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Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
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Would you believe it ? A horse gets its leg trapped in a STIRRUP

Would you believe it ? A horse gets its leg trapped in a STIRRUP

Says the Barwon Equine Hospital,

Today we thought we would share with you one of our more memorable cases in recent times. At an otherwise normal morning of track work, this filly dislodged the rider, then somehow strode into the stirrup iron after the saddle had slipped back. The stirrup leather subsequently broke, leaving the iron firmly ensconced above the hock.

All the vets here have seen some unique injuries in their careers and this truly was another one of those 'just how did they manage that' scenarios!

Would you believe it ? A horse gets its leg trapped in a STIRRUP

As you can see from the photos, the emergency services were called in by track staff as a precaution. Thankfully, however, the stirrup iron was able to be removed intact from the leg while the filly was under a brief general anaesthetic.

Injuries were minimal given the circumstances and the filly has since returned to work.

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 321

It is now 321 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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And the bride's first dance is with

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What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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Exceptional homes for troubled horses

WANTED Exceptional homes for troubled horses
Blue Cross Tommy with Blue Cross groom Serena Jenkins.

Blue Cross is urgently appealing for exceptional homes for an influx of troubled horses. Companion horses and ponies can bring just as much reward as their ridden counterparts believe the charity experts. Many ponies and cobs currently in the charity's care have been so badly neglected and abused in the past, they will never be able to be ridden yet still have plenty of affection and pleasure to give.

Horses and ponies, as prey animals, are by nature creatures of flight. For some, the flight instinct is heightened because of bad treatment, eventually causing them to distrust humans. While many may be won round with kind, consistent and experienced handling, others will remain anxious and troubled, lacking the confidence ever to become safe riding horses.

Tommy is one such horse. In his early years he suffered horrific physical and psychological abuse. Confined to a small, squalid barn, he and four other stallions fought over a solitary mare, kept with them.

WANTED Exceptional homes for troubled horses
Blue Cross Natasha with Sally Dunford

"Anyone knowing horses would really understand how dangerous and terrible it is to confine stallions together with a mare," said Vicki Alford, Horse Unit Manager at Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Burford. "Stallions will fight until the death over mares, so to be shut in with no form of escape is torture for horses. I would liken it to dog fighting. It is unforgivable."

As if this wasn't distressing enough for the animals, periodically the horses were forced, one-by-one, into a cattle crush and beaten with piping. For some this resulted in permanent facial scarring and irreparable nerve damage.

Last year the horses were seized by the RSPCA and taken in to the Blue Cross horse welfare centre at Burford in Oxfordshire. The mare, Tallulah, was so badly traumatised that she was beyond help and had to be euthanased. Tommy on the other hand showed an inherently trusting nature. "He was very worried and anxious but underneath there was a real spark," said Vicki. "You could see he wanted to trust us but just had no idea that humans were nice."

It was a long slow process but now, seven months later, Tommy has an admirable bond with his groom Serena Jenkins, who painstakingly has earned his trust. He leads well to and from the field, can be groomed all over and have his feet picked up and is now ready to find a home for life. "He gives so much love and affection that someone out there will fall for him in a big way and give him the home he deserves," said Vicki.

Sally Dunford took on Blue Cross Natasha a year ago and highly recommends taking on a troubled companion. Natasha was heavily in-foal and in a weak and nervous state when she was admitted to Blue Cross as part of large rescue case. Sadly she lost her foal, which added to her distress. She desperately needed an experienced, considerate and caring home to help re-build her life and Sally was on hand to help.

"Natasha's role as companion is essential in our little herd," said Sally. "We are on a continuous learning curve but when I think of much she has progressed in the past year I feel I am going to burst with admiration for her. I had no idea that what I could offer to a sensitive, head shy, coloured cob would be far outweighed by what she would offer to me. I highly recommend it."

Tommy is one of over 30 troubled horses and ponies now looking for exceptional companion homes.

