Looking ahead to Goodwood Festival 2017

Champion jockey Jim Crowley, who lives not far from Goodwood at Pulborough is the retained rider for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, for this year’s Goodwood Festival.
At a recent press launch in London for this year’s Goodwood Festival, he commented:
 “The Qatar Goodwood Festival is a fantastic week, with family and friends going racing.
 There is such very competitive racing. It is a little more relaxed in the weighing room than Royal Ascot but with a similar standard of racing.
 “It can be a tricky course, with some horses acting there while others don’t. It is a wonderful track with the right horse.There are no secrets of riding there. Richard Hughes was a master of riding Goodwood, coming with nice long runs down the outside, but there is a time and a place to do that.

Jockey Jim Crowley   Photo: Jeannie Knight

You can get a run up the inside but it does get very congested there, while the draw makes a big difference in the seven-furlong and mile races. Staying out of trouble is the key thing.
“I think that Talaayeb, who was fourth in the 1,000 Guineas and clearly didn’t stay 10 furlongs last time, will probably go back to seven furlongs in L’Omarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3, 7furlongs, Friday, August 4).
“We have Battaash in the Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2, 5 furlongs, Friday, August 4). He is fast. Last year, he was bit in and out but he has really put everything together this year and it was a huge performance on his last outing in a fast time.
“Ibn Malik is coming back in the Qatar Lennox Stakes and I notice we have a couple in the Arab race (£400,000 on the Wednesday). We have a few to go to war with.”
Also present at the launch were Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley, who will be officiating at his 23rd and final Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2017 ahead of his retirement later in the year.

Clerk of the course Seamus Buckley retires shortly  Photo Jeannie Knight

Buckley said: “It has been a long journey and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
 “I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t feel a bit sad about retiring but Goodwood has done me a lot of good and hopefully I have done a lot of good for Goodwood! It has been great.
“My aim is always to produce decent ground. I hate starting Festival week off on fast ground as it is a long week so I like to start off on goodish ground.
“It has been an extremely difficult year for us. Everyone knows how dry it has been in the spring and early summer. We has six millimetres of rain in 30 days in the run-up to our first meeting of the season – we didn’t have any April showers and had to water extensively.
 “There was only one Group One race when I started at Goodwood and we now have three. The standard of racing has improved and with the BHA instruction to produce no worse than Good to Firm ground, we have had to work hard. “

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Action at Goodwood  Photo: Malcolm Wells

Alex Eade, Goodwood’s General Manager said: “We are continuing to work with Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club in the same way we have done for the past two years.They are fantastic sponsors and everyone knows what they have been responsible for in terms of what we have done with Glorious Goodwood.
“I would call it the new-look Qatar Goodwood Festival this year. With the Goodwood Cup upgraded to Group One, which was fantastic for us, we also took the opportunity to look at the race programme in its entirety.
“The Goodwood Cup starts us off on Tuesday alongside the Lennox Stakes, which will get the week underway with a bang.
“The Sussex Stakes remains the highlight on Wednesday and we now have the Nassau Stakes on Thursday which brings a better balance to the whole week with a million pounds on offer for each of the first three days. “

BHS launches Rider Safe Award

The British Horse Society has introduced the Ride Safe Award to help keep equestrians safer on Britain’s roads.
Sports Broadcaster, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and 18- year-old International Dressage Champion Phoebe Peters demonstrated the importance of being safe on the road; taking part in a Ride Safe Award.

The Charity urges all riders to take the award to become safer on Britain’s roads. This follows BHS statistics that show a *29 per cent increase in road accidents involving horses in the last year.

(L-R) International coach Yogi Breisner FBHS, broadcaster Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, BHS Chairman David Sheerin BHSI, BHS Director of Safety Alan Hiscox , Director of Education Alex Copeland and International dressage champion Phoebe Peters attend the launch of the new BHS Equine Excellence Pathway at Wellington Riding in Hampshire – Wellington Riding, Basingstoke

Following the launch of The British Horse Society’s  (BHS) Dead or Dead Slow campaign, which highlights the dangers that riders face every day on Britain’s roads, the Society has launched this Ride Safe Award.

