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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 20

It is now 20 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.

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"

BHS AT WAR OVER MAUREEN COMBER

Click here to read in full the shocking way
Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

 

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware.
This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day

Big differences exposed in letters from BHS officials

One official asks Maureen if she would like to remain as Access and Bridleways Officer.

Another official tells Maureen she has been forbidden to do any voluntary work for the BHS.

Read the letters for yourself.

On June 27 2014 Mark Weston, BHS Director of Access, Safety and Welfare
wrote to Maureen Comber

.....   I would ask that you inform me if you have any further concerns, and whether you wish to continue as an Access and Bridleways Officer......

On July 16 2014 Claire Alridge, BHS Chairman, wrote to Maureen Comber telling her that she had been forbidden to do ANY voluntary work whatsoever for BHS.

Does this mean the lefthand does not know what the righthand is doing ?

Does this mean there is no communication between BHS officials?

Does this mean the BHS Director of Access, Safety and Welfare was over-ruled by the BHS Chairman?

Even worse, adding insult to injury, even though Maureen has been sacked and forbidden to work for the BHS, they have still not returned any part of her membership fee.

HOW MUCH WORSE CAN THEY GET ?

 

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day

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

Support grows for Maureen Comber

Viv Lynch writes to Maureen Comber

"I've just read the disappointing news and sorry to hear it has resulted in this "

Says Viv Lynch

Hi Maureen,

I've just read the disappointing news and sorry to hear it has resulted in this outcome.

I do not know the full details so will not comment but suffice to say I think I nearly fell foul of the same thing over my stance on BOATS several years back.

"We're backing Maureen"

 

Troth Wells, BHS Oxon writes to Maureen Comber

"You have been inspirational and hardworking for access, and I've enjoyed meeting you "

Says Troth Wells

I've just received an email saying that you are no longer an access officer or member of the Hants BHS committee. I don't know fully what the circs were, and there's no need for me to know, but just at a personal level I wanted to send you my good wishes and thank you for all you have done. You have been inspirational and hardworking for access, and I've enjoyed meeting you at Janice's, and of course at our PI training at Stoneleigh too.

"We're backing Maureen"

 

Comments Alyson Flower

Comments Alyson Flower "Appalling way to treat someone of such long standing service
- BHS sort yourselves out ! "

 

"We're backing Maureen"

Comments Tony Barnett

"Do your duty and support your members rights, or extinguish BHS altogether. "

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettMembers are entitled to seek clarification on matters of rights,it is called "Democracy", these rights are required to be employed when explanations fall on deaf ears.

No agreement or swearing on oath to secrecy can be forced on members not to disclose, as a charity/part time quango you should be aware of this.

Perhaps if, you served members correctly you would not need to afraid of publications, which by law may be printed in news outlets to either heap praise or to condemn you to the with the rest of the con artists, do your duty and support your members rights, or extinguish BHS altogether.

Members, are not given given as of right to meetings whether it be from their area or else where, it is not welcomed by secret societies to inform, Maureen has not part in disclosure, my time as a member of BHS allowed me information or where it CAN, be obtained, the segment on HT will remain, you may of course hire a barrister as you do not have a qualified legal person on public rights of way

 

"We're backing Maureen"

 

Comments Steve Yandall

'At what period in the Orwellian calendar are we living? "

Says Steve Yandall

Says Steve YandallAvoidance of accountability is such a huge issue in todays UK(and elsewhere) and without it i.e. scrutiny,assessment and appropriate follow up, democracy is a hollow shell and valueless.

I value,and miss,the memory I have of my grandfathers and fathers aspirations for which they risked their lives over two World Wars.

Why do I miss the memory? Because their dreams of freedom and equality have not been gifted to me, as a reality, and that fact devalues the sacrifices of so many! Nuff said.

 

"We're backing Maureen"

Temporary. What does it mean?

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

What would your horse do
if he saw these hay sculptures ?

What would your horse do if he saw these hay sculptures ?

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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Queen's top race horse fails drug test

Queen's top race horse fails drug test

The Queen's 2013 Ascot Gold Cup heroine Estimate has tested positive for morphine, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old mare produced one of the iconic stories of last season when triumphing in the two-and-a-half-mile feature Group One at Royal Ascot and went down on her sword when narrowly denied by Leading Light in defence of her crown last month.

The British Horseracing Authority announced last week that five horses under the care of various trainers have been reported to show the presence of morphine in their 'A' samples, a prohibited substance on raceday under the Rules.

Initial indications are that the positive test taken from Estimate resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product, the Palace said.

