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Cella has her own style and I trust her. She doesn’t like me to touch her mouth, so I just have to resist the urge to get too involved

Photos: Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

Ben Maher, winner of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in London, talks about his new mount, Cella. Find out more on p8




This month, side-saddle, classical training, festivals and more

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Taking place at royal residence Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire, the Festival of British Eventing provides a weekend of topclass eventing in a stunning setting. Plus, there are plenty of arena attractions, entertainment and a bustling shopping village, too.



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Learn more about Western Judith experienced Western competitor to n ctio odu Intr Hubbard at her Western Riding clinic. Held at lecture Urchinwood Manor, Bristol, this from ing ryth demo will look at eve training to tack. Tickets £15.



Eventing festival

Horses all day

The popular Bakewell Show, Show Derbyshire, has introduced a dedicated equestrian day to its calendar for 2013. Visitors on 6 August will be treated to a full day of horsey entertainment, including Horse of the Year Show qualifiers, ridden heavy horse classes, unaffiliated dressage and a novice horse class for any horse of any breed not placed at a county show.



Side-saddle style

For those hankering after the days of Downton Abbey, take a trip to the National Side Saddle Show 2013, Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire. With over 100 classes designed specifically for side-saddle riders, the show has something for everyone and includes the Side Saddle Association Equitation Championships.

Water world Worried by water jumps? Book yourself on a Water Schooling clinic with eventer Mark Cavell. Held at the Osberton Estate, Nottinghamshire, Mark will give you top advice that will benefit you and your horse, whether you’re introducing a youngster or building your technique.

➤ Petplan Equine recently asked their Facebook community: “Who comes first, your horse or your partner?”. They found that 90% of respondents put their horse before their partner. Petplan Equine’s Head of Marketing, Isabella von Mesterhazy, says: “I’m sure that there are many people who have long suspected they are behind their other half’s horse in the pecking order and this exercise has certainly proven that.” 10 HORSE &RIDER

Pure XC

11-31 August

Love crosscountry but not so keen on dressage and showjumping? The Horseware National Hunter Trials are designed for you! Compete crosscountry in 28 qualifiers around the country and if you’re in the top three of your class with no jumping penalties, you’ll advance to the national final in October.

➤ ‘Dragons’ Den’ investor Deborah Meaden has become an ambassador for Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic legacy programme. The entrepreneur bought her first pony for £60 after saving her summer holiday earnings as a child and now owns several horses.



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Classical training

Inspire your attending by dressage dressage al tion rna inte trainer Diane Followell’s ‘Training riders – transforming horses’ clinic at Checkenden Equestrian Centre, West Berkshire. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, riders benefit from Diane’s apprenticeship with late world-renowned classical dressage master Nuno Oliveira.



Agility fun

Find out more about horse agility at The International Horse Agility Club Training Day and Competition, Chudleigh, Devon. Running from 10am to 4pm, tickets are £35 for members, £40 for non-members and just £5 for spectators. thehorseagilityclub. com

15-30 August


Equestrian celebration

For a total celebration of the equine, visit Equifest, Equifest held at the East of England Showground, Cambridgeshire. Described as an ‘equestrian extravaganza’, the event includes showing, showjumping, carriage driving, plus a wide range of trade stands for your equestrian shopping needs.


22-25 August

Horses at the castle

The Blair Castle Barclays s, International Horse Trials 0 40,00 cts attra , shire Perth visitors and sees a range of riders compete – from Olympians to amateurs. Plus, there are showjumping and showing classes on site, too.

Clever coloureds


Appreciate all things coloured equine at August the Coloured Horse and Pony Society UK 2013 Championship Show, Arena UK, Lincolnshire. A showcase of the varied talents of coloured horses, you can see everything from in-hand classes to ridden championships.

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Calling dressage divas

The dates and venues for the 14th annual Petplan Equine Dressage Area Festivals have been announced. It’s the perfect opportunity for amateur dressage riders to shine. Find your nearest venue at

➤ The British Eventing ‘Eventing Cinema’ competition is back! Capture the spirit of eventing on film and win £1,000-worth of photographic equipment. In association with Horsehub, entries will be judged by Laura Collett, Paul Tapner, Mike Etherington-Smith and Liam Killen. Entries close 16 September 2013.

