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How to watch the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on TV

Tim STOCKDALE GBR riding FLEUR DE L’AUBE, during the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup during the Royal International Horse Show at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex, UK on 29 July 2016

This year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) at Hickstead’s All England Jumping Course will be packed with big names and top-class sport.

If you can’t make it to the show yourself, you can keep up to date with the Royal International Horse Show on TV via Sky Sports as well as coverage via livestream on Hickstead.TV and the FEI’s YouTube channel from 26 July-30 July.

There is no terrestrial TV coverage of the show this year.

On Wednesday 26 July, all the action from the international arena will be livestreamed via a single camera on both Hickstead.TV and the FEI’s YouTube channel.

The livestream will continue on Thursday 27 July with the show’s first international showjumping, the Bunn Leisure Vase and the Bunn Leisure Trophy, followed by the MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge in the afternoon.

Friday 28 July is Nations Cup day at Hickstead. TV in the UK and Ireland can watch the class live on Sky Sports (Viewers without a Sky Sports subscription can purchase a Now TV day pass to watch). Online coverage will be available to FEITV subscribers outside the UK and Ireland.

Both the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday 29 July and the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Sunday 2 August, along with Saturday’s Bunn Leisure Salver and British Speed Classic, will be shown as multi camera broadcasts on both and the FEI’s YouTube channel. Sky Sports will also broadcast live from the show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

This year’s coverage will include a full-scale broadcast, including commentary, of both the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship and the De La Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship for the first time.

Royal International Horse Show on TV

Friday 28 July: 1405-1800  Sky Sports Action

Saturday 29 July: 1400-1600 Sky Sports Arena; 1600-1730 Sky Sports Red Button

Sunday 30 July: 1400-1700 Sky Sports Action

Royal International highlights on TV

Monday 31 July: 1400-1700 Watch Sunday’s action on Sky Sports Action

Wednesday 2 August: 2000 highlights show Sky Sports Action; 0100 highlights show Sky Sports Arena

Thursday 3 August: 0900 highlights show Sky Sports Action

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HOYS-bound pony rescued from cattle grid in blizzard says ‘thanks’

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A pony rescued from a cattle grid has returned to thank the firefighters who saved him after fulfilling his rider’s “dream” of qualifying for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

Hattie Beal, 17, and her Highland pony, Razz, visited crews at Leek Community Fire Station to say thank you for rescuing the nine-year-old gelding.

Razz was stuck in the grid for hours after escaping from his field during a snowstorm in March 2016.

Hattie struggled for about 20 minutes to try to free him on her own before fetching neighbours to help.

Their attempts were also unsuccessful, so Hattie called her mum, Sally, who rang the vet and fire service.

Due to the treacherous conditions, Staffordshire Fire Service sent a four-wheel drive first, then three fire appliances after a snow plough had cleared the road.

“Around a dozen crew members were at the scene — working in a snow blizzard was certainly interesting and the snow made work to free Razz more difficult,” said crew manager Gary Lea.

“When we arrived the pony was quite distressed but the vet, Caroline Bramhall of Agnew Equine, thankfully managed to sedate him and this allowed us to work to get him out safely.”

The firefighters used specialist animal rescue equipment to free the pony without serious injury and he has since made a full recovery.

“We were pleasantly surprised when Hattie and Razz came to visit us — I don’t think we’ve ever had a pony at the station before,” said Mr Lea.

“It’s just fantastic to hear that, despite his set back last year, they are doing so well together and we wish them every success at Horse of the Year Show in October.”

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The combination beat 26 other competitors to win the junior large breeds mountain & moorland class and qualify for HOYS at the Royal Cheshire Show last month, before being crowned reserve champion.

“Razz is a very special pony and we’re thrilled he was able to make a full recovery,” said Mrs Beal, who joined Hattie and Razz to visit the fire station.

“Not only is he a top class show pony who has qualified for Horse of the Year Show, he is a part of our family.

We will always be forever grateful and eternally thankful for the amazing job the fire service did that day rescuing Razz.

“You have all paid a very big part of helping to make Hattie’s dream of qualifying for Horse of the Year show come true.”

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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British girls fight hard for medal haul at YR Europeans

After yesterday’s dramatic cross-country day at the young rider European eventing championships in Millstreet, Ireland, the British team fought hard to come away with individual silver and team bronze medals.

