Posted on July 17th, 2019

Countryfile to Salute RDA in its 50th Anniversary Year

BBC Countryfile is to honour RDA in its 50th anniversary year with a programme dedicated to the charity and its work. The episode, which airs on Sunday 28th July, includes an interview by with RDA’s President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, conducted by broadcasting legend and long-time Countryfile presenter John Craven.

The interview was filmed on the opening day of the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, where presenters John Craven and Anita Rani spent an enjoyable day with some of the events 500 competitors, as well as volunteers and family members.

The Gloucestershire-themed episode features seven-year-old RDA rider Lily McKay and her mum, Alison. Lily rides at Patchwork RDA in Nailsworth. In an emotional interview, Alison explains how RDA has helped Lily and how proud she is of her achievements.

Championships competitor, Tracey Thomas, who rides at Talland RDA in Cirencester, also features in the programme as she prepares for the competition. The crew then followed her to Hartpury to find out how she gets on in the Countryside Challenge competition.

As well as featuring RDA’s golden anniversary, the episode also marks a milestone for John Craven, who is celebrating an astonishing 30 years of presenting the BBC’s flagship rural programme.

RDA Communication’s Manager, Caroline Ward said: “We are delighted that the BBC have thrown their support behind RDA by giving us this opportunity to feature on Countryfile. We are also grateful to Her Royal Highness for agreeing to be interviewed as part of the programme. It was a joyful day at the Championships and I hope that viewers will enjoy celebrating our 50th anniversary with us.”

The programme themed Gloucestershire airs on BBC 1 on July 28th.

Posted on July 9th, 2019

Bolesworth Young Horse Champs – for just £5.00 and FREE Car Parking

The new Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Show looks set to provide a feast of sporting action and entertainment.

With a host of high-class show jumping and equestrian sport over the five days – 14th to 18th August in the stunning grounds of Bolesworth Castle – the event will provide a fantastic day out for equestrian sport enthusiasts

Tickets are now on sale at just £5 with free parking, when booked in advance online, giving event goers the chance to watch superb competition in an iconic setting.

Bolesworth have teamed up with TheraPlate UK, to give members of British Eventing, British Dressage, or British Showjumping the once in a lifetime chance to win British bred mare Bolesworth Havana, by Arkol out of a top jumping mare, coupled with a K21 TheraPlate.

Everyone purchasing a Golden Ticket for £30 or £50 for two, will gain free entry to the show on a day of their choice.

Entries for the show are now open and filling fast for what promises to be an event to remember in the Cheshire sporting calendar.

With a great selection of equestrian and lifestyle shopping there is plenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the day and into the evening. Why not enjoy a day out with friends and family, catch all the action from the fun Mini Major class or watch the heart stopping Theraplate UK Puissance.

The Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, will incorporate the Official British Showjumping Young Horse Championships and qualifiers for the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) Championships, held at Lanaken in September.

These will run alongside CSI** and CSIAm International classes with the young horses all having the chance to experience jumping in the amphitheatre-style International Arena with the atmosphere of a true world-class competition.

Other highlights of the show will include the second leg of Bolesworth’s new Eventing Grand Prix series, an Elite Stallion Showcase, and two new Elite Auctions.

General Admission Tickets are now on sale or why not enjoy the show from the fantastic setting of hospitality complete with evening entertainment, premium bars and superb viewing.  Onsite camping is also available and can be booked online.

To book your tickets visit

Posted on July 8th, 2019

Visit the RDA National Championships and Meet You Tube Sensation This Esme!

With just a week to go until the start of the RDA National Championships, excitement is really starting to build as the charity’s flagship event gets ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

To raise awareness of the amazing achievements of RDA participants and the fantastic work of its volunteers, You Tube sensation This Esme will be attending the event on Saturday 13th July.

With more than three million views per month to her channel, Esme will be creating vlogs live from the championships as well as meeting competitors and presenting awards and prizes.

A keen supporter of volunteering, Esme gained her own Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) which is designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism. Through this she expanded her own knowledge of the benefits of horse riding.

Esme said: “I am thrilled to be able to support RDA in their 50th anniversary year and look forward to meeting as many people as possible at the event and it would be great to inspire a few new volunteers.”

