Posted on April 15th, 2019

Get a Sneak Preview of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Are you heading to this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials? Well here’s your chance to get a sneak preview of the exciting cross-country course thanks to a new programme on Horse & Country.

The Badminton 2019 Preview show, presented by Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, takes in a course walk with well-known designer, Eric Winter and leading event rider, Sam Watson as they look at the five most serious combinations on the course.

Watch the programme first on Horse & Country’s streaming service from Thursday, April 18. Sign up to watch at

If you want to know more about how riders will tackle the major combinations, at what is one of the most talked about events on the equestrian calendar, subscribe to H&C to watch this fascinating show.

The five most demanding combinations including the Savills Staircase, Shogun Sport Hollow, Mirage Water, Nyetimber Heights and The Lake with L200s are the main features of the programme.

Watch and learn as Eric and Sam discuss how riders will approach and jump each obstacle as they make their way round what is arguably one of the world’s toughest courses.

Throughout the programme, Irishman Sam is true to his words and honest with his thoughts on each combination as he chats to Eric, getting the low down on the course designer’s thinking behind each fence and the angles they should ideally be tackled on.

With fantastic drone footage running alongside Eric and Sam’s humorous banter and chat, this highly entertaining show is a must watch on the countdown to the prestigious event.

Watch on Horse & Country’s web and mobile apps and streaming devices, also on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire, Roku, Samsung Tizen.


Posted on April 15th, 2019

New facilities ready to welcome visitors this Easter

Visitors to Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s Caldecott centre in Norfolk this Easter will be among the first to enjoy new facilities following a year-long makeover.

The visitor centre in Fritton near Great Yarmouth, which is home to more than 110 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, has recently opened a brand-new café and gift shop in the beautiful setting of Caldecott Hall.

The café has been named Oliver’s Café in memory of one of Redwings Caldecott’s beloved former residents and Adoption Scheme members, Oliver Twist, who passed away in 2018 having spent 19 happy years at the visitor centre.

Alongside the improved amenities for visitors, which also includes a new welcome building, Redwings has also invested in new horse care facilities at the site, including additional woodchip paddocks, field shelters and veterinary stables.

The finishing touches are also being added to a brand-new rehoming centre, which will allow rescued horses and ponies to be rehomed from Redwings Caldecott for the first time.

Due to open this summer, the rehoming centre will allow even more rescued horses to be trained to find loving new Guardian homes as part of Redwings’ rehoming scheme, providing the space for more horses in desperate need to be given a place of safety at the Sanctuary.

Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive, said: “Redwings Caldecott has been welcoming visitors for almost 20 years so we felt it was about time the site received a well-deserved makeover. We can’t thank people enough for the support they have shown us and our rescued residents throughout all these years and we hope these new facilities will make everyone’s visits even more enjoyable.

“The welfare of our horses and donkeys is always our priority so we’re delighted to have invested in a number of improved care facilities, including our soon-to-be-complete rehoming centre which marks an exciting expansion of our rehoming operations. For the first time, we’ll be able to train rescued horses at Redwings Caldecott to find loving homes outside the Sanctuary – and our supporters will have the chance to watch their progress! The more horses we can help find loving Guardian homes, the more space we have in the Sanctuary to help those in need.”

Redwings Caldecott, in Beccles Road, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9EY, is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and dogs on leads are welcome.

For more information, visit

Posted on April 4th, 2019

Bolesworth International Opens Its Doors to Riders

Looking to compete at one of the most prestigious shows in the country? This year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show comes back bigger and better than ever with a host of classes from top-level CSI4* to the Amateur Series at 1.25m and 1.15m level, and full range of national, age and pony competitions.
The stage is very much set for this year’s event – running June 12th to 16th at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire – providing the opportunity to compete in one of the best amphitheatre-style international arenas in the world. National and International entries and rider packages are now on sale for this year’s show and booking early is recommended.
Said Show Promoter, Nina Barbour: “Each year we aim to develop new classes and competitions at Bolesworth International and want to attract riders across all levels, from the very best show jumpers in the world to those who compete week in and week out on the national calendar.”

Entries can be made through the following channels:
CSI2* Entries
The CSI2* is running at Bolesworth International Horse Show with sections at 1.30m, 1.40m and 1.45m. There are a limited number of invitational hybrid entries available, incorporating 4* (B and C Tours), and 2* (A Tour) classes.
Entries are available via the Bolesworth Show Office: 01829 307676.

CSI Amateur Entries
Why not make the most of the opportunity to compete in a truly international competition environment?
CSI Amateur packages are available to any Home Country rider with a valid FEI Horse Registration as well as all International riders.
Amateur Packages are available for 1, 2 or 3 horses and incorporate VIP Hospitality tables, providing an ideal base to relax and watch the competition during the show. Please contact the Bolesworth Office for further details.
NB: To compete in the Amateur series in your home country, you do not require a full FEI Passport.