Alex Kennedy (pictured top) added nothing to her dressage score of 41.3 to take home the individual silver. Riding her 12 year old grey Lissangle Cavaletto B, Alex put in a foot-perfect performance in what was a dramatic championships.

Germany’s Hanna Knuppel, who was second after the dressage, but rose to first after British rider Sam Ecroyd fell on the cross-country, had a fence in hand over Alex on the final day. Nerves were rattled when she had the second fence down, but she held it together to take individual gold with Carismo 22.

British-based Dutch rider, Janou Bleekman and Granntevka Prince capitalised on their clear showjumping round inside the time, of which there were only eight from the 40 final day starters, to rise from eighth to eventual bronze medal position.

Ireland’s Cathal Daniels put the disappointment of teammate Susie Berry and Morswood, who were in second after the cross-country, being spun at the final trot-up, behind them to notch another good clear jumping round with Sammy Davis Junior to finish in fourth.

The British young rider team

Individual British rider, Lizzie Baugh, and Quarry Man enjoyed their first taste of a championship when finishing ninth thanks to a fantastic double clear.

Katie Bleloch and the super-consistent Bulano, were the next best-placed Brits in 11th.

“I’m so pleased,” said Katie, who is in her final year of young riders. “I’ve waited three years to get a medal so I’m over the moon to have finally managed it. I’ve never ridden so fast in the showjumping, due to the tight time, but my horse didn’t touch a pole.”

Felicity Collins, who was a member of the junior team last year with her hugely promising eight year old, RSH Contend Or added just one showjumping time-fault to wind up in 13th place.

The final rider for Britain to complete was Libby Seed. She had a pole down at fence three to finish a respectable 16th with Philanderer.

“My horse was a bit awestruck going into the arena so I had to ride him quite strongly, which is why we had that fence down,” explained Libby. “But he’s been a really good boy all week and the further we went round the course, the better he got.”

The top three teams finished well clear of the rest of the field. Thanks to Britain’s consistent performances, the team clinched the bronze, which is a great result to add to the junior’s individual gold and team silver medals.

It ended up being a tight battle for the gold and silver medals between Germany and the Netherlands, but Germany held on to finish 2.2 penalties ahead of the Dutch.

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Disappointment for British individual at YR Europeans and exciting result for debutante

It was a day of ups and downs for Britain’s young rider European eventing team on cross-country day at Millstreet, Ireland today (22 July).

Dressage leader, Sam Ecroyd, needed to jump a clear round but unfortunately came to grief at the second water, riding Tallaher Sunrise. Twenty-year-old Sam was last out on course for the British team, and a clear round inside the optimum time wouldn’t just have meant that he would maintain his individual lead, but the team would narrowly jump into gold medal position too. Sadly it wasn’t meant to be and Sam fell off when his horse whipped left-handed at a water cascade rail (pictured top, jumped by Alex Kennedy).

“The sun decided to come out for the first time this week as I started my round,” explained a gutted Sam, who had also been held for an hour at the start following falls on course. “My horse spooked and I came off.”

Germany’s Hannah Knüppel put in a fast and clear cross-country round on Carismo 22, to rise from second into first, while Ireland’s Susie Berry put in a great round on Morswood to finish in second, despite collecting 2.8 time-faults.They are on a score of 41.2.

“He was very good,” said Susie, who is based with Piggy French in Britain. “I accidentally stopped my watch half-way round which didn’t help and then he hit a bit of a wall so I nursed him home.”

Susie is 5.2 penalties behind Hanna, but the German had two fences down at last year’s championships, so it is all still to play for.

Best of the Brits is young rider debutante Alex Kennedy (pictured), who rode from sixth to third on Lissangle Cavaletto B, to wind up just 0.1 of a penalty behind Susie. The pair flew around the testing course, designed by Mike Etherington-Smith, to finish bang on the optimum time of 8 minutes 49 seconds.

“My horse was incredible,” smiled Alex, who is second rider to British eventer Mille Dumas. “It was like he knew where he was going. There was no room for faffing on the course and you had to be awake the whole way. I’m pleased it’s over but I’d now happily do it all again!”

British team pathfinder, Katie Bleloch, is in 12th riding Bulano, thanks again to a speedy clear.

“He was so straight and there wasn’t one hairy moment, which is a nice thing to have achieved,” said Katie.

Felicity Collins has risen some 23 places to 15th, after a classy round on the eight-year-old RSH Contend OR.

