Introductory Course In Saddle Fitting

Society of Master Saddlers

The Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) is running an Introductory Course in Saddle Fitting this autumn, so if you've ever thought about a new career as a qualified saddle fitter, this could be for you! The theory lectures will be run as webinars over two afternoon and evening sessions on October 26 and 27, followed up with a one day practical next April.

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Search On To Find 2020's Top UK Veterinary Nurse

Paws For TeaBlue Cross has begun its annual search for the UK‘s 'Veterinary Nurse of the year' and is calling on pet owners and veterinary practices to nominate vet nurses who have gone the extra mile in 2020. The charity’s award recognises the dedication of the country’s vet nurses and their invaluable support to their veterinary teams, the nation’s pets and pet owners.

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The Donkey Sanctuary Supports Equine Microchipping Drive

A call by the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, for all donkey, horse and pony owners to microchip their animals ahead of an Autumn deadline has been backed by international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary. From 1 October 2020 it will be mandatory for all equine owners to microchip their animals in England, so their details can be added to the Central Equine Database. The database will enable local authorities and the police to trace owners of abandon or stolen equines, while also helping to improve animal welfare standards.

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Win A Ride Out With One Of Your Eventing Heroes!

World Horse Welfare has launched a completely unique summer prize draw, which offers riders the chance to win a ride out with one of their eventing heroes. These incredible prizes are being offered by Zara Tindall, Pippa Funnell, Alex Hua Tian and Sir Mark Todd. For non-riders there are other money-can’t-buy prizes to be won.

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Championship Showing Action Live on Horse & Country

Three showing fixtures are to be streamed live from Arena UK starting August 15-16 with the UK National Championships, offering a great opportunity to watch all the action, especially as the shows are closed to spectators in line with current Covid guidelines.

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Hartpury Announces New Research & Education Partnership

Hartpury has announced a new partnership with three organisations – the Society of Master Saddlers, the Worshipful Company of Loriners and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers – to carry out industry-driven research and promote equine education. With horse welfare at the heart of all the organisations’ equestrian activities, the partnership will drive forward training, education and research in relation to horse-human interaction and partnership.

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Risk Of Equine Parasitic Skin Disease Warns Veterinary Dermatologist

Skin disease is a common problem for horses, but a leading veterinary dermatologist believes some parasitic diseases are becoming more frequent, in line with a reduction in the use of wormers. While a return to the indiscriminate use of anthelmintics is inconceivable, Dr Sue Paterson is advising that skin problems must be treated using suitable veterinary advice rather than 'Dr Google'.

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It's On! BD Winter Championships WILL Take Place

The NAF Five Star Winter Championships and Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships, due to take place at Hartpury in April, was one of the first large dressage events to be cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Britain back in March. However, after working closely with the show organisers, venue, competitors and officials, British Dressage is delighted to announce that riders, horses, owners and connections will not miss their opportunity to compete at Hartpury and the revised championships are now set to run from 17 to 23 August 2020.

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British Breeding Futurity Off To Flying Start

The British Breeding / Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations enjoyed a strong start this week (July 13th), with breeders for the first time submitting their entries in a digital format using sets of detailed videos taken on hard and soft ground. These were examined by a team of international experts, including a senior veterinarian, nutritionist, linear scorer and senior evaluators from the UK, Holland and Germany.

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Live Eventing Returns to H&C+ With XC Action From Barbury

There’s a real treat in store for eventing fans this weekend as the sporting calendar comes back to life after lockdown. Throughout Saturday and Sunday (11th and 12th July) H&C+ will be live streaming all of the cross country from Barbury Horse Trials as the season gets back under way. With over 500 entries across BE100, Novice and Intermediate classes there’s non-stop action from 9am through until 7pm on both days.

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Waiting Too Long For Your Saddle Fitter?

I am aware that many saddle fitters are perceived as not returning messages as quickly as the client would like, which  can be very annoying and frustrating. You’ve decided that you want to buy a new saddle or have your saddle and its fit checked, you have the money ready and you want a response. Now.  Master Saddler and Master Saddle Fitter Kay Hastilow shares an interesting insight from the other side of the equation...

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British Breeding and ClipMyHorse.TV Announce a New Futurity Elite Online Auction

This summer, the team in charge of the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity series has entered a partnership with ClipMyHorse.TV to deliver new concept; the first ever Futurity Elite Online Auction. To be held in September 2020, the auction will feature the best Futurity entries of the year in the disciplines of dressage, eventing and show jumping and will promote them to ClipMyHorse’s global audience.

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