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Issue 271 February 2018 | £3.00

East midlands & the northern counties’ best equestrian monthly magazine by far!

British Eventing

Thinking

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Tips, Training, Courses, Events

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to British

Eventing

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Native Life

THE EXMOOR PONY

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JUNIOR LIFE • VETERAN LIFE • NATIVE LIFE

SOVEREIGN EQUESTRIAN

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Welcome

Welcome to our first issue of 2018 and

we have hit the ground running!

Starting off this year, we have a feature

on British Eventing, tips and training

from our local riders and to cap it all

the chance to win FULL Membership

to British Eventing for the year.

March and April issues will be just

as exciting as we are on track to offer

Membership to British Showjumping

and British Dressage.

We have introduced three new sections to the magazine monthly and

are absolutely delighted with the feedback so far; if you own a Native, a

Veteran or are Junior rider (or parent to) please do send us your story for

possible inclusion each month.

Are you on Instagram? Linked to our British Eventing feature we have a

brilliant bundle prize to be won. Find out more about this on page 20 and

be sure to follow us on @equestrianlifemagazine

We hope you stay with us on our journey through 2018. Whatever level

you are competing at, we wish you the best of luck, if it doesn’t go to plan

remember tomorrow is another day but most important, smile, make

friends and memories.

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Issue 271 February 2018

Issue 271 February 2018 | £3.00

British Eventing

Thinking

About

Joining

Tips, Training, Courses, Events

Five Minutes with

Native Life

THE EXMOOR PONY

NEW

East midlands & the northern counties’ best equestrian monthly magazine by far!

Rosalind Canter

JUNIOR LIFE • VETERAN LIFE • NATIVE LIFE

SOVEREIGN EQUESTRIAN

The difference is in the detail

TIPS AND TRAINING

WIN!

One Year’s Full

Membership

to British

Eventing

How To Back A Horse Or Pony

Zoe

ZOE BATESON, EDITOR

COVER PHOTO

Lucy Baguley competing in 2017 at the PC Area 6

Showjumping, riding Charlie Go Go.

PHOTO COURTESY OF

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Contents

February 2018

6 Where are all the Mares?

6 New host for Badminton

Horse Trials

7 The Equestrian Life

Showing Championships

2018

8 Rockingham Horse Trials

welcomes new title sponsor

COVER STORY

10 Five Minutes with event

rider Rosalind Canter

12 Thinking of Joining British

Eventing

13 Find your BE dates and

venues for 2018

14 Get technical with Apt

Cavalier

15 Get the look with Super X

Country

18 Finding your mojo with

Tina Canton

COMPETITION

20 Win One Year’s Full

Membership to British

Eventing

22 Learn About the Non

Ridden Equine Association

UK

29 To Breed Or Not To Breed :

Morley Vets look at the pros

and cons

33 New Wheels? Dawn Rood

launch lorry hire business

COVER STORY

34 Sovereign Equine, the

Difference is in the detail

COVER STORY

36 Joanne Shaw: How to back a

horse or pony

40 Property for Sale with

Fisher German

42 Passion Through the Lens :

Meet Luke Parkinson

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News

round-up

Where Are The Mares?

As this year’s breeding season

fast approaches, a group of

Cleveland Bay breeders and

enthusiasts are becoming

increasingly frustrated by the

lack of pure mares available

to breed from. The critically

endangered breed is gaining

popularity, but breeders now

find themselves with waiting

lists for foals, as they cannot

breed enough to meet demand.

Very few mares are advertised

for sale, and there are people

waiting to breed once they find

a mare. The problem is that

according to the Cleveland Bay

Horse Society records, there

are around 250 pure mares

of breeding age in the UK,

but only 26 pure foals were

registered in 2016. This means

there are a lot of empty mares,

who could help to increase foal

numbers. Some mares are out

competing and promoting the

breed, but there must be more

that could be bred from.

There are breeders and

members of the Cleveland Bay

Horse Society who are looking

for pure mares to buy or to

take on breeding loan. Some

breeders are happy for mares

to stay with their owners up to

foaling time.

Anyone who has a pure

Cleveland Bay mare who isn’t

being ridden or used, that they

might consider selling or loaning

out on breeding loan should

contact the Cleveland Bay Horse

Society via Facebook or email

info@clevelandbays.co.uk.

COMING SOON:

SCT MASTERCLASS

WITH JOE WHITAKER

Top British rider Joe Whitaker, who is enjoying a highly

successful winter on the international showjumping circuit,

will kick off Stubbing Court Training Ltd (SCT)’s renowned

Masterclass Series for 2018 at Parklands Equestrian Centre,

Sheffield, on 20 April.

Showjumping’s illustrious Whitaker family have been closely

connected to Chesterfield-based training company SCT

for many years, and many SCT apprentices have benefited

from their vast depth of knowledge of the horse world. Joe –

nephew of John and Michael Whitaker – was himself an SCT

apprentice, appreciating the importance of adding structure

and a well-recognised qualification to his understanding of

equine management.

SCT’s long-established Masterclass Series has attracted the

world’s top riders and coaches, such as Christopher Bartle,

Yogi Breisner, Billy Twomey, Mark Kyle, Matthew Sampson

and Andrew Saywell. It is exclusive to SCT apprentices and

their employers and is an extraordinary opportunity for them

to access training from the very best.

SCT’s Chief Executive, Belinda Turner MBE, said: “We are

delighted to welcome Joe Whitaker back to the Masterclass

Series. He is an excellent coach as well as rider and I think all

those who attend this Masterclass will learn a great deal and

be inspired to improve their riding and general equestrian

skills.”

NEW HOST FOR BADMINTON 2018

The organisers of the 2018

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton

Horse Trials (2-6 May) have

a new host in the recently

acceded 12th Duke of

Beaufort, Harry Somerset.

Harry has always taken an

active role in the Event and

knows many of the team,

who are very grateful for the

estate’s continued support.

Last year’s rookie course

designer, Eric Winter, came

in with such enthusiasm that

he had pretty well mapped

out his next reversed track as

he was designing his debut.

Much of the earthworks were

completed before Christmas.

Many of the 160,000 fans

start making early plans,

and the Priority Box Office

opened on January 3rd, while

the Main Box Office opened

for business on Wednesday

January 10th.

The tented trading village

continues to expand with

over 500 outlets including

a new World of Food and

Wine and a vast range of

catering possibilities from a

‘posh lunch‘ in the Members

Enclosure, the Relish Deli

Wine Bar and fast and street

food of all types.

www.badminton-horse.co.uk

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The Equestrian

Life Showing

Championships 2018

WINTER SHOW

WHAT: Winter Indoor

Showing Championships

WHEN: 22nd April

WHERE: Oakridge Arena,

Collingham, Newark, Notts

NG23 7NZ

This is an OPEN show, with

no pre-registration, no prequalification

required. Open

to ALL Amateur, homeproduced

riders and handlers

who may have qualified and

competed at Horse of the Year

Show, The Royal International

and Olympia.

The schedule is live on

our website at www.

equestrianlifemagazine.

co.uk/winter-showingchampionships

and entry can

be done online or through the

post. Pre-entry is £10 and

entry on the day are £15 + £3

first aid.

Stables are available on a

first-com/first-served basis

and there are overnight and

day stables available. Booking

form is on our website.

Keep up to date on the event

on our Facebook event page.

SUMMER SHOW

WHAT: The Equestrian Life

Showing and Working Hunter

Summer Championships

WHEN: 2nd September

WHERE: Oakridge Arena,

Collingham, Newark, Notts

NG23 7NZ

This show replaces our two-day

Championship, qualified ONLY

show and is replaced with an

OPEN show, no pre-registration,

no pre-qualification required.

Classes are pre-entry AND

entries on the day. Open to

ALL Amateur, home-produced

riders and handlers who may

have qualified and competed at

Horse of the Year Show, Royal

International and Olympia.

A range of classes for junior and

adult riders, ridden, in-hand and

working hunter – on grass and

surface PLUS indoor evening

performance with fabulous

rosettes, sashes and trophies on

offer.

The schedule will be live shortly

at www.equestrianlifemagazine.

co.uk/equestrian-life-summershowing-championships/

and

online entries will open from 1st

June. Pre-entry will be £10 per

class and entry on the day is £15

a class + £3 first aid.

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Having previously evented at top level, and trained and

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the importance of correct saddle fit upon the performance and

welfare of your horse - whether you compete, hunt, pony club,

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Antonia is Qualified with the Society of

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news

Rockingham International Horse Trials

welcomes new title sponsor Fairfax & Favor

Luxury footwear and accessories brand

Fairfax & Favor has signed a deal to

take title sponsorship of the highly

popular Rockingham International

Horse Trials, which this year runs from

18 - 20 May.

Established in 2013, Fairfax & Favor has

been a regular exhibitor at the British

Eventing affiliated fixture, and its name

is now well established both inside and

outside the equestrian market. With

the rapid growth of the luxury, lifestyle

brand, co-founders Felix Favor Parker

and Marcus Fairfax Fountaine decided

that 2018 was the perfect time to step

up a level in the world of eventing.

Parker and Fountaine said of the

new partnership: “Fairfax & Favor is

privileged to take title sponsorship of

Rockingham International Horse Trials.

We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting

the event as keen exhibitors almost

since its inception, and recently shot

our Autumn/Winter 2017 campaign in

the Castle and the beautiful grounds.

“We are very excited to develop our

working relationship, and cannot wait

for the Horse Trials to kick off in May.”

Castle owners James and Lizzie

Saunders Watson welcome this new

partnership, saying: “We are delighted

to have Fairfax & Favor as our new title

sponsor. It is an exciting, very British

brand that we have enjoyed watching

grow over the last few years. Its ethos

fits very well with that of the castle

and our horse trials, and we are looking

forward to working with the company

in the build up to the 2018 event.”

Further information about Fairfax

& Favor Rockingham International

Horse Trials can be found at www.

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Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary

Carole Fielding has been

involved in rescuing horses

and ponies for over 30 years

and some years ago, registered

Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary charity

to ease the suffering of horses

and ponies whose owners either

could not or would not look after

them.

Many of the animals have come

to them, through no fault of their

own, either with various health

problems, being elderly or if

their owner’s circumstances has

changed and they can no longer

care for them. They currently

have nearly 100 rescued horses

and ponies in their care and

struggle on a daily basis to keep

going.

Those of you who have your own

horses know just how hard it can

be, especially during the winter

months and so Pablos Horse

Sanctuary are making a very

urgent appeal for anyone who

can volunteer a few hours to help

them care for their rescues.

They have most of them on our

main yard at Long Clawson,

Leics with the rest spread around

in various fields in and around

Melton Mowbray. They also

need volunteer fundraisers as all

the income is raised by Carole

and her small team and every

penny they get goes directly

to the rescues upkeep and care.

They also have many other

ways in which you can help;

Easyfundraising for those who

shop online, Amazon wish list,

The Melton Community Lottery,

Pablo’s 100 raffle Club, Sponsor

a Rescue direct debits are just a

few of them.

If you can please check

our website www.

pabloshorsesanctuary.co.uk for

the details and also Carole

Fieldings contact details if you

need any further information

or would like to volunteer. They

also have a Fundraising Group

and a Second Hand Tack

group on Facebook as well

as a Justgiving fundraiser for

urgent fence and stall repairs/

replacement for the safety and

comfort of the rescues.

We know there are many

worthwhile charities who are

asking for your help, but we need

to keep giving our rescues the

life they so deserve. and really

need your help.

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A very popular National Competition for the Unaffiliated

riders amongst us in both dressage and showjumping.

Run for some 18 years by Granville & Janet Thompson, the reins have now been taken over by Event Director, Carole Newton.

Carole is an experienced Equine Event

organiser, with a passion for grassroots

riding and has run local shows for a

number of years at Grey Fern Park

Equestrian Centre near Peterborough.

Carole says; “It is so important that all levels of Rider have

the best possible experience whilst out competing. For those

early on in their equestrian careers, a bad experience can

have a devastating affect on their confidence. My aim with

UK Riders is to provide a professionally run event in a safe,

fun and encouraging environment.”

First Round Qualifiers are held locally so there is bound to be

a qualifying centre near you!

Once you have qualified at this level, competitors can, for

an small annual fee, join the UK Riders membership scheme

and you will be issued with a membership card.

You will need this membership card to be able to compete in

the second round Regional Qualifiers and the National Finals

are being held at Arena UK on the 9th September 2018.

Looking forward Carole plans to introduce Showing,

hopefully for 2019, and is currently working with a major

Equestrian brand to secure sponsorship.

“Picking up the reins of UK Riders is a huge undertaking,

Granville & Janet did a superb job and I have some very big

boots to fill! I am really looking forward to working with

both equestrian centres and competitors and building on the

success the organisation has already seen.”

Carole, is looking for new centres to hold UK Riders Qualifiers

all over the UK.

Any Equestrian Centres wishing to take part should contact

her via email.

The website is in the process of being updated, meantime

please contact Carole for any further information and have a

look at the UK Riders Facebook Page.

Contact Carole Newton

E: carolenewton@hotmail.co.uk

07879 492068

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eventing

Five Minutes With...

Rosalind

Canter

Ahead of this season’s Eventing, Equestrian Life

took a few minutes out to catch up with popular

Lincolnshire event rider, Rosalind Canter. Many may

know Ros as the diminutive, talented and determined

rider who really pulled some great results out the bag

in 2017 and she hopes to do even better in 2018.

Here’s what she had to say.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF TIM WILKINSON

DO YOU COME FROM A HORSEY

BACKGROUND?

Yes I grew up riding on our family

farm with my two sisters. We were

keen pony clubbers and loved

hunting.

WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO

THE EVENTING SCENE

We always loved the Pony Club one

day events the most. Then my oldest

sister got a horse that had done a Pre

Novice (BE100) and so she wanted

to have a go, so when I got my first

horse I had a go too.

TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR

EARLIEST SUCCESSES?

Coming 2nd in the HOYS working

hunter qualifier at Lincolnshire

show. We only entered as we had

always wanted to do it and to have

a day off school, but the course was

particularly difficult and I jumped one

of only two clear rounds.

YOU’VE KEPT UP YOUR

ACADEMIC STUDIES, WHAT ARE

YOU NOW QUALIFIED IN AND

HOW DOES THAT PLAY A PART IN

YOUR BUSY LIFESTYLE?

I have a degree in sports

science. That is useful

as now the human

fitness side of eventing

is becoming more

important, I already

have a fairly good

understanding of what

I should be doing. It’s

sometimes difficult to

test yourself as the athlete

though!

I also have my BHSII and have

nearly competed my UKCC level 3. I

love training and teaching so these

have been very useful.

WHO WAS THE FIRST MAJOR

INFLUENCE IN YOUR EVENTING

CAREER?

My Mum and she still is. She works

harder than anyone else I know and

still has a huge involvement in my

business.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE

EVENT OR COURSE?

I love Burghley. I have watched the

event for over 20 years and it was a

dream come true to ride there.

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF

YOUR FIRST 4* EVENT?

That was Burghley and Alby had a sore

chin in the run up to the event so I was

so worried about that. I had fairly low

expectations which I think worked to our

advantage as we had an amazing time.

Alby is just an amazing scopey jumper

so he made my first experience feel so

exhilarating.

BADMINTON 2017: A MAJOR GAME

CHANGER?

Yes definitely. It has given me confidence

in my system and my business, although

it was the changes I made in training

that lead to the result at Badminton.

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Alby is just an

amazing scopey

jumper so he

made my first

experience feel so

exhilarating

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT

RIDES?

Allstar B- definitely a star, 5th at

Badminton and the Europeans. He is

an outstanding jumper and is learning

to enjoy the dressage!

Zenshera- my pride and joy. He is a

family pet who also jumps round 4

stars. Whereas Alby is over 17 hands,

Alfie’s is just 15.2hh but he came 7th

and 9th in his 4 star runs last year.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR

2018?

Badminton with Allsar B is the

immediate plan.

TO ANYONE STARTING OUT -

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE

THEM?

Keep working hard and go for any

opportunity.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF

KIT YOU CANNOT DO WITHOUT

I love my Equipe saddles. I bought an

old Equipe saddle when I was starting

out and still have it now. I have some

new ones, but they really suit me. I

love my Charles Owen hats too and

have worn them for years and my

new Monarch solarium is a real hit

with the horses!

TO BE SO SUCCESSFUL YOU MUST

HAVE A GOOD BACK-UP TEAM,

TELL US ABOUT THEM?

My mum helps with my business and

on the yard. She is normally seen

attached to the wheelbarrow and poo

picking the fields. Ruth is my groom

at home and she is really dedicated

to all of the horses. Sarah helps at the

big events and does a lot of driving

for me.

I owe huge thanks also to my

sponsors Emerald Green Feeds and

Topcrop Haulage, it is fantastic to

have their support.

