and unbelievably a section of hoof had broken off the horse that kicked out and become lodged in the wound on Cleo’s leg. What first appeared to be a minor injury now resulted in a trip to the operating theatre and a general anaesthetic to remove the piece of hoof wedged under the skin and thoroughly clean out the wound, which was then

CASE STUDY: Cleo hen dressage horse, Cleo, came in from the field on three legs, owner Lara Edwards initially thought the injury wasn’t too serious.



even before he arrives at the yard. When a horse is in pain, his pulse rate will increase significantly. • When was your horse last wormed - Keep an up-to-date record of worming, including the type of wormer used. This could be important in a suspected case of colic. • Droppings – Nobody likes to discuss poo but the time that has lapsed since your horse last passed a dropping is vital information. The same goes for when they were last fed and if they are drinking. • Provide sufficient light – Horses are not always ill at the most convenient time, so make sure that if your vet has to visit during the night, you have sufficient light for your vet to be able to assess and treat your horse. As we head into winter the offer of a hot drink will always go down well, after all - a happy vet equals a happy owner and hopefully a happy horse!

stitched up. Once the stitches had been removed, Lara continued to treat the wound using Vetalinex wound gel, to maintain a moist environment to promote healing, before applying Skintact low adherent dressing. Veterinary Gamgee was then used to provide padding and help protect the wound from further trauma which was held in place with Equiwrap. Said Lara: “It just goes to show

Golden Girl!

for his outstanding performances? “It’s so funny because they really have no idea what they have just done! It’s quite humbling. He had some big carrots and lots of pats and kisses.”



ongratulations on a very successful World Equestrian Games. Two gold medals and team silver, did this surpass your expectations? “Definitely the individual medals. The performances that managed to come together in the arena were unbelievable; I know Jorge can go that well at home but getting that in the arena at the right time is harder than you think. So, I’m so pleased to have shown people what he can do!” This was your tenth year being a part of the Equestrian Team; does it still give you the same satisfaction? “Absolutely. It was my tenth straight Para championship and in that time I’ve done two young

rider Europeans too, but it is still a massive honour to represent your country, and I don’t think that will ever change!” You gained two WEG record scores, in the team competition and the Freestyle. How did this feel? “It’s insane to think even think about! You can become quite outcome focused if you think about scores too much, but I’ve worked a lot on the process with my sports psychologists since 2016 and that’s really helped, the results look after themselves then.”

like a team effort? “Absolutely. To get the horses and riders in the right shape to go out and perform like we need to, it requires so many people, experts in their own field. You have to really trust them, but thankfully I’ve worked with many of them for years.”

The team secured qualification for Tokyo 2020, will this now be your focus? “It certainly will - we have the Europeans in Rotterdam next year which will be used to prepare both horses and riders for Tokyo. I have an exciting string of horses at the moment, so I’m hoping that if I can keep them fit and well in their training, it will be an exciting couple of years.”

Did Jorge get a special reward

You talked about the contribution of your team to your success. Although it is an individual sport, does it feel

how bad puncture type wounds are, as it can be difficult to see with the naked eye if anything is still inside the wound. “Thanks to the fantastic care by the vets and the products from Robinson Animal Healthcare, the recovery from a dreadful injury was made so much quicker and Cleo is now fully sound and fighting fit.”




By Claire Shand, SQP Westgate Labs


t’s not the loveliest of thoughts but the fact is if we keep horses it stands that we keep parasites too. Worm eggs and the possibility for infection are all around us in the environment. Through natural selection the parasites that live in our horses are evolved to produce millions of microscopic eggs per day. Horses can deal very well with low burdens but the more intensively we keep them and expose them to new parasite challenges the more easily this can develop to cause pathological and life threatening disease.

Worming Chemicals Historically many horses died from worm burdens until the 1960’s when highly effective treatments came onto the market to revolutionise our control. We became used to dosing at regular intervals, first


with fenbendazole and pyrantel based wormers and later with ivermectin, moxidectin and praziquantel to keep horses free of parasites.

Despite the many brand names of drugs on the shelves of our stores, all of our equine wormers in the UK are made up from just five active ingredients. Our

reliance on them has come at a cost; just like antibiotics, worms are evolving to become resistant to the drugs we have available. With no new worming drugs on

symptoms dictate. Where treatment is required worm egg counts should be repeated 10-14 days after treatment and EquiSal saliva tests two months after treatment. If the count or saliva score hasn’t reduced significantly then this can indicate drug resistance, providing the dose was correct

the horizon we need to fiercely protect the ones we have.

Resistance Worryingly enough there is no longer a treatment for small redworm, one of the most numerous and dangerous of the horse parasites, that isn’t showing some degree of developing resistance. The first signs of this are shortened egg reappearance times on a worm egg count; a product such as moxidectin with a dosing interval of 13 weeks is seeing worm infection rise sooner than expected in some areas. The second stage of developing resistance is evidenced as no/low worm egg count reduction after wormer treatment; the dose hasn’t killed the worms we know are present. Fenbendazole resistance is thought to be as high as 6080% in some areas. As these two chemicals are the only wormers licenced to treat the encysted stages of small redworm this highlights the

need to reserve moxidectin for the winter dose wherever possible unless a specific situation requires a treatment for larval cyathastomins at other times of year. For the remainder of the year we can rely on ivermectin or pyrantel (where no resistance is present) to treat adult stages of redworm when test results rise.

Target wormers and test for drug efficacy More than ever we advocate testing for the right parasite at the right time of year and, where a wormer is required, selecting carefully and resistance testing to check it’s been effective. A healthy adult horse can follow a very simple plan of testing and dosing. Worm egg count for redworm and ascarids in spring, summer and autumn, worm for the possibility of encysted redworm in the winter. Test for tapeworm every six months. Look out for bots, pinworm, lungworm and liverfluke when signs or

for the weight of horse and the full amount was administered.

What to worm with Where a treatment is required, use the table to help select the right wormer for the situation; professional veterinary approved advice is always available from us here at Westgate Labs or from your vet or in store SQP.


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he end of British Summer Time is one of the peak times when burglaries occur. According to Aviva Household theft can rise by as much as 20 percent. Longer periods of darkness give intruders that extra bit of time, and while the weather is still being kind it provides perfect conditions. Scotts of Thrapston, leading manufacturer of timber stables, has provided some useful tips and advice that will lead you towards a more secure yard: • When planning a new development look at a courtyard design with high security fencing. • Scotts offers a high security, inward opening, tack room door complete with a high security, multi point lock incorporating anti-pick technology to prevent


opportunist theft. A galvanised room, offering two entry points as an added deterrent. steel sheet is fitted to the inside of the tack room door • Store vulnerable items for additional security, as well securely, away from obvious as the hinges being on the view, while items like ladders inside. and shovels that could help • Scotts recommends not having thieves break into other areas any windows in a tack room. If of your yard should also be you do have windows, secured. however, make sure they have • Security lighting over the security bars/grille fitted. Scotts supplies Secure tack room door galvanised grilles for windows, at an extra cost, and offers laminated glass, as standard. • Ideally, for reasons of security, a tack room should be positioned within the centre of the layout rather than at the end of the yard. And, it could even be designed to be within another

entrances to the yard and CCTV is a must for crime prevention and possible prosecution of criminal behaviour. • Fit locks to trailers and horse boxes – and don’t store equipment in them to give thieves a welcome surprise. In addition to stables and

Secure tack room door detail

equestrian buildings, Scotts of Thrapston can supply a range of doors and windows, for your stable development as well as a host of other accessories. Their extensive product range can be purchased off the shelf or specified to your own individual requirements. If you are looking to refurbish existing timber stables, or want to upgrade the quality or security of finish, Scotts provides a range of doors and windows to suit. They are built to complement both brand new buildings in timber or brick and block as well as period stable blocks built in traditional materials. You can choose to colour match with your property’s paint work for a cohesive look to your stable and

home. Visiting the Scotts website allows users to review the various stable door and window styles, along with providing comprehensive technical details and prices for each product. The prices allow users to budget for future purchases, which makes it easy to plan a project over time to fit your cash flow and circumstances. Contact a member of the Equestrian Sales Team, who will then contact you to discuss or confirm your requirements and to provide you with a quotation. For more information please view the site or contact Scotts direct on 01832 732366.



Blink is the wirefree, home security and HD video monitoring system that’s simple to install and runs on two standard AA lithium batteries for two years. The outdoor version, Blink XT, detects motion and immediately sends a push notification alert and an HD quality video to a user’s smartphone. The system can be armed/disarmed remotely, and live video can be watched anytime from anywhere. Plus infrared night vision allows for round-the-clock surveillance, day or night. RRP: from £149.99 inc VAT. To enter: Visit and click on the Competitions page. Entries open 1st November and close 30th November 2018.




ithout doubt Winter can mean limited time for many people with daylight hours restricted but it is still important to remember to look after your paddocks. Regular management throughout the Autumn and Winter months will help paddocks flourish by the time Spring arrives. Keep an eye on the condition of your paddocks and try and spend some time at the weekends thinking how best to keep them in decent order.

