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FAREWELL SIR PETER O'SULLEVAN

FAREWELL SIR PETER O'SULLEVAN

Says Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA:

"Today is a sad day for British Racing. Many generations of racing fans will trace their love of racing back to Sir Peter's unmistakeable commentaries. He had an innate ability to capture the thrills of our sport, managing as he did to enhance and often define our iconic races.

"He was also one of the rare characters to have transcended our sport, being held dear as he was by the British public, and also represented the best of us: his charitable endeavours should serve as his finest legacy and a reminder to us all that we should be judged by the manner in which our animals, as well as our people, are looked after."

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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight"Without horseytalk we might as well all dig a hole and jump into it."

- Maureen Comber

National Parks

- Plan to link Lake District and Yorkshire Dales would connect the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

- Campaign groups claim the government is refusing to make a decision

- A public inquiry submitted a report to Westminster two years ago. But since then, crushing silence

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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fightTony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight

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What would your horse do if he saw this?&

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

Call for ban on horse jump racing after fourth horse killed this year

Call for ban on horse jump racing after fourth horse killed this year Animal rights activists renew calls for a horse jumping ban after an injured horse was put down in Adelaide.

Animal rights activists have renewed calls for a horse jumping ban after an injured horse was put down in Adelaide, South Australia.

The animal was killed after ligament damage in a competition in Morphettville, in the city's south-west, says the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses.

The horse's death comes one month after he fell during a competition in Bendigo.

'There are serious questions to be answered as to why Trenchtown was allowed to race after a fall when not cleared by a vet, and then a month later has been killed,' said campaign director Elio Celotto in a statement.

The organisation says this was the fourth horse jumping victim so far this year.

In February, Thoroughbred Racing SA decided to reduce the number of races held during 2015, effectively overruling the South Australian Jockey Club's call for an end to jumps racing in Adelaide.

The RSPCA and SA Racing Minister Leon Bignell also support a ban.

Victoria is the only other state that still allows jump racing.

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 391

It is now 391 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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Some of the biggest names in Australian horse racing are fighting for their futures, over a doping scandal

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50 cents bet wins over $470,000 at the races

50 cents bet wins over $470,000 at the races

A race goer won $471,124.50 on a bet that he paid 50 cents for.

The winning ticket had Realm (11-1), English Minister (3-1), Site Read (21-1), Hey Bro (24-1) and Saratoga Mischief (6-1) all winning the first five races at Saratoga Race Course, which they did.

Because there was only one ticket that had all five of these winners, the bettor from New Jersey, who requested anonymity, won the entire pooled payout.

Andy Serling, handicapper for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which controls Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks, told ESPN.com that Saturday's single payout was a rare occurrence.

Since the fall of 2013 -- when NYRA tracks started offering the Pick Five -- there has been at least one winner every race day. But Serling said there has been a single winner only a couple of times in nearly two years.

While the winning ticket cost 50 cents, the bettor bet a total of $675 on a combination of five horses to win those first five races.

It was the highest payout for a Pick Five, the NYRA said, since Aug. 29 of last summer at Saratoga, when a single winner took home $595,502.

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Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter, Kay Hastilow, explains how.

There are two main issues with fitting saddles to ponies. The first is preventing the saddle sliding up the pony's neck which will lead to the back of the saddle bouncing and the pony being unhappy. The second is that sometimes the riders are tall or generally large for the pony so getting a saddle that is large enough with big enough flaps without swamping the pony can be challenging.

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FAREWELL TAMARILLO


Statement from Fox-Pitt Eventing

Very sadly today Tamarillo was put to sleep - at 23, age had simply caught up with the 2004 Badminton winner.

Bred by the Guinness family at the Biddesden Stud, he was foaled by Jo Richardson who followed his career closely.

Tamarillo struck up an amazing partnership with William. Firstly winning the 2* at Blarney in 2000, and then finishing 2nd at Blenheim that season.

In 2002 he was 2nd at Badminton, and that performance secured him a place in the team that won bronze in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez that year. In 2004 he fulfilled William's lifetime ambition by winning Badminton, and went on to compete at the Athens Olympics in the same year. In 2005 he was second at Badminton again, and went to Blenheim for the Europeans, where he won individual silver and team gold.

