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A dream training yard complete with a period house, stables and an equine swimming pool
Nestled in the Berkshire countryside is Rhonehurst — an equestrian training yard and period house
Posted: 20/05/2018
Carl Hester: Are we pricing riding out of reach? *H&H VIP*


Mandatory Credit: Photo by ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock (5829497y) Carl Hester (GBR) rides Nip Tuck during dressage individual grand prix freestyle competition Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Equestrian, Olympic Equestrian Centre, Brazil - 15 Aug 2016
Horse & Hound's dressage columnist on the different options for keeping our sport accessible
Posted: 20/05/2018
73-year-old undertakes 1,000-mile trek with two Belgian draughts
The aim of the trip from Banbury to Edinburgh and back is to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity
Posted: 20/05/2018
A hairy affair: 10 fantastic Fell pony stallions in their element
Every year, Fell pony breeders and enthusiasts from across the country flock to Cumbria to compete and spectate at the breed society’s annual stallion show
Posted: 19/05/2018
Saved by the bottle: tiny donkey foal rejected by mother
Watch a video of the adorable foal, who has a lot to say for himself!
Posted: 19/05/2018
Singing Sampson eyes Hickstead glory after Hamburg win
Matthew Sampson Hamburg Derby
Matt Sampson is returning to Hickstead as the defending British Speed Derby title holder and will also be aiming for a Hickstead Al Shira’aa Derby victory
Posted: 19/05/2018
5 gorgeous lead-rein ponies that will melt your heart
If you're looking for a lead-rein pony to introduce your tot to riding, take a look at this selection of lead-rein ponies for sale on the Horse & Hound website this week
Posted: 19/05/2018
‘We’re so very lucky’: Horsebox tipped into ditch by low branch
‘My lorry’s got a side ramp, and it was the ramp side in the ditch’
Posted: 19/05/2018
Harry Meade: A vicious trial by social media *H&H VIP*


Horse & Hound's eventing columnist suggests how future abuse cases could be better handled
Posted: 19/05/2018
When gleaming horses take centre stage at royal weddings

Harry and Meghan will rightly be taking centre stage today in Windsor (19 May 2018), but the gleaming horses escorting them will be giving the newlyweds a run for their money. We rewind the clock to look at royal weddings through history where the horses have been the showstoppers...

The newly titled Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel to Buckingham Palace in the 1902 State Landau, along the procession route, waving and smiling as they go. The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Kate Middleton, London 29th April 2011. Crowds gathered to line the streets on this important day for the Royal Family. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
We rewind the clock to look at royal weddings through history where the horses have been the showstoppers...
Posted: 19/05/2018
Team NAF Juniors triumphant in Lamprechtshausen Nations Cups

Posted: 18/05/2018
Senior Inter Regionals 2018

The Senior Inter Regional event is always an affair not to be missed and the action this year didn’t disappoint (12 - 13 May 2018). A total of 31 teams descended upon the premier Bedfordshire venue Keysoe representing seven regions, each ready and raring to go!

Showstopping Southerners take the spoils

Victory in the team championship belonged to Sharon Walker’s Southern Verve Cliquot, who held onto their overnight lead to top the podium. Made up of Hannah Powel, Tanya Dahdi, Krystyna Monks and Rachel Collins the awesome foursome capitalised on their great first day results to increase their lead on day two resulting in a final total of 424.55.

It was a Southern lockout on the top two places of the podium as the Southern Bollinger team produced more fabulous results for the region to earn a total of 421.53. Nicola Harrison, Sara Malpass, Fields Wicker-Miurin and Helen Millichamp improved on their overnight position of third to nab the runner up spot. The Southern Taittinger team are not to go without recognition as the combined effort of Phillip Gover, Claire Ashley, Emma Roche and Sarah Mitchell gave their region yet another brilliant result of fourth place - only 0.24 points behind Jo Byrne’s Northern Vikings. The Vikings, consisting of Shirley Hart, Lesley Wheatley, Sian Lovatt and Alice Elliot, finished in a very deserved third place with 416.31 which marks an amazing debut top three finish for the Northern Region!

‘The teams were just amazing from the start, lots of new people came forward so we had a really healthy mix of older faces and new riders. The start went really well and ended with Southern teams lying first and third overnight and although very exciting a region hasn’t ever been in the lead overnight and gone onto to win so myself and team trainer Char Lassetter were trying really hard to keep focus,’ said proud RDO Sharon Walker, ‘the pressure of the team competitions on individuals is enormous as they want to do well for themselves but are desperate not to let their team mates down so despite all of our assurances to do their best and enjoy the time we went into day two with some tension!’

