British Showjumping acts fast on European outbreak of Herpes Virus

CURRENTLY, there is a Europe-wide alert of increased risk of disease associated with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), which originated in Valencia (ESP) and has already resulted in related outbreaks in at least three other countries in Europe.

In response, British Showjumping is putting in place the following measures for all horses returning from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia from 1st March 2021:

  1. All horses  returning to the UK from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia should be isolated from others which may attend British Showjumping  competitions and training events. Further we strongly advise that they are separated from all other horses.  The same also applies to horses which have transited through the above countries on their return to the UK.
     
  2. To be considered isolated, the isolated horses must be kept in a building that is physically separated from other horse buildings by a public highway or equivalent.
     
  3. Isolated horses must be attended to by separate staff and riders who are not in contact with horses on other (non-isolated) premises.
     
  4. To minimise risk of disease spread within an isolation premises, biosecurity measures on the property must include
     
    1. hand-sanitising facilities so that staff can clean their hands between handling each individual animal
    2. foot dips outside every stable
    3. separate coveralls outside each stable that are changed between caring for different horses
    4. separate tack, equipment, feed bowls for each horse
    5. facilities for disinfection of mucking out equipment must be in place
       
  5. British Showjumping expect their members’ local veterinary surgeon to verify these standards are in place on the isolation premises.
     
  6. All horses on the premises, including those which have NOT travelled in Europe recently, must have close clinical monitoring with twice daily temperature recording. Temperature records should be kept and made available for review by the members’ local veterinary surgeon.
     
  7. All horses on the premises including those which have not travelled in Europe recently will be excluded from participation in British Showjumping’s competitions and training events and all other BEF Member Body competitions and activities.
     
  8. The excluded status will apply until:
     a)  Either: All horses on the premises have been free of clinical signs for at  least 28 days   from the day the last horse(s) returning from areas of Europe defined above arrived on the isolation premises.
      b)  Or: Laboratory data confirming that all horses on the premises are free from disease is provided to British Showjumping. These laboratory data  must include: 
           i)    Paired serology (to measure antibodies against EHV) with two  samples taken a minimum of 10 days apart, using the complement fixation test (CFT) which is available at Rossdales Laboratory.
           ii)   And, a pair of nasopharyngeal swabs taken at the same time as the serology samples.
           iii)   For the purpose of interpretation of these data, day 0 is defined as the day the returning horses arrived at the isolation premises.
           iv)  Samples must be submitted to  Rossdales Laboratory. Veterinary surgeons should contact the laboratory (via  laboratory@rossdales.com or by telephone 01638- 663017,   Emergency (24hrs) 01638 663150 for advice on shipping of and processing schedules for samples and to request supplies such as  suitable nasopharyngeal  swabs and transport media.

      9.  The above requirements for laboratory data to clear excluded status will apply to  both horses which are unvaccinated and those that have received vaccines at any previous time and interpretation of laboratory data will be informed by vaccination history that should also be provided at the time of sample submission.

    10.  Samples must be accompanied by a submission form available at  Rossdales      Laboratory.
 

Breen Equestrian opens state-of-the-art new stud


Showjumping team Breen Equestrian has expanded its business by launching a luxurious new breeding facility close to its home base at Hickstead in West Sussex.

Pook Bourne Stud is a state-of-the-art breeding premises with space to accommodate up to 85 mares and young horses. Nine stallions will stand at the stud, including prolific show jumping winners- Golden Hawk, Can Ya Makan and Clyde VA.

The aim is to breed around a dozen foals each year under the Breen Equestrian prefix, while the stud will also cater to clients who wish to send their mares to the stud with the aim of breeding their own potential superstars.

BELOW: SHANE BREEN EN ROUTE TO WINNING THE HICKSTEAD AL SHIRA DERBY Photo courtesy of Hickstead


Breen Equestrian is run by Irish international showjumper Shane Breen and his wife Chloe, who already have a superb reputation for breeding, producing and selling top class sport horses.

Fellow showjumper Greg Le Gear, a qualified AI technician, is the Stud Manager at Pook Bourne Stud and is in charge of the day-to-day running of the breeding side of the business.

Shane Breen commented: “I’m very proud and excited that Breen Equestrian can offer some of the world’s best stallions, as well as facilities that are second to none.”
For more information visit www.breenequestrian.com

Hickstead’s ‘Royal’ appearance

  Equestrian fans might have spotted one of sport’s most iconic venues on screen this week, with the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead appearing on the hit Netflix series, The Crown.

Hickstead was used as the filming location for scenes for another famous equestrian event – Badminton Horse Trials. Erin Doherty, the actress playing The Princess Royal, is seen competing in the showjumping phase at the 1979 event, where she finished sixth.

The huge Longines International Arena with its permanent grandstands and multitude of showjumps at Hickstead made a convincing backdrop, with cheering crowds added through computer graphics. Princess Anne is seen jumping a clear round over a sizable course of jumps that included some of Hickstead’s famous fences, such as the Al Shira’aa Derby wall.

In the scene, the characters of The Queen and Prince Philip, played by Olivia Coleman and Tobias Menzies, are seen in the Master’s Box, cheering their daughter on. They are also joined by the character of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is later depicted having one of his early meetings with the young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) when queuing to leave the event.

“I’m a huge fan of The Crown so we were more than happy for part of the new series to be filmed here,” says Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “It was quite a production, taking several weeks to set-up and four full days of filming. Quite a few members of the Hickstead team were involved in filming the scenes too, playing roles such as the gate steward and the official waving a flag at the finish. They all had to go to Elstree to be fitted out with costumes from the era, which was great fun.”

The rider who did the actual jumping in the action shots was Amy Inglis, who is a regular competitor at Hickstead and was a member of the British Nations Cup team there in 2019.

The Crown may have used some artistic licence when it came to creating the ‘Badminton’ scenes, but Princess Anne did actually compete at Hickstead, most notably winning the combined training in 1973 on her famous horse Doublet. The Princess Royal has also visited the showground on a number of occasions in an official capacity, while Her Majesty The Queen is the official patron of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.

 
About Hickstead
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex was founded in 1960 by Douglas Bunn, who had dreamed of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent. The showground has been the venue for several World and European Showjumping Championships over the years, and now hosts two major international shows annually – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show – as well as a national show in September known as the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

Pyecombe Horse Show dates for 2021

ONE of the most popular horse show venues on the Sussex equestrian calendar is Brendon at Pyecombe, which caters for all levels of riders in a top class series of shows each season.

The year 2021 will be no exception- with show dates released for a four-day Spring Show in April, from Thursday April 22 to Sunday April 25- followed by a Round Show on May 2, and a Young Horse Show from Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4.

A Championship and Derby Show follows from Thursday August 5 to Sunday August 8. One day shows and Junior shows will run from February to October 2021. For more details see below or contact www.brendonpyecombe.co.uk

Impressive arena facilities at Brendon

Virtual Windsor Autumn Horse show on streamed video starting today

ORGANISERS of CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show have announced the packed official programme for the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series 2020 Show, which takes place via a daily streamed video from today, September 25-27, starting at 1pm every day.

Available worldwide via Facebook, YouTube and the Virtual Windsor website, the Show will comprise the judging of the online Showing classes, plus The Omega Equine Pony Club Dressage Home International, The Riding for the Disabled Association Dressage Challenge, supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Wychanger, and The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping alongside regular Shopping Fixes, Horse Wellness and an exclusive masterclass from international showjumper William Whitaker.


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William Whitaker in competitive action Photo: Craig Payne

Virtual Windsor teams up with a loyal and hugely successful Windsor stalwart, William Whitaker, to deliver three fantastic Masterclasses covering a range of exercises which can be adopted by everyone.

The three sessions, which will be aired one per day on today, Saturday and Sunday of Virtual Windsor cover top tips on everything from walking a course, identifying and adjusting striding and lines, flatwork and polework exercises, and a range of improving exercises to suit different horses.

In the first, William talks viewers through his techniques for riding lines between fences and said, “I didn’t get them right every time, but then explained where I’d gone wrong and did it right. I think that’s good for people to see as they only usually see the end product – the 80 seconds in the ring – and think that’s how it is all the time but it’s not at all!”

For the third Masterclass William did some gridwork with a seven-year-old who can rush his fences, and adapted some of the exercises for his eight year old daughter Bella and her pony, proving that you do not need to be jumping 1m40 to practice.


