Success for Petworth horse breeder at Federation’s Plumpton futurity


High Hoes Heloise Photo by Craig Payne

High Hoes Heloise
Photo by Craig Payne

Horse breeder, Nicola Callam from Petworth, in West Sussex, had a very successful outing with her filly foal, High Hoes Heloise, at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity held on this month at Plumpton College.

The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show-jumping or endurance, and may even find the Olympic Champions of the future.

High Hoes Heloise received the highest premium of the day in the dressage section at Plumpton College. She received a score of 8.81 and a Higher First premium.  A Higher First premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at national level.

Nicola said: “I am thrilled with how well she did at the Futurity, it was a very educational experience and the judges comments were very positive.  We aim to breed and produce top quality dressage horses for competition.  I will possibly breed from High Hoes Heloise before she starts her competitive career with our rider, Richard Black.”

High Hoes Heloise is by the Trakehner stallion, Hohenstein, out of a State Premium mare, Liza Minelli.  Nicola added: “We chose to put Liza Minelli to Hohenstein as I think he is an exceptional stallionWith entries limited to 60 at each evaluation venue, places are keenly sought after.  Entries are categorised by discipline with age groups for foals, yearlings, two and three year olds and each horse is evaluated in hand and loose in a safe indoor environment as well as undergoing a vet’s assessment.

The BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said:  “The Futurity continues to go from strength to strength. The results at Plumpton College were very encouraging and we are finding that the horses our breeders are producing have the range of talents that are likely to be needed by the growing base of riders who wish to participate in horse sports”.

The Futurity Equine Bridge is a new initiative for 2013 and will run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations.  The Futurity Equine Bridge seeks to provide top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as four and five-year-olds so that they begin their early years under saddle in a way that allows for sustained physical and mental development. In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge all horses must obtain two scores of 8.5 or above, one of which must have been obtained in their three-year- old year.

The BEF Futurity Evaluations are held at 16 venues throughout the UK and young horses go home with a BEF Premium (grade), a stylish rosette and a detailed, informative score sheet. An attractive certificate to keep and frame follows on after the event. All results are published on the fully searchable British Breeding website.



West Sussex rider qualifies for Search for a Star finals at HOYS


Abbie Lloyd and Jack SMR Photos

Abbie Lloyd and Jack
SMR Photos

An amateur rider from Burgess Hill has qualified to compete in the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search For A Star Championships at the prestigious Horse of The Year Show in October this year.  

Abbie Lloyd earned her coveted place in the final at the recent qualifying show held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire.

Abbie (22)  took top spot riding Jack, owned by Sara Jane Lloyd, in the Riding Club Show Horse class to earn their qualification to the finals.  This popular class saw 21 entries split for the initial judging, where competitors are required to tackle trotting poles and two small fences.

She has ridden the skewbald gelding since he was five years old, and has competed him regularly in eventing.  They were Junior Riding Clubs Horse Trials Champion in 2008 and very quickly moved up to Pre-Novice.  In 2010, the pair won five Intro classes and Abbie and Sara Jane decided to buy Jack.

They continued to event, competing in the Badminton Grass Roots championship in 2011 and 2013 at Intro level.  They recently started showing to do something different and were fifth in the CHAPS class at Hickstead.

“We got to ride in the main arena at Hickstead which was fantastic”, said Abbie.

“He is very sweet, a true riding club horse.  He always get in the 20’s in his dressage, and rarely has a pole down.  He has no idea what he has just achieved!” said Sara.  “He is fun and safe everywhere, but has a bit of personality as well”.

Abbie has just finished her third year at Loughborough University studying Sports Technology and goes home for a couple of days a week to ride.

“He turns his hand to everything and we thought that SFAS would be a nice way to find out if it was worth doing more showing – it is fresh and different.  This is his perfect class – we came fourth last year.  We decided to focus more on showing this year”.

The pair will go to Equifest in the coloureds and workers.  “We will also do the regional finals in eventing for a bit of fun, and we have lots to learn before HOYS – I will be calling my showing friends for some tips!” she added.

