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September 2012

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Contents September 2012



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Rider Focus – Philip Spivey Liphook Equestrian Hospital Open Day Golden Moments from Greenwich An exciting year for British Breeding Part VI Insurance Q&As Don’t give thieves and easy ride! Positional Pointers Charlotte plays it safe Create the perfect turnout environment for your horse Calm & Collected Laminitis – a year round problem Autumn Laminitis Help the aged Could your laminitic pony live at home?

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News Spotlight – Victoria Ayling British Showjumping News The diary of Figaro Flyer Sarah Millis’ diary Laura’s Diary Regional Roundup From Darley to Dressage Tried & Tested – Lightweight Turnouts Show Dates

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Father Figure – Rod Stevens Classifieds The trials & tribulations of Oli Lawrence Reader of the Month – Pippa Moon Coming Next Month

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Chilham Castle Horse Trials Brightling Horse Trials Somerley Park Horse Trials NAF Five Star Hartpury Horse Trials The Longines Royal International Horse Show Riding School Championships at Hickstead BEF Futurity Evaluations BYRDS Inter Regionals New Forest Riding Club Annual Show Crabbett Park Hunter Trials SEIB Search for a Star – Wellington Riding Sevenoaks Riding Club Show Jumping Show Sunshine Tour – Great Bookham

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have to start this month by writing about Greenwich. The test event last year was amazing, one of the best events I have ever been to and I did wonder if the real thing would match up to it. It did and was several times better. Very few of us will ever experience again an event, which is not only sold out, but where the crowd are so supportive and enthusiastic about the sport they are watching. To see our riders win medals in all three disciplines, is a memory that will live with me for a long long time. We went to print early last month in order to have the August issue with us at Hickstead. The first few days were quiet, but when the sun shone at the weekend, the crowds soon arrived and it was lovely as always to meet so many of you at our stand. Turn to page 36 for RIHS Report. There has been lots to fit in this issue and if you sent something in for inclusion, don’t worry, it is probably already included in the October issue. Summer is a busy time of year for Pony Club members, with Area competitions, National Championships and of course, Pony Club Camp. Turn to page 48 to see Part 1 of our Pony Club Camp series. There are lots of competitions scattered throughout the magazine and for your chance to win, turn to page 88. Finally as autumn approaches remember the threat of ‘autumn laminitis’. This year has been particularly wet and the fields are lush and green and the experts are suggesting that there could be more cases this year than ever before. Turn to page 78 to find out what you can do to help your horse stay healthy and fit and avoid this debilitating condition. Whatever you have planned for this autumn, have fun and remember we love to hear what you have been up to.



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Please contact Fiona on 01892 863062 or email 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

Priory Equestrian Opens Rehabilitation Service Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre has announced the opening of a Rehabilitation Unit, a new facility that is available not just to existing liveries, but external clients too. This latest service is aimed at supplementing the existing facilities at the BHS Approved Bilsington yard, where a designated vets room complete with stocks and solarium, is under the supervision of yard manager Tammy Collins, herself a qualified veterinary nurse. The Centre has a separate barn designated for any short term liveries requiring rehabilitation procedures, and will also hire the facility out for visiting ‘outpatients’. “We are always looking at ways to improve our services and maintain our reputation as one of the top yards in the South East,” said proprietor Libby Lawson. “We’ve recently acquired a Zamar Therapy unit to compliment our range of Equissage and Magnetic Pulse units and will continue looking for ways in which we can improve our recuperation and rehabilitation services for clients.” Zamar therapy is a simple and non-invasive therapeutic practice offering thermo and cryotherapy, using compression wraps and boots to precisely treat specific injuries. More information can be found at Contact: Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre, Priory Road, Bilsington TN25 7AU. Telephone 01233-721770

Cross Country action in Sussex The South of England Horse Trials take place at the Ardingly Show Ground over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd September. With action including a CIC* and CIC** it is hoped many of the country’s leading event riders will be taking part. Past riders have included Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Pippa Funnell, Paul Tapner and Francis Whittington. Entry is £10 per car including all of the passengers. There are trade stands, catering and a licenced bar and is guaranteed to be a great day out for all the family. Don’t miss the thrills and spills of eventing, watch the elegance of dressage, the pressures of show jumping and the bravery of the cross country phase. For more information visit www.

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he London Riding Horse Parade dates back to 1938 and 1939 when competitions were held in Hyde Park with the objective of raising the standard of turnout of riders in Rotten Row. However, the outbreak of WW2 halted the competition and it was not until 1965, when the South London Branch of the Pony Club sought assistance from the BHS to re-establish the event, that this condition and turnout competition was re-established. There were 104 entries in the 1965 competition and the event has taken place every year since with a record breaking 134 entries in 1973! Historically, the parade has always taken place on the first Sunday in August. However, the changing face of equestrianism in London has meant that entries have dwindled over the years – many of the horses and riders who would have traditionally taken part in the parade are on holiday during July and August. For the first time in 2011, the Parade took place in October, to outstanding success – with over 60 horse and rider combinations taking part. After discussion with the Royal Parks a new date for 2012 has been secured and the Parade will take place at Rotten Row, Hyde Park on Sunday 21st October. The event was originally open to riders who stabled their horses within a 15 mile radius of Hyde Park but today the event is open to all. Entry numbers will be strictly limited this year, so anyone wishing to take part in the parade needs to get their entries in as soon as possible. More information on the event along with the schedule and entry forms can be found on the official website – or by emailing Claire McCaffery-Clarke at claire. Right: 2011 Supreme Champion Paula Keeley riding Disraeli being presented with her trophy by Joyce Bellamy, president of the LRHP

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ina Cook, Silver medallist at London 2012 Olympics, is set to begin a new career as a trainer of point to point horses. She will train Peplum, a nine-year-old winner of four races (three chases and a hurdle) for Heart of the South Racing. Eloise Penny said: “He is a tough and sound individual once rated 129 over fences. Under the expert care of horsewomen Tina, we strongly believe Peplum will make an excellent point to point horse and Heart of the South is thoroughly looking forward to this new venture managing Point to Point syndicates.” “Point to Pointing is amateur horse racing over steeplechase fences running from November to June. It is a very popular event and great social occasion which we plan to enjoy with picnics at some meetings for the Owners of PEPLUM.”

Shop ’til you Drop at Your Horse Live 2012 With more than 300 exhibitors, Your Horse Live is the shopping event of the year! The two days combine incredible shopping with fantastic demonstrations from top celebrities, for a fun-filled weekend. Check out the Your Horse Live team’s tips for advice on how to make the most of the greatest equine event in the calendar! The show is held on November 10 and 11 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee your place and receive great savings - visit The Your Horse Live website is packed with the latest information, news and ticket offers. • Plan your visit. Take some time beforehand to ensure you make the most of the event. • Arrive early. Pick up your free show guide so you can see exactly where all your favourite stands are. Browse then buy. Take a look around the stands first thing before it gets too busy then plan exactly what you want to buy and take home. • Bring your Christmas list! The show is a great place for Christmas shopping, so bring a list of people to buy for so you don’t leave anyone out. • Stay stylish. Pick up the season’s latest fashion items, whether it’s a new quilted jacket for the winter or some patterned wellington boots, you’re sure to find them at Your Horse Live. Your Horse Live may boast extensive shopping, but that’s only the start, each day is packed full of demonstrations from top celebrity riders including Mary King, Ben Maher, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. To book your tickets in advance and save money visit www. or call 0844 581 0770. Hotline closes on Monday 5th November at midday.

Can you give me a home? Binki is a tabby and white young mum with two kittens. She is now spayed and vaccinated and ready for being homed. She has two playful kittens one is black and the other is black and white. Binki is now separated from her kittens, and has flourished. She is a really affectionate lady who loves fuss and attention. This little family was taken in by Pussy Cat Lodge as they were found abandoned. If you would like to give Binki a home, please call Jennie on 01277 811904

Meadowlea Saddlery Sale Meadowlea Saddlery is holding a sale from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th October. There will be lots of great offers in store including this season’s range of Christmas gifts and cards. There will be free tea, coffee and soft drinks available. Plus have a go at the raffle for your chance to win an amazing top prize. Come along and have a look at the wonderful range of equestrian goodies in the recently expanded showroom. Unit 1 Brocklands Farm, Alton Road (A32), West Meon, Hampshire GU32 1JN Tel: 01730 829968 / 07979 052423.

Essex Millers Invest in Lincolnshire Processing Facility On Thursday 12th July, Essex millers W&H Marriage and Sons Ltd acquired the Driby Top business of Micronized Food Products Ltd. The Driby Top site in Lincolnshire was one of two sites that Micronized Food Products operated and Marriage’s Specialist Foods Ltd will trade from the site as a wholly-owned subsidiary of W&H Marriage and Sons. Micronized Food Products’ business at Northallerton will continue unchanged, serving customers in the agriculture, equine, petfood and brewing sectors as done currently. Marriage’s will maintain all the current products from Driby Top and intends to supply further products, services and opportunities for customers and suppliers in the future. A strong operational partnership will remain between Marriage’s and Micronized Food Products. Colin Miller, Managing Director of Micronized Food Products for the last 12 years, will continue to work across both businesses, along with other existing staff. Mr Miller commented: “‘Marriage’s investment in Driby Top opens an exciting new chapter for the business and its staff. The involvement of Marriage’s will provide an array of exciting new opportunities and I look forward to working closely with them in the future.” Combining the production capabilities of Driby Top with their existing site, Chelmer Mills in Chelmsford, will strengthen the Marriage’s ranges of poultry, equine and livestock feeds. It will also extend their offering to include additional processed and blended ingredients, and wild bird foods. Joint Managing Director, Peter Marriage said: “We are very excited about the opportunities the Driby Top business will bring to our operations. We have excellent facilities in Chelmsford and the additional processes at Driby Top will allow us to offer even more to our customers.”

Parasites to Control in the Autumn As well as being infected with roundworms and bots during summer grazing, horses also become infected with tapeworms by eating forage mites, present in summer pasture and in hay and bedding over the winter. This exposes them to tapeworm infection all year round. A treatment for tapeworm is therefore recommended twice per year, once in the autumn and once in the spring. In a trial (Coles et al 2003) EQUIMAX, the original combination wormer that contains Ivermectin and Praziquantel, demonstrated 99% efficacy against bots and 100% efficacy against tapeworms. This makes it an excellent choice for the treatment of roundworms, tapeworms and bots at the end of the grazing season. For more information contact Virbac Animal Health on 01359 243243 or visit

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NEWS Massive Rug Stock Clearance Sale Maxima Equestrian are holding a massive rug stock clearance sale for one day only on Saturday 6th October - 12-4pm at Bodiam International Arena, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ. There will be a wide range of rugs on offer at hugely discounted prices, including combo and detachable neck 1200 denier turnout rugs from £49.99 (inclusive of neck cover). There will also be combo stable rugs, under rugs, fleece rugs, fly rugs and many more...including many early Xmas present ideas - fleece saddle covers, grooming kits, welly sox, handwarmers, bandages and headcollar/rope sets all at bargain prices. Maxima equestrian offer quality horse wear at fantastically low prices. You won’t find us in your local tack shop as we purchase directly from the manufacturers and sell directly to you which means that we can pass on the huge savings! Don’t buy your winter rugs until you see what we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you at our ‘One Day Only Sale’ on Saturday 6th October 2012. Come along and grab some bargains! Tel: 01580 878123 - 07800 716019.

