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News

  • Hopetoun estate, near South Queensferry just a stone's throw from the Forth Road Bridge is synonymous in the equestrian world with eventing but this year for the first time ever, laid on two BS show jumping classes.

  • BRITAIN'S most northerly trainer, Jackie Stephen, celebrated her 50th birthday with a winner.

  • Zara Phillips was among more than 200 international riders competing at the Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials.

  • Keith Dalgleish wasn't on hand when his Carluke stable posted a 566-1 four-timer at Hamilton on June 18 - celebrating the achievement instead at Royal Ascot.

  • During the national classes there was again some hard fought contests as per usual.

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Dressage

Veterinary

Veterinary

  • When I started in equine practice it was pretty safe to assume that four out of five horses presenting with hindlimb lameness would have bone spavin or osteoarthritis of the small hock joints.

  • Summer usually brings relief for horses suffering from allergic respiratory disease - the equine equivalent of asthma caused by dust and moulds in hay and straw bedding that is now called recurrent airway obstruction, or RAO.

  • The ENDOCRINE disorder known as Cushing's disease - named after the American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing - was something of a novelty in horses when I began working at Glasgow University's veterinary school in the late 1980s.

  • With THE season’s first foals already on the ground, thoughts turn to what this year’s breeding season might hold. 

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  • IN A year when the Royal Highland can justly claim to have staged one of its most successful shows, there was a celebration of British Riding Pony breeding which might have gone unnoticed at this year’s Royal Highland had it not been for the fact that the Thistle Ring witnessed one of the best classes for plaited ponies ever staged in Scotland. 

  • Looking around the gathering of mourners at the recent funeral of well-known show producer Bob Templeton, I was intrigued to see how many young people had made the effort to attend.

  • It IS strange not to be emerging from a ‘proper’ winter although one would be hard pushed to define just what that it is nowadays. Emerging we are and at some pace during the month of March when everything seems to be early including the fields which are noticeably turning green.

  • It is little wonder that The Times described the National Theatre’s production of War Horse as the  “theatre event of the decade.”

  • I WAS interested to read in TSF recently, an appreciation for the sterling work done for BHS Scotland by Lorraine Young, who has been its chairman over the past seven years.