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Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
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For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Horse riders raise concerns after tarmacking of bridleway

Horse riders raise concerns after tarmacking of bridleway

A member of the British Horse Society (BHS) has hit out at Forest Heath District Council after the tarmacking of a Mildenhall bridleway has left horse riders 'confined' to a small grass verge.

Alison Balfour-Lynn, BHS Regional Access & Bridleways Officer for the Eastern Region, claimed the new cycleway on Mildenhall Bridleway 1 has not been laid as promised and now encroaches on the bridleway, disadvantaging riders.

She also raised concerns about inappropriate signage to cyclists on the path, which Suffolk County Council has agreed to change in response to complaints.

Horse riders raise concerns after tarmacking of bridleway Ms Balfour-Lynn said: "I do not think I am overstating if I say I think we have been lied to and fobbed off with empty promises, that there was never any intention to be carried out.

"Horse riders are now confined to a rough 1m wide grass verge, that is in places cambered and scattered with large loose stones."

Of the new signage Ms Balfour-Lynn said: "The sign asking cyclists to ring their bells when approaching other path users is simply ridiculous!

"These signs must come down immediately before there is a serious accident."

In a statement about the signs Suffolk County Council said: "There is no legal requirement for signage on bridleways stating that cyclists must give way and experience from other areas has shown that signs asking cyclists to alert other users to their presence have worked very effectively.

"However, we're happy to respond to this request by installing new signs. These will read 'Cyclists, please give way to horse riders and pedestrians'.

"We hope this is a satisfactory solution for the horse riding community."

Forest Heath district councillor Colin Noble said people had been asking him for a new cycleway in Mildenhall and West Row for years.

"It was asked for by the community so that families could ride bikes, so there was a safe road between Mildenhall and West Row," he said.

Cllr Noble admitted there was an issue with cyclists being mindful of horse riders, but said the council had worked 'very hard' to rectify it.

"These community facilities are there to be enjoyed by all, not just one group," he said.

"The vast majority of feedback has been extremely positive. Residents are happy that they have a place to walk safely."

Maureen Comber comments

"I wonder how many bridleways they have stolen for cycleways "

Says Maureen Comber

Says Annabel GrechI wonder how many bridleways Mildenhall has added to the definitive map which have linked up the network?

I wonder how many they have stolen for cycleways?

Cycles are regarded as transport so why do they not make the lanes safer rather than nick the few bridleways horse riders have access to, or install new paths.

Hands off our bridleways they are there for a purpose and not an excuse to shove everybody on to a single path. If we can afford to bomb the hell out of Iraq then we can afford more bridleways and cycle paths. Charity begins at home.

Tarmac is not the best surface for horse riders so local riders should sue the council. Perhaps the BHS will help??!! It looks out of character on the crossfield line. Makes you sick.

Equality appears to equal nicking something that was not yours to start with! The Council are out of order, full stop. Cllr Noble needs to learn the law.

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

Eating Dartmoor ponies is the only way to save them, says charity

Eating Dartmoor ponies is the only way to save them, says charity

A charity dedicated to promoting Dartmoor ponies is advocating selling them for human consumption – or risk their loss from the moor altogether.

But the move, put forward "with reluctance" by the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association, has drawn a furious response from another charity dedicated to the welfare of ponies on the moor.

South West Equine Protection (SWEP) said it would never support overbreeding or killing ponies for profit. The charity's welfare officer Becky Treeby says that slaughtering ponies for their meat would not solve the problem of too many unwanted ponies on Dartmoor.

She said: "We really feel strongly about this. Working with Dartmoor ponies, day in and day out, it is very upsetting to look at foals which in six months time could be in someone's burger".

And she questioned whether there would ever be a market for Dartmoor pony meat in the UK, given Britons' traditional reluctance to eat horse, although she conceded there might be an export market. Memories of 'horsegate' – the scandal when ready meals labelled as beef turned out to contain horsemeat – is still fresh in many people's memories.

SWEP favours birth control – castrating stallions, giving them vasectomies or gelding mares – to keep the number of foals down. Ms Treeby said sensible breeding programmes, such as they had adopted in the New Forest, to restrict the time quality stallions can spend with the mares, would improve the quality of stock on Dartmoor. But she added: "Dartmoor farmers don't want to do that."