In 2006 he represented Britain for the final time at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, and was part of the team that won silver. He rounded off his stellar career in 2008 with an emotional win at Burghley. He earned 1636 British Eventing points, and was one of the world's most successful eventing horses, and his huge personality came through in his performances earning him fans worldwide.

He has spent a long and happy retirement under the watchful eye of Jackie Potts - who travelled with him to every major championship and did the most wonderful job in keeping him in peak condition for so many years, he was in great shape right until the end.

We are so sad for MW, Finn, Rebecca and Rory Guinness, who have owned and cherished him throughout his life.

All of us at Fox-Pitt Eventing will miss him hugely.

In William's words; "He had an incredible presence, he was one in a million and I feel very lucky to have partnered him for all those special years"

Yogi Breisner, World Class Performance Manager and Chef d'Equipe to the British Eventing team, reflected;"Tamarillo was a great character and one of the most talented horses I was fortunate enough to come across. He had a fantastic record and was a major contributor to several medals for the British Team. I know he had a very happy retirement and will be sorely missed, but we all have the wonderful memories of his incredible career. "

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

The All New Liverpool International Horse Show

Major new event on the world showjumping calendar.

Major new event on the world showjumping calendar.

Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles believes that the inaugural Liverpool International Horse Show will provide a showcase for the sport.

A glittering, star-studded launch to the 2016 Olympic year is guaranteed when the world's top showjumpers converge on the Liverpool Echo Arena from January 1-3 - and Liverpool-born Charles believes it will be an event and an occasion to savour.

It is barely a month since the curtain fell on a spectacularly-successful Ashford Farm CSI**** Bolesworth International, the brainchild of show president and owner Nina Barbour, whose visionary direction now turns to Liverpool, where Barbour and her team will focus on trademark meticulous preparation and masterful delivery of a major new event on the world showjumping calendar.

And it has also been confirmed that the Liverpool spectacular will run at prestigious four-star level, including six world-ranking classes, across six sessions of world-class sport and entertainment.

"It's brilliant," said Charles, who was a member of Great Britain's London 2012 Olympic champion showjumping team at Greenwich Park alongside Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton.

"I didn't think something like this would happen in my lifetime in Liverpool. I would never have dreamt it.

Major new event on the world showjumping calendar.

"I was there for the launch event in June, and when you are there, you see the venue and what it can be, then for sure it is very impressive.

"We need shows like this one in the cities - we need showcases for the sport. Nina has a vision, and with this show and Bolesworth she has shown what can be done."

Acts like Duran Duran, Status Quo, Jimmy Carr and Michael McIntyre will headline the venue later this year, but it will all be about horsepower on New Year's Day, which follows a glittering New Year's Eve party on the Liverpool waterfront.

Nina Barbour said: "Liverpool is world-famous for its sporting and entertainment heritage, and we want to put the city on the map as a centre of excellence for showjumping.

"We are really proud to be working with such a go-ahead city, and we hope we will become a key feature of Liverpool's sporting and entertainment calendar."

Scheduled two weeks after the London International Horse Show ends at Olympia, and taking place before many riders head off to America for the Florida Winter Festival, Liverpool promises to attract a host of the world's leading performers.

Each session at Liverpool will also feature performances from the Bootleg Beatles, stunt rider Clemence Faivre and a Shetland Pony Grand National, in addition to a magnificent on-site shopping village, fine dining and much more.

Tickets for the hottest New Year's show around are available online at www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

"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

STRANGLES A PATHOGENIC LEGACY OF THE WAR HORSE

WSTRANGLES A PATHOGENIC LEGACY OF THE WAR HORSE

In the largest study ever conducted into Streptococcus equi (S. equi), the bacteria responsible for the development of strangles, experts have come one step closer to designing an effective vaccine to prevent this devastating disease.

Strangles is characterised by a fever followed by abscesses of the lymph nodes of the head and neck. Despite over 100 years of research, the disease remains the most frequently diagnosed infection of horses worldwide. In new research, scientists from the Animal Health Trust, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of St. Andrews joined forces to examine the history and evolution of the disease.

