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Control of Horses Act receives Royal Assent and becomes law on May 26

Control of Horses Act receives Royal Assent and becomes law on May 26

New laws to clamp down on people illegally abandoning horses has received Royal Assent, improving horse welfare standards across the country.

The Control of Horses Act will bring in legislative changes to help deter people from illegally grazing or simply abandoning horses on public and private land, known as 'fly-grazing'.

The changes, which become law on 26 May, mean horse owners who 'fly-graze' their animals without permission can now be dealt with more quickly and effectively.

The new Act, which has been welcomed by animal welfare charities, local authorities, and landowners, was brought forward as a Private Member's Bill by Julian Sturdy MP and supported by the Government throughout its passage through Parliament.

Animal Welfare Minister Lord de Mauley said: "The new law represents a huge step forward in getting owners to pay proper attention to their horses' welfare, while also helping ensure local communities aren't blighted by fly-grazing. "We are grateful for the widespread support for the changes from across the equine sector and animal welfare groups, which has made this possible."

Animal welfare groups estimate that there are over 3,000 horses illegally fly-grazing in this country. Under the previous Animals Act 1971 an abandoned horse could only be disposed of through sale at market or public auction.

The new law extends the options for dealing with abandoned horses, which now include private sale, gifting and rehoming.

The changes also allow local authorities and private owners and occupiers of land to deal with abandoned horses more quickly – within four working days, instead of fourteen days, as the 1971 law currently requires.

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

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"Horse was literally being eaten alive by maggots" - couple in court on cruelty charges blame vets fees

"Horse was literally being eaten alive by maggots" - couple in court on cruelty charges blame vets fees

A North Cheriton couple who failed to get medical treatment for their two horses leaving them in agonising pain for months claimed they could not afford the vets fees.

When an RSPCA officer found the horses in a field she could smell rotting flesh and saw one of the animals' back legs were covered in black and green slime with maggots which "were quite literally eating him alive."

The other horse was clinically obese with its feet completely overgrown and was suffering from advanced laminitis.

DESPITE EFFORTS BY VETS TO ASSESS AND TREAT THE ANIMALS, BOTH HORSES HAD TO BE EUTHANISED AFTER FINDING THEY WOULD NOT RESPOND TO TREATMENT. When Colin and Hayley Loader were interviewed about the matter they said they didn't take the horses to the vet because of a lack of money and had not thought about contacting any animal welfare charities.

They said they had been trying to self-medicate the animals and confessed they had not been seen by a vet for over three years.

Colin James Loader, 52 and Hayley Ann Loader, 48, both of Landseer Crescent, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald gelding named Shamrock by failing to adequately investigate and treat a problem with its legs.

They also admitted a second charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a bay Exmoor gelding known as Smudge by failing to provide it with adequate hoof care when they appeared in the dock together before Somerset Magistrates.

Prosecutor Matthew Knight said that both the horses were suffering from common ailments that could have been treated successfully if caught earlier.

One had long hair which was susceptible to mites and the other had laminitis, but the defendants did not seek veterinary treatment for either.

He said: "On October 11 last year RSPCA inspector Maria Griffiths attended a field in North Cheriton and could smell putrid rotting flesh.

"She found Shamrock in poor body condition and covered in black and green slime and it was obvious it had maggots in its back legs.

"The horse was stamping its legs continuously and she then found the second horse which was clinically obese and its feet were overgrown causing real difficulty in walking."

A vet was called to the scene and examined the first horse and could see the flesh on its legs had been eaten away and maggots were present.

"Horse was literally being eaten alive by maggots" - couple in court on cruelty charges blame vets fees Mr Knight said: "The vet managed to clip away some of its hair but its legs were covered in maggots and eggs which were quite literally eating him alive.

"He had huge carbuncles all over his legs and they were also covered in bloody green pus."

Due to the immense pain the horse was suffering the vet said it would have been impossible to treat him and he was put down immediately.

After the horse was euthanised the vet examined him further and a pair of scissors were put through his lower legs and they just fell straight through and his hoof had nearly fallen off.

Mr Knight said the second horse had grossly overgrown feet, was clinically obese and was suffering from laminitis which was a condition where the foot starts to die inside causing intense pain.

"The feet had not been trimmed for years and unfortunately this horse also did not respond to treatment and also had to be put down," he said.

"Inspector Griffiths said she had been doing her job for 25 years and had never been affected so much by something she had seen saying it had brought tears to her eyes.

