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Localrider Magazine



April 2013

. . . o t g n i Go Badminton April 2013 • VOLUME XIII NUMBER 3

✔ 12 page preview ✔ Q&A with Harry Meade



How to in the Ring SPOTLIGHT: Georgia Aungier Feeding the Competition Horse Assisted Breeding: Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer


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K. Bruce There is more to consider when purchasing horse insurance than just price, of course this is an important consideration but a competitive policy from a reliable insurer could save you thousands in the long term. SEIB have been around for 50 years and will be at the end of the phone if you need to claim. SEIB offer competitive premiums that have risen at a slower rate than vets fees. Insurance with SEIB is better value than ever! One in four of our customers claim and the average is ÂŁ1,700. It can be expensive and difficult to move insurers particularly as your horse gets older so choose SEIB from day one and have the peace of mind of a company that will be here to help when you need us.



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Contents April 2013 EDITOR

Fiona Rafferty Tel: 01892 863062







Karen Ede Tel: 01892 863062

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



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Contributors: Alex Kelly, Nigel Goddard, George Gorman, Sara Howe, Craig Payne, Kit Houghton/Mitsubishi Motors, Tony Ramirez, ED Lyall BvetMed Cert EM MRCVS, Fiona Scott-Maxwell, West End Photography, Kathryn Pearn, Spidge Photography, Ultimate Images, Stephen Biddlecombe, John Brotter, Elvedin Bektic, James Pyne, ES Photography, Sue Bird, Susan Cox, Luke Gee, Sally Gee, Jennifer Cranford, Stephen Townsend, Peter Blackman

Megan Butler and Dalestown Bracken are heading to Badminton for the BE90 Grassroots Championship Photograph by Nigel Goddard of KS Digital

25 Enjoy the Magic of Jive Pony 26 Assisted Breeding 30 Let’s Go British Showjumping 35 Mouth to Mouth 37 The Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship at Badminton Preview 46 Q&A with Harry Meade 48 The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Preview 50 Tried & Tested Spring Clothing

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54 On the Road to HOYS 58 The Winning Look 62 Sweet Itch: the big itch

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79 Respiratory Problems Solved

News Club News Spotlight – Georgia Aungier Regional Roundup Readers’ Gallery The diary of Figaro Flyer British Showjumping News Eventing News Laura’s Diary Show Dates Classifieds Father Figure – Mark Dollemore Reader of the Month – Rosie Sharpe Coming Next Month

Show Reports

88 Laminitis News

70 Lavant House Pony Club Dressage 72 Sunshine Tour News 73 West Kent Sevenoaks Pony Club Learn to Drive 74 Area 13 Indoor Show Jumping 76 Hailsham Equestrian Club Dressage Show

89 The Laminitis App

78 Indoor Horse Driving Trials

80 Supplement Requirements of the Competition Horse 84 Feeding for Condition & Topline 86 Three Essentials for the Competition Horse

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e have had enormous fun at Localrider HQ working on the April issue. Interviewing the riders heading to Badminton for the Grassroots Championships, we have been amazed by all their wonderful stories and can’t wait for the 1st May, when the dressage action begins. We also chatted to Harry Meade, to discover how his preparation is going and to find out if he had any tips for our Grassroots riders, turn to page 46 to find out more. I love escaping from the office with my camera and spent a fun day at Littleton Manor (LMEQ) with Lucy Thompson and Jon Pitts at one of their Combined Analysis Training clinics. This great new concept allows you to jump a course of show jumps and cross country fences as if in competition. After each round you are given feedback and helped with any problems, before jumping both rounds again, see page 17. When the sun briefly appeared at the beginning of March, I was asked if I knew of anything that might help with the problem of sweetitch. If your horse suffers, then we would always suggest that you discuss the situation with your vet, but if you want to find out more about the condition and some of the products that may help turn to page 64. Speaking to a horse nutritionist it would appear that another cause of concern this month is loss of condition. There are a combination of reasons for this, but primarily last year’s hay crop was cut very late, which affects its nutritional value and due to the constant rainfall the nutritional value in the grass over winter was generally lower than in other years, hence horses have been struggling to maintain condition. If you are looking to put some condition back on your horse turn to page 84 to find out more. Please remember, if you are concerned about your horse’s feeding regime most of the major feed companies have very friendly telephone advice lines. If you are out competing this month have fun and keep us posted with any good results. Remember you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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news Parwood Cross Country Course Now Open


he cross country course at parwood Equestrian Centre is now open for the 2013 season. it has over 60 jumps from BE70 to intermediate height, including two water complexes, ditches, corners, bounce, angles, two step complexes, and other combinations. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, subject to weather. Booking is required.

Happiness is a hug Five-year-old ricky Maina and his four-year-old donkey, Welfare, share a special bond. Every day the pair share a hug. The young boy from Kenya helps feed and water his donkey each day and the Brooke help him understand how important it is to take care of his foal so it grows up strong and healthy. ricky is lucky, his school is just 600m from his home, so he can rush back to take Welfare grazing in the afternoons. When he gets older and taller his plan is to learn to ride the little donkey, who for now, is the love of his life.

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Simple Steps to Long and Low With much discussion within the dressage world over the development of correct stretching and positioning of the horses head and neck during training, iride Training saw an opportunity to help all standards of rider understand how to work your horse towards a correct long and low frame. long and low is a topic that is rarely broken down by a lot of trainers and is often assumed that it can be achieved by anyone, yet working long and low correctly can be an art on a hollow, tense, lazy or stiff horse. listen whilst riding to Simple Steps to long and low.

‘Spook’-ily Good! This gorgeous fleece jacket by equestrian fashion brand Spooks, available through online retailer Dressage Deluxe, is the ideal lightweight cover-up for those chilly spring show mornings. Designed to flatter your curves, this jacket features a shaped hem, whilst the cut and stitch detail on this jacket compliments your shape. an extra tall collar allows you wear up or turned down, whilst the slanted hip pockets and full zip offer functionality to this stunning jacket.

SEIB (Large) Retailer of the Year aivly Country Store, in ringwood, on the Hampshire/Dorset border has scooped the most prestigious national award for equestrian retailers. With over 2000 tack shops initially nominated by their customers, and referenced by suppliers, aivly’s customer service, expertise and facilities were then secretly assessed by the British Equestrian Trade association (BETa). Judged to be the best in the business, aivly was announced as the SEiB (large) retailer of the Year award during the BETa Gala Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on Sunday, 17 February. “it was such a wonderful surprise”, says Sheila lister of aivly Country Store, adding, “aivly always endeavours to offer a personal yet professional service – and were thrilled to have been nominated for the fourth time this year. To win has really inspired us and we’re looking at further ways to improve - we’ve got a standard to set - and would like to thank everybody who voted for us and our staff for helping aivly achieve this award.”

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andrew Gould and Jonathan paget treated the visitors of Merrist Wood and Crofton Manor to two evenings of entertainment with valuable training methods and exercises. From the worlds of dressage and eventing respectively, andrew and Jock brought well known rides, as well as up-and-coming future stars, from their selection of talented competition horses, to show the ways in which these techniques are transferable for horses of all levels and abilities. The positive response towards the evening was overwhelming, and hundreds of spectators turned out on each evening to learn from the experts. Sponsors contributed prizes for the charity raffle, which was held in aid of Spinal research. The raffle raised over £700, which will go into further vital study and groundwork for the charity.

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a new addition to the Mark Todd range, the patent Collection includes a choice of bridles and headcollars. Two bridles are on offer: one with full patent on the browband and noseband while the other has subtle piped patent detail. Mark Todd patent Bridles have stainless steel buckles and are supplied with flash attachment and rubber grip reins. Matching headcollars are available in both styles.

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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

Trot to be Trim and put a smile on your face


he British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is delighted to announce its new health and fitness campaign ‘Trot to be Trim’, which promotes the many health and well being benefits long associated with riding and being involved with horses. Trot to be Trim is an excellent initiative for weight loss. There is so much to do with the horse before and after you ride, it’s three times the benefit of other exercise plans. Hundreds of calories are used during each session. a study carried out by The British Horse Society in 2011 revealed that riding can expend sufficient energy to be classed as moderateintensity exercise. an hour’s schooling session or group lesson burns off 360 calories – the equivalent to an hour peddling up to 10mph on a cycle ride. For more information about getting back to riding whatever your experience and fitness level go to

Farewell to Law Choice International Three Day Event Rider Flora Harris has had to say a heartbreaking goodbye to her top horse, Law Choice. Aged 13, Bob as he was known at home, owned by Caroline Harris and Jane Keir, sustained a tendon injury during training that resulted in the agonising decision to have him put to sleep. “I am utterly devastated to have lost the horse who was my best friend, and he will always be remembered for his stunning jumping performances and his ‘never say die’ attitude. As my first top horse I had hoped that he would grow old with me, but sadly it wasn’t to be. I feel honoured and privileged to have known him and he will be remembered fondly for the opportunities and experiences he has given me in my career to date,” said Flora. Throughout his career he amassed over 200 BE points, and amongst many fantastic results he won the CIC** at Osberton and the 2010 Express Eventing competition. He also gave Flora her first experience at CCI**** during the 2011 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, jumping clear cross-country.

EquiCleanse for safe, effective wound management EquiCleanse is the latest exciting addition to NaF’s veterinary support range, NaturalintX, the natural answer to first aid. Designed for safe and effective wound management and proven to kill 99.9% of all known germs dead, EquiCleanse is formulated from naturally powerful Grapefruit Seed Extract. Used either neat or diluted in water, EquiCleanse offers a veterinary level of hygiene when cleansing minor wounds or caring for superficial skin irritations. Be sure to have EquiCleanse as an essential component of your first aid kit to kill 99.9% of all known germs dead, naturally.

Kent Festival This year the annual Kent Festival of Showing & Dressage at Farming World on 12th May, is set to be even better than ever, with Equifest and BSpa qualifiers for the first time, alongside Veteran, Ex-racer, royal london and Hickstead Horse Feeds qualifiers. and for the second year running, the show will also host the Hickstead Horse Feeds Show Jumper of the Year Finals (for anyone who qualified between april 2012 and april 2013). There will be over 60 classes including three showing rings (hunters, riding ponies, lead rein, M&M, coloureds, cobs, youngstock, etc), show jumping (from cross poles to 90cm), dressage and a fun dog show – with a sash for the winner of every class. This year the dressage arena is being moved to a better location on the show ground (following feedback from last year) and as always the arenas will be very large on flat, level, mown grass. The show ground is easily accessible from the a2 / M2 and boasts extensive parking at the ringside.

