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EVERYTHING

HORSE FEBRUARY 2016, ISSUE 29

THE FREE EQUESTRIAN NEWS AND ARTICLE MAGAZINE

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Rock My Heart THE HORSE WITH THE BIG HEART AT CORRADEE STUD

BREEDING • LARA EDWARDS ON FUTURE PLANS

• CORRADEE STUD

OPEN THEIR DOORS

Changing Direction?

• STALLIONS WIN AWARDS

Read more about online learning

LIGHTWEIGHT RUGS Check out the latest inside

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Liverpool International

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nce again, we have another bumper packed issue for you this month, including a variety of horse health articles to read, enjoy and, hopefully, learn from. The 1st of February sees it remaining light until after five o’clock however, we’re not over the worst yet. February can still see the frost and snow, and following a very mild winter so far this could still happen - it may not be time to put away your snow shovels just yet! Moving towards the spring, our lightweight turnout guide should prove useful especially if you’re dreading searching through the huge selection of rugs currently available. We’ve listed a super selection of lightweight rugs for your information, hoping to make the job of searching for another rug a little easier. Lara Edwards (Dyson) answers questions on what the future holds for the Dyson Stallions, while Louise Napthine visits Corradee Stud who produced our cover horse this month, Rock My Heart. News from the Stallion awards is also included in our breeding industry focus this month. We’ve reviewed more great products for February’s tried and tested feature. Grubs dispatched a pair of Ridline boots and Tottie sent one of their latest range of jackets. We were really impressed with the quality of both items, on reflection it demonstrates how advanced in design, yet practical, equestrian wear is today. Horse health is always one of our top priorities when scheduling the content for the magazine and this month you won’t be disappointed, with next month’s issue promising more of the same! If you are following our Equine Iridology series with Louise Cleland you’ll be happy to know she’s back this month with information on the ‘Iridology Grid’ that’s been developed

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Grubs Rideline boots and Tottie’s Mavern Jacket feature in this month’s T&T

over the years as one of the most valuable tools of this particular field of work. The EHUK team were honoured to attend the Inaugural Liverpool International Horse Show in January – read the article and see the amazing photos of this New Year extravaganza which included the top names in international showjumping. We’ve lots of other news to share, including our British Dressage report from sponsored rider Daisy Jackson. Steph Gumn has dropped us an update of where she is currently with SG Sports Horses and we’ve included lots of other great content to keep you up to date with all things ‘horsey’. If you have a story you would like to share with the team please send us an email with your name, contact number and description of what it is you have to share – you could appear in the magazine! email editor@everythinghorseuk.co.uk. Hope you have a great month! Suzanne

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Everything Horse UK Ltd endeavors to bring the reader accurate and up to date information from the equestrian industry. We may or may not agree with the information provided in this magazine, however we do aim to make sure it is relevant at the time of publishing. Images are provided by the content writers and Everything Horse UK Ltd will not be held liable for the use of images if copyright authentication has not been accurately sourced. Responsibility for Copyright authentication is left solely with the contributor. Should you have a dispute please contact Everything Horse UK, we will then be able to give details for the writer responsible for the issue of the images. Everything Horse UK Ltd strongly recommend you consult a qualified veterinary practitioner should you have any doubts over your horse’s health.

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. Equestrian News

With Bolesworth International just around the corner and lots to report on from other events across the UK, check out the latest in equestrian news.

. Liverpool International Event Report

Nina Barbour and her team directed the largest international equestrian event Liverpool has ever seen. Read what happened in our event report here!

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. Riding - Rider Confirmation

Riders are put to the test in the saddle by Tricia Bracegirdle from Childeric Saddles. Confirmation is scrutinised and advice is given in this short informative article.

. FEATURE: Lightweight Turnouts

We've done our research to help you choose a lightweight turnout for your horse or pony this spring and summer!

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Daisy Jackson kicks off 2016 by reporting from the Bury Farm EC British Dressage High Profile Show.

Susan McBane finishes her three part series on horse and rider health with an insight into horse and rider physiotherapy, why it should be used and when.

. British Dressage Report

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. T&T

This month we tried and tested the Tottie Maven jacket along with a pair of Grubbs Rideline boots. One thing is for sure, we've been kept dry over the past few weeks!

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. Horse Health - Iridolgy part

Louise Cleland returns once again this month with the second instalment of her three part series on Iridology. This month she focuses on the thousands of hours put into creating the Equine Iridology Grid, research and some success stories along the way

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. HORSE AND RIDER: Physiotherapy

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. PRODUCT FOCUS

Valentines gifts, pooch accessories and more

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. EDUCTATION: Learn Online

Chrisse Mayes, founder of Learn2Horse, takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of learning online.

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. RIDER FOCUS

James Fielding, international polo player, now based in Chester, shares his story on growing up with horses and how he came to found the JF Polo Academy.

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. Iridology

Breeding Industry Special

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. FEATURE: Heart to Heart Inside Corradee Stud

Louise Napthine reports on the story of Rock My Heart, the foal born at Corradee Stud with a white heart shaped star on his forehead. Louise also shares some great insights into how the Weymouth based stud operates.

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. RIDER FOCUS Lara Edwards

Dressage rider and Cyden Stallions owner, Lara Edwards (nee Dyson), shares her hopes for the future in a quick Q&A session.

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. Stallion Awards

Event report from the Inaugural Stallions Awards held during The British Stallion Event

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Equestrian News For more equestrian news & articles visit our website www.everythinghorseuk.co.uk

Bolesworth International 2016 – Save the Date! The excitement is already growing for the spectacularly-successful Ashford Farm CSI**** Bolesworth International 2016 event which takes place June 16 to 19 this year. Last year competitors and spectators alike saluted the incredible experience they received and were full of praise for the exceptional hosting at this brilliant event. Indeed, Bolesworth International really is a memorable occasion and offers a unique and thrilling experience for everyone. Spectators were treated to an action packed schedule of events including a host of National and International show jumping classes, the Equestrian.com puissance which provided a nail-biting conclusion, Express Eventing and the Equestrian.com Dressage Inter 1 freestyle competition, which delivered sheer elegance and mesmerizing performances. Besides the equestrian action there were a number of displays and activities across the showground for all the family to enjoy. World champion jet-skier, Anthony Burgess, produced show stopping stunts twice daily on the lake, whilst the Gladiators competition went down a storm as early evening entertainment. When you got the chance to draw yourself away from all the action, 170 brilliant trade stands greeted you in the shopping village. From well known equestrian brands to jewellery and items for the home there was something for everyone amongst the selection of high quality retailers. The plentiful food and drink options allowed every taste and budget to be catered for-from gourmet burgers in the food court to gastropub style food in the Bolesworth Bistro and fine dining in VIP hospitality. The glamorous champagne bar gave the perfect opportunity for celebration. Bolesworth Castle gives a truly unique and stunning backdrop to the venue. This, combined with the exhilarating competition, glitzy ambiance, buzzy atmosphere and quality entertainment, creates an exceptional show, which stands out in the minds of many. If you haven’t been before, make sure that you get there in 2016. If you have, next year is set to be better than ever so don’t miss out. To book tickets visit www.bolesworthinternational.com 6

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All The Queen’s Horses written by Karen Brett-McGee

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e had 64 horses take part in this year’s parade, with a total number of participants being just over 200. Their ages ranged from 2 to 71years with everyone working so hard to make this event spectacular. The youngest riders were Megan Jones aged 6 who travelled all the way from Anglesey with her family the day before and stayed in Warlingham for two nights and Darcy Pritchard aged 7 who travelled from Stoke with her sisters and parents on New Year’s Eve to stay near Brighton and to meet ponies that she had never ridden before. The Pritchard’s loan ponies came from a racing yard near Brighton and were escorted to London by Eliza Poulton and Sam Daniels. Sam was so pleased to be making these little girls’ dreams come true, nothing got in his way even when the pony bit him, trod on his toe (breaking it). He even painted his face orange to be an Umpa Lumpa – what an amazing sport and just what the parade is all about! Our participants came from all over, representing the whole of the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales). Some travelled part way the day before with their horses/ponies being able to enjoy a very nice bed & breakfast whilst their owners slept on sofas & cushions at Caroline’s or in the lorries! Our team arrived from 7.30am to park along the pavements of Piccadilly,

logistically this could have been a nightmare but the strong ground team calmed any nerves and quickly got everyone organised. Riders and walkers took the opportunity to meet others and even take photos with the doorman of The Ritz as we were parked just outside. One team even managed to get themselves a police escort when they got lost which was most impressive to see! Preparation for any show is never easy but with global visitors trying to take selfies with our horses whilst acclimatizing them to the weirdest atmosphere - stilt walkers with wings, 50 Harley Davidson motorcyclists, giant balloons, unicorns & other characters, samba bands, steel bands and vehicles & animals covered in fake grass - it was never going to be easy! Our group showed true grit and, with copious amounts of glitter and all hands on deck, they did us proud. So many breeds of horses were represented too – Spanish, American Quarter Horses, Haflinger, Norwegian Fjord, Holsteins, Warm Bloods, Traditional Cobs, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Irish Sport Horses, Welsh section A, Pure Arabs & British Miniatures aged between 4 years and 23years, some retired professionals and some rescues. Some of the team are professional competitors in all equestrian activities, whilst some are

