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Bridleway 43 through the old Dunwood Manor Golf Course at Awbridge, Hampshire.

"Someone has placed a new lockable metal bollard in the centre of the bridleway and it has a sharp-edged square top which sliced right through a horse's leg."

Says Mike Brownlow

One of our horses was seriously injured out on a ride. Someone has placed a new lockable metal bollard in the centre of the bridleway and it has a sharp-edged square top which sliced right through a horse's leg just above the knee. He lost a lot of blood, and needed 10 stitches. Hopefully it will not be a long-term injury, as he is a registered showjumper. It caused a lot of distress and obviously unnecessary cost.

Our concern is if this had been the rider's leg, or a child on a bicycle, the outcome could have been much worse.

I wondered if you can get this bollard removed (assuming it does not have permission) to avoid any walkers, cyclists, horses or riders getting injured in future and get some sort of apology from whoever put it there!

We also have a number of vet's bills and wondered if there is any chance of getting some sort of contribution towards these?

There is another, older bollard at the east entrance to the bridleway at the old golf course clubhouse, but this is rounded and a sensible height so hasn't caused any problems to date.

We have photos of the bollard and the horse's injury if these would be of assistance, and look forward to hearing from you.

This bridleway already has a solid barrier at the west end and another lockable bollard at the east end. I'm not sure whether these have also been erected without permission. Both of the access lanes to the bridleway are overlooked by occupied residential and community buildings, and the previously vacant golf course land is now grazed and rented by various livestock owners, so regularly attended.

I would suggest the barriers at each end of the bridleway should be reviewed for their suitability for horse riders and cyclists, and the central bollard, which injured our horse, should be removed as soon as possible.

I am pleased to attach a letter of 26 June 2014 to School Lane Holdings, who own the land and bollard in question, which sets out our final request for compensation for the injury to our horse, before proceeding with a Court Claim.

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.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

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FPS/V3500/14A/2, Ipswich, Suffolk, 19 Nov 2014, Westerfield Village Hall,Church Lane,Westerfield,Ipswich Suffolk IP6 9, Footpath removal

FPS/B3600/7/107, Tatsfield, Surrey, 19 Nov 2014, The parish Room,Tatsfield Parish Council Ship Hill,Westmoor Green TN16, new bridleway

FPS/P2745/7/47, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, 24 Nov 2014, North Yorkshire CC,County Hall Northallerton DL7 8AH, new footpath

FPS/Y3940/4/10, Pewsey, Wiltshire, 25 Nov 2014, Milton Libourne Village Hall,The St,Milton Libourne Pewsey SN9 5LQ, bridleway diversion

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

FPS/Y3940/5/3, Baydon, Wiltshire, 04 Dec 2014, Lambourn Memorial Hall,Oxford St,Lambourn,Berkshire,RG17 8XT, footpath modification

FPS/B3600/4/80, Godstone, Surrey, 04 Dec 2014, Consort House 5-7 Queensway Redhill,RH1 1YB, footpath diversion

FPS/R4408/7/14, Hoyland Nether, South Yorkshire, 09 Dec 2014, The Information centre,Elsecar Heritage Site Wath Rd Barnsley S74 8HJ, new footpath

FPS/P2745/7/46, Kirkby Malzeard, North Yorkshire. The Village Hall,Grewelthorpe,Ripon,N Yorks HG4 3BU, new bridleway

FPS/L3245/7/14, Llanyblodwell, Shropshire, Llanyblodwell and Porthywaen Institute, Llanyblodwell, Oswestry SY10 8LZ, new footpath

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DAY 138

It is now 138 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

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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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Princess Anne: Catch the crooks exporting live horses that end up on dinner plates in Europe

Princess Anne: Catch the crooks exporting live horses that end up on dinner plates in Europe

- Princess Anne fears illegal trade is causing horses 'unnecessary suffering'

- Dealers are getting around ban by claiming the horses are to be pets

- Some horses changes hands several times and endure four-day journeys

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Temporary. What does it mean?

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Mounted police boost public trust

Mounted police boost public trust

Watch Levels of public trust and confidence in police are higher when officers are deployed on horseback, a report suggests.

The number of mounted units in Britain has fallen from 17 in 2012 to 12 in 2014, amid pressures on budgets.

And the study commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers set out to assess the value of the patrols.

