BHS is new sponsor at Balmoral Show

The RUAS has announced that the British Horse Society has become a new sponsor at this year’s Balmoral Show.

The British Horse Society is sponsoring the Registered Irish Draught Ridden Class, taking place on Thursday, May 16, in the CRL Arena.

Crowds at a previous show
Photo: Balmoral Show

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank will return to Balmoral Park, Lisburn from Wednesday, May 15 until Saturday, May 18, 2019. For the latest updates on the show visit or follow Balmoral Show on Facebook and Twitter.

The British Horse Society is the UK’s largest equestrian charity. It provides a strong voice for horses and people, on a range of topics including:

Welfare services for horses and advice for owners

Campaigning for and protecting equestrian rights of way

Promoting riding for all

Offering world-class qualifications

Approvals system awarding quality instruction and care

Goodwood looks forward to a new racing season

Horseracing has been a part of Goodwood since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport for the amusement of local army officers.

Fast forward 200 years and Goodwood’s racing season now consists of 19 unique racedays, including the flagship event, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

Qatar Goodwood Festival Photo: George Gunn

This year, 19 days of racing take place at the world’s most beautiful racecourse between May and October including one of the undoubted highlights of the season, the Qatar Goodwood Festival – widely known as Glorious Goodwood.

The festival takes place from July 30 ending on August 3 this year. It consists of five days of thrilling horse racing action set in an unmatchable downland setting.

Elegant fashion combines with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.

Goodwood has played host to the Sport of Kings for more than 200 years., having been launched as a flat horseracing course for local officers by the third Duke of Richmond in 1802.

Framed by views of the Sussex Downs to the north with the Chichester Plains and the Isle of Wight to the south, Goodwood Racecourse has a reputation as being one of the most beautiful in the world. The finishing straight is lined by the bright white pavilions of the grandstand, where everyone gathers to cheer the horses home.

Racing at Goodwood for 2019 opens on Saturday May 4.

Goodwood also has two racing groups within Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ Groups, known as Grog. The two Grog horses are trained by William Knight and Ralph Beckett.

William Knight has confirmed that Goodwood Sonnet is in fine fettle and enjoying his exercise on the long sand gallop.  He has recently had his winter flu and equine herpes vaccinations without any recourse and is now ready to step up to faster work.

Goodwood Sonnet enjoying a washdown after racing Photo courtesy Chichester Observer

His first piece of work will be on Friday, March 29 and he will then work weekly leading up to his intended debut at Goodwood on May 4.

Ralph Beckett has confirmed that Goodwood Rebel is in good health and doing plenty of upsides work on the short canter.   He is very happy with the colt at this stage and continues to think of him as an early type.   Goodwood Rebel will have his ‘flu & EH vaccines next week.




Spring Jumps Raceday at Plumpton tomorrow

Sky Sports Racing Spring Jumps Raceday takes place tomorrow, Monday March 18 at Plumpton racecourse.

Blow away those Cheltenham blues by joining everyone at Plumpton for this brand new raceday for 2019.

Expect plenty of close racing action at Plumpton
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Take advantage of this bonus fixture and enjoy a competitive six race card, featuring the Class 3 Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase.

Spend a day at the races in the heart of East Sussex in the Paddock Restaurant, where Dave Crosse will take everyone through the card and escort you down to the final fence where you will experience the thrilling final stages up close.

Come rain or shine, you will be in prime position to enjoy the day  if you take up this offerm which consists of a three course meal, table for the day, racecard, tipsters talk, tea/coffee and table service – there isn’t a better way to enjoy your day.

You can ring  01273 890383 to discuss the options and make a booking for what should be a highly competitive raceday.

Two horses die every week on roads

Alarming new statistics have revealed nearly two horses a week are being killed on UK roads, with more than 845 incidents involving horses and drivers reported to The British Horse Society last year.

The British Horse Society (BHS) collates statistics each year to understand the rate of incidents involving horses and riders on UK roads. In the last year alone, 87 horses and 4 people have been tragically killed whilst riding on the roads and 73 per cent of incidents reported occurred due to vehicles passing by too closely.

Slow down for horses and pass wide

The charity is urging drivers to be more careful when passing horses on the road, with the new statistics showing an incident increase of 109 per cent compared to the previous year.