The researchers examined 224 samples of S. equi procured from horses around the globe to try and find a common bacterial ancestor from which modern strains would have developed. Despite the disease first being described in 1251, the researchers were surprised at the genetic similarity of the samples and identified a total population replacement at the 19th or early 20th century. This corresponds to a period when horses from around the world were brought together in global conflicts including World War I, where an estimated eight million horses died on the battlefield.

"The mobilisation and mixing of horses in conflicts such as WWI provided perfect conditions for S. equi to thrive," says Dr Simon Harris from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. This combined with high mortality rates among the horses and their replacement with young susceptible horses could explain what we see around the world today.

While loss of diversity could be considered detrimental to bacterial populations, S. equi still infects more than 20,000 horses in the UK alone each year. Its success, researchers believe, is due to its ability to persist in some horses for years after they have recovered from strangles, where the bug can evolve to evade the horse's immune system.

Dr Andrew Waller, Head of Bacteriology at the Animal Health Trust says, "The data we have gathered in this study has enabled us to pinpoint the genes that help the bacteria to persist, spread and thrive in the horse population. This research provides an unprecedented opportunity to reduce the impact of and prevent strangles in future generations of horses."

The ability of S. equi to adapt to living in a persistent state within its host and still infect new horses mirrors the situation with HIV and the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in humans. "Unravelling the complex population dynamics of S. equi sheds new light on the balancing act between acute and persistent infection that is going on in many pathogens," says Dr Matthew Holden from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of St Andrews. "Not only does this collection of whole-genome sequences for S. equi offer hope for an effective strangles vaccine, it also provides us with a useful model for understanding persistent infection in humans."

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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Rehomed Horse of the Year 2015

Rehomed Horse of the Year 2015
rehomed horse of the year 2015

Have you rehomed one of World Horse Welfare's incredible characters? Then they want to hear from you!

2015's 'Rehomed Horse of the Year' competition has now launched and we cannot wait to hear all about you and your rehomed horse, pony or donkey. This year we have three exciting categories to enter:

  • Funniest Anecdote
  • Biggest Achievement
  • Faithful Friend

There will be a winner in each category and an overall champion will be selected. The classes will be judged by World Horse Welfare Patrons and Staff.

Find out more about the rules and how to enter.

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

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Says Linda Wright

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

Whitney's miraculous recovery

Whitney's miraculous recovery
Whitney when discovered by Senior Field Officer Julie

Severely neglected skewbald mare "is unrecognisable" having fought her way back to full strength. In January 2015, Redwings welfare team received a call from a concerned member of the public about a horse that was very underweight and suffering from diarrhoea. That same day, Senior Field Officer Julie Harding attended the field in Ipswich where she found Whitney (as she is now known by the Sanctuary) in a very upsetting state, extremely emaciated and in need of immediate veterinary attention.

While with Whitney, Julie also identified another mare of concern – a six-year-old 14hh piebald cob now called Maggie – who too was very underweight and showing signs of diarrhoea.

With support from the RSPCA and on veterinary advice the two horses were seized and brought to the Sanctuary to receive emergency veterinary care and treatment. As well as being woefully neglected – resulting in a body condition score of 0.5 out of 5 and untreated worms, lice and the skin condition rainscald – it was soon identified that Whitney was suffering from salmonella.

The three-year-old 13hh mare was so weak as a result of her suffering that for the first month in our care she required the aid of our Anderson Sling to stand. "She simply had no strength to stand or move", explains Welfare Veterinary Surgeon Nicola Berryman. "Her legs would tremble beneath her own weight, meaning she was at constant risk of collapse and therefore needing the support of the sling and 24-hour care."

Whitney was so weak she needed the support of our Anderson Sling to standWhitney was so weak she needed the support of our Anderson Sling to stand >>

Six months after her rescue and after an extended period of time receiving intensive veterinary care, Whitney has battled against all odds and has made a miraculous recovery.

Commenting on Whitney's progress Julie Harding said: "She looks amazing and is unrecognisable from the emaciated mare I found that day; at times we really didn't think she would make it. "Whitney still has a way to go, but happily is well enough to have finally been turned out with Maggie. I just can't believe it's the same horse!"

On the 7th May, Whitney and Maggie's owner was served a caution for the neglect of the two mares. The pair have now been signed over into the permanent care of Redwings, where they can enjoy life within the safety of the Sanctuary.