Communications Co-ordinator Beth Randles said: “We are so excited that Esme is coming to see us, to find out more about this fantastic event and helping to raise awareness of the need for new volunteers. She will also highlight the amazing achievements of our participants through her vlogs to her many young followers.”

The RDA National Championships is free to attend for anyone looking for a great day out with hundreds of competitors from all over the country taking part in events including carriage driving, Countryside Challenge, dressage, showjumping, vaulting and showing.

Providing an opportunity to get together RDA Groups, volunteers and participants, the RDA National Championships boasts a fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie that is unrivalled at any other equestrian event.

The RDA National Championships takes place between 12th – 14th July at Hartpury College, Gloucester.

For more information about the RDA National Championships email Bethan Randles at

Posted on July 4th, 2019

Entries now open for Horse of the Year Show

Grandstand Media Ltd are delighted to announce that entries are now open for Horse of the Year Show 2019 which will be held at the Resorts World Arena, Birmingham’s NEC from the 2nd – 6th October.

Throughout the week, the show hosts a line-up of national and international Showjumping classes, Dressage and a multitude of top class Showing Championships as well as  crowning of two supreme championship titles. Returning to the Andrews Bowen International arena this year will be the Osbourne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry, as well as the always entertaining Pony Club Mounted Games. The show will come to a close on Sunday night with an exciting line up of entertainment with further information to be announced over the coming weeks. For competitor information and the online schedule follow this link

“This year, aside from the five days of non-stop competition, we are delighted to be welcoming some fantastic displays as part of our action packed timetable. ‘Lorenzo: The Flying Frenchman’ is set to thrill audiences with his exceptional bond with his horses, balancing on their backs as they perform intricate movements and take on fences. French performer Mélie Philippot and her dancing duo (Quizas and Diego) will be making their UK debut of the display ‘My Little Sister’, combining liberty work and dressage movements with a little light comedy in this thoroughly entertaining performance; providing a perfect interlude to the nail-biting competition! Also new for 2019 is the Showjumping Masterclass with Graham Fletcher and Family which will be held on the Wednesday along with fellow Olympian Emile Faurie who will be hosting the HOYS Dressage Masterclass on Thursday.”

The Retail Village which comprises of over 250 trade stands, plays host to the HOYS Live Zone with an interactive line-up of talks and meet and greet opportunities from industry experts, along with the addition of a new for 2019 HOYS Champagne Bar.

Each horse/pony entered for the show will be allocated three complimentary passes for the day/s of its class/classes. These are intended for the Rider, the Owner and the Groom. These passes, subject to capacity, will also entitle the wearer to enter the Stable Area, Andrews Bowen International Arena, TopSpec Arena, Indoor and Outdoor Collecting Rings and the Retail Village on the allocated day. Additional exhibitor wristlets can be purchased online via the entries system up until the close of entries.  After this date passes will be available for purchase at the show only.  All wristlets are offered on a first come first served basis. The final date for entries is 30th August 2019.

Posted on July 1st, 2019

Leading Equine College Backs Strangles Day of Action

One of the UK’s leading education providers on equine care, Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucester, has lent its support to Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s Speak Out On Strangles Day.

Taking place on Saturday 6th July, this special day of action is calling on the equestrian community to come together to stamp out the stigma and fight this prevalent, but preventable infectious disease, which has at least 600 recorded outbreaks per year and causes misery not just for horses but equestrian businesses too.

On the day, Redwings representatives will be talking to participants at Hartpury’s Festival of Dressage, which is taking place from 3rd to 7th July, and encouraging as many people as possible to show their support by taking the Stamp Out Strangles Pledge.

To date, over 450 horse owners and 125 yard managers nationwide have already pledged to take proactive steps to protect their horses from infectious disease and to tackle the stigma sadly still associated with strangles.

Andie Vilela, Redwings’ Education and Campaigns Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that our day of action is being backed by Hartpury University and Hartpury College and thank them for the fantastic opportunity to spread the word about our campaign to their competitors and guests.

“With many horses from many different locations coming together to compete, it’s the perfect time to remind everyone about how they can reduce the risk of spreading disease at events and back at home. Our campaign urges yard managers and horse owners not to wait for an outbreak before putting procedures in place, so we’ll be asking everyone to take our Pledge and help us make good biosecurity measures the norm.”

