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An arena full of horses at Hatfield

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 17:00

A main arena dedicated to horses is all part of the fun at the Hatfield House Country Show in August.   Equines on show will range from huge Shire Horses to miniature Shetlands, with demos from the British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club, the East Hertfordshire Branch of the Pony Club, polo ponies and mini Shetlands. The Pony Club will be ...

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Great result for junior show jumpers

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 14:09

Britain’s junior show jumpers took four of the seven top spots in the international Junior Grand Prix in Belgium yesterday.The Tretorn Junior Squad all jumped their hearts out to secure this great result. With only three riders managing a clear in the first round over a technical track, 16-year-old Pippa Allen rode her father Peter Allen’s nine-year-old bay gelding Bonfire ...

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Ammonia in stables causes equine breathing problems, says new research

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 12:44

It’s not just dusty stables and hay that can cause breathing problems in horses – ammonia levels from urine and faeces also contributes. So says new research funded by equine charity The Horse Trust, which looked at ammonia levels in stables and its effect on equine respiration. The presence of ammonia in stables, caused by the decomposition of a horse's ...

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Mystery virus kills horses and humans in Australia

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 11:51

Scientists in Australia are trying to work out how a horse there became infected with a deadly virus – which can also be fatal to humans.Hendra virus was discovered in September 1994 when it caused the deaths of 14 horses, and a trainer at a training complex in Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. Since then there have been ...

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FEI president calls for easier international transport of horses

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 11:28

Easier cross-border transport of competition horses is crucial to the ongoing development of equestrian sport, says FEI president Princess Haya. She was speaking at the 78th General Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health in Paris, where she called for a more rational, risk-based approach to the movement of competition horses.The Princess acknowledged the need for measures such as ...

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Perfect your position with Sylvia Loch

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 10:41

Sylvia Loch first started shaking the horse world to its roots with her groundbreaking book The Classical Seat in l988. Since then she has taught all over the world from New Zealand to Canada, and is the bestselling author of six further books and over 10 training films.Now Sylvia is available closer to home with a one-off clinic at Myerscough College, ...

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Riders aim for British Riding Clubs festival

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 09:42

British Riding Club members are gearing up for the Festival of the Horse next month.One of the most popular  classes is the new Challenge Class, a replacement for the cross-country competition, which continues for a second year under the sponsorship of NAF.The new format is a test of the horse and rider’s ability to negotiate a course of seven to ...

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List 1 judges join Dressage Anywhere

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Justine Thompson, 25 May 2010 09:22

An array of List 1 British Dressage judges have agreed to judge classes for online dressage competition website www.dressageanywhere.com.The Dressage Anywhere team said: “We want to offer new competitors, and our regular members of all levels, different but experienced judges each month. We feel we are offering riders a truly unique experience, as well as the rare opportunity to be ...

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Leona Lewis loves her horse - called Goose!

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Justine Thompson, 24 May 2010 12:40

Pop singer Leona Lewis has revealed the depth of her devotion to her horse, Goose, in an interview with OK! magazine.The 25-year-old singer said she was completely devoted to Goose, her dog Misty and rabbit Melrose.“I dote on them,” she admitted. “Lots of hugs, kisses and cuddles.”While she gives all her pets equal attention, it is her horse that truly ...

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Equine flu outbreak at charity HQ

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Justine Thompson, 24 May 2010 12:17

Old and weak animals at The Bransby Home of Rest for Horses could face euthanasia following last week’s news of an outbreak of equine flu. The charity says it has been devastated by the discovery among its 271-horse herd, which lives at the centre near Lincoln.It does not yet know which horse was the carrier of the infection, and says ...

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