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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

Frensham Common, Surrey

Tony Barnett writes to Alan Stones, National Trust

"The National Trust are to be investigated by the Secretary General of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh."

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettOver the last 14 months I have tried to engage your colleague Ian Gray to examine the claims of ownership of Frensham Ponds by the National Trust and claims also of ownership by Waverley Borough Council of the common land and ponds.

Through research and general knowledge neither have any locus stan-di, but have gained compliance to demands for payment to use the ponds by Fate Accompli.

Recently, a statutory declaration from the solicitor at Waverley reads that the council does not own the land or ponds was sent to my address stating as much, contrary to the application sent to PINS for consent to carry out works on the common land and ponds as owners by Jane Bowden with the knowledge of the CEO Kelvin Mills and solicitor Daniel Bainbridge and supported by Tim Butler solicitor at the national Trust.

Your colleague Ian Gray has been given this information, which, as an officer with the council, and the secretary of Frensham angling club should have investigated the information given, he would have had the information that the common and ponds are subject to commoners rights, the 2000 crow act and the registration of 1965 act, all of that is at the council offices.

Because of his total ignorance, he and his angling friends are "poaching", angling society are also exacting payment from members to fish the ponds and as the sailing and yachting clubs are doing to members, similar as the council and National Trust are doing to the anglers and the sailing clubs, False Representation comes to mind, catered for under the 2006 fraud act.

For the National Trust and council and the clubs to offer the facilities, because the lease are unlawful, there will be no public liability, even if claims are made all that there is insurance, because once the insurers realise that this is common land, no compensation will be made as the events are unlawful, and that common lands are un-insurable.

Ian Gray is of double standards, he has the responsibility to the public and colleagues, Frensham common and ponds was not/is not of demesne lands of any Lordships estate, where proof of ownership would show pre-registration to pre-date 1189, but is Manorial Waste of the area (the manor = where I live).

The National Trust are to be investigated by the Secretary General of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh.

Information from Richard Cane, Frensham Angling Society is that payment made, so as to fish the ponds on Frensham is £7,150.

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

Bridleway converted into cycle path
in spite of local riders concerns

Comments Tony Barnett

"The rights of way development, from an ancient right of way as a bridle/public footpath, to include cycling, is beyond belief "

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettMildenhall & West Row rights of way development, from an ancient right of way as a bridle/public footpath, to include cycling, is beyond belief as cycling on country lanes, registered on the definitive plan and statement as a bridle path is of right and not by custom or consent.

It can also be stated that since the development by the council, it was their intent to present a fait accompli to one and all and so claiming that the right of way is now a "Queens Highway" by adoption.

The authorities decision, to permanently extinguish all flora and fauna and natural drainage on this ancient rights of way, is reckless and not with conservation/natural phenomena and access safety in mind.

May I also remind those that orchestrated this decision, that in doing so, have accepted all responsibility for any/all accidents through a public liability certificate, there is also the prospect of all traffic using this newly developed Queens Highway with out breaching the 1988, section 34 road traffic act.

The request is/should now be for disclosure of evidence to show the development has the consent of the minister to construct a new steel road, a copy of a public liability certificate and consent to amend the definitive plan and statement from the secretary of state for defra/planning inspectorate and copies of the subsequent public inquiry with PINS and members of the public.

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

Horses around the world !

Horses around the world !
Cambodia
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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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Horsemeat trial transferred to Crown Court

Horsemeat trial transferred to Crown Court

They face 19 charges under the Food Safety Act.

Slaughterhouse owner Peter Boddy, 64, of West Yorkshire, and manager David Moss, 53, were also bailed.

None of the four entered a plea as they appeared in pairs before magistrates in London.

They will all now appear at Southwark Crown Court on 28 April.

Mr Raw-Rees, 66, the owner of Farmbox Meats in Llandre, near Aberystwyth, and Mr Patterson also face one offence of failing to comply with traceability requirements of meat sold by the firm.

Allegations centre on claims they mislabelled goat meat as either lamb or mutton for the purposes of sale.

It was indicated that both would plead not guilty. Farmbox Meats is said to be in administration.

The court heard Mr Raw-Rees and Mr Patterson were initially arrested on suspicion of fraud in February last year at the height of the horsemeat scandal and following a raid by Food Standards Agency officials investigating claims of horsemeat being sold on as beef.

No charges have been brought against either man in relation to that investigation.

The same hearing on Monday heard Mr Boddy, 64, the owner of a slaughterhouse in Todmorden, and Mr Moss were charged following snap inspections by Food Standards Agency vets in February last year. Both are accused of breaking regulations relating to the traceability of horsemeat.

Mr Moss also faces an additional count of falsifying an invoice of the sale of horse meat.

It was indicated that Mr Boddy would plead not guilty. There was no indication from Mr Moss.

