FROM JEANNIE’S EQUESTRIAN WORLD
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World Horse Welfare Yogi and Saphire demonstrated their true talents when they took to the Grand Hall at Olympia prior to Christmas. The London International Horse Show as part of the World Horse Welfare Santa vs Scrooge Celebrity Scurry Stakes.
Each pony was accompanied by an experienced driver, plus an equestrian celebrity including Olympic gold medallist and World Horse Welfare Patron, Pippa Funnell and Founding Editor of In-Harness magazine, Fiona Powell who acted as backsteppers to keep the carriages balanced as they twisted and turned around the arena at speed.
World Horse Welfare Yogi stood victorious, driven by his rehomer Liz Harcombe and backstepper, Fiona Powell. The winning contestants were then invited to celebrate by throwing a bucket of iced water at World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers who said:“It’s been a fantastic evening and wonderful opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of our ponies in front of such a huge audience. I’m immensely proud of what our team has achieved in putting this display together and very grateful to both Pippa and Fiona for taking part – it certainly made the ice bucket worthwhile!
“We are deeply honoured to have been chosen as Charity of the Year for the Olympia London International Horse Show 2015 and hope that the display will encourage more people to think about rehoming when they see the quality of horses and ponies that we have on our rehoming scheme.”
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Pippa Funnell, MBE said:“If you’re thinking about getting a horse or pony, then why not go to World Horse Welfare? There are all sorts of things these ponies are capable of and that’s what is so exciting. World Horse Welfare have a fantastic range of horses and ponies available for rehoming and a great team of people who are happy to advise you. I’d love to take both Yogi and Saphire home tonight but I’m not too sure William would be very pleased!”
Yogi came into World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in 2006 as a completely untouched two year-old. He was very nervous of human contact but thanks to the experienced handling and care of the World Horse Welfare team he matured into a well-mannered pony with lots of potential. He was broken to drive more than five years ago and since then has had fantastic success competing at national level with his rehomer, Liz Harcombe – recently starting tandem work. Yogi will be taking the role of Scrooge on Friday, driven by Liz with Fiona Powell riding pillion.
Saphire came into World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre three years ago and required intensive physiotherapy to build up her strength. Following the dedication of the team, she is now progressing well in her training and loves showing off her driving skills and stunning good looks. Saphire will be taking the role of Santa on Friday, driven by Amy Last with Pippa Funnell riding pillion.
Last season’s champion All-Weather trainer Charlie Appleby is set to well-represented at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 12, with Anglophile, Festive Fare and Winslow due to run on a valuable eight-race card.
More than £100,000 prize money is on offer throughout the evening, with Anglophile having been declared for the £20,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (8.45pm) over an extended two miles.
The Tapeta contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Marathon Championships over two miles on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25.
Anglophile (Adam Kirby) was first or second on all six of his appearances during the 2014/2015 All-Weather Championships, with three victories including a facile success in a two-mile conditions race at Lingfield Park in January.
The four-year-old was beaten a head in the 32Red All-Weather Marathon Championships on Good Friday and also filled the runner-up spot on his only subsequent start, when finding Famous Kid (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy) six lengths too strong in a 14-furlong handicap at Chelmsford City on November 6.
Godolphin trainer Appleby commented: “We purposely gave Anglophile the summer off and were pleased with his re-appearance at Chelmsford City.
“We have 8lb to find on the ratings with Famous Kid, who won very well that day, but Anglophile has certainly stepped forward since that run. We have a fair bridge to gap but I am confident that our horse will put up a good performance again.
“He is a typical Dubawi in that he is getting better with age. He is definitely a stronger individual compared to last season’s championships and is a hardened campaigner now. The trip and conditions will be no problem and I feel that we head to Wolverhampton with a good chance.”
A field of eight for the 32Red Conditions Stakes also includes recent Kempton Park handicap winner Moonrise Landing (Ralph Beckett/Graham Gibbons) and The Twisler (Jane Chapple-Hyam/Jamie Spencer), who captured a Listed race at Goodwood in August.
Entihaa (Alan Swinbank/Ben Curtis) and Sunblazer (Kim Bailey/George Baker) have both scored over the course and distance, with Percy Veer (Sylvester Kirk/Jack Mitchell) and Longshadow (Jason Ward/Luke Morris) also set to line up.
