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how to deal with horse fly bites this summer

flies are ever-present pests in summer, with horse fly bites being a particular problem for horses and riders alike. biting flies can pierce the horse’s skin and feed on its blood, while nuisance flies lay secretions in and around the horse’s eye, mouth, nose and other sensitive spots.flies can carry disease and an allergic reaction can result from any fly bite, while all flies cause annoyance and irritation to horses and humans alike – an important consideration when working or competing horses.types of flies that trouble horseshorse flies (tabinidae) emerge in june and july and are most active on warm, sultry days, especially around woodlands. favourite feeding sites include the horse’s underside, legs, neck and withers. the bites ...




jonty evans moves hospitals but remains unconscious

jonty evans remains stable in hospital, with no change to his condition, according to eventing ireland (ei).ei released a statement today (20 june) confirming that the popular event rider has not regained consciousness since his fall at tattersalls on 3 june.jonty and cooley rorkes drift (art) were competing in the cic3* when the rider fell at the main water feature on the cross-country course.he was taken to connolly hospital, blanchardstown, and then transferred to the neuro intensive care unit at beaumont hospital.“jonty remains in a stable but serious condition in hospital,” read the statement.“jonty has now been moved from intensive care at the beaumont hospital to a high dependency ward in the connolly hospital, blanchardstown, w...




emaciated and abandoned pony transformed into competition cob

a pony found dumped, emaciated and riddled with lice is now out competing, having been rescued by a groom from county durham.becky hill, 24, found the 12-year-old 13hh coloured pony on a road near the livery yard where she works on 13 march.the pony was thought to have been dumped in a car park at a nearby fishing lake.“i’ve never in my life seen a horse so weak and skinny,” becky told h&h.“he was so hungry he came straight to me. i only had a packet of polos in my pocket but he ate them all.”becky rang her boss at the yard who bought a headcollar for the pony and then she went straight home to get her trailer.she took the pony home and called the police and british horse society (bhs) to make sure the correct procedure was followe...




death threats made to rider banned from show for whip use

british showjumper ben talbot said he plans to take a break from the sport after receiving death threats in response to his riding at a show in germany this week.the rider was barred from the four-star competition at gros viegeln for his reaction to his ride everglade’s refusal at the water in a two-phase competition.video of the incident shows ben repeatedly hitting the horse with his whip, and kicking him, after the stop. a man shouts, the bell is rung and ben can be heard asking to go to the judges’ box.the rider told h&h his actions were “inexcusable”.“it was really stupid of me to do that,” he said.“it was inexcusable and i’m not trying to defend myself in any way but the horse had been having a problem at water for a co...




poldark’s aidan turner: ‘i learned to be sensitive and really listen to the horse’

bbc’s poldark returned to our screens earlier this month and so h&h’s julie harding quizzed actor aidan turner about getting up to speed with his riding for the sunday night drama what was your first experience of riding?i was about 10 and on a school trip to naas in ireland; a really horsey place. we were only there a day or two, and it was in new zealand in 2011, while working on the hobbit, that i started riding a lot more.what did riding on the hobbit consist of?i did a lot of bareback riding, and cantered for the first time, too. it was tricky because the horses were wearing hairy suits and would drop and roll, so you had to learn to jump out of the way and develop quick reflexes.what did mark atkinson teach you prior to filming on ...




9 things you never knew about mount st john freestyle — aka ‘mrs valegro’

the nine-year-old mount st john freestyle has taken the dressage world by storm over the past couple of years. having risen through the levels at an impressive rate under charlotte dujardin and earning stellar grand prix scores this season, the fidermark daughter looks set to spearhead the british team at this september’s world equestrian games in tryon, usa. but how much do you know about the hanoverian mare that carl and charlotte call ‘mrs valegro’?1. mount st john freestyle was spotted by her owner emma blundell as a foalfreestyle was bred by stephan kurz, and born on 17 may 2009 in germany, before being purchased by emma blundell of yorkshire’s mount st john stud as a foal at the verden elite foal auction later that summer. as a...




