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Features 6 HRH Princess Royal visits Hope in the Valley RDA 8 What to Wear in the Show Ring 18 Worming Season by Season 33 Don’t discount the Kimblewick 35 Spring Grassland Management 40 Tried & Tested Summer Essentials 43 What is Sweet Itch? 56 Feeding Tips for Weight Control & Laminitis 58 Feed News Regulars 4 News 24 Regional Roundup 36 British Showjumping News 62 Show Dates 64 Classifieds 66 Reader of the Month – Sophia Chambers 66 Coming Next Issue 67 Horsey Other Half – Ryan Hasell

Show Reports 10 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 14

Mitsubishi Motors Cup


Royal Windsor Horse Show


Newlands Corner Riding Club Equicross


Eaglesfield Unaffiliated Dressage Championship


Equi-Fun Club Team Dressage Show


Equi-Fun Club Show Jumping Show


RDA Regional Challenge Day


Southdown Hunt Pony Club Spring Hunter Trial


Goring Riding Club In-Hand Show


Endurance GB South East St Clere Pleasure Ride


Mount Mascal Stables Indoor Show Jumping Championship

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or me Badminton always marks the start of the outdoor season. I know from now on there will be shows and events every weekend, with a few on days in between, until things move back indoors for HOYS in October. For us Badminton started with the Mitsubishi Motors Cup on the Wednesday. Of the 200 combinations taking part in the BE90 and BE100 Finals, nearly 40 were from the South East. It was great fun watching and cheering as they galloped by and we managed to snap most of them too. Turn to page 14 to read more. There was a brilliant finish to this year’s Badminton Horse Trials when Jonelle Price and Classic Moet jumped their first ever clear round in the show jumping at four star level to win. I first saw this combination four years ago at the World Equestrian Games in Caen, where they finished fourth, just outside the medals. I hoped then that they had a big result in them and whilst they have had top ten placings at Badminton and Burghley since, winning must be the icing on the cake for Jonelle, in a year that has seen her become a mother for the first time, to a son, Otis. You can see a picture of Otis and read more about Badminton Horse Trials on page 10. Just a few days after Badminton our attention moved to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. There was an enormous number of local combinations taking part and we were delighted to see so many bringing home the red ribbons and sashes too. Turn to page 20 to read all of the lovely stories about the Windsor winners. Later this month we will be heading to Hickstead for the The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting and once again we are lucky to be able to offer readers two free entry tickets for either Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd June. Turn to page 39 for your FREE TICKETS and Hickstead Derby Meeting Timetable. As we move into summer, remember to stay in touch and let us know if you have been out and about with your horse, or have any good results to share. Have Fun!


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SEIB’s Chief Executive Officer, Barry Fehler presents a cheque for £50,000 to the British Horse Society, which will be used to purchase a Healthcare on Tour vehicle to deliver critical equine welfare around the UK.

SEIB clients vote for the BHS to receive £50K to improve equine healthcare


EIB Insurance Brokers hosted their inaugural Charity Awards luncheon at the Grange City Hotel, London on the 23rd April. SEIB’s Chief Executive Officer, Barry Fehler presented a cheque for £50,000 and a commemorative plaque to Emma Day and Gemma Stanford of the British Horse Society (BHS). SEIB customers voted for the Healthcare on Tour project from the winning charity, the BHS, to be the recipient of this generous grant. Barry Fehler said: “I have been at the helm of SEIB for over 50 years and it is with great pride that we are able to make this grant of £50,000 to the BHS to help equine welfare across the UK.” Voting began in September 2017 when SEIB Giving was launched to decide which charity should be awarded the grant of £50,000. In its first year this initiative has proved to be very popular with SEIB clients who have had the chance to choose the winning charity who will benefit from this huge sum of money. Over 200 small to medium sized charities were nominated and over 2,000 votes were received, resulting in 12 charities being invited to submit detailed plans. Eight charities went through to the final stage when only SEIB customers could choose the good cause to win the grant of £50K and only one vote per client was allowed. The winner was announced at the SEIB awards ceremony and luncheon. SEIB ensured that no charity left empty handed and each of the other seven finalists received a donation. The British Horse Society plans to use the £50K grant to purchase a Healthcare on Tour vehicle to deliver critical equine welfare around the UK.

Barry Fehler announced that next year SEIB Insurance Brokers will give an incredible £100,000 to charity – thus doubling their charitable giving in just one year. SEIB while being an independent broker is owned by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group that is in turn owned by the charity Allchurches Trust. Barry Fehler continued: “We are delighted that our customers have decided which of these very worthy causes should receive the grant. SEIB is so successful because we are totally customer focussed and this is another way that our clients can have their say. Each of the charities that reached the final judging had important projects that would really make a difference to the areas within which they operate and that was our aim when we set up this initiative.” Giving is embedded in the culture of SEIB. From supporting grass roots competition that gives opportunities to amateur riders that they could only otherwise dream about, right through to the company’s long-term commitment to the Animal Health Trust who are developing a vaccine for Grass Sickness. The SEIB team do a huge amount for local charities and SEIB has proudly supported the Burghley Sponsored Ride for the past fouryears by covering expenses so all proceeds go to charity Each of the final eight charities left the Awards with some remuneration. Runners up, the South Essex Wildlife Hospital received £1,000, and in third place, World Horse Welfare received a cheque for £900. The other finalists were, Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, Riding for the Disabled and Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Have you visited the Localrider website? Over the last few months we have been working hard on the Loclrider website to bring you extra news and stories in between issues. As the season progresses we will be adding to the picture galleries and providing lots of good knowledgeable advice so that you can make the most of time spent with your horse. We will be adding more competitions on a monthly basis, so make sure you check in to see the fabulous prizes on offer. Just visit and remember to sign up for the email newsletter too so that we can stay in touch.

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The Must-Have Accessory for your Eventing weekend The eventing season has begun, but have you got yourself an awning yet? Outdoor Revolution’s range of equestrian awnings are becoming increasingly popular with eventers and horse lovers alike. Simply attached to the side of a 3.5 tonne lorry, horsebox or horse trailer, their awnings provide a versatile space that can be used for changing, storage, sleeping or simply keeping dry from the wonderful British weather we are frequently blessed with. The awnings are made from lightweight yet strong fabric and are quick to erect, thanks to the Oxygen Air Frame system, which comes with an exclusive Lifetime Guarantee (see website for T&Cs), for that added peace of mind. The thermal backed Snugrugs, which complement the awnings, prevent cold and damp from rising, guaranteeing a warm and dry awning space to relax in-between classes at a show. Don’t miss Outdoor Revolution’s stand at Bramham on 7th-10th June, where their equestrian awnings will be on display, with team members on hand to demonstrate truly how quick and easy the air frame is to inflate. Awnings are available to order on their stand at the Bramham show. For further information, visit their website

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Breyer Traditional Gypsy Vanner

We have three Breyer models of a Traditional Gypsy Vanner to giveaway in this issue. Breyer model horses are all handcrafted and hand-painted with airbrushes and paintbrushes. Approximately 20 different artisans handle each individual Breyer model from start to finish, so no two Breyer models are ever exactly alike. This Gypsy Vanner is a 1:9 scale model of the popular breed which originates in the United Kingdom. To enter simply turn to page 42 and complete the entry form.

Silvermoor Swingers Silvermoor Swingers are the only hanging forage block available on the market. Made from pure dried grass and a natural binder with no added sugar, the innovative design attaches to the rope (which can be bought separately) and is hung from a height in your stable. There are no corners on the block, so horses cannot get a firm grip on it, ensuring they are eaten slowly and over time. Made from 100% natural ingredients Silvermoor Swingers are low in sugar and low in starch. They provide a healthy addition to the horse’s diet and can be used as part of a weight management diet. They are safe to use for laminitics and good doers, as well as insulin resistant horses and those suffering from EMS (Equine Metabolic Syndrome). Please call Caroline on 07587 747675 or visit for details of all our events, training and livery at the yard. Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JL (just 5 minutes from junction 3 of the M25)


Capricorn Equestrian is a 5 star livery yard based on a farm in the idyllic village of Eynsford in Kent which is just 5 minutes from junction 3 of the M25 and junction 1 of the M20. We offer a wide range of services in a friendly environment where the horses always come first. ••••• Full Livery, plus competition and training packages tailored to your needs. ••••• Resident trainer, rider and judge Caroline Ashby is on hand to help with lessons, schooling, lunging and hacking. Caroline has ridden for over 30 years and specialised in dressage for 25 years. Caroline has competed at advanced level dressage and trained to Grand Prix.