"This was especially knowing that the animals would have suffered so much and the fact that it was totally avoidable."

When Mr and Mrs Loader were interviewed they said they did not take the horses to the vet because of a lack of money and they did not think about contacting the RSPCA or other horse charities.

"They said that neither horse had been seen by a vet for three years and they had been trying to self-treat the maggots with powder and by cutting the hair out," said Mr Knight.

"Mr Loader says he is deeply ashamed of himself after hearing the horses had been left in extreme pain and their care had been woefully inadequate."

Mr Loader told the court that not in his wildest dreams did he realise the condition of the horses was that bad.

"It tried cleaning it all the time but had not realised the maggots had got underneath the calluses and I am disgusted with myself," he said.

"They were part of my family and I was trying to do my best but I didn't have the funds which was purely why we didn't get the vet out to treat them.

"Horse was literally being eaten alive by maggots" - couple in court on cruelty charges blame vets fees

"I wish now that I had called the RSPCA and I could not believe it had got that bad and am distraught. I should have known better."

The magistrates adjourned the case until April 7 for a pre sentence report to be prepared by the probation service. In the meantime both defendants were released on unconditional bail.

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 269

It is now 269 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

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Olympic gold medal cyclist now training as a jockey for next year's Cheltenham Festival

Olympic gold medal cyclist now training as a jockey for next year's Cheltenham Festival

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has set her sights on riding at next year's Cheltenham Festival after deciding to try to qualify as amateur rider. Image © onEdition/Handout Photo Wire/PA Wire

As if winning multiple Olympic gold medals wasn't enough, cyclist Victoria Pendleton is switching sport for a new challenge - competing in a National Hunt race. Victoria has teamed up with Betfair with the aim of competing at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

The plan is for the 34-year-old to line up in the Foxhunters Chase, a race for amateur jockeys held on the Friday of the Festival. The 3m 2f race is known as the 'Gold Cup for amateur riders', and features 22 steeplechase obstacles. She has less than a year to get to grips with race riding, having never sat ona horse before.

But she does have some of the best help available to her, including lessons from Yogi Breisner, eventer Chris King and champion trainer Paul Nicholls. And she won't be thrown in at the deep end - the plan is for her to master the basics and ride in point-to-points before tackling the Foxhunters.

"I've been looking for a new and exciting challenge," Victoria told Betfair. "When Betfair approached me about the opportunity to train to become a licensed amateur jockey, it captured my imagination."

Twitter has been awash with the news, with sports presenter Clare Balding tweeting: "Best of luck to @v_pendleton as she switches saddles from Olympic cyclist to amateur jockey. It'll be a fascinating transformation."

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William, Kate and Harry join the best of British equestrianism to honour the late Olympic gold winner Richard Meade

William, Kate and Harry join the best of British equestrianism to honour the late Olympic gold winner Richard Meade

The best of British equestrianism tuned out on Thursday to honour the late Olympic gold winner Richard Meade, and joining them were three young British royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived together at the service, while Prince Harry also joined the royal couple.

Held in Bath's Abbey, the memorial was packed as the royals, along with friends and family of Richard's, listened to the service. The low-key outing caused a buzz on social media, as locals and tourists in the historic British city snapped pictures of the three.

Their appearance wasn't a shock to fans of the British royals as the three are keen equestrian fans. In the past they have supported Team GB and their cousin Zara at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and William and Harry regularly play polo.

Richard Meade was Britain's most successful equestrian, winning eventing team gold medals at Mexico City in 1968 and Munich in 1972, as well as the individual eventing gold in Munich. He passed away on January 8 at the age of 76, after treatment for cancer.

After he retired from events, Richard nurtured his son Harry's career, and became a leading figure in the sport.

William, Kate and Harry join the best of British equestrianism to honour the late Olympic gold winner Richard MeadeRichard Meade meeting the Queen in 1973

In a statement on his website, Harry wrote: "[Richard] had huge successes in his career as a competitor but his greatest success was not in his achievements on a horse, but in the way he conducted himself – with generosity to others, genuine interest and a real sense of integrity, always standing up for what was morally right.

"He cared deeply about the sport and gave so much to both the eventing and wider horse world. Thank you for all the wonderfully supportive letters and messages and many apologies for only answering a small number of them so far."

