HM Queen Elizabeth II receives inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement award
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 26th November 2014 became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her leading role as supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign as British monarch.
William Whitaker and Fandango win Stuttgart World Cup Qualifier
The Union Flag was flying in Stuttgart when William Whitaker from Huddersfield secured a brilliant win with the 11 year-old dark bay gelding Fandango to win the World Cup qualifier on 23rd November 2014.
It was a field of just over 30 starters that came forward to contest the fifth leg of the World Cup series in which the winner not only picked up a Mercedes Benz but also some all-important league points. The 1.60m course built by course designer Luc Musette claimed many victims with just ten of the original riders jumping clear in the first round and qualifying for the jump off.
Nominations for Reem Acra Fei World Cup Dressage Leg at Olympia Horse Show Announced.
The world’s most successful dressage partnership, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are amongst the nominations for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg supported by Horse & Hound at Olympia, The London International Horse Show on 16-22 December 2014. It will be the first time Valegro has competed in the UK this year.
Dujardin, who was crowned Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year yesterday, last competed on Valegro in the UK at Olympia Horse Show in 2013. The formidable pair not only won both the World Cup Grand Prix and Freestyle but sent the Olympia audience into raptures by setting a new freestyle World Record with their London 2012 routine. Since then, Dujardin has added even more titles to her already impressive record, by winning the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Final in April before taking the World Championship title in Normandy in August.
Latest studies reveal that one in three horses and ponies is now overweight.
Dengie senior nutritionist KATIE WILLIAMS, MSc (Dist), looks at those most at risk and what we can do to help them slim down.
We meet lots of overweight horses at Dengie yard clinics, so it was no surprise to find that two recently published papers reveal that about 30% of the equine population is obese.
Although this figure is shocking, it often takes an episode of ill-health – such as laminitis – for some owners to sit up and actually do something about their horse’s weight.
In one study, Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Equine Obesity in Great Britain Based on Owner-Reported Body Condition Scores, by Charlotte Robbins, nearly 16% of horses and ponies were reported to have a history of laminitis – a much higher figure than the 7% previously shown in the 2005 BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) study.
Commemorating the day of Armistice with positive news for horse welfare – including a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour Ride which raised £22,000 for the largest horse rescue and rehoming charity in Britain
World War One killed some ten million men, almost 800,000 of them British. But much less known was the fate of a million hapless horses, sent to France between 1914 and 1918, with only 62,000 returning home. These forgotten heroes were remembered during one of World Horse Welfare’s 2014 Challenge Rides – a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour which took participants on a journey through significant sites of the early days of WW1.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2014/2015 – Round 4, Verona, Sunday 9th November 2014
Report by: Louise Parkes
Allen makes his mark with spectacular win at Longines leg in Verona
He’s only 19 years old, but Ireland’s Bertram Allen is taking the Jumping world by storm and today reigned supreme in his first-ever Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League qualifier at Verona in Italy. Riding the 10-year-old grey mare, Molly Malone, with which he has secured phenomenal successes this year including victory in the Grand Prix at Dublin and 7th place individually at the World Equestrian Games, he beat a world-class field with a devastating turn of speed when second-last to go in this afternoon’s 10-horse jump-off.
Nominate your favourite equine charity for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards
With horse welfare central to its ethos, UK’s leading specialist insurer Petplan works with over 1,000 animal charities throughout the UK and its equine specialist sister brand, Petplan Equine is calling on the equine world to highlight the invaluable work of equine charities by nominating their favourite for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards. Nominations open for the 2015 Animal Charity Awards on 3rd November, 2014.