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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

Meon Valley Trail.
Improvements are for cyclists NOT riders

The focus for investment was to support increases in cycle trips to, from and around National Parks

Says Mike Ashton, a CTC Right to Ride Representative

Says Mike Ashton, a CTC Right to Ride RepresentativeThe Trail is a 17km long redevelopment of the former Meon Valley Railway, from Wickham to West Meon. It provides an attractive traffic free route across the South Downs for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders avoiding the A32.

It should be fully open late summer. The work is partly funded from the Department of Transport, 'Cycling in National Parks Grant', linking communities and supporting the sustainable tourism economy. The Meon Valley Trail was badly under used for many years. Mud often made cycling impossible.

Drainage and coppicing undertaken to dry out the site, along with the stone chipping surface should provide an improved base for all users. After 2 or 3 years the local biodiversity will improve to make an outing along the trail a memorable event.

Route safety will be better but several road accesses need improvement, also permitting the use of horse trotting is not consistent with children cycling safely and will discourage many users. The tree work will provide better visibility enabling far more users without increasing the risk of conflicts of interests between users.

Where similar developments have been undertaken user levels have increased but anti social behaviour has reduced. Overall the trail development is considered to be a very positive development. It's unfortunate that the publicity given by the Hampshire Chronicle and the BBC has been so negative and badly researched.

As a final thought a large proportion of cyclists would prefer the trail to have a sealed surface enabling all year round use that would help to improve the health and well being of a considerable proportion of users.

Maureen Comber comments

"Well it seems that giving away our bridleway rights is what is called 'Working with the Council' according to the BHS."

Says Maureen Comber

Says Maureen ComberI don't think HCC can just upgrade the bridleway without the consent of the Secretary of State but they don't seem to think he counts for much.

As far as I can see they just do what they want.

The BHS ignore the law so they can 'work with the Council'. How disgraceful is that?

Not for nothing is Hampshire County Council's address known as The Castle, Westminster.

Tony Barnett comments

- The upgrading could act as an impediment to horse riders because of the type of road surface used

- I would demand that someone from the council and National Parks makes a statement as to the safety of the upgrading and that any mishap will be fully compensated

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettShould the authorities interfere with the surface, then it will have adopted it , this then makes them responsible for any/each mishap, the upgrading can be seen as it being adopted by both parties, and their liability.

Evidence that the access has been dedicated as a Bridlepath after the railway lines were removed meaning that somehow the council etc were/are aware of the type of dressing/surface was required for horse use, looking at the photo's sent there doesnt seem any impediment to other users, the question remains are the public "invited" to use the access or is it by choice? there is a difference.

The upgrading could act as an impediment to horse riders because of the type of road surface, if as is stated road stone is washed away or moved, through constant use, one might assume that Tarmacadam is the next choice of surface, this then could see an end to the bridle path because the surface can be dangerous, however, the surface is a bonding material which does include stone, the surface it is assured is a porous one, the only worry is the design because of the camber(tilt), therefore I would suggest that because of the tilt there is uncertainty of the surface drainage.

I would demand that someone from the council and National Parks makes a statement as to the safety of the upgrading and that any mishap will be fully compensated and to disclose the certificate to show public liability,not just for horses but all that access the land/bridlepath, the Parks have stated that the use by cycles will be monitored to prevent nuisance.

Having made contact with the Parks office I am sure that all information has not been disclosed for public consumption, also the public liability certificate must be disclosed on demand by the public, which, needs itemised and not as councils insurers say that we insure all council owned properties, that is rubbish, it is the cover for the works on Meon trail that is required to include the safety certificate.

Now sign the petitionSave our bridleway:
Meon Valley Disused Railway Line

We the undersigned are concerned about the urbanisation of a local beauty spot that has been enjoyed by the local community for generations. We wish it to be preserved for generations to come.

We the undersigned call on those responsible for the works to the Meon Valley Disused Railway Line, "The Meon Valley Trail" to postpone work to allow the following to take place: 1. Full consultation with the local community, environmental groups and other interested parties about the upgrading of the surface of the railway and the widening of access points along the railway 2. An agreement to be reached about the most appropriate surface for the railway line, to meet the needs of the local community 3. An agreement to be reached about the appropriate size of the proposed access points along the railway line, to ensure the safety of all users

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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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Be warned. The horses of tomorrow!

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

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH
THE MEON VALLEY TRAIL?