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HRH Princess Royal is Special Guest at Hope in the Valley RDA Group’s 50th Birthday Celebrations

Words by Joanna Sale and pictures by Amanda Jane Smith

T HRH Princess Royal gives Stanley on Toblerone a commemorative rosette

Margaret Fogg receives a long service award for 35 years from HRH Princess Royal

HRH Princess Royal gives Sam riding Rosie a letter to post

HRH Princess Royal admires the Birthday cake made by Jenny Brown

HRH Princess Royal gives Fergus riding Polly a letter to post

Rose the Pony ridden by Deian is given a special award for long service

HRH Princess Royal presents trophy to Lesley Morrill

Special 50th anniversary Commemorative Rosettes

here was sunshine and smiles all round as Hope in the Valley RDA group celebrated their 50th Birthday with a special guest at Plumpton College on Thursday 10th May. Riding for the Disabled’s President of 32 years, HRH the Princess Royal, arrived by helicopter to enjoy the group’s special day and spend time with some of the volunteers and young riders. Having met a host of local dignitaries on arrival (see below), Princess Anne joined riders, ponies, volunteers and parents in the arena for a demonstration of the Countryside Challenge, before presenting commemorative rosettes and long service awards to both the riders, ponies and volunteers. Of the day, the Princess Royal said: “It is a real achievement that we are celebrating today.” She went on to praise Hope in the Valley volunteers for their ‘supreme dedication’ and commented on the changes that have been seen over 50 years. She also praised the parents saying: “It’s a pleasure to see the parents here also showing a commitment that makes such a difference.” During the riding display, the Princess gave each of the four riders a letter which they had to post as part of the Countryside Challenge which follows a simulated course where the riders put their skills to the test by tackling obstacles and tasks they might find in the country. As well as posting a letter, these include going through a gate, crossing a ‘road’, entering a farmyard and picking an apple from a tree. Although great fun, this also tests their steering, balance and confidence. She then presented rosettes to the regular riders at the Hope in the Valley group as well as long services awards to two of the ponies, Rose who has worked with the group for 14 years and Toblerone, who has been there for 12 years. Margaret Fogg, a volunteer and Trustee, received a long service award for 35 years and a surprise award was given to the Group Chairman, Lesley Morrill, who had just completed 52 marathons in 52 weeks, promoting RDA along the way. On inviting, the Princess Royal to present a trophy to Lesley, Lindsay Correa, RDA Regional Chair, said: “Today we’ve celebrated long service in both ponies and people. But a marathon is also long; very long and we have the pleasure of presenting a special award, where we recognise an individual who has chosen to do a lot more than just one.” The golden visit ended with the Princess cutting and sharing in a very special cake that had been made by volunteer, Jenny Brown, before meeting the regular volunteers at the group. Other Attendees: Sara Stonor - Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Cllr Michael Chartier - Mayor of Lewes Town Council, The Rt Rev Richard Jackson - Bishop of Lewes, Robert Cottrill - CEO of Lewes District Council, Cllr Stephen Gauntlett - Chair, Lewes District Council, Giles York - Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Sam Orde - RDA Chairman, Jeremy Kerswell Principal, Plumpton College.

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Standing at the Fielden Stud for 2018 Fielden Minks Legacy 146.8cms Black registered British Riding Pony, 2012 PBA, WPBR. Won many classes under saddle in his first year as a four-year-old inc South of England, Monmouthshire & Dorset county. Lovely temperament. He is by Ninfield Minks legend, who is now in Australia out of Fielden Fieldmouse. Available chilled or frozen semen and limited natural due to his ridden career. Stud fee £450.


Ninfield Connoisseur

16.1hh / 2013 / liver chestnut / premium graded Sport Horse stallion, son of the extraordinary Headley Britannia (by Jumbo) This beautiful, talented young stallion is 72% TB and has world-class bloodlines to produce serious eventers. His dam is Headley Britannia, the legendary winner of Badminton, Burghley, Kentucky and a team Olympic silver medal. His sire Royaldik is a son of Herka, full sister to Heraldik, the world no 1 eventing sire for a decade. Britannia Royal is a short-coupled uphill horse with excellent conformation, balanced rhythmical paces and a bold athletic jump. His temperament is superb: calm, polite, trainable and very work-focussed. He has made a terrific start to both his competition and stud careers, proving to have exceptional fertility with both chilled and frozen semen. His first crop of foals are due on the ground this year.

Britannia Royal (British Sport Horse)

Royaldik (Oldenburg)

Royal Diamond (Oldenburg)

Headley Britannia (British Sport Horse)

Jumbo (Irish Draft Sport Horse)

Herka (TB)

Alans Bambi (TB)

13.1hh Dark Bay Stallion Ninfield Connoisseur comes from an illustrious family of show ponies. His dam, Ninfield Great Expectations was 138cms Pony of the Year 1991 and Supreme Champion at PUK 1998. His sire, Ninfield Millionaire, as a 3-year-old won 11 Championships at County Level and was Reserve Champion at the Royal International Horse Show as a Senior Stallion. His 2013 foal, Fielden Enchantment took Part-bred Arab Foal Champion at British National Foal Show in Birmingham. His full sister, Ninfield Love Story was 138cms Show Pony of the Year 2007. Ninfield Connoisseur himself has only been lightly shown to date, but has stood Champion at NPS Bath and NPS Summer Champs. He is a true to type, quality English Riding Pony. He has a very pony head, lovely turn of front and a well laid back shoulder, the most beautiful limbs and is an exceptional mover.

Elson Toffee Cream Dun Shetland Stallion, 2007

Stud fee: £375 on booking (no VAT) plus £125 when your mare is scanned in foal; NFFR terms. Concessions to approved mares. Standing in East Sussex for fresh/chilled semen; frozen semen available from Stallion AI Services.

This outstanding looking little stallion has a wonderful temperament and has plenty of character which is passed on to his progeny. Toffee is 38 inches. He has won many classes including Edenbridge and Oxted standard Shetland colts as a three-year-old. He was Supreme In Hand at the Royal London Show 2012 and took the Home Produced Championship. He is broken to ride and drive.

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re you suitably dressed for the show ring this season? In this feature, MD & Designer for British equestrian fashion brand, Equetech, Liz Hayman gives readers some winning advice. Wearing the right clothing for the show ring will ensure you look professional and give the correct first impressions to the judges, but this doesn’t mean that you have to rush out and buy a whole new outfit. At lower levels, judges tend to be more lenient on correct dress codes, so whereby a tweed jacket is traditionally correct, a smart black or navy competition jacket will equally suffice. A pair of cream or canary breeches are the norm for the show ring, but if you only have white, then again at the more novice level shows, this will be acceptable. Brown gloves are favoured, but still black is acceptable. One change we can all make easily, is to wear a shirt and tie which is correct for showing (unless you are riding side-saddle or in a championship class at the higher levels). Another is that we ensure that our horse’s tack shines and our boots are clean and our jacket free of horse hair and slobber. Long hair tied neatly into a bun with a hairnet also makes a difference. All these factors go towards presenting the right first impressions when you step into the ring in front of the judges. If you are planning on showing your horse, then investing in a tweed jacket may be something you want to consider. My advice is to choose a tweed that is easy to wear and that you can pick out tones of colour that complement your horse: A brown jacket with burgundy plaid, for example, can complement a chestnut or bright bay beautifully, while a green jacket with navy works well for all colours including coloureds. Even your choice of style and colour of tie can be the used as the link to bring the whole look together. For example, a tweed jacket with a very subtle canary plaid can be ‘brought out’ by teaming it with a gold tie and Tattersall check waistcoat, stunning on a dun or a Palomino. Showing is all about complementing your horse with effortless elegance, so look for garments, which combine quality and classic tailoring. Subtle checks on a tweed jacket can also mean there is an easy cross-over with the jacket for dressage and show jumping, offering more versality to those who want more wear, but only have one jacket. Whatever level you plan to show your horse at, have fun and remember a smile is the best finishing touch! For more information visit

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FEATURE Faecal worm egg counts help to identify your horse’s worm burden and also prevent you from worming unnecessarily

You should poo-pick the paddock at least twice a week to reduce pasture contamination


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Responsible and sustainable worm control is crucial to help keep your horse healthy and performing at his best. Here Dr Wendy Talbot, equine vet at Zoetis, shares her simple, seasonal guide, to keep these pesky parasites in check all year round.


ood worm control involves much more than just giving a horse a wormer. Worms are becoming resistant to some wormers so it’s no longer acceptable to simply dose all horses routinely throughout the year. Every horse should be assessed as an individual, faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) should be used as a mainstay, and the rules of strategic worming should be followed conscientiously to tackle encysted small redworm and bots. Treatment or testing for tapeworm should be included. In addition, horses should always be weighed before worming for accurate dosing and pasture should be managed efficiently to minimise contamination and the spread of infection.

the contamination of the pasture. Regular FWECs throughout the grazing season will in time build a clearer picture of your horse’s shedding patterns, but remember they will not identify encysted small redworm, tapeworm and bots so you will need to treat for these separately.1 If you have foals or weanlings they will need to be wormed more regularly than their adult counterparts; as a rough guide they should receive a minimum of four worming treatments per year. Roundworms (ascarids) are an additional concern in young foals. FWECs are useful to indicate if this parasite is present, as well as guiding the need for extra treatments for redworm.2



Springtime sees many horses turned out onto fresh pasture after a winter of being stabled or with restricted turnout. The arrival of warmer weather also means that worms will start reproducing in greater numbers. If you haven’t already done so over the late autumn/winter, then Spring is the time to treat for: • Encysted small redworm • Bots In addition: • February/March is the perfect time to start conducting faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) every two to three months. • Tapeworm – do not reliably show up in FWECs. Treat or test using a blood or saliva antibody test.