Rosie Scott-Ward, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, added: “Hartpury is delighted to endorse Redwings’ Stamp Out Strangles campaign. Our yard has already made the Yard Manager’s Pledge and we are asking others to do the same. The campaign spreads the word about how we can all do our bit to reduce the risk of this devastating disease and encourages everyone to communicate openly and respectfully – something that is so important when effectively managing an outbreak.

“That’s why we are going to be taking part in Redwings’ Speak Out On Strangles Day on 6th July during the International Dressage event. With support from the campaign, we’ll be asking horse owners at all levels to take a look at what they do on their yards to prevent strangles and make changes to reduce risk further. Whether you’re a yard manager, horse owner, university or sanctuary, we agree with Redwings that by coming together we can stamp out strangles.”

From fun rides to tack sales, from quizzes to picnics, yard managers can get involved with Speak Out On Strangles Day by hosting activities for their clients, which can be used as an opportunity to share top tips on biosecurity and encourage more horse owners to take the Pledge.

All yard managers who sign up to take part will receive a free goodie bag – including resources to support them on the day – and be entered into a prize draw.

Individual horse owners can also join in! They can download a free poster from Redwings’ website showing their support of the day – perfect for taking a selfie with and sharing on social media with the hashtag #SpeakOutOnStranglesDay.

On the day, Redwings’ visitor centres will also be hosting special activities and the charity’s Head of Welfare and Behaviour, and leading strangles expert, Nic de Brauwere will be offering a Facebook Live session where he will be answering questions about infectious disease prevention.

To sign up to Speak Out On Strangles Day and to download a free resources pack, visit

Posted on June 27th, 2019

Sam Ward clinches the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier at The Royal Norfolk Show

The British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifiers headed East yesterday to the Royal Norfolk Show. An initial field of thirty came forward with hopes of gaining one of three qualification places on offer for the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship Final held at Horse of the Year Show in October but it was Sam Ward from Stowmarket, Suffolk who reigned triumphant.

Course designer Michael Bainbridge set a challenging first round track that proved to be a thrilling competition with faults occurring all over. Four combinations managed to negotiate their way around the track faultlessly to go through to the jump off.

Sam piloted Michael Bates’ Romany, a 10-year-old British bred gelding by Le Tot de Semilly whom he took over the ride from Billy Twomey in 2016, to a comfortable victory crossing the finish line with a double clear in 49.91 seconds. Alex Bishop rode Matt Pike’s 9-year-old Dutch bred stallion Fres Belles into second place posting a double clear in 51.18 seconds.

Keith Doyle took the third and final qualifying ticket of the day with his own Hip Hop L, a 7-year-old Dutch bred gelding whom he has produced for three years. They were the slowest of the double clears crossing the line in 52.03 seconds.

Posted on June 27th, 2019

Dunmow’s Ronnie Lee Jones is one of six stars of the future that share the top spot in the Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier at Hickstead

Six stars of the future share the top spot in the Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier at Hickstead

 The 2019 Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifiers continued on Saturday with thirty-nine starters heading down to the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead during the Derby Meeting week to compete for a Championship Final place.

The Prestige Italia Big Star Championship, formerly known as the National Six Year Old Championship, was renamed in 2017 in honour of Big Star, a previous winner of the National Six Year Old Championship who went on to win the Individual Gold medal at Rio 2016.

Results are based on clear rounds and the competing combinations do not jump against the clock, therefore all riders were aiming to achieve a treble clear to ensure a qualifying place for the Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Final which will be held during the British Showjumping National Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire (6th – 11th August 2019).

Of the initial field of thirty-nine, twenty combinations jumped clear over course designer Jason Abbs’ eleven fence first round track. Twelve were then able to jump clear in the second round and six went on to jump that all-important third clear in the final round.

Alfie Bradstock from Wantage, Oxfordshire takes through two rides with Gainsborough and Iburg whilst William Funnell from Dorking, Surrey adds another Billy Stud horse to the mix with Billy Everest. Ronnie Lee Jones from Dunmow, Essex takes forward Interstar B, winner of the Newcomers Second Round at Bicton last month. Local man David Simpson from Horsham, West Sussex also gains a spot in the final with I’m Special Too DHH. Joao Charlesworth from Maidstone, Kent produces the sixth and final treble clear with Unbreakable Z.

