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Four horses stolen from Trust

Four horses stolen from Trust

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are appealing for information after four horses were stolen from the Brendan Trust.

The incident happened in the Frenchay area.

Officers aided the Horse Trust in the rescue of the horses from Muller Road, Bristol where they had been abandoned in October. The horses were being stabled by the Brendan Trust whilst they waited to find permanent homes. All the horses had been micro-chipped.

Last night, the horses were taken from their fields belonging to the Brandon Trust.

The fencing was broken into and footprints were traced through Stoke Park, where it is thought they were loaded onto a horse transporter.

If you can help, report it on-line using the following link bit.ly/1kfjr3V quoting reference 122632/14. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

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FPS/U1050/7/80, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, 02 Dec 2014, Council Chambe r,Long Eaton Town Hall,Derby Rd,Long Eaton NG10 1HU, byway modification

FPS/P2935/7/39, Otterburn and Rochester, Northumberland, 02 Dec 2014, Otterburn memorial Hall,Main St Otterburn Newcastle upon Tyne NE19 1NP, New byway open to all traffic

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Two horses including pregnant mare shot dead

Two horses including pregnant foal shot dead

THE ISPCA are appealing for information after two horses were found having been shot, near the village of Ardpatrick.

Responding to an urgent call ISPCA inspector Lisa O'Donovan encountered a dead horse lying on the side of the road at Glenanaar, Ardpatrick, Kilmallock, and another mare running loose in a frantic state.

A third mare was discovered in a nearby field, unable to stand and bleeding profusely from a wound on her side. She also aborted the foal that she was carrying.

A veterinary surgeon was immediately summoned but the wounded mare succumbed to her injuries. The uninjured but traumatised horse was secured and escorted away from the scene.

A veterinary examination revealed that both dead animals had been shot, both suffering a single puncture wound to their right flank.

"This is a horrendous situation" commented Inspector O'Donovan, "It was horrific to find the pregnant mare in such distress and fighting for life. We can now confirm that she was six months pregnant. Unfortunately she aborted her foal while we were waiting for the vet to come. It is unimaginable to consider what she had gone through in this remote setting. Thankfully the mare that we removed is safe in our care and getting the best possible attention". "It is awful for the animals but there is also a huge human risk if people are going around shooting animals."

The ISPCA's chief inspector, Conor Dowling, added: "At this point in time we do not know how the horses came to be in this position. None are identifiable as they were not microchipped. Whatever the circumstances, these animals endured the most terrible suffering.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or Kilmallock garda station".

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 145

It is now 145 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.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

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Grand National jockey to retire to take up rugby

Ryan Mania is looking forward to a life away from horse racing after announcing his retirement from the sport.

The Scot, who won the Grand National in 2013, admitted he had grown tired of the jockey lifestyle. "Racing's been great to me and I love it, but it just takes its toll and you think 'there's more to life than this'," Mania told BBC Scotland.

"I'd like to do something completely different, I'd enjoy doing something in the media or TV, something like that."

And the 25-year-old added: "I've been in a full time job since I was 15 and it would be nice not to have to do anything, and just explore other options and see what best suits me. "First and foremost I'd like to start playing rugby again, as I had to stop that when I became a jockey, so it would be nice to see all my old friends again."

Just 24 hours after winning the Aintree showpiece on 66-1 shot Auroras Encore in 2013, Mania was rushed to hospital following a fall at Hexham in which he suffered a neck injury.

He revealed the constraints involved in being a jockey were behind his decision to leave the sport. "I just felt it's the right time, it's not an easy life," he added.

"Weight issues have been bothering me for about six months and now I have a young son I'm also missing a lot of time at home with him. "All the race courses are a long way away so we spend our life in the car driving from meeting to meeting.

"You're up at the crack of dawn then you've got to exercise the race horses, then you've got to go and lose weight, usually through sweating, so it means you can't live any sort of normal life - you can't accept an invite to dinner because you can't eat, it just restricts what you can do."

Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
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Forget the rumours. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be back

After a story in the Wall Street Journal detailed a new marketing strategy for Budweiser that will focus more on "Jay Z and zombies" than the iconic American images normally associated with the brand, there was much worry that the company's iconic Clydesdales would fade from the Super Bowl advertising landscape they've been a part of since 1986.

But fear not, lovers of the famed horses. Though a younger vibe will indeed be prominent in Anheuser-Busch advertisements in the future, the Clydesdales will continue to be featured in Super Bowl advertising in February.

"The story this morning may have left a wrong impression – the Budweiser Clydesdales will, in fact, be featured in next year's Super Bowl advertising and are also a part of upcoming holiday responsible drinking advertising," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement.

The company's 2014 spot "Puppy Love," which featured a Clydesdale chasing after a departed canine friend, was the runaway winner of USA TODAY's Super Bowl Ad Meter.

Another Clydesdale-inspired spot was named the winner in 2013.

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Top Tips for Tack Cleaning this WinterThe Society of Master Saddlers

Mud, rain, wind and cold temperatures, our horses' tack goes through a lot during the winter months battling the elements, not to mention the sweat produced by the horse during hard work or a morning's hunting.

Quality leather tack is designed to withstand a lot, but with daily use the leather and stitching can become damaged

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Charlotte among the nominated

BBC Sports Personality 2014

Ten contenders have been shortlisted for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December.

Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), athlete Jo Pavey, plus Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans are among the nominated. With an array of candidates to choose from, an expert 12-member panel faced some difficult choices finalising the shortlist.

Sports Personality panel
Olympians Rebecca Adlington and Denise Lewis, Paralympian Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson and footballer Jason Roberts Newspaper sports editors Mike Dunn (Independent, the i and Evening Standard), Howard Wheatcroft (Express

Newspapers head of sport) and Alex Butler (Sunday Times); pan-sports broadcaster/journalist Alison Mitchell and the chair of SportScotland Louise Martin Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater; head of TV sport Philip Bernie and Carl Doran (executive editor, BBC Sports Personality of the Year)

The winner will be announced during this year's Sports Personality programme in Glasgow, which will celebrate a year of drama which included the World Cup, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will present the show on BBC One, with further coverage on Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

Voting details, including phone numbers for each nominee, are announced during the programme, when people can cast their votes online. To vote online during the programme, you can register in advance .

Past 10 winners

  • 2013: Andy Murray (tennis)
  • 2012: Sir Bradley Wiggins (cycling)
  • 2011: Mark Cavendish (cycling)
  • 2010: AP McCoy (horse racing)
  • 2009: Ryan Giggs (football)
  • 2008: Sir Chris Hoy (cycling)
  • 2007: Joe Calzaghe (boxing)
  • 2006: Zara Phillips (equestrian)
  • 2005: Andrew Flintoff (cricket)
  • 2004: Dame Kelly Holmes (athletics)

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More tickets have been made available for the show and can be purchased online at www.thessehydro.com, by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 395 4000 or in person from the main box office in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The ticket office is open Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm. Calls cost up to 5p/min from most landlines (an additional connection fee may also apply). Calls from mobiles may cost considerably more.

Tickets are priced at £45, £55 and £60 and will be subject to a 10% service charge with a limit of four per person. Children under 16 (minimum age 10 years) must be accompanied by an adult.

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Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

BRITISH RACING UNVEILS MAJOR NEW COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME AT PARLIAMENTARY RECEPTION

BRITISH RACING UNVEILS MAJOR NEW COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME AT PARLIAMENTARY RECEPTION

British Racing at a Parliamentary Reception last night (Tuesday) unveiled a major new engagement project designed to help communities across the country. "Racing Together" will see all of the industry's community activity brought together under one banner.

British Racing invests £6.6 million a year in community engagement activities, while members of its 22,000 strong workforce donate 6,000 hours of their time each year towards charitable activity.

