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inter is finally here, although it doesn’t somehow feel too cold! With the constant dip and rise in temperature our horses don’t know whether they are coming or going, so having an ample selection of rugs at this time of year is a must. Horse of the Year Show was an absolute blast this year. The Everything Horse team attended on the Saturday afternoon and evening so we were lucky enough to enjoy a whole day’s action. The Puissance was, as usual, nail biting, edge of the seat ation that saw some unexpected twists and one of the favourites going out in the first few rounds! William Fox-Pitt’s fall at The Young Horse Championships, Lion d’Angers, where he sustained a head injury, came as a shock! Although he’s now out of intensive care, after being placed in an induced coma, he remains in the hopital unit over in France. This must have been a very worrying time for the rider’s

CONTENTS 4. Industry News 8. British Dressage Report 10. HOYS 2015 Reports & Results 17. Christmas Gift Guide 28. Bootiful Boots - How to choose the right boots for you! 30. Horse Health: Equine Myofascial Release Therapy 34/35. WIN Tickets to the London International Horse Show and over £100 worth of Hi-Viz gear! 37. Winter Wardrobe advice

family. Our thoughts are with them all during this difficult time. Aldi released this season’s range of Equestrian Gear and reports showed that, as soon as it was out, it was gone!! The range included country boots (new for 2015), jodphurs, men and women’s apparel, gloves, hi-viz gear and more. The prices are kept in line with the supermarket’s pocket friendly shopping ethos, with a pack of two riding socks at only £4.99, childrens hi-viz gilet at £9.99 and hoodies at £12.99! Lots of fun was had putting our 2015 Christmas Gift Guide together over the past month, the guide is now in it’s third year of publication and each year we just seem to be adding more and more. We had a few favourites and even included some of the more expenisve gifts for that special someone (horse or human) in your life. We have two fantastic competitions this month, starting with The Liverpool International Horse Show ticket giveaway followed by your chance to win over £100 worth of Equisaftey Hi-Viz gear. With lots of news, reports, health articles and competitions, from all here at Everything Horse we hope you enjoy this month’s magazine.




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Contents 38. Horse Health: Kissing Spine 42. Shopping Goodies 43. Claim your FREE treats 44. History of Olympia 46. Horse Health: Wound Care Guide 49. Winter Hacking - Tips & advice 50. Teens Lead the Way with Young Equestrians in association with HOOF & The Pony Club 54. Everything Horse Magazine Sponsored Riders Update

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Keep up to date with the latest equestrian news

Lara Edwards Selected to Ride for Team GB in Le Mans

Lincolnshire based Lara Edwards (Dyson) was over the moon to get the call up to ride for Team GB in Le Mans, France, at Small Tour level on her stunning stallion Cyden Bodyguard Moorland. Lara, who is a brand ambassador for The Lifeforce Range of supplements from Alltech, and Bodyguard have been rewarded for their consistent performances that have seen them steadily climb through the levels. The pair will be hoping to impress the judges in France, in the Prix St Georges, Inter I and Inter 1 Freestyle sections. The news tops off a great few weeks for Lara, having got married on the 26th September and is reward for all the hard work and early mornings she puts in combining competing with her career as a Quality Manager for the family building company. Receiving the news while on honeymoon in the Maldives a delighted Lara said: “I was so excited to get the email, as it is all I have ever wanted and worked for, it means so much to me. “Now I have got my GB Flag I will have to start thinking about setting myself a new goal!” For further information on Lifeforce visit

ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart to anchor trade fair debate ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart is set to make a welcome return to BETA International to host an exciting debate where hot industry topics will take centre stage. This new feature sees key movers and shakers in the equestrian world going head-to-head in a meaty 4

discussion in which they can air their often outspoken points of view as they wrestle with the latest issues affecting different sectors of the trade. “I am delighted to be participating in BETA International once again,” said Alastair. “It is the premier gathering for the industries that support our brilliant equestrian sports. Showjumping is central to my family and I am proud to

be an ambassador for British Showjumping, but eventing, dressage and racing are brilliant, too – and, as a nation, we’re pretty good at all of it. BETA International is the world’s leading equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product trade exhibition. For more information on BETA International visit Everything Horse Magazine • Issue 26• November 2015

Sing-along at Liverpool International with the Bootleg Beatles

Are you a Beatles fan? If you are be sure not to miss the Bootleg Beatles performing at the Liverpool International Horse Show from 1-3 January 2016. It seems fitting that they will perform in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool and are sure to deliver some brilliant performances. Liverpool International Horse Show is set to open 2016 in style as it stages a glamorous show jumping extravaganza. Besides the world class equestrian performances the audience will be kept entertained with fantastic shopping and a range of thrilling displays. Hailed as “the world’s premier Beatle band” the quartet are now in their 36th year together. Chris Evans, from BBC Radio 2 has summed up their performance as being “off the scale fabulous,” whilst television presenter Jonathon Ross has described them as “terrific.” The Bootleg Beatles will be performing during both the afternoon and evening performances on all three days of the Liverpool International Horse Show. Also in the action packed line up will be Clemence Faivre, French stunt rider, opera singers, Bella Voci and the ever-popular Shetland Pony Grand National. To book your tickets for Liverpool International Horse Show or for more information visit

Above: Winning photo by Ellie Parker, 19, from West Yorkshire

Above: Runner up and 2013 victor Sara Reynard

Equi-Trek Bramham 2015 Photo competition proves to be a close call for 2013 victor!

her picture would be donning the front cover of next year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials’ programme. “I’ve been coming with my Mum for last four or five years, and it’s an event that I absolutely love - it will be so exciting to see my photo on the front cover!”. The photo stars Lincolnshire rider Alex Postolowsky, riding the 17 year old Giorgione gelding, Islanmore Ginger, who finished 23rd in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* competition, with a clear round across the country. Runner up, Sara Reynard’s photo was also taken at the Round House, and is a very striking picture of Izzy Taylor. There was a lot of deliberation over these two photos, and “it was a close run thing!” said Nick Pritchard. “There has been a lot of head scratching and mock ups done over these two fabulous entries. I think it’s the closest competition we’ve run”. Ellie receives a pair of Season Member’s badges for the 2016 Event. Our Online Box Office will open on 1st December 2015 at www., with some great savings to be had on tickets booked in advance. With the Rio Olympics taking place 6-9 August 2016, next year’s Bramham promises to be as exciting as ever!

This year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials Photo Competition proved harder than ever to judge, but, in the end there were two clear favourites. Ellie Parker, 19, from Elland, West Yorkshire, emerged as our winner, fractionally ahead of our 2013 victor Sara Reynard, with a lovely action photo taken at the third part of the Equi-Trek Round House combination. The well thought out picture, with the Round House in the background makes it unmistakably Bramham, which is one of the main things judges Nick Lane Fox, Nick Pritchard, Laura Jennings, Jane Conyers and Louise Gillett were looking for. 2015 is the fourth consecutive year that Ellie has entered the competition, and the third year that one or more of her photos have been selected into the final judging. This year, all but one of her eight entries made it to the final judging – it seems it was only a matter of time before she came out on top. “I can’t believe it, that’s amazing” Ellie said when she received the phone call to let her know that

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Image: Alison and Hercules at home jumping

Supreme Champion Pony and Rehomer Beat the Odds Together World Horse Welfare Hercules crowned Supreme Champion in charity’s annual Rehomed Horse of the Year Awards Rescue pony, World Horse Welfare Hercules has been crowned Supreme Champion in the charity’s annual Rehomed Horse of the Year Awards thanks to his incredible will to survive and his role in helping his rehomer, Alison overcome breast cancer. Below: Hercules upon arrival at World Horse Welfare


Hercules arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm in 2011 with chronic grass sickness, an illness which gave him just a two per cent chance of survival. Thanks to the dedicated team at World Horse Welfare and Hercules’ fighting spirit he made a full recovery, well and truly earning his warrior name. Alison Ironside rehomed Hercules

as a three year old, continuing his education and then backing him to ride. Alison said: “In March 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after various surgeries, treatments, drugs, plus many months sat in a chair I decided that it was time I started riding again. Out of all my ponies I knew that Hercules was the one I could trust to look after me in my very weak state. In true caring fashion, even at his young age, Hercules seemed to understand the situation – patiently and carefully carrying me around the lanes never putting a foot wrong, never spooking at anything, never pulling on the rains and never pushing me when I was on the ground getting him ready. “He is a pony that took a lot to save but he is a pony that has given everything he can back.” Former Olympic gold-medallist and eventing legend, Jane HoldernessRoddam awarded Hercules the top spot in the awards’ ‘Faithful Friend’ category, saying: "I have chosen Hercules because despite being a bit of a wild child himself, he appeared to recognise and respond to his owners needs

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when she was ill and curtailed his natural exuberance throughout her rehabilitation, probably because he understood how important it was to fight to survive. This inbuilt sensitivity shows true friendship" Hercules was then chosen to receive the ‘Supreme Champion’ accolade by World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers who was inspired by Alison and Hercules’ story. He said: “I found Alison and Hercules’ story really moving. Their bond of trust epitomises the close relationship between horse and owner and whilst we had so many fantastic entries, I feel that Hercules has well and truly earned his ‘Supreme Champion’ award.” World Horse Welfare’s annual Rehomed Horse of the Year competition invited nominations from its 1,700 World Horse Welfare horses and ponies currently out in homes around the country, celebrating their stories as part of its Rehome a Horse Month. Three categories were open for entries including; Funniest Anecdote, Biggest Achievement and Faithful Friend. The winner of the Funniest Anecdote was World Horse Welfare Wally, a horse awarded the title by Olympic dressage rider, Richard Davison, thanks to this tendencies of stealing his rehomer’s walking stick, grinning for a peppermint and peeing on command. Richard said: “I just loved the images of Wally peeing on command, and removing Dad's walking stick. It must be chaotic ensuring Wally pees precisely on cue, while Dad is sending Maydays from halfway down the field because his walking stick has been removed. What must the neighbours think?” The winner of the Biggest Achievement category was World Horse Welfare Su who has not only been a faithful family pony but has also given hundreds of disabled children the chance to experience the joys of riding thanks to her long service of 16 years with Riding for the Disabled. Olympic eventer and World Horse Welfare Patron Pippa Funnell MBE crowned Su the category winner. Pippa said: “In the end, Su pipped it for me because she has clearly helped so many people through her long experience at the RDA, and that kind of life-changing achievement may not be recognised elsewhere. Her story really choked me up when I think of all the people she has helped.”