Researchers say they could have a greater role in neighbourhood policing.

Interviews with police and the public were conducted by the University of Oxford and research group RAND Europe between February 2013 and August 2014.

They examined the reaction of members of the public when neighbourhood patrols by pairs of mounted police officers were trialled in three areas in Gloucestershire and London in March 2014.

They also looked at the use of mounted units at the Glastonbury Festival, football matches and demonstrations.

On average, police on horseback were said to have six times as many casual interactions with the public as those on foot patrol. But the study said their value also depended on the character of the rider, with the more personable and outgoing an officer, the better. The report acknowledged the "unique role" mounted units had in dealing with crowds and disorder, highlighting situations where police on foot or in vehicles would be ineffective.

But it was, it added, difficult to say "successful outcomes" at crowd events were solely down to the presence of mounted units.

A "primary benefit" in using mounted units in neighbourhood policing was attributed to the patrols increasing the visibility of officers.

Mounted police at tuition fees demo in central London in December 2010

Report co-author Ben Bradford, from the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, said: "In community settings, the horse and rider combination appears to act as a sort of ambassador and 'ice-breaker' for the police.

"People come up to say 'hello' or to make a fuss of the horse before having a quick conversation with the officer."

He added: "Many people react positively to greater police visibility in their neighbourhood, and we believe this translated into higher levels of trust and confidence in the areas where the mounted patrols took place."

Acpo's national lead for mounted policing, Deputy Chief Constable Rod Hansen, said the research provided forces with "new evidence suggesting that mounted units still have great utility in modern policing".

"Despite the financial limitations, we must ensure that we do not inadvertently lose a capability that offers so much to policing services without fully understanding the consequences," he said.

The researchers say the drop in mounted units in recent years "raises a number of questions about both local and national policing capacity".

But they say their report does not set out to recommend how forces spend their budgets or whether they should have mounted units.

The British police forces with mounted sections are: Avon and Somerset Constabulary; City of London Police; Greater Manchester Police; Lancashire Constabulary; Merseyside Police; Metropolitan Police; Northumbria Police; Police Scotland; South Wales Police; South Yorkshire Police; Thames Valley Police, and West Yorkshire Police.

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- Was stopped by two mounted police officers for a stern talking-to

- Exchange was recorded on a GoPro fixed onto the driver's helmet

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Royal Marine Veteran's life-changing story is one of the highlights as conference considers 'The Value of Horses'

Royal Marine Veteran's life-changing story is one of the highlights as conference considers 'The Value of Horses'
Photo by Luru Wei.

Opened by HRH The Princess Royal who underlined the many different ways in which horses are valued in today's society – as sport competitors, as working horses which whole families rely on in impoverished communities overseas, as a much-loved family pet and even valued in the slaughter trade for whatever price they are worth [as reported in the Mail on Sunday 16/11/2014 by a reporter who attended the charity's conference] – our conference on 'The Value of Horses' really got people talking.

*This event was generously sponsored by Betfair for the fourth consecutive year.*

Watch HRH The Princess Royal's speech.

When Royal Marine Veteran, Jason Hare, stood to explain what a horse's value meant to him, his tragic but heart-warming story touched the hearts of the audience. The emotional and therapeutic value of the horse remains the value which resonated most with the almost 400 guests including leading figures in sport, media, veterinary medicine, local government, rural organisations, charities and the many other equine experts present. [Image, above, shows Jason Hare]

After being "blown up twice" while serving as a Royal Marine, once by a suicide bomber and once by stepping on an improvised explosive device, Jason lost his left leg, digits to his right hand, his left eye and also suffered severe facial injuries and had to have his nose amputated. "I lost my facial identity," he said. "And this is what started my road to recovery."

Once a young boy [aged 19 when he joined the marines] who wanted adventure, to explore and who loved speed, especially motorbikes – to be told that he had to leave the marines and rely on crutches and his wheelchair - "was hard to swallow," he'd told the room.

It was HorseBack UK, a charity which aids the recovery of servicemen and women who have suffered physical or mental injuries, which found him and challenged his outlook through a life-changing experience that he could never have imagined he'd take part in.

Having never worked with horses before, Jason was nervous: "These horses had four legs, I only had one," he said.

But as time went on he really did learn the value of horses.