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BRITISH EVENTING:

Thinking

about

joining?

It has never been easier to try eventing

thanks to the range of training and

competition options available with

British Eventing (BE).

WINTER

COMPETITIONS

Throughout the winter there

are three competition series

sponsored by Baileys Horse

Feeds to provide the perfect

pre-season prep and give you

a taste of competing with

BE; Arena Eventing, Jump

Training and Jumping & Style

are open to both members

and non-members of BE and

host indoor and outdoor

show jumping and cross

country competitions. More

information can be found at

www.britisheventing.com/

winter.

TRAINING &

EDUCATION

BE offers training all year

round for every level of

rider from age 12 upwards.

Alongside the regional adult

rider training, BE also host

an extensive 12 – 21 Training

Programme with tailored

training for young riders.

Courses include dressage,

show jumping and cross

country training as well as

volunteer training, camps and

unmounted masterclasses.

More information can be

found at www.britisheventing.

com/training.

MEMBERSHIP AND

COMPETING

BE affiliate over 180 eventing

fixtures between March

and October every year. To

compete, riders will either

need to take out a Full BE

Membership (from £135

online) which gives access

to the full suite of benefits

such as annual third party

insurance and priority ballot

numbers, or by purchasing a

Day Pass Membership. Day

Pass Membership is ideal for

riders who want to have a go at

eventing for the first time; for

£10 a year Day Pass Members

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UPCOMING

EVENTS & COURSES

can buy Day or Training

Passes each time they wish

to compete. Riders can buy a

maximum of four Day Passes

to event up to Intermediate

Novice level or an unlimited

number of Training Passes to

compete in BE80(T) classes.

More information can be

found at www.britisheventing.

com/membership.

BE80(T)

BE80(T) is the first level of

BE competition; 80 stands

for the height of the fences in

centimetres and ‘T’ stands for

training. At each event hosting

WANT

TO

KNOW

MORE?

a BE80(T) class there will be

a dedicated BE Accredited

Coach on hand to answer any

questions, help you warm up

for the show jumping and

host cross country course

walks. Find out more on www.

britisheventing.com/BE80T.

Website: www.britisheventing.com

Email: info@britisheventing.com

Phone: 02476 698856

Facebook.com/BritishEventing

Twitter.com/BEventing

Instragram.com/britisheventing

EVENTS

3 – 4 MARCH - Epworth, South

Yorkshire. Levels: BE80(T) to

BE100Open. Entries open Jan 26

3 – 4 MARCH - Aston-Le-Walls

(1), Northants. Levels: BE80(T) to

BE100Open. Entries open Jan 20

8 – 11 MARCH - Oasby (1),

Lincolnshire. Levels: BE90 to Open

Intermediate. Entries open

Jan 24

16 – 18 MARCH – Lincolnshire,

Lincolnshire. Levels: BE100 to

Open Intermediate. Entries open

Feb 9

7 – 8 APRIL - Norton Disney (1),

Lincolnshire. Levels: BE80(T) to

Open Novice. Entries open Feb 24

7 – 8 APRIL – Breckenbrough,

Yorkshire. Levels: BE90 to Open

Novice. Entries open Mar 3

13 – 15 APRIL - Belton Park

International, Lincolnshire. Levels:

Novice to CIC3*. Entries open

Feb 23

14 – 15 APRIL - Eland Lodge (1),

Derbyshire. Levels: BE90 to Open

Novice. Entries open Mar 9

21 – 22 APRIL - Northallerton

(1), North Yorkshire. Levels:

BE80(T) to BE100Plus. Entries open

Mar 17

24 – 25 APRIL – Whitfield,

Northamptonshire. Levels: BE80(T)

to Open Novice. Entries open

Mar 20

4 – 6 MAY - Richmond (1), North

Yorkshire. Levels: BE90 to Open

Intermediate. Entries Open Mar 30

9 – 12 MAY - Aston-Le-Walls (2),

Northants. Levels: BE100 to Open

Intermediate. Entries open Mar 28

12 – 13 MAY - Chatsworth

International, Derbyshire. Levels:

Novice to CIC3*. Entries

Open Apr 7

18 – 20 MAY - Rockingham

International, Leicestershire

BE100 to Advanced Intermediate.

Entries open Apr 06

26 – 27 MAY - Bishop Burton (1),

East Yorkshire. Levels: BE90 to

Open Intermediate. Entries

Open Apr 21

27 – 28 MAY - Shelford Manor

(1), Notts. Levels: BE80(T) to

BE100Open. Entries open Apr 22

7 – 10 June - Bramham

International, West Yorkshire.

Levels: CCI3*, CCI3*u25 and CIC3*

9 – 10 JUNE – Speetley,

Derbyshire. Levels: BE80(T) to

BE100Open. Entries open May 5

16 – 17 May - Catton Park, South

Derbyshire. Levels BE100 to Open

Intermediate. Entries open May 12

23 – 24 JUNE - Skipton (1), North

Yorkshire. Levels: BE80(T) to Open

Novice. Entries Open May 19

TRAINING COURSES

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY - Cross

Country Training Technique

Series with Victoria Gallantree

at Aylesford Lodge Farm,

Leicestershire

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY -

Arena Eventing - Prepare with

confidence from BE80(T) to

Novice with Lisa Morris at Speetley

Equestrian Centre, Derbyshire

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY -

Successful Show Jumping with

Sam York at Laughton Manor

Equestrian Centre, Lincolnshire

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY -

Try Eventing Training Day with

Victoria Gallantree at Home Farm,

Leicestershire

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY - Get

Ahead with Confidence 2018

(Wobbleberries Welcome) with

Caroline Peatfield at Willow Banks

Equestrian Centre, Lincolnshire

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY - Cross

Country Training with Sue M

Ringrose at Epworth Equestrian

Ltd, South Yorkshire

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY -

Successful Show Jumping with

Sam York at Arena UK, Lincolnshire

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Apt Cavalier…

the science behind

the name!

The Eventing world is a

pretty wonderful world

to be a part of. It’s full

of amazing, generous

and intelligent people who share

the same passionate lifestyle that

revolves around a wonderful,

unique species, the horse!

This lifestyle that we live and

breathe has evolved over the years

but our love for our horses never

changes. We are like no other

athlete because we share the ring

with our best friends, communicate

with a partner who doesn’t speak

our language and trust something

ten times our size, with our life.

However, there is no question that

the well-being of our horses always

come first, and the innovation in the

equestrian world really is mindblowing.

We have seen brands like

WOW and Voltaire change the way

we think about saddles, Ice-Vibe

boots give us a whole new level of

aftercare for our horse’s legs and

companies like Eqclusive who have

even changed the way we groom!

Our horses are without a doubt are

the most comfortable they have ever

been and are getting the best care

they have ever received.

BUT WHAT ABOUT

THE RIDER?

During the 2016 Olympics we all

tweeted the hashtag #TwoHearts

because there are two athletes in

partnership out there on the track.

To ensure the horses are safe and

performing well, the riders on board

need to be 100% concentrating and

riding to the best of their ability.

Sweaty, overheating riders are more

likely to make mistakes; when

your body temperature starts to

increase, the blood flow to the skin

increases and puts strain on the

heart. Overheating can also cause

dehydration, headaches, agitation

and even confusion, none of which

are ideal when you are galloping

at 25mph around a cross-country

course. A comfortable rider rides

more effectively, makes less

mistakes and is much more likely

to bring their horse home safe and

happy.

I created Apt Cavalier because

I think rider comfort and safety

is absolutely paramount to the

progress of our sport. Other sports

such as running and cycling have

been using technical fabrics and

designs that aid performance and

radiate innovation for years now and

we want to translate that into the

equestrian world.

Take our Performance Skin for

example; I originally designed this

top to solve the problems I had on

the cross-country course. I was

sick of finishing my round sweaty,

red and uncomfortable so I wanted

to create a Skin that would ensure

I finished feeling fresh and would

be able to focus first and foremost

on caring for my horse rather than

running off to the lorry to strip off.

With this the AC Performance Skin

was born; a silky compression

top that boosts microcirculation,

encourages the flow of oxygen to

muscles and transfers perspiration

away from the skin. It is also

highly breathable, regulars your

temperature, is pilling resistant,

repels oils & stains and is UV

protective. This Skin has received

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amazing reviews from riders up to 4*

level, all of whom couldn’t believe

the difference a simple item of

clothing could make to their comfort

and performance.

Looking after ourselves is just as

important as looking after our

horses because just like them, we

are athletes. So, eat clean, get plenty

of sleep, take up Pilates and invest

in equipment and clothing which

is going to help you perform to the

best of your ability- once you do, we

guarantee you that you won’t want

to ride in anything else.

www.aptcavalier.com

SARAH

JOHNSTONE

FROM APT

CAVALIER…..

MY ‘GO TO’ PIECE OF KIT FOR

TRAINING YOUNG HORSES

A good trainer! I am so lucky

that my local instructor just

so happens to be Team GB

Olympic medal winner,

and all-round Eventing

legend, Ian Stark. I have

had two 45 minutes

sessions with Ian, and in

those two short sessions

I achieved more with Hugo

than I did working on my own

for the last eight weeks. I am not a

novice rider, nor am I new to youngsters

but sometimes you just need a trained

eye on the ground to spot the cracks

and help you smooth them out.

MY FAVOURITE EVENT

This is a difficult choice between Floors

Castle International and Forgandenny

Horse Trials as I love them both for

very different reasons. Floors castle is

just the most picturesque event: you

hack through the woods to get to the

dressage arenas, then you Showjump

and Cross-country right in front on the

grand castle itself. There are great trade

stands, great weather (touch wood)

and you always see people like Oliver

Townend, Ben Hobday and Nicola

Wilson competing.

Forgandenny was new to the calendar

in 2016 and from the very first event it

has been consistently professional and

ran beautifully. Everyone knows their

job and is super friendly, the showjumping

arena is big and flat and then

you hike up the hill to the cross country

which is fair but challenging at the lower

levels. Their Novice track is an absolute

beast but is perfectly positioned in the

calendar for those preparing for the 1*

at Blair International, plus you would be

hard pressed to find a better view from

the far end of the course!

THE GADGET I CANNOT DO

WITHOUT

Not so much a gadget but if I had to

choose just one bit

of kit that I would be

heartbroken without, it

would be my Albion K2 Jump

Saddle. I love it. Before I bought it, I

actually didn’t think that a saddle would

make such a difference to my position

and wellbeing; I used to get a really sore

back and sore knees after cross-country

but as soon as I started riding in the

Albion, my aches and pains all magically

disappeared!

MY FAVOURITE BIT OF CLOTHING

My favourite piece of clothing just has

to be my Apt Cavalier Performance

Skin- it’s just so versatile! I wear it for

cross country because of its advanced

technical fabric, and breathable mesh

panel: I come off the course as fresh as

I was when I started! I am also using

it as a base layer in the winter as the

temperature regulation feature means

it’s as cosy in the Winter as it is cool in

the Summer! Plus the mesh panel at the

back means I avoid ‘sweaty back’, even

under all those layers!

HOPES/AIMS/GOALS FOR 2018

My main aim for this year it to get out

eventing with my new youngster, Hugo.

Hugo is kindly with me on loan and

has bags of talent so I am very excited

about him. We are starting at BE80 but

the goal is to qualify him for the BE90

Scottish Championships which are

being held at Blair International for the

first time this year. My dream for this

season was initially to qualify my own

SuperCob, Woody for the 1* at Blair,

but unfortunately following a serious

tendon injury Woody won’t be back out

eventing until 2019.

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Who is Super

X Country?

Super X Country is an affordable

sporty equestrian clothing

company for all riders, using

the latest performance

materials and fashionable designs to

stand out.

HOW DID THE BRAND COME

ABOUT?

Super X Country was started through

event rider Becci Harrold when she

saw a gap in the market to create

bespoke cross country colours after

she went shopping with her mum to

buy her very first set of lucky colours

for her up and coming event. All

she could find was dark, boring and

heavy colours, so this was when she

decided to design and make some of

her own having a background in textile

design. Delighted with her homemade

colours and the response from other

riders asking where they could buy

some from only for her to explain you

couldn’t buy any quite like hers Super

X Country or SXC for short was born!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN

GOING?

SXC was established in 2010 when

Becci was 20 years old, she always had

a love for fashion, textile and business

gaining top grades throughout her

education. Year on year Becci has seen

the business grow and is delighted

with the direction it is going.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST SELLING

PRODUCT AND WHY?

The best selling product is definitely

the signature XC colour starburst

design, it’s so unique and different

to what else is offered. You can

spot the design a mile off and

is so striking teamed up with

a matching hat silk and

saddle cloth. We also sell

hundreds of faux fur

pompom custom hat

silks which are made

in the UK.

WHAT MAKES

SXC DIFFERENT

TO OTHER

BRANDS ON THE

MARKET?

We offer a super quick

turnaround of 4-7

working days for all

custom orders, at a

price everyone can

afford and we are

usually able to get

them out quicker

than that! We strive

for the very best

customer service, each

set designed is very

personal and special

to the customer,

so we often discuss in length the colours

and arrangement. We have a 5star rating on

Facebook and such lovely feedback comes

through email every other day. It keeps us

going.

WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR PRODUCTS?

Our main platform for selling is www.

superxcountry.co.uk although after the success

at Chatsworth, Blenheim and Your Horse

Live we will be attending more trade

stands this year with our name down for

Badminton & Burghley. Our first one

this year will be our local Chatsworth

again where we hope to showcase a

range of our new breeches and base

layers in colours not currently

on the market that are in

production as we speak.

BECCI HARROLD FROM

SUPER X COUNTRY

The piece of kit I cannot go without- Within my

hobby Eventing I could never go without wearing

my lucky SXC colours, it would be bad luck after all!

I designed them myself with a sponsor Profile Tech

Solutions so you won’t see any others like it and they

stand out so well on all the pictures making it easy

to spot yourself and mum to follow you with the

camera!

My favourite event Chatsworth International, its

my local prestigious event and

I love everything about it, I’ve

been lucky enough to get 3 of

my own self-produced horses

there and finish within the

top 10 on two of them!

There is nothing quite like

galloping around that

amazing course!

My aims for 2018

are to qualify for

the Badminton

Grassroots final,

it’s the only

thing I am left to tick

off on my list of

ambitions!

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Hopes are High for

the Season Ahead

Here we catch up with our new resident blogger event rider Harriet Morris-

Baumber. Each month Harriet will keep us up-to-date on her busy life at Granary

Hall, plus the progress of her own team of horses and her clients.

Over the winter my

horses have had a fairly

quiet time competition

wise. I have taken the

opportunity to really establish

their flatwork because having

both come from a showjumping

background they were familiar

with jumping and very confident,

but a bit of fine tuning was

needed in the flatwork.

Not only is this an essential

element of eventing but it is also

the basis for the other phases

too. To be able to execute

the technical combinations

cross country and to have your

horse stay in good balance in

order to jump a clear round in

an undulating showjumping

arena, it is crucial to have the

manoeuvrability on the flat.

With the eventing season just

around the corner, there is just

enough time to squeeze in some

final preparations, including some

showjumping rounds and cross

country training on grass.

Although many venues have all

weather cross country training

open over the winter, it is

important to train on the grass

too. It is essential you know how

your horse will feel on varied

terrain and on different ground

conditions. I am very lucky to have

access to cross country training

on grass here at home, although I

still find it is very beneficial to take

the horses away from home and let

them see a wide variety of different

fences. Because of the excellent

sandy land I am able to use the

cross country field for most of the

winter; this has proved popular

with lots of people continuing

their cross country training over

the winter.

Being part of a syndicate is

a thrilling way to experience

eventing at a very affordable rate

A few of my clients have new

horses for this year and several

of them were sourced through

my contacts so I have a particular

interest in seeing how these

partnerships develop.

I very much enjoy helping other

riders and find it rewarding seeing

how they improve, regardless of

their competition aspirations. I

take great pride in seeing them

feeling confident and enjoying

their riding, just as much as those

who are achieving great results at

competitions.

This year I have added another

horse to my string which is owned

again by a syndicate. I am thrilled

to have such enthusiastic support

and I cannot wait to get cracking

with my superstars.

Being part of a syndicate is

a thrilling way to experience

eventing at a very affordable rate.

All of the benefits, at a fraction

of the cost! I also love having the

feeling of a bigger team around

and very much enjoy coming back

to the lorry and reliving it all again

with everybody over a glass of

Pimms while munching on Mum’s

fabulous picnics! The horse’s love

it too as the more people that

come to watch the more polo’s

they get!

The three horses I have are

Whitesaparke Caramel, (Chap)

Escofino I (Scooby) and Croft

Templar (Simon). Simon and Chap

are now both rising six-year-olds

and Scooby is rising seven. They

are each very different and have

their own unique characteristics.