The Search for a Star series has been created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS). Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Show Hunters, Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse/Hacks and Cobs.

 “The Search For A Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse Of The Year Show. The standard increases every year and we are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity”, said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers

Abbie will now compete at The SEIB Search For A Star Finals at the Horse Of The Year Show, 9th – 13th October 2013, at the Birmingham NEC.

Working Hunter
1, Mister Roseberry, owned by Helen Saget and ridden by Camille Saget of Abingdon, Oxfordshire
2, La Chica De Rosa, owned and ridden by Tracey Sharp of Albrighton, Shropshire

Riding Club Show Horse
1, Jack, owned by Sarah Jayne Lloyd and ridden by Abbie Lloyd of Burgess Hill, East Sussex
2, Royal Approval, owned and ridden by Charlotte Kenyon of Wilmslow, Cheshire


Riding Horse Hack
1 , Sporting Dickens, owned and ridden by Molly Tucker of Brenchley, Kent
2, Donna Duero, owned and ridden by Melanie Lawless of Beanacre, Wiltshire

Show Hunter
1, Magic Moments II, owned and ridden by Louise Jones of Speen, Buckinghamshire
2, Top O’ The Morning, owned and ridden by James Robertson of Pulborough, West Sussex

1, Cob Dot Com, owned and  ridden by Jo Cocker of Canterbury, Kent
2, Smarty, owned by Anna Collins and ridden by Hayley Sexton of Uxbridge

1s Jolakes Diamond Cluster, owned by Kim Taylor and  ridden by Amy Taylor of Bourne, Lincolnshire
2, Styalways Northern Star, owned by Caron Webb and ridden by Carlie Webb of Romford, Essex

Racehorse to Riding Horse

1, Hiscano, owned by Lady Caroline Tyrrell and ridden by Allister Hood of Diss, Norfolk
2, Deep Reflection, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold of Milton Keynes

Badr looks to the future with new horses and a coaching service, following the tragic death of his Grand Prix hope

Badr and Rubin

Badr and hiis new horse, Rubin

Talented dressage rider and teacher, Badr Al Omran, has picked up the pieces following the tragic death of his main competition horse, Cornish Promise,  at the end of 2011.

Still based at Little Danny, Hurtspierpoint, West Sussex, is he bringing on new horses to compete with and has started coaching other riders at all levels both in Sussex and in Kuwait.

At the end of 2011, Badr, who has wins to his credit on the Small Tour, was on course for major Grand Prix victories with his talented horse Cornish Promise, know affectionately as Norman.

The 17hh bay gelding, a rangey Irish crossbreed with a huge heart, was 16 years old and out in the field enjoying sunshine and grass when he suffered from an aneurysm in his gut, resulting in a sudden and quick death.

It was a devastating blow for Badr, for he and Norman had started together at unaffiliated Elementary level, progressing to winning mediums in British Dressage competitions- despite the fact that Norman could be very difficult, often napping and spinning while ridden and with a tendency to boil over in the arena.

Norman won 44 affiliated tests, 326 points, numerous unaffiliated classes and championships during his career. Badr was devastated by his loss.

He said: ” His death left a huge hole in my life and I still miss him.  He was winning competitions at the level below Grand Prix and had enormous ability. While I am still sad about his loss, I am grateful for everything he brought to me.”

Now Badr has promising new horses to compete with and this year has established Badr’s Equestrian Services at  Little Danny, offering dressage and equestrian training, from beginner to advanced on horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes.

After Norman died he branched out into a new sphere, lecturing at Brighton University and Plumpton College on courses at all levels, including BSc Equine Performance, Breeding and Stud Performance.

During this time, his yard at Little Danny changed hands and was bought by Ivan Weightman, who had worked in the film industry, and who has brought horses to the yard on which he wiill learn to ride dressage, and on which Badr will compete while teaching him.

Badr is also spending some time in Kuwait, where he has relatives, and has been there for three long weekends so far this year teaching dressage.

