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Issue 269 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong> | £2.80<br />

East midlands & the northern counties’ best equestrian monthly magazine by far!<br />

Two Years,<br />

TWO<br />

WINS<br />

EL Talks to<br />

Ashley Bird<br />

HOYS <strong>2017</strong><br />

Local Success Stories<br />

EL meets young<br />

showjumper Harry Wainwright<br />

PLUS<br />

All Rugged Up<br />

Top Rugs For Winter<br />

Christmas Gifts<br />

to suit all budgets<br />

Local Reader Successes / SEIB Search for a Star / SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse

62<br />

54<br />

This month in<br />

65<br />

NEWS<br />

5 News<br />

8 BS Regional Winners<br />

71 Diary dates<br />

74 Entry form<br />

76 Stockists/Directory<br />


10 Cover Story : Up, Up and Away<br />

with Harry Wainwright<br />

12 Meet Rachael Barker, PetPlan<br />

Ambassador<br />

14 Christmas is Coming<br />

23 How to care for your horses’<br />

back<br />

24 The Arioneo Orscana Tried<br />

and Tested<br />

26 Get Rugged Up For Winter<br />

36 Lara Edwards Blog<br />

38 Advanced Equine Dental<br />

40 Dressage Tips from Sheepgate<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

42 Sovereign <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

56 EL Meets Ashley Bird<br />

EVENTS<br />

44 Osberton Horse Trials<br />

46 Oasby Horse Trials<br />

48 Kelsall Hill Horse Trials<br />

50 Readers Successes<br />

52 SEIB Search for a Star<br />

54 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse<br />

58 Readers Successes<br />

61 Notts Derby Horse Show<br />

62 Patrington Mill<br />

64 Quorn Hunt Pony Club Hunter<br />

Trials<br />

65 The Showing Barn<br />

66 Horseware Ireland<br />

Eland Lodge Huntertrial<br />

Championships<br />

68 The Kathryn Bull Memorial<br />

Show<br />

69 Interclub from Trentvalley<br />

70 Lambley Riding Club<br />

Combined Training<br />

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Can you believe Christmas is just around the<br />

corner, where has the year gone? There’s some<br />

great gift ideas in this issue, stocking fillers right<br />

up to the more bespoke items.<br />

We’ve always said it, but we have some great<br />

talent in this region. Firstly, massive well done to<br />

all our riders who got to HOYS and Search for a<br />

Star, a massive credit to you and thank you for sharing<br />

your stories with us. Loving the article on Ashley Bird (p56-57), so interesting to get<br />

to know the person and history behind their success.<br />

Our cover story is young ‘up-and-coming’ show jumper Harry Wainwright (p10-11).<br />

A promising talent just waiting in the wings, we look forward to following Harry’s<br />

progress.<br />

We complete the BE season with a look back at Osberton and Oasby, there’s the<br />

Horseware Ireland Championships from Eland Lodge and not forgetting our local<br />

shows.<br />

Great to see that you are keeping your news and views coming in and it is fantastic to<br />

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Issue 269 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong> | £2.80<br />

Two Years,<br />

I sue 269 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

PLUS<br />

East midlands & the northern counties’ best equestrian monthly magazine by far!<br />

TWO<br />

WINS<br />

EL Talks to<br />

Ashley Bird<br />

All Rugged Up<br />

Top Rugs For Winter<br />

EL meets young<br />

showjumper Harry Wainwright<br />

Christmas Gifts<br />

to suit all budgets<br />

HOYS <strong>2017</strong><br />

Local Success Stories<br />

Local Reader Successes / SEIB Search for a Star / SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse<br />


Harry Wainwright clearing the wall at Arena<br />

UK in the Puissance.<br />


News<br />

round-up<br />

The Haddon Training<br />

British Grooms Awards <strong>2017</strong><br />

Nominations open!<br />

With the continuing media<br />

coverage facilitating the rising<br />

awareness of the important<br />

role grooms play in their rider’s<br />

success and none more so than<br />

ever of those who supported<br />

the Team GBR riders at the<br />

Longines FEI Senior European<br />

Championships together with<br />

those who supported the Pony,<br />

Children Junior and Young Rider<br />

European teams as quite rightly<br />

they played such a big part in the<br />

overall success of Team GBR.<br />

Nevertheless, so many grooms do<br />

not receive the acknowledgement<br />

they deserve for their hard work<br />

and commitment to the equines<br />

in their care, however, through<br />

the Haddon Training sponsored<br />

British Grooms Awards this<br />

provides an opportunity for<br />

these often unsung heroes of<br />

the equestrian industry to be<br />


recognised and rewarded.<br />

The winning recipients in the five<br />

categories of the Haddon Training<br />

British Grooms Awards will be<br />

presented with their awards at the<br />

annual British Breeders Awards<br />

Dinner in London.<br />

The five categories are :<br />

• The Haddon Training British<br />

Grooms Award<br />

• The Haddon Training Team GBR<br />

Grooms Award<br />

• Team GBR Pony, Children, Junior<br />

and Young Rider Grooms Award<br />

• The Haddon Training Yard<br />

Manager Award<br />

• The Haddon Training Apprentice<br />

Award<br />

To nominate, visit www.<br />

haddontraining.co.uk/equine/<br />

grooms-awards<br />

At the Aintree Premier Show on 10-15th October, Harry<br />

Wainwright had a successful few days with all his horses ending<br />

up a wonderful double clear and being placed 6th in the 1.50<br />

World Class Development Programme Under 23 Championship<br />

on “Pinhiero Beech” qualifying for Olympia!<br />



CHAPS<br />

Just Chaps are delighted<br />

to announce the launch of<br />

its new range of Pony Club<br />

Chaps.<br />

Pre-launched at the Pony<br />

Club Championships, the<br />

two organisations have<br />

worked together to develop<br />

a range of riding wear<br />

for Pony Club Members<br />

that includes classic high<br />

quality leather and all<br />

purpose neoprene half<br />

chaps, waterproof full chaps<br />

(Dri-Riders) and fabulous<br />

waterproof trousers.<br />

Combining Just Chaps<br />

reputation for hardwearing,<br />

great fitting<br />

chaps with smart Pony<br />

Club branding, the range<br />

will be available online<br />

at justchaps.com and in<br />

Pony Club and Just Chaps<br />

shops at major events such<br />

as Your Horse Live and<br />

Olympia.<br />

In the words of Helen<br />

Salmon, owner of Just<br />

Chaps: “We are very excited<br />

by the new range and proud<br />

to have been selected by the<br />

Pony Club as their partner.<br />

We look forward to meeting<br />

Pony Club members at Your<br />

Horse Live and Olympia to<br />

show them the new range”.<br />

Head of Merchandising at<br />

the Pony Club reinforced<br />

the message. “We are<br />

delighted to be able to offer<br />

our Members this smart new<br />

affordable range - ideal for<br />

most Pony Club activities.<br />

Also, a grateful thanks must<br />

go to Just Chaps for their<br />

support with every purchase<br />

raising money for The Pony<br />

Club.<br />

The World Class Podium Potential Programme which organises<br />

the competition, with close collaboration with British Showjumping,<br />

are working together to ensure that the talent<br />

development and performance coaching systems are available/<br />

benefitted by talented riders aspiring for Great Britain Team<br />

Selection, so alongside the qualification, Harry has received<br />

£100.00 towards his training, which again is very much<br />

appreciated!<br />

Turn to pages 10 and 11 to read all about Harry and his horses.<br />

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news<br />

The field moves off from the meet<br />

Antonia Wills is a fully qualified and experienced freelance<br />

saddle fitter, who not only supplies a comprehensive range<br />

of new and second hand saddles but will also check and<br />

flock/adjust your own existing saddle.<br />

Having previously evented at top level, and trained and<br />

produced many competition horses, she is only too aware of<br />

the importance of correct saddle fit upon the performance and<br />

welfare of your horse - whether you compete, hunt, pony club,<br />

hack or whatever is your passion.<br />

Antonia is Qualified with the Society of<br />

Master Saddlers and she is also a British<br />

Eventing Accredited Trainer.<br />

She can be contacted on 07941 512933.<br />

The new season<br />

starts for the Quorn<br />

Well over 100 horses and riders<br />

assembled on 20 October for the<br />

opening meet of the Quorn hunt<br />

held at their kennels at Kirby<br />

Bellars. There was also a large<br />

number of foot followers who<br />

also enjoyed the refreshments<br />

organised by the QH Supporters<br />

Association.<br />

As is now a tradition, 21 lady<br />

followers arrived riding side<br />

saddle. Well known side saddle<br />

rider, Emma Brown, was<br />

responsible for pulling together<br />

such an elegant group. Several<br />

had travelled from far away, with<br />

one rider even coming all the<br />

way from Ireland.<br />

The meet was also a first for<br />

one of the new joint masters,<br />

Nicky Hanbury MFH. Although<br />

far from a stranger in Quorn<br />

Friday country, as she has hunted<br />

alongside her husband Joss<br />

Hanbury MFH for many years, this<br />

was her first day at the head of<br />

proceedings.<br />

New joint master, Nicky Hanbury<br />

MFH with Gaynor Morritt<br />

Emma Brown who was responsible<br />

for organising the side sadle riders<br />

The field was also joined by a<br />

number of mounted riders from the Remount Depot in Melton<br />

Mowbray on board their elegant black horses from the Household<br />

Cavalry.<br />

Riders and horses from the Household Cavalry<br />

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Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/horse

news<br />

Bitless Showing Society UK<br />

Bitless Showing Society<br />

UK is a recently formed<br />

society. In 2012 the<br />

Orrganisers began competing<br />

bitless due to a couple of horses<br />

unable to go in bits. Since then<br />

they’ve competed under many<br />

Panel judges, including at<br />

Equifest, but have mostly had<br />

to stick at smaller shows due to<br />

rules. This week Betsy and her<br />

wonderful team at Equifest have<br />

agreed to put on both a ridden<br />

class and a working hunter class<br />

for bitless horses. The response<br />

from bitless riders, most of whom<br />

would show if rules weren’t in<br />

place, has been phenomenal.<br />

The Bitless Showing Society UK<br />

are funding rosettes, sashes and<br />

a total of £1000 prize money for<br />

these two classes. Next year they<br />

opening their own competition<br />

yard in Leicester, where we<br />

intend to have many events<br />

running for bitted and bitless<br />

horses, including their own<br />

championship show.<br />

“We aren’t asking for bits to be<br />

banned, just for choice for horses<br />

and their riders. We want to show<br />

the showing world that a good<br />

horse is a good horse regardless<br />

of whether they wear a bit or not<br />

and we want to provide a viable<br />

option for horses who can’t be<br />

bitted for whatever reason. We<br />

will be very strict as to what<br />

bridles can be used in the show<br />

ring, no pulleys, chains, cranks,<br />

or serious leverage and so we<br />

blend into mainstream showing”<br />

commented the Organisers.<br />

To find out about the Society,<br />

please visit their Facebook page<br />

at www.facebook.com/Bitless-<br />

Showing-Society-UK<br />


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New Look Pony Club<br />

Classifieds Goes Live<br />

The Pony Club has<br />

launched a new look<br />

Classifieds website<br />

which will provide<br />

everybody a place to<br />

promote or find that<br />

perfect horse, pony, job<br />

and other equestrian<br />

goods and services.<br />

The fresh look will<br />

bring along with it<br />

new features to help<br />

enhance adverts including unlimited word count, the inclusion of<br />

up to 5 images and the option to insert videos.<br />

As well as horses and ponies, equestrian goods and services - such<br />

as transport and equipment - the refreshed Pony Club Classifieds<br />

website will feature listings for equestrian vacancies across the<br />

UK.<br />

A special introductory offer will mean that any advertisements<br />

placed before the end of <strong>2017</strong> will receive 2 months exposure for<br />

the cost of 1 at the competitive price of £22.<br />

Anyone wanting to place an advert or to search on Pony Club<br />

Classifieds should visit www.pcuk.org/classifieds<br />

The Caspian Horse Society put<br />

on a fabulous display every<br />

day at Horse of the Year Show<br />

and two local riders were<br />

delighted to be part of the<br />

team – Penny Walster and Jo<br />

Mason, with their daughters<br />

riding.<br />

The display was so popular<br />

they are now in great demand<br />

and it will be fabulous to see<br />

them at future events.<br />

news<br />


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feature<br />

The Sky’s the<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> <strong>Life</strong> Meets Upcoming<br />

Showjumper Harry Wainwright<br />

At only 21 years of age,<br />

Harry Wainwright,<br />

from Lowdham,<br />

Nottinghamshire had<br />

the night of his life at Arena<br />

UK’s Premier Show jumping<br />

Championships 18th-24th<br />

September. After having had a<br />

very successful show competing<br />

on his own string of horses<br />

ranging from Novices up to<br />

Grand Prix Level as well as riding<br />

horses owned by his boss Michael<br />

Whitaker, Harry finished the week<br />

off by competing and finishing 4th<br />

in his first ever Puissance clearing<br />

an amazing 2m10!<br />

Not only that but the horse he<br />

competed on KBS GRUVY Q which<br />

is owned by Harry, remarkably is<br />

only 7 years old and also has never<br />

jumped in a Puissance class before.<br />

first round ending up at 2.15 in the<br />

final round!<br />

Harry said to date this is the most<br />

daunting and exciting competition<br />

he has ever competed in and was<br />

so thrilled that his wonderful mare<br />

gave him such a fantastic ride as<br />

he never thought in a million years<br />

he would have ever been placed in<br />

such an conic competition.<br />

Harry, who is based at home with<br />

great facilities in a lovely cobbled<br />

courtyard with stabling for 11<br />

horses, fortunately owes quite a<br />

lot to his elder brother Jack as it is<br />

him he can thank for getting Harry<br />

riding in the first place because<br />



KBS GRUVY Q (stable name<br />

Grace) was purchased in 2016<br />

as a very green project. She is<br />

by the renowned stallion Obos<br />

Quality that had just come over<br />

from Ireland, and after putting<br />

a lot of hard work into her over<br />

the last year and a half on the flat<br />

and carefully selecting specific<br />

competitions to jump in at County<br />

Shows, a promising showjumper<br />

was beginning to emerge with<br />

a surprisingly enormous scopey<br />

jump!<br />

So the decision was made by<br />

Harry’s Mum. Michelle that the<br />

mare was more than capable and<br />

certainly brave enough to tackle<br />

the daunting big grey wall, and<br />

Harry was very lucky to not only<br />

own a horse capable of clearing it,<br />

but also to have the opportunity to<br />

enter his very first Puissance.<br />

On the Friday night the Arena<br />

was packed to the roof tops with<br />

enthusiastic, excited spectators<br />

waiting for the 15 competitors to<br />

challenge the wall in 5 x exciting<br />

rounds, beginning at 1.50 in the<br />


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Limit<br />


Harry jumped in The National Under 21<br />

class coming 2nd, which was fantastic<br />

as he was one of the only two clears, but<br />

unfortunately lost the top spot to Will<br />

Fletcher due to a time fault!<br />

although Harry comes from an<br />

established family of having<br />

years of experience owning many<br />

ponies/horses in showjumping,<br />

never rode himself!<br />

His Grandad ‘Alan Lomax’ who<br />

sadly no longer is with us, was<br />

a renowned BSJA Judge for over<br />

25yrs, and mum Michelle also<br />

showjumped and ran a Livery<br />

Yard/and a Horse Rug Washing<br />

facility, and all three of Harry’s<br />

brothers also competed on ponies<br />

too, but surprisingly even though<br />

he was completely surrounded by<br />

all of this, he had never even sat<br />

on one!<br />

Until at 14 years a chance bet<br />

with his elder brother for £20.00<br />

to jump a 2ft fence at Doverbeck<br />

Show planted the seed and he has<br />

never looked back! And never got<br />

paid either!<br />

For the past two and a half years<br />

he has been working/riding for<br />

International rider, Michael<br />

Whitaker, which has been<br />

amazing, having the opportunity<br />

to go and ride anywhere from 4-6<br />

horses each day, with training<br />

from Michael himself, and<br />

competing a variety of horses<br />

jumping from Newcomers level<br />

at 1.10 up to Grand Prix level at<br />

1.40-1.50, travelling to show’s<br />

weekly alongside his own horses,<br />

where also having his HGV Class<br />

2 Licence has been a valued asset<br />

to have.<br />


This year Harry has stepped up<br />

to regularly competing in 1.40<br />

Classes at all the National Premier<br />

Shows and also jumped in his first<br />

1.50 International 2* Grand Prix<br />

at The Scope Festival this year<br />

on a horse called Pinhiero Beech<br />

that he co-owns with Michael<br />

and Di Fairclough which he has<br />

been competing on for the past<br />

year, and also again at The British<br />

National Championships at<br />

Stoneleigh earlier this year, Harry<br />

jumped in The National Under<br />

21 class coming 2nd, which was<br />

fantastic as he was one of the only<br />

two clears, but unfortunately lost<br />

the top spot to Will Fletcher due<br />

to a time fault! Harry says he was<br />

‘gutted’ to be so close to glory!’<br />

At home besides KBS Gruvy Q and<br />

Pinhiero Beech there is Kengarth<br />

Royal Princess, an ultra-careful<br />

eight year old mare about ready to<br />

step up to Foxhunter’s that looks<br />

very promising.<br />

Jana Van Lozerhof, another eight<br />

year old mare which was a chance<br />

purchase via a friend that has<br />

recently already qualified for the<br />

Foxhunter 2nd rounds for 2018,<br />

and is now ready to step up again<br />

to 1.25-1.30 Qualifiers, and they<br />

hope will be a Star for the future.<br />

Muckno Princess is an ex hunting<br />

mare 11 years old, now a Grade<br />

B, who Harry has produced over<br />

the past two years, an out and<br />

out double clear machine, always<br />

seems to be in the line-up, sadly<br />

though will be coming onto the<br />

market to help fund the purchase<br />

of the next 1.50 International<br />

horse/horses.<br />

At the moment Harry has<br />

been lucky enough to gain<br />

Sponsorship so far from<br />

his Dad, Paul Wainwright<br />

Construction Services based in<br />

Hucknall, Nottingham, which<br />

deals in Haulage-Aggregates-<br />

Groundworks-Construction<br />

Industrial-Residential and also<br />

from The Naraya Group owned by<br />

Mr Suniel Pillai which is a Luxury<br />

Brokerage Firm based in London<br />

and specializes in buying and<br />

selling Luxury Assets for High<br />

Net Worth Individuals across the<br />

World, which Harry says he is<br />

extremely grateful to both as it all<br />

helps towards the on-going costs<br />

of the Show Circuit/Competition<br />

Horses.<br />

For the future Harry would like<br />

another couple of horses to join<br />

his string at home, and although<br />

he missed out on HOYS this year,<br />

he will be continuing to campaign<br />

his two top horses to try and<br />

qualify for Olympia in December,<br />

and then for 2018 is hoping to<br />

travel abroad possibly to Portugal,<br />

Spain, if more horses can be found.<br />

So, if anyone has any horses<br />

suitable or is interested in<br />

sponsorship of any shape or form<br />

then please don’t hesitate to<br />

contact Harry, we can put you in<br />

touch.<br />

As for the future, he has hopefully<br />

more exciting things to come and<br />

we look forward to following his<br />

progress with interest.<br />

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interview<br />






I first started riding at the age of<br />

seven, after asking for a pony for<br />

as long as I can remember I went<br />

to a local riding school, where<br />

I stayed for a few years. I then<br />

went to a second riding school<br />

where I became a ‘weekend<br />

helper’, and learnt more about<br />

caring for horses and ponies.<br />



I am from a completely nonhorsey<br />

background! No one<br />

else in the family has ever had<br />

anything to do with horses. We<br />

were always a small pet family<br />

with hamsters, mice and the<br />

obligatory goldfish!<br />


HORSES?<br />

I am a McTimoney equine<br />

manipulator and saddle fitter.<br />

I spent a long-time riding and<br />

competing for various people,<br />

but I wanted to do something<br />

more. I had an interest in<br />

anatomy and biomechanics at<br />

college and used McTimoney for<br />

my own horse, so it was a natural<br />

progression for me to become<br />

a practitioner myself. I find the<br />

saddle fitting work complements<br />

the McTimoney well, as there<br />

can be a lot of issues caused by<br />

an ill-fitting saddle.<br />



I was first drawn to side saddle<br />

by watching the Ladies classes<br />

at County Shows. It looked so<br />

elegant and the women rode<br />

such wonderfully schooled<br />

horses. I was unaware at the<br />

time of the difference in classes.<br />

There are the ‘Horse of The Year<br />

Show (HOYS) Ladies classes’<br />

which used to be the ‘HOYS<br />

Ladies hunter’ and The Side<br />

Saddle Association classes<br />

(SSA). These include Equitation,<br />

Classical Ladies and even<br />

Jumping classes.<br />

My first side saddle experience<br />

was with my own horse Sleet.<br />

We attended an Area 12 (which<br />

covers Notts, Lincs Derbys) ‘have<br />

a go day’ at Eland Lodge, and<br />

it was so much fun! We walked<br />

trotted and cantered on our<br />

first session and I was hooked!<br />

It was only a few months later I<br />

was competing in my first show<br />

aside!<br />




To anyone starting out side<br />

saddle, there are a lot of things<br />

you need to consider! Firstly,<br />

take your time! There is no rush!<br />

Contact your local Side Saddle<br />

Association group and have a<br />

chat with them about your horse,<br />

your riding, and organise some<br />

lessons first. Some areas run<br />

days where you can ‘Have a go’.<br />

So you take your horse and they<br />

fit the best saddle and you can<br />

have a session with a qualified<br />

side saddle instructor.<br />

Your horse must be fit enough to<br />

carry the saddle, as they are a lot<br />

heavier than an astride saddle.<br />

So some conditioning work<br />

could be required. As well as the<br />

horse, the rider will need to be<br />

reasonably fit! There is no such<br />

thing as ‘rising trot’ when riding<br />

aside, so you have to be able to<br />

absorb through your core!<br />

If you want to ride aside for<br />

leisure then normal riding gear is<br />

perfectly acceptable. Should you<br />

wish to compete then attention<br />

to dress code is important. There<br />

are various rules for different<br />

classes, times of day and level<br />

of competition. But your area<br />

association will happily help<br />

you. A ‘habit’ is the jacket and<br />

apron combined and worn for<br />

all showing or jumping classes.<br />

These can either be Navy, Black<br />

or Tweed. Depending on the<br />

class, a Navy or Black habit can<br />

be worn with either shirt and tie<br />

and bowler hat, or a stock and<br />

top hat. If tweed, then a shirt and<br />

tie should be worn. A hard hat<br />

is always acceptable with any<br />

dress, and is the recommended<br />

option for your safety.<br />

Saddles can be hard to source as<br />

the majority are vintage original<br />

saddles. The best place to start is<br />

with your area association, they<br />

will have details of people who<br />

may hire, instructors and also<br />

be able to help and advise on<br />

anything else you need.<br />


YOU RIDE?<br />

I currently own two Irish<br />

Thoroughbreds, and a coloured<br />

pony. My first horse, Sleet,<br />

was bought as a four year old,<br />

he’s now 17 and still with me!<br />

We’ve been through so much<br />

as a partnership, competing in<br />

eventing, dressage, jumping<br />

and side saddle. Unfortunately,<br />

he was diagnosed with arthritic<br />

hocks and Kissing Spine in 2015.<br />

He now lives a semi-retired life<br />

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of happy hacking and low-level<br />