At HorseBack UK, the initial emphasis is on learning the basics, caring for the horses and building a bond of trust with them. Once that trust is established, the groundwork starts. This builds confidence in gentle increments, so that by the time the participants graduate to riding, they are completely at ease with their horse. For veterans, this learning process acts as a bridge from the military to the civilian world whilst still working in the great outdoors, like so many veterans are used to.

"I found working with horses extremely beneficial. It's hard to be patient when you're a patient, but working with these animals relaxed me and taught me perseverance. You can't bully boy horses – they'll just kick you or run away but you can't be too passive either or they won't listen. You have to find a balance, like everything in life. In the Royal Marines we say: you have to improvise, adapt and overcome – it's the same principal in this role; it might take weeks, months or even a year but this gave me my mobility back - and with dignity."

Jason now helps other injured servicemen on the road to recovery as team leader at the charity and says that helping others means that he can give something back. "I never thought I would be a horse owner but as I learnt to walk, my horse learnt new skills – we did it together. I get to see every day how horses help injured servicemen, disabled children and even youngsters who have been disengaged from education and have been through the judicial system: the power of horses."

Watch Jason Hare's speech.

Other speakers on the day spoke about the many other interpretations of 'the value of horses'.

Secretary General of the German Equestrian Federation, Soenke Lauterbach, discussed the value of the horse in sport and in leisure. He compared the monetary value of a £100,000 sport horse at the top of its game with a £200 beloved pet – asking why their worth should differ so vastly. He said: "Why is a horse who can win an Olympic medal more valuable than a horse who first teaches you to ride? Without school horses there is no future for our sport in the broader public: they are our first teachers, they need to be calm and friendly, easy to ride and safe – isn't this more valuable? But he stated that more often than not the value of a horse is based upon its suitability for certain jobs.

Watch Soenke Lauterbach's speech.

This was followed by Professor Cathy McGowan, from the School of Veterinary Science in Liverpool, who spoke about the functional value of the working horse to impoverished communities overseas. She highlighted that with 50% of the world in poverty, the horse is heavily relied upon as the only transport to enable families to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities like taking their children to school, getting medical assistance, retrieving food and water and even helping in construction by carrying the materials to build roads and houses. Is this not the real value of the horse?

Watch Professor Cathy McGowan's speech.

Writer and philosopher, Roger Scruton, who spoke eloquently on his own view of the value of horses enlightened us by saying: "The horse is one of the few animals that we entrust ourselves to. When riding a horse, our safety depends entirely on him and his safety likewise entirely on us. We entrust our life to the horse by compelling him to entrust his life to us – there's no closer bond with an animal than this."

Talking about the distinctive nature of humans encompassed with our responsibility for horse welfare he said: "We are the species that cares and we can abuse that caring or we can use it to our advantage and that of other species."

Watch Roger Scruton's speech.

What is the Value of Horses? – This question was bound to spark debate on what a horses' value really means to each individual and disagreement was inevitable. That is why this year the Conference hosted two debates, argued by four panellists and discussed by the audience. The motions considered were: 'Qualifications are essential for good horsemanship' and 'Horse welfare would improve if slaughter were banned.' There were, of course, differing opinions over the two motions but the majority of the audience, at the end of the discussions and questions from the floor, agreed that qualifications were not essential and that indeed experience with horses is held to higher regard. After the 'for' and 'against' argument was put forward by the panellists on banning horse slaughter – a majority judgement was concluded – that banning slaughter would not improve the welfare of horses.

Chief Executive of the hosting charity, Roly Owers, said as he drew the conference to a close:

"I have been truly amazed by the many different ways we value horses. The value of horses transcends money, utility and sentiment but we should not assume the different values we place on horses need to be in conflict. Focus on one value does not negate others, but if we value any one aspect too highly horse welfare suffers.

"For instance, emotional value can be so high that it clouds an owner's judgement as to when to say 'good bye'. Too high a financial value can stop a horse being able to express normal behaviour, due to being stabled 24/7 or being kept from their own species. Functional value is so immensely high in impoverished communities overseas that these horses are often worked hard for over 10 hours each day, every day and not given adequate rest, nutrition or veterinary care. Similarly a horse's function as a food source seems to have negated any appreciation of their sentience by those who handle them on their journey to the slaughterhouse. Conversely, people feel so strongly about horses that they do not believe they should ever be slaughtered for meat – feeling trumping function. So it's important to keep any one of these values in check if we want to give our horses the care they deserve. Let's use the extraordinary gift humans have been given to care for animals and redouble our efforts to protect horse welfare."