Why are faecal worm egg counts so important? FWECs save the cost of worming horses unnecessarily, but they also help to protect the health of those that do need worming and the effectiveness of the wormers that we use. FWECs are very useful for identifying which horses are shedding high numbers of redworm eggs and are therefore contributing most to

In addition to conducting FWECs every two to three months, you should poo-pick the paddock at least twice a week to reduce pasture contamination. Treat your horse in summer for: • Redworms – treatment is usually recommended if FWECs > 200epg • Roundworms – foals should receive at least two doses effective against roundworms in the first six months of life. Speak to your vet or SQP for specific advice regarding timing and the most appropriate wormer for your foal.

Autumn During the autumn, the larval stages of the small redworm can stop developing inside the horse’s gut and enter a type of hibernating state known as encysted small redworm. Because many of the larvae don’t develop into adult worms, fewer eggs are produced and passed in droppings. On this basis, FWECs can be misleading simply because large number of encysted small redworm can be present without eggs being seen in droppings3. There are three common parasite threats that will not show up in FWECs and will need to be tackled during the late autumn and early winter:

Worm your horse season by season

• Encysted small redworm – dose all horses (more than six months of age) in November/December regardless of the FWEC, using a specifically indicated wormer • Tapeworms – do not reliably show up in FWECs. Dose or test using a blood or saliva antibody test • Bots – the bot fly lays eggs in late autumn and bot larvae develop in the horse’s stomach so they should be treated now.

Winter This is a deceptively quiet time of year for horse parasites. Roundworm eggs can lie dormant in the soil for long periods, even in freezing weather. Small redworms can ‘hibernate’ in their encysted state in your horse’s gut wall and won’t lay any eggs so FWECs will not reveal them. Treat your horse in winter for: • Encysted small redworm - dose if not previously treated in the late autumn. • Bots – dose if not previously treated in the autumn. In addition to these seasonal threats it’s important to ensure at least one of the doses given throughout the year is effective against large redworm. Pinworm, liver fluke and lungworm may be a concern for some horses – it’s best to talk to your prescriber to check if your horse may be at risk of these.

Always talk to your vet or SQP Make sure you choose the right worming methods and products for your horse’s circumstances by discussing your worming programme with your prescriber.

References 1. AAEP (2013) Equine parasite control guidelines 2. Reinmeyer CR and Neilsen MK (2013) Handbook of Equine Parasite Control. Wiley-Blackwell. 3. Matthews JB (2008) Equine Vet Educ. Oct. 552-559

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Check that your horse has been treated effectively for encysted small redworm over the autumn/winter period. During the spring and summer months, conducting faecal worm egg counts will help to identify those horses that may require administration of a suitable wormer. Speak to your vet or SQP for advice on developing an individual worming plan tailored for your horse. @horsedialog

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Don’t discount the Kimblewick! Words by Stephen Biddlecombe of SB Bits


he Kimblewick bit seems to have fallen out of fashion lately. Part of the Pelham family, the bit is used with one rein. It is said to have been developed from a Spanish bit by the world famous saddler Lieutenant Colonel F.E. Gibson, for Phil Oliver, who lived in the village of Kimblewick, in the Chilterns. According to equestrian writer and editor Elwyn Hartley Edwards in his book ‘Saddlery’, other loriners copied the design and called the bit a ‘Kimberwick’ – which is why sometimes both versions of this name are used. The Kimblewick really describes the cheek pieces of the bit, essentially it has bit shanks with short lever arms that create a small amount of leverage. The rider’s knowledge using this bit is key. If the rider’s hands are held high and still, the leverage effect is reduced; while if the rider’s hands are low, the leverage increases, as the rein will slide about an inch on the Dee-shaped bit ring, and the bit will assume roughly a 45° angle in the horse or pony’s mouth; this causes the mouthpiece to act in a downward and backward motion on the lower jaw, accompanied by a downward pressure on the poll, giving the bit a lowering or leverage action.

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n much the same way that you might spring clean your home to freshen it up for the warmer, lighter days of summer, so you should also pay attention to your paddocks. After one of the coldest and wettest winters many of us can remember, grassland may well be in very poor condition. If horses and ponies have been out, the grass will have been badly poached. The wet may have leached out fertility from the soil and the gateways will no doubt be muddy and uneven. If poaching has been a problem, it can easily be put right, but timing is very important.

First harrow

By spring, the land should be both drying out and warming up. The first thing to do is harrow the field. This will tear out moss, break up and level heavy soil, to improve the soil structure and make a seedbed.

Then fertilise

Fertilising is a vital component to achieving a well-balanced paddock. Suregrow fertiliser is specially designed for horse and pony fields. The fertiliser provides grass with consistent healthy growth; and should be applied either once or twice a year as required. The fertiliser stimulates root development, resulting in a denser sward and therefore suppressing weed growth. After in depth research and development Suregrow Fertiliser has been designed to be slow release and low in nitrogen, avoiding lush high protein grass which can be harmful. Light rain or heavy dew after spreading is ideal to help the fertiliser dissolve into the ground ensuring the key nutrients soak in.

Give it a boost

For an extra boost use CSM, it provides more than 70 minerals and trace elements. A number of these enter into the plant and can be beneficial to the health of the horses and ponies eating the grass. A granular blend of calcified seaweed, CSM is from sustainable sources, sun dried sea salt and a natural source of Magnesium. This results in the formulation which is high in Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium and Chloride.

Spring Grassland Management Want your paddocks to be ready for the summer? Here grassland expert, Jonathan Cox of Suregrow shares his advice.

Re-seeding poached areas

The best solution to resolve heavily poached areas such as gateways and around feeding troughs is to get them re-seeded using easily established, fast growing hard wearing grass such as Suregrow Fast Grass. This seed will germinate at lower temperatures than normal grass seed and can be spread by hand, making it an efficient and quick application process. Before reseeding it is essential to harrow the area and then after reseeding to roll the field, this should take place immediately after rainfall. Ground conditions should be such that tractor wheels should just leave a mark which will then be removed by the roller. It is important to over sow poached or damaged areas as these sections may become invaded by weeds.

Staying on top

Like most jobs, if the preparation is right, then the maintenance and upkeep is relatively easy. Topping makes a real difference. It stops the grazing sward from getting ‘leggy’ and encourages horses to graze the whole field not just parts of it. Remember to always pull out weeds from the root, when you see them, don’t leave them to spread their seeds. Overgrazing can be a big issue. Try to avoid this as the pasture quality will reduce and as the weeds replace grass, paddocks soon look untidy and unkempt. The environment becomes less healthy for horses, the quality of grazing decreases and problems arise. Suregrow products include Suregrow Fertiliser, CSM, Paddock Grass Seed Mix, Fast Grass, Meadow and Laminitics Grass Mix. To find out more about the Suregrow range please contact Suregrow on 01423 223045 or visit

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BRITISH SHOWJUMPING NEWS Florence is off to Olympia Nine-year-old Florence Marriott from Tunbridge Wells in Kent won a very competitive Mini Major competition on her pony, 20-year-old Gelvin Castle Grey, to qualify for the Mini Major Final at Olympia. The dream of most aspiring young show jumpers, the competition is a relay style race where each young show jumper is partnered with one of the stars of the show. As pressure and speed combine, it undoubtedly proves an exciting class to watch.

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Pic by Blue Ski Photography

Their win comes just a month after the combination topped the 11 Years and Under Final at the Winter Pony Championships, which were held at SouthView Equestrian Centre in Wettenhall, Cheshire.

