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fei shelves controversial dressage scoring system

the fei has dropped plans to introduce a new scoring system for international dressage tests.the hilodrop scoring system removes the highest and lowest scores for each movement so an average mark is formed from the remaining scores.the proposal was put forward by the fei dressage judging working group and was met with mixed reactions by national federations.following discussions at the fei general assembly (18-21 november), the proposal was withdrawn.a statement from the fei said the working group will now look at a testing plan for 2018 to trial the scoring system among other proposals.“we have listened to you and we will withdraw hilo and test it first in 2018 at all levels,” said fei dressage committee chairman frank kemperman.“we w...




7 ways to get the most out of a clinic (plus 4 things not to do)

clinics offer an opportunity to get out and about with your horse, try out and learn from different trainers and use facilities you probably don’t have at home, as well as meeting like-minded fellow riders. follow these simple rules to get the most out of a clinic — and to ensure you don’t spoil it for everyone else.do…1. check out and follow any instructions you are sent in advance. if you’re asked to warm-up before your session start time, make sure you arrive in time to do so. which leads us on to point two…2. be on time. there’s nothing more annoying than a whole group having to stand around waiting while a late arrival catches up. if you do end up being late (and we all know sometimes it’s unavoidable), apologise and try...




nominate top mares for horse & hound award before it’s too late

time is running out to submit your nominations for thehorse & hound outstanding mare award, which will be presented at the british breeders’ awards dinner at london’s grange city hotel in january.if you know of a mare who has made a valuable contribution to british breeding, whether she has excelled in sport herself, or produced progeny who have enjoyed success in any equestrian discipline, you have until friday, 24 november to let us know about her.last year’s winner of this prestigious award was the hawtins stud’s foundation broodmare world’s finest (pictured), by weltmeyer. the stud’s owner, judith davis, collected the prize at the glittering awards ceremony.the descendants of world’s finest are certainly doing the 24-year-o...




6 things to consider before travelling in the dark with your horse this winter

if you are going to get out and about with your horse this winter, you are likely to be loading and unloading in the dark. so how can you do this as safely as possible?1. think ahead“travelling with horses in the dark can present certain challenges, but anticipating these and thinking ahead can ensure that both you and your horse stay safe,” says british horse societydirector of safety, alan hiscox.“before going out on any journey, always ensure that all lights on the trailer, towing vehicle or horsebox are working correctly. you should tell someone where you are going, and what time you expect to be back.”2. be prepared for a break downalan also advises being prepared in the event of a breakdown.“ensure you have suitable breakdown...




get ready to plan your season: british eventing 2018 fixtures confirmed

the british eventing (be) fixtures list for the 2018 season includes some good news for eventers in the north of england and scotland.a new venue added to the calendar is frenchfield horse trials in cumbria, which will run two days of competition in april, with a second fixture in september. levels of competition at frenchfield will range from be80(t) to be105.hopetoun horse trials in scotland returns to the calendar on 30 june for two days after a one year break in 2016. organised by bruce edward, the event which used to also run international classes, will now host competition ranging between be80(t) and novice level.blair castle international horse trials will now host the be90 and be100 scottish championships in august.other changes incl...




jason derulo: the most unexpected racehorse owner?

picture a racehorse owner, and someone dressed in a shirt and tie might spring to mind. or perhaps dressed down in a pair of dubarrys when they’re visiting their horse on the yard. so when american pop sensation jason derulo was spotted at australian trainer gai waterhouse’s yard last month (12 october) donning a sleeveless denim jacket, gold medallion and ripped jeans, you may have double took.the ‘riding solo’ singer visited gai’s tulloch lodge, based at the epicentre of australian racing at sydney’s randwick racetrack, having been gifted a horse by the trainer.delighted to have @jasonderulo at the stables & even more thrilled to have him as a part-owner ????come to @royalrandwick sat to see him live ????#theeveresta post share...




worried about riding on the roads? join live bhs q&a on facebook

have you got a pressing question about the best way to stay safe when riding on the roads? then don’t miss the british horse society’s (bhs) facebook live session on wednesday (22 november).alex copeland, the bhs’s director of education, and alan hiscox, director of safety, will be answering questions and advising riders on road safety issues on the charity’s facebook page at 6pm.riders are invited to submit their questions about how they can best protect themselves on the road and the bhs ride safe award.the award, launched earlier this year, aims to give riders the confidence and knowledge to ride out safely.the 30-minute facebook live video session takes place during brake’s national road safety week (20-26 november).this year...




