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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

Search for "large horse transportation vehicle" after motorcyclist killed in road crash

Search for "large horse transportation vehicle" after motorcyclist killed in road crash

A 51-year-old motorcyclist has died after colliding with a crash barrier.

The man, who was from Surrey and travelling with another biker, suffered fatal injuries in the collision in Wrotham Hill, near Brands Hatch, Kent.

Paramedics treated him for about 45 minutes after the crash but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kent Police have urged anyone who saw the Honda 1000cc on the A20 at about 15:45 BST on Thursday to contact them.

A spokesman added: "Investigators are particularly trying to trace the occupants of a large horse transportation vehicle being driven along the road at that time, who may have been overtaken by two motorcycles prior to the collision."

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

Sheikh Mohammed closes
Highfields stable in Newmarket

Sheikh Mohammed closes Highfields stable in Newmarket Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing operation have closed down one of their smaller Newmarket stables. Their two major bases, where Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby train, remain in the town.

Godolphin said "a relatively small number of staff" have lost jobs with the closure of Highfields Stable.

No reason has been given for the closure of the stable, which housed up to 50 horses who will be relocated around the organisation's other bases. Godolphin have been undergoing a restructure following last year's doping scandal which saw trainer Mahmood al Zarooni banned for eight years.

There were fears at the time that the sheikh might scale back his operation following the controversy. But the two main Newmarket stables, which have a total of around 400 horses, continue to operate although they are yet to register a Group One win at the highest level in Europe so far this season.

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 59

It is now 59 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

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

"We're backing Maureen"

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Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

Waiting for more Gold Medals!

Waiting!

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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WEG 2014

Another Gold for Charlottee and Valegro

Another Gold for Charlottee and Valegro

Another day and another medal for Great Britain's dancing duo. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, owned by Roly Luard and Carl Hester, added a second gold to their name - and the third medal of their Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games debut.

Together they produced spectacular work, especially in the trot, transitions and pirouettes, to earn high marks across the board from the judges. Their massive score of 92.161% lit up the scoreboard, much to the delight of the crowd. Winning today's Freestyle completes the set, meaning the talented duo can now add the title of World Champions to their already impressive resume, alongside their Olympic and European titles.

After her test a delighted Charlotte commented; "It's my third time riding that test so it's still very new, so to do what I've done with it is fantastic. He just felt brilliant; I'm very pleased and absolutely over the moon.

"It's just absolutely incredible. After London I didn't think it could get much better, but to go to the Europeans and come away with two golds and now to come away with another two golds and a team silver I just couldn't have asked for any more. I just go out there and have fun, I don't really think about the pressure. Riding a horse like Valegro gives you so much confidence I just go in there and do my best and that's all I can do."

When asked later about Carl, she said; "He's the best trainer in the world. What he's done for me and the opportunities he's given me, I couldn't have asked for any more."

GBR's Carl Hester and Michael Eilberg also took the arena by storm today, with stand-out performances by both riders and their WEG debutants.

Michael Eilberg with Jon and Julie Deverill's talented grey mare Half Moon Delphi rode a beautiful test to finish eighth with 79.696% after some impressive displays of passage and piaffe to their Spanish inspired music scored the combination high marks.

"That was a good way to end. I rode in there today and the stadium was packed, you really feel it, I was just hoping she'd maintain her concentration and show some of the work I know she's capable of.

"The mare's been on super form, which is why I was hoping this competition would be a good one for me; it's why I was so disappointed with the Grand Prix result. In the Grand Prix, it was just one of those tests; going back in for the Special and getting that feeling, I felt a lot more positive."

Carl rode a lovely test with the ever impressive Nip Tuck, owned by Jane De La Mare, to a personal best with 76.589%, in only his third Freestyle.

Commenting afterwards he said, "He's been absolutely superb. He has exceeded mine, the owners, all our expectations; he's just been a complete and utter genius this week. How he's managed to cope, how he's managed to take in the noise and the atmosphere has been amazing.

"Richard Waygood, our Chef said to me 'when you rode in, it was like being at a football match' [the noise from the crowd], it really does feel like that, the wall of sound is deafening and there were so many Union flags everywhere you looked."

The silver medal went to Germany's Helen Langehanenberg (Damon Hill), with the bronze going to Adelinde Cornelissen (Jerich Parzival N.O.P).

