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Localrider Magazine

Show Jumping • Eventing • Showing • Pony Club www.localrider.co.uk



October 2012


Seasonal advice on: Feed Bedding Worming Tried & Tested Clothing

Spotlight on Keely Harrison


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SHOW REPORTS INCLUDING: ● Burghley Horse Trails ● Edenbridge & Oxted ● Cranleigh Show ● Tonbridge Lions Show ● Club Show Championships


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Contents October 2012

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Fiona Rafferty fiona@localrider.co.uk Tel: 01892 863062



Karen Ede karen@localrider.co.uk Tel: 01892 863062



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Kit Houghton, George Gorman, Julia Longland, Stephen Bartholomew, Alex Kelly, Alex Chapman, Julia Shearwood, Stephen Biddlecombe, Jill Walker, SMR Photos, Sarah Millis, Laura Powell, Ed Lyall BVetMed CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS, Callum Blair BVMS MRCVS, Alice Kent, Julian Portch, Nigel Goddard, Craig Payne, Equinational Photography, Alison Window, Sporting Moments, Visualise Photography, Liz Sanders, Lucy Nicholas, Sue Bird, Spidge Photography, Andy Long, Karen Chaplin, Danny Berta, Hannah Bates, Katy Mickle, Oli Lawrence

Front Cover: Izzy Taylor and Briarlands Matilda, seventh at Burghley Horse Trials Photography by Stephen Bartholomew

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Features 11 How to stay safe across country 23 Dressage know-how 24 An exciting year for British Breeding Part VII 25 Insurance Q&As 40 Mud Fever – winter skin care worries 42 Wormer Resistance Cover Story 49 Insurance – Rest Assured 50 Autumn Clothing – Tried & Tested Cover Story 56 Getting Ready for Christmas 69 Good hooves 77 Know the Quality of your hay 78 Feeding for Fibre 80 Cost Effective Winter Feeding 88 A Stable Environment Cover Story

Regulars 6 14 16 22 32 36

News Spotlight – Keely Harrison Cover Story RRUP From Darley to Dressage British Showjumping News Figaro Flyer

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Sarah’s Diary Laura’s Diary Feed News Cover Story Show Dates Father Figure – Simon Cobden Classifieds The trials & tribulations of Oli Lawrence Reader of the Month – Phoebe Leake Coming Next Month


Pony Club News 68 70 71 72 73

Pony Club Round-up Cowdray Pony Club Camp Bisley Pony Club Hunt Area 11 Pony Club Show Jumping West Kent Meopham Hunt Two Day Rally 74 West Kent Meopham Open Show 75 Goodwood Pony Club Camp 76 Area Dressage

Show Reports Cover Story 12 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 26 Club Show Championships Day 1

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ust as we head into autumn, the outdoor shows have finally got going and everyone’s having fun. It has been exciting working on this issue, seeing what has been going on and who has been winning where. There is also a big Pony Club News section, with pictures from their camps, shows and inter-branch competitions. There have been two main highlights for me this month. Firstly the British Showjumping Club Show Championships, of which we are a sponsor. Having interviewed most of the qualifiers at some point during the last year, it was wonderful to finally have the chance to meet them and watch them in action. Turn to page 26 to find out more. The other highlight has been the Paralympics. After such a successful Olympics, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but for me they were amazing. Everyone was so friendly and enthusiastic and as before the volunteers were exceptional. Being able to watch our equestrian Paralympians win so many Gold medals was incredible. I was also really pleased for Surrey-based Laurentia Tan, who won an individual Bronze and Silver medal. We will be sharing Laurentia’s story and all the other Paralympic news in the next issue. This issue is full of practical advice to help you and your horse survive autumn and the inevitability of winter, but if you need cheering up, turn to page 50 and see the wonderful, colourful clothes we have been testing, perhaps it is time for a bit of retail therapy!

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Spotted in the crowd at the Paralympics, Localrider subscriber, Lisa Fahy and family


Localrider Magazine covering equestrian activities in the South East

Club Show Championships Borde Hill Horse Trials Firle Place Horse Trials Edenbridge & Oxted Show The Cranleigh Show Tonbridge Lions Show Mount Mascal Family Day Show Sunshine Tour

Competitions & Offers 84 Win NAF Haylage Balancer 86 Win NAF In the Pink Senior

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he Plevin british Showjumping Scope Festival hosted the equestrianclearance.com Senior Newcomers Masters and the class provided competitors with the last chance to qualify for the 2012 equestrianclearance. com Senior Newcomers championship to be held Left to right - Katie Farmer and Lorraine at the Horse of the Year Meadowcroft of EquestrianClearance.com present Show (HoYS) in october. the first prize to Nicole Pavitt and Zeppelin the class attracted 34 starting combinations and after two rounds of well fought competition, during which 11 combinations made it through to the jump off, it was 24-year-old Nicole Pavitt from crawley, West Sussex who took home the win. Nicole rode her mother’s eightyear-old bay stallion, Zeppelin, and the combination completed the jump off clear in a time of 35.10 seconds to put them into first place, securing their place in the 2012 equestrianclearance.com Senior Newcomers championship. In second place was 29-year-old robert Whitaker from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire who also jumped a good double clear on John Hales’ seven-year-old bay gelding, Anyway II, in just 37.96 seconds. third place was taken by 18-year-old Alfie bradstock from Wantage in oxfordshire riding Graham Fletcher’s six-year-old bay mare, Foxglade Little Lady. this combination jumped clear in the jump off in a time of 39.93 seconds. the fourth and final qualifying place for the Horse of the Year Show was taken by 18-year-old rebecca Mash from Warrington, Lancashire. rebecca achieved her qualification on board Ian Kellett’s 10-year-old chestnut gelding, Venus III. this combination secured their double clear in a time of 41.10 seconds.

British Horse Feeds Sponsor Red Dragon Festival of Endurance 2012 british Horse Feeds is delighted to announce title sponsorship of the prestigious red Dragon Festival of endurance for the second year running. running from 5th to 7th october the red Dragon Festival of endurance at the royal Welsh Showground in builth Wells is always a hugely popular event. british Horse Feeds will be providing competitors with fabulous prizes in their three sponsored classes and also running the ‘best crew Member’ recognition Award again after it proved popular last year. Said Will I’Anson of british Horse Feeds: “We are delighted to continue with title sponsorship at red Dragon this year and look forward to a successful event. Speedi-beet is ideal for endurance horses as it is high in fibre, which helps provide the required stamina for horses to compete over long distances and the water content aids rehydration.” entry forms for the british Horse Feeds recognition Award for ‘best crew Member’ will be sent out in the pre-ride packs. Tricia Hirst and Madjin – the 2011 British Horse Feeds Red Dragon winners

The Perfect Fit! As we approach the autumn, it’s not un-usual for horses to start to change shape and whilst a visit from your saddler is recommended, ‘filling the gap’ is this gorgeous sheepskin and foam half pad from Fleeceworks. the Fleeceworks Perfect balance Half Pad exclusively from on-line retailer Shadow Horse is styled in the finest Australian merino sheepskin, which is not only super dense and soft, but also far more robust than lambskin and superior in its breathability and overall performance. this clever half pad features built-in (but removable) high quality memory foam pads in the front, which have the ability to compress evenly to the desired amount, whilst offering excellent shock-absorbing qualities. this new generation of foam is slim-lined and lightweight and because the foam inserts are angled, they allow the saddle to stay at correct (wider) gullet fit, without collapsing. Tel: 01628 857 466 / www.shadowhorse.co.uk

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, the first British combination to top the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings

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Charlotte Dujardin becomes first Briton to lead World Dressage Rankings Great britain’s charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double olympic gold medallists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FeI World Individual Dressage rankings and are the first british combination ever to top the world rankings. With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place to claim the top spot, seven points clear of former world number one and London silver medallists Adelinde cornelissen (NeD) and Jerich Parzival, the Dutch pair that have led the rankings since July 2011. the british combination moved up from fourth to second in the rankings list published just before the olympic Dressage Grand Prix, the first team qualifier on 2nd August, and it was their performances at the London Games that have boosted them to the top of the rankings. the 27-year-old Dujardin and Valegro led the british to a historic olympic team gold in London’s Greenwich Park arena and then came out to produce an unforgettable Grand Prix Freestyle, performing to music from the Great escape and the James bond film Live And Let Die for the winning mark of 90.089. Dujardin, who competed in her first Grand Prix only last year, has been teamed up with Valegro since she joined team-mate carl Hester’s stable as a groom in 2007. biggest movers in the latest FeI World Individual Dressage rankings are Steffen Peters (USA) and ravel, who have moved up from 192nd to 16th, and edward Gal (NeD) and Glock’s Undercover, who have gone up from to 198th place to 17th.

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Please contact Fiona on 01892 863062 or email fiona@localrider.co.uk to submit your news to Localrider. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure your news is included, the editor cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published

Ardall SR2 Safety Rider Last autumn saw the launch of one of the most innovative equestrian products to hit the market for quite some time – the Ardall Safety Rider. Now the same company has just launched a new version – the Ardall SR2, which has added features that further enhance the training of particularly nervous and spooky horses. Designed in Ireland by experienced horseman Paul Murphy, the Ardall is designed to help prevent serious rider injury when breaking and training horses. The Ardall allows a horse to be trained to accept the presence of a person on its back, without putting a rider in the dangerous position of being on board a panicked, bucking and potentially dangerous youngster. The Ardall also has significant benefits for ongoing training of performance horses, for muscle development or for bringing horses back to full fitness after injury. If you lunge or long rein horses on a regular basis, then the Ardall will soon become an essential piece of equipment that you will wonder how you ever lived without! The new Ardall SR2 has the added feature of a foldable torso that offers the option of being used folded at half height, or erect at full height. This makes it ideal for particularly nervous horses as the Ardall SR2 can be introduced at the lower, folded height and once the horse is comfortable and confident, it can be unfolded to sit erect at full height and so give the horse the proper feeling of having a rider on its back. For more information see www.ardall.com or call Paul on +353 66 9767234. Ardall have some user videos and testimonials available to view on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ user/safetyrider

Your Equine Problems Solved at Your Horse Live! It’s set to be the biggest and best Your Horse Live event yet – come along and learn, watch and shop! With incredible displays from Mary King, ben Maher, carl Hester and charlotte Dujardin, more than 300 exhibitors for some serious retail therapy, and a Q&A Live zone where leading horse health professionals will give facts and advice, this is two days not to be missed! Held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Your Horse Live takes place on 10th & 11th November and provides a great day out for all equestrian fans. the Q&A Live zone will feature a wealth of industry professionals, providing advice and information to help you ensure your horse is fit and healthy. Author of “Understanding Your Horse’s emotions” Larry bensusan will be joining the team at Your Horse Live to talk about how to read and understand your horse’s body language, and strengthen your partnership as a result. Understand more about your horse’s health at Your Horse Live. Don’t delay, get your tickets today! To book your tickets in advance and save money visit www. yourhorselive.co.uk or call 0844 581 0770. Hotline closes on Monday 5th November at midday.

RS-tor boasts new features


new rS-tor rider safety aid has been launched with an extra long strap. this is designed for use on treeless saddles and side saddles. the product is held in the hand like a riding crop, and the end-piece sits quietly in the hand like the handle of a whip – the rS-tor’s fall prevention aspect does not come into effect unless the horse spooks, bucks, rears, cat-leaps or stumbles. customer Janet Walsh says the new product is invaluable – she has just started riding side saddle. “It was useful to have the two extra long straps, as I put the rStor on slightly longer on the left side of my saddle than the right, so it doesn’t catch on the large saddle flap,” explains Janet. “I hold the rStor in the right hand, and it’s very easy to hold; you don’t know it’s there after a while. I have now walked, trotted and cantered in the side saddle and also and done some trotting poles, and am certainly feeling safer in the saddle,” she says. the rS-tor may be used in affiliated british Show Jumping competitions but may only be used in the warm-up sections of affiliated british Dressage and british eventing contests. It does not contravene Pony club equipment rules and may generally be used within bSPS Heritage and tiny tots showing classes. Always check with your event’s ground jury if unsure. the rS-tor is manufactured by PolyPads and all sizes/ specifications cost £44.99 – available in childs, S and M/L sizes. (Adults over 5ft usually select M/L). call 01842 752020 to order the new long strapped version. Visit www.rstor.co.uk / http://facebook.com/ rstorsafety

Classic Dressage offers Veredus Magnetic products on trial thanks to a new initiative from classic Dressage, horse owners can now take products from the Veredus magnetic range on a month’s trial. After seeing the incredible benefits these products offer, the company recently decided to give horse owners the chance to try them out for themselves without the obligation of committing to a purchase. It also means that if your horse has suffered from a little knock or perhaps has swelling that warrants a couple of weeks’ therapy you don’t have to buy magnetic products but can loan them for that short period. Veredus magnets have a life span of 20 years and have been proven to offer pain relief, significantly reduce swelling and increase blood flow. they can also help to drain the lymphatic system and remove toxins from the body, making them natural healers that you can’t afford to ignore. For more details, shop online or call 01442 834536 www.classicdressage.com

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news Glenwood Stud takes Supreme of Show at the Connemara Breed Show


lue chip’s sponsored show team at Glenwood Stud International have had an amazing 2012 with a highlight of Senruf Primula taking the champion In Hand, Supreme champion In Hand and eventual Supreme of Show at the connemara breed Show at osbaldeston last month. Adam Forster from Glenwood Stud says: “ We have had an incredible year so far and Senruf Primula taking the Supreme title at the breed show is such a fitting accolade to a fantastic, promising young mare.” Senruf Primula is a stunning four-year-old, who was bred by Margaret Furness and is a class 1 connemara mare who has recently been broken in and is already showing enormous promise under saddle.

HorseWorldLive with Oliver and Geoff HorseWorldLive are delighted to announce that the much-loved equestrian duo, oliver townend and Geoff billington, will appear at HorseWorldLive in a range of show attractions! on the Saturday of HorseWorldLive oliver townend and Nina barbour, partners of Harthill Stud, will appear in the exciting Harthill Stud Stallion Parade – a showcase of their quality Harthill Stud ‘breeding for Success’ homebred horses. the super Harthill stud stallion stock includes incredible horses such as Lord Luis, ramiro b and Honour cruise. With everything from Harthill Stud’s mares and foals, to youngstock and competition horses, this parade will give visitors a firsthand insight into the world-renowned british breeding and futurity. oliver and Geoff will ride these top young competition horses, showcasing their quality breeding that has aided their successful progression to top competition level. the Harthill Stud showcase, will provide valuable information for prospective buyers and breeders. Plus, Geoff, Nina and oliver will appear together in the chat show hosted by Anna ross Davies: ‘An Audience With….’ where visitors will have their chance to grill the stars! on Sunday 18th November, Geoff billington will take to HorseWorldLive’s World Arena to ride the showjumping course that will later be ridden by the young riders of the Under 18s Andrews bowen competition. While riding the course, Geoff will provide commentary in the saddle via microphone. After experiencing the course first hand, Geoff will guest comment throughout the day’s showjumping events. Don’t miss your chance to gain an invaluable insight into the work that is involved in top-level breeding at futurity and see oliver and Geoff in action! For more information on HorseWorldLive exhibitors or to buy tickets please visit www.horseworldlive.com Special ticket packages and group discounts are now available!

New Fine Mesh Double Walled Haynet KM elite Products have launched a large Fine Mesh Double Walled Haynet. this haynet is a must for every horse owner looking to encourage a slower, more natural eating pattern. It is an ideal solution for feeding a greedy or overweight equine, for horses and ponies suffering from or prone to laminitis or prone to weight related conditions, as well as easing boredom and helping to alleviate vices in horses stabled for longer periods of time and horses on box rest. colour Purple/black and measure 38”. rrP: £9.99 Tel: 01403 759659 / www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk

KM Elite Ballistic No-Turn OverReach Boots these superior quality boots have a tough, hard wearing outer coating which is manufactured using a ballistic nylon material and reinforced at the heel. this creates an extremely tough, abrasive resistant finish to the strike area which helps maximise protection for your horse. they have a shock absorbent lining and a Soft ‘No-turn’ nodule to prevent spinning. Double locking velcro closure for extra security. rrP £19.99 Tel: 01403 759659 / www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk

Ride-Away from home with this season’s catalogue ride-Away’s new autumn/winter catalogue is available now and has over 250 pages packed with the best products that the equestrian industry has to offer. the latest version contains a host of handpicked country clothing items and riding wear from leading manufacturers such as HV Polo, Musto, Joules, Ariat, Horseware, Jack Murphy, Mountain Horse and more. For horses, over 20 pages of this season’s rugs from manufacturers such as Horseware, Shires, Weatherbeeta, Masta and Mark todd ensure that horses and riders are well dressed and warm during this autumn and winter. “our latest catalogue is broken into nine sections: country clothing, riding wear, footwear, horsewear, horse and stable care, saddles, saddlery, dog equipment and giftware,” says Angela clark from ride-Away. “We have many new products in this issue including two new saddles from the XcH range from GFS, new releases in our DVD and book section, and the most stylish clothes and accessories we could find. our range is selected from manufacturers across the UK and beyond to ensure that our customers get the best from one place. We look for innovative design but practicality and price are key when we decide what lines to carry.” In addition to the catalogue, customers can also order through the telephone, by fax, online, through the mobile website, by post and by visiting the store which is ten miles north of York. In addition to the twice yearly catalogue, rideAway also distributes bimonthly e-mail promotions featuring the latest products and special offers, and has an active Facebook page where over 2000 fans interact with the company. there’s another benefit to ordering a catalogue, as Angela explains: “there is nothing quite like the catalogue for circling products you like and leaving pages strategically around the house, in sight of loved ones as christmas approaches!” The new autumn/winter catalogue is available now and can be obtained, for free, by visiting www. rideaway.co.uk or by phoning 01347 810443.

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Strictly Come Dressage In aid of the Emile Faurie Foundation


Celebrating the Olympics Sunday 11th November 2012 Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL By kind permission of Ian and Vicky Thompson-Winfield





The Gala afternoon promises to be great fun with many Acts being finalised and Emile is delighted to have secured the sponsorship of EquineSunSwitch Specialists in Equine Solaruims and Localrider Magazine is sponsoring the Best Costume Award, which always proves to be a tightly fought prize!


The day will include the usual Costume Classes with a new class for Children under 14 and also a special prize for the Best Olympic Theme!

This event is a vital fund raiser for the Emile Faurie Foundation so please support us and help to get more kids in touch with horses!

Tickets for the Gala afternoon are £15.00 (under14 half price) and can be purchased from: 3 South Cottages, Harley Lane, Heathfield, TN21 8AG. (Make cheques payable to the Emile Faurie Foundation and send together with SAE) For schedules for the event email maryanne_horn@hotmail.com



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Top trainer adopts stress-free schooling with Highlight


s the days grow shorter, riders are increasingly confined to indoor schools, which can make them – and their horses – feel a little cooped up. But at Lucinda McAlpine’s Bowhayes Farm, Culmstock, Devon, an innovative ventilated wall has transformed the indoor arena into a more natural, open environment. Instead of the usual wooden walls and year-round fluorescent lighting, she has installed perforated metal wall sheeting called Highlight on three sides of her indoor school. “We installed the first panels a year and a half ago along one whole side of the arena and half of another side,” says Lucinda. “It’s proved to be simply fantastic – since then we’ve installed the last few panels to side that was half completed and put another whole side in.” The sheeting is colour coated, so it doesn’t rust, and is 25% voided in the form of tiny holes, which allow plenty of light and air through, but keeps out wind and rain. Although it appears to be ordinary cladding from the outside, it gives perfect visibility on the inside, giving a feeling of riding outdoors without the weather. “It was very quick and easy to install, and is perfect for me, as it keeps the weather out and is not draughty,” says Lucinda. “It’s also so light inside that I don’t need to turn the lights on as early in the evenings, which saves a lot in electricity costs.” The more natural feel fits well with Lucinda’s philosophy on keeping and training horses in a stress-free environment. One of the country’s leading experts in Natural Horse Management, over the past 15 years her work has extended into the fields of diet, fitness, injuries and rehabilitation, as well as behavioural work. Working every day with between 20 and 40 horses of various breeds, ages and types, she has extensive experience of the benefits of a more natural lifestyle for the horse. An added bonus of being able to see through the arena walls has been the change in horses’ behaviour when working indoors, she adds. “Horses are more easily distracted when a noise is made and they can’t see the source. Since Highlight was installed, if there is a disturbance outside, the horses can see what’s happening and are a lot less spooky. It’s a magical product and I’m hoping to get round to installing more in the future.” For more information visit www.unitedroofingproducts.com or call 01884 839302

Riding Holiday Show


n The Saddle is proud to present the Riding Holiday Show 2012, which will showcase many of the breathtaking destinations that equestrian travellers can embark upon around the world. Joining the show, to inspire with tales of her own equestrian adventures, is Olympic medalist, Mary King. Having travelled across the globe in many capacities, from Olympic games, to horseback safaris, Mary King is one of the world’s most idolised event riders, with fans worldwide admiring her equine achievements and approachable attitude. Mary will be visiting the Riding Holiday Show to share her success stories and talk to visitors about her experiences over the years. As a huge fan of travel herself, Mary is the perfect figure to enthuse and motivate visitors at the Riding Holiday Show. Her most recent equestrian adventure was to Macatoo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana where she spent a week on safari. “The trip was wonderful for so many reasons,” she states. “Being so far away from modern life felt like a real escape and I saw it as a privilege to be amongst wildlife going about their daily lives! Seeing the world by horseback and getting so close to animals such as elephant, giraffe and even lion was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!” The Riding Holiday Show takes place at the Royal Over-Seas League in London, on Saturday, 3rd November 2012 and is the only event dedicated to riding holidays worldwide. Visitors will get the chance to meet riding guides and experts from various destinations to get a taster of some of the culture and experiences available, receive exclusive show offers, enter competitions, talk to likeminded travellers and listen to talks by guests, including Mary King. The event is open to all, from regular travellers to aspirational horseback holidaymakers. There are riding holidays to suit all levels of rider, from beginners looking to relax and unwind with some leisurely trekking, to experienced equestrians searching after an exhilarating adventure. With around 30 exhibitors from around the world, the Riding Holiday Show is the perfect place to start turning travelling dreams into reality. Brought to you by the UK’s leading equestrian travel company, In The Saddle, admission to the Riding Holiday Show is free of charge with a pre-booked ticket. To register for tickets and for more information visit: www.ridingholidayshow.com or Tel: 01299 272 997.

K*TY Oracle Country Boot The K*TY Oracle Leather Country Boots are effortlessly stylish, combining both fashion and comfort. The on trend lace up detail on the outside of the boot enables you to customise the fit of the boot to suit your calf. These country boots are a pull on style, yet they feature a zip up the rear which widens the calf area allowing the wearer to easily slip the boots on and off. Other features include a top strap with Velcro closure and a soft lining. The fashionable yet functional Oracle country boots feature a durable yet lightweight rubber sole with a comfortable padded insole. The leather has been treated to make it water resistant. Perfect for wearing around the yard, into town and in the countryside; they’re ideal for equestrians and dog walkers alike! RRP: £79.99 Tel: 07000 378378 Visit: www.equestrianclearance.com 10 Localrider october 2012

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By George Gorman, inventor of the RS-tor rider safety aid


he Olympic Games eventing cross country course was famously challenging – if not in jump height and technicality, then in the course itself, eg. the undulations between fences, the camber of the venue and the steep hills that riders had to negotiate in both directions. Many of us enjoy cross country riding – although we have been hard pushed to find competitions that haven’t been cancelled, with the summer’s wet weather – and at this time of year as the eventing season itself closes, we will be looking ahead to cross country schooling venues, to hone our skills.

In between the fences – a key to safe riding One of the most important elements of successful cross country riding isn’t actually negotiating the jumps, however – it is safely riding the ‘in between’ sections. Too many of us focus on getting the jumps right, when in fact our approach and getaway from the fences are sometimes of more importance. If you set the horse up right with a sensible speed (not dangerously fast, but with enough impulsion to manage the fence), a good line and in balance, chances are he will jump it nicely. It is also sensible to adapt your riding to the course and the weather in question. There can only ever be a few occasions where it is imperative to make a certain time at the expense of safety or balanced riding. Just consider the eventing competition at the Olympics; lots of horses skidded and lost their footing across the cross country course, and we saw fifteen eliminations in total, with 11 for rider falls, and three for horse falls; a horse fall being classed as such when both the animal’s quarters and shoulder touch the ground. (The other elimination was for three refusals at a fence). Therefore, 11 riders fell in the eventing section due mainly to slips and trips; these types of ‘unseating’ fall can often be accounted to speed or balance that wasn’t appropriate for either the ground conditions, or the horse’s experience. Obviously, the faster the pace, the faster the fall, and the less time there is to regain balance. Remember when I said that there are just a few occasions where it is imperative to make a certain time at the expense of safety or balanced riding. Well, obviously the Olympics is one of them, which is why so many riders were willing to take risks! But on the whole, it is better to play it safe when the grass is wet and the surface slippery, and live to ride again another day.

Photography by Kathy Carter

How to stay safe across country

Above: Can you ride safely at speed across country? American rider Tina Coudray managed not to fall with Ringwood Magister at the Games, despite the footing becoming very slippery Right: The unobtrusive RS-tor will potentially keep you in the saddle when cross country schooling Of course, I also advocate training over cross country fences with an RS-tor rider safety aid (available from www.rstor.co.uk) – this can help the rider to balance, and doesn’t affect rein control. If the horse does slip, or trips and unseats you, this unobtrusive product can help you regain your seat, potentially keeping you in the saddle and safely able to rebalance and negotiate the next fence.

Gaining balance across country Naturally, there are steps that can be taken to help with balance across country. Using appropriate studs if your horse has shoes is one of them – incidentally I think it is notable that the British eventing riders at the Games did not fall, as they reportedly all took great care in terms of choosing studs that were suitable for the uneven grass cover and wet surface at Greenwich on the day. (Plus of course they are very experienced cross country riders!) Slowing down in between fences is another – refocusing your mind, bring the canter down to a shorter, more bouncy stride and balancing the upper body by bringing our shoulders back helps us to balance the horse, contain the impulsion and prepare for tight turns. If your horse was to slip while you were tipped forward, it wouldn’t take much to drop ‘out of the side door’. And there’s often no need to approach smaller fences from a fast pace – it is better to accelerate away from the fence and also to come into the obstacle on a steady pace that can be increased just a few strides away, rather than focus on making a fast time against the clock. OCTOBER 2012 Localrider 11

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Right: Andrew celebrates winning his third Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Andrew Nicholson secured his third Burghley win aboard the homebred Avebury

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Words by Julia Longland and photography by Stephen Bartholomew and Kit Houghton/FEI

This month’s cover stars, Izzy Taylor and Briarlands Matilda, having a quick chat after their influential dressage test, they finished seventh


close finish to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials saw two outstanding horsemen from the South of England, Andrew Nicholson on Avebury and William Fox-Pitt on Parklane Hawk, land memorable triumphs at the end of a month sparkling with Olympic medals for British riders. World No.1 Nicholson, 51, (the same age as Burghley Horse Trials) from near Marlborough, a London team bronze medallist for New Zealand, moved up a place with Rosemary and Mark Barlow’s lovely grey Avebury in the tense show jumping phase, to claim the £55,000 prize for the Land Rover Trophy and capture his third Burghley title in 17 years. In a strange twist, Nicholson bred Avebury himself, sold him as a show jumper at four- years-old, bought him back two years later for his partner Wiggy, then pinched the ride himself and sold him to his faithful owners, the Barlows, who live near Aylesbury, as a potential top class eventer. “It’s taken me 35 years to win a four-star,” said a stunned Rosemary Barlow. Nicholson was full of praise for his 12-yearold: “Avebury has always been lovely to ride,” he said. “He did have a few bad days in the early years, but since then he has won at all levels and been very consistent, so I was hopeful here.” It must be said that Nicholson, who came to England 32 years ago as an unknown young Kiwi, has deservedly earned a reputation as ‘Mr.

Stickability’ for his habit of making gravity defying saves while attacking the cross country with skill and daring, sometimes on horses no one else could get a tune from. He is at his best over Captain Mark Phillips’ Burghley course, riding with a sure feel for the fences and the terrain, and on both Avebury and his first ride Calico Joe who was one of only four horses from 81 starters to get home inside the time, he produced true championship rounds.