At a reception in the House of Commons, hosted by Ian Lavery MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP, the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities, Helen Grant MP, and the Shadow Minister for Sport, Clive Efford MP joined over 30 other MPs and Peers to hear about this exciting new initiative.

Racing Together will promote British Racing's excellent initiatives in this area and see the industry work collectively to extend even further its contribution to communities across the country.

The four key pillars of Racing Together's work will be:

looking after the people and horses who are British Racing; education outreach; helping those who are most in need; and bringing together the communities in which British Racing operates. A key part of the programme will see racecourses designated as community hubs. The new scheme will see the establishment of Beacon Racecourses where Racing's educational, wellbeing and community engagement objectives can be delivered.

Through our network of racecourses, and small and micro-businesses across the length and breadth of Great Britain, British Racing brings together communities of all economic and cultural backgrounds, and is the UK's second most popular spectator sport after football.

As part of the plan, a pilot Beacon Racecourse study has been commissioned to take place throughout 2015 at the world-famous Aintree Racecourse, home of the Crabbie's Grand National. The pilot project will provide joint learning opportunities for local communities in the Sefton area of Merseyside – the 135th most deprived area in the country of over 32,000 council wards according to Government statistics.

It will also see the trial of Community Engagement Officers who will use racecourse resources to engage with local people. The Beacon Racecourse will deliver an advanced programme of using the Racing environment to teach the national curriculum to children from local schools.

Following a review of the pilot it is proposed that the concept will be rolled out to other racecourses across the length and breadth of the country. Racing Together will also work to ensure every racecourse and major facility will have a community engagement programme and begin work to build on current volunteering initiatives to develop a national Racing Volunteer Network by 2020.

Ian Barlow, Chairman of the Racecourse Association, said:

"British Racing has a proud track record of helping communities across the country. The establishment of Racing Together will enable us to work together to do even more to support those most in need and work with the communities in which we operate."

Steve Harman, Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, added:

"British Racing is a genuine British success story enjoyed by millions of people every year, and is a significant industry for the British rural economy and driver of international investment in UK PLC.

"It only succeeds because of the tremendous contribution of our workforce, racecourses, education providers and charities, which bring benefits to communities across Britain. Racing Together is our opportunity to give back even more to the communities which support our great industry."

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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

'Ashamed' former farrier and football fan admits punching police horse

'Ashamed' former farrier and football fan admits punching police horse

A Bristol Rovers fan has admitted punching a police horse before the match which saw his team relegated from the Football League. Civil engineer Wayne Baker was among Rovers fans taunting Mansfield Town supporters being escorted to the Memorial Stadium for the vital encounter on May 3.

Bristol Crown Court heard that when PC Tracey Small rode police horse Jubilee towards him, Baker punched the animal to the left side of its neck. PC Small followed him to the turnstiles and another officer arrested him.

Advertisement The 46-year-old, of Birch Road in Yate, pleaded guilty to affray.

The court heard Baker, a former farrier who had previously been trampled on by a horse, was going to watch a football match for the first time in 20 years when he lashed out.

Julian Howells, prosecuting, said that, as 10,000 people headed to the ground in Horfield for the 3pm kick off, mounted police joined officers on foot for crowd control.

'Ashamed' former farrier and football fan admits punching police horseMr Howells said PC Small joined colleagues to escort some 50 Mansfield fans towards the stadium.

He said: "There were 100 Rovers supporters on Filton Avenue and when they realised it was Mansfield supporters they started gesturing in a threatening way. Police thought it was intimidating and aggressive."

Missiles were thrown at officers, the court heard, and Baker was spotted picking up a traffic cone.

Mr Howells said: "He moved towards PC Tadeusz Grabowski, he was shouting, and PC Grabowski thought he was going to throw the cone.

"The defendant was told to put it down and he did put the cone down.

"PC Small turned Jubilee towards the defendant and, with his right fist, he punched the horse to the left side of its neck. It connected and the horse threw its head to the right side."

