Lambourn kicks off Easter Weekend in style, on Good Friday, 19th April 2019, by opening its doors to the public for the 29th Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day. This annual Berkshire charity event, which was heavily affected by rain in 2018, gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of Britain’s top racehorse training establishments where they can meet the trainers, staff and, of course, their equine heroes. Read more
Becky Thomson riding Bob Emmet took the win in the BE90 Section A at Brightling Park International Horse Trials on 30th June. Becky works at Zimbabwean Olympic rider, Camilla Kruger’s yard, and is grateful to Camilla for her training, as well as allowing Bob space on the lorry for occasional schooling sessions. Read more
In addition to being one of the oldest domestic horse breeds in the world, thoroughbreds are also one of the most versatile. After a full career in racing, many individuals transition very successfully into other disciplines. Some become top level eventers and showjumpers, some go on to play polo or horseball, and some become very content pasture companions. Nutrition is a particulalry important management consideration when planning for your ex-racehorse’s new lifestyle. Here Dodson & Horrell Veterinarian and Performance Horse Nutritionist, Dr Courtney Miller BS BVetMed MRCVS explains what to consider when feeding the ex-racehorse. Read more
‘Celebrating the Turf’ takes place from 18th June to 7th July 2018 at the Osborne Studio Gallery. This exhibition of some of the finest contemporary equestrian art has been organised to coincide with Royal Ascot.
Geoffrey Hughes, Director of Osborne Studio Gallery, is a lover of horse racing and the racing world. For at least twenty five years he has held an annual show of the best contemporary equestrian art during Ascot Week. Read more
Surrey Point to Point is a fantastic traditional family day out in a simply stunning venue, with a backdrop that includes Pugin’s Gothic ruined chapel and Peper Harow Park, set in fabulous undulating countryside. It takes place on Saturday 12th May.
New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth is set to welcome one of the greatest and most charismatic jockeys of all time this March. Famed for his flying dismount and for winning over 3,000 races, Frankie Dettori is hosting an evening of humour, anecdotes and chat in his own inimitable style at the historic theatre on Sunday 11th March.
Abandoned Foal now flourishing as Companion to Young Racehorse
A horse found abandoned in South London at just a few months old has made an amazing transformation and is enjoying a new lease of life as a companion for young racehorses with her Suffolk rehomers, the Southcott family.
When World Horse Welfare Field Officer Nick White first visited Polaris in January 2016, he found her in fly-grazing in a field on Purley Way in Croydon with one other young foal and a mare in poor condition.
A Royal Shetland Race in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday took place earlier today, 9th May 2016, at Royal Windsor Racecourse. Six Shetland ponies charged down the Windsor straight over two and three quarter furlongs (approx. 550 metres), with all riders donning the distinctive and prestigious Royal jockey silks owned by Her Majesty The Queen. Each of the ponies were temporarily re-named after one of the Queen’s most successful racehorses and included the likes of a mini ‘Estimate’ whose great namesake famously won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013.
The record breaking jockey Tony (AP) McCoy has had an incredible 20-year career during which he rode more than 4,300 winners!
Reigning Champion Jockey for 20 years, AP has now retired after an illustrious career in racing and recently visited his Champion Hurdle winning partner ‘Make a Stand’ at Henrietta Knight’s yard. Make a Stand produced one of AP’s most memorable wins in the 1997 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham where he led all the way, now 25 years old the chestnut gelding lives at Henrietta’s Oxfordshire yard with Edredon Bleu (whom AP won the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2000).