Award-winning equine artist Trudy opens her studio to the public this weekend with a variety of work for sale

IT has been an exciting year for West Sussex artist Trudy Redfern, who you may have seen this year at Glorious Goodwood again. She paints the racehorses from life with oils on canvas as they thunder past the winning post and her work is widely acclaimed.

Trudy won the best Contemporary Painting at the annual exhibition of Equestrian Artists held at the Menier Gallery, London. She also won the 50th Anniversary Injured Jockeys Fund Calendar Competition with her painting Season’s End.

Trudy's award-winning painting Season's End, chosen for the 2014 IJF calendar

Trudy’s award-winning painting Season’s End, chosen for the 2014 IJF calendar

This painting was exhibited at the Mall Galleries , London, where Trudy was presented to The Princess Royal who is the Patron of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Her superb portrayal of a horse rolling is featured in the 2014 IJF calendar which is available at local race meetings in coming weeks at the IJF stand.

Trudy with the Princess Royal

Trudy with the Princess Royal

She has also exhibited at the Jonjo O’Neill  evening at Cheltenham Racecourse and the Bob Champion Cancer Trust event at Chepstow Races.Trudy is currently displaying her outstanding paintings at The British Horseracing Museum, Newmarket and The Gloss Gallery, Exeter.
Winner Takes All

Winner Takes All

She studied fine art at college and her passion for horses and animals led her to learn about animal behaviour at Southampton University. She has owned horses all her life and has exercised racehorses and played polo.
She says that daily contact with horses provides her with an opportunity to study their grace and movement which she endeavours to capture on canvas, using bold colours to emphasise their spirit and beauty.  Her work derives mainly from a combination of life studies and her own photography.
The Runaways- hares

The Runaways- hares

There is a chance to see her talented paintings first hand when she opens her studio at 10 Oak Tree Farm, Hambrook, Chichester, PO18 8QA this weekend November 23-24 from 10am-3pm both days. Not only will her award-winning equine paintings be displayed, but there will also be other animals and wildlife, landscape and still life on view.
This is an ideal opportunity to look for early Christmas presents as there will be a variety of her superb work on display, consisting of sketches from £5 up to large oil paintings. Whilst she specialises in painting horses, her other work is equally outstanding and she is also available for commissions.
Trudy can be contacted on 01243 572504, by email at and see her website

McCoy double at Plumpton- but Sussex trainers also held their own on a good day of racing

A 1-9 victory by Tony McCoy on board trainer Anthony Honeyball’s Regal Encore kicked off Plumpton’s seven-race card yesterday in the two mile novice hurdle. The winning marging was just under two lengths with Saffron Prince in second place and the promising Gary Moore-trained Mr Spiggott in third place, on only his second start.

Tony McCoy in double form at Plumpton

Tony McCoy in double form at Plumpton

McCoy went on to win the SIS Live Novice Chase with the Alan King-trained Uxizandre, another odds-on favourite at 8-11, but he admitted the victory was not entirely straightforward.

“Coming off the final bend he started to pull up a bit, but he was very brave and is getting the hang of it, He is not overly big, but thinks he is. He’s brave and I’d rather have a braver one than a wimp,” he said.

He was out of luck in the Novice Hurdle race over 2m 5f when he partnered the 6-4 favourite V Kneck trained by Paul Nicholls. This horse never settled, throwing his head in the air and was beaten into second place by 12-1 shot Wither Ye Not, trained by Ben Case and ridden by amateur rider Max Kendrum.

It was only the third ride in public for this young amateur rider, and his first win Under Rules. He said: “I was a little lucky that another horse, Carole’s Destrier, fell at the last and would have won, but Wither Ye Not is a nice horse and did well.” Grace and Fortune, trained in West Sussex by Richard Rowe,  kept on well to finish third at 25-1.

Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell made the two mile four furlong Handicap Chase look easy,with Beforeall winning by seven lengths. The conistent grey Venetian Lad, trained by Lydia Richards never runs a bad race and was in second place at 16-1 with usual jockey Marc Goldstein on board.  Third place went to Carpincho.

