Posted on February 8th, 2016

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Posted on February 8th, 2016

Gaby Sumner Shines for the Suffolk Academy

The NAF Shining Star for January 2016 has been awarded to 14-year-old Gaby Sumner from Ipswich, Suffolk. Gaby is a committed and supportive member of the Suffolk Academy and she was nominated for the award by Academy Lead Coach Mia Palles-Clark.

When talking about her nominee, Mia said “Gaby is dedicated member of the academy and especially enjoys the team ethos and spirit that it creates. Since being a member, she has made a lot of friends and has greatly benefitted from the academy environment, something which is reflected in her results. Gaby also has her sights set high and she knows how to set herself goals and subsequently achieve them. She also supports her fellow academy members and is a valued team member.”

Having ridden since a young age, Gaby progressed through the Pony Club and joined British Showjumping back in September 2013. During her time as a member, Gaby’s showjumping has developed and she has qualified for a number of Championships and second rounds, including this summer’s Pony Newcomers Second Rounds. On board her main ride, Cruising for Candy, Gaby is also aiming for the Pony Foxhunter Second Rounds and the English Home Pony team.

A delighted Gaby was pleased to hear that she had become a NAF Shining Star and commented “I first heard about the award from Mia and it was something that I really hoped I would win one day, so to have been recognised is a really nice surprise. The academy is very enjoyable and I have met lots of new friends who I also get to see at competitions. I also like the training sessions and competing on academy teams. This summer, I’m really looking forward to competing in the second rounds and am hoping to get to Horse of the Year Show. I have also started working through the NAF Pony Five Star Awards and am enjoying that too.”

As a result of winning the NAF Shining Star Award, Gaby will kindly receive some NAF equine products to use and Melissa Newman, NAF Brand Manager, added “It is lovely to hear that Gaby has made new friends at the academy and has displayed such admirable characteristics. Being committed and a good team player is vital for a successful sporting career and Gaby is undoubtedly a dedicated young lady and very deserving of the NAF Shining Star Award. Good luck with your campaign and well done Gaby!”

The NAF Shining Star Award was introduced when NAF became a British Showjumping Business Partner. The award is for members of a Junior Academy who have shown a great deal of commitment, progression and outstanding behaviour along with their riding ability and much more. Riders are nominated by their lead coach, and then judged and awarded by NAF to one person each month.

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Posted on February 4th, 2016

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is providing love and care for an injured foal named Violet

Little cob Violet is just a few months old and was rescued from Tilbury in Essex on Wednesday 27th January by Redwings Horse Sanctuary, together with House and Jackson veterinary centre and the RSPCA.

The weanling was found with her mother and a young sibling, and she was suffering from a nasty, untreated wound on her left hind leg. Redwings’ Senior Field Officer Jo Franklin received a request for help from the attending RSPCA inspector and House and Jackson veterinary surgeon Ana Pereira to round up all three horses as they were suspected of being fly-grazed (grazed on land without the landowner’s permission).

“It was evident that the foal’s injury needed urgent veterinary attention, so ensuring her safety and causing as little distress as possible to all three while they were being rounded up was paramount,” reflected Jo. “Ana managed to catch the mare, and then her foals happily followed into the trailer, ready to be examined”.

An owner was identified for the three horses but agreed to relinquish ownership of Violet as her injury was such that it required ongoing veterinary treatment, which they sadly could not afford to provide. At approximately six months old Violet was old enough to be weaned from her mother, and so was taken to House and Jackson’s equine clinic for immediate veterinary care.

“We’re very pleased that the prognosis for Violet’s recovery is good and we’re hopeful she’ll make a full recovery with no permanent damage caused to her leg,” commented Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress. “Violet has received wonderful care from the team at House and Jackson and we are delighted to have today (Thursday 04 February) welcomed her permanently into the Redwings family at our Ada Cole Visitor Centre near Harlow in Essex”.