During wet periods paddocks can easily get poached so try to rotate the land regularly to allow the grass time to rest. If poached areas occur, perhaps around gateways, try alternating different entrances. Matting can be laid to protect the ground in Spring, but during Winter try


wood chip or straw to absorb the moisture.

A daily check of your boundaries, fence and gates should be carried out to ensure everything is secure and cannot cause injury. Remove all droppings, weeds or rubbish that maybe in the field.

When Spring arrives identify if your paddock is lacking nutrients. You may want to give your grass a boost with Suregrow Fertiliser, ideal for sustained grass growth it helps to stimulate root development and strength. Suregrow CSM Contains over 70 minerals and trace elements, and acts as a soil conditioner and improves the eating quality of grass which will give your paddocks a much needed refresh after the harsh weather. Specialising in the care of grassland for horses and ponies,

Suregrow has a range of products including fertilisers, mineral and trace elements and grass seeds specifically selected for horse and pony paddocks, as well as the ultimate in arena and ground care management.

The regular removal of droppings promotes healthy grass and helps reduce dropping related diseases.

Every equestrian centre and private paddock is different, but clearing up after horses is something that we all have in common. The Equestrian Powered Brush (EPB) was created out of necessity, with customers requesting something – anything – to make this perpetual and relentless task quicker and easier. To use the EPB you simply tow it over the droppings and the powered brush will pick them cleanly off the ground and throw them into the rear collection box. Four rows of height adjustable brushes rotate at variable speeds to flick the droppings into the plastic rot-proof rear collecting box. The brushes are driven by a 5.5Hp Honda engine equipped with a speed reduction gear box which incorporates a centrifugal clutch, this means when the engine speed is reduced the brushes stop revolving, a necessary feature when moving from heap to heap. So as the nights draw in the EPB can save precious time, so that you can spend more time with the horses and less time out in the cold clearing up!


Left to right: sycamore leaf, ash leaf, field maple leaf


are pastures and potential hay shortages, coupled with early transatlantic storms blowing seeds from laden sycamore trees, have created the ‘perfect storm’ to increase the risks of atypical myopathy for grazing horses, warns the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). Experts are advising horse owners to take steps

now to minimise the risks of this fatal disease. Atypical myopathy, as a sudden onset of muscle disease has been recognised in horses for over 60 years but its cause, the toxin hypoglyxin A, was not identified until 2013. In the UK the most common source of the toxin is now known to be the Sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus), a

member of the maple tree family. The Box Elder (Acer negundo) is the most common tree to cause the disease in North America. Both trees share the typical helicopter shaped fruit that help to distribute their seeds over long distances, typically several hundred metres, but reportedly up to 4km. “Horses do not typically choose to eat sycamore seeds, however when pastures are bare, there is a greater tendency for them to be ingested as horses are foraging for every last blade of grass,” explains BEVA member Adam Redpath, a member of the team of equine medicine experts working at Nottingham Vet School, who is particularly concerned about the combined disease threats that present this

year. BEVA is urging horse owners to take early steps to prevent the disease by limiting access to sycamore seeds: • Identify trees both around grazed fields as well as those in close proximity. The characteristic maple leaf shape is easy to spot. • Collect seeds or exclude horses from affected areas using electric fencing or stabling. • Don’t rashly fell trees when laden with seeds as this can cause a sudden and massive contamination of the pasture. Consider local regulations, tree protection orders and tree ownership if felling is the only option.






hen Nick and his father Andrew took over Agroco in November 2008, it was on an old working farm in Great Bricett next to Wattisham Airfield. Over the years they quickly outgrew the site and found their current premises in Needham Market. This site gave them the opportunity to grow, offering more products and workshop space to cope with the very busy service department. We asked Nick Ruffle of Agroco Trailers to tell us more...


What have you particularly enjoyed over the last 10 years? “I have enjoyed meeting a variety of customers, some of which have become good friends and have always recommended us to others. I feel proud that we pride ourselves on selling our trailers on the basis of finding the best trailer to suit the purpose intended and it’s not a pressure sell. I know the feeling when you go into a showroom and you feel the pressure is on. At Agroco, we are not like that. We

are a family run business and we want you to be happy when you drive away with your trailer on the back.” Can we look forward to any new launches? “Yes you can! It so happens that

our 10 year anniversary coincides with the Ifor Williams 60 year Diamond anniversary and product launch. For five years they have been working on a selection of innovative new trailer designs. They have

brought out the new HBX and HBE horse trailer range which will be sold alongside the current HB range. Don’t worry you will still be able buy the old faithful! There is also an exciting catering trailer range coming out using the basic horse trailer chassis. These look fun and affordable for any business, not just catering.”

How will you celebrate your 10 year anniversary? “We will be hosting an open day in the New Year to show our customers, old and new, the amazing new horse trailer range. We will also have some Suzuki quad bikes that will be available to test drive. We hope to be able to say thank you to all of the support our customers have

shown us over the years. It’s been a challenging but rewarding few years and we want to celebrate this milestone!” Orders are now being taken for the HBX and HBE horse trailer

range for delivery in 2019. For more details of these trailers please visit www.agroco or call the team on 01473 657571.



CORRECTLY FITTED SADDLE oday the riding public has far greater awareness of the important part the saddle plays in terms of welfare, comfort and success. A welldesigned, well-made and well-fitting saddle is an excellent tool. A saddle that is poorly designed - or one that has inherent manufacturing defects - or one that doesn’t fit well is at best a hindrance, at worst, a disaster in the making.


Problems caused by an ill-fitting saddle: • Pinching • Rubbing • Pressure sores • The saddle could be rocking, positioned with an up-hill seat or a down-hill seat, pressing on the withers or spine • Effects the horse’s way of going to compensate for the discomfort • Muscle wastage, not just under the saddle


• Behavioural problems such as bucking, rearing, cold backed, dislikes being saddled, head tossing, refusing to make upward transitions or jump, short choppy strides – to name just a few.

without them. Each horse should have its own saddle. Just as a pair of shoes adapts to the wearer’s foot, so the saddle adopts the contours of the horse. Ill-advised riders use one saddle on several horses (‘it cuts down on tack Saddle Fitting – cleaning’…’I ride better in that Essential Knowledge particular saddle’…) without So whether using an old saddle pausing to consider possible or a new saddle you may think consequences. twice about how it fits your It may be possible to adjust horse and get it fitted by a your existing saddle to fit your Society of Master Saddlers’ new horse - but the advice of a Registered Qualified Saddle qualified saddle fitter should Fitter. always be sought. A Qualified Saddle Fitter’s first Your horse changes shape consideration will always be the regularly. The frequency of horse. This may mean that you these changes will relate to his need to adjust any preconceived age, training, management and ideas you may have about your so on. Try to develop an eye to own preferences in relation to recognise these changes. make and design. Viewed on a daily basis, the If you must use a numnah or gel changes may seem pad the saddle fitter must be inconsequential but over a informed at the time of the period of just a week or so they original enquiry - and always can be surprisingly substantial. before the saddle is fitted. Have your saddle checked Adding a numnah under a regularly - and any necessary saddle which fits well without it adjustments made. is akin to putting thick insoles into shoes that fit perfectly


As an adult that rides a Qpony what do I choose, :

a pony saddle that I don’t feel comfortable in or an adult saddle that may not fit as well but that I ride in better? - Sarah Thorne

“There are many adults that ride a pony for various reasons. As weight is not a problem, the best solution is to purchase for example a 16/16:5inch saddle built on a wide seated tree. The saddle also having a lower cantle with a good width of panel bearing surface will also help. Then it is important to consider the length of the ponies back. As long as the saddle tree does not extend beyond T18 (or the last rib) the rear of the panel can which will be approximately 1inch, as this is not as rigid and unyielding as the tree,” said Master Saddler Laurence Pearman. The Society of Master Saddlers’ ‘Master Saddle Maker’ title has been awarded to longstanding industry expert, Sean Jeffs of Vale Brothers.


ABBEY DONATES MATERIALS erry Davies, a professional harness maker, contacted Abbey England looking for donations in materials to help bring his prototype to life which would radically change the welfare of working animals across Ethiopia. Working equines play an important, integral role in the lives of people in the developing world. Livelihoods and local economies depend upon them for transportation, both commercial and public and in agriculture where they are used for cultivation and common field work activities. For working animals to perform at their best, the requirement is for a ‘fit for purpose’ harness allowing freedom of movement without constraint or risk of injury. However, unfortunately in many of the poorer regions of the world this is not always the case. Harness related injuries (HRI) are common place. However many of these injuries are largely


preventable and can be overcome through having a better understanding of harness design and a basic, rudimentary familiarity with harness production methods. Terry is currently working with SPANA, a UK animal welfare charity, in setting up a training programme in Ethiopia to this effect. This is a country with 9 million equines. The aim is to train local people in the manufacture of suitable, cost-effective harnesses. Terry said: “We see this as a win, win project. By providing local people with skills relative to the needs of their animals.” Abbey England, a leading supplier worldwide to the Saddlery and Harness trade, generously offered to support the project by donating materials and fittings suitable for the manufacture of a prototype harness. Subject to the outcome, it will be used as a working model for further distribution to other regions and adapted to local requirements.