Still in the money Fox-Pitt, 43, from Sturminster Newton in Dorset, a five-times winner including last year with Parklane Hawk, and a team silver medallist for the home side at Greenwich, held on to third with Catherine Witt’s 12-year-old New Zealand bred bay to beat Nicholson by one point for the HSBC FEI Classics £94,500 bonus awarded to eventing’s top four star rider over 12 months. This required more dangerous living as Fox-Pitt staved off fourth-placed Oliver Townend on the former Nicholson ride Armada by the blink of an eyelash, 0.1 penalties. The HSBC scoring system meant that if Nicholson won Burghley, Fox-Pitt had to finish third to keep the HSBC prize. The girl who lost out in the whisker finishes was a former pupil of Fox-Pitt, American Sinead Halpin from New Jersey on her mother’s French bred Manoir de Carneville. She was gracious in defeat after the bitter disappointment of having two show jumping fences in hand and then making three mistakes. “I’m disappointed, but I am proud of Manoir de Carneville,” she said. Thanks to surgery, the 12-year-old made a miraculous recovery from severing a tendon, kicking through a partition stable wall five years ago, when in Dorset with Halpin while she was working for Fox-Pitt.

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It was Parklane Hawk’s victory at the Rolex Kentucky last April, his second consecutive four-star, that put Fox-Pitt in line for the HSBC prize and he was quick to acknowledge this. “I was lucky to have Kentucky,” he said. “Parklane Hawk has gone brilliantly and Burghley is a special classic in our sport. The time is difficult, winners are not going to be determined by dressage and it is more stressful because you realise that a second over or a jump down would be very expensive.” Only four out of 52 who completed the cross country from 81 starters, and an original 85 in the dressage, jumped clear show jumping rounds but all the top nine made mistakes.

Clare Lewis and Sidnificant produced one of only four clear rounds in the final show jumping phase to finish 15th

Local action New Zealander Jock Paget, from Dunsfold, Surrey, leapt from 16th on Clifton Lush after dressage to 5th for the second year running, with one show jumping error. Izzy Taylor, 29, from Banbury, a former European Young Rider individual bronze and team silver medallist in 2004 on Flurry Knox, made a notable Burghley debut, jumping from 28th to 7th on Briarlands Matilda, the top placed mare, with a four fault round. Most spectacular of all, inevitably, was the last to go, Mark Todd, a five times Burghley winner, whose expertly judged cross country inside the time on Major Milestone shot them from a lowly dressage placing of 64th up to 12th. Clare Lewis from Horsted Keynes and Sidnificant, a hugely enthusiastic Sussex partnership, achieved their best 4-star result over the last three seasons, springing from 73rd after dressage and only 8.8 time penalties across country, to 15th at the close. The expectant crowds round the Trout Hatchery had plenty of thrilling action with the star survivor award going to Paget, one of New Zealand’s London Olympics bronze medal team, who made a save worthy of Nicholson when hauling himself back into Clifton Lush’s saddle at the angled double of hedges. “He put in another stride,” said Paget, “I never thought of letting go, but I did think I was gone.” Paget, 28, used to be a bricklayer, learned to ride on a bucking bronco (a saddle bronc in Australian)only started jumping eight years ago, and came to England to prepare for the 2010 World Championships. Another who rose after a superbly executed round was Francis Whittington on Sir Percival III, up from 33rd to 13th with 7.2 time penalties, a high point of their challenge came at the Rolex Combination, where the distance from the corner to the triple brush arrowhead rode short. Sir Percival was one of many to drop back with show jumping errors, in his case to 17th, possibly the tiring after effects of soft ground. Surrey rider Alice Dunsdon, from Ewhurst, a Joint-Master of the Surrey Union Hunt and first cousin to London team silver medallist Tina Cook, jumped a steady and well-judged clear round on Fernhill Present on her Burghley debut. Amongst the nine who had refusals or run-outs at the Land Rover shaped hedges complex with the curving line in Discovery Valley were Emily Llewellyn from Heathfield

Francis Whittington and Sir Percival III finished 17th on her good chestnut Pardon Me II and London team silver medallist Mary King with her home bred Kings Temptress, but a girl who went home with a huge smile was Germany’s former European Champion Bettina Hoy, who won her title at Burghley in 1997, but has had mixed fortunes since then. Her Lanfranco TSF had 14 time penalties but produced one of the four clear show jumping rounds to finish 10th. “Burghley is the world’s biggest course and I am so excited to be back at 4 star level,” said Hoy.

Jock Paget and Clifton Lush survived a sticky moment at the trout hatchery to finish fifth

From Burghley to Blenheim A week after Nicholson and Avebury’s Land Rover Burghley victory, Fox-Pitt re-routed Seacookie to the Fidelity Blenheim Horse Trials after getting him tested to ensure there had been nothing wrong at Burghley, and won his 50th international three day event. Fox-Pitt claimed his first three day event at Windsor in 1991 and since then has landed more 3 and 4 star victories than anyone else. Seacookie flew round the cross country course so fast that he wrenched off a shoe which bounced into the spectators. Mark Todd was second on Conair with Fox-Pitt’s Olympic silver medal team mate Tina Cook in third on De Novo News. Nicholson kept up his winning streak in the 8 and 9 year old CIC 3 star on the versatile Quimbo, who was second in the Eventing Grand Prix at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show in July, with FoxPitt second on Bay My Hero. Izzy Taylor, regularly seen in the hunting field and who produced such a good result at Burghley, followed up with third on the eye-catching grey KBIS Starchaser, owned by Guy Prest of KBIS with Mrs.Jo Meyer, who gave her a strong, confident ride across country.

Alice Dunsdon and Fernhill Present competing at their first Burghley

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SPOTLIGHT Keely, Benny and Baladine at Lower Brenchley Farm


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ver the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2011, Keely Harrison aided by an army of helpers was moving into her new home, Lower Brenchley Farm. The former golf course is now an all mod-cons full livery yard with sixteen internal boxes and twelve external, with ample turnout, a horse walker, cross country course and a 60x40 sand school with mirrors.

From her new base in Brenchley, Keely Harrison has produced Baladine, the mare who partnered her to the Supreme of Show and £1,000 cheque at the recent Edenbridge A Supreme Cheque & Oxted Show. Alex Kelly visited Keely at Fast forward to the same weekend in her new yard to find out a bit more about the 2012 and not only has her yard gone from strength to strength (she is never short lady behind so many successful combinations. of clients sending her horses for backing Right: Keely and Baladine at the BSHA Championship Show 2011

and schooling), but also she has qualified Baladine for the Small Riding Horse class at the Horse of the Year Show. Despite having produced many ponies for the prestigious finals, her win and later Championship at Edenbridge and Oxted with Suzanne Trotter’s six-year-old was the first time she has qualified herself. More delight followed for her as she and Baladine lifted the muchcoveted Edenbridge and Oxted Supreme Championship worth £1,000. Success tasted just that little bit sweeter as Keely started the mare by Sorento from scratch and slowly introduced her to the show ring.

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ponies and show hunter ponies, before branching out on her own five years ago. While showing has made her a perfectionist when it comes to turn out her high standards are continued across her yard and in every aspect of work. Keely is a self confessed workaholic, a fact that very supportive fiancé Kurt Gigney and her parents Glenda and Trevor Harrison can confirm. During the winter months, which is traditionally the “off season” for showing she worked at a number of establishments to further her CV. Working breeding seasons with the Coolmore Thoughbred stud in Ireland and the Hill ‘n’ Dale stud in Kentucky. Before she spent her most challenging winter in Newmarket backing yearlings, Keely said, “I learnt how to use a neck-strap and keep my heels down!”

Benny taking comfort in the tack room

Lower Brenchley Farm sand school Keely and Baladine at Hickstead Derby 2012

to benefit from my experiences.” Her enthusiasm is infectious and she has been a regular instructor at a number of local Pony Clubs and is chief instructor for The Ashford Valley Pony Club. The Ashford Valley has also enjoyed using the facilities at Lower Benchley Farm for their summer rallies. Thanks to her hard working and very A regular on the hunting field with the supportive team led by Head Girl, Charlotte Southdown and Eridge, as well as the Forde, who is instrumental in the yard’s Ashford Valley, she has also ridden pointsuccess. She assists Keely with the young to-point for Simon Tindall and successfully ponies and day-to-day running of the yard. trained racing ponies. She achieved the title She has also retrained her own ex-race of leading trainer on three occasions and horse Indian Spring who has twice qualified has trained over forty winners. for the Hickstead finals. Another key helper is Lia Hambly who is a “great help” and regular weekend groom. Keely takes her all round equine experience With first class premises, a truly brilliant and passes it onto her many pupils. While support team and colossal amount of hard she is happy to teach all ages, Keely says, work it looks like Keely Harrison is going to “my huge passion is teaching children 13/09/2012 bhs_lr_hp_winwin_1012_bhs_lr_hp_winwin_1012 Page 1 going to be hearing a lot be 11:50 a name we’re to learn to ride and I would like them more of in the future.

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Words by Alex Kelly

Jordan Rogers and Friars Gold Fever


ent based Jordan Rogers fulfilled her dream and qualified Friars Gold Fever for the Horse of the Year Show at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. Gold Fever, owned by Jordon’s mother, Debbie Willis, produced a copybook round to win the class for his thirteen-year-old rider. The home produced combination began competing in the WHP classes earlier this year and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show, but have gone from strength to strength over the summer. Jordon is a dedicated young rider; she does all the work with Gold Fever at home and is up before school to excersise him. They compete in a number of disciplines and like nothing more than hacking out, Gold Fever just needs to be kept ticking over. This gives Jordon plenty of time to work on her future prospects as she has a couple of youngsters waiting in the wings. Jordon Rogers and Friars Gold Fever

Classictop Stud


ane Townshend’s home bred Riding Horse, Classictop Sweet Enough, has made an outstanding start to her ridden career with Abi Thorogood at the reins. The five-year-old mare, by Trifolio and out of Fools Pride (who Jane also bred) qualified for RIHS at the Royal Cornwall Show. The next stop was the East of England where Abi and Sweet Enough were crowned section champions. The much coveted HOYS ticket was claimed at the Melshpash Show, to Jane’s delight. She will have two horses to cheer on at the NEC this month as Sweet Enough’s full sister, Classictop Totty (owned by the Hounsom Family and ridden by daughter Kate) won at The South of England Show to qualify for the fifth time. Classictop Sweet Enough and Abi Thorogood

Callum Wilson and Ronnie

Callum Wilson and Ronnie


leven-year-old Callum Wilson and his traditional cob, Ronnie, have had an outstanding show season. The piebald gelding was rescued by Callum’s mother, Leigh, who tells us “he was in an awful condition” and with the family’s love and care he has been nursed back to the picture of health he is today. He and Callum share a special bond and together have grown in confidence, which has shone through in the show ring where Ronnie has caught the eye of many judges and over the summer has accumulated sixteen championship and reserves. The young pair have also qualified for several major championships shows including Equifest, CHAPS and Balanced Horse Feeds Champs. The Moore Racehorse Trust Show at Crockstead Equestrian Centre proved to be another successful day as they won two classes and the overall supreme championship. This was to replicate their success earlier in the season where again at a Moore Racehorse Trust Show, this time at Pyecombe, they were overall champions.

Danna Taylor and Danielle Clark


he Norton Heath Anniversary Show was a successful day for two young riders based in Petts Wood, Kent. Danna Taylor and Danielle Clark both won first place in the 2’9” Show Jumping. Danna aged fifteen, rode Martha Trotter in the horse section while friend Danielle took the honours in the pony class aboard Montana. Right: Danna Taylor and Danielle Clark at Norton Heath Anniversary Show

Carnaval Gem


osie Moss from Blue Bell Farm, in Penton Mewsey has qualified Carnaval Gem for the FEI Young Horse Championships to be held in Lanaken, Belgium. The five-year-old gelding was bred by Kevin and Annette Cooper of the Pembers Hill Stud and is by Carnaval Pleasure (a son of the great Carnaval Drum) and out of performance mare, Last News. After producing a brilliant clear at Addington Manor they qualified for the jump off where they easily cleared the 1.30m course to finish third in the rankings and earned their place at one of show jumping’s most prestigious finals. Follow the pair’s progress at www.rosiemossequine.co.uk Left: Rosie Moss and Carnaval Gem

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regional roundup Stopping at a dew pond on Ditchling Beacon to give the horses a drink and a cool down

Three Greys Riding School Sponsored Ride in aid of Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

Monday 20th August 2012


he Three Greys Riding School, Pyecombe has a long association with the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust (S.H.R.T.) and has been raising money for the charity for many years. The annual Sponsored Ride takes place in the school holidays and has done so for the last 20 years at least. Volunteers and pony owners of the riding school went on the ride along with members of the staff. Four horses belonging to S.H.R.T were on the ride, these were Venus, Rae, Jimmy and Patch. The children and staff of Three Greys have worked for the last month getting relatives and friends to sponsor them for this worthy cause. The Sponsored Ride started at 10 am and finished at 4pm and went all the way to Stammer Park. On the way home the group stopped at the dew pond on Ditchling Beacon to give the horses a drink and a cool down. We are very proud to announce that through everyone’s hard work we managed to raise over £1000 for the S.H.R.T!!! Below: Four horses belonging to S.H.R.T were on the ride, these were Venus, Rae, Jimmy and Patch

Below: Back Row: Hannah, Courtney, Jess, Jamie, Fanny, Marsha, Kayleigh and Megan. Front Row: Emmie, Amber, Beth, Daisy, and Mia

Volunteers and pony owners of the riding school went on the ride along with members of the staff

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Equus Livery ChocOlympic Games

Winner of the ‘Penguin Reinback’ and the ‘KitKat Jump’: Caroline Sillett on Frisco, owned by Alex Chapman.

Words and pictures by Alex Chapman


day full of fun and games for the clients of equus livery took place on the 12th of august. The ‘Chocolympic games’ consisted of two stages. Phase 1 ‘The gobstacles’, where the clients had to negotiate a set of obstacles, each named after a chocolate bar, against the clock and Phase 2 ‘The Cross Crunchie’ where the clients went on a hack, following a map, with the aim of achieving an optimum time. The Chocolympic games culminated in the Closing Ceremony with the Medal Presentation (chocolate medals, of course) and BBQ.

Winner of the ‘Gateway to the Galaxy’: Kate Ward on Biggles, a genuine Irish Cob who rules his life around food

THE OVERALL WINNERS WERE: Gold: Caroline Shaw and Syd Silver: Martine Hall and Harry Bronze: Kate Ward and Biggles a big mention to Pepa Chapman, proprietor of equus livery, which is based at Faircote on the ashdown Forest, she has spent the last four months preparing for the Chocolympics. nothing was forgotten, rosettes, trophies, medals and flowers everything was fantastic! Secondly another thank you, of course to all the clients of equus livery for the continued support in the yard and for participation in all activities we hold for them, and last but not least the horses who were brilliant and who surprised us all by doing so well in the obstacles not bad for the Happy Hackers they are!

Winner of the ‘Curly Wurly Labyrinth’: Heather Barrance on Cracker, a lovely Irish Cob who survived colic surgery last year

Winner of the ‘Rocky Road Works’: Stephanie King on Henry, a superb little horse who has had a good showing career, but is happiest when having a mud bath

Winner of the ‘Milky Way Cones’: Martine Hall on Harry, a gorgeous Irish horse scoring the perfect 10

Harry, Henry and Frisco

Winner of the ‘Bounty Paces’: Hazel Alton on Azur, the only mare on the yard and the most veteran rider on the yard

Syd and Cracker

Winner of the ‘Malteser Mount’: Caroline Shaw on Syd, a 27-year-old ex-eventer, who still runs the yard to his body clock! Winners of the’Cross Crunchie’: this phase was won by the ‘Thorntons Team’ Hazel on Azur and Kate on Biggles

Gold winner, Caroline, Silver winner, Martine, and Bronze winner, Katie

Clients doing the Mo Bot! After the prize giving and BBQ!

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Junior Show Jumping Championships of Great Britain

Ruby Fryer and Cimmeron, 3’0” Champions


o rider won more than one Championship title at the Junior Show Jumping Championships of Great Britain, held at Cricklands (David Broome Event Centre) – although Ebony Cossey from Fivehead near Taunton had a good try. Ebony and Tazmanian Devil were clear winners of the 2’6” Horse Championship, heading both Heats to ensure victory with maximum points. Despite winning the second Heat in the 2’9” Horse, her score of 30 points from an eighth place in the first Heat left the pair as runner-up to Millie Bartlett from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Millie, on board Thomas O’Malley, secured the Championship after winning the first Heat and coming fifth in the decider. Shelby Johnstone from Penistone, near Sheffield, denied Ebony and her other ride, Fable, the top spot in the 2’6” Pony Championship. Riding Bonnie, Shelby won both Heats with Ebony taking runner-up slot in each. Ebony and Fable were runners-up again in both Heats of the 2’9” Pony, just falling short of victory by five points as Abby Weaver (Coventry, Warwickshire) rode Machno Sirian into third place in the first Heat and then won the decider. A five-point margin was sufficient for Lydia Tatchell from Magor, Monmouthshire; riding Dreams of Gold, she didn’t win either Heat but gained a third and second place respectively to take the 2’3” Pony Championship. In the two Pony/Horse Championships, Ruby Fryer from Chislehurst in Kent took the 3’0” section on board Cimmeron after coming second in the first Heat and then winning the second. Anna Robson (Ledbury, Herefordshire) did it the opposite way round in the 3’3” section riding Mister Seamus to a win and second place. Megan Trott from Honiton, Devon, had two wins on Rhoda to be the convincing winner in the 10 and Under 2’0” Pony Championship. Skye Dawson must have thought her journey from Welling in Kent a waste of time after she and Two Tone were sixth in their first Heat of the 11 and Under 2’3” Pony, but the pair rallied to come second in Heat 2 and win with a comfortable 45 points in hand. Boom Boom, ridden by Ellie James from Dunston in Staffordshire, did almost that when winning the first Heat and coming second in the 12 and Under 2’6” Pony to take the Championship with five points in hand. Full results are available on: www.cricklands.com

This fantastic specially adapted outdoor area is also available for hire seven days a week. There is also a new wax surface in the 50 metres by 25 metres indoor school too. Full calendar of competitions, with great prizes and local press coverage, plus new clinics including: • Unaffiliated jumping on the first Sunday of every month • Clear round jumping every other week (10am until 2pm) •  Unaffiliated series dressage with two prelim tests one novice and one freestyle to music (starting 7th October)

Petley Wood Equestrian Centre is a friendly, family-run Equestrian Centre, located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, yet only minutes away from the historic town of Battle.

• Side saddle lessons on our specially trained horses. 5 star livery available with excellent facilities including a horse walker. Processional tuition by qualified instructors provided for all ages, abilities including competition.

It has a new outdoor 60 metres by 30 metres arena with waxed surface supplied by Peter Miller Equestrian, which has been specifically adapted for jumping and dressage. There is also a newly purchased full set of affiliated Jump for Joy fences plus some jump for joy fences for cross country. Contact us for information on the above: Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE Tel: 01424 871677, info@petleywoodequestrian.co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk october 2012 Localrider 21

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Straw Bear at Burghley


Pictures courtesy of Julia Shearwood Photography

ur July cover stars, ruth gifford and Straw Bear, were at Burghley Horse Trials riding in the final qualifier for the SeiB racehorse to riding Horse Championship, which is due to be held at the Horse of the Year Show in october. Straw Bear was trained by ruth’s husband nick gifford, brother of olympic event rider, Tina Cook and had a rather successful racing career, winning the Stan James Christmas Hurdle at Cheltenham on Boxing Day in 2007. ruth said: “Following on from Heathfield, where Straw Bear won the ror Hickstead qualifier and Championship we went to the final at Hickstead, finishing fourth. We have since finished second at edenbridge and oxted, which has qualified us for Hickstead 2013.” at Burghley Straw Bear’s racing instincts kicked in and on the long walk to the main arena, surrounded by other buzzing racehorses and ruth told us, he boiled over. Despite this, he finished third, but sadly only the top two horses qualify for the final at the Horse of the Year Show. ruth continued: “So now the season has finished we are going to concentrate on dressage for the winter and hopefully qualifying for the ror Dressage final next year. i have dressage lessons each week with local dressage trainer/judge, nikki green, who is amazing and Straw Bear loves it , so exciting times to look forward to. our first dressage outing will be at the end of September. Then next year our aim is to qualify for HoYS, so we will be targeting the qualifiers and going to the county shows.”

From Darley to Dressage e mma Clarke has experienced the highs and lows of competing this summer as her ex-racehorse, lexcen, has decided it is much more entertaining to pull his shoes off. Competing at affiliated dressage has so far been short lived; and any aspirations i had of becoming the next Charlotte Dujardin have been halted. lex has annoyingly taken to pulling his front Lexcen showing off his new diamante dressage bridle

shoes off; in the field, school, stable, generally anywhere, which has meant i haven’t been out competing, because he is either shoeless or intermittently lame. lex has pulled off so much foot in his new favourite sport that the poor farrier has had almost nothing to nail a shoe to. The present set of shoes, however ,remain firmly on (famous last words) and he is fully booted to try and avoid any further shoe or foot loss and we have also started hacking out again. Frustratingly, i had to withdraw from Bedgebury and will have to give oldencraig and Speedgate a miss too; all the events i had planned for august and September. This means that i have had spare time on my hands and have now taken to one of my bad habits, shopping! lex is now the proud owner of a lovely diamante dressage bridle from online retailer exclusively equestrian, a new fly rug, saddle cloths (yes plural, i need several in different colours) and a lovely leather headcollar with matching rope. i needed all of it, honest. i’m sure you’ll agree there is a certain smugness about him in his photos. i think he is enjoying a lighter workload and being spoilt. Hopefully next time i write lex will have kept his shoes on and we will be back on the competition circuit. Fingers (and toes – his and mine) firmly crossed! Emma and Lexcen are sponsored by AVTrinity, a Tunbridge Wells based, Independent Financial Adviser.

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re you contesting dressage competitions over the winter period, as the indoor season kicks off? Make sure you know what bits are allowed in affiliated competitions. British Dressage states: ‘Bits must be used in their manufactured condition without any addition to/on any part. Only the bits that are illustrated [in the BD rulebook] are permitted; they may be used with any of the cheeks or rings illustrated.’ Permitted bits with a snaffle bridle are: loose ring snaffle; snaffle with jointed mouth piece where middle piece is rounded; eggbutt snaffle; racing snaffle D ring; eggbutt snaffle with cheeks; loose ring snaffle with cheeks (fulmer); snaffle with upper cheeks only; hanging cheek snaffle; straight bar snaffle (mullen mouth and eggbutt rings); snaffle with rotating mouthpiece, and double jointed with roller in the centre. Bits made of rubber, nylon or other synthetic materials are allowed. Bit guards are not allowed. Permitted bits with a double bridle are: loose ring bridoon bit; bridoon bit with jointed mouthpiece where the middle piece is rounded; eggbutt bridoon bit and bridoon bit with hanging cheeks. Competitors are advised to consult their British Dressage rulebook for details and illustrations of the bits that are ‘legal’. British Dressage has announced that eight bits from the Bombers Bits range are now dressage legal, and can be used in affiliated competitions. The world-famous range of Bombers Equestrian Equipment Bits features blue sweet iron metal which oxidises easily, encourages salivation and helps bit acceptance. The eight newly approved bits are – • The BC45 Loose Ring priced £55.26, and Full Cheek - priced £71.05. With a control plate set at 45° to follow the contour of the horse’s tongue. Ideal for horses that use their tongue to push against the bit, and gain control. • Buster Roller in Loose Ring - priced £63.14 - and Full Cheek, priced £78.95. A short, 40mm middle link increases bar and tongue pressure - best suited to horses with a low head carriage that lean on the bit.

Below: ‘Conservative’ coloured short jackets are worn with a correctly tied stock and plain white, cream or beige breeches or jodhpurs.

What to wear in affiliated dressage competitions • Advanced Tests – Tail coat with protective hat or top hat, or short jacket with protective hat both with correctly tied white/cream stock or tie. Uniform may be worn with protective hat or uniform cap. • Introductory to Advanced Medium Tests (including FEI Junior tests) – Uniform, short jacket or tweed coat with correctly tied stock, white American Collar or shirt and tie, and protective hat. • Tail coats and short jackets may be any plain conservative, dark colour. For example navy, bottle green or charcoal grey etc. Tweed coats should not be brightly coloured or have loud patterns. • Plain dark coloured waterproof coats may be worn in wet weather. Body protectors may be worn. • Leg wear must be plain white, cream or beige, except when worn with official uniform, when they may be of the uniform colour.

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• Snaffle in Loose Ring- priced £55.26 - and Full Cheek - priced £71.05. The curved mouthpiece distributes pressure more evenly over tongue and bars to reduce nutcracker action and pressure points on the tongue. • Elliptical snaffle in Loose Ring – priced £55.26 – and Full Cheek – priced £71.05. When the rein is used, this mouthpiece wraps across the tongue, creating tongue pressure and reducing bar pressure. These items and others are available at www.worldwidetack.com.

The BC45 is for horses that use their tongue to push against the bit

The Elliptical Loose Ring snaffle creates tongue pressure and reduces bar pressure when the rein is used

Fitting the bit

Snaffle bit rings come in a range of different ring sizes: 1.5 inches to 4 inches, measured in eighth of an inch increments. The bit should fit snugly into the corners of the lips, just wrinkling the corners. If you pull down lightly on the bit rings, the bit should not leave a gap between itself and the corners of the mouth. The action of a bit can be aided by the bridle design, for example extra pressure at the chin, cheeks or nose. Bits should always be used sympathetically in order to create a ‘union’ with the horse. Ask your instructor for advice when fitting a new bit. october 2012 Localrider 23

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An exciting year for British Breeding

Delightful, one of the more laid back mothers


Dreamgirl (a new recruit to the broodmare ranks)

Over the last six issues Jill Walker of the Southern Cross Stud has been sharing her news, including the arrival of two wonderful black colts by Uthopia. First there was Ulysses SC and then arrived Union Black, who was named through Facebook, by Localrider reader Debbie Van Praagh. In her final installment this year Jill talks of life on the stud and the exciting new arrivals due in 2013.


ell the stud season is Union Black drawing to a close for us for another year, but our 2012 foal crop has been one of our best yet. We are expecting 11 foals in 2013 which felt like really good going, as the unseasonal weather this year seemed to play havoc with our mares’ cycles. We have some interesting new bloodlines to add to the pot, so we are looking forward to what 2013 will bring. Our 2012 foals have been growing big and strong, relaxing in their fields and reducing the knee high grass to a short crop with their insatiable appetites. They are becoming more independent and are spending more time off playing and eating, much to the relief of some of their mothers. Just like humans our equine mums show different parenting styles. Some are strict, no nonsense types, others worry and hover around their precious foal never letting them out of their sight and some are more relaxed and are happy to enjoy the peace as their little one goes off to play with a pal. Even at this early stage their behaviour has a big impact on their foals. We have one mare who is very strict and is quick to tell her babies off for even the most minor of misdemeanors, her babies are always polite and a pleasure to deal with. Another mare is besotted with her baby each time, she never tells them off and keeps them close at all times so they always have mummy to back them up. Her foals are generally very cocky in the early stages, but benefit from learning ‘the rules’ when they are weaned and have to find their own place in the herd. We also have some very laid back mares who are happy to let their babies explore the world on their own. Their foals are generally very open to new experiences and enjoy interacting with people and other horses. This year as well as using new (to us) stallions, we have a few

new mares. The lovely Lavender is having a year off, but we have a surrogate mare carrying one of her embryos so that we can still have a Lavender baby in 2013. Our other new recruits are Ronja, Dreamgirl and Bijou Star. Ronja was owned by a friend and we already have one of her children who we bought as a foal (Boomerang). He is just delightful under saddle and his half brother also out of Ronja is doing very well with Carl Hester, so when the chance to buy her came up we jumped at it. Next on the list is Dreamgirl who I bought as a broodmare five years ago. However, she proved so talented and trainable under saddle that it is only now that I have been able to pinch her back for breeding. Dreamgirl is in training with Grand Prix rider Anna Ross Davies who let me borrow her for a few weeks to do embryo transfer. We were over the moon to get not one but two embryos, so I feel that my wait has not been in vain! Also new to the ranks is Bijou Star, she was bought as a weanling and has bloodlines that we felt would add to our breeding programme, so we have decided to retain her as a broodmare. This will be her first foal, and the first time we have bred from a Benvenuto mare despite using him often on other mares, so we can’t wait to see what she produces. Unfortunately we missed our slot at the BEF Futurity this year as the arrival of our two-legged baby interrupted proceedings. We were sad to miss this as I feel it is a great tool for British Breeders, but we will look forward to next year. Next on the agenda is stud inspection tour by the Oldenburg studbook. Last year was our first time presenting our mares and foals and we were delighted when all of our mares graded into the head studbook and all our foals were awarded the coveted foal premiums! That’s a lot to live up to this year, but we are so happy with this crop of foals that we hope to get a few more premiums. I’ll keep you posted.