South Downs National ParkImprovements are being made to the Meon Valley Trail disused railway line in order to create a safe, high quality and easy to use route for walkers, riders and cyclists who want to explore the South Downs National Park and the villages of the Meon Valley.

It's important to remember that work isn't finished yet.

Once complete, this will open up some of the most breath-taking views of the countryside and the restored firm and level surface will be suitable for shared use by everyone, including many with mobility impairments.

The improvements are funded through a successful bid to central Government, and address issues of poor surfacing and drainage, unstable trees, and limited views as well making improvements for wildlife and to local information about the history, geography and ecology of this special area.

Read more ............

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 286

It is now 286 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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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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Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori appointed RoR Ambassadors

Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori appointed RoR Ambassadors

Leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori have been appointed Ambassadors for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), the sport's own charity that promotes and protects the welfare of horses that have retired from racing.

The two jockeys have first hand experience of re-homing former racehorses in that both have provided homes to horses that played a pivotal role in their respective careers.

Looks Like Trouble, who Johnson partnered to victory in the 2000 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has spent his retirement from racing being looked after by Richard and Fiona Johnson at their home in Herefordshire. While Frankie and Catherine Dettori provided a home for Fujiyama Crest, the horse that gave Dettori his seventh winner of his magnificent seven at Ascot back in 1995, until his recent passing away at the age of 23.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said:"It's wonderful news that Richard and Frankie have agreed to be RoR Ambassadors. They are two of the most respected riders in the country and a credit to the sport. What is more, they both recognise the importance of racing demonstrating its support for the work of RoR and, from their own first hand experience, they know exactly what is involved with giving a racehorse a second home."

As part of their ambassadorial duties, Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori will attend RoR's Parades on racecourses and make presentations at RoR competitions and events during the course of the year, including the annual RoR Awards, which were held for the first time in 2014.

Richard Johnson, said: "It's really important that all involved, owners, trainers and jockeys, consider what happens to horses when their racing careers are over and that we promote the fact that they can excel in other disciplines long after they finish racing.

"One would expect a Gold Cup winner such as Looks Like Trouble to want for nothing in his retirement, but it should not matter what they achieved on the track, they all deserve the chance of a fulfilling second career."

Frankie Dettori added: "Nowadays, thanks to the work of RoR, there are so many more options for former racehorses, such as polo, showing, dressage and eventing. That was not the case when I bought Fujiyama Crest at the sales 15 years ago. I don't know what would have happened to him had we not bought him. He meant a lot to all the family and all my children rode him."

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British horseracing's official charity for horses that have retired from racing. The four main strands of its work are: to raise funds so that the charity can carry out its responsibilities; to promote the adaptability and versatility of racehorses in other equestrian activities; to facilitate the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses; and to provide a safety net for vulnerable former racehorses facing an uncertain future.

The charity's ultimate goal is to achieve a balance between the number of horses leaving racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes.

Find out more about the RoR Eventing series at BE fixtures this year.

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COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF
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COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF JUMP RACING UNDERWAY

A comprehensive Review of British Jump Racing instigated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has commenced with a committee consisting of cross-industry expertise meeting at the BHA's offices to discuss the health and future of the code.

The objectives of the Review are: to assess the health of Jump racing; identify and examine the threats and challenges faced by Jump racing and create logical and deliverable solutions to these challenges; and to form a long-term strategy for the sport which outlines a path from which future growth and success can be delivered.

The Review is being chaired by former Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse Edward Gillespie.

Particular areas of focus for the Review will include the race programme, field sizes, participation, ownership, breeding, horse population, prize money, sales, racecourse attendances, media and betting trends. The code will be reviewed not only as a single entity but also from a regional viewpoint and the review will pay particular attention to the health of the sport at its grass-roots and middle tiers.

Ruth Quinn, Director of Racing for the BHA, said:

"Having just come off the back of a successful Grand National meeting, which was itself hot on the heels of another memorable Cheltenham Festival, some might be forgiven for thinking that Jump racing is in perfect health.

"Indeed we have a great deal to be positive and proud about. Attendances and betting turnover at Cheltenham and Aintree reached record levels and the quality of the Jump racing product at the top end remains first class, and continues to capture the imagination of the British Public.

"However, a look beneath the bonnet reveals challenges and concerns which need to be addressed in order to secure the long-term health of the sport. Without an industry functioning properly, from the grass-roots up, then the future security and success of the sport at all levels is at risk.