If you are interested in rehoming Tommy or another like him please ring 0300 777 1570 or email equinerehoming@bluecross.org.uk

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Melanie CooperShe had ridden since she was seven-years-old, so when she acquired a lovely 18hh (plus!) Pure Irish Draught gelding she honestly thought she would have no problems.

"I own and ride other horses and have always been of the opinion that 'put me on any horse and I'll ride it', said Melanie. "Then Reggie came along!"

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Pippa Funnell re-writes the record books at Chatsworth

Pippa Funnell re-writes the record books at Chatsworth

Pippa Funnell's record third win in the showpiece class at the 2015 Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials was clearly popular as a huge crowd gathered around the Devonshire arena to watch the Duchess of Devonshire present her with the Chatsworth Trophy.

With the luxury of the leading dressage score (of 38.5) and a clear showjumping round, Pippa was able to ride a measured cross-country round on Sandman 7 and still have enough in hand to win the Dodson & Horrell Challenge CIC3*.

She was pushed to the wire by last year's winner, the competitive Irish rider Sarah Ennis on Horseware Stellor Rebound, who was quicker across country but did not start with such an advantage after the first two phases and had to settle for second place.

Emily King, (19 years old, pictured), took third place on Brookleigh, having incurred 14 cross-country time penalties – if she hadn't hit the first showjumping rail, she would have won - and collected the trophy for best under-25 rider and a cheque from the Horse Trials Support Group.

However, Emily, whose mother, Mary, won this class back in 2007, was pleased to lay the ghost of last year when she was well placed on Brookleigh only to retire on the cross-country and she said this run had boosted their confidence.

The gutsy Australian rider Paul Tapner finished fourth on Prince Mayo and gave it his best shot on his other two rides, but he was unseated from Yogi Bear and had a run-out in the water with Vanir Kamira.

Funnell, a three-time winner of Badminton and a dual European champion, was jubilant, and revealed that she had been dithering about whether to run Sandman 7 across country because he is due to go to Bramham in a few weeks' time. With her mother, Jenny Nolan, urging her on, Pippa consulted her showjumper husband William and British team coach Yogi Briesner and they told her to run, but without looking at her stopwatch.

"I felt he was ready but it's so difficult in this circumstance [when you're in the lead with a young horse] to know what is best because you can either progress the horse or set him back," explained Pippa. "It was a gamble, but it's paid off and I'm so delighted because he is a special horse to our family."

The brilliant New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson won both the advanced classes, on new ride Perfect Stranger and Jet Set lV, one of his favourite horses. But the veteran Kiwi had an incident-packed day, managing to fall off Ulysses in both the showjumping and cross-country phases.

Huge crowds poured into the glorious parkland at Chatsworth during the weekend to enjoy the great range of entertainment on offer, with the scurry driving, Sheep Show, Pony Club mounted games and Newfoundland rescue dogs proving particular hits.

Event director Patricia Clifton declared she was thrilled with the weekend. "I couldn't believe the great crowds pouring in," she said. "It's testament both to the huge amount of work that the whole team does behind the scenes and to the wonderful setting and exciting competition that Chatsworth provides. It's been another very happy weekend."

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

Stolen donkey found 300 miles away
in animal sanctuary

Stolen donkey found 300 miles away in animal sanctuary

A donkey that was stolen from a field in Oxted, Surrey has been found nearly 300 miles away from his home.

Horace, who is in his 40s, went missing from a field near Hurst Green , where he had lived happily for more than 30 years, on the morning of Tuesday May 5.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the donkey being led away up a nearby public footpath by a woman aged between 35 and 45-years-old and loaded into a white horse lorry with 'horses' written on the side before being driven away in the direction of Newchapel.

The family who own Horace launched a massive appeal on social media to locate his whereabouts.

Last Thursday (May 7), the families prayers were answered when the donkey was discovered abandoned on the doorstep of The Flicka Foundation, an animal sanctuary in Cornwall.

Hayley Kavanagh, the granddaughter of Horace's owner, said the whole family was relieved when they found out he was safe.