Three-year-olds Festive Fare (Adam Kirby) and Winslow (Martin Lane) are due to run in the richest race of the night, the £45,000 Coral Handicap (7.45pm) over an extended nine furlongs, which has attracted a high-class field of nine.Festive Fare is unbeaten in two appearances on the All-Weather, having posted a pair of wins over a mile at Kempton Park and Lingfield Park at the start of 2015, and was beaten two and a half lengths by Golden Horn when coming home fourth in a Newmarket Listed race in April.
The son of Teofilo was fifth in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and is set to make his first appearance since finishing fourth in a Haydock Park handicap over 10 and a half furlongs on August 8. Winslow readily beat subsequent Norfolk Stakes winner Baitha Alga in a Haydock Park maiden in May, 2014, but the son of Distorted Humor has been restricted to just two starts since.He stayed on well to take fourth in an extended mile handicap at Wolverhampton on his first outing for more than 15 months on November 28.
Appleby added: “Festive Fare was two from two on the All-Weather last winter, when he looked that he was going the right way, but his turf form has left a little bit to be desired. He has been gelded and I have been pleased with his work. He is a horse that we thought a lot of during the spring and, hopefully, a switch back to the All-Weather will see him return to the horse that we thought he could be.
“Once we realised that it wasn’t happening for Festive Fare on the turf, we gave him a good break and structured his training for a winter campaign. It could be a big shout now, but we are hoping that he might be a horse for the Winter Derby and the Easter Classic.
“Time will tell whether he is up to that level but those are the sort of targets we are looking at as things stand. He is fit enough to run well on Saturday – he will find a couple of pounds for the run – and we will be disappointed if he is not in the first three.
“We were delighted with Winslow’s reappearance at Wolverhampton. We liked him as a two-year-old but he has had his setbacks. He has come on for his first run for more than a year but the step up in distance is a bit of an unknown. We are hoping that we might see further improvement with the step up to this trip.
“Generally, I wouldn’t run two horses in a race like this but they have completely different running styles. Festive Fare will be ridden positively and Winslow will be ridden conservatively to get the trip.”
Capel Manor College’s School of Animal Management and Saddlery has been renamed The Princess Royal College of Animal Management and Saddlery, London. This is in recognition of HRH The Princess Royal’s ongoing involvement with Capel and her encouragement to develop the school since she first suggested the idea in 1986.
The school’s new £3.6 million facility at the Capel centre in Enfield was opened recently by HRH The Princess Royal.
The purpose-built complex offers state-of-the-art resources to benefit all of the College’s animal management and saddlery students, no matter at which of Capel’s centres across London they are based.
College Principal Dr Steve Dowbiggin OBE said: “We are delighted by this honour. It really gives Capel students kudos, we know we are one of the best Colleges in the country but this underpins that.
“The renaming of our school recognises the interest shown by Her Royal Highness in this aspect of our activities and the encouragement she has given us over the years to invest in this area to ensure Londoners have access to the best facilities in the country if they are interested in studying animal management, saddlery or related industries.”
Construction has just finished on the new complex, which will provide more than 1,000m² of modern learning space which includes exotic and reptile animal housing, laboratories, classrooms, a dog grooming parlour and a teaching veterinary unit.
The new building will be integrated within a two-acre landscaped complex housing animals from all over the world in eco zones representing their natural habitat. The new facilities are part of continuing developments across Capel’s animal management provision which has already seen a £1.5 million investment in the future of its students in this area.
Vice Principal, Malcolm Goodwin said: “These new facilities will give those studying at Capel vocational opportunities equal to the best in the world – our horticultural, floristry and garden design facilities are already second to none and this – along with the new centre for the School of Arboriculture and Countryside Management – will mean everyone lucky enough to study at the College will have access to a unique experience.”
World Horse Welfare charity is offering a unique opportunity to bid for a signed copy of the late Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s book ‘Calling the Horses’ which is signed by Sir Peter himself plus the legendary JP McManus, the Head family and Sir Peter’s great friend, Joanna Lumley.
WHW is auctioning two signed copies of the book via an ebay auction to raise money for Compassion in World Farming and World Horse Welfare. You can find a link to the auction here: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272057246106
For decades Sir Peter O’Sullevan was one of the iconic sports commentators, providing the soundtrack for half a century of horseracing as he called home such legends of the sport as Arkle, Nijinsky, Red Rum and Desert Orchid. His rapid-fire commentary seemed to echo the sound of horses’ hooves, and it was not long before he became known as ‘The Voice of Racing’.
