College’s shire horse show successes

Shire horses based at Plumpton College in Sussex recently took part in the South of England Show at Ardingly, where they helped demonstrate the high quality that is always maintained by the college’s strong equine section.

The college’s Head of Equine, Michelle Johnston supervised the college’s participation in what is always a highly competitive section at the show.

The Plumpton team with their awards at Ardingly

The Plumpton team with their awards at Ardingly

The shire horses were shown in hand by Shanice and Shaneka Reid, who are both studying on the Foundation Degree in Equine Studies, and Tanisha Lee, who has just completed a level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse management and is continuing next year on to the Extended Diploma offered at Plumpton.

The college’s new shire filly Kings’ Barmaid (stable name Desi) won the class, with some very promising comments for the future from the judge, with Magnum coming a good fifth, with Dick sixth in the same class.

The horses then went on to drive in the pairs driving class with Michelle Johnston and in the singles the following day.

A Plumpton college horse taking part in the parade at Ardingly

A Plumpton college horse taking part in the parade at Ardingly

The students did an outstanding job preparing the horses and harness ready for the show and were a credit to work with on both the days.  The horses were in action at again at the weekend at Cranleigh show.

If you would like to find out more about the wide range of courses at Plumpton College then go along to the next information afternoon on Thursday June 25, from 3pm to 7.30pm, or visit the website,

Court Meadow RDA’s successes

Two group members from Court Meadow Riding for Disabled, based in Sussex,took part in the recent RDA led dressage classes at Hickstead Showground .

The two young people were Charlotte Harvey and Gregor Sumner and they both worked very hard to achieve a very high standard in their respective classes. They took turns to ride an horse called Beau from Albourne Equestrian Centre where the Court Meadow RDA Group is now based for their weekly training sessions.


Charlotte and Gregor with their well deserved trophies

Charlotte and Gregor with their well deserved trophies

Gregor rode in the senior section of the competition and it was his first experience of riding in such a dressage test. He obviously enjoyed himself very much and concentrated so well that he achieved second place in this class.

His efforts and expertise also caught the attention of the judges and, as well as his second place rosette, he was also awarded a trophy as the ‘Best Newcomer’.

Charlotte rode in the junior section and rode with great confidence and accuracy which meant she was awarded first place – a deserved placement. She rode so well that she also received a trophy because she had the best overall dressage score in all the competitions.

It was a very successful day for both riders and they were two very proud and happy competitors.

All the volunteers and instructors from Court Meadow Group were also very impressed by their achievements as well as how well they conducted themselves during the whole event. Well done to Charlotte and Gregor.


Ryan Moore’s record-breaking wins

British jockey Ryan Moore has smashed records by recording his ninth victory at the Royal Ascot meeting yesterday. His record-breaking win came on Aloft in the Queen’s Vase. With that victory he passed the current day record of eight winners in a single meeting sset by Pat Eddery in 1989 and Lester Piggott before him in 1965, and 1975.

Jockey Ryan Moore

Jockey Ryan Moore      Photo: Jeannie Knight

Another three winners for Ryan Moore today would see him break the all-time record of 12 winners by Fred Archer in 1878.

Meanwhile Australian runners are out to make amends at Royal Ascot today for a lack of success earlier in the meeting for Southern  Hemisphere contenders.

Australian top trainer Chris Waller has trained Brazen Beau with Ascot in mind, having worked him uphill and has booked Craig Williams for the ride. This jockey has plenty of experience at Ascot and has ridden Brazen Beau into runner-up spot earlier in the year  over five furlongs.

There will be a fellow-Australian contender in Wandjina trained by Gai Waterhouse, a colt which has settled well since he arrived in England.


Last chance to see Idris Elba live tonight

The last of Goodwood Racecourse’s hugely popular Three Friday Nights this year is tonight, Friday, with a good racecard followed by prize- winning actor, DJ & musician Idris Elba  performing live to end the evening.

In 2014 Idris produced, wrote and performed on the ground-breaking album ‘mi Mandela’. Inspired by his personal journey whilst working on the Nelson Mandela biopic. Neither have his exploits as a DJ have not gone unnoticed.

Last chance for tickets to see Idris Elba live tonight at Goodwood Racecourse

Last chance for tickets to see Idris Elba live tonight at Goodwood Racecourse

Performances include the NBA All Star parties in Las Vegas, multiple residencies in Ibiza including seven weeks hosting at Pikes Hotel, legendary appearances at Pacha and even hosting his own Love & Liquor parties back in London. DJ-ing under the alias Driis, Idris Elba has a style and charisma that will see racegoers enjoying outstanding entertainment well into the night.