The Queen, who cheered the horse on to success at Royal Ascot last year, has been informed of the development.

A statement by John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing advisor, said: "On Thursday July 17 the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected.

"I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by The Queen. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.

"Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.

"As the BHA investigates this matter, including potential links between the different cases, Sir Michael continues to offer his full co-operation.

"There will be no further comment until the BHA announces its considered findings.

"Her Majesty has been informed of the situation."

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

Charities and rural organisations welcome Horse Control Bill to tackle scourge of 'fly grazing'.

Charities and rural organisations welcome Horse Control Bill to tackle scourge of 'fly grazing'.

A powerful coalition of equine welfare charities and countryside organisations has welcomed the move for Parliament to debate solutions to the illegal fly grazing of horses through a Private Members Bill* which was launched in the House of Commons.

The Bill was introduced by Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer who has done a huge amount of work with local groups to help address this growing problem. Welfare charities estimate that in England alone at least 3,000 horses are being illegally grazed on public and private land without the permission of the landowner.

The CLA, National Farmers' Union and Countryside Alliance have joined forces with the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings, the British Horse Society and Blue Cross to support the Bill after they supported similar legislation in Wales which became law in January.

The practice of illegal grazing, known as fly grazing, has proliferated since the economic downturn, causing welfare problems for horses, damage to crops and fencing, loss of use of land and risks to the public. However, resolving these issues is normally a lengthy and costly process, due to the inadequacy of existing legislation to tackle the problem and the fact that the irresponsible owners of these horses do not comply with equine identification laws - meaning they are not held to account.

The Bill comes as welcome news at a time when a horse crisis is gripping the country and farmers and other landowners are struggling to remove horses placed on their land without permission. For instance, the RSPCA alone has more than 800 horses in its care and receives about 500 complaints relating to horse welfare every week. Similarly, World Horse Welfare rescued 76% more horses last year compared to 2012.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said:

"We hope that this Bill and our growing coalition will be a wake-up call to DEFRA that they cannot keep playing Pollyanna on the huge problem with fly grazing. The laws we have do not protect horses, taxpayers, local authorities, farmers or landowners. The only people they end up providing any protection to are the perpetrators. "It is now time for effective laws with real teeth that impose significant consequences on irresponsible owners by allowing authorities to immediately seize the horses they leave on others' land without permission. Not only will this enable quicker, cheaper resolution of these cases, it will serve as a strong deterrent and help to protect horse welfare." CLA President Henry Robinson said: "We have been raising this issue for some time and we are pleased to see the Bill introduced by Julian Sturdy. In recent years CLA Members, who own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, have reported serious problems with fly grazing. The horses are often dumped in large numbers and frequently have serious welfare problems. They are left in open spaces or fields which are not designed to contain them and they represent a clear risk to the public, and particularly motorists."

RSPCA head of public affairs, David Bowles said: "We have been fighting for several years now for the Government to introduce legislation to help tackle the horse crisis. This Bill provides the Government with the opportunity to help local authorities, landowners and animal welfare organisations to tackle the fly grazing problem."

Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: "We are delighted that Mr Sturdy is willing to take this forwards and we can only hope that the government sees fit to follow the example set by Wales and clamp down on the unacceptable practice of fly grazing at last. The charities cannot just continue picking up the pieces."

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman, Sir Barney White-Spunner said: "There is widespread recognition of the seriousness of the problem of fly grazing for land managers and in terms of public safety and horse welfare. There is full agreement among stakeholders and across all parties that legislation is needed. "The Government should take the opportunity presented by this Bill by giving it adequate parliamentary time so that a real step forward in horse welfare can be achieved before the General Election. It is time for the Government to listen and to take action."

Whilst the Bill is a positive step forward, it may not provide all answers to the equine crisis, the scale of which was highlighted in a report by six equine welfare charities.

Thousands of animals in Wales and England are still thought to be at risk with issues of traceability, identification, irresponsible ownership and tethering all needing continued action from government decision makers.

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LLANWRTYD WELLS

LLANWRTYD WELLSThere is an annual race between people and horses in this tiny Welsh town, and yes, a horse almost always wins.

But that's not really the point. Whether it's the Man vs. Horse Marathon the Bog Snorkeling Championships, the Stone Skimming Championships or any of the contests hosted here each year, the same winner comes out on top: Llanwrtyd Wells.

Once a popular destination for Victorians seeking pony treks and restorative spas, the hamlet has weathered changing holiday tastes by rebranding itself as Britain's capital of wacky challenges.

...... read more

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Paralysed horse rider Suzanna back in the saddle again

Paralysed horse rider Suzanna back in the saddle again

Suzanna Hext from Cornwall was paralysed in a riding accident in 2012.