The increase in incidents follows a partnership with Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society and The Verderers of the New Forest, encouraging them to report all incidents involving feral ponies and horses to the BHS horse accidents website.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the British Horse Society said: “The inclusion of horse incident statistics from Dartmoor and the New Forest allow us to have a much better understanding of the rate of incidents occurring on our roads. The dramatic increase in incidents is of huge concern, but we are aware that only 1 in 10 accidents are reported to us, therefore these figures are only the tip of the iceberg. We will continue to promote our key Dead Slow messages and strive to ensure all vulnerable road users are kept safe.”

Since November 2010:

  • 3,737 incidents have occurred on the road
  • 43 people have lost their lives and 1085 injured
  • 315 horses have been killed and 945 injured

The BHS launched its Dead Slow campaign to help better educate drivers how to pass horses on the road. The key behavioural change messages to drivers are:

If I see a horse on the road then I will …

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph

2. Be patient – do not sound their horn or rev the engine

3. Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car’s width if possible

4. Drive slowly away

The BHS is also currently working on a six month trial with Huufe, a new app that allows people to report incidents easily and quickly. The app allows the user to select the type of incident they were involved in whilst also recording the location and time.

The app records no personal data during its trial period therefore the BHS is still encouraging riders to continue reporting incident to its horse accidents website.

First British international dressage event of year today

Today marks the start of the first international dressage competition of the year on British soil as more than 70 competitors from nine countries head to Bedfordshire’s premier venue, Keysoe for three days  of action over senior, young rider, junior and pony classes in the CDI3*, all supported by Childéric, Spillers, Equine Construction, TRM, Dodson & Horrell, Devoucoux and Keysoe Boutique.

Leading the British charge is Carl Hester who brings his own and Jane de la Mare’s Nip Tuck, or Barney, who’s back in action after a break since the 2017 European Championships.

Dressage rider Carl Hester competing at the Olympics Photo: Georges Souvier

Also travelling from the yard is Charlotte Dujardin with catch ride Erlentanz, who she’s riding for owner and normal jockey Sonnar Murray-Brown while his broken leg mends. She also has Mount St John VIP in the small tour ranks; a great warm up ahead of the NAF Five Star Winter Championships where the Vivaldi-sired mare has qualified for both NAF classes, the PSG and Inter I.

Charlotte Dujardin in action Photo: British Dressage

Heath Farm in Oxfordshire also has two riders bound for Keysoe; Emile Faurie brings his newest star Café’s Caletta for a first CDI run on home turf while his stable jockey Tom Goode is making his big tour CDI debut with Samantha Geddes’ Vivaldi-sired Dior.

British team rider Gareth Hughes will be looking to resume his 2018 form with Anne Keen’s Don Carissimo when they won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the May CDI3* in Aachen.

Also flying the Union Flag in the Big Tour will be Henriette Andersen (Flavio), Liz Diegutis (Saskia Hit), Maria Eilberg (Royal Concert), Sara Gallop (Bandreo), Alex Hardwick (Royal Chester), Emma Hindle (Romy del Sol), Georgina Stokes (Talented Mr Ripley) and Vicky Thompson Winfield (Artist).

Small Tour riders include: Katie Bailey (Boccelli 6), Nikki Barker (Durable), Henry Boswell (Folt), Katrina Cantrell (Woodlander Donna Summer), Kate Cowell (Dramatic Conquest), Louise Davison (De Galles), Jess Dunn (Alicante Valley), Paul Friday (Roman Noir Himself), Nathalie Kayal (Cleverboy), Kate Lister (World Exclusive), Sarah Turner (Eduardo) and Sarah Williams (Bohigas W).

They join riders from Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Portugal.

Our selected Young Riders are: Rebecca Bell (Nibley Union Hit), Isobel Berrington (Bing), Angus Corrie-Deane (Tiny Tempur), Charlotte Dicker (Sabatini & Salomon Z), Jade Ellery (Porsche’s Eloy), Alex Hellings (Uvender V), Megan Ingham (Wanadoo), Thea Millward (Walentino 77) and Rebecca Swain (Bon Jovi).

The Juniors include: Megan Assouline (Botero), Catlin Burgess (Chocotof), Charlie Grieve (Fedor van het Booienhoof), Clare Hole (Pro-Motion & Winnetou GEP), Jessie Kirby (Belle Amie), Juliette Lindsay (Prince May the First), Avery Maude (Double Agent), Charlotte McDowall (Alivia), Amelia Moncrieff (Billionaire), Chloe Naylor (Karisma), Charlotte Snape (Camelot III) and Olivia Wrennall (Disneyland).