Whitney (front) and Maggie (third from left) enjoyng life at the Sanctuary with their new friendsWhitney now! Amazing!

By supporting Redwings, you can help us help more horses in need. Every donation you make, no matter how big or small, really does make a difference, whether allowing us to continue to rescue horses – just like Whitney and Maggie – or support the ongoing care of horses at the Sanctuary.

You can donate by texting RWHS00 plus the amount you wish to give (for example "RWHS00 £5") to 70070 or directly via our online donation form here.

If you have any concerns about a horse, pony, donkey or mule, you can contact Redwings' welfare team on 01508 481008 or email welfare@redwings.co.uk.

Whitney (front) and Maggie (third from left) enjoyng life at the Sanctuary with their new friendsWhitney (front) and Maggie (third from left) enjoyng life at the Sanctuary with their new friends

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

Richard Branson sends get well soon message to eventer

Richard Branson sends get well soon message to eventer

Top British eventer, Ben Hobday, has recently been diagnosed with cancer and has been undergoing treatment since early June.

Since his diagnosis he has received huge support from the horse world and now the founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson, has sent him a video with words of encouragement.

See what Richard Branson said to Ben

World Horse Festivals: China

World Horse Festivals: China

World Horse Festivals: China

Traditional Nadam Festival kicks off in Bayinbuluke grassland in Hejing, Xinjiang, China July 25.

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Former Scottish stud horse which became the "First horse of cinema" dies after a career in movies

Former Scottish stud horse which became the "First horse of cinema" dies after a career in movies
Wabe the Friesian horse starred in films including the Chronicles of Narnia.

New Zealand's first horse of cinema has died surrounded by his loving human family at the ripe old age of 24.

Wabe the Friesian stallion starred in films including the Chronicles of Narnia and both Underworld movies, as well as the television series Legend of the Seeker.

He died of old age at his Muriwai home.

Friesian horses are "every little girl's dream pony", with their pure black with flowing manes and tails, and having gentle and docile natures, Wabe's owner Hayley Moore said. The breed is not common in New Zealand, and can be traced back to the medieval crusades.

Former Scottish stud horse which became the "First horse of cinema" dies after a career in movies
Wabe with owner Hayley Moore competing at the North Island Stallion Parade.

"We adored him to pieces. He was the most patient, generous horse I have ever known," Moore said.

Wabe loved the spotlight and seemed to know when he was being watched by a camera or crowd, she said.

"He was very showy. He would strut around thinking he was the most beautiful thing around. It's almost like he knew that he was an ambassador for his breed."

Former Scottish stud horse which became the "First horse of cinema" dies after a career in moviesConsidered a member of the family, Wabe is pictured with owner Hayley Moore on her wedding day, with mother Patricia Wardill and stepfather David Fish.

Born in Holland, Wabe spent time as a stud horse in Scotland before Moore's mother Patricia Wardill bought him 11 years ago. He quickly became a beloved family pet, and carried Moore on her wedding day.

Wabe was the first Friesian horse to compete in New Zealand dressage events, and his special breeding soon led to the film work, Moore said.

"People wanted a big, black horse with lots of mane and tail."

Filming could take Wabe away from home for several weeks, although he often worked near Auckland and was able to come home for the night.

Moore and her horse starred together in Legend of the Seeker, she in a flowing dress riding side-saddle, which rates as her favourite Wabe moment on celluloid.

"It was incredible to see him on the screen, it was a real buzz. He was very much a member of the family."

After retiring two years ago Wabe did charity work with underprivileged children and young people with behavioural problems, through the organisation Totally Horse.

"He adored it. He was such a beautifully-natured horse," Moore said.

Wabe, whose name comes from the Dutch for "meadow", will be buried on the family land in Muriwai next to a stream, with a magnolia tree planted above him.

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

Argento tops the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses World Rankings List.

Argento tops the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses World Rankings List.

Argento tops the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses World Rankings List. John and Clare Whitaker's brilliant 13-year-old stallion Argento has taken over top spot in the latest World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses world rankings list.

