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- Maureen Comber

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Big cycling events bode ill for public safety

Big cycling events bode ill for public safety

Says Jill Davies

Big cycling events are on the increase whilst biking generally in the Park seems to be growing - a good thing in many ways as it brings business and life to towns and villages which have seen their traditional tourists depart elsewhere.

And as a form of exercise should be encouraged for health reasons in a sedentary populaton which ours has become, particularly since the arrival of the digital age.

However, there is already a clash with other road users - walkers, equestrians, farm tractors - which bodes ill for public safety, especially on narrow, single track lanes with passing places like Hollist Lane, Midhurst. Hollist Lane is a popular cut through from Easebourne to the Petersfield Road and to the lane which goes to Liphook.

Between 4.0pm and 5.0pm daily I can vouch for the crazy amount of traffic it bears as I often go that way myself at that time. Woolbeding Gardens is on a spur to the A272 Petersfield Road. The bridge over the River Rother sees a daily dodgems game, but miraculously, so far, good manners and unselfish behaviour has prevented crashes - so I'm led to believe!.

Potholes are growing in an alarming way, especially towards Easebourne and often can't be seen in tree shadow.

Hollist Lane has been used for mass cycle events. With one such event I noted cyclists swishing along taking up the whole road. What notice, if any, do local farmers get of these events. When bringing in the harvest huge, fast-moving tractors speed down Hollist Lane taking up the full-width, and quite rightly in my view, expect to have the right of way.

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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

Advice from Patsy King, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre.

Advice from Patsy King, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre.

"We would strongly advise people if they are going out on horses, one very essential thing would be a riding helmet, preferably with clothes."

The co-owner of a County Down equestrian centre has described finding a naked and injured would-be horse rider as "a new one" in the centre's 50 years of business.

The unsuccessful attempt at a naked nocturnal horse ride happened in Castlewellan.

Patsy King, of Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, told the BBC he was first alerted by an ambulance passing his home at about 23:00 BST. He was then told by his son that police needed the keys to the gate of a field close to the centre.

"I looked down in the field and saw this guy who didn't seem to have any clothes on," Mr King said. "An ambulance crew was working on him, who were females and a female police officer as well - so he had plenty of ladies around him.

"I said 'what in the name of God is happening here'. "All his clothes were outside the gate, he had taken them off and climbed over the gate and tried to ride this horse. "Unfortunately, the horse he was trying to get onto was an unbroken horse, so obviously it would just go like a bucking bronco as soon as he got on it."

Mr King said luckily the man was not seriously injured. "Thankfully, we were able to get the gate open and they were able to take him to the ambulance - he wasn't carried to it - of course at this stage with a blanket round him," he said.

"I checked with the police, thankfully it wasn't life-threatening, he sustained a dislocated shoulder and broken arm as far as I'm aware." He added: "We're coming up on 50 years in business here at Mount Pleasant and we've had no instances like this before, so it's a new one on us."

Police confirmed they attended the report of a man suffering an injured arm in an incident in the Bannonstown Road area of Castlewellan.

"An ambulance was tasked and the male was taken to hospital for treatment," they said.

Mr King said he had important safety advice for other would be horse riders.

"We would strongly advise people if they are going out on horses, one very essential thing would be a riding helmet, preferably with clothes, but the riding helmet is very essential," he said.

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 363

It is now 363 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.

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THE ARTICULATED HORSE

A sleek, black articulated horse sculpture by TSG RICHMOND
A sleek, black articulated horse sculpture by TSG RICHMOND

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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Farewell Kauto Star.

Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner put down

Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner put down

Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star has been put down after suffering a fracture to his pelvis following a fall.

The gelding won 23 of his 41 races, including five King George VI Chases.

The 15-year-old moved to dressage after retiring from racing in 2012.

His rider Laura Collett said: "Devastated to announce Kauto Star sustained injury in the field, with his best interest at heart a decision was made to put him to sleep."

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on the 'legend' Kauto

"Jockey Ruby Walsh once likened Kauto Star to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The horse was quick, versatile, brilliant, beautiful even - winning top races over a range of distances from two miles to more than three-and-a quarter miles.

"He was tough, too. When many thought retirement beckoned, he came back to his best and won a record fifth King George VI Chase at an enraptured Kempton Park.

"There is deep sadness in the racing world today at the loss of an equine legend."