For full results visit: www.normandy2014.com

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

WEG2014

Hat-trick of Golds for Lee

Hat-trick of Golds for Lee

The 'god father' of dressage put together a heavenly performance to claim his hat-trick of Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold medals in the Grade Ib. It's a title Lee Pearson has reluctantly accepted this week but with 22 championship gold medals over a 15 year career, it's an appropriate one.

Britain's Ricky Balshaw kicked the Grade Ib off with the Lady Joseph Trust's LJT Enggaards Solitaire and they had a great ride to score 71.6% to a lively music set.

A happy Ricky said; "It was better than the others days. I really enjoy the freestyle, I love the music and with the results I've had over the last couple of days there was everything to gain. It was a lot, lot better today and I really enjoyed the ride. The championship day I really had to chase for every step; today he offered it a lot more and the reaction was a lot more what I wanted than backward and tired."

As the competition end neared, the two main rivals remained. London 2012 Paralympic Grade 1a Freestyle champion Pepo Puch from Austria was first and he once again was stunning with his Fabriano-sired mare Fine Feeling S to score 78%.

Then it was Lee's turn. Riding his own Zion, he proved that he's back on top with a masterful freestyle display to music including Superman, Mission Impossible, We are the Champions and Fame which he had done for the 2007 World Championships. Lee upped the technicality to match his music choice and wowed the crowds (which included a 25-strong contingent of family and friends all sporting matching 'Go Lee' shirts) and the judges to be the first, and only, competitor to break the magic barrier with 80.05% and take the gold. This gave him the hat-trick of golds, the first time he's done that since the last World Equestrian Games in 2010.

Hat-trick of Golds for LeeThe Lee Pearson Fan Club in action

Earlier in the day, Natasha Baker got our day of dancing underway at La Prairie in the Grade II Freestyle with Phil & Lorraine Baker and Christian Landolt's Cabral. They were hoping to bounce back from yesterday's defeat but 'JP' hadn't forgotten the dragons at the C end of the arena which completely put him off his stride. From the first halt it was clear that he wasn't going to settle and Natasha did her best to keep things on track, cleverly managing to weave her compulsory movements in. Some of the walk was great, boosted by a perfect choice of music but the damage had been done. 66.55% was the final mark which left them out of the medals. Gold went to the rising star of Grade II, Rixt van der Horse of the Netherlands who has won many new fans this week with her Gribaldi-sired Uniek.

Far from the tearful Natasha yesterday who was clearly frustrated by the disappointment, today she saw the funny side; "To be honest I just don't know what to say; it's just not been my competition really but that's horses for you! I knew as soon as I got into the first halt he saw people walking past, I was in trouble as much of the test goes towards that corner where he was scared. One of those things but happy I managed to get in my compulsories (movements); it really was freestyle! Inside, I just had to laugh as I knew that was my lot. I'll live to fight another day – bring on Canada!"

In the Grade Ia, Sophie Christiansen had a clear mission to the day…complete her hat trick of Paralympic, European and World titles and in doing so retain her triple World Champion status. The day was made even more poignant in that it was the final championship under the watchful eye of trainer and mentor Clive Milkins. With her own Janeiro 6, she elected to ride to her London music which was a popular choice. Italy's Sara Morganti set the standard with 78.80% and Sophie entered the arena full of purpose. She and 'Rio' executed her well known programme with great expertise for a fabulous 77.550% to leave her just short of her mission aim but gave her a great silver medal.

Sophie commented; "I went in there wanting to enjoy it; I just love that music. I did start crying afterwards because it's my last test with Clive (Milkins). I think it's just all coming out now! I'm fine but I'd obviously liked to have got gold for him but I couldn't have done anymore. I'm really happy that there are others coming through in (grade) Ia as it's good for the sport. I'm just a bit emotional; I'm actually content with silver. Reflection is my worst and best trait!"

The final class of the day was the Grade IV and Sophie Wells was hungry for revenge with her own Flemmingh sired- Valerius. Her rival Michele George set the level at 78.65% and Sophie, last to go, entered the arena as if she owned it, determined to put on a show for the final day. A technical programme to music she had made for 'Reece' if he was called up for London which suited him to tee. Many in the crowd felt that she had done enough but a mark of 78.05% left her agonisingly short for silver.