The letter proposing the idea of promoting Dartmoor ponies for human consumption was sent to SWEP by Charlotte Faulkner, founder of the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association. It reads: "I am writing to ask whether SWEP would consider giving measured support to this understandably upsetting subject, which as pony lovers we find so hard to accept.

"It has taken years of considering reports and listening to the outcome of meetings to recognise and reluctantly accept that Dartmoor pony herders will only carry on keeping their herds if they have a sustainable market for them. We are in real danger of ponies disappearing from Dartmoor altogether."

The letter insists selling ponies to be trained for riding and driving along with contraception will continue to be used to manage pony numbers. "The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association believes the meat trade should be (used) too," Ms Faulkner writes.

She adds that having a meat trade would encourage pony herders to keep the herd's young for at least three years – the entry level set for animals going for meat. That, in turn, would also mean animals not selected for slaughter could be broken and trained for riding and driving, best done from the age of three. "Strangely, having a meat trade should improve a pony's chances of finding a new home at sales," Ms Faulkner writes.

And she says it is important a system is put in place to avoid stress and ill-treatment "especially as there is talk of the current ban on live exports being overturned, with echoes of horrific conditions in unlicensed slaughter houses."

Princess Anne, a noted horsewoman, suggested opening up a meat trade in Britain for horses might help to give them a value and reduce cases of neglect and ill-treatment. Her comments, earlier this year on BBC Countryfile, brought howls of protest from the animal welfare lobby.

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 87

It is now 87 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.

"We're backing Maureen"

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Steve McCarronSays Steve McCarron

What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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Charity launches world's first pre-nuptial agreement to decide who gets the horse or the chinchilla in the event of a divorce

The Blue Cross is launching the Pet Nup – the world's first pre-nuptial agreement with pet welfare at its heart. While people often worry what would happen to their wealth in the event of a split, a recent report revealed one in four divorced couples has argued over pets.

Relationship breakdown has led to almost a thousand pets being brought to rehoming centres over the past five years – an average of four a week.

Research found that arguing over pets makes the emotional turmoil of break ups even more difficult to cope with, so they've created the Pet Nup, in partnership with divorce lawyers from Lloyd Platt and Company, to try to put a stop to heartache felt by pets and owners alike.

Vanessa Lloyd Platt from Lloyd Platt and Company, said: "Just as with the house, the car, and the gadgets, it makes sense to agree right at the outset who gets ownership of the horse or the chinchilla in the event of a relationship breakdown or divorce."

The top five biggest bones of contention for separated couples are:

The number of walks per day (41%) Frequency of grooming (34%) Vet check-ups (25%) How long pets should be left alone (24%) Holidays (17%) Alyson Jones, Rehoming Manager at Blue Cross, says parting with a pet is difficult for everyone involved: "One partner will sometimes bring a pet to us for rehoming without the other's knowledge.

"Our pets are not just material goods; they are often at the heart of our lives, so it is a good idea to agree on your pet's future in advance to make a difficult situation easier."

Download the free Blue Cross Pet Nup here.

Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Rare pictures of a top race horse's tragic end in scenes the sport normally tries to keep hidden

Rare pictures of a top race horse's tragic end in scenes the sport normally tries to keep hiddenEUTHANISED

- Racehorse Wigmore Hall broke a leg less than three furlongs from the finish

- Seven-year-old horse had been competing at St Leger festival in Doncaster

- The badly hurt animal was shot dead by a vet behind a temporary screen se vet: 'This was a veterinary procedure, an act of humanity'

Read more ......

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Sarah AmblerA highly successful Small Riding Horse, Chique was chosen as the perfect model for the KTY 5 A-Day rugs.

But the photo-shoot couldn't happen without her larger than life side kick, Lily who would sleep in the same stable if she could.

Said Sarah: "When we first got Chique she had never really been out in a field and would panic without another horse or pony, so Lily became her soul mate and now they go everywhere together ...... read more

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Lara and Rufus Win TopSpec Intermediate ll Championship

Lara and Rufus Win TopSpec Intermediate ll Championship
Lara Griffith and Rubin Al Sad enjoy their lap of honour.

A delighted Lara Griffith and the Dr Bechtolsheimer-owned Rubin Al Sad were in winning mode at this year's LeMieux National Dressage Championships when capturing the prestigious TopSpec Intermediate ll final.

