Category: General

2020 – The Most Extraordinary We Have Witnessed Since 1940s

2020 has been the most extraordinary we have all witnessed at least since the mid-1940s. Many countries have been in some form of ‘lock down’ since mid-March and as we review the sport horse year for both showjumping and dressage, two of the major European competing countries have just announced Christmas cancellation and a further

London Awards and £5 Million on Offer in Hong Kong

It is that time of year when awards are given out for the great and good of the equestrian sports horse world. This time virtually from London, but some worthy winners nevertheless. In Hong Kong, the main winter race meeting of the year was staged with over $5 million prize money on offer for the

Bloodstock Down but Certainly Not Out at The European Breeding Sales

While the world economies have been ravaged by Covid 19 in 2020, the European bloodstock world has proved to be remarkably resilient. “Keep going and carry on” seems to have been the year’s moto? Although prices have been down this year and sales have had to be rescheduled on more than one occasion, business has

European Breeding Sales Finish & Holly Smith Wins in Spain

The main European breeding sales are completed successfully in Newmarket and Deauville. For the first time since March this year, a few spectators have been allowed back to watch racing live. Top hats are outlawed in future dressage competitions from January 1st and Holly Smith takes the main showjumping Grand Prix of the week in

Mandatory Guide to Christmas – even in These Odd Times

It seems rather mandatory for a news blog to address the thorny subject of helping those who need it, to provide some ideas for Christmas. Why we think we are in such a good position to offer such advice is quite an enigma to me! However, as usual, there is a huge array of gifts

Lipizzaner Stallions and Classic Dressage Still reign Supreme in Vienna

There are four classical riding academies in the world and by far the most famous is The Spanish Riding School with their unique Lipizzaner stallions, based in Vienna, Austria. For very nearly 350 years, the school has reigned supreme and been the centre of ‘classic dressage performance’. The other three are also Europe based –

Vilamoura in Portugal Keeps the Flag Flying for Sporthorses

Little to get excited by this week sadly. Corona has seen the cancellation of all the major winter indoor events which is frustrating for all concerned, but with the latest news of vaccines becoming available soon with any luck, we may start to see the end of the decimation of the equine calendar. However, one

85 Years Young – Nelson Pessoa still Keeps Busy

It was just before Christmas in 1935, that one of the world’s greatest show jumping riders was born in Brazil – Nelson Pessoa. He is a man who can look back on an illustrious career in the saddle, but what is not so well known is the fact that the breeding of the horses he

Autumnal Reduction in Racing and Sport Horse Competition

The last week has definitely seen the usual autumnal reduction of activity in the racing and sport horse competition, not there has ever been that much in the sport horse world anyway this year. There was a horse trials event in Tryon in the USA – a 4 star Long in which 53 declared for
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