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Summer Show Reports

July/August 2017


All our usual News and Features

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July/August 2017 • VOLUME XVII NUMBER 5

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July/August 2017


All our usual News and Features

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Features 10 Global Champions Tour 13 Choosing and looking after your riding hat 23 Exciting year ahead for The Arundel Equine Hospital 24 Fancy a dip – swimming horses 25 Careers 27 Canny Coat Colour 29 Ian Davies – Farriery business 39 Insurance – Are you covered when riding other people’s horses? 41 The effect of weather on worms 43 Squirrells Riding School celebrates 44 Adam Trew’s Guide to Preparing for Competition 46 Eridge Horse Trials & Country Market 50 Royal International Horse Show Preview 71 Do horses get hayfever?

62 Regulars 4 News 8 Spotlight – Olivia Moriano 12 Club News 28 British Showjumping News 30 Regional Roundup 48 Tried & Tested Summer Essentials 72 Summer Feeding 75 Show Dates 79 Classifieds 82 Reader of the Month – Blake Walker 82 Coming Next Issue 83 Horsey Other Half – Richard Hyde Show Reports 14 Heathfield Show 22 Pony Racing Finals 52 Surrey County Show 60 RDA Regional Challenge Day 62 White Horse Show

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love this time of year, the show season is in full swing and there is so much to celebrate, whether it is attending your first show or qualifying for a national championship. This month we feature readers who have done just that, plus lots more. There are 25 pages of show reports, eight pages of Regional Roundup, plus lots of other pages dedicated to local achievements. The Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May is a busy one, but an enjoyable one. I had a lovely (if slightly damp) day at the Heathfield Show on Saturday followed by a beautiful day at Surrey County on Bank Holiday Monday. It was wonderful to see many of the riders at both shows and I marvelled at the work that must go into preparing both themselves and their horses to show ring standard twice in one weekend.

Lots to celebrate Our regular reporter, Alex Kelly had a very successful weekend at both shows. Her broodmare, Middlemarch II stood Sports Horse Breeding Champion at both shows and her foal by Up With The Lark, Sandlings Wait Until Dark won on both occasions. We thought you might like to see a picture. As soon as this issue is finished I will be visiting for foal cuddles!

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One young rider who is looking to make her dreams come true this summer is Olivia Moriano. Based in Surrey she rides for Italy and is currently on the short-list for the Junior European Dressage Championships, being held in Holland later this year. You can find out more about this inspiring young lady on page 8.

Royal International At this time of year our thoughts turn to the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. It is one of our favourite shows, not only because it offers five days of top equestrian competition, but because we love meeting so many of you who visit our stand. We are back in the same spot, with lots of competitions and giveaways. We will also be having a special subscription offer, so if you buy Localrider Magazine regularly and haven’t subscribed yet, it is worth considering. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, as we will be sharing more news nearer the time.

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news Dantastic wearing the Back on Track Mesh Rug

Simply Classic Fairfax Saddles The Fairfax Classic GP is a new two-flap GP offering supreme luxury to the discerning rider. Made from sumptuous leather, it has highlycushioned knee rolls add to the comfort factor and features the SimaTree gullet, which can be adjusted as your horse changes shape, plus British wool flocking which means that fine-tuning adjustments can be made on-site by a saddle fitter. The Fairfax Classic Jump is a new and supremely comfortable two-flap show jumping saddle for the competition rider who appreciates a little luxury. Carefully placed blocks are covered with highly-cushioned full-grain hide knee rolls to offer optimum leg support. It features an adjustable gullet plus English wool flocking and Prolite-lined panels for pressure distribution.

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The Fairfax Classic Dressage is a traditional two-flap dressage saddle, made from first-selection full-grain hide for the seat and knee rolls, with super soft, double-oiled butt leather on the flaps. The addition of deep cushioning over the knee blocks means the support is softer and more accommodating for the leg than a monoflap design. The panels are lined with Prolite and flocked with British wool.


The Fairfax Calf Stirrup Leathers are exquisite yet strong, embossed with the Fairfax logo and finished with quality stainless steel buckles. They are calf covered with a non-stretch core and will look great with any top-quality saddle – especially a Fairfax one! www.fairfaxsaddles.com

Collect a Free Tie Ring at Hickstead Nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Equivation is a family business that not only takes pride in the quality of its work, but enjoys being able to offer new and unique products to its customers. Pic by Spidge Photography

laire Penfold’s talented event horse, Dantastic suffered a terrible experience as a young horse that has left him with long-term physical and mental issues. Lots of time and patience from Claire and Jake Tarrant of Little Bentley Eventing alongside some help from Back on Track’s infrared technology have ensured that this athletic grey is now out competing and climbing the levels. Dantastic came over from Ireland as a young horse. After Claire bought him, she quickly discovered that all was not well with him. It was discovered that Dantastic had three broken ribs and so Claire successfully began the long road to rehabilitating the horse. Sadly, Claire then suffered an injury herself and so sent Dantastic to Jake’s yard to continue the horse’s journey to recovery. Jake who is a qualified BHSAI Riding instructor has a reputation for taking on problem horses and treating them with kindness and patience. He said: “When the saddle was put on Dantastic he would get very tense under it and not want to go forward.” It has taken plenty of time to get Dantastic both physically and mentally well again. Veterinary and physio work has been supplemented by the use of Back on Track products which reflect back a naturally Jake and Dantastic are now occurring far infrared competing successfully wave emitted by the at BE events body, which increases circulation bringing health and wellbeing benefits. Jake has noticed a big difference in Dantastic’s behaviour since using Back on Track. Jake said: “The Back on Track Mesh Rug significantly cuts down the time it takes me to get Dantastic to relax each day when I get on him. If Dantastic doesn’t have the rug on prior to exercise, I need to spend a good 20-25 minutes doing bending and stretching exercises before he is relaxed and ready to really start work. Following wearing his Back on Track Mesh Rug, after five minutes in walk, he is calm, relaxed and supple. It is fascinating how the company have created their Welltex fabric containing millions of ceramic particles to reflect the far infrared wave back into the body.” The energy that is generated brings nutrients to the muscles and helps remove toxins through the lymphatic system, allowing the muscles to relax and work more efficiently. The horse becomes more supple and ready to work sooner during warm-up, and it is also brilliant during the cool-down period, encouraging the horse to relax and stay calm.

With a stand booked for the Royal International at Hickstead, the team at Equivation are looking forward to showing their products to visitors. As well as their traditional array of metalwork and Equestrian yard solutions, they have several new additions to their range, including coloured stable hardware, supplied in conjunction with Perry’s Equestrian. These products are available in pink, red, green, black and blue, so expect to see stable yards all over Sussex suddenly become awash with colour. To celebrate this new partnership, Equivation and Perry’s are giving away free coloured tie rings to the first 100 people that present them with the voucher which can be found on page 48 at Hickstead. www.equivation.com

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The Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Horse Show takes place on Saturday 16th September. This year’s horse show will be positioned close to the ‘main ring’ and ‘farmers market’ so that competitors and their families can enjoy the whole Ploughing Match ‘Country day out’ experience. This great day out promises tractors, clay pigeon shooting, tug of war, terrier racing, a fun dog show, plus various other events. Equestrian classes will now be open to riders 16 and under. The schedule includes showing classes, novelty classes that will suit very young or novice riders, as well as Fancy Dress, which is always hotly contested! The very popular Gymkhana races will be held at lunch time, followed by Show Jumping and thanks to the show’s amazing sponsors, offers cash prizes up to £25. All classes also have either a trophy or vouchers for first prize and everyone receives a rosette and sweets. The venue is at Gate House Farm, Marden, TN12 9SG. The schedule is available from: http://wkpma.co.uk/about/ traditional-show-gymkhana.html and for more info 07790 512626 from 9am to 7pm.

New Pro Mesh Boots KM Elite Products have recently launched their new Pro Mesh Boot Collection. The range has something for every discipline including: The Event boot, a Tendon boot for show jumping and the all-round, low profile Hybrid which can be used for most disciplines, including dressage and racing and also as a work boot. These innovative Pro Mesh boots are believed to be the most breathable on the market. They have an integrated layer that offers superior airflow to cool the leg, but stops sand and dirt passing through the outer layer avoiding rubbing and grazing of the leg. They provide excellent impact and abrasion protection and are designed to stretch slightly to allow movement in the joints, offering outstanding comfort. The Pro Mesh shell and comfort lining do not absorb water which can increase weight and may contribute to boots slipping. The unique hexagonal holes reduce the weight of the boot – in fact the medium Hybrid only weighs approximately 130g per boot. The manufacturing process used means no adhesives are used during production, which increases the strength and durability, without compromising on protection and comfort. These boots offer a glove-like fit due to the naturally hypoallergenic polyolefin closed cell foam which is perforated to increase air flow. This material resists mould and bacterial growth and is perfect for horses with sensitive skin. The anatomically shaped, lightweight Pebax strike guard offers exceptional protection as part of a multi-layer protective design. The strike guard is rigid where needed, but flexible enough to conform to the horse’s legs and will not shatter on impact. Holes in the strike guard allow heat to escape from the flexor tendon area.

Harry Hall One Club Harry Hall have recently launched the One Club. For an annual fee of £40 members can benefit from 30% discounts on Harry Hall and its sister brands Caldene, you own or ride aCraft. horse, Further there is a danger that it could end up injuring Tottie, Masta Ifand Cottage discounts are available someone or damaging their property. Public liability insurance is essential. to a growing Many number partner also sold ridersof unwittingly ridebrands friends’ horses withoutthrough it, sometimes ending up in www.harryhall.com the fields of tack,goes petwrong, supplies, dire legal in difficulty when something as recent high-profile cases in the more. media testify. ! supplements and


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Harry Hall One Club also helps riders to capitalise on the latest shopping methods; allowing members to access consistently great discounts online, with free delivery thrown in on orders over £50.!

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rom small acorns grow great trees, might be a phrase that would describe the Garden of England International Festival of Western Riding. Now celebrating its 15th year this show has set the bar high for all horse shows, let alone those specialising in Western and the American Quarter Horse. With prize money in excess of £18,000 and competitors travelling from across Europe as well all over the UK, there are classes for all. This year will see the inclusion of the Para Reining, for disabled riders, and a new President of the Show, Sir Lee Pearson, 11 time Paralympian Gold Medallist in Dressage. Sponsors include local companies such as G Collins and Sons, Jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen, and the Judges are flown in from as far afield as the USA and Europe. A fantastic and free family event, set against the most amazing view in Sussex, Bodiam Castle, the show commences on Wednesday 16th August. For more details Tel: 01580 830710 or Email: office@ sterlingquarterhorses.com. Or visit the following Facebook pages: Garden of England Circuit or Bodiam International Arena. www.gardenofenglandcircuit.co.uk Doug Allen and Ten Reasons

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news Looking for new homes Pussy Cat Lodge have a number of cats looking for new homes. Ivy, was living rough in a pub garden. She survived from titbits given to her by the customers. When she arrived at Pussycat Lodge, she had a sore nose and leg. This was put down to a bad diet and surviving outside. Now she is fit and healthy and well after having rested. She is now looking for a lap to curl up on and dream away. Cynthia is about nine-months-old. She was found heavily pregnant walking the streets at night by a busy road. She must have been owned at one time as she is the friendliest of cats. She is a beauty, so dainty and has a lovely nature. All her kittens have now been rehomed. Cynthia would make an ideal family pet. Wilma is a beautiful tortoise shell and white female, who is approximately a year old, and her black 12-week-old son Shadow, just love each other. She has been a fantastic mum to her five kittens who have all been rehomed now. All of the cats at Pussycat Lodge have been vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and neutered. Shadow www.pussycatlodge.co.uk Ivy



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Counting down to this year’s Riding Club Horse of the Year. The South East Riding Club of the Year is a fantastic competition, now in its third year. It is run by Newlands Corner Riding Club, a friendly and supportive organisation based in the Surrey Hills. Once again, members of all riding clubs are being offered the chance to win one of the best prizes in riding club history – a made to measure saddle. The show runs in a three-phase format: Showing, Dressage and Jumping; and takes place at Hollister Farm, Combe Lane, Shere GU5 9TD on Saturday 9th September 2017. The winner will be an outstanding example of a riding club horse - an athletic, well moving horse with a good jumping technique, who has also undergone correct training to perform a good dressage test. Style, attitude and harmony between horse and rider will also be marked. Generously sponsored by: Greenwich Olympian Saddles, Equessentials Tack Shop & Mayes and Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice For more details or online entries please visit www.newlandscorner.org

Lingfield Equine Vets ‘Fitness Day’ at Lingfield Park Words and pictures by Nicky Adams of Lingfield Equine Vets

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wenty clients of Lingfield Equine Vets enjoyed a fun and informative day on the track on Wednesday 31st May, as part of their series of Fitness Clinics. under the watchful eye of Maggie Pattinson, Chef D’Equipe of the England Home International Endurance squad, they took to the track in groups of four and were put through their paces using heart rate monitors and simple techniques such as frequent changes of diagonals and lateral movements to get the horses (and riders!) working. From endurance horses and eventers to carriage horses, as well as Olga the Ardenne, Maggie demonstrated the importance of fitness to suit each horse’s demands, before heading back to the horsebox park to learn about the importance of cooling-off and the use of electrolytes. The horses were all weighed on the practice’s portable weigh bridge before and after exercise, with some horses showing significant weight loss of up to 14 kilos. Maggie also shared some of her amazing experiences as official coach and trainer for the Mongol Derby entrants (a race across 1000km of Mongolian Steppe which draws riders from across the world).

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SPOTLIGHT Olivia Moriano and Worldy Wise, the combination are currently short-listed to represent Italy at the Junior European Championships.

European Dreams Surrey-based dressage rider Olivia Moriano has been short-listed to represent Italy at the Junior European Dressage Championships in Roosendaal, Holland this summer. Fiona Rafferty chatted to Olivia the day before her last A’Level examination to find out what the future holds for this driven teenager…

Roosendaal and Hickstead In just three weeks after her last exam Olivia will hear if she has made the Italian squad (Olivia has dual nationality as her father is Italian) for the Junior European Dressage Championships with her fabulous Weltmeyer gelding, Worldly Wise. If luck is on their side they will be heading to Roosendaal in Holland for the European Championships. Which takes place the week after the combination head to the Hickstead CDI for the Junior FEI competition. Olivia remains optimistic about joining the Italian squad in Roosendaal, but accepts as the only UK based rider on the short-list she has been at a disadvantage this year. As due to her studies she has been unable to travel to Europe, to compete and as a result has only competed in one international competition, the Keysoe CDI, whereas the other riders on the list have competed at two international events.

Discovering dressage Olivia fell in love with dressage when she was eight-years-old. Her then pony, Gemswood Morning Star aka Jack, proved too much for her to handle in the show jumping arena and she turned to dressage. Olivia said: “I won many local championships at Prelim and Novice level, later being selected for the BYRDS Southern team as a Fledgling. We came eighth out of 30 competitors in our first

Southern representation, which gave me a glimpse of the feeling of success and competitiveness.” In 2011 Olivia’s mother found her a new competition pony, Master Alexander, who had been bred and trained in Holland. The combination competed in many competitions progressing from Novice to Advanced Medium. Olivia said: “In the winter of 2012, we were selected to be on GB pony national training over the winter and in 2013 we were reselected. This led to the opportunity to attend GB squad selection at the start of 2014. This was an amazing achievement as a 13-year-old. In 2014, I was chosen to represent the English Southern BYRDS team at the Home Internationals, where we came second at Medium level.”

Representing Italy Due to her dual nationality, Olivia was invited to represent Italy at pony FEI level. After gaining her two qualifying score sheets Olivia was chosen to represent Italy at her first CDI competition at Addington Manor in March 2015. Olivia and Master Alexander aka Rikki finished in the top 20 in all three classes, competing against previous European champions. Sadly, due to her age this was Olivia’s last year in pony classes, but Rikki remains a family favourite and has a home for life.

Training in Germany At the beginning of 2016 Olivia started riding Worldy Wise aka Will, who was at the time owned by Sally-Anne Hoyle, Olivia’s family have since bought him from Sally-Anne. Previously ridden by David Trott, Sally-Anne bought Will, who was bred and trained by Ulla Salzgerber, as a four-year-old. During her gap year, Olivia plans to take Will to train with Ulla in Germany. She currently trains with David Trott, and Alison Craig, who has trained her since she was eight-years-old. With her exams out of

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livia Moriano is bright, ambitious, successful, passionate about her horses and at just 18-years-old has her short-term goals and plans mapped out. I spoke to Olivia the day before her very last A’Level examination for English Literature and Language. She had already sat exams for Economics, as well as Government and Politics and if all goes to plan she hopes to have a jam-packed full gap year, before taking a place at the London Institute of Banking & Finance to study Banking Practice & Management.

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“This sport has given me so many memorable and wonderful moment to treasure forever”

Olivia and Worldly Wise competing at Addington in 2017

Olivia and Master Alexander representing Italy at the Addington CDI in 2015

the way, Olivia said she needed to start practising her dressage to music for the CDI at Hickstead. She has some great music which includes tracks from the films ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘The Holiday’. However, Olivia admits to never having ridden to music before the CDI at Keysoe earlier in the year and hastily put together a floor plan, but now with the chance she may be in the top 15 going through to the Kur at Hickstead, she plans to perfect her moves. Talking of her first attempt, Olivia said: “I loved it, it was an absolute buzz and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Lots of support Olivia acknowledges the support she receives from her parents. Her mother comes from a horsey family and rode up to Medium level and whilst her father isn’t horsey, he enjoys competitive sport, particularly

football and Formula One. The latter being something Olivia enjoys watching with him. Olivia is also fortunate to be sponsored by Stivali Romitelli Shoes, Kudu Equestrian, Neue Schule Bits and eGlove. Chatting about her experiences so far, Olivia said: “Dressage is a very rewarding sport and I learn something new every day. The sport has given me so many memorable moments to treasure forever.” Olivia is equally as passionate as she tells me about her teaching, something she plans to do more of during her gap year. She is delighted to share the news that one of her clients, Vicky Benster, who has a lovely Fresian horse, recently won her first Elementary with a score of 71%. Whilst her current focus is on the Junior European Championships, Olivia’s longer term goals include representing Italy at Olympic level.



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COMING SOON See Olympic champion Scott Brash in action at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, when the Longines Global Champions Tour returns to London this summer.

Longines Global Champions Tour returns to London

Watch riders such as Ben Maher jumping in their ‘team colours’

Don’t miss your chance to witness Great Britain’s Olympic show jumping heroes in action like never before, at the spectacular destination of Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. With the top horses and riders in the world descending on the heart of London in August, this is a premium sporting and social event you won’t want to miss this summer!


rom 4th to 6th August, Olympic, World and European Champions such as Great Britain’s Scott Brash will be in action for the 12th leg of the prestigious show jumping series. The ‘Formula 1’ of equestrian sport brings together the world’s top ranked riders to compete in unique locations around the world including Miami Beach, Paris, Shanghai, Monaco, Berlin and Doha for unprecedented prize money. The innovative and dynamic team competition, the Global Champions League, will be hitting full throttle as teams compete against the backdrop of the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea for the very first time in the sport of show jumping. At the breath-taking destination of Miami Beach the London Knights - featuring Ben Maher and Kent Farrington - stole the show in the Global Champions League, putting in a stunning display to win and rocket the team up the rankings. They’ll be looking for home support in London, and with the team comprising of Ben Maher, Kent Farrington, Emily Moffitt, Eduardo Menezes and Enrique Gonzalez, featuring their red team kit and with their best horses, all eyes will be on the London Knights to see if they can come out on top on home turf.

What’s On... Friday 4th August will see world class CSI5* action, as well as the first round of the thrilling Global Champions League. Saturday 5th will host the final of the Global Champions League ahead of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London, and Sunday 6th will see further top action from the world’s top riders and horses in high octane CSI5* classes. With a shopping village, refreshment areas and thrilling sporting action packed into three days there will be something for all the family as the LGCT and GCL series raise the temperatures in London. With just three events remaining, the main contenders for the 2017 Championship crown will be fighting hard for every precious point and prize money in the richest series in the sport. This show promises all the action and entertainment expected of this prestigious show jumping series. Book your place now and cheer on the Champions! Tickets are available via www.globalchampionstour.com/tickets

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Bookham celebrate at Area 11 Qualifiers Pictures by Gary Horner


ookham Riding Club fielded three teams and an individual at the National and LSE Horse Trials Qualifiers at Coombelands on Saturday 3rd June. The sun was shining (well apart from a few spots of rain very early in the day) and Bookham had a fantastic team day out, with two team wins, a team fifth and a couple of individual wins.

