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Dutch win against all the odds at fabulous Falsterbo

by Louise Parkes


It wasn’t all smooth sailing as the Dutch swept to victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Sweden at Falsterbo (SWE) today. Reduced to a three-man team following first-round drama for Michel Hendrix (31) and Baileys, and only making the cut into the jump-off after a successful appeal against four faults at the water for Maikel van der Vleuten (30) and IDI Utopia in round two, it might well have been too much to hope for that it would all come right in the end.

Posted: 15/07/2018
‘Sad day’ as thieves steal tack worth £5k from rescue centre
The thieves even stole old headcollars with sentimental but no monetary value
Posted: 15/07/2018
Simulated cross-country gridwork: how to teach your horse to be as straight as a die

Caroline Moore, former four-star eventer and British Eventing national under-18 coach and junior team coach, explains how you can use this gridwork exercise to encourage your horse to become more straight and quick on his feet

Caroline Moore, former four-star eventer and British Eventing national under-18 coach and junior team coach, explains how you can use this gridwork exercise to encourage your horse to become more straight and quick on his feet
Posted: 15/07/2018
Horses that snort more are happier, research suggests
Nose, nostrils, muzzle, mouth, snort, breathing
Scientists investigated the meaning of equine snorting
Posted: 15/07/2018
7 reasons you really need to be at Epsom for the Champions Willberry Charity Derby

Next month on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August), the first ever charity race will take place at Epsom Racecourse (pictured) — the Champions Willberry Charity Derby — and you could be there.

Cirrus Des Aigles dominates at Epsom and wins the the Coronation cup 7-6-14
Here are just a few reasons why you should be there, plus one incredible opportunity that would make your day a particularly memorable one…
Posted: 15/07/2018
From Hickstead to World Cup football: how to achieve the best ground conditions
2018 Hickstead Derby winners William Funnell and Billy Buckingham on their way to victory in the venue’s immaculate main arena
Top turf specialist Richard Hayden shares his tips for getting the best out of the ground in difficult conditions
Posted: 15/07/2018
Coral Keen’s eventing blog: an incredible opportunity that didn’t go to plan
Coral has represented Great Britain eventing in Poland, but unfortunately it didn’t end the way she imagined it would
Posted: 15/07/2018
Simon Reynolds: Battling with a baffling system *H&H VIP*


The North Of England Summer Horse Show Saturday 5th July Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham. NG32 2EF The Kellythorpes Moulin Rouge Supreme Ridden Show Horse Championship Reserve Champion 845 HALLMARK IX R: Simon Reynolds
Horse & Hound's showing columnist asks what can be done to improve competitor experience
Posted: 15/07/2018
Give up the 9-to-5 with an organic Cumbrian farm complete with equestrian facilities and period farmhouse
Not only does this place offer the perfect haven for your horses, but you can also earn the cash to keep them
Posted: 15/07/2018
Missing pony who survived floods found standing on a roof
Pictures by Peace Winds Japan
Staff feared Leaf had drowned as Japan was hit by devastating flooding
Posted: 15/07/2018
Team and Individual silver medal for the Racesafe Junior squad

The sun shone in France for the final day of the FEI Junior European Championships where the Racesafe Junior squad all produced clear rounds to secure Great Britain the team silver medal with Heidi Coy moving up to also take the individual silver for Great Britain.

Posted: 14/07/2018
Individual bronze for the NAF Young Riders at the European Championships

The NAF Young Riders took on the influential final show jumping phase today in Fontainebleau, France, and fought their way back up the standings in the FEI Young Rider European Championships to leave with an individual bronze medal and three riders within the top ten.

Posted: 14/07/2018
British Showjumping?s Team NAF finish fifth in Falsterbo CSIO5* FEI Nations Cup

Posted: 14/07/2018
Harry Charles is the new Young Rider European Champion

Posted: 14/07/2018
Oliver Fletcher scoops Junior Individual Silver at European Championships

Posted: 14/07/2018
Foal has surgery to remove fifth leg
A filly foal born with an extra limb is making an excellent recovery after the extra ‘digit’ was surgically removed
Posted: 14/07/2018
Cross country – Racesafe Juniors at the FEI European Championships

The British Racesafe Junior squad today showed outstanding riding to move the team up into the bronze medal position and Heidi Coy's performance pushed her up to sit in bronze individually.