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t’s never too late to rekindle or discover a love of horses and from September 2012 Bedgebury will be running a series of weekly group coaching sessions called ‘Take Back the Reins’ designed to encourage new and lapsed riders back into the saddle in a social and relaxed environment. Selected as a Kent riding centre by Hoof, the Equestrian Legacy brand of the British Equestrian Federation, Bedgebury Park is now part of the 2012 initiative to get more people into equestrian sport. Riding just once a week can boost your sense of wellbeing and help to keep you feeling healthy. With the right instruction and a schoolmaster horse to give you confidence, it’s amazing how quickly you’ll get going again. Your riding will be professionally assessed and together with your instructor you will decide upon a personal goal to aim for at the end of your course. This could be jumping a small fence or going for a hack in Bedgebury forest. The courses will run midweek and at weekends. See for further information and prices or email to register. will be launching the complete online equestrian marketplace at this year’s Horse of the Year Show. To celebrate the launch we are offering you the chance to win a pair of Premium Ringside tickets for the Friday evening performance at Horse of the Year Show “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”. This dynamic yet easy to use new website has been designed to offer the ultimate package for both the end user and advertiser. With simple searches and clear navigation the site will lead you to the perfect new equine partner, service or product, and with its unique advanced search you can widen or narrow your criteria to meet your exact requirements and even view your results on the interactive map. In addition, has forged strong relationships with several leading riders including Emile Faurie, Laura Renwick, Julie Templeton and Flora Harris. They will bring their wealth of experience and expertise to your fingertips where the training section of the site will host free tutorial videos and content bringing advice and top tips to all visitors of the website.


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Spanish Riding School’s 2012 UK Tour Team GB dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin will be proudly showing off their team and her individual gold medal at their appearance on the UK tour of The Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Great Britain’s dressage riders won team gold and landed their first title in Olympic history followed an outstanding victory for Charlotte Dujardin in the individual. Britain had never previously won an Olympic dressage medal, which underlines the magnitude of their achievement Charlotte will give a ridden demonstration to the audience with Carl explaining what the rider does to achieve some of the Grand Prix movements, how they train the horses to do them and show why both these riders earned their Gold medals. Charlotte commented: “It was my ultimate dream just to compete in the Olympics and to win two gold medals was just amazing! The response we’ve had has been incredible, we seem to have inspired lots of people and sparked a real interest in our sport. We’ve had so many people asking us where they can watch dressage and so to be asked to open for the wonderful Spanish Riding School of Vienna in the UK seemed like a perfect opportunity. I just can’t wait!” Charlotte’s trainer and British team mate Carl added: “Performing in the Olympics was truly momentous. I am still dying with pride. To win

gold with such a phenomenal team was just amazing! And then to watch Charlotte win an individual gold was outstanding. This really has sparked a new era for British dressage and it’s great that Charlotte and I will be able to showcase our sport in Birmingham later this year!” Following this Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Lee Pearson – who is just about to defend his Paralympic Gold – will perform a sequence to music showing that able bodied and para riders can achieve harmony with horses. They will be amusing everyone with their behind the scenes stories of the London 2012 Olympics together with host for the show TV presenter Nicki Chapman. The Spanish Riding School of Vienna tour will take place in Birmingham at the NIA on 16th, 17th and 18th November. Not only will visitors get to watch a medal winning Olympian but will be treated to stunning displays from the white Lipizzaner stallions. Marvel at the trust and harmony between horse and rider during the in-hand work, sit back and enjoy the foot-perfect quadrille and look on in amazement as the stallions carry out their famous airs above the ground. To ensure you don’t miss out on seeing the world’s most famous school of equitation on home ground and to see Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Lee Pearson book your tickets today. Sure to be a sell-out, early booking will

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ocal readers may have spotted international show jumper Philip Spivey competing recently at the Royal International Horse Show, where he returned home with five placings for his top horses, including a second for Little John, pictured, as well as the good placings for Ramidor, Virginia and Smirnov. “It was a great show and a relief for it not to have been affected by the recent, adverse weather,” he says. Born in Nepal, Philip developed his passion for horses in India, where he Philip is working with WOW lived with his family. He Saddles on a prototype jumping saddle, pictured here later moved to the UK to train with former British Team Chef d’Equipe, Ronnie Massarella, also obtaining his BHSAI qualification; he then worked for two years for Robert Smith, where he became stable jockey to Robert’s string of show jumpers, before moving to Belgium, where he rode for show jumper Ludo Philippaerts. “It was a wonderful experience to train with leading riders and develop my own techniques. Ludo, for example, trained me in the European methods of working with and developing horses, and it was here I had my first taste of international success, being runner up in the Grand Prix at the CSI-B in Mechelen,” Philip remembers. He later came back to England to set up his own yard to train and produce young horses for both himself and other owners, and was first selected to represent Great Britain in the CSI-B in New Delhi in 1998, where he won Individual Gold in the Grand Prix, also being part of the British gold-medal winning team. Philip has since represented Britain eight times on British Nations Cup teams, including the Aachen and Falsterbo super leagues. He continues to train riders of all calibres and competes internationally, saying he is thrilled to be working with WOW Saddles. “Obviously, comfort and performance are key for show jumping horses, which is why I was interested in the concept of WOW saddles, from First Thought Equine. The carbon fibre tree is excellent for allowing equine stretch and extension through the back and shoulders when jumping, and the Flair air bag flocking really appeals to me, as it increases pressure distribution over the horse’s back. It is also great for cold-backed or generally sensitive horses,” Philip states.

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Are you in the process of bringing on a jumping horse? Here are Philip’s tips to help adapt the horse’s canter stride between fences. This exercise works on adapting rhythm within the horse’s length of stride in canter - an essential skill when jumping. It is also very good for improving the rider, as it teaches them to sit still as the stride lengthens and shortens. • Having warmed up, ask your assistant to place three ground poles in the middle of the working area or manege, with four horse strides distance between each pole – this distance measures around 55ft/16.8m.

• Canter over the poles in a good rhythm – you ideally need to ride four equal strides between the first two poles, and then four equal strides to the third pole, without adjustment. • Ride a straight line in canter through the poles; aim for four strides between the first and second pole, and four between the second and third pole. When consistently getting this, repeat with five strides between each. • Next, ask for five strides between the first and second pole, and four strides between the second and third – so you are now lengthening your horse’s stride as you go down the line. • Now ask for four strides between the first and second pole, and five strides between the second and third – so you are shortening your horse’s stride as you go down the line.. You shouldn’t be attempting to ride a course of jumps until you and your horse find this simple exercise easy – as going up and down the ‘gears’ and lengthening and shortening the horse’s stride is essential to safe riding when in a jumping arena. Work on containing your horse’s energy beneath you and keeping a regular rhythm.

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Insurance Q&As Q A My daughter is looking to join BE this summer and I have been told by other mothers I should let my insurance company know, is this true and why is this?

You have been given the correct advice. It is important to keep your insurance company up to date with any changes, such as a change of use or moving yards. If this is your daughter’s first BE event it is likely that the horse is insured for hacking, dressage and riding club activities. As eventing is a step up from these activities the risk to the horse becomes greater. Insurance companies provide insurance on the basis of the risk; there are several different categories from just being a companion in the field up to Point to Point and the premium changes to reflect the risk to the horse. Speak to your insurance company they should be happy to provide the extra cover although there is likely to be an increased premium to pay. If your daughter goes eventing with this horse and has an accident or the horse becomes injured, if the correct cover is not in place it is unlikely that the insurer will cover the costs. If you have an insurance question email it to and we will feature the best ones in a future issue.


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Don’t give thieves an easy ride!


o one likes to think of themselves falling victim to burglars however tack theft is on the rise. As saddlery, tack and other accessories are valuable they add up to an attractive opportunity for thieves particularly in these more straitened times. Insuring your saddlery and tack will give you peace of mind and financial security because if it is stolen, the cost of replacing the saddlery and tack, will be covered It also means it will be covered if your tack is damaged in an accident. After all the last thing any of us needs is the added expense of replacing all our precious tack. It is, however, vital that you are vigilant about protecting your tack too. Petplan Equine advises clients to keep their tack locked behind a 5 level mortice lock. This is similar to a chub lock on a front door. Making sure your property is kept secure will ensure you reap the full benefit from your insurance in the event of needing to make a claim. Isabella Von Mesterhazy, Head of Marketing for leading specialist equine insurance provider, Petplan Equine, offers horse owners and those who own and run livery yards some sound advice to help prevent theft in the first place and mitigate its impact should the worst happen:

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• Be vigilant: Make sure you keep alert to any strange sightings around the yard or unexpected visits and where possible record descriptions of people and any vehicles • Lock up: Keep all your equestrian property stored safely and securely. To protect your property and keep within the terms of most insurance policies, tack rooms (or any other building containing equestrian equipment that you do not live in) should be locked with a 5-level mortice deadlock (one that is fitted into the door and frame) and any windows should have steel grids on them. • Out of Sight: When you’re out and about at competitions for example, make sure you keep tack out of sight. If you have to keep tack and equipment in a vehicle, make sure it is locked away in the boot or covered luggage area – if it’s visible it may not be covered by insurance. Insurance companies will not normally pay if you have items stolen from an unlocked vehicle.


• Know their value: It is important if you are intending to insure against theft that you have your items valued and provide valuations to your insurance company in advance.

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• Keep a list: Compile a comprehensive list of all saddlery, tack and equipment, including descriptions, serial numbers and security markings. It is sometimes a good idea to photograph the more expensive items. These should be valued and you should always keep a proof of any purchases. • Know your policy: Although at Petplan Equine we offer new for old cover, which means we pay the cost of replacing your tack with new equivalents. Some insurers however, may only pay what they believe your tack was worth taking into account depreciation/wear and tear in which case accurate records will be vital. • Contact your insurer: In the unfortunate event that you experience a theft, contact your insurer as quickly as possible and have as many of the facts to hand as possible. It will help your insurer if you can provide all the details of items stolen, including valuations, as well as the crime reference number which the police will provide.

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Positional pointers By Stephen Biddlecombe of


et’s look at the different riding positions and how they are achieved. The dressage rider generally has a longer, straighter position than the jumping rider, with a stirrup length that allows his back to flatten out, with the pelvis tilted backwards. There is some debate about the ‘ideal’ position, with many classical enthusiasts favouring the position that places weight on the two seat bones, and also the area of the pubic bone – the three point seat. This generally produces the typical ‘ear, shoulder, hip, heel’ line that is advocated, but in extreme cases, can involve the stirrups being too long and the leg being too straight – this in turn can lead to the rider’s knee almost coming behind the horse’s centre of gravity. Over-large knee blocks aid this position, which can lock the pelvis and cause the riders to ‘pinch’ at the knee. Remember, the knee must be bent to a sufficient degree to act as a shock absorber. Other riders and trainers believe that in dressage riding, the pubic bone should be more lifted, which produces a position with the lower leg slightly more forward. It is true to say that the horse’s experience (and thus physical capability) and saddle fit are both keys to promoting a good rider position in dressage. As is the rider’s own muscular and core strength. The world’s top riders can achieve the ‘ear, shoulder, hip, heel’ line without tipping onto their pelvic bones, but for us mere mortals, if we try to achieve this magical line (especially by using too-large knee blocks) it can actually compromise our position, depending on our physical capability. It is far better to work on core strength, pelvic mobility and an independent seat, even if this means the lower leg is further forward than our perceived ‘ideal’!

Leading dressage riders can achieve the ‘ear, shoulder, hip, heel’ line without tipping onto their pelvic bones. (Sarah Millis is pictured. Photo by

Any old iron

Your choice of stirrup iron will depend on your discipline, to a certain degree. For example, safety-conscious jumping riders often like flexible stirrups that help release the foot in the event of a fall. Similarly, quick-release stirrup irons have a hinge on the outside edge that’s designed to open and free the foot, in the event of a fall. Pleasure riders or endurance riders often like thicker, wider stirrups (and may ride in wider boots too), which can take more weight. The traditional stirrup iron is the stainless steel Fillis; this is ideal for flatwork, dressage and show riding, and is the grandfather of all the ‘newfangled’ irons available today. The traditional shaped iron is also available in modern, lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and nylon blends; the Royal Rider Jump 25 Lightweight Poly Nylon Stirrup is a good example of a modern stirrup material.