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A real crowd pleaser!


round the world there’s one class that is a surefire winner when it comes to pleasing the crowd – the ever famous Puissance. In the electric atmosphere of the iconic Echo Arena, home to the Liverpool International Horse Show – 28th to 31st December - the Equitop Myoplast Puissance has proved time and time it keeps visitors gripped to the final round and brings out the fighting spirit amongst the leading names. Last year proved a three-way split at the top with Chris Megahey, Holly Smith and Louise Saywell all sharing the spoils in what proved a thrilling Saturday night finale. A capacity crowd at the Echo Arena revelled in a high-class competition that saw all three

riders - Chris on Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier, Holly with Quality Old Joker and Louise on Dassler - clear a fifth round height of seven feet two inches. Puissance – The Facts The Puissance is one of the most famous showjumping competitions in the world, designed to push both horse and rider to their ultimate limits as they clear the huge red wall. Accuracy and power are key as there is no room for a mistake from either the horse or rider when jumping at such vast heights. The starting heights can vary and the wall is raised after each round. The winner is the horse and rider combination that clears the wall at the greatest height in the final round.

If there is more than one combination left after the final jump-off stage, then the first prize is shared. While spectators and riders alike love the thrill of the Puissance, here’s 10 interesting facts about the famous big red wall… 1.Puissance means “power” in French – which is certainly an apt description of the brave horses who jump over such an enormous obstacle. 2. It has more than a century of tradition behind it. A Puissance competition was held at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. 3. The wall is built out of hollow red ‘bricks’ made out of wood. This is to make it safer for the horse and rider, as they easily fall off the wall if knocked. 4. The Puissance is a development of the traditional equestrian high jump competition, which consists of a single, slightly sloping brush fence topped with wooden rails.

Holly Smith and Quality Old Joker equal winners of last year's Puissance


5. Nick Skelton and Lastic set the UK high jump record in 1978 (before the modern red wall design), clearing 7ft 7” (2.32m). It took three attempts but, 39 years later, Nick’s record still stands.

6. The world puissance record is held by Germany’s Franke Sloothaak, who cleared 7ft 10 1/2in (2.40m) at Chaudfontaine in Belgium in 1991 riding Optiebeurs Golo. Clearing this height, Franke broke his own previous record of 2.35m, which he set on Leonardo. 7. The youngest ever winner of the Oympia Puissance is William Whitaker, who won it aged 18 in 2008, riding Insultech Leonardo. 8. Robert Whitaker holds the bareback Puissance record after he and Waterstone jumped 2.12m without a saddle at the Stockholm International Horse Show in November 2011. 9. The Whitaker family have a great record at the big red wall, with John Whitaker winning the most number of Puissance competitions at the Olympia horse show. 10. The world record for the highest ever jump by a horse and rider, stands at a whopping 8ft 1” (2.47m). This was set by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales riding Huaso ex-Faithfull, in Chile in 1949. This amazing feat of athleticism took two years of training and three attempts on the day. Captain Larraguibel and Huaso fell after hitting the top rail on their second try – but they landed the jump on their third attempt, and the record still stands to this day.


always start teaching my horses legyield well before it is actually required in a dressage test (which is Elementary level) as it’s ideal for getting your horse to respond to the leg and seat correctly, as well as helping to supple the horse and engage his hind legs. A common fault with leg yielding is that the horse doesn’t move sideways when asked or moves with the quarters leading or falls through the shoulder as you attempt the movement. With a young horse or novice horse, don’t be too militant about this at first – when teaching anything new, if the horse even shows an attempt to try, this should be rewarded as perfection will come later! If your horse understands the concept, but you are still encountering problems such as falling through the outside shoulder, this could be caused by the rider using too much neck bend to the inside and allowing the horse to fall out through the shoulder. The most important aspect is to maintain straightness and think of the outside shoulder pointing straight to a marker – so you avoid being wonky. If you find that your horse just gets stuck, you may well be blocking him with your seat or using too much hand, so make sure that you ask, then relax, ask then relax and maybe don’t ask for so many side-steps all at once. An excellent exercise to try is to turn down the centre line and ask for some forward straight steps, then a couple of lateral steps, then forward again and

straight, so that you maintain the forward momentum while maintaining the straightness. The Golly Galoshes gaiters that my horses wear for schooling not only keep their bandages clean and dry and help prevent sand getting underneath, but the reflective strip down the outside also helps draw the eye to the leg, giving a clearer picture of whether the horse is moving straight, if the legs are crossing over equally, as well as helping me keep a good rhythm by checking in the arena mirrors. They are invaluable for lessons as well for the same reason. This can work well for horses that get stuffy and I find that another good exercise is once you reach the fence line, pop your horse up into canter and if your horse becomes crooked, the best way to correct this is to go straight for a few steps and then ask again; but make sure that you are not over using your inside leg and forgetting your supporting outside rein and outside leg, otherwise the horse is likely to go crooked. Some riders are also very crooked themselves and this can lead to them making their horses crooked or making lateral work difficult – be sure to keep your shoulders level and do not collapse when asking for lateral steps – sit tall and keep a soft and supple seat. Lateral work can be quite tiring mentally and physically for a novice or older horse, so make sure that you give your horse plenty of walk breaks in between and build up slowly.


on the side!


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THE PROFESSIONALS When a horse resists the riders hands, it is described as 'against the hand'



he terminology used by equestrians can at times be viewed as a foreign language. Do you often look blankly at your instructor when they ask you to perform a half halt or feel like you need an interpreter to understand the Judge’s comments on your dressage test sheet? After-all your instructor is trying to help improve your riding and the Judge’s comments are designed to be constructive, so you know what areas you need to work on to gain more marks, so it is vital you understand what they mean. Harriet Morris-Baumber is wellplaced to help us understand these often confusing terms as she is experienced in being on the receiving end when she competes herself, as well as actively trying to simplify her language when she trains others.

a ‘stop’.

Through This is when the horse has unlocked his mind and body and is free of tension or resistance, allowing the energy to flow from his engine (hind legs) through his body into the connection at the front. Imagine a hosepipe with no kinks or knots, the water will flow seamlessly ‘through’ from the tap to the end. Falling In or Falling Out Falling out, is when your horse fails to stay in the middle of an imaginary corridor. He might feel like there is a magnet pulling him to the outside edge or like he is being sucked into the middle if he is falling in.

Soft This is a term used to describe your horse if he feels pliable and manoeuvrable Half Halt and can be used When the rider gives the horse in relation to an aid to slow down a fraction but not stop completely, ideally various parts of the body, for without losing any power or activity. More like a ‘whoaa’ than example, ‘soft in


ARE THE TECHNICAL TERMS USED BY YOUR INSTRUCTOR OR THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE JUDGE ON YOUR TEST SHEET SOMETIMES A MYSTERY? HERE TRAINER AND EVENT RIDER, HARRIET MORRISBAUMBER TRIES TO DEMYSTIFY SOME OF THE JARGON. the hand’. This means the horse is not rigid or resistant in the feel he is giving to the riders’ hands. Soft in the neck would mean the horse has a floppier, bendy neck that could easily be manoeuvred or positioned by the rider. Behind or In front of the Leg If your horse is described as ‘behind the leg’, there is a delay between the rider’s leg aids and the horse’s reaction and he responds in his own time. When he is in front of the leg he responds almost instantly when the rider uses the leg aid.

Ahead or Behind the Vertical Being ahead of the vertical is how you would describe a

racehorse crossing the finishing line, the nose is the first thing to cross the line, therefore well ahead of the vertical. If it is behind the vertical the horse’s nose is tucked in more and closer to the chest. Against the Hand This is when the horse resists a rider’s hands and is refusing to accept the contact.

On the Forehand Collectively the forehand is the head, neck, shoulders, withers and forelegs, and being on the forehand means your horse is travelling along with his weight over this area and can give the appearance of a ship sinking down, nose first into the water. If your horse is 'behind the vertical', his nose is tucked in close to the chest

When your horse is 'on the forehand' all of his weight is over the front end.

Between eight and eleven depending on what they are doing.

Which areas of your riding would you like to improve? I am a firm believer you never stop learning and would like to improve in all aspects of my riding, increasing my knowledge and understanding.

Favourite training aid? My support team, the girls on the yard are definitely my secret weapon. We work very well together.



old medal winning British event rider Nicola Wilson has represented Great Britain at Olympic, European and World Championship level, including the 2017 European Eventing Championships, 2014 World Equestrian Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sponsored by Suregrow, Nicola won her first individual bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships in Strzegom in Poland with Bulana. Nicola first sprang to prominence with Mr Bumble, the horse that took her from Pony Club to 4* level eventing.