Left to right: Lauren Faggetter, Rachel Dorrell, Jackie Stevens, Nicola James, Pippa Haslam, Anna Andrews and and Amelia Hawkins, with Team Manager Kelly Smith and various canine supporters Pippa Haslam and Whitley Village Solar, first Junior 80cm Team and first individually


Amelia Hawkins and Phoebe, were part of the winning Junior 80cm Team

80cm Senior Team 1st National qualifier & 1st LSE qualifier (Lauren Faggetter, Nicola James, Jackie Stevens & Rachel Dorrell) 80cm Junior Team 1st National qualifier (Isobel Long, Anna Andrews, Pippa Haslam & Amelia Hawkins) 90cm Senior Team 5th National qualifier (Clair Hood, Emily Penny, Anita Ferris & Julia Close)

Isobel Long and Hooray Henrietta were part of the winning Junior 80cm Team and third individually

100cm Junior Individual National qualifier 1st Bethany Cole

Nicola James and Tazmanian Pride, first Senior 80cm Team and first individually

Bookham also picked up individual placings in the main event and LSE individual placings. 1st & 1st (Arena & LSE) Nicola James 4th & 3rd (Arena & LSE) Rachel Dorrell 6th & 4th (Arena & LSE) Jackie Stevens 6th (LSE) Lauren Faggetter 1st Pippa Haslam 3rd Isobel Long 5th Anna Andrews

Lauren Faggetter and Cold Blow Den, part of the winning Senior 80cm Team

Lauren Faggetter was also riding her own ex-racehorse, Cold Blow Den. Lauren is terrified of dressage and this was only her second oneday-event in 25 years. While Rachel Dorrell was back eventing for the first time since breaking her pelvis four years ago.

Rachel Dorrell and Milton Start, part of the winning Senior 80cm Team Jackie Stevens and Gigawatt, part of the winning Senior 80cm Team

The Bookham winning Senior 80cm Team saw a number of combinations brushing off the cob webs to compete in a one day event for the first time in a long time. Jackie Stevens was delighted at finishing sixth individually at only her second event on her ex-racehorse, Gigawatt.

The winning Senior 80cm Team, from left to right: Lauren, Nicola, Jackie and Rachel

Team member Nicola James scored an impressive 17.25 in her dressage arena and said she is going to frame her sheet. All the team members were delighted for Junior Member, Pippa Haslam, who was eliminated at this event last year, but put that behind her to win both the 80 Junior Qualifier and as an individual. Speaking for the team, Lauren said: “Bookham cannot wait to go to both Munstead for the London and South East finals and Swalcliffe for the Nationals!�

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Pippa Funnell riding in a Champion skull cap

Choosing and looking after your riding hat

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he most important piece of safety gear you can purchase is your riding hat/helmet. Accidents can happen at any time and having the A cross section correctly fitted hat can help of a Champion prevent or lessen injuries Riding Hat both in the saddle and when handling horses. Your riding hat/helmet must meet current safety standards and it is advisable to buy from a shop with a qualified hat fitter.

Daily testing

There are four main areas of testing for riding hats/skulls to ensure they meet the performance criteria laid down in the current standards. As well as this, hat manufacturers are able to obtain a credited British Kitemark through regular batch testing. A Champion hat is tested every day of the year by The British Standards Institute. Once you have purchased your riding hat, it is very important that you take good care of it to ensure it can offer you the maximum level of protection over it’s lifetime. Dropping your hat, allowing it to roll around in the car etc can cause damage to the shock absorbing polystyrene liner.



Keep your hat cool

Your riding hat should be stored in a cool environment and not be exposed to direct heat for drying or placed in direct sunlight under glass such as the back shelf of the car. This is because heating your hat to 70 degrees centigrade and above will break down the protective materials used in construction of your riding hat, especially the polystyrene liner, and this will gradually reduce the level of protection it offers. A protective hat bag is the ideal way to store your hat when not being used to ensure the right conditions are maintained and to provide cushioned protection. If you have an accident in your hat it is important that you always replace your hat and if you have any concerns that your hat might be damaged, replace it. There should be no compromise where head safety is concerned.

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heathfield show report Victoria Joyce and Al Khawaneej, first RoR Ridden Show Horse, second Lightweight Hunter and Champion Retrained Racehorse


Heathfield Agricultural Show Little Tottingworth Farm, Heathfield, East Sussex Saturday 27th May Words and pictures by Fiona Rafferty Lynn Russell and Super Moon, first Heavyweight Cob and Overall Cob Champion

Lucy Fisher and Seabourne Spitting Image, first Lightweight Hunter and Champion Hunter

Lucy Fisher and Floorence, first Lightweight Cob and Reserve Cob Champion

Nicholle Lock and Never Say Never III, first Novice Cob

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Shane Francis and To the Moon and Back, second RoR In-Hand Show Horse

Zoe Gould and Musical Legend, first Retrained Racehorse Challenge, first RoR Novice Ridden Show Horse and Reserve Champion Retrained Racehorse

Karen Jewell and Kingscombe, first RoR In-Hand Show Horse


ictoria joyce’s eight-year-old al Khawaneej stood overall Champion in the thoroughbred & Retired Racehorse classes. the former flat horse ran eight time, winning three races, as well as finishing second at Royal ascot before coming out of training due to injury. his first new home after racing was with a lady who hunted him, but she quickly realised that he was far too special to hunt and Victoria has owned and ridden him for the last 18 months. earlier in the day Victoria and al Khawaneej were second in the lightweight hunter class, booking their place at the Royal international. Victoria plans to show the striking gelding in more lightweight hunter classes in the future.

All-round Legend

Phoebe Cruse and Well Refreshed, second Retrained Racehorse Challenge

the Reserve Championship in the thoroughbred & Retired Racehorse classes went to Zoe gould and the nine-year-old Musical legend. the combination won the Retrained Racehorse Challenge, which involves jumping eight rustic fences, in addition to the normal show ring display. it is not surprising Musical legend enjoyed showing with fences as the combination recently won their first ever Novice event, qualifying for the Novice Regional finals at gatcombe in august. Zoe said: “My mum and i bought Musical legend from the ascot sales as a four-year-old in december 2012, and he had raced on the flat the week before. he’s taken a while to fully mature physically and is a very sensitive soul with a heart of gold, so we’ve taken our time with him and the benefits are now really starting to show. he won his first dressage competition in 2013 so that was a good start. he started eventing in 2014 and he was a natural, although the show jumping has taken a bit of time and patience to build up confidence in himself.”

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heathfield show report Marcus Kirby-Bott and Mighty Dan, first Amateur Hunter, first Middleweight Hunter and Reserve Hunter Champion

Claire Langrish and Blushing Boy, second Middleweight Hunter

Naughty racehorse finds his niche another successful horse in the ex-racehorse classes was Karen jewell’s eight-year-old, Kingscombe. the combination won the in-hand class and were second in the ridden class to Victoria joyce. Karen’s mother linda runs a racing yard in Kent and Kingscombe, who is owned by Peter oppenheimer, came to them as a three-yearold in 2012 and went on to win six races on the all-weather track at southwell. Karen said: “Kingscombe didn’t take to jump racing. he was a rather naughty racehorse and had to do a couple of stalls tests. we think at 17.2hh he just felt too big, so we decided to retire him. By this point he had become a yard favourite here and Peter has always wanted to keep him to do RoR with. he finished his last race last May and he managed to qualify for the RoR final at hickstead, just three months after he stopped racing. we are trying to promote how great RoR horses are and hope that his success will encourage more people to rehome them.” Danielle French and Ueejit, first Heavyweight Hunter

Robert Alexander with Bullet and Bandit, Champion Private Driving

Jayne Purcell-White and Fancy Nancy, first Coloured Native In-Hand and Champion Coloured In-Hand

Lesley Hurd with Winmark Archie, Reserve Champion Private Driving

Clare Hardstone and Moortown Lacey, second Coloured Native In-Hand and Reserve Champion Coloured In-Hand

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Clare Cameron and Eager Heart III, first Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance

Michelle Sault and Nanteos Midsummer Magic, fourth Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance

Marie Eggleshaw and Rimberley, first Local Working Hunter

Carey Jacobsen and Nook Never Again, second Local Working Hunter

Clare Cameron and Eager Heart III, first Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance

Marisa Upton and Libero Quinn, second Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance

Morgan Schive and Night Watch Man, second Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance

Lydia Dixey and Hoghton Valentino, first Large Riding Horse and Champion Riding Horse

Miss Coulstock and DPUK Nighthawk, first Small Riding Horse and Reserve Champion Riding Horse

Kathryn Woods and Woodstock Carewell What A Cracker, first Ridden Pure Bred Heavy Horse

Heather Hobin and Elmbrook Lady Margaret, second Shire Mare

Neil Andrews’ Manor Farm Monday Girl, first Shire Mare and Champion Heavy Horse

Molly Langley’s Horsmans Merlyn, first Shire Youngstock and Reserve Champion

Julia Izzard and Liberal Lady II, third Side Saddle Concours d’Elegance and first Side Saddle Equitation

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HEATHFIELD SHOW REPORT Jane Somerset and Tesremos Top Bear, first Ridden Large Breeds Mountain & Moorland and Mountain & Moorland Champion

Jane Somerset and Tesremos Sunny Bear, first Connemara and Reserve Champion Mountain & Moorland In-Hand

Tesremos ponies on form Jane Somerset had a brilliant Heathfield Show with her two homebred Connemara mares. They are both out of Jane’s great mare, Falfield Honeybear. The 10-year-old Tesremos Top Bear is by Tiercel Top Cat and the seven-year-old Sunny Bear is by Bunowen Castle Ri. Tesremos Top Bear won the In-Hand Connemara class, before standing Reserve Mountain & Moorland Champion, while Tesremos Honeybear won the Large Breeds Ridden Mountain & Moorland class, before taking the Ridden M&M Championship. Talking of Top Bear, Jane said: “I love riding her, she is so smooth and easy, and has a wonderful temperament.” Jane said she won a lot in-hand when she was younger, but she just saves her for a few shows a year now. When asked if she would breed from her in the future, Jane said: “I might breed from her and I would like to use Glencarrig Marble (he stood second and Reserve Champion with Samantha Fowler), but I love riding her too much at the moment.”

Bradley Helyer and Stormyoak Just Divine, second Welsh section C

Louise Eyres and Glebedale Sidelined, first Ridden Small Breeds Mountain & Moorland

Buxted Daniel stands Champion

Pauline Hopkins and Buxted Daniel, first Shetland Stallion and Champion Mountain & Moorland In-Hand

Jill and Roger Jones’s Shetland stallion, Buxted Daniel shown by Pauline Hopkins, was pulled forward from an enormous line of Mountain & Moorland section winners to stand Overall Mountain & Moorland Champion. The eight-yearold was homebred at the Buxted Stud, where they have been breeding Shetland ponies for the last 30 years. Talking of his decision, the judge said Buxted Daniel had good bone and trotted well. Reserve Reserve Mountain & Moorland Champion went to Jo Filmer’s Welsh section B, Lemonshill Awel, who was shown with her stunning foal at foot. Samantha Fowler and Glencarrig Marble, second Ridden Large Breeds Mountain & Moorland and Mountain & Moorland Reserve Champion

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David Carpenter’s Danaway Magnus, first Welsh section D

Lisa Turner and Tishions Alter Ego, first Welsh section C

Oliver Steele and Summerhouse Gideon, first Fell

Peter Deacon’s Cameron of Olandia, first Welsh section A Youngstock

Alison Gidlow and Lemonshill Awel, first Welsh section B, pictured with her gorgeous foal

Stephanie Richards and Knightoncombe Little Wren, first Exmoor

Jessica Miller and Lingardswood Ruby, first Welsh section A

Miss Joyce and Tarbal Lang Syne, second Dales

Paul Armitage and Willoway Wishing Well, first New Forest

Mrs Wady’s Balmedie Freebie, first Miniature Shetland

Julie Osborne and Ashleyvale Glen Avon, first Highland

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Elle Wood and Once In A Blue Moon, first Riding Club Horse

Michael Innes and Emporio, first Purebred Arab Youngstock

Hannah Carmichael and Fielden Cottontail, first Part bred Arab In-hand and Champion Arab In-Hand

Georgia Aungier and Crafton Olympus High, second Part bred Arab In-hand and Reserve Champion Arab In-Hand

Alicia Roberts and Mystique, first Veteran Plus (24 yrs +)

Josie Duggan and Sensibility, first Senior Veteran (19-23yrs) and Champion Veteran

Taw Ainslie and Wealdenway Quincy, second Veteran Plus (24 yrs +)

Molly Langley and Zac, first Pre-Senior Veteran (15-18 yrs) and Reserve Veteran Champion Roanna Hamilton and The Tank, Reserve Champion Ridden Coloured

Alicia Roberts and Bronheulog Belladonna, first Pre-Senior Veteran (15-18 years-old) and Overall In-Hand Veteran Champion

Mrs Nicholson and Sydenham Icarus, second Pre-Senior Veteran (15-18 yrs)

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Pony Racing Finals

Minty Bloss and Nook Class Act, first 138cm Final

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex Sunday 14th May 2017 Pictures by Steve Davis of SD Photos


oung jockeys, Owen Lewis and Minty Bloss owned the racecourse at Plumpton on Sunday 14th May for the Pony Racing Association South East Finals. Minty and Nook Class Act had the edge over Owen and Little Chick in the 138cm Final, while in the 148cm Final Owen was first to cross the line on board Bongo Bay, with Minty hot on his heels with Roy Boy Green. All of the riders taking part in the finals at Plumpton, which took place on Ladies Day, the last raceday of their season, had qualified through the South East Point to Point series. Riders who finished first or second in the Open Pony races at South East Point to Points qualified to take part in the final. Each point to point meeting also includes a race for non-racing ponies. These can be hunting or Pony Club ponies and the series offers a great stepping stone for those who are considering taking part in pony racing. Prior to their first race young jockeys must qualify in one of three ways. They can do this by attending four Pony Club rallies, hunting four times or by attending a Pony Racing Association accredited training day. The pony racing series in the Results South East has produced a number 138 cm Finals (8 Furlongs): of very successful jockeys, many of 1st Minty Bloss - Nook Class Act whom are working in the industry 2nd Owen Lewis - Little Chick or riding under rules. Some names 3rd Boris Ball - Halley 4th Jack Dace - Crofthill Montague you may be familiar with, include 5th Angus Villiers - Chaceside Catwalk Hector Crouch, Callum Shepherd, 6th Ashley Lewis - Millcroft Shogun Ben Bentley and Charlie Marsall. For more information about Pony 148cm Finals (10 Furlongs): Racing in the South East email 1st Owen Lewis - Bongo Bay 2nd Minty Bloss - Roy Boy Green (Ire) Helen Sarchet, helensarchet@ 3rd Angus Villiers - Firecracker btinternet.com or visit 4th Bertie Symonds - Fleeting Image www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk

Owen Lewis and Bongo Bay galloping for home to win the 148cm Final

Owen Lewis receiving his prizes from the Clerk of the Course, Mark Cornford

Minty Bloss receiving her prizes from the Clerk of the Course, Mark Cornford

Jack Dace, son of Billingshurst trainer Luke Dace, has been competing in his first year of pony Racing.

Left to right: Bertie Symonds, Boris Ball, Ashley Lewis and Owen Lewis

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Exciting Year Ahead for

The Arundel Equine Hospital


Words by Ed Lyall Vet Med Cert EM (Stud Med) MRCVS

any years ago we recognized that we need to expand our hospital and the quest began to find a new site to relocate to. It took a long time to find a suitable location, but we were very fortunate to be able to buy a farm and get permission to demolish the existing buildings allowing us to invest in the building of a brand new, purpose built hospital. This large investment in the practice will allow us to provide our clients and patients an even better level of care.


Front entrance


Why are we building a new hospital? The Arundel Equine Hospital is one of the oldest dedicated equine practices in the country, it was founded in 1951 by Mike Ashton. The current hospital was developed on the existing site, because for years one of the biggest clients for the practice was the racehorse trainer based at Arundel Castle. Due to the number of horses and the limitations of diagnostic technology at that time, the clinic needed to be close to the racing stables for horses to be dealt with. Time has moved on, there is no longer a trainer at the Castle and with the progression of diagnostic and therapeutic technology it now means that we can do so much with horses in an ambulatory fashion, in their home stables. As such we feel that we can now move the hospital to a new location, one that is a little more central to the area covered by the practice and one with a much better road network for horse box access. Not only do we want to move due to geographic concerns, we have reached a point where the current site is too small for the existing numbers of staff. It is also too small for us to develop the new services that we want to provide to our patients and clients.

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Doors to theatre

Front entrance

Knock down

Where is the new hospital located? The new hospital will be located on the B2133, just half a mile off the A24 outside Ashington.

The Arundel Equine Hospital

What services will be provided in the new hospital? We currently provide a huge number of specialist equine veterinary services, but with the new hospital it will mean that we will be able to have the space to put in an MRI and a CT scanner. The MRI scanner will be the first new diagnostic unit to go in, this will allow us to perform standing MRI images. The next phase of the development will be the CT scanner. As well as the new services, we will also have more stables, a smart new surfaced arena and purpose built lameness examination areas. There will be a pleasant client waiting area and meeting rooms where the clinicians can sit quietly and go through the cases that come in with owners. The office space will be massively expanded, as will the lab and the pharmacy that we currently have. There will be a conference room where we plan to hold a series of client information evenings.

What will it mean to clients who find themselves further away from the hospital as a consequence of the move? The ambulatory care of the equine patients in the practice will not change when we move. The vets will still attend yards as they do now and we will still have our van buzzing around from yard to yard with all the digital diagnostic equipment such as x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy. The only difference will be a box journey of a different length in the unfortunate circumstance when a patient needs to come into the hospital, however getting to the new clinic will be so much easier due to accessibility.

What will the new hospital be called? A decision has been made to change the name of the practice to The Sussex Equine Hospital, we will have a smart new logo too.

When will the project be completed? The building work is well on track, Rob van Pelt has been driving things forward at a rapid rate and we are moving into the new hospital so that it will be functional on 24th July.

The Arundel Equine Hospital (RCVS Accredited) located in the picturesque South Downs National Park is one of oldest dedicated equine practices within the UK.

OUR SERVICES • Providing equine veterinary care throughout East and West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire • Routine vaccinations & nutritional advice • Pre-purchase examinations • Lameness and sport horse performance assessments • Mobile digital radiography, endoscopy & ultrasonography • Hospital based radiography, nuclear scintigraphy and full surgery facilities • Dedicated team of 4 experienced stud vets for routine and emergency work • AI and embryo transfer • In-house laboratory – HBLB CEM accredited • Further team of 15 experience equine vets providing a 24/7 ambulatory service and multiple board registered surgeons overseeing hospital care.

For further information please call us on 01903 883050, email info@arundelhorsevets.co.uk or click on our website www.arundelhorsevets.co.uk

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Fancy a dip?

Tom Dascombe’s Travelling Head Groom, Christopher Ely, swimming horses in Dubai

Words by Michelle Douglas of the British Horseracing Authority


wimming racehorses has many benefits and is becoming increasingly popular in horseracing. Not only does it add variety to a horse’s training regime, many find it an enjoyable experience especially in this hot weather. The water provides buoyancy, which relieves pressure on joints, bones and ligaments. It also provides enough resistance to ensure a thorough workout. This means that swimming can aid both muscular development and maintains cardiovascular fitness. We spoke to Colin Gorman, Assistant Trainer, who works for racehorse trainer Tom Dascombe based at Manor House Stables in Malpas, Cheshire. Their Equine Swimming Pool was built in 2011 and has made a big difference to their training regime. Colin said: “Every horse in our yard swims regularly. We teach horses to swim when they are yearlings and so it becomes part of their daily routine. They would be warmed up on the horse walker and then bought to the swimming pool to swim around five laps each way. Most of them find it relaxing and enjoyable especially if they have small injuries or are recovering from an injury. It helps maintain their fitness without putting pressure on their joints and back and is a beneficial alternative to being ridden. The horses are led down a ramp which gradually gets deeper until they reach around three meters and they can start to swim. We have a member of staff on each side of the horse’s head to guide it round the pool. It is a horse’s basic instinct to swim and the swimming pool is concaved so they don’t bang their legs on the sides. We train all our Head Grooms to swim horses and so it becomes part of their daily job role. They find it interesting and it is another skill to add to their CV.” Many racehorse trainers are adding swimming pools to their training facilities because of the benefits they bring. Both circular and straight swimming pools designs are seen both in the UK and overseas.

Staff at Manor House Stables swimming horses

Often a member of staff will be on each side of the horse’s head to guide it round the pool

If the diverse daily routine and skills required to be a Racing Groom appeals to you, take a look at the jobs listed on www.careersinracing.com You can also contact them to find out about the training and qualifications available.