dressage.<br />

My other thoroughbred is Lordie,<br />

bought to ‘take over’ from Sleet,<br />

he was quite underweight and<br />

needed a lot of reschooling. He’s<br />

a work in progress, and so far<br />

is doing well, with high scores<br />

in his dressage and a promising<br />

show horse career.<br />

My pony is Tristan. He’s a very<br />

special little chap. He came from<br />

Derby Market as a four month<br />

old and was quite poorly as a<br />

baby. A lot of time and effort<br />

was put into getting him healthy<br />

and now he’s the most stunning<br />

little man! Sadly, he suffers with<br />

Uveitis, and last year had to<br />

have his left eye removed as it<br />

developed Glaucoma. It really<br />

hasn’t affected him though,<br />

he’s still just as lively and<br />

enthusiastic about life as always.<br />

Kingsclough Masquerade<br />

(Marcus) is the horse I now<br />

compete side saddle. He is<br />

owned by Amanda Chatfield,<br />

who I met through the SSA, and<br />

I now class her as a wonderful<br />

friend! Marcus is an Irish Draft<br />

x Welsh x Thoroughbred, and<br />

is a real personality! He’s such<br />

a great ride, and the pair have<br />

given me so many opportunities<br />

when competing. We have been<br />

2nd in HOYS qualifiers, just<br />

missing out on qualification, and<br />

have been placed consistently<br />

high in our Equitation classes.<br />

We have also qualified for the<br />

Classical Ladies Championship<br />

two years in a row!<br />



At the moment I’m working with<br />

Lordie on dressage and showing.<br />

Tristan is only four, so he has<br />

only done in-hand classes to<br />

date, but as he is being backed<br />

this winter I hope to get him out<br />

competing under saddle later<br />

next season.<br />



DATE?<br />

When I think back over my side<br />

saddle career I have achieved a<br />

lot with both horses. Sleet was<br />

never the best as a side saddle<br />

horse, as he is quite quirky but<br />

we had some fantastic results,<br />

4th in the restricted equitation<br />

on our first year at Nationals was<br />

amazing, we got to ride in the<br />

International arena for the first<br />

time! He was however a great<br />

side saddle jumping horse! His<br />

flat ex racehorse technique made<br />

him extremely comfortable to<br />

jump side saddle, and we got 2nd<br />

in the novice champs!<br />

Marcus has given me side saddle<br />

successes beyond what I could<br />

have ever have expected! We<br />

were pulled 2nd in a Hoys Ladies<br />

class just missing our ticket.<br />

This year we were pulled 14th<br />

in the classical final, after our<br />

show piece we were pulled right<br />

up the line to 6th place! In the<br />

Novice equitation <strong>2017</strong> we were<br />

a fantastic 2nd place! I was so<br />

happy I cried and I don’t do<br />

tears!<br />




Being a Petplan Equine<br />

Ambassador inspires you,<br />

it pushes you to want to do<br />

better, not only in riding and<br />

competing, but in the way you<br />

own and manage your horse(s).<br />

Its encouraged me to look at the<br />

way I am when out competing,<br />

I’m more sociable, talk to and<br />

engage with more people, and<br />

am happy to encourage others to<br />

try side saddle. Without Petplan<br />

Equine I wouldn’t have the ride I<br />

do on Marcus and wouldn’t have<br />

managed to achieve too much<br />

with Sleet when he was able to<br />

compete.<br />


for NEXT SEASON?<br />

Next season promises to be a<br />

busy one. We hope to continue<br />

our side saddle campaign<br />

with Marcus, aiming for the<br />

Equitation Championships again<br />

and the Classical Ladies.<br />

My own boys will continue<br />

their education. Lordie will<br />

continue to be aimed at dressage<br />

and showing and Tristan will<br />

hopefully make a lead rein pony<br />

for a lucky little jockey! Our<br />

long-term plan for Sleet is to<br />

maintain his soundness and<br />

keep him mobile and happy<br />

with hacking and dressage on a<br />

surface.<br />

There may even be a new<br />

equine addition to the team<br />

over winter!<br />

news<br />



My greatest supporters have<br />

to be to my family and friends. early starts and late finishes. Not<br />

No matter what I’m up to they only that, but he is the first to offer<br />

always show encouragement. and help with the horses if I need<br />

My wonderful dad, nicknamed it. I have some wonderful friends<br />

‘Equestridad’, is one of my heroes. too who help with the horses daily,<br />

He always comes to as many supporting, and generally keeping<br />

competitions and events as he me sane in stressful competition<br />

can, even if it means extremely situations.<br />

Optimal Equine<br />

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gifts<br />

Kimblewick Cape<br />

Each cape is made using faux suede or tweed, has a faux<br />

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Leather Contrast Belt<br />

With a range of neon and<br />

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All are made in the UK, have<br />

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Gifts<br />

Seasonal<br />

The Stubbs Wooden Boot Jack<br />

from Abbey England<br />

The Stubbs Wooden Boot Jack from<br />

Abbey England makes the perfect and<br />

practical gift for Christmas.<br />

It’s ideal for riders as well as farmers,<br />

dog walkers or indeed anyone who<br />

spends time in the great outdoors<br />

wearing wellies and it’s also useful for<br />

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us, sporting long leather boots that are<br />

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Beautifully made from attractive<br />

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Hand to have at home, on the yard or in<br />

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For further information contact Abbey<br />

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Bugsy Hat<br />

The 100% wool hat is traditionally styled<br />

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Pelham Gilet<br />

Annabel Brocks’ Pelham Gilets are available<br />

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gifts<br />

The Bennington <strong>Equestrian</strong> Footstool<br />

A stylish yet practical addition to any classic<br />

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range of metal finishes (shown here in Old Gold) and<br />

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The footstool measures 510mm (w) x 510mm (d) x<br />

500mm (h). Price: £425. www.bennington.co.uk<br />

Annabel Brocks<br />

Head Warmers<br />

Each head warmer is<br />

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RRP: From £45 www.<br />

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Apt Cavalier Waterproof<br />

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Apt Cavalier<br />

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Apt Cavalier Luxury<br />

Training Leggings<br />

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gifts<br />

Hy5 Roka Riding Gloves<br />

Designed with touch screen finger tips, a durable<br />

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Available in Black/Black, Black/Rose Gold and Black/<br />

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The Arundell Cowhide Clutch<br />

There’s no better way to start a new<br />

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HyFASHION The Perfect<br />

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These beautiful socks are available in<br />

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The Arlingham Overnight Bag<br />

Made from the finest cowhide, the<br />

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HyFASHION Ladies Supersoft Tartan Scarf<br />

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The Buckleigh Oversized Clutch<br />

The statement-making Buckleigh Clutch is a real<br />

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HyFASHION Melrose Cable Knit<br />

Bobble Hat<br />

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Christmas gifts – or a treat to yourself!<br />

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gifts<br />

Pluma Silk Scarf<br />

The classic Pluma silk scarf is printed with hand-drawn<br />

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Size 59cm x 59cm RRP £68 www.evemyandevemy.com<br />

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For those young (or old) who<br />

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Oak Silk Scarf<br />

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Galli’ Silk Scarf<br />

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Equetech Personalised<br />

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Equetech Bridles<br />

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Equetech Custom<br />

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Country Shirts<br />

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For Junior Sizing<br />

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gifts<br />

Tweed Top Wellie Warmers £85.00<br />

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Oxford Belt<br />

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Warwick Belt<br />

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Windsor Maxi Clutch<br />

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gifts<br />

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The Snaffle Bit Table<br />

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Equithéme fashionable<br />

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The Paragon Jet Hematite,<br />

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Megabling Browband<br />

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This Paragon <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

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The Spanish Boot<br />

Company Red Suede<br />

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these boots will bring<br />

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co.uk<br />

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product news<br />

exigeante<br />

French Perfection<br />

Aztec Diamond <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

love classy horses!<br />

Brand new to the horsewear<br />

range, Aztec Diamond have<br />

introduced a Fly Veil with Ears.<br />

For show jumpers or dressage<br />

horses, these fly veils offer the<br />

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Made from a breathable mesh<br />

material, your horse will stay<br />

cool in the ring while staying<br />

focused on the job in hand.<br />

This season there are three<br />

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black and navy, allowing riders<br />

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Aztec Diamond Fly Veil<br />

£30 Available in sizes Small,<br />

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Black Heart Christmas style…<br />

Uber cool women’s<br />

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Heart <strong>Equestrian</strong> have<br />

introduced a beautiful<br />

fitted V Neck Sweater<br />

to their range just in<br />

time for Christmas.<br />

This soft, high quality<br />

100% natural cotton<br />

knit is an essential<br />

multi-purpose item<br />

for any equestrienne<br />

wardrobe.<br />

Made out of natural<br />

fibre this jumper is a<br />

perfect choice to wear<br />

on its own or layered.<br />

The soft, cotton yarn<br />

and fitted style makes<br />

a great outfit for<br />

training, wearing under a competition jacket or<br />

with a pair of jeans for a fashionable, casual look.<br />

Created by dressage Team GB young rider, Erin Williams in a<br />

preppy, modern style, this classic V Neck Sweater will last you<br />

for seasons and ensure you always look cool calm and collected<br />

– on or off your horse. So avoid ‘gift face’ this year, and get it<br />

right with Black Heart.<br />

Black Heart <strong>Equestrian</strong> V Neck Sweater £55<br />

Colours: Burgundy, Grey, Black, Blue and Navy<br />

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL<br />

Available from www.blackheartequestrian.com<br />

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AUTUMN / WINTER <strong>2017</strong> COLLECTION<br />

Jonty Evans, member of Ireland’s 3 Day<br />

Event Team recommends EquiAmi<br />

Come and<br />

see us at Your<br />

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“ I have no hesitation in recommending the EquiAmi - it is an<br />

essential piece of kit in the producing of any kind of horse. Our<br />

horse - Cooley Rorkes Drift was 9th at the Olympic Games in<br />

Rio - The EquiAmi has played a significant part in his development.<br />

Without doubt it helps us keep him soft, supple and<br />

above all in self carriage”.<br />

Jonty’s dressage was a PB, clear jumping XC and 2 x clear in SJ<br />

- 1 of only 3 horses to go triple clear at Rio -<br />

an amazing performance!<br />

EquiAmi - for core strength, self-carriage and swing.<br />

Whatever your discipline, for competition, rehabilitation<br />

or leisure horses - chosen by professionals.<br />

T:01584 891049 enquiries@equiami.com<br />

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Equetech Trilogy 3-in-1 Waterproof Jacket - Mink & Navy MRP £181.50 / Equetech Cable Knit Headband £11.50<br />

Visit our website for our full collection and stockist information<br />

Gilets • Scarves • Breeches • Quilted Jackets • Headbands • and more<br />

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December <strong>2017</strong> - January 2018<br />

Forward Features<br />

Horsey Holidays<br />

What to Join<br />

Where to Train<br />

Horse and Rider Fitness<br />

Winter Weather Gear<br />

Horse Bedding<br />

Deadline<br />

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horse health news<br />

How to keep a horse’s back healthy<br />

Emma Heath Fully Qualified Equine Massage Therapist with an<br />

equine degree from the Royal Agricultural College practising<br />

throughout Yorkshire.<br />

Equine Remedial Massage is a great way of keeping a horse’s back<br />

healthy, as it does not only treat the horse’s back, but the entire<br />

muscular skeletal system. A thin layer of fascia surrounds and links the<br />

muscles, allowing them to work well together, supporting organs and<br />

developing into the tendons which attach muscle to bone. This means<br />

that a recent problem in a horse’s muscular skeletal system with a<br />

seemingly obvious cause may in fact originate somewhere else entirely;<br />

this could even have occurred years earlier.<br />

The way a horse is exercised can<br />

also affect the health of their back.<br />

Regular short sessions of exercise<br />

are far more effective than a<br />

single lengthy session each week.<br />

A variety of different exercises,<br />

such as flat work, jumping and<br />

ground work, allow a greater<br />

range of muscles to be used and<br />

reduce the risk of repetitive strain<br />

injuries, in addition to avoiding<br />

potential boredom and reluctance<br />

to work. When planning a horse’s<br />

exercise routine it is important to<br />

include at least one day of rest a<br />

week, allowing muscles to rest and<br />

recover. A fully qualified equine<br />

massage therapist can advise on<br />

the correct exercise routine.<br />

Stretches are highly beneficial to<br />

keeping a horse’s muscles healthy<br />

and supple. Regularly carrying<br />

out simple stretches will increase<br />

core stability, developing the top<br />

line muscles, abdominal strength<br />

and flexibility of the back. Carrot<br />

stretches are a great example and<br />

are easy to perform. A selection<br />

of stretches may be carried out<br />

before and after exercise. Holding<br />

the stretch for between 10 to 30<br />

seconds ensures the effectiveness<br />

and benefits to flexibility. It is<br />

important to carry out the same<br />

stretches on each side, in order to<br />

avoid an unbalanced horse.<br />

The culmination of equine<br />

massage practise, good saddle fit,<br />

dentistry, exercise and effective<br />

stretches can help you on the way<br />

to a healthier, happier horse.<br />


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product news<br />

Tried<br />

&Tested<br />

What Do We Think<br />

Initially when we tried it, the<br />

instructions on the App were in<br />

French which made it a bit awkward<br />

but that has now been updated and so all<br />

information is in English. The App is free<br />

and really easy to download, adding the<br />

horses’ details and syncing to the phone,<br />

all really uncomplicated.<br />

Fitting the sensor in the little bag was<br />

really easy and clipping through onto<br />

the outside. A bit sceptical at first as to<br />

how this can benefit us we found it really<br />

interesting to update regularly and see<br />

how hot or cold our horse was at any<br />

time, how much he had moved about or<br />

been standing still or lying down.<br />

It is small enough and the horse hasn’t<br />

even noticed it, it is not affecting him<br />

lying down at any time, hasn’t fallen off<br />

the rug, it fits really securely.<br />

Technology has<br />

answers that we don’t!<br />

You get up in the morning, check<br />

your phone for Facebook, Messages,<br />

Instagram, Twitter. You get in your car<br />

and your Sat Nav is always on or you<br />

use Waze to avoid the latest jam. You get to the<br />

office switch your PC on……….. Not to labour<br />

the point but we use technology<br />

all day every day.<br />

So why when it comes to our<br />

horses do we not do the same<br />

thing?<br />

Is it a pride thing? Is it because<br />

we are stuck in tradition? Is<br />

it because we like to think<br />

we know best? Or is it just<br />

because……………………….<br />

Every September or October,<br />

the same articles appear about<br />

rugs and this year had been<br />

no exception. Dr David Marlin<br />

posted on his Facebook page<br />

on the 13th September THE SCIENCE OF<br />


with 2,157 shares and 397 comments, clearly<br />

there are many people who are interested in<br />

doing what is right for their horses!<br />

There is however a lot of conflicting advice out<br />

there. Advice I have used in the past in good<br />

faith, bought lots of different rugs thinking I<br />

was doing the right thing for my horses.<br />

Then last winter I stumbled over Orscana from<br />

Arioneo. Being a techno geek I bought it. I<br />

sewed the pockets into my rugs, put the sensor<br />

in, downloaded the app to my iPhone, put in my<br />

horse’s details and duly disappeared home. Even<br />

I was thinking that it would just confirm that I<br />

was right.<br />

Horror of horrors, the next<br />

morning it told me my horses<br />

were extremely hot. I would have<br />

sworn blind that I was not putting<br />

on too many rugs but I was. Not<br />

only that but I could see from<br />

the movement analysis that my<br />

horses were not comfortable.<br />

I have been using Orscana for<br />

nearly a year now. I understand<br />

the normal behaviour of my<br />

horses. Each is an individual, each<br />

has different “normal”. I know<br />

how much lying down time my<br />

KWPN Eventer has on a rest day,<br />

a medium work day and a hard work day. My<br />

Thoroughbred mare is completely different.<br />

When it comes to rugs, it is very often the case<br />

that they have an entirely different set of rugs<br />

to each other. Each individual works differently.<br />

Combining common sense, stable management<br />

know-how with technology would seem to be<br />

eminently sensible to me. I know my horses are<br />

happier, more content and have less veterinary<br />

issues for which my wallet is eternally<br />

grateful.<br />

Having always been used to the<br />

traditional method of testing behind<br />

the ears or placing<br />

hands down inside<br />

the rugs, this new<br />

technology is going<br />

to be popular with<br />

us. We love being<br />

able to click on the<br />

App and see how<br />

warm or cold he<br />

is immediately.<br />

This is really<br />

reassuring to us and is taking<br />

away the guess-work.<br />

Priced from £90 in the UK, we feel this<br />

represents really good value for money.<br />

www.areonio.com<br />

We rate this product : 10/10<br />

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Don’t get left out in the cold this Winter, EL looks at the best winter rugs for your horse!<br />

Professionalism and Unbridled Passion<br />

Based in Haderslev, a historical trading<br />

town in southern Denmark, a team<br />

of dedicated employees who are all<br />

involved in horses and horsemanship,<br />

each brings their unique strengths and<br />

equestrian knowledge to the company, creating<br />

an inspiring workplace and exciting quality<br />

products. Every style and product is thoroughly<br />

tested by the employees as well as their team of<br />

professional riders in eventing, Icelandic riding,<br />

jumping and dressage before being released into<br />

production.<br />



The goal of the Danish based brand Catago<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> is to create a high quality line of<br />

products, with full attention to details that<br />

provides maximum comfort for horse and<br />

rider. Allowing horse and rider to dress and<br />

perform comfortably and effortlessly, regardless<br />

of weather conditions or season. As a result,<br />

Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> has become the go-to brand<br />

for Olympic dressage rider Anna Kasprzak and<br />

is embraced by riders from all disciplines and all<br />

levels.<br />


STYLE<br />

It’s all in the details. For Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> the<br />

very definition of Scandinavian style and design<br />

is the combination of protection and quality,<br />

paired with innovative functional materials to<br />

provide maximum comfort for horse as well as<br />

rider.<br />

The aim is continuously to develop both<br />

functionality and comfort with a clean modern<br />

look and details that dazzle. They have<br />

numerous well designed products, each equally<br />

perfect for elegant matching sets as well as<br />

vibrant mismatches, of saddle pads, fly veils,<br />

bandages, boots, rugs and halters.<br />



Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> develops all rugs to give<br />

maximum comfort to your horse while also<br />

providing full protection from the weather in all<br />

situations. The ‘top of the range’ product line<br />

from Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> is called Performance<br />