"This comprehensive, cross-industry Review is designed to, firstly, give us a clear picture about the exact state of health that the industry is in, and then implement evidence-based plans to safeguard the future of the sport and ensure that we are maximising all possible opportunities for growth.

"The committee itself has been assembled to ensure that we have expertise and deep knowledge of all parts of the Jump racing industry, as well as a geographical spread of delegates."

The need for the Review arose out of the BHA's ongoing consultation with the Racing industry, both as part of the process for developing the 2015 Fixture List and generally. The Review is expected to be completed, and recommendations to be published, before the end of the calendar year.

Jump Racing was reviewed previously in 2004. Out of this Review arose various recommendations including alterations to the Pattern and race programme, the introduction of the Grade 1 Lancashire Chase at Haydock in November (known as the Betfair Chase), introduction of the Order of Merit (which is now disbanded but for a period had a positive influence on the competitiveness of winter Pattern races), reviews of Prize Money levels, the introduction of Pony Racing and several more.

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One of the highlights of the showing calendar, as Equifest approaches we ask the team for some advice on the importance of presenting your horse well to the judge and how to play to your strengths in order to impress the judges and be pulled in at the top of the line

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, August 12 to 16, Equifest is the event not to be missed and promises to be an action packed five days ...... read more

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Grand National 2015

Sunshine return for Grand National hero Many Clouds

Sunshine return for Grand National hero Many Clouds
Many Clouds returning home

The sun shone down on Many Clouds as more than 1,000 fans from his local village cheered the Grand National winner home.

The 25/1 victor of the 168th running of the world's top steeplechase was given a hero's reception in Lambourn, West Berkshire.

Crowds applauded the eight-year-old horse who gave jockey Leighton Aspell his second consecutive victory in the race – and his respected trainer Oliver Sherwood a first win in the 30-fence Aintree marathon.

Speaking at his Lambourn yard yesterday, Mr Sherwood said: "The whole community has come out to embrace him today.

"It's ridiculous.

"It's so sublime and very humbling."

The trainer said he was going to drop Many Clouds from the National, after seeing him fail at the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.

But he was persuaded to give him a run by the quirky horse's owner Trevor Hemmings.

"It was Trevor who persuaded me so he deserves a lot of the credit.

Nathan Horrocks, Many Clouds' regular work rider, said: "He's a warrior."I couldn't give a monkey's about next year, I am just going to enjoy this moment."

"He never leaves anything out there.

"We're absolutely over the moon with him.

"He's a real community horse.

"When horses start to win these big races they start to get a fan base.

"It's lovely riding out in Lambourn and when he won the Hennessy Gold Cup this year, even the other yards in the town started asking after him, wanting to know how he was.

"It's great for the community, for the town and for racing. Hopefully he's got a big future and it will be great looking forward to him running next year."

Balthazar King recovering with suspected broken ribs after fall

Balthazar King recovering with suspected broken ribs after fall

Balthazar King is recovering at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital in Liverpool after suffering suspected broken ribs when falling in the Crabbie's Grand National.

Runner-up in the Aintree spectacular 12 months ago, Richard Johnson's mount had only made it as far as the Canal Turn on Saturday (eighth fence) when he came to grief and brought down Ballycasey.

The 11-year-old was treated on the course before being transferred to Leahurst by horse ambulance.

Balthazar King's trainer, Philip Hobbs, said on Sunday morning: "He's in the equine hospital in Liverpool and was comfortable last night. "They think he's probably broken some ribs. Hopefully he'll be okay."

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

Dream Alliance allotment horse racing story wins top film award

Dream Alliance allotment horse racing story wins top film award

He was bred on a council allotment in Cefn Fforest near Blackwood, south Wales, by a group of friends with almost no experience of horse racing.

But Dream Alliance went on to win one of the biggest races in the country - the Welsh Grand National.

A film telling the remarkable tale has won an award at the famous Sundance Festival in the United States.

"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

Trail Riders happy to share vehicular rights of way with users on foot, bicycle and horseback

Trail Riders happy to share vehicular rights of way with users on foot, bicycle and horseback

The Trail Riders Fellowship has praised the BBC's Countryfile report on their activities and say it produced a generally balanced, accurate and informative report on motorcycling in the countryside.

