About Jeannie Knight

Jeannie Knight confesses to a lifelong passion for horses, which started at the early age of four when accompanying her father and uncle to a race meeting at Wetherby. Born and bred in Yorkshire, she has been a journalist all her life, working for a range of northern papers, including the Northern Echo and Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, later moving to the south of England. She worked for The Sporting Life, writing features and racing news for Sussex area when her three sons were small, and later joined the West Sussex Gazette as chief reporter. There she created a full page of equestrian news for the West Sussex Gazette, which still continues. The first woman to fly a hang glider in this country, she and her husband Tom ran a hang gliding school for ten years and when Tom turned to microlights and light aircraft, she sold her hang glider and bought a racehorse that had been destined for Ascot sales. She used her to hack across the Downs around Findon and Washington, later breeding a foal from her, which she sold to go eventing in the north of England. "There are so many untold stories about horses and their riders, whether in racing, show jumping or any other sphere, that my aim is to highlight as much equestrian news and achievements as possible," she said,

Liverpool International Horse Show will be spectacular

If you are a fan of top class show jumping, breath-taking dressage and great family entertainment, then what better way to end the year than a visit to the spectacular Liverpool International Horse Show.

The TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show returns to the M&S Bank Arena from December 28 – 31 2019.

Liverpool’s iconic equestrian spectacular features a huge line up of International horses and riders, unrivalled family entertainment alongside extensive luxury shopping, new premium food and drink outlets that will keep the champagne flowing until late!

In the arena, live music from ‘The Kings’ – featuring Mitchel Emms – The Voice finalist, will perform throughout, alongside the new exclusive act ‘Electric Storm’…a circus themed fusion of stunt horses, pyrotechnic dance show, aerial acrobats, and LED Trials bikes!

For 2019, general admission tickets can be upgraded with the NEW ‘Audience With’ sessions in the afternoon, or Champagne Reception, Coursewalk and Meet & Greet in the evening.

Celebrate the  New Year in extraordinary style with general admission, upgrade and VIP Packages available.

The tickets hotline  number is: 0344 8000 509

 

Good racing at Plumpton yesterday

PLUMPTON racegoers were rewarded by competitive jump racing yesterday afternoon, when a good crowd turned out for this popular raceday.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The opening Novices Hurdle over two and a half miles had a popular winner, when trainer Chris Gordon sent out 2-1 joint favourite Go Whatever, ridden by Tom Cannon, to win comfortably by six lengths from runner up Fort Dennison.
Runner-up Fort Dennison trained by Tim Vaughan, with Alan Johns in the saddle,  had made the trip from Glamorgan for this race and ran well- while a stablemate secured a good victory later in the card.
Third place was claimed by the Gary Moore-trained Quloob, owned by Heart Of The South Racing.This five-year-old gelding, ridden by Jamie Moore finished five lengths adrift of the runner-up, but will come on for the experience.
Somerset trainer Jeremy Scott enjoyed a  when victory he saddled up six-year-old Champagne Court, 4-5 favourite, ridden by Nick Scholfield, to take the Novices’ Limited Handicap over two miles three furlongs.

Jockey Nick Scholfield with winner Champagne Court        Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

He got the better of Diable De Divola, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua, which was unable to make ground on the winner from two out, but kept on for second place. In third spot was 9-2 second favourite, Mercy Mercy Me, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden.
The selling handicap hurdle attracted ten runners, but the field was decimated when two were pulled up and a third fell. But trainer Bernard Llewellyn of Bargoed, Wales, made the journey to  Plumpton pay off when he saddled up Flanagans Field to win this race.
The 11-year-old gelding, owned by the trainer, was well ridden by 5lb claimer Charlie Price.
Amateur rider Brodie Hampson rode a winner for Upper Lambourn trainer Archie Watson on  board French-bred Juge et Parti in the Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle.
This was their second win on the trot with this horse, which impressed and handled the track well. The combination should go on to more successes .

