Posted on July 31st, 2014

British Eventing Launch Regional Coaching Development Dates for 2014

Dates for British Eventing’s Regional Coaching Development days, supported by Sport England, have now been launched for the 2014 – 15 year. The Coach Training days, which are delivered by nine BE Regional Coach Educators based around the country are now in their third year and have incorporated additional dates in some regions to accommodate demand.

The aim of the days is to provide guidance and information on coaching best practice, improving knowledge and gaining qualifications. The days are open to both BE Accredited and non-accredited coaches and are designed to accommodate for trainers with all levels of experience. Titled ‘Making Good Coaching Assessments’ the days will cover how coaches can efficiently assess riders to more effectively provide adequate coaching and produce better results. The days also offer a good opportunity for Coaches to meet their Regional Coach Educator who is available for Coaching advice and support.

All dates are available to book on the Training & Education Portal on the BE Website:

Absolute Horse region dates:
Monday 29 September – Westwood Lodge, Peterborough, Nikki Herbert
Tuesday 30 September – Fenning Farm, Cambridgeshire, Nikki Herbert

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Katie Jerram Supports Essex Bridleways

Showing star Katie Jerram has become a Patron of Essex Bridleways Association. One of the country’s leading show producers, Katie and her family are staunch supporters of public rights of way having cleared overgrown byways and footpaths since moving to their Essex farm some 50 years ago.

Katie, who lists HM The Queen among her owners, had no hesitation in taking on the role, saying: “I am delighted to help EBA raise awareness of the work they carry out on behalf of riders in our county. I’m fortunate to have land and space to ride on locally so I fully appreciate how important it is that rights of way remain open throughout Essex and that lost routes are reclaimed to ensure off-road access to our beautiful countryside.”

EBA Chair, Julia Wilson said, “This is a very exciting time for EBA and we are thrilled that Katie has agreed to become our Patron. We are a small charity with a committed band of volunteers and our fundraising rides mean that we can also pay for dedicated research and development work which offers long term benefits for Essex riders. However, our significant equestrian population is being placed under intense pressure as Essex becomes ever more urbanised. We are making progress but always need more help and would urge horse owners to at least join EBA to support this work.”

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Posted on July 29th, 2014

Winner of Alltech’s Equine Hero From Cambs

The latest winner of Alltech’s global search for an equine hero is awarded to Katrina Seward from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire.

Katrina was nominated by Vicky Jeffries, a long time friend of Katrina and her 26-year-old daughter Bianca.

With the help of her mum, Bianca runs a training yard specialising in problem horses, breaking and schooling youngsters and producing competition horses, as well as competing in affiliated show jumping.

For many years Vicky has spent time with Katrina and their horses and credits her will helping her fulfil her own dream of owning a horse.

Vicky had this to say of her equine hero: “Katrina’s daughter Bianca loves to show jump and compete at shows. Katrina dedicates all of her time to helping Bianca with shows and show preparation and drives all over the country to ensure that Bianca can take part in the best competitions.

“Not only does Katrina ensure that Bianca gets to the competition, but she also continually makes sacrifices, going without things herself so that Bianca and the horses can have everything they need while competing.

“Apart from being a wonderful mother and an Equine Hero to her daughter, Katrina is also an Equine Hero to me as she is always helping me out. Katrina invests her time in making sure that I can attend some unaffiliated shows and at the shows she organises everything and is always on standby to lend a hand, her help is invaluable!

“Katrina’s kindness knows no bounds; helping me to get my very first pony Prince, who I still have today.”

Vicky finishes by saying:” Katrina does so much for us that she deserves something for herself and this is why she is my Equine Hero!”

Alltech’s campaign to recognise equine heroes has captured the imagination of people in the UK with Katrina being voted the second UK based equine hero in the past three months.

If you know an Equine Hero and want to recognise the hard work they do, you can nominate them by filling in the form on the Equine Hero website.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy takes place from August 23 – September 7.

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Posted on July 29th, 2014

Carousel RC Novice Cross Country at Lexham Hall

Saturday 2nd August Carousel Riding Club will be holding their Charity Novice Cross Country event at Lexhan Hall, North Norfolk (by kind permission of Mr and Mrs N. Foster).

The courses at Lexham range in size form 35cm to 80cm, so this event is suitable for everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced horse and rider. The course runs over the beautiful old parkland at Lexham so the going is good, whatever the weather! So a great day out for both competitors and spectators.

The day starts at 10am with Clear Round which will run until approximately 10.45. Entries can be made on the day.

This year Carousel are using proceeds from this event to support Riding for the Disabled. Full details of Saturday’s competition can be found on the Club’s

Posted on July 28th, 2014

Hertfordshire’s Young Showjumper Katie Waldock-Smith Wins

Fourteen-year-old Katie Waldock-Smith from Ware, Hertfordshire won the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round hosted by Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton, Buckinghamshire as part of their popular  Pony Premier Show on Saturday 19th  July 2014.

Up for grabs at this second round were two direct qualifying tickets for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show and all of the seventy-six starting combinations went with the aim of taking one of these tickets home.

After two rounds of competition, the final jump off was well contested by the twelve combinations who made it through into it. Five combinations then went on to produce a treble clear and the order of places came down to the ever crucial clock.

The fastest treble clear of the class was achieved Katie on Ross Cottage, an 11 year-old bay mare owned by Deborah Waldock. Katie and Ross Cottage were in the enviable position of being drawn last to go in the jump off and after having seen four treble clears already produced before her, Katie knew that only a treble clear in a quick time would secure her the win. This is something that she and Ross Cottage duly achieved and they did so in 36.20 seconds.

Sophia Fox (15) from Greenfield, Bedfordshire took second place on board Glenarousk Flash Bandit, a 10 year-old grey gelding owned by Deborah Fox. Sophia also went on to produce three immaculate rounds to finish on a treble clear in 36.54 seconds

The first two pony and rider combinations, disregarding those already qualified, will qualify for the Horse of the Year Show. The first five, disregarding those already qualified, will qualify for the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival. Ponies and riders that jump a treble clear also qualify for the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival.

Posted on July 28th, 2014

Essex Showjumper Selected for Squad

Jared Lunn, 15, from Harkwell in Essex has been selected for the Team Fairfax Pony European Championship Squad representing Great Britain in the forthcoming FEI Pony European Jumping Championships which will be held during the 29th July – 3rd August at Millstreet in Ireland.

Jared will be partnering his father Richard’s 11-year-old piebald mare Javas Alun.

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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 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!