Posted on August 19th, 2014

Rescue Pony From Essex Has Been Declared Supreme Champion at Large Hertfordshire Show

Redwings Noel, a grey Welsh X Arab, and his rider Guardian Hayley Ward recently took part in the 70th anniversary Kimpton Horse Show on 27th July. The title was the most recent in a string of successes since Noel was rehomed by Redwings Ada Cole in 2003. Noel’s placement with Hayley is part of the Redwings’ Guardian scheme which sees suitable horses and ponies rehomed but remaining in the charity’s ownership and responsibility.

Noel’s show success is remarkable as his start in life was very troubled. He was rescued by Ada Cole Memorial Stables (as it was known before merging with Redwings in 2005) in 1998 as a two-year-old, along with his companion Mistletoe. Both horses were found abandoned and in very poor condition having been left to fend for themselves while their owner was in prison. When signed over into the care of the Sanctuary, it was decided that Noel would be happiest as part of a loving, active family.

Hayley became Noel’s Guardian when he was five years old and soon they were jumping and competing together, with their first success at a show Ada Cole Memorial Stables then ran. It was the start of a succession of competition wins.

“Noel, now 17-years-old, is a true champion both in his competition success and in his relationship with his Guardian,” explains Redwings Operation Manager Rachel Angell.  “Hayley represents the perfect Guardian and all that the Redwings Guardianship scheme stands for – providing neglected and mistreated equines with a safe and happy home for life, where they are loved and given a second chance”.

“Noel is one in a million,” adds Hayley. “I can’t describe the pleasure I have in giving a home to this cheeky little lad. We know each other inside out and have an unbreakable bond.  To win the Supreme at the Kimpton Horse Show was incredible. I would like to give a huge thank you to Redwings Ada Cole for giving me the opportunity to take on such a smashing pony – especially one they worked so hard to save and care for. The work they do is truly amazing”.

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Posted on August 14th, 2014

Cambridgeshire’s Young Showjumper Annabelle Molyneux wins the Horse 1.00m Southern Club Championships

16 year-old Annabelle Molyneux from Ely, Cambridgeshire on board her mother Anne’s 11 year-old bay gelding Wammes R took the victory in the  Horse 1.00m Club Championship which was held as part of the Southern Club Championships at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe in Bedfordshire and took place last weekend 9th-10th August.

Four eligible combinations came forward to contest this final,  Annabelle and Wammes R, put in two foot perfect rounds and stopped the clock in 36.92 seconds to ensure the victory was theirs.

AUG14 News Annabelle Molyneux

Posted on August 14th, 2014

Hertfordshire’s Young Showjumper Caitlin Saykal wins the Southern Club 80cm Horse Championship

Caitlin Saykal aged 14 from Bayfordbury, Hertfordshire took the win in the Horse 0.80cm Championship with her father Hasan’s skewbald gelding Mr Tomnus. at the Southern Club Championships which washeld at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe in Bedfordshire and took place 9th – 10th August.

Eight combinations came forward to compete in this final and Caitlin and  Mr Tomnus, put in a  super quick clear in a time of 24.42 to ensure that the victory was theirs.

AUG14 News Caitlin Saykal

Posted on August 14th, 2014

Cambridgeshire’s Young Showjumper Celine Norgate wins the Pony 80cm Southern Club Championships.

16 year-old Celine Norgate from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on board her mother Deborah’s 10 year-old grey gelding Lightning Bolt took the victory in the 80cm pony club championship which was held as part of the Southern Club Championships at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe in Bedfordshire and took place 9th10th August 2014.

Seven eligible combinations came forward and the combination of Celine and Lightning Bolt jumped a super quick clear in a time of 29.86 to ensure the victory was theirs.

AUG14 News Celine Norgate

Posted on August 14th, 2014

Hertfordshire Showjumper Ben Maher Selected for the GB Jumping Team for World Equestrian Games

British Showjumping has announce that Ben Maher MBE from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire has been selected for the GB Jumping squad for the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games 2014 which will be held in Normandy, France. Ben picked up back to back gold medals from the London 2012 Olympic games and the 2013 European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

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Posted on August 14th, 2014

Hertfordshire’s Young Showjumper Millie Dickinson Wins the July NAF Shining Star Award

The NAF Shining Star for July 2014 has been awarded to young showjumper Millie Dickinson, aged 15 from Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Millie is a dedicated and popular member of the British Showjumping Central Junior Academy and she was put forward for the NAF Shining Star by Lead Coach, Mandy McGlynn.

Mandy had the following to say about her nominee “Millie has been a member of the academy for a number of years now and she is a regular attendee at camps, team competitions and training sessions. This year, Millie has really been concentrating on her showjumping and as a result, has qualified for numerous classes at the upcoming Scope Festival, including the Pony Discovery Championship, Pony Newcomers Masters and the Pony Restricted Rider 1.00m Championship.

“As an academy member, Millie is appreciative of any help and guidance that receives and she is also always willing to help others out too. Her ponies always look happy and are as well presented as she is.”

Millie has been a member of British Showjumping since February 2010 and during that time, she has gained her 1*, 2*, 3* and 4* of the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme and she is currently working towards her 5*.

Upon hearing that she had won this NAF Shining Star Award, a delighted Millie said “I am extremely happy and proud to have won this award and I really want to thank Mandy for not only nominating me, but also for helping me during my time in the academy. I joined the academy for the training sessions available and I also wanted to make new friends. I also want to thank Mia Korenika for her useful training sessions.”