Do you have any hobbies? Being so busy with the horses, there isn’t a lot of spare time for hobbies, but I do enjoy spending

time with friends and running to most inspired you? Lucinda Green and Christopher keep fit. Bartle. What got you interested in eventing? Tell us about any really I have always ridden and been memorable horses. passionate about horses. I did all They have to be Mr Bumble and the usual Pony Club Opposition Buzz. I first started competitions and really enjoyed riding Mr Bumble when I was cross-country so the eventing thirteen and he was a 4-yearreally developed from there. old. We competed together in six 4* competitions and he was What’s your favourite just a star. Opposition Buzz has food? made so many more dreams A Sunday roast with Yorkshire come true. I rode him for ten pudding. I am a real foodie years and we did so much though and appreciate and together. enjoy lovely food.

Do you have any pets? Tipple the yard dog.

What is your career highpoint? Silver Medal at 2012 London Olympics.

What advice would you give to any reader who is thinking of a career in eventing? You must be prepared for hard work and ride the waves enjoying the highs and learning from the lows. Always being prepared to dig deep and appreciate everyone who does so much to help you achieve. Aim high, be realistic and work hard. ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way.’

Which top horse do you most admire? There are many but I am also grateful for the top horses I have had and the owners who have supported me.

How many horses do Which rider/person has you ride per day?




horses. When Cleo became spooked by something at the far end of the arena, Lara encouraged Georgia to give her a pat, squeeze with her leg and quietly carry on. “You will often hear people tell a rider to ‘get after it’, which is actually the worst thing you can do to a horse that is frightened, as this just confirms to the horse that there is something to be scared of,” explained Lara, who is a brand ambassador for The Lifeforce Range from Alltech. By Lara’s own admission, Cleo is of a nervous disposition, seemingly scared of life but with Georgia encouraged to not make a big thing of Cleo’s spook, she soon forgot about it. Riding Jack, Lara talked about how she had to be sensitive to Cleo and his needs as, although he has Georgia incredible natural talent, he was Milner still very much developing so she didn’t want to put too much pressure on his hind legs. Jack was broken in as a threeyear-old before being turned away in the field while Lara was pregnant with her second A volunteer from the audience helps Lara daughter. Now he is back in explain an exercise to 'centre the core'. work, Lara still only rides him three times a week. This brought home to everyone resh from being crowned developing quirky horses. the importance of listening to With the help of her working ‘Best Amateur Rider’ at your horse and letting them set pupil, Georgia Milner, Lara The British Dressage the pace, as all horses develop in National Championships, Lara started the evening by their own time. introducing 5-year-old Cleo, Edwards held her very first Before the break Lara invited ridden by Georgia, and 4-yeardemonstration at Riseholme old Jack, ridden by Lara. This was questions from the audience, College in Lincoln. where she was asked for her only the second time both The evening was hosted by the advice on what to do with a horses had been away from North Lincolnshire branch of horse that is cold-backed and home. The British Horse Society, with another that was backwardguests coming along to find out Working with her two thinking. youngsters, Lara hoped the how the winner of twelve Following a short interval, Lara regional and two national titles audience would identify with brought out one of the stars of issues they had with their own has gained a reputation for



her yard, 9-year-old, Felix, who was her ride at The British Dressage National Championships. Currently competing at Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges level, Felix has challenged Lara’s skills to the maximum. Lara explained to the audience that Felix had been sent back from three professional riders as a 6-year-old, being described as dangerous, and she was to be his last chance. With everyone watching on in awe at the incredible talent of Felix and the amazing partnership he has developed with Lara, she talked about how it had taken three long years to get Felix to this stage and how he relied on her for comfort when they were away from home. Having really struggled with nerves in the past, the final part of the demonstration focused on the techniques that Lara has learnt to control her nerves. Using a volunteer from the audience Lara went through an exercise to help ‘centre the core’, with the aim of making you feel naturally stronger from within, which is a neuro-linguistic programming exercise designed to teach you how to take control of your own mind. Said Lara: “It was great to be able to share my experiences of producing horses to an audience that was so engaged and interested in what I had to say. “I would like to say a big thank you to The British Horse Society, Jane White and Caroline Peatfield for inviting me to take part in the demonstration.”

Jo Hayward... M eet


ell us about your role. My role is mainly administration of the project. As well as promoting the accreditation to new centres and dealing with general enquiries and queries, we are always looking for ways to improve the support and training that the centres are offered.

The aims of the project are still the same but I think the training and support that are given to the centres is much better.

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the RDA - do you think Accessibility Mark is a good reflection on how the RDA has challenged stereotypes of Have you been involved disability sport? in Accessibility Mark Yes I do, Accessibility Mark has since the beginning of made equestrian sport more accessible and the centres the project? Lizzie Hill developed the project themselves are challenging the perception of disability sport by from the beginning and I came on-board following the two year being open and welcoming to people with disabilities. pilot period to cover Lizzie’s maternity leave. We now work on the project together, with Lizzie acting as one of Accessibility Mark’s most experienced Accessibility Support Officers (ASO’s).

Is Accessibility Mark a team effort between you and the ASO’s? Definitely! The ASO’s go out and visit the centres, assessing suitability and providing the training so are more the face of Accessibility Mark. They are also constantly available to the centres to provide advice. I am more behind the scenes collating the paperwork and trying to support the ASO’s in their role.

How do you think Accessibility Mark has evolved since 2014?

Do you have any experience yourself of coaching? Yes, I am a Pony Club Level 3 coach and am about to start on the journey to become an RDA coach, which I am very excited about. This will also help me better understand the challenges faced by all Accessibility Mark centres. What do you like to do in your spare time? I have my own horse and like competing for my local riding club. I have recently bought a new 3-year-old horse who I am looking forward to producing.


Accessibility Mark is primarily aimed at British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Clubs and Pony Club approved centres. To find out more about becoming an Accessibility Mark centre contact Jo on 01926 476300. The Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation, launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding. There are currently 52 Accessibility Markapproved centres across the country.

“I am passionate about horses and I love knowing that I am doing something that increases the opportunities for others to get involved in the sport” 49


HOYS Roundup 2018:

Gateshead wins the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse title


oe Turner’s young exracehorse, Gateshead, took the 2018 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse title on the 3rd October. This stunning gelding by First Defence has been consistently improving and went beautifully in the ring under Norfolk’s Oliver Hood. Anne Hood said: “This is a wonderful result for us. His owner, Zoe’s, patience has really paid off. ” Ride Judge, Kevin McGuinness said: “Our winner is a super horse and rode well, as the class went on he really opened out. The people that spend the time producing these ex-racehorses so beautifully for the show ring should be very proud of themselves. Each of the horses,



in my opinion, very much Harris with her own chestnut rehoming scheme at Godolphin deserved their place in this gelding, Wild West. and Abi have stayed in touch since Hero came to Abi. Abi said: competitive final.” Joanna Attending HOYS - with a “Godolphin were keen to feature MacInnes judged the cameraman in tow - was third him in some videos. Their conformation of the finalists. placed Abi Sole from West cameraman Henry arrived to Gateshead qualified for HOYS Sussex and Hero Worship. film our last training session last year but was unplaced in the Having come to Abi ten years before coming to HOYS to film final. Anne continued: “Twelve ago from Darley Racehorse us in the actual class. The video months ago, HOYS was very Rehoming, Hero Worship is will be a great extra memory of much a learning experience for featuring in some promotional our day at HOYS.” Gateshead. He is still only a 6videos for Godolphin Lifetime year-old, but the extra year has Care. Jo Brisland who runs the made all the difference. He was Lizzie Harris with Abi Sole and Hero slightly tense when Wild West Worship he entered the ring, but as he got trotting and cantering he just went better and better.” In runner up spot was Leicestershire’s Lizzie

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Local Competitors


atasha Hewitt launched the 2018 Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham by being crowned Horseware Bronze League Champion. There was no doubting the Doncaster-based rider's supremacy in the opening class of an eagerly-awaited 70th anniversary show aboard JJS Impressive. While Natasha admitted that she was struggling to comprehend her success, the early morning audience at the Genting Arena were left in do doubt following a dominant display. Four combinations from fourteen starters recorded clear rounds, with Natasha being joined in the jumpoff by Lucy Rennie (Parkhill Legacy), Essex’s Katrina Beney (Zoey) and Cambridgeshire’s Alice Ellison (Britney IV). Natasha was first to go in the jumpoff, and impressive pace combined with some decisive turns saw them clock 38.64 seconds and post a time that proved uncatchable. Lucy went closest, going clear in 41.37 for second, with Katrina taking third place and Alice finishing fourth.