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happy hackers but nothing could prepare them for the 500,000 people wanting to meet them in the crowds. They were all brilliant, stopping along the way at some of London’s most iconic landmarks to allow the crowd to stroke them and ask questions. It is hard to imagine that most of these horses/ponies rarely visit such crowded streets, let alone walk between 250 watt speakers of blaring music with commentators getting the crowds to cheer and chant! The crowds completely loved the horses and some of our fantastic unsung heroes, the walkers, led horses into the deep crowds for people to meet them, even lift children from the crowd over the barriers to get closer. It was a real team effort and seeing the delight on the crowd’s and children’s faces was definitely a highlight that none will forget! At the Cenotaph all the teams stopped in a line and bowed their heads as a mark of respect to all the fallen horses and soldiers - an extremely moving moment to watch. The theme this year was 30 Magical Years and All The Queens Horses pulled out all the stops with no expense spared on costumes and creativity. Some of the costs to our riders, particularly those living furthest away, topped £1000 for the costume and running costs for the entire experience. Well worth it! 7


Equestrian News continued...

NEW SAFETY STANDARD – NEW RIDING HAT RULES. . .

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ollowing the withdrawal of the European standard BS EN 1384 last year, the 2016 season sees the arrival of many new hat rules. Only the British Showing Council, British Dressage, the British Horse Racing Authority and Riding for the Disabled will continue to accept the standard for another year. Riders competing in other disciplines are advised to wear riding hats bearing PAS015 and the VG1 temporary specification, which are both Kitemarked, or the Snell2001. Several disciplines, including British Eventing, British Dressage and the Pony Club, also accept the American ASTM F116304a standard provided that it has the SEI mark – the American equivalent of the British Kitemark. The EU Commission – the body responsible for safety standards throughout Europe – withdrew BS EN 1384 because it was overdue a review and

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introduced the VG1 for use in its place while the standard underwent a period of revision. It is important to note that the standard has not been removed because it is unsafe. EN 1384 has helped to reduce injuries and saved countless lives over many years and, when fitted correctly, hats with this standard will continue to offer the same levels of protection they have since the standard was introduced two decades ago. For many of the country’s 1.6 million leisure riders, the EN 1384 revision makes no difference at all. However, when it comes time to replace their current hat, they will probably have to choose an alternative standard as supplies of the old EN 1384 run out. Although the revision of the standard remains ongoing, the new version is expected to be published later this year. Provided there are no delays, hats tested to this standard, which will be known as BS EN 1384:2016, will appear in shops during the first quarter of 2017.

Hester makes money from growing a beard.... Carl Hester has raised over £2,200 for a worthy cause by growing a beard!! The charity, Beating Bowl Cancer, wa thrilled with the donation...well done Hester!

Likit’s Famous Five #TeamLikit riders have been pretty busy since winning the chance to represent the brand last autumn. Megan Long, Romy Fryer, Alexandra van Randwyck, Mia Brindley and Laura Dunne all won sponsorship for a year, which includes branded clothing for horse and rider, a 12 month supply of Likit products and £100 in cash. They also get their

own ‘blog spot’ on the Likit website. The riders were selected after entering the company’s annual Facebook competition in which horse owners submit video entries for the chance to become Likit brand ambassadors. For further details visit www.likit.co.uk where you will also find information on this extensive range of quality stable toys.

Team Likit winner 2015 & 2016 Megan Long

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Andres Rodrigues tragically killed in car crash Venezuelan Jumping athlete, Andres Rodriguez, individual silver medallist at the 2015 Pan-American Games, has died in hospital of injuries sustained in a car crash in Wellington, Florida (USA) on 4 January. He was 31. A passenger in the car, Sophie Walker (30), died at the scene of the crash. Ms Walker was a talented amateur rider on the US national circuit. Andres Rodriguez’s career highlight came at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto (CAN) when he rode Darlon Van Groenhove to individual silver. He twice represented Venezuela at world championship level, at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and the 2014 Games in Normandy (FRA). His first major success came in 1996 when he won the FEI Children’s Jumping Final. He went on to claim team gold and individual silver at the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Lima (PER), team gold at the 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayaguez (PUR), and individual gold at the South American Games in Medellin (COL) the same year. The talented Jumping athlete was bidding to make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, and was also hoping to make his first appearance at the CHIO in Aachen (GER) this year. He had already realised his goal of a place in the world top 50, and was in 41st on the Longines Rankings. Born in Venezuela, he moved to Europe after graduating from high school to train with Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa. More recently, he was based in Paris (FRA) for the summer season and in Florida (USA) for the winter, where he was trained by Irish Jumping legend

Eddie Macken. He married his longterm partner Clementine Goutal last month. “To lose two young athletes in this dreadful way is a terrible shock and our hearts go out to their families and friends”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “Andres Rodriguez was a world-class athlete and clearly a super star in the making. For his life to be cut short in this way is absolutely heartbreaking.” “The sport has tragically lost one of its greatest ambassadors with the passing

of Andres Rodriguez, and I have lost a dear friend, as indeed have many others”, FEI Jumping Director John Roche said. “Andres was a wonderful horseman and an amazing person with a very positive approach to life. He had a heart as big as Mount Everest. He will be greatly missed by us all.” Everything Horse and The FEI extends its sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Andres Rodriguez, to the Venezuelan Equestrian Federation and the global Jumping community

Warning to Horse Owners to Stay Vigilant! A horsebox in Somerset was broken into and goods removed during January 2016. The box was stored in a barn on-site. Horse owners are being reminded to stay vigilant, don’t leave goods in a horse box or a trailer, whether being stored at home or out and about. Don’t leave wagon or trailer ramps down when out at a show or riding out, make sure your items are stored safely! February 2016 • Issue 29 • EVERYTHING HORSE MAGAZINE

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International showjumping, fun and frolics for the Inaugural

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Liverpool is world famous for hosting the world’s biggest Steeplechase, The Grand National held at Aintree Racecourse, but it has never yet hosted a horse show of International Proportions...

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LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

Image credit Olivia Freeman

Image credit Olivia Freeman

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he team at Everything Horse attended the eagerly awaited Inaugural Liverpool International Horse Show on the evening of January 2nd, 2016. This was the second evening of the 3 day, 18 Class event, and what a marvelous production – one big equine New Year Celebration! Even though Liverpool is world famous for hosting the world’s biggest Steeplechase, The Grand National held at Aintree Racecourse, it has never yet hosted a horse show of International Proportions. The show was packed with famous names from the world of International show jumping, including members of the ‘Whitaker Dynasty’ including John Whitaker who brought his own brand of magic to the show. The legendary Geoff Billington, who commentated and

Clemence Faivre, image credit Olivia Freeman certainly entertained the crowds and riders alike, delivering an easy banter with the riders and egging on the crowd. Dressed as Superman, Geoff certainly added to the festive atmosphere! The event, orchestrated by Nina Barber and sponsored by Equestrian. com, was hosted at the Liverpool Echo Arena at the King’s Dock on the Liverpool Waterfront. The Liverpool theme was enhanced by great performances by the popular Beatles tribute band, The Bootleg Beatles, who entertained the crowds between the main events. A very slick, impressive opening ceremony kicked off the show with a spellbinding spectacle of colour, light and sound. The crowds relished an evening extravaganza of not only top class showjumping, but also a fun

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packed Shetland Pony Grand National, a fancy dress Mini/Major relay, an amazing display by French stunt rider, Clemence Faivre, and a breathtaking display of showjumping (without the horses) by The Horseman Team. The evening’s programme commenced with the fancy dress Mini/ Major relay. Amazingly talented young Pony Club riders on their incredibly fast ponies, raced around the course with gusto and, apparently, no fear! Rigged out in a fine Ghostbuster outfit, Cheshire showjumper Corinne Collins, teamed up with young Wiltshire pony rider, Oscar Hobby, to win this competition with the top three finishers being separated by just 82 hundredth’s of a second. Oscar set a sizzling pace on Blue, before Corinne, riding Bugatti B, expertly finished the job in a combined time of 51.47 seconds. 11


