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Huntmaster knocked unconscious in vicious attack by masked hunt saboteurs armed with iron bars

Huntmaster knocked unconscious in vicious attack by masked hunt saboteurs armed with iron bars

A West Country huntmaster was knocked unconscious in a vicious attack by masked hunt saboteurs armed with iron bars, the Western Daily Press can reveal.

Police in Wiltshire are investigating the incident, which happened near the village of Everleigh, near Amesbury, at the end of a fractious day of confrontations between sabs and the Tedworth Hunt.

Officers called to the incident ended up giving first aid to the huntsman, Mike Lane, before paramedics arrived. He was rushed to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and kept in overnight with head injuries, which included concussion and several broken teeth.

Police in Wiltshire have launched a major investigation into the disturbance, which happened as the meet closed at Weather Hill Firs, between Everleigh and Haxton, at around 4pm.

Their investigations will centre around trying to identify the hunt saboteurs responsible. Video footage captured by several mobile phones among hunt supporters at the scene appear to show Mr Lane being punched to the ground and then kicked in the head a couple of times before the hunt saboteurs run off.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire police said: "We were called at around 4pm on Saturday to the scene of an incident between Everleigh and Haxton. The Tedworth Hunt had been out on a drag hunt and according to the hunt, a group of up to a dozen people – both men and women – wearing balaclavas had been harassing the hunt throughout the day.

"The protestors had left the scene by the time police arrived. We can confirm that a 39-year-old man from the Marlborough area who is involved with the hunt was assaulted and needed treatment at Great Western Hospital.

"The man was knocked to the ground and received injuries to the head and back and was briefly unconscious. Police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived.

"We are gathering evidence from witnesses, including video and still images recorded by Tedworth Hunt supporters," she added.

Mr Lane has been told to rest for at least a week following the concussion he sustained. Police said they are treating the case as a serious incident of ABH and potential public disorder.

Inspector Paul Longden, of Wiltshire police, said the attack was 'unacceptable'. "Whilst we have no issue with people lawfully protesting, this was a totally unacceptable assault involving a group of men and women wearing balaclavas.

"We are making every effort to find and bring to justice the people who inflicted these injuries," he added.

Mr Lane said he could remember little in the aftermath of the attack, but that hunt saboteurs had plagued the hunt all day.

"They followed is from the kennels that morning and during the days they were quite upset and there were a number of confrontations," he said. "We were quite upset that they were spraying the hounds with citronella spray and we remonstrated with them.

"We were packing up just after 4pm and it got quite violent. Five or six of them came across to where we were all parked and started to make a nuisance of themselves. I went over to try to calm it all down and one of them spat in my face. I was then punched by another and a scuffle broke out.

"I slipped over and on the ground one of them kicked me in the head twice and knocked me out. To be honest, I have no other recollection of what happened after that. They were swinging iron bars on lengths of rope at one stage. Luckily there were still enough people around who came to my aid and they ran back to their vehicles and drove off at speed," he added.

"Lots of people videoed what happened, and it is quite disconcerting to see yourself being knocked out on film," he added.

The incident is the latest in a long line of violent confrontations between hunt saboteurs and hunts in the West Country, with both sides claiming the other to be more the more violent.

Last week, the Western Daily Press reported how saboteurs had been mobbed by students from the Cirencester-based Royal Agricultural University after trying to disrupt a meet of the college's beagle foot pack at Knockdown, near Tetbury.

The campaign director for the Countryside Alliance, Tim Bonner, said the incident in Wiltshire showed that saboteurs needed to 'unmask'. "This was a particularly nasty and cowardly attack by people who hoped by wearing face coverings they would avoid prosecution," he said.

"The number of people involved in saboteur activities is far fewer than in the past, however we are concerned that the extremists who remain are increasingly resorting to violence. There have been a number of incidents over the past few years involving assaults on hunt staff and supporters by people who have masked their identities. We are particularly worried about the increasing tendency to violence by those wearing balaclavas and face coverings in a bid to escape the law.

"We call upon the police to use their powers, wherever possible, to unmask people who wear face coverings to hunt meets before there is violence," he added.

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Ponies deliberately being shot by rifle-wielding conservationist in bid to stop overbreeding

Ponies deliberately being shot by rifle-wielding conservationist in bid to stop overbreeding

- Hill ponies are being shot with contraceptive darts on Dartmoor

Conservationist Charlotte Faulkner said it was attempt to control numbers - Ms Faulkner previously said she is in favour of eating ponies to save them

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The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

DAY 209

It is now 209 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

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Is this real ? What do you think?

