Posted on January 29th, 2019

£7,000 Stock Donation

A Basildon-based equestrian supplies centre has donated over £7,000 worth of equestrian goods to a local horse rescue centre in Essex.

Equidor Leisure Limited, which has recently completed a buyout of East Coast Leisure, has presented Essex Horse & Pony Protection Society (EHPPS) with over 300 items of stock with a total value of more than £7,000, to support the charity in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing equines.

Founded in 1983, before becoming a registered charity in 1987, EHPPS has rescued more than a thousand horses, ponies and donkeys from its sanctuary in Basildon, Essex.

Equidor Leisure’s Charlotte Cooper organised the donation. She says, “EHPPS is our most local equine rescue centre, and they do fantastic work while relying solely upon public donations. Therefore, at Equidor Leisure, we are proud to support them in any way we can.”

To find out more visit or for more information about how you can support Essex Horse & Pony Protection Society visit

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Puddles the pony rescued from sticky situation

RSPCA officers and firefighters launched a rescue mission to free a pony who was stuck neck-high in mud in a ditch recently

Essex Fire & Rescue Service and the RSPCA were called to a field off Marshfoot Road, Grays in Essex recently after a member of the public spotted the little grey pony stuck at the bottom of a deep ditch.

RSPCA Inspector Caroline Richardson said: “It’s amazing that she was spotted as she was absolutely covered head to toe in mud and was neck-high in muddy water. You could just see her ears  – which were the only part of her that were still grey.

“It’s total chance that she was found and she was very lucky to have been spotted.

“She was freezing cold, shivering and clearly exhausted. We believe she may have been stuck in the ditch for days and, with the weather having turned so cold and wet, I don’t think she’d have survived much longer. She’s a very lucky little pony!”

The little Welsh pony – who staff have named Puddles – had apparently been straying in the area for three months. Staff believe she’s around 15 and are appealing to find her owners.

Fire crews managed to winch her up and out of the ditch before she was taken to vets for a check-up and a bath.

Puddles, who is around 11hh, isn’t microchipped so the RSPCA is now trying to trace her owner in the hopes of reuniting her with her family.

“We would love to find Puddles’ owner as she has clearly been on the run for quite some time. However, if no one comes forward to claim her then we’ll find her a loving new home.”

Anyone who recognises Puddles or believes her to belong to them should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Kimblewick Equestrian Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Kimblewick Equestrian Centre, based in Dereham, Norfolk, is holding a special event to mark Disabled Access Day.
Disabled Access Day was launched in 2015 to create opportunities for disabled people to try something new, highlighting the fantastic facilities that already exist at venues, as well as a friendly welcome.
Taking place on 16th March, Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.
As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Kimblewick Equestrian will open the event with a 30 minute display by their current Accessibility Mark riders before offering a ‘Have a Go’ session where visitors will be able to meet and greet the horses and experience a short ride.
Free tea and coffee will then be available while staff introduce their riding programmes and badge scheme. There will also be a 10% discount for anyone block booking four or more lessons on the day.
The centre has good parking facilities with wheel chair access.
The event will start at 2pm and run until 4.30pm, with booking essential by contacting Kimblewick Equestrian by telephone on 01362 858695 or email
Nikkita Gosling of Kimblewick Equestrian said: “Our Disabled Access Day event not only gives us the opportunity to welcome some potential new clients to the centre but also to showcase the amazing achievements of our disabled riders.”
“Visitors to the event can be assured a warm welcome awaits from both the staff and the horses.”
Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide a first class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.
Disabled Access Day 2019 is focused on highlighting the availability of Changing Places toilets, and the need for more to be made available. To find the nearest Changing Places toilet to a Disabled Access Day event visit the Changing Places website.
For more information about Disabled Access Day please visit

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

Matt and Michael Soar to Puissance Success

Matt Sampson has reflected on the “amazing” experience of Puissance glory at the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show. Yorkshireman Matt and Irish challenger Michael Pender shared the top prize after they both jumped 2.20 metres (7ft 3in) to clear the famous red wall in a class sponsored by Equitop GLME.

And for Matt, it was a remarkable result, given that he only knew about his ride – Top Dollar VI – barely 30 minutes before the start after its regular rider Laura Renwick rang and offered him the ride.