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Equine Programmes at Merrist Wood College Merrist Wood College has one of the largest equine centres in the South East. Their equine programmes range from entry to degree level and have a strong vocational emphasis, providing commercial awareness and practical competence for a range of equine careers. Students learn about horsemanship, business and management elements, with the opportunity to study practical aspects of equine studies and learn about managing and maintaining an equine establishment. The College has excellent equine training resources including an indoor equine arena, outdoor floodlit warm-up arena and cross-country courses. It is also a British Horse Society approved centre and has stabling for over 40 horses. Staff have extensive knowledge of the equine industry and related industry qualifications. Starting this September, Merrist Wood College are launching their new Access to Equine Management programme, designed for those who wish to study equine at degree level, but do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. Regular open events are held at the College. Go along to tour their equine centre, find out more about the programmes on offer and speak to the tutors. Your future equine career could start here…. Call 01483 88 40 40 or visit their website www.merristwood.ac.uk

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Canny Coat Colour Words by Stephen Biddlecombe, Retailer

Every horse has a black, bay or red (chestnut) base colour, although greys are a result of a grey gene.


ave you ever given your horse’s coat colour a second thought? According to Animal Genetics UK, who offer DNA typing, every horse has a black, bay or red (chestnut or brown) base colour. This is controlled by genes called ‘Extension’ and ‘Agouti’ genes. The Extension gene controls the production of black or red pigment throughout the coat, and the Agouti gene can modify black pigment; this can include creating black ‘points’ (mane, tail, lower legs, ear rims), for example, a bay, or altering black colour uniformly over the body. The effects of approximately 10 other genes may modify these pigments to provide an array of colours. ‘Colour’ genes act as modifiers on the base coat of the horse, ‘diluting’ the colour, while ‘pattern’ genes modify the coat colour by effectively ‘deleting’ colour. The website animalgenetics.com has a colour calculator, whereby you can input sire and dam coat colour, to see a probability (in percentage) of the offspring’s coat.

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We all dread training sessions or competition days, when we know our horses will have taken the opportunity to cultivate an interesting ‘look’ consisting of mud and urine stains. Exhibitor Labs Quic Silver colour-intensifying Shampoo, available from £14.80, is a very versatile product and especially useful for white-to-medium greys, albinos, creams and palominos, as it creates startling silver and golden highlights and platinum white markings. It intensifies all natural light colours within the coat and also works as a stain remover. Cowboy Magic Shine in Yellowout, available from £11.28, neutralises yellow stains and brightens equine hair of all colours. While it takes non-permanent yellow stains out of any colour hair, it is of course ideal for greys or coloured / patterned horses, and gives dull hair a lovely sheen. It leaves hair silky, shiny and smelling good. Mane ‘n Tail Spray ‘n White, available from £27.20, is a great, deep cleaning, colour-enhancing shampoo and conditioner with optical brighteners that adds incredible intensity to coats of white or light coloured horses - it cleverly highlights and intensifies white, grey and gold tones, and also helps with the removal of tough stains. All of these products and more are available at www.worldwidetack.com

Any breed, any colour

In a recent feature by the College of Veterinary Medicine at America’s University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, equine surgeon Dr. Annette McCoy, says that in theory, any breed can be any colour. She states that the grey gene ‘trumps’ everything else, so a horse can be born any colour, but if one or both parents pass on a dominant grey gene, the horse will turn grey by adulthood. Therefore, completely grey animals are a result of the grey gene, while ‘greying’ due to age is just representative of the ageing process. Interestingly, the PRE studbook, which covers Purebred Spanish Horses, even has a relatively new clause including all colours of horse, meaning that previously ‘outlawed’ chestnuts are now admitted. The magazine ‘Nature Genetics’ reported recently that modern horses have seemingly ‘lost’ the camouflage which pre-historic horses had; nearly 1,800 horses were studied, more than half of which were Icelandic. (Available at nature.com). Icelandic scientist, Freyja Imsland, described that, (although black, bay or red-bases are the base colours), colouring of early horses was probably dominated by the dun-gene, e.g. producing a grey-gold or tan coat hue, with a dorsal stripe and a darker mane and tail, and a darker face and legs. “Other equine colour variations are believed to have emerged only after humans tamed horses,” she stated. july/august 2017 Localrider 27

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Katherine Harry Charles Wright wins the Horseware wins in Bronze League Qualifier Wierden


Right: Katherine Wright and Adelaide II won the Horseware Bronze League Qualifier at Crofton Manor

Harry Charles, aged 17, from Alton, Hampshire, flew the flag for Great Britain triumphantly in Wierden, The Netherlands on Saturday 10th June, winning Junior Grand Prix on his father Peter’s chestnut gelding Vivaldi du Dom.

Last to go in the jump-off, Harry had watched some of the first ones go and decided on the strategy he was going to take as a result. Talking it through he said: “I had watched a couple go and I could see that there was room for me to take a stride out between the first two fences. I was going in for a win, so knew I had to be fast, but felt confident as my horse is so careful. I managed to save a bit of time going forward and taking a stride out where I could. The jump-off course suited us as it had a good distance between fences and Vivaldi has a good forward pace so it worked out well for us.” Stopping the clock in a time of 37.74 seconds, Harry was the only rider to break the 39 second barrier on which he commented: “As I came to the finish line I knew I had been fast so wouldn’t be far off the current leader, but it wasn’t until afterwards that I realised I had managed to shave more than two seconds from their time.”

Will Lewis tops the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round

Localrider Magazine South East British Showjumping Club Leagues

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre near Fareham, Hampshire held a Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round on Saturday 4th June and it was Will Lewis who jumped the winning round.

Rider Name Horse 70cm Rachel Dorrell Amy Sandford

Forty-five keen combinations started out over Charles Ashworth’s course and each rider was hoping to secure a treble clear as this would see them take a place in the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Championship Final, which will be held during the British Showjumping National Championships in August.

Will Lewis from Sittingbourne, Kent went in to the jump off full of confidence after producing two fast clear rounds on board Titanic De Moisenais, a 10-year-old bay gelding owned by Nikki Lewis. This partnership continued their turn of speed as they crossed the finish line on a treble clear in an unbeatable time of 37.12 seconds.

DaintyDavey ............27 Javito ......................15

Horse 90cm Helen Craig I’m A Tiger ..............15 Rachel Dorrell Buckaroo Bob..........15 Helen Louise Falconbridge ......................... Armoury House .......12

Making the journey from Beedon in Berkshire, Ryan O’Sullivan took second place riding Nicol Borwne’s eight-yearold bay gelding, Winterdown Braxton, jumping a treble clear in 39.96 seconds.

Horse 1m Rachel Dorrell

Pic by Simply Event Photos

Right: Will Lewis and Titanic De Moisenais won the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round at Crofton Manor

Horse Name .. Points

Horse 80cm Debbie Dean Cill Chonaill.............47 Amy Sandford Javito ......................36 Helen Louise Falconbridge ......................... Armoury House .......27 Rachel Dorrell DaintyDavey ............27 Helen Craig I’m A Tiger ..............15

Following two gripping rounds of jumping, it was left to just twelve combinations to continue to the final jump-off where they would go head to head against the clock to deliver a treble clear.

Third place went to Caroline Etherington from Liphook, Hampshire riding her own seven-year-old bay gelding Rumors Cassin. They stopped the clock in 43.99 seconds.

Harry Charles and Vivaldi du Dom won the Junior Grand Prix in Wierden

The 1.40m Grand Prix course asked a lot of its 86 starters, with only twelve of them managing to jump clear in the first round. Not only was the time allowed tight resulting in many combinations incurring time penalties, but it was also up-toheight and technical, asking many questions of both horse and rider. Within the group of twelve that qualified for the jump off was current Pony European Champion Jack Whitaker (GBR) on Emilie Machon and Michael Potters grey stallion Valentin R who finished in eventual sixth place.

Pic by Simply Event Photography

n a glorious sunny day at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre near Fareham in Hampshire, Katherine Wright stormed to victory in the Horseware Bronze League Qualifier after delivering an exceptional treble clear. The focus for each of the 33 competitors was securing one of the three coveted qualification spots available for the Horseware Bronze League Semi Finals, which will run in August. Two closely fought rounds saw just six combinations remain to go head to head against the clock to decide the winner. Katherine Wright from Lymington, Hampshire jumped into top spot with her own nine-year-old brown mare, Adelaide II. Over the newly shortened course, this pair combined their consistency with a turn of speed to achieve a treble clear in 43.10 seconds. Scooping second place was Gayle White from Bordon, Hampshire as she delivered a treble clear on board her own 10-year-old chestnut gelding, Easy Choice. This combination crossed the finish line in 48.73 seconds. Jacqueline Menzies from Horsham, West Sussex took the final qualification spot on offer with her own 15-year-old grey gelding, Sultan V. This partnership finished with a treble clear in a time of 49.16 seconds.

Buckaroo Bob..........15

Club Shows are split strictly by Ponies and Horses, allowing both adults and children to jump on ponies and horses. Classes range from 70cm to 1m and are built by British Showjumping course builders. For more information on Club Shows and how you can take part, please visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk

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Ian Davies announces the launch of his new farriery business


an Davies has recently set up his new farriery business in Marlborough. Ian is a registered farrier with over 25 years’ practical experience. During this time he has worked as the chief farrier to the Saudi Royal family, Northern Farm in Japan and the Sultan of Oman. Ian has worked with thoroughbred and Arab racing businesses, studs and bloodstock producers, working with foals, yearlings and youngsters, mares and stallions. Ian says: “I was also lucky enough to hold the post of farrier to the Saudi National showjumping team during my time abroad and worked with an amazing team.” He added: “As chief farrier at Northern Farm, Japan, I managed over 2,000 horses, including those in and out of training, 18 stallions and a team of 16 farriers, so I can comfortably say my experience has been extensive. Each role gave me unique opportunities to experiment with techniques and work with renowned remedial and repair products, including Dr Coles, Redden, Akita and Eustace.”

X-raying the hoof

He has seen the incredible results gained from taking x-rays of horses before and after any acts of farriery, which whilst he appreciates is not common practice in many yards, he has benefited from this unique learning opportunity.

Barefoot techniques

Ian has also studied and qualified in barefoot trimming techniques and explored the holistic approach behind this practice. He says: “Studying barefoot techniques gave me a new view on farriery. I absolutely adhere to the need to give the best care for each individual horse, its workload and its environment. I remain openminded and I believe I can come up with the most favourable outcome for each horse, whether shod or barefoot.” Now back in the UK, Ian is starting up in business again and is ready to work with new clients. His services encompass both traditional and barefoot farrier services. He will be covering the Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire areas predominately but is happy to travel! Find Ian on his website www.farriery.co or like his Facebook page @IanDaviesandCoFarrier. His numbers are 0778 6503849 or 01672 515247. Anyone booking an appointment within the month of July 2017 will get a 10% discount on their first booking.

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The first Fallowbrook Little Britches event, where over 20 riders learnt about western riding.

Fallowbrook’s Little Britches Day

Left to right: Katheryn Seggie, Youth coach Louise Hunt and Fallowbrook Chairman, David Brimson

James Rogan said: “The Fallowbrook show is a fun experience and you can learn a lot from it. I like to win rosettes, so I practise loads and try really hard.”

Fallowbrook’s Little Britches day took place at Easter, with over 20 children and ponies enjoying an action-packed day at Team Tutsham’s fabulous arena in West Farleigh. The day started with some barrel racing with a chance for all levels of rider, from lead rein to serious cowboys, to try their hand at this traditional western event. There followed more games such as the keyhole race and finally a relay egg and spoon race on horseback. There were rosettes for all and fabulous chocolate bunnies for the winners in each section. The day was supervised by Fallowbrook’s Chairman, David Brimson, a Level 1 UKCC coach and successful reining competitor and Fallowbrook’s Youth Coach, Louise Hunt. All Fallowbrook coaches have received specific training in working with children and have first aid qualifications and a DBS check to ensure the events are run in a professional but kid friendly atmosphere. Fallowbrook Western Riding Club is an independent, not for profit community club and has received funding and support from Kent Sport and Sport England. To find out more visit www.fallowbrookwrc.co.uk

Star & Seren


eresa and Andrew Kingsley’s beautiful coloured mare has featured regularly in Localrider over the last few years, celebrating her great success in the in-hand show ring. When deciding to breed from her the Kingsley’s chose Bathleyhills Monet. Teresa said: “We were struggling to find the right stallion, but his temperament is brilliant and we both decided he was the right one.” Star’s dam was called Doylan Little Treasure, which is exactly what Seren is too. Born at 4.10 am on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May, Andrew spent 31 nights sleeping in their lorry at the yard, to make sure he was there at the right moment.

Caroline Sheehan’ s three-year-old Collstone Principal Lord won the In-hand Mountain & Moorland Large Breeds Youngstock class at Herts County Show at the end of May. The good-looking Highland had a busy weekend, as he also stood second at Surrey County in the Open age Highland In-hand class and won the award for the highest placed youngstock in that class. Caroline bought Monty as he is known at home in spring 2016. She plans to continue his in-hand career, bringing him out under saddle in 2018. Left: Caroline Sheehan and Collstone Principal Lord, the three-year-old Highland won the Mountain & Moorland Large Breeds Youngstock class at Herts County Show

Pic by SBM Photography

Collstone Principal Lord wins at Herts County

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Amanda returns to riding after nearly 30 years!

A ten-year-old Amanda showing her jumping style

44 years later, Amanda jumping Joey during the East Kent Ride

Pic by Thegather


aving stopped riding on a regular basis when she got married in 1982, Amanda Adams recently bought herself a young horse called Carrowkeel Joey aka Joey, who has proved the perfect equine partner and together they have been enjoying going out and about, and recently completed the East Kent Ride. Amanda said: “I bought Joey in August 2016 from Linda Jewell the racehorse trainer, who is based in Ulcombe. She imported Joey from Ireland and backed him. He is a purebred, but over height (15.1hh), four-year-old old Irish Connemara. I rode as a child and was lucky enough to have a couple of ponies, but when I got married in 1982 I gave up keeping horses as children came along and then grandchildren. I occasionally rode friends’ ponies and horses and always felt a little twinge of envy when I watched others compete or box up for sponsored rides and the like. At 54 I really began to think my riding days were over, but to cut a long story short I decided to have one more horse in my life. I mentioned to my friend Nicky who used to run a riding stables in Headcorn that I intended to find a ‘been there’ done it sort of horse and between us we lined up a day of looking at a few. Joey was the wildcard as he was only four and needed bringing on, however it was love over the stable door. He was such a character and Linda said he was exceptionally laid back. After a very kicky canter round their gallops I said yes please and brought him home. My husband although not initially very keen on my new venture decided Joey was okay as his friendly nature is disarming. I started from scratch with the help my amazing friend Tamara who let me use her school and coached me through lots of basics. There were a few bucks, but Joey loved his work. He was soon hacking out with the other horses and loving every minute of it. After lots of pole work and exercises he is starting to jump and we recently attended our first event the East Kent Sponsored Ride. He didn’t put a foot wrong, we took the jumps a little fast, but he was happy to try everything. I intend to try a walk and trot dressage test next so we are in training. I want him to do a little of everything and grow old with me, I’ve worked out that by the time I am 60 he will be nearly 10 so at 70 he will be 20, I will be like the queen hopefully riding into my nineties! He is five in June and I intend to have a party with a few horses and a few friends to celebrate my lovely Snowy Joey as the grandkids call him.”

Harry continues his winning form West Kent Sevenoaks Pony Club member Harry Scott was on winning form with his pony Seren Benfro at the inter-branch One Day Event competition hosted by the Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club. 11-year-old Harry won Section A of the 70cm event finishing on an outstanding dressage score of 14.37%. His closest rival in second place finished on 30%. Harry and his New Forest pony, Seren Benfro, were also part of the winning West Kent Sevenoaks Team, which included, Lily-May Parker on Rusheen Fairy, Eliza Crane on Go Diego Go and Archie Humfrey on Leo. Harry’s family bought Seren Benfro for the then nine-year-old Harry at the end of 2015 and last year the combination competed in five Pony Club 60cm one day events, finishing in the top three each time. Their aim this year is to qualify for the Pony Club Regional Dressage Championships (formerly Grassroots) again at Keysoe. They qualified last year but, coming third in their arena, missed the ride off for overall individual placings by 0.5%. They also hope to move up to Pony Club 80cm competitions by the end of the season. In September Harry will be starting at Sevenoaks School and he hopes to join the riding team and compete in the NSEA competitions. Seren Benfro is no stranger to the pages of Localrider, having previously featured with Zara Staples when the combination won the BE80 at Littleton Manor, and also with Josh Hill, who produced the gelding as a young pony. Left: Harry Scott and Seren Benfro, maintain their Pony Club eventing winning form JULY/AUGUST 2017 Localrider 31

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Pics by LRG Photography


Sir Lee Pearson and Smart Like Valentino

Para Reining in Kent


ara Riders raised the roof over the Bank Holiday weekend at the first ever Para Reining competition in the UK, held at Bodiam International in Kent. Riding horses they hardly knew, in a new discipline in front of a huge crowd, the riders demonstrated their exceptional skills producing fluent and accurate patterns. On day one Fiona Durston, a 3* dressage rider from Kent, who is registered blind, took the top place ahead of former Team GBR Dressage member and individual Paralympic Silver medallist Ricky Balshaw. A delighted Fiona said: “I have had a whirlwind week, a crash course in a new sport and I have loved every second of it! I could never have imagined winning on the first day, and am really excited to be trying to qualify for Holland. I can’t wait to see what the future might bring.” Balshaw, back in the saddle for the first time after retiring from dressage exactly a year ago, placed second, after just two

Ricky Balshaw and Yelena My Way

days of practice. Sir Lee Pearson, 11 time Paralympic Gold medallist came in third, finding the change of saddles to be quite the challenge, whilst swapping 17 hand Olympic Champion Zion to a 15 hand quarter horse mare. Pearson said: “What a wonderful introduction to the Para Reining. Great atmosphere, great competition, and most of all great horses.” Day two and the challenge was on, not just for the riders to beat each other, but also to post high enough scores to qualify for the Para Reining World Championships in Holland this July. With only four days left before the entry deadline the riders had no room for error. This time it was Pearson who set the bar, pulling an exceptional run out of the bag on a new horse, Smart Like Valentino. Balshaw, providing the audience with an exceptional sliding stop was a mere half a point behind, the smallest margin in a competition judged by three International Judges. Durston banked a safe run on Big

Bruce Almighty

Step Moonlight, ensuring her qualification for Holland. Balshaw said: “I feel privileged and honoured to have been part of the first ever Para Reining Competition in the UK. I am very excited to be qualified for the World Para Reining in Holland and can’t wait to compete in another World Championship in a new sport.” Organiser Francesca Sternberg was completely delighted at the success of the event, noting the large crowd that it attracted, as well as an overwhelming interest online and throughout the social media network. “These riders have showcased their exceptional talents in an outstanding demonstration that proves Reining and horses can open doors for so many people with disabilities. I look forward to seeing the competition at the Para World Reining event in five weeks and feel confident that our riders will be very competitive and as always a huge credit to Great Britain.”

I’ve waited six years for that…!

Nigel Pike pictured with 10-year-old Bruce Almighty, a Clydesdale cross warmblood with Blagdon markings. Bruce Almighty won the Most Handsome Gelding class at the White Horse Show on 21st May.

Mary Howden and Ellie, winners of the Large Breeds Mountain & Moorland class at the Surrey Spring Show

Mary and Ellie in the Working Hunter class at the Horley Lions Show

Mary Howden said she had waited six years to win a Mountain & Moorland class in good company on her Welsh section C, Ellie. Mary has owned the now 13-year-old Ellie for seven years and said it has taken time and patience along the way. This year Mary decided to enter some jumping and working hunter classes with Ellie. Mary said: “I’ve been fortunate to be having lessons from a fab instructor called Louise Lucas, who encourages us without pushing us too far, as we want our jumping experience to be an enjoyable one. Ellie is enjoying her jumping, there is still lots to learn, but she is trying her best. I think it must be about 30 years since I last competed in any jumping classes and I never thought I would be doing it again, but I am really enjoying it.” Their first experience was at the Horley Lions Show and whilst it didn’t all go to plan, they jumped round clear in the clear round ring. They are looking forward to putting in lots of practise before their next show at the end of July.

Pics by Felbridge Photography

Fiona Durston and Big Step Moonlight

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Cranleigh RDA Annual Sponsored Ride

Mary Stokes and Cameron Graves receiving their winners’ cheques from the Chairman, Liz Harrison.

Words by the Club Chairman, Liz Harrison


Cameron Graves riding Biscuit

Edward Garrigan and Kerstin Paul riding RDA Bob and George

Annie Irving, Julian Thorpe, Pippa Parsons and Emily Jones who raised over £300 as a team.

