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‘he’s been beating me all his life’: michael trumps john in whitaker gct showdown

michael whitaker triumphed over brother john in a close-fought display of sibling rivalry on the world stage.michael and valmy took the csi5* trophée casino de monte-carlo class, tenths of a second ahead of his brother, riding argento, at the monaco leg of the longines global champions tour (lgct) on 29 june.“he’s been beating me all his life, but it’s nice to get one back!” joked michael.“my horse is unbelievably careful, he’s a fighter — he’s got a little bit more experience to come but i’m excited about him.”the time allowed was especially tight, with the top three each picking up a time fault each in the jump-off.michael finished 0.37 seconds ahead of john to win in a time of 36.04, with ireland’s michael duffy and...




young mare badly injured when sky lantern ‘lands on her tail’

the owner of a point-to-point horse who suffered a serious leg injury after a sky lantern is thought to have hit her has called for a total ban on the lanterns’ sale.bastante, a five-year-old mare owned by the plantation prosecco partnership, was found outside her field on saturday at about 10.30pm. as it was dark, her injuries were not visible and she was turned back out.“but the next day, in the light, we saw her,” syndicate member sarah sladen told h&h.“we were wondering what had happened and why, then we saw a strand of plain wire on the fence had broken.“then in the field, i found a clump of her hair and a sky lantern a few feet away, and her tail was singed.”“putting two and two together”, sarah believes the lantern had...




best tack cleaning products 2018

the best tack cleaning products are an absolute godsend for a busy yard with plenty of tack to keep in tip top condition. leather needs regular care if it is going to be comfortable for the horse to wear as well as maximising the tack’s useful life. cleaning tack also gives you the opportunity to check the stitching and the condition of the leather so you can pick up on any weakness that might cause a problem when in use. tack cleaning products range from washes to help remove dirt and sweat to conditioners to keep the leather soft and supple. some tack cleaners are designed to cleanse and condition at the same time. the best tack cleaners will leave your tack clean, supple and without any unpleasant residue to affect its appearance or lea...




mules are allowed to compete after british dressage u-turn: #justiceforwallace

the rider of the mule who has been hitting headlines after he was banned from being registered with british dressage (bd) is “over the moon” the ban has now been lifted.h&h reported last week that christie mclean had been refused bd club membership for wallace the great as she was told only horses and ponies may be registered.the story was picked up by national newspapers and websites, and it emerged that although bd had told h&h it “takes its lead from the fei” which also does not allow mules, this was not correct.bd this morning (4 july) issued a statement saying it had considered mule registration in full at a board of directors’ meeting yesterday.“following consultation with the fei, the board has taken the decision to harmon...




find out how prince harry spent his weekend

it was a thoroughly horsey weekend for prince harry, the duke of sussex, as he took to the polo field on two consecutive days for the audi polo challenge at coworth park, berkshire (30 june-1 july).he and brother prince william, the duke of cambridge, teamed up for the audi e-tron team on saturday afternoon, playing alongside england six-goaler malcolm borwick and top new zealander john-paul clarkin.playing in the attacking number one position, prince harry, who holds a respectable one-goal handicap, proved a pivotal player in his team’s 5-2 victory over audi quattro, captained by top canadian player fred mannix, and also featuring the world number one female player, nina clarkin. prince harry scored three goals, including the final clinch...




48 fabulous photos of the equestrian world supporting jonty evans

it’s a month today since irish olympic event rider jonty evans suffered a serious brain injury when he had a fall at tattersalls riding cooley rorkes drift (art) — the horse he secured through crowd-funding. with jonty still unconscious, four-star rider alice dunsdon had the idea of riders and connections wearing green — jonty’s cross-country colours — to show their support for him and so, with website eventing worldwide leading the campaign, #weargreenforjonty was born.riders, friends, parents and people connected to equestrianism in every way got into the green spirit last weekend. here are some of your photos of #weargreenforjonty…linda robertson’s daughter, flossie, stencilled green stars on her pony, rickydot dot dash comp...




how can you prove a horse is yours? h&h explains...

rebecca stojak, an associate solicitor specialising in equine law, explains the steps you need to take in order to prove the ownership of a horse or pony in the uk we don’t currently have one single document that proves ownership of a horse or pony.a horse’s passport may be proof of identity of the horse, but it does not confirm ownership. so the question is, what does prove ownership of a horse?in an ideal world, when you buy your horse you will have a dated receipt for any deposit and the purchase price of the horse. this should also detail who sold and bought the horse, for how much and how the purchase price was paid.there should also, ideally, be acontract for the purchase of your horse. the contract doesn’t have to be a long docu...




spotting the signs of sand colic *h&h vip*

remember mixing mud pies on the beach, watching the sand sink to the bottom of a bucket of seawater? now imagine the weight of that sludgy sediment resting deep in your horse’s stomach, and it’s easy to see why a case of sand colic is considered a medical emergency.“sand is heavy and will fall to the lowest point of the abdomen if ingested,” says richard stephenson mrcvs of pool house equine clinic, explaining that sandy soil can be swallowed when grass is closely cropped.“over time, the sand accumulates and can silt up the colon at the base of the caecum. the sand can cause an obstruction in the narrower parts of the colon, such as the pelvic flexure, so that food can’t move around easily and gas accumulates.“a heavy concentra...