Bolesworth National Entries
Bolesworth International Horse Show is delighted to be hosting a range of British Show Jumping National classes, from British Novice, through to Foxhunter, alongside 4, 5 and 6-year-old series.
Entries are open to all competitors registered with British Show Jumping (riders can jump on day tickets, please contact for further details).
National classes are all block entry, allowing competitors to jump in four classes throughout the show – an ideal chance to stay on site and watch the international competition!

Pony Classes
Pony entries are available by qualification and invitation for 128cm, 138cm and 148cm. Please contact for further information.
Entries are available on via the competitors page.

What’s On
As well as world class sport, the Show features top class entertainment and sport, including the Cazenove Capital Eventers Grand Prix, Carl Hester Dressage Demonstration, Bolesworth Elite Yearling Auction, Equitop GLME Puissance and the exhilarating Ride and Drive. All riders accreditation will permit access into amazing Club Boles every night of the show, featuring live music and themed party nights.

VIP Hospitality
Experience the entertainment from our luxury ringside hospitality marquee. Day hospitality packages are available to riders at £135 + vat per person, with evening packages starting at £95 + vat per person.
Would you like to take advantage of a rider package combining Amateur or CSI 2* entries with exclusive VIP hospitality? Then contact or 01829 307676 for further information!

Posted on April 1st, 2019

New Product Launch: Ultimate in equine movement enhancement technology

Equestrian Direct has today announced the ultimate in equine movement enhancement technology.

The Warwickshire based company’s BounciRide is made from recycled trampolines which were tragically damaged during the recent, and seemingly never-ending, storms Freya, Gareth and Hannah.

BounciRide is an ideal top-up for surfaces which dry out in the warmer months. Dry, deep, dusty surfaces not only increase the risk of injury, as horses struggle to move through the surface rather than on top of it, but can also ride ‘dead’, absorbing the energy from the horse’s stride.

For dressage riders, BounciRide is scientifically proven to improve horses’ natural cadence by over 200 per cent and when used as a show jumping surface, it is guaranteed to turn any pony, horse, donkey or mule, into a Grand Prix Showjumper.

Equestrian Direct Director, Ross Riley, said: “The trials were, umm, interesting. We laid a top-up of BounciRide to the jumping school at our competition yard and had to fit safety nets around the side of the school as the riders were pinging off left, right and centre. The horses loved it though. Once we duct taped the riders to their saddles and invested in some much taller jump wings – even the yard 12.2hh was clearing 1m40 with ease.”

BounciRide is not recommended for indoor schools with a ceiling height of less than 20 meters for obvious reasons.


Posted on March 28th, 2019

World class athletes line up for 2019 FEI Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International

Yet again the Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials has attracted the highest level of competitors from around the world.

Fourteen nations will be represented, the line up including many of the very best riders on the circuit. Between them, at Five Star – the very top level of eventing – these athletes have won 18 Burghley titles, 11 Badminton titles, eight Lexington titles, four Luhmuhlen titles and three Pau titles. In addition, we have two past individual European Champions and one past World Champion (two if you count Ros Canter, the reigning World Champion, who will be on event but not competing), and countless Olympic medallists.

All members of the victorious gold medal winning team from last year’s World Championships will be there: Piggy French, Tom McEwen, Gemma Tattersall and double gold medal winner Ros Canter, who might be sidelined due to impending motherhood but will be watching her regular horses compete and flying the flag for Riding for the Disabled, a charity with whom she has been involved for many years, and which is our official charity this year.

World and British number one Oliver Townend will be looking for an 11th win in the headline Four Star class, one which he has made very much his own over the last 12 years. He brings seven horses to Norfolk, including his Burghley winner Ballaghmor Class and Kentucky winner Cooley Master Class.

Other Five Star winners include Tim & Jonelle Price, Andrew Nicholson and Caroline Powell from New Zealand, and British favourites William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and Mary King.

In a change of scheduling, our raft of world class riders will be competing their top horses on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Intermediate and Advanced classes will take place, past World and European Champion Zara Tindall bringing two horses forward for the Advanced as well as competing a couple of novice horses.

Sunday’s action will be dominated by the International jumping phases, the Three and Four Star runners. One hundred and sixty combinations are entered in to the Four Star, which has been split in to two sections as a result. The Three Star will be no walk in the park to win either, with 115 entrants. A total of 845 entries have been received for the three days of competition.

Of course, the horse trials isn’t just about horses. Fen Falconry will be attending, with a variety of birds of prey on display, while the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team will be in action on both Saturday and Sunday. Add in bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, a climbing wall and Razz & Pearl’s circus workshops, plus over 40 shops, and Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International really does offer a fantastic day out for all the family.

Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International takes place from 12th-14th April at Sussex Farm, PE31 8AG.

