Special racecourse clinic for riders

Equine expert Maggie Pattinson will be holding a special clinic at Lingfield Park Racecourse to put riders of all abilities through their paces.
The Chef D’Equipe of the England Home International Endurance Squad will pass on some of her lifetime skills and passion to enable riders to achieve their personal performance goals.
Run by Lingfield Equine Vets – the official vet partner of Lingfield Park Racecourse at each of its race fixtures – the clinic, on Wednesday May 31 will aim to develop rider skills and optimise equine fitness.
“I’ve worked with Maggie as Team vet on The England Team International Endurance Squad and this is a tremendous opportunity for local riders in all disciplines to benefit from Maggie’s wealth of experience,” explained Jo Woodman MA VetMB MRCVS, of Lingfield Equine Vets.

Maggie Pattinson with a hiorse

Maggie, who has a lifetime of experience across equestrian disciplines from dressage to racing, will be working alongside experts in equine nutrition on the day. As well as her endurance work with the England Team, she is also official coach and trainer for the Mongol Derby entrants, a race across 1000km of Mongolian Steppe which draws riders from across the world.
Horses taking part in the clinic at Lingfield Park, will be fitted with heart rate monitors and have the chance to be weighed on a portable weigh bridge before Maggie takes them out on the track. She will explain the fundamentals of getting horses fit and how to target for specific competitions, or merely achieve and maintain a general level of fitness for a healthy, happy horse.
To book a space at £20 per horse for a group session – with a maximum of four horses per group – call Lingfield Equine Vets on: 01342 300008 or email: info@lingfieldequinevets.com

Brown Bear wins for Findon racing group

Goodwood attracted 22,000 racegoers

Goodwood’s three day meeting, which ended on Saturday, saw 22,000 racegoers enjoy a mix of superb racing and fine food at the Goodwood Racecourse Festival of Food and Racing.

Highlights from the action on track included a fitting win for Mori in the Markel Height of Fashion Stakes, whose victory followed in the footsteps of her illustrious sire Frankel, twice a winner of the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Mori’s dam was Midday who won the Nassau Stakes, also staged at the track, three times.

The winning margin of a length and three quarters was perhaps indicative of her superiority, as it appeared she won with something in hand.

Great action at Goodwood
Photo: Harry Elliot


Also on Thursday, Racecourse ambassador Jim Crowley was in the saddle for a dead-heat finish to the Oriens Aviation EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, meaning both his mount Hadeeqa and William Buick’s Apphia were declared the winners.

Jockey Jim Crowley


On Friday, the Listed EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes was won by the ever popular Frankie Dettori, aboard Khalidi. On Saturday, the Listed Smarter Bets at Matchbook Tapster Stakes was won in good style by Second Step, who was registering only the fifth victory of his career.

Elsewhere on the course, delicious.magazine provided cookery demonstrations in a dedicated marquee, alongside chefs from the Goodwood Estate. The Great Taste Market was also a hive of activity, with award-winning stalls holders selling their fabulous produce throughout the meeting. Hallgarten, who have become the Estate’s wine partner and Coates and Seely, the exclusive sparkling wine of the Racecourse, were doing wine tasting sessions in the Richmond Enclosure, which were hugely popular.

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, said; “It was fantastic to see so many people basking in the sunshine and enjoying the fabulous food on offer at this newly themed fixture. All those I have spoken to have said how much they loved the chef’s demonstrations and marketplace.

“The racing was of a very high standard on all three days and we were treated to several very close finishes and some emerging superstars of the future. We are now looking forward to a busy few weeks, with our Three Friday Nights fixtures kicking off with Tinie Tempah on 2 June and our brilliant Family Raceday supporting the NSPCC on 11 June.”


WHW double celebrations

World Horse Welfare has been enjoying a double celebration. Their Artisan garden designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith won a Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea flower show 2017 and the charity is also celebrating its 90 year legacy of improving the lives of horses around the world.

The garden was a traditional wildflower garden, telling the story of Clippy, a 12hh dapple grey pony who was rescued from terrible conditions by World Horse Welfare and restored to health.  Kindly funded by a private donor, the garden aims to shine a spotlight on ‘invisible’ horses around the world whose suffering goes unnoticed or ignored.

World Horse Welfare CEO Roly Owers said: “Whilst it was never the main aim of being here at RHS Chelsea, we are tickled pink to have been awarded this medal, not least because it reflects all the hard work put in by our superb designers and their team.

Darcy Fowler, aged 4, Roly Owers, CEO World Horse Welfare (right) and Chelsea Pensioners Mike Hall and Joe Sharthall, introduce Nutkin, a rescue pony to a life size model of himself, which has been made entirely out of white carnations by florist Judith Blacklock to celebrate World Horse Welfare’s 90th anniversary and mark the charity’s continued commitment to improving horses’ lives around the world, at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in LondonPhoto courtesy of David Parry/PA Wire

“Our garden gives us such a brilliant platform to tell a story that so well reflects the thousands of horses who desperately need our help today.  It also provides us with the perfect stage to celebrate our 90th anniversary and recognise all those who have helped us reach this milestone, whether this has been through fundraising events, supporting our campaigns, volunteering at our centres or leaving us a gift in their Will.

“We are here to highlight the importance of our work to existing and new supporters, to bring World Horse Welfare’s approach to life and to inspire visitors to recognise the welfare challenges facing so many horses around the world. In Britain alone there are over 3,400 horses are at risk – sadly World Horse Welfare has much work to do both internationally and on our doorstep.  Thank you to RHS Chelsea for giving us this opportunity and to our generous donor who has so kindly funded the garden.”

Medal -winning design duo Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith have grown hundreds of the wild flowers in their own back garden which hey used at the show.

Visitors to the garden were able to see a life size sculpture of Clippy, made from horse shoes donated by famous equine personalities and learn more about plants shown in the garden that are poisonous to horses. The garden also featured a special tribute to just some of the many supporters who have left the charity a legacy in their will, with their names carved into an element of the garden in tribute. Inspired by his unique name, visitors will be asked to sign ribbons sewed onto lead rope clips with wishes for Clippy’s future.

World Horse Welfare expressed sincere thanks to the garden designers Jonathan Smith and Adam Woolcott, the contractors Conway Landscapes, sculptor Tom Hill and finally to the private donor who funded the garden and wishes to remain anonymous.

Charity calls for equine journey time limit

End of the road- a major horse charity is aiming for 9-12-hour limit on all journeys across Europe to slaughter by 2027 and is urging the public to sign petition and help end needless long journeys.

Leading international horse charity, World Horse Welfare, is urging everyone to sign the petition to the European Commission to take heed of scientific evidence from the European Food Standards Agency and impose a maximum journey limit of 9-12 hours for the 50,000 horses transported to slaughter across Europe every year.

Under existing EU legislation, the journey to the slaughterhouse for many horses can last for days with little chance to eat, drink or rest along the way. Legally, transporters must make one hour food and water stops for the horses every eight hours and after 24 hours the horses must be unloaded and given 24 hours rest at a control post before continuing their journey but to which there is no limit. However whether any of this is adhered to depends on the level of enforcement which differs so widely from country to country.

A horse being transported across Europe Photo World Horse Welfare

With the help of World Horse Welfare’s campaigning, many improvements to conditions have been made and the number of horses transported long distances to the slaughterhouses has fallen by 70 percent in the last 15 years. This petition is the next step in the charity’s journey to end the long-distance trade by 2027.

Scientific evidence shows that horse health and welfare deteriorate on long journeys, and so World Horse Welfare’s latest petition calls on the European Commission to take heed of the recommendation from its own scientific advisors at the European Food Safety Authority to impose a 12 hour maximum journey limit for horses.
In addition to its positive impact on horse welfare, this proposed change in the legislation would also make it easier for transporters to comply with and enforcement agencies to enforce the legislation as shorter journeys could be better harmonised with driver working and rest times.

Horses being transported for slaughter en masse Photo: World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said: “We have been campaigning for 90 years against needlessly long journeys for slaughter in terrible conditions, and with the support of the public, including through previous petitions, we have helped to make so many improvements.
“Horses destined for slaughter in Europe are no longer loaded onto vessels by crane, nor left in trains for days on end at borders – and with the partitions we helped to introduce significant injuries and fatalities are far less common.   These changes have also helped to reduce the numbers transported by 70 per cent over the past 15 years, but 50,000 horses still need our help.

“We have set an aim to end these long journeys for slaughter by our centenary in 2027 and we need the full force of public support behind us.

