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Top names to flock to Olympia Horse Show 2017

Getting in the Christmas spirit: Ben and Boomerang in the jump-off for the 2015 Santa Stakes at The London International Horse Show, Olympia

Former Olympic champions Scott Brash and Ben Maher will be among those flying the home flag at Olympia Horse Show next month, it has been announced.

The pair will be joined by legends John and Michael Whitaker, Britain’s first lady of showjumping Laura Renwick and speed merchant Guy Williams at the London International Horse Show (14-18 December), along with US-based Brit Amanda Derbyshire on her Olympia debut.

This year’s show will also welcome some of Europe’s top riders, including reigning Olympia grand prix champion Daniel Deusser and his fellow German showjumpers Christian Ahlmann and Marcus Ehning.

Olympic team champions France will be represented by world number three Kevin Staut, as well as former world number one Simon Delestre, while Belgian hopes rest with current Aachen grand prix champion Gregory Wathelet and twin brothers Olivier and Nicola Philippaerts.

The 2017 European silver medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour champion Harrie Smolders represents the Dutch, along with world number five Maikel van de Vleuten, while world number four Lorenzo de Luca and speedy Emanuele Gaudiano will fly the Italian flag.

Sweden’s individual Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson and 2012 Olympic champion, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, will also be among those at the CSI5* competition, all hoping to secure Longines FEI World Cup points as they aim to qualify for next April’s final.

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Show director Simon Brooks-Ward said: “We’ve got a stellar line-up of competitors at Olympia this year, making for an exciting week of action.

“It’s great to be able to provide the fans with an opportunity to see the world’s best compete on British soil and with so much going on throughout the week, 2017 is set to be a fantastic event.”

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Could you handle the Ride of your Life?

Riders are invited to sign up for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of taking part in a Flat race in front of thousands of people at York racecourse next June.

Successful applicants for the 1m1f Ride of their Lives, the finale of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity day on 16 June 2018, will have the chance to benefit from six months’ expert training as they prepare for the event.

The annual race day has raised £7.6m in total for Macmillan and other charities, including £500,000 last year.

Alexandra Schimmel of Macmillan said: “Each year, we’re astounded by the dedication of supporters who train for months for this race while also raising phenomenal amounts for Macmillan.

“Donations make a huge difference to people living with cancer, so we’re extremely grateful. It’s a tough challenge, but all the hard work is rewarded on the day itself. Racing at York in front of a huge crowd will be an unforgettable experience for them all.”

The 12 riders in the race must provide their own horses, and ensure they have attended a one-day training and assessment course at the British Racing School or the Northern Racing College.

Jockey coaches will be found for those who would like help with their preparation and fitness, organised between the rider and the Jockey Club.

Each rider must also pledge to raise at least £3,000 for Macmillan, although last year’s entrants raised more than £130,000 between them.



The 2017 winner, 42-year-old Belinda Keighley, lost three stone in her preparation for her ride, which she described as a “dream come true”.

For more information, visit the racecourse website. Applications close on 4 December.

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Nov 28, Learn How This One Simple Chart Pattern Can Dramatically Improve Your Trading

It’s so simple.

So simple that you’ll kick yourself for not realizing this sooner.

Every turning point consists of a swing point low (bottom) or swing point high (top). It looks like this on a stock chart.

swing point low

and this

swing point high

So for a swing point low you need a low, followed by a lower low, then a higher low (this is key). A swing point high is a high, higher high, then a lower high (this is key).

Keep in mind that not all swing points will lead to reversals.

But you can’t have a reversal without one.

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Popular horse trials cancels due to fixtures clash

Alice Goring on The Little Frenchman - No 875

Hambleden International Horse Trials will not run in 2018 due to a fixture clash.

The popular event near Henley-on-Thames was due to celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2018, but organiser Lisa Hughes told H&H: “There’s no reason for us not holding our 2018 event other than the fact over recent years we have found ourselves clashing with other events with classes of a similar level, the main one for us being Bicton Horse Trials.