Brodie Hampson with Juge et Parti trained at Lambourn by Archie Watts                                     Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

There was a good performance from Dunhallow Lad, trained in Somerset by Alan Jones and well-ridden by Tom O’ Brien to take the two miles three furlongs handicap chase. The seven -year-old gelding, owned by Burnham P&D Ltd stayed on well to win and there should be more to come.

Sussex-based trained Gary Moore secured a decent victory when he sent out seven-year-old Cheque En Blanc at 9-4, ridden by son Jamie, to win the three and a half mile chase in good style.  Fences are clearly the future for this horse.

Final race winner, Timely Gift, trained by Tim Vaughan with jockey Alan Johns and connections. Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse.

The final race of the day, a three mile handicap hurdle, saw the trip from Glamorgan pay off for trainer Tim Vaughan. He sent out Timely Gift at 7-2, ridden by Alan Johns to win the last race- a three mile handicap hurdle- in good style. More victories should follow.

Plumpton’s next meeting is on Monday December 2, with a Festive Fun Raceday.

 

 

Don’t miss Fontwell Park’s festive fun fixture

FONTWELL Park racecourse is starting the countdown to Christmas and has planned an afternoon of Festive Jumps Racing on Tuesday December 10 to enable racegoers to get into the Christmas spirit.

The track’s popular Best Christmas Jumper competition will be held on this raceday, with a £500 prize for the winner.

This Fontwell Park race meeting will have plenty of festive fun

Don’t miss  this Festive Jumpers Raceday with six excellent National Hunt Races at the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track!  Book your tickets now

You could make your day even more enjoyable by entering Fontwell Park’s Festive Jumper Competition, giving you the chance to win this great cash prize.

Simply wear or create your best Christmas jumper and Fontwell Park’s spotters will select a winner on the day.

This racing fixture is perfect if you’re looking for something to do over the winter months, so book your tickets now for a great day at Fontwell Park.

Booking tickets in advance for this seasonal raceday will save £5 on the normal entry fee.

This is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a day out with all the family, with tickets starting from just £18- plus there is free entry for Under 18’s. Also there is plenty of entertainment for all ages including funfair rides.

Premier tickets sell out in advance, so book yours now. Contact Fontwell Park Racecourse on 01243 543335 or info@fontwellpark.co.uk

Southern National success at Fontwell Park

 

FONTWELL PARK RACECOURSE- the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track- hosted one of the most popular Jump Racedays in the county- The Mansionbet Sussex National, yesterday.

This is one of the biggest race days of the year at this popular racecourse, with  a unique figure-of-eight track. This feature race, a handicap chase, is a three mile and three furlongs test of endurance for both horse and jockey.

Seven runners were attracted for this year’s event, covering three miles and three furlongs on ground that was soft with heavy patches in places. The race, worth £12,913 to the winner, was a thriller this year, despite having only seven runners.

Sussex jockey Jamie Moore brought 9-2 shot One Of Us to victory, winning by just a neck. The seven-year-old, trained by Nick Williams at George Nympton in Devon, was always prominent in this race.

One Of Us , on the right., ridden by Jamie Moore and trained by Nick Williams, on the way to victory .
Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park.

Given an excellent ride by Jamie Moore,  One Of Us, jumped well and went clear before the last- and was all out on the line to beat runner-up Captain Cattistock ridden by Lorcan Williams and trained by Paul Nicholls, by just a neck.

Jamie Moore unsaddling the winner of the Southern National Photo: Fontwell P:ark Racecourse

Back in third place was 4-1 shot, The Two Amigos, a seven-year-old trained by permit holder Nicky Martin, who is based on Exmoor,  and ridden by Matt Griffiths. In fourth spot was 5-1 shot Shanroe Santos, trained by Lucy Wadham and ridden by Leighton Aspell.

 

Dead or dead slow? New equine safety video released

In support of this year’s Road Safety Week (18 – 24 November) The British Horse Society has launched a new safety video as part of its ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow?’ campaign.

The new safety video features the BHS’s Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox and Laura Thorogood of Canewdon Equestrians, an equestrian group formed following a tragic road incident involving Laura and her horse Angel. Angel tragically lost her life following the incident and Laura was left with serious injuries.

