Posted on July 16th, 2014

Charles Owen GB Pony Short List Confirmed

The Charles Owen British Eventing Pony Programme Selectors are delighted to announce the final squad of six riders who will represent Britain to defend their double gold medal titles at the 2014 FEI Pony European Championships at Millstreet (IRL), 30 July-3 August.

The short list for the 2014 Charles Owen Pony squad is as follows in reverse alphabetical order:

Rider Name Rider Age and location Horse name(s) Horse information Owner
Oliver Williams 14, from Denbighshire Bobnamara 10 year old Gelding
(Unknown breeding)
Ellie Williams
Isabelle Upton 15, from Suffolk Alfie XI



Howen Loganberry

14 year old Gelding (Unknown breeding)

12 year old Gelding
By Faircross Sunrise

Isabelle Upton




Isabelle Upton

Thomas Tulloch 15, from Shropshire Spirit V1 16 year old Gelding
(Unknown breeding)
Jancis Tulloch
Chelsea Pearce 15, from Wiltshire Little Indian Feather

Catherston Nutsafe

9 year old Mare
(Unknown breeding)

18 year old Mare
(By Catherston Nightsafe)

Chelsea Pearce


Chelsea Pearce


Phoebe Lock 14, Somerset Mr Otto 14 year old Gelding (Unknown breeding) Phoebe Lock
Chloe Bell 16, from North Yorkshire Strawberry Box 12 year old Gelding
(Unknown breeding)
Helen Bell


Posted on July 10th, 2014

Young Horse with Broken Leg Tied-up and Dumped in Flytipping Hot Spot


The RSPCA is appealing for help after a young horse with a broken leg was cruelly dumped among rubbish at a flytipping hotspot.

A member of the public spotted the injured piebald yearling in Bramble Lane, Upminster, Essex, at 8.30am on Monday 7th July and moved her to safety. Sadly when the yearling  was examined by a vet it was discovered she had a broken front leg and she was put to sleep to stop her suffering further.

RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “This was an appalling and cowardly act, to throw away a badly injured horse like she was a piece of rubbish. This poor horse had an obvious injury, her leg was swollen and she wasn’t putting any weight on it. When the vet examined her he discovered her leg injury and sadly advised she was put to sleep to stop her suffering further.

“We need to find her heartless owner to simply dumped her rather than getting her to a vet for treatment.”

The piebald yearling is thought to have been dumped between 8am and 8.30am. She was found tied up with blue twine, standing on an isolated patch of scrubland at the edge of the road, surrounded by fly-tipped rubbish. The youngster was microchipped but investigations have revealed it was not registered to an owner.

Inspector Jones said: “Hopefully someone knows this horse or where she came from. I’d also like to hear from anybody who saw any horse boxes in the area around this time may also be able to give us a lead. It is shocking to think someone could be so heartless to just leave a clearly injured animal for someone else to find and deal with. I’d like to thank the members of the public who did all they could to help this young horse and called us to help.”

Anyone who knows where this horse may have come from is urged to call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Adam Jones.

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Posted on July 8th, 2014

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Posted on July 7th, 2014

Entries Now Open for the 2014 BEF Futurity

Entries opened on the 1st July for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Evaluation series of 2014.

The Futurity aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. British bred horses and ponies from foals to three year olds are eligible to take part. The series is open to all and each young horse is assessed by a panel of experts and an experienced vet and then given a Futurity premium score (grade).

Entries for the Futurity are made on a user friendly online system at

The Futurity is held at 11 venues with 14 days of evaluations throughout the UK during July and August. The first Futurity evaluation of 2014 takes place on the 30th July at The College EC in Bedfordshire.

Breeders who would like their horses to be considered for the BEF Equine Bridge need to ensure that they enter their horses for the Futurity this year as three year olds in order to be eligible for assessment at the BEF Equine Bridge.

Futurity scores are used by many breeders as a credible marketing tool for their young horses, adding value to a young horse whilst it is still too young to have achieved a performance record. Many young horses are now advertised for sale as having a “BEF Premium” and many people have purchased these young horses because they believe that an independent assessment run by a National Federation has value.

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Suzanna Welby the new Patron of Ponies Association (UK)

Suzanna Welby has been appointed as the new Patron of Ponies UK. 