Ride Safe has been designed to help riders feel safer and more confident when riding out on the road and beyond. The award is the equivalent of the cycling industries Bikeablity certificate, and has been endorsed by The Department for Transport’s Think campaign which helps vulnerable road users.

To officially launch the new award, Sports Broadcaster, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and 18-year-old International Dressage Champion, Phoebe Peters took part in a Ride Safe demonstration to show the importance of being confident when riding out.

The British Horse Society’s Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox said; “Ride Safe is the foundation of the BHS’ new Equine Excellence Pathway, aimed at all riders, of any age and ability. Just like the Bikeablity certificate, we want to encourage all horse riders to take the award before they go out on the road”.

The BHS is highly regarded for its extensive equestrian qualifications that have been running for more than 30 years, and Ride Safe is the foundation stage of the relaunched Equine Excellence Pathway.

The BHS Equine Excellence Pathway is not just for riders- whether it’s a career to become a successful groom, stable manager or a specialist coach, there is a pathway to choose from.

Phoebe Peters said, ”The Ride Safe and the new Equine Excellence Pathway are designed to benefit equine enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, whether you want to enjoy hacking safely or succeed at the top levels of horse sport as a rider or groom or coach”.

Many famous equestrians have gone through the BHS Equine Excellence pathway including BHS Fellow Yogi Breisner MBE. Yogi, also present at the event, took Phoebe through a coaching session to highlight the importance of using a qualified coach.

Today in the UK there are more than 1.3 million recreational riders, and the equestrian industry is worth £8 billion. With fewer bridleways for equestrians to access and more cars on the road, the new Ride Safe Award is an approached elcomed by industry groups.

Tuite and Hannon targeting today’s big race

Newbury Racecourse stages a tremendous seven-race card on Weatherbys SuperSprint Day, today, Saturday, July 22, with Jess Glynne performing after racing.

Run over five furlongs and inaugurated in 1991, the feature £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint is an innovative race for two-year-olds who were sold or bought in as yearlings by public auction at ‘specified sales’, or as two-year-olds up to and includingMarch 6, 2017, for £60,000 or less before July 1, 2016, or for £63,000 or less after June 30, 2016.

For each £5,000 paid under £63,000, horses are given a 1lb allowance (the last sale to govern the price if sold more than once). Colts and geldings are set 9st 3lb before any allowance and fillies 8st 12lb. The following penalties apply: a winner of a Class 2 race 3lb, of a Listed race 5lb and of a Pattern race 8lb.

Lambourn trainer Joe Tuite is excited by the prospects of the topically-named Mother Of Dragons (8st) at the foot of the weights. The Qatar Racing-owned filly, who realised just €2,000 when sold to Tuite at Tattersalls Ireland in 2016, was narrowly denied on her first two starts at Windsor and Goodwood before coming home 15th of the 23 runners in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.Tuite said about the Society Rock filly today: “I am very happy with Mother Of Dragons. The filly is in good shape and we are looking forward to Saturday.

Trainer Joe Tuite Photo: John Simpson

“I thought she ran well at Ascot. We were not disappointed and ever since then we have been aiming at the Weatherbys Super Sprint.
“We get in the race off a very raceable weight that’s for sure, and there doesn’t appear to be a Tiggy Wiggy or the likes turning up this time. It doesn’t look that way at the moment anyway!
“I am very happy with mine and, off eight stone with Jimmy Quinn on board, I wouldn’t swap her.”
Tuite has saddled one runner so far in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, with Field Of Vision taking third in 2015
Richard Hannon senior has been the most successful trainer of all-time in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, having landed the valuable prize on seven occasions. On taking over the licence from his father in 2014, Richard Hannon junior immediately carried on the family tradition with subsequent G1 winner Tiggy Wiggy landing that year’s renewal of the Weatherbys Super Sprint.
Hannon junior has a total of six entries for 2017 honours, headed by top-weight and current ante-post favourite De Bruyne Horse, who is owned by Middleham Park Racing.The son of Showcasing, who sold for £50,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Sale in 2016, has been successful on two of his five starts, taking a novice race over six furlongs at Ripon on May 21 and the Woodcote Stakes over the same distance at Epsom Downs on June 2.
For his latest two outings, De Bruyne Horse has stepped up to G2 level over six furlongs, finishing eighth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20 and fourth in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh on July 1.

