POLICE HORSES MADE REDUNDANT

29th June, 2012.

A mounted police section that appeared at BETA International in 2007 is to be axed.

Nottinghamshire Police Authority says it will save around £93,000 per annum by scrapping the unit.

Made up of seven horses and seven staff, the Nottinghamshire Police Mounted Section will remain in operation until the end of the Olympics. Staff are to be redeployed and the horses sold.


RIDERS GET BULLISH AT BARBURY

28th June, 2012.

Jockeys and event riders will test their stickability on a mechanical bull during Barbury International Horse Trials on Saturday (30th June).

The first leg of the new Pro Bull Rider series is sponsored by air vest supplier Hit-air.

AP McCoy, Richard Johnson, Oliver Townend and Laura Collett are among those taking part in aid of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.


RUG MAKER SAVES STOCK FROM FLOODS

27th June, 2012.

A West Yorkshire rug manufacturer’s raw materials and stock were threatened by rising flood waters following last weekend’s record rainfall.

Staff at IV Horse’s Mytholmroyd factory rallied round as the flood sirens in nearby Hebden Bridge alerted businesses and householders to dangerously high rivers levels.

“We were preparing for the worst,” said James Kontargyris of the company which manufacturers its UKOK! and Greenwood ranges at the factory. “Our team worked tirelessly to protect workstations, stock and materials so we could continue to supply customers and ensure we didn’t let them down.”

The area, well known for its textile industry, featured on the television evening news. IV Horse’s factory was formerly that of another equestrian company, Elizabeth Greenwood.

See the August issue of ETN for a feature on British equestrian manufacturing.


BETA RECRUITS RIDERS IN NORFOLK

26th June, 2012.

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) campaign to get more people riding – and thus boost customers for equestrian goods - moves to the Royal Norfolk Show this week (27/28 June).

Take Up The Reins involves BETA’s team of mechanical horses covering the UK to enable people of all ages to sample getting into the saddle.

The initiative is supported by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) with funding from Sport England. Royal Norfolk visitors can Take Up The Reins within the show’s Active Sports Zone.


HAPPY MOUTH BITS RECALLED

25th June, 2012.

American wholesaler English Riding Supply has recalled 3,400 Happy Mouth bits following four reports of broken bits leading to rider falls and injuries.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an American government agency, says that English Riding Supply has co-operated in the recall. It’s also warned consumers to stop using the products.

See July issue of ETN for more information.


BRITISH OLYMPIC DRESSAGE TEAM NAMED

25th June, 2012.

The three riders to form the British Olympic dressage team for London 2012 are:

Laura Bechtolsheimer - (27) riding Mistral Hojris, owned by Dr Wilfried & Mrs Ursula Bechtolsheimer and rider.

Charlotte Dujardin (25) riding Valegro, owned by Mr Carl Hester & Mrs Roly Luard.

Carl Hester (44) riding Uthopia, owned by Mr Carl Hester and Mrs Sasha Stewart.

Richard Davison (57) riding Artemis, owned by the Countess of Derby, has been selected to represent Britain as an individual.


PRINCE CHARLES VISITS EAST OF ENGLAND

25th June, 2012.

HRH The Prince of Wales will attend the East of England Show on Friday, 6 July.

The Prince is Patron of the British Horse Loggers who will be part of The British Festival of the Working Horse, which has its debut at the Peterborough show this year.

He will also present long service, farming and apprentice awards.


'MASTER' OF HICKSTEAD STATUE UNVEILED

22nd June, 2012.

A memorial sculpture of Douglas Bunn, the founder of the All England Jumping Course who died in 2009, will be unveiled during this weekend’s Hickstead Derby meeting.

The relief by Philip Blacker has Douglas jumping a Hickstead wall on Beethoven, with the famous grandstand in the background.

Beethoven, owned by Douglas, remains the only British horse to be crowned show jumping world champion, when David Broome rode him to victory at La Baule in 1970.


OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER TAKES UP THE REINS

21st June, 2012.

An Olympic torch bearer was the first to ride the British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA’s) mechanical horse at the launch of its latest campaign to get more people riding last week.

“It’s great fun – I really, really like it,” declared 16 year old Lewis Denny as he rode Queenie, BETA’s latest mechanical horse named for the Queen’s Jubilee, at Alnwick, Northumberland.

The teenager was followed by dozens of people, from toddlers to pensioners, who wanted to sample an introduction to riding in a safe environment. Take Up The Reins is run by BETA on behalf of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) as part of the Olympic Legacy.

“There is a real myth that horse riding is only for the rich and privileged, but that’s simply not true,” said Claire Williams, executive director of BETA. “Take up the Reins is a great way to show that anyone can do it – it’s great fun, healthy, something you could enjoy with family and friends, and you’re never too old.