Baker, who was followed and arrested at 2.45pm, made no comment when interviewed.

Sarah Isles, defending, said her client had gone out with two friends and had drunk two pints of lager before heading to the game.

She said: "They saw the escort for Mansfield Town and they started shouting football songs, on both sides. He picked up the cone as if to sing through it.

"The police asked him to put it down and he did so immediately."

Miss Isles said her client's previous experience of being trampled on by a horse made him fear the same thing would happen when the police horse appeared.

She said: "He accepts a large group of men chanting would be very frightening and intimidating to others. It has had a salutary effect on him."

Hard-working Baker had not been before the courts for 29 years, Miss Isles said.

Judge Euan Ambrose gave Baker a four-months suspended prison sentence, with 250 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a four-year football banning order.

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e-Petition Ban the sale of fireworks to the general public in the UK

e-Petition Ban the sale of fireworks to the general public in the UK

Created by Roz Pooley

Responsible department: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

It's my birthday weekend. Am I out celebrating? No, I'm at home comforting my terrified dogs.

The stress fireworks cause many pets and their owners is immense.

There are about 17 million pets in the UK (Figures from 2013), 25% of British homes owns a pet.

Pet owner point of view aside, there is human safety to consider. It seems crazy that anyone deemed old enough can buy an explosive and let it off in any open space.

Canada, South Africa and Australia have limitations or bans on private firework displays and the UK needs to follow suit.

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Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Something to keep out the cold

Something to keep out the cold

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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

Award-winning hunters and jumpers among 32 horses killed in stable fire

Award-winning hunters and jumpers among 32 horses killed in stable fire

Amber Bauman stood in disbelief watching firefighters walk through the smoking debris of her charred horse stable.

She wept with her daughter for the loss of 32 horses that she said were incinerated Saturday night in an extra-alarm fire in unincorporated McHenry County.

White horse trailers sat empty near the scorched wreckage at Valley View Acres horse stable at 5116 Mount Thabor Road near Woodstock, Chicago. Bauman's family owned some of the horses, and others were being boarded at the stable.

"This is the first time in 35 years I don't own a horse. I don't know what to do anymore," Bauman, 40, said.

Among the horses that died were award-winning hunting and jumping horses as well as horses used for riding lessons. Bauman said the horses were of many breeds, including Dutch warmbloods, thoroughbreds, ponies of the Americas and Hanoverians.

The fire started at 10:53 p.m. according to a statement from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department. Bauman said her family had attended an Illinois Hunter Jumper Association banquet Saturday night and her two sons had returned home early.

One son awoke to an "awkward sound," looked out the window of their home and saw the stable was on fire, Bauman said.

"It's every barn owner's worst thing you can ever hear," Bauman said.

Bauman said for her family and for others who boarded their horses at the stable the loss dealt an additional blow.

"That's home. That's an extension of home. This is all my kids know, and it's gone," she said.

When first responders arrived they saw a big portion of the T-shaped stable in flames, according to a statement released by the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.

Five horses escaped the flames and were found later in a pasture.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the fire and was treated and released from a local hospital. No one else was hurt, according to the statement.

The stable was in an area without fire hydrants, so first responders requested additional manpower, equipment and water tenders. Fire departments from 27 surrounding jurisdictions, including Elgin, Lake Zurich and Barrington, helped put out the blaze, according to the statement.

The preliminary damage estimate, which includes the lost horses, could be over $1 million, according to the statement.

Bauman said the stable and horses are insured, but that did not offer much solace as she watched the remains of her livelihood become ash Sunday.

"Insurance doesn't bring back horses," she said as she choked back tears.

In particular, Bauman said she was heartbroken by the loss of her "best friend" Eve, an appendix breed horse (a cross between a quarter horse and a thoroughbred). Bauman bought Eve when she was 10 and the horse was a foal. She recalled paying all her savings, $82.73, for the new pet.

"I said, 'On New Year's Eve I'm going to buy that horse,' and her name was Eve. And I bought her," Bauman said.