Fields Wicker Muirin, a member of runner up team Southern Bollinger, added, ‘Southern is such an amazing region to be involved in our riders, helpers, coaches and everyone are always supportive, always positive, always on the side of what is the right thing to do; sorting out problems at all hours of the day and night and focused above all on getting all of our individuals to work together and support each other as a team. This is what makes Southern so special – the team spirit, mutual supportiveness, equal desires to have fun, work hard, help others and do well.’

Southwesters 1 were the best of the rest taking fifth spot closely followed by two Eastern groups using creative Festival themed team names – Sundowner and Glastonbury – Wales Barry Island earned eighth place with Central Sauvignon and Northern Jorvik completing the top ten. Though not quite making a top ten spot commendations go to the North West Region, run by Lou Jones for their results and numerous individual placings.

Team Standings

1. Southern Verve Cliquot – H Powel, T Dahdi, K Monks, R Collins – 424.55
2. Southern Bollinger – N Harrison, S Malpass, F wicker-Miurin, H Millichamp – 421.53
3. Northern Vikings – S Hart, A Elliot, L Wheatley, S Lovatt – 416.31
4. Southern Taittinger – P Gover, C Ashley, E Roche, S Mitchell – 416.07
5. Southwesters 1 – N Harding, J Allies, K Kneen, B Mogridge – 410.25

Super scores and individual honours

Earning the highest overall score across the four individual Inter Regional titles was Southern Verve Cliquot rider Krystyna Monks with her own Favorit (Floriscount x Lauries Crusador). Krystyna and the 17hh black gelding made their mark on the competition on day one as they scored 72.22% to gain a two percent advantage over the field. A second day score of 75.67% sealed the deal and resulted in a win in the Novice section for the duo and a final percentage of 73.94%.

In the Elementary class, Phillip Gover and the Dutch bred Deutz emerged as Southern’s second Inter Regional Individual champions. Two consistent scores of 71.47% and 71.16% were enough to place them just in front of day one leaders Nicola Harrison and Lobk Van Het Urnenveld. Third place belonged to Hannah Powel with Sarah Powel’s Showmaker son Show Dance, their 70.90% completed an amazing top three takeover for team Southern.

The Central region notched up an individual victory in the Prelim section thanks to Samantha Rees and the beautiful British bred Holme Grove Lotus – a fifteen-year-old mare by Trakener stallion Holme Park Krug. The duo produced the most notable improvement of the four individual champions as they climbed from sixth place into the lead after a sublime performance in Sunday’s Preliminary 19. Their combined scores of 70% and 73.22% propelled them to the top step of the podium which was completed by Helen Millichamp with Jalados Star (Southern Bollinger) and Elisa Standford-Roberts with Hywell Aptomos (Wales Barry Island).

In the Medium Championship, the highest level at the Inter Regionals, it was Emma Holmes with Karen Holmes’ Westhills Watermark to conquer the class and earn a super victory for Nothern Valhalla. Emma and the twelve-year-old British bred gelding by Longdean Westminster stormed to the top with an overall percentage of 70.47%. Claire Ashley (Southern Taittinger) and Trudie Knight (C No Limit) shared an overnight lead after both posting 71.32% in Saturday’s Medium 73; the pair were eventually split by just half a percent with Claire taking second place onboard Kelly Russell’s Regal Hit leaving Sophie Mann’s Trudie and C No Limit in the final podium position.

Despite amazing performances from riders across all seven regions it was undoubtedly Southern’s weekend. Enthusing about their record breaking results RDO Sharon Walker concluded, ‘to not just win the team competition overall but finish second and fourth too is AMAZING! No region has ever achieved this or the one-two-three in the Elementary individual championships I am so so proud of every one of our team they tried so hard supported each other and cared so much Southern stood shoulder to hoof throughout the weekend.’

Individual Winners

Prelim Championship
Samantha Rees with Holme Grove Lotus, 70.47%

Novice Championship
Krystyna Monks with Favorit, 73.94%

Elementary Championship
Phillip Gover with Deutz, 71.31%

Medium Championship Emma Holmes with Westhills Watermark, 70.47%

For full results click here.