He ended his Masterclasses with some wise words to remember in the lead up to any event be it Virtual or ‘real’; “Build up steadily so your horse knows exactly what’s being asked.”

Livestream Schedule for Autumn Series With three days of international competition across three disciplines, the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series is gearing up for an exciting weekend. Commentators Nick Brooks-Ward and Adam Cromarty lead the action, interviewing judges, competitors and viewers to bring a whole show’s worth of competition online.

The format of the show has thrown entries open to riders around the world, bringing the very best of the best together and pitching professionals and amateurs side by side to find some real world champions.

Today, the first day of the Autumn Series kicks off with a superb round of showing classes, with a judging panel headed by Senior Judge Nigel Hollings, accompanied by Julian White, Mark Broadbent, Anne Leaver and Patricia Pattinson. Nigel and the team cover a strong international entry from Hunters, Hacks, Riding Horses, Cobs, Private Driving supported by the Carriage Association of America, and the return of the Heavy Horse class by popular demand – guest judged by Steve Gregg, Vice President of the Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada.

One of the highlights of the Friday livestream is The Riding for the Disabled Association Dressage Challenge supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Wychanger.

The video dressage competition, which has been encouraging RDA and para riders to #RideUnstoppable through challenges posed by this difficult year, is won by the rider with the highest percentage score across eleven sections available. Judged by John Robinson, one of only three British para judges qualified to judge at 5* level, the class has been an opportunity for riders to get back to competition – with several entries competing in their first ever dressage test at Virtual Windsor.

SCHEDULE Class 1 ‐ Ridden Hunters (Small & Lightweight). Prize kindly provided by Brass Tacks Class 2 ‐ Ridden Hunters (Middleweight & Heavyweight). Prize kindly provided by Latham & Taylor Class 3 ‐ Ridden Hacks Class 4 ‐ Ridden Riding Horse supported by High Weald Horse Hydro. Prize kindly provided by Mojo Europe Class 5 ‐ Ridden Cobs (Lightweight, Heavyweight & Maxi) supported by Horses Inside Out Show Horse Championship Class 6 ‐ Private Driving supported by The Carriage Association of America Class 7 ‐ Heavy Horses & Draught Horses of the World supported by The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto. Prize kindly supplied by Estribos

THE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION DRESSAGE CHALLENGE is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Prizes generously provided by Wychanger Equestrian & Country Store Shopping Fix: Fashion & Jewellery Horse Wellness with High Weald Horse Hydro Masterclass Part 1 with William Whitaker

SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER Saturday is a great day for young riders and jumping enthusiasts, with Show Pony, Show Hunter Pony, Plaited Mini Pony and Working Hunter and Working Hunter Pony classes coming to the fore. Highlights of Saturday include The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping – an all-new discipline designed with virtual competition in mind, which enables riders to compete in jumping classes from home.

The Autumn Series reaches a crescendo on Sunday 27 September with The Omega Equine Pony Club Home International Dressage. A competition usually held at Royal Windsor Horse Show, this time the event has gone virtual – with a new qualification system which threw open Team places. The riders representing each nation have won their spots through getting a top placing in an initial qualifying round, with the highest scores going on to the team.

The Sunday will also feature the highlight of the showing, as Nigel Hollings and his team judge the Side Saddle, Coloured and ROR classes, before The Voltaire Design Virtual Windsor Supreme Showing Championships take place.

It caps a veritable feast of Showing across three days which would not have been possible without the generosity of sponsors and donors.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, commented: “The organising team has done a tremendous job to put on what we believe will be another spectacular Virtual Show Week building on the excitement and fun of the Virtual Show in May.  We hope as many people get involved as possible and continue to enjoy their sport – even if it is from the sofa.’ The free-to-view content will begin at 1pm each day and be available on Facebook, YouTube, and on the Virtual Windsor 2020 website.

SCHEDULE Class 18 ‐ Side Saddle (including Best Costume) Prize kindly provided by Welligogs Class 19A ‐ Coloured Ridden (Plaited Horse or Pony) Prize kindly supplied by Country Frog Class 19B ‐ Coloured Ridden (Traditional & Native Horse or Pony) Prize kindly supplied by Country Frog Class 20A ‐ Coloured In Hand (Traditional & Native Horse or Pony) Prize kindly supplied by Country Frog Class 20B ‐ Coloured In Hand (Plaited Horse or Pony) Prize kindly supplied by Country Frog Coloured Championship Class 22 ‐ The Saracen Horse Feeds RoR Ridden Class 23 ‐ The Saracen Horse Feeds RoR In Hand RoR Championship
The Voltaire Design Supreme Championship THE OMEGA EQUINE PONY CLUB HOME INTERNATIONAL DRESSAGE Shopping Fix: Country Lifestyle and Living Horse Wellness with Saracen Horse Feeds Masterclass Part 3 with William Whitaker.
 

Cornish showjumper wins Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge at Hickstead

Cornwall-based showjumper Sammie-Jo Coffin further stamped her Hickstead credentials when winning yesterday’s Voltaire Design Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge.

As well as taking top spot in the class on board Willem De Lux, with whom she has finished in the top 10 in the Al Shira’aa Derby on a number of occasions, she also finished third with Bellamy II.

Olympic rider Gemma Tattersall finished in second place with the 16-year-old event mare, Chico Bella P.

Sammie-Jo was drawn second to go in the Voltaire Design Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge, and she set the pace from the outset with a fast clear in a time of 92.67sec. None of the remaining riders could come close, with Gemma finishing more than 1.3sec in arrears.

Sammie-Jo Coffin on the way to winning the Douglas Bunn 1.35 metre challenge at Hickstead on board Willem De Lux. Photo: Nigel Goddard

“I’m thrilled, I didn’t expect it, but it’s always lovely to get to jump in the main ring,” said Sammie-Jo. “Willem loves the Derby fences but Bellamy had never seen them before. My plan with Willem was just to keep moving, stay smooth and see what happened, and he was just brilliant. It has quite a few of the Al Shira’aa Derby fences in there so it’s useful to see how they’ll react.”

In this morning’s Al Shira’aa Seven Year Old Championship, the Billy Stud team had further cause for celebration when they took both first and second place. William Funnell rode Billy Marmite to win, ahead of stable jockey Lucy Townley on Billy Pablo.

“Billy Marmite is a really special horse, and to have a one-two was great. I don’t like to beat Lucy but I do think Marmite deserved the win,” said William. “We had a great day yesterday with wins in the Four and Five Year Old classes and now the Seven Year Olds too, we just missed out on the Six Year Old but I guess that would have been greedy!”

Three other championship classes took place in the Longines International Arena on the penultimate day of the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

Despite being drawn first to go in the jump-off in the IG Equine All England 1.10m Amateur Championship, Jasmine Gutsell set such a speedy time with Killuppaun Contador that none of her rivals could catch her.

In the GoodBye Flys All England 1.20m Amateur Championship, Amy Carnet took the win with Banderas, an 11-year-old bay gelding; while the final class of the day – The DM Horseboxes All England 1.00m Open Championship – was won by Jay Halim and Billy Cointreau.

Showjumping returns to Hickstead

Showjumping returns to Hickstead with a ‘socially distanced’ show.

Harriet Nutall winning the 2019 Science Supplements All England Jumping Championship at Hickstead Photo: Nigel Goddard

After the cancellation of both its international fixtures, Hickstead is ready to play host to its first competition of the 2020 season.

The Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships will take place from the 2-6 September, offering classes from pony and grassroots levels up to a 1.40m Grand Prix.

After a summer of cancellations, riders have been keener than ever to get out competing, and the national show has received unprecedented levels of interest, with entries selling out within the first 24hrs of opening.

“We were expecting quite a bit of interest when we opened entries, but the response took us by surprise,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

A number of measures have been put in place to ensure the safe running of the show. No members of the public can attend, and only one rider, owner and groom are allowed per horse. Face coverings will be mandatory for all course walks and in the collecting rings, and over 40 hand sanitising stations have been installed around the site.

Because of the overwhelming response, a number of entries have had to be turned away.

“We’re sorry to disappoint any riders who have been desperate to get out competing this season, but we are delighted to even be able to run this event after the cancellation of our international shows,” said Lizzie. “We are especially pleased to be able to run some classes that were due to be run at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, including the British Showjumping Pony Winter Finals.

William Funnell coming down Hickstead’s Derby Bank Photo: Nigel Goddard

“Equally, for those who are keen to watch some live sport and who can’t attend because of current restrictions, the action will be livestreamed from the Longines International Arena every day on Hickstead.TV and ClipMyHorse.TV.’

A number of leading showjumpers are due to compete, including Great Britain’s Guy Williams, Holly Smith, Joe Clayton, William Funnell, John Whitaker and Robert Whitaker, while Irish entrants include brothers Shane and Trevor Breen, along with Michael Duffy and David Simpson. Olympic event riders Pippa Funnell, Gemma Tattersall and Christopher Burton are among those switching discipline for the week to compete in the showjumping classes.

As well as national classes at all levels, the show features Al Shira’aa Young Horse championship classes, arena eventing and the Total Waste Management Ltd 10 & Under Mini Challenge. The feature class of the show is the Science Supplements All England Grand Prix, a 1.40m competition with a £6,000 prize fund. Last September Harriet Nuttall became the first female winner of this class, and competition will no doubt be fierce as this year’s contingent of riders aim to take the title.

New documentary celebrates 60 years of Hickstead

This summer marks 60 years since the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead first opened, and a new documentary on Horse & Country TV will showcase the incredible history of the showground.

The one-hour documentary ‘Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years’ charts the development of Hickstead from its inception in 1960 to becoming established as one of the best-known equestrian venues in the world. The programme has been produced by Lizzie and Daisy Bunn, daughters of the showground’s legendary founder, the late Douglas Bunn. 

Exciting action round the showjumping course is always guaranteed.

William Funnell in thrilling show jumping action at Hickstead Photo: Nigel Goddard

The documentary features many of equestrian sport’s biggest names, including David Broome, Eddie Macken, Nick Skelton, Laura Kraut and John Ledingham. Recent winners of the Al Shira’aa Derby such as William Funnell and William Whitaker reveal what it means to win one of showjumping’s most iconic classes.  

Hickstead is and always has been a family business, and in the show the Bunn family give exclusive insights into running the international shows, what goes on behind the scenes and how the showground has developed and diversified over the years. Interviews include Douglas’s second wife Sue, who shares her fascinating experiences of the creation of the venue and tells the famous story of why Hickstead’s Derby Bank is 18in taller than its Hamburg counterpart.  

Over the past six decades Hickstead has been the scene to many of showjumping’s greatest moments, and this rich history will be explored in ‘Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years’. The documentary will also look ahead to what the next 60 years might hold for the All England Jumping Course.

A must-watch for any fan of equestrian sport, Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years will be shown exclusively on H&C+. It premieres on Sunday 28th June at 8pm and can be viewed on-demand thereafter. To find out more visit horseandcountry.tv.

Hickstead 2020 international fixtures cancelled

Directors of the All England Jumping Course have released an official statement below regarding the cancellation of both Hickstead international fixtures in 2020.
The All England Jumping course at Hickstead Photo:: Craig Payne

“Following further government advice, it is with regret that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel both of our international events for this year.

“These are the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting originally scheduled for June 24-28, and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ at the Longines Royal International Horse Show from 21-26 July. 

“At this time, the health of our staff, competitors, officials, sponsors, trade exhibitors and visiting public is our top priority.

“We are currently working with the relevant showing societies to ensure that qualification where possible will be carried over to the 2021 Longines Royal International Horse Show.  

“The Hickstead office remains closed but all stakeholders will be contacted directly by email and will receive a refund as per our terms and conditions in due course. Competition prizes and gift vouchers will be valid for the corresponding day next year.

“It is still our intention to run our four-day national show, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships, from 3 – 6 September.

“We wish to thank all of our partners and stakeholders for their continued support during these unprecedented times.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Hickstead in the future.

Hickstead Derby meeting postponed

The Directors of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead have released an official statement regarding their forthcoming season, in response to the current Coronavirus situation.
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, scheduled to take place from June 24 to June 28, has been postponed.

Organisers hope to be able to run in combination with their national show, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships, from September 1 to 6 September, subject to approval from the relevant governing bodies.

At present, preparations for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 21 to 26 ) are continuing, although this will be re-assessed on an ongoing basis.

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead was first opened in 1960, and this season it is due to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex was founded in 1960 by Douglas Bunn, who had dreamed of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent.

In 2020, Hickstead is due to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The showground has been the venue for several World and European Showjumping Championships.

It now hosts two major international shows each year – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.