British Show Horse Association Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship


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Horseware Bronze League Championship

OYS celebrates its 70th anniversary - and there could not have been a better way to start proceedings in the showing than with the outstanding mare, Time 2 Reflect, defending her Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Show title ridden by prolific HOYS winner Jayne Ross. Jayne has dominated this particular Championship for four years now, with two of Diane Stennett’s horses - the first two years with Hello Dolly - and this win with Time 2 Reflect has once again opened her HOYS campaign in style. Prior to her Side Saddle victories here at HOYS, the 11-year-old bay mare took the Lightweight Show Hunter at HOYS in 2016. “She’s enjoying everything so much,” said Jayne, who was joined in the collecting ring by breeder Sue Rawding for celebrations. Runner up was Norfolk’s Georgina Wilkes’ 10-year-old mare Mexican Summer who deservedly moved up the line from their fourth and fifth placings in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Purebred Arab of the Year Championship

lare Fitch barely had time to celebrate her win in the Simon Constable Equine Vets and Mr and Mrs Roberts Ridden Purebred Arab of the Year Championship, before hopping on board her Welsh section D for the next class in the TopSpec Arena on day one of HOYS. But no busy schedule could hide her sheer delight - and she punched the air as her ride AJA Giuliano was called forward to take the honours. Whilst it was a first HOYS win for Susan Robinson’s grey gelding, Clare is no stranger to the ring, having taken the same title last year with another Arab she produced, Mirv. It’s been a great first open season for the 6-year-old AJA Giuliano who also stood Supreme Champion at the British Arabian Championships and qualified for HOYS on his third attempt, standing reserve champion twice before clinching his golden ticket - third time lucky! Another 6-year-old headed the final line up in this Championship; Signet, owned and bred by Judith Powell, took the runner up spot with Essex's Louisa Biles in the saddle.


Spare a thought for the massive clean-up operation needed after the show... More than 1,600 horses featured at HOYS, but they also left behind a mountain of equine waste – as much as 180 tonnes (more than 25 tonnes a day). Throw in hay, straw and other bedding, alongside the rubbish left behind by 60,000 spectators and 1,500 competitors, and the scale of the task that faced the specialist cleansing teams becomes clear. The waste was taken to a recycling plant run by nationwide operators Go Plant Fleet Services, who were leading the clean-up operation. Ben Gilmore, Regional Manager, said: “While the Show is one of the biggest in the world, we hope to ensure spectators – and certainly those using the Arena immediately afterwards - see very little evidence that it ever happened.”


REPORTS: HOYS SPECIAL National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year

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ight-year-old Noble Peppermint, kept his cool to claim the overall National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year after winning the 133cm section in style. Owned by Cheshire's Kelly Ward, it was 11-year-old daughter Ruby in the saddle. Dumfriesshire’s Hannah Sloan rode her own Tinkas Flash to a win in the first section of the Plus Mountain & Moorland First Ridden Pony of the Year on the previous day. Sharn Linney who has day, the Intermediates, before going on to claim overall reserve produced the grey gelding for the past two years, champion. said: “It’s amazing! They’ve started with a bang!” Essex’s Eddis family celebrated A homebred Welsh section C took the Reserve Champion title. Linda Atkinson’s stallion Danwood another win in the 153cm section. A regular at HOYS, Llewellyn won the breed section with Hannah Atkinson in the saddle ahead of 23 other fantastic Cashel Bay JJ, now aged 15, gave Lucy a fabulous last ride. Welsh section Cs. Lucy is in her second year of Based in North Essex, Baileys Horse Feeds have university and her sister Susie been manufacturing top quality feeds since 1982 will now fully take over the ride and have a long association with showing. on Cash. They’ve supported top producer, Lynn Russell, for “You never let yourself think over 30 years and been involved with this NPS you can do it again,” said Lucy. Mountain & Moorland Ridden Championships for “He’s just the most gifted pony.” 25 years.


Glebedale Mumbo Jumbo shows us how it’s done in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year

elsh ponies dominated the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year Championship on day two. This prestigious Championship is a culmination of nine class sections, which have been split. Although small in stature, Zoe Holmes’ Welsh section A, Glebedale Mumbo Jumbo held his own among a fantastically strong field of winners and second placed ponies from all sections. Wonderfully ridden by Essex’s 11-year-old Isabella Sharifi, the pony was brimming with style and presence all the way round the ring. This was Isabella’s first time in an open class at HOYS, and the pair had no problem stepping up a gear after their fourth place in the Brineton/Kare


Intermediate Show Hunter of the Year Championship


laiming two Championship titles in the space of little over an hour, Miranda Wallace was on cloud nine after winning both Intermediate Championships on the Saturday - and in her last year in Intermediates! Having stood The Baker-Beall Family Intermediate Show Riding Type of the Year Champion with her own Forgeland Hyde Park


in the preceding class, Miranda came straight back into the TopSpec Arena aboard Georgina Wilkes’ Mexican Summer to take the Thistledown Properties Intermediate Show Hunter of the Year. “It’s fantastic; a dream come true!” said Miranda, who rides the 10-year-old mare in Intermediates while Norfolk’s Georgina takes the open rides. The win also signified a ‘one,

Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Champion title essica Howard produced a nerveless performance to win the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship. Almost half of the 24 starters jumped clear, setting up a jump-off that did not disappoint in terms of its intensity and exhilarating speed. Despite being last to go in the jump-off, Jessica riding Tinkas Gentleman Jim, kept her composure to clip almost half a second off the previous leader’s time set by Shropshire’s Lily Freeman-Attwood on Capability Brown. Essex’s Courtney Young and Sky VI finished third, with Berkshire’s Tatiane Mauree and Horseabout Zizu taking fourth and Wiltshire’s Lila Bremner, daughter of comedian and


impressionist Rory Bremner, securing fifth spot aboard Lapislazuli. Reflecting on her victory, Jessica said: "It’s insane to win it. It’s just totally unreal. If someone had told me last year that I would win this class this year, I would have laughed. I would have said ‘no way’. “We’ve had quite a journey together, but he has really come into his own and is really confident now; I am so happy with him. He always rises to the occasion. He is such a careful pony, and he looks after himself, and it has just been about getting him careful and confident at the same time. I am, without doubt, the happiest person you could imagine.”

The British Showjumping 128cm Championship

zabella Rogers showed great form by winning the 128cm Pony Championship on the Sunday. The 10-year-old, from Chelmsford in Essex, triumphed in the corresponding class at Hickstead this summer, and she was again on top form with her 15-year-old grey mare Whinney Lass. In a tight jump-off, just six hundredths of a second separated Izabella from runner-up Poppy Deakin, riding Munsboro Plunkett, as Izabella’s time of 31.05 seconds proved just enough for victory in a class that has previously been won by the likes of Great Britain international showjumper William Whitaker. Third place went to Noora von Bulow and Sparkel in the Andrews Bowen International Arena at the NEC’s Genting Arena, while Tabitha Kyle finished fourth aboard Corey's Princess. “It was amazing, really exciting,” said Izabella, as she celebrated her victory. “It was very nervewracking at the end. It was a testing jump-off course and I was just focusing on the last fence and hoping for the best. It’s a huge arena. I rode here last year and I came sixth, and to win it is such a different feeling. It’s the best day of my career.”


DID YOU K NOW... Winnin

two, three’ for the impressive Mexican Summer. She finished second in the Ladies Side Saddle and third in the ExcLOOsive Event Hire Small Show Hunter, both with Georgina earlier in the week. Georgina bought her as a five-and-a-half yearold just backed and produces her herself. She said: “She’s so laid back; the easiest horse to do. She also loves her jumping.” Georgina

added that they’d come out and do it all again next year: “I still want my centre line moment!” she laughed. Reserve Champion went to Diane Stennett’s 10-year-old mare Hello Dolly ridden by Scott Dixon. Hello Dolly is no stranger to the Open classes at HOYS with a number of Championship titles to her name with producer Jayne Ross.

g both Hic kstead and HOYS on the sam e pony in the same been achie year hasn’t ved in the last years, this could be lo 20 nger (of at all e ver ach the record ieved) as s only go back as fa r as 1998!

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REPORTS: HOYS SPECIAL SEIB Search for a Star title follows Hannah home



olly Cooper added her name to the Horse of the Year Show roll of honour by winning the Pony Foxhunter Championship. The 15-year-old, from Northamptonshire, did it in style on Valentino Supreme, a 9-year-old bay gelding that Holly has only been riding for less than a year. Nine combinations from 31 starters made it through to the jump-off as many of Britain’s top pony showjumpers relished appearing in front of the big Saturday afternoon crowd in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. Holly put on a superb jump-off round which saw them clock a time of 32.10 seconds to finish well clear of the field. Tatiane Mauree, riding Horseabout Zibu, took second place, with Essex’s Courtney Young riding Neil 55 finishing third. See page 58...


“To have Judges of that calibre picking Cilla as the champion was just brilliant”

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Pony Foxhunter Championship Courtney Young riding Neil 55

Hannah Moore’s Follow Her Home

Essex’s Katie Jerram-Hunnable judged conformation and the Ride Judge was Chris Hunnable Jerram, with Claire Oliver riding the horses in the Riding Horse Hack final. The winners of each of the six Search for a Star sections throughout the week at HOYS went forward to the Search for a Star Championship in the International Arena on the Friday evening of HOYS. Hannah Moore’s stunning grey mare, Follow Her Home excelled in the main HOYS arena to take the top prize. Hannah and Cilla won the Working horse final at HOYS on the Thursday afternoon which put them through to the Championship in the main HOYS arena. Hannah has owned Cilla since last Christmas and the pair qualified for the Search for a Star working horse finals at their first show together. “Thank you to SEIB for providing us with the opportunity!”

