Polo and rock at Hurstwood

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Following the success of the last Rock and Horsepower in June – Kenney Jones decided to make a real effort to get the Faces back on stage for the first time in 40 years.

Jones said: “The years of The Faces were some of the best of my life and I’m proud to have been a part of the band. I was unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to get up on stage with Rod and Ronnie again. Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan will be dearly missed but we raised a glass to them.”

Polo action at Hurtwood Photo John Periam

Polo action at Hurtwood
Photo John Periam

What an achievement it was too, based at Hurstwood Park Polo Club near Ewhurst- and all for Kenney’s favourite charity- Supporting Prostate Cancer. Kenney was diagnosed with this himself in 2014 and now has the all clear as a result of some excellent treatment.

More than 7,000 people attended the recent concert to see Rod Steward, Ronnie Woods and Kenney played some great numbers from their Facesera. This was linked also to a re-issue of a boxed vinyl set of their records.

Steve Harley and Nick Kershaw: Photo by John Periam

Steve Harley and Nick Kershaw: Photo by John Periam

Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood at Hurstwood Photo: John Periam

Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood at Hurstwood
Photo: John Periam

Other guest musicians joined several top polo players to make it a day to remember for all involved. Kenney is also to be contratulated for everything he has done for the sport of polo.

Presentation time: Kenny Jones  presents the cu to the Alix Partners Polo team Photo: John Periam

Presentation time: Kenny Jones presents the cup to the Alix Partners Polo team Photo: John Periam

There are plans for Hurtwood to be developed into an equestrian centre – let’s hope this succeeds so that future generations will be able to enjoy many more years of horsey and musical fun at this great venue.

Animal Friends prioritises vet fee cover

Animal Friends Equine has created three new insurance policies for horses and donkeys that prioritise vet fee cover.

Equine insurance policies have traditionally been built around the death of horse benefits.  But the new policies from Animal Friends are designed to provide owners with a financial safety net if their horse or donkey should become ill or injured during their lifetime.

The policies offer coverage up to £2000, £4000 or £6000 per condition with a variable excess of £250 or £500 depending on the selected policy, with premiums starting at just £19.45.

With vet bills on the rise every year, insurance is more important than ever. When the horse of Animal Friends policyholder, Clare, developed growths on his eyelids he was found to have squamous cell carcinoma in both eyes.

The claim for the surgery reached more than £1,244. For many owners, this cost would be prohibitive without insurance to help with the vet fees.

Westley Pearson, Director of Claims, said: “Veterinary care is advancing and injuries that would have been life-ending in the past are now being successfully treated. By insuring your horse or donkey you ensure that choices about your animal’s care will be based on their wellbeing, not finances.”

The price quoted reflects the premium for a six- year -old thoroughbred with a £2000 policy limit.

Elaine

Elaine Fairfax, founder and manager of Animal Friends Pet Insurance with her horse

 

Elaine Fairfax is founder and managing director of Animal Friends Pet Insurance. Thanks to her expertise and involvement with horses and animals, it has become is one of the largest suppliers of pet insurance in the UK. It is renowned as an ethical pet insurance company that supports animal welfare charities all over the world and has donated £2.2 million to animal charities, including equine causes, to help improve their lives and combat abuse and cruelty worldwide.

Elaine said:“As a keen horsewoman myself I know how expensive veterinary treatment can be for our horses and ponies. That’s why we wanted to do something different with our equine policies, by focusing on vet fee cover. These revolutionary new policies will provide peace of mind to owners in the unfortunate event that their horse needs veterinary care.”

For more information please visit www.animalfriends.org.uk

Sussex equine ranger scheme

A VERY special team of horse riders has swung into action in Mid Sussex and will be using eyes and ears from horseback to help police in the fight against rural crime.

The new scheme of equine rangers, which was launched recently at Brendon Equestrian Centre at Pyecombe, involves around 18 adult volunteers and their horses, who are intent on tackling rural crime and anti-social behaviour in collaboration with Sussex Police.

Sussex Police commissioner Katy Bourne and Police Sgt Izzy Photo: Jeannie Knight

Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Police Sgt Izzy Lee  with some of the volunteer riders Photo: Jeannie Knight

This unique partnership was the inspiration of Police Sergeant Issy Lee, who is herself a horse rider in her leisure time. She explained:”These volunteer riders already ride over miles of countryside in their leisure time and will be nothing different other than simply be extra vigilant while out with their horses.

“They will effectively be acting as eyes and ears for the Neighbourhood Police Team while on horseback and will report back anything suspicious to the team.”

