Posted on December 20th, 2012

Search For A Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse Dates

The 2013 series of the popular South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Search For A Star and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship will begin in April with five qualifiers throughout the country.

Now entering its sixteenth successive year, Search For A Star was created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse Of The Year Show. Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers told us, “The Search For A Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse Of The Year Show. The standard increases every year and we are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity.”

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Patrick the Essex Police Horse’s Big Secret

Horse welfare charity, The Horse Trust is urging Essex to show their support for Patrick, one of the last Police Horses in Essex. Police Horse Patrick recently retired to The Horse Trust after serving with the Essex Police Mounted Section for 6 years. He is one of the last Essex Police Horses as the Mounted Section has recently been disbanded.

Essex boy Patrick is settling in well to his new life in the country. Patrick, a 16.3hh Czech Warmblood gelding is only 12-years-old but has been retired from his police duties due to arthritis and lameness in his back legs. Sadly the Essex Police Mounted Unit will close in the very near future in order to make cost savings. Patrick is missed by his rider PC Paul Mills who is also now looking ahead to a new challenge in his police career without a horse. Most of Patrick’s fellow police horses will be rehomed to other Police Forces or private homes across the UK. As Patrick can no longer be ridden he was sent to The Horse Trust, a Buckinghamshire-based charity, where he will spend the rest of his days grazing in the Chiltern Hills. The charity provides a dignified retirement for working horses like Patrick who have bravely served their county or community in the Police or Military. Patrick has had a busy and varied career with Essex Police and highlights include policing the London 2012 Olympics, Premiership and Championship football matches, an English Defence League demonstration, the Southend air show and V festival.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Your Horse Live 2012 Reaches New High

Your Horse Live 2012 saw records broken and new highs reached with 21,838 visitors heading to Stoneleigh for the hugely successful two day event. A rise of 15% on last year, the 2012 event saw the fourth successive increase in visitor’s year on year at what has become an exceptional equine extravaganza.

From excellent shopping opportunities to world class demonstrations by Olympic hero’s and heroine’s Carl Hester, Ben Maher, Charlotte Dujardin and Mary King, Your Horse Live provided a fabulous day out for all equestrian fans. With more than 370 trade stands, varying from leading feed companies, to tack and saddlery suppliers, clothing manufacturers and toys and gifts, there was something for everyone. Trade stands were fully booked months in advance with exhibitors reporting excellent business over the two days. With Olympic names headlining the main arena demonstrations, the stands were packed for every performance with visitors delighted at the opportunity to watch and learn from four supremely talented riders. In Arena 2 a wide range of demonstrations and displays included Jason Webb, starting a young horse, Classical riding with Sylvia Loch, show jumping made simple with Mia Korenika and helping problem horses with Richard Maxwell. The Q&A Live Zone was as popular as ever with everything from dentistry to farriery, understanding horses’ emotions, bits and bitting, and massage for horses all discussed through fun and fascinating talks with a host of experts.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Queenie’s a Hit at HorseWorldLive

Queenie, the mechanical horse became a real star of the HorseWorldLive show, at London’s ExCel centre recently.

Visitors waited patiently to meet her and took their place for a ride aboard this realistic simulator, named in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. More than 300 show-goers of all ages – including event rider Lucinda Fredericks – put Queenie through her paces to sample the fun that can be had in the saddle. Queenie’s visit to HorseWorldLive was all thanks to Take up the Reins, a national initiative to promote horse riding and raise the profile of equestrian sport. It is organised by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) as part of Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) Olympic Legacy campaign.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Excellent Support For Winter Championship Qualifiers

With more than 20 events already held, competition is proving fierce at the British Riding Clubs Winter Championship qualifiers.

Held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire on March 30th and 31st 2013, the event is one of the highlights in the British Riding Clubs calendar, drawing competitors from all over the country. Over 150 senior show jumping teams, 70 junior show jumping teams, 211 senior dressage and 57 junior dressage teams have already taken part. With 500 competitors making it through to the finals, qualifiers for the British Riding Clubs Winter Championships take place across all 23 Areas including Northern Ireland.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

New Sponsored Rider for Aloeride

Aloeride is proud to announce yet another high profile rider name joining ‘Team Aloeride’ – Eventer Victoria Bax.

