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Posted on July 4th, 2022

British Equestrian Statement: Allstar B

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Allstar B, ridden by Ros Canter, has been put down due to an irreparable injury sustained as part of the cross-country phase today, Saturday 2nd July. The duo was competing as part of the British team at CHIO Aachen in Germany.

They had a run out at the final element of fence 16, after which Allstar B was immediately attended to by the veterinary team on course when he pulled up lame. The vets on the showground made the horse comfortable to travel to a nearby veterinary clinic for further investigation. It was then decided that, due to the nature of the injury, euthanasia was the only action for Allstar B’s welfare.

Owned by Ros and Caroline Moore, ‘Alby’ was a much-loved horse on the eventing circuit and a stalwart of the British eventing squad, having been a part of three gold medal-winning teams and taking the individual title at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon 2018.

Ros said; “There are no words for the love and respect that I have for Alby. Time after time, he has shown his generosity, kindness and love of our sport. He has been such a huge part in building my career, and he will be missed by many.

Caroline added; “For me, he’s been the horse of a lifetime The most generous and brave horse that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed.”

British Equestrian Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood paid tribute to Alby also; “He was a special horse with a huge heart, and the partnership Ros and he shared is one of the greatest the sport has enjoyed. Together, they have given so much to eventing and British teams, and to see them win the Individual World Championship title at Tryon was a very proud moment. Alby will be missed, but will hold a place among the legends of our sport. I would like to thank the veterinary and organising teams at Aachen for their swift actions and professional treatment.”

Posted on July 1st, 2022

Essex teen and pocket-sized ride take top honours in Hickstead opener

“Even just riding in that arena is surreal – I never though we would win it,” says a delighted Madieson Blakesley, who claimed the first class of the week in Hickstead’s Longines International Arena.

Her partner for the winning round in the Hickstead Novice 1.10m Championship is the diminutive Kyra, with whom she’s already formed a sterling relationship – despite only having the little mare for a month.

Previously, the seven-year-old mare had been piloted by young rider Will Rekert, with whom she won last year’s I.C.E. Horseboxes Novice Championship. “So there was quite a lot of pressure, because I know she can do it,” says Madieson with a laugh.

Partnership, and the trust and communication that come along with it, are the keystone of success in showjumping, but despite their short and sweet relationship so far, 19-year-old Madieson and Kyra sang from the same hymn sheet the whole way around the tough track.

“She was a little bit strong when I first got her, and I messed around with bits for a while, but I’ve got the hang of her now,” says Madieson, an alumnus of Raleigh’s Sweyne Park School. “We haven’t done too much together; this is only our fourth show, but she’s awesome.”

Unlike many competitors at Hickstead, who campaign expansive strings of horses, Kyra is Madieson’s only horse – “So she gets very spoiled,” laughs the rider. When she’s not training and competing, Madieson assists with the family mechanics business, which allows her the wiggle room in her schedule to fit in a busy calendar of competitions. It’s a balancing act, but it’s already paying off – and as Hickstead’s 60th anniversary Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting gets underway, she’s already got her eyes on the next prize. Next up? The 1.20m classes tomorrow and, if all goes well, a return to the sport’s most famous arena.

Posted on July 1st, 2022

Essex takes another victory in Hickstead’s International Arena

Taking a win in the main arena at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting is always a great achievement, but doing so on an unfamiliar horse is even more impressive – and that’s exactly what Ronnie Jones did to secure the win in the Mochara 1.25m Open Championship earlier this week.

His winning ride came aboard the elegant grey Cruso J RS, who has been in Ronnie’s string for just a week. “It’s all quite unknown with him, but he just gets better and better, so we’ve got high hopes for him,” said Ronnie of the ten-year-old gelding, who he co-owns with partner Alex Bishop.

Today’s ride was something of a fact-finding mission with the horse, who stepped up to the plate despite being faced with an unknown arena and some tricky obstacles he’d never previously seen.

“It was his first time in the main arena, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react, but he was really good. I was a little bit worried about jumping the wall, because he hasn’t seen one of those either, but he didn’t bat an eyelid at it. He got in a really nice rhythm, and he’s really careful, so I was able to just trust him to the last.”