Tommy Goody Tommy Goody, aged 11, from West Byfleet, Surrey won both the 128cms Springboard Final and the 128cms/138cms Handicap Special Final on board Kimberley Bailey’s 11 year-old bay gelding Hardwickview Yen Man at the Winter Pony Championships, held at SouthView Equestrian Centre in Cheshire.

Above: Florence and Gelvin Castle Grey won the 11 Years and Under Final at the Winter Pony Championships Left: Florence Marriott and Gelvin Castle Grey have qualified for the Mini Major Final at Olympia

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Southerly Roberts wins Winter Bronze League Championship


outherly Roberts won the Winter Bronze League Championship at the British Showjumping Spring Championships at Addington with her super mare, Tinx. The four day show with eight championship titles on offer, had courses designed by London 2012 course designer Bob Ellis and Nigel Jess, which included some former Olympic Games fences. The Bronze League Championship was scooped by Southerly Roberts from Hook, Hampshire riding her own 13-year-old bay mare, Tinx. Last-drawn Southerly secured the Winter Bronze League Final to register her first big win at a National Championships with Tinx. “She goes fast but doesn’t cover the ground, I knew we had to go flat out from the beginning,” said Southerly, who finished second in the 2017 Bronze League Final at HOYS and has competed in the HOYS working hunter for three years. She continued: “She’s grade A now so we can’t do the working hunter at HOYS again because of the rules.” The 13-year-old Carnaval Drum daughter was purchased from breeders Peter and Keith Doyle. “I was breaking-in two-year-old racehorses for Peter’s wife Sally when Tinx (who had been sold) returned, it was perfect timing,” added Southerly, who has produced the mare from British Novice.

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Javito ........................73 Pace ..........................33 Pontoon Petal ...........24 Reilly VIII ...................18 Annaharvey Invictus..15 Rase On Smoky .........15

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Ida Almqvist Ten-year-old Ida Almqvist from Cobham, Surrey secured two impressive wins in April in the Schools League at Pachesham Equestrian Centre. Riding for Leatherhead Trinity School Ida and her pony Bureside Sundial, otherwise known as Sunny, jumped two speedy double clears to take the red rosette in both the 70cm and 80cm classes. Speaking afterwards about her performance Ida said: “Sunny is fun and fast and a very good jumping pony. He can be naughty, but I’m learning to handle him. The competitions have a nice, and a friendly atmosphere and I have made lots of new friends, we all encourage each other and are happy for everybody’s success.” Ida’s mother Suvi added: “Ida and Sunny are a new combination, it has only been a couple of months but they are already doing so well. The ‘Just for Schools’ league is a fantastic opportunity to compete at national level and for Ida to represent her school.” Aiming to move up to the 90cm and 1.00m league classes Ida added “Sunny is a small pony, but he can easily do that.”

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Ten-year-old Katie Bradburne from Hungerford, Berkshire won the 10 Years and Under Style and Performance Final on Runaway Dolly, a 17-year-old dun mare owned by Gee Bradburne at the Winter Pony Championships 2018, which were held at SouthView Equestrian Centre in Wettenhall, Cheshire from 14th to 15th April.

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Katie Vaughan Katie from Lewes, East Sussex was on winning form at Felbridge Showjumping Club, when she partnered her eight-year-old mare, Finessa KM to take the KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Second Round, qualifying for the Final which is to be held at the British Showjumping National Championships in August.


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This month we have been testing a range of fly rugs and masks, plus some fabulous competition clothing to help you look and feel great in the ring this summer. Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Rug Perfect for summer, this versatile sheet can be used in the field or stable. Featuring a cotton upper combined with mesh weave fabric to allow air to circulate, the rug has a generous pleated tail flap, integral neck cover, twin chest fastenings, leg straps, nylon anti-rub shoulder panels and a belly flap with touch and close fastenings. It protects the horse from harmful UV rays and biting insects. Colour: White/Tan Sizes: 5’6”- 7’0” RRP: £65.99 LR Comment: This rug is perfect if your horse’s coat is prone to fading in the sunlight. It offers protection, yet the mesh weave fabric to lower parts of the rug allow the air to circulate. It was generous in size and fitted well. It is a light rug and can easily be popped in the washing machine to keep it looking smart.

Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose Made from unique, patented, durable fabric that is super soft and comfortable whilst offering UV protection. Built to last for many seasons. It is treated with Vamoose insect control technology. Effective against mosquitoes, ticks, flies, midges, plus various other insects. The product remains effective against insects for up to 25 washes. It has a supersized tail flap with silky lining, leg arches, belly protection and V-front closure. The shoulder and mane area is lined to prevent the risk of rubbing and the neck cover is removable. Sizes: 5’0” – 7’3” RRP: £157.95 LR Comment: This is a beautifully designed rug, that has been made to fit well and provide protection against rubbing where needed. The cleverest part is that it comes with its own Vamoose fly protection, so naturally repels flying insects.

Whitaker Midgley Multi-Purpose Turnout and Fly Mesh Rug with Hood The Whitaker Midgley multi-purpose rug is both a Fly Mesh and lightweight turnout rug in one. The seamless light blue top section offers both UV and weather protection, preventing your horse getting wet, whilst the light colours help prevent overheating. The bottom of the rug is made from a bright, fine 135g net, providing both fly protection and breathability. The top-to-tail design features an integrated hood and large tail guard. Colours: Blue/White Sizes: 4’9” – 7’0” RRP: £50 LR Comment: This is such a brilliant fly rug for the changeable British weather. The top part is like a lightweight turnout, keeping your horse dry whatever the weather, but the bottom part is lightweight mesh to keep biting insects away and also helping to keep your horse cooler than if he was wearing a turnout rug.

Absorbine UltraShield Fly Mask The new UltraShield Fly Mask keeps horses cool, dry and comfortable. Offering full-face protection from insects and the sun. The horse size is available with a removable nose option which firmly attaches with a sturdy hook-and-loop closure, particularly beneficial to lighter coloured noses, blocking 80% of harmful UV rays to protect sensitive skin. It has a new improved wide closure at the jowl to keep the mask secure, a new angle to the eye darts to increase protection around the eyes, added coating to the mesh to reduce solar glare, and reinforced double seams for even greater tear resistance.

Ideal Grip Pad This revolutionary non-slip saddle pad is manufactured from soft cotton with a neoprene overlay to support and protect the saddle area. The underside is lined with an exclusive speciality rubber that provides complete adherence to the horse and offers exceptional security. The Grip Pad absorbs sweat and does not pinch or rub, making it a highly effective, protective and comfortable pad. Available in numnah, dressage square, close contact, pony or general-purpose styles. RRP: from £89.00

Sizes: Horse, Cob and Warmblood RRP: from £21.56 LR Comment: This is a tough, durable fly mask, which has been designed with the horse’s comfort in mind. I like the option to be able to remove the nose part of the mask, as not all horses are happy to have their noses covered.

KM Elite Pro Mesh Hybrid Boot KM Elite Pro Mesh Hybrid boots are one of the lightest, most flexible boots on the market and are suitable for all disciplines, including dressage, jumping, polo, racing and schooling. They have an integrated layer that offers superior airflow to cool the leg, but stops sand and dirt passing through. They provide excellent impact and abrasion protection and are designed to stretch slightly to allow movement in the joints, offering outstanding comfort. The Pro Mesh shell and comfort lining do not absorb water which can increase weight and may contribute to boots slipping. These boots offer a glove-like fit due to the naturally hypoallergenic polyolefin closed cell foam which is perforated to increase air flow. This material is perfect for horses with sensitive skin. Colours: Black, White Sizes: Medium, Large RRP: £49.99 LR Comment: These boots are fantastic. They are extremely lightweight and very flexible. I found them perfect for schooling and hacking and they were great in all weather conditions.

LR Comment: This saddle pad has been designed for the competitive rider. It sits perfectly where it is placed and is comfortable for both horse and rider. I really liked the rubber mesh which is underneath the saddle pad, it just made everything feel more secure and comfortable.

Horseware Sara Jersey Competition Top Cool and soft to touch competition top. Made from wicking nylon/spandex with lace back detail. Colour: White Sizes: XXS – XL RRP: £39.95 LR Comment: This is an elegant ladies competition top The fabric feels beautifully soft and the spandex means that it just moves with your body. I love the finishing details, there is fine silver piping to the stock style collar, the short zip is covered, so almost concealed, plus there is a stylish press stud to do up the collar. The little surprise of a panel of lace on the back makes this top truly feminine. I also like that the body was longer than some other tops, which I find can pop out of my breeches when I am jumping.

