Posted on April 11th, 2013

HorseQuest Heads to Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

HorseQuest, the UK¹s leading independent equine sales website, is delighted once again to be supporting the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, taking place from the 2nd to the 6th May 2013, in Gloucestershire. Following previous success HorseQuest will once more sponsor the legendary Quarry Fence.

HorseQuest’s Managing Director, Alison Roeves said: “We are delighted to continue our support of The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet our customers old and new.”

To celebrate their continued support of this prestigious three-day event, HorseQuest will be giving visitors to their stand (number 259) the chance to win a range of great prizes in their Badminton free prize draw.

In addition, anyone placing an advertisement when visiting the trade stand will receive a 10% discount and have it displayed on the stand during the event ­ which attracts over 150,000 visitors, making it the perfect place to advertise!

Posted on April 8th, 2013

World Horse Welfare Launches ‘Rehome a Horse Month’

Launched today, the ‘Rehome a Horse Month’ takes place throughout April across the country and gives the public a chance to offer horses a loving home and make space for the ones in desperate need of help.

“We are trying to do all that we can to encourage people to rehome a horse, and make it as desirable and easy for them and the horse as possible. We not only rehome horses that are fit to compete, we rehome horses as companions, this also includes smaller companion horses that we don’t have riders for, and have just started to offer rehoming for our youngsters that haven’t been backed for riding, so that re-homers can break them in themselves.”

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Posted on April 8th, 2013

Corrie Star to Open Horse Rescue Centre

Coronation Street actress Kate Ford, who plays ‘villain’ Tracy Barlow in the popular soap, will be visiting Norfolk in April to officially open the brand new Redwings Visitor Centre at Aylsham. 

The award-winning actress has a strong connection to Redwings, aside from her own love of horses. Kate’s own pony Roxy was retired to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 2004; the actress has always been a big fan of the charity’s work and has kept in contact with the team, even after Roxy sadly passed away. She has agreed to be part of a special Fun Day at Aylsham on Saturday 27th April to help celebrate the new visitor centre’s opening. Entry is free.

“We’re delighted that Kate has agreed to officially open our new visitor centre,” explains Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress. “Kate’s on screen character may be somewhat controversial, but we know Kate herself to be a kind, horse-loving woman who has always taken great interest in our work. It will be a pleasure to involve her with this new centre, and we’re thrilled that she has agreed to meet our supporters.”

Posted on April 8th, 2013

New Name, New Logo, New Website – Same Exciting Sport!

6th April saw the launch of British Carriagedriving – formerly the British Horse Driving Trials Association – with a bright, new, stream-lined modern logo and user-friendly website.

The new name and its abbreviation, BC, will bring the discipline in line with other Team GB equestrian sports; British Dressage (BD), British Eventing (BE), British Showjumping (BS) and British Reining (BR).

The rebrand reflects moves by horse driving trials’ governing body to encourage newcomers and grass-root carriage drivers to become involved, either as competitors, backsteppers (grooms) or volunteer stewards in what is one of equestrianism’s most exciting disciplines. BC members approved the change at their AGM last November. The change also has the support of the British Equestrian Federation.

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Finding ‘The Face’ Proves a Big Hit

Essex-based family-run horsebox hire company, NAGS On The Move, have been delighted with the response to their competition run in conjunction with Absolute Horse Magazine and popular equestrian photographer, Neil Fortescue, to find the ‘Face’ for their advertising and online marketing campaigns.

Managing Director Emma Overton said, “We’ve received great feedback about our Photo Shoot competition that was launched on 1st March and we are excited to work through all the entrants to this competition. To know that ‘the face’ of our business is within the hoards of entries that have been received makes this a very exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to announce the winner’s details in due course!”

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Twin Horse Vets to Raise Money for Spinal Charity

Identical twin equine vets, Wendy and Alison Talbot, are preparing to put their best feet forward for this year’s London Marathon, having endured a gruelling training schedule, beset with injuries.

Wendy, a National Equine Manager for Zoetis UK Ltd, suffered a suspected cervical fracture last year. When she was given the all-clear she pledged to raise funds for Spinal Injuries Association by running the London Marathon. Twin sister Alison, a Clinical Teacher in Equine Orthopaedics at University of Liverpool, vowed to join her, every step of the way. The twins have motivated each other to carry on despite incurring injuries between them, including a tibial stress fracture, achilles tendonitis and pulled muscles.

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Nissan Join Forces with BHS

Working together, Nissan and The British Horse Society will offer supporters the opportunity to learn more about safer horse towing and how best to look after horses during transportation through a range of activities and events.

The new relationship will also provide the equestrian charity’s supporters with offers and savings of up to 15% across Nissan’s X-Trail, Pathfinder and Navara vehicles. Each vehicle offers BHS supporters a powerful and frugal diesel engine and excellent towing capacities with impressive on-road and off-road capabilities to match. Together with British Riding Clubs, the BHS has more than 100,000 supporters with many having a genuine need for a reliable 4×4 vehicle that can provide a safe horsebox towing experience. BHS supporters wanting further information or to take advantage of discount offers should contact Ames Nissan.

Posted on April 1st, 2013

‘Death Queue’ Ponies On The Mend

Redwings Horse Sanctuary – which still has 63 horses, ponies and donkeys in its care from the infamous Amersham rescue in January 2008 – was recently part of another rescue involving dead and ‘queuing to die’ horses from Caerphilly in Wales. 

26 ponies arrived in Norfolk on Thursday 21st February. Today the charity reports that the ponies are doing well but also wants to thank the public for its donations. Redwings’ Head of Welfare and Veterinary Surgeon Nic de Brauwere explains: “The ponies were extremely weak and malnourished in varying stages of emaciation. We have to treat their condition carefully, with managed levels of feed, plus we have had to treat their physical conditions such as lice etc. They have turned a corner and we can see their moods improving daily, which makes it all worthwhile.”

Posted on April 1st, 2013

TV ‘Dragon’ Backs Road Safety Campaign

As part of its mission to improve road safety throughout the UK, GEM Motoring Assist has launched a brand new campaign to promote horse rider road safety, which has been given the seal of approval by TV personality Deborah Meaden.

With almost 10% of reported incidents in 2012 resulting in a horse fatality and 7% causing serious injury to the rider, GEM, road safety organisation and breakdown cover company, has created a ‘Horse Rider Safety’ leaflet in conjunction with The British Horse Society to promote road safety for both horse riders and drivers alike. To print a free copy of the ‘Horse Rider Safety’ leaflet, visit Alternatively, call 01342 825676 to order a free, single hard copy or to order free bulk copies.

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Demo: Improve Your Horse’s Fitness

There are two educational lectures planned for 23rd April at Otley College starting at 6.30pm, the theme being “Improving the Performance Horse’s Fitness.”

There will be two short, educational talks, one from Equine Nutritionist, Lizzie Drury, MSc RNutr, and one from Alex Buist, BVSc MRCVS of Ryder-Davies & Partners Veterinary Surgeons. Philip Spivey, International Show Jumper will then provide a demo focusing on exercises to improve show jumping fitness and performance. There are a limited number of free tickets and must be reserved through Saracen Horse Feeds via their facebook page, email or by calling 01622 718487. Spaces are limited so reserve your space as soon as possible.