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Competition horses will usually be frequent travellers but the effects of this un-natural situation on horses should never be underestimated. The stress caused by constant travel can have an impact on health, welfare and ultimately performance.

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The man who listens to horses – Monty Roberts – named Brooke Global Ambassador

The man who listens to horses – Monty Roberts – named Brooke Global Ambassador
Brooke trustee, Angela Horsman, presents Monty Roberts with a Global Ambassador certificate

Internationally renowned 'horse whisperer' Monty Roberts has become Global Ambassador for the Brooke, joining double Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin in the coveted role.

Monty was surprised at his demo in Kent this week by Brooke trustee Angela Horsman who formally invited him to become an ambassador in front of a cheering audience.

He graciously accepted, calling the invitation an "honour".

The Brooke is the largest international equine welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the families they support. Monty has made it his lifelong mission to leave the world a better place for horses and for people too.

This aligned mission saw the Brooke invite Monty on a week-long tour of its work in India late last year. The conditions were harsh and Monty's emotional journey was captured in a short film which is being released today alongside the announcement of his role as ambassador.

"The visit to India really opened my eyes to the welfare problems that exist amongst working equines. At times it was unbearable and the suffering I witnessed, especially at the equine fair, will stay with me forever. But, on the plus side, I also saw the wonderful work that the Brooke is doing to improve the welfare of these animals. There is a lot of work to do, and I am honoured to help the Brooke in whatever way I can", said Monty.

During his time in India, Monty met local community groups in Sonipat, Muzzaffarnagar and Baghpat who talked through the improvements they have made since the Brooke came along, and the positive impact these are having on their animals.

At the Beri equine fair, he saw thousands of animals as they waited in line to be bought or sold, in temperatures soaring to 40C. They suffered from wounds and heat stress, tightly hobbled without room to move – a sight which reduced Monty and the Brooke team to tears.

A hobbled mule suffers in the heat at Beri Equine Fair.A hobbled mule suffers in the heat at Beri Equine Fair.

Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of the Brooke, accompanied Monty on the trip to India.

"Parts of the tour were extremely difficult as you'll see in the short film. We delighted together in seeing the progress the Brooke has made, and we cried together when we saw the sad reality of life for some working equines. It was an emotional trip but what really stood out to me was how resolute Monty was in wanting to make a positive difference and how mindful he was of the unique challenges people living in poverty face. He engaged with animal owners with a great deal of respect, offering practical advice in handling and simple suggestions on how to make tack more comfortable. He understood the importance of the Brooke's work and we knew he would be a brilliant Global Ambassador. We are delighted that he has accepted the invitation, and we look forward to working together for the benefit of working horses, donkeys and mules the world over", she said.

The announcement comes as Brooke USA was officially launched by Brooke President HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a supporter event in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Brooke works in 11 different countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America and in the last year it reached 1.5 million working horses, donkeys and mules.

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Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

Horses set to benefit from Sir Peter O'Sullevan's autobiography


Blue Cross has been chosen to benefit from the sale of horseracing legend Sir Peter O'Sullevan's autobiography.

Proceeds from copies of Calling the Horses – A Racing Autobiography: 25 Years On will go to help six charities, including Blue Cross, care for the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

Sam Gargan, Blue Cross Trusts Manager, said: "We are extremely grateful for Sir Peter's generous contribution to the work of Blue Cross today and for the past 19 years.

"As the number of unwanted and abandoned horses grows we are facing an ever increasing demand on our resources, and this generous gift will go a huge way towards helping us make sure our doors stay open to animals in need."

Calling the Horses – A Racing Autobiography: 25 Years On is available to buy in bookshops and online now. Sir Peter O'Sullevan book cover

Plus, a limited number of signed copies can be bought through The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Trust website.

The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust has generously supported Blue Cross for many years and this year presented the charity with a gift of £50,000.

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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

Dead horse left lying on village green for 24 hours

Dead horse left lying on village green for 24 hours Dead horse in Wheatley Hill

The horse was covered with a blanket but its legs could still be seen

A horse that collapsed and died on a village green was left there for more than 24 hours, it is claimed.

The animal was tethered on the green in Wheatley Hill, near Peterlee, County Durham, when it died.

Zoe Purvis, who lives in the village, said children from a nearby Sure Start children's centre had been upset by the sight. Durham County Council said it had taken time to arrange for it to be removed.

Mrs Purvis said despite being covered with a blanket its legs could still be seen. She said she had to walk past the dead animal a number of times with her children, who had been left upset.