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Insurance Q&As With horses often competing into their mid-twenties these days, we asked Nicolina Mackenzie of SEIB Insurance to comment on the options for insuring older horses. She also explains why it is important to have your horse vetted pre-purchase.

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What are the insurance options as my horse gets older? As a horse gets older the likelihood of age related diseases such as arthritis are increased but depending on the claims history, in some instances, if the horse is already insured some insurers will continue to offer full cover into the animals twenties subject to certain conditions. As the horse becomes older the premium may become more expensive and it is unlikely that ‘Loss of Use’ cover will be available for a horse aged over 15-yearsold. Insurers may consider older horses for insurance on a new full sickness and disease policy but will often require a 5 stage veterinary certificate and maybe a veterinary history of the animal. There are less expensive policies available for older horses which will provide the usual benefits such as cover for liability and tack, but the veterinary fee and mortality cover is restricted to external accident and injury only. At SEIB there is a choice of veterinary fee cover from £1,000 to £3,000 but the insurance can be extended to cover emergency colic surgery if required.


Do I need to have my horse vetted for insurance purposes?

Every insurance company is different and has different requirements to provide insurance cover. Vetting requirements are usually dependant on the value and age of the horse together with the type of insurance cover required. If an owner wants ‘Loss of Use’ insurance a vetting is often required. Veterinary fee insurance often requires a veterinary certificate or at the very least a full veterinary history if this is available. As the horse becomes older particularly if they are over 12 years of age the insurance company may ask for a 5 stage vetting and even x-rays if the animal is very valuable. This procedure is usually a one-off and if you stay with the same insurer they are unlikely to ask for the procedure to be repeated. Some horses are not ridden so it is impossible to provide a 5 stage vetting in these circumstances a 2 stage would probably suffice, but it is always up to the insurer. There are no hard and fast rules regarding insurance and vet certificates, as every situation is different and the Underwriters will consider each application on its merits. It is important to speak to the Insurance Company before purchasing a new horse to find out what they will require to put the horse on cover. It would be foolhardy to go ahead and purchase a horse to find that it cannot be insured at a later date.

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Championship Qualifying Show

Charlotte Cruickshank and Voltaire Ushie, first 1m Horse class


n anticipation of the Localrider British Showjumping South East Club Showjumping Championships the following day, riders had one last chance to qualify and obtain their ‘Golden Ticket’. Some riders used it as an opportunity to give their horses a sneak preview of what, to many, was a new show ground, while others just made the most of the opportunity to compete on grass. The Club Shows are all about encouraging new and less experienced combinations to have a go and jump encouraging, well built courses and this is certainly what they found at Wellington Riding, hosts of the two day show. Although many of the riders competing on Saturday were local, some had travelled from neighbouring counties and further in the hope of one of the final ‘Golden Tickets’. One such person was Chloe Richardson with Cool Rue Lad, they had travelled from Amersham, but the trip paid off, when they headed the 70cm Pony Class.

Joe Leitch and Hall Lad, first 80cm Pony class Gaelann East and Imperial Coffee, first 70cm Horse class and second 80cm Horse class

Lorraine Holloway and Chinnor Hamlet, first 80cm Horse class

Amy Williams and Ollie, first 90cm Horse class

Chloe Richardson and Coolrue Lad, first 80cm Pony class

Emma Coyne and Madges Lane Larry, first 90cm Pony and 1m Pony classes

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Club League Championship Show Joe Veitch and Hall Lad, 80cm & 90cm Pony Champions Nora Shields and Bobby, 70cm Pony Champions

Wellington Riding, Hook, Hampshire • Sunday 19th August 2012 Charlotte Murray and Zamero Wittestein, 1m Horse Champions

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Georgie Bevan and A Late Gamble, 90cm Horse Champions

Gaelann East and Imperial Coffee, 70cm Horse Champions

Longest Journey

Jane Howard and her family travelled from Seaford in East Sussex to compete at the Championships, taking the opportunity to stable overnight at Wellington Riding. Jane, who works as a recruitment officer, has owned the nineyear-old Nimbus Flyer for the last three years. They train with Judi Piper-Dadswell and hope to use the Club League as a stepping-stone to full affiliation. Jane and Nimbus Flyer had quite a fan club present to watch them claim the 80cm Horse Championship. Her son and husband had stayed overnight, but her daughter, daughter’s boyfriend

and family friend all made the three hour journey from East Sussex to watch the winning combination compete at the Championships.

Double the glory

Another rider looking to use the Club League as a stepping stone to full affiliation is 12-year-old Joe Veitch. Having leapt onto the leader board just prior to the Club Championships, he was always going to be one to watch and he didn’t disappoint. Riding the ten-year-old Hall Lad, Joe took both the 80cm and 90cm Pony Championship titles. A pupil at Daneshill School, Joe has been riding Hall Lad for the last nine months and said that he has taught him a lot, with the help of his coach, Angela Wood.

Home win

Having taken the runner-up spot in the 90cm Horse Championship, Charlotte Murray was delighted to claim the 1m title aboard the eightyear-old, Zamero Wittesein. The combination are based at Wellington and train with David Sheerin. Charlotte has owned the very scopey gelding for the last year, but due to A’level studies she has been taking things slowly and this was the combination’s first ever win. After the Championships, Charlotte was heading to Cardiff to read Archaeology, she would love to take Zamero Wittesein with her, but needed to assess the situation. Her longer term plans include eventing, with the aim of a BE90 early in 2013 with the hope that he will move up through the levels quickly. Qualifying shows are already underway for the 2012/13 Club Show League. Each month we print a copy of the up-dated rankings in Localrider and the riders at the top of the leader board will be invited to compete at the Championships at Wellington Riding in 2013. Everyone we have spoken to has thoroughly enjoyed the shows and the people they have met through the series. It costs just £30 to join as a combination, to find out more visit the British Showjumping website.


he 70cm Pony Championship was one of the most competitive classes of the day. It is always wonderful to watch the more experienced ponies as they try to read their young jockeys’ minds and tweak their stride as and when required. One particularly wise looking pony was 16-year-old Bobby, ridden by eight-year-old Nora Shields. The combination from Hermitage in Berkshire had finished second in the warm-up class the day before and Nora was determined to be head of the line on Championship day if she could. They clocked a very fast time, but it was Nora’s turn to the last, cutting in where others hadn’t, which won them the Championship title. A member of the South Berks Pony Club, Nora particularly enjoys cross country and showjumping and she gracefully explained to me that her trainer, Bernice Stronge, had taught her everything. Gaelann East and Imperial Coffee managed to maintain their winning streak in the 70cm Horse class to claim the Championship ahead of Jane Howard and Nimbus Flyer, the eventual winners of the Horse 80cm Championship. Gaelann works in the office of a pest control company and bought the now five-year-old, Imperial Coffee as a project horse last winter. This was their most successful weekend to date, but sadly, Imperial Coffee might now be for sale.

Georgie Bevan and A Late Gamble, 90cm Horse Champions, receiving their prizes from Natasha Sewell

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CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT Jane Howard and Nimbus Flyer, 80cm Horse Champions

Results Pony 70cm Championship 1st Nora Shields - Bobby 2nd Tania Coulten - Musical Carousel 3rd Chloe Richardson - Coolrue Lad 4th Francesca Jobson - Little Oakhurst 5th Kat Withers - Weyfield Morning Sun 6th Vicky White - Languatta Amanda Horse 70cm Championship 1st Gaelann East - Imperial Coffee 2nd Jane Howard - Nimbus Flyer Pony 80cm Championship 1st Joe Veitch - Hall Lad 2nd Tania Coulten - Musical Carousel 3rd Francesca - Little Oakhurst 4th Vicky White - Languatta Amanda 5th Chloe Richardson - Coolrue Lad

Nora Shields and Bobby, 70cm Pony Champions, pictured with British Showjumping South East Development Officer, Natasha Sewell

Gaelann East and Imperial Coffee, 70cm Horse Champions Joe Veitch and Hall Lad, pictured with their beautiful Localrider Club Championship rug

80cm Championship 1st Jane Howard - Nimbus Flyer 2nd Lorraine Holloway -Chinnor Hamlet 3rd Gaelann East - Imperial Coffee Pony 90cm Championship 1st Joe Veitch - Hall Lad Horse 90cm Championship 1st Georgie Bevan - A Late Gamble =2nd Charlotte Murray - Zamero Wittestein =2nd Lorraine Holloway - Chinnor Hamlet Horse 1m Championship 1st Charlotte Murray - Zamero Wittestein

Charlotte Murray and Zamero Wittestein, 1m Horse Champions, pictured with Natasha Sewell

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Local riders qualify for HOYS Senior Amateurs qualify for HOYS and Aintree and six Championships are decided at Wales & West

Carly Purves and Rowena II, second Senior Amateur Championships

Heather Broad and Limes Play It Again, 70cm Champions


hree riders from Kent are on their way to the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) after qualifying at the Lawyers2You sponsored Senior Amateur Championships (Wales & West). Monica Ballard, Carly Purves and Megan Williams were all on their own horses in a clean sweep to gain coveted tickets for the British Showjumping Amateur Classic, which will have its final at the NEC Birmingham in October. Monica headed the class on board Miss Cartier with Carly and Rowena II finishing just 0.43 seconds behind in the jump-off. Megan did just enough to finish third and take the final qualifying place with Madonna VI. Cornwall’s father and son Adam and Donald Ellery were among ten riders who qualified for the National Amateur & Veteran Championships, to be held at Aintree in November. Two qualifiers were held during the show with a possible six going forward from each, providing riders had jumped clear in the first round. Riders to go through from the first qualifier were Helen Rees (Carmarthenshire) on her own Rumers Gucci, Adam on Rosemary Ball’s I M Downtown, Exeter’s Jenny Spiller on her own Robbie VI, Jessica Nutbeen Slowley from Gloucestershire on her own Amenco, Leicestershire’s Helen Duffield on her own Aephi Van T Free and Claire Powell from Hertfordshire on Lucy Holt’s As D Exploit Van Groenhove. Donald Ellery headed the second qualifier, where only four went forward, on board the horse ridden by his father. Cheshire’s Tony Barker was second with his own Rio V, Laura Whitfield – who had travelled all the way from Northumbria – was third on her own Wonder Z and Zoe Henshall from Bewdley in Worcestershire was fourth on Michelle Thompson’s Warno.

Senior Amateur Championships The six Senior Amateur Championships were at heights of 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 1.00m, 1.10m and 1.20m, ridden over two heats with points accumulated in each heat; the second round points were of higher value so it was all to play for as each Championship went into the deciding heat. Kent riders featured strongly with Monica Ballard and Mollie Etheridge the only two riders to win both heats in their respective Championships. Monica, once again on board Miss Cartier, completed on maximum points in the 1.10m Championship for a clear win over second-placed Gayle Evans (Pembrokeshire) riding Ballinteskin Stud’s Touch of Gold. Somerset’s Bina Ford was in third

Louisa Cobley and Opium Dux Centre, 90cm Champions

place on her own Tea Time III. In the 1.00m Championship Mollie Etheridge rode her own Bilwood Dolly Dotsman to victory over Holly Broad, also from Kent. Riding Tracy Broad’s Cruella, Holly was breathing down the victor’s neck after finishing third in the first heat and second in the decider. Bristol’s Emily Harding was third on her own Ivan Opportunity following fourth and third placings.

Essex whitewash The 1.20m Championship proved an Essex whitewash – and a commentator’s nightmare – when Melissa Eagles, Michaela Huntington and Michelle Mason took the top three places. Riding Emma Maguire’s Tithus Van Het Rietven, Melissa finished 25 points clear after winning the first heat and was just 0.15 seconds off the pace to take runner-up slot in the decider. A second and third place gave Michaela, riding her own Zulu Maeva, enough points for the Reserve Championship with Michelle in third on board Gerald Munson’s Darcy’s Lady Annabella. Melissa also came third in the 70cms Championship, this time riding Julia Eagles’s Mister Tiggs. Two second places gained overall victory for Kent’s Heather Broad – sister of Holly - on Tracy Broad’s Limes Play It Again with Surrey’s Sharon Sanders splitting the two on her own Urielle IV.

Kent-based Champion The South East produced a further Championship winner in the 80cms when Dominique O’Mahoney rode her own Toberona Touch Down to victory following two second places. She headed two Welsh riders, Hayley Joshua from Pontypridd on her own Hawthorn Zorro in second and Jill Higson from Denbighshire. Riding her own Reustrade, Jill pulled herself up to third place overall by winning the second heat ahead of Dominique. Louisa Coleby from Essex just missed out on a full house of points finishing with a first and second place on her own Opium Dux Centrer to take the 90cms Championship. The winner of the second heat, Sarah Jones from Ynysybwl, Pontypridd, pulled her ranking up to second place on board Amanda Jones’s Belle Faerie after the first heat only gained her points for a clear round (5). Just five points overall behind Sarah was Kristy Nelson (Surrey) who took third place riding her own Romeo H. Full results can be found on www.theshowground.com

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Kristy Nelson and Romeo H, third 90cm Championship

Megan Williams and Madonna VI, third Senior Amateur Championships

Melissa Eagles and Tithus Van Het Rietven, 1.20m Champions

Mollie Etheridge and Bilwood Dolly Dotsman, 1.00m Champions

Monica Ballard and Miss Cartier, 1.10m Champions and winners of the Senior Amateur Championships

Sharon Sanders and Urielle IV, second 70cm Championship

Holly Broad and Cruella, second 1.00m Championship

Dominique O’Mahoney and Toberona Touch Down, 80cm Champions


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Please contact Fiona on 01892 863062 or email fiona@localrider.co.uk to submit your British Showjumping News to Localrider

British Showjumping News Silver medal for Nutfield Sir Peter Pan

Abigail Newbery and Valentino VII added an Individual Bronze to their team medal

GBR Juniors Win European Championships Team Bronze Magna Racino, Austria


epresenting Great Britain on the team of four competing in Nations Cup format competition, with the three best scores of the four counting across both rounds of competition were: 17 year-old Chloe Aston from Tring, Hertfordshire partnering her own 10-year-old bay gelding Kolibri Classic. Chloe is currently heading the GBR Young Rider Ranking List which reflects all riders under the age of 21years on horses. 17 year-old Tim Wilks from Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire with In Showjumpers British Bred 8-year-old Chestnut Mare Spirit VIII 17 year-old Abbie Newbery from Southampton, Hampshire partnering Valentino VII the 10-year-old grey gelding jointly owned by Sharifa Al-Homaizi and Tony Newbery 15 year-old Jake Saywell from Newark, Nottinghamshire with Rachel Gascoine’s 11-yearold Grey Gelding Cornelius 27 Corinne Bracken, Chef d’equipe and Team Coach for the Junior team commented “It was a brilliant end to an incredibly long day. Our first horse was in the arena just before 7:45am local time and we stepped off the podium almost thirteen hours later. There were 21 nations contesting this year’s championships and for our riders to achieve a Bronze medal across a field of both this size and strength shows an outstanding performance. “

Issie Porter and the 22-year-old Nutfield Peter Pan, returned from the National British Showjumping Inter Academy Show at Weston Lawns with a silver medal. This was the final competition for Issie and Peter Pan as Issie is now moving onto a bigger pony, but it is a fitting tribute to their wonderful partnership. Sarah Porter said: “Peter Pan is well known locally, frequently standing out as the tiny pony at the top of the line up alongside much large mounts. A regular on Eridge Hunt Pony Club teams his forte is show jumping and has taken Issie from cross poles to jumping clear in the Dengie qualifiers, with trips to Hickstead and Wales and West too - he is not often beaten in a jump off . He can turn his hoof to most things, loving his hunting with Eridge and Southdown Hunt as well as producing a pleasing dressage test. A totally trustworthy pony that refuses to go fast with Issie’s inexperienced and non-riding friends, he truly is a mother’s dream pony. Peter Pan will be going on loan to India, daughter of show jumping trainer Judi Piper Dadswell and we hope he will give her as many wonderful times as he has us.” Issie with her silver medal

Localrider Magazine South East Club Leagues 2012/13 RIDER NAME Horse 70cm Gaelann Louise East

Abigail, Tim, Jake and Chloe with their Bronze medals

HORSE NAME ............ POINTS Imperial Coffee ....................... 15

Horse 80cm Gaelann Louise East Lorraine Holloway

Imperial Coffee ....................... 25 Chinnor Hamlet ...................... 15

Horse 90cm Lorraine Holloway

Chinnor Hamlet ...................... 12

Pony 70cm Chloe Richardson Janet Georgina Kirkham Tiggy Greenfield Francesca Jobson

Coolrue Lad ............................ 30 Cherrylands Cascade .............. 15 Irish Bits And Bobs ................. 15 Little Okehurst ........................ 10


HORSE NAME ............ POINTS

Pony 80cm Joe Veitch

Hall Lad .................................. 30

Chloe Richardson

Coolrue Lad ............................ 22

Vicky White

Langaller Amanda .................. 15

Tiggy Greenfield

Irish Bits And Bobs ................... 3

Pony 90cm Joe Veitch

Hall Lad .................................. 12

Each month we print the up-dated League Table for the Localrider sponsored British Showjumping Club Leagues. For more information visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk

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Be a part of the big picture Being a member of British Showjumping couldn’t be easier or more rewarding. Simply contact the British Showjumping team on 024 7669 8904 or visit britishshowjumping.co.uk

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Alex Kelly at home with Figaro Flyer


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Back in February Alex Kelly stuck her hand in the air at the Ascot Blood Horse Sales and returned with Figaro Flyer. A winner of £75,791 on the flat, Alex has been sharing the ups and downs of retraining him, here she tells of their latest break though moment.


Alex’s work is beginning to pay off as Figgie settles down to work in the school

’m coming to the conclusion, whether it’s a Shetland pony or an ex-race horse you’re working with, eventually they will start to have their own ideas about things! Figgie reached that point today, and for the first time in eight months I had a ride on a race horse rather than an ex-race horse! Thankfully his exuberance happened in the sand school while I was under the supervision of my trainer, Wiz Clack. He felt more sensitive than he normally does when I began my lesson and when I asked him to trot we had a big explosion of energy. Wiz quickly reminded me “to remain task focused”, meaning you continue with the exercise you were doing, in our case leg yield, and the concentration will prevent

you turning into a learner driver attempting to negotiate their way round the Arc de Triomphe. It worked and he soon settled into his session, but he was certainly feeling very bright. We decided to put his copious amounts of energy to good use and really asked him to work, which he relished. While I know I would have coped with the issues Figgie threw at me today, sometimes there is nothing more reassuring then having someone on the ground to keep your brain in gear and give you confidence. Seeking help and advice with horses, like in life, is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength in my book. If you need a professional to help then seek it, like Laura McClellan has done with her ex-race horse Showtime Shirley.

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Showtime Shirley in her racing days

Showtime Shirley with Liz Halliday at Firle

Hugo Payne and The Big Fella

Showtime Shirley before she went to Liz Halliday

Showtime Shirley

Showtime Shirley ran twenty times and won at Musselburgh when trained by Alan Bailey. Upon leaving racing she proved to be a tricky horse and unbeknown to Laura had had five owners and spent most of her time in the field due to her behavior. Originally, Shirley was purchased for her stepdaughter, Holly, then aged fifteen under the impression she was a Part Bred Arab. She was well behaved on viewing and passed a five stage vetting, but it wasn’t until they investigated the mare’s past did they realise Shirley was in-fact an ex-race horse “this was the last thing I wanted!” Laura say’s “and then the fun began, Shirley was unhappy in her stable, and despite supervision, she would buck Holly off.”

After checking teeth and back still the problem persisted and they were advised to sell the mare, but feeling responsible and not wanting to give up so easily they decided to seek out professional help. Having placed Shirley with a number of yards and still not finding a solution it seemed she was destined to retire until Laura asked event rider Liz Halliday to try. “I cannot praise Liz highly enough for the time and effort she has put into Shirley.” From her Chailey Stud base, Liz has taken Shirley back to basics rebuilding her fitness and confidence over time. It has taken a year, but now Shirley has transformed from a shy sensitive horse to a willing all rounder, who relishes the challenge of competing in affiliated dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Showtime Shirley with Liz Halliday show jumping at Fellbridge

Hugo Payne and The Big Fella cross country

Local Success story This month Localrider catches up with Hugo Payne who rides The Big Fella. Racehorses name and age? The Big Fella, aged ten. Purchased when & where: June 2009 From Suzy Smith at the Old Race Course, Lewes.

Courtesy of SMR Photos

Racing history: He ran six races, four of those were National Hunt and two were hurdles.

Retraining of Racehorses News

Biggest success so far: Seven Novice Cross Country clears out of seven starts.

The ROR was Richard Hughes charity of choice for a £1,000 donation after winning his third straight Racing UK Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey Award with four winners through the week. It’s brilliant to see high profile jockeys supporting the ROR but I have to say I was slightly disappointed that Tom Queally didn’t swoop the prize, as I had money on Timepiece who finished second to Hughes aboard The Fugue in the Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes. This evened the score of four wins for both jockey’s and Hughes was awarded the title by virtue of taking more seconds.

Goals for the future: Reaching Intermediate level before CCI** in 2013 and onwards and upwards if possible!

While New Zealand bred ex racehorse Parklane Hawk finished third at Burghley Horse Trails with William Fox Pitt, other retrained race horses fought it out for a place at HOYS in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class. With a field of twenty plus horses forward in the main ring first and second qualified for the finals. Jill Wormal and Sister Gee took the top spot and Samantha Osbourne was second on Stevey’s Lad. Right: Jill Wormal and Sister Gee, winner of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier at Burghley

Any advice for anyone wanting to retrain a racehorse: Be patient and understand their previous training. Make the difference between racing and their new job very clear. Be Patient! Try to bring them down a gear to help concentration. Let them turn out with other horses if possible. Would you do it again? If the horse wanted to do the job and was capable, then definitely. If you own an ex-racehorse and would like to feature in this column email alex@localrider.co.uk OCTOBER 2012 Localrider 37

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Germany beckons

International Grand prix dressage rider Sarah Millis, of Millstones competition yard in Sussex, shares her news and views, exclusive to Localrider; Sarah is sponsored by the RS-tor rider safety aid, www.rstor.co.uk


Above: My pupil Emily Cousins is contesting the Grand Prix class at the Peterhof Dressage Gala with me Right: Millstones rider Mel Beer recently won a Novice class with 70.38% with her six-year-old horse George Below: Germany is showing some superior talents – the silver medal winning dressage team at the Games is pictured

he dressage season continues to be a busy one – the Millstones team is off to Germany in a couple of week’s time for the Peterhof Dressage Gala, a CDI four star competition in Perl, Germany. It is to be held at the home of the Kohl family, who own horses including Swedish dressage rider Patrik Kittel’s ride, Donna Unique; this horse was the World Young Horse Champion in 2010. I will be taking HP Frontier to contest the Grand Prix classes, which will be his first International competition since we travelled to France earlier in the year. We are working at achieving some consistent marks at Grand Prix, with the aim of then trying some World Cup qualifiers – there are various high profile venues in Europe which form part of the Western European League – they make up the FEI World Cup Dressage series, which has four international leagues, and culminates in an early-spring final in Goteborg, Sweden. The World Cup qualifiers centre around the Kur, or dressage to music competition. This adds another exciting dimension to dressage, and is of course another component for the riders and trainers to have to deal with! Some people spend tens of thousands of pounds having their music composed and arranged. There are many things to consider, including the floor plan, a theme, the music, level of difficulty etc, but it does mean that you can tailor the routine around your horse’s strengths and weaknesses, which can be a great benefit with so many technical marks at stake. We will be shortly working on the programme, and will let you know the music that we have chosen. Also going to Germany will be Emily Cousins with Solo, and Kay Maxted with Privaldi, who are both also doing the Grand Prix competition; it should be an exciting event.

Local commitments I also have my hands full with some local presentations in the South East. On Sunday 7th October I will be at Hadlow College in Kent; British Dressage Southern Region is presenting a Dressage Extravaganza, and I have been invited to present an insight in to young horses, and the basic requirements for FEI competition. Plus, a few days’ later on Wednesday 10th October, I will be giving a lecture demo for the British Horse Society (BHS) West Sussex Annual meeting, at Belmoredean, which I am looking forward to!

Look out for the German teams

The Olympics was obviously a major success for Team GB, but I firmly believe that Germany is showing some superior talent in horses and some young riders – this will make for an interesting European championships next year. It is almost as if they have modernised themselves with horses that are showing more elasticity and harmony; something that of course Team GB showed so well in London! (There are many words like ‘calm, ‘responsive’, ‘harmonious’ and ‘relaxed’ being bandied around when discussing our British riders and their horses, which can only be a good thing for the image of the discipline – the judges at the Games certainly agreed, with head judge Stephen Clarke explaining afterwards that individual gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin had greater harmony with her horse than the second-placed rider, whose horse sometimes carried tension in its jaw during the tests). The high profile of dressage at the Games is such good news for the sport, hopefully raising awareness and providing a wider understanding; when describing dressage, it is sometimes a challenge, and after the success in London, I had to chuckle at some of the descriptions used by presenters and newspapers, such as ‘Dancing Horses’ and ‘Ballet on Horses’!

Mel’s news

Pupil and Millstones rider, Mel Beer, has been doing well recently with her six-year-old horse George – he won his first Novice with 70.38% at the end of August, showing huge improvements throughout his test, and being obviously more confident and rideable as he grows in strength and confidence. Well done Mel! 38 Localrider OCTOBER 2012

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Mud Fever

Bacterial dermatitis in a cob from mites

Words by Ed Lyall BVetMed CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS of the Arundel Equine Hospital

Bacterial dermatitis


ud fever is a very common problem that affects many horses and ponies that are given access to grazing, not just in the winter but all year round. It is primarily a bacterial dermatitis that affects the limbs below the knees and hocks. It is more commonly seen in horses with white socks and some breeds such as cobs seem to suffer from mud fever more often than others. The same causative bacterium, Dermatophilus congalensis, is also responsible for rain scald, a bacterial dermatitis that affects the head, neck and body of the horse. There are many factors that are involved with the onset of this condition. The bacteria lives in the environment and is therefore likely to be present on the horses skin most of the time. When there is a break in the skins natural defence mechanism the bacteria infect the tissue. Breaks in the skins integrity occur when the skin becomes too wet such as is the case in muddy paddocks, small puncture wounds such as from thistles, brambles, thorns and insect bites can also allow the bacteria to get a hold. The bacteria cause an inflammatory response in the skin, the skin oozes serum which dries on the surface of the skin forming a scab. The hair follicles become damaged and the hairs fall out, usually attached to the scab that has formed, the scab and hair combination looks like a paint brush, this appearance when seen is very typical of Dermatophilus. A complication of the infection in severe cases can be cellulitis, which is where the tissues underneath the skin become infected and result

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in massive limb swelling, this occurs commonly in the back legs and can cause swelling up to the stifles.

Removing the cause Treatment should firstly include removing whatever the causative factor is, so if the paddocks are very muddy a period of confinement on a dry surface would appropriate, obviously with some exercise to keep any limb swelling under control. The next step is to try to remove the scabs that have formed on the legs, the bacteria is protected by the scab as it favours an environment that is not rich in oxygen, hence allowing air to the skin helps in the treatment. Using an antibacterial shampoo such as hibiscrub massaged into the affected areas and left for a few minutes will help soften and loosen the scabs. As many scabs as possible should then be picked off, the skin rinsed with warm water and then dried with paper towelling. It is important to be gentle as the infection is painful and further trauma Rain scald to the skin with excessive scrubbing can exacerbate the infection. Washing the legs once or twice a week in this way should be effective. Obviously if the horse has to be turned out then hosing the mud off when it comes in is necessary, carefully dry the legs with paper towel afterwards.