She broke her back and pelvis and was left in a wheelchair and has endured eight operations and nearly 200 days in hospital.

But now she has been back on a horse for the first time since her accident.

Now who's monkeying around with horses. Horse looks unimpressed while a cheeky baboon plays around on its back

Now who's monkeying around with horses. Horse looks unimpressed while a cheeky baboon plays around on its back

- Jericho the horse gives baboon a tour of the animal sanctuary grounds

- The baboon tries to entice a fellow primate up to take a ride

- While on tour the baboon uses the horses back to scratch itself

Read the Details .......

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

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIANGAMES™ 2014 IN NORMANDY

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"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

Figures on Hunting Act convictions for 2013
are misleading

Figures on Hunting Act convictions for 2013 are misleading

The Ministry of Justice has released figures that show 110 people were charged under the Hunting Act in 2013 and 56 were found guilty.

However this figure is misleading, as the very great majority of cases heard under the Hunting Act do not involve hunts.

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said: "The Ministry of Justice figures show that 56 people were found guilty of offences under the Hunting Act in 2013, but just six of those people were in reality allied to a registered hunt.

"Our records show that eight cases were brought under the Hunting Act that involved registered hunts last year – three ended in a conviction and five of those cases were dropped because of insufficient evidence.

This shows a large number of cases brought against hunts should never have made it to court.

"These figures are also further evidence that the Hunting Act is flawed as so many of the cases brought under the Hunting Act do not actually involve hunts and could have been prosecuted under other legislation."

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more

Woman claims riding school chiefs seized her pets because she didn't have them on a lead

Woman claims riding school chiefs seized her pets because she didn't have them on a lead

Emma Heslop was walking her three dogs near Richmond, North Yorkshire

Claims Mark Firby approached her and demanded she put pets on leads

The 35-year-old nurse said he threatened to shoot dogs when she refused

Police called to incident but neither party made official complaint to officer

Read the Details .......

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

And it's a seagull by a beak

And it's a seagull by a beak

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

Community Service and Fines for Owners Who Neglected Pregnant Horses and Cattle

Community Service and Fines for Owners Who Neglected Pregnant Horses and Cattle

Two horse owners, who pleaded guilty last month to seven charges relating to the neglect of a group of horses, and cattle, were sentenced at Cannock Magistrates Court in Staffordshire this week.

Agricultural contractor and owner of both the land on which the neglected animals were kept and two of the horses relating to this case, Mr Rob Shufflebotham, was ordered to pay costs of £2060 which he will pay at the rate of £100 per month. He was also given a 12 month community order where he will have to work for 150 unpaid hours.

Mr Shaun Edgecox, who owned the remainder of horses and claimed to be the owner of all of the cattle, was sentenced to a slightly harsher sentence of 240 hours of unpaid work over 12 months. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2540 which he will pay at the rate of £70 per month.

The charges in court related to offences under the Animal Welfare Act due to failing to meet the needs of the group of horses in both owners' care, as well as unsuitable conditions for the cattle. Mr Shufflebotham of Firmstone place, in Leek, Staffordshire, was also charged with a passport offence for selling on a stallion without a passport.

Mr Edgecox of Leek Road, in Endon, Staffordshire, did not own the land on which the animals were kept but used the land to graze his animals.

The investigation into this case began in Mid-April 2013 when one of World Horse Welfare's 16 Field Officers, Rachel Andrews, received a call from Staffordshire County Council who was leading on the case, about a group of horses and cattle with serious welfare issues.

Rachel was immediately concerned about the conditions that the horses were being kept in, as well as the physical health of the horses, especially because two were heavily pregnant and one was very young.

She explains the scene: "These horses were being kept in a very large steel framed barn along with a herd of cows. The conditions under foot were extremely dirty and covered in cattle and horse manure. The ventilation was very poor and there was little light.

"There was also a lot of dangerous farm equipment around and a number of hazards so it was completely unsuitable for all of the animals, but predominantly for those due to give birth. Whilst there was grazing outside it was not clear how much turn-out the horses were getting, but judging by their body condition they were not being fed a suitable diet during the winter months, especially the pregnant mares who were very underweight for horses who were in foal."

The horses had access to a yard that was also very dirty and littered with hazards. One of the horses, Amara, had severe rainscald as well as being very underweight.

Two coloured pregnant mares, Hill Top Tilly and Dolly May, as well as a very young and underweight pony called Erin were immediately signed over to Staffordshire County Council, and then to World Horse Welfare. Both mares were taken to the charity's nearest rescue and rehoming centre, Penny Farm in Blackpool.