"I am absolutely shocked and disgusted. I don't think it's acceptable," she said. "I can't believe it. The council should have taken it away, or someone should have taken it away rather than it just sitting there."

The horse was removed after, Mrs Purvis said, "starting to smell".

Durham County Council neighbourhood protection manager Ian Hoult said: "Due to its size we have arranged for a contractor to remove the horse which unfortunately could not happen until this morning."

He said they had tried to trace the owner and asked for anyone with information about who owns it to contact it.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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

Farmers welcome anti- fly grazing law

Farmers welcome anti- fly grazing law

A new law which gives farmers more protection against fly-grazing has been widely welcomed in rural communities.

The Control of Horses Bill, passed last week, provides greater options to deal with horses and ponies left to graze illegally on their land.

It is expected to have particular benefits for parts of Eden, Lunesdale and Sedbergh, where fly-grazing can be a nuisance in the run-up to the Appelby Horse Fair.

The bill, which is now awaiting Royal Assent, gives landowners the power to Landowners and occupiers will be able to detain horses after a minimum period of 96 hours, rather than 14 days under current legislation.

At the end of the four days, the horses could be disposed of in whatever way is deemed fit - including having them destroyed. Current legislation does not allow this.

Sedbergh sheep farmer Alison O'Neill welcomed the new law, saying illegal grazing of horses robbed farmers of a 'valuable asset'.

She said she was 'aware that it happens' when travellers stop over in the area on their way to Appleby during May and early June.

"I welcome the new law. It is wrong to put horses on somebody else's land without permission. For livestock farmers, grassland is like money in the bank. I wouldn't be allowed to get away with putting my sheep in somebody else's field. It is right there should be one law for all."

Dorothy Fairburn, regional director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), said: "We are delighted that farmers and landowners will at last be able to deal with fly-grazed horses in a timely, humane and cost-effective manner without damage to land or at risk of liability for horses left illegally on their land.

"In its original form, the Bill would have put our members at a disadvantage by not allowing them the same controls as local authorities so we are pleased the Government has now responded to our concerns by extending powers in the Bill to private landowners."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

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Says Linda Wright

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

Grand National 2015 Ladies' Day:

'Unflattering shots' banned

Grand National 2015
Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' banned

Ladies Day 2014 Mr Baker said Ladies' Day was full of character and fun Organisers of the Grand National have launched a crackdown on photographers taking unflattering pictures of Ladies' Day racegoers at this year's event.

Aintree racecourse boss John Baker told the Liverpool Echo the venue wanted to protect women at the world's biggest steeplechase from "unfair" coverage.

He said any photographers taking shots which enforce negative stereotypes could have their accreditation revoked. Ladies Day has been a fixture of the race meeting since the early 1990s.

Grand National 2015

Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' bannedColleen Rooney

Colleen Rooney is a regular Ladies' Day attendee It traditionally takes place on the second day of the Grand National race meeting and is frequented by celebrities such as Wayne Rooney's wife Colleen Rooney and Steven Gerrard's wife Alex Curran.

However, Aintree want to a stop a recent trend of photographs showing women in "unflattering" poses - which some have accused of portraying Liverpool in an unfavourable light.

Mr Baker told the paper: "We want to overwhelm the negativity, to push the positivity to the front. Race goers at Ladies Day 2014 Ladies' Day has been a fixture at the Grand National since the early 1990s

"Our event is full of character, it's fun, and that's generated by the personality of the Liverpool people," he said.

Grand National 2015

Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' banned

He said it would not be easy to manage photographers but the racecourse would endeavour to do so.

Aintree press officer Nigel Payne said the venue operated "a very stringent and responsible accreditation procedure".

Aintree Ladies' Day 2013 Mr Baker said Aintree has a responsibility to its customers "to project the correct image"

"The majority of our accredited photographers are there for the magnificent horse racing," he said.

Grand National 2015

Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' banned

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

Cloning is not breeding, it is not progressive,
it is looking backwards not forwards to the future, KWPN stallion inspector tells Elite Sport Horse Seminar

Cloning is not breeding, it is not progressive, it is looking backwards not forwards to the future,  KWPN stallion inspector tells Elite Sport Horse Seminar

Many of the leading names in sport horse breeding descended on Cheshire for the Harthill Stud Breeding and Elite Sport Horse Seminar and Workshop.