Venetian Lad and Marc Goldstein

Venetian Lad and Marc Goldstein

Course specialist Upton Mead, trained near Gatwick by Kevin Tork, was a distant finisher and could be feeling the effects of what was his fourth race in only four weeks.

Sussex trainers did well in general and there was an impressive ride by Joshua Moore on 4-1 shot The Game Is A Foot, to win the Anice Catering Handicap Hurdle handicap for his father Gary.

Trainer Gary Moore and son Joshua

Trainer Gary Moore and son Joshua

The rider took the initiative by going into the lead at the second last to finish clear of Superciliary and Our Phyli and Gary Moore said: ” It’s been a good week for us both. The horse showed promise and did it well. Josh rode him differently and it got results.”

Suzie Smith who trains at Lewes had a well-deserved win in the Amateur Rider Hurdle Race over two miles five furlongs when 11-4 shot Invicta Lake sped away from the field in the final circuit to win easily with Harry Bannister in the saddle.The whole field hacked at a very slow pace round the first circuit, playing into the hands of Invicta Lake.

The National Hunt Flat Race was won by favourite Tullyesker Hill, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore- one to watch out for over obstacles later.

Put the next three dates at Plumpton in your diary, for there is more excellent racing in store. A December Raceday takes place, starting at 12.40pm on  Monday December 2; A Christmas Raceday is on Monday December 16, starting at 12.20pm and the New Year starts with a bang on Sunday January 5 with an ATR Sussex National Raceday at 12.55pm.


Boyfromnowhere and Knight of Pleasure won key races at Fontwell Park’s Southern National meeting

ONE of Fontwell Park’s richest racedays, featuring both the Southern National Handicap Steeplechase and the popular Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy, attracted an excellent crowd yesterday, when the well-fancied Boyfromnowhere, trained by Rebecca Curtis in Newport, and ridden by 5lb claimer Eamonn Corbett won the Southern National.

Southern National Winner Boyfromnowhere with jockey Eamonn Corbett and owners

Southern National Winner Boyfromnowhere with jockey Eamonn Corbett and owners

Delighted owners Alan Rhead and Geoffrey Williams welcomed back Boyfromnowhere, in the absence of the six-year-old’s trainer. They praised Eamonn Corbett for the excellent ride he gave the six-year-old Old Vic gelding, which they have owned for 18 months. They added that the Southern National had been his target en route to the Welsh National, which was now Boyfromnowhere’s major target.

Jockey  Eamonn Corbett receives his Southern National prize

Jockey Eamonn Corbett receives his Southern National prize

Then the  presitigious Salmon Spray Handicap Hurdle Race went to locally-trained Knight of Pleasure- a 5-2 shot trained near Horsham by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Joshua.

Knight of Pleasure, owned by The Knights of Pleasure Racing Grouup,  took the Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy in style under a fluent ride from Joshua Moore, who claims 3lbs. He was bred by Bryan Fry, who lives near Chichester and who is a member of the owning group. He said: “I’m delighted with this win. I

Joshua Moore aboard Salmon Spray winner  Knight of Pleasure

Joshua Moore aboard Salmon Spray winner Knight of Pleasure

The Knights of Pleasure owners group receiving the Salmon Spray trophy

The Knights of Pleasure owners group receiving the Salmon Spray trophy

also have a filly foal from the same mare and it is particularly special to see a horse you have bred win such a prestigious race.”

Trainer Gary Moore said: “This is his first year in handicaps and I will see how he comes out of this race before I make any definite plans for the future for him.”

Joshua Moore was quickly back in the winner’s spot in the following race- the John Rogerson Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeplechase- on board Colebrooke,a 10-1 shot trained at Newport Pagnell by Renee Robeson. The five-year-old gelding has won juvenile hurdles at Fontwell in the past and this was his first run over bigger obstacles.

Cole Harden with jockey Gavin Sheehan and owners

Cole Harden with jockey Gavin Sheehan and owners

The opening Maiden Hurdle race was won by Cole Harden, a four-year-old gelding owned by Mrs Jill Eynon and Mr Robin Eynon, ridden by Gavin Sheehan and trained at Upper Lambourne by Warren Greatrex. This horse had won both his bumper races  and was fourth on his hurdling debut at Fontwell last month.