Look out for symptoms Application of an antibiotic ointment containing a steroid, to help settle the skin inflammation, supplied by your vet is required once the legs are dry. Where a large area of skin is affected then removing the scabs may take several washes, using a moisturising cream such as udder cream can be of benefit to soften the scabs and help with the chapped skin. Many people use udder cream on unaffected legs as a barrier to prevent infection. Systemic antibiotics may be required in some cases, especially where there is marked limb filling. Where mites may be present on the skin, such as with cobs, topical treatment with an insecticide should be incorporated in the treatment plan. Horses affected by mites often stamp there feet, chew their legs or rub against things. As to whether the immune system requires a boost, if the horse or pony is on a good balanced diet, no action should be required. The use of vitamin E and aloe vera supplements have been tried but their benefit is questionable. One condition that should not be confused with mud fever is photosensitisation of the skin, which is a condition that affects the limbs, causing similar symptoms and as the name suggests is affected by sunlight and is caused by eating plants that contain photodynamic agents. If there is any uncertainty then you should contact your vet for advice.

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Winter Skin Care Worries Most fields have recovered well from a rather wet spring and early summer, but be warned! As autumn turns and temperatures drop, it will only take a few heavy showers for paddocks to turn muddy, especially around gateways. Muddy, damp conditions certainly are not good environments for any horse to be standing around in for long periods of time as they provide perfect conditions for bacterial and fungal conditions to thrive. The hoof area and the skin especially around the backs of the heels, may become weakened, split and sore. Some horses, especially thin skinned and white-legged horses seem to be more prone to problems. Prevention is better than cure, so think ahead and protect areas against water, dirt and sharp grit. There are a number of products on the market to help, such as anti-mud fever boots, barrier creams and first aid sprays. Be vigilant and watch out for small scratches, cuts and boot rubs, where mud, dirt and sand can act as sandpaper on the legs, allowing infection to set in. Here we look at some of the products that you may need to use in the coming months.

Barrier Animal Healthcare Barrier Animal Healthcare design, manufacture and market a wide range of 100% natural, effective products at affordable prices. ’Heel to Hoof Soothing Cream’ is a must to use regularly as a barrier against water, dirt and grit and to soften scabs naturally whilst soothing and calming sore areas. ‘Anti-bacterial Skin Spray’ containing a high percentage of Tea Tree is very handy to keep in your first aid box for minor scrapes, cuts and irritations and is suitable for use in conjunction with ‘Heel to Hoof Soothing Cream.’ For the all year round protection of hooves use ’Natural Fungicidal Hoof Oil’ which is available in Natural or Black. www.flyrepel.com, Tel: 01953 456363

Equine America Fungatrol Range The effects that mud and rain can have on the horse’s skin can be distressing for both horse and owner. The Fungatrol Range with its powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties will condition and protect your horse’s skin against all of the elements. Equine America Fungatrol Shampoo: Washing with water and soap or water alone can strip the skin of its

natural protective oils. Fungatrol Shampoo can be used to wash the whole horse or individual areas, protecting the skin from bacteria and fungus. This powerful lathering shampoo is a great start to the Fungatrol programme. For best results, leave for 20 minutes before rinsing. RRP £11.99. Equine America Fungatrol Cream: After the legs have been washed with Fungatrol Shampoo, scabs have been removed and the area dried thoroughly, smear on Fungatrol Cream, which will condition and protect the skin from bacteria and fungus. RRP£16.99. Equine America Fungatrol Spray: A ‘leave on’ water-based spray containing antifungal and anti-bacterial ingredients with added coat conditioners. After washing the horse with Fungatrol Shampoo, spray all over to maintain healthy supple skin. RRP £13.99. For more information visit www.equine-america.co.uk or call 01403 249966

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approach to these conditions, and the great news is that they are now available in the Mini Range, helping customers to save money throughout the winter months. In just three simple steps using the three products below you can banish Mud Fever and other winter skin ailments. Muddy Marvel De-Scab: If mud fever does take a hold, then help is at hand from Muddy Marvel De-Scab, which softens scabs allowing them to be removed more easily. Simply apply this product to affected areas and let it penetrate for a few minutes, then wipe away the softened scabs with sterile gauze pads. Muddy Marvel Disinfectant: Once scabs have been removed, Muddy Marvel Disinfectant can be applied to quickly kill the bacteria on the exposed skin. This product also helps to promote rapid healing, so mud fever and other wet weather-related conditions, such as rainscald, can be knocked on the head for good. Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream: Acting as a preventative tool, Muddy Marvel Barrier Cream stops the skin cracking keeping the bacteria that cause mud fever out. This highlyeffective product, which lasts for up to seven days, is breathable and moisturises the skin to keep it in the best of health. www.net-tex.co.uk, Tel: 01634 257150

Warmwick Leg Wraps Warmwick Leg Wraps are made in England, from a superior quality, close knit, thick and warm thermal fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. This three layer fabric with two thermal outer knitted layers, sandwiching a layer of cushioning polyproplylene fibers has a padded quilted pattern. Warmwick Leg Wraps are ideal for keeping the legs warm. The superb wicking properties help dry wet legs and make them ideal to help prevent mud fever. With wide velcro straps over the whole length of the wraps to spread pressure and give gentle compression and web down strips giving strength and durability. (Also available with magnets for magnetic therapy). Sizes: Pony/cob(35cm length, 4 wide velcro straps) or full size (40cm length, 5 wide velcro straps) Colours: Plain Navy, Anthracite/ Silver or Black/Red RRP: £57 for set of four www.harpleyequestrian.co.uk, Tel. 0115 9611537

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Wormer Resistance or Treatment Failure? Bots

Remember it is important to clear your horse’s paddock of droppings

Larvae faeces

Callum Blair BVMS MRCVS, Senior Veterinary Advisor, Virbac Limited.

There is increasing awareness of the importance of wormer resistance and the potential for it to have an impact on anyone and everyone involved in horses. We need to be careful not to label every case of apparent reduced efficacy as wormer resistance as there could be other factors to consider. What is Wormer Resistance?

In order to fully understand wormer resistance it is important to understand properly what this term means. It is a common misconception that wormer resistance means that the drugs don’t work at all, however, what it actually means is that the drugs don’t work as well as they are expected to i.e. they fail to kill as many worms as they should.


Underdosing is one of the most common causes of perceived wormer failure. As mentioned previously, resistance is related to what a wormer is expected to achieve – if the full recommended dose of wormer is administered the level of efficacy can be predicted under normal circumstances. If, however, insufficient wormer is given either as a result of poor weight estimation or if some of the wormer is spat out instead of being swallowed, then it would not be expected to work properly putting your horse at risk of worm related diseases. Furthermore underdosing is itself a major contributor to the development of wormer resistance.

least because the weight “a syringe” or “a tube” will treat is not standardised (varying between 575, 600, 700 and 800 kilograms depending on the product). In this survey a high proportion of horses measuring between 14.2 hh and 16 hh weighed more than most syringes are able to treat. Even if you try to estimate it properly, studies have shown that all guesses of horse weights are notoriously inaccurate, on average 10 – 20% below the actual weight. Weigh tapes can provide a useful guide to a horse’s weight but vary considerably in accuracy so make sure the one you use has good research to back it up. The most accurate way to determine the weight of you horse or pony is to use a weighbridge if you have access to one. Another more practical option is to use a weight estimation formula which can often take into account the body shape or type of the horse. The following formula has been shown to be one of the most accurate ways of estimating the weight of a horse or pony:

Weight (kg) =

Heart girth (cm) X Heart girth (cm) X Length (cm) 11877

No matter what method you use to determine the weight of your horse remember that it is unlikely to remain constant throughout the year so it should be checked regularly.

Parasites and Wormer Activity If you are one of the many horse owners who believe their horse weighs what “one syringe of wormer will treat” (or “half a syringe” in the case of ponies), you may need to think again. In a recent survey of leisure horses the actual weights rarely fitted in with this approach, not

If resistance is related to expectations, we must first establish if our expectations of a wormer are realistic. Not all wormer drugs treat all parasites and some have special treatment instructions for specific parasites. For example, a single dose of pyrantel does not have a sufficient efficacy against tapeworms to achieve adequate control of this parasite. Even if a double dose is given, this will only treat Anoplocephala

perfoliata and not the other two species that infect horses. It is, therefore, important before using a wormer to determine the particular parasite that is to be targeted and then select a product and dose that will achieve this. Another parasite that presents some interesting challenges is Equine Pinworm which is increasing being observed in horses even after treatment. This worm is largely a cosmetic issue as it is not considered to cause problems such as colic, weight loss and diarrhoea associated with other parasite infections. When problems do occur it is generally as a result of the horse rubbing its tail and the associated trauma and hair loss. This occurs as a result of the egg laying habits of the female worm. Once they are mature females pinworms migrate to the horse’s rectum where they attach and poke their tails through the anus and deposit the eggs in a sticky goo. It is thought that wormer drugs struggle to reach effective levels and kill the egg laying females sitting in the rectum but investigation of reports of lack of efficacy of wormers against Pinworm are very difficult as the eggs do no routinely appear in faecal egg counts. This is one situation where alternative means of control such as washing the area under the tail every 2-3 days will help to soothe any irritation, remove the eggs and in so doing reduce environmental contamination and prevent re-infection need to be employed rather than relying solely on wormers.

Wormer Resistance or Treatment Failure

Wormers are not infallible and they have their limitations. We need to recognise this and the role we play in influencing their efficacy as part of our approach to combating wormer resistance. For more information contact Virbac Animal Health on 01359 243243 or visit www.3dworming.com

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Borde Hill

Olivia White and Pina Colada, first Pre Intro A

Unaffiliated Horse Trials

Borde Hill Garden, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex Words by Alice Kent and photography by Julian Portch


orde Hill played host to their Unaffiliated Horse Trial, a qualifier for the Southern Horse Trials Championships, over the weekend of 18th and 19th August. It proved an exceptionally popular event, having classes ranging all the way from Pre-Intro through to Novice. Both first time amateurs and professionals alike were riding, many looking to introduce themselves or their horses to new levels without the pressure of affiliation. Beautifully organised, with a wonderfully presented cross country course, a great weekend was had by all, the ice cream van proving particularly popular as temperatures hit record heights for the year.

Snoopy sets the pace The Pre-Intro gave horses and riders the chance to have a confidence boosting run, taking place over an 80cm course on the Saturday. The show-jumping caused problems, running over an exceptionally twisty track. Riders also had to deal with the slight incline the arena was set at, meaning any loss of balance was quickly found out! Its influence continued throughout the weekend in all classes. Indeed, winner of section B, Kelly Bowring on Snoopy, had one pole, but her exceptional dressage of 21.5 and clear cross country kept her just ahead of Alana Collett and Buachaill Maith who finished on their own very good score of 26. Section A was claimed by Olivia White and Pina Colada, who remained on their dressage score of 29.5 to finish four penalties ahead of Gillian Reid on Jet-Smart Max and Alice Kent on Jo Richardson’s four-year-old Boris. Liam Cornford managed to claim Section C despite his four time penalties cross country, gained for gaining too fast on Trevoulter Brenippy. Daniel Tenchio had to settle for second riding Spring Bridge. Finally, section D was claimed by Philippa Howe on Cascada 76, who finished well clear of the rest of the field, finishing on a score of 27. Second place was taken here by Sarah Bird on Cool Breeze II.

Problems in the Show Jumping

Show jumping again proved problematic for the Intro competitors, with the double of hedges claiming quite a few scalps on the cross country course. Both Laura Solomon and Megan Williams finished on their dressage scores in Section E, with Laura just inching ahead onboard Borovinka. Victoria Rennie was in pole position in Section F riding Noran, stealing just ahead of Jo Pool on her lovely grey mare Freckleton Class. In Section G, Melissa Joannides was left ruing her pole down as it put her in second behind Georgina Wood on Symmetry. Anna Hanson on Smokeyourpipe scored in Section H ahead of Lucie Brown, whilst Section I was led from start to finish by Tony Whipps on Soldat d’ Haumonier, winning by a convincing six penalties over Lorna Young on Tubber Glory.

Merchant of Venice enjoys new role

Cross Country time became an issue in the Pre-novice sections, and the show jumping became even more influential as the jumps went up in height. Only nine clears over the poles were recorded over the two sections. Section J was claimed by Heidi Reed on Merchant of Venice, a 17-year-old who previously competed up to two star eventing and Medium Dressage and is now enjoying a very successful life at the lower levels. They finished just ahead of Alice Kent on the 14.2hh Myshall Blossom and Harry Dzenis on Janet Gee’s Pen’s Affaere. Section K went the way of Drew Davy, who could afford to drop one pole and gain four time penalties after his exceptional dressage of 25.5. Riding Gracefall II, he remained in front of Harriet Baillie and Woodlands Bright Spark and Matthew Selby on Flirting With Twilight. There was only one Novice Section over the weekend and this was won by Emily Baldwin who was giving Dassett Courage a confidence boosting run. She added eight time penalties to her dressage of 25.3 to finish in front of Lynn Scott on General Commotion, who was the only one in the whole section to make the optimum time cross country, with Lisa Pilbeam claiming third on Cullawn Warrior.

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Kelly Bowring and Snoopy, first Pre Intro B

Liam Cornford and Trevoulter Brenippy, first Pre Intro C

Phillipa Howe and Cascada 76, first Pre Intro D

Laura Solomon and Borovinka, first Intro E

Victoria Rennie and Noran, first Intro F

Tony Whipps and Soldat d’Haumonier, first Intro I

Anna Hanson and Smokeyourpipe, first Intro H

Drew Davy and Gracefall II, first Pre Novice K

Emily Baldwin and Dassett Courage, first Novice K Localrider reporter Alice Kent, pictured here on Boris, they finished third in the Pre Intro Section A

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FIRLE PLACE International Horse Trials Firle Place, Nr Lewes, West Sussex Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2012 Words by Alice Kent and photography by Nigel Goddard and Craig Payne

Alice Dunsdon and Sambo III, winners of the inaugural CIC* at Firle Place

Charlotte Austin and Diamond II, second BE90 Section A

Francesca Brough and Angels Spirit, second BE100 Section G

Alyson Parker and JJ Malone, second Mitsubishi Motors BE90 Regional Final

Sam Penn and Eaglesfield Ridge II, first BE100 Section F

Claire Fielding and Jenga, second Mitsubishi Motors BE100 Regional Final

Sophie Brooks and Seabourne Redpath Ruby, second BE100 Section H

Sarah Arrowsmith and Cormac Macairt, first BE100 Section G Sophie Cranfield and Young Tommy Hilfieger, first BE90 Section C

Cher East and Don Markus, winner of the Mitsubishi Motors BE100 Regional Final

Kylie Roddy and What A Puzzle III, winners of Lycetts 5YO Qualifier

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ompetitors at Firle International Horse Trials had to deal with all the elements, from wind and rain to bright sunshine, but spirits remained high at this beautifully organised competition. Sunday saw huge crowds, keen to enjoy the attractions offered at this stunning, family friendly country fair. Indeed, the dog show proved almost as popular as the horse trials! For the first time, Firle saw itself upgraded to International status with the introduction of a CIC*. Course designer James Willis certainly set a tough test, quickly ensuring the class would not be a dressage competition. 16 horses failed to complete, with seven more marking their scorecard over the difficult terrain. The class was deservedly won by local rider Alice Dunsdon, providing a great run for her before she heads to Burghley for the first time. Riding the seven-year-old Sambo III, she narrowly beat Carmen Lawrence and Voyagers Sovereign. The 4 year old Lycett’s Qualifier proved equally problematic, with only two managing to go clear. It was claimed by Laura Powell with Corluna, who completed on a score of 35.5, to finish ahead of Adam Harvey and With Pleasure, who was having his first ever run. The BE90 was run over the same course, with sections being claimed by Lucy Gasston on Djimbo, Hannah Rix on Whisper Dunno and Sophie Cranfield on Young Tommy Hilfieger. Firle also ran a BE90 Regional Final, which saw a win for Rory Newton Dunn, ensuring his ticket for Badminton Grassroots 2013 on board Corr Lad. Alyson Parker on JJ Malone also booked her place in second. The BE100 sections also incorporated a Lycetts 5 year old qualifier which was won by local producer Kylie Roddy on What A Puzzle III, who finished on an impressive score of 27.10, ahead of Drifter III and Catriona Kerruish. Another local professional claimed BE100 Sections F and P in the shape of Sam Penn on Eagles Ridge II and Candide II respectively. Other sections were claimed by Sarah Arrowsmith on Cormac Macairt and Clare Lewis on Taffeta. The open section was won by Edwina Phipps on Summer High, who has an exemplary record this season having taken over the ride from her son, Guy, who started at Newcastle University last year after producing the horse to Intermediate Level. The Regional Final, and another Badminton ticket, was won by Cher East on Don Markus, with Claire Fielding and Jenga taking second place. The Novice caused plenty of trouble, particularly at the seemingly straightforward fence 4, positioned dangerously away from lorry park, with many taking the opportunity to try and make a quick exit home! The Intermediate Novice was won by Sarah Hall on Shannon dale Casslo, in front of locally based Constantin Van Rijckevorsel on Rural Dean. Novice section M was won by Helen Wilson on board the one star winner Alice Dunsdon’s horse Cool Dude. The other section was won by Eloise Howell on Mirakula Gii, with the Open Novice going to Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp, who is based at the nearby Chailey Stud, riding Endymion Entrechat.

Adam Harvey, second in the Lycetts 4YO Qualifier on With Pleasure, pictured with Howard Newitt

Edwina Phipps, winner of BE100 Section H on Summer High, pictured with Jo Carr

Charlotte Flamminger and Harreds Biddy, second BE90 Section B, pictured with Howard Newitt

Catriona Kerruish, second Lycetts 5YO Qualifier on Drifter III with Jo Carr

Hannah Rix, winner of BE90 Section B on Whisper Dunno, pictured with Howard Newitt of Cinque Ports Vets

Ian Bareham collecting prizes on behalf of Sam Penn, from the event organiser, Jo Carr

Laura Powell, winner of the Lycetts 4YO Qualifier on Corluna, pictured with Howard Newitt

Louise Clover, second BE90 Section C, pictured with Howard Newitt

Lucy Gasston, winner of BE90 Section A on Djimbo, pictured with event organiser, Jo Carr

Rory Newton Dunn, winner of the Mitsubishi Motors BE90 Regional Final on Corr Lad, pictured with Howard Newitt

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Left: Laura jumping Corluna, winners of the Lycetts 4YO class at Firle Horse trials

Laura Powell writes...

After a sparse summer with a lack of eventing the past few weeks have been full on. Daisy has been having a whale of a time competing at two more be100 opens finishing in the top six on both occasions. She is now entered for the Novice at South of england, fingers crossed she stays keen. Spud has jumped another two double clears at be100 making that a total of six this year so I have entered him for another Novice. He’s more than capable, but just lacks a bit of adrenalin and it’s more noticeable at the higher level, which let us down at eridge. He qualified for the blenheim eventers challenge and left all the poles up, but had a very cheeky glance off at one of the cross country fences. I was not impressed! He can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes and I think he just didn’t expect a cross country fence in the middle of a round of show jumps. He then returned to his fine form jumping another double clear at Munstead. the star of the yard is the little Irish coloured horse, Luna. our

first affiliated event dawned - the 4yo class at burnham. We were in very good company with Lucinda Fredericks having two of her ‘brittania’ offspring in the same class, however, I quickly came to realise that my dressage score of 38 wasn’t going to compete with the 19 and 20 that were on the board. Luna was a bit too keen in the show jumping and rolled a pole, but jumped a super clear cross country for 12th place. As she was still unsold we then headed to Firle. It was a mega early start as I dragged Luna out of the field at 4.30am in the dark, loaded her up and crossed my fingers she was still clean! We performed a better test of 35 and in a smaller field we weren’t a mile away from the leaders. Her jumping was strong again and she produced the only double clear of the section to win the class. this ‘qualified’ us for the Lycetts Young Horse championships, although, unfortunately she couldn’t compete as she is by that famous sire ‘unknown’! Luckliy Luna has now found a lovely home and will hopefully be seen out and about contesting the South east eventer’s League next year. Her stable has already been filled with my latest project - ‘rocco’. Again he’s only four-years-old and has come from the same yard as Luna (no pressure). He’s 15.1hh and currently fairly weak, but seems to have that connemara ‘can do’ attitude. the only downfall is that he’s a palomino. However it’s growing on me - slowly! Alf is now fit and well after having a few weeks off and physio to treat his shoulder. He has been schooling at Munstead, which was very exciting, but settled well and will be back out competing at bcA. I’m not ready for the season to end, I feel like I’ve only just got going!

Future Stars Shine in EquestrianClearance.com BE80(T) t he equestrianclearance.com be80(t) series at carlton, bedfordshire, saw clare-Louise bond and youngster Mimo Sandford take the honours in the two sections. Norfolk based rider clare-Louise bond and the eight-year-old gelding rock revelation took the first section with a final score of 37.80. the pair finished the dressage phase in third place but climbed the leader board after adding just 2.8 time faults in the cross-country round, as riders struggled to make it round the course in the time allowed. In the second be80(t) section it was young star, 13-year-old Mimo Sandford from Maidenhead who finished ahead of the field. A member of the old berkley Hunt South Pony club, Mimo and her pony Winton ragged robin have only been together for the last nine months and were taking part in their first british eventing competition. eight-year-old robin, as he is known at home, was third coming out of the dressage phase and with just a pole down in the show jumping to add, the pair finished on a score of 33. Said Mimo: “I am over the moon to win, at just 13 years of age I was competing against adults on horses. robin went extremely well for our first be competition, I would like to make a career in eventing, so this is a really good start.”

Mimo Sandford and Winton Ragged Robin in action

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Rest Assured Angela Krupinski’s Cob had a close call with a serious bout of colic, but thanks to the support of the Petplan Equine team and lots of loving care, Smokey Joe is set to enjoy his retirement.


hen Angela Krupinksi went to catch Smokey to take him for a hack, one Saturday morning last year, she was dismayed to find her beloved cob in an extremely stressed state and lathered in sweat. “He cantered round the corner straight up to me and collapsed at my feet as if to say, thank goodness you are here, now you can sort this out,” explained Angela. Angela, who still gets upset when she thinks back to that morning, immediately called the vet who confirmed her fears and prescribed treatment for a mild case of colic. 24 hours later, there was no sign of improvement and it was clear that this was no longer a mild case of the condition. As Smokey’s health deteriorated further the vet referred him to the Royal Veterinary Hospital – an hour and a half’s drive away. Upon arrival it was clear Smokey’s condition had worsened and that surgery would be necessary. The operation revealed that, rather than being affected by one of the more common causes of colic such as a twisted gut, Smokey had developed a Strangulating Lypoma - a tumor which had wrapped itself around the gut effectively killing off a section of intestine. The surgery required removing the tumor and about a foot of intestine and rejoining the two remaining healthy sections.

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Out of the woods and on the road to recovery

The recovery period involved a ten-day stay in hospital but the fortyeight hours immediately following the operation were incredibly stressful for Smokey, the vets and Angela while he remained under close observation in intensive care. “It was touch and go for a while during this period and I can honestly say that those were the worst days of my life,” explains a very emotional Angela. Finally, a shaky Smokey was allowed back home for further recuperation. At this point, his paddock buddy CJ, another Cob, took over the nursing duties. “I had bought CJ as a companion for Smokey,” says Angela. “He arrived just a week before Smokey fell ill, and they hit it off right away. When Smokey came back from hospital, CJ stayed by his side throughout his box rest and general convalescence. CJ was so glad to have his friend back. I’m convinced he had a positive impact on Smokey’s recovery – they really are soulmates.”


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Angela chose to insure Smokey with Petplan Equine due to his age as they cover horses for illness as well as injury up to the age of 25 as long as they are insured with the company prior to their 20th birthday and she is extremely happy that she made that decision. Angela found the support of the Petplan Equine team invaluable. “The lady who I first contacted had to listen to me crying down the phone for a full five minutes before I could get my words out. She was just so patient and kind. The Vet’s bill for the whole treatment totalled, £7,000. Without Petplan Equine supporting me through this I really don’t know where we’d be right now,” said a much happier Angela. Petplan Equine paid out the maximum benefit of £5000 for Smokey’s treatment. Angela’s monthly insurance premium for Smokey is £29.68.

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Back home and happy

To Angela’s delight Smokey who is now 21-years-old is now back home fit and well and able to enjoy his retirement with his stable mate CJ. “I bought him 14 years ago when my friend for whom I had been looking after him agreed to sell him to me because I had completely fallen in love with him. I have many happy memories of riding Smokey but it’s time for him to relax now that the lovely CJ is now my riding horse – we’re all here to look after each other.” Visit www.petplanequine.co.uk/customerstories to watch a film of Angela and cobs Smokey and CJ or to share your own experiences.

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Autumn Clothing We have had a wonderfully colourful collection of autumn clothing to test for this issue. There is technical riding clothing as well as more fun and quirky casual clothing. KP Equestrian Socks Each pack of KP Equestrian Sock, has two pairs of socks, one with the slogan ‘Queen of Everything’ on a pink background and the other, black horses on a pink background .

KP Equestrian Bling Oversized Pink Hoodie


Sizes UK: 8 – 12 RRP: £39.99 www.kpequestrian.com

Size: UK 4-8, Euro 37-42 RRP: £5.99 www.kpequestrian.com

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Made from beautifully soft fleece cotton. Despite the bling front and back, it is very discreet and a colourful, cosy addition to the autumn wardrobe.

Lovely long socks, which are great for riding. Great value for money. (Please note slightly different to picture displayed)

Golly Galoshes For those of you that don’t relish the prospect of muddy horse boots and legs after every hack, these clever equine gaiters not only keep your horse’s legs and boots clean and dry but their reflective and fluorescent versions, also offer great visibility when out hacking! Because Golly Galoshes are breathable, waterproof and versatile they can be worn comfortably over your horses existing horse boots or exercise bandages and help prevent your horse’s protective legwear (and legs) getting soggy and muddy/sandy (in the rain) or dusty and gritty (in the dry). The gaiters feature secure hook and loop fastenings, full-length zip with protective fleece lapel and reflective strip as standard. Prices start from £25.99 per pair Miniature Pony through to £34.99 for horse sizing. www.gollygaloshes.com

JW Winter Gripper Gloves The JW Winter Gripper Gloves are made from advanced synthetic polyurethane to enhance comfort and grip with adequate design to the face of the glove to acquire modern style, also featuring fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort on those cold winter days. These gloves are durable, lightweight and breathable and feature an embroidered Signature logo to velcro wrist strap. Colour: Black Sizes: XXS – XXL RRP: £18.50 Tel: 01706 340500 / www.johnwhitaker.com LR Comment: These are very comfortable, warm gloves. Despite their thicker feel, they are not bulky and still allow a good feel on the reins.

LR Comment: These are very well made and a lot tougher than I expected. They really catch the driver’s eye and it is great to be able to be seen from every angle. Last winter I hated riding in the school and refused to use my white bandages, for fear of them getting dirty, I won’t have to worry like that this winter.

Stardust Boots These Stardust Sparkly PVC Wellington Boots are a star in the fashionable Briers range. Made from PVC with rubber soles for extra comfort, they are sure to make you twinkle and shine all year round, even in the rain and snow! Sizes: 4 to 8 RRP: £19.99 www.briersltd.co.uk

SSG Winter Training Glove The ultimate answer to cold hands and all weather riding. These gloves are made from drum dyed black goatskin leather for wear and grip, lined with thinsulate, plus a layer of polar fleece and with a knitted cuff to keep the cold out. Sizes 6 to 12 RRP: £30.00 www.taggequestrian.co.uk

LR Comment: They are really fun, very comfortable and extremely well priced.

LR Comment: Beautiful, leather winter gloves.

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Mark Todd Fleece Lined Jodhpur Boot This new addition to the Mark Todd Collection features a nubuck leather upper, rubber grip sole and a soft, fleece lining to help keep your feet warm on those chilly winter days. Elasticated side panels for comfort and the famous Mark Todd signature embossed on the heel. Colours: Black or Brown Sizes: 37 to 45 RRP: £64.99 Tel: 01303 872277 / www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: Made from beautiful soft leather, but the best bit is inside, fleece lining, which is definitely a treat in the morning.