Line. Performance Line rugs are made for the<br />

rider who above all appreciates comfort and<br />

quality for his horse. So, if you want to give<br />

your horse top quality and maximum comfort<br />

the Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> Performance rug is the<br />

right choice! The Performance rug offers optimal<br />

fit and a very durable 1680D outer fabric. The<br />

rug is breathable to 5000 mvp and resists a<br />

water pressure of 5000 mm. To give your horse<br />

the best comfort the rug has IQ comfort lining<br />

- a functional fabric which transports excess<br />

heat and sweat away from the horse. The result<br />

is that the inside remains soft and dry! The<br />

Performance rug is delivered with SafeGum<br />

on the girth and leg straps. SafeGum protects<br />

the horse’s legs against injuries and saves rug<br />

repairs.<br />



Give your horse maximum comfort with the<br />

most innovative functionality on the market.<br />

The performance neck has an air channel along<br />

the mane which allows the mane to breathe<br />

and oxygen to circulate. This helps to prevent<br />

irritation in the mane and hair loss. In addition<br />

the Performance neck has its closing system at<br />

the side, allowing a completely new shape of the<br />

neck compared to traditional neck designs. The<br />

new shape prevents the cold air from entering<br />

the rug at the horse’s chest.<br />


The Classic line from Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> is a<br />

range of rugs that are the perfect choice for the<br />

price conscious riders who won’t compromise<br />

on quality! All Classic Line rugs are weather<br />

resistant, hardwearing and designed with<br />

the comfort of your horse in mind. The <strong>2017</strong><br />

launch in the Classic line is the Endurance rug.<br />

The Endurance rug is warm, waterproof and<br />

breathable in 1680D durable fabric. The rug<br />

features a reflective piping along the binding<br />

and a large reflective band on the tail flap which<br />

makes it very easy to find your horse on a dark<br />

night. Breathable to 5000 mvp and resists a water<br />

pressure of 5000 mm. The rug is available in 0g,<br />

150g, 300g and 500g with the option to add a<br />

detachable neck.<br />


The Jason 2.0 is the most timeless rug from the<br />

Catago Classic Line. Here you will get a durable<br />

and very well fitting outdoor rug at a very fair<br />

price point! The rug comes in a classic navy with<br />

all the important functionalities you need in an<br />

outdoor rug. 600D outer fabric and strong cotton<br />

lining provides a breathability of 3000 mvp and<br />

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ugs<br />

a water pressure resistance of<br />

3000mm.<br />

Available in 0g for the rainy days<br />

and 200g and 400g for the cold<br />

winter days.<br />


RUG<br />

The most popular product from<br />

Catago equestrian! This is just a<br />

must-have for the winter season!<br />

The stable rug has a wide fleece<br />

collar which makes the rug super<br />

cozy and comfortable for your<br />

horse and as an extra bonus it<br />

protects the mane. The stable rug<br />

comes in grey with 100g filling, in<br />

blue with 300g filling and as a new<br />

launch for <strong>2017</strong> in brown with 500g<br />

filling.<br />

Bennington<br />

Rug Drier<br />

The new Bennington Rug Drier<br />

provides an effective,<br />

economical way of drying horse<br />

rugs.<br />

The Bennington Rug Drier is<br />

electronically controlled to<br />

maintain the optimum temperature<br />

to dry horse rugs and also does a<br />

great job of warming riding clothes<br />

before those cold morning outings!<br />

Made in our Nottinghamshire<br />

workshops and finished in a<br />

durable powder coat finish, the<br />

Bennington Rug Drier brings high<br />

quality Bennington engineering to<br />

the horse owner.<br />

Finished in red and fitted with a<br />

500w element.<br />



With all rugs Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

recommend the Orscana by<br />

Arioneo. Orscana provides<br />

connected sensors that analyse<br />

your horses health and wellbeing<br />

at all times. Designed to be<br />

hung on any rug, it measures<br />

temperature, moisture and your<br />

horse’s movements. The Orscana<br />

sensor is highly recommended<br />

by Catago <strong>Equestrian</strong> as it helps<br />

you to rug your horse in the best<br />

possible way.<br />

http://eldorado.dk/en/start<br />

Made In Nottinghamshire<br />

Now Available in 2 sizes:<br />

Medium- W: 94cm H:145cm<br />

D:54cm - £325.00<br />

Large - W: 210cm H: 147cm<br />

D:54cm - £515.00<br />

Yesterday’s turnout rug<br />

still damp the following<br />

morning!<br />

Doesn’t your horse deserve a nice dry rug?<br />

The engineers at<br />

renowned carriage<br />

builders Bennington,<br />

know a thing or two about<br />

innovation and design, after all<br />

they do have a Royal Warrant<br />

to their name. So if a rug drier<br />

is on your horse’s Christmas<br />

wish list you really don’t need<br />

to look any further.<br />

Made in their Nottinghamshire<br />

workshops using high quality<br />

materials, the red powderfinished<br />

drier is both effective<br />

and economical. Its electronic<br />

controls maintain optimum<br />

drying temperatures ensuring<br />

your rugs are ready to go back<br />

on again, and your horse is<br />

kept warm and healthy.<br />

Fitted with a 500w element,<br />

the drier is much better for the<br />

longevity of your rug, keeps<br />

the mud and horsehair out of<br />

your tumble drier and does not<br />

damage waterproofing or cause<br />

shrinkage.<br />

Laura at Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

Centre, near Newark says “We<br />

like the Bennington rug drier<br />

because it is so versatile and<br />

easy to use. We use it to dry<br />

everything, from big winter<br />

turn out rugs to overreach<br />

boots and bandages. It makes<br />

drying things in poor weather<br />

so much easier.”<br />

And as a bonus, it does a great<br />

job of warming riding clothes<br />

before those cold morning<br />

outings!<br />

Available in 2 sizes:<br />

Medium- W: 94cm H:145cm<br />

D:54cm - £325<br />

Large - W: 210cm H: 147cm<br />

D:54cm - £515<br />

Delivery is £25 for the medium<br />

and £50 for the large.<br />

To find out more call Bennington<br />

on 01400 281280, visit<br />

www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk<br />

or carriages@bennington.co.uk<br />

For more information<br />

call 01400 281280<br />

www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk<br />

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WeatherBeeta Comfitec Plus Dynamic<br />

Detach A Neck Medium Turnout Rug<br />

Comfortable,<br />

durable,<br />

remarkable<br />

value. The<br />

WeatherBeeta<br />

ComFiTec Plus<br />

Dynamic Detach-<br />

A-Neck Medium<br />

comes with great<br />

features -<br />

• Super strong and<br />

durable 1200 denier<br />

triple weave outer<br />

shell with repel<br />

shell coating that<br />

is both waterproof<br />

and breathable<br />

• Memory foam<br />

wither relief pad<br />

that contours to the horse’s<br />

shape and lifts the rug off the<br />

wither to reduce rubbing and<br />

provide added comfort<br />

• Ezi-Clip front closure, fast and<br />

easy to use<br />

• Traditional side gusset for<br />

natural movement<br />

• Elasticated, adjustable &<br />

removable leg straps for a secure<br />

and comfortable fit<br />

• Reflective strips on the front<br />

each side and tail flap for added<br />

visibility<br />

• Twin low cross surcingles<br />

• Large tail flap for additional<br />

protection<br />

£99.99<br />

rugs<br />

Bridleway Ontario Medium Weight Combo Rug<br />

The Ontario Medium Turnouts are insulated with a 220g fill to<br />

protect your turned out horse throughout autumn and winter<br />

conditions. The combo features an integrated new style anti-rub<br />

cozi neck for comfort. 600d ripstop outer, 220g fill, taped seams,<br />

waterproof and breathable, Bridleway embossed full lining,<br />

adjustable buckle chest straps, cross surcingles and fillet strap,<br />

inner loops for attaching leg straps, large tail flap, silver heat<br />

transfer logos, gun metal grey anti-rust fittings.<br />

£79.99, www.randrcountry.co.uk<br />

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ugs<br />

Shires Tempest Original 300<br />

Rug And Neck Set<br />

These heavyweight Tempest Original rugs offer<br />

excellent winter warmth at a fantastic price! The<br />

rug and neck set offers great layering options in<br />

changing weathers. The neck cover attaches to<br />

the rug and fastens with touch close fastenings.<br />

Key features -<br />

• ShireTex 600 denier ripstop<br />

• Waterproof and breathable outer with taped<br />

seams<br />

• 300g polyfill<br />

• Blanket set chest fastenings<br />

• Adjustable cross surcingles, adjustable fillet<br />

strap and tail flap<br />

• Durable, dependable, excellent value!<br />

Tempest • Original rugs offer exceptional<br />

value for those wanting a good, dependable<br />

turnout rug.<br />

RRP. £95<br />

Horseware Rambo All In One Heavy<br />

The Horseware Rambo Heavy Turnout is a<br />

customer favourite and provides comfort<br />

and protection for your horse. Thanks to the<br />

integrated neck cover design, this turnout<br />

is waterproof and breathable without a gap<br />

at the withers. It also features a PVC-covered<br />

elasticated tail cord, removable surcingle and<br />

a 1000 Denier Ballistic Nylon Outer Shell. The<br />

anti-bacterial moisture management lining<br />

eliminates bacteria that breed in the presence<br />

of moisture and dirt.<br />

Key features -<br />

• Thermobonded fibrefill for longer lasting heat<br />

retention.<br />

• Leg arches<br />

• Wipe clean tail cord, and reflective strips as<br />

standard.<br />

• Fully integrated neck offering one weight<br />

from ears to tail.<br />

• Stable Rugs<br />

RRP. £225<br />

Shires Tempest 200 Stable Rug And<br />

Neck Set<br />

When temperatures start dropping this 200g<br />

stable rug is ideal. The polyester 210 denier<br />

outer resists stable scuffs and is breathable for<br />

comfort. Removable neck covers offer great<br />

layering options as the temperatures drop. This<br />

neck cover attaches and fastens with touch<br />

close fastenings.<br />

Key features -<br />

• 210 denier outer<br />

• 200g quilted polyfill<br />

• Blanket set chest fastenings<br />

• Adjustable cross surcingles, fillet string and<br />

tail flap<br />

• Durable, dependable, excellent value!<br />

Tempest Original rugs offer exceptional<br />

value for those wanting a good, dependable<br />

turnout rug.<br />

RRP. £65<br />

Saxon 600D Combo Neck Heavy<br />

Horse Turnout Rug<br />

The Saxon 600D Combo Neck Heavy Horse<br />

Turnout Rug is a quality tough turnout rug at<br />

an affordable price!<br />

Key features -<br />

• 600D Outer<br />

• Fully Waterproof & Breathable<br />

• 300g Polyfill<br />

• 210T Nylon lining<br />

• Twin surcingle front closure<br />

• Low cross surcingles<br />

• Standard tail flap<br />

• Fillet string<br />

RRP. £65<br />

WeatherBeeta Comfitec Thinsulate<br />

Heavy Channel Quilt Combo Neck<br />

Top of the range warm stable rug in a combo<br />

neck design.<br />

Key features -<br />

• Strong 600 denier ripstop channel quilted outer<br />

• Thinsulate filling technology provides<br />

lightweight breathable warmth for your horse<br />

without the added bulk<br />

• Thermi-heat lining utilises thermal reflection<br />

to help maintain warmth and prevent heat<br />

loss, whilst allowing excess moisture to escape<br />

keeping your horse comfortable in cold<br />

weather<br />

• Ezi-clip front closure, fast and easy to use<br />

• Twin low cross surcingles<br />

• Large tail flap<br />

• Touch tape loop to fold back combo neck<br />

• Fillet string<br />

RRP. £120<br />

Horseware Mio Insulator<br />

Medium Stable Rug<br />

The Mio Insulator 150g Stable Rug is a superb<br />

value for money stable rug ideal for providing<br />

warmth in the stable.<br />

Key Features -<br />

• Double front closure<br />

• Polyester outer with polyester lining<br />

• Cross surcingles<br />

• Classic Horseware cut<br />

• Fillet strap<br />

• Colour: Navy<br />

RRP. £40<br />

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Tyrex 600 D Technique<br />

Rug by Equithème<br />

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rugs<br />

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horse health<br />

Weighing up your Options!<br />

Chris Jamieson from Morley Vets<br />

As a population in the<br />

U.K. now 1 in 4 adults<br />

are considered to be<br />

obese. This crosses<br />

over into the equestrian sphere<br />

with “ bigger” adults and children<br />

being considered normal. This<br />

has become a problem at Riding<br />

Schools and at <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

Colleges where students may be<br />

not allowed to ride due to their<br />

weight.<br />

This must be upsetting for them<br />

as the passion for riding and<br />

being around horses as we know<br />

is very strong. But the effect<br />

of increased weight on horse<br />

welfare must be considered very<br />

seriously .<br />

Some of our great County<br />

Shows have set limits for riders,<br />

including adults warming up<br />

children’s ponies. The maximum<br />

rider weight allowed was 20%<br />

of the horse’s weight. This is<br />

considered to be at the high end.<br />

The general rule in the U.K. is<br />

that the rider’s weight should be<br />

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Therefore if the horse weighs<br />

500kg the maximum weight<br />

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We understand to optimise<br />

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weights of saddle and jockey are<br />

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the weight carried. This seems to<br />

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don’t use good old fashioned<br />

common sense.<br />

If a horse carries too much<br />

weight for too long a period<br />

it will suffer the effects of<br />

orthopaedic problems and pain.<br />

It has become traditional to<br />

measure “strength or stoutness”<br />

by using the circumference of<br />

the bone and tendon mass just<br />

below the knee of the forelimb.<br />

Equations can be used to express<br />

the load that a cross section can<br />

support or express the figure as a<br />

limb with this bone and tendon<br />

circumference can support a<br />

maximum body weight . A B-T<br />

circumference of 8 inches will<br />

support a maximum body weight<br />

of 1000lb or just over 450 kg.<br />

The size and width of the horse’s<br />

foot is another good indicator of<br />

weight bearing capacity.<br />

Therefore a 16hh horse with 9<br />

inches of bone and good feet, in<br />

proportion, will carry a heavier<br />

rider than a 16hh horse with less<br />

bone and small feet.<br />

As riders we should also consider<br />

“ How” we ride. I know tall quite<br />

heavy men who ride as light as<br />

a feather and other smaller ones<br />

that ride like a lead weight. The<br />

latter will cause more damage to<br />

his horse in time both to limbs,<br />

feet and back. This is proved<br />

to be so when seeing cases in<br />

practice.<br />

It is up to Vets and Instructors<br />

to politely point out to a rider<br />

if they are expecting too much<br />

from their mount. This would<br />

also be included as part of a<br />

pre-purchase examination as<br />

“suitability for purpose”.<br />

So when you are thinking about<br />

buying your next “ Ferrari”<br />

consider carefully your weight<br />

and expertise, what you actually<br />

want to do and for how long you<br />

want to do it, then choose an<br />

animal that will cope with your<br />

demands and not be put under<br />

physical stress. Then you can<br />

enjoy your riding with no guilty<br />

feelings.<br />

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horse health<br />

A Winner’s Story –<br />

The Photizo<br />

I<br />

saw the competition to win the hire of a Photizo unit<br />

courtesy of Eleanor Frost Equine Sports Massage, in the<br />

July edition of <strong>Equestrian</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

Ross, my 12 year old ISH had just been put on box rest with<br />

a tear to the check ligament and a secondary tear to his<br />

deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) so I was really interested<br />

to find out more. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to win<br />

the competition and within a couple of days, Eleanor had<br />

promptly delivered the unit to me! She explained how to use<br />

it, for how long and the science behind it’s effectiveness - I<br />

have to say it’s really simple to use.<br />

At the end of the trial period, I’ve been so impressed that I’ve<br />

now bought one of the units. As the injury was 8 weeks old,<br />

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to see much difference however the<br />

lump on his leg has visibly decreased since using the Photizo.<br />

I was hopeful his first appearance in <strong>Equestrian</strong> <strong>Life</strong> might<br />

have been for competing or winning something, not tearing<br />

his check ligament! Having said that, I’m really impressed<br />

with the Photizo Vetcare device, and would definitely<br />

recommend it’s use to anyone.<br />

Ruth Wakefield.<br />

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HORSES will be HORSES…<br />

This month has seen Lara suffer the disappointment of having to<br />

withdraw Bodyguard from the National Championships. After working<br />

so hard to get there, read on to find out why…<br />

The month got off to a disappointing<br />

start when I had to withdraw<br />

Bodyguard from the Nationals.<br />

Although all our preparation had been going<br />

really well, the Thursday before we were due<br />

to compete I took Bodyguard out hacking<br />

for a good few miles of hill work, mixed with<br />

some canter work which he totally loved.<br />

Lara and<br />

Jasmine,<br />

one of her<br />

promising<br />

homebred<br />

youngters<br />

The following day he came out of his stable<br />

a little stiff, but did then seem to walk it<br />

off, however the next day he had a hock the<br />

size of a balloon. Although he was totally<br />

sound and full of energy, the decision was<br />

made to put him on antibiotics to reduce<br />

the inflammation and stop it going up or<br />

down his leg and because they were steroidbased<br />

for immediate effect, I had to make<br />

the horrible decision to withdraw from the<br />

Nationals because you cannot compete if<br />

your horse is on these drugs.<br />

What was even more<br />

annoying was that Rhett<br />

Bird came over the day<br />

before I should have<br />

been competing<br />

and because he was<br />

totally sound, we<br />

went through his<br />

test and he was a<br />

total star, well up for<br />

challenging a top ten<br />

place that I had been<br />

dreaming of.<br />

As they say ‘horses will be<br />

horses’ and these things just<br />

make you stronger, although at<br />

the time my tears maybe didn’t<br />

agree!<br />

The following weekend we were meant to be<br />

camping but the weather well and truly put a<br />

stop to that, too. Two nights in a muddy field<br />

with a tent and Annabelle didn’t really seem<br />

like fun, and as it was only 40 minutes away<br />

from home we decided that driving home at<br />

night to a comfy warm bed was the better<br />

option!<br />

It is our company year-end at the end of<br />

October, so for me, September and October<br />

are mainly spent snagging and doing<br />

handovers<br />

with the<br />

customers. This<br />

does take over<br />

my competing a<br />

little bit at this time<br />

of year but I have already<br />

booked my three stables<br />

for <strong>November</strong>’s show at<br />

Sheepgate. I am really looking forward to this<br />

show as I might finally bite the bullet and do<br />

an Inter 2 on Bodyguard and take Cleo for<br />

her first ever outing.<br />

Lara and husband Gary celebrating<br />

their second wedding anniversary.<br />

Gary and I celebrated our second wedding<br />

anniversary this month, with a lovely meal<br />

out. I can’t believe it was two years ago and<br />

wish we could do it all over again!<br />

I have had some amazing lessons at Rhett’s<br />

regular clinics including with my two threeyear-olds<br />

in preparation for their first outings<br />

in January. I have to say I can see me selling<br />

these two superstars as they are so laid back<br />

and I am just not used to it. I only tend to<br />

keep slightly quirky ones and both of these<br />

are so chilled, good to hack out, not spooky at<br />

all and even like to jump. You never know…<br />

my eventing days might not be over!<br />

Jasmine is one of these three-year-olds and<br />

is by my own Cadans M. I now have three<br />

Cadans offspring in work and all of them have<br />

his stamp of a head which is lovely to see, as<br />

well as his fantastic movement.<br />

Next month I have some very exciting news<br />

that I can’t reveal just yet, so watch this<br />

space!<br />

For further information contact Lara<br />

Edwards on 07920 452739, visit www<br />

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Edwards Dressage Facebook page.<br />

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horse health<br />

Dental Care of the<br />


Heather Urquhart BVMS CertAVP<br />

(Equine Dentistry) BAEDT MRCVS<br />

Whilst all<br />

horses require<br />

regular dental<br />

examinations to<br />

ensure their teeth and mouths<br />

are in tip top condition, it is<br />

especially important not to<br />

overlook the older equines -<br />

many of these horses are no<br />

longer stabled or in work, and<br />

it is therefore easier to miss the<br />

early warning signs of dental<br />

disease.<br />

Many horses start to resent<br />

dental treatment as they get<br />

older - this is likely due to<br />

dental pain, or potentially<br />

arthritic pain from the temporal<br />

mandibular joint, and sedation<br />

should always be considered in<br />

these cases. Some horses will<br />

also benefit from pain relief,<br />

in addition to sedation, prior<br />

to a dental examination being<br />

undertaken, especially if a<br />

particularly painful condition is<br />

suspected or has been previously<br />

diagnosed.<br />

It is also important to remember<br />

that horses do not have an<br />

unlimited amount of tooth<br />

- every year, the amount<br />

of reserve tooth available<br />

decreases. Therefore, any<br />

rasping of teeth in older horses<br />

should be performed very<br />

carefully, taking great care not<br />

to remove excessive amounts<br />

of dental tissue, as anything<br />

that is removed is essentially<br />

shortening the lifespan of the<br />

tooth, and therefore the horse.<br />

In many cases, if routine dental<br />

maintenance has been regularly<br />

performed throughout life<br />

and the teeth are well aligned,<br />

only minimal rasping will be<br />

required, if at all. A thorough<br />

examination with a headlight<br />

and mirror, however,<br />

should still be<br />

performed every 6-12<br />

months to identify<br />

any potential<br />

problem areas.<br />

Whilst all the<br />

signs of dental<br />

disease discussed<br />

in previous<br />

articles can apply<br />

to the older horse,<br />

the most common<br />

signs include:<br />

• Eating more slowly<br />

than normal<br />

• Food pouching in cheeks<br />

• Quidding (dropping partially<br />

chewed balls of forage)<br />

• Smell from mouth<br />

• Loss of muscle (hollowing)<br />

over cheeks due to decreased<br />

ability to chew<br />

• Excessive salivation (drooling)<br />

• Holding head to one side<br />

when eating<br />

• Weight loss (may be gradual)<br />

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attributed to more than one of<br />

the following problems:<br />

Sharp enamel points and dental<br />

overgrowths<br />

In older horses, teeth only<br />

erupt through the gum at a<br />

rate of 1-2mm a year, if at<br />

all. Therefore the formation<br />

of sharp enamel points<br />

occurs more slowly, and if<br />

dental maintenance has been<br />

performed regularly throughout<br />

their life then it is likely<br />

that only minimal rasping of<br />

these points will be required.<br />

However, if a prolonged period<br />

of time has elapsed between<br />

dental examinations, or if the<br />

horse has displaced cheek teeth<br />

Displaced Upper Cheek Tooth<br />

digging into the cheek<br />

that do not grind down evenly,<br />

then these sharp points can dig<br />

into the cheeks and tongue and<br />

cause traumatic ulceration and<br />

discomfort.<br />

Diastemata<br />

Diastemata are common<br />

findings in older horses - teeth<br />

tend to be narrower towards<br />

their roots, and therefore as<br />

they continue to erupt gaps<br />

often appear between the<br />

teeth. If these gaps are wide<br />

then minimal amounts of<br />

food will become trapped, but<br />

occasionally sharp twigs and<br />

Large diastema upper cheek teeth<br />

displaced upper<br />

cheek tooth<br />

thorns become trapped and<br />

can cause extensive damage to<br />

surrounding soft tissues. Narrow<br />

gaps can cause particularly<br />

painful gum and periodontal<br />

disease as the food becomes<br />

tightly wedged in the space.<br />

Displaced teeth and Loose teeth<br />

Teeth become shorter with age,<br />

and therefore are less firmly<br />

embedded into the jaw. In<br />

some horses the teeth start to<br />

move, and can point towards<br />

the tongue or the cheeks. This<br />

contributes to diastemata<br />

formation, and can also cause<br />

ulceration to adjacent soft<br />

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Severe Incisor Disease<br />