His trainer said he had run him at Fontwell in a tongue tie, not because he had any breathing problems, but to make him concentrate.


Winning trainer Warren Greatrex was joined by his young daughters following the victory

Winning trainer Warren Greatrex was joined by his young daughters following the victory

” He ran a bit green last time  but he loves this ground and jumped much better today. He’s only four and now we know we have something to build on,” said his trainer.

Conditional jockey Connor Shoemark, who turned professional after a season as an amateur rider when he enjoyed some good wins, certainly made his value in the saddle apparent when he rode a double for trainer Neil Mulholland at the meeting. He impressed with a well-produced finish on board The Young Master in the opening Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Race. The four-year-old gelding reversed the tables with the fancied Brass Monkey, which had got the better of him at Southwell nine days previously.


Conor Shoemark and The Young Master won the opener

Conor Shoemark and The Young Master won the opener

Shoemark’s second leg of the double came in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Steeplechase when he partnered Waltzing Tornado, 5-2 favourite, to victory in the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Chase, again for the same trainer.

An old hand at Fontwell, Orvita, trained by Helen Nelmes at Dorchester, was back to his very best when winning the final handicap hurdle of the day at 16-1. He had needed the run at Plumpton recently when making his seasonal appearance.

His trainer explained at the time that her son, who normally goes sheep-shearing in New Zealand in the early part of every year, had stayed in England longer to help her prepare this popular 11-year-old gelding for the season, ridden to victory by Richie McLernon.

Fontwell Park’s next meeting is on Wednesday November 26

The Princess Royal urges debate on link between sale of horsemeat and better care for horses

The Princess Royal has suggested British attitudes to eating horsemeat may to have change because it may improve standards of care for the animals.

She was speaking at the annual conference of the World Horse Welfare charity, of which she is president, in central London this week. Her comments followed charity warnings of a horse welfare crisis, with 7,000 horses currently at risk through abandonment and neglect.

The Princess Royal with a rescue horse she gave a home to recently

The Princess Royal with a rescue horse she gave a home to recently

A keen horse lover and former top eventer,the Princess Royal suggested that horse owners might take better care of their animals when they are alive if they believed they could sell them for meat.

She told the conference “Our attitudes to the horsemeat trade and the value of horsemeat may have to change.

“If that’s true then, that they value their horses, they look after them well, because they’re in the horsemeat trade…should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases if there was a real value in the horsemeat sector?

“I chuck that out for what it’s worth because I think it needs a debate.”

She said she believed the focus of the horsemeat scandal was that food was improperly labelled, rather than the use of the animal in products.

She remarked that in France a fillet of horsemeat was the most expensive meat in local butchers and added:  “We’ve got to understand whether that value has also a part to play in how we reduce welfare cases.”


British and Irish jockeys, headed by Kieren Fallon take on local riders in Barbados event

A team comprising British and Irish jockeys will take part in a very special winter jockey’s championship today. Kieren Fallon will captain the team to take on local riders at Garrison Savannah racecourse in Barbados.

Kieren Fallon captains the British/Irish team

Kieren Fallon captains the British/Irish team

His fellow members will be Jimmy Fortune, Seb Sanders and Pat Smullen and they take on Anderson Trotman, Antonio Bishop, Damario Bynoe and Antonio Whitehall in the five-race event.

The visiting team has done well in the draw for horses and Fallon partners a quartet trained locally by Victor Cheeseman- all of which are well-fancied.

Fallon said it would be an exciting afternoon and his team praised the trackl- but at the same time realise that have some tough opposition with local riders who know every contour well.

The event has attracted a three-year sponsorship from the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Courtesy Garage/Hyundai, Mango Bay Barbados and the island’s tourism authority. It is hoped that next year the championship will include a team from the United States.

In a statement, Sir David Seale, president of the Barbados Turf Club, said: “We are thrilled to have attracted such an eminent team of visiting riders. Our track may be small but it is so intimate and the welcome given to winning jockeys is unrivalled elsewhere.”

