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Welcome to our April edition. It’s all

about dressage this month and if you were

thinking about joining British Dressage,

you can find all the relevant information

inside this issue, there’s also the chance to

win Membership for the year.

We are thrilled to include Flying Changes

and talk to the owner, Sarah about how

the idea came about and to top it off you

can even enter for your chance to win one

of these fabulous jackets.

Equivisions are giving away one of their speaker

watches, complete with a set of SD cards with tests of your choice and level so no

more walking round your sitting room with a sheet, working out the moves.

Anyone in eventing circles will have heard of Caroline Moore. It was great to

catch up with her and find out how it all started and she came to be so prominent

in eventing circles.

If you are a social media fan, you may see that we now have a Facebook Group

page, called Equestrian Life Magazine. You can find the link through our

main page. You need to sign up to this group as we will be running regular

competitions, discount codes, features and displaying the magazine on-line

through this group. Simply request to join.

Events have been a little thin on the ground with the ‘beast from the East’

descending but hopefully the cold, snowy days are behind us as I write this. We

did manage to get out and about to a few and really enjoyed the first main event

of the season for us EMDG One Day Event amongst others.

Happy reading and don’t forget, if you have any news please do not hesitate to

contact us at editor@equestrianlifemagazine.co.uk

Equestrian Life Magazine Issue 273 April 2018

Issue 273 April 2018 | £3.00



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














The company that

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British dress code!

British Dressage

Find out why

you should join


a young

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EMWPCA Spring Show

EMDG One Day Event

Field Farm Dressage

NCPA Leics

and much more… .




Emma Green and Ringston Rueben at the

National Shire Show, qualifying for HOYS 2018.


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April 2018

6 Goodbye to Auntie Blossom


7 Win Tickets to Alltech


8 A Plea From the Racehorse


10 The Mitsubishi Motors Cup

Rider Preview


12 The Caroline Moore



16 British Dressage and how

to join


20 Win an Equivisions Watch


26 Flying Changes – the

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British Dressage Code


27 Win a Flying Changes

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40 Win a bag of Speedi-Beet

42 Training outside the box

with Tina Canton

44 How to introduce your

horse to Fences with Joanne


48 Harriet Morris-Baumber:

Planning for the season


50 Confident Rider Scotland:

A Case Study

51 Rural Life

53 Junior Life

56 Emma Green qualifies for

HOYS at the National Shire


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The annual Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference will take

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its eighth year, the conference aims to provide higher education

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Goodbye to

Auntie Blossom

06.04.1988 - 12.02.2018

It’s with great sadness that

we said good bye to our

‘Auntie Blossom’ on Monday

12 February. Purchased by my

father as a two year old from

Lee Gap Sales, Blossom was

part of the Mallender family

for 28 years. Known as ‘Auntie

Blossom’ due to her kind

nature and ability to look after

everyone and everything she

needed to. She was a super

brood mare, having 9 foals in

her lifetime. She was also my

father’s tractor prior to him

investing in a Massey Ferguson!

She was successful in anything

that she did from ploughing

fields to pony club camp.

Blossom was a huge character,

she would paw at her door &

smack her lips, never turned her

nose up at anything edible &

loved a ripe banana! She always

acted like she knew exactly what

she was doing, even if she had

never done the discipline before!

The stables are quiet without

her and we miss her very much.

Polly Mallender

Exciting New Bentley Ride

and Drive Competition at

The Equerry Bolesworth

International Horse Show

The Bentley Ride & Drive will

no doubt provide a battle royal

on the Saturday evening, June

16 when riders will first tackle

a course of jumps against the

clock before jumping into a

Bentley Bentayga V8 worth

more than £150,000 to drive

through a technical course of

cones and obstacles.

The Bentley Ride & Drive

competition will see riders

jump a traditional showjumping

course against the clock and

then make a quick dash into the

Bentley Bentayga for the riders

to drive under the guidance of

a qualified instructor through

the cones to try and take the

winning podium position.

The Bentayga V8 is unlike any

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The Bentley Ride & Drive

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Bentayga 4.0 litre engine

achieving 0 to 60mph in 4.0

seconds, accelerating to a top

speed of 180mph. Without

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some high-speed horsepower

during the event.

Sponsor Bentley Manchester

are bravely trusting the show’s

leading riders to compete

against the clock in the most

luxurious, hand-built SUV.

Said Nina Barbour of

Bolesworth International: “We

are delighted to have Bentley

Manchester supporting the Ride

& Drive class, it will involve the

top equestrian personalities,

and it is sure to set the arena

alight on the Saturday evening.”

General admission tickets can be

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Hickstead Derby

Meeting with Alltech

In this issue we have teamed

up with leading animal

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to give one lucky reader the

chance to win a pair of tickets

to The Al Shira’aa Hickstead

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For its fourth consecutive year,

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Across the classes being

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Small Hunter Championship,

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This legendary event held each

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time you read this,

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Our shows have a broad and

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Mitsubishi Motors Cup Local

Riders Head to Badminton

Ahead of this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup, taking place on

1st and 2nd of May at Badminton House in Gloucestershire,

we catch up with three riders who have qualified.

Held on the eve of

the world-famous

Mitsubishi Motors

Badminton Horse

Trials, which attracts top horse

and rider combinations from

across the globe as well as

visitors in excess of 150,000 over

the five days of competition; the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup offers

amateur riders from all over

the country the opportunity to

qualify throughout the eventing

season for these finals. Not only

will riders contest to win the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup trophy,

presented in front of Badminton

House, the pinnacle of any

amateur event rider’s career,

they will be vying for a chance

to take home a 2018 vehicle of

their choice from the Mitsubishi

Motors range for one year, and a

commemorative plaque.


I am based near Burnley,

Lancashire. I am lucky that my

livery yard is only a couple of

miles from my house and the

staff are excellent and help

me out enormously, especially

with me working full time as

a trainee solicitor – I hope to

qualify in June. The facilities are

also brilliant with a large indoor

arena, gallops and a solarium,

which ensures Millie (Curra

OKO) is always fit enough for an

event. This will be my first time

competing at the Mitsubishi

Motors Cup where I will be

competing at BE90 level.

I have owned Millie since

July 2017, we had only been

together for seven weeks when

we managed to qualify for the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup, she had

only done three events prior

to her coming to us. Millie was

bought to take the pressure

off my main horse who had an

injury at the time, however she

quite quickly became the centre

of attention with how talented,

trainable and willing she is.

Millie is very unique as she is a

chestnut mare with the world’s

best nature, instead of the

cliché which accompanies many

chestnut mares. She would not

dream of even putting her ears

back or being nasty, and she just

loves cuddles and kisses. The

only quirk that Millie has is that

she can be quite energetic if she

has not been out for a while. She

likes her work and to be out and

about competing.

Our training so far has been

going very well. We have had a

few trips to Somerford Park cross

country schooling and have

been successfully competing in

British Showjumping and JAS

competitions, winning our last

outing at Aintree. We have been

trying to significantly improve

our dressage scores with

dressage trainer Jess Dunn, who

is based only a few miles from

us, and are hoping that we

should see the improvement

in our scores when we get back

out. We have a training camp at

the end of March at Somerford

Park and then a day’s training

session with Chris Bartle before

the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, so

we are hoping that will give

us a very good boost! We did

have a minor blip when Millie

got a splinter in her lip which

got infected, however that has

luckily been sorted.

I am unbelievably excited to

gallop in front of Badminton

House and through the big lake.

It will be surreal after seeing it

so many times on television. I

am also looking forward to being

able to stay all week and soak up

the atmosphere, whilst hacking

Millie around the grounds.

I have got a rather large support

team coming with me which is

great. My mum, dad, boyfriend

and three dogs are coming down

for most of the week, closely

followed by a large gang of

supporters from my livery yard,

courtesy of the yard owner.

My brilliant physio Ailsa Vines

and one of my best friends from

University are also travelling

down to watch. Millie’s previous

owners and rider are also

coming, together with Karen

Huyton who recommended

Millie to me as she thought we

would get on so well. – how right

she was.


I’m a full time Paramedic based

in a little village called Scorton

in Lancashire and this will be

my first time competing at the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup. I feel

incredibly privileged for this


opportunity and very excited by

the prospect, I will be competing

at BE90 level. I have owned

Diamond After Chance for three

and a half years and this will

be our third season eventing

together. However it did take

nearly two months to be able

to actually get on him after

we bought him. He is quite

unique, he is full Irish Draft with

a quirky personality. I bought

him as a just broken five year old

from a local dealer. He had no

name but was soon christened

Dynamo as his party piece was

to go from 0-60mph at the

drop of a hat, he is sometimes

referred to as Usain Bolt. One

of his first forays into eventing

featured a near elimination in

the dressage as he bolted across

the arena. Luckily he seemed

to do this less as his eventing

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do very much so needed a bit of

work to get her ready for another

home, but she never got that

far and has been with me ever

since. Dilly is now nine years

old and we are having a great

time together, even if a 15.3hh

lightweight cob wasn’t what I

was planning to event. She tries

her hardest with everything she

does. She unfortunately isn’t

blessed with speed but has a

lovely jump and is great in every

way. Her only weakness would

be hacking, she finds it quite

exciting and can be traffic shy.

education grew, however he

still has the potential, so fingers

crossed he keeps a lid on it at

the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

Current training and

preparation is going well. We

are surrounded by hills and

located close to the beach

which provides great fitness

opportunities. We have just

completed a training camp held

at the infamous Somerford

Park and are due to be out

eventing at Stafford BE

in a few days’ time. If the

weather delivers a wet

spring we plan to use a

local water treadmill to aid

fitness preparation.

I’m looking forward to the

whole experience, from arriving

at the prestigious Badminton

House, to splashing through

the Badminton Lake on cross

country day, oh and to enjoy

the celebrations following the

event. I really can’t wait.

I’m very lucky to be supported

by great friends and family.

They have named themselves

“Team Dynamo”. Following

a difficult 2017 I really can’t

thank them enough for their

continued support, eventing

really is a “team” sport. We plan

to stay the whole week taking

the opportunity to celebrate

the achievement of qualifying

and also watching some of the

world’s best eventers competing

in the Mitsubishi Motors

Badminton Horse Trials - we are

all very excited.


I am based in Norfolk and I will

be riding my horse Just Dilly at

the Mitsubishi Motors Cup. I

am competing at BE90 level and

as the competition draws closer

I am getting increasingly more


I bought Dilly as a hairy yearling

cob to produce and sell on when

ready, so at nearly five years

old I sold her and a year later I

ended up buying her back. In the

year she was away, she didn’t

Training is going to plan apart

from our planned first run at

Oasby BE which was cancelled

due to weather conditions but a

couple of beach trips will get us

back on track. My friend Rhian,

who comes with me to most

events, is coming with me to the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup and we

are looking forward to a week

away ‘playing ponies.’ Some of

my family are also coming to

watch and I know it will be a

great week whatever happens

in the competition. I am not

putting any pressure on Dilly, we

are there to enjoy ourselves and

I am proud of her for qualifying.

For more information on the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup visit



Spectators are welcome.

Admission is free on 1 May

(dressage) or £10 per person on

2 May (showjumping and cross

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Online advance tickets are £8 per

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the Caroline Moore interview


is achievable with hard work and


The rise from first riding a pony on Skegness beach as a small

child to becoming a 4* event rider and now GB Junior team

coach for eventing is pretty meteoric, but this is just what

Leicestershire-based Caroline Moore has achieved. So how

did she do it? In conversation with Sally Butler, herself one of Caroline’s

pupils, all is revealed. The answer soon becomes clear. Quite simply,

it’s hard work and dedication. With, maybe, a few strokes of good luck

thrown in too.

Growing up in Skegness, Caroline was first introduced to horses at

the age of 12. Her next door neighbour had a pony which led to her

joining the local riding school. Here she fell in love with horses right

from the word go – this was the career for her. Straight away she set

about persuading her parents to buy her a pony. “I’m first generation

horsey,” explained Caroline. “My parents have only seen me ride

about twice. Once was at Burghley and when I told them I was going

to compete at Badminton they thought it was a game involving a

shuttlecock – they hadn’t a clue what it was. But they have always

supported me really well.”

After finishing her O levels, Caroline went straight to work at Newark

Equestrian Centre run by Linda and Willie Young. This was where she

started to teach and very quickly managed to achieve her BHS AI. For

the next couple of years Caroline had about five further jobs all at

once to make ends meet, including serving in a chip shop van!

Next came a spell as a working pupil for Mrs Janet Sturrock in Rutland

where she gained her BHSII and then the BHSI. Aged just 19 she

rented a large equestrian centre in Spalding and ran it as her own

business, turning it from a basic riding school into a good BHS exam

centre. Alongside this, she did a fair bit of riding and training young

horses, with the emphasis very much on show jumping, but never any


At 21 Caroline moved to Melton Mowbray, where she still lives today,

to start work at Brooksby Agricultural College, lecturing and writing

the stud management and HND courses. It was only then that Caroline

was introduced to eventing, as she explains: “I was sat on a bank at

Lowesby Horse trials with my friend Sue Ringrose, and I turned to her

and said ‘We ought to do this, it looks really good fun’ – and that was

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RIGHT, FROM TOP: Although never keen on water, Belmont Independent

successfully negotiates this hurdle at Burghley in 2004; Don Giovanni and

Caroline exiting the lake at Badminton 2006

that.” Caroline bought a naughty, nappy horse from a dealer which

she managed to get going and started competing, winning a few

novice events, then bought and competed another. Now heavily

into eventing, she decided to leave Brooksby.


Next she rented a big yard at Cotgrave, not far from Nottingham,

with Izzy Laurance, one of her former students from Brooksby.

Caroline built up the establishment over the next eight years,

having 30 horses between them and eventing 15 every weekend.

It was then she was given a horse called Ratbag – a naughty

chestnut that had been eliminated many times at pre-novice

level for not going anywhere near water. Much to everyone’s

disbelief this became her first 4* horse – Belmont Independent.

“He was absolutely petrified of water; I nearly fell off him every

time because he absolutely stalled jumping in. We almost always

took him to water to get his feet wet the day before every event.

But, through gaining his confidence, we got to 4* level riding at

Burghley in 2004.”

Competing at this level continued when, very sadly in 2005, a close

friend of Caroline’s, Dr. Vanessa Lloyd-Davies, took her own life,

leaving Caroline her horse, Don Giovanni (Gino) in her will. Gino

had already completed both Badminton and Burghley with Vanessa

on more than one occasion: “It was very emotional competing him

as he was obviously so connected to Vanessa. But he was a really

well-loved horse and I learnt masses from him.”

The new partnership also competed at Badminton and Burghley, in

addition to being invited to ride at the Beijing Olympics test event

in Hong Kong. “I found it quite pressurising,” Caroline explained.

“At the beginning I was really nervous of him because he was a

brave horse, but a poor jumper in his technique, very dangly, and

would often hit a XC fence. I loved him, I loved riding him, but

it was slightly scary at the same time when you went out of the

start box and wasn’t quite sure whether he would pick his feet up!