Scooby’s favourite party trick is

throwing his feed bucket out of

his window when he’s finished

with it! He also really enjoys

‘helping’ muck out by trying to

hold the end of the fork!

Chap’s best trick is tipping the

wheelbarrow over so I try and

make sure it is empty when I go

to him. Simon is very quiet in the

stable but loves his time out in the

field and when you let him go he

does a great kangaroo impression!

They all have great ability and a

real desire to do their best, which

is invaluable.

After allowing Whitesaparke

Caramel and Escofino to have

a short break at the end of the

summer to allow them chance

to re-charge their batteries,

they have come back into

work positively bouncing with

excitement!

I am very excited about their

season this year and feel that they

have huge potential to compete

at international level in the future

and I can’t wait to share the

journey with you all as we embark

on an exciting season of eventing

action.

Harriet offers lessons in all

disciplines using the fantastic

facilities at her yard based at

Granary Hall, near York. She has

also developed the HMB Super

Syndicate to make owning an

event horse an affordable way

anyone can share the risks and

rewards of horse ownership.

For further information telephone

Harriet on (07795) 562745 or visit

www.harriet-morris-baumber.co.uk

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Finding

your

mojo

By Tina Canton BHSI

Bsc (Hons) UKCC level 3

PHOTOS COURTESY OF TIM WILKINSON

We all struggle to

get our drive and

enthusiasm back

when we start to re

immerge from winter. The cold

weather, short daylight hours and

seemingly endless mud takes its

toll even on the most positive

person! Without the luxury of a

continental indoor school set up,

managing horses seems more like

survival during this time of the

year than something we do for

enjoyment!! There are a few things

that you can start to do to kick start

your season and find your elusive

mojo again!!

1

MAKE A PLAN!

Sit down with your diary and

start to look at what your goals

are for the season. Be realistic

about timeframes and how fit your

horse currently is. Start with your

biggest aim and work backwards.

Factor in a few extra runs in case

of complications or cancellations.

Don’t just put in minimum

qualifications as you never know

what’s around the corner. At the

start of the season you want to be

finding warm up competitions to

get back in the groove. If possible,

do this with your trainer so you are

working as a team.

2HORSES’ ROUTINE

Unless you are lucky enough

to have an indoor school

with lights, there are days when

due to other commitments, that

you may not be able to ride your

horse. Recent studies have shown

that horses maintain and improve

fitness being worked 4 times a

week; as long as they are spread

out over the week. This allows

for recovery time. Plan your diary

so you can fit in a decent hack

one day a week, then maybe a

fast work day too. Other sessions

can be shorter such as jumping,

schooling or the quickest way

to exercise – lunging. If your

horse still has access to turnout

remember this also allows them

free range of movement, and if

you have a walker, this is great for

their base fitness.

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3

LOOK AT YOUR DIET

We spend a fortune on

assessing our horses diet,

and providing them with top of

the range feed and supplements

– then often neglect ourselves.

It will help maintain energy

levels, and improve mood to eat

well. Try to plan ahead and have

healthy snacks. I also take B

vitamins this time of year to help

energy levels. Hydration is very

important too. When it’s cold

we tend to go for hot drinks, but

these are often highly caffeinated,

so actually dehydrate you. Try to

keep drinking water or low sugar

squash to stay hydrated.

4

GET TRAINING

Plan in some clinics to get you back in

the habit of going out and about. There

are some great indoor and outdoor clinics

around, and these often get booked up quickly

so keep your ear to the ground to see what’s

on. If you have a regular trainer – get some

sessions in the diary. These give you things

to work towards, and more importantly

homework so you feel like you have a

purpose and goal when you are

working your horses.

5

STAY WARM

Cold is very energy sapping, so make sure that you

dress well. Good quality thermals, hats, gloves,

neck warmers all help you to not get stiff and cold.

You can now get amazing heated waistcoats that are

a godsend when teaching. The new waterproof fleece

lined breeches are amazing – goodbye chilblains! Try to

always have lots of extra waterproofs, in every car, lorry

and at the yard (my excuse for so many coats) as getting

soaked will only lead to you becoming more prone to

illness.

Hopefully by following these common-sense ideas, your

transition from the depths of winter, to your equine

summer playground will be seamless, and you also might

develop some good habits along the way!!

6

GET FIT!

We all make great new year’s

resolutions, but if they make it past the

middle of January you’ve done well!! Make

it this year’s goal to try to get and keep fit. It

will not only help your riding, but also your

horse’s soundness and yours!! If you can’t

bear the thought of going to the gym, just try

to up your speed walking about to do your

horse! Think about all the course walking you

will have to do when the season starts! Less

achy legs, and also being able to fit into your

competition gear! When hacking out, go into

the two-point seat when trotting – build up

the strength in your thighs and this also help

secure your lower leg position and improves

balance (especially when they shy!)

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news

Why is The Non

Ridden Agenda

so Important?

By Vicki Jayne Yates BA Hons

The Non Ridden Equine

agenda certainly took

off in 2017. First with the

launch of the Non Ridden

Equine Facebook group on 4th May

2017 which attracts on average 1,000

members per month and it has gone

global with membership from all

corners of the world. It was clear that

more than clicking like amongst like-

minded people has to be done, so on 1st

August 2017 the not for profit venture

The Non Ridden Equine Association UK

was launched.

In 2018 the Non Ridden Equine Association

UK committee has plans for a non

ridden showcase event; and we, from our

memberships input, are actively working

behind the scenes on other project ideas.

The non ridden Facebook group and the

Non Ridden Equine Association UK has been

the inspiration for the non ridden network

to grow. We now have affiliated non ridden

groups launching from all over the globe.

One candle can be the ignition for the flames

for many more candles without diming it’s

brilliance, it brings even more light into the

world. These affiliated non ridden groups are

allowing people to connect on a local level,

explore non ridden issues that are cultural

and geographical. As we are all interlinked

we offer each other support, encouragement,

sharing of good practice and more.

Towards the end of 2017 we consulted our

membership. The top response was the

request for more non ridden articles to

appear in magazines.

THE EQUINE PERSPECTIVE

We have a crisis in the country with many

horses no one wants. Welfare organisations

are full to bursting and non ridden equines

are the hardest to place. Non ridden equines

come in all shapes and sizes, from smallest

Shetlands, to the biggest shire horses and

everything in between. There are sports

performance horses that can no longer jump,

race, dressage,

event, etc. Then

there are pleasure

horses that have

grown old, lame,

sick or injured.

The thing many

share is these

horses become

unwanted

when they

can no longer

be ridden. Sadly we live in a throw away

age. Then we have an over breeding crisis

of low value equines. The bottom line

is non ridden equines are often seen to

have little or no value. They are the most

disadvantaged, most at risk of neglect, abuse

and abandonment. Some are dumped near

death or dead. Other non-ridden equines

get passed from pillar to post with the truth

hidden and end up in a downward spiral.

The sad truth is these horses suffer as we

have more non ridden equines than there are

loving guardians who will treasure them. Is

this fair or moral? And what can be done?

THE HUMAN PERSPECTIVE

Now here is the rub; if we want more non

ridden equines to be in loving homes we

need to look at the experiences of people

who own non ridden equines or choose not

to ride. There are people who will happily

enjoy owning a horse that cannot be ridden.

There are people who own horses and

choose not to ride. Sadly their experiences

are often negative. It is common for these

people to experience questioning, criticism,

ridicule and they are often asked to justify

their horse ownership and why they don’t

ride. This is not just from within the equine

community. Sadly it is common on livery

yards for an owner of a horse who chooses

not to ride to be constantly badgered about

riding. This negative bias has its roots in our

history and culture with the horse that goes

back thousands of years. Sadly this pressure

can make people feel guilty, ostracized,

isolated, shunned and judged. Non-riding

individuals want to be understood, accepted

and feel part of the wider equine community.

They desire understanding so they enjoy

their non-ridden equine without feeling they

have to defend their choices.

The Non Ridden Equine Facebook groups

and the Non Ridden Equine Association UK

have provided a platform for people to come

together, to have their voices heard and be

with like-minded people. With no marketing,

over 1,000 people a month are joining. This

collective of voices includes professionals

to novices, owners of non ridden equines,

people who choose not to ride, riders and

people who love horses. This is a group of

like-minded people; however we must reach

outwards to influence hearts and minds

outside that group to make a difference to

the many issues faced by the non ridden

equine and people who choose not to ride.

The Non Ridden Equine Facebook group

members daily share their amazing and

wonderful stories into the many gifts horses

bring to us humans outside of being ridden.

These non-ridden insights, knowledge

and practices are of huge benefit to riding

horses and riders too. The challenge we face

is finding ways to best share these more

widely outside of our non ridden group. 2017

has shown change is happening. However

for more non ridden equines to find loving

caring homes there must be a shift in

cultural thinking. How many people would

love to know more about how horses have

many more purposes other than riding? Who

would like to see more non-ridden articles?

If yes we already have a collective of talent

and resources we would be delighted to

share. So maybe this article is the start?

The Non Ridden Equine Facebook group: www.

facebook.com/groups/thenonriddenhorse/

The Non Ridden Equine Association UK

www.thenonriddenequine

associationuk.org

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horse health

Do you or

don’t you?

By Claire Buchanan

Supplements? We all read

the marketing hype and

then will ourselves into

believing that this is the

next miracle cure and off we

troop to the local tack shop or the

internet to avail ourselves of the

magical elixir. Sound familiar? Yes,

me too.

I never thought to stop and to look

at the labels. Who does? To really

understand what is in this amazing

formula and how it is going to

help. My mistake.

My hat goes off to a person, who

shall remain nameless, who bit the

bullet and sat me down one day

and took me through the contents

of my latest expensive miracle

cure, a daily supplement that

would change my world.

Let me explain, I have a whopping

over 18 hand KWPN which in

itself is a challenge but my chosen

discipline of Eventing ensures

there are big tests for us! Dressage

on uneven grass in a 20 x 40

arena, the ability to shorten Show

Jumping not to mention working

out step-ups and downs in Cross

Country that are not designed

for such a colossal horse! I have

brought him on very slowly to

allow him to mature without

pressure, it doesn’t help that his

flight reflex is very close to

the surface, that he is a head

shaker or that he has had to

have a hobday due to a collapsed

larynx – getting the picture? Yes,

I was that person that would fall

for any line in the hope that this

next great supplement would help

my horse.

Back to the plot; this particular

daily supplement actually had

less than 20% of its contents that

would be useful to my horse. On

further investigation, the actual

amounts of the active ingredients

listed on the tub were incredibly

small and the quality of them

dubious. To the uninitiated all

of the active ingredients have

impressive names but then you

find that there are different

derivations of these ingredients.

Some are cheap and some are not

- You can guess which ones were

in my tub!

Let me give you an example. Iron.

There are multiple ingredients

used to supplement iron. Ferrous

Sulphate (not recommended as it

is quite toxic to the liver, inhibits

protein digestion, is mostly

unabsorbed and can irritate the

gastrointestinal mucosa), Ferrous

Gluconate, Ferric Citrate, Ferrous

Fumarate and other Iron Amino

Acid chelates which tend to be

the least toxic and have decent

absorption.

The most effective of these is

Iron Phosphate, you guessed it,

more expensive and consists of

mainly Ferrous Phosphate, Ferric

Phosphate and Ferrous Oxide.

Why is it the most effective? It is

absorbed well by our horses but

more importantly it is tolerated

having beneficial uses in irondeficiency

anaemia, has an obvious

anti-inflammatory action, reduces

fever and local hyperaemia when

fed in frequent, repeatable small

doses.

So, tell me how many riders,

amateur and professional

alike understand this type of

information off the top of their

heads?

My investigative nature has led

to my sharp learning curve. I am

not an expert but I am listening to

people I know and trust, who are.

I now understand the difference

that trace minerals and salts make

and I also understand the code for

fillers, balancers and ingredients

that really have no place being in

supplements for herbivores.

I had given up on supplements

entirely, weaned myself off the

hype and desperate need to make

my horse a superstar with some

additives and focussed on being

the best rider that I can be. I

learnt that many of the perceived

problems were entirely me (that

is a whole different can of worms)

but my beautiful boy does have

issues that are not me related.

Research done. Many people

spoken to. My new supplement

criteria: clean, human grade

ingredients, no fillers/colours,

nothing alien to a herbivore,

quality ingredients with high

absorption rates. Supplements

purchased.

Result: checked out by my coach,

physio, farrier, vet (who were all

unaware of the test that was in

play, no placebo effect for me) who

all were staggered by the changes

in my horse.

Not content with my findings

alone, we have worked with

Jessie Kirby, one of the UK’s

leading young dressage riders

and her pony, Ginge (Grayswood

Orlando). Within three days of

use, Ginge was doing stretches he

had never been able to do before.

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beautiful freestyle test in Le Mans,

a first as Jessie will tell you, every

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hates noise and commotion. The

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way of going has been marked and

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in both Eddy and his mare Mirah’s,

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performance, that all of Jake’s

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horse health

How can The Equine Touch

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Most horses suffer at

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• Balances the musculo-skeletal

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• Aids recovery and reduces

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• Induces deep relaxation

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horse health

To Breed or not to Breed - That is the question

As there are snowdrops

popping up through

the snow in my garden

today, Spring must

be around the corner. hard to

believe when the weather is so

cold and wet. Mud is everywhere.

Thoughts turn to new starts and

new beginnings. The production

of a foal. Planning the use of

Stallions rippling with muscle

and shining with testosterone in

the advertisement photos.

All people with a passion

for horses do this, we can’t

help it. The most important

consideration however is Why do

we want to do this?

You only have to go to a Horse

Market or look at some Internet

sites to realise that all these

horses and ponies that were

bred with good intent are now

virtually valueless.

When they have little or no value

they may not be looked after

well making their lives hard and

lacking in quality.

Don’t misunderstand me, I have

clients with old or financially low

value horses and ponies, which

lack for nothing - these are the

lucky ones.

So should you give in to

temptation and have a go?

For example, if you own a

successful mare with good

temperament and conformation

you should look for a high

achieving stallion to create a foal

worth having which in turn is

more likely to have a good life.

I have five Dutch KWPN horses,

they are all closely related.

They have similar trainable

temperaments, body shapes,

movement and colour. All have

come from specific studs in

Holland that breed for these

traits.

If you own a registered KWPN

mare in Holland that mare must

undergo assessment as to her

suitability to breed. If she passes,

you will be told by the KWPN

Society which Stallions you may

use.

Aiming constantly for

improvement. If you do not

adhere to this the foals are not

registerable in the KWPN stud

book so have little value.

Should we do this? Yes I think

that we should.

The result would be breed

improvements. All mares and

stallions undergoing grading and

assessment with expert panels

advising on stallion suitability.

Surely this is the way forward.

Too many horse owners have

a mare that they fancy a foal

out of. The mare may be out of

work due to an injury caused

by a conformational, inherited

problem or may be of poor

character and temperament- too

difficult to ride.

Why would you want to breed

with these mares? sending

the problem into the next

generation.

It cannot be for financial gain

as the cost of keeping the mare,

then mare and foal, then foal

until four years old is often way

more than the youngster’s value.

There are too many poor quality,

unregistered stallions out there

being used because they are just

around the corner and don’t

require Contagious Equine

Metritis swabs or any other

expense. It is too easy to breed

rubbish with no future.

So consider this:-

• Why do you want a foal,

for what purpose? not just

because it will be cute.

• Is your mare conformationally

correct and has a lovely

temperament?

• No inherited problems and is

disease free.

• Are you looking to grade your

mare with a society, allowing

experts to look critically at her,

Brilliant!

• Then choose a top quality,

graded stallion, Excellent!

• But if she does not have these

qualities STOP NOW.

Do you have suitable facilities to

cope with a pregnant mare?

Separated from gelding for the

first few months after covering.

Able to fulfil her increasing

nutritional needs especially

during the last third of

pregnancy.

Then the man hours of

waiting...... Mares can go a

month over their expected date,

can you sit up with her that long?

Being close by to intervene if

necessary during birth.

The worry is of a bad foaling,

losing the foal or the mare or

both. Do you have time to bottle

rear a foal day and night? It is a

huge commitment.

Hopefully I have managed to put

off breeding to anyone who has

not previously considered these

factors.

My carriage driving idol George

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want but you rarely breed what

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Dawn’s also active on Instagram, Facebook

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If you’d like to know more, visit www.

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or 07970 531 533.

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Sovereign Equestrian:

The difference is in

the detail...

Visit www.sovereignequestrian.co.uk for more information about us and our horses.

Tips for Building a Horse

Friendly Property from

Sovereign Equestrian

At Sovereign Equestrian we are

obsessed by detail and precision.