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Posted on August 11th, 2014

Statement Regarding Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Qualifiers

Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) wishes to announce that following an investigation into the outcome of the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship qualifier at Kent County Show, and despite the rumours on social media regarding the qualification at Kent County Show, the existing qualification of Lemonshill Falcon through to the Championship at HOYS will stand.

The HOYS organisers are not wholly satisfied that the spirit of the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand was correctly administered and this incident has brought to light some anomalies on how competitors and exhibits qualify for this prestigious Championship. Following this, Grandstand Media Ltd, HOYS’ organiser, will be reviewing and redefining the rules around the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship in order to maintain its integrity for the future.

Information on the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship and its qualifiers for the 2015 season will be released later on this year.

Posted on August 11th, 2014

Essex Showjumper Michael Fursedonn Wins

Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Fursedonn, from Brentwood, Essex on board his own 6 year-old bay gelding Darcode took the win in the last of the 2014 Senior Newcomers Second Rounds held at Patchetts Equestrian Centre in Watford, Hertfordshire on Sunday 3rd August. The class proved to be popular with eighty-one combinations turning out to compete ahead of Senior Newcomers Masters which will be held at the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival.

Up for grabs at this second round were two direct qualifying tickets for the Senior Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show and each competitor was hoping to take one of these tickets as their own.

From the eighty-one starters, twelve combinations went on to produce the two clear rounds needed to make it through into the final jump off. In the jump off itself, eight combinations went on to secure a third clear, which meant that the time became a crucial factor in deciding the order of results and the allocation of the qualification places.

Michael and Darcode were drawn eighth to go in the jump off and put another foot perfect round in to gain their treble clear in 36.71 seconds.

Michael said on his win “I am really pleased with Darcode’s performance; he deserved the win as he jumped his heart out. We narrowly missed out on a Horse of the Year Show place a couple of weeks ago so knew this was our last chance to get one.”

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Posted on August 11th, 2014

Horses So Dehydrated They Were Licking Damp Concrete to Quench Their Thirst

A man was sent to prison for eight weeks and disqualified from keeping horses for 10 years on Thursday 7th August after previously pleading guilty to cruelty to two of his horses.

Mandro Jones of Ensign Way, Diss, Norfolk was sentenced at Norwich Magistrates’ Court in connection with offences under the Animal Welfare Act relating to two bay cob mares named ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Baby’, both of them pregnant He had pleaded guilty to the offences on 16th July.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the RSPCA and officers from Norfolk Police were called to an address in Lower Rose Lane in Diss in February 2014 where the two horses were found in an appalling condition.

They were being kept in a barn with no food or water surrounded by rubbish including rusty tins and broken glass. They were so thirsty that they were licking the moisture from the ground outside; both had lice and worm burdens; and were extremely emaciated. A vet gave Marilyn a body score of 1.5 out of 5, and Baby 0.5 out of 5.

The police seized the horses and they were placed in the care of Redwings Horse Sanctuary. Marilyn sadly had to be put to sleep at a later date on vet’s advice due to severe and irreversible liver damage found to have been caused by being exposed to ragwort before her rescue, but Baby remains in their care along with Marilyn’s foal Norma Jean. Sadly, Baby’s foal did not survive.

Both horses will now have a secure future – living either at a Redwings centre around the UK or through the Redwings rehoming scheme.
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: “It was so sad to see these horses in this state.
“They just had not been given even the most basic care – and were being kept in an environment full of hazards with no food or water.
“I have never seen an animal so thirsty that they had to lick moisture from damp concrete before. It was shocking.
“Baby was so thin and exhausted that she was struggling to move around and actually lay down while we were there because she was so weak.
“I am very pleased that this strong sentence sends out a clear message that this kind of extreme neglect will not be tolerated by the courts.”
Redwings Welfare Vet Roxane Kirton, who authorised their removal from the scene, said: “The lack of regard for providing even the horses’ basic needs, including food and water, was heart-breaking.

“They were desperately thirsty and so hungry. When we brought them back to Redwings we also discovered that both mares had chronic liver damage due to ragwort toxicity, which should never have been allowed to happen. Tragically in Marilyn’s case this meant she sadly had to be euthanased on humane grounds, leaving her foal Norma Jean as an orphan.

“We are delighted that justice has been done for these poor horses, and thank you to the RSPCA and Norfolk Police for all their hard work in this case.”

Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, South Norfolk Policing Commander, said: “This is a positive outcome and the custodial sentence demonstrates this is a serious matter and one which the courts take very seriously.

“We will continue to work closely with partner agencies such as the RSPCA and Redwings to raise awareness of these issues and take action against owners where necessary.”


Posted on August 5th, 2014

HOYS 2014 Qualifying Stories Competition Now Open!

Entries for this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) Qualifying Stories competition are now being accepted. Thousands of competitors set out each year in a bid to gain their HOYS ticket, yet less than 1% makes it. This hugely popular contest sets out to find the best story of HOYS qualification from the current season.

The rules are quite simple. Competitors who are lucky enough to have qualified for the Show are invited to write a story about themselves and their horse or pony, describing the qualifying journey they took together. These are published, along with a photo, on the HOYS website where visitors can then vote for their favourite. The story with the most votes at the end of the season wins!

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs, which includes two hospitality tickets for lunch on Wednesday 8th October 2014. The winning story will also be published in the Official HOYS Programme.