Exciting action at Hickstead

THE Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships at Hickstead had a  busy day of jumping, with five rings of competition running all day yesterday, including a 1.40m class in the Longines International Arena.

Entrance and parking is free for the show  and everyone is welcome. There is also a prize givaway with the chance to win a tripe of a lifetime to the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show in Abu Dhabi in a prize giveaway.

Thrilling action at Hickstead
Photo: Nigel Goddard

Here is today’s programme for an outstanding day at Hickstead- which is a prelude to the weekend’s schedule of top class competitions on both days, culminating in a day of breathtaking championships on Sunday.

Friday August 30: 9am start with the All England 1.40m Open followed by the All England Four-year-old championship 1.10m; All England Five Year Old Championship against the clock.

8am All England 1.20m Amateur Championship 2nd Qualifier in the Equine America Ring 3A. Competition in two phases against the clock.  Followed by the Senior British Novice Championship first round. Then there will be the All England 1.20m Open Championship first qualifier.

There will be another chance to win a trip of a lifetime to the Al Sira’aa Internetional Horse Show  in Aby Dhabi in a prize giveaway.

Don’t forget, entrance and parking is free and everyone is welcome.


Emile Faurie to deliver Dressage Masterclass at HOYS 2019

The Dressage Masterclass at Horse of the Year Show is a firm favourite amongst fans and has seen advice and training tips shared from the likes of four-time Olympian Richard Davison, Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin and her trainer and fellow team rider, Carl Hester.

For 2019, top international dressage rider, Emile Faurie, is set to inspire the HOYS audience on Dressage Thursday as he hosts the demo for the very first time. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1963, Emile’s early experiences with horse riding were far from what they are now. It wasn’t until the late Molly Sivewright, founder of the Talland School of Equitation, came to visit Emile at the age of 20 that he decided that this was the career for him.

Emile Faurie
Photo: British Dressage

Little did he know that he was about to embark on a journey which would shape the rest of his life. In 1982 Emile moved to Germany to work for the famous Performance Sales International (PSI), helping back and prepare youngsters for auction. In this he gained understanding on how to recognise a good horse and expand his horse knowledge to form the career he has today. In 1993, Emile won an individual bronze and team silver medal at the European Championships riding a horse called Virtu.

His work with PSI allowed him to set up his own yard in Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire in 1996, where he continued to train and work with the young horses from Germany. Emile went on to represent Great Britain in three more European Championships, two Olympic Games and three World Equestrian Games, including 2018 in Tryon where he helped Britain secure team bronze with the 12-year-old Dono Di Maggio.

At Horse of the Year Show last year, Emile was placed fourth in the Dressage Future Elite riding Café’s Caletta scoring 74.5%; the 10 year old mare, who was bred to showjump but had a change of career at the age of six, is now competing successfully at Grand Prix level with Emile this season.

Emile Faurie riding Cafe’s Caletta at HOYS 2018
Photo: British Dressage

Emile’s picturesque yard is based in the heart of the Cotswolds. There he trains and rides with up and coming rider Tom Goode, who has established a name for himself recently with Grand Prix wins aboard a stunning chestnut stallion Dior III, who is owned by Sam Geddes.

Speaking about what the HOYS audience can expect from his Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at Horse of the Year Show, Emile commented: “It’s a great honour to have been asked to host the Dressage Masterclass; HOYS is such an iconic show and the crowd there really know their stuff, so it is a little bit nerve wracking but an honour all the same.

“HOYS has just got this special quality to it, you can’t encapsulate it in words. It has a great sense of tradition and it is so special to be a part of, I really enjoy competing there. For the masterclass I will be bringing three young horses from Germany from the Performance Sales International who I work for; they will demonstrate exactly what it is we look for in a world class dressage horses and I will talk through how we start them out in their training.

“Then in the second half, Tom [Goode] will ride Dior who is enjoying his first season at Grand Prix level this year, so they will demonstrate the higher level movements and show the levels of progression through to the finished product.”

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are so excited to announce that Emile Faurie will be hosting our Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at HOYS this year. He is one of the most successful British riders who is still competing on the circuit and has a wealth of experience which he is eager to share with the HOYS crowd this year. I am sure that visitors will be left feeling inspired with plenty of ideas of exercises to try and home with their horses.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, October 2 – 6 2019. Thursday tickets are Gold Tickets, meaning that they allow you full access to the show for the full day- that is more than 16 hours of equestrian entertainment at its best with prices starting from £34.00.

Visit  https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Spectacular Bank Holiday racing at Goodwood


FROM the sensational fireworks display that took place on Friday evening, to the superb performances on the track, the August Bank Holiday fixture at Goodwood Racecourse from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 August was nothing short of spectacular with glorious weather to match.

Spectacular fireworks at Goodwood    Photo: Goodwood Racecourse

After racing, the very popular Batala drummers set a hypnotic beat, drawing crowds from around the stands before fireworks lit up the night sky. The crowd were so impressed that there was rapturous applause and cheers after the finale.

Volkan Star was a sensational winner of The European Breeders Fund EBF Novice Stakes, trouncing his rivals by an impressive six lengths to justify the £1million price tag paid by Godolphin for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Green Power showed his liking for the Sussex track once again by winning the feature Levin Down Handicap- proving that victory at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the Chelsea Barracks Handicap was no fluke.

Volkan Star when he was sold at the sales for racing
Photo courtesy of Laura Green

On Saturday, Duke Of Hazzard got the better of Turgenev in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile, heralding jockey, Rossa Ryan’s, biggest career win to date. The three-year-old now has a Group 1 entry in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Rossa Ryan, 19, who is in his first year after riding out his claim, commented; “I didn’t sleep well last night and spent a lot of time on my tablet, working out what might happen and how the race would go.

Up and coming jockey Rossa Ryan Photo: John Simpson

“Blinkers have brought out a big improvement in him, and he loves it round here. Paul Cole (trainer) has been very kind to me and I am grateful to him and Mrs. Fitri Hay for putting me up.”

Richard Kingscote rode a tactical race on Boomer. who stuck her neck out to repel the late challenge of Dark Lady in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes, before a small but select field contested the Group 3 Ladbrokes March Stakes.

Sir Ron Priestley and jockey  Franny Norton, following their victory at Goodwood Racecourse in the March Stakes, in memory of the late John Dunlop.
Photograph by Sam Stephenson, 07880 703135, www.samstephenson.co.uk.

Run in memory of local trainer, the late John Dunlop, it was Sir Ron Priestley who obliged becoming the third Qatar Goodwood Festival winner to follow up with a win at the meeting.  Having been headed by the strong travelling Promissory, he won convincingly, under a confident ride from Franny Norton.

John Dunlop’s widow, Sue, was on hand to present the trophy for the race to  Deirdre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark Johnson, and owner Mr. Paul Dean.

On Sunday, the warm weather continued to grace the Sussex Downs with Oisin Murphy enjoying a good day with two winners. The first came aboard Queen’s Soldier in The Chichester City Selling Stakes, before Le Don De Vie followed up in the Handicap Stakes.

Suedois rallied gamely under Danny Tudhope as Momkin challenged late in the Group 3 Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes; the ultra-consistent eight-year-old holds an entry at Irish Champions Weekend.

Red Stripes made the long trip from Cheshire worthwhile for Lisa Williamson by winning The Ladbrokes Download The App Handicap Stakes, before Blue Medici won the final race of the weekend, the Silk Series.

Throughout the meeting, racegoers not only enjoyed the blissful weather, but also family fun including live music, a traditional fairground, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and a petting zoo. For those keen to sit back and enjoy the afternoon, food outlets proved extremely popular, while those who stayed into the evening could toast marshmallows on fire pits as the sun set.

The racecourse is now looking forward to two Midweek fixtures on September 3 and 11, before the season comes to a close on October 13  with the Harvest, Hops and Horseracing fixture.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit :htpps//www.goodwood.com

BHS key initiatives benefit horses and riders

The British Horse Society works hard to make a positive impact on the lives of horses and horse owners with wide-ranging campaigns and initiatives.

Its core foundations – education, welfare, access and safety – are more important than ever as they demonstrably make a difference to horses’ lives.

It is committed to committed to supporting the best interests of horses and owners, and it works with the law and helps its members to comply with the many requirements – which is why you can find a lot of information and advice on its to help you understand these laws and the legal requirements.