Carriage Driving Fair 2013 Britain’s biggest indoor carriage driving show , organised by Brockham Harness Club, returns to its new home The Merrist Wood arena at Guildford on Sunday 21st april and celebrates its 17th year. The show offers carriage driving enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport the chance to catch up with the latest ideas and products with the vast range of trade stands and demonstrations on offer. The nonstop arena programme promises exciting new displays for 2013 along with many of your old favourites and combines thrilling competition, instructional and informative displays and sheer entertainment from the country’s leading carriage drivers and equestrian personalities. a set of Tedex Harness kindly donated by Zilco Europe is the top prize in the grand draw along with many other exciting prizes. Every visitor has the chance to try driving for free in the ‘Suck it and See area’, it’s the perfect family day out with full catering facilities, free parking, free admission for under 12s and tickets are now on sale including reserved balcony seating. Tickets are available on the door, but why not fast track and order your tickets online at

Saddle fitting in the South East a correctly fitted saddle is the most important part of your riding equipment because if your saddle does not fit properly it can result in pain, damage and/or injury to your horse. richard Spragg of Spragg Saddlery said: “Here at Spragg Saddlery we understand the importance of a correctly fitted saddle to every horse and rider which is why we provide a top quality saddle fitting and reflocking service to over 500 competition and private livery yards across the south east. Whether you need a need a new saddle, or your current one checked and reflocked, we come out to you for a fee from £35. We only reflock using pure new wool and all reflocking is done on site and the saddle refitted to your horse. We recommend that every rider has their saddle checked at least every six months or sooner if required.” For further advice and information concerning saddle fitting, checking and on site reflocking please see our website at www. april 2013 Localrider 7

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ow many of us think about getting off our horses and how safe it is? If we own a horse, chances are we take risks every single time we do it – this is because we get used to making the same movements, and our muscle memory takes over. If you had to dismount from the offside, or from a different horse, you would probably do so a lot more carefully! There are many risk factors linked to dismounting – our spurs getting caught in the stirrup irons; horses spooking or walking off; losing our balance upon landing – and of course, there’s also the issue of physical fatigue after riding. Riders doing pleasure or long distance rides have been known to buckle at the knees involuntarily upon dismounting, simply because their legs have become wobbly, or their joints have ‘locked’. Uneven ground may also cause imbalance upon dismounting. The RS-tor rider safety aid is a product that attaches to the stirrup bars and is used when riding to help prevent falls – the rider holds the end of the strap like a riding crop, and the product helps absorb the movement caused by a spook, rear or cat-leap, helping to prevent a fall or an unseating. However, it is also ideal for dismounting. Sarah Millis, leading Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer, says it is ideal for any rider in terms of aiding a safe dismount. “When not in use, the RS-tor hangs at the horse’s shoulder. When getting off, I encourage my pupils to hold onto the handle with their left hand (assuming they’re getting off from the left) and dismounting normally, as it takes some weight as they dismount, and stops them from falling backwards – particularly useful on a very large horse, or a nervous one that is learning to stand still.”

A useful aid for mobility issues Horse owner Kathy Carter is seven months pregnant, and has been fortunate enough to continue riding her 16.2hh horse throughout her pregnancy. “However, getting off conventionally becomes virtually impossible once the bump gets too big, so I have been getting off using the ‘leg over the pommel’ technique. I used it most of the time with my last horse, who was 14.2hh, just through habit, so it comes quite naturally to me, however on a bigger horse, you have to consider your safety. I find that (when dismounting on the near side), if I put my right leg over the front of the pommel and twist around to the right to land facing the saddle, I land safely in the normal position. I wouldn’t dream of doing it without the RS-tor however – it has been tested vigorously to take the rider’s weight, and I can use it to lower myself down to the ground, instead of ‘dropping’,” Kathy explains. Whichever way you dismount – conventionally with the leg behind the saddle, or unconventionally with the leg over the pommel – you will find using the RS-tor useful, especially if you have any mobility issues, for example neurological conditions, degenerative joint conditions or anything that affects balance.

Dismounting safely By George Gorman of RS-tor

Dismounting safely When you take your feet out of the stirrups, make sure your spurs, if you are wearing them, will not get caught on the way down. Maintain fairly short reins even though you have halted, in case you need to pull the horse up if it steps forward. When you swing your right leg up and over the cantle of the saddle, lift it nice and high, and slightly push yourself away from the horse so you land clear of its legs. Bend your knees to absorb the shock of the landing – remember, the higher the horse, the more slowly you should dismount, and the closer you should stay to his body. Avoid keeping your left foot in the stirrup to lower yourself down, as this may pull on the horse’s back.

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Sarah Lowe and Amber, a combination who benefited from the training day

Lucy Thompson explains to junior event riser, Harriet Upton, how to harness her horse’s talent

Combined Analysis Training


ombined analysis Training (C.a.T) is designed to be the next stage of combined training, providing eventers with a training experience, which gives a realistic stepping stone to the start of the season. With eventers spending much of the winter break focusing on dressage, CaT training utilised the cross country facilities, built by the Willis Bros at littleton Manor equestrian Centre, to closely replicate the two jumping elements of the sport. each rider had the opportunity to ride their horse twice over both the show jumping and cross country courses. Following the first round of each phase immediate feedback from lucy Thompson (SJ) and Jon Pitts (XC), was provided, before the riders jumped for the second time. Human Performance coach and coach to the australian event team, Jon Pitts said: “Combined analysis Training gives eventers a training experience, which provides a realistic stepping stone to the start of the season. it provides a training exercise with feedback, within a competitive environment.” Sarah lowe attended the day with her 12-year-old mare, amber. They have previously competed at Be100, but will be starting the season at Be90 level. Sarah said that in the first round of show jumping she had a stop, but lucy told her what to do to improve and they jumped clear in the second round. Sarah thought the concept was great, as so often with cross country clinics, there is a stop start approach. it was great to jump a course as if in a competitive environment, including starting from the start box. Sarah said that Jon made her think about her riding and what she was doing. He told her that she needed to slow it all down, sit up and set-up better, using her posture to give her control. Sarah commented that in her second round she felt much more in control and able to pop anything. Sarah’s mother, Sue Cartright commented positively saying: “We have been in this game a long time and you never stop learning.”

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For more information on future C.A.T clinics visit Jon Pitts giving feedback to Sarah Wotton

Riders completed a full course before receiving feedback Riders were counted down from the start box, as if in a competitive situation

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Two neglected laminitic ponies helped by Blue Chip and the ISPCA. “Molly Mouse hobbled into the National Animal Centre on appalling overgrown hooves. This tiny little girl was left for many years enduring the agony of laminitis and deformed hooves. Our farrier and vet recommended a diet rich in biotin but low in calories to help Molly Mouse recover from her ordeal. Blue Chip Lamilight was fed along with hay and gradually her hooves returned to normal. Molly Mouse now lives with her foster mum who continues to feed her on Blue Chip Lami-light and is delighted with the condition of her hooves and her shiny glossy coat. Laminitis has become a distant memory for this little pony as she kicks up her heels and gallops across her paddock every day.” “Hector was taken into the care of the National Animal Centre as he was suffering from acute laminitis and neglected hooves. Allowed to roam over 40 acres of fertilised grass Hector became obese and developed laminitis.

Unfortunately Hector did not receive the veterinary attention he urgently needed, nor were his hooves trimmed by a farrier for almost two years. As a result this lovely little pony endured much pain and suffering and on arrival it was feared help had come too late for him. Hector however had other ideas. He was immediately examined by our equine vet and started on a course of pain relief and anti inflammatory medication. Of course we also gradually introduced him to Blue Chip Lamilight, which he loves! Less than two weeks later Hector was off medication and sound. Our vet was astonished by the difference in him and our farrier cannot believe how quickly Hector’s neglected hooves are improving. One month later and Hector has been transformed from a crippled overweight sad little pony into a lively, fun loving chap who causes no end of mischief.” Cathy Griffin, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA)

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Enjoy the Magic of the Jive Pony Display Team at the Blindley Heath Country Show on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May


he Jive Pony Display Team will be performing two 25 minute shows each day. Don’t miss the excitement of breathtaking vaulting to the sounds of music such as Grease, dancing ponies and equine tricks. After each show there will be a ‘meet & greet’, plus the team are bringing along their miniature ponies, so keep your eyes peeled as they will be wandering around the show ground. To find out more about Jive Pony, the UK’s Premier Female Equestrian Display Team, visit www. They run Experience Days and Trick Training Clinics, so if you feel inspired to have a go, why not have a chat with one of the members of the team after their display in the main arena at the Blindley Heath Country Show.

Other attractions

The Xtreme Falconry can’t fail to impress you, as they demonstrate the Eagles’, Falcons’ and Owls’ natural ability and awesome power as they swoop past you at 150mph! The best quality food and drink is on offer, together with Tony’s famous bar supplying real ales and ciders. There are 100 trade stands to stroll around, a traditional fun fair, food and craft tent, fly fishing demonstrations, classic vehicles and non-stop arena action. Gates open at 10am and the fun continues until 5pm.


We have 50 entrance tickets to giveaway. For your chance to win complete the entry form on page 67 or email making sure to put Blindley Heath Country Show in the subject box and provide your full postal address. The 50 winners will be drawn on Wednesday 17th April 2013.

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feature Scanning the Mare

Artificial Insemination

The aim of this article is not to discuss in detail routines used for frozen and chilled semen, but to show that using AI is a simple option. If mare owners would like to know more about these routines, information is available on our website Artificial insemination by an experienced vet is a very successful and simple way of obtaining a foal. The mare stays at home or locally at a specialist AI centre and the owners are involved in what is happening. In my experience we have experienced higher conception rates with both chilled and frozen semen than with natural service. The starting point when planning a breeding programme for a mare is to choose the stallion. Looking in magazines where stallion owners advertise is a good way of starting to look at which stallions are available. The internet has also made selecting stallions much easier, there is so much information available on the net, many of the stud’s websites have video clips of the stallions and the breed societies will provide information with regards to their competition history. When purchasing semen from abroad I would advocate the use of an agent such as Elite Stallions to buy the semen on your behalf. To import semen into the UK, the semen must comply with certain health criteria for example the stallion from which the semen has been collected must be free of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the time of collection. It is much easier to allow an agent to make sure all the paperwork certifying the health status of the stallion, the ‘health papers’, arrives properly with the semen. The agents will also sort out the shipping of the semen to the required location. Communication between vets, owners and semen agents is essential. Many of the problems encountered with the AI routines are due to mares being examined too late in the day to order semen and breakdowns in the lines of communication.

Chilled or frozen

Semen is either available in chilled or frozen form. There are advantages of both types. Chilled semen is ordered the day before the mare is due to ovulate. It is collected to order, chilled to about 5°C and shipped to arrive with the mare within 24 hours of collection. Chilled semen is shipped all over the UK and Europe easily. It is possible to get chilled semen from the USA, but is much more tricky. The disadvantage of chilled semen is that semen is only available on the days that the courier will reliably deliver i.e. Tuesday to Friday and possibly Saturday.

Assisted Breeding

Words by Ed Lyall BvetMed Cert EM MRCVS of The Arundel Equine Hospital

The assisted breeding technique of artificial insemination allows the use of stallions from all over the world and embryo transfer allows mares to continue in competition and to produce foals without having a career break. Quite simple routines make breeding for novice mare owners less daunting. However, one of the main advantages of chilled semen is the timing of insemination needs to be less precise and the techniques used for insemination process are less skilled and I now use a deep intrauterine insemination technique to inseminate mares that have had small volumes of chilled semen delivered from the continent. Also some stallions have better fertility with chilled semen than with frozen semen. The success with frozen semen seems to be stallion dependent. Some stallions are more fertile after the semen has been frozen and thawed than others. However, with modern freezing techniques the majority of stallions now have very good fertility when frozen semen is used. The main advantage of using frozen semen is that it is ordered well in advance of when it is required. It is stored at the facility where the mare is to be inseminated and it is available seven days a week. The disadvantages of using frozen semen is the timing of insemination is much more crucial and the insemination techniques, usually deep intra uterine insemination are far more skilled. We aim to inseminate with frozen semen within 4 to 6 hours of ovulation, we use ovulation induction agents that relatively accurately stimulate ovulation approximately 36 to 48 hours after administration, however to get the timing correct still requires 3 or 4 examinations on the day of insemination.

Mare Management

One of the key aspects to getting mares in foal with chilled or frozen semen is the management of the mare after she has been inseminated. Many mares, particularly older mares, develop a post inseminating endometritis, or inflammatory response within the uterus. Identifying this by ultrasound scanning the uterus 6 to 24 hours after service and dealing with it with sterile saline lavages and intra-uterine antibiotics is essential.

Embryo Transfer

An exciting area of assisted breeding that is developing rapidly is embryo transfer (ET). This is where a donor mare, of value to the owner either for sport or for some other reason, produces a foal without having to carry the foal and have a break in her career. ET can also allow mares with fertility problems such as a damaged uterus or orthopaedic

problems such as a damaged pelvis, that cannot carry a foal, to produce a foal that is carried by a surrogate mother. One of the other advantages is that several foals can be produced from one high value mare in a season potentially by different stallions. The mare is inseminated or mated with a desired stallion following the usual process. The uterus is flushed at 7 or 8 days after ovulation, the recovered fluid is filtered and searched through under a microscope for an embryo. The embryo is loaded into a straw and transferred into a recipient (surrogate mare) that’s cycle has been closely synchronised with the donor mare’s cycle. In experienced hands ET can be very successful. The biggest problem is having a big enough group of recipient mares to accurately synchronise with the donor mare. The routine that we have developed in our practice is to flush the donor mare and ship the embryo within 4 hours to a stud in the midlands, where there is a large herd of recipient mares. The beauty of this routine is that the mare can stay at home and continue with its training and competition, she is just taken away to a facility where we can do the embryo flush for a couple of hours. Embryos can also be flushed from mares and frozen for transfer into a recipient at a much later date in the future. Embryos do get sold like this and they get sold in recipient mares.