Lewis and the rest of the riders were presented with certificates, goody bags and rosettes to mark the occasion.

Find out more about Take Up The Reins in the July issue of ETN.


FANCY A FLUTTER AT ASCOT?

20th June, 2012.

Watch out for ‘Come On Blue Chip’ in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow (21 June).

The three year old was bought by Clare Blaskey, founder of feed balancer brand Blue Chip, as a foal from Goffs sale in Ireland. Bred by Esker Lodge Stud in Ireland, he will be the first from the stud to run at Royal Ascot.

Trained by Paul D’Arcy, Come on Blue Chip has won three races already, so could be worth a flutter. Clare’s family and members of Blue Chip staff will be at Ascot to cheer him home.


THREE COUNTIES BEATS THE RAIN

18th June, 2012.

Trade exhibitors at this weekend’s Three Counties Show (15-17 June) were among those praised by organisers for “pulling together and carrying on” in the rain.

Although the show jumping, carriage driving and working hunter classes had to be cancelled due to the state of the ground, it was business as usual at the Malvern, Worcs showground.

“With the huge amount of rain that has fallen this week, the roadways, hard standing and indoor areas have been crucial in providing the solid infrastructure for the show to run and provide a great and comfortable day out for visitors. This is Britain, after all,” said spokeswoman Sharon Gilbert.

“There was never any question the event might be cancelled. I think the last time that happened was in the 1920s when it was on Pitchcroft at Worcester and the river flooded. Over the winter we have done a lot of new drainage and resurfacing and that has undoubtedly helped.”


MAGAZINES IN MANAGEMENT BUY-OUT

14th June, 2012.

DJ Murphy (Publishers), the publisher of Horse&Rider and PONY Magazine, has been acquired from Signature Publishing Ltd by a buy-out team.

The new owners include current advertising director Andrea Moffatt, publishing director Terry Grimwood, operations director Steve Moore and commercial director Marion O’Sullivan MBE.

Kate Austin also joins the team, returning to the role of managing director that she previously held from 1995 to 2005.

DJ Murphy (Publishers) Ltd (DJM) was founded more than 60 years ago by Marion O’Sullivan’s father David - also Kate’s grandfather. The company remained in family ownership until its acquisition by Signature Publishing in 2006.


SNOWHILL OFFERS SEBAGO AND JOHN WHITAKER

13th June, 2012.

Snowhill Trade Saddlery has become the exclusive distributor to the UK equestrian market of luxury American footwear brand Sebago.

The leading wholesaler is also extending its offering of John Whitaker International products following a collaboration established between the two companies last year.

Find out more about Snowhill’s new trade-friendly website in ETN July issue.


BRITISH OLYMPIC EVENTING TEAM ANNOUNCED

12th June, 2012.

The five combinations selected to represent Britain in the Olympic eventing competition have been named. They are:

Kristina Cook - (41) from Worthing, West Sussex riding Miners Frolic, owned by Mrs Sarah Pelham, Mr Nicholas & Mrs Valda Embiricos.

William Fox-Pitt (43) from Sturminster Newton, Dorset riding Lionheart, owned by Mr Jeremy & Mrs Judith Skinner.

Georgina [Piggy] French (31) from Lubenham, Leicestershire riding Jakata owned by Mr Wally French & Mr Michael Underwood or DHI Topper W, owned by Mr Wally French & Mr Michael Underwood.

Mary King (51) from Sidmouth, Devon riding Imperial Cavalier, owned by Mrs Janette Chinn and Mr Edwin & Mrs Sue Davies.

Zara Phillips (31) from Stroud, Gloucestershire riding High Kingdom, owned by Gleadhill House Stud Ltd.

Nicola Wilson riding Miss Rosemary Search’s Opposition Buzz is a surprise omission. The reserves are yet to be announced.


BRAMHAM ON TV

11th June, 2012.

Coverage of Bramham International Horse Trials, which concluded yesterday, can be seen on Horse & Country TV next Tuesday (19th June) at 8.30pm.

The 90 minute programme featuring action from the event plus behind-the-scenes interviews is sponsored by Natural Animal Feeds (NAF).

Horse & Country TV is on Sky channel 280.


BRAMHAM GOES AHEAD

8th June, 2012.

Despite a wet and windy night, Bramham Horse Trials goes ahead today in Yorkshire, much to the relief of traders and competitors alike.

Organisers have, however, cancelled today’s stallion parade and young event horse classes in an effort to preserve the main arena.

“Prolonged rain has made the conditions tricky but fortunately the amazing limestone soil throughout the Park is helping to keep the going good. If you're planning a visit, wellies and a brolly are recommended,” said a Bramham spokesman.