48 fabulous photos of the equestrian world supporting jonty evans

it’s a month today since irish olympic event rider jonty evans suffered a serious brain injury when he had a fall at tattersalls riding cooley rorkes drift (art) — the horse he secured through crowd-funding. with jonty still unconscious, four-star rider alice dunsdon had the idea of riders and connections wearing green — jonty’s cross-country colours — to show their support for him and so, with website eventing worldwide leading the campaign, #weargreenforjonty was born.riders, friends, parents and people connected to equestrianism in every way got into the green spirit last weekend. here are some of your photos of #weargreenforjonty…linda robertson’s daughter, flossie, stencilled green stars on her pony, rickydot dot dash comp...




stud welcomes ‘miraculous’ identical twin blanket-spot buckskin colts

a devon stud has been shocked by the arrival of rare identical twin foals.the matching buckskin, blanket-spot colts have defied the odds and are reported to be happy and healthy at three weeks old.“the vet couldn’t really believe it,” said gassons farm stud proprietor tania mackee. “they are quite a curiosity to everybody.“we kept the news quiet for a while as i was half expecting them not to make it. twins are every breeder’s nightmare and you have a certain feeling you’ve failed that they weren’t spotted at the time of conception — one would have been pinched if they were.“it’s nothing short of miraculous they have survived,” she added.the unusual pair formed from one zygote which split to form two embryos, and were...




don’t lose your cool — how to survive the cross-country start box

here’s some helpful pointers from new zealand international event rider jesse ...




are these the most amazing losers’ prizes ever?

in a sport like polo, where there can only be one winner, you’d think being on the losing t...




steven ashworth: children and hounds — let the chaos commence! *h&h vip*

opinion horse & hound's hunting columnist details ...




cheltenham gold cup winner don cossack loving new career

bryan cooper steers don cossack to victory in the 2016 cheltenham gold cup. don cossack has been a ...




#weargreenforjonty: 48 fabulous photos of the equestrian world supporting jonty evans

check out riders and their connections around the world as they #we...




stud welcomes ‘miraculous’ identical twin blanket-spot buckskin colts

the foals have defied the odds an...




cheltenham gold cup winner don cossack loving new career

cheltenham gold cup winner don cossack is enjoying the start of his new career after retiring from racing.irish olympic eventer louise lyons has taken on the retraining of the national hunt hero.formerly trained by gordon elliott, the 11-year-old son of sholokhov has been to several shows with louise and has qualified for tattersalls july show.louise, who competed at the 2008 olympics with watership down, said “don” has been a “complete gentleman”.“he has been with me for about a month and we have been to three shows — he is loving it and is really enjoying the attention,” louise told h&h.“at the shows we have had people coming up to stroke him and have their picture taken with him.”the pair have contested some racehorse to...




contact lenses or glasses: what are the pros and cons of wearing them when riding?

if you go about your everyday life wearing glasses or contact lenses then it’s almost a certainty that you will need to do the same when you go riding. for the majority of people which form of eyewear they choose seems to comes down to personal preference, but we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to both types when riding.“i much prefer the vision you get with contact lenses compared to glasses. when i had an eye infection two years ago, i had to go six weeks with glasses and the difference was noticeable,” says four-star event rider victoria madsen.while contact lenses allow for a wider field of vision, they also attract dust and can prove painful if you get dirt or grit in them, as cheltenham gold cup winner and former ...




‘he’s been such a good horse to us’: pippa funnell takes over the ride on billy congo

on sunday 24 june, william funnell joined an elite band of riders to have won the hickstead derby four times. but what is even more outstanding is that he did it on a third generation home-bred.his winning ride billy buckingham is by william’s european gold medal-winning stallion billy congo — himself a product of the prolific breeding operation at the world famous billy stud, being by vechta out of the five-star jumping mare billy autumn (x animo elite).and the same week that billy congo’s son won the al shira’aa derby at hickstead, the now 17-year-old congo was jumping into third place in a 1.35m class at the venue — with william’s wife pippa at the helm.pippa produced billy congo in the stallion’s early career and the pair h...




badminton champion leads eventers in head-to-head with top jockeys

badminton winner jonelle “speed queen” price will head the eventers’ team in a head-to-head clash with leading jockeys at barbury’s jcb champions challenge this weekend.a team of eventers will compete against a team of jockeys in a relay race over fences on borrowed horses in aid of the injured jockeys fund.it is held in the main arena at the st james’s place barbury horse trials during a break in the eventing timetable, at 1.45pm on saturday (7 july).a full antipodean contingent makes up the eventing squad — jonelle is joined by her husband tim price, australian rider lissa green and the legendary sir mark todd.they will face three-time champion jump jockey richard johnson, tom scudamore, wayne hutchinson and sam twiston-davies....