Watch Roly Owers' speech.

Watch each of the individual sections of the conference, broken up for easy navigation.

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Says Sandra Smith

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

Still here, still hunting – 10 years on the hunting community is still fighting for repeal

Still here, still hunting – 10 years on the hunting community is still fighting for repeal

Ten years ago (18 November) the Hunting Act 2004 was forced through Parliament and three months later, on 18 February 2005 it became law.

Those opposed to hunting thought that would be the end, that the hunting community would give in and tail off to take up other, less contentious pastimes. But they had seriously underestimated those who live and work in the countryside.

A decade on, practically every hunt that was operating when the Act was passed is still going strong and they are all still determined to overthrow this illogical, badly drafted and unfair law.

Tim Bonner, director of campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: "The determination of hunts, and the continued support of the wider rural community, has ensured that hunting is still thriving 10 years after the Hunting Act was passed, but the law has proved just as unworkable, pointless and wasteful as we predicted.

"A law which was passed because of MPs' obsession with fox hunting has been used almost exclusively to prosecute poachers. A law which was supposed to be about animal welfare has not reduced suffering or stopped foxes being killed.

A law which was supposed to be 'straightforward and enforceable' has continued to create confusion in the courts and waste hundreds of hours of police time. "This is a remarkable law in that it seems that absolutely no-one concerned is happy with it. The Prime Minister when it was passed admits it was one of his biggest mistakes; the courts have called it 'confusing', and 'far from simple to interpret or apply'; the police dread having to investigate politically motivated allegations; hunts have to operate under ridiculous restrictions which mean they are at risk of prosecution every time they open the kennel gates; and now even the anti-hunting organisations who wrote the legislation are calling for wholesale changes.

"There is only one sensible solution to this mess and that is to get rid of the Hunting Act. This issue will never be resolved until we have legislation based on evidence and principle, rather than prejudice and political point scoring."

The Case for Repeal

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Charges against staghounds dropped

Charges against staghounds dropped

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that all charges against Devon and Somerset Staghounds' huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood have been dropped.

The three faced a total of four charges relating to alleged incidents of hunting with dogs on September 14 and October 24, 2013.

Avon and Somerset Crown Prosecution Service had decided to bring charges based on covert surveillance evidence supplied by employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS).

However, solicitors for the defendants learned, in an email from the CPS, that all charges against them had been dropped.

A previous prosecution involving Mr Summersgill and other Devon and Somerset Staghounds members collapsed before trial in 2009.

Countryside Alliance director of campaigns Tim Bonner said: "This case has always been fundamentally flawed and the decision to bring charges was very difficult to understand.

"Avon and Somerset CPS have brought three prosecutions based on LACS covert surveillance in the past two years and all three have now failed.

"It has taken far too long, but at least now the CPS has finally stood up to the inappropriate pressure being exerted by animal rights organisations and saved the taxpayer the cost of a lengthy and pointless trial.

"The Devon and Somerset Staghounds have continued to research and manage the deer of Exmoor since the Hunting Act came into force nearly 10 years ago. After this second failed prosecution against them it is time for everyone to accept that their activities are entirely legal."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
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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

WORLDWIDE EQUESTRIAN HEROES SHORTLIST FOR FEI AWARDS 2014 ANNOUNCED

WORLDWIDE EQUESTRIAN HEROES SHORTLIST FOR FEI AWARDS 2014 ANNOUNCED

The shortlist for the FEI Awards 2014, the Oscars of the equestrian world, will be revealed on Facebook and Twitter by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, starting today.

The annual awards, launched in 2009, put the spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that make outstanding contributions to the growth of equestrian sport, rewarding excellence, commitment, dedication and courage.

Candidates for the Reem Acra Best Athlete category, for athletes who have demonstrated exceptional equestrian skills, and over the last 12 months have taken the sport to a new level, will be unveiled today.

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), the double Olympic gold medallist and current world Dressage number one, collected this award last year dressed in a stunning creation by fashion designer Reem Acra, title sponsor of the Western European League and Final of the prestigious FEI World Cup™ Dressage series.