Posted: 18/05/2018
BD Abroad: Wiesbaden CDI4*

The following rider has been selected to represent Great Britain this week at Wiesbeden CDI4* in Germany (18 – 21 May 2018).

Emma Hindle (42) from Sale, Greater Manchester with her own Romy Del Sol (brown mare, 12yrs, 17.3hh, s. Romanov Blue Hors).

Start lists and results
Live stream

Posted: 18/05/2018
BD Abroad: Compiègne CDIO5*/CDI3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP

The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain this week at Compiègne CDI2*/CDI3*/CDIO5* in France (17 – 20 May 2018).

CDIO5* - Nations Cup
Henriette Andersen with Flavio, Gareth Hughes with Classic Briolinca, Becky Moody with Carinsio and Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite.

CDI3* - Big Tour 
Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend and Sonnar Murray-Brown with Erlentanz (pictured).

CDI2* - Small Tour
Francesca Bradley with Baldovino, Charlotte Fry with Fendi T and Becky Moody with Eureko

CDIY – Young Riders
Amber Barton with Labiat and Jade Ellery with Porsche’s Eloy

CDIJ – Juniors
Jessica Sanderson with Wanour S

CDIP – Ponies
Lilah Gibbs with Non Plus Ultra, Jessie Kirby with Grayswood Orlando and Annabella Pidgley with Ine and Cognac.

Master list
Start lists and results

Live stream (Saturday and Sunday only)

Posted: 18/05/2018
Calling all Level 3 coaches for development programme

Applications are now invited from high-performing coaches of grass roots riders for the cross-discipline National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence 2018/19.

The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence (NDPCE) is aimed at those working with adults and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation purposes. Developed in collaboration with the British Equestrian Federation, the Coach Development Action Team and led by British Showjumping, the programme recognises the importance of high performing coaches working with grass roots riders.

This personal development programme for coaches, now in its third year, is a 12-month calendar of seminars and practical workshops for coaches selected from British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing and other member bodies. All coaches are UKCC Level 3 or equivalent with a special interest in sustaining and growing participation in equestrian sports.

• The programme aims to recognise the importance of high performing coaches working with riders at grass roots level
• It’s a 12-month programme with a mix of exclusive educational seminars and practical workshops
• It’s designed to help you reflect and review your own performance whilst setting personal development plans for the future
• The programme is aimed at coaches working with adults and young people who participate specifically in equestrian sport for competitive recreation motives

“I would encourage every level 3 coach to apply for this course if they want to keep improving as a coach,” says Dressage coach, Teresa Edmonds. “I have found this course so amazing from the inspirational speakers we’ve had and have found some like-minded coaches to continue to train with. Everything was out of my comfort zone and I would urge the next group to be brave enough to try different things. This course has confirmed to me how you can improve and be a great coach at all levels. It’s made me enjoy coaching my grassroots riders more and has given me more tools in my toolbox to help them and myself in new, exciting and challenging situations.”

Applications close on Friday 15 June with interviews commencing at the start of July.

To find out more and download the application form for this outstanding opportunity to further develop your coaching skills click here.

Posted: 18/05/2018
BETA backs Bramham for sixth year

The British Equestrian Trade Association is returning to take up the sponsorship mantle of the CIC 3* at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, running from 7 to 10 June, for the sixth year running.

Posted: 17/05/2018
In memoriam: Jane Rook

Updated: 17/05/2018

There will be a service of Thanksgiving for Jane Rook at St. Mary's Church Tetbury Gloucestershire on Thursday 28th June at 3 pm.

ROOK Jane (née Whitelaw) died peacefully on 6th April 2018, aged 91, at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Major Laurence Rook MC, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Posted: 16/05/2018
EEA Launch Staff Handbook Creator

The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is delighted to introduce the EEA Staff Handbook Creator, a quick and easy online legal document allowing you to detail your business policies, procedures and rules.

Posted: 16/05/2018
Refund update on abandoned events

Please find below an update on the status of refunds following the recent abandonments:

Posted: 16/05/2018
Coaching Week is coming!

The inaugural event on 4th - 10th June 2018 will see a week-long celebration of #GreatCoaching take place across the nation, with UK Coaching working alongside a range of partners and national governing bodies of sport to recognise great coaching.

Posted: 16/05/2018
Suffolk?s Lara Boman becomes the NAF Shining Star for May

Posted: 16/05/2018
Stars set for Bolesworth

The show is set to host a number of prestigious dressage viewing classes for the World Equestrian Games, Young Dressage Horse World Championships and the European Pony Championships.