coral keen's eventing blog: horses to get excited about

our homebred total belief (april) has been a star of the season. at the beginning of the year, when plans were laid for each of the horses, we pencilled in the seven-year-old championships at osberton in october for her. with that aim, i took her really slowly in preparation for her first cic2*.she started off very green and gangly — she’s a huge mare at 17.2hh — but she very quickly grew into herself. she stepped up to intermediate at aston-le-walls in july and was in the top 10 in her four runs and then finished in the top 10 at osberton. it was fantastic and we’re really proud of her. she’s our first homebred too which made it even more special.her offspring, total miracle, was broken in this year as a four-year-old and has star...




hunting’s leading ladies win over the hedges

the hunt race season kicked off on sunday (19 november), with zoe gibson winning the 8 outdoor melton hunt club ride in leicestershire and yvonne goss taking the daylesford hunt cup in gloucestershire.zoe, who was riding her own jaffa, a thoroughbred she bought in ireland as a four-year-old, has now won the melton race five times.second was ollie finnegan, riding rivage d’or, and third was jack quinlan (easter meteor). full report in horse & hound magazine, on sale thursday 23 november.the daylesford hunt cup, held on sir anthony and lady bamford’s daylesford estate in the heythrop country, is now in its second year. three races were run over a course of rails and newly laid hedges, designed by daylesford “countryman” george hyatt.yv...




6 (sometimes shocking) things you discover while your horse is on restricted turnout

as winter gets underway our fields gradually turn into seas of liquid mud , this means one thing for many horse owners — restricted turnout. or possibly no turnout at all. some horses don’t mind — others, well, they do mind. they mind a lot. here’s some things you may well be discovering if your horse is currently ‘enjoying’ restricted turnout.1. nothing is indestructibleit’s a lesson we all learn sooner or later — but in your case, it’s sooner, and instead of being a deep message about the nature of our very existence, it specifically refers to the buckets, rugs and (allegedly) indestructible toys your horse has whiled away those long hours in his stable annihilating. if he applied his genius to winning rosettes instead of...




wins for many clouds and emma massingale at new york film awards

british equestrian filmmakers have scooped two awards at a prestigious festival in new york.equine productions, based in chepstow, won prizes for a moving tribute to grand national hero many clouds and a fun commercial featuring emma massingale at the equus film festival (17-19 november).nathan horrocks (pictured, top), the 2015 grand national winner’s former work rider, was awarded the best international director accolade for many clouds, the people’s horse.“i entered the film into the festival to share the many clouds story with an american audience, to show how much he was loved, but i never expected to win,” said nathan.“this is my tribute to him, to say thank you for what he has done for me, both personally and professionally;...




16 gifts to make the horsey lady in your life happy this christmas

what do women want? we are here to help you with a selection of super-stylish, sparkly, warm, practical and fun equestrian gifts to suit your budget equestrian gifts under £25finely crafted from faux fur for luxurious warmth and comfort, it features an elasticated strap to ensure the perfect fit. boasting a soft and fluffy feel, it’s the easy way to add a hint of feminine glamour to any girl’s cold-weather wardrobe.buy now: john lewis faux fur headband from £15the programme features footage of valegro dating back to 2009, going right through to his moving farewell ceremony at olympia last year. an ideal gift for any dressage fan.buy now: valegro on dvd from £21.99whether it’s ragu, meatballs or carbonara you’re preparing, size up ...




want to look as glamorous as martha sitwell on the hunting field? of course we do

when it comes to elegance and hunting there’s one real benchmark — martha, lady sitwell. which is why her new collection of british-made hunting clothes and accessories for harry hall has got us madly raiding our piggy bankswhen mud is spraying in your face, you’re wondering where on earth your right stirrup is and whether you will ever feel your left little toe again, glamour isn’t your most pressing concern on the hunting field.but occasionally, just occasionally, when you’ve had a bath and the adrenaline has died down, you wonder whether it might ever be possible to look a little more elegant as you’re going hell for leather across the country.and when it comes to elegance and hunting there’s only one real benchmark — and ...