Although over time we gained masses of confidence with each



2005 was something of a pivotal year for Caroline, as by this time

Izzy and Caroline had gone their separate ways and she moved to

Vale View Equestrian Centre, the newly completed competition

yard near Melton Mowbray, where she has been ever since.

The same year she applied for the position of GB junior team coach.

She failed to get the job, but instead, was put onto a coaching

development team for the next three years, with training from

Yogi Breisner and Ken Clawson. From 2000 onwards Ken became

Caroline’s biggest mentor: “He was the one who taught me about

attention to detail and accuracy. Whenever I’m teaching now I

hear him teaching, it sounds really weird, but I have taken his

philosophy on most definitely.”

By gaining her BHS Fellowship in 2010, this took her coaching to

a different place. It was then Caroline was asked to be the young

rider selector, a position she held for two years, learning how the

youth squad and championships work.

In 2012 Caroline got the position of Junior and U18 National coach.

“I’ve never really looked back. I haven’t stopped teaching right

from the age of 16, and even before that – it’s always been in me.



He was absolutely petrified of

water; I nearly fell off him every

time because he absolutely

stalled jumping in

LEFT, FROM TOP: Their last 4 star event together - Caroline and Don

Giovanni at Burghley in 2007; Now owner and trainer, Caroline with Ros

Canter at Badminton 2017; Coaching potential members of the GB Junior

2018 team at Vale View in March. Photos courtesy of Frances McKim

I’ve learnt masses on the way, and every day I learn something new

that works for someone else. A big passion of mine is coaching

other coaches; however it’s not my favourite. My favourite is

definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, preparing riders for

championships. It’s brilliant fun.”

This year the plan is to take a group of six riders out to the Junior

European Championships to be in Fontainebleau, France. Four

riders will be in the team and two will compete as individuals. In

the past riders would be told after the first trot up whether they

would be representing GB as part of the team, or as an individual.

However, that strategy has now changed, with juniors being told

before they go out whether they are in the team – yet selectors

can still swap riders around until an hour after the last horse has

trotted up. “It’s harder to get a medal as an individual, so therefore

the riders all want to be in the team.”


Before becoming the Junior GB squad coach, Caroline had just

started to compete a five year old gelding she bought from Vere and

Clea Phillipps – All Star B – known as Alby at home. Picked entirely

upon scope and spring off the ground, Caroline rode him to novice

level before passing the ride to Ros Canter. “If I hadn’t got the

coach’s job I would have definitely carried on riding him – I had to

give the ride up because I’m a great believer that if you’re going

to do something, you have to do it really well. Had I made one

mistake on that horse in front of all of my junior riders, it wouldn’t

bother me too much, but I don’t think it would be professional.”

Alby and Ros have been a success story. Together they have worked

up through the levels, achieving fifth at the senior Europeans, fifth

at Badminton and fifth in the overall world rankings in 2017. “I

really value Ros as a friend and rider. She is unique, her attention

to detail is phenomenal. I am so proud of them; they have gone

from strength to strength.”

This year the pair is aiming for the World Games, in addition to

Badminton. “I’m not nervous because I have masses of confidence

in them. But the funny thing is they find it easy because they have

such a partnership; he has so much scope and she is very good at

riding him.”


“I think I am completely contented in what I do – if someone asked

me if I wanted to take a senior job, then I’d have to think very hard

about it because I love working with the children. It’s so satisfying,

because they’re so thirsty, and uneducated to a certain degree –

meaning you can really push knowledge into them. Nothing gets

better than seeing them have that ‘light bulb’ moment.”

With only two days off between January and March, Caroline’s

diary is completely booked-up as riders prepare for the coming

season. Caroline explains that she feels she has a really good

balance between her work and home life now, often taking a few

weeks off to go diving with her partner, Greg.

However, in comparison to others, her hours are crazy, and the

work phenomenal. Caroline’s ambition, drive and passion for the

sport is easy to see. It’s hard not to be the best when you work as

hard as she does.

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Complementing the Quest competitions

are the Petplan Equine Area Festival

Championships. The Area Festivals are

the perfect target for many BD riders

looking to have a taste of the big time at

a Championship–feel event. Twenty four

first round Area Festivals will be held

all over the UK from May to September

2018 with the top ten combinations from

each section going on to one of the eight

Area Festival Semi Finals, taking place in

September and October 2018, from Prelim

to Inter II level.

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a combination’s five best scores achieved

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Want to find out more about the

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Joanne Dagley


I started riding lessons with my sister when

I was about 5 years old, and have ridden ever


I worked at a riding school at the weekends

in exchange for lessons from around the age

of 10. I got my first horse around the age of

13, at which point I learnt to jump. I kept

her at a riding school so continued helping,

trading for lessons!

At around 18, I moved yards to a friend’s

yard. I decided not to go to university, so I

could continue with horses so took a part

time job whilst doing an Open University

degree. I also studied separately and passed

BHS AI exams.

Aged 20 I got a job as Head Girl at a riding

school and worked there for a couple of

years before I realised that I needed a ‘proper

job’ so aged 22 I started working in a more

corporate environment.

Over the next 20 years I continued to

compete initially in Eventing, and then

more towards Dressage as I wasn’t very

brave in cross-country! I never had any huge

competition success as my horses where

always fairly tricky!


Its really only since my surgery, and not

being able to jump that I’ve concentrated

on dressage. Before that I’d enjoyed all


However since joining BD I must say that the

community is great - I’ve attended camps

and training, and been part of the teams.

You’re always made to feel welcome and I’ve

made some great friends.



I only have one horse that I’m competing

at the moment – Michael Angelo (Stable

name Miko) who I bought in February 2017.

We complete in able-bodied Novice and are

about to start at Elementary. In Paras, I’m

now concentrating on the Grade 5 Silver

Novice level.

Unfortunately para shows are few and far

between, so they can involve lots of travel.

• March 2018 -Appointed to the Para

Technical Committee for BD Dressage

• February 2018 -Moulton College 1st & 2nd

in Novice classes with 74.48% & 70.81%

• January 2018 - Moulton College 1st & 2nd

in Novice classes with 66.6% & 65.52

*Keysoe PARA Grade 5 Intro - 1st 70.71%

• September 2017 - Short Listed to represent

#Teamlikit as 2017 ambassador

• August 2017 - 3rd Place at the Para Grade 5

National Bronze Championships

• July 2017 - Represented Cambridgeshire

at the British Dressage Inter-Regional

competition. Placed 5th as a team. 4th

Placed highest rider in my section.

• June 2017 - Competed at Pet Plan Area

festival final at Codham Park Farm at

Novice. Placed 8th with 69.79%

• May 2017 - Bluegate Hall placed 1st in

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oth Novice Class’s,

Houghton Hall placed 2nd in the Novice

with 70%

Qualified for Para Bronze Championships

at Chigwell riding trust with an Average

score of 70.35%

April 2017 - Para Home International team

for the Eastern Region

Highest scoring Grade IV Bronze rider

from the teams with average of 67.08%.

• March 2017 - 2nd at Keysoe Novice Silver -




My personal bests of 70%+ in February

of this year and coming 3rd in a National

Championship in August 2017 after only

having my horse for six months!




At age 38 I suffered a slipped disc, which

rapidly got worse and put me in hospital

several times. I was severely limited in my

movements and my ability to ride, and on

lots of pain medication. Just a month before

I was due to have my first surgery, the disc

moved within my spine and compressed

some of the major nerves to my legs. I was

rushed to hospital unable to feel my legs and

had emergency surgery. After the surgery I

regained the feeling to my right leg but my

left leg nerves remained damaged. I learned

that the condition I now have is called Cauda

Equina Syndrome. I was told that potentially

the nerves COULD repair themselves but

this may take up to two years. Unfortunately,

that’s not happened.

I have permanent pins and needles in my

left foot, and frequent muscle spasms and

cramps which feel like a hot poker firing up

my leg! I take meditation which is designed

to suppress the nerves to try and reduce

these symptoms but side effects mean I can

get very tired easily.

I started to ride again about six months after

the first surgery, but I couldn’t feel my left

seat bone, and had no grip or strength in my

left leg at all - meaning anything more than

walking was tricky - my leg flapped about and

I couldn’t keep my foot in the stirrup as I had

to grip with my knees, I looked and felt like a

complete beginner again!

I looked for help with the RDA and got

classified as a disabled rider. This allowed

me to have compensatory aids which were

elastic bands around my feet and stirrups

to hold them in place and a stick on the left

side. I also found a seat saver and silicone

I had regained

confidence in my

ability to stay

balanced, and could

now sit upright

seat jodhpurs helped with grip and stability.

I worked hard at the gym - finding a trainer

that specialised in spinal injuries has helped

enormously. I had to learn to balance again

and figure out how to improve my situation.

I persevered for the two years hoping that at

some point I would regain some feeling, but

unfortunately nothing changed, other than

starting to get more pain in my back again

which became unbearable. We went back to

the hospital and further MRIs showed that

I now had spinal stenosis which meant that

the bones of my spinal column had started to

calcify and actually squeeze my spinal cord.

So back to the operating table I went, and

I imagine the surgeon dremelled away the

extra bone and created enough space for my

spinal cord.

The difference was amazing, the pain in my

back now 90% better, but unfortunately no

improvement in the feeling of my leg. But at

least that meant I could now be more mobile

and I got straight back down the gym and

was riding again within weeks.

Now being more mobile in my lower back,

I could progress with my riding and the

couple of years in the gym and balance work

I’d done meant that whilst I couldn’t feel

anything, I had regained confidence in my

ability to stay balanced, and could now sit

upright. I’ve had to experiment with saddles

and find one that has huge knee and thigh

rolls so I can use my thigh to secure me into

the saddle rather than gripping with my


I’ve found that it is a huge mental approach

- I’ve had to regain my confidence and found

both physio and gym work off the saddle is

just as important as being on board.



I became the Para Rep for the Eastern Region

in December 2016, and in February 2017 have

just been appointed to the BD Para technical

committee too. I originally applied to be the

marketing rep.

I’d been a member since the start of 2016,

and had attended a few camps and met the

other committee members and wanted to

‘do my bit’ for BD and the Eastern region.

However when I applied our RDO asked

if I would do the Para Rep instead, I had

thought about it but at that point didn’t

know anything about the Para competition

structure so didn’t think I would be able too.

However, I soon realised that if I didn’t,

no one else would either so I took up the

challenge! I started off January 2016 not

having contact with any other para riders, so

I quickly went out and about to shows and

RDA groups to find some - and by April 2016

I’d managed to get a team together for the

Para Home International, where we came

2nd! In 2017 we went one better sending two

teams and getting placed 1st and 5th.

I now have about 40 people on my list. I

organise regular training for the riders,

as well as ensuring we have shows in the

Eastern region. I’ve been very lucky also to

have the support of CU Phosco Lighting, who

are based in Ware, Hertfordshire, who agreed

to sponsor all the activity within the region

for Para Riders - so I’m able to offer lessons

with world class trainers for a fraction of the




My Personal goals for 2018 are to better my

2017 achievements!

• Para

• Bronze & Silver National Championships

(August 2018) - Having placed 3rd last year

at Bronze I’d like to improve on this, and

get a 1st or 2nd!

• I’m also on track to qualify to ride in the

Silver category too.

• Able-Bodied

• We’re already qualified for the Summer

Regionals at Novice, and I’m also looking

to compete in the Area Festivals at

Elementary level.

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Who are Equivisions?

Equivisions was started by a Mum,

Julie Geraghty so that she could

work from home whilst her two

girls were growing up. Her

youngest is a keen dressage rider

and the eldest is also very


Julie herself used to compete

regularly in dressage but has

now taken a back seat to

concentrate on the children

and business. Equivisions

are currently working

with team GB para squad,

preparing music for WEG.


Equivisions is a company

specialising in dressage to music

production and floor pattern design. Using

their extensive knowledge of editing music

for dressage they have come up with a

simple and invaluable solution for learning

your dressage tests and are marketing these

alongside an ingenious wrist speaker to wear

whilst riding to play music or audio tests on

You can practice the official British Dressage

tests from Intro to Advanced Medium. The

tests are pre-loaded onto a micro SD card to

fit into the speaker watches. They are also

available via mp3 download and on a CD.

The official BD audio tests are only available

from www.equivisions.co.uk

All the tests have three recording speeds.

The learning speed has no gaps between the

instructions and movements so it is ideal for

listening to whilst mucking out or driving.

There are then two riding speeds and these

are based on pony/cob and horse speed.

Equivisions, having analysed hundreds

of tests to come up with the two speeds

solutions are confident that they will work

for most combinations.

The wrist speakers are also ideal for

dressage to music. There’s no more

dismounting to press play, getting a friend

to come and operate the music player, no

worries of headphones falling out your

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car close to the arena and blast the music

system. The speakers are no larger than a

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Country & Stable of Olney are a family run equestrian business set in the heart of Olney,

Buckinghamshire. They pride themselves on excellent customer service as

well as having an impressive range of products for people and their

four-legged pets to enjoy the great outdoors.

Country & Stable pride themselves on

supporting the local community, they

regularly donate and provide product

support to local charities, clubs and events.

This month, we talk to Country & Stable’s

sponsored rider, Amanda Shirtcliffe.

Amanda is a Para dressage rider based in

Buckinghamshire. In 2012 Amanda was

diagnosed with a rare neurological movement

disorder. Having taken up Para dressage in

2013 and competed successfully at national

and international level, Amanda was selected

onto the British Equestrian Federation World

Class Program in 2016 and has her sights

firmly set on representing Team GB in the

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

How long have you been living with

Dystonia and what does it entail.

My Dystonia wasn’t officially diagnosed

until 2012. Dystonia is a rare movement

disorder in which you have involuntary

muscle contractions that cause spasms,

twisting movements or abnormal postures.

Basically, the neurological mechanism that

makes muscles relax when they are not in

use does not function properly. Dystonia can

affect just one limb or the entire body, but in

my case it affects both of my legs, arms, torso

and neck. My dystonia hinders my balance

and affects my movement and limb function;

muscle spasms are often excruciatingly

painful and make everyday basic tasks a

challenge to accomplish. I can walk with

the use of leg callipers and crutches but I

am often confined to long periods of time in

a wheelchair.

How do you overcome the challenges you

face when riding with Dystonia?

My body pretty much decided for me that

I couldn’t continue to hare about the

countryside on horseback, and if I wanted to

carry on riding I’d have to find an alternative

way to do so. Due to my involuntary

muscle spasms and limited control of my

legs, I find that riding without stirrups is the

best way for my body to balance better when

it’s in the saddle. We also train the horses to

respond to my vocal commands, having the

horses ‘voice activated’ really helps!

Since taking up a para sport, what have

you discovered about yourself?