Finally, our Pony contingent is: Bonneville Bourne (Fin C We), Lavinia Johnson (Dublin), Holly Kerslake (Valhallas Zorro), Annabella Pidgley (Cognac IX & Ine), Steffi Thomlinson (Vavassa), Hermione Tottman (Brasil), Olivia Whitelaw (Brouwershavens’s Viceroy) and Mollie Witham (DZL Royal Sunrise).

Chief Executive of BHS to retire

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced her retirement, following a long and successful career of more than 40 years in both commerce and charity.

The BHS is now the UK’s largest equestrian charity with more than 106,000 members under the leadership of Ms Petersen who has grown the Society’s membership by 43%.

Lynn Petersen

During the last six years, Ms Petersen has been the driving force behind modernising and growing the BHS, launching successful campaigns like Dead Slow, React Now to Beat Colic, 2026, Paths for Community, Changing Lives through Horses and Friends at the End. These campaigns have had a significant impact for horses, owners, riders and the equestrian industry.

In the same period the Society’s world-class education system was upgraded, leading to more than a 50% increase in candidates. Lynn has also pioneered an initiative to take the BHS education systems to other countries where no such systems exist. This year the new BHS Challenge Awards has been launched, offering recreational riders the chance to improve their knowledge and skills.

David Sheerin, Chairman of The British Horse Society said “It has been a remarkable journey for the BHS under Lynn’s leadership as CEO, and previously as Chairman of the Society and a Trustee. Her vision and achievements will leave an indelible mark on the BHS and the wider equine industry in the UK and internationally. We wish her the very best in her retirement.”

The Society promotes and protects the interest of all horses and horse lovers across the UK. Its core focus is education, welfare, safety and equestrian rights of way.

Good crowd at Plumpton’s Anglo Irish Raceday

The Anglo Irish Raceday at Plumpton on Monday this week was a good preliminary to the Cheltenham Festival, with some competitive races on the card. In addition a Cheltenham Preview panel was a big attraction, with some top racing personalities taking part.

These included local jockey Joshua Moore, Cheltenham winning trainer Jamie Snowden,  Colin Brown, who was former jockey of Desert Orchid, as well as Sky Sports Racing commentator Tony Ennis, along with PR director for Coral, Simon Clare.

One of the highlights of the day was when Bryony Frost rode her 100th racing career winner, partnering Myplaceatmidnight for trainer Neil King in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Race. She led from the start and after the last was five lengths clear and held on under competition to win by three and a half lengths.

Winning jockey Bryony Frost with My Place At Midnight
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

Trainer Seamus Mullins does well at Plumpton and saddled up Micquus to win the Novies Handicap Chase  overtaking the long-time leader Champion Chase at the last and going on to win by a comfortable three and a half lengths.

Marc Goldstein, who has ridden many winners of his racing career at Plumpton, won the Handicap Hurdle of the day riding Steel Bob for trainer George Baker. This horse was sent off at 16-1 and put in a great performance, going on to win by three quarters of a length from Ballymagroaty Boy.

Steel Bob and Marc Goldstein on the way to victory on the right. Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

A local winner came when Lewes trainer Suzy Smith sent out Rosy World at 7-1 to win the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles.
This was a notable victory since Rosy World is the offspring of Material World- a grand racing mare trained by Suzy and bred by her late father Robin, to gain some good victories on local tracks.
This offspring put in a sound performance under rider Ben Godfrey to win by a comfortable five lengths from 66-1 outsider  Tsundoku, trained by Alexandra Dunn in second place, while the 3-1 favourite, Ruby Yeats, trained by Gary Moore, could finish only third.
Bath trainer Grant Cann teamed up with jockey Joshua Moore to win the Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong with French bred gelding Cadeau Du Bresil, beating 12-1 shot Dan’s Wee Man, trained in Gloucestershire by Jennifer Mason, into second place.

King Muro, blue and red stripes

The final race of the day- a handicap hurdle over two miles – saw King Muro win at 8-1 for trainer Michael Roberts under a good ride from Jeremiah McGrath. The winner beat 3-1 favourite Bolister, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua by two and a half lengths.
The next meeting at Plumpton is on Monday March 18. Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.20pm and the last at 4.55pm.

BHS demonstrations over three days

Join the British Horse Society for three days of training demonstrations from top international coaches and all the latest information from industry leading speakers to improve your equestrian knowledge and skills.