Is this real ? What do you think?

This picture has sparked a debate on Twitter after going viral among Britain's close-knit community of hunting folk.

Advertisement It was apparently taken by Ginni Beard, a photographer who specialises in capturing picturesque images of hunt meets, and action shots of riders out in the field.

The Countryside Alliance said it was 'speechless' when it saw the photo, while many have questioned whether it had been photoshopped.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER BEHIND THE PICTURE CLARIFIED IT TO THE WESTERN DAILY PRESS.

"It is two photos taken a minute apart!" confirmed Ginni. "The rider, who had fallen off, said he would jump off the fence after his horse, and 'Could I put him back on?' So I did with Photoshop - just for a joke! I never thought it would be taken seriously!"

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'Winston Churchill' wins on 50th anniversary of his death


Winston Churchill

A racehorse named after Sir Winston Churchill has netted a win on the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's death.

The namesake had been second favourite to win the 15:25 GMT at Uttoxeter Racecourse, but triumphed by some distance.

Trainer Sophie Leech said the horse's owner was a "massive fan" of the politician and had come up with the idea of running on the anniversary.

She said it was a "fitting tribute".


Winston Churchill and jockey Killian Moore

Ms Leech said the equine Winston Churchill and jockey Killian Moore had been building up to the day for some time.

"It's all worked out brilliantly," she said. "His owner was desperate to run him on this day, it's been the plan for a while and it worked."

Killian Moore and Winston Churchill Winston Churchill's trainer and jockey Killian Moore had been training ahead of the big day, his trainer said A still of the race Winston Churchill finished some distance ahead of his competitors


The racecourse tweeted confirmation of the win.

It congratulated the nine-year-old horse, and said "he did not surrender" - a reference to the human Sir Winston's famous wartime speech.

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British Equine Veterinary AssociationThe British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has issued guidance to horse owners to help them understand the rules surrounding equine dental care.

Type "equine dentist" into any internet search engine and you are likely to get a plethora of information and a wide range of horse dental care providers. Despite this vast array of accessible material there is still misunderstanding amongst horse owners over who can do what in a horse's mouth.

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Thinking about buying an ex-racehorse or struggling with one of your own?

Thinking about buying an ex-racehorse or struggling with one of your own?

The team at Guy Robertson Horsemanship are providing a fascinating insight into how to retrain racehorses that have spent years on the gallops, into calm, safe riding horses ready to take part in a wide variety of disciplines and activities.

The demonstration – Racehorse to Riding Horse
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on Friday, February 20 at 7pm.

Following a natural horsemanship philosophy and approach, Guy specialises in retraining horses and ponies to produce confident and respectful equines that are easy and enjoyable to ride.

Retraining ex-racehorses has become very popular over the last few years, thanks to nationwide competition and programmes showcasing how adaptable they are when it comes to transferring their talents to another discipline.

But the journey horse and rider go through can be paved with highs and lows and during the demonstration Guy will provide advice and tips on how to work with ex-racehorses when they become tense or difficult.

At the end of a horse's racing career responsible owners and trainers do their best to find ex-racehorses new homes and activities, whether this is an individual owner or organisation dedicated to re-educating racehorses as riding horses.

However as we all know with horses, sometimes things are a little bit more difficult than you expect. Don't under estimate that it can take quite a lot of time for a horse to learn how to adjust to its new role.

Guy will be demonstrating his horsemanship training methods which he has successfully used to retrain racehorses for polo and polocrosse, but which are applicable to all equestrian disciplines.

The demonstration, which is a fund-raiser for the Northern Racing College is being promoted by the Friends of NRC and will take place on Friday, February 20 at the college, Rossington Hall , on the old Great North Road near Bawtry at 7pm. Tickets are £10, including refreshments and free parking.

For further information contact 07876 033028,
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Newmarket applies to become
'Royal Newmarket'

A Suffolk town famed for being the "home of horse racing" is hoping to add "Royal" to its name. Councillors in Newmarket voted unanimously to apply for patronage, giving the town the official title of Royal Newmarket.

Warwick Hirst, portfolio holder for leisure, said the town's 400-year-old association with horse racing and the Royal Family provided a strong case.

"The town has strong royal connections," Mr Hirst said.

According to the Jockey Club, King James I recognised heathland in the town as being ideal for horses, in 1605.