Musto Buckden Shooting Boot The Musto Buckden leather boots offer the ultimate in footwear protection from the elements. Give it sleet, rain, hail or snow and your feet will remain warm and dry thanks to the OutDry® membrane. The Vibram® outsole provides excellent comfort and will make sure every step is taken with stability and traction. Sizes: 5 – 14 RRP: £325 www.musto.com LR Comment: I can assure you that once you put these boots on you probably won’t take them off again until spring. They are so beautiful that at first I just wanted to look at them. They are weatherproof, warm and absolutely gorgeous.

Toggi Wanderer Classic

Toggi Cramer

The Toggi Wanderer Classic is made from 100% vulcanised natural rubber and is ergonomically designed for improved comfort and fit. Featuring a natural rubber sole, double steel shank for added reinforcement and an EVA cushioned insole for the superb comfort and performance that you would expect from a boot that bears the Toggi brand.

The Cramer Stretch Jacket from Toggi is fully waterproof and breathable with a concealed hood to protect the rider and ensure they remain dry and comfortable whatever the weather. Providing style, comfort and practicality, the stretch outer fabric and super soft inner fleece of the Cramer ensures warmth and cosiness, without compromising ease of movement. A high performance piece that you will love, the Cramer also features reflective trim for added visibility and safety while riding. 

Colours: Dark Green,Navy Blue, Pink Sizes: 36 – 48 (pink sizes 36 – 43) RRP: £63.90 www.toggi.com LR Comment: These are the sort of wellington boots that you feel comfortable wearing all day. They are light and comfortable and attractive too.

Colour: Black Size: XS – XXL RRP: £100 www.toggi.com LR Comment: This is my dream jacket. It is extremely lightweight, waterproof, breathable and yet very warm with a beautiful soft fleece lining. It has a two way zip and zipped pockets, so is perfect for riding. It is best described as sports jacket meets riding jacket.

Mark Todd New Zealand Blouson

Dunford Jacket from Harry Hall

From the limited edition Mark Todd New Zealand 2012 Collection, this eye-catching jacket celebrates Mark’s amazing career by featuring the flag of his home country. Fans of the great man can choose from a compact range of items including this blouson jacket as well as a baseball cap, socks, saddlepad, grooming bag, fleece bandages and headcollar & rope set. The Mark Todd NZ

The new autumn/winter 2012 range, the Harry Hall Dunford offers style and comfort along with practically. The padded waterproof jacket is ideal for wearing out on the yard throughout winter. With two front zip pockets, a two way zip and detachable hood, the Dunford jacket is not only stylish but also very practical for riding in.

Sizes: XSmall to XLarge RRP: £59.95 Tel: 01303 872277 / www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: This is a really fun, practical, warm and good value jacket. It is really cosy and perfect for autumn days.

Colours: Wine and Black Sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Extra large RRP: £64.50 Tel: 01274 711101 / www.harryhall.co.uk LR Comment: It is a great everyday yard jacket. It is waterproof, padded, yet lightweight to wear. It might need to be layered on a colder day.

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tried&tested Musto Short Arctic Rider

Mountain Horse Mountain Rider Jacket

The short Arctic Rider will be a favourite amongst riders of all levels and disciplines- a sporty, fashionable, functional riding jacket. Made from 100% peached Polyester shell with DWR finish with a hydrophilic breathable waterproof laminate, and taped seams, with anti-piling and wicking fleece lined high collar, duck down and feather wadding and under arm articulation and elasticated cuffs, plus internal security pocket.

Waterproof winter coat packed with features and offering exceptional value for money. Mountain Rider Jacket has underarm zips, a detachable hood, two-way front zip, riding vents and five practical front pockets, plus one inside. Mountain Rider has a unisex fit. 100% polyester, nylon lining. Colours: Classic Brown, Navy, Royal Red          Sizes: XS-XXL            RRP: £139.95 www.horsemasters.co.uk

Machine Washable. Colours: Winter Raspberry or Navy Sizes: 8 – 18 RRP: £150 www.musto.com

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LR Comment: There is something a bit like Christmas about this red jacket, with its deep green lining. It is beautifully made with all the quality finished expected of a Musto jacket and with duck down and feather wadding it is certain to keep you warm on either the coldest winter’s day. The good thing about the feathers is you never over heat, just feel warmer, when necessary.

Dublin Madison Vest The New Dublin Madison Vest is a padded waistcoat with plenty of polyfill for extra warmth. The side concealed riding vents provide freedom of movement. Colours: Black/Taupe/Burnt Red and Wine Tasting/Burnt Red/Cream Size: Adult XS to XL RRP: £49.99 www.dublinclothing.com LR Comment: Designed for riding the waistcoat has plenty of zipped pockets and a lovely high collar to make sure you keep out the cold. It would look equally good worn as a casual waistcoat.

This is an extremely warm, technically designed jacket, which has been made to the highest quality standards. It is vented for riding, but could be worn whilst teaching or just generally around the yard. It has more zipped pockets than you will ever need and also has fluorescent piping, which is perfect for when you are riding or walking at night.

Musto Osprey zip fleece Warm Arctec fleece with a soft hand feel. Elasticated binding around collar and cuffs, with centre front zip closure. Two front pockets with concealed zips. Musto was one of the first British clothing brands to manufacture its own range of fleece items. This full zip fleece is a great alternative to a coat even when the winter chill starts to bite. Colours: Navy, Antique sail white or Ensign red Sizes: 8 – 18 RRP: £80.00 www.musto.com LR Comment: This is a fabulous lightweight fleece, which has been cut to flatter the figure. The thing I like best is it zips completely open allowing flexibility to wear it in different temperatures or times of the day.

Ariat’s Regent Insulated Parka

Toggi Cavell

The ultimate in riding coats, Ariat’s Regent Insulated Parka is made from waterproof heathered twill and seam taped throughout. As well as an oversized, detachable hood designed to fit over the helmet protecting the rider from the elements, the cuffs are adjustable and there are plenty of good-sized pockets. This parka features a twoway zip and faux suede detailing on the pockets and looks great both in and out of the saddle.

Made from the finest stretch cotton jersey, the Cavell long sleeve top combines style and elegance for a real feel good factor this winter.

Colours: Espresso, Charcoal Sizes: XS - XXL RRP: £169.99 Tel: 0845 600 3209 / www.ariat-europe.com

Colours: Mineral, Rose, Ruby Sizes: 6 - 20 RRP: £40.00 www.toggi.com

LR Comment: This is an extremely warm, beautifully designed and made jacket. Everything has been thought about to aid the rider and there are plenty of pockets too. It is also great as a casual jacket and will certainly keep you warm out and about this autumn.

LR Comment: Made from beautiful rich cotton, it is the sort of top that you can wear to virtually any occasion and probably wishing you could wear every day.

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Barbour Gailhill Cardigan


Longer length chunky cable belted cardigan, with rever collar, patch pocket, branded corozo buttons, branded leather patch.

FOR 2012

Colours: Black, Olive and Dark Cordavan Sizes: 8- 18 RRP: £ 129.00 Tel: 0800 009988 / www.barbour.com LR Comment: I love this cardigan. It is lovely and warm and despite its bulky look, it is designed to flatter the figure in a chunky cardigan way. It is great for walking the dogs or wearing when one might normally wear a light jacket.

Tottie Heliconia The new Heliconia, is essential leisurewear. The three quarter sleeved design is a classic look for everyday wear. The top features stripes, for a fashionable look. Colours: Claret, Plum and Light Marl Sizes: XXS-XL RRP: £42.99 Tel: 01274 711101 / www.tottie.co.uk LR Comment: Made from lovely lightweight, soft cotton fabric. As always with Tottie there is a twist and this top has a lovely linencotton collar and a heartshaped top button. A fun top, which is perfect for the stables or to be worn casually.

Barbour Acorn Intarsia Knit A traditional, yet quirky intarsia squirrel design crew neck. A great compliment to the country inspired outwear jackets. Colour: Taupe Sizes: 8- 18 RRP: £ 79.95 Tel: 0800 009988 / www.barbour.com LR Comment: A really fun jumper, which is perfect for wearing in autumn. It is made from a really lightweight soft wool and can be layered depending on the weather.

Forest Highlander

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tried&tested Musto Standon Cable Knit Cotton construction with V Neck styling and cable knit detail. Learn to slouch or look good with this classic knit piece made from 100% Cotton (Machine Washable). Cable knit detail, with low rise V neck front. Colours: Navy, Magenta or Ecru Sizes: 8 – 18 RRP: £70 www.musto.com LR Comment: I love this jumper. It is beautifully soft and is an elegant addition to the rider’s wardrobe. It can also and probably more usually be worn casually dressed up by the addition of a scarf or necklace, or simply worn as it is.

Ariat’s Kemi Microfleece Zip Jacket The perfect winter wardrobe essential, Ariat’s Kemi Microfleece Zip Jacket is made from a lightweight easy care microfleece with a full length zip closure, shirred collar and side panels together with a mock collar making the Kemi Microfleece perfect for everyday wear on its own or when layering. Colours: Sapphire, Grenadine Sizes: XS - XXL RRP: £39.99 Tel: 0845 600 3209 / www.ariat-europe.com LR Comment: A lovely addition to the autumn wardrobe. It has been designed to fit tight and look smart while riding, Reasonably priced and very versatile.

Tagg Funnell Ladies Belgrave Waterproof Winter Breeches

John Whitaker Ladies Bling Breeches

The first waterproof winter breeches in the Tagg range. Using a woven bi-stretch fabric of Coolmax and Tactel fabrics with fluffy brushed inner, Belgrave are winter weight breeches perfect for hunting, competing and riding in the changeable weather. The fabric is 79% Tactel, 16% Coolmax and 5% Elastane with an inner lining of Polyester and fleece. They come in beige with a stylish pleated front with poppered slant pockets, with a low waist, self strapping at the knee with belt loops on the waist band. The breeches are washable at 40 degrees. The waterproof Funnell Oakland winter breech is now also available in a Gents version under the William Funnell brand from Tagg.

These well designed pair of Bling Breeches will make you stand out from the crowd, with a full fleece inner lining that helps to keep you warm in the coldest conditions without compromising on style. Features include: Diamante studs on each pocket, Silver contrast stitching, John Whitaker clarion badge, High shine silver zips, Fleece lined for extra warmth, Large diamante button, Double belt loops.

Colour: Beige Sizes: 24” to 30” inch waist RRP: £94.95 www.taggequestrian.co.uk

Colour: Black Sizes: 20” to 32” RRP: Self Seat £80.00 / Full Seat £85.00 Tel: 01706 340500 / www.johnwhitaker.com LR Comment: The quality, the look, the feel, everything about these breeches is stunning. I love the fleece lining, which makes them a joy to put on in the morning and a delight to ride in all day. There is discreet bling to add to the flattering design.

LR Comment: It would have been handy to test these this summer, while it was actually raining. But joking aside they are a great idea and we all know how horrid it is wearing breeches once they are wet, so it is worth investing in a pair.

Mark Todd Skinny Jeans Breeches These new denim style breeches are designed for style and comfort, being manufactured in cotton fabric with polyester and Lycra for durability and stretch. Features include 2 patch pockets with embroidered detail at the back and a small coin pocket, plus euro seat and knee patches with contrast stitching. Colours: Navy or Black Sizes: Ladies 24” to 34” waist RRP: £59.50 Tel: 01303 872277 / www.wefi.co.uk LR Comment: Gorgeous denim breeches. They are stretchy and comfortable to wear, yet give a skin tight look and feel. Good value for money.

Conifer Breeches from Caldene Looking for some comfy yet stylish breeches for the new season? Look no further, Caldene has a selection of practical yet stylish riding wear whatever the weather. The new Conifer breeches offer a traditional black and brown check pattern with a classic design and fit. These stretch woven check breeches have a plain seat and knee patches and are made from 95% Cotton and 5% spandex for comfort in the saddle. They feature a zip front with double hook and bar fastening, two front jetted zip pockets for valuables and belt loops for a smarter look. Sizes: 24”-34” regular and 24”-32” RRP: £60.50. Tel: 01274 711101 / www.caldene.co.uk LR Comment: These are practical, hard-wearing, yet smart breeches, which are great for wearing to the yard, all day and every day.

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Getting Ready for


It does seem strange sitting at my desk in September, writing about Christmas, but there are only 12 shopping Saturdays left until Christmas. This year I am determined to be organised and having discovered Tony Fernandes wonderfully designed cards, I can at least start writing the Christmas cards.

A card for every occasion

Perfect boots for Christmas

As well as individually designed Christmas cards, cartoonist Tony Fernandes has a range of equestrian prints and cards as seen through his whimsical and quirky eye. Whatever your passion, be it fishing, shooting, cricket or cats, Tony has a design for you. Each image is available as greeting card or as an A4 size open print, as well as artist signed editions. Prints come in an easy size to ready frame deep cut white mount £25 or un-mounted £10. Cards are blank in cello wrap + white envelope and cost £2.50. Prices are post paid for UK Mainland. Call for a brochure: 0114 2620899. www.tonyfernandesdesign.com

Equitector boots are the ideal for winter. They have a heat reflective space blanket built in which works a bit like a vacuum flask. Within minutes you warm up to your own body temperature and you are no longer affected by the cold even if it is minus 15 C. But these boots are not just for winter. The Climate Control system works when it is warm too and when it is really hot they will keep your feet cool. Comfort whatever the weather. Equitector have an extensive range of short and long boots. www.equitector.com, Tel: 0208 0904029

The Perfect Gift Ride-Away is a one stop online equestrian shop, bursting with great products for horses, riders and their trusty canine pals. But, for those who aren’t sure what to buy this Christmas, the company offers gift vouchers. Gift vouchers make superb presents and, when presented with the new Ride-Away catalogue, make shopping even easier. The vouchers can be redeemed online, over the phone or in store… giving the recipient plenty of options. They are available in £5, £10, £20 and £50 values. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase at www.rideaway.co.uk or by phoning 01347 810443.

Too many to choose from Horsey Hoodies have a wonderful range of gifts for every type of equestrian you know. The range includes school bags, phone covers, T-shirts, mugs and hoodies, plus much, much more. There are lots of funny quotes to choose from, like ‘Real Princesses don’t kiss frogs’. Whatever your budget you are sure to finding something at www. horseyhoodies.co.uk

Subscribe to Localrider Surprise friends with a year’s subscription to Localrider Magazine, or better still add it to your own wish list too, that way you don’t miss a thing. Subscribe now for £24.80. www.localrider.co.uk. Tel: 01892 863062

Only Half The Story! The Ogilvy Half Pad - available through on-line retailers Shadow Horse is a favourite with Nick Skelton: “The Ogilvy Pad (Half Pad) in my opinion is the best one on the market and it gives my horses the comfort they need when jumping all the time. I never go without it!” This pad combines Ogilvy’s exclusive V-top shape and frictionfree technology with a removable memory foam pad. The memory foam acts as a buffer that fills any voids between the saddle and the horse, whilst stabilizing the saddle, and providing shock-absorption for both horse and rider. Dense foam raiser pad inserts are also available to add to the memory foam sleeve, making this half pad truly versatile. RRP: £170 Jump or dressage in various colours. Sizes: S, M, L. www.shadowhorse. co.uk, Tel: 01628 857 466 56 Localrider OCTOBER 2012

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De Niro Riding Boots

Christmas Sparkle

Made using De Niro’s WRAT (Water Resistant Advanced Treatment) Technology which uses hydrophobic materials that are bonded to the leather structure during tannage to form a protective water, wind and crack resistant barrier. The s008 is made from the finest Italian calfskin leather, this makes them feel more like a second skin than a riding boot. The side strap, zips guards and the piping over the toe cap are finished in 100% crocodile skin. This makes them a must have for any stylish and modern rider. Available in sizes 36-44 in a wide range of calf and height fittings. RRP: £450. www.brogini.com

The velvet and diamante Hat Cover and Gloves Set is perfect for a super smart and special look at shows, when schooling or hacking at home. You can rest assured that this gift will fit right as the stretchy fabric of the Black Velvet Sparkle Hat Cover suits any skull cap. The matching Carrots All Over Sparkle Gloves are lightweight yet warm and feature leather reinforcement on the fingers and thumb to give grip and durability. Priced from £15. www.carrotsuk.com, Tel: 01245 445 362

A Pink Sparkly Christmas

All I want for Christmas The De Niro 3311 is a beautifully crafted Long boot made from Calfskin, making this a soft boot therefore easily adapting to the shape of the leg. The interior of the boot is Grain Calfskin lined, with a cushioned sole. Intricate leather stitching adornes the lower portion of the boot, gradually into the leather and rubber sole. This allows for comfort and greater movement when riding. RRP: £290, www.brogini.com

Queen of Everything Everyone needs socks at Christmas and this pack of two pairs of KP Equestrian Socks is ideal. One has the slogan “Queen of Everything” on a pink background and the other pair has black horses on a pink background. UK 4-8, Euro 37-42. RRP£5.99. www.kpequestrian.com

KP Equestrian Bling Oversized Pink Hoodie. Sizes UK 8 – 12. RRP: £39.99, www.kpequestrian.com

Treat them well with SPILLERS® Treat your horse or pony to a bag of their favourite SPILLERS® Treats this Christmas. With five different types to choose from there’s a Treat to suit every equine appetite, including some with special added benefits to help support joint and hoof health. www.spillers-feeds.com


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Rich Rewards

at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show Words and pictures by Alex Kelly, additional pictures by Equinational Photography

The John Coldman £1,000 Supreme Championship at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show read like a ‘who is who’ of showing. Judge, ex-national hunt trainer and author, Jenny Pitman had plenty of quality to choose from. Chelsea Szostak and Little Big Man IV Reserve Supreme Champions

Keely Harrison and Baladine, winners of the The John Coldman £1,000 Supreme Championship

Artic Storm and Megan Ely, Children’s Riding Champion

Georgia Aungier with the Show Hunter Pony Champion, Tamarind Just William

Sophie Moss and Bengad Rangers Buttons

Becca Carlton and Mira Pook winning the PBA Ridden class

Mel Packham with Ellington Eva, Mountain & Moorland Ridden Champions

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ith many of the combinations forward, such as Jayne Webber with Darcy Bustle, Katie Jerram with Snow Patrol II and Lynn Russell with ROR winner Stealth Project, there were plenty of seasoned campaigners in the mix, but the eventual nod was given to local producer Keely Harrison and Baladine. Keely has only lightly shown the brown mare to date for owner Suzanne Trotter, but the relative low mileage does not seem to have hindered the combination as they beat off some strong competition to claim the Riding Horse Championship and their place at the Horse of the Year Show in October. The Reserve Supreme Championship, worth £500 was awarded to the home produced Little Big Man IV and Chelsea Szostak. The traditional coloured cob won a strong class earlier in the day to add another title to a growing roll of honours. Eighteen-year-old Chelsea, who works part time for Versapak International, was determined to enjoy the Supreme Championship with her 2011 HOYS and RIHS finalist and their success “exceeded all expectations and the result was a complete surprise!” Megan Ely showed maturity beyond her sixteen years with her young ride, Arctic Storm to win the Children’s Riding Championship. Megan, from Knockholt in Kent, began her partnership with Arctic Storm in March when he retired from his former career as a racehorse. Having brought him on slowly over the summer months, during which time they have enjoyed Pony Club and other activities, Edenbridge and Oxted was his first ‘big show’. True all-rounders, Bengad Rangers Buttons and Sophie Moss, enjoyed a successful show competing in the WHP, the First Ridden classes and the gymkhanas. Sophie and Buttons won three out of the four races on offer for the under tens, sadly Button’s politeness stopped them having a chance to make it a clean sweep “he tends to think if his rider jumps off him at speed then they have fallen off, so it’s best to wait!” Explained Sophie’s mother, Lynda.

Georgia Aungier was awarded the Show Hunter Pony Championship with old favourite Tamarind Just William. William returned to the family in September last year for Georgia’s younger sister Gracie to ride, but Georgia couldn’t resist the opportunity to ride her former First Ridden again in the ring. It was also exciting for the Aungier family to see new prospect, Becca Carlton, win the PBA class. The four-year-old son of Willowcroft Regal Bronze was purchased as a potential 148cm show pony from Sue Hughes and was backed last autumn by Joe Mayer and subsequently schooled by Maria Pook in the spring. Alex Aungier explained: “As this was his first outing we asked Maria to ride him. She did a grand job and he went like a total schoolmaster.” The Welsh pony in hand classes drew a strong number of entrants across the board and judges John James and Philippa Owens had a hard job to decided an overall winner with such quality before them. Eventually, the Welsh section D Champion, Drogeda The Outlaw was awarded the title. The impressive stallion, owned by the Lee Family, was only competing in his second show; his first was the Royal Welsh, where he made it a winning debut in the junior stallion class. Priestwood Taliesin, owned by Angela Kember and shown by her daughter Emily stood Reserve Champion. The Mountain & Moorland In hand Championship was won by Sonia Burt’s five-year-old mare, Walstead Heavenly Pearl, shown by Alex Kelly. The Connemara mare has had a successful 2012 campaign as she also stood Champion at the South of England Show. Later in the day Hannah Weekes rode Walstead Heavenly Pearl to stand third in a very strong ridden Mountain & Moorland class, which was won by Melanie Packham and Ellington Eva. Melanie and the Welsh section C mare, Ellington Eva, also won the section Championship to round off an excellent first season that has seen the combination win SEWPCA and Three Shires Show.

Alex Kelly and Walstead Heavenly Pearl, Mountain and Moorland In hand Champions

Highland Juno, Welsh section A Champion, owned by Kathleen James

Highland Jubilation winning Welsh section A foal, owned by Kathleen James

Drogeda The Outlaw, Over all Welsh Pony Champion

Leyeswick Hagro, Welsh section C Champion

Priestwood Taliesin, Welsh section B Champion and Reserve Overall Welsh Pony

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show report In Hand Show Champion - Ian Smeethy with Bella Bellagio and sponsors Amelia and Murray Shotter

The Cranleigh Show Sunday 5th August 2012


Jess Matthews with Mr Tom in his first show, fourth Best Shire Class

ranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society, is a registered charity, formerly known as the Cranleigh and West Surrey Farming Club, and was founded in 1946 in the aftermath of the Second World War. It was formed to promote, maintain, improve and advance agriculture; to promote good farming and the advancement of the breeding and rearing of livestock, poultry and horses and to foster and maintain the education of the public and its interest and awareness in the agricultural industry generally. Julian Portch was in the crowd with his camera to capture the action from the 66th Annual Show.

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Chloe Heaver with Premiere, first TARRA In Hand class and TARRA Reserve Champion

Matthew Harverson with Heathfield Forrester, Champion Shire

Rebekah Young with Pferde Stud Cezanne, third CHAPS Non Native In Hand

Lilley Middleton on Silver

Helen Baker on Hot Head, first Ridden TARRA class and TARRA Champion

Ridden Horse Champion Claire Taylor on Abbey’s Fair Breeze and Reserve, Danny Murphy on Miss Molly IV

Ruby-Jae Drummond with with her mother, Keiley and Llanfrechfa Cameo

Danny Murphy on Miss Molly IV, first CHAPS Non Native Ridden

In Hand reserve Show Champion and PBA Champion, R. Davey with Rotherwood Ballerina

Paul Dennett, undercover surviving the heavy rain

Deighton Dick - fifth Best Shire Class

Alice Jones on Merlin

Steph Edwards adorned with Face Art

Emma-Jayne Holder on Cremelly Western Pride, M&M Ridden Mixed Large Breeds Champion

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show report

Tonbridge Lions 2012 Charity Horse Show T

Rachel Hill and Toby, winners of the Rebecca Earland Overall Points Trophy, pictured with Neal Charlesworth

he weather kept fine for the 17th Annual Charity Horse Show organised by Tonbridge Lions in the glorious setting of the Lodge Farm Cross Country Course, Matfield on 2nd September 2012. “Although numbers were down compared to previous years,” said Horse Show Chairman Bob Taylor “everyone, even the Lions Club members, enjoyed themselves and had a good day out.” The overall points Championship, the Rebecca Earland Trophy was won (again) by Rachel Hill on Toby and the new Blazing Comet Challenge Shield for Open Jumping was won by Hope Finegold on Benito. The Overall Working Hunter Champion was Ella Dalton on Bailey Rae and the Riding Horse Champion was Lynne Pulman on Ninfield Dick Whittington. Other champions included, Jennifer Burden on Autumn Owl, Best Rider Champions, India Turner on Chafford Debonair, Lead Reign Champions and Samantha Prior on Daisy 11, Overall Condition and Turnout Champions. The Condition & Turnout judge, Claudai Camilleri was very impressed by the standards in both the Ridden and Led Condition and Turnout as they were far better than previous years. The organisation of a Show with over eight Rings and 40 Classes is a major undertaking for the Lions Club (especially the logistics of setting up, collecting equipment, jumps marquees etc). Sadly numbers were down this year and with this in mind, Bob Taylor, the Lions Horse Show Chairman believes that the Lions Club must look very carefully a the economics of running such a large local Show in future. This year the money raised by the Lions will be given to Hospice in the Weald, Headway and local Tonbridge charities. The proceeds of the raffle will be given to Riding for Disabled.

Ella Dalton and Bailey Rae, winners of the Working Hunter Pony under 13hh and Working Hunter Champions, pictured with Lion President, Mike Stout

Lynne Pulman and Ninfield Dick Whittington, Riding Horse/Pony Champions

Jennifer Burden and Autumn Owl, Best Rider Champions

India Turner and Chafford Debonair, Lead Rein Champions

Winners of the Open jumping and the Harwoods Challenge Trophy, Sarah Heynes and Hondike

Georgia Courtnay and Talponciau Gamecock, winners of the Fancy Dress competition

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Results Open Jumping 1 2 3 4 5

2’6 Novice 2’6 Accumulator 2’9 3’ Open 3’3 Open Blazing Comet SJ Points Trophy

Rachel Hill Jemma Johnson Sian Robuck Sian Robuck Sarah Heynes Hope Finegold

Toby Razamataz Razzamatazz Razzamatazz Hondike Bonito

Lulu Benjamin Ellen Body Alic Law Mary Ashby Mary Ashby Phoebe Shead

Holly Larthehill Martina Whisper Lily Annie 1 Annie 1 Holly

Novice Jumping 6 6 7 8 9 10

Lead rein Just off lead rein 1’6 Beginners 2’ Beginners 2’3 Beginners 2’6 Beginners

Courtenay Riddle and Aztec Warrior winners of the Large Working Hunter and Reserve Champions

Abigail Witts and There For You, first Working Hunter Pony 14hh-15hh

Rachel Hill and Toby, first Working Hunter Pony 13hh – 14hh

Anna Cox and Simon, winners of the Small Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony, receiving their prize from Marnie Bassi

Rosie Saunders and Boyne Valley Sadat, winners of the Large Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony, pictured with Marnie Bassi

Sue Morgan and Solitaire, winners of the Veteran Working Hunter class, pictured with Marnie Bassi

Phoebe Shead and Holly, first 2’6” Beginners Show Jumping

Lion President, Jack Stout pictured with one of the many winners

Working Hunter 11 12 13 14 14 14 15 16 17

Large WH WHP 14-15h WHP 13-14h WHP under 13h WH Champion WH Reserve Champion M & M Small WHP M & M Large WH Veteran WHP

Courtenay Riddle Abigal Witts Rachel Hill Ella Dalton Ella Dalton Courtenay Riddle Anna Cox Rosie Saunders Sue Morgan

Aztec Warrior There For You Toby Bailey Rae Bailey Rae Aztec Warrior Simon Boyne Valley Sadat Solitaire

Riding Horse 18 19 19 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Riding Horse 15h+ Riding Pony Riding Horse Champion Riding Horse Reserve Champion Ridden Show Hunter Ridden SH Pony Ridden Young Competition Horse Ridden Ex Race Horse Ridden M & M Small Ridden M & M Large

Samantha Prior Lynne Pulman Lynne Pulman Samantha Prior Jo Heasman Ella Dalton Mercedes Fehler Hannah Drury Louise Ayres Linda Delamare

Daisy 11 Ninfield Dick Whittington Ninfield Dick Whittington Daisy 11 Just George Bailey Rae Nutwoods Kinglet Our Samson Butterby Nutmeg Danaway Shogun

In Hand 26 27 28 29 30

In Hand Veteran In Hand Cob/Heavy Horse In Hand M & M In Hand Coloured First Ridden

Jayne Roberts Clare Webb David White Vanessa Saad Lucy Hodges

Deano The Duke Aston Simwnt Marigold Rowe Eclipse Debote

Best Rider 31 32 32 32 33 34 35

Best Rider 11 & under Best Rider 12 & over Best Rider Champion Best Rider Reserve Champion Ridden Veteran Ridden Cob/Heavy Horse Ridden Coloured

Ellen Body Jennifer Burden Jennifer Burden Lucy Hodges Jennifer Burden Natalie King Natalie King

Laithehill Martina Autumn Owl Autumn Owl Eclipse Debote Autumn Owl Run of the Mill Run of the Mill

Lead Rein 36 37 37 37 38 39 40

LR Best Rider 7 & over LR BR 6 & under LR Champion LR Reserve Champion LR Childs most suitable pony LR-pony judge would like to take home Fancy Dress

India Turner Libby Balmer India Turner Maria Body Edward Lindsay Blake Clement Georgina Courtnay

Chafford Debonair Sharali Casanova Chafford Debonair Bryony Frank Merribridge Maddelina Talponciau Gamecock

Condition & Turnout 41 Condition & Turnout Ridden Samantha Prior Daisy 11 42 Condition & Turnout In Hand Clare Webb The Duke 42 Condition & Turnout Championship Samantha Prior Daisy 11 Rebecca Earland Overall Points Trophy Rachel Hill Toby

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Mount Mascal Annual Bank Holiday Show & Family Day

Mia Hefferon and William Shakespeare, Ridden Champions

Words and pictures by Alison Window and additional photography by Sporting Moments Eloise Seymour and Toby, winner of the Coloured Class

Louis, the Champion Dog


ur fourth Annual Bank Holiday Monday Charity Show and Family Fun Day took place this year on 27th August, after much planning and preparation. In the face of dire weather as predicted and reported in the national press, the team remained undaunted. In fact, we enjoyed morning sunshine and clear blue skies, with only a few drops of rain in the early afternoon which, luckily, soon passed over. Our motto for the day is ‘Something for Everyone to Enjoy’ and final figures reveal this year was a record breaking, resounding success, raising £1,215.85 for Kent Air Ambulance Trust. 130 competitors entered in 27 different classes, held in four rings (plus a separate clear round course). There were also in excess of 40 stalls and attractions.

