Posted on February 21st, 2017

Dying pregnant mare dumped by the side of busy Essex road

RSPCA appeals for information

The RSPCA is investigating after a dying pregnant horse was dumped by the side of the road in Orsett, Essex on Monday 20th February.

RSPCA inspector Rebecca Benson said: “The heartbreaking sight of this mare was reported to us by concerned passers-by.

“All the evidence points to her being still alive when she was dumped, and in the process of giving birth, but although I got there as soon as I could after we were called – she was already dead.

“We think she was probably abandoned in this sensitive state overnight the night before, perhaps to avoid getting expensive veterinary treatment. The poor mare would have been alone, in pain, and frightened by the traffic passing on the road, so close to her face.

“We don’t know if it was complications with her pregnancy which killed her, but it is desperately sad that she was left without any veterinary care in such an exposed spot and when she was at her most vulnerable.

“We urge anyone with any information about this incident to call us, in strictest confidence, on 0300 123 8018.”

FEB17 FB RSCPA Mare Dumped

Posted on February 6th, 2017

British Showjumping Finals relocate

British Showjumping are delighted to announce that Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire have been awarded the 2017 Championship Finals.

The Spring Championship Show will take place on 14th – 16th April 2017 and will include the following classes:

British Showjumping Winter Bronze League Championship
British Showjumping Winter Silver League Championship
British Showjumping Winter Amateur Championship
British Showjumping National Winter Grade C Championship
British Showjumping Winter 1.35m Championship (inc Gold League Championships)
British Showjumping Under 25 Winter Championship incorporating Children on Horses

All members who have qualified for their respective Championship Final prior to the start of the show will gain entry to their Final. There will also be an opportunity for members to qualify for each Championship Final via direct qualifiers which will be hosted across the preceding days of competition.

Tim Price, Show Organiser at Addington Manor commented “I am extremely pleased that we have been awarded the Finals and for us to be in the position of building an exciting new Spring Championship show in which to incorporate them.  The schedule and timetable will be available shortly and we look forward to welcoming all competitors to the show in April”.

Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping further commented “We are delighted to be awarding Tim Price and Addington Manor the six winter championships on offer and are particularly enthused at the plans he has for the Spring Championships”.

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

British Showjumping unveil their new logo

British Showjumping are pleased to reveal their new logo which will start appearing across all online channels and printed matter with immediate effect.

The progressive new-look logo has been designed to provide the sport with a fresh, modern look that sits in line with the many other Olympic and National Sports whilst also retaining a strong feeling of patriotism.

The logo has also been created so that it can be worked in varying formats which will allow it to sit correctly across the numerous mediums that it needs to.

Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping commented “ We wanted to bring our logo up-to-date and for it to sit comfortably alongside the many other sporting bodies that form Great Britain’s sporting landscape.  The new logo certainly achieves this and we are delighted with the positive feedback that it has received from those that have seen it in the lead up to now”.

FEB17 BS New Logo 2017 Landscape

Posted on January 31st, 2017

Parelli Master Class

Posted on January 31st, 2017

TopSpec – Stud Lite

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Posted on January 31st, 2017


ABH Oops

The first Poplar Park Horse Trials of the season is 11th-12th March 2017, and NOT the 18th-19th March as incorrectly stated in our latest edition…

Posted on January 30th, 2017

British Dressage Statement

British Dressage Statement: London Spring International

British Dressage (BD) was naturally disappointed to receive the news from the organising team at the London Spring International (ExCel, April 12 – 17) of their decision to cancel this year’s event.  The ExCel Executive Board, show organiser Daniel Watson and their teams have put in a tremendous amount of work to get their venture this far, for which BD is very grateful.

Daniel Watson, Show Organiser of the event, announced this morning: “Unfortunately due to financial restraints the ExCel Executive Board made the decision yesterday [26 January 2017] to at least postpone the show until 2018 in order to allow more time to deal with the financial aspects of the concept”.  He also stated, “Unfortunately the risk is too high for us to continue at this stage, but I thank everyone for your valued time and effort that you have put into the show.”

BD Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said; “It is always challenging for any venue to put on a show of this magnitude, particularly in the current climate and what remains a very competitive market.  The vision to bring dressage to a wider audience in the East End of London was innovative and ambitious, and we will continue to work with the organising committee to see if there is any way that this could become a viable proposition in the future.”

He added: “We are of course saddened by the loss of this new show, and appreciate that riders and supporters will share our disappointment, but we still have a busy calendar of CDI events to look forward to this year, including the return of Windsor and Hickstead, as well as the exciting addition of the Bolesworth International in June.”

“The British Dressage Winter Championships also take place at Hartpury during the same week, from 12 to 16 April, so we would be delighted to welcome any visitors who still want to watch dressage competition over the Easter Weekend, including two gala evening performances on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April.”

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Essex’s Antonia Platt Storm to Victory

The second batch of Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA Classic Qualifiers took place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckingham recently and it was Bobbie Heath and Antonia Platt who forged ahead of their competitors to take a victory apiece after producing careful clear rounds on board their respective rides. 

As part of a fifty strong starting field, each and every rider was vying for a sought after qualification spot for the prestigious Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA Classic Championship, which will be held during the British Masters International Horse Show, also at SouthView Equestrian Centre (30th June – 2rd July 2017).


Over a technical course, the starting line-up was whittled down from twenty-three to just four talented combinations and it was 15 year-old Antonia Platt from Chelmsford, Essex who took victory. Riding Rosalind Platt’s 11 year-old bay gelding, Carnhill Luna, this combination were able to deliver a precise and speedy treble clear in 35.62 seconds.

Madison Jamison aged 16, from Blackburn, rode Bodyssee Des Avelines, a 10 year-old dark bay mare owned by Nicola Jamison straight into second place. This combination produced the only other treble clear of the class in 38.32 seconds.

Third spot was taken by Nicole Lockhead Anderson from Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Nicole rode Didy Morgan’s 9 year-old piebald mare, Pochantas and she finished on a total of 4 faults after an unfortunate knock of a pole at the final fence.

Photo: Spidge Photography

FEB17 Antonia Platt & Carnhill Luna

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Win tickets to the East Anglia Game & Country fair!

MAR17 FB EAGF Mounted Games 2

See our March 2017 edition for full details on how YOU can win an e-ticket to this popular event!