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Viva Las Vegas! USA’s Richard Spooner and Chatinus claim Longines victory

By Catie Staszak

The old adage claims that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but it will be hard to keep secret the talent of Richard Spooner’s (USA) new equine star, Chatinus. Spooner piloted the 10-year-old Hanoverian to the gelding’s first World Cup qualifier victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas (USA).

“I’m just very optimistic for the future with this horse,” Spooner said. “It’s just absolutely blowing my mind.”

Posted: 19/11/2017
How to keep a check on your foal’s development *H&H VIP*
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Are your foal’s hooves and limbs shaping up for a healthy future? Dr Simon Curtis explains how to keep an eye on conformational development from an early age
Posted: 19/11/2017
Fit for a queen: dream equestrian properties on the doorstep of royalty

To celebrate this week’s Royal special of Horse & Hound magazine (16 November 2017), here’s our pick of equestrian properties near to royal residences — from Sandringham to Balmoral Castle

To celebrate this week’s Royal special of Horse & Hound magazine (16 November 2017), here’s our pick of equestrian properties near to royal residences — from Sandringham to Balmoral Castle
Posted: 19/11/2017
The week that was: seven days in the horse world
In case you missed it...
Posted: 19/11/2017
FEI Bureau Main Decisions - 18 November 2017

The FEI Bureau held its in-person meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay today ahead of the FEI General Assembly 2017, which takes place here on Tuesday 21 November.

The main decisions taken by the Bureau at today’s meeting are outlined here.


Notes to Editors

FEI General Assembly livestream

Posted: 18/11/2017
FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2017/2018 WEL: Werth and Weihegold head home-side whitewash at Stuttgart

by Louise Parkes


Posted: 18/11/2017
Go behind-the-scenes at The Queen’s Highland pony stud at Balmoral

In this week’s Royal special issue of Horse & Hound magazine (16 November 2017), Melanie Scott gets given an exclusive tour of The Queen's Highland pony stud at Balmoral Castle. Here’s a sneak peek...

This line up of ponies (from the left: Balmoral Pageant, Blamoral Beacon, Sunblush of Gaick, Blamoral Serene and Balmoral Brave) are oblivious to their paddock's backdrop — and the owner that might be enjoying watching them graze...
In this week’s Royal special issue of Horse & Hound magazine (16 November 2017), Melanie Scott gets given an exclusive tour of The Queen's Highland pony stud at Balmoral Castle. Here's a sneak peek...
Posted: 18/11/2017
Eventer Harry Meade swaps saddles to try his hand at racing
The top rider will join former England footballer Michael Owen at Ascot next week
Posted: 18/11/2017
Does your horse deserve to become a unicorn? *Promotion*

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Does your horse seem a bit more magical than the rest? Have you ever wondered if in fact you are the proud owner of a unicorn?
Posted: 18/11/2017
From endurance to racing to showing: one rider’s unusual career
The rider, who runs a dental practice, took on a hurdler after her race and the pair are to compete in dressage to music
Posted: 18/11/2017
‘Maybe if I ate a little less last night I could have been quicker!’ and 12 other GCT quotes that raised a smile this season
We thought it was high time we took a look back at some of the series’ crowning moments — because you can always rely on the riders to raise a smile or two along the way…
Posted: 18/11/2017
Fergal O’Brien: Enjoying a surge of winners *H&H VIP*


Trainer Fergal O'Brien at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Bangor-on-Dee.
Horse & Hound's racing columnist's string are hitting top form ahead of his favourite meeting
Posted: 18/11/2017
5 super cobs that you need in your stable
Are you searching for a sporty sort that's built like a 4x4? If so, take a look at this selection of cobs for sale on the Horse & Hound website this week
Posted: 18/11/2017
BD Abroad: Stuttgart CDI-W

The following horse and rider combination has been selected to represent Great Britain at Stuttgart CDI-W in Germany (15 – 19 November 2017).

Hayley Watson-Greaves (34) from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire with her own Rubin’s Nite (Black gelding, 16.3hh, 13yrs, s. Rubin Royal ds. Limbo).

For start lists and results click here
Watch the action via the live stream

Photo credit: PSV Equita



Posted: 16/11/2017
Changes to the BD Board of Directors

British Dressage today announces some changes to the Board of Directors, with two members of the Board recently standing down from their positions. 