He explained: “Following the country’s success in the Olympics, it is a very much developing field and it is good to be involved in it. I love teaching and received an ‘outstanding’ rating when my classroom teaching was officially observed at Plumpton College.”

Rubin enjoying a pick of grass at Littlle Danny

Rubin enjoying a pick of grass at Littlle Danny

This season he is bringing on  Rubin, a young seven-year-old homebred warmblood bred from Broadstone Dominique, and he is progressing well.

“He is very talented and has something of Norman in him because he can be very quirky and gets scared at shows. If he is not in the right frame of mind and someone coughs, he could jump and react,” said Badr.

He has just started competing at Advanced Medium where he has won a couple of classes. Badr would like to aim him at Prix St Georges and is concentrating on getting him to relax  at shows.

“It will come as he does more and more competitions. He is a special horse because I was very fond of his mother. I also have a nine-year-old, Sebastiano, who is a giant 17.3hh home-bred gelding, who has tremendous potential.

Outstanding training facilities at Badr's yard with fields, tracks and arenas

Outstanding training facilities at Badr’s yard with fields, tracks and arenas

“He is just getting over a sarcoid problem in one eye and is competing at Elementary where he is starting to win classes. I have very high hopes of him. I am also enjoying teaching here. I have excellent facilities and school not just in the arena, but out on grass, in the fields, and am used to working on different surfaces, which benefits the horses,” said Badr.

He also has a third horse, Harrison, which is related to Ruben and owned by Ivan. He is only five and has done some successful showing. He is more than 18hh and is a bright prospect for dressage and for Ivan to learn on.

He has superb facilities at Little Danny, with the backdrop of the downs, with plenty of open field and tracks surrounding his main training area.

See his Facebook page:   or contact him on 07870485339


Pony club’s individual members qualify for the main championship in August


Intermediate Team (left to right : Elspeth Williams 7th, Candice Payne 1st, Izzy Graham Watson 1st and Paul Schroter 8th..

Intermediate Team (left to right : Elspeth Williams 7th, Candice Payne 1st, Izzy Graham Watson 1st and Paul Schroter 8th..

Lord Leconfield Pony Club, from West Sussex, enjoyed some excellent individual triumphs at the recent Area 13 Horse Trials Qualifier at Iping earlier this month.

Although none of the club’s teams qualified, it had the distinction of no less than six individual qualifications from members in the blazing heat.

In the Open Class Katy Waples and Bounce Along won their section, while in the Intermediate Class both Izzy Graham Watson riding Technlad and Candice Payne riding Ivor Colour won their respective sections all qualifying for the main PC Championship held in August at Cholmondeley in Cheshire.

Meanwhile the Novice team narrowly missed qualifying for the Novice Championships which also take place in August at Kelsall Hill- but three team members qualified individually.

Individual qualifier Alice Leng with her rosette

Individual qualifier Alice Leng with her rosette

These were Phoebe Wates riding Ballylawn Biscuit who won her section, along with Alice Leng riding Westerlake Buttonweed and Emily Watson riding My Prince Charming were both placed second in their sections also qualifying.

Novice qualifier Emily Watson

Novice qualifier Emily Watson

The club sends good luck to all of the girls competing in August at the championships.

Zacara lift the coveted Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup in thrilling final

Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup All photos by John Periam.01243/////// Words by Liz Higgins

TheVeuve Clicquot Gold Cup
ALL PHOTOS by photojournalist JOHN PERIAM.01243 584718. Words: LIZ HIGGINS

An epic Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, with the world’s two leading players on opposing sides, saw Lyndon Lea’s Zacara  beat Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai on Sunday after four weeks of enthralling matchplay in the British Open Polo Championship.

Alongside Zacara’s patron Lyndon Lea, who won the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup in 2011, was 10 goaler Facundo Pieres, with whom he has won both the US Open and the Cartier Queen’s Cup in 2013.

An impressive partnership has been forged between Facundo, who has won Most Valuable Player Awards in several of the world’s major tournaments in the past 12 months, and 8 goal Brazilian player Rodrigo Andrade, with talented young Englishman Matt Perry, 3 goals, completing the team.