Smart new jumps

Demi Parfitt and Timmy, winners of the Lead Rein Class

Ellie Hammond and Chunky Monkey, winner of the Minimus Pony class

In Ring One, the new show jumps were much complimented and looked very smart. The course caught a few people out, especially at the wall and the Topscore class won by Josie Carder riding Tank proved very tricky. The Minimus received so many entries, the class had to be split with visitor Ellie Hammond riding Chunky Monkey winning the pony section and Daisy Phillips riding Madison winning the horse section. In the Novice Pairs, visitors Danielle Clarke and Dayna Taylor riding Mountain & Moorland ponies led the way to finish in first place. Kirsty Warner won the Novice Pony class and with her consistently excellent riding she also finished second in the Topscore and third in the Intermediate classes, riding Easton Whisper. Her outstanding performances through the day accumulated the highest points on the day to win The Alzamina Achievement Trophy Shield. The Novice Horse was won by Emily Groves riding True Colours, with Alienor Zarb finishing first in the Intermediate. Well done, everyone. Judge, Adam Heitman reported that stewards Eloise Bachelet and Harriet Brennan were outstanding. Thank you, ladies. Ring Two started with the Nursery and then the Canine classes. All winners, including the Hoof & Woof Class were taken by visiting

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riders. Connor McLaren riding Truffles in the Nursery Stakes, Cerys Withey riding Red Roulette in the Starter Stakes, Amanda Brewster riding Alphie in the Pony Club Class and Abbie Cordwell, who won both the Horse & Hound and Hoof & Woof. Well done to you all.

The Mount Mascal Drill Ride

Bambi bounces into the ribbons

In hand classes in Ring Three were much enjoyed with plenty of opportunity for everyone to have a go. First prize in the Young Handler class went to Pony Clubber, Sophie Simmonds with riding school pony Bambi. And, again visitors did very well overall, winning four out of the seven classes. Demi Paritt with Timmy won the Lead Rein Class, Charlee Bywater with Tiggi, who was judged Most Handsome Gelding, Shelley McCoy with Camarl who won the Prettiest Mare class and Emily Heath with Apple Jack Brandy, who was judged the Best Family Mount. Eloise Seymour won the Coloured class with Tobi. And last but by no means least, given their outstanding effort to look like a Bumble Bee - Dolly Webb and Surprise won the Fancy Dress.

Shakespeare captivates the audience

The first three Riding Classes in Ring 4 were qualifiers for the Championship Class, with first to third qualifying. Rachel Lok and Its Bobzy won the Working Hunter class and Ellie Hyland riding her loan pony Dezzert won Working Hunter Pony, while the winners of the Best Riding Horse/Pony, Mia Hefferon and William Shakespeare, went on to gain the Championship. Alienor Zarb riding English Chocolate Bean was judged Best Rider Under 16 and Alexa Rule riding Caveys Irish Gem stood top of the line in the Over 16 class. Special mention should also go to Pony Club member Abigail Lee who finished third on riding school pony, Chalky in the Under 16 Section. The Condition and Turnout class was won by Hannah Jackson with Fiddler, both of whom were looking correct and immaculate.

Left: Sophie Simmonds, Pony Club Rider and winner of the Young Handler class on Mount Mascal pony, ‘Bambi

The Drill Ride

The Mount Mascal Stables Drill Ride to music was a mid-afternoon highlight with spectators. Twelve members of staff rode a mixture of school and livery horses in front of their home crowd much to the enjoyment of those who know them and, we hope, all the other visitors too. In the Kids Corner, The Have A Go Pony Rides were a very popular attraction and it was wonderful to see so many children enjoy riding for the first time ever. Our patient and well-behaved school ponies excelled themselves. Thank you Betty, Jungle, Mickey, Peppermint, Pumpkin, Rosie and Sally. Creature Craze brought along the smaller animals; Charlie, Lola and Phoebe - the mini lop rabbits; Meeko and Diesel - the ferrets; Google – the tiger salamander; Kai – the royal python; Bailey – the African pigmy hedgehog and several Mini Beasts! Alongside the animals there were Bouncy Castles, Dartford Lions beautiful Vintage Carousel, Popcorn and Candyfloss, Coconut Shy, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Design A Sign, Kent Poultry, Bexley Blue Watch with the fire engine, London Corinthian Girls Football and 1st Footscray Scouts with the Ice Cream van in the main field. So much to do and see!

Charlee Bywater and Tiggi, winner of the Most Handsome Gelding class

Dolly Webb and Surprise, winners of the Fancy Dress competition

Josie Carder and Tanya Tank, winner of the Top Score competition

Kirsty Warner and Eastern Whisper, Overall Winner of the Alzamina Achievement Shield

Grand prizes

With the emphasis very firmly on community and fundraising, our 2012 stalls included crowd favourites including: Charity Cakes, Books, Tombola and Grand Raffle with a top prize of £100. And we welcomed local businesses, charities and groups to showcase a wide range of goods and services: Kent farm produce; beauty, health & well-being; local conservation, archaeology & history, the British Horse Society, Kent and other. We are very grateful to them all for attending and supporting with raffle donations, prizes and special show day discounts and promotions. Similarly we extend our sincere thanks to all our class sponsors for their very valuable support, judges and volunteers - too numerous to name, we could not have done it without you - for their time and all those people who were kind enough to donate items for the charity stalls. Proprietors, John & Alison Window said: “We are delighted how well the day went and thank everyone who came along. Feedback so far has been fantastic and it seems that we achieved our motto ‘Something for Everyone to Enjoy’. Next year, the show will take place on Monday 26th August. Please mark your diaries and we will see you all there!”

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Sunshine tour

Final Qualifiers at Autumn Show T he final chance to qualify for the 2012 Sunshine Tour Championships happened on 2nd September at the Great Bookham Autumn Show. Although an autumn date in the calendar, the show was blessed with much better weather than many summer shows this year and lots of competitors chose to make their final bid for a yellow ticket today. Showing classes were very well filled, and juniors were particularly well represented. Success in the Have-A-Go In-Hand showing class went to nine-year-old Kacey Gregory with her father’s brood mare, Starcrest Hollywood Girl. A beautiful turned out and smooth handling, earned Kacey first place ahead of a very large field. Another junior handler impressing the judges to win her class was Maddy Giller, with her chestnut pony Fergus in the Junior Handler class. Maddy showed off her handling skills beautifully to impress the judges with a smooth trot up, accurate turns, and a very well executed square halt. George Gregory, at only fouryears-old, will be one of the youngest to compete in the championship, but he will be difficult to beat! He picked up a qualifying spot in the Delightfully Dapper by winning the Open Condition & Turnout with his Shetland mare, Top Rock Bumble.

Susan Downing riding Downlands Aramis, winner of Coloured Ridden

Hannah Salter with Esmerelda, winner of Prettiest Mare

Maddy Giller with Fergus, winner of Junior Handler Yvonne Morris riding Our Alice, winner of Show Hunter

Kacey Gregory with Starcrest Hollywood Girl, winner of Have-A-Go In-Hand Millie Tarne riding Bunbury Samuel, winner of Novice Show Pony

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Golden Gun shot through the finish Juniors were equally well represented in the show jumping classes, starting with 15 riders contesting the 50cm class. With much running, puffing and encouragement from helpers, six happy competitors qualified and Alice Grassly riding Casper came out on top with a double clear in a fast time of 53.16 seconds – one to watch in the final! The 60cm was so hotly contested that it was the biggest class of the day with over 40 entries. The final placing were not decided until the last to go – Claudia Wasko with her beautiful palomino pony, Golden Gun, shot round to clinch first place in an impressive 50.47 seconds, just ahead of nearest rival Faye Minors with her new partner Chester who was also clear in a time of 51.20. The show jumping ring was not all about the serious business of qualifying though, with the horse & hound class providing lots of entertainment, not only for the 12 partnerships of horse and rider with dog and handler, but most definitely for the audience. A short, usually very speedy round of show jumping for the riders was followed by a short, but not always speedy round of dog agility jumps for the dog and handler. Amidst much hilarity, the dogs bounced round the course, often going past, through and round the jumps before springing over following their handler to the finishing line to stop the clock! Top honours went to a unique double – Alfie the pony, followed by Alfie the dog clocking up a double clear in a combined time of 51.53 seconds. Alfie the dog with handler winner of H&H Jumping

Alice Grassly riding Casper, winner of 50cm Jumping

Claudia Wasko riding Golden Gun, winner of 60cm Jumping

Gabbie May riding Lady Savannah, winner of HaveA-Go Working Hunter

Emily Barnes riding Alfie, winner of H&H Jumping

George Gregory with Top Rock Bumble, winner of Condition & Turnout

Slipping out for as bit of dressage Dressage was held in a quieter area of the showground, so madly barking dogs didn’t interrupt the concentration of Katie Pressler and Becki Davies who each won a section of the intro qualifiers, riding Corrie and Storm respectively. The Prelims were dominated by new partnership Lewis Simmons with his seven-year-old bay warmblood, Johnson. not only did Lewis win both Prelims (in his lunch break from GBeC yard duties!), but also scored the highest percentage of the day in the Prelim 18, scoring 77.1%. Delighted as he was to qualify, he passed his ticket down the line as he rides for GBeC on a full time basis and so isn’t allowed to compete in the Sunshine Tour. Ring 4 hosted a variety of classes, from ex-Racehorse to Riding Club horse, and Working hunter. Qualifying places were on offer in the Riding Club horse, won by Megan Long with her consistent and very versatile partner, Megan. And final tickets of the day were handed to delighted competitors in the have-A-Go Working hunter Pony, won by Jemima Madden riding hope and in the have-A-Go Working hunter to Gabbie May riding Lady Savannah. Both competitors had a hard job to do as the classes were full to bursting with Sunshine Tour hopefuls! Well done to everyone who snapped up the final tickets today and we look forward to reporting on their success next month in the bumper championship edition.

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PONY CLUB NEWS Crawley and Horsham Junior Campers at Stonehall, Balcombe

Lord Leconfield qualify for the Pony Club Championships Area Show Jumping, Eashing, 8th July 2012


espite dreadful weather and very difficult jumping conditions the Lord Leconfield PC put on their best show to gain second place in the Intermediate class of this competition earning themselves a ticket to the championships to be held in August at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. The team consisted of Amelia Adorian, Panda Instone, Steph Westcott and Maya Osmoston. The Novice team of Paul Schroter, Lucy Price, Emily Watson and Bethan Hudson won their class and qualified for the Novice Championships also held in August at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire and keeping them company will be Phoebe Wates who succeeded in qualifying as an individual. The winning Novice Team

Tina Cook signing autographs

Tina Cook

visits Crawley & Horsham Camp Words and pictures by Liz Sanders

Posing with Tina’s medal

The Crawley and Horsham Pony Club (CHHPC) were amazed when former member, Tina Cook visited Junior Camp, bringing her Olympic Silver medal from London 2012 Olympics and one of her Bronze medals from Beijing. Tina took time chatting to members, telling them all about what being in the Olympics was like and how she had started as a CHHPC member herself! Her advice to prospective Olympic hopefuls was to work very hard - she rides for up to six hours a day. As well as letting members hold her medals, Tina also spent time signing autographs on the back of rosettes for all the camp attendees.

Eridge winning Tetrathlon Team The Pony Club Area 11 Tetrathlon qualifier was held on 21st and 22nd July at Bonfleur Cross Country Course and Maidstone Leisure Centre. Tetrathlon comprises four different phases consisting of swimming, running, shooting and cross country riding. The Eridge Pony Club Intermediate Girls team of Phoebe Wylam, Anna Hollis and Millie Bresnahan put in a very strong and consistent performance to win their section and qualify for the National Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships at Hartpury in August. All the Eridge girls were placed individually with Phoebe, fourth, Anna, fifth and Millie, sixth. Anna was joint winner of the shooting phase and also was one of five cross country clear rounds in the section. In the lower age group Eridge Intermediate classes Eridge competitors also Girls Team produced some good results. Zoe Rumens was clear in the cross country phase, and put in strong performances in the other three phases to come third overall in the very competitive Mini Girls section and she was also third in the Mini Girls League which totals scores gained throughout the Tetrathlon season. In addition, Lydia Potter was eighth in the Junior Girls section and Henry Bull was seventh in Mini Boys.

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Good hooves can only be grown by a healthy body By Lucy Nicholas of www.trelawneequine.co.uk, distributors of barefoot hoof boots


ore and more horse owners are considering the barefoot hoofcare option, but as we have said before, the trim and the care of the hoof isn’t the only route to soundness – good health starts from within, and diet is key. My mantra is, ‘Good hooves can only be grown by a healthy body’! Usually, a healthy barefoot horse doesn’t require a ‘special’ kind of diet, just one that is appropriate and as close to natural as possible. Kent-based trimmer Lucy Priory of Barefoot South originally gained Certification with the AANHCP – the Association for the Advancement of Natural Horsecare Practices, which follows’ Jaime Jackson’s hoofcare ethos. She offers barefoot trimming services in the South-East and beyond and has studied the nutraceutical work of Dr Eleanor Kellon, an authority in the field of equine nutrition. Here are Lucy’s tips for managing equine diets:

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Good quality, long fibre, low-sugar forage (ideally hay) should form by far the largest part of a horse’s diet. Soak hay to reduce the sugar content. Horses that are laminitis-prone or have any kind of metabolic disorder should have limited access to grass.

A draughty issue “Many of us have been told that Draught horses can’t go barefoot. A common misconception is “Their feet can’t take the weight...” says Lucy Priory. “However, Draught horses like Bill are putting this myth to bed. Bill, after a lifetime of so-called laziness, now has such a strong walk that he makes his rider’s hips hurt. Now de-shod, he powers along in trot on tarmac, and floats like the best of the big Grand Prix Warmbloods. “Another client is an equine called Sally; much less dramatic, but also remarkable in her own way. Only recently de-shod, she is already working better. Her stride is longer, softer, and more relaxed. Her hinds are coming in to play, so she no longer waddles like a duck, but is starting to step through. Still young, I’m very excited to see what the future holds for this Draught horse,” Lucy states.

Low starch, low sugar feedstuffs suit barefoot horses – so this cereal mix would NOT be advocated in many cases

Dengie Horse Feeds offers 20% off their hay analysis service when quoting a code found at facebook.com/ TrelawneEquine. Email feeds@dengie. com with your personal details, quoting this code. You will then receive a ration evaluation sheet which should be returned with a hay sample. Contact Lucy Priory: http://www.barefootsouth.com / http://barefoothorseblog. blogspot.co.uk / 0845 094 3391.

Use low starch, low sugar feedstuffs for energy, such as unmolassed sugar beet, micronised linseed or Copra meal, which is produced in the extraction of oil from coconuts. Avoid sugar-based products, or those with added molasses, for example the ‘treats’ that hang in balls and holders in the stable.

I recommend having the horse’s hay ration analysed and supplementing accordingly with minerals. (See details on Dengie Horse Feeds offer of 20% off hay analysis, far below). Some key feed additives are recommended for promoting hoof health; Biotin (vitamin K) and Magnesium are two of the most significant. A good Pre and Pro-biotic supplement is also advisable, to promote gut health; meanwhile, sodium chloride (salt) encourages drinking and hydration, and counters the effects of sweat. It is not uncommon for equine diets to be iron-heavy, and iron blocks absorption of zinc and copper, which promote hoof health. So, supplementing with zinc and copper can drastically reduce the instances of thrush, or poor hoof quality.


Ask a hoofcare professional with nutritional training in the metabolic needs of barefoot horses for advice on this complex matter.

Exercise is also important to maintain hoof health Optimal turnout is key. Ideally, grass should be sparse and not fertilised or lush, so the horse does not ingest copious amounts of grass sugars; many barefoot advocates like the ‘paddock paradise’ system described in the August issue of Localrider. The hoof will condition to the surface it is used on, so a varied exercise regime that includes hacking on varied surfaces and roadwork, to stimulate the hoof, is advisable. Many owners use hoof boots in the transitional process from shod to bare, and they may also be required long term, depending on the horse’s management and needs. They help provide shock absorption, comfortably allow the feet to rehabilitate and they also protect from excessive wear. october 2012 Localrider 69

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Cowdray Pony Club Mushrooms and Junior Camp

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A little bit of moral support and having fun

Words and pictures by Sue Bird of jsbeephotography


ot on the heels of Senior Camp finishing the organisers of Cowdray Hunt Branch of the Pony Club were straight into Mushrooms Camp and from that into Junior Camp. The three camps are run separately as there are too many members to squeeze into one camp. Mushrooms Camp is run for the youngest members and is held in the Pony Club Field at Halfway Bridge. The setting is idyllic with views of farmland and surrounding countryside, a relaxed venue which both humans and equines enjoy performing in. On the final day of camp the children enjoyed competing in a dressage, show jumping, handy pony and fancy dress competition. There was an amazing array of fancy dress costumes some with an Olympic theme through to “safari child� complete with a zebra and giraffe. The giraffe later performed a dressage test which was amusing to see.

Fine style

Heading for home


Junior Camp

Junior Camp ran over four days with two of the days based in the Pony Club field site and then the last two days at Fair Oak Cross Country Course. On the second day members performed the show jumping phase of the One Day Event with the dressage and cross country phases at Fair Oak on the final day of camp. A very welcome barbeque was available following the end of the competition and was enjoyed by everyone whilst they waited for the final results. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces throughout the camps. Cowdray Pony Club are fortunate in having access to such wonderful venues, in having an efficient committee of organisers and willing helpers but most of all some lovely members and wonderful ponies. Heading to the next fence

Not choosing the small option

Rufus and Harry Potter having such fun

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Mushrooms Camp: Fancy Dress Competition Butter wouldn’t melt

Aiming for Gold 2020


A tropical theme This is fun

Hollie’s ride all dressed up Safari girl grazing the zebra and giraffe

Having a hug

Under the Doctor

On parade

Pic courtesy of Mark Hawksworth

Bisley Pony Club Senior Camp at Littleton Manor

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Area 11 Pony Club Show Jumping Pictures by Spidge Photography


he Surrey Union Branch of the Pony Club organised a very busy Inter-Branch Show Jumping competition at Felbridge Showground on Saturday 7th July. In the Novice Team competition Old Surrey & Burstow Branch finished five seconds ahead of eventual winners Cobham, but along with the faster time they incurred 16 faults, while Cohbam posted a clean sheet. Both teams qualified for the Championships. Poles rolled in the first round of the Intermediate Team Competition and with no teams finishing on zero, Surrey Union Gold Team, which finished on four, took the top spot ahead of Tickham, which finished on eight. The Open Team honours went to the Romney Marsh Branch, which posted a final score of eight ahead of Southdown East, which finished on 20.

Results Novice Individual 1 Lucy Chrichton – Ballyshiel Larry (Surrey Union) 2 Healey Ramus – Kildare Playboy (Romney Marsh) 3 Ben Berrill – Ready Eddie Go (Southdown East) 4 Claudine Wallace – Brushmarks (East Sussex) 5 Caitlin Lynch – Gullane Sally (Cobham) 6 Chloe Lindsell – Bailey (Tickham) Novice Teams First – Cobham: Caitlin Lynch, Eleanor Craig Fisher, Tabi Stevenson, Matthew Warne Second – Old Surrey & Burstow: Nichole Patterson, Elizabeth Matthews, Hannah Martin, Harriet Gilham Intermediate Individual 1 Christina Gachoud – Penistone Girl (Cobham) 2 Emily Fairhurst – Standen Dusty Miller (Tickham) 3 Hannah Wanbon – Prince of Darkness (Cobham) 4 Patrick Beirne – Springleigh PK (Surrey Union) 5 Henrietta Walker-Duncalf – My Mini Cooper (Surrey Union) 6 Sophie Etheridge – Handy Murray (North West Kent) Intermediate Teams First – Surrey Union Gold: Patrick Beirne, Joanna Kelly, Shelby Weedon, Toyah Weedon Second – Tickham: Annabel Graham, Caitlin True, Emily Fairhurst, Harriet Palmer Third – Surrey Union Blue: Nathalie George, Beth Riddle, Georgina Wood, Henrietta Walker-Duncalf Fourth – North West Kent: Sophie Etheridge, Kirsty Warner, SallY stoddart, Mia Vazquez Fifth – West Kent Meopham: Abigail Witts, Hannah Myatt, Amy Rickettes, Alice Latta Sixth – Crawley & Horsham: Rosie Ansell, Isabella Soames, Harriet Upton, Grace Durkan Open Individual 1 Charlotte White – Sienna II (Surrey Union) 2 Emma Merrick – Master Campbell (Romney Marsh) 3 Charlie O’Connor – Aughnacliff Boy (Tickham) 4 Katie Hannett – Frisco Bay (Ashford Valley) 5 Eli Strapp – Tequila Royale (Romney Marsh) 6 Jazz Shiret – Granvaal (East Sussex) Open Teams First – Romney Marsh: Annabel Edwards, Rory NewtonDunn, Eli Strapp, Emma Merrick Second – Southdown East: Hazel Perry, Lizzie Tillard, Amy Dunn Third – Tickham: Mica Amos, Jo Nicholls, Charlie O’Connor

Novice: Above: Novice Team winners – Cobham: Caitlin Lynch, Eleanor Craig Fisher, Tabi Stevenson and Matthew Warne Left: First Novice Individual, Lucy Chrichton and Ballyshiel Larry (Surrey Union)

Intermediate: Above: Intermediate Team winners – Surrey Union Gold: Patrick Beirne, Joanna Kelly, Shelby Weedon and Toyah Weedon Right: First Intermediate Individual, Christina Gachoud and Penistone Girl (Cobham)

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West Kent Hunt Meopham Pony Club Two Day Rally 23rd & 24th July 2012 Words and pictured by Andy Long


he WKHMPC took over Eaglesfield equestrian for their first ever Two Day Rally .Organised by June Long and Sally Witts. The purpose of the rally was to offer the members quality instruction, interactive lecturers and demonstrations, including: Position analysis with June Long: This involved the members wearing a white long sleeve T-shirt with black tape emphasising the straightness of the shoulders, back and the bend in the arm. They were then videoed riding and able to see their positions on the TV screen . June then worked with them to improve their positions this was also videoed and played back. The improvements were amazing not only was everyone sitting straighter and in better balance, but the horses were also going in better balance. Pole work with Sally Rowe: Sally used poles to help lengthen and shorten strides, on the corner to improve engagement and help the canter transition. The members also had fun attempting a flying change over a single pole. The three phases of flat work with Julia Buckle: Julia emphasised the importance of warming up your horse using exercises to help rhythm, suppleness ,contact , impulsion and straightness. She then moved on to the work phase where the members rode shapes and movements seeing how the warm up helped them and their horses to do this more easily. Finally Julia explained the importance of cooling down your horse using stretching and walking off the horses. Jumping exercises with Mark Boxall: As always Mark’s lesson was great fun. Mark tailored the jumping to suit the individual member everyone enjoyed their lesson with Mark even the nervous jumpers were soon enjoying themselves and gaining confidence. Sophie Jenman - lunging demonstration: Sophie having passed the very demanding Pony Club lunging exam was able to demonstrate what the examiners are looking for inc. how to tack up the horse, how to hold and use the lunge line and whip and how to work the horse. After lunch Sophie also talked the members trough a cross country DVD discussing the best way to approach the obstacles, the route to take and also what could go wrong. Saracen Feeds: Natalia from Saracen horse feeds gave a very informative talk on nutrition and feeding your horse. They passed around samples of feed which the members had to identify and everyone got a goodie bag Saddle Fitting Talk: David Dyer who is based at Frogpool Manor gave the members an interactive talk about saddle manufacture and fitting. David started by showing the different types of saddles available . The members were able to sit on the saddles and June long talked about the way in which a saddle can affect the position of the rider. David then showed how a saddle was made, he passed around flocking, air bags, adjustable plates and also showed them what a tree of a saddle looks like and importantly how to recognise a broken tree. Finally David fitted a saddle on Emily Withall’s Pavarotti, demonstrating what he looks for without and with the rider. The finale to the rally was the side saddle demonstrating by Pippa Dorran. Pippa used two of her pupils to help demonstrate the saddles and dress. They then showed riding on the flat and over jumps. Pippa’s knowledge of side saddle riding is quite amazing she made the demonstration interesting and fun. The highlight of the rally was for the members to be able to have a go at riding side saddle.

June Long used black tape on a white t-shirt to help analyse rider’s positions

Having a go at side saddle

Saddle Fitting Demonstration with David Dyer

Members attending the rally were: Group 1 - Melissa Seabrook, Louise Sringham, George Dinnis and Alex Barron Group 2 - Hattie Dinnis, Yasmin Rose, Emily Withall and Alice Montgomerie Group 3 - Fizzy Sparks, Abi Witts, Hannah Myatt and Alice Latta Group 4 - Izzy Seabrook, Will Harwood, Olivia Sringham and Lucy Witts.

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West Kent Meopham Pony Club Open Show 19th August 2012 • Words by Karen Chaplin and photography by Danny Berta

West Kent Meophan Pony Club Points Champion, Issie Dinnis and Apache

Rachel Hill and Toby, second Teenager Top Score

Betsy Smetham, winner of the First Ridden class pictured with June Long

Megan Oakley, second Fancy Dress class

Ruby Wickens, first Fancy Dress class

Debby Garland and Funny Boy, Working Hunter Champions

Emily Higgins and Colby Crescent, second Open Jumping

Champion Best Rider, Lois Seymour

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nce again the weather was great for the WKMpc open Show, after a summer of cancellations it was great that this ‘fun’ show was going ahead. entries were good with a few classes added to the schedule this year, encouraging ‘the more mature rider’! there were two jumping arenas, which gave lots of opportunities to enter for both the novice competitor and the more experienced ones. Jessika emerick riding Marshanland Minstrel took the first class of the day, the Very novice Jumping, with Sian roebuck winning the novice Jumping on razzamatazz. the teenager top score, proved to be a fun and exciting class, with George Dinnis showing not only skilled riding, but also excellent planning to achieve the maximum score. Keeping it in the Dinnis Family, one of George’s younger sisters, Hattie won the next class, the Intermediate Jumping on Guinness. WKMpc member olivia Springham riding the elegant lilly went on to win the open Jumping class, with style and speed.