pony mad mum’s blog: i found myself horseless and flat on my back

i fell off the other week. it wasn’t serious. my main feeling was indignation. i don’t do falling off. i try to ensure i never get on anything with either the ability or the inclination to dump me, and this approach has served me well for many years.i have never subscribed to the view that “you need to fall off at least 20 times before you can call yourself a rider”. surely the point of the word “rider” is that it implies you are actually on the horse, not lying next to it.it’s a phrase that is normally delivered by an adult, by way of encouragement, to a small child who is lying in a crumpled heap on the floor, sobbing their heart out having just been discarded by their little wotsit of a pony who is now to be found with its u...




a dead heat and a love island star feature in race at york

a charity race held at york as part of the biggest fundraising day in british racing ended in a dead heat on saturday (16 june).the macmillan charity raceday’s finale, the 5.40pm best western hotels & macmillan ride of their lives, concluded in a tie between x rated and apterix, ridden by sarah fanning and chris brownless respectively.chris hughes, star of itv2’s love island, also took part in the race, crossing the line in fifth place after a late run on the richard fahey-trained carnageo.“i was so nervous at the start; it’s surreal that i’ve won with chris,” said 37-year-old sarah, who fell off in her previous attempt at a charity race at cheltenham. “everyone has done amazingly well and raised so much money for macmillan. th...




the queen's early morning gallop, a 100-year waiting list and more interesting royal ascot facts

royal ascot is undoubtedly the jewel in flat racing’s crown. here are some interesting facts you may not know about the historic meeting...the queen first attended royal ascot in 1945 at the age of 19. as an owner, she has since enjoyed 23 winners there since.during the earlier days of her reign, the queen used to gallop down ascot racecourse early in the morning before racing started. in 1960, she finished fourth of seven in an unofficial “race” with members of the royal party.ascot is the only place at which the queen has ever been seen publicly running.royal ascot has witnessed social change over the years — until 1955 divorcees were not allowed into the royal enclosure.the fashion rules have become slightly more relaxed over rec...




zara and mike tindall welcome new baby

olympic eventer zara tindall has given birth to a baby girl.a statement from buckingham palace’s communications team announced that zara and her husband, former england rugby captain mike tindall, welcomed their second child at stroud maternity unit yesterday (18 june).“mrs michael tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18 june, at stroud maternity unit,” said the statement.“mr tindall was present at the birth. the weight of the baby was 9lb 3oz.“the queen, the duke of edinburgh, the princess royal, captain mark phillips and mike’s parents, mr philip and mrs linda tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. the baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.“the baby is the second child for zara and mike...




world equestrian games 2018 dressage riders

details of the horses and riders who have been selected for long-lists, short-lists and confirmed dressage squads at the world equestrian games in tryon, north carolina (11-25 september 2018) will be added to this page as they become available.each country can send a squad of four riders with three scores to count in the team competition. ...




world equestrian games 2018 eventing riders

details of the horses and riders who have been selected for long-lists, short-lists and confirmed eventing squads at the world equestrian games in tryon, north carolina (11-25 september 2018) will be added to this page as they become available.each country can send a squad of five riders; four who compete as a team (as well as in the individual competition), plus one who competes as an individual only. if a country is unable to field a team, then it can send up to two individuals.germanyandreas dibowski on frh corrida or frh butts avedonmichael jung ...




eventer’s yard devastated in major fire

event rider tom crisp is “still counting the cost” after a fire ripped through his east sussex yard. the blaze, which is reported to have started at around 11pm on saturday night (16 june), has “wiped out” an entire top yard, of nine stables, a hay barn, tack and feed rooms, workshop and a coach house.“the fire started in the hay barn area, likely due to carelessness, possibly a cigarette butt,” explained tom, who was competing in both the cic3* and cci4* at luhmühlen in germany at the time.“we don’t have any evidence or cctv, and i’m hoping it wasn’t anything suspicious.”tom, who also happens to be a crew manager for the mayfield community fire station, a branch of the east sussex fire and rescue service, said he was ...