“It is completely unacceptable that the very legislation put in place to protect animal welfare would allow so many thousands of horses to be subjected to journeys as long as 24 hours at a time when the evidence is clear that such long journeys are bad for horse health and welfare.   We firmly believe that introducing a 9-12 hour maximum, finite journey limit will help improve conditions even further, enable better compliance and enforcement of the law and reduce the risk of the spread of disease as horses’ immune systems are so prone to being compromised on long journeys.

While we fully recognise that the length of journeys is not the only factor, it is a key one – especially when combined with the lack of water, food and rest that we unfortunately still see. Horses should be slaughtered as close to source as possible and we hope to one day see the needless long-distance trade consigned firmly to history.

“I urge everyone to please sign our petition, and encourage your friends and family to do so as well. We know that petitions work and have helped bring about change – every signature counts.”

To sign the petition please visit: http://bit.ly/2pWImPB


Goodwood’s opening raceday

Goodwood’s opening raceday of the season yesterday brought another victory for Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon.Better known for his winners over jumps at Fontwell and Plumpton, he had an impressive success at Goodwood’s opening opening meeting of the season yesterday.

He sent out 16-1 shot Chartbreaker, ridden by Pat Cosgrave and owned by Kate Digweed, to win the two mile handicap in fine style. This horse had previouly run really well on the Flat on turf at Sandown and a win was on the cards at Goodwood.

Flashback to Albahar, winner of Goodwood’s two mile stakes handicap last year, with owner Kate Digweed following the fine 16-1 victory Photo: Jeannie Knight

He had won the same race last year with another 16-1 shot, Albahar, for the same ownership.  Again he was at the sales in  Doncaster looking for potential recruits for his National Hunt team and was not there to see the fine victory.

The feature race of the day, the  £40,000 Markel Height of Fashion Stakes was won by Mori, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who enjoyed a fifth victory in the race.  This impressive filly by Frankel, sent off at 15-8 and ridden by Ryan Moore, was having only her third start and won easily. She will be aimed at the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Juddmonte’s domination of the Oaks trials continued when Mori captured the £40,000 Markel Height of Fashion Stakes, but Royal Ascot – not Epsom – is the goal for the filly who gave trainer Sir Michael Stoute a fifth success in the race.

Top class racing again at Goodwood

Mori, a daughter of Frankel out of six-time Group 1-winning mare Midday, was always handily placed and strode clear to land the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes under Ryan Moore at Goodwood on just her third start.

Pushed clear with the front-running Coconut Creme coming into the straight, the well-supported 15-8 favourite needed only to be ridden out under hands and heels to kick clear of that rival by the intersection two furlongs out before scoring by a length and three-quarters.

Stoute’s 2013 winner of this prize, Elik, was also ridden by Moore and they went on to finish third in the Ribblesdale – and that is now the target for Mori as Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to her owner Khalid Abdullah confirmed.

He said:”When Mori won at Ascot last time she was doing all of her best work in the last furlong and today it was pretty much the same. All being well she’ll head to Ascot for the Ribblesdale and we’ll take it from there.

“On that you’d be pretty confident about her getting a mile and a half. Ryan said she was improving. She was very green at Newbury, but the learning curve was up at Ascot and she’s quite professional now, well balanced and relaxed.”

This was the latest high-profile family success at the course, Mori’s illustrious parents having won five Goodwood Group 1s between them. Frankel was twice victorious in the Sussex Stakes and Midday landed the Nassau Stakes three times.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to winning owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “When Mori won at Ascot last time she was doing all of her best work in the last furlong and today it was pretty much the same. All being well she’ll head to Ascot for the Ribblesdale and we’ll take it from there.”

Pony Club young artist award

Now in its fifth year, the 2017 John King Young Artist Award, run by the Pony Club in collaboration with the Society of  Equestrian Artists is open for entries. all UK Pony Club Members in three age categories; 11 and under, 12 to 16, and 17 and over.

The winner will have their work displayed at the SEA’s ‘Horse in Art’ exhibition, where they will be presented with a beautiful bronze statue created by former SEA chairwoman, Debbie Burt.

Entrants simply need to draw or paint a picture based on their favourite Pony Club memory, take a photo of it and upload it to http://memories.pcuk.org no later than 17 July 2017. Full competition rules can also be found on this website.

