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Contents August 2013



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




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


Contact Localrider at: Localrider Magazine, Roundbale Limited, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TP GENERAL ENQUIRIES:

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32 Regional Roundup


15 Sheepskin Solves Summer Stresses

40 Readers’ Gallery

24 Tried & Tested Leatherwork

48 British Showjumping News

26 Caring for your Tack

52 Laura’s Diary

28 Have you found the right bit?

52 Eventing News

37 Barefoot Horsecare

74 Show Dates

38 Hoggy the Dressage Simulator

76 Classifieds

39 Keep your Cool

81 Father Figure – Jamie Sheehy

41 Saddle up for Summer

82 Reader of the Month – Clare Greenwood

Alex Kelly, Spidge Photography, Nigel Goddard, Green Ninja Photography, Stephen Biddlecombe, Fiona Scott-Maxwell, Steven Cargill, Michaela Huntington, Julia Longland, Sam Lamb, Ultimate Images, Ed Lyall BVet Med CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS, The Adventurists, Charles van Wyk, SMR Photos, Nancy Goodman, Sue Lacey, Dunwell Photography, John Window, Martin Lewis Photographer, Felbridge Photography SHOWING • PONY CLUB • RIDING CLUB www.localrider.co.uk

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• EVENTING August 2013

NPS Area 20 Summer Show: 6 page report

53 Emergency Wound Care Hickstead Derby Report

Summer Supplements: what’s right for your horse?



Cover: Jade Felton and Clarissa Dugmore’s Connemara, Prince Nestor, winning the Olympia Heritage Mountain & Moorland Championship at the Hickstead Derby Meeting



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54 Lara Prior-Palmer to ride in the Mongol Derby

82 Coming Next Month

65 Soundness – Supplement Support

Show Reports

66 Your Feed Questions Answered

18 NPS Area 20 Summer Show

68 Summer Supplements

42 Hickstead Derby Meeting

72 Summer Hoof Care

50 Eridge Horse Trials 56 SEIB Search for a Star Qualifiers


58 Pink and Bling Dressage


14 Club News

59 Mount Mascal Dressage Championships

16 Spotlight – Eric and Ernie

60 Brickfields Annual Horse Show

30 The diary of Figaro Flyer

61 Mount Mascal Cross Country Event

30 Racehorse News

61 Chiltern Riding Club Combined Training


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he team at Localrider have had a brilliant month. Straight after the July issue went to print we were off to Hickstead for the Derby Meeting and what a fantastic show that was. There is a new kid on the block, Phillip Miller, who jumped an impressive and the sole clear, around the imposing Derby track, leaving local competitor, William Funnell, in equal-second position for the second year running. William was gracious in defeat and credited Phillip as a hard working rider, who is always in the money on the county circuit and deserved a big win (see page 42). We have also been out reporting at the NPS Area 20 Show at Ardingly and Eridge Horse Trials. It is always lovely to catch up with old friends and new, and to watch the young horses, choosing those to watch for the future. It was wonderful to chat to so many competitors who were riding and showing homebred horses. Breeding in this country is constantly improving and I am certain that Yogi Breisner’s prediction of a team of British riders on British bred horses isn’t that far off. Talking of breeding, we couldn’t help but share the pictures of Caroline Richardson’s twin foals, Eric and Ernie (see page 16). Sacha Hourigan rode their dam Hyanie D’Aubrie, on whom she was shortlisted for the Irish Olympic team in 2008 and we hear she is already planning their eventing career. We have some fantastic competitions this month, check the index for full details, but one not to be missed, is the chance to win a photo shoot with fashion photographer, Luru Wei. We have 10 of these exclusive packages to give away. Turn to page 49 to find out more. Localrider is moving forward with the launch of a new website. It is in its early stages still, but over the coming months we will be adding more pages and hope that it will a source of local news and information, keeping you up to date on a daily basis. To celebrate its launch we have some fantastic prizes to give away, just log onto www.localrider.co.uk and enter your details. You will also find details of our e-Newsletter, this is designed so that we can keep in touch in between issues and keep you informed of any great offers. The aim is for it to be fun, it is totally spam free and it is easy to opt out at any time. We hope you enjoy our new website and look forward to hearing from you if you have any ideas of what you think we should include. Have fun!

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Competitions & Offers 6

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12 Winners so far this year 25 Win NAF Leather Cleanse 26 Win a Silver Crown Headcollar 49 Win a Photo Shoot with Luru Wei – 10 to be won ®

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Verdo Horse Bedding Arlene Charlwood, Chloe Charlwood, Jack Sparrow, Fi Govier and Lauren Govier

irates of the Caribbean star, Captain Jack Sparrow, provided unusual entertainment and merriment at the celebration of Aivly Country Store’s newly re-designed clothing showroom. Local resident Liz Wright, who admits to popping in to the store on a weekly, if not daily basis, said: “The whole shop is lovely, but even better when there’s a handsome pirate wandering about,” admitting, “I’m always in here as Aivly has everything I’m after but I will be hugely disappointed if Captain Jack Sparrow returns to his ship!” Additonal changing facilities have been provided and the layout including wooden walkway and carpet resembles more of a John Lewis experience to a traditional tack shop. This also means further redesign to other areas with a beautifully laid-out bitting, bridle and leatherwork showroom; yard, paddock and pet area. Aivly’s Mervyn Lister said: “We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate the new showroom – for a long time it’s been a dream of mine to have the look and feel that we now have and it’s great that people seem to appreciate it and we look forward to welcoming more through our doors keen to check it out.” www.aivly.com

Aloeride sponsor Jason Webb Natural organic aloe vera feed supplement Aloeride are delighted to announce that Jason Webb, of Australian Horsemanship is joining Team Aloeride. Jason, who has previously fed Aloeride, was impressed with the results and is excited about the new relationship: “We tried Aloeride on one of our demo horses, with fantastic results and with Aloeride’s wide reaching health benefits and its 100% natural approach, it fits perfectly with our ethos of going back to basics. We have many horses through our doors, which arrive in less than ideal conditions, so Aloeride is the perfect supplement for us.”

Art gallops to Emily’s rescue Emily Baldwin needs a new horse to begin training for the Rio de Janeiro Games. International Event rider Emily Baldwin, based in Lamberhurst in Kent, needs to raise about £250,000 this summer to replace Drivetime, the ageing horse that she rode to victory in the World Cup CIC*** at Chatsworth in 2011 and at Haras du Pin in France in 2010. To help Emily reach her target, dozens of equestrian and contemporary fine artists have donated paintings, etchings and photographs to be sold at auction on her behalf in London on 12thSeptember. The sale will be held from 6pm at the historic, Grade 1-listed Mary Ward House at 5-7 Tavistock Place in Bloomsbury, within easy reach of Euston, King’s Cross and Russell Square stations. James Braxton, the well-known fine art specialist and a face familiar

If your competition schedule involves your horse stabling overnight, then you might want to consider what your horse is standing on and even sleeping on this season. Verdo Horse Bedding is a clever heat-treated wood pellet product, created for equine use. When a small amount of water is added to the bag a regeneration process is activated and within approximately 20 minutes, you are ready to empty the open bags out onto the lorry floor or in your temporary stable to create a soft fluffy and dry bed ready for your equine friend! Because the pellets are manufactured from 100% virgin soft wood and heat treated to eliminate pests and bacteria, you can rest assured that your horse is sleeping on only the best and it’s good to know that it also contains less than 1% dust, making it the ideal choice for enclosed environments such as your trailer or lorry or for immediate occupation at shows. Verdo Horse Bedding comes in lightweight easy to store bags, which unlike bales of shavings or straw don’t take up much room or weight in the lorry, allowing plenty of room for feed, tack and other essentials. Other key factors include less waste (the beds are quicker and easier to muck out) and pellets, which absorb three times their own weight in liquid (reducing ammonia and helping to keep your horse’s stable fresh, stable stains at bay and hooves dry).

WIN a lesson with Gemma Tattersall Verdo Horse Bedding is giving one lucky person the chance to win a lesson with top international event rider Gemma Tattersall. Gemma who is sponsored by Verdo Horse Bedding has plenty of experience when it comes to training and competing horses of all ages at all levels, so she has a wealth of knowledge, which you and your horse can benefit from, whether its flatwork or jumping! All you need to do is go onto www. verdohorsebedding.co.uk and click onto the WIN with Verdo box and tell Verdo in a few short paragraphs why you and your horse deserve to win and the level you ride at currently. The competition runs between 1st and 31st August 2013.


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Full terms & Conditions on the website. www.verdohorsebedding.co.uk to millions from television’s Bargain Hunt, Dickinson’s Real Deal and Flog it!, will conduct the art sale. All proceeds will be held in trust and will be used for the purchase of Emily’s Left: Ryszard Rybicki, Encounter; new horse. All art and Right: Emily Baldwin horse lovers are welcome. Green Horse Art is a loose collective that has been set up by contemporary artist Ryszard Rybicki, who is based in London, to raise funds for Emily. Details of some of the donated art works and the artists involved in this project can be found at www.greenhorseart.com

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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

Are you a winner? May Competition Winners Garlic Horslyx: Rachel Stevens – Sittingbourne, Deborah Fisher – Orpington, Nicki Varney – Broadbridge Heath Childeric Breastplate: Patricia Sim – Ashford Masta Wardrobe: Sandra Abbott – Hayes, Roselly Hamlett – West Hoathly, June Burgess – Sevenoaks, Caroline Barbour – Hawkhurst Blue Chip Goodies: Molly Bartlett – Hailsham, Jane Somerset – Hildenborough. Runners-up: T Dollemore – East Grinstead, Wendy Sutton – Winchelsea Beach, Mrs M Mcleever – Steyning, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich. Further Runners-up: Mrs J Moss – Polegate, Tina Ricketts Smith – Pounsley Hill, Miss H Lonsdale – Newhaven, D Richmond – Brenchley, Miss Summer Warrior – Tonbridge, Wendy wells – Downe, Vicki Johnson – Faversham, Hayley Fletcher – Shropshire, Katie Holmes – Tenterden, Lynne Dean - Crawley

June Competition Winners Kentucky Solimbra D30 Dressage Boots: Marion Herbert – Hildenborough Joint Right Supreme Supplement: Yvonne Hammond – Crawley, Beth Capollina – Byfleet, Stephanie Still – Shepperton Amphora Aromatics Lavender & Chamomile Cream: Mrs V Gulliver – Chelmsford, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich, Adele Fuller – Henfield, Michelle McKeever – Steyning, Mrs S Taylor – Edithmead, Miss L Pearce – West Mersea, Rachel Chubb – Nr Alton, Lynne Dean – Crawley, Hayley Fletcher – Shropshire, C Chapman – Great Yarmouth Rug Washing Vouchers from Georgies Horse Laundry: Jane Somerset – Hildenborough, Jamie Sheehy – Dover, Lynn Jarvis – Near Canterbury, M Tuck – Orpington, Anne Rogers – Cranbrook, Ashleigh Stevens – Rochester KP Equestrian Show Jacket: Mrs Janet Goddard – Dover, Sammie Sheppard Chessington Coat Caddie: Elizabeth Andrews – Derbyshire, Sarah Young – Balcombe, Jane Lee – Chichester, Janet Munn – Wyboston, Julie Card – Lancing, Miss G Green – Romford, Nikki Varney – Broadbridge Heath, Patricia Hutchings – Sidcup, Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst, Carolyn Muddell – Tunbridge Wells

Turn to page 12 to see if you were a winner in one of this year’s other competitions or giveaways.

Sizzling Summer Offers Robinson Animal Healthcare has some fantastic special offers available exclusively online (www.robinsonhealthcare.com), including their Horse & Rider First Aid Kit for just £19.98*. Presented in an easy to carry kit bag, the Horse & Rider First Aid Kit contains Animalintex®, Veterinary Gamgee®, Wound Dressings, Equiwrap® bandages, Vetalintex® wound gel and blunt ended scissors. Also for the rider a FastAid® essentials travel pack is included for minor cuts and grazes. Visit the website now for exclusive ‘SIZZLING SUMMER OFFERS’. *Available while stocks last, usual price £25. www.robinsonhealthcare.com

The Speldhurst Derby, Gymkhana & Fun Show


o you remember the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the old-fashioned family horse shows? The Speldhurst Derby, Gymkhana & Fun Show provides a local venue where everyone – including your dog – can participate. In 2011 the event raised £2,700 for Hospice in the Weald. The Derby courses in the main arena include natural features, cross-country jumps and show jumps. You can ride at your own pace, but competition is strong. In the Mini-Derby competitors may enter as many times as they want or simply try for a clear round rosette. Non-jumpers can enter the Handy Pony, Hairy Pony, Veteran, Family Pony, Fancy Dress or X-Factor, and the Gymkhana races are popular. Even non-riders can compete: be part of a 10 Legs Challenge Team and you can do your own obstacle race with zip-wire, slide, fallen tree etc, or you can carry our stuffed dog and do the doggie obstacle course as well. www.speldhurstderby.org.uk

Gait Analysis Study A recent, independent study done at The Racing School at Newmarket UK looked at the effects of lunging six horses twice weekly using the British designed and made EquiAmi Lunge Aid. The study was done by a dissertation student from the University of Central Lancashire with assistance from staff at The Racing School. Using hoof markers, the horses were filmed and the data were analysed using gait analysis software. Over a six week period the results showed a significant increase in stride length, speed and, interestingly, a significant decrease in asymmetry. The study concluded that these results were likely to be due to the horses developing improved balance, engagement and muscle tone. This fascinating work opens the door to further research and has significant implications for training régimes in all equestrian disciplines. www.equiami.com

Joanna Lumley helps raise £90,000 for local charity Actress Joanna Lumley staged an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ night at Lingfield Park and persuaded generous race goers to part with more than £90,000 to help young disabled adults. Fifteen years after opening The Orpheus Centre, the stage and screen star joined its founder, Sir Richard Stilgoe and a host of guests as they celebrated the work of the Godstone-based charity. “I am thrilled to be here to celebrate the 15th birthday of this fantastic charity,” she said as she mingled with race goers at the Surrey course. “Dicky (Richard Stilgoe) does an amazing job helping young disabled adults prepare for independent living through the performing arts and it is lovely to be part of this special event.”

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Leading Dressage Riders to Compete at Horse of the Year Show


lympic dual gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin is among the sensational field of leading British riders to contest the inaugural Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). On the evening of Dressage at Horse of the Wednesday 9th October, competitive Year Show in 2010 dressage will make a long-awaited return to “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”, which runs from 9th-13th October at Birmingham’s NEC. Seven top competitors will ride their up-and-coming Grand Prix horses down the famed centre line of the Andrews Bowen International Arena. All will be eager to demonstrate that their horse has what it takes to join the world’s dressage elite. The muchanticipated list of riders is as follows, with one final competitor to be announced shortly: Charlotte Dujardin, Sarah Millis, Emile Faurie, Micheal Eilberg, Spencer Wilton, Andrew Gould. Each combination will perform the Intermediate I Freestyle to Music test, with the eyes of three world-renowned judges and 9,500 spectators upon them. This test requires a number of high-level movements including canter pirouettes, half pass and flying changes – a real treat for spectators. Visitors will be able to see two of the riders make a second appearance later on in the week at HOYS. Michael Eilberg will return to the Andrews Bowen International Arena on Friday with his sister, dressage rider Maria, to host the Eilberg Dressage Master Class. A superb accompaniment to the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship, it will provide a wonderful insight into the training techniques of top dressage riders. On Sunday evening, Charlotte Dujardin will judge the Supreme Horse of the Year and Supreme Pony of the Year Championships, along with fellow Olympic dressage team member Carl Hester. For show information, including the show timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

Something for everyone at Blenheim! The Fidelity Blenheim palace International Horse Trials, 12th – 15th September, not only attracts the world’s best event riders and their horses, but lots of ‘everyday’ riders who take part in the Eventer Challenge classes or fun ride. There are also lots of people who come along to watch, learn and be entertained by the many attractions, demonstrations and displays. Some people just come to enjoy the shopping village with its wide variety of shops and stalls, while others just enjoy the fantastic scenery. Blenheim Horse Trials makes a lovely day out with family or friends. It offers great value too, with adult tickets starting from just £10, accompanied under 12’s free and a complimentary parking pass for every booking made through www.blenheim-horse. co.uk before 6th September ( after which on the gate prices and parking fees apply). The horse trials itself is one of the world’s leading three star level events and has two days of dressage (Thurs and Fri) and two days of show jumping and cross country (Saturday and Sunday), plus of course all the other ‘stuff’ going on around the main classes. It really is one all riders will enjoy so make a date in you diary and get on the net to book your tickets now! www.blenheim-horse.co.uk

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WIN! James Hart Solutions Staying Power

Win Staying Power to increase stamina over the summer. James Hart Solutions Staying Power from the Equine Herbals supplement range is formulated to support muscle function, reduce fatigue and increase stamina by containing a high concentration of the herb Schisandra. Horses fed Schisandra were proven to have lower heart rates and respiratory frequencies and decreased lactate levels suggesting that Schisandra improved lactate clearance by the liver and reduced the amount of lactic acid build up in the first instance. Six readers will each receive 500ml bottle of Staying Power – equivalent to approximately a month’s supply. Specialist herbal advice and product support on all James Hart Solutions Equine Herbals is available through emailing New Zealand’s leading herbalists direct at james@equineherbals.com To enter send a postcard with your name, address and telephone number to: Staying Power Giveaway, Localrider Magazine, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TP. The winners will be the first six entries drawn after the closing date of 31st August 2013.

Celebrities Galore at Your Horse Live 2013 This year’s Your Horse Live, the equestrian event of 2013, will provide an amazing opportunity to see top riders in action. Building upon the success of last year’s show Your Horse Live 2013, held on 9th & 10th November at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, promises some of the UK’s leading equestrian stars, with top class demonstrations, the chance to speak to experts one-to-one and rider signings are all planned to make the event even bigger and better. Visitors this year will be treated to non-stop live demonstrations in two arenas. Leading international event rider Lucinda Fredericks will be wowing the crowds as she demonstrates how to train horses from novice to four star level. Oliver Townend and Geoff Billington will share their knowledge and experience at competing at the top in the world of eventing and show jumping and can always be relied upon for providing plenty of fun along the way. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see the world’s best riders in action and enjoy some great shopping too! To book your tickets in advance and save money visit www.yourhorselive.co.uk or call 03332 020 380. Hotline closes at midnight on Monday 4th November.

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news First ever Shire horse flat race Joey, the winning Shire at the first ShowerKing Flying Feathers Maiden Stakes

The Shire Horse Society is calling on the public to realise the potential of the threatened breed after the success of the first ever Shire horse race at Lingfield Park.

The Society, which is the only charity dedicated to the protection and promotion of the breed, says the Shire is as versatile as any horse, but its future depends on the public unlocking its potential. Once a breed that dominated the British countryside, the Shire horse now features on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s (RBST) ‘at risk’ list – meaning there is less than 1,500 left in the UK today. Last year 318 foals were produced in the UK. David Ralley-Davies, secretary of the Shire Horse Society, said: “For centuries Shire horses have served man, taking him into war and working the land, but of course nothing lasts forever and advances in technology meant numbers dwindled dramatically towards the middle of the 20th Century.” Although Shires seem best placed in a field, last weekend the breed was seen as never before when eight Shire horses competed in the world’s first ShowerKing Flying Feathers Maiden Stakes over two furlongs during the annual Countryside Raceday at Lingfield Park, in Surrey, in a bid to raise awareness of the threatened breed and raise funds for the Countryside Alliance.

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he Brooke is rushing feed to animals trapped by the flooding in the Indian region of Uttarakhand. General Sharma, the Brooke India Country Manager/CEO said on 1st July: “Over the weekend, we prepared just over a ton of feed and trucked it to Dehradun before it was airlifted to the helipad at Joshimath for onward transport to the most needy animals in Govindghat.  A further 1.5 tonnes of balanced feed is currently being prepared and will be sent to Dehradun and Bijnore today. Many roads remain impassable and helicopters are the only reliable route in and out of the flood zone at the moment.” It is estimated that up to 3,000 equines remain stranded by the flood, the worst to hit the Indian state for 80 years. The Brooke team in Bijnore is treating some of the luckier animals who have managed to make it down from the mountains. On Friday 29th June around 200 working equines were treated by a Brooke team working alongside three government vets. Many of the animals were suffering from dehydration and exhaustion due to the tough trek and lack of proper feed on the way. The Brooke gave these horses a week’s supply of nutritious balanced feed in addition to other resuscitation medication. They were also treated for cuts and bruises. In anticipation of the arrival of up to 300 more animals, the Brooke has sent a support team to back up the A mule being treated Bijnore team. by the Brooke www.thebrooke.org

Meet Margaret


Meet Margaret, your local horse osteopath, otherwise known as ‘the back lady’ or Barefoot Osteopath. She loves working with animals of all sizes but especially horses; they get aches and pains just like humans. Margaret works with the horse and owner to alleviate the ailments and improve both performance and health. Margaret can help overcome gait problems, injuries from falls or over-training, cold back, bucking, bolting, arthritis and lameness. Margaret uses touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and improve the horse’s own healing mechanisms. She has a degree in zoology, a Masters in osteopathy and a further qualification in animal osteopathy. She is fully insured and registered. Contact her on 07884 498884 or at animals@barefootosteopath.com Intrigued? Find out more at www.barefootosteopath.com

Mark Todd Contender Breeches Boys’ toys! Carrots have launched a new fun and cheeky football design, which is just the ticket for little equestrian chaps! The grey, black and blue colour scheme of the Blue Footy Pony Hat Cover makes this design perfect for boys and will fit perfectly on any size or brand of skullcap! www.carrotsequestrian.co.uk

Daisy Berkeley has given the new Mark Todd Contender Breeches a glowing endorsement. The leading event rider couldn’t wait to get her hands on a pair of the ladies competition breeches after trying a sample earlier this year. Designed for the serious rider/competitor, Contender Breeches are manufactured in a breathable, water and wind resistant performance fabric. The four-way stretch material and streamlined ankle sock give a comfortable fit, while subtle contrast detail on the pockets adds a touch of style. Daisy now has her new breeches and is over the moon, saying, “I love my Mark Todd Contender Breeches. They are smart, incredibly comfortable and very modern. They fit like a second skin, so you feel totally unrestricted and the elasticated ankle means you can say ‘goodbye’ to chaffing Velcro. They are my favourite breeches by far.” www.wefi.co.uk 