Trainer Richard Hannon 


Hannon said: “De Bruyne Horse will go for the Weatherbys Super Sprint. I have spoken to Tim Palin at Middleham Park and we have decided to race at Newbury.”He is also in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday but he would be up against Clive Cox’s filly (Heartache) there. She looks very good and I don’t think he can beat her

“He has run in a few good races this season including in the Coventry Stakes and the Railway Stakes. He has performed with credit and not let anyone down.

“I just think that in the Super Sprint, there will be horses that haven’t got the ability that he has. Although it is dropping back to five furlongs, he has got the speed. He might enjoy passing a few and it gives us a chance to get back to winning ways with him.”

There are 53 two-year-olds still going forward for the Weatherbys Super Sprint and a maximum of 25 can take part at 3.35pm on Saturday.

Newbury’s seven-race programme on Saturday also features the £60,000 G3 bet365 Hackwood Stakes (3.00pm, 21 entries) over six furlongs. The 2016 winner The Tin Man enjoyed the biggest success of his career so far in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and Magical Memory, who finished behind The Tin Man at Ascot, is the likely favourite for Saturday’s G3 contest.

Jess Glynne will be performing a 90-minute set after racing, with the concert due to end at 7.30pm. A large crowd is expected, but tickets will be available on the day for all enclosures.

Newbury also races on Friday, July 21, when the feature is the £25,500 Listed Bathwick Tyres Rose Bowl Stakes (3.50pm, 17 entries) over six furlongs for two-year-olds. Previous winners of the race include top-class sprinters Limato (2014) and Tasleet (2015).

Whitaker trio in Nations Cup squad

Several members of the famous Whitaker showjumping family have been named on the Team NAF-sponsored British squad for the upcoming FEI Nations Cup™ leg at Hickstead (FridayJuly 28).

Brothers John and Michael have been lynchpins of the British team for years, and they have been selected to represent their country once again alongside their nephew William Whitaker and their second cousin, Joe Clayton. They are joined on the five-man squad by William Funnell.

Michael Whitaker has been selected with his horse Viking, the recent winner of the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, while John is due to ride the nine-year-old grey stallion Cassinis Chaplin. William Whitaker rides Utamaro d’Ecaussines, an experienced championship horse on whom William has had the ride since September 2016. Joe Clayton has been selected with the 10-year old Con Man JX, while William Funnell will ride the talented Billy Buckingham, who won the Eindhoven Derby in May and came sixth in the Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead last month.

Michael Whitaker and Viking competing at Hickstead Photo: Craig Payne

World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping Di Lampard will name her final team of four the day before the competition, in which Britain faces opposition from teams from The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain.

The FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, presented by Longines, gets underway at 2.15pm on the Friday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show (25-30 July). The teams will jump two rounds with the best three scores counting from each round. If two or more teams finish on the same number of faults, a jump-off will decide the final honours.

Hickstead is the penultimate leg in European Division One of the FEI Nations Cup series, with the final leg in Dublin taking place two weeks later (August9-13) and the final being held in Barcelona (September– 1 October). The Brits were relegated to Division Two last season but are aiming for promotion back up to the top division for next year.

A number of showjumping’s biggest names will also take part in the competition, including France’s Kevin Staut, who is currently ranked fourth in the world; Olympic gold medallist Marcus Ehning from Germany; and top Dutch riders Jur Vrieling, Gerco Schröder and Harrie Smolders.

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex was founded in 1960 by Douglas Bunn, who had dreamed of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent. In 2010, Hickstead celebrated its 50th anniversary, having become known as the home of British showjumping.