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Horeware Knitted Softshell Competition Jacket Made from knitted softshell material with ultra stretch. Waterproof and breathable it has metallic piping around the collar. The jacket has zipped pockets and high quality glass buttons to the front. Colours: Black, Chocolate Sizes: XS – XL RRP: £89.95 LR Comment: A smart versatile competition jacket. It has a flattering fit, yet the stretchy fabric allows plenty of movement when jumping. It is waterproof yet lightweight and is perfect for wearing in all weathers. I love the smart detailing, which makes it look unique.

Horseware Ladies Woven Competition Breeches Low waisted stretchy competition breeches with contrast trim pockets to the front. Colour: White Sizes: 24 – 34 RRP: £64.95 LR Comment: Really smart and comfortable breeches. They fitted firmly, so felt supportive, yet the stretchiness in the fabric allowed movement when needed. Great for dressage or show jumping.

Musto Sardinia BR1 Jacket With its superior shower-proof design, this Women’s Sardinia BR1 Jacket has been enhanced by a detachable and adjustable hood with a stiffened peak to keep run-off water away from your face. A lightweight and breathable jacket, the front zip has an internal, roll-over zip guard delivers optimal weather protection while a mesh lining supplies lightweight comfort against your base layer.



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Colours: Platinum, Blue, Black, Navy, Red Sizes: 8 - 18 RRP: £140.00 LR Comment: A lovely lightweight jacket which is very comfortable to wear. It is perfect for wearing to the yard, competitions or just having with you in case there are any summer showers.

KM Elite Pro Grip Glove Lightweight, high quality, close fit gloves, which are made from extra soft washable material. They are reinforced in high wear areas and are anti stain. Colours: Black, White Sizes: 6 - 10 RRP: £19.99 LR Comment: These brilliant gloves are light and comfortable to wear. They look smart and have great grip on the reins, I also found I had good feel and could move all of my fingers easily. The white ones are perfect for dressage.

KM Elite Close Contact Saddlecloth The KM Elite Close Contact Saddlecloth has been specially designed and shaped to fit forward cut saddles, it has a high wither cut to further improve the fit and reduce movement of the saddle cloth. Made from superior KM Elite quilted fabric, with Velcro girth fastenings and D-Ring Velcro attachments for easy fitting. Colours: White, Brown, Black Size: Full RRP: £34.99 LR Comment: Anyone with a forward cut saddle will know how awkward traditional shaped saddlecloths can be sometimes. This fits perfectly. It was comfortable, stayed in place and looked very smart. I wash my saddlecloths very frequently and this came out of the machine looking like new.

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What is Sweet Itch?

Sadly around 5% of the country’s horse population suffer from sweet itch. We all know the symptoms, horses with sore skin, constantly itching, but what exactly is sweet itch and is there anything we can do to prevent it. Here Ed Lyall BvetMed Cert EM MRCVS of the Sussex Equine Hospital explains how it occurs and what can be done to minimise the risk.


weet Itch, or Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis (SSRD), is a problem that affects about 5% of the UK horse population. It is thought that over 50,000 horses in the U.K. suffer from skin allergies in the summer each year. All breeds can be effected but thoroughbred population appears to be less effected. Horses that go on to develop Sweet Itch usually show signs of the disease at a younger age (between one and five-years-old) and it is common for the symptoms to appear first in the autumn. Sweet Itch is an allergic reaction (an immune driven hypersensitivity) to the insect bite of the Culicoides midge and the signs you see are a result of the horse’s over-active immune response. The horse’s body produces an immune response to the insect saliva (which is harmless) and the inflammatory chemicals from the immune reaction damages the horse’s skin. This mechanism is the same as humans who suffer from hay fever. Once the horse starts scratching an itch, the itch sensation becomes greater and this leads to more scratching. This is the itch-scratch cycle that needs to be broken with treatment. The Culicoides midge are most active in twilight, they cannot fly far and do not fly in strong winds, heavy rain or hot, dry conditions. They breed in moist environments and are found near bodies of water. Culicoides are able to breed from late March until the end of October, depending on geographical location. Weather can have a large impact on the number of midges able to breed. Mild damp winters allow breeding to start earlier and mixed summers of rain and sunshine also cause an increase in midge numbers. Symptoms of Sweet Itch range from mild to severe itching (pruritus) and hives (utercaria). The constant rubbing leads to; hair loss, skin thickening and flaky dandruff. Horses usually rub or itch along the mane (base of mane more than pole), back and tail, and in some cases also itch along the legs and under the belly. The constant rubbing and scratching will cause a loss of tail and mane hair. If the rubbing persists then the skin can break causing weeping sores (exudative dermatitis), with a yellow crust. Without attention, sores can suffer secondary infection. Sometimes the sensation is so strong that horses will cause severe damage to themselves or their environment, while in extreme cases, horses cannot tolerate tack on their skin, let alone a rider. Horses can also have behavioural changes including; tail swishing, head tossing, frequent rolling and pacing. Horses may have a general lack of ‘sparkle’, become agitated, impatient and unable to be ridden. Diagnosis is not usually difficult given the clinical signs and time of year. There is no magic treatment for horses suffering from Sweet Itch, only management options.

Horses suffering from sweet itch tend to rub themselves raw in places, such as on the neck, where the mane should be.

swelling or heat over a 24 hour period before using more extensively. Head to tail rugs are effective, but should be worn before the midges start biting to stop the itch-scratch cycle. Rugs will also allow sores to heal and hair to grow back faster.


Once the midges have bitten, the problem then becomes the overactive immune system. This immune response can be dampened with the use of steroids or anti-histamines. Steroids are more effective, but have greater risks of side-affects, such as laminitis, that must be considered. Anti-histamines may bring some relief but the effect is variable and the high dose rates required are sometimes difficult to achieve. Steroids are often successfully used to combat the irritation, but unless they are accompanied by treatment for the underlying cause of the pruritus, a relapse, weeks or months later is likely to be inevitable. There are also immune therapies available but these require a more extensive diagnostic approach and management options should be exhausted first. Cold water hosing and ice packs applied to the irritated areas can also lead to an improvement. Sweet itch typically appears in spring and settles down to virtually disappear during the winter. For this reason, purchasers need to be aware of the potential risk of buying a horse with no symptoms during the winter. Sweet itch is not contagious, but is classified as an unsoundness and, as such, should be declared when a horse is sold. There is anecdotal evidence that stress (e.g. moving to a new home, sickness, or severe injury) can be a factor when mature animals develop Sweet itch. The practice has the back up of the RCVS Accredited Hospital.

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Minimise midge exposure, avoid bodies of stagnant water and if possible move the horses to a more exposed, windy site. Chalk-based grasslands have fewer midges than heavy clay pasture. Stable your horse from about 4pm to 8am when midges are at their worst. Using insect-proof mesh on the windows and door of stables may help, as midges will enter stables. Use strong ceiling fans in stables as midges cannot fly in winds greater than 5 mph. If your horse is seriously puritic then you may have to avoid stabling to minimise things your horse can rub itself on. Use an insect repellent, those containing DEET have been shown to be most effective but you should find a fly repellent that suits you and your horse best. Applying an oil to the most susceptible areas of the horse will reduce biting, as midges dislike oils. Re-application two or three times a day may be necessary, remember any chemical product you intend to apply to your horse should first be tested on a small patch on the neck or flank. Look for any signs of

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SHOW REPORT Jan Ames and Sparky

Samantha Lodge riding Zotti (Zotti is owned by the ride organiser, Judith Yarnold) and Caroline Thompson riding Merlot Anna-Marie Jeffrey on Thornden Park Rocky Rose and Ella Bouvard on Tambrook Trick Me Twice

Endurance GB South East St Clere Pleasure Ride

Virginia Morris on Tilly and Anne Sharp on Clancy

Sandy Ralph on El Ghenz and Michelle Clark on BMJ Picasso

raises funds for Breast Cancer

The St Clere Estate Sevenoaks Kent Sunday13th May 2018 Words by Sally Gee and photos by Zoe Dale both from LRG Photography


pleasure ride offering three distances of 8, 16 and 32km was held on the working farm which forms part of the historic St Clere Estate, in Kent. It’s a downland ride taking in Trig Point, the highest point in Kent, and offering amazing views across the Weald of Kent to Canary Wharf and across the Thames to Southend. It was a wonderful day and a great opportunity to take in parts of the Estate not normally open to the public. This Endurance GB South East ride raises funds for the breast unit at Darent Valley Hospital. Ride organiser, Judith Yarnold was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer four years ago and feels it is important to raise funds and to provide opportunities for people to talk about their worries. Many of the riders have been through chemotherapy etc. Breast Surgeon, Ms Seema Seetharam, and Oncologist, Dr Julia Hall, came along to help on the day and were available to answer any questions about breast cancer. Judith expressed her thanks to her team of helpers, friends and family members who helped her make this a ride to remember. She also said: “With over 140 entries this ride has, again, been amazingly successful. For a large percentage of the riders the