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nEWS The following people have all been fortunate to win prizes in the competitions run in Localrider Magazine during the first six months of the year. December/January Winners Masta Rug: Mrs J Moss - Polegate Cavallo Collection: Kayleigh Bridger – Lewes Tuffa Boots: Amanda Knight – Reading Wufts Game: C Chapman – Norfolk, Nikki Varney – Broadbridge Heath, Claire Owen – Burgh Heath, Bryony Payne – Fairwarp Mountain Horse Calgary Hat: Sue Port – Mark Cross, Alison Constable – Broadstairs, Caroline Snow – Leybourne £150 Fuller Fillies Voucher: Lynn Duggan - Rotherfield TopSpec TopChop Grass: Sally Mariani – Slinfold, Sandra Abbott – Hayes, Natalie Funnell – Seaford, Abigail Groves – Great Bookham, Alice Taylor – Chipping Norton, Mrs P Makepeace – Boston, Alison Macklin – Coulsdon, Fiona Whittington – Frant, Lucy Thompson – Brockley, Donna Shead – Maidstone, Mellissa Langridge – Rye, Jane Horsman – Ninfield, Mrs C Bennett – Tunbridge Wells, Laura Craner – East Sussex, Carole Sykes – Notts Dressage Deluxe Vouchers: Issie Porter – Horam, Lynn Moriano – Guildford Bossy’s Bibs: Michelle Mcleever – Steyning, Annie Etherington – Brenchley, Stephanie Richards – Ditchling, Karen Gardner – Canterbury, Joanne Dunn – Isle of Wight James Hart Purify: Elliot Barbour – Cranbrook, Louise Phippen – Pembury, Helen Francis – Woking, Judy Lingard – Winchelsea Beach, Kim Lovell – Higham, Polly Gould – Billingshurst Kentucky Horsewear Solimbra D30 Front Boots: Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst Mollichaff Alfalfa Light: Joseph Fisher – Orpington, Cara Zoglowek – Glos, Janet Stanley – Cheam, Amy Bedford – Isle of Wight, Denise Veli – Hildenborough, Jennifer Patty – Crowborough, Elizabeth Andrews – Derbyshire, Vicky Gallivan – Sevenoaks, Sam Prior – Deal, Vivien Pearson – Reigate, Hilary Lonsdale – Newhaven, Lorraine Cogger – Wadhurst, Marian Sage – Guildford, Donna Heath – Chichester, Sheila Dunton – Hildenborough, R Bull – Bognor Regis, Katie Rallison – Letchworth, T Clancy – East Hagbourne, Ian Clancy – Oxford, Jenny Fletcher – Worcs, Sophie Miller – Brighton, Ashleigh Stevens – Rochester, Mavis Perrett – Woking Stable Hygiene with Emvelo: Erica Laurence – Cranleigh, Diane Crickshank – Wantage, Lindsey Rumens – Mayfield, Sally Hart – Canterbury, D Richmond – Brenchley Eskeez Thermals: Mrs D Bloy – Kemsing, Stephanie Still – Shepperton, Barbara SingletonGreen – Otford Verm-X Pellets for Horses: Mrs A Rogers – Cranbrook, Ms S Goddard – St Leonardson-Sea, Patricia Sim – Ashford, Mrs L Hopkins – Tonbridge, E Powell – Sydenham, W Bartholomew – Dorset, Carol Sommerville – Pembury, Claire Yearsley – West Peckham, Gill Miller – Sevenoaks, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden, K Johnson – Epsom, Charlotte Pursey – Maidstone £15 Dengie Feed Voucher: Kate Rogers – Luddesdown, Helen Bridges – Chiddingly, Tracy Knight – Wokingham, Jo Rayfield – Rochester, Jane Townshend – Crowborough, Lynn Jarvis – Canterbury, Rachel Chubb – Nr Alton, Marianne Cox – Brenchley, Davina Godwin – Doddington, Sharon Gourley – Bexhill-on-Sea Harpley Equestrian Magnetic Equi-Back Pad: Jackie Smith – Sompting Robinson Animal Healthcare First Aid Kit: Dawn Webster – Isle of Wight, Rebecca Amos – Bexhill, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich, Sammie Shepperd – Chessington Musto ZP176 Training Jacket: Wendy Sutton – Winchelsea Beach Equine Speed: Joanna Comer – Sevenoaks, Lynne Underhill – Reigate, Nicola Westguard – Tunbridge Wells, Lara Reddy – Tonbridge, Josie Hannett – Tenterden, Jane Somerset – Hildenborough Comfort Gut: Hazel Wilson – Surrey Equi-n-ice Stable Pack: Jane Lee – Chichester, Samantha Baxter – Nutley, Clare Greenwood – Newhaven, Gail Lee – Poling, Helen Payne – Swanley, C Chesters - Norwich RS-tor Rider Safety Aid: Anna Clayton – East Sussex, Hayley Fletcher – Shropshire Equilibrium Equi-Chaps: Lucy Addison – Petworth, Caitlin Coster – Crowborough, Carol Rose – Henfield

Toggi Georgia: Izzy Chaplin – Sevenoaks, Tayah Birkett – Christchurch, Brownbread Horse Rescue – Battle Equestrian Vision – Perfecting your seat with Tina Sederholm: Claire Dodd – Hartlip, Mrs J Durrant – Haywards Heath, Louisa Packham – Stone Tenterden, Teresa Kingsley – Tonbridge, Rachel Stevens – Lower Halstow KD Equine Photo Shoot: Emma Edwards – Cranleigh Horslyx: Hazel Wells – Uckfield, Sarah Alexander – Swanley, Margaret Newing – Tunbridge Wells, Claire Turley – Tunbridge Wells Carrots Tack Room Tidy: Joanna Croft – Punnetts Town, Helen Miles – Nr Ashford, Susanne Milward – Old Windsor, Yvonne Hammond – Crawley, Nicki Riddle – Hildenborough, Jenny Elgey – Horsham £90 Sue Carson Saddlery Voucher: Nicola Thomas – Southampton, Louisa Day – Wateringbury Sporting Greats DVD: Joanne Sheehy – Dover, Denise Pollington – Tunbridge Wells, Storme Whittaker – Headley Blue Chip: Sarah Janman – Slindon, Angela Mead – Cheltenham. Runners-up: Helen Gurdin – Dorking, Heidi Reed – Surrey, Andrea Ayre – Tonbridge, Christine Baveystock – Maidstone, Emily Boyce – Dorking, Rachel Bell – Tunbridge Wells, Deborah Fisher – Orpington, Paul Baxter – Swanley, Lindy Gilbert – Fontwell, Trudy Scott – Newhaven Equetech Squad Blouson: Jo Thomas – Tunbridge Wells, Maggie Parnell – Woodmancote LMEQ Cross Country Schooling Vouchers: Stephanie Corn – London, Nina Coppard – Cranbrook, Julie Card – Lancing, Charlotte Prince – Tunbridge Wells Headcamz: Alison Hawkins – Uckfield Suregrow Fertiliser: Sharon Richardson – Tonbridge, Pip Field – Dagenham TRM Hoofmaker: Jan Usher – Polegate, C Hawkins – Hurstpierpoint Kate negus Saddlery Suregrip Reins: Kate Coleman – Bexhill-on-Sea, Jessica Gregory – Walton-on-Thames Spillers Treats: L Pearce – West Mersea, Valerie Meade – Tonbridge, Celia Matterface – Surrey, Will Elliott – Bramley, L McSean – Great Wakering, Terri Preece – Shropshire, Jamie Smith – Sittingbourne, Hannah Stewart – Lewes, P Freeman – Dagenham, George Green – Romford, L Cleary – West Wittering, A Martin – Maidstone, Trudy Kemp – Ascot, Charlotte Mount – Canterbury, Sue French – Tunbridge Wells, Anna Carabine – Canterbury, Ellie Strapp – Robertsbridge, Tina Ricketts-Smith – Blackboys, Susan Macklin – Coulsdon, Kate Everett – Ripley, Beth Cappollina – Byfleet, Jenny Philp – East Grinstead, Lisa Fahy – Farncombe, Wendy Cattarick – Hythe, Mary Hainline – Bramley KBF99 Grooming Kit: Adele Fuller – Henfield, Annelise Pryer – Tonbridge £50 Blaze Voucher: Ashley Harley – Southsea Vetroimmune: Lorraine Holloway – Woking Lesson with Liz Halliday: Mary Gilbert – Angmering Equisafety High Visibility Wraparound Rug: Sue Sparrow – Langton Green, Ann Cargill – Arundel, Kim Lewis – Ashurst Taurus Footwear Outfit: Freya Colver – Sidcup, Sarah Young – Pease Pottage net-Tex Carl Hester nasalVapour: Graeme Roe – Ludlow, Leanne Miller – Bournemouth, L Hopkins – Tonbridge, Anna Carabine – Canterbury, Christine Baveystock – Maidstone, Lucy Addison – Petworth, Trudy Kemp – Ascot, Gail Lee – Arundel, J Durrant - Haywards Heath, Lindsey Rumens – Mayfield, Sammie Sheppard – Chessington, Caroline Snow - West Malling, Gail Renyard – Lymington, Nikki Varney – Heathfield, Nicki Riddle – Hildenborough, Yvonne Hammond – Crawley, Debi Morse –Ventnor, Charlotte Mount – Canterbury, Claire Dodd – Sittingbourne, Gail Renyard – Lymington Tagg Fleece Whistler Jacket: Gail Reynard – Sowley, Gaelann East – Oxon Regent Junior Steed Boots: Hayley Greenwood – Swanley nAF Respirator Boost: Debi Morse – Isle of Wight, Nikki Maher – East Hoathly, M Tuck – Orpington

February Winners

March Winners

April Winners

Forget Me not Farm Complete Chaff: Zoe Goddard – Standon, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden, Diane Cruickshank – Wantage, N Taylor – Oxon, Mrs McSean – Great Wakering Robinsons Animal Healthcare First Aid Kits: Denise Pollington – Tunbridge Wells, Mrs V Gulliver – Chelmsford, Lynn Jarvis – Chislet, Jane Somerset – Hildenborough, Anna Clayton – Catsfield, Caroline Snow – Leybourne James Hart Solutions Emmunity: Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich, Sarah Lene – Woking, Lucy Thompson – Brockley, Miss S Miles – Ashford, Sally Hart – Canterbury, Eleanor Peek – Alton Lesson with Roland Tong and Sue Carson Bridle: Joanne Dunn – Julie Card – Lancing Veredus Carbon Vento Boots: Joanne Dunn – Isle of Wight nAF Love the skin he’s in wash: Laura Paine – Hurstpierpoint, Hele Gurdin – Dorking, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden

Cottage Craft Pony Rug: Linda Pullen – Farnham Blue Chip Lami-Light: Fiona Gray – Frant, Paige Emery – Higham Runners-up: Miss G Green – Romford, Elizabeth Andrews – Alfreton, Lucy Thompson – London, Sarah Maclaurin – Sandwich, Susanne Milward – Old Windsor, Nikki Varney – Broadbridge Heath, Janet Munn – Wyboston, Adele Fuller - Henfield James Hart Solutions Cushy Life: H Miles – Ashford, Jane Gurdin – Dorking, Sandra Abbott – Hayes, J Sheehy – Dover, Joanna Croft – Heathfield, Nina Coppard – Cranbrook Fresh Bed for Chickens: Zoe Bradley – Epsom, Hilary Lonsdale – Newhaven, Belinda Jacques – Blindley Heath, Marion Herbert – Hildenborough, Shanelle Veli – Hildenborough, Ms P Freeman – Dagenham, Lynn Jarvis – Canterbury, Isabel Haywood – Tenterden, Jane Somerset – Hildenborough, Karen Gardner – Canterbury

Badminton Tickets: Rebecca Ames – Bexhill, Jessica Gregory – Walton on Thames, Helen Francis – Woking, Samantha Richardson – Heathfield, Barbara SingletonGreen – Otford Timothy Foxx Skirt: Sarah Alexander – Swanley James Hart Solutions Mellow: Sammie Sheppard – Chessington, Freya Bruce – Hawkhurst, Susan Riley – Leicester, Michelle Anderson, Michaela Haywood – Appledore, Ms S Goddard – St Leonards on Sea Protexin Luxury Hamper: Rachel Stevens – Lower Halstow KM Elite Ballistic Over-Reach Boots: Lynn Jarvis – Nr Canterbury, Mrs V Gulliver – Chelmsford, Mandy Gardner – Ashford, Clare Greenwood – Newhaven, Miss H Lonsdale – Newhaven, Sarah Pettit – Tunbridge Wells, Donna Shead – Yalding, Patricia Sim – Ashford KP Elite Breeches: Michelle McKeever – Steyning, Vicky Gallivan – Sevenoaks, Deborah Fisher – Orpington, Mick Carter – Ditton nAF Love The Skin he’s in Wash: Jo Sheehy – Dover, Mrs A Rogers – Goudhurst, Gill Miller – Sevenoaks Aloeride: Stephanie Corn – London, Ms P Freeman – Dagenham, Isabelle Sheehy - Dover

Most prizes should have now been sent and been received. If you are a June prize winner, maybe allow a couple more weeks for your prize to arrive, but for all other winners, if your prize has not yet arrived please email fiona@localrider.co.uk detailing your name, the competition and the month it was run.

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club news

If your Club has any news to share email Fiona@localrider.co.uk

Pony Club Area 11 Dressage Words by Annabel Elliott and pictures by Green Ninja Photography

Winning Old Surrey & Burstow Intermediate Team: Molly Walsh, Charlotte Penston, Amanda Bernard and Rebekka Barrow

Winning Surrey Union Novice Team: Milly Glover, Hattie Ford, Katie Hale and Joshua Moore


he Area 11 Pony Club Dressage was organised and run by The Ashford Valley Hunt Branch. It was held in the beautiful park at Hunton Court, where large 200-300 year-old trees casted a very much appreciated shadow in the 30 degree heat. Five arenas were carefully prepared and mown, 10 British Dressage Listed Judges officiated and 180 combinations competed, for the ultimate honour of riding at the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on 16th – 19th August. Hunton village laid on a fantastic all day BBQ, serving locally sourced produce and raising money for Hunton Church. Competitors were able to sit on straw bales under a huge oak tree devouring burgers and sausages, while they awaited the team results.

The qualifying branches were: Open Team: 1st Eridge Pony Club Romy Saville – Nairobi Star Anna Hollis – Carnaval Pop Emily Erde – Calcourt Fox on the Run 2nd East Sussex Pony Club Mollie Fleeman – Mister T Elizabeth Evans – Rowhill Rocker Laura Craner – Misty Miss Gabi Pitman – Mr America Intermediate Team: 1st Old Surrey and Burstow Molly Walsh – Big Owl Charlotte Penston – Benny Amanda Bernard – Heita Spike Rebekka Barrow – Porthill Finegan Novice Teams: 1st Surrey Union Pony Club Milly Glover – Toffee Hattie Ford – According to Archie Katie Hale – Windleway Stars & Stripes Joshua Moore – Aztec Warrior 2nd East Sussex Pony Club Antonia Wallace – Barney XIII Rosie Powell – Basil Duncan Morgan – Flinders Katie Hipkins – Touch of Magic

Winning Eridge Open Team: Romy Saville, Anna Hollis and Emily Erde

Joydens victorious at Kent County


exley-based Joydens Riding Club, established in 1956, won the Ace Communications Senior Team Show Jumping for the second year running at The Kent County Festival beating off tough competition.

Maggika turns on the magic

The team of Toni Burrows, Lindsay Burrows, Louise Burrows-Wenham and Hayley Watchorn, almost didn’t make the event, as the night before Toni’s horse, Maggika, was kicked in the field and had a swollen leg, and also a second member had to pull out due to her horse also coming in from the field lame. After a night of nursing Maggika, she was fit to jump and with just a few hours notice Team Manager, Toni, told her mum Lindsay to dig out her old competition clothes as she was coming out of retirement, along with the family’s show jumping veteran, Tipster (previously featured in Localrider on many occasions) and a senior team of four was formed.

Louise Bowman was first to jump for the team riding her five-year-old mare, Cally and finished with a clear round, second to go was Lindsay who has been retired from competing for over ten years and had never competed Tipster before, she had an unlucky knock down at the final fence. The rules of team show jumping entitle each team to drop the score of a team member with the most penalties so with two riders left to go they were still in with a chance. Hayley Watchorn delivered another clear round and then the pressure was on for Toni, who was riding a new horse, Maggika. There were two other teams on a penalty score of zero, as the course was proving tricky and knocking the competition out fast. Toni knew she had to join them, she kept a cool head and produced the final clear round that the club needed. Each team then selected a rider to jump-off against the clock to decide the final three placings. Emma Butler of MMRC was first to go on her ride, Alfie

Left to right: Toni Burrows, Hayley Watchorn, Louise Burrows-Wenham and Lindsay Burrows and produced a fast clear round, putting pressure on the next riders. However, the second rider went and produced an even faster clear. Hayley Watchorn was selected to jump for Joydens as she has had a partnership with her veteran grey gelding, Hector, for over ten years and the team thought she was the girl for the job. She was and delivered a nail-biting, super quick performance that left Joydens in the top position for the second year running. May Place were second and Mount Mascals also based in Bexley, took third.

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Sheepskin Solves Summer Stresses Sheepskin half pads, numnahs and saddlecloths are often thought of to offer a cosy, warm layer of back protection for equines during the wintertime. Though this is an accurate analogy, in fact sheepskin is exceptional at absorbing moisture and concussion and provides the perfect summer saddle accessory. Stephen Biddlecombe from Equine Management and World Wide Tack tells us more about this wondrous natural material…


ore than a fashion statement, Sheepskin is incredibly fashionable within the equine community, providing an attractive item to kit your horse out in for schooling or competing but the use of true sheepskin as opposed to a synthetic alternative, is much more than a ‘stylish accessory’, providing unique health benefits; particularly useful during the summer months.

ability to absorb movement and concussion it is clear why this is a perfect product for equines. World Wide Tack offer a wide range of Stephens Sheepskin accessories, combining the therapeutic properties of treated, pure sheepskin fleece with a cotton quilt backing which will help your horse cope with the summer months in comfort. For additional support the unique combination of Gel-Eze and Stephens Sheepskin provides exceptional protection for the back. For more information and to shop online visit: www.worldwidetack.com

Did you know?

Sheepskin acts as an anti-allergen and minimises fungal infections often found in the delicate girth area during the warmer months? The soft, comfortable sheepskin is ideal for sensitive skin protecting it from chaffing, pressure sores and bacteria and concussion; perfect for summer!

Nature at its finest

Despite the density of sheepskin, it is highly breathable and composed of a mass of softly curled fibres that can hold many microscopic air pockets allowing air to circulate Sheepskin is highly cooling and and water vapour to be released. helps wick moisture away This allows water and sweat to be evaporated from our equine’s back, wicking away moisture and allowing the skin to be cooled through a process known as convection. Convection allows heat to rise from the body and be absorbed into the environment cooling the body, and the equine’s core temperature, as part of the thermoregulatory system. As well as absorbing moisture and heat into the atmosphere sheepskin wool is able to hold 30% of its own weight in moisture before it begins to feel damp, allowing our horse’s skin and coat to remain drier for longer promoting their comfort and wellbeing. By keeping the skin dry, sheepskin also significantly limits the risk of rubbed, sore skin around the saddle patch, common in warmer weather when the skin becomes softer and more porous.

Shock absorbing

During hot weather periods, when there is limited rain fall, the ground can also become extremely hard which not only can cause concussion to the limbs but also can take its toll on the equine back. When this is paired with overheating muscles and temperature fluctuations within the muscle it can often provide a recipe for back injuries and pain. Sheepskin, through its density and structure promotes natural, effective thermoregulation, helping to absorb and evaporate heat. This helps the musculature under the saddle to warm up and cool down slowly and prevents excess heat, and any static being developed within and under the saddle pad or saddlecloth. This helps to limit the risk of injury when riding, particularly during periods of hard ground conditions. When this is paired with its august 2013 Localrider 15

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Eric & Ernie

Hyanie D’Aubrie pictured with Eric and Ernie, aged six weeks

The chances of a mare having twin foals is 1 in 10,000. So when it happens so infrequently and a set are born in West Sussex, to an event mare formerly competed by Sacha Hourigan (née Pemble), we couldn’t resist finding out more. Pictures by Nigel Goddard and Fiona Scott-Maxwell Sacha Hourigan events Caroline Richardson’s homebred mare, Themis. Sacha previously evented her dam, Persephone, to novice level.

Sacha Hourigan and Hyanie D’Aubrie jumped double clear in the Barbury CIC*** in July 2007


he chances of a mare having twin foals may be 1 in 10,000, but Eric and Ernie don’t seem to be troubled by this uniqueness as they boldly play in their field at Caroline Richardson’s home in Herstmonceux. Caroline is an amateur breeder, breeding just one or two foals a year, mainly in the hope that they will go on to event with Sacha Hourigan (née Pemble), but there is nothing amateur in the quality of the horses she has bred. When Caroline’s Connemara cross, hunter, Persephone, who evented to Novice level with Sacha, had to have a year off, she put her in foal to Weston Justice. The resulting off-spring, Themis, is now seven and is being competed by Sacha, recently jumping double clear around the Brightling Park CIC*. Eric and Ernie’s dam, Hyanie D’Aubrie (Annie) was also competed by Sacha and a strong start to the 2008 season, second Barocca CCI*** and ninth at Belton Park

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Eric and Ernie

Feeding time!

Hopefully the foals with inherit their dam’s bold attitude

CIC***, saw them short-listed for the 2008 Irish Olympic team. The tough mare competed in seven three star competitions during 2008 adding just one penalty across country in all of those runs. Sadly she went lame in 2010 and Caroline put her in foal to John Bunyon’s Grade A show jumper, Zenturio. Tragically Caroline lost the 2011 colt as a weanling, when he fell over in the field. She has continued to use Zenturio and has an

enormous filly born in 2012, plus the twins. Eric and Ernie were a complete surprise, as they hadn’t shown up on the original scan. The only concern Caroline had that something might be a bit different from normal was Annie was the size of a house, her legs swelled and she looked very uncomfortable. Born on 30th May, the foals are smaller than normal, but they are both healthy and growing fast. At just over six

weeks Eric measured 42” and Ernie was just an inch smaller, already he is catching up as he was 2” shorter when they were born. Sacha has been down to visit Eric and Ernie and is already discussing with Caroline how exciting it would be to have them both at Badminton in the same year. That occasion may be a long time off, but what we can be certain of, is Eric and Ernie will be turning heads wherever they go.

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show report Lauren Kingston and Banksgate Tamlin, Localrider Magazine and Verdo Horse Bedding Supreme Local Ridden Champion

National Pony Society

Area 20 Summer Show

The South of England Showground, Haywards Heath Saturday 29th June 2013 Words and photography by Fiona Rafferty Frederick Thompson and Rowfantina Hat Trick, led by Oli Burchell, first BSPS PUK Show Hunter Pony Lead Rein, Supreme Champion Mini and Reserve Supreme Champion Ridden


t was wonderful to see such a large number of horses and ponies forward for the Localrider Magazine and Verdo Horse Bedding Supreme Ridden Championship. With so many well known combinations in contention it was always going to be a hard class to judge and I would have been delighted to lead this piece with any one of those in the final, but it gives me great pleasure to report the Supreme title went to Lauren Kingston and Tamsin Hughes’ sixyear-old Fell, Banksgate Tamlin. Tamsin has owned Tamlin for the last two years and his results on the county show circuit have been very consistent with several championship titles to his name already. They now head to the Royal International. Standing second to Mes Jago & Carvosso’s Pickmere Anser in the 138cm class, Anna Martin and Broadgove Showman took the Localrider/Verdo Horse Bedding Reserve Local Ridden Championship. Anna took over the ride on the 2011 Horse of the Year Show, Show Pony Champion, after HOYS 2012 and has already qualified for the final this year, as well as the Royal International.

