Posted on May 23rd, 2019

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Posted on May 9th, 2019

International athletes line up to contest the 2019 FEI Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International

There are just two weeks to go until the 2019 Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International, incorporating the FEI Eventing Nations Cup. This year the event runs from 23rd – 26th May and will, as usual, welcome riders from across the globe.

Fifteen nations will be represented, from Spain and Sweden to Brazil, Canada and Australia. Entries for the headline ‘CCISO4*’ class, which incorporates the only British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, are strong – but will any team successfully challenge the winner of the previous four years, Germany?

Serious contenders for victory in this competitive class include recent Badminton Horse Trials winner Piggy French, who brings forward Cooley Monsoon and Graf Cavalier. Piggy’s fellow team gold medallist from last year’s World Equestrian Games, Gemma Tattersall also has two chances with Jalapeno III and Santiago Bay, while overseas riders to watch are Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Vittoria Panizzon (ITA). Vittoria has entered her punchy little grey mare, crowd favourite Borough Pennyz.

Other top riders throwing their hats in to the ring at Houghton include Eventing icon Lucinda Green, past Badminton winner Sam Griffiths, another British World Championship team gold medallist Tom McEwen and Swedish team medallist Ludwig Svennerstall.

Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International also plays host to, and sponsors, the British Eventing Under 21 Championships. The on-form Heidi Coy, who took individual silver at last summer’s Junior European Championship, has four horses entered – including her medal winning Royal Fury, and it would be hard to bet against her topping the leaderboard at Houghton. Bubby Upton is likely to be her biggest threat – Cola III is a previous seven-year-old Young Horse champion and finished second at Houghton last year, while Eros DHI should also be in contention.

Running alongside the International event, there are showjumping, combined training, dressage, arena eventing and pony club classes, as well as the popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers, while new for this year is an invitation only Varsity challenge between teams from Oxford and Cambridge.

For those less horse-orientated there will be ‘have a go’ dog agility hosted by Riding for the Disabled, Musketeer’s charity for this year, children’s entertainment, over 70 tradestands, food outlets, and a licenced bar.

One option worth considering is camping on site. This is a truly unique opportunity as camping is not allowed at Houghton Hall at any other time of the year. Camping packages can cover anything from one night to the whole event.

Tickets can be bought in advance via the website, and on the Gate, which opens at 8.30am every day.

Posted on May 7th, 2019

Bransby Horses reveals plans for their Summer Fayre

Lincolnshire-based equine charity, Bransby Horses, is hosting their 44th annual Summer Fayre on Sunday 2nd June. Last year, the Summer Fayre attracted a record number of visitors and it is hoped the Fayre this year will be another success for the charity. For many in the area, it is a chance to visit the local gem, take the family for a day out and meet some of the 400 animals the charity looks after across 600 acres of beautiful countryside.

Entry to Bransby Horses is free and the charity has confirmed they will have more activities than ever this year. There will be horse demonstrations, a trailer training and loading demonstration, a riding team display, falconry, children’s play zone, arts and crafts, a dog show, dog agility display, shopping (including a second hand tack sale), glitter tattoos, charity stands, a barbecue and a wide selection of food available. There will also be the usual picturesque walkways available to enjoy a stroll, so families can visit some of the horses, donkeys and mules who are living there.

Visitors can travel by car as there is plenty of parking (suggested donation £1) but Stagecoach will also be providing a free local bus service from Lincoln City Centre Bus Station which runs through Saxilby and stops at the Visitor Centre at Bransby Horses. Bus times and stop details can be found here

Having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, the charity has also recently confirmed they have almost reached 1,000 equines in their care. More than 400 equines living on site and 500 rehomed but continuing to receive support from the charity. In fact, last year alone, the charity helped rescue and rehabilitate 93 horses, donkeys and mules showing how the role of public support continues to be pivotal to the continuation of the work the charity do.

Vicky Varney, Event Coordinator at Bransby Horses said: “The Summer Fayre is quite honestly one of my favourite events of the year as it brings our team and animals together with neighbours, supporters, animal-lovers and families looking for a fun day out. It is a really good community event and as well as raising money for us to continue our work, it gives us the chance to catch up with friends and meet new people, share our knowledge and lots of our stories. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of the public and we are always touched by the distance some people travel to visit us. Thank you everyone!”

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Posted on May 1st, 2019

May 2019 – Phillips Brothers Bedding








Posted on May 1st, 2019

May 2019 – Mollichaff








Posted on May 1st, 2019

May 2019 – Alltech: Hickstead Derby Meeting tickets








Posted on May 1st, 2019

May 2019 – Fleck Event Bat







Posted on April 30th, 2019

Raring to go for the Redwings Show!

With less than two weeks to go, final preparations are underway for Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual show which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The Redwings Show will return on Sunday 12th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre, near Stowmarket in Suffolk, and offers classes to suit all abilities.

While entries are welcome on the day, early-bird entries will close on Sunday 5th May so make sure to put your name down now to avoid missing out.

In celebration of the Redwings Show’s 10th birthday, winners will be presented with an exciting array of new prizes. This year’s Supreme Champion will take home the top prize of 25 bales of bedding donated by Sundown Products (delivered to an address of their choice), while other prizes include a £150 voucher from showjumping manufacturer Jump 4 Joy, £100 Spillers feed voucher, saddlecloths donated by SEIB Insurance Brokers, and goodie bags from Equilibrium Products.

Young competitors will also have the chance to get their hands on annuals donated by Pony Magazine, while Diss Event Photography – who will be capturing the highlights of the day – have also added to the prize haul with vouchers for free prints for some of the winners.

The Redwings Show offers a varied schedule of showing classes, from traditional In-Hand and Ridden Showing classes, to Working Hunter, Veteran and Heavy Horse classes. The dedicated Novice Ring and Just for Fun classes also provide new or young competitors the chance to enjoy some practice in the show-ring and take home a rosette or two… or more!

The popular Best Rescue classes, open to any horse or pony rehomed from a registered charity, will also return, while the Donkey Breed Society affiliated donkey classes, which are open to members and non-members, will for the first time include a class for miniature donkeys too.

Due to the current concerns regarding the equine flu outbreak, Redwings will be asking entrants to show their horses’ passports on the day to prove their vaccinations are up-to-date prior to competing.

Redwings Show organiser Jude Palmer, said: “With less than two weeks to go, we’re really excited and looking forward to welcoming competitors, both old and new. With the showing season getting underway, the Redwings Show is the perfect opportunity to get some practice in and you could go away with one of this year’s great new prizes. We’re so proud to be marking 10 years of this fun and inclusive event and we hope as many horse owners as possible will be able to join us in celebration!”

The full schedule and entry forms can be downloaded at, or alternatively you can contact show organiser Jude Palmer on 01508 481032 or email

Posted on April 30th, 2019

Ride Like: Leah Beckett

Leah Beckett, international dressage rider and Aloeride sponsored rider gives readers takes a look at lateral work and how incorporating it into your every day training can have so many benefits for you and your horse. See our June issue for the full article…

Posted on April 30th, 2019

50 Faces Campaign

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. In our June issue we meet two remarkable people connected with this story, Alex Sullivan and Lizzie Bennett…