The 13-year-old stallion has enjoyed an outstanding season, guided by John's masterful riding, to post a string of impressive performances that includes a grand prix victory in Hong Kong, second places in the Longines Global Champions Tour London and Monaco grand prix, plus a magnificent double clear in stamina-sapping conditions that underpinned Great Britain's FEI Nations Cup triumph in Rome two months ago.

After being ranked second last month, Argento (Arko III x Gasper) is now top of the prestigious WBFSH list, heading fellow world-class horses like the Scott Brash-ridden Hello Sanctos, owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham, in sixth, while Rolf Goran-Bengtsson's London Global Champions Tour grand prix winner Casall ASK is fourth.

Speaking after Argento's second place in London two days ago, John said: "He is on very good form, and I think I'm on quite good form! He jumped great, absolutely superbly."

Argento's breeder Keely Durham commented "It is fantastic news for British breeding. I am very proud of Argento, and a big well done to John for getting him there."

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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New Comfort English Bridles

New Comfort English Bridles

What if you could take a beautiful English bridle and savvy it up? That's exactly what Linda Parelli has done with the new English Hunter/Jumper bridle with Flexi noseband and the English Dressage bridle with Comfi noseband.

Since meeting Pat, Linda has focused her time on revisiting the sport and bringing to it the savvy she's learned from Pat about creating true partnerships with our horses. The right equipment is a key part of that.

Made from beautiful Italian leather the bridles feature a standard straight black browband with snap on feature, which makes it easy to change the look, and a padded crown with ear-contoured design for supreme comfort.

The English Hunter/Jumper bridle comes with the newly designed Flexi noseband which is elasticated with one simple buckle for comfort. It is designed to fit snuggly without restricting the horse's mouth, the horse can even chew and graze in it.

The English Dressage bridle is designed with the Comfi noseband which offers a more traditional dressage style. It features two elastic inserts and a padded chin piece with looped back buckle to secure snuggly without restriction.

Both bridles are fully adjustable with buckles on each side to ensure symmetrical adjustments and come with a pair of Slip & Grip Reins featuring fine grain material on the inner surface, improving your grip as needed, while also allowing for smooth releases.

Both bridles are priced at £150.39 regular price and £112.79 for members. They are available in sizes: Cob, Regular/Full, WB/Extra Full.

For more information contact Parelli Natural Horsemanship UK on 0800 0234 813 or shop at www.parelli.com

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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

Congratulations

RICHARD WAYMAN

RICHARD WAYMAN

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has appointed Richard Wayman as Chief Operating Officer, filling a key new position – initially publicised as Director of Racing and Operations, but now with added responsibility for Finance – in the organisation's Executive team following the restructure detailed last month.

Reporting to Chief Executive Nick Rust, Wayman will assume overall responsibility for the sport's Fixture List, Race Planning and Handicapping, along with the BHA's relationship with Weatherbys and many of the BHA's corporate services functions, including its Finance team.

He will also be responsible for the oversight and delivery of the BHA's overall development programme flowing from its strategic objectives for the next 18 months, and work closely with Ruth Quinn, the BHA's Director of International Racing and Racing Development, on a range of matters. His start date is not yet confirmed, but anticipated to be before the end of 2015. Until then, Rust will have direct responsibility for these areas.

Since January 2012, Wayman has been Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, having previously worked at the BHA and its predecessor the British Horseracing Board from 2004 as Assistant Racing Director. A Cambridge graduate with a first class honours degree in Economics, he took part in the then Jockey Club Graduate Development Programme in 2002, subsequently working at William Hill, PricewaterhouseCoopers – where he qualified as a chartered accountant – and the British Racing School, as Finance Director. He has been a racehorse owner for 18 years, and is currently part-owner of three horses in training.

Wayman will join the BHA at the time of significant change within the organisation, and the sport. A Strategy for Growth was launched earlier in 2015, underpinned by ambitious targets to increase participation across a number of headings, and a new governance structure and Members Agreement between the BHA, the Racecourse Association and Horsemen's Group, is close to finalisation.

Richard Wayman said: "At a time when British Racing is facing significant challenges and also some exciting opportunities, I am thrilled to have been given the chance to work with Nick Rust and the rest of the team at the BHA to support the future of our industry. I am a strong believer in collaboration and so I also look forward to working very closely with sport's many stakeholders including in the crucial areas of the Fixture List and Race Programme."

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