I’m not afraid to be myself, although for a

while my confidence took a battering and

accepting my body for what it is has taken

some getting used to. I still get frustrated

with the things I can’t do, the days I am bed

bound are the darkest, but over time I’ve

learnt to allow my body the rest it needs

in order to recover and carry on living as

full a life as possible. Having a disability is

something I still struggle to accept, I can be

a stubborn old mule at times and instead of

accepting defeat I’d rather break my neck

trying to prove a point! I’ve always been

independent and asking for help is something

even now I find hard to do. I’m naturally

competitive and have found that having a

disability makes me appreciate the function

and movement I have left, it’s made me more

determined to get my backside into gear and

not let my disability beat me.

What is your favourite product that

Country & Stable have provided for you

and your horses?

Country & Stable have been a phenomenal

support to me and my equestrian team,

providing me with financial backing and

product sponsorship to get me started in para


I feel so privileged that Country & Stable

have supplied me with some of the best

equestrian products on the market. I love all

of the Eurostar range but when the weather

is wet and windy, I really appreciate my warm

winter breeches!

For the horses it has to be Horseware

Rambo rugs. Horseware make an extensive

range of rugs to suit all shapes and sizes

of horses. I think the Rambo collection is

by far superior, they withstand all that the

British weather throws at them and come

with a 3yr guarantee, in short, they do what

they say on the tin!

Can you tell us a little about your horses?

I have five competition horses, (Princess

Fiona, Tottie, Magic Mike, Awesome Annie

and Remi) all of which are owned by other


I am forever grateful to the owners for

lending me their four-legged friends, without

their support I would struggle to compete in

the sport.

Who is your favourite horse and why?

Princess Fiona is without a shadow of a doubt

my all time favourite, although I try to treat

them all equally! When Princess came to

me she hadn’t had any previous dressage

training and we have learned the ropes

together. Last year we were crowned National

Champions, that was the icing on the cake.

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Apart from riding, do you have any other


Eating! I totally live for food, not exactly

the hobby to have when you need to fit

into bright white skin sucking dressage

breeches but I can’t ever envisage becoming

a vegetarian.

To me a balanced diet is chocolate in both

hands! Before dystonia rudely invaded my

body, I used to enjoy snowboarding, but even

back then my balance was never brilliant,

Bambi on ice is probably a good comparison,

so it’s probably for the best that I stay away

from the slopes!

What advice can you give someone who

wants to get into Para Dressage?

Just Do it! Yes, it takes a certain amount of

dedication and determination to put yourself

out there and try something new, but a little

bit of self-belief goes a long way. Para sport

has provided me with a new found focus and

challenged me to push myself further than I

would have ever done before. I would never

have imagined that in 4 years from when I

first started in the sport I would be on the

British Team and vying for a place on the

Paralympic podium. By no means has it been

an easy ride but I am loving every minute of

the journey and I hope that it continues to be

that way as I trot towards Toyko!

Run when you can, walk when you have to,

but never give up!

Amanda Shirtcliffe; www.pararider.co.uk

Dressage has always been an

interest of mine, from competing at

local level from around the age of

seven and progressing to become

a member of my local Pony Club

Dressage Team. I enjoy the challenge

of competing against yourself each

time to achieve a better percentage.

Of course it is always nice to come

home with a rosette or placing, but

the achievement of progression and

improving the movements each time

is simply fantastic. You spend all your

time in training working on a set of

movements or test, and then for it all

to come together in a competition is a

wonderful feeling. Of course it is also

nice to turn up to an event and know

the exact time your test will take place

and not have to wait around for hours

for your class!

This year is my first year competing

in affiliated British Dressage

Competitions taking part in the My

Quest and Team Quest competitions.

Competitions are held at various

locations in your region where you

can compete as an individual or within

a team to try to achieve the highest

score and therefore points throughout

the qualifying period. The top

individuals and teams are then invited

to a regional final, which is where I

hope Poppy and I can make it to. It is

always exciting when the leader board

is updated to see how many points

you have accumulated at your last

competition and see where you are

listed on the board.

Poppy is probably not your average

dressage horse, being a 12hh Welsh

Section A pony, but she has taken to

it brilliantly achieving some amazing

scores. Poppy was bred by Janice

Allen at the Larapinta Stud competing

successfully in hand for many years

and with the hope she would become

a broodmare at the stud, however

this was not to be the case as Poppy

decided she didn’t like being a mum

and a new career was needed! This

year we are competing at Intro and

Prelim level but hope to continue

working up the levels as we progress.

Who knows how far a little Welsh A

can make it!

Dressage is a sport for everyone at

every level and I would encourage

everyone to give it a go!

Victoria Proctor

Victoria Proctor started the year with

a win in the Novice Freestyle to Music

with just short of 70%. They then

came 6th out of 34 at Bishop Burton

Winter Regionals, which is a massive

improvement on last year! Their aim

this year is to qualify for Summer

regionals at Novice as well as moving up

to Pony Club Intermediate.

Victoria has had her mare, Rubiks Cube

(Ruby) from a three-year-old. She’s done

everything herself. When they are not

winning at dressage, they also compete

in affiliated showing, coming 4th at

Horse of the Year Show in 2016.

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What is



If you want to compete in dressage

you need to be organised! There’s

the plaiting and grooming, not to

mention cleaning your tack and then

transporting your horse to an event. But

what if you don’t have your own horse, or

your own transport? Or maybe you need

some quick feedback ahead of an important

competition, like an Area Festival or

Regional Championship, or perhaps you’ve

never competed in a dressage competition

and want to know what it’s all about? What

opportunities do you have to compete and

train? There’s where online dressage with

Dressage Anywhere comes in.


Competing in dressage online is for just

about anybody! Whether you’re new to

dressage or an experienced competitor,

there are classes and levels for everyone.

Some riders with young horses find it a

useful tool to get feedback on how they’re

doing. Other more established partnerships

just enjoy having another mechanism for

competing without leaving their yard.

Online dressage is perfect for riders who

don’t have their own transport or even their

own horse - Dressage Anywhere has many

riders competing on riding school horses. It

It’s a really simple

concept - ride your test,

have someone film it for

you and then upload the

video for judging.

It really is as easy as that.

can be a really fun way of taking part with

the opportunity to win prizes and rosettes.



Online dressage competitions have been

around for a few years (Dressage Anywhere

is one of the early pioneers and has been

hosting online dressage classes for nearly

eight years) and they’re becoming popular

with riders around the world.

It’s a really simple concept - ride your test,

have someone film it for you and then

upload the video for judging. It really is as

easy as that.

Registering with Dressage Anywhere is free

and if you’d like to go on to qualify for and

compete in the British Dressage Online

Associated Championships, you’ll need to

become a BD associate or club member.

You’ll need to enter a competition online. If

you’re not sure what level you should ride

you need to assess where you are in your

schooling and training. If you’re very new

to dressage, have a look at the Introductory

(walk and trot) and Preliminary (walk,

trot and canter) levels. If you’re a more

established dressage rider, then you’ll know

what level you should be entering. Dressage

Anywhere schedules include a summary

of the movements so you can assess which

online dressage test you can enter.



ARENA - You’ll need to make sure you have

the correct sized arena for the test you’re

going to ride. The details are at the top of

the test sheet. If you don’t have an arena,

that’s no problem at all, you can ride your

test in a field marked out with arena letters.

WHAT TACK? - Dressage competitions are

run to British Dressage rules which require

a bridle with a noseband and an English

saddle. The British Dressage Rules are very

comprehensive, so Dressage Anywhere

includes a summary on its own Rules page.

Martingales are not permitted and will

result in elimination (although you’ll

always have a chance to ride your test again

and upload another video, time permitting).

Gloves must be worn - it’s a two mark

deduction if you forget them!

VIDEO CAMERA - You don’t need fancy

equipment to film your Dressage Anywhere

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test, a relatively new smartphone will do a

good job. Just make sure that you can zoom

in when the rider is at the far end of the

arena and you can transfer the video to a

computer or upload it to a website.


Dressage Anywhere works with FEI and

British Dressage List 1 and 2 judges, who

have gone through a rigorous education

system. Many are trainers and riders

who have worked through a certification

programme involving further training and

examinations to enable them to judge or to

specialise in a specific areas such as para,

RDA, eventing or young horses.


Every rider will receive a scoresheet with

a summary of their performance. Dressage

Anywhere takes that one step further - as

soon as the judge submits a scoresheet the

competitor will receive an e-mail with a

link to view and download their scoresheet.

There’s no waiting until the end of the

competition and if you think you can

improve on your performance, you can ride

the test again and upload a new entry for


When the competitions close, results are

finalised on an online scoreboard and

rosettes and prizes issued to all placed

riders. Prizes and rosettes are awarded in

accordance with British Dressage rules, so

rosettes go to one in four riders and prizes

are awarded to a scale dependent on the

number of class entries.



Dressage Anywhere offers monthly

competitions, each one opens on the first

day of the month and closes on the last day

of the month. They run all year round and

there are opportunities for teams to compete

in the annual Team Challenge to win extra



Dressage Anywhere runs its online dressage

competitions as closely to live competitions

as possible, maintaining the high standards

that you would expect, but also to get those

new to dressage ready for live competitions.

Dressage Anywhere has eight years of

experience running online dressage

competitions and has a comprehensive

system to automate as much of it as possible.

Interdressage - A Growing

Global Phenomenon!

Eleven years ago this April,

Interdressage.com quietly slipped

its way onto the internet and into

the hearts of its ever-growing band of

devotees. Interdressage was the first of

its kind to offer riders worldwide the

opportunity to compete in dressage,

jumping and showing classes, not

only for rosettes and prize money

but for outstanding feedback from

carefully selected BD judges, showing

enthusiasts, professional instructors and

experts in the field of Equine Behaviour.

Karina Hawkridge, Equine

Physiotherapist and freelance

instructor, started the site in 2007

as a hobby. In possession of a large,

temperamental young Warmblood and

desperate for constructive advice and

feedback on his work, but conscious

of the fact he was big, strong and

unpredictable, she searched the internet

for a website that offered competition

via video...and found nothing. With

zero knowledge of designing or running

a website, she teamed up with Glynis

Mills, Equestrian Artist, Graphic

Designer, BD judge and lifelong friend

and between them hatched an idea

which a local website designer turned

into a reality.

Other sites have followed, many of

which have not lasted the test of

time! However, Interdressage attracts

increasing numbers of competitors

from around the world, keen to take

advantage of this economical, ethical,

convenient and educational way of


The last eleven years have seen some

major technological advancements.

In 2007 all competition videos arrived

at the Interdressage office on memory

stick, CD or DVD. Then began the

laborious task of converting, streaming

and uploading. Thankfully, the rapid rise

in popularity of YouTube, now means

all videos are uploaded to YouTube by

competitors who then email the URL

links to Interdressage HQ, for inclusion

on the Interdressage website.

A recent site upgrade has simplified

the entering and payment process.

More riders than ever are now able

to compete via video in monthly

online Dressage, Baroque, Freestyle

Jumping and Showing classes, from the

convenience and safety of their own


The site has blossomed into a platform

which caters for riders and horse owners

of all abilities and covers a multitude of

disciplines. Although the Dressage and

Baroque style classes form the backbone

of the site, there are opportunities to

compete in Practical Horsemanship and

Equiskills classes where the dexterity,

harmony, confidence and ability of

horse and rider are scored. All the tests

used are unique, video friendly and

written exclusively for Interdressage.

There is also a small selection of

‘showing’ classes with emphasis

on manners, ability, performance,

condition and turnout and there is even

a freestyle jumping class where balance,

straightness, rhythm, technique, rider’s

application of aids and continuity of the

course build are assessed.

So, if you are looking for a cost

effective, convenient and safe way to

compete against riders from around

the world without increasing your

carbon footprint why not check out

Interdressage? More details can be

found at www.interdressage.com.



Email. karina@interdressage.com

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I couldn’t wait

to wear my

new tailcoat.

I absolutely

love it




The company that re-defined the

British dress code!

Flying Changes, was

founded in 2012 by

International dressage

rider and trainer Sarah

Cheetham, and produces high

quality, innovative custommade

and ready to wear

equestrian jackets and tailcoats.

A revision of the dress code

by the B.E.F. in 2011 sparked

an, as yet untapped, talent and

passion in Sarah during the

process of designing a truly

unique tailcoat for herself. She

found a small UK tailor to work

with and bought all the fabrics

herself. The tailcoat was grey

with a salmon pink stripe and

collar. At that time something

quite extraordinary!I

Whilst representing GB at

Hartpury CDI that year, Sarah

found herself the envy of

her fellow competitors and

everyone wanted to know

where she had bought her

new tailcoat. The seed was

sown, but it was not until the

following year, when Sarah

was sidelined due to a back

injury, that the business became

truly established.

As a professional competitive

rider herself of more than 20

years, Sarah had the unique

skill set to truly develop a

range of products that not

only conformed to the correct

dress code for each discipline,

but also the understanding,

only gained through years of

competitive experience, of

how to truly accommodate

the growing demands of our

modern riders. It was recognised

by Sarah, that equestrian

sport was changing fast, riders

were demanding high quality

technical fabrics, but the coats,

most particularly the tailcoat,

still needed to have the look of

traditional tailoring.

This is combined with the everincreasing

desire by our riders

to be a little unique, to be given

the ability to design a garment

that expresses their own or their

mounts personality or colouring,

to be able to represent the

colours of their sponsors or

ultimately simply be able to

promote their own business.

26 April 2018 Equestrian Life

“On behalf of the Qatar Eventing

Team, I would like to say a big

thank you for the Teams tailcoats

for the Asian Games! The Team

love them!”


Sarah set out to meet these

challenges, not just for the

professional riders but also

for amateur riders as well.

Not everyone will reach the

dizzy heights of Charlotte

Dujardin and Valegro, but

everyone participating in the

sport is there to have fun and

look their best. Sarah and her

team recognise that looking

and feeling good in a jacket or

tailcoat is a large part of that

enjoyable experience. In fact,

a correctly fitting jacket or

tailcoat has been recognised

for our Olympians as being

performance related.

So the challenges and goals

were set. Sarah had a vision

for her business, she was quite

clear from the outset that

Flying Changes would one day

dress every top British Rider

across all disciplines and this

target was achieved in 2016 as

Official Supplier to Team GBR

at the Rio Olympic games. Prior

to this Flying Changes had

already been dressing the GB

team dressage riders since 2013.

But this was not all. Sarah’s

desire was to produce high

quality products that would be

exclusive, stylish and affordable

to all riders. So the concept of

the design studio was born and

incorporated into the website

in 2013. Here the customer can

truly design their own jacket

or tailcoat, choose the fabrics,

colour trim options, design

details and buttons, creating a

CAD to simply experiment with

or show to their friends.

“Having used Flying-Changes for

the production of our Team coats

for the Rio 2016 Olympic and

Paralympic Games, the attention

to detail, excellent service and

genuine desire to produce the

perfect Jacket was second to

none, Sarah and her team are

truly committed to producing

lovely pieces, the style and fit

of each and every jacket was






As Flying Changes took off,

Sarah rapidly realised that

managing it and running

a busy dressage yard with

training liveries and students

was not ultimately going to be

sustainable. In 2016 she made

the difficult decision to give

up the yard and concentrate

full time on Flying Changes,

keeping only her top ride,

Stoiber’s Black Pearl, with

whom she will be competing

at the Winter Dressage

Championships at Hartpury this

month, as well as exhibiting

Flying Changes.