This two day event was the brainchild of Nina Barbour, Harthill Stud partner with leading event rider Oliver Townend and also the name behind the much heralded Bolesworth CSI**** International which takes place this June.

Designed to develop open discussion with leading industry experts and to benefit the breeding industry in the UK, the event was supported by HORSESCOUT, Stallion AI Services, Elite Stallions, IFX – International Foreign Exchange, Equiline and Gain Horse Feeds.

The evening seminar was held at Carden Park Hotel and included such eminent speakers as Sarah Stoneham BVSc Cert ESM MRCVS of Cheshire Equine Clinic, GB No 1 event rider Oliver Townend, leading showjumper and Billy Stud partner William Funnell, Enda Carroll of Ashford Farm Sports Horses, Paul Hendrix of Dutch Sport Horse Sales and leading KWPN stallion inspector Arie Hamoen.

Elite Sport Horse Seminar

The evening also included the launch of the Bolesworth CSI**** International Elite Auction – set to be a future star studded affair on June 19, with 12 of the most well-bred yearlings across the UK and Europe showcased and available to purchase.

During a packed evening a wide range of topics were covered with the audience of more than 250 breeding professionals and supporters asking a host of questions.

Said Nina Barbour: "We wanted to share our vision at Harthill Stud on breeding world class sport horses for show jumping and eventing and having access to well-known names in the industry helped to make the evening a great success."

Added Oliver: "When looking for future top-level horses it is so important they are an athlete, have a brain and have the stamina required. When deciding on at what stallions to use I go for those where I have ridden their progeny."

Elite Sport Horse Seminar

During the discussions William Funnell said: "The mare is paramount and we now select elite broodmares and strive to be better all the time. It is important to be honest about your broodmare stock and ask yourself are they the best you can source."

When asked how he recognises a potential superstar Paul Hendrix replied: "We start to jump the youngsters as yearlings, really watch the way they canter and carry themselves and their first reaction to a pole. Judging them at an early stage, while also recognising where their development should be as they grow and develop is key."

On the topic of cloning Arie Hamoen was vociferous with his answer: "Cloning is not breeding, it is not progressive, it is looking backwards not forwards to the future."

Following this fantastic evening, more than 200 breeding devotees made their way to Harthill Stud for a morning workshop headed by Nina, Paul and Arie, hosted by commentator Ed Holloway, who had also done a great job the previous evening, and supported by Oliver and William Whitaker rider of the stallion Arkol, owned by the stud.

Elite Sport Horse Seminar

A fascinating morning included a parade of the Harthill Stud stallions, Ramiro B, Power Blade, and Utah Van Erpekon, standing at the stud this season.

Different examples of broodmares and youngstock including yearlings through to four-year-olds were discussed by the expert panel before Oliver and William explained what they look for in future top horses and showed their talent over a course of fences riding horses including Cooley SRS and Arkol.

For more information contact Harthill Stud on 01829 720775 or visit www.harthillstud.com

Pumpkin's in Fine Form this Spring

Pumpkin's in Fine Form this Spring

With his glossy coat and extra muscle tone and condition, Pokeys Bally Milo is all set and ready for the season ahead.

But just a few months ago it was a very different story for the handsome bay gelding Pumpkin, as he is known at home

Now 13-years-old, Pumpkin was prone to losing condition, struggled with muscle tone and generally gave the impression he was not not enjoying life.

Having met TopSpec Equine Advisor, Nic Read, at her local feed merchants, owner Katya Visser decided to change his diet to include TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes and he has never looked back.

Together with the help of her trainer Jane Whitton, Katya has put in many hours of work to transform Pumpkin from a sorry looking state to a picture of health with a spring to his step.

Said Katya: "This is for certain the best Pumpkin has looked in years, as he is at last gaining condition and muscle tone whilst also having a great shine to him.

"As a young horse he was very successful winning a lot of young event horse classes and rapidly rising up the ranks in the world of dressage.

"Unfortunately he had a bad fall going cross-country and it was after this that he went downhill, losing a lot of weight, becoming covered in sarcoids and showing obvious signs he had ulcers.

"Just getting near him was difficult and grooming him was almost impossible with the result that he was turned away in a field in the hope he would feel happier and start to recover.

"I was very fortunate to be gifted Pumpkin in the hope I could do something to help his condition and general wellbeing.

Pumpkin's in Fine Form this Spring

"It has been a slow process but the handling has improved enormously and once that started to progress I was keen to see if we could get more condition and topline on him.