Supreme Mini Champions One of the most consistent local ponies of the day was Mr J Thompson’s & Mrs M Burchell’s Rowfantina Hat Trick. Ridden by Frederick Thompson, the combination is normally led by Oli Burchell in the Lead Rein classes, but when Oli was busy in another ring with Frederick’s twin sister, Harriet, Colette Green stepped in. 18 Localrider august 2013

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Neil Wright and Veane Set Sail, Mountain & Moorland Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme In Hand Champion

Jane Somerset and Tesremos Top Bear, NPS Area 20 In Hand Champions, pictured with judge, Mrs S A Clark

Fynnlee Gibbs and Floreat Harvey Wallbanger, first NPS M&M Junior Ridden Small Breeds

Champion Young Handler, Hannah Carmichael and Marsh Midas


Rhiannon Randall and Bluebraes Merrick, Reserve Supreme Mountain & Moorland Champion, pictured with Holly Hawkins-Smith

Rosie Bloor and Tesremos Top Bear, first Ridden Connemara

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show report

Champion Welsh, Powys Valley Evie and Charlotte Reid

Reserve Champion Welsh, Lucy Hobden and Thornetown Miss Rebel

Gemma Pallett and Briar Snowman, first and Reserve Champion, NPS M&M Intermediate Ridden Shetland

Georgia Aungier and Hinwood Ladies Man, first BSP/PUK Mixed Height Show Hunter Pony

Gemma Pallett and Peasedown Betty Boo, first and Champion, NPS M&M Large Breeds Junior Ridden

Ellie Holland and Wellbrow Buster, Reserve Champion, NPS M&M Large Breeds Junior Ridden

Maria Pook and Diplomatic, first and Champion Hack Youngstock

Alex Kelly and Sandlings Moving On, first and Reserve Champion Hack Broodmare

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HOYS. Angel competed at HOYS in 2010 with a different rider, but Banbury-based Gabriella has been trying really hard to qualify this year, coming close with second and third placings earlier in the year. Roanna Hamilton and her striking coloured, eight-year-old, Nantllesg Elwyn, added to their prize haul this season when they stood first and Reserve Champion in the CHAPS Traditional Ridden and stood Reserve Champion in both the CHAPS Adult In hand class and the Part Bred Welsh In hand. Roanna loaned Elwyn for a year, before buying him this August. Remarkably for a show horse Elwyn lives out 24/7 and Roanna does all her schooling in the field. Their best result of the season so far came at the Suffolk Show, where they stood Reserve Supreme of Show, to a Suffolk Punch. They were also the first ever coloured horse to stand Reserve Supreme. They now head to the Royal International.

A fistful of Championships

Dartmoor takes the title

Millfield Sonnet is produced by Northamptonshire producer, Katie Marriott Payne, who says the South of England Showground is very luck for her yard. She qualified Sonnet for the Horse of the Year Show at the South of England Show and he stood Reserve Champion. The team also went home with five championship titles from NPS Area 20. In addition to those won by Colette and Millfield Sonnet, Katie’s son, Thomas won in both the Lead Rein and First Ridden sections on Powys Jack Flash. Katie already has eight ponies qualified for HOYS, but there was something special when seven-year-old Thomas headed the HOYS Lead Rein class, later taking the Colne Championship. He also won and stood Champion in the Tiny Tots First Ridden before standing Reserve in the Supreme Mini Championship.

Standing Reserve Mini Champion was Gabriella Kozersky and Littlestone Silver Lady, the winner of the HOYS M&M First Ridden. Seven-year-old Gabriella has had Littlestones Silver Lady aka Angel for almost five years and was delighted to finally win and qualify for

The quality and pedigrees of the ponies forward in the Mountain & Moorland In Hand Championship matched those regularly seen at the Championship Shows. The three-year-old Dartmoor, Veane Set Sail, oozed quality and presence as Neil Wright produced the pony to perfection, taking the Mountain & Moorland Supreme Championship as well as the Reserve Supreme In hand title. Mr Wright from Lincolnshire said Veane Set Sail was the last colt bred by Mrs Robinson of the Veane Stud. He has already covered a couple of mares and he plans to stand him at stud and may well produce him under saddle. Reserve Supreme M&M In Hand Champion was Rhiannon Randall’s two-year-old, Bluebraes Merrick. Bred by Wilma McFarlane from Ayr in Scotland, Bluebraes Merrick now lives in Southampton, but he made the long journey back to Scotland recently for the Royal Highland Show, where he stood second, in his age class. Rhiannon said the whole trip took a week, but she would definitely go again. Bluebraes Merrick won and stood Reserve Champion at Royal Windsor and won and stood Champion at the Royal Bath & West Show.

Jodie Luxford and Steal the Silver, first and Reserve Champion, Hunter In Hand

Mrs Ilifee and Nutwood Full House, first Hunter Youngstock

Gabriella Kozersky and Littlestones Silver Lady, first HOYS M&M First Ridden and Reserve Mini Champion

Alex Kelly pictured with Beseeka Dawn Fox, owned by Jenny Womersley and on loan to Jane Townshend, first Riding Horse Broodmare

Angelic Lady

Colette was a natural and the combination headed the BSPS PUK Show Hunter Pony Lead Rein class. The now five-year-old was bred by Mandy Burchell and was lightly campaigned by Harriet last year. Having qualified both her ponies for the Royal International, Harriet was determined that her brother should be there too and passed over the ride on Rowfantina Hat Trick. With Oli Burchell back in charge of the reins, Frederick and Rowfantina Hat Trick took the Supreme Mini Championship and stood Reserve in the Supreme Ridden Championship. Having handed back the lead rein to Oli, Colette Green went one better with her own horse, Millfield Sonnet, taking the Supreme Ridden Championship. The striking grey Connemara effortlessly glided over the grass and even before the prizes were presented the money was on Colette and Millfield Sonnet to take the title.

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show report Sophisticated pony The Supreme In Hand title went to the winner of the NPS Hunter Pony Breeding class, Karen Sarling’s two-year-old, Stambrook Remember Me. The beautiful pony has impeccable lines, bred by Karen from her own mare Colbeach Sophistication, by Stanley Grange Cocktail. Karen bought Colbeach Sophistication as a foal and the mare qualified for HOYS on a number of occasions with different jockeys. Stambrook Remember Me is currently being produced by Essex-based Geoff Grace. Karen said: “He arrived at Geoff’s at the beginning of the year looking like a hairy bear. He has had two other outings, winning at both the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Show.”

Homebred takes In hand title

Thomas Payne and Powys Jack Flash, with Katie Marriott Payne, winners of the HOYS M&M Lead Rein, HOYS M&M Championship, Tiny Tots Championship, Reserve Mini Supreme

The NPS Area 20 In hand Championship went to Jane Somerset’s consistent dun Connemara, Tesremos Top Bear aka Toffee. The six-year-old homebred also took the Ridden Connemara class with Rosie Bloor. She is normally ridden by Jane and has qualified for three classes at the NPS Championships. Jane said: “Toffee is my pride and joy, the first pony I have ever bred, out of my fabulous mare, Falfield Honeybear, who competed very successfully and went to HOYS, RIHS and Olympia. Toffee has won nine championships for in hand and ridden classes. She was Reserve in the Cuddy at South of England and Reserve Supreme at Surrey County.” It was a busy show for the Somerset family, with Jane’s daughter, Claire, winning and standing Champion in the 13cm – 148cm Working Hunter, with the Connemara, Golden Star Island. Claire heads to the Royal International with Golden Star Island for both the plaited and Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony classes, while Toffee will now be aimed at HOYS qualifiers. Standing Reserve in the Area 20 In Hand Championship was Lauren Boyles’ three-year-old, Classictop Va Rouge. Bred by Jane Townshend of the Classictop Stud, she is out of a French-bred mare and by Renkum Valentino and Lauren plans to bring her out as a Small Riding Horse.

Lauren Pemberton and Bodwenarth Dark Prince, first Young Handler (14-18) and second Mixed M&M Home Produced

Janey Godfrey-Faussett and Briar Barnaby, with Lisa Curant, first Tiny Tots Lead Rein and Reserve Champion Tiny Tots

Miss Monk and Forlan Honey Royale, first Show Hunter Pony First Ridden

Roanna Hamilton and Nantllesg Elwyn, Reserve CHAPS Champion

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Colette Green and Millfield Sonnet, NPS Area 20 Ridden Champion

Supreme Mini Champion and Reserve Supreme Ridden Champion, Frederick Thompson and Rowfantina Hat Trick, pictured with his sister Harriet, who kindly passed him the ride on Hat Trick, so that he could qualify to compete with her at the Royal International.

Lauren Boyles and Classictop Va Rouge, Champion Sports Horse Youngstock and Reserve Champion NPS Area 20 In Hand

Anna Martin and Broadgrove Showman, Reserve Localrider/Verdo Horse Bedding NPS Area 20 Champion

Katie Higgins and Littlebyrom Hagrid, first and Champion Novice M&M Working Hunter Pony (122-138cm) and first and Reserve Champion Intermediate Working Hunter Pony

Geoff Grace with Karen Sarling’s Stambrook Remember Me, Champion Hunter Pony Breeding and Supreme In Hand Champion august 2013 Localrider 23

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Tried & Tested For this issue we have been trying bridles, head collars, rubber reins and stirrup

leathers. Whether you just enjoy hacking or are a competition rider, we are sure you will find something new you would like to see hanging in your tack room. Plus there is something to suit everyone’s budget. Mark Todd Patent Dressage Bridle

Caldene Leather Headcollar

The Mark Todd Patent Collection includes two bridle designs: one with full patent on the browband and noseband, while the other has subtle piped patent detail. Mark Todd Patent Bridles have stainless steel buckles and are supplied with flash attachment and rubber grip reins.

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LR Comment: Everything about this bridle exudes quality. The leather is soft and supple. The head piece is padded as are the noseband and browband, both of which feature the subtle patent leather. It is just enough to catch the sun light and catch the judge’s eye. I also liked the half leather reins, which give good grip, but when riding look like leather reins.

LR Comment: Every horse should have a posh headcollar and this one is perfect. It is made from top quality leather, has smart white stitching, padded noseband and headpiece as well as a brass plate that can be engraved. Definitely one to add to the Christmas list!

John Whitaker Mexican Bridle

Cottage Craft Lincoln Bridle Perfect for showing, the bridle has a simple design that looks classic and stylish. The bridle has secure hook and eye fastenings as well as adjustable cheek pieces, noseband and throat lash for a comfortable fit. It has a cavesson noseband and plain reins.

The John Whitaker BR022 Mexican Bridle has is a fully adjustable bridle with raised browband and noseband to provide a better fit to the horse.

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Colours: Havana and Black Sizes: Pony, Cob and Full RRP: £75.00 www.johnwhitaker.com

LR Comment: When I saw the price I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this bridle is wonderful. It is well made from what seems to be good quality strong leather. These days it is quite hard to buy off the peg cavesson bridles and this one is smart enough to wear in the show ring. I will use it for everyday riding as well, so will swap the reins to rubber ones when I am at home or jumping.

John Whitaker Patent Head Collar The John Whitaker patent head collar matches the patent bridle and breast plate. It has brass buckles and clips, slightly padded head piece and nose band and is fully adjustable on both sides of the head collar. Colours: Red, Brown and Black Sizes: Pony, Cob and Full RRP: £40.00 www.johnwhitaker.com

LR Comment: This is a good value bridle, which is great for the competition horse as it has the Mexican grackle style noseband and rubber reins.

Sue Carson Eventa Reins Eventa reins from Sue Carson Saddles are non-slip 5/8” reins providing perfect grip in all weather conditions, so ideal for every phase of competition. Made from quality leather and fittings, they are manufactured by a UK craftsman to perfectly match the incredibly stylish Sue Carson Saddles Comfort Bridle range. Colours: Black and Brown RRP: £60.00 www.suecarsonsaddles.co.uk LR Comment: If you appreciate good technical equipment you will like these reins. Even with a light hold, they give amazing grip, perfect for competition, schooling and hacking.

LR Comment: We tested the red patent head collar and all I can say is wow! It certainly looks different. I was impressed by the softness and quality of the leather. It is a generous fit and well priced. It is definitely a conversation piece, but looks smart.

Childéric Chrome Stirrup Leathers These beautiful Childéric Chrome Stirrup Leathers are made from a toughened leather to help lengthen their life and perform well under pressure. Available in calfskin or chrome (as shown in picture). Colours: Black, Irish or Master Sizes hunter: 125 - 175cm Size dressage: 50 - 70cm RRP: £125.00 www.tbsaddles.co.uk LR Comment: These are smart leathers made from good quality leather. My legs felt secure when I was riding in them and I certainly felt they wouldn’t suffer from stretching, which is a problem with some leathers.

Horseman’s One Step® Leather Cleaner and Conditioner Horseman’s One Step® is a convenient, one-step leather cleaning and conditioning cream that contains three cleaning agents, the product is great for everyday use to keep tack in good condition and provides a natural shine that is great for competition days. It removes dirt, sweat, and salt and penetrates quickly, leaving no greasy residue. Designed for the busy equestrian, Horseman’s One Step® requires no water and combines cleaning and conditioning in one step. It is great for use on harnesses, saddles, halters, bridles, reins, boots, belts, luggage, shoes, sporting goods, handbags, and most leather garments. RRP: £7.99 www.absorbine.co.uk LR Comment: The best thing about the Horseman’s One Step is it is quick and easy to use and the leather feels very soft and supple afterwards. The only thing I found was if the tack is very dirty, that it is best to give it a wipe over first.

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Caring For Your Tack When the sun is shining, the last thing on your mind is your tack – after all with competition entries to be filled out, shows to go to and horses to be schooled and prepped, often the most your tack will get is a quick polish and go.

Chloe Bernard, Commercial Director of On-line retailer Shadow Horse

But as Chloe Bernard, Commercial Director of On-line retailer Shadow Horse, stockists of premium sheepskin brand Fleeceworks, technical saddle pads Ogilvy Equestrian and deluxe bridle brand Silver Crown tells us, paying attention to your tack is key to successful competition…

Mid-season saddle check

As the season progresses, your horse may well have changed shape, so don’t forget to have your saddle checked during the course of your season. Remember, if your horse is uncomfortable, he or she won’t perform to their best, so it’s worth getting a check to ensure this isn’t the case. At Shadow Horse we have a great selection of saddle pads designed to help your saddler with the fit of your saddle when your horse changes shape. Alongside our Sheepskin and Therawool range, Fleeceworks, our Ogilvy Equestrian Half Pad uses friction free technology combined with high grade memory foam and optional removable memory pad foam shims to help ‘bridge’ the gap with seasonal changes in shape. Right: The Ogilvy Equestrian Half Pad, has removable memory pad foam shims to help ‘bridge’ the gap with seasonal changes in shape

Bitting dilemmas

If things aren’t going well in the competition arena, it may be worth reviewing your choice of tack. Experimenting with new bits can help with horses which are ‘busy’ in their mouths, however, you’ll need to school your horse repeatedly at home before trying anything new at a competition. There are a few companies offering ‘Bit Bank’ services, which allow you to hire a bit before you buy. We’ve sometimes found that combining a milder bit and a different noseband can be better for your horse than a stronger bit, so ‘Bit Banks’ are worth a call to help you find the right bit for your horse before taking the plunge and buying. We have horse owners come to us because they find their horses are ‘unsettled in the contact’. Some horses can show discomfort because of an ill-fitting bridle, so if this is the case, it’s worth checking your bridle thoroughly and experimenting with different styles of headpieces and nosebands. Our Silver Crown bridles have several different styles of headpieces and nosebands and all of them are softly padded to ensure the horse’s comfort. Our headpieces are either generously cut away from the horse’s ears, or wider over the poll to relieve pressure and our nosebands come in various styles to give further help to those horses more ‘traditional’ cuts of bridle don’t suit.

A thorough clean

During the competition season, you’ll probably invest as little time as possible cleaning your tack, unless you are showing your horse or pony, however, you should really take your tack apart and clean it thoroughly at least once a week. This is important to thoroughly remove all grease and dirt build-up, to clean underneath buckles and also to check for any wear and tear. Checking for wear and tear is vitally important from a safety prospective: the last thing you want if you are going cross-country or riding in the jump-off is for your stirrup leather to break. By checking over your tack regularly you can keep an eye out for any damaged stitching or leather wear and get it repaired before it becomes a problem. Finally, as temperatures rise, it’s inevitable that your horse will sweat, so make sure that again you clean tack, saddlecloths and girths regularly to avoid any skin issues. Sheepskin and Therawool, even more than lambskin, have amazing wicking properties, allowing the sweat to be drawn away from the horse’s body, as well as offering excellent cushioning for high impact disciplines, such as jumping and dressage, where the rider has prolonged or high contact with the horse’s back. Good luck with your competition season and remember look after your tack and equipment wisely and it will look after you.”

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The Silver Crown Headcollar is part of the unique Silver Crown tack collection, which embraces innovative design with traditional, solid craftsmanship. Fashioned in stunning English leather, the headcollar is entirely adjustable with two fastenings either side of the noseband and headpiece, with a softly padded lining and fixed lead-rope ring for added comfort. Super stylish and clever. Available in Black with White stitching, Black with Black Stitching, Conker with White stitching and Australian Nut with White stitching. One size only. For your chance to win this beautiful headcollar send a postcard with your name, address and telephone number, including your preferred colour of headcollar to: Shadow Horse Competition, Localrider, 2 Littleworth Cottages, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0TP The winner will be the first entry drawn after the closing date of 31st August 2013. 26 Localrider AUGUST 2013

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FEATURE Right: Until your horse is happy in his mouth, it is likely he will evade the bit (like this horse)

Have you found the right bit? You will know the moment your horse is happy with his bit. Some people are lucky and find the right one immediately, others take years constantly trying different bits and searching for answers. In this issue Abbey Bits and independent bitting clinician Hilary Vernon offer advice on some common bitting problems...


hen faced with any bitting problem you must look at the horse as a whole. This will include checking his teeth, back, saddle and any other factors which may be affecting him such as the rider’s ability and his level of training. Once you have eliminated all other possible causes of a bitting problem, you can then turn your attention to the actual bit.

This horse is wearing a Dalehead

Q “My horse goes behind the bit and drops the contact altogether” Hilary says: “If a horse drops the contact or won’t take the bit forward you should first check that it is not pinching the tongue or the corners of the mouth. Horses use their tongue as a feeler and it is a large muscle that fills the whole mouth. Any bit that you place in a horse’s mouth is sandwiched between the tongue and the roof of the mouth. It is extremely important that the bit you use for an individual horse is comfortable and that there is adequate room for it. In this instance you might try a slim bit with a forward curve.” HILARY’S TOP TIP: “Place the bit between the palms of your hands and move it around. Imagine that your palms represent the horses tongue and the roof of his mouth. Then ask yourself, how does it feel? Would I like this bit in my mouth? Q “My horse leans on the bit all the time” Hilary says: “I often find that when horses lean on the bit it is because they are fitted with a single jointed snaffle which is pinching due to its nutcracker action. The horse then stiffens his tongue and pushes his jaw out to flatten the bit and stop it pinching. To a certain extent it could be an issue with the rider allowing the horse to constantly lean on the hands and also partly a training issue in that the horse doesn’t

possible causes (see introduction) then he will need re-schooling as snatching the bit is not acceptable behaviour. If the horse tries to snatch the reins the rider must prevent this by closing his hands on the rein but not by pulling back. A horse must learn that during long rein work he is allowed to put his head anywhere as he should be relaxed but as soon as the rider picks up the rein pressure again he is not allowed to snatch the reins. Once this has been established there is no reason why it should carry on.

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understand how to yield to the bit. You also need to consider, especially if it is a young horse, he might be leaning on the bit and the rider’s hand to help him balance. Physical problems, such as a poorly fitting saddle or lameness could also cause the horse to lean on the bit. You need to use a bit which is comfortable for the horse and offers more signals such as a Butterfly with a curb or perhaps a Dalehead. If you use a jointed bit, such as a Lozenge make sure it has small neat joints.” Q “My horse puts his head down low and snatches the reins out of my hands all the time” Hilary says: “A horse carrying out this behaviour may be uncomfortable in his mouth, perhaps the bit is pinching or he has large joints sticking in the roof of his mouth. Once you are happy that the horse is not in any discomfort from the bit and you have eliminated all other

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Figaro Flyer


The diary of

Alex Kelly continues the story of Figaro Flyer’s journey from racehorse to riding horse, as well as sharing other racing new from across the region.


Alex and Figgie at Kent County Show – Figgie is beginning to get over his fear of Shetland ponies, with the help of Briggie

Figgie loves to help

his month Figgie has taken it upon himself to have an impromptu holiday, frustratingly he’s been a little stiff through the back, which has stalled his training. Luckily, it was nothing a couple of weeks rest and a visit from the back man couldn’t put right. He has returned to work now and we aim to compete him in a ridden show class before the end of the summer, although Figgie and I still have some rough edges to smooth out. In preparation for the eventual debut he went for a hack around Kent County Showground. I had some space on the lorry, so took him along for the experience. I think this is a great way to educate (normally young) horses, without the pressure of competing. Figgie took in all the sights and sounds of the showground without a blink of an eye and even managed to face his fear of Shetland ponies! Although Figgie’s time off was because of stiffness (and after a 112 races I think the odd stiff day is allowed), there is no denying that ex-race horses can be fragile and injuries easily sustained due to the high-risk nature of their former jobs. While such injuries can end a horses career on the racetrack, there is nothing to say that a minor injury will stop them going onto be a ridden horse in another discipline. Of course, think carefully and even seek a vet’s advice before you take on a racehorse, as often they require retraining as well as rehabilitation, like everything equestrian nothing is black and white.

RACEHORSE TO RIDING HORSE NEWS Harriet will hopefully start eventing Jack Harbour later this year

Jack Harbour is back in work

Harriet Colderick is certainly glad she and her family undertook the gamble of nursing Jack Harbour back to fitness after he ruptured the deep digital flexor tendon on his off fore. Harriet and family purchased Jack as a three-year-old from Tattersalls sales and named him after their grandfather. Very much a family horse they undertook his pre-training before he went to Chris Gordon’s yard to begin his racing career. The gelding by Presenting showed a great deal of promise over the jumps, unfortunately while running at Wincanton Jack broke down three fences from home (looking likely to win). “His injury was catastrophic” Harriet tells us, “and I believe that a lot of owners would have put him down on track. However, we loved him so much we had to give him a chance, even if he could not be ridden.” Thankfully Jack’s loving and easy going nature, combined with his owners’ patience helped him to cope with the year’s box rest required to aid recovery. After a further six months turnout in the field, Jack began light work with Harriet, who slowly rebuilt his strength and fitness. The pair have not looked back since and Jack has become a fabulous all-round horse, who will hopefully begin eventing next year.

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Other Racehorse News...

Her Majesty the Queen pictured with Estimate moments after the filly won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

Her Majesty the Queen made history when Estimate won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday 20th June. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore from Brighton in East Sussex, the four-yearold filly became the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the two-and-a-half-mile showpiece. Day to day Estimate is looked after by Kirsty Chouffot, who works for Sir Michael in Newmarket, but originally hails from Margate in Kent.

Her Majesty the Queen being presented with the Gold Cup

Her Majesty the Queen pictured with Sir Michael Stoute, Estimate and Kirsty Chouffot

Local Success story

Abi Thorogood has been showing Camissa this season

This month Localrider catches up with Jane Townshend of the Classictop Stud

Pictures by Steven Cargill/Racingfotos.com

Name and age: Camissa or Ivy to her friends, aged nine. Purchased where and when? I was given the horse by her owner/trainer, Dean Ivory. Racing history: She had run thirteen times on the flat and was a winner at five furlongs as a two-year-old.