And they grew up together, Bauman said.

"She pulled the carriage at my wedding, I rode her in a homecoming parade, my kids grew up riding her. … It's kind of like saying goodbye to what's left of your childhood," she said.

After 35 years, Bauman said she was heartbroken about the way Eve perished.

"Every night I would pray that if she died she would go in her sleep," Bauman said. "She fell asleep last night and went to heaven. And she took 31 of her besties [sic] with her."

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

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Equestrian Team GBR World Class Performance Manager – Jumping

Equestrian Team GBR World Class Performance Manager – Jumping

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a Showjumping Performance Manager (PM) to lead, develop and manage the Jumping programmes within the BEF's UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme (WCP).

This is an opportunity to play an integral part in the progress of a successful GB sports team, with the primary aim to develop programmes and systems that deliver Jumping success at Championship level, specifically at the Olympic Games, with particular emphasis on preparations for Rio 2016.

Reporting to the WCP Performance Director, and in consultation with the British Showjumping CEO, the PM will be responsible for the delivery of the BEF's Jumping World Class Performance Programme. The successful candidate will also work with the BEF's World Class Development Programme Jumping Discipline Coordinator to ensure there is an effective and sustainable pathway for talented British Jumping riders through the delivery of the BEF's World Class Development Programme.

At championships and other designated competitions the Performance Manager will be the Team Manager for the GBR senior Jumping Team, responsible for structuring and managing team support, including the provision of athlete coaching, ideally provided by the PM (coaching qualification required).

The successful candidate will be a motivated, well organised self-starter with extremely effective leadership skills and superior levels of emotional intelligence. He or she will have a performance focus and a charisma that will enable the candidate to harness the support of a complex community and the internal and external stakeholders, ranging from boards to practitioners as well as athletes, owners of horses and coaches. He or she should have comprehensive experience in a high performing culture.

To apply Send CV and covering letter to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk or British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH by 17 December 2014. First stage interviews will take place week beginning 5 January 2015.

Remuneration package will be commensurate with experience and the responsibilities of the role. The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.

Further information and job description can be found at www.bef.co.uk/job-vacancies

Endurance riders back sponsorship

Endurance riders back sponsorship

Endurance GB (EGB) members were provided with an overview of their long term strategy and vision at their AGM to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.

As part of this strategy, the Board of EGB has identified that sponsorship will enable them to achieve goals for growth more quickly.

EGB members were also presented with details of the proposed sponsorship package that has been developed with Meydan, which has been deliberately constructed to offer opportunities and benefits to all our members, and the sport as a whole.

The EGB Board believes the proposed agreement would significantly enhance their ability to realise their vision and reinforces the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.

All EGB members have been asked to submit their feedback regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement through a survey, which the EGB Board intends to have considered by mid-December.

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Police horse is a finalist in a national animal hero competition

Police horse is a finalist in a national animal hero competition

A police horse from Thames Valley is a finalist in a national animal hero competition.

Albert, who is the longest-serving horse in Thames Valley Police's mounted section, has been shortlisted for the RSPCA and Daily Mirror's Animal Hero Awards 2014 for his work during demonstrations, football matches and VIP visits to the UK.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

Albert's excellence was highlighed at an incident in Brighton in April 2012, when anti-fascist protestors clashed with members of the English Defence League (EDL).

Smoke bombs, metal railings and glass bottles were being thrown across the police line, and when the horses became surrounded protestors started to pull at the reins, push the animals and attempt to pull the officers off their saddles.

Despite this, Albert remained calm and used his body weight to push the protestors away.

This was one of many incidents which Albert has been involved in during his ten-year police career.

PC Kevin Simmons, from the mounted section, said: "We all got surrounded. People were grabbing us and bottles were bouncing off our helmets.

"It was one of the most extreme situations I have been in. The commendations afterwards stated that we were subjected to unprecedented levels of violence.

"I am not one to be scared easily, but that was a scary day.