Rachel remained extremely concerned about Amara, and Artic Splash of Inspiration (Splash), who were both thankfully signed over to the charity soon afterwards. Rachel continues: "This is the best possible result we could hope for when finding such sick horses as it means that we can begin their rehabilitation instantly."

Very shortly after arriving at the rescue centre both coloured mares gave birth to healthy foals who were given a much better chance in life having been born in a safe and loving environment from the outset. Splash has completed her rehabilitation and is now ready to be rehomed as a companion.

Of the case results, Rachel says: "This case has highlighted the seriousness of the offence to both owners and the outside world; it was encouraging to see both parties showing remorse today with Edgecox saying that he no longer had any desire to own horses or cattle in the future.

"It is highly unlikely that either defendant will get themselves in this situation again without asking for help first. Mr Shufflebotham was struggling due to personal circumstances and everything had got on top of him. He left it too long in-between visits to the farm, not realising the grave importance of regular check-ups on his animals, and the necessity of rectifying health concerns in animals sooner rather than later. Should he have made more frequent visits and paid more attention to the animals in question, that goes for Mr Edgecox too, then the animals would not have suffered as much as they did.

"The positive side to this is that both men recognised that they were unable to care adequately for large numbers of animals at that time and immediately signed their horses over to Staffordshire County Council who subsequently signed the group over to World Horse Welfare."

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

Shannon Captures TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Championship

Shannon Captures TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Championship

Following a nail-biting final, Shannon Meer and Highmead Take A Chance captured the prestigious TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show.

The day started in winning form after 15-year-old Shannon and her 14hh Show Hunter Pony, secured their ticket to HOYS in their class, before going on to win the £1,000 championship.

Just five-years-old, this is the first open season for Highmead Take A Chance, a bay mare that has been with the Staffordshire-based family for two years.

Said Shannon: "We just had a fantastic day, it was brilliant, there were a lot in the championship and I was so surprised when we won, it is a great way to start the summer holidays.

"It was a fantastic class with a lot of good entries, which makes winning even better and I couldn't have asked for more.

"I just have the one pony at home and we are having a quieter season, and have only been to about five shows, but she has matured into a real superstar."

The TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship is for home-produced ponies and Shannon does all the work with Highmead Take A Chance herself.

Dubai lifts top polo Gold Cup

Dubai lifts top polo Gold Cup
By Polly Bryan

Dubai won the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, after defeating King Power in the final. Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso led Rashid Albwardy's team, also featuring Diego Cavanagh and Ali Paterson, to a 13-11 victory over Top Srivaddhanaprabha's King Power side at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

Dubai was the first team to get on the scoreboard, and held a fragile 7-5 lead by halftime, after three chukkas of whistle-filled play. But King Power were not giving in without a fight, and ten-goaler Gonzalito Pieres led the team, featuring Pablo Llorente and Marcos Di Paola, to an impressive comeback to level the score at 10-10 in the fifth chukka. However, it was Dubai that was able to take control in the sixth, bringing the score to 13-11.

This is the fourth time Dubai has lifted the Gold Cup, having been runners-up to Zacara in 2013. By contrast, this is the first year King Power has contested the English high-goal.

A full report will feature in the August issue of Polo Times, out next week.

To view teams and results from the Gold Cup please click here.

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SPILLERS® chosen as official feed supplier at HOYS again

SPILLERS® chosen as official feed supplier at HOYS again

SPILLERS® will be the official feed supplier at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) again this year. The world-renowned show, to be held on 8-12 October 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham will welcome more than 1,600 horses and ponies, all of which can enjoy the benefits of the SPILLERS® collection of feeds.

Jo Turner, SPILLERS® Brand Manager, said: "We are delighted to return to HOYS as the official feed supplier for the second year in a row and feel it's a great accolade to have been chosen for this role by such a prestigious event. We have a vast selection of feeds to suit all types from showing superstars to world-class show jumpers. We are the feed of choice for many top riders and look forward to meeting all the competitors, both amateur and professional, at HOYS."

Helena Pettit of Grandstand Media Ltd, organiser of Horse of the Year Show said: "It's fantastic to be working with SPILLERS as our official feed supplier again. They offer a valuable service and trusted products, not only to competitors at HOYS, but also to the wider equestrian community."

SPILLERS® has a collection of more than 30 feeds to suit every type of horse or pony, including an assortment of complementary fibres and balancers, low energy mixes and cubes, competition and conditioning feeds and specialist breeding and racing products.

