The longest serving horse in the British Army passes away

The longest serving and oldest horse in the British Army has peacefully passed away on 1st October 2013. He was in retirement at The Horse Trust, a charity that has been providing retirement and respite for military and other working horses since it was founded in the 19th Century.

Remus, a truly remarkable horse, began his service in 1991 as a four year old and served for an incredible twenty one years until 2012 when, at the grand age of twenty six, he retired to The Horse Trust. Remus, fondly known in the army as Reg, started as a Troop horse in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, and latterly as an Officer’s Charger of the Household Division. Despite being 16hh (and half an inch!) and the smallest charger when he retired, ‘feisty’ Remus had the biggest personality by far! Officers were warned to ‘approach with caution’ as Remus is well known for being stubborn and a bit tricky to handle. When it was time for Remus to retire, the army scanned his micro-chip to double check it was him as he looked so amazing for his age!

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Spectacular Spanish ‘dancing horses’ to perform at 2013 Olympia for the first time in forty years

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For the first time in forty years the UK will get the chance to witness one of the most outstanding displays of horsemanship in the world.  The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is one of only four* ‘High Schools’ of its kind and it’s show has become so prestigious that it attracts visitors from all over the world to its home in Jerez De La Frontera, south-west Spain.  This December they are coming to London to perform at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, to bring a touch of Spanish magic to one of the oldest shows on the international circuit.

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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.

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World Horse Welfare horse Digger is the biggest!

Digger the famous Clydesdale, the biggest horse that World Horse Welfare has ever cared for, close to Europe’s largest horse he stands at an enormous 19.1hh – and he is still growing!

The 10-year-old Clydesdale came into the charity’s care because he was suffering due to his size – he was growing so fast and at such a young age, that problems started to occur with the joints in his hind legs.

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Horse Rangers awarded special status

The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation have honoured the local charity – The Horse Rangers Association – with their Clubmark accreditation. It’s given to youth organisations offering high quality duty of care and child protection; sports equity and ethics and club management.

Over 350 Horse Rangers attend sessions at the Hampton Court stables each week and all the activities rely on a team of over 200 dedicated volunteers.

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Donation funds new research into Shire horse illnesses

New research into common illnesses affecting Shire horses has been made possible thanks to a donation by members of the Shire horse world.

The University of Liverpool’s Leahurst Equine Hospital in Neston, Wirral, will be conducting a health survey about Shire horses with their owners – after it received a £1,000 donation from members of the North West and Wales Shire Foal Society, which is affiliated to the Shire Horse Society.

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Horse rider reunited with life-saver

A grandmother airlifted to hospital after a horse riding accident has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor who helped save her life.

Hilary Vannier was riding with her local hunt in Shipbourne in Kent when her thoroughbred cross Benji lost his footing and she was thrown off and knocked unconscious.

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Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to help working equines overseas.

Once in a Lifetime Volunteer Opportunity with Overseas Equine Charity

Have you always wanted to help working equines abroad? Would you enjoy the challenge and adventure of living and working in a foreign country in a hot climate?

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to volunteer for a small equine charity, the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in The Gambia, West Africa. The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) are seeking a long term volunteer administrator to help with the charities operations in The Gambia for a period of one year – truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for the right person.

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New Forest organisations appeal for people to steer clear of Chinese lanterns

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Organisations across the New Forest National Park are appealing to people to spare a thought for New Forest animals as they enjoy the hot weather.

The National Park Authority and its partners are calling on holidaymakers and residents to steer clear of Chinese lanterns as they are a serious fire risk and the free-roaming New Forest ponies and cattle can become injured after becoming entangled by the metal frames.

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