Great Reads

Great reads from the greatest news stories and editorial reads from around the equestrian globe touched up with a little bit of shopping. What ever can go wrong..

‘They’re destitute’: four dogs die and homes and yard destroyed in catastrophic fire

Members of a showing family are trying to rebuild after a “catastrophic” fire claimed their homes, yard and the lives of four dogs. All horses were evacuated from the yard in Twynging, Gloucestershire, last Thursday (6 February) but everything else – a mobile home, a flat, 20 stables and other …

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Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat Wins in Bordeaux

World No. 1 Steve Guerdat produced his second win of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Western European League series with Victorio Des Frotards at Bordeaux Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat left spectators aghast with his brilliant victory in the 13th leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2019/2020 Western European …

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Fantastic support for Ireland’s ‘Take On Tokyo’ Eventing Tour

A hugely successful ‘Take On Tokyo’ Eventing Tour, supported by Horse Sport Ireland and Eventing Ireland, took place at three venues across Ireland at the weekend, raising funds to support the Irish Eventing team’s preparation and participation at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Eventing Tour, which …

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Equine herpes: calls for vigilance after neurological cases confirmed in multiple countries

Riders are urged to be vigilant for the signs of equine herpes virus (EHV) after cases of the neurological form of the virus have been confirmed in multiple countries. Four horses died as a result of the outbreak of neurological EHV-1 at Crofton Manor, Hampshire, last month. But in total, …

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Loophole allowing major endurance rides to run outside FEI rules to be reviewed *H&H Plus*

Concerns have been raised that rides of 120km and longer have been taking place as national events under less-strict UAE rules, while significant numbers of foreign riders have still been invited to take part. Pippa Cuckson investigates… Library image. The FEI is reviewing a loophole that has enabled major UAE …

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7 tips from Pippa Funnell for planning your season and managing your event horse

Pippa Funnell riding Burghley 2019 winner MGH Grafton Street. H&H recently spent a day at Pippa Funnell’s yard watching her train six young riders who are on The Windrush Young Eventers’ Programme, part of the Windrush Equestrian Foundation. Here are seven horse management and season planning tips we picked up …

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*NEW* Will Rawlin’s Badminton first-timer blog: years of hard work rewarded

Credit: 1st Class Professional Photos Hi everyone, I’m Will Rawlin, I’m 25 years old and Horse & Hound’s 2020 Badminton Horse Trials first-timer blogger. The yard I am based at is in Wiltshire, where I have 11 stables, a large arena, lunge pen, all-weather turn-out and a covered horse walker. …

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A Leg Up For Sideline Boyfriends

Tiara Equine is getting the parents and boyfriends out of the stands and into the saddle. Meagan Maloney of Tiara Equine doesn’t just want you to bring your boyfriend to the barn – she want to teach him to ride, too. “The name of the farm, Tiara Equine, is a …

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Why straightness is the key to effective dressage training *H&H Plus*

Most horses are born with a preference to one side. Andrea Oakes investigates how you can combat this, and the importance of straightness in training Carl Hester GBR riding Nip Tuck, during the grand prix special of the dressage competition at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro near Rio, Brazil …

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Think you’ll miss Mark Todd at this year’s Badminton? Cheer on his pupil instead

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High at Badminton 2018. Mark Todd may not be riding at this year’s Badminton (6-10 May), following his retirement from eventing last year, but the four-time winner will be coaching Canadian rider Selena O’Hanlon at the event this May. Selena has been based with the legendary …

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Horsepower triumphs when machines cannot cope

An equestrian centre has invested in a special kind of horsepower to help beat the winter mud and bring back a traditional way of working to the area. Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre, based near Bourton-on-Water, Gloucestershire, welcomed 16hh 11-year-old Belgian draft mare Belle last week. Leanne Launchbury, who owns the …

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Sometimes the best bet is the jockey

Sometimes you should just bet on the jockey. At Gulfstream Park, 27-year old Irad Ortiz Jr. rode three winners on Friday, four winners on Saturday and six more winners on Sunday. With 11 races on Sunday, he won more than half of them.  And he won on turf, on dirt, …

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