They say it was particularly gratifying to note that one of the leading opponents of their activities said she was happy to be intolerant of others legally using the countryside. In contrast, the TRF is happy to share vehicular rights of way with users on foot, bicycle and horseback, and puts considerable effort into keeping routes open for all to enjoy.

One point that was not included in the programme was that there is a very small percentage of unsurfaced rights of way still open to motor vehicles when compared to the many thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways and acres of 'open access' countryside.

The TRF say they felt that this progamme marked a significant improvement in the BBC's portrayal of motorcycling in the countryside. You can view the programme here:

About the Trail Riders Fellowship

The Trail Riders Fellowship was founded in 1970 to preserve and promote legal motorcycling on unsurfaced vehicular rights of way in England and Wales.

Its members operate a code of conduct

It should be noted that trail riding is not 'off-roading'. The routes used by trail riders have vehicular status, although they may lack a coating of tarmac.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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WHY WE SHOULD NOW BE PLANNING A NATIONAL APPEAL TO NEW GOVERNMENT MINISTERS

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony Barnett Why we should make a national appeal to the future holders of the Ministerial post "communities and local government and policing and justice".

I know that loads of objections have been made in the past against the theft of our common lands and other open countyside access as bridle and pedestrian rights of way formed by ancient rights and not as of custom.

It will probably be in July before we know who is to take up the posts, if it is Labour then there will be great difficulty as they introduced pins and sacked the commons commissioner, because of this, Natural England was created at the loss of open courts held by the commissioners office to examine claims of ownership/title deeds, now we see fraudulent applications to the new body/quango and consents given that have no legal status at all.

There is total collusion between members of the powerful in each county which extends to the highest level in the judiciary in the land the high courts chancery issues division, whether the actions by this court is deliberate or by the last government and supported by all parties I do not know.

But that should not deter those that seek answers as to why we need to lose our ancient open access to the countryside because local and central government wish to use property, not belonging as collateral in order to receive HLS from Natural England, gained from EU to enclose,approve land that we have a higher status of rights to.

I was in court last week, this should have been for directions, this would have given me my rights as is laid down by the European Convention on Human rights (article 6), which the district judge said I was not entitiled too, the entire convention supports the public's human rights, but he, like a lot of in this country when supporting the council or central government will take this action.

There is a need therefore to come together, and I would that we get publication through the press and media(which at the moment they will not do) Billions are being made available to charities that have no rights to the funding, councils,National Trust, the list is endless, however this funding cannot be gained until pins gives consent, it is given without examining the claimants and investigating the objections and documentary evidence disclosed by the objectors.

However this new approach is taken, we all need to agree on it, there is also theft of our open access/common land paid for from HLF which comes from the money set aside for good causes (from the lottery) and from landfill which is also set aside for good causes, works on land not belonging is not "good causes", and it is certainly not for corrupt agendas.

To keep what is our heritage, what two WW's were fought for, our freedom, there is a need for full support via petitions so as to hand delivery to the ministers with responsibility.

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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

A P SET FOR FINAL RIDE ON MOLE MOUNT

A P SET FOR FINAL RIDE ON MOLE MOUNT

McCoy set for Mole mount Tony McCoy looks set to partner Mr Mole in the race named in his honour on the final day of the season at Sandown.

The perennial champion jockey will have his final rides before calling it a day at the Esher venue and champion trainer Paul Nicholls is keen to see him partner Mr Mole, the horse who he steered to victory on the day he announced his retirement at Newbury in February, in the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase.

The afternoon promises to be an emotional one for McCoy as he collects his 20th title before bringing his glittering career to an end.

Speaking on his website, Nicholls said: "I am trying to ensure that Mr Mole is on song to give AP McCoy a cracking ride in the Celebration Chase at Sandown on his final day as a jockey on April 25."

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

'Poldark ponies' of Bodmin Moor are safe at last

Redwings have praised local vets, farmers and the Bodmin Moor Shadow Commons Council for their amazing team effort following an operation to rescue a group of ponies over the weekend.

Redwings offered financial support to the operation, which has resulted in the safe rescue of three ponies from the Moor including a tiny foal. They have since been named after characters from the series Poldark.

A stallion and a mare and foal were rescued over the weekend from the very spot where parts of the hit BBC television series Poldark was filmed. They had been running loose on Bodmin Moor and all were starving and in urgent need of veterinary intervention, feed and proper care. No owner has come forward for any of them.