A deflated Sophie commented; "I'm really pleased with how the test went to be honest. I rode every step and couldn't do anymore. When there is seven or eight percent difference in the scores the judges are maybe looking at different things and it's difficult to come away with anything. I'm pleased with his performance; there was a mistake at the end of my medium canter but I really thought the rest was good enough."

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Nadine Tull

Nadine TullNadine Tull was a wonderful teacher. She loved her students and she loved horses.

Ms. Tull first met a team of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses at a program in Ocala, Florida seven years ago and dreamed of someday bringing the tiny horses to her school.

Two years ago Ms. Tull started writing and calling Gentle Carousel and talked to the volunteers about her dream. ...... read more

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WEG 2014

Five para riders land eight Golds

Five para riders land eight Golds

Britain's five para riders end their Caen journey with a total medal tally of eight; four gold and four silver. The main objective was to qualify for Rio which was achieved convincingly and there were mixed emotions in the individual performances and many lessons learnt.

Medals: 8 medals; 4 gold, 4 silver Team Gold (Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells) Individual Gold (1b) (Lee Pearson)~ Individual Freestyle Gold (1b) (Lee Pearson) Individual Silver (IV) (Sophie Wells) Individual Freestyle Silver (IV) (Sophie Wells) Individual Silver (II) (Natasha Baker) Individual Gold (Ia) (Sophie Christiansen) Individual Silver (1a) (Sophie Christiansen)

For full results visit: www.normandy2014.com

Sophie Christiansen Interview


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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

The All England Jumping Championships bring Hickstead's 2014 season to a close

The All England Jumping Championships bring Hickstead's 2014 season to a close

The Hickstead season reaches its finale next week with the fourth annual All England Jumping Championships (4-7 September).

First introduced in 2011, the All England Jumping Championships have quickly grown to become a favourite fixture in the national calendar, with dozens of classes for amateurs and young horses and heights starting at just 1m.

Hundreds of horses and riders will be in action over four days of national showjumping, from Thursday to Sunday. We are looking forward to welcoming many of this country's top riders, including Derby winners William Funnell and Guy Williams, plus a host of Hickstead's household names: Harriet Nuttall, Robert Whitaker, Shane Breen, Louise Saywell, David McPherson, Angelie Von Essen, James Davenport and those speedy Pavitt sisters, Louise and Nicole.

Ireland's Michael Duffy will be returning to defend his All England Jumping Championships Grand Prix title, the class that is held on the final Sunday afternoon of the show. This year's Equestrian.com Derby winner Trevor Breen also won the All England Grand Prix in 2012 with his top horse Adventure De Kannan. "The All England Jumping Championships have been a great addition to the calendar, especially as it gives horses a chance to gain valuable experience jumping in the International Arena," says Trevor.

Saturday's main event is the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge, the class named in memory of the founder of the All England Jumping Course. Featuring many of Hickstead's famous obstacles set at a smaller height, it is a useful opportunity to put future Derby horses to the test.

It's not just top riders who get to ride through Hickstead's famous archway either, as the finals of each class from 1m upwards are held in the International Arena, with at least thirty combinations in each section qualifying to compete in the main ring.

Admission to the show is entirely free of charge for spectators, so come along and enjoy some sport, and even a little bit of shopping. The ringside Pommery Bar is the social heart of the showground, open for lunch daily and in to the evenings for dinner.

Goldeneye Video & Photography will be live streaming all the action in the International Arena from Friday to Sunday, while Spidge Event Photography will be capturing all the competition from every arena throughout the show.

Full details can be found here.

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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

WEG 2014

Horse death during Endurance competition

Horse death during Endurance competition

A horse and rider suffered a fall during the first loop of the Endurance competition at Sartilly (FRA). Costa Rican rider Claudia Romero Chacon and Dorado (no 50) fell 400 metres before the first check point on the course.

Tragically the horse was fatally injured in the fall. The rider was also injured in the fall, but was conscious when she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The FEI has conducted an immediate investigation into the circumstances of this tragic incident and the investigation shows that the horse struck a tree at the side of the track in a forested area.

The horse sustained a head injury and died instantly. There are no signs that the horse slipped prior to the impact.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

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'Horses can help autistic children'

'Horses can help autistic children'

The father of a boy with autism believes horse riding can ease the dysfunctional symptoms associated with the condition.

Rupert Isaacson says his son began to ride with him and engage with the outside world.

He spoke to BBC News about the experience.