Above: Wally smiling for the camera with his rosette Below: World Horse Welfare Su with her rossette and long service award

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Lucinda and Best Of All, image credit by Kevin Sparrow

British Dressage Report:

Stoneleigh Park BD National Championships written by Daisy Jackson


ast month Stoneleigh hosted the BD National Championships which is always an exciting event with big names competing for national titles this year including Charlotte Dujardin and Michael Eilberg amongst others. Starting with the winner of the Advanced Medium Restricted section was Sadie Smith on her own Keystone Dynamite. The British bred 8 year old gelding is by DiMaggio out of an Escudo mare. I caught up with Sadie after the show; ‘‘I have owned him since he was a just backed 4yr old and I bought him from his breeder Suzanne Lavendera. Mambo, as he’s known at home, hasn’t been the most straight forward of horses as he’s very sensitive and gets nervous. This was actually his first time 8

at the nationals and he was petrified of everything! He gets worried at shows as last year a horse collided with him and he bucked me off! However, despite his nerves, I was really pleased with how he kept it together for me in the test. Our walk wasn’t great as he was anticipating and jogged a bit! My next aim is to ride our first PSG together and continue training with Isobel Wessels and Carl Hester. I absolutely adore Mambo and I think he’s coming into his own at the higher levels as there is more for him to think about! I’m really excited about our future and I’ve been asked to ride him at the National Convention which is amazing.’’ Also gaining a National title was Lucinda Elliott with Emma Blundell’s Best of All (Mount St.John). Lucinda and the 5 year old Bordeaux x Donnerhall mare won the Dodson and Horrell Novice Restricted with a huge 74.14%. Lucinda trains with Emile Faurie and Charlotte Dujardin and has had a very successful first season in dressage since changing from her pervious showing career; Best of All has surpassed last year’s reserve finish in the 4 year old

class with Charlotte Dujardin. Laura Wollen has also joined Sadie and Lucinda in achieving a National title at Stoneleigh. Buddy, Laura’s ride, is owned by her father and his wife, Helen Farley-Higgs who bought him in April last year. The Burlington x Don Frederico bred 8 year old was bred by Lynne Crowden and was previously owned by Abi Slater who took him to the winter champs in 2014 coming 3rd in the Novice. A thrilled Laura told me; ‘‘He is a lovely genuine horse who wants to please, so much so that he puts everything into his test so by the time the prize giving came he could hardly canter around the arena - so much for looking forward to an exciting gallop round! I regularly train with Peter Storr with him, and now our plan is to crack on with Medium level movements and get his changes to continue up the levels. We have had to take him quite slow due to how weak he was, and so to get through the Nationals, let alone win it, was a huge achievement!!’’ Jess Dunn and Fyona also claimed a win at the championships, winning

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Image left: Laura Wollen and Buddy, image credit Eva-Maria Broomer

the Novice Open and coming second in the 5 year old class behind Charlotte. Jessica takes us through the journey she has had with her mare and her plans and hopes for the future; ‘‘we have been together now about 18 months. We bought her originally from Holland last year after I decided to come home from my 3yrs training in Germany to set up a competition yard in England. My good friends and now sponsors , the Keenan Family/Keenans Estate Agents/ Keenans Equestrian Homes, had a yard that they were willing to rent out. They have the same passion for horses that I have. Princess Fifi is 5 by Sorento out of a Ferro Dam line. I co-own her with the Keenan Family. We won the 5yr old class at our first major show this year at Myerscough Premier League. We

also achieved a second and two thirds at Somerford Premier League behind Charlotte Dujardin and qualified within two outings for the Summer Regionals, she was second at the Summer Regionals at Port Royal and then obviously had a successful National Championships! I am aiming her at being a top class Grand Prix horse as she has incredible talent and attitude. I will not be rushing her up the levels nor do I plan on campaigning her tirelessly for any more young horse classes. I plan on qualifying her for each level for Winter/Summer Nationals but the main aim is much further down the line.’’ Continuing to explain how grateful and appreciative Jess is of the Keenan Family’s support throughout, she said; ‘‘I am hugely grateful to the Keenan Family

for their continued support both personally and professionally and their faith in my training with the mare and others that they own’’ Taking the TopSpec sponsored Medium Restricted title was Jayne Turney with Tom (Cruz 111) a 14.1hh 6yr old gelding by Caesar 171. Tom, owned by personal friend Charlotte Dujardin, has been with Jayne for 3 years since breaking him in as a 3 year old; ‘‘I feel privileged to have had the chance to work with such a talented pony. He won the Novice Championship last year, masterfully ridden by Phoebe Peters. This was my first time competing at the Nationals so to score over 70% and win is just a dream come true!! I spent the last week prior to the champs training with Charlotte who was just amazing! I could never have done it without her help and support!” Zoe Sleigh and Dark Legend then went on to win the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Open scoring over 72% with the 8 year old Hanoverian gelding (Duino x Londonderry). After buying Dark Legend from Germany as a 2 year old alongside Christine Sleigh, Zoe admits he is finally growing up after being a very ‘hot horse’. As it has taken time for him to mature this year has been his first for serious competition. The pair are training PSG/Inter I at home and hope to compete Small Tour next year and continue to work towards Grand Prix. A very pleased Zoe went on to say this about their performance; ‘‘I am really pleased how he behaved at the Nationals, he did a nice consistent test with some great extensions, lateral work and changes. It was a very long day having been drawn first so I was very happy that we were able to hold on to the lead!’’ Overall, a very successful show with some fantastic performances. Image left: Zoe Sleigh and Dark Legend, image credit Sara-Jane Lanning

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Catch up with the Horse of the Year Show 2015 results...

A Dream Comes True for Millie Dickinson in the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter Sixteen year old Millie Dickinson (pictured left) made her remarkable debut at Horse of the Year Show by winning the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter topping the leader board after an exciting jump off. The prestigious class is a pony version of the famous Horse & Hound Senior Foxhunter Championship, and is open to riders under the age of 16. Dickinson rode the 10-year-old gelding Claddagh Prince to victory by just 0.02 seconds ahead of Cameron Rogan on Landlord 111 to clinch the win. This is Dickinson’s first time at HOYS and she has made her presence known by also coming third in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship on Wednesday. Dickinson has been eagerly awaiting her chance to shine at HOYS, an ambition she has held for many years. “I still can’t really believe it, it’s just incredible and it’s basically a dream come true. “To think that it’s actually happened is amazing” said Dickinson. Dickinson had two ponies entered in the class, when she rode into the arena on her second ride, Ron Burgandy, she already knew she had won the title but there was room for a first and second! Unfortunately a pole mid course cost the dream. Image left: Millie Dickinson Photo credit: E.S. Photography

Lily Grimwade Wins the 128cm Championship in Style at HOYS The first of the National Show Jumping classes on Saturday 10th of October at Horse of the Year Show featured the youngest show jumpers of the Show on board some small, but mighty ponies in the 128cm Championship. To compete in the class riders must not be over the age of 12, which is a pretty big accomplishment especially as the maximum fence height is a whopping 1.15m! 24 young hopefuls started out at 10.10am setting the expectation for the day to come. A total of eight riders made it through to the all girl jump off. When the competition drew to a

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close it was Danbury's 12-year-old Lily Grimwade riding Koda who were crowned the winners. This was Grimwade’s Horse of the Year Show debut and she made it in style being the only rider to go clear in the jump off. Grimwade was elated with her win “I am really surprised and really happy. He has taught me how to ride basically and I love him so much” she said. Second place was awarded to Madison Heath riding Shirly Ash’s, Red Alert III and rounding out the podium places was Claudia Moore riding Peppino Il Grande. 11

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HOYS Win Is Just What the Doctor Ordered for Clarke Glasgow Oxfordshire rider Clark Glasgow prescribed himself the perfect tonic after claiming an impressive victory on the final day at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham. It was Glasgow's first - and last visit to HOYS before he continues his medical studies at Cambridge. Glasgow could not have ended on a higher note as he won The Thistledown Stakes in impressive fashion. Riding Corlando of Cavallini, he triumphed in the two-phase speed class after clocking a jump off time of 39.94 seconds. It was enough to edge experienced Irish campaigner Trevor Breen, riding Oldtown KC, into second place, with John Whitaker third aboard Echo of Light. "I am over the moon. Just being able to compete here is a dream come

Image: Thistledown Stakes winner Clark Glasgow

true, so anything top of that is a bonus," Glasgow said. "I disappeared into the warm-up arena after I jumped. I knew someone could beat me, but it worked out for me today. "I have had the horse going on for six years, and he really has taught me the ropes, but to win here is very special.

