FEI speaks out against UAE endurance

At last, a positive reaction from the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) to the distressing happenings that are occurring in endurance events in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Practices that are seemingly acceptable during races in the UAE include: hanging on to a horses ear whilst cantering, pulling the head down in the belief it lowers heart […]

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Top 10 events this season

With the start of the eventing season just round the corner, now is the time to put this year’s must see events in the diary. The following 10 events offer more than just horses – which means you can take a non horsey other half along too. Belton International Horse Trials April 17-19 Kick off […]

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How could you leave six ponies to suffer?

A mother and daughter have give a suspended prison sentence after leaving their ponies to suffer severe laminitis. Teresa O’Rourke, 55,  from Peterborough and her daughter Sarah O’Rourke, 22, pleaded guilty on the first day of their trial in Peterborough Magistrates Court earlier this month. Christopher Kenneally, 54, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing. The ponies, Pamela, a palomino […]

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Hickstead to host huge grassroots championships

Several hundred grassroots riders will now have the chance to compete at the prestigious Hickstead showground in Sussex. In September the home of the famous Hickstead Derby will host the finals of the Sunshine Tour UK, a national series of unaffiliated championships in three disciplines of dressage, showjumping and showing designed to encourage grassroots and […]

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10 eventers to watch in 2015

With the eventing season soon to kick off in earnest, we’ve scoured the country for the 10 most up-and-coming event riders of 2015. 1. Surrey-based livery yard manager Fiona Breach (32, pictured above) made the 2014 British Eventing (BE) ‘top 100 riders’ with several three-star results and was third in a CIC2* with Drumhowan Black […]

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Don’t kill grand prix dressage!

On Thursday this week (19 Feb) the FEI Dressage Committee is meeting in Warendorf (the national equestrian centre in Germany) to assess whether the grand prix test should be shortened. They’ll be assessing five new shortened versions in a bid to make the sport more user-friendly and attract more spectators. But is shortening the test really going to make a […]

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