Owner Clive Smith told the Racing Post: "I am devastated. He had been turned out in Laura's paddock, as has been done normally with him at this time for years, and he looks to have jumped something, and stumbled, we're not really sure, but he injured himself - and it became obvious it was serious.

"The vets made him comfortable but the kindest thing was to euthanise him. It was a horrible moment. He was such a wonderful horse, but he did not suffer."

Paul Nicholls, who trained Kauto to his famous victories, tweeted: "RIP my friend, you were a true Legend. Once in a lifetime."

And 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy said: "Sad news about Kauto Star the most complete chaser of the modern-era."

Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup after losing it to Denman in 2008, and also made history by winning a fifth King George VI Chase, on Boxing Day in 2011.

Archive: On the gallops with Kauto Star

Kauto Star factfile

  • Foaled 19 March 2000
  • Breeding Village Star-Kauto Relka (France)
  • Races 41
  • Wins 23
  • Key victories: Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007, 2009); King George VI Chase (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011); Betfair Chase (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • Prize money £2.4m

Regular jockey Ruby Walsh, who guided the Nicholls-trained horse to 17 of his 23 career wins, said he had been "very lucky" to ride him.

"He's the horse of my lifetime. I'm very lucky to be the one who got to ride him," he said after Kauto's retirement in 2012.

"He was an amazing horse to ride and an amazing horse to be part of and I loved every minute of riding him."

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Why did the Parellis
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This is Linda Parelli herself teaching a horse a lesson, a bit of video from the 'Parelli DVD set Level 1, DVD 3 Chapter 1 titled 'Right Brain Behavior Requires Savvy!'

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Vicky SmithThe spring sunshine is really starting to make us all smile as signs of warmer weather draw ever closer.

The lovely blue sky certainly makes time with our horses all the more enjoyable, so as the summer competition season swings into full flow, Vicky provides tips and advice to ensure your horse is kept feeling, and looking, on top form.

Warmer weather brings an increased necessity for bathing your horse, whether it is for a pre-competition makeover or a much needed cool down after a schooling session
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Storm fit for a Queen

Storm fit for a Queen
BBC News NI's Keiron Tourish reports

A horse that started life in a paddock in Ardstraw, County Tyrone, now has pride of place in the Queen's stables.

Carrickrock Storm is one of two horses on which a sculpture outside the Queen's castle at Windsor is based. .

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

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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

Firefighters rescue horse trapped in trailer

Firefighters rescue horse trapped in trailerFirefighters free a highly distressed horse trapped by a metal divider in its float on the Rimutaka Hill Rd. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Fire crews battled for two fraught hours to cut free a trapped and panicked horse that was destroying its trailer on the Rimutaka Hill, Auckland, New Zealand during heavy traffic.

Featherston Fire Chief Colin McKenna said firefighters from Featherston and Greytown were scrambled to the scene of the incident just north of the twin bridges over Abbotts Creek at the foot of the Rimutaka Hill Rd.

He said the Featherston fire crew arrived to find the highly distressed horse lying in the float trapped by the vertical bar of a metal T-section divider that separated the two-berth transporter.

The horse was lodged with the vertical bar against its girth and immediately behind its forelegs and was unable to stand or be moved.

Mr McKenna said there were two horses in the float and it is thought the trapped animal had fallen as the transporter crossed the twin bridges on the Featherston side of the Rimutaka Hill Rd. Its companion had been led from the float before firefighters arrived.

Mr McKenna believed the owners of the north-bound vehicle and float had travelled from Wellington.

"One horse had fallen and was stuck under some steel railing. It was very frightened and was kicking and carrying on as it lay there.

"It took us a couple of hours to get it out after waiting for a vet to arrive to calm it down."

The owner had stationed two firefighters from Featherston beside the neck and shoulders of the trapped horse to calm the animal and keep it from attempting to stand, and risking injury to itself and its rescuers.

"The owners were very concerned about their animal and were very upset, which is understandable. We had three people lying on top of it, the owner of course, and two of our women from the brigade while we waited for the vet.

"Every now and then it would kick and take a piece out of the side of the float, which didn't look too good by the time we were finished. We were having to be very careful with the traffic going past too, because it was right on the side of the road," he said.

"People were going over to the rugby in Wellington and we were holding them up, so it was a really dangerous situation as far as I was concerned."