Violet’s initial veterinary treatment and rescue has already equated to more than £1,000 – including emergency treatment, X-rays, antibiotics and nursing – and she will continue to receive ongoing care from Redwings’ in-house veterinary team. However, as Lynn explains, “The rescue of this beautiful foal, her recovery and her bright future, reminds us all at Redwings exactly why we exist as a charity. But, of course, we can only exist and be there to help horses in need like Violet thanks to our fantastic supporters.

“We’ve all fallen in love with Violet and we’re looking forward to seeing her enjoy a happy life with fellow youngsters at the Sanctuary – and with the hope she may be able to have a second chance at a happy family home outside Redwings through our rehoming programme”.

If you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow and touched by Violet’s story, you can donate towards her ongoing care. Just £6 could fund a vet nurse to change the dressings on her injured leg. Simply text “HORS30 £6” to 70070 or visit Redwings’ website to help Violet today.

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Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Win the ultimate trip to the FEI World Cup Finals!

The FEI World Cup Finals offers the chance to see the best in top-class equestrian performances from both dressage and showjumping, with riders from around the world competing for a coveted place. It is the event to attend and Ariat are offering one lucky winner and a friend the chance to experience all the excitement of the show.

 Held in Gothenburg, Sweden, the winner of Ariat’s competition will gain themselves a pair of tickets to both the Longines FEI World Cup Showjumping Finals and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals, taking place on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March respectively. Alongside this, flights and accommodation for two nights (Saturday and Sunday) are also included in this amazing prize package.

 As the official footwear and apparel supplier of the FEI and a sponsor of the Longines World Cup Showjumping Finals, Ariat are thrilled to be offering this opportunity for one lucky person and a friend to experience equestrian competition at its very best.

 All details for the competition and how to enter can be found at

 The competition runs from 1st February to 22nd February 2016 and is only open to entrants from Europe. Full T&C’s are available on the website.

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Posted on February 1st, 2016

Musketeer Event Management and BEDE Events launch the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam

Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management and Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events have joined forces to launch an exciting new CIC3* Grand Slam, thanks to generous sponsorship from Shearwater Insurance.

The Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam has a refreshingly tempting £50,000, ‘winner-takes-all’ prize for any rider who can win three of the five CIC3* events; Burnham Market International, Belton International, Houghton International, Hopetoun International and Burgham International in 2016.

Jeremy Lawton, Managing Director of Shearwater Insurance, is a long-standing supporter of eventing, Shearwater Insurance famously owning 2004 individual Olympic gold medal winning Shear l’Eau as well as his 2000 Olympic team silver medal winning brother Shear H2O. Jeremy’s in-depth knowledge of the sport ranges from horses starting out at their first events to those tackling the biggest competitions on the circuit.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. Being experienced event horse owners ourselves we have supported the sport for many years and recognise the importance of offering good prize money across all levels of competition.

“The costs involved in owning, training and entering horses have only increased and we want to ensure that all riders have the potential to cover these costs. The hope is that by creating a prize pot of £50,000 we can not only support dedicated owners and riders but also raise the profile of the sport. By pitching the prize fund at the 3* level we believe that we have created a real opportunity for aspiring and amateur riders to win a significant amount of money,” explained Jeremy.

“As multiple event organisers and past competitors, Stuart and I are only too aware of the costs involved, both in competing and in ‘running the show’, said Alec Lochore. “Facilitating opportunities like this, I hope, show competitors that we are responding to their concerns regarding the level of prize money available in the sport and rewarding them for their skill and dedication.”

“To have such enthusiastic support from Shearwater Insurance is fantastic,” added Stuart. “Its generous prize fund is a real ‘golden goose’ that we hope will bring out the competitive nature of all riders competing at 3* level, and reward any rider who can achieve what is anything but an easy task.”

Martyn Johnson, organiser of Burgham Horse Trials, expressed his enthusiasm for the Grand Slam. “I am delighted Burgham is a part of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. It is a great concept which I think will really help to promote the sport and is a giant step in progressing the issues surrounding prize money for riders. A huge thanks should go to Jeremy Lawton and Shearwater as well for joining Stuart and Alec in his support of this progressive initiative.”