The future of British horse breeding

For future improvement of British Sport Horse Breeding assisted breeding techniques are essential. There are many factors that go into producing a successful sport horse such as the training and rider selection, but the starting point has to be the combination of the genes from quality successful mares and stallions by breeding. Using AI, a stallion’s gene pool can be available while he remains in competition. The genes from top quality mares used only to become available when the mare is retired or has a career break. Many people are reluctant to give mares career breaks as they often do not come back into competition as successfully as they did before, this is where embryo transfer becomes so important. We need to promote the breeding from successful mares in competition by embryo transfer to produce the best horses for the highest levels of sport.

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Meadowbrook PRE Stud Naomi Vance-Webb has been involved with horses from a very young age and, more specifically, the PRE (Andalucian) horse since about 1990. An initial purchase of a lovely PRE gelding back in 1990 has led to Naomi being one of the premier breeders and producers of the PRE horse in the UK today. Naomi’s top stallion standing for 2013 is the stunning Habanero XLI - the only (Qualified) Calificado stallion in the UK, who is also one of less than 30 black Calificado (Superior) graded PRE stallions in the world. With over 160 offspring, Habanero is also one of the most prolific PRE sires of his generation and one of very few FEI level dressage PRE’s in the world. He has recently moved to Amy Stovold’s new yard in Dunsfold, Surrey along with the Stud’s younger stallion, JOCOSO LVIII, who is also a multi National Champion in his own right, sired by Olympic team silver medallist, OLEAJE, and will commence his own BD career with Amy, during 2013. Both stallions are available by frozen semen only for 2013, UK and worldwide (HABANERO only). For further information please contact Naomi Vance-Webb Tel: 07710 815221; Email:; Web:

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Mouth to mouth

By Stephen Biddlecombe, exclusive UK distributor of Bombers Bits

Are you ready for an exciting season of horse trials? We look at some popular bits you may see at events this spring.


ritish Eventing has an extensive list of allowed bits within horse trials, which can be obtained from the organisation – essentially, snaffle bridles, pelhams, ringed continentals and American gags, as well as bitless and double bridles, are all allowed across country, and within the show jumping element. Meanwhile, within the dressage element, the rules are more strict, with bits such as curbs being prohibited. In general however, plain snaffles with a straight bar or joint at the centre (or a smooth double jointed central pieces) are allowed; consult the BE rulebook for clarification.

A popular SJ bit

The Buster Roller Petros Loose Ring, from Bombers Equestrian Equipment Bits, has a rotating Petros mouthpiece with a 40mm roller – this increases pressure on the horse’s tongue, and helps prevents the horse taking hold of the bit - it is positioned at 45°, to follow the tongue contour. When the rein is used, the increased bar pressure helps lift the head - meanwhile, the loose ring provides a quick-release effect. Its sweet iron composition heightens the horse’s awareness of the bit and they oxidise easily, encouraging salivation. This bit retails for £65.79 EXC VAT.

An over-view of bitting The bit passes on requests from the rider to the horse regarding speed and direction. The mouthpiece of a bit is selected to suit a horse’s requirements – what fits their mouth conformation and what they are comfortable and happy in. The bit rings, or cheek pieces, help the rider communicate with the horse. Bits exert pressure on some or all of the following, internal parts of the horse’s mouth: the bars, palate, tongue, lips and corners. Bits also exert pressure on the poll and curb groove, which are external parts of the horse’s mouth. The action of a bit can be aided by the bridle design, for example extra pressure at the chin, cheeks or nose.

An ideal dressage bit

For horses with sensitive mouths, the Elliptical Loose Ring from Bombers is ideal - it features a 45 mm lozenge in the centre which has a small surface area, so a horse that uses its tongue as a means of pushing against the bit will ‘draw back’ to a better point of control. It is used by many riders of horses that headshake, if the headshaking is caused by a sensitive tongue; headshaking is a classic symptom of this condition, and is simply a way of avoiding pressure. (Because horses are flight animals, they do not yield to pressure or pain, but instead move away from it.) The Elliptical Loose Ring helps some stressy horses relax, and again the sweet iron aids salivation and mouth comfort. This bit retails for £46.05 EXC VAT.

A bit for XC riding

The Ringed Continental is ideal for cross country – Bombers makes a 2.5 ring bit that is available in all of the commonly seen mouthpieces (the ‘Eggbutt Happy Tongue’ is pictured), and in sweet iron. The 2.5 ring version is the ‘softest’ version of all the Ringed Continentals. It us often chosen by riders of horses that can be heavy in the hand; ringed Continentals are best described as a cross between a traditional gag and a Pelham. They aim to help to keep the horse between hand and leg. The Buster Roller 2.5 ring retails at £59.21 EXC VAT, and again features a small 40mm link that increases bar and tongue pressure. Bombers Bits include hundreds of off the shelf bitting solutions, and customers can even design their own bespoke bit with their chosen mouth piece, cheek piece and bit size, using the ‘design your own bit’ service at; or call 01825 840 002. april 2013 Localrider 35

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Susan Eggleton – Nachtigall

Louise Chamberlain - Mystic Clover 21-year-old, Louise Chamberlain, works as a Junior Graphic Designer at H2 Creative in Shrivenham. Louise said: “I keep my horses at my home in Lambourn, and I’m very lucky that during the winter months when I can’t ride during the week, my mother helps me a lot with the riding. However, now the days are getting longer, I can now get some riding in before and after work. We have had Clover for five years. I would describe her as a typical mare, as she’s very sensitive and we’ve had to progress her up the grades very slowly to make sure that she is confident and happy with what she is doing. We’ve had two wins in BE100s and she qualified for the Pony Club Championships in 2010. She has a lovely loving character and I would best describe her as a Labrador. We have been out jumping and had a promising start to the season. Louise said: “We are planning to compete at Howick and Ascott Under Wynchwood BE100s, with a little bit of BSJA and dressage training in between and our fingers crossed that nothing gets cancelled. After Badminton I hope to move her up to Novice and be competitive at this level, once happy at this level I would love to aim at having a crack at a one star.” Louise competed at Badminton in 2010 with her other mare, Amber. She said: “It was a fantastic experience and we were placed with a double clear.” Louise’s parents and sister will be cheering her on at Badminton.

Susan Eggleton will be riding her 21-yearold, mare, Nachtigall, at Badminton. She has owned the mare since 2010 and started eventing in 2011. The combination finished the 2011 season as top BE Foundation Points Horse & Rider in the country, collecting their award from William Fox-Pitt at the ERA Ball. Susan is a director of the Equine Travel Agency Ltd, an international horse transporter based in Dover. She plans to run Nachtigall at Goring, South of England, Hambleden and Chilham prior to Badminton, after which she will go back up to Intermediate Novice, where she ended at the end of 2012. They will be supported at Badminton by Team Nachtigall!

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Harry Meade

Harry is one of Britain’s leading event riders. He is the only rider to have ever completed ten CCI**** events (the highest international level) by the age of 25, and even more remarkably always finished in the top 25. Harry has had top ten placings at both Badminton and Burghley, the world’s two leading events, and has been selected on to the Lottery-funded World Class Squad for the fourth consecutive year in 2013. He is widely respected in the equestrian world for his quiet and sympathetic style of riding. We caught up with Harry to find out how his preparation for Badminton is coming along and if he has any advice for riders competing at the Grassroots Championships. Harry and Midnight Dazzler jumping into the lake at Badminton. They completed Badminton five times and Burghley for times.

You are taking Wild Lone to Badminton, what is he like?

Your father, Richard Meade, was a great event rider (Richard won Badminton twice and three Olympic gold medals), does he give you advice? We work together very closely in preparation for the cross country at the big events, particularly when doing the technical course walk to determine the lines and distances that I’ll take at the more difficult combinations.

Is it true, your father used to hack to Badminton? One of the of the fields that we use for the horses’ fast work training is a twenty minute hack from my yard and another twenty minute hack on to Badminton from there. My father used to do his last gallop on the Tuesday and then ride on to Badminton for the event!

You always ride in your familiar white shirt, how do you keep it looking so white?

Does he favour a particular type of ground?

I’m not sure… I think it has something to do with a good wife!

He prefers good or firm going; he has quite small feet so sinks in when it’s soft and has to work harder.

Is it a lucky shirt?

I bought him as a raw four-year-old so have done everything with him. I think this makes a huge difference from a trust and confidence point of view, especially cross-country. It’s great to know that he has never had a scary moment and we have complete faith in each other.

What will your preparation for Badminton involve? Wild Lone’s Badminton preparation started straight after his post-Burghley holiday, and has involved months of dressage training and latterly increased show jumping training and competitions. We build up the fast work over about four months, increasing the intensity each week. He will usually have one cross country school before the season starts and then, as he’s an experienced and super cross country horse, he will just run in two or three events in the run up to Badminton, usually a couple of Open Intermediates and one Advanced.

How many times do you normally walk the course?

Harry and Tinkas Time competing in the dressage phase of the Express Eventing final at the Horse of the Year Show

I have completed Badminton seven times so this will be my eighth ride there.

He’s quite a complex character and gets very anxious, but he’s as a genuine a horse as you could find.

You have ridden him since he was young, do you think this makes a difference?

Wild Lone jumping into the Colt Pond at Badminton

How many times have you ridden at Badminton?

A lot! I will walk the course four times for myself, each time in a slightly different way. For example the first time it will be a quick walk to get the feeling of the course. The next time will be very technical etc. As an ambassador for HSBC I will also do two course walks for their guests on the dressage days.

Harry jumping Tinkas Time at Tattersalls

It’s not a lucky shirt particularly, but it is nice to be able to ride in the same colours as my father rode in.

Do you have any lucky charms? I am definitely not superstitious and don’t have any lucky charms but I like to be well prepared with good kit that I know does the job.

Will you stay in your lorry at Badminton? Although we only live a mile from Badminton I always stay in the lorry when I’m competing there. It keeps me focused on the job in hand and there is always so much more to do than you would imagine - it’s a very busy week!

Do you have a favourite meal that you like to eat at events? I eat lots of pasta at events, it’s great for keeping energy levels up. Rosie (my wife) is great at stocking up the lorry and making sure I eat plenty.

We have several riders from the South competing in the Grassroots Final, do you have any tips for them? Hone your routines at your preparation events and then stick to what works best when you get to Badminton, don’t get carried away and change your plan without good reason. Otherwise, kick on and enjoy it

Harry rides in an Airowear Outlyne body protector, he says: “Since there are risks associated with riding across country it’s important to feel that you’re in the safest possible hands. I use the Airowear Outlyne as it’s one of the most advanced body protectors on the market and provides excellent protection. It’s also the only gender specific body protector, which is strange as there are some pretty fundamental differences between men and women! No wonder it’s so comfortable...”

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Mark Todd Quex Rugby Shirt Manufactured in 100% cotton jersey knit fabric, this smart rugby shirt is both practical and comfortable. Features include a cotton twill collar, button neck fastening and the famous Mark Todd signature. Colours: Teal/Chocolate or Lavender/Grey RRP: £38.50 LR Comment: Made from beautiful soft cotton fabric. It is a smart rugby shirt, which works well casually or as a riding shirt. Would make a great cross country shirt.