She sent a special message to this year's hopefuls:
"Winning the Reem Acra Best Athlete award was an absolute privilege, and the ceremony inspired all of us to celebrate equestrian sports with a global audience. I wish everyone nominated this year the very best of luck for these awards, which will continue to inspire young people for generations to come to take up equestrian sport."

The shortlisted candidates for the remaining four FEI Awards 2014 categories will be revealed daily this week as follows:

Tuesday, 18 November: Against All Odds Award
Rewards people who have pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances.

Wednesday, 19 November: FEI Solidarity Award
Presented to an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, or an individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy in expanding equestrian sport.

Thursday, 20 November: Best Groom Award
Reserved for those all-important, behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to ensure that their horses get the best possible care and attention.

Friday, 21 November: Longines Rising Star Award
The category is dedicated to equestrians aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent. This award counts past winners Reed Kessler (USA), the youngest equestrian athlete to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Alex Hua Tian, who was celebrated in Chinese media as the "one in 1.3 billion" in the lead-up the 2008 Olympic Games where he became China's first Eventing athlete.

Full information on the equestrian heroes of 2014, which include athletes and key personalities, will also be available on www.feiawards.org.

The winners of the FEI Awards 2014 will be flown to a red-carpet gala evening in Baku, Azerbaijan in December, where over 350 guests representing National Federations, equestrian sport fans and the FEI's partners around the world will celebrate their achievements.

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

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Schoolgirls raise over £110 for HorseWorld by selling cakes

Schoolgirls raise over £110 for HorseWorld by selling cakes

Says Amy Williams

A group of youngsters from a Somerset primary school have raised over £110 for a West-Country horse rescue charity by selling homemade cakes.

Joanna Wilson, Olivia Wade, Laura McMillan and Poppy Tuaima from Milverton Primary School in Taunton held a bake sale in aid of HorseWorld, a charity that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes horses, ponies and donkeys in need and raised a grand total of £110.16.

"We were aware of the fantastic work that HorseWorld do as we rehomed our pony from their centre." Said Joanna's mother, Emma Wilson. "He had been wild when he was rescued and he is the sweetest pony you could wish to meet now and a real member of the family. We came to the charity's Open Day in October where we got to see pictures of some of the scenes the staff are faced with when they arrive at the scene of a rescue and learnt what can be involved in their rehabilitation. We all felt compelled to help."

After the sale, the girls visited HorseWorld again to present their cheque. HorseWorld Grooms, Caroline Beek and Caitlin Macaulay showed them around and brought Gracie-May, a heavy horse rescued from horrific neglect back in 2001, out to meet them.

"We would just like to thank these lovely young ladies for their fundraising efforts" Said Caroline. "The money will be used to pay vet bills and towards buying hay and feed for the horses. With around 140 horses on site at the moment, we are so grateful for the money they have raised."

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Bag a bridle for nominating your favourite horsey event

Bag a bridle for nominating your favourite horsey event

Is there an equestrian event that you feel is a cut above the rest and offers a superior visitor experience? Why not nominate it for the Caldene Competition Equestrian Event of the Year – one of the highly prized 2015 BETA Business Awards.

Everyone who puts forward an event will automatically be entered into a prize draw offered by the award sponsor to win a Caldene leather bridle worth £120. Nominations can be made via the BETA website, www.beta-uk.org, or Caldene website, www.caldene.co.uk. The deadline is 9 January and an independent judging panel will decide the winner. Alternatively, nominations can be sent to BETA, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS22 4AW, or emailed to laurac@beta-int.com.

The 2015 BETA Business Awards are designed to reward and celebrate organisations and individuals that have made a considerable contribution to the equestrian industry. Winners of each of the 10 categories – including the Caldene Competition Equestrian Event of the Year – will be announced at the British Equestrian Trade Association Gala Dinner, at the Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Sunday 22 February.

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TopSpec Support Dressage Series

TopSpec Support Dressage Series

TopSpec – well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds are sponsoring an unaffiliated dressage series at Fry's East Yorkshire.

Based at Aike Grange Stud near Driffield, Fry's East Yorkshire is running a Start (Prelim) series and Move Up (Novice/Elementary/Medium) series throughout the winter and spring with qualifiers also held at Snainton, Bishop Burton and Sheepgate.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: "We are delighted to be supporting this unaffiliated series, which provides the ideal opportunity for competitors to get out on the competition circuit without gaining dressage points and having to move up to the next level before they are ready."