Charles II visited the town regularly from 1660 and rode on two of the courses that are still used, and the Queen continues to attend events.

The Queen with Lester Piggott, Willie Carson and Jimmey Linley at Newmarket in 2000

Newmarket - Home of Horseracing

Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire became the first town in more than 100 years to be given the royal title in 2011, joining Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Mr Hirst said: "We're optimistic, but there are only three others so perhaps it's very difficult."

An application letter and accompanying 80-page book detailing the town's connection to the Royal Family has been sent to the Cabinet Office.

It is the reigning monarch who decides to bestow the honour.

"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett

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Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Large animal rescues scrapped in fire cuts

Large animal rescues scrapped in fire cutsFire crews helped lift Wesley the horse to safety after he got stuck upside down in a field in Conwy in 2012

Firefighters in north Wales will stop rescuing large trapped animals from April because it can no longer afford it.

National Farmers Union Cymru (NFU) said that unlike farmers, firefighters had the necessary equipment to deal with such emergencies.

The British Horse Society said the move compromised animal welfare and could put people in danger.

It follows warnings 228 firefighters' jobs could go amid budget cut plans.

The north Wales service has long responded to animal rescues, and only last month firefighters helped free two cows after they fell down a mineshaft in Holywell.

But North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority said such non-statutory assistance could no longer be carried out because of budget cuts.

Large animal rescues scrapped in fire cutsFirefighters helped rescue two cows which had fallen down a mineshaft in Holywell in December

Stephen James, president of NFU Cymru, said the organisation would write to the authority to raise concerns and highlight the importance of such a service in rural Wales.

Jan Roche, director for Wales of the British Horse Society, said it understood the problems that come with tight budgets but felt the move was a "retrograde step".

She said it could not only compromise animal welfare but potentially put people in danger, because it could be extremely dangerous to deal with a frightened animal.

The Farmers' Union of Wales said it hoped the decision could be re-evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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Loose pony closes motorway during rush hour

Loose pony closes motorway during rush hour

Commuters on the M1 faced a miserable morning of tailbacks after a pony escaped its field and ran onto the road.

The motorway was closed in both directions near to Junction 21a.

Leicestershire Police were called to the scene and managed to return the horse to the field in around half an hour.

However the motorway was still heavily congested as a result.

Leicester City Council worker Josie Fraser tweeted: "Our Monday morning briefing disrupted by loose pony on M1."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
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What would your horse do if he saw this?

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Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

Too much snow causes problems for
Snow Polo World Cup

Too much snow causes problems for Snow Polo World Cup Weather causes problems for Snow Polo World CupThe Cartier team were crowned winners of the 2014 Snow Polo World Cup in St. Moritz.
By Tony Ramirez/ www.imagesofpolo.com.

The meter of snow that fell over ten days ago has been weighing heavily on the ice layer over the lake of St. Moritz and has pressed it into the underlying water.

Water has risen to the surface despite the ice being of very good quality; structures that had already been put up ended up standing in slush and had to be dismantled again.

Thanks to the low temperatures, the slush has since turned into ice —however, it has not yet been possible to take up construction work again all over the lake.

As a consequence, the organisers had to renounce building the new terrace that would have, for the first time, been right by the polo field. "Having to give up on the terrace was very difficult, as our guests would have enjoyed a very special moment being so close to the polo game," regrets Reto Gaudenzi, the tournament's CEO. "We were able to relocate the lounge and the restaurant for our VIP guests to another tent, but we had to slightly reduce its capacity."

Thanks to the enormous effort made by all companies involved, the Plazza da Polo featuring restaurants and bars for the general public, the stands, with free access for all, and the exhibition tents of the numerous partners of the tournament—will be up entirely. "The teams of Lake Infra, Christoffel Constructions, Electro-Koller, marquee constructor Blasto, as well as Roth, the constructor of the stands, have all done a brilliant job over the past days," continues Gaudenzi. "We are looking forward to a fantastic tournament!"

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

Will you be mon stablemate n'est ce pas ?

- Lovely bond between Bibi the goat and horse friend who he showers with nose rubs

- The animals live on a farm in the South of France

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Pony Club looking for Health and Safety and Safeguarding Chief

Pony Club looking for Health and Safety and Safeguarding Chief

The Pony Club is looking for someone to join a growing team and contribute greatly to its future development in the two areas of Health and Safety and Safeguarding. Training and development opportunities will be provided as part of the role to add to the successful candidate's personal progression.