The Reserve Champion title went to Middlesborough’s Theodora Hopkins with Claire Robinson’s pony, Hunky Dory.

Cobs A competitive Search for a Star Cob final at HOYS saw Gillian Purgac and her own Ballygar Joker (Joey) take the top spot. Gillian said: “Joey and I have had an amazing season and HOYS was the icing on the cake and an experience that I will always treasure. Having won the cob final and getting to go through to the evening performance was beyond words!” Gillian and Joey qualified for the Search for a Star finals at the first time of trying, up at Osbaldeston in Gillian’s home county, Lancashire. The pair have been out on the county show circuit this year and enjoyed taking the Cob Championship at the Royal Lancashire Show and a placing at the Great Yorkshire Show. Fourth was Deards Gold N Silver owned and ridden by local competitor Sarah Field from Suffolk.

Theodora Hopkins with Hunky Dory

Photo: RTI

r Hannah Moore won the 20th running of the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Championship at HOYS on the 5th October. Staffordshire’s Hannah and her grey Irish mare, Follow Her Home took the title under the spotlight in the HOYS International Arena on Friday evening. Search for a Star is the pinnacle of the season for amateur showing enthusiasts. Hundreds of spectators flock to watch these competitive finals and see if next year it could be them. Amateur show horse riders have been travelling the length and breadth of the country since the first Search for a Star qualifier in April in their quest to get through to the HOYS finals. Forty lucky amateur riders earned their HOYS tickets across the four Search for a Star classes.

Riding Horse Hack The riding horse hack final was as always run as one class at HOYS, with one hack winner and one riding horse winner, both of whom went through to the

Search for a Star Championship on the Friday. Winning the riding horse final was Megan Barlow riding Charlotte Dilworth’s bay gelding, Castors Son. Megan said: “Castor was a diamond from start to finish at HOYS. In the run up to the class, my nerves were terrible, but Castor worked in great and then he really switched on when we went into the ring which I think gave us both confidence.” As the riding horse hack class was on the Thursday of HOYS, Megan then had to change plans – along with the other winning Search for a Star competitors - to stay for Friday’s final. Senior research fellow and Clinical trials manager, Lincolnshire’s Dr Charlotte Hall and her dark bay mare, Carrhouse Dark Silk won the Search for a Star HOYS hack final. Tabitha as the mare is known at home has been owned by Charlotte and her sister Sophie since she was a 2year-old. Charlotte said: “HOYS has been the best week, Tabitha was great and in her lap of honour she simply floated over the ground. I think she loved every minute too. It is such a balancing act with work and the horses and all the early starts have been worth it for this week! We do it because we love it.” Tabitha qualified for HOYS back in April at Osbaldeston and has every week since been for a practise in an indoor school in preparation for HOYS. Charlotte’s sister Sophie also shows Tabitha and the pair took second place in the amateur

final at the Royal International this year. Charlotte continued: “Next year we will swap round and I will be trying to qualify for RIHS and Sophie and Tabitha will be contesting HOYS open hack qualifiers. It has been so nice this year having the support that SEIB puts on and always knowing there is someone there with any questions, the whole thing has been an amazing experience.” Fourth was Scottish Star owned and ridden by local competitor Kim Johnson from Hertfordshire.

Team. Competition secretary, Lois Taylor and series Judges, Robert Oliver and Richard Ramsay all received awards. Robert Oliver was presented with the Equestrian of the Year trophy. He has been a Judge for the Search for a Star HOYS finals since they started in 1998. The presentation of this prize marks his retirement from judging the series. Lois Taylor has been secretary for the series ever since the first Search for a Star qualifier at Towerlands EC in Essex, twentytwo-years ago and top show Hunters producer and long-term Search The 2018 Search for a Star for a Star Judge, Richard Ramsay hunter winner was Cumbria’s were both invited to present the Caroline Airey’s homebred Search for a Star champion, gelding, Urswick Rock Solid Hannah Moore and Follow Her (Diego). Home with their prize. Lois and King Cover’s Pride owned and Richard were also presented ridden by Roberta Baston from with commemorative silver Hertfordshire was third. photo frames. SEIB Insurance Brokers set up SEIB Marketing Manager the Search for a Star series 22 Nicolina Mackenzie said: “The years ago and give amateur Search for a Star finals have been riders and their horses the at HOYS for 20 years now. We chance to compete at HOYS. The have had so many truly series has led to many thrilled hardworking people that have competitors achieving this got involved. It has also been dream. wonderful this week to highlight HOYS 2018 saw recognition of the huge amount that Lois and some key – behind the scenes – Richard have contributed to the members of the Search for a Star series over the years. Looking ahead to next year we are delighted to be welcoming one of our former Search for a Star champions back as a Judge. Jordan Cook was the 2007 Search for a Star champion and we are thrilled to be welcoming him on to the team.” Robert Oliver awarded Equestrian of the Year presented by Jeff Osborne (Honorary Vice President) and Emma Williams (Events Director for Grandstand Media Ltd) Photo: Julian Portch Photography

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“I came fourth in the SEIB Search for a Star Cob class with Deards Gold n Silver and I was very pleased to be the cover of Absolute Horse Magazine a couple months ago too!” - Sarah Field (Suffolk)

“Just one qualifier was all it took for Scottish Star ex flat racehorse to get our HOYS ticket. “We’ve only been together 18 months and we went to a SEIB SFAS riding horse qualifier to see what the Judges thought and to see if it was worth chasing for next year! And we qualified! “Scottie was an absolute star and gave me a super ride in the Topspec Arena for fourth place. “We’re now planning our 2019 campaign!” - Kim Johnson (Herts)



“King Clovers Pride (aka Walter) and I won the SEIB Search for a Star at Bury Farm and qualified for HOYS back in June, since then our journey has been some what challenging. “Walter sustained a minor injury which meant that 2 months prior to HOYS he was on box rest meaning we were not able to prepare or train for the event. It was always touch and go if we would even make it. I first rode Walter the evening before our class in the Topspec Arena - Walt was on his toes to say the least, it was all very exciting but I was very reluctant to ride him as I would normally because I was so worried I would cause him to be lame. But he was being quite a handful - quite within reason as he’d come from being stabled to HOYS! My friend gave me some good advice and Walter soon settled and was back to his usual sane self. “The next morning was D-day! I woke up at 4am and went out to see Walter, hoping he was sound and that the shenanigans from the night before hadn’t hindered our day. I got him out and hurray, he was absolutely fine! So we got him ready for show time! “He looked amazing, felt amazing - we were ready to rock and roll! Who would have thought he had not been ridden for two months prior. We entered the arena first and I had the biggest smile on my face - it was the most amazing experience one I’ll never forget! To top it off we were placed third. All I was hoping for was sane and be placed in the top 3 was icing on the cake! “That day would normally be one of the saddest in my life as the 5th October was the day I lost my lovely mum only two years ago. However I strongly believe she was with me every step of the way.” - Roberta Baston (Herts)

“Myself and my horse Churchtown Minstrel (Charlie as he is known to his friends) competed at HOYS. It was my first time riding at HOYS and Charlie’s second after placing third last year. We competed in the Coloured Traditional, Native Cob Horse class (CHAPS) on the Sunday. With a 4am alarm ready for the 5am working-in in the International Arena it was a long day! “My nerves where high for the class as it was only my third competition on him, so for such a new combination there was quite a bit of pressure! We had however already proved ourselves with a seventh (out of 43) at the Royal International earlier on in the season (our first show!) so knew we could do it. We were trilled with lovely scores to finish in joint-eleventh, just out of the placing! We are hoping to train hard over the winter so we can be back there next year!” - Hanna Sillitoe (Essex)


“Livie Smith and Brookwater Carousel were eighth in the Price Family First Ridden. “This was their second time competing at HOYS with a third in the same class in 2017. “They qualified at South of England two consecutive years - a lucky show for them!”

“Livie Smith and Westfirle Golden Oriole on their HOYS debut in the M&M Fiirst Ridden finishing in twelth place!” - Kate Smith (Essex)

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The Stable Company 138cm Championship


onder pony Sonas Barney completed a remarkable hat-trick as Claudia Moore claimed victory in The Stable Company 138cm Championship. Sonas Barney, a 21-year-old veteran of the pony competition scene, has now won the prestigious competition three times with three different riders - Claudia, Madison Heath last year and Nicole LockheadAnderson in 2015. He is also the first pony to claim successive victories in the class. “It’s incredible to win, especially because he is 21, which is quite old to be doing what he is doing. He just loves it so much,” Claudia said. “It is the first time I have won here, and I have such lovely owners, which makes this all possible. The jump-off was close; Luli Loveridge did an amazing job, but today Sonas Barney just did incredibly. “It means so much to me to win here. I have never won here before. I have come second, I have come third but I had never actually got that top spot.”

