THE British Horse Society has welcomed the proposal in the latest Agriculture Bill for financial assistance to be provided to help support public access and enjoyment of the countryside, farmland or woodland and better understanding of the environment.
The Bill, introduced to Parliament on Wednesday (12 September), plans to replace farm subsidies by 2027 in favour of a new system of environmental payments in a bid to secure the future of the British countryside.
Director of Access for The British Horse Society, Mark Weston said: “The new Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that the countryside remains open for the millions of people who visit it every year.”
“The British Horse Society will continue to voice that such financial assistance must make a real difference for equestrians who want to access and enjoy the countryside through the improvement of the existing rights of way network and the provision of new access.”
The new Bill does not affect Section 53 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROWA) which requires historic bridleways and footpaths to be recorded on the definitive map before 1 January 2026.
Many unrecorded routes are currently in use and exist in law, whilst others would provide useful additional routes and linkages to the existing network. These routes are in danger of having their rights extinguished in 2026 if they are not recorded.
The BHS is committed to the safeguarding of these public assets to ensure that equestrians, cyclists and walkers can continue to use safe off-road routes in the future.
To find out how you can ensure your routes are recorded visit the BHS website – www.bhs.org.uk/2026.
More than 160 members of East Sussex’s Trefoil Guild were treated to an outstanding display and presentation by young riders from Hope in the Valley Riding for the Disabled Group as part of the Guild’s 75th Anniversary celebrations at Firle Place this week.
The ‘guiding for adults’ organisation has selected to support the Countryside Challenge competition for the Riding for the Disabled nationally in this, its Diamond Jubilee year.
It hopes to raise more than £30,000 towards the running of the competition which tests young disabled riders’ steering, balance and confidence.
For the display, two riders, Jack and Fergus, from local, Plumpton-based, Hope in the Valley RDA Group, put their skills to the test by tackling obstacles and tasks they might find in the country. These included entering a farmyard, picking an apple from a tree and posting a letter. The competition is run at a series of Regional Qualifiers that end in the National Championships in July each year.
Lesley Morrill, Chairman of Hope in the Valley RDA, said: “The boys did such a good job in front of a quite large audience. It was a fantastic setting and I was very proud of them.”
Jane Steen, Chair of the East Sussex Trefoil Guild, gave the boys their letters to post and then presented them with special rosettes for their perfect display.
There are 24 Trefoil Guild Units in East Sussex with more than 400 members. Every Unit was represented at Firle Place, which provided guests with an opportunity to talk to old friends, make new ones and visit the house and church which are part of the National Trust.
Riding for the Disabled as 37 groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with more than 2,700 riders of all ages. They come to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.
This can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions.
RDA has the commitment of around 1,900 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time. Our instructors work closely with physiotherapists and other health professionals to encourage every individual to aim for attainable goals – some modest, others far more ambitious.
Guiding for adults, Trefoil Guild, celebrates 75 years since it was founded nationally, in 1943. It is open to anyone over the age of 18.
Great Britain’s eventing team have moved up into gold medal position after an incredible day of cross-country in the Mars Inc. eventing competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA.
All four team members jumped clear and finished inside the time after an exhilarating day of competition which sees three members of the team lying in the top ten with Ros Canter leading the way for Great Britain in second; Piggy French sits in eighth and Tom McEwen in tenth.
First out on the course on a windy morning in Tryon was pathfinder Gemma Tattersall, from West Sussex, with The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul who got the team off to a perfect start going clear and inside the time.
A delighted Gemma said; “Thank god I got the job done and achieved what I came for! He’s a machine over cross-country and gave me an amazing ride. I went round at the second water on team orders which put me about ten seconds down but by the end of the hill, I was 15 seconds up- that’s how good he is. I was nervous this morning with all the expectations but I just thought ‘do what you normally do at home’ and of course he delivers.”
Piggy French, based in Northamptonshire, was next out for the British team, setting out onboard Quarrycrest Echo, owned by Jayne McGivern. Competing at their second consecutive major championships as a combination, the duo produced a masterclass on the cross-country course, storming across the finish line inside the time after another clear round.
