Betfair Newmarket Open Day to be held on 22nd September

Gallops Newmarket Open Day

Charity open day returns after success of the event last year

The charity event, the Betfair Newmarket Open Day will this year be held on Sunday 22nd September. Known as the headquarters of horseracing in the UK, Newmarket in Suffolk, will once again open its doors to the public, providing a unique insight into the day to day running of some of the world’s most successful racing stables. In addition to this fantastic opportunity, there will be a fun-filled program of activities and entertainment suitable for the whole family. The three charity beneficiaries of this year’s Open Day will be the British Racing School, The National Horseracing Museum and the New Astley Club, a social welfare charity with the aim of building strong links within the racing community, particularly in Newmarket.

Read more

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise win The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2013.

Not one of this afternoon’s top 23 managed to jump clear around Richard Jeffery’s influential show jumping track, including the top five who went before him. This left the Kiwi with a comfortable two-fence cushion as he cantered into the arena on a fresh-looking Clifton Promise. Frances Stead and Russell Hall’s gelding looked like delivering the only clear of the afternoon until he tipped the very last fence, adding four penalties to his dressage score of 37.1 to finish on a total of 41.1.

Read more

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are back at world number one

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her 11-year old Olympic partner Valegro have reclaimed the world number one spot in this month’s FEI World Dressage Rankings.

The London 2012 double gold medallists, who won three medals – individual gold in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle along with team bronze in the Grand Prix – at the recent Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning (DEN), top the rankings with 2,915 points. They hold a comfortable 67-point lead over Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage winners and European team champions and double silver medallists 2013 Helen Langehanenberg (GER) and the 13-year-old stallion Damon Hill NRW.

Read more

London too noisy for Strider.

Ride Round England

William and Strider aim to raise £250,000 for the two charities; the Family Holiday Association, and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. They will visit four corners of England and 30 Cathedrals in the course of the trip. The ride is expected to take roughly six months. Starting from Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds in May, William aims to reach the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre on 6 September 2013 and to get home to the Cotswolds in November.

Read more

Bedding you choose is important to the health and performance of your horse


Horse owners are becoming increasingly aware that the bedding you choose is as important to the health and performance of your horse as the feed you provide. The top priorities to consider when making BEDMAX are:

  1. Eliminating Dust – it is estimated that 20% or more of horses in the UK suffer from some degree of respiratory problems to minimise this risk BEDMAX shavings are Dust Free
  2. Supporting hooves –bedding must provide firm, resilient support under the hoof, particularly the frog, and a moisture-controlled environment that will keep the hoof dry, but won’t dry it out. BEDMAX is a large flake shaving designed to provide the right support, they’re dried to a controlled moisture level, and they also help drain urine away from the surface to minimise the effect of ammonia, which attacks the molecular structure of the hoof wall.
  3. Cushioning hocks and joints. With a high proportion of larger, ‘springier’ shavings, BEDMAX provides the ideal combination of protective cushioning and comfort that encourages horses to lie down and rest.
  4. Hygiene – Bedding can provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that will quickly re-contaminate the stable, especially when wet, generating pathogens that can invade and infect the respiratory system, cuts and grazes on the legs, and cracks or splits in the hoof.  BEDMAX shavings may help to provide a natural solution to this problem as it is dried to sterilising temperatures and made predominantly from pine.