Eleven combinations began the class – it could run for a maximum of five rounds – but the final drama was enacted by Matt and Michael, with his 2018 Dublin Horse Show Puissance title winner Hearton du Bois Halleux.

And they both delivered the goods, sending a capacity crowd wild at the Echo Arena and bringing an end to day three of the show that no-one could have scripted.

“It was a bit different because I hadn’t jumped him before,” Matt said. “I didn’t really know him, so I just tried to ride forward and give him a little bit of room because he is such a big horse, and keep him confident.

“I knew about 30 minutes before the class about the ride. Laura rang me and asked me what I was doing, and I said ‘nothing’ and she said ‘do you want to ride the horse in the puissance?’ and that was that.

“If I don’t ride him again, it was great to end on a high. It was amazing. I had only ever done one puissance before at a show in Holland, so I don’t have a lot of experience in that type of class.

“But the horse jumped amazing and filled me with confidence.”

For Michael, his latest achievement continued an impressve run of success this year, and he said: “He was a little bit sticky in the first round, but he felt more comfortable with each round, and in the last round, it was the best round he put in. I was delighted with him.

“We were equal first in Dublin this year, and I feel like he is getting better and better every time. He has jumped 2.20 metres twice now.”

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show Round-up

Charlotte and Florentina Take Liverpool Honours

Double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin proved the headline act on the opening day of the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show.

Charlotte, who earlier in the evening paraded her multiple major championship medal-winning horse Valegro to gasps of delight at the Echo Arena, returned with Florentina VI to win the Intermediate 1 Freestyle Invitational, sponsored by Equitop Myoplast.

It was another fine display by Charlotte and the eight-year-old mare, with the horse among a string of outstanding young equine talent being developed at her Gloucestershire base.

Their score of 81.938% put them a distance clear of the field, although there were also some fine performances that completed the podium places.

Britain’s Katie Bailey took second place aboard Boccelli 6 on a score of 77.188%, with this year’s World Equestrian Games para-dressage gold medallist Sophie Wells finishing third.

Sophie, riding C Fatal Attraction, scored 76.813%, while fourth spot was filled by Amy Woodhead, riding Branduardi.


Stylish Performance from Jack Whitaker to Head Equerry Horse Feeds Under 25 Grand Prix

Jack Whitaker produced a stylish performance to take centre-stage on the opening night of the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show.

Jack, son of British Olympian Michael Whitaker, won the Liverpool International Under-25 Grand Prix, sponsored by Equerry Horse Feeds.

And he did it with time to spare at the Echo Arena, winning the jump-off on eight-year-old mare Scenletha by more than two seconds.

Oliver Fletcher, the richly promising 15-year-old from Oxfordshire, took second and third spots on KBIS Caicos and Hello Disckoboy, respectively.

For Jack, it ended a succcessful year highlighted by him winning a silver medal at the Youth Olympics in Argentina.

“I think three in the jump-off was just about right,” Jack said. “It was a big enough and technical enough course.

“I didn’t want to go flat out, I just wanted to make sure I was quick and clear. I did quite a quick turn back to the second fence in the jump-off.

“I keep forgetting she is only an eight-year-old. She is looking like a nice horse at the moment.

“She is really careful, and this would be her biggest win so far.”

There was a thrilling start to the show in the afternoon’s international class – a two-phase competition sponsored by Gornall Equestrian.

It gave riders an opportunity to familiarise themselves with their surroundings and have the chance to make an immediate impact.

And it was Scotland’s James Smith who took the honours in a thrilling race against the clock, with just nine hundredths of a second separating the top three finishers.

James triumphed with Simply Splendid in a time of 26.74 seconds, edging out Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano on Kingston van het Eikenhof, while Yorkshireman Paul Barker took third spot aboard Happy Boy.


Tabitha Kyle added another title to her growing collection as the final day of the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show got underway. The Leicestershire-based rider, a Liverpool winner last year, took the 138cms Championship, sponsored by Powder Systems, in fine style.

Last to go of six combinations in the jump-off, Tabitha timed her run perfectly on the 15-year-old gelding Lissduff Royal. European Pony Championship team gold medallist and individual bronze medal winner Essex’s Claudia Moore looked to have done enough with the 20-year-old Sonas Barney, clocking 26.42 seconds, but Tabitha had other ideas, posting a time of 25.30.

