RDA qualifier for National Championships

Disabled carriage drivers from the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region met at Sands Farm, Warnham recently in the annual qualifying competition for the RDA National Championship held in July 2020.

Drivers from across Surrey, Kent and Sussex went head-to-head in the three combined disciplines of dressage, cones and obstacles with only the top placed competitors qualifying.

The Carriage Driving Groups represented included East Sussex’s Kipling County (Chalvington), West Sussex’s Cherry Park (Chichester) and Happy Landings (Billingshurst), Surrey’s Stella Hancock group (Worplesdon), Kent’s Bradbourne (Sevenoaks) and for the first time, Alkham Valley (Dover).

Steven Holland of Alkham Valley drives Ted through the cones. Photo: Joanna Sale

There was edge-of-the seat excitement, particularly in the Novice Whip where young sisters, Gemma and Stacey Tiley from the Stella Hancock Group competed against each other in their first competition. Happily, they came first and second (respectively), both qualifying for Hartpury and both scoring exactly the same time in the cones.

Sisters Gemma and Stacey Tiley both qualify for the Nationals Photo: Joanna Sale

The final results showed less than a point between them. Linda Redmond, also of Stella Hancock, came third to make the hat-trick of qualifiers.

Following his second place at the Nationals this year, Jack Marr from Bradbourne continued his winning streak in the Intermediate Whip qualifying again but at the higher level. Amanda Hardy of Happy Landings also qualified for coming second.

Sandra Spininer of Cherry Park, hot on the heels of winning the Championship at the Nationals this year, qualified safely in the Open Class.

Jean Leverett of Bradbourne drives Disney in the cones Photo: Joanna Sale

In the non-qualifying Assisted Whip’s Class, Amanda Wakefield pipped team mate, Josie Cyster, both from Kipling County, to first place.

Julia Hockin of Regional Sponsors, Cowan Architects, presented the awards. She was impressed by the speed and agility. “These drivers are really inspirational but it’s also lovely to see their warmth and pleasure at having achieved so much. I’ve been amazed today” she commented.

The day’s organiser, Helen Pritchard, gave thanks to the hard work of the team behind the scenes in putting the event together saying: “I take a lot of pride in the events that we offer to our regional members and the team is amazing at getting stuck in when we really need it. We’re also very grateful to our wonderful judges led by Sara Howe, an internationally acclaimed carriage driver and Team GB member.”.

BHS aims to make horse welfare universally protected

THE British Horse Society is working for a world in which the welfare of horses is universally respected and protected, and in which all those who ride, drive or work with horses can do so safely, enjoyably and with the highest personal competence.

The Society, along with its dedicated network of 200 volunteer Welfare Advisers, works hard to promote the prevention of neglect, cruelty and harm to horses and provide support, advice and education to horse owners to try and remedy problems before they become too serious.

BHS Welfare Advisers respond to around 2,000 welfare concerns annually. They send thanks to everyone who takes the time to contact it and raise concerns.

But the society can only continue its welfare work if it has the funds to do so. Help it to do more for horses – by considering  making a donation to the BHS or joining it.


  • The British Horse Society strives to promote equine welfare by educating, advising and supporting horse owners and carers to prevent cases of neglect.
  • It trains and supports a network of welfare advisers to deal with local welfare concerns
  • It promotes responsible breeding with our Healthcare and Education Clinics
  • Its Welfare Advisers work tirelessly to help improve the lives of horses around the UK.

Royal opening for WHW facilities

The expanded facilities of star attraction World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in the Northwest of England has received a royal stamp of approval at the official opening of its redeveloped visitor centre as the charity highlights its work in the area, and overseas.

World Horse Welfare President HRH The Princess Royal recently formally opened the expanded facilities at popular Lancashire attraction

View the video: https://youtu.be/6cZJW_aWq00

Established in 2001, Penny Farm, one of the charity’s four rescue and rehoming centres across Britain, has long been a destination of choice for tourists and Lancashire families seeking fun, food, activities and education with rescue horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

HRH opens Penny Farm Visitor Centre
Photo: WHW

Now the expanded facilities will enable so many more visitors to enjoy the company of these amazing animals who seek new homes – and have so much to teach us through their heart-breaking stories of rags to riches transformation – and the charity’s work helping horses in the UK and far afield in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Addressing the 60 guests who attended the opening, World Horse Welfare President HRH The Princess Royal said:

“This [event] does give us the opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved here … and to understand how horses are still very much a working animal in many parts of the world. For World Horse Welfare that extended programme of education in farriery and saddley and nutrition is so important to those who still rely on them for their livelihoods.

“Sometimes you say to people – ‘people still work with horses’ – and they don’t understand why that can be true.  I’m sure that here it is made very obvious, particularly with the projects in Haiti which make such a difference to those who really do depend on their horses and donkeys for their livelihoods.”

World Horse Welfare is currently appealing for donations to its ‘Helping Horse Owning Communities in Haiti’ appeal, which will be matched pound for pound by the UK government if received before 17 September.

“The understanding we get from making sure that they are properly trained in their care… also reminds us that there are people here who have lost part of that knowledge, and we need to be ready to support those who don’t manage here in the UK.

“This visitor centre has always been important but now it can play an even bigger role … to have more space to help the understanding, fundraising, education, training and seminars which are part of extending the knowledge that is gained through the staff working at Penny Farm.

“Their ability to change the life of those animals who come here in a really poor state – who may be unlikely to survive – to living a life which has real value not just in themselves, but to those who have them as rehomed horses or as an interest to those visiting here. This place will add a huge amount to what Penny Farm can achieve.

“They start as really hard stories, but they have the potential to have really good endings.”

Penny Farm is located on Preston New Road just outside of Blackpool and is open every Wednesday, weekend and Bank Holiday from 11am to 4pm.

Find out more at https://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Farm/Penny-Farm

Bransby Horses receives BHS Approval

Bransby Horses has recently received The British Horse Society (BHS) Accreditation. BHS Business Development Manager, Sarah Dale, and BHS Changing Lives Through Horses Manager, Phillippa Founds, visited the 600-acre charity site in Lincolnshire to congratulate the team.

BHS Approval represents the highest standards of training, horse welfare, customer care and safety. Approved centres are expected to maintain these at all times.

To achieve this status, sites must apply for the assessment, with supporting evidence, undergo a site inspection, including a review of equine training practices and a number of interviews are conducted. After the initial inspection, further annual inspections are carried out to check high standards are being maintained and the centre can retain the BHS approval.

Bransby Horses Farm Manager, Rachel Jenkinson with some of the riding team (and happy horses Mushu, Blueberry, Sooty and Honour) proudly received an Approved Retraining Centre plaque to place on their Riding Barn from the BHS

Bransby Horses was graded by BHS as part of its BHS Approved Centres scheme earlier this year after rigorous assessments. The equine charity which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes equines across the UK, passed in all areas of the accreditation assessment.

The charity even achieved ‘Highly Commended’ in the Horse Welfare, Retraining, Customer Care, Grassland Management and Working Procedures categories.

Rachel Jenkinson, Farm Manager at Bransby Horses said: “We are thrilled with this achievement and this approval from The British Horse Society.

“It takes a big team of passionate and knowledgeable people to run this amazing charity and whilst seeing rescued equines have a second chance at life, is a reward in itself, having this approval shows we are transparent in our working practices and also achieve the highest standards of care for our equines, staff and visitors.

“We are all incredibly proud of the work that we do and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us and donated their time and energy over the years – we couldn’t have done this without you!”

In addition, pictured above, Bransby Horses Farm Manager, Rachel Jenkinson with some of the riding team (and happy horses Mushu, Blueberry, Sooty and Honour) proudly received an Approved Retraining Centre plaque to place on their Riding Barn.

This recognition has come just a few months after the entire site achieved BHS Accreditation.

The British Horse Society is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, and safety for horse and riders.

It currently has more than 109,000 members, making it the largest equine membership organisation in the United Kingdom. Also, it is one of the 19 organisations which form part of the British Equestrian Federation.

The BHS is the largest equestrian charity in the UK, helping equestrian businesses by providing them with the highest standards of excellence and health and safety requirements to adhere to.

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.

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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


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/

2019 Pony Club Championships abandoned

The planned 2019 Pony Club Championships at  Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire have had to be abandoned. The event should have taken place from August 16-20.

Due to heavy rainfall over the weekend and an exceptionally wet summer, there is now standing water on many areas of the site, with the stabling area and lorry park in particular being totally inaccessible.

With more heavy rain forecast over the next week, the organising teams were faced with the horrifying fact that there was no option but to abandon all competitions at Cholmondeley Castle on the grounds of safety.

Hours of agonising deliberation have been spent exploring any possible option to run the event safely, but this has not been viable.

More than 3,000 horses and ponies and around 10,000 people were expected to be moving on and off site over the next week to compete on the already waterlogged ground.

In such extreme circumstances it was not possible to run the event safely.

The state of the ground at
Cholmondeley.     Photo courtesy of The Pony Club

With so many people coming from far and wide including Scotland and Northern Ireland, it was imperative to make the decision to reduce the impact of this decision.

Marcus Capel, event director and acting Pony Club Chief Executive commented: “It has been an incredibly tough and upsetting decision to make and we are so grateful for your understanding and support in this decision.

“The Pony Club Board of Trustees, the Championship Committee and myself would like to thank all of the team at Cholmondeley, Musketeer Events and all our sponsors, staff, volunteers and participants for their dedication to the event. Everyone involved has worked tirelessly to try to find a solution, but the unprecedented British weather has beaten us.”

“We are working desperately hard to mitigate our costs, so that we may be in a position to offer some form of refund. Please bear with us whilst we negotiate with our suppliers as so much infrastructure is already in place.”


Dumped foal lucky to survive

A foal found dumped in a field has survived against the odds and now World Horse Welfare is calling for information.

Skewbald foal in stable with straw bed

The six-week old foal, found dumped in a field on the outskirts of Swaffham in Norfolk has survived against the odds and is now in the care of World Horse Welfare. The charity is appealing for information and is keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the foal previously or spotted anything suspicious in the area.

The skewbald colt foal, who has one very distinctive blue eye, was found by the owners of the field when they were tending to their sheep on the morning of Tuesday July 31. They contacted World Horse Welfare which immediately collected the foal and took him to a safe yard where he is receiving the care and attention he needs.

“At such a young age this poor little chap should still be with his mother,” said World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jacko Jackson who was called out to collect the foal.


“It’s lucky he was found relatively quickly as had he been left for much longer, especially in the extreme heat we have had, it’s unlikely he would have survived.


“Horses are not normally weaned until six months of age but this little foal is clearly a fighter,” he continued. “


“We bottle fed him for a couple of days and he has now learnt to drink milk from a bucket and is doing very well.”

The foal will remain with World Horse Welfare and in time will be introduced to other youngsters at the charity’s Norfolk centre so that he can learn how to socialise and behave naturally within a herd.

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