"Thanks to the UlsaKind Cubes we saw some improvement in just a week and have now added TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer to his daily feed regime.

"I am so pleased with the results and am now planning to compete him in 1.15m classes now that he looks so well and is back on form, enjoying life to the full."

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Held at Viewpoint Stables in Surrey on June 22 – July 17 2015, the course is open to all official Level 3 graduates looking to achieve Level 4.

Previously known as 'Fast Track', this is a course in independence, teaching you how to plan and take charge of your own horsemanship progress and achievements.

It is designed specifically for confident Level 3 or above students who want to accelerate achievement of Level 4 and who may have professional goals in the Parelli community.

If you want to become a Parelli Professional, this is a graded course, and your final score will be considered part of your application to the Parelli Professionals Instructor Course and/or Extern Program.

The Parelli Foundation of Horsemanship course is priced at £3,795.00 or if you book early you can receive the red hot early bird price £2,995.00. There is also the Flexpay option.

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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

Alltech Sponsors Abandoned Horse, Barry

Alltech Sponsors Abandoned Horse, Barry

Alltech continuing their support of World Horse Welfare by supporting the rehabilitation of an abandoned horse called Barry.

The Thoroughbred tri-coloured stallion was found in a terrible state of neglect and was signed over to the care of World Horse Welfare when nobody came forward to claim ownership.

Eight-year-old Barry, who is named after Barry Johnson, the Chairman of World Horse Welfare, is believed to have been left unattended in a field for some time, and was rescued in late February. He was emaciated, weak with bald patches on his skin, had a high worm count and his feet desperately needed trimming.

After a winter of neglect, Barry was understandably very depressed.

Alltech will provide financial support for Barry for one year to cover the cost of his rehabilitation, as well as provide a wardrobe of warm rugs, saddlecloth, headcollar and grooming kit, all the things that most horses and ponies take for granted.

Throughout the year Alltech will follow Barry's progress, highlighting the work that equine charities such as World Horse Welfare do to turn neglected and abandoned horses and ponies, like Barry, into super animals that go on to be re-homed and much loved.

The demand on equine charities is ever increasing, with World Horse Welfare's intake having risen by more than 80% above average in 2013 and 43% in 2014, placing a huge drain on resources.

The complete rehabilitation and specialist care of a horse such as Barry takes time and patience; this includes veterinary care, restorative nutrition, physiotherapy, remedial farriery and ground schooling, all of which are vital to getting the horse well and giving them the best chance of being rehomed.

Further essential costs associated with the progression to rehoming are vaccinations, microchip and a passport, and then there is the upkeep of facilities and staff costs.

The re-homing scheme is crucial, to free up valuable space in their centres for the non-stop stream of new cases.

Alltech can't wait to see the transformation of Barry and with a little tender, loving care from his assigned World Horse Welfare groom, Mandy Davidson, his future looks bright.

The Lifeforce Range of all-natural, daily digestive aid supplements from Alltech is designed to benefit horses at every stage of life, from breeding stock to pleasure and performance animals

For further information visit www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk or telephone 01780 764512

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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Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Congratulations

Tim Stockdale

Tim Stockdale
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Tim Stockdale Named British Showjumping National Championships Ambassador 2015

The British Showjumping National Championships have announced that international showjumper, Tim Stockdale, will be the Shows ambassador for 2015.

Throughout his impressive career, spanning over 30 years, Tim has been an integral part of the showjumping community. During this time he has demonstrated his dedication to the profile and development of showjumping by working with various media channels to raise awareness and encourage new members to partake in the sport.

Tim's role as ambassador will involve not only a ceremonial title but will also entail active engagement with the show organisers. Tim has already visited the host venue, the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, to view the facilities and give feedback on the plans for the Championships.

Tim says "I am excited to be involved with the British Showjumping National Championships and to be selected as the ambassador. I am looking forward to attending the event in August and believe it will be a great showcase for the sport."

Helena Pettit, managing director of Grandstand Media Ltd. says "We are very excited to have Tim Stockdale as the ambassador for the British Showjumping National Championships. Tim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the sport and we are thrilled to be working with him on this prestigious Show."

This news comes after the unveiling of the new platforms for the British Showjumping National Championships. The Show has a new look, venue, website and social media platforms. With the addition of the Stoneleigh Horse Show the event is shaping up to make an impressive debut in its first year at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park.