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Guy Williams (GBR) in Captain America costume 2nd in Mini Major Competition. image credit Mike Bain

Corrine Collins (GBR) in Ghostbuster costume winner of the Mini Major Competition, image credit Mike Bain

Dressed as Captain America, Guy Williams, in partnership with Maddie Heath, came second with Catwoman clad Nicole Pavitt and Goldie Morgan taking third. Following on was a unique performance by Clemence Faivre who theatrically demonstrated her extraordinary relationship with her buckskin Lusitano, Ardiagio. Played out within a circle of fire and fire dancers with spine tingling background music, this magical event held the entire audience captive and received thunderous applause. 12

Nicole Pavitt (GBR) in Cat Woman costume 3rd in Mini Major Competition, image credit Mike Bain

Next came the Shetland Pony Grand National. It was great fun to watch these sturdy but beautifully turned out little ponies and their equally well turned out little ‘jockeys’ racing twice around the arena over mini steeplechase jumps. Then a real treat for all - the amazing ‘Horseman Team’ a group of athletic young French men who entertained with their own version of showjumping – clearing fences of Grand Prix proportions without a horse in sight! They gave

Geoff Billington image credit Mike Bain

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Winner of the Shetland Pony Grand National, image credit Mike Bain

an exhilarating performance which was both breathtaking and yet lighthearted which thrilled the crowds and gained rapturous applause. After the interval, another performance by the Bootleg Beatles led onto the main event of the evening; competition No 6 of the show, International Show Jumping 1.5m jump off – 7th International Class, sponsored by Horse and Hound. This proved to be a highly exciting event with several clear rounds early on, setting the pace for a much anticipated jump off. With 12 combinations making it through, GB’s William Funnel took Billy Congo effortlessly around the course to take first place with a time of 38.25 seconds, with prize winnings of £6,000. Liverpool born Richard Charles on Dauphin came in second and the third prize was claimed by Ireland’s Dermot Lennon on Fleur IV. The evening all too quickly concluded with a rather spectacular presentation of The Horse & Hound prizes; winners from the previous evening had set a precedent and entertained the crowds by showering each other in Champagne. Needless to say, to add to the fun of this evening’s show, the top three cheerfully

Chloe Aston (GBR) on Chatueau De Brion Quainton, image credit Olivia Freeman

commenced a champagne shower, all set to music and fireworks and as an enormous ‘party popper’ exploded, showering the arena with gold and pink streaming, the audience went wild! A fantastical finish to a magical night. However, this was only day two of the three day extravaganza which thrilled bumper packed crowds for every show, culminating in a grand finale on the Sunday night with the Equestrian.com sponsored Grand Prix. The first night saw an exciting programme culminating in the Equitop Myoplast Puissance where Peter Smyth on 10 year old Cavalier Rusticana took first prize, clearing 2.16m ( 7’1”). Shane Breen and Gotti Van Paemel came in second, with joint third being shared by four combinations; Denis Lynch on Garkus Van Het Indihof, GB’s James Smith on Tyson Uno, Christopher Megahey on Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier and Anthony Condon on Hadine Van’t Zorgvliet. A great night for Ireland for taking five of the top six places in this event. The final night peaked with Ireland's Billy Twomey on Diaghilev delivering a showjumping masterpiece in the

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Equestrian.com Grand Prix with a time of 34.86 to be crowned champion with a prize of £15,000. GB’s John Whitaker on Ornellaia, took second place in 36.47 seconds with third going to Sweden’s Peder Fredericson on H&M All In with a time of 37.11 seconds. Overall, this event saw seven GB combinations in the top ten results – well done Great Britain! The event was highly praised by competitors; Winner Billy Twomey commented "I am really delighted. It’s an unbelievable show here, and I have got some happy owners and some happy children tonight”. He gave praise to the show’s organisers for getting almost full arenas every day, particularly impressive for the first year of a show. Tragically, Cameron Hanley‘s 13-yearold, Antello Z, had to be put to sleep following an injury sustained from a jump, a sad event which cast something of a shadow on the first day of the show. Nonetheless, the show was a spectacular three days of international showjumping and superb entertainment which has certainly put Liverpool firmly on the map of International Equestrian events. Already looking forward to next year’s event! 13


BRITISH DRESSAGE: BURY FARM

Ruth Hole riding her mother’s Winnetou GEP

Bury Farm EC British Dressage High Profile Show 2015 written by Daisy Jackson

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ury Farm Equestrian saw 2015’s last high profile show in December 2015. After the show I managed to catch up with some of the winners and find out a little more about them and their horses: Winning the Young Rider Team Test with 65.965% was Ruth Hole riding her mother’s Winnetou GEP or Winnie as he is known to his friends. Rachel Murray’s 12 year old Gelding is by Gribaldi out of a Donnerhall mare and standing at 17.3hh. Ruth does a fantastic job with him. ‘‘We have owned Winnie since he was a 2 year old and my mum has trained him from being completely green up to Grand Prix level. After 2013, mum offered me the ride on him and we haven’t looked back. I took him for his international debut at the start of 2014 14

(my debut at Junior level internationally) and throughout the past two years we have improved enormously, gaining first reserve place for the Junior European Team 2015. Throughout the 2015 season I was competing at both Junior and Pony level (riding Bernwode Brokat owned by Sarah Steggall) so it was a very busy year juggling my GCSE exams, grade 7 violin and competing both horses internationally at four different international competitions. I have been the top British Combination on the FEI World Ranking for Junior level for the majority of the past seasons which is a massive achievement. My best international to date with Winnie was at Hickstead 2014 where we achieved 2nd place internationally in the FEI Junior Music Freestyle. More recently I have started to

campaign at Young Rider level, even though I still have another 2 years left in Juniors. It is nice to focus on competing at this level more, because I can improve my level of riding and expertise in more than one area. Even though I have already competed at Grand Prix (at the age of 15 - one of the youngest to ever do so), it’s nice to take the Prelim St George (PSG) test separately to ensure I get as many marks as possible. It’s a skill I’m really enjoying acquiring. I would love to compete internationally at Young Rider level throughout the 2016 season and get more experience at this level with Winnie. But I also have my young horse, MFS Cayden HH (owned by MFS Stud - Caroline Ironside), who I have been very kindly given the ride on for the foreseeable future to bring him on. He’s an amazing 5 year old Black Stallion and I can’t wait to get him out competing

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Image Left: Jenny Ward and her own Brasil P

and give him more experience. I hope to have him competing at Junior level by the start of the 2017 season - so that is very exciting. Of course none of this would he possible without the help of my fantastic sponsors. Benjamin Clark Photography - who is one of the most dedicated people I know. Ben travelled all around Europe and the UK with us this year and last to take photos. I cannot thank him enough for his support, he is amazing! Also, thank you to FAIRFAX Saddles for supplying us with an amazing saddle which improves my position and allows Winnie to move as best as he can underneath me. Thanks to Equilibrium Products for their continuous support by supplying us with products which we have used for so many years. And of course thanks to my family and the most amazing owners who make all of this possible!’’ Also winning the Silver Section of the PSG was Jenny Ward and her own Brasil P, who is by Wolfgang out of a Peter Pan mare who won the class with 68.158%; ‘‘I’ve had Brasil from a 3 year old. He was bought unbroken from Holland. I bring on all my horses myself as that is what makes it fun! I hope he will make

it to Grand Prix as he would be my 4th horse that I have produced to that level. My husband Derick and I own and run Brampton Stables in Northamptonshire which is a commercial training and riding centre. He tells me he’s my sponsor!’’ Another win with a score of 70.631% were combination Isobel Berrington and Bing owned by Melise and Aimee Watkin. The bay gelding stands at 16.2hh and is by Torento B x Valkyre. 9 year old Bing and 16 year old Isobel won the Junior Team Test. Isobel was previously on the GB Pony squad for 3 years and a member of the Gold Winning European Team in 2016 with DHI Langar. After winning her first competition at the age of 7, winner of Pony Club First Ridden, Isobel pursued eventing up until 13 years of age before focusing on dressage. The ambitious 16 year old tells