The final will take place at Fry's East Yorkshire on July 19, 2015 with a host of fantastic prizes on offer.

Point will be awarded for each class at the qualifiers with the top 30 point holders in the Start and Move Up sections invited to the final in each championship.

Qualifiers at Fry's East Yorkshire take place on December 6, January 10, 31, February 28, March 28, April 21, May 19 and June 23.

For further information visit www.frys.co.uk

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They're coming - Linda and Pat Parelli

They're coming - Linda and Pat Parelli

The countdown is on to the Spring event of the year – One Day with Linda and Pat Parelli – and there's a packed schedule for everyone to enjoy.

Held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on March 7, there is a real buzz of excitement in the Parelli community about what to expect.

The day long event will begin with a demonstration of the Online Savvy by the Savvy Team and then the learning will begin with Pat leading a two hour session on 'Getting Started', featuring horses and riders new to the programme and looking at everyday problems.

After a lunch break the Savvy Team will give a demonstration of Liberty work and developing a true partnership with the horse.

Linda will then take centre stage to continue the journey to the next level, working with students who have progressed beyond level one into levels two and three.

This will involve both Liberty, working on the ground without the aid of a halter and lead rope and Freestyle, riding on a loose rein.

The fun will really begin during the next session with the Savvy Team involving bareback and bridleless riding and jumping - and a demonstration of the advanced skills of Finesse, riding with contact.

To close the day's events Pat will lead the final session with the help of two riders, to demonstrate what is possible at level 4 and beyond, no doubt wowing the crowd with what can be achieved.

One Day with Pat and Linda Parelli is sure to be an event to inspire and will also include question and answer, and autograph signing sessions.

Buy your tickets today!

Tickets are priced from £39 to £99. Anyone buying 10 tickets in one transaction will receive one free.

To buy tickets contact Parelli UK on 0800 0234 813 or visit the Parelli webshop at www.parelli.com

To buy tickets contact Parelli UK on 0800 0234 813 or visit the Parelli webshop at www.parelli.com

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New Nevis Winter Warmers Range from Tottie

New Nevis Winter Warmers Range from Tottie

The new Nevis Range from Tottie is a lovely winter warming set, perfect for the cold months ahead.

The range features a Hat, Snood and Gloves. All feature a pretty winter pattern knitted in silver and cute pom-pom detail.

The Nevis Hat is a knitted trapper style bobble hat, great to keep you warm and cosy. Available in one size and is priced at around £15.49.

The Nevis Snood and Gloves both have a soft knitted lining for extra warmth. The Snood is priced at £17.49 and the Gloves are priced at around £11.99.

The whole Nevis Range comes in two colours, dark purple and black, colours that will match anything.

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Congratulations

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse

The Racecourse Association, in conjunction with Great British Racing has announced Ascot Racecourse as Showcase Champion at the annual Showcase Awards.

The RCA Showcase Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate excellence and innovation on Britain's racecourses, with individual Awards handed out over seven categories.

The 2014 Awards were hosted by Haydock Park Racecourse. There were a record 74 entries from 40 racecourses this year, with seven categories each featuring five Finalists, as well as three Awards recognising the Groundstaff Champions and Customer Service and @RCAShowcase #TopSpot Awards which were open for nomination from the public.

The title of Showcase Champion recognises overall excellence throughout all aspects of the racecourse, with Ascot also scooping the Events and Food & Beverage categories for the Red Bull Air Race and their new catering facility 'On 5'.

Other winning submissions included Arena Racing Company's All Weather Racing Championships in the Events category, Cartmel's 'Our Community' work in CSR, Goodwood's 'Sunday School' in All About the Horse,Musselburgh's 'Mission Impossible' which saw them double attendance for Scottish Sprint Cup Day in Operational Excellence and Kempton Park's 'Upgrading the Owners & Trainers Experience' initiative.

Following submissions from the racegoing public, Pontefract received the RCA Customer Service Award whist York were the winners of the @RCAShowcase#TopSpot Award.

The twitter feed has once again spent the year highlighting great ideas big and small that enhance the customer experience. This year, the judges were impressed by York's flower bed bins, which helped to add a touch of colour to a generally overlooked piece of racecourse furniture.

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