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Mon 30 March, 2015

Horse and Country

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8:00pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Maverick is a pasture raised young horse, he bucks like a rodeo horse. With Monty's gentle techniques, Maverick accepts his first rider in under 30 minutes. (S6, Ep 2/12)

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Shire Horses Jenny heads to Linconshire for the world's largest gathering of Shire horses at the Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe. (S4, Ep 3/12)

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9:00pm Yard Talk: Phillip Miller H&C get an exclusive look around the yard of showjumper and the 2013 Hickstead Derby winner Phillip Miller and meet his team of horses. (S2, Ep 10/10)

9:30pm H&C Masterclass: Phillip Miller Top showjumper Phillip Miller takes us through some of the techniques used to teach a young horse how to jump and shows how to introduce them to jumping fillers. (S2, Ep 10/10)

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10:00pm At Home with Carl Hester The series opener takes us into the world of Carl Hester's famous dressage yard. We meet the horses and the people who look after, train and ride them. (S1, Ep 1/5)

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10:30pm At Home with Carl Hester Carl Hester is a renowned trainer of dressage horses. Carl explains how he treats each horse as an individual and reveals the philosophy behind his training methods. (S1, Ep 2/5)

11:00pm SJI Premier Series 2014 The Horseware/TRM Premier Grand Prix Series at Coilog Equestrian Center with riders competing to take home the prize money but also the league title. (S2, Ep 8/ 8)

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Tues 31 March, 2015

Horse and Country

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7:30pm H&C Masterclass: Robert Walker Top showing producer Robert Walker shows how to ride a successful show on grass and gives turnout tips. (S2, Ep 3/10)

8:00pm Parelli: Amazing Grace Pat Parelli helps problem horse Amazing Grace through Natural Horsemanship methods. (S2, Ep 1/7)

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S2, Ep 2/12)

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9:00pm An Evening with Carl and Charlotte Dressage superstars Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE take to the stage with H&C's Jenny Rudall in front of a sold out audience to talk about their winning partnership. (S1, Ep 1/1)

10:00pm 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. (S1, Ep 3/5)

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10:30pm At Home with Carl Hester At Carl's a whole host of specialists are on hand to help. From horse dentist, to physiotherapist, nutritionist, saddle maker and farrier, we meet the characters that make yard life tick. (S1, Ep 4/5)

11:00pm Chris Cox UK Tour Internationally renowned horse trainer, Chris Cox, comes to the UK to hold a Masterclass for the first time there. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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Wed 1 April, 2015

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8:00pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Watch Monty work with Wallace the mule. See how smart and willing Wallace is to be a partner with Monty. Join-Up works on mules as well as horses. (S6, Ep 3/12)

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Shire Horses Jenny heads to Linconshire for the world's largest gathering of Shire horses at the Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe. (S4, Ep 3/12)

Tv

9:00pm FEI World Cup Dressage: Review Catch all the action from this year's FEI World Cup Dressage: Review. (S5, Ep 10/11)

10:00pm At Home with Carl Hester In this final show of the series we follow the team to competition and spend time with Carl as he finalises preparations for the World Equestrian Games. (S1, Ep 5/5)

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10:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S2, Ep 2/12)

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11:00pm Animal Rescue Working for the Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a difficult, dangerous and stressful job. This programme follows inspectors from Galway, Kerry and Dublin. (S1, Ep 1/11)

11:30pm Animal Rescue In this episode we follow inspectors as they help an injured pup on a busy main road, a pigeon that received a 38,000 volt shock and we visit Europe's oldest horse fair in Ballinasloe. (S1, Ep 2/11)

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Thurs 2 April, 2015

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7:00pm H&C Masterclass: Sam Griffiths Badminton winner Sam Griffiths gives a cross-country masterclass on introducing a young horse to banks and water jumps. (S2, Ep 4/10)

7:30pm H&C Masterclass: Sophie Wells Paralympic, World & European Gold Medallist Sophie Wells shows how to use leg yielding within your flatwork training. (S2, Ep 2/10)

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8:00pm Around the Dog World See the highlights unfold as the best of the dog world compete in Crufts 2015 from the breed and group rings; as the Pawscars awards ceremony celebrates the variety of dogdom. (S2, Ep 4/12)

9:00pm Argentine Open Polo 2014 Action from the second Semi Final of the 2014 Palermo Argentine Open Polo Championships HSBC as Ellerstina take on Alegria. (S5, Ep 9/10)