Whatever your discipline or goal, the National Convention 2019 will help you get the most from you and your horse. It takes place at Hartpury College, Gloucester from March 24-26.

Day One features demonstrations from top coaches and professional riders, and break- out sessions focusing on lorry safety, course building and equine nutrition. There is something for everyone, whether you are a professional coach or ride for pleasure.

Day two is specifically for professional coaches wishing to update their CPD and Day Three for coaches wanting to improve their knowledge of the Society’s Professional Pathway and newly introduced Challenge Awards.

Speakers including Richard Waygood MBE, Ros Canter and Caroline Moore FBHS and Gillian Higgins.

Major Richard Waygood  MBE

Think you would benefit from some top level coaching? Then why not apply to be a demo rider. You don’t need to be a serious competitor or professional rider to enjoy this opportunity, just show us you have the willingness to learn and benefit from a coaching session.

Guest speakers and panel debates in the evenings round off convention days perfectly and are definitely not to be missed.

Sunday evenings will be ‘An Evening with….’. These will include a talk from an equestrian personality and a delicious gala dinner. Sunday March 24 and Sunday September 22 will be evenings with Richard Waygood MBE of Team GB Eventing Performance Manager -covering his life and career with horses.

. For more information please email



Goodwood’s new bonus scheme with Stockholm

Goodwood Racecourse and Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, are delighted to announce a new bonus scheme to encourage horses to compete at both racecourses.

This exciting partnership will allow owners with horses competing in either country the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of running their horse at either the Qatar Goodwood Festival or The Stockholm Cup Day at Bro Park, two of Europe’s premier race meetings.

Any horse which wins a qualifying race at Bro Park on Stockholm Stora Day, Sunday June16 will be entitled to free travel and entry to a reciprocal race at The Qatar Goodwood Festival July 30 to  August 3.

In a reciprocal arrangement, any horse winning certain races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival will gain free travel and entry to selected races at the Stockholm Cup meeting,  September  22 2019.

Glorious Goodwood

Dennis Madsen, Head of Racing, Svensk Galopp, commented; ‘It’s a huge honour for Swedish horse racing to be associated with Goodwood Racecourse. However, we would not have accepted the relationship unless we thought we had something to offer towards it. It’s a great opportunity for Swedish owners to travel aboard and get a unique experience and, obviously, we believe we can give something back to British owners who want to run their horses at the valuable Stockholm Cup meeting.’

Ed Arkell, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bro Park and Svensk Galopp. This is a wonderful opportunity for Swedish owners to experience the unique charm of The Qatar Goodwood Festival and, equally, for British owners to run at Sweden’s most prestigious and valuable meeting.’

David Menuisier, trainer of last years’ Stockholm Cup winner, Thundering Blue, said; ‘This is a great initiative by Goodwood and Bro Park. We were looked after brilliantly at Bro Park last year and it’s a really well run racecourse. We will certainly look to support this initiative and would encourage others to do so and experience racing in Sweden.’

Pulborough trainer David Menuisier

Roy Arne Kvisla, top trainer at Bro Park and in Scandinavia in 2018 said: ‘This can be a great opportunity for us to broaden our views. It is normally costly to go on a long journey with the horses, but this is a golden opportunity to do so. Goodwood is a great racecourse and the track is very fair. If I have the right horse, I will be happy to go.’


Cheltenham likely to go ahead despite forecast

ALTHOUGH winds of up to 50mph are forecast for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, organisers of the event say they are confident the meeting will go ahead.

Wednesday, was the day racing was cancelled due to high winds 11 years ago and the current forecast is for winds of 40 miles per hour this Wednesday, but forecasters say that the predicted 50 mph or more from midday this year has time to change in the next few days.

They are hopeful it may change for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Meanwhile there are hopes that Nicky Henderson’s horse Santini, will be able to take part in the RSA Chase. Santini is second favourite for the race – but he has been suffering from a foot problem.

Trainer Nicky Henderson
Photo: John Simpson

A decision will be  made tomorrow morning about whether he will be fit to take part- although he has been reported to be doing well and has been out cantering.

Other news is that Philip Kirby Racing has decided that  Lady Buttons runs in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, ridden by Tommy Dowson.

Meanwhile runners in the Racing Post Arkle Chase include Articulum, Clondaw Castle, Duc Des Gebievres, Glen Forsa, Hardline, Kalashnikov, Knocknanuss, Lalor, Ornua, Paloma Blue, Slate House, Us and Them.