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because i’m worth it: horses and ponies strike a pose in hilarious photo collection

credit: wiebke haasstunning stallions, majestic mares and gorgeous geldings have starred in a photographic project embracing the “beauty and magnificence” of horses.german animal photographer wiebke haas‘ photo series horse style features horses and ponies tossing their silky manes for the camera.credit: wiebke haasmr hass told h&h he loves to photograph horses because of their “beauty and magnificent grace”.“but there is another reason,” he said. “horses can be hilarious and i love that too.”credit: wiebke haashe took the first image in the series, of haflinger stallion mozart, in 2011.“during the photo session i recognised his whirling mane which i wanted to draw attention to,” mr haas said. “by tickling his ears he...




mare power: watch all 6 of charlotte dujardin’s winning hartpury performances

charlotte dujardin swept the board in gold ranks at last week’s naf five star winter dressage championships. she rode five horses to a total of six titles across the show, with three very exciting mares each securing a double win.watch all six winning tests below:hawtins san florianaher first ride of the week was the elegant san amour daughter hawtins san floriana, national five-year-old champion last year. this precocious mare scored more than 78% to claim the equi-trek elementary title, as well as the blue chip novice the following day.“the harder the test the better for her,” said charlotte, who first saw ‘flo’ as a four-year-old and spent months persuading her breeder, judith davis of the hawtins stud, to sell her. eventually c...




joanna thurman-baker's dressage blog: counting and changing and staying straight and counting again is so hard

hello all and welcome to my sixth blog. why is spring talking so long to spring up? i think the dull weather is dampening the horses’ attitudes and they, like us, can’t wait for some sun.the new spanish stallions, duque ff and habil xx have settled in and are both proving loads of fun to ride. i’m a sucker for a long mane and duque could put all the l’oréal models out of business with his luscious locks (pictured above)! both are complete sweeties and you’d hardly know they were stallions. they already love hacking and passers by stop to stare at them — they probably think we’re exercising horses from the game of thrones set.onto something different that i love, pilates. i’m very fortunate to have a cousin who is a pilates i...




‘gypsy cob’ who won an olympic medal dies aged 23

the owner of a “gypsy cob” who helped win a medal at the london 2012 olympics has paid tribute to her “amazing character” who was put down aged 23.over the odds was a 15.2hh coloured cob who became a grade b showjumper and helped yane marques win the bronze medal in the modern pentathlon.owner samantha garry had owned “spike” since he was a months-old colt.“you only get one like that in a lifetime, who means that much,” she told h&h.“life isn’t the same without him.”sam first spotted spike by chance, when she ran into an acquaintance at a sale and he invited her to look at a horse he was selling on her way home.“i didn’t like that one but i saw spike tied up in his stable, asked how much [the seller] wanted and that...




badminton first-timers: alicia hawker — 'my ride is quite quirky'

for alicia hawker, the mitsubishi motors badminton horse trials really is her “local” event.at just under eight miles door-to-door, she is (just) within hacking distance of the world-famous cci4*.the 23-year-old will be riding her grandfather’s robert hawker’s horse, charles rr, as she makes her badminton debut.“i live 10 minutes down the road so i have been every year,” she says.“it has always been the one i have wanted to do.”jumping the vicarage vee — “that’s such an iconic badminton fence” — and grazing charlie in front of the house are two of the things alicia is most looking forward to.alicia graduated from bath university last year, where she was also a sport scholar, with a first-class honours degree in spor...




‘we miss him terribly’: charity’s tributes to pony who won thousands of hearts

redwings has paid tribute to a beloved and long-standing resident who has died 20 years after being rescued from a horse sale where he was destined for slaughter.oliver twist, who suffered from a facial deformity known as wry nose, was a popular member of redwings’ charity adoption scheme and had lived at their caldecott visitor centre, near great yarmouth in norfolk, since 1999.he was originally spotted at a horse sale in nottingham in 1997 by a concerned member of the public who contacted the charity to see if it could offer him a home.his congenitally twisted nose meant he was unable to wear a bit and bridle and could not be ridden — making him a likely candidate for the slaughterhouse.but once at redwings, his quirky face and mischi...