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The jumping disciplines require the rider to sit further towards the back of the saddle, and keep the legs in a forward position, with the heels down. Shorter stirrups close the angles of the knees and ankles to give more of an ‘anchor’, and allow the rider to stand up slightly or adopt a more forward seat. They also allow the rider to remain in balance over a fence, in the jumping position. If the stirrups are too long, the rider may balance on the horse’s neck or reins, tip too far forward or bounce in the saddle, all of which can cause imbalance. Furthermore, it can be exhausting riding the faster paces with too-long stirrups in an English saddle, causing rider back ache and fatigue. When jumping, the stirrups should be short enough that the rider can let their weight drop down through the heels into a relaxed ankle.

Jumping riders need lots of manoeuvrability where their position is concerned. (Tim Stockdale is pictured at Hickstead – photo by Samantha Lamb)

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Charlotte FEATURE

PLAYS IT SAFE Above: Charlotte is pictured on the Olympic podium in her helmet.

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

“It’s vanity really” says Laura B on her choice of competitive headwear

Left: Charlotte Dujardin is pictured after the dressage test that helped team GB bag a gold.


he Olympics have been a revelation, and an event that many readers of Localrider will, I am sure, have enjoyed watching. Two team golds (showjumping and dressage), a team silver (eventing), and two individual medals (gold and silver for dressage) is a staggering haul in anyone’s book, but to win these on home turf was especially rewarding. One of the most interesting aspects of the equestrian teams’ success has been the coverage gained by Olympic dressage debutante, Charlotte Dujardin, riding Valegro. She has been featured in many newspapers and is something of a media darling at the moment – always happy to give quotes, giving measured responses, yet happy to chat to reporters and not afraid to chat about her humble beginnings.

Photographs courtesy of Kit Houghton/FEI and Kathy Carter

“The first dressage rider to win a medal whilst wearing a riding helmet”

Naturally, you will have seen her pictured at press conferences with her riding helmet on – Charlotte is the first dressage rider to win a medal whilst wearing a riding helmet, rather than the more traditional top hat. “I actually fractured my skull once through not wearing a hat,” she told a press conference at the Games. “Now, it’s something I always do. People say you don’t always need it for the test itself, but for me, especially in this kind of atmosphere, you never know what can happen in the prize giving. I think it is a rule that will be put in place eventually [for all riders to compete in helmets],” she said. The riders 4 helmets campaign (see stated: ‘Dujardin became a global role model for safety after she donned a helmet to compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Dujardin’s team mates, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer, elected to wear the traditional top hat rather than a helmet. Dujardin stated that she would continue to wear a helmet because she feels ‘unsafe’ without it, after she was injured in a fall. Canadian dressage rider Jacqueline Brooks was the first rider to wear a helmet at an Olympic Games and Dujardin became the first to win a gold medal while wearing one. Dujardin’s team mate Laura Bechtolsheimer admitted she only chose her top hat out of vanity, and that she should probably set an example for safe riding by donning a helmet instead. “I just feel it looks wrong,” said Bechtolsheimer. “It’s vanity really. I do wear a crash helmet when I’m at home training.” The riders 4 helmets campaign urges horse riders to always wear a helmet.

Well done! We’d like to offer our congratulations to the whole of Team GB, and of course the equestrian teams who worked so hard and excelled in terms of their results. Having the Games here in the South East was a marvellous experience and I hope many readers got to attend in person, and perhaps watch Charlotte and her team mates in action. I genuinely hope that Charlotte’s actions go some way towards saving some lives in the future, if it means that riders take her lead and make safety headwear a priority. Don’t forget your RS-tor rider safety aid as well – it is used by all riders, from Grand Prix trainers to beginners, and can help prevent a fall.

Charlotte’s team mate Carl Hester prefers the top hat in the dressage arena.

Charlotte’s safety stand may go some way towards saving some lives in the future, if riders make safety headwear a priority

Bucking a trend

Naturally we are delighted, as advocates of safe riding, to see a young rider so passionately promoting safety. Charlotte didn’t mind being pictured in her safety helmet, despite bucking a trend set by her peers. (Incidentally, Charlotte wasn’t the only athlete promoting safety at the Games – according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, cyclist Bradley Wiggins commented on the debate over protective headgear after a rider was killed in a local road crash. When asked about the incident, the gold medallist said he thought cyclists should have to wear helmets under the law. “Ultimately, if you get knocked off [a bike] and you don’t have a helmet on, then you can’t argue.” It seems as if the safety message is finally hitting home?) SEPTEMBER 2012 Localrider 31

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Brightling Horse Trials Event riders from all over the world have praised the organisers of the annual Brightling Park International Horse Trials for running the CIC* and CIC** classes in spite of the adverse weather conditions.

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umerous prestigious horse trials in Britain have been cancelled this year due to the unseasonal wet weather, including Gatcombe, Chatsworth and Badminton. After an inspection by riders’ rep Francis Whittington and British Eventing officials, the two international classes were run as scheduled, but the smaller classes were abandoned. Organiser Gardie Grissell explained: “It was a real shame not to run the Novice classes, but we had to save the ground. As it happens, we made the right call as the weather proved to be dry and warm on Sunday.”

Praise from the riders

The event’s Facebook page has been inundated with praise from both competitors and spectators. Eventer Kizzy Smith said: “Thank you so much for all the hard work involved in running this weekend – very much appreciated by many – a great event!” Eventer Sarah Gadd echoed Kizzy’s sentiments: “I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the organisers for doing everything possible to the ground today so that the international classes could go ahead. It was very, very much appreciated.”

Truly international field

East Sussex-based American eventer Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp won the CIC* class. She said: “To be honest, it was remarkable that the horse trials ran at all. As a sport, eventing has really suffered this year as a result of the inclement weather. My horse, HHS Cooley, hates the mud so I was nervous about how he would cope! Like many event horses, dressage is his least favourite phase, but he tried really hard and did his best to ignore the boggy ground. He only started eventing in May last year so I am incredibly pleased that he now has a win under his belt!” Winner of the CIC** class was Australian-born equine vet Tony Warr from Pembury. He said: “I am thrilled to have won such a prestigious event. I take my hat off to Gardie and his team for making it happen in spite of the adverse weather. They managed to produce a solid two star event, but sensibly removed any jumps that could have been dangerous. We went last in the cross-country phase meaning the ground was pretty churned up, but thankfully I have a brave Irish horse that loves jumping so we were fine. Being local I have competed at Brightling Park numerous times, but last weekend will be forever etched in my memory.”

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rom the 8th-12th August, Hartpury College played host to the NAF Five Star International Horse Trials, with three hotly contested sections running. Riders migrated there from across the world, including competitors from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, creating an exciting weekend of close competition. The facilities at Hartpury were superb, and Peter Lord and Janet Plant should be much thanked for the hard work they put into the new irrigation system they installed, providing near perfect going on all three cross country tracks during a season where good ground has been hard to find! The CIC*** was the largest section with over 100 entries. Christopher Burton, who was recently a member of the Australian Olympic Team, led from start to finish aboard Kinnordy Rivaldo, completing on an outstanding score of 38.9. The show-jumping in all three classes was big, bold and technical, and it took its toll, particularly in the one and two star competitions However, the top places amongst the three star horses were little affected, with the cross country proving more influential. Course designer Eric Winter faced riders with a tricky combination of big and attacking fences mixed with exceptionally technical questions and a very tight time. Indeed, only the lightning fast Andrew Nicholson made the time, managing this feat with both his rides! This helped Avebury to occupy second place, with last year’s winner Mr Cruise Control slotting into fifth. Following close behind on the podium was Kitty King with High Havoc. She also took ninth with the stunning eight-year-old mare Zidante, possibly robbed of second place due to slightly losing her way at the second water jump, incurring unnecessary time penalties. Three prominent South-East professional competitors were Francis Whittington (7th with Mr Percival and 12th with Easy Target), Jock Paget (6th with Clifton Lush) and Emily Baldwin and her lovely partner Drivetime (11th). The outdoor dressage arenas for the one and two star competition proved a little too atmospheric for some horses, but in general the standard of dressage was very high, with

the judges making the riders work to earn their marks. The one star cross country was big and bold, but inviting, providing few competitors with much trouble. The two star was a challenging track with large, testing combinations right to the end. It proved to reward those who rode forwards, with 14 failing to complete and a further eight marking their scorecard. Both classes saw the show-jumping prove to be influential, particularly in the one star where one pole dropped the recent GB Olympic team silver medallist Nicola Wilson on-board Ngong Hills into second, behind 20-year-old Millie Dumas and the stunning Artistiek. Millie showed maturity beyond her age, keeping a calm head to jump a beautiful clear and take home the spoils. Blyth Tait showed the crowd his determination to return to the top of the sport, taking third with Xanthus III. The South-Easts own Olympic star, Kristina Cook, had a fantastic run on her very smart seven-yearold Smart Witness to take fourth place in this extremely tight competition, with Sam Jennings not far behind on Coleplay in sixth. Andrew Nicholson’s successful yet slightly frustrating weekend continued in the **, where he piloted Sintra BK into 2nd behind the German Benjamin Winter on Revenue. The show-jumping again proved telling in the final shake-up, with Francis Whittington and Hasty Imp dropping to ninth from overnight second, allowing Laura Collett to sneak onto the podium in third with Allora. Heathfield based Emily Llewellyn had a fantastic weekend with Greenlawn Sky High to finish in fourth, whilst the most deserved success was surely Helen Wilson on Weston Moonshine in fifth. ‘Max’ was originally produced by her mother Elaine as her fun horse. After being placed third at the Badminton Grassroots Championship and achieving some very good results at Novice level, she handed the reins to Helen in order to take him up the levels, and their result here certainly marks them out as having an exciting future together. However, Helen is quick to credit her mother, saying ‘this result is mostly down to her, as she does all the fitness work and schooling at home. He’s a super little horse who always tries his heart out.’

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Create the perfect turnout environment for your horse H

By Lucy Nicholas of Trelawne Equine, the barefoot hoofcare experts

ave you heard of the Paddock Paradise system? Also known as a track system, this is a natural way of keeping horses that imitates wild horses and their herd life – it is favoured by many owners of barefoot horses, but has benefits for most equines. In the wild, horses move along a route in search of food and water, roaming. Most estimates put this roaming figure at around 20 - 30 miles per day. The constant need to move and find food, while avoiding potential predators, encourages movement; this is exactly what nature intended. Paddock Paradise systems replicate this and help stimulate horses in order to behave and move naturally, according to their instincts. It is easy to imagine our horses having a magnificent time in a huge open field – the favoured method of turning horses out in the UK – cantering around, eating and playing all day - but unless encouraged, our horses often won’t explore, and will remain around one area, often grazing on too-lush grass. Alternatively, if your horse only had access to a 12-30 ft wide track without plentiful grass, with ad-lib hay in a few specific places, surely he would move around more? In addition, there would also be a variety of surfaces for him to walk across in order to explore, such as sand, gravel and water spots, which would help condition his hooves.

• Encourages constant movement and conditioning of hooves • Allows you to control grazing, so laminitis / sugar sensitivity is kept under control • Helps prevent boredom • Can help to rehabilitate horses after illness/injury

Different surfaces will help to produce a stronger hoof capsule. Gravel, seen here, will help stimulate the hoof Photos by Dawn Saunders

The benefits of a Paddock Paradise or track system

The ‘Paddock Paradise’ track pictured here utilises gravel extensively, but many people just use bare tracks with patches of gravel

Shelter and fresh water are vital; gradients and plenty of relief from the mud will also benefit the barefoot horse

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How do we build the perfect Paddock Paradise?