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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

Charlotte Dujardin - World Champion - Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

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

DONKEY SAVED FROM LIFE ON THE TREADMILL.

DONKEY SAVED FROM LIFE ON THE TREADMILL

A donkey has been saved from working all day at an olive oil press 'tourist attraction' thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary who lobbied the authorities against it.

The donkey was used to demonstrate how the historic press worked. It had to walk round and round all day for up to eight hours non-stop without rest or shade. The practice was considered a tourist attraction.

The Donkey Sanctuary's Spanish branch, El Refugio del Burrito stepped in to help.

Rafael Benjumea, from El Refugio del Burrito explains: "We're happy they've agreed to stop the donkey demonstrating the press temporarily but ideally we'd like it to be stopped altogether.

"Some tourists complained to us about it so we wrote to the Town Hall asking for it to be stopped. They've agreed to stop it for now but they do consider it a tourist attraction, just like the 'donkey taxis', so they may want it to carry on in some form. In place of the live donkey, a toy donkey could be used to power the olive press or a number of donkeys on rotation, rather than just the one working all day on its own as was previously the case. The situation is under review and we will do everything we can to make sure the donkeys are properly treated."

The press is located in Mijas, Andalucia, where 'donkey taxis' are also a welfare concern. Halting the donkey demonstration is the latest in a series of donkey welfare improvements brought about in Mijas by El Refugio del Burrito. The charity is giving out free quality leather headcollars to all donkey owners in the town to replace old and ill-fitting kit which may have caused wounds and deformities. The team have also provided free donkey welfare courses to all donkey owners and drawn up a new Code of Conduct for donkey taxis owners.

To find out more about the work of the Donkey Sanctuary, and its work in Spain, visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Elsewhere in Europe, The Donkey Sanctuary is asking tourists to 'Take STEPS' to help working donkeys on the Greek island of Santorini.

Sign the petition here

Charity appeals for help refurbishing rehabilitation facilities

Charity appeals for help refurbishing rehabilitation facilities

A West Country charity is appealing for help in refurbishing facilities used to rehabilitate rescued horses.

HorseWorld in Whitchurch, Bristol rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes up to 100 abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses every year. Founded in 1952, the charity is now responsible for over 140 horses, ponies and donkeys at its Whitchurch site. The work of the charity is made possible by donations, on which HorseWorld is reliant.

"Our rehabilitation barn and turnout area around it is in a bad way" Said Husbandry Manager, Joanne Vaughan. "Many of the horses that are rescued cannot be shut in stables as they are relatively unhandled and will panic. As herd animals, horses also tend to be happier and healthier when kept in groups and allowed to mingle with each other rather than kept individually. The rehab barn is an area where rescued horses can chill out and relax together. Most have come from backgrounds of neglect or mistreatment so need an area where they can choose to come in or go out as they wish and have some time out.

"The barn needs a lot of work. The relentless rain and storms last year took its toll on the old building. Outside the barn is an area that desperately needs concreting which we cannot afford to do. In the winter the fields can get very wet so an all-weather turnout area is a must so they can come off the muddy ground but not be cooped up in stables. This isn't the only area that needs attention though. The farm's fencing was originally all put in around the same time so it has now all seen better days. Replacing fencing, refurbishing agricultural buildings and laying concrete can be an expensive business. With the rescued horses being kept over 180 acres, that's a lot of fencing that needs replacing! It can be hard to raise the funds for things like this but the benefits to the animals are endless."

You can donate to HorseWorld's appeal by texting RESQ52and the amount you would like to donate e.g £3, £5, £10 etc to 70070."

A Just Giving page for the barn refurbishment and fence replacement appeal can be found here

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

WANTED 3,000 horse and pony owners to participate in fight against laminitis

WANTED 3,000 horse and pony owners to participate in fight against laminitis

More than 3,000 horse and pony owners are needed to collaborate on a new web-based research project, named 'CARE (Creating Awareness and Reporting Evidence) about laminitis', that aims to help all horse and pony owners reduce the threat posed by equine laminitis.

The four-year study, being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and generously funded by World Horse Welfare, is being conducted by PhD student, Danica (Dee) Pollard, based at the AHT. It will take a closer look at management factors which may contribute to the development or recurrence of laminitis within the British horse and pony population.