The pilot areas being covered are Bolney, Warninglid,Twineham, Hickstead, Albourne, Pyecombe, Poynings, Fulking, Hurspierpoint, Sayers Common and Hassocks. The team of riders, wearing special hi vis branded jackets and bands around their riding hats, aim to help reduce rural crime in the area by working in an effective preventative capacity.

Two horses Photo: Jeannie Knight

Police Sgt Izzy Lee with Sue Lee and Bobby (left) and Mandy Daniels with Havana right.
Photo: Jeannie Knight

This new crime prevention scheme has been supported by funds of almost £3,250 from the Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, who said at the launch: ” I am delighted with the response from these riders. They will be working alongside Farm Watch, which will give the volunteers information about suspicious people/vehicles and activities and tell them what to look out for and to report back to us. It enables the police and other agencies to target their own patrols and enforcement in the right areas.”

While riders will be expected to volunteer for a couple of hours a week, most riders at the launch ride their horses out on a daily basis . Living in rural areas they are aware of rising crime figures affecting farms, farm machinery and vehicles, as well as stables being targeted by thieves on the look-out for tack kept on premises, and with horses themselves sometimes at risk.

Volunteer rangers lining up for cameras at Brendon Equestrian Centre Photo: Jeannie Knight

Volunteer rangers lining up for cameras at Brendon Equestrian Centre  Photo: Jeannie Knight

All riders will volunteers will receive bulletins to keep them informed of recent crimes and illegal activities. Although the scheme has been initiated by Sussex Police, volunteer riders will be encouraged to recruit more equine rangers for the scheme so that the network of riders can be expanded and strengthened on a self-managed basis.

Katy Bourne said: ” We hope this scheme will act as a deterrent to criminals taking advantage of remote areas. The riders all carry mobile phones and can pass on information immediately and it can be acted on expediously.”

Some of the new rangers and their horses Photo: Jeannie Knight

Some of the new rangers and their horses
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Riders have another advantage, since they generally move at slow speed and on horseback can see over hedges, down footpaths and into wooded areas, farmyards, commercial premises and gardens and garages. They also generally know their areas extremely well and can spot anything out of the ordinary immediately.

As volunteers, the riders will have no more power of arrest then any other member of the public, they will not be expected to approach suspects or intervene with any crimes in action, for their role is to observe and report.

One of the new rangers is Julie Coultas of Blackstone, riding her 19-year-old horse, Tally- a New Forest cross Thoroughbred.She said: I’m semi-retired and can keep an eye out while I am out riding.”

Julie Coultas and her New Forest cross Thoroughbred, Tally (19) are ready for their new role Photo: Jeannie Knight

Julie Coultas and her New Forest cross Thoroughbred, Tally (19) are ready for their new role Photo: Jeannie Knight

 

Katrina Ellis rides from Blackstone, while Mandy Daniels, based at Ansty. Mandy is a strenuous worker for Mid Sussex Bridleway Group and has worked hard to achieve bridleway surface improvements throughout the area.

Farmer’s wife Sue Lee, of Poynings, is only too aware of farms being targeted in rural crime and said she always kept an eye out for suspicious incidents or people when out riding her 16-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse, Bobby. ” I do it anyway, but this is a welcome initiative providing a network of riders to work together to combat crime in the area.”

Chloe wins Hickstead cup

Suffolk-based Chloe Winchester, 21, won the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup yesterday at Hickstead, riding Avoca Valkyrie.

A total of 26 riders came forward for this prestigious national final, which is open to the highest-ranked riders on the Area/International points league. Aptly, Chloe topped the list in 2014 and was a worthy winner of today’s £12,000 Queen’s Cup at the Longines Royal International Horse Show. She also picked up the trophies for the highest-placed lady rider and the best under-25.

Chloe Winchester (c) George Gunn Photography

Chloe Winchester (c) George Gunn Photography

Six riders made it through to the jump-off, with first to go Tina Fletcher and Hello Sailor setting the standard with a clear round in 53.32sec. Kerry Brennan (Wellington M) made a valiant attempt to better the time, but finished just one hundredth of a second in arrears. Regular Hickstead winners Trevor Breen (Old Town KC) and Timothy Davies (Valentijn O) both lowered a pole each to keep them out of contention. But Chloe Winchester set an unreachable new target of 49.57sec, a time so quick that even Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z were some three seconds slower.

“It’s a dream come true. The plan was to just keep going forward because I knew Phillip was coming after me,” said Chloe, who is part of the British squad at next week’s FEI European Young Rider Championships in Austria. “I obviously did more kicking and flapping than Phillip!” she added.