Something for the over 50s

Always popular, the Working Hunter ring, this year was judged by Scott Quirk form essex. the standard was high, with lucy carter-Griffths winning the nursery Stakes. the Working pony was a hot class, in more than one way, by this time the weather had become extremely humid and hot and some of the horses and ponies were showing signs of floundering. Harriet bailey riding her lovely grey pony went on to the class. the Working Hunter Horse class and the Working Hunter champion of the day went to the lovely chestnut, Funny boy, ridden by Debbie Garland. Debbie then went on to win the 50 plus class and the riding club/pony club pony class, making it a very successful day for Debbie. local rider ruby Wickens, also had a

successful day, winning the lead rein and Fancy Dress competition. the First ridden class was won by betsy Smetham, who also became First ridden / lead rein champion of the day and took home some lovely rosettes! Jemma Davis won the Junior rider with Side Saddle rider lois Seymour taking the open rider class and the best rider championship.

We have tried to caption the pictures as accurately as possible and hope there haven’t been any mistakes as well as apologising to those riders we have been unable to identify.

Lots of giggling

lots of shouting, cheering and giggling occurred during the Horse and Groom class, which saw the three Dinnis sisters competing against each other. rosie Dinnis riding her roan pony orbit, took the honours, with Issie close behind in second place and rosie, this time on Diesel in fourth place. It was good to see that the Veteran class supported so many Veterans, who all looked in excellent condition. this year we were lucky enough to hold qualifiers for the 15 + events, with several horses and ponies qualifying for national 15+ events championship, which is to be held in 2013. Sophie bleenkett and Vagan won this class. once again the standard in condition and turnout was high with lois Seymour and Isabella Saville both winning their sections, table kept and grass kept respectively. the Handy pony class was won by Jessica boxhall in the lead rein section riding passion and Hattie Dinnis won the open section riding Guinness. During the day’s events WKMpc members gained points towards the overall championship of the Show. the clear winners were, Issie Dinnis and Apache. Although Issie didn’t win any classes out right she was placed in every class that she entered and came second in four of those classes. A great fun day was had by all and hopefully most went home with lots of rosettes, smiling faces and pleasure from their performance!

Side Saddle Display at Goodwood Pony Club Camp Words and photography by Emma Haines


ttendees of the Goodwood pony club camp had the opportunity to watch a demonstration by Area 8 Side Saddle Association members on the evening of the 9th of August. the Goodwood pony club members enjoyed a performance as part of their activity packed camp which ran from the 5th to the 11th of August, held in the magnificent grounds of Goodwood House. caroline Wilkins commentated for the side saddle displays, whilst celia Haughey began proceedings with a demonstration of how to ride to the three paces and gave a detailed example of rider turnout. this was followed by esther rostron demonstrating how to ride dressage aside and included movements such as leg-yielding and shoulder-in. esther also gave an impressive demonstration of jumping effortlessly in a side saddle and habit. Finally Georgia upton ended the evening with a fun musical display of dressage, as caroline described side saddle pas de Deux and musical freestyle competitions. More displays are planned for 2013.

Above: The display riders Left: A Pony Club member tries on the habit

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pony club news

Chiddingfold Branch of the Pony Club

Bisley Hunt, winning Intermediate Dressage Team

Pictures by Danny Berta


he Chiddingfold Branch of the Pony Club has had a busy summer, running the Area Dressage and qualifying in all three major disciplines for the Championships.

Chiddingfold Farmers, equal-first Open Dressage Team competition

Area Dressage

Initially planned to run at Eashing in eight grass arenas, this summer’s persistent rain and water-logged ground resulted in the Area Dressage Championships being moved to Merrist Wood. Where despite being limited to just two arenas the competition ran successfully, with plenty of qualifying tickets being handed out including to the victorious Chiddingfold Novice Dressage Squad.

Georgina Ambrose of the Chiddingfold Branch, second place and qualifying for the Intermediate Dressage Championships Lord Leconfield, second placed Intermediate Dressage Team

Chiddingfold winning Novice Dressage Team

Lord Leconfield, equal-first Open Dressage Team competition

Hampshire Hunt, second placed Novice Dressage Team

Intermediate Eventing Team head to the Championships


he Chiddingfold Intermediate Eventing Team of Freya Lawes, Hayley Misslebrook, Amy Chittenden and Emma Harridge won the area qualifier at Tweseldown, thereby qualifying for the Pony Club National Championships. The Chiddingfold Branch is fairly small and is proud of all its members who have qualified for the Championships. Other members who have qualified include, Holly Stuart on So Su Me, she has managed to qualify in all three major disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing. Emily Weeks qualified for the NFU Novice Show Jumping Championships.

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Know the Quality of your Hay Hay is undoubtedly the ideal forage for horses. Here the experts at HAYGAIN hay steamers share their advice on purchasing hay, taking into consideration the quality of the hay and how to store it correctly to retain its nutritional content throughout the year.


he quality of hay depends on the value of the crop, determined by the weather and maintenance of the grass before harvest. Once cut, the grass must be given sufficient time to dry, to remove moisture before baling. The healthier and drier the crop, the better the hay.

What to look for?

When looking for high-quality hay, knowing what is inside counts. Before buying hay, open at least one bale up and look inside. Slight discolouration isn’t a problem; this often occurs with stacked hay. Obvious signs of bad hay are warmth, extreme sun bleaching, mould, dust, fermentation or abnormal heaviness. Avoid hay that contains weeds, dirt, insects or rubbish. Look at the texture of the hay; it should be finestemmed, green, leafy and soft. Good hay should smell sweet; poor hay often smells musty. Try to feed the hay within the year of its harvest, to ensure it still retains its nutritional value.

How to store hay?

Storage is vital to ensure hay remains top quality. Hay should be stored in hay sheds and barns that offer complete protection from wind, rain, snow and sun. Store areas must be cleaned out before new hay is stacked in. If old hay dust is left, mouldy spores can mix with the new clean forage. Old hay should be kept separate from new bales. Unless the floor of the barn has a waterproof membrane (concrete), bales should be raised off the ground to avoid moisture rising through floor. Once baled, the hay is still drying so it’s crucial to keep it well ventilated; leaving the bales out in the field to develop for a couple of days, if sunny, can be beneficial. There are generally two main types of hay storage barns: fully enclosed, which can be open at one end for ease of filling, but are otherwise totally enclosed, and “roof only” structures, accessible from all sides. When planning storage, ventilation is the key to good hay. The storage must allow for air exchange, either by natural ventilation, or a fan system. This is especially the case if the hay is not perfectly dry, so the air can get in to the hay and dry it out completely. Good ventilation will also remove excessive moisture; if the moisture is left, it can move from warmer to cooler areas of the stack, damaging more bales. Ventilation will also remove condensation which can form under steel. ‘Visitors’ to hay barns (chickens, foxes, rodents, etc.) can contaminate hay and will leave their ‘calling card’ - adding to the bacteria – as well as their smell, which horses notice far more acutely than humans. (Cats are great for killing rodents.) Hay bales should be stacked with the newer ones at the back and the older at the front, so the older ones are used first, and allow narrow gaps between rows for extra air flow. Try to keep them off the

ground to ensure maximum air flow; open lofts are ideal; another alternative is wooden pallets.

Steaming Hay

Even the best quality hay may contain levels of dust and spores, which can provoke coughing in horses, as well as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), amongst other respiratory diseases. Soaking hay to eliminate dust is not only messy and laborious, but also reduces the nutritional content and produces a liquid waste that is classed as an environmental pollutant, eight times worse than human effluent. Steaming hay with the HAYGAIN hay steamer has been scientifically proven to kill harmful spores found in hay and therefore effectively sterilise hay without nutritional loss. The HAYGAIN hay steamer has been researched and extensively tested at The Royal Agricultural College, by Equine Nutritionist Dr Meriel MooreColyer. HAYGAIN’s unique concept enables steam to penetrate the centre of the bale, releasing steam evenly which defuses outwards, ensuring the entire bale is steamed at the critically necessary temperatures (circa 100°C throughout). Using the HAYGAIN hay steamer produces sweetsmelling, palatable, dust-free hay. HAYGAIN is currently available in three models: the HG-1000, HG-600 and HG-GO. With all the units steamed hay is ready to feed immediately after steaming cycles of less than 50 minutes depending on model. Complete nutritional value and goodness are maintained with improved palatability and digestibility. Proven by several leading research institutions and establishments, HAYGAIN is endorsed and prescribed by leading vets internationally, and used by professional riders throughout all disciplines. The HG-1000 is designed to steam a full bale. It can process a fully strung bale and withstand the use and abused on the biggest, busiest of yards. The HG-600 accommodates half a bale, hay nets or hay wedges and is ideal for smaller yards and for use away at competitions. The unit is extremely durable, compact and easy to move around, the stables. The new HG-GO is a fully collapsible bag that will accommodate half a bale of hay or large hay net, ideal to take to shows. It is lightweight and easy to use. All HAYGAIN steamers are exceptionally robust with only stainless steel and brass fittings so they can be used in all climatic conditions. They are uniquely thermally insulated for unmatched performance and energy efficiency and are the only hay steamers with a patented method which ensures even steaming. Ongoing extensive research continues by HAYGAIN at universities, research centres and veterinary practices in several countries to investigate further the additional benefits of steamed hay with some imminent ground breaking developments. When it comes to feeding hay, HAYGAIN is your only partner!


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Feed news


for fibre By Hannah Briars WINERGY® Nutritionist


rom past to present horses’ lifestyles have drastically changed; from their earliest use as the main source of power for war, transport and agriculture to now where we use them mainly for recreational and competition purposes. Although the type of work and way we manage them has changed over time, one thing that has stayed the same is the way the horse’s digestive system works. Therefore this needs to be at the forefront of our minds when we are feeding them in order to help keep their gut healthy.

The importance of fibre Horses are browsing herbivores, historically spending their days continually moving and browsing the plains for vegetation such as herbs, shrubs, grasses and other plants; as such they have evolved over thousands of years to digest a predominantly high fibre diet. With over 65% of the digestive tract devoted entirely to the digestion of fibre, diets high in starch and low in fibre can cause digestive problems. To help your horse perform to his maximum he needs to keep his gut healthy, so it is essential that at least 50% of his diet is made up of forage.

Forage: sources of fibre Grass: Grass is the most common source of fibre and for many horses and ponies turned out all the time it will provide all the fibre and energy they need. However not all horses are turned out; this may be due to them being overweight, having a clinical condition such as laminitis or restricted turnout may be the only option. In these cases it is important to provide suitable alterative forage to ensure that your horse gets all the fibre he needs. Conserved Forage: The main source of conserved long fibre in most horses’ diets comes from hay or haylage. It is important to ensure that good quality hay or haylage is available, otherwise it can lead to digestive problems, weight loss and respiratory problems.

Signs of poor quality hay or haylage • Contains visible dust, mould or fungus • Smells mouldy or musty • Contains weeds • Is discoloured, brown, or grey • Strong odours • Is hot or warm to the touch

Many people worry that haylage is very rich and therefore you have to feed less of it. In reality the analysis of haylage and hay can be very similar but it can’t be determined without it being analysed. One point to remember is that haylage nearly always contains more moisture than hay, so to ensure your horse gets all the fibre he needs you will actually need to feed more haylage than hay. On average around 1.5 times more by weight.

Fibre in feeds Due to the higher work demands we place on our horses, forage alone may not always be enough to maintain their weight, therefore you may need to feed a compound feed to provide extra calories as well as vitamin and mineral support.

What are the benefits of a fibre based compound feed? Fibre based compound feeds are designed to be fed as the complete bucket feed and are made from a blend of highly palatable fibres and are designed for a variety of work levels. They are higher in fibre and oil and contain reduced starch and sugar levels. Fibre and oil provide slow release energy to the diet to promote positive controlled behaviour, allowing even higher energy fibre feeds to condition your horse safely while reducing the chances of unwanted excitable behaviour. They help keep the fibre content of the diet high, which is especially important for horses on restricted forage. Long fibre helps extend eating time and extra chewing will also increase saliva production which helps buffer the acids in the stomach, both of which will help maximise the digestive health of your horse or pony Horses and ponies on a forage only diet may not require the calories from a compound feed but will still need to be provided with vitamins and minerals that are lacking in grass, hay and haylage. These horses may benefit from a fibre based balancer to optimise digestive health in a small, lower calorie, nutrient dense serving. Many horses often need compound feeds to provide them with the energy they need, especially those horses with higher energy demands. However, the importance of fibre should never be forgotten, not just as an energy source but also as a way of maintaining a healthy digestive system. For further information call the WINERGY® Care-Line on 01908 576277

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Keep your horse calm this fireworks night with the Blue Chip calming range. If you have a particularly nervous horse buy a bottle of Blue Chip Karma, feed 50ml per day in the week leading up to fireworks night and on the night itself feed 100ml an hour before the fireworks are due to start. With less-nervous horses feed just one measure from the triple-measure Carrotcalm/ Applecalm syringe on the day of the fireworks.

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Cost Effective Winter Feeding In this issue TopSpec Senior Nutritionist, Katy Mickle BsC Hons provides advice on feeding throughout the winter months.


s winter approaches many people will have the problem of a shortage of hay after a long wet summer. Forage will have been cut later than ideal and will analyse lower in energy and protein compared to previous years. Whilst this is great news for owners of good doers it will mean increasing the quantity or the quality of the hard feed given for the rest of us to keep our horses in correct condition over the winter. Good-doers in light to medium work whom live on ‘fresh-air’ should be fed a vitamin and mineral supplement or low calorie feed balancer like topSpec Lite feed balancer. If necessary, hay can be fed soaked for approximately 12 hours in ample fresh cool water to reduce its calorific content. care should be taken with autumn grazing – although most laminitis is seen in the spring and summer months, good doers who have put on too much condition over the summer are very susceptible to a bout of laminitis in the autumn if the grass grows rapidly. Grazing for susceptible animals should be restricted accordingly – either by limiting turnout time or by making the turnout area smaller.

Balancing the diet If your horse is not a good-doer make sure his feeds don’t become too big to be efficiently digested. Horses that get sharper in the winter may also benefit from smaller more digestible feeds, keeping sugar and starch levels as low as possible. A typical 16hh 500kg horse should not have more than 2kg dry weight in a feed so don’t be tempted to add lots of chaff and sugar beet to feeds to bulk the feeds up. Instead base your feeds on a conditioning feed balancer like topSpec comprehensive feed balancer (e.g. for show horses and performance horses), topSpec cool balancer (for horses in light to medium work) or topSpec Senior feed balancer (for elderly horses requiring the benefits of a feed balancer and a joint supplement). A smaller hard feed which will be more nutrient dense will be more effective in keeping condition on your horse. don’t be put off by the cost of feed balancers – a 20kg bag lasts a typical 16hh 500kg horse for 40 days and a 250kg pony for 80 days. Not all feed balancers are the same – it is worth comparing the specifications before you choose so that you get the results you want.

All wrapped-up Keeping horses rugged and warm will help to reduce the energy used by the horse and therefore reduce the amount of feed he needs. regular visits by a qualified equine dentist will ensure that your horse can chew his fibre effectively. In a year when most forage will be cut late, and be stemmy and coarse this will be more important than usual. And don’t forget that an effective worming program will mean that you are not wasting feed. It is vital that correct wormers are used at the right times of year for a worming program to be effective.

Ad-lib forage Forage should wherever possible be fed ad lib, and doing so will reduce feeding costs as by improving the amount of nutrients sourced economically and as microbial digestion of fibre acts as a central heating system for the horse to keep him warm. As a result of decreased forage quality this winter feeding a feed balancer will help to maximise your horse’s utilisation of the fibre available. this will be more cost effective and more palatable than adding lots of supplements, probiotics and oil to feeds. Feeding a balancer will also save money on specialist supplements so for example topSpec comprehensive feed balancer contains the following supplements at the therapeutic levels; Hoof Supplement, Vitamin e and Selenium Muscle Supplement, b vitamins, blood tonic and Probiotics (improve digestibility). Straights can be utilised along side feed balancers and where, for example good quality oats are available, this may be a cost effective way of feeding. topSpec produce a range of blends designed to be fed with a feed balancer or a supplement and are a superb alternative to straights because they are balanced for calcium, salt and magnesium; the major deficiencies of straights. If you are looking for a ‘NonHeating’ regime look for very low sugar/starch cubes formulated without cereal grains i.e. topSpec FibrePlus cubes, coolcondition cubes or Performance cubes. You may also take advantage of other fibre sources like unmollased alfalfa or unmollased sugar beet. the best advice I can give you is to ring a nutritionist for advice tailored to your own horse or pony.

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For most horse owners grass has been in plentiful supplies this summer, so the normal sayings of feed plenty of fibre and ad lib hay, have not been bounced around quite so often. But as winter approaches and the grass stops growing, one must remember the importance of feeding fibre. There are lots of ways to increase the fibre intake of your horse and here we take a look at a few as well as some other products, which will hopefully make feeding much simpler this autumn. ReadyFibre Mash


If your horse or pony is struggling with long stem fibre it is important to ensure that fibre levels are maintained as a lack of fibre can result in weight loss. Made out of 100% high digestible fibre and taking just 5 minutes to soak ReadyFibre Mash forms a soft textured mash that is very palatable. Once combined with water the ReadyFibre Mash will double in size, which is an ideal way to help increase your horse’s water intake over the winter months. With a very low starch and sugar content and no cereals ReadyFibre Mash is a very versatile product suitable for horses that suffer from laminitis, for good doers and those that need a low energy diet. The high fibre content helps to encourage slow rates of digestion throughout the hind gut and is particularly valuable for horses requiring a diet that is sympathetic on the digestive system.

A Super Fibre conditioning feed, Fibre-Beet is a formulated blend containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product with added high quality Alfalfa for optimum condition, and to provide quality protein for muscle tone and function. Ideal for horses prone to digestive upsets and very palatable for fussy eaters, Fibre-Beet has added biotin for hoof quality and is approved by The Laminitis Trust. Fibre-Beet can also be used as a forage replacer (up to 40% of the daily forage allowance). Soaked and ready to feed in only 45 minutes in cold water, or 15 minutes in hot water.

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Easy Pack Haylage Good quality, dust free forage is essential in providing the fibre your horse needs for a healthy digestive system and satisfied appetite. In colder months the process of digesting fibrous forage also keeps your horse warm and entertained. Choosing forage has never been easier with Easy Pack’s range of deliciously tempting Haylage products: • Easy Pack Timothy Low protein and energy for rest or light work, convalescent, laminitic and natives. • Easy Pack Meadow Medium protein and energy for rest to medium work and improved condition. • Easy Pack Rye Grass Medium protein, high energy for horses in competition and breeding stock. The grasses in Easy Pack Haylage are carefully selected and cultivated for consistently high quality, safe products for your horse. Easy Pack Haylage improves digestion, respiratory health and condition and whilst reducing the need for hard feed; for a calmer horse and lower feeding costs. www.easypackhaylage.com

Blue Chip Feed Balancer Horses and ponies have evolved to eat a diet that mainly consists of fibre; this keeps the gut working correctly and results in optimum digestive function and overall well being. If the horse’s digestive system is compromised in anyway i.e. a diet that doesn’t contain enough fibre, it will have significant effects on performance, appearance and even temperament. Feeding a diet that is high in fibre should be the main consideration when feeding any equine. The addition of a superior quality feed balancer such as one in the Blue Chip range to your horse or pony’s fibre diet is the easiest way to ensure that your horse or pony’s digestive health is taken care of on a daily basis and they are receiving the correct levels of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. All of the Blue Chip balancers are whole-cereal and molasses free, making them very low in sugar and starch. They also all incorporate an EU approved probiotic to ensure optimum digestive health and increased fibre digestibility. www.bluechipfeed.com. Tel: 0114 266 6200 ▼

Now is the time to ensure you have adequate forage supplies to keep your horse or pony going over the winter. Sourcing good quality hay may not be easy this year, due to the wet harvest, so by opting for HorseHage – a dust free bagged forage - you can feed with confidence, knowing you are providing the best possible forage for your horse or pony. HorseHage dust-free bagged forage can offer an alternative to traditional hay or haylage and because it is such good quality, you may even find you are able to reduce your horse’s hard feed ration by up to a third. It is more digestible than other forages, allowing more efficient utilisation of the available nutrients. There are four different varieties – Ryegrass, High Fibre, Timothy and Alfalfa – offering a choice for all types of horses and ponies including laminitics. HorseHage is packed into double-skinned, highly compressed bales which hold a lot more than you may think, and as long as it is unopened, it will last for up to 18 months and can be stored outside. Once a bag is opened, it should be consumed within a week. Another option is to replace hay with Mollichaff Veteran. It has been formulated for elderly horses and ponies that cannot consume long forage, but is a high fibre forage mix that can also be used to replace the entire forage ration where necessary. It contains a balanced blend of dried grass, dried alfalfa and oat straw and is topped with a unique dressing combining linseed and soya oil with a very light, low sugar coating, plus added vitamins, minerals, plantbased antioxidants, mint, nettle, salt and biotin. It is very palatable and so is ideal for fussy feeders too. As with any feed and forage, always make any changes to your horse’s diet gradually over a minimum of five to seven days to allow the gut microflora to adjust. www.horsehage.co.uk. Tel: 01803 527257

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Developed to help overcome stable stress and boredom, the Likit range has something for every type of equine, from the shy retiring type, to the inquisitive extrovert. Now, to help you decide which product suits your particular horse, the company has devised the Likit Challenge System, which grades the different levels of difficulty and ensures that your horse gets the most out his Likit Stable Toys. The Likit Holder is an ideal entry level product for a horse that is unfamiliar with Likits, or for one who is less adventurous. If your horse is up for more of a challenge however, then consider the Snak-A-Ball and Tongue Twister. Filled with Likit Snaks or dry feed, the Snak-A-Ball releases food onto the floor as it rolls, while the Tongue Twister spins as the horse uses it, making it harder for him to access the tasty Likit refills. If you want to up the game further, the Boredom Breaker should intensify his interest. Perhaps try placing a Salt Likit in the top and either one or two Little Likits in the ball and mix and match flavours for added variety. Alternatively, for the horse that needs plenty of mental stimulation, try the Boredom Buster in conjunction with one or two Little Likits. As your horse licks, the Boredom Buster will move and spin and you can also clip on a Likit Holder to add another dimension. By trying different Likit flavours and introducing new interests, you will be providing your horse with hours of stimulation and fun, which in turn will make him a much happier equine. www.likit.co.uk. Tel: 01655 750523

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Haylage Balancer will help your horse thoroughly digest and maximise his roughage intake, allowing him to gain full value from it, whilst helping to maintain a happy, healthy and comfortable gut. Haylage Balancer is an advanced, totally natural, nutritional support formula that will help neutralise and absorb excess acids in the gut, whilst slowing down the rate of passage of partially digested food through the gut, thus maximising the digestion of roughage. The benefits of feeding Haylage Balancer as part of your horse’s daily diet will help to settle the gut but minimising the production of acid and any potential acidic build up. So, your horse will become more comfortable and therefore happier and healthier within himself. There are other advantages too you may find: you can cut back on the quantity of hard feed given, you could find your horse will be cleaner in his stable, saving you time and money on bedding…so, not only will your horse be happier, you will be too! www.naf-uk.com Tel: 0800 373 106 For your chance to win one of three 1.8kg tubs of NAF Haylage Balancer, send a postcard with your name and address to: Haylage Balancer, Localrider, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TP. The winners will be the first three cards drawn after the closing date of 31st October 2012.


Feeding the Veteran We all know it is important to keep the older horse warm and dry over the cold winter period, but it is also important to ensure he is receiving the right diet. Some older horses will be retired, while others might still be competing and it is important to feed as per the job in hand. Horses, particularly older ones, burn a lot of calories, just trying to keep warm and it is important to remember this, especially if it is a cold winter. Saracen Veteran Mix Saracen Veteran Mix is a high quality, highly digestible mix designed specifically for the older horse. Veteran Mix utilises Saracen ‘Super Fibre’ technology, which contains a similar level of accessible calories to cereals enabling the cereal portion of the recipe to be reduced, helping to avoid the likelihood of digestive disorders caused by high-cereal based diets. This new formulation contains E-Max Ester; a new and unique vitamin E source only available through Saracen Horse Feeds. E-Max Ester is a natural organic source of Vitamin E and has superior bio-availability compared to the commonly used synthetic versions helping to maintain a healthy immune system and a healthy, active lifestyle. www. Saracenhorsefeeds.com. Tel: 01622 718487

Aloeride for Veteran Vitality


If you own a veteran horse or pony, keeping them looking and feeling good as the seasons change, can be a challenge. Aloeride is a pure organic aloe vera supplement, which not only helps promote a healthy, shiny coat, but also helps to support your veteran’s immune system, which can often become compromised with age. Ideal for veterans and those horses or ponies lacking lustre, Aloeride also helps support healthy skin, conditions hooves and aids rejuvenation and recovery too: all from one taste-free sachet a day! Either add the powder to your horse’s feed or for those that live in on ‘thin air’: simply mix with a little water in a syringe and you have a supplement, which is cost effective and easy to feed. Each box of Aloeride® contains 30 sachets (30 days worth) equaling a whopping 12 litres of aloe vera juice and it’s great to know that it’s also been tested by an accredited Newmarket laboratory and does not contain any synthetic compounds, so you can rest assured that Aloeride won’t interfere with your veteran’s medication or tummy! www.aloeride.com Tel: 01858 464550

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FEED NEWS Vetrofen Vetrofen is a proprietary blend of natural plant extracts from Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu. The plants have been used in foods and health products for thousands of years, especially in Japan and China. The two key ingredients, in Vetrofen have been studied extensively around the world and recognized for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as their exceptional safety profile. The ingredients in general are the healthful ingredients that give color to vegetables, fruits, cocoa, red wine and green tea. The plant extracts of these ingredients found in Vetrofen have been scientifically formulated to find key extracts of the plant flavonoids, baicalin and catechin. Flavonoids are compounds with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and these have been studied extensively and are recognised for their potency. Vetrofen can help provide short-term relief from a strain or bruising, as well long term support for the stiffness and arthritis associated with old age with no side effects and no banned substances. Vetrofen represents a whole new approach to managing knocks, bumps and joint mobility / osteoarthritis by uniquely addressing the dietary imbalances of the metabolic processes involved, rather than merely focusing on the symptoms and masking the problem. www.animalife.co.uk. Tel: 0845 365 00 50

Equine America V-Biotic® Powder More than Just a Feed Balancer! Super concentrated V-Biotic® - a premium grade, broad spectrum product which has been specially formulated to provide the comprehensive balance of essential vitamins and minerals your horse or pony needs, and which may be lacking in their domestic diet. V-Biotic® contains Echinacea for the immune system, Turmeric for a healthy liver, highly effective probiotics and powerful anti-oxidants, and the very best ingredients to support bone, hoof and muscle tissue and benefit the circulatory system. V-Biotic® will complement any feeding regime without any additional ‘heating’ effects - feed to all horses daily for optimum health and condition. V-Biotic® can help maintain vitality in the older horse. www.equine-america.co.uk Telephone 01403 255809

Equine America Cortaflex HA Regular Solution Although Cortaflex Powder is still our number one seller some customers insist on a liquid supplement but not everyone can afford our Super Strength Cortaflex HA solution and not every horse needs it. So we have formulated Cortaflex HA Regular Solution for just £19.99(RRP) a special introductory offer. www.equine-america.co.uk Tel: 01403 255809

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. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support is designed to help support joints subject to excess trauma and/or repeated wear and tear. It 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. www.topspec.com Tel: 01845 565030


NAF In The Pink Senior An exciting new, scientifically balanced formula from NAF has been launched. In The Pink Senior is especially formulated to meet all the nutritional requirements of your older horse and is designed to give him all the support he needs to say forever young. Make In The Pink Senior part of your older horse’s daily diet and, by addressing the natural aging process of the body’s systems, it will help keep him in tip top condition both inside and out. In The Pink Senior will: • Help balance the diet and the digestive system, to enable your horse maximise the value of his feed intake. • Provide pre and pro biotics for optimum support of the gut. • Donate all the vitamins and minerals required by the older horse for all round health. • Supply a unique combination of naturally sourced antioxidant ingredients to flush excess toxins from the system. • Support a ‘youthful spark’ in your horse in response to the selective herbal content of the formula. • Provide nutrients to support joint health. In The Pink Senior is recommended for all older horses and ponies, whether signs of age are obvious or not. It is designed to allow you and your best friend enjoy ‘the good old days’ together. www.naf-uk.com Tel: 0800 373 106 For your chance to win one of three 900g tubs of NAF In The Pink Senior, send a postcard with your name and address to: In The Pink, Localrider, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TP. The winners will be the first three cards drawn after the closing date of 31st October 2012.