Tottie Rugby Top This fantastic Jane rugby style shirt is new to the Tottie range this spring in a range of fun bright colours. Jane is a long sleeved striped rugby shirt with a woven collar and placket. Featuring the Tottie polo player embroidery on the chest and the Tottie outline embroidery on the back in a contrast colour, Jane is unique to the Tottie range. Colours: Mint and Fuchsia Sizes: XS – XL RRP: £42.99 LR Comment: Made from soft, stretchy cotton fabric, it is lovely to wear and very practical.

Gersemi Competition Top The Gersemi competition top features flattering piping that follows the contours of the rider’s body shape, and the inside of the collar is brightly patterned making it really stand out from any other competition shirts on the market. A darted design at the bust area all adds to this top’s flattering fit, too. Made from the company’s functional and technical fabric that’s breathable and releases body heat fast, this competition top is unique and fun. Poppers at the collar allow the top to be fastened swiftly before going into the ring and undone in a flash to allow more air flow when you’re hot and sweaty after your class. Colours: Zinc, Coral and Sapphire Sizes: XS-XL. RRP: £46.00 LR Comment: This is a great competition top, made from technical fabric, but with very feminine design touches. I like the way that the neck unzips and the collar pops across.

Harry Hall Clifton Polo Shirt The new Clifton polo shirt is a short sleeve top with striped detail. The polo shirt features a knitted rib collar and cuffs. It also features contrast herringbone tape on the placket, with a check shirt trim on the back on the hem and back neck. Made from 100% Cotton. Colours: Apple or Chilli Sizes: S, M, L and XL RRP: £31.99 LR Comment: Well made in thick yet soft cotton. It looks smart and could be worn casually or to the stables.

Ariat Women’s Sunstopper The Ariat Women’s Sunstopper Top is a lightweight, versatile long sleeved top, equipped with SPF technology to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Made from Ariat’s exclusive Moisture Movement Technology, which means moisture is pulled away from the skin and evaporates through the fabric to keep you dry and comfortable, the top features a mock collar and stock tie loop enabling it to be worn at home or during competition. Colours: Navy, White or Pink Sizes: XS to XXL RRP: £44.99 LR Comment: A technical top, which is extremely thin and lightweight to wear and has UV protection. It dries quickly and can be easily washed, dried and worn two days running.

Toggi Eden Keep warm and cosy this spring with this gorgeous unisex fleece top from Toggi. Featuring a studded placket fastening, elasticated drawcord at inner hem with an adjustable toggle and zipped pockets set into the side seams, you will love the supersoft anti-pill polar fleece of the Eden. Colours: Chocolate, Navy, Olive, Slate Sizes: XS-XXL RRP: £45 LR Comment: Made from beautiful anti-pill fleece. Once you have worn this top you won’t want to take it off. Only trouble is it is unisex, so watch out, someone might be borrowing it.

Powder Scarves for all occasions Powder design a colourful collection of scarves from their base, near Edinburgh. We tested the Celine, which is perfect for keeping warm and looking good, while out and about with the horses or standing around at events. The range also includes more decorative scarves, which would be perfect for adding colour to a summer outfit. RRP from £15.00

Colours: Dusk andEspresso Sizes: 22” – 36” RRP: £139.99 without full seat, £149.99 with full seat. LR Comment: These are very hard wearing breeches, which stand up to every day riding. They are beautifully styled and I like the way they end neatly, so there is nothing bulky under my boot.

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hen it comes to combining country tweeds and giving it a high fashion twist, Timothy Foxx Clothing is the brand that is rapidly becoming a name on everyone’s lips. Rosalie Eustace, designer at Timothy Foxx gives her top 5 tips for looking good this summer…


With spring in the air, its time to ‘chuck out your chintz’ and give your wardrobe a revamp for the new season ahead. Be brave and bold when it comes to clearing your closet out, after all you may need to make room for some new purchases!


Our adorable Duchess and Tattersal Summer Skirts (pictured right) tick a big fashion trend towards pretty retro and incorporate our attention to detail through the alternative fabric waistbands. They celebrate summer time – enchanting and trendy.


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The finishing touches can make all the difference as you walk in the ring, intent on catching the judge’s eye. Here we mix old favourites with some new contenders to help you gleam in the ring this season.

Absorbine ShowSheen Grooming Range The Original ShowSheen and ShowSheen® Finishing Mist produces the finest showring shine! Enriched with Pro-Vitamins and Silk Proteins to nourish the coat and accentuate body tone and definition.

The Nettex Grooming and Hoof Care Range 34 effective products including your old favourites, Washes, Wipes, Shampoos, Sprays, Oils, Ointments, Moisturisers and Balms. The Coat Shine is designed to give coats a wonderful long lasting shine and instant gleam, whilst the Mane & Tail Detangler transforms matted tails with ease.

Enhance those natural colours… The NAF Wash & Show range of colour enhancing shampoos are 100% natural. The gentle formula cleanses and conditions, rinsing away quickly and easily to leave a soft, shiny coat with a luxurious finish.

Shiny is a luxurious coat gloss with Citronella. Low in silica, Shiny leaves the coat glossy, with a natural, silky sheen, and, because it helps to repel dust, the coat stays clean and shiny for longer! Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler is a deluxe, conditioning spray for smooth, tangle free manes and tails.

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Fleeceworks Grooming Mitt This mitt not only helps remove dust from your horse’s coat, but also helps to ‘buff’ his coat, helping to reveal its natural shine.

Equitector Riding Boots Equitector boots are perfectly balanced for riding and you will instantly feel the difference. Without applying any pressure your feet will stay with you in the stirrup iron whatever your leg position.

Fiebing’s Detangler & Shine Restores the sheen to horses’ coats while conditioning the mane and tail. Fiebing’s Detangler & Shine can be used on wet or dry hair and works instantly no matter how tangled or matted.

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Sweet itch:

the big itch

The spring and summer months can be a distressing time for sweet itch sufferers and their owners. Indeed, research1 conducted by Elanco Companion Animal Health, distributor of Cavalesse®, has revealed that nearly a third (30%) of horse owners consider sweet itch to be a very serious condition with nearly a quarter (24%) believing that it causes serious distress to horses.

52% unlikely to buy a horse with sweet itch...

Moreover, over half (52%) of those questioned stated that they would be unlikely to buy a horse with sweet itch with 82% of owners of horses with sweet itch feeling concern, frustration and/or worry at the start of the sweet itch season with 2% even admitting that they panic. And while most horses are treated with a combination of products, including Cavalesse®, to manage the condition, over a quarter (27%) do not use stable or field management, such as stabling horses from dawn to dusk. “Sweet itch can be a very distressing condition for both horses and their owners and the constant irritation caused by the immune response to the midge bites can lead to severe welfare issues if left untreated,” comments Ed Whittle, technical consultant at Elanco Companion Animal Health. “While nearly three-quarters (74%) of horse owners feel that sweet itch is timeconsuming to manage, there is a lot that can be done to help manage and prevent the condition. This includes moving the horse away from standing water and boggy land, stabling from dawn and dusk and the use of fly repellents. The most effective fly protection for horses out at grass are light rugs and hoods which can cover all the areas of the horse susceptible to bites.”

Oral solution

Cavalesse is an easy-to-administer oral solution which helps to maintain healthy skin in horses prone to summer skin allergies. Cavalesse is available from your local veterinary practice, animal health supplier or saddler. Elanco Companion Animal Health will be joining forces with the British Horse Society (BHS), Blue Cross, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare (WHW) to highlight summer skin conditions, such as sweet itch, during Sweet Itch Awareness Month (SIAM) in April. The campaign will raise awareness of the preventative measures that will help alleviate sweet itch and the importance of management of the condition before the start of the midge season in the spring. Lee Hackett, head of welfare at the BHS, comments: “Sweet itch is a condition that worries many horse owners and we receive an awful lot of calls from people whose horses are suffering horribly from it. We are thrilled to be supporting Sweet Itch Awareness Month which is so important in highlighting how the disease can be effectively managed leading to happier horses and happier owners.” Kath Urwin, rehoming centre manager at Blue Cross, Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire, says: “Blue Cross is pleased to support the sweet itch campaign again this year. Many horses and ponies come in to our care because their owners are unable to deal with this debilitating condition. We are keen to highlight that it can be in fact be very effectively managed and that, with appropriate care, many of those suffering can lead perfectly normal lives.

Important survey

The significance of sweet itch has been consistently reflected in the National

Equine Health Surveys (NEHS), with 15% of returns during 2010 to 2012 identifying skin conditions as a problem. The next NEHS survey will be held in May 2013. We hope all horse owners will recognise the importance of participating in NEHS to help build important statistics on endemic diseases such as sweet itch and in so doing, help improve the health and welfare of horses and ponies in the long term.” “Sweet Itch can be very uncomfortable and distressing for your horse and it can easily get on top of even the most responsible owner so it is no real surprise that over half of those surveyed would actually let it stop them from taking on a horse in the first place,” says Nicola Jarvis, head of veterinary services, Redwings Horse Sanctuary. “With preventative measures the condition is manageable. However, do bear in mind that taking on a horse is a lifelong commitment and you will need to be prepared to put in the work on a daily basis in order to keep this condition under control.” Tony Tyler, deputy chief executive, World Horse Welfare, concludes: “There is nothing sweet about sweet itch – it clearly causes distress for both horses and their owners and the more that can be done to help spot it and treat it at an early stage, the better.” For further information on sweet itch, Sweet Itch Awareness Month or Cavalesse®, please contact your local veterinary surgeon, animal health supplier or saddler or Elanco Companion Animal Health, Lilly House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9NL, 01256 353131. References: 1 Sweet itch – effect on horse and owner. Mo Gannon & Associates. Web survey in November 2011. 351 responses – owners who have owned horses with sweet itch in the last two years.

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The success of CAVALESSE ®

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Stop the itch It is painful to watch a horse scratching away the hair on his mane, tail and other parts of his body, but when sweet itch strikes, most horses will find it unbearable and keep rubbing until they are raw. The important thing is too soothe and clean the area and then to try and keep your horse protected from the midges. Here we take a look at some of the products known to help.

Sweet Itch/ Midge Stopper

Bucas Zebra patterned fly rug


ress your horse up like a zebra this summer and keep him fly free. Really? Yes it’s true. Following trials in Hungary and Sweden, researchers have discovered that horse flies hate stripes, which is the reason behind Bucas’ latest fly rug design. Pallets containing vegetable oil were painted different patterns of black and white stripes or all black or all white. These pallets were then placed in a fly-infested field and results showed that there were far more flies in the black painted pallets, fewer in the white but the fewest flies of all were found in the pallets painted with very thin black and white stripes. Afterwards, researchers carried out a similar trial on model horses covered in glue. At the end of 59 days, the black horse had caught 562 flies, the brown one 334, the white one 22 and the zebra patterned horse had just 8! It is thought that the flies find the stripes confusing and as a result they tend to steer clear. Based on this research, Bucas has developed a first of its kind fly rug with thin zebra-like stripes, to keep horses free from the stresses of summer flies for good. This unique zebra fly rug, which is the same design as the Bucas standard Buzz Off fly rug, has shoulder darts for extra room and movement, a stitched on neck, which overlaps in front to ensure no flies can get in, a belly flap for further protection and it’s made from a fine mesh fabric ensuring that even the smallest of flies won’t have access to your horse. It has UV protection and there’s the option of a matching fly mask, too. Sizes: Rug 5’-7’0” RRP: £96.00

Itch Stop Salve Complete

Net-Tex Itch Stop Salve Complete is an advanced cream which provides complete protection against Sweet Itch, flying insects and biting midges. By applying it before the midges come out in the early spring as a preventative measure then you can avoid the cycle that makes a misery for horses and ponies. Should you miss that preventative stage and the midges get to your equine then once applied it instantly stops the itch, scratch and rub cycle. Its soothing cooling action disinfects and sanitises sores. Application is only required once a week making it very cost effective. One 200ml tub should last for 8 weeks for one horse. RRP: £27.00 Stockist information/help line 01634 257150

Horse and Pony Direct Sweet Itch/ Midge Stopper is easy to use and is applied directly to the horse or pony’s skin to protect against biting midges. Ideal for use in spring/ summer when there is increased potential for irritation from biting midges. An effective midge repellent for sweet itch prone horses or ponies. Key benefits: - Protects against biting midges - Helps sweet itch prone horses and ponies - Long-lasting cover - Incorporates natural ingredients - Provides a physical barrier to stop midges biting RRP: £8.99


UltraShield® is the ultimate insecticide for use around horses to protect against irritating and biting insects. It contains active ingredients Permethrin and Pyrethrin, providing instant ‘knockdown’ when insects come into contact with it, as well as a long lasting protective ‘shield’. The product offers all-round protection in equestrian premises, stables and barns. UltraShield® Equestrian Premises Spray is instantly recognisable in its hallmark black bottle, and is available in 946ml spray, RRP £19.13.