St Clere ride is their first experience of Endurance riding. We are all delighted that everyone had a wonderful day. The St Clere Estate is magical, and we thank the owners for allowing us to use this venue for our ride.” The organisers, Judith Yarnold and Kristina Pettit have received tremendous feedback including the following… “Just wanted to thank you for such a great day yesterday. Wonderful views, excellent organisation and lovely people.” “Just to say how much granddaughter Sophie and I enjoyed the ride yesterday. The weather finally came up trumps and the scenery spectacular. The waymarking was brilliant making it a very relaxing experience.” “Thank you for organising the ride yesterday. Imogen’s first EGB ride, having only done some endurance training and an 8k ride with Pony Club previously. She loved it and is keen to do more” “A big thank you for an excellent ride today. I know how much effort it takes to organise such events so please pass on my thanks to all the team. Route was great, and it was really clearly marked didn’t need the map once!”

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FEED NEWS Even laminitic or overweight horses which are being kept in starvation paddocks, still need access to forage. At least one percent of their body weight per day.

Soaking hay will reduce the calorie content, by leaching out nutrients.

Feeding Tips

for Weight Control and the Laminitis-Prone Equines who are good-doers and put on weight at the drop of a hat, can prove a bit of a headache, at this time of year, as grass is nutritious and plentiful. Every aspect of their management and diet must be considered in order to avoid excessive weight gain and to reduce the risk of laminitis. Jane Buchan of Baileys Horse Feeds explains what you can do to help your good-doer.

Forage Intake

Sunny frosty mornings are also to be avoided when the temperature is too cool for grass to grow but the sunlight encourages photosynthesis and the resultant fructan is stored rather than being used for grass growth. Aside from fructan levels, whilst grass provides essential fibre, it is also a calorific forage and intake may need managing simply to avoid weight-gain. Options range from strip grazing, to maintaining nearly “bald” paddocks (electric fencing) to grazing muzzles.

Overweight or laminitis-prone equines should never be starved as this can cause further metabolic complications. Forage intake must not fall below the equivalent of 1% of the horse’s bodyweight per day and, for those on a strict diet, will need to be weighed.

Although haylage may have a lower overall sugar content than hay, it is generally higher in calories so is best avoided for good-doers. To reduce calorie content, hay should be soaked for several hours to leach nutrients out, although care should be taken in warmer weather as the soaking water can become unpleasant.

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As an alternative to haynets, consider other forage-extending devices, like hay grazers/bags, hay balls or bins, which can slow forage consumption while minimising the horse’s frustration when trying to access the forage.

For the laminitic, the emphasis is on limiting starch intake which means avoiding cereals. This should not be at the expense of other essential nutrients, however, which are best provided by a low calorie balancer, supplying protein, vitamins and minerals to support hoof growth, health and well-being, without the calories associated with a mix or cube.

Remember the importance of exercise in avoiding weight-gain or encouraging weight-loss. Even “pet ponies” can be kept on the move by having to walk round their box/paddock for forage by tying several small nets in different places.

Most balancers also contain pre and/or probiotics to support gut health; this is of paramount importance to the laminitic as bacterial populations in the hindgut are compromised during an attack.

The antioxidants provided by balancers are also important as free radical levels within the body increase as a result of stress or illness, like laminitis.

Feeding the correct amount of a balancer each day, plus some low calorie chaff, if desired, is a good way to ensure the horse or pony receives all the essential nutrients it needs, whereas “fortified chaffs” are often under-fed so the animal misses out.

The laminitis-prone who need to gain condition are best provided with additional calories in the form of highly digestible fibre provided by the likes of unmolassed beet pulp, alfalfa chaff or combinations of the two. High oil supplements are also useful and ideally contain the additional antioxidants required to optimise the metabolism of the oil.

Using small-holed haynets and/or a net within a net will help a small amount last longer. Lengthy periods without forage are also to be avoided as they risk gastric ulcers or other digestive upsets.

Alternative forage sources include low calorie chaffs, some of which have a lower calorie content than average hay and which can be fed in larger quantities to add variety to the good-doer’s diet. Soaked unmolassed beet pulp is also useful as a small amount, dry weight, soaks up to a large volume, to keep a horse chewing without providing many calories. “Fortified” chaffs, which contain vitamins and minerals, can replace both the forage and bucket feeds but must be fed at recommended levels in order to provide a fully balanced diet. This can seem a large volume so look at the back of the bag and consider the horse/pony’s total forage/concentrate ration as a whole.

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Whether overweight or not, a susceptible equine’s access to pasture should be carefully managed. Fructan content of grass varies according to light intensity, temperature and stage of growth. Current recommendations suggest that the safest time to turn out is late at night and for them to come in my mid-morning.

Free copy of Baileys’ Workbook For your free copy of Baileys’ Equine Weight Loss Programme workbook, contact Baileys Horse Feeds on, telephone 01371 850247 or visit

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for Laminitis and Weight Control With fields full of grass it is important to keep an eye on your horse’s waistline, particularly if he or she is prone to laminitis. Here we take a look at some feeds and supplements suitable for the ‘good doer’ and those prone to laminitis. Mollichaff HoofKind Complete

Equine America Lamigard TRT

Mollichaff HoofKind Complete is made from a balanced blend of high quality oat straw, dried alfalfa and fibre pellets and soya oil with added vitamins and minerals, trace elements, including magnesium and natural plant-based antioxidants, as well as added biotin. It is low in starch and sugar, high in fibre and does not contain any cereals. It provides a low level but high quality protein and restricted calories to give limited, controlled energy from high quality digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients, making it an excellent feed for good doers as well as those prone to laminitis. Mollichaff HoofKind Complete can be used as the sole bucket feed when fed at the recommended levels as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement.

Lamigard TRT is a highly effective supplement for horses and ponies and can be used at high levels in the short term, and at a maintenance level for long term health. Lamigard TRT will help your horse’s feet stay healthy all year round and will complement a careful feeding regime. It can also be fed to the in-foal and lactating mare.

Rowen Barbary Forage ‘n’ Fibre For horses in low levels of work and good doers who are often put on restricted grazing Forage ‘n’ Fibre is ideal to use to balance the forage given supplying all the essential vitamins and minerals whilst keeping energy and calories to a minimum. Forage ‘n’ Fibre contains a natural blend of forages and fibres providing the horse with all the necessary nutrients required for overall health and vitality whilst keeping energy levels low. With high fibre levels this helps ensure slow rates of digestion throughout the hind gut and helps to maintain gut health. As it contains no cereals and is very low in starch and sugars it is well suited to horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis.

TopSpec Antilam TopSpec AntiLam is a pelleted multi-supplement designed to provide 5-way nutritional support for those prone to, being treated for, or recovering from laminitis. AntiLam is used and recommended by nutritionists, vets and farriers. AntiLam is a brilliant formulation combining several supplements with a high-fibre, very low-calorie carrier to make it palatable. The formula is very low in sugar and starch and cereal-grain-free, making it ‘Non-Heating.’ Long-term trials at Middle Park Laminitis Research Unit have shown that horses and ponies on restricted/poor grazing do not gain any weight when fed AntiLam. It can also be used very successfully as part of a calorie-controlled diet when weight loss is required. AntiLam should be fed on its own with forage. The forage can be in the form of latecut, low-sugar, hay and/or unmolassed chops e.g. TopChop Lite, or controlled grazing, or a combination of these, depending on the individual circumstances. It includes high levels of a pure, protected yeast to help maintain near-neutral (normal and healthy) conditions in the hindgut. Additional MOS (mannan oligosaccharides) to support the yeast and boost the immune system. Plus, generous levels of anti-oxidants including vitamins A, C and E plus selenium neutralise the excess free-radicals that have been increased by stress.

Hilton Herbs Insu-Lite

The Lifeforce Range from Alltech

Insu-Lite is a dry herbal feed supplement containing herbs such as psyllium, garlic, and ginger, and formulated to help horses and ponies classed as “good do-ers”. Insu-Lite can be used for animals that struggle to maintain a healthy bodyweight, by helping to maintain normal blood glucose and levels of circulating hormones such as insulin. Insu-Lite should be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise programme.