The veterinarian arrived and sedated the horse, Mr McKenna said, and "we'd got Greytown to come down with their jaws of life, and they cut the steel pieces out".

He said there was no injury to the horse or any of its rescuers but the animal had caused significant damage to the float during its ordeal, which was "pretty rare".

"In my 40 years in the brigade its only the second one I've been to where a horse was stuck in a horse float."

Greytown firefighter Steve Perry said he was surprised by an apparent show of gratitude from the horse after it was led from the float.

"Once he was free and standing we expected he was going to bolt. But he went straight to a Featherston firefighter and gave them a bit of a nuzzle, as if to say thanks."

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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

Distressed horse forced to give birth whilst tethered by the neck

Catena and Salisbury look like a perfectly normal mare and foal, contented and grazing but Salisbury's entry into the world was traumatic for both mother and baby.

The pair were rescued by Equine Rescue Charity; HorseWorld in May this year after Catena had been forced to give birth whilst tethered.

"Tethering can be very dangerous and is not a practice we would recommend at the best of times." Said HorseWorld's Equine Rescue Manager, Jerry Watkins "Catena had to go through the pain and discomfort of giving birth whilst being restrained by a chain which prevented her from moving around freely and frequently entangled her legs. She was also left without shelter or water for long periods of time and was accompanied in the field by a stallion who had tried to attack her foal. She was restrained from protecting her own baby and was very distressed."

Whilst tethering is not illegal, it is not recommended as a viable way to keep a horse and is not considered to be good practice. Tethering denies the horse the freedom to behave naturally. A frightened horse is denied the ability to run, the most basic instinct of a prey animal. If tethered to or near a tree, the horse can become entangled and injure itself. If tethered in open ground, it has no shelter from sun, wind, rain or flies. Any grazing a tethered horse has access to will quickly become poached or fouled with droppings as the horse cannot walk more than a few metres (its wild relatives will cover many miles in a day to forage).

A tethered horse cannot interact with other horses, it cannot engage in mutual grooming or other social interactions. The provision of water that cannot be knocked over, become a tangle risk or be a water source that the horse can fall into is virtually impossible. Catena and Salisbury were seized under the animal welfare act and brought back to HorseWorld where we could begin their rehabilitation.

Catena's hooves were very overgrown and split. Her hinds had shoes on and her front feet still had clenches (nails) in where the shoes had been pulled off as the hooves grew. She is now receiving specialist hoof care as part of her rehabilitation. She is now running loose in a large field with Salisbury and is enjoying the freedom.

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
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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

That iconic black horse is back in new campaign marking its 250th anniversary.

Lloyds Bank: TV spot by Adam&Eve/DDB features the return of the black horse

The campaign, created by Adam & Eve/DDB, is centred on a 90- and 60-second film called "horse story", which depicts the strength and support of horses in everyday situations since 1765.

In each scene the black horse, a central feature of the brand's logo, is seen taking its first steps as a foal, then helping a farmer and his wife plough their field, then pulling a lifeboat.

As the film progresses forward in time, the black horse is then seen pulling a horse-drawn carriage at a 1980s wedding, before ending on a British paralympic showjumper cantering through a forest.

The film was directed by Sam Brown through Rogue Films and uses the soundtrack Wings by British singer-songwriter Birdy. Ben Tollett, the executive creative director at Adam & Eve, led the creative work.

The campaign also includes press, outdoor, digital and in-branch advertising. It uses the line, "By your side for 250 years".

Catherine Kehoe, the managing director for brands and marketing at Lloyds Bank, said: "We wanted to acknowledge our 250th anniversary with a campaign that dramatises the role Lloyds Bank has played in its customers' and communities' lives through the years.

"Our iconic symbol – the black horse – is the vehicle used to demonstrate quiet determination and trust, by your side through good times and bad."

The mascot was briefly revived in 2003 – for the first time since the 80s – as part of an effort to win back market share.

A&E/DDB was hired for the project earlier this month without a pitch. Adam & Eve and Lloyds' incumbent creative agency, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, are set to pitch for the banking group's ad account at the end of July.

RKCR/Y&R was hired as the creative agency for the Lloyds Bank account in 2002. The business was handled by Saatchi & Saatchi.

Mat Goff, the managing director of Adam&Eve/DDB, said: "The black horse is one of the most enduring icons on the British high street.

"It represents the endurance, service and partnership that Lloyds has always provided its customers and is the perfect creative device for marking Lloyds' 250th anniversary."The

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

ROYAL VISITORS HEADING FOR GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

ROYAL VISITORS HEADING FOR GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be special guests at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show.

They will visit England's premier agricultural show on Tuesday 14 July, the first day of the event, which takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and runs until Thursday 16 July.

The farming and countryside showcase is expected to welcome around 130,000 visitors over the three days. The competitive classes are at the heart of the event and this year there are almost 13,000 entries, ranging from prize winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. In addition the timetable includes demonstrations of country skills such as dry stone walling, an extensive Food Hall showcasing regional produce, fashion shows and more than 1,200 stands.

The visit will be particularly poignant for the out-going Show Director, Bill Cowling who will host the Royal guests.

Mr Cowling said: "The Prince of Wales is of course our Patron and I have had the honour of showing our wonderful farming showcase to His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall, on several occasions. Their presence always creates a very special atmosphere as it is plain to see how much they enjoy meeting our visitors and they have a genuine interest in our show and farming generally."

During the day, the Royal couple will meet exhibitors, staff and show visitors and will take a reminder of the Great Yorkshire Show away with them in the form of a hamper of regional produce from Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's award-winning shop and café.

Polo dying out in the birthplace of modern polo

Polo dying out in the birthplace of modern polo

The Indian state of Manipur, the birthplace of modern polo, is home to the oldest active polo ground, Mapal Kangjeibung. Here, the "game of kings" is the province of the common man: Masons, laborers, government employees and police officers populate the roughly 20 active polo clubs in Imphal, the capital.

Last year was the 150th anniversary of the first official polo tournament played in its modern form. Before British influence, sagol kangjei, as polo was originally called here, was played with seven players per team. The mallets were made of cane, and the ball was made from bamboo root. The name polo came later: The Tibetan word for bamboo root is "pulu."

Today, Manipur follows International Polo Association rules, and teams consist of four players. Sagol kangjei is played only as an exhibition sport at tournaments and festivals.

The decline of polo and of the Manipuri pony, which was once used in warfare and is now endangered, began when state patronage for polo players ended, around the time of India's annexation of Manipur; the royal family of Manipur had patronized the sport. Though attributed to many factors, a major reason for the decline of the ponies is that they are used for little else today besides polo, and with almost no income to be made playing polo there is little value seen in keeping ponies.

A 2007 survey of the pony population conducted by the Manipur Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services put the population at 1,218. But an informal survey by the Manipur Pony Society in August 2014 found that the population could be as low as 500.

As it stands, there is no official government policy regarding the preservation of the Manipuri pony or sagol kangjei. Both have survived because of occasional patronage by private enthusiasts, but all involved know that is unsustainable in the long term. Players and advocates for the pony see little hope for the species and the sport if there is no government intervention. No pony, no polo. No polo, no pony.

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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

Barry Enjoys Some Well Deserved Pampering

Barry Enjoys Some Well Deserved Pampering

It has been three and a half months now since Barry arrived at World Horse Welfare's Penny Farm, and during this time he has received the treatment and care he desperately needed after being neglected for so long.

Barry's rehabilitation has been a gradual process that began with a veterinary assessment which involved checking for any visible signs of injuries and wounds, lice infestation, eyesight and heart rate, and limbs for abnormalities and any indication of lameness.

Blood tests were also carried out to check the parameters of red and white blood cells, liver and kidney function, for any sign of infection such as strangles, protein levels and worm infestation. A faecal count was then completed to ensure he could be wormed as required

Barry has been regularly attended by the farrier to improve the condition of his hooves, which were long and over-grown, requiring several trimmings to correct and re-balance.

In order to help him receive vital nutrition to gain weight and condition, Barry had a feeding regime devised which included three small meals daily, ad lib hay through the daytime and a hay net of haylage overnight – something he enjoyed enormously!

Barry Enjoys Some Well Deserved Pampering

Barry has gone from strength to strength and has now been castrated so he is ready to start concentrating on rehabilitative exercise with his groom, Mandy. She has started some in-hand work with him including gentle pole exercises to begin his education and build his confidence.

These exercises will gradually strengthen him before he is assessed by the physiotherapist next time she visits Penny Farm.