Dee said: "This is an exciting opportunity for equine owners in Britain to actively take part in scientific research and contribute towards a study that seeks to improve the health and welfare of British equines. We need input from as many owners as possible, so please register your animal(s) today. Each and every horse and pony is an eligible candidate and can join the study, regardless of past or present health status." This study builds upon previous research conducted by Dr Claire Wylie, also funded by World Horse Welfare, where factors including rapid weight gain, increasing time since last deworming, box rest in the previous week and new access to grass in the past month were shown to increase the risk of laminitis in horses and ponies. Dr Wylie's study also revealed that other factors such as transport in the previous week and the feeding of supplements were associated with reduced laminitis occurrence.

Collectively, these factors are of particular interest to the new study because they are all modifiable, and can be changed by the owner. Through modifying these contributing factors, it is hoped that horse owners can greatly reduce the significant welfare impact of this debilitating disease.

Benefits for horse owners taking part:

- As collaborators in this study you will:

  • Actively contribute to research aimed at improving the health and welfare of all British horses and ponies
  • Receive access to information and articles relevant to horse health
  • Learn how to accurately estimate and monitor the weight of your horse/pony
  • Have access to monthly records of your horse/pony for future reference
  • Be given the chance to have your horse/pony as the 'Featured Equine' on the website
  • Have the chance to win great prizes from sponsors
  • Feel good about helping researchers better understand the triggers of this debilitating disease

How horse owners can help

Through the dedicated website, Dee Pollard and the 'CARE about laminitis' team aim to recruit more than three thousand horse and pony owners throughout Britain, in order to get a representative sample of the population and allow application of the study results to real-life situations.

Dee explains: "We need owners of any horse or pony, regardless of whether or not they have a history of laminitis, to register their animals and complete a detailed online baseline questionnaire. This will provide general information about their animal, their management and previous and current health."

Sections covered in the initial baseline questionnaire include:

  • General information about your horse/pony
  • Turnout and management of grazing
  • Stabling and indoor environment
  • Feeding
  • Exercise
  • Transport
  • Hoof care Health management and recent health history

Owners will subsequently be asked to review previously submitted information on a monthly basis, documenting any changes to the management routine or health of their animal(s). Owners will also be required to report any episodes of laminitis in their horses/ponies via an online reporting form. Information from the registered cohort of animals will be collected over a two-year period. Capturing changes in the animal's environment as they happen, and the occurrence of laminitis, will create a timeline of events, increasing certainty that exposure to a factor actually contributes to laminitis occurring or not occurring.

Dee states: "It is essential that we gather a large amount of data on individuals that will and will not develop laminitis, so that we can compare the two groups and establish whether the laminitic animals were more or less likely to be exposed to certain factors when compared to those that never developed the disease."

Dr Kristien Verheyen, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology at the RVC and a member of the 'CARE about laminitis' study team, adds:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for horse and pony owners to be at the forefront of equine research and actively contribute to a collective 'team effort' to reduce the serious welfare consequences that laminitis has on our animals. Our previous laminitis studies have highlighted some novel factors that seem to be associated with the disease and it is crucial that we now build on these findings so that we can provide firm recommendations for management strategies to reduce the risk of laminitis in any horse or pony."

The main aims of this study are to:

  • Estimate the frequency of owner-reported laminitis, including both horses that are diagnosed by a vet and those that aren't – thus we will know the impact this disease has on our animals
  • Further investigate factors which increase or decrease the risk of an animal developing laminitis, especially focusing on factors relating to management that can potentially be changed by owners
  • Provide owners with evidence-based guidelines that will reduce the impact of laminitis nationwide

Currently the veterinary-reported frequency of laminitis in Britain, estimated between 2009 and 2011, shows that active episodes of veterinary-diagnosed laminitis occurred in nearly 1 in 200 horses/ponies registered with veterinary practices, and accounted for nearly 1 in 200 equine visits.

"However an overall lack of studies into the frequency of laminitis leaves little to compare these estimates with," explains Dee.

Roly Owers, Chief Executive at World Horse Welfare, said: "Laminitis is a devastating disease of equines that causes massive welfare issues all year round. This is why World Horse Welfare is continuing to invest in vital research to better our understanding of the contributing factors to laminitis and the recurrence of clinical signs. To do this we need the help of horse owners through contributing to online diaries and logging their individual horse management practices and recording any change – this will help identify what does or does not contribute to the development or recurrence of laminitis.

