Month: July 2019

Only Foreigners Jump Clears In King George at Hickstead

The Royal International Horse Show is one of the oldest established events held each year in the UK. The first show took place at Olympia in London in 1907.  Following  intermittent annual renewals, The Duke of Beaufort established the event once and for all in 1934.  The show has had various homes, Wembley Stadium, The

Sweden Jump to Glory at Hickstead

This is the second major Nations Cup competition we have seen in the last week. First was at Aachen in Germany and now we are at Hickstead in the UK. This is the penultimate of the seven rounds of the Nations Cup series this year which takes place between May and August. The current leader

The Isabell and Dorothee Show at Aachen Dressage

The CHIO Aachen in the north west tip of Germany has long been recognised at one, if not the most important horse show held each year in Germany.  It attracts the top riders and horses, particularly from Europe. It is only a few miles from both the Belgian and Dutch boarders and is well served

Darley Star Stallions Sashay Around at Dalham Hall Stud

It was a great privilege to be asked to cover the 2019 stallion parade at the Darley Dalham Hall Stud. It was in 1981 that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai purchased the Dalham Hall Stud, just outside the UK’s racing capital, Newmarket in Suffolk. When he purchased the stud from

More Darley Stallions Parade at Dalham Hall Stud

Hand in hand with the Darley operation is of course the better known Godolphin Racing with the famous all royal blue racing colours. All the stallions selected to stand at any of the Darley studs have first had successful racing careers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai set up the Godolphin

87.6 for Aptly Named Freestyle at Hartpury Dressage

Of the five ‘dressage only’ FEI competitions in the UK in the year, The Hartpury Dressage Festival is certainly one of the most important. It is the only FEI event run in the UK with FEI classes both for abled and disabled riders. As a result there are over 40 classes over the five days

King of Barbury Reclaims His Crown

The Barbury International Horse Trials is one of the main horse trials held each year in the UK. on the 2000 acre Barbury Castle Estate near Marlborough in Wiltshire. Riders from nineteen different nations took part. Over the four day show, about 1000 horses were expected to run. Twenty four elite riders, those who have

John McCririck

There are many more eloquent than I to pass comment or write an obituary following the news of John McCririck’s death on Friday, and many have. However, I could not let the news go by without a few words. John McCririck was rather like marmite, you either loved or hated him. He was seen by

Doubles All Round,One Triple at Hartpury’s Para Dressage

The Hartpury Festival of Dressage, which takes place each year at the world famous equestrian college in Gloucestershire, is the best and most important international competition for disabled riders in the UK. In the UK there is very little opportunity each year for these remarkable riders to compete with only two other smaller international competitions
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