The video features a raw and honest conversation between Laura and Alan, discussing the strong bond she shared with her horse Angel and the road incident where she and Angel were struck by a vehicle at 53mph. The video has been created to highlight the seriousness of road safety for equestrians and the importance of passing horses on the road both safely and slowly.

Canewdon Equestrians have campaigned for three years to get the speed limit reduced where Laura’s accident took place in Essex. Last month they were told that the speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the BHS said: “Incidents similar to the one highlighted in the video is sadly becoming a reality for many equestrians across the country. The aim of this video is to clearly demonstrate the devastating impact these incidents can have on riders and horses. If drivers adhere to our Dead Slow key messages by slowing down and allowing enough space between themselves and the horse then we can help bring this incident rate right down.”

Laura Thorogood of Canewdon Equestrians said: “As the third year anniversary of our accident approaches, although a number of years have passed the pain of losing Angel in such tragic circumstances still remains very prominent, to this day, in my mind. It was and will remain the worst day of my life. If anything can be learned from our message highlighted in this video and in addition to the Dead? Or Dead Slow? message it would be to take it slowly on country lanes in order to increase your reaction time and to “think” bend. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the fact that our roads are shared by all vulnerable road users, everyone’s safety is paramount.”

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

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

  • Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
  • Be patient – I won’t sound my horn or rev the engine
  • Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car’s width if possible
  • Drive slowly away

The BHS urges all riders or carriage drivers to report all incidents they are involved in, regardless of severity, to the BHS’s horse accidents website. Since November 2010:

 

  • 3,737 road incidents have been reported to the site
  • 43 people have lost their lives and 1085 injured
  • 315 horses have lost their lives and 945 injured

To help support the work of the BHS and the Dead? Or Dead Slow? campaign please visit justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bhs/deadslow

Racing hit by wet weather

WET weather has hit horse racing throughout the country, with the Cheltenham track  so badly affected that day one of the November meeting has been cancelled because of waterlogging of the course.

A spokesperson for Cheltenham Racecourse said the event was cancelled due to “37mm rainfall in the past 18 hours.”

Now Saturday’s card depends on a 3pm Friday inspection and any more rain could see that fixture called off.

Cheltenham track today Photo courtesy of the Jockey Club

 

Meanwhile racing goes ahead at Newcastle, where the first race is at noon, with a decent card for racing. Highlights include a Veterans’ handicap chase over two and a half miles at 1.40pm.

The going there is soft, and heavy in places. Simply The Betts aims to follow up a recent Chepstow victory in the 2.50pm race, while  the appropriately-named Wetlands is fancied to win the 3.25pm race.

Meanwhile there is racing at Southwell starting at 12.50 where the going is heavy and at Dundalk (5.15pm) good.

 

BHS plays valuable role in horse safety

THE British Horse Society plays a valuable role in making the world safer for horses and those who care for them.

It works alongside other leading organisations, including the National Police Chiefs Council, Blue Cross, RSPCA, Forestry Commission Wales, GEM Motoring Assist, the Ministry of Defence, NFU Mutual and PRP Rescue in order to raise awareness on equestrian safety.

The society launched its horse incidents website to help better understand the rate of equine-related incidents across the UK. The website provides users with a simple and easily accessible method of reporting an incident they have been involved in.

Slow down for horses and pass wide

It covers a range of incidents including road traffic incidents and near misses, dog related incidents, fireworks, cycling, and more. In addition,  the website allows the BHS to collate statistics on the range and rate of incidents occurring across the UK.

Anyone can report their incidents or near misses to it- you don’t have to be a BHS member. It is vital each and every incident is recorded in order to be added to its national statistics.

The BHS can lobby and advise MP’s, road safety partnerships, the police and other safety organisations. The statistics are used in government debates on subjects such as road safety and fireworks, and high profile presentations. This database ensures it is a significant partner with all equine safety stakeholders, which:

  • Can use its statistics in offering support to BHS members in local safety campaigns.
  • Can identify hotspots if everyone reports all types of equine incidents.
  • Can use this data to hold special equine safety events in your area to give greater awareness of the serious issues equestrians faced by horse owners and riders.
  • Needs the evidence to show there is an issue, but requires the factual data to be reported; which really can make a difference to equine safety.

KEY STATISTICS

Since the launch of our Horse Accidents website in 2010 there have been:

  • More than 3,700 reports of road incidents involving horses; 315 horses have died and 43 people have lost their lives
  • Over 1,400 reported incidents involving dogs and horses
  • Over 250 incidents involving fireworks and horses reported

VOLUNTEER WITH THE BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY

Our Equestrian Safety Advisers work hard to achieve safer conditions for all equines and those involved in the care and use of equines. If you are interested in becoming an Equestrian Safety Adviser  contact safety@bhs.org.uk or call 02476 840516 for more information.

Buy tickets now for Sussex National at Fontwell Park

 

ON  Sunday November 17, Fontwell Park Racecourse, the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track, will host one of the most popular Jump Racedays in the county- THE SUSSEX NATIONAL –

Gates open for this popular Raceday at 10.30am, while the first race is at 12.25pm and the last at 3.45pm.

This is one of the biggest race days of the year at this popular racecourse, while the feature race itself is a three mile, three furlongs test of endurance for both horse and jockey.

The action will also be screened on ITV Racing channel. At the same time it is possible to experience this outstanding raceday from the exclusive Premier Lounge restaurant at Fontwell Park.

Expect competitive racing at Fontwell Park
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There are two enclosures at Fontwell Park- Paddock and Premier Admission. The Paddock enclosure has access to three grandstands, the Parade Ring, Winning Circland a number of bars and food outlets.

The Land & Power Premier Enclosure includes entry to all of the above, as well as access to the Ground Floor of the Land & Power Premier Grandstand where the Premier Bar and Café are situated.

Jockey Liam Treadwell with Sussex Grand National Winner 2018, Shanroe Santos trained by Lucy Wadham.
Photo Jeannie Knight

This is guaranteed to be an outstanding day of racing, building up to the feature race.

Book your tickets now for this raceday- children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult- by contacting Fontwell Park on 01243 543335.

 

WHW conference will ask ‘Who is responsible?’


‘Who is responsible?’ This is the theme for this year’s World Horse Welfare Conference, which will take place at the Royal Geographic Society London tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13 2019.

Speakers include BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps on welfare in racing, Dr Rachel Murray on the impact of bridle fit, mental health nurse, trainer and educator Bronwen Williams on animal hoarding and much more, including WHW President, HRH The Princess Royal.

Responsibility for equine welfare is a shared concern and this year’s conference will involve a wealth of speakers representing many aspects of the horse world to discuss what shared responsibility actually means, for all of us.

Questions of responsibility in racing, for tack fit, for animal hoarding and for equine crime will be explored and a Q&A session will enable the audience to join the debate.

Roly Owers pictured with an equine successfully rehabilitated by World Horse

A discussion panel featuring well-known names in sports news, showjumping, and the equine veterinary sector together with a New Forest commoner will debate that no matter how one is involved with horses, whether hands-on or as a voice of equestrian sport, a responsible approach is a duty.

The conference will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal.

Brigadier Roger Hood, HRH Princess Anne, World Horse Welfare Chairman Barry Johnson and Chief Executive Roly Owers pictured at an earlier event.
Photo:WHW

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said: ”At a time in society when accountability all too often seems to slip through our fingers, it is vital that the horse sector actively recognise, understand and meet our responsibilities to address the many persistent welfare challenges we see and bring about genuine change.

“We are proud to welcome such a respected panel of speakers from such diverse areas of the equine sector for what is sure to be a thought-provoking conference.”

Each year the conference is live-streamed on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/horsecharity

The full programme for the day can be found below:

9.00am Registration and refreshments

9.45am Welcome George Freeman

9.50am Opening : Michael Baines

10.00am Who is responsible? : Roly Owers

10.10am Taking responsibility in racing: our horses, our future : Annamarie Phelps, Chair, British Horseracing Authority

10.25am Don’t forget about the bridle! The importance of correct bridle fit : Rachel Murray, Animal Health Trust and Rossdales

10.40am Animal hoarding: why telling doesn’t work : Bronwen Williams, independent trainer and educator

10.55am Q&A

11.10am Morning break

11.50am Responsibility: a personal perspective : This Esme, YouTube star

11.55am National equine crime – where does responsibility lie? : Inspector Dave Smith, Kent Police

12.05pm Q&A

12.10pm A responsible approach

Discussion panel with Mike Cattermole, Joe Stockdale, Madeleine Campbell, Joe Wilson, Lyndsey Stride & Julie Ross will consider the questions:

  • What role do elite riders have in promoting appropriate training methods to the wider equestrian world?
  • Given our understanding of the environmental benefits of equines grazing on open grasslands such as the New Forest, what lessons can other owners learn in how they keep their horses?
  • With reputedly only around 30% of British horses vaccinated against equine influenza, what role do equine veterinarians have in increasing this?  Would reducing the cost of vaccinations help?
  • In an increasingly polarised world, does the media tend towards highlighting the extreme views on equine welfare issues rather than the mainstream view?

1.10pm Closing address : HRH The Princess Royal

1.15pm Summing up :Roly Owers

1.20pm :Lunch

1.55pm :Charity in action

UK: the many layers of responsibility
Campaigns: improving UK horse health through human behaviour change
International: how can behavioural science improve horse-human partnerships?

3.00pm :Afternoon refreshments

4.00pm :Conference closes

Don’t miss pre-season special of Go Pointing

Co-editors Adam Hurley and Tom Chilman have produced a pre-season special edition of Go Pointing to mark the fact that the 2019/20 point-to-point season is just days away.

Not to be missed, this edition includes Carl Evans’ scene-setter for the months ahead while Jake Exelby has been to visit the yards of some current point-to-point champions. Men’s victor Will Biddick who regained his leading rider title last campaign, and he was first on the Exelby hit-list.

Action at a previous Vine and Craven point to point at Hackwood

Next up was a trip to Warwickshire, and in a nice example of multi-tasking Jake spent
an afternoon in Warwickshire, with husband and wife team of dual champions Gina Andrews and Tom Ellis.

Gina’s score of 58 winners last term smashed the previous season’s best
score of 40 by a woman rider – set by Polly Curling in 1995 – and
this leading point to point lady will be looking for a seventh Skinner’s
title in the coming season.

Top lady point to point rider Gina Andrews
Photo: John Simpson

Tom took the Foran Equine trainers’ championship (eight or more horses) for the first time and Jake gives the lowdown on how this phenomenal team hope to replicate
their best ever campaign.

The PPA has been working hard over the summer to secure fresh investment in the sport, and the pages detail some exciting new national sponsorships.

Most offer something different, and should allow increased opportunities for
pointing participants.

The increased support available for young riders hoping to take part in the sport for the first time, is also highlighted, along with a chat to a teenager who has certainly benefited from this.

He could be one to watch in the months ahead, so be sure to not
miss that feature towards the end of this issue, which contains a wealth of  news and information.

Thanks to co-editors Adam Hurley and Tom Chilman, there is plenty of local news from the various point-to-point areas, giving an update on all the latest goings-on, and there is the full 2019/20 point-to-point fixture list for you to digest – when and where will you next Go Pointing?

The traditional Crawley and Horsham point to point meeting takes place at Parham in West Sussex on March 28 and is one of the most popular events in the Sussex calendar as well as a great day out for families.  Put this date in your diary.

Youngsters love the annual dog show at Parham point to point  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Parham Race Day is a really entertaining country day out for all the family with a little something for everyone; six horse races over fences, pony racing, fun dog show, beer tent, fun fair and a wide variety of trade stands for you to browse, plus local food and drink stalls to keep you fed and watered.