Posted on January 29th, 2013

Lucinda Fredericks Demo at World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare will be playing host to a demonstration by champion equestrian sportswoman Lucinda Fredericks.

The lecture demo evening will be held at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Snetterton, on Saturday 23rd February. Lucinda, a star of the equestrian world, will be delighting the audience with a display of the talent which has enabled her to reach the highest echelons of three-day eventing. The demo is being held at 6.30pm on Saturday 23rd February, with doors open from 6pm. Tickets are £20 for adults or £12 for children aged 14 years and under. For more information and to book your tickets contact Maxine Langley on 01953 499100/07801 880201.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

New Horse Sport Gains In Popularity

One of the country’s fastest growing equestrian sports is gaining in popularity in Cambridge. Vaulting – gymnastics on horseback – has already prompted two well-attended training courses at the College of West Anglia’s Milton campus.

A dozen people, some as young as 9-years-old, have completed each of the six-week courses. And they have been able to use Herbie, an experienced vaulting horse, who has been loaned to the campus by Julie Newell, a British team coach. The newly-named Cambridge Campus Vaulters holds sessions on a Monday evening from 6 to 7.30pm at a cost of £12 for each session during the six-week programme. For further details, contact Jade Rouchy on 01223 860701.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Super Model

‘Cover Star’ winner Debbie Weymouth recently received her free canvas from Eastern Light Photography after winning the Absolute Horse competition for a shoot with Nigel Baker.

Debbie’s moving story of dramatic weight loss in order for her to ride again won us all over and she was truly an inspirational person to meet. Debbie and her stunning horse Victor made perfect front cover models for the November issue of Absolute Horse magazine.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Applications Open For Sports Foundation Funding

Applications are open for talented young riders across South England to apply for funding for 2013 from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) – an independent athlete support scheme set up to support the next generation of emerging talent.

Rising sporting stars have until 20th February to apply for a share of the GSF funding pot of £500,000. At London 2012, GSF saw 56 of its supported athletes compete and 14 win medals – including Olympic boxing gold medallist Anthony Joshua, triple Paralympic swimming bronze medallist Susie Rodgers and Paralympic sailing bronze medallist Alexandra Rickham. With Rio 2016 on the horizon, young equestrians who demonstrate the potential to succeed at International level are invited to apply to help them realise their sporting ambitions. Further details can be found at

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Norfolk Woman Receives 10-Year Ban

A Norwich woman was recently sentenced to a ten-year ban from keeping horses after the charity World Horse Welfare found an Arab mare and Thoroughbred gelding belonging to her in very poor condition.

Mrs Sally Rix of Furze Lane, Felthorpe, Norwich, pleaded guilty to five charges under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering to Henry, the 5-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding, and the 25-year-old grey Arab mare called Angel, earlier this year.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Chelmsford EC Holds Charity Fundraiser

An Essex riding school recently held a fundraiser for Cancer Research, which netted the charity nearly £250.

The ponies worked hard giving pony rides, whilst staff sold cakes baked by clients (and a large volume of hot tea was drunk!). Despite the cold weather, all involved had a lot of fun, and CEC hopes to hold many more charity days in the future.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Recognising Equine Heroes

Alltech recently launched their new Equine Heroes campaign.

It features a Facebook page where members of the equestrian community can nominate ‘Equine Heroes’ who will then be in with a chance of winning hampers, vouchers, merchandise and event tickets each month. In addition there is also the Equine Heroes website which features content such as news from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, digestive health resources and an ask-the-expert forum. For Alltech the ‘Equine Hero’ is the caring, hardworking, under-recognised horse lover, the individual who goes the extra mile to help their peers or family enjoy the fruits of their horsey endeavours – these heroes are all around us – the farrier who endures chronic backache to continue his craft; the mother who plaits and prepares show ponies at 6am and many others like them. Visit and equine

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Para-Equestrian Dressage Rider Selected For LEAP

Lincolnshire-based rider Bert Sheffield, has been selected onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) for 2013 which provides funding for equipment and training.

The scheme is designed to co-ordinate support for talented sports people from Lincolnshire and provide a legacy supporting athletes for potential selection for future Games. The current UK sports system provides funding for top-end elite performers through Lottery funding, but the tier below that has what could be best described as ‘patchwork’ support. LEAP offers a better, more consistent level of support to that level of performer in Lincolnshire. Bert, who is sponsored by HorseHage will also be making her debut on her younger horse, Double Agent, in British Dressage and Para-Dressage competitions next year.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Fine Art Competition Success

Photographer Nigel Baker of Eastern Light Photography has had an image selected to be included in Ex Arte Equinus 6, a book of equine fine art.

It was selected via an international juried equine art competition for artists working in media of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and digital art. This is a competition that strives to promote the horse as a subject of fine art and provides equine artists the opportunity to show their work on an international level. Nigel was the only UK photographer to have his work selected for the book, which will be available in March 2013. His image features a Suffolk Punch stallion from the Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley. This success follows up his other recent success in the Equine Photographer Network Competition.

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Assessment and Asymmetry Conference

There are still places left for the very popular conference, scheduled for 23rd and 24th February at the Ramada Hotel and Arena UK Grantham.

With Dr Meike van Heel, Dr Lars Roepstorf, David Kempsel, Haydn Price, Andy Thomas, Adam Kemp and Caroline Moore.