let's go jumping! 10 shows you don't want to miss out on

if you’re searching for some indoor winter showjumping take a look at this range of competitions you need to enterbritish showjumpingdate: 2 decembervenue: moulton college equestrian centre, northamptondetails: “classes from 85cm to 1.15m members cup, including amateur qualifiers.”enter nowjunior british showjumpingdate: 2 decembervenue: bishop burton college, beverleydetails: “classes from 75cm to 1.10m open with some winter qualifiers.”enter nownervous and novice unaffiliated showjumpingdate: 2 decembervenue: milton equestrian centre, worksopdetails: “classes from 30cm clear round to 95cm with junior and senior sections and some trailblazer qualifiers.”enter nowwinter fun mini showjumpingdate: 3 decembervenue: diamond equestr...




from pleurisy to colic to exploding lorry tyres: one rider’s amateur champs drama

they say that bad luck often comes in threes and poor showjumper angie mills was struck by the full hat-trick of misfortune while competing at the dodson & horrell national amateur and veteran championships at aintree international equestrian centre at the weekend (14-19 november).the rider, who is based in co. durham, arrived at the liverpool venue — home to the famous grand national race in april — suffering from pleurisy, an inflammation of the tissue layers lining the lungs and inner chest wall.brave angie battled on, however, and after narrowly losing out to jo fennell and bantasia in the mini veterans championship at this popular show, she and the 13-year-old gelding quids in ii — who is known at home as cash — turned the table...




want to look as glamorous as martha sitwell on the hunting field? of course we do

when it comes to elegance and hunting there’s one real benchmark — martha, lady sitwell. which is why her new collection of british-made hunting clothes and accessories for harry hall has got us madly raiding our piggy bankswhen mud is spraying in your face, you’re wondering where on earth your right stirrup is and whether you will ever feel your left little toe again, glamour isn’t your most pressing concern on the hunting field.but occasionally, just occasionally, when you’ve had a bath and the adrenaline has died down, you wonder whether it might ever be possible to look a little more elegant as you’re going hell for leather across the country.and when it comes to elegance and hunting there’s only one real benchmark — and ...




debate rages over 50pen flag rule at adelaide horse trials

a decision to remove penalties from australian event rider stuart tinney’s cross-country round in the adelaide cci4* on saturday (18 november) has sparked heated debate.stuart was riding 12-year-old grey gelding war hawk, owned by corinna and darren huskinson, k tinney and himself, when the pair had a slight miscommunication at a triple brush in a water complex.sorry but after watching today unfold if this doesn't earn 50 penalties i don't know what does! #mmaus3de #50penaltiesposted by penny johnson on saturday, november 18, 2017as a result, 50 jumping penalties were added to stuart’s score under a new fei rule for 2017, for missing a flag. the rule states that a horse is considered to have run out if  “having been presented at an e...




share your stories from 2017 for a chance to feature in horse & hound

tackling burghley or triumphing at hickstead might be an unlikely prospect for most of us. but there’s another way to make your mark in h&h — the h&h reader issue.this is your chance to tell us your stories from 2017, with the best ones being printed in the 28 december issue of the magazine. have you achieved a personal first this year? beaten illness, injury or other adverse circumstances? or delighted in the arrival of a new foal? whatever it might be, we want to hear about it.full details of all the categories and how to submit your story are below. we are also seeking your fantastic photos.categoriespersonal firsts: have you achieved something for the first time in 2017? competing affiliated, winning a class or becoming a judge perha...




15 of the greatest horsey quotes of all time (from churchill to shakespeare)

temperatures are plummeting, mud is getting deeper, and daylight hours are getting more scarce by the day. which is why you need to perk yourself up and inject some motivation, with these legendary horsey quotes... 1. “don’t give your son money. as far as you can afford it, give him horses. no one ever came to grief, except honourable grief, through riding horses. no hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them; unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die” — winston churchill2. “i freely admit that the best of my fun i owe it to horse and hound” — whyte melville...




tributes paid to cuddly, ginger biscuit-loving donkey, who won the hearts of visitors and staff

the donkey santuary has paid tribute to a very special resident, who has died aged 17.basil was popular among staff and visitors and his friendly personality earned him a space in the sanctuary’s “shelter one”, where he could meet visitors to the yard in sidmouth, devon.“he did himself and us proud once given the opportunity, and before he knew it he was attending weddings, including one of our very own vet nurses, being filmed for children’s television and being an ambassador for our junior vet days” said donkey sanctuary vet vicky banfield.“he was the epitome of patience on these days, letting all manner of things be done to him, like having a look in his mouth, bandaging his legs and even letting me take his temperature with...