Ireland’s David Simpson claims Hickstead’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Ireland’s David Simpson became the fifth male rider to win Hickstead’s prestigious Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup when he landed Saturday’s Longines Royal International Horse Show feature class. The class, which was only open to the highest-ranked national riders, was previously restricted to women, but it was extended to men in 2008. Five riders […]

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‘Runaway’ mare enjoys Hickstead success

Were you to describe Lucinda Farmbrough’s supreme piebald and skewbald ridden championship at the Royal International Horse Show last Tuesday as a “runaway success”, you would probably get a wry smile. Tambrook My Destiny — Hattie to her friends — is “genuinely a lovely, kind mare”, but she did have a habit of taking off […]

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Germany takes the Hickstead leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup

Germany showcased their enviable strength in depth by powering to victory in Hickstead’s leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. But there was a feeling of abject misery for Great Britain just a week before the Rio Olympics’ opening ceremony, as a sixth-placed finish condemned them to bottom spot in Europe Division 1 and relegation […]

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RIP JT McNamara

Racing sometimes crushes us, and the news this week that Irish amateur rider JT McNamara has passed away at the age of 41 is still too raw to process. McNamara was an amateur in rank only; in every other sense he was a wonderful jockey, a Cheltenham Festival winner many times over, a brilliant horseman […]

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HOYS mini champion pony dies of a heart attack

A little mare described as the “best pony in world” died suddenly of a heart attack last Sunday (July 17). Barkway Magic Moment (Mo) had been loaned by Robert and Sarah Walker for their three-year-old daughter, Izzy. “Mo introduced Izzy to showing in the most amazing style, having qualified for the Royal International and HOYS […]

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