"I started medical studies a week and a half ago, so I have taken the decision that I won't be able to continue riding at this level. I am going out on top!" The win marks the latest of a successful season for Glasgow who was crowned British Showjumping National Champion at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh in August.

easibed Rider Crowned Leading Show Jumper of the Year at HOYS easibed is thrilled to congratulate Billy Twomey who was crowned Leading Show Jumper of the Year for the third time at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Irish international Show Jumper and easibed user Billy Twomey won the title with gelding Diaghilev in the final class of the show, which took place October 7-11. HOYS 2015 marks the third time Billy has gained the accolade, having previously winning the title in 2008 with Je T’Aime Flamenco and again in 2013 with mare Tinka’s Serenade. Billy said: “I’m so pleased with the result. After a few tough months it’s great to come away with a win at HOYS.” The show, which took place at


the NEC in Birmingham, proved a success for Billy who also won the Naylors Equestrian accumulator and took joint first in the Zinc Management five fence challenge with Tin Tin and Diaghilev respectively. The good news continues for the Cork-born show jumper as he was recently selected to represent Ireland in the FEI World Cup qualifiers in Oslo and Helsinki. It is hoped the shows, which take place through the latter part of October, will be a fantastic opportunity to achieve some much needed points towards World Cup qualification before the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping final in 2016.

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TopSpec Sponsored Riders Enjoy Record Number of Wins at HOYS Once again this year saw a huge number of wins for TopSpec fed horses and ponies at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. It was a hugely successful show for Robert Walker; Vantage Point, owned by Jill Day, won the Lightweight Hunter of the Year before being crowned Champion Hunter of the Year, whilst Rockefeller owned by Joanne Singfield headed the line up in the Heavyweight Hunter of the Year. It was an emotional sight when Robert and Starry Night, owned by Camilla Neame, took the Maxi Cob of the Year before Robert dismounted to mark the retirement of this uniquely successful cob. Victoria Hesford also had a fantastic show with Whalton Forgery, owned by Clare Twiston-Davies, claiming the Champion Hack of the Year, and Randalstown Musketeer, owned by Clare Twiston-Davies, securing the Champion Cob of the Year award. Victoria also produced the Ridden (Welsh D) of the Year, Ringside Game Over. Rotherwood Rainmaker, owned by Katy Carter and Marge Cartlidge, and ridden by Poppy Carter ended their partnership on a high with a win for the Katy Carter Show Team in the 128cm Children’s Riding Pony of the Year. Ellis Taverner-Burns and Scarlacre Eclipse, also owned by Katy and her mum Marge, headed the 133cm Show Hunter Pony.

Llanarth Fair Play, owned by Elizabeth Edwards and produced by Katy Carter, was crowned Champion Intermediate Show Riding Type of the Year ridden by Kayleigh Catton. Clare Curry and Noble Star, owned by Adrian Curry, took the Intermediate Show Hunter of the Year, whilst Cate Kerr and Cadlanvalley Super Ted, owned by Lisa Kerr and produced by Craig Elenor, won the Lead Rein Show Hunter Pony of the Year. Laura’s Pride secured top section marks and a win in the Intermediate WHP of the Year, ridden and owned by Victoria Leavesley, whilst Shirley Dennison’s Rotherwood Another Peep headed the 148cm Children’s Riding Pony of the Year, ridden by Harriet Dennison. Sue-Helen Shuttleworth and Flying Solo headed the line up in the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony of the Year, whilst her ride Boston also secured the top spot in the Coloured Ridden Native Cob, Traditional Pony of the Year. In the M&M sections Townend Schubert ridden and owned by Becky Penny won the M&M Ridden (Fell/ Dales) of the Year, whilst Alex Williams and Ringside Game Over, took the M&M Ridden (Welsh D) of the Year. The M&M Ridden (Sec B) of the Year went to Katy Marriott-Payne and Cadlanvalley Sandpiper, owned by Mr A J Anderson and Mrs K E Scott. Doylan Chilli Pepper, ridden by Mollie Mae Jeffrey and owned by Mrs Carol Barker won the 122cm M&M WHP of the Year, before Stephanie Wheway’s Peasedown Mr Muddle took the 143cm M&M WHP of the Year. Ardbear Spirit, ridden by Jo Callwood and owned by Barbara Bagshaw triumphed in the M&M WHP of the Year exceeding 143cm. Over in the showjumping arena, Robert Murphy took the honours in the Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year with Rainbows Mocha. Image left: Cadlanvalley Super Ted Lead Rein SHP of the Year ridden by Cate Kerr owned by Lisa Kerr and produced by Craig Elenor

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Joe Clayton and Millioninmind Shine in the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship Grantham rider Joe Clayton produced a stylish performance to win the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship on the final day at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham today. Riding Millioninmind, an eightyear-old bay gelding, Clayton saw off a challenge from his cousin and British Nations Cup rider William Whitaker. The Speedi-Beet Grace C Championship is a perfect platform for future stars of the Show Jumping arena. Exceptional talent was on display as eight combinations jumped clean in the first round to make it through to the jump off. Clayton's jump off time of 37.69 seconds edged out Whitaker by just over a second. Whitaker finished runner-up on C'Est Seppel and third with Dublin V, while Annabel Shields was fourth aboard ABC Quantum Cruise. The prestigious title is restricted to horses that are Grade C at the time of qualifying and have won £800 or less. The class is often used by top riders to bring on horses which they feel have the potential to become a top Grade A horses. "It is a very good win. The horse jumped fantastically," Clayton said. "My horse is really quick, so I knew if I could get the same turn as William in the jump-off, then I could edge it. "He is a very cheeky horse. He's quite nervy, but brave at the same time." 13

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Game of Thrones Crowned 2015 SEIB Search for a Star Champion


he 2015 SEIB Insurance Broker Search for a Star series reached a thrilling climax in the International Arena at Horse of the Year Show on Sunday and the atmosphere was electric as the eight Search for a Star Championship winners gave their individual show to see who would take the title. A foot perfect performance sealed the result and the judges, Robert Oliver and Katie Jerram, had no hesitation in choosing the outstanding hunter, Game of Thrones, to be crowned Supreme Champion, with the lovely show pony, Mansion Hill Bertie Bassett taking Reserve.

SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter Game of Thrones, known as Dermot at home, took the SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter final in fine style earlier in the week, owned and ridden by Kieran Quinn from Port Talbot. This handsome 4 year old, backed just 7 months ago by Kieran, took everything in his stride all week and kept his cool to give a polished performance. “I went to Ireland to buy a hunter and saw this horse in a dealer’s field in Kilkenny. The dealer had bought him as a foal Image right: SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter winner Game of Thrones ridden by Kieran Quinn. Image credit ES Photography

Image Left: Reserve Champion Mansion Hill Bertie Bassett ridden by Izzy Partridge from Tingewick Bucks. Image credit ES Photography


but he had grown to big, so he was in the field”, explained Kieran, who brought the horse home and broke him in at the end of January. ‘Dermot’ was bred by Brian Quain in Limerick and has show jumping breeding being by Hannovarian show jumping sire, Tinarana Goldwave, out of an Irish Sport Horse mare, Garranroe Shillelagh. “He was such a lovely horse we thought we should show him, so we had a go at Search for a Star. He is my first ever show horse, and this is only his 5th show”, said Kieran, 28,

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who works as a welding inspector. He has ridden and hunted all his life and regularly field masters for the Banwen Miners hunt. Ten year old Izzy Partridge was first to go out and give her individual show on her mother, Kate Partridge’s striking show pony, Mansion Hill Bertie Bassett. Izzy showed supreme confidence and her pony responded to give a brilliant performance to take reserve spot. Kate bought the eight year old 'Bert' last November for Izzy to gain experience in

showing. “Izzy works so hard to do well at the shows, we are real amateurs and it is great that with some hard work it is possible to achieve these results”, said Kate. Izzy and Bert do lots of hacking and schooling and have lessons with Jayne Turney. ”He was just brilliant”, said a delighted Izzy. Now in its nineteenth year, Search for a Star was the brainchild of SEIB Insurance Brokers who still run and support it today. It is exclusively for amateur riders and owners and designed

