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NEWSInsider IN BRIEF FOLLOWER DIES IN HUNTING FALL A RIDER has died in a “tragic accident” while out with the Fernie on 31 January. The 54-year-old suffered fatal injuries in a fall. A statement released by the Fernie read: “Our sincere condolences are with his family and friends at such a difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respects their privacy as they overcome such a devastating and early loss. “Both the joint-masters of the hunt and the gentleman’s family would like to extend their immense thanks to the emergency services and others who were present at the accident for all their assistance at the time.” MPS CHANGE MINDS ON FIREWORKS FIREWORKS campaigners have welcomed a “change in attitudes” from MPs. A petition calling for a ban on the public use of fireworks and for the government to collect statistics about related incidents was debated in parliament on 29 January after receiving more than 111,000 signatures. It was started by horse owner Julie Doorne, who has been lobbying with the Firework Abatement Group for a change to the laws. “I think there has been a massive groundswell among politicians,” she told H&H. RACING TO REVIEW ITS DOPING RULES A FULL review of racing’s anti-doping rules will be conducted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) this year. The review will involve consultation with the National Trainers’ Federation and the Racehorse Owners’ Association, among others. BHA chief executive Nick Rust said the organisation’s zero-tolerance of prohibitedat-all-times substances is the right approach. He added the rules about this and how they affect those responsible for horses need to be clear, as do the penalties when these rules are broken. “We want our rules to be fair to all concerned,” he said. OBITUARIES Bay Lane was a horseman throughout his life, riding into his 80s BENJAMIN FRANK (BAY) LANE A PIONEERING showjumper, Mr Lane died on 29 January aged 89. A slip of the tongue resulted in his nickname — when he was born, Mr Lane’s father announced “it’s a bay!”, which stuck. When he was young his father would often lift him on to the backs of plough horses. He became more involved in his father’s farming and dealing business as he grew up. His riding career also blossomed as he progressed from gymkhanas to international showjumping. Mr Lane was a member of the first British Nations Cup team to travel abroad following World War II, competing in Nice in 1948. His top horse, Trueman, was found on a trip to Dublin Horse Show in the 1950s. The combination won speed classes at the Horse of the Year Show in three consecutive years from 1959 to 1961. He was also a familiar figure on the West Warwickshire hunting field and had a passion for racing and point-to-pointing. A true horseman until his death, Mr Lane continued to buy and ride youngsters until the age of 83. His funeral is to take place at St James’ Church, Alveston, Warks, on 12 February. STEPHEN DAVENPORT AN expert horseman, Mr Davenport died on 24 January aged 73. He was showjumping and hunting before he was 10, and went on to enjoy a successful racing career. He became champion amateur in 1964, riding 192 winners that season and finishing fourth in the Grand National aboard the 66/1 shot Eternal. After turning professional, one of his greatest victories was with Surcharge in the 1968 Topham Chase at Aintree. Mr Davenport set up a training yard at Mobberley, Cheshire, before establishing a successful breeding programme. Among the top horses he bred were international showjumpers Jordan II, One Man, Newton Nickel and Zoe II. Malcolm Jefferson had his first Cheltenham success in 1994 MALCOLM JEFFERSON THE Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer died on 2 February aged 71. Mr Jefferson’s first success at the Festival came in 1994 with Tindari in the Hurdle Final. The following year he became the first British trainer to win the Champion Bumper, with Dato Star. In 2012 he saddled a double of winners at the Festival, Cape Tribulation and Attaglance. “His experienced and guiding hand has benefited not only the horses and staff in his care, but the racing community in Malton and the north for many years,” said BHA chief executive Nick Rust. MICHAEL HIGGENS ONE of Ireland’s best-known hunting figures, Mr Higgens died on 28 January aged 76. Master of the Tipperary for 18 seasons, he bred a first-class pack of modern foxhounds. He started his career with the late Captain Charlie Barclay of the Puckeridge in Britain, before venturing to the Findon Harriers in Victoria, Australia. He decided Ireland was more suited to him and moved to north Wexford in the late 1960s to serve as kennelhuntsman at the Island. In 1970 he was appointed master of the East Galway, moving to the Tipperary as master and huntsman in 1973. Mr Higgens was a successful breeder of foxhounds; the Tipperary hounds won many classes in Britain and at Peterborough. He was also a respected hound judge on both sides of the Irish Sea. He later hunted the Avondhu for a season in the 1990s and helped breed the Golden Vale hounds, moving on to the Kilmoganny in 1993, where he served for six seasons. After retiring in 1999, he continued to hunt and this year rode with the Tipperary to mark his 50th season in Ireland. BRIGIT POWELL A DEDICATED dressage judge, owner and supporter of the sport, Mrs Powell died in January at the age of 84. A chance meeting with Isobel Wessells at a judges’ course in Cornwall led to a great partnership. Mrs Powell expressed an interest in buying a horse with Isobel, which resulted in her co-owning Isobel’s grand prix horse Chagall. She was an active member of the British Dressage Supporters Club and frequently judged at shows in Cornwall and Devon. PETER CASEY MULTIPLE Grade One-winning trainer Mr Casey died on 27 January aged 82. The Irishman enjoyed three Grade One victories with Flemenstar. The first of these came at Leopardstown in January 2012. His stable star went on to win the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse that April, before taking the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December 2013. His funeral was held on 31 January in Balscadden. Peter Casey was a multiple Grade One-winning trainer Pictures by and 10 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018

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