Magistrates heard that Mr Boddy's abattoir sold meat to Farmbox Meats.

None of the men is accused of passing off horse meat off as another product.

Adam Payter, prosecuting, said: "It cannot be known where horse meat came from before it entered the premises and where it was sold on to."

"It is not claimed that the meat was sold disguised as anything else."

Unconditional bail was extended for all four men.

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

As another hunt prosecution fails, defence solicitor calls for the repeal of the hunt ban

As another hunt prosecution fails, defence solicitor calls for the repeal of the hunt ban

Says Jamie Foster

Two Somerset huntsmen were cleared of illegal fox hunting after evidence provided by hunt saboteurs failed to persuade a judge. Defence solicitor Jamie Foster says the case is another blow for the League Against Cruel Sports.

George Milton, the Master and Huntsman of the Weston and Banwell Harriers, has earned himself a special place in legal history. He has been unsuccessfully accused of four offences by the League Against Cruel Sports in a twelve-month period. He has been through two trials, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, and remains as innocent as he was before the League decided to target him. The most recent trial ended at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on April 3. I was George’s advocate. His amateur Whip, Toby Lee, was accused of a fifth offence, and was also found to be not guilty. Make no mistake; this was not for lack of trying on the League’s part.

So determined was Joe Duckworth, the Head of the League, to make an example of George and the Weston and Banwell that he tasked six of his top monitors to each trespass on private land and capture hundreds of hours of footage of the hunt going about its lawful business. What the footage proved beyond doubt is something the League has been trying to claim for nearly eight years doesn’t happen. It proved that the Weston and Banwell trail hunt, and, if a fox appears, they call off their hounds and wait until it is safe to trail hunt again.

In many ways George owes a debt of gratitude to his trail layers in this regard. Julian Masters and Kelly Weaver both volunteer to lay trails. They do it out of a love of hunting, the Weston and Banwell and, I suspect, George. They lay trails from a quad bike and they do something that every hunt in the country ought to be doing. They video some of the trails that they lay. They do this by Julian sitting backwards on the quad and filming the scented rag that makes the trail as it bounces across the ground. They do not film all the trails they lay, after all there would be no need to, but by filming some of them they are able to remind themselves of the dates, times and general areas in which trails are laid. Given that it is often several months after the event that a Hunt is first made aware that the League has been spying on them it is essential to for the trail layers to be able to look back at the footage they have captured and remind themselves of this information.

The League sought to argue in George’s case that trails had not been laid, and that trail hunting was a massive subterfuge that hunts engage in to cover up the fact that they are actually breaking the law. The very experienced District Judge hearing the case rejected this argument and accepted that trail hunting was exactly what George and Toby were engaged in. Backing up their case the League relied on the evidence of a man called Professor Stephen Harris. He is an expert on foxes based in the Bristol University and he has given evidence in several high profile hunting cases. His evidence is extremely dangerous to anyone seeking to defend a Hunting Act case because it is expert opinion evidence. It was Professor Harris’s opinion that trail laying could not have taken place, partly due to the fact that a quad bike moved more quickly than a fox so the trail would have been laid too quickly. The judge rejected this argument, accepting that it is the speed that a trail is followed, not that a trail is laid, that is important.

Professor Harris also formed the view that hunting horn calls were standard sounds that were always the same and had clear unambiguous meanings. He managed to get hold of a bluffers guide to hunting published in the 1940s which came with a 78rpm record on which a number of horn calls had been recorded. Armed with this book and record he decided that he was able to interpret the single horn call that George gave during the course of the alleged hunt as a doubled call designed to encourage the hounds on. George said in his own defence that he had blown his horn to get the hounds to lift their heads up and come back to him. I suspect one of the reasons that the judge preferred George’s version of events to Professor Harris’s was that, looking at the covert footage of the incident, what George said was exactly what happened.

This case involved four minutes of action. A fox was sighted and two minutes later hounds appeared moving in roughly the same direction as the fox. By the time George was told by a person who had seen the fox that it was in the vicinity he took less than a minute and a half, and the length of a single field, to stop his hounds. The defence expert said this was one of the most impressive examples of a huntsman bringing his hounds under control that he had ever seen. The Prosecution expert said there was no doubt this was unlawful hunting.

In a way this case illustrates the real problem with hunting prosecutions. Those involved in the investigation of allegations of illegal hunting are feverishly opposed to hunting in any form. They are zealots who have devoted their life to a cause. They are simply unable to see anything that points towards people on horseback in red coats behaving lawfully. While I have nothing against anyone’s deeply held beliefs, the criminal court is not the place for those beliefs to be relied upon. A court demands cogent evidence, and, yet again, the League was unable to provide it.