6 bay beauties that we can't stop thinking about

if you’re a sucker for a bay, take a look at this selection of horses for sale on the horse & hound website this week.1. ‘very enjoyable’height: 16.3hhgender: geldingage: 13selling points: “cookie has a great attitude towards his work. he is a super hunter, a real arm chair ride and he has great technique over a fence, jumping hunt jumps, hedges and rails. he has be (british eventing) evented and really enjoys doing working hunters, showjumping, dressage and cross-county. he is very well schooled on the flat and works in a natural outline. he would be a top class riding club horse and has been on pleasure rides and hunt rides and is very enjoyable jumping everything we come to. cookie is very easy to do in and out of the stable and i...




mark todd: cross-country will take centre stage *h&h vip*

the weather gods must have been smiling on belton and its organiser, stuart buntine, last weekend. on the friday, we all thought they were mad to run the novice and intermediate classes — lorries were being towed into the lorry park and off again. but it is staged on amazing old turf, and next day the sun shone and the park dried out. stuart and his team did a great job.the area that contained the novice and intermediate dressage arenas and their warm-ups got quite churned up, but people were grateful to get a run after so many cancellations, and the going on the cross-country was good.i had two horses in the cic3* and one in the national advanced class, and was pleased with all three. my only criticism was that we weren’t allowed into t...




‘the fattest i’ve ever seen’: rescue of pony left to gorge to obesity

a fell described by a vet as the fattest pony she had ever seen has lost 14 stone since his rescue, in an “amazing transformation”.five-year-old dave was grossly overweight and in pain caused by laminitis when he was found by world horse welfare field officer chris shaw in buckinghamshire last april.“i realised straight away he was severely overweight and seemed to be having difficulty walking – clearly he was in a lot of pain,” mr shaw said.“it turned out his owner had abandoned him in one paddock but over time the fences had come down turning that smaller paddock into a very large paddock with a lot of grass. left to fend for himself, dave had just been gorging on this almost never-ending supply of food.“given his condition a...




1 rider makes a splash and 13 other great bits of horsey social media this week

splashing day for day 1 at camp! well done jemima you took it in good spirits #p...




event horse to retire this weekend after two olympics and sixth at badminton

apollo van de wendi kurt hoeve, who contested two olympic games under italy’s stefano brecciaroli, is retiring from eventing.the 18-year-old gelding by polidiktus van de helle will have a retirement ceremony as part of the nations cup prize-giving at vairano, italy, on sunday (22 april).the elegant bay apollo started his career under belgian riders ronny thijs and marc rigouts, joining stefano in 2008. that year, he had a winning streak of three international victories in a row at one- and two-star under marc and stefano.he and stefano formed a successful partnership and in 25 runs under fei rules over the course of 10 years, they only failed to complete three times. on every occasion when they finished, they were placed in the top 20, wit...




tributes paid to irish grand national winner after sudden death

irish grand national winner our duke has died at the age of eight from a heart attack.trainer jessica harrington revealed the news yesterday (19 april).“we are sad to announce our duke died this morning following his usual morning exercise,” said jessica.“he suffered a massive heart attack. he is a great loss to the cooper family and our team.”the gelding, owned by the cooper family syndicate, won six out of his 13 starts under rules.jessica’s daughter, amateur jockey and assistant trainer kate harrington, rode our duke in his first two bumpers under rules, finishing first and second.the ride then went to robbie power, who described him as “one of the best” he has ever ridden.the pair were sent off as 9/2 favourites in the 2017...




hovis' friday diary: i bucked with a national treasure (mary king) on board

dear diary,what can i say? a wise woman recently said, “some weeks are good weekends, some weekends are great weekends and some weekends are the stuff dreams are made of” — well “wise” woman might be pushing it as it was actually mother but for once she was right. and this last weekend? it was definitely the latter type.so, i could tell you all about the bathing on friday, the wood flour, the copious amounts of chalk and the scrubbing. the endless scrubbing. but then what’s the point? you all saw the photos — if my feathers had been any whiter we would have had to issue sunglasses as a safety precaution…i could tell you about mother being so stressed about me being sound, about me not being able to do my ride with mary king (...