Charlotte Bevan and Rathcoona James took third, with Tom Francis-Jones and Kiltormer Hero finishing fourth.

“It’s amazing to win here,” Tabitha said. “It was a bit pressurised. I knew the only time I could make up in the jump-off was to the last fence.

“The pony likes this place. He won last year as well. I can really trust him. When I move him forward, he will just go with me, and he turns really quickly.

“The people here are very encouraging, and I love coming to Liverpool, and we will certainly celebrate today.”

The 128cms Championship, sponsored by Pony of the Year Show, went to Ireland’s Senan Reape and 18-year-old Mickybo. Ten combinations from 21 starters made the jump-off, and Senan delivered a classy round to emerge victorious, finishing more than a second clear of the field.

The 10-year-old, from County Sligo, clocked a time of 26.20 seconds, with Sophie Wicks and Camizion taking second spot in 27.12, and third going to Fergal Holohan with Harri Potter in 28.96.

“This is my first time at the Liverpool show, and it’s a great show. I love it,” Senan said.

“I was a bit nervous going into what was a very big class, but I have done a good few competitions with the pony since I got him earlier this year.

“I have been riding and competing since I was four, and it feels really good and very exciting to win here.”


Brilliant Victory for Harry Charles

Harry Charles underlined his status as one of world showjumping’s most exciting prospects by claiming a brilliant victory at the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show.

The 19-year-old, from Alton in Hampshire, won the 1.45m international speed class, sponsored by Hope Valley Saddlery, with bay mare Doulita.

It proved to be a thrilling competition, with Harry’s time of 57.28 seconds proving just enough to edge out Graham Babes. They were both members of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning European Young Riders team earlier this year.

Graham and Boucheron went within touching distance of Harry’s time, finishing just 40 hundredths of a second short, while long-time leaders – Turkey’s Derin Demirsoy and Dadjak Ter Puttenan – took third, with Julie Andrews and Wilando B filling fourth spot.

Harry lavished praise on the 10-year-old Doulita, as he claimed a Liverpool win approaching the end of a memorable year for him.

“It was an amazing win,” he said, after collecting a £7,300 victor’s purse. “I own the horse, which makes it extra special. I’ve had her a year, and every day I have put work into her to get her to this level.

“Saturday was one of her first ranking classes, and she came third in that. I really let her go the full way today, and she jumped amazingly. She is such a naturally fast horse and not the easiest to ride, but I saw so much potential in her.”

Harry, son of London 2012 Great Britain team showjumping gold medallist Peter Charles, added: “At the moment, I will be using her as a speed horse. She has tackled everything so well, and I feel she has the potential to be maybe a grand prix horse in 2019.

“It has been an absolutely fantastic year for me. Liverpool last year was my first real big show, and since then my whole career has taken off.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I want to win every time, it is the best feeling in the world, and I chase that every day in training. I want to make sure I do my best.

“My string of horses is building really nicely.”


Sula and Harriet Top the Bill in Mini Major

Sula von Bulow and Harriet Nuttall produced a show-stopping double act as they topped the bill at the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show on Sunday.

They teamed up to win the fancy dress Invitational Mini Major Relay, sponsored by Archco Developments, and they did it in style, beating a quality field with more than a second to spare.

Eight-year-old Sula, who lives in London and was kitted out in a Bumble Bee from the Transformers costume, said: “It was so much fun. I enjoyed every second of it, and it was so exciting to see everyone jump like they did.

“It was so cool to be in the same team as Harriet, and to win is amazing.

“I never had an opportunity like this before to ride at such a big show, and it was just so cool to do it on my pony that I love with all my heart.”

It was Somerset-based Harriet’s second win inside 24 hours at the Echo Arena, and she added: “It is one of my favourite classes.

“It’s so nice to do something with the kids. Sula was so fast, and her turns were so tight. She is an amazing rider.”

Paul Barker and Isabella Saunders-Cook finished in second place, and third spot went to Emily Ward and Persia Calderbank.

And there was also an outstanding display of pony riding by Eve McCoy, 11-year-old daughter of 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy, who produced a blistering clear round in partnership with Tony Pearson that her watching father would have been proud of.