She said: "I believe some lovely people at The Flicka Foundation had seen our online appeal and realised he was our donkey. They then contacted the police and in turn they called us on the Thursday evening and told us that he had been found."

Miss Kavanagh, 26, told Get Surrey that the donkey had been in the family for 33 years and that he was now 'a member of the family'.

She said: "It was a huge relief when he was found. He was stolen from the field on the bottom of our road at Hurst Green.

"We were absolutely overwhelmed when he was located, but unfortunately, after being check over by a vet, it was recommended to us that he should stay in Cornwall and that he should not travel back to us.

"He is in his 40s now and it has been decided that he will stay where he is and live out the rest of his days there.

"He is in a very fragile state- we were surprised he survived the long journey to Cornwall to be honest. The journey back to us would be too traumatic for him."

Horace will now remain with the Flicka Foundation for the rest of his life.

However, Miss Kavanagh said that the family had been shocked by the support they had received in their campaign to find Horace.

She said: "People have just been amazing, the level of kindness and support we have received has been overwhelming.

"I would just like to thank everyone that helped get the message out there. That is from all the family."

Miss Kavanagh said that the family had no idea why Horace had been taken and that police were still making enquiries.

Anyone with an information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number 45150037012.

"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

How Tories will make SNP position on hunting vote 'untenable' as pressure grows on Scots to step in

How Tories will make SNP position on hunting vote 'untenable' as pressure grows on Scots to step in

The West'of England Conservative MPs have said that if Scottish National Party MPs do decide to vote to stop the repeal of the hunt ban in England, it will spark a constitutional crisis over the make-up of the United Kingdom.

Pro-hunt Tory James Gray said the SNP would 'bring themselves into disrepute' if they do decide to go back on a pledge not to interfere on English laws that don't affect Scotland, and it would hasten controversial moves to bring in 'English only votes'.

One tactic from the pro-hunt lobby could be to propose amending the Hunting Act so that it mirrors the more lax law in Scotland – putting any SNP MP in the 'untenable' position of voting against a law in England that they themselves passed in Scotland.

The 56 new SNP MPs who took their seats at Westminster this week are coming under 'increasing pressure' to get involved in the promised free vote over the hunting ban, with animal rights campaigners from across the United Kingdom – including their own constituents in Scotland – urging them to use their vote.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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New law planned on abandoned horses

New law planned on abandoned horses

A new law to tackle abandoned horses will make it easier for landowners to deal with animals dumped on their property.

From May 26, landowners who discover abandoned horses on their property can take ownership of the animal in just four working days, rather than the current 14, under the Control Of Horses Act 2015.

When an animal is found on their land, they must contact North Yorkshire Police and post a note on their property alerting the owner the horse will become theirs in four days time, after which point they are free to keep, sell, or dispose of the animal as they wish.

PC Sarah Ward, wildlife officer for North Yorkshire Police, said the law - like its predecessor - would not be the responsibility of police, but they would provide advice and assistance where possible.

PC Ward said: "We have had issues with a lot of people fly-grazing and dumping horses on local land.

"It's going to be so much better. We have one case at the moment where farmer has a field fertilised and grown grass to cut for cows but someone's gone and put more than a dozen horses on his field and they're eating the grass meant for his cows for the winter.

"By the letter of the law, he has to put a notice up and the owners have 14 days to remove them. That's free grazing for 13 days, then probably they'll come get them and move them to another field."

Landowners are also advised to scan the horses for microchips and make an effort to locate the animals' owners, but if they are not claimed within 96 hours, they will be the responsibility of the landowner, and can be humanely killed.

PC Ward said the changes to the Act would be helpful, and urged any landowners with queries to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

She said: "I think it will stop a lot of fly-grazing because if they can only have three days or so it's just not as easy, they are going to have to keep moving them every three days now.

"It's going to really help farmers that get horses dumped on their land. This is a problem at the moment, and it just means we can get things done a lot more quickly."

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

View from the tackroom.

View from the tackroom.

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

Call for Halt on UK Horses Enduring a Merry-Go-Round of Pain

World Horse Welfare has released a new appeal asking for vital support to stop the Merry-Go-Round of Pain that UK horses are suffering every day.