Early rider feedback has been positive. Australian Badminton winner Paul Tapner commented: “Eventing is a hugely popular, exciting and extreme equestrian sport. It is long overdue a prize fund to match its exhilarating nature and reward the expertise and dedication of the participants, both human and equine.

“International Event Riders on the world’s most competitive competition circuit here in the UK will all be hugely excited and motivated by the Tri-Star Grand Slam innovation. We are massively grateful to Shearwater Insurance for their longstanding, and now substantially increased, support of our sport.”

David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, added; “British Eventing are delighted to be a part of this exciting new Grand Slam initiative; delivering riders, owners, sponsors and spectators with a thrilling competition to follow throughout the season. It is great to see the support of Shearwater Insurance who are able to help provide riders and their connections with a generous prize pot to aim for through some of the most prestigious three star events in the country.”

Posted on January 29th, 2016

World Horse Welfare Marks 10m Views Milestone on YouTube

Horse charity World Horse Welfare has attracted more than 10 million unique views of its videos on its YouTube channel launched almost nine years ago and showcasing over 200 videos all produced in-house by the charity.

From inspirational stories of amazing rescues to transformed horses in loving new homes, the highs and lows of helping working horses in the world’s most impoverished communities, words of wisdom from its President HRH The Princess Royal and Chief Executive Roly Owers, inspiring campaigning calls to action, advice and tips on horse care and scenes that tug on the heartstrings, World Horse Welfare’s YouTube channel shares an engaging insight to the charity’s work across the globe.

With almost 18,000 subscribers, World Horse Welfare’s channel is also one of the most popular of any UK animal charity using the video sharing site.

The charity’s most viewed video (1.3m views) is the story of Thoroughbred Macy found starved and almost frozen to death with her young foal, Loca, in the winter of 2013. More recently, the tragic story of Rhoswyn the mare abandoned on the Welsh hills in early 2015 brought to life the stark reality of the UK’s horse crisis generating nearly 60,000 views whilst the unfailing dedication to horse welfare from a supporter who saved the lives of two ponies, Nellie and Napoleon, has been watched by almost 10,000 people.

World Horse Welfare film and photography officer Basil Hayes said:

“At World Horse Welfare we are always looking for different ways to demonstrate the breadth of our work and communicate with wider audiences, not only to raise awareness but also so that we can show our supporters in full colour exactly how their donations are helping horses.

“Video gives us the unique opportunity to demonstrate how World Horse Welfare improves the lives of thousands of horses around the world each year and this is the most powerful way to bring our work to life, to raise awareness of the welfare challenges horses face and help us share horse care knowledge and skills.

“Through video we’ve been able to reach the horse protectors of the future; spurring people into action so that we can continue our mission to create a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has watched and shared our videos over the last nine years and look forward to seeing what the next nine years will bring.  We’re especially grateful to JVC Kenwood UK Ltd, who donated our video camera six years ago and made these films possible.”

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Posted on January 29th, 2016

Protection for stabled horses from biting midge attacks

MAR16 Culicoides Biting

Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) can offer valuable protection to horses from Culicoides biting midges, which can transmit the devastating African horse sickness virus (AHSV), a new study by scientists at The Pirbright Institute has shown. We have a full report in our March edition.

Photo: Institute for Animal Heath


Posted on January 29th, 2016

Washed, prepped, ready to Show!

MAR16 Show Prep

With show season looming we look at the best ways to get your bays, greys and chestnuts shining with show preparation tips from the top. See March edition forkful details.

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Be Wise to Laminitis

MAR16 Laminitis

Are you keen to learn more about laminitis? Do you need expert advice regarding the correct and effective management of your horse or pony to minimise their susceptibility to laminitis? If so, Equine Education is offering an excellent online course, ‘Nutritional Management of Laminitis’ and we find out more about it in our March edition.

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Love, love, love!

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Love is definitely in the air in our February edition, as we profile some of the fabulous gifts available for your horse-mad valentine this year! From mittens to jewellery, clutch bags to jodhpurs boots we’ve got something for everyone!