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Love the Skin he’s in!

The ‘love the SKiN he’s in’ products are all totally natural and have been formulated to complement each other in their actions and work from the inside and out to address the increasing number of skin problems that affect our horses, including lumps, bumps, rashes and irritations, ‘love the SKiN he’s in’ Skin Wash – a totally natural, effective wash that offers gentle, yet effective cleansing to damaged and/ or challenged skin. ‘love the SKiN he’s in’ Skin Wash is supported by: ‘Love the SKIN he’s In’ Skin Supplement if your horse’s skin is challenged in any way at all, feed this unique natural formula, rich in naturally sourced anti-oxidants, especially during times when seasonal irritations are likely to occur. ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ Skin Spray Gently mist over irritated areas of flaky skin, lumps, bumps and rashes, to soothe, comfort and help relieve any itching sensation. The benefits will be felt by your horse almost immediately. ‘Love the SKIN he’s in’ Skin Salve Soothes and comforts irritated areas of skin, itchy flaky patches and minor abrasions. This light water based salve absorbs easily and leaves no superficial residue. For more details please call the NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373106, or visit We have three bottles of Love the Skin he’s in! to giveaway. For your chance to win, complete the entry form on page 67.




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Garlic Horslyx

Garlic Horslyx is a palatable lick that provides the benefits of natural garlic to help deter bugs, while also balancing the horse’s diet with the addition of important vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The high sulphur compounds found in garlic are released through the horse’s skin via natural body secretions such as sweat. This produces an odour which flies find repellent and though flies may still be present around the horse, they seldom land on the skin. Every tub of Garlic Horslyx contains the optimum level of pure garlic oil alongside a package of nutrients, including Biotin, Methionine and Chelated Zinc to promote healthy hooves, high oil content to improve coat condition and antioxidants Selenium and Vitamin E to support the immune system. Garlic Horslyx is suitable for all equines and offers horse owners a cost effective method of balancing the diet. Garlic Horslyx is available in 5kg and 15kg weatherproof tubs priced at £12.85 and £24.90 respectively. For further information Tel, (01697) 332 592 or visit

THE NETTEX ITCH STOP RANGE. REPELS, SOOTHES AND SANITISES. Stop irritation with an effective repellent against biting midges and all other flying insects. Use Itch Stop Salve weekly throughout the midge season to keep your horse itch-free and to assist with hair and skin regrowth. Don’t just take our word for it, scan the QR code to see our products in action or visit


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dream yard come true If you are looking to buy a property to fulfill Planning the ultimate dream of stabling your horses Handling the bureaucracy and red tape is part of the personal you should expect from a company such as Scotts, although at home, generally speaking there are three service seeking professional advice from a local planning consultant main steps to consider when installing a stable is recommended, to assist with gaining permission for the The general rule is to assume permission will be block and Scotts of Thrapston, leading stabling development. required, there may be exceptions but this is down to the local manufacturer, has outlined these here: authority. Failure to secure the correct permissions will cause problems when you come to sell and could even result in forced demolition.

Design The initial considerations are how much land can you allocate and how many stables you can fit on this area? The ideal yard would be built standing on well-draining soil and not facing into the prevailing wind. Scotts can advise on all aspects of sighting and orientation of the yard itself to lessen the impact on the environment. In terms of your day to day activity on the yard, you should think about this very carefully so it becomes a joy to work in – the trip to the muckheap and proximity to basic facilities such as water, feed and tack room as well as consideration of the access for deliveries, farriers and vets. Do you live in a modern house or a listed building, what design would be in keeping with the surroundings? Attention to detail can make a significant difference and help the yard blend with its environment. You could specify the pitch of a roof or the width of a door to match existing barns and even use special roof materials like pantiles or cedar shingles.

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ll horses need a healthy respiratory system to perform to their maximum ability so you might be shocked to know that 80% of horses stabled part of the time have some airway inflammation, even if they are asymptomatic; this undoubtedly has a detrimental effect on their performance. In addition, more than 1 in 6 horses suffer from respiratory disease such as Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO/COPD) which severely affects their health, and in later life limits their activity and requires frequent veterinary maintenance at a high cost. HAYGAIN provides the ultimate solution; the patented method which steams the forage from the centre outwards at over 100°C, drastically improves the hygiene quality and palatability in just 50 minutes without nutritional loss. HAYGAIN hay steamers are scientifically proven to kill mould, fungal spores and bacteria that are naturally found in hay and haylage. The result is a sweet smellingpalatable forage that is completely clean and safe to feed. The HG-600 accommodates half a bale, hay nets or hay wedges up to 20kg and is ideal for smaller yards and for use away at competitions. The unit is extremely durable as it is double skinned and thermally very efficient whilst easy to move around on wheels, whether in use at the stables or whilst travelling. Fit for purpose materials, stainless steel fittings and easy to keep clean, the HG600 comes with the commercially rated HG-PB steam generator manufactured by HAYGAIN incorporating stainless steel boiler and heating element. HAYGAIN’s steaming technology incorporates a unique design to penetrate the centre of the half-bale, hay nets or wedges, and distribute the steam evenly from the inside outwards. This combined with the thermally insulated chest is essential in order to reach the high enough temperatures to kill the mould, fungal spores and bacteria which is critical to ensure the hay you feed is hygienically clean and does not compromise your horses health. The revolutionary concept has been researched, developed, tested and repeatedly proven at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Findings show that one gram of untreated good quality hay will contain around 7,750,000 spore colonies: HAYGAIN reduces that number to virtually 0. The hay remains clean for up to 24 hours. Recent studies have shown that haylage steamed in a HAYGAIN is not only cleaner than a freshly opened bale but has an increased shelf life too.

6 Reasons to Steam Hay and Haylage

deep-down into the airways where it can cause allergenic respiratory disorders which seriously affect the breathing of your horse. Although some stabled horses show no reaction to the dust (e.g. coughing, nasal discharge, expiratory effort), research has shown that many have lost 30% of their maximum lung capacity, which invariably leads to a loss in performance.


HAYGAIN steaming is so easy; the forage is placed into the fully insulated, double skinned steam chest and pushed firmly down onto the spiked manifolds. The forage should be steamed for 30-60 minutes depending on environmental temperature, bale density and operating routine. The freshly steamed forage is extremely hot but quickly cools and can be fed immediately. There is little or no change after 24 hours to the benefits of steamed hay and also independent research has shown that HAYGAIN steamed haylage is cleaner after 4 days than a freshly opened bale.


Soaking is the traditional way to deal with dusty fodder. Soaking does indeed reduce the airbourne dust, but it also causes significant loss of valuable nutrients, increases the bacteria content of the hay, produces post-soak liquor that is an environmental pollutant and is almost impossible to do in freezing weather. Steaming with HAYGAIN creates no waste, retains the quality of the forage, improves palatability and eliminates the dangers from frozen water on yards.


Feeding poor quality hay poses other risks to health. One of the biggest causes of death of horses in the UK is colic, and feeding poor quality hay, that is low in nutrient value and high in mould and bacteria significantly increases the risk of colic. This risk will be even greater this year particularly if soaking this season’s poor quality forage.


Steaming is cost-effective. HAYGAIN steamed hay and haylage are very palatable so there is less wastage, savings are seen in water bills (if soaking) and potential vet bills in the long term. For further information please contact HAYGAIN hay steamers on 0333 200 5233 or


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Good quality hay is hard to find. After the wettest summer on record since 1910, finding good quality hay and haylage is proving to be extremely difficult. Most hay was made late last year and that means that the nutritional and hygienic quality of the fodder is lower than normal. The lower nutritional value, i.e. the energy, protein and mineral contents, can be remedied by balancing the diet with bagged fibre feeds such as dried alfalfa, sugar beet pulp and high fibre cubes. However, the fact that the horse must be fed long fibre, i.e. hay / haylage, to maintain normal gut function and ingestion behaviour, will mean that this year it will be exposed to fodder of low hygienic quality, being dusty and mouldy hay and haylage.


Steaming with a HAYGAIN hay steamer is proven to kill mould, fungal spores and bacteria – the allergens found in hay and referred to as “dust” – by thoroughly steaming from the centre outwards at over 100C. This type of dust is easily inhaled, reaching

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Voted BEST IN TEST Nothing works like


The unique Magic formula has powers beyond other calmers. The trick is in the careful combination of nutrients which: • improve the diet of a horse prone to anxiety, excitability or stress reactions, thus helping him remain cool, calm and focused. • support a healthy, relaxed and settled gut, which leads to a happy, comfortable and contented horse. The best know to feed Magic for a cool, calm performance. For more information on the BEST IN TEST calmer scan this QR code into your smartphone* or visit * Requires a compatible smartphone with QR code reader. Mobile network and/or Wi-Fi charges apply. Contact your network provider for more details.

For more details please go to your local NAF stockist or call our Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or email

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Feed news

Supplements for the Competition Horse Every horse is unique and just because a supplement has amazing effects on one horse, it is not necessarily going to have the same affect on another horse. Sometimes it is worth trying a few different supplements to see which one benefits your horse the most. All the companies presented here have nutritionists, who will be more than happy to help you choose the right product, so if in doubt, give them a call. NAF Superflex Superflex has full veterinary approval. The unique ‘totally natural’ formula has been developed by vets using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, including nutrients proven to support joint health and flexibility, supported by a unique combination of powerful, naturally sourced ingredients which are ‘scientifically verified’ to have antioxidant properties. The antioxidant content sets Superflex apart from other joint supplements. Why? The antioxidants effectively ‘mop up’ the excess toxins that may accumulate around the joint and safely excrete them from the system. it must be remembered that often minor strains and traumas, which occur as part of daily work and training, often become a more serious issue due to the proliferation of toxins around the area. Superflex is the choice of many British Team riders, so follow their lead and give your horse’s joints the five star treatment he deserves. NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or visit

NAF Magic riders from all around the country continually report back to NaF about how Magic has changed their horse’s behaviour and performance, and how they are now able to fully enjoy their horse. The good news is the unique Magic formula has been further improved and now contains pre and probiotics for a relaxed and settled gut. The Magic formula of bio available magnesium blended with carefully selected calming herbs now also contains a combination of prebiotics and live probiotic yeasts, which work together to support a healthy environment within the gut, keeping it settled and calm. a calm gut leads to a calm horse. improve the daily diet by feeding new, improved Magic to horses prone to anxiety, nervousness, excitability and stress reactions. NAF Freephone Advice Line: 0800 373 106 or visit

Equine America SUPER So Kalm Powder equine america SUper So Kalm powder is an improved formulation of the original and popular So Kalm powder with added Calcium Carbonate. Special introductory price only £29.99 for 908gm (32 servings for an average 500kg horse/ pony). or call 01403 255809

SNP Competition Horse Supplement The new, high specification Competition Horse Supplement, formulated by Scientific Nutritional products and brought to you by Horse Supplements direct, is ideal for the hard working, competing horse. Competition Horse Supplement contains over 30 essential nutrients, creating the ideal supplement to the diet of a competing equine. Offering all the micro nutrients required in order to balance the diet and undertake a busy lifestyle, Competition Horse Supplement helps to maintain peak condition and provides “that little something extra”, so horses can produce their best performance. The broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals provided in Competition Horse Supplement are provided at a high specification level, with unrivalled quantities of a multitude of essential nutrients such as vitamin a, d, B12, e, Biotin and Omega 3. pure distilled MSM, which optimises natural post-exercise recovery time and is essential for immunity and lung function, plus Horse electrolytes, which replace vital body fluids lost through sweating, are also available for the performance horse. All are available from www.horsesupplementsdirect. - for more information contact 01377 254900.