The equine digestive system is an incredibly complex structure that can easily be disrupted, causing digestive upset which can have a knock-on effect on overall wellbeing, energy, efficiency of the immune system and performance in competition horses. There are a number of factors implicated in causing this unbalance to the digestive system, many of which can easily be rectified with good management. The most common causes include insufficient fibre, excess starch in the diet, stress and age. The Lifeforce Range of all-natural, daily digestive aid supplements from Alltech is designed to benefit horses of every stage of life, from breeding stock to pleasure and performance animals.

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Feed news Equine America Progest The horse’s hind gut is full of bacteria which aids the breakdown and digestion of fibre. Stress from training, competition, a change in management, yard or food, can have a negative effect on this, reducing the horse’s ability to digest and absorb food correctly. Progest contains yeast products which aid the bacteria in the hind gut, optimising digestion and, therefore, increasing the nutrients gained from the food. Progest should also be given after any treatment with antibiotics as these will affect the population of hind gut bacteria. Progest should be fed daily as a course in the situations stated above.

Equine America Uls-Gard Uls-Gard contains ingredients to soothe and coat the stomach, providing support against stresses. Uls-Gard should be added to each feed for all competition horses, and those on high concentrate diets and it can continue to be fed whilst the horse is in competition. Available in pellets and liquid, it can be used for maintenance and can also be given orally to foals prone to loose stools.

Hilton Herbs GastriX Plus GastriX Plus has been formulated to support optimum digestive function in competition horses and ponies. It is a liquid herbal supplement which helps support balanced pH levels and maintain optimum nutrient absorption. Perfect for horses with limited turnout or a stressful environment. It is formulated in accordance with the FEI’s initiative for Clean Sport GastriX Plus has been independently tested free of common feed contaminants.

Other Feed News Dodson & Horrell Classic Fibre Cubes Dodson & Horrell High Fibre Nuts have been renamed Classic Fibre Cubes and are in now store with a new look and improved formula. Dodson & Horrell Classic Fibre Cubes are a low calorie, low intake, grain free, non-heating maintenance feed for all horses and ponies including Laminitics. The new formula now has less starch and sugar, no added salt and less sodium than its predecessor. It still has the optimum level of chelated vitamins and minerals you would expect from a Dodson & Horrell feed, but now with increased levels of vitamin B1, B2 & B6 to assist with amino acid metabolism and energy production. The improved formula also has a higher level of Folic Acid, added alfalfa and extra Biotin to support hoof health. Dodson & Horrell’s continued nutritional research has meant it was time to update this popular product with a winning formula suitable for today’s market. It isn’t just the human nutritional industry who are aware of what’s good for us on the inside, with messages of reduced salt and added vitamins we are now all more aware of providing this sensible nutrition for our animals too.

Equerry Cool Mix For horses at rest or in light work Equerry High Fibre Cubes are high in fibre, are cereal-grainfree and low in starch and sugar. The energy level is similar to hay at 8.5 MJ/kg making them ideal for horses needing a ‘Non-Heating’ feed or for good-doers that need a low calorie intake. Feeding Equerry High Fibre Cubes will provide your horse with vitamins and minerals including magnesium. Equerry Cool Cubes or Cool Mix are a great choice for those in light work as they are low energy and high in fibre making them suitable for fizzy horses whilst ensuring their vitamin and mineral requirements are met.

NAF Five Star Respirator Boost NAF Five Star Respirator Boost supports clear healthy breathing, maintaining the condition of the respiratory mucosal immune system and the delicate capillary blood vessels that surround the lungs, optimising aerobic capacity. An additional synergistic blend of natural antioxidants, working alongside the unique respiratory support of echinacea for a unique natural complex. Respirator Boost is also recommended where close contact with other horses or ponies showing respiratory stress may occur, for those travelling regularly, and for horses or ponies that are stable kept or susceptible to airborne irritants.

Silvermoor Treatsies Silvermoor Treatsies are a brand new treat range that are low in sugar, low in starch and high in fibre. Made using only use the very best quality natural ingredients, they are both irresistibly delicious, yet healthy for your horse too. Choose from Calming Chamomile or Tremendous Turmeric, both herbs have renowned holistic properties and have been used for centuries in alternative medicine. Chamomile flowers have an impressive history of being been used for their calming and comforting properties. Perfect for horse owners looking to bring some calm into their horse’s life. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory power house and has anti-oxidant properties too. Horses and ponies suffering stiffness and those with problem joints, may benefit from having more of this powerful herb in their diet. It has also been attributed to improvements in horses’ coats and skin.

O-Mega Shine O-Mega Shine is a relatively new product for The Animal Health Company. It is a superior oil supplement for your horse. Containing 87% Omega Oils (3, 6 &9) it is ideal for skin and coat condition, as well as general well being. Supplementing at an average of just 15ml a day it is a cost effective product to feed. One customer says: “Results are easily seen, all my horses and now my dog have this daily.” Free UK delivery.

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BLOSSOM RIDE at Wytherling Court, Molash, nr Canterbury CT4 8HX SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018 Starts 10am 10 miles of Countryside Rural Ride, no jumps.

For entry forms send SAE to Geoffrey Jenkins, Kings View, Shottenden Lane, Molash, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 8EZ Tel: 01233 740598, Email:

2018 Events

Please call Caroline on 07587 747675 or visit for details of all our events, training and livery at the yard. Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JL (just 5 minutes from junction 3 of the M25)


Thursday 7th June • Tuesday 10th July • Thursday 2nd August Tuesday 11th September • Thursday 4th October Thursday 1st November • Tuesday 20th November


Sunday 10th June • Sunday 1st July • Sunday 15th July Sunday 5th August • Saturday 15th September Saturday 7th October • Sunday 21st October Sunday 4th November • Sunday 25th November


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Chilham Park, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB Tel: 01227 730811, Mob: 07979 497716

10th June ..............Hunter Trials 28th/29th July ......International BE Horse Trials 9th September......One Day Event 23rd September ... Combined Training/ NOW Eventers Challenge TAKING For further information call 01227 730811



Great Bookham Shows 2018

Showing • Dressage • Show Jumping

Open Shows held on Sundays: 3rd June, 22nd July & 5th August With lots of qualifiers for national and local championships.

Regular unaffiliated and BD Quest dressage, Clear Round & Show Jumping evenings. 6 miles from junction 9 on M25

Full schedules and entries online at Events Secretary, Great Bookham E.C., Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ. Tel 01372 451458, Email

JUNE 2018 1 June, Squirrells Riding School, Pony Day, Ride and make friends and enjoy being round the ponies, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@, 1 June, Wildwoods Riding Centre, Training for BHS Exams Stage 2, 12 weeks, The Stage 1 Course is a useful refresher for candidates for Stage 2 and an opportunity to polish the flatwork. In the stage 2 course the riding section will have the emphasis on the jumping. Ebbisham Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, (Nr Epsom), Surrey, KT20 5BH Telephone: 01737 812146, 2 June, Capricorn Equestrian, Jumping Clinic with Robert Smith, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail., 3 June, Colettes Shows, Showing and Show Jumping Show, Outdoor Summer Shows, Show Jumping and Showing, Willow Farm, Hansletts Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@ 3 June, Great Bookham Shows, Unaffiliated Dressage, Show Jumping and Showing, Show Jumping from lead rein up to 90cm with qualifiers for Sunshine Tour Championships, Wales & West and Chiltern & Thames Rider Championships, Dressage classes from Intro up to Elementary and also junior classes. Qualifiers for Sunshine Tour Championships and Wales & West, Unaffiliated showing with lots of classes including veterans, working hunter, ridden and in hand classes, intro to showing, lots of fun and novelty classes and much more. Qualifiers incluide Sunshine Tour Championships, Equifest, The Showing Register, Chiltern & Thames Rider and The Veteran Horse Society, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email:,

10 June, Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt Open Horse Show and Fun Dog Show, 10 June, Bookham Riding Club, Summer Open Show sponsored by Hearns Farm Supplies, Bookham Riding Club Field, River Lane, Off Randals Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AU, 10 June, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail., 10 June, Chilham Park, Hunter Trials, Chilham Castle Estate, Chilham, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811, 10 June, East Sussex Branch of the Pony Club, One Day Event, ODE/TET& Combined Training Competition at Montague Farm ODE & CT Open to all, TET Pony Club members only, The East Sussex Branch Pony Club Field, Montague Farm, Hankham, Pevensey, Sussex, BN24 5BB, 10 June, Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Open 12 Years and Under Show. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Contact: Gina Kitchener, Telephone: 01737 644255, Email:, http:// 10 June, Posh Nags, Showing South East Show, Showing Show, Saddlesdane Equestrian Centre, Ashford Road, Badlesmere Nr, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0NX, Email:, 10 June, SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse 2018, Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT, uk, 10 June, Southdown Hunt East Pony Club, One Day Event, CDMS Sussex, Wivelsden Farm, North Common Road, Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4EH,