Posted: 13/07/2018
Cross country - NAF Young Riders at the European Championships

The CCI2* cross country caused a big shake up of the leader board in the FEI Young Rider European Championships today, as several combinations picked up penalties throughout the course. The GB NAF Young Riders saadly slipped down the team results but a brilliant clear round from Mollie Summerland (pictured) has shot her up the table to sit in the silver medal position individually.

Posted: 13/07/2018
Ben Maher & London Knights strengthen hold on GCL Ranking after magical third win in Chantilly

Posted: 13/07/2018
Bright future for young stars

Last week saw the annual British Dressage Young Pony Championships take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire (Sunday 8 July).

In the four-year-old Championships it was Elaine Coleridge-Smith’s WFD Rossini, presented by Alice Perry, to take the victory. The delightful mare by former Pony European Championship team gold medalist Rembrandt DDH showed much potential in her test and earned a winning score of 7.58.

Briony Goodwin rode Roisin Close’s stallion RSC The Ogopogo to second place gaining 7.44, whilst third place went to Bathleyhills Swift Romance, owned by Janine Akid and ridden by Laura Woodcock.

The highest score of the day was awarded to five-year-old Champion Hilkens Showgirl. Shirley Rixon’s sensational palomino daughter of Dreidimensional AT notched up a brilliant 8.82 with Jayne Turney at the reins.

The Championship marks only a second arena appearance for ‘Lola’ who made her winning debut at Wellington Premier League last month. Lola looks set to be following in the footsteps of her phenomenal sire, Dreidimensional AT, who has multiple Young Pony titles to his name in his native country Germany as well as many successful sons and daughters.

Pony squad rider Olivia Wrennall won the six-year-old title with her homebred gelding Don De Luxe, the powerful pony scored 7.68. Don De Luxe boasts an impressive pedigree – Champion De Luxe x Dornik B – both lines have produced countless Pony European Championship representatives.

Second place went to Colina Pickles riding her own Tangaluna whilst Ashley Jenkins placed third with Fran Walkers’ BKS Daisy Duke.

Congratulations to all who took part. 


1st Alice Perry with WFD Rossini, 7.58

1ST Jayne Turney with Hilkens Showgirl, 8.82

1st Olivia Wrennall and Don De Luxe, 7.68

For full results click here.

Photos by Kevin Sparrow.
Top: Hilkens ShowGirl
Middle: WFD Rossini
Bottom: Don De Luxe


Posted: 13/07/2018
Summer Regionals qualifying ratios

With Hickstead kicking off the season of Summer Regional Championships, we're releasing the qualification ratios for each level to progress to the LeMieux National Championships, 20 - 23 September. 

Please take note of the following:

1) Combinations scoring below 65% will not be eligible for qualification for the LeMieux National Dressage Championships as stated in the British Dressage Rule Book, UNLESS IT IS BY A WILD CARD.

2) The number qualifying from each Summer Regional class will depend on the number of starters in that particular class according to the conversion charts. The number of qualifications per level varies according to the total number of horses qualified for the Regionals and the number of spaces available at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships.

3) A ‘starter’ is a horse that actually enters the competition arena and goes down the centre line, even if it withdraws before finishing.

4) The number of starters will not be known until the class is finished after which the organiser will calculate how many have qualified and mark them on the scoreboard. The number of direct qualifications will be announced at the prize giving. Everyone who has qualified MUST collect a qualification pack from the secretary before leaving the showground.

NB: Entries for the LeMieux National Dressage Championships close on Friday 24 August 2018. No late entries will be accepted.

5) The last Summer Regional finishes on Monday 13 August and on this week the BD Office will calculate how many unfilled spaces there are in each class at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships. THESE SPACES WILL BE FILLED BY THE HIGHEST SCORING UNQUALIFIED COMBINATIONS FROM ALL THE REGIONALS, WHO WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE OFFICE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN A WILD CARD.

6) Entry packs will be sent from the BD Office no later than Monday 20 August to the rider of the horse. The entries should be sent immediately to the show secretary to arrive no later than Friday 24 August 2018. You may wish to use next day delivery to ensure receipt by deadline.

7) The names of the combinations awarded wild cards will be put on the BD website on Tuesday 21 August. Please do not telephone the BD Office regarding wild card allocation before 2pm on this day.