The five day event takes place from June 13 to 17 in the glorious grounds of Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall, Chester and is set to provide a feast of sport and entertainment with some fantastic dressage stars heading to the stunning venue.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari “Siri” Nariratana Vajiralongkorn from Thailand is set to compete in the Small Tour classes alongside a number of global dressage stars.

Big names to look out for on the dressage front are of course Carl Hester and Britain’s golden girl, Charlotte Dujardin who so enjoyed last year’s show. Carl and Charlotte will be riding their current stars and potential World Equestrian Games rides, Hawtins Delicato and Mount St John Freestyle.

Princess Siri has been an active dressage rider on the Western European scene and has recently purchased an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Franchise. At the end of 2017 Siri also bought the well known schoolmaster Lord Lichtenstein, the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

HRH Princess Siri rode for Thailand at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon and at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Malaysia where she earned team silver.

Said Bolesworth International Show President Nina Barbour: “We are delighted to be hosting the viewing classes and hope that dressage fans across the county and further afield will take the opportunity to come to Bolesworth and see the very best dressage action the country has to offer.”

Dressage fans can enjoy watching top horses and riders with the competition focus getting underway on Wednesday, June 13 with the CDI*** Dressage Grand Prix, the Small Tour Inter 1 Freestyle to Music as well as the Viewing Trials for the Young Dressage Horse World Championships as five, six and seven-year-old stages.

On the Thursday classes include the CDI*** Dressage Grand Prix Special and CDI*** Dressage Freestyle as well as an FEI Pony Team Test, a Viewing Trial for the Pony Europeans later in the year.

To add to the dressage excitement, Van Olst Horses and Carl Hester will be giving a demonstration on the Thursday afternoon of

the show, June 14.
Bolesworth International will host an impressive range of food and drink options on offer to suit all budgets and tastes, including the new high end Bar facility ‘The Club’ located next to the Main Arena offering Live Music, fully licensed premium bar, food and entertainment till late every evening, together with a new artisan food court next to the Castle Arena.

VIP Hospitality experiences are available for all sessions throughout the show, and include access to our luxury ringside marquee, with high end dining included from renowned London caterers Absolute Taste. For more information and to book Hospitality packages, contact melanie@bolesworth.com

General admission tickets can be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com

Posted: 16/05/2018
Addington Manor PL: Young stars set the pace

A sunny weekend at the Buckinghamshire venue Addington Manor provided the setting for another thrilling Premier League event featuring 21 classes packed full to brimming (11 – 13 May).

With the Shearwater Semi-Finals on the horizon, the action in the Young Horse scene is beginning to heat up. Walking away from Addington with a clean sweep of five-year-old young horse victories was Norfolk-based rider Mark Mills (pictured) who took the Hickstead National, International and Shearwater qualifiers with David Patrick’s Washington D.C. The eye-catching stallion by Wynton was originally purchased by David from the Brightwells sales in 2015 as a two-year-old.

In Friday’s classes, the duo was the sole combination to break the magic 80% barrier after scoring 80.60% in the Hickstead National British Young Horse qualifier before going on to earn 81.40% in the International Young Horse qualifier. Sunday’s Shearwater qualifier saw the dark bay notch up another 80% to finish in front of Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX and Heidi Fellows with Woodcroft Fireball who also earned superb scores. The young stallion is a resident of The Dressage Company, owned and ran by Mark and his wife Liz, where he stands alongside several other impressive stallions including Carl Hester’s former ride T Movistar. Speaking on The Dressage Company Facebook page Mark said, ‘We are all justifiably excited about this young stallion with a big future! It’s so lovely for owner David Patrick who purchased Washington from the Brightwells auction in 2015 and has been produced by us since then.’

The four-year-old Shearwater qualifier was won by Sarah Rogers with Dr Wilfried Bectolsheimer’s T-Hawk AXE. The dark bay jumped from an initial placing of third into the lead after a sublime performance in the ride off. Lucinda Elliot placed second with Judith Davis’ delightful mare Hawtins Lirica whilst Becky Moody took third spot with the licensed son of Desperado, James Bond.

Ashley Jenkins and His Highness showed consistency in the six-year-old classes to take a win in the National British Young Horse qualifier with 74.40% before going on to gain their semi-final ticket in the Shearwater qualifier with an immense 82.40%. The talented bay gelding (Wynton x Fabriano) is owned by Jamie Reynolds and Cherry Elvin.