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to give these enthusiastic people a chance to compete at the Horse of the Year Show and also to discover new equine talent. SEIB has been providing equestrian insurance for over five decades and is a major player in equestrian insurance. SEIB Search for a Star Riding Horse/Hack Class The week started with the Riding Horse/ Hack class with Abigail Shaw, 27, from Chesterfield taking the Riding Horse title on Robert Sampson’s lovely dark 15

bay mare, Argentina. The 5 year old, by Argento out of Woodlander Italia, was bred by Robert to show jump, and is on loan to Abigail while she matures. The pair have done a one day event and some jump cross and were successful in the Amateur Riding Horse and stood champion at the Festival of Hunting. “We have done lots of hard work, training and looking after her coat before coming here. It is her first year showing and she is quiet and safe, but I didn’t expect this”, said a delighted Abigail, who plans to give the mare a short break after the show and may do some days hunting with the Barlow this winter. SEIB Search for a Star Show Hack Dowhills Daffi won the Hack section, owned and ridden by Sophie Clark, 25, from Bromsgrove. Sophie bought the mare, by Strinesdale Mastermind out

of Millcroft Minadab, as a 6 month old foal from Dowhills Stud and the breeders were at HOYS to see the win. “We went to see a 2 year old, but chose a foal instead”, explained Sophie. Last year was their first season competing locally, and they enjoy hacking and “doing normal things” at home. “I wanted a show hack, and she has been maturing while I have been at uni”, said Sophie, who studied Sport and Community Development at Sheffield and is now working as a teaching assistant at a Special Educational Needs school. “HOYS is something I have dreamed of for years and years. It is amazing!” she said. Riding Club Show Horse The lovely grey gelding, Blitz, did not put a foot wrong to win the Riding Club Show Horse for delighted owner/ rider, Lucy May, from Burnley. Blitz had previously been eventing but an injury had put him out of action. He was put out in a field for a year before coming back into work and Lucy bought the horse 18 months ago to do some show jumping. The pair compete most weekends in British Showjumping classes at Myerscough and Aintree and Lucy’s long term aim is to do working hunter. “I am not really a showing person, but I might be now”, she laughed after the win. “Blitz is a real family horse. He hacks and schools and can turn to do whatever we want. It’s a real family effort and I am helped by my mum, who is at home looking after my boys who are at school”, said Lucy. SEIB Search for a Star - Cob Section Louise Holliday rode her own The Gambler to win the SEIB Search for a Star Cob section in fine style. Louise bought him 2 years ago as an unbroken 6 year old from a friend, Miley Cash, in Ireland, and calls him “Dylan” at home. The horse had been turned out on a farm and had had very little handling when he arrived. The pair were 3rd in the Home Produced class at the National Championships and have done some local shows. “This has been a fantastic experience. He was a bit sharp last year but he has just got better and better”, said Louise, who works full time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and fits in looking after Image left: The Gambler ridden by Louis Holliday from Maisemore Cob. Image Credit ES Photography


“Dylan” around her shifts. “He has really come into himself this season. I was so nervous going in there but he held it together. The atmosphere was absolutely electric!”, she said. SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter Pony The winner of the SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter Pony section was 15 year old Joshua Conway riding Liam and Debbie Conway’s lovely chestnut gelding, Laithehill Pasha. The family bought the 14 year old ‘Buzz’, as he is known at home, in January and the pair went hunting with the Cheshire Drag last season. “Josh wanted a jumping pony and they loved the hunting, but it was not great for his showing. But he is such a lovely pony we thought we should have a go at Search for a Star”, said Debbie. But they were both lucky to be at HOYS after ‘Buzz’ went lame and had to spend 6 weeks off work during the summer holidays. A change of shoeing sorted the problem and the pair worked hard to prepare for HOYS, and then the family were involved in a car crash just 2 weeks before the show and Josh was quite sore. “But nothing was going to stop us coming to HOYS. Buzz went the best he has ever gone, he couldn’t have gone any better”, said Josh. “Robert and I were on the same wavelength throughout and he was just great to judge with. There were no disagreements, but when you get horses from up and down the country produced so well, for us to come and judge has been a total pleasure”, said Katie Jerram. “I am always impressed with the number of people wanting to have a go at Search for a Star, and the standard of horses and ponies coming forward just gets better each year. The atmosphere at HOYS was magical. It is wonderful to be able to give genuine amateur owners and riders this opportunity and I hope that many will go on to further success. I am so thrilled with the success of Jordan Cook and Fleetwater Xecutive, who were Search For A Star Champions in 2007 and stood Reserve Champion Hack of the Year this time – it just goes to show that it is possible to go on and win in open classes!” says SEIB Marketing Manager, Nicolina MacKenzie. For more information visit

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The Spanish Riding Boot Company MD, Emma Snailham


Looking to purchase a new pair of boots this season? The Spanish Riding Boot Company offer practical boots with serious fashion styling, so who better to ask, than their MD Emma Snailham for her top tips…


lways consider just how waterproof you need your new boots to be: Wellington boot waterproof or just water resistant waxed finish and a little more stylish? If it’s the latter then our Spanish Riding Boots Classic could be good seasonal choice. You may be purchasing them for fashion and in which case something like a suede boot would work well for you but don’t forget to treat the suede with a protector and I always check the weather forecast before venturing out in my own beautiful fawn suede boots!! You should also consider whether you want to opt for short or long boots. Long boots are great for teaming with skirts or shorts in the winter, whereas short boots work brilliantly with skinny jeans or this season’s ‘70s flare but aren’t truly forgiving on bare legs for summer! If you are buying boots with practicality in mind, then choosing between a finer leather sole or a grippier chunky tread sole is key and what would suit the terrain is also important! Flat rubber soles are ideal if you have a gravel driveway, as the stones will keep getting stuck between the tread!


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An introduction to

Equine Myofascial Release Therapy

With so many beneficial complimentary therapies available to horse and owner, here we take a closer look at Equine Myofascial Release Therapy. One of regular writers, Barbara Dreyer offers the therapy to her clients horses so we thought who better to ask than the pro herself..


quine Myofascial Release Therapy is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascia system (or connective tissue).

The Fascia System The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a stocking surrounding the entire horse’s body. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart,

The most interesting aspect of the fascia system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to hoof without interruption. 30

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Fascia System Support The fascia system is a complex structure that offers support to the following areas; • Structural support and stability to the skeletal system • Bone protection • Skeletal cushioning and protection • Individual muscular division • Collective muscular division • Muscular cushioning and protection • Individual body organ division • Collective body organ division • Body organ protection • Intra-cellular metabolism • Intra-cellular respiration • Intra-cellular communication • Toxic and waste elimination lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascia system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to hoof without interruption.  So the entire body is connected to every other part of the body by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater. Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures.  These structures would not be able to provide the stability without the constant pull of the fascia system. In fact, the bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration.  It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.  When the horse experience physical trauma or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability.  It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. The myofascial system The myofascial system consists of 3 layers: deepest Myofascial layer, deep myofascial layer and superficial layer. When an area of body tissue or a body organ experiences an abnormal and damaging degree of pressure, its immediately surrounding myofascial fibres will tighten, that will serve as

Causes of Myofascial malfunctions: •

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An excessive range of motion beyond the horses recognized levels of ability breeding in relation to work and muscle fibre type bad/ disrespectful riding bruising falls injuries scar tissue tack conformation postural tension emotional tension

If the original cause isn’t treated, the malfunctions

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will start to spread to the nearby muscles, tendons, myofascial layer and will feed off each other and continue to affect each other. This will create further malfunctions and further pain and discomfort. This can lead to: • compensatory locomotion • uneven muscular development • Areas of structural misalignment such as tilted, rotated and/ or misaligned vertebrae • emotional imbalances • character change • respiratory strain


How do I know if my horse likes Equine Myofascial Therapy? Horse is saying

Emotional state

Physical reactions

I like that


Relaxed eye, slow breathing, licking lips

I’m bewildered, but that feels good so allow me to move and fidget so you can get the right spot


Turning the body in a lateral, ventral or dorsal action with eyes open though not wide and body active though not tense

STOP! that hurts


Walking backwards, walking forwards, ears back, eyes wide, nostrils wide head high etc.

I don’t recognise what you are doing.... am I safe?

Not sure

Ears twitching towards you, pinching mouth, turning to you

a protective barrier against further pressure reaching the respective body tissue(s) and/ body organ(s). When the myofascial fibres tighten they lose some of their elasticity. To the natural horse this serves no physiological disadvantages, but to a working horse together with his unnatural working demands, the loss of elastin properties within his tissue structures will (through the laws of cause and effect) proceed to create negative consequences derived from mother nature’s positive action. Myofascial malfunctions are not detectable on x-ray. Treatment Each Myofascial Release Therapy session are depending on the horse. The therapy provided are lead by the horse, his lifestyle, his locomotion, his stress points, trigger points, conformation and anatomy. Each session can take up to an hour and 30 min. It is recommended to do several sessions for the horse to get a chance to readjust to the changes. By re-balancing restricted fascia tissue, muscular tension is equalized, restrictions are freed and tension is lost, freeing the horse from the respective emotional and physical trauma,

How to know it’s working... Positive displays of physical and emotional behaviour from the horse often displayed during Equine Myofascial release can include: • Relaxed soft eye • Closed eye • Slow deep breathing • Sighing • Yawning • Stomach gurgling • Gentle nose blowing • Gentle nose twitching • Licking lips • Chewing bottom lips • Head hung low • Lateral bending of the neck • Dorsal bending of the neck • Turning entire body in a lateral or circular direction • Resting hind limb • Losing interest - sign of release providing ideal conditions for the healing process to begin and a successful recovery to follow. If you are in any doubt over your horses health Everything Horse UK Ltd and Barbara Dryer, Happy Horse Therapy, strongly advise you should

contact a qualified vet. Before any type of therapry can take place full permission must be sought by the horses registered vet. Visit Barabara on Facebook



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iverpool International Horse Show is set to open 2016 in style as it stages a glamorous show jumping extravaganza. Here’s your chance to win one pair of gold tickets to this spectacular event and enjoy a New Year’s celebration to remember. The show runs from 1-3 January 2016 and the tickets up for grabs are for the Friday afternoon (1 January) performance. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch world class combinations in action. This major new addition to the show jumping calendar, running from 1-3 January 2016 is the brainchild of Nina Barbour, president and owner of Bolesworth International, which once again proved a huge success in June this year. The Liverpool International Horse Show will also hold four-star level show jumping and is set to attract top combinations from around the globe. The event will be held at the impressive Echo Arena amidst a city of cultural fame, creating a stunning backdrop and vibrant atmosphere. In addition to the world class show jumping, 34

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there will be scintillating performances from the Beatles tribute band ‘Bootleg Beatles,’ opera singers Bella Voci, theatrical stunt rider Clémence Faivre and the ever popular Shetland Grand National. Besides all the thrilling action in the arena there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy delicious food and drink and shop until you drop in the sophisticated shopping village. The Bistro will serve freshly prepared food throughout the day offering an appetising menu of gastro-style pub food. There will also be plenty of choices


available from the food court and if you feel like treating yourself, why not book a ringside table in the VIP hospitality and enjoy a luxury fine dining experience. If you’re a show jumping fan and desperate to see some exhilarating four star level competition, or simply wanting a fun and exciting day out, Liverpool International Horse Show is the place to be. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one pair of tickets and enjoy a high-glitz, equestrian fuelled, entertaining occasion. For further information visit www.

