New Showing Championship for partbred ponies at 2014 Horse of the Year Show

An exciting new Championship has been given the green light to run at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2014, which will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 8th – 12th October. The Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championship opens up the chance to compete at “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” to a much wider audience.

The Championship aims to recognise and promote quality ridden ponies, whose breeding, in part, is Arab or Welsh, or a combination of the two. Exhibits will show true pony characteristics, while possessing excellent conformation and free-flowing movement.

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Winners of British Eventing’s cross country Course Design Scholarship announced

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The two lucky winners of British Eventing’s inaugural cross country Course Design Scholarship have been announced following a nail biting day of interviews and practical field assessments.

The Course Design Scholarship, which is supported by the Bill Thomson Bursary, was introduced to help promising Course Designers who might not have the support, openings or financial backing to progress within this important role.

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Laura Tomlinson’s superstar partner ‘Alf’ to say good bye at this year’s Olympia

Laura Tomlinson’s dressage superstar ‘Alf’ to say farewell at this year’s Olympia, the London International Horse Show

Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) will pay tribute to her long-standing dressage partner, Mistral Højris – more fondly known as Alf – during a special moment in the evening program on Tuesday 17 December 2013 to celebrate the superstar’s retirement.

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Cleveland Bay Stallion heads for Japan


The Cleveland Bay Stallion Carolina Boaz (2699) has been sold to The Imperial Stud of Japan.

The 6 year old stallion, who holds Quality Approved breed status, is now awaiting shipment to his new home.  Bred by Mary Hardman of Stiperstones, Shropshire and sold by Helen January of Mold, Clwyd, Wales, this young stallion joins a long list of Cleveland Bay Stallions sold to the Imperial Stud over many years.  Carolina Boaz replaces the North Yorkshire born Cleveland Bay, Botton Grove Brigand, who passed away recently.

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New Loyalty Card for Rural Community

John Hardman
Countrywide Farmers and NFU Countryside have teamed up to offer their members a major new  reward card scheme, Countryclub PLUS, designed for all who live and love the country life.


“We are delighted to launch this scheme from two of the leading organisations within the rural community,” says Countrywide Chief Executive John Hardman, “ It’s the culmination of many months of work together and we believe offers our customers the biggest and best country shopping and rural lifestyle rewards and benefits, in return for their loyalty to us.”

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Vets with Horsepower to storm Europe for Charity

A team of 15 of the most senior academic and practicing specialist veterinary surgeons in the country are taking to the roads to raise money for working equines. The team are known as the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ and they will be travelling on motorbikes through 10 countries to deliver CPD events to hundreds of vets throughout Europe.

The team will undertake an endurance motorbike ride from the UK to St Petersburg and back again to raise funds for two chosen charities.  With their special interest in helping working equines, they have chosen to support the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust – a small charity making a big difference to the lives of working equines and their owners in The Gambia. The second charity that they will be supporting is The Smile Train, who provide operations to repair cleft palates for those in need.

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Parelli announce 2014 UK campus courses

UK Parelli Campus

The UK Parelli team announce a variety of courses available for you and your horse in 2014. There is something for everyone, from a Kidz Fun Day to the four-week Fast Track course.

If you are just starting out on your Parelli journey, take a look at the two-day Jump Start course, to kick start your progress!

For those of you needing a savvy boost, there are a variety of one-week courses at different levels. The Become a Horseman Course goes over two savvies each week; you can take part in one, or you can combine multiple weeks, depending on your goals. There is also a Positive Progress Series, which will focus on a savvy of your choice and includes an audition at the end of the week.

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The world’s oldest horse charity remembers our nation’s War Horses

Horse Trust World War 1 Ambulance

The Horse Trust, looks back at 100 years of helping war horses throughout the conflicts of the last century.

Founded in 1886, to help London’s working horses the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 drove the charity to new heights. Known at the time as The Home of Rest for Horses its patrons were inspired to help the plight of war horses on the front line and provided the first ever motorised horse ambulance to transport wounded horses from the front line in France.

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4000th Win for AP McCoy

Sponsorship support from HAYGAIN
Towcester racecourse witnessed a landmark day in racing as AP McCoy achieved the unprecedented milestone of 4,000 jump race winners on November 7, 2013.

The Northamptonshire racecourse, which has sponsorship support from HAYGAIN hay steamers, experienced huge crowds and saw the world’s media descend to see if this would be the day AP McCoy would notch up his 4000th career win.

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