Posted on December 12th, 2017

Likit Expands Brand Ambassador Scheme

Likit has announced its latest #teamlikit winners: they include Carrie Munro (Essex), Hayley Young (Northants), Harriet Barron (Herts) and Gracie Tyte (Suffolk).

The annual opportunity to become Likit Brand Ambassadors is open to horse and pony owners of all ages and abilities, with successful candidates each winning a year’s supply of Likit Products, their own blog on the company’s website, a £100 training bursary, and branded kit for themselves and their horse.

Entrants had to create a short video explaining why they and their horse or pony really love Likit Products and what they hope to achieve in the coming year. Two of the winners were selected by the Likit team, with a further selection of their favourite videos going through to public vote on social media.

Brand Manager Lindsay Gall said, “This is the fourth year we have run the competition and we have once again been hugely impressed with the quality of entries and the passion that riders have for the Likit brand. Our previous Brand Ambassadors have done a tremendous job and we look forward to following our new team during the coming year and beyond.

“Likit is a global brand and we are also supporting a number of professional riders from around the world under our new #proteamlikit scheme, which is made up of avid fans of the products and includes up-and-coming British dressage rider, Samantha Wuidart.”

Posted on December 12th, 2017

Charlotte’s ‘In Fashion’ at Liverpool International Horse Show

With the Liverpool International Horse Show just days away here we catch up with triple Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin about her first visit to the iconic Echo Arena.

What are your plans for competing at the Liverpool International Horse Show?
This year will be the first time I have competed at Liverpool International and I will be bringing the talented eight-year-old En Vogue. It is fantastic that the show has introduced dressage this year with the new Equitop Myoplast Inter 1 Freestyle (Dressage to Music) class, which takes place on the Friday evening performance, December 29.

Your mentor, trainer and great friend Carl Hester is also competing there, should we expect some friendly rivalry?
Of course, that goes without saying. We are massively supportive of each other but when battling it out in the arena, it is everyone for themselves. Carl will be bringing Hawtins Delicato who is another huge talent so there is everything to play for and we can guarantee some great dressage on our 2020 Olympic hopefuls.

Tell us about En Vogue?
“En Vogue is competing at Inter 1 level and is a real star for the future. He can be hot and it has been a challenging journey so far, but getting him out to major competitions is really helping him to grow in confidence and he is just getting better and better. I am really looking forward to experiencing this amazing show with him.”

En Vogue is an eight-year-old by the much-heralded Jazz and one that is a definite contender for British teams with Charlotte.

This year the pair won the Prix St George at Somerford Premier League and took second place in the Inter 1 at the British Dressage National Championships. Charlotte has ridden En Vogue at a number of demonstrations this year and the handsome dark bay is a real crowd-pleaser and has a growing fan base of his own with people commenting on just how impressive the gelding is.

Have you any secrets for success?
There are certainly no shortcuts and it really comes down to determination, hard work, some luck along the way and never giving up on your dreams when it comes to achieving your goals.

How achievable is it for ambitious young riders today?
Both Carl and I have achieved our success through hard work and are always striving to increase our knowledge. Neither of us were handed it on a plate but we have certainly made the most of the opportunities so yes I would encourage young riders to dream big and aim for the top and surround yourself with good trainers. You never stop learning.

What do you think your relationship with Valegro has done for the world of dressage?
Without doubt, dressage is on a whole new level and is recognised by so many more people outside the sport more than it ever has been. The term ‘dancing horses’ came to the fore after London 2012 and to a certain extent helped promote the sport and make it more understandable for the public.

If there is ever a spare moment, what do you enjoy doing to relax and recharge?
Everyone in the team is so busy but we try and plan in short breaks when we can to recharge the batteries. With my fiancée Dean I do try and make time for a quick getaway or a nice meal out when we can. The Malvern Hills are also a great way to spend a few hours walking with the dogs.

Tell us more about the show?
Hospitality at The Liverpool International Horse Show is second to none and makes a fantastic present for great friends and family. Whether on the purpose-built platform at the head of the arena or in one of the VIP boxes – you won’t be disappointed.

This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from 29th to 31st December, at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

For further information and to book tickets visit


Posted on December 12th, 2017

Petplan Equine opens applications for new Ambassadors

Petplan Equine is looking for customers who are role models for responsible horse ownership. In return, the Ambassadors will receive branded clothing and kit as well as £500 towards competition entries and training costs as well as the opportunity to benefit from coaching in their equestrian discipline from top trainers.

Rachael Jayne Barker, current Petplan Equine Ambassador, commented, “Being a Petplan Equine Ambassador inspires you, it pushes you to want to do better, not only in riding and competing, but in the way you own and manage your horses.”

See Facebook – applications close on 2 January 2018.

