Posted on April 17th, 2014

Stable Owner Guilty of Causing Unnecessary Suffering to Horse

Wendy Hayes, of Winford Drive, Broxbourne, Herts, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Cremello pony called Champers under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act at Hertfordshire Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16th April.

At an earlier trial, which took place between  11-14th March, the court heard how Hayes was an experienced horseman and stable owner.

The RSPCA were first called to a field in Elbow Lane, Hertford Heath, in February last year following concerns about the condition of some horses in the field which appeared to be in varying states of emaciation. The inspector established that Hayes was the original owner of Champers, but had given her to a friend, who had found herself unable to care for the pony and had passed her back. Due to a dispute over the ownership of Champers, Hayes admitted she had not attended her regularly.

Champers was in a state of severe emaciation and on vet advice she was removed from the field and sadly died two days later following a prolapse.

Sentencing is expected on 19 May


Posted on April 17th, 2014

Sunshine and Success at the 2014 Pony Club Dengie Winter League Championships

The Pony Club Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage Championships 2014 took place at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, during April 12-13th. The hotly contested Championships acted as the pinnacle of the Dengie Winter League for Pony Club competitors who have taken part in qualifiers, at Novice and Open level, during the winter months.

With the course height raised the Open Grand Prix, which had a sound entry of near 50, got underway. Following the first round around two thirds of the field went forward to jump in the second round, and a consistent eight reached the jump off; with India Bussey, from the South Norfolk Branch, riding Westside Menlough taking the top spot in a time of 34.84 seconds, fault free throughout. “I felt a bit nervous in the collecting ring being on the smallest pony in the jump off, but when we jumped Hugo filled me with confidence because he’s such a trier” commented India. “It’s been a great experience to compete nationally, and thanks to Dengie and The Pony Club for making it happen!”


Posted on April 14th, 2014

Suffolk Young Showjumper Kelly Wecke Takes the Animo Novice Pony Championship Title

Dreams and ambitions were realised in the 23rd year of the Blue Chip Showjumping Winter Championships 2nd-6th April held at Hartpury Arena in Gloucestershire.

Kelly Wecke from Haverhill, Suffolk only joined British Showjumping last year, but her exciting, entertaining round on her mother Tricia’s 10 year-old grey gelding Merlin XVII gained the Animo Novice Pony Championship. “He’s only 130cm and will jump anything for me” said Kelly, 13, who inherited the ride from elder sister Jade a year ago.


Posted on April 14th, 2014

Importance of National Equine Health Survey Recognised by Leading Equestrian Organisations

Leading equestrian organisations have pledged their support for the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), 18 to 24 May 2014, which is organised by pet charity Blue Cross, in partnership with BEVA and supported by Zoetis and SPILLERS. This year, with support from the Equine Disease Coalition, the survey contains new questions on equine infectious diseases, the surveillance measures of which are currently under government scrutiny. It also contains new questions on ragwort, which is causing growing alarm amongst equine health and welfare organisations.

The quick, easy and anonymous online snapshot survey records common health issues in horses, directly from horse owners themselves. Results help build a picture of the health and disease in the UK and define priorities for future research, training and education. Major equestrian organisations have committed their support for the NEHS this year, including the ABRS, BEF, BETA, BHS, BSJA, Equestrian Needs, HAPPA, Horses4Homes, Horse Trust, LANTRA, Mare and Foal Sanctuary, NEWC, Pet id equine, Redwings, Rossdales, RSPCA, SWHP, TBA, WHW and WPCS.

All owners and keepers of horses are being urged to participate in the NEHS when it runs from 18 – 24 May 2014. By taking part not only will you be helping horses but you will also be entered into a draw to win some amazing prizes including a Jefferies Bridle, Olympia Tickets, Arthur Carter Hay steamer and many other fabulous prizes. Visit www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS


Posted on April 8th, 2014

Suffolk Showjumper Chloe Winchester takes the Grand Prix at the Blue Chip Championships 2014

MAY14 Chloe Winchester

Dreams and ambitions were realised in the 23rd year of the Blue Chip Showjumping Winter Championships 2nd-6th April held at Hartpury Arena in Gloucestershire.

Ecstatic teenager Chloe Winchester, 19 from Suffolk, achieved her biggest victory at the Blue Chip Showjumping Winter Championships after taking the Blue Chip Grand Prix on her mother Gillian’s 11 year-old bay mare Avoca Valkyrie. In a classic ending, the pair took a flyer to the last in the final draw of the ten horse jump-off. “She’s so easy and always wants to please” she said. Nick Benterman (30) from Bedford took second with his own 10 year-old bay gelding Zorland D Volo ahead of Tina Fletcher (48) from Oxfordshire in third with Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s 13 year-old bay gelding Unique IX.

Chloe is sponsored by Equi-Trek and has recently been supplied with a brand new 3.5 tonne Sonic horsebox. In addition Chloe received a complimentary saddle from Bates, expertly fitted by Sophie Rodger of Express Equine. For more details visit www.equi-trek-burystedmunds.co.uk or visit www.expressequine.co.uk


Posted on April 3rd, 2014

VetWatch: Growth and Development

Ben Ryder-Davies BSc BVM&S MRVCS discusses  the growth and development of the young horse and how it is influenced by the close relationship between genes, nutrition and management. 


Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Saddlery: Leather Vs Synthetic

MAY14 Saddlery SADDLE

Reader Question: I’m looking into buying a saddle for my new horse and have seen that there are now lots of synthetic saddles around, should I buy synthetic or a traditional leather saddle? Check out our May edition for sound advice from the Society of Master Saddlers.


Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Nutrition: Prone to Tying Up?

MAY14 Tying Up

We ask the UK’s top equine scientists for advice on Tying Up – AKA Azoturia, Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy.


Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Showing Essentials

APR14 LR showing use a shower puff

From Tidying and Trimming, through to Turnout Tips from the UK’s leading professional show producers, our April edition has it covered! Experts include Lynn Russell, Katie Jerram and Louise Bell.


Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Ride Like: Vicky White

MAR14 RL VIcky White

Buying a Show Horse: Showing producer Vicky White, is an Accredited Trainer, Registered Instructor and one of the most talented riders on the showing circuit. In our April edition she talks Absolute Horse readers through choosing and buying a show horse.