Cruso J RS is a grandson of the famous showjumping stallion Cornet Obolensky, who was recently at the centre of a high-stakes evacuation from Ukraine, where he stands at stud – and Ronnie is certain that that’s where his horse’s character and competitive spirit comes from. “He’s quite quirky – quite hot-headed and opinionated, but he just wants to win,” says Ronnie.

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting takes place at Hickstead, West Sussex, from 23rd-26th June.

Posted on July 1st, 2022

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Posted on June 29th, 2022

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Posted on May 6th, 2022


The Stratford Hills Horse Trials committee are saddened to announce that the 2022 fixture will be the final British Eventing fixture to be held at the Essex venue.

As organisers prepare for entries to open on the 9th of May, it has been confirmed that the venue is no longer able to accommodate the affiliated competition, currently, from 2023 onwards.  Set in the heart of Constable country, Hills Farm, Stratford-St-Mary, boasts incredible views of the Dedham Vale and the perfect setting to watch some of the icons of eventing take part.  The event has played host to grassroots competitors and a plethora of international stars over the years, including Olympic, European and World Championship Gold medallists.

The organisers can confirm that the announcement is in no way connected to British Eventing or concerns as to entry levels across the country.  The East of England has one of the most buoyant British Eventing memberships and efforts are still being made to find a replacement venue within the Essex/Suffolk area.

The cross-country course, designed by David Carpenter, makes full use of the terrain and undulations of the stunning Dedham Vale.  Ground preparations will start well in advance of the event and every effort will be made to present good going in the event of dry or wet conditions.

Over the past 19 years the event has run solely for charity and in this more challenging of times nothing has changed.  The SHHT Committee have chosen to support The Porch Project once again, as their charity of choice for 2022.  All proceeds from the event and ticket sales go directly to this very worthy charity.

The Porch Project is a charity based in Hadleigh, Suffolk, helping young people with the many challenges they are facing.  It has recently been donated a minibus which is enabling them to get out to the surrounding villages as well.  They currently have over 700 young people registered with them and each week they engage with approximately 150 young people through drop ins and detached and school coaching

Spectators are most welcome with advance ticket purchase advised.  These can be purchased online via www.shht.co.uk with all ticket sales going to charity.

Posted on April 29th, 2022

HorseFest Cancelled

HorseFest Cancel Festival at
Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre 8th-10th July

After months of work it is with regret that Thea Roberts and Heidi Hunter-Cope, founders of HorseFest announce that the event which was to bring equine experts, elite riders and everyday riders together to celebrate all things horse over the second weekend in July has been cancelled.

Said Thea: “It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s HorseFest. Challenges, including the ongoing impact of Covid, the cost of living increases that are affecting our horse communities, along with unprecedented infrastructure cost increases and shortages have all factored in our decision-making process.

“So much work has gone into getting HorseFest off the ground, this is not a decision that we have taken lightly. Our amazing sponsors, suppliers, experts, elite riders and volunteers who all bought into our vision have been totally wonderful and completely supportive of HorseFest; we can’t thank them enough for this support.

Said Heidi: “We’re sorry to let down all our ticket holders. We’ve spoken to our HorseTribe community and understand and appreciate the very particular challenges horse owners are facing at this time of increased living costs.

“We just don’t feel it’s the right time to put on our event when so many are facing a very real struggle. Our objectives have always been about creating an inclusive event where horse lovers and everyday riders can explore, learn and meet experts, elite riders and each other.

“All our ticket competition winners will receive a year’s membership for two to HorseTribe as we very much value their support and are sorry we cannot fulfil the festival prizes we offered in the run up to this year’s HorseFest.”

Said HorseTribe member Anna Harling: “I was so excited about going to HorseFest and I’m absolutely gutted to hear it’s not going ahead, but I love being part of the HorseTribe and can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Adds Heidi: “We’re continuing our exciting HorseTribe journey. Our membership continues to grow and, until things settle down, we’ll be focusing on building our ever growing online community to make sure every horse owner out there feels supported during these tricky times.

The HorseFest team would like to thank all those who have given their time and energy to this event including our friends at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre and our valued sponsors, in particular our presenting partner John Oates Horseboxes and sponsor Synovium.

All ticket holders will notified by email and refunded by the 6th May.

All staff, performers, collaborators and volunteers have been notified of the cancellation prior to this being shared publicly.

Posted on April 27th, 2022

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