I was very pleased for George and Toby. I do not underestimate how difficult it is for people who have no experience of the criminal process to be accused of a crime they did not commit. It placed an enormous strain on them and their families, but they withstood the pressure extremely well and made a very good account of themselves in court. One very amusing thing did happen during the course of the trial and I can’t blame my opponent for it entirely as neither he nor those assisting him clearly know much about hunting. It was that, at the beginning of cross examining George, my opponent made the cardinal error of saying to George “ You are a hunt servant aren’t you Mr Milton?” George being a very mild and tolerant fellow managed to restrain himself and said, “That is very rude, Sir, I am a Master and Huntsman.” I couldn’t help wondering wryly if my opponent had asked the same question of Captain Ian Farquhar or Captain Brian Fanshawe in their prime whether he would have emerged from the trial unscathed.

In the end, justice was done but at a considerable cost. The League must have spent in excess of £100,000 of charitable donations on the case. The police, the CPS and the court all had to commit public money to it and the taxpayer faces a hefty bill for the legal costs run up by George and Toby in their defence. It is impossible to see how any of this expense can possibly be justified by a case in which a fox, two minutes ahead of the hounds was pursued for less than the length of a single field and would never have been aware of the existence of its pursuers. Surely it is time to repeal this legislation and allow the League to go back to waving placards and gnashing their teeth freeing up the criminal courts to deal with matters that really are in the public interest to prosecute.

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Lara DysonCyden Stallions owner and dressage rider, Lara Dyson, shares her top tips on caring for your dressage stallion.

Looking after any horse requires hard work and dedication but if that horse is also a stallion, there are other factors that need to be considered.

The Cyden Dressage team consists of three stallions, so at Lara Dyson’s yard in North East Lincolnshire the boys rule!

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Villagers call for Grand National signs

Villagers call for Grand National signs

People living in a Worcestershire village are campaigning for a sign proclaiming its Grand National success.

This year's winning horse Pineau de Re is one of just 12 trained by Dr Richard Newland in Claines.

Despite local celebrations after her success at Aintree earlier this month, villagers say a lack of any welcome sign in Claines means many visitors do not know where they are.

The county council said it was looking to put up signs at either entrance to the village.

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

Horse races man – and it’s the MAN who wins!

Horse races man – and it’s the MAN who wins!

Marathon runner streaks past four-legged counterpart in unusual race across moorland, bridleways and lanes - finishing 10 minutes ahead

- Adam Holland is the youngest and fastest person to have completed 10 marathons in 10 days

- He is the youngest person to complete 100 marathon challenges

- The 27-year-old took on Tango, the Appaloosa Welsh horse over 10 miles

- He beat the horse, ridden by owner Kate Melville, by 10 minutes

Read more details ..........

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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

Parish Council Chairman convicted of dangerous driving following row over horse stepping on village green

Tostock Parish CouncilA parish council chairman has been convicted of dangerous driving following an incident involving her car and a horse.

Sheena Waitkins, 66, who chairs Tostock Parish Council, denied the charge but a jury at Ipswich Crown Court found her guilty.

During a two day trial last week it was alleged that Eleanor Goffin, who was eight and a half months pregnant, ended up with her hands on the bonnet of Waitkin’s car after it drove towards her on September 20 last year.

Mrs Goffin told the court: “I thought I was going into labour. I thought I was going to die.”

The incident took place as Mrs Goffin walked with a horse called Chocolate which was being ridden by her mother Alison Duncan in Tostock.

Mrs Goffin said Waitkins, a retired pathologist of The Green, Tostock, became enraged when the horse moved itself onto The Green and waved a walking stick and shouted.

The horse had been unwell and it’s rear shoes had been removed resulting in sore feet which was why it went onto the grass, said Mrs Goffin.

After being told by Waitkins to get the horse off the grass Mrs Goffin said she had questioned what it had to do with her and was then subjected to a loud response.

Mrs Goffin said: “It wasn’t a shout, it turned into a scream. She had a walking stick which she waved at us. I would say she was very angry.”

The horse had gone only 12 inches onto the grass, said Mrs Goffin.

She said she was unaware that horses were not allowed on The Green by the parish council.

Less than ten minutes later Waitkins, who had left the scene on foot, returned in her car, driving quickly and pulled up very close to the rear of the horse in New Road, Tostock.

Mrs Duncan said: “She came right up behind us, nearly up the bottom of the horse. She was so close that if I had taken my foot out of the stirrup I could have touched her car with my foot.”

Words were exchanged by both sides before Waitkins drove the car towards Mrs Goffin who feared she was going to be struck by it and put her hands on the bonnet, said Lori Tucker, prosecuting.

Waitkins wound down the front passenger window and told Mrs Duncan to “get off the road”, said Mrs Goffin.

Mrs Goffin used her phone to take a picture of Waitkins registration place as the incident was taking place because she said she thought the police needed to be involved.