Previous winning painting of the award, with the trophy below it

One of the leading sporting artists of the post-war era, John King had close ties with both The Pony Club and the SEA and it is hoped that this competition will inspire the next generation of equestrian artistic talent.

Last year’s competition attracted over 50 entries from members who used paint, pencil and ink to produce breathtaking artwork to the theme of ‘the seasons’.

Judges Mary Tuckett and equestrian artist Jennifer Bell found it hard to choose their winner, but eventually they decided that South Devon Hunt (Moorland) Branch’s Sorrel Penman’s beautiful painting of a horse and rider cantering through bluebells should take the top spot.

Pony Club Chairman, Mary Tuckett, said: “The John King Young Artist Award is a great opportunity for our Members to capture some of their most precious Pony Club memories. Judging is always extremely difficult as the standard of work produced is very high. Our Members put in a huge amount of time and effort to create their entries in a bid to win the wonderful trophy and have the honour of seeing their artwork displayed alongside pieces by well-known artists in the SEA exhibition.”

SEA member and John King Young Artist Award judge Jennifer Bell is looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.

She said: “The Pony Club’s competition is a fantastic way for young artists to show what they can do. Most of us in the SEA started out in the same way; passionate about drawing ponies. Several of us are now professional artists and value all the sketching and painting we did when young– because that’s how you get to be good at it!

First UK 2017 polo high goal final

Sponsor Jaeger-LeCoultre shares a rich history with polo, from designing the iconic Reverso watch to supporting polo worldwide and is proud to sponsor the annual Jaeger-LeCoultre Trippetts Challenge for the James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Cup, the first high goal tournament of the UK polo season.

Seven teams entered the 2017 tournament with El Remanso and Murus Sanctus making it through to the Final on Sunday May 21.

Charlie Hanbury’s El Remanso team played the same line-up of four professional English players as 2016. Hanbury (4 goals) took the number 1 position with Ollie Cudmore (5 goals) at 2, and 6 goalers James Beim and James Harper at number 3 and Back respectively. Corinne Richard’s new line-up for 2017 sees Argentine 10 goaler Hilario Ulloa and 4 goaler Martin Podesta enter the side with former team member Facundo Sola (8 goals) retaining his number 3 position. Corinne (2 goals) played at number 1, Podesta (4 goals) at 2, with Ulloa at Back.

With El Remanso’s combined handicap of 21 goals, the team received one goal on the scoreboard to start the match. They made a bold start with Ollie Cudmore making a swift goal. Ulloa responded with a goal for Murus Sanctus. The chukka was pacey and as it drew to a close El Remanso had 5 goals on the scoreboard, Ulloa adding one more to his team’s score from a safety 60 yard penalty just before the bell sounded.

Trippetts  Challenge winners El Remanso, pictured with Zara and Clare. Photo:  Photo Clive Bennett 07798884678

It was an exciting match with the score on 6-2 to by the end of the second chukka. In the third, Corinne Ricarrd picked up the ball and deftly scored, with the score 6-3 in El Remanso’s favour at the chukka’s end.  Eventually, the first half closed with El Remanso ahead 7-4.

El Remanso clearly demonstrated the instinctive way in which the four English players react to each others’ moves throughout the second half. In the fourth chukka, goals by James Beim and Charlie Hanbury increased their lead to 9-4.

Corrine Ricard made a lovely little goal to pull her side up to 5-9. Murus Sanctus won the ball from the throw-in, Ulloa hit it long and made a very quick goal. Another great piece of play by El Remanso was thwarted by Ulloa, the whistle blew and a 60 yard penalty awarded to the blue shirts, the resulting high and accurate shot from Beim increasing El Remanso’s lead to 10-6, and another goal took it to 11-6.

The final chukka  saw a  marvellous run all the way to the goal gave Corinne Ricard a well-deserved hat trick, but too late to prevent a convincing win by El Remanso on a final score of 11-8.

Clare Milford Haven presented the James Wentworth Memorial Cup to Charlie Hanbury and prizes to all players were presented by Clare and Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Director Jaeger-LeCoultre UK and Global Strategy.

The award for Best Playing Pony went to James Beim’s Kimberley. Players and spectators were invited to join in a Happy Hour following the match, courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre, which was much enjoyed in glorious evening sunshine.