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Warm Up with a Winter Wardrobe full of


In this feature, designer and MD of equestrian fashion clothing brand Equetech, Liz Hayman gives her top tips for dressing for warmth and style this winter..


ust because winter means searching for clothing with warmth a priority, this doesn’t have to mean wearing thick bulky layers in an attempt to keep cosy this season. With the huge advances in fabric technology, it’s no longer necessary to pile on the heavy layers, which will not only slow you down and make riding (Or even mounting your horse) cumbersome. Choose the wrong clothing and when you do exercise and perspire, the fabric won’t wick away the moisture and you will end up feeling even colder as you cool down! Technical layers are


particularly important for your base layering offering breathable and wicking properties. Wearing thinner multiple layers is easy to remove and put back on and won’t make you look like ‘Michelin Man’! Our thermal undies are the staple winter wardrobe for many riders and because they are styled in a technical thin thermal fabric, they are easy to slip on underneath your riding clothing. Our thermal Cosy Jodhpurs are also ideal for riders wanting an easy to wear single layer this winter. Your outer layer can be thicker, but don’t compromise on choosing flattering cuts and styles. Our range of coats are cut to compliment your curves and will give you a waist and shape both in and out of the saddle AND offer great insulation against the winter weather. Gilets are perfect for those milder winter days, when a coat is too much or for colder days or as an extra layer under your jacket. Again, choose with care and pick one, which gives you a nice shape and warmth. Don’t forget again the functionality in your riding clothing this winter. It’s easy to get carried away with garments from a fashion perspective but you need them to perform when you are mucking out and riding, so bare this in mind when you are shopping this season! Headwear is particular important for hiding ‘hat hair’ after riding and as an extra layer to keep you toasty and warm when undertaking yard duties. We even do a riding hat thermal liner, which will keep your lower face and ears and neck warm (Perfect for winter hacking!)

Liz Hayman MD & Designer Equetech emailer Top Tips for Staying Warm... • With the huge advances in fabric technology, it’s no longer necessary to pile on the heavy layers! • Wearing thinner multiple layers is easy to remove and put back on and won’t make you look like ‘Michelin Man’! • If you layer up keep the thicker layers on the outside • Gilets are perfect for those milder winter days, • Try ski silk glove and sock liners. These are great for keeping your hands and feet warm, without adding bulk • Keep a change of clothes in the boot in case you get stuck in a downpour Your hands and feet can also become blocks of ice if you don’t look after them. Warm riding gloves and socks are ideal but for really cold days, why not try ski silk glove and sock liners. These are great for keeping your hands and feet warm, without adding bulk and you still have sensitivity to feel the reins. Finally, always have a spare change of clothes in the boot of your car or in your trunk at the yard just in case you get caught in a torrential downpour out riding this season. Stay warm and you should enjoy your horse this winter!” Visit www.

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EXPERT: Michelle Woolrich, Cheshire Equine Therapy

Horse Health:

Kissing Spine


issing spines (KS) is a term we hear discussed frequently, but what does it actually mean? It is also known as over-ridding or impinging dorsal spinal processes (ORDSP/IDSP). The horse spine is made up of vertebrae. Each vertebra has a vertebral body and head (the head of one vertebra forms a joint with the body of the adjacent vertebra), a foramen (through which the spinal cord passes), 2 articular and 2 transverse processes, and a dorsal process (DSP). The cervical vertebra in the horses neck have a larger bulk but with shorter processes, and the early thoracic vertebra have smaller bodies and transverse processes but with very long dorsal processes, which make up what is commonly know as the withers. In some horses, these dorsal spinal process at certain points, particularly in the thoracic region, can become over crowded, they get too close together, when a person sits on the back these DSP's come even closer together and when the horse executes particular 7 Cervical

18 Thoracic

movements, two (or more) vertebrae can touch each other. This is bone rubbing on bone which is extremely painful for the horse and will obviously make them want to stop what ever is causing it. This is the reason some of the first signs of a problem are a general change in the way of going or performance, or the horse not being able to do something it has previously had no problems with. The severity can vary from an occasional slight contact to a permanent touching of the process, which can cause new bone growth and lead to the DPS's fusing to each other with the new bone. In severe cases 5-6 DSP's have been seen fused together, and the most common area to find KS is T11 – L2. Symptoms Symptoms vary greatly between individuals and some horses can show all the signs of KS, yet when the x-rays are performed this proves to not be the case, it can be something showing similar symptoms such as severe muscular issues, arthritic spinal joints, 6 Lumbar

5 Sacral

supra spinous ligament problems, etc. However, this can also work the other way around, some horses can show no/ few symptoms they go for x-rays as part of a differential diagnosis investigation for something vaguely related, and are found to have it. It is not something that can be diagnosed by feel alone, x-ray or other forms of imaging are essential for diagnosis. Some symptoms that I have found from my own personal experience can include; not being able perform a belly lift from one side or finding it difficult or obviously painful (your physical therapist or vet can show you how if you want to try on your horse), not being able to perform a hind end tuck or finding it difficult or obviously painful (again your physical therapist or vet can show you how if you want to try), difficulty stretching down to work long and low, painful and reactive long back muscles (you may notice this when grooming them), unexplained multi limb lameness and changes in hoof shape, changes in behaviour or

15-21 Caudal/ Coccygeal Fig 1 – Lumbar Vertebra Anatomy. The size and shape of the vertebra and the processes vary depending on the location.


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Thoroughbreds appear to have more cases of kissing spines way of going/performance. Changes in performance may include frequently stopping at jumps when previously rarely stopped, difficulty with lateral work, hill work or transitions when previously had no problems, very tense, blocked through the reins, hollow, poor gait quality (decreased stride length, lack of hind end impulsion in particular), not able to work on the bit and engage the core, bucking and other such behaviour when previously had no issues. Some of the symptoms are not directly related to the spinal issue itself but due to the compensatory problems it creates. For example, the pain from the KS causes the horse to use itself differently to relieve it, which in turn changes the way the horse moves and uses its limbs. This causes muscle and joint dysfunction in these limbs (leading to lameness), which then changes the way the hoof hits ground causing it to wear differently, which then transcends back up the leg, again affecting the joints and soft tissue and causing further lameness and the horse to have to alter its back posture even more. This ends up in a viscous cycle of compensatory mechanisms making it very difficult to decipher what exactly is causing the lameness; limb/ hoof dysfunction or spinal dysfunction. A full body thermal image can be very useful in these situations to give an idea of where to start investigating first. Causes and Which Horses are at Risk So what causes kissing spines and which

horses are most at risk? Conformation plays a big part in the likelihood of a horse developing KS. Even through years of evolution, the horses back is still not 'designed' to carry a person, so just the fact that we sit on them, especially for certain conformations, will be enough to bring the overcrowded processes to touch. However, breed, job and anything causing other spinal issues such as ill fitting saddles, poor riding, lack of correct training all come into play when looking at the chances of a horse developing KS. BREED – Thoroughbreds appear to have more cases of kissing spines than any other breed, but his could be as they have higher earning potential more investigations are done into poor performance than other breeds, therefore more are found. Or it maybe certain conformational traits of the TB make the development of KS more likely. It has also been found to be common in Quarter horses and Warmbloods. JOB – race horses and dressage horses appear to have greater numbers of KS diagnosed. But again we have to ask is this simply because these equestrian sports have high earning potential, so poor performance is more likely to be investigated and therefore KS found. Or is there something associated with the actual movements the spine and limbs go through performing these sports that are a risk factor for 'causing' KS. One thought for dressage horses is that the