Posted on December 7th, 2017


Charlotte Dujardin is now confirmed to compete at Liverpool International Horse Show on Friday evening 29th December with her own En Vogue!

She will be joining Carl Hester in a stellar line up in the Inter 1 Freestyle (7pm performance), and will be available to fans for a signing session before the show starts!

Said Charlotte: “It is just incredible that we have high calibre events such as the Liverpool International Horse Show to compete at in this country. I am really looking forward to riding in the magical atmosphere of the Echo Arena later this month.

“En Vogue is competing at Inter 1 level and is a real star for the future. He can be hot and it has been a challenging journey so far, but getting him out to major competitions is really helping him to grow in confidence and he is just getting better and better. I am really looking forward to experiencing this amazing show with him.”

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Posted on November 28th, 2017

Judges for the 2018 Hickstead Showing season announced

It has been revealed who’ll be judging at next year’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (20th-24th June) and the BHS Royal International Horse Show (24th-29th July 2018), although this list is subject to change.

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting  – Thursday 21st June 2018

Private Driving & Trade Turnouts – Miss Minta Winn

Friday 22nd June 2018

Cobs & Maxi Cob (Ride) – Miss Melissa Richardson
Cobs & Maxi Cob (Conf) & Riding Horses (Conf) – Mr Michael Maryan
Small Hunter (Ride & Conf) – Mr Robert Walker
Ridden Mountain & Moorland (Show) – Mrs Jennifer Williams
Ridden Mountain & Moorland (Conf) – Mrs Barbara Ashby-Jones
M & M Leading Rein & First Ridden (Show) – Mr David Bright
M & M Leading Rein & First Ridden (Conf) – Miss Vanessa De Quincey

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Hacks (Ride & Conf) – Mr Ian Smeeth
Working Hunters (Ride & Conf) – Mr Robert Walker

Sunday 24th June 2018

Ridden Hunters (Ride & Conf) – Miss Lesley Whitehall
Ladies Side Saddle Classic – Miss Lesley Whitehall
RoR Under Flat Rules (Ride) – TBC
RoR Under Flat Rules (Conf) – Mrs Jenny Candy
RoR Under NH Rules (Ride) – TBC
RoR Under NH Rules (Conf) – TBC
Coloured Horses (Ride & Conf) – Mr James Van Praagh


The BHS Royal International Horse Show – Tuesday 24th July 2018

Coloured Horses (ride) – Mrs Katie Jerram-Hunnable
Coloured Horses (conf) & Coloureds Supreme – Mrs Jo Jefferson
Coloured Ponies (show) – Mrs Sheila Dinsdale
Coloured Ponies (conf) & Coloureds Supreme – Miss Jo Hart

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Lead Rein, First Ridden & Lead Rein of SHT (conf) – Mr Philip Hilton
Lead Rein, First Ridden & Lead Rein of SHT (show) – Mrs Louise Windsor
Show Hunter Ponies (show) – Mrs Louise Gaunt
Show Hunter Ponies (conf) – Mr David Machin
Pure Bred Arabs (ride & conf) – Mrs Kathryn Oldroyd
Hackneys – TBC
P(UK) Young Riders M&M Ridden classes (conf) – Mrs Joanna Griffith
P(UK) Young Riders M&M Ridden classes (perf) – Mrs Rosemary King

Thursday 26th July 2018

Ladies Hunter (ride) & Amateur RH x 2 (ride) – Mrs Anna Levy
Ladies Hunter (conf) & Amateur RH (conf) – Miss Jeannetta La Four
Hunters – Lightweights (ride) – Mrs Louise Bell
Hunters – Middleweights (ride) – Mr Stuart Campbell
Hunters – Heavyweights (ride) – Mrs Marian Thomas
Hunters (conf) – Mr Angus McDonald
Shoeing Prize – TBC
BSPS Heritage M & M Open Classes (show) – Ms Tracey Milward
BSPS Heritage M & M Open Classes (conf) – Mrs Jane Somerset
BSPS Heritage M & M LR & FR (show) – TBC
BSPS Heritage M & M LR & FR (conf) – Miss Vickey Eggleston

Friday 27th July 2018

Amateur Hunter (ride & conf) – Miss Jo Bates
Amateur Hunter (ride & conf) – Mrs B Sturgis
Working Hunter (ride) – Mr Matthew Ainsworth
Working Hunter (conf) – Mrs Jane Hall
Riding Horses (ride) – Mr Kevin McGuiness
Riding Horses (conf) – Mr David Kellow
M & M WHP (jumping) – Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke
M & M WHP (conf) – Mrs Barbara Evans