“I won the Puissance at the Arena UK Major Showjumping Championships with Florida VDL (aka Rosso), and we were then invited to compete at HOYS and take on the famous red wall! “Arena UK had been Rosso’s first Puissance, and having done little preparation he exceeded all expectations! However, it was clear that he is exceptionally talented, and played over even the last round which stood at 2m15! “At HOYS there was a real buzz in the arena when it came to the Puissance. It is such a popular class with the public and they love the excitement! I was thrilled with Rosso who took it all in his (rather large) stride, as he would have never seen anything like the arena at HOYS before, being relatively inexperienced for an 8year-old, as he only started his showjumping career properly at the

beginning of last year! “I was delighted when we jumped clear in the first round, with the wall standing at 1m80! Unfortunately, in the second round I made a slight mistake and we ended up too close to the wall, taking out the top brick. I was disappointed to have let him down on this occasion, but we work in a sport of the finest of margins and I have learnt from my mistake. I cannot fault Rosso for his performance as he was fantastic, and so I have come away happy and ready to (hopefully) take on the wall again next year!” - India Bussey (Norfolk)

“Rosie Ringer aged 14 competed this year after luckily winning the only qualifier they did this season at NPS Championships in Malvern. Rosie’s pony Carnsdale Absolutely Fabulous or Patsy as she is known at home, has spent the summer eventing at BE and PC events, she is an amazing all rounder. Rosie is very young to be Rosie Ringer in the HOYS Intermediate WHP (horses doing intermediates as you can be up to 25 in this class; exc 153cm but not exc 158) we were all very nervous but Patsy was ‘fabulous' and and riders up to age 25. totally looked after her jockey over the enormous 1.25m track. Despite the 3 poles down they felt like winners, just being there was fantastic! “We bought every photo and drank fizz - it might never happen again and we were just incredibly lucky and happy to be there! They can’t wait for next year to try and get there again!” - Vicki Ringer (Norfolk)

“Stockdale Black Prince, also known as Diablo or Dee is owned by myself, trained by Jessie Dudley Apicella and driven by her Dad, Geoff Dudley. He qualified for the Harness Horse Championship at Denbigh and Flint late in the season (August). “He is the most willing and versatile pony who owes us nothing. He has turned a hoof to everything asked of him and has succeeded in all spheres. This was his third year running at HOYS and he stood sixth place in a strong class of beautiful turnouts. “He never fails to make us all proud. A pony in a million with a heart of solid gold!” - Jodie Sillett (Essex)



Five qualified, two third rosettes!

ssex’s Courtney Young qualified five for the 2018 HOYS, her last year on ponies. Her first HOYS lap of honour was with Zucan V in 2017. Formerly ridden by Olivia McCaul, Courtney got the ride as Olivia moved to seniors. Third in the newcomer final and unlucky to have the last down in the Pony Foxhunter final, Courtney soon had Zucan qualified for the Foxhunter in 2018. A pony that was then sold to be ridden by his new owner. In autumn 2017, Neil 55 was just having his first taste in a competition ring. Owned by Nicola Rogers, whose daughter Izabella triumphed in the 128cm final, Courtney was offered the ride and they swiftly moved through the ranks in 2018, winning the Silver League final at the Nationals. Now aged just 6-years-old, this partnership qualified Newcomer and Foxhunter for HOYS and reached the finals having been on the circuit for just a year. They finished eventual third in the very tough but thrilling Pony Foxhunter final. Bacardi III was also produced by Courtney from a 5year-old, having never been in the competition ring previously. Now 7-years-old, Bacardi qualified Newcomers at the Nationals and put in an excellent performance at HOYS, just missing out on the jump off. Sky VI is owned by Penny Ballard who gave Courtney the ride in April of this year. Less than six months later the pair were competing in the Newcomer final to finish third, just 0.4 seconds behind the winner having been first to jump off. Courtney said the anticipation of waiting for those big, purple velvet curtains is awesome, and cantering into the spotlights of that iconic ring is just ‘the best feeling ever’.


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Homebred horse takes the SEIB Search for a Star RDA Championship


he much anticipated SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Championship final took place on the 6th September at the British Show Horse Association Hunter Championship Show at Addington. Qualified horses and riders travelled the length and breadth of the country, from Sunderland to Devon to attend the final. The title went to John Hackett’s stunning homebred, Johan’s Debut, ridden by Tracy Steel. The Judges, Jane HoldernessRoddam, Rob Walker and Addington proprietor, Tim Price

were unanimous in deciding upon the winner. Now in its second year, the Search for a Star RDA championship is really proving to be a great hit with competitors. Sarah Hadley of the RDA said: “Showing has added a welcome new dimension to the competitive opportunities open to RDA riders and this championship was a fittingly glamorous end to a fabulous season of events throughout 2018. Thanks to SEIB, not just for supporting this competition but for everything they are doing to promote Showing for

REPORTS RDA. We are also grateful to BSHA for allowing this class to be held at the Championships and to Addington Manor for hosting.” John Hackett’s winning 16-yearold gelding, the homebred, Johan’s Debut is known as Devlin at home. He said: “I bought Devlin’s dam years ago and he is very much the one and only horse I have ever bred.” Tracy and Devlin qualified for the Search for a Star RDA final by winning the qualifier at the Hartpury RDA Championship. Tracy said: “Devlin got in the ring, knew what to do and just got on with it. He is brilliant. This win has really given me the drive to go on to do open SEIB Search for a Star classes next year.” Tracy added: “The atmosphere at the championship was just brilliant. In the busy warm-up arena, I noticed that one of the younger competitors was becoming a bit overwhelmed so me and Devlin went over to speak to her. I suggested that she should walk round with me and Devlin. So we spent our warm-up together, walking round, making sure that the young girl was ok to get in the ring and do her best. I continued to keep an eye out for her when the class started.” Tracy is a grade 4 rider and RDA coach with the Tyne and Wear RDA group at the Washington Riding Centre. Thirteen-year-old Isabella Benfield and her mother, Alison’s pony, Cookies and Cream took the runner up spot. Isabella and Cookie nearly didn’t get to the finals. Alison said:

“Doing so well came as a bit of a shock! We have had all sorts of problems with Cookie’s saddle slipping in the run up to the championship, luckily putting a gel pad under the saddle helped massively and enabled them to put in a great performance.” Isabella suffers from cerebral palsy and is very determined with her riding. She has ridden since she was three and the Benfield family have owned Cookie for two years now. Alison added. “It is Isabella’s absolute dream to one day ride in the dressage in the para Olympics. We are always keen to support any competitions that are put on for para riders and the SEIB showing series has provided Isabella with a brilliant opportunity to do something a bit different with Cookie.” Isabella is a member of the Stratford-upon-Avon RDA group and is trained by Brittany Lankston. Kayla Pratt and Claire Robinson’s skewbald pony, Hunky Dory took third place in the Search for a Star RDA Championship. Seventeen-year old Kayla said: “I felt honoured to have the opportunity to go to this exciting show with Dory. Everyone went into the ring with a smile on their face and I am just delighted for Dory that we did so well.” Hunky Dory’s owner, Claire Robinson, owns

Robinson's Equiteach in Great get on well together showing so Ayton, Middlesborough. Two she suggested aiming at this ponies and riders from Claire’s class.” Twenty-year-old Alex yard qualified for the Search for works as an engineer and he a Star RDA Championships. mainly competes in para Phoebe Whitfield riding another showjumping competitions. of Claire’s ponies, Alice, also Lesley Sayers and Janet competed in the final. They Alderton’s, Marteg Victory were finished in seventh place. delighted to take sixth place in Kayla who suffers from a the final. This is the second year language disability disorder is that Lesley, who is registered studying for a BTEC in Art and blind, has competed in Search Design at the Northern School for a Star. SEIB’s Marketing of Art. Manager Nicolina MacKenzie In fourth place was said: “SEIB is 10-year-old Kassia renowned for putting ...everyone is Dudek riding Natalie getting the same something back and Burns’ black pony, I think we have really opportunity to get achieved this with Rio. Natalie runs the East Liverpool RDA out there. This class the RDA Search for a Group which has 28 really focussed on Star. Many of the RDA ponies. Kassia looking at how the riders in the final are learned to ride on horses and ponies fairly new to Rio and has been are produced and showing. Some of riding him for our competitors have not what the riders’ expressed an interest around three years. disabilities are.. in competing in the Taking fifth and sixth place in the open Search for a finals were two riders from ‘Ride Star classes next year which is 2 Achieve’ RDA group in just brilliant.” Hereford. The team from Ride 2 The SEIB Search for a Star RDA Achieve very nearly didn’t make competition requires the finals following a blow out competitors to ride around the on the motorway en route to ring together in walk and trot Addington. Janet Alderton who before lining up and performing runs Ride 2 Achieve said: “A an individual show. Any type of huge thank you to the fantastic horse or pony is able to compete Judges and Stewards and all our and the class will be judged 30% fellow competitors for allowing on conformation, 30% on our riders to join the class five turnout and 40% on suitability, minutes after it had started. My manners and way of going, so daughter, Jo Alderton drove like giving a good individual show a pro following our blowout on will be important to the overall the motorway.” result. Full rules for the In fifth was Alex Stevens from competition are to be found on Ride 2 Achieve with Briony the Search for a Star website. Sellar’s, Caplor Hill Billy. Alex said: “Billy’s owner, Briony thought that me and Billy would Search4AStar