New at Longleat

New for 2013, the Longleat Horse Trials, Wiltshire, is an unaffiliated two and three-day event aimed at the amateur rider. The cross-country course runs through the estate’s beautiful grounds, and there will be a range of entertainment and activities.

➤ New research by Gervase Phillips, a specialist in military history at Manchester Metropolitan University, reveals the plight of horses during the American Civil War. It is believed that 1.2 million horses died during the conflict and the average life expectancy of an artillery horse was just seven-and-a-half months. HORSE&RIDER 11


In this feature... ➤ Harness knowledge you already possess

Perfect your circles

Our author Martin Diggle started riding at age 19 and has competed successfully in all the main disciplines, both on his own and other people’s horses. He was, for many years, closely involved with a riding club that actively encouraged membership from adult beginners and retains a keen interest in helping novice riders to progress.

Using what you already know









Photos: Steve Bardens

How circles fit into a 20 x 40m arena




In the saddle

➤ Ride a properly round circle ➤ Improve your accuracy riding school figures

You know the shape of a circle – use that to ride it really round, says Martin Diggle


f you’re trying a new activity, whether it’s starting riding or moving to a new discipline, you already have skills that can help you progress. Of course, you need to learn riding technique, but as I explained last month, if you can sing or dance, this can help you ride with rhythm. This series is all about bringing aspects of your life experience into the saddle, and this month I’m looking at riding circles, a deceptively simple exercise that is in fact difficult to do well. But it will be easier if you use your ability to plan ahead and your knowledge of the simple geometry of a circle – see the diagram left if you need a reminder!

Plan your route

Correctly-ridden circles are valuable schooling exercises for horses. Circles, or parts of them, are intrinsic parts of riding in an arena and significant factors in even the most basic dressage tests. But circles are not that easy for horses to perform (especially if they are not particularly active, balanced or supple), and for this and other reasons, they are not easy to ride well. Doing so requires good co-ordination and technique. However, another factor necessary for success is planning – it is clearly not possible to reproduce any figure, whether mounted or not, without first having a good picture of it in your mind’s eye. (You could not, for example, draw an equilateral triangle without first knowing what it is – one with all three sides equal.)

Circles have no angles or straight lines – ride them that way!

Sarah and Rocky show how it’s done!


What’s Ladies’ fit

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Vits and mins

Nettex All Purpose Vits & Mins promotes health in older horses or those on a reduced hard feed ration. Priced at around £11.50 for 1.5kg. ☎ 01634 257150 For a fantastic selection of equestrian products.

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H&R tester: “These mats were easy to move and cut to shape (even with my limited DIY skills). They slot together well and do not move once in place. The mats have reduced my mucking out time by half – the soiled bedding simply slides out. They create a cushioned, level bed for my old horse. He loves them and so do I!”


All-rounder The LeMieux Stealth Air XC boots are designed to provide

strength, protection and comfort. Priced at £36.95 (fronts) and £42.95 (hinds). ☎ 02380 814360

Horsey shopping

Check out some of the great new horsey stuff this month


The NuuMed Event pad is ergonomically

designed to maximise performance and give a streamlined look. Priced at around £32.50. ☎ 01458 210324

Colour queen

The John Whitaker Ladies’ Self Seat Tape breeches come

Germ killer The KBF99 shavings fork (RRP: £19.99) and brush (RRP:

in bold and eyecatching colours. Priced at £60. ☎ 01706 340500

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is a low-calorie blend of alfalfa and chopped oat straw, with a dusting of mint. Priced at around £8.50 for 15kg. ☎ 01371 850247 baileyshorse

Stay bang on trend with Equest

Colour Blocking bandages in a

variety of bright colours. Priced at £22. ☎ 0800 321 3001 dressagedeluxe.

Accessories The British Eventing dog coat (RRP: £22.99) and bandana (RRP: £14.99) will have your dog looking smart and stylish this summer.


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