Chloe got the mare from an eventing yard and has produced her up through the levels to 1.50m classes. “We jumped here at Hickstead at the All England Jumping Championships last year, but nothing like this,” she said, adding that it was the biggest win of her career.

Phillip had to settle for runner-up spot with his 2013 Hickstead Derby winner, Caritiar Z. “I didn’t see Chloe’s round, but a few people had said to me how fast she was and I was never going to make up three seconds,” he said.

The Italian riders had a day to celebrate after their disappointment yesterday when finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. Piergiorgio Bucci headed a huge class of 48 starters in this morning’s Bunn Leisure Salver, winning on the 11-year-old stallion Casallo Z.

Having started the day with a win, the Italian contingent had further reason to celebrate when Lorenzo De Luca and Homer De Reve won the British Speed Classic. Britain’s Guy Williams – who is renowned for his prowess against the clock – was some 1.35sec slower than the Italian rider, which shows just how blisteringly quick he was today.

In the day’s other classes, Charlotte Adams-Lane and Chaz & Dave won the Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Championship, while Jordan Cook and Fleetwater Xecutive were crowned the Alexanders Horseboxes Supreme Hack champions.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show concludes tomorrow with the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup. The week’s showing champions will also gather in the International Arena to compete for the ultimate accolades – the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underwood Supreme Pony championships.

Tickets will be available at the gate today.

Vicky tops the bill on Ladies’ Day

Vicky Prescott finished her week at Hickstead in style by taking the top prize in today’s Ladies’ Day competition, held in aid of the Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund.

Vicky has been coming to Hickstead for 25 years, and this year she took part in the coloured horse classes with her horse Royale Kristal. Although she didn’t pick up any placings on Tuesday, she more than made up for it today.

Having been selected as the overall winner by the guest judges, showjumpers Scott Brash and Jay Halim, Vicky won an overnight stay for two at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa. She plans to take her mum with her as a thank you for convincing her to enter Ladies’ Day and for helping Vicky with her horse all week.

Wearing an elegant grey dress and a pink hat from a shop in her local town, Warrington, Vicky commented that her shoes were her favourite part of her outfit. As a keen racing fan, Vicky has been to Ladies’ Day before at Aintree, but Hickstead is her first win in such a competition.

“I’ve just come running down the hill from the lorry park in my heels!” she explained afterwards.

Vicky’s father couldn’t believe that after all the years of trying to qualify for the International Arena at Hickstead, it was a dress that had finally got Vicky there and not a horse!

Completing the line-up were Jean Weston in second place and Melissa Newman who came in third. Jean won an overnight stay at the Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, while Melissa will get to enjoy an amazing eight-course dinner at the michelin-starred Pass Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel.

The top 10 finalists were joined in the arena by TV presenter Davina McCall and supermodel Jodie Kidd, who were both enjoying the top-class showjumping today at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

Carol’s RDA work has Royal recognition

DEDICATED work and significant contribution to carriage driving within Riding For Disabled Association by Carol Porter of West Sussex,  has been recognised with a prestigious national award.

Carole, from Happy Landings RDA group in Coolham, near Horsham, received the award from HRH The Princess Royal at a special 40th anniversary RDA event at Stowe recently. She became one of only six people across the nation to be honoured with this unique award.

She started riding with RDA in 1998 after a riding accident that left her wheelchair-bound the previous year. But only a year later she started carriage driving with the Happy Landings Group. Two years later she was on the Great Britain Para-driving team. After being in two silver medal winning teams she won Individual Silver in the first Para Pairs class.

Carol Porter receiving her award from HRH The Princess Royal

Carol Porter receiving her award from HRH The Princess Royal

Carol’s pony is used at RDA every week and Carol has been the Group Organiser for 15 years, Regional Driving Rep for 11 years and is also on the Carriage Driving Committee. She fits all this in around a very busy life organising events for the British Horse Society.

“I was stunned to be given this award and had no idea that I had been nominated. It’s been a real privilege being involved in RDA carriage driving and I hope more people will be inspired to give it a go like I did” she said after being presented with the award by HRH, The Princess Royal who is President of the RDA.

Carriage Driving in the RDA is 40 years old this year, having been offered since 1975 at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst when donkeys were used. Participants ride with an RDA Whip as an instructor who has to pass rigorous and vigorous assessments to be qualified, as do the ponies.

Final qualifiers for Baileys JAS Championship

More than  sixty starters contested the BE90 class at Merrist Wood in a last ditch bid to qualify for this weekend’s Baileys JAS Championship at Hartpury College. Despite accumulating three time penalties, 12-year-old Georgia King from Wiltshire won the class thanks to a perfect style score of just 0.1.

This is Georgia’s first season with BE, and she has now qualified Mojo IV for both the Baileys JAS and Jump Training Finals, following a second place Jump Training at Hartpury last month.

Giselle Mackinlay and Dark Spirit’s style score completion gave them second place with a mark of six, one point ahead of Susannah Egleston riding Solomons Seal.

Baileys competition sseries Photo Baileys Horse Feeds

Baileys competition sseries
Photo Baileys Horse Feeds

Most combinations jumped clear, although the optimum time of seven minutes was influential. Finishing scores in this class ranged from 3.1 to 85.0.

Giselle, 16 and from Surrey, went one better in the BE100 to win, again with a clean sheet. It was a hugely competitive section, with close to seventy starters despite eight withdrawals.

Jane Bettles and Claudia Nacke’s mare Gold Rush IV were the runners up, having placed in the top 10 at all four of their JAS competitions this year and taken second place in a Baileys Jump Training JT80 section on their first outing of 2015. Jane has benefitted from training with Oliver Townend, also qualifying her own Aliano for the Grassroots Championships.

Lara Sharrock and Roxanne VII completed the top three for the BE100s, a class in which only two riders finished on their style score- the winner and 13th placed Cheryl Chamberlain riding Cardonagh Lass.

Georgona Wood and Symmetry Photo: Baileys Horse Feeds

Georgona Wood and Symmetry
Photo: Baileys Horse Feeds

In the Novice class both Georgina Wood and Nici Wilson completed on a score of 10, but Georgina, 21, had the advantage with a better style mark, taking the win on Symmetry. The Surrey-based pair had already qualified for the Finals when finishing runners up at Bury Farm in January. Nici Wilson might have been pipped at the post, but she added third place to her second, Barry Carter’s Viktor Krum beating Nici’s own Naomi 55.

The six minute 24 second optimum time proved un-gettable for the 37 Novice starters, as it was in the Open Novice which produced a win for Australian Equine Physiotherapist and Olympic Gold Medallist [Atlanta 1996] Wendy Schaeffer, 40, riding the Akhadan-sired Sun Lover.

Flora Elliott and Ember Hill, who had already finished fourth in the Novice, then moved up the leaderboard in to second place, one point ahead of Sarah Pickard on Polo Striker, with Nici Wilson in the ribbons again, fourth on Naomi 55.

Both the Baileys Jump Training and JAS Championships take place this weekend at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, February 21-22 respectively). Baileys sponsored event rider Ben Hobday will be giving a demo and Q&A session on the Saturday evening, aimed at helping riders at all level to understand the importance of pre-season training.

Entry to the demo for JAS and Jump Training Finalists and up to four friends and/or family members is free of charge. The evening is also open to anyone wishing to attend, with tickets costing £10 per head available on the door.

West Sussex rider qualifies for National Amateur second round

West Sussex showjumper Richard Baker has won the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round at Felbridge Showjumping Club. Richard (46), from Horsham partnered 12-year-old chestnut gelding Cajelgan’t, owned by Samantha Smith, to victory.

They took the top spot in the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round that took place recently at Felbridge Showjumping Club at the Felbridge Showground in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Richard Baker and              on their way to winning at Felbridge

Richard Baker and on their way to winning at Felbridge

This 0.95cm second round was contested by thirty-nine combinations with each of the starters hoping to claim one of the twelve direct qualifying places on offer for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships, which take place at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool from November 19 – 23 November 2014.

Twenty-four made it through to the final jump off. With just the twelve qualification spots available, each competitor was focused on securing a double clear and eleven eventually achieved this. The remainder of the field then fought it out for that last place in the Championship Final.

Richard and Cajelgan’t were drawn midway through the field for the jump off, Richard had seen four double clears produced before him. Knowing that a quick double clear would put him into a strong position, Richard steered Cajelgan’t round the jump off course quickly and accurately to deliver a double clear in just 38.82 seconds, a time which was to give him nearly three seconds in hand over his nearest rival.

Second place went to 23 year-old Helena Gurdin from Dorking, Surrey on her own 13 year-old dark bay Ultimate Flying Dutchman. Helena and her ride were drawn last to go in the jump off and they used their draw wisely, producing a solid round to cross the finish line with a double clear in 41.66 seconds.

Sarah Burgess, 18, from Epsom, Surrey took third place with her own 8 year-old brown gelding Miracle Jack. This combination stopped the clock in 41.73 seconds to secure not only their place in the top three, but also a place in the Championship Final.

An additional nine combinations also went on to achieve their qualification for the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Championship Final.

Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round Results:1 Richard Baker & Cajelgan’t – 0/0 – 38.82 seconds; 2 Helena Gurdin & Ultimate Flying Dutchman – 0/0 – 41.66 seconds; 3, Sarah Burgess & Miracle Jack – 0/0 – 41.73 seconds; 4,Sam Holmes & Sea Breeze – 0/0 – 41.90 seconds; 5,Caroline Coleman & Jumping Jack VI – 0/0 – 42.43 seconds; 6, Caroline Xuereb & Hattie III – 0/0 – 42.61 seconds; 7, Charlotte McKee & Cassanova S – 0/0 – 43.26 seconds; 8, Michelle Hoad & Ursula VII – 0/0 – 44.53 seconds; 9, Sarah Hill & Kenmare Little Katey – 0/0 – 45.70 seconds; 10  Lauren Urquhart & Reethi Beach – 0/0 – 46.62 seconds; 11, Henrietta Godfrey & Check Mate III – 0/0 – 54.53 seconds; 12, Heidi Cousins & Flash Lappen – 0/4 – 37.53 seconds.

South African sponsorship for new Group 3 Stakes at Glorious Goodwood

The Group 3 L’Omarins Queen’s Plate Stakes, a competitive seven furlong contest for fillies and mares aged three and upwards, is to be run on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood this year- Friday August 1.

Top class racing aat Glorious Goodwood

Top class racing at Glorious Goodwood

 

The L’Omarins Queen’s Plate meeting is one of South Africa’s most high profile racedays, taking place at Kenilworth Racecourse every January. For the first time this year,  the Grade II Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Stakes was run at this prestigious South African Raceday, alongside the L’Oramins Queen’s Plate Stakes.

Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse said:“Following on from the very successful  Queen’s Plate meeting at Kenilworth in January, we are pleased to be hosting the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes on the Friday of Glorious Goodwood.

Kenilworth Racecourse

Kenilworth Racecourse

“As one of South Africa’s most high profile racedays we feel it is a good fit with our brand and look forward to the inaugural running of the race this year.”

Gaynor Rupert, sponsor of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes said: “L’Ormarins is very pleased to be sponsoring a race at Glorious Goodwood this year.  With the five day festival being one of England’s most iconic race meetings and social events it is a great opportunity to align two very similar international brands.”  

               

West Sussex BHS committee’s successful annual MOT day for horses

West Sussex British Horse Society Committee held its annual MOT Day for Horses recently at Brinsbury Equine Unit, by kind permission of Chichester College. The day was supported a range of top equine professionals who gave invaluable advice and help to the group of horse owners, seeing them on a one-to-one basis.

Ellie Martin in the indoor school

Ellie Martin in the indoor school

Elllie Martin, a Master Saddler of the Bespoke Saddle Company and Nicky Smith, a Master Saddler of the Bespoke Saddle Company  both assessed each horse under saddle and gave advice/recommendations on how the saddle fitted.  Good saddle fitting is vital for both a horse’s welfare and also to enable that it is able to perform to its best without any discomfort or ill effects.
.Matt Waterhouse, an equine vet and a director of the Arundel Equine Hospital, who gave worming information tailored to each individual while Westgate Laboratories generously supplied each participant with a worm egg count kit worth approximately £11 completely free of charge for each horse.
Nat Heal, a qualified equine dentist, who with his assistant assessed all the horses’ teeth and discussed each individual’s requirements. Horses need annual dental checks and to have rough edges filed off their teeth and sometimes what is thought to be bad behaviour can be a sign of a dental problem.

Each horse/owner combination spent 20 minutes individually with four different experts and in addition to the worm egg count kit, received vouchers, free weigh tape and other goodies from Spillers and a BHS information pack and rosette.

“We were blessed with good weather on the day and have received many recommendations and thanks from those taking part regards the high quality of the information receivedWe would like to thank the professionals who took part and Brinsbury Equine Unit and the various helpers, for giving their time to make this an enjoyable and informative day,” said Sheila Woodward of the West Sussex British Horse Society committee.

These BHS MOT days for horses have been rolled out in different parts of the country. They are informative and educational, aiming to get to grass roots horse owners, and non BHS members are welcome and are encouraged to attend to help their horses benefit from the expert advice.