Commenting Suzanna said, “I am honoured and delighted to be invited to be the Patron of Ponies Association (UK). It is daunting to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor Mrs Joan Lee -Smith. Her legendary vision created the Society of today which has been the source of so much pleasure for so many showing enthusiasts at all levels, but I will do my utmost, at all times, to promote and further the Association. Here is to the brightest future!”

Suzanna has been involved with horses all her life learning to ride aged six in Qatar on the Emir’s Arabian horses. Her later childhood, which she describes as ‘magical’, was spent hunting in the West Country, competing in gymkhanas and showing ponies throughout the summer. Aged twenty, she produced, from home, the renowned show hack, Ridgewood Venture, for the latter part of his very illustrious career. This continued into his fourteenth year when he was never out of the ribbons, including adding the elusive championship at the Royal Show to his already outstanding tally. In retirement, he and Suzanna caused a sensation when they appeared at the Opening Meet of the Belvoir Hunt, the horse having gone as part of the package when she married her magnificently supportive, not remotely horse minded husband, Charles!

Her children Venetia, Zinnia and Isadora have enjoyed a thrilling career with show and hunter ponies winning both H.O.Y.S, R.I.HS and many major championships. Three of these ponies went on to be the family’s foundation mares. Almost unbeaten as brood mares, their first progeny are now due to make their show ring debut. As the pony breeding programme continues, Zinnia and Isadora have embarked on a return to the show ring, following in Suzanna’s footsteps, with a new team of hacks and hunters. However, the arrival of her first grandchild may very well mean that we could see Suzanna back with the lead reins soon!


Posted on July 3rd, 2014

British Eventing to Launch New National Restricted Novice Championships for 2015

British Eventing is delighted to announce a new Championship for amateur grassroots riders competing at Novice level, to be held during the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in August 2015.

Whilst the existing British Novice Championship runs at Intermediate level, this new Restricted Championship will be a true Novice test, with a brand new cross country course to be designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by the Willis Brothers.

British Eventing had received feedback from Members about the lack of a Novice level Championship and is pleased that amateur riders’ aspirations will now include the opportunity to compete at a prestigious Championship venue.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming this new group of riders to the Festival of British Eventing next year. It is always a pleasure to design a new cross country course and I am already mulling over ideas, building stone walls and moving dirt” said Captain Mark Phillips.

The qualifying period for the 2015 National Restricted Novice Championships runs from 1st July 2014 – 30th June 2015. Horse and rider combinations must finish in the top 10% at any Novice, Open Novice, Intermediate Novice, CIC1* or CCI1* during this period, excluding u18 Novice classes and Pony Trials. Horses can be Grades II, III or IV and riders will need to be in the year of their 19th birthday in 2015, or older.

In keeping with the amateur, grassroots nature of the Championship, riders must not have completed an Intermediate class in the current or preceding five years, and not completed an Advanced class in the current or preceding 10 years.

Mike Etherington-Smith, BE Chief Executive, said of the new initiative: “British Eventing is very grateful to Captain Mark Phillips and the team at the Festival of British Eventing for supporting this new Championship, which will provide an exciting new opportunity for our less experienced riders.”

Full qualifying criteria will be available on the British Eventing website in due course.


Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Expert Tips For Insuring Your…

Whether it’s  yourself, your property or your horse we’ve got some sound advice in our August edition for making sure you select the correct insurance policy for the job.

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Choosing Your Arena Surface

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Thinking of installing a new arena? Already have a menage that could do with a facelift? Check our our August edition for tips and advice from the professional arena installers.

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Posted on July 2nd, 2014

How to Ensure a Speedy Recovery

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An injured or ill horse will need time to convalesce, but how can their feed and feeding routine help for a speedy recovery? We ask the UK’s leading nutritional experts to explain.

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Posted on July 2nd, 2014

VetWatch: Atypical Myopathy

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Atypical myopathy is a pasture associated muscle disease with potentially devastating effects.

Other names include seasonal pasture myopathy (USA), pasture-associated myopathy and atypical myoglobinuria. Atypical myopathy is a severe muscle disease that occurs in pastured horses in the autumn or spring, and is not associated with exercise. This is in comparison to other muscle diseases that do present with clinical signs after exercise, such as exertional rhabdomyolysis (also known as “azoturia” or “Monday morning disease”) or polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).

In the July edition Vikki H. L. Scott BVetMed, MSc, Dipl ACVIM, MRCVS discusses the updates on this potentially fatal disease.

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