They had to settle for sixth place, though, with fourth going to Sula’s sister Noora von Bulow in partnership with Oliver Fletcher, while Holly Smith and Lilly Aspell finished fifth.


Harriet Jumps to a Memorable Win at Liverpool

Great Britain’s Harriet Nuttall signed off day two at the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show with a memorable victory.

Somerset-based Harriet, who features prominently among an exciting group of young British showjumpers, won the four star jump-off class, sponsored by Voltaire Design. And it meant double delight for the Voltaire brand, whose UK and Ireland general manager Matt Tarrant presented the prizes, as Harriet features among their sponsored collection of riders.

Twelve combinations from 31 starters made it through to the the jump-off, and it was Harriet who prevailed with Galway Bay Jed in a time of 34.40 seconds.

And that proved enough to eclipse the time of Germany’s Tobias Mayer with Queentina, while Sweden’s Angelie von Essen finished third on Cochella.

A delighted Harriet said: “The horse has had a bit of a break, and he has come back and feels so good.

“I wasn’t meant to go that fast, but he was really, really good. He kept working hard and giving it everything, and I feel when you are jumping a four-star class that you just know the time to push on.

“Tobias was really fast, and I am so happy to have won. The horse felt amazing all the way through.”

Saturday’s opening four-star competition – a speed class sponsored by The Pullman Hotel – went to Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan.

Sameh, riding Miss G Tracy clocked a clear round in 57.22 seconds to eclipse Germany’s Tobias Meyer aboard Couer de Lion 22 in 57.26, while rising British star Harry Charles took third aboard Doulita.

“It is always exciting to have a good win at the very start of the week because it keeps you confident for the rest of the week,” Sameh said.

“There were so many fast riders in the class, so I knew I had to give it my all, and then if I am lucky, I am standing on the podium at the end.

“The mare is quite a new horse for me. It was a bit of a gamble because she is 13 and she hadn’t jumped for a year, but we really liked her and decided to buy her. She has been going from strength to strength.

“We have been getting to know her, maybe four or five shows together, and it was great to to get the right result on the day.

“She is very brave and quite quick, so there is a lot to like about her. When she trusts the rider, she gets better. It’s a big atmosphere here – there is such a buzz – and as riders, you really feel that.”


Essex based Claudia Moore completes a brilliant double

Essex teenager Claudia Moore completed a brilliant double at the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show on Saturday.

The 14-year-old, who lives near Brentwood, won the Liverpool International 148cms Championship, sponsored by Carden Arms. And in doing so, she repeated her victory of 12 months ago in the same class, completing a memorable 2018.

Claudia was a member of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning team at the Pony European Championships this summer, when she also claimed individual bronze. And she carried that form with her to the Echo Arena, emerging triumphant by more than four seconds after six combinations contested the jump-off.

Scottish challenger Shaunie Greig, a prolific winner on the pony circuit this year, had one fence down aboard Casino Royale VIII, and Claudia followed her into the arena, clocking 31.49 seconds on the 10-year-old mare Delflip.

And it was a time that proved too much for her challengers, with Lila Bremner – daughter of the television impressionist Rory Bremner, who was among the audience – going closest aboard Lapislazuli.

Anoushka Mauree, riding Miami Moonbeam, finished third, with Shaunie and Casino Royale VIII fourth and Jake Myers and Razorlite II fifth.

Reflecting on her victory, Claudia said: “It was the most nerve-wracking experience. I won this class last year, and I really wanted to come first again and make it two years in a row.

“She has been such a lovely pony for me. She tries so hard for you.

“I didn’t watch Shaunie’s round in the jump-off because I knew I would change my round if I watched it. I knew she would be extremely fast, so it was just about doing my own thing and sticking to what to what I was going to do.

“There were people to jump after me who are big competitors, so I was nervous as to whether or not my time would be quick enough.

“This is one of the most amazing shows. Nina Barbour does such a good job with everything, and I am really honoured to be able to jump here in that amazing arena.”


Posted on January 3rd, 2019

TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show – Daniel Wins Car for a Year!