Now 12-years-old and known as Rufus at home, Lara's broad smile said it all and she was over the moon with his performance; winning the TopSpec championship on 71.95%.

"I can't get the smile off my face. I'm so proud of him," said Lara.

"He's low-mileage competition-wise having competed at Small Tour just a couple of times last year, and this is only his third ever test at Intermediate ll.

"He's a little shy in the arena so I have to coax him out but he's gaining in confidence and is a fantastic talent for the future.

"He was amazing today and very positive. I am looking forward to moving up to Grand Prix in the spring which is very exciting."

Lara has ridden Rufus for the last five years but has taken him slowly after he damaged his back muscle when getting cast in the stable.

"He is very special and we didn't want to rush him so have worked away quietly and I couldn't be more pleased today," she added.

Zoe Sleigh and Rhodez took the runner-up spot on 68.16%, with Alex Hardwick and Donauwein claiming third on 67.12%.

Lara and Rufus Win TopSpec Intermediate ll Championship
TopSpec Events Director Kate Radford congratulates Lara Griffith and Rubin Al Sad.

"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 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

Queen's horse Estimate stripped of Ascot Gold Cup second place because of drugs test

Queen's horse Estimate stripped of Ascot Gold Cup second place because of drugs test

The Queen's horse Estimate has been stripped of second place in this year's Ascot Gold Cup.

The five-year-old was one of eight of horses to return a positive test for morphine in July, which has since been traced to a batch of contaminated feed. A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) hearing on Thursday accepted trainer Sir Michael Stoute had taken "all reasonable measures" to prevent such an incident from happening. Consequently, they imposed no fine.

Estimate was runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the title the previous year. The £80,625 prize money for finishing runner-up will now be allotted to Missunited, who originally finished third.

Former Liverpool and England footballer Michael Owen's horse Brown Panther has been promoted to third place.

In 2013, Estimate became the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup Estimate, who won the Doncaster Cup earlier this month, is set to be retired from racing for a breeding career.

The filly's final race will be either the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on 5 October or Ascot's Long Distance Cup 13 days later, after it was decided not to enter her in the Melbourne Cup on 4 November.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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One week left to register horses for
Plus 10 bonus scheme

One week left to register horses for Plus 10 bonus scheme

There is just one week left to register eligible horses for the Plus 10 bonus scheme as the first major deadline approaches.

Eligible 2013 and 2014 born foals must be registered by 30 September to remain a part of the scheme which will see £5.5 million of bonuses paid out to qualified two and three-year-old horses from 2015.

Named for its £10,000 bonuses (€12,500), Plus 10 offers a rich incentive to breed and race horses in Ireland and Britain. Once fully operational the scheme will offer bonuses on more than 550 two and three-year-old races.

Irish breeder, Ciaran 'Flash' Conroy of Glenvale Stud, County Tipperary, has backed the scheme and registered more than 50 yearlings. "Anything that's good for prize money, people in our business have to support," Mr Conroy said.

Specialist pinhooker, Jamie Railton, of Newmarket, described the scheme as extremely important to owners who race horses outside Listed level. "My view is it's a necessary scheme for the majority of owners where some return on your capital outlay is important."

Breeders and consignors at upcoming sales are reminded there are no retrospective payments for Plus 10 and all eligible horses must be registered before 30 September to remain a part of the scheme.

A sale proceeds offer is available to breeders and consignors who pay the first Foal Registration fee.

To view more information about this offer, the three registration stages, a horse's eligibility and to download a registration form, visit plus10bonus.com.

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

What a wonderful world.

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

Bob is Still Going Strong at 17

Bob and his rider Millie
Bob and his rider Millie

Sarah Hammond and her 11-year old daughter Millie enjoy spending time with their pony Bob.

Now 17-years-old, the 13.1hh gelding still loves jumping and does Millie proud, with the two of them being very successful together in both show jumping and dressage competitions.

The family has owned Bob for nearly three years and for the past six months have fed Bob on TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer after they decided he had started to feel his age.

Sarah noticed that he looked particularly stiff on the right rein and was constantly changing legs when jumping.

She carried out lots of research into various different products and supplements that she thought might help Bob's joints and decided to try TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer as she liked the TopSpec principle of feeding small, nutrient-dense meals.