Hickstead Derby Meeting – Saturday 22nd June 2019
Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier Results

=1st Alfie Bradstock & Gainsborough

=1st Alfie Bradstock & Iburg

=1st David Simpson & I’m Special Too DHH

=1st Joao Charlesworth & Unbreakable Z

=1st Ronnie Lee Jones & Interstar B

=1st William Funnell & Billy Everest

Posted on June 25th, 2019

Honest Riders sets a sustainability challenge for equestrians across the country

An Instagram Challenge seeking to prompt a huge shift in mindset is set to hit equestrians all over the country and beyond this July. Honest Riders, the ethical equestrian brand, will be challenging equestrians to commit to 5 small changes to make their life more sustainable.

The challenge, named #RidersOnAMission, will feature 40 small ways that equestrians can reduce plastic waste, improve their carbon footprint and contribute to improving animal welfare. Riders taking part will be asked to select 5 of the 40 and commit to them for 30 days.

Honest Riders has collaborated with several other equestrian brands and non-equestrian eco-focused brands to provide a wealth of helpful information supporting the small changes.

Zoe Kiff, founder and Director, created the challenge to address increasing concerns from equestrians that our industry and lifestyles in general are not as eco-friendly as they should be. “Thanks to the ‘David Attenborough Affect’, our impact on the planet is more top of mind than ever before” she says. “Equestrians are aware that they need to do more to reduce their environmental impact, but it all feels quite overwhelming to tackle in one go. This challenge will offer tips from brands and industry experts from the equestrian and wider world on how making small changes will make a big difference.”

The Challenge will go live on @honest.riders Instagram on the 1st July and run for 30 days. All participation can be viewed by searching for the hashtag #RidersOnAMission

Posted on June 24th, 2019

Egmore back to his winning ways

He’s had a 10-year hiatus from the sport but Jonathan Egmore was back in winning form at Hickstead, claiming the honours in Friday’s Al Shira’aa British Five-Year-Old Jumping Championship with Passilano. The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting takes place from 20th-23rd June at Hickstead in West Sussex. With international showjumping classes alongside national competition, showing championships and scurry driving, it is one of the biggest shows in Great Britain.

“It’s nice – unexpected, but nice!” says Egmore, who runs a horse feed and bedding business. His chance to return to the sport came a couple of years ago, when his girlfriend’s family put together a syndicate to purchase three unbroken three-year-olds.

“We’ve got four horses now, so we’re creeping back in,” he says. “It was all just circumstances – it all just fizzled out, and things ground to a halt. I kind of dropped out of the sport and didn’t bother; I didn’t think I’d come back.”

His winning ride Passilano has an unusual background for a showjumper.

“He came from a dressage stud,” explains Egmore. “They’d bought a mare, and then discovered that she was pregnant. They wanted to keep the mare to breed from, but he was never really in their plans. We happened to know the girl who produced the stud’s horses, so she asked if I’d have a look at him and see if he had any jump in him. And that was it, really – it’s been upwards ever since. He’s been very good, and he’ll definitely have the scope to go on.”

Posted on June 13th, 2019

Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show *IMPORTANT UPDATE*


It is with great regret that we announce that the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show will not be opening for public access during the event.

A huge effort has been undertaken by the team throughout the build-up and with continued improvements site wide on going, however with the significant volumes of consistent rainfall we have experienced in the past 48hrs and with further significant rain forecast, we have had to take the difficult decision on the grounds of safety to close the event for public access.

Whilst we are preserving the site to best effect for the sport to continue all week on the all weather surfaces, the ground is not safe enough to allow public vehicles on and off the event site. There are also significant issues on the surrounding roads with standing water limiting access.

Sport can still be watched on the Livestream via:

Full refunds for tickets including – general admission, season passes, membership upgrades, camping and parking will be provided via the ticket agent you purchased from within 10 working days.

Thank you for all your support to date, this isn’t a decision that we at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show have taken lightly and we ask for your patience during this busy period whilst we continue to make provision for the sport aspects of the event to continue running.