Saturday 28th July 2018

Small Hunter (Ride) – Mr Richard Telford
Small Hunter (Conf) – Mrs Valerie Gingell
Hacks (ride) – Miss Katie Jones
Hacks (conf) – Mr Alan Mickleburgh
Intermediate Show Riding Types (show) & Intermediate Show Hunter (conf) – Mrs Sharron Kivlochan
Intermediate Show Riding Types (conf) & Intermediate Show Hunter (show) – Mrs Nicky Turner
Pretty Polly Ponies Heritage LR & FR (conf) – Mrs Lorraine Partridge
Pretty Polly Ponies Heritage LR & FR (show) – Mr Clive Johnston
Miniatures – Miss Julia Ryde-Rogers
Part Bred Arabs (ride) – Mrs Anna Levy
Part Bred Arabs (conf) – Mr David Puttock
Maxi Cobs (ride) – Mr Kevin McGuiness
Maxi Cobs (conf) – Miss Moggy Hennessy

Sunday 29th July 2018

Working Hunter Pony (jumping) – Ms Sarah Lears
Working Hunter Pony (conf) – Miss Vicky Smith
Show Ponies (show) – Miss Lucinda Haines
Show Ponies (conf) – Mrs Wendy Phipps
Nursery Stakes (conf) & Int W Hunter (jumping) – Mrs Sandra Bucknell
Nursery Stakes (jumping) & Int W Hunter (conf) – Mr David Bartram
Pretty Polly Ponies – SP, 2 x SHP (conf) + M & M (show) –
Mr Clive Johnston
Pretty Polly Ponies – SP, 2 x SHP (show) + M & M (conf) –
Mrs Lorraine Partridge
Cobs (ride) – Mr David Froggatt
Cobs (conf) – Mrs Lucy Killingbeck
Working Show Horses (ride) – Mr Jody Sole
Working Show Horses (conf) – Mrs Sophie Spear
Amateur Cobs x 2 (ride) – Mr Jody Sole
Amateur Cobs x 2 (conf) – Mr Alan Mickleburgh
Amateur Hacks (ride) & Amateur Maxi Cob (ride) – Miss Michele Underwood
Amateur Hacks (conf) & Amateur Maxi Cob (conf) – Miss Moggy Hennessy
Trade Driving Classes – Sophie Adkins
Grooms Prize – Mrs J Bunn & Mrs Helen Evans
Supreme Ridden Horse & Pony Championships – Mrs Nicky Coe plus 2 others TBC

Posted on November 28th, 2017

Allister Hood is the first recipient of the Roger Stack Award

Top show producer Allister Hood has been selected as the first recipient of the Roger Stack Award, given to the person who has produced the outstanding showing performance of the year at Hickstead.

Norfolk-based Hood was given the award after winning the British Horse Society Supreme Horse title at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show, with his riding horse Diamonds Are Forever.

Allister not only took the overall Championship but also had two other horses through to this year’s Supreme, with his cob champion Our Cashel Blue finishing in runner-up spot. In October, Allister and Diamonds Are Forever became one of a few select showing combinations to do the RIHS/HOYS supreme double in the same year. In addition, Allister has now won more Hickstead supreme championships than any other rider.

He was presented with the award at Hickstead’s annual Showtime Ball (Saturday 18 November), in front of 200 guests.

“There could be no finer recipient of the inaugural Roger Stack Award than Allister,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn, who presented Hood with the award on the night. “He has had an outstanding season, and he was a great friend of Roger, in whose honour this award has been created.”

Roger Stack was one of showing’s greatest advocates – a top class rider, producer, trainer and competitor, a former Chairman and President of the British Show Horse Association, and Hickstead’s Director of Showing for 15 years.

Last year’s Showtime Ball marked the last time many people from the showing fraternity saw Roger, who sadly died on Christmas Eve in 2016.

Allister commented: “I was so honoured to receive this award, and really felt quite emotional. Roger is greatly missed by us all and this trophy will take pride of place at Buttons Farm.”

The Showtime Ball gives owners, riders and producers from the showing world the chance to return to Hickstead for an end-of-season party. The Ball also raises funds for improving the showing facilities at the All England Jumping Course, and this year a raffle and fundraising auction raised more than £10,000.

The money will be put towards making further improvements to the new Roger Stack Arena, which was completed ahead of this year’s shows, plus adding extra roadways in the stable field.
Allister Hood winning the British Horse Society Supreme Horse Championship at the Longines Royal International Horse Show 2017 (Photo: Craig Payne)

Posted on November 14th, 2017

Showing Judges announced for Horse of the Year Show 2018

It has been five weeks since HOYS 2017 came to an end, and plans are already taking shape for HOYS 2018 which will be the Show’s 70th Anniversary, promising an exciting line up of displays as well as some surprises along the way! More information to be announced in the New Year.