From small beginnings, Flying

Changes has grown into a

highly respected worldwide

brand. In the last 5 years, it

has seen over just under a

300% growth in sales and

Flying Changes coats have

now been worn by team riders

representing 5 different


WIN with


Changes and

Equestrian Life

We have teamed with Flying Changes for one

reader to win a short jacket (like the one

pictured) of their choice, in their chosen

colourway. For your chance

to win, please answer the

following question

and turn to our entry

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at the Rio Olympics in 2016? The answer to the

question can be found on the Flying Changes website.

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William and Pippa Funnell Take Centre Stage

at Bolesworth International

Where do you get the

chance to meet and

learn from both a

showjumping and eventing legend

at the same time?

The Equerry Bolesworth

International Horse Show of

course – with the organisers

announcing a new and exciting

Masterclass with William and

Pippa Funnell.

Having won countless Grand Prix’

and being a part of so many British

teams, William’s knowledge of

producing international level

showjumpers has the highest

respect, while on the eventing

scene Pippa has won every major

championship there is and was the

first winner of the Rolex Eventing

Grand Slam.

As if their winning ways wasn’t

enough, this husband and wife

team are also a major driving force

behind The Billy Stud, a breeder

and producer of so many talented

horses across the disciplines.

Said Bolesworth International

Show President Nina Barbour:

“William and Pippa have a wealth

of knowledge when it comes to

producing horses whether in the

sport of show jumping or eventing.

“Their success with homebred

horses is phenomenal and for

visitors to be able to see William

and Pippa training their young

horses and to learn more about

their methods and philosophies is

a great opportunity.”

The demonstration will form

part of a special British Riding

Clubs day with a competition

launched to find a member of the

association to take part in the


The Wednesday gets even better

with a fantastic ‘Wednesday Offer’

that is not to be missed. Priced at

£60 a head a Group Deal for 10 or

more people also has 10% off the

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The Wednesday offer will feature

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The ‘British Riding Clubs Big Night

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William Funnell in action and left

Pippa in cross-country mode

exclusive post demonstration Q &

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feed and veterinary

Feeding at Grass

Evie Atterby. BSc(Hons) Nutritional Advisor at NAF

Many of us are

fortunate enough

to keep our horses

at grass, for the

majority of the time, stabling

as we need to. Perhaps we give

them hay or some chaff too, but

is this actually enough for them?

In the wild, pastures are hugely

more varied than the typical

monoculture paddocks that we

have today, with herbage and

different grasses providing a

broad spectrum of vitamins

and minerals. Our hay

or haylage comes from

the same, single grass

pastures and the drying

or ensiling process can

rapidly degrade the

nutritional value of the

product. The temptation

to top up the diet with

concentrate feeding is

common, however is

this the best option for

you and your horse?

Workload is an important factor

in considering the dietary

requirements of any horse, as

calorie excess will result in

weight gain, fairly rapidly. Is

my horse in hard work? Do they

sweat a lot? Are they a happy

hacker? These are the sorts

of questions we need to ask

ourselves, and be honest about.

If your horse is in light work,

hacking out at a leisurely pace

twice weekly, that’s great for you

both, but they won’t have the

maintenance requirements of a

point to pointer in training, so

we need to assess the individual

first. Horses and ponies who are

being asked to work regularly

at a medium level may well

benefit from a supplement which

offers value added condition,

with a focus on high quality gut

support, backed up by vitamins

and minerals. Gut support

enables the horse to maximise

on the nutritional content of a

high fibre diet, without adding

excess bulk. Look for low sugar

and starch content, as these

are major contributing factors

to weight gain, if unbalanced

with workload, but they can also

produce unwanted fizzing or

heating which can cause reduced


Furthermore the method

of feeding relatively large,

concentrated meals is not

particularly compatible with

the design of the equine gut.

Horses have small stomachs in

comparison to their body size,

the stomach being roughly the

same as a rugby ball. This allows

them to trickle graze efficiently,

small amounts of food very often

for up to 18 hours a day, however

by providing larger meals this

can challenge the digestive

tract leading to problems. The

hindgut microflora are in a

delicate balance and highly

digestible starch can cause

chaos, increasing colic risk, if we

aren’t careful. The old golden

rule of feeding, make changes

slowly, is golden for a reason.

Gradual change is key to the

health of the gut.

Signs that the hindgut may

be unsettled include loose

droppings, a dull coat and a

change in attitude. To support

the beneficial microflora

population feed a dietary

digestibility enhancer. Within

the EU the only legally approved

probiotic for horses is the

live yeast, Saccharyomyces

cerevisiae, so look for that on

the label. Prebiotics are often

fed alongside probiotics, as

they support the action of the

live yeast whilst suppressing

the growth of harmful or

pathogenic bacteria. Prebiotics

are listed on the label as


or sometimes

‘Mannanoligosaccharides’. To

ensure good daily gut health in

field kept horses, particularly

through the periods of changing

or rapid grass growth, consider

supplementing with a probiotic

and prebiotic blend for gut


Oil is a great addition to the diet

of many horses, providing slow

release energy in a calorie dense

form. If feeding oil for energy it

may be fed up to around half a

pint a day, however remember to

build up to that level gradually,

supplementing with additional

vitamin E to balance the high

oil diet. Long used for numerous

nutritional purposes, oil is also

beneficial in the ridden horse

as it helps to protect from acid

splashing the sensitive stomach

wall. If you have a horse who

struggles to keep condition at

grass, but perhaps isn’t one for

eating big buckets of feed, oil

can help.

A fresh supply of water is a must,

no matter the season or weather.

When your horse sweats he loses

valuable salts called electrolytes

from his system, particularly

sodium, potassium, calcium

and magnesium, which need to

be replaced in order to avoid

fatigue. Electrolyte replacements

are generally available in salt

or liquid form and can be added

to the water or feed to get to

work rapidly. Electrolytes are

commonly associated with the

top level performance horses,

but all horses can benefit from

a natural, unflavoured salt lick

as this enables them to selfsupplement,

as required.

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feed and veterinary

Rebecca and Indie –

A Match Made in Heaven

Rebecca Jago and her dun

Appaloosa X Warmblood

mare ‘Rowesbrook Indiana’

are a match made in

heaven competing in everything

from Riding Club competitions to

showing, dressage to music and British


Fed on Equerry Conditioning Mash,

Indie as she is known at home looks

a picture of health all year round and

has been fed on Equerry for more than

12 months.

Indie is a 10-year-old, 15.1hh

homebred mare out of another of

Rebecca’s homebred mare’s Sunspot

Tia Maria. Rebecca has always had

a passion for horses since a young

age and alongside her interest in

breeding horses she trained as a riding


However, Rebecca went off to

University to become a teacher

and now juggles being a full-time

classroom teacher with taking part in

as many competitions as she can fit in.

Rebecca competes in all disciplines

from Riding Club Championships to

The Royal International Horse Show

and British Eventing, with Equerry

Conditioning Mash keeping Indie

performing at and looking her best.

As a duo their most memorable

accomplishment was competing and

qualifying in the Dressage to Music

held at Bury Farm in 2016, they rode

alongside another dun horse with a

routine entirely to Disney Music which

both Rebecca and Indie thoroughly


Said Rebecca: “Indie is so willing and

tries her hardest at everything, she is

just a superstar and we have so much

fun together.”

Before feeding Equerry Conditioning

Mash, Indie was fed straights such

as barley and has since seen a huge

difference. The Equerry Conditioning

Mash enables Indie to stay in excellent

condition whilst having enough fuel to

keep her competing.

Said Rebecca: “I swear by Equerry

Conditioning Mash! It has helped

Indie not only look great but perform

her best throughout demanding times.

“I am an absolute convert and Indie

loves it, she is in great condition all

year round.”

The Equerry Conditioning Mash is a

quick-soaking mash for horses that

need to gain weight and condition. It

is low in sugar and starch and is ‘Non-

Heating’ and includes highly digestible

fibre sources including sugar beet. It

has a good level of protein for muscle

development and topline and the high

oil level and linseed in the feed helps

promote condition and a shiny coat.

The mash also includes a high level of

yeast for a healthy digestive system

and has added vitamins and minerals

including magnesium.

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feed and veterinary

Safe grazing in Spring

Here at Trickle Net

HQ, we can clearly

see the effects of the

Spring grass already.

Owners are calling in everyday

to purchase Trickle Nets and get

advice on avoiding or managing


It’s wonderful to finally feel

the sun and see the grass grow.

Though you must consider, is

your horse in danger? Is your

horse obese? Do they have

EMS or Cushing’s disease? Or

have they suffered any stress

or trauma recently? Have they

suffered from laminitis before?

If your horse or pony is in the

‘at risk’ group, you need to take

measures to prevent the onset

of laminitis. Spring brings the

sun and brighter warmer days,

but with the cold nights not yet

over we see dangerous levels of

NSC’s in the new grass.

NSC’s are Non-Structural

Carbohydrates. NSCs in

grass can be split into sugars

(fructose, sucrose and glucose),

starches and fructans (chains of

fructose) Eating large amounts

of NSCs can cause trouble

for horses with metabolic or

digestive problems.

NSCs are produced through

photosynthesis, the process

by which plants use sunlight

energy to produce sugars. This

means that NSC levels will be

highest at the latest sunny part

of the day, around 3 to 4pm.

However, if night temperatures

fall below 4.5 degrees, the

plant cannot use the stored

energy for growth. This means

frosty morning grass can be

particularly high in NSCs.

What can we do to reduce the

risk of laminitis in our horses

through Spring?

Reduce sugar and starch intake.

Look at the content of your

horses feed, and question does

he really need this? Soak hay

and keep hard feed to bare

minimum if any.

Increase exercise. Even ten

minutes daily, walking in hand

can make a difference to insulin

levels. Walking burns 4 times

the calories of standing!

If there is frost in the morning,

consider turning out after it has


Once the frosty nights are over,

night time turnout will provide

grass with lower sugar levels.

Get familiar with your horse’s

digital pulses. Learn how to

check and monitor for changes.

Use a weigh tape regularly.

While it may not be very

accurate, it will enable you to

keep a record of any weight loss

or gain and make appropriate


Consider grass free turnout. If

you are lucky enough to have a

ménage or crew yard, you can

add low sugar forage in Trickle

Nets to simulate grazing while

keeping sugar intake minimal.

If your horse is overweight, don’t

rug! Horses burn calories to keep

warm. Overweight horses in the

UK climate do not need rugs.

Consider the necessary evil

which is a grazing muzzle. We

don’t like them, but they do have

a place.

If your horse looks ‘footy’ at any

time, get them off the grass and

call the vet. If laminitis is caught

early, management and recovery

are much easier. Prognosis on a

mild attack is usually favorable,

but a mild attack can quickly

become severe if not managed.

Lastly, don’t be under the illusion

that your horse or pony won’t get

laminitis. ANY horse or pony can

become laminitic when certain

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horse health

Top Tips for a

Healthy Stable


this Spring!


LEFT : Think about

the whole enviroment;


the environment

and make sure all

rugs are washed

and clean

In this issue David Jeffrey’s of Stable

Shield, The Leaders in Equine Biosecurity

offers advice and tips on keeping your

stable a bacteria-free zone.

It is crucial that horses are kept in a clean

environment as it assists with their

respiratory system and overall wellbeing.

Therefore it is extremely important to

take every possible precaution against the

spread of bugs and bacteria.

Here are a few top tips to ensure your stable

provides the best environment it can for your


Your stable is a good place to start and a

thorough clean is a great way to provide a

hygienic environment which is healthier for

your horse.

Clean stables thoroughly on a regular basis.

Remember that the more often horses are

kept in stables, the more they will need


Start by lifting and removing any rubber

matting and thoroughly wash them using a

stiff brush, water and disinfectant. Then do

the same for the floor of the stable and also

the walls and doors.

Use a strong brush to sweep the floor. Use the

brush to knock down spider’s webs and dust

as well.

A pressure washer is ideal for lifting dirt and

grime and giving a powerful water supply to

produce a great finish. Let the floor and mats

dry and the stable air before replacing the


Add new bedding to replace any that has been

removed. If there is thick rubber matting on

the stable floor, bedding can be thinner.

Periodically, you should completely strip the

stable. You may want to put down some odour

control solution or stable disinfectant. Make

sure the floor is dry before you add the new


Clean your horse’s water and feed buckets,

removing old food and water and scrubbing

the buckets.

Keep on top of small jobs like squeaky doors,

loose bolts and flickering lights. Simple

repairs will keep you abreast of overall

maintenance issues.

Remember to put your tools away so they

don’t create a trip hazard.

Next look at your tack room and if necessary

give it a clean and tidy up. It is a good idea to

sort out all of your rugs and send the winter

ones for washing and then bag them up to put

in storage.

Your equipment may need a good sort through

as well, so that items that will not be used

throughout the summer can be washed and

put away ready for next winter and vice versa.

Take out your lighter rugs and ensure they are

all in good working order and ready to use.

If you will be competing this summer, check

your kit and make sure you have everything

you need and all is in good condition.

If there is a list of emergency contact details,

make sure that everything is correct and alter

if necessary-if you don’t have a list, it is very

wise to make one.

Feed rooms and hay stores can always do with

a good tidy up so give them a good sweep and

remove any cobwebs. Check that all feed bins

are in good working order and regularly check

rodent traps if you have them.

If you have any plants or grass around the

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During the healing process it

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The site of the wound can

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Wounds heal more quickly

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By ensuring faster healing this

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feed and veterinary

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This year has been tough. Whether

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Made from 100% natural ingredients

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outside the box!

Brace yourself - I’m going to be controversial and

upset some people with this article!!


You’ve only got to look on

Facebook these days for a clue

as to how many people are

struggling with various aspects of

training and managing horses. Of course,

the best thing to do is get good advice from

experienced riders / trainers, but often we

feel like we are asking silly questions, or

don’t have the luxury of a good mentor

who is open to a holistic approach with

managing horses. By posting on social

media it is very scary what some of the

keyboard warriors suggest (who often have

never produced horses well!)

I have long been a huge believer in looking

at riding and managing horses from a ‘big

picture’ point of view. Everything matters!

From how much turnout suits them, to

the type of exercise they enjoy and the

basics of shoeing / saddle fitting. It never

ceases to amaze me the number of horses

who come to us with ‘problems’ that are

easily traced back to how they are ridden or

managed. We seem to have more and more

horses with ‘behavioural’ problems such as

napping / spooking etc, but often when we

quiz the owners, they are fed too much, not

ridden enough or don’t have enough variety

in their work to challenge and channel

them. Going round in circles being nagged

for perfection can’t be much fun! Obviously,

we need to check that basics such as

dentistry has been done well and there are

no underlying pain issues.

So, with this in mind, I want to try to

promote a growth mindset within training

that every horse teaches us something.