"But through the good bond that we have with our horses and our trust for each other, we both looked after each other. All the horses, and especially Albert, did a great job.

"The commander said afterwards that if it was not for the horses they would have really struggled to reach their operational goals."

PC Simmons added: "Albert is getting a bit older now, so he has a few joint problems and gets a bit stiffer than he used to.

"He is probably the next one on to be retired, maybe in a year or two, but he will go to a good home when he does and spend the rest of his days in the field grazing."

Retired police horses join those from the military and charities at The Horse Trust in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police horse Albert in central Milton Keynes

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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.

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Horse & Country TV to Launch in Australia

Horse & Country TV to Launch in Australia

Horse & Country TV, the award winning international TV channel devoted to equestrian sports and lifestyle, announced today that it will launch in Australia on 1 February 2015.

Speaking at Equitana Melbourne, H&C TV CEO Heather Killen said the channel will initially be available on Fetch TV, where it will be offered as an à la carte option for $7.95 per month.

Ms. Killen said H&C TV will also be offered over the internet and on mobile devices, and the company plans to make the channel available on other platforms in the future.

Horse & Country TV is currently on satellite, cable and IPTV in the UK and Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden, passing 15 million TV households. The English and Swedish channels are also available directly over the internet and on mobile devices.

The network offers a lively mix of top international sport, behind the scenes shows with leading trainers and personalities from the equestrian sector, and compelling documentaries on travel and adventure, food, farming and country living.

Signature shows on H&C TV include Yard Talk and Masterclass, in which 2014 Badminton winner, Sam Griffiths recently featured, and the "Carl and Charlotte" documentary series, following the exploits of top dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.

H&C TV also broadcasts FEI World Cup, Nations Cup and Classics Series tournaments, the Global Champions Tour, the Indoor Masters Series, high goal polo and other top international competitions, as well as shows from internationally renowned horsemanship trainers such as Pat and Linda Parelli, Monty Roberts, and Chris Cox.

In addition to its international content, H&C TV plans to develop and acquire local programming, and will produce an Australian version of its successful equestrian magazine show format.

Speaking of the upcoming launch, Heather Killen, said: "There's a vibrant equestrian sector in Australia as well as a rural community that is often overlooked by mainstream media. H&C TV has become a valued member of that community in our European markets, and we hope to be able to strike the same chord with horse and country lovers here."

"As an independent network, H&C TV has been motivated to explore all new means of channel distribution, including IP and 'over the top' delivery, so we are delighted to have Fetch TV, clearly a pioneer in this area in Australia, as our launch partner."

Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, said: "Fetch TV is committed to being the clear market leader in catering to Australia's diverse interests by providing convenient access to leading speciality channels. H&C TV represents an extremely high quality offering for a very passionate audience, and we are pleased to welcome them on our platform."

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

Oliver Townend

Oliver Townend

Oliver Townend has topped the end of season British Eventing Points rankings for the first time since 2009, the year he won both the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, although he has been in the top three every year since 2004. The 31 year old who hails from Yorkshire also wins the Tony Collings Award for the best British rider.

During the 2014 season Oliver has amassed 1556 points. Notable wins came at Ballindenisk CICO3* and CCI2*, and Rockingham Castle, Floors Castle and Brightling Park's CIC2*s.

Then there was Armada's runner up finish at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and eighth place at the Land Rover Burghley CCI4*s, and Black Tie II's fourth place at Luhmuehlen CCI4* which resulted in the pair's selections for the Senior British WEG squad. In total Oliver won nine international and 24 national classes this year.

"It's been a good year, and a bonus to finish at the top of the table again," said Oliver. "Thanks to my great group of loyal owners, who are friends as much as owners, I have an exciting team of horses who have really stepped up to the plate. There's a lot of work to do over the winter, but I have plenty to be excited about thinking ahead to next season."

