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Petplan urges animal lovers to vote for their favourite animal charity

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Imogen Johnson, 19 November 2014 15:50

The number of horses being neglected and abandoned is increasing at an alarming rate and placing intolerable pressure on equine welfare charities across the UK who estimate that many thousands of horses are currently at risk of neglect or abandonment. Petplan, the UK’s largest pet insurance provider and its specialist equine sister brand Petplan Equine – which works with many ...

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Petplan urges animal lovers to vote for their favourite animal charity

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Imogen Johnson, 19 November 2014 15:50

The number of horses being neglected and abandoned is increasing at an alarming rate and placing intolerable pressure on equine welfare charities across the UK who estimate that many thousands of horses are currently at risk of neglect or abandonment. Petplan, the UK’s largest pet insurance provider and its specialist equine sister brand Petplan Equine – which works with many ...

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Farewell to the wonderful Opposition Buzz

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Imogen Johnson, 12 November 2014 17:23

Earlier this week it was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of one of our ultimate horsey heroes – Opposition Buzz. Just weeks into his retirement, Opposition Buzz was put to sleep following a seizure on Sunday 8 November. Dodi, as he was also known, was loved by the nation and by us. “You could have put ...

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Equine dentistry regulations

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Imogen Johnson, 07 November 2014 10:53

To help protect the health and safety of our horses, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has issued guidance to help horse owners understand the rules surrounding equine dentists and dental care. As a result, current regulations on equine dental procedures can now be found on a dedicated section of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) website www.beva.org.uk/useful-info/CareersinEquineHealth/Dental-Technician Type ‘equine ...

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Michael Whitaker wins Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo

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Imogen Johnson, 20 October 2014 16:42

• Michael’s winning round shaved 0.02 seconds of leading rider, Jur Vrieling’s time • The course, designed by Uliano Vezzani, saw almost half the twenty-four strong field qualify for the jump-off• Whitaker claimed it was a ‘fast class’ British show jumper Michael Whitaker from Nottinghamshire wowed the crowds when he won the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo on Saturday with a super fast ...

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A sad farewell to The Duke of Marlborough

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Imogen Johnson, 17 October 2014 14:59

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of the 11th Duke of Marlborough (John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill), who passed away peacefully yesterday morning (16 October 2014). The Duke was a huge supporter of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and was very involved in the event itself. “The Duke would often pop in to see who ...

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Clydesdales and Dartmoor Ponies prepare to do battle at Exeter Racecourse

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Imogen Johnson, 17 October 2014 12:16

Feathers will be flying and tiny hooves dashing on Devon Day at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, 23 November with the racing Clydesdales making a return and the racecourse staging the first ever race for ponies from Dartmoor.Pint-sized ponies will come under starters’ orders at 12pm and their teeny tiny hooves will come tearing down the track as they demonstrate their ...

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New book gives profits to the RDA

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Imogen Johnson, 17 October 2014 09:45

A new book, On the Hoof - Pony Girl by Julie Ashby, is giving all its profits to the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). The uplifting story of triumph over adversity, tells the biographical tale of link between horses and humans in rehabilitation.Author Julie had spent a life around horses and was physically active and fit all her life, competing ...

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Sanctuary invites public to special Remembrance Luncheon

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Imogen Johnson, 15 October 2014 17:35

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary will be marking Remembrance in its own unique way with a luncheon to honour the role horses played in WW1. The special event will take place at 2pm at Lavender House Hotel, Ashburton on Sunday, 9 November as the nation marks 100 years since the conflict began. Guests will be able to enjoy a two-course ...

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Riders, horses and combinations are celebrated at the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball

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Imogen Johnson, 09 October 2014 15:52

Last night (7 October) almost 500 guests gathered at the Hilton Metropole, NEC for the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball were lots of worthy winners were revealed.Nominees and winners on the night included those from grass roots through to those that have achieved podium success.Supported by NEXT in addition to Wright Hassall, Aintree Racecourse, NAF, Graham Heath, Treehouse Air Jackets, ...

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Ready Steady Gallop horse sculptures raise £67,800 in charity auction

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Imogen Johnson, 08 October 2014 09:26

Last night (7 October), a charity art event Ready Steady Gallop, saw 25 life-size horse sculptures auctioned, raising £67,800 in aid of the Kilbryde Hospice. The auction, which took place at Hamilton Town House, saw crowds attending to place bids on their favourite horses from the art trail that took place in Hamilton and South Lanarkshire over the summer.Of the ...

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