“He was so strong but he answered every question,” said Felicity who was physically exhausted after piloting her keen horse around the track. “I’m so proud of him.”

Individual riders Libby Seed (Philanderer) and Lizzie Baugh (Quarry Man) also enjoyed two good rounds.

Libby incurred 1.6 time-faults to wind up in 17th.

“He was awesome, especially as I’ve only had him for six months,” explained Libby. “I was told to attack the course and that’s exactly what I did.”

Lizzie finished spot on the optimum time but was awarded 20 penalties after a wobble at a corner at fence 14b.

“We got to the bottom of the first part after we had been held before the fence,” explained Lizzie of the youngest son by Jumbo and who still does stallion duties at West Kington Stud. “So I put in a wiggle to give us more time to get to the corner, but we definitely didn’t cross our tracks.”

Although being contested, the penalties still stand at the moment.

The team standings have all changed. Reigning champions France, who were leading, have dropped to seventh after a day of refusals, falls and time-faults.

Germany added just 0.6 of a penalty to their dressage score to end up in gold medal position on 125.7. The Netherlands has risen from fourth to second to lie on 127.9, while Britain has maintained their bronze medal position, finishing today on a score of 142.3. They have more than a 25 penalty lead over Ireland in fourth.

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The young rider showjumping begins at 2pm tomorrow following the final horse inspection.

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DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List.

Federal agencies typically provide public notice of the regulations that are under development twice a year in the Unified Regulatory Agenda. The first Agenda the Trump Administration issued, which went online July 20, 2017, contains some very noteworthy changes from the last such Agenda, issued by the Obama Administration.

For the first time, the Agenda breaks down all agency regulatory actions into three categories: active, long-term, or inactive. While the Agenda does not define these terms, it appears that only the active and long-term matters receive a description and projected deadlines. The inactive matters appear on a PDF document under a link called “2017 Inactive Actions”.

The Agenda places the Department of Justice’s rulemakings under Titles II and III of the ADA for websites, medical equipment, and furniture of public accommodations and state and local governments on this 2017 Inactive Actions list, with no further information. Thus, as we had predicted, there will be no regulations about public accommodations or state and local government websites for the foreseeable future.

In the absence of website regulations, the courts are filling the void with a patchwork of decisions that often conflict with one another. The uncertain legal landscape has fueled a surge of lawsuits and demand letters filed and sent on behalf of individuals with disabilities alleging that the websites of thousands of public accommodations are not accessible.

The placement of the website and all other pending ADA Title III rulemaking activities (medical equipment and furniture) on the Inactive list is part of the Administration’s larger effort to reduce the number of regulations in development.  The Administration touted the following accomplishments on the Agenda’s homepage:

  • Agencies withdrew 469 actions that had been proposed in the Fall 2016 Agenda;
  • Agencies reconsidered 391 active actions by reclassifying them as long-term (282) and inactive (109), allowing for further careful review;
  • Economically significant regulations fell to 58 – about 50 percent fewer than Fall 2016;
  • For the first time, agencies will post and make public their list of “inactive” rules.

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Aachen eventing: Leading Brit takes a tumble in the showjumping as team slip down the placings

Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser

There was no shortage of drama during the showjumping in the eventing Nations Cup at Aachen today (Friday, 21 July).

The British team went into the second phase standing in fourth place after a promising dressage, which saw Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz the best of the Brits in seventh.

Pippa and the eye-catching 12-year-old gelding were third to go from the British riders and were enjoying a brilliant round over Frank Rothenberger’s up-to-height track, when they experienced an unlucky tumble at the penultimate double.

After knocking the first element, Billy The Biz appeared to stumble on take off and pecked on landing — leaving his rider tasting the turf. Both horse and rider got up unscathed, although Pippa was nursing a cut on her chin — she remounted to pop the final fence, with the crowd feeling her frustration as she left the arena.

“It was so frustrating for Pippa — Billy The Biz is probably the best jumper in the team and he was foot-perfect up until that point,” commented British chef d’equipe Richard Waygood. “Aachen’s showjumping is always a big, galloping track. However, we remain positive and it is not over yet with the cross-country tomorrow — a lot can happen in eventing.”

Tom McEwen was the first British rider out in the expansive Aachen arena and produced a foot-perfect round aboard the 10-year-old gelding Toledo De Kerser — the pair sat 25th after the dressage.

Piggy French’s 10-year-old ride Quarrycrest Echo had a slight “spooky moment” a stride before the water tray and tapped it behind.