badminton first-timers: kate honey and her self-produced star

it will be a case of third time lucky for kate honey at this year’s mitsubishi motor badminton horse trials (2-6 may).“i had a couple of horses qualified a few years ago but then they got injured and that was that,” says kate, who is a full-time eventer based in lambourn. “i’ve ridden at badminton the burghley young event horse qualifiers and helped friends competing in the four-star a few times so i know my way round, but to actually be going there now to compete myself is really exciting.”kate has owned her badminton mount, fernhill now or never (or hugo as he is known at home) since he was five, some 10 years ago.“i bought him from carol gee at fernhill sport horses in ireland — carol has known me since i was tiny,” expl...




cheltenham race abandoned due to heat

a long-distance chase at cheltenham was abandoned due to the heat when temperatures hit 25 degrees yesterday (19 april).just seven weeks after britain was hit by thick snow and plummeting temperatures due to the “beast from the east”, the 3m2f jrl group mares’ handicap chase on cheltenham’s all-mare card on thursday was not run on welfare grounds.some of the horses running in previous races had been found to be suffering from heat stress and, following a consultation between jockeys, trainers and the veterinary staff, the decision was made, due to the length of the race.the richard hobson-trained dame rose died from a heart attack after finishing fourth in the opening race. the british horseracing authority (bha) confirmed it was n...




meet h&h festival of eventing favourite sarah friend and her ascot-winning retiree

entries are filling up quickly for the horse & hound festival of eventing in association with kbis, so now’s the time to get to know some of the contenders and hear their stories so farwould you love the chance to compete in an unaffiliated three-day event with your horse? now you can at the horse & hound festival of eventing, which are being held at keysoe on 25-28 may.entries are open so enter now >>with unaffiliated classes from 70cm – 100cm there really is nothing to stop you and your horse living your dreams and completing a three-day event with a true championship feel.find out all you need to know about the h&h festival of eventing >>each week in the run up to the competition we will meet one of the entrants who can’t wait for t...




brough scott: the tiger’s little legacy *h&h vip*

tiger roll is the horse you have got to love. the stroppy little guy who keeps getting reinvented but continues to do it strictly on his own terms.everyone now knows that he is the first horse ever to win the triumph hurdle at the cheltenham festival and to return three years later to take the four-mile national hunt chase in 2017 — then to cap that with the cross-country chase this march.what they forget is that he was never meant to be a jumper and that his career has been littered with rejection, much of it of his own choosing.flat-bred from a mare trained by red rum’s rider tommy stack, he never even made it to the track, despite being bought for sheikh mohammed, and was picked up as a three-year-old for just £10,000 by graham tho...




it's the warmest april since 1949: 11 tips to keep your horse cool

at last we are able to enjoy some warm weather (how long it will last is another question...) — but that means horse owners need to be prepared for the flies, sunburn and hard ground that are the inevitable result, so here are h&h’s summer tips to help you and your horse keep your cool1. if you’re competing, leave as early as possible to avoid travelling in the heat and reduce the risk of getting stuck in traffic during the warmest part of the day.2. make sure that any windows are open to keep fresh air flowing through the horsebox. on arrival, consider whether the horses will be cooler standing on the lorry or trailer out of direct sun (consider dogs left in hot cars), or whether they would be better outside in the shade.3. if your h...




liverpool show team determined to succeed after 2017 ‘heartbreak’

organisers of the liverpool international horse show say they are more determined than ever to run a top-class event after the “heartbreak” of last year’s devastating fire.some 1,400 cars were destroyed and the final session of the 2017 show cancelled when the car park next to the echo arena caught fire on new year’s eve.show president nina barbour said the financial implications meant she and her team had to think “long and hard about the future of our show”.“but with help from the arena, together with the tremendous support we’ve had from our spectators, the equestrian community and everyone involved from the city of liverpool, we have been able to regroup and go ahead,” she said.ms barbour added that cancelling the final...




take a look around the stud where charlotte dujardin's new team contender grew up

deep in the yorkshire countryside lies emma blundell’s mount st john stud, well-known for breeding and producing some of most successful dressage horses of recent years. h&h’s breeding editor polly bryan takes a look around the stunning stud, which has produced the likes of charlotte dujardin’s new team contender, mount st john freestyleemma blundell’s enviable mount st john set-up nestles in the rolling north yorkshire countryside, with stunning views and superb facilities the stunning competition barn was officially opened in 2015, by none other than charlotte dujardin. it features wooden beams, red-brick walls and spacious röwer & rüb stables, all accented with mount st john maroon members of the mount st john team with some of ...