We should learn to be brave, experiment

and above all listen to what the horses

enjoy! We unfortunately have a lot of

underworked, under-stimulated, lonely,

isolated and confined horses due to modern


It’s amazing how many

people don’t lunge as part

of their exercise routine,

or if they do, they don’t

use a gadget!

Right, now I’ve upset everyone - I’d like

to offer a few suggestions that have often

helped us turn these ‘problem horses’ into

valuable, fun competition horses who give

their owners lots of fun!

Firstly - when something comes into us

with a government health warning on -

the first thing we do is put the horse on

very low energy feed and turn them out as

much as possible. If they can be out with a

friend even better but obviously you have

to balance this against injury risk. Modern

management calls for individual turnout

to decrease injury risk, but if you can have

horses paired up they are much happier.

All my best Eventers live out at night all

year round in pairs. (Even the night before

a competition - they are plaited with hoods

on and mud boots) Short term schooling

horses we keep individually, but they always

see another horse. Going out at night uses

up so much ‘silly’ energy and they are much

looser through their bodies moving all

night - as they are designed to do!

The next thing we do is work the horses

from the floor to develop obedience and

respect. I’m too old and broken to get

straight on and risk a rodeo! This also

allows you to assess the horses ability to

take a correct contact, self-balance and

any evasions they may have perfected. It’s

amazing how many people don’t lunge

as part of their exercise routine, or if

they do, they don’t use a gadget! Lunging

should mimic riding, so they should be

worked in the correct outline with lots of

transitions. It’s often at this point that any

irregularities in movement can be picked

up and we can look at vet intervention if we

think there is a pain cause.

When we start ridden work it totally

depends on the horse what we do, but

hacking is an integral part of any horses’

routine. We are very lucky as most of ours

is off-road so it must be very hard if you’re

somewhere with a busy road - but you could

always box up to hack. We hack in company

to start and see if they are confident to go

in front. If they are happy then they will go

on their own. We always start everything in

a neck strap as well.

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We have had several arena sour horses in over

the years - who have been over schooled and

turn nasty or totally switched off. They hack as

the majority of their work. You can do lots of

transitions and lateral work out hacking and it’s

the best place to teach medium trot when they

are feeling jolly! With these, ground permitting,

we will school them in the fields rather than the


Behind the aids is the most common problem

we get in. This can manifest itself in feeling like

you would be better off, getting off and pushing

to explosive spins, rears or bronking. If the horse

is not ‘in front of the aids’ (ie .listening and

responding quickly with a desire to go forward)

then you are in trouble on some of them! With

these horses it’s sometimes a confidence issue as

well so it’s really important to praise when they

go well or even just try a bit for you- they almost

have to learn how to learn! If you are too hard on

their mistakes they just give up trying for you.

Some riders are such perfectionists it must break

horses’ hearts. The best cure for a lot of these

sour horses is to get out hunting - but you have

to be confident you can deal with any behaviour!

Bring pole work and jumping in with all types

of horses. It can get them thinking forward and

improve the canter instantly. We get a lot of

young dressage horses in to get a good all-round

education before they specialize. Research in

human athletes has found that a broad sporting

grounding when young is beneficial - apply this

to our horses too.

Problems with specific areas such as jumping

ditches / water / banks are often best dealt with

from the ground. I now start all my young horses

on a lunge line for these challenges. I find that

if you turn it into a game they learn to problem

solve rather than block you. There is nothing

worse than a horse shutting down on you! Be

sure to have two people to do this - one with

the lunge line and horse to ‘give a lead’ and the

other to encourage from behind if needed. The

lead person needs to be nimble and have eyes in

the back of their head and move quick!! Be in a

bridle and even have some treats to encourage

them. They need to learn to associate these

challenges with reward rather than punishment.

Above all you should be getting on your horse

everyday with the intention that it should be

fun! If it isn’t seek help from someone you

respect and admire (not from Facebook!!). Be

prepared to either send your horse for some

assessment / schooling or to think that it may

not be the right horse for you.

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How to


your Horse

to Fences

Poles on the ground and small grids

are useful or introducing a young

horse to fences


#01 One Pole on the


I always start my youngsters by walking over a single pole. You

will find some horses will step over it without a single thought,

whilst other will leap over it or not go over it at all, so be

prepared for any outcome.

These stages are vital to your horse’s education and you must

NEVER let your horse turn away from the pole. Ride firmly and

confidently to the pole and reward your horse once you are

successfully on the other side!

Once your horse is happy with going over the pole from both

directions, you should try the same exercise in trot, and then

again in canter. This I also a great exercise for the rider to test

their eye in seeing a stride, and to see if the horse is approaching

the pole too close, or too far away. I always find it beneficial to

have a canter pole in each corner of the ménage and try and

keep a balanced rhythmical canter between them all.

The pattern for introducing a new

horse to jumping in the same as

you would flatwork… They need to

be calm and in a balanced rhythm.

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#3 Canter Poles

#2 Trotting Poles

A natural progression for me from a single

pole, is to move onto multiple poles. I always

bring a pole out one at a time, increasing the

number gradually. Have each pole between

4-5ft apart depending on your horses stride

size (your horse should be able to negotiate

the poles without overstretching or shortening

their stride) and keep in mind the following

principles when working over poles:


Forward movement

Rhythm (In approach and also over poles)


Pole work will increase suppleness as your

horse will have to raise his legs, and in turn

use all of his joints to clear the poles. I would

always advise lunging over poles before riding

over them if your horse has limited pole work

experience. This way your horse does not

have the restrains of a rider whilst learning to

negotiate the poles, and he can find his own

natural balance and rhythm.

If your horse carries himself in a natural outline

whilst lunging, he will find it easier to balance

during this exercise. If not, you could try using

some loosely applied side reins or a bungee

to encourage him to drop his head and work

from behind.

Once lunging over trotting poles has been

mastered and you can then start to introduce

trotting poles whilst riding. Make sure that

you stay in rising trot and maintain a light

contact so as not to restrain your horse during

his efforts.

Later on in your horses training, raised trotting

poles (by a few inches only) may be introduced

to make him work even harder and even more

supple. Always make sure that the first pole

is not raised so that if he misjudges it, he does

not fall and knock his confidence.

Again, I would always advise lunging

over poles before riding over them, this

way your horse can find his own natural

balance and rhythm before negotiating

them with a rider onboard. I would

recommend 4 poles on a 20m circle at: 12,

3, 6 & 9 O’clock. Ask your horse to trot over

them first before asking for the exercise

in canter. Once he is comfortable, climb

aboard and ask for the same exercise in

trot and canter. Keep the rhythm going

and do not allow him to break into trot,

quick reactions are essential.

This exercise is good practice for both

horse and rider to ‘look ahead to the next

fence’. As when driving anything forward

eg. Car or bike, you must look ahead in the

direction you want to go and this principle

applies when riding your horse. If you

look down, he will not know where he is

supposed to go. It is crucial that this is

mastered early on as when jumping a full

course of fences, not looking ahead may

cause you to miss the line to your fence, or

your stride.

To Finish: A Small up-right Fence

The natural progression from the exercises outlines above is the small upright fence.

The fence doesn’t need to be big, 45cm/18” is plenty. Use ground poles either side

of the fence to open the fence out and encourage your horse (Ground poles should

always be the same distance away from the fence, as the height of the fence).

Remember the four principles mentioned above throughout all of these exercises,

your horse should remain calm, rhythmic and balanced on approach to give him the

best chance of clearing it. You should ride forward confidently without restricting

your horse (this will make him increase his pace) and shift your balance slightly

forward with the horse as he jumps the fence.

Pole work and grids are not only great for setting up young horses but they are great

for increasing suppleness in experienced horses too.

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Be a part of Galerius’

journey with Sovereign


Breeding season is once again upon us and we are delighted to announce

that world-class show jumper Galerius’ frozen semen is still available.

Galerius (Diamant de Semilly

x Sandros Boy) was initially

acquired by Sovereign

Equestrian as a three year

old and he has always been

a horse of high potential.

The Sovereign team have

ensured via their meticulous

preparations that Galerius has

realised this early promise.

As a four year old, Galerius

won his first honours with

impressive successes at

Northcote and the Scope

Festival of Showjumping,

becoming four year old

champion at both events.

Horse: Galerius - Rider: Pippa Allen

At five years old he continued

this success to become

Northcote Stud five year

old Reserve Champion,

subsequently qualifying for the

World Breeding Championships

in Lanakan.

Sovereign Equestrian

eventually made the difficult

decision to sell Galerius as a

5-year-old to Carron Nicol

who has continued the good

work of our team to continue

Galerius’ upward trajectory

and propel him to greater

success. At Lanakan, Galerius

demonstrated his class by

Horse: Galerius - Rider: Pippa Allen

jumping a double clear in both

5-year-old qualifiers.

Galerius didn’t stop there,

with his six year old campaign

proving just as successful with

trademark consistency in

the six year old classes at the

Sunshine tour in the Costa

Del Sol. He then went on to

jump triple clear and win the

Foxhunter Second Rounds

at Keysoe Equestrian Centre

earning him a place at the

world renowned Horse of the

Year Show. This win ensured

Galerius held the envious

position of being the only six

year old horse to be competing

in the Foxhunter Final. The

summer season ended on a

high note, with Galerius being

selected for the World Breeding

Championships in Lanakan.

2018 has followed a similar

pattern, with Galerius

barnstorming his way through

the Spanish Sunshine Tour,

winning six classes outright

and is currently standing as the

leading horse of the Tour.

Galerius has shown throughout

his career the ability to adapt

to different situations and as a

standing stallion his offspring

(pictured opposite) are already

showing huge potential. His

first crop of offspring are

coming up to 2-years-old this

year and are already proving

to be exciting prospects for the

future. All of Galerius’ offspring

possess the key components

that are seen in top show

jumping horses, including being

good stamps, having the correct

conformation and a bold

powerful movement. His oldest

offspring have started to be

loose jumped and are proving

to be just as talented.

The meticulous preparation

and attention to detail of the

Sovereign team has been

highlighted in these articles

over the past few months

and you can be a part of the

Sovereign Equestrian success

by purchasing Galerius’ frozen

sperm and ensuring your foal

has all the ingredients to be a

top-level showjumper. As your

breeding season approaches,

why not consider supporting

UK breeding and write your

own Galerius story…

Contact Charlotte of Sovereign

Equestrian on 07762880800 for

more information.

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.

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Planning for the

Season Ahead

This month Harriet Morris-Baumber has been busy planning for

the season ahead before the bad weather stopped preparations.

Read on to find out how Harriet passed her time during the break

from training…

This month I have been busy with

preparations for our first event of

the season at Breckenbrough. I have

been introducing a little more canter work

into the horses’ programmes to help their

cardiovascular fitness. It is important to

work on not only their cardio fitness but also

the strength and condition of their muscles,

especially their ‘core strength’.

Developing good core strength primarily

comes from correct schooling and training

in the dressage. Getting the horses to

maintain correct balance and posture whilst

doing other types of work such as cantering

and cross-country training can be really

beneficial too.

I have been taking the horses to some local

competitions so they are more accustomed to

working and staying focused in a more buzzy,

exciting environment. Working and training

at home all the time in familiar surroundings

can lull you into a false sense of security, so

it is really important to get out and about to

test their concentration and focus levels in

different environments.

This also gives you the opportunity to try

out new tack, bits, warm-up routines and

see what is going to work best. Trying these

things for the first time at an event can be

a risky and/or expensive way of finding out

if they don’t quite work as well as you had


Escofino I (Scooby) will be starting his

season at Breckenbrough and Whiteasparke

Caramel (Chap) will hopefully be starting his

at Richmond. As Chap is a year younger I feel

it will be more beneficial for him to do more

cross-country training before setting out

to put all three phases together. The other

horse I have to compete this season is Croft

Templar and he will also be aiming to start

his season at Richmond.

I feel very lucky that we have so many

wonderful events to choose from in

“Some of the hills were pretty awesome

and it was great fun to be whizzing

down the extremely steep slopes that the

Yorkshire Wolds have to offer”

Yorkshire and planning where to go with

each horse can be made complicated by so

many wonderful venues to choose from. It

is important to consider the atmosphere,

ground conditions, terrain, and travelling

time when choosing suitable events. Does

your horse prefer the dressage to be well

away from the cross-country course or would

this be an advantage and give your horse an

added sparkle? How does your horse cope on

undulating terrain? Is the show jumping on

a surface or a lumpy bumpy field? All these

factors can contribute to a successful (or less

successful) day.

With all the bad weather and snow over the

last fortnight there were a few days where

the horses had to stay in and it wasn’t safe

to get the lorry out to take them to an indoor

school, so I took the opportunity to go

sledging which was a nice change!

Some of the hills were pretty awesome and

it was great fun to be whizzing down the

extremely steep slopes that the Yorkshire

Wolds have to offer. To have a few days off

was a complete treat but I was very happy

when the snow melted and the need to make

snow angels at every given opportunity

ceased! The snow made everything look so

pretty though, so my photo stream on my

phone is now full of snow pictures.

Next month I can’t wait to tell you all about

how the first few events have gone. Good

luck to all of you who are out and about

competing over the next few weeks.

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-morrisbaumber.co.uk

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Riding with


Scotland -

A Case Study


first met Shannon in January 2016

when she was referred to me by her

riding coach for help with a drastic loss

of riding confidence. Shannon was 17

years old at the time, still at school and had

been riding since the age of six.

As a young child Shannon described herself

as having been a brave rider. She got her

first pony aged 10, a great jumper and they

had a lot of fun together. Pony number two

was more of a challenge as he was young

but things went well. Then came pony

number three…….and that was where the

problems started. This pony was described

as ‘dangerous’ and ‘a problem’ and he ended

up being given away leaving Shannon’s

confidence shattered.

When Shannon came to see me she had a

lovely 15.3 confidence giver just coming

back into work after eight months off

following a fractured pedal bone. When she

first got this horse things had gone well

but at the time of our initial consultation

Shannon was frightened to trot, had

thoughts that something bad was going to

happen when she rode, a strong belief that

she ‘couldn’t do it’ plus physical symptoms

of anxiety such as tension, stomach knots

and nausea. She described a feeling of

disliking not being in control.

Shannon’s aims of coming to see me for

help were to be able to simply get on her

horse and ride in a relaxed manner.

We discussed what I could offer in the way

of help and Shannon was immediately

interested and open to the suggestions I

made. We agreed on an initial series of four

sessions which would include hypnotherapy

along with some education about anxiety,

in order to better understand what was

going on, plus learning techniques for

relaxation and goal setting as a way of

measuring progress.

Shannon made quick progress and enjoyed

the hypnotherapy which helped to boost

I am delighted to say that Shannon has now

taken the next step and has moved her horse

home, away from the safety net of a livery yard

her confidence and give her a belief that

things could change. In hypnosis we also

worked together to help her draw a line

under her experiences with pony number

three so that those memories and emotions

could firmly be left in the past where they


By session three Shannon described a

renewed feeling of actually being excited

about riding rather than dreading it and on

returning for session four all was going well

and she was enjoying her riding and was

ready to move forwards and begin to stretch


Shannon now had an understanding of what

was causing her problems and a toolbox

of ideas to use when she felt concerned or

worried whilst riding.