A victorious Ryan Moore and Estimate being led in by Kirsty Chouffot

Barbers Shop Further joy was to follow for Her Majesty The Queen at the Hickstead Derby Meeting, when Katie Jerram rode the Queen’s horse, Barber Shop, to win the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship. Right: Katie Jerram and Barbers Shop took the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship

Biggest success so far: To date Ivy has been lightly shown through no fault of her own. She has also had a foal and she is graded into the SHB (GB) head studbook. This year she is with a great friend of mine, Abi Thorogood, who is doing a fabulous job with Ivy and has built up a great relationship with her. This season started well at Keysoe where she was second in the Novice Hacks. Goals for the future: We are now aiming her at the SEIB ROR classes where the top two from each qualifier go through to the final at HOYS. These classes are very well supported and the standard is high. We will keep trying with trips to Bury Farm, Vale View and Burghley planned. HOYS either as a Show Hack or in the Retrained Racehorse class is the ultimate goal. Any advice for anyone wanting to retrain a race horse: Give them time. Would you do it again? I would definitely have another ex-racehorse, but as a breeder it would have to be another mare. If you own an ex-racehorse and would like to feature in this column email: alex@localrider.co.uk AUGUST 2013 Localrider 31

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iana Man and her horse Dalgaards nick were thrilled to be placed second at the recent Para national Championships held at Hickstead alongside the Derby Meet on 22nd June. Diana, based near Hailsham, is a grade iii Para Dressage rider and was competing in her first open Championships. this was by far her biggest and most important competition to date so she was delighted to have kept her nerve to produce an accurate, flowing test receiving an impressive score of 69.76% from two international judges. she was only beaten by the individual silver medallist from the london Paralympics, Deb Criddle. Diana has ridden all her life and used to work with horses and event up to intermediate and 2* level. However, in november 2007 she contracted meningococcal septicaemia and was rushed to hospital. Fortunately the doctors were able to save her life, but at the expense of her having to have both lower legs and all the fingers on her right hand amputated. it was a year till she was walking again then another till she got back on a horse. she was extremely lucky to be able to borrow a very understanding horse to learn to ride again with her new disabilities. Her balance was totally different and she designed a special hand adaptation with which to hold the reins. a year later she bought nick as a six-year-old from Denmark. He is extremely willing and

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Diana Man hot on the heels of Paralympic medallist Diana Man and Dalgaards Nick were second at the Para National Championships held at Hickstead

able and has a wonderful temperament which is key for a para dressage horse. However, he was quite young and is a big horse so took time to physically mature. early last year Diana was offered the chance to work for Channel 4 as a reporter on the Paralympics as part of their campaign to introduce more disabled faces into television. although sad not to have the time to ride so often, this was obviously an opportunity she

could not turn down. she left nick at Boot Camp with her trainer Markus Bauer. Diana not only had the most incredible experience but also learnt a huge amount from following so closely all the riders in their preparations for london. this period undoubtedly made a huge difference to Diana and nick’s partnership as immediately their results jumped up and they have continued to improve throughout the winter, spring

and summer. they have had several wins and scores over 70% in both para and ablebodied classes. as a result they have been selected to compete in their first para international competition and have accumulated enough points to qualify for the summer elementary restricted regional Championships. these results have also earned her support from the Keith Baker Charitable trust for which she is extremely grateful.

Emma Butler at the Hickstead Masters Final


Emma Butler and Cow Pony competing at the Dressage Masters Prelim Final at Hickstead

mma Butler and her horse, Cow Pony (CP), received a wildcard for the Dressage Masters Prelim Final after finishing fifth at the semi-final. With the normal mad dash of a working mother to get everything done in time, emma managed to get Cow Pony sparkling clean ready for the Hickstead Final. With some last minute help from her husband, dressage trainer, Mark Butler, emma went into the warm-up arena and went through her usual warm-up drill. emma said: “i was a little overawed at one point, especially with big flashy horses passaging past, but i did reel myself in and got some lovely work in the end. i went round to my test arena and CP went a little green on me, she tensed and boggled at the signs and flower pots, but once we got past those, she was fine. it was the best test we have done together so far and i was really pleased. We got 6’s and 7’s all the way through, with lovely comments which were spot on. 64.09% and 14th out of 21. Bearing in mind we only got a wildcard i was over the moon. i was hoping for a 65%, but i dropped marks in the free walk and got 6’s where we usually get a 7 or an 8. We have only competed at Prelim where as the majority of other horses are already established at novice. also i only did my first BD prelim with her in March, so to achieve what we have done so far is fabulous and to do get +64% at a Championship is brilliant. My lovely little cob-blood is so reliable and consistent, i wouldn’t swap her for the world. she is what she is, but what i love the most is she gives me 200%. i also got to wear my lovely new Pikeur jacket from Dressage Deluxe - i’ve finally slimmed down enough to buy off the peg.”

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Tambrook Te Amo

Words and pictures by Alex Kelly and Jane Jones Katie Balmer and Blaze


ick Snelling has found time among his hectic Working Hunter Pony course building commitments to show his homebred filly, Tambrook Te Amo. The three-year-old, by Roqufort and out of Copybush Catchlight has been shown a total of three times to date and has been champion on each occasion. Her latest win was at SEWPCA Summer medal show, held at Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, where she claimed the WPB Championship. Nick is looking forward to seeing her undertake her ridden career where her exceptional movement should see her go on to succeed in any discipline. Tambrook Te Amo, pictured at the SEWPCA Show

Katie Balmer and Blaze


wenty-two-year-old Katie Balmer from the Isle of White has enjoyed a successful run in the show jumping arena with her talented horse, Blaze. The ISH skewbald and Katie’s partnership began a year and a half ago, “he has a heart of gold and is a dream to own,” said Katie. Having worked on settling Blaze in the arena Katie can now make the most of his scopey jump, which has seen them win several classes on the unaffiliated circuit. Now comfortably clearing courses of 1.5 meters the plan is for the pair to affiliate next summer.

Nicola Watson


aster Saddler Nicola Watson recently was awarded her Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholarship to help her develop her specialism in side saddle. Having been making saddlery for nineteen years she has always been passionate about side saddle riding and the scholarship from QEST will support her in attending a course taught by side saddle expert, Richard Godden. As a side saddle competitor herself, Nicola hopes that attending this course will help to broaden her knowledge and experience so that she can refurbish, restore and repair the highly prized traditional English side saddles still in use today (many of which are a hundred-years-old). Nicola said: “I am also manufacturing new saddles to ensure the future of this traditional sport.” For more information visit: www.nicolawatsonleatherwork.co.uk Nicola discussing her work with Jenifer Emery, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association

Chieftain heads to HOYS


hloe Chubb was well rewarded for her long day at NPS Area 25 show, starting out at 5:30 am to arrive at David Broome’s Event Centre in Wales to compete in the HOYS M&M qualifiers, not returning home until 9 O’ clock that night. Chloe was meeting up with Richard and Jane Jones to ride their homebred Welsh section B, Moelview Chieftain, who she partnered to victory in a strong class to return to HOYS. Chole rarely has the opportunity to ride Chieftain, as he is based at his owner’s stud in Gwynedd, North West Wales and this was only the second occasion she had ridden him since HOYS 2012. “Long days always seem that much shorter when they are successful days,” said Chloe. Chloe Chubb and Moleview Chieftain qualified for HOYS

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50 years of excellent service

Another happy ending... This is Chester, one year after his surgery and the first time he was allowed a little freedom outside the confinement of his stable. He genuinely looks happy to be alive and thanks to SEIB and the advances in Surgical techniques he is well on the road to recovery.

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regional roundup

Pictures by Spidge Photography and Martin Lewis Photographer

Heathfield Show ... The extra bits


ulia Caffyn, Master of the southdown & eridge Hunt, pulled together a spectacular parade of hounds in the Main arena at the Heathfield show. the five packs parading were the east sussex & romney Marsh Foxhounds, the Brighton, storrington, surrey & north sussex Beagles, the southdown & eridge Foxhounds, the Coakham Bloodhounds and the Pevensey Marsh Beagles. During the parade, children were invited in to meet, stroke and learn about the different types of hounds.

Sophie Turner nine-year-old sophie turner was third in a strong Mountain & Mootland lead rein class with her riding school pony, amahashi Madeline, aka Maddie. she lives and works at Horam riding school, which is owned by sophie’s aunt, emma Cottham. sophie’s mother (emma’s sister) said: “i am so proud of them both, Maddie, is a total superstar. she is one of the favourites at the riding school, teaching many children to ride. she is a true first pony. sophie my daughter was a complete nervous nelly this time last year, but Maddie has helped her become a more confident rider and they are now doing First ridden classes together. after a couple of very successfully years competing at local level, Heathfield was their first country show. they both really enjoyed the day and we were thrilled that our little riding school pony came third. since the show they have gone from strength to strength.”

Vietta Peter Williams bought his norwegian Fjord, Vietta, from ashford Market six years ago and has since had enormous success with her in hand. at the llJ equestrian show she stood second reserve supreme of show and also qualified for the sunshine tour Championships (see page 62). she was third in the unaffiliated Coloured class at Heathfield.

Andrew Sallis, Joint Master & Huntsman of the East Sussex & Romney Marsh Foxhounds, flanked by Ashley Doherty, Huntsman to the Brighton, Storrington, Surrey & North Sussex Beagles

Peter Williams and Vietta, third Unaffiliated Coloured class, pictured here with Caroline Marsh at the LLJ Equestrian Show

A few pictures were mis-captioned in the July issue and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Angie Nettle and Sultan of Whitefield, winner of the Highland class

Clive Golland pictured with Antonia Gallop’s winning two-year-old, Welsh Section C, Savoy Toyboy

Sophie Turner and Amahashi Madeline, third M&M Lead Rein. Sophie is being led by her mother, Lisa Turner

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barefoot hoofcare

Contacts -


Trelawne Equine – UK distributors of Easycare hoof boots, plus a wide range of products for barefoot horses. Visit www.trelawneequine.co.uk Barefoot South – barefoot hoof trimming and care, covering the South East of England. www.barefoot-south.com

be suitable for your horse?

We would like to share with Localrider readers a case study of a barefoot horse:


ifteen-year-old Katie Scott and her mother Liz have owned beautiful, coloured Irish sports horse Micky, for two years. The 12-year-old horse does ‘a bit of everything’, from dressage events and hunter trials to hacking and Pony Club rallies and team events. He is ridden around five days a week. “Micky was shod when we got him – we took his back shoes off so he wouldn’t kick the other horses – and he coped fine,” explains Liz, based in Buckinghamshire. She started investigating keeping the gelding completely barefoot when a friend’s pony had his shoes taken off after a bout of laminits. “The pony never went back to shoes, and went from strength to strength,” Liz explained. “It inspired us to look into the welfare and health benefits of barefoot for Micky.” Liz found the website of trimming practitioner Lucy Priory of Barefoot South, and contacted Lucy to see if she could offer any support and advice – Lucy came out to see Micky in March 2012 to discuss diet and exercise, and Liz took the plunge and took Micky forward into a barefoot regime. The horse’s feet were “not great” at the time, with typically high heels and long toes. With Lucy’s advice, Liz changed Micky’s diet, giving the horse a low starch, low sugar diet with a base of sugar beet and targeted vitamin supplements. In addition, Liz bought hoof boots for Micky, to allow him to be comfortable for the transitioning process after de-shoeing. “We use them for hacking around the local hills due to the flints; but he doesn’t need them on grass, or in the manege, or when hacking on tarmac; just when we take him into the rocky Chilterns,” Liz states. Since Micky’s gone barefoot, he has contested hunter trials and combined training, as well as some local level dressage, hunter Micky’s feet continue to improve trials, sponsored rides and hacking. along his barefoot journey “We share a yard with friends, and have found people to be very supportive of the fact we don’t use horse shoes – although we do get some interested looks when hacking in boots! But most people are simply interested – there’s lots of tradition in the horse world, in terms of people doing what has always been done before – but we have found most people to be curious but supportive of the barefoot regime we use,” Liz explains. Liz has nothing but praise for her farrier, who had managed Micky’s feet since Liz bought the horse. “He’s very good, and very well respected – he has been completely supportive of our barefoot journey,” Liz states. However, she has decided to work with trimmer Lucy in the long term, and is pleased with the type of performance trim that Lucy advocates for Micky, with a subtle curve in the horse’s quarter areas, and a mustang roll to aid break-over. “Appearancewise, it is only subtly different to the farrier’s trim,” Liz adds. “I have every confidence that Micky’s feet will continue to improve as we move ahead – he’s moving better without shoes and essentially we are doing no harm - the horse is comfortable and able to perform very well,” Liz concludes.

Micky competes in various competitions including huntertrials barefoot

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Hoggy the Dressage Simulator

Hoggy the fully interactive dressage simulator has arrived in Kent and we sent Fiona Rafferty along to find out just how close to the real thing he is... Nicola Bell and the fully interactive dressage simulator, Hoggy


ressage rider and trainer, Nicola Bell, has stabled ‘Hoggy’ the fully interactive dressage simulator, at her yard, sparrow Oast Livery and training in Headcorn in Kent. He has his own training room, with interactive flat screen television. Nicola first sat on an interactive dressage simulator in January and by april, Hoggy had arrived. He is one of the most technologically advanced dressage simulators and can work up to grand Prix level. For the more advanced dressage rider, he gives them a chance to focus on themselves, improving their feel and body position as well as being able to give them a feel of what the more advanced movements should feel like. If you have been having trouble with your changes, why not practise them on Hoggy. It will give you a chance to clear your mind, concentrate on your aids, your breathing and your counting. International grand Prix Rider, Hannah Biggs said: “I think Hoogy is tremendous, I loved my session. Riding at grand Prix doesn’t mean we are perfect! Hoggy allowed me to focus on fine tuning my riding technique, without worrying about the horse and the environment. By seeing your position live on the tV screen and then receiving an actual printed report really highlights strengths and weaknesses. It will enable riders to focus on improving their riding by making the smallest of adjustments.”

Suitable for everyone

Whilst Hoggy is able to help the more advanced dressage rider, he is suitable for

all levels of riders from any discipline. He has sensors under his saddle, forward and back and on both sides, plus sensors on his bit, head and neck. these all feed date to a computer and depending on what options you choose you can see how well balanced you are by looking at the television screen on the wall in front of you. You can go for a hack in the park and once you have mastered that tackle the intricacies of riding a dressage test. Hoggy will tell you accurately when you have the perfect connection between seat, hand and leg.

What I thought

I was surprised how powerful and big moving Hoggy felt, but what was most unexpected was how real he felt. It might sound strange, but it was easy to forget that I wasn’t riding a real horse. When I was over zealous with an aid and Hoggy took off at a faster pace, I experienced the same emotions as I do when something makes my horse jump or spook. I had given Hoggy a re-assuring pat before I chuckled remembering he was a simulator. as much as we try as riders it is difficult to consistently ride our horses the same each day. sometimes they are on their toes and sometimes they are quiet, occasionally they are stiff and as riders we adapt to produce the best work we can from our horse on that day. Riding Hoggy you know that every time you give the correct aids you will get the same reaction. Nicola says: “Having the opportunity to repeat transitions without the horse anticipating is a fantastic way to develop muscle memory.”

Hoggy feeds data through a computer to a large flat screen, which lets the rider monitor their aids and any weaknesses

I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but when I rode my own horse the next day, I immediately felt my body take the same position I was in on Hoggy and it felt slightly stronger to. I found I was riding with a clearer mind, so that I was more in tune with my horse .

A lesson on Hoggy and your own horse

as well as lessons on Hoggy Nicola is offering riders the opportunity to take their own horse for a lesson too. Your horse can be put in a stable while you have a lesson on the simulator, using your printout and what she has observed Nicola will then teach you on your own horse. this is a good way to point out where your weaknesses are slipping through and correct you and your horse together.

Nicola and Happy Diamond were Medium Masters Champions at Hickstead in 2008 For more information contact Nicola Bell: Call 07803 255221 / 01622 892110 Email nicola@sparrowoast.co.uk www.sparrowoast.co.uk

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Keep Your Cool! When it comes to looking stylish around the yard and at competitions this summer, on-line retailer Dressage Deluxe have handpicked the very best brands and collections from all over Europe. In this feature, MD and rider Alison Nye-Warden gives her top tips for keeping your cool and looking stylish as temperatures rise! Effortless Elegance

When I am buying garments for the forthcoming season, not only does it have to look great, but I also pay real attention to the technical properties of the clothing. As a rider myself, I appreciate that the performance is just as important as the look of a piece of clothing. With so many brands now incorporating the latest sports fabrics, you can stay cool in the warm-up and training at home. Look out for fabrics that wick away sweat, are quick drying and breathable – making even competition riding a breeze. Keep eye make-up to a minimum and opt for waterproof mascara, otherwise it can end up running down your face, after a particular strenuous warm-up session and if you want to wear a foundation, make sure you opt for one which has UV protection or a tinted moisturiser, as oppose to heavy foundation or powder, which will clog up your pores. The perfect stylish cover-up for those early show mornings is the gilet – not only does it offer a flattering silhouette, as well as adding an extra layer over your show shirt to keep you warm, if you invest carefully, a gilet should see you through every season – just add the layers to suit the climate. Choose breeches for comfort – both in their design, cut, finish and fabric. The last thing that you want on a hot day is uncomfortable hot breeches, so choose a well fitting pair with good stretch, that allow you to enjoy those long summer hacks or hot competition days

Above: Alison Nye-Warden, MD of Dressage Deluxe, thoroughly tests all the products, before they become part of the collection.

www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk 0800 321 3001

Be Prepared

Carry a small pack of wet wipes to remove spot stains such as horse slobber off your white competition gear and don’t get caught out by sudden summer showers – invest in a good lightweight waterproof jacket and ensure that it also has breathable properties, so that you can wear it in the middle of summer. We even stock stain resistant White competition breeches – genius!

The sun has got his hat on

Finally, baseball caps, sun hats and sun visors also help keep the sun off your face. As any skin care expert will tell you wearing a high factor sun cream or sun block on your face when outside will ensure that you will still catch a tan – without damaging or burning your skin, however if you are worried about white hands then our Roeckl Solar Gloves allow you to tan your hands whilst riding. Enjoy the summer and all your competition outings by sticking to these tips you should be in for a cool and stylish one. august 2013 Localrider 39

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Blake Walker and Willow Royal Lilianna pictured at Hickstead, where they competed in the Mini Challenge

Fourteen-year-old Elle Wood, sent us this picture of her jumping her horse, Moonlight. She has had him for two years and they enjoy show jumping and cross country. Elle said: “He is a fantastic all-rounder and I am very lucky to have such a special boy. This is us jumping at home preparing for our next show.”

Readers’ gallery Lucy Elbourne (top) had a pony party for her seventh birthday. Her sister Pippa (bottom) joined in the fun!

Here’s some fab photos of you and your horse or pony...

Molly Bartlett sent this picture of herself and her pony, Jack, preparing to ride their dressage test at their first ever one-day-event, at Eridge Park.

To see you and your horse featured in the Readers’ Gallery email a high resolution photograph and brief bio to info@localrider.co.uk

Lyn McAllen sent us this picture of her competing at the Horsham Horse Show. She said: “It was our first showing show and he was placed in both his classes. If I’d done a canter on both legs we’d even have come second on our first try at ridden showing. We came third in the Prelim dressage test, so it was a wonderful day for us!”

Flo Van Den Broek pictured with the rosettes she won in the Mini Jumping at Hickstead, on her pony Bob.

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FEATURE The summer is a popular time for children to take up horse riding.

Congrats Susi...

Saddle up for summer

The summer is a popular time for children to take up horse riding – but is your child safe in the saddle? Pony Club Instructor Michaela Huntington has these tips for parents of horse-riding children:

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Your child’s riding school instructor should be qualified – check when you make the booking. You do not have to choose a British Horse Society registered establishment, but they must have a Local Authority Licence and should have a Public Liability Insurance certificate displayed. Consider a tuition-based riding break, during the school holidays – these can be great value when compared to individual lessons, and the tuition is condensed – lessons that are spread out take longer to ‘sink in’ to young brains! Intensive courses give riders the chance for more rapid learning. Encourage your child to take the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test, if they will be regularly riding out and hacking – it is supported by the Department for Transport (DfT). Candidates must be 12-years-old or over on the day of the test. Visit: www.bhs.org.uk

RS-tor would like to offer congratulations to their sponsored rider Susi Rogers Hartley, who competed in the Grade 1b class at the British Para Dressage championships at Hickstead recently with her horse Seamus. Susi is paralysed from the waist down, having sustained a non-riding spinal injury; she is also a Grade 1 Para show jumper. Her dressage trainer Lee Pearson MBE, OBE, says of Susi: “Most people watching Susi ride would never realise she has a disability, as it is not relevant – she is simply a very good rider.” Susi won the class at Hickstead and is now the Grade 1b Restricted Para Dressage Champion – well done Susi!

Money back guarantee We are exclusively offering readers of Localrider magazine a money back guarantee when an RS-tor is purchased directly from www.rstor.co.uk, or from the manufacturer Polypads, www.polypads.co.uk, from July 2013 until 30th September 2013. To qualify, use the code MBG when ordering online, or via telephone. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return your RS-tor in its original packaging to Polypads (address at www.polypads.co.uk), to arrive within 28 days of the date of invoice. Your credit or debit card will be refunded immediately. Please include your full contact details and any purchase reference numbers that you have. (NB: postage is non-refundable. Offer not applicable to purchases made at retail outlets or stands.)

Your child will be able to borrow a riding helmet at a riding school, but it won’t be a perfect fit, and may have been dropped or fallen on. It is better to buy an approved helmet that meets current standards. Visit a BETA-approved retailer for fitting advice and look for a quality assurance mark on the hat, such as the British Standard Kitemark.


The Pony Club isn’t elitist, or just for people with their own ponies – their Centre Membership Scheme is inclusive to young people without their own pony. Riding schools around the country become linked to the club, and offer tests and badges to their clients. Joining is a great way to develop safety knowledge and skills. Visit: www.pcuk.org

The Pony Club isn’t elitist, or just for people with their own ponies. Instructor Michaela Huntington is pictured in the centre of this pic, with her pupils.

Give your child the gift of safety with the RS-tor rider safety aid – it doesn’t contravene Pony Club equipment guidelines and is perfect for aiding security in the saddle when learning to ride. Why not come and see exhibitor Libby’s International at the Hickstead Longines International Meeting, from 31st July – 4th August, where you will be able to watch an RS-tor video, and take a closer look at the product on the retailer’s stand?

Make sure your child is safe in the saddle – this rider has an up to standard body protector and helmet, and an RS-tor.


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British Jumping Derby Meeting Hickstead Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd June 2013 Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z jumped clear to claim the Hickstead Derby

Words by Julia Longland


William Funnell and Dorada finished equal-second for the second year running

ew could have predicted that Phillip Miller, a quiet, little known but exceptionally talented rider from Harpenden, would throw caution to the winds and capture one of show jumping’s plum prizes, the British Jumping Derby at Hickstead, with the only clear round. For Miller, 36, who had gone to Di & Penny Cornish’s riding school for a lesson as a seven-year-old boy and stayed on, mucking out and breaking in young horses to earn his keep, it was the chance of a lifetime and he seized it. In the big grey Caritiar Z, known as Carter, a horse he had broken in as a three-yearold and produced rather than sold on, he had a willing accomplice. On their Derby debut in 2012, Carter’s sole mistake came at the first part of the Devil’s Dyke, but with two time faults as well, finished only ninth. This time Miller kept a sharp eye on the clock, and, challenging from 22nd draw of 36 starters, survived all the trouble spots including a rattle at the dry open ditch, and a cloudburst, to grasp the lead from Irishman David Simpson, who had been ahead with two fences down on the chestnut stallion Rolo Tomasi. Miller won a resounding ovation from spectators, appreciating his skilful horsemanship over the supremely testing Derby course, which remains the same every year, but causes trouble all the way round and this year was no exception. Carter and Miller put themselves in the record books with only the 56th clear round in the classic’s 52 year history. The 13-year-old grey, owned by Nigel Eccles and Di Cornish, was not gelded until he was eight. “I cannot believe this has happened,” said Miller, “he is the first horse I have kept. All the others have gone to Robert Smith or been sold on, but nobody wanted him, he was so rudely behaved and locked on to other horses at shows until he was gelded and he can still pull me about.” Of his round Miller admitted: “You are completely focused when you get out there, I didn’t notice the stair-rods and after last year the Dyke was my worst worry. The pressure is on because you can hear the crowd as much as you don’t want to, but when I thought I might have caught the rail over the dry ditch and heard them cheering, “I knew I was in with a chance.”

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As they landed over the final fence the applause from the crowds and the other riders was deafening but Miller had a nervous wait to see if any of the remaining fourteen could match him. “He is a nice guy to get beaten by,” said Will Funnell, equal second on Dorada with four faults along with Irishman Trevor Breen and Adventure de Kannan, both of whom had looked set to force a jump-off. Triple Derby winner Funnell, who has lost two of his former international horses this year, Comex, aged 30, and the talented mare Amber du Montois, gave Dorada a lovely ride and nearly made it, but lost out with a mistake at no.13, the dry ditch, which also accounted for the one-eyed Adventure de Kannan. Funnell had originally bought the Irish bred Dorada from Shane Breen, then sold him last September to Norwegian Geir Gulliksen, “but Geir told me I should have him back as my Derby ride,” said Funnell, “and Carol Tolliver offered to buy him for me.” The 2010 winners Guy Williams and Skip Two Ramiro were in trouble at the Devil’s Dyke, the dry ditch and the last, to be equal sixth and last year’s winner Loughnatousa B, now ridden by Michael Lonsdale who replaced Paul Beecher, lowered the rail at the bottom of the Derby Bank and faulted at the water to finish fifth. The £36,630 prize still hung in the balance as the 2011 winners Tina Fletcher and Promised Land set off from the final draw, but their challenge vanished as Promised Land pecked at the foot of the steep Derby Bank and decanted Fletcher.

Hard work pays off “I came here never dreaming I could win,” said an elated Miller, “there were so many good ones after me I didn’t think even a clear round would be enough. I was really worried about every fence on the course and I am so delighted with Carter, who has been with me through bad times to come good now.” Winner of the 2012 International Stairway title, Carter and Miller went on to jump in their first Nations Cup team at Lummen, Belgium this spring and Miller said he owed his success to Di and Pennie Cornish’s Greenacres Equestrian, where he still does the mucking out. “It is the whole yard,” he said, “they have given me so many opportunities, it is wonderful to be able to give something back.” He credited Pennie Cornish with discovering the unbroken Caritiar Z loose jumping in Holland and bringing him to England. Seven riders shared sixth place with 12 faults, including Joe Clayton, riding Ingliston Twister for his boss and cousin Michael Whitaker, a four times winner. They faulted at the double of water ditches and the last part of the Devil’s Dyke where they also stopped at the first element. Two others on 12 were Geoff Billington with Cruise Control III (the Devil’s Dyke and No.13, the dry ditch) and Shane Breen on the mare Ominerale Courcelle (the privet hedge, the Dyke and the double of white gates).

Trevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan, equal-second

Breen double in Bunn Leisure Derby Trial Honours in the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, a qualifier and warm-up for the Derby 48 hours later, went to the Breen brothers, but a discerning eye planning a Derby forecast might have spotted the potential of the pair who finished fifth. Behind the Breens, Somerset rider Harriet Nuttall on A Touch Imperious and Sammie Jo Coffin from Cornwall on Willem de Lux after a five way jump-off came Miller and Caritiar Z, poised to pounce from the wings two days later. “Normally Trevor beats me,” said Hickstead based Shane Breen, who went like a rocket on the speedy 10-year-old Cos I Can, “so I thought I had better move on a bit because he and Addy (Adventure de Kannan) are always quick.”

Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly and Chesterfield, winners of Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard and the Hickstead Masters Challenge

Grand National winner, Robert Power and Doonaveeragh O One, winners of the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby

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Emily Martin and Anderida Laureta, winners of the Hickstead Novice Stakes

With the advantage of the last draw in the jump-off, Shane, in confident form after taking the Stonor Jewellers Vase the previous day with the mare Zarnita, who balloons over water as if it were a 2 metre fence, sliced 6.18 seconds from his brother’s target on Cos I Can, leaving Trevor as runner-up on Adventure de Kannan and Nuttall third on her Derby Trial debut with a beautifully judged round on the giant A Touch Imperious. It was an emotive result for the brothers, as their mother Mary had died after a long illness at home in Tipperary the week before and Trevor admitted to having “the worst preparation we have ever had before a show, but she must have been looking down on us,” he said. The performance of Adventure de Kannan came as a welcome shock to Trevor and was an astonishing achievement, as the 13-year-old had had his offside eye removed in April and six weeks later took the International Stairway and the Area Trial at the South of England Show, Ardingly. Hickstead loomed and after time in Ireland for the funeral, Trevor was unsure how his horse would cope with a really big course. “The uveitis has been an ongoing problem for five years,” said Trevor, “the vet gave him two years, but he lasted five. He somehow got the condition on his winter break in his owner’s field and eventually had to wear a full time mask as well as having 16 eye drops daily. He’s the nicest horse in the yard, a great friend as well as a great horse, but I didn’t know if he would ever jump again, he never ceases to amaze me. He was a saint to put up with it, but it got to the stage where he only had 20% vision and it was unmanageable. I hadn’t ridden him for five days before Hickstead, so we warmed up in Thursday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard and that blew the cobwebs away. He’s a freak, he can do anything. Years ago in Ireland Shane had a brilliant pony with one eye and I was his groom.” Harriet Nuttall, whose double clear on A Touch Imperious looked so promising for Sunday, said: “That’s the best round he’s ever done, but he hasn’t seen a proper bank before.” Her words came back to haunt her at the end of the Derby when, challenging second last, the nine-year-old lost his confidence on top of the steep face of the Bank, incurring one refusal before descending, and another at the rail at the bottom for elimination.

Chesterfield keeps on winning

Helen Wilson and Morelands Achiever, winners of the Hickstead 5 year old Championship

Saudi Arabian Abdullah al Sharbatly, part of the team that took the bronze medal at London 2012, was understandably delighted with his new ride Chesterfield, an eye catching buckskin mare he had bought eight weeks before Hickstead from Dutchman Henk van der Pol, when the 11-year-old, who had won for him at all four shows they had been to, took Thursday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard in style with the fastest jump-off round of eight finallists, and then brought up the double in the Hickstead Masters Challenge on Friday, a speed class named in honour of Douglas Bunn, the founder of Hickstead. “Every time Chesterfield goes in the ring, she tries her heart out and is brilliant,” he said. “We are just getting to know each other. This is the best show in the world and the atmosphere is unique.” Based in Chantilly, the 30-year-old Sharbatly was born in London and started riding on ponies at his father’s farm outside London. Another partnership to catch the eye was Joe Clayton on Michael Whitaker’s Aiyetoro, winners of the Equimax Under 25 Masters. The eight-year-old, a son of Concorde, is showing the kind of form that Whitaker thinks will take him to the top.”Joe and I could be having a bit of a fight to try and ride him,” said Michael, watching Joe’s progress intently from the ringside.

Grand National winner lands the Speed Derby

Charlotte Adams-Lane and Paul Beecher (winner of last year’s Derby) and Power & Performance, winners of the Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry William Funnell led the high-jinx in the celebrity donkey racing on Saturday evening

By tradition the Led Sport Europe Speed Derby is a pre-Derby thriller when riders and horses take Derby-type obstacles at a breakneck speed and this one looked even more hair-raising than usual, so it was fitting that the winner was Robert Power, the National Hunt jockey son of former top Irish show jumper Con Power, and winner of the 2007 Grand National on Silver Birch. Power, 32, from Downpatrick, Co.Down, was on his sister Elizabeth’s former three star eventer, Doonaveeragh O One, and really enjoying himself making a flying return to show jumping for a day. A former Young Riders show jumping silver medallist before racing claimed him, Power rode the 12-year-old bay stallion to third place in the 2012 Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, a mixture of show jumping and eventing, at Hickstead’s Royal International Horse Show. Unable to return for the 2013 version as show clashes with the Galway National Hunt Festival, Power decided to have a crack at the Speed Derby. “It was great for ‘Tommy’, said Power, “because he had an injury and cannot take the intensive training for eventing any more, but he is careful and that is perfect for this kind of class. I did a lot of show jumping before going racing and at home I always seem to be getting off a racehorse onto a show jumper”. Drawn 19th of 30 starters, Power and ‘Tommy’ scarcely checked throughout a superb round, inevitably surviving some close shaves but they got home clear, so had no extra time to add, as a mistake cost four seconds, and at the close led home an Irish one-two-threefour. David Simpson and Arantos, also clear, were 0.15 seconds behind in second place, but Shane Breen, almost two seconds faster on Ominerale Courcelle, made two mistakes to drop to eighth. Zoe Adams was the top British contender in fifth with Satonamillion, clear but over three seconds slower than Power, and Nuttall made one mistake to take seventh on her trusty Highland Cruiser. “The Speed Derby is fast, but the Grand National is faster,” summed up Power.

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Jayne Ross (nee Webber) and the Gray Horsebox Manufacturers Supreme Hunter Champion, Time 2 Reflect, one of Jayne’s six wins at the Derby Meeting

Pictures by Sam Lamb, Spidge Photography and Localrider

Spotted in the Main Arena at Hickstead Rachael Holdsworth and MFH of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt

Neil Boorman and Kavanagh’s Geisha Girl, Coloured Champion

The Crawley and Horsham Hunt led the Hunter Champions around the Main Arena Jayne Ross and Carol Bardo retired the great Heavyweight Hunter, Silverstream, after the Hunter Championship. He finished third in the Heavyweight class at the show and will now be retired to the hunting field. It was a bittersweet moment for Jayne as she galloped around the main arena with the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, while Silverstream was led from the main arena.

Georgia Aungier and Allandy Gold Spark, second CHAPS UK Non-Native Ridden class

Katie Jerram and Her Majesty the Queen’s Barbers Shop. This former National Hunt horse won the Tattersall & ROR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship

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irst and second from each of the Mountain & Moorland sections were invited into the main arena for the final judging of the Olympia Heritage Mountain & Moorland Championship. Prince Nestor seemed to float around the large arena and there could have been few that were surprised when the Connemara stallion was given the nod and his ticket to the prestigious Olympia final. Clarissa Dugmore of the Valley View Stud in Hampshire said: “We purchased Prince Nestor from his breeder, John Tierney, in March 2011. Kelly Jones brought him on and competed him for us, with great success during 2011-2012, qualifying for HOYS on his first attempt both years. Kelly moved away in October 2012 and due to work commitments was unable to ride at some shows, so we approached Jade in March this year to do some Young Rider classes and stand in for some HOYS and Olympia Qualifiers. Jade is a very talented rider and she quickly built a strong bond with Nestor with Hickstead being their fifth show together. After being lucky enough to compete at HOYS for the last two years, qualifying for Olympia has been our aim and Hickstead made all of our dreams come true. Nestor is a true showman and I’m over the moon that he and Jade have their chance to shine together at Olympia.”

This month’s cover stars, Jade Felton and Prince Nestor, take the Olympia Heritage Mountain & Moorland Championship and gain their ticket to the final

Alice Barr and Okeleat Navigator, first Dartmoor, Exmoor & Shetland qualifier and Reserve Champion Olympia Heritage Mountain & Moorland

Chloe Chubb and Shilstone Rocks North, second Dartmoor, Exmoor & Shetland qualifier

Sam Darlington and Blisland Echo, first Welsh Sections A& B qualifier

Aimee Hoare and Swchyrhafod Brenin, first Welsh Section D qualifier

Bea Shepherd and Thistledown Snowstorm, second Welsh Sections A& B qualifier

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Faith Ella Wood and Dycott Elegant Lady, second Welsh Section C qualifier

Sam Roberts and Marleydenes Zachariah, second Connemara & New Forest qualifier

Olivia Minns and Castle Hill Raven, first Fells, Higlands & Dales qualifier

Katie Chappell and Wolsey Xadi, second Fells, Higlands & Dales qualifier

Isabelle Barr and Sauvey Golden Condor, first Welsh Section C qualifier

Jane Wyatt and Abercippyn Jonjo, second Welsh Section D qualifier

Horse of the Year Show Mountain & Moorland Colne Qualifiers

Five-year-old, Henrietta Rogers won the Colne M&M Lead Rein qualifier on the beautiful four-year-old Nynwood Fantasia, pictured with producer John Harvey.

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British Showjumping News Local riders selected for

Children on Horses European Championships Maja Burnell and Zimza La Bim, will be representing Great Britain at the Children on Horses European Championships

been selected onto a European Championship squad. Joining Maja are Olivia Poole on Andorra and Robert Murphy on Del Fuego, as well as 13 year-old Harry Charles from Alton in Hampshire, who will be riding his father’s 13-year-old gelding, Murka’s Milord D’Elle. A total of 47 Nations across Europe have been invited to contest the Championships and Great Britain will compete under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe and Team Coach

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ince we wrote about Ireland’s Best in the June issue, he has had a change of jockey. At that time he was being ridden by Bea Hatt, but due to other commitments, the ride has now passed to Natalie Burnett. Ireland’s Best ‘s owner, John Gardiner, believes that in Natalie he has found a rider who will fulfil the horse’s potential, with the first big goal set to qualify for the Foxhunter Final at the Horse of the Year Show in 2014. John brought the now rising five-year-old over from Ireland as a three-year-old and turned him away for a year to mature. The striking chestnut combines everything you want in a horse, he is bold, honest, talented and has a lovely temperament. With four double clears at Newcomers and Foxhunter, the plan now is to qualify for the second rounds. John said that in the past all of his horses have been for sale, but with this one, he hopes he has a horse to watch and enjoy in his semi-retirement.

Corinne Bracken. The British Youth teams are sponsored by Fairfax Saddles. It is Fairfax’s primary aim to improve the performance of the competition horse. All the saddles and girths are developed using the most advanced technology and are tested extensively. All research and design work is carried out under the direction of Vanessa Fairfax, an ex-International showjumper and University qualified designer.

Natalie Burnett and Ireland’s Best jumping in the Foxhunter at Brendon Pyecombe

Pic by LRG Photography


ourteen-year-old Maja Burnell from Godalming in Surrey has been selected for the Team Fairfax Children on Horses European Championship Squad representing Great Britain at the FEI Children, Junior and Young Rider European Jumping Championships, which will be held during the 16th – 21st July 2013 at Vejer de la Frontera in Spain. Maja will be partnering Alan Burnell’s nine-year-old bay gelding Zimza La Bim. 2013 marks the first time that Maja has

Harry Charles and Murka’s Milord D’Elle

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Alex Chapman’s dog Marco enjoying the bale jumping

Eridge Horse Trials

Eridge Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June 2013

Antoinette McKeowen and A, winners of the Jackson-Stops & Staff Novice Regional Final Ellie Hughes and her homebred, Short Changed, qualified for the Gatcombe final, when they finished third in the Jackson-Stops & Staff Novice Regional Final

Izzy Taylor and Its Chico, second Dinnages Intermediate, Izzy also won this section on Merrywell Charlie Douglas


enny Noland and her team knew what they were doing when they changed the layout at Eridge Horse trials. For the spectators everything was closer together and it was just a short walk from the car park to the show jumping arena and newly expanded country market. sunday saw the introduction of Dogs in the Park, which included a dog show, dog agility and terrier racing. With glorious weather both days the event was a big hit with the locals. One of the main events of sunday’s competition was the Jackson-stops & staff Novice Regional Final. the top six qualified for the prestigious final at gatcombe Park at the beginning of august and with just a smattering of time faults added to their impressive dressage scores, it is testament to just how tough it is to qualify as well as the quality of young horses competing today, that all six qualifiers posted double clears. antoinette McKeowen and the Jazz sired eight-year-old, a, added just 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 24.1 to finish ahead of Kirsty Johnson and WttL Opposition sky Law. Ellie Hughes put a minor injury to her foot out of her head as she piloted her homebred, short Changed, home to finish third. the other qualifiers were georgie strang (ascot H), Izzy taylor (KBIs starburst) and sam Penn (Pusiden). Izzy taylor had a busy sunday at Eridge, all the more so, considering she had been competing in aachen, germany as part of the British Nations Cup team, the previous day. Both Izzy and tina Cook had flown back from germany to compete at Eridge. Having qualified KBIs starburst for the Novice Final at gatcombe, Izzy then rode Merrywell Charlie Douglas and Its Chico into first and second place respectively in the Dinnages Intermediate.

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Alycia Port and Dancing Dazzler, first Billy Stud BE90

Katie Collis and Scooby, first Newton & Frost Equestrian BE90

Lisa Pilbeam and Cullawn My Way, first W.H. Hodder & Sons BE100

Pippa Funnell and Mayas Hope, first Allen & Page BE100

Shane Carter and Silver Nancy, first West Kent Saddles BE90 Open

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Laura Powell writes...

After so much promise it’s been a pretty rough month. Daisy contested her first Intermediate in five years at Tweseldown. She knew exactly where she was and refused to settle in the arena. She felt really good show jumping until the last line then was on three legs when we left the ring. I just don’t think she is going to hold up to competing at this high level anymore so now I’m on the search for a good loan home, where she can be enjoyed. I’d love her to still be competed as that’s what she lives for but maybe PC/RC or eventing round BE90s etc. If you think she might suit you get in touch. Alf has escaped his death sentence. Due to his ongoing soundness issue, I came very close to putting him to sleep, but I’ve decided to give him a chance and he is going to be turned away completely until next spring and then we’ll reassess. So it all came down to Spud. We’ve been doing lots of schooling and British Showjumping shows to increase his confidence. He did a super test at Brightling, jumped clear but had one wobble cross country when I pushed for a long shot without enough leg. He completed the course full of running in 30 degrees heat and will hopefully build on this next time out.

Time to back the youngsters

Nessa and Whoopi are finally home. After a hungover catching and loading marathon, that wouldn’t have happened without some serious man power, thank you – you know who you are! I’ve started breaking them and am now wishing I’d done it last

Alf (in the middle)... has been turned away until next spring – he seems to be loving his new field and friends year, as they are rather large and strong. We can lunge in a circle (sort of) and they’ve had bridles, rollers and a saddle on. Whoopi is currently star pupil as I’ve even been on her. She seems to have a pretty cool Shire attitude about everything. Nessa meanwhile is having a brat attack about nearly everything, needless to say it might be a while before I get on board and I’m not sure how long I will stay on board for! Pony Club instructors day went well. Despite one of my clients being an eight-year-old hunting boy, who didn’t know his diagonals, or which canter lead he was on and just wanted to canter everywhere in a light seat. It was a good day with a strong emphasis on having fun and keeping the younger (particularly male) members keen on riding in their early years. The summer holidays are here and I’m super busy teaching at all the local Pony Club camps. Fingers crossed the heat wave won’t continue for the whole six weeks and hopefully we can have some success eventing at some point this season!

Emily’s Prince Charming E

mily Watson has had a really good start to the season, winning Berkshire College of Agriculture BE90 on a dressage score of 27 and Rackham on a score of 23.5. Emily and the 14-year-old, 14.2hh, Prince Charming have rarely added to their dressage score over the past two seasons and hope they can maintain this consistency as they head to Chilham Castle on the 4th August for the BE90 Grassroots Regional Final. Emily is a pupil at Hurstpierpoint College and has just completed her GCSEs. Prince is her second pony and she will have owned him for two years on 21st August. She has qualified for three British Eventing Grassroots Regional Finals and says: “My dream is to qualify for Grassroots BE90-it would be so amazing! I love Prince to bits, he is the best pony ever.” Left: Emily Watson and Prince Charming won BE90 Section B at Rackham

Picture by Ultimate Images

Right: Lia Hodgson and Kiltevna Bur Goyan, pictured at Eridge, an event they so nearly missed

Pic cortesy of Spidge Photographic

Adventures on the way to Eridge Sometimes fate intervenes. Aurelia Hodgson evented successfully during the 1990s, but more recently has specialised in selling Irish cobs. In May 2012 a selection of cobs arrived from Ireland along with a striking sports horse mare, called Kiltevna Bur Goyan (Phoebe). Aurelia (Lia) thought: “What I am going to do with that, it’s not a cob.” All set to send her back, she decided to sit on her first. Riding Phoebe ignited an ember and Lia thought that maybe she could bring her on enough to return to eventing. The six-year-old, Primo Pageant, mare is loving eventing and her results keep on improving. At Eridge they were twelfth, Tweseldown, eighth, Brightling, ninth and Iping third. Everything seems to have fallen into place since Eridge, an event the combination so nearly missed. Lia’s friend Julie Reilly always grooms for her at events and was already at Eridge when she received a call for help. Lia’s radiator had gone and she, the car and trailer and Phoebe were all at the petrol station at Forest Row. Phoebe thought nothing to standing by the petrol pumps while there were a few changes made to her transport and onto Eridge they all went.

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feature This injury to the head will definitely need the vet to attend, however, a light spray with a mild antibacterial spray should help minimise contamination and rehydrate the tissue, while the owner waits for the vet

Emergency Wound Care Words by Ed Lyall BVet Med CertEM (StudMed) MRCVS of the Arundel Equine Hospital Emergency First Aid Kit With regards to the first aid box, many medications such as ‘bute’ and antibiotics should be prescribed by your vet for a specific horse for a specific condition – this is due to the passport legislation that is in force in the UK now, thus you should not have such medication in your first aid box. The sort of things that should be in the kit include: • A sterile non-adherent wound dressing • A sterile hydrogel wound ointment/Manuca honey • An antibiotic spray • A roll of gamgee or cotton wool • An appropriate bandage for holding dressings in place such as a vet wrap • A small bottle of a disinfectant such as hibiscrub • A poultice • A thermometer

First aid in horses is very much a common sense issue this issue Ed Lyall talks about what you need in your First Aid Box and how to react when you arrive at the stables to find your horse with an injury.


orses regularly injure themselves on objects in the stable or field, such as fencing and are all too often kicked by other horses. Wounds may vary from shallow skin grazes, to deeper puncture wounds and large open gashes. Most wounds occur to the limbs and of course there is a lot of complicated anatomy such as joints, tendon sheaths and bone that may become traumatised. A common sense approach to wounds is important, if the wound looks like it needs stitching it probably does, if the wound is close to a joint or over the tendons then a vet should be called. If a skin graze is evident then cleaning and spraying with an antibiotic spray may be all that is required. Wounds may also involve blood vessels and as such there may be significant bleeding, application of a clean dressing to put pressure on the bleeding tissues and limit the amount of haemorrhage is important until a vet arrives. With all wounds cleaning is of paramount importance, the application of clean tap water from a hose can remove debris and faecal material from the wound and help to minimise any inflammation that may occur, cold hosing a wound washes away contamination and rehydrates damaged tissue. The use of disinfectant agents such as very dilute hibiscrub solution can be useful if there is the potential for a heavy bacterial contamination, but they can damage the exposed tissue if used too concentrated, which will limit tissue healing. Sterile dressings that do not adhere to wounds are available from pharmacies, a poultice can be used or even a child’s nappy. Either cotton wool or gamgee can then be used under a vet wrap type bandage or even a stable bandage to hold the dressing in place. There are many hydrogel wound ointments available on the market for applying to wounds; vets have now gone away from using wound powders. There are also many different antibiotic wound ointments and sprays that are available from your vet, as they are technically prescription only products. One of the best things for stimulating wound healing is Manuca honey.