Numbers to qualify - all scores must be over 65%

BackInAction Prelim Silver: 1 in 11 to qualifies
1 – 11 = 1 qualifies
12 –22 = 2 qualify
23- 33 = 3 qualify

Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
17 –32 = 2 qualify
33 + = 3 qualify

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold: 1 in 7 qualifies
1 – 7 = 1 qualifies
8 – 14 = 2 qualify
15 – 21= 3 qualify
22 – 28 = 4 qualify

Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver: 1 in 23 qualifies
1 – 23 = 1 qualifies
24 –46 = 2 qualify

Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold: 1 in 7 qualifies
1 – 7 = 1 qualifies
8 – 14= 2 qualify
15 – 21 = 3 qualify
22 – 28 = 4 qualify

TopSpec Medium Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
17 –32 = 2 qualify
33 + = 3 qualify

TopSpec Medium Gold: 1 in 5 qualifies
1 – 5 = 1 qualifies
6 – 10 = 2 qualify
11 – 15 = 3 qualify
16 – 20 = 4 qualify

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
17 –32 = 2 qualify
33 + = 3 qualify

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver: 1 in 5 qualifies
1 – 5 = 1 qualifies
6 – 10 = 2 qualify
11 – 15 = 3 qualify
16 – 20 = 4 qualify

Fairfax Prix St Georges Goldwinner qualifies providing score over 65%

Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Goldwinner qualifies providing score over 65%

Good luck everyone - don't forget to collect your plaque if you're competing - and your qualification pack if you finish as above!



Posted: 13/07/2018
Dressage Day 2 – NAF Young Riders at the FEI European Championships

This morning saw the conclusion of the dressage in the FEI Young Rider European Championships and Great Britain had the remaining two combinations of the NAF Young Rider team in action in Fontainebleau, France.

Posted: 12/07/2018
Day 2 Dressage – Racesafe Juniors at the FEI European Championships

The second day of dressage in the FEI Junior European Championships produced some solid scores for the Racesafe Junior squad as the team move up to fourth place just two penalties off the medals.

Posted: 12/07/2018
Team NAF Young Riders crowned European Champions

Posted: 12/07/2018
Team NAF Juniors win European Team Silver

Posted: 12/07/2018
The name's Bond, James Bond

The standard for the first Shearwater Young Horse semi-final of the year was as impressive as always as three top notch classes played out in the International arena at Hartpury (Saturday 7 July).


In the four-year-old section the winners rosette was awarded to Becky Moody and the KWPN licensed stallion James Bond 2. Jo Cooper’s eye-catching stallion by Desperado thrilled the judges to earn 8.24. Bred by F. Baumler, James Bond was approved at the 2017 KWPN Stallion Licensing before moving to Becky Moody’s stable in November 2017.

“He’s a good all-round horse,” said Becky about her winning ride, “Everything he does is really lovely. He’s got a good temperament and engine, to ride he’s a fantastic horse and he’s great in the stable too.” Becky credited James Bond, also known as ‘Q’, as her favourite of the day as second horse Jack Diamond decided to promptly remove her from the saddle in the warm up!

Despite the initial episode, the Cooper/Moody partnership will have two throws of the dice at the Shearwater Young Horse Championships in September, as Jack Diamond also qualifies from third place with a score of 8.16.

Second place went to Judith Davis’s delightful mare, Hawtins Lirica, who earned 8.22 with Lucinda Elliot in the saddle. Whilst Matt Frost’s G-Star and Sara Lucas’s SJL Baks Zacco also qualify from equal fourth with 8.0.


Charlotte Dujardin enjoyed a win in the five-year-old class from an unusual position at the side of the arena as Rob Barker piloted River Rise Isabella to success. The Don Frederic 3 x Amsterdam mare oozed potential in her test scoring 8.66, the highest mark recorded across all three sections.

Enthusing about the super mare Rob said, “She’s phenomenal, she has no weak pace! Her talent is immense. I was really pleased with her test today, she stayed with me and it was good to gain more experience in the arena.”

Kerry Mackin and Izonik will return to Hartpury in the hope of going one better than their Reserve Four-Year-Old title last year; the tall black stallion gains his ticket with an impressive 8.54. Mathew Baker placed third to qualify Roland Tong and Angie Felton’s Kiss and Tell. Woodcroft Stud will have a representative at the Championships in the form of attractive Desperado son, Woodcroft Icon, who placed fourth with 8.16. Whilst a tie for fifth place sees Iwan and Nikki Barker, MSJ Furstin Diaz and Michael Eilberg and Swanmore Wynter and Jezz Palmer each gain their ticket to ride after earning 8.10.