Barry Collyer riding Marko

Cass Lillington and Sue Keen with Aero

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Johnny McMonigall riding Paddy

Pic by Pixiespot Photography

Captain Darling wins with elegance at Petley

n Good Friday, 14th April 2017, Cranleigh RDA Group held their Annual Sponsored Ride, on a lovely dry Spring day. Over 200 riders came to enjoy a choice of two distances, 11 miles through woodland glades, expansive heathland, sandy tracks and sunken roads; or a new three-mile route for led or accompanied riders through bluebells and fresh green foliage. This year is the Group’s 50th Anniversary and it is fitting to announce that the Sponsorship given was the highest amount ever! The total raised was over £14,500 including Gift Aid. WOW!! The winner of the most money raised in the under 18-years competition was five-year-old Cameron Graves, who was on her first ever Sponsored Ride and raised £261 including Gift Aid. The winner of the over 18 category was Mary Stokes a volunteer with Cranleigh RDA Group, who raised £266 including Gift Aid. The Group is particularly proud of two riders who regularly ride with support from Cranleigh RDA, Kerstin and Edward, who both practised for several weeks so that they could ride the three-mile route on two RDA ponies. A great achievement which thoroughly deserved the support of friends and family, raising over £4,000, thanks to the dedication of Edward’s father, Wayne. All this is why Cranleigh RDA Group would like to give a huge Thank You, to the landowners and estate managers who graciously allowed the Ride to take place; to the volunteer marshals who gave up their Good Friday to enable the event to run smoothly and safely; and to all the wonderful riders and their sponsors, who raised so much money for this charity. All the money will go towards the day to day running costs for the Group, to enable those, for whom life can be a challenge, to benefit from and enjoy the therapy and thrill of riding and being with ponies. Lisa Bates and Captain Darling winning the Concours d’elegance at Petley Equestrian

Lisa Bates re-homed the now five-year-old Captain Darling three years ago, after he was rescued from a flooded field where he had been left. Backed last year, the pair started training with Alison Short and Lisa describes him as a very willing student. The combination has had great success in the dressage arena, repeatedly scoring over 70 percent. It was their first time in the show ring at Petley Equestrian, but Captain Darling took it all in his stride, even though Lisa was wearing a dress for the Concours d’elegance, winning two classes. Lisa said: “He is an easy pony to do and took no notice that I was wearing a dress for the Concours d’elegance which had taken me more than three weeks to sew.” Lisa continued: “Later in the year were hoping start competing in dressage to music classes and we are looking forward to competing at the Sunshine Tour Championships.” JULY/AUGUST 2017 Localrider 33

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Four Star Heritage


Ethan and Blackhill Tom Tom, being led by Cheryl Hillman, Mountain & Moorland Champions at the Bexhill Horse Show

Mountain & Moorland Champion The Welsh section A Blackhill Tom Tom showed his versatility at the Bexhill Horse Show, winning the Small Breeds Mountain and Moorland In-Hand class with Cheryl Hillman, before later winning the Ridden Mountain and Moorland class, with his young rider, Ethan Foster, being led by Cheryl. He later went on to stand Overall Mountain and Moorland Champion. Ethan is seven-years-old and has been riding intermittently for two years. Cheryl teaches Ethan and home produces TomTom.

Supreme Working Hunter Champions


16.1hh / 2013 / Liver chestnut / British Sports Horse This elegant young premium graded stallion (SHB[GB]) has impeccable bloodlines for eventing, being a son of the extraordinary Headley Britannia, winner of Badminton, Burghley, Kentucky and an Olympic team silver medal, by the Oldenburg stallion Royaldik whose dam is full sister to Heraldik, the outstanding sire of international eventers. Britannia Royal is a short-coupled uphill horse with excellent conformation and a quick athletic jump. He has a tremendously calm, trainable temperament and has been a pleasure to handle from birth. He has also made an excellent start to his stud career with 100% fertility, from a single covering, on a small number of mares. We are eagerly awaiting his first foals this summer.

Britannia Royal (British Sport Horse)

he Classictop Stud in Crowborough took delivery of one of the first foals on the ground for the British Sports Horse stallion, Britannia Royal, who is owned by Annabel Blake and standing in Sussex. Britannia Royal is out of the amazingly talented event horse, Headley Britannia (by Jumbo) who won Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky and is by the Oldenburg stallion Royaldik whose dam is full sister to Heraldik the outstanding sire of international eventers. The filly’s dam is an ex-racehorse, who Jane Townshend of the Classictop Stud came by chance to own. Jane said: The mare won three times on the flat and retired sound. She A grand-daughter of the was at the Ascot sales, but not in the sale, as great Headley Britannia, she was there for some polo people to look out of a winning flat horse at, but was too tall for them. and by Britannia Royal A friend told me to go and look at the horse, “why I asked as I’m not interested in buying anything as I have plenty at home!” The owner didn’t want to take her home and the alternative was unthinkable. She trotted up well and a £100 loan from my friend meant she came home with me. I had no idea what I had taken on. Chance as we call her is the nicest kindest mare you could have, we have had her under saddle and she is safe and sane and has a great pop too.” Jane got to know Britannia Royal well during the course of 2016, as he was based at her yard to be shown in the BEF classes and the Young Horse Championships at Osberton, where he was graded with SHBGB. Jane said: “Britannia Royal has a great brain, an interesting pedigree and is an all-round lovely chap so using him was a no brainer. I have already used him again this year.” The filly along with some of Jane’s other foals will be available to purchase at weaning.

Royaldik (Oldenburg)

Royal Diamond (Oldenburg)

Headley Britannia (British Sport Horse)

Jumbo (Irish Draft Sport Horse)

Herka (TB)

Alans Bambi (TB)

Stud fee: £450 available by fresh/chilled and frozen semen (concessions to approved mares). Standing in East Sussex.

For further details Tel: 07870 358944 (Annabel),

Email: brit.royal@outlook.com Web: www.britanniaroyal.co.uk

Twelve-year-old Rafe Storm and his pony, Danny, had a successful day at the Cowdray Hunt Pony Club Show. Having won their height section of the Working Hunter, they went on to stand Supreme Working Hunter Champions. Rafe who is a member of the Lord Leconfield branch of the Pony Club has owned Danny for almost three years and he is his first pony. The combination enjoy taking part in all Pony Club activities as well as local shows. Rafe’s mother Emma said: “Rafe and Danny have a special bond, and Danny will only be caught by Rafe, he gallops away from me or my husband.” Rafe Storm and Danny, Supreme Working Hunter Champions at the Cowdray Hunt Pony Club Show

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Words by Alex Kelly and pictures by Spidge Photography

REGIONAL ROUNDUP Rhos Exception takes the Cuddy Supreme Rhos Exception enjoyed a glittering career under saddle for her owner-breeder Jill Godden. Produced by Team Harvey and ridden by Ellis Taverner-Burns the 138 cm Riding Pony was last seen in the ring standing ridden Show Pony Champion of the Year at HOYS. The nine-year-old mare by Derwent Rainbow Bandit out of Rhos Eloquence has made a wonderful start to her new career as a broodmare with Jill overseeing the production at home. Shown with her smart filly foal by Whiteleaze Democrat at foot for the first time at Midland County Show, Rhos Exception put on a sparkling display when led by John Harvey, to win in the Part bred Arab Championship and to get the nod from judge David Bartram to win the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship and rebooking her place at HOYS. Rhos Exception followed up her Midlands victory by standing Riding Pony Breeding Champion at the South of England Show.

Georgia Darlington and Lisa’s Dream won the HOYS Qualifier Working Hunter Pony Championship at the South of England

Lisa’s Dream proves ultra-talented

E Rhos Exception won the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand at Midlands County Show

Rhos Exception stood Riding Pony Breeding Champion at the South of England Show

Virginia RussellWood’s broodmare, Stage Music, won the Cuddy Supreme in-hand at the South of England, pictured with Simon Luck.

Stage Music West Sussex based owner breeder Virginia Russell-Wood’s ten-yearold broodmare, Stage Music, was the winner of the Cuddy Supreme in-hand at the South of England Show. Produced from home and led by Jeff Grace, the daughter of Chestnut Park All That Jazz made her in-hand début in 2016 when she attended three shows, standing Champion PBA at Kent County, Supreme In-Hand at the BSHA and Supreme PBA. South of England was her first show of the 2017 campaign with her filly foal, Stage Diva, by Tiger Attack, at foot, she was handled by Simon Luck. Virginia and her team have been on form as Stage Song out of Stage Whisper by Kilvington Scoundrel won the Riding Pony Breeding Championship at Surrey County.

ighteen-year-old Georgia Darlington is a multi-talented young horse woman. Her new ride Lisa’s Dream arrived at Georgia’s yard in Ockley last October and the eleven-year-old part bred Connemara has more than lived up to her name, after qualifying for both the RIHS and HOYS. Suffolk County Show saw the pair produce a copy book round of jumping to secure their place at HOYS in the Working Hunter Pony class. The consistent partnership followed up their Suffolk success at South of England Show where once again they were crowned Working Hunter Pony Champions in another HOYS qualifier. In between double qualifications for the most prestigious Championship in showing, Georgia and Lisa’s Dream have found time to go eventing (see front cover picture). Currently competing at BE100 (with the ambition of moving to novice in the next twelve months) they finished fourth at Aston Le Walls and fifth at Borde Hill to achieve places for the regional finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton next year. Emily Whalley and Prestwood Royal Appointment won the Amateur Riding Horse class and the Part bred Arab Championship at the South of England Show

Prestwood Royal Appointment Busy working mum Emily Whalley is enjoying taking time out to ride her home-bred Riding Horse, Prestwood Royal Appointment, in the show ring. The six-year-old gelding, by Dawes Firebird and out of Emily’s HOYS winning retrained racehorse Millimeter, qualified for the RIHS at the Heathfield Show and stood Ridden PBA Champion. More success followed at The South of England Show when Prestwood Royal Appointment won the Ridden Part bred Arab Championship for the third consecutive year. However, this was the first time Emily was at the reins as the two previous years she’s had other commitments, including being heavily pregnant. The Chorelywood based combinations success continued at the South of England, when they won the popular Amateur Riding Horse class and enjoyed a spin round the main ring in the Championship.

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Glenvar Star


lenvar Star, known to his many friends as Mr G, has been a star by name and nature for owner rider Georgina Kester. The Connemara pony by Harp King is a true allrounder and this season has shown his talent for affiliated dressage. Finishing eighth in both the Prelim and the novice sections of the NPS Dressage Championship Mr. G has recently qualified for the BD Area Festival Finals and the BD Native Pony Championships, as well as winning the SE Connemara Show dressage with a score of 73%. This talented jumping pony, who has consistently been placed in working hunter pony classes, is now also enjoying. Georgia said: “He absolutely loves the cross-country and we both come back grinning afterwards!” There is lots more eventing on the agenda for the future.

Racing at the South of England

Glenvar Star has been enjoying eventing this season

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Twelve-year-old Poppy Dadson from Ingatestone and John Lamb’s Hykos Bees Nees were part of the Shetland Pony Grand National display, racing at The South of England Show. Poppy is in her first season racing after attending a trial for JPL Racing and Events in February this year. She did her first Shetland Pony Grand National in May on Hykos Bees Nees at Badminton Horse Trials and was luckily enough to race at Royal Windsor Horse Show too. Poppy said: “I love riding Bee, she is an amazing pony and we have so much fun racing round the tracks. Thank you John for giving me this opportunity I am really having the best time.”

Nicola takes individual honours at Riding Club Championships Fourteen-year-old Nicola Damms and her KWPN, Umberto took a Junior Individual dressage title at the British Riding Club Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Dressage Championships, held at Bury Farm at the end of April. Representing Fawkham & District Riding Club, Nicola was the Arena 6 Individual Champion. Trained by Hayley Greenwood, Nicola only started riding when she was 10, and made the big leap from her Connemara pony to the 16.1hh Umberto last year. Talking after her win, Hayley said: “‘I want to cry, but I’m not wearing waterproof mascara.” Nicola and Umberto have also been selected to represent the West Kent Sevenoaks branch of the Pony Club at the Area competition on 2nd July.

Four-year-old George Cole is currently competing in his first season in the show ring with his Shetland pony, Melliver Jewel, who was purchased from Debbie Barr last year. George’s mother, Rachel said: “George is still learning his rising trot, but is getting better all the time. He has qualified for Equifest and the Sunshine Tour this year, so will keep practising for those. As well as showing George and Jewel love to go to Pony Club, they are members of the West Kent Sevenoaks branch. Jewel particularly loves the jumping.”

George Cole and Melliver Jewel

Isla dazzles at Heathfield

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Nicola Damms and Umberto of Fawkham & District Riding Club were Individual Junior Dressage Champions at Bury Farm

Perfect Partnership

Six-year-old Isla Breen and her pony, Razz, had a brilliant day at the Heathfield Riding Club Show on Sunday 11th June. They won the Best Lead Rein Rider class before going on to stand Overall Champions. Isla also rode her first ever dressage test on Razz, finishing fourth in a big class, for which she was delighted. Isla’s family bought the 10-year-old Razz at Easter and her mother describes him as “a little star”. The combination are members of the Southdown East Pony Club and enjoy attending rallies. Isla has weekly lessons and enjoys hacking over the farmland where Razz is kept. Isla Breen and Razz, Champions at the Heathfield Riding Club Show

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Two-year-old Hope Dale also enjoys riding Pumphill Japonica

Homebred qualifies for Hickstead

Dartmoor Delights for Ava Dale

Phoebe Leake and Master Jack winning at the BSPS Winter Championships

New combination win first time out Successful pony rider Phoebe Leake frustratingly broke her ankle playing hockey just weeks after her family purchased a new horse for her, a 15hh Show Hunter pony called Master Jack, last October. The fracture was severe with major ligament damage and took several months to heal, meaning she was off games and unable to ride until March. The time-off obviously suited the pair as they were on winning form at the BSPS Winter Championships in April, their first time out at this level. They won the Winter Novice 153cm Show Hunter Pony and Winter Restricted Part Bred ex 148cm classes. At the BSPS Area 14’s Show they won their two classes, were Show Hunter Pony Reserve Champions and Area 14 Champions. Phoebe has qualified the eight-year-old for The Royal International Horse Show, The Blue Riband Pony of the Year, The Cherif Championship Show and The BSPS Champion of Champions. Next on the list is to claim that all important ticket for the Horse of the Year Show. Sixteen-year-old Phoebe’s other passion is Musical Theatre and when she’s not riding, she loves to perform and is currently studying for her Music Theatre Exam Grade 6 and Drama A level.

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Five-year-old Ava Dale and her Dartmoor pony, Pumphill Japonica, have had a busy season so far, winning numerous classes and receiving some ‘Best Rider’ cards too. The combination won the BSPS Heritage Lead Rein class and the Lobster Pot Lead Rein class at the BSPS Area 15 class on Sunday 21st May. Other wins have come at Showing South East Shows, and so far, they have qualified for Royal London, Equifest, Ponies UK and BSPS Championships. Ava is trying hard to qualify for the Royal International, being placed third and fourth in the first two Pretty Polly classes she has contested.

Emma Warren’s Emma Warren and homebred Roque Luna qualified eight-yearfor RIHS at Mid Herts Spring Show old, Roque Luna qualified for the Royal International in the Lightweight Coloured Plaited at Mid Herts Spring Show. Emma was delighted to qualify as this is only her first year of trying, although the mare had a very successful season in the show ring last year with Emma’s friend, Lucy Fisher, qualifying for HOYS at only her second show. Emma works six days a week at a show jumping stud, so she tries to time her day off so she can go showing. Emma’s background is in show jumping, so showing is very new to her and she said: “We are still both learning, but I have met some lovely, helpful people along the way.”

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Ava Dale and Pumphill Japonica have had a successful season on the Lead Rein, led by her mother, Tiffany Dale.

Seven-year-old Darcey Blaze Marcus and her pony, Jenny Wren, had a successful day at S&D Equitation on Sunday 21st May. They had great fun in the Cross Poles and 40cm Show Jumping , their first time jumping at a competition off the lead rein, before going on to win the ‘My First Pony’ class.

Charlie the perfect cob Steph Hughes has owned her seven-year-old cob, Charlie, for 18 months. Steph says: “Charlie originally did trekking in Ireland, but has taken very well to riding club activities. The last year we have concentrated on dressage, competing at Red Horse Dressage, working up from Intro and just starting to give novice a go, as well as competing at a few local shows in ridden coloured and ridden cob classes. This year we have concentrated more on building up our confidence at jumping and getting out and about more. We have recently completed the Wye ride, been to Bigbury cross-country, completed our first BD test scoring 66% at Prelim and we went to the beach for our first ever beach ride, which has always been a dream of mine. We are looking forward to competing in our first ever hunter trial and my longer-term dream is to compete Charlie at BE80, we just need to find our brave pants. He loves his work and posing for a photo as you can see!” Steph Hughes achieved her dream of taking Charlie to the beach.

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ur horses have carefully targeted worming programmes; we poo pick our paddocks; quarantine new horses and rotate our grazing, yet one of the biggest influencers of parasite burdens is unfortunately something we can do nothing about. The weather, most noticeably temperatures and rainfall, have a massive impact on the worms in our horses. It’s so influential that the National Animal Disease Information Service issues a monthly Parasite Forecast for farmers based on detailed Met Office data. The forecast tracks weather variations to highlight potential risks for sheep and cattle. Generally the milder and wetter the better for parasites; warm weather is convivial for activities like feeding and breeding and the damp weather keeps everything motile and ticking along. Spring and Autumn are naturally times of the year when parasites thrive. Ideally what we need our weather to deliver is extremes either side of this - cold, hard winters and hot, dry summers to stop parasites in their tracks.

A worm egg count gives an indication of the redworm (bottom left) and roundworm (top right) parasite burden a horse is carrying

Rainfall and moisture levels

In optimal conditions the most numerous of horse parasites, the redworm, can develop from an egg laid in a dung pile to its infective larval stage in as little as five days. In this time the tiny worm larvae, so small it’s barely visible to the naked eye, can travel about one metre. Impressive enough until we get some rainfall and this multiplies to up to three metres of getaway potential in wet conditions. This is important for survival; most horses won’t choose to graze near droppings so the further away a larvae can wriggle to a tempting blade of grass, the more likely its chance of being eaten by a potential host to continue its life cycle. In contrast hot, arid conditions, of the sort we get very little of here in the UK, spell disaster. Moisture deficit will slow, or even halt, development of the worm larvae and desiccate dung piles, exposing eggs to lethal rays of UV light. This makes harrowing a useful method of parasite control, but only in these conditions. Where there is any moisture present, it will merely serve to spread worm eggs around the pasture, allowing the larvae to penetrate into the protective vegetative layer.


Worm eggs are generally made of pretty tough stuff, non-more so than roundworm eggs. The thick, sticky shell of the ascarid helps it to survive temperature extremes in the UK environment for up to 10 years. A portion of redworm eggs will also overwinter, enduring hard frosts to hatch in spring when the warmer weather comes along. Frost is effective at killing off tapeworm eggs but this doesn’t mean one good winter will eradicate them. Tapeworm have an intermediate host – tiny orabatid mites which are adept at wintering in British climes. There will be plenty of these infected grassland mites to see the species through the colder months. Temperature also affects the worms themselves. Redworm activity slows considerably below 6°C and development from egg into an infective larval stage could take several weeks in winter weather. Some however, will find a way to ride out the winter chill until ingested by a horse, where the warm internal temperatures spark them into action and perpetuate the lifecycle.

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FEATURE Adam Trew pictured with the Young Equestrians

There were lots of fun games and races before the riding started Bronte Wadge-Dale, Young Equestrians Coordinator from the Pony Club pictured with Hayley Squirrell, proprietor of Squirrells Riding Centre

Some of the Young Equestrians

Celebrating being the 100th Young Equestrians Club

Macey Rudland and Bobbie. Macie said she learnt how to use her space, rather than cutting in to the fences.

Squirrells Riding School celebrate being the 100th Young Equestrians Club


ake, bunting and party bags were in abundance at Squirrells Riding School in Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, in Kent, on Thursday 1st June to celebrate becoming the 100th equestrian centre to join the hugely successful national Young Equestrians initiative; launched by The Pony Club in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation. International event rider Adam Trew joined the party at Squirrells to kick start the celebrations, hosting a special clinic for the riding school’s enthusiastic young members followed by an opportunity for questions about the life of a professional event rider. Commenting on the event, Squirrells Riding School proprietor, Mrs Hayley Squirrell, said: “We are delighted to be the

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100th Young Equestrians Club! We are keen to use our facilities for this new Club, to offer young people (aged 13-18) from our local community a safe and relaxed environment where they can make new friends, ride regularly and participate in a range of other sports – it’s not just about riding and learning about horses. The Young Equestrians membership is growing, but we still have places for young people interested in joining; I can guarantee they will never be bored!” Eventer Adam Trew said: “In an age where social media and computer based games seem to dominate young people’s leisure time it is wonderful to see these young people genuinely enjoying spending time outside in a social environment, interacting with the horses – and, of course, showcasing their terrific riding skills.” The Young Equestrians at Squirrells Riding School meet every fortnight on a Friday evening and use their sessions to not only build on their equestrian knowledge, but also to gain life skills with their friends and like-minded individuals. There are currently 100 Young Equestrian Clubs across the UK, with four in Kent alone: Braeside Equestrian Centre, Coldblow Equestrian Centre, Horseshoes Riding School and Squirrells Riding Centre. Young Equestrians clubs are set up within riding schools accredited to a British Equestrian Federation Member Body, such as The Pony Club, or within Pony Club Branches. To learn more about Young Equestrians and find a Club near you visit: www.youngequestrians.club

Charlotte Lang had ridden Paddy twice before, but never jumped him. She said Adam helped her to cope with jumping a horse the size of Paddy, who is 18 hands.

Morgan Squirrell and Romeo. Morgan said she learnt to allow the horse to move on between fences by extending the canter.

Jasmine Barden and Rosie. Jasmine said she learned how to maintain the right canter lead, as well as working on her horse’s rhythm.

Kayley Squirrell was riding Beauty for the first time. Kayled said Adam helped her to balance Beauty when she tried to run off, which helped with her jumping.