Out on the course just after lunch was the most experienced member of the team, Tina Cook, from West Sussex, riding Billy The Red, owned by the Billy Stud, competing as an individual combination. In her fifth World Equestrian Games, Tina showed her class with the 11 year-old gelding, making it home clear and with just 2.4 time penalties.
Tina said; “When we first walked the course we thought it wasn’t too testing but the more you walked, the more you could see where there might be problems. He made me work today – he’s very fit.
“It’s been an up and down year with me breaking my shoulder so he’s not had the runs in preparation. I decided to go long at the second water at the risk of a few time penalties over 20 for a stop and I could just about get the time back. But I’m happy and he was a good boy today. The crowds were amazing – they cheered the whole way around.”
Next for the team were Championship debutants, Tom McEwen, from Gloucestershire, and Toledo de Kerser, owned by Jane Inns, Alison McEwen and Tom. The pair showed no nerves and jumped fantastically before being welcomed into the U.S Trust Arena by the fans in the main stand, crossing the line a second under the time after going clear.
The final combination for the British team was Lincolnshire rider Ros Canter and Allstar B, owned by Ros and Caroline Moore. The pair, who came into this phase third overnight, put in a flawless performance on the anchor leg and raced home to finish clear and inside the time, ending on 24.6 penalties, moving into silver medal position.
At this point, Great Britain were in the lead in the team event on 80.80, with Ireland in second on 89.00 and France in third on 91.80. Individually, European Champion, Ingrid Klimke heads the standings on 23.30 just ahead of Ros Canter in second. Piggy French lies in sixth, Tom McEwen is in tenth, individual competitor, Tina Cook is in 13th and Gemma Tattersall is in 18th.
The final phase of the competition, the showjumping, will see the team and individual medals decided on Monday after the FEI rescheduled the weekend timetable due to the weather.
Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.
The British equestrian team is going well at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA,
Charlotte Dujardin, based in Gloucestershire, and Mount St John Freestyle have won their first Individual medal as a combination on their debut at a major championship. They had an outstanding performance, scoring 81.489% to take bronze in the Helgstrand Dressage Grand Prix Speciala Rose.
Charlotte claiming her third individual gold in the Grand Prix Special at a World Equestrian Games, ahead of home favourite Laura Graves who took silver with Verdades.
All four of the British combinations qualified for today’s competition after their performances in the Grand Prix yesterday which saw Great Britain win team bronze and secure Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
Emile Faurie, from Oxfordshire, was the first to go with Dono di Maggio, owned by Hof Kasselmann and the pair produced a score of 70.38% after a some good highlights during their test.
Afterwards Emile said; “It wasn’t his best performance today. He’s a massive horse and the last few days have taken a lot out of him but he really tried. I gave him a very short warm up but he’s inexperienced.
“He’s a brilliant horse and he’ll be even better next year. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. The trip has been a great experience for him and for me, it’s been a great honour to be part of this amazing team. Other nations are envious of the great team spirit we have.”
Spencer Wilton, based in Reading, was next to go with Super Nova II however, after yesterday’s medal ceremony Neville [Super Nova II] was not feeling 100% and after consultation with the equine sport science and medicine team and his owner, Jen Goodman, the decision was made to withdraw from the competition.
Gloucestershire’s Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato, owned by Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and himself, were the first to go in the final session. In just their second Grand Prix Special as a pair, the duo showed no sign of nerves in the U.S Trust Arena as they followed up from their fantastic performance yesterday to produce another superb test, scoring 77.204% to finish ninth.
“I have to be happy with 77% plus in only his second Special and his first Championship, after all, he’s only a young horse,” Carl said. “I had a costly mistake in the one-time changes and in the heat and humidity the final centreline really took all his energy. It’s only when you come to shows like this you learn about your horse and he’s also learned a lot here. I was happy with the team result as that’s what we came here to do but I’m equally happy today.”
Charlotte and Mount St John Freestyle were the penultimate pairing to go and they entered the arena brimming with confidence following yesterday’s performance. Neither were unfazed by the occasion and they duly stunned the crowd with an outstanding display, scoring a personal best of 81.489% to go into second.