We have been working from our

base for over a decade and have

established some world class

facilities to enable us to produce,

nurture and eventually refine some

of the best show jumping talent in

the country. This article will outline

our facilities but also highlight

the importance of continuous

improvement.

The importance of moving

forward

Our facility and location are draped

in history and whilst it’s important

to remember the past, what has

helped Sovereign Equestrian

continue to develop over the years is

the acceptance that having the very

best facilities and equipment can

provide that extra 1% which can be

all the difference when producing

quality horses.

The 1%

It’s well documented that when

Sir Dave Brailsford took charge of

British Cycling in 2002 he placed

a huge emphasis on ‘marginal

gains’ and that philosophy helped

transform the team from one with

no track record to one of the most

successful teams in British sporting

history. This mindset is very

much replicated in how Sovereign

Equestrian approaches its business.

By investing in the latest technology

and ensuring that every last detail

is examined and worked on, we

are putting ourselves in the very

best position to produce quality

Sovereign Equestrian: Ginadina PP / Charlotte Barry

Sovereign Equestrian: Finn W / Adam Botham

horses. This constant progression

can be seen in the development

at Sovereign Equestrian HQ and

the state of the art facilities are a

perfect personification of Sir Dave’s

‘marginal gains’ theory.

The facilities

Sovereign Equestrian has been

based at its current location

since August 2007 where the

facilities included 7 stables, a

hay and feed barn with a 40 x

20 ménage. To help ensure that

Sovereign Equestrian kept at the

top of its game, just two years

later these perfectly respectable,

but not world class facilities were

upgraded. The ménage was dug

up and a new installation of an

Andrews Bowen designed 55 x 35

arena was completed. Since then

we have added a 5-horse walker,

professionally built muck heap with

separate drainage, lorry standing a

concrete trot-up area and a further

4 mobile stables. The existing

paddocks were reassessed and today

there is a stallion turn-out with 9

fenced paddocks all with electric

fencing and water drinkers. Of

course it’s also important that we are

able to keep connected in today’s

online world and also protect

our facilities. Therefore, we have

introduced 24/7 CCTV monitoring

for security and a necessity to

monitor horse stables for both ill or

injured horses. We find also that

camera’s around the property allows

us to know who is arriving at the

electric gates, or what is happening

in the ménage or in the paddocks.

The need to have full time Internet

access and social media links is

today an easy upgrade for any house

or equestrian property and this

gives everyone full time internet

access from their mobile devices.


to ensure that our 8 years of

continuous improvements don’t go

to waste.

Should anyone want any advice

following this article then Sovereign

Equestrian would always be willing

to answer your questions, contact

Charlotte Barry in the first instance

on, +44 (0)7762 880800.

Sovereign Equestrian will be

sponsoring several Show Jumping

events throughout 2018 at Bicton,

Northcote and SCOPE, if anyone

wants to involve us then again call

Charlotte.

Sovereign Equestrian: Tonica / Charlotte Barry

Sovereign Equestrian: True Blue / Nicola Barry

The planning

Of course it’s easier said than done

to just go ahead and establish

top class facilities. It has been a

long process, but our meticulous

attention to detail has ensured that

we’ve managed to deliver on budget

and within our agreed timescales.

Our advice when making big

decisions to enhance or change the

physical structure of your buildings

or land is to use knowledgeable

contractors. Our choice of using a

combination of Andrews Bowen

for installation and materials for

the landscaping and arena areas.

Then Tony Pearson Property

Developments and his specialists

has been vindicated by the

successful outcome of the finished

scheme and transformation from

the old place to something very

special taking into account the

paramount nature of both horse and

rider welfare.

However, budgeting is another

part that needs close attention

from the very start, as you start to

design aspects of the scheme you

need estimates and firm costings to

prevent any overspend. Each area

of an Equestrian property usually

has an audacious price which

has the ability to exceed anyone’s

budget. Control with checks and

balances are needed, always get

a couple of estimates to double

check on prices against the quality

and scope of the requirements.

Be realistic on your scheme and

spend more on important items, the

structure and foundations, not the

fancy nice to haves.

During the scheme build it will

be necessary to become realistic,

decide on phasing of the project,

ours has taken around 6 years to

complete because of budgets and

the space always in use for training,

producing and competition

preparation. We have always been

busy producing our own young

stock and getting the horses going

well has been our priority, but, over

this time we have built a good all

round facility that also now houses

a washroom and solarium, all

stables with rubber matting, secure

tack room with toilets and blanket

storage facilities.

The future?

As mentioned previously we don’t

stand still at Sovereign Equestrian

and even though we may have

completed the large scale project

we are well aware that we need to

stay focused on the small details

Sovereign Equestrian: BE Caprivi / Nicola Barry

About Sovereign

Equestrian

At Sovereign Equestrian, we

train, maintain, and care for

our horses so that they become

exceptional performers across

all disciplines. We know that a

fit and healthy horse is a happy

horse, and a happy horse is a

successful horse. We want to

share some of our techniques

with you because, with the right

care your horse can reach its

true potential.

+44 (0)7762 880800

www.sovereignequestrian.co.uk


tips and training

HOW TO

BACK A

HORSE

OR PONY

#1

GAIN TRUST

Its always vital, when backing

a horse, that first you gain their

trust. This can be gained in numerous

ways starting with halter breaking.

Later moving on to such things as

brushing, feeding, picking out

feet, paving the way to be

able to add rugs on and

eventually tack.

#2 LEADING

This is where additional

help is essential. It’s a

horse’s natural instinct to

resist back if you pull them.

Therefore, you may need

someone to be on hand to

encourage your horse or

pony to move forward from

behind. Please ensure that

your assistant doesn’t get

to close to the horse.

Here, at Red house stables, it is our busiest

time of year for backing young horses. I

wanted to share with you my method to help

give the youngsters the best start to their

ridden career. The backing process can take between

6-12 weeks dependant on the horse’s temperament and

his previous experience. It is advised to have assistance

while backing a horse. I am fortunate enough to have

International Dressage rider, Darcas Lever on hand

to help. It’s essential that whoever you have to help

you, you trust implicitly. I would always recommend

seeking help from a professional when backing your

horse or pony, but for those of you that are interested

in the process, here is my brief step by step guide.

#3 BRIDLE

Now would be a good time to introduce the bridle. I always use a kind

snaffle bit. Usually a double jointed, fixed ring or a happy mouth snaffle.

*TIP: If the horse is wary around the face it can be helpful to add the

bridle on top of the halter.

*TIP: I like to use a bridle which has cheek clips on instead of billet hooks

as these can piece together easier over the horses face if you are having

difficulties.

Once the bridle is on, I will then give the horse mints to help them

mouth. Another alternative to this is to add honey onto the bit.

#4 LUNGING

I start horses lunging as If I am teaching them to lead, but in a circle. I would still have

my assistant to help encourage the horse from behind. As we are walking a circle I would

slowly start to move further away from the horse to the centre of the circle.

*TIP: good idea to make a lunge pen to prevent the horse from pulling out of the circle.

*TIP: lunge in a bridle so that you have more control see Lunge Tips on how to attach the

lunge line**.

#5 ROLLER

Its always best to make sure

the horse is comfortable

throwing a numnah on and

off the horses back before

placing a roller on top. I like

to use a thick pad as this can

relieve pressure from the

roller and make the horse feel

more comfortable.

Once the roller is on, tighten

the girth slowly to prevent

the horse from feeling

startled. When the roller is

on loosely, walk the horse in

a circle in the stable before

tightening up again.

*TIP: always be prepared

for your horse to put his

back up at this point.

Once the roller in on securely

I would then lead the horse

out and lunge as normal.

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#6 LONG REIN

Once the horse is comfortable and going forward

on the lunge in the roller, the next stage is

to teach the horses to steer and stop by long

reining.

To Long rein you attach a long rein to each side

of the bit and through the roller.

Always start by long reining from the side before

going behind. When long reining from the side,

the outside long rein comes around the back of

horse just above the hocks. This Is then used to

encourage the horse to move forward and to later

change direction.

When the long reining is more established you

can move your body to long rein from behind,

and steer as you would when riding. To help

turning you apply pressure on one lunge line

whilst the other lunge line is there to support the

side of the horse. This is to encourage the horse

to move and understand your aid.

TIP: If your horse is struggling to turn, a fulmer

snaffle bit can help with this.

TIP: Always long rein in an enclosed area, and

from a safe enough distance from behind in case

the horse was to kick out.

**LUNGE TIPS

Clipping to the inside bit

ring

#7 SADDLE

I would introduce the saddle in the same way

as I would with the roller.

Lunge as normal and long rein the same as

directed above but fasten the stirrups down so

they don’t flap and startle the horse, then feed

the lunge line through the stirrups.

Once the horse is lunging and long reining

comfortably unfasten the stirrups and repeat.

Clipping the lunge rein to

the outside bit ring and

passing it over the poll and

through the inside bit ring.

#8 GETTING ON

Hopefully at this point the horse has gained

your trust. Before getting on, your horse needs

to be comfortable with you at the side of them. I

would now ask your assistant to hold the horse

from the head whilst you stand next to the

saddle as if you were to mount.

I would start to then jump up and down next to

the horse. Add a mounting block and go up and

down until your horse is comfortable with your

presence there.

Once your horse is happy and settled you can

start to lean over. At this point a third person

can be beneficial to help you with a leg up if

necessary.

Lean over numerous times until, again, your

horse is settled and comfortable. once this is

established, your assistant can walk your horse

a few strides forward. At this point, I would

dismount and repeat.

When your horse is settled and comfortable

with you leaning over, I would increase the

height of your body. I will put my left foot in

the stirrup and SLOWLY lift my body, with my

assistant still holding the horse at the head.

When you feel ready, swing your right leg over,

taking care that you don’t kick the horse.

#9

RIDING AWAY

Once sat astride, have your

assistant lead you around to

eventually progress to the lunge.

Once the horse is accepting of your

aids and listening to you I would

then ride away without the lunge.

The bit connector is a

great way to attach your

lunge rein or lead rope to

the bit. The bit stays level

in the horse’s mouth. There

is no need to detach your

lunge rein when changing

direction. This is my

preferred method.

MUST DO:

• Always wear gloves,

hat and a body

protector.

• Take your time. Only

progress to the next

stage when your horse

is ready.

• Use your voice to

reassure the horse and

to help with your aids

throughout the whole

backing process.

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feature

HOYS could

be within

your grasp!

Competition in the SEIB

Insurance Brokers’

enduringly popular Search

For A Star series (SFAS)

— with its prestigious final at the

Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) — is

expected to be stronger than ever

next season. Could the 2018 winner

come from our region, as reigning

champions Lynsey Lawrence and

Mister Fezziwig did?

Before anyone reaches the HOYS

arena, they have to win at one of the

five qualifying venues, so who are the

judges and what are they looking for?

David and Chris Bartram-Lawton,

who have officiated for 16 years,

bring a wide range of experience with

them.

David was a three-day eventer,

competing at Badminton and

Burghley as well as representing

Great Britain at Breda and Boekelo.

He was a highly successful producer,

trainer and showman, in addition to

hunting for more than 30 seasons.

He is a panel judge for a number of

societies and has officiated at HOYS

and Royal International on several

occasions.

“It has been an absolute joy to see

the progression of the horses and

riders within the series over the

years,” says David. “The standard

has grown higher and higher, and

competitors have realised that with

hard work, HOYS is within their

grasp.

“As a ride judge, I’m looking for a

light, uphill, mannerly and balanced

ride that is accepting of the bit and

leg — sadly, we see a lot of SFAS

horses that are over-bitted. It’s also

very important for competitors to get

different people to sit on their horses

beforehand as it prepares them to

carry a ride judge.

“All too often, people tend to override

and do not keep their horse

between hand and leg and in rhythm

— hence the pace is too fast. A green

horse in the show ring can be forgiven

but an unmannerly horse should not

be — if they cannot behave, they need

more education and schooling.

“The horses must be shod regularly

and turnout makes a huge difference

too — tails should be pulled and not

shaved. The horse should have a good

topline and not be too fat.”

David’s partner Chris produced and

rode show and competition horses

and is a popular judge both in the UK

and abroad.

“On the go-round, competitors must

ensure that they take notice of their

fellow riders and, more importantly,

the ring stewards who are there to

inform and keep everyone safe in the

ring,” he advises. “Standing a horse up

for conformation is something that a

lot of competitors struggle with too.

You need to walk out with purpose,

stand the horse up well without

pushing and pulling, and pretend you

are trying to sell it to the judge.”

Together with his wife Marjorie, who

judged at the SFAS final for several

years, Richard Ramsay — a qualified

British Horse Society Instructor

(BHSI) — has been breeding,

producing and training winning show

horses and ponies for over 30 years.

The couple are also acclaimed judges,

as much in demand overseas as they

are in the UK.

Richard, who has been involved with

the SEIB series for “at least” 15 years,

is another former eventer, competing

ABOVE 2017 SFAS

champions, Lynsey

Lawrence and Mister

Fezziwig1st Class

Images.

“All too

often,

people

tend to

over-ride

and do not

keep their

horse

between

hand and

leg and in

rhythm

to three-star level before deciding to

concentrate on showing.

“First and foremost, the horse

or pony must be correct in its

conformation and fit the criteria for

type,” he says. “Many of the riders are

new to showing, so we would forgive

greenness and lack of ringcraft,

because those who qualify really go

to town to improve themselves, as

can be seen at HOYS.

“Many of the horses are not used

to going in company and get rather

competitive, but the keen owners

will take them away and do their

homework to correct this.

“If we see a horse that has potential

but goes badly on the day, we tell

the rider to get help and try again,

as that horse could turn out to be

a future star. The 2017 champion

[Lynsey Lawrence’s Mister Fezziwig]

was a case in point as this was their

second year of trying to qualify.

“In all cases we want a straightmoving,

well put-together horse

or pony that fits the category of

the class. We have often told

competitors they are in the wrong

class — for example they may think

they have a riding horse but it’s

actually a lightweight hunter, or vice

versa — and it’s great when they then

reappear and qualify.

The series, brainchild of SEIB

Insurance Brokers, has launched

many animals and their riders

on glittering paths. “The concept

now is the same as it was when we

started the competition more than

20 years ago, but the standard has

improved ahead of all hopes,” says

SEIB marketing director Nicolina

MacKenzie.

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Through

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Equestrian Life meets Photographer Luke Parkinson

Starting from the age of

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talent in photography was

recognised very quickly.

In 2012, he was shortlisted in

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Now 23, still living in the New

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rider, his love for them is shown

through his photography. At

the moment Luke is doing

photography more as a hobby,

however by the end of this year

he would like a strong enough

portfolio to go self-employed.

Luke sets up lighting in an

indoor arena creating a studio

environment, which produces

a complete black background.

He will then move the lights

producing results specifically

requested.

Whether it is on the forest or in

the studio, horses and ponies have

been the focus in his photography.

“To feel a connection between me

and the horse helps produce the

results that I do. Working around

the horse, I need to be sure I have

their full trust and they have

mine. The horses can get quite

bored during the shoot however

it’s amazing how inquisitive and

alert they become when you have

a bucket of nuts or a packet of

polos!” Luke doesn’t just take

point and shoot images of the

full body, but he captures more

delicate details/features making it

42 February 2018 Equestrian Life


much more personal; plaits and

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native pony

The Exmoor

The Exmoor pony is thought

to be Britain’s oldest native

pony breed and believed to

be pretty much identical to

the ponies that colonized the British

Isles 30,000 years ago after the last

ice age. This makes Exmoor ponies

very special.

The Exmoor Pony Society was

formed in 1921 by a group of

moorland farmers - their objective to

preserve these unique ponies. They

created the stud book and since that

time only ponies born to registered

parents and which pass a rigorous

inspection process are allowed into

Section One of the EPS studbook.

This has ensured purity of bloodlines

and uniformity of type. Today the

Exmoor Pony Society continues that

work by conserving the breed and

maintaining the breed standard.

EPS members also work tirelessly

to promote the breed and bring

its versatile attributes to as many

people as possible.

Plans are in hand for a variety of

events to celebrate the centenary in

three years’ time.

Membership of the Society is open to

anyone with an interest in Exmoor

ponies, not just pony owners, and is

an excellent way to discover more

about these fascinating animals

and to help the breed society in its

work preserving and promoting

the ponies. A network of Area

Representatives organize a variety of

events all over the UK. These include

shows, fun rides, stud visits and

instructional events.

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Details can be found on the

Exmoor Pony Society website

(exmoorponysociety.org.uk) along

with much more information about

the ponies and their history.

A major event in which the Exmoor

Pony Society takes a lead role along

with the Moorland Mousie Trust is

the Exmoor Pony Festival.

This year sees the 7th Exmoor Pony

festival take place. The event has

gone from strength to strength since

its inception in 2013.