But in addition to his legendary status as a TV personality, Sir Peter O’Sullevan was also a notable journalist and much-admired writer, and it is a measure of his standing both within and beyond the world of racing that his compulsively readable autobiography Calling the Horses, first published in 1989 and reprinted eight times, reached the top of The Sunday Times non-fiction bestseller list.
The most recent edition of Calling the Horses was published in 1994, and the twenty years since then have brought many fresh episodes in the ongoing Peter O’Sullevan story, including the last racing days of his great friend Lester Piggott in 1995, his commentary on the ‘Bomb Scare’ Grand National of 1997, and his retirement from the BBC.
He also describes how he inspired the establishment of World Horse Welfare’s international programmes to help working horses in the developing world, and setting up the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, which has raised over £4.1 million for animal welfare charities.
Last but not least, he offers his appreciation of a new generation of racing heroes, including recently retired jockey AP McCoy, who dominated jump racing in a manner unparalleled in any sport, and the wonder-horse Frankel.
The heartening news for the legions of Sir Peter O’Sullevan fans is that his enthusiasm for racing remained undiminished, this is reflected in the elegance, fluency and wit which infused his writing style. This extensively updated edition of Calling the Horses is a very remarkable book by a very remarkable man.
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Leading international horse charity, World Horse Welfare, is gearing up for Olympia, The London International Horse Show, where it has been chosen as the iconic event’s charity of the year 2015.
As charity of the year, World Horse Welfare will be presenting the Santa vs Scrooge Celebrity Scurry Stakes – a festive adrenaline-fuelled driving challenge as part of Friday evening’s performance at the show, featuring two of World Horse Welfare’s amazing rehomed horses accompanied by some famous faces.
World Horse Welfare’s trade stand in the ever-popular shopping village will offer visitors the chance to meet some famous equestrian personalities and take a selfie or two in the charity’s winter pony-themed photo zone.
Plus, for anyone doing some last minute Christmas shopping there will be the chance to win an ultimate Christmas present, or to purchase an array of horsey stocking fillers, including the opportunity to (almost) take a horse home for Christmas with World Horse Welfare’s Adopt a Horse Scheme.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, Olympia, The London International Horse Show said:“We are delighted to be supporting World Horse Welfare this year. The charity plays a vital role in not only safeguarding vulnerable horses, ponies and donkeys, but also in campaigning to help create lasting change. World Horse Welfare has the largest rehoming scheme of its kind in the UK and I am very much looking forward to seeing some of their success stories in Olympia’s Grand Hall this December – I’m sure it will be a spectacle to remember!”
World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers added:“We are deeply honoured and so grateful that World Horse Welfare has been chosen as charity of the year for Olympia, a show which has been a key highlight on the equestrian calendar for many years and continues to be a fantastic festive celebration.
“This provides us with a wonderful international platform to raise awareness of our work, a showcase to demonstrate the amazing activities our rehomed horses and ponies are capable of and an opportunity to highlight how people can get involved with us, including through our reinvigorated adoption scheme.”
The London International Horse Show Olympia runs 15th -21st December at the Olympia Exhibition Halls in Hammersmith. Olympia runs for 7 days and hosts more than 90,000 visitors over the course of the show.
To find out more about World Horse Welfare visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org
The Horse Trust has acquired two rare horse–lifting boxes for its unique WW1 exhibition.
Many myths had grown up regarding the fate of the British army horses at the end of the Great War and the welfare of the horses throughout the conflict. The Horse Trust commissioned renowned military historian Dr. David Kenyon to research the role of British horses throughout the war years.
Dr. Kenyon’s fascinating study dispelled some myths about the fate of our horses after the Armistice and provided new insight into the overall effect the war had on Britain’s horse population between 1914 – 1918. The study provided the basis to create a unique exhibit opened on August 14 2014 as part of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of war.
Since the exhibition was opened to the public the Trust has been searching far and wide for genuine artefacts of the period. It has been difficult, but persistence pays, and recently Horse Trust Chief Executive Jeannette Allen tracked down a pair of heavy horse-lifting boxes that appeared to have been used in the monumental mobilisation and de-mobilisation.