“It was frustrating to have that pole but he’s a young horse and there is a big atmosphere in there — he is improving all the time,” said Piggy.

“I was really pleased with his dressage test, although I was hoping he would get a higher mark.”

The British team are now sitting in fifth overnight. The British individual rider Alexander Bragg enjoyed a clear round, just picking up one time penalty with Zagreb

Germans in the lead overnight

The Germans held the top-three placings going into the showjumping phase and, although the order of the riders changed, the podium spots were all maintained by the home-side going into tomorrow’s cross-country.

Sandra Auffarth led the dressage aboard the flashy Opgun Louvo on a mark of 31.8, stealing the top spot from teammate Ingrid Klimke (Horseare Hale Bob OLD). Third-last to go Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW held third.

However, when Sandra knocked the middle element of the problematic treble it dropped her down to third — both Ingrid (pictured, above) and Michael’s flawless clear rounds boosted them to the top of the leaderboard, with Ingrid holding the top spot overnight.

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6 summertime hardships all riders face

Come December when it’s pouring with rain or we’re breaking the ice on the trough, these things will be the least of our worries. But right now, here are a few summer hardships we’re struggling with…

1. White hands on brown arms

Thanks to following sage advice to wear gloves at all times while riding/handling horses — and not caring for the alternative hardship of sweeping-with-sweaty-hands-induced-über-blisters — summertime riders are blessed with some interesting tan lines. The most amusing of these lies around the wrists, with hands that are so pale by comparison to your forearms that you wouldn’t need half the outfit required to take up that role as a Marcel Marceau impersonator.

2. White legs (despite incredibly brown arms)

Continuing with a theme here. Riders legs, never being out of breeches, can be so pasty in relation to the corresponding arms that they actually reflect sunlight when on a rare Sunday afternoon off they are exposed to a few rays. Given this unprecedented exposure they will proceed to turn the shade of a winner’s rosette in the time it takes to ride prelim 18.

3. Deeply (un)attractive red lumps on both arms and legs

Courtesy of horseflies. For us more delicate specimens, a horsefly bite (or three) can render us not just cursing and scratching, but coming up in impressively large welds as our skin reacts as aggressively as a mare you’ve decided to ride at feed time. Nothing eases the irritation, whereas the heat exacerbates it tenfold. *scratch, scratch*

4. Soggy socks

Because, despite all advice, reason and common sense, you can’t face staying in your boots all day in this heat, and so swap out of your long, sensible, protective footwear into trainers. Trainers that have holes in them — either because they’re your old, knackered trainers that are now consigned to the yard, or because they’re your smart running trainers you paid extra for to have holes in, to make you more aerodynamic or something, and they happen to be in the car and it won’t destroy them to wear them at the yard just this once (it will). You will inevitably end up hosing off a horse in these shoes. Because it’s hot. So hot you even put your trainers on. And if you avoid hosing off a horse in them you’ll spill not insignificant amounts from a water bucket over one anyway.

5. In addition to being soggy (see above) your socks (and consequently feet) will also be filled/covered with sand/dirt/bedding from the school/field gateway/stable

Because it’s so damn hot you put on those trainers with holes in. And then you got on with things.

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6. Tail lash, invariably to the face, while you try to groom your equine as a bluebottle lands on his flank.

And another one. Oh it’s back again. Relentlessly. Unsurprisingly, since horse tail is used to string violins I believe, this stings rather a lot.

Other than that, summer with horses (relaxing ride on a chilled equine before sunset anyone?) is heaven, and we wouldn’t swap it for the world.

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The Population Health Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle: Life Expectancy Increased And Onset Of Disability Delayed [Web First]

A key determinant of population health is the behavioral profile of a population. Nearly 80 percent of Americans reach their fifties having smoked cigarettes, been obese, or both. It is unknown to what extent risky behaviors (for example, smoking, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and consuming an excessive amount of alcohol) collectively are reducing the health and life expectancy of the US population, or what improvements might be achievable in their absence. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, we studied people ages fifty and older who had never smoked, who were not obese, and who consumed alcohol moderately. Compared to the whole US population, those with such a favorable behavioral profile had a life expectancy at age fifty that was seven years longer, and they experienced a delay in the onset of disability of up to six years. These results provide a benchmark for evaluating the massively damaging effects that behavioral risks have on health at older ages and the importance of prioritizing policies to implement behavioral-based interventions.