Introducing Ross Poldark, so named after the lead character in the
BBC television series filmed on Bodmin Moor

The dark bay stallion, named Ross Poldark by his rescuers, was found in the Craddock Moor area in a very dire state; very thin and with a body condition score of 0.5. He was extremely weak and Lorna Stevenson, the APHA Veterinary Officer who authorised the ponies' removal, stated she believed he would almost certainly die without immediate help.

Meanwhile, a mare found in the Pensilva area and since named Demelza after the wife of Poldark in the television series, was also in serious danger, with a body condition score of just 1. She had a foal at foot who is thought to be between seven and ten days old – she has been named Julia after Demelza's new baby daughter in the series.

All three ponies have been moved to a nearby yard where they are receiving urgent veterinary intervention.

The rescue efforts were led by Julie Dowton, Secretary to the Bodmin Moor Commoners and the Association of Bodmin Moor Commons Landowners, and the lead for welfare issues. She said: "Just like the 'real' Poldark, our little pony Ross bears the scars of battle. He also has lustrous brown locks, and although he is very thin at the moment we hope he will one day have his rippling muscles too!  Demelza in the series is a scrawny little thing who is totally unloved until help comes along, what else could we call her? It's amazing to think these ponies have walked in the very footsteps of their namesakes. It was an extremely tough few days but we are so pleased that this story has a happy ending. Big thanks to Lorna Stevenson VO for all her hard work, to the Pooley family who have offered to house these poor ponies, and to Redwings for their financial support to help us get these ponies away from danger."


Demelza was rescued with her foal Julia, both of which were found in an extremely poor condition

Our Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere said: "Lorna and Julie in particular have been absolutely astonishing. They respond to every welfare concern that gets reported to them on the Moor but often they will arrive to find the ponies have been moved on or there are various factors such as the poor weather or intervention by locals which means they are unable to catch them. In this case yet again they worked tirelessly all weekend to ensure the safe removal of these ponies, who have now been moved to a place of safety where they received all the care they need and deserve. We must also thank those who have offered them safe housing and the demanding aftercare that they so desperately need, thank you for all you do."

We have recently been involved in a current DEFRA consultation on the establishment of a Bodmin Moor Commons Council, the results of which will be released in a few weeks.

Nic continued: "Back in 2011 Redwings was involved in the rescue of 19 ponies from Bodmin Moor who had essentially been abandoned and were in a terrible state. Since then we have been working with the other authorities to try and improve the overall welfare standards and resolve issues like the lack of an established register for those who have grazing rights to the Moor, not to mention the completely indiscriminate breeding that goes on, but to be honest it's been an uphill battle. The teamwork shown over the weekend to rescue these ponies only serves to demonstrate how effective we can be when we all work together. However the ponies should never be allowed to get into this state in the first place. We believe an established Council made up of representatives from the Commoners, local vets and other interested parties who have the authority to take action on issues like these, could make a real and lasting difference to the welfare of the ponies on Bodmin."

Couple give engagement ring money to the Brooke

Couple give engagement ring money to the Brooke

After getting down on one knee and proposing to his girlfriend, a British man had to explain to his new fiancée why she would not be receiving a diamond ring.

Ross (53) from Manchester, proposed to Celeste (46) from Crickhowell whilst on holiday together in Vietnam and suggested that instead of buying an expensive diamond ring, they could use the money to help out a cause close to Celeste's heart.

Celeste immediately accepted Ross' proposal and even said she would match the amount he had originally planned to spend on a diamond ring and give it all to the Brooke – a British based charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses and donkeys in some of the world's poorest communities.

Celeste said: "If I ever had any doubts about being with Ross for the rest of my life, they disappeared when he came up with his amazing plan of helping working donkeys and horses rather than giving me something shiny to put on my finger. He really has an understanding of what is important to me and I know that this cause is so important to him now as well. It means so much to us that many innocent, helpless working horses and donkeys will not suffer thanks to the Brooke.

"I am a very independent person and have done a fair amount of travelling in poorer counties and have seen the reality that is the lives of many working horses and donkeys. Some of the situations I have witnessed have been very upsetting. After Ross proposed we both immediately knew the money from the engagement ring should support the Brooke as they were addressing the problems and issues of the animals that I had personally seen.

Couple give engagement ring money to the Brooke
©The Brooke/Richard Dunwoody MBE

"I've seen some awful things involving donkeys and horses during my travels. The poor animals often have to carry unbearable loads, lack food, water, veterinary treatment and shelter from the scorching sun. I'm so pleased that working horses and donkeys will be helped and healed because of our engagement."