“The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”, which hosts the most highly-regarded national showing Championships, will take place Wednesday 3rd– Sunday 7th October 2018 at the Genting Arena, NEC Birmingham.

A total of 1,600 horses and 1,500 riders compete each year at Birmingham’s NEC, where 29 prestigious showing titles are on offer. With over 60,000 visitors to the show each year there is tremendous support for the competitors and it is an honour to offer such a prestigious level of competition.

The list of judges is also available from the Competitor Zone of the HOYS website at

Posted on November 6th, 2017

Brentwood rider 12 year-old Claudia Moore finishes 2nd in Lyon Pony World Cup Qualifier

It was a day to remember for young Claudia Moore, aged 12 years and the youngest rider in the class, when she finished second in the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy Grand Prix in Lyon, France recently.

The class was one of a series five that are being hosted within some of the Senior CSIO World Cup shows this season as part of an initiative to give youth riders further opportunities and experience. These Pony World Cup qualifier classes all see league points allocated which qualify for a final to be held at the CSIO 5* World Cup show in Mechelen at the end of the year.

From a field of twenty-one starters, it was just seven pony combinations that jumped clear across the testing 1.35m track to qualify for the jump-off.   Claudia, riding the 13-year-old Elando van de Roshoeve owned by her mother Katrina, posted a superb first round clear to see themselves positioned mid-field in respect of the order of go in the jump-off round.

Carla Garriga (FRA) and Mylana, a 9-year-old bay mare, were first to go and finishing clear in a time of 41.68 seconds they set a standard that certainly put pressure on the other young riders to follow them.  With the following two riders picking up faults Claudia was determined to post a clear in a forward going time and doing exactly this she stopped the clock clear in a time of 40.20 seconds to claim the lead and relegate Carla behind her having shaved almost two seconds from her time.

Holding the lead until the closing stages of the jump-off when penultimate rider Camille Favrot (FRA) jumped clear in an almost unbelievably fast time of 34.39 seconds on Uhelem de Seille it meant an ultimate 2nd place finish for Claudia in what had proved to be an incredible class to watch.

Talking afterwards Claudia said “This has just been an amazing day.  Both the other two riders that jumped clear in the jump off were French and the home crowd went mad for them, but it was also really nice that they cheered loudly for me when I went clear.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like to do that in front of a home crowd.  I have loved it today, my pony has been incredible and I really want to thank everyone at Lyon for allowing us pony riders to be here and having the opportunity”.

Photo credit:  PSV J Morel


Posted on November 1st, 2017

Cambridge’s Alice Ellison claims Dodson & Horrell 1.05m National Amateur Second Round win at Coombelands Equestrian

On the final weekend of Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Second Rounds, Coombelands Equestrian in Pulborough, West Sussex saw forty-four qualification seekers come out to compete across the 0.85m and 1.05m Second Rounds.

With the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships, held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool during the 14th – 19th November, in sight, picking up one of the eight qualification places on offer in each class was at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

After taking the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur 1.05m Championship title in 2016, Alice Ellison from Cambridge proved to still be on winning form as she rode Britney IV, an 11 year-old bay mare owned by Sacha Ellison straight in to first place. Taking all the risks, this partnership delivered a lightning fast double clear in 35.34 seconds.

With a solid double clear, Sophie Ashton Rickardt from Chichester, West Sussex secured second place on board her 9 year-old bay gelding, Masterfly. This combination crossed the finish line in 37.31 seconds.

Carys Jenkins from Leatherhead, Surrey scooped third place with her 8 year-old bay mare Savannahs Chacoa. This pair posted a double clear in 37.70 seconds.

Photo: LRG Photography


Posted on October 9th, 2017

HOYS17: Diamonds are Forever III reigns Supreme at Horse of the Year Show 2017

Annabel Jenks’ Champion Riding Horse, Diamonds are Forever III, stood Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Champion on the final night of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

The unbeaten eight-year-old won the Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Championship earlier in the day with Allister Hood, but the ride was given to Allister’s son Oliver for the Supreme, while Allister kept the ride on last year’s Supreme Champion, Our Cashel Blue.

“I’m over the moon; he’s a superstar of a horse and we’re very lucky to have him,” said a delighted Oliver. “It’s special every time we win and this is my first Supreme, so that makes it extra special.”

Although Allister had the ride here in the Large Riding Horse, Oliver also does a lot of work back at home with the Warmblood gelding.

Reflecting on the winning performance, Oliver said: “I just tried to enjoy him but there was a bit of pressure!” he smiled. “He has big paces that you can use to your strength.”

Allister added: “It’s amazing. I’m thrilled for the whole team and for Olly to have had this opportunity.” It’s been a cracking week for the Hood team with both Diamonds are Forever III and Our Cashel Blue successfully defending their Champion titles from 2016.

Photo: 1st Class Images