Not to miss out of the action inside the arena, Charlotte Dujardin returned to win the six-year-old qualifier with her own and Carl Hester’s Hawtins San Floriana (San Amour x Florestan). Last year’s five-year-old Shearwater National Champion is no stranger to success and once again showed her talent at Hartpury where her test was awarded 8.64 from the panel of judges.

The top three was completed by Sara Gallop with Georgina West’s BKS Fantastia and Edward Creamer with his own Hocus Pocus IV, the scores were 8.54 and 8.44. Amanda Towle with her own Virtue V and Emma Woolley with the WSC Syndicate’s Hancock V will also enjoy a trip to Stoneleigh in September following two solid qualifying tests.

British Dressage thanks Shearwater for their support of the Young Horse Championships.


Becky Moody with James Bond, 8.24

1st Rob Barker with River Rise Isabella, 8.66

1st Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins San Floriana, 8.64

For full results click here.

Posted: 12/07/2018
Dujardin continues winning ways at Hartpury

Following their victory in Friday’s Hazlewoods CDI Grand Prix, Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle did it again winning the Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special at Hartpury CDI3* in Gloucestershire (4 – 8 July 2018).

Two days after their Grand Prix, Charlotte and the Fidermark x Donnerhall nine-year-old who is owned by Mount St John Stud, delivered a superior performance to take the Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special. In the Grand Prix, the young mare appeared to be a little affected by the heat, and lost fluency at times. Sunday however, she was back to her best and, confidence restored, earned a score of 80.51% from judges Peter Storr (GBR) at E, Olivier Smeets (BEL) at H, Peter Holler (GER) at C, Susanne Baarup (DEN) at M and Stephen Clarke (GBR) at B.

Barring a minor hesitation into the second piaffe, the performance was exemplary with beautiful expression, mobility and balance. Simply breathtaking, the mare tried her heart out and it’s exciting to think of what the future might hold as she develops further.

Carl Hester and his World Equestrian Games prospect Hawtins Delicato took second spot earning a score of 77.29% with Henriette Andersen and Flavio completing the top three.

The previous night, taking centre stage in the Hartpury Arena was the Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle. This was won by Richard Davison with Gwendolyn Meyer’s Bubblingh (Lingh x Picandt). For the second year running, Olympic dressage rider Richard and the 12-year-old gelding ‘Bubbles’ stole the limelight during Saturday night’s gala evening. Fourth in the previous day’s Grand Prix, they delivered a technically demanding performance to a funky garage compilation to earn 77.81%.

“He’s taken a long time to get him where I want him this season, and he finally feels like he’s getting there,” said Richard. “I’m still not riding him full out because I want him to settle in the arena and I thought he did tonight. In fact, he was probably the easiest he’s ever been to ride. Tom Hunt composed my freestyle music last year. I wanted something jazzy and upbeat and it really suits Bubblingh’s personality.”

Second went to Sonnar Murray-Brown and Erlentanz who continue to impress. The Latimer-sired 11-year-old and his rider were awarded a score of 75.40%, whilst Louise Bell and Into The Blue took the third podium position with a super 72.17%.

No one rider dominated in the Small Tour divisions, but three exciting combinations each came to the fore. In Friday’s Classic Dressage CDI Prix St Georges it was Lancashire’s Jess Dunn who had the edge, winning the class with 72.79% aboard Jennifer Whittaker’s Dutch-bred 13-year-old Alicante Valley on his international debut and more than a decade since Jess’s last international appearance.

“Where do I start?!” said Jess on her Facebook page. “Eleven years after my last international as a Junior I was honoured to be at Hartpury. And even more surprised to win the Classic Dressage international PSG on the first day of competition!

“I cannot express my thanks enough to everyone who gets me to this point! I’m pretty speechless. Thank you Lisa Marriott for the (winning/lucky) hairnet, and for Helen Elizabeth Dutton and crew for resewing my flags after I did such a rubbish job! Thank you to everyone back home who is allowing me to be here too.”

The Freeflex CDI Intermediate I belonged to Nicola Buchanan and Half Moon Dark Magic, a Dimaggio-sired nine-year-old who she co-owns with Diana Reynolds-Hale. Nicola and ‘Paddy’, who were second in this year’s Superflex Inter I Freestyle at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships, claimed the class with 71.88%, with Paddy’s breeder Julie Deverill proudly looking on.