The theory is to create a natural habitat that allows our horse to move around. Movement is of course essential for circulation and development of the shock absorbing structures of the hoof. The tracks you create should vary in width, but always be wide enough to allow the horses contained within the system space to safely pass each other (opinions vary, but for a small, amiable group of horses, 12ft minimum seems to work well). The longer you can make the track, the better. A circular track will usually work better than a straight one, as it will encourage a more natural movement pattern. If resources are limited, or you can’t introduce surfaces into your space, you could just use electric fencing to zigzag back and forth across the field to encourage the movement – this could considerably increase the distance the horse travels in a day. Once you have erected your track system, you will ideally need to have a number of different surfaces for your horse to walk on; this is especially important when keeping a barefoot horse. Along the track there should ideally be varying gradients and surfaces and areas of pea gravel, especially around flooded watering areas, to give the hooves moisture and stimulation. Rocky areas and sand also contribute to the environment the horses roam within, and benefit the natural wear of the hooves. You could make shelter from nearby trees and simple manmade structures. Providing a few watering holes and food sources means you can change them around every so often, so your horse is expected to move in order to find them. The introduction of certain obstacles will urge your horse to play instead of standing or just grazing all day. Constructing areas with logs and rocks that they must go around or over helps to create the path they would expect to find in the wild. Whatever the horse is provided with, good shelter and a clean water supply is obviously essential, as is somewhere the horse can stand out of the mud to allow his feet to dry. Visit for advice on keeping barefoot horses. september 2012 Localrider 45

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Darley to Dressage J

uly was almost another missed month in the competition calendar. Following a downpour, Felsted Showing Show was cancelled, which meant looking for another showing qualifier. Luckily, Holt Farm was holding Equifest and Amateur Showing Society qualifiers. I entered for the riding horse and hack classes, which fielded by some stiff competition. I think it’s safe to say that Lex has decided he prefers dressage! In the go round he decided to throw in a few flying changes, which unfortunately caught the judge’s eye. Perhaps he is feeling inspired by the Olympic dressage horses! He was also a little naughty in his individual show, which meant we were placed fourth in the Riding Horse class. The hack class was much better and Lex seemed to settle. We produced a good individual show and won. Despite qualifying for Equifest I will now be unable to attend. Typically, my lorry has an oil leak which needs to be fixed as a matter of urgency. Lex was happy to get back to the dressage arena as we attempted our first affiliated novice tests at Stilebridge. Aside from being very nervous I didn’t know what to expect. The format is obviously the same but the class is divided between restricted and open riders to create fair competition. Lex was in an amenable mood and our first test went smoothly, although Lex was a little behind the bridle at times. We scored just under 63% and finished sixth, which I was very pleased with. In the second class Lex was quite tired, however the judge was very complimentary and explained how we could achieve higher marks. We were awarded just under 65% and finished fourth. Another great result for our first affiliated. I have since learned that Lex and I have qualified for the Petplan Area Festival, as we scored in excess of 62% in two tests. I’ll be heading to Bedgebury at the end of the month, where I will be competing in another two Novices. Hopefully I’ll be less nervous this time. Emma and Lexcen are sponsored by AVTrinity, a Tunbridge Wells based, Independent Financial Adviser.




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Calm&Collected Thanks to Net-Tex for supplying the information for this feature

Does your horse become more of a handful during the colder months of the year? If so, try these great calming tips to nip spooky behaviour in the bud


here are lots of reasons why horses may feel extra ‘fresh’ in winter. Colder weather can give horses more sparkle, particularly if they are clipped, and the extra hard feed that some horses may need can have a huge influence on behaviour. As winter approaches, take a good look at every aspect of your stable management regime to ensure that you take the right steps to help your horse stay sane and you stay safe. Here are some points to consider.

Food for thought

If your horse does need more hard feed during the winter months, either because he is working more or because he loses condition, then seek free advice from one of the feed company’s nutritionists. Avoid overloading your horse with cereal-based hard feed, instead choose a high fibre diet to keep the gut working healthily. If you do need a little extra help with energy, then consider feeds which are high in oils, or a feed balancer. A good nutritionist will be able to provide all the guidance you need to keep your horse healthy and performing at his best. It’s also worth considering a calmer to keep your horse on more of a level. The Net-Tex Carl Hester calmer is ideal because it’s been designed to either feed daily as a maintenance product or you can save it for situations where your horse finds it particularly difficult to relax, such as in competition or when travelling. Says Carl: “At my yard we use the calmer on all the horses who need it, and it gives us the

flexibility to keep the spooky and excitable ones relaxed in their daily routine and help the ones who find competing a little too bewildering to concentrate.”

Tactful training

Remember, a stressed rider equals a stressed horse, so when you’re around your horse take your time and stay calm. If you are concerned that your horse may be fresh to ride, then try lunging or loose schooling first to take the edge off. Once in the saddle, allow the horse to settle before you start to put any pressure on. Carl explains: “Some younger horses tend to get very apprehensive at competitions and if they are spooky by nature, it’s really important to spend time getting them chilled in the warm up before going anywhere near the arena. I like my horses to have a really good warm up, consisting of walk, trot and canter, and I include plenty of transitions, especially on a circle, to get the horse bending, flexing and listening. “I also tend to keep my warm up the same at competitions as I do at home. That way, the horses know the routine and it keeps that level of familiarity and reassures them.” If your horse does pick up on something spooky at one end of the arena, then rather than confront it immediately, simply work on getting the horse working correctly and listening to you, all the time circling closer and closer to the spooky area. Carl adds: “The key with a spooky horse is not to make a huge issue of something, and using any form of punishment is not going to achieve anything – it will only make the spooky object appear even more frightening. However, the horse must respect your leg and go forward past the spook. Sometimes nervous and tense horses can be behind the leg, so it’s important to ensure that they are in front of your leg and when you ride upward transitions, teach the horse to ‘jump’ off the leg and listen to the aids. That way there won’t be time to think about spooking!” If you have a horse who likes to ‘run away’ with you, Carl suggests: “Slow the rhythm in trot and canter and keep the horse on a circle. Think of slowing the pace by slowing your own rising and using your body to dictate the speed of the pace. Lateral work is another good way of putting all that extra impulsion to better use! Depending on your level, leg yielding and shoulder-in are a good place to start. Focus on straightness, correct bend and rhythm and soon your horse will be concentrating on you and not on the monsters in the arena.”

Manage with care

For some horse owners, turn out can be more of a problem during the winter, but it’s important to do everything in your

power to ensure your horse still gets a leg stretch every day. If you do have limited turn out, then see whether you can turn out in the school or a larger hard standing area. Alternatively, take the horse out to graze in hand once or twice a day. Provide toys or licks in the stable, such as one from the Net-Tex Supalyx range, as they provide a form of entertainment and will also help to keep the horse’s digestive system working more efficiently. Remember to follow manufacturer’s guidelines though taking care not to overfeed. Simply spending time with your horse can make a big difference, too. Grooming or doing some easy carrot stretches will help to break up the day for the horse and will improve the level of trust between you.

Let’s get physical

If spooky behaviour persists or worsens, it is worth getting your horse’s health checked out. It could be that your saddle is pinching or that the horse is suffering from back or tooth pain, for example. Horses only have one way of telling us that they’re not comfortable and that’s often seen through a change in behaviour. However, health problems can often be prevented by getting regular checks carried out. See that your horse has dental checks at least once a year, saddle and back checks every six months, unless you suspect a problem in between, and farriery attention at least every six weeks. Following a regular worming plan is also essential. On a final note, remember horses are individuals, so what works for one horse won’t necessarily work for another. Carl concludes: “It’s really a matter of trying out different approaches to find out which ones suit you both. With patience, perseverance, understanding and sympathetic training, spooky horses can make really fantastic competition horses.”

Top tips Try to avoid situations where you know your horse is likely to spook or be silly, such as riding out in large groups or schooling when the rest of the yard is getting fed. Always put your own safety first and only get on when you feel it is safe to do so. Build up to anything new gradually so as not to alarm the horse. Reassure the horse with your voice and by patting the neck. Always remember that horses are prey animals and it’s their natural instinct to be suspicious of anything new or unfamiliar. When the horse is fresh, try to stay calm so that you don’t transfer your own fears over and make things worse.

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Lightweight Turnouts After the wettest summer on record some of you might be thinking about buying a new lightweight turnout rug ready for autumn. This month we have been testing pony rugs, horse rugs, rugs with neck covers and rugs with fill, so hopefully our guide will have something that fits the bill. John Whitaker Union Jack Waterproof Turnout Rug

Mark Todd Pony Lightweight Turnout

Navy durable bonded polyester turnout rug with a waterproof coating, lined inside with a thin fleece layer. Open front with a W/ snap and D-ring fastening. Union Jack filled pleat with two surcingle completed with a navy and white binding and the John Whitaker signature on the neck.

Colour: Ocean Blue Sizes: 4’3” to 5’3” RRP: £42.99 (neck £19.99)

From the Mark Todd Pony Rug Range, this smart turnout has a 600 denier, waterproof and breathable Teflon coated outer shell and a cotton lining. Features include adjustable quick release breast fastenings, shoulder pleats, cross surcingles, removable leg straps and a generous tail flap. A matching neck cover is sold separately.

LR Comment: A well made rug at a great price. It is a very adaptable pony rug. The outer fabric is quite strong and I would think a pony who hasn’t been clipped too much could happily live out in this rug until winter arrives. There is a detachable hood, so it allows plenty of flexibility depending on the weather.

Colour: Navy Sizes: 5’3” – 6’9” RRP: £100 LR Comment: This is a beautiful rug. It is made from a lovely almost ‘stretchy’ fabric and has a fleece lining. It is extremely well made with good strong fittings, which also allow for plenty of adjustment in the rug. It is great for putting on while the horse is still damp after exercise as the fleece will help the horse dry without feeling the cold. It is also machine washable.

Loveson Allpro Lightweight Turnout

ECO Turnout Rug

For value for money and quality combined, the Loveson Allpro lightweight rug offers the choice of a standard rug or a combo with a full neck. The lightweight rug from the Allpro range of rugs, is made from a 600 denier outer fabric which is durable waterproof and breathable. It has a cotton lining, with non rub rayon at the neck and shoulder and along the mane in the combo version. The rug has cross surcingles, leg straps and buckle and strap front fastenings.

The ECOnomical, recession-beating turnout rug at an unbelievable price! Features include cross surcingles, action gussets, twin buckle front fastening closures, nylon lined, twin removable leg straps and tail flap. Fitted with D-rings. Available with standard neck or with neck cover.

Colour: Navy Sizes: 5’0” to 7’0” RRP: £44.99 for the standard rug and £53.99 for the combo version www.taggequestrian. LR Comment: This is a good basic lightweight turnout. The fabric is strong and durable with a cotton lining.

Colour: Purple Sizes: 5’0” - 6’9” RRPs: £50.00 (standard neck), £69.90 (with neck) www. LR Comment: I really liked this rug. It was well made from good strong fabric. The fit was tight, so that my horse had plenty of room to move. The detachable hood makes it more versatile and for the standard rug, I think it offers very good value for money.

Avante Light Turnout Rug from Masta

JHL Lightweight Turnout Rug

The Avante turnout rugs from Masta are a must this season for their durability and comfort with the horses’ needs in mind. The Avante Light Turnout is waterproof and breathable with 600 denier Oxford polyester outer fabric and polyester lining. Featuring twin surcingles, tail flap and fillet string. With no filling this rug is great for the turnout this autumn.

This practical rug from Jumper’s Horse Line is ideal for warmer days or for those horses that just need a little bit of extra protection from the elements. Manufactured in 600 denier ripstop polyester, the rug has a mesh lining with nylon anti-rub panels at the shoulder. The design includes quick release front fastenings, cross surcingles, leg straps and tail flap. Neck cover sold separately.

