Category: Showjumping

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

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

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

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

Back to Lock Down in Western Europe

With hugely higher Covid 19 cases reported every day and governments scrabbling around, trying to find a way through this most hideous pandemic, most of Western Europe is now in or about to be in lock down once again. Slightly different from the first lock down in that elite sports are set to continue but

Doubles All Round for Charlotte Dujardin and The O’Brien Trainers

In a rare feat for this year, Keysoe Equestrian managed to complete its second FEI dressage competition on schedule. It was doubles all round for Charlotte Dujardin in the dressage and The O’Brien trainers also completed a double in The Fillies Mile and Dewhurst. Britain’s Scott Brash has been away for so long now, one

Alcohol Free Juvenile Group 1 and a World Cup Qualifier

The main equestrian news of the week again involved racing. With the autumn coming on apace, juvenile Group 1 races are being run around the globe. In St Tropez, showjumping put on its 5 star Grand Prix; and a rare Dressage World Cup qualifier did actually take place in Hungary. Ireland held the main horse

Izzy Taylor Takes Eventing Honours in Norfolk-Racing Mourns Pat Smullen

The first and only long format 4 star eventing competition this year took place at Burnham Market in Norfolk GB over the weekend. Last week, Pat Smullen, the one of the most successful Irish jockeys of recent times died, a great loss to the racing community. The FEI are talking about re-instating the 2021 European
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