Isabel Werth and Bella Rose were the final combination for the day and took to the arena, showing their class to top the standings with 86.246% and take the gold for Germany, consequently pushing Charlotte down to third.
An elated Charlotte said: “I’m absolutely delighted! She’s only nine and that was just her third [Grand Prix] Special. I knew going in I had nothing to lose and rode her every inch of the way. That feeling I had in the arena today was amazing and for me, it didn’t matter if the test won me a medal as I knew she’d given me everything.”
Both Carl and Charlotte will compete again on Sunday in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Great Britain’s eventing team will go into tomorrow’s cross-country phase in second place after superb performances across two days of dressage.
Ros Canter, from Lincolnshire, and Allstar B finished the day as the leading combination for the British team, ending the day with 24.6 penalties and sitting third overall.
First into the Tryon arena on the second day for GBR was Tom McEwen, from Gloucestershire, who produced a fantastic test with Jane Inns, Alison McEwen and his own, Toledo de Kerser, scoring 28.4 penalties.
“I was delighted with him, it was a great positive test,” said Tom. “It could have been more, I just had a mess with a change at the end but he was fantastic. It was very in there and there was a decent atmosphere this morning and he’s given us a strong team score.”
Commenting on the cross-country; “It’s possibly not the biggest course (cross-country) we’ve jumped but it’s technical and you’ve got to keep your wits about you out there but I am looking forward to getting out and riding it.”
Last to go for the British team was Ros Canter and Allstar B, owned by Caroline Moore and herself. The pair grew as the test wore on and produced a stunning performance to end with a total of 24.6 to soar into third place.
A beaming Ros said: “I’m absolutely over the moon with Allstar B. He’s been such a trooper and he’s so consistent in the dressage. I gave him a day off yesterday because he worked so well the day before. Everytime he comes out he just gives me everything; I’m delighted.
“He loves going cross-country. As long as I can stay with him and keep him pointed in the right direction; we’ll definitely be able to give it our best shot.”
Speaking on the team; “I’m having such a good time here with everybody and the team atmosphere is absolutely brilliant. Everyone is really supportive and we’re going into tomorrow confident.”
Adding to Gemma and Piggy’s performances yesterday, the scores delivered by Ros and Tom today see Great Britain lying in second place in the team event behind Germany. Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH lead in the individual standings and head into tomorrow’s cross-country on a score 19.9 penalties.
The BRC NAF Five Star National Championships 2018, took place at the Lincolnshire Showground, recently when there were two full days of exciting equestrian competition, kindly sponsored once again by NAF.
Around 1,600 competitors, both seniors and juniors with over 630 on-site stables. 15 Dressage and Riding Test arenas had classes ranging from Walk/Trot to Advanced Medium dressage, Prelim and Novice Riding Tests, plus Pairs and Teams of Four Dressage. Seven skilfully designed Show Jumping and Style Jumping arenas, had courses ranging from 70cm to 110cm.
All culminated in yet another incredibly successful weekend of competition from British Riding Clubs, bathed in glorious sunshine all weekend, with many thrilled winners representing clubs across the UK.
“The NAF Five Star British Riding Club Championships at Lincoln just gets better every year and 2018 certainly did not disappoint with two days of outstanding competition. The riders, horses, team managers, support teams, wonderful volunteers and all those working at the Championships made it magical and are truly inspirational.
“The most beautiful weather added to an event full of team spirit! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting each and every Riding Club member new and old, hearing about their horses and their successes with NAF products. We very much look forward to seeing you all for another fun filled NAF Five Star British Riding Club National Championships in 2019,” said Eloise Chugg-Martin, NAF Brand Manager.
Area 5 had a ;particularly successful Championships with notable wins in the Open 110 team Show Jumping, which went to Solihull RC and the overall individual champion was Lauren Shelley riding Falconlake Mercedes from Crown RC, who has had an incredibly successful year of competition. The Senior Style Jumping was won by a team from Rugby RC. Michele Carman, Rugby RC member sums up what it means to compete at a BRC Championship.
The British Horse Society (BHS) shared its exciting new initiative to coaches and centres at this year’s BRC National Championships. The Challenge Awards are aimed at recreational riders and offer 26 different awards at varying levels (bronze, silver and gold), they cover all aspects of horse care and riding.
