Posted on November 5th, 2019

Essex’s Michael Fursedonn claims the SEIB Winter Novice Championship Qualifier at Addington Equestrian

The Winter Classic Show at Addington Equestrian took place over the back end of last week and the venue played host to a number of qualifiers including the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier held on Saturday morning. A large field of seventy-two competitors came forward with hopes of claiming one of two qualifying tickets available for the Championship Final at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead next summer.  

Course Designer Phil Ashworth built a fair track for the first round with twenty-seven of the initial starters producing a first round clear. The jump-off whittled the clears down to seven and the top of the leaderboard proved to be very tight with the first six placings separated by less than two seconds.

Brentwood based Michael Fursedonn took the win on board his own Cevins Pleasure, a 5-year-old British bred chestnut gelding by Cevin Z. They topped the leaderboard with a double clear in a time of 38.04 seconds. Just 0.06 of a second separated the top two placings with Helen Rees and her own 6 -ear-old British bred mare, Bianca Du Rouet, picking up the second qualifying ticket on offer after they crossed the finish line in 38.10 seconds.


Photo: Hoofprints Photography

Posted on November 4th, 2019

Date for the Diary: Most celebrated equestrian artist in the UK exhibits in Belgravia

Katie O’Sullivan, whose collectors include Duke of Edinburgh, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, Earl and Countess of Derby, will be exhibiting 35 new works in a solo exhibition running from 6th November to 28th November.

Born in London 1959, Katie is from an Irish family, and graduated from the Chelsea College of Art. She has been exhibiting her work since 1981, most often at The Osborne Studio Gallery, but also in New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Married to the trainer Jamie Osborne, who keeps at least 70 horses in their stables at any one time, she lives and works in the middle of the racing scene of Upper Lambourn, Berkshire.

The late Sir Peter O’Sullevan, the Voice of Racing, who was Chairman of the Osborne Studio Gallery, describes her painting with his usual mastery: “Katie is quite simply one of the most original and beguiling interpreters of the power and grace of the horse in the history of equine art.”

Her painting is never dull, she uses gold and silver leaf, paints over collages of old engravings.  Her subjects are not confined to thoroughbred racehorses and jockeys, but inspired by African wildlife and for this exhibition she has been drawn to the beauty and brilliance of birds.

Katie has been working for 18 hours a day to complete this portrait of thoroughbred stallion Northern Dancer, surrounded by portraits of his progeny, all champions.

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Posted on November 1st, 2019

November 2019 – VetSpec








Posted on November 1st, 2019

November 2019 – TurmerAid








Posted on November 1st, 2019

November 2019 – EG07 Aries Boots








Posted on November 1st, 2019

November 2019 – Horseshoe Heart








Posted on October 31st, 2019

SEIB Insurance Brokers to grant £50,000 to good causes in 2020

The third annual running of the SEIB Insurance Brokers Charity Awards will result in £50,000 being granted to good causes in 2020. SEIB will grant £25,000 to one winning charity and the remaining £25,000 will go to six runners-up. All winning charities will be nominated by the general public and then voted for by customers of SEIB. The grants will be presented to the winning charities at the SEIB Charity Awards luncheon on the 20th March 2020 at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel.

The public are invited to put their nominations forward for the charity they would like to see win the top £25K prize. Nominations are open now and will close on the 28th November. Once a shortlist of charities has been drawn up, SEIB clients will have the final vote for their favourite project. The winning charity and runners up will be announced at the 2020 SEIB Charity Awards luncheon.

SEIB Chief Executive Officer Barry Fehler explained: “At SEIB we firmly believe in contributing to the common good. I was very proud when we held our first charity awards in 2018 and I am delighted that we are able to be once again granting money to the causes that really matter to our loyal customers. The feedback we have had from recipients of our previous grants is humbling.”

The winners of the 2019 SEIB Charity Awards, World Horse Welfare, have been very quick to voice their thanks for their project of ‘vital new equipment’. The SEIB charity grant paid for a new tractor and trailer at World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm and drone with a high-res camera to help locate horses in hard to reach areas.