Before she drove off at speed, Waitkins was revving her engine and sounding her horn, said Mrs Goffin.

Pedestrian Julie Hutton who was walking her dogs told the court that she had seen Waitkins car driving quickly along New Road and up to the rear of the horse.

Although she could hear something being shouted by the occupant of the car she could not make out what was being said.

Giving evidence, Waitkins, who has lived in Tostock for 22 years and been a parish councillor for four years, said that horses were banned from The Green, which had been owned by the council since the 1800s, because of problems with manure being deposited where children play and also the grass being cut up.

The ban was enforced using the 1857 Enclosure Act and two livery stables in the village along with residents were well aware of the situation, she said.

Waitkins said it was ‘perfectly untrue’ that she brandished a walking stick and because her car was an automatic it was not possible to rev the engine without it ‘jumping like a kangaroo’.

She also said she had not sounded the horn continuously.

The incident involving Mrs Goffin allegedly having to put her hands on the car bonnet could not have happened because she was standing more than a metre away from the vehicle, claimed Waitkins.

She had not seen at that stage that Mrs Goffin was pregnant.

Waitkins said she had driven normally and had not set out in her car with the intention of causing fear in Mrs Goffin and Mrs Duncan. She said: “I was annoyed but not angry.”

She had taken photos of Mrs Goffin, Mrs Duncan and the horse with the intention of identifying them and it being possible for the parish council to write a letter explaining that horses must not go onto The Green.

Waitkins is due to be sentenced next month following the preparation of a pre sentence report by the Probation Service.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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

Father of two killed after horse falls
in trials tragedy

A rider died in a tragic accident when his horse somersaulted and fell on him at a hunter trials in the Irish midlands.

A rider died in a tragic accident when his horse somersaulted and fell on him at a hunter trials in the Irish midlands.

Restaurant owner Cathal O'Malley (45) was critically injured yesterday afternoon and died a short time later at Tullamore hospital.

His wife Fiona King gave birth to their second son, Gavan, two weeks ago.

The couple also have a four-year-old son, Darragh, and they run the Old Barracks restaurant in Athenry.

The couple opened the restaurant in October 2010.

Mr O'Malley, originally from Ballinasloe, was an experienced rider who hunted with the Galway Blazers. He was taking part in the last event of the day at Annaharvey farm in Tullamore, Co Offaly, when the accident happened.

Colm O'Brennan, honorary secretary of the Brosna Foxhounds, which ran the event, said Mr O'Malley was a late entry for the event as he had taken part in the previous event.

"We are in total shock. We are really dreadfully sorry that such a catastrophe has happened on a wonderful course.

"Nothing of that nature has ever happened before. That particular jump is just a log and it has been there for 10 or 12 years," added Mr O'Brennan.

"It looks like the horse clipped the jump and seemed to somersault and landed on top of him. The Order of Malta were on the scene within a minute. He was taken to the regional hospital, which is only five minutes away." Mr O'Brennan said he did not know Mr O'Malley personally but had spoken to him just before the event because he was a late entry.

"I just had a quick word with him and another chap double checked he had his safety jacket on. He was very pleasant."

Stephanie McDonagh, honorary secretary of the Galway Blazers, said Mr O'Malley was "a good friend, a great guy, a gentleman.

He was very, very popular. He was just a great all-rounder." More than 150 riders took part in the Hunter Trials yesterday.

The couple's restaurant building was bought by Fiona's father Charlie King of Bawnmore, Athenry, with the prize money he won as the owner of the horse Afford A King, which won the Digital Galway Plate in 1988.

Riding accidents have claimed several lives in recent years. Last year Colin Guinan (25) from Banagher, Co Offaly lost his life when he suffered head injuries in a fall from his horse near his home.

Fatal accidents at event riding however are rare. British- born Karen Rodgers (41) was killed in a fall while taking part in a one-day event at Ballindenisk in Co Cork during Easter 2008.

The accident took place at the penultimate fence on the course, the second water complex. Ms Rodgers was an experienced and successful rider who had been involved in equestrian sport for 10 years.

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

Bet that hurt!

Bet that Hurt

SAVE ENGLAND FROM NATURAL ENGLAND

SAVE ENGLAND FROM NATURAL ENGLAND

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment.

They are supposed to provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

They are supposed to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive.

They are supposed to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.

They are supposed to work with farmers and land managers; business and industry; planners and developers; national and local government; interest groups and local communities to help them improve their local environment.

Except in many cases they dont. In fact, in some cases they are doing the exact opposite.

READ MORE HERE

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

Point-to-Point race leaves course after 85 years

Point-to-Point race leaves course after 85 years

An equine event which has been part of North Yorkshire country life for decades was given an emotional send-off as it left its home of 85 years.