Ride Out UK 2019


The society works to provide a strong voice for horses and people through a range of areas.  It is pro-active in the following spheres:

Welfare services for horses and advice for owners.

Campaigning for and protecting equestrian rights of way.

Improving safety for horses, riders and carriage drivers.

Promoting riding for all.

Offering world-class qualifications.

Approvals system awarding quality instruction and care.

For more information on any of these initiatives contact the British Horse Society at https://www.bhs.org.uk/contact-us


European medallist Holly Smith to compete at final 2019 Hickstead event

European team bronze medallist Holly Smith will be competing at the final show of the Hickstead season – the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships ( August 29 to September 1).

Holly is currently representing Great Britain at the FEI European Jumping Championships in Rotterdam, where she helped her team clinch a team bronze medal as well as securing qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Holly has had excellent form at Hickstead in recent years, including second places in the Al Shira’aa Derby and the Nations Cup, plus wins in the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard and Derby Trial. The Leicestershire rider makes her return to the All England Jumping Course after missing last month’s five-star Longines FEI Nations Cup meeting due to a broken collar bone.

Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny in action
Photo copyright Sian Hayden

Other Hickstead stars to compete at the four-day national championships include Hickstead Derby winners Trevor Breen, Phillip Miller and Guy Williams, along with four-time Al Shira’aa Derby runner up Harriet Nuttall. Young talents to look out for include Yazmin Pinchen, Georgia Tame, Chuffy Clarke, Alfie Bradstock, Joe Stockdale and Oliver Tuff. Two members of the famous Whitaker family are due to compete, Louise and Joanne.

The show also attracts entries from a number of eventers, with five-star riders Pippa Funnell, Sharon Hunt, Gemma Tattersall and Francis Whittington all competing at this event.

“Entries have been flooding in for our season finale, and we’re set for an exciting few days of competition to round off what’s been a fantastic summer of sport,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

First held in 2011, the All England Jumping Championships have gone strength to strength. This year, unaffiliated Arena Eventing has been added to the schedule for the first time, with classes starting at 80cm. There are showjumping classes from British Novice level (90cm) up to the 1.40m Science Supplements All England Grand Prix, plus Young Horse classes for Four-, Five- and Six- & Seven-Year-Olds.

This is the first year the championships have run under the title sponsorship of Science Supplements. The leading supplements company came on board as a Hickstead sponsor this season, and also sponsor several major classes at the international shows, including the British Speed Derby and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

Entry and parking for the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships is free to spectators, with a select group of trade stands open across the four days as well as a range of bars and eateries.

The action from the Longines International Arena will be live streamed on ClipMyHorse.TV from Friday to Sunday.

RDA group’s successful Ashington Festival day

Thanks to the dedication, planning and hard work from Denise Lee and her husband  Alan, Long Furlong RDA group had another successful day at The Ashington Festival.

Much to the group’s relief the weather stayed dry and  its bottle tombola attracted the usual queue for tickets.

Many thanks to volunteers, riders, families and friends for donating the lovely selection of bottles, everything from champagne to shampoo.


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One of the group’s volunteers, Val spent hours filling and decorating 117 Jolly Jam Jars for the children. All the jars were sold and not one child was disappointed.

The committee of LFRDA would like to thank all volunteers and their partners for their generosity, good humour and hard work, the willingness of the public to part with their cash and the organisers of the festival for allowing charities to take part without payment.

The excellent total of £668.00 was raised, which is so very necessary to allow the group to continue offer therapeutic riding to disabled adults.

A heartfelt big thank you to all involved.

Intro to basic equine massage at Moorcroft

Don’t miss the next event at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, RH13 ORB, Slinfold, West Sussex on Wednesday September 4 when Elizabeth White presents a Public Introduction to Basic Equine Massage.
The event starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm. ·Tickets can be obtained via www.tickettailor.com
This is a fun packed practical workshop on basic equine massage you can take home with you and share with your own horses, ponies and donkeys.

Don’t miss Moorcroft’s equine massage demonstration
Photo: Mark Beaumont

Elizabeth will be demonstrating these techniques with the Moorcroft Racehorses in the comfort of the stable block.

