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British ‘super-groom’ wins FEI best groom award

Valegro and groom Alan Davies – Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom – 20 May 2015

British “super-groom” Alan Davies has received the FEI best groom award in recognition of his dedication in caring for the horses of Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.

Alan, 48, was presented with the prize at the ninth annual FEI Awards Gala, held last night (21 November) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

An emotional Alan, who was also nominated for the award in 2014, 15 and 16 but narrowly missed out each time, said: “Words can’t describe how I feel — it’s just amazing.”

Alan has been a huge part of Carl and Charlotte’s success on the world stage in recent years, being responsible for the day-to-day care of superstars Valegro and Nip Tuck, among others.

“There is definitely no ‘I’ in team and if it weren’t for Alan I don’t believe me and my horses would have achieved so much,” said Carl.

“This is a reward for a lifetime of dedication, and the whole yard is thrilled,” Carl told H&H. “Alan really is one of the original super-grooms, of which there are very few around. He’s made being a groom trendy and chic, and this is really something to be proud of.”

Carl also joked on social media: “Alan, it’s time to leave Uruguay and get back here — there are horses to muck out and feed!”

Germany’s multi-medalled dressage rider Isabell Werth received the FEI best athlete award. With the 12-year-old Don Schufro mare Weihegold OLD, Isabell won this year’s World Cup final in Omaha, as well as sweeping the board with triple gold at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

“It makes me really proud, really happy to get this support from so many people,” said Isabell. “2017 was just amazing…the highlight was the World Cup final with Weihe.”

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Other winners included young Irish showjumper Harry Allen, who won the Longines FEI rising star award; Australian para dressage rider Emma Booth, winner of the FEI against all odds award; and Manoj Jalan, who claimed the FEI solidarity award.

Nominations in each category were received from all over the world before the final results were decided — 50% by public vote and 50% by an exclusive panel of judges.

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Get ready to plan your season: British Eventing 2018 fixtures confirmed

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Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover at Blair 2016. Picture by Dave Cameron

The British Eventing (BE) fixtures list for the 2018 season includes some good news for eventers in the north of England and Scotland.

A new venue added to the calendar is Frenchfield Horse Trials in Cumbria, which will run two days of competition in April, with a second fixture in September. Levels of competition at Frenchfield will range from BE80(T) to BE105.

Hopetoun Horse Trials in Scotland returns to the calendar on 30 June for two days after a one year break in 2016. Organised by Bruce Edward, the event which used to also run international classes, will now host competition ranging between BE80(T) and novice level.

Blair Castle International Horse Trials will now host the BE90 and BE100 Scottish Championships in August.

Other changes include the addition of a BE80(T) class at both runnings of Skipton in North Yorkshire in June and August, while Frickley Park (1) in July has replaced its BE100plus class with a BE105 competition.

BE chief executive David Holmes said: “Following a great season for British Eventing it is now time to look ahead to the coming year; we are delighted to release the calendar for 2018 so our members, fans, volunteers and supporters can start planning their season.

“The fixtures team and regional coordinators have been working hard to maintain the number of competition opportunities around the country to ensure a balanced and suitable fixtures calendar for organisers and competitors.

“Thank you to all organisers for your huge efforts in running British Eventing affiliated fixtures, we look forward to a great 2018.”

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Other notable changes include Belton Horse Trials in Lincolnshire running two weeks later in 2018 than it did this year. The event, which hosts classes from novice to advanced plus three-star, will take place on 13-15 April. Previously a popular pre-Badminton run, it will be interesting to see whether the date change has an impact on entries. Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk, which historically hosts its event over the Easter weekend, now runs a couple of weeks earlier than it did last year around the final weekend in March.

Breckenbrough (2) in Yorkshire does not appear in the 2018 BE fixtures list, although its first event still takes place.

Finally, the FEI pony European Eventing Championships will be hosted by Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire in early August.

For all the latest news analysis, competition reports, interviews, features and much more, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, on sale every Thursday

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From pleurisy to colic to exploding lorry tyres: one rider’s amateur champs drama

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They say that bad luck often comes in threes and poor showjumper Angie Mills was struck by the full hat-trick of misfortune while competing at the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur and Veteran Championships at Aintree International Equestrian Centre at the weekend (14-19 November).

The rider, who is based in Co. Durham, arrived at the Liverpool venue — home to the famous Grand National race in April — suffering from pleurisy, an inflammation of the tissue layers lining the lungs and inner chest wall.

Brave Angie battled on, however, and after narrowly losing out to Jo Fennell and Bantasia in the mini veterans championship at this popular show, she and the 13-year-old gelding Quids In II — who is known at home as Cash — turned the tables to win the national minor veterans final.

“With a later draw in the minor jump-off, I knew what I had to do,” said championship regular Angie, who has had the “ultra-careful” Cash for the past nine years.

“We galloped through the start beams and kept the pace up all round.”

Angie’s rollercoaster weekend then continued with more high drama. She had also qualified for the D&H 1.05m championship final at Aintree as well as the 95cm, in which Angie was hoping to defend her title, but as Cash suffered a bout of colic overnight, Angie decided to return home to Haswell in the north-east early, where the saga continued.

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“We had just unloaded the horses when one of the tyres on the lorry exploded,” explained Angie. “I dread to think what would have happened if it had gone on one of the narrow roads near home.”

Don’t miss the full report from the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur and Veteran Championships — and all the action from around the country — in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound, out Thursday 23 November.

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‘We need your help’: fireworks campaigners’ call for support

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Campaigners aiming to bring about a change in the laws surrounding firework use have issued a rallying call to horse owners to join the fight.

In under five weeks, more than 100,000 people signed the FAB fireworks abatement group’s latest petition, which calls for a ban on public use.

An initial response from the government, made when the number of signatures reached 10,000, said no change was needed to firework law.

But when the number of supporters reached 100,000, the government announced the issue would be debated in parliament, on 29 January next year.

Julie Doorne, one of the founders of the campaign group, has urged the public to support the movement further.

“We need people to write to their MPs before the debate,” she told H&H.

“If they don’t, MPs will say: ‘I haven’t heard from people; it’s not a problem in my constituency,’ so writing to them is a huge thing.”

Julie said people can find out their MPs’ contact details online (link) and that any letter or email, however short, will make a difference.

“It will help enormously, as they can’t deny it then,” she added. “If every MP in the country gets letters or emails, it will really help.”

The government has already debated a petition calling for restrictions to the dates on which fireworks can be sold, which was also started by the campaign group and was signed by more than 100,000 people.

MPs decided on that occasion that no law changes were necessary.

“No law was ever changed on one debate,” said horse owner Julie, who has devoted hours of her time to the campaign over recent years.

“It’s not just owners of horses and other animals; it’s people too; things that aren’t thought about. One lady contacted me because her husband’s support dog hadn’t alerted him he was going to go into a diabetic coma; she found him slumped in his chair.



“The dog had been unable to do its job as it was scared of the constant fireworks. Then there are lots of medical conditions that make people hyper-sensitive to noise, not to mention those with hearing aids, which don’t filter like our ears do.

“I don’t know how to impress on the government how much it affects people’s lives.”

For all the latest news analysis, competition reports, interviews, features and much more, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, on sale every Thursday.

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