Lynchpin of the Dubai team was the world’s number one player, 10 goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, joined for the 2013 season by Nico Pieres, younger brother of 10 goalers Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres, who has been playing way beyond his 7 goal English handicap, and  impressive young Australian Alec White.

Rashid Albwardy, the young Patron, distinguished himself throughout the tournament by scoring a crop of notable goals.

Zacara winning team: Facundo Pieres, Lyndon Lea, Rodrigo Andrade and Matt Perry

Zacara winning team: Facundo Pieres, Lyndon Lea, Rodrigo Andrade and Matt Perry  Photo John Periam 01243 584718

Cambiaso took the ball straight through the field to secure the first goal on the scoreboard for Dubai.  Retaliation was swift as Facundo Pieres snared the ball and sent a nifty pass to Andrade who pushed it between the posts.  The frantic pace continued as both teams worked to a game plan of marking their opponent to close down their opportunities for goals, whilst waiting for any loose ball to pick up and run with.

Both teams played to a capacity crowd in high temperatures: Photo John Periam 01243 584718

Both teams played to a capacity crowd in high temperatures: Photo John Periam 01243 584718

End-to-end play continued through the second chukka but a 40 yard penalty for Zacara was the only goal to be produced.  The third chukka began with Cambiaso passing a great ball to Alec White who made no mistake in equalling the scores at 2-2.

Facu stole the ball from his brother Nico and scored a splendid field goal taking Zacara ahead once again.  A foul gave Dubai a 60 yard penalty which Nico Pieres sent straight through the posts to 3-3. A foul on Facundo Pieres gave Zacara a 30 yard hit at the goal which he powerfully smacked between the posts. It was the end of the first half and Zacara were ahead 4-3. The crowd was invited onto the pitch to tread in the divots and enthusiastically responded.

The second half started with a hit in for Zacara and Facundo Pieres’ pass to Matt Perry gave the young English player a supreme chance to make his mark on his first Gold Cup final and 5-3 to Zacara.  Nico Pieres, surrounded by the opposition, held his nerve sending the ball to Cambiaso, who delivered a classic cut shot plum through the posts.

An uncharacteristic mistake by Nico, saw his brother seize the ball from under him and race away to take Zacara ahead 6-4.  Andrade stole the ball from Cambiaso, to be picked up by Facu and a nifty shot saw Zacara ahead 7-4 to close the fourth chukka.

Dubai team players Rashid Albwardy, Nico Pier, Alec White and Adolfo Cambiaso

Dubai team players Rashid Albwardy, Nico Pier, Alec White and Adolfo Cambiaso Photo: John Periam 01243 584718

Chukka number 5 began with Cambiaso picking up a loose ball and taking full advantage to gallop away and score. Zacara giving away a penalty at this point set a few nerves tingling as another goal was pulled back for the Dubai team, but Facundo managed two field goals before a penalty for Dubai closed the chukka with Zacara still ahead 9-7.

Zacara and Dubai Players ight for the  ball Phooto John  Periam  01243 584718

Zacara and Dubai Players ight for the ball
Phooto John Periam 01243 584718

Both sides tightened their defences for the sixth chukka. Zacara took their score on to 10-7 from a penalty. When Nico Pieres was given the chance to convert another penalty, his mighty lofted shot took Dubai on to 8-10. Could they pull up? Andrade suddenly steered the ball away from the pack, Cambiaso went after him, but as he turned Facundo Pieres had stolen the ball and was away.  Down the field he went and his ninth goal of the match secured victory for Zacara at 11-8.

After the match, Lyndon Lea modestly said:  “We had a plan and we stuck to it. It was all about being disciplined and giving everyone a role.”  

Top Model,owned by Facundo Pieres, winner of Best Playing Pony Award Photo:John Periam 01243 584718

Top Model,owned by Facundo Pieres, winner of Best Playing Pony Award
Photo:John Periam 01243 584718


The Gold Cup was presented to Lyndon Lea by Lady Cowdray, a Salamanzar of Veuve Clicquot was presented to him by Jo Thornton, Managing Director of Moët Hennessy UK, and individual prizes were presented by Elsa Corbineau, Senior Brand Manager, Champagnes, Moët Hennessy UK.

