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At Last Normality Starts to Return to Equestrian Sport?

As the French Open Tennis championships come to an end, and the French arm of the Nations Cup was held in La Baule with a dressage CDI 4 star in Austria. However, the main menu this coming week has got to be the iconic Royal Ascot Meeting for five days, although sadly, again this year,

Explosion W – St Marks Basilica and Sweden Storm Europe

Following the English classics at Epsom over the weekend, there were also other equestrian events of note on the European mainland. The first of note was the show jumping Longines World Champions Tour in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands and The Nations Cup in St Gallen in Switzerland. The second was the running of the French

Snowfall in June Breaks Records – Derby Won by Adam

It seems only a very short time ago that we were reporting on the successes of Aidan O’Brien having the double at Epsom last year for both the classics – The Derby and The Oaks. This year, he was back again, in an attempt to repeat his last year’s achievement. One thing was certain about

EDS – No Challenge for Determined Film Maker – Ashleigh Harley

The sheer determination of some people is frankly a marvel to behold, and this comment is particularly relevant to Ashleigh Harley, a young lady who has been inflicted with dire health issues throughout her entire life, but has remained positive and determined to get everything she possibly can from her life. Despite her infliction of

Champions Tour in Madrid and More Classics in Ireland

The European classic merry go round continued this weekend with the running of the Irish one and two thousand Guineas at the Curragh. Sport horse activity also gingerly continues to open up with spectators allowed in the UK anyway, but there are still cases of EVA which both the authorities and the event organisers have

Dressage Big Guns Out – Palace Pier Makes it Look Easy

This weekend saw real excitement as the easing of Covid restrictions start to happen. The final of the FA football cup allowed some spectators into Wembley stadium and all outside sport can continue from today with limited crowds – something not seen now for over a year. The British Dressage big gun riders were out

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
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