This year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show saw two new awards launched at the prestigious event – with lucky groom Daniel Tarpey winning a car for 12 months! The Golden Groom Award and the Peak Performance Award were supported by TheraPlate UK and included the use of a fantastic Toyota Aygo car for the winning groom for a year.

The winning owner, Peter Charles won the use of a TheraPlate for six months.

Said Daniel who grooms for Peter’s son Harry: “It is just fantastic to win a car for a year.

“I am now 28 and have been grooming since I was 16, and this is just a brilliant prize for the industry as a whole.”

Daniel won the award for the care and attention he showed to Harry’s ride, Sieco, a nine-year-old gelding who was judged to be in excellent condition.

As the leading therapeutic performance platform used for equine sports conditioning and injury rehabilitation, TheraPlate UK truly understands how important a groom’s role is in maintaining the equestrian athlete. The Golden Groom Award was presented to the groom of the best turned out and cared for horse which tried the TheraPlate at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

Dominic Fox, owner of TheraPlate UK said: “The Golden Groom Award recognises the groom’s role within the equestrian industry. Equestrian sport regardless of the discipline would not be the same without the endless hours of hard work and dedication from our grooms.

“The Golden Groom Award is a great way for TheraPlate UK to support and reward this commitment and we are delighted for Daniel.”

The Peak Performance Award was presented to the owner of the horse from the Golden Groom Award. This horse was judged on condition and overall wellbeing. For this award, the winner will receive a trophy and the use of a TheraPlate for six months.

Said Show President, Nina Barbour: “We are delighted that Dominic and the team from TheraPlate UK generously supported this prize. The commitment and dedication of the grooms in this industry is second to none, and often gets overlooked.”

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

Irish Eyes Are Smiling in TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show

Shane Breen ensured that Irish eyes smiled once again at the Echo Arena as he claimed a brilliant victory in the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Grand Prix. His Ireland international team-mate Billy Twomey won the Liverpool crown in 2015 and 2016, and Shane took top spot this time around on 13-year-old stallion Golden Hawk.

Seven combinations – all from Britain and Ireland – went clear from 30 starters after a first round that showcased everything about Irishman Alan Wade’s course designing skills.

Alan, who built the showjumping courses at this year’s World Equestrian Games, provided a challenging test that proved more than a match for many in a headline class that had a total prize fund of £67,000.

Shane was joined in the jump-off by six other riders with clear rounds – Harriet Nuttall, William Funnell, Conor Swail, Holly Smith, John Whitaker and Anthony Condon – while Billy Twomey progressed as fastest four-faulter.

Jumping in reverse order on times in round one, Shane piled the pressure on his rivals with an immaculate round, clocking 38.86 seconds, which proved almost two seconds quicker than anyone else and secured a £22,000 top prize.

Harriet, a winner earlier in this year’s Liverpool show, finished second aboard Galway Bay Jed in a time of 40.52 seconds, with third place going to her fellow Briton William Funnell on the exciting eight-year-old gelding Billy Diamo. Conor took fourth spot on Flower, with Holly and Heart’s Destiny finishing fifth, Billy in sixth aboard Kimba Flamenco, while John Whitaker and JB’s Hot Stuff were seventh.

It proved to be a thrilling competition that had a full house on the edge of its collective seat, with 44-year-old Shane’s masterly riding on a world-class horse proving an irresistible partnership. “I jumped him at Olympia the other day and won a class there, and I wanted to leave him fresh for today,” Shane said. “I was the first clear round, it was a big course and the distances took a bit of thought.

“But my guy is in really good form, he has loads of scope and it was well within his capabilities and he has a lot of experience. There were no excuses.

“The whole show, the audience tonight, it was a pleasure to compete in front of them. All in all, I am just over the moon.

“It was our first four or five-star grand prix win – many times we have been second – so I am absolutely delighted. I am looking forward to the future with him, and I’ve had a great year with my horses.

“I take my hat off to (Liverpool International Horse Show promoter) Nina Barbour and her team. It’s incredible what they do. It gets better and better, and I really couldn’t believe the crowds this year.”

And reflecting on another Liverpool victory for the Emerald Isle, Shane added: “Maybe it is the luck of the green here.

“There have many Irish winners of the Grand National in this city as well, so maybe it is our lucky hunting ground.”