He continues: "Laminitis is a very complex disease and it will take a herculean team effort to help tackle it. That is why we are asking all horse owners to jump on board with World Horse Welfare, the Animal Health Trust and the RVC to participate in this fight against laminitis. The time you devote to this study could have profound benefits not only for your own horses but for horses everywhere."

Make sure you register to take part in the 'CARE about laminitis' research project and help to make a real difference. You can also email danica.pollard@aht.org.uk for more information, or visit the dedicated website.

Happy-go-lucky Ben
Heading for Your Horse Live.

Happy-go-lucky Ben Heading for Your Horse Live

Your Horse Live is pleased to welcome international event rider Ben Hobday to share his training tips and advice in the Nettex Arena!

Ben is one of eventing's bright talents achieving great results at some of the world's best four-star events.

A former member of the Lancashire Holcombe Hunt Pony Club, Ben began his career as a working pupil for Cheshire-based event rider Hannah Bate before going on to work for William Funnell. It was here that Ben gained expert eventing knowledge from William's wife, Pippa.

Ben is very excited about his Your Horse Live debut and hopes to bring his special mare, It's Just Jazz, to join in the fun.

He's also looking forward to seeing Carl Hester's demonstration in the Main Arena as he admits dressage is his weakest phase, so he's hoping to pick up some tips from the master, who he describes as 'pretty inspiring'.

Ben's happy-go-lucky personality is sure to entertain the crowds and bring the fun factor to the Nettex Arena at Your Horse Live!

Your Horse Live takes place at Stoneleigh Park on 8 and 9 November.

For more information on Your Horse Live 2014 or to purchase your tickets visit www.yourhorselive.co.uk or telephone 0844 5810770.

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Paul Bittar to leave BHA in early 2015

Paul Bittar to leave BHA in early 2015

Paul Bittar, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), is to leave the organisation in early 2015 following a successful three years in the role. Appointed to head British Racing's governing and regulatory body in September 2011 following an extensive search, Paul was previously Chief Strategy Officer at Racing Victoria, and before that Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

He will be closely involved in the appointment of his successor, the process for which is now underway, with an announcement due in the autumn. Paul Bittar's tenure as Chief Executive has been marked by an improvement in the sport's financial position, the re-establishment of BHA's leadership role within British

Racing in both regulatory and strategic matters, and the development of closer working relationships between stakeholders across the sport. A five-year commercial funding agreement worth £40m between British Racing and Betfair, the reaching of a four-year Levy arrangement with the big four retail bookmakers, including additional voluntary contributions, and the establishment of Prize Money Agreements have brought an uplift and stability to the sport's central finances and returns to participants.

With cross-party support Government also amended the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act in March 2014 to provide for enforceable Levy contributions from all remote operators in the British market and is set to consult later this summer on long-term options to fundamentally reform or replace the Levy. Also underway, as recently announced, BHA in conjunction with its shareholders is making a number of changes to its Board and way of working, developing clearer consultation mechanisms and tripartite structures between BHA, racecourses and horsemen.

Paul Bittar, Chief Executive of BHA, commented:

"I am proud of what BHA has achieved in the past few years and it will be with some sadness that I will leave early next year. "Despite its obvious challenges and complexity of structures, British Racing is a world class sport to be involved in and it has been a privilege to have held the post of Chief Executive of BHA as well as lead such a committed team. I love the quality and diversity of the racing staged in this country, I'll never tire of it and nowhere else can rival it in that regard. "There are many areas in which we have made significant progress.

The opening weeks brought the challenge of resolving the dispute over the whip rules, followed by a difficult Grand National. It is encouraging and satisfying that the collaborative approach adopted by BHA with the relevant parts of the industry, and the subsequent steps taken, mean that neither topic has since generated the levels of negative coverage that can impact on the sport's well-earned and good reputation. "We've consciously sought, and have seen, a fundamental change for the better with regard to our relationship with the betting industry, while our strategy of engagement with Government over the funding of British Racing has also started to pay dividends.

"Our primary role is the regulation of the sport, so arguably the greatest challenge the sport faced during this period followed the positive tests for anabolic steroids in horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni. The gravity of the case warranted swift and decisive action, and in years to come it may well be seen as the catalyst which led to a material change in how Racing around the world deals with the threat posed by the use of anabolic steroids. On this matter BHA has adopted, and I am sure it will maintain, a key leadership role in raising standards and seeking robust and rigorous international minimum standards.