Vetrocalm™ Vetrocalm™ -supports behaviour, concentration and focus. Vetrocalm is a highly bio-available proprietary form of magnesium aspartate (MaH), which is one of the most absorbable forms of magnesium. Vetrocalm is quickly absorbed upon ingestion where it replenishes levels of magnesium that have been depleted through activity or stress. Vetrocalm is scientifically proven to counteract behaviour associated with stress and excitement whilst reducing muscle tension from nervousness. ideal for maintaining behaviour and concentration in horses of all ages that are prone to excitement, aggression or nervousness and for assisting with training and new situations. Buy today with Free nationwide delivery from or call 0845 365 0050 for information, also from you local equine store.

Equine Oxyshot® equine Oxyshot® produces instant calming and focus, it works in minutes lasts for hours even a small decrease in oxygen levels can cause a change in behaviour. Under stress the body’s demand for oxygen increases and when about to compete this is magnified even further as the body sends vital supplies to the working muscles. equine Oxyshot works by assisting oxygen levels using natural ingredients, perfect for all short term stressed occasions; travelling, training, competition, shoeing, clipping, tacking up and breaking.

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TopSpec Digestive Aid TopSpec digestive aid is designed to optimise digestive health and stimulate appetite in horses. it is particularly effective for horses that are working hard, on high concentrate/low forage diets, or stressed. it contains high levels of pure protected probiotic yeast and prebiotic MOS. TopSpec digestive aid is ideal for competition horses and horses that are travelling or away from home. it can also be used after antibiotic/worming treatments which can upset the microbial hind gut balance, and helps to maintain firm droppings. TopSpec digestive aid has an appetising aroma, with added mint making it very palatable, and includes B vitamins to stimulate appetite. For further information please contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030 or visit

New and improved Gut Balancer protexin are delighted to announce the reformulation of their leading probiotic supplement Gut Balancer to an alfalfa base. Gut Balancer is presented as a powder on an alfalfa meal base, containing protexin’s highly concentrated probiotic Saccharomyces cerevisiae (NCYC Sc47) 4b1702 1x109 CFU/g, plus preplex® protexin’s own unique prebiotic. You can help to protect your horse against poor gut health, and boost immune support and every-day health, by simply adding a probiotic supplement to his daily feed for a healthy horse that is able to function optimally. premium Gut Balancer from protexin provides daily immune support delivering a regular supplement of protexin probiotic and preplex prebiotic on a natural grass meal-based powder. Bolstering natural immunity, optimising gut function and improving every-day good health, Gut Balancer is ideal for horses lacking energy and condition. also a popular choice for stabled horses and those with compromised immunity.

Gut Balancer is ideal for, general wellbeing, improving digestibility, horses prone to losing condition, horses or ponies susceptible to colic, during periods of stress (e.g. travel, competition) or during periods of antibiotic usage For more information please contact Protexin on 0800 328 5663 or visit

Blue Chip Karma Karma can be used on all types of horses and ponies; it also contains other beneficial vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which is vital to horses under stress from exercise, training and new environments. Karma, a natural product that does not contain any banned or prohibited substances and is completely safe to use daily or as a single dose when required. For more information on Blue Chip visit or call 0114 266 6200

Equimins’ Advance Concentrate Complete equimins’ advance Concentrate Complete is a high specification feed balancer, designed for horses that are fed a forage diet…that has a money back guarantee if the horse’s owner doesn’t see an improvement in their horse’s condition. This carefully formulated concentrated balancer has been created to support a fibre diet and to help the horse to flourish. it contains a superb range of high specification vitamins, bio-available minerals (so that the horse is able to digest and utilise them), trace elements, prebiotics, probiotics and Saccharomyces cerivisae yeast. To use, simply add forage. equimins are so confident in this product that they offer a full money back guarantee should the horse’s owner not see an improvement in overall condition after using it for a two month period.








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Feed news

Feeding for

If your horse has found it hard to maintain weight this winter and you are looking to add condition and topline in a safe way, then some of the feeds featured here might do just that job.

Condition and Topline

Mollichaff Condition

Mollichaff Condition, from the makers of HorseHage, is a highly digestible, high fibre, high oil and low starch mix, which can be fed as a complete concentrate feed alongside good quality forage. It contains a balanced blend of alfalfa, dried grass, oat straw, fibre pellets, barley, soya flakes, soya oil and mint as well as Yea-sacc® and a prebiotic, plus vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Soya oil provides essential fatty acids to help improve skin condition and encourage a healthy, glossy coat. Yea-sacc® and a prebiotic help maintain a healthy digestive system, along with mint, which is particularly palatable to horses. Mollichaff Condition is suitable for encouraging weight gain in all horses and ponies, especially those that struggle to maintain their condition. It can be used as the sole concentrate feed as it contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. For further information call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527257 or visit

condition without gaining excessive weight. Whilst feed needs to be nutrient rich, it must be well balanced as an excess or shortage may cause health problems. Containing the vitamins, minerals and proteins needed for condition and topline in competition horses, HaySoft’s haylage and chaff products are heat-sealed to ensure the goodness is retained. HaySoft Original is mildly fermented to preserve nutrients and produces a moist, nutritious and dust-free forage with no need for soaking. Cut when nutritional values are high, HaySoft High Fibre provides more of the essential vitamins, minerals and proteins than regular hay, making it the quality choice haylage for owners wishing to develop topline and improve condition. The HaySoft Chaff range is extremely high in quality and can be fed in place of hay, making it ideal for horses competing away from home. To find out more about HaySoft products visit

Sumo Muscle Builder

Blue Chip Balancers

The nutritional requirements of the competition horse vary greatly depending upon the type and intensity of work being performed. However, regardless of the type of work, the biggest factor affecting sound muscle development, coat and body condition is the type and quality of protein that the horse is receiving from his diet. Sumo Muscle Builder contains a unique blend of milk powders, breakfast cereals, highly digestible protein sources, glucose, oils, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. By using good quality protein sources that provide essential amino acids helps support the formation and repair of muscle tissue, encouraging overall muscle tone and development and helping improve topline. Supplementing the performance horse’s diet with high quality protein sources such as those found in Sumo Muscle Builder will help ensure that the essential amino acids required for optimum muscle development are supplied. This will help horses to achieve excellent overall condition, improving topline and muscle development.

Blue Chip Original contains an EU approved probiotic, which alongside a high fibre diet can aid the horse’s ability to digest fibre more efficiently, meaning they can receive a greater nutrient yield out of the fibre in their diet, whether this is hay, haylage or grass. Blue Chip Original is perfect for maintaining condition and topline in all horses and ponies without having to feed large quantities of concentrates that horses did not evolve to eat, and that may have a detrimental effect on their health. For veterans that struggle to hold their weight, feed Blue Chip Pro which delivers all the benefits of Blue Chip Original with the added benefit of a prebiotic to help boost the immune system and remove pathogenic bacteria from the foregut. It includes a higher level of vitamins and minerals and is also ideal for the performance horse that needs a higher nutritional specification in a feed balancer, due to the inclusion of RedJuvinate; a blood building formula.

For more information on Sumo Muscle Builder please contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or visit

Fibre-Beet A Super Fibre conditioning feed, Fibre-Beet is a formulated blend containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product with added high quality Alfalfa for optimum condition, and to provide quality protein for muscle tone and function. Ideal for horses prone to digestive upsets and very palatable for fussy eaters, Fibre-Beet has added biotin for hoof quality and is approved by The Laminitis Trust. Fibre-Beet can also be used as a forage replacer (up to 60% of the daily forage allowance). It can be soaked and ready to feed in only 45 minutes in cold water, or 15 minutes in warm water. For more information on Fibre-Beet contact British Horse Feeds on 01765 680300 or visit

HaySoft When feeding for topline and conditions choosing the right type and quality of food is essential. Forage needs to be free of dust and mould spores, to avoid the need for soaking, which strips haylage of goodness. Vitamin, mineral and protein requirements need to be met to ensure good muscle tone develops and coats shine. Feed should be high in nutrients, but low enough in calories to ensure your horse maintains

For more information on Blue Chip visit or call 0114 266 6200

TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer is a very flexible nutrient-rich feed designed to balance the rations of most horses and ponies simply by adjusting the rate at which it is fed and the products it is fed with. It is a very palatable ‘Non-Heating’ pelleted feed that is formulated without cereal grains and contains only low levels of sugar and starch. TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer contains many supplements combined with good quality protein to promote muscle development and topline. The supplements include a top-specification broad-spectrum supplement and specialised supplements including a superb hoof supplement, generous levels of anti-oxidants and sophisticated digestive aids. This superb specification allows horses to utilise far more nutrients from the forage and straights in their diet, which usually means that their hard feed intake can be reduced with many resulting benefits. For further information call Supreme Products on 01377 229050 or visit

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Connie, winning the 2ft 9in Show Jumping at Hartpury College, ridden by Holly Horton.

Saracen Show Improver Pencils


how improver pencils are a barley and oat-free formulation which features a unique inclusion of eQUi-JeWel®. The careful formulation helps to maintain a steady temperament, whilst promoting weight gain, muscle development and improved topline. This ration is very palatable, so will help to maintain fussy feeders and ‘poor doers’. The use of ‘Super Fibre’ sources enable the diet to remain calorie dense, whilst at the same time, the formulation achieves a lower starch content than found in traditional conditioning feeds.

Saracen Equi-Jewel® equi-Jewel® is an extremely palatable, easy and convenient way to add concentrated calories to a ration without excessive feed intake. it supplies a highly palatable and digestible form of oil for outstanding coat gloss and skin condition. ‘SuperFibres’ provide for long lasting, controlled energy release and low starch levels help to avoid the behavioural and metabolic problems associated with feeding high-cereal based conditioning diets.


A MUST HAVE this Spring/Summer from Charlies Products:

The Best Friend™ Deluxe Grazing Muzzle

For managing a restricted diet, whilst allowing your horse the freedom to socialise, exercise and de-stress out in the field. The Best Friend Grazing Muzzle is designed with your horses comfort in mind. For horses with pronounced features there is also the Muzzle Mate and Sheep Skin padding for additional comfort. The Best Friend Grazing Muzzle Deluxe version comes in an all-in-one design with a safety head piece attached.

Voted Editors Choi ce and Best Buy Award by H orse Journal Feb 2010!

TopSpec Cool Balancer... ...topline without fizz Balances Your Horses’ Feed... ...and your budget! “Connie loves her TopSpec, she has good topline and condition and is calm and sensible to ride. A sack lasts her for over a month too, which I think is great value for money.” Holly Horton Typical feed regime for a 14.2hh (450kg) in light to medium work: Grazing plus ad lib hay or haylage Plus two feeds per day, each feed containing: • 225g TopSpec Cool Balancer (‘Non-Heating’ balancer for horses in light to medium work, promotes condition and topline) • 300g TopChop Lite (‘Non-Heating’ chop with mint and a light soya oil coating but no added molasses) • 500g TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes (‘Non-Heating’ Conditioning Cubes, quantity adjusted according to condition)

Best Friend Have-A-Heart Muzzle

Best Friend Have-A-Heart Muzzle has all the features and benefits of the Best Friend Deluxe Grazing Muzzle plus more: • Noseband can be expanded to reduce potential rubbing. • V-Strap helps keep the muzzle from coming off your horse’s nose. It also helps to position the muzzle and keep some of the weight off the nose to further reduce rubbing. • Smooth padding on the adjustable noseband helps further reduce friction. • The enlarged openings allow for additional air flow. Phone: 0844 809 4655

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Hero: owned by Abi Drury, retrained with Equine Management & Training

SHOW IMPROVER PENCILS A palatable, barley & oatfree conditioning & weight gain pencil that contains Equi-Jewel®


A pelleted high oil rice bran supplement designed to increase the energy density (calories) of a ration


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Forearmed is forewarned: download the laminitis ‘app’ this spring! Words by Steven Leigh


he smartphone App, “Laminitis”, was created to provide horse owners with a practical tool to help monitor weather conditions in a way that can be used to warn when grazing on grass poses an increased risk to horses prone to laminitis. As a Natural Hoofcare Barefoot Trimmer, I have seen firsthand the pain and suffering laminitis can cause and I believe that Steven Leigh prevention is the only way to tackle the condition. For these reasons I have given my time and knowledge, free of charge, to the developers to hopefully produce an easily downloadable, reasonably priced app, which can be used as an early warning tool for horse owners.