Barry is adapting to his new life very well, becoming more relaxed and trusting. Thanks to the warmer weather he has recently had his first bath at the farm which he thoroughly enjoyed and was extremely well behaved.

When Barry first arrived early in the year, he was in such poor condition that he had to live inside until he gained strength and weight, as even wearing a rug he was too thin to cope with the cold. As the weather and Barry's condition improved, he was turned out for a few hours a day which was gradually built up to allow him to spend the full day and night outdoors. After Barry was castrated he was introduced to a field buddy, Dave, whom he has grown particularly fond of. They enjoy each other's company and spend a lot of time together in the field playing and they can often be found grooming each other.

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Trevor Breen

Trevor Breen
Trevor Breen and Loughnatousa WB (c) George Gunn Photography

Trevor Breen secured a back-to-back win in the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead.

Buckinghamshire-based Trevor, 36, was the only competitor to have not just one but two former winning rides to compete, and he was the firm favourite to retain the title he won for the first time twelve months previously.

In 2014 he took home the famous Boomerang Trophy for the first time when riding the 'one-eyed wonder horse' Adventure De Kannan, but this year it was Trevor's first ride, Loughnatousa WB, who netted the only clear round to take the title.

'WB', like Trevor, already has a Derby title to his name. He became the first horse to win the Derby under two different riders – the chestnut gelding having first won in 2012 under his previous rider, Paul Beecher. That year the horse won from the unfavourably early draw of first to go, and this year with Trevor he once again set the standard early on, jumping clear from a draw of seventh out of a field of 37 starters.

Britain's William Whitaker became the first of five riders to finish on four faults with Glenavadra Brilliant; and he was followed by Irish Olympian Billy Twomey and his Hickstead Derby first-timer Diaghilev, who only knocked the first part of the Devil's Dyke. As the class moved towards the business end, Steven Franks became the third of the four-faulters on Carlow Cruiser, a horse who has had a number of near-misses when it comes to winning the Hickstead Derby.

Trevor Breen was 33rd to go with his second ride, Adventure De Kannan, but hopes of both his rides going clear were dashed when 'Addy' ended up on eight faults. Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill – who were placed seventh here 12 months ago – also got four faults, so only the 2013 winner Phillip Miller (Caritiar Z) and Harriet Nuttall (A Touch Imperious) could push it to a jump-off. But eight faults for Phillip and four for Harriet meant the title was Trevor's for the second year in a row.

"I knew I had a good chance because I was riding two former winners, but you never know and it's such a tough course," said Trevor. "It's extremely difficult to win, and you need a lot to go right - and luckily everything did. I felt WB I was running out of petrol a bit towards the end so I was pleased I didn't have to jump-off."

Trevor also gave credit to his fellow Irishman Paul Beecher, who rode Loughnatousa WB to victory in the 2012 Derby.

"Paul produced him his whole life so he has to take a lot of the credit - I've only ridden him for a year. It's great for WB's owner Patricia Brown, who is a huge supporter, and for Bernice Cuthbert who looks after Patricia's horses."

Harriet Nuttall was unlucky to have the first part of the Devil's Dyke down to finish equal second with the other four-faulters. She has finished in runner-up spot in four major classes this week, but remained upbeat despite not taking home the winner's cheque. "I've had the best weekend of my life.

A Touch Imperious is just unbelievable, he has made my career, and I'd have paid good money to be second here," she says. "I still think he has it in him to win. We'll be back."

Nigel Coupe, who also shared second prize along with Harriet, William Whitaker, Billy Twomey and Steven Franks, added: "As a sportsman you want to win and you want to see your name up on that board so it's disappointing to have the four faults, but you'd definitely take that result."

Earlier today, Emma Stoker from County Durham fought off stiff competition from some of the best young showjumpers to win the Hickstead Under 25 Masters. Riding Tallulah V, Emma proved to be the fastest of only two double clears.

The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting has reached its conclusion after five superb days of top class equestrian sport. In total, more than 56,000 people watched the action via the new Hickstead.tv livestream, with viewers from 68 different countries tuning in from around the world.

The action was also shown live to viewers in the UK and Ireland on the Horse & Country TV channel. Hickstead's next international fixture is the Longines Royal International Horse Show, which runs from the 28 July to 2 August 2015.

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