The Sporting Art in East Anglia tour

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Discover Newmarket, the tourism hub and official tour guide for Newmarket, has announced its newest offering for art lovers. The Sporting Art in East Anglia tour takes place on April 4th. This full day tour is a must for art and equestrian lovers alike, and spaces are limited, so it’s advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Your visit starts at The Munnings Art Museum in Dedham for a guided tour and lunch, you’ll then travel back to Newmarket to experience the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. Sir Alfred James Munnings, KCVO, PRA was known as one of England's finest painters of horses and The Munnings Art Museum, in the artist’s former home of Castle House, showcases in the region of 200 oil and watercolour paintings throughout the rooms of this Tudor and Georgian building.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art opened in 2016. Built in the remains of King Charles II’s sporting palace and racing stables.  The centre comprises three attractions in one, and includes a new national gallery of British Sporting Art in the Fred Packard Galleries of Palace House where paintings by John Wootton, George Stubbs, James Pollard rub shoulders with Sir Alfred Munnings, John Singer Sergent and Peter Blake.

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Leading competition venue upgrades arena surfaces

Upgrading to Martin Collins surfaces at leading competition venue, Keysoe, Bedfordshire will ensure the best possible going all year

Upgrading to Martin Collins surfaces at leading competition venue, Keysoe, Bedfordshire will ensure the best possible going all year

Keysoe Equestrian Centre and arena surface manufacturer Martin Collins Enterprises have announced their partnership for the forthcoming competition seasons.

Keysoe in Bedfordshire have upgraded each of their arenas with Martin Collins to offer you the best surfaces available. Martin Collins Ecotrack has been used on their International Arena to ensure the best possible going all-year-round. This tested recently in January when temperatures dropped to minus 6, but their dressage competition still went ahead as the surface hadn’t frozen. The indoor and outdoor competition arenas have Martin Collins Ecotrack, a hard-wearing surface that’s perfect for all disciplines. The outdoor all-weather training arena uses Martin Collins unwaxed sand and CLOPF synthetic fibre. This has been chosen for it’s excellent moisture retaining qualities.

Martin Collins are also delighted that they will be one of the sponsors at the centre, for the forthcoming international shows this year, helping put something back into the sport.

“Working with Simon and the team at Keysoe has been great. They understand that riders want to compete on the best surfaces as they affect the horse’s way of going. Many of the international riders expect the best from a venue and won’t bring their horses if the going is sub-standard.” commented Ali Howe, Sales and Marketing Manager, Martin Collins Enterprises.

Keysoe owner Simon Bates is already seeing a positive effect on competition entries as well as bookings for arena hire. “Being able to offer every level of rider the best conditions is essential. It’s great that we are having such positive feedback from the riders and the various disciplines that use our venue. Be it an international competition under FEI rules or the local Pony Club we have a duty of care to every horse which we take very seriously. It has been a large investment to upgrade the surfaces but in my mind it’s worth every penny.”

The first International dressage competition at Keysoe will be the CDI3*/CDIY/CDIJ/CDIP from 17th – 19th March. The Martin Collins team will be on hand to present prizes and rosettes to the winners of their sponsored class. They will also offer advice to riders who are interested in having their own arena upgraded, replaced or installed.

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Success for Team TopSpec riders at Winter Regional Dressage Championships

Mount St John Top Secret recorded the highest score of the day at Myerscough

Mount St John Top Secret recorded the highest score of the day at Myerscough

Victoria Maw and Lucinda Elliott have been in fantastic form in the dressage arena with wins and qualification for the Winter Championships in April. Victoria and her chestnut gelding, Bon Rouge took the Prix St George Gold Freestyle at the Bishop Burton Winter Regional Championships. “I am in shock and feeling very emotional, it’s been the most amazing six years of hard work! I have so many people to thank for supporting me along the way,” said Victoria. “It feels like I’ve given up everything in my life to do this and all the hard work and sacrifices have paid off. I have always wanted to do the gala performance at the Nationals and now we have our ticket. My biggest thanks has to go to my horse of a life time Ben.”

Continuing the success story at Bishop Burton was Mount St John rider, Lucinda Elliott who captured the Elementary Regional Championship on Mount St John Diva Dannebrog with 71.8%. There were further wins for the Mount St John team at Myerscough for the North West Regional Championships. Riding Mount St John Top Secret, Lucinda secured another Elementary qualification with the highest score of the day, 72.5%. It was then the turn of Mount St John Daytona who own the Novice Regional Championship on 74.17%.

Top British rider to compete a Qatar's CHI AL SHAQAB 2017

Leading show jumper Scott Brash will be competing in Doha

Leading show jumper Scott Brash will be competing in Doha

Scott Brash and Carl Hester will travel to Doha, to Qatar’s state-of-the-art AL SHAQAB facility to compete in the 5th edition of CHI AL SHAQAB - one of only four international equestrian competitions that showcases three or more disciplines in one event. 

The event takes place from 2– 4 March 2017 and will see top-ranking local, regional and international riders compete in show jumping CSI 3*and 5*, dressage CDI 5*, and para-dressage CPEDI 3*. Other British riders joining Carl and Scott will be show jumper John Whitaker and dressage rider Spencer Wilton.

Members of the Qatari royal family, as well as local and international VIPs within the equine sport and business world, will be spectating. This year’s event is particularly special for AL SHAQAB, as it marks its 25th anniversary.

Omar Al Mannai, Event Director, CHI AL SHAQAB, said: ‘’The fifth edition of CHI AL SHAQAB is shaping up to be the best one yet. The equestrian competitions always attract large crowds, bringing together sporting enthusiasts and the community."

"I am very pleased to announce on behalf of ExxonMobil Qatar the fifth year of our partnership with CHI AL SHAQAB,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “We look forward to another incredible event at the world-class Al Shaqab equestrian centre with the best national and international horses and riders battling for one of the most coveted titles in the equestrian calendar." 

You can follow all the action as it unfolds on their Facebook page - alshaqabofficial