Bob has been fed TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer now for the last six months and the difference it has made has been fantastic.

"Bob is so much more comfortable, meaning he can really enjoy his jumping and is moving much more freely in his dressage. He just looks brilliant and it is not just us who have noticed the difference, other people comment on how fab he looks too," said Sarah.

"As well as the difference to his joint mobility, his coat and feet have never looked in better condition."

Millie, who is a member of the Puckeridge Hunt Pony Club, enjoyed her second camp with Bob this summer and the pair compete in Pony Club area show jumping and dressage as well as doing well in an affiliated Novice Open, this year.

Bob and Millie share a particularly close bond as Bob lives away with Millie during term time at Stonar boarding school, this means that Millie has sole responsibility for all his care, including early mornings mucking out!

"We love the TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer, for giving our special pony a new lease of life and will definitely recommend it to friends," added Sarah.

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

Parelli in Action at
Blenheim Palace Horse Trials

Parelli in Action at Blenheim Palace Horse Trials
Left to right – Vicky Manser, Rachel Morland and Larisa Tasker in front of Blenheim Palace.

Parelli professionals Rachel Morland, Vicky Manser and Larisa Tasker put on a fascinating demonstration at this year's Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Working with Phoenix, Fluke and Ellie the demonstration brought to life the journey with their horses so far and how over time, the problems, issues and fears they arrived with have been overcome to produce contended, relaxed and confident animals.

Rachel's relationship with Phoenix is now long-standing but she also brought along her young horse, Ellie for Larisa to play with in the demonstration and to help with her progress and to let her see the sights and sounds on the show circuit.

Said Larisa: "Throughout the two demonstrations we wanted to tell spectators about each of the three horses, their stories so far, where they have reached and the partnerships and bonds they have made.

"It was a great four days at Blenheim Palace and as well as the demonstrations on the Saturday and Sunday we also put on presentations in the Learning Zone each day.

"As ever talking to and meeting both established Parelli fans and those new to the programme, wanting to learn more was a great opportunity for everyone involved."

The Parelli programme offers expertise and natural methods to gain success with your horse based on the way horses relate and communicate in their natural world.

Based on respect for and love of horses, Parelli focuses on understanding horse nature and psychology to enable anyone at any level, whether you are a beginner or international competitor, to have fun with horses and achieve amazing results naturally.

Learn the Four Savvys playing with your horse On Line with a halter and rope, at Liberty with no halter, under saddle FreeStyle or solve precision riding problems with Finesse.

Join the Parelli Savvy Club today to gain access to a whole host of benefits and educational materials from videos to articles and equipment.

For more information visit www.parelli.com or call the Parelli UK Office on 0800 0234 813.

Toby Balding dies, aged 78

Toby Balding dies, aged 78

Clare Balding hailed a "brilliant trainer but an even better human being" after her uncle, Toby, died aged 78.

The renowned trainer, older brother of Classic-winning handler Ian Balding, won the Grand National with Highland Wedding in 1969 and Little Polveir in 1989 during a remarkable career over jumps and on the Flat.

He also won the Champion Hurdle with Beech Road in 1989 and Morley Street in 1991, as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Cool Ground in 1992, making him one of very few trainers to have trained the winners of jumps racing's three biggest prizes.

Respected broadcaster Clare Balding tweeted on Friday morning: "It's been a long time since I cried myself to sleep but I did last night in memory of a warm-hearted, funny, generous man who saw the best in every person and every horse.

"Uncle Toby was a brilliant trainer but an even better human being. Everyone loved him."

The brother of Mill Reef's trainer Ian, and uncle of current leading trainer Andrew as well as Clare, Balding retired from the training ranks in 2004 having trained over 2000 winners.

Born in the United States in 1936, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2011 for services to horse racing.

Balding's daughter Serena Geake said: "He was a great man, who loved life, horses and people."

Eddie Harty snr rode Highland Wedding to Grand National glory and said Balding was "a colossus".

He said: "He brought confidence. He let you ride your own race.

"He was a very good schooler of horses - he schooled them quietly and let them learn their job. He loved his grandchildren and loved his family. He was a great human being.

"He was like my right arm - we were attached. We both loved the horses and both loved life. He was a colossus."