There are now LIMITED tickets left for this Friday within the Gordon Enclosure – Adults £30, Juniors* (13-17) £22.50.
The Richmond Enclosure is now SOLD OUT.

A free shuttle bus service will run between Goodwood racecourse and Chichester train station throughout the evening. There will also be shuttle bus services running to and from the Racecourse from various local towns.

Contact Goodwood Racecourse on 01243 216610 for remaining tickets

Auction of Adventure De Kannan’s portrait

A beautiful framed portrait of 2014 Derby winners Trevor Breen and Adventure De Kannan will be auctioned off at this year’s Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 25-28 ), to raise funds for the Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund.

Equine photographer Matthew Seed was commissioned to create a series of photographs of Trevor and ‘Addy’, known as the ‘one-eyed wonder horse’ after winning Hickstead’s most famous class. The collection of images were released on Hickstead’s Facebook page, with showjumping fans encouraged to vote for their favourite.

This outstanding photography of Aventure De Khanna  by Matthew Seed will be auctioned at Hickstead

This outstanding photograph of Adventure De Kannan by Matthew Seed will be auctioned at Hickstead

The above image was the runaway winner, receiving 44 per cent of the total of 1,030 votes. It will be displayed on Matthew Seed’s stand (62-63) throughout this year’s Hickstead Derby Meeting, with visitors encouraged to visit the stand to admire this unique work of art.

“I’m really pleased this image won, as it was my personal favourite,” said Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn. “It really show the closeness between Trevor and ‘Addy’, and many of our Facebook fans talked about the true beauty and emotion of the portrait. I am looking forward to seeing it displayed at the show.”

The image will be auctioned off in aid of the Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund, Hickstead’s charity of the year. The framed portrait will measure 36in x 36in and will be signed by the photographer.

Bidding is open now, and will close at midday on Sunday June  28 – just ahead of this year’s Derby. Bids should be placed online at

Kenney Jones charity event is huge success

Thousands attended Hurtwood Park Polo Club’s recent Rock and Horse Power event in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, when they enjoyed both exciting polo and live music from prominent names.

Kenney and Jayne Jones with grandson Zac   Photo: John Periam

Kenney and Jayne Jones with grandson Zac Photo: John Periam

The event in aid of Prostate Cancer UK was instigated by Kenney Jones, drummer from the Small Faces, The Faces and The Who. He has now recovered from protate cancer and said it was his way of acknowledging all the charity does to raise awareness that early diagnosis enables effective treatment for the disease.

Exercising polo ponies before the game  Photo: John Periam

Exercising polo ponies before the game
Photo: John Periam


The Polo Charity Match between the Clogau Wales Polo Team and the Shoreline/Cuervos Negros Team  saw some competitive action with Clogau winning 7-4. A charity auction, display of Classic  Alfa Romeo display and a host of children’s activities and retail outlets added to the attractions.

Jayne Seymour presents the winners' Trophy to Picky Cooper, captain of the Clogau Wales team Photo:John Periam

Jayne Seymour presents the winners’ Trophy to Picky Cooper, captain of the Clogau Wales team Photo:John Periam

The line-up of entertainers was impressive and was headed by Kenney Jones, Ali Campbell, Procol Harum, Chiss Difford, Hamish Stuart, Andy Fairweather Low, John Parr, Nik Kershaw, Steve Harley and Lisa Stansfield.

Marie Gueriam, Nolan Frederick, Princess Katininian of Yugoslavia, and Nancy Kau  Photo: John Periam

Marie Gueriam, Nolan Frederick, Princess Katininian of Yugoslavia, and Nancy Kau Photo: John Periam

Hickstead available to larger audience

Hickstead’s two international fixtures will now be available to a much bigger audience, thanks to the  launch of and live streaming, while the Hickstead Derby Meeting will be shown live on Horse & Country TV for the first time.


Action from the Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 25-28 ) will be streamed live from Friday to Sunday, giving viewers three days of great showjumping coverage. Hickstead’s June fixture will now be available to a global audience, with showjumping fans from around the world able to watch action from classes such as the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, the Bunn Leisure Master’s Challenge, the British Speed Derby and, of course, the Derby – one of the most famous classes in equestrian sport.