It starts on Sunday August 5th with

a barbeque and quiz and over the

following week includes guided

tours across the moor to visit some

of the free living ponies, an open

day at the Exmoor Pony Centre with

the opportunity to meet and learn

about the resident ponies. There will

also be a demonstration on spook

busting and how to acclimatise

ponies to some of the potentially

alarming sights they could meet

whilst out hacking by renowned

trainer Vanessa Bee.

The highlight of the week is the

annual Breed Show at Exford

on Wednesday 8th organized by

the Exmoor Pony Society, which

attracts a good number of registered

Exmoor ponies from far and wide

and includes the HOYS M&M breed

qualifier and a range of ridden

classes as well as in hand classes

for all ages of ponies. Visitors are

made very welcome in the Exmoor

Pony Society tent where there is an

endless supply of tea, coffee and

cakes.

Friday sees the ever popular pleasure

ride across the moor and on Sunday

the Model Pony and Hobby Horse

Show, which, last year saw some

fierce competition!

There will be various other events

through the week, including pony

safaris and visits to individual herds.

More information will shortly be

available on the festival website:

exmoorponyfestival.com and also on

the festival’s Facebook page Exmoor

Pony Festival.

The Exmoor Pony Society runs

events all over the country.

On Sunday March 18th there will

be a showing clinic at Mill Lane

Stables near Selby , North Yorkshire

run by two senior panel judges.

Using demonstration ponies, the

day will consist of how to produce

both ridden and in hand ponies

for the show ring, what the judge

is looking for and an opportunity

for participants to test their own

judging skills. More details from EPS

Northern Rep Denise Sykes sykes.

d2@sky.com Tel 07795 117236. The

day costs £12 for EPS members and

£14 for non members

Following soon after that on Sunday

March 31st, nearer to home ground,

at the WHW Glenda Spooner Farm

at Kingsdon, Somerset, is the joint

judges’ seminar held in collaboration

with the Dartmoor, Dale and Fell

and New Forest breed societies. All

judges, probationers and would be

judges are warmly invited to attend

free of charge.There is a small charge

for those who are not judges Details

from Michael Goddard: Tel 07964

209243 Email: g.michaelrichard@

yahoo.com or Jacky Newbury: Tel

07796 131280 Email: Jacky@

newoakstud.co.uk.

Full details are available on the Events

and Area pages of the EPS website:

exmoorponysociety.org.uk


news native pony

Emma’s Arabian Dream

Emma Dickinson-Gater owns Petal, a 12.2 15yr old Arab x welsh B mare.

They generally attend County/Agricultural shows, and also Arab shows.

Says Emma “Petal is a real madam of a pony, but I absolutely adore her. I

got her for free from a friend along with Silver Lutifah, she loves going to

shows, and parties, any opportunity to show Mum up, she’ll take it!”

Based in Lancashire, in the Ribble Valley, near Clitheroe, the

others in her team are Rhequiemme, a large chestnut,

6yo Anglo Arab/small Hack, to be aimed at Novice

Hacks this yea; Silver Lutifah, an 11 yr old Pure bred

Crabbet Arabian, to be aimed at BAHPAC under

saddle and Internationals in hand. Emma is also

showing her friends 18yr old coloured show cob in

Ridden Veterans.

The other 2 in the team are Elvenkeeps Sir Oswald

Copperpot, a (7yr old Traditional coloured stallion

and Elvenkeeps Dark Knight, a6 yr old Friesian x

traditional black gelding.

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A proper Charlie!

Ella Yebbacombe’s New Forest pony

Llyndhurst Soldier, or Charlie is a total

poser. She bought him as a just backed

5 year old from Tina Canton. He is now

rising 8 and they are going into their

third year together.

In the last two years he was literally

done a bit of everything from dressage,

Show jumping, hunting, team chasing

and eventing. This year Ella is hoping

he will take centre stage as her older

horse has now retired and so Charlie

has some big shoes to fill. She’d love him to

qualify for BD Petplan festivals and also get

round some BE90s.

He is the naughtiest pony on the yard and

literally gets away with murder because he

looks so blooming cute!

A family affair!

Elizabeth Mansfield and her pony

Alfie and their Christmas fancy dress,

after many discussions it was decided

that Alfie and Elizabeth would be a

Christmas Pudding for the competition

as quoting my daughter “Alfie loved his

grub so this is the best idea”.

The costume was made by all the

family including Nanna and grandad

helping to stick gems on for the fruit

and sewing tinsel onto the costume.

Much enjoyment was had from making

the costume and at the show itself,

mulled wine and mince pies.

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and Veteran Horses and

Ponies?

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junior life

Lucy Has

The Eventing

Bug!

Following in her Mother’s footsteps,

2017 saw Lucy Baguley start to make

her mark in the competition world with

a win at the BRC National Eventing

Championships and being placed at all

Area PC competitions, having turned

just 11 years old in December.

2018 sees her start BE career alongside

PC and BRC, having qualified first time

out with a win in the BE JAS 90 and a

3rd in the 100, she has high hopes for

the rest of the season.

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Sally Proctor

I’m a junior rider and will be 15 in March. I have until recently been

competing an amazing 14hh pony with whom I’ve had success at Pony

Club, NSEA, showing and Eventing. My highlights of the year were

coming team second at Royal Windsor, personally getting a double clear;

qualifying individually for Pony Club Champs Eventing ; qualifying for

BSPS Gold Cup Finals at Burghley. The lows were falling off at Burghley

when I was lying second with three Show jumps to go and

unfortunately I have now grown too tall for

Charlie and he has been passed to another

rider. I was really sad about this as I still

had years on ponies.

The exciting thing is though I

have a wonderful new horse! A

6 year old Irish Sports horse.

He’s quite green but all the

basics are there and he

improves with every lesson

and schooling session!

This year, my aims with him

are to qualify for Pony Club

Champs Eventing; qualify

for BEu18s National Finals to

represent East Midlands; progress

through the season to hopefully

event at Novice level by the year end.

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junior life

Macy & Lokie’s Golden Ticket

In 2017 Macy had a new ride

going up in height from 13.2-

14.2 and entering the world

of colour this was an area

brand new to us never owning

or competing a coloured before,

after doing a few local shows to

establish their partnership Macy &

Lokie started to look at qualifiers

for Royal International and

HOYS neither or which Macy had

competed at before.

Macy & Lokie qualified for Royal

International on their 1st attempt

and very early on which left us time

to concentrate on that all important

Golden Ticket. Their 1st Hoys

qualifier was at Derbyshire Festival

which was a huge class – we went

for the marks and to see where they

needed to improve – after a great

go around and individual fourth

they were placed in the top 10

which was amazing considering

the size of the class – next qualifier

was the Royal Highland Show

– Macy & Lokie worked hard in

between travelling 120 mile round

trip every week to have her lessons

with James Hunton who has

taught Macy now for 4 year. On

the morning of the class they both

worked in fine and walked into the

ring with a purpose – beautiful go

around but they were not pulled in

order so we had no idea what they

judge was thinking – the show

was very specific and I just prayed

Macy listened to what the judge

was asking for she did a lovely

show and I couldn’t have asked for

any more of them both, after what

seemed to be waiting for a lifetime

for results they called her number

On the

morning of

the class they

both worked

in fine and

walked into

the ring with

a purpose

out – she had won – they did it

they were off to HOYS on only

their second attempt

Throughout the year Macy &

Lokie had numerous wins &

championships under their belt –

their partnership is second to none

and it’s a pleasure to watch them

both in the ring – at chaps champs

they competed in King of the ring

and placed a very creditable 4th

as we were in exceptionally great

company.

Although not placed at HOYS

Macy was so proud to ride there its

always been her dream and with

hard work & determination she

achieved it – were hoping we can

qualify again this year and prove

they are worth of a placing at the

best horse show in the world

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It’s a Shetland’s Life

with Jamie Swires

Mum, Suzie Swires wrote in to tell us about her Son Jamie and

his pony Shetland as they only got him in 2017

Their highlight of 2017 was the 2017 UK and USA Supremacy

Mini Show. This was Jamie’s second ever show and Perry the

Shetland hasn’t been to many at all either. So they thought

they would drop them into a big show and, wow, what a day

they had.

Jamie won his young handler class, he was only five years

old at the time. He was over the moon, his smile said it all.

This meant he qualified for the evening performance which

they decided to stay for. It was definitely worth staying for,

he went on to win Reserve Champion Young Handler. He was

overwhelmed with his huge rosette which was nearly as big

as him. Then came armfuls of prizes and lots of photos. Mum

Suzie said “We came out of the ring to find out he’d also won a

huge trophy What a super little team in the making, we can’t

wait to get out again this year 2018, we are hoping to defend

our title at the mini show again and hoping a few more shows

together”.

Junior Side Saddle Champions

Nine year old Annabelle and 12 year old Jess Ross are keen side saddle

riders. As well as taking part in all pony club and riding club activities,

it is the noble art of side saddle at which they excel, and as the current

National champions in both equitation and jumping, they are planning

out their 2018 campaign.

They are both active members of the side saddle display team ‘A bit on

the side’ and can be seen doing displays at Blenheim International Horse

Trials, and many other county shows, pony club camps etc.

Says Mum, Emma “My girls work so hard, riding before and after school,

often in the dark and they live for their ponies , it is great to be

able to share their 2017 successes and aims for 2018.”

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Chelsea Briscoe

and a Touch of Lola

Over the past couple of years they have incurred some

incredible lows, here’s their story.

Firstly her Belgian draught

mare had an accident

in the field and injured

her annular ligament. A

devastating blow as they were up

and running out most weekends

showing. The injury required

surgery as treatment followed

by months of box rest and then

months of rehabilitation.

Says Chelsea “Throughout this time

the question was always lingering

in the back of my mind would

we be able to ride again let alone

show!” Patience, perseverance and

plenty of TLC paid off and Lola

returned to full work. There was

relief, it was over and could finally

concentrate on getting back fit and

out on the showing circuit. This was

sadly short lived as Lola developed

sarcoids not just one, not just two

but TWENTY TWO! All different

types and in various locations

across her body, growing and

changing at a rapid rate; treatment

was needed asap!

Lola under-went laser surgery

and had topical treatments over a

period of 5/6months to treat the

sarcoids. She was finally given the

all clear in Spring 2017; the saddle

and bridle were dusted off and

‘operation get fit’ began! Unsure

as to what the future of showing

would hold for them having

suffered such traumatic incidents

requiring lengthy treatment and

periods of time off work they

commenced ridden work.

A combination of flatwork

schooling, hill work out hacking

and visiting the beach helped to

build her fitness and strength

back up. Chelsea said “A couple of

months passed and I remember

the day as if it was yesterday, my

A couple of months passed and

I remember the day as if it was

yesterday, my dad was watching us

one afternoon schooling in the arena

he said “I think she’s ready”

dad was watching us one afternoon

schooling in the arena he said “I

think she’s ready”. Immediately I

knew what he meant and that night

we got the calendar out and began

looking for a show to take her to”.

11th June 2017 was a beautiful

sunny day and we entered two

classes, the ridden veteran and

ridden cob, we won both classes

and went into the championship to

which we took reserve champion.

Overwhelmed and in shock she

felt and looked better than ever.

From then we went on to have a

very successful showing season

2017 both ridden with myself and

inhand showing with my dad. We

won numerous championships and

evening performances potentially

requiring a new room in the house

to hold all the rosettes, sashes

and silver wear. It was clear after

such a successful enjoyable season

that Lola was back to doing what

she loves the most, being in the

show ring. Our aim for 2018 is to

give it our all and to try our best

to qualify for Olympia veterans

and the National Open Veteran

Championship. Chelsea added

“With a return season like last year

I say what’s to stop me and my best

friend this year!”.

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Mia’s road to recovery

Claire Lovering’s daughter, Mia, is just 12 years old and in 2017

she had a nasty fall and severely broke her leg. She was in cast for

3 1/2 months. They had to loan their youngster out and weren’t

sure if she’d ride again.

In June 2017 they decided to go and view a lovely 26 year old

pony who they fell in love with. They collected him the following

day. Claire’s daughter is now back in the saddle and their

relationship with the pony is wonderful to see.

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He has totally done his job. Says Claire “Our hopes for 2018 are

to get out there and start competing.

Mia’s road to recovery and her

journey on Jinja has been

wonderful to watch”.

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Claire Hazeldine’s

Taking the Biscuit

As told to Equestrian Life

Taking the Biscuit, or the

Patchy Pony, was bought

by my Father as a Xmas

gift for Mum as a foal in

1999. After a turbulent few years

and many days hunting, at the

grand age of around 14, Patch

finally started to grow up and

has never looked back. In 2015,

aged 16, Patch was the Senior

Showing and Dressage Ltd Reserve

Coloured Champion; in 2016, she

was National Dressage Prelim

Champion at the same show.

How could we beat that? Patch

had her own ideas. Being the

ultimate all-rounder, in 2017,

Patch won not one, but two

leagues at British Show Jumping

Club and gained us a ticket to the

BS Awards Ceremony to collect

our prizes. Then, at the Veteran

Horse Society Championships,

she was Strictly Dressage to Music

Champion, completing a routine

that moved one judge to tears.

At the same show, she won her

Veteran Performance class, won

her Coloured class, was 2nd in the

Veteran Working Hunter and then,

to top it all off, was Performance

Champion and Reserve Working

Hunter Champion in the evening

performance. What a show that

was! This pony really is one in a

million.

Myself and my family,

affectionately known as Team

Taylor (please do check us out

and give us a like on Facebook!)

are constantly surprised by

what this plucky little pony can

turn her hooves to. She can do

dressage, often gaining 70+%

scores, affiliated show jumping,

showing, working hunter and

her very favourite thing to do is

follow a bloodhound pack – she’s

incredible out hunting, goes all

day and throws her heart and soul

over anything we come across.

Very sadly, my Father passed away

suddenly in 2016, just a week

after proudly watching us take

the Dressage Championship. How

proud he was, and he lives on in

this super little pony.

Everything we do with Patch is a

team effort at Team Taylor – Mum

is top supporter, coffee fetcher,

pony holder and worrier (“those

fences look big Claire…”) Sarah,

my sister, best friend and partner

in crime is top groom, navigator

and morale booster. We are hoping

that 2018 will bring great things for

Team Taylor. We have other horses

on the road, but in Patch’s world,

she’s the most important on the

yard. This year, we will continue to

contest the VHS showing classes

with the aim being the Supreme

Patch has

one or two

rather unique

tricks up her

sleeve – she

will often get

down and

have a roll,

or indeed,

a sit down,

whenever

the mood

takes her

Final in September, and of course

another crack at the Dressage to

Music classes…Sarah has costume

ideas already! We are also going

to have a go at My Quest, a very

new concept to us but one that

I’m sure Patch will excel in. I

would previously have written

off a veteran horse until my pony

became one, but, now 19 years

old, she gets better and better, and

often…naughtier. Patch has one

or two rather unique tricks up her

sleeve – she will often get down

and have a roll, or indeed, a sit

down, whenever the mood takes

her, whether I’m on board or not.

She once did this in a dressage test,

which luckily was caught on film!

This wonderful little pony has given

us everything and I cannot wait

to see what more we can get up to

together. One thing is for sure, she

owes us nothing.

Nicola Clarey has a 25 year old mare who has

competed in showjumping, dressage, working

Hunter and showing

They have had her since she was a foal but after being kicked and having a bit of

floating bone in her stifle 18 months ago and then last year being diagnosed with

osteoarthritis in both hips and having to be retired from ridden work at Christmas

do to back problems, she is now sound and hopefully they are aiming to get her

back into the veteran in hand ring this season.

Commented Nicola “She is a very special mare who my late Uncle bred”.

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local events and reports

Chloe

Oliver

Kirkby

Presentation

Evening

Kayla Moore reserve mini supreme

Layla Robinson

Hannah

Makinson

SMith

Lauren Brough

Saskia

Bexon

Annabel Bird

Emily

Taylor

Katie Hunt

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Caleb Cooper

Rebecca Rose

Phoenix

Howarth

Hannah Beeley & Karla Armstrong

Zoe Parry & Roxanne Swift

Maddison Kelly-Hurst

Mary Makinson Smith

Ruby Concannon

Mia Mellins

Paisley

Woodward

Lucia Whitehouse

Shareen Miller & Jessica Allen

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Competitors who have qualified

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A range of ridden and in-hand

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good classes for Novices and new

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The schedule is available

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Pre entry is £10 per class and

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local events and reports

Olympia News

Puissance expert, Holly

Smith, triumphs again

Holly Smith and her nineyear

old horse, Quality

Old Joker, came within

a whisker of winning

for the second year in succession

the top prize in the Cayenne

Puissance held on 14 December at

the London International Horse

Show at Olympia. But all was

forgiven, as her mount rose to the

occasion, only two weeks later, to

jointly share the top spot with two

other competitors at the Equitop

Myoplast puissance at the Liverpool

International Horse show on 30

December.