“There were six other events due to be held on the weekend we were meant to be running, which is great for competitors as they have plenty of choice, but it’s also frustrating as they have to pick and choose between their favourite events that might be held at the same time.

“It’s not the other events’ fault, and it has affected Bicton as much as it has ourselves, but as Bicton is a permanent site, they could run pretty much any weekend.”

Lisa believes a lack of competitors riding at the upper levels has exacerbated the situation.

“The intermediate and above membership to British Eventing [BE] hasn’t increased for around the past 10 years, so putting events such as ours, which include that level of competition on at the same time as others only serves to split up entries,” she explains. “In addition there is Kelsall Hill in Cheshire, which also runs on the same weekend.

“Sorting the fixtures calendar is a poisoned chalice, but surely it can’t be too difficult to sort out splitting up some clashes. We don’t want to cut costs, just to make the maths work — we take pride in providing the best event we can. I’ve been warning BE for years.”

Bicton Horse Trials organiser Helen West said: “It’s really sad it has come to this. We’ve been in a similar position with our third event of the year in August with other events running identical classes on the same weekend, and I nearly pulled this event from the calendar last year as a result.

“The intermediate and above membership just isn’t there — BE know they need to do something and I had a horrible feeling this would happen. The fixtures team need to sit down and work out a protocol for scheduling events.

“Bicton could run any time during the season as we have such good ground — we don’t need that particular April weekend, but then we would also have Belton and Burnham Market Horse Trials to contest with [at another time]. I don’t envy anyone the task of scheduling fixtures, but it needs to be sorted.”

Chris Farr, BE’s sport operations manager, said: “It’s a great pity that Hambleden will not run in 2018 — it’s a very popular event, but BE completely supports their decision. We are aware of Hambleden’s concern with regards to intermediate level classes that clash, primarily in north Cheshire and Devon and BE will be looking at the scheduling for 2019.”

Professional event rider Daniele Bizzarro said on Facebook: “This is so sad. One of my absolute favourite events,” while fellow eventer Melissa Joannides said on Twitter: “What a tragedy! One of the best cross-country courses on the circuit!”

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Hambleden, run on land belonging to Urs and Francesca Schwarzenbach, has been a popular spring fixture for many riders. Complete with its beautiful bluebell wood through which the cross-country course runs, the event usually hosts classes ranging between BE100 and advanced intermediate and CIC*.

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Test your dressage knowledge: how many horses can you name correctly?

Carl Hester rides Barolo at the 2017 Royal Windsor Horse Show

Think you know your dressage horses? Test you knowledge to the limits with this quiz — how many can you get right?

Why not share your results with your friends on social media and challenge them to see if they can better your score? Or try one of our other quizzes from the options above…

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Belly bands: what are they and should I use one on my horse?

You might have seen riders using belly bands on their horses and wondered what they were. Here’s some things you need to know about this piece of equipment…

What is a belly band?

The belly band is a neoprene or Lycra bandage that wraps around the horse’s body, sitting directly on the back underneath the saddle and behind the girth. It prevents rubs and marks from spurs or the rider’s leg and is easy to attach, with a Velcro tab underneath the horse’s belly, Velcro straps that wrap around the girth, and clips attaching to the D rings of the saddle.

How can they help?

“Some horses have such sensitive skin that just your heels rubbing against their sides cause friction burns and sores,” says Liza Oestreich, a prix st georges dressage rider in New York. “It is rare and obviously not always the reason that they are used — but it’s certainly one of the uses. I’ve also seen them used to protect ponies from little kids who can’t control their legs yet. The pony shouldn’t suffer because the kid can’t ride well yet.”

With the FEI blood rules becoming increasingly stringent and top riders being eliminated for having spur marks on their horse’s sides, belly bands look like a practical solution. It would not have stopped Steffan Peters’ elimination at the Reem Acra World Cup Final 2015 in Las Vegas for spur marks on Legolas, because they are illegal in FEI dressage competition (as well as British Dressage), but it might have saved Bertram Allen’s grand prix win at Olympia in 2015, when he was disqualified for a small cut on Quiet Easy’s side. They are legal in British and FEI showjumping, as well as the showjumping and cross-country phases of British Eventing.