Lord and Lady Cowdray, Photo by John PPermiam 01243 584718

Lord and Lady Cowdray, Photo by John Periam 01243 584718

The Peter Holman prize for Most Valuable Player went to Facundo Pieres, and the Veuve Clicquot saddle for the Highest Goal Scorer of the British Open Championship went to Pelon Stirling and presented by Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot, to Mrs Bridget Hanbury on his behalf.

The Harper Spurs were presented to Rashid Albwardy by Eugenie Harper, and the Award for Best Playing Pony sponsored by Armstrong International and presented by Spencer George went to Top Model, owned by Facundo Pieres.

There were plenty of celebrities at the event, mingling with the crowds.

Polo Player Jack Kidd with his son, and his father Johnny Kidd. Photo by John Periam 01243 584718

Polo Player Jack Kidd with his son, and his father Johnny Kidd. Photo by John Periam 01243 584718



Jodie Kidd with her son Photo John Periam 01243 584718

Jodie Kidd with her son
Photo John Periam 01243 584718




Chef Raymond Blanc with friend

Chef Raymond Blanc with friend    Photo John Periam 01243 584718


Olympic riders to contest the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at Hickstead


Eciting action expected in the Nations Cup at Hickstead with an Olympic class British team Photo:Samantha Lamb

Exciting action expected in the Nations Cup at Hickstead with an Olympic class British team Photo:Samantha Lamb

Three of the four members of the gold-medal winning Olympic showjumping team will make up the British squad for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, at Hickstead, West Sussex.

Scott Brash (Ursula XII), Peter Charles (Murka’s Odie de Frevent) and Ben Maher with his Olympic ride Tripple X III will line up for Britain for this prestigious team competition, held on the Friday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 30 – August 4). The other squad members are William Funnell (Billy Congo) and William Whitaker (Fandango), with the final team of four to be announced closer to the event.

The home team will be hoping to repeat their success from Greenwich last summer, but they’ll face stiff competition from teams from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the USA and last year’s winners Ireland. The teams are aiming to pick up points in order to qualify for the first ever Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona.

Before the FEI Nations Cup action gets underway, there will be a celebration to mark one year since our Olympic success, with a group of Gamesmakers having been chosen to carry the flags for the riders’ parade. All Gamesmakers will be given free entry (including parking) to the showground on Friday 2 August, providing they wear their uniform and accreditation.

As well as contesting team honours in the FEI Nations Cup, top riders from around the world will battle it out to claim the Longines King George V Gold Cup, held on the final day of Hickstead’s six-day fixture. Set over a vast, technical and demanding course, this class offers a prize fund of €200,000 and remains one of the most coveted Grands Prix of all.

Our five Nations Cup squad members are due to take part, alongside some of the best known Brits in the sport – including Michael, John and Robert Whitaker, Laura Renwick, Guy Williams, Tim Stockdale, Joe Clayton, Robert Smith and this year’s Hickstead Derby hero, Phillip Miller.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show, the official show of The British Horse Society, gets underway on Tuesday July 30 with a day of national showjumping and showing classes. All of the showing classes are championships, where riders from around the country have worked hard to qualify.

There are championships for coloured horses and ponies, working hunters, show ponies, show hunter ponies, pure bred and part-bred arabs, hackneys, mountain and moorlands, hunters, riding horses, cobs, hacks, intermediates and miniature horses.

Many of these champions will then progress to the final judging of The British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underhill Supreme Pony titles.

The action in the International Arena begins on Wednesday, with the culmination of several of British Showjumping’s Winter Finals.

The international classes begin on Thursday Augus 1t, with the famous Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix. This class sees showjumpers and eventers go head to head over a course of coloured poles and solid cross-country jumps.

This year’s line-up includes Tina Cook, a member of the London 2012 silver medal-winning eventing team; Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell, eventing legend Mark Todd and four-time winner of the class Gary Parsonage.