10:00pm An Evening with Carl and Charlotte Dressage superstars Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE take to the stage with H&C's Jenny Rudall in front of a sold out audience to talk about their winning partnership. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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11:00pm Animal Rescue We follow inspectors as they find a sick dog living a lonely life on an abandoned Galway farm, and a puppy trapped in the boot of a car. (S1, Ep 3/11)

11:30pm Animal Rescue The Dublin SPCA tackle a run-down house full of wild cats, some horses living in terrible conditions and in Galway an inspector rescues a dog who has been abandoned. (S1, Ep 4/11)

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Fri 3 April, 2015

Horse and Country

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8:00pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › In this episode we meet a horse called Beau who is scared of motorbikes, see how Monty can help Beau face his fear. (S5, Ep 1/11)

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S2, Ep 2/12)

9:00pm Living the Wildlife Colin meets artist Richard Ward, who has been disturbed constantly by noises in his attic the last three summers. Can they find out what is causing the noise? (S5, Ep 1/6)

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9:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Shire Horses Jenny heads to Linconshire for the world's largest gathering of Shire horses at the Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe. (S4, Ep 3/12)

10:00pm Top Marks: Kelly's Angels Kelly Marks catches up with her team of former students and meets the horses and owners that they are helping. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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11:00pm Animal Rescue We follow the work of animal welfare inspectors in Dublin, Kerry and Galway as they travel the towns and counties investigating cases of cruelty and rescuing sick or injured animals. (S1, Ep 5/11)

11:30pm Animal Rescue Dublin SPCA Inspector Tony helps a horse trapped in a cattle grid. Also, in Ballybunion, husband and wife team Harry & Anne McDaid find Europe's deadliest reptile on a building site. (S1, Ep 6/11)

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Sat 4 April, 2015

Horse and Country

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8:00pm Chris Cox Horsemanship Banned From Race Track Part 1. Chris Cox helps an owner with her troubled race horse. (S4, Ep 1/14)

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Shire Horses Jenny heads to Linconshire for the world's largest gathering of Shire horses at the Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe. (S4, Ep 3/12)

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9:00pm Badminton 2014: Dressage The first phase of the historic Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is the Dressage, where the sport's elite showcase their harmony, natural ability and willingness to perform. (S1, Ep 1/1)

10:00pm Badminton 2014: Showjumping The third and final phase, the Show Jumping. One arena, one round, a clear essential, who will be crowned Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Champion 2014? (S1, Ep1/1)

10:30pm Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2014 The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad SUI will host the best polo players in the world. 4 teams will battle at one of the most prestigious events on the International Polo calendar. (S1, Ep 1/1)

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11:00pm Animal Rescue Inspector Robbie Kenny faces a showdown over a horse in a back garden while Tony removes a stray snake from a family's kitchen. (S1, Ep 7/11)

11:30pm Animal Rescue Dublin SPCA Inspector Robbie Kenny responds to a call from a concerned motorist who notices a puppy and its mother living on the edge of the busy Naas dual carriageway. (S1, Ep 8/11)

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Sun 5 April, 2015

Horse and Country

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8:00pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Abra is a beautiful warmblood filly having her first saddle and rider. Watch her learn to accept her first lesson and develop trust with Monty. (S5, Ep 2/11)

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (S2, Ep 2/12)

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9:00pm Living the Wildlife Colin goes on the hunt for a family of kestrels in Connemara. He meets Emma Sheehy, who is investigating the impact of the pine marten on Grey squirrel populations in Irish woodlands. (S5, Ep 2/6)

9:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: Shire Horses Jenny heads to Linconshire for the world's largest gathering of Shire horses at the Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe. (S4, Ep 3/12)

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10:00pm Vale View Eventing Final 2014 Catch all the action from the Vale View Arena Eventing Finals with classes from Intro to Advanced, with international event riders Angus Smales & Spencer Sturmey. (S1, Ep 1/1)

11:00pm Animal Rescue We follow animal welfare inspectors in Dublin, Kerry, Galway and Cork as they travel the highways of Ireland investigating cases of animal cruelty and rescuing sick or injured animals. (S1, Ep 9/11)

11:30pm Animal Rescue We follow animal welfare inspectors in Dublin, Kerry, Galway and Cork as they travel the highways of Ireland investigating cases of animal cruelty and rescuing sick or injured animals. (S1, Ep 10/11)

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