Severley Overgrown Cheek Teeth<br />

missing upper incisors<br />

Extracted Teeth from<br />

Elderly Horse<br />

If the horse does not improve<br />

following dental treatment, then<br />

further advice should be sought<br />

from your veterinary surgeon.<br />

Feeding<br />

Once the teeth have started<br />

to wear out, or if the mouth is<br />

painful, then efficient grinding<br />

of forage will be limited.<br />

These horses will require a<br />

‘hay replacement’ type diet,<br />

consisting of soaked feedstuffs,<br />

often combined with high<br />

energy oil based products to<br />

aid weight gain, fed in large<br />

buckets several times a day.<br />

Proprietary feeds for older<br />

horses are supplied by most feed<br />

stores, and nutrition advice can<br />

be sought from your veterinary<br />

surgeon or feed company<br />

nutritionists.<br />

Food packing into cheek causing ‘hamster<br />

pouch’ of food<br />

Smooth mouth in elderly pony<br />

tissues if there are any sharp<br />

points. Eventually, teeth will<br />

become loose and may require<br />

removal if they do not fall out by<br />

themselves.<br />

Smooth mouth<br />

In some older horses the teeth<br />

wear out before they become<br />

loose - these teeth have a<br />

smooth, concave grinding<br />

surface, and are therefore<br />

ineffective at grinding forage. If<br />

multiple teeth are affected then<br />

a special diet will be necessary<br />

to enable the horse to maintain<br />

condition, as it will be difficult<br />

or impossible for him to eat<br />

forage effectively.<br />

Incisor disease<br />

Older horses can suffer from<br />

painful incisor disease too -<br />

EOTRH (Equine Odontoclastic<br />

Tooth Resorption and<br />

Hypercementosis), discussed<br />

previously, is more common<br />

in the older population. In<br />

addition, diastemata between<br />

the teeth can cause painful gum<br />

inflammation and periodontal<br />

disease, and teeth can become<br />

loose, or overgrown where a<br />

tooth is already missing.<br />

Other diseases<br />

It is important to remember that<br />

older horses may be suffering<br />

from other underlying health<br />

conditions too. Whilst some<br />

signs of dental disease are<br />

specific, others, such as weight<br />

loss, may have many causes.<br />

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dressage<br />

Are you looking for<br />

BIGGER<br />

STEPS?<br />

So Team Sheepgate have<br />

done plenty of planning<br />

this month, schedules and<br />

clinics are already in place<br />

for 2018 and the final show of the<br />

year is only just around the corner.<br />

Dare I mention Christmas which<br />

I have to say is really not far away<br />

either, I’m sure I’m not the first to<br />

mention it!<br />

So, what are you going to spend<br />

your time working on over the next<br />

few weeks? The development of the<br />

medium paces is a common request<br />

I get and the question comes ‘How<br />

can I get more than a 6?’<br />

What is expected in the<br />

movement?<br />

Let’s start with the canter because<br />

so often when you develop the<br />

canter, the trot will already<br />

have improved but it doesn’t<br />

often work the other way round<br />

although many riders can become<br />

over focused on the getting the<br />

trot right. From the working<br />

canter the horse should show a<br />

clear increase in the length of<br />

the stride with hurrying. The<br />

horse should give the impression<br />

of taking more time to cover<br />

the ground and be in the air for<br />

longer rather than being quicker<br />

to get the feet back on the<br />

ground. It is always shown in a<br />

test on a straight line so this gives<br />

me every reason not to always<br />

train it on a straight line.<br />

Start with a good working canter<br />

on a 20 metre circle, check that<br />

the horse is standing up around<br />

your inside leg; even use a<br />

suggestion towards shoulder in to<br />

help with the engagement of the<br />

hindquarters. So often riders use<br />

too much leg and drive with the<br />

seat, think more about releasing<br />

your seat and allowing the<br />

Canter<br />

Canter on a circle<br />

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TOP TIP<br />

I must share my latest exercise<br />

that many of my clients have been<br />

performing this month. A few<br />

months ago I shared my square of<br />

poles that we use on a daily basis.<br />

I have progressed this and made<br />

the square bigger, so approximately<br />

12 – 14 metres and it only has two<br />

opposite corners in place. This<br />

encourages the horse and rider to<br />

be accurate around the poles where<br />

the corners are in place and then<br />

they have to create their own corner<br />

where there aren’t any poles before<br />

getting to the next corner where<br />

the poles are in place again. It can<br />

be used in walk, trot and canter and<br />

lateral work can be added in around<br />

it too. This is a really great exercise<br />

for many different combinations.<br />

It will be staying in the school at<br />

Sheepgate for next month for sure.<br />



So I decided to get back out<br />

there with my boy ‘Sheepgate<br />

Bommel’, he’s been out of the<br />

dressage scene for a while<br />

as I have been so busy with<br />

Lily and her adventures.<br />

Clearly he was enjoying it as<br />

much as I was! The end of<br />

September gave me my chance<br />

to compete at home, I was<br />

delighted to secure two wins<br />

in the Elementary freestyle<br />

to music and then in October<br />

I decided to dip my toe into<br />

Medium which was his debut<br />

at this level and was delighted<br />

with my 75% in the freestyle.<br />

Fingers crossed I can get my<br />

final qualifier for the winter<br />

regionals this month before<br />

Lily takes over his reins to<br />

gain some valuable experience<br />

through the winter.<br />

The circle gives the<br />

horse and rider the<br />

consistent support<br />

and is a really good<br />

way of developing<br />

the canter<br />

horses back to come up underneath<br />

your seat. This can’t happen if you<br />

are driving into him with your seat.<br />

Initially only ask for a few strides and<br />

then return to working canter. This<br />

can be developed around the circle<br />

until you feel confident in riding the<br />

longer strides and maintaining the<br />

balance and control. The circle gives<br />

the horse and rider the consistent<br />

support and is a really good way of<br />

developing the canter. Once you have<br />

mastered this then take your medium<br />

canter to wherever you might need it<br />

in your test and hopefully you will be<br />

pleasantly surprised how the canter<br />

has developed with the challenge and<br />

support of the circle.<br />

Bommel<br />

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Winter - Make sure<br />

you’re prepared with<br />

Sovereign <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

“At Sovereign <strong>Equestrian</strong>, we can guide you through some of<br />

the problems you may face and how to keep your horse healthy<br />

and happy during winter.”<br />

The winter months for horse owners can feel<br />

like an endless cycle of dark nights and even<br />

bleaker mornings; the mercury drops towards<br />

freezing, the nights get colder and rain starts<br />

to become an issue. As with any aspect of<br />

caring for your horses, it’s important to be<br />

pro-active in tackling the challenges that will<br />

come with the inevitable, adverse weather<br />

conditions of winter. At Sovereign <strong>Equestrian</strong>,<br />

we can guide you through some of the<br />

problems you may face and how to keep your<br />

horse healthy and happy during winter.<br />

Mud Fever: this refers to a wide range of skin<br />

problems, mainly caused by an infectious<br />

agent that thrives in muddy wet conditions.<br />

The infection can stay dormant in the skin<br />

and become active when the skin becomes<br />

damaged, for example, when the skin is exposed<br />

to long periods of wetting causing an acute<br />

inflammatory reaction.<br />

Mud fever is not just caused by prolonged wet<br />

conditions, there are many factors, such as,<br />

standing in deep or soiled bedding, constantly<br />

washing limbs, skin trauma and white limbs,<br />

are just a few. Mud fever is recognised by the<br />

distribution of lesions or scabs. Some horses<br />

also suffer from lameness, heat and swelling.<br />

The treatment of mud fever is to keep the skin as<br />

clean and dry as possible. Usually this can only<br />

be achieved if the horse is removed from the wet<br />

and mud. Also, the scabs should be removed to<br />

allow direct access for treatment. Once the limb<br />

is clean and dry a variety of creams and lotions<br />

are available to help reduce the inflammation.<br />

Temperature Control: As the weather gets<br />

more harsh, and the temperatures start to<br />

plummet, a horse grows a thicker coat. This is<br />

designed to insulate and protect the horse from<br />

the adverse weather. Therefore, if your horse<br />

is not clipped then they do not<br />

need to have thick winter rugs<br />

on. However, if your horse is<br />

being exercised their winter<br />

coat can cause a problem,<br />

therefore, either a full, blanket or<br />

trace clip helps keep the horse<br />

cooler during exercise. But<br />

the loss of a coat needs to<br />

be compensated with the<br />

attachment of a rug.<br />

Clean Water In the<br />

depths of winter it’s<br />

often the case that<br />

drinking water for<br />

horses can freeze.<br />

Therefore, it is<br />

important for<br />

horses to have<br />

access to

clean water as dehydration increases the risk of<br />

conditions, such as; impaction colic. Therefore,<br />

you should make regular checks to your horse’s<br />

water, both in the field and stable, to ensure it is<br />

still drinkable. If you have automatic drinkers<br />

in the stable make sure to fill water buckets as<br />

pipes will freeze and they take considerable<br />

time to defrost.<br />

Calorie Intake: During colder weather horses<br />

burn more calories to stay warm. Therefore,<br />

their calorie intake needs to increase. Hay is<br />

an excellent source of calories, and during<br />

snowfall can give horses something to<br />

eat without having to forage for it.<br />

Most of all during the winter it is important<br />

to keep your horse in their usual routine. To<br />

exercise them as much as you are able to, as this<br />

will considerably diminish the overall effects of<br />

the winter weather. After exercise it is essential<br />

to make sure your horse is thoroughly cool and<br />

dry after work before they are rugged up and<br />

left, as your horse can easily develop a chill.<br />

Winter can be a bleak time when owning a<br />

horse, so it is important just to do your best and<br />

try to implement these simple tips to ensure<br />

that you’re preventing a number of winter<br />

related problems. As always though, remember<br />

to have fun will your horses!<br />

About Sovereign<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

At Sovereign <strong>Equestrian</strong>, we train, maintain,<br />

and care for our horses so that they become<br />

exceptional performers across all disciplines.<br />

We know that a fit and healthy horse is<br />

a happy horse, and a happy horse is a<br />

successful horse. We want to share some<br />

of our techniques with you because, with<br />

the right care your horse can reach its true<br />


eventing<br />

Oasby Horse Trials<br />

n 14-15th October | Report by Arabella Clegg<br />

As the season draws ever<br />

closer to the end it was<br />

an unusually sunny<br />

weekend for this time<br />

of the year, especially as Oasby<br />

is often wet and gloomy. The<br />

ground was firmer than usual but<br />

wonderful for the time of year<br />

considering.<br />

Annie Bellamy had a good<br />

weekend with her two horses<br />

finishing first and second. Quba<br />

was having just his second run<br />

of the year, to finish in runner up<br />

spot in BE90 section Q. While Hera<br />

S, another five year old picked<br />

up his second victory of the <strong>2017</strong><br />

season in BE100 section I.<br />

The intermediate section F was<br />

successful for Piggy French who<br />

filled three of the top ten places. In<br />

third was Big Berry, a seven-yearold<br />

who started his eventing career<br />

this season at BE100 level. He has<br />

stepped up to this level by never<br />

having a show jumping or cross<br />

country fault at any event. Graf<br />

Cavalier, by Grafenstolz finished in<br />

fourth while Templepatrick Cooley<br />

finished tenth.<br />

Heidi Coy picked up three great<br />

results over the levels, she took top<br />

spot in the under 18 Novice as well<br />

as third place in the same class.<br />

As well as this she was fourth on<br />

Carrigsean Tigerseye in the Open<br />


Constance Copestake, based just<br />

a stones throw from Oasby but<br />

a rider for France, had a win in<br />

the BE90 Open on her dressage<br />

score of 22.8, her mount Temple<br />

Ellie added 2.8 time penalties<br />

across the country. Denver VI<br />

finished second in the open<br />

intermediate under 21 class.<br />

Georgie Rockingham and<br />

her six year old Olaris Beech<br />

finished their season with<br />

a second place in the BE100<br />

section L on their dressage<br />

of 30.<br />

With five rides over the weekend<br />

Alex Postolowsky had three top 10<br />

placings. A third place on Freddie<br />

VIII, an extremely consistent horse<br />

at this level. While Tulla Clover<br />

in the Open Novice kept us his<br />

record of placings by finishing<br />

ninth. As did Ashburton,<br />

an exciting seven-yearold,<br />

who has had a great<br />

season and also finished<br />

in ninth place in the<br />

intermediate section F.<br />

Georgie Rockingham OLARIS<br />

BEECH (2nd BE100 secion L)<br />

Intermediate under<br />

21.<br />

Bouncing back<br />

from Burghley it<br />

was great to see<br />

Simon Grieves<br />

riding Douglas<br />

jump a lovely<br />

double clear in the<br />

Open Intermediate<br />

for fourth place.<br />

Simon’s other two rides<br />

for the weekend were<br />

also faultless in the jumping<br />

phases, leaving him in seventh<br />

in the intermediate and fifth in a<br />

BE100 section.<br />

A first and third for two DHI<br />

horses, both ridden by Heidi<br />

Woodhead. Handsome DHI and<br />

Harieko DHI both five-year-olds<br />

who have just had two previous<br />

British eventing appearances,<br />

finished on their dressage scores<br />

of 29 and 29.5 respectively in the<br />

BE100 classes.<br />

Richard Norfolk YOUGHAL LAD<br />

(1st place BE100 section N)<br />

Simon Grieve DOUGLAS (4th place Open<br />

Intermediate section H)<br />

Alex Postolowsky DENVER III<br />

(Intemediate section F)<br />

Sara Bowe led the dressage phase<br />

in the Intermediate section I, but<br />

a few time faults amounting to 7.6<br />

dropped her to eventual fifth, in a<br />

section that was extremely tight<br />

and came down to your first phase<br />

score and then the time across the<br />

country.<br />

Sara Bowe ERBENTICO VB (5th place<br />

Intermediate secion F)

Charlotte Hogg KINGSLAND PRINCE OF TIDE (1st place BE90<br />

section Q)<br />

Anna Taylor IRISH ENCOUNTER (2nd place BE100 section O<br />

Heidi Woodhead HANDSOME DHI (1st place BE100 section O)<br />

Annie Bellamy QUBA (2nd place BE90 section Q)<br />

Constance Copestake DENVER VI (2nd<br />

place Open Intermediate u21 section G)<br />


(1st place BE100 section I)<br />

Isabelle Macey RAYID CRACKER JACK<br />

(2nd place BE90 section R)<br />

Caroline Powell<br />


INCA (1st place<br />

Novice section C)<br />

Sally Butler TREGIDA (2nd place BE100<br />

section I)<br />

Margo Sly LITTLE<br />

NEWMARKET BOB (1st place<br />

BE90 section S<br />

Kizzy Smith BERLIOZ DU COIN (2nd place BE90 section P)<br />

Piggy French<br />


(1st place Novice<br />

section B)<br />

Sally Chamberlain CHEVALIAN ROYAL FIRE (1st place BE90<br />

section R)<br />

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eventing<br />

Osberton<br />

International<br />

and Young Horse<br />

Championships<br />

n Writes Arabella Clegg<br />



Ending the season as she started<br />

with wins and top placings, Piggy<br />

French’s young horses excelled<br />

all week, AKD Corline won the<br />

title and stablemate, Carnival<br />

March placed fourth. It could so<br />

easily have been a 1-2 but for a<br />

rail down by Carnival March in the<br />

showjumping.<br />

“The Young Horse Championships<br />

have been the target for these<br />

two horses all year. They are both<br />

very promising,” Piggy said. “AKD<br />

Corline has a fantastic brain and<br />

is very professional in his work<br />

which makes my life easy. For<br />

a big horse he is very light and<br />

balanced.”<br />

Less than a show jump behind in<br />

second was Nicola Wilson and JL<br />

Dublin, an extremely consistent<br />

young horse who has already<br />

proved himself at Intermediate<br />

level by winning his debut run<br />

earlier in the month at Richmond.<br />

Nicola also had good placings over<br />

the weekend with All We Need,<br />

finishing ninth in the same section<br />

and another exciting young horse<br />

in the five year olds, Chabadu who<br />

finished 11th.<br />

Alex Postolowsky and Grappa<br />

Nera continued their excellent<br />

double clear form for eventual<br />

11th place, finishing on their<br />

dressage score of 46.0.<br />

Moongariff Duke, the ride for<br />

Willa Newton<br />

Nicola Wilson JL DUBLIN (2nd place<br />

CICYH* KBIS 6yo Championships)<br />

Piggy French AKD CORLINE (Winners<br />

of the KBIS 6yo Championships)<br />

only started eventing this year, and<br />

having done four novices prior to coming<br />

to Osberton, posted a 48.2 dressage and<br />

nothing to add thereafter to finish 14th.<br />

Willa who has had her most successful<br />

season to date with a fantastic and<br />

enviable string of horses, was competing<br />

no less than seven horses at this event.<br />


Willa Newton MOANGARRIFF DUKE (14th place CICYH* KBIS<br />

6yo Championships)<br />

Alex Postolowsky GRAPPA NERA (11th place CICYH* KBIS 6yo<br />

Championships)<br />

Ben McClumpha ROYALE BEACH (4th place CCI2*)<br />

46 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong> <strong>Equestrian</strong> <strong>Life</strong>

Alice Pearson WORD ON THE STREET (7th place CCI2*)<br />

Emilie Chandler<br />


(3rd place CCI2*)<br />

Becky Hartley SAFIRA (KBS 5yo Championshps)<br />

Her best result came in the seven<br />

year old two star where Cavatina<br />

Tinkerbelle finished in tenth.<br />



Ros Canter and the Grafenstolz<br />

sired Lordships Graffalo finished<br />

fourth on their 28.5 dressage in a<br />

section that was extremely tightly<br />

scored in the first phase.<br />



Ginny Turnbull rode Just Soda No<br />

Ice to victory in the four-year-old<br />

championship. This was the mare’s<br />

fourth affiliated run and she has<br />

yet to incur a jumping penalty in<br />

either the showjumping or the<br />

cross country.<br />

“She’s so trainable and totally<br />

consistent,” said Ginny, who<br />

backed the horse. This was an<br />

excellent achievement following<br />

on from the pair finishing 10th<br />

in this year’s Dubarry Burghley<br />

Young Event Horse Finals. Ginny<br />

had five horses in the four year old<br />

championships, a few poles rolled<br />

between the others kept them out<br />

of the top placings.<br />

Despite the wet ground conditions,<br />

the time wasn’t hard to get in the<br />

CCI one star so apart from the<br />

odd four faults among the top ten<br />

placings it was the score from the<br />

dressage judges that was the most<br />

important. Alex Postolowsky had<br />

two in the top ten. Both of these<br />

horses have impeccable jumping<br />

records.<br />

In the CCI two star it was an<br />

expensive pole rolled for Emilie<br />

Chandler and her ride Gortfadda<br />

Diamond who led all the way but<br />

one coloured rail on the floor<br />

dropped them to eventual third.<br />

Samantha Hobbs and Tresoke<br />

had their best result together at<br />

this level by finishing on their<br />

dressage score of 48.8 to sit in<br />

sixth at the end of the four days of<br />

competition.<br />

Yasmin Ingham REHY DJ (5th place CICYH**<br />

KBIS 7yo Championships)<br />

Matt Heath ONE OF A KIND II (2nd place CCI2*)<br />

James Avery ZAZU (Winners of the<br />

CCI2*)<br />

Virginia Turnbull JUST SODA NO ICE (Winners of<br />

the KBIS 4yo Championships)<br />

Bubby Upton COLA III (Winners of<br />

the CICYH** KBIS 7yo Champions)<br />

Annie Bellemy I G W (12th place KBIS 4yo<br />

Championships<br />

Dani Evans HOLLYWOOD DANCER (Winners of<br />

the KBIS 5yo Championships)<br />

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eventing<br />

French leads an international<br />

field at Kelsall Hill Horse Trials<br />

British International Piggy<br />

French was a force to<br />

be reckoned with at an<br />

action-packed Kelsall Hill British<br />

Eventing Horse Trials – an event<br />

kindly sponsored by Istanbul BBQ<br />

Chester.<br />

French took pole position in the<br />

Graham Heath <strong>Equestrian</strong> Open<br />

Intermediate class with ‘Jump Jet<br />

III’ ahead of Ireland’s Jonty Evans<br />

and ‘Cooley Rorkes Drift’. Third<br />

place went to China’s Alex Hua<br />

Tian riding ‘Dooney Rock’, a horse<br />

owned by Lesley Bradshaw from<br />

Istanbul BBQ Chester.<br />

Piggy’s run of good form<br />

continued in the Barlows<br />

sponsored Intermediate class<br />

when she pocketed the runner’s<br />

up prize in Section M aboard<br />

‘Templepatrick Cooley’. In Section<br />

L, Piggy and ‘Big Berry’ shared<br />

second place with Loretta Joynson<br />

and ‘PSH Jake’ after both riders<br />

completed on identical scores.<br />

This year marks a return to toplevel<br />

competition for French after<br />

missing last season due to the<br />

birth of her son, Max. In August,<br />

team selection for the European<br />

Eventing Championships heralded<br />

her return to the world stage<br />

and a second-place finish at the<br />

prestigious Burghley Horse Trials<br />

followed.<br />

Piggy commented: “Kelsall Hill<br />

is a fantastic event and one that<br />

I always try to get to. I thought<br />

that the course was well built and<br />

inviting. Enough questions were<br />

asked, but it was fair and very<br />

educational for the horses. The<br />

ground was amazing, full credit to<br />

the team.”<br />

This was the final run for the<br />

8-year-old ‘Jump Jet III’ who is<br />

owned by Piggy’s partner Tom<br />

March before he moves up to<br />

Advanced level.<br />


ROUND-UP<br />

It was a sparkling victory for Paul<br />

Sims and ‘Lonestar’ in Section<br />

M. This was the first win at<br />

Intermediate level for the 8-yearold<br />

gelding who is jointly-owned<br />

by Paul and his father Steve.<br />

Meanwhile, Rosie Thomas and the<br />

homebred ‘Heat Wave’ produced<br />

the fastest cross country round of<br />

Section L to take top honours.<br />


Kelsall Hill received record<br />

entries across three busy days of<br />

competition with riders praising<br />

the team for the good going and<br />

the outstanding cross country<br />

courses designed by Captain Mark<br />

Phillips and built by David Evans.<br />

David and his team have been<br />

appointed as the course builders<br />

Paul Sims riding Lonestar<br />

for the 2020 Olympic Games in<br />

Tokyo.<br />

Visitors to this award-winning<br />

equestrian venue enjoyed birds<br />

of prey demonstrations, free face<br />

painting, and the trade stands on<br />

offer. Kelsall Hill’s Emma Latham<br />

hosted a coffee morning in aid of<br />

Macmillan Cancer Support and<br />

The Injured Jockeys Fund and<br />

the attractions extended to an<br />

arena eventing championships<br />

sponsored by Frickers Formula<br />

Horse Feeds.<br />

Kelsall Hill’s next British Eventing<br />

fixture will run from 20-22 April<br />

2018.<br />

www.kelsallhill.co.uk<br />


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Alex Hua Tian on Dooney Rock<br />