End of Season rankings 2014 - Townend

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Mon 24 November, 2014

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6:30pm Your Horse ESUK Champs 2014 Highlights from the 2014 Your Horse ESUK Unaffiliated Championships with Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes. (S1, Ep 1/1)

7:30pm Wild Horses: The Canadian Rockies We follow a foal named Stone Child through his very first year in the Rocky Mountains. Witness his winsome interactions with his family, but also the dangers of his surroundings. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Your Horse Live Presenter Jenny heads to Stoneleigh for the twelfth Your Horse Live and brings you all the action from the amazing demonstrations from the world's best riders and trainers. (S1, Ep 1/1)

9:00pm Yard Talk: Mark Tomlinson Top polo player Mark Tomlinson shows us around his yard at the Beaufort Polo Club and talks about family life with Laura, his dressage star wife. (S2, Ep 1/1)

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9:30pm H&C Masterclass: Mark Tomlinson British polo player Mark Tomlinson gives tips and advice in this introduction to polo. (S2, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Barry Armitage & Joe Dawson plan to emulate Sir Harry Smith's epic 950km journey from Cape Town to Grahamstown....in only 6 days. Join the team at the start of their intrepid expedition. (S3, Ep 1/8)

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 25 November, 2014

Horse and Country

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5:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Bella Remembers. Aunt Caroline's arrival has thrown the household into confusion, and she's determined to cure Bella's amnesia. The Doctor can't tell Bella about his plans to adopt her. (S2, Ep 17/26)

6:00pm Farming Sunday › We get an overview of the UK dairy industry and look at preventing respiratory disease in cattle. (S16, Ep 2/5)

6:30pm GCT 2014: Doha Catch the showjumping action from the Global Champions Tour 2014 with the leg from Doha. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S1, Ep 6/8)

9:00pm SJI Irish Breeders Classic Watch the best of Ireland's young horses compete in the third running of the 50,000 Euro Irish Breeders Classic from Barnadown and we also paid a visit to the legendary "Cruising". (S1, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Back in the saddle for the 2nd time, Joe & Barry set off on their ancient trek. The question remains whether they are truly prepared for the gruelling 784km that still lies ahead. (S3, Ep 2/8)

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 26 November, 2014

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6:00pm Farming Sunday › In this episode, we look at sheep production in Ireland and Dorset and livestock disease Blackleg. (S16, Ep 3/5)

6:30pm Carl Hester's Fantastic Elastic › Top dressage rider Carl Hester hosts a masterclass with some of his horses at Crofton Manor Equestrian centre. The first of two programmes. (S1, Ep 1/2)

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7:30pm Carl Hester's Fantastic Elastic › Top dressage rider Carl Hester hosts a masterclass with some of his horses at Crofton Manor Equestrian centre. The second of two programmes. (S1, Ep 2/2)

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Your Horse Live Presenter Jenny heads to Stoneleigh for the twelfth Your Horse Live and brings you all the action from the amazing demonstrations from the world's best riders and trainers. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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9:00pm British Showjumping at Bury Farm Action from the Jeep All Star Show at Bury Farm. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith The 2nd day of Barry & Joe's attempt to beat Sir Harry Smith to Grahamstown. Conquering monstrous mountain ranges, the next challenge is the swirling currents of the River Breede. (S3, Ep 3/8)

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 27 November, 2014

Horse and Country

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6:00pm Farming Sunday › We look at dairying in Ireland and Scotland and beef production in Shropshire. (S16, Ep 4/5)

6:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: BD Team Quest Jenny Rudall meets the teams competing in the first ever British Dressage Team Quest Finals at Bury Farm. Guest presenter Hannah Brook-Lawson chats to the winning riders. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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7:00pm Burghley Horse Trials 2014 The grandeur of Burghley House provides the perfect backdrop to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Set in the undulating grounds of the park, this year is to be as challenging as ever. (S1, Ep 1/1)

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S1, Ep 6/8)