The showground has been the venue for several World and European Showjumping Championships. It now hosts two major international shows each year – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (22-25 June 2017) and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (25-30 July 2017); plus a national show in September known as the All England Jumping Championships (August 31- September 3 2017).

British Dressage Convention 2017

British Dressage has unveiled the concept for this year’s British Dressage National Convention, Britain’s highly respected dressage training forum, in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Held at the world-class Hartpury College International Arena in Gloucestershire over the weekend of 25/26 November, the influence for 2017 comes from a country which has dominated dressage since records began: Germany.

British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler has entitled the two days ‘The German way forward: innovation, inspiration, insight’, as we look to discover the secrets of their success.

Over the Olympic, World and European Championships, a total of 162 medals have been claimed by German riders – but in the early part of the millennium they suffered a rare dip in form, which saw their tight grip on gold turn to silver and bronze.  At the World Championships in 2010, the unthinkable happened and the individual podiums didn’t even feature a single rider from Germany and the team only narrowly won bronze from the USA.  It was time to re-group and re-think.

And they’ve done just that.  In 2016 and the early part of this year, the German riders have dominated with a new approach.  Using the insight of classical training as the heart of their methods, they’ve taken inspiration from the riders and horses who rose to the top and added a degree of German innovation to present horses in a new, light, modern way, which is being duly rewarded by judges and bringing riders back to the top step on the podium.

British Dressage is delighted to announce two of Germany’s leading trainers and riders, Dr Ulf Möller and Michael Klimke, will head up the two days of instruction, debate and, hopefully, revelation.  Both are steeped in German dressage history as riders and producers of young horses, but also in training riders to get the best out of each horse.

Dr Ulf Moller, winner of the World Young Horse Championship seven times. Photo courtesy of Eurodressage (c)

Seven-time Bundeschampionate winner Dr. Ulf Möller won the World Young Horse Dressage Championships with Don Davidoff and the now legendary stallion Sandro Hit before retiring from competitive riding in 2011.  Also a qualified veterinarian, he spent 19 years at Hof Kasselmann where he oversaw the production and selection of the dressage horses for sale in the world-renown P.S.I. Auctions – so he has one of the best reputations around for selecting, training and producing a horse from young classes through to Grand Prix level.

A professional lawyer, Michael has a dressage pedigree like no other, as his father was Reiner Klimke, one of Germany’s most successful Olympic dressage riders – and he’s still based at their Munster family home.  Mother Ruth was an accomplished horsewoman in her own right and sister Ingrid has won two Olympic gold medals in eventing.   He enjoyed many successes in the nineties and was selected as the reserve rider for the 2000 German Olympic Team with his iconic partner, Entertainer.  After a decade away from competing to focus on his legal career, Michael returned in 2015 with a new string of talented horses.  His training methods mirror that of his father: classical, but always looking forward, with the horse’s welfare of prime concern.

Michael commented; “It’s an honour for me to be invited to be a part of the weekend.  My last trip to Britain for such an event was two years ago for the Hester/Davidson convention where the audience was fantastic.  I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas on training and discussing the important hot topics in our wonderful sport.”

You can join us for a single day or make savings with a weekend ticket, which is just £80 for BD paid members and £90 for non-members. Daily tickets are £50 for members and £55 for non-members – and all prices have been frozen at last year’s rate.

Tickets are on-sale now via the British Dressage website at www.britishdressage.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book over the phone with our Training and Education team on 02476 698833 or 02476 698831.

Hickstead’s Royal International Show 2017

Three days of showjumping from the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The event will be shown live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with coverage produced by top sporting broadcaster IMG. Alongside the televised coverage there will be extensive livestreaming online covering all the action in the International Arena.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show (26-30 July) features international and national showjumping, championship showing, arena eventing, side-saddle, driving classes and lots more. With an international dressage competition running concurrently at sister venue Dressage at Hickstead, the event is one of just three five-star CHIO international horse shows held in the world.