"The outlook for British Racing is significantly more positive now than it was at the close of 2011 and I firmly believe that the reputation of BHA has also improved. We have created a platform from which the sport can really grow and thrive. "I'm focused on supporting Steve and the Board in ensuring that we achieve a lot before I finish.

The back half of 2014 sees finalising of the 2015 Fixture List, Government consultations on the offshore Levy and Levy reform, finalising of more formal and collaborative structures with our shareholders, and the next stages of the industry's growth strategy to name a few. I look forward to continuing to work effectively with the Executive, Board and Shareholders on these subjects over my final six months."

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Choose the best brands for your horse T.E.N.

Choose the best brands for your horse T.E.N.

Supplements has launched a new online health test tool to help horse owners compare a selection of leading supplement brands.

The aim is to make it quick and easy for owners to choose a brand that they can trust, to help their horses be the best they can be.

The horse supplements market can be confusing, even for the knowledgeable horse owner because there are so many to choose from and so many claims made in terms of health and behavior benefits. T.E.N.'s intention is to raise the standards of the supplements market for the better health of horses.

The T.E.N. Horse Supplements Health Test has been designed to help horse owners identify the key things to look out for when deciding which supplement to buy. Rachel Austin, T.E.N. marketing and e-commerce manager, explains: "To choose the right supplement with confidence you need to know exactly what goes into the product formulation. Other brands may not be completely open and clear about exactly what's in them. The T.E.N. Horse Health Test should make it much easier to make the best supplement choices for your horse."

Since its launch last year T.E.N has always been on a mission to make it easy for horse owners to learn about all the ingredients in their specially targeted formulations. The brand prides itself on being open and clear about the exact levels of active ingredients in every product and is approved by BETA NOPS. T.E.N. has always been open about efficacy and is supported by a world-leading scientific authority on petcare and equine nutrition – the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.

Rachel concludes: "T.E.N. ticks all the boxes because we put your horse at our heart. Take the T.E.N. Horse Supplements Health test and find out for yourself."

Those who complete the survey will be eligible for 20% discount on their next T.E.N. purchase - visit TEN Health Test Tool to participate.

Visit www.tensupplements.co.uk or call T.E.N. on 01908 311010, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to find out more.

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Mon 1 September, 2014

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5:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty A Question Justice. A young boy is fleeing from the law for stealing food from Frank Cotes' farm but his escape is brought to an abrupt and painful halt. (S1, Ep 10/26)

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 8/14)

7:00pm Your Horse ESUK Champs 2014 Highlights from the 2014 Your Horse ESUK Unaffiliated Championships with Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes.

Tv

8:00pm Backstage Pass with Monty Roberts › Harry won't stand still to Mount, watch Monty teach Harry that standing still is a good thing. Harry is a big warm blood with high energy, he is remedial having a bad past.

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: GCT London Jenny travels to the heart of London, to go behind the scenes at the Global Champions Tour where the world's best showjumpers are set to compete.

Tv

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 8/14)

Tv

10:00pm Blair Castle Horse Trials 2014 In the year before Blair hosts the FEI European Eventing Championships, all eyes will rest upon the Castle set in the stunning Cairngorm Mountains of north Scotland.

11:00pm CHIO Aachen 2014 The world's top class equine combinations gather at Soers in northern Aachen, Germany, to compete in 5 respective disciplines - showjumping, dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting.

Tv

Tues 2 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

7:00pm Rudall's Round-Up: GCT London Jenny travels to the heart of London, to go behind the scenes at the Global Champions Tour where the world's best showjumpers are set to compete.

7:30pm Yard Talk: Robert Walker Top showing rider and producer Robert Walker introduces the hunters, hacks and cobs that live on his Cheshire yard, and talks about his return to top-level competition after a life-threatening illness

8:00pm H&C Masterclass: Robert Walker Top showing producer Robert Walker shows how to ride a successful show on grass and gives turnout tips.

Tv

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities, lifestyle and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (Ep4)

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 8/14)

Tv

10:00pm Your Horse ESUK Champs 2014 Highlights from the 2014 Your Horse ESUK Unaffiliated Championships with Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes.