Celeste and Ross will get married in early 2016. Read Celeste's blog for the Brooke here.

If you would like to follow in their footsteps and make a donation to the Brookeas part of a celebration, visit the in celebration page.

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WANTED BEF Marketing & Communications Officer and Regional Participation Coordinator for Hoof

WANTED BEF Marketing & Communications Officer and Regional Participation Coordinator for Hoof

Do you think riding is a fantastic sport? Could you help us to get more people in the saddle and support the equestrian industry to thrive? If so we would love to hear from you! We are seeking two committed, enthusiastic individuals to join our small, dynamic team at the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and make a difference in the recreational riding market.

HOOF REGIONAL PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR

Attractive salary plus Pension and Health Insurance

We are seeking a Hoof Regional Participation Coordinator to work as part of the Participation Team to drive and increase participation in equestrian sport.

This is a full time position based in either

  • North of England (to include but not limited to Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire). or
  • South East of England (to include but not limited to Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and Hampshire).

You will work with the BEF team and Member Bodies to support equestrian businesses, centres, and riding schools to improve standards, retain existing riders and attract new people to the sport.

A customer centred approach is important as is the ability to effectively monitor and evaluate the success. You will feedback data and case study material to BEF head office, gathering customer insight and enabling us to report progress to our funders Sport England.

Knowledge of the equestrian world and a positive attitude towards all aspects of equestrian participation, especially recreational riding, is essential, as is a willingness, and enthusiasm to be prepared to overcome challenges. An understanding of measuring performance and evaluating and communicating success will be advantageous. The ability to be a team player but also work on your own and under pressure is essential.

The successful applicant, educated to degree level or equivalent, will have a customer-centred approach, excellent communication skills and knowledge of the equestrian world.

HOOF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Attractive salary plus Pension and Health Insurance

We are seeking a Marketing and Communications Officer to promote activities aligned to increasing participation in equestrian sport.

The successful candidate will work with the Marketing and Participation teams, internal and external stakeholders and delivery partners to drive brand awareness of Hoof and activate campaigns. Educated to degree level or equivalent, with minimum three years' experience, the successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, knowledge of web/online communications and demonstrable skills in running marketing and communications campaigns and delivering measurable outcomes.

How to apply:

To view a copy of each of the Job Descriptions and for an Application Form please visit the BEF website – www.bef.co.uk

Applications should be sent by email to maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk by 12pm 7th May 2015. Interviews will take place 22nd May 2015 at Abbey Park near Kenilworth. (Please state in the vacancy details section which position and for the Hoof Regional Participation Coordinator role, for which region you are applying.)

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.

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Olympic sprinter Kelly Sotherton competes against horse in race

Olympic sprinter Kelly Sotherton competes against horse in race
Kelly Sotherton and Hannah Bendon

Steaming ahead of her equine opponent, Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton was in a race with a difference.

The 38-year-old former heptathlete took on Hannah Bendon on her mount Murphy in London's Hyde Park to promote the Whole Earth Man v Horse challenge that takes place in June.

The annual contest sees runners compete against horses over a 22-mile cross-country course in Wales.

It was dreamed up some 35 years ago by a pub landlord and his regulars in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, who wanted to see if a man could beat a horse.

In 2004 the race was finally won by a runner.

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

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Congratulations

Chris Hyde

Chris Hyde
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Chris Hyde goes to 10

The HPA Handicap Committee has announced Chris Hyde as the first ever British player to reach 10 goals in the arena.

After a busy and successful winter season, helping Back Eagles to victory in The Arena Gold Cup and Captaining England for the annual Test Match at Hickstead, Hyde can now enjoy the fruits of his labours.

Polo Times spoke to Sebastian Dawnay, a member of the HPA Arena Handicap Committee about the decision to put Hyde to 10: "Chris' handicap increase to 10 is 100% based on his performance this season – he is 10goals in the arena all day, every day.

He won The Gold Cup – where I played against him and found he was on a whole other standard of playing – The Test Match at Hickstead and he was outstanding in St. Moritz; across the board, the Committee felt that he deserved the change in handicap. Apart from the Final of The Arena Nationals, he has remained undefeated in the 2014/15 season and everybody thought he should be recognised for that."

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Tues 14 April, 2015

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Fri 17 April, 2015

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