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'Time's up' for tight nosebands!

Written by Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:12
As a result of research the Danish Riding Federation have set a limit for noseband tightness in competition which is a start but why is change taking so long and is it enough?  The study conducted in 2014/15 examined over three thousand Danish horses after they had performed in dressage, show jumping, eventing and endurance competition and found that almost…
"Without the horse, I'm nothing in my job," English based New Zealand eventer, Andrew Nicholson was named an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit on Monday. Representing New Zealand for more than 30 years, Nicholson at 56, has fashioned a body of work that any of his peers would die for, including seven Olympics Games over 28 years, three Olympic…
It's amazing how many saddles your bottom may have to kiss before you find the perfect match for you and your horse. Which is why it still surprises me that there are still riders who set their heart on a particular saddle as 'the one' they must have because it's either fashionable or because their favourite rider has one .…

Overheard at Competitions

Written by Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:31
On the very wettest of days "This place is a shit-ing shithole" - Overheard from a frustrated and rather wet trainer who proceeded to stamp through knee deep puddles, in a manner similar to a pissed off toddler! On the long days "The only thing I like about this place is that this is second time I've pressed E3 and it's…
Sometimes when something bad happens it can be a force for good so we're really hoping that the recent outcry over Oliver Towend's overuse of the whip during the cross country phase of Badminton Horse Trials 2018 will bring about a change to eventing rules and attitudes toward the use of the whip on horses in general. This year’s Badminton…
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