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O’Brien suffers broken vertebrae in serious fall

Irish jockey Ana O’Brien’s brain scan is “clear” after a serious fall at Killarney on Tuesday (18 July).

Ana, who is the daughter of multiple Flat champion trainer Aidan, broke her neck and back in the fall.

The 21-year-old was riding Druids Cross, trained by her brother Joseph, when they fell two furlongs from home in the second race of the meeting. The horse sustained fatal injures.

Ana was taken off the course in an ambulance before being airlifted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by the Irish Coast Guard air ambulance.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club chief medical officer, was among those who attended O’Brien.

He told Press Association Sport that Ana’s brain scan is clear and that she has fractured her C1 and T6 vertabraes and her cheek bones.

“Aidan and AnneMarie (O’Brien) would like to thank the superb work provided to Ana by the Order Of Malta, racecourse doctors, veterinary team and ground staff led by Val O’Connell (clerk of the course),” he added. “Also the Air Medical Crew and the amazing staff at CUH.”

Dr McGoldrick issued a further update on Wednesday (19 July) afternoon.

“She has had her MRI scans and Professor Paul Redmond, the head of department at CUH, has looked at them and confirmed that she does not need surgery,” said McGoldrick.

“They will continue to review her facial injuries.”

He added he expects Ana to be out of action for three to four months.

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There was a stewards enquiry, but as all those involved could not be present the matter was referred to the Turf Club for investigation.

Before switching to racing, Ana represented Ireland at the European Eventing Championships for ponies twice aboard the superstar grey Ice Cool Bailey, winning team gold and silver and an individual bronze.

She rode her first winner aged 16 at Dundalk on Fairylike, who was trained by her father.

Her first winner outside of Ireland came at the opening of Bro Park racecourse in Sweden in June last year, and Ana most recently made international headlines when she became the third woman in history to contest the Derby at Epsom.

Ana is a frequent visitor to the winners enclosure and currently stands second in the Irish apprentice Flat jockeys’ championship with 18 victories so far this season.

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‘He could have died’: rescued horse qualifies for HOYS

A rescue horse who almost died from starvation three years ago has qualified for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in October.

At the Search for a Star qualifier at Bury Farm earlier this month (14 July), Cheryl Moore’s Connemara/thoroughbred George Gently secured a HOYS qualifying ticket in the hack/riding horse division under his rider Anthony Nicholas.

When Cheryl rescued seven-year-old ‘George’ in September 2014, he was severely malnourished.

“Her vet said that if he had been left in that condition for a further two weeks he would have died,” said Anthony. “It breaks my heart to even think about that because he is so loving and appreciative of everything you do for him.

“Although George was four years old, Cheryl’s farrier said he still had ‘foal feet’ because of his condition. He reckoned she would be very lucky if she ever got to ride him, but this didn’t stop George. He has a heart of gold and wasn’t going to let his past affect his future.

“His little foal feet turned into solid hooves, giving him the opportunity to turn his hoof to anything.”

Cheshire-based Anthony took on the ride on George two years ago.

“I met Cheryl through a mutual friend in 2015, and she suggested I might like to take George for a hack. She then asked if I would help her out with schooling him occasionally,” he said.

“I saw he had huge potential to be a lovely show horse, and as Cheryl and I became good friends, the partnership between me and George just went from strength to strength.

“It’s been a dream of mine to ride at HOYS since I first went when I was nine to watch, but I never thought it would happen. This is a wonderful series – we were delighted to be third at the qualifier at Osbaldeston in April and the knowledge, support and confidence that the judges gave me on that day made me realise I was on a horse that could maybe get the golden ticket with a bit more work.

“In addition to his excellent showing potential, we also discovered he has a fantastic jump and therefore Cheryl began showjumping him. He is now registered with British Showjumping and competes locally in British novice and discovery, qualifying for the Scope Festival this year.”

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George also has a cheeky side, according to Anthony.

“Not a day goes by when he doesn’t have me and Cheryl in stitches,” he added. “He does so many funny things – for example when you give him his bucket of food, he throws it across the stable then spends hours hoovering each little bit up off the floor.

“He’s also constantly trying to eat the plants from the hanging baskets outside the stables, and he likes to open car doors with his mouth and then look at you as if to say, ‘It wasn’t me’.

“He loves sticking his head out of the window on the way home from a show and mess with his muzzle as the wind blows in his face!”

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