Ponies at a market in Europe

Many of the horses sent to the markets of Europe from the UK can be pre-sold, or bought and sold multiple times, at any point along their journey. Once they reach the markets, the horses' fate can be uncertain with some being sent to the abattoir and others transported back to sales in the UK or anywhere in Europe meaning they have to endure multiple, unnecessary journeys often over long distances in inappropriate vehicles. This inhumane practice is what we call the 'Merry-Go-Round of Pain'.

World Horse Welfare is publicly asking for effective intelligence-lead enforcement of the laws we and our supporters fought hard for, which are designed to protect our much-loved and admired horse population from unnecessary journeys and indiscriminate export for slaughter. Historically, the charity also successfully campaigned for ponies and some horses to meet minimum values before they can be exported, a regulation which was designed to reduce the number of equines of a low financial value being transported for meat. However, in practice this law is not being enforced.

Dover docks

Whilst the practice of exporting horses for slaughter is not illegal, the process of transporting equines to the continent can often leave a lot to be desired. World Horse Welfare's investigations have allowed us to highlight the alarming absence of identification or authorisation documents, health and welfare checks for horses at the point of arriving or leaving the UK. Not only does this put money into the pockets of the individuals involved in this murky trade but also risks deadly diseases coming into Great Britain that threaten our entire equine population.

UK authorities are able to perform such checks but our Government's interpretation and implementation of EU policy prevents this from happening on a regular basis, despite the fact that other EU states are actively targeting those in breach. In her foreword for former World Horse Welfare chairman Christopher Hall OBE's new book 'Horse Welfare, Use Not Abuse' our President HRH The Princess Royal echoes her sadness that after years of campaigning, abuse of this nature continues: "Indeed, matters seem to be getting worse as a result of…indiscriminate horse trading at markets where welfare is of little interest to those involved. The greatest suffering continues to be in the inhumane transportation of horses across country borders to uncertain fates…"

The Merry-Go-Round of Pain film highlights that with such lax border controls our horses can come and go anywhere, in any condition for any purpose - including for slaughter.

WHW Chief Executive Roly Owers says:

"There are many unscrupulous individuals who are profiting from this vile trade at the expense of horse health and welfare, and the authorities are not stopping them. "We want to put a STOP to this Merry-Go-Round of Pain and to do this we need the continued support of the public. A donation today will provide the valuable funds needed to carry out more field investigations to better monitor the movement of horses and ponies into and out of the UK. This is vital to bolster our campaign for the enforcement we need."

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

Count down to the 8th annual VeuveClicquot Polo Classic on Sat May 30.

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Racecourse Association Takes Part in Give and Gain Day

Wickham Horse Fair gets underway horse fair

Wickham Horse Fair gets underway horse fair

Around two thousand travellers are expected in Wickham for the annual horse fair. People from right across the country converge on the Hampshire town.

The event is informal and does not have an informal organiser, however roads will be closed and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

The traditional event includes a funfair in The Square at Wickham and a gypsy horse-run on the Winchester Road.

The Square in Wickham will be closed to traffic until early on Thursday 21 May to allow the clean-up to be completed.

The A334 Winchester Road will be closed between the traffic signals at Blind Lane and the roundabout junction of the A32. The nearside lane of the A32 southbound at Hoads Hill, from the junction of the A334 to top of the hill, will be used for parking associated with the fair.

Arrangements will be made for horse-boxes to be parked on the east side of the A334 between the north end of the Square and the junction at Blind Lane and Titchfield Lane.

Any vehicle parked in an unauthorised place will be towed away. Signage will be placed along the route to provide information about the road closures.

Permits will be provided for residents to allow access through the closure points, although the road immediately adjacent to the entrance to The Square will not be passable due to the presence of horses and crowds in the road.

A dedicated emergency telephone number for unforeseen personal emergencies will be available for residents in the roads where access to their properties is affected and they will be contacted directly with details.