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift<br />




Piggy French and Jump Jet III<br />

Rosie Thomas riding Heat Wave<br />


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We continue to find out more stories about some of our local stars<br />

Reader Success stories<br />

It’s a Red for Polly<br />

Mallender at the<br />

Tickhill One Day<br />

Challenge<br />

The adventures of Polly Mallender<br />

and Skewpie Champagne Charlie<br />

(owned by Emma Hore) . The<br />

weekend didn’t get off to a brilliant start;<br />

Pancake the hunter trod on my foot and<br />

caused some visible and painful damage.<br />

Cheeko (Skewpie Champagne Charlie)<br />

then did not want to be caught for his<br />

bath in preparation for his dressage at<br />

Milton EC.<br />

Two disastrous tests later Cheeko<br />

spent a good hour in the work-in arena,<br />

remembering he was a horse, not a<br />

camel. Come Sunday I was left deflated<br />

and downbeat; all the time and money<br />

I put into these horses and we can’t get<br />

over 65%! The day started with Cheeko<br />

standing on my damaged toe. At this<br />

point I was ready to tell Mum we would<br />

making waves across the equestrian world<br />


forfeit my entry fee and have a day off;<br />

however, Tickhill RC very kindly let me<br />

enter last minute so I felt it would be<br />

disrespectful to not take my place.<br />

After Cheeko’s best giraffe impression on<br />

Saturday, I worked him at home prior to<br />

setting off to Tickhill; I was determined<br />

to get above 65%. He didn’t go terribly<br />

but was certainly no Valegro, with time<br />

pushing on and a filthy horse, we stopped<br />

our schooling session. Cheeko had a quick<br />

bath and plait up and off we went to<br />

Tickhill. Warming up he felt at best ‘okay’.<br />

There were some lovely horses warming<br />

up and I felt sure my place would be in the<br />


lower ranks. We went into the arena and I<br />

was pleased we didn’t disgrace ourselves.<br />

Give and retake of the reins in canter felt<br />

good, as did the free walk.<br />

A nice square halt finished the test and<br />

I though we may have broken the 65%<br />

barrier by a tiny margin. A quick change<br />

into XC gear for the SJ/WH section.<br />

The course was excellent with precise<br />

distances, well thought out questions and<br />

lots to look at. Cheeko sailed round for a<br />

double clear, gaining compliments from<br />

the volunteers in the commentary box!<br />

When the results were read out and we<br />

had won, I thought it must have just been<br />

for the jumping section; it wasn’t until<br />

I collected my rosette and sheet I saw<br />

we had the best dressage score of the<br />

class with 70.36%! The last time I scored<br />

anything near to this was when I was<br />

riding my 12hh pony ‘Jasmine’ (MANY<br />

years ago!)<br />

After a terrible start to the weekend,<br />

Cheeko really did redeem himself and is<br />

proof that what you put in, you ‘can’ out.<br />


A Coloured to really catch the eye<br />


Vicky Lee is back, fresh<br />

from her success at<br />

the Arches Show,<br />

where she was 1st place<br />

Amateur ridden Traditional/<br />

Native, followed by Reserve<br />

Champion in that section and<br />

then overall reserve supreme<br />

ridden, with Goldston Mr<br />

Fantastic also known as<br />

Ferdie is 7 years old.<br />

Vicky (Lee) has produced him<br />

from a nervous unbroken<br />

three-year-old. In this time,<br />

he has proved a challenge but<br />

the patience and time has<br />

paid off and he has turned<br />

into a wonderful boy.<br />

Such a pleasure at home<br />

and out competing. They<br />

have achieved so much,<br />

“more than I ever thought”<br />

commented Vicky. He is<br />

competing in affiliated and<br />

unaffiliated dressage to<br />

Novice level but at home he<br />

works towards Elementary.<br />

He is also very successful<br />

at showing both in hand<br />

and now ridden, achieving<br />

so many trophies, sashes<br />

and rosettes and standing<br />

either champion or reserve<br />

champion at the majority of<br />

shows he attends.<br />

Says Vicky “Our dream is<br />

that one day he will qualify<br />

for RIHS or HOYS! He really<br />

is one in a million and I feel<br />

so proud of how far he has<br />

come”.<br />

Vicky Lee and Goldston Mr Fantastic, photo courtesy<br />

of Emmpix<br />


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eader success stories<br />


Second Time Lucky for<br />

Natasha and Mackenzie<br />

Qualifying for HOYS<br />

has been my dream<br />

since the day I can<br />

remember, and when Mack<br />

was born, I knew he was very<br />

special. I was only 9 years<br />

old when Lily, my Mum’s half<br />

Suffolk punch mare, who she<br />

has owned since just 6 months<br />

old and is now 26, gave birth,<br />

and I asked my mum “do you<br />

think me and Mack will go<br />

to HOYS one day?”, my mum<br />

replied “you never know,<br />

maybe”, and the dream took<br />

off from there really. I was<br />

totally inspired by the 2007<br />

Search for a star champion,<br />

Jordan Cook and Fleetwater<br />

Xecutive, and that’s what<br />

sparked my dream of wanting<br />

to ride at HOYS.<br />

After qualifying for last year’s<br />

final at Houghton Hall in<br />

Cambridge, unluckily, Mack<br />

went lame with a foot abscess<br />

just two days before we were<br />

due to leave for the NEC. We<br />

had another bash this year<br />

and the competition was so<br />

stiff, they had to split my<br />

class into two sections and<br />

select 3/4 out of each group,<br />

then we all went in the ring<br />

together for the final placings.<br />

We ended up qualifying once<br />

more and I was so very proud<br />

that we had managed to<br />

qualify for the second time<br />

on our second attempt. We<br />

trained very hard all year for<br />

the final in October, yet there<br />

was always something that<br />

life would throw at us.<br />

Just a few weeks before the<br />

finals, at the end of August,<br />

Mack’s front off-side leg<br />

was slightly swollen, yet<br />

he was 100% sound when<br />

being walked and trotted<br />


Natasha Dolman and Mackenzie 3rd SEIB Search for a Star Show Cob<br />

up. We had the vet come<br />

and she diagnosed him with<br />

‘tendinitis’, a swelling of<br />

the fibres that surround the<br />

tendons in the lower limb,<br />

which to heal needed box<br />

rest and just walking on flat<br />

ground in straight lines. After<br />

the vet had left, my heart<br />

sank. For the second time I<br />

felt like my dream had been<br />

taken away from me. I tried<br />

to stay positive and we put<br />

together a rehab programme.<br />

We started walking him just<br />

along the road and back again<br />

for two weeks, then started<br />

walking a little more and got a<br />

little further. Between the end<br />

of August and the beginning<br />

of October, Mack had been in<br />

a school just three times. We<br />

didn’t know if we would be<br />

able to make it to HOYS for<br />

the second time.<br />

However I kept positive and<br />

carried on. Time flew by and<br />

before I knew it, it was the 3rd<br />

October and we were at the<br />

NEC, with Mack tucked away<br />

in his stable, and we went<br />

for a coffee and a walk round<br />

the site. At 9pm we were in<br />

for a warm up in the TopSpec<br />

arena, so we tacked up and<br />

trekked for 15 minutes to get<br />

to the ring. The lights were<br />

so bright and music loud,<br />

with microphones booming<br />

and chairs snapping up,<br />

the atmosphere was simply<br />

amazing. We then walked<br />

back to the stables and tucked<br />

Mack into bed, we took<br />

ourselves to bed too; we had a<br />

big day ahead of us.<br />

We awoke on the day of my<br />

class and it didn’t feel real<br />

that we were at Horse Of The<br />

Year Show. We went for a<br />

few hours shopping first as<br />

my class was scheduled last<br />

in the TopSpec arena. We<br />

groomed, sprayed, scrubbed<br />

and sheened the boy to the<br />

best of our ability, and my<br />

mum straightened up my<br />

tie and pin; we then trekked<br />

down to the ring once again.<br />

All I could hear was the<br />

muffled sound of what must<br />

have been hundreds of people,<br />

loud music and ear piercing<br />

microphones, I couldn’t<br />

believe it, we had arrived<br />

and it was almost time. My<br />

mum was in tears before I<br />

was about to go in the ring,<br />

she said that no matter what<br />

happens, she is the proudest<br />

mummy in the world. As we<br />

walked through the archway,<br />

it was like being on a catwalk,<br />

people from every angle were<br />

watching, and the both of<br />

us felt right at home. Two of<br />

the most highly thought of<br />

showing experts were judging,<br />

and the comments that they<br />

gave me I will never forget.<br />

The lap of honour made it all<br />

for me; the music, clapping,<br />

cheering and all the rest of<br />

it, made me so very proud of<br />

my horse, he is my best friend<br />

and I wouldn’t have wanted<br />

to achieve my dreams with<br />

anyone else. It was the most<br />

fantastic experience, and<br />

anyone who is considering<br />

trying to qualify, I highly<br />

recommend the SEIB Search<br />

For A Star series.<br />

My thanks must go to<br />

Nicolina Mackenzie and<br />

Sue Robb, all the SEIB team,<br />

judges, stewards, sponsors<br />

and everyone else involved,<br />

you all helped me achieve my<br />

dreams.<br />

Last but not least I absolutely<br />

must thank my best friend<br />

Jodie and my Mum, I couldn’t<br />

do it without either of them,<br />

we make the best team ever.<br />

Here’s to 2018.<br />

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horse of the year show<br />

Hunter is Crowned Search<br />

for a Star Overall Champion<br />

n Writes Tricia Johnson<br />

Accountant Lynsey<br />

Lawrence may have<br />

qualified for the SEIB<br />

Insurance Brokers<br />

Search for a Star (SFAS) final at<br />

Horse of the Year Show (HOYS)<br />

with a second place — but on<br />

Friday, 6 October, she went all the<br />

way to the top. She and her hunter<br />

Mista Fezziwig (Ralph) impressed<br />

the judges to stand overall<br />

champions.<br />

Lynsey, from Bramcote, Notts, has<br />

owned Ralph for six years, having<br />

bought him as a yearling from his<br />

breeder, Louise Hebditch.<br />

“To say I am over the moon is an<br />

understatement, what a day,” said<br />

Lynsey. “It still feels like a dream.”<br />

Not so long ago, it looked like an<br />

unattainable dream. When Lynsey<br />

tried to qualify the warmblood-<br />

Thoroughbred gelding last season,<br />

they were consistently pulled in<br />

first or second, but he wouldn’t<br />

settle with the ride judge.<br />

“He just wouldn’t give the judge<br />

a good ride, he got very tense<br />

and we were dropped down the<br />

line,” revealed Lynsey,<br />

who is 39 and has two<br />

sons, Teddy, five, and<br />

two-year-old Rory. “I think<br />

we had a third and a fourth,<br />

and maybe a sixth. He’s<br />

very sensitive. I broke him<br />

myself and I think he was<br />

very used to how I rode and he got<br />

worried when someone rode him<br />

differently. “I asked friends to get<br />

on him, took him to every showing<br />

clinic I could find and did lots of<br />

shows with ride judges.”<br />

And it paid off; the handsome<br />

bay looked a different horse when<br />

finishing second at Stretcholt<br />

back in May. He appeared even<br />

more confident with ride judge<br />

Katie Jerram-Hunnable at HOYS.<br />

Both Katie and veteran showman<br />

Robert Oliver, who was judging<br />

from the ground, were impressed<br />

by Lynsey’s achievements with<br />

Ralph.<br />

“He’s really come a very long<br />

way,” said Katie, who kept the<br />

enthusiastic and knowledgeable<br />

audience entertained with a<br />

running commentary as she<br />

put the finalists through their<br />

paces. “Lynsey has done a good<br />

job with him. I love the way<br />

he goes, he really swings<br />

through the shoulder.”<br />

Robert concurred, adding:<br />

“The horse gave a good account<br />

of himself. It was a very nice<br />

performance, and he really<br />

galloped on. He’s very correct,<br />

with at least eight and a half<br />

inches of good bone, the epitome<br />

of a true lightweight.”<br />

He confirmed: “He was a<br />

unanimous choice. He stood out<br />

from the first, he came in here and<br />

showed himself off. We really have<br />

found a star.”<br />

The judges agreed that Mista<br />

Fezziwig would not be out of<br />

place in next year’s open hunter<br />

weights; an assessment they also<br />

gave to the reserve, the riding<br />

horse/hack section champion<br />

Hevans Forever In My <strong>Life</strong>. The<br />

six-year-old (Aurora for short) was<br />

bought by nail technician Ellie<br />

Simmonds’s sister Georgie, but<br />

Ellie fell in love with the mare and<br />

subsequently bought her.<br />

The pair haven’t done much<br />

because Ellie wanted to give her<br />

horse time to mature, but Aurora<br />

rose to the occasion here and<br />

produced a fluent show to head<br />

her section and impress the<br />

judges again.<br />

“She rides really well, with<br />

a good length of rein,”<br />

assessed Katie. “I can see<br />

this pair going a very long<br />

way.”<br />

When Ellie qualified Aurora at<br />

Stretcholt, she was simply happy<br />

that her beloved mare went well<br />

for the judge. So this was the<br />

icing on the proverbial cake. “My<br />

beautiful little horse has made<br />

all my dreams come true,” she<br />

said. “She amazed me, the more<br />

clapping and cheering there was,<br />

the more she wanted to show off!<br />

She will enjoy a nice winter break<br />

now and I’ll bring her back into<br />

light work around Christmas. I<br />

hope to do some open classes with<br />

her next year.”<br />

The hack champion in the<br />

combined section was 16-year-old<br />

Danni Waterman with Pendley<br />

Countryman, who is owned by<br />

family friend Natasha Anglin. This<br />

combination also impressed the<br />

judges, who expressed genuine<br />

hope that they would see them in<br />

open hack classes next year.<br />

“The hack and its rider gave a<br />

really good account of themselves,<br />

and I think the hack is one of the<br />

hardest types to produce,” said<br />

Robert.<br />

Coincidentally, Countryman<br />

(stable name Peanut) was bred<br />

by Jennifer Williams, whose late<br />

husband, commentator Dorian,<br />

was memorably “The voice of<br />

Horse of the Year Show” some<br />

years ago.<br />


Search for a Star,<br />

winning Hunter and<br />

Overall Champion<br />

Lynsey Lawrence and<br />

Mista Fezziwig<br />

52 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong> <strong>Equestrian</strong> <strong>Life</strong>

Search For A Star Hack<br />

winner Danni Waterman<br />

and Pendley Countryman<br />

Search For A Star<br />

Show Working Pony<br />

winner Karen Oliver<br />

and Ebony and Lace<br />

This superb series continues to<br />

do exactly what it says on the<br />

tin, it brings new showing stars<br />

into the spotlight at HOYS. The<br />

judges at the qualifiers during<br />

the season offer tips and advice<br />

to the amateur competitors and<br />

a training day is held shortly<br />

before the October fixture to help<br />

everyone up their game.<br />

“The standard genuinely does get<br />

higher every year,” said Robert,<br />

who has been involved with the<br />

project since its inception in 1996.<br />

“And it’s great to see how many of<br />

these champions have gone on to<br />

shine in open company.”<br />

Indeed, most competitors dealt<br />

well with the grand occasion,<br />

the only blip being when Marcus<br />

Kirkby-Bott’s hunter Mighty<br />

Dan boiled over in the electric<br />

atmosphere of the TopSpec arena.<br />

With admirable cool, Marcus<br />

took the horse straight back out<br />

before his antics could unsettle<br />

the others. “We may try again<br />

next year, but I think I’ll just<br />

take him hunting,” said Marcus<br />

philosophically.<br />

For this year’s SEIB Search for a<br />

Star champion, next year offers a<br />

whole new challenge. “I probably<br />

would never have attempted open<br />

Search For A Star Working<br />

Show Horse winner Maisie<br />

Swain and Marlon Brando<br />

HOYS qualifiers, but after the<br />

comments from Robert and Katie,<br />

I have already been looking at<br />

shows for next season,” admitted<br />

Lynsey. “I will definitely try to see<br />

if he will carry a side saddle, too.”<br />

COB<br />

Like Anastasia Steele of popular<br />

culture, the judges took a chance<br />

on a handsome gentleman,<br />

selecting Charlotte’s Bunyard’s<br />

Take A Chance On Mr Grey (stable<br />

name Christian, of course) to head<br />

the cob section.<br />

“He gave both Katie and me a<br />

beautiful ride,” said Charlotte,<br />

18, who plans to read equine and<br />

human sports science at university<br />

after a gap year. “He just went like<br />

he does at home and wasn’t fazed<br />

at all. He smiled all the way round<br />

too, bless him; he was so good for<br />

a six-year-old novice. “Riding in<br />

that arena was breathtaking and<br />

going through the famous curtains<br />

was just amazing. A big thank<br />

you to Search for a Star for the<br />

opportunity, and I hope to return<br />

to HOYS in the open classes.”<br />


College student Maisie Swain<br />

headed this strong section with<br />

Marlon Brando, who is said to be<br />

bombproof, despite the fact that<br />

Search For A Star Cob winner Charlotte Bunyard<br />

and Take A Chance On Mister Gray<br />

the six-year-old was only bought<br />

a year ago, just backed and very<br />

green. Maisie, 17, had tried to<br />

qualify Marlon at Keysoe, where<br />

they weren’t placed. Based in<br />

Hitchin, Herts, she decided to<br />

have another go at Bury Farm,<br />

which is fairly local, and they<br />

won.<br />

Marlon is bred to jump, so the<br />

working show horse format,<br />

in which contestants have to<br />

perform a show and jump two<br />

of three fences — suited him<br />

perfectly. The working show pony<br />

class follows the same format and<br />

both are new this year.<br />


Emma Grimes had promised her<br />

grandmother, Nora Cole, that one<br />

day she would qualify an animal<br />

for HOYS. Not only did she keep<br />

the promise, she also won the<br />

working show pony section with<br />

Ebony and Lace, ridden by her<br />

friend Karen Oliver.<br />

“I am so proud,” said Emma.<br />

“There have been nights when<br />

I’m riding at 11pm and wondering<br />

if it’s all going to be for nothing.<br />

Mollie’s been in work five to six<br />

times a week with both Karen<br />

and I riding her. She’s been out<br />

competing and schooling and it’s<br />

expensive — and sometimes it’s<br />

hard.<br />

“When Karen and Mollie walked<br />

into the arena, I started to cry<br />

because I thought, ‘What if, after<br />

all the work, Mollie can’t cope<br />

with the audience?’ When they<br />

Search For A Star Riding Horse winner Ellie<br />

Simmonds and Hevans Forever In My <strong>Life</strong><br />

won I just felt overwhelming<br />

relief that all that grit had paid<br />

off, and my grandmother was<br />

sitting in the front row to see it.<br />

Nothing tops this.”<br />

She added: “As a traditional cob,<br />

without Search for a Star Mollie<br />

has no path to HOYS because she<br />

isn’t coloured or hogged. I cannot<br />

ever thank this series enough for<br />

that.”<br />

“SEIB Search for a Star is a<br />

pathway that has been taken<br />

by so many now-famous horses<br />

and riders,” said SEIB marketing<br />

director Nicolina McKenzie. “You<br />

just have to look at the <strong>2017</strong><br />

HOYS champion show pony<br />

Archwood Romeo Gigle.<br />

“It was sad this year to see Jordan<br />

Cook retire Fleetwater Xecutive<br />

after 10 years, but what a horse<br />

and what a career Jordan has<br />

had because of him and the SFAS<br />

competition.<br />

“SEIB is so proud to still be in<br />

the driving seat of this exciting<br />

series. Where else do you find<br />

true talent and future champions<br />

that just continue to make their<br />

mark year after year?<br />

“I have to thank the judges<br />

because they put so much time<br />

and effort into selecting the<br />

correct animals to go to Horse of<br />

the Year Show. Looking at some<br />

of these in the ‘rough’ takes real<br />

talent and that is what our judges,<br />

our riders and our qualified horses<br />

have.”<br />

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horse of the year show<br />