Full results and pictures can be found on the BRC website and Facebook pages.
It was mission accomplished for the Equestrian Team GBR dressage quartet when achieving their primary aim of qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, picking a bronze medal up as a well-deserved bonus.
After Spencer Wilton and Emile Faurie put GB in with a fighting chance on day one of the Helgstrand Dressage FEI World Team Championship, it was down to two familiar faces, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin to produce a piece of riding brilliance with their two young charges, Hawtins Delicato and Mount St John Freestyle respectively, who had less than a dozen Grand Prix performances between them.
Carl came into the sweltering arena with the ten year old he jointly owns with Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory and looked like they were seasoned Championship regulars and scored 77.28 per cent- a new personal best for the exciting duo.
He has always held the horse in high regard and that potential was realised on the world stage.
He said:“I’ve had him since he was five; I saw him canter by at a show and just saw his hind leg and thought ‘I have to have that horse.’ I then found he was bred and owned by a small stud just three miles from home. The last person I saw as I went in was his breeder Judith (Davis) and I was proud that she was able to come and see him compete,” he said.
Charlotte Dujardin was the first of the chasing pack to go with Mount St John Equestrian’s Mount St John Freestyle. At just nine, she was one of the youngest in the field but scored 77.67% to give Team GBR a final score of 229.45 for the others to match.
Afterwards, Charlotte told the world’s media; “What an amazing horse to come here and do that! To cope with the environment and produce a test like that, I’m over the moon with her. There’s a lot of expectation on her and I’m so proud that she didn’t bother with anything, she’s so exciting for the future. “
So the audience, bathed in the North Carolina September sunshine, settled in for a battle royal in the final session where it would go to the wire for the medals.
Germany’s Isabel Werth was the first contender with the mare she holds most dear, who had the luxury of knowing that her team had secured gold even without her score so it was just down to securing qualification for tomorrow’s Grand Prix Special. A spectacular 84.82% was the score to take the lead.
For the third FEI championship in succession, Germany won to cement their current domination of dressage with a reversal of the Rio places below with the USA in silver and Team GBR in bronze.
Chef d’Equipe Caroline Griffith commented; “This performance is truly exciting for the future. These young horses and the way the our riders have produced them is just incredible. I’m proud of them; it was a great atmosphere today which gave them all great confidence. To come here and secure our Tokyo qualification and come away with a medal just shows the quality of horses and riders we have. Watch out world!”
All four British riders finished in the top 30 so are through to Friday’s Grand Prix Special when the first individual medals will be decided.
Back for 2018, British Eventing Members visiting the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials this year can again make use of the BE Pavilion.
Alongside the excellent views of the CIC3* eight and nine year old dressage arena and both the CIC and CCI3* cross country course there will be free tea, coffee, biscuits and cake and activities throughout the week.
Located next to the Churchill Arena, access to the Pavilion is completely free for members with a valid BE membership card and just £5 per day for guests who will be able to take advantage of the facilities including the complimentary tea and coffee.
You will also be able to browse the BE merchandise range, shop our brand new accessories and watch CCTV of the competition at Blenheim Palace throughout each day. Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome.
Activities include children’s colouring in, EquiPilates taster sessions and the chance to talk to BE Master Coach and Fellow of BHS Nick Gauntlett who will be on hand to answer your eventing and coaching questions (see more details below to book a free slot). The free lucky dip also gives BE members a chance of winning one free Full BE membership along with training vouchers or merchandise every day.
After announcing the exciting news that Blenheim Palace’s title sponsor SsangYong Motors UK has extended their sponsorship for a further five years, the 2018 event is set to provide thrilling international competition in both the CCI3* and CIC3* for eight and nine year old horses, along with a bumper diary of displays, amateur competition and shopping. Find out more HERE.
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Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, is preparing for one of its main fundraising events of the year- the 19th annual Charity Raceday at Plumpton Racecourse.
It takes place this year on Monday October 22 and is an opportunity to enjoy a fun raceday at the races and at the same time support this worthy charity.