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riders are more in tune with the feel, so when the slightest thing is not quite right they begin investigations into poor performance. It is estimated that up to 70% of all horses suffer from some degree of KS, but further research is needed. ILL FITTING TACK AND OTHER BACK / MUSCLE PROBLEMS – in the

muscles, not just in the back but in any muscle that has its origin or insertion on a vertebra via attachment to a tendon, if there is any dysfunction, such as tension, soreness, pain, injury, spasm, etc. this can pull the vertebra out of alignment, pull the DSP's closer together, and in some places cause them to touch. As ill fitting tack, particularly saddles, can contribute to problems in these muscles, it can indirectly cause KS, or directly cause it by a very low saddle rubbing on the DSP's activating bone growth and fusion of the DSP's. POOR RIDING/LACK OF CORRECT TRAINING – a major cause of KS is

due to a weakness in the multifidus muscular system of the horse otherwise known as 'the core'. If you imaging the horses fore and hind legs as two blocks of wood and we place a thin plank of wood to connect the two; this being the horses back. Gravity takes a hold and wants to drag the centre of it down to earth so after not very long the plank will begin to look bowed. Eventually, with out reinforcement from underneath the plank will sag in the middle more 39

and more. Then imagine this plank has processes on it, as the plank bows more the processes will be brought even closer together, then add the weight of a person sitting on top of the plank and I would be surprised if the plank doesn't bow so much it touches the floor or breaks, and nearly all of the processes will be touching. The horses core muscles, the multifidus muscles, need to be strong to help the back defy gravity. Riders without knowledge of how to work the horses core correctly can be putting their horse at great risk of spinal problems. Treatment What does the treatment involve? Some professionals believe that KS no matter what the severity, can be treated by physical therapy alone. Depending on the severity, I am not of this belief. If it is low – moderate in severity and there is no fusion taken place yet, then yes physical therapy along with correct riding and training can correct them problem. However, if moderate to severe, I think that surgical intervention followed by a controlled rehabilitation and physical therapy is essential to


correct KS, not just physical therapy alone. Surgical interventions that are carried out usually involve removing the top of bone from every other alternating DSP in the area with the problem, so they are no longer able to touch. Other options include corticosteriod injections, interspinous ligament desmopathy, mesotherapy, shock wave therapy and Tildren. Speak to your vet to find out more about these options. Rehabilitation and physical therapy involves strengthening the core, strengthening the long back muscles, and improving flexion through the spine using something like a pessoa, aqui-ami, pilates bands, or equicore system, also using pole work, long reining, stretches, massage, mobilisations, adjustments and manipulation. The programme can be quite intense with exercises to be done 2-3 times per day. If you are not able to carry out the programme effectively due to other commitments; work, children etc. it can be best for your horse if you send them to a dedicated rehabilitation facility where the work can be carried out to the letter, to give your horse the best possible chance of full recovery.

How can I prevent my horse from developing KS? Develop core and back strength is the most important thing to do – if you are not sure how to do this speak to your physical therapist or instructor. Regular check ups with your physical therapist to pick up any changes to musculature early so this can be relieved, and you can alter your training if required before the muscles begin to pull too much on the vertebrae. Also, to give an assessment of your horses core and some exercises to improve it. Regular checks of the tack especially the saddle (by a qualified saddle fitter), so that it can be corrected before it starts to affect the muscles. Get signs of lameness investigated quickly so the horse doesn't have to alter its spinal posture to accommodate a different way of going for too long. If you are in any doubt over your horses health Everything Horse UK Ltd and Michelle Woolrich, Cheshire Equine Therapy, strongly advise you should contact a qualified vet. Before any type of therapry can take place full permission must be sought by the horses registered vet.

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Regular checks of the tack especially the saddle (by a qualified saddle fitter), so that it can be corrected before it starts to affect the muscles. Image credit Bryan Pye Photography

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he London International Horse Show, best known in equestrian circles as ‘Olympia’, returns to the capital on 15-21 December 2015, to host the world’s biggest, most incredible equestrian Christmas party. The show, which hosts the UK’s only show jumping and dressage International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) world cup qualifiers, promises to showcase amazing horsemanship skills from around the globe and is eagerly anticipated by the equestrian world each year. The Olympia showground, designed by architect Henry Edward Coe, has had a wonderfully colourful history since opening to the public on 26th December 1886. Initially called The National Agricultural Hall, after its inaugural event in 1886/87, the arena hosted The First Great Horse Show in 1888 which eventually went on to become ‘Olympia, The London International Horse Show’. In 1907, showjumping was 44

introduced, with most early competitors being of military background. Later, civilian riders joined in, and the numbers were soon such that separate categories were formed for military and civilian riders. The rules, however, were considered to be lapse and ‘questionable decisions’ prompted the formation of The British Showjumping Association (BSJA). Different countries held their show jumping competitions under different rules and it was not until the formation of the FEI some years later that consistency of rulings for all countries came into effect. The London International Horse Show has been the show of choice for many of Britain’s great monarchs, including Queen Victoria who is believed to have attended Olympia at some point during her reign. Our current queen, Elizabeth II, paid visits both as a princess and later when she became monarch. It is rumoured that King Edward VII kept a private suite

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on the north side of the Grand Hall in which he entertained numerous female acquaintances when they were visiting the show. In 1911 the International Horse Show received royal patronage, with the King George V Gold Cup being awarded for the first time. 1921 saw the formation of the FEI, closely followed in 1923 by the BSJA Association which had 266 members registered by 1924. In 2003 dressage was introduced to Olympia. In 2012, Charlotte Dujardin, who has been described as the most dominant rider of her era, guided her amazing steed, Valegro, to a resounding grand prix victory where their world score of 84.447% bettered the previous world best of 84.08% set by Dutch horseman, Edward Gal on his black stallion, Totilas at the 2009 European Championships held at Windsor. The fast growing sport of Horse Driving Trials, also known as combined riding, is a triathlon event for horses

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and ponies which has became a popular part of the Olympia programme since its inception in 2011. The event involves either two or four wheeled carriages which are pulled by a single horse, tandem or four-in-hand team and is a high speed, action packed event which became a favourite of HRH Prince Philip

who formally took up the sport in 1971 when he officially retired from the Polo field. Olympia is now in its 108th year, providing a spectacular equestrian events and entertainment to the world of horsemanship within an action packed, festive atmosphere. Annual audiences exceed 85,000 people. The 2014 show, which ran over the course of 7 actionpacked days, involved around 400 horses and ponies, with approximately 276 stables housing the animals during the week long extravaganza with 32 tonnes of stable bedding keeping the competitors’ horses warm and dry throughout. Bringing the event bang up to date, the 2015 equestrian spectacular will comprise displays including the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry – exciting manoeuvres and high speed cross overs guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat, the Shetland Pony Grand National – a fun filled event where spectators will cheer on the ponies and their pint sized riders, world famous horse rider, Jean-Francois

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Pignon demonstrating his magical bond with his Liberty horses with the show culminating in a fantastical Christmas finale. For canine lovers, the Kennel Club Dog Agility stakes, first introduced to Olympia in 1987, will provide excitement and entertainment as the dogs speed around an obstacle course, racing to see who will finish first. Alltech will once again sponsor the popular event of Puissance, a competitive sport which pushes horse and rider to their limits, necessitating a highly skilled rider and an exceptional horse. Audiences watch with baited breath as the horse and rider approach the jump, breaking into thunderous applause when the pair go clear. This is certainly not a sport for the faint hearted and has been a highlight at Olympia for many years. In 1978 Nick Skelton, then aged 21, riding Lastic, cleared an amazing jump of 2.32m (7’ 7”) consisting of a single sloping fence of brush and a number of rails, a format which has now been replaced be the modern day red brick wall, built using hollow wooden bricks to prevent injury. This record still stands at Olympia, but the world record for this sport is held by Germany’s Franke Sloothaak who, in Belgium in June 1991, on his horse Optiebeurs Golo, cleared 2.40 metres (7’8”). In addition to the equine and canine events and displays, Olympia has a vast shopping area comprising over 250 shops selling all things equestrian as well as (amongst others) jewellery, fashion, gifts and fine art – ideal for those last minute Christmas presents. They even have a ‘drop off ’ area where shopping can be left (for a small donation) whilst you watch the competitions and displays. For more information visit 45

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Wound Care Guide When you consider the health of a horse and treatment required, there is so much to learn it may seem impossible to remember it all. In this issue Robinson Animal Healthcare provide valuable advice on wound care.


t is thought that by reducing the level of infection and establishing a clean wound environment, owners can help speed up the rate of healing in horses suffering from open or infected wounds. Knowing what to do for best can often be quite daunting, especially as when an injury occurs you need to think on your feet! What you do in the first instance can have a knock on effect on the speed of the healing process. Without doubt any serious injuries should always be attended by a veterinary surgeon as soon as possible. If you are in any doubt at all of the severity of the wound or with what to do for the best, always contact your vet. First Aid Kit A fully stocked first aid kit is a must for any yard for both human and horse! Essential items for the horses first aid kit include; • Thermometer • Latex gloves • Self Adhesive bandages (Equiwrap) • Antibacterial wash/Saline liquid/ salt (salt to add to boiling water) • Sterile syringe • Gamgee/absorbant padding • Antiseptic cream • First Aid cleansing wipes • Animalintex Poultice and Wound Dressing • Vetalintex 15g Tube • Tough Cut Scissors • Clean bowl Other items may include • Vaseline • Duck tape • Purple Spray • Cotton Wool For a full first aid kit please visit 46

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Wound is spurting blood (arterial bleeding). Wound requires stitching – is the wound deep or longer than 2.5cm? Wound has foreign bodies embedded in it. There is excessive swelling. Horse’s temperature rises above 38.9°C (102°F). Horse has not been vaccinated against tetanus.

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Minor wounds will usually stop bleeding within a few minutes and if treated appropriately should not cause undue concern. More serious arterial bleeding will require emergency attention and pressure should be applied instantly to stop the bleeding. Apply pressure by holding a pad of non-woven Veterinary Gamgee® over the wound and applying pressure for at least ten minutes. If blood begins to seep through place another pad on top. Never remove the first pad as this will disrupt the clot formation and bleeding will continue. Once the bleeding has started to slow down the pads should be securely bandaged in place.

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Clean all open wounds as soon as possible (even minor wounds) with a saline solution or a level teaspoon of salt per pint of previously boiled water. If necessary clip the coat and clean around the wound area. Avoid spraying water directly onto the wound as this can force any contamination further inside. Assess the wound and if unknown try to discover the cause as there may be foreign bodies hidden below the wound surface. Do not poke about in the wound as this will cause infection. Flush the wound with saline solution before covering the affected area with a nonadherent dressing if necessary. Keep the horse in a clean, dry environment.

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If the area is infected, use a hot poultice such as Animalintex® to draw out the pus and change it every 12 hours. If the pus is not drained away, the wound will heal around it causing pressure and infection to build up causing extreme pain. When the infection has disappeared the wound should be covered with a dry dressing until it starts to heal over. It is vital to keep it clean and dry. If in any doubt about treating a wound or if the horse’s state deteriorates consult your local vet immediately. It is also important to make sure your horse is vaccinated against tetanus as some wounds e.g. puncture wounds are ideal for tetanus to flourish undetected.

Bandages should be used to keep dressings in place, protect and keep wounds clean, provide support and as an aid to reduce inflammation. When bandaging, apply an even pressure and overlap the bandage by 50%. Take care not to over stretch the bandage as this will be uncomfortable and tight on the horse. Always bandage from the top to the bottom, from the left to the right on the near side and right to left on the off side. Remember never bandage the horse’s leg without padding, ideally use Gamgee. The bandage should never restrict circulation as this can affect the healing process and cause serious damage. Always ensure the bandage does not restrict movement especially at the knee or hock. For wounds in such places use a figure-of-eight bandage that crosses at the front.

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Provide a moist environment. Many horse owners still believe that a wound should be allowed to dry out – “let the air get to it” but the opposite is now understood to be more beneficial providing faster healing, less scarring and reduced pain. A suitable wound gel will help to produce a warm, moist environment, ideal for the regrowth of healthy tissue. Maintain optimum temperature, typically achieved by applying a dressing, insulating and protecting with Veterinary Gamgee® and bandaging. If there is no infection, leave the wound undisturbed with infrequent dressing changes. Ensure optimum pH

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Hacking out this Winter With the summer and spring local showing season slowing down winter is a great time to take to the roads with a group of friends to keep your horses fitness in peak condition over the winter. Here we look at some points to take into consideration when hacking out with


ith winter well and truly here and the darker nights coming round very fast each day it is often hard to find the time to ride. Soggy fields and arena’s often mean the only way some owners can exercises their horses is out on the concrete. This may mean riding in the mornings or evenings when light is lacking. Whilst it is important to continue to hack your horse throughout the winter months, especially as it provides stimulation and good fitness work after perhaps long periods in the stable, it comes with added risks, due to the poor light and other factors. First things first.... If you are able to ride during the day, you may not have a problem with light but bad weather can create poor conditions on the road for you to contend with. High visibility clothing should be worn at all times when hacking, whatever time of day or year. A fluorescent jacket, waistcoat or tabard with reflective strips should be worn by the rider. A current standard riding hat should be worn and leg bands are also available for the rider. A fluorescent, reflective exercise sheet is a good idea for the horse and is multi-purpose in the winter as can also keep the chill and any wet weather of their back. Reflective brushing boots, tail bands and bridle accessories are also available to ensure the horse is made as visible as possible. If the weather is bad, assess the conditions on the road or on your hacking route before setting out. Icy ground can be particularly dangerous for horses, as can snow. If the conditions look poor, don’t risk hacking out, but if it looks safe ensure that you still take extra care to avoid taking your horse on unsuitable footing. Very wet and muddy ground can also cause problems and your horse may strain himself trying to

get through it or pull off a shoe so try to keep of any grassed area’s. If venturing out on your own make sure you take a fully charged mobile phone and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. This person may be a yard manager or someone you know will still be at the yard for a considerable amount of time. Choose quiet routes, if you can reach a bridle path this can be a welcome rest to tired tendons and can allow for a good stretch of the legs if it is safe to do so. Don’t let your horse dordle, although hacking is meant for more of a relaxing exercise period keep your horse moving forward. Simple schooling exercises such as giving and taking of the contact and varying speed within each pace, on quite roads, will keep your horse interested and switched on or alternatively offer the more sensitive horse a slight challenge if they decide that the whole hacking experience can be to much for them. Keep it in order If out in a group and a young horse is present it is often recommended to keep the horse in the middle of the order. Whilst taking into consideration any passing traffic, riding with a more experienced horse on the outside of the younger one may prove helpful. Keep a good distance between you and the horse in front, if there’s a jogger

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amongst the pack try to keep him in front, if he’ll go. This often settles the horse and reduces any anxiety. Whilst there are many drivers that pass in a manner riders may feel inappropriate don’t forget to be courteous to any other traffic you meet on the road. Ride in single file around corners. The British Horse Society offer a variety of information and advice including workshops and the Hacking and Road Safety test, which is available to anyone over the age of 12. Remember to signal! Clear signals should be given for a period of time before the manoeuvre has commenced, looking behind before signalling and then once again before commencing the manoeuvre. Having a good knowledge of the highway code is also a good idea! Be sure to enjoy your horse this winter but take care and be a considerate road user. Visit 49



f you’re aged between 13 and 18 and want to get more from your riding, or if you’re the owner of a riding school who finds it difficult to engage riders in this age group, Young Equestrians could be just what you need! Read on to find out more about some of the centres across England which play host to Young Equestrians groups, and how they are providing informal social and training opportunities for young people to connect and re-engage with equestrian sport. Launched in 2014, Young Equestrians is a social and training programme which provides participants with more choice and freedom in how they take part in equestrianism, as well as providing a focus on skill development.

Originally developed by Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, Young Equestrians is delivered in riding schools across England through The Pony Club. Thanks to Sport England funding, over 300 participants are already benefitting from attending sessions at one of the 50 centres who have signed up to deliver the scheme since its launch last summer. One of the first riding schools in the country to offer Young Image below: Kemberton Show - With younger member Equestrians was Kemberton Riding Stables in Shropshire, which hosts a weekly Young Equestrians session attended by 20 teenage participants. All keen to have fun, make new friends and learn more about horses and riding, the group also hold a meeting every month to plan future events and discuss which activities they would like to do. The group’s biggest achievement so far came in May when they held an Open Day; a project which was led entirely by them with support from Kemberton Riding School proprietor, Hannah Lloyd. The Open Day was deemed a huge success, and the homemade cakes and refreshments, quiz, treasure hunt and guess the weight of the lamb competition alongside the main attraction of a fun Horse Show was enjoyed by those taking part and the large gathering of friends and family who came along in support. The classes in the Horse Show were suitable for riders of all 50

abilities; from novices on the lead rein just starting out to the more experienced horsemen and women. For some of the younger Pony Club Members it was their first opportunity to take part in a competition, and several went home proudly clutching their very first rosette. “Organising the Open Day was a fantastic idea created by the whole team” remarked Becky, aged 15, a Young Equestrian who helped organise the event. “We gained a lot from the Open Day including the opportunity to learn how to organise a successful event. We all enjoyed being involved with the preparation and completion of the Open Day, and we are all looking forward to future events.” Hannah Lloyd was delighted with the team effort, and the money raised went towards a trip to The 2015 Weatherbys Private Banking Pony Club Championships where young riders from Kemberton Riding School took part in the Howden Centre Equitation Competition. Hannah commented “The enthusiasm amongst our Young Equestrians for anything horse related is epic, and they constantly impress me with their creativity and ability to organise activities, not just for themselves but for everyone connected with our Pony Club Centre.” Their next event is a Winter Ball, being held to celebrate the achievements of the Pony Club Members at the centre. The Ball will take place in the indoor school, and the dress code is black tie and wellies! The Young Equestrians group at Ivanhoe Equestrian, Leicestershire, has grown in popularity since its launch

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event in March, which saw participants discussing their aims and goals, and creating mood boards to represent what they want to try out, learn and achieve. The group have spent the summer

working through these lists, and they have been treated to a wealth of activities including a Horseball lesson, a Cross Country clinic and a day out at Chatsworth Horse Trials where they were delighted to meet two of the horse

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world’s biggest heroes, Mary King and Ben Hobday. They also held a Young Equestrians Camp where they explored various equine-related careers, looked into the qualifications needed and the routes into their desired professions. Danielle and Lucy, aged 17, are two of Ivanhoe Equestrian’s Young Equestrians. They said: “We are really excited about Young Equestrians because it will allow us to try new things and learn about different stuff that you wouldn’t normally come across in a riding school, such as horse dentistry and care of hooves.” “Young Equestrians has fitted in really well with our existing programme of activities at Ivanhoe” comments Emma Lebutt, Manager of Ivanhoe Equestrian. “The scheme has encouraged our helpers to think more about their involvement with horses beyond the regular riding school routine.” Emma hopes that by giving young people the chance to follow their own goals and aims, and explore the areas of equestrianism that interest them, Young Equestrians can help to produce 51