The role is split between Health and Safety and Safeguarding (Child Protection) with approximately half of the person's time spent on each area.

Salary: £16,000 to £20,000 depending on previous experience and qualifications.

Closing date for applications: February 9th 2015

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Racecourse Attendances Rise in 2014

Racecourse Attendances Rise in 2014

Total attendances at Britain's racecourses rose by 2.4% in 2014 to hit 5.82 million. This represents the second highest figure since 2006. Stephen Atkin, Chief Executive of the RCA said, 'We are very pleased to see this steady rise in both total and average racecourse attendance in 2014, which maintains racing as the second best attended sport in Britain, as confirmed in the report published by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.'

'It is gratifying to see overall racecourse attendance hold up against such a bumper year for sport, with the FIFA World Cup in Brazil along with British staged events, such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, attracting massive attention. Similarly, we are pleased to see our marquee meetings continuing to perform well, with four of the top ten attended sporting events in Britain being race meetings, according to Deloitte.

'Racecourse teams across the country work extremely hard to attract customers and to promote racing and as we operate in a leisure market that is only getting more competitive, they do fantastic work to provide the top class facilities that are expected by the public. The various Winners and Finalists at the 2014 RCA Showcase & Awards showed that this work is going on at all levels, for which racecourses should be congratulated.

'No doubt 2015 will bring a number of challenges, with major sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup to contend with, but I'm confident that our offer remains an attractive one for people looking for an exciting and good value day out!'

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

Non-Executive Board Director Vacancies

Non-Executive Board Director Vacancies

Non-Executive Board Director Vacancies British Showjumping

Board vacancies have arisen as part of the term rotation and therefore British Showjumping is looking for a Non-Executive Director in each of the following areas:

PR & Communications Legal and Governance Director with Showjumping experience Candidates for the above positions will need to show experience at Board level and be enthusiastic and forward thinking people who can operate in a team environment. Meetings are normally held on a 6-8 week cycle at our offices in Meriden, West Midlands.

The above are voluntary positions, offered for a three year term commencing from the 1st April 2015. Expenses will be paid in line with our expenses policy.

To apply please send a covering letter with accompanying CV to Nicky McMurdo, Executive Assistant to the CEO, British Showjumping, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands, CV5 9RG
or email: Nicky.McMurdo@BritishShowjumping.co.uk

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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Congratulations

Christie Wright

Christie Wright

Since the introduction of Training and Education (T&E) in 2012, this British Eventing initiative has gone from strength to strength, offering quality and affordable training for riders, officials and volunteers around the country through its easy to use online booking portal.

Former International event rider and current Discipline coach for the British Equestrian Federation's Excel programme Christie Wright will become the Chair of the T&E Steering Group with immediate effect. She commented on this new role: "Since I am so passionate about coaching and educating riders it didn't take much persuasion for me to consider this role. I am really looking forward to working with the existing Group to ensure the changes introduced continue to develop. We plan to take T&E forward by looking at how effective the courses have been so far, looking at how we can align training skills with recent changes in the sport and see where improvements can be made."

Christie joins the existing Steering Group which is comprised of: - Chris Farr (BE Sport Operations Manager) - Hilary Trahair (BE Training and Education Coordinator) - Eric and Lizzel Winter (Training and Education Officers) - Sarah Verney BHSI, (World Class Development Eventing Discipline Coordinator, UKCC Level 3 coach, BE Technical Adviser) - Liz Lyall (Chairman of Pony Club Eventing Committee, BE and FEI Steward) - Jo Winfield (BHS Director of Education and FBHS)

Christie (née Lomax) is based near Market Harborough in Leicestershire with her husband and two children. Her CV boasts many Coaching accolades including being a Mentor for the Eventing AASE(Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence)programme, BE Coach Educator for the Midlands Region, part of the Coaching Development Team(CDT)and a UKCC Assessor. Christie has completed the BE World Class Coaching Development Programme under Yogi Breisner and she is currently part of the BEF's EECAP (Equestrian Elite Coach Apprenticeship Programme)

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Mon 26 January, 2015

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7:30pm At Home with Carl Hester At Carl's a whole host of specialists are on hand to help. From horse dentist, to physiotherapist, nutritionist, saddle maker and farrier, we meet the characters that make yard life tick. (S1, Ep 4/5)

8:00pm At Home with Carl Hester In this final show of the series we follow the team to competition and spend time with Carl as he finalises preparations for the World Equestrian Games. (S1, Ep 5/5)