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Adam Trew’s Guide to

Preparing for Competition

Over the past few issues Kent-based event rider Adam Trew has shared his tips on training and improving your horse ready for the eventing season. In this issue, he focuses on putting what you have learned so far in to practise at an event.


take my time at home to make sure all the basics are in place and the horses are happy with what they’re doing before I take them out. Once I am sure my horses are working with me and understanding what I am asking of them, we are ready to try it all out at a competition. It is important that when I do take them out I stick to the same rules as I do at home and ask for everything the exact same way as I would if I was at home in the arena. This way the horses should start to learn and understand that no matter where we are working, the way I ride and ask for things will be the same so there is no need for them to worry. I think it is vital to make sure that the horse’s first few experiences of a competition are a happy, confident one. This sometimes means putting the competitive part of you to one side and focusing on training and developing your horse and working towards the end goal.

In the dressage warm-up the most important thing I work on is keeping the horses happy and feeling good in their body. It is too late 20 minutes before the test to make many improvements so rather than try and possibly worry them, I just try and make the best of what I’ve got. Obviously some horses do get quite excited when starting to get out and about at competitions with lots of other horses working around them, loud speakers, flags flying etc, so it is even more important that I stick to the rules as a rider and remain calm and try and work the horse through some simple exercises that they are comfortable with and used to doing at home, to try and get their attention back on to me and to relax.

Adam warmingup Quintina for the dressage

Show Jumping

Just as I would at home I leave them to do the jumping. From the very beginning I want them to know that I am not going to do all the work and help them out. I set the rhythm and the balance and it is their job to jump the fence. I don’t worry too much if the horse knocks the pole, as long as it wasn’t my mistake and the horse learns from it. If they start to think like this from the very beginning, then they should start to focus on the job and try their best to clear the fences.

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Adam and Shag Rocks competing in the Novice at Berkshire College


This is one area that I work a lot on. Not only do I do this with my young ones, but with my upper level horses too. I spend most oneday-events schooling my horses round the cross-country picking up time faults, making sure that I am not having to hold them back, they stay in the rhythm I set and everything works just as I want it to, and ultimately, they are confident with everything out on the course. It’s a system I believe in and stick to, but I know it isn’t for everyone. It means sometimes compromising placings for training. Working my horses this way makes it extremely easy for me to ride forward to the fences and keep a smooth, forward rhythm when I do want to make the time. I have usually planned and targeted specific events for each of my horses, which I want to be competitive at, so I make sure all this is in place ready for those competitions.

Top Tips ➤ Be realistic with where you are at in your training. Don’t expect more than what your horse can offer or is capable of. ➤ Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. ➤ Remember to always trust what you’re doing and don’t focus too much on the final result. ➤ Most of all make it an enjoyable experience for both you and your horse. By making sure the basics are in place before you go to a competition, you will hopefully guarantee a good day for your horse.

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Pippa Funnell currently leads the SsangYong Musso Accumulator

Have a great day out at

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Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July

Francis Whittington lives within hacking distance of Eridge Park and is bound to have a few horses competing over the weekend.

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DOGS IN THE PARK • Fun Dog Show • Dog Agility • Distraction Alley • Terrier Racing • Open to all with entries on the day

A great line up of sports and attractions awaits you at the 2017 SsangYong Eridge Horse Trials & Country Market, at Eridge Park, just outside Tunbridge Wells.


et in beautiful parkland, the SsangYong Eridge Horse Trials are a brilliant day out. Stroll around the grounds watching Olympic riders, such as Pippa Funnell, Tina Cook and Gemma Tattersall galloping over rustic fences, or settle yourself down with a picnic on top of one of the many hills, which give a view of the majority of the course. The Country Market, with food, gifts, brocante and much more is perfect for browsing and shopping too. There are a variety of food stalls, a licenced bar, plus plenty of entertainment including a children’s inflatable area.

Cars in the Park Saturday welcomes a display of classic and vintage cars for ‘Cars in the Park’. All the details about how to take part and register your car are on the Eridge Horse Trials website. At the time of going to print they were still accepting entries, so if you own a classic or vintage car, why not take it along and enjoy being part of ‘Cars in the Park’.

Dogs in the Park

The always popular ‘Dogs in the Park’ returns on Sunday, with a Fun Dog Show, Fun Dog Agility and Terrier Racing, which is open to all. All entries are on the day and visitors on Sunday will receive a voucher giving five free entries per car.

Top competition

Eridge always draws the big names and last year, Oliver Townend, Andrew Nicholson and Izzy Taylor were seen competing alongside local competitors, Francis and Bryony Whittington, Tom Crisp and Emily Baldwin. Eridge will be an influential event in the SsangYong Musso Accumulator, the winner of which will receive a SsangYong Musso 4 x 4 cab pick-up to drive for a year. The points are accumulated from the South of England OI/AI which took place in April, Eridge OI and the OI /CIC at the South of England Horse Trials in September. Last year’s winner Pippa Funnell currently leads the way, closely followed by Will Furlong, Chuffy Clarke, Georgina Wood and Tina Cook. With so much on offer at the Eridge Horse Trials and Country Market, tell your friends that for just £10 per car on Saturday and £15 on Sunday, they can enjoy a fantastic day out, with something for all members of the family.

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Bucas Buzz Off Full Neck Fly Rug This rug provides insect and UV protection for the body and neck of the horse. It’s made from a specially developed lightweight fine mesh fabric which blocks even the smallest of insects and reduces the effects of ultraviolet radiation. The belly pad not only ensures that the rug is kept in place but also protects that area too. Sizes: 4’0” – 7’2” RRP: £95.00 http://zebraproducts.co.uk/Stockists.html

Colour: White/Blue Size: 5’6” - 7’0” RRP: £49.99 www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: The rug has an interesting panel between the neck and the main part of the body, to allow the rug to fit well, but also allow movement. I liked the colour, as one assumes white will reflect the heat during the summer.

LR Comment: It is everything you want in a fly rug. It has strong fittings, the front of the rug is padded to stop rubbing and there is fabric along the line of the top of the neck, to prevent the mane from rubbing. It has a belly pad for extra protection and a generous tail flap. It fitted really well, despite plenty of rolling and charging around the field.

Toggi Lamoille Ladies Technical Sleeveless Polo

Equetech Zenith Competition Shirt

This zip necked sleeveless top is a must have piece for the summer months. Made from air permeable Aerocool fabric for maximum breathability and comfort, this style looks fabulous and performs brilliantly. With curved seamlines, mesh side panels, discreet branding and flashes of colour on the contrast ribs and stitich details will ensure you look stylsh this Summer.

The Equetech Zenith Competition Shirt is a long sleeved technical wicking shirt, which offers maximum stretch and outstanding performance. Clever style details such as covered seams for added comfort and stretch mesh panel raglan sleeves add to this practical performance piece of clothing. Available in competition and training colours, this shirt is perfect for dressage, eventing or casual wear.

Colour: White Sizes: 8-20 RRP: £35.00 www.toggi.com

Colours: White, Mélange Coral Sizes: 8 – 18 RRP: £44.95 www.equetech.com

LR Comment: This is a very pretty, fun, technical top. It has mesh panels and is made from Aerocool fabric, which is lovely and soft. The fabric is very stretchy, so it allows plenty of movement when riding. Perfect for summer riding.

LR Comment: The Zenith is perfect for wearing for competitions. It is made from a very soft fabric, which moulds to the body, making it extremely comfortable to ride in. The great thing about wicking shirts is, as you warm up the moisture is wicked away, meaning whichever discipline you are competing in you should feel cool and comfortable.

Nettex Electrolyte Range The Nettex Electrolyte Range has been formulated to help replace vital salts that are lost through any form of sweating brought on from strenuous exercise, travelling or stress-related conditions. Ideal for use all year round, especially during the hotter months and competition season, electrolyte supplementation is equally important in the winter months when horses sweat after hunting and during and after travelling. www.nettexequine.com LR Comment: If your horse is performing in the heat, it is quite likely that he should be having some form of electrolytes. The powder is perfect for maintaining your horse on a daily basis, but it is also handy to have some syringes at home and on the lorry. If you compete in particularly hot weather you might find you need to use one of these to replace any salts lost through sweating (remember to provide fresh water as well).

We also like... Net Relief Riding Mask from Equilibrium Products The Net Relief Riding Mask is a unique fly mask specially designed for ridden work, protecting the horse’s face, eyes and ears from flies and strong sunlight with UPF rating of 15+. It attaches quickly and easily to the bridle and is approved by British Dressage for use in competition (with written dispensation – see BD Rule Book). Colour: Black with black trim Sizes: XS – XL RRP: £19.95 www.equilibriumproducts.com

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Also useful this season.... Bloom & Condition

Cooling Wash & Show Off

This new product contains premium grade vitamins & minerals, in addition to digestive aids fortified with Echinacea and Turmeric. Specially formulated for optimum health and condition. RRP: £29.99 www.equine-america.co.uk

A whitening and colour enhancing shampoo with optical brighteners, moisturisers and conditioners that naturally highlight the coat, bringing out the brilliance in light coloured coats, leaving white socks whiter than white, and darker coats with a deep rich colour.

With Cooling Wash, prepare to be cool and wash the build-up of sweat and dust right out of your horse’s hair with this cooling no rinse body wash. Designed to cool down, relax and refresh tired muscles, just add a couple of capfuls to five litres of water to wash down your horse. For all the dirty horses and ponies in the world, who would really like to be clean and smart, NAF have created Show Off, which not only cleans deeper and shines brighter, it smells wonderful too. To make your black horse blacker, your white horse whiter and all others in between simply more dazzling too!

RRP: £10.99 www.equine-america.co.uk

RRP: £7.99 www.naf-equine.eu/uk

Super Groom Whitening Shampoo

Shine On & Oil It Well Off to a party? Your horse is squeaky clean and ready to go, but just needs that little extra sparkle to get noticed in the crowd. Finely mist the coat with Shine On spray, it’s great for silking up manes and tails too, giving your horse an all over perfect finish. Oil it Well is a highquality oil, which adds definition and shine to the eyes and muzzle, coat, legs and dock. Wherever extra shine is required to highlight your horse’s best points. RRP: £9.99 www.naf-equine.eu/uk

PROFEET Hoof Moist & Rock Hard PROFEET Hoof Moist is a smooth gel can be easily applied with either a hoof brush, soft cloth or by hand. Oil and grease free, Hoof Moist has been especially formulated to sustain the moisture content of the hoof and allow natural fluctuation of moisture levels. Hoof Moist also contains Eucalyptus, which gives it a natural antiseptic quality. It is particularly useful throughout the dry summer months and also for the horse who has to spend prolonged periods on dry bedding, which can draw moisture out from the hoof. Available in black and neutral. PROFEET Rock Hard is a premium hoof hardener developed to protect brittle hooves, strengthen soft soles and disinfect frogs. Contains naturally bio-available sulphur for maximum hoof horn integrity. PROFEET Hoof Mist RRP: £12.00, PROFEET Rock Hard RRP: £22.99 www.naf-equine.eu/uk

Citronella Summer Horse Spray An effective coat conditioner containing Lanolin and Aloe Vera with essential oils including Citronella, Eucalyptus and Cedar Wood. Citronella Summer Horse Spray will leave your horse’s coat and skin healthy and supple with a pleasant Citronella aroma.

NAF Off Deet Power Performance All day protection against flies and insect menace. RRP: £16.99 www.naf-equine.eu/uk

RRP: £12.99 www.equine-america.co.uk

Fiebing’s Satin Sheen Fiebing’s Satin Sheen keeps manes and tails tanglefree and produces a healthy sheen and soft coat that repels dirt and dust. In a quick-to-use spray bottle, non-toxic and safe for use on even sensitive horses, Satin Sheen guarantees a professional ‘show ring’ look.

Pollen Eze Horses and ponies can be affected by pollen resulting in anxiety, nervousness and discomfort and sometimes headshaking. Pollen Eze contains a unique blend of natural ingredients and herbs designed to mop up harmful free radicals and to sooth and comfort horses and ponies affected by pollen. RRP: £23.99 www.equine-america.co.uk

RRP: £12.95 www.abbeyengland.com

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RoxAnne Tierney, from Longines UK, presents the Longines King George V Gold Cup to Billy Twomey

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he Longines Royal International Horse Show offers five exciting days of competition and using the Free entry tickets on the opposite page you and a friend can enjoy a day out on either, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for just the price of the car parking. Wednesday celebrates the finals of the Pony Winter Show Jumping Championships followed by an afternoon of showing. Thursday sees the always exciting MS Amlin Eventer’s Challenge, along with the Les and Nadia Edgar Supreme Hunter Championship, as well as a host of other showing and show jumping competitions. While Friday opens to an action-packed morning of showing and jumping, with the afternoon dedicated to the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain presented by Longines. The Localrider stand will have the normal mix of competitions and special offers as well as a fantastic subscription offer, valid at the show only. Plus, remember to bring along the coupon below too, as the first 100 visitors to the Equivation stand will receive a free tie ring. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

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The Longines Royal International Horse Show

➤➤ Cut out this Hickstead advert and present it on arrival at the Longines Royal International Horse Showy Meeting to claim your FREE ENTRY for two people on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th or Friday 28th July 2017.

Longines Royal International Horse Show

Timetable of events in the International Arena Wednesday 26th July

9:00am......The Oakley Coachbuilders Winter Grade JC Championship 10:30am....The Winter 128cms Championship 11:45am....The Winter 138cms Championship 1:15pm......Presentation: The Novice Hackney Championship 1:45pm......The SEIB Winter Novice Championship 3:00pm...... Presentation: The Leeman Family Supreme Show Hunter Pony Championship 3:15pm...... Final Judging & Presentation: The Pure Bred Ridden Arabian Championship 3:30pm...... Presentation: The Open Hackney Championship 3.55pm...... Presentation: The Ponies (UK) Dalkeith Young Riders M & M Championship 4:20pm......The Winter Grades B & C Championship

Thursday 27th July 9.30am......The Bunn Leisure Vase 12.45pm....The Bunn Leisure Trophy 3.00pm...... Presentation: The Les & Nadia Edgar Supreme Hunter Championship 4.00pm......The MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge

26 - 30 July 2017

Friday 28th July 8.30am......The Royal International Amateur Championship 9:20am......The Old Lodge 7 & 8 Year Old Championship 10:00am....The Band of the 24th Invicta Rifles 10:20am....The Bunn Leisure International Stakes 12:50pm.... Presentation: The Saracen Horse Feeds Supreme Riding Horse Championship 1:05pm......Presentation: The Nettex Supreme Working Hunter Championship 1:30pm......The Band of the 24th Invicta Rifles 1:50pm...... The Parade of Teams in the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain presented by Longines 2:15pm......The FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain presented by Longines

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Enjoy a great family day out See the world’s leading riders in action Military marching band Children’s fun fair Shopping village, food & drink market Licensed bars and restaurants

Saturday 29th July


10:00am....The Bunn Leisure Salver 12:15pm....Presentation: BMHS Supreme Miniature Horse Championship 12:30pm....Presentation: The Brereton Supreme Hack Championship 12:50pm....The Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Championship 1.50pm......Ladies’ Day Presentation 2:05pm......The Queen Elizabeth II Cup 3:45pm...... Final Judging and Presentation: The David Stennett Ltd Small Hunter Championship 4:15pm......The British Speed Classic

FREE Admission to Hickstead For 2 adults or children on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 or Friday 28 July on production of this advert. Parking will be charged at £10 per car.

Sunday 30th July 9.40am......Presentation: The Horse Health Horsemastership Trophy 9.45am......The Royal International Accumulator 11:10am....The Horndean Band 11:40am....Presentation: The Dorian Williams Trophy 11.50am.... Presentation: The British Horse Society Light Trade & Costers Turnout Championship 12.10pm....Presentation: The Surrey Envelopes Supreme Cob Championship 12.25pm.... Presentation: The Oggy Oggy Pasty Company BSPS Supreme Show Pony Championship 12:40pm.... Presentation: The British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship 1.10pm...... Presentation: The de le Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship for the Dick Saunders Trophy 1:45pm......The Horndean Band 2:15pm......The Longines King George V Gold Cup


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Surrey County Show Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 Words and pictures by Fiona Rafferty


he Surrey County Show is friendly, not too big, and takes place on what is really a very large village green. I love the intimacy of the event. It is great for spectating and has brilliant shopping too. The horse classes have a great mix of professional riders, who we see out and about at most of the county shows, competing alongside true locals who have come along to support their county show. The Novice Hunter kicked off proceedings in the Main Ring, with Katie Jerram-Hunnable taking the honours riding her five-year-old The Imperial Choice. Katie is a regular supporter of the Surrey County Show and retained the Bernard Weatherill Perpetual Trophy when she later took the Hunter Championship, a title she won last year with Her Majesty the Queen’s Heavyweight, Tower Bridge. The Lightweight honours went to Amanda Jayne Firman riding the impressive 17.3hh Johnnie the Fox. In the Middleweight section, Samantha De Caprio continued her winning form at this show with the now 13-year-old X-Factor. The combination also won the class in 2016 and 2015.

Southerly Roberts and Imperial Ruby, second Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse, chatting to the crowd, while there was short break in their class, as the cattle passed by. Samantha De Caprio and X Factor, first Middleweight Hunter

Russell Ingram and Reality, first Large Riding Horse and Riding Horse Champion

Alice Quinlan and Where’s My Baby, first Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Marcus KirkbyBott and Mighty Dan, second Middleweight Hunter

Amanda Jayne Firman and Johnnie The Fox, first Lightweight Hunter

With the hunting community out in force to support the parade of horses and hounds of the Surrey Union Hunt, there was tremendous support for Surrey Union Whipper-In, Russell Ingram, when he won the Large Riding Horse and stood Champion with Colin Selley’s seven-year-old, Reality. There was a delay to proceedings in The Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred ridden Show Horse for ex-racehorses, as just as it was about to get under way the cattle which had been parading in the main arena made their way back to the cattle lines, passing right by the ex-racehorse ring. While some just nonchalantly took this in their stride, there were a few which lost concentration. It was rewarding to see good numbers forward for this class, with the eventual honours going to Alice Quinlan’s five-yearold, Where’s My Baby. Southerly Roberts took second place, riding Cassidy Hill’s eight-year-old, Imperial Ruby. One of the more laid back of the ex-racehorses Imperial Ruby had been chatting to the crowd as the

Local triumph

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Esther Rostron and Penstrumbly Our Abram, first Concours d’Elegance

Georgina Steele and Colbeach Mark of Distinction, second Concours d’Elegance


Mercedes Fehler and Darius IV, sixth Concours d’Elegance Jessica Lockwood and Razzmatazz competing in the Concours d’Elegance

Gabriella Ivey and Solomons Seal, third Concours d’Elegance

Caroline Bullen and Ringwood Ambassador, fourth Concours d’Elegance

Southerly Roberts competing in the Concours d’Elegance

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SURREY REPORT Alex Kelly pictured with Middlemarch II, winner of the Sport Horse Broodmare class and Sport Horse Breeding Champion, with her winning foal by Up With The Lark, held by Victoria Williams

Alex Kelly and Middlemarch II, first Sport Horse Broodmare

The Castlerise Stud’s Castlerise Dawn Flight, second Sport Horse Broodmare and second placed foal at foot by Cos Me Black cattle passed by. Delighted parents were lifting their children up to join in the fun, letting them gently pat Ruby on the nose.

Jane Townshend’s Classictop Up & At It, first Sport Horse two-year-old

Elegant Esther

Pippa Drew’s Hammerwood Riola, first Sport Horse three-year-old and Reserve Sport Horse Breeding Champion Alex Kelly and Sandlings Happy Days, second Riding Pony Yearling

The large flat arena at Surrey County is perfect for riders to show the true elegance of riding side saddle. The horses which came forward ranged in height from 15 hands to 17.2hh and habits included navy, black and tweed. Rarely beaten in recent years, Esther Rostron and the now 17-year-old Penstrumbly Our Abram won the title for the third year running, collecting the Surrey Union Perpetual Challenge Cup. Georgina Steele and the neat little bay, Colbeach Mark of Distiction stood second, with Gabriella Ivey and Solomons Seal third.

Mrs J Weedon’s Jipson Royal Ibis, first Riding Pony Broodmare

Mrs J Adams’s Megland Moonriver, first Riding Pony Yearling

Alex Kelly’s eight-year-old broodmare, Middlemarch II, stood Sports Horse Breeding Champion, collecting the Charlie Carter Perpetual Memorial Salver. By Millenium out of an ex-racehorse called Cautiously, Alex bought her as a four-year-old to show in ridden classes, but sadly she incurred an injury. Her charming first foal, Sandlings Wait Until Dark, by Up With The Lark, headed the Sport Horse Foal class. It was another horse by Up With the Lark, which headed the Sport Horse two-year-old section, Jane Townshend’s Classictop Up & At It out of Beseeka dawn Fox. While, Pippa Drew’s winning threeyear-old, Hammerwood Riola, by Rhondeo went on to stand Reserve Champion. In the Pony Breeding classes the Rodanieh perpetual Challenge Cup went to the winning three-year-old, Virginia RussellWood’s Stage Song. The 14hh filly is by Kilvington Scoundrel out of Stage Whisper. While Reserve went to the two-year-old, Mrs C Grace’s WB Wina, who is by Kittens Artistic Impression.

