Posted on May 11th, 2017

British Dressage NAF Young Rider & Junior Long Lists

Following a busy spring of competition, the British Dressage Young Rider and Junior Selectors, Andrea Smith, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert, are delighted to release their long lists of riders in contention for a place on the NAF Young Rider and Junior teams for the European Championships in Roosendaal, the Netherlands on 9th – 13th August 2017

The list included local rider Ruth Hole (18) from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk with Dr Rachel Murray’s Winnetou GEP, and Isobel Berrington (17) from Welwyn, Hertfordshire with Aimee Witkin’s Bing.

Final NAF Young Rider and Junior short lists will be announced following Wellington Premier League during the week commencing 12 June.  Final team selection will take place at the Pre-European Team Camp, 8th-9th July, with the team announced on Monday 10th July.

Posted on May 11th, 2017

New Born Foal Dumped in Popular Norfolk Tourist Spot

World Horse Welfare is calling for information after a colt foal only a few days old was found dumped and left to die in Thetford Forest, Norfolk over the weekend of 7th May. 

The young colt was incredibly weak and struggling to survive alone with no signs of his mother or an owner when he was spotted by a local farmer in Thetford Forest – a destination popular with walkers and cyclists. The colt, who has not yet been named, was taken to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre where he is now receiving round-the-clock care and attention.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jacko Jackson, who co-ordinated his rescue,  said:

“This is a sad case of a very young foal – less than a week old – being dumped and left to fend for himself at the time of his life when he is at his weakest and needs to be receiving vital care and feed from his mother.

“When a foal is born, it is vital that he or she receives the colostrum from their mother over the first 24 hours as it contains antibodies that help protect the new born from illness and disease as well as having a high nutrition value to give them the best start to their young life.

“We have no idea if this foal has received any colostrum so at the moment his prognosis is quite guarded but he is bottle feeding well and we will just have to see how he progresses over the next few days.

“I would urge anyone with information about this young foal or who might have seen anything suspicious over the weekend in the Thetford Forest area to get in touch and try to help us locate the person who has left him in this terrible situation.”

Anyone with any information or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area where the colt foal was dumped should call World Horse Welfare’s welfare line on: 08000 480 180 or the RSPCA 24/7 Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999

Posted on May 4th, 2017

British Showjumping’s Pony Squad Announced for Opglabbeek Nations Cup

The British Showjumping squad selected to represent Great Britain in the Pony Nations Cup in Opglabbeek, Belgium is as follows. The competition takes place between the 11th – 14th May 2017 at Sentower Park.

Madison Jamison, aged 16, from Knuzden, Blackburn with Bodyssee Des Avelines, a 10 year-old dark bay mare owned by Nicola Jamison

Tahnia Jordan Jones, aged 14, from Swindon, Wiltshire with AKM Beech Comber, a 12 year-old dark bay gelding owned by Tania Andrews

Nicole Lockhead Anderson, aged 15, from Banchory, Aberdeenshire with Claggan Gypsy Delight, a 13 year-old skewbald gelding owned by Christine Graham

Antonia Platt, aged 15, from Chelmsford, Essex with Sligo Furisto Flight, a 12 year-old bay mare owned by Rosalind Platt

Ffion Roberts, aged 14, from Holywell, Flintshire with Rich Faith, a 13 year-old bay mare owned by Joan Roberts

Faye Sutton, aged 14, from Whitchurch, Shropshire with Robe Ruadh, a 13 year-old dun gelding owned by Jacqueline Sutton

The Nations Cups competition takes place on Saturday 13th May whilst the Grand Prix will be held on Sunday 14th May. The Chef d’Equipe’s accompanying the teams will be Tony Newbery and Clare Whitaker.


Posted on May 2nd, 2017


Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual show is on Sunday 14th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre near Stowmarket, Suffolk, and the charity is hopeful for a fantastic turnout.

The Redwings Show always brings great anticipation and excitement with classes to suit every age, ability and horse. And this year, horse feed specialists Spillers have donated £100 of vouchers for the winner of the Best Condition Championship!

A jam-packed schedule awaits competitors at this year’s show. The charity prides itself on creating an encouraging and supportive environment for those ponies and riders who are new to the showing arena with a ring dedicated to novice classes.

Similarly, whether striving to go clear in working hunter classes, aiming for a personal best competitive ridden performance or showcasing impressive heavy horses, the Redwings Show also has plenty to offer the more experienced show-goer.

The ever-popular Donkey Breed Society affiliated classes, and veteran and fun classes will also be returning this year – not forgetting the rescue classes, which are a particular favourite among both Redwings’ show team and show-goers. Rescued ponies from any charity are welcome to take part, whether on loan or as signed over from a rescue charity.

Entries are welcome for the show in advance or on the day. The full schedule and details of how to enter can be downloaded via Redwings’ website –

Diss Event Photography will also be attending this year’s Redwings Show to take and print photographs on the day so competitors and their families can take their memories of the day home with them.