Drugs, Show Jumping and Derby Trials as Covid Starts to Relent

We are lucky in the UK, along with a few other countries in the world in that it appears that we are rather successfully dealing with this hideous pandemic which has blighted our sport for so long now. Shows are beginning to open up and crowds are shortly going to be allowed back into watch

Most Open Guineas Classics at Newmarket for Years

In the most open Guineas Classics at Newmarket for many years, we are left rather wondering whether the three year olds of 2021 are below par compared with their peers of recent years? Isabel Werth comes back to competition with vengeance and Andrew Kocher a show jumper from the USA is banned for ten years.

At Last Equine Competition Slowly Eases Forward with Covid Protocols

At last there seems to be some semblance of normality returning to the equestrian sporting calendar, Dressage, eventing and show jumping have all had headlines this weekend, as well as racing which has carried on fairly well regardless of the pandemic. All events have continued behind closed doors, but at least they have been able

Racing Mourns Passing of Sheikh Hamdan as World Cup Goes Ahead

It is another sad time for worldwide horse racing and thoroughbred breeding in that as many weeks, a second icon of the sport has died as the racing world mourns the passing of.- His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In other news from the world of horses, was the racing action was from

Rachael Blackmore and Henri de Bromhead take all before them at Cheltenham

Another year, another National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham, but this year behind closed doors due to the continuing covid pandemic. The extraordinary achievements of the Irish contingent who did come was the highlight of the week, particularly the exploits of both trainer Henri de Blomhead and female jockey Rachael Blackmore. In 2020, of course, the

Disparaging Headlines Haunt British Racing

Racing, in the last two weeks have seen some pretty disparaging headlines. The usual habit of the racing authorities of ‘keep calm and carry on’ has not served them so well this time. Both owner and major worldwide bloodstock player, Sheikh Mohammed and international recognised trainer in Ireland, Gordon Elliott have both given the media

“Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day”

It may not be so surprising but nevertheless very sad that for a second year in a row, The Badminton Horse Trials have been cancelled. There have been a few group 1 races run during the past couple of weeks and also the season has stuttered to some sort of start in both showjumping and

The Horse-World Remembers Baron Lord Sam Vestey

Nothing was more convivial than supping good wine with Lord Sam Vestey and his wife Celia at the Deauville Racecourse during the summer meeting, something both my wife and I had the pleasure of on several occasions when we had horses running at the track. It is with great sadness that at only 79 years

Lockdown Continues but Sales Continue Virtually

Already in February and with little going on as most of Europe still in lock down, competition is thin on the ground, but the bloodstock early year sales take on a completely new look and continue virtually. Sadly, two recent deaths have been announced. The first was the national and international man of inspiration during
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