Sports Horse Breeding

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Virginia Russell-Wood’s Stage Song, first Riding pony three-year-old and Champion Riding Pony Breeding

Amy Gregory (riding for Lynn Russell) and Gallifrey, first Lightweight Cob and Cob Champion

Virginia Russell-Wood’s Stage Song, Champion Riding Pony Breeding

Mrs C Grace’s two-year-old, WB Wina, Reserve Champion Riding Pony Breeding

Lynne Russell and Volantis, first Heavyweight Cob and Reserve Cob Champion

Harriet Richardson and Colourprint, first Maxi Cob

Sandra McKenzie and Clonmines Lady, first Coloured Traditional and Native Pony

Emily Bower and Boyles Boy, second Heavyweight Cob Cerys Holley and Pontardawe Tinkerbell, first Coloured Plaited Ridden Pony and Reserve Coloured Ridden Champion

Georgia Aungier and Star Dream, first Coloured Plaited Ridden Horse

Rebecca Murch and Corky, second Coloured Traditional and Native Pony

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SURREY REPORT Coloured Champions

Mya Murphy and Abbotswood Double Delight, third Coloured Traditional and Native Pony Ridden, and second In-Hand

Lynn Russell and Cappa Sham, first Coloured Traditional and Native Horse and Coloured Champion

Lynn Russell and the seven-year-old Cappa Sham repeated their 2016 form when they headed the Traditional and Native Horse class, before standing Overall Champions. With the Reserve going to the compact coloured 11.3hh Pontardawe Tinkerbell, ridden by Cerys Holley. The coloured classes were well supported with other winners including Georgia Aungier, who was riding Jamie Rashbrook’s 15-year-old, Star Dream. The striking gelding also headed the In-Hand Plaited class earlier in the day. The Traditional and Native Ridden pony title went to Caroline Cameron’s Clonmines Lady, ridden by Sandra McKenzie. In the In-Hand Coloured classes Phaedra Towler’s stunning ponies took both the Championship and Reserve. It was the Traditional pony, the three-year-old Dooleys Over Ice who stood champion to the twoyear-old plaited pony, Havenbeech Man Hatten. Dooleys Over Ice has proved to be one of those impulse buys, that you just never regret. Phaedra said: “I bought Dooley when he was six-months-old. I saw a picture on Facebook, put a deposit down and went and collected him from Peterborough. He has been really successful from the off. He won his first show aged eight months and he has been winning ever since, including a recent win at Royal Windsor.” Phaedra said that Dooley has a home for life with her and she hopes in the future to break him to drive. Phaedra bought Havenbeech Man Hatten as a foal from Jodie Beecher of the Havenwood Stud. She explained that she just loves producing the ponies and Man Hatten will be for sale in the future and should make a 14hh show hunter pony.

Lynn Russell’s coloured cobs stood Champion and Reserve to each other in the Cob Championship. The now 11-yearold Gallifrey ridden by Lynn’s groom, Amy Gregory, in the championship took the tricolour, with Heavyweight winner, Volantis, in Reserve.

Coloured Cobs

Neil Boorman and The Painted Lady, second Coloured Traditional and Native Horse

Phaedra Towler and Dooleys Over Ice, first Coloured Traditional and Native Pony In-Hand and Coloured Champion

Jamie Rashbrook and Star Dream, first Coloured Plaited Horse In-Hand

Phaedra Towler and Havenbeech Man Hatten, first Coloured Plaited Pony In-Hand and Reserve Coloured In-Hand

Phaedra Towler’s coloured ponies took Champion and Reserve in the Championship. From left to right: Dooleys Over Ice, Coloured Champion, Phaerda Towler, Havenbeech Man Hatten, Reserve Coloured Champion and Sam Evans.

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Pat Fewster and Bascote Percival, first Coloured Traditional and Native Horse In-Hand

Amber Thorpe and Murrayhall Etta, second Dalkeith Young Riders Intermediate Mountain & Moorland Final

Holly Mayling and Greenholme Yabadabadoo, first Dalkeith Young Riders Mountain & Moorlands Large Breeds Final Zelie Batchelor and Tyan First Night, first Dalkeith Young Riders Intermediate Mountain & Moorland Final

Sophie Turner and Sianwood Caradog, second Mountain & Moorland Small Breeds Ridden

Louise Eyres and Glebedale Sidelined, first P(UK) Mountain & Moorland Amateur Riders Final and first Mountain & Moorland Small Breeds Ridden

Debbie Baker and Cavyl Barley, first Mountain & Moorland Large Breeds Ridden

Jane Weller and Stoatleytwo Red Dragon, second Mountain & Moorland Large Breeds Ridden

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SURREY REPORT Mountain & Moorlands

Surrey County has a wide range of classes for Mountain and Moorlands including, in-hand, ridden and working hunter classes. The In-Hand Championship went to the winning New Forest mare, Karen Armitage’s seven-year-old Blake Sweater Serenade, shown by her husband Paul. With Reserve going to Sandy Wooderson’s two-year-old Exmoor, Coedywern Tegid. Katie Bettison and the seven-year-old Connemara Lettergesh Bobby, winners of the 13.1hh to 14.1hh Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter class stood Champions, with the large winner, the Connemara mare, Sydserff Golden Wych Elm, ridden by Frances Goodsir in Reserve.

Katie Bettison and Lettergesh Bobby, first M&M Working Hunter Pony exceeding 133cms and Champion M&M Working Hunter Pony

Frances Goodsir and Frederiksminde Fine Edition, second M&M Working Hunter Pony exceeding 133cms

Frances Goodsir and Sydserff Golden Wych Elm, first M&M Working Hunter Pony exceeding 143cms and Reserve M&M Working Hunter Champion

Amber Barston and Pennway Pansi, first M&M Working Hunter Pony not exceeding 133cms

Imogen Rodger and Stoatleytwo Red Dragon, second M&M Working Hunter Pony exceeding 143cms

Mr & Mrs Shearman’s Swalskerry of Dunrui, first Highland In-Hand

Lynda Buchanan Jackson’s Eyath Silas, first Welsh section B In-Hand

Amber Bolesworth and Gilfach X-L Quebec, first Welsh section A In-Hand and Champion Welsh Gelding

R&T Burge’s Donys Glory Bee, first Welsh section C In-Hand

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Paul Armitage and Blake Sweater Serenade, first New Forest In-Hand and Supreme Mountain & Moorland In-Hand Champion

R&T Burge’s Tamrik Stay Lucky, first Welsh section D In-Hand

Jane Somerset and Tesremos Sunnybear, first Connemara In-Hand

Sandy Wooderson’s Coedywern Tegid, first Exmoor In-Hand and Reserve Mountain & Moorland Champion

Sunglow Stud’s Sunglow Saturn, first Dales In-Hand

Oliver Steele and Summerhouse Gideon, first Fell In-Hand

Melliver Stud’s Lloegr Aramis, first Shetland In-Hand

Surrey Union Hunt Parade of Horses and Hounds

There was a Parade of ‘Farming through the ages’ which included these beautiful working horses

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show report

Riding for the Disabled Regional Challenge Day Success Tuesday 6th June 2017 Felbridge Showground, West Sussex Words and pictures by Joanna Sale

R Finn Batehup of Fairlight Hall on Sonny posts a letter in Handy Pony

Gymkhana fun

Amy Valle of East Park on Rosie at the chicken coop

Jasmin Musgrove of East Park riding Liquorice at the chicken coop

iders representing RDA groups from across the South East braved the torrential rain to participate in their annual Challenge Day, sponsored by Sussex’s Cowan Architects. Young riders came from across East and West Sussex, Kent and Surrey to display their riding skills in a range of activities including the Countryside Challenge, which was a qualifying event for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury, Gloucestershire in July. Most of the riders had come to go head-tohead in the Countryside Challenge, but there was also a dressage competition, Handy Pony, a number of gymkhana games. Julia Hockin of Cowan Architects, came to present the prizes and Michelle Foreman of Forelock Books, which specialises in pony story collectables for young pony mad readers, supported with prizes. The Countryside Challenge follows a simulated course where the riders put their skills to the test by tackling obstacles and tasks they might find in the country. These include going through a gate, crossing a ‘road’, entering a farmyard, picking an apple from a tree and collecting eggs from a chicken! Although great fun, this also tests their steering, balance and confidence. East Sussex’s East Park group from Lingfield, swept the board in the Junior’s with four qualifiers for this year – local company, Forelock Books, which specialises in pony story collectables for young pony mad readers, donated prizes this year for the junior classes. Fairlight Hall RDA from Hastings, also enjoyed particular success with Becky Wallis winning the Senior Countryside Challenge and qualifying for Hartpury and Daniel Burford winning the non-qualifying class. Maddie O’Connor and Beanie Drew, both from Cobbes Meadow, Canterbury, were winners in the dressage. Julia Hockin said: “It’s always such a treat and an honour to participate in these inspiring events and meet such enthusiastic young people. Despite the atrocious weather, there were smiles all round.”

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Olivia Heyes from Fairlight Hall awaits her mount

Olivia Heyes of Fairlight Hall on Sonny picking an apple

Olivia Heyes of Fairlight Hall opens the gate on Sonny

Phoebe Prins wins a gymkhana race

Phoebe Prins of Cobbes Meadow is pleased with her prize

Juliette Nunn of Fairlight Hall riding Twiggy at the gate

Kyle Colrean from East Park wins cup for highest junior qualifier in the Countryside Challenge from Julia Hockin of sponsors, Cowan Architects Becky Wallis of Fairlight Hall wins overall regional winner of the Countryside Challenge and with two cups from Julia Hockin of sponsors, Cowan Architects

Katie Dean of Fairlight Hall on Henna really stretches for an egg

Leroy Vincent of East Park receives first prize from Julia Hockin of Cowan Architects

Oliver Nelson of Cobbes Meadow receiving a second from Michelle Charman of Forelock Book

Beanie Drew of Cobbes Meadow receives a first in dresssage from Michelle Charman of Forelock Book

Daniel Burford from Fairlight Hall is pleased with his win in the Countryside Challenge which is presented by Julia Hockin of sponsors, Cowan Architects

Junior Dressage Winners

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SHOW REPORT Jemima Brown and Patrick, first First Ridden, second Show Hunter Pony, second Veteran, Reserve Champion and Reserve Supreme Champions of the Show.

Donna Beauchamp’s fiveyear-old Farasi, In-Hand Champion. Donna said it was her first show in 20 years and Farasi’s first ever show. Donna only entered for experience, but won two firsts, a second and a fourth, before standing In-Hand Champion. Clare Payne was back in the show ring for the first time since the birth of her daughter riding Carrickrock Flashy Boy, who won the Open Cob class.

Maisy Harber and Lady Cavalier, first Riding Horse/Pony

Chelsea Szostack was showing her Welsh section C yearling, Windmill Tulan aka Bruno, who won both his classes.

White Horse Show


White Horse Farm, Meopham Kent • Sunday 21st May 2017 Words by Colette Walker and pictures by Graham Gott of Quantum Photographic

his traditional show had classes for everyone, including in-hand showing , ridden showing, show jumping, and a selection of dressage classes (intro to novice), which took place in the brand new indoor arena. Entries were spread fairly evenly across all arenas, although the jumping ring did have a few classes with over 30 starters, so ended much later than usual at just after 7pm. The jumping started at cross poles and ended with a 90cm Open, which saw a high standard of competition. The Open was won by Rachael Moore with Star, who had a two second lead over second placed Olivia Miller riding Ricky. As is often the case, it was the 60cm class which drew the largest number of entries and was won by Florence Lloyd on Kilbrean Lad.

The ridden ring started with a selection of ‘mini’ classes such as Lead Rein and First Ridden. The lead Rein classes proved especially popular drawing record entries and an exceptionally high standard. Louis Recardo on Lingardswood Ruby headed a very strong Lead Rein Rider class, before going on to take the Mini Championship. Another popular class was the Riding Club Horse / Pony, which was won by Elle Wood and Once in a Blue Moon. Colette said: “It was great to see this event so well supported and to have such a lovely atmosphere. Everyone was cheering the riders on in the show jumping ring and just genuinely having a nice day out in the sunshine.”

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Jade Claude and Washford Chloe

Chloe Shuttlewood riding her loan pony Winsor Smudge, owned by Kara Nixon. Chloe has only been riding a year and this was her first ever show. She won the Walk and Trot dressage with 68% and jumped a double clear in the Cross Pole Jumping. Louis Recardo and Lingardswood Ruby, first Lead Rein, first Lead Rein Best Rider and Mini Champion

Elle wood and Once in a Blue Moon, first In-Hand Foreign Breeds, first Ridden Show Hunter and first Riding Club Horse

Isabelle Fairbrass and King Arthur, first Young Handler

Daisy Phillips and Simon Blight’s Causeways Quizz Master won the Ridden Novice class. This was the combination’s first time showing and they also finished fifth in the Ridden Coloured class.

Lisa Wood and Chesterfields Gold, first Veteran and second Ridden Cob

Carla Davis and Jessica’s Shaw Rose of Whiffens Bank Meadow, had their first win together in the Ridden Novice

Rachael Moore and Star won the 90cm Show Jumping

Gabriella Cox with her Miniature Shetland stallion, Halstock Darcy

Jodanah Davis and the Selle Francais Rushton Bali Empress, first Ridden Foreign Breeds, second Riding Club Horse/Pony, third Ridden Coloureds, fifth show jumping

Hollie Leathem and Irish Red Ruby, first 80cm Show Jumping and second 75cm Show Jumping

Molly Mchugh and Cilla Black had a successful show winning three first places and a fourth in the show jumping. Molly only started riding 18 months ago and after her first jumping lesson a few weeks ago she decided to enter her first horse show knowing that she had never tried a course of jumps before. Winning two Cross Pole classes and Bottom Hole classes, Molly braved the 50cm class, finishing fourth from 30 starters, also qualifying for the Sunshine Tour. JULY/AUGUST 2017 Localrider 63

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show report Samantha Diplock from Bradbourne rides Alzira

Sunshine and Success for RDA’s South East Region’s

Dressage Qualifier at Hickstead Wednesday 24th May 2017 Words and pictures by Joanna Sale


A square halt from Katie Razdik on Whisper

he sun shone brightly for the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region’s Dressage Qualifier which was held at Hickstead on Wednesday 24th May. During a fabulous day, riders from groups across Kent, Surrey and East & West Sussex converged on Hickstead to show off their accuracy skills in dressage riding. And while the results were being collated, the numerous entries to the annual Arts & Crafts competition were judged by local artists Bob and Pip Sampson. There were 13 classes held across three arenas in all, of which seven were qualifying classes for the RDA National Championships at Hartpury, Gloucestershire in July. Joanna Sale of RDA Regional sponsors, Cowan Architects, presented the prizes. “Each year, the standard and passion that these riders show is exemplary. I’m amazed by what they have achieved and how much enthusiasm they have for their horses and the sport,” she said. Katie Radzik of Cobbes Meadow, Kent was a big winner, managing to qualify twice by winning two classes while brothers, Jon and Matthew Sullivan of Epsom RDA were happy to both qualify in the same class and on the same horse. There were a couple of annual trophies presented where Hope in the Valley riders, Daisy Murray won the Rose Bowl for the Highest Led score and Lottie Mayo won the Cup for the Highest Junior Qualifying Score. Cornillo’s Sharon Kelsall was delighted to win the Astor of Hever horse trophy for the highest score in the nonqualifier classes while Matthew Sullivan, from Epsom RDA, won the tankard for having the Highest Qualifying Score. Annabelle Groombridge from Bradbourne RDA in Kent won the individual class in the Arts & Crafts competition for her Magical Unicorn while Court Meadow (West Sussex) and East Park (East Sussex), were both winners in the group entries. All these Arts & Crafts winners will now go to the Nationals Competition in Hartpury in July. Michelle Charman of Forelock Books, which specialises in pony story collectables for young pony mad readers, donated prizes this year for the highest place junior in each class. She was joined by actress Sue Jamieson (When the Boat Comes In, New Tricks, Grandpa in My Pocket), who is one of her authors and a supporter of RDA.

Qualifiers RDA’s Young Rider of the Year, Katherine Swan of Bradbourne rides Bill to qualify for Hartpury

GRADE 1-6 RDA Dressage Grade 6 Test (2017) Walk & Trot Ashley Angel Henna Fairlight Hall Sharon Kelsall Harley Cornillo Lottie Mayo Rose Hope in the Valley GRADE 1 RDA Dressage Grade 1 Championship Test (2017) Caroline King Roo Bradbourne Katherine Swan Bill Bradbourne I/D (canter) RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2016) Walk, Trot & Canter Katie Radzik Whisper Cobbes Meadow Leonora Hussey Mini Milton Epsom GRADE 5 RDA Dressage Grade 5 Championship Test (2017) Katie Radzik Whisper Cobbes Meadow Wing Bo Chan Farenheit II Epsom I/D (walk only) RDA Dressage Grade 1 Intro Test (2017) Walk Only *MUST BE UNLED* Jay Lakhani Strathmore Moss Epsom I/D (walk and trot) RDA Intellectual Disability Championship Test (2016) Walk & Trot Matthew Sullivan Romeo Epsom Jon Sullivan Romeo Epsom

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Epsom’s Wing Bo Chan riding Fahrenheit II thanks the judges after her dressage

Daniel Middleton from Eastbourne on Moomin salutes the judges

Dermot Farrell on Strathmore Moss from Epsom is pleased with his test

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Regular shows held, including: Jay Lakhani from Epsom rides Strathmore Moss to qualify for Hartpury

Nancy Davies from Hope in the Valley receives her book prize from Sue Jamieson and Michelle Charman of Forelock Books

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Roanna Hamilton and The Tank, Morning In-Hand Champion, Afternoon Ridden Champion and Supreme of Show

Tisha Wallader and Fantastic Mr Fox won the 50cm and 60cm Show Jumping

Theresa Bilham and Worsenden Navajo

Caroline Sheehan and Hopgarden Bronzium Lily Baker and Daisy

Carys Groombridge and The Beauty of Ruby jumping in the 50cm class. This was Ruby’s first show since being broken last summer.

Tina Taylor and Worsenden Pandora

Susan Harvey and Piper

Tina Twyman and Worsenden Paloma

Louise Kneller and Bullseye

Kent Festival of Showing & Show Jumping Faversham Showground, Farming World, Kent Sunday 14th May 2017 Words by Colette Walker and pictures by Graham Gott of Quantum Photographic

Mikileigh Batchelor and Nebo Masterpiece


aving won a strong coloured class, which was split to accommodate the quantity and diversity of the entries, Roanna Hamilton took the Supreme of Show title, with her coloured pony, The Tank. Afterwards, the judge’s commented on the standard of entries – which is always especially high at this show as it is used by many as a county show warm-up. The event included a shopping village with various trade stands on site, including charities such as the Large Breeds Dog Rescue.

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Sunshine Tour Qualifiers Heat Up! As the sun has been shining, competitors have been qualifying for the Sunshine Tour Championships, which are being held at All England Showground, Hickstead from 14th to 17th September. We caught up with a few lucky ones who have qualified and have their sights set on winning those iconic yellow rosettes…

Erin Mulligan Gem Roe Irish Flash Qualified in Show Jumping at Codham Park Equestrian Centre, Essex Erin made sure she would be reunited with her 13-year-old Welsh D, known as Ben, when she moved from Ireland to England for university. They had not had the easiest time together in Ireland with a few ups and downs, and Erin’s mother was convinced that 15hh Ben would be the horse that would make her give up riding. With both their confidence at rock bottom they endured many hours of blood, sweat and tears, but with lots of lessons and perseverance they ended up competing up to 90cm at local shows. With everything they had been through together it broke Erin’s heart to leave Ben behind in Ireland when she started university in England. However, with sheer determination that they would be together again Erin worked and saved for months which meant she could eventually pay for everything herself to ship Ben over. They ended up qualifying at Codham Park EC coming fourth in the 70cm in a strong class, Erin could not be more delighted or excited, she said: “I am ecstatic, as we would never have had an opportunity like this in Ireland! I cannot wait for September to jump at Hickstead and hope, with the support of my sponsor Tottie Clothing, Ben and I will make everyone (and each other) very proud indeed.”

Caitlin Fahy - Moonshine Boy Qualified in dressage at Parwood Equestrian Centre, Surrey Ambitious 16-year-old Caitlin has owned Shaun aka Moonshine Boy for three years now. The 11-year-old 14.3hh Connemara pony was very green dressage wise when they bought him, but discovered that he has the most amazing attitude to life and willingness to learn. With the help of Caitlin’s instructor, Hinda Inglis, she has turned Shaun from a fun hacking pony into a dancing pony. They have been enjoying competing for West Surrey Riding Club as a Junior Member and have represented them at the recent Novice Winter Championships at Keysoe where she came fifth and also the Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury Farm where she came tenth. Caitlin is now having to concentrate on her GCSEs and so competitive riding has had to take a back step. After her exams Caitlin is lucky enough to have a week’s work experience at the Liphook Equine Hospital (as she wants to be a vet) and is then off to Kenya to volunteer for a month with Camps International. When she returns she’ll have just under a month to prepare to for the Sunshine Tour Championship Show so it looks like Mum, Lisa, will be doing a lot of lunging with Shaun, as well as riding and leading off her own horse to keep him fit.