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8:30pm FEI World Cup Driving: Mechelen Catch the fast and exciting carriage driving from the FEI World Cup Driving Mechelen. (S5, Ep 6/8)

9:00pm Yard Talk: Boyd Exell H&C meets three times Four in Hand FEI World Driving Champion Boyd Exell at his yard in Leicestershire. (S2, Ep 8/10)

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9:30pm H&C Masterclass: Boyd Exell Triple World Champion carriage driver Boyd Exell gives an exclusive masterclass on how to maintain correct contact through the driven dressage paces. (S2, Ep 8/10)

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10:00pm Rolex Grand Prix Geneva 2014 The best riders met again for the 54th edition of the Concours Hippique International de Genève. Catch highlights from the Rolex Grand Prix from the largest indoor arena in the world. (S1, Ep 1/1)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land Our year on the dairy farm starts in spring as the grass grows and the cows begin milking, and climaxes in winter with calving season. (S1, Ep 1/6)

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Tues 27 January, 2015

Horse and Country

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5:30pm Equitrekking › From the beaches to the mountains of Carolina, exploring the Biltmore Estate on horseback, Daufuskie Island and riding with Cherokee tribal members in the Great Smoky Mountains. (S1, Ep 2/13)

6:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Super › We meet top dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at their yard in Gloucestershire, and discover what life is like for them in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. (S1, Ep 1/2)

7:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Super › Follow Charlotte Dujardin as she competes in the CDIO Hagen, Germany, under the watchful eye of her mentor Carl Hester. Plus we find out more about Carl and Charlotte's Olympic horses. (S1, Ep 2/2)

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8:00pm Parelli: Amazing Grace Pat and Aurelie play the Driving Game and Circling Game with Grace to teach her fundamental movements and commands. (S2, Ep 4/7)

8:30pm Rolex Grand Prix Geneva 2014 The best riders met again for the 54th edition of the Concours Hippique International de Genève. Catch highlights from the Rolex Grand Prix from the largest indoor arena in the world. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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9:30pm Olympia 2014: Alltech Puissance Highlights from the Alltech Puissance from London Olympia Horse Show 2014. Who is going to claim the title by clearing the imposing brick wall? (S1, Ep 1/1)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land A combination of the hot dry weather and the longer summer evenings is good news for Ireland's chicken farmers because for many of us today's barbecue meat of choice is chicken. (S1, Ep 2/6)

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Wed 28 January, 2015

Horse and Country

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5:30pm Equitrekking › On Georgia's coast, we experience beach riding on Sea Island, the wild horses of Cumberland Island, the beaches of Jekyll Island and historic Savannah. (S1, Ep 3/13)

6:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Golden Year H&C catches up with British Dressage stars Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at the end of an incredible year for them reflecting back on London 2012 and looking forward to Olympia. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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7:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Europeans 2013 Olympic Gold winning dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin are training to compete in the FEI European Dressage Championships in Denmark. Follow the pair on their journey. (S1, Ep 1/1)

8:00pm An Evening with Carl and Charlotte Dressage superstars Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE take to the stage with H&C's Jenny Rudall in front of a sold out audience to talk about their winning partnership. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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9:00pm FEI World Cup Jumping: Leipzig Catch all the action from this year's FEI World Cup Jumping Leipzig. (S5, Ep 9/14)

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10:00pm British Dressage Nationals 2014 Highlights from the 2014 LeMieux National Dressage Championship Grand Prix. (S1, Ep 1/3)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land Calving is without doubt the most dangerous time on the farm. In Durrow, Dominic Leonard is attacked by a cow whilst he is tagging a calf. As a result Dominic suffers a fractured skull. (S1, Ep 3/6)

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Thurs 29 January, 2015

Horse and Country

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5:30pm Equitrekking › Wyoming: Put on your cowboy boots, because in this episode, Equitrekking explores the rodeo, wild horses, fly fishing and historic ranches of Wyoming on horseback. (S1, Ep 4/13)

6:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Going Dutch Olympic gold medallists Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin head to the spectacular KWPN Stallion Show in the Netherlands. They continue their quest to find their next star dressage horse. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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7:00pm FEI World Cup Driving: Mechelen Catch the fast and exciting carriage driving from the FEI World Cup Driving Mechelen. (S5, Ep 6/8)

7:30pm FEI World Cup Driving: Leipzig Catch the fast and exciting carriage driving from this year's FEI World Cup Driving Leipzig. (S5, Ep 7/8)

