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

 

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

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.

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.

 

 

Isabella wins BHS Charity race

Jockey Isabella Budge secured a victory on Bird to Love in The British Horse Society’s (BHS) second annual charity flat race at Newbury Racecourse yesterday (7 November).

The midday, one mile flat race saw a tense finish with racehorse trainer Michael Appleby following a close second on Bancuanaheireann (IRE).

Eleven jockeys, from across the country competed in the race at Newbury and had to undertake months of intense training to reach the fitness levels and stamina required to compete. The jockeys were also tasked with each raising a minimum of £2,500 for a BHS campaign of their choice.

Isabella Budge in the paddock
Photo: British Horse Society

Following her win, Isabella Budge said: “I don’t know when I last travelled that fast, it was over in a flash! It was just an unbelievable, unforgettable day. I’m on cloud nine and I don’t think I’m coming down anytime soon!”

Tracy Casstles, Director of Fundraising at The British Horse Society said: “We are hugely grateful to all the jockeys for their incredible efforts over the past couple of months whilst preparing for the fantastic race at Newbury yesterday. It has not been an easy challenge but the money they’ve all raised so far will make an invaluable difference to the work of the BHS. We’d also like to extend our thanks to all the owners and trainers who loaned a horse to our jockeys and the trainers who trained them so perfectly for the closely fought race. Without their time and generosity, the race would not have been possible”.

To find out more about the BHS’s second annual charity race please head to bhs.org.uk/fundraising.

RDA South East Regional conference marks outstanding successes

Two Riding for the Disabled carriage drivers, who are heading into the world of the para elite, were part of an inspirational morning of presentations and awards at the RDA’s recent South East Regional Conference.

The event was sold out with delegates from across four counties. They were treated to several presentations from World Championship Para Driver, Joanne McNicol and current RDA National Champion, Sandra Spinner, while the RDA Regional Vet, Judy Scrine spoke on Equine Flu, Carol Perryer from Sight for Surrey who gave top tips on handling blind or visually impaired participants and Andrew Pinner spoke on his life as a Royal Coachman. 

Conor Crozier of Hope in the Valley RDA receives the Cowan Trophy from Cowan MD, Phillip Mumford

There was also the annual presentation of the regional awards by the presenters, as well as from the Regional Sponsor, Phillip Mumford of Cowan Architects with the Cowan Challenge Trophy in recognition of the Young Volunteer of the Year.

Hilary Gilson of Cherry Park with Phillip Mumford
Photo: Joanna Sale

The morning started with Sandra Spinner for Cherry Park RDA Group (West Sussex) describing her journey from ailing physical health into the world of carriage driving which in a little over 3 years has seen her rise to be National RDA Champion.

Carol Perryer, a Habilitation Specialist from Sight for Surrey, gave some extremely useful advice on helping visually impaired or blind riders the best experience and highlighting how important it is to know the difference and subsequent impact on their lives.

Receiving her award for 25 years of service is Jenna Leight of Bradbourne RDA Photo: Joanna Sale

 

Joanne McNicol from Kipling County RDA, described her journey from the RDA to the GB National Para Team culminating in being placed fourth at the World Championships in Kronenburg last year. Judy Scrine, the RDA’s Regional Vet, gave a fascinating presentation on Equine Flu and how best to manage it with the latest vaccination advice. The morning was completed with a humourous and fascinating insight into the Royal Mews by Coachman Andrew Pinner who is also an RDA volunteer.

Interspersed through the day were a number of well-deserved accolades and awards, not least of which was a presentation of a beautiful bronze resin sculpture called The Knight by Peter Newell to outgoing Chair, Lindsay Correa.

Isla Williams, Quest Participant of the Year
Photo Joanna Sale

Lindsay has left a significant legacy over seven years of her rein, introducing numerous new initiatives and improved systems to the region to make it one of the most progressive in the UK. She’s achieved this with an energy and enthusiasm that has been second to none.

Twenty five years service award received by Jenna Leight of Bradbourne RDA Photo: Joanna Sale

The presentation of the sculpture, theatre tokens and garden centre vouchers which came from donations from the Groups from across the region, was made by Pauline Roestenburg of Chalkdown Group. Lindsay will now join the RDA UK Trustees responsible for volunteer development.

AWARDS:

Cowan Challenge Trophy for the Young Volunteer of the Year – Conor Crozier (Hope in the Valley): Conor started volunteering at Hope in the Valley as a D of E student, and soon became a much valued member of the team and stayed on Plumpton. “In my view, Conor embodies the true qualities and values of a volunteer, giving his time selflessly and consistently to the benefit of others who rely on his help” says Phillip Mumford, Managing Director of Regional Sponsor, Cowan Architects. “He sets and excellent example to us all at an age where there are so many other distractions and demands on his time. He is a worthy winner of the Cowan Trophy”.

Young Volunteer Hebe Award – Joe Roud (Fairlight Hall): starting as a participant with two side walkers, Joe is now a coach in training and competes at National level. In Joe’s own words ”lots of people helped me achieve. I can now help others”

Young Volunteer Hebe Award – Kate Pole (Quest): a volunteer with disabilities of her own, Kate has given total commitment and dedication to her role at Quest, taking great pride in everything she does. She has a maturity beyond her years and is now a coach in training.

Participant of the Year Titan Award – Isla Williams (Quest): from the start of her riding two years ago, Isla had very limited movement in her neck, shoulders, back and spine and her arms were locked bent at the elbow. Despite this, she has shown resilience and resolve, facing challenges head on and being creative to overcome her physical limitations, always rewarding us with her infectious smile. She is a true inspiration.

Horses of the Year – Jim (Cherry Park), Marigold (Epsom) and Fenella (Chalkdown)

Buchan Bobby Group Award – presented to Bradbourne (Kent) as the group who has battled through thick and thin, struggled to find horses who will stay fit enough to work and even take their drivers to great heights of regional and national competitions and a group who selflessly host regional events and lend their trainer, Sara Howe, for the wider benefit.

Tora Bray Award  Hilary Gilson, Chair, Cherry Park RDA. Despite her own difficulties, Hilary has steered the group through a tricky venue change and turbulent times, always as cheerful as she can be. She is totally committed to the Group and always trying new ways to raise funds and recruit new volunteers. 

Volunteers of the Year – Jo Angear (Heron’s Ghyll), Diana Cotell  and Joe Coulman (Epsom). 

Long Service Awards

25 years: Graham Bourne and Anne A’hearne (Godstone) Suzi Dyer (Court Meadow), Jennifer Capon and Sue Underhill (Happy Landings), Gill Sherratt (Kingley Vale), Jenna Leight and Jan Hills (Bradbourne)

30 Years:  Jan Abrahams (RDA UK), Gill Morrison and Fiona Bigg (Godstone).

35 years: Carol Rycroft (Court Meadow)

40 years: Stella Fuller (Horsehills), Paddy Porter (Court Meadow)

50 years: Trish Lebus (Happy Landings)

Palomino pony transformed by charity

A Palomino gelding named Graham has been completely transformed since coming into the care of hard-working charity World Horse Welfare and going to an active life in a new home.

This success story highlights just how much rescue ponies have to offer as World Horse Welfare closes Rehome a Horse Month.

Graham arrived at World Horse Welfare in 2017, along with three other horses, after being found kept in a filthy stable, underweight and in poor condition. But thanks to the dedication of the team at the charity’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Graham, a Welsh cross standing at 11.2hh, flourished and was soon unrecognisable from the scraggly forlorn colt he was on arrival.

Graham on arrival at World Horse Welfare
Photo:WHW

Once Graham reached four years old, the team began his education in earnest and his potential as a future driving pony quickly shone through. Once he was ready, the team got him put to a carriage and he took to it like a duck to water.

Graham had only been driven twice when rehomers Nichola and Amelia Waddicor met him, but they could see his potential straight away. Nichola and Amelia, who compete as Team Khoja along with backstepper Morag, were extremely experienced with driving ponies and it was clear very quickly that they were a great match with Graham.

Nichola explained that Amelia, her daughter, was looking for another driving pony and Graham caught their eye saying: “For some reason Graham just took our fancy, so we applied for him online and then had a call from the team to have a chat about him. We traipsed up to Penny Farm in the middle of January – it was freezing! – to see him and Amelia just fell in love with him.”

A transformed Graham,  seen enjoying life  with Amelia, following successful rehoming by World Horse Welfare   Photo: World Horse Welfare

Following a successful home check Graham, then aged four, joined Team Khoja along with Caspian gelding Khoja and Dartmoor hill pony Cosmo.

Nichola and Amelia had initially planned that Graham would partner up with Amelia’s star pony Khoja, but the ponies’ paces proved too different for that partnership to work. However, Amelia then realised that Graham worked really well alongside Nichola’s pony Cosmo – at which point Nichola ended up handing over her pony and the dynamic duo was born!

Nichola said:“Graham’s absolutely full of it – he’s so inquisitive and bold, which is always good for driving. He’s always into the wheelbarrows, the poop scoop, the rugs…everything! He’s so lovable, he’s adorable, he really is.

“He’s so up for it and so willing, and that’s what you want in a driving pony. They’ve got to want to do it and he absolutely loves it. His ears are always forward looking for the next thing and we’ve got high hopes for him.”

Graham was allowed to grow into his role, following the lead of his experienced team-mate Cosmo, and the partnership went from strength to strength. Competing in the distinctive yellow colours of Team Khoja, Graham, now aged five, is thriving as a competitive driving pony and the team have high hopes for his future career.

Nichola continued: “Driving is so inclusive, anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are; it’s a family atmosphere out there. It is not an individual sport – you can’t do it on your own – but you can have any pony at all and it is just the most inclusive and fun sport.

“If anyone is looking for a riding pony or a driving pony, I can 100% recommend that they should really try World Horse Welfare. I cannot fault this place – they were obviously totally open and you know if it doesn’t work out the pony can come back and will find a good home. The horses and ponies come with a full MOT and you couldn’t ask for more.”

Graham’s story shows just what rescue ponies can go on to achieve, despite a sorry start in life. If you’re feeling inspired to rehome by Graham’s success, you can see all the World Horse Welfare horses and ponies ready to find new homes now at www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming

Judges announced for HOYS 2020

FOLLOWING the success of the 2019 Horse of the Year Show, the showing judges for the 2020 show have been announced.

Each year the NEC transforms into a hub for equestrian fans as they arrive in their masses to compete or watch who will be crowned the ultimate horse or pony of the year for their given discipline and championship.

The 2020 Horse of the Year Show will take place from Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October, with the first qualifier taking place in spring. Here is a list of the judges for HOYS 2020:

Class Conformation Ride/Show
British Ridden Heavy Horse W E Massey Jack Cochrane
Children’s Riding Pony of the Year Penny Clifford Stephanie Smith
Cob of the Year Moggy Hennessey Kathleen Barley
Coloured Horse and Pony of the Year Philippa Kirby Emma Boardman
Supreme In-Hand Championship Charles Gordon-Watson Rosemary Rennocks
Hack of the Year Anne Varley Lucinda Haines
Harness Champion of the Year Vanessa Neal Allen King
Intermediate Show Hunter of the Year Jack Cochrane Hannah Buchanan
Intermediate Show Riding Type of the Year Nigel Oliver Katie Davis
Junior M&M Ridden Pony of the Year Vivien Hampton Adrienne Dale
Ladies’ Side Saddle Horse of the Year John Maynard Jo Hales
Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type of the Year Hannah Buchanan
M&M Mini Pony of the Year Nigel Oliver
M&M Ridden Pony of the Year To be released at a later date due to possible reformatting of the class
M&M Working Hunter Pony of the Year Lorayne Ahmet Anna Stevens
Maxi Cob of the Year John Poole Kathleen Barley
Mini Show Pony of the Year Anne Leaver
Miniature Horse of the Year John Maynard
Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Anne Leaver Sarah Coulter
Ridden Purebred Arab of the Year Annette Dixon Jordan Cook
Riding Horse of the Year TBC John Poole
Shire Horse of the Year Richard Green
Show Hunter of the Year Mary Low Louise Daly
Show Hunter Pony of the Year Phillip Williams Clare Frost
Small Show Hunter of the Year Angus McDonald Margaret Hopkins
Supreme Horse and Pony of the Year To be confirmed
Working Hunter of the Year Angus McDonald Margaret Hopkins
Working Hunter Pony of the Year Sarah Coulter Peter Molloy

The M&M Ridden Pony of the Year judges will be released later this autumn while changes to the class format are discussed.

A list of qualifying shows/venues will be released in due course and tickets will go on sale in the New Year for what promises to be another exceptional event. For show information, visit https://hoys.co.uk/

 

Controversial horse and rider sculpture to be sold today

At the Pierre hotel in New York City  today, Wednesday October 30,  a cast bronze sculpture entitled ‘Horse and Rider ‘ which some scholars claim is a long lost da Vinci will go under the hammer  at Alan Ettinger’s auction house, Guernsey’s.

Horse and Rider sculpture: Courtesy of Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/ Getty Images 2016

Experts are still are discussing whether the original wax figurine from which “Horse and Rider” was cast from was actually sculpted by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago.

Bloomberg.com’s  expert, Katya Kazakina, said the armour depicted on the horse in the figurine could not be from 1400s Milan, which is where Da Vinci’s original sponsor is said to be from.

But Dr. Constance Moffat, who studied under the late renowned Da Vinci scholar, Carlo Pedretti, actually said that Milan did use the archaic armour featured on the horse in the 1400s.  And it was stated in a book written about the sculpture that it absolutely was a Da Vinci.

She also said in an interview with Horse and Rider that it is likely an original Leonardo.

Still, the question remains, is the original wax mould from which this bronze was cast really sculpted by Da Vinci? If so, the only extant bronze sculpture could potentially be worth up to 50 million dollars.

Whether it is a fake or not may never be confirmed, but it will be significant to see how much this sculpture sells for at the auction today, Wednesday October 30.