Club is looking forward to permanent new home for dressage

A West Sussex riding club will have a new permanent centre for dressage in 2014. Goring and District Riding Club’s popular winter and summer dressage series will  be moving from Hangleton Equestrian Centre in Ferring to Wanleys House Wandleys Lane Fontwell.

Pat Parris and Hugo

Pat Parris and Hugo who achieved a unqiue tie for second place at latest dressage event Photo Luke Gdee LRG Photography


The club is sad to leave Hangleton where it has seen its dressage series blossom, but is also looking forward to the new facilities offered by Wanleys House. The club is already using Wanleys House for a series of gridwork and jumping clinics with instructor Chris Watts and is planning some flatwork clinic.

The recent dressage event on the October 27 saw more than 45 entries even though it was a wet and windy day with the big storm forecast looming.The last dressage to be held at Hangleton wil be on November 24.

In the latest competition, regular competitor and member of Goring and District Riding Club, Pat Paris and her gelding Hugo were in a unique exact tie with Pat’s partner Graeme Burton riding Lilly. They achieved joint second place in the Prelim 2b and qualified for Hickstead.

Results of October 27 competition:Walk and Trot 2012, Judge Vicky Edmonds- 1 Rosie Burchell and Jazz 135; 2 Caroline Arnold and Tynbryn Nelson, 128; 3 Awesome Harry and Nellie Haynes, 127; 4 Koren Marner and King of the Rein, 122; 5 Annis Ferrey and Mouse, 121; 6 Sophie Stafford and Jay, 120.

Prelim 1, Judge Vicky Edmonds. 1, Kelly Higgs and Socks, 122 (64.21); 2 Caroline Arnold and Tynbrun Nelson 122 (62.56); 3 Koren Marner and King of the Rein 121; 4 Gemma Burchell and Maisey 114 ( 58.46); 5  Melody Johnson and Echo 114 (58.41); 6 Gemma Burchell and Merlin 55.78.

Prelim 1 Class 2b- 1 Alex Colbourn and Dougal 131; Joint 2 Graeme Burton and Lilly and Pat Parris and Hugo-  both 121, both with 63.68; 4 Alex Colborn and Nighthawk  120; 5 Julie Sadler and Joe’s Grey Boy 119; 6 Sam Gill and Hey Ho, 118.
Novice 24, Judge Vicky Edmonds- 1 Karl Standing and Top of the Morning 162; 2 Joy Skatulla and Saxon 151.

Elementary 42- 1 Jenny Fox and Cash van Overis Z 206. Medium Level 63, Jenny Fox and Cash van Overis Z 185.

Southern National Raceday looks set attract good runners- though rain needs to keep away

It’s fingers crossed that the rain abates and allows the Totepool Southern National Raceday to take place at Fontwell on Sunday with some quality horses entered for the race. Fontwell’s last meeting was cancelled because the bottom corner of the track was waterlogged.


The going there is currently heavy and this raceday is one of the most popular fixtures of Fontwell’s calendar featuring both the Southern National, the second richest race of the year there, supported by the popular Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy.

Early entries for the feature chase with booked jockeys at this stage include the Venetia Williams’ trained Emperors Choice ridden by Aiden Coleman, with three wins under his belt last season. Bucks Bond with Nick Schofield in the saddle could represent Paul Nicholls and Invesctivise has been entered by Richard Lee, with useful claimer Micheal Nolan booked to ride.

Double Chocolate after a previous Fontwell win with owners Edwina and John Huckle

Double Chocolate after a previous Fontwell win with owners Edwina and John Huckle

An interesting entry is Double Chocolate, a previous course winner now trained by John O’Shea. He has been placed twice this season over inadequate distances and could come into his own over this trip.

Those currently entered for the Salmon Spray Hurdle include the Warren Greatex Dolatulo, ridden by talented claimer Gavin Sheehan. This horse had three wins to his credit last season and has two seconds under his belt this term.

Gary Moore runners can never be discounted and Knight of Pleasure ridden by son Joshua is pencilled in while an interesting entry is that of Ozare, trained at Findon by Philip Hide, with Leighton Aspell booked for the ride.

Recent Plumpton winner Ashdown Lad, again with Felix de Giles riding, has been entered by Tom Symonds and this horse loved the heavy ground at Plumpton when he won there recently.