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Everything Horse UK her story. ‘‘I was very lucky to have been offered Bing to ride 6 months ago. Bing is a very talented horse and I love his energy and enthusiasm. Bing has a big personality to match his power. We have had some good scores at Advanced Medium, having qualified for the Regionals in both the Advanced Medium and the Freestyle. We have been training with both the GB Junior squad and are on the British Equestrian Federation Excel Talent Programme. Bury Farm was only our second high profile show together and the hard work paid off with a win of over 70%. I train with Dan Sherriff and Tracy Woodhead and gained a lot of knowledge from Peter Storr who was the Pony Team Trainer. We are heading for the Winter Regionals and will be competing at premier leagues over the next few months with the hope to represent GB at Juniors this season. I am hoping to get a young horse to bring on myself. It is hard balancing A Levels with riding, especially having the horses at home, but the sacrifices are worth it. I am sponsored by Uvex, I love these helmets as they are so light and never make my head sweaty, SJL Dressage who have encouraged and supported me for many years, Pro Saddles and Total Impact Equestrian. I am a 2016 ambassador for VioVet and look forward to working with them.’’ Photos taken at Bury Farm by www.sbmphotographic.co.uk Below: Isobel Berrington and Bing

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great alternative to wearing a full length riding boot, making it easy to jump on board without having to change footwear. Other great benefits include comfort in temperatures warm or cold, complete waterproofing and a solid toe, essential for when your foot ends up beneath your horses hoof! Our opinion; Great versatile boot providing protection, warmth and comfort without breaking the bank! Visit www. rubsbootsonline.co.uk

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Tottie Select 2016 Campaign We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new Tottie Select 2016 campaign. We’re looking for 3 girls who have a real passion for Tottie to become our new brand ambassadors. Your job will be to tell your friends, family and social media following all about why you love Tottie, and why you think they’ll love us too. You’ll get to wear our products, be the first to receive, trial and test the products and write monthly blogs on the topics which inspire you the most. You’ll get to visit Tottie HQ and put forward your ideas for future designs and products. So if this sounds like the perfect role for you then we want to hear from you. Visit the Tottie website and submit your contact details and we’ll email you a Tottie Select application form to fill out. This could be your opportunity to be involved with something incredibly exciting. So what are you waiting for? Visit www.tottie.co.uk

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Heart to Heart A Look Inside Corradee Stud

Rock My Heart isn’t the first Corradee horse to grace the cover of a magazine. Last year, Germanregistered Elite mare, Lotti appeared on the front cover of Horse & Hound magazine, following a report on the Stud. Neither is this the first occasion that Corradee horses have appeared in Everything Horse. In fact, Elisabeth’s horses have featured in EHUK articles dating back to 2013. Camiano made his debut pawing at a puddle in an article concerning play behaviour. In a later article, regarding enrichment, Rock My Heart can be seen gazing over a fence, flanked on each side by field mates ‘De Feliciano’ and ‘Dance On Top’.

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hortly before 1am on 14th June, 2012, a quite remarkable foal made his entrance into the world. With a perfectly formed heart-shaped star on his forehead, Rock My Heart was born. Within a few hours, offers from buyers all over the World, including a member of the German Dressage Team, were coming in. All were refused. More than just a pretty face, ‘Rocky’ (as he’s sometimes known) is intelligent, investigative by nature and keen to learn. He has a lot behind him too. Breeding-wise, he is by Royal Classic (out of State Premium and Elite mare Walentyna, herself by Weltruhm). As the 2nd highest marked Hanoverian foal in the country, Rock My Heart already had the CV to match. Elisabeth Ahn, owner of Corradee Stud, has a lifelong background with horses. German by birth, she spent her childhood in Austria, later returning to Germany aged 11. She describes Rocky as a ‘Super Macho’. “He is convinced that he is the centre of the World and wants to be treated like that”. Elisabeth studied Equine Science and Business Management in the UK and the Netherlands. Pooling physical and intellectual resources with partner Andreas Musiol, who fittingly has a background in Economics, they established Corradee Stud in 2010. Located close to Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coastline, Corradee borders the quiet village of Nottington. Lying in a small river valley, between the gently rolling hills, the Stud benefits from a mild marine climate and fertile soils. The Stud covers an area of around 50 acres, with an indoor and outdoor arena, lunge pen, treadmill and solarium. Housingwise, there is a purpose built American Barn

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Located close to Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coastline, Corradee borders the quiet village of Nottington

for the mares and foals, heated foaling stables and barns for group-housing youngsters. Foals are handled daily at Corradee, even if simply to give them a check over and a quick hello. Basic handling is easier to teach to a foal than a grown horse. At Corradee, little ones learn the ‘Foal ABC’ as simply as if they just did it themselves. This includes learning to lead in-hand, leg washing, worming, farrier attention and, of course, no nibbling humans. At weaning, foals are group-housed, as are their dams. This reduces stress during weaning as the youngsters remain within their previously established foal social group. Elisabeth calls this the ‘Foal Kindergarten’. Over winter, the weanlings are housed in big barns with

direct field access and during the summer, they roam large fields close to the Sea. “I try to teach them as much as possible from an early age but without pressure... Daily handling helps a lot and I never just turn them away without daily handling.” The youngsters are started during the winter they turn 3 years old. Recognising that each foal is different, training is orientated around the individual character of the horse.

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Introduced to saddle, bridle and lungework, the focus is on providing the youngster with a positive experience in early training. Timing is relaxed and rewards are aplenty. Elisabeth expresses admiration for riders that maintain a close connection with their horse, particularly those who bring their horses up through the levels. “I admire Uta Graf for her natural approach to high level dressage”, Elisabeth tells me. Rock My Heart and foal-hood buddy Camiano currently reside near Bremen, working on their German amongst other 19


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things. Trainer Stephan Dubsky, celebrated Fellow of the German Riding Federation, is charged with their ongoing training. Elisabeth is particular about choosing trainers. In riders, she looks for fine hands, a classical education and the nouse to look past success or money and focus on the horse as an individual. Stephan Dubsky has form when it comes to sourcing and producing World Class horses. Catany 3, Fernhill Classic and Pamero 4 have all spent time with Stephan. On the competitive front, he has jumped at International level and competed in Grand Prix Dressage. Dubsky’s philosophy is succinct: “Balance and fairness breeds success” Management matters greatly. In training, Elisabeth will only consider centres where horses are turned out regularly and have free access to roughage. Long-term, she is just as particular about the credibility of potential owners. Beyond realising the ability and quality breeding in these horses, Elisabeth wants them to be ‘loved and pampered’. Having denied a number of buyers in the past few years, she explains: “ I don’t want to just sell them to anybody... The day I don’t care anymore where my horses go is the day I stop breeding”. As for Rock My Heart, his facial features are something of a growing icon. Sarah, friend of Elisabeth and yard owner herself, sums him up: “The heart on his forehead tells you all you need to know about him... what a beautiful boy he is, inside and out” Written by Louise Napthine MSc, with special thanks to Corradee Stud.

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Lara Edwards

Here Lara Edwards answers questions about the breeding programme at Cyden Dressage, what enlightened her passion for breeding and her hopes for the future.

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BREEDING: INDUSTRY FOCUS What started your passion for breeding? I have always been interested in the sire and mare of any horse, even when I was an eventer I would always look at the breeding in the catalogue. 15 years ago, as a family, we bred three eventers ourselves from my brother’s mare that he took through the levels up to advanced and they all went on to be successful as event horses. Due to her breeding she was quite heavy so wasn’t able to make the time as an event horse, so we made the decision to use her as a broodmare. We used Primitive Rising, Criminal Law, and Mayhill, all top quality event sires. What do you think makes a good stallion? A good stallion for me has two sides - the breeding/ grading and the temperament or trainability. Firstly when considering the breeding, is the stallion a graded stallion and, if so, with whom is the stallion graded? Also, has the stallion you have chosen got good breeding itself on both sides and is this the type of horse you are looking to

breed yourself? Temperament and trainability are vital. Have you seen the stallion yourself and witnessed his temperament in and out of his stable, and spoken to anyone who has used the stallion to see what traits, good or bad, he may be passing on? Also linked in with this is the trainability of the stallion - is he himself ridden and out competing? Does he appear to have moved up the levels with good scores, and have his offspring been trainable and are they out doing well? What do you like about the KWPN (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands) breed? For me the KWPN breed represents the tough grading and testing that the stallion has had to go through in order to gain the KWPN status. Stallions can be graded with different organisations - some in as little as two hours, however for me the 30 day or 90 day test that’s required as a KWPNapproved stallion represents they have

been thoroughly examined and are fit to be a breeding stallion. How did you come across your own stallions, Bodyguard, Amigo and Cadans M? I saw Cadans when I went over to Holland to look for a four, five or sixyear-old gelding. There were many that I had tried and liked but there wasn’t one that really stood out. I asked about Cadans and the gentleman said he is a five-year-old KWPN-approved stallion by Sir Donnerhall.