The Middleton Point-to-Point was held at Whitwell-on-the-Hill - regarded as one of the best courses in the country with a reputation for attracting top-quality entrants - for the final time on Sunday, and it will move to a new venue from next year.

Crowds gathered at the spectacular course overlooking the Ryedale countryside for the last races, which will next year be staged at racehorse trainer Mick Easterby's Sheriff Hutton yard.

Organisers said they were sad to leave their long-time home and are hoping they will take their supporters with them when the event moves down the A64.

Mr Easterby has already hosted one point-to-point this year in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and another will be held on Easter Monday in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund's Jack Berry House rehabilitation centre project in Malton, with admission being £10 for adults and under-12s getting in free.

He said: "When you have land, it is nice to share it with the public and I love to see them enjoying themselves."

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

Meet the world’s best horse whisperer
who can lull his animals into performing tricks nobody else would even dare to try

Meet the world’s best horse whisperer

- Argentinian showman Martin Tatta has created an awesome routine

- He can perform hand stands on the animals and plays with them like dogs

- The self-taught horse tamer grew up around horses on a ranch

- It takes him around a year to fully train a horse to perform the tricks

Read more details ...........

SHOWJUMPING POINTS ALLOCATIONS
AND POINTS LIMITS

SHOWJUMPING POINTS ALLOCATIONS AND POINTS LIMITS

The new points structure which commenced on the 1st April 2014 replacing ‘notional winnings’ will make it much easier for owners and riders to calculate their horses standings and class eligibility going forward.

A Points Table has been created which shows how points are allocated with the added inclusion of points for double clears.

As part of this restructure and the fact that double clears are being rewarded, new limits have been put in place for those contesting national championships along with the upgrade levels for horses and ponies. The upgrade levels have now been made slightly higher to ensure horses consistently jumping double clears are not penalised.

Previous notional winnings have been converted into points on the basis of £1 = 1 point

A full points allocation table for all height categories along with the new limits can be found on the link below in addition to how points will be allocated to horses contesting International shows within the United Kingdom and abroad.

For the HORSE table please click here

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Equine Superstore

Hoof Capital Funding Rounds Open

HoofThe British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is launching its next round of Hoof Capital Funding opportunities for equestrian facilities across England. This year’s innovative awards are to be the first to offer facility development to Sole Traders and Partnerships through long term leasing of equestrian facility equipment in addition to the open grant applications for Limited Companies, Charities and other not- for- profit organisations.

The £250,000 Sport England funded pot allows riding establishments to apply for £1 for £1 match funding to construct or enhance facilities that will lead to local growth in participation in equestrian sport. A Catalogue of Key Facility Components that will include arena surfaces, fencing and lighting has been developed based on demands from previous applications that will be made available for Sole Traders and Partnerships to apply for. Charities, not-for-profit and Limited (Ltd) organisations are encouraged to apply with projects that have already received the relevant planning permission.

This key innovation, that is unique to equestrian sport, will be able to assist an even greater range of applicants than ever before. Alex Copeland, Head of Sport Development at the BEF commented; “We recognise that good facilities are at the heart of ensuring fun and safe opportunities in equestrian sport. After making so much investment into the programmes that encourage people to take part in sport, we are delighted that Sport England has made this additional funding available to help develop facilities in local communities.”

Carrington Riding Centre in Manchester was one beneficiary of last year’s Hoof Capital Funding Awards. The money they received enabled the centre to build an additional outdoor arena and training room. Sharon Groos, Carrington’s Centre Proprietor, has witnessed a highly positive change in the centre since the developments “The facilities we built with our capital funding grant have had a massive impact on the number of people that ride regularly at Carrington.”

“We have been able to increase the number of riding courses for both adults and children and with the increased arena space our customers are able to sustain their riding activity. We were also lucky enough to construct a training room which has become the social hub of the centre and allowed us to put on educational courses, evening talks and houses our Pony Club group” continued Sharon.

Grants of up to £25,000 will be awarded for projects that show a clear and measurable target for increasing participation levels, offering more riding opportunities and helping to ensure that members of the public are given the opportunity of an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that proposals are sustainable in the long term.

The first of the two stage application process will close on 12 May. Please contact facilities@bef.co.uk or click HERE for further information.

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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.

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Excellent Results for the Speedi-Beet Team at the British Dressage Winter Championships


Eleanor Rycroft and Tyler

British Horse Feeds is extremely proud of four of its sponsored riders who qualified for the British Dressage Winter Championships 2014.

Speedi-Beet Team Members Steve Garrod, Eleanor Rycroft, Nikki Hawkins and Sarah Bosomworth all headed to Hartpury, Gloucestershire, to compete at the five-day championships.