It was first for Wymeswold-based

Holly last year at Olympia with

nine-year old Quality Old Joker

(known as George at home) but

this year she had to settle for joint

second place. With only two fences

to jump, they get higher and higher

after each round. Holly made it

through to the fifth and final round

where the monumental wall stood

at an incredible 7ft 3ins. But this

time her luck ran out as her horse

tapped a brick on the top of wall

ABOVE: Graham and

Holly Smith wait in

the collecting ring

at Olympia. Photo

Frances McKim

BELOW: Holly Smith

and Quality Old

Joker sail over the

massive wall at

Olympia

and this was enough to knock it to

the ground.

However, at Liverpool George was

foot perfect and cleared the wall

in the fifth and final round at the

maximum height of 7ft 3ins (2.2m)

so shared the red rosette with

Louise Saywell and Chris Megahey.

A delighted Holly said: “George is

just incredible. He always comes

out with a smile on his face and

tries his heart out for you. Some

horses get sour if you attempt too

many puissance classes – but not

George! He’s a real all-rounder as

he has won a speed class at HOYS,

a two-star grand prix in Spain and

was third in this year’s Hickstead

Derby.”

Standing at 18hh, George is

somewhat of an unlikely star. He

was originally bought by Graham

Smith, Holly’s husband, in Ireland

for her as a ladies show jumper.

But fate intervened when he was

lent to joint Quorn master, James

Mossman, for a day’s hunting.

James fell in love with him and

ABOVE: George stands at an

incredible 18hh. Photo Frances

McKim

bought him there and then.

George then spent a year acting as

James’ field master’s horse before

returning to Holly for a jumping

refresher. Holly took him to a few

competitions which he started

winning, so has stayed with Holly at

Fox Covert farm ever since.

“James still owns half of George,”

explains Graham, “But each time he

comes to see him compete it always

seems to go wrong. So we have

banned him from coming!”

JULIAN PORTCH PHOTOGRAPHY

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local events and reports

Patrington

Mill Show

14th January 2018

Matthew Brittle &

Bureside Phantom-

Winners of Novice Pony

Charlotte Hall &

Carrhouse Dark

Silk- Novice

Champion

Anna Beresford

& Binky- Open

Reserve Ridden

Champion

Phil Creighton & Allen-

Open Ridden Champion

Laura

Winn

PHOTOS BY AMY GRIFFITHS - HOOFPRINTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Danielle Thelwell & Elmsban MJ- Winners of Open M&M Ridden

Darci Ward & Winneydene Marksman- Novice Reserve Champion

62 February 2018 Equestrian Life


Laura Schofield & Angelina Ballerina- Winner of Inhand Mare

Bates & Dycott Grand Commanders

of the Youngstock Class

Steve Pilcher & Fronarth Charlotte Du Jardin- Inhand Champion

Kate Read & Stenners

Keugh Harry- Reserve

Inhand Champion

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104th

Sunday,

15th July,

2018

CATTOWS FARM, NORMANTON LANE,

HEATHER, LEICS, LE67 2TD

HOYS Cuddy Working

Hunter of the Year Qualifier, HOYS -

Show Hunter of the Year (all weights

including Small), HOYS - Miniature

Horse of the Year classes

SENIOR BRITISH

SHOW JUMPING

Main Ring – The Jackie Markham

Memorial Ride & Drive (£1500 prize money)

Show Jumping Ring - 90cm Open, KBIS Insurance

Senior British Novice Second Round, Newcomers/1.10m

Open, Foxhunter/1.20m Open,

National B&C & National 1.30m.

Entries taken on the day

Shires, Hunters, Riding Horse, Cob, ID, RoR, CHAPS, Side Saddle,

Veteran, Welsh, Shetland, Pony Breeding, SHP, WH, WHP,

Training Stakes, M&M, Young Handler, Local Rider, Fancy Dress,

Entries taken on-line or postal – Closing date – 11th June, 2018

Schedules and entries available on website or send A5 SAE to:

Jane Harding, Several Woods Cottage, Heath Lane, Boundary, Swadlincote, Derbys, DE11 7AZ

Tel: 01283 229225 | info@ashbyshow.com | www.ashbyshow.com

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY SHOW 2018

Sat 12 ~ Sun 13 May 2018 • Newark Showground • NG24 2NY

Schedules

Online Only

Adult Advanced £10 (Gate £15) or Book online: nottinghamshirecountyshow.com

Advance Ticket Hotline 01636 705796

/NottinghamshireCountyShow @nottscountyshow

ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

Over 200 classes, along with many qualifiers including Cuddy Supreme In-Hand

Championship Qualifier and Private Driving Plus Show Jumping competitions.

New for this year, Ridden Heavy Horse Class

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The 138th Show

Sunday 24th June 2018

Locko Park, Nr Spondon, Derby, DE21 7BW

By Kind Invitation of Lucy & David Palmer

One of The Biggest One Day Shows In the Country,

Set In A Beautiful Park Setting with Classes for Ridden Hacks, Cobs Inc Maxi, Riding Horses, Also with Amateur

Classes, Retraining of Racehorses, In Hand Classes for Show Ponies, Hunter Ponies, Hacks & Riding Horses, Sport

Horses, Hunters, Irish Draught & Show Cobs, CHAPS Coloured Classes In Hand & Ridden, Side Saddle Association,

Part Bred Arabs, Veteran Horse Society, Rare, Foreign and Alternate Colours Section, WPCS Bronze Medal In Hand

Classes for Sections A,B,C,D & Part Bred – With Foal, Gelding & Supreme Welsh Championship, In Hand Mountain

& Moorlands for Non Welsh, Shetland Pony Society Classes, Miniature Horses, Young Handlers, BSPS Ridden M &

M Inc Mini and Young Rider, Ridden Show and Show Hunter Ponies, Ridden Irish Draught, Working Hunters,

Mini, M & M, Open & Novice, + SHGB Novice Working Hunter, HOYS Qualifiers for Ladies Show Horse and Horse

Working Hunter, RIHS Qualifiers for Hunter Weight Section, Novice Ridden Hunters, EXTENDED LOCAL SECTION

FOR COMPETITORS RESIDING AND STABLING WITHIN 25 MILES IN HAND & RIDDEN – Includes M & M, Coloureds,

Hunters, Family Pony & Leisure Horses & Age Classes, Also Extended Concours D Elegance Section Including

Main Ring Parade, and Derbyshire County Show Carriage Driving Sections, with 40 Plus Championships and 2

Supreme Championships. Qualifiers for NCPA POYS, Equifest, TSR and Many More.

www.derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

A Great Day out for the whole family

Closing date for the early rate is Friday 25th May

Light Horse Enquiries

07854317335

lighthorses@derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

All other Enquiries

01332 793068

info@derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk


diary

YOUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH AHEAD

Sunday 28th January

British Dressage

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com

01283 734798

Unaffiliated Dressage

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com

01283 734798

British Eventing Jas

Bishop Burton College

www.bishopburton.ac.uk

01964 553087

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Bromley Farm

07925789594

Team Dressage

Colne Valley Saddle Club

www.colnevalleysaddleclub.org.uk

07841535563

Point Two Arena Eventing

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com/01283 575856

Dressage

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293

Monthly Show Jumping

Competition

Friars Hill Stables

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk

01751432758

Arena Showcross

Harewood Combined Training Group

www.hctg.org.uk/07799 674705

Show Jumping

Maltby and District Riding Club, Milton

equestrian centre

www.maltbyridingclub.co.uk

Winter Dressage Championship @

Mill Lane Stables

07976938119

Trailblazers Dressage

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

In Hand and Ridden Showing at

Northern Racing College

Patrington Mill, Northern Racing College

www.patringtonmillshowyard.co.uk

07707725792

Pony Club Dressage Series

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

SJ - X Poles - 1m

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

North Yorkshire Showcase

Harrogate

Showcase Media

www.facebook.com/

ONLINE SHOP

www.miltonequestrian.co.uk

Also at Milton Equestrian:

* We hold a range of shows from Showing to

Jumping and Dressage * Indoor Arena Hire available

* Lessons with our very own BSJA coach Selina

Cawkwell * Livery available

(Take a look at our website to find our more)

Blyth Rd, Carlton Forest, Worksop, Notts S81 0TP

Tel: 01909 733844

WEB: www.miltonec.co.uk EMAIL: info@miltonec.co.uk

ULTIMATE-SHOWCASE-OF-

CHAMPIONS-364486821762/

01132190455 [eves]

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Speetley Equestrian Centre

www.speetleyec.co.uk

07531354265 / 07714278097

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Warrawee Trakehners, Braemar

Equestrian

www.braemarequestrian.co.uk

07969 259069

Winter Show Jumping

Wellow Equestrian Centre

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

01623 860997

Monday 29th January

Ian Brown Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre

www.northallertonequestriancentre.co.uk

01609 772942

Tuesday 30th January

Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated

Showjumping

Northallerton Equestrian Centre

www.northallertonequestriancentre.co.uk

01609 772942

Wednesday 31st January

Clear Round and Slot Jumping

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Friday 2nd February

Evening Mini Jumping

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Pony Jumping Night

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Stress-Less Dressage

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Saturday 3rd February

Stress-Less Dressage All Abilities

Welcome From Lead Rein Up

Commonside Farm

07733134768 & 07722159471

Express One Day Event

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293 or 07786 631750

Combined Training

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

BD Club Quest

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Saturday Showjumping (Pre-

Entries Only)

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Sunday 4th February

Unaffiliated Indoor XC

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com/01476 591 569

Blueberry Events Stressless

Dressage

Askham Bryan College

www.blueberryeventsuk.com

07872640482

Unaffiliated Dressage

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Unaffiliated Winter Dressage

Derby College Equestrian Centre

www.derby-college.ac.uk

07970 726830

Arena Showcross

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293 or 07786 631750

Winter Dressage Competition

Friars Hill Stables

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk

01751432758

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

British Dressage Quest Club

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk

01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Ledston Equine Centre

07827291115

Bs Senior Showjumping

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Bs Seniors (Cat 1)

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Speetley Equestrian Centre

www.speetleyec.co.uk

07531354265 / 07714278097

Showing Various Classes

Speetley Equestrian Centre

07531354265 / 07714278097

Sport Endurance Shipley Park Ride

Sport Endurance East Midlands Group

www.sportendurance.co.uk/Events/

Ride-Events/Shipley-Country-

Park-2018.aspx

01283810011

British Dressage

Vale View Equestrian

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk

01664 823739

British Dressage Quest Club

Vale View Equestrian

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk

01664 823739

Monday 5th February

Modern Equine Dentistry Talk

Wragby Primary School

Tuesday 6th February

British Show Jumping

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com

01476 591 569

Equestrian Table Top Sale

Penistone & District Riding Club

http://penistoneridingclub.org.uk/

07966902968

Wednesday 7th February

Clear Round and Slot Jumping

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Tori Peters Dressage Clinic

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

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diary

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Thursday 8th February

Evening Dressage

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Friday 9th February

Jump Training

Beatrice Stocks BHSAI

Nervous and Novice Show Jumping

- Pre-Entry Only, Friars Hill Stables

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk

01751 432758

Novice and Nervous Evening

Jumping

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre & Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Winter Dressage Series 2017

Wellow Equestrian

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

01623 860997

Saturday 10th February

Holme Valley XC Clinic With Sue

Chadwick

Holme Valley Riding Club

07775 991492

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Arena ODE

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Arena Showcross

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Tsr Yorks Showing Clinic and Talent

Spotting

Dovecote Manor Farm

www.theshowingregister.co.uk

08448707392

Novice/nervous Showjumping

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Sunday 11th February

Blueberry Events Unaffilited

Dressage

Askham Bryan College

www.blueberryeventsuk.com

07872640482

Monthly Show Jumping

Competition

Friars Hill Stables

TSR Showing Clinics

Get so Much More at a TSR Clinic

• Friendly, welcoming, great for practice!

• For ALL levels of rider & type of horse/pony

• 90 min sessions in small groups

• Top Tips on What Judges Look For

• FREE Advice on Equine Massage with Equissage

•Baileys Feed Voucher & 10% Off Smart Grooming

• Value at £25 TSR/BRC Member £35 Non Member

Amateur Riders Get Talent Spotted for

TSR Showing Master Class!

OVER 40 Talent spotted Riders have

been to HOYS since 2013!

10 Feb – Yorks, Dovecote Manor Farm, Howden

Guest Judge Mr K Baskeyfield

11 Feb – Lancs at Warren Farm, Southport

25 Feb –Shrops at Walford Campus, Baschurch

10 Mar – Notts at Canaans Farm, Loughboro

30 Mar – Cumbria Newton Rigg, Penrith

31 Mar – Scottish Borders, Ian Stark, Selkirk

1 April – Northumbria Netherton Farm, Morpeth

You do not have to be Amateur or a Member to attend the clinic.

To book tel Sarah 07791517873

www.theshowingregister.co.uk

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk

01751432758

Working Hunter

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Diamond League Open Dressage

Competition

Howden and District Riding Club

Www.howdenridingclub.co.uk

07887953339

Unaffiliated Dressage

Ledston Equine Centre

Ledston Equine Clinic

07827291115

Winter Dressage Championship @

Mill Lane Stables

Mill Lane Stables

07976938119

Trailblazers Showing

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Cat 2 British Show Jumping

Northern Racing college, Northern

Racing College

www.northernracingcollege.com

01302 816006

Unaffiliated Show Jumping Points

League

Outwoods Equestrian

07837487186

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Valentine Showcase

Showcase Media, Middleton Park

Equestrian Centre

Wec Dressage Competition

Wilsden Equestrian Centre

www.wilsdenequestriancentre.co.uk

07501257978

Tuesday 13th February

British Dressage

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com

01476 591 569/ 07774 018103

Indoor Loose School Evening

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Amanda Routledge Show

Jumping Clinic

Wellow Equestrian Centre

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

01623 860997

Saturday 10th

Nervous and Novice Show

Jumping

Sunday 18th

Trailblazers Dressage

Tuesday 20th

Show Jumping Clinic

10-3pm

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 14th February

Unaffiliated Dressage

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com

01476 591 569/ 07774 018103

Clear Round and Slot Jumping

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Equestrian Market

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Friday 16th February

Horse Friday Night Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Eventing Grassroots to

International Demo

Selby and District Riding Club

07957 466630

Saturday 17th February

Show Jumping Clinic Indoor @

golden Valley Equestrian Centre

Coach Road, Alfreton

www.thehorseworks-equinecoach.co.uk

07957774507

Wednesday 21st

Half Pony Day 9.30-12pm

Thursday 22nd

Full Pony Day 10-3pm

Friday 23rd

Friday Night Show Jumping

(Trailblazers and Cricklands

Qualifier)

Please see website for more information.