• A commercially available cooling pack for application of cold therapy to swellings or sprained tendons • Scissors • Sticky tape for applying poultices to the foot

The Arundel Equine Hospital stud services BEVA accredited practice for AI- chilled and frozed semen Many years experience Walk in service for natural cover Embryo Transfer CEM accredited lab Mares can be boarded and taken in from all over the south of England Speialised foal care Stallion sub-fertility assessments 24 hour dedicated stud vet emergency call out and hospital care

General services RCVS accredited Tier 3 Hospital Full surgical faclities Bone scan Mobile and hospital based full digital diagnosis On site lab Referrals taken Pre-purchase examinations Sport Horse poor performance investigations For further information please contact the practice on 01903 883050 or click on www.arundelhorsevets.co.uk

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Lara Prior-Palmer to ride in the

Mongol Derby A Pictures courtesy of The Adventurists/Charles van Wyk and Nigel Goddard

ugust 2013 will see the fifth edition of the Mongol Derby tear up the steppe; an epic recreation of Chinggis Khaan’s mighty horse messenger system, the Morin Urtuus. Whilst the incredible native horses of Mongolia reprise their traditional role as the legs and lungs of the adventure, and the horse stations, or urtuus, will be manned by nomadic herding families as they traditionally were, the messengers themselves will be played by a golden horde of horsemen and adventurers from around the world, all riding up to 160kms a day, navigating independently and changing horses at 40km intervals. Every horse is used only once, meaning up to 1,000 horses will be rounded up for this, officially the world’s longest horse race. And unofficially, the toughest. The field this year boasts relations of top eventers, veterans of the Tevis Cup, folks who have rowed oceans, trekked to Everest Base Camp, ridden round Aintree, won the Newmarket Town Plate, competed at the BD National Championships and raced in the desert at the President’s Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Lara Prior-Palmer

Lara Prior-Palmer and Diamonds Are Forever, competing at Borde Hill earlier this year

Following in the footsteps of her illustrious aunt, six times Badminton-winner, Lucinda Green, Lara, 19, has ridden since she was three with hunting and eventing (to novice level) as her main focus so far. She says she has lots of falling-off experience and is attracted to the Mongol Derby due to the “competitive nature, the extreme conditions, the beautiful wilderness and isolation, and of course above all, the equine element”. She will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Greenhouse,

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Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson and his wife Rose enjoy a good gallop on the Mongol Derby. The Patersons are lifelong riders and through their participation on the 2011 Derby they raised over £62,000 for charity.

Some of the other competitors include:

a smaller charity which provides intensive sports programmes and inspirational coaches for young people in London’s most disadvantaged communities. tall at 1.79m, Lara says: “I am only sorry that the ponies are so small, I fear I will be roller skating along the steppe! But I’d like to finish – and hopefully win – the race!”

Alex Embiricos alex has both the form and breeding to be very competitive in the 2013 Mongol Derby. as an amateur jockey she has had over 60 winners, as well as training 50 more. she is directly related to the first British woman to break the sound barrier while she, her mother and her grandmother have all won Newmarket’s town Plate, the first race ever run under written rules. In fact, her grandmother Eileen Joel was the first woman to win it in 1925. the family have also owned top racehorses, including her father Nick Embiricos who owned aldaniti who in fairytale style won the 1981 grand National ridden by cancer survivor Bob Champion. add to her equine credentials some impressive endurance challenges on bike (Lands End to John O’groats) and foot (the grim Challenge), season with some navigation and survival training, and you have a rather impressive Derbyist-in-waiting.

Georgina and James Johnston: Brother and sister James, 18 and georgina, 21, come from solid British hunting and adventuring stock. georgina is about to qualify as a vet, which will surely come in handy if she or any of her steeds need a bit of a stitch-up. Meanwhile James has a raft of scouting and bush craft skills honed in the south african bush and the blasted heath of salisbury Plain. David Maxwell: a very successful amateur jump jockey and point-to-point rider, who in his spare time successfully founded, ran and floated a public real estate company. Shelley Bates: shelley is an army officer, and has trekked to Everest Base Camp. she is going to be raising money for the army Benevolent Fund. anthony Ward-thomas: anthony runs successful removals company and in his spare time is a successful point-to-point rider, with over 100 rides under his belt. He also hunts with the Mid-surrey Drag hounds and hence we have evidence can manage a full day in the saddle rather than five minutes racing....He was attracted to the Derby as the antidote to a life “strangled by health and safety”, which is lucky as it doesn’t pay much heed to either. Lynne Gilbert, uSa: Virginia’s finest, a very experienced endurance rider with 4,895 miles of competitive endurance experience under her belt. she finished 12th at the National Championship 100-miler in september 2012, has ridden the President’s Cup invitational in abu Dhabi, and has been a member of two Northeast Pan american Endurance teams. Not your average accountant, by some considerable stretch. Sandra fretelliere, france: sandra is a digital retoucher and has recently returned home to France with her horses after a stint in the usa. a decorated endurance rider, whilst in the states she has completed the infamous tevis Cup, the world’s toughest 100-mile endurance ride, as well as 2 more 100mile finishes. stamina and pacing the horses should not be an issue. she and Lynne gilbert may well team up, and will be quite formidable if they do.

Paddy Woods, Ireland: Company director and keen amateur jockey who returned to race riding after a 25 year hiatus in 2012 and has not looked back since. Rides out three days a week for Mike Halford at the Curragh. Lightweight, tough and wily, fine with roughing it, volunteered for a month in a Palestinian refugee camp in West Bank last year running women’s educational programmes with local NgOs. Chloe Phillips-Harris, 24, New Zealand: 2* event rider in her native New Zealand, and full-time trainer of horses (even wild ones!). speaking about this adventure, she says “If it’s off the beaten track & involves blood, sweat and tears for a good cause, I’m in.” tamara Hudleston: a lifelong rider with hugely varied experience, has ridden at the Dressage National Championships, hunted and evented, holds the BHs teaching qualifications which set the standards for horsemanship round the world. so she probably knows which end bites and which end kicks. she has plenty of bush experience to boot, has trekked the Inca trail, sailed rough oceans and generally got comfortable being uncomfortable. Clare twemlow: amateur jockey, has also evented, hunted, ridden all her life in short stirrups and long. she has won the “People’s Race” at aintree on grand National Day, the Newmarket town Plate, the world’s oldest horse race, and is keen to add the World’s toughest Horse Race to her CV. Raising money for the Injured Jockey’s Fund.

Derby Period 2013: Pre race training takes place from 1st – 3rd August. There is one day of technical training in Ulaanbaatar, with veterinary, course and medical briefing, plus the allimportant Weigh-Out. Riders must weigh 85kgs or less, dressed to ride. This is followed by two days horsemanship and navigation test ride at the start line. Launch 4th August, 10am Mongolian time (BST +8) The closing ceremony is on 14th August The winner is expected to complete the course on day eight (11th August) www.mongolderby.com august 2013 Localrider 55

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show report

Local riders qualify for the

Horse of the Year Show Four local riders have qualified for the Search for a Star Final at the Horse of the Year Show. The Search for a Star series has been created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Show Hunters, Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse/Hacks and Cobs.

James Robertson – Top O’ The Morning


ames Robertson from Pulborough earned his coveted place in the final at the recent qualifying show held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire on 7th July. James Robertson, was runner-up riding his own Top O’ The Morning in the Show Hunter class to earn a qualification to the finals. James bought the five-year-old bay gelding, known as Thomas at home, last year and he was backed and brought on with a view to showing. This is their first season in the ring and they have been busy at county level, competing in novice and amateur classes at Windsor, South of England and Surrey County where they finished third. They have also qualified for the Equifest showing festival in August. “He should make a good Middle Weight Hunter, and I hope to do more with him. We plan to do Edenbridge & Oxted, and New Forest shows before heading to HOYS, and I will hunt him this autumn with the Chiddingfold Leconfield & Cowdray hunt,” said James. “This is so exciting – I can’t believe it. I don’t usually get nervous but today there was a lot riding on the result and it really mattered. I have always wanted to get to HOYS and I hoped we might have a chance. I am really looking forward to the final,” said James.

Abbie Lloyd – Jack


bbie Lloyd, 22, from Burgess Hill took top spot riding Jack, owned by Sara Jane Lloyd, in the Riding Club Show Horse class to earn their qualification to the finals. This popular class saw 21 entries split for the initial judging, where competitors are required to tackle trotting poles and two small fences. Abbie has ridden the skewbald gelding since he was five-yearsold and has competed him regularly in eventing. They were Junior Riding Clubs Horse Trials Champion in 2008 and very quickly moved up to pre-novice. In 2010, the pair won five Intro classes and Abbie and Sara Jane decided to buy Jack. They continued to event, competing in the Badminton Grassroots Championship in 2011 and 2013 at Intro level. They recently started showing to do something fresh and were fifth in the CHAPS class at Hickstead. “We got to ride in the main arena at Hickstead which was fantastic,” said Abbie. “He is very sweet, a true Riding Club horse. He always gets in the 20’s for his dressage and rarely has a pole. He has no idea what he has just achieved!” said Sara. “He is fun and safe everywhere, but has a bit of personality as well.” Abbie has just finished her third year at Loughborough University studying Sports Technology and goes home for a couple of days a week to ride. “He turns his hand to everything and we thought that SFAS would be a nice way to find out if it was worth doing more showing – it is fresh and different. This is his perfect class – we came fourth last year. We decided to focus more on showing this year.” The pair will go to Equifest in the coloureds and workers. “We will also do the Regional Finals in eventing for a bit of fun, and we have lots to learn before HOYS – I will be calling my showing friends Abbie Lloyd and Jack, qualified in for some tips!” she added. the Riding Club Show Horse class

Molly Tucker – Sporting Dickens


olly Tucker, 19, from Tunbridge Wells took first place riding her own Sporting Dickens in the Riding Horse/ Hack class, which saw 15 entries come forward. Molly has owned Sport for two years and bought him with the intention of doing show classes. “He is a joy to have,” said Molly. “We have had a quiet season and have not yet qualified for anything, so we decided to have a go at SFAS.” Molly and Sport usually take part in Intermediate Riding Type classes for riders under 25 and this was the first time Sport had been ridden by a ride judge. This is their first season showing together, but Molly has another horse that she has competed in Show Hunter classes and now does side saddle. “I have been concentrating on Sport this season, and will keep him ticking over and prepare for HOYS,” said Molly, who has had a year out to play with horses and will start a floristry course at Hadlow College in September. “Sport is a fantastic, easy and lovable person. HOYS has been my dream for years, and he has done it for me.”

Molly Tucker and Sporting Dickens qualified in the Riding Horse/Hack class


James Robertson and Top O’ The Morning qualified in the Show Hunter class

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Jo Cocker – Cob Dot Com


Jo Cocker and Cob Dot Com qualified in the Cob class The SEIB Search For A Star Finals at the Horse Of The Year Show, 9th – 13th October 2013, at the Birmingham NEC. For more information, visit www.search4astar.org.uk or www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk

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o Cocker from Canterbury took first place riding her own Cob Dot Com in a quality Cob class. Jo has done a bit of everything on this eight-year-old, Clydesdale cross, who is called Robbie at home and are active members of Moat View Riding Club. Last year they were members of the Championship winning quadrille team wearing fancy dress at olympia, and the team also took part in the New Year’s Day Parade in London. In the winter months they go hunting and Robbie has also been successful in working Cob classes with Jo’s super-groom and helper, Liliane widdows. “he can turn his hoof to anything and does jumping and dressage. the children can lead him in from the field and he did a Junior handler class recently,” explained Jo. “I bought him from a photograph of his bottom. he travelled over from Ireland, a journey which took 32 hours and when he arrived he came off the lorry looking as though he had just travelled down the road. he is so laid back,” said Jo, who works as a study Director at the Royal Veterinary College. with a daily commute of 1 hour 40 minutes each way, Jo has to fit in riding with a busy lifestyle. “he is definitely my horse of a lifetime, an all-round pleasure to own – if I can’t ride him for three weeks, I get back on and he is just the same,” she added. Liliane helped Jo on the day of the qualifier and was delighted with the result. “I am so happy I could cry. Jo has worked really hard to get here, and has lost a lot of weight this year to help her riding,” said Liliane. Robbie has also qualified for the Royal International horse show (RIhs) in the working Cob and amateur Cob classes, but will be having a short holiday before heading to the RIhs, and then Equifest for the Concours class and on to the horse of the Year show in october.



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Pink and Bling ★ Dressage ★


Cliff Groves and Issac, winners if the Best Costume prize

Rushford Farm, Heathfield, East Sussex Sunday 30th June 2013


he sun shone on a fun filled day at the Pink and Bling Dressage at Rushford Farm. A total of £621.04p was raised for Breast Cancer Campaign. A big thank you to Tails of Whoa for donating an A3 picture of the ‘virtual herd’, which was presented to the Best Dressed combination, Cliff Groves and Isaac. Also a big thank you to Lusteds Feeds and Saddlery, Farthings Saddlery, Just Blue Rosettes and Follyfoot Equestrian Supplies for sponsoring the classes and everybody for donating raffle prizes.

Claire Carter and My Second Chance

Charlotte and Bouncer

Charlie Wyatts

Tracy Archer and Bobby

Ellie Moore and Chip

Kimberley and Beau

Georgina Hardy and Valentino

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And a bit more Pink and Bling...

Mia Moore and Woody

Lucy Stephens and Spencer

Eden Freeman-Payne and Fleck

Jo Harding-Ash and Pauline Chamberlain

Right: Prelim Champion, Nicky Whan on Tippy, pictured with Reserve Champion, Skye Dawson on Miss Knightley

Mount Mascal Dressage Championships

Deborah Richardson and Diamond, Novice Champions

Words by Nancy Goodman, Championship Day Judge


s any rider knows, competing outdoors on grass demands absolute concentration of horse and rider. So, congratulations are due to everyone who took part in our 2013 Summer Series. The whole competition was very well supported, particularly at Intro and Prelim levels. It was great to see so many people having a go and we welcomed new faces as well as returners who have enjoyed our previous dressage events. The culmination of the series, Championship Day on 7th July was the perfect summer Sunday – ideal for enjoying dressage outdoors. Nicky Whan riding Tippy became Prelim Champion with Skye Dawson riding Miss Knightley as Reserve. In the Novice Series, Deborah Richardson won the Championship riding Mount Mascal Stables’ riding school horse, Diamond – a lovely grey Irish Sports Horse who has enjoyed a wonderful season. The pair also took the Apache Shield – in memory of a much loved Mount Mascal Stables’ favourite – awarded to the rider with the highest placed riding school horse. Instructor, Kelly Marsden was Reserve Novice Champion with her own horse, Mr Anderson.

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SHOW REPORT Lucy Turrell and Keeshan Romeo, Ring 1 Overall Champions

Jennifer Attrill and Brynera Elins Last, Ring 1 Reserve Champions

Natalie Brougham and Exbury Firefly, Overall Champions Ring 2

Jack Crew and Soutley Amber Gold, Reserve Champions Ring 2

Blue Bailey-Hunt and Edward

Two Charities benefit from Brickfields Annual Horse Show Words by Sue Lacey and pictures by Dunwell Photography


Keely Dunn and Templedruid Nagorno

he third Annual Spring Charity Horse Show was held at Brickfields recently by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Mathew Legge. The annual show organised by Dawn Allsop and Sandy Bailey-Hunt helped their chosen charities. Dawn’s charity was the Wessex Area Cancer Trust in memory of her sister Cherry, while Sandy’s charity was Brook Hospital in memory of her daughter Danielle. Both charities received a cheque for £400. The day could not have been better with lovely sunshine for both competitors and spectators and a variety of classes throughout the day. In Ring 1, Lucy Turrell and Keeshan Romeo took the Overall Championship, with Jennifer Attrill and Brynera Elins Last, taking the Reserve Championship. While in Ring 2, Natalie Brougham and Exbury Firefly, took the Overall Championship, with young Jack Crew and Southley Amber Gold, taking the Reserve Championship. Dawn and Sandy would like to thank the Judges and all the helpers who made the day such a success, they would also like to thank Dunwell Photography for taking photographs at the show.

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Ellie Wright and Pimpernelle, first Pre Novice

Skye Dawson on Two Tone, first Pre Novice Pairs and second Pre Novice

Michelle Johnson and Athlone Leah

Mount C Mascal Cross Country Event 2nd June 2013 Words by John Window

Mia Hefferon and William Shakespeare

ross Country day dawned bright and clear, without a cloud in the sky. With rain from the previous week, making the ground conditions perfect. Back in May we were fortunate to have a cross country clinic taken by Sue Benson, who was the course designer for the cross country in Greenwich Park for the Olympics. Sue did a course walk with our maintenance men and suggested various ways in which we could improve the course, the jumps and the direction of going. We followed her advice and together with some new obstacles have made significant exciting improvements to the course. The Owl Hole and Fallen Oak are a couple of the more challenging fences we now have in situ. We will continue to follow Sue’s advice and we hope Sue will return for another Clinic later this year, details will be on our website. The Cross Country event had a very good turnout and hopefully new riders are beginning to realise the pleasure and excitement of cross country riding. The Pre-novice pairs winners were Skye Dawson riding her great pony, Two-tone and Ewan Shaw-Davis on his own, Fozzie. Ewan who has learning difficulties learnt to ride at Mount Mascal Stables, he is now a livery client with his own horse and rode totally fearlessly on the day. Tying for equal-second were, Ellie Wright on Pimpernelle and Nellie Venner-King on Zebedee, and Lauren Andrew on Midnight Sonata partnered by Daisy Phillips on Silver Whisper, both of whom had attended the Sue Benson clinic. There were 31 entries in the Pre Novice with Ellie Wright taking the top spot, Skye Dawson was second and Ewan Shaw-Davis, third. It was then on to the bigger fences for the Novice Pairs, this was won by Mia Vasquez on her great all-rounder, Kinnard All Star and the almost veteran, Ellie Cannaford on Cheenos Little Cruise. Out of ten pairs they were the only clear. The Novice attracted 18 runners, Rachel Briggs and Armani Code headed the order, with Harry Cannaford making his return to riding on Cheenos Little Cruise in second and Mia Vasquez on Kinnard All Star, in third. A great day was had by all. The first aid team were not called upon, the jump judges were fabulous and our thanks go to everyone for making this a resounding success.

Kim Manze and Bismark

Megan White and Blooming Marvellous

Chiltern Riding Club Combined Training 16th June 2013 Pictures courtesy of Ian Murray, Ketuia Photography Results 1st Prelim 12.............. Juliet Tranter - Maus 1st Prelim 12 CT ........ Verity Smiith - Chocolate Button 1st Prelim 12/N34 ...... Nicky Kauert - Arend 1st Prelim 14 CT ........ Florence Dighton - Hector 1st Prelim 4/N30 CT ... Florence Dighton - Hector

Amelia Dighton on Blue, third P4 / 90cm and fourth P14 / 75cm

Kellie Pether on Comet, second in the P14/N34 combined Class

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The heat is on...

Sunshine Tour season is well and truly in full swing with qualifiers being held all over the South-East. Lots of people have been out and about enjoying taking their horses and ponies to shows and having fun with their friends and family at the same time. At the more ‘business’ end of thing, Sunshine Tour HQ has been busy getting ready for the championship show – finalising the schedule, planning the prizes, ordering in the rosettes and sashes and updating the website. We like the look of the new website – have a look at www.sunshinetour.co.uk and see what you think for yourself. Rachel Woolsey and Doylan Royal Annee

Jen Baldwin and Haysden Samber Tiddly

LLJ Equestrian Pictures by Martin Lewis Photographer


Callum Wilson and The Heartbreaker, Reserve Supreme Champions

Anna Deeley and Achilles Boy

Caroline Francis and Mr Ed

Olivia Vardy and Llafar Loulabella, Supreme Champions

LJ Equestrian held its first showing show on 16th June with its new owners Jackie and Lucy Higgins. Judge and supporter Leigh Wilson reported on the show for us: “As this was the first show of their new venture it was eagerly anticipated and we all hoped for a dry day. With over 40 classes, most of which were Sunshine Tour qualifiers we were looking forward to a busy day and meeting lots of new competitors with their equine friends. The first class of the day, the Have-A-Go Working Hunter Pony class boasted a brand new set of working hunter fences so all of us were looking forward to the Sunshine Tour qualifier. The new jumps were obviously well received by the horses and ponies, the class won by Charlotte Davison-Inn on her lovely pony, Rosie producing a foot perfect clear round. The Have-A-Go Working Hunter was won by Emma Holder riding Pippa. The Condition and Turnout proved popular with a strong class of 10 competitors, after much deliberation the first prize went to Peter Williams with Vietta and second place to Rowan Bevins riding Farchynys Aled. But by far the two biggest classes of the day were the In Hand and Ridden Coloureds and with the Ridden Coloureds now being a new qualifier for this year Sunshine Tour our judge Caryll Overy had her work cut out riding all the lovely entries in the class. After riding all 12 entries the first prize went to Vicky Fisher on Jake and second to Kate Littleton on Friesian Lady. The In Hand was won by Callum Wilson and The Heartbreaker. Our fun showing ring was popular with some charming ponies and riders, the Junior Handler was won by Callum Wilson with Toyboy, Prettiest Mare went to Olivia Vardy with Llafar Loulablella, Handsomest Gelding was Maggott ridden by Harriet Davison-Inn. In-hand classes were well contested and Jen Baldwin was very pleased to qualify with her miniature Haysden Samber Tiddly in Cutest Pony. Equally pleased to qualify in-hand was Rachel Woolsey with her pretty coloured pony, Doylan Royal Annee and Anna Deeley with Achilles Boy. Ridden showing qualification was well received by Carlie Francois with Mr Ed, who posed for her photo with her dog! With some wonderful costumes in the Fancy Dress our judge had a very difficult task, after much deliberation the first prize was awarded to Imogen Nevard riding Billy, cleverly dressed as a beautiful mermaid with Billy being her under water scene. At the end of the day there was a Supreme Championship, which was contested by the champions from the day and there was some stunning horses forward for a monster rosette, kindly sponsored by Caroline Marsh of UK Rosettes. With all eyes on the ring we eagerly awaited the judge’s decision, the top honour went to Olivia Vardy on her lovely lead rein pony, Llafar Loulabella, the Reserve went to the traditional cob, The Heartbreaker with Callum Wilson and second Reserve went to Peter Williams with his Norweigan Fjord Vietta.”

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Shannon Mulcahy with Maggie Mae & Telynau Bordeaux Shannon Mulcahy, from Croydon along with her pony enthusiastic family members Alana Anderson and Jemma Hastain went to Dartford & District Riding Club show on 5th June and enjoyed a busy and successful day with Maggie Mae and Telynau Shannon Mulcahy Bordeaux. Alana was placed second in the Best has qualified Ridden and Handsomest Gelding with Telynau Maggie Mae for Bordeaux, Jemma came fifth with Maggie Mae the Sunshine Tour and sixth with Telynau Bordeaux in the Welsh Championships showing classes and Shannon picked up a third in Best Ridden and sixth in Prettiest Mare with Maggie Mae as well as a fifth in Ridden Mountain & Moorland with Telynau Bordeaux. What a day! We caught up with Shannon, who is mega excited about having qualified both her ponies for this year’s Sunshine Tour Championship. “Hi, my name is Shannon Mulcahy and I’m fourteen years of age. I have two ponies, Maggie Mae and Telynau Bordeaux (a.k.a Berni), who I share with my cousins and my younger sisters. Maggie is 14hh and is a Welsh section D and Berni is a Welsh section B and is 13 hands. We’ve owned Maggie for seven years and she is now 13-years-old. Recently we have just started jumping her, she loves it and she gets really excited and likes to go fast! Sometimes it’s a bit scary and we have to make sure we keep her in check. She is a fiery character and can sometimes be a handful, but that’s what makes her ‘Maggie’. She is never nasty and is a sweet pony who loves a groom and a cuddle. She’s fun to be around and whenever I’m a bit down my ponies always put a smile on my face. She’s really funny and you can always tell when she’s not very pleased, ducking her head low to the floor and swinging it like a moody teenager. I’m really pleased we have the chance to go to the Sunshine Tours as I really wanted to qualify. I love shows, they’re exciting and fun and people have told me that this one is huge with lots of classes to do and that the atmosphere is brilliant! I can’t wait to take them there; it will be an amazing experience!” Below: Shannon and Maggie love to jump, but Shannon has to make sure Maggie doesn’t go too fast!

Rider Snapshot The ninth of June was a very busy show day for the whole region. Harriet Fettes went to the West Surrey Riding Club Show and qualified her 15.3hh skewbald gelding Lyfield Splash of Donnersohn. She competed in Ridden Coloured Horse class and qualified for the Sunshine Tour Ridden Show Horse Championship. We look forward to meeting the striking ‘Splash’ at the Championship!