First up was Nikki Hawkins and her 13.1hh Welsh Section C, Corstan Rogue Trader, in the Advanced Medium Restricted. They executed a superb test and finished in third place on 68.82%. Harry (Corstan Rogue Trader) went on to become an overnight celebrity as more than 85,000 people watched his test on the British Dressage forum!

Said Nikki: “Harry was amazing and I really could not have asked more of him. The test felt good but I thought I was just making up the numbers, I didn't expect to be in the prize giving. It was only when I was stopped by a friend who congratulated me on my good score that I realised I had been placed!”

Sarah Bosomworth qualified two of her horses for the Elementary Restricted Freestyle; D’Artagnan and QD Esquire went head to head, finishing on 68.14% and 66.28% respectively. - pictured right

Said Sarah: “It was rather an electric test for D’Artagnan. I am very happy with his score though, he is young and talented with much more to come.”

Flying the flag for British Horse Feeds in the Novice Restricted, Eleanor Rycroft and her horse Tyler scored 60.32%, a score which delighted Eleanor at her first ever trip to the winter championships.

Said Eleanor: “Whilst our test wasn't magical, the atmosphere was extraordinary! I couldn't be prouder of my little coloured hairy horse with unknown breeding; he held it together for me, despite his anxiety.”

The final Speedi-Beet Team member to compete was Steve Garrod with his KWPN mare Wyuma PH, in the Elementary Restricted.

Said Steve: “Unfortunately our test yesterday didn't go quite to plan! Lulu (Wyuma PH) warmed up fantastic and we really thought we were on for a great test, but entering the area everything all just went a little tense.

“I felt we were on the edge of being outstanding but so close to exploding! I rode a tactful test to score 65.65% to finish 13th.”

Sales Director at British Horse Feeds, Will I’Anson, is incredibly proud of the team: “To have four of our sponsored riders competing at the Winter Championships is remarkable. They have all worked so hard to qualify and we are delighted to be supporting such a talented and determined team. Congratulations Nikki, Sarah, Eleanor and Steve.”

For more information please contact British Horse Feeds on +44 (0)1765 680300 or visit www.britishhorsefeeds.com.

You can also keep up to date with the Speedi-Beet Team on Facebook – www.facebook.com/BritishHorseFeeds.

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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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Cathedral tribute for Redwings

Plan to introduce horseracing to schoolchildren

Redwings will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a very special service at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 10th May. Redwings was formed in Norfolk in 1984. They have grown to become a national operation and the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, but they still have their headquarters and two of our visitor centres based in Norfolk, including a brand new centre that opened in Aylsham in 2012. They wanted to celebrate this special Norfolk connection and so will be holding a Thanksgiving Service on 10th May at 2pm at Norwich Cathedral, followed by afternoon tea and cake.

Content will include hymns and readings that celebrate animals and in particular horses and ponies – including the thousands who have been rescued and rehabilitated during Redwings’ history – and a tribute to horses and other equines who were involved in the Great War to mark 100 years since the start of that tragic conflict. There will even be an appearance from some of resident donkeys, including Esther, a very special adoption star who was rescued as part of a high profile case in 2008 and now resides at our Caldecott Visitor Centre near Great Yarmouth.

Esther the donkey will be coming to the Cathedral! Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: “Redwings has come so far in 30 years and while we are very proud to be a national charity, we are also incredibly proud of our Norfolk roots. We wanted to find a way to celebrate our 30-year anniversary in a fitting way, and a service at Norwich Cathedral seemed the perfect solution. The fact that it involves taking donkeys to church was just an added bonus!”

For more information or to attend the service, please contact Charlotte Oliver at Redwings on 01508 481029 or email coliver@redwings.co.uk.

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Congratulations

Lydia Parrott

Lydia Parrott
Lydia riding Pipsqueek T.

Lydia Takes The HAYGAIN Hay Steamers Diamond Final

Lydia Parrott and Pipsqueek T were crowned HAYGAIN Hay Steamer Diamond Champions at the Blue Chip Championships, held at Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire.

Based in Staffordshire, 18-year-old Lydia, secured first place after a very speedy jump-off with the talented bay.

The HAYGAIN Hay Steamers Diamond Championship was aimed specifically at riders outside the top 200 on the British Showjumping ranking list with the course set at 95cm high.

Said Lydia: "Pipsqueek T is a horse in a million and so much better at this than I am, I’m just a passenger really.”

Spotted as a four-year-old by groom Kate Robertson, the now nine-year-old Gribaldi/Cassis gelding has proved very talented.

As Lydia’s A-levels have taken precedence this year, it was her first show for a month. Lydia is aiming to study as a vet at Nottingham University.

Said Becky James of HAYGAIN: “We were delighted to sponsor this championship, its brilliant to see such a high standard of competitors, and congratulations to Lydia and Pipsqueek T.”