Joining Elizabeth, will be some of the Healing Animal Organisation equine massage graduates; so participants can experience for themselves practical exercises using touch, feel, pressure and hand strokes.

Elizabeth will be sharing with you how equine massage can be an additional healing modality to help our equine friends physically, emotionally and mentally and how to integrate these simple, yet powerful movements into every day equine holistic healthcare

Just £25 per person – All proceeds go to help the horses at the Centre.

Please book online using the link  https//www.tickettailor.com/events/moorcroftracehorse/286795/ or with Mary on
07929 666408 or email moorcroftracehorse@gmail.com

Supreme Products to sponsor HOYS championship

Established in 1993, Supreme Products have been the choice of champions for many years and HOYS is delighted to welcome them as title sponsor for the Supreme Horse of the Year Championship at Horse of the Year Show 2019.

This prestigious championship will be renamed the Supreme Products Horse of the Year Championship and cumulates on the Sunday evening of the show.

This is when the Andrews Bowen International Arena sees all of the champions from the horse classes throughout the week compete for the ultimate accolade to be crowned the Supreme Horse.

Nicole Pavitt riding Connollys Red Mills to victory at HOYS Photo: 1st Class Images

Horse of the Year Show is highly regarded amongst the showing community as being ‘the’ show to qualify your horse for to highlight and reward the quality breeding, conformation and performance of each animal.

With an astounding 29 different showing championships available to qualify for, thousands of competitors set out each year for a place in the final at HOYS with only 12 exhibits eligible to come forward for the Supreme Horse Championship.

As suppliers of quality British made garments and products designed specifically for the show ring, Supreme Products are long time supporters of many top riders that share their drive for show ring excellence and include reigning Horse of the Year Show Champions.

Laura Clegg, Brand Manager for Supreme Products commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Supreme Horse of the Year at HOYS, it’s the one show everyone wants to be at and to go to.

“Supreme is what dreams are made of! Showing at this level requires the overall picture of horse and rider to be perfect, all the hard work and dedication over the year leads to this show. The standard is so high and everyone wants to stand out from the crowd; our range of products and garments will help people achieve the ultimate show ring look for when presentation matters most.

“The quality of horses and ponies here is outstanding and something we believe should be celebrated.  It is great to be involved and support such a prestigious show that so many of our customers strive to compete at.”

Event Director Emma Williams commented: “I am delighted to welcome Supreme Products as a new sponsor for the show. It has always been incredibly important to us that such a prestigious title should be associated with an established brand like Supreme Products that is already the choice of champions.  Supreme Products have been long term trade stand supporters at the show and we are really looking forward to working with them both as a trader and now sponsor in 2019.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year from October 2 – 6  2019 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham for another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition. For a full list of showing qualifiers please visit https://hoys.co.uk/competitor-zone/showing-qualifiers/ .

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in February. To stay up-to-date with the latest HOYS news and to be the first to know what’s happening, sign up to our newsletter here: https://hoys.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/

Good win for Louise Simpson at Bolesworth

LOUISE Simpson and Unex Cognac IV saw triumph over adversity after a difficult year for the 11-year-old who had an eye removed eight months ago.

The West Sussex rider has been thrilled with his progress and took home a win in the Equestrizone CSI2* Two Phase at the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships.

Heading the class in a time of 29.96 seconds, Louise came home just ahead of Louise Saywell and her well-known partner the speedy Feigtling.

CS12 star winner Louise Simpson and  Unex Cognac IV       Photo: Spidge Event Photography

The Nottinghamshire rider, Louise Saywell, galloped home in 30.91 seconds with Georgia Tame once again in the line-up, this time in third on Canya Dance.

Unex Cognac IV is another ride Louise Simpson shares with her husband David and she is delighted to have him back in competition action.

The couple are based at DLS Showjumping, Coolham, in West Sussex and are professional riders.

Said Louise: “We’ve taken our time to bring him back and although I am aware of giving him an extra stride to fences when turning on certain angles the operation doesn’t appear to have bothered him at all.

“We will continue to build his confidence and take it slowly but I have no concerns he will soon be jumping on top form again.”

  Louise Simpson winning the Equestrizone CSI2* Two Phase with Sara Lamyman of Equestrizone. [Credit Spidge Photography]