9:00pm FEI Classics 2014: Adelaide Catch all the action from this year's FEI Classics 2014 Adelaide. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Having overcome monumental obstacles on day two, Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson face the longest day of their journey to date, 176km in less than 24 hours. (S3, Ep 4/8)

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 28 November, 2014

Horse and Country

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6:00pm 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)

6:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Your Horse Live Presenter Jenny heads to Stoneleigh for the twelfth Your Horse Live and brings you all the action from the amazing demonstrations from the world's best riders and trainers. (S1, Ep 1/1)

7:00pm Blenheim Horse Trials 2014 Exclusive to Horse & Country TV, Jenny Rudall presents highlights from this year's Blenheim Palace CCI*** International Horse Trials. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Your Horse Live Presenter Jenny heads to Stoneleigh for the twelfth Your Horse Live and brings you all the action from the amazing demonstrations from the world's best riders and trainers. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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9:00pm British Dressage Nationals 2014 Highlights from the 2014 LeMieux National Dressage Championship Grand Prix Freestyle. (S1, Ep 2/3)

10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Over half way through their epic adventure, Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson set off for the formidable Cradock's Kloof pass. With temperatures soaring the journey starts to take its toll. (S3, Ep 5/8)

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 29 November, 2014

Horse and Country

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7:00pm Yard Talk: Mark Tomlinson Top polo player Mark Tomlinson shows us around his yard at the Beaufort Polo Club and talks about family life with Laura, his dressage star wife. (S2, Ep 1/1)

7:30pm H&C Masterclass: Mark Tomlinson British polo player Mark Tomlinson gives tips and advice in this introduction to polo. (S2, Ep 1/1)

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8:00pm Polo Masters 2014 Santa María Polo Club is welcoming the 43rd Land Rover International polo tournament. With some of the best teams in the world playing it promises to be a truly grand affair. (S1 Ep 4/4)

9:00pm Drive Thru Australia Phillip Island. Exploring the home of the world-famous Penguin Parade, Ben serves up Mexican Hotdogs, shortly followed by Trout in the Bag. (S1, Ep 9/13)

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9:30pm Yard Talk: Laura Collett Top event rider Laura Collett shows us around her yard in Lambourn, and talks about her return to competition after a crashing fall. (S2, Ep 1/1)

10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Barry Armitage and Dawson Joe set off hot on the heels of Harry Smith. The duo have a monstrous 220km to cover but after only three hours sleep cracks begin to appear within the team. (S3, Ep 6/8)

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 30 November, 2014

Horse and Country

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7:00pm Parelli: The Four Savvys ''Freestyle: Control and Communication under Saddle,'' Pat Parelli teaches Jennifer and her horse River to communicate through the use of a carrot stick rather than reins. (S1, Ep 3/4)

7:30pm Parelli: The Four Savvys ''Finesse: Precision Riding with Contact,'' Pat Parelli teaches Samantha and her horse Aspen to ride with refinement, grace and a soft feel. (S1, Ep 4/4)

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8:00pm Drive Thru Australia Phillip Island. Exploring the home of the world-famous Penguin Parade, Ben serves up Mexican Hotdogs, shortly followed by Trout in the Bag. (S1, Ep 9/13)

8:30pm The Season Welcome to The Season, in this episode we sip champagne with tennis elite at The Boodles, saddle up for the Longines Hong Kong Masters and break out the bats for the Interservices T20. (S1, Ep 3/6)

9:00pm Europe's Last Wild Horses This film reveals all aspects of the Dülmen herd?s existence, as well as the many fascinating species that share with them the rare and disappearing wooded wetlands of Central Europe. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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10:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith Miles behind the ancient tracks of Harry Smith, Barry and Joe have yet to complete the 220km challenge set the day before. As night falls, with little rest, the team hit the road fast. (S3, Ep 7/8)

11:00pm The Ride: Ghost of Harry Smith After six days of relentless riding over mountain passes, swirling rivers and busy highways, Barry and Joe are hot on the heels of Harry Smith. But will they make it to Grahamstown? (S3, Ep 8/8)

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