A weighty issue

Setting aside other triggers such as cushings, toxins or other ’unavoidables’, I passionately believe the most effective laminitis prevention is to ensure a horse comes out of winter at a healthy weight. Overweight horses are at a much greater risk of laminitis.

Condition scoring

If you are not sure if your horse is overweight, have a look at the condition scoring index on the BHS website, Look at your horse with a fresh pair of eyes, or ask your vet to perform a condition score and if necessary advise a dietary plan. The British Equine Veterinary Association says: “There are many, many different causes of laminitis and it is a common misconception that laminitis is caused by over-eating grass only. Although many cases of laminitis result from the ingestion of lush pasture, the disease can be caused by an animal gorging on excess carbohydrate such as grain.

Certain weather conditions can significantly increase the sugar in grass – the Laminitis App can show horse owners in real-time when the risk of this could be high.

Research based

The focus of this project has been to utilise existing research and to create a computer model that can simulate the conditions that cause grass (C3 Cool Grass) to become stressed and as a result pose a higher grazing risk.

Case Study Data

Throughout the development of the service, we have tested the predicted risk against confirmed cases of laminitis using data collected throughout the UK and in some cases from abroad. Every case that we examine, provides us with a means to improve the sensitivity and accuracy of the predictions made.

Features include

• Quick and easy to use • Automatic GPS locator

• Real-time monitoring • Searchable locations

Compatible with

• iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPod touch (3rd & 4th gen) and iPad • Android 2.2 and above For more information visit: Trelawne Equine is a distributor of products for barefoot horses, including hoof boots – Always consult your vet if you have concerns over your horse’s health or wellbeing.

Good Grass It is not just the quantity of grass that is important in the development of laminitis; it is the type of grass and the sugars it contains. Nowadays, many horses and ponies are liveried on pasture, which was once used for cattle. This type of grazing may have been heavily fertilised and re-sown with particular species of grass which are not suitable for horses and ponies.

Poor Pasture Grass which is stressed by such things as an overnight frost or overgrazing will result in the formation of a type of sugar known as fructan. This sugar is the plant’s form of storing energy in the form of carbohydrate, and eating fructan can directly cause laminitis. The amount and the type of carbohydrate ingested are very important in the development of laminitis.”

How does the app work?

Local weather conditions are monitored and are used to predict the rise and fall of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC, i.e. sugars, starch or fructan) in grass. When this type of weather pattern happens, the risk gauge will rapidly increase to High and maintain this level until the NSC and grass stress levels are predicted to have lowered again.

About the service

At the heart of the Grazing Risk Monitoring Service is a computer system that gathers weather data from hundreds of weather stations sited around the country. For each location, historical weather data is analysed and processed to produce a risk index. It is this index that is presented in the Laminitis App for your chosen location. april 2013 Localrider 89

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

BE Horse Trials One Day Event BRC Area 10 Qualifiers Combined Training/Eventers Challenge Chilham Castle International Hunter Trials Combined Training/Eventers Challenge

All Details and schedules can be found on our website:


APRIL 2013 1 April London Harness Horse Parade, Spectacular parade of commercial & private horse drawn vehicles. From Shetlands to Shires and everything in between. South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, Telephone: 01737 646132

1 April Royal Leisure Senior Affiliated British Showjumping Shows, Unaffiliated In Hand & Ridden Showing Show, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864, Email: royalleisure@,

1 April Squirrells Riding School, Fun Show, shows open to everyone, compete on your own horse/pony or use one of ours, Qualifiers for Cricklands & Sunshine Tour, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@,

1 April Warren Barn Events, April Fools Pleasure Ride, 7 to 10 mile route to choose over beautiful scenery. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244,

2 April Parwood Equestrian Centre,

A friendly, knowledgeable and professional service capturing the atmosphere at your event and providing competitors with high quality images, printed on site to take home on the day. We are also available to visit your yard or home to create beautiful, photographic portraits of you with your horse and family pets.

For further information please contact Sue @ or Joe on 07976 521126 Visit our website

3 April Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Cross Country, Groups from BE80 upwards,Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB, Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing.,

3 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Richard Waygood MBE Chief Equipe (www.richardwaygood. com), Groups of similar levels of max 4 riders. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@,

Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@,

5 April Bedgebury Park, Own a Pony Day,

Saturday 25 May 2013 Cattle, Sheep & Pig Entries Close: 1st April 2013 Horse Entries Close: 9th April 2013

Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH,

6 April Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07734 201061 Email: competitions@,

6 April South Eastern Equestrian Services, The South of England Horse Trials, Two Days, 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. The South of England Show Ground Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.

6 April Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@

6 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Saddlesdane Equestrain Centre, Kent,

6 April Warren Barn Events, Nicky Thomsit SJ Clinic. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone Nicky direct: 07921 921100,

7 April Colettes Horse & Dog Shows, Show Jumping, Clear Round, Plum Pudding Equestrian Centre, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9QS. Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@

7 April The Equi-Fun Club, Fun Novice Showing & Dressage Show, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex. Telephone: 07738 993995, email: becca@

7 April LMEQ, Show Jumping with Ernest

Schedules available on line, or direct from:

Nicola Magill, Show Secretary Grants Cottage, Brightling, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5HZ Tel: 01435 864587 • Email:

7 April Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, Intro, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

8 April Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Spring Show & Fun Dog Show, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938

8 April Speedgate, Andrew Day Clinics. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone:Kim Atkinson 07834 170830,

9 April Parwood Equestrian Centre,

5 April Bedgebury Park, Clear Round,

CPH No: 41/057/8002 th

The South of England Horse Trials, Two Days, 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. The South of England Show Ground Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.

3 April Bedgebury Park, British Show

Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

LITTLE TOTTINGWORTH FARM, BROAD OAK, HEATHFIELD (by kind permission of the Trustees of Mr & Mrs D. W. Browning)

7 April South Eastern Equestrian Services,

9 April Francis Whittington, Cross

4 April LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy

66th Heathfield & District Agricultural Show

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

Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@, Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07850 514717 Email: judi@,

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7 April Petley Wood Equestrian Centre,

Dillon, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Jennifer on 07771 598730 for places.

7 April Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Eventers Challenge 1’6” to 3’. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email:, – go to Mid Surrey Branch

Country Clinic with Francis Whittington, Groups from BE80 upwards, Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent, Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing., Dressage Training Clinic with Andrew Gould International dressage rider and coach, Private or shared lessons. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email:,

9 April Romney Marsh Branch of the Pony Club, Open Combined Training. Carpenters Barn Farm, Sedlescombe. Telelephone: 01892 824754.

10 April Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07734 201061 Email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, 12 April Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@, 12 April Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Mini Show Jumping, inc UK Riders Challenge Qualifiers, CT Rider Summer Qualifiers, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938 13 April Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Showjumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, 13 April The Equi-Fun Club, Gridwork Clinic, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex.Telephone: 07738 993995, email: 13 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Mark Corbett, accredited coach, Groups according to level of experience for BE Level upwards, Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@, 13 April Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier,Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, www., 13 April Speedgate, Affiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@ 14 April Bedgebury Park Riding Club, Spring Hack (Riding Club members only), Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: clubs@, 14 April Bodiam International Arena, Unaffiliated indoor winter Dressage Series Championships, refreshments, Court Lodge Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ, Telephone: 01580 830710, Email:, 14 April F.S. Events, Walk & Trot, 2x Prelim and Novice & Elementary, Cricklands Qualifiers, Warrigal Farm, Bean, Kent, DA2 8EH, Telephone: Flair Sifleet 07957 765964, 14 April Kent Wildlife Trust, Cross Country Ride, 10 miles with optional jumps 1’6” to 2’9” through beautiful countryside. Torry Hill, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0SP. Telephone: 07828 631542 Email:

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14 April Ramsden Riding Club, Showing Show, RRC Showground, Sudbury Road, Ramsden Heath, Essex, CM11 1LB, 14 April Royal Leisure SCOPE Qualifiers, Autostop Adventurer, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864, Email: royalleisure@,

14 April Sevenoaks Riding Club, FOH Area 10 and Spring Hunter Trial, Junior and Senior classes, Novice Course, Redlands, Sevenoaks, M.McDonnell Telephone: 01293 512985 14 April Southern Horse Trials Championships Qualifier, Unaffiliated Horse Trials, Pre Intro (80cms), Intro (90cms), Pre Novice (1m), Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 8DY, All enquiries: 01483 767336, www.,

21 April Warren Barn Events, Championship Dressage series with NPS dressage and Cricklands qualifiers. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244, 23 April Francis Whittington Training Clinics, Show Jumping, Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3QX. Telephone: 07595 979372 Email: training@whittingtoneventing., 23 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Dressage Training Clinic with Andrew Gould International dressage rider and coach, Private or shared lessons. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email:, 23 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier,

14 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier,

Dressage, Blue Barn EC Equestrian Centre, Kent,

Dressage, Arrow RDA Centre - run by SMP Events, Kent,

24 April Bedgebury Park, British Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07850 514717 Email: judi@,

14 April Warlingham District Horse Club, Hunter Training. Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 07950 496993, Email:,

24 April Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, Advanced/Progressive, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

17 April Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Showjumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com,

17 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@, 17 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Richard Waygood MBE BE Senior & Olympic Chief Equipe (www., Groups of similar levels of max 4 riders. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email:,

20 April The Equi-Fun Club, Clinic/Training, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex.Telephone: 07738 993995, email:

20 April LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

20 April NPS Area 20, Spring Show, RIHS qualifier for M & M WHP, In Hand, and Ridden M & M and plaited clases. Crockstead Equestrian Centre, Halland, East Sussex, BN8 6PT, 20 April Moat View Riding Club, Team and Individual Dressage, Blue Barn Equestrian Centre, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, Telephone: Jo Cocker 07751 238204, Email: jo@, 21 April Bedgebury Park, WHP Show, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: kerry@, 21 April Blossom Ride at Wytherling Court, Rural Ride. 10 miles of Countryside Rural Ride, no jumps, (starts 10am), Wytherling Court, Molash, Nr Canterbury. Telephone: 01233 740598

21 April Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Show Jumping and Dressage, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email: 21 April Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Cross Country Event, incorporating cross country phase of tetrathlon 1’6” to 2’6”. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub., – go to Mid Surrey Branch 21 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, The Arrow Equestrian Centre - run by Just So Equestrian Events, Kent, 21 April Speedgate, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, a variety of classes from Clear Round to Open. All classes & warm-up are held on rubber surfaces. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@ 21 April Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, Amateur & Intro, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

Kent Festival Showing,PLUS Dressage & Show ‘FUN DOG SHOW’Jumping Sunday 12th May All proceeds to Local Charities Farming World (Faversham Show Ground), Faversham, Kent. ME13 9SW For schedule see:Royal Equifest, London, Veteran, & BSPA Qualifi ers or sendEx-Racer SAE to: Mrs J Williams, Collingham, 85 Hastings Pembury, Kent 4JS. **Over 60Road, classes across 6 TN2 rings** Organised by Colette’s Horse Shows 01892 823 590 & 07739 965 943 (before 8pm) SAE: Kent Festival, Mrs C Walker, Ashdeane, Sutton Road, Ripple, Deal, Kent CT14 8JA

15 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Show Jumping, Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Berkshire,