If you wish to book a place please call and pay

over the phone to secure your place

Please see website for more information

Friday night running last Friday of month only | SCHOOL HIRE AVAILABLE £30 HOUR

Schedules and info available at www.tvequestrian.co.uk

01636 813588

Occupation Lane, Fiskerton, Southwell, Notts

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diary

YOUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH AHEAD

Winter Indoor Dressage Series

Acrecliffe Equestrian Centre

www.acrecliffe.co.uk

07855 307291

Blueberry Events Can’t-Jump Won’t

-Jump Showjumping

Askham Bryan College

www.blueberryeventsuk.com

07872640482

Ernest Dillon Show Jumping Clinic

Brocklesby Hunt Pony Club,

branches.pcuk.org/brocklesby/events/

07802 542205

Fun Showjumping All Abilities

Welcome From Lead Rein Upwards

Commonside Farm,

07733134768 & 07393835028

Arena Showcross

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293 or 07786 631750

Unaffiliated Combined Training/

eventers Ct

Speetley EC

www.speetleyec.co.uk

07531354265 / 07714278097

Sunday 18th February

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com

01283 734798

Indoor Eventer Challenge

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

East Midlands Showing Society

Selston Equestrian Centre

www.eastmidlandsshowingsociety.

weebly.com

07931709733 or 07769 646406

Express One Day Event

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293 or 07786 631750

Indoor Clinic With Craig Dillon

Five Pits Horsewatch and Countryside

Access Group,

07778978811

British Dressage Quest Club

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk

01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Trailblazers Dressage

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre & Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

In Hand and Ridden Showing at

Milton EC S81 0tp

Patrington Mill, Milton EC

www.patringtonmillshowyard.co.uk

07707725792

Fun Showing- in Hand and Ridden

Penistone & District Riding Club

http://penistoneridingclub.org.uk/

07966902968

SJ - X Poles - 1m

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Showcase Dressage @ Middleton

Park EC

Showcase Media

www.showcaseshowingseries.com

01132190455

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Speetley Equestrian Centre

www.speetleyec.co.uk

07531354265 / 07714278097

Sport Endurance Blidworth Woods

Ride

Sport Endurance Peak and Forest Group,

Nottinghamshire NG21 0NW

www.sportendurance.co.uk/Events/

Ride-Events/Blidworth-Woods-2018.aspx

Trailblazers Dressage

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Sue Chadwick Show Jumping Clinic

Turbury Equisport

www.turburyequisport.co.uk

07789 265 973

Tuesday 20th February

Show Jumping Clinic

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Wednesday 21st February

Equine Dental Anatomy, Common

Dental Problems and Treatments

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Wednesday Daytime Showjumping

Pre-Entries Only

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

1/2 Pony Day

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Thursday 22nd February

Evening Dressage

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

Dressage Bootcamp

Professional Equine Services, Green Farm

www.professionalequineservices.co.uk

07791792711

Full Pony Day

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Friday 23rd February

Friday Night Show Jumping

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk

07821900838

Leonie Brown Dressage Clinic (In

Hand / Ridden)

Turbury Equisport, Far Turbury Farm

www.turburyequisport.co.uk

07789 265 973

Winter Show Jumping

Wellow Equestrian Centre,

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

01623 860997

Saturday 24th February

British Dressage Quest Club

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com

01283 734798

Horses Inside Out Annual

Conference 2018

Holywell Park Conference Centre,

Loughborough University,

www.horsesinsideout.com

01159212648

Trailblazers Combined Training

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Bs Seniors (Cat 1)

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Unaffiliated Dressage Series

Professional Equine Services,

professional equine services (PES),

www.professionalequineservices.co.uk

07791792711

Sunday 25th February

Games Competition in Aid of

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Riseholme College

07503299980

Adrc Winter Unaffliated Dressage

Diamond Equestrian

www.atherstoneanddistrictridingclub.co.uk

Gill Wyles

Bsps Showing Show

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com

01283 734798

British Showjumping

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293 or 07786 631750

Show Jumping

Maltby and District Riding Club

www.maltbyridingclub.co.uk

Winter Dressage Championship @

Mill Lane Stables **Final**

Mill Lane Stables , 07976938119

Trailblazers Showjumping

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

In Hand and Ridden Showing at

Northern Racing College

Patrington Mill, Northern Racing College

www.patringtonmillshowyard.co.uk

07707725792

Winter SJ Points League

Pole Moor Riding Club

polemoorridingclub.co.uk

PC Dengie Dressage Qualifier

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Pre Entry Unafil SJ

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

PC Dengie Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Tuesday 27th February

Amanda Routledge Show Jumping

Clinic

Wellow Equestrian Centre

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

01623 860997

Wednesday 28th February

Clear Round and Slot Jumping

Brooksby Melton College

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk

01664 855333

BSPS Area 16

Spring Festival

Show

Saturday 7th April 2018

Trinity Park, Ipswich (Suffolk Showground)

72 classes for all types of horses/ponies featuring Royal International Qualifiers

for Working Hunter Ponies • BSPA, Show Hunter ponies • Mountain and

Moorland (LR/FR & Open) • Lead rein/First ridden show ponies • full range of

Pretty Polly (home produced) Classes • Young Rider/Amateur Rider classes •

Part breds, Hunters • Hacks • Cobs • Riding horses • Intermediates.

Early closing 3rd April but entries also taken on the day

Schedules/Entry forms at www.horsedates.co.uk

WILTSHIRE SPRING SHOW 2018

Saturday 17th March

Kindly Sponsored by TSG Mechanical LTD

West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre,

Melksham Road, Holt, Wiltshire, BA14 6QT

Open Classes Affiliated to:

BSHA, SHB(GB), CHAPS, BSPA, SSADL

Also: RIHS Qualifiers, Novice Section, Best Shod Competition, New Unaffiliated

Horse Classes, Amateur Championship • Plus: £500 Supreme Championship

Show Secretary: Vincent Seddon, Moor Farm, Ashton Road,

Minety Wiltshire, SN16 9QP Tel: 07873805674

ENTRIES CLOSE: 2nd March 2018 (LATE ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN AT A PREMIUM)

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February 2018

2018 DATES

SUNDAY 25TH MARCH - In Hand, Ridden,

Working Hunter & Fun Classes, Dogs

SUNDAY 8TH APRIL - In Hand, Ridden,

Working Hunter & Fun Classes, Dogs

EXTRA AFFILIATED RING SHOW

SUNDAY 29TH APRIL - In Hand, Ridden,

Working Hunter & Fun + Dogs with

EXTRA & AFFILIATED CHAPS/VHS/TGCA/

MINIATURE HORSE CLASSES

DOUBLE POINTS TROPHY SHOW

SUNDAY 6TH MAY

In Hand, Ridden, Working Hunter

& Fun & Dogs

DOUBLE WEEKENDER

SATURDAY 26TH MAY Dressage, Show

Jumping, Gymkhana & Sash Showing Show In

Hand & Ridden & Dogs + Dressage Clinic

SUNDAY 27TH MAY - In Hand, Ridden,

Working Hunter & Fun & Dogs

All Events held at Longmoor Lane

Show Ground, Breaston DE72 3BB -

Just off junction 25 M1 Between

Nottingham and Derby

NATIVE PONY BONANZA SHOW

SUNDAY 10TH JUNE - NATIVE SCHEDULE WPCS

BRONZE MEDAL SHOW & Native Pony Bonanza

& Dog Show – BUT No Other Main Schedule

Classes.

NOVICE & NERVOUS SPECIAL SHOW

SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST – Novice &

Nervous Schedule - Novice & Nervous Show In

Hand, Ridden, Show Jumping & Working

Hunter (No Points) & Bumper Dog Show – No

Main Schedule Classes

DOUBLE WEEKENDER

SATURDAY 8TH SEPT - Dressage ,Show

Jumping, Gymkhana & Sash Showing Show In

Hand & Ridden & Dogs + Dressage Clinic

SUNDAY SEPT 9TH - In Hand, Ridden, Working

Hunter & Fun & Dogs

SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER - HALLOWEEN

SPOOKTACULAR Family Fun, Showing, Show

Jumping & Marquee Crafts & Dog Show

SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER - PRESENTATION

EVENING - @ The Sportsman, Long Eaton –

With Special Gwests 7.30pm

EXTRA DATES MAY BE ADDED FOR DRESSAGE & OTHER ACTIVITIES & CLINICS

SEE OUR WEB PAGE & FACEBOOK FOR DETAIL

www.nottsderbyhorseshow.com

Vale View Equestrian, Old Dalby, Melton

Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX

FEBRUARY 2017

Thursday 1st Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Friday 2nd Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Saturday 3rd Senior British Show Jumping

Sunday 4th British Dressage & Quest Club

Monday 5th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Tuesday 6th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Wednesday 7th Senior British Show Jumping

Thursday 8th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Thursday 8th Ian Woodhead

Saturday 10th Senior British Show Jumping

Sunday 11th Arena Eventing

Monday 12th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Monday 12th UKCC

Tuesday 13th Clear Round Jumping

Wednesday 14th British Dressage

Thursday 15th Caroline Moore BE Junior Training

Friday 16th Caroline Moore U18 Masterclass

Saturday 17th Senior British Show Jumping

Sunday 18th British Dressage & Quest Club

Monday 19th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Tuesday 20th BD Jane Peberdy DVD Evening

Tuesday 20th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Wednesday 21st Senior British Show Jumping

Thursday 22nd Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Thursday 22nd Ian Woodhead

Friday 23rd Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Saturday 24th Unaffiliated DR & SJ inc Trailblazers Qualifiers

Sunday 25th Arena Eventing

Monday 26th Ian Woodhead from 1500

Monday 26th BD Judges Exam S Smith

Tuesday 27th Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Tuesday 27th Ian Woodhead

Wednesday 28th Senior British Show Jumping

Please note dates may be subject to changes at the

centres discretion. All Schedules can be found on our

website along with details of all our trainers.

“Tuesday Clear round jumping - just come along from 1pm and buy your

ticket. Tickets are £15 for 2 rounds this includes any help you may need

from Caroline Moore (may be alternative trainer occasionally)

Trailblazers Show jumping – starting at 65cm introductory level through

to 1.05cm providing an opportunity to qualify for an Unaffiliated National

Championships.

Dressage – we do trailblazers, affiliated & unaffiliated classes at Vale View

from walk trot introductory tests through to Grand Prix tests, you will need

to enter at least 4 days before the competition and please telephone if you

need to make a late entry. Payment must be made at time of booking to

Please note dates may be subject to

confirm your entry, and is non-refundable once paid.

changes at the Centre’s discretion

For more information on all of these events

and more please visit our website

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk

Tel: 01664 823739

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Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Friday 2nd March

Pony Friday Night Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Novice and Nervous Evening

Jumping

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Saturday 3rd March

British Eventing

Epworth Equestrian

www.epworthequestrian.co.uk

01427 872293

BD Club Quest

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Sunday 4th March

British Eventing

Epworth Equestrian

01427 872293

Trec Obstacle Training

Evie O’keeffe Trec Trainer, Raw Equine

www.trec-training.uk/07939471564

Winter Dressage Competition

Friars Hill Stables

www.friarshillridingstables.co.uk

01751432758

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre

www.goldenvalleyequestriancentre.co.uk

01773604520

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Ledston Equine Centre

07827291115

Bs Senior Showjumping

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &

Saddlery

www.moorhouse-equestrian.co.uk

01977 642109

Inhand and Ridden Showing Show

Northern Racing college

www.northernracingcollege.com

01302 816006

Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk

07950 819267

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition

Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk/07950 819267

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

West Yorkshire Horseplay

www.wyhp.co.uk/07946892713

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4B Market St, Draycott,

Derby DE72 3NB

Tel: 01332 897644

KARYGRAY FEEDS

Salmon House/Salmon Lane

Nottingham NG17 9LA

Tel: 01623 756342

PARKLANDS EQUESTRIAN

Well known for our saddle

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Worksop both Rd, new Aston, and Sheffield used, S26 2AD

covering Tel: 0114 a huge 287 range 5278 of

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RISLEY SADDLERY

Derby stables Rd, and Risley, trial paddocks Derby

DE72 3SY

Tel: 0115 939 2516

We are situated adjacent to j25 on the m1 & are

very accessible from all parts of the country! We

have 2600 sq feet of retail area, so stocks are

extensive. Parking is no problem and we have

We have an extensive range of stock and have around

500 bits from 3” – 7”. Our fine english bridles and

saddles are available in sizes extra small through to

extra extra extra full, in three colours; havana,

THE RANCH STORE

Main Rd, Westwood, Nottingham

NG16 5HU

Tel: 01773 607411

BUCKAROO EQUINE

Nottingham Ln, Old Dalby, Melton

Mowbray LE14 3LX Tel: 01664 823739

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straw, feed and bedding is always available.

Clipper servicing and blade

sharpening. We have a

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shapes and sizes and

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or call our shop 0114 2875278

Risley Saddlery, Risley, Derbyshire DE723SY.

Tel; 01159392516 Email; info@risleysaddlery.co.uk

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FORREST FEEDS

The Mill, Mansfield Rd, Edingley

NG22 8BG

Tel: 01623 882260

GABLESTOCK Witham Mill,

Valley Lane, Long Bennington,

Nottinghamshire, Newark NG23 5EE

Tel: 01400 281337

Harriet Haivers

The Newark Saddler

Tack & Rug Repairs

Bridlework Made to Measure

Saddle Fitting & Reflocking

HARRIET HAIVERS

Willow Farm, Hawton,

Newark NG24 3RR

www.harriethaivers.co.uk

Tel: 01636 678006

Used English Saddles & Tack For Sale

Rug Washing and Re-proofing

Willow Farm, Hawton, Newark, Notts NG24 3RR

Tel: 01636 678006 - Mobile: 07932 233219

Email: hahahaivers@hotmail.co.uk

BOBBO EQUESTRIAN

Mill Lane Garden Centre, Breaston

Derbys DE72 3AX Tel: 07838 769173

Martins Farm

431 Calverton Rd, Arnold,

Nottingham NG5 8PU

Tel: 0115 926 8703

Millside Equestrian

Southwell Rd, Nottingham NG14 7HG

Tel: 01636 831111

MILTON EQUESTRIAN

Blyth Road, Worksop

S81 0TP

Tel: 01909 733844

CADMAN ANIMAL FEEDS

2-4 Chesterfield Rd, Tibshelf,

Alfreton DE55 5NL

Tel: 01773 590777

R&R COUNTRY

Waltham Rd, Waltham on the Wolds, Melton

Mowbray LE14 4SD Tel: 01664 465000

Hull Road, Hemingbrough, Selby, North

Yorkshire YO8 6QJ Tel: 01757 638555

RETFORD SADDLERY

Barrow House/Woodcotes Lane,

Newark NG22 0TH Tel: 01777 229195

RISEHOLME FEEDS

The Oaklands, Costock Road,

Wysall NG12 5QT

Tel: 01509 889040

COBBS COUNTRY STORE

Barrow House Farm/Woodcotes Lane,

Newark NG22 0TH

Tel: 01777 228260

SEALS FODDER ROOM

The Mill, High St, Swanwick, Alfreton

DE55 1AA Tel: 01773 602466

TAYLORS

OF SOUTH

WINGFIELD

TAYLORS OF SOUTH WINGFIELD

Wingfield Mill, Church Ln, South

Wingfield, Alfreton DE55 7NJ

Tel: 01773 832631

HORSE & HEN

HORSE & HEN

142 Brookfield Way

Tansley DE4 5ND

Tel: 01629 55084

WANT TO

STOCK

Call 01949 851555

or email

info@equestrianlifemagazine.co.uk

THE TACK BOX

43-45 Chieftain Way, Tritton Road

Trading Estate, Lincoln LN6 7RY

Tel: 01522 533822

THOMAS BELL COUNTRY STORE

Bigby Road, Brigg

DN20 8RA

Tel: 01652 600690

THOMAS IRVING

Dunston Rd, Chesterfield S41 9QD

Tel: 01246 260336

CHANDLERS

Main Road, Belton,

Grantham NG32 2LX

Tel: 01476 590077

SHEEPGATE TACK AND TOGS

Leverton Boston Lincolnshire

PE22 0AS

Tel: 01205 870236

MANOR GRANGE

Cobcroft Ln, Cridling Stubbs,

Knottingley WF11 0AZ

Tel: 01977 679905

FRANKS

ANIMAL FEEDS

FRANKS ANIMAL FEEDS

Broadholme Rd, Saxilby, Lincoln

LN1 2NE Tel: 01522 703551

COOKS FARM SHOP

Lane End Farm, Markfield Ln, Newtown

Linford, Leicester LE6 0AB

Tel: 01530 242214

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SERVICES DIRECTORY

To Advertise your business contact us on

01949 851555 or info@equestrianlifemagazine.co.uk

BACK SPECIALIST

KERRY DAVEY

McTIMONEYEQUINE

PRACTITIONER BSC

(Hons) PG Dip AM MAA

Regd. Like people, horses

can suffer from back, neck,

pelvic and musculoskeletal problems, and

can benefit from McTimoney treatment.

Treatment involves careful analysis and

assessment of the spine, pelvis and any

other relevant joints and precise, rapid

adjustments are given to problem areas.

Consider taking advice if you notice changes

in performance, movement, assymmetry,

unexplained resistance or uneven muscle

development. Falls, accidents and slips are

ofter a common cause and competition

places even more strain upon their skeletal

structure. Horses also receive great benefit

from preventative treatment and

McTimoney can help them perform at their

best. Kerry is based in Lincolnshire and

obtains requests directly from owners and

referrals from veterinary practices. Kerry is

fully insured and MAA registered. Contact

details : 07725 267837 or 01522 811937

email kerrydunford@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook

www.facebook.com/kerrydaveymctimoney

CHOCOLATIERS

CATHYS CHOCOLATES

AND CAKES. Finest Belgian

Chocolate imported then

handmade by us into an

exclusive equine line of

Horseshoes & Pony shoes sculpted using

new shoes from the farrier so lifelike

representations. Horse head and Dog

head chocolates also available along with

many others. Top Farm House, Shelton,

Newark, Notts, 07776 233539, www.

cathyschocolatesandcakes.co.uk, www.

facebook.com/CathysChocolatesandCakes

COUNTRY STORES

R&R COUNTRY. With

over 15 years experience

R&R Country is the largest

equestrian and country

superstore in the Yorkshire area with

a fabulous second store near Melton

Mowbray, Leicestershire. Open 7 days a

week offering thousands of sq. feet of

exciting shopping packed with everything

for the horse, rider and country enthusiast

from clothing, safety wear, footwear tack,

saddlery, pet, feed, bedding, country

clothing, horse wear - plus much more. We

also provide a full saddle fitting service by

a qualified SMS saddle fitter. R&R Country

is a recognised BETA qualified stockist of

riding hats & body protectors therefore

we can advise on the correct fitting of the

safety item. R&R Country is the place to visit.