Harriet Fettes and Lyfield Splash of Donnersohn are looking forward to the Championships

Rider Roll Call Congratulations to the following competitors from all across the Sunshine Tour region, June was a very busy month for qualifiers so very well done to these riders and handlers for beating the competition and qualifying: • Ruth Gupwell from West Sussex qualified for Ridden Veteran at West Surrey Riding Club Show on 9th June, riding 15.2hh Madalena. • 10 year old Lauren Burrows from Hampshire qualified for Junior Best Rider at Great Bookham Spring Show on 9th June, riding 12.3hh D’Abernon Prince of Wales aka Charlie. • Jessica Marsh from the Isle of Wight qualified for Ridden Veteran at the Isle of Wight Mountain and Moorland Pony Society Spring Show riding 14hh Norris Castle Spice. • 14year old Hatty Ford from Surrey qualified in Prelim Dressage at Great Bookham Equestrian Centre on 9th June riding 16.1hh, According to Archie. • 10 year old Eleanor Sparkes qualified at Hurst Horse Show on 29th June for the 60cm Show Jumping riding 13.2hh Star Pride. • 11 year old Eve Nicholls from Kent qualified for Junior Handler and Junior Best Rider at Warlingham and District Riding Club on 2nd June, riding 12.1hh Penway Columbus. • Amy Lindley from Surrey qualified for Elementary Dressage at Pachesham Equestrian Centre on 9th June riding 16.2hh, Facet. • Dawn Gazzard from Middlesex qualified for Prelim Dressage at Bisley Pony Club Show on 26th June riding 15.3hh, Marino. • 3 year old Grace Morgan from Surrey qualified at Vicarage Farm for Delightfully Dapper and Lead Rein Rider on 30th June riding 12hh, Rowfantina Hocus Pocus.

For all the up-to-date information about qualifier shows in your local area and about the Championship go to www.sunshinetour.co.uk. This month look out for a completely revamped website and the full Championship schedule.

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show report

Area 11 Pony Club Show Jumping Pictures by Felbridge Photography


urrey Union Pony Club ran the Area 11 Show Jumping for the second year running at Felbridge Showground on 6th July. It was a beautiful day, verging on too hot, but at least there wasn’t the same worry as last year, when there was endless rain. The day ran smoothly, without too many dramas and in spite of running, what amounted to, 28 teams jumping two rounds each, in each arena the event finished before 6.30 pm.

Ruby Fryer and Hillcrest Amiro (North West Kent), first Open Individual The results are as follows: The winning Mid Surrey Open Team: Becca Stannard, Sam Townsend, Stephaine Jones and Ellie Delasalle

Open Teams 1st Mid-Surrey: Becca Stannard, Sam Townsend, Stephaine Jones and Ellie Delasalle 2nd Romney Marsh: Elinor Strapp -Tequila Royal, Georgina Strapp - Diamond Nosey and Jessie Samuelson - Monamee Open Individuals 1st North West Kent: Ruby Fryer - Hillcrest Amiro 2nd West Kent Meopham: Abigail Witts - There For You 3rd Romney Marsh: Elinor Strapp - Tequila Royale

The winning Intermediate Team - Cobham: Hannah Wanbon - Prince of Darkness, Jenny Waite - Ariel Spirit, Hannah Stout - Mtoto Jack and Helena Gurdin - Ultimate Flying Dutchman

Isabella Soames and Ragtime Hackets Pride (Crawley & Horsham), first Individual Intermediate

Intermediate Teams 1st Cobham: Hannah Wanbon - Prince of Darkness, Jenny Waite - Ariel Spirit, Hannah Stout - Mtoto Jack and Helena Gurdin - Ultimate Flying Dutchman 2nd Crawley & Horsham: Chloe Durkan – Ryan’s Butterscotch, Rosie Ansell – Pride of Dominie, Hannah Lavender – Highland Leopard and Isabella Soames – Ragtime Hackets Pride 3rd Old Surrey & Burstow: Nicole Patterson-Venegus – Gold Miner, Hannah Martin – Oedia Van Hoversynde, Rebekka Barrow – Porthall Finegan and Amanda Bernard – Primo Intermediate Individuals 1st Crawley & Horsham: Isabella Soames - Ragtime Hackets Pride 2nd Cobham: Helena Gurdin – Ultimate Flying Dutchman 3rd West Kent Meopham: Rebecca Johnson - Carnaval King Novice Teams 1st Eridge: Hannah Brazier – Harry, Issie Porter – Taboo III, Cornelia Bentsen – Spot The Jock and Hattie Bunday - Dratini 2nd West Kent Sevenoaks: Bex Slade – Marlow, Katie Slade – Robbie Bee, Bronty Staples – Rocky and Clare Finlason – Wolfgang Majestical Spirit 3rd Old Surrey & Burstow: Natalie Arscott – Madison Avenue, Rebecca Woodhouse – Rudy, Heidi Cousins – Master Hush and Georgia Dollemore - Rebel

The winning Novice Team - Eridge: Hannah Brazier – Harry, Issie Porter – Taboo III, Cornelia Bentsen – Spot The Jock and Hattie Bunday - Dratini

Rachel Basten and Billie (West Kent Meopham), first Individual Novice

Novice Individuals 1st West Kent Meopham: Rachel Basten – Billie 2nd East Kent: Imogen Stainton – Splash 3rd Eridge: Issie Porter – Taboo III

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Keeping a horse sound doesn’t have to be a juggling act. With careful planning and a good support network (e.g. vet, farrier, physiotherapist) you can help to reduce the risks. Management, including exercise and nutrition, also need close attention. Fitness

Fitness training should always be planned for each individual horse and not just for your chosen discipline. With this in mind it is important to think about any previous problems your horse may have encountered whilst training in the past so you can plan accordingly. For example a horse may have a weakness physically meaning certain phases of the training need to be extended before progressing onto more demanding work. For any form of training it is important to bear in mind your objectives (e.g. increasing speed, stamina, co-ordination, muscular strength and delaying the onset of fatigue). Steps must always be taken to reduce the risk of a breakdown (injury) and to maintain the horse’s willingness to work. For this reason always give horses plenty of time to achieve the necessary levels of fitness and always keep their training varied.


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Feed news

Taken at Grey Stud

Your Feed Questions Answered

This issue we have asked a variety of feed manufacturers to answer some of your feed related questions.


My pony gets fat looking at feed – do I need to feed her anything? 



If you have a good doer that lives on fresh air it can be tempting to remove any additional feed from the diet, but unlike horses in the wild who would graze on a variety of grass species many horses today are kept on restricted grazing, frequently lacking in essential nutrients. It is therefore important to supplement the forage given with additional vitamins and minerals, so by feeding Rowen Barbary Forage ‘n’ Fibre you will help provide your pony with all the essential nutrients required on a high fibre base, while keeping the level of calories to a minimum. The high fibre content is sourced through a blend of super fibres which helps make Forage ‘n’ Fibre very palatable and as it is cereal free with a very low starch and sugar content it is suitable for feeding to good doers as well as those that suffer from laminitis. By feeding Forage ‘n’ Fibre daily your pony will be receiving all the essential vitamins, minerals and a trace elements required for a fully balanced diet. A light coating of Soya Oil is also added to help maintain coat and skin condition, helping to keep your mare in top condition.


As a single feed material there probably isn’t a more versatile product. High in fibre and low in sugar it still packs loads of slow release energy, as well as acting as a reasonable protein source and having a demonstrated prebiotic effect. And that means you can feed it all the time and adjust it across a whole range of climates and activities. In springtime a sloppy meal of ½ kg beet before turn out will help check that first gorging of new grass that can lead to gastric disruption, while a 1 : 3 beet to chaff mix can replace grass if new growth is late or too high in sugars. Summer, when activity increases, beet can replace hard feed for all, but the most extreme activities, replacing hard feed kilo for kilo is OK and has the added benefit of supplying extra water. Also research has shown that beet feeding can improve recovery times after exercise. Autumn is a time of variable forage quality, high in fructans, but also high in structural fibre. The soluble fibre in beet can provide the correct nutrition for microbial fermentation to help get the best from this grass. And winter, a period of low activity, but the need to generate heat against the cold. What better than a hot mash, morning and night, to keep him going until spring – when it all kicks off again.

For more information please contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or email sales@rowenbarbary.co.uk


With the cost of everything rising, what is the best way to save money on my horse’s feed without compromising his health?


Providing a high fibre diet by basing the horse’s needs mainly around forage and choosing the highest quality forage available, can help save money as you may find you are able to reduce your horse’s concentrate ration. A high fibre diet is also healthier for the animal and so may also cut down on veterinary visits. Feed the highest quality forage possible as this will benefit your horse in the long run. Choose a dust-free product such as HorseHage, for a healthy respiratory system. He will be healthier and will perform better and there will be less wastage. Also look for a suitable complete feed instead of opting for several different bags of feed and expensive supplements. There are some very good complete feeds on the market now for different types of horses, such as the Mollichaff range which has options for laminitics, poor doers or nervous horses. Choose one that includes a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and is suitable for your animal. For further information on feeding horses and ponies, please contact HorseHage on 01803 527257 or visit www.horsehage.co.uk

Can I feed sugar beet all year round? What are the benefits for the different seasons and should I feed different amounts?

For more information please contact British Horse Feeds on 01765 680300 or visit www.britishhorsefeeds.com


My horse is very lethargic and has a tendency to be a little overweight, so can I feed a higher energy mix to increase his energy levels?


If you simply feed more energy in a bid to provide more energy for work there is a real chance that he will just get fatter, which puts his health at risk and may not improve his energy levels either. It is better to try and reduce his weight by putting a sensible feeding regime and exercise programme in place, and this should help him to feel more motivated and energetic. When reducing his feed it is important to bear in mind that he still needs adequate long fibre and trace elements (i.e. a balanced ration). As a guide, base his forage intake on 1.5% of his bodyweight, bearing in mind that it may be necessary to restrict his grass intake by using a muzzle or reducing the size of his paddock. Soaking hay for at least three hours can reduce natural sugars and therefore the number of calories that he consumes, whilst allowing him to get enough fibre to maintain digestive health. Additional vitamins, minerals and quality protein can be provided by a suitable balancer or, if the horse is very overweight, use a broad-spectrum supplement until the weight is under control. www.saracenhorsefeeds.com

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ON BALANCE, THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR HORSE HAPPY New from Nettex for 2013, Gut Balancer has been carefully formulated using the highest grade ingredients and is unique as it contains Diamond V, a concentrated yeast culture for optimum performance. Regardless of your horses’ workload, age, type, discipline, stress levels or nutritional status, Diamond V can complement and enhance feed digestibility, palatability, fibre digestion and overall health quickly and efficiently, helping to keep your horse healthy, happy and in peak condition from the inside out.

Fed on a regular basis it will help against the onset of digestive related problems, promote healthy skin and coat condition, maintain weight with effective vitamin, mineral and nutrient absorption and maintain a healthy hind gut function. Acid levels can increase during stressful situations especially during competition, travelling or the everyday anxieties that occur. It will also help to calm irritable horses and is ideal to be fed after periods of illness or medication to restore the overall balance of your horse’s health.

By feeding Gut Balancer, acid levels are dramatically reduced alleviating discomfort and minimising the risk of gastric related conditions that may result in weight loss, loose droppings and vices such as windsucking, crib biting, box walking and discomfort when girthed up.

Why wait until you have a problem, with economical feeding rates and rapid results Nettex Gut Balancer is value for money to help keep your horse in tip top health. Trust Nettex. Available in 750g, 1.5kg and 3kg. Prices start from £19.99.

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Summer Supplements Feed news

Summer has arrived, and with it hard ground, hot weather. Pollen counts are at a record high and these seem to be affecting horses too. Whether you own a competition horse or a happy hacker, we look at some of the supplements available to aid your horse’s performance this summer.

JOINTS Science Supplements Flexability FlexAbility is a clinically tested high specification joint supplement that provides declared levels of key nutrients involved in cartilage synthesis and protection using a unique combination and optimal levels of scientifically proven ingredients including glucosamine, low molecular weight chondroitin, MSM, omega 3 fatty acids dHA & ePA and vitamin C. Shown to have results in as little as 14 days FlexAbility helps to promote and maintain normal mobility and joint function. Suitable for all horses and ponies it provides nutrient support for joints against the rigours of training and competition. It can help to maintain normal mobility and joint function in older animals and for use in young animals to increase joint protection and reduce injury. FlexAbility is also ideal for use in animals with existing joint injury or disease. www.sciencesupplements.co.uk

You can protect your horse’s joints by using a high quality joint supplement such as Blue Chip Joint RLF. This will help to ensure your horse’s joints are nourished and protected. Joint problems can often occur from excessive activity on hard ground; this can lead to the production of poor quality synovial (joint) fluid. The joint relies on this fluid for lubrication and protection from wear and tear ensuring the longevity of the limb. Blue Chip Joint RLF can help maintain the viscosity of synovial fluid. This revolutionary product not only contains Glucosamine, MSM, Hyaluronic acid, Yucca and Manganese, which all help to nourish the joint, but also contains a rosehip extract, Rosa canina (more commonly known as the Dog rose). Rosehip has been proven to be 40% more effective than glucosamine and this specific extract of rosehip has been shown in published scientific studies to be a powerful natural nutraceutical. Rosa canina contains a special glycoside that helps maintain joint comfort by limiting the number of white blood cells allowed into the joint. www.bluechipfeed.com

NAF Superflex Superflex has full veterinary approval. The unique ‘totally natural’ formula has been developed by vets using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, including nutrients proven to support joint health and flexibility, supported by a unique combination of powerful, naturally sourced ingredients which are ‘scientifically verified’ to have antioxidant properties. The antioxidant content sets Superflex apart from other joint supplements. Why? Because the antioxidants effectively ‘mop up’ the excess toxins that may accumulate around the joint and safely excrete them from the system. It must be remembered that often minor strains and traumas, which occur as part of daily work and training, often become a more serious issue due to the proliferation of toxins around the affected area. www.naf-uk.com

Vetroflex Vetroflex contains the optimum ratio of specially optimised collagen peptides and amino acids needed to protect, strengthen and rejuvenate healthy cartilage in the joints, to keep your horse performing at his best. Vetroflex is ideal for horses of all ages, breeds and of varying workloads, and offers ingredients to help prevent future mobility issues as well as help ease the discomfort in horses already suffering from joint conditions. Vetroflex can be fed alongside Vetrofen, the Bute alternative, to help improve comfort and mobility, or alone as part of a balanced diet to maintain strong, flexible and healthy joints. www.animalife.co.uk

Blue Chip Joint RLF

Equine America Cortaflex HA Regular Solution Cortaflex Powder is still the company’s number one seller, but some customers insist on a liquid supplement. Not everyone can afford Super Strength Cortaflex HA solution and not every horse needs it, so equine America has formulated Cortaflex HA Regular Solution. www.equine-america.co.uk

TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains an excellent specification of nutrients to help the development and maintenance of healthy joints. Synovial joints are stabilised by a complex network of tendons, ligaments and muscles in and around the joint, and by the joint capsule itself. In ideal circumstances this enables joints to function smoothly and comfortably. 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. TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support contains a generous combination of Glucosamine (10g/500Kg horse/ day) and MSM (10g/500Kg horse/ day). It also contains an antioxidant blend of vitamins C, E, betacarotene and natural tocopherols which help combat excess free radicals around the joint. www.topspec.com www.topspec.co

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Feed news CALMERS Science Supplements ProKalm ProKalm is an innovation in managing stress and anxiety in horses allowing them to perform to their potential. A fast acting and effective calming supplement with results in as little as 30 minutes from feeding providing a unique combination of herb extracts and amino acids and does not contain valerian, magnesium or tryptophan. ProKalm is independently scientifically and clinically tested and does not sedate or affect gait or performance. www.sciencesupplements.co.uk

Vetrocalm Vetrocalm is a highly bioavailable form of magnesium aspartate hydrochloride and has been formulated using Specially Optimised Bioavailable Formula (SOBF) technology. This easily absorbed proprietary blend goes directly into the bloodstream, where it replenishes levels of magnesium that have been depleted through activity or stress. Vetrocalm is scientifically proven to counteract behaviour associated with stress and excitement, while reducing muscle tension caused by nervousness. Horses who are prone to excitement, aggression, nervousness or those who lack focus, perform better when fed Vetrocalm. www.animalife.co.uk

Blue Chip Karma The 100% natural ingredients in Blue Chip Karma and the instant action syringes AppleCalm and CarrotCalm, include the superior, water-soluble form of magnesium - known as the anti-stress mineral, which can be quickly absorbed into the blood stream. Also included is L-tryptophan, which is one of the building blocks for the production of serotonin, a hormone produced in the brain that helps to keep the horse in a settled and relaxed state. Blue Chip’s scientifically advanced liquid Karma and instant action syringes have been proven to be amazingly effective on a wide range of horses and ponies, producing consistent improvements in temperament, trainability and performance, without compromising alertness. www.bluechipfeed.com

Equine America Super So Kalm Powder

ELECTROLYTES NAF Electro Electro – the new scientific solution to ReHydrate, ReCharge and ReCover your horse. To maximise the performance of your horse it is vital he remains hydrated and alert. There are three clear steps you need to take in order to maintain your horse’s hydration, these are to rehydrate, recharge and recover. Electro has all three covered. ReHydrate: Electro replaces the salt lost in sweat and kick starts the process of replenishing the water levels depleted through sweat, which can be as much as 60 litres a day from a top level performance horse working on a hot humid day. ReCharge: Electro comes in a simple, convenient, squeezy bottle with a sports top, so it may be drenched directly into the horse’s mouth as and when needed, without any delay. Recover: This triggers the all important post exercise recovery process at the earliest possible time, helping to restore the electrolyte and water balance and so avoid dehydration, loss of co-ordination and muscular stiffness. www.naf-uk.com

Scientific Nutritional Products Electrolytes When travelling, competing, in hot and humid environments or when stressed, your horse sweats! This action of sweating is actually beneficial to our horses as it allows them to reduce their body temperature as the sweat is absorbed by the atmosphere, cooling the body. However, equine sweat is isotonic, which means their sweat contains salts, known as minerals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride. Losses of these minerals can cause tiredness, muscle stiffness, dehydration and in severe cases equine colic. electrolytes with MSM and Vitamins replaces vital body fluids lost through sweating correcting the balance of electrolytes and water within the body. The useful addition of MSM and extra vitamins gives your horse or pony the extra boost he needs by ensuring the right nutrients are available. Remember when feeding electrolytes it is absolutely imperative to always provide ample fresh water for your equine in accompaniment to the supplement. www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk

Equine America Super So Kalm Powder is an improved formulation of the original and popular So Kalm Powder with added Calcium Carbonate.

Equine America Apple Lytes Granules


Feed Apple Lytes Granules daily to horses or ponies in hard work, especially those who are sweating. As horses work and sweat they lose vital electrolytes and mineral salts. At low levels these can be replaced with Sodium Chloride (salt), but if the horse is in medium to hard work and sweating on a daily basis, an electrolyte supplement must be provided. Without electrolytes, the horse will feel lethargic, and a continuation of this loss is highly detrimental to the horse’s health. As the main electrolyte is a salt (sodium chloride) it is important to use a salt – granular based product (not a solution) as it is not possible to suspend enough of the mineral salts needed within a solution. Apple Lytes is a salt-based product which can be added to the feed on a daily basis. For high level competition and endurance events, Apple Lytes is also available in a handy syringe for instant replenishment of electrolytes. Electrolytes should not be fed to a dehydrated horse - always ensure water has been ingested first, and that the horse has recovered from exercise.

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

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OTHERS KM Elite Liquid Garlic Perfectly blended for the optimum health, appearance and well-being of your horse. Super concentrated, 10 times more effective at repelling flies and biting insects than other garlic products. Stimulates the appetite, supports respiratory health, maintains healthy blood pressure, contains antioxidants and assists the immune system. Higher stability of active ingredients than other garlic products. 1ltr of KM elite Liquid garlic = over 3kg of garlic granules. 100% natural. Why choose KM Elite Liquid Garlic? As a liquid, it offers maximum bio-availability which means it is absorbed more easily into the bloodstream and then moved quickly throughout the body to gain the highest level of benefit to your horse. It offers a much higher stability of active ingredients than feeding granules or powder. easier to feed than dry forms of garlic. www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk

Nettex All Purpose Vits & Mins Have peace of mind that you are feeding all the vitamins and minerals that your horse needs by adding Nettex All Purpose Vits & Mins to the daily diet. Nettex All Purpose Vits & Mins is a general purpose supplement that promotes overall health and vitality. It’s particularly good for horses or ponies that are on reduced hard feed rations, older equines that need extra support, and competition horses that need to perform at their best, although any horse or pony will benefit from this balanced supplement. Horses lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can develop health problems - sometimes serious ones - so providing everything your horse or pony needs is absolutely vital. Now, thanks to Nettex, you can ensure you are doing the best by your horse by simply adding Nettex All Purpose Vits & Mins to daily hard feed.



COMPLETE ELECTROLYTES • For all horses in work • Contains all the key electrolytes sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium • For sustained performance • Extra gentle for your horse’s stomach using MicroBead Technology


T.E.N. Supplements just got bigger New T.e.N. supplements are now bigger than ever. The range of Targeted equine Nutrition Supplements, from the makers of SPILLeRS®, have been so well-received since they were launched back in March that, in response to numerous requests, some are now available in bigger tub sizes. T.e.N. Challenged Joints, T.e.N. Challenged Hooves, T.e.N. Challenged digestion and T.e.N. gastric Health, which are amongst the most popular in the range since it launched in March 2013, are now available in tubs for six months’ supply for one horse. Larger packs mean it’s more convenient and cost-effective to feed several horses on the yard but they are also a great option for the one horse owner who will only need to supplement-shop twice a year! Claire dyett, T.e.N. Marketing & e-commerce Manager explains: “We have been bowled over by the response to T.e.N. Feedback confirms that our phenomenal choice of supplements and our no nonsense approach are exactly what horse owners want and what their horses need and now with the benefits of bigger packs too.” The T.e.N. range is available exclusively online. There’s a choice of 31 supplements across 12 categories: Hoof, Joint, digestion, Behaviour, Immunity, electrolytes, Skin and Coat, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, Weight Management, Muscle and Respiratory. Such breadth of range means you can target your horse or pony’s individual requirements with precision, providing exactly what you feel he needs, without including what he doesn’t. Visit www. tensupplements.co.uk or call T.E.N. on 01908 311010, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Independently scientifically & clinically tested For further information please call the Nutrition Advice Line on 08456 800606 or email info@sciencesupplements.co.uk

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Summer FeATURe

Hoof Care

The famous saying no foot, no horse, is still true today. A good farrier who keeps your horse’s hooves balanced is the place to start, but some horses may still need something else. Some will benefit from a dietary supplement, which aids good strong hoof growth, while others may need a product applied externally, directly to the foot and hoof. One of the biggest problems in this country at the moment is after a very long, very wet winter, we now have a heat wave and the ground is rock hard. The horse’s hoof adapts to its surroundings and these sudden changes in weather can play havoc with the horse’s hoof.