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Old Age Performers perform better with In The Pink Senior Addresses the natural aging process inside & out Contains pre & pro biotics for optimum support of the gut Balances the diet, the digestive system and more… Supplies all the vitamins & minerals required by the senior horse The unique combination of antioxidants flushes out excess toxins Carefully chosen herbal ingredients support a youthful outlook Contains nutrients to help support joint health Feed In The Pink Senior and let your horse be an O.A.Performer!

In the Pink Senior features Irish Dancer III (Pollie) aged 19 Says Kathryn, “Since feeding In The Pink Senior, Pollie not only feels very well in herself, she also looks in great condition. She is noticeably more active and enjoying life to the full!”

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A Stable Environment BEDDING

As the nights creep in our thoughts turn to winter and preparing the yard, ready for the horses to be brought into their stables if they aren’t already. Hopefully at some point over the last few months you will have had the chance to give your horse’s stable a thorough clean, removing cobwebs and disinfecting the walls and floors. I like to start afresh in the autumn with new clean bedding and here we take a look at some of the different products available this season. Hunter Woodshavings from Metsä Wood For quality you can trust in every bale don’t settle for anything less than Hunter Woodshavings. Good bedding is vital in helping to ensure that animals are kept healthy and free from respiratory problems that can be exacerbated and even caused by the use of dusty bedding. Hunter Woodshavings, manufactured by Metsä Wood, have been tested under strictly controlled conditions by SARTRA, a BETA-designated testing house, for fungal spore content, dust content, absorbency and spread volume. These tests proved that Hunter Woodshavings have an extremely low fungal spore count, exceptionally low levels of dust and high absorbency levels, making them the perfect choice for high quality, dust extracted horse bedding. Tests also showed that the spread volume of Hunter Woodshavings was higher than that of other brands tested, meaning that Hunter Woodshavings not only offer fantastic value for money but are a bedding you can trust, first time, every time. For details of Hunter Woodshavings please call 07710 998742 www. hunterwoodshavings.com

BEDMAX BEDMAX is a virtually dust free, completely natural bedding with no additives and is the original shaving made specifically for bedding all stabled horses. Absorbent and extremely easy to use BEDMAX flakes are designed to produce a deeper more aerated bed, increasing drainage, and offering far more cushioning for the horse’s feet and joints. Made predominantly from British Pine, which has natural antiseptic properties, BEDMAX shavings are branded in distinctive 20kg yellow and green bags and available throughout the UK. www.bedmaxshavings. com

Easy Pack Premium Bedding Easy Pack Premium Bedding is made from carefully selected oil seed rape straw for a luxurious, soft, absorbent, hygienic, fresh, scented straw bedding. Bed down on the best with Easy Pack Premium, Miscanthus or Chopped Straw Bedding, it’s what your horse would choose! Easy Pack is dedicated to the production of products to improve your horse’s stable environment. www.easypackhaylage.com

LITTLEMAX LITTLEMAX shavings are specifically for horse owners who prefer a small flake shaving. Durable, absorbent and easy to use it is a high quality, fine horse bedding with a light appearance. Produced from sustainable sources of primarily British pine, cut specifically for shavings and not as a bi-product LITTLEMAX offers the anti-bacterial properties of pine. In stable trials horse owners praised its quality, low dust levels, ease of use and absorbency. LITTLEMAX is branded in distinctive 20kg green and cream bags and available throughout the UK. www.littlemaxshavings. com

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To advertise Wimbledon Pony here call Club Open Show 01892 863062 SATURDAY, 2 ND MAY 2009

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12 Julywww.storyequestrian.com Mid Surrey Pony Club Branch Show (Members only) www.pcuk.org/ midsurrey 01293 775340



12 July CBEquine Summer Show at Ingatestone Hall www.cbequine.co.uk 07949 096086

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12 July TWRC Open Show At East Bysshe www.twridingclub.org.uk 07921 552132 OCTOBER 2012 12 July Felbridge Show Ground Unaffiliated Jumping www.felbridge. net 4 October Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show 4 October Bedgebury Park, British Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

Jumping Training Event with Johnny Harris BSJA, Show Jumping Flatwork Training, Individual & group lessons. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@ parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk

12 July Chipstead Riding Club Summer Show wwwchipsteadridingclub.org.uk

12 July Surrey Union Pony Club Open Show www.pcuk.org/surreyunion 01293 871921 5 October Duckhurst Farm Show

5 October Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com Centre, Senior Prog / Adv, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

7 October Sussex Peggers Riding Club. Club Competition at Ditchling Common Stud www.sussexpeggers.com 10 October Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com 10 October Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Jonathan Chapman BHSI, BE Level. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@ parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk 11 October Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe for Children, Junior & Young Rider Teams, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk

12 July Chequer Tree Farm Inhand & Show 07711 838319 5 Ridden October Parwood Equestrian Centre,

12 October Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

12 July Felbridge Show Ground Unaffiliated Jumping www.felbridge. 6 October Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated net Show Jumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady

12 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Horses for Sale, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

Dressage Training Clinic with Andrew Gould, Private lessons. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@ parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk

Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

13 October Bedgebury Park, Janine Lamy Show Jumping Clinic, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

5 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Mini Novice, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

13 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Pony Affiliated, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

12 July Sevenoaks Riding Club Dressage, SJ and combined training at Redlands 01732 461462 14 July Sevenoaks Riding Club Evening Dressage, SJ and combined training at Redlands 01732 461462

6 October Bodiam International Arena, Dressage Demonstration, indoor arena & refreshments, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email: office@sterlingquarterhorse. com, www.gardenofenglandcircuit.co.uk 6 October Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Unaffiliated Horse Trials Championships, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, email: jandplamont@ntlworld.com, www.bdwp. co.uk/aallen, www.tweseldown.co.uk

17 - 19 July Kent County Show www. kentshow.co.uk 01622 633060

18 July Fiddlers Green Stud Unaffiliated Dressage www.FGStud. 7 October Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Show co.uk 07752 712915 Jumping Senior (A,P), Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

19 July Goring & District Riding Club 7 Open October Bridgewww.gdrc.org.uk House Events at Bramble Show 07988 Hill, Eventers Challenge. Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 502833 0RL. www.bridgehouse-equestrian.co.uk

19 July Great Bookham Equestrian Centre Open Show www.gbec.info 7 01372 October 451458 Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Hunter Trials, 1’6” to 2’9” Schooling

13 October Mount Mascal Stables, Saturday Evening Unaffiliated Indoor Winter Dressage Series, Prelim 4 & novice 24, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com 13-15 October Petplan Equine Area Festivals 2012, Dressage, Prelim to PSG, Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 02476 698839, www.britishdressage.co.uk/how_to_qualify 14 October Bedgebury Park, Riding Club London Clinic with John Smart, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com 14 October Chipstead Riding Club, Show Jumping, Felbridge Showground, Felbridge, West Sussex. www.chipsteadridingclub.org.uk 14 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Senior Intro / Amature, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com 14 October Goring & District Riding Club, Eventers Challenge at Castle Goring, Telephone: 07805 061682, Janet Shears, www.gdrc.org.uk

7 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

14 October Hillside Farm, Fun Jumping Show, Mini x bars to 2’6” in sandschool – assistance allowed – no eliminations, Fun Friendly Atmosphere. Hillside Farm, Coolham, West Sussex, RH13 8QN, Telephone: 01403 740041, www.hillsidefarmshows.co.uk

Rounds & enclosed CRJ. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN.Telephone 01737 244853 www. pcuk.org – go to Mid Surrey Branch

14 October The Rockbourne Ride, Open Hunter Trials, Wilton Hunt Club, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Telephone: 01725 518297 Contact Colette Bunch 01425 650023

19 July FS Events Dressage at Warrigal Farm 07957 765964

7 October Mount Mascal Stables, Autumn Hunter Trail, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com

19 July Southdown East Pony Club at Wivelsden Farm 16 and Under Show 7 October Sevenoaks Riding Club, Autumn Hunter Trial, Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: www.pcuk/southdowneast 01732 461462 www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk 21 July TWRC Evening Dressage & Show Jumping at Beechenwood Farm www.twridingclub.org.uk 07921 552132

7 October Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Unaffiliated Horse Trials Championships, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, email: jandplamont@ntlworld.com, www.bdwp. co.uk/aallen, www.tweseldown.co.uk

23 July Chipstead Riding Club Evening Dressage wwwchipsteadridingclub.org.uk

7 October Speedgate, Clear Round Jumping. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@speedgate.co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk

14 October Rother Valley Riding Club, Eventers Challenge, Sandhole Farm, Westfield, Nr. Hastings, www.rvrc.org.uk 14 October Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage, includes Walk & Trot, Prelim, Novice, Elementary & Medium. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk 14 October Warlingham District Horse Club, Hunter Trials. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 07950 496993, Email: enquiries@wdhc.org, wdhc_enquiries@ hotmail.com, www.wdhc.org.uk 15 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Pony Affiliated, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

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To advertise here, call 01892 863062 or email: info@localrider.co.uk 18 October Bedgebury Park, British Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com 19 October Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com 19 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Senior Prog / Adv, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

9 November Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

27 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Romney Marsh Pony Club, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

10 November Bedgebury Park, Janine Lamy show jumping clinic, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

27 October Lord Leconfield Branch of the Pony Club, Dressage & Dengie Qualifier, Sands Farm Equestrian Centre, West Sussex www.pck.org/lordleconfield 28 October Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, refreshments, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email: office@sterlingquarterhorse. com, www.gardenofenglandcircuit.co.uk

20 October Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage Championships, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

28 October Candover Valley Sponsored Ride, Over 8 miles of parkland, woodland, water meadows, with jumps to suit all ages and capabilities. In aid of The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund, The Grange, Northington, Hampshire, SO24 9TG.Telephone: 01962 779260, www.candoverride.co.uk

20 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Pony Affiliated, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com 21 October Bridge House Events at Bramble Hill, Mini Hunter Trial. Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RL. www.bridgehouse-equestrian.co.uk

28 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Senior Intro / Amat, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

21 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

29 October Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping, inc UK Riders Challenge Qualifiers, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

21 October Eaglesfield, Sunday Indoor Unaffiliated Jumping Series, with Crickland & Eaglesfield Qualifiers, Classes: cross pole to 3’6” open, everyone welcome, friendly fun jumping events for all ages and albilities. Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT (near New Ash Green, please contact for directions), Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email: eaglesfield.jean@ btinternet.com, www.eaglesfield.net

29 October Lord Leconfield Branch of the Pony Club, Indoor Show Jumping & Dengie Qualifier, Sands Farm Equestrian Centre, West Sussex www.pck.org/lordleconfield 28 October Warlingham District Horse Club, Halloween Show Jumping. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 07950 496993, Email: enquiries@wdhc.org, wdhc_enquiries@ hotmail.com, www.wdhc.org.uk

21 October Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Hunter Trials, 1’6” to 2’9” Schooling Rounds & enclosed CRJ. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN. Telephone 01737 244853 www. pcuk.org – go to Mid Surrey Branch

30 October Lord Leconfield Branch of the Pony Club, Indoor Show Jumping & Dengie Qualifier, Sands Farm Equestrian Centre, West Sussex www.pck.org/lordleconfield

21 October Mount Mascal Stables, Jump Cross Trails, An open course combination of knock-down fences & XC fences, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com

NOVEMBER 2012 2 November Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

21 October Speedgate, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, a variety of classes from Clear Round to Open. All classes & warm-up are held on rubber surfaces. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk 24 October Parwood Equestrian Centre, Dressage Training Clinic with Andrew Gould, Private lessons. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@ parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk 25 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Romney Marsh Pony Club, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com 26 October Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com 26 October Mount Mascal Stables, Friday Evening Indoor Winter Show Jumping Series, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com 26 October Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe for Children, Junior & Young Rider Teams, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk

10 November Mount Mascal Stables, Saturday Evening Unaffiliated Indoor Winter Dressage Series, Prelim 12 & novice 30, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com 11 November Highstead Riding Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage, Highstead Riding Centre, Highstead, Chislet, Nr. Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4LX, Email: lynnusauk@aol.com 11 November Strictly Come Dressage, in aid of the Emile Faurie Foundation, Celebrating the Olympics, Gala Afternoon with many to be finalised acts. The day will include usual costume classes with new class for children under 14 and also a special prize for the best Olympic Theme, at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL. Tickets are £15.00 (under 14 half price), Cheques payable to Emile Faurie Foundation, SAE to 3 South Cottages, Harley Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex, TH21 8AG, Telephone: 01435 866766, Email: maryanne_horn@hotmail.com 12-13 November Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Two Day Equine Specific First Aid Course, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com 14 November Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com 14 November Hall Place Equestrian Centre, One Day Equine Specific First Aid Course, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com 16 November Bedgebury Park, Clear round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com 16–18 November Horse World Live, ExCel Centre, London, Something for every horse lover with dressage shows, eventing, show jumping and western. With appearances by: William Fox-Pitt, Pippa and William Funnell, Emile Faurie, Sharon Hunt, Geoff Luckett, Paul Hayler, David Deptford and Linda Parelli. www.horseworldlive.com

2 November Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Autumn Novice Show, Ridden & In Hand, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

16 - 18 November The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, with special opening performances from Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, and Lee Pearson CBE, Birmingham NIA, Birmingham, Telephone: 0844 844 2121, www. ticketmaster.co.uk, www.livenation.co.uk

3 November Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

17 November Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage winter series, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

4 November Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Hunter Trials, 1’6” 1’9” 2’ 2’3” 2’6/2’9” enclosed CRJ. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN.Telephone 01737 244853 www. pcuk.org – go to Mid Surrey Branch

17 November Hailsham Equestrian Club, Open Unaffiliated Dressage, Clases at Prelim and Novice including NPS Qualifiers for 2013, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chalvington Road, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3SS, Telephone: 01323 485580 www.hailshamec.co.uk

6 November Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe for Children, Junior & Young Rider Teams, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires email: bookings@parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk 17 November Hailsham Equestrian Club, Indoor Unaffiliated Dressage, All classes to be held at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chalvington Road, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3SS www.hailshamec.co.uk 9 November Bedgebury Park, Jason Webb training show day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

27 October Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

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27 October Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, Mini Novice, Clapper Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 01580 891057 www.duckhurst.com

18 November Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series, refreshments, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email: office@sterlingquarterhorse. com, www.gardenofenglandcircuit.co.uk 18 November Eaglesfield, Sunday Indoor Unaffiliated Jumping Series, with Crickland & Eaglesfield Qualifiers, Classes: cross pole to 3’6” open, everyone welcome, friendly fun jumping events for all ages and albilities. Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT (near New Ash Green, please contact for directions), Contact: Jean Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 Email: eaglesfield.jean@ btinternet.com, www.eaglesfield.net


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The behind the scenes hero… Simon Cobden

Any successful equestrian will tell you that the key to success is a great back up team, be it a trainer, sponsor or family member there are just some people we cannot be without. In this continuing series we meet ‘the dads’, so important and so supportive, but very rarely known. Left: Alice on her first day hunting aged three

Luckily for Localrider we were able to persuade Simon Cobden to take a break from his tractor to tell us how he supports his two daughters with their pony pursuits. From making the hay to being a first class substitute when mum (Victoria) has a bad shoulder, he is one useful father to have around.

Simon Cobden

Name: Simon Cobden

Simon riding point to point

Home town: West Meon, Petersfield, Hants. Occupation: Farmer Off-spring: Alice aged eight and Hattie six. How did you become involved with horses? I rode working hunter ponies as a child then point to pointed and haven’t officially hung up my racing boots yet! Do you ride yourself? Yes, when work on the farm allows. Favourite horse or pony and why? Westfirle Miss Mittens, because she is the only one who really likes me! What area of the sport are you involved with? Driving the lorry and leading ponies when Victoria’s shoulder is too bad to do it herself (I am definitely only the substitute leader). How do you support your family with their sport? By paying and growing the hay, straw and oats for the ponies. Although apparently these days ponies have to have shavings and no oats, except maybe Mittens who Hattie is trying to turn into a racing pony.

Alice and West Firle Miss Mittens, pictured with Victoria Alice with her first sash

The best thing about competing? Seeing the children enjoying themselves. The worst thing about competing? Nothing so far! What was your proudest moment when watching your child compete? When Alice won her first sash on Randan Heti, Alice has a right side weakness so has to work exceptionally hard to succeed. Favourite show ground and why? Surrey County Show, because this year I won there with the Riding Pony, Barkway Tittle Tattle, I was the substitute leader. Favourite show ground snack? Chocolate!

Hattie and Randon Heti

How do you and your family like to celebrate a big win? With a meal at the local pub. What do friends and family think of what you do? They are pleased that the girls are continuing in the family tradition. My Aunt Olga Bhandari was a great showing lady, sadly she died before the girls really got going – she would have loved it!

Simon with Hattie

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Kentucky Horsewear Solimbra D30 Front Racing Boots: Jane Somerset – Hildenborough, Alice Burgess – Sevenoaks, Sandra Abbott – Hayes, Nicky Roberts – Fordingbridge, Lucy Gardner - Faversham The Festival of British Eventing Tickets, presented by BETA: Lucy Thompson – London, Gill Miller – Sevenoaks Wormabit: Mrs P Goddard – Newcastle, Mrs A Rogers – Cranbrook, Alison Constable – Broadstairs Nostrilvet: Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst, Emily Boyce – Dorking, K Gardner – Canterbury, Wendy Peers – Scarborough, Tracy Stevenson – Wirral, D Richmond – Brenchley, Charlotte Pursey – Maidstone, Hilary Holden – Tonbridge, Nina Coppard – Cranbrook, Sarah Alexander – Swanley Garlic Horslyx: Christine Baveystock – Maidstone, Janet Munn – Wyboston, Elizabeth Andrews – Derbyshire, Nikki Varney – Broadbridge Heath Amber Scott is Starting Over: Hayley Fletcher – Ludlow, Yvette Sharvell – Godalming, Michelle McKeen – Dover, M Tuck – Orpington, Julie Bennett – Canterbury, Rachel Bell – Tunbridge Wells, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden, Denise Pollington – Tunbridge Wells, Jessica Gregory – Walton on Thames, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich 4000g tub of Vetroflex: Alison Hawkins – Uckfield Regent junior Steed Boot: Susanne Milward – Old Windsor Equestrian Vision DVDs: Mrs Thelma Bissex – Crowborough, Judy Lingard – Winchelsea Beach Schwenkel Carl Hester Riding Gloves: Fiona Bithell – Ashford, Emma Johnson – Chichester, Josephine Read – Petersfield James Hart Sollutions AllergyAllay: Lynn Jarvis – Nr Canterbury, Tamara Wallbridge – Rotherfield, Mrs Mc Sean – East Wakering Mark Todd – Second Chance: Jennie Cobley – Lancing, Stephanie Still – Shepperton, Andrea Ayre – Tonbridge, Sally Hart – Canterbury, Alice Taylor – Chipping Norton, Heidi Reed – Milford Fleck Triple Flex Dressage Whip: Mrs P Freeman – Dagenham, Patricia Sim – Ashford, Emma Edwards - Cranleigh

James Hart Solutions Cushy Life: Mrs McSean – Great Wakering, Jenny Marks – Ashbourne, Harri Featherstone – Sandhurst, Jane Somerset – Hildenborough, Florence Atherton – Sandhurst, Miss L Pearce – West Mersea

Tekna Logical Tack: P Gardner – Battle, Julie Buckler – South Croydon

Kong ZoomGroom: Sam Watson – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tamara Wallbridge – Rotherfield, D Richmond – Brenchley, Denise Pollington – Tunbridge Wells, Miss G Green – Romford, Jessica McMillan – Tiptree, Ms Alison Hawkins – Blackboys, Sandra Abbott – Hayes, Vicky Gallivan – Sevenoaks, Lucy Thompson – London

Martin Clunes Horse Power DVD: Rachel Stevens – Lower Halstow, Gill Miller – Sevenoaks

Falpro Midge Rug: Kate Coleman – Bexhill-on-Sea, Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst

Barrier Animal Healthcare Product Bundle: Judy Lingard – Winchelsea Beach, Mrs D Lawson – Hampshire, Sandra Abbott – Hayes, Brownbread Horse Rescue – Battle

TRF GNF – Gut Nutrition Formula: Donna Shead – Maidstone, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich

Tickets to the Spanish Riding School: Angie Tear – Barnham, Mrs A Rogers – Cranbrook

Absorbine Products: Michelle Clark – Aldershot, Mrs B Jacques – Blindley Heath

Tickets to The Royal Berkshire Show: Sarah Alexander – Swanley

Reflective Buff: C Chapman – Norfolk, Jessica Gregory – Walton-on-Thames, Susanne Milward – Old Windsor, Laura Paine – Hurstpierpoint, Judy Lingard – Winchelsea Beach, Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst, Mrs A Rogers – Cranbrook, Carol White – Hilton, Sue Ewins – East Grinstead, Mrs Thelma Bissex – Crowborough, Sophie Johnson – Chichester, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden

Box of Aloeride: Hannah Price – Hemel Hempstead, C Richmond – Brenchely, Marion Herbert – Hildenborough, Nicki Riddle – Hildenborough, Donna Shead – Maidstone

NAF Deet: Davina Godwin – Doddington, Alex Chapman – Hartfield, Lynn Jarvis – Canterbury, Claire Kennedy – Chichester, M Tuck – Orpington, Wendy Sutton – Winchelsea Beach

NAF Off Deet: Louisa Packham – Tenterden, M Tuck – Orpington, Jessica Gregory – Surrey, Abbie La Rooy – Maresfield, Bridgette Raggett – Ashford

Tottie Top: Deborah Fisher – Orpington, Nicky Roberts – Fordingbridge, Andrea Ayre – Tonbridge Snuggy Bug Body – Rebecca Amess – Bexhill Love Likits Bundles: Adele Fuller – Henfield, Mrs J Moss – Polegate, Kate Rogers – Luddesdown Moorland Rider Fly Whisks: Rachel Roles – Uckfield, Sarah Wade – Shoreham-by-Sea, Ms Jo Dunn – Isle of Wight

James Hart Staying Power: Alison Hawkins – Uckfield, Elizabeth Andrews – Derbyshire, Pat Cobley – Lancing, Jennie Ross – London, Elaine Maybury – Hadlow Down, Denise Pollington – Tunbridge Wells

Your Horse Live Tickets: Rachel Dear – Marden, Alice Taylor – Chipping Norton, Michelle McKeever – Steyning, Helen Francis – Woking, Anna Clayton – East Sussex

August Competition Winners: James Hart Solutions Mello: Hayley Fletcher – Shropshire, Elizabeth Andrews – Derbyshire, K Gardner – Canterbury, G Green – Romford, Freya Freeman – Dagenham, T Clancy – Oxfordshire, Simon Joyce - Danehill

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The trials & tribulations of Oli


Oli and Billy Banka (Sox) competing at the Pony Club Champs


ell this month’s been, well, drum roll, successful! We set off for the ‘conveniently’ located Pony Club Eventing Championships. What this actually translates to, is drive for hours on end up the world’s dullest motorway in history, listening to the world’s dullest audio book eating three bags of very dull dried apple. I’ve had more exciting journeys! Typically, I took Sox to run through his test at the same time that the mounted games teams began to do their laps of honour. 50 small demons of hell (to Sox anyway) began to charge round in what I think was supposed to resemble some form of circle. Meanwhile Sox casually decided to get some attention of his own…which I really could have done without, as he jumped for joy all over the dressage warm-up. Fast forward half an hour though and he was strutting his stuff and trying to make amends. It wasn’t long either before he gathered a 30 strong crowd of admiring girls oohing and ahh’ing. Not a bad life being a horse.

In a strong position That night saw some, how can I put this politely, unconventional stabling arrangements with our tenants not being particularly umm polite... moving swiftly onwards. A whopping dressage in the 20’s and a clear show jumping put us in a strong position. One of the differences between the Championships and say a standard one star is that most internationals do have a bit of a hush hush feel about the dressage, whereas at the Championships there were several delinquent small children by my arena, who I really wouldn’t have minded ‘accidentally’ tying to a tree! The team feel of the Championships makes it rather special too. The individual placings seem to be given a glance over compared to the team results, which I feel makes all the difference. Being part of a team was one of the appeals of polo for me - there’s only so long you can go it alone for. The cross country went swimmingly well, but had interesting results overall, given

that it appeared you either went clear or didn’t finish. Perhaps this isn’t surprising when you consider quite a number of the competitors were on ponies or not particularly experienced and they were being asked to jump practically an intermediate track. Then again I guess it sorted the men from the mice although probably gave several mothers alarmingly high blood pressures for the next millennium. A fifth individually and a team third wasn’t too shabby. Whoopsie of the day goes to the Strutt and Parker representative who jokingly suggested we all start chain smoking at the prize giving. I thought it was hilarious but the two DC’s in ear shot behind him seemed to have left their sense of humour. Talking of time passing I found a picture of my first pony today dated 2003. Nine years go by and I’m about two feet taller with bigger problems than how I was going to eat my ice cream before it melted. Being 10 was easy!

Fitness matters

From there Sox went to the U21IN at Goring Heath, but this time decided to behave and cut his shenanigans. Another 20’s dressage, clear show jumping and a faster clear crosscountry saw us finish a credible fourth. What was more pleasing though was his fitness cross country, as this has been what we’ve been concentrating on for the past few months. Getting a big warmblood fit takes very different tactics to the nippy little thoroughbreds I had when I was younger. Warmbloods need a lot of fitness work, whereas little thoroughbreds practically have to be shown a picture of the gallops and they run like Mo Farah on acid! While I’ve been home I’ve been making use of the gallops at Godmersham Park. I’d never

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Having completed his work placement with Dan Jocelyn, Oli has been squeezing in a few events, a geology field trip, the one star at Gatcome and all before he returns to Cambridge.

realised they were there before but they’re a full mile with a hill for the first three furlongs. Sox dreads the sight of them but anyone interested should check out www. lambequestrian.co.uk.

The last days of summer

I’ve also had a slight change of scene as I’m back home now from Dan Jocelyn’s. I may have come back a few weeks earlier than planned, but I learnt more than I could ever have imagined from the experience. Not just the riding but the management side of things. Half the battle is getting horse’s weights right, their work schedule suitable, eligible for entries, dealing with cancellations and a whole host of other issues. On top of all that there’s the finances and then the staff to deal with. Professional eventing - try full time management job with top level athlete thrown in for good measure. Tragically I’m not home for very long as I’m zooming up to Scotland to see the wonders of rocks on a geology course soon, but not before Sox goes to the CIC* at Gatcombe. Time to dust off the tail coat and top hat! Next month I’ll be reporting from Cambridge on our final few events of the season. I personally feel it’s a shame the season can’t be extended into November, given all the cancellations, but the finances make it unfeasible for organisers - money does make the world go round. OCTOBER 2012 Localrider 97

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Phoebe and Moortown Choir Boy competing at the Royal International Horse Show in the First Ridden class, they finished fifth

I have two ponies. One is a veteran called Guss and one is called Moortown Choir Boy (or Boy for short!). I compete in local veteran classes with Guss and there is a picture of us on page 54 of your August magazine. Unfortunately my name was spelt wrong though but I was very proud to be included. I am competing in First Ridden classes with Boy and am hoping to qualify for HOYS. We did qualify for The Royal International and came 5th!

Name: Phoebe Leake Age: 11 Occupation: Pupil at Claremont Fan Court School

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Ponies’ names and ages: Hopelaws Wild Goose (Guss), 22-years-old and Moortown Choir Boy (Boy), eight-years-old How long have you had your ponies? Guss – three years, Boy - one year What do you do with your ponies? Guss - hacking, jumping and showing (Veteran classes). Boy - showing (First Ridden and Junior Rider classes). Future goals and ambitions: To compete and win my classes at The Royal International Horse Show and The Horse of the Year Show! Favourite equestrian Product: Bijou Pony Wear Favourite food for your ponies: Guss - horse treats/crunchies. Boy - Polos.

Winter Feeding

Phoebe and Guss Phoebe and the 22-year-old Guss on whom she enjoys, hacking, jumping and showing

Equestrian Idol: Oliver Burchell of Rowfantina Stud. I would like to be a Producer too, when I grow up. Where do you buy your copy of Localrider? WH-Smith Favourite Tack shop: Robinsons in Basingstoke Favourite Horse Feed Shop: Dairy Farm Feeds in Weybridge

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