Moorcroft fulfills a vital role in enabling ex-racehorses gifted to it by their owners can to be retrained- so they can have a future outside racing in a loving home when they leave the sport.
Manager Mary Frances ensures that these horses are expertly assessed for roles which they be suited by outside racing, and retrained accordingly.
The raceday is an important fundraising event for Moorcroft, with the Charity Lunch and Auction held in the exclusive Plumpton Marquee overlooking the final fence. Gates open at 11am, followed by a drinks reception in the marquee at 11.30am, lunch at 12 noon.
This event is always well-supported by many prominent racing celebrities, including Mike Cattermole, who as auctioneer will be persuading guests to purchase a number of ‘money can’t buy’ lots on offer.
The package price of £95 includes admission ticket, race programme, reserved car parking, drinks reception, delicious three-course lunch, half a bottle of wine and afternoon tea.
The funds raised from this important event enable Moorcroft to continue its important role of retraining and rehoming ex-racehorses to loan homes, giving them a commitment of care for life, which relies heavily on donations.
Ex-racehorses are gifted to Moorcroft by their owners after they have finished their racing career. They are assessed there to find which other role they would be suited to in life outside racing and skilfully retrained accordingly.
Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre rehomes them to suitable loan homes and ensures that rehomed horses are visited regularly throughout the rest of their lives,
A popular silent auction returns on this popular Charity Raceday with many exciting lots to be bid for in the special marquee. You can have your racing colours placed in the racecard for the day for donations of £100.
Also there is the opportunity to sponsor a pony in the Shetland pony race for only £275. This race starts at 1.45pm, followed by the first official race at 2.30pm. Don’t miss the chance to get your tickets
The closing date for ticket applications for this superb event is Monday October 8. Donations by CAF cheques or Gift Aid should be made payable to The Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre. Contact 01273 890 383 to buy yours now.
SUSSEX trainer Gary Moore sent out a promising young horse to win the Juvenile Hurdle at Fontwell Park’s well-supported Sunday meeting at 16-1.
Twenty Twenty, a three-year-old owned by Gary Moore and Mark Albon, was having his first run over jumps, having raced three times previously on the Flat. Partnered by Jamie Moore, he was ran midfield but made a run after three from home to dispute the lead over the penultimate hurdle.
He was behind 5-4 favourite Nordican Bleue, trained by Dr Richard Newland at the final obstacle, but stayed on in determine style to take the lead in the last 50 yards, It was a gutsy run from the youngster, which had raced previously twice on the Flat in France and once at Goodwood.
The opening race of the afternoon had been a Mares’ Hurdle race, where 11-10 favourite Bold Image, trained by Dan Skelton was well beaten into third place, 26 lengths behind 9-2 winner Vivant, trained by Tom Lacey and ridden by Richard Johnson. Third place went to 12-1 shot Hermosa Vaquera, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Joshua.
There was compensation for trainer Dan Skelton in the two mile two furlongs handicap chase of the day, when he sent out seven -year-old Winner Massagot, owned by Masterton Holdings Ltd, to win his first chase, ridden by Noel Fehily.
There was another win to come, for he also sent out the winner of the Novices’ Hurdle Race over two miles one furlong, WeightforDave which was an easy four length winner at 85/40 with his brother, Harry Skelton in the saddle.
Favourite Desiremoi D’Authie, sent off at 11/10 favourite, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon, was beaten by four lengths.
But the Gordon/Cannon combination were back on form when they teamed up for a six length victory with Mellow Benn at 9-2 in the two mile three furlong handicap hurdle. race.
Apprentice and Conditional Jockey Page Fuller continues to impress. She added another victory to her growing tally of wins when partnering 9-4 favourite Hard To Rock to victory in the two mile five furlong chase.
She had a comfortable five-length victory over SpiritofChartwell ridden for Phil York by Miss Katy Lyons.
The Mares Open National Hunt Flat Race was won by 9-1 shot Cardigan By ridden by Jonathan Burke for trainer Charlie Longsdon.
The next race meeting at Fontwell Park is a two-day Oktoberfest on Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6. It combines racing with more than £100,000 prize money and top class horses with traditional German cuisine, music and beers.