Cheltenham warning to racegoers re coronavirus

RACEGOERS are being told to stay away from next week’s Cheltenham Festival if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with coronavirus and if they have travelled through any of the high-risk countries or been in contact with anyone that has.

The public health notice has been released by Cheltenham Racecourse.

Cheltenham warns festival racegoers of virus dangers
Photo courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse

It reads: “Do not travel to the Cheltenham Festival if: – You have any of the following symptoms – a cough, a high temperature or shortness of breath AND – You have been to or transitted through the high risk countries, or been in contact with anyone that has, in the last 14 days.

“To protect yourself and others please do not travel and call NHS 111 (GB) or HSE 112 (Republic of Ireland) for expert advice.

These measures are being taken in order for us to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing during the current public health situation. Thank you for your understanding. For more details, please visit”

Hickstead show jumping news- and an important fundraiser

The International show jumping season  at Hickstead is only four months away, and the excitement levels are hotting up .

Hickstead has some news for anyone planning to compete there this summer. There has been a brand new development at the All England Jumping Course with annual membership giving accessto more than 70 days of sport.

From March, a professionally-built course will be set up in the 2plan Wealth Arena (the new name for the Bunn Leisure Arena), which is also used for polo during the winter months. Hickstead showjumping schooling will be open for March, April and the first part of May, ahead of the international show season, from 8am to 6pm.

The course height will be marked on the wings at 90cms, clients will be allowed to alter heights as required as long as it is reset at the end of the hour. Distances will also be marked on the sand and must be reset as before.

The courses will be designed by top level British Showjumping and FEI course builders and will be changed regularly. The arena will be hired out for exclusive use for £50 per hour, with all bookings to go through the existing website.

A Hickstead fundraising target of £10,000 has been smashed within days, as the horse world rallies round to help support showing producer Rory Gilsenan. Rory, the winner of the Charles Owen Working Hunter Supreme Championship  at Hickstead showground last July, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2018, and since then has undergone two operations as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Please support fundraising for Rory Gillsenan, pictured above.

Sadly, he has recently suffered a stroke that has left him paralysed down one side and almost unable to speak. This latest fundraiser aims to help support Rory and give him vital physiotherapy and speech therapy to help with his rehabilitation. If you’d like to donate, contact Hickstead

Meanwhile, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup leg in Wellington saw all-female teams from Great Britain and the USA battle it out for the honours, with the two teams tying after two rounds of exciting jumping. But in the end the home side just bettered the Brits after a jump-off, with Beezie Madden shaving three seconds off Alexandra Thornton’s time to take the win.

The British leg of the series, will be held at Hickstead on Friday July 24.

BHS focus on equestrian road safety

Following the announcement by The Department for Transport (DfT) in 2018 that the Highway Code was set to be reviewed to empower cyclists and pedestrians, The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to announce that over the past six months it has been actively involved within the Highway Code Review Stakeholder Focus Group representing the safety concerns and needs of equestrians.

Horse safety in traffic
Photo: Sussex Safer Roads

The BHS, along with Cycling UK, Living Streets and The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency was invited to assist in reviewing the Highway Code to better protect vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The BHS said: “The British Horse Society works tirelessly to protect and promote the interests of all equestrians, and safety on roads is of huge concern to many riders and carriage drivers.

“Each year the number of road incidents reported to The BHS continues to grow and it is clear that better education is needed on how to safely pass horses.

“Having the opportunity to represent equestrians’ concerns as part of the review of the current Highway Code literature is an incredibly positive step forward in helping to improve conditions for equestrians.”