Top show jumping action at the Longines Royal International Horse Show

The show takes place just a few weeks before the FEI European Jumping Championships in Stockholm, and Hickstead could well provide a final run for many of the competitors who’ll be heading to Sweden in August to represent their country.

The competition in Hickstead’s famous International Arena gets underway on Wednesday 26 July, with all the action livestreamed via a single camera on both Hickstead.TV and the FEI’s YouTube channel. Streaming on both platforms will continue on Thursday with the first international showjumping classes of the show, the Bunn Leisure Vase and the Bunn Leisure Trophy. In the afternoon, the hugely popular MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge takes place, where some of the world’s best event riders tackle a course of cross-country fences within the main arena.

Friday is a very special day, when Hickstead plays host to the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain presented by Longines. This historic two-round team competition will see the Brits face competition from the Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. It’s the penultimate leg in the series with all still to play for ahead of the final series leg in Dublin, and teams will be fighting to qualify for the Final in Barcelona while also hoping to retain their place in European Division One for next year. Britain was relegated to Division Two last season but as host nations will be competing at Hickstead, giving showjumping fans their only chance to watch their country compete as a team on home soil.

Belgian team after winning Nations Cup at Hickstead two years ago
Photo: George Gunn Photography

Television viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch live on Sky Sports, while online coverage of the FEI Nations Cup will be available to FEITV subscribers only.

Over the weekend, showjumping highlights include two of the best-known classes in the sport – the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup. These classes, along with Saturday’s Bunn Leisure Salver and British Speed Classic, will be shown as multicamera broadcasts on both Hickstead.tv and the FEI’s YouTube channel. Sky Sports will also broadcast live from the show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

For the first time ever, Hickstead will be showing a full-scale broadcast, including commentary, of both the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship and the De La Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship. Showing riders compete at shows around the country just to qualify for Hickstead; then the winners of individual classes at the Longines Royal International Horse Show head through to their respective championships, and the winners of these then qualify for Sunday’s Supreme championships, which are the most coveted titles of all in the outdoor showing season.

“Hickstead may be synonymous with showjumping, but showing is a huge part of the Longines Royal International Horse Show, with thousands of horses and ponies competing here each July,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “We know how popular showing is, so we’re pleased to be able to broadcast our Supreme Championships via our own Hickstead.tv platform as well as the FEI’s YouTube channel, which will allow it to reach a new global audience.”

Tickets are on sale now for this prestigious equestrian event, which is the official horse show of the British Horse Society, with discounts applying before 22 July. Visit the box office here.

Polo Gold Cup match reports

By Katie Vickery, Editor Fantasy Polo July 15

La Indiana 12 vs 15 Sommelier

The first surprise of the weekend came in the form of a Sommelier win over La Indiana in the first of the quarter final matches. Last year’s finalists La Indiana were one man down, their top goal scorer ‘Tincho’ Merlos out with an injury to be replaced by big brother Pite Merlos, a disadvantage that Sommelier pressed home.

Dominating straight from the off, Sommelier came out all guns blazing and put pressure on La Indiana throughout the entire game. Sommelier won 21 of the 31 throw ins and their high possession led to 12 field goals (six from Juan Gris Zavaleta) in an exciting high-scoring match which saw 27 goals overall. La Indiana were forced into playing catch up throughout, but as a two goal lead turned in to a four goal lead after half time Sommelier were virtually home and dry and celebrated as the first of the four semi finalists on a 15-12 victory.

El Remanso 12 vs 9 Monterosso

El Remanso had the Monterosso side beaten from early on in the game, taking their place in the semi finals opposite Sommelier, a match which will feature the Hanbury brothers on opposing sides. Strong defense from the El Remanso line up gave Monterosso little opportunity at the goal and those opportunities they did have they were unable to convert – scoring only 6 out of 13 shots on goal. The solid teamwork of the El Remanso quartet also allowed them to freely attack the Monterosso goal, with quick runs resulting in goals. Ollie Cudmore lead the scoring from the field with four impressive goals. A good last chukka from Monterosso saw them come back from a six goal deficit, but it was too late and they remained three goals down at 12-9 as the final whistle blew.

