The nations have been announced for the popular International Arena Polo Test Match at Hickstead on Saturday 7th March 2015, with England taking on Ireland for the Bryan Morrison trophy.
The England side will be captained once again by 9-goaler Chris Hyde, who is Britain’s highest rated Arena Polo player, while captaining the Irish side is Sebastian Dawnay, rated at 8-goals. The full team line-up will be confirmed soon, but the match is expected to feature the highest-rated teams in the fixture’s history.
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.
Guy Williams was confident from start to finish that he was going to win the Bunn Leisure Speed Derby on Casper De Muze. He has only had the 12-year-old since Christmas, but quickly formed a successful partnership winning eight out of nine classes on the Sunshine Tour. Guy said: “I had a feeling he was going to win. The aim has always been the Speed Derby and I had to keep the brake on yesterday. My main worry was Belinka, who was last to go, as I used to ride her (she is now ridden by Richard Howley) and I know she is fast.”
Young re-homer, Megan, is supporting this year’s Horse Welfare Rehome a Horse Month.
As part of Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity’s annual Rehome a Horse Month, designed to highlight the versatility of rescue horses and find good homes for those in need, World Horse Welfare will be releasing never-before-told stories of horses who got their happy endings.
While it’s touching to hear tales of British horses who overcame the odds, we must not be distracted from the stark reality that sees 6,000-7,000 UK horses still at risk of neglect or abandonment.
A jockey who retired from racing in March to follow a new career will be handing out the awards at the 2014 Royal Bath & West Show for racehorses who have done the same thing.
Former leading National Hunt jockey Joe Tizzard quit the sport just weeks ago to focus on the family business, tending the 300-strong dairy herd at their Dorset farm, as well as training their 60 racehorses.
How Good Friday Became ‘Great’ as Lingfield Park Makes History
A record-breaking crowd helped to make Good Friday 2013 ‘Great’ at Lingfield Park Resort as managers were forced to turn people away when the site reached its capacity. Thousands of race-goers packed in to the Surrey course which made history by becoming the first ever British racecourse to stage a meeting on Good Friday.
The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix draws to a close at Hickstead
The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix will no longer form part of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (29 July – 3 August).
The organisers have made the regretful decision to remove the event from this year’s programme, due to a change of television scheduling.
“This year, Sky Sports will be filming the action from the Longines Royal International Horse Show from Friday onwards,” explains Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn. “Viewers will still be able to watch live action from a number of classes, including the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Longines King George V Gold Cup.