Looking at the Equine Spine

Keeping the horse fit and well is a constant concern for all riders. One of the main problems that can occur, apart from normal foot infections is the spine. There are many who manipulate the muscles in a horse, but have they really given enough thought to why a muscle may be behaving abnormally. We

Racing concerns – showjumping highlights and dressage rankings

Showjumping continued at the highest level in Florida; Racing concerns in the UK following figures published that race going attendance had fallen once again in 2019; and Dujardin comes fourth on the FEI dressage rankings. Finally in the news this week; the Coronavirus has taken its first show off the calendar in Hong Kong. Show

Nicky Barrett casts her eye over Keysoe International Dressage

It is not too long now before the international dressage competitions start in the UK, the first at Keysoe in Bedfordshire in about six weeks. There are very few events in the UK  for Young Riders, Juniors and Pony riders to compete at, at this level, so we have put a video showing the top

World Cup Qualifiers Come Thick and Fast

With only a couple of months left for World Cup qualification in Las Vegas, the qualifying rounds now come thick and fast. In Amsterdam, the main qualifier took place for both dressage and show jumping. The highlight for the dressage was the personal best score for Charlottle Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle scoring just

Henry & David Cecil – The Racing Twins Legacy

There are few people who would dispute the brilliance of the lamented Sir Henry Cecil as one of the best race horse trainers ever to grace the gallops anywhere in the world. He and his brother David, were both trainers to different degrees of success and this year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Henry’s first

Lynch makes music with Chopin’s Bushi in Leipzig

In a relatively quiet week, there was a World Cup qualifier in Leipzig and several other FEI show jumping events around the globe. John Whitaker announced the retirement of his successful Grand Prix horse Argento and confirmation from the FEI of all the qualifying nations who will appear at the Tokyo Olympic Games starting in

First Grand Prix Success for Charlotte’s Pumpkin at Addington

It has been a year now since Chris Parker took over at the Addington Equestrian Centre and we went back on his first anniversary to see if anything has changed. The first show the new team put on at Addington was The British Dressage High Performance Show in 2019. It is always the first major domestic

Bush Fire Victims are Pledged Support

This weekend saw two World Cup qualifiers, one for dressage from Wellington in Florida USA and the second a showjumping qualifier from Basel in Switzerland and considerable pledges for the bush fire sufferers in Australia. Last week two horses were destroyed following the confirmation of an EVA (equine flu) out break in Hampshire in the

Jean-Francois Pignon – A Most Accomplished Horseman?

Jean-Francois Pignon from France is one of the world’s most accomplished horsemen. While he may not compete in any discipline, he has a group of horses with whom he travels the world, entertaining audiences at shows and events with his extraordinary displays of horsemanship and control. One such event he was invited to was the

Out with the Old and Into 2020.Happy New Year

The first weekend of the New Year and decade was another expectedly quiet one as the celebrations start drawing to a close, but the last FEI sponsored event of 2019 took place in the UK featuring the final CSI 4 star event in Liverpool.; and the first of 2020 was a World Cup qualifier for
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