Lauren Brooks - Secret Diamond and A Touch of Gold

Lauren Brooks and A Touch of Gold

Qualified in dressage at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Surrey Lauren has been lucky enough to qualify both her horses for the Sunshine Tour Championships this year. Lauren keeps herself busy by training all of her horses which she buys un-backed. She rescued her black mare, Secret Diamond, from Ireland where she was being sold for meat. She is now enjoying a much happier life with 20-year-old Lauren. The pair attended Sunshine Tour last year where they came second in their dressage arena. Lauren made sure they got their qualification for Prelim and Novice in nice and early this year by qualifying at Oldencraig in the snow. Lauren’s second horse, A Touch of Gold, went to his first ever dressage test recently and managed to win the red rosette and also qualify. Lauren said: “We couldn’t be more proud of this horse as I have owned him since he was six-months-old and my mum and I have done all the training with him. I loved the Sunshine Tour last year and I really can’t wait to compete there again this year.” 50 Localrider JULY/AUGUST 68 APRIL/MAY 2017 2017

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Caitlin Clark - Rummy Qualified at Brook Farm, Essex After being mis-sold a pony 16-year-old Caitlin Clark had to quickly find her confidence again on her new pony Rummy, a 14.2hh gelding. Being the superstar Rummy is, he gave her everything she needed to get her nerves back and two months later they were competing at Sunshine Tour 2016, where she was thrilled to bits to end up coming tenth in the Junior Intro Dressage and fifth in her showing class. Now, Caitlin is buzzing with confidence and excitement. Having been to Sunshine Tour every year since 2015. She said: “I feel I will be the most confident I ever have at Sunshine Tour, which is why I am looking forward to it so much. Rummy is the biggest superstar of a pony you could ever imagine, we have a strong partnership and he only ever wants to please. Taking him to the Sunshine Tour is a privilege and I’m extremely lucky to have him. He means the absolute world to me and more. Bring on sunshine tour 2017!”

Vikki Stanley - Alfred Qualified in showing at Southsea Rural Show

Maria Currant - Paddington Star Qualified at Offley & District Horse Show Positive Maria has had a difficult year but is sure to make both her parents proud at Sunshine Tour. When Maria outgrew her 13.2hh pony Brogan her parents, Susan and Malcom, bought her Paddy, an 11-year-old, 16.2hh Piebald Irish Sports Horse. They have done many things together and been through a lot of ups and downs, with the start of every season being held up in one way or another, but they still managed to do so well in the three years she has had him. Last July Maria sadly lost her mother to terminal cancer. Her mother was her biggest encouragement, spending days with her daughter, building jumps, going through dressage tests and always being there for her. Despite not having their own transport and all the upset of losing her Mum, Maria still managed to get out and win the Intro Championship at Warehill and also compete at the Chiltern and Thames final, where she finished third in the 60cm show jumping. At the start of this year Maria set about getting her own transport, she found a great company who were in the process of converting a lorry for them, when in April tragically her dad suddenly died, also from cancer. But keeping her head held high through the tears Maria was even more driven to make her parents proud of her and Paddy. Maria said: “Offley was our first outing of the year and after some deliberation we decided to go as that is what Dad would have wanted and we are so glad we did. He did my Mum and Dad proud. I was so happy when I was handed a qualification card as it has been a dream of mine to compete at Hickstead and now it is finally coming true and we will be able to make the journey in our very own box. Thank you for making peoples dreams come true with the chance to compete at such a prestigious showground.”

North Farm Stud works with the RSPCA and some time ago they received a call from them asking if they could bring in a foal that was in a very bad way. They couldn’t refuse and as soon as they Alfred pictured saw Alfred everyone fell after he was in love with him. He was first rescued found lying in a garden with pneumonia and very close to death. The poor little foal had to be lifted off the floor every time he got down as he did not have the strength to get back up. He was nursed back to health by the team and volunteers. Several months on Alfred’s case was resolved but the thought of him leaving was too much – So North Farm Stud and the RSPCA asked the charity HEROS if they would take him for re-homing. The lucky owner of Alfred, Vikki, said: “My mother and I had been supporters of HEROS for a while and been following little Alfred’s story online. We admired the fight of this little guy and went to see him; he was the smallest at the yard surrounded by ex-race horses - but a boss of the field! He has conquered so many hurdles to get to this point in his life. We fell in love with him straight away and he came to live with my 16.3 horse, Jack. A friend mentioned how striking Alfred was and that we would show him in-hand. This was new to me as I had never done any kind of showing. However, we bathed and washed him (much to his disgust) and got some advice on showing, then headed off to our first show. Sure enough little Alfred won in his first ever class and was second in the next. He has now won at a few shows, usually in the coloured or cob sections in hand. We are so happy for this little guy who is a real character and has given me a new equestrian discipline to enjoy. Alfred is a lovable pony, who considering how he was treated in his early days, loves human contact. He enjoys being in the arena and takes everything in his stride. We look forward to what the future holds for this incredible pony and our new showing career which starts with the Sunshine tour 2017.”

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SUNSHINE TOUR Amanda Checkley Fairway Matilda

Valerie Isted BFG Qualified in show jumping at HRH Equestrian, West Sussex Valerie’s 17.3hh Belgium warmblood is true to his name, BFG. She describes him as ‘a big horse with an even bigger heart’ and he is clearly very special to Valerie. Last September Valerie and BFG had a terrible accident and she thought she was going to lose her gentle giant, but being the trooper he is he managed to pull through. Valerie recalls the terrible accident, saying: “We were on a sponsored ride when six other horses galloped past, BFG followed and I couldn’t stop. He fell in a ditch and bumped his face on a concrete bridge. The injuries were horrendous and I honestly thought we were going to lose him. We took him straight to the vet who performed surgery to a broken top and bottom jaw, and removed all his front teeth apart from one. It’s been a worrying year, not knowing how he would cope eating etc. BFG being the kind of horse he is bounced back almost straight away. Within six weeks he was allowed to be gently ridden again and three months later we jumped our first jump and I was relieved to find he was still just as keen. Fast forward to now and he won his class and has not just one, but two qualifications for show jumping at the Sunshine Tour. We attended in 2015 and are so excited to have the opportunity to come back again especially after all we’ve been through.”

Qualified in showing at Goring & District Riding Club Show Amanda found herself taking on feisty little Tilly, a 14hh, 19-year-old, part Welsh pony after her daughter gave up. Tilly used to go out and compete with Amanda’s daughter at Goodwood Pony Club, but since Amanda has taken her on she has found a new talent in the world of showing. They have been attending local shows and trying their hand at in-hand veteran classes where they have won three out of four. Last year they had their shining moment when they won the Delightfully Dapper class at Sunshine Tour and won their first sash, Amanda is incredibly proud of her and her new partnership. She says “Tilly is very strong and fast, so not a typical child’s pony.” At the weekend they like to hack out with their little pack - Amanda’s partner, Paul, Daisy the dog, and Poppy and Prim the puppies. Amanda is still working hard to get the best results for this year though. “I just need to get my running speed up a bit because Tilly can move beautifully, but I can’t keep up with her and my age is more of a hinderance than a help. Our next show is the Goring and District Showing Show in Worthing in July, so fingers-crossed my running is better and we are in the ribbons again!”

Caoilin Nannery - Dolly Qualified in show jumping at Hall Place Equestrian Centre A very excited 16-year-old Caoilin is definitely looking forward to Sunshine Tour this year. She attended last year with her old pony and although it did not go as Caoilin would have planned she loved every minute of the stay away show. She was the only one in her group of friends that competed, but her five other friends still came to support her and they all loved the experience too. Caoilin now owns Dolly, a 16hh, eight-year-old Dutch warmblood mare, who she has had since September. They are still working on their partnership, but have still managed to qualify for the 90cm Show Jumping and fully intend on getting their qualification for the 1m soon, as well. Caoilin seems to be totally besotted by her new horse, they love show jumping, but are also trying their hand (and hooves) at other disciplines too, Dolly seems to like everything! Caoilin loves the Hickstead showground and said: “I am especially excited for this year. It will also be my first away show with Dolly, however I’m sure she will love it as much as I do. The Hickstead show ground is by far my favourite place to travel to.”

Mia De Simone - Pip Qualified in showing at Colettes Horse Show, Kent If anyone is excited for a ‘showcation’ it is Mia and her trusty horse, Pip. Pip is a 10-year-old, 15.2hh chestnut Anglo Arab. Mia has not found her the easiest horse to get on with, but keeping at it has proved to be beneficial for Mia as they now seemed to have turned a corner, so much so that they intend on coming to Sunshine Tour for the full four days. Mia has managed to qualify in showing as well as Intro and Prelim dressage. Mia is clearly very excited for her first stay away show with her friends and said: “It will be our first stay away show and I’m very excited to be competing at Hickstead, luckily our friends have also qualified and we will be making it a showcation.” To find a qualifying venue near you for show jumping, dressage, showing and eventers challenge go to www.sunshinetour.co.uk

Caoilin and Dolly

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Do horses get hay fever, and is it the same in horses as it is in humans? Yes they do, says VioVet vet Sophie Wilkinson, and usually it presents in a similar way.


lthough Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) is most often seen in horses during the winter months as an allergy to dust in their stables, it can present in some horses during the summer in a similar way to asthma in people. This form is known as Summer Pasture Associated RAO.

What are the signs?

The condition is characterized by airway narrowing and inflammation, as well as mucus production in response to allergens usually pollens or moulds inhaled whilst horses are out in the field. It can occur at any age but is usually seen in horses over nine-years-old. Clinical signs include a cough, increased respiratory rate and effort, nasal discharge, exercise intolerance and flared nostrils. Your vet may be able to hear crackles and wheezes on auscultation of the lungs with a stethoscope. Owners may also notice a ‘heave line’ caused by the increased effort of breathing.

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Diagnosis is usually based on clinical signs but a tracheal wash or bronchoalveolar lavage can be done to confirm the diagnosis. This involves passing a scope through the horse’s nose into the windpipe. Sterile saline is flushed into the airways and collected again. The presence of a type of white blood cell in the sample confirms lower airway inflammation.

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Good management is essential in the treatment and prevention of RAO. Affected horses should be kept in their stable during the spring and summer months or when the pollen count is high. Hay should be soaked to reduce dust and feeding from the floor can help to expel excess mucus. In more severe cases your vet may prescribe medication to open up the airways or steroids to reduce inflammation. These drugs are given orally but in recurrent cases of SPA-RAO, maintaining the horse on inhalers is effective. This ensures the drug is delivered directly into the respiratory tract where it is needed, rather than systemically. It is not uncommon for a horse to develop a secondary bacterial infection, for which your vet will prescribe antibiotics. Having a horse with a recurrent or long-term condition can be very expensive, which is why many people are now choosing to look online for their medication and supplies. It is often more convenient to do so as well, saving time and energy. VioVet stocks a range of prescription medications – visit us online at www.viovet.co.uk or contact us at support@viovet.co.uk for more information.

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Whether you own a leisure horse or a competition horse, we’ve selected a range of feeds and supplements to help them feel good this summer

Baileys Performance Balancer Baileys Performance Balancer is the first feed balancer to be awarded BETA’s coveted accreditation as being suitable for horses prone to gastric ulcers. Following in the footsteps of its stable mate, Baileys Ease & Excel, which was launched to great acclaim, last summer, Performance Balancer is targeted at those horses who require a low starch diet but who don’t need all the calories provided by a high specification mix. The launch of Ease & Excel drew a huge amount of interest from horse owners who either know their horses are prone to gastric ulcers or who are simply seeking the benefits of a low starch diet. Many, however, found their horses just don’t need the elevated calorie levels it supplies so Baileys recommended Performance Balancer as a low calorie alternative. Now it has its own BETA recognition as a low starch, low sugar option for horses prone to gastric ulcers yet who are also, essentially, good-doers. Working Horse Who Hold Weight Easily Many riders know that, as workload increases, so do their horses’ nutritional requirements but many also find that a competition mix or cube provides too many additional calories for their “working good-doer”. This is where new improved Performance Balancer comes in as it provided appropriate levels of essential nutrients, without unwanted calories and can be fed as the sole concentrate or added to reduced amounts of mixes or cubes. New Improved Based on Baileys’ own forage and pasture analyses, the formula has been improved to provide increased levels of those minerals found to be lacking in forage, as well as a boosted biotin content and live Actisaf yeast, for a healthy gut. It is also now more concentrated so that feeding rates are reduced and a bag will last longer. New improved Performance Balancer is the perfect option for any working or competition horse who holds weight easily - from the grassroots eventer to the Grand Prix dressage horse supplying quality protein, vitamins and minerals to support top line, performance and recovery to the highest levels. www.performancebalancer.co.uk

Rowen Barbary Leisure Plus Containing a blend of high quality ingredients Leisure Plus is the ultimate high fibre feed for horses and ponies in light to moderate work. Low energy levels are obtained through a balance of highly digestible fibre sources and cooked flaked cereals, ideal for horses and ponies requiring a non-heating diet. Natural herbs Chamomile Flower, Spearmint and Nettle are included to help promote overall health and well-being with dehydrated Carrots also added to help create an extremely appetizing feed. Linseed and Soya Oil are also added to help ensure excellent overall skin and coat condition, along with Calcareous Marine Algae for gut health. Leisure Plus is well balanced in essential vitamins, minerals and trace element to help keep your horse in peak condition. www.rowenbarbary.co.uk

HorseHage When HorseHage is fed as the main forage source it can enable you to reduce your horse’s hard feed by up to a third. It contains no chemical additives, mould inhibitors, flavourings, molasses or inoculants and due to its fermentation process, the sugar in HorseHage is considerably lower than in other forages. It is more digestible than other forages too and allows more efficient utilisation of the available nutrients and retains much of the value of fresh grass. www.horsehage.co.uk

Supplements The Lifeforce Range from Alltech The Lifeforce Range from Alltech has been tailored to meet the needs of horses at every stage of life from the early developmental stages as a foal, through the demands of competition, and well into retirement. The Range consists of three all natural, daily nutritional supplements backed by more than 30 years of Alltech’s scientifically proven, fully traceable technologies, containing cutting edge ingredients that fully comply with competition standards, where consistency and safety are a top priority. Each specialized supplement delivers the right balance of natural ingredients to optimize digestive health for horses of a specific lifestyle, providing an effective way of maintaining a healthy horse. Lifeforce Focus is specially designed for leisure and companion horses or those that may spend more time grazing, helping to create a healthy digestive environment. Studies have shown that Lifeforce contains yeast products that optimise digestive health and address challenges related to body condition, a common problem among veteran horses and ponies. Lifeforce Formula is a supplement specially designed for breeding horses and horses in moderate activity by supporting their immune function. Additionally the supplement helps support the reproductive systems of mares and stallions, while supporting fermentation of feeds and forages in the caecum, enabling your horse to extract the maximum nutrients from all feed sources. Lifeforce Elite is specially designed for competition horses and those faced with stressful situations. It supports a healthy immune system, increases the availability of antioxidants and creates a healthy digestive environment. www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk

Nettex So Sound Nettex So Sound is the next generation of joint supplements. Its V.I.P. formula works synergistically to provide highly bioavailable joint and muscle support to maximise mobility and help maintain soundness. Glucosamine and chondroitin have long been known to be beneficial as building blocks of joints, however the inclusion of five isolates in So Sound means that less of the parent compound is required to gain the same effect. The synergy of joint support, bone structuring compounds, L-Arginine AKG for lean muscle growth support and herbal extracts for comfort will help your horse stay So Sound. It is a highly palatable, sugar free formula. Regular exercise creates ‘use trauma’ which can trigger arthritis. Research has shown that a lack of key nutrients during periods of wear and tear can reduce the ability for cartilage to repair. So Sound cares for your horse’s joints, maximising comfort to maintain mobility and flexibility. www.nettexequine.com

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TopSpec Calmer

Cortaflex HA Super Fenn is specially formulated for competition horses or those in high workloads with excessive wear and tear to their joints. It is currently used by the City of London Police for their horses.

TopSpec Calmer is designed to be fed to horses and ponies with anxious temperaments, particularly those that cannot cope with stressful situations such as showing, travelling and competing. Not all horses are anxious for the same reason so TopSpec Calmer has been developed with much more than a ‘single ingredient’ approach. It contains a pure protected yeast, MOS, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and sepiolite clay, which all act in different ways to help calm and relax responsive horses. TopSpec Calmer is a palatable, caramel-flavoured, additive to be mixed into the feed. It can be fed daily to stressed or anxious horses or occasionally to help horses cope with stressful situations eg, competitions, travelling and fireworks. It can help to improve performance by improving focus and reducing the effects of stress. Some ingredients start to work within two hours, but maximum effect will be seen within three weeks.



Cortaflex Ha Regular Strength

NAF Magic Liquid

Apple Lytes is a salt-based product which can be added to the feed on a daily basis. For high level competition and endurance horses at events, Apple Lytes is also available in a handy syringe for instant replenishment of electrolytes. Electrolytes should not be fed to a dehydrated horse, always ensure water has been ingested first, and that the horse has recovered from exercise. www.equine-america.co.uk

Cortaflex HA Super Fenn

Cortaflex keeps your horse’s or pony’s joints healthy throughout its life and it is never too late to start feeding it. www.equine-america.co.uk

TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains an excellent specification of nutrients to help the development and maintenance of healthy joints. Synovial joints are stabilised by a complex network of tendons, ligaments and muscles in and around the joint, and by the joint capsule itself. In ideal circumstances this enables joints to function smoothly and comfortably. It is designed to help support joints subject to excess trauma and/ or repeated wear and tear and is particularly suitable for horses working hard and elderly horses. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support can be fed at a maintenance rate (half the recommended) to support healthy joints. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains a generous combination of Glucosamine (10g/500Kg horse/day) and MSM (10g/500Kg horse/ day). It also contains an antioxidant blend of vitamins C, E, betacarotene and natural tocopherols which help combat excess free radicals around the joint. www.topspec.com

TopSpec Healthy Hoof TopSpec Healthy Hoof is designed to be added to any horse feed to greatly improve hoof quality. It not only includes optimum levels of all the micronutrients that promote hoof quality, but also a broad range of micronutrients that improve the efficiency of the hoof supplement whilst also supporting light work. Healthy Hoof also produces a shiny coat and supple skin. It contains the levels of Biotin (15mg/500kg horse per day), and associated nutrients, scientifically proven to improve hoof quality, including chelated zinc, methionine, MSM, copper, iodine, calcium and Vitamin A, which all improve the effect of Biotin alone.

Magic is a magnesium calmer with a difference. It’s a five star formula that contains a unique combination of herbs and nutrients known to help relax muscle tissue and support concentration. The unique blend of magnesium and herbal support of Magic enables the horse to tackle all that is asked of it, calmly and confidently. Magic Liquid has the advantage of extracting the active ingredients from the herbs, making them more readily available for absorption by the horse. The calming effects can be seen fast. Instant Magic uses bioavailable magnesium combined with a fast acting herbal base for an effective instant calming effect. Instant Magic is recommended for horses who only require the use of a calmer on an immediate, short term basis for specific potentially stressful situations; such as competition, clipping, travelling or a visit from the farrier or dentist. In addition, it can be used to top up the calming effect of a daily Magic supplement as and when needed. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

NAF Superflex Senior Five Star Superflex Senior is a unique formulation providing NAF’s highest specification of the key joint support nutrients for horses, working in synergy with rich natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and naturally sourced antioxidants to support healthy, flexible joints in older horses and ponies still leading active lives. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

NAF Liquid Electro Lytes Electro Lytes is an easy to use liquid designed to replace the four essential body salts which may be lost through exercise, sweating or during hot weather. Simply add to feed or dissolve in drinking water. www.naf-equine.eu/uk

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sHOW DATES 2 July, Chipstead Riding Club, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4DT, www.chipsteadridingclub.co.uk 2 July, Colettes Shows, Faversham Annual Open Show, Showjumping and Showing, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk 2 July, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Showjumping Show, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, www.newlandscorner.org 2 July, South West Shetland Pony Group, SWSPG Summer Show 2017, Mini & Standards, wide range of classes, The Grange Equestrian Centre, Northlew Road, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3DA, www.swshetlandponygroup.co.uk 2 July, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Team Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 2 July, Wildwoods Riding Centre, Training for BHS Exams PTT, 12 weeks, Ebbisham Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, (Nr Epsom), Surrey, KT20 5BH Telephone: 01737 812146, www.wildwoodsriding.co.uk 4 July, Capricorn Equestrian, Dressage Training Days, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@ hotmail.co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 5 July, Great Bookham Shows, Dressage and Clear Round Evening, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info

HAMPTON SPONSORED RIDE Registered Charity 1086848


SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER In aid of local charities

An exceptional cross-country course over 8 miles of private woodland, farmland and commons with 40 plus optional jumps (1’6”/ 2’6”/3’0”) including other fences for the bolder horse and rider.