Newly appointed Finance Director Karen Wilson tendered her resignation after only six weeks in post at the end of last month.  Maggie Copus, who was previously BD’s Finance Director until September this year, has therefore been co-opted back onto the Board with immediate effect and a formal election for this position will take place in due course.

Jo Graham has also left her position of Judges Director after two years in office.  Jo’s deputy on the Judges Committee, Jane Peberdy, will take over as Chair of the committee on an interim basis and the Board will discuss a replacement Director appointment at their next meeting in December.  A formal announcement will then follow once the Board has fully considered the options available.

BD Chairman Penny Pollard commented; “It’s always disappointing to lose valued colleagues.  I wish Karen well in her professional role with the oil industry in Scotland and hope that she will stay involved with BD in the future. 

“We owe Jo an enormous debt of gratitude for her hard work and determination to modernise the Judges training and examination system.  With the help of the office team, technical committee and regional volunteers, BD has revolutionised its methods to the point that we’re now the envy of other countries.  She leaves judging in a healthy place and should be incredibly proud of her achievements.

“We wish Jo well in her future projects and thank her for giving her time as a volunteer over the past two years in what is a challenging role.

“We have a great deal of experience on the Board and we will now continue to build on the excellent progress that has already been achieved this year.  To have Maggie back will give us stability and continuity, so we can further our plans to develop a modern, vibrant and successful sport.”

Posted: 16/11/2017
Equestrian Athlete Role Models for 2018 named for Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires

Posted: 15/11/2017
Prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

The FEI has announced two adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances.

The cases involve the use of Ractopamine, and O-Desmethyltramadol, a metabolite of Tramadol which are *Banned Substances under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

Posted: 14/11/2017
CoverMyWheels to support the British Showjumping Business Partnership

Posted: 13/11/2017
New Club horse registration launched

Owners and riders of Associate registered horses can now upgrade to the new Club category by ringing the office.   As of 1 December, Associate registration only covers horses competing on a class ticket, to ride in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Combined Training and Associated Championships, horses will need to upgade to the new Club which is just £10 per year.

Below is the copy from an email which went to all registered owners of Associate horses:

Dear Member,

Our records show that your horse HORSE NAME is currently registered as an Associate with us.
A change in the 2018 rules means that Associate horse registration can now be only used with a class ticket when competing.

Therefore we wanted to get in contact as we’re proud to launch Club horse registration. A fantastic opportunity to compete in Quest, Prelim Bronze and Gold, Music, Combined Training and Young Horse classes for £10 for the whole year – which works out at just 83p a month.

If you’re intending on competing in any of these classes, after 30 November the horse will need a minimum of Club registration.
To upgrade your horse to Club, just give the office a call on 02476 698832. Alternatively, in December 2017 you’ll be able to upgrade or register a new Club horse online – so keep an eye out!

See you down the centre line!

Michelle, Natasha and Stacey
The Membership Team

Posted: 13/11/2017
In memoriam: Sir Hugh Neill 1921-2017

Sir Hugh Neill KCVO CBE TD, aged 96, died peacefully at home on Sunday 5th November. Sir Hugh, a busy businessman, served on numerous public and charitable roles. He was High Sheriff of Hallamshire in 1972/73 and HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire 1985 to 1996. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in June 1996.

Posted: 12/11/2017
BEF gets behind Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017
World?s Leading Showjumpers Head to Liverpool International Horse Show

Posted: 12/11/2017
BEF announces next stage in process to decide the future of its Equine Development programmes

Posted: 12/11/2017
Diamonds Shine Brightest of All To Take 2017 GCL Championship

Posted: 11/11/2017
Dan Neilson wins CSI 2* Grand Prix in Spain

Posted: 11/11/2017
FEI takes lead on sustainable equestrian future

FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez led the way on equestrian sustainability at the IF Forum 2017, which brought together over 350 experts in sports, environmental and sustainability experts in the Olympic capital Lausanne (SUI).

Posted: 10/11/2017
Four coaches selected for cross discipline National Development Programme

 The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence is aimed at coaches who sustain and grow participation in equestrian sports.

Posted: 09/11/2017
Job vacancy - British Eventing Training & Education

British Eventing Under 18 Chairperson.

The role of Under 18 Chairperson is very broad and encompasses a wide portfolio. The following outlines the key responsibilities, but will need regular reviewing as new initiatives develop.

Posted: 09/11/2017
FEI takes lead on sustainable equestrian future

Posted: 09/11/2017
Sporting Excellence Study Programme

Posted: 09/11/2017
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