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BREEDING: INDUSTRY FOCUS I had never dealt with or ridden a stallion in my life and was concerned he would be way out of my budget, but the gentleman said “Just have a sit on him and at least you can say you have ridden a stallion next time you are asked.” That was a sit I wouldn’t forget, although he was very green and a bit on edge, he had power like I had never felt riding anything before. I returned to the UK with a video to show my Dad and two weeks later Cadans joined the yard. Six months later, the owner of Cadans asked if I would be interested in taking on another stallion for a few months training and to then sell, so Bodyguard joined the yard. I really didn’t think much to him to start with as he was very tight in his neck and over his back but within eight weeks I was in love with him. He is the most trainable horse I have ever sat on. He has a very kind nature - not stallion-like when at home at all, in fact within a few weeks he started his life living out in the field over the summer months and still does. I fell in love with Amigo during a trip to Holland to look for a pony for my nieces and nephew. At only three-yearsold and very weak-looking, he was black with four white socks and a white face and the most adorable character. I went into his stable and he came over and licked me! It did take me a few weeks to persuade my brother that a three-yearold, NWPCS-approved pony stallion was just what he wanted for his children to ride! Needless to say, we did end up with a couple of other pony geldings as well. Tell us about Cyden Dressage’s Breeding programme? We currently have four broodmares, De Niro, DiMaggio, Donnerhall, Pik Bube, with the intention being on quality and not quantity. Along with our own stallions we are also working with my Dutch contact to keep variation and then allow the fillies that we produce to not all have similar lines. Ideally we will keep one each year and I will train them up to Medium/Advanced Medium level before selling them on and the others we will either sell as foals or produce them for four-year-old classes and then put them

Cyden Cleo is one of the fillies that’ll be sent to Guy Robertson this year to start her education. up for sale. Tell us about your current youngstock? Currently we have our three-year-olds starting their education under Guy Robertson’s watchful eye and then they will come back to me later in the year ready for the Young Horse classes in 2017. These are two Cadans fillies, Cleo and Channel and one Rhodium x De Niro filly, Chance. What are your thoughts on British breeding? I would like to be able to encourage and develop British breeding, as it is not

always easy to find quality in the UK, hence why people go looking abroad. I hope having brought three quality Dutch stallions into the UK, British mare owners would see this as an alternative to having to ship in semen. Cyden Bodyguard Moorland will be standing at Stallion AI Services for a limited period in April and June for fresh and chilled semen. Frozen semen is available all year round from Cyden Bodyguard Moorland, Cyden Oostings Amigo and Cyden Cadans M.

Cyden Equestrian Dressage Stallions For further information contact Lara Edwards on 07920 452739, visit www.cydendressage.com or ‘Like’ the Cyden Dressage Facebook page for news of all three Cyden Stallions and other horses and ponies for sale.

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The Formula for a Healthy New Life In order for a foal to mature into a healthy horse that will withstand the rigours of its life ahead, its mother must be provided with correct nutrition before conception, right through the pregnancy and whilst lactating. As the foal is completely reliant on the mother for nutrition, it is with the dam that the foundations for a strong healthy foal lie. The nutritional need increases throughout each trimester, with the demand required of a lactating mare being double of that in the first trimester, therefore the diet will need to be sufficient to maintain the condition of the mare and provide adequate energy to produce milk. A large amount of effort goes into the care of the mare both before and after conception but the nutritional needs of the stallion should also be considered, especially if they are competing at the same time. A stallion that is in high demand will need to be in peak physical condition as some stallions can lose condition quickly during the covering season. Some competing stallions take a break while at stud but those that are still in work will need feeding accordingly to maintain condition and energy levels. Successful reproduction is dependent on the health and wellbeing of both mare and stallion and the role that correct nutrition plays in breeding should not be underestimated. Lifeforce Formula is a supplement specially designed for breeding horses and horses in moderate activity by supporting their immune function.

Additionally the supplement helps support the reproductive system of mares and stallions, while supporting fermentation of feeds and forages in the caecum, enabling your horse to extract the maximum nutrients from all feed sources. Lifeforce Formula is part of the three strong Lifeforce Range that is backed by more than 30 years of Alltech’s scientifically-proven, fully

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traceable technologies, containing cutting-edge ingredients that fully comply with competition standards, where consistency and safety are a top priority. Available in a 5kg tub, Lifeforce Formula retails at £90, which is a three month supply. For further information please visit www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk

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Inaugural Competition Stallions Awards

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he inaugural Competition Stallions Awards were presented at The British Stallion Event on 9th January to the top sires of progeny assessed by the British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations 2015. The awards are the brainchild of Jane Skepper, Director of the Competition Stallions Guide. “We felt it was now the time to start developing an Award Scheme for British based stallions to continue to help promote high quality stallions standing in the UK”, said Jane. “We wanted to start to start this year with Awards for the Leading Sires of Futurity presented in 2015, but we look forward to developing these awards up through the ranks into leading Sires of competing stallions in the various disciplines in future years”, she added. The Awards will take place annually, based on the results of progeny presented at the British Breeding/BEF Futurity Evaluations in the single year. “This should result in stallions that are actively having progeny presented and getting good results having a chance of winning, and the criteria for the Awards have been developed to represent this”, said Jane. To be eligible for an award the stallion must be based in the UK and must have had at least 5 progeny forward at the Futurity Evaluations in the year. The highest average score determines the winner and awards are made in each discipline: Dressage, Endurance, Eventing, Show Jumping & Sports Pony as well as an innovative Newcomer’s award. The Dressage Competition Stallion Award went to Woodlander Wild Child, who is currently training in Germany and was represented by his sire, Woodlander Wavavoom. Wild Child, out of the world champion 5 and 6 year old, Woodlander Farouche, is himself a graduate of the Futurity, achieving an Elite score as a foal and top dressage 2 year old. Owner and breeder,

Lynne Crowden, said “We have had the rankings for years, and it is wonderful now to get these stallions recognised”. The Eventing Stallion Award went to Future Gravitas, by the successful eventing stallion, Grafenstoltz, out of the proven performance producer, Justwith Genoa, making Future Gravitas a half brother to Olympic silver medallist and WEG gold medallist, Winsome Adante. A Futurity graduate, Future Gravitas was the top ranked of all the eventing stallions, as well as being the top UK based eventing sire. Julia Hodkin of Future Sport Horses, paid tribute to the mare owners for giving young stallions a chance. “It is time for breeders to choose British stallions because they are as good or better than you can find abroad”, she said. To ensure that young stallions are not overlooked, there is also an Award for the leading Newcomer. To be eligible, stallions must have between 3 and 5 progeny forward across all disciplines in the year, and must not have had more than 5 progeny presented in total over a number of years in the Futurity Evaluations. The Newcomers award went jointly to Elite Stallions’ Balou Star and Catherston Stud’s Timolin. The young show jumping stallion, Balou Star, produced the top show jumping yearling in 2015 and demonstrated that as a competition horse, he is a little powerhouse. Ridden by Millie Allen, he was 2nd in the U25 Grand Prix at the recent Liverpool International Show, took individual and team bronze at the Young Rider Europeans in 2015, and is regularly winning at 1.45m level. “He is coming into his own now and will be stepping up this year. He is perfect to handle, and has such a good temperament”, said Millie’s father, Peter Allen. The Totilas sired Timolin demonstrated his impressive paces shown in hand for the presentation, and his impeccable temperament as people crowded his box to view the 5 year old

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stallion. “He has a super temperament. I can ride out in the fields at home, and he is lovely to train. He has a fantastic canter to sit on. It is lovely that young stallions with foals coming through can be recognised”, said Lizzie Murray. “We feel it is very important that Sports Pony stallions are recognised as well and have an award for the leading Sports Pony stallion in each year; the only difference is that their scores will be the highest average across all disciplines”, Jane explained. The Pony Stallion award went to Penny Walster’s dressage pony, Bathleyhills Monet. An Elite graduate of the Futurity himself, he is now producing high scoring foals and yearlings as well as competing in dressage. His part-bred arab and part welsh bloodlines carry the cream gene, so he can produce palomino progeny. “I am delighted with the award”, said Penny. “He got an Elite score and highest yearling in the Futurity, and the SPSS Certificate of Merit for the leading pony sire as a 3 year old. He is super athletic and really trainable, but he can be left for a month and we just pick him up again”, said Penny. “We are very thankful to British Breeding and the BEF for allowing us the use of their Futurity Evaluation data for the results and also for letting us present the award at the Stallion Event so that the Stallions have a chance to receive their awards in front of an audience in person or by an equine representative (Progeny or Sire)”, said Jane All of the stallions were present or had progeny or sire present to receive their awards and the audience were appreciative of the demonstrations by these award-winning sires. Competition Stallions has now produced its 5th Edition of the Guide for Graded & Approved Competition Stallions. For further information and to obtain a copy of the directory, visit http://www.competition-stallions.com 27