Blue Chip Feed Balancers Keeping your horse’s hooves healthy is vital at any time of the year, but especially during a typical British summer when prolonged periods of wet weather followed by a dry spell can cause havoc with hooves. The best way of ensuring healthy hooves is by feeding a formulation which will guarantee your horse is getting the vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to ensure strong, healthy hoof growth. Biotin, Zinc, Methionine and Copper all play significant roles in ensuring hooves grow well and all the Blue Chip feed balancers contain these elements in the unique hoof supplement, Soundhoof ™. The combination of these ingredients help to maintain the laminae and enhance the formation of Keratin, an essential building block of the hoof wall. To ensure strong, healthy hooves, Blue Chip incorporates the recommended daily amount of Biotin in a bioavailable form. Feeding a Blue Chip feed balancer with SoundHoof will ensure your horse or pony not only looks fantastic, but will have healthy hooves throughout summer. www.bluechipfeed.com


Equine America Hoof Power Plus® Powder Equine America Hoof Power Plus® Powder increases growth and improves the condition of the horse’s hooves. Hoof Power Plus® is a concentrated supplement, containing no fillers, but has high levels of Biotin, Zinc, Methionine and Sulphur. These ‘all active’ ingredients work quickly on cracked or damaged hooves, stimulating hoof growth and horn quality. Hoof Power Plus is also essential for those breeds with slow growing or flat feet which, inevitably, experience damaged and weakened horn and shoeing difficulties. www.equine-america.co.uk

Aloeride If your horse or pony suffers from poor hoof growth or crumbling/split hooves, then this can make it difficult to keep shoes on during the summer months. Aloeride is a pure organic and natural aloe vera supplement, which with its unique blend of nutrients could help improve your horse’s feet. By rebuilding hoof wall integrity, unwanted water ingress is halted whilst beneficial hydration that should stay in, stays in. Ideal for horses that are difficult to shoe and for barefoot horses. Aloeride is an easy to feed ‘taste-free’ supplement, which offers horse owners additional support. Clinical trials have shown that aloe vera can boost hoof growth by more than 50% over a four-month period. And don’t forget that in supporting hoof growth, you’re also supporting the growth of healthy skin and hair too, in one small daily sachet of Aloeride. www.aloeride.co.uk

The PRO FeeT range of hoof care products offers formulas designed to nourish and protect your horse’s feet. developed by veterinary scientists, with the help of farriers, PRO FeeT offers the most concentrated, fast acting, nutritional support for quality horn growth and strong healthy hooves. Available in a powder and a liquid, giving you the choice of how to feed this highly specified formula to your horse. To complement the nourishing effects of PRO FeeT nutrition, the PRO FeeT range of premium hoof care applications have been launched. Rock Hard - a uniquely formulated hoof hardener to naturally protect brittle hooves, strengthen soft soles and disinfect frogs prone to fungal and bacterial attack. Contains Zinc Sulphate and MSM. Hoof Rub Ointment - a premium hoof ointment made with extracts of essential eucalyptus oil. Helps keep the horn supple and protect the hoof from becoming brittle and prone to cracking and breaking. Hoof Moist - an entirely natural water based gel formulated to sustain the moisture content of the hoof. Frequent application will replenish the moisture levels of dried out, brittle hooves. www.naf-uk.com

And if you need to poultice... Animalintex Hoof Treatment® from Robinson Animal Healthcare is cut to shape for economy and convenience. Suitable for the rapid treatment of foot conditions it highly absorbent, extremely versatile and can be applied either as a wet, hot or cold poultice, or as a dry dressing, to suit the needs of your horse’s injury or condition. It contains an antiseptic to clean and prevent re-infection and natural poulticing agent, Tragacanth, which, when it reacts with water, draws out any infection and creates a clean area for the wound to heal. When applied as a hot, wet poultice Animalintex® increases the blood supply to the hoof, providing more oxygen, and white blood cells, which fight infection. The improved blood flow reduces the swelling, whilst the warmth of the poultice relieves the horse of pain, providing comfort. Animalintex Hoof Treatment® can also be applied dry or as a cold, wet poultice and can be refrigerated before application if necessary. www.robinsonhealthcare.com

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3 July South Eastern Equestrian Services Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers at Eridge 01892 783227

1 August Squirrells Riding School, Clear Round, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

4 July Fiddlers Green Stud Unaffiliated Dressage www.FGStud.co.uk 07752 2 August Warren Barn Events, Clear Round Jumping, (4pm till 8pm) Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak 712915 2 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com

Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244, www.churchfarmservices.co.uk

4 & 5 July South Eastern Equestrian Services Eridge Horse Trials 01892 783227

3 August Bedgebury Park, Riding Club Summer Show, Open to All, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, www.bedgeburypark.com

3 August Cranleigh Show, NEW DATE. 67th Annual Show. Equestrian Classes, inc BSJA and Unaffiliated Jumping, Donkeys, Private Driving, Trade Turnouts, Heavy Horses, CHAPS, Ridden and Working Hunters, WHP, Cobs, Riding Horses, Competition Horses, M&M Ridden and In Hand, P(UK) Qualifiers, BSPS Bright Stars, Farming, and Livestock, Cranleigh Showground, Brookhurst Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7DW. Email: info@ cranleighshow.org.uk, www.cranleighshow.org.uk

5 July Mid Surrey Pony Club Hickstead Qualifier Bullock and Eclipse Cup www. pcuk.org/midsurrey 01737 358663

5 July Hospice in the Weald Speldhurst Derby Challenge Series– Tunbridge 3 August Chilham Park, British Eventing International event. days), Chilham Park, Wells Kent. Call(Two 07989906230 Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB Telephone: 01227 730811 www.chilhampark.co.uk

5 July Wey Valley Riding Club Indoor dressage www.wvrc.co.uk 07917 602527

3 August Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@speedgate. co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk

4 August Bedgebury Park Riding Club, Trip to Hickstead (Riding Club members only), Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: clubs@bedgeburypark.com,

5 July Felbridge Show Ground Unaffiliated Dressage www.felbridge. 4 August Bridge House Events at Bramble Hill, Versatile Trec. Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, net Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RL. Email: lynne@ hugnhold.co.uk, www.bramblehillfarm.co.uk

5 July CBEquine Summer Show at Barville Farm www.cbequine.co.uk 07949 096086 4 August Colettes Combined Training, 4 August Chilham Park, British Eventing International event. (Two days), Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB Telephone: 01227 730811 www.chilhampark.co.uk

Showjumping & Dressage, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk

7 July TWRC Evening Dressage & Show Jumping at Beechenwood Farm www. 4 August Highstead Riding Centre, Summer twridingclub.org.uk 07921 552132 Show, Showing, Highstead Riding Centre, indoors, Highstead, Chislet, Nr. Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4LX, Email: lynnusauk@aol.com

8 July Great Bookham Equestrian Centre Dressage and Clear round afternoon/evening www.gbec.info 01372 451458

4 August Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, (1st Sunday of every month), Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian. co.uk, www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk

11 July Oldencraig Equestrian Centre Dressage Championships www. 01293 771027/ 07951 5 oldencraig.com August Bedgebury Park, BYRDS Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, 121708 Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: info@

4 August Royal Leisure Senior Intro / Amateur British Show Jumping, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk

bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

11 & 12 July Felbridge Show Ground Senior BSJA www.felbridge.net

5 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Dressage to Music, CT Rider Summer Qualifiers, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

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

5 August Squirrells Riding School, Robert Pickles Clinic, All day slots available, private & groups, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 6 August Bedgebury Park, BYRDS Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: info@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

12 July CBEquine Summer Show at Ingatestone Hall www.cbequine.co.uk 6 August Squirrells Riding School, BHS Stage 2, 07949Riding 096086 Squirrells School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

12 July Eaglesfield Outdoor Unaffiliated Show Jumping www. eaglesfield.net 07958 650036

7 August Bedgebury Park, BYRDS Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: info@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com 7 August Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage afternoon / evening and Clear Round Jumping, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info www.gbec.info

8 August Squirrells Riding School, Come as you are Dressage, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

12 July TWRC Open Show At East Bysshe www.twridingclub.org.uk 9 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, 07921 552132 Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 9 August Squirrells Riding School, Cross Country Clinic, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

12 July Felbridge Show Ground Unaffiliated Jumping www.felbridge. 10net August Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

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

10 August Bridge House Events at Bramble Hill, Cross Country, and Show Jumping Clinics, Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RL. Email: lynne@hugnhold. co.uk, www.bramblehillfarm.co.uk

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

10 August Royal Leisure Senior Intro / Amateur British Show Jumping, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@ hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk

12 July Chequer Tree Farm Inhand & Ridden Show 07711 838319

10 August Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, BS Area 44, Adult & Junior Affiliated, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email: vic.farm@ btinternet.com www.vicaragefarm.com

12 July Felbridge Show Ground Unaffiliated Jumping www.felbridge. 11net August Colettes Horse & Dog Shows, Summer 11 August The Charity Horse, Hunters Race, Lavant, Nr Chichester, PO19 5UD. Email: info@charityhorseshow.co.uk, www.charityhorseshow.co.uk

Horse Show, Show Jumping, Ridden & In Hand Showing, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@ btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk

12 July Sevenoaks Riding Club Dressage, SJ and combined training at 11 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Cross Country, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Redlands 01732 461462 Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

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

11 August Matfield & District Riders Association, Unaffiliated Annual Open Show with Dressage & Showing Classes. Old Fowle Hall Oast, Willow Lane, Queen Street, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6PE, www.mdra.co.uk

11 August Rother Valley Riding Club, RVRC Showing Show, Bull Farm, Cranbrook, Kent, www.rvrc.org.uk

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

11 August Sevenoaks Riding Club, One Day Event, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, M.McDonnell Telephone: 01293 512985 www.sevenoaksrc.co.uk 11 August Speedgate, Open Showing Show. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@speedgate. co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk

18 July Fiddlers Green Stud Unaffiliated Dressage www.FGStud. 11 August Speldhurst Derby, Gymkhana & Fun Show, Combined country, and show jumps co.uk 07752cross 712915 1’6” to 2’9”, Clear Round, Veteran, Hairy Pony, Twn Legs, XFactor, & Fancy Dress, Whacky Gymkhana Races, All proceeds to Hospice in the Weald, Speldhurst, Kent, www.speldhurstdeby.org.uk

19 July Goring & District Riding Club Open Show www.gdrc.org.uk 07988 502833

11 August Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, BS Area 44, Adult & Junior Affiliated, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email: vic.farm@ btinternet.com www.vicaragefarm.com

19 July Great Bookham Equestrian Centre Open Show www.gbec.info 01372 451458

11 August Warren Barn Events, Dressage & Combined Training, Championship Dressage series with NPS dressage and Cricklands qualifiers. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244, www.churchfarmservices.co.uk

19 July FS Events Dressage at Warrigal Farm 07957 765964

12 August Bedgebury Park, Damian Hallam dressage Clinics, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: emma@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com 12 to 16 August Mount Mascal Stables, Intermediate Pony Camp, 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 12 August Squirrells Riding School, Pony Day, www.pcuk/southdowneast Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell

Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

21 July TWRC Evening Dressage & Show Jumping at Beechenwood Farm www.twridingclub.org.uk 07921 14 August Colettes Wednesday Evening 552132 Showjumping, Clear Round followed by 3 classes, 14 August Bedgebury Park, British Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07850 514717 Email: judi@ starnash.co.uk, www.bedgeburypark.com

from 6pm, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk

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

14 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Road Safety Training Programme, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

25 July Vicarage Farm Junior BSJA 01932 765145

14 August Squirrells Riding School, Pony Club Badges Day, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

7 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Road Safety Training Programme, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

15 August Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Jonathan Chapman, Highly experience coach and up to 3*eventer, Offering training across disciplines for all abilities, group or individual lessons. Great Westwood, 24/2/09 Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@parwood.co.uk, www.parwood.co.uk

8 August Royal Leisure Step Aside Dressage, and Britsh Dressage, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk

15 August Squirrells Riding School, BHS Stage 2, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk


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To advertise here, call 01892 863062 or email: info@localrider.co.uk 16 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 16 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, In House Show, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com 16 August Squirrells Riding School, Fun Show, shows open to everyone, compete on your own horse/pony or use one of ours, Qualifiers for Cricklands & Sunshine Tour, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 17 August Bridge House Events at Bramble Hill, Cross Country, and Show Jumping Clinics, Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RL. Email: lynne@hugnhold. co.uk, www.bramblehillfarm.co.uk 17 August LMEQ, Show Jumping with Ernest Dillon, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Jennifer on 07771 598730 for places. www.lmeq.com 17 August Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Companion Dog Show and Lurcher Show. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub.co.uk, www.pcuk.org – go to Mid Surrey Branch 17 August Rye Show, Show Jumping, and Showing, Classes for all heights and ages. Dog Show, Classic Cars, and Many other attractions. (Show in aid of Rye’s Hospital.) Lea Farm, Rye Foreign, TN31 7ST, Telephone: 07788 485674, Email: fundraising@ ryehospital.org.uk, www.ryehospital.org.uk

22 August Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, www.bdwp.co.uk/aallen, www.tweseldown.co.uk 23 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 24-25 August Iberian Performance Show, Over 20 classes for pure and partbred Spanish Horses, Lustanos, & Lipizzaners, inc displays by UK & foreign riders, Merrist Wood College, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE, Telephone: 07787 147782. www.iberianperformanceshow.co.uk 24 August P J Events, One Day Event, Classes from Lead Rein Up, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07747 746407, www.pjevents.co.uk 24 August Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, Tetrathlon. Telelephone: 01892 824754. http:/branches.pcuk.org/romneymarsh/ 24 August Royal Leisure Senior Intro / Amateur British Show Jumping, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@ hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk 25 August Ashford Valley Hunt Pony Club, Open One Day Event, Pony Club and Open Classes 75cm to 100cm (levels 2-4), Bonfleur XC course, Linton, Enquires telephone: 07778 771063, http:// branches.pcuk.org/ashford/avh-eventing/ode/ 25 August LMEQ, Party for Patrick, Family music festival raising money for the Patrick Evans Foundation, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB. www. patrickevansfoundation.co.uk, www.lmeq.com

17 August Speedgate, Affiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@speedgate. co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk

25 August Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Dressage and Showing Show, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU5 9TD Tel: 01483 205049 Lesley Selway www.newlandscorner.org

17 August Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Sparsholt College, Hampshire, www.sunshinetour.co.uk

25 August Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, One Day Event: Levels 1, 2 & 3. Telelephone: 01892 824754. http:/branches.pcuk.org/romneymarsh/

18 August Chipstead Riding Club, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Carshalton, Surrey. www.chipsteadridingclub.co.uk

25 August 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. Email: events@ speedgate.co.uk www.speedgate.co.uk

18 August Great Chart Happy Hack, An 8 mile hack around Kent countryside in aid of Kent Air Ambulance, Court Lodge Farm, Great Chart, Kent, TN23 3AY, Telephone: 01233 329824. Email: dianehogben@sky.com, www.happyhack.co.uk 18 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Road Safety Training Programme, Test Day, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

25 August Squirrells Riding School, Dressage Shows, shows open to everyone, compete on your own horse/pony or use one of ours, Qualifiers for Cricklands & Sunshine Tour, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

18 August P J Events, Show Jumping, & Showing, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07747 746407, www.pjevents.co.uk

25 August Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Arrow RDA Centre - run by SMP Events, Kent, www.sunshinetour.co.uk

18 August Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Showjumping Show, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU5 9TD Tel: 01483 205049 Lesley Selway www.newlandscorner.org

26 August Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Annual Show Jumping, inc CT Rider Summer Qualifiers, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, and Fun Dog Show. Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 www.hall-place.com

18 August Royal Leisure Senior Progessive / Advanced British Show Jumping with Scope B&C Qualifiers, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk 18 August Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Show Jumping, Cobham Manor E C (run by SMP Events), Kent, www.sunshinetour.co.uk 18 August Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated Showing, Jumping, Dressage, Dressage, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email: vic.farm@ btinternet.com www.vicaragefarm.com 19 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 19-23 August Mount Mascal Stables, Advanced Pony Camp, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW www.mountmascalstables.com 19-22 August Squirrells Riding School, Pony Week, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 20 August Francis Whittington, Cross Country Clinic with Francis Whittington, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing. co.uk, www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk 21 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 21 August Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage afternoon / evening and Show Jumping Classes, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: shows@gbec.info www.gbec.info 21 August Colettes Horse & Dog Shows, Summer Horse Show, Show Jumping, Showing, & Gymkhanas, & Fancy Dress. Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk 21 August Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, www.bdwp.co.uk/aallen, www.tweseldown.co.uk 22 August Royal Leisure Step Aside Dressage, Britsh Dressage, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@hotmail.co.uk, www.royalleisure.co.uk

26 August Mount Mascal Stables, August Bank Holiday Monday Horse Show & Family Fun Day, Something for everyone to enjoy, Equestrian competition & display, Pony Rides, Animal Area, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Coby Colin, Canine Capers, Raffle, Stalls & lots more. Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW, Telephone 020 8300 3947, www.mountmascalstables.co.uk 26 August Southdown East Pony Club Open Events, Turton Open Hunter Trial, Wivelsden Farm, www.branches.pcuk.org /southdowneast 26 August Speedgate, Andrew Day Clinics. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone: Kim Atkinson 07834 170830, www.speedgate.co.uk 27 August Squirrells Riding School, Road Safety Session, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 28 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Mini Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 28 August Francis Whittington, Cross Country Clinic with Francis Whittington, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing. co.uk, www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk 28 August Squirrells Riding School, Pony Club Badges Day, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@ sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk 29 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Mini Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com




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Combined cross country and show jumps, heights 1’6” to 2’9” • Clear Round, Veteran, Hairy Pony, Ten Legs, XFactor and Fancy Dress • Whacky Gymkhana Races • All proceeds to Hospice • SAE and entries to Mrs N Ball 17 Bowen Road Rusthall TN4 8SU or www.speldhurstderby.org.uk

30 August Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Mini Camp, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, www.bedgeburypark.com 30 August Colettes Friday Evening Showjumping, Clear Round followed by 4 classes, (starts 5pm), Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@btinternet.com www.cbequine.co.uk


30 August Squirrells Riding School, Beach Hack, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@sky.com, www.squirrellsridingschool.co.uk

We have many healthy, neutered ferals that need understanding homes.

31 August Bedgebury Park, Damian Hallam dressage Clinics, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: emma@ bedgeburypark.com, www.bedgeburypark.com

Please contact Terri on 07947 664539 for a chat. www.pussycatlodge.co.uk

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father figure

The behind the scenes hero… Jamie Sheehy

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. In between his business commitments and running the family’s Dartmoor pony Dixieland Stud, Jamie Sheehy also finds time to volunteer and run two local shows. His spare time is precious and he likes nothing more than to spend it watching his children enjoying their ponies and that’s why Jamie is this month’s Father Figure.

Jamie pictured with the Dixieland Stud’s Foxleat Victory

Name: Jamie Sheehy Home-town: Near Deal in Kent Occupation: Run my own Roofing Company Off-spring: Regan and Isabelle How did you become involved with horses? For many years I was happy to groom for my wife, she used to show jump at local level. But when my daughter was born we bought a couple of Welsh Sec A’s and I then did a little bit of in hand showing. We bought our first Dartmoor about seven years ago which we put into foal and things have just escalated from there. Do you ride yourself? Yes, but we never seem to have the time or the room for a horse for me. Although for our wedding anniversary last year I booked up for my wife and I to go out together for a hack, which was fabulous. Favourite horse or pony and why? I have two, my wife’s old show jumper, Blue, who in his younger days was a Grade B show jumper, he was so honest and loved to jump. He was still going strong and competing into his early thirties before he passed away. My other favourite (and one I wished I owned) is Pumphill Buckthorn who won Olympia a couple of years ago, he is just a super all-round pony, which Dartmoor ponies so often are. What area of the sport are you involved with? I groom (although I cannot be trusted to pack the trailer for show day), I am Lead Rein leader (forced into when my wife broke her collar bone), I also adorn my suit and bow tie for Lead Rein Concours d’Elegance, which I secretly enjoy. I run the breeding side of things with the Dartmoors, as well as showing them in hand. Apart from judging locally I also run local horse shows, PJ Events and am show director for a big annual charity horse show called ‘The Walmer Horse and Dog Show’ held in the grounds of Walmer Castle, nr Deal in Kent. Somehow, I also find the time to be on the Dartmoor Pony Society Council as well as being a probationary Dartmoor pony judge. How do you support your family with their sport? We all support each other really.

Jamie pictured with Regan and Isabelle

My son used to ride but much prefers a computer to a stable although he has been known to poo pick from time to time. When my wife broke her collar bone in March we all had to chip in as we had four foals due in March and April as well as keeping the ridden ones worked and everyone fed. It was a tall order but we got through it. What’s the best thing about competing? I would be lying if I said it’s not winning, especially with a pony you have bred yourself. I have a two-year-old Dartmoor filly that has won at Dartmoor Star shows as a yearling and as a two-year-old, so watching her develop is rather special. But best of all is watching my daughter, Isabelle, develop and improve as a rider, she is just getting to grips with First Ridden classes at the moment and trying to master cantering, but we all remember that. What’s the worst thing about competing? I have to be careful here, but poor judging or rude judges. Everyone pays the same money to enter a class whether it is an affiliated or local level showing class, the judge should look fairly at each animal and be polite and courteous to each exhibitor. Competitors should never come away from a class being made to feel unworthy of entering. What was your proudest moment when watching your child compete? It hasn’t been her best result, but coming fifth in the Leader Rein at South Of England Show this year was very special, it was the first big show I had led her in and we worked really well together on the individual show bringing the pony back to walk in front of the judge, before going off back into trot which moved us up a couple of places in the line-up. Favourite show ground snack? Has to be a crispy bacon roll or baguette.

Isabelle and Whintor Fiery Brown, being led by Jamie How do you and your family like to celebrate a big win? The adults get a nice glass of a Sauvignon Blanc and Isabelle is more than happy with a Pizza! Favourite showground and why? I really like Three Counties showground at Malvern as it is so pretty and we have found a couple of lovely restaurants close by. But I also have to say Walmer Castle, where we hold our charity horse show, it is lovely being in the castle grounds as such. Many years ago the show was cancelled because the Queen Mother was holding a Strawberry Tea Party and it clashed with the show. When the Queen Mother heard about it she insisted that the tea party was changed to a different day and that the horse show could still go ahead. That was a wonderful moment. What do your friends think about what you and your family do? Most of our friends are horsey and those that are not often visit around May once the foals are born, as they all love to bring the kids along to pet them. If you would like to nominate your father to be featured in Localrider email alex@localrider.co.uk AUGUST 2013 Localrider 81

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Localrider SUMMER Show Reports

Reader of the Month Clare and Outta The Blue, a three-year-old traditional cob

Getting ready for Autumn: we look at the yard, bedding, clipping & rugs

Amy was part of Clare’s life for 18 years, until November 2011, when she died aged 30. Clare’s miniature horses: Weeble, Khayla, Echo and Twinkle

Name: Clare Greenwood Age: Old-40!

Paddock Maintenance Managing Autumn Laminitis

Occupation: Goods in/warehouse bod at Lewes Garden Centre. Although I am off work with a broken arm at the moment, after being kicked by a horse (not by one of mine). Horses’ names: My main pony is Outta The Blue, known as Flint. He’s a three-year-old blue and white traditional cob. I’ve had him nearly a year and a half now. I’ve also got a thing for miniature horses and I have four, Weeble, Khayla, Echo and my newest one Twinkle. How long have you been riding? I started to learn to ride when I was eight. My dad used to take me. I have been riding since then, other than a six year break, when I had to retire my old girl, Amy, who I have since lost at the grand old age of 30. At that time I didn’t have anything else to ride, so just spent time looking after Amy and my miniatures. I have owned my own horse for the last 20 years, after having several on loan first. I am now in the process of backing and bringing on my youngster Flint. Future goals and ambitions: It’s got to be – to get my boy going and see where it takes us. And to do the best that we can. Equestrian Idols: Has to be the Whitakers, especially John and Michael. Where do you buy your copy of Localrider? I have it on subscription. Favourite Tack Shop: The biggest tack shop in the world - Ebay

On sale 1st September 2013 All features subject to possible change

If you would like to feature as Reader of The Month, please contact Fiona on 01892 863062 or email: fiona@localrider.co.uk

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