11:00pm Inside the Spanish Riding School The Spanish Riding School of Vienna have dazzled audiences worldwide for centuries and now H&C TV's Sara Silfverberg gets an exclusive look behind the scenes at their tour in Malmö, Sweden.

Tv

Wed 3 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

5:30pm The New Adventures of Black Beauty Horse Sense. Vicky heads up to the city with Dr Gordon to take an exam at the correspondence school. Whilst she is away, Manfred has been entrusted to do Vicky's mail route. (S1, Ep 12/26)

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 9/14)

Tv

7:00pm FEI WEG Team Dressage All the Team Dressage Grand Prix highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

8:00pm Blair Castle Horse Trials 2014 In the year before Blair hosts the FEI European Eventing Championships, all eyes will rest upon the Castle set in the stunning Cairngorm Mountains of north Scotland.

Tv

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 9/14)

Tv

10:00pm Around the Dog World At the National Working & Pastoral Breeds find out more about the two groups including St Bernards, Samoyeds and Boxers. Watch both groups and Best in Show and hear exclusively from the winners.

11:00pm SJI Premier Series 2014 Aimee McClenahan presents the Horseware/TRM Premier Grand Prix Series at the Omagh Show where some of the best Showjumpers in Ireland will contend to take home the prize fund. (Ep 3/ 8)

Tv

Thurs 4 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 10/14)

7:00pm FEI WEG Dressage (GPS) All the Dressage Grand Prix Special highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

Tv

8:00pm Showjumping at New Forest & Hants British Showjumping bring you action from the International Stairway held at the New Forest & Hampshire County Show

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities, lifestyle and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (Ep4)

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 10/14)

Tv

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.

11:00pm SJI Premier Series 2014 Aimee McClenahan attends the Cork Summer Show for the fourth leg of the Horseware/TRM Premier Grand Prix Series to some of the best Showjumpers in Ireland competing in the competition. (Ep 4/ 8)

Tv

Fri 5 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 11/14)

7:00pm FEI WEG Dressage (FS) All the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

8:00pm FEI WEG Endurance All the Endurance highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

Tv

8:30pm Rudall's Round-Up: GCT London Jenny travels to the heart of London, to go behind the scenes at the Global Champions Tour where the world's best showjumpers are set to compete.

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 11/14)

Tv

10:00pm Vet Essentials Jenny Rudall explores laminitis with the help of top vets, bringing you tips and advice on how to manage and avoid this painful condition. (Ep 1/3)

11:00pm Around the Dog World At the National Working & Pastoral Breeds find out more about the two groups including St Bernards, Samoyeds and Boxers. Watch both groups and Best in Show and hear exclusively from the winners.

Tv

Sat 6 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 12/14)

7:00pm FEI WEG Eventing All the Eventing highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

Tv

8:00pm FEI WEG Reining All the Reining highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

8:30pm FEI Equestrian World Go behind the scenes of all the major FEI championships and series to get the personalities, lifestyle and news. This FEI series will open the door to equestrian stories from across the globe. (Ep4)

Tv

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 12/14)

10:00pm Vet Essentials Jenny Rudall explores equine Cushing's or PPID, with tips and advice from top vets on how to manage the condition and keep your horse in good health. (Ep 2/3)

11:00pm Blair Castle Horse Trials 2014 In the year before Blair hosts the FEI European Eventing Championships, all eyes will rest upon the Castle set in the stunning Cairngorm Mountains of north Scotland.

Tv

Sun 7 September, 2014

Horse and Country

Tv

6:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 13/14)

7:00pm FEI WEG Para-Dressage All the Para - Dressage highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

Tv

7:30pm FEI WEG Endurance All the Endurance highlights from the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.

8:00pm SJI Premier Series 2014 Aimee McClenahan presents the Horseware/TRM Premier Grand Prix Series at National Balmoral where some of the best Showjumpers in Ireland will contend with one another to win the prize fund. (Ep 5/ 8)

9:00pm WEG Daily Review A look back at highlights from the previous day's action at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. (Ep 13/14)

Tv

10:00pm Vet Essentials Jenny Rudall explores colic, with advice from top vets on how to manage and avoid the condition, and tips on keeping your horse in good health. (Ep 3/3)

11:00pm Around the Dog World At the National Working & Pastoral Breeds find out more about the two groups including St Bernards, Samoyeds and Boxers. Watch both groups and Best in Show and hear exclusively from the winners.

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