Report and images by Tilly Berendt hree action-packed days of eventing at the Ely Eventing Centre drew to an exciting close with the starstudded final day of competition on Monday 1st October. Little Downham Horse Trials has long been heralded as the ideal competition to prepare top-class horses for their major autumn international entries, and this week proved no exception. World-class athletes and their equally famous horses took part in the event’s Advanced class, offering a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the very best of the sport in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Rio Olympian Gemma Tattersall, part of the gold-medal winning British team at the recent World Equestrian Games, brought three horses, joining Burghley Horse Trials winner Tim Price, New Zealand sporting legend Andrew Nicholson, and Australian Olympian Chris Burton, the ‘fastest man in the world’, among the ones-to-



watch in the feature class. An autumnal chill might be in the air, but the sun shone mightily on the Ely fixture as the event, which boasts a title sponsorship from luxury saddler Childeric, got underway. Artfully designed by Jonathan Clissold and Tina Ure, the cross-country course allows for easy viewing – a boon for spectators and competitors alike, who enjoyed three days of fast and furious action. In the end, glory in the two biggest classes went to British rider Izzy Taylor riding Frog Rock, and Ireland’s Joseph Murphy who piloted his experienced campaigner Sportsfield Othello to a lightning-fast victory. For Joseph, Little Downham is always a competition worth going to – even though he has to cross the sea to do so. “It’s the ideal competition – it offers enough to test the best horses, and the ground is always great. It’s very safe galloping ground,” he explained, praising the efforts of the organising

committee and ground crew behind the event. “From a horse’s perspective, it’s fantastic. The team builds a really nice track, and you always know what you’re going to get; it’s not going to be trappy or have any tricks. Plus, the organisers are really helpful – it’s sometimes difficult to make plans too far in advance if you live in Ireland, but they’re always so accommodating to riders, so it’s well worth the journey.” Joseph, like many of his fellow competitors, will now head to one of the world’s premier events, Les 4 Etoiles des Pau in the south of France, using the valuable confidence boost his horses gained this weekend to aim for an international title. But Little Downham isn’t just for Olympic veterans – all three of the venue’s summer fixtures offer a chance for riders at every level to enjoy a great days’ competition, and this, the final event of the year, provided something even better. The Mitsubishi Motors Championships at Badminton is the pinnacle of grassroots eventing, and amateur competitors across the country dedicate their eventing seasons to seeking out a coveted qualification to ride at the spring showcase. To do so, they must first qualify for and compete at a Regional Final, and Little Downham provided the east of England’s opportunity to do so, at both the BE90 and BE100 level. Esther Anderson from Norwich won the BE90

regional final riding her mother Jane’s Jims Patch. Esther completed her first event with ‘Patchy’ at Little Downham’s July fixture, and the venue has proven a happy hunting ground indeed – the pair has won on both their visits to Ely. Now, Esther heads back north to Durham University, where she studies alongside competing for the university’s equestrian team. Victory in the BE100 regional final went to Essex-based bookkeeper Alyson Parker and JJ Malone. Alyson is a familiar face at Little Downham, both as a competitor and as a volunteer, and she also competes as a member of the Essendon and Epping Forest Riding Club. She and ‘Joe’ have completed the challenging Mitsubishi Motors Championship five times at the BE100 level, finishing fifth this spring. The Childeric Little Downham Horse Trials will be back in 2019 with three jam-packed competition dates, so whether you’re an aspiring competitor, a seasoned campaigner, or just looking for a fantastic day out among the best riders in the world, make sure to add it to your diary.

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huge thank you has been expressed by PC Area 8 Polocrosse to the Tinker Family from Essex and Suffolk Hunt PC for hosting a rally and clinic on Sunday 14th October in the Suffolk sun. Iain Heaton made the long journey fron Warwickshire for some great coaching. “We welcomed some new faces who all did really well. And the regulars had a great session practising their passing. The next date is the 10th November and we will be moving back indoors to Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club near Great Dunmow. It is the perfect way to try the sport in the safety and comfort of their large indoor arena. So the weather might be getting cooler and the nights are drawing in but you can still have some fun with your best friend,” commented Caro Daniels, PC Area 8 Polocrosse Coordinator.

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Fletchers Farm Showjumping, 30th September Class 5 winners Laura Thompson and Boots

Class 4 winners Megan Biggs and Pumpkin

Class 6 winners Olivia White and Paddy

Class 1 1 Tommy Browning – Miss Independence; 2 Maisie Cock - Stan; 3 Paloma O’Connor - Sparky; 4 Maisie Cock - Tinkerbell. Class 2 1 Paloma O’Connor - Sparky; 2 Anna Burley - Valerie; 3 Harry Gibson - Thistle; 4 Grace Hill – FFRS Ronnie. Class 3 1 Paeton Furneax - Poppy; 2 Harry Gibson - Thistle; 3 Charlie Ruthland - Easter; 4 Erin Heap - Queenie. Class 4 1 Megan Biggs - Pumpkin; 2 Emily Constable - Reggie; 3 Paeton Furneax - Poppy; 4 Shannon Laughton – Lilly. Class 5 1 Laura Thompson – Boots; 2 Emily Constable - Reggie; 3 Todd Grimshaw – FFRS Drummer; 4 Olivia White – Paddy. Class 6 1 Olivia White – Paddy; 2 Laura Thompson – Boots; 3 Polly Sullivan – Colour Me Rueben; 4 Eleanor Deal - Dove.



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Your Showdate listings for... THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01449 744482 FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; Team & Ind Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01353 727109 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Junior British Halloween Showjumping. Tel:

01760 722616 SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; Team & Ind Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 ARENA TREC Beds: Twin Trees EC; Arena Trec. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; British Dressage. Tel: 01603 732316 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Junior British Halloween Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616

SHOWDATE DIARY Nov/Dec 2018 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Senior British Showjumping Club. Tel: 01449 744482 MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clea Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Barleylands EC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07545 010770 SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; NSEA

Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall; British Dressage. Tel: 01799 218301 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 01449 744482 ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: The Jays; NSEA Arena Eventing. Tel: 07759 603120 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 EVENTER TRIAL Beds: The College EC; Eventer Trial. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Area 8 Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Cash Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING

Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; Evening Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01603 732316 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Evening Clear Round Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Give it a go Showjumping. Tel: 01449 744482

SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Wix EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01255 870744 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01760 722616 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Centaur Trust: Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 GYMKHANA Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Gymkhana and Showjumping. Tel: 07749 951898 SHOWING Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Winter Showing Show. Tel: 07775 516945 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Int Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400.




Your Showdate listings for... Nov/Dec 2018 SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Bluegate Hall; British Dressage. Tel: 01799 218301 DRIVING Essex: Wix EC; Indoor Driving. Tel: 01473 735732 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Int Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Beds: Twin Trees EC; Dressage. Tel: 01767 627414 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Lime Kiln Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07749 951898 EVENTER TRIAL Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Evener Trial. Tel: 01760 722616 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Int Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; High Fen RC Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER


DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; British Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER DRESSAGE Beds: The College EC; Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01234 708400 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Topthorn Arena; British Dressage. Tel: 01449 711962 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Easton & Otley College; British Dressage. Tel: 01603 732316 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Mini Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge

Arena; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER DRESSAGE Cambs: Fenning Farm EC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01353 727109 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SHOWJUMPING Beds: The College EC; Junior British Showjumping. Tel: 01234 708400 SHOWJUMPING Beds: Twin Trees EC; Showjumping. Tel: 01767 627414 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Unaffiliated Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 MONDAY 3RD DECEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Evening Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 TUESDAY 4TH DECEMBER SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07879 881755 WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER SHOWJUMPING Essex:

Brook Farm TC; Senior British Showjumping. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Essex: Wix EC; Evening Showjumping. Tel: 01255 870744 FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER DRESSAGE Norfolk: Anvil Park Stud; British Dressage. Tel: 07879 881755 SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; British Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 SHOWJUMPING Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Cash Showjumping. Tel: 01760 722616 SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER ARENA EVENTING Beds: The College EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 01234 708400 ARENA EVENTING Suffolk: Boyton Hall EC; Arena Eventing. Tel: 01449 744482 DRESSAGE Essex: Brook Farm TC; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07595 023325 DRESSAGE Essex: Harolds Park Farm; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07775 516945 DRESSAGE Norfolk: Forest Edge Arena; Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 01760 722616 DRESSAGE Suffolk: Centaur Trust: Affiliated and Unaffiliated Dressage. Tel: 07881 802129

Absolute Horse - November 2018  
Absolute Horse - November 2018