Centenary Cup presentations both teams
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship July 16

RH Polo 10 vs 12 Habtoor

In the second shock upset of the quarters, tournament favourites RH Polo succumbed to the Habtoor side, losing out on a place in the semi finals going down 12-10. With Adolfo Cambiaso sidelined by injury, Hilario Ulloa stepped in to fill his 10 goaler space. Although he performed admirably, scoring 4 of the 10 RH goals, he was unable to lead the RH side to victory.

Habtoor started strong, going 3-0 after the first chukka. They have performed better and better each match showing that although they are a new team, they are a force to be reckoned with. This is only their second win of the tournament, the previous victory having put them through to the quarter finals so they clearly know how to get the win when it counts. Just two penalties in throughout the match meant plenty of exciting field goals, with Francisco Elizalde leading the scoring with six goals from the field.

King Power Foxes 10 vs 6 Talandracas

King Power Foxes’ win over Talandracas means another brother vs brother semi final as the first match next Wednesday 19th July will see Nico Pieres and his Habtoor side face the reigning champions and his two elder brothers.

The Talandracas vs King Power match was hard fought, with Talandracas taking an early lead, and the score remained low as both teams tried their best to contain the scoring power of the other, marking closely and not allowing space for runs to goal. With just one of the 16 goals coming from the penalty line (a safety 60 in from Facundo Pieres), the match was all about field performance and in the second half King Power Foxes had figured out how to capitalize on the Talandracas style of play, mixing up their tactics and sending Facundo and Gonzalo forward to score and overcome the Talandracas defense. This they did effectively in the fourth chukka scoring four goals to take the lead. They maintained this style of play and lead until the end of the match.

Semi Finals take place on Wednesday July 19

12pm – King Power Foxes vs Habtoor

4pm – El Remanso vs Sommelier

Top racing at Qtar Festival

IT is only a matter of days until the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival gets underway on Tuesday August 1 and enthralling world-class racing is on the horizon with prize money for the week totalling a massive £4.825 million.
 Thirteen Group races take place over the five days, including the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes (Wednesday, August 2), Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes (Thursday, August 3) and Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup (Tuesday, August 1). The three contests are all part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Great action at Goodwood
Photo: Harry Elliot

 Thursday, August 3 is Ladies’ Day and for the seventh year Goodwood will host its Magnolia Cup charity race for high-profile lady riders and silk designers.

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

 The highlight of the week, the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes, staged on Wednesday, August 2, has 24 contenders going forward following yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline. A real clash of the generations is on the cards in the mile showpiece, with dual 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill (Aidan O’Brien) set to take on Godolphin’s star older miler Ribchester(Richard Fahey).
 Ribchester, who was a close third in the 2016 Qatar Sussex Stakes, has already scooped a pair of G1 prizes in 2017, with impressive victories in both the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and Newbury’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. Churchill, the highest-rated three-year-old miler in the world, needs to bounce back from a below-par fourth behind Godolphin’s Barney Roy (Richard Hannon) in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
 The Qatar Goodwood Cup, upgraded to G1 status with a much increased prize fund of £500,000 this year, takes place over two miles on the opening day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, August 1, after being switched from its traditional Thursday slot, and has 25 horses still in contention.
A rematch between Big Orange (Michael Bell) and Order Of St George (Aidan O’Brien) is on the cards, with the duo separated by a short-head when Big Orange took
the G1 Gold Cup over half a mile further at Royal Ascot on June 22.
 Big Orange would become only the second triple winner of the Qatar Goodwood Cup if successful again this year, having taken both the 2015 and 2016 renewals. The only previous three-time winner of Goodwood’s top staying race was Double Trigger in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Sussex Equine Hospital opens soon

Many of you have been following the construction of the new veterinary hospital in Ashington over the past two years, it has been a long but exciting project which is now in its final stages, and Arundel Equine Veterinary Hospital will be relocating to the new, state-of-the-art equine hospital over the weekend of July 22 – 23 2017.

