Posted on December 4th, 2014

WIN VIP Tickets to Olympia with SEIB Insurance Brokers

WIN VIP Hospitality tickets to Olympia with SEIB Insurance Brokers – The grand finale of the equestrian year, the London International Horse Show at Olympia is a truly festive occasion. Enjoy all the action in the main arena including the SEIB British Riding Clubs Quadrille of the Year as the finalists put on their best performance, plus VIP hospitality throughout the day.
One lucky winner will receive two VIP tickets for Sunday 21st December including entrance to the Grand Hall, shopping village and gallery level, lunch, complimentary programme and use of our private box for the duration of the performance as guests of SEIB.

To enter this fantastic competition please visit www.seib.co.uk/Olympia. Or Facebook at www.facebook.com/seibltd.

Entries close on Wednesday 10th December. The winner will be announced on Thursday 11th December on the SEIB Insurance Brokers social media channels. Terms and Conditions apply.


Posted on December 4th, 2014

Buy Your Early Bird Tickets NOW: One Day with Linda and Pat Parelli

The event takes place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire on March 7th and the last day to buy your tickets at early bird prices is December 30, 2014.

The day will include Savvy Team demonstrations, developing horses with a variety of problems or issues, to learning more about Horsenality and so much more.

Spending time with like-minded people throughout the day will also prove inspiring with Parelli Natural Horsemanship based on understanding horse nature and psychology to enable anyone at any level, whether you are a beginner or international competitor, to have fun with horses and achieve amazing results naturally.

Parelli Natural Horsemanship is the world’s most popular horsemanship education programme with the goal to help raise the level of horsemanship for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.

By practicing the Parelli programme, horsemen and women of all disciplines and skill levels are able to build solid, reliable foundations with their horses.

Buy your tickets today!

Tickets are priced from £39 to £99. Anyone buying 10 tickets in one transaction will receive one free.

To buy tickets contact Parelli UK on 0800 0234 813 or visit the Parelli webshop at www.parelli.com

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Posted on December 2nd, 2014

Voting closing soon: Charlotte Dujardin for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Following another record breaking season of success, dressage star, Charlotte Dujardin, has been nominated as one of the 10 finalists for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. The winner will be announced during a televised live awards show on Sunday, 14th December 2014.

Dujardin, last week crowned The Sunday Times Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year, is currently the reigning Olympic, European and World Champion, the first time a British rider has simultaneously held these three titles.

Charlotte’s outstanding achievements along with her bubbly personality make her a wonderful ambassador for the horse world, for dressage and for Absorbine horse care and grooming products, one of her main sponsors.

“I’m thrilled to be nominated for Sports Personality of the Year 2014 and especially being in the company of such incredible athletes. To be nominated for my achievements in this way is also thanks to the team we have behind us supporting our careers and I couldn’t be more grateful to the team at Absorbine for being such great sponsors and friends”, said Charlotte.

Chris Jacobi, General Manager, Equine Division at Absorbine said, “We are just delighted with this latest news from our sponsored rider. It goes to show how far you can get through determination and hard work which are traits we value very highly at Absorbine. We look forward to voting for Charlotte on the 14th December and continuing our support of her through next season”.

To vote for Charlotte in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on the 14th December it is necessary to register before the event. Please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/30172271. Phone votes can just ring in on the night.

NOV14 Charlotte Dujardin


Posted on December 2nd, 2014

Opening of Championships Increases Opportunities to Compete at HOYS 2015

Some exciting developments have taken place involving two Championships at Horse of the Year. The Ladies’ Hunter of the Year and Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championships will include changes allowing a greater number of competitors to aim for glory at HOYS.

The Ladies’ Hunter of the Year Championship will become the Ladies’ Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship. From 2015, this final will be open to hacks, cobs and riding horses, as well as hunters, ridden side saddle by a lady. To reflect this, the final will renamed the Ladies’ Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship. The aim of this move is to encourage greater participation in the class and to make it appeal to a wider audience.

The Championship and its qualifiers will remain under the administration of the British Show Horse Association, and horses will be judged according to their type, in addition to their suitability as a side saddle animal.

Introduced only last year, the hugely popular Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championship was open to ponies whose breeding is, in part, Welsh or Arab. With immediate effect, ponies whose breeding is in part Dartmoor, New Forest or Connemara will also be able to contest qualifiers and the final. To be eligible, ponies must be on the part-bred register of the corresponding breed society.

Full rules will be published on the HOYS website once they have been finalised.

Helena Pettit, Manager Director of Horse of the Year Show organiser Grandstand Media Ltd, said: “The inclusion of partbred Dartmoors, New Forests and Connemaras in the Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championship creates a showcase for the importance of British native breeds in the breeding of ponies for the show ring. We hope this will also encourage people with ponies from eventing and working hunter backgrounds to participate.

“The expansion of our Side Saddle Championship will allow a wider audience of horse owners to contend a prestigious title.”


Posted on December 1st, 2014

Cold Water Therapy explained

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Want to find out more about cold therapy for horses? Check out our article in the January edition for advice on when to use this form of therapy, how to get the most from it and the best products on the market to help.

 


Posted on December 1st, 2014

Riding Holidays Abroad!

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Ever fancied holidaying in Portugal, more specifically Monte Velho, which boasts stunning accommodation, a Lusitano stud farm and the option for training or trail rides? Or perhaps you consider yourself to be an ideal candidate as a riding instructor in the USA as part of a Summercamp placement? Bring a bit of sunshine in to your life with our uplifting guide!

 


Posted on December 1st, 2014

VetWatch: Ophthalmology

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From an evolutionary perspective, all equines are prey animals and, as such, their sight has evolved to provide an almost panoramic field of vision, in part by positioning the eyes high up on the head in a prominent position. One consequence of this is that they become particularly vulnerable to trauma and injury. Combined with the widespread presence of fencing, hedging and all manner of protruding objects in the immediate environment where horses are commonly kept, dealing with ocular injuries is a common activity in equine veterinary practice. All eye injuries should be considered as an emergency and should be assessed and treated promptly by a veterinary surgeon. Chris Lehrbach BVMS MVM Cert ES (Orth) MRCVS covers some of the more common types of injury to the eyeball and associated structures surrounding the eye within the December edition.

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Posted on December 1st, 2014

Horse Health: Who Can Do What In Your Horse’s Mouth?

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The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has issued guidance to horse owners to help them understand the rules surrounding equine dental care. See page 21 of our December edition for BEVA recommendations.

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Posted on December 1st, 2014

Horse Health: Winter Preparations

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Caring for a horse is a huge commitment, not only financially but with your time too. We have experienced quite a mild autumn so far but harsh winter days and nights will soon be here so it’s best to be prepared. The British Horse Society share some season advice with Absolute Horse readers in our December edition.

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Posted on December 1st, 2014

Treat Street

DEC14 Treat Street

We all like to reward our horses with treats for good behaviour, but can you give them too much of a good thing? Jane Buchan of Baileys Horse Feeds discusses.

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