At last sport horse competition is gathering momentum. In the UK the last week, and it’s still continuing, British Showjumping have been staging their annual but greatly enlarged National Championships. In dressage, there have been a handful of FEI 3 star CDIs. Racing has quietened down a touch with fewer major races throughout the world.
This week should have seen the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the completion of the Equestrian part of the Games. As we have all been cruelly denied our four year fix, we look at four years ago when the then 58 year old Nick Skelton of Great Britain took the individual Gold Medal. All we
In the weekend just passed, we should have been able to celebrate two equine festivals. The first, which did happen behind closed doors was the Goodwood Festival and the second, abandoned some time ago was the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. We have already written a considerable amount about the Goodwood Festival, and discussed
This week saw the annual flat racing extravaganza of races over five days at Goodwood in Sussex. It is said by many, that the racecourse itself is scenically, one of the most beautiful in the UK. The Goodwood Festival, as this race meeting in July is known has three Group 1s among the list of
At Horse View UK we do not necessarily make a comment on one particular race, but the exception has to be made on this occasion to commend a champion Stradivarius, the long distance specialist winning the Goodwood Cup for a record fourth time. The only horse in history to win four times since its first
With sport horse competitions still in wind up mode and all being conducted behind closed doors, significant news is rather thin. Racing has continued over the weekend, again behind closed doors, but with three months lost earlier in the season, the big races have been concertinaed together with a continual run of Group 1 races
This weekend sees the sixty-ninth running of The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. There are a few horse races every year throughout the world which are truly ‘iconic’, and this race is one of them. Even if you have absolutely no interest in horse racing, this race run over 1 ½
For those suffering from a ‘lack of dressage’ a virtual Grand Prix was held over the weekend in a new and innovative initiative. Several Group 1 races were run, including Two Oaks’, one in Ireland and the other in The USA and we say farewell to Tim Price – a keen supporter and organiser of
Throughout history, the Germans have long been associated with their horses. Over the centuries, they have brought together differing breeds throughout Europe and developed breeds such as the Hanoverians. They have always had prolific and famous riders. In more recent times, Dr Reiner and his daughter, Ingrid Klimke, Paul Schockemohle, Michael Jung, Isabell Werth, Ludger
For the first time in over one hundred days, all the main disciplines in the UK were able to compete this weekend. With eventing at Barbury, normally an international competition, but this year scaled down, Twesledown and Aske, eventing started again much to the relief of the riders. In dressage, several venues held classes as
Every so often, the editor of Horse View UK you might say, goes slightly off piste and this article is one of those occasions, but we hope the readers will find some interest in one of the world’s greatest equestrian supporters, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. Known to everyone as a prolific racehorse
After yesterday’s Epsom classics, in which the Derby produced a jaw dropping result, part two of the weekend’s classics took place in France, together with the mouth-watering Eclipse Stakes, Group 1 at Sandown. Of the four classics, the Prix de Diane (The French Oaks) looked on paper as the class contest of the four, but
As equine world competition slowly splutters back to life, worldwide racing continues, albeit with stringent protocols. This weekend sees two Derbys and two Oaks’ and The Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown plus two Group 1 races from Belmont Park in USA. A veritable feast of racing for the pure racing aficionados! For the first
One of the conundrums of what this Covid-19 will do to business and international economies is something that we all have and this is no exception to the equine world in terms of prices obtained for horses and what demand there may or may not be? Traditionally, the thoroughbred market has been extraordinarily resistant to
As the world of equestrianism stutters back to life, the weekend saw the running of two Group 1 races in Ireland, The Irish Derby and The Pretty Polly Stakes. In dressage the first 3 star CDI took place in Hungary and in France the first 4 star CSI Grand Prix for showjumping also took place.