Officers in high visibility uniform will be available throughout the event to respond to any issues that may arise.

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FEARLESS FUNDRAISERS SADDLE UP FOR AHT CHARITY RACE

FEARLESS FUNDRAISERS SADDLE UP FOR AHT CHARITY RACE

Nine daring riders from Newmarket are set to take part in an almighty fundraising challenge this summer; a charity race at Newmarket Racecourse's July Course to raise money for the Animal Health Trust, one of the UK's leading veterinary charities.

Taking place on 27 June at the Animal Health Trust (AHT)'s Gala Race Day, an annual fundraising event which showcases the crucial role the charity plays in the equine industry, the race is the first of its kind to be held at the event. It promises to bring an extra dimension to the annual Gala Race Day as spectators get behind the local lads and lasses and enjoy the thrill of the charity race.

With the riders all based in Newmarket, the race brings together faces from different areas of the racing industry that the town is famous for. Included in the runners is Rosie Margarson, the daughter of George Margarson, racehorse trainer based at Graham Lodge Stables in Newmarket. Rosie is taking preparation for the race seriously, riding out in Newmarket every morning for George and said, "I want to fundraise for the AHT because it does such incredible work, and I would love for it to be able to continue doing so."

Also signed up to the challenge is Robbie Mills, who has recently taken on California Chrome, perhaps the most famous racehorse in North America, during his UK-stay with Rae Guest, a Newmarket-based racehorse trainer. Robbie said, "Having witnessed the AHT's great work both within the racing industry and from a personal perspective, I feel that this is a brilliant opportunity to give something back to the horse."

Another rider with a strong racing background is Carina McKeown, daughter of Lady Cecil, wife of the late Sir Henry Cecil, the hugely popular trainer of the legendary Frankel. Carina is excited to be taking part in the race, saying, "Horses give me and my family our living as well as some of the happiest moments of our lives. It's now time to give something back by supporting this wonderful cause."

The race is also pleased to have the involvement of Newmarket's latest tourism campaign, Discover Newmarket, with Samantha Hills from the initiative signed up to run. Guests on a Discover Newmarket tour are treated to a visit to the AHT's base in Lanwades Park, Kentford, but Samantha also knows the charity well personally.

"I have had many friends whose animals have been treated at the AHT, from small dogs to horses, and the care is always amazing," she said. Samantha is also the daughter of Michael Hills, Derby winning jockey, who, luckily for Samantha, is "more than happy" to help her with the challenge.

Verity MacMahon is also working hard to prepare for the race, having recently begun exercising racehorses again after a long break. Verity has worked for several trainers in the past, including Roger Charlton, Clive Brittain and Michael Jarvis before moving into her career as a Land Manager, and is appreciating being back riding out on Newmarket heath.

Verity said, "It's great to be back and to have such an exciting challenge to aim for! To ride at Newmarket with all of my family and friends watching whilst raising money for a super charity is a challenge worth pushing myself out of my comfort zone for!"

Among the racing enthusiasts are two riders who are new to the world of racing, so their sign-up to the challenge is even more admirable. Hollie Byrne has grown up with horses, competing in Pony Club and hunting regularly, but says, "Racing is a discipline that I have never ventured in to, so this is definitely a new and exciting challenge for me! Animals become part of the family and in times of illness or injury, it's organisations like the AHT that are relied upon by so many, so I'm raising money for something I feel passionate about."

The other rider venturing in to racing for the first time is Kelly Rowden, who says, "This is an absolutely massive challenge for me as I have never ridden a racehorse, so I'll need lots of encouragement and support to spur me on!"

Finally, the race is thrilled to have Katy Reed and Amy Drummond on board, who both recently completed their assessment day with the British Racing School and are looking forward to the challenge.

With only seven weeks to go until the charity race, the riders have their work cut out for them not only in terms of preparation, but also fundraising. Having pledged to raise £4,000 each for the veterinary charity, the race is on for each rider to hit their target before 27 June.

Dr Mark Vaudin, Chief Executive of the AHT, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have all of these riders signed up to take part in our charity race, and we know it will be a fantastic experience for them. We now need the generous people of Newmarket to rally round these brave fundraisers and show their support – they really need your donations!"

To donate to any of the riders and view all of their detailed profiles, please visit www.aht.org.uk/galaraceday.

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

TopSpec to Sponsor
Eventing Ireland Amateur League

TopSpec to Sponsor Eventing Ireland Amateur League

TopSpec - well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds - is to sponsor Eventing Ireland's Amateur League this season.

The amateurs have three classes to compete in at events including EI90A, EI100A and CNC1*A.

To fall into amateur qualification, competitors must be at least 18-years-old and currently not use equestrianism as a form of income.

Said Alison Packman of Eventing Ireland: "The series is a fantastic opportunity for true grassroots riders, who usually only have one horse to compete a few times a month. We are delighted to have TopSpec on board as sponsor of this great series."

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: "Supporting Eventing Ireland's Amateur League is a very exciting new sponsorship for the brand. Our range is going from strength to strength across the country and we are looking forward to a fantastic season."

Amateur members make up around 10 per cent of the total Eventing Ireland competitors and the league is a fantastic way for them to access great venues and courses while competing alongside like-minded riders.

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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Mollichaff – the name makes you think immediately of chaffs, but are you aware that this well-known brand from the producer of HorseHage also makes complete high fibre feeds plus a specialist product for older horses and ponies and a molasses-free alfalfa product?

The Mollichaff range has five different 'chaffs' which are fortified with added ingredients from limestone to provide additional calcium for strong bones and healthy growth, to a high-oil chaff, flavoured with cherry.

Specialist chaffs are produced from top quality, chopped wheat and oat straws which have been dust-extracted and lightly dressed with a variety of ingredients, individually tailoring the chaff to your horse's needs. Our chaffs have an open texture, unlike some heavily molassed chaffs which can be sticky and lumpy.

So take a look at what we can offer and choose one to suit your horse or pony. As well as making your horse's meal times a little more interesting, Mollichaff stimulates the production of saliva and slows down the passage of food throughout the gut. Mollichaff can help to promote good digestion and will satisfy a stabled horse's psychological need to chew. It takes up to 8000 chews per kilo to eat compared to as few as 1200 for concentrates.

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Mollichaff Veteran is a high fibre forage mix which can be used to complement the forage ration where necessary. It is ideal for older horses and ponies or those that cannot consume long forage and require a partial hay replacer. Despite its name, it is also a good choice for youngstock.

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Congratulations

Maggie Carver

Maggie Carver
Maggie Carver

The Racecourse Association (RCA) has announced the appointment of Maggie Carver as the RCA's next Chairman. Mrs Carver will succeed Ian Barlow, who retires on 30 June having completed six years in the role, on Monday 1 June.

Mrs Carver, who will join the RCA Board in a non-executive role from 1 April prior to taking over as Chairman, has a background rich in racing and television and is currently Chairman of RaceTech, a subsidiary wholly owned by the RCA.

She is, inter alia, also a director, and past Chairman, of ITN, a former director of SiS, Channel 5, and leading spread betting company, Sporting Index.

Her executive roles have included Managing Director of "Three on Four" (which produced Channel 4 Racing and operated Global Outside Broadcasting), running a retail business and strategist to Lord Clive Hollick at United Business Media.

Mrs Carver's working life began in investment banking with S.G. Warburg (now UBS). Mrs Carver will continue as Chairman of RaceTech for the time being to ensure an orderly transition but would envisage handing over the chairmanship later this year.

RCA Vice Chairman Vivien Kyles said, 'We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maggie Carver as our next Chairman. She offers a wealth of experience in a number of areas that are of key importance to racecourses, including her expert knowledge and understanding of the media and broadcast industries.

We would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the contribution Ian Barlow has made to the RCA and its members through his leadership over the past six years.'

Maggie Carver added, 'It is an enormous privilege to take up this key role at such an exciting time for the RCA and racecourses and I look forward to working with the Board and serving the Industry.

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