In the Final of the May 4 goal Spring Cup, Maize Dulce made a remarkable come-back from 5-2 down against Madams Farm, the experience of Derreck Bratley clearly demonstated by his four goals in the final chukka to narrowly win the match for Maiz Dulce on a score of 6-5.

Maize Dulce winning team   Photo:  Photo Clive Bennett 07798884678

In the 8 goal Barrett Cup, Andrew Swaffield’s Alcedo came back from 0-2½ at the end of the first chukka to take the lead 5-3½ by half time and win on a final score of 8-6½ .

Goodwood’s Magnolia Cup line-up

Goodwood Racecourse is excited to announce the 12 inspirational female riders for the 2017 Magnolia Cup presented by Swarovski, which takes place on Ladies’ Day, Thursday 3 August, at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The Magnolia Cup is a charity race, first held in 2011, which will this year raise money for the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. Goodwood is delighted to announce that Swarovski has become the presenting partner for the 2017 Magnolia Cup.

Swarovski’s support for sport and wellbeing goes back to 1895 when its founder, Daniel Swarovski, first encouraged his employees to live healthy and active lifestyles in the Austrian Alps, where he set up his company. Today, Swarovski continues to promote this ethos whilst shining a light on women’s empowerment with beautiful products that are responsibly sourced and made.

Since its inception, the Magnolia Cup has raised over £1million for a variety of causes. The riders, none of whom are licensed jockeys, will race over five and a half furlongs in front of an anticipated sell-out crowd of 25,000.

Line-up for a previous Magnolia Cup
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Some of the competitors have experience of riding to a high level, such as international event rider and last year’s winner Izzy Taylor, while others are learning to ride from scratch for the occasion, such as double Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Sarah Ayton. Also making her debut in the race will be sports broadcaster Aly Vance, who previously represented Great Britain in modern pentathlon.

In contrast, businesswoman Dido Harding is making her sixth appearance in the race and will be hoping to go one better than her second place finishes in 2015 and 2016. Harding will be joined on the start line by fellow businesswomen Charlotte Hogg, Shadi Halliwell and Clare Salmon, all of whom have contested the race in previous runnings.

Alby Bailey, Camilla Swift, Georgie Lane-Godfrey and Victoria Gray will be representing the world of media, with each holding significant positions in national newspapers and magazines. Completing the line-up is Emily Baxendale, founder of successful millinery label, Emily London.
The twelve riders confirmed for the 2017 Magnolia Cup are Alby Bailey, Aly Vance, Camilla Swift, Charlotte Hogg, Clare Salmon, Dido Harding, Emily Baxendale, Georgie Lane-Godfrey, Izzy Taylor, Sarah Ayton, Shadi Halliwell,
Victoria Gray.

The Qatar Goodwood Festival takes place at Goodwood Racecourse in West Sussex from Tuesday August 1 to Saturday August 5 2017. Affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood,’ the event features three Group 1 races and total prize money of over £5million.

Sussex MP campaigns on horseback

One long-standing Sussex MP has started his campaign for re-election as an MP on horseback, riding his grey horse in the Mid Sussex constituency where he lives.

Sir Nicholas Soames has represented Mid Sussex since 1997, previously serving as MP for Crawley and has an illustrious record in Parliament to his credit.

Born in 1948, he served as a junior Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and from 1994-1997 he was Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Between November 2003 and May 2005 Sir Nicholas served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.

MP Sir Nicholas Soames riding his grey horse through his constituency in Mid Sussex during his campaign for re-election

Between November 2003 and May 2005 Sir Nicholas served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. He is a very busy backbencher. He is President of the Conservative Middle East Council and he Co-Chairs the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration.

He has specialist knowledge in the fields of defence, Europe, international affairs, trade and industry, aviation and the countryside.

He is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Game and Wildlife Conservation Group, Co-Chair of the All Party Group on Southern Rail, a Trustee of the Amber Foundation and a member of the Court of the University of Sussex.

Made a Privy Counsellor in July, 2011, Sir Nicholas was knighted in May, 2014.

Sir Nicholas was born in 1948 and was educated at St. Aubyns, Sussex, Eton College and Mons Officer Cadet School. He is the son of The Late Lord Soames and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill KG. He is married with two sons and a daughter and lives in his constituency in Sussex.

His hobbies include reading, racing, watching rugby and country pursuits. He has travelled widely.