For further information please contact HAYGAIN on (0333) 200 5233 or visit www.haygain.com

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Horse and Country TV

Mon 14 April, 2014

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7:00pm Country Dreams Normandy. Most of Michael Hewitt's plants are edible and his leaves and blossoms are enjoyed in the area's high class restaurants. (S2, Ep 18/18)

7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Monty works with veteran Paul Rooney and with horses to learn how to gain trust. Observe how horses teach trust to a post-traumatic stress injury veteran. The healing process begins.

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8:00pm Parelli: Amazing Grace Pat works with Grace at Liberty in an attempt to improve connection. Then Pat uses the porcupine game in a provocative way. (Ep 7/9)

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Welfare Special In this special edition of Rudall's Round-Up Jenny investigates the current horse welfare crisis in the UK and looks into issues such as abandonment, flooding and fly-grazing.

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9:00pm FEI World Cup Jumping: Review Catch all the action from this year's FEI World Cup Jumping: Review.

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10:00pm FEI World Cup Dressage: Review Catch all the action from this year's FEI World Cup Dressage: Review.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker Barry and his brother-in-law have had to get themselves and their horses into prime condition ready for The Ride. They seem ready for the starting line, but are they really prepared? (S1, Ep 1/6)

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Tues 15 April, 2014

Horse and Country

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7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Charlie Avent has autism and has found a wonderful world of horses. Communicating with horses has changed his life, watch Charlie & Harry Join-Up. Monty also teaches Harry to stand for applause.

8:00pm Country Calendar on Horseback Triple Jump. Olympic Medallist Tinks Pottinger runs a Wairarapa farm with husband Andy Pottinger, she is coaching 17 year old daughter Amanda to compete in elite competitions. (Ep 7/11)

8:30pm Tobbe Larsson: Horse Artiste Swedish horse artiste Tobbe Larsson gives us an exclusive look into liberty training and communication from the ground from his yard.

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9:00pm Gucci Paris Masters 2013 This year's exclusive event brings together the world's best riding talent who are all after a share of the €634,000 purse on offer.

10:00pm Rudall's Round-Up: Welfare Special In this special edition of Rudall's Round-Up Jenny investigates the current horse welfare crisis in the UK and looks into issues such as abandonment, flooding and fly-grazing.

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10:30pm Herd in Iceland The annual round-up, a breathtaking tradition that unites the country. Follow the herdsmen through remote and rugged terrain to reunite the native Icelandic breed back with their owners.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker Barry & Joe are on their 10 day ride from Durban (South Africa) to Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. They battle gated communities, tar roads, persistent rainfall and rides into the night (S1, Ep 2/6)

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Wed 16 April, 2014

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7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Maisie's first ride. It is the starting of a young filly Maisie, she is a normal horse getting started in a good way.

8:00pm Rudall's Round-Up: Welfare Special In this special edition of Rudall's Round-Up Jenny investigates the current horse welfare crisis in the UK and looks into issues such as abandonment, flooding and fly-grazing.

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8:30pm Top Marks: Be Brave › Prepare to be captivated by this Top Marks special episode. Kelly Marks and Monty Roberts both work with young horse Corky to try to train him to be as brave as a war horse.

9:00pm Tobbe Larsson: Horse Artiste Swedish horse artiste Tobbe Larsson gives us an exclusive look into liberty training and communication from the ground from his yard.

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9:30pm Herd in Iceland The annual round-up, a breathtaking tradition that unites the country. Follow the herdsmen through remote and rugged terrain to reunite the native Icelandic breed back with their owners.

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10:00pm Around the Dog World At Crufts 2014 Jack Bispham judges the final 7 dogs who have beat 22,000 others to compete for Best in Show. But first we watch some breed judging from the weekend including German Shepherds.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker After making it through the sprawling suburbia south of Durban, the guys battle through the rough terrain of the Wild Coast. They make a wrong turn that evening; see how they manage. (S1, Ep 3/6)

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Thurs 17 April, 2014

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7:00pm At Home with Carl Hester We meet the grooms and riders at Carl's yard. From 17 year old Olivia to future Olympic star, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl spends as much time coaching his riders as he does training horses. (Ep 3/5)

7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Perita is impossible to catch, he is extremely spooky and afraid of everything. Watch Monty rebuild Perita's trust and confidence. As Monty says "Don't catch your horse, let your horse catch you."

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8:00pm Chris Cox Horsemanship Rearing Mare. Chris works with a racing quarter horse mare that has a rearing problem. After Chris's initial session with this mare we revisit her weeks later to gauge the progress. (S3, Ep 7/15)

8:30pm Country Calendar on Horseback Triple Jump. Olympic Medallist Tinks Pottinger runs a Wairarapa farm with husband Andy Pottinger, she is coaching 17 year old daughter Amanda to compete in elite competitions. (Ep 7/11)

9:00pm Olympia 2013: Alltech Puissance Highlights from the Alltech Puissance from London Olympia Horse Show 2013. Ben Maher claimed the title last year by clearing the imposing brick wall at 7ft.