For friendly feeding advice please telephone the SPILLERS®Care-Line on + 44 (0)1908 226626 or visit www.spillers-feeds.com.

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

WEG 2014

HAYGAIN to supply animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

HAYGAIN to supply animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

HAYGAIN, globally recognised for their contribution to improving forage quality and equine health is a supplier to the Organising Committee for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, for animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

The HAYGAIN team has provided in-depth advice on how to implement the correct protocol before and during the event to ensure exceptional hygiene levels throughout the facilities.

The bio-security procedures that will be implemented are to ensure the cleanest environment possible for these world-class equine athletes and the HAYGAIN team are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop the programme.

HAYGAIN to supply animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

All stables will be treated with PROTEK's EnviroCair Veterinary Disinfectant, with all access points having PROTEK's EnviroCair Veterinary Disinfecting hand gel stations, together with all vets and farriers being supplied with personal hand gel clip on dispensers. HAYGAIN Hay Steamers will be positioned in dedicated steaming tents in the stables at each of the five main venues during the event, with a HAYGAIN technician attending to grooms' forage steaming requirements. FLEXINEB Nebulisers will be provided for veterinary use by both team vets and resident vets in the clinics at each venue's stables. The agreement has also included providing Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy's stable managers and equine professionals, the bio-security protocols using PROTEK's EnviroCair Veterinary Disinfectants, how to effectively use and maintain HAYGAIN Hay Steamers, HAYGAIN disinfectant foggers and FLEXINEB Nebulisers through a specifically made video.

PROTEK's EnviroCair Veterinary Disinfectant is certified effective against Aspergillus Niger, Rhodoccus Equi, MRSA, Salmonella sp., Streptoccus Equi (strangles) Parvovirus, Lice, and Avian Bird Flu., Ringworm and Equine Herpes.

HAYGAIN to supply animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

Once dry it leaves a residual barrier which has been proven to continue to prevent contamination for up to 14 days. This safeguards the facilities ensuring they remain clean for the entire Games despite movement of horses over this period. Keen to support and give something back to the equestrian industry, HAYGAIN also provide sponsorship to riders, events and charities throughout the year. Leading international riders such as William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French, Gareth Hughes, Laura Tomlinson, Jessica Michel, Kitty King, Ben Maher, Penelope Leprevost, Kevin Staut, Philippe Lejeune, Roger Yves Bost, Ludo Philippaerts, Tim Price, Jonelle Price, Tim Stockdale, Zara Phillips, Andrew Hoy, Sinead Halpin, Maxime Livio, Donatien Schauly, Guy Williams, Simon Delestre, Jonty Evans, Patrice Delaveau, and Alex Peternell use HAYGAIN Hay Steamers to ensure their horses receive clean forage.

For further information on HAYGAIN Hay Steamers please visit www.haygain.com.

HAYGAIN to supply animal veterinarian services and biosecurity.

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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Katrina Seward

Katrina Seward

The latest winner of Alltech's global search for an equine hero is awarded to Katrina Seward from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire.

Katrina was nominated by Vicky Jeffries, a long time friend of Katrina and her 26-year-old daughter Bianca.

With the help of her mum, Bianca runs a training yard specialising in problem horses, breaking and schooling youngsters and producing competition horses, as well as competing in affiliated show jumping.

For many years Vicky has spent time with Katrina and their horses and credits her will helping her fulfil her own dream of owning a horse.

Vicky had this to say of her equine hero: "Katrina's daughter Bianca loves to show jump and compete at shows. Katrina dedicates all of her time to helping Bianca with shows and show preparation and drives all over the country to ensure that Bianca can take part in the best competitions.

"Not only does Katrina ensure that Bianca gets to the competition, but she also continually makes sacrifices, going without things herself so that Bianca and the horses can have everything they need while competing.

"Apart from being a wonderful mother and an Equine Hero to her daughter, Katrina is also an Equine Hero to me as she is always helping me out. Katrina invests her time in making sure that I can attend some unaffiliated shows and at the shows she organises everything and is always on standby to lend a hand, her help is invaluable!

"Katrina's kindness knows no bounds; helping me to get my very first pony Prince, who I still have today."

Vicky finishes by saying:" Katrina does so much for us that she deserves something for herself and this is why she is my Equine Hero!"

Alltech's campaign to recognise equine heroes has captured the imagination of people in the UK with Katrina being voted the second UK based equine hero in the past three months.

If you know an Equine Hero and want to recognise the hard work they do, you can nominate them by filling in the form on the Equine Hero website.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy takes place from August 23 – September 7.

For further information please visit www.EquineHero.com or telephone 01780 764512

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