The weather forecast for the weekend is less windy and drier.


SUFFOLK SHOW DAY TWO CANCELLED

8th June, 2012.

Organisers of the Suffolk Show have cancelled day two of the event following public safety issues caused by high winds.

Those arriving at Trinity Park, Ipswich will be turned away from the site.

“The reason we have decided to shut the show today is because we have been advised of a severe weather warning, with Force 9 winds predicted,” said executive director Christopher Bushby.

“This has not been an easy decision for us to reach, but it has been taken after careful consideration because we are not willing to take the risk with people’s lives.”

A process for reimbursing those who have purchased tickets in advance, will be put in place in the coming days.

ETN is awaiting a response regarding reimbursement to companies with tradestands at the Suffolk Show.


CALMING SUPPLEMENT INGREDIENTS BANNED

8th June, 2012.

Two ingredients found in a so-called calming supplement, sold under the commercial name of Carolina Gold in the US, have been banned by the FEI [the governing body for international horse sports].

GABA and Hydroxy-GABA have been added to FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List as Banned Substances. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter; the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recently banned its use following documented adverse reactions in horses.

Unusually the FEI has named Carolina Gold, an injectable supplement that appears to be freely available via the internet, and implemented the ban on two of its ingredients outside its usual annual review process.


BETA TO GET BUMS IN SADDLES

6th June, 2012.

The British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA) new initiative – Take up the Reins – will raise the profile of equestrian sport and encourage people to try riding for the first time.

With support from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and funding from Sport England, BETA’s campaign will target potential riders of all ages.

Take up the Reins’ team of mechanical horses – RoboCob, Trigger and their new sister, Queenie, supplied by the BEF and named to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, will tour the UK taking in shopping malls, high-street department stores, holiday parks, universities and colleges to bring riding to a new audience.

BETA will work with equestrian centres, riding schools and retailers to help them benefit from the initiative via promotional activities such as discount voucher incentives and competitions.

A Take up the Reins leaflet will advise new riders how to get started including the equipment required. It will also dispel the myth that riding is expensive and highlight the health benefits.

“This new initiative is an amazing Olympic legacy and it comes at a time when rider numbers are in slight decline,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “London 2012 will highlight the fantastic opportunities available in equestrianism and Take up the Reins will build on this.

“The initiative will serve to expose our sport to the wider population, making people aware of its accessibility, and allow them to experience the simple pleasure that can be had.”

Take up the Reins will be run separately from the BEF’s current Take Back the Reins scheme, which aims to encourage the return of lapsed riders.

To get involved or if you have ideas for tour venues, contact Tina Rogers, email tinar@beta-int.com or telephone 01937 587062.


FEEDING THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE HORSES

2nd June, 2012.

Dodson & Horrell, Royal Warrant Holder as horse feed manufacturer to HM Queen Elizabeth ll, will feed the horses taking part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

On Tuesday [5 June], The Queen will lead a procession to St Paul's Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving. In keeping with tradition, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will escort Her Majesty from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace with a Sovereign's Escort.

Dodson & Horrell has been providing nutritional support to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the King's Troop for more than 25 years. The company also fed the horses that visited from overseas to take part in the Jubilee Pageant at Windsor last month.

Said Chris Gordon, technical director: "It’s an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to be involved with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to work with prestigious mounted regiments from around the world.”.

Dodson and Horrell is also the official supplier of nutrition to Team GBR.


ONLINE WORMER RETAILERS GET ACCREDITATION SCHEME

1st June, 2012.

Retailers who sell wormers and other licensed veterinary medicinal products can sign up to a new approval scheme.

Businesses are invited to apply to join The VMD Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme. Launched last week, it’s designed to highlight responsible retailers to potential customers.

Retailers who meet the accreditation criteria will be entitled to display the new VMD's Internet Retailer logo – including a unique accreditation number – on their websites.

VMD (Veterinary medicines Directorate) - the government agency that promotes and monitors the safe and effective use of veterinary medicinal products – plans to promote the scheme to consumers. Leaflets will be available explaining how it works.

“The VMD's Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme is a means of facilitating self-regulation by UK-based internet retailers supplying veterinary medicines,” said a spokesman for VMD.

“Following accreditation, on-site inspections of accredited internet retailers' premises (if they have not been inspected already) will be carried out, to check ongoing compliance with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.”

The scheme is designed to reassure consumers who buy animal medicines such as wormers online that the VMD has inspected the retailer’s website and found that it complies with the scheme’s criteria.

It also aims to reduce the risk of consumers buying unauthorised medicines or buying inappropriate or ineffective medicines for their animals.

The scheme is for UK-based internet retailers who can apply for accreditation at www.vmd.defra.gov.uk.