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10:00pm King Naki & The Thundering Hooves King Naki is a passionate, unconventional horse rider who risks his livelihood to win races. Having gained the greatest racehorse of his region, in rural South Africa, he pursues his dream of victory.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker Barry & Joe are over halfway through their 10 day horseback adventure, but they are facing an uphill battle as they have fallen behind schedule. Will they get to Butterworth in time? (S1, Ep 4/6)

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Fri 18 April, 2014

Horse and Country

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7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Mini Mouse is a champion pony that won't stand still. Watch Monty and Mini Mouse work together in partnership until Mini Mouse finds that standing still for applause is a good thing.

8:00pm Tobbe Larsson: Horse Artiste Swedish horse artiste Tobbe Larsson gives us an exclusive look into liberty training and communication from the ground from his yard.

8:30pm Herd in Iceland The annual round-up, a breathtaking tradition that unites the country. Follow the herdsmen through remote and rugged terrain to reunite the native Icelandic breed back with their owners.

Tv

9:00pm Rudall's Round-Up: Welfare Special In this special edition of Rudall's Round-Up Jenny investigates the current horse welfare crisis in the UK and looks into issues such as abandonment, flooding and fly-grazing.

9:30pm Around the Dog World At Crufts 2014 Jack Bispham judges the final 7 dogs who have beat 22,000 others to compete for Best in Show. But first we watch some breed judging from the weekend including German Shepherds.

Tv

10:30pm Herd in Iceland The annual round-up, a breathtaking tradition that unites the country. Follow the herdsmen through remote and rugged terrain to reunite the native Icelandic breed back with their owners.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker It's day 7 and the horses have been working hard. Barry and Joe are both exhausted after a total of 77 hours in the saddle. See how Barry and Joe get on. (S1, Ep 5/6)

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Sat 19 April, 2014

Horse and Country

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7:30pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Welcome to the world of Monty Roberts, see him at his beautiful ranch Flag is Up Farms. Explore his life with PTSD veterans, corporate leaders and horsemen from around the world.

8:00pm Carl and Charlotte: Europeans 2013 Olympic Gold winning dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin are training to compete in the FEI European Dressage Championships in Denmark. H&C follow the pair on their journey.

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9:00pm Country Calendar on Horseback Triple Jump. Olympic Medallist Tinks Pottinger runs a Wairarapa farm with husband Andy Pottinger, she is coaching 17 year old daughter Amanda to compete in elite competitions. (Ep 7/11)

9:30pm Badminton 2014: Coursewalk The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2014 will be an historic year. Join Hugh Thomas and Giuseppe della Chiesa as they walk the cross-country course of the world's most prestigious four-star.

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10:00pm Rudall's Round-Up: Welfare Special In this special edition of Rudall's Round-Up Jenny investigates the current horse welfare crisis in the UK and looks into issues such as abandonment, flooding and fly-grazing.

10:30pm Top Marks: Showing Join Kelly Marks as she ventures into the exciting world of showing with her 18hh giant, Harry. See them practise their gallop at home and compete at shows.

11:00pm The Ride of The Peacemaker 8 days have passed since Barry & Joe set out to relive Dick King's 10 day journey. They have no time for anything to go wrong, will they make it to their last destination? (S1, Ep 6/6)

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Sun 20 April, 2014

Horse and Country

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8:00pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Ride A Black Horse. A drama occurs at the farm, whilst Jenny is out on call, the local police come knocking. It is Black Beauty they're after but Vicky puts up a strong fight. (S1, Ep 4/26)

8:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Deceptive Apprearances.The circus is in town, while Vicky and Beauty are on their mail route they encounter two clown-like characters, but everything is not quite as it seems. (S1, Ep 5/26)

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9:00pm Farming Sunday › In this episode we take a look at the technology behind robotic milking and talk to veterinary experts about udder health management. (Ep 3/6)

9:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Fear Of Water. Vicky and Beauty are riding on the beach when they discover an injured sailor lying on the rocks, but where has he come from? (S1, Ep 6/26)

10:00pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Treasure Hunt. On her way home from her mail route, Vicky meets Manfred, who seems to be very secretive about a parcel he has just received. (S1, Ep 7/ 26)

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10:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty The Birdman. Manfred is busy preparing his man-powered plane for its first flight. A sceptical crowd turn up at the beach to watch Manfred's attempt to fly. (S1, Ep 8/26)

11:00pm Meeting Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum At home and in competition, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum recounts her life and career. She reveals her working methods and describes the intense relationship she nourishes with each of her horses.

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