matthew wright’s eventing blog: one trot-up outfit malfunction and some exciting news

we’re home from a brilliant time at bramham international horse trials and are back on the yard for a few weeks, with just a couple of one-day events in between before hitting the road for some more three-day action.as i hadn’t competed at bramham for quite a few years, i wanted to make sure i got there in plenty of time on the wednesday to familiarise myself and remember where everything was.dhi paparazzi (pom) settled in straight away and was well up for his pampering session to prepare him for the trot-up. i had even remembered to get my best suit dry cleaned beforehand! so off i marched — well, mountaineered (bramham is very hilly) — down to the trot up in front of the main house, feeling rather dapper.when we got down there i bu...




world equestrian games 2018 showjumping riders

details of the horses and riders who have been selected for long-lists, short-lists and confirmed showjumping squads at the world equestrian games in tryon, north carolina (11-25 september 2018) will be added to this page as they become available.each country can send a team of four riders, all of which can also compete as individuals. if a country is unable to send a team, then it can send up to two individuals.in the meantime, yo...




defending world champion to miss this year’s world equestrian games

world eventing champion sandra auffarth is likely to miss out on defending her title at this september’s world equestrian games (weg) in tryon, usa.the german rider and her 2014 weg ride, opgun louvo, have been named in the “second group” of riders for this year’s championship — effectively a reserve position as five riders have been listed in the “first group”, which is the number required for the squad.sandra and opgun lovuo have had good results since 2014 — they were individual european silver medallists in 2015 and won the competitive cic3* at luhmühlen in 2016 — but they had 20 jumping penalties across country at the rio olympics (where they still finished 11th and contributed to team silver) and were not part of the...




when is the right time to buy a pony for your child?

in her new book pony care: a complete guide to buying and caring for your first pony, alison pocklington looks at what you need to consider before taking the plunge and buying a pony for your child choosing the right time to buy a pony is difficult and will very much depend on the parents’ knowledge and experience or that of a friend or instructor who might be willing to help.a child who comes from a horsey background will often have had a pony bought for them at a very early age, or sometimes even before they are born! this is fine when the parents themselves have the experience of riding and looking after horses. in this situation, the horses and ponies usually live at home and the child grows up watching the parents. this does not apply...




how a foal’s behaviour can predict their future prospects *h&h vip*

from the moment a foal is born, we begin to notice aspects of his personality — whether he appears confident and quick to learn, and how friendly he is. while it is interesting to speculate on how these early traits might manifest themselves in later years, what do we really know about personality in young horses?indeed, when purchasing a horse for a riding school or a less experienced rider, his personality is often considered more important than his conformation or even the price asked. if we could reliably test horse personality at a young age, it may help us to determine their suitability for a particular purpose. we could breed horses for specific personality traits and even match horses with riders for optimum performance.so far, we ...




the embarrassing moment when david walliams met champion jockey ryan moore

what happens when one of the best-loved comedians meets one of the world’s best jockeys, but has no idea who he is?well, that’s exactly what happened during a comedy sketch promoting great british racing’s latest campaign called “under-18s race free”, featuring britain’s got talent judge david walliams and three-time british champion flat jockey ryan moore.david takes on the role of young actor billy jenkins’ father during a day at the races but, unaware of ryan’s status as one of the world’s best jockeys, david immediately causes awkwardness by asking the top rider where they can find “a decent jockey” — much to the embarrassment of young racing whizz billy.“my kids love david walliams, so i knew that there would b...




‘donkey of destiny’ predicts world cup winners

from paul the octopus to a psychic pig and even a group of “mystic meerkats”, football loves its animal predictions – and now the donkey of destiny has burst on to the scene.diwa, a moroccan donkey of unassuming appearance, nevertheless clearly possesses hitherto unheard-of powers of prediction.the world cup wonder has made a strong start to his match predictions in the group stage of the tournament, correctly selecting both france and england as winners, over australia and tunisia respectively.diwa, who lives at the spana veterinary centre in marrakech, picks his favourite in each match by choosing between two buckets of hay, each decorated with the flag of one of the competing nations.and the donkey of destiny has made a controversia...