News

News

  • World Horse Welfare is urging the public to consider rehoming as the charity highlights the horses and ponies on its rehoming scheme who have been waiting the longest for a loving home.

  • AT Richmond EC recently, from more than 30 starters, Madelaine Archibald and her 128cm pony, Tazmania 11 led the class to the last rider who just pipped her to second spot.

  • DESPITE the fact that we’ve only just reached the middle of May, there has been a veritable equestrian feast to be enjoyed on television this month, starting with Badminton Horse Trials which saw superb coverage albeit on BBC’s red button.

  • ORKNEY Riding Club is looking forward to the summer, according to secretary, Helen Foulis.
    “We usually have an average of 78-80 members who take part in all disciplines. We run weekly club nights, and also support clinics with instructors from south, including David Gatherer, Andrew Hamilton, Eric MacKechnie. Ashleigh Reilly, Colin Hexley, to name but a few.

  • With 140 horses pre entered and another 103 horses forward on the day, the Scottish Friends Open Show held at Morris Equestrian Centre, Fenwick, has proved to be the most popular early show in Scotland so far this season.

Dressage

Dressage

  • A NUMBER of Scottish dressage riders made the long trip down to Stoneleigh Park, last week, to compete at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2014 where there were 22 championship titles up for grabs.

  • SNEC hosted Scotland's second Petplan Area Dressage Festival, a direct qualifier for the final at Hartpury in April.

  • Twenty-eight teams from around Britain competed at the British Dressage Home International at the Morris Equestrian Centre, Rowallan last weekend.

  • GREAT Britain wins team bronze in the dressage team competition at the ECCO FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

  • APPLICATIONS will soon close for the British Equestrian Federation's England Excel Talent Programme.

Veterinary

Veterinary

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  • I can't remember when exactly it last happened but I have found myself in unfamiliar territory recently with not a single pony stabled at Waxwing.

  • Many people would say that the people associated with the ponies and horses of our equestrian world are much more important that the equines themselves.

  • AS I arrived for commentating duties at Central and West Fife Show minutes after the light horse administration marquee blew down in the hurricane force winds we had two weekends ago, the thoughts occurred to me firstly, "Has anyone been hurt?" and secondly, "What would the Health & Safety Executive have to say about that?"

  • I HAVE to take my hat off to the board of directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for its recent decision to make a huge £500,000 commitment to the light horse section at Ingliston by investing in an all-weather surface for Ring 6.

  • Despite the euphoria expressed in last month's column about my incredible trip to the Cheltenham Festival, I can't say that it wasn't a hassle getting there and back.