The new premises will enable us to expand on the range of services it is able to offer.

For patients needing to come into the new hospital, the new site provides a state-of-the-art, custom built facility to ensure the best possible treatment and care for all.

The new site offers 20 stables including two mare and foal stables, split over two light and airy barns, a separate stable block of seven stables for patients undergoing bone scan examinations and two critical care units to facilitate intensive care.

Reception entrance at the new equine hospital in Ashington


There are both hard and soft surface trot-up strips, a 40m x 20m fenced sand school, a hard surface lunge pen and an internal trot-up strip.

There are three examination rooms specially designed for standing surgeries, dental work and more.

The X-ray and nuclear scintigraphy suites are vastly improved from that at Arundel and we will be able to offer standing MRI from August 2017 and CT scanning from early 2018. We also have a large conference room within the main building for hosting educational client evenings and CPD events for vets.

The new location is more centralised within the area it covers, with good access just off the A24.

The move to Ashington will not impact on the level of service currently experienced, but in fact will improve coverage.

The ambulatory vets will still attend yards as they do now, the out of hours service will not change and the van will still be buzzing around with all the digital diagnostic equipment such as x-ray, ultrasound and the endoscope.

Bone scan isolation yard at the new Sussex Equine Hospital

The hospital will be changing its name to the Sussex Equine Hospital. This is designed to reflect the  new location, but rest assured that all vets and staff will stay the same, and that the same friendly, helpful approach with be retained, understanding your horse’s needs.

The practice was founded in 1951 by Mike Ashton and back then was based in Arundel town centre.

Since that time it has undergone numerous changes, but the core aim of providing outstanding care to all horses, ponies and donkeys, has not and will not change.

The practice said:”We are committed to going above and beyond, and we hope the investment we have made in the new practice will enable us to continue to provide the most up to date and advanced veterinary care possible.

“Finally, we thank you for your support, and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us by either calling Reception on 01903 883050 or emailing info@arundelhorsevets.co.uk and we look forward to welcoming you to our new home in Ashington.”

Charles Owen Pony Squad for European Championships

British Eventing has announced the six combinations who, from July 25- 30 , will represent Great Britain in the Charles Owen Pony squad for 2017 European Championships for Ponies in Kaposvár, Hungary.

The squad, in alphabetical order are;

Saffron Cresswell, 16 from Worcestershire, and her own 12 year old gelding Cuffesgrange Little Ric

Molly Faulkner, 15 from Kent, with Mr John Thornton’s 13 year old gelding Sycamore Lad

Connie Gill, 14 from North Yorkshire, riding her 17 year old gelding Hotshots

Georgina Herrling, 14 from Oxfordshire, with her own eight year old stallion SF Detroit

Oliver Jackson, 15 from Nottinghamshire, on Mrs Joy Jackson’s 12 year old gelding Daydream Fourteen

Saffie Osborne, 15 from Berkshire, riding Lord and Lady Blyth’s 12 year old mare Little Indian Feather

Saffron Cresswell in action

The non-travelling reserves are Tom Bird with his own Night Fury and Hattie Grace on Mr Vincent Jones and Mr Simon Grace’s Noble Superman.

Saffron Cresswell brings with her experience from two previous Championships and a team silver and team gold medal and Molly Faulkner makes this her second call up to the Charles Owen European Pony squad having won a team silver medal at the 2016 Championships. For the remaining four riders their 2017 selection will see them making their debut at a Youth European Championships.

Charles Owen generously sponsor Britain’s up and coming pony riders, supporting the BE Pony Programme, Pony Trials, National Pony Championship – this year won by selected combination Saffie Osborne and Little Indian Feather – along with the squad heading out to the 2017 European Championships.

From their state-of-the-art factory in Wrexham, Charles Owen is the largest equestrian helmet manufacturer in the UK, celebrating over 100 years of business. A long-time sponsor of BE, Charles Owen are market leaders in equestrian safety headwear with over 30 helmets in their product range, catering to a large variety of the riding industry at every level.