The Derby will also be shown live on Horse & Country TV on the afternoon of Sunday June 28 , so viewers in the UK and Ireland can also choose to watch on Sky 253. The channel is available in more than 10 million homes in the United Kingdom, with more than 1m people tuning in during the final quarter of 2014.

“We think this combination of live streaming and live broadcast television points the way ahead for wider coverage of equestrian sport, both in the UK and abroad,” said Horse & Country TV’s Managing Director Richard Burdett. “We’re delighted to be able to broadcast the iconic Derby live on our channel, and to be working with the forward-thinking team at Hickstead.”

For Lorraine Meadowcroft, CEO of title sponsors, the launch of the streaming service is an exciting development. “To have the Hickstead Derby Meeting live streamed as well as being shown live on Horse & Country TV is an amazing opportunity to bring the event to a new global audience,” she said. “New technology is fantastic and will give many thousands of equestrian fans around the world the opportunity to watch this iconic event, and is really happy to support the Hickstead team in this new venture.”

The Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 28 July – August 2) will once again be broadcast by Sky Sports from Friday to Sunday, with action from the final two days of the show also being available on Friday’s feature class is the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, which will be shown live on Sky Sports. Saturday’s Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Sunday’s Longines King George V Gold Cup will also be broadcast on Sky Sports, while all the action from the International Arena over the weekend will be streamed live on

“We’re delighted that Sky Sports have given us permission to live stream coverage online in addition to their broadcast, as this will allow us to reach a vast new global audience,” said Hickstead Director Edward Bunn. “We are looking forward to working with the team from Sky Sports again this summer and continuing a working relationship that first started in 2005.”

“Online streaming has worked incredibly well for other major equestrian events, including the Longines Global Champions Tour, and we’ve had an increasing number of enquiries in the past few years from showjumping fans who were keen to watch our international shows via a live stream,” he added. “The televising of our sport has changed a lot since the days of extensive coverage on the main terrestrial channels, and Hickstead must change and adapt to ensure that our events are seen by as many people as possible. Now, with a mixture of televised broadcasts on Sky Sports and Horse & Country plus live streaming, we’re able to offer the best of both worlds.”


Cowdray hosts Ladies Open Polo

COWDRAY Park Polo Club has announced that luxury polo clothing and equipment brand La Martina will sponsor the British Ladies Open Championship in 2015. With 85 stores in more than 50 countries supplying polo inspired fashion collections and high tech equipment, La Martina’s success in the world of polo is legendary.

The La Martina British Ladies Open Polo Championship will be the first in the UK to be played under the new women’s handicapping system which has seen lady players allocated handicaps separate from the men’s game for the first time.

Jodie Kidd- one of Britain's top women polo players

Jodie Kidd- one of Britain’s top women polo players  Photo: John Simpson

The tournament will be played during the final week of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup with the Final taking place on Saturday July 18, making the weekend of July 18/19  one of the biggest weekends for polo in the UK calendar.

Chris Bethell, Polo Manager, commented:  “We believe there will be increased interest in this year’s British Ladies Open Championship because of the new system of handicaps specific to the women’s game.

“Women’s polo has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years.  Latest statistics indicate that the US Polo Association’s membership now comprises 40 per cent women and the HPA has likewise seen a dramatic increase in female players.”
Enrico Roselli,  CEO of LM Europe, added:  “La Martina is honoured to participate in this event and by doing so, to support the development of a female audience in the sport of polo – now not only elegant spectators in hats, but truly passionate horsewomen.

“Wherever in the world there is the will to play or the love for this captivating sport, La Martina is happy to be there. Our support doesn’t simply end with the supply of polo shirts and technical equipment, but develops by fully sharing the values espoused by the organisers.”
Teams wishing to enter the La Martina British Ladies Open Polo Championship starting on July 15 2015 should contact The Polo Manager, Cowdray Park Polo Club, tel: 01730 813257.

Duo’s Hickstead Derby battle

They are good friends out of the show ring but make no mistake about it, Trevor Breen and Phillip Miller will be going all out to beat the other in this year’s Derby at Hickstead (Sunday 28 June 2015).

In 2013, Phillip scored his first win in Hickstead’s most famous class, claiming the only clear round on the grey gelding Caritiar Z. Trevor had to settle for runner-up spot that year, later describing it as ‘the worst second place he’d ever had’.



Philip Miller with Caritiar Z at Hickstead Photo: Samantha Lamb

The roles were reversed last year, however, with Trevor and the ‘one-eyed wonder horse’ Adventure De Kannan beating Phillip and ‘Carter’ by a few hundredths of a second. It was the closest Derby finish on record.