Experienced international campaigner Nikki Barker, from Suffolk, rose up the ranks throughout the show with the handsome bay Spielberg son, Durable. Nikki and the 10-year-old stallion who she owns with Viv Gleave placed fifth in the Prix St Georges, third in the Inter I, going on to win the Andrews Bowen Inter I Freestyle. 73.52% was the score, marking the first international victory for the talented pair.

British Dressage thanks the team at Hartpury as well as the sponsors, volunteers and those behind the scenes for a fantastic CDI event.

Top ten results of the British riders:

Hazlewoods CDI Grand Prix
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Freestyle, 77.435% (GBR)
2nd Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 76.087% (GBR)
3rd Spencer Wilton with Super Nova II, 75.848% (GBR)
4th Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 72.000% (GBR)
5th Sonnar Murray-Brown with Erlentanz, 71.609% (GBR)
6th Henriette Andersen with Flavio, 70.630% (GBR)
7th Vicky Thompson Winfield with Mango Jacaro, 69.848% (GBR)
8th Fiona Bigwood with Kjaerholm’s Abutsiaq, 69.457% (GBR)
10th Louise Bell with Into The Blue, 68.304% (GBR)

Baileys Horse Feeds CDI Grand Prix Special
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Freestyle, 80.511% (GBR)
2nd Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 77.298% (GBR)
3rd Henriette Andersen with Flavio, 70.957% (GBR)
4th Fiona Bigwood with Kjaerholm’s Abutsiaq, 69.000% (GBR)
6th Sara Gallop with Summerhouse Zelham, 64.319% (GBR)

Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 77.810% (GBR)
2nd Sonnar Murray-Brown with Erlentanz, 75.400% (GBR)
3rd Louise Bell with Into The Blue, 72.170% (GBR)
4th Georgia Stokes with Talented Mr Ripley, 70.635% (GBR)
6th Liz Diegutis with Saskia Hit, 69.450% (GBR)
7th Lucy Fallen with Cruise, 67.460% (GBR)
8th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 66.850% (GBR)
9th Vicky Thompson Winfield with Mango Jacaro, 65.550% (GBR)
10th Paul Friday with Winston Bond, 65.515% (GBR)

Classic Dressage CDI Prix St Georges
1st Jessica Dunn with Alicante Valley, 72.794% (GBR)
2nd Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic, 72.206% (GBR)
3rd Vicky Thompson Winfield with Artist, 71.647% (GBR)
4th Vicky Thompson Winfield with Exquisite, 71.647% (GBR)
5th Nikki Barker with Durable, 70.559% (GBR)
6th Owen Cooper with Don Dante, 70.118% (GBR)
7th Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia, 70.088% (GBR)
8th Becky Moody with Eureko, 69.971% (GBR)

Freeflex CDI Intermediate I
1st Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic, 71.882% (GBR)
2nd Vicky Thompson Winfield with Artist, 70.912% (GBR)
3rd Nikki Barker with Durable, 70.794% (GBR)
4th Daniel Greenwood with Lukien Von Tespe, 70.676% (GBR)
5th Jessica Dunn with Alicante Valley, 70.382% (GBR)
8th Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia, 69.559% (GBR)
10th Becky Moody with Eureko, 69.441% (GBR)

Andrews Bowen CDI Intermediate I Freestyle
1st Nikki Barker with Durable 73.525% (GBR)
2nd Becky Moody with Eureko, 72.500% (GBR)
3rd Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic, 72.375% (GBR)
5th Owen Cooper with Don Dante, 71.550% (GBR)
8th Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia, 69.750% (GBR)
9th Jessica Dunn with Alicante Valley, 69.350% (GBR)

For full results click here

Photo c Kevin Sparrow

Posted: 12/07/2018
Prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

The FEI has today announced one human and two equine prohibited substances cases.

The two equine cases involve *Banned Substances, one of which is also a **Specified Substance, under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

The horses in both cases have been provisionally suspended for two months.

The athlete in the first equine case has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision.

Posted: 12/07/2018
Dressage times for Racesafe Junior European Championship squad

Competition for the Racesafe Junior European Championship squad kicks off this afternoon in Fontainebleau, France, with the dressage phase. Here are the times for GB riders, and how you can follow the live results.

Posted: 11/07/2018
Dressage Day 1 – Racesafe Juniors at the FEI European Championships

This afternoon’s competition at the FEI Young Rider and Junior European Championships in Fontainebleau, France, saw the first two team riders in the Racesafe Junior squad take to the dressage arena. 

Posted: 11/07/2018

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