Thankfully the vendor was able to authenticate their provenance. As Anthony Reeve of LASSCO (London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company) explains “the boxes had come from the Museum of London where LASSCO had helped the Museum of London clear vast stores of non-accessioned collections from the Royal Docks, London.
Amongst the anchors, gang-planks and cannon were two large crates – like heavy duty carts without wheels. These were “horse-lifting boxes”, rare survivors, originally from the London dockyards. With a door at each end, lifting points at each corner, remains of a padded interior and iron hoops over the top – to prevent a horse rearing.”
These sort of boxes offered a much kinder way of lifting horses that would otherwise be hoisted with slings when tides or unsuitable wharves made gang-planks impossible. It was, by any measure, a herculean task.
As they set sail for France in 1914 the British Expeditionary Force in France took 165,000 horses, the vast majority of them requisitioned and collected in just twelve days. It was truly a miracle of organisation and co-operation, but one of the greatest challenges of that mobilisation was the ongoing transportation of the horse to the battlefields in France.
The horse lifting boxes were fundamental to getting the horses to France through east London’s dockyards. Unlike soldiers horses don’t walk up steep gangplanks very easily, this sort of lifting box would be hoisted over the gunwales of a ship by crane and lowered into the hold where horses were stabled. Those same boxes were used in 1918 to bring over 60,000 healthy horses back home through those same docks.
The Horse Trust and LASSCO are both delighted with the acquisition. Jeanette Allen said:“There can be no more suitable home for this fascinating piece of history than the Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses.
“This is the charity whose subscribers commissioned the world’s first motorised horse Ambulance and presented it to the war office for the use of sick and wounded animals at the front. It is a wonderful addition to our WW1 exhibit and is sure to be appreciated by our many visitors.”
There was a Royal reception for owners of Team GBR and World Class Programme horses this week at Hyde Park Barracks, London when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), attended an event in London.
The occasion, which was attended by more than seventy owners, saw presentations by Performance Director Dan Hughes and Performance Managers Yogi Breisner and Richard Waygood on what support the Programme offers to owners and athletes, whilst looking ahead to the Rio 2016 Games.
An evening reception saw HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meet the owners of horses who have contributed to British teams this year and World Class personnel who will take a critical role in preparing athletes and horses ahead of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Commenting on the event, Performance Director Dan Hughes said; “As a Programme we feel very privileged that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was able to join us to acknowledge the critical role our owners play in equestrian sport, particularly as we head towards next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.
“Without our loyal owners, we would not be able to field such strong equestrian teams on the international stage. We also wanted to develop a strategy to bring more owners into equestrian sport to support our younger British riders and develop the teams of the future.”
London-based digital agency, Netro42 (www.netro42.com, has won a national business partnership award with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for the pro bono design of the RDA South East’s new website at www.rdasoutheastregion.org.uk
The award was presented to Netro42’s Managing Director, Tony Orsi, by presenter and broadcaster, Clare Balding, at a gala dinner held recently at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Clare Balding, a great supporter of the RDA, was particularly enthusiastic about the work of Netro42 saying that the website set the benchmark for the RDA while Lindsay Correa, Chairman of the RDA South East Region said: “Netro42 have delivered all of our aims beyond our expectations.”
A key aspect, especially given the target user group, was to achieve a treble A accessibility rating for the website to ensure that everyone, regardless of their disability, would be able to use it. This approach enables both RDA members and volunteers to fully benefit from the site, whilst opening it up to online donations and the power of social media through the bespoke Content Management System, which is built around the Region’s exacting requirements.
Netro42 have produced an inclusive and accessible online experience for RDA members. The website was redesigned from the ground up to be fully responsive and deliver an intuitive user experience across all platforms and devices.
“Our first big challenge was the RDA’s Supra Regional Conference in April 2015, and here the site was invaluable, as they were able to drive all registration and information through the “Event” section of the site – saving time and money,” said Tony Orsi. “We had to be particularly responsive on this occasion, adding new data capture fields late in the day that would comply with the additional security requirements for the attendance of HRH The Princess Royal who is President of the RDA”.
“We are enormously proud of our site and grateful for the time and expertise donated by Netro42, which represents a donation close to £25,000.” said Lindsay Correa.
From left to right: Clare Balding, Tony Orsi (Managing Director, Netro42) and Alison Sherwood-Bruce from BETA, Award Sponsors.