Colours: Blue and Navy Sizes: 4’6” to 7’3” RRP: £48.99

Colour: Red/Black or Navy/Burgundy Sizes: 5’6” to 7’0” RRP: £56.99 (neck cover £28.49)

LR Comment: This rug is slightly different from some of those tested as it doesn’t have shoulder pleats, but I still found it fitted well on my horse. I loved the colour and the feel of the rug, it was light and easy to take on and off. It offers good value for money too.

LR Comment: This is a good value, flexible rug. I like the mesh lining as I think this is more comfortable for the horse if you have a warm day, but you have to leave the rug on. Also great to have the flexibility of a removable neck cover.

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WeatherBeeta Original 600D Standard Neck Lite Strong WeatherBeeta quality and protection in a traditional style with a tough, waterproof and breathable 600 Denier outer shell with Ripstop to help control and limit tears, and no fill to make this lightweight rug perfect to keep your horse dry in warmer weather. The WeatherBeeta Original 600D features a standard neck, traditional side gusset to aid natural movement and an extra large tail flap for added protection from the weather. The 210T Nylon lining keeps your horses coat clean and shiny. Additional features include hardwearing steel fittings, reflective detailing to help spot your horse at night, adjustable twin chest straps and adjustable removable web/ elastic leg straps that stretch and move with your horse. Colour: Navy/Red/White Sizes: 5’6 to 7’0 RRP: £64.99 LR Comment: This is a great ‘lightweight’ rug. It is well made, in a good strong Ripstop fabric and has very generous shoulder pleats and tail flap. It is a traditional, good quality rug.

Bucas Freedom Turnout Rug New for Autumn 2012, the Bucas Freedom Turnout Rug is now available in a stylish Steel Grey and Ocean Blue. The Bucas Freedom Turnout offers exceptional value for money and, of course, the guarantee of Bucas quality. Available as a lightweight turnout, medium with 150g of insulation and heavier weight with 300g of insulation, there’s a Bucas Freedom Turnout rug for every day of the year, whatever the weather. All rugs in the Bucas Freedom Turnout range are waterproof and breathable, giving the horse freedom of movement and total protection against the elements. Featuring a tough, rip-stop outer, secure cross surcingles and attachment points for leg straps, the Bucas Freedom Turnout rugs offer the ultimate in comfort for horses and great peace of mind for owners. Sizes: 85cm-165cm/3’6”-7’ Colours: Ocean Blue with blue/ silver trim and Steel Grey with grey/silver trim RRP: No fill £62.00 / 150g fill £67.00 LR Comment: This rug offers outstanding quality at a very reasonable price. I have been testing the rug with 150g fill and think it is the perfect addition to any horse’s wardrobe. Great for when the weather changes, but you only need a little bit extra warmth.

Swish Medium 200g Turnout Rug The rug is made from a 1200 denier waterproof, breathable outer with 200g of filling. It has reflective detail on the front of the rug as well as the back and the tail flap, and is made to a design that sits higher on the horse’s shoulders and neck to help prevent rubbing. It benefits from large shoulder gussets for freedom of movement, double chest closures, low cross surcingles and even has a fleece wither protector. To help keep the rug clean and tidy when not in use, it also has a handy rug storage bag. Colour: Green/Black Sizes: 5’3”–7’6” RRP £69.99 but is currently available for £49.99 LR Comment:

With 200g fill this rug is more of a late autumn rug (but who knows what the weather will do this month). I liked the fluorescent strips on the tail flap and shoulders. They are great for finding your horse on a dark night or if you have to walk on the road to get to your field. If you can buy one, while they are on offer, I think it is worth doing, especially considering the cost of washing and re-proofing rugs these days.

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Rosie Osbourne and Boulahrouz, Novice Champion

Alex Rule and Caveys Irish Gem, Preliminary Champion

Alison Steele on Rory

Mount Mascal Stables Summer Dressage Series Championship Show

Nicola Whan and Tippy, Preliminary Reserve Champion

15th July 2012 Words by Alison Window and photography by Chris Lewis of


ount Mascal Stables Summer Dressage Championship Show - the culmination of the summer series - was blessed with a bright sunny morning. A pleasant contrast to the recent unpredictable and inclement weather. The ground was still a little wet in places, so it was good to see careful riding that ensured horses could give of their best. With the prize of Olympic dressage tickets for the Novice and Prelim Champions up for grabs, the stakes were raised. So, here now is our round up of the final classes and championship results. In the Intro Class, first place went to Mia Hefferon riding her own William Shakespeare with Louise Maddison on Elegant Lady a very close second. However, Louise was the overall winner of the Intro Series with Sky Dawson riding her young horse Miss Knightly in reserve place. The winner of the Mount Mascal Apache Shield – awarded to the highest placed riding school horse, in honour of one of our former much loved riding schoolmasters – was Rory, ridden by riding school client, Alison Steele. Tests in the Prelim 12 Class mostly resulted with a score of over 60%. Judge Terri Flemming was clearly impressed with the performances. The clear winner was Katie Berry riding Tehya, followed by Alexa Rule on Caveys Irish Gem, who also took the championship. The consistent Tippy ridden by Nikki Wham was reserve champion. The Prelim 18 Class was won this time by much improved combination, Jasmine Ferrari on McKenzie. Jasmine has been working really hard on her flat work and it is definitely paying off. The Novice Class was won by Rosie Osbourne on Boularouz. And, their consistent scores throughout the series meant they also took the Championship. Francis Abbot riding April, another very consistent combination, was the Reserve Champion. Congratulations, of course, go to the champions and all those placed throughout the series. And, well done to everyone who has taken part with special words of encouragement to those having a go at formal dressage tests for the first time. And, to those who faced challenges – particularly in cases where their equine partner decided that the arena was not for them and attempted to leave without their rider’s permission. Do not be disheartened! Every great dressage superstar will tell you they have had similar difficulties. Keep up your hard work and, in the end, it will pay off. The two champions, Rosie and Alexa went to the Dressage phase of the Olympic Eventing at Greenwich on Sunday 29th July with Alison Window, Proprietor. Alison said “Rosie and Alexa were fantastic competitors throughout the series. I do hope they enjoyed their day out and felt inspired!” Finally, a thank you to everyone else who helped to make the series such a success – judges, writers, readers and others. We hope everyone has enjoyed their Summer Dressage Series experience. We can’t wait now for the Indoor Winter Series 2012, starting in October. Mark your diaries and see you all there! september 2012 Localrider 77

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Feed news


a year round problem? Supplied by NAF

It is possible to still turn your horse out, but restrict their grazing by using a round pen

Most of us think of laminitis as a condition particularly associated with lush, green, spring grass. However, those with a horse or pony prone to this debilitating condition need to be aware of the risks all year round. Beware of those warm, wet autumnal days… Danger arises when the autumn rain falls while the weather is still warm and the daylight hours longer. The effect is similar to that of the spring warmth and dampness, there is a sudden spurt of growth resulting in an Autumn flush of rich, green grass. This is when the systems of those horses and ponies prone to Laminitis, especially those who have been kept on limited grazing all summer, can become ‘shocked’ by the new grass growth, triggering an attack. Frequently this second flush of the year causes more problems than the first spring flush, as it is so often overlooked. Sadly, it doesn’t stop there. As the weather becomes cold yet another problem can make its presence felt. This time the risk is that of frosted grass.

Don’t let the frost bite…

Frost on the grass presents a particularly high risk to those prone to laminitis, especially on those beautiful, bright and sunny, cold and frosty winter mornings. Why? The action of the bright sunlight on the grass triggers the plant to produce sugar (fructans) to entice it to grow. However, the cold frosty covering on the grass, together with the cold soil temperatures, prevent it from growing. The problem arises with the resulting sugar accumulation in the grass, which poses a high level of risk to the laminitis prone horse or pony.

Implement a correct feed and management regime…

So, if your horse or pony is prone to laminitis, you can see as a caring and responsible owner it is important to monitor him throughout the year. After making sure you manage the affected horse or pony correctly, one of the most helpful support programmes you can put in place is a well informed feeding regime. First and foremost monitor the diet - restricting or providing additional feed as necessary. That diet should be high in fibre and low in concentrate – but be sure the fibre is suitable for laminitics. Secondly improve the diet with specific targeted nutrition. This can be done very effectively with the addition of carefully formulated supplements. Look for a supplement that will provide:

Support of the Gut…

Laminitis is a metabolic condition, therefore you need to provide a supply of nutrients that target the healthy functioning of the gut. During any gut disturbance the beneficial bacteria are killed and harmful bacteria increase, releasing excess acids and toxins into the blood stream and preventing the gut from re-stabilising. The recovery of the beneficial microflora can be supported by the introduction of Probiotics. Feeding a guaranteed live strain is the most effective way to replenish the stocks of “good bugs”. If the

This horse is already looking fat and will have to have his turnout monitored product you choose claims to be “live” and is conforming to EU regulations, the strain (such as ‘Saccharomyces cerevisiae’) should lawfully be declared on the label. Prebiotics are digestive sugars that also support the re-growth of beneficial bacteria, whilst suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. Basically the prebiotics provide food for the probiotics to work effectively. Therefore, always look for a combination of pre and probiotics to support optimum gut function. Natural gut absorbents, such as bentonite and activated charcoal, also play an important role in mopping up unwanted excess acids from the gut.

Natural Antioxidants…

It is also important that naturally sourced antioxidants are provided to harmlessly flush out the build up of excess toxins from the system. Antioxidants can be particularly helpful, as laminitis is essentially a toxemia, so an antioxidant rich supplement will offer invaluable nutritional support of the condition.

Important mineral and herbal support…

Our understanding of laminitis and its link to insulin resistance (IR) has highlighted the benefits of magnesium. IR can either cause, or be caused, by low levels of magnesium. Which is true of laminitis is still in research. However, low magnesium levels are indicated in laminitics and trials have shown that supplementing with bio-available magnesium appears to help reduce the classic laminitic “cresty neck” A supplement that also includes magnesium as a key ingredient will help the Insulin Resistant horse or pony cope with glucose metabolism within their system. While provision of targeted supplementation will be of particular importance at peak times, ie autumn and spring, as we increasingly recognise that the laminitis prone horse or pony needs specific nutritional support throughout the whole year.

Invaluable targeted nutrition for the hoof…

When feeding to support a system that has a propensity towards laminitis, ensure the product you are feeding also contains nutrients to specifically support hoof condition. These include sulphur, vital for the integrity of the laminae, both in supporting the health of soft tissue and, directly, as a component part of healthy laminae. Ensure you choose a bio-available source of sulphur, such as MSM, which is readily absorbed by the horse. Zinc and calcium are also important nutrients for hoof health and condition. Recommended NAF Products: Laminaze, Cushinaze For further information about how correctly targeted nutrition can provide invaluable support to the laminitis prone horse or pony please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line on 080 373106, e-mail or go to

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Feed news

Autumn Laminitis

After the unprecedented levels of rainfall throughout 2012, experts are more worried than ever before about autumn laminitis. If you horse has already suffered with laminitis at some point during his life, you should hopefully be managing his routine to prevent a re-occurrence. It is the horse’s who have never previously suffered with it that we are more worried about. Though managing his routine, workload and diet you can hopefully avoid this dreadful condition. Controlling your horse’s calorie intake is one way of doing that. Win! James Hart Solutions Cushy Life


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Mollichaff HoofKind mollichaff HoofKind is a complete fibre feed designed for the nutritional support of horses and ponies prone to laminitis. HoofKind is made from a balanced blend of high quality oat straw, dried alfalfa and fibre pellets and is topped with a light dressing of soya oil with added vitamins and minerals, trace elements, including magnesium, and natural plant-based antioxidants as well as added therapeutic levels of biotin. mollichaff HoofKind contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement and added magnesium. magnesium is often deficient in UK soils and is an important factor in the nutritional support of many metabolic processes in the horse. deficiency may be associated with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, both of which are important in the management of laminitis. the antioxidants have been specially selected for the nutritional maintenance of the immune system, the respiratory system, the circulatory system and the all-important hooves and laminae.