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the equine professionals of the future. Young Equestrians at Merseysidebased Lodge Riding Centre swapped their boots for trainers when they kicked off their Young Equestrians group with a high energy Zumba session led by riding instructor and Zumba coach, Jade Taylor. “They’re at that age when everything’s changing. It’s important for us to do things that are a bit different.” commented Jade. “Zumba helps with fitness and body awareness which they need in their riding, but it’s also about confidence which they need too.” Image below: Park Lane Stables Mock Hunt


Since the launch, the group have tried a range of other new activities, including hacking and taster sessions of vaulting, racing and polocrosse; disciplines they may not have had the opportunity to explore had it not been for the Young Equestrians scheme. Rider fitness was also on the agenda for the first session at Horseshoes Riding School, Kent, where over 20 Young Equestrians were treated to a Pilates session. The group were shown exercises to develop their suppleness, core strength and balance to help improve

their riding position and make them more stable in the saddle. The Horseshoes group expressed a wish to improve their riding through Young Equestrians, so the first step along this path was to invite local dressage and event rider and trainer Alex Wyatt to hold a session. Alex led an interesting and inspiring lesson which introduced the riders to the Scales of Training; an internationally recognised method of training horses by building on six elements, ensuring that the first is in place before the horse is ready to work on the next. Goal setting workshops, lessons with guest instructors and a range of different disciplines are next on the list for the Young Equestrians at Horseshoes, where Yard Manager Sophie Byfield feels the scheme is a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to explore the wide variety of activities available to horse lovers. Sophie said: “Young Equestrians will give riders the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experiences outside of their normal environment. The scheme will help to highlight the positives in choosing an equine career in the future.” Young Equestrians at Park Lane Stables, Teddington, meet once a week for an hour of riding instruction

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and an hour-long practical session covering a vast range of subjects such as the skeleton of the horse or feeding. Seventeen year old Young Equestrian Daisy feels the scheme is ideal for her, and is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills. Daisy said: “I love Young Equestrians because the lessons are varied and tailored to what the riders wish to do.” The group from Park Lane Stables regularly enjoy trips which allow them to try riding in a variety of new settings. They have recently taken part in a beach ride, a mock hunt and a sponsored ride. For 14 year old Issy, visiting new places is the best thing about Young Equestrians. “It’s great!” commented Issy. “We get loads of chances to do new and interesting things. We have all made friends and enjoy going to different places.” The group recently joined forces with Young Equestrians from Moorwards Farm in Buckinghamshire to take part in a Chase Me Charlie and Mounted Games competition, where new friends were made and fun was in plentiful supply. Ebony Horse Club in South London use horses to improve the education, life skills and aspirations of young people

growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the area. They signed up to the Young Equestrians scheme in May, launching with a riding lesson and ice breaker, where they got to know each other a little better and discussed plans for the future. Ideas included tree climbing, bike riding, horse riding on the beach, hacking out and cookery to name but a few! The group also put together a list of essential qualities and interview questions for a new youth worker for Ebony Horse Club, and discussed the Youth Council they are setting up to act as the voice of clients. Speaking after the launch 14 year old Natasha, a member of the Ebony Horse Club Young Equestrian group, said “It was a fun and factual afternoon and I enjoyed being able to spend some time getting to know the rest of the group. I am looking forward to trying out Polo and Polocrosse.” Khadijah, also 14, agreed: “I enjoyed the afternoon because I learnt more about The Pony Club and options for the future. I have already applied to be part of the Youth Council; I am now looking forward to starting the Young Equestrian Leaders Award and Pony Club Progressive Tests.” Linda Hinds, Ebony Horse Club Operations Manager, said: “We are really excited to structure our current youth provision through Young Equestrians in order to offer more opportunities for our teenagers.”

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Young Equestrians is free for riding schools to sign up to, and those who deliver the scheme are given exclusive access to virtual tools to help them establish their group, including example session plans, marketing materials and a host of different ideas on how to retain teenagers in equestrian sport. Sharon Groos, Proprietor of Carrington Riding Centre in Manchester, has a group of over 30 Young Equestrians attending sessions each week. Sharon would recommend the programme to any riding school owner hoping to maintain the interest of teenage riders. Sharon said: “The Young Equestrians Club has meant that I can retain the 13-18 age range that would normally drop off at this point. It has increased my business in a very cost effective way.” Sharon continued “Members feel they have something that is just for them at the centre. They learn skills that they can take with them through life such as team building and communication.” This is echoed by 16 year old Emily, who has particularly enjoyed helping out at events since the Carrington Young Equestrians group was launched, and is now keen to try out mounted games and other new disciplines. Emily said: “I enjoy being with my friends and learning new, exciting things.” Fellow Young Equestrian Katie,17, said that Young Equestrians is providing a stepping stone towards her goal of being a Riding Instructor. She commented “I think Young Equestrians opens up opportunities which will help towards my future and my dream job.” In addition to the numerous training and social activities available to Young Equestrians, participants can also access online resources at www., where they can log their sessions, record their activities and achievements and access training materials offered by The Pony Club. Interested in starting a Young Equestrian group? If you are riding school Proprietor interested in starting a Young Equestrians group, or a teenager who rides at a riding school who wants to get involved, please contact Bronté Wadge Dale, The Pony Club’s Young Equestrians Co-ordinator for more information. You can email or call her on 02476 698 322.

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SPONSORED RIDERS TEAM UPDATE Stephen Hayes, Steph Gumn and Daisy Jackson

Stephen Hayes A great month! It’s been a great month here at Piaffe Performance, and the frosty air which autumn brings has definitely been felt these past couple of weeks, which only means one thing... Florida show season is approaching! We could be transporting the horses up to Florida as soon as mid November, they travel from the summer barn in New Jersey to the Florida barn which is located in Jupiter, 20 minutes from West Palm Beach. Even though it will be warm in Florida, most horses have started to grow their winter coats so the clippers have been out for many of our horses already. I’m personally the slowest clipper to walk this earth so I need as much help from the fantastic grooms here at the yard to help me move swiftly through the horses on my ride list which need clipping. Currently, I

Steph Gumn have seven horses on my ride list and they are all working really well, each has their own schedule and routine which suits that individual horse. Age, fitness, strength, ability and character are all factors we consider at Piaffe Performance when organising a training plan for the horses. There are no shows in the month of October and November, but we are all looking forward to starting the show season in Wellington, the 'capital of the equestrian world'. Every corner there is a yard, whether it be eventing, dressage, showjumping, driving, the list goes on, Wellington has it and plenty of it! Until next time, happy riding!

Below are some pictures from my latest video which you can check out on my Facebook page Stephen Hayes Dressage

Horse shopping! It's been an interesting month for me! I managed to sell everything I had in, just in time for my trip to Italy on holiday with my friends from university. We flew from London to Rome where we spent three days sightseeing.. I want to say relaxing but it involved a lot of walking!! We visited the Vatican City, Colosseum, Ancient Rome and Modern Rome. The food was amazing and I am a bit of a history geek so had a great time. We then got the train to Sorrento where we ate more food and got to go around Pompeii (history geek strikes again!). Had a day in UK to re-pack and then I flew to Holland for three days’ horse shopping. We drove between Holland and Belgium visiting many yards and trying countless horses. We also attended the selection for the Brightwells’ Sales that will be held at Addington in December. I have my eye on a couple going there! I found one horse that really ticked all my boxes but sadly he wasn't good enough on the vetting; I will only bring back horses that are 100% to produce and eventually sell on. So my horse search continues. I am planning a trip back abroad and also having a look round the UK. Luckily I have clients’ horses booked in at home to keep me busy. Will keep you all updated!

Image: One of the liveries at LF Equestran enjoying the on-site solarium


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Daisy Jackson

Training programmes and local competitions It has been a quiet month for me this September, mainly working on training programs and local competitions. Due to the majority of the PSG work now coming along nicely, Tango and I have been mostly focusing on the flying changes as the tempis are the last thing in need of improvement before we can go out and compete at Prix Saint George. Tango and I have been receiving extra help from the marvellous Nicky Barrett to help with the changes and much progression has been made.

We now have a few three day training sessions booked in the diary over the next few months so Tango and I will be staying at Nicky’s yard to have some intensive training and make use of the opportunity to watch lessons and others training which I always find very useful. I am really pleased with Blackberry’s rapid progress too. Despite not always finding it easy to focus Blackberry has become a real team player when it comes to training as she tries her very best 100% of the time. Because of this Blackberry and I have already been out to do our very

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first Medium and the fact that Berry is still only 6 years old and the venue was a new one for her, she did very well to gain just over 66% coming 4th. I was thrilled with her performance and the effort she put in and I am very excited about our future as a combination. We are continuing to go out at Medium to see how it goes and gain points towards qualification. Also, over the past month, I had the chance to judge at Woodington Training Centre and had an awful lot of fun as it was for the New Forest Riding Club. There were some lovely combinations and lovely ponies and I have been invited back to do some more judging at Woodington in the future. Listed judge, Heather Ashley, has also kindly offered to let me sit in with her to help bring on my judging skills ready to enable me to become qualified to judge at BD. I really enjoy being involved in the sport in any way I can and give back something as I have gained plenty out of it. It is also great to see lots of young people competing on their ponies showing that dressage is most definitely increasing in popularity which is great to know for the future of our sport.


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Everything Horse Magazine • Issue 26• November 2015

Everything Horse Magazine, November 2015