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TopSpec to sponsor HOYS Show Hunter classes

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Joanne Bednall, 19 August 2008 13:24

The Show Hunter classes at the diamond jubilee of the Horse of the Year Show, from October 8 to 12, will be sponsored by feed company TopSpec. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, the TopSpec Show Hunter classes will feature lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight sections, with the winners qualifying for the championship during the evening of October 8 in ...

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TopSpec to sponsor HOYS Show Hunter classes

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Joanne Bednall, 19 August 2008 13:24

The Show Hunter classes at the diamond jubilee of the Horse of the Year Show, from October 8 to 12, will be sponsored by feed company TopSpec. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, the TopSpec Show Hunter classes will feature lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight sections, with the winners qualifying for the championship during the evening of October 8 in ...

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Young eventer celebrates sponsorship deal

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Joanne Bednall, 13 August 2008 11:10

Event rider and trainer Lisa Pilbeam has fulfilled a dream by winning a year’s sponsorship from feed company Blue Chip. The East Sussex-based rider has competed in affiliated eventing since 2003 and is established at Intermediate level with her two top horses, Cullawn Celtic Queen and Cullawn Holly. Lisa, 22, finished second behind Kristina Cook and Miner’s Frolic in the ...

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First students presented with new equine welfare awards

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Joanne Bednall, 13 August 2008 11:04

Students at equestrian colleges around the country have been presented with a new award – courtesy of animal welfare charity, The Blue Cross. Jenna Reilly (pictured), who studies at Moreton Morrell’s Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) for Equine Studies, part of Warwickshire College, was one of the first to be presented with The Blue Cross Welfare Award. This accolade is ...

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High fibre diet helps prevent gastric ulceration in donkeys

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Joanne Bednall, 13 August 2008 10:57

Donkeys fed a high fibre diet are less likely to suffer from gastric ulceration compared to those given a cereal-based diet, says a new study. Research carried out by Devon’s Donkey Santuary found that out of 426 donkeys, 41 per cent had been suffering from gastric ulcers and that the composition of the diet had had an effect on the ...

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Robinsons’ second store to be one of the UK’s biggest equestrian outlets

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Joanne Bednall, 13 August 2008 10:46

Robinsons, the leading provider of equestrian equipment and clothing, has announced that it is to open a second retail store later this year. Based in Cannock, Staffordshire, the 10,000 sq ft store will be one of the biggest equestrian outlets in the UK and is set to open its doors some time in the autumn. Sales & marketing director Paul ...

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Racecourses and stables step up biosecurity measures in the wake of equine flu concerns

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Joanne Bednall, 08 August 2008 12:15

Soaring demand for better biosecurity at racing stables has been fuelled byfears of a major equine flu outbreak, according to a medical chemicals company. Production of EquiGene disinfectant is being doubled by MediChem, the UK’s largest independent manufacturers of equine infection control products, in an effort to keep pace with rocketing demand amid growing concerns that an equine flu outbreak ...

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Protective clothing must fit correctly to be safe, riders warned

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Joanne Bednall, 08 August 2008 12:10

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) is urging riders to have their hats and body protectors individually fitted in order to be as safe as possible. According to BETA, riding hats and body protectors meeting even the highest safety standards are useless if they don’t fit properly, while ill-fitting gear is likely to be uncomfortable and even deter riders from ...

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British Equestrian Trade Association launches a first for consumer trend analysis

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Joanne Bednall, 04 August 2008 11:29

The views of a wide range of people involved in the horse industry are setto be analysed and turned into the most reliable source of equestrianresearch in Europe. Amateur and professional riders, owners, breeders, trainers and livery yardand riding school proprietors are being invited to join the independentEquestrian Consumer Research Panel, a web-based project devised by theBritish Equestrian Trade Association ...

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Lively debate and top name speakers to feature at BETA Conference

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Joanne Bednall, 30 July 2008 09:30

HRH Princess Haya, president of the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and top dressage rider Richard Davison, are among the big names to address the 2008 British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Conference this autumn. Fresh from his duties as team captain of the British Olympic dressage team, Richard will join Princess Haya ...

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