Schedules: www.hamptonsr.org www.ridingdiary.co.uk or send SAE: Mrs T Robinson 18 Homemead, Forest Road Denmead, Hants PO7 6YD

7-9 July, Kent County Show, A showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life, the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ‘The Garden of England’ has to offer, for the whole family, Showjumping HOYS Qualifiers, Scurry Driving, Heavy Horses, Pony Club Mounted Games, (Schedules online from 01/04/17), Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF, Telephone: 01622 633060, www.kentshow.co.uk 8-10 July, Tweseldown, British Eventing Horse Trial, 80cm to Novice, Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8AD, Email: tweseldown@gmail. co.uk, www.tweseldown.co.uk 9 July, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 9 July, Denmead Horse Shows, Summer Show, Showjumping and Showing, Affiliated to CHAPS, SSADL, BMHS, IMHPS, TSR, Sunshine Tour, SWPA, Denmead, Hampshire, www.denmeadhorseshows.co.uk 9 July, Great Bookham Shows, Summer Open Show, Unafilliated Showing, Dressage, and Show Jumping, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info 9 July, Maidstone & District Riding Club, Open Eventers’ Challenge, Bonfleur Cross Country Course, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4BD, www.maidstoneridingclub.co.uk 9 July, St Michaels Hospice Riding Club, Dressage Series, Sunshine qualifier, Pebsham Equestrian Centre, Pebsham Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2RZ, Telephone: 01424 838302, www. stmichaelshospiceridingclub.org.uk

9 July, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 10 July, Speedgate Events, Andrew Day Clinic, Andrew is an international event and dressage rider and trainer and a senior instructor and lecturer of the TTT with over 20 years’ experience. Attain a thorough understanding of the classical system of Dressage training, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Kim Atkinson, Telephone: 07834 170830, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 14 July, Great Bookham Shows, Show Jumping Evening, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info 15-16 July, Eridge Horse Trials and Country Market, See the thrills of eventing; watch the elegance of dressage, the pressures of show jumping and the bravery of the cross country phase, Novice to Open and local riders will be going head-to-head with top international competitors, ‘Dogs in the Park’ and event which includes a fun dog show, dog agility, scurries and a distraction alley. There will be a falconry display, Country Market, Eridge Park, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JT, www.eridge-horsetrials.co.uk 15 July, Oaks Carriage Driving Club, Training Day, (Members Only), Berwick, East Sussex, BN26 6SP, www.oaksdrivingclub.com 15 July, South Eastern Arabian Horse Group, Summer Show, ECAHO ‘C’ Show points system, Qualifiers: Arabian Horse Socirty, HOYS, CRABBETT, BACS & MIDLAND Young Rider 2017, Qualifing Show: UK AA/ PB In Hand Championships & Cherif, RASS Qualifiers, Equifest, All Stars & C.A.R.E., The South of England Show Ground Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL www.seahg.co.uk

16 July, APHS London Counties Show, (American Pleasure Horse Show), Open to all Breeds and Types. Combining the excitement and flair of the American and Foreign Breed classes with traditional English show classes we bring you the best of both showing worlds. 2017 nominated Charity is MacMillan, Includes The BSPA Star of London Show and the 15+ London County Championship Show, Classes for all Foreign Breeds, In hand and ridden, some generic, some breed specific, some discipline specific, Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Surrey, KT22 0AL, Email: lynnusauk@ aol.com, http://lynnusauk.wix.com/aphs 16 July, Colettes Shows, White Horse Farm Show Jumping and Showing, White Horse Farm, White Horse Lane, Harvel, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0UE, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk 16 July, Maidstone & District Riding Club, British Riding Clubs Area 10 NAF National Championships Show and Style Jumping qualifier. 70cm to 110cm, Open to members of BRC Affiliated Clubs, Bonfleur Cross Country Course, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4BD, www.maidstoneridingclub.co.uk 16 July, Mount Mascal Stables, Unaffiliated Summer Dressage Series, (grass arenas), plus combined training, Intro C, Prelim 7 & 18, Jumping 1’9” to 2’, 2’ to 2’3”, and 2’3” to 2’6”, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Telephone: 020 8300 3947, www.mountmascalstables.com 16 July, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Equi Cross (previously known as Jump Cross), The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, www.newlandscorner.org


Qualifiers for CHAPS, RoR, SSADL, BMHS, TSR, SWPA, Sunshine Tour, etc

‘Budget’ Show & Fun Dog Show 6th August

The Perfect Place for Cross Country Schooling in Kent

Sunshine Tour Qualifiers Showing, jumping, dressage

Autumn Show & Fun Event 3rd September www.denmeadhorseshows.co.uk Or SAE: Seymour Cottage, Forest Rd, Denmead, PO7 6UA

Are you a member of a Riding Club?

• Offering over 120 jumps from 50cm to 110cm • Ideally located near Maidstone, 20mins from M20 • Jumps Jumps to suit all riders and horses • Extensive Extensive water complex and banks • New New combinations and skinnies regularly regularly set up


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sHOW DATES 16 July, Oaks Carriage Driving Club, Mini ODE, Berwick, East Sussex, BN26 6SP, www.oaksdrivingclub.com 16-22 July, The Rockbourne Ride, Adult’s Residential Camp, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297, www.tenantry.co.uk 16 July, SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse 2017, Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT, www.search4astar.org. uk, www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk 16 July, Southdown Hunt East Pony Club, Branch Show, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AL, http://branches.pcuk.org/southdowneast/ 16 July, Speedgate Events, Showing Show, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 18 July, Sevenoaks Riding Club, Evening Dressage and Clear Round Jumping, Redlands, St Julian’s Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk 19-22 July, Adult Horsey Summer Camps, Enjoy 4 fun packed days with your horse, £310pp, Contact Amanda Hamley for booking form and more information, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07828 631542, Email: amanda.hamley1@gmail.com 19 July, Festival of Hunting, Historic and prestigious event is the annual showcase for the world of hunting and boasts the greatest gathering of hounds in the country. East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE, www.festivalofhunting.com 19 July, Great Bookham Shows, Dressage Evening, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info

20 July, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Evening Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 22 July, Colettes Shows, Showing and Show Jumping, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk 22 July, St Michaels Hospice Riding Club, Dressage Series, Sunshine qualifier, Pebsham Equestrian Centre, Pebsham Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2RZ, Telephone: 01424 838302, www. stmichaelshospiceridingclub.org.uk 22 July to 2 August, Munstead Heath Farm, Mid Surrey Pony Club Camps, Heath Farm, Heath Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1UN, Telephone: 07768 740969, Email: becca@heathfarmequestrian. co.uk, www.munsteadhorsetrials.co.uk 23-26 July, Adult Horsey Summer Camps, Enjoy 4 fun packed days with your horse, £310pp, Contact Amanda Hamley for booking form and more information, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE, Telephone: 07828 631542, Email: amanda.hamley1@gmail.com 23 July, Coakham Bloodhounds, Beach Ride. From Normans Bay, East Sussex, www.coakhambloodhounds.com 23 July, Chipstead Riding Club, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4DT, www.chipsteadridingclub.co.uk 23 July, Great Bookham Shows, Summer Showing Show, Unafiliated Showing, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info

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23 July, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Rother Valley Riding Club (Friends of Freddie) Open ODE, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Bramble Reed Lane, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7ET, www.lodgefarmcrosscountry.co.uk 23 July, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 26-30 July, The Longines Royal International Horse Show, International and National Show Jumping, Showing Championships, Carriage Driving, Scurry Driving, Side-saddle classes and lots more, Entertainment, Shopping, The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex, RH17 5NU www.hickstead.co.uk 27 July, Squirrells Riding School, Beach Ride, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky. com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 28 July, Capricorn Equestrian, Jason Webb Clinic, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 28 July, Colettes Shows, Friday Evening Showjumping at Willow Farm, Showjumping, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk 28 July, Squirrells Riding School Fun Show, Showing and Show Jumping, In Hand, Ridden Classes and Show Jumping, Show Jumping Qualifiers, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 29-30 July, Chilham Park, Chilham Castle International BE Horse Trials, (Two days), BE 80(T), BE90, BE 90 Open, BE100, BE100 Opene, BE100 plus,

N, ON, CIC1*, Trade stands, Fun Dog Show (Sunday only), Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811, www.chilhampark.co.uk 29 July, Matfield & District Riders Association, Summer Show including Dressage, Classes also include Showing, Jumping, Fun Classes, Refreshments, Tack Stall, Old Fowle Hall Oast, Willow Lane, Queen Street, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6PE, Telephone: 07834 494824, www.mdra.info 29 July, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 30 July, Denne Hill Cross Country Ride, Open Day, Course will be open to nonmembers on the last Sunday in the month. Riders to arrive between 10am and 2pm. Pre-booking is not required, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6HD, Telephone: 01227 831203, Email: caroline@dennehillcrosscountryride.co.uk, www.dennehillcrosscountryride.co.uk 30 July, Speedgate Events, Julia Buckle Polework Clinic, Achive more suppleness in flatwork and learn new exercises to help your horse to become more supple and rounder. Teaches you exercises for more varied schooling and to improve your dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 30 July, Oaks Carriage Driving Club, World Cup, Bluemans Farm, Sedlescombe, Hastings, East Sussex, TN33 0SE, www.oaksdrivingclub.com 30 July to 5 August, The Rockbourne Ride, Adult’s Residential Camp, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297, www.tenantry.co.uk

THE LARGEST SHOW FOR IBERIAN HORSES IN THE SOUTH EAST www.iberianperformanceshow.co.uk Tel. 07787 147782

Chilham Castle, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July 2017


4yo, BE 80[T], BE90, BE90 Open, BE100, BE100 Open, BE100 plus, N, ON, CIC1* INTERNATIONAL DRESSAGE TO BE HELD ON THE CASTLE LAWN BE80(T) designed as an educational step for young and inexperienced riders and horses. With lots of help and advice including • Excellent class for non-affiliated riders/horses on a Special BE Day Ticket • Step-by-step guide via Chilham website • Help on day from Accredited BE Trainer • Preparatory Course Walk Trade stands Fun Dog Show – (Sunday only) Chainsaw Sculpture Demonstration Car Parking (£10 per car) Pedestrians £2 each

5th Iberian Performance Show 11TH – 13TH AUGUST 2017 MERRIST WOOD, GUILDFORD, SURREY.


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1 August, Squirrells Riding School, Cross Country Day, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 2 August, Colettes Shows, Showing and Show Jumping, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk 2 August, Great Bookham Shows, Dressage and Show Jumping Evening, Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info, www.gbec.info 4 August, Squirrells Riding School, Pony Day, Ride and make friends and enjoy being round the ponies, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 6 August, Denmead Horse Shows, ‘Budget’ Fun Show, Showing, Jumping, Dressage, Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Denmead, Hampshire, www.denmeadhorseshows.co.uk 6 August, Eridge Hunt Branch of The Pony Club, Open Show in Eridge Park, Open to all - Pony Club & Non Pony Club Members, Eridge Park, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JT, Telephone: 01892 750002, email: fionawhitt@btinternet. com, http://branches.pcuk.org/eridge 6 August, Moat View Riding Club, Open Show, Showlumping, Dressage (on a surface), Showing, and Dog shows, lots of qualifiers, Prizes for all class winners and more, Trenley Park, Stodmarsh Road, Fordwich Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4AR, Telephone: Jo Cocker 07751 238204, Email: jo@ mountviewrc.co.uk, www.moatviewrc.co.uk 6 August, SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse 2017, Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers, Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX, www.search4astar. org.uk, www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk 6 August, Speedgate Events, Showing Show, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

13 August, Chipstead Riding Club, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4DT, www.chipsteadridingclub.co.uk 13 August, The Equi-Fun Club, Charity Fun Showing & Dressage Show, In aid of Kent Sussex and Surry Air Ambulance & Hope Valley RDA, Crockstead Equestrian Centre, Halland, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6PT, Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@ equi-fun.co.uk, www.equi-fun.co.uk 13 August, Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Companion Dog Show and Lurcher Show, Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Contact: Gina Kitchener, Telephone: 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub.co.uk, http:// branches.pcuk.org/midsurrey/schedules/ 13 August, Oaks Carriage Driving Club, Club Show & Fun Day, Broad Farm, Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4DU, www.oaksdrivingclub.com 13 August, St Michaels Hospice Riding Club, Dressage Series Championship, Sunshine qualifier, Pebsham Equestrian Centre, Pebsham Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2RZ, Telephone: 01424 838302, www.stmichaelshospiceridingclub.org.uk 15-19 August, The Rockbourne Ride, Adult’s Residential Camp Pony Club Mums, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Contact: Sue Pratt, Telephone: 01425 461625, www.tenantry.co.uk 15 August, Squirrells Riding School, Ride and re-ride Dressage, Ride a previously chosen test then after tuition re-ride for better score, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky. com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 16-20 August, Bodiam International Arena, Garden of England 15th Aniversary International Festival of Western Riding Show, 2 x AQHA Split Combined (4 Shows) 2 x NRHA/BR Slates Goe Versatility, Ranch Classes, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email: office@sterlingquarterhorse. com, www.sterlingranchuk.co.uk, www. gardenofenglandcircuit.co.uk

6 August, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk

17 August, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Evening Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

7-10 August, Squirrells Riding School, Pony Camps, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky. com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

17 August, Squirrells Riding School, Alex Hudson BHSI Clinic, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

8 August, Sevenoaks Riding Club, Evening Dressage and Clear Round Jumping, Prix Caprilli, Redlands, St Julian’s Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk

18 August, Squirrells Riding School, Pony Day, Ride and make friends and enjoy being round the ponies, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

11-13 August, Iberian Performance Show, The Show in the South for Spanish Horses & Portuguese Lusitanos, Dressage & freestyle to music classes for all levels. Classes include BD MCI (Iberian Horse Dressage Masters) & CRC. Breed showing, young horse classes, veteran, side saddle, tack & dress and parade class. In Hand Classes for pure & partbred Spanish Horses & Lusitanos, Excellent indoor arena with extensive seating. Gala Night on 12th August with great displays & entertaining demos, Horse & Hound, Advanced Dressage to Music, Parade Class Finale, diplays, trade stands, catering, Merrist Wood College, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE, Email: sherene@sussexlusitanos. co.uk, www.iberianperformanceshow.co.uk 12 August, Capricorn Equestrian, Jumping Clinic with Robert Smith, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk

19 August, Rye & District Country Show, in aid of St Michael’s Hospice, Horse Show, Rye Classic Car Show, Dog Show, Craft Fair, Refreshment Stalls, and Pimms Tent, Elm Tree Farm, Icklesham, Winchelsea, East Sussex, (on the A259), TN36 4BH, https:// www.facebook.com/stmichaelshospice/ 20 August, Colettes Shows, White Horse Farm Show Jumping and Showing, Including TSR Regional Championship, White Horse Farm, White Horse Lane, Harvel, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0UE, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com, www.cbequine.co.uk 20 August, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Showjumping Show, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, www.newlandscorner.org

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sHOW DATES 20-24 August, The Rockbourne Ride, Adult’s Residential Camp, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Contact: Heather Robson, Telephone: 02380 892121, www.tenantry.co.uk 20 August, Sevenoaks Riding Club, Eventers Challenge Training Day, Redlands, St Julian’s Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, Telephone: 07909 966257, www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk 20 August, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 22 August, Capricorn Equestrian, Dressage Training Days, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@ hotmail.co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 25 August, Colettes Shows, Friday Evening Showjumping at Willow Farm, Showjumping, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk 26 August, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro and Prelim, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail. co.uk, www.capricornequestrian.co.uk 26 August, Speedgate Events, Julia Buckle Polework Clinic, Achive more suppleness in flatwork and learn new exercises to help your horse to become more supple and rounder. Teaches you exercises for more varied schooling and to improve your dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk, www.speedgate.co.uk 26-27 August, Tweseldown, AT Classics Un Affiliated Horse Trials, 80cm to 100cm,

Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8AD, Email: tweseldown@gmail. co.uk, www.tweseldown.co.uk 27 August, Denne Hill Cross Country Ride, Open Day, Course will be open to non-members on the last Sunday in the month. Riders to arrive between 10am and 2pm. Pre-booking is not required, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6HD, Telephone: 01227 831203, Email: caroline@dennehillcrosscountryride.co.uk, www.dennehillcrosscountryride.co.uk 27-28 August, Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show, A massive two-day countryside event which combines all the favourites of a traditional agricultural show with 21st century family entertainment, rides, experiences and shopping, One of the largest equestrian events in the area, this huge section of the Show has around 1500 horses, ponies & donkeys competing in nearly 150 classes ranging from show jumping, HOYS qualifiers, carriage driving and Concours d’Elegance to mounted fancy dress and gymkhana events, Ardenrun, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL, Telephone 01737 645843 office hours only, Email:Jackie@edenbridge-show. co.uk, www.edenbridge-show.co.uk

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27 August, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Dressage & Showing Show, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, www.newlandscorner.org

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28 August, Mount Mascal Stables, Bank Holiday Monday Horse Show & Family Fun Day, Equestrian competition and display, Fun dog Show with bring your pooch dog classes, Pop up pony rides, Traditional Fairground Funn & Stalls, Refreshments, Free Admission and £1 Parking, Open to Public, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Telephone: 020 8300 3947, www.mountmascalstables.com

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at Juddwood Farm, Tonbridge, Kent Bring your horse for three days of great fun and excellent instruction. 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2017 £280 Cross Country Course available for hire For more information call Jane on 01892 871080 or 07771 962339 www.juddwoodfarm.co.uk


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Reader of the Month


Blake at Marshside RC camp last year where he won the dressage

Blake and Lily jumping at the Walmer Show where they won the Small Open Jumping Above: Blake Walker and Willow Royal Lilianna, pictured at the Walmer Show on 11th June. They won the Small Open Jumping, were first in the Pairs Relay with Cathy Gott on Gwen, were second in the Open Mountain & Moorland, won the Riding Club Pony and took the Riding Club Horse or Pony Championship.

Blake and Lily jumping

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Blake and Lily competing at the Walmer Horse Show

Name: Blake Walker Age: 10-years-old Occupation: Student Pony’s name and age: Willow Royal Lilianna (Lily), 11-years-old How long have you had your pony? 10 years. Blake has had Lily since she was a yearling and they have grown and learnt together. What do you do with your horse? Jumping, showing & dressage Future goals and ambitions: 1. To win the Mini Challenge at the Hickstead Derby Meeting. 2. To do more team dressage (with Marshside RC) and showing competitions – Blake won a recent team dressage competiiton at Willow Farm with his fellow junior team mates Favourite equestrian Product: Mane & Tail Conditioner Spray Favourite food for your horse: Calm & Condition Equestrian Idol: Guy Williams Who do you train with? Jodi Randall, Roseanne Liversidge and My Mum Favourite competition centre or event: Hickstead Derby Where do you buy you copy of Localrider? My mum has it posted to her Favourite Tack shop: The tack stalls at the big shows Favourite Horse Feed Shop: My Mum gets the feed

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horsey other half The Horsey Other Half - Richard Hyde Richard and Vikki Hyde’s eyes first met across a crowded showground – you know how the story goes, and now seven years later Richard is an equestrian convert. Name: Richard Hyde Home-town: Hornchurch

Richard with Brodie, a nine-year-old ISH who Richard enjoys hacking.

Occupation: Building Services Engineer Wife’s name: Vikki Hyde Where and When did you meet? Aveley & District Riding Club Show, in 1994, although this is when we first met, circumstances meant we did not date for another ten years! When did you realise your wife liked horses? At the Aveley & District Riding Club Show! I had gone there to support my sister, who was also competing. I first saw Vikki on her Arab, Flyer.

Richard with Conna, who is 16 and enjoys posing!

Do you ride yourself? Yes, I do now. Favourite horse? Patrick, a big, lovable, failed police horse, my first love. How do you support your wife with her horses? I listen.

With Patrick, who taught Richard to ride.

What’s the best thing about horses? They don’t care about your status, wealth or power. Or whether you have had a good day or a bad day. They teach you a lot about who you are. I think they have made me a better person. What’s the worst thing about horses? This is a tough one. Being a relatively new covert, I can get a bit evangelical about how great horses are. So, the worst thing, they are fragile. Do you go to shows or competitions and if you do what sustains you through the day? I go to support Vikki and Conna at local showing classes. The classic bacon roll and strong cuppa in a polystyrene cup does the trick. Do you have any hobbies? Riding horses! It wasn’t always this way, I used to be into model making, planes, trains and automobiles.

Richard pictured while on a riding holiday.

Richard and Vikki on their riding holiday.

Richard and Vikki at Badminton Horse Trials.

Most confusing thing you’ve ever heard her say about a horse? He is ‘up hill’. Also, ‘behind the leg, ‘on the bridle’. All very confusing once. Now I am educated. What advice would you offer to anyone about to marry a woman who owns a horse? Prepare to get involved. Resistance is futile. Each issue we will be featuring a ‘Horsey Other Half’, if you know the perfect person email alex@localrider.co.uk

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