Jessica Moore, who has groomed for international Brazilian showjumper Nando de Miranda, says: “It shocks me more riders are not using this tool in showjumping given the recent and not so very recent number of high profile eliminations from spur marks.”

That includes not only Bertram, but also Scott Brash at the Global Champions League competition in Cascais, and Marcus Ehning at the Nations Cup in Hickstead.

Why are some people sceptical?

However helpful it might be for thin-skinned horses or accidental rubs going over big fences, the belly band is piece of tack that’s almost as controversial as the spur marks themselves.

Like many riders, Jenna Calcaterra, the owner of a boarding and training stable in Virginia, thinks they cover up (quite literally) gaps in the education of rider and horse. “If you make a horse bleed with spurs either a) your horse is dead to your leg and that can be fixed with a bit more training, or b) your lower leg is so loose you accidentally make them bleed.”

Eventing champion Lucinda Green says she’s never considered using one, instead she recommends “taking the horse for some fun hacks, then maybe it will start to go forward with a little more lightness and enthusiasm”.

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Where can you buy one?

Belly bands can be bought online from a number of suppliers including American company Equifit and the Scandinavian company Horze.

BUY NOW: Busse Belly Protector Skin Guard via Amazon.co.uk from £60.75

They are also called “spur guards,” sold by manufacturers like LoveHorses in Italy and Beval in the United States.

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1 race ride with one rein and 8 other great bits of horsey social media this week

Enjoy some of our favourite updates from equestrian social media channels during the past week. From a new horse for Charlotte Dujardin to a very helpful dog, it all happened on social media this week.

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Equestrian social media posts of the week

This is no fair weather jockey

Things brings a whole new dimension to the world of matchy matchy

Buckle up — see what it takes to tackle this serious hunt race

A new ride for Charlotte Dujardin

Loads of fun @yourhorse_live I’ve found a new pony!!

A post shared by Charlotte Dujardin (@charlotte_dujardincbe) on Nov 12, 2017 at 5:00am PST

Now this is impressive

That Friday feeling

Someone is very happy today😂❤️

A post shared by Louise Bell (@louiseannebell) on Nov 4, 2017 at 8:27am PDT

Smile!

Top hunter raring to go

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Bettina Hoy’s dog is doing his best to be helpful

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19 super-fast facts about feeding

Meet Ned — your average healthy, happy but hungry horse, and get the low down on what really goes on inside a horse’s digestive system…

1. Horses have 40 teeth to munch with.

2. In 24 hours, a horse can consume up to 5% of his bodyweight in grass.

3. Grass can be up to 7.5% simple sugars. So a horse could consume up to two bags of sugar in 24 hours…

4. A horse shouldn’t be left for more than six hours without forage — it’s key to digestive health.

5. Horses have a psychological need to chew.

6. The average horse can produce 12 litres of saliva per day from chewing.

7. 60% of a horse’s body is made up of water.

8. A horse needs 20,500 calories per day (compared to just 2,500 calories needed for a man).

9. Horses’ meal sizes should be kept to less than 2kg — this is because a horse’s stomach is the size of a rugby ball, and typically holds eight to 15 litres of food and liquid.

10. Food can pass through a horse’s stomach in as little as 30 minutes.

11. The pH in the lower part of the stomach can be as low as two — the equivalent of battery acid.

12. After leaving the horse’s stomach, the partially digested food continues its journey on to the small intestine.

13. The small intestine is 20 metres long — which is the width of a dressage arena. ‘Small’ therefore refers to its diameter…

14. The large intestine, which is the next stage of the journey, is six-seven meteres long (half the length of a bus!) and is made up of multiple parts — the caecum, large and small colon and the rectum.

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15. The caecum is only one metre long, but houses millions of bacteria that ferment fibre.

16. To maintain these helpful bacteria, you should change feeds slowly — no more than 0.5kg every other day.

17. Up to 72 hours after entering the horse’s mouth the food has reached the end of the digestive tract.

18. A horse will typically produce 10-12 poos a day.

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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.

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