Among the showjumpers are Ireland’s David Simpson, fourth in last month’s Hickstead Derby, and Michael Lonsdale, winner of the HOYS Puissance in 2012. Olympic rider Caroline Powell will be competing on Lenamore, who retired from top-level eventing earlier this year, while showjumper Trevor Breen will compete on Noble Bestman, normally the ride of eventer Laura Collett (who was injured in a cross-country fall earlier this month).

The Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Sky Sports Speed Classic will form the showjumping highlights of the Saturday, which is also Hickstead’s Ladies’ Day, where the best dressed visitors have the chance to win great prizes.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show is now 106 years old, making it one of the oldest horse shows in the world. As well as top class showing and showjumping, there’s also scurry and private driving classes, and a host of family entertainments. The show is also home to the huge Charles Owen Shopping Village, with hundreds of tradestands selling tack, clothing, footwear, gifts and accessories.

General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, while a huge range of hospitality options are also available, including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand. Tickets are also available on the gate.

Sky Sports will once again be providing comprehensive daily coverage of the action from Thursday to Sunday. Viewers can also purchase a day pass to watch Sky Sports online for just £9.99 for 24 hours – visit to sign up.

To book tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show, go to or call 01273 834315.


Hoof It, owned by golfer Lee Westwood will bid for repeat win in Stewards’ Cup

Hoof It is aiming for Stewards' Cup double Photo courtesy Jim Simpson

Hoof It is aiming for Stewards’ Cup double
Photo courtesy Jim Simpson

Hoof It, owned by leading golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Chubby Chandler, will bid for a repeat victory in the £100,000 Stewards’ Cup on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 3.

Westwood is currently playing in the British Open, held at Muirfield, Scotland.

The Mick Easterby-trained six-year-old produced a devastating performance in the 2011 running of the famous six-furlong heritage handicap, shouldering a record weight of 10st to an impressive two and a half length success.

He continued in fine form that season, finishing an unlucky sixth in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes and a close third in the Group One Haydock Sprint Cup, but has only been seen three times since.

The son of Monsieur Bond didn’t replicate his best form in two starts last term and, after two wind operations, returned from a 13-month absence in the Listed City Walls Stakes at York on July 13, coming home seventh of nine over five furlongs. He was beaten two and a half lengths after missing the break but kept on in the closing stages.

David Easterby, assistant to father Mick, revealed: “Hoof It has come out of York OK and will be going to Glorious Goodwood for the Stewards’ Cup. He was ring-rusty at the weekend and will improve, but his wind was fine so I was happy with that.

“I still think he retains all of his ability. He had problems in his couple of runs last season, which he took a while to accept, but we have sorted it now, so the future looks rosy.He will be going in off 112 as the weights have already been released and carrying top-weight, but that won’t bother him as he showed two years ago.”

 Hoof It, allocated 9st 12lb, tops the 121 remaining entries for the Stewards’ Cup and if successful, will become the sixth dual winner and the first since Sky Diver annexed back-to-back renewals in 1967 and 1968.

Other notable contenders include last year’s winner Hawkeyethenoo, trained in Scotland by Jim Goldie, Wokingham scorer York Glory and Dean Ivory’s lightly-raced  five-year-old Tropics.

 The five-day Glorious Goodwood festival this year runs from Tuesday, July 30 until Saturday, August 3

Exciting Hickstead action promised at Royal International Show

Ellen Whitaker coming down Hickstead's Derby Bank  Photo: John Periam

Ellen Whitaker coming down Hickstead’s Derby Bank Photo: John Periam 01243 584718


Action in the International Arena at The Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead opens on Thursday August 1 with the hugely popular Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, a class where showjumpers and eventers go head to head over a course of coloured poles and solid cross-country jumps.

The Royal International is the official show of The British Horse Society, and is one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar.

This year it plays host to the new format Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series, held on Friday 2 August. This is the only competition where spectators can see the British team compete on home turf, and the pressure will be on for the British to capitalise on their gold-medal success of last summer in Greenwich.

The Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup will form the feature of Saturday’s action, while on Sunday 4 August, the Longines King George V Gold Cup – also known as the British Grand Prix – will see many of the world’s top riders aim to take home their share of the €200,000 prize fund.

Showing is a huge part of the Royal International, with hundreds of championship classes culminating in the crowning of The British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Dick Saunders Supreme Pony.

Hickstead is famous for top class showjumping and showing, but there will be plenty on offer for fans of other equestrian sports, including scurry driving, carriage driving, side-saddle, polo and more. The huge Charles Owen Shopping Village is home to hundreds of tradestands selling everything from tack, clothing, gifts and accessories.

General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, giving visitors the chance to see top class horses and riders for a great price. Visitors who want to attend the entire show can buy general admission tickets for  £90 for the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

A huge range of hospitality options are also available, including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand.




Cows wear bells in alpine areas of Switzerland- and so does this horse…..


Horse complete with bell seen in Swwitzerland recently

Horse, complete with bell, seen in Switzerland recently

It is common in Alpine areas of Switzerland to see cows wearing large bells round their necks, but recently a horse was seen wearing one.

During a holiday there ,every day we heard the clanging of cow bells when a herd went in and out of a nearby farm for the daily milking.

Wearing the bells makes it easy for the farmer to find livestock at milking time, especially any that have strayed.

Then one day, the horse pictured above was spotted wearing a similar bell. Presumably it was to help the owner locate it while it was turned out, but it was waiting hopefully at the gate…..

Please support Lucy’s 100-mile cycle ride to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Association


Lucy Charnock planning her week's work for the Injured Jockeys Fund

Lucy Charnock planning her week’s work for the Injured Jockeys Fund

Lucy Charnock will be swapping her usual role of selling Christmas cards at racetracks for a daunting 100-mile cycle ride in what could be blistering heat on Sunday August 4.

She is Almoner for the Injured Jockeys Fund and aims to raise as much money as possible for the fund by taking part in Ride London 100.

Lucy, who lives in Arundel, West Sussex, said: ” I recklessly agreed to take part in the ride, where the route largely follows the Olympic course from last year. Even the great Mark Cavendish found the trials and tribulations of the undulating course very demanding, so you can imagine how nervous I am about the route, not least the fearsome climb up Box Hill, near Dorking.

While she loves the current heat,which contrasts sharply from selling Christmas cards for the fund in freezing weather she says that pedalling up hill and down dale will be much tougher on her legs and lungs.

But another part of her Almoner role is visiting injured jockeys in hospital throughout the South East and ensuring that welfare needs for them and their families are taken care of by the fund.

“Every penny helps and the recent injuries to both JT McNamara and Brian Toomey highlight how damaging any fall can be and how suddenly a jockey can require our help. I will be very grateful if people will support by ride by making sponsorship donations for my ride,” she added.

The fund is a lifeline for jockeys and has its roots in a scheme established in 1964 following the horrendous accidents of riders Tim Brookshaw and four months later Paddy Farrell. Both falls resulted in severe paralysis and immediately ended two careers.

With virtually no compensation available at the time to help injured jockeys, the Farrell-Brookshaw fund was created. Today there are impressive facilities at Oaksey House to help injured jockeys.


Jockeys pedalling their way to recovery thanks to Injured Jockey Fund facilities

Jockeys pedalling their way to recovery thanks to Injured Jockey Fund facilities. Photo courtesy of the IJF


Support was instantaneous and following several name changes, tireless work by many for more than 40 years, the IJF has become what it is today – a fund that has helped
more than 1,000 jockeys and which is still dedicated to helping injured jockeys when ever needed and to improving safety measures.

To read about the work undertaken by the fund, see

The link for sponsorship is or cheques made payable to the Injured Jockeys Fund can be sent either direct to headquarters or to Lucy at 16 Dalloway Road, Arundel, BN18 9HW.

She added :”In the meantime I am mainly on my bike, pedalling to get those flabby legs fit enough to tackle 100 miles of London and Surrey. The mere idea is terrifying!”