Laminitis Trust Approved Feed If your horse or pony suffers from laminitis then feeding can often be a worry. take a load off your mind by feeding speedi-beet or Fibre-beet from british Horse Feeds. both feeds are approved by the Laminitis trust thanks to their high fibre, low sugar content.

Blue Chip Lami-light blue Chip Lami-light is the ideal feed balancer for overweight or laminitis prone horses or ponies. this diet feed balancer will ensure your horse or pony gets the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients required on a daily basis without encouraging weight gain. blue Chip Lami-light: • Is whole-cereal and molasses free – making it very low in sugar and starch, essential for laminitis prone horses or ponies. • Is high in magnesium – shown to help reduce fatty deposits often present in over-weight horses and ponies, through increasing insulin sensitivity. • Includes a comprehensive respiratory and hoof formula, eliminating the need for additional supplements. • Contains nucleotides to aid the repair of the laminae and ensure efficient nutrient absorption, even when on a restricted diet. • Includes a prebiotic and probiotic to aid gut health, many cases of laminitis are believed to be caused by toxicity in the gut. • Feed alongside a high fibre, low calorie diet to ensure your horse or pony receives a balanced diet without encouraging weight gain.

TopSpec AntiLam topspec AntiLam provides highly effective nutritional support for horses and ponies prone to, being treated for, or recovering from laminitis. topspec AntiLam is a pelleted product, it looks like a balancer, is fed at the same rate as a balancer, but it is not a balancer. AntiLam is in fact a brilliant formulation combining several supplements with a high-fibre, very low-calorie carrier to make it palatable. Long-term trials at the topspec middle park Farm Laminitis research Unit have shown that horses and ponies on restricted/poor grazing do not gain any additional weight when fed topspec AntiLam. It can also be used very successfully as part of a calorie-controlled diet when weight loss is required. this unique multi-supplement is so palatable that it can be fed out of the hand to horses and ponies at pasture to provide vital nutritional support. topspec AntiLam should be fed on its own with forage. the forage can be in the form of late-cut hay, unmolassed chops such as topChop Lite, or controlled grazing, or a combination of these, depending on the individual circumstances.

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Feed news NAF Laminaze Whilst supplying nutrients to support the health of the hoof and those rich in antioxidants to flush excess toxins out from the system, improved Laminaze offers additional nutritional support specifically for the health of the gut. so the good news is, if your horse or pony is prone to laminitis you can make an important contribution towards improving his diet by ensuring new Laminaze is part of his daily feed. top tip: If you know your horse or pony is prone to laminitis, NAF recommend you introduce Laminaze into his diet in good time prior to the particularly high risk periods of either spring or autumn when a flush of rich, lush grass is most likely to be expected – this will help to prepare his system, and importantly, make sure Laminaze is well established as an integral part of the feed and management regime.

NAF Cushinaze Cushinaze is a pioneering formula developed to provide targeted nutritional support to those ponies showing signs of Cushings disease. this unique formula contains key herbal elements, such as Chasteberry, known for their support of the pituitary gland. probiotics ensure healthy gut function, along with magnesium to maintain glucose metabolism in Insulin resistant individuals. Healthy hooves are aided by msm, while anti-oxidants flush out harmful toxins which occur with hoof stress. Cushinaze provides essential immune support for general health and vitality, while ginkgo and ginseng help keep the mind bright and active.

SPILLERS® donates £12,000 to help laminitis research SPILLERS® has donated £12,000 to the Laminitis Trust, to help fund important research on this potentially devastating condition. The funds were raised as the result of a special campaign run by SPILLERS®, which involved the feed company donating 20p to the Laminitis Trust from every bag of SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF® sold, during the months of April and May 2012. The Laminitis Trust, founded in 1998, is the only registered charity dedicated to supporting research into equine laminitis. Clare Barfoot RNutr, the research and development manager at SPILLERS®, said: “The Laminitis Trust is at the forefront of essential work to discover the causes of this painful and debilitating condition and we are proud to be able to support their endeavours.” Robert Eustace, founder of the Laminitis Trust continued: “We are extremely grateful to SPILLERS® for this generous donation. All the money will be used to help fund our laminitis research projects. Horse owners should select feeds carrying the Laminitis Trust Feed Approval Mark logo to help them keep their animals at the correct body weight and reduce the risk of laminitis.”

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Other Product News VetroCPH12™ VetroCpH12™ is scientifically proven to safely optimise training capacity by providing muscles with the ability to sustain energy and gain more mass. through increased cellular energy stores, exercise capacity is increased, meaning that horses can be worked for longer periods of time with reduced rest periods, and the muscle mass and strength which would normally be achieved through several hours of schooling can be achieved at a faster rate. VetroCpH12™ from Animalife® is a proprietary, highly bioavailable form of creatine monohydrate that uses a patented pH-correct delivery system that does not convert to the harmful by-product creatinine and allows optimum bioavailability of usable creatine. traditional pH-incorrect formulas induce little effect on the muscles whilst causing water retention and toxic build up that are detrimental to health and performance. VetroCpH12™ is an essential short- or long-term component of the performance horse’s training programme to optimise muscle mass, topline, strength, endurance and recovery in horses of all ages.

Essential Hay Bar Keeping a horse stabled for long periods of time - it is important that we feed in the natural way as this helps to slow down their intake and keep the airways and the sinus draining down. Feeding from the floor helps to ensure that their teeth are evenly worn and that they are using the correct back and neck muscles as they feed in the grazing position. Filling hay nets is a job we all dislike and it is also very time consuming. All time that is saved during these short winter days is very precious. mucking out time is also reduced as there is less time spent trying to sort out the mixed forage and bedding. this in turn helps to keep the costs down as any form of waste is proving to be very expensive this winter. Hay bar is now widely used in top competition, livery and veterinary yards where it is recognised as the correct and most efficient way of feeding. It is available for horses and ponies in the traditional black and in posh pink for the children’s ponies. the initial outlay is soon recouped by saving your precious forage and bedding. the Hay bar system is truly part of our survival kit this winter. Email:

Mobility Horslyx mobility Horslyx is a research-proven, nutrient rich lick containing optimum levels of Glucosamine HCl, msm and Omega Oils, all vital to promote optimum joint function. the high specification vitamin, mineral and trace element package - which incorporates Vitamin C, Vitamin e and selenium - supports the body’s ability to absorb the vital nutrients, helping maintain a strong immune system and promote overall health and vitality. An independent research study using gait analysis technology, proved that mobility Horslyx improved stride length in stiff horses. simple and easy to use, mobility Horslyx offers horse owners a unique method of feeding for healthy joints, plus the opportunity to balance any deficiencies in their forage, grazing and hard feed. this includes the addition of biotin, methionine and chelated Zinc to promote healthy hooves. mobility Horslyx is a highly palatable choice for all equines - even those on a restricted diet - providing owners with a fuss-free, weatherproof, healthy feed containing no artificial colours or preservatives. mobility Horslyx costs from just 42p per day* and is available in 5kg and 15kg tubs, priced at £12.85 and £24.90 respectively.

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Feed news Equine America So Kalm Solution The amino acids, premium grade magnesium and Vitamin B1 in So-Kalm Solution® will relax your horse without removing the “edge” required for competition. So-Kalm Solution® can also be fed daily to difficult horses at home, or when training young, nervous or excitable horses. Available in 946ml solution (one month supply). £19.99.

CORTAFLEX HA REGULAR SOLUTION It’s never too soon! Fortified with Hyaluronic Acid, Cortaflex® solution economically and effectively supports and maintains healthy joints for each and every horse and pony throughout their life. Available in 946ml solution (one month supply). £19.99.

The Best Friend Deluxe Grazing Muzzle Best Friend Grazing Muzzles have been established since 1997 and changed the way thousands care for their horse’s diet-related concerns, such as laminitis and obesity. Most people find that the muzzle lasts two or three seasons, depending on how much the muzzle is worn. The Best Friend grazing muzzles are recommended by veterinarians and other horse professionals. Available in three styles and muzzle accessories available too.

Easy Pack Haylage The grasses in Easy Pack Haylage have been specially selected and cultivated to provide high quality products to suit your horse’s individual needs. The three varieties available allow you to choose a product that meets your horse’s health and energy requirements. Easy Pack Meadow Grass Haylage is great for those horses needing to maintain condition throughout the winter, without the heating effects of feeding concentrates. Specially selected meadow grasses have been used to produce this sweet smelling haylage, high in fibre for a healthy digestive system and with no dust for a healthy respiratory system. For more information on how Easy Pack Haylage can benefit your horses health and how to match the right haylage to your horses condition and work load visit - www.

Time for bed!

As autumn approaches and the clocks fall back, it is time to think about bringing in our horses for longer periods of time. Bedding has advanced and there is a wide range of products available to choose from. Here we look at a few. BEDMAX BEDMAX is a virtually dust free, completely natural bedding with no additives and is the original shaving made specifically for bedding all stabled horses. Absorbent and extremely easy to use BEDMAX flakes are designed to produce a deeper more aerated bed, increasing drainage, and offering far more cushioning for the horse’s feet and joints. Made predominantly from British Pine, which has natural antiseptic properties, BEDMAX shavings are branded in distinctive 20kg yellow and green bags and available throughout the UK.

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

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

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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

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Feed news Titan, the UK’s largest police horse, he stands at 18.3hh and weighs just under a tonne!

Buckinghamshirebased equine charity, The Horse Trust, has joined forces with Saracen Horse Feeds to promote responsible ownership of veteran horses. The Trust, which has been feeding products from the Saracen range for nine years, takes in a lot of retirement horses from the military and the police forces, and it’s important that these animals are given the best care to ensure they live out their retirement years happily and healthily.