Victoria is an established event rider and trainer based in Essex who also specialises in the retraining of ex-race horses, many of whom arrive straight off the track requiring rehabilitation with Aloeride proving beneficial in both these new arrivals and also her existing event horses.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Congratulations to our November winners

Absorbine: Penny Ingham, Essex. Blue Chip: Deidre Carter, Lincs; Delia Scott, Essex; Emma Allum-Thorndyke, Suffolk; Mrs L Pullen, Surrey; Mrs McSean, Essex; Roz Butterworth, Herts. Alison Holding, Cornwall; Chloe Stocks, Suffolk; Claire Davis, Kent; Coral-Jasmine Blew, Essex; Debbie Fisher, Kent; Denise Allcock, Essex; Hannah Price, Herts; Jessica Cook, Suffolk; K Oughton, Norfolk; Katie Nicholson, EssexLeeanne Crowe, Essex; Linda Herod, Essex; Lucinda Stapleton, Norfolk; Ruth Etteridge, Norfolk; Suzanne Purnell, Suffolk. Horsehairs: Debby Collins, Suffolk; Karen Foulger, Essex; Kelsey Love, Norfolk. Horslyx: Graham Brownlee, Suffolk; Heidi Sparkes, Suffolk; Jo Craig, Essex; Lisa Barrett, Norfolk; Mrs L Coombs, Essex. Shadow Horse: Cindy Boardman, Suffolk; Jo Phelan, Cambs; Julie Watson, Essex; Laura Watts, Suffolk; Linda Garner, Cambs; Tia McCrindle, Cambs. Shock Absorber Bra: Amanda Salmon, Suffolk; Heather Osborne, Brighton; Jackie Foulds, Suffolk; Karen King, Suffolk.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Absolute Horse Columnist Takes Aintree By Storm

Our very own Michaela Huntington riding Zula Maeva won four out of five classes, and a second at the National Amateur Champs held at Aintree, Liverpool, recently.

Taking both top spots in the 1.10m and 1.15m Grands Prix against strong opposition, it seemed impossible to equal last year’s results where Michaela won both the 90cm and the 1.00m Championships with Andrea Pearman’s piebald stallion, Drumhowen Cavalier. Michaela has now won all four Finals over the last two years. Over the four day show, the mare never faulted once, with the pressure building to see if this amazing run of consistency could continue to Grands Prix victories. Zula and Michaela have been together since the mare was a just broken 5-year-old direct from Holland, and although a late starter, has very successfully come up through the ranks to Grade A earlier this year. She is a pure bred KWPN 16.1hh grey by Odermus R with G. Ramiro Z lines and is now eight years. She has recently stepped up to jumping 1.30m classes successfully and will be hoping to compete in the Premier circuit. As an added bonus to the generous prizes sponsored by Dodson & Horrell Feed, by winning the top Grand Prix the pair have now qualified for the Amateur Classic Final to be held in the Summer of 2013.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Individual Finals For New Forest and Connemara Ponies at HOYS

Horse of the Year Show is delighted to announce that there will be an individual final for both New Forest and Connemara ponies during the Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year Championship at this year’s show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 9th-13th October 2013.

Since the introduction of Mountain & Moorland classes to the Horse of the Year Show schedule in 1999, the New Forest pony has competed against the Connemara at both the qualifying stage and the final. Following the announcement back in March that there will be eight stand-alone qualifiers for both breeds from 2013, in addition to a number of combined qualifiers, these individual finals will enable the two breeds to compete independently during the competition process. Having noticed a significant increase in the number of top-quality New Forest ponies coming forward to qualifiers and the increasing volume of Connemara entries at qualifiers, Grandstand Media Ltd, organiser of Horse of the Year Show, considered it a natural progression to have a greater number represented at HOYS.

Posted on December 20th, 2012

Date set for Shire Horse Society Spring Show

The date has been set for the Shire Horse Society’s 2013 Spring Show, which will return to Peterborough’s East of England Showground on 15th, 16th and 17th March. The Shire Horse Society – which counts the Queen as its patron – is a registered charity that helps raise much needed funds to support the threatened breed.

The Spring Show will see more than 200 shires compete in what is regarded as the national championships. The prestigious King George V Cup will be awarded to the most impressive stallion and a host of other trophies will be handed out over the weekend. The three day event will feature a host of demonstrations and competitions, vintage tractors and farm machinery displays and the heavy horses farriery competition. A Victorian funfair and a variety of trade stands selling the latest products, will provide entertainment during the interludes while the food hall serves up everything from light refreshment to full-course meals and traditional Sunday roasts.