3 June, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Showjumping Show and Fun Showing Show, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049,

10 June, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@,

3 June, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Aimed at competitors of all ages, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ, Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@,

13-17 June, Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show, World-class Show Jumping, International Dressage, and high-end shopping and dining, Bolesworth Castle, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9HQ, Email:,

6 June, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Janine Lamy Cross Country Schooling, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Bramble Reed Lane, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7ET, 7 June, Capricorn Equestrian, Dressage Training Days, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@, 8 June, Great Bookham Shows, Dressage & Clear Round Evening Unaffiliated, MyQuest & TeamQuest dressage & clear round show jumping, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email:, 8 June, Mount Mascal Stables, Friday Evenings Show Jumping, (grass arenas), Nursery stakes 1’6” Starter stakes, 1’9” to 2’ Minimus 2’3” to 2’6” Pairs 2’3” Novice 2’6” (indoor if poor weather), Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Telephone: 020 8300 3947, 9-10 June, The Rockbourne Ride, Endurance Ride, Endurance GB, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Contact: Pauline Beach, Telephone: 01202 825010,

16 June, Colettes Shows, Denne Hill ODE & Hunter Trial, One Day Event, Eventer’s Challenge & Hunter Trials, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 6HD Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@, 16 June, East Sussex Branch of the Pony Club, Summer Show, Open to all, classes for everyone, The East Sussex Branch Pony Club Field, Montague Farm, Hankham, Pevensey, Sussex, BN24 5BB, 16 June, Mount Mascal Stables, Saturday Summer Dressage Series, (grass arenas), plus combined training, Intro B, Prelim 7 & 12, Jumping 1’9” to 2’6”, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Telephone: 020 8300 3947, 16 June, Speedgate Events, Unaffiliated Team Dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@, 17 June, Colettes Shows, Denne Hill Annual Show, Denne Hill Horse Show, Show Jumping, Dressage, and Showing, Denne Hill, Womenswold, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 6HD Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@,

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To advertise here, call 01892 863062 or email: 17 June, Great Bookham Shows, SEWPCA Showing Show, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email:, 17 June, The Rockbourne Ride, Open Horse Trials, Wilton Pony Club, Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PB, Contact Fran Lockyear, Telephone: 01725 517735, 17 June, Speedgate Events, Julia Buckle Polework Clinic, Achive more suppleness in flatwork and learn new exercises to help your horse to be softer and rounder. Teaches you exercises for more varied schooling and to improve your dressage, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@, 20 June, Speedgate Events, Andrew Day Clinic, Andrew is an international event and dressage rider and trainer and a senior instructor and lecturer of the TTT with over 20 years’ experience. Attain a thorough understanding of the classical system of Dressage training, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Kim Atkinson, Telephone: 07834 170830, Email: events@, 21 June, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Evening Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail., 21-24 June, The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby, International and National Show Jumping, Scurry Driving, Showing Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship, Shopping, The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex, RH17 5NU 23-24 June, Tweseldown, Unafiliated Horse Trials, 60cm to 90cm, Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8AD, Email: tweseldown@, 23 June, Speedgate Events, In-Hand and Open Showing Show, A variety of In-hand and ridden classes, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Contact: Karen, Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@, 24 June, Ashford Valley Hunt Pony Club, Open to all, Open One Day Event, PC Area 11 Qualifier and PC Grassroots qualifier, 60cm to 100cm classes, Bonfleur XC Course, Bonfleur Lane, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4BD, Telephone: 0778 771063, http://branches., 24 June, Denmead Horse Shows, Summer Show, Showjumping and Showing, Qualifiers for BSPA, BPS, TGCA, BSPPS, MHOYS,


Qualifiers for BSPA, BPS, TGCA, BSpPS, MHOYS, RoR, SSADL, BMHS, TSR, SWPA, Sunshine Tour, South Downs Series etc

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Autumn Show & Fun ODE 9th September

TSR & SDSS Qualifiers and Finals

ROR, SSADL, BMHS, TSR, SWPA, Sunshine Tour, South Downs series etc, Denmead, Hampshire, 24 June, F S Events, Dressage, Warrigal Farm, Bean, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8EH, Telephone: 07957 76596, 24 June, Newlands Corner Riding Club, Open Unaffiliated Dressage & Showing Show, The Club Field, Hollister Farm, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9TD, Telephone: 01483 205049, 24 June, Pyrford Saddle Club, Open Show, In Hand, and Ridden Classes for everyone, friendly, encouraging, great fun. £50 In Hand Championships. Super prizes, rosettes and money, Fun Jumping Classes, Novelty, Gymkhana, Pyrford Common, Pyrford Common Road, Old Woking, Surrey, GU22 8UD, Telephone: 07951 477825, www. 27 June, Great Bookham Shows, Dressage & Clear Round Evening Unaffiliated, MyQuest & TeamQuest dressage & clear round show jumping, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email:, 30 June, Capricorn Equestrian, Jumping Clinic with Robert Smith, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail.,

JULY 2018 1 July, Capricorn Equestrian, Unaffiliated Dressage Competition, Intro, Prelim, and Novice, Capricorn Farm, Crockenhill Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JL, Telephone: 07587 747675, Email: capricornequestrian@hotmail., 1 July, Colettes Shows, White Horse Farm Show Jumping and Showing, Including TSR Reginal Champs. White Horse Farm, White Horse Lane, Harvel, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0UE, Telephone: 07949 096086, Email: cbequine@,

fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ‘The Garden of England’ has to offer, for the whole family, cookery demonstrations, live music and the Food and Farming education area. Plus Household Cavalry Musical Ride in the main ring, Showjumping classes, Showing classes, Scurry Driving, Heavy Horses, (Schedules online), Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF, Telephone: 01622 633060,

2’9”, Also Pairs Classes, Have a go round £10 on the day, Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW Telephone: 020 8300 3947,

7 July, Mount Mascal Stables, Mount Mascal Summer Challenge, an exciting Cross Country & Show Jumping course built across our Outdoor Grass Arenas, Classes: 1’9” to 2’ (true beginners), 2’ to 2’3”, and 2’6” to

8 July, Bookham Riding Club, Afternoon Dressage & Show Jumping, Bookham Riding Club Field, River Lane, Off Randals Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AU,

7-9 July, Tweseldown, BE Horse Trials (TW3), 80cm Novice, Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8AD, Email: tweseldown@,


Denmead Show Jump Services

Denmead, Hampshire PO7 6UA

Telephone Virginia on 07809 174513 for a quote

We offer a friendly, experienced transport service for your horse, based in Heathfield, East Sussex Transport to the vet, shows, new yard, collect or deliver a new horse, etc. DEFRA, WATO Approved, Fully Insured


Alexander has been making show jumps for Denmead Horse Shows for the last ten years. He is now taking orders for anyone interested from small Paddock Jumps to show jumps and Working Hunter fences. Wings, poles, fillers, etc Traditional or safety track.

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FERAL CATS MAKE GREAT PEST CONTROL OFFICERS IN STABLES. We have many healthy, neutered ferals that need understanding homes. Please contact Terri on 07947 664539 for a chat.

Please call to make a donation

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1 July, Wildwoods Riding Centre, Training for BHS Exams PTT, 12 weeks, aimed at students wishing to take the BHS Stage 2 Teach exam, open to all, Ebbisham Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, (Nr Epsom), Surrey, KT20 5BH Telephone: 01737 812146, 4 July, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Janine Lamy Cross Country Schooling, Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course, Bramble Reed Lane, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7ET, 6-8 July, Kent County Show, A showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life, the very best of Kent with animals and food,

Ashford Valley Hunt Pony Club

One Day Event 24th June 2018 Open to all Bonfleur XC course, Linton, Nr Maidstone To include PC Area 11 qualifier and PC Grassroots qualifier. 60cm to 100cm classes

Schedule via Or SAE: Seymour Cottage, Forest Rd, Denmead, PO7 6UA

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Localrider Magazine June 2018 sample  

Sample of our June 2018 issue the full edition which features Show Reports & News from across the South East. With Royal Windsor Horse Show,...

Localrider Magazine June 2018 sample  

Sample of our June 2018 issue the full edition which features Show Reports & News from across the South East. With Royal Windsor Horse Show,...