I met Shannon again in 2017 when I started

working with a team of young riders who

were just beginning to get out and about

and enter some competitions. She now had

a lovely cob called Mario and was having

a lot of fun doing some jumping at home,

entering some unaffliated dressage classes

and going out to schooling nights with


I am delighted to say that Shannon has

now taken the next step and has moved her

horse home, away from the safety net of

a livery yard. She has bought a youngster

to bring on and is looking forward to the

future with her horses.

NB: We rarely name my clients publicly

due to the importance of confidentiality.

However, for this article I felt comfortable

asking Shannon if I could tell her story

as I knew that she had.een open about

her confidence issues. Shannon says ‘Hi

I’m Shannon Russell and I am happy for

my name to be used within this article.

Jane Brindley from Horse Riding with

Confidence Scotland has made the most

wonderful difference to my riding over the

past couple of years, taking me from doing

anything possible to avoid riding my horse,

to now tackling all challenges facing us

head on, with a huge smile on my face and

the nerves tucked away in a box that hasn’t

been opened in such a long time.’

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Poppy and Libby Hart

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junior life


Codie is Isobel Ippolito’s very own super-cob, she’s had him for 6 years

now and he’s definitely not going anywhere! He will turn his hoof to

anything like side-saddle or working equitation and takes it all in his




Libby Hart is currently competing at Elementary

level and moving up to Medium on her pony Poppy.

They’ve just won County Champion at the NSEA

County Challenge at Novice level and are off to the

Championships in April.

Libby is currently in the process of working hard to

qualify for the Summer Regionals and has also been

invited for a viewing for the U25 BD Youth County


Her pony, Poppy, has been on long term lease to

Libby since November last year. Libby is just 11

years old and clearly going places.

He also is great for her novice mother, who did her first intro test a few

weeks ago. He really is part of the family. Isobel has learnt so much with

him, and now we are jumping 80-90cm and competing at elementary level.

She is aiming to affiliate and have a go at an unaffiliated medium this year,

and from that see where he takes them!



2018 has kicked off with a great start for

Jess and Buster by picking up their Royal

International Horse Show Pretty Polly

Heritage First Ridden ticket at their last

show of 2017, which was the BSPS Heritage

championship show.

The day started off with a very cold and

early start travelling down to Arena UK.

They had finished their individual show and

conformation and had tried their best, and

as the results were read out, the tension

was building up… the judge called out the

placings in reserve order. It was all down to

the last two ponies, Jess and another rider.

The judge called out 2nd place to the other

competitor which meant Jess and Buster

had won! They then went on to take Reserve

Mini Heritage Pretty Polly champion. As Jess

says “What a day, which I will remember



12 yr old Scarlett Marshall riding the McClarence family’s own

Brynfa Jolly Roger, a 6 year old newly gelded Welsh cob. They

have had much success in-hand within the WPCS and are

looking forward to the junior season with Scarlett.

Wexland Dafydd Du is their 15 year old Welsh cob stallion

who will be contending in this year’s Veteran classes, a

multiple champion previously in working hunter and flat

classes, the family also await his foal this year out of Brynfa

Lucky Lucie. Scarlett will ride him once she turns 14.

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Charlotte Dun


Charlotte Dun is 22 years old, from the

Scottish Borders/Midlothian border

line, is in her final year at University

studying economics and accountancy and

working part time at an accountancy firm.

She competed in Pony Club events as well

as top level showing with placings at RIHS

and HOYS but has now broken into the

world of point to pointing.

What attracted you to point to point

Mum and Dad P2P and Dad had a permit

so we always had horses and I spent most

weekends at the races or point to points

meetings. From a very early age, I wanted to

be a jockey but was told my education must

come first.

How do you fit point to point around

your studying and working?

A lot of early mornings and late library

nights plus a very helpful mother!

Did jumping around Hickstead set you

up for attacking your first

point to point course?

My years of WHPs and pony

club taught me so much. I

still do plenty of flatwork and

gymnastic jumping with my

pointers. I would always get

more nervous going into a

workers arena than galloping

into a P2P fence because I’d

be more worried about having

a fence down than falling off!

When was your first point

to point success?

March 2015 on board Rolecarr

who was the naughtiest but

best schoolmaster I could

have ever wished for. He

taught me so much and gave

me so much confidence. I rode my second

winner in the next race on Farm Pixie,

owned by my Aunt. It was a very special


Tell us about your current rides.

I’ve been very lucky to pick up a couple

of spare rides this year, I have had two

winners on Shantou Magic for his owner

Will Ramsay, who is now hoping to take

him to the Cheltenham Foxhunters. I have

been riding Whisperdale for the past couple

of seasons who is a fantastic, consistent

little horse who jumps his socks off for

three miles and always puts a smile on your

face. I’ll also be riding Roderick Random

who is again full of character, and our new

horse Nine Altars, who had his first run in

a hunters chase round Musselburgh at the

beginning of February, and will hopefully

to run in ladies races and hunter chases for

the remainder of the season.

What are your plans for 2018?

Keep riding nice horses, keep learning,




and a few winners would be nice. Oh, and

passing my uni finals would be good!

For anyone thinking about point to

point riding, what advice would you give


Ride out for as many people as you can,

you learn so much from riding anything

from yearlings to big old handicappers. And

don’t be afraid to ask for help, everyone is

always really helpful.

What’s your must have piece of


My neckstrap. It doesn’t matter if I’m on

the best jumper in the country, it never

hurts to have a lifeline.

What horse would you love to ride?

Altior. He looks pretty special, but I think

I’d need my neckstrap for some of his

spectacular jumps.

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national shire show

A winning weekend

for Emma at the

National Shire Show

It turned out to be a

fantastic three days for

Emma Green and her three

shires at the National Shire

Show, held at Stafford in mid



They started the weekend off in

the Novice Ridden class, where

Emma, riding her own four year

old mare, Westfield Calendar

Girl took 2nd place and her

friend, Vickey Egglestone,

on the young stallion, Acle

Supreme took top spot.

Richard Green and Gunner 6th Single Dray

The best was yet to come in

the Horse of the Year Show

qualifier, riding Ringston

Rueben. Currently just a fouryear

old stallion, Emma said

“he’s taken to the ridden work

very easily, is a forward-moving

horse and has just the right

attitude and temperament”.

They were absolutely delighted


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Vickey Egglestone and Acle

Supreme 1st Novice Ridden

with their win, especially so

early in the season and are

looking forward to getting out

at the next shows including

Three Counties, Cheshire, Royal

Highland and Norfolk.

Emma’s husband Richard is

also very much involved with

the horses, himself the head

horseman for Thwaites and a

judge. Richard was also at the

show competing in the Single

Dray class, taking a respectable

6th place with Gunner.

Both Emma and Richard still

work full-time and with a dozen

heavy horses at home from

Shires to Clydesdales, every

morning is an early start with

Richard up and feeding around

5am and Emma then exercises

them from 6am before getting

ready for work as a distribution

manager for a brewery.

Richard’s parents live at the

Emma Green and Westfield Calender

Girl 2nd Novice Ridden

farm and very much hands on

as there is no running water and

each day consists of ferrying

water to the horses and a neverending

task of filling haynets or

chopping wood.

Emma has ridden at top level

for many years, before heavy

horses she enjoyed success

in Ladies Hunter classes, side

saddle and also competed a

coloured stallion, Apollo who

was a traditional.

About five years ago she got in

to the heavy horses, and one of

the first was Admergill Buskot

back in 2012 who was sold to

Russia as at that time there

were not sufficient heavy horse

classes or venues to go to. Last

year, they had a grey shire,

Burlington Park Tudor, who was

sold to an Italian family and

moved to Milan and then a four

year old, Admergill Archie, who

won Reserve Champion at the

National Show and was more or

less sold before leaving the ring.

Despite many offers, the ridden

horses are not up to sale this

year as they want to enjoy the

season and see where it takes

them. Acle Supreme is also

their stallion at stud and a crop

of foals are due soon and they

are loathe to part with him.

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Beverley Witty’s veteran, is her 31 year old boy,

Bobby. He is a 14.2hh coloured cob. He was

abandoned by his owner 16 years ago, he’s no

show-stopper but the safest boy you could


Disaster happened while in a field his

companions of a few years attacked him,

snapping his tendon and severely straining

his other, vet called and box rest was needed

not easy for a pony that hated the stable.

Beverley said “we managed to keep him in

for a few weeks but then had to make stable

sized fields, and things went well until his

tendon started to contract, pulling his fetlock

forward in front of his hoof, nobody the Vets

could understand how he manages to get

around, cantering around the field bossing his

best friends the donkeys around, he has been

retired now for 6 years and I wouldn’t part with

him for anything


Amateur rider Avril Bartolomy has owned and ridden Clantara Shadow Play since he

was an unbroken three year old and now, aged 15, he will be competing in his first

veteran class. Avril grew up in Edinburgh and her mega successful Maxi cob is also

Scottish bred - out of Terry and Gillian Henderson’s Percheron mare and by Fiona

Reed’s famous stallion, Bollin. He has competed at top level including RIHS and

HOYS, placed 7th there last year as well as winning the Supreme Amateur of the Year

with BSHA. Avril says “Adding Olympia would be so much fun.”


This is Carla Robertson’s little 11hh pony Toffee;

she has been the most amazing children’s pony,

bought as lead rein for her two daughters, she

not only did that job well she then went and

has taken them on to do hunter trials, she’s

won at local shows in working hunter, style and

appearance and show jumping. Commented

Carla “She has always been foot perfect as is

and always will be my children’s best friend. Not

bad for a bargain pony and who is somewhere

in her 20’s now”.


This is Applejack, owned by Stacie Charlton, who was

24 years in October, a rescue pony from SWHP. Stacie

and Applejack have been together for the last 15


They won the SEIB Novice Arena Eventing Final 2016.

Last year they won the BE80 at Shelford with a dressage of 23.3. Their

goals for 2018 include qualifying for the Horseware Ireland 80 Hunter Trial and the SEIB

90 Arena Eventing Final. They are also having a go at SSADL senior veteran class with the

finals held at Olympia!

Says Stacie “He loves eventing and arena eventing and we will continue to keep him

ticking over for as long as he is happy competing”.

58 April 2018 Equestrian Life





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local events and reports

Amy Simcox and Drogeda

Valentino Ridden Supreme

East Midlands

Welsh Pony and

Cob Society


The East Midlands

Welsh Pony and Cob

Society had a fantastis

season opener at

Selston Equestrian for their

Winter Woollies Supreme Show

with some fabulous ponies and

horses forward in all classes.

The Inhand and Ridden

Supreme went to Amy

Simcox with her own Drogeda

Valentino and Reserve went

to S Lee’s Larnleighs Matador

Handled by daughter Hannah


The RoR trophy was won by

Star Rebel, an award given in

memory of Stevey’s Lad who

was tragically lost in a road

accident on his way home from

HOYS a few years ago.

Huge thanks goes to all

exhibitors who attended and to

Mr K Baskeyfield for judging.

The Organisers would also like

to say a big thankyou to Selston

Equestrian Centre for allowing

them to hold our shows and

clinics there.

The next EMWCPA show is

on 22nd April at Newark

Showground and full details can

be found at www.emwpca.co.uk

1st Ridden Coloured Jessie J- Tracey Richardson

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1st Show Horse Hack Steven Woollands and Millwood Boy

H Horton and Larnleighs Matador Reserve Inhand Supreme

Star Rebel & Andrea Hodkin ROR Prize Winner

P Steeples and Llwynhywel Gold

Leaf 1st Reserve Inhand Supreme

H Horton







Amy Simcox and Drogeda Valentino Inhand Supreme

1st Ridden Hunter Cob Paula Kirk-Ellis

and Colourific & 2nd Eve Redfern and

Sarns Shepherds Hill

The Longhouse Delightful & S Burlaczenko

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Field Farm



Georgina Fielding’s horse Greenacres

Alaska has turned 6yrs old, he was bred by

Greenacres Stud and is part owned by their

head groom Ella Taylor; it was his second

dressage competition and they were so pleased with

him, his first competition he got well over 70% and

won at Barleyfields. Says Georgina “We are hoping

to affiliate him soon. I run a yard with seven horses

at the moment all competing, so we are pretty busy”.

I'm affiliated Dr where I compete up to regionals and

I was in the winning team of the first team quest in

the open section. When not competing in dressage,

Georgina can also be found out hunting side saddle

and competing at county level too.

Leigh Starbuck is a converted show rider! Leigh has

been competing her mare WLA Alaska in dressage

for two years. They are currently working towards

qualification for HOYS, but find dressage helps with

the showing classes.

Their aim is to work at Novice level next and hope to

be working at Elementary by the end of the year. Leigh

says “Alaska is the most amazing mare to work with,

very trainable and has the most amazing attitude to


Leigh’s other ride was the the stallion Bourhani

Montashar, he’s a pure bred Arab stallion, bred

and owned by Hannelore Bourdeaux. He’s had an

incredibly successful show career already and is now

enjoying a promising start in dressage. Their aim is to

compete at Elementary in the next league.

Both horses are going to enjoy a mixture of dressage

and show classes this summer, and are aiming to

qualify both horses for HOYS and the Arab Horse

British Dressage championships. Says Leigh “I owe all

our success to my amazing coach Julie coope”.

Natasha Dobson

and McCaughley

1st Intro A

Steph Buxton and Chess 1st Prelim 7

India Keates Robinson and Coco 1st Elementary 49

Georgina Murphy and Maverick 2nd

Prelim 12

Kate Ward and Fabio 2nd Elementary 49

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Sarah Farmer

and Calcourt


2nd Prelim 7

Sarah Nicholls and Simon 1st Novice 27


Fielding and


Alaska 3rd

Prelim 7

Stephanie Oliver and Damasen 2nd Intro A

Leigh Starbuck and Bourhani

Montashar 3rd Novice 27 Carolyn Chapman and Just William 2nd Novice 27

Sarah Nicholls and Simon 1st Prelim 12

Alice Hewitt and Po 3rd Intro A

Leigh Starbuck and WLA Alaska

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Rose Cassapi-Perkins and Briars Aspen

NCPA Leics

Show -


Danielle Garner and Thistledown Brigadoon


The NCPA Leicestershire & Rutland Spring Show

was held on 25 February 2018 at Brooksby

Equestrian Centre. Despite the cold, we had a good

turn out with many competitors seeking winter


In the In hand classes, the miniature horse 'Looking

Glass Freedoms Love Song' had a successful day, winning

all 4 of their classes including the Light Horse in hand

championship. The Coloured Traditional Cob 'Goldstone Mr

Fantastic', shown by Vicky Lee lived up to his name winning

both CHAPs championships - In Hand and Ridden and

finishing Reserve Supreme In Hand.

The overall Supreme Champion was found from the M&M

classes where Cheryl Scott and Gill Cowell's young Fell colt

'Hotchberry Crafty' showed himself off to be picked by judge

Ms Henrietta Barton.

In the ridden classes, five year old Rose Cassapi-Paskins and

her Dartmoor pony 'Briars Aspen' had a day to remember

when they won both their lead rein classes, the mini

M&M championship and finished off with Reserve in the

Supreme Ridden Championship at the end of the day. It was

another M&M that took the Overall Supreme Ridden crown

- Danielle Garner's young Welsh B stallion 'Thistledown

Brigadoon' had earlier stood champion of the Novice M&M

ridden sections.

Cheryl Scott and Hotchberry Crafty

Vicky Lee and Goldstone Mr Fantastic

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local events and reports

Alex Molesworth TAFFECHAN ROUGH DIAMOND (Winners Intro section C)

Brilliant Turnout for EMDG


The Organisers of the East Midlands

Dressage Group One Day Event

cannot believe how blessed they were

for the weekend at Osberton, run with

kind patronage of Mr GMT Foljambe and the

Foljambe family. The early spring precursor

to the eventing season; always the end of

February, is as popular as ever. It was bitterly

cold as the ‘beast of the East’ approached but

for both days the skies remained blue and the

sun graced everyone with its presence.

Over 350 combinations of runners and riders

had been accepted to compete over what

was a well built and testing SJ course by Julia

Hardy and a brilliantly built XC course by

Peter Wilson (in Mark Cavell’s absence this

year) and over superb ground and running


Safe to say there were quite a few fresh and

feisty ponies on parade but overall it produced

some excellent performances in all sections

and a good early season pipe opener and

practice for the fast approaching eventing


Huge thanks and admiration must go to Chloe

Cavell and her Team which helped to run the

ever popular weekend of eventing and which

was a testament to all the tireless enthusiasm

and hard work Chloe had put in both behind

the scenes and at the event itself.

Gracie can be very

anxious so the EMDG

One Day Event was ideal

to start to build her

confidence for this season”

Let’s hope this interlude of wintry weather

will blow out as fast as it blew in leaving the

equestrian world ready to embrace spring and

prepare for a successful season.

Shari Dobson got her season off to a great

start, taking top spot in Intro Section A with

Amazing Missgracie aka Gracie, an 8 year

old mare bred by Botters Sports Horses in

France by the Eventing stallion Yarlands

Summersong. Shari bought Gracie in October

2016 as a project to bring on with a view to

event her. She started Eventing in 2017 with

a few runs finishing the season with a 3rd at

Norton Disney in the BE90. Says Shari “Gracie

can be very anxious so the EMDG One Day

Event was ideal to start to build her confidence

for this season. I was delighted with her

behaviour and she was foot perfect all day!”

The plan for this season is to do one more

BE90 then try her first BE100 at Norton Disney

then aim for a Novice at the end of the season.

Sami Hodson and Micko Thriller, were in

contention after the dressage but four faults

in the show-jumping and a clear cross country

nonetheless put them into second place in the

same section. Says Sami “I bought him 6 years

ago as a scruffy little Irish cob that everybody

laughed at! We named him the 'bulldozer'

when we first had him as he would clatter

through everything! And never thought he

would be capable to do a decent dressage test,

we've grown together since I was 14 and even

though I had knowledge with horses I didn't

really 'know' a lot. Finally after a lot of hard

work we started to see that my scruffy little

Irish cob had a lot of potential”.

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They started competing with their local riding

club, Tickhill Riding Club at team events

where they went to the BRC championships,

hunter trials, local dressage competitions and

ODE's! Sami’s aim and goal then was to start

BE with him as it was something they both

loved to do! However, everything changed

two years ago when Mickey got an injury, a

fractured splint from messing around in the

field, Sami wasn't sure if she was ever going

to be able to ride him again. They started box

rest and just took it week by week! After a lot

of hard work with him and taking everything

slowly, he came back to full health and fitness!

Last year he was just getting him back out

and seeing the competition world again! As

he is not a 'slow ' cob they’ve competed over

the winter doing some showjumping, arena

eventing and a bit of dressage with the aim

and goal to start British Eventing this year.

Nervously they entered EMDG ODE, as this

was the first one of the season and he'd not

seen a cross country fence on grass since last

year! Mickey was totally on form though with

an incredible 25.5 dressage test, one pole show

jumping and a storming clear cross country,

finishing in second place.

Hannah Parr and Tinkers Boy, aka Colin is a

15.2hh 8 year old gelding that Hannah has

owned he was 4, when he came over from

Ireland. He had done nothing apart from some

hunting as a three year old . He's not been

easy. Lives on his nerves and very quirky but

a super all rounder. Not overly brave which is

why they are concentrating on 80cm and 90cm

sections. Says Hannah “He's had two brilliant

seasons. five wins at 80cms and the rest in the

top 5. Successfully completed 4 BE90s with a

4th at Shelford last May”. Their Plans for 2018

and to work hard and . To confidently move

up to 90cms, maybe complete some 1m show

Ellie Clarke TOBY (Winners Intro section B)

Heidi Woodhead GINGER (2nd place Novice

section H)

jumping and head to the Grassroots three day

event at Keysoe with friends.

Ellie Clarke and Toby posted the best dressage

score in their Intro B section, and then

producing a double clear, won the section,

finishing on their dressage score of 29. Toby

is an 8 year old owned by Julia hardy who was

doing his first event after spending most of

his time being a show jumper. Commented

Ellie “He is such a

big character and

everyone seems to

have a soft spot for


Ellie was then back

with another ride,

Charlotte Dennis URIX D'LEMPS

(Winner Open section K)

Laura Watson CROCHALLAN LOUIS (2nd place

Intro section D)

Lucy Scholl JUST DUNNIT (Winner Novice

section H)

Kristinea Hall-Jackson


Open section J)

Samantha Hobbs TINKER (3rd place

Novice section H)


(Winners Novice Open scetion F)

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Jordan Kavanagh ECO BOY (Winners Intro section D)


(Winners Noivce Open section E)

Lex who is owned by Helen Marsh and is the

great age of 19, he felt so excited to be back

out eventing and had a spring in his step!

Ellie’s last ride of the weekend was Adagio

who is owned and bred by Keeley Durham

and has spent the winter working on his

dressage to get an improved score this

weekend and is always such good fun to ride

in the jumping phases so it was good to have

him back out and exciting to see what he can

do this year!

Equestrian Life’s own horse, Taffechan Rough

Diamond had a fantastic season opener.

Posting a 25.5 dressage and double clear, put

him in top spot in Intro Section C. Known

for his quirky nature, both the owner and the

rider have agreed that they will quit whilst

ahead with the eventing and his season will

progress with dressage, M&M Workers and

side saddle at which he excels!

Ann White had a last-minute change of horse

that proved successful as Mr Delectable

posted an impressive 26.8 dressage and went

double clear to take 3rd place in Intro Section

C. A 10 year old old Hackney x warmblood,

owned by Nicolette Forester. Commented

Ann “he has joined the Manor Farm Stables

and Rehab competition team and will

be attending various one day events this

season, including Frickley, Norton Disney

and Brackenborough horse trials, hopefully

aiming for some 90cms by the end of the


Lucy Scholl, riding Just Dunnit, a 16.1hh,

7 year old Holsteiner dun gelding put in a

great performance in Novice Sec. H, with

a 23 dressage and double clear to take top

position. Says Lucy “We bought him from

his breeder Jason Nunn (Pinewood Stud) as

Gaby Vaughan EDWARD (2nd

place Novice section I)

Imogen Murray JASON (3rd place Novice section G)

a just broken fiveyear-old

just after

Christmas 2016.

This is his second

Meghan Healy FRANK

(2nd place Intro section C)

season eventing and we won at both BE90

and BE100 level last season. The aims this

year are to step up to Novice and hopefully

do a 1* towards the end of the year.

Richard Norfolk, who we reported on last

year, was delighted to at least be old enough

to complete at the one day event and his ride,

Henry came came off the lorry very excited

to do the open class at EMDG ode. Henry

was really not interested in the Dressage

but Richard still managed a 36.8 which was

mid table, had a silly pole showjumping for 4

Sally Chamberlain GABRIEL (3rd place Novice

Open section E)

Isabel White DOLLY II (2nd place Noivce Open

section E)

Laura Hall DUNGAR BLUE MOON (3rd place Intro

section D)

faults and a magnificent round cross country,

just 5 secs over the optimum time. Great

warm up for Oasby.

Equestrian Life’s eventing contributor,

Tina Canton was also out in force over the

weekend with three horses, all of whom

finished 4th in their respective sections and

all bar one, going double clear. A great start

to the season for Tina.

Off to a flying start with two wins from

two starts was Jordan Kavanagh. His first

ride was Eco Boy, who is owned by Haylay

Blackburn, an 8-year-old gelding who has

been competing up to Foxhunter level and

has really taken to the eventing bug. A

dressage of 28.8 and a double clear saw them

finish on their dressage score. His second

ride, Ice Man, gave them a few hair-raising

moments travelling to the event but was

checked over by the stewards on arrival and

given the all-clear. Belonging to Christina

Hall, she bought him from a field two years

ago after losing her previous horse. He got

a 7th, 3rd and a win in 2017 with Jordan and

has proved to be consistent and reliable at

both 90cms and 100s.


Novice section G)

Sally Butler ANNIE (2nd place Novice Open

section F)

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SHOWS 2018

The Equestrian Life

Winter Show

Oakridge Arena,

Collingham, Newark,

Notts NG23 7NZ


22nd April


Open to ALL Amateur,

Home-Produced Combinations

Competitors who have qualified

or competed at Horse of the Year

Show, Royal International and

Olympia are eligible to compete

A range of ridden and in-hand

classes, all indoor on surface,

good classes for Novices and new

season combinations.

The schedule is available

to download at www.


winter-championships and

entries are open both online and


Pre entry is £10 per class and

entries on the day are £15 per

class, plus £3 first aid.

The Equestrian Life Summer Showing

and Working Hunter Championships

Oakridge Arena, Collingham,

Newark, Notts NG23 7NZ






OPEN SHOW, No pre-registration,

No pre-qualification

Open to ALL Amateur, Home-Produced


Competitors who have qualified or

competed at Horse of the Year Show, Royal

International and Olympia are eligible to


A wide range of classes on surface and grass,

including a beautiful working hunter course

Indoor evening performance for all sections

Ample parking, stabling and camping


Great restaurant and spectator viewing

Pre entry £10 per class and £15 on the day

plus £3 first aid

Schedule available soon and can be

found www.equestrianlifemagazine.




Sunday 1st April

Easter Showing, Quals, in Hand

and Ridden

Aldham Mill Equestrian Centre


Bsps Winter Championships Show

Arena UK


Easter Unaffiliated Dressage

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Unaffiliated Dressage

Elms Farm Equestrian Centre


07791934738 or 07867360201

Unaffiliated Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01773604520

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Dressage Sash Show

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

British Show Jumping Junior

Harrogate Riding Centre



Legup April Dressage Event

Bromley farm


01226 370679

Open/club Show Long Eaton

Riding Club

Long Eaton Riding Club


07929 164 501

Easter Showing Show and Qualifier

for Royal London Show

Maltby and District Riding Club, Milton

Equestrian Centre Nottinghamshire


Trailblazers 2nd Round


Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &



01977 642109

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Ncpa Yorkshire Branch

Children's Show

Northern Racing College


Unaffiliated Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

British Showjumping Cat 2

Speetley EC

www.speetleyec.co.uk 07531354265 /


British Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

British Dressage Quest Club

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Unaffiliated Dressage

Wakefield Riding for the Disabled

Association, Pennine Community


01924 241341


York and District Riding Club


Trailblazers and Sunshine Tour

Showjumping Qualifiers

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC)

www.yorkshireec.co.uk 07748115588

Monday 2nd April

Easter Mini One Day Event

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Cliffhollins Riding Club Unaffiliated

Showjumping Qualifier

Cliffhollins Lane

www.cliffhollins.co.uk 01274651386

Cliffhollins Riding Club Show

Cliffhollins Riding School

www.cliffhollins.co.uk 01274651386

Easter Scavenger Hunt and

Gymkhana Games

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Arena Eventing

Hallamshire Riding Society, Hallamshire

Show Ground



British Show Jumping C2

Harrogate Riding Centre



Ian Brown Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Bs Seniors (Cat 1)

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Speetley Equestrian Centre

www.speetleyec.co.uk 07531354265 /


Steph Cooper Dressage Test Riding

Vale View Equestrian

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk 01664


British Dressage

Witham Villa Equestrian Centre

www.withamvilla.co.uk 01455 282694

Tuesday 3rd April

Graham's Show Jumping Clinic

Diamond Equestrian



Evening Novice Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated


Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

British Showjumping Cat 2

Speetley EC

www.speetleyec.co.uk 07531354265 /


Clear Round Jump Training

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Wednesday 4th April

Evening Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

British Showjumping Seniors

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

BHS North Lincs Evening Demo by

Yogi Breisner Mbe Fbhs

Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre,

Kenwick Hill


07917 734969 /

07986 637089

Thursday 5th April

Combined Training

Northallerton Equestrian Centre 0PQ


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Friday 6th April

British Showjumping April Show

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com 01476 591 569

Evening Maxi Jumping

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Equine Car Boot Sale

Elms Farm Equestrian Centre

www.elmsfarmec.com 07791934738 or


Indoor Clear Round Jumping@

golden Valley Equestrian Centre



British Dressage

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

British Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Yorkshire Amateur Showjumping


Spring House Farm



Saturday 7th April

British Showjumping April Show

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com 01476 591 569

Blueberry Events Can't-Jump

Won't -Jump Showjumping

Askham Bryan College



British Senior Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Trailblazers 2nd Round Combined


Moorhouse Equestrian Centre & Saddlery


01977 642109

Dressage Competition

Newbold Verdon Equestrian Centre

www.nvec.co.uk 01455 824240

Unaffiliated Dressage

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Unaffiliated Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Para Intro Show

Wakefield Riding for the Disabled



01924 241341

Sunday 8th April

Aire Valley Riding Club Pre-Season


Aireview Equestrian


Unaffiliated Dressage

Aldham Mill

07790 629328

British Showjumping April Show

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com 01476 591 569

British Dressage

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com 01283 734798

Unaffiliated Dressage

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com 01283 734798

Open Hunter Trial

Barlow Hunt Branch Of The Pony Club



Ride for Research Dressage

Diamond Equestrian



Working Hunter

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01773604520

Unaffiliated Dressage

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Afternoon


Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Combined Training

2nd Round Qualifiers

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Combined Training

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606


Unaffiliated Dressage Jrs

Championship Qualifier and Ror Poi

Jodhpurs Equestrian Centre


01423 358645/ mob 07913354071

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Unaffiliated Showjumping

Ledston Equine Centre


Trailblazers 2nd Round Dressage

Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &



01977 642109

An Introduction to the

Biomechanics of the Seat and Rider

Nancy Walker Equestrian, Bromley Farm



British Dressage

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Notts Derby Horse Show Open

Show 2

Longmoor Lane Show Ground



Unaffliliated Dressage

Raw Equine, Laughton Manor

Equestrian Centre


Indoor Open Spring Showjumping


Rearsby Lodge Riding Club, Brooksby

Equestrian Centre

www.rearsbylodge.com 0116 2871662

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Speetley Equestrian Centre

www.speetleyec.co.uk 07531354265 /


Sport Endurance Catton Park Ride

Sport Endurance East Midlands Group,

Derbyshire DE12 8LN




Show Cross @ Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC),

www.yorkshireec.co.uk 07748115588

Monday 9th April

Ian Brown Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Tuesday 10th April

Evening Novice Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian


01283 575856

Indoor Loose School Evening

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01773604520

Unaffiliated Evening Showjumping

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606


Unaffiliated Evening Dressage

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

British Show Jumping C2

Harrogate Riding Centre



Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated


Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Wednesday 11th April

What the Judge Is Looking for

Demo With Gail Carmichael

British Horse Society North West

Yorkshire, Follifoot Park Riding Centre,



Assisted Clear Round or Slot


Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333

Evening Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian


01283 575856

Combined Training Competition

Northallerton Equestrian Centre, Myers

Lane, Yafforth, Northallerton

Yorkshire DL7 0PQ


co.uk 01609 772942

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition



07950 819267

Thursday 12th April

Combined Training

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Ian Woodhead Dresssage Training

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Winter Show Jumping

Wellow Equestrian Centre


01623 860997

Witham Villa British Riding Club

Open Show

Witham Villa Equestrian Centre


01455 282694

Friday 13th April

Evening Mini Jumping

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333


Monday 2nd - Indoor School

Hire with Show Jumps

Tuesday 3rd & 10th - Show

Jumping Clinic

Wednesday 4th & 11th -

Half Pony Day

Thursday 5th & 12th -

Show Jumping Clinic

Friday 6th & 13th - Full Pony Day

Saturday 14th - Nervous and

Novice Show Jumping

Friday 20th - Riding Club Pole

Work Clinic

Sunday 22nd - Trailblazers 2nd

Rounds Dressage

Friday 27th - Friday Night

show Jumping (Trailblazers


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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Horse Friday Night Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01773604520

Novice and Nervous Evening


Moorhouse Equestrian Centre &



01977 642109

Sue Chadwick Show Jumping Clinic

Turbury Equisport

www.turburyequisport.co.uk 07789

265 973

Evening Showjumping @

Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC)

www.yorkshireec.co.uk 07748115588

Saturday 14th April

Kelly Guy Clinic - Show Jumping


Diamond Equestrian



British Eventing

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

British Showjumping Seniors

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

BD Club Quest

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Novice/nervous Showjumping

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Unaffiliated Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Sunday 15th April

Spring Dressage

Aire Valley Riding Club


BHS Notts Flatwork Clinic

Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre



Blueberry Events Showing Show

Askham Bryan College


07872 640482

Gridwork Clinic

Derby College Equestrian Centre


07970 726830

British Eventing

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Monthly Show Jumping


Friars Hill Stables



Open Show

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Dressage

Ledston Equine Centre


Legup Little Show

Bromley Farm Indoor Arenas


Score More Dressage Clinic

Little London Liveries


Open/club Show Long Eaton

Riding Club

Long Eaton Riding Club


07929 164 501

Combined Training and Dressage


Newbold Verdon Equestrian Centre

www.nvec.co.uk 01455 824240

Unafiliated Dressage Sunshine Tour


Northern Racing College


events 01302 816006

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Nervous and Novice One Day Event

Raw Equine, Laughton Manor

Equestrian Centre


Indoor Open Dressage Show

Rearsby Lodge Riding Club

www.rearsbylodge.com 0116 2871662

Soar Valley - Non Members


Farley Way

www.svrc.co.uk 07872 860831

Derbyshire Festival

Speetley Equestrian Centre

07531354265 / 07714278097

The Northern All Welsh Bronze

Medal Show

Mill Lane Stables



British Dressage Quest Club

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

British Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Breckenbrough ODE York and Ainsty

North Hunt

York and Ainsty North Hunt

07710 460059

Dressage @ Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC)



Monday 16th April

Unaffiliated Dressage League


Long Lane Equestrian


01509 674655

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Steph Cooper Dressage Test Riding

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Tuesday 17th April

British Showjumping

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com 01476 591 569

Evening Novice Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian


01283 575856

Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated


Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Horse and Rider Physio Clinic

Wellow Equestrian Centre,


01623 860997

Wednesday 18th April

An Introduction to Hydrotherapy:

Lecture Series

Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333



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

Assisted Clear Round or Slot


Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333

Evening Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian


01283 575856

British Dressage

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Evening Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Thursday 19th April

Evening Dressage

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Friday 20th April

Evening Maxi Jumping

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

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Indoor Clear Round Jumping@

golden Valley Equestrian Centre



Steph Cooper Dressage Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre,


co.uk 01609 772942

Saturday 21st April

Winter Indoor Dressage Series

Acrecliffe Equestrian Centre

www.acrecliffe.co.uk 07855 307291

Jump Training

Beatrice Stocks BHSAI, Croft Farm,

Pollington, Yorkshire DN140DF

Unaffiliated Dressage

Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre



Ricks Dressage Clinic

Diamond Equestrian



North Ryedale Riding Club

Pleasure Ride

Nawton Tower

www.nrrc.co.uk 07919 541 366

Be Northallerton 1

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Combined Training

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition



07950 819267

BD Club Quest

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition



07950 819267

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition



07950 819267

Ashley Ward Dressage Clinic

Turbury Equisport, Far Turbury Farm


07789 265 973

Unaffiliated Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Sunday 22nd April

One Day Event

Blankney Hunt Pony Club, White Hall

Farm, Norton Disney



Blueberry Events Working Hunter


Askham Bryan College

www.blueberryeventsuk.com 07872


Unaffiliated Showjumping

Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333

One Day Event Training Day

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Indoor Clinic With Craig Dillon

Five Pits Horsewatch and Countryside

Access Group


British Dressage

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

British Dressage Quest Club

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Dressage Jrs

Championship Qualifier and Ror Poi

Jodhpurs Equestrian Centre


01423 358645/ mob 07913354071

Show Jumping

Maltby and District Riding Club, Milton

equestrian Centre


Be Northallerton 1

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

RC Level Pony and Horse Show

Northern Lights Showing, Mill Lane



Hunter Trail - Novice, Inter, Pairs,

Open Classes

Patrington Mill



Bs Seniors (Cat 1)

Port Royal Equestrian and

Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Howardian Hills 'Gentle' Ride -

Grade 2

Ride Yorkshire Foundation

www.rideyorkshire.org 07583 451825 /

07570 112010

Working Hunter

Speetley Equestrian Centre

07531354265 / 07714278097

Showing Various Classes

Speetley Equestrian Centre

07531354265 / 07714278097

Sport Endurance National Forest

Pink Ride

Sport Endurance East Midlands Group,

Derbyshire DE12 7PX




Open One Day Challenge

Tickhill Riding Club



Trailblazers Dressage

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre



Arena Eventing Series 2018

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

British Dressage

Witham Villa Equestrian Centre

www.withamvilla.co.uk 01455 282694

Showjumping @ Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC),

www.yorkshireec.co.uk 07748115588

Monday 23rd April

Ian Brown Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Tuesday 24th April

British Dressage

Arena UK


01476 591 569/ 07774 018103

Evening Novice Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian


01283 575856

Unaffiliated Evening Showjumping

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606


Unaffiliated Evening Dressage

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606


Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated


Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Ian Woodhead Dresssage Training

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Wednesday 25th April

Unaffiliated Dressage

Arena UK

www.arenauk.com 01476 591 569/

07774 018103

Assisted Clear Round or Slot


Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333

Evening Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Evening Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Thursday 26th April

Be Northallerton 1

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Friday 27th April

Evening Mini Jumping

Brooksby Equestrian Centre

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk 01664


Pony Friday Night Show Jumping

Golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01773604520

Friday Night Show Jumping

Trentvalley Equestrian Centre

www.tvequestrian.co.uk 07821900838

Leonie Brown Dressage Clinic (In


Turbury Equisport


07789 265 973

Barrel Racing at Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC),



Saturday 28th April

Show Jumping Clinic Indoor @

golden Valley Equestrian Centre


co.uk 07957774507

British Senior Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Mini One Day Event

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

British Dressage

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Saturday Showjumping (Pre-

Entries Only)

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition


www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Dressage Demo and Dressage to

Music - Ashley Ward and Katie

Turbury Equisport, Far Turbury Farm

www.turburyequisport.co.uk 07789

265 973

Sunday 29th April

Barlow Hunter Trials and Cross Country

Team Challenge

The Kennels

Barlow hunt.org.uk 0114 2851479.


BHS Notts Prosecco and Sash


BHS Nottinghamshire, Brackenhurst

Equestrian Centre


Blueberry Events Unaffiliated


Askham Bryan College



Outdoor Surface Eventer Trial

Brooksby Equestrian Centre

www.brooksbyequestrian.co.uk 01664


Unaffiliated Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Unaffiliated Trailblazers 2nd Round


Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Dressage 1st Rounds

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Hargate Equestrian

www.hargateequestrian.co.uk 01283

734981/730606 M:07736613557

One Day Event

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


co.uk 01609 772942

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Notts Derby Horse Show Open Show 3 +

Extra Affiliated Ring

Longmoor Lane Show Ground



Arena Showcross

Penistone & District Riding Club, Northern

Racing College


07833 794181

Unaffiliated Showjumping

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

Dressage @ Yorkshire EC

Yorkshire Equestrian Centre (YEC)

www.yorkshireec.co.uk 07748115588

Monday 30th April

Ian Brown Clinic

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Tuesday 1st May

British Dressage

Arena UK


01476 591 569/ 07774 018103

Evening Novice Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Tuesday Evening Unaffiliated


Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Wednesday 2nd May

Assisted Clear Round or Slot Jumping

Brooksby Melton College


01664 855333

Evening Showjumping

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

British Showjumping Seniors

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Evening Showjumping

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition Centre


07950 819267

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Thursday 3rd May

Combined Training

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Friday 4th May

Evening Maxi Jumping

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Equine Car Boot Sale

Elms Farm Equestrian Centre

www.elmsfarmec.com 07791934738 or


Indoor Clear Round Jumping@golden

Valley Equestrian Centre



Quiz Night

Wakefield Riding For The Disabled

Association, Pennine Community


01924 241341

Saturday 5th May

East Riding Country Fair - in Hand


Driffield Show Ground, Kelleythorpe



Minimus Showjumping

Northallerton Equestrian Centre


01609 772942

Arena ODE

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition Centre


07950 819267

Arena Showcross

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Summer Season Dressage 2018

Port Royal Equestrian and Exhibition Centre

www.portroyaleec.co.uk 07950 819267

Bluebells of Riccaldale Ride (North York

Moors) Grade 2

Ride Yorkshire Foundation


07583 451825 / 07570 112010

One Day Event

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

Sunday 6th May

Ardsley Horse and Pony Club Show

Astley Lane

www.ardsleyhpc.co.uk 07849941915

Vale View Equestrian, Old Dalby, Melton

Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX

Sun 1 April British Dressage

Sun 1 April British Dressage Quest Club

Mon 2 April Steph Cooper Dressage Test Riding

Tue 3 April Clear Round Jump Training

Thu 5 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Fri 6 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Sat 7 April Unaffiliated DR including SEIB 2nd Round

Trailblazer Qualifier

Sat 7 April Unaffiliated SJ including SEIB

2nd Round Trailblazer Qualifier

Mon 9 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Tue 10 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Wed 11 April British Dressage

Thu 12 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Thu 12 April Ian Woodhead Dressage Training

Sat 14 April Unaffiliated SJ inc SEIB Trailblazer Qualifiers

Sat 14 April Unaffiliated DR inc SEIB Trailblazer Qualifiers

Sun 15 April British Dressage

Sun 15 April British Dressage Quest Club

Mon 16 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Mon 16 April Steph Cooper Dressage Test Riding

Tue 17 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Wed 18 April UKCC

Fri 20 April British Dressage Camp

Sat 21 April Unaffiliated SJ inc SEIB Trailblazer Qualifiers

Sat 21 April Unaffiliated DR inc SEIB Trailblazer Qualifiers

Sun 22 April Arena Eventing Series 2018

Tue 24 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Tue 24 April Ian Woodhead Dressage Training

Thu 26 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

Sun 29 April British Dressage Para Home International

Mon 30 April Caroline Moore Event Clinic

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


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 confirm note your entry, dates and is non-refundable may be subject once paid. to

changes at the Centre’s discretion

For more information on all of these events

and more please visit our website


Tel: 01664 823739

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British Dressage Quest Club

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com 01283 734798

British Dressage

Barleyfields Equestrian Centre

www.barleyfields.com 01283 734798

Unaffiliated Dressage

Brooksby Equestrian Centre


01664 855333

Ride for Research Dressage

Diamond Equestrian



East Riding Country Fair - Ridden


East Riding Country Fair



Unaffiliated One Day Event

Eland Lodge Equestrian

www.elandlodge.com 01283 575856

Unaffiliated Showjumping

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

Unaffiliated Dressage

Hargate Equestrian


01283 734981/730606 M:07736613557

High Moor Show

Cinder Lane


01246 270748

Unaffiliated Dressage

Ledston Equine Centre

Ledston Equine Clinic 07827291115

Notts Derby Horse Show Open Show 4

Double Points Trophy Show

Longmoor Lane Show Ground



Soar Valley Riding Club- Non Members


Farley Way, Quorn

www.svrc.co.uk 07872 860831

Unaffiliated Combined Training/

eventers Ct

Speetley EC

www.speetleyec.co.uk 07531354265 /


British Dressage

Vale View Equestrian


01664 823739

British Dressage Quest Club

Vale View Equestrian

www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk 01664


Unaffiliated Dressage Competition -

Sunshine Tour Quals

West Yorkshire Horseplay, Hazlehead


www.wyhp.co.uk 07946892713


York and Distirct Riding Club


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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.






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





SMA. Equine/Canine

Sports Massage

& Neuromuscular


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)


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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



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.


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.





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


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


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



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




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.



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.



Teardrops Equine Memorial Jewellery

We offer the following

services to you the client

• Horse hair bracelets

• Horsehair pendants

• Horsehair keyrings

• Resin jewellery

• Cufflinks




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






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




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




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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Mrs Julie E Blanchard

Cedar Lodge, Ninegates Farm,

Todds Lane, Ellerker,

East Yorkshire, HU15 2DS

Email: ninegates@btinternet.com





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


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.




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




so a wealth of

experience to


Easy parking

Sandy 07967660655



Faecal worm egg counts, for horses and other large animals. At Equine Endo it is our priority to assist you in

making sure that your horse is happy, healthy and free from endo (internal) parasites. We will work with you

the owner to ensure that you are able to select the correct targeted worming programme for your horse,

following on from a worm egg count and the Equisal Tapeworm test.

Friendly professional service. Always happy to give free advice.


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.

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.








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:


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