R&R Country - Hull Road, Hemingbrough,

Selby, YO8 6QJ, Tel: 01757 638555 | R&R

Country (Melton) - Waltham Road, Thorpe

Arnold, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4SD, Tel:

01664 465000. Shop online with us at www.

randrcountry.co.uk

MILLSIDE

EQUESTRIAN &

COUNTRY STORE LTD.

Suppliers of equestrian

and country products, rider and leisurewear,

animal feed and supplements, saddlery and

stable equipment, pet and poultry supplies

etc. Hat and back protector fitting service.

Licensed to sell horse, cat and dog wormers.

Situated off the A612 Southwell Road,

Thurgarton, Notts, NG14 7GP. Any enquiries

please tel

01636 831111 www.millsidecountrystore.

com

CROSS COUNTRY

DANETHORPE HILL CROSS COUNTRY

COURSE. Refurbished course available for

private schooling/events/hunter trials /

driving shows and clinics. We have fences to

suit the very young and the more advanced

horse/rider. Open 7 days a week. Livery

also available with full use of the course

included.

www.danethorpehillxc.co.uk Sharon

Applewhite 07966458116/01636 703980

EQUINE DENTIST

DAVID WATERS -

HORSE DENTIST.

DEFRA/Royal College

of Veterinary Surgeons

Qualified, Member of Worldwide Association

of Equine Dentists, 14 years experience with

all types of horses, Midlands based. Tel:

07771783938

EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE

KELLY BOWERS.

Fully qualified and

insured equine sports

massage therapist. Equine sports massage is

AGRICULTURAL MERCHANTS, PET FOODS AND ANIMAL FEEDS

MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS (UFAS REGISTERED)

HORSE: FEEDS & BEDDING

LIVESTOCK: FEEDS, MILK REPLACERS, MINERAL BLOCKS

PETS: MIXERS, COMPLETE & TINNED FOOD

BIRDS: WILD & AVIARY FEEDS FISH: FISH FEEDS & BAITS

SHOP OPEN MON-FRI 7.00am – 5.00pm SAT 8.00am – 4.30pm

For all of the above products and more.

Delivery available please ask for details.

GABLESTOCK

Witham Mill, Valley Lane, Long Bennington, Newark, Notts NG23 5EE

Tel: 01400 281421 or 281337 – Fax 01400 281851

Email: gablestock@hotmail.co.uk

the application of soft tissue manipulation

in order to achieve release of tension,

spasm, & reduce pain in muscle group areas.

Regular treatments can also prevent injury

through detecting problems in the early

stages and aid recovery following injury.

Equine Sports Massage is recommended by

vets & trainers around the world. Massage

is a non-invasive complimentary therapy

which promotes the natural healing

process, enhances circulation, relieves

tension, assists recovery & enhances a

range of movement. The use of sports

massage is renowned for its physiological

& psychological benefits. 07584629044

kbowers87@hotmail.co.uk www.

kbequinesportsmassage.co.uk

ELEANOR FROST EQUINE SPORTS AND

REMEDIAL MASSAGE- BSC (HONS) DIP.

ESMT.

Massage

techniques utilised

amongst others to

enhance muscle

tone, prevent

injuries, prepare

the body for athletic activity and maintain

it in optimum condition. In addition to

reducing muscular tension and soreness,

improving lymphatic flow and lactate

clearance - all horses can benefit from

massage therapy from the happy hacker to

elite eventer. For a friendly and professional

approach, providing tailored treatments

for the individual. Tel - 07946 934 932

efrostesmt@yahoo.com

EQUINE THERAPY

GILLIYAN H CARTER

- DIP.FTST, ESMT,

SMA. Equine/Canine

Sports Massage

& Neuromuscular

Manipulation.

A specialist in soft tissue injury &

rehabilitation. Also offers Deep Oscillation &

Therapeutic Ultrasound (with vet approval)

Tel: 07909-990445 Certified courses are also

available: Equine Sports Massage Diploma

(for professionals) and Equine Massage

Certificate (for Horse Owners)

www.equi-therapyuk.com

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FARRIERS

LIAM CHAPPELL DIP WCF.

fully qualified and registered

farrier relocating back to

Chesterfield and now taking

on new customers in North Derbyshire,

South Yorkshire and surrounding areas. All

types of work undertaken from elite

competition horses to happy hackers and

everything in between. Working together

with vets, physiotherapists and trainers to

ensure your horse performs to the best of

their ability. Use of modern and traditional

methods of shoeing and trimming including

specialist plastic shoes and bespoke

hand-made steel shoes where required.

Remedial work also undertaken following a

consultation with examples of work

available on request. Tel: 07584 068441;

Email: grovehouseforge@gmail.com;

Web: www.farrierliam.co.uk

LIVERY YARDS

HOLME HOUSE FARM EQUESTRIAN.

Carlton in Lindrick, Nr Worksop. Quality

livery yard, DIY, part or full. Large indoor

and outdoor arenas. Extensive cross-country

courses, regular competitions and annual

camp. Unlimited hacking and all year turnout.

24hr supervision and security. Contact

Lorna and Bill Walker on 01909 730247.

CLUMBER LIVERY Set

on the edge of Clumber

Park has limited vacancies

for DIY/Assisted DIY/Part/

Full liveries. British Horse Society approved

yard - Secure yard with alarmed tack room

and CCTV - Owners live on site, late night

check and lock up - Rest room, toilet and

wash facilities - Separate locker room -

Portable hot/cold shower unit (small fee)

- Floodlit 40mx40m manege with mirrors

and jumps - Grass jumping arena with a

range of jumps - All year turnout. Optional

24/7 summer turnout - 55 acres of paddocks

on sand based soil - Summer and winter

paddocks - Horses 2 max to a paddock with

automatic filling water troughs - On site

instructor available for lessons - Assisted

services available for holidays, sickness,

work commitments - No yard politics, just

friendly faces here to ride. Come and view

the superb facilities for yourself. Call Alison/

Nick on 01909 472413 www.clumberlivery.

co.uk

CLAXHILL LIVERIES

. FULL, PART OR

HUNT LIVERIES. Small

professionally run yard in the

beautiful village of Norwell.

Close to Newark with easy access to A1 for

Showground, Arena Uk etc. Full, Part and

Hunter Livery tailored to suit you and your

horse to the very best standard. Facilities

include: Indoor stables; All year round;

turnout; Outdoor Manage; Secure tack

room. Claxhill Farm, Carlton Lane, Norwell,

Newark. NG23 6LF, Tel. 07977 629504

NEWTON HOUSE FARM NR. BINGHAM.

Established, well run DIY livery yard situated

on an arable farm, 8 miles from Nottingham.

Use of well-known cross-country course,

40m x 30m sand and rubber manege,

show jumps and direct access to an

off-road toll ride with miles of traffic-free

hacking. All year turn-out in individual

paddocks, separate summer and winter

grazing on free-draining land. The yard

now implements the “Intelligent Worming

Programme”. Individual choice of farrier, Vet,

instructor etc. Contact Carole Fisher

Tel: 01949 20235 / Mob: 07772 533256

PEACEFUL LIVERY YARD SURROUNDED

by woodland, just off

A46 between Lincoln

and Newark. DIY, part

or full livery, all stables

have rubber matting and

water drinkers, 60x25 floodlit arena with

cushion-ride surface , full set of show-jumps

on grass , wash room and secure tack room

, lorry and trailer parking. Please call Kath

07957754260

PROFESSIONAL EQUINE SERVICES.

Kneesall’s finest equestrian centre has

fabulous facilities

awaiting you

and your horse

including 40x20

waxed indoor arena with mirrors, 60x30

outdoor arena, full set of show jumps,

Monarch stabling, covered walker, lunge

pen, stocks, solarium, hot/cold wash-box,

post and rail fenced paddocks and indoor

turnout. Fully qualified and insured staff

on site 24hrs. Specialising in livery and

training solutions for horses and riders of all

abilities, backing and producing youngsters

and re-educating ‘problem’ horses. Contact

Rebekkah 07791 792711 or Andrew 07746

168813.

NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP

MICKEY GAVIN, TRUE HORSEMANSHIP.

A fresh approach to problem solving, all

horses helped without force or fear. For info

on private visits, courses and clinics, email:

info@truehorsemanship.com or call 01623

407634 / 07974 214990.

www.truehorsemanship.com

RUG WASHING & REPAIRS

HARRIET HAIVERS. Willow Farm, Hawton,

Newark, Notts NG24 3RR. Tack and rug

repairs - English saddles bought and sold -

Bridlework made to order - Saddle fitting

and reflocking. Now Open Weekdays 9am -

5pm; Saturday 9am - 1pm. Tel: 01636

678006 / 07932 233219.

HORSEBOX REPAIRS

MEMORIAL SERVICES

Teardrops Equine Memorial Jewellery

We offer the following

services to you the client

• Horse hair bracelets

• Horsehair pendants

• Horsehair keyrings

• Resin jewellery

• Cufflinks

RIDER TRAINING AID/BACK BRACE

RIDER GILET BY

4DFLEXISPORT,

stabilises the pelvis, aligns

spine and strengthens

shoulders to give core

strength and a balanced position in the

saddle. Top event rider Tina Canton is now recommending

it to her pupils as a clever way to

enhance their riding, both at her Newark yard

and to students at Nottingham Trent University.

“I am immensely grateful to have found

this gilet and I can thoroughly recommend

it”, says Tina. With most riders suffering bad

backs, the brace is just the thing for riding and

stable work, and a bonus that it looks just like

a regular waistcoat. Angel Med Ltd., (Orthotics

Manufacturer) 01476 516200/07968 510452

www.angelmed.co.uk

SADDLE FITTERS

D.J.RICHARDSON MASTER

SADDLER / SMS QUALIFIED

SADDLE FITTER. Purpose

built Saddlefit centre near the

Newark showground or home visits. Excellent

Range of both New and secondhand

saddles available. All Reflocking and aftercare

to saddles undertaken. Te 07787532601

/ 01636701790

We sell

• Sterling silver jewellery

• Equine themed gifts

including horseshoe

memorial plaques.

• Urns

• Memorial picture frames.

t 07922 799236 | e teardropsjewellery@outlook.com

SADDLE FITTERS

NICOLA BARRY BSC (HONS)

BUCKAROO SADDLERY

Vale View Equestrian Centre

Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray

Leicestershire LE14 3LX.

Qualified with the Society of

Master Saddlers (SMS) and

also a Master Saddle Fitting Consultant

(MSFC). Nicola was the first in the country

to gain both of these qualifications. New

and second-hand saddles, including Equipe,

Kent & Masters and our very own made to

measure Sovereign saddles. Onsite flocking

and alterations. Yard visits or fittings at Vale

View Equestrian. Discounts available fitting/

checking for multiple horses on the same

yard. 0845 3003566

Sales@buckarooequine.co.uk

T&C ROBINSON, BILL-

INGHAY AND STAMFORD.

Society of Master Saddlers

qualified Saddle Fitter. We

undertake saddle fitting throughout the

East Midlands area. New, second-hand

leather and synthetic saddles always in

stock. Repairs expertly undertaken.

Ring 01526 860436. E: john@tandcrobinson.co.uk

To advertise here call Tel: 07547 174015 or

email michelle@equestrianlifemagazine.co.uk

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TRAINING

JB DRESSAGE

T R A I N I N G

Mrs Julie E Blanchard

Cedar Lodge, Ninegates Farm,

Todds Lane, Ellerker,

East Yorkshire, HU15 2DS

Email: ninegates@btinternet.com

FIND US ON FACEBOOK:

www.facebook.com/JBDressageTraining/

SADDLE FITTER / TACK & SADDLERY

KICK ON EQUESTRIAN

Mobile saddle fitting service, Stocking a wide range of new

and used saddles from around £150 to made to measure

starting at £650.

Saddle fitter for The Saddle Company, saddle reflocking,

repairs and tree adjustments made on site.Experienced,

friendly and reliable service.

Strengthening the Partnership

between Horse and Rider

Jake Fowles

Wellow Equestrian

Scotts Farm , Rufford Lane, Wellow,

Nottinghamshire NG22 0EQ

07967133817 | office@wellowequestrian.co.uk

www.wellowequestrian.co.uk

UKCC BE Accredited Coach. Jake has ridden & produced horses to BE International

and Advanced Competition; placings at HOYS; BD adv-med; on self-produced horses.

Jake has a wealth of knowledge from ex race horses to sports horses. He offers

coaching from a wide experience enabling you to fulfil your potential.

VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPIST

& SMALL ANIMAL

HYDROTHERAPIST

Contact Teresa on 07892 880197 or 01773 860121

We stock a wide range of

equipment for horse and rider.

• Riding hats and body protectors expertly fitted.

• Good choice of jodphurs, boots and chaps

for adult and child.

• Summer turnouts, fly rugs and fly repellents in stock.

• Rug washing, reproofing and repairing.

All saddlery repairs on site by Society of Master Saddlers Saddler

Sadddle fitting checks and saddle sales by SMS Qualified saddle fitter

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-4pm

The Tack Box, 43 - 45 Chieftain Way, Tritton Rd, Lincoln, LN6 7RY

Telephone: 01522 533822

HARRIET HAIVERS. Willow Farm, Hawton,

Newark, Notts NG24 3RR. Tack and rug

repairs - English saddles bought and sold

- Bridlework made to order - Saddle fitting

and reflocking. Open Weekdays 9am - 5pm

(closed Mondays); Sat 9am - 1pm. Tel:

01636 678006 / 07932 233219.

S. MILNER & SON. 2 Society of Master

Saddlers qualified saddle fitters. Saddle

fittings at the shop or at your yard. Over

200 saddles in stock, new & 2nd hand. Call

01664 454839 for an appointment.

TACK & SADDLERY

Est.1992

so a wealth of

experience to

offer

Easy parking

F Martin Ltd. MARTINS FARM, Dorket Head

Farm, Calverton Road, Arnold, Nottingham.

Everything for your horse and pet: plus

riding wear and outdoor clothing: Feed,

Supplements, Electric and Wooden fencing

and gates. T: 0115 9268703 F: 0115

9264995.

www.martinsfarm.co.uk

PROFESSIONAL EQUINE SERVICES.

Backing, starting and schooling your

youngster couldn’t be easier at Kneesall’s

finest equestrian centre. Don’t miss out

on the limited places available. Fabulous

facilities awaiting you and your horse

including 40x20 waxed indoor arena with

mirrors, 60x30 outdoor arena, full set of

show-jumps, Monarch stabling, covered

walker, lunge pen, stocks, solarium,

hot/cold wash-box, post and rail fenced

paddocks plus indoor turnout. Fully

insured and qualified staff on site 24hrs.

Specialising in schooling and training

solutions for horses and riders of all

abilities, back & producing youngsters

and re-educating ‘problem’ horses.

Contact Rebekkah 07791 792711 or

Andrew 07746 168813.

VETERINARY

Bakewell Equine Vets. Experienced equine

vets providing an ambulatory service and

clinic with stabling and surgical facilities. We

provide AI services, digital x-ray, ultrasound

scanning, shockwave therapy, dentistry,

video gastroscopy/endoscopy, lameness

investigations, JMB measurement and prepurchase

examinations. Open 8.30-5.00pm

plus 24hr emergency service 01629 810351

www.bakewellvets.co.uk

KELLY EDWARDS

VETERINARY

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

& SMALL ANIMAL

HYDROTHERAPIST –

BSC (HONS) ADVCERTVPHYS MIRVAP

RCH DIP HSA

As a Physiotherapists I am highly trained

and experienced. I’m an expert in the

field of gait analysis, manual therapies,

electrotherapies, exercise prescription, and

rehabilitation in order to decrease pain and

restore function.

Physiotherapy can help improve

performance, prevent injury, and enhance

mobility and suppleness. Physiotherapy

also assists in rehabilitation following injury

and/or surgery with the aim of restoring

the animal back to full function. It is not

just for the elite competition horse or agility

dog; every animal will benefit from being

pain free, having symmetrical muscle mass,

good range of joint movement, and supple

muscles to enable them to move, work, and

perform at their optimum level. It is good

practice to have your animals routinely

checked, and should be included in their

overall management routine, even if there

is no specific injury or trauma. Therefore

small problems can be detected early and

prevented from turning into a serious issue.

Tel: 07760444547 Email:

kellyedwardsvetphysio@gmail.com Website:

www.kevetphysio.co.uk

74 February 2018 Equestrian Life


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