8:00pm Credit Suisse Geneva Classic This high-class competition is the last chance for riders to qualify for the Rolex Grand Prix, part of the Rolex Grand Slam. This competition counts for world rankings. (S1, Ep1/1)

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10:00pm British Dressage Nationals 2014 Highlights from the 2014 LeMieux National Dressage Championship Grand Prix Freestyle. (S1, Ep 2/3)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land From the dark corduroy patterns in the fields in Autumn, through to the new growth in Spring, and the Summer's golden harvest, the programme is a visual feast from start to finish. (S1, Ep 4/6)

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Fri 30 January, 2015

Horse and Country

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6:00pm Yard Talk: Boyd Exell H&C meets three times Four in Hand FEI World Driving Champion Boyd Exell at his yard in Leicestershire. (S2, Ep 8/10)

6:30pm H&C Masterclass: Boyd Exell Triple World Champion carriage driver Boyd Exell gives an exclusive masterclass on how to maintain correct contact through the driven dressage paces. (S2, Ep 8/10)

7:00pm Around the Dog World Extended highlights of Best in Show from British Utility Breeds Association dog show with exclusive breed features including French Bulldogs, Keeshonds and Poodles. (S2, Ep 1/12)

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8:00pm Indoor Cross-Country Geneva A unique and first time event in Switzerland. Riders will compete on two arenas and ride natural obstacles, a hillock and a lake. (S1, Ep 1/1)

9:30pm Seventh Sense A film about a woman's journey to harness the seventh sense of horses to provide healing to herself and disabled children in South Africa. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm British Dressage Nationals 2014 Jenny Rudall takes a look at some more of the action from the 2014 LeMieux National Dressage Championship. (S1, Ep 3/3)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land Latest figures would suggest that traditional sheep farming is in crisis. Sheep used to be reared for their wool and their meat. (S1, Ep 5/6)

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Sat 31 January, 2015

Horse and Country

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5:30pm Equitrekking › Southern Spain: We explore the beaches, historic farms outside of Segovia and Seville, dancing horses at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and nightlife in Seville. (S1, Ep 6/13)

6:00pm Around the Dog World Extended highlights of Best in Show from British Utility Breeds Association dog show with exclusive breed features including French Bulldogs, Keeshonds and Poodles. (S2, Ep 1/12)

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7:00pm Olympia 2014: Christmas Stakes Showjumping from Olympia, The London International Horse Show. Find out who wins this year's Christmas Stakes event. (S1, Ep 1/1)

8:00pm Zoo Vet At Large It's a race against time to return Charlie the African Grey parrot to his family after he broke his leg. Matt decides not to operate but pin the leg, but does his decision pay off? (S3, Ep 4/10)

8:30pm An Evening with Carl and Charlotte Dressage superstars Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE take to the stage with H&C's Jenny Rudall in front of a sold out audience to talk about their winning partnership. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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9:30pm Olympia 2014: Grand Prix Highlights from the Grand Prix from London Olympia Horse Show 2014. Top showjumpers jump against the clock but who will have the ability to leave the fences up in the fastest time? (S1, Ep 1/1)

11:00pm Farmers: A Year On The Land Welcome to the factory farms. Both our pig and salmon farmers have courageously opened their doors to our cameras, to reveal for the first time, how the modern factory farm operates. (S1, Ep 6/6)

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Sun 1 February, 2015

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6:00pm Farming Sunday › We look at cattle diseases IBR and BVD and get an overview of proposed changes to arable spraying options. (S16, Ep 1/5)

6:30pm Farming Sunday › We get an overview of the UK dairy industry and look at preventing respiratory disease in cattle. (S16, Ep 2/5)

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7:00pm Farming Sunday › In this episode, we look at sheep production in Ireland and Dorset and livestock disease Blackleg. (S16, Ep 3/5)

7:30pm Farming Sunday › We look at dairying in Ireland and Scotland and beef production in Shropshire. (S16, Ep 4/5)

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8:00pm Farming Sunday › We look at fly control on dairy farms and get advice on the important area of fertility in beef production. (S16, Ep 5/5)

8:30pm Yard Talk: Boyd Exell H&C meets three times Four in Hand FEI World Driving Champion Boyd Exell at his yard in Leicestershire. (S2, Ep 8/10)

9:00pm Rolex Grand Prix Geneva 2014 The best riders met again for the 54th edition of the Concours Hippique International de Genève. Catch highlights from the Rolex Grand Prix from the largest indoor arena in the world. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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