Reflecting upon Highland Wedding's National success, Harty told At The Races: "He never put a foot wrong, jumped with great confidence, always going within himself.

"When I jumped the last, he just sprinted for me. It was one of those magical moments."

One of the leading National Hunt riders throughout the 1990s was Adrian Maguire, who learned his trade under Balding's stewardship.

Maguire was then launched into the big time when winning the Gold Cup on Cool Ground.

"It's very sad news and it came as a shock to me," said Maguire.

"He was a real gentleman and was a father figure to me and my wife, Sabrina, when we first moved to the UK. We remained very close friends.

"I was only 20 when I won the Gold Cup on Cool Ground. I'd just ridden out my claim and was still eligible to ride in conditionals' races. He didn't have to give me the ride, but he did.

"He was a great man and was great with people.

"Everyone loved him and people didn't just want a horse with Toby Balding because he was a great trainer, they wanted a horse with him just to be involved with him.

"He did it all. Only the best trainers win the big races on the Flat and over jumps but he did it.

"You could talk all day about his achievements but, most importantly, he'll be remembered as a kind, generous man."

Graham Bradley was Balding's stable jockey for a couple of years and was associated with some of the trainer's star horses, including Kildimo and Morley Street.

"It's very sad. The last time I saw him was at Cheltenham in a private box there and he looked grand. We chatted away," he said.

"I was his stable jockey for a couple of years when I was retained by Philip Harris of Queensway Carpets and I used to drive down from Yorkshire and stay with him.

"We had a lot of fun together and won some big races.

"He was a wonderful man, a brilliant trainer and an even better talker!

"He could have been a politician or a diplomat if he hadn't been a trainer.

"He had some very good horses and it was a pleasure to work for him."

Jimmy Frost won the Grand National on Little Polvier and was associated with the yard through its golden spell.

"Toby always seemed to have a star but I was around when the likes of Morley Street, Little Polvier and Forest Sun were at their peak," said Frost.

"Morley Street was an incredibly bad bleeder so it took all of Toby's skills to help him fulfil his undoubted potential.

"There was one Easter Monday when a friend of mine told me to ring Toby for the ride on a horse and I said, 'Don't be stupid, Toby Balding won't give me a ride'.

"But I rang him anyway and we talked on the phone as if I had known him all my life.

"That horse didn't run, but Toby told me to ring him again and it started from there.

"Little Polvier was a story all of its own. He was bought by his owners to run in the Grand Military Gold Cup, which he did, and it was an afterthought to run him in the National, really.

"It was a golden era - not just for horses but jockeys, too. Adrian Maguire was there and I rode out with AP McCoy before I left.

"The numbers of trainers that worked there was striking, too, David Elsworth for one.

"Toby could warm up an Eskimo hut, he made everyone feel welcome.

"In later years Toby was like a statue, always behind you pointing you in the right direction. He was a great mentor.

"The last time I saw him was in July when a horse (Rusty Nail) for our racing club, of which he was involved, won at Newton Abbot.

"I'd told him I thought Rusty Nail would go well and I couldn't believe it when I saw him in the paddock.

"He cheered him home louder than anyone, and this is from a man who had won the biggest races in the game."

Balding was also instrumental in shaping the early years of McCoy in the saddle, as he was the with the likes of Adrian Maguire.

McCoy tweeted: "Tonight I cried when I heard the news my old boss and friend Toby Balding had died, we had great times together.

"He was my ultimate mentor. RIP."

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Incredible moment horse bonds with boy suffering from rare genetic disorder... and is rewarded with a tender hug

- Young boy looks wary as he first sees the horse in the paddock

- But as steed approaches, boy gains confidence to look it in the eye

- Heartwarming moment sees boy receive 'kiss' on cheek from new friend

Read more ........

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

Sick horse abandoned on heath
is rescued by RSPCA

Sick horse abandoned on heath is rescued by RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a sick horse found abandoned in a field in Colney Heath, tethered and lethargic with a high temperature

Inspector Kirsty Withnall said that the black gypsy cob, named Billy by the charity's staff, was found on Saturday (21) in a field off Roestock Lane.

The sick animal, which was also suffering from worms, is the latest horse found fly-grazing in that part of Colney Heath.

Kirsty said: "Billy was really thin when I found him. My visit to the field came the day after a colleague had dealt with a dead horse, which was also found nearby.

