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

How Well Racing Coped In 2020 despite Forced Covid Adjustments

World racing in 2020, like everything else in 2020 has had to make huge adjustments to its programme and organisation due to the Corona Virus pandemic. However, as we reflect on the flat season of 2020, it has coped really very well. Just as the season in the UK was about to start with the

Classy Racing – Breeders Cup while Sport Horse Competition Sinks Under Covid

While the protagonists continue their squalid arguments over who should be the President of The Dis-united States on January 20th 2021, in the republican state of Kentucky, the Breeder’s Cup series of races continued unabated this Friday and Saturday. In the sport horse world, the Bordeaux leg of the World Cup dressage and showjumping succumbed

Surprise Winner of Melbourne Cup – Eventing Ends Decimated Year

The Melbourne Cup is the best known race run each year in Australia. Always coinciding with the end of the horse trial eventing season, the two events bring the reality that the end of another equine sporting year is soon to come to a close. Christmas, new year and then we start all over again.

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

Syndication – A Way to Share the pleasures of Equine Ownership

Owning, looking after and if paying for training, any horse is not a cheap exercise. In the racing world though, for the past thirty or so years, there has been the option of sharing equine ownership, the expenses and the pleasures with others. This is commonly known as syndication. Racing is known as ‘the sport

John Oxx – The Quiet and Respected Trainer Leaves the Stage

There are a few race horse trainers who not only have the ability to train and place horses to their best advantage, but also have extraordinary wisdom in what they do. John Oxx, who has recently announced his retirement, is one. John Oxx was born in 1950. His father John Oxx Snr, was also a

Champions Day at Ascot – Double Wins for Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand

As European racing comes to an end for the year in Europe, the Champions Day at Ascot was another race meeting where further records were broken. It was the tenth anniversary of the ‘Champions’ meeting. There were also two dressage World Cup qualifiers over the weekend. At Ascot, the racing provided the first ever double

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

The Centenary Running of The Arc de Triomphe and Its Rich History

Last weekend saw the centenary running of one of the world’s most famous horse races, “The Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe” at the opulent Paris racecourse – Longchamp. It was probably one of the most bazaar renewals of the race in its rich history since its first running in 1920. In 2019 it was hotly
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