Trevor Breen and Aventure de Khanna Photo: Samantha Breen

Trevor Breen and Aventure de Khanna
Photo: Samantha Breen

Both have got the Derby firmly in their sights this month, but they certainly will not have it their own way. Former winners Geoff Billington, William Funnell and Guy Williams are all intending to come back for another crack at the title, having previously had their name stamped on the famous Boomerang Trophy.

There’s also Tim Stockdale, who has come very close to winning with a second place in 2000 and remains as determined as ever to win it. Fellow Olympian David McPherson is also one to watch in this year’s renewal.

Ireland’s Shane Breen – who is based at Hickstead – is yet to win the Derby, and he could well join his brother Trevor on the roll of honour. Dermott Lennon, a former world champion, is another who could well jump clear round the Derby course.

Last year flagged up a number of strong contenders, including Ireland’s David Simpson, South Africa’s Jade Hooke and Britain’s Harriet Nuttall, while Nigel Coupe marked himself as one to watch finishing seventh on Golvers Hill.

Meanwhile, William Whitaker – joint third last year – is back for another go and he’ll be joined by a bevy of Whitakers, including cousins Robert, Donald and Joe, not forgetting Ellen Whitaker. She finished second in 2004, and is making her return to Hickstead following the birth of her first baby last year.

So while Phillip Miller and Trevor Breen will no doubt start as favourites, anything can happen, as the Derby often proves – and this year we could well see a new rider take the title.

Tickets are on sale now at

WHW lobbies Europe on equine issues

World Horse Welfare and lobbying consortium Eurogroup for Animals have published the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges.

WHW EU report

. During the European Parliament Intergroup for Animal Welfare and Conservation in Strasbourg the two organisations presented the findings of the report, which among other recommendations calls for species-specific legislation to protect horses, donkeys and mules who so often fall between the cracks of legislation designed for farm or companion animals.

In the UK, there is already confusion around the legal status of equidae. For the most part they are culturally regarded as sport, leisure or pet animals rather than food-producing ones and in general this is how they are treated in law. However they may also be classified as farm animals in certain circumstances, related to their use – a situation which is reflected across other member states.

Equids are uniquely versatile and fulfil roles as leisure and companion animals; working animals in tourism, forestry, agriculture and food production; as well as animals used for therapy and training and elite athletes in sports.

Industries reliant on and built around them generate more than 100 billion euros to the economy.  More than any other species they can change roles and may have many different owners in the course of their relatively long lives.

But there are still many unanswered questions related to equids such as: How many equids are there in the EU? What are they used for? Are existing laws sufficient to protect them? What contribution do equids make to society and what are the main health and welfare problems in the EU equine population?

A working donkey in  Romania Photo: World Horse Welfare

A working donkey in
Photo: World Horse Welfare

The European Commission and the established European Commission Equine Steering Committee recognises this and identified five areas of specific concern to look into: (i) Identification and registration, (ii) Welfare at transport, (iii) Welfare at slaughter, (iv) Responsible ownership and (v) Rural development.

This report is the first attempt to look at these concerns and to map out the sector, laws and health and welfare problems of Europe’s equine sector. The report poses a lot of questions due to the lack of data on equids but it also provides clear recommendations as to how these very adaptable animals can be better protected for the good of animal health and welfare and also the European economy.

Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare commented; “This report provides a long overdue insight into the EU’s equine sector, and the welfare challenges our horses face. We are talking about a relatively small population of seven million animals – but one that generates at least €100 billion to the EU, often in rural areas where we are in dire need of more growth and development. We cannot allow this sector to continue being ignored at European level, either in terms of the health and welfare issues, or in terms of securing a sound future for a sector that has traditionally been one of the prides of Europe, that is proving to be such a valuable export industry and that is still so relevant to European society today.”

 Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals continued; “We see through this report that there is a real need for better and harmonised protection of equids through species-specific legislation as well as non-legislative guidance on responsible ownership. We will use this research as an important conversation opener with all EU stakeholders, and it will form the basis of our policy agenda for at least the next five years. Now is the time for the European Commission to take action and launch the first proper impact assessment of any future legislation affecting equines [AWR?] and start addressing the concerns raised.”

World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals were delighted with the strong support they received for this work and its recommendations during today´s Intergroup session, and urge all MEPs not only to call for species specific legislation but also to support the forthcoming Own Initiative Report on responsible equine ownership by MEP Julie Girling.

The report can be downloaded here: