WHW’s adopt a horse scheme

World Horse Welfare has a scheme which enables supporters to help equines in its care by adopting one of them.

The Adopt a Horse scheme gives you the opportunity to help a horse or pony at one of its four UK Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

Support World Horse Welfare’s Adopt a horse or pony scheme.

Each horse has its own story and the Adopt a Horse scheme gives you the opportunity to closely follow the progress back to health and a new life. Simply select the horse you would like to adopt and you will receive:

  • A pack about your chosen horse that includes: a film on DVD; a board-backed colour photo; pin badge; set of notecards; and recent updates written by the grooms and centre manager
  • Four exclusive updates each year that give a unique insight into your adopted horse’s progress, with notes and photographs from the team at the farm.
  • The chance to visit your adopted horse during centre open days.

Adopting a horse costs just £5.00 a month and is great way to help give a horse the second chance in life it deserves.

For more details about the scheme contact www.worldhorsewelfare.org/adopt

Horse safety on our roads

The British Horse Society (BHS) and UK Road Offender Education (UKROEd) are delighted to reveal that equines and equestrians will now be identified as vulnerable road users in National Driver Offender Retraining Schemes (NDORS).

The announcement follows a yearlong collaborative effort between the two groups to ensure the safety needs of equestrians are highlighted within the retraining courses and drivers are educated on how to pass horses responsibly on the road.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety for The British Horse Society said: “The British Horse Society has been working with NDORS for some time now and as a direct result of these conversations, NDORS will be including horse riders as vulnerable road users within all of their courses, including the Speed Awareness Course.

Horse safety in traffic
Photo: Sussex Safer Roads

“This is a really positive step forward for the safety of horses on the road and another example of how the BHS is well placed and connected to major stakeholders in the road safety community. This inclusion not only directs our safety messaging to a key audience but will instill confidence in many equestrians across the country who often fear they are the forgotten vulnerable road user”.

Ruth Purdie, Chief Operating Office for UKROEd said: “UKROEd who are the providers of the NDORS courses can confirm that every course mentions the requirement for safety when passing or considering vulnerable road users groups.

“A key priority in the group is “horses and horse riders” and I can confirm that everyone attending a course will be reminded of their obligations under the Highway Code and the specific laws covering their actions in relation to this vulnerable group of riders and animals.”

NDORS offer a range of courses which aim to cover most low level moving traffic offences. The scheme is operated across the country on behalf of the police service who outline the type of offender and the offence(s).

The inclusion of equines and equestrians as vulnerable road users within the courses provide a platform to promote the BHS’s ‘Dead Slow’ road safety campaign messages. The charity launched the campaign in 2016 to educate drivers on how to safely approach horses and riders using the roads.

The four Dead Slow behaviour change messages for drivers are: if I see a horse on the road, then I will…

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph

2. Be patient; I won’t sound my horn or rev my engine

3. Pass wide and slow (at least a car’s width)

4. Drive slowly away

Sussex Equine Hospital joins Colic campaign

SUSSEX Equine Hospital has signed up as a ‘Vet REACT Colic Champion.

With colic one of the most common equine emergencies, Sussex Equine Hospital has signed up to become a Vet REACT Colic Champion, as part of the ‘REACT Now to Beat Colic’ campaign.

Launched by The British Horse Society and The University of Nottingham, the campaign and its champion vets are committed to help horse owners combat the life-threatening condition of colic.

Photo: Sussex Equine Hospital

They will be working together to make the best decision for each individual horse – from sharing information with owners about different types of colic and how to recognise the clinical signs.

Research by The University of Nottingham found that more than 90 per cent of horse owners did not feel confident in spotting early signs of colic.

It starts with using the REACT acronym to spot any early signs of colic:
R Restless or agitated
E Eating less or dropping reduced
A Abdominal pain
C Clinical changes
T Tired or lethargic

The Sussex Equine Hospital will be posting more on its  ‘championship’ status soon. See its Facebook page for details.

And in the meantime, for more information from BHS and to see a list of other champions joining the campaign, click on the links below:


Competitive jump racing at Plumpton

Racegoers were rewarded with competitive jump racing at Plumpton yesterday which started with an impressive win in the opening Maiden Hurdle by 40-1 shot Third Wind.
Trained by Hughie Morrison and well ridden by Tom O’ Brien, the four-year-old gelding, which is owned by Mouse Hamilton-Fairley,  should progress from here and is a decent prospect for the future.

Third Wind with connections following victory in the Maiden Hurdle Photo :Jeannie Knight

Runner-up Fly To Mars, also sent off at 40-1, is another decent prospect for the future. Trained by Colin Tizzard, ridden by Harry Cobden and owned by Brocade Racing, was making his hurdling debut and will undoubtedly progress for the experience. Favourite Acey Milan, sent off at 8-15 was unplaced. Breaking Waves filled third spot for trainer Noel Williams, but should come on for the run.

The Novices Steeplechase over two miles one furlong saw an easy win by Kalashnikov, trained at Newmarket by Amy Murphy and ridden by Jack Quinlan. This brown Kalanisi gelding had three previous wins to his credit and two seconds, prior to this latest victory. His victory came at the expense of runner-up Envoye Special ( Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden).

Kalashnikov, trained by Amy Murphy following his win in the novices steeplechase with connections and jockey Jack Quinlan Photo: Jeannie Knight

Paddy’s Poem, trained at Findon by Nick Gifford, with Leighton Aspell in the saddle, plugged on to take third place on his first outing over larger obstacles and will benefit for the experience.

Trainer Tom Symonds made the trip from Ross-On-Wye pay off when sending out progressive mare Royal Claret with Ben Poste in the saddle to win the Mares Handicap Hurdle over three miles one furlong by an impressive ten lengths. Seaborough trainer Keiran Burke clinched second place with Jully Les Buxy, with Nick Scholfield up. Third place went to Wishicould, trained by Charlie Mann.

In the two mile Novices Hurdle Race Coole Well (pictured below) proved he has the talent to win, having previously unseated his rider on his previous outing. Trained by Jamie Snowden and with 5lb claimer Max Kendrick riding, he came home one and a half lengths clear of Manning Estate, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell.

Coole Well trained by Jamie Snowden with jockey Max Kendrick following the victory Photo:Jeannie Knight


The Tin Miner, trained by David Bridgwater and ridden by Tom Cannon, sprang a 20-1 shock when winning the three mile one furlong handicap chase by eight lengths from Clondaw Bisto, trained by Suzy Smith and ridden by Paddy Brennan. Sartorial Elegance ( Colin TIzzard and Tom O’ Brien) was third.

The Tin Miner and Tom Cannon on the way to victory
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Then there was a 25-1 winner of the two mile handicap hurdle, when conditional jockey Sean Houlihan, a 5lb claimer, brought home Legend of France, trained by Pat Phelan to a six-length victory over 9-2 joint favourite, Seaweed, trained by Chris Gordon.

The next meeting at Plumpton will be a Christmas Raceday on Monday December 17

Police officer’s BHS award

A North Yorkshire Police officer has been given a prestigious BHS award in recognition of her work to help keep riders safe on the roads.

Sergeant Zoe Billings was presented with the Tarquin Trophy by the BHS president, Martin Clunes, at a ceremony in London on 23 November 2018.

Sergeant Zoe Billings receives the Tarquin Trophy from British Horse Society president, Martin Clunes


The Trophy is awarded annually to an organisation that makes a significant contribution to equestrian safety.

To date, Sgt Billings has delivered safety presentations to around 300 riders at joint North Yorkshire Police and BHS events.

Her talks are aimed at reducing the vulnerability of horse riders and involve talking about both the practicalities of rider safety and the psychological side, such as when to ride, when not to ride, and how to react when their horse is scared by something.

Improving riders’ relationships with motorists, including courteous riding, such as thanking motorists and what to do when drivers react in a disappointing way, forms part of the talk along with presentations from the BHS and a civil law input from a solicitor.

Speaking after the ceremony which was held at Saddlers Hall, Sgt Billings said: “I am delighted that the talks have been recognised by the British Horse Society. After investigating fatal and serious road collisions for several years and seeing the devastation they cause, this is a small contribution to help keep riders safe.

“The presentation includes much humour and self-deprecation, and features my own horse, Megan. It’s been likened to road safety meeting stand-up comedy, which is a great way to engage people and get serious messages across.

“I’m also pleased that it’s received a lot of positive feedback, including some repeat audience members! I’m looking forward to supporting more events and raising awareness of the importance of rider safety.”

Horse Megan with Zoe

Director of Safety for The British Horse Society, Alan Hiscox said: “We’re delighted to have awarded North Yorkshire Police with the Tarquin Trophy for their exceptional service in the cause of equestrian safety. North Yorkshire Police were one of the first to support our ‘Dead Slow’ campaign and help spread its vital safety messages and they have shown continual support to the BHS over the past couple of years. All of us at the BHS are extremely grateful for their passionate commitment.”

North Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Phil Cain, added: “My congratulations go to Zoe on a very well-deserved award. Road safety is a priority for North Yorkshire Police and being a large, rural county, we have a thriving equestrian community with lots of activities going on.

“We are honoured that the British Horse Society has recognised Zoe’s work which contributes to our overall road safety strategy to keep all road users safe.”








Pageant at Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019

2019 celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and to mark this significant occasion, the BAFTA Award winning team of the 2016 Best Live Event (The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations) will stage The Pageant on the evenings of May 9, 10 and 11 at Royal Windsor Horse Show.


Horse Guards will be in action at the pageant

Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, the pageant compere, the 90-minute show will bring together memorable events from the Victorian Era including Elgar, the Music Hall, Gilbert & Sullivan, Dickens, Rail Travel and the Industrial Revolution. With only 3,500 seats for sale each night, the pageant is expected attract a full house.

A cast of artists, dancers and performers, together with 500 participants, over 400 horses and 30 carriages will re-create 19th Century Great Britain and the Reign of Queen Victoria in a theatrical tableau beneath the floodlit Windsor Castle.

The show will be choreographed by Dougie Squires MVO, who was responsible for the stage direction of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.

Alongside the Household Cavalry and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, will be the Czikos from Hungary, the acrobatic and daring Land of Fire Display from Azerbaijan, Pipes & Drums, Dancers from the Music Halls, performers from Gilbert & Sullivan Operas and a Balmoral Dressage Quadrille.

This joins the Pageant Series at Royal Windsor Horse Show, which over the years has included All The Queen’s Horses (2002), Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo (2008 to 2011), The Diamond Jubilee Pageant (2012) and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (2016).

Tickets for The Pageant go on sale this coming week and visitors may purchase them online at www.windsorpageant.co.uk or via the box office on 0844 581 0755 . Local Windsor residents may purchase their tickets at Windsor Information Centre located in Windsor Royal Shopping or by telephone on 01753 743589.

BHS annual awards

Journalist and author Simon Barnes, North Yorkshire Police and Christopher Bartle FBHS, were amongst those recognised at the British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual awards held in Saddlers’ Hall, London on Friday (23 November).

The annual BHS Awards reward and recognise the outstanding achievements of the society’s volunteers, supporters and partners.

Speaking at the event, BHS President, Martin Clunes said: “The BHS Awards are a really nice opportunity for the BHS to say thank you to its volunteers. Don’t forget to nominate your equine heroes for next year, whoever they are, whether they, run an equestrian centre, are an amazing BHS ambassador or even a little pony”.

All BHS award winners
Photo: David Cotter

Journalist and author, Simon Barnes, was awarded the Elwyn Hartley-Edwards Award which recognises a writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse. Barnes was praised for regularly championing the transformative power of horses in his writing.

The Tarquin Trophy was awarded to North Yorkshire Police for excellent service in the cause of equestrian safety. North Yorkshire Police were one of the first police forces to support the BHS’s vital safety campaign messages and they continue to be strong advocates of the society’s work.

The Changing Lives through Horses Coach Award, brand new for 2018, was awarded to Stephen Bennett of Parbold Equestrian Centre for his exceptional dedication to his participants personal growth and development.

Fellow of the BHS, Christopher Bartle received the President’s Award for exceptional service to the society over a period of years. Christopher has been an outstanding ambassador for the BHS, delivering inspirational training sessions at BHS conventions and always supporting the vital work of the society.

A total of 26 awards were handed out at this year’s ceremony, celebrating the fantastic work carried out by BHS volunteers, Committee members and supporters across all areas of the society’s work.

Sands Farm is top class equestrian centre

SANDS Farm Equitation Centre in Northlands Road at Warnham, near Horsham in West Sussex, has a busy programme of equestrian events in December, continuing into the New Year in January 2019.

This is a top class equestrian centre offering D.I.Y. livery, a variety of showjumping, showing and dressage competitions, clinics and gridwork throughout the year. There is a large international sized indoor arena with a full race of show jumps, a PA system and electronic timing, dressage boards, judges boxes and full flood lighting.

There is a covered outdoor warm up arena, pictured below, just a short walk away from  the  indoor collecting ring.

This is a dry place to warm up your horse out of the winter elements before you are called for your class. Just a small walk from the indoor collecting ring.

The centre is also available for hire on days when there are no events booked.

The programme leading up until Christmas starts on Sunday December 2 with an Arena TREC event with Jenny Snowden, and is followed with Gridwork with Donald Kear on Thursday December 6.

There will be Surrey Union Pony Club Dressage on Saturday December 8 followed by Chiddingfold Farmers Junior Christmas Show on Sunday December 9. Sands Farm Dressage takes place on Wednesday December 12 and Surrey Union Pony Club’s Fun Show is on Saturday December 15.

Crawley and Horsham Pony Club will be holding its Christmas Show there on Sunday December 30, and another popular  Gridwork with Donald Kear follows on Monday December 31. Dressage is on Wednesday January 9 and Gridwork with Donald Kear on Thursday January 10.

For more details, contact Sands Farm on 07923 385675, 01403 252238 or email linda.wayman@sky.com



Brendon’s successful Children In Need event

Brendon Riding Centre at Pyecombe held a highly successful Showing and Mini Jumping show in aid of Children in Need on Saturday November 18 and Sunday November 19. The event was well supported, as always, and raised more than £2,500 for the charity.

Brendon’s impressive Paris ArenaShowing and Mini Jumping Results Saturday: Marvellous Mare- non lead rein pony- 1 Trixie and Scarlett Poulton; 2 Lizzie Bridey and Bladwin Watt; 3 Peanut and Sophie Moisey-Parry; 4 Goldie and William Dales; 5 Misty and Fleur Gallagher; 6 Dor and Kiya Morley.

Marvellous Mare Lead Rein- 1 St Lucy and Lou Matilda Burnett; 2 Princess and Rosie Crumley; 3 Kentucky Blue Miss Ellie  and Isla  Moisey Parry; 4 Dellas Du Bleau and Florence Humphrey; 6 Cerys and Bertie Harrison.

Gorgeous Gelding and non lead rein rider. 1 St Peter Pan and Maisie Harrison; 2 Kevin and Max Carr; 3 Taboo The Dude and Evita Hine.

Gorgeous Gelding Lead Rein- 1-St Puzzle and Darcey Gilbert; 2 Pip and Jessica Duggan; 3 Gizmo and Teagan Jacob; 4 Chip and Archie Parry; 5 Shaun and Elsie Mae Austin. 6 Sir Howey Karim and Harry Plunkett;

Pony Club Pony and Non Lead Rein Rider:  1 St Fudgie and Poppi Spivey; 2 Black Diamond and Jasmine Chaabane; 3 Goldie and William Dales; 4 Digger and Lottie Adams; 5 Pinky and Izzy Gladwell; 6 Trixie and Scarlett Poulton.

Pony Club Pony- Lead Rein Rider. 1 St Kentucky Blue Miss Ellie and Isla Moisey-Parry; 2 Gizmo and Teagan Jacob; 3 King and Lola Moore; 4 Rave and Roxy Moore; 5 Snowy and Eva Whittome; 6 Lilly and Daisy Scott.

Pony the judge would like to take home- non lead rein- 1 Taboo The Dude and Evita Hine; 2 Shadow and China West; 3 Pinky and Izzy Gladwell; 4 Bungee and Izzie Pollard; 5 Doodles and Faith Shephard; 6 Black Diamond and Jasmine Chaabane.

Pony the judge would like to take home  – lead rein- 1 St Chip and Archie Parry; 2 Lucy Lou and Matilda Burnett; 3 Hammy and Cooper Almeida  ; 4 Goldie and Madeline Rainier; 5 Toffee and Nathan Istead; 6 Shaun and Elsie Mae-Austin

Best Rider Non Lead Rein- 1 St Dinky and Ameilia Duggan; 2 Kentucky Blue and Miss Ellie Sophie Moisey-Parry; 3 Charlie and Esme Oliver; 4 Bungee and Izi Pollard; 5 Black Diamond and Jasmine Chaabane.




BHS Sefton Awards celebrate safety contributions

The recent British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual Sefton Awards celebrated three individuals who have recently made significant contributions to equestrian safety.

The Sefton Awards were set up by the BHS in 1984 as a legacy to Sefton, the Household Cavalry horse who survived the IRA bombings in London in 1982.

Those honoured at this year’s awards were: Derek Thomas MP, Michelle Clark and Julie Doorne.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the BHS said: “All recipients of a Sefton Award have demonstrated considerable passion and determination to improve the safety of equines and equestrians across the UK. The work these particular individuals have undertaken over the past year has been truly commendable and all of us at the BHS are extremely grateful for their outstanding efforts and commitment”.

Award presentation L to R  David Sheerin (BHS Chairman), Derek Thomas MP, Michelle Clark, Julie Doorne and Ellen Shaw  (Ellen was awarded a Sefton in 2017 but had been unable to attend that year).

Member of Parliament for St Ives, Derek Thomas, was acknowledged for his efforts in bringing the safety of horses and riders to the forefront of parliamentary discussion over the past year. Derek was also commended for his continual support to equestrians in his constituency, championing the BHS’s ‘Dead Slow’ campaign messages.

Derek said: “We have lots of rural roads in my constituency so it makes sense to be doing more to make sure horses and riders are safe. Awareness is the key to this so I was glad I could use what influence I have as a local MP to bring the attention to my colleagues in parliament.”

Michelle Clark was recognised for her work in Surrey, where her fundraising and safety campaigning resulted in additional road signage being erected in her local area. Michelle’s campaigning followed a tragic car incident, resulting in the death of two horses and serious injuries for Michelle. Her efforts will directly improve the safety of many equestrians in her area.

Michelle said: ” “You don’t expect something like that to happen to you on a normal Sunday morning hack, especially when you’ve ridden the road for as many years as I have. I will do as much as I can for everyone but I just want more people to have more road safety awareness. With the money we’ve raised, we will have our road signs up before the end of this year and we’ve got an agreement with local farmers to put them up so they can be clearly seen from the roads.”

Julie Doorne was praised for her work surrounding the effects indiscriminate use of fireworks can have on horses and other animals. Julie has worked effortlessly to raise awareness of the welfare and safety issues surrounding fireworks and has presented two petitions, with a combined 204,000+ signatures to Parliament.

Julie said:“I couldn’t believe it when the letter came through the door, I’ve never received anything like this before. I couldn’t have done this without the help of lots of individuals, people who put in 8-10 hours of work a day in! The petition is on 350,000 at the moment and I would really like to get it to 500,000.”