"He has a really sweet temperament and is already showing signs of recovery after he received veterinary treatment and RSPCA care."

Kirsty said that if no one came forward to claim the abandoned horse, aged between one and two years, the charity would try to find a new home for him, where he will be well looked after.

She added: "Fly-grazing is a real problem in this area. Charities like the RSPCA cannot keep picking up the pieces when horses are left by irresponsible owners on other peoples' land with no thought for the animal's welfare."

In May this year, the Herts Advertiser carried a story about the fly-grazing of mainly travellers' horses reaching crisis level, with more than 40 removed from a busy local arterial road, or put down in the previous year after being struck by vehicles.

Anyone with information about Billy is asked to call 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Kirsty.

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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Avante Plus 200 Fixed Neck Turnout Rug

Avante Plus 200 Fixed Neck Turnout Rug

The Avante Plus Fixed Neck turnout rug from Masta is a must this season for durability and comfort with the horses' needs in mind.

The ultimate middleweight turnout for autumn, the Avante Plus 200 Fixed Neck Turnout is 100% waterproof and breathable with fully taped seams.

The standard neck contains 200g of medium weight thermal filling for warmth and is made from high grade extra tough 1200 denier ripstop fabric.

The rug is cut to a generous self-righting pattern with a forward position shoulder gusset for optimum freedom of movement. With adjustable front fastenings at the chest to make rugging up quick and easy.

Other features include low cross surcingles, large tail flap, adjustable leg straps, soft feel lining and reflective badging to help you spot your horse on those dark winter nights.

This rug is ideal for cold autumn days and is available in Black Check, offered in sizes 4'6" to 7'6" priced at around £105.49.

For further information please contact Masta on 01274 711101 or visit www.masta.co.uk

 

Cambridge Bridle

Avante Plus 200 Fixed Neck Turnout Rug

The Cambridge Bridle with rubber reins is new from the Sovereign leatherwork range by Cottage Craft. The padded snaffle bridle is great for a range of disciplines.

Made from top quality selected vegetable tanned leather. This tanning process is totally eco-friendly, using natural ingredients to create a super, supple and durable.

Available in the sizes Pony, Cob and Full and offered in Black and Havana.

Prices start at around £45.99.

For more information contact Cottage Craft on 01274 711101 or visit www.cottagecraft.co.uk

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Bert (Roberta) Sheffield

Bert (Roberta) Sheffield,

Bert Wins KBIS National Para-Dressage Championship

HorseHage-sponsored para-dressage rider, Bert (Roberta) Sheffield, was a popular winner of the KBIS Para-dressage Grade III Championship at the recent LeMieux British Dressage National Championships at Stoneleigh.

Bert was riding Double Agent (Darcy) owned by Frances Sheffield and scored an amazing 70.81% to take the crown.

Darcy was bought by Bert as a two-year-old after first spotting her as a foal in a picture, and unseen without a rug. But the gamble paid off and Darcy qualified for the Alltech World Equestrian Games in 2010 as a six-year-old at only her third show at Hartpury CPEDI with a Grade 1b rider,

Said Bert: "Darcy was fantastic today – she wasn't fazed at all and handled the atmosphere very calmly. I was so pleased with the fluency of the test – it just felt right."

Bert, who has dual nationality and rides for Canada in international competitions, is currently ranked 2nd in the Para-equestrian Canada short list ranking and will finish this season 20th in the World FEI Para rankings. She is based in the UK in Lincolnshire and is on the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme for 2014 as well as being Patron of Sport at Willoughby School, Bourne.

Said Frances Sheffield, Bert's mother and owner of Darcy: "I am so proud of the pair of them! Who would have thought that the gangly two-year-old Bert bought in 2009, that we turned out into the field with the Welsh Cobs would turn into such a superstar? Darcy is the perfect horse and Bert was so clever to see that from the photograph she first saw of Darcy as a foal on the Morgan Equine website, that this was the horse for her! Darcy is only seven years old, and, after a break for both Bert and Darcy, we are looking forward to 2015 and all that brings, and then on to 2016 and Rio! We have had a super week at the British Dressage National Championships – thank you to everyone."

For further information on Bert's sponsor, HorseHage, or for advice on feeding your horse or pony, please call 01803 527257 or visit www.horsehage.co.uk

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