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 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. Read more
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.
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
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.
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.