Equine Health.... As Seen Through

THE EYE

Here, in part two of our Iridology series, Louise Cleland talks of the thousands of hours put into creating the Equine Iridology Grids, research, progression and some of the early success stories which have come about by using the Iridology Grid

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t took years to develop and prove the equine iridology grids. The health of hundreds of horses and their owners and equine veterinary professionals were all involved in this important research. The horses that were known for having thyroid problems were photographed and charted. There were probably 10 to 15 ‘thyroid’ horses alone. Then investigations into liver, cushings (glandular), structural system, etc were researched in detail. As you can imagine, it took many horses and thousands of hours of research. The hardest part of developing and 28

researching the equine iridology grids was the intestinal system. Once again it was horses that provided the answers needed. These horses had a history of intestinal problems and played an important part as a study of equine Iridology and in return they were helped as much as possible from the resulting evidence. All the horses that were used for this research are alive and well today. Early research and testing In early 1999 the research into the importance of the health of a horse’s intestinal system and the findings of

the International Equine Iridology Research Team were put to the test, and conclusively proven. One of the International Equine Iridology Team’s top equine veterinarians was called to a horse that was, unfortunately, going

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HORSE HEALTH: IRIDOLOGY to have to be put down the next day. A full equine iridology report on the horse prior to its demise was completed, including photographic evidence. The equine iridology report stated that a part of the intestinal system called the pelvic flexure was showing up in the horse’s eye as a bright white marking. The findings were: ACUTE damage in the PELVIC FLEXURE, along with tissue damage in the kidney, lungs, liver etc. The Equine Iridology Report along with the Equine Veterinarian’s report was submitted to the lab conducting the autopsy and thereafter everything was sent to the pathology lab. Findings using the grid The Pathology lab confirmed tissue damage in all the noted areas of the Equine Iridology report and the

Image: Abdominal aorta and its larger branches of the horse (schematic).

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HORSE HEALTH: IRIDOLOGY Veterinary report - it was a great victory for Equine Iridology. This started the new research on the intestinal system and today it is a proven fact along with so many other areas. For many horse owners and their equine veterinarians the health and wellbeing of a horse’s intestinal system is a major concern. “Just like the human, the horse is adversely affected by what it is being fed. Feed that is lacking the proper mineral balance along with the type of hay being fed is the major cause of gastrointestinal upsets that are a common problem with the horse. Conditions such as gaseous colic with increased or decreased motility, impacting, diarrhoea, and ulcers are seen quite frequently.” An unhealthy and toxic intestinal tract can affect EVERY SYSTEM IN THE HORSE’S BODY. Progression It was time to take equine iridology research further, particularly with regard to the horse’s intestinal tract. Equine Veterinarians had just saved a mare from ‘colic’. This was not the first time this horse had been saved from severe colic. The Equine Veterinarians had used a tube through the nose to deposit oil through the horses system hoping to release any blockages in the intestinal system. When colic happened again to this mare, the owner felt she had two alternatives; one was having the horse destroyed to save her from the extreme pain of colic. The other was surgery. The owner’s team of equine veterinary professionals agreed to allow the International Equine Iridology Research Team to get involved and the horse’s eyes were recorded and photographed. After filming the eyes of this horse, several problems could been seen in the eyes. One was that a great deal of the mesenteric artery seemed to be closed. This artery is very important to the horse’s blood supply. If it closes it will stop the life cycle of the horse and he will develop colic and die. This artery was showing in a white line underneath the pupil. Whilst there were other issues in evidence the artery seen in the eye was the number one problem. The white line is usually an indication that something is clogging the very important mesenteric artery. The outcome of research where horses carried this marking in the eye showed 30

“Mesenteric Artery” Notice the white line under the pupil?

that they had intestinal problems. This was an indication that the mesenteric was being compromised. After several meetings between the equine veterinarian professionals and the International Equine Iridology Team it was agreed that the white line was showing a parasite problem, an impaction of parasite eggs. Some horse owners are not being sure to use a wormer that can destroy, not only the full grown parasites, but the parasite eggs also. Both teams of equine professionals agreed that the horse was to be put on a programme whereby every three months the horse would be given conventional or herbal formulas for parasites and egg control along with with probiotics. That was nearly 10 years ago, an update on this particular horse is that the owner rides twice a week; the horse looks and feels great and has not had a problem with colic since. It is amazing that indications and markings in your horse’s eye can lead you to discover what is causing your horse to lose condition, seem under the weather, be ill or compromising his health or well-being in some way. As an Equine Iridology Technician, I always work alongside your equine veterinarian professional; by sharing my findings and observations - with a view to assisting you, your horse’s owner, and your equine veterinarian professional to give the best treatments to your horse, to ensure the best possible outcome - a fit, happy, healthy horse. Written by Louise Cleland CEMT CEBW CEIT

Louise Cleland is a dual qualified, certified Equine Bodywork, Equine Massage Technician and Equine Iridology Technician based in Cheshire. Louise covers Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the Wirral. She can be contacted at louise@equestricare.co.uk or via her website www.equestricare.co.uk

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Rider Confirmation

In this feature, Tricia takes three riders based with top international dressage rider Becky Moody and scrutinises their conformation in a Childéric DSC Dressage Saddle, which was created to fit Becky and our equine model ‘Flo’ beautifully. But what about our three riders?

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ow many of you think the most important thing is that the saddle fits the horse – think

again! If you thought saddle fitting was more about the horse than the rider, Tricia Bracegirdle, Senior Saddle Technician for Childéric Saddles is here to explain the importance of fit for both horse and rider in achieving balance, harmony and freedom of movement for both! The three riders, Lisa, Sophie and Linzi are all of a different type of confirmation. Demos - at our demos, we find

Sophie

the horse will always move better when the saddle fits the rider rather than if it fits the horse and not the rider. Our demo saddles are designed to give the rider the best feel and not to be blocked in any way. We can then design a bespoke saddle for the horse and rider around this soft picture. Remember, a soft pelvis and leg gives a soft hand, which in turn gives the horse a soft back and disposition. The softness of the horse is paramount for training and developing their way of going and of course a happy horse and in turn rider!

Sophie is only 12 years old and as you can see she looks tiny in the saddle. The seat is way too big for her and the flaps are too long, meaning she cannot apply her leg to the horse’s side easily. Looking at her in walk, she is coping really well, but as we ask her up to trot you can see that the knee block is literally blocking her whole leg! This 32

would be a disaster for anyone trying to achieve a good leg position and apply the aids correctly. The proportions of the saddle must look correct for the rider and this definitely looks like she is riding in a borrowed saddle! I expect the horse is not detrimentally affected, but there will certainly be some miscommunication of the aids. We

would use a much smaller seat and flap for Sophie, and in particular, the length and angle of the block would be shorter and advanced. You can see that because of the big seat, she has crept forward which is looking like she is slightly out of balance, so she risks being behind the movement and the leg aids being too near to the girth.

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Lisa

Lisa has enviably long legs and a long torso, which is often seen as the ‘ideal’ dressage rider shape. However when Lisa is stood up, its not so apparent that the lower leg is proportionally shorter than the upper leg. This makes

Linzi

You can see that Linzi is a completely different shape again. She is quite petite and probably the most common shape of rider that we see. The saddle proportions are completely wrong for her: The flaps like Sophie are too long

the angle she carries her thigh at much more advanced than someone with a shorter leg. You can see in Becky’s saddle her knee is creeping over the block and the flap. This will be uncomfortable for the rider, but will

also prevent her from having a free knee and therefore pelvis, which will in turn affect the aids she gives as well as her balance and possibly affect the horses way of moving forward.

and straight but here the seat is too neat. You can see that she is sitting predominently towards the back of the seat, causing her to tip forward once in a working trot (It’s so easy to look good in walk but then go to pieces in

trot when the fit isn’t correct!) We can see how the saddle puts her on her forks and the horse is working on his forehand. It’s so important a saddle fits the rider.

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Lightweight Turnouts With spring almost in the air you may be reaching for the keyboard to start searching online for a new lightweight turnout for your horse or pony. Here we’ve taken the legwork out of your search by listing a selection of turnouts that are suitable for the weather on it’s way!

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FEATURE: Lightweight Turnouts

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Our opinion The Rhino rug from Horseware will tick so many boxes when looking for a lightweight turnout. The detachable neck is a great addition and comes along with the rug when purchased, so no additional

costs involved! Horseware have got it ‘spot on’ here with a multifunctional approach to a turnout - if it’s a little wet and your horse is fully clipped no problem as you can pop on the neck which is also easy to detach, if needed, when out in the field. Its quick and easy front fastening ideal for fidgety horses, tough outer, branded reflective strips and carefully thought out cut, makes this the perfect turnout for any horse or pony. Official description: Rhino’s unique four layer barrier technology makes it the smart choice. New to this season’s

Rhino collection is the Rhino Plus Lite, available without any fill. The tough 1000D polypropylene outer to protects the waterproof and breathable layers underneath. Polypropylene is a stronger, more durable alternative to the widely used polyester material. It comes in the smart Rhino Rug Collection checked pattern, exclusive to this line. Surefit neck design and V-front closures for freedom of movement whilst grazing, soft, shine enhancing polyester lining, leg arches, detachable hood, liner loops, and cross surcingles. www.horseware.com

SAXON 600 STANDARD NECK Colours: Purple/Grey, Grey/Pink, Navy/Light Blue Sizes: 4’- 7’ Price: £39.99 Description: 600D waterproof and

breathable lightweight turnout. With a nylon liningand 180g of polyfill to keep the spring morning due from the horses coat. Action gusset with adjustable twin chest strap closure. Low cross surcingles including djustable leg straps.

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MARK TODD LIGHTWEIGHT TURNOUT Colour: Navy or black/grey plaid Sizes: 5’6” to 7’ Price: £79.99 (neck £42.99) Description: Manufactured in 600 denier, Teflon coated ripstop fabric, this waterproof and breathable rug has cotton lining, reinforced anti-rub shoulder panels, tail flap and shoulder pleats for freedom of movement. Features include cross surcingles, quick release breast fastenings and leg straps. Neck cover sold separately. www.wefi.co.uk

PESSOA LIGHTWEIGHT TURNOUT Colours: Chocolate and navy Sizes: 5’6”- 7’ Price: £43.00 Description: A lightweight turnout rug with no fill. Great for those wet or chilly days through the summer. The rug is waterproof and breathable with a generous tail flap and double front buckle fastening. It features a 600D outer shell, taped seams and quick drying nylon lining. www.gfsriding.co.uk

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FEATURE: Lightweight Turnouts

JOHN WHITAKER DOUBLE WARMER COMBO RUG Colours: Navy Sizes: 5’6” - 6’6” Price: £80.00

Description: This waterproof and

lightweight rug has extremely high wicking properties, and includes a tear proof mesh bib area ideal for boisterous horses. It features a unique airflow system which makes it extremely breathable and encourages sweat evaporation. The hood is detachable with large Velcro fastenings for ease of use. Can be used as a fly rug, a summer rug or a rain rug.

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JOHN WHITAKER LIGHTWEIGHT TURNOUT RUG Colours: Navy Sizes: 5’3” - 6’9” Price: £80.00

Description: This traditional John

Whitaker Lightweight Turnout Rug is ideal for those April showers with it’s waterproof coating and thin inner fleece lining that will keep you horse cosy and warm on cool days. Ideal for horses that are accident prone with the 100% durable bonded polyester outer layer. Finished with the John Whitaker signature branding, a Union Jack shoulder gusset and white piping

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Approximate Sizing Chart - Rugs Hands 11hh 11.2hh 12hh

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HORSE HEALTH: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES for HORSE and RIDER

Horse and Rider

Physiotherapy Confused by the term Physiotherapy? What exactly does it entail and when should it be used? Here, Susan McBane finishes her three part series on horse and rider health with an overview of Physiotherapy including treatments available and when best to seek advice.

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few decades ago, doctors and vets regarded physiotherapists as quacks, at least on the surface, but, thankfully, my GP at that time unofficially referred me to a physiotherapist for treatment of a bad foot injury. I knew my GP well and he made me swear that I wouldn't tell anyone! Twenty years later how things had changed. I had a bad, soft-tissue back injury and had treatment from two different physiotherapists using quite different methods, one an NHS professional and the other in private

practice. But for them, I am certain that I should not be walking sound today. Physiotherapists are now a firmlyestablished member of the professional team of most serious competition riders, for themselves and their horses. Often, in the case of injuries, the vet., farrier, physio, trainer and other professionals will all be involved and may well be working together to achieve the best possible recovery for their patient. Riders may well be able to obtain physiotherapy on the NHS but there is a big drawback in that waiting lists often

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To find a professionally reliable animal physiotherapist, consult the website of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT, www. acpat.org) allow the injury to 'set in' and become worse: ideally, a physiotherapist should be consulted within the first 48 hours but NHS physio may not have this luxury. IN SAFE HANDS To find a professionally reliable animal physiotherapist, consult the website of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT, www.acpat.org): they are the only ones I consider safe to use. Their training is exemplary and extremely rigorous and they are well used to working with veterinary surgeons, who

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remain the only professionals allowed by law to actually diagnose in the UK. ACPAT members are trained in human practice before training in animal therapy, so could well sort out your problems as well. A physiotherapist can only treat your horse on veterinary referral. Therapists of any kind who treat animals without this prior 'permission' are breaking the law. The physiotherapist must assess the horse for their own professional satisfaction, will study the vet's diagnosis, in a report if available, and possibly consult with him or her as to the

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suggested physical therapy. WHAT'S INVOLVED? The field is a large and complex one, involving hands-on therapy such as massage, stretching and manipulation, treatment with various machines, hydro (water) therapy, and hot and cold therapies. The therapist may well want to discuss convalescence and rehabilitation with the trainer and owner or rider, recommending various exercises, exercise regimes, surfaces to work on or avoid, and equipment to use, or not. Physiotherapists may want to see the 41


HORSE HEALTH: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES for HORSE and RIDER horse ridden, if possible, will probably check the rider's techniques and the fit of tack. He or she may also want to discuss matters with the farrier. RECOVERY Recovery can take a long period of painstaking, patient treatment and home-care, and the therapist's fees may or may not be covered by your insurance. The original reason for calling in the vet or doctor and physio may be the end of a chain of more minor injuries which originated and built up from a slight injury or tweak not spotted (horses in particular are very good at using compensatory movement to keep going), so tracing it all back to its roots can be a complex detective story. THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM In horses, apart from falls, slips and obvious injuries, poorly-fitting saddles and girths can easily change a horse's natural action as he tries to go in a way that avoids the discomfort or pain. Riding techniques, too, are commonly at fault which, as a classical trainer also using the methods of Equitation Science,

I am certain are the result of today's almost ubiquitous techniques of forcing 'roundness' by pushing a horse up into a very firm and relentless bit contact. Unsuitable shoes or foot-preparation methods, lungeing too fast and on toosmall circles and working horses, ridden, in-hand or on the lunge, in coercive equipment are other culprits leading to discomfort or pain. When a horse uses compensatory movement, he uses muscles which were not 'intended' for that work; they become strained and painful, creating another injury, which can lead to another and Regular checks so on. The physiotherapist, and are necessary! vet, therefore, have to untangle the history in many cases. REGULAR CHECKS Familiarity can breed contempt. It is easy for us to miss things going subtly

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Susan has an HNC in Equine Science and Management, is a Classical Riding Club listed trainer and Gold Award holder, co-founder of the Equine Behaviour Forum and a Practitioner Member of the International Society for Equitation Science. Author of 44 books, she is a co-publisher and editor of ‘Trackingup’ magazine. For information on lessons, clinics and contact details, visit www.susanmcbane.com

wrong with our horse, so it is always worthwhile to have a physiotherapist give him a full assessment once or twice a year, depending on his lifestyle, say before and after his work-season, or twice a year if he is in work most of the time. Yes, it will cost a bit of money, but think how much you could save by spotting something in the earliest stages, and the consequences of not doing so. Money well spent, I'd say. With special thanks to Susan for writing this three part series in horse health.

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EDUCATION: ONLINE COURSES

LEARN ONLINE Do equestrian online courses work?

Looking for a change in direction or considering learning online? Flexibility, learn while your carry on earning and individual support are only three of the advantages of learning online. Here Chrissi Mayes, founder of learn2horse, delves into the world of online courses, and takes a look at advantages and disadvantages of studying online.

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o you want to learn more about horses? Perhaps you want to improve your riding skills, or you’d like to be quicker at all the practical tasks involved with horses, not to mention safer. Whatever your reason for improving your knowledge, horses are large and potentially dangerous creatures, so learning how to handle them correctly will never be a wasted skill. On first sight, horse skills consist of mainly practical tasks, yet online theory based courses are becoming increasingly popular in other subjects – is it possible to replicate this with horses? Can you

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really learn practical skills with horses successfully online? The short answer is yes, but of course there are pros and cons. How to online courses work? With several well-known and reputable companies and colleges offering online learning, there are different approaches on offer. 1. Completely online. After payment, all the material shows up on the student dashboard, and the learner can dip in and out at any time. Assignments and assessments are

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submitted online and automatically marked. Course material is available online, but assessments have to be manually submitted or posted, and are usually returned within 8 weeks with comments and marks. Course material is available online, but exams have to be sat or taken in a physical environment. Course material is mailed. Combination of these permutations are also possible, and some providers offer the opportunity of practical study weeks. Trainers often

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ADVANTAGES • Theory based subjects, as well as the knowledge behind the practical skills, lend themselves well to online learning • You can study in comfort of own home where you can learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you • Different learning styles are catered for as many online course provide a variety of learning material and exercises to complete • The material is available at your fingertips • Individual tutor support is usually available - depending on the programme – via email and Skype • Some courses provide forums for students to get together and discuss the course • You can carry on with your day job and study in the evenings • All levels of courses are available – from basic short courses to in-depth higher education • Accreditation, certificates and assessment is available – depending on the programme DISADVANTAGES • As a learner, you need to be selfdisciplined as there is nobody controlling your work time • Practical skills are usually assessed via videos and photographs, making it harder to have your mistakes corrected • No face-to-face access to your fellow students or assessors to discuss the course • Generally no government funding available for the courses. Loans may be available for distance learning courses at a higher level , so it is worth checking with the provider or your local education authority • Some courses provide preparation towards certain exams – the learner still has to arrange to go elsewhere and sit those exams • Some computer skills are required to get the most out of the courses.

offer their own certification, and others have partnered with awarding bodies to provide nationally recognised certification. What courses are available? Most aspects of horse care are available to study online, from short and specific topics, to longer in-depth courses covering many aspects. You can learn the very basics of horses handling, right up to an HND. There are also distance learning options for degrees and post-graduate courses at Universities. Specialist courses, such as coaching and horse psychology, are also on offer. Why not just read a book? Books hold the key to a lot of knowledge, but the difference between a book and an online course is that there is no support tutor hiding in the pages. When you enrol on an online course, the material you need for each unit is broken down into succinct chunks and delivered in a method to help you learn. Not only that, but your online course usually comes with an assessment attached. The aim is to test how much information you have retained and can use to your advantage in the future. With some courses you can also earn a

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certificate if you pass, offering you a way to demonstrate your competence in that subject to others. Books are a fantastic tool to impart information, and should be used as an extra resource in any study programme. An online course helps you retain and learn that knowledge, and move forward to the next level. Is it for you? There really is something for everyone when it comes to equestrian e-learning, and it is the perfect answer to gaining more knowledge without committing to a full-time course at a college. Whether you are looking to increase your knowledge just for your own benefit, or are seeking to climb the career ladder, equestrian online learning can help you get there. For those looking for a more rounded education practical skills are key in the equine industry. Combining e-learning with practical experience at your local yard, or attending short study courses, ticks all the boxes for those looking for flexible learning solutions. ©Chrissie Mayes 2016 Chrissie is an equestrian writer, coach and educator, who is passionate about all things horses. Her aim is to help people understand the needs of horses more, and hence “be better for your horse.” Head over to http://www.learn2horse. com to find out more and sign up for her tips and tales! 47


LIVING THE DREAM....

JAMES FIELDING

Meet James Fielding, Polo instructor and international trainer. Now based in Chester running J F Polo Academy, James endeavours make the sport of Polo accessible to everyone.

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s a hyperactive 4 year old I was always up to mischief, chasing my big brother around, annoying the pet dogs and generally doing things I shouldn’t do. My mother, in her wisdom, introduced me to horses, something that she had a passion for, as a way to channel my energy and give me some responsibility. Thankfully for me it worked! At that time we were living in the New Forest and I “As I grew and my passion for was lucky enough to horses went into overdrive. I have the opportunity to ride out everyday joined the New Forest Pony in such a beautiful Club, something I have fond and horse friendly location. However my memories of” 48

introduction and education in horses came with 2 Shetland ponies called Sooty and Sweep. They certainly gave me a taste of my own medicine being as, if not more, mischievous then I had been. A great foundation nonetheless in learning patience and developing problem-solving skills when you are often outwitted by small stubborn ponies that just want to eat. As I grew, and my passion for horses went into overdrive, I joined the New Forest Pony Club, something I have fond memories of. Gaining insight to a number of different equine disciplines, I was torn between Eventing and Team Chasing with Marion Coakes, but as a completive young man I felt I needed

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more of an adrenaline kick. Luckily for me a friend in school made the connection between my riding and field hockey skills (at that time I also played county hockey for Hampshire and Dorset) and suggested I try polo. So at the tender age of 13 I set off the try polo, having lessons with a great instructor David Morely who took me under his wing and then directed me to Tidworth Polo Club. I also also played competitively for my school, winning the SUPA nationals for Malvern College against in 2002 I then moved up to Cheshire with my family and shortly after became a professional player working both in local clubs and internationally. As a result of my eagerness to learn and experience abroad I was given the opportunity to work in New Zealand, breaking and training young horses for polo, which I did for several consecutive years, making the most of the UK and New Zealand polo seasons. It was in 2007 when I made the decision to gain my HPA Instructors qualification

leading me to open the J F Polo Academy in Great Barrow, 6 miles from Chester. It offered polo lessons and corporate days to the general public, whilst sharing and introducing my sport to anybody who wanted to simply have a go. Polo is a fantastic sport, thrilling and addictive but also extremely fun and that was my motivation to offer a polo experience having acknowledged that many people, horsey or otherwise, haven’t tried it. Now entering our 9th year the J F Polo Academy has evolved from simply offering lessons to taking clients around the world indulging in polo holidays in places such as Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Dubai, Thailand and Barbados. We also work closely with schools and universities in the UK, offering a great alternative to business ‘team building’ days. I continue to play professionally in the UK and internationally, training young horses, sponsoring young polo talent and working as full time HPA Instructor. I couldn’t be happier.

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Images: James as a young rider

James established J F Polo Academy, Chester over 9 years ago

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Daisy Jackson The main focus towards the end of 2015 was directed towards teaching and training ready to begin competing again in 2016. I have thoroughly enjoyed the recent clinics I have had the chance to do, including one arranged by the East Dorset Riding Club. It was great to see so many enthusiastic riders on some lovely horses and ponies, a fun day for me too as, I hope, for the riders! I am looking forward to doing more of these clinics in various locations and venues throughout this year. I have also had a fantastic start to 2016 with my first outing being test riding with Anna Ross at Altogether Equestrian, Cholderton. This gives me a fantastic opportunity to run through tests of a new level or perfect a test of current level. Either way, having the opportunity to ride through the test with a quieter atmosphere and less pressure really helps build confidence, particularly for horses that can get stressed in a test situation like Tango. Anna watches the riders run through the tests and judges them as if it were a normal competition or teaches the riders as they go along. This is then followed by feedback and tips and a re-run through the test. It is also very beneficial to those horses stuck in a routine of warming up then going to another arena, running

through the test, then back to the lorry park. It gives horses with a tendency to stress a chance to move arenas then stay in the test arena long enough to relax before leaving, giving them a more enjoyable and less stressful experience. This month I managed to take both Tango and Blackberry, and both horses had a try at the level above. Tango and I had our first run through of the PSG Young Rider Team Test and he behaved brilliantly. Anna advised that once the tempi changes are a little straighter we will be ready to try it for real! It was Berry’s first time running through an Advanced Medium away from home. She was an absolute star, running through test 98 mistake free (other than minor spooks in the trot work) including all 6 changes being clean and expressive. I am very happy with their progress and I am excited for the future and the rest of 2016 with them. I am also excited to announce I will be doing a series of clinics at Foxhills Farm located in Wellow near Romsey organised by my good friend Di Williams and yard manager at Foxhills, Charlotte Fricker. My first clinic will take place on the 21st of Feb, a great chance to get out of the cold and wet weather and book a lesson in an indoor arena.

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