Ashdown Lad - recent Plumpton winner

Ashdown Lad – recent Plumpton winner

There is more than £54,000 prize money in total for the day, ensuring some top class racing with highly competitive cards and plenty of exciting action for all the family.

The first race is at 12.45pm and the last race at 4pm.  The two feature races have always attracted top quality entries, ensuring an excellent day of racing.

Long equine heritage will be celebrated at town’s special day on November 16

HORSES will come under major focus at Horsham, in West Sussex  this Saturday, November 16, when the town celebrates its equine heritage with a programme of events, and unveiling of the new ‘West Street’.

The town was first mentioned in 947AD as a place where horses were pastured and bred, and today still has links to the local Crawley and Horsham Hunt, and Pony Club. On the special day,  from 10am until 4pm, local people will be showcasing all things equine. There will be farriers and other crafts, carriage rides along the ancient and picturesque Causeway, and a special appearance from the Working Horse Trust.

Smokey and

Smokey and Daisy White

In The Storytellers Theatre visitors will find local authors, supplied by Daisy White’s Pop-Up Indie Bookshop, and professional storytellers with snippets of history for everyone. Daisy is delighted to be one of three local businesses sponsoring the Storytellers Theatre.

She said: “I grew up in the area, was a member of the Crawley and Horsham Pony Club, and still manage to fit in a bit of riding today. We are lucky to have such beautiful countryside to live in and I hope this celebration will draw in everyone who wants to be part of the history of Horsham.

“As a bookshop owner, I would also love to find an equine themed bestseller, so if you are an author do drop in for a chat.”

French theme at Plumpton’s next meeting to celebrate twinning with Pompadour racecourse

A French theme will mark Plumpton Racecourse’s next meeting next Monday November 18, to celebrate the twinning of the popular Sussex track with French Racecourse, Pompadour.

Oustanding viewing facilities and competitive racing at Plumpton

Oustanding viewing facilities and competitive racing at Plumpton

Racing features a quality card of seven races, with the first race at 12.50pm and last at 3.50pm and it promises to be another day of quallity racing. This includes a unique Anglo-French Amateur Raiders race and the first of Plumpton’s Cheltenham bonus race series, a Novices Steeplechase over two and a half miles.

This exciting bonus initiative, sponsored by horse racing broadcasters SIS, offers the connections of a horse that wins one of five nominated Novice Chases at Plumpton the opportunity to scoop a valuable £60,000 cash bonus if it goes on to win any steeple chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

To mark the French theme, there will be special dishes for diners in the Paddock Restaurant and hospitality suites.

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Outstanding equestrian centre at Royal Greenwich, legacy of the Olympic games, is up and running

A fine equestrian legacy of the Olympic Games in Britain is the Royal Greenwich Equestrian Centre,  at Shooters Hill, Greenwich. It was created on the original site and is now up and running thanks to a partnership between Hadlow College and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The centre cost £1.6million to set up, with funding of £250,000 contributed from the British Equestrian Federation’s legacy money from Sport England.

Greenwich Pool site  Photo courtesy of Royal Greenwich Equestrian Centre

Greenwich Pool site
Photo courtesy of Royal Greenwich Equestrian Centre

The centre’s facilities include Monarch stabling for 27 horses, an indoor riding arena, outdoor manege and wash-down and farrier/treatment areas.  There is also an impressive rehabilitation unit.

This unit includes a self-contained equine spa (one of the most advanced units of this type in the UK), a 25metre equine swimming pool, solaria, a laboratory, treadmills, horse-walker, hydrotherapy unit and a dedicated science lab.

It has all been achieved through the partnership, which was determined to create something new, very different, and which would last long into the future, bringing enduring opportunities for young people.

The foundation courses, which started in September, have been well supported with approaching half of the students coming from local residents. These include a  BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation plus some some Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma courses, in addition to the part-time courses already up-and-running.

Riding lessons for local people are to follow soon and a course information evening is to be held this Thursday, November 14 at 5pm. For more information ring 0500 551434 or email and see website

For more information about what is on offer, ring  0500 551434.