Ride Out UK returns next month

The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced the return of Ride Out UK (ROUK) for 2019, with the campaign now running from May through to October.

Across the six months, the BHS, Affiliated Equestrian Access groups, BHS Approved Centres and British Riding Clubs will be hosting a range of events from guided rides to the ever popular pleasure rides on National Trust properties and large estates.

The previous two years have seen more than £18,000 raised for the BHS’ Paths for Communities Fund, a vital fund available to equestrians to create or repair multi-user routes in their local area.

Tracy Casstles, Director of Fundraising at the British Horse Society said: “ROUK has been hugely popular amongst the equine community and we’ve seen all ages and abilities getting involved.

Tracy Casstles

“From restoring unusable gates in Gloucestershire to draining and resurfacing routes in Somerset, the funds raised make a huge difference to local communities, by getting riders off the road and using their restored off-road routes, both now and in the future”.

As part of the campaign, the BHS is also challenging riders to become a ‘Platinum Rider’ by riding at least 70km whilst also raising a minimum of £70 for the Paths for Communities Fund.

This year’s Ride Out UK is kindly sponsored by Thorowgood.

To find an event in your area or to find out more about becoming a Platinum Rider, visit bhs.org.uk/rideoutuk

Goodwood’s opening fixture

Goodwood’s Opening fixture comes under starters orders on May 4 for an exciting afternoon of high-quality racing, food, drink, and entertainment.

Top class racing at Goodwood again this season

The races include two valuable Listed contests; the Daisy Warwick Stakes and The Conqueror Stakes, both of which are likely to attract some exciting fillies and mares aiming to get their seasons off to a winning start.

During the winter months, much investment has taken place at the racecourse. The inside of the March Grandstand has seen further redevelopment, creating a superb new betting facility and two new cafés.

Delicious Dogs, located in the Sussex Stand will offer racegoers a fabulous array of handmade pizzas. While the Richmond Enclosure boasts a beautiful new hospitality space in Long View which provides enchanting views across the racecourse and will be open in time for the May Festival.

Goodwood is excited to introduce its new ECO-Cup, helping forge a path towards eradicating disposables.

The season ahead will see a refundable £1 deposit taken when any beer, lager or ale is consumed, with a clean cup offered for each beverage thereafter.

During the 2018 season, more than 300,000 pints and half pints were served in plastic cups owing to sizeable levels of plastic being disposed of.

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, commented; “Sustainability has been at the core of our thinking here at Goodwood over several years, and as we move into the 2019 flat season, we will be taking bigger steps towards lessening our impact on the environment.

“In essence, I want to make sure that our actions today preserve that famous and breath-taking view for future generations.”

He added: “Opening Saturday is a real family day out complemented by the high-class racing. With a children’s play area for the little ones, whether you are passionate about horse racing or want a really good afternoon out, Goodwood Racecourse is a fantastic place to come.”

Tickets can be purchased from only £12 in advance and children under 18 go free in all enclosures. Please call 01243 216610 or visit goodwood.com for tickets, hospitality, and further information.

Nearly two horses killed each week on UK roads

Alarming new statistics have revealed nearly two horses a week are being killed on UK roads, with 845 incidents involving horses and drivers reported to The British Horse Society last year.

The British Horse Society (BHS) collates statistics each year to understand the rate of incidents involving horses and riders on UK roads. In the last year alone, 87 horses and four people have been tragically killed whilst riding on the roads and 73 per cent of incidents reported occurred due to vehicles passing by too closely.

Slow down for horses and pass wide

The charity is urging drivers to be more careful when passing horses on the road, with the new statistics showing an incident increase of 109 per cent compared to the previous year.

The increase in incidents follows a partnership encouraging them to report all incidents involving feral ponies and horses to the BHS Horse Accidents website.

Click here to Report an Incident

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the British Horse Society said: “The inclusion of horse incident statistics from Dartmoor and the New Forest allow us to have a much better understanding of the rate of incidents occurring on our roads. The dramatic increase in incidents is of huge concern, but we are aware that only 1 in 10 accidents are reported to us, therefore these figures are only the tip of the iceberg. We will continue to promote our key Dead Slow messages and strive to ensure all vulnerable road users are kept safe.”

Since November 2010:

  • 3,737 incidents have occurred on the road
  • 43 people have lost their lives and 1085 injured
  • 315 horses have been killed and 945 injured

The BHS launched its ‘Dead Slow’ road safety campaign to help better educate drivers on how to pass horses on the road. The key behavioural change messages to drivers are:

If I see a horse on the road then I will …

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph

2. Be patient – do not sound their horn or rev the engine

3. Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car’s width if possible

4. Drive slowly away

The BHS is also currently working on a six month trial with Huufe, a new app that allows people to report incidents easily and quickly. The app allows the user to select the type of incident they were involved in whilst also recording the location and time.

The app records no personal data during its trial period therefore the BHS is still encouraging riders to continue reporting incident to its horse accidents website.

Jump racing at Plumpton today

Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good track record at Plumpton,  and Golden Cannon, which runs at today’s meeting, ridden by Marc Goldstein, seems to enjoy Plumpton, having won there previously.

Golden Cannon lines up in the Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong, ridden as usual by Marc Goldstein- and is currently priced at 6-1.

Golden Cannon with trainer Sheena West and jockey Marc Goldstein Photo: John Simpson

 Sheen West also saddles up course winner Sixties Secret, a four-year-old, in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, where the favourite is 3-1 shot Our Rockstar, ridden for trainer Alastair Ralph by jockey Lee Edwards.

Sixties Secret is likely to be sent off at 16-1, while 3-1 favourite Our Rockstar comes to the race from a victory at Stratford in March.
The combination of Tom Cannon and trainer Chris Gordon should be back in winning form with course and distance winner The Tin Miner likely to be sent off as favourite in the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle of the day.

                                                                                                                                            The final race sees a match between 10/11shot  Darebin , trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Jamie, and evens favourite King Cnut, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon.

 

 

 

Science Supplements® signs on line with Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on SaturdayJune 22 at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matthew Sampson winning the British Speed Derby in 2018. The class is now known as the Science Supplements Speed Derby Science Supplements Speed Derby, as part of an extensive new sponsorship deal with the All England Jumping Course.

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday July 27. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

“First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 23-28  2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships ( August 29 – September 1 2019) are free to spectators.

Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show

The Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show  takes place on Sunday April 28 from 8.30am-5.30pm.
The venue is the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead and it is hosted by the Southdown Hunt West Pony Club.

Pony Club Spring Show takes place at Hickstead

Tickets for the event are available from sdhwpc.org
It is an event not to be  missed and bound to attract plenty of entries for this
pony club is highly competitive and last year took part in a tetrathlon at
Hickstead,  with 23 youngsters competing and all classes contested.
Definitely a date for the diary.

 

Plumpton Easter Festival

Have you got your tickets for the Easter Festival at Plumpton? Come and enjoy the sunshine with a day at the races!

The Easter Festival is the pinnacle of the season for Plumpton, a two- day bonanza on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.With more than £200k worth of prize money up for grabs, featuring the Core Spreads Sussex Champion Hurdle (Sunday) and Sussex Champion Chase (Monday), both worth £50k, ensuring that some quality horses will be on show.It is day for the whole family with entertainment for all.

There will be a Fun Fair, Easter Egg Giveaway ( for the first 250 children through the gates each day), Derby Horse Hoppers, Face Painting, Static Falconry Display, Mini Golf, Beat the Keeper, Live Music, Hospitality & Restaurant options PLUS so much more.

There will also be an equicizer for children and adults to have a go on Easter Sunday in the Marquee in the picnic enclosure. See what it takes to be a jockey!

On each day there is space in our Marquee restaurant. In the Marquee enjoy a three-course set menu, welcome drink, table for day, racecard and admission opposite the final fence for just £70pp. To book please call 01273 890383.

Tickets start at just £13 when bought in advance.Advance tickets close midnight Friday April 19 for Easter Sunday, and midnight Saturday 20 for Easter Monday. go racing free (18 or under) if accompanied by an adult.

Competitive Easter racing at Plumpton.

Hickstead welcomes Science Supplements as new sponsor

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on Saturday 22 June at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matt Sampson winning Hickstead Speed Derby in 2017: Photo Nigel Goddard

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday 27 July. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

“We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships. First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (20-23 June), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July 2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships (29 August – 1 September 2019) are free to spectators.

Toffee is now full-time RDA pony

South Downs Riding for the Disabled group is proud to announce that Toffee is now a full-time member of their team.

Having worked with him for almost a year they know what a first class RDA pony he is -and when they heard that his owners wanted to sell him, they could not bear to lose him, and had to take action.

They are now drawing up a plan of action to fund his keep and as they currently only use him one day per week, think it would be ideal for someone else to benefit from his wonderful temperament and nature through a loan arrangement.

Toffee is an adorable Connemara pony of 14.2 hh, with a gentle and kind nature who would be ideal for gentle hacking or as a starter pony, working from Albourne Equestrian Centre where he is currently homed.

Toffee with members of the RDA Group

If anyone is interested in such an arrangement or would like to sponsor him, please contact the group at: info@southdownsrda.org, to discuss, or take a look at their website: www.southdownsrda.org.

South Downs RDA group is based at Albourne Equestrian Centre, Melrose Farm, Albourne near Hassocks, West Sussex.

Its volunteers, horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities of all ages and from all backgrounds. They hope to create a sense of increased confidence and above all, a feeling of having a good time. The benefits of riding are plain to see from the faces of the riders.

The group is one of the longest established in the country and is totally reliant on the wonderful volunteers who are the backbone of the team.

They are also a completely self-financing charity and therefore have to constantly work hard at raising funds.

For more information contact jaynesimpson500@gmail.com

Hickstead’s iconic class has secure future

Al Shira’aa, the title sponsor of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, has signed a new sponsorship deal until 2022.

The UAE-based company took over sponsorship of the famous Hickstead Derby in 2017, and after two very successful seasons has agreed to extend the agreement until at least 2022.

The Al Shira’aa Derby is the highlight of the four-day Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), and sees horses and riders tackle an iconic course of fences including the tricky Devil’s Dyke and the 10ft 6in Derby Bank.

William Whitaker winning Hickstead Derby two hyears ago
Photo:Craig Payne

The company has also signed an agreement to sponsor a number of Hickstead’s other classes, including the British Five Year Old and British Six Year Old Championships for young horses, both with a prize fund of £3,000, plus the Under 25 Masters, which is a prestigious annual young rider championship held on the Saturday of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting.

Al Shira’aa has always been passionate about promoting good horsemanship and equestrian sport, both within the United Arab Emirates and around the world. They support all levels of the sport from grassroots upwards, which is why these new classes are of particular importance to them.

“We are delighted that the partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is set to continue – their support has been invaluable to us, and we’re extremely grateful that they have increased their agreement to cover several of our young horse championships as well as the Al Shira’aa Under 25 Masters,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

Tom O’Brien, UK Manager of Al Shira’aa, adds: “The sponsorship of these classes reflect our values at Al Shira’aa, of supporting riders from the junior to senior levels, as well as our commitment to horsemanship and dedication to the development of young horses. The partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is of great importance to us with regards to our global reach in the equestrian world. With our shared passion for heritage and prestige, coupled with the dedication to celebrate the greatest talent in equestrian sport, the years ahead look set to be very exciting for this continued partnership.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk