BHS on Tour delivers coaching sessions

NEW for 2020, The British Horse Society (BHS) has introduced ‘The BHS on Tour’ as part of its National Conventions – a day for recreational riders, packed full of inspiring coaching sessions from top coaches, riders and industry experts.

Yogi Bresner MBE FBHS, Equestrian Team GBR Performance Director and Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood MBE and Corinne Bracken will be delivering coaching sessions and offering their expert tips to riders looking to improve their skills and get the most out of their riding and horse care.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Richard Waygood and Yogi Breisner at British Equestrian Federation World Class Owners’ Day – Knightsbridge Barracks, London Photo by Jon Stroud

Hosted at four venues across the UK throughout the year, The BHS on Tour (supported by EC Pro) will also feature informative sessions on equine fitness and feeding, conformation, showing, riding out and course walking.

Tickets for The BHS on Tour are priced at £25 and more information plus ticket links can be found at


15 March – Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire

29 March – Cavan Equestrian Centre, Republic of Ireland

04 October – Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

01 November – Scottish National Equestrian Centre, West Lothian, Scotland


The BHS is also continuing with its National Coaching Conventions for 2020, kindly supported by EC Pro.

The four coaching conventions, hosted at the same venues as The BHS on Tour events, will feature inspirational demonstrations from top equestrian coaches and expert advice from industry professionals on how to get the absolute most out of coaching.

Tickets are priced at £45 for The British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coaches and £60 for Non-Accredited Professional Coaches.

More information about the events and tickets can be found at


Goodwood racecourse three Friday nights are back

GOODWOOD Racecourse’s electric Three Friday Nights presented by NOW TV returns for the tenth year with its biggest names yet taking to the stage throughout June 2020.

The series begins on June 5 with Ibiza legend, house and techno veteran, Carl Cox. Followed on June 12 by Guilford-born drum and base superpower Sub-Focus, before Mike Skinner spins the ultimate crescendo on June 19.

Expect high energy and good vibes from “The King of Ibiza” Carl Cox. In a career spanning five decades and four albums, Cox is perhaps known best for his unprecedented fifteen-year residency at the legendary Space Ibiza.

He was a key part of Britain’s exploding rave scene in the late eighties and early nineties and has been a prolific producer ever since.

The boss of record label Intec Digital and owner of his own motorsport brand, Cox can often be found revving an engine at Goodwood Motor Circuit, but promises to bring a very different sort of noise to the racecourse.

A previous Friday night success at Goodwood Racecourse, featuring Rudimental.                        Photo courtesy of Goodwoood Racecourse


.Back by popular demand is another pioneer and stalwart of the British music scene – Mike Skinner. Best known as the poetic lyricist and ingenious producer behind The Streets, Skinner is innovative with his work showcasing a fusion of sound. His musical selections are as eclectic as his production capabilities, ranging from house to old-skool hip hop, via drum and bass bangers and peppered with his own, up to the minute remixes and classic tracks.

Three Friday Nights at Goodwood is known for being one of the most exciting series of events to take place on the South Coast, with DJ sets following an evening of horseracing.

After the last race has been run and the sun sets, the parade ring transforms into a laser-lit dancefloor, and the atmosphere is ignited for three unforgettable nights.

Adult tickets start from £40, with Juniors (13-17) starting from £30. Hospitality packages start from £102. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling 01243 755055.



PLUMPTON Racecourse’s next fixture – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Raceday on Monday February 24, has been abandoned because the course is waterlogged.

The next scheduled meeting is on Monday March 9,  when there will be an Anglo-Irish Raceday,

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Gates Open: 12noon
First Race: 2pm
Last Race: 4:30pmPlease call the Racecourse Office for
Hospitality bookings on 01273 890383.








Binks family continues to support HOYS

The Binks family is thrilled to be continuing its support, for a fourth year, of a Horse of the Year Show Championship very close to their hearts.

The family will be returning to sponsor the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship for HOYS 2020, including the four height sections leading up to this and including the 122cm, 133cm, 143cm and 153cm classes.

The Yorkshire-based family’s involvement with the show dates back to 1968 when their very own State Visit ridden by David Tatlow won their first Hunter championship title.

Success has followed the family since then, with daughter, Hannah Binks riding Trewolla Denzil, winning the 2002 title of Show Hunter Pony of the Year Champion.

For the 2020 show season Florence Davies will be flying the flag for the family with the Jinks Show Team produced first ridden Barkway Alfie Moon and the 2019 BSPS Novice 12.2 show pony of the year Rowden Holly Go Lightly.

In 2019, it was Kate Bankier’s Toncynfigg Liberty X ridden by Julie Bankier who took the title of The Binks Family Show Hunter Pony of the Year Champion in the TopSpec Arena.

Winner of the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship Kate Bankier’s Toncynfigg Liberty X ridden by Julie Bankier Photo: First Class Images

Horse of the Year Show Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are gladdened that this Championship has remained a cherished memory of The Binks Family and value their ongoing encouragement of this showing championship and our competitors.

“On behalf of everyone at Horse of the Year Show, we look forward to welcoming them back to the show in 2020.”

Hannah Binks commented: “The Binks Family are delighted to continue our support for the Show Hunter Ponies at HOYS for the fourth year.  We would like to wish everyone the very best of luck for the 2020 season and we hope you have lots of fun along the way!”

Horse of the Year Show takes place from 7th-11th October 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham bringing another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in March. 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:

Galbraith to sponsor Belsay Horse Trials 2020

Galbraith, a leading property consultancy and land agent, is delighted to sponsor the Belsay Horse Trials again in 2020.

The event takes place from May 28-31  and this year the focus is international – with a CCI-S** competition for seniors, as well as the British Pony Championships for riders aged 16 and under; arena eventing; a hunt relay and Country Show with activities for families on the much-loved Belsay Sunday on May 31.

Belsay Horse Trials: Laura de Wasselow, owner of Belsay Estate and Matthew Williamson of property and land agency Galbraith

Matthew Williamson, from the Galbraith office in Blagdon, said: “Belsay is one of the best-loved events in the north of England and we are delighted to continue to offer our support. The horse trials are a wonderful showcase for Europe’s best eventers and attract a very high calibre of rider.

“With it now also playing host to the final for the British Pony Championships, the opportunity to see the country’s best young riders is very exciting. Belsay has grown to become an unmissable event in the equestrian calendar.”

Laura de Wesselow, of Belsay Estate, said: “This is a wonderful event that means so much to competitors and their families and it is an absolute privilege to host this competition. We look forward to welcoming a wide range of riders, from the elite to the amateur and novice. Belsay has something for everyone and this year we have more of an international focus, which is even more exciting.

“We are grateful to our sponsor Galbraith. Their brand values of local knowledge and international reach perfectly complement our approach. We look forward to working with them again this year to make the horse trials a great success.”

Preparations under way for the expanded Belsay Horse Trials 2020

In addition to the equestrian competition, Belsay offers a wide range of family events across the weekend. There will be a dog agility course, a display by Lammermuir Gun Dogs, fairground rides, go-karting and the opportunity to explore Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Belsay also offers a shopping village, hospitality tent and a wide range of premium local food and drink stalls.

Galbraith is known as one of the UK’s leading rural property consultancies with particular expertise in estate management, sales and valuations of land, farms and rural properties, forestry and energy advice and residential property expertise. The firm has 14 offices across the North of England and Scotland.

Sam Gibson, a chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience has been appointed to lead the new residential agency team for Galbraith in the North of England. Sam said:

“Our market is buoyant and there has been no downturn this year despite some stagnation in other parts of England.  In fact there are 15% more registered active buyers than at the same time last year*.

“Quality residential properties in the Northern Counties offer excellent value for money compared with many other parts of the UK and there is a good market for second homes, especially in the coastal strip and serviced villages.  2020 is going to be an exceptional selling year.  We have already agreed some landmark sales with some more exciting houses to launch through the spring and summer.”





Don’t miss Parham point to point

The Crawley and Horsham Point to Point meeting takes place on Saturday March 28  this year -at its popular Parham course, near Storrington, providing a great family day out and a worthwhile early date in the diary.

There will be pony racing at 12.15pm and 12.30pm, giving youngsters a chance to compete, while the customary Fun Dog Show will be held from1pm. Entries close: Monday March 23 @ 12.30pm . Also there will be  the customary sidestalls and refreshment stands throughout the event.

Parham’s hounds and popular dog show are a good attraction   Photo: Jeannie Knight

There is a new main judge, Margaret Bull, who has many years experience of judging, showing and breeding along with a huge love of dogs. She will be joining forces with local guest judge Tim Wonnacott who is back for a second year. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Plenty of exciting  and competitive  racing expected at Parham      Photo: Jeannie Knight

The main racing schedule is:

12.15 The Churchill Country & Equestrian Estate Agents Pony Race .12.30 The Churchill Country & Equestrian Estate Agents Pony Race​. 1.30  Hound Parade 1.45  The Restricted Race. 2.20  The Mixed Open Race .  Jockey Club & Re-training of Race Horses Veteran Horse Conditions Race.3.30 Conditions Race. 4.05 The Latilla-Campbell Open Maiden Race. 4.40  Sue & Geoff Mitchell Memorial Race (incorporating the Crawley & Horsham, Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdray, Kent & Surrey Blood Hounds Hunt Race) .     

For more information go to P2P website,


National Spirit raceday at Fontwell Park soon

FONTWELL Park is preparing for its next race meeting, on Sunday February 23, when gates open at 12.30pm and the first race is at 2.20pm, with the last of the seven races at 17.20pm.

The racecard features the prestigious National Spirit Hurdle Race, which is run over two miles and three furlongs, with ten hurdle obstacles to test the runners.

This race is generally regarded as a trial for the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham, with consistently classy horses entered each year. Previous legends from the National Spirit hurdle include Baracouda, Lough Derg and My Way De Solzen to name a few.

Last year’s National-Spirit winner -Vision Des Flos with trainer ColinTizzard and jockeyTom Scudamore    Photo: Jeannie Knight

Winner of this race last year was the Colin Tizzard-trained Vision Des Flos which won the NetBet Casino sponsored  National Spirit Race in good style.

The relaxed atmosphere at Fontwell Park carries through to its requirements for dress code, with racegoers advised to dress for the weather because Fontwell Park holds race meetings all year round and conditions can vary.
However it does have a smart casual policy for the Premier Enclosure and hospitality suites.

Children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult but some ID may be required.


Competitive jump racing at Plumpton today

THERE is jump racing today at Plumpton, with gates opening at 12 noon, and the first race scheduled for 2.15pm, with the last at 4.45pm.

Most races are well subscribed, with the opening Novices Hurdle over two miles attracting 13 runners, with favourite likely to be Calva D’Auge, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The two miles three furlongs chase has only four runners, headed by The Flying Sofa, a winner last time out for trainer Gary Moore, ridden by son Jamie.  There is no reason why this progressive sort should not win again.
The two miles four furlongs handicap hurdle is a competitive affair and sees course winner Ding Ding, trained by Sheena West and ridden by Marc Goldstein, back in action. The favourite in this race is likely to be the Amy Murphy trained Hawthorn Cottage.

Ding Ding trained by Sheena West and ridden by Mark Goldstein following an earlier Plumpton win Photo: Jeannie Knight

Trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannonteam up with The Tin Man in the  three mile one furlong handicap hurdle. This winner last time out looks set to be favourite and put in a good effort in this race.

Price family supports HOYS for fifth year

The Price Family will return to Horse of the Year Show as class sponsors for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, supporting the Mini Show Pony of the Year classes and Championship:

  • The Price Family Lead Rein Pony of the Year
  • The Price Family First Ridden Pony of the Year
  • The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship

The Price Family Lead Rein Pony of the Year gives children under the age of eight the opportunity to ride in a competitive environment, while The Price Family First Ridden Pony of the Year gives riders under the age of 10 their first chance at riding in the TopSpec Arena by themselves. First and second place from each then go forward to compete in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship.

Most recently, The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship saw Barkway Mr McGregor and Georgina Storey crowned overall winner at the show in 2019.

Past winner Janet Cox’s Rivervalley Flash Jack ridden by Ms Amy Tate -Photo courtesy of 1st Class Images

The Price Family themselves are no stranger to the show ring, with daughter Phoebe securing qualifying places at Horse of the Year Show for the last six years. In 2016, HOYS saw one of Phoebe’s showing highlights as she rode Litton Enterprise to victory in the Children’s Riding Pony of the Year Championship and then went on to be crowned Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year.

Darren Price commented: “Horse of the Year Show is a very special occasion for the Price Family and we have been lucky enough to have some amazing experiences as competitors over the years. We really want to continue to endorse HOYS, and specifically the Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship, to support and encourage the development of our young jockeys and encourage them to continue in our great sport.”

Horse of the Year Show Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “On behalf of Horse of the Year Show, we are delighted to welcome the Price Family back for another year as class sponsors. To have the support of families and individuals within the showing community is greatly appreciated and allows us to continue to promote the sport to younger generations.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place from October 7-11 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham bringing another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in March. 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: