WHW’s tireless work for equines

World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care of horses.

Since it was founded in 1927, its whole approach has been practical, based on scientific evidence and its own extensive experience – and it is  focused on delivering lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.

In the UK, WHW has a dedicated network of Field Officers to investigate and resolve welfare problems, and it runs four Rescue and Rehoming Centres where horses in need can receive specialist care, undergo rehabilitation and find loving new homes through its rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK.

Bailey, a 12.1hh pony is one example of an equine taken in by the charity. She will make an excellent companion.

Bailey will make an excellent companion pony   Photo: World Horse Welfare

Bailey came to Hall Farm with three other ponies in August 2013 following a successful prosecution.  Bailey gets on well with others in her herd and although she can be bossy, she is not a nasty pony.

She is as bright as a button and very intelligent. Also, she is a curious pony with a keen mind and very quick to learn. She will need a firm handler with a regular and consistent routine to maintain her manners.

Apart from taking in and retraining equines for successful rehoming WHW also works tirelessly to change legislation and attitudes to horse welfare through campaigns and education, including its  campaign to end the suffering endured by the tens of thousands of horses transported long-distance across Europe to slaughter each year.

It supports the responsible use of horses in sport, and is independent welfare adviser to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

If you are concerned for the welfare of a horse please call its Welfare Line in confidence  on- 08000 480 180.





New sponsorship for HOYS Puissance 2019

Kicking 2019 off to a flying start, Grandstand Media Ltd has been delighted to announce an exciting new sponsorship confirmed for the Puissance at HOYS 2019.

Ripon Select Foods and the Wood Family are thrilled to be taking on the sponsorship of the iconic Saturday evening showjumping class, which sees top riders display their precision, skill and bravery as they tackle the wall, reaching heights in excess of 7ft.

The Puissance for many is the highlight of the five-day show and was one of the original nine showjumping classes at the very first Horse of the Year Show in 1949. Now 70 years on and the class is still pulling in bumper crowds year on year, seeing many top names take on the wall.

HOYS Puissance action: Guy Williams, joint winner of the Puissance at HOYS 2018
Photo: Jullian Portch

Martin Wood, Director of Ripon Select Foods, commented: “As a family we compete in many horse classes from showing to showjumping and our sponsorship is a way of putting something back into the sport we love.

“As a business it’s a great way to get the company name out there and having personally seen the reaction of competitors when winning or even just competing at HOYS, which is one of the greatest horse shows in the world, is quite simply amazing.”

Event Director Emma Williams commented: “It is always an honour to welcome a new sponsorship agreement for the show. Having worked with the Wood Family and Ripon Select Foods for many years already through their support of the Supreme Horse Championship and the Children’s Riding Pony of the Year, I am delighted to see them step across to support one of the most popular showjumping classes we host at Horse of the Year Show. I look forward to continuing our partnership with them for 2019.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year from Octiber 2 – 6 2019 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham for another year of breathtaking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in February.

Club’s last 2018 event attracts bumper entries

Horsham and District Riding Club held their last competition for 2018 -Christmas Dressage with Entertainment, writes Marilyn Turner.  Bumper entries were received for this annual competition that has been running for around 30 years.

Morning classes included Intro to Elementary, and the afternoon featured  “That’s Entertainment,” of freestyle to music in either plain clothes or costume.  Lots of fun was had with amazing music and costumes.

Laura Durkan riding Bella,winner of the Novice Class 3 taken by Hannah Dore of LRG Photography Ltd.

A very big thank you  has gone to Carol Porter for organising it and to the judges, members, friends who helped throughout the day. Special prizes were donated by Jodie and Abi Sole for the best costume, and decorated horse in all classes, while the Ice Trophy for the Best Dressage to Music sponsored be Vanessa Jameson and Sharron Smallridge.

Class 1 Intro   1st, Promise of Spring ,Rea Mitchell, 2nd Wurzel,  Rebecca Halworth (best costume) 3rd Ben, Laura Durkan

Class 2 prelim 14 1st William and Karl Standing; 2nd Jilly and Laura Tullet 3rd Bella and  Laura Durkan, and Miranda Andrews won best costume.

Class 3 Novice :Bella, Laura Durkan 2nd Monister, Karl Standing 3rd Wilfian,  Karl Standing.

Class 4 Elem 1st Yana Anne Kendell   2nd Mista Clover Jayne White

Class 5 Music in Plain Clothes 1st Yana Anne Kendall 2Mista Clover Jayne White 3rd Shakespeares Romeo

Class 5 Single in Costume, 1st Karens Lad Abi Sole (Best costume) 2nd Malleo Anne Viltek 3rd Casper Sheri Parkes

Class 6 Pairs 1st Micheal Malander /Elise Gaylor Hot Spurs Tango ;2nd Tommy   Jane Silcox   Copperfield Ellie Maye Stella Gibbs Best costume.



All Weather Championships hotting up

Competition is hotting up in the bid to gain a free entry for the £1 million All Weather Championships  at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19 this year.

A six-race card at Wolverhampton this week on Wednesday January 2, includes a fast track qualifier with the £20,000 Ladbrokes Fillies’ Conditions Race at 2.50pm, where seven runners will race over seven furlongs.

The winner of this race is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Fillies and Mares Championships Conditions Race over the same distance on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park on the Championships Finals Day.

Lingfield Park all-weather finals promise top class racing Photo: ARC

Among the entries is Crossing The Line trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by David Probert, successful on four of her six starts as a three-year-old during 2018, while only being narrowly beaten on two other outings. She goes into tomorrow’s contest on a three-race winning streak.

By Cape Cross, she has turf wins at Chester and the Ebor Festival at York and went on to win a seven furlong handicap on polytrack surface at Chelmsford on December 6, beating the Dean Ivory-trained Lucymai by half a length.

Lucymai, ridden by Jack Duern, has seven wins to her credit on the all weather, with the latest in a seven furlong handicap at Chelmsford in August.

Another contender for the Lingfield race is Castle Hill Cassie, winner of a Listed race at Pontefract for trainer Ben Haslam, with Jason Watson riding, over course and distance on November 16.  She subsequently defeated the useful Ghazawaat by a head  in a fillies condition race over course and distance.

Castle Hill Cassie

Her trainer is based in Yorkshire and has been aiming Castle Hill Cassie for the All Weather Finals Day since September. She has been lightly raced so that she goes to the Wolverhampton race fresh, with a view to then being in top form for April.

He said: “The timescale has worked out quite nicely and she has not had to be too busy during the winter from a racing point of view. She goes there quite fresh with a view to being spot on for April.

“It will probably require a career-best to win , as she has to give 3lb to the rest of the field today, which means she is 4lb wrong with a couple of them. But on the flip side she will have that 3lb up her sleeve off level weights come April.

“After today, she is going to be covered by Zoustar at Tweenhills Stud, probably in late February or early March. Then she will run on Finals Day hopefully in foal to Zoustar. That will most likely be her swansong.

“She will also have an entry in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton Park, which takes place the day after Good Friday next year because Easter is so late.

“From the prize money point of view, it is a no-brainer to run at Lingfield, plus I also think the track and trip will suit her better. At the same time, if Kempton looked more winnable, from a breeding point of view it is more valuable.

“Hopefully, Lingfield Park will be her race, as I think it is an important race to support and strengthen.”

In-form trainer Mick Channon and jockey Charles Bishop are chasing successive victories in the Ladbrokes Fillies’ Conditions Race with Pattie, having taken the spoils 12 months ago with Summer Icon.

Wolverhampton’s six-race programme starts at 12.40pm and ends at 3.20pm

WHW chief executive thanks all for 2018 support

Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, has thanked everyone who supported this worthy charity during 2018.

This enabled WHW to continue successfully with its outstanding work in rehoming needy equines of all breeds and ages.

Roly Owers pictured with a horse ready to be rehomed by World Horse Welfare Charity    Photo:WHW

He said :”From extreme weather conditions in both the UK and further afield putting huge pressure on our resources to the uncertainty around Brexit – 2018 has certainly been a challenging year for equine welfare.

“However, it has also been a positive one with almost 300 horses finding new homes on our rehoming scheme and new legislation which better protects our equine population.

“On behalf of everyone here at World Horse Welfare, we would like to say thank you for supporting the charity in 2018 whether through donating, adding your voice to our campaigns, reporting concerns to our welfare line, rehoming a horse and much more.

“You are vital in helping us reach as many horses in need as possible and we look forward to continuing our work with you in 2019 as we experience ever more of these changing times.”

World Horse Welfare is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care of horses. Since it was founded in 1927, its whole approach has been practical, based on scientific evidence and our extensive experience, and focused on delivering lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.

To see how you can help visit: https://www.facebook.com/WorldHorseWelfare/

Does your horse whistle while it works?


SAVE THE DATE! This is the theme of the next Tour & Talk Sussex Equine Hospital is running on January 15 2019 at the hospital premises on the outskirts of Ashington.

Three of its well-renowned vets take the floor to share their insights on overground endoscopy, throat surgery and other standing surgical procedures, all in the lecture room upstairs and all aimed at sharing valuable knowledge.

Start time is 7pm, but tours of the hospital begin at 6.15pm. Put your name down by calling 01903 883050. TICKETS ARE FREE!

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Don’t miss Plumpton’s Sussex National day

PLUMPTON Racecourse has plenty to offer in 2019, starting with the Sussex National Race, sponsored by Sky Sports Racing on Sunday January 6.

Gates open at this popular fixture at 10.30am, and the first race is at 12.40pm, with the last at 3.40pm. The big race itself is scheduled for 2.40pm and promises exciting action. With more than  £80,000 of prize money on offer and the big race itself worth more than £30,000, this day always attracts a good turnout of runners.

The maximum field size of 18 is often reached at this raceday, where the feature race itself is over 3 miles 4 ½ furlongs. Last year the race was won by favourite Vinnie Lewis, trained  by Harry Whittington.

But the race has sprung some surprises in the past, with Itoldyou winning for Linda Jewell at 11-1 in 2015 and the Gary Moore trained Reblis winning in 2014 at 5/1.

Sussex National winner Itoldyou with trainer Linda Jewell and jockey Tom Cannon in 2015
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There will be a competitive seven race card and the chance for some tips from Colin Brown and Dave Crosse before racing in the paddock. It will also be Plumpton’s first day on the Sky Sports Racing channel  there will be live music from the Wild Murphy’s in the Paddock Bar and some children’s entertainment.

A couple of hospitality boxes are still available, with balconies overlooking the course offering the chance to celebrate with family and friends. There are also two restaurants available on site, the Paddock Restaurant (limited availability) and Marquee Restaurant, both offering lunches, tables for the day and great vantage points of the action.

If it is just tickets you want, Plumpton offers a newly re-furbished Southdown Bar with increased seating, a new café and food outlet (including bean to cup coffee from a new local supplier, Back Yard coffee based in Ditchling, a new bar (also serving the aptly named “Crazy Horse” from our local brewery Hepworths), making this a great local day out.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tickets are available from just £16 when buying ten or more. All children under 18 come in FREE of charge with adults. There are  plenty of other food outlets, burger vans, coffee units and options on site so all racegoers will be well catered for.

Contact Plumpton Racecourse on 01273 890383 or on line at https://tickets.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/shop/cart

Tickets in advance: Grandstand & Paddock Group (10+) – £16; & Paddock – £18 Brighton Bus – £5 (Leaves Brighton train station 1h30 before the first race, and leaves Plumpton 30 mins after the last race) Available until midnight on Friday 4th January.

On the Day: Grandstand & Paddock – £21 No group discount on the day, or concession prices.


Fontwell double for Moore and victory for Hier Encore

HORSHAM trainer Gary Moore was back in fine form at Fontwell Park’s Boxing Day meeting yesterday, when he saddled up a double, with both horses ridden by son Jamie.

It was triggered when Chivers, sent off 4-5 favourite, won  the two mile two furlong handicap chase in convincing style by 15 lengths from Sky Full Of Stars, trained by Chris Gordon, with Invicta Lake, trained by Suzy Smith, a further 11 lengths back in third place.

Chivers had shown little over hurdles, but his clearly has a decent future over fences, with the runner-up being a previous winner over the larger obstacles.

The double was completed for the Moore family, when previous Fontwell Park winner, Sussex Ranger, sent off 7-2 favourite, won the Southern Cranes and Training Division Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong

Sussex Ranger and Jamie Moore,pictured  with connections following an earlier win by Sussex Ranger at Fontwell Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

Sussex Ranger won comfortably by more than four lengths from 5-1 shot Monday Club, trained by Dominic Ffrench Davis, ridden by conditional jockey Alan Doyle.

The opening novices hurdle race saw a good win for newcomer On The Slopes, a four-year-old gelding owned by Skill Scaffolding Ltd, ridden to victory by Tom Cannon. The win came at the expense of previous hurdles winner Sky Full of Stars, trained by Jamie Snowden and owned by Mrs Carolyn Kendrick.

There was a good double on the day for amateur rider Rex Dingle, who gave Burgess Dream an excellent ride to win the handicap chase over three miles two furlongs for East Sussex trained Anna Newton- Smith. This talented rider previously won the opening handicap hurdle at the meeting with evens favourite Bonza Girl for trainer Jeremy Scott.

Hier Encore, trained by Nigel Dunger, well ridden by Harry Teal, en route to a decisive victory in the conditional jockeys race Photo courtesy Fontwell Park

Hier Encore made a winning return to racing at the meeting following a gap after previously being trained at Pulborough by David Menuisier. Entered in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, he was partnered to victory in the capable hands of claimer Harry Teal

The six-year-old gelding is now trained by Nigel Dunger at Pulborough. He unfortunately fell on his first outing for Nigel at the previous Fontwell meeting at the first obstacle, after being seriously hampered by another horse.

But there were no mistakes this time and he went on to win by a decisive 10 lengths under Harry Teal There should be more to come.

Strong entry for King George VI Chase

In-form trainer Nicky Henderson looks to be the one to follow at Kempton’s Boxing Day meeting, where the feature race is the prestigious King George VI Chase.

Last year’s winner of that race, Might Bite, trained by Henderson was an impressive winner and is also in this year’s field of 11 runners for  the big race, currently at 3-1.

Trainer Nicky Henderson Photo: John Simpson

He heads the field as the current favourite with the sponsors despite a disappointing return at Haydock last month where he finished at the back of the field but connections hope he can put that run behind him.

Another strong contender is Bristol De Mau, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, which won the Betfair Chase by four lengths. His trainer is hoping to win this Grade One contest for the first time.

Paul Nicholls, who has won this race nine times, cannot be discounted and his Grade Two winner, Politologue wull by running over three miles for the first time in this race. His other runner is a six-year-old- Clan Des Obeaux.

Colin Tizzard’s runners have been in good form recently and Native River, which won the Gold Cup is one of his two runners.

His other runner Thistlecrackthe 2016 32Red King George VI winner, will return to Kempton after a promising seasonal reappearance at Haydock where he finished third, just five and three-quarter lengths behind winner Bristol De Mai and stablemate Native River.

Trainer Colin Tizzard
Photo: John Simpson

The only Irish entry for this year’s race is  the Gordon Elliot trained Shattered Love, a mare which won the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and was last seen finishing runner up to Min at Punchestown earlier this month..

2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree holds his place in the race following an encouraging reappearance at Cheltenham last month finishing third.

This year’s King George VI Chase at Kempton is a very strong one and a case can be made for every horse in the race.

Hickstead is premier venue for Arena Polo

The All England Polo Club at Hickstead was founded in 2006, and is now one of the premier Arena Polo venues in the country. It hosts tournaments throughout the winter season, including the International Arena Polo Test Match each March.

When the club first opened, former Chairman of the HPA Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers said: “Hickstead has created one of the most modern and impressive arenas in the country. Not only has it hosted very successful international matches but it has worked hard to encourage the young to play.”

USA 10-goaler Tommy Biddle, who came to Hickstead for the first time in 2014, instantly became one of Polo at Hickstead’s biggest supporters: “This is the best surface I have ever played on. Hickstead has the best arena in the world!”

Exciting Arena Polo action at close quarters at Hickstead Photo: John Periam 01243 584718

Founder member Jack Kidd attributes this success to the huge surge in popularity of arena polo in recent years: “In the past ten years the science of arena polo has evolved to create the most passionate, gladiatorial, fast game that I have ever played.”

.A plus point  for arena polo is that it eliminates the need for a large string of ponies. A club member could happily play with two ponies throughout the season.

The Arena Polo Test Match, officially called the Bryan Morrison Trophy, returns to Hickstead each spring.  This is a significant spectator event, ensuring the crowd experiences one of the top highlights of the global winter polo season.

This is an outstanding day out at Hickstead with the chance to enjoy a drink on the clubhouse viewing deck and watch world-class polo action unfolding in the arena below

For more details about the Arena Polo programme see http://www.hickstead.co.uk/polo/