“Perfect Pete”<br />

lives up to<br />

his name<br />

One of this season’s most<br />

consistent campaigners<br />

capped their year with<br />

the SEIB Insurance<br />

Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse<br />

(R2R) title at the Horse of the Year<br />

Show (HOYS) on Wednesday (4<br />

October).<br />

Not for nothing is Rebecca Court’s<br />

ride, Beware Chalk Pit, known at<br />

home as Perfect Pete; they beat<br />

a strong field for the coveted<br />

title in the Birmingham NEC’s<br />

international arena. It was a special<br />

moment for Rebecca, HOYS was<br />

Pete’s last show, as the 13-year-old<br />

will now be retired.<br />

“I was crying before the class,” she<br />

admitted. “I was emotional going<br />

into it, knowing it was our last ride<br />

together. He has been my horse of<br />

a lifetime and today was a fairytale<br />

ending. I always felt he was nice<br />

enough to win HOYS and he really<br />

deserves this.<br />

“Being involved in his retraining<br />

has been really rewarding. That’s<br />

why we call him Perfect Pete, he’s<br />

so easy and genuine.”<br />

Pete is owned by Ann Leftley,<br />

from whom Rebecca has him on<br />

Helen Newbold and Emporers Jade<br />

loan, and is produced by Justine<br />

Armstrong-Small. “I learned to ride<br />

at Justine’s when I was five and I’ve<br />

never left,” joked Rebecca. “I’m 31<br />

now!”<br />

Pete’s victory at HOYS is even more<br />

rewarding as this year Rebecca<br />

brought him through herself,<br />

winning not one but two of the<br />

hotly contested qualifiers, Bury<br />

Farm and Burghley.<br />

“I really wanted to qualify Pete<br />

myself,” said Rebecca, who is<br />

senior lecturer in fine art at the<br />

Birmingham School of Art. “We’ve<br />

had a great season and today has<br />

been amazing. What a horse, what<br />

a star.”<br />

Chris Bartram-Lawton, who<br />

judged the racehorses with<br />

Rachel Thomas, was equally<br />

enthusiastic, saying:<br />

“The winner was<br />

the epitome of<br />

a retrained<br />

racehorse,<br />

a quality<br />

horse that<br />

has raced<br />

but now<br />

loves his<br />

second job.<br />

ABOVE AND INSET: Champion Rebecca Court and Beware Chalk Pit<br />

He was fit<br />

and in show<br />

condition,<br />

had light<br />

elastic<br />

paces and<br />

a very<br />

mannerly<br />

cadence.<br />

He showed<br />

he had taken<br />

to the show ring<br />

like a professional.”<br />

Pete proved this last point<br />

when he rose to the occasion in the<br />

horse supreme at HOYS on Sunday<br />

night, to which he gained entry<br />

because of his R2R victory.<br />

Beautifully ridden, he produced<br />

an impressively smooth,<br />

flowing show which included a<br />

perfectly-executed shallow canter<br />

serpentine, a good rein-back and a<br />

one-handed canter and extension,<br />

all of which showcased his perfect<br />

manners yet again in an electric<br />

atmosphere.<br />

He has also earned several ribbons<br />

in riding horse classes, qualifying in<br />

that section at HOYS this year too,<br />

including standing reserve supreme<br />

amateur riding horse champion at<br />

the Longines Royal International<br />

Horse Show in July.<br />

Second place in the HOYS final<br />

went to Helen Newbold with her<br />

own Emperors Jade, whom she<br />

described as an “impulse buy”.<br />

Helen bought the 12-year-old<br />

“JJ” at the end of last year from<br />

an advert for him on the internet,<br />

having lost her 2015 SEIB runnerup<br />

Tycoons Reflection due to<br />

unsoundness issues.<br />

“I was undecided about having<br />

another ex-racehorse, but I spotted<br />

an advert for JJ as an all-rounder,”<br />

said Helen, who won this final<br />

in 2013 with Deep Reflection. “I<br />

always have my eyes open looking<br />

for the next one, if you are looking<br />

seriously, you never find. “JJ was<br />

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Paul Langrick and Clonard Lad<br />

Allister Hood and Gateshead<br />

He really didn’t<br />

race very well but<br />

I fell in love with<br />

him the first time<br />

I saw him<br />

completely amazing today and<br />

coped brilliantly with the HOYS<br />

atmosphere.”<br />

Jo Bates was third with the elegant<br />

grey Grandeur, who had won just<br />

under £600,000 on the track. He<br />

belongs to Yvonne Jacques, who<br />

bought him as a yearling from<br />

Goffs.<br />

Grandeur qualified for HOYS at his<br />

first attempt, when runner-up in<br />

the 30-strong class at Osbaldeston<br />

in April. He has also had several<br />

successful outings as a show hack,<br />

winning at the Addington Spring<br />

Festival, the North of England<br />

Summer Show and the British<br />

Show Horse Association National<br />

Championships last month.<br />

“I’m so incredibly proud of how far<br />

he has come, considering we have<br />

only had him for 11 months,” said<br />

Jo. “He coped amazingly well with<br />

everything. He was a little twitchy<br />

in the prize-giving but he soon<br />

settled again. He is a complete<br />

star.”<br />

Becky O’Neill’s Clonard Lad was<br />

fourth, ridden by Paul Langrick.<br />

The 12-year-old chestnut was<br />

seventh in 2015, Becky admitted it<br />

had been a year too soon, and was<br />

sixth last year, so is making his way<br />

up the rankings. Becky was quick<br />

to credit Paul, whom she says is the<br />

Hannah Horton and What Of It<br />

most “dedicated and hard-working<br />

professional” she’s ever met.<br />

A self-confessed “horse hoarder”,<br />

Becky first saw “Chester” at Market<br />

Rasen racecourse in March 2015.<br />

“He really didn’t race very well<br />

but I fell in love with him the first<br />

time I saw him,” she said. “He’s a<br />

beautiful boy and he’s never known<br />

badness.”<br />

Fifth, was one of the most<br />

consistent partnerships of the<br />

season, Hannah Horton and Sarah<br />

Ward’s What Of It, known at home<br />

as Wotty. Hannah has been riding<br />

the 14-year-old ex-chaser for just<br />

over a year, and they qualified at<br />

Vale View in August. The horse<br />

ran 23 times under Rules and had<br />

19 point-to-point starts, often<br />

partnered by Sarah’s son Tommy.<br />

“Sarah asked me to ride Wotty<br />

at the beginning of last year, but<br />

he only went to three shows,<br />

including HOYS where he was a<br />

bit starstruck,” said Hannah. “He<br />

was amazing today, I couldn’t<br />

have asked any more. Each year<br />

he is better, more confident<br />

and stronger. Next year will be<br />

exciting.”<br />

Allister Hood was sixth with<br />

Gateshead, the “baby” of the<br />

competition at just five. Bred by<br />

Juddmonte Farm, Zoe Turner’s<br />

gelding ran just twice without<br />

bothering the judges. He seems<br />

to have taken better to showing,<br />

qualifying at Vale View on only his<br />

third time in the ring.<br />

Lucy Barlow’s Grey Topper made<br />

his first appearance at HOYS a<br />

good one by filling sixth place<br />

with Claire Oliver. He only ran five<br />

times and has been hunting before<br />

starting his showing career.<br />

Donna Bamonte, who suffered a<br />

terrible blow in 2013 when she<br />

lost her R2R campaigner Steveys<br />

Lad in a collision on the way home<br />

from HOYS, finished eighth with<br />

Valentine Jak, who is easy to spot<br />

due to the perfect white heart on<br />

his forehead.<br />

“Sadly, it was not one of our better<br />

days as Jak seemed unsettled and<br />

stressed, unlike his normal self,”<br />

Donna noted philosophically.<br />

Ninth was Hannah Chisman’s<br />

Nicene Creed. She had bought the<br />

12-year-old former chaser to go<br />

point-to-pointing but entered him<br />

in an ex-racehorse class at a local<br />

show, which they duly won. They<br />

also compete in ladies side saddle<br />

classes.<br />

A notable absentee from this final<br />

was Katie Jerram-Hunnable with<br />

HM The Queen’s Barbers Shop,<br />

who finished runner-up in the 2016<br />

contest.<br />

“This morning he wasn’t 100 per<br />

cent himself, for the first time in<br />

all the time we’ve had him, so we<br />

made the choice not to put him in<br />

the ring,” revealed Katie. “We are<br />

devastated but they are horses, not<br />

machines. “Well done to Rebecca<br />

with Beware Chalk Pit though, he<br />

looked amazing and thoroughly<br />

deserved his win,” she added.<br />

Nicolina Mackenzie, marketing<br />

manager of sponsor SEIB, was also<br />

delighted with this year’s result,<br />

saying: “Beware Chalk Pit was a<br />

fitting champion of what has been<br />

an extremely high-quality series.<br />

All six qualifying rounds attracted<br />

massive fields and the cream<br />

definitely rose to the top. They are<br />

all champions simply for having<br />

got here.<br />

“We continue to apply stringent<br />

rules to both this series and the<br />

SEIB Search for a Star, and this<br />

year we have been dope-testing at<br />

selected Racehorse to Riding Horse<br />

qualifiers. We are determined to<br />

be the face of ethical showing and<br />

this year’s finalists have done us<br />

proud.”<br />

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horse of the year show<br />

What An<br />


Ashley Bird and Gwerniago Gethin relive<br />

their early days and qualifying experiences<br />


Ashley first started riding<br />

when he was eight years<br />

of age, his sister (aged 6)<br />

was very into the whole<br />

riding dream but for Ashley. he<br />

was very scared of ponies but was<br />

fascinated at the same time.<br />

Due to Ashley (by his own<br />

admittance) being a little over<br />

weight when he was younger<br />

his mother decided to make him<br />

go riding with his sister, so they<br />

started out at Robinhouse Riding<br />

School, which he hated, said<br />

Ashley “it scared me to death!”<br />


GROW<br />

Over time Ashley started getting<br />

more comfortable with the whole<br />

riding hobby and entered into the<br />

spirit, entering a few competitions<br />

that were held at the Riding<br />

School, and always came away<br />

with a rosette, very often a red<br />

one!<br />

After being at the riding school for<br />

a while Ashley got the opportunity<br />

to loan a pony that was (in his<br />

words) “as old as the hills!”<br />

Commented Ashley, “he was<br />

as fast as a race horse, but<br />

the only reason<br />

I kept the<br />

pony was<br />

because I wasnt allowed anything<br />

too expensive and we were on a<br />

budget as none of my family were<br />

into ponies.”<br />

He continued “We did a couple<br />

of local shows but nothing major<br />

but I was happy with the winning<br />

family pony.”<br />


Despite having non-horsey<br />

parents, Ashley was fortunate as<br />

he grew older as his Father bought<br />

him a 17hh Dutch warmblood<br />

show-jumping mare. As Ashley put<br />

it “In my eyes the bigger the horse<br />

the smaller the fences looked.<br />

We formed a great partnership,<br />

became a member of BSJA as it<br />

was back then and jumped up to<br />


Due to a major fall with my trainer<br />

Ashley had a massive confidence<br />

set-back and didn’t really want<br />

to ride again; a couple of years<br />

later he still had the mare and<br />

was trying out jumping again but<br />

couldn’t get the feel of the whole<br />

jumping experience.<br />

Due to moving yards and some<br />

of the kind ladies that were on<br />

the yard they introduced him to<br />

the show scene so he went out<br />

and bought his first section D, a<br />

stallion called Gwerniago Gethin<br />

(known at home as Derek), from<br />

Birmingham and that’s where his<br />

showing career all started.<br />


The first qualifier they attended<br />

was at Field House in Derbyshire.<br />

Ashley was initially just going<br />

to support a good friend! As she<br />

had helped Ashley out by getting<br />

him started doing the workers,<br />

she had told Ashley to bring<br />

Derek, the experience would be<br />

good but Ashley was reluctant<br />

as they had only jumped three<br />

working hunter courses together.<br />

Commented Ashley “Standing in<br />

the arena awaiting to go into the<br />

class my nerves definitely didn’t<br />

get the better of me and resulted<br />

in winning the class and qualifying<br />

for the Royal International on our<br />

first ever attempt.”<br />

It didn’t stop there. They qualified<br />

for Horse of the Year Show first<br />

time out at The Royal Cheshire<br />

County Show too. So having gone<br />

from zero, Ashley found himself<br />

in the enviable position of two<br />

prestigious qualifying results from<br />

two attempts. Impressive stuff.<br />

At the Royal International Ashley<br />

and Derek took second place by<br />

just one mark and topped it off<br />

with a win and Reserve Champion<br />

at Horse of the Year Show in 2016!<br />

I have always done a lot of<br />

my training on my own as I<br />

am not very good at taking<br />

direction and listening!<br />


Ashley has always tried to do<br />

everything himself with regards<br />

to his riding as he was always told<br />

he would never have been good<br />

enough! Due to not really knowing<br />

anyone in the horsey world he’s<br />

never had anyone to look up to or<br />

emulate.<br />



Ashley commented “A good<br />

workers pony would have to be<br />

bold, brave but careful, they need<br />

to be willing to please and also<br />

you must have a bond with the<br />

pony. Confirmation, presence and<br />

movement would be a good asset<br />

for a hoys pony to have too.”<br />

On his qualifying and results this<br />

year, Ashley said “Honestly I was<br />

speechless, to have been able to<br />

qualify again with my best friend<br />

(Derek) and to attend HOYS was<br />

enough for me but to have won<br />

second time running<br />

and being placed in<br />

the championship I<br />

never thought I would<br />

have been able to equal<br />

that.”<br />

He added “I have<br />

always done a lot of<br />

my training on my own<br />

as I am not very good at taking<br />

direction and listening! One of the<br />

people I have to mention is Sarah<br />

Field for giving me pointers and<br />

tips, also making me attend the<br />

qualifiers and making me believe I<br />

was good enough!<br />


“I would like to finish off by saying<br />

a massive thank you to my brilliant<br />

sponsor Shapley’s for providing<br />

me with the best products out on<br />

the market, making my boy shine<br />

and gleam, I am very grateful and<br />

honoured to be a part of your<br />

team. My fantastic family that<br />

have always been with me through<br />

everything and being able to<br />

make this dream come true, my<br />

special boyfriend (Liam Priestley)<br />

for putting up with my diva<br />

moments and also Derek’s diva<br />

moments! For turning him out to<br />

perfection (and me)! Also want to<br />

make a very special thank you to<br />

a very close friend that I haven’t<br />

known for years but we have been<br />

through thick and thin and she<br />

has always been my back bone and<br />

provided and made this experience<br />

enjoyable, fulfilling and amazing,<br />

thank you Sarah Weston.<br />

DÉJÀ VU?<br />

This year they qualified and went<br />

champion second time out for the<br />

Royal International at the TSR<br />

Show at Onley and won and went<br />

champion at The Royal Cheshire<br />

County Show for the second time,<br />

qualifying for Horse of the Year<br />

Show and going Champion.<br />

This year at the Royal<br />

International, they were second<br />

again by one mark and then won<br />

and went reserve champion at<br />

Horse of the Year Show<br />

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Reader Success stories<br />

making waves across the equestrian world<br />




Another strong<br />

performance from<br />

Danni and Ryfel<br />

Saxon Prince<br />

Ryfel Saxon Prince (owned by Emma Vince)<br />

had his 2nd year campaigning in HOYS<br />

qualifiers. After he qualified last year and<br />

came 4th at the final the pressure was on.<br />

They had a couple of close results then decided on<br />

the journey to Aintree and if they didn’t qualify<br />

there to go to The Royal Highland straight after.<br />

The class was huge and they came in 4th. Saxon<br />

did a lovely show and as they revealed the results<br />

everyone around them began to place and they<br />

came in top!<br />

The final was much stronger this year with so many<br />

producers and lovely horses. Saxon was the very<br />

first for the ride judge and as always gave a lovely<br />

ride to be placed 8th at HOYS.<br />

Danni Radford and Ryfel<br />

Saxon Prince 8th Non<br />

Native Coloured Horse<br />


A memorable<br />

first time at HOYS<br />

HOYS was everything<br />

you can imagine and<br />

more!<br />

This was the first time we<br />

had qualified and attended<br />

as a competitor rather than<br />

a spectator so although we<br />

were a little nervous, this<br />

was heavily outweighed by<br />

the excitement. Surprisingly<br />

it was all very calm and well<br />

Emma Mrvik and Pumphill Brandon<br />

organised which put you at<br />

ease and Corkers (Pumphill Brandon) settled well into his stable. Our evening<br />

practice in the warm up was a little hair raising at the start, but he soon settled<br />

and enjoyed the lights and music and I sang my way around to calm any<br />

nerves!! Dinner was at the 24 hour toastie bar – which I highly recommend!<br />

Where else can you get kitkat toasties!<br />

One the day of the competition we were all strangely calm and just excited to<br />

be there, I was hardly nervous at all, which surprised me as normally I feel sick<br />

before every competition. Our class was not until the evening so we spent the<br />

morning making sure everything was ready and of course a quick look around<br />

the shops.<br />

We had no expectations of being placed in the class and went in the ring to<br />

have some fun and enjoy being there. The initial go-round was fantastic and<br />

Corkers felt amazing, we were then split into two groups with half of the class<br />

carrying out the set show and half the confirmation. I presented Corkers for<br />

the confirmation first and then my individual show. If I was being critical the<br />

show could probably have been better, but I was so pleased with what we had<br />

achieved and proud we had made it. It was fantastic to see my friends and<br />

family there to watch and see the excitement and enjoyment on their faces.<br />

When the top 11 were invited to stay in the ring and our number was called,<br />

I couldn’t believe it and to be placed 10th out of 23 in a very strong class was<br />

simply amazing. For anyone who is considering entering any HOYS qualifiers,<br />

my advice is to go for it! It is hard work, but extremely enjoyable and if you<br />

make it, the best experience in the world.<br />

I hope to be there again in the future! Thank you to Nina Browning and Janice<br />

Allen for all your help throughout the season and at Hoys – an amazing team I<br />

couldn’t be without!<br />


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It’s All In the Breeding!<br />

A<br />

chance purchase over 12 years ago<br />

at the Autumn Cob sales saw the<br />

start of the Section D breeding for<br />

Nicki Glenn and her husband at Larnleigh<br />

Stud, until then they had bred the smaller<br />

counterparts of section A’s and C’s with the<br />

odd part-bred.<br />

When they purchased Craignant Express<br />

Nicki said “the majority of our friends<br />

thought that we had taken leave of our<br />

senses, Express was rising 16 years old, had<br />

not sired any stock for a number of years<br />

and had a testicular tumour, but there was<br />

something about the stallion that meant<br />

we had to take him home”.<br />

His CV was lavished with his former glory,<br />

a multiple Royal Welsh, Glanusk and<br />

Lampeter winner and champion and a<br />

former premium stallion winner for Mid<br />

Wales, he had also previously been sold<br />

through the Cob sales as a 5 year old for a<br />

whopping £10,000. Express went straight<br />

from the sales to our vets for surgery, the<br />

tumour weighed in at over a kilo and it<br />

was believed the blood supply to it was<br />

so great this was what was causing his<br />

infertility; Spring came and it was time to<br />

test the theory, Adolf, as he had then been<br />

named, covered one of the resident Section<br />

A mares, Tangleberry Tamara and 3 weeks<br />

later she was safely scanned in foal.<br />

The hunt then began for a special Section<br />

D mare; commented Nicki “we were very<br />

lucky to purchase Abergavenny Nutmeg<br />

from Terry-Jayne Buckley, sired by Pennal<br />

Calon Lan who himself had also sold<br />

through the Cob Sales the same year<br />

as Adolf, for the same price of £10,000.<br />

Nutmeg was purchased in foal to Trevallion<br />

Leonardo and following foaling was<br />

covered by Craignant Express.”<br />

The following year a very special bay colt<br />

was born, from the minute they saw him<br />

they knew he was special, they had many<br />

offers to purchase him but knew that<br />

they needed to keep him. That foal was<br />

Larnleighs Dictator, he was lightly shown<br />

in hand and won a WPCS bronze medal as a<br />

yearling. Two years later Nutmeg produced<br />

a full brother to Dictator, Larnleighs<br />

Express, a clone of his sire.<br />

Both full brothers have gone on to qualify<br />


Tarnya Shields riding Nikki Glenn’s Larnleighs Dictator<br />

Neppie defied his age qualifying for HOYS at<br />

the Great Yorkshire show now aged 20 and<br />

went on to be placed 7th at the final<br />

for the Royal International and HOYS,<br />

Dictator also qualified for Olympia as a<br />

5-year-old. This year, Dictator was placed<br />

5th at HOYS, improving on his last years’<br />

placing of 7th and prior to that, Larnleighs<br />

Express was placed 6th at his first visit as a<br />

5-year-old with the top ride mark.<br />

Added Nicki “We have been very lucky<br />

to compete at HOYS on a number of<br />

occasions, our first visit was in 2005 when<br />

we were showing Cwmmaddoc Neifion<br />

(Neppie) for his then owner/breeder Shirley<br />

Williams; in the two seasons we had him he<br />

qualified for HOYS, The Royal International<br />

and Olympia. Neppie then returned home<br />

to be ‘retired’. Three years ago, at the age<br />

of 19, Neppie was gifted to me, due to his<br />

owners ill health, and despite his age he<br />

looked so well we ran him at the remaining<br />

couple of qualifiers, finishing with a second<br />

place at the last qualifier at Morton. So,<br />

at the age of 20 we decided he could have<br />

one more season, Neppie defied his age<br />

qualifying for HOYS at the Great Yorkshire<br />

show now aged 20 and went on to be placed<br />

7th at the final.”<br />

Neppie had his first go at the SSADL<br />

Olympia qualifiers this year and in true<br />

Neppie style qualified for Olympia at the<br />

first direct qualifier, so at the age of 22<br />

he is making a return trip to London in<br />

December.<br />

After taking a break from breeding for a<br />

number of years Larnleigh Stud’s sights<br />

are now set on the future, they have been<br />

very lucky to lease the very special filly<br />

Crugybar Cariad Mai from her breeder<br />

Carwyn Williams, who is sired by the sire<br />

ratings winner Gwynfaes Cullwch. Cariad<br />

has had a fantastic season as a yearling<br />

being virtually unbeaten all year and they<br />

very much look forward to seeing what this<br />

very special mare line can produce for them<br />

in the future.<br />

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An Amazing Last Ride for Phoebe<br />