Help the aged with Saracen Horse Feeds and The Horse Trust


SPCA rescue case Duchess, who is in her late teens, arrived at the Trust in August 2011 in very poor condition and with liver damage. Duchess, who is believed to have been neglected once she was no longer any use as a broodmare, has been on Saracen’s Veteran Pencils since she arrived and is now looking bright and healthy with a shiny coat and a sparkle back in her eye. The UK’s largest police horse, Titan, stands at 18.3hh and weighs just under a tonne! This gorgeous 18-year-old Shire cross needs a lot of feed to keep him well maintained, and by feeding Saracen’s veteran products the Trust know that he’s getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs without giving him too much energy or calories. Titan will be officially retired at this year’s Blenheim Horse Trials in September. This picture of Duchess was taken when she arrived at The Horse Trust

Duchess after her diet of Saracen’s Veteran Pencils

Products in the Saracen Horse Feeds range include Veteran Mix, a complete feed designed for horses and ponies over the age of 16, and Veteran Pencils, the same ingredients in a cube form. Both products are low starch and oat-free and they contain Saracen’s special Super Fibres, which provide controlled energy release and help to keep the gut working efficiently, an essential requirement for older horses. Saracen Horse Feeds was the first feed company to produce a mix specifically for veterans, back in 1993, and the company’s association with Kentucky Equine Research has allowed them to reformulate the feed whenever ongoing research proves the need to. Commenting on the relationship, Shirley Abbott (Stable and Estate Manager at The Horse Trust) said: “Titan was fed on Veteran Mix all winter and he is looking amazing. When he arrived at The Horse Trust from Thames Valley Police Mounted Unit he was in great condition and he has so far maintained that during his retirement!  The Horse Trust has been working with Saracen Horse Feeds for nine years and we have always been delighted by the results that we’ve had from their products.  At our Home of Rest for Horses, most of our residents are in the veteran category and having one feed that works so well makes life a lot easier for our staff.  We’ve even found fantastic results on our youngsters who require similar nutrients to support their growth.” The Horse Trust is solely funded by the generosity of the general public by way of donations and receives no government funding. By supporting this campaign you can make a difference to the lives of these horses who have given our nation so much. Saracen are running a competition on their web site to win six bags of Veteran Mix or Pencils, see the web site for details. Saracen stockist enquiries & feed help-line +44 (0) 1622 718 487 • The Horse Trust +44 (0)1494 488 464 • Charity No: 231748

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Could your laminitic pony live at home? R

iding out the current economic downturn has called for some real financial belt-tightening. Livery costs become hard to justify when you have owned a horse for a long time and start to tot up your annual spend. If this leads you to thinking more seriously about that dream of keeping your horses at home, you may find the information put together by Scotts of Thrapston, leading timber stabling manufacturers, useful to see if this could be a viable option for you. It is first wise to consider the guidelines given by the British Horse Society and the various welfare charities who state that 1 – 1.5 acres per horse on permanent grazing is the minimum requirement, as this is the industry ratio which planning departments will turn to when they seek guidance on these matters. It is unlikely, therefore, that you will get planning for a stable development on land that does not fit this criteria, so even if you have a native pony who could cope on less grazing the planners will consider the longevity of the development to meet future owners needs. As horses are herd animals it is vital they have a companion so you should also work on the need to cater for two animals, and bear in mind even if your small native that is laminitic or insulin resistant and will benefit from reduced grazing, you will still require the minimum ratio for grazing to properly manage the quality of grass. Planners will not support your development if they feel it will result in land that is over grazed and poached, especially in areas of outstanding natural beauty. You will then need to choose the best location for the stables, as ease of access is important on a daily basis and for deliveries or visits by the farrier or vet. Security is also an issue to bear in mind. Your stables should, ideally, be positioned so that access is gained by passing close to the residential area making it difficult or impossible to access the stables without being seen. Scotts of Thrapston can work with you on the design of the stables to make sure that they blend in with their surroundings, something that the planners will look favourably on. This could include matching in roof tiles and timbers to existing buildings to meet your Local Authority guidelines, or Scotts can also create bespoke designs and layouts which may help assist with planning exemptions altogether. One final consideration is to develop existing buildings or rebuild on existing sites. Scotts of Thrapston has helped many households design integral stable and garaging facilities, and also has an accessories range that is a great source of high quality fittings such as stable doors and windows that make a conversion of an existing outbuilding another viable option. For further advice please telephone 01832 732366 or email september 2012 Localrider 87

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To advertise here, call 01892 863062 or email:

september 2012 1 September Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

3 September Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Dressage, inc UK Riders Regional Challenge Qualifiers, and CT Rider Summer Qualifiers, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 5 September Royal Leisure Clear Round Evenings, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 1 22/2/09 14:04 Page 1 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@,

1 PAGES September AVH186:PAGE 37Bedgebury TO 40 Park, ISSUE Sponsored Ride, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. 7 September Bedgebury Park, Evening Unaffiliated Dressage & Clear com, round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak 1 September Duckhurst Farm Show Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Centre, Pony Affiliated, Clapper Lane, Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: com, 01580 891057 7- 9 September Juddwood Farm, Residential 1 September Silverdale Arabians, Horse Camps for Adults, Bring your Northlands Farm, In-Hand Clinic, Open horse for three days of great fun and to anyone who lives in the South East excellent instruction. Juddwood Farm, Region, it is totally Free. Limited places, Tonbridge, Kent, Telephone: 01892 Email to ensure your place. Learn tricks 871080, K May your DRESSAGE of the trade, can 8bring own horse & POLEWORK CLINIC WITH MANDY LAWRENCE 8 September Duckhurst Show Equestrian, Kent. Contact Mandy on 01622Farm 890019 or pony, two clinics for 5 toEaglesfield 16 years and Centre, Affiliated, Clapper Lane, 17 to 100 provided, K years, Refreshments 9 May UNAFF DRESSAGE SHOW - Details: or 07752712915 Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: Northlands East Sussex, & DIST RA COMBINED TRAINING - SAE: ADRA, 12 Hop K Farm,9Bodiam, May APPLEDORE 01580 891057 TN32 5UX, Telephone 01233 822574,


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email: 8 September LMEQ, Show JumpingEC., Randalls Sy 9 May PACHESHAM EC BD DRESSAGE (INC MUSIC) - Pachesham with Ernest Dillon, Littleton Manor Rd., Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 OAL. 2 September Ashford Valley Hunt Pony Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, Club, Open Event,COLETTE’S Bonfleur XC K One Day 9 May DRESSAGE - W&T, Prelim, Novice & Elementary at Willow Farm, RH2 8LB call Jennifer on 07771 Faversham.01580 Details: course, Linton, Enquires telephone: 598730 for places. 765132,


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RUSHMORE EC DRESSAGE PRELIM 7 - 6pm at Chelsfield EC, Schedules Chipstead Riding SAE to Show Secretary, 9 1 September Crest Rd., Hayes, Kent BR2 7JA.Club, 020 8462 1779 2 September Bridge House Events at, Dressage, Diamond Centre, Carshalton, Bramble Hill, Hunter Trial. Bramble Surrey. K Five Oaks 9 May DRESSAGE & POLEWORK CLINIC WITH MANDY LAWRENCE Hill Farm, Road, Slinfold, Harrietsham, Kent. Contact Mandy on 01622 890019 Farm Show Centre, 9 September Duckhurst West Sussex, RH13 0RL. www. May DRESSAGE - Limes FarmSenior EC Ltd,Intro Pay Street, Hawkinge, Folkestone, K 9/10 / Amature, Clapper Lane,Kent CT18 7DZ. Tel/Fax 01303 891222 or or Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: 2 September Chipstead Riding Club emails: 01580 891057 AutumnSx Show, Pachesham Equestrian 10 May EAST SUSSEX PC PPC9 COMPETITION Montague. Details: Cathy Aston September Hillside Farm, Fun Centre, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, 01435 867565 Jumping Show, Mini x bars to 2’6” in Surrey. K 10 May UNAFF DRESSAGE SHOW - Details: – or 07752712915 sandschool assistance allowed – no 2 September Show, Express CHAMPIONSHIPS eliminations, Friendly Atmosphere. SE Denmead 10 May FunSADDLEBRED & Fun OPEN BREED SHOW - Moreton Event & Show. Denmead, Hampshire. email: Morrell College., Hillside Farm, Coolham, West Sussex, SAE: USA-UK Champs Show, Philpot Square, Peterborough Road, London RH13 36 8QN, Telephone: 01403 740041, SW6 3HX 2 September Duckhurst Farm Show Centre, K 10 May SPELDHURST DERBY & FUN SHOW In aid of Hospice. SAE to Natalie Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Clapper Lane, 9 September LMEQ, Show Jumping Crouch, 38 Medway Road, Southborough, Kent TN4 OHS. www.speldhurstderStaplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Telephone: with Ernest Dillon, Littleton Manor 01580 891057 Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, Sy 10 May DRESSAGE SUMMER CHAMP SERIES - Holt Farm, Warlingham, Surrey. holtRH2 8LB call Jennifer on 07771 2 September Eaglesfield Outdoor or tel: 01959 562008/07968 486381, 598730 for places. Unaffiliated Jumping Show, with Cricklands 9 September Surrey Show Branch of theCopthrone Pony Qualifiers, Pole Softrack Ground, Sx Cross10 Mayto 3’6” BEOpen, & UNAFF COMBINED TRAININGMid - Felbridge Challenge 1’6” to 3’. Pony 07973 waxed sand outdoor arena,Rd., Eaglesfield E Grinstead, West SxClub, RH19Eventers 2NU., 01342 321601, 864103 Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Equestrian Centre, West Yoke, Ash, Nr Surrey, KT20 5BN.Telephone Sevenoaks, Contact: Jean K Kent, 10TN15 May 7HT,FUN HORSE SHOW - 9.30am start, Inhand, Ridden & CR 01737 Jumping240505 at Oakleigh – goNr toRochester, Mid Surrey Branch Clark, Telephone: 07958 650036 AnimalEmail: Feed Barn, Bucklands Road, Higham, Kent ME3 7HY/ 01634 222987 or SAE 9 September Mount Mascal Stables, One Sx 10 May UNAFF DRESSAGE Felbridge Show Ground, Copthrone Rd., E Grinstead, Day Event, Dressage Prelim 7, 2’3” – 2’6” 2 September Goring & District West Sx RH19 2NU., 01342 321601, 864103 & BE 90 Test 93, 2’6” – 2’9”07973 Showjumping Riding Club, Hunter Trials #2 Titnore & Cross Country, Mount Mascal Eridge Park (PC Sx 1007805 May 061682, ERIDGE HUNT PC HORSE TRIALS - Mini and Novice at Stables, Lane, Telephone: Members only). Schedules: orKent, SAE (indicating Vicarage Road, Bexley, DA5 2AWevent) to Janet Shears, Fiona Whittington, Farm, Frant, East Sussex T3 9EN. Tel/Fax 01892 750002 2 September Great Bookham Shows, 9 September Royal Leisure Senior SunshineSyTour Qualifier, Open 10 May Autumn ONE DAY EVENT - Littlefield Manor Farm, Littlefield Common, Guildford, British Show Jumping, and Un-Affiliated Show, Dressage, Show Jumping, Surrey and GU3 3HJ. Tel: 01483 233068,, on show dayJumping, 07860 947439. SAE: Show SecretaryRoyal Leisure Centre, Horn Showing, Great Bookham Equestrian Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: Centre, Telephone: 01372 451458, www.& DISTRIC RC SPRING SHOW K 10 May FAVERSHAM - Details: www.favershamrid01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@,, COMPETITION - SAE: Nelson Park Riding Centre, St K 10 May OPEN SHOWJUMPING 2 September Lord Leconfield Branch of the 9 September Speedgate, Unaffiliated Road, Woodchurch, Birchington, Kent CT7 OHJ Pony Club, Sponsored Ride,Margaret’s Petworth Park, Dressage, includes Walk & Trot, Prelim, Sy 10 May PACHESHAM EC SHOWJUMPING - Pachesham EC., Randalls Rd., West Sussex Novice, Elementary & Medium. Speegate Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 OAL. 2 September Molash Charity Ride, 12-14 Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. K 10 May SEVENOAKS RC DRESSAGE, SHOWJUMPING & COMBINED TRAINING Miles through forest, bridlepaths, & Telephone: 01474 888474, Email: events@ - Redlands. Contact: Joanna Comer 01732 461462 farmland with optional jumps around K Coppind 10 May the course, Farm, HUNTER Molash, TRIALS - Chapelwood EC, Ash Rd., Hartley, Kent DA3 8HA. 9 September Sevenoaks or 07787 155435 Riding Club, Nr Canterbury. Telephone: 01233 Annual Show, Redlands, Sevenoaks, Tel: 10 May CASH PRIZE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER - Oakwood Park Showground, 740598, Sx Email: geoff.jenkins195@ 01732 461462 Maresfield, Uckfield, E.Sx. Visit Tel: 01825 722277, 9 September Warlingham District Horse K 14 May SEVENOAKS RC EVENING DRESSAGE SJ & COMBINED TRAINING 2 September Royal Leisure Redlands. Senior British Club, Mock Hunt Training. Warren Barn Contact: Joanna Comer 01732 461462 Show Jumping, Royal Leisure Centre, Farm, SJ Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, Sy 14 May PACHESHAM EC DRESSAGE Pachesham EC., Randalls Rd., Leatherhead, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: CR3 7HN, Telephone: 07950 496993, Email: Surrey KT22 OAL. 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@, K 14 May SHOWJUMPING - Quals, CR 1’6” & 2’. Novice jumping approx 2’, Open, Chelsfield, Orpington, ing 2’6” at Chelsfield Riding School, Church Rd., 11 September Royal Leisure Senior British Kent 2 September Rushford Farm Horse BR6 7SN.Shows, 01689 855603 Show Jumping, Royal Leisure Centre, Pink & Bling Dressage, In memory of Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: Sy 16 May WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW - Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Tandridge Sam Sunday, Proceeeds to St Wilfreds 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@ Lane, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LL. Tel: 01342 833317, or Hospice. Rushford Farm, Three email:Cups, Corner, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 Sx 16 May BSJA SNRS - Felbridge 12 Show Ground, Copthrone Rd.,Park, E Grinstead, West Sx September Bedgebury Affiliated 9LR, Telephone: 01435 830440 RH19Email: 2NU., 01342Bedgebury 321601, 07973 864103 Dressage, Park, Lady Oak K 16 May DRESSAGE & POLEWORK WITHKent, MANDY LAWRENCE - Arrow Lane,CLINIC Goudhurst, TN17 2SH, RC,Charity Kent. Contact on 01622email: 890019kerry@bedgeburypark. 2 September Tonbridge Lions HorseMandyEnquires com,RC Show, Classes for LodgeMAIDSTONE Farm (Cross & DISTRICT 16all. May DRESSAGE SHOW - Street Farm, Burham. K Contact Karen Newman 01622 859971 or Country Course), Matfield (A21/B2160) 12 September Royal Leisure Clear Round TN12 7ET, 16 May PACHESHAM EC SJ & Evenings, XC SCHOOLING - 1-4pm,Centre, Pachesham EC., Randalls Royal Leisure Horn Rd., Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 Lane,OAL. Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 2 September Warren Barn Events, 16 May SPEEDGATE UNAFF DRESSAGE SERIES - Speedgate Farm, Fawkham, Kent. 01273 493864 Email: royalleisure@ AutumnKMixed Mountain and Moorland Schedule/info Barnes direct on 0560 0040466 or 07765 547301 or, Show, Affiliated to The National Pony contact Nicola email - Society. Warren Barn Farm, Slines 14 September Bedgebury Park, Clear Sx Woldingham, 16 May Surrey, PYECOMBE JUNIOR BSJA - Brendon Stud, London Road, Pyecombe, W Oak Road, Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak BN45 7ED. Schedules on Tel: 07815 CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883Sussex 650244, Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, 908017 Enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. K 16/17 May 2 DAY PRE SEASON SJ CLINIC CAMP WITH ANN BERRY - Coldblow Farm, com, 3 – 6 September British Dressage Petplan Coldblow Lane, Thurnham, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3LR. Tel: 01622 730439 or Equine Area Festival, Wellington email 14 September Duckhurst Farm Show Riding, Heckfield, Horse Sales, Clapper Lane, Sx 17 Hook, May Hampshire, RVRC HUNTER TRIALSCentre, - Bull Farm, Cranbrook. Schedules & details SAE: Jo Telephone 02476 698839 www. Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0JW Crouch, Yew Tree Cottage, Wheel Lane, Westfield, E SxTelephone: TN35 4SJ. 07803 britishdressage/how_to_qualify 280533. 01580 891057 K 17 May COLETTES SUMMER HORSE SHOW - (SJ, Ridden & In-Hand Showing) at Barville Farm, Dover, Kent. SAE Mrs Colette Walker, Ashdeane, Sutton Rd, Ripple, Deal, Kent. K 17 May CHEQUER TREE FARM IN-HAND & RIDDEN SHOWING SHOW Schedules & Info: The Show Secretary, Chequer Tree Farm, Collier Street, Marden, Nr Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9SB. Tel: 07711 838319/01892 730412 Sx 17 BSJA SNRS - Felbridge Show Ground, Copthrone Rd., E Grinstead, West Sx 89-91-show_lrsept12.indd 2 May RH19 2NU., 01342 321601, 07973 864103