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

Over 40 Classes including: To advertise here, callRound 01892 863062 Two Jumping Rings plus Clear or email: Working Hunter and Best Rider Championships, In Hand Classes. Ring dedicated to ‘12 years and Under’ of Handy Pony, etc. With Leading Rein, Condition and Turnout,

25 April LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places. 26 April Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@, 26 April Mount Mascal Stables, Friday Evening Indoor Winter Show Jumping Series, (5.30pm start), Mount Mascal Stables, Vicarage Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 2AW, Telephone: 020 8 300 3947, Email: info@mountmascalstables. com,

26 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Ernest Dillon Fellow BHS & Accredited SSJA & BE Coach, British Novice Upwards. Private, & Group lesions, Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@,

27 April Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07734 201061 Email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, 27 April Chilham Park, BE Horse Trials, BE Affiliated, (Two days), Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB Telephone: 01227 730811

27 April Colettes Horse & Dog Shows, Dressage, Walk & Trot, Prelim & Novice inc NPS qualifiers, Plum Pudding Equestrian Centre, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9QS. Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: cbequine@ 27 April Royal Leisure Senior Affiliated British Showjumping Shows, Unaffiliated Showjumping with Cricklands Qualifiers, Royal Leisure Centre, Horn Lane, Henfield, BN5 9SA, Telephone: 01273 493864, Email: royalleisure@, 27 April Warren Barn Events, Working Hunter Clear Round and Showing Clinic (day #1). Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244, 28 April The Equi-Fun Club, Dressage Show, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex.Telephone: 07738 993995, email: 28 April Frensham Cross Country Sponsored Ride, A 10 mile cross country course over senic Frensham Common with a minimum of 40 optional jumps 2’6” / 2’9”. Additional challenging jumps have been introduced for the bolder horse & rider. Other Cross Country events held on the day Children’s In Hand, Dog & Handler, Ride with Confidence. The ride raises funds for local charities, Stockbridge Farm, Tilford, Surrey, GU10 2DD. Email:,



This 10 mile route starting in Fairlight near Hastings is normally inaccessible to the general public and takes participants over some of the most picturesque countryside around so come on give your self a special treat and support a really worthwhile charity that does as it says and transforms peoples lives.

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28 April Bedgebury Park, Damian Hallam dressage Clinics, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: emma@bedgeburypark. com, 28 April Chilham Park, BE Horse Trials, BE Affiliated, (Two days), Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB Telephone: 01227 730811

28 April Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Tetrathlon, Junior, Mini, Mini Mini, Tri, Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email: gina@midsurreyponyclub., – go to Mid Surrey Branch

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SHOW DATES 28 April Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Unaffiliated Dressage, Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, Petley Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE. Telephone: 01424 871677, email: info@petleywoodequestrian., 28 April P J Events, Showing, Working Hunters, Show Jumping, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07747 746407,

28 April Ramsden Riding Club, Mini Eventer Trial, RRC Showground, Sudbury Road, Ramsden Heath, Essex, CM11 1LB,

28 April Speedgate, Unaffiliated Dressage Series, Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@ 28 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Show Jumping, Saddlesdane Equestrain Centre, Kent, 28 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Sparsholt College, Hampshire, 28 April Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Show Jumping, Cobham Manor E C (run by SMP Events), Kent,

28 April South Eastern Arabian Horse Group, Spring Show, Qualifiers HOYS, CHERIF, BACS, CRABBET, CHAPS, MIDLAND YR, Indoor Arena, Merrist Wood Arena, Guildford College,

28 April Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated Showing, Jumping, Dressage, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

BLOSSOM RIDE at Wytherling Court, Molash, nr Canterbury

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With qualifying competitions at Borde Hill, Mattingley and Tweseldown.

The dates for qualifiers will be:13th-14th April 2013 • Tweseldown 9th June 2013 • Mattingley 27th-28th Mattingley 21st-22nd August 2013 • Tweseldown 28th-29th September 2013 Championships • Tweseldown

Schedules from:-,, All year round schooling. Tel: 07887 728603 All enquiries: 01483 767336

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

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2 May Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, Advanced/Progressive, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

Pre Intro (80cms) • Intro (90cms) • Pre Novice (1 metre)

14th April - Hunter Trials 5th May - Pleasure Ride 9th June - Annual Show

30 April Parwood Equestrian Centre, Cross Country Training Clinic with Mark Corbett, accredited coach, Groups according to level of experience for BE Level upwards, Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@,

Advanced/Progressive, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

Southern Horse Trials Championships 2013

Have the following events:

6 May Hall Place Equestrian Centre, May day Show & Fun Dog Show, inc UK Riders Challenge Qualifiers, CT Rider Summer Qualifiers, & Sunshine Tour Qualifiers, Sulham Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5UB, Telephone: 0118 9426938

1 May Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping,


Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Rd, Woldingham, CR3 7HN

28 April West Street Hunt Pony Club, Open Hunter Trials, St Alban Downs X-Country Course, Nonington, Nr Canterbury, CT3 1PT. Telephone 07970 476870, http://

Unaffiliated Dressage afternoon / evening and Show Jumping Classes, Great Bookham Equestrian Centre, Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4PZ Telephone: 01372 451458 Email:

10 miles of Countryside Rural Ride, no jumps. For entry forms send SAE to Geoffrey Jenkins, Kings View, Shottenden Lane, Molash, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 8EZ Tel: 01233 740598

Warlingham District Horse Club

5 May Warlingham District Horse Club, Pleasure Ride, Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 07950 496993, Email:,

1 May Great Bookham Equestrian Centre,

SUNDAY 21st APRIL, starts 10am


28 April Warren Barn Events, Working Hunter Clear Round and Showing Clinic (day #2). Warren Barn Farm, Slines Oak Road, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7HN, Telephone: 01883 650244,


3 May Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@, 4 May Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07734 201061 Email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, 4 May Bedgebury Park Riding Club, Badminton Trip (Riding Club members only), Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: clubs@, 4 May The Equi-Fun Club, Clinic/Training, Plumpton College, Ditching Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex.Telephone: 07738 993995, email: 4 May Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Dressage, Saddlesdane Equestrain Centre, Kent,

6 May Speedgate, Andrew Day Clinics. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Telephone:Kim Atkinson 07834 170830, 6 May Squirrells Riding School, Fun Show, shows open to everyone, compete on your own horse/pony or use one of ours, Qualifiers for Cricklands & Sunshine Tour, Squirrells Riding School, Common Road, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9RG, Telephone: 07713 323968, Email: i.squirrell@, 6 May Sunshine Tour Qualifier, Show Jumping & Showing, Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Berkshire, 7 May Parwood Equestrian Centre, Show Jumping Training Clinic with Corinne Bracken BSJA Chief Equipe, British Novice Upwards. Great Westwood, Westwood Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2JE. Enquires Telephone: 01483 813860 Email: bookings@, 8 May Bedgebury Park, Affiliated Dressage, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires Telephone: 07734 201061 Email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com, 10 May Bedgebury Park, Clear Round, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@,

11 May Bedgebury Park, Unaffiliated Showjumping, Bedgebury Park, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SH, Enquires email: competitions@bedgeburypark. com,

11 May Chilham Park, One Day Event, British Riding Clubs Novice and Intermediate Horse Trials Qualifier for BRC National Championships, inc London & South East Novice Championships Qualifier, Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811

11 May Chipstead Riding Club, Show Jumping, Felbridge Showground, Felbridge, West Sussex.

4 May Vicarage Farm, British Show Jumping, Amateur and Intro, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

11 May Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated Showing,

4 May Wimbledon Pony Club, Open Show, Qualifying classes for Sunshine Tour, Balanced Horse Feeds, BSPA, TARRA and SSA (Side Saddle Association). Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AL. Telephone: 07764 149737,

12 May Ashford Valley Hunt, Spring

5 May CHAPS South East Regional Show, In Hand & Ridden Classes CHAPS (UK) Qualifiers HOYS Qualifiers Junior Classes Youngstock Evaluation, Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AL Telephone: 07867860096 (before 9pm) 5 May Colettes Horse & Dog Shows, Summer Horse Show, Show Jumping, Ridden & In Hand Showing, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, CT15 5BQ, Telephone: 07949 096086 Email: 5 May Dartford & District Riding Club, Spring Show, Warrigal Farm, Sandy Banks Hill, Bean, Nr Dartford, Kent, DA2 8EH. Telephone: 07957 765964 www.

Jumping, Dressage, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email: Horse Show and Open Fun Dog Show, Two Jumping Rings, Working Hunter, Leading Rein, Showing and gymkhanas, Family Show with Classes for All. Shenley Farm, Headcorn, TN27 9HX, Enquires email: Christina.back@ashfordvalleyhunt.,

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

12 May Chilham Park, BRC Horse Trials Qualifiers, Classes for the British Riding Club Area 10 Horse Trials Qualifier for BRC National Championships, Classes: BRC 80HT Senior, BRC 90HT Junior & Senior, BRC 100HT Junior & Senior, BRC 100 + HT Senior (same XC as 100 but different dressage & higher Showjumping course), Chilham Park, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB, Telephone: 01227 730811

5 May LMEQ, Show Jumping with Ernest Dillon, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Jennifer on 07771 598730 for places.

12 May East Sussex Pony Club, Prince Phillip

5 May Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Novice Show. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email:, www. – go to Mid Surrey Branch

12 May F.S. Events, Walk & Trot,

Cup Games (Pony Club only), The Pony Club Field, Montague Farm, Hankham, Pevensey, BN24 5BB. 2x Prelim and Novice & Elementary, Cricklands Qualifiers, Warrigal Farm, Bean, Kent, DA2 8EH, Telephone: Flair Sifleet 07957 765964,

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

12 May Kent Festival of Showing, Dressage

5 May Speedgate, Unaffiliated Show Jumping, a variety of classes from Clear Round to Open. All classes & warm-up are held on rubber surfaces. Speegate Farm, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NJ. Email: events@

12 May LMEQ, Show Jumping with Lucy

5 May Vicarage Farm, Unaffiliated Showing, Jumping, Dressage, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW, Telephone: 01932 765145 Email:

& Show Jumping, Equifest, Royal London, Veteran, Ex-Race & BSPA Qualifiers, Over 60 classes across 6 rings. Farming World (Faversham Show Ground), Faversham, Kent, ME13 9SW. Organised by Colette’s Horse Shows, Thompson, Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB call Ruth on 07708 066089 for places.

12 May Mid Surrey Branch of the Pony Club, Team Show Jumping, Eclipse, Bullock Cup, and Hickstead Qualifier. Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, KT20 5BN, Telephone: Gina Kitchener 01737 644255, Email:, – go to Mid Surrey Branch

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5 Star Livery for your horse or pony! Priory Road, Bilsington, Nr Ashford, Kent TN25 7AU 01233 721770 don’t forget to mention you saw the ad in Localrider magazine!

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qualiFieD saDDle Fitters Meadowlea saddle Fitting services ltd Society Of Master Saddlers Quilified Saddle Fitter and Master Saddler. Saddles to suit all budgets from synthetics to various makes of full leather Full assessment and profile of horse carried out prior to fitting. Please visit our new showroom at Unit 7, Brocklands Farm, Alton Rd, West Meon, GU32 1JN. For more information Tel Jill on 07575 052423 or visit

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ruBBer MattinG Professional matting, grooves and bobble top, for cheaper option:- good condition 2nd hand belting. Ideal for walls and stable floors. Fitting service available. Tel. Mo Chapman 07768 834761

tacK sHOPs charity Farm country store. Everything for Horse and Rider. Pet feed & accessories. Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent. 01580 713189 the tack room, Johns Cross, Robertsbridge, East Sussex. Tel: 01580 882255. Everything for the horse and rider, including feed, bedding and wormers. Also electric fencing. Website: lusted Feeds and saddlery. Large selection of tack and clothing - now stocking Horseware Ireland Gersemi, Puffa, Joules, Bucas Rugs, Just Togs and Shires.. Lusted Farm, Glynleigh Road, Hankham (Nr Hailsham), Pevensey. Contact Jill 01323 768937.


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