World Horse Welfare’s Field Officer, Rachel Andrews said: “The drone has been invaluable recently in Snowdonia National Park. There were significant concerns regarding a group of up to 30 wild ponies and as the terrain was extremely difficult underfoot, the drone enabled us to locate these ponies so that we could access them from the nearest track.  This meant reduced stress for the ponies and it means that we can continue to monitor them over the winter when they will be even more difficult to access.”

Always known for ‘putting something back’, SEIB is a commercial business with a charitable purpose. The company insures numerous charities and not for profit organisations. SEIB is an independent broker but is ultimately owned by a charity called the Allchurches Trust Limited and profits are used for good causes. The aim of SEIB’s immediate owner, the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc, aims to give £100million for good causes through the Allchurches Trust by 2020.

No charity is too small to be in the running for the 2020 SEIB charity giving, but turnover is capped at £15m. The grant will have to be used for a specific project which will make a true difference to the cause it is aimed at. All charities will need to be UK registered and projects are to be UK based but past winners will not be eligible.

Giving is embedded in the culture of SEIB. From supporting grass roots competition that gives opportunities to amateur riders that they could only otherwise dream about, right through to the company’s long-term support of research carried out by the Animal Health Trust.

To find out more and to nominate your favourite charity please visit:


Photo: WHW L to R Barry Fehler, Roly Owers, Suzy Middleton, Emma Williams and Bipin Thaker

Posted on October 29th, 2019

Showing Judges announced for Horse of the Year Show 2020

The 2020 Horse of the Year Show will take place from Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October, with the first qualifier taking place in spring. Here is a list of the judges for HOYS 2020:
















The M&M Ridden Pony of the Year judges will be released later this autumn while changes to the class format are discussed.


Posted on October 29th, 2019

Peaceful gathering of horses and riders in Shouldham Warren

Local riders braved the wet weather recently to show their support for the #sorrynoquarry campaign

Riders both mounted and on foot gathered together on Saturday 26th October to add their voices to the campaign to save Shouldham Warren from the threat of a quarry.  The Warren is a popular place for riders with many travelling from outlying areas to enjoy the wonderful scenery.  It’s one of the few places in this part of Norfolk where riders can meet and ride together without worrying about having to navigate busy roads.

Vikki Muller a horse owner from King’s Lynn who attended with her family said, “We have attended this peaceful protest to show people how much we care about the Warren. We use it regularly to ride our horses in safety and also to walk our dog in this beautiful woodland.”

Sally McCall another horse owner said, “ I came because the Warren is an amazing place of natural beauty where I feel safe to ride my young horse without the danger of riding on the roads with fast traffic and lorries.”

Jenny Simpson from Brook Farm Liveries, who organised the event, said, “This is a beautiful place, full of wildlife and popular with riders, walkers, cyclists and families. It provides safe off-road riding for so many and it is unfathomable that this ancient woodland environment is under threat from the Norfolk County Council mineral and waste plan, particularly given the climate crisis we now face. We wanted to do something to add our voices to the campaign run by CATSS (Campaigners against two silica sites Marham/Shouldham), and so we are standing together with fellow riders to say ‘sorry no quarry’.  At a time where road accidents involving horses and riders are on the rise, protecting safe off-road public access spaces such as the Warren is so important. The fact that so many people came despite the awful weather just goes to prove how strongly we feel about preserving this place for the future.”

A British Horse Society Spokesperson said “It is vital that we are able to secure a safe and substantial off-road network for the future generations. Many equestrian routes are fragmented and can now only be reached using busy roads. Our research has shown that there have been over 3,737 road incidents reported to us since November 2010, which involved the deaths of 315 horses and 43 riders. Therefore the need for off-road places to ride has never been so important. The British Horse Society launched Project Jigsaw with the aim of enabling every rider and carriage driver to access a safe network of off-road paths. We are aiming to tackle the issue of our limited and fragmented routes, and connecting them to build a full and complete picture.”

The deadline for lodging objections to the inclusion of Shouldham Warren in the Norfolk County Council plan is 5pm at 30th October and it’s not too late to get involved. There is an online petition, an electronic objection form and several letter templates on the CATSS website along with lots more information.

Posted on October 23rd, 2019

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