Phoebe Rocks and Greenbarrow Mr Darcy ended their perfect partnership on a high, taking<br />

6th place in the Part-Breds and claiming the highest placed award for home-produced<br />

ponies for the second year running - totally amazing. Mum Lynne commented “to come<br />

6th in such strong company was out of this world, dreams really do come true”.<br />

They are now on the look out for an intermediate to be their next superstar and we look forward<br />

to watching that partnership progress.<br />

Phoebe Rocks and Greenbarrow Mr Darcy<br />



My HOYS experience.<br />

Qualifying for HOYS again this year after last year’s<br />

vaccination disappointment was a dream come true.<br />

Arriving was both exciting and nerve racking at the<br />

same time. We parked the lorry and found Biscuit’s stable and<br />

settled him in. The warm up times allocated for my class were<br />

9.25pm on the Thursday and 6am on the Friday morning with<br />

my class taking place on the Friday afternoon. I made use<br />

of both warm up sessions, it was good to get into the arenas<br />

whilst it was quiet, it helped with my nerves and it was good to<br />

familiarise Biscuit prior to the class.<br />

Friday passed quickly and the tension began to really kick in<br />

when we started to get Biscuit ready. The long walk down to<br />

the Top Spec arena was daunting. As we walked down to the<br />

arenas competitors were coming in the opposite direction<br />

with their horses and rosettes. The warm up area was busy,<br />

we had allowed plenty of time but it passed really quickly<br />

and without warning we were being called for our class. We<br />

entered the arena and after the go round Katie Jerram rode<br />

each horse and gave some fantastic comments when she rode<br />

Biscuit. Robert Oliver was the conformation judge and he also<br />

was very complementary. The experience was amazing and I<br />

was delighted to be called in 4th place. Biscuit was an absolute<br />

superstar and I was so pleased with the way he behaved in the<br />

electric atmosphere and the way he took things in his stride.<br />

Everyone was friendly and the whole experience was amazing<br />

but over too quickly after such a long build up. It definitely was<br />

and experience I will treasure.<br />

Sarah Hind<br />


Sarah Hind and Take the Biscuit 4th SEIB Search for a Star Show Hunter<br />



A brilliant first<br />

result for Ashleigh<br />

Having never competed in HOYS classes until <strong>2017</strong> and<br />

never competed an Intermediate, this was a whole new<br />

experience for Ashleigh.<br />

Ashleigh said “We had various results through the season<br />

and with the ground being so appalling at Bakewell I had told<br />

myself I would give it a miss, until 3am on the morning of<br />

Bakewell show where a friend kindly offered to pick me and<br />

Hugo up to have a go at the last HOYS qualifier. The ground<br />

was dire and the class full of top horses. I couldn’t believe<br />

it when they pulled me in top, never mind kept me there to<br />

win and qualify. then to go Reserve Champion.” Ashleigh<br />

continued “It felt so surreal, then all the nerves began about<br />

riding at HOYS for the first time.<br />

It was so daunting walking in the TopSpec ring but Hugo<br />

behaved so well and went so beautifully. The commentator<br />

got to 4th place and started with ‘the pair that qualified at<br />

Bakewell’ and I couldn’t believe we had come 4th at HOYS. I<br />

have been so lucky to have owned and shown Hugo this year,<br />

he has taught me so much.<br />

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show shots<br />

A very handsome<br />

Supreme hound!<br />

The working hunter line-up<br />


Notts Derby<br />

Horse Show<br />

Polly Pickford Swift<br />

and Moneyhills<br />

Nightlight<br />

Ashlea Jennings &<br />

Kindesella Lilly<br />

Sarah Rose Purdy<br />

and Casperello<br />

Creme<br />

Chetwynd<br />

Hemlock and<br />

Delilah Beck<br />

Reserve<br />

Supreme<br />

Ridden<br />

Molly SHeilds and<br />

Florin of Westoak<br />

Parkhall Thumbprint Supreme of Show<br />

ridden by Charley Winfield an owned by<br />

Debbie Godber<br />

Reserve Supreme<br />

of Show T Birch<br />

and Obi<br />

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show shots<br />

Amy Geraghty<br />

& Storm In hand<br />

Supreme<br />

Beth Fowler &<br />

Busby Reserve<br />

Supreme Ridden<br />

Patrington Mill<br />

Kate Read &<br />

Super Ted<br />

Laura Buzzard &<br />

Roscon Boy Thing<br />


Vicki Casey & Townend Stevie Supreme<br />

Liz Hartley &<br />

Lancaster<br />

Leanne Oliver<br />

& Roslyn Star<br />

Attraction<br />

Bronte Thompson & The Copper Dob<br />

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show shots<br />

Lynne Hallam &<br />

Lowhouse Jessica<br />

Hayley Roddis &<br />

Besselene Baileys<br />

Vicky Costello &<br />

Delomi Bravado<br />

Meghan Wharton and<br />

RDA Pony Millie<br />

Michelle Rishton<br />

& Maybelline<br />

Reserve Supreme<br />

In Hand<br />

Lindsey Hewitt<br />

& Drakenyre<br />

Debonair<br />

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Quorn<br />

Hunt PC<br />

Hunter<br />

Trials<br />

■ 30TH SEPTEMBER<br />

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shows<br />

The Showing Barn<br />


Reserve Inhand Champion Laura Bates<br />

Delilah Beck<br />

Fabulous horses and ponies, well done to all that attended,<br />

very nice quality ponies. The next show is 12th <strong>November</strong><br />

at Milton EC, then on the 19th <strong>November</strong> at Selston<br />

EC, all welcome, entries on the day with fab rosettes, three<br />

championships with sashes and prizes , then on the 3rd<br />

December, Xmas Fun Show at Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre. Lots<br />

of fun classes, novice and in hand, inc. fancy dress, so let’s get<br />

sewing!<br />

Katy Rainey<br />

Ridden Pony Champion Amelia Wymark and Reserve Lucas Bell<br />

Dougie Kent<br />


Robyn Marriott Youngstock class<br />

Inhand Champion Kevin and Lisa Mewes<br />

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eventing<br />

The Horseware<br />

National Hunter Trial<br />

Series Championship<br />

Report by Eland Lodge<br />


The Horseware National<br />

Hunter Trial Series<br />

culminated in a<br />

spectacular two-day<br />

National Championship recently.<br />

Qualifiers for the series are held<br />

throughout the year at over 170<br />

venues, with more than 22,000<br />

qualifying rounds taking place.<br />

The Championship final is held<br />

at Eland Lodge, located in the<br />

beautiful and centrally located<br />

Staffordshire countryside. With<br />

competitors travelling from as far<br />

as Cornwall, North Scotland, the<br />

Isle of Man & the Isle of Wight,<br />

it is a truly national competition!<br />

The series, thought up by Eland<br />

Lodge and generously supported<br />

from day one by Horseware<br />

Ireland, has grown phenomenally<br />

from its inception in 2013 and<br />

now represents the pre-eminent<br />

Hunter Trials Series in the country.<br />

Despite the persistent rain on<br />

day one of the competition, the<br />

competitor’s spirits remained<br />

high! The 70cm class was first to<br />

run, and what a great start it was<br />

to the weekend’s competition.<br />

22 fences and 2400 metres<br />

of undulating terrain of the<br />

Staffordshire parkland certainly<br />

tested the skill and stamina of<br />

the horse & rider combinations.<br />

An impressive standard of riding<br />

& preparation was shown with<br />

the majority of competitors<br />

successfully completing the<br />

strong, testing course. The 70cm<br />

Champion is Joanne Lee riding<br />

Lightening Lad.<br />

Up next was the 80cm<br />

Championship, and despite<br />

the pretty constant rain the<br />

ground held up well for the 137<br />

competitors taking part. Less than<br />

5 seconds separated the top 12<br />

riders, with the 80cm Champion<br />

first prize being awarded to Lisa<br />

Lake riding Edenwood Connielass.<br />

Later that evening the famous<br />

Horseware party got underway;<br />

a baked potato supper expertly<br />

catered by the 1st Whittington<br />

Scouts, copious amounts of<br />

cocktails consumed from The<br />

Pink Flamingo Cocktail Bar, and<br />

entertainment by the wonderful<br />

local band Recall (including the<br />

amazing Meatloaf tribute)! While<br />

competitors boogied the night<br />

away, the ground staff were still<br />

hard at work moving fences to<br />

fresh ground and ensuring that all<br />

take off and landings were safe.<br />

The fiercely contested 80cm<br />

Pairs classes kicked off the action<br />

on day 2 of the competition.<br />

80 Pairs Dressing Fence winners Rachael & David<br />

70cm Joanne Lee riding Lightening LAd<br />

90cm winner Jennifer Stokes riding Moorlogh Kate<br />

70cm winner Joanne Lee, presented by John<br />

Coupland & Amy from Horseware

1m winner Megan Coburn riding Olly<br />

The Championship has again<br />

proved to be a huge success,<br />

with competitors travelling<br />

from all over the country to be<br />

with us here at Eland Lodge<br />

winners of this class were mother<br />

and daughter combination<br />

Christina & Chloe Robinson.<br />

The pairs class is also home<br />

to a second (and just as hotly<br />

contested) prize – the Dressing<br />

Fence. Judged and Sponsored by<br />

event photographers W. Parrott,<br />

the pair who pull the best move<br />

over this fence are awarded a<br />

special prize, with this year’s<br />

prize going to Rachael Stainsby<br />

and David Smith.<br />

The final two classes saw some<br />

very professional riding over two<br />

very up-to-height, technically<br />

challenging courses over testing<br />

terrain. Competitors rose to the<br />

challenge demonstrating their<br />

horsemanship to come home<br />

with some lovely clear, quick<br />

rounds. This years’ 90cm National<br />

Champion is Jennifer Stokes<br />

riding Moorlough Kate, with the<br />

1m National Championship being<br />

awarded to Megan Coburn riding<br />

Olly.<br />

The prizes didn’t stop there,<br />

with RoR kindly sponsoring cash<br />

prizes for the highest placed RoR<br />

registered combinations. 80cm<br />

RoR winner was Lauren Faggetter<br />

riding Cold Blow Den, 80cm Pairs<br />

winners were Lauren Faggetter<br />

and Rebecca Wilman, 90cm<br />

winner was Rebecca Wilman.<br />

The Ernie Ashford Trophy,<br />

a prize presented in loving<br />

memory of Ernie Ashford (former<br />

Groundsman at Eland Lodge)<br />

to the highest placed local rider<br />

in the 90cm class, was won by<br />

Sascha Halford.<br />

John Coupland, Managing<br />

Director of Eland Lodge, said:<br />

“The Championship has again<br />

proved to be a huge success, with<br />

competitors travelling from all<br />

over the country to be with us<br />

here at Eland Lodge. The weather<br />

was a challenge but those taking<br />

part didn’t let it dampen their<br />

spirits and the Eland Team rose<br />

to the challenge. Being part of<br />

such as inspirational competition<br />

reaffirms our belief in entry level<br />

sport and confirms the necessity<br />

of this sort of series. A huge debt<br />

of gratitude is owed to Horseware<br />

Ireland for their belief in and<br />

support for the competition, their<br />

input has been vital. My thanks<br />

to all those who took part in what<br />

turned out to be a very special<br />

weekend.”<br />

Always a fantastic class to<br />

watch, this competition serves<br />

up a great display of team work,<br />

friendship, hilarity and the sound<br />

of thundering hooves for all<br />

spectators to see and hear. The<br />

sheer enjoyment of horse riding<br />

is seen during this class; after<br />

all, what could be better than<br />

galloping about the countryside<br />

with your best mate! The worthy<br />










Shop online or in store www.elandlodge.com<br />

Newborough Road, DE6 5HD T: 01283 575856<br />

80cm winner Lisa Lake riding Edenwood Connielass<br />

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shows<br />

The Kathryn Bull<br />

Memorial Trust<br />

<strong>2017</strong> Show<br />

Saturday the 7th October<br />

saw the second Kathryn<br />

Bull Memorial Trust<br />

show take place at Cross<br />

Lane <strong>Equestrian</strong>, Kathryn’s<br />

yard. Hosted by Blidworth and<br />

District Riding Club, the show<br />

aims to celebrate Kathryn’s<br />

ethos and love for the horse<br />

community. It’s by the far the<br />

busiest show of the year, and<br />

the <strong>2017</strong> show was even busier<br />

than the first one in 2106. It’s<br />

a day for family, friends and<br />

the local horse community to<br />

remember Kathryn’s smile and<br />

how she rode and lived her life.<br />

Jumping classes from 35cm<br />

to 85cm took up the bulk of<br />

the day, yet this year a Hobby<br />

Horse jump off provided much<br />

entertainment with Cerys Lamb<br />

becoming the first KBMT Hobby<br />

Horse Champion. The days<br />

riding was completed with good<br />

old-fashioned games.<br />

Being not just about riding<br />

though, for lots of cakes were<br />

eaten and raffle prizes sold. As<br />

the day aims also to raise funds<br />

for the Trust, this year reaching<br />

over £500. Bradley Fransman<br />

Hobby Horse Competition<br />

Amelia on Sunny who did her first course<br />

of 12 jumps<br />

Kathryn fondly remembered<br />

Charlotte Hovell, KBMT Champion <strong>2017</strong><br />


The KBMT Trophy and flowers<br />

the first KBMT Grant holder<br />

took part on the day. Bradley<br />

having received a grant for<br />

competing in Holland for the<br />

British Tent Pegging team. Jess<br />

Morton another KBMT Award<br />

holder is currently in Africa.<br />

Yet, the main highlight of the<br />

day is the award of The KBMT<br />

Trophy; presented to the rider<br />

and horse who best displays<br />

Kathryn’s ethos. This year<br />

Charlotte Hovell and her horse<br />

Cindy were awarded the <strong>2017</strong><br />

trophy. They rode with a smile.<br />

Just like Kathryn did.<br />

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shows<br />

Norton Blue Mounted Games Team<br />

Alice Theakstone on Guy<br />

Winning Team Trentvalley Red (Left to right, Rianna Majer on Prada, Eve Allison on Panash,<br />

Alice Theakstone on Guy, Evie Buggy on Binky)<br />

Annual Interclub<br />

Show Jumping<br />

and Games<br />

Took place on Sunday 24th<br />

September at Trentvalley<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre.<br />

Seven riding clubs took part:<br />

Trentvalley Riding Club<br />

Norton District Riding Club<br />

Lambley Riding Club<br />

Kirkby Riding Club<br />

Springwood Riding Club<br />

Broadview Riding Club<br />

Ripley Riding Club<br />

Results<br />

SHOW JUMPING RESULTS - 1st: Trentvalley,<br />

2nd: Broadview, 3rd: Lambley, 4th: Springwood,<br />

5th: Broadview, 6th: Trentvalley, 7th: Norton, 8th:<br />

Kirkby, 9th: Lambley, 10th: Norton, 11th: Ripley<br />

MOUNTED GAMES RESULTS -1st: Ripley, 2nd:<br />

Norton, 3rd: Springwood, 4th: Springwood, 5th:<br />

Broadview, 6th: Trentvalley, 7th: Norton, 8th:<br />

Kirkby, 9th: Broadview, 10th: Trentvalley<br />

Norton purple<br />

Mounted<br />

Games<br />

Team – with<br />

youngest<br />

competitor of<br />

the day Alfie<br />

Miller age 5,<br />

riding Queen<br />

of Hearts.<br />

Mounted Games 6th place Trentvalley Blue (Left to Right – Dawn Taylor on<br />

Rusty, Victoria Robinson on Lady, Caitlyn Kupsa on Trentvalley’s Jock, Georgie<br />

Staniforth on Boo)<br />

Norton Purple Show Jumping Team<br />

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Zara<br />

Campbell<br />

Simm<br />

Charlotte Brown<br />

riding Scooby<br />

Doo in Dressage<br />

Casey Stephenson on Wiggy<br />

in Have a go Hunter<br />

Lambley<br />

Charlotte Smith riding<br />

Birkinbrook Cranberry<br />

in Prelim 12<br />

Combined<br />

Training<br />

Cheryl Mills on<br />

Troy in Show<br />

Jumping<br />

Emma Ward on<br />

Cleveland Lady<br />

in Dressage<br />

Prelim 12<br />

India Newbury<br />

riding Walwen<br />

Fudge in Prelim<br />

12 (2)<br />

Katherine<br />

Sydenham on<br />

Belle of the Ball<br />

in Dressage<br />

Nicole O’Mally<br />

on Danza. Show<br />

Jumping<br />

Lucy Heckford<br />

riding Boris in<br />

Dressage<br />

Molly Capewell<br />

on King Show<br />

Jumping<br />

Rachel Varley<br />

on Oscar in<br />

Dressage<br />


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diary<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Wednesday 1st <strong>November</strong><br />

Tori Peters Dressage Clinic<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Thursday 2nd <strong>November</strong><br />

Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks Demo<br />

Richmond <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.intelligenthorsemanship.co.uk<br />

01488 71300<br />

Friday 3rd <strong>November</strong><br />

Evening Dressage<br />

Caistor <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.caistorequestriancentre.com<br />

01472 859341<br />

Nervous and Novice Show Jumping<br />

Friars Hill Stables<br />

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk<br />

01751 432758<br />

Halloween Novice and Nervous<br />

Showjumping and Show<br />

Millfield <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre 07718919011<br />

Saturday 4th <strong>November</strong><br />

Nervous and Novice/Unaff Trailblazers<br />

Quals Show Jumping<br />

Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.miltonec.co.uk 07768853308<br />

Bs Junior Showjumping<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Unaffiliated Combined Training/<br />

eventers Ct<br />

Speetley EC<br />

07531354265 / 07714278097<br />

Sunday 5th <strong>November</strong><br />

Bonfire Showing Inc Equifest Qual<br />

Aldham Mill <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

07415985978<br />

An Afternoon With Gemma Tattersall<br />

BHS Nottinghamshire, Brackenhurst<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.bhs.org.uk/bhs-in-your-area/eastmidlands/nottinghamshire<br />

Blueberry Events Stressless Dressage<br />

Askham Bryan College<br />

www.blueberryeventsuk.com<br />

07872640482<br />

Championship Points Dressage<br />

Colne Valley Saddle Club<br />

www.colnevalleysaddleclub.org.uk<br />

07841535563<br />

Winter Dressage Competition<br />

Friars Hill Stables<br />

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk<br />

01751432758<br />

Pony Club Dengie Dressage Qualifier<br />

Grove Hunt Pony Club 07936800995<br />

Bs Senior Showjumping<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Warter and the Buddhist Centre<br />

Guided Ride (Yorkshire Wolds)<br />

Ride Yorkshire Foundation<br />

www.rideyorkshire.org 07583 451825 /<br />

07570 112010<br />

Unaffiliated Showjumping<br />

Speetley EC<br />

07531354265 / 07714278097<br />

Bonfire Team Show Jumping<br />

Trentvalley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838<br />

Tuesday 7th <strong>November</strong><br />

Dressage or Show Jump Training<br />

Beatrice Stocks Be Coach, Aldham<br />

Mill <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre, Barnsley Road,<br />

Wombwell, Barnsley Yorkshire S73 8EG<br />

www.beatricestocks.com<br />

07853245843<br />

Wednesday 8th <strong>November</strong><br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Market<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Thursday 9th <strong>November</strong><br />

Vet Talk Protecting Your Horse From<br />

Disease and Calmers<br />

West Yorkshire Horseplay<br />

www.wyhp.co.uk 07970 479826<br />

Friday 10th <strong>November</strong><br />

Holme Valley Riding Club <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

Car Boot Sale<br />

Woodnook Arena<br />

07775 991492<br />

British Dressage - Three Day Show<br />

Sheepgate <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

www.sheepgate.co.uk 01205 870236<br />

(office hrs) 07768 156262<br />

Leonie Smith Dressage Clinic<br />

Turbury Equisport<br />

www.turburyequisport.co.uk<br />

07789 265 973<br />

Saturday 11th <strong>November</strong><br />

Indoor Dressage<br />

Acrecliffe <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.acrecliffe.co.uk 07855 307291<br />

Arena Event Clinic<br />

Beatrice Stocks BHSAI, Northern Racing<br />

College<br />

www.beatricestocks.co.uk 07853245843<br />

Blueberry Events Can’t-Jump Won’t-<br />

Jump Showjumping<br />

Askham Bryan College<br />

www.blueberryeventsuk.com<br />

07872640482<br />

Vale View <strong>Equestrian</strong>, Old Dalby, Melton<br />

Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX<br />

Wednesday 1st` British Showjumping<br />

Thursday 2nd Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Friday 3rd Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Saturday<br />

4th British Showjumping<br />

Sunday 5th British Dressage<br />

Monday 6th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Monday 6th Ian Woodhead<br />

Tuesday 7th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Tuesday 7th Ian Woodhead<br />