odhounds Eve kham Blo nts Coa Sponsored Sponsored Charity Ride & Walk at Montague, Hankham, East Sussex

Charity & Walk2009 Sunday 27thRide September

10 or 5 mileAt route across mostly private farm land on East the beautiful Pevensey Levels with Montague, Hankham, Sussex optional jumps. SAE to: 3 St Mary’s Cottages, Ninfield Road, Bexhill on Sea, E Sx TN39 5DE

Sunday 23rd September 2012

Coakham Bloodhounds Ball

10 or 5 mile route across mostly private farm land on the beautiful Pevensey Levels with optional jumps. SAE to: 3 StSussex Mary’s Cottages, Ninfield BexhillUckfield on Sea, E Sx TN39 5DE at East National GolfRoad, Resort,

Saturday 21st November Coakham Bloodhounds Ball 2009

For all details see website February 23rd 2013, Venue TBC For all details see website


Summer 2009 Events MAY 17TH SPRING SHOW (Inc Balanced Horse Feeds Championship Qualifiers & Other Aff Classes) MAY 31ST NOVICE SHOW JULY 12TH SUMMER SHOW (Inc Balanced Horse Feeds Championship Qualifiers & Other Aff Classes) AUG 2ND NOVICE SHOW AUG 16TH EVENTERS CHALLENGE SEPT 6TH AUTUMN SHOW (Inc Balanced Horse Feeds Championship Qualifiers & Other Aff Classes) EVENING DRESSAGE MAY 28TH, JUNE 25TH, JULY 23RD Download schedules from end of March or A5 SAE only to Jackie Russell, 32 Chartwell Place, Cheam, Surrey SM3 9TD

POSTLING CROSS-COUNTRY SPONSORED RIDE SUN SEPTEMB ER 13TH 9 miles over spectacular downland country with 26 optional jumps.

In aid of Postling Village Hall, St John’s Ambulance, Age Concern & the Kent Air Ambulance. SAE for schedules from: Mrs Jane Reynolds, The Pent, Postling, Hythe CT21 4EY

South Eastern Equestrian Services Events 2009 South of England Horse Trials (Ardingly) 18th & 19th April Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers (5 & 6 year olds)

Eridge 3rd July SAE for schedules: SEES, Oatridges, Best Beech, Wadhurst, E Sx TN5 6JL or 01892 783227

Eridge Horse Trials 4th & 5th July South of England International Horse Trials september 2012 Localrider 89 26th & 27th September • Top International Riders • Trade Stands • • Licensed Bar • Car Parking • All details telephone 01892 783227

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sHOW DATES 15 September bedgebury park, british show Jumping Clinic with Judi piper, bedgebury park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, tN17 2sH, enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com,

Warlingham District Horse Club Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Rd, Woldingham, CR3 7HN

15 September Duckhurst Farm show Centre, mini Novice, Clapper Lane, staplehurst, Kent, tN12 0JW telephone: 01580 891057

Have the following events:

9th Sept - Mock Hunt Training 16th Sept - Show-Jumping Extravaganza 30th Sept - Beginners Mock Hunt 14th October- Hunter trials 28th October-Halloween Show Jumping

15 September royal Leisure Un-Affiliated Jumping, royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, bN5 9sA, telephone:

All events at Warren Barn SAE; Show Secretary Sarah Jones, WDHC, 32 Blanchmans Rd, Warlingham, Surrey. CR6 9DE 07950 496993


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FULBROOK LANE, ELSTEAD SURREY GU8 6LG In aid of local charities

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

Schedules: or send SAE: Mrs T Robinson 18 Homemead, Forest Road Denmead, Hants PO7 6YD

Call 01892 863062

For all your club Rosettes, Sashes & Ribbons this year make us your first stop

15 September Weald of Kent ploughing match Horse show & Gymkhana, 14 years and under, show Jumping, best rider, pC pony, Lead rein, Gymkhana & Novelty Class. August pitts, Churn Lane, Horsmonden, tN12 8HW. sAe: A elliott, Gravel pit Farm, marden, tN12 9Np 16 September balanced Horse Feeds Championship show. pachesham equestrian Centre. www. 16 September bridge House events at bramble Hill, Annual show. bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks road, slinfold, West sussex, rH13 0rL. www. 16 September Chilham park, Unaffiliated Hunter trials, Chilham park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, Ct4 8Db telephone: 01227 730811 16 September Chiltern riding Club & Alden riding Club, Open Dressage, Alden equicentre, Upton, Oxon, telephone: 07753 660 617

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At Coppins Farm, Molash, nr Canterbury Sunday 2nd September 2012, starts 10am 12-14 miles through forest, bridlepaths and farm land with optional jumps around the course For entry forms send SAE to Geoffrey Jenkins Kings View, Shottenden Lane, Molash, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 8EZ Tel: 01233 740598 Email:


SEPT 2, 9, 16, 23 SEPT 11, 18, 25 SEPT 9, 15, 22 SEPT 16, 30 SEPT 29 SEPT 5, 12, 19, 26 ON ALL-WEATHER, GRASS, WORKING HUNTER COURSE, CROSS COUNTRY COURSES AS WELL. SEPT. Phone 07754 189054 to check availability. EQUESTRIAN CARBOOT SALE SEPT 22 SATURDAY

22 September royal Leisure Un-Affiliated Jumping, and equestrian Car boot sale, royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, bN5 9sA, telephone: 01273 493864 email: royalleisure@hotmail., 22 September south of england International Horse trials, see the thrills & spills of eventing, elegance of dressage, pressures of show jumping, and the bravery of the cross country phase. International and local riders completing at different levels thoughout the weekend, Great day out for all the family, trade stands, Catering & Licenced bar. Ardingly show Ground, Ardingly, West sussex, rH17 6tL.

16 September Duckhurst Farm show Centre, Unaffiliated show Jumping, Clapper Lane, staplehurst, Kent, tN12 0JW telephone: 01580 891057

23 September Chequer tree Farm, In-Hand and ridden showing shows, Collier street, marden, tN12 9sb, telephone: 07711 838319 email:

16 September the rockbourne ride, Hunter trials, poole pony Club, tenantry Farm, rockbourne, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, sp6 3pb, telephone: 01725 518297 Contact philipa Conner 01258 841298

23 September Duckhurst Farm show Centre, senior Intro / Amature, Clapper Lane, staplehurst, Kent, tN12 0JW telephone: 01580 891057

16 September romney marsh branch of the pony Club, Open Hunter trial, bonfleur Cross Country Course, Nr Linton. telelephone: 01892 824754. http:/

16 September speedgate, Clear round Jumping, speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. telephone: 01474 888474, email: events@speedgate. 16 September Warlingham District Horse Club, show jumping extravaganza. Warren barn Farm, slines Oak road, Woldingham, surrey, Cr3 7HN, telephone: 07950 496993, email: enquiries@, 18 September royal Leisure senior british show Jumping, royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, bN5 9sA, telephone: 01273 493864 email: royalleisure@, 19 September bedgebury park, Francis and bryony Whittington Clinic, bedgebury park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, tN17 2sH, enquires email: kerry@bedgeburypark. com, 19 September Hillside Farm, Clear round Jumping, Full Course 2’3” to 2’9” can be raised to include gate, wall, planks, water tray and a number of fillers. Hillside Farm, Coolham, West sussex, rH13 8QN, telephone: 01403 740041, 19 September royal Leisure Clear round evenings, royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, bN5 9sA, telephone: 01273 493864 email: royalleisure@,


22 September Duckhurst Farm show Centre, pony Affiliated, Clapper Lane, staplehurst, Kent, tN12 0JW telephone: 01580 891057

23 September Coakham bloodhounds, sponsored Charity ride & Walk, 10 or 5 mile route across mostly private land on the beautiful pevensey Levels with optional jumps, at montague, Hankham, east sussex,

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