Reducing the Risk of Twins in Horses

Whilst the thought of a mare giving birth to twins may sound heart-warming, the reality is far from it, with only the occasional mare giving birth to two healthy foals. With this in mind, it is usual for vets to scan the mare 14 to 16 days after ovulation to identify whether she is pregnant with twins. Here Ed Lyall BvetMed CertEM MRCVS of the Sussex Equine Hospital explains the process used for identifying twins and what can be done if a mare is found to be carrying a twin pregnancy. Read more

Foaling the Mare

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Your mare has safely carried her special package for 11 months, but as her due date approaches it can be a worrying time. What to look out for and how will you know if things aren’t going right are amongst the familiar questions asked by breeders. Here Ed Lyall Vet Med Cert EM (StudMed) MRCVS
of the Sussex Equine Hospital shares his advice from what to look out for during the final month of pregnancy to the birth of the foal. Read more

Nominations Open for the 2016 SEIB Meritoire Award

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Nominations Open for the Prestigious SEIB Meritoire Award

The annual SEIB Meritoire award is presented to the person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performance sport horse and pony breeding industry.

Previous winners have been the Louella Stud for their contribution to sport horse breeding; Johanna Vardon, founder of the National Foaling Bank, for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of orphaned foals; Archie Smith Maxwell, breeder of Jumbo, one of the highest ranking event sires of all time; Professor Graham Suggett in recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to breeding through encouraging British studbooks to work together and his Chairmanship of the former National Equine Database. In 2015 the Award was made posthumously to Richard Meade OBE, for his considerable competition success, his chairmanship of the British Horse Foundation for over 20 years and his unflinching support of British breeding. Read more

World Breeds classes at 2015 Cheshire County Show

World Breeds classes to be held at Cheshire County Show

Horse and pony enthusiasts are being given a unique opportunity to take part in World Breeds In-Hand and Ridden classes at this year’s Cheshire County Show.

The classes, sponsored by Brightwells Equine Horse and Pony Auctioneers in Leominster, will take place on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 23rd June, and will only be open to World Breeds – Pure Raza Espanola, Appaloosa, Haflinger, Friesian, Fjord, Icelandic, Morgan, Lusitano and Lipizzaner.
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Half of WEG Squad British Bred!

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Three of the six horses selected for the Eventing squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Eventing Championships in Normandy this summer are British bred.

Both Kristina Cook’s ride, De Novo News and Pippa Funnell’s ride, Billy Beware are home bred. Izzy Taylor will ride British bred Allercombe Ellie who was bred by Susan Holroyd. All three British bred horses are making their squad debuts in Normandy. Read more

Royal Boost for Equine Conservation Project

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Hackney Horse Society Honoured By Royal Boost for Equine Conservation Project

A project to ensure the conservation of Britain’s native breeds of horses and ponies has received a boost with a donation from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. In his role as President of the Hackney Horse Society (HHS), His Royal Highness has made a donation to the £1.5 million Equine Gene Bank appeal which has been launched by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) of which HRH is Patron.

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Step forward for horse export to China

Owen Paterson, and Minister Zhi Shuping

The protocol for the live export of horses from the UK to China has been signed in London on 1 April 2014 by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, and Minister Zhi Shuping, of AQSIQ (Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Administration).

Setting down the conditions under which horses can be exported to China, the protocol represents a significant step forward for all parts of the British horse industry. It was signed in London on 1 April 2014 and was followed by a dinner in Newmarket hosted by GBRi (Great British Racing International) on behalf of the racing industry. Attended by the Secretary of State and the Chinese ministerial delegation alongside key representatives from the equestrian sector, the dinner was followed the next morning by a visit to the gallops and Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud.

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Star Shines Bright

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Star Shines Bright on TopSpec Stud Balancer

Stud owners, John Ford and Alan Lyons were celebrating recently when their stallion, Wessex Starring Role achieved ‘Life Graded’ status at the Sports Horse Breeding of Great Britain Stallion Grading.

One of only four stallions that made the grade, the West Country stallion is known as ‘Star’ and was highly admired at the grading with his superb condition .

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Bird names for foals at Writtle!

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Foals born at Writtle College’s Lordships Stud named after birds!

Three foals have been born at Writtle College’s Lordships Stud so far this season with another two expected over the coming weeks.

The theme for the names of the foals was put to the student vote with famous sports people and Shakespeare’s characters among the options but ‘birds’ was the clear winner.

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