Tuesday 7th Clear Round Jumping<br />

Wednesday 8th British Showjumping<br />

Thursday 9th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Thursday 10th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Saturday 11th Unaffi liated DR & SJ inc Trailblazers Qualifi ers<br />

Sunday 12th Arena Eventing 2018 Qualifi er<br />

Monday 13th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Tuesday 14th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Tuesday 14th Clear Round Jumping<br />

Wednesday 15th British Dressage<br />

Thursday 16th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Friday 17th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Saturday 18th Thoroughbred Championships<br />

Sunday 19th Thoroughbred Championships<br />

Monday 20th Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Tuesday 21st Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Tuesday 21st Clear Round Jumping<br />

Wednesday 22nd British Showjumping<br />

Thursday 23rd Caroline Moore Event Clinic<br />

Thursday 23rd Ian Woodhead<br />

Saturday 25th Unaffi liated DR & SJ inc Trailblazers Qualifi ers<br />

Sunday 26th British Dressage<br />

Tuesday 28th Clear Round Jumping<br />

Wednesday 29th British Showjumping<br />

Thursday 30th Ian Woodhead<br />

Please note dates may be subject to changes at the<br />

centres discretion. All Schedules can be found on our<br />

website along with details of all our trainers.<br />

“Tuesday Clear round jumping - just come along from 1pm and buy your<br />

ticket. Tickets are £15 for 2 rounds this includes any help you may need<br />

from Caroline Moore (may be alternative trainer occasionally)<br />

Trailblazers Show jumping – starting at 65cm introductory level through<br />

to 1.05cm providing an opportunity to qualify for an Unaffi liated National<br />

Championships.<br />

Dressage – we do trailblazers, affi liated & unaffi liated classes at Vale View<br />

from walk trot introductory tests through to Grand Prix tests, you will need<br />

to enter at least 4 days before the competition and please telephone if you<br />

need to make a late entry. Payment must be made at time of booking to<br />

Please note dates may be subject to<br />

confi rm your entry, and is non-refundable once paid.<br />

changes at the Centre’s discretion<br />

For more information on all of these events<br />

and more please visit our website<br />

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk<br />

Tel: 01664 823739<br />

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Unaffiliated Dressage<br />

Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.miltonec.co.uk 07768853308<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Table Top Sale -<br />

Brandesburton Yo25 8sb<br />

Patrington Mill<br />

www.patringtonmillshowyard@live.co.uk<br />

07707725792<br />

Novice/nervous Showjumping<br />

Trentvalley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838<br />

Sunday 12th <strong>November</strong><br />

Trec Obstacle Training<br />

Evie O’keeffe Trec Trainer, Professional<br />

Equine Services<br />

www.trec-training.uk 07939471564<br />

Unaffiliated Showjumping<br />

Ledston Equine Centre<br />

07827291115<br />

Winter Dressage Championship @ Mill<br />

Lane Stables<br />

Mill Lane Stables<br />

07976938119<br />

Open Indoor Dressage Competition<br />

Lrac, Louth<br />

North Lincs Riding Club, LRAC<br />

www.nl-rc.co.uk mob.07870824141<br />

Unaffilliated Show Jumping Points<br />

League<br />

Outwoods <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

07837487186<br />

Unaffiliated Jumping<br />

Penistone and District Riding Club<br />

www.penistoneridingclub.org.uk<br />

07833 794181<br />

Arena Cross Country<br />

Raw Equine, Laughton Manor <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

Centre<br />

07880971711<br />

Rockwood Harriers Pony Club Team<br />

Show Jumping<br />

Woodnook Arena<br />

07790 258830<br />

Unaffiliated Showjumping<br />

Speetley EC<br />

07531354265 / 07714278097<br />


www.miltonequestrian.co.uk<br />

Also at Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong>:<br />

* We hold a range of shows from Showing to<br />

Jumping and Dressage * Indoor Arena Hire available<br />

* Lessons with our very own BSJA coach Selina<br />

Cawkwell * Livery available<br />

(Take a look at our website to find our more)<br />

Blyth Rd, Carlton Forest, Worksop, Notts S81 0TP<br />

Tel: 01909 733844<br />

WEB: www.miltonec.co.uk EMAIL: info@miltonec.co.uk<br />

Gill Liggins Clinic<br />

Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk<br />

01623 860997<br />

Wednesday 15th <strong>November</strong><br />

Tori Peters Dressage Clinic<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Thursday 16th <strong>November</strong><br />

Steph Croxford Clinic<br />

Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk<br />

01623 860997<br />

Friday 17th <strong>November</strong><br />

Evening Show Jumping<br />

Caistor <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.caistorequestriancentre.com<br />

01472 859341<br />

Trailblazers Showjumping<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Winter Dressage Series <strong>2017</strong><br />

Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk<br />

01623 860997<br />

Saturday 18th <strong>November</strong><br />

Nervous and Novice/Unaff Trailblazers<br />

Quals Show Jumping<br />

Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.miltonec.co.uk 07768853308<br />

New Date Ashley Ward Dressage/ Test<br />

Riding Clinic<br />

Turbury Equisport<br />

www.turburyequisport.co.uk<br />

07789 265 973<br />

Sunday 19th <strong>November</strong><br />

Blueberry Events Unaffiliated<br />

Dressage<br />

Blueberry Events<br />

www.blueberryeventsuk.com<br />

07872640482<br />

Trec Obstacle Training<br />

Evie O’keeffe Trec Trainer, Wakefield RDA<br />

www.trec-training.uk 07939471564<br />

Monthly Show Jumping Competition<br />

Friars Hill Stables<br />

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk<br />

01751432758<br />

Holme Valley Riding Club Indoor Team<br />

Dressage<br />

Woodnook Arena 07841 535563<br />

Unaffiliated Dressage<br />

Ledston Equine Centre<br />

Ledston Equine Clinic 07827291115<br />

Bs Senior Showjumping<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Indoor Arena Show Cross<br />

Northern Racing College<br />

www.northernracingcollege.com<br />

01302 816006 / 07392 085 785<br />

Outwoods <strong>Equestrian</strong> Unaffiliated<br />

Winter Dressage Series<br />

Outwoods <strong>Equestrian</strong> 07837487186<br />

Indoor Dressage Show<br />

Rearsby Lodge Riding Club<br />

www.rearsbylodge.com 0116 2871662<br />

Hacking Skills Clinic (2)<br />

Ride Yorkshire Foundation, Thornton<br />

House Farm<br />

www.rideyorkshire.org 07583 451825 /<br />

07570 112010<br />

Indoor Showing Have a Go Show<br />

Sheepgate <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

www.sheepgate.co.uk 01205 870236<br />

(office hrs) 07768 156 262<br />

Showcase Dressage @ Middleton Park EC<br />

Showcase Media, Middleton Park<br />

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diary<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.showcaseshowingseries.com<br />

01132190455<br />

Arena Eventing<br />

Speetley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.speetleyec.co.uk<br />

www.speetleyec.co.uk<br />

Unaffiliated Dressage<br />

Tickhill Riding Club, Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

Centre<br />

www.tickhillridingclub.org 07759987736<br />

Trailblazers Dressage<br />

Trentvalley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838<br />

Sue Chadwick Show Jumping Clinic<br />

Turbury Equisport<br />

www.turburyequisport.co.uk<br />

07789 265 973<br />

Thursday 23rd <strong>November</strong><br />

Dressage Bootcamp<br />

Professional Equine Services<br />

www.professionalequineservices.co.uk<br />

07791792711<br />

Friday 24th <strong>November</strong><br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Items New and Used Sale<br />

Legup <strong>Equestrian</strong>, Bromley Farm<br />

www.legupequestrian.co.uk 07740 178790<br />

Novice and Nervous Evening Jumping<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Friday Night Show Jumping<br />

Trentvalley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838<br />

Saturday 25th <strong>November</strong><br />

Unaffiliated Show Jumping Inc Bs<br />

Club Show<br />

Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.miltonec.co.uk 07768853308<br />

Trailblazers Dressage<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Unaffiliated Dressage Series<br />

Professional Equine Services<br />

www.professionalequineservices.co.uk<br />

07791792711<br />

Indoor Dressage<br />

Sheepgate <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

www.sheepgate.co.uk 01205 870236<br />

(office hrs) 07768 156262<br />

Sunday 26th <strong>November</strong><br />

Dressage Clinic Gill Liggins<br />

Hazlehead Hall <strong>Equestrian</strong><br />

http://hhhequestrian.weebly.com<br />

07877362092<br />

Legup <strong>November</strong> Dressage Event<br />

Legup <strong>Equestrian</strong>, Bromley farm<br />

www.legupequestrian.co.uk 01226 370679<br />

Winter Dressage Championship @ Mill<br />

Lane Stables<br />

Mill Lane Stables<br />

07976938119<br />

Northern Lights Trophy Show<br />

Northern Racing College 07827323993<br />

Notts Derby on Tour Pre Christmas<br />

Tinsel Show<br />

Notts Derby Horse Show, Barleyfields<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.nottsderbyhorseshow.com<br />

07854317335<br />

In Hand and Ridden Showing at Milton<br />

EC S81 0tp<br />

Patrington Mill, Milton EC<br />

www.patringtonmillshowyard.co.uk<br />

07707725792<br />

Winter SJ Points League<br />

Pole Moor Riding Club<br />

polemoorridingclub.co.uk<br />

Unaffiliated Showjumping<br />

Speetley EC<br />

07531354265 / 07714278097<br />

Open Showing Show<br />

Speetley <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.speetletec.co.uk 07531354265<br />

Tuesday 28th <strong>November</strong><br />

Dressage or Grid Work<br />

Beatrice Stocks Be Coach, Aldham Mill<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.beatricestocks.com 07853245843<br />

Human 1st Aid Course<br />

Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk<br />

01623 860997<br />

Wednesday 29th <strong>November</strong><br />

Tori Peters Dressage Clinic<br />

Moorhouse <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre & Saddlery<br />

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk<br />

01977 642109<br />

Friday 1st December<br />

Evening Dressage<br />

Caistor <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.caistorequestriancentre.com 01472<br />

859341<br />

Nervous and Novice Show Jumping - Pre-<br />

Entry Only<br />

Friars Hill Stables<br />

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk<br />

01751 432758<br />

Saturday 2nd December<br />

Indoor Dressage<br />

Acrecliffe <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.acrecliffe.co.uk<br />

07855 307291<br />

Show Jump Training With Be Coach<br />

Beatrice Stocks Be Coach, Aldham Mill<br />

<strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.beatricestocks.com 07853245843<br />

Nervous and Novice/Unaff Trailblazers<br />

Quals Show Jumping<br />

Milton <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.miltonec.co.uk 07768853308<br />

Sue Chadwick Show Jumping Clinic<br />

Turbury Equisport<br />

www.turburyequisport.co.uk<br />

07789 265 973<br />

Sunday 3rd December<br />

Blueberry Events Stressless Dressage<br />

Askham Bryan College<br />

www.blueberryeventsuk.com<br />

07872640482<br />

Danibeck Christmas Pageant of the<br />

Horse<br />

Commonside Farm<br />

07976482818/07393375522<br />

Danibeck Christmas Pageant of the<br />

Horse Show<br />

Commonside Farm<br />

www.danibeckshow.co.uk 07976482818<br />

Winter Dressage Competition<br />

Friars Hill Stables<br />

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk<br />

01751432758<br />

Unaffiliated Showjumping<br />

Ledston Equine Centre<br />

07827291115<br />

In Hand and Ridden Showing at<br />

Northern Racing College<br />

Patrington Mill, Northern Racing College<br />

www.patringtonmillshowyard.co.uk<br />

07707725792<br />

Pole Moor Christmas Extravaganza<br />

Woodnook Arena<br />

polemoorridingclub.co.uk 07714 763 460<br />

Christmas Show<br />

Speetley EC<br />

07531354265 / 07714278097<br />

Gill Liggins Clinic<br />

Wellow <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk<br />

01623 860997<br />


Sunday 5th <strong>November</strong><br />

Team Show Jumping<br />

Saturday 11th<br />

Nervous and novice Show Jumping<br />

Sunday 19th<br />

Trailblazers Dressage<br />

Friday 24th<br />

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The Mill, Mansfield Rd, Edingley<br />

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Martins Farm<br />

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room. Claxhill Farm, Carlton Lane, Norwell,<br />

Newark. NG23 6LF, Tel. 07977 629504<br />



fully qualified and registered<br />

farrier relocating back to<br />

Chesterfield and now taking<br />

on new customers in North Derbyshire,<br />

South Yorkshire and surrounding areas. All<br />

types of work undertaken from elite<br />

competition horses to happy hackers and<br />

everything in between. Working together<br />

with vets, physiotherapists and trainers to<br />

ensure your horse performs to the best of<br />

their ability. Use of modern and traditional<br />

methods of shoeing and trimming including<br />

specialist plastic shoes and bespoke<br />

hand-made steel shoes where required.<br />

Remedial work also undertaken following a<br />

consultation with examples of work<br />

available on request. Tel: 07584 068441;<br />

Email: grovehouseforge@gmail.com;<br />

Web: www.farrierliam.co.uk<br />



Carlton in Lindrick, Nr Worksop. Quality<br />

livery yard, DIY, part or full. Large indoor<br />

and outdoor arenas. Extensive cross-country<br />

courses, regular competitions and annual<br />

camp. Unlimited hacking and all year turnout.<br />

24hr supervision and security. Contact<br />

Lorna and Bill Walker on 01909 730247.<br />


on the edge of Clumber<br />

Park has limited vacancies<br />

for DIY/Assisted DIY/Part/<br />

Full liveries. British Horse Society approved<br />

yard - Secure yard with alarmed tack room<br />

and CCTV - Owners live on site, late night<br />

check and lock up - Rest room, toilet and<br />

wash facilities - Separate locker room -<br />

Portable hot/cold shower unit (small fee)<br />

- Floodlit 40mx40m manege with mirrors<br />

and jumps - Grass jumping arena with a<br />

range of jumps - All year turnout. Optional<br />

24/7 summer turnout - 55 acres of paddocks<br />

on sand based soil - Summer and winter<br />

paddocks - Horses 2 max to a paddock with<br />

automatic filling water troughs - On site<br />

instructor available for lessons - Assisted<br />

services available for holidays, sickness,<br />

work commitments - No yard politics, just<br />

friendly faces here to ride. Come and view<br />

the superb facilities for yourself. Call Alison/<br />

Nick on 01909 472413 www.clumberlivery.<br />

co.uk<br />


. FULL, PART OR<br />

HUNT LIVERIES. Small<br />

professionally run yard in the<br />

beautiful village of Norwell.<br />

Close to Newark with easy access to A1 for<br />

Showground, Arena Uk etc. Full, Part and<br />

Hunter Livery tailored to suit you and your<br />

horse to the very best standard. Facilities<br />

include: Indoor stables; All year round;<br />

turnout; Outdoor Manage; Secure tack<br />


Established, well run DIY livery yard situated<br />

on an arable farm, 8 miles from Nottingham.<br />

Use of well-known cross-country course,<br />

40m x 30m sand and rubber manege,<br />

show jumps and direct access to an<br />

off-road toll ride with miles of traffic-free<br />

hacking. All year turn-out in individual<br />

paddocks, separate summer and winter<br />

grazing on free-draining land. The yard<br />

now implements the “Intelligent Worming<br />

Programme”. Individual choice of farrier,<br />

Vet, instructor etc. Contact Carole Fisher Tel:<br />

01949 20235 www.newtoncrosscountry.<br />

co.uk<br />



by woodland, just off<br />

A46 between Lincoln and<br />

Newark. DIY, part or full<br />

livery, all stables have rubber matting and<br />

water drinkers, 60x25 floodlit arena with<br />

cushion-ride surface , full set of show-jumps<br />

on grass , wash room and secure tack room<br />

, lorry and trailer parking. Please call Kath<br />

07957754260<br />


Kneesall’s finest<br />

equestrian centre<br />

has fabulous<br />

facilities awaiting<br />

you and your horse including 40x20 waxed<br />

indoor arena with mirrors, 60x30 outdoor<br />

arena, full set of show jumps, Monarch<br />

stabling, covered walker, lunge pen, stocks,<br />

solarium, hot/cold wash-box, post and rail<br />

fenced paddocks and indoor turnout. Fully<br />

qualified and insured staff on site 24hrs.<br />

Specialising in livery and training solutions<br />

for horses and riders of all abilities, backing<br />

and producing youngsters and re-educating<br />

‘problem’ horses. Contact Rebekkah 07791<br />

792711 or Andrew 07746 168813.<br />



A fresh approach to problem solving, all<br />

horses helped without force or fear. For info<br />

on private visits, courses and clinics, email:<br />

info@truehorsemanship.com or call 01623<br />

407634 / 07974 214990.<br />

www.truehorsemanship.com<br />


HARRIET HAIVERS. Willow Farm, Hawton,<br />

Newark, Notts NG24 3RR. Tack and rug<br />

repairs - English saddles bought and sold -<br />

Bridlework made to order - Saddle fitting<br />

and reflocking. Now Open Weekdays 9am -<br />

5pm; Saturday 9am - 1pm. Tel: 01636<br />

678006 / 07932 233219.<br />




stabilises the pelvis, aligns<br />

spine and strengthens<br />

shoulders to give core<br />

strength and a balanced position in the<br />

saddle. Top event rider Tina Canton is now recommending<br />

it to her pupils as a clever way to<br />

enhance their riding, both at her Newark yard<br />

and to students at Nottingham Trent University.<br />

“I am immensely grateful to have found<br />

this gilet and I can thoroughly recommend<br />

it”, says Tina. With most riders suffering bad<br />

backs, the brace is just the thing for riding and<br />

stable work, and a bonus that it looks just like<br />

a regular waistcoat. Angel Med Ltd., (Orthotics<br />

Manufacturer) 01476 516200/07968 510452<br />

www.angelmed.co.uk<br />




SADDLE FITTER. Purpose<br />

built Saddlefit centre near the<br />

Newark showground or home visits. Excellent<br />

Range of both New and secondhand<br />

saddles available. All Reflocking and aftercare<br />

to saddles undertaken. Te 07787532601<br />

/ 01636701790<br />




Vale View <strong>Equestrian</strong> Centre<br />

Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray<br />

Leicestershire LE14 3LX.<br />

Qualified with the Society of<br />

Master Saddlers (SMS) and<br />

also a Master Saddle Fitting Consultant<br />

(MSFC). Nicola was the first in the country<br />

to gain both of these qualifications. New<br />

and second-hand saddles, including Equipe,<br />

Kent & Masters and our very own made to<br />

measure Sovereign saddles. Onsite flocking<br />

and alterations. Yard visits or fittings at Vale<br />

View <strong>Equestrian</strong>. Discounts available fitting/<br />

checking for multiple horses on the same<br />

yard. 0845 3003566<br />

Sales@buckarooequine.co.uk<br />



Society of Master Saddlers<br />

qualified Saddle Fitter. We<br />

undertake saddle fitting throughout the<br />

East Midlands area. New, second-hand<br />

leather and synthetic saddles always in<br />

stock. Repairs expertly undertaken.<br />

Ring 01526 860436. E: john@tandcrobinson.co.uk<br />

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HARRIET HAIVERS. Willow Farm, Hawton,<br />

Newark, Notts NG24 3RR. Tack and rug<br />

repairs - English saddles bought and sold<br />

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and reflocking. Open Weekdays 9am - 5pm<br />

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01636 678006 / 07932 233219.<br />

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Backing, starting and schooling your<br />

youngster couldn’t be easier at Kneesall’s<br />

finest equestrian centre. Don’t miss out<br />

on the limited places available. Fabulous<br />

facilities awaiting you and your horse<br />

including 40x20 waxed indoor arena with<br />

mirrors, 60x30 outdoor arena, full set of<br />

show-jumps, Monarch stabling, covered<br />

walker, lunge pen, stocks, solarium, hot/cold<br />

wash-box, post and rail fenced paddocks<br />

plus indoor turnout. Fully insured and<br />

qualified staff on site 24hrs. Specialising in<br />

schooling and training solutions for horses<br />

and riders of all abilities, back & producing<br />

youngsters and re-educating ‘problem’<br />

horses. Contact Rebekkah 07791 792711 or<br />

Andrew 07746 168813.<br />


F Martin Ltd. MARTINS FARM, Dorket Head<br />

Farm, Calverton Road, Arnold, Nottingham.<br />

Everything for your horse and pet: plus<br />

riding wear and outdoor clothing: Feed,<br />

Supplements, Electric and Wooden fencing<br />

and gates. T: 0115 9268703 F: 0115<br />

9264995.<br />

www.martinsfarm.co.uk<br />


Est.1992<br />

so a wealth of<br />

experience to<br />

offer<br />

Easy parking<br />

Bakewell Equine Vets. Experienced equine<br />

vets providing an ambulatory service and<br />

clinic with stabling and surgical facilities. We<br />

provide AI services, digital x-ray, ultrasound<br />

scanning, shockwave therapy, dentistry,<br />

video gastroscopy/endoscopy, lameness<br />

investigations, JMB measurement and prepurchase<br />

examinations. Open 8.30-5.00pm<br />

plus 24hr emergency service 01629 810351<br />

www.bakewellvets.co.uk<br />










As a Physiotherapists I am highly trained and<br />

experienced. I’m an expert in the field of gait<br />

analysis, manual therapies, electrotherapies,<br />

exercise prescription, and rehabilitation in<br />

order to decrease pain and restore function.<br />

Physiotherapy can help improve performance,<br />

prevent injury, and enhance mobility and<br />

suppleness. Physiotherapy also assists in<br />

rehabilitation following injury and/or surgery<br />

with the aim of restoring the animal back<br />

to full function. It is not just for the elite<br />

competition horse or agility dog; every animal<br />

will benefit from being pain free, having<br />

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