In the advanced classes, Vicky Thompson-Winfield continued her ace season by adding a further three victories to her Premier League tally. Exquisite-D topped two Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges direct qualifying classes, whilst the stunning palomino Artist, owned by Samantha Francis, won Saturday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I earning a more than credible 72.63% from judges Claire Ballantyne (E), Penelope Lang (C) and Steph Cooper (M).

Olympic medalist Laura Tomlinson enjoyed a fruitful weekend with two of her rising stars, Fallatijn Van Kairos and Duval’s Capri Sonne JR, who each took home a win. Lara Butler matched Laura’s double by winning both the LeMieux Grand Prix qualifier and Grand Prix freestyle with Rubin Al Asad. To complete the qualifiers, Nicola Buchanan and Half Moon Dark Magic secured their Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I ticket on Friday whilst the Equine Construction Advanced Medium direct qualifier belonged to Nicola Mahoney with Caroline Dunkerton's Dimaggio sired Diablo VIII.

British Dressage thanks Addington Manor and all judges, volunteers and sponsors who contributed to another great event. Congratulations to all those who took part and enjoyed some super results.


5yo National British Young Horse
Mark Mills with Washington DC, 80.60%

6yo National British Young Horse
Ashley Jenkins with His Highness, 74.40%

5yo FEI International Young Horse
Mark Mills with Washington DC, 81.40%

6yo FEI International Young Horse
Sally Hardwick with Dance On Top, 74%

Fairfax Saddles FEI PSG
Laura Tomlinson with Fallatijn van Kairos, 70.92%

Saracen Horse Feeds FEI Intermediate I
Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic, 71.14%

Cavalor FEI Intermediate II
Laura Tomlinson with Duval’s Capri Sonne JR, 72.54%

FEI Pony Team Test
Annabella Pidgley with Ine, 70.94%

Advanced Medium 92
Vikki Pengilly with Zion E, 69.41%

Fairfax Saddles FEI PSG
Vicky Thompson-Winfield with Exquisite, 69.52%

Saracen Horse Feeds FEI Intermediate I
Vicky Thompson-Winfield with Artist, 72.63%

LeMieux FEI Grand Prix
Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 71.07%

FEI Pony Individual
Annabella Pidgley with Cognac, 72.60%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98
Nicola Mahoney with Diablo VIII, 72.50%

Advanced 105
Emily Harris with Freya FST, 67.87%

Fairfax Saddles FEI PSG
Vicky Thompson-Winfield with Exquisite, 70%

4yo Shearwater Young Horse
Sarah Rogers with T-Hawk AXE, 77.40%

5yo Shearwater Young Horse
Mark Mills with Washington DC, 80.40%

6yo Shearwater Young Horse
Ashley Jenkins with His Highness, 82.40%

PSG Freestyle to Music
Debbie Poynter with Keystone For Real, 70.79%

Grand Prix Freestyle to Music
Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 76.79%

For full results click here.

Posted: 16/05/2018
Applications are now open for The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence 2018/19

Going into its third year, The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence is aimed at coaches working with adults and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation motives.

Posted: 15/05/2018
Team announced for Britain’s opening leg of the 2018 Nations Cup

British Eventing is excited to announce the squad of four that will represent Great Britain at the home leg of this year’s FEI Nations Cup series. The 2018 Nations Cup kicked off in Vairano, Italy, at the end of April but the CICO3* series begins for GB on home soil at the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International on 24th – 27th May.

Posted: 15/05/2018
BE Job Vacancy: Officials and Rules Coordinator

British Eventing currently has a vacancy for an Officials and Rules Coordinator. The role is based at the BE Head Office near Kenilworth and is full time (35 hours per week).

Posted: 15/05/2018
Katie Vaughan claims top spot in the KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Second Round at Felbridge Showjumping Club

Posted: 15/05/2018
Isabel Warde-Aldam secures the Horseware Bronze League Qualifier at Allens Hill Equestrian Centre

Posted: 15/05/2018
British Showjumping?s Team NAF announced for St. Gallen CSIO5* FEI Nations Cup

Posted: 15/05/2018
Supporter Experience at Houghton International

We are pleased to bring British Eventing fans details of an exclusive Supporter Experience at the 2018 Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International taking place on Friday 25th May.

Posted: 14/05/2018

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