For more information on any aspect of this year’s Horse Trials, and to book advance tickets, visit For more information on the work of RDA, visit

Posted on March 26th, 2019

SEIB clients vote for World Horse Welfare to receive top grant in £100K Charity Awards

SEIB Insurance Brokers granted a total of £100,000 to charity at their Charity Awards luncheon at the Grange City Hotel, London on the 22nd March. SEIB’s Chief Executive Officer, Barry Fehler presented a cheque for £50,000 and a commemorative plaque to Roly Owers and Emma Williams of the winning charity, World Horse Welfare. Nine other charities reached the final voting stage of the SEIB Charity Awards and received a further £50,000 from SEIB between them.

Barry Fehler said: “I have been at the helm of SEIB for over 50 years and it is with great pride that we are able to make these grants totalling £100,000 to projects voted for by our clients. I am delighted that since last year, with the support of our owners Ecclesiastical, we have been able to double the sum granted by SEIB to charity”.

The SEIB Charity Awards have strict entry criteria; only small and medium charities are eligible and the grant has to be awarded for a specific project. This is to ensure that the money granted will really make a difference. The winning project for World Horse Welfare was for Vital New Equipment, including a new tractor and trailer and a drone with a hi-res camera to help locate horses in need of help in hard to reach locations.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary took the runner-up grant of £15,000 for their Horse Hospital Treatment Room project and the smallest charity of the finalists, the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust took £10,000 for third place back to South Wales for their Every Life is Precious project. In fourth place was the Animal Health Trust, who were awarded a grant of £5,000 for the Digital X-Ray Appeal which could help diagnose new orthopaedic conditions.

Manchester based, Once Upon a Smile, received the SEIB Small Charity Award. This resulted in a grant of £10,000 for their project, Help Bereaved Families Rebuild Their Lives. Once Upon a Smile offers financial support and respite breaks to bereaved families.

Over 1,000 small to medium sized charities were nominated by over 22,000 public votes in the first stage of the decision making process for the 2019 SEIB Charity Awards. From these charities, a shortlist of finalists were selected and invited to submit detailed plans. The Charities Trust provided SEIB with their help to carry out due diligence to ensure that each of the finalists met all criteria of the grant and are above board. Following this, SEIB customers placed nearly 2,000 votes to decide on the recipient of the £50,000 grant and the runners up. The winner was announced at the SEIB awards ceremony and luncheon.

Barry Fehler continued “We are delighted that our customers have decided which of these very worthy causes should receive the grant. SEIB is so successful because we are totally customer focussed and this is another way that our clients can have their say. Each of the charities that reached the final judging had important projects that would really make a difference to the areas within which they operate and that was our aim when we set up this initiative”.

SEIB works closely with the charitable sector and insure many charities and non-for profit organisations. Whilst SEIB is an independent broker, the company is owned by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group that is in turn owned by the charity Allchurches Trust.

Giving is embedded in the culture of SEIB. From supporting grass roots competition that gives opportunities to amateur riders that they could only otherwise dream about, right through to the company’s unwavering loyalty to promoting nationwide equine welfare.

The SEIB team do a huge amount for local charities and SEIB has proudly supported the Burghley Sponsored Ride for the past five-years by covering expenses so all proceeds go to charity.

The other finalist charities, each receiving a grant of £2,000 each are; Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, James Hopkins Trust, Wildlife Aid Foundation and the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

Photo: L to R Barry Fehler, Roly Owers, Suzy Middleton, Emma Williams and Bipin Thaker

Posted on March 25th, 2019

Fans given the opportunity to become part of #TEAMHOYS

Six of Horse of the Year Show’s most enthusiastic and engaged fans will this year have the opportunity to be recognised for their love of the show by becoming ‘HOYS Superfans’ ahead of this year’s HOYS in October at the Resorts World Arena, NEC Birmingham.

A social campaign built with the aim of connecting with the younger followers of Horse of the Year Show, it has been designed to resonate with 16-28 year olds who are keen influencers in the equestrian industry through Facebook, Instagram or YouTube vlogs. The social media tag for the campaign is #TeamHOYS and the lucky six Superfans will be challenged to achieve the highest number of ticket sales and recruit the most members of #TeamHOYS.


How to get involved

HOYS are looking for six enthusiastic, horse-loving and social media savvy individuals to help us spread the news about Horse of the Year Show 2019!  Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is one of the longest standing horse shows in the UK and is the biggest week of the year for equestrian entertainment. Returning to The NEC Birmingham this October, the event will showcase national and international showjumping classes, the finals for the Pony Club Mounted Games Prince Philip Cup, and will see the best of British show horses come forward for the finale to the showing season.

The lucky six Superfans will work alongside an existing HOYS Ambassador and will be set up as an affiliate with our official ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory. This will enable HOYS to track how many ticket sales you generate through your promotion of the show. For each ticket you sell, you will receive a 2% commission on the face value ticket price, and to make sure you look the part you will get your very own HOYS clothing to enjoy. You can blog and vlog to your heart’s content and tell all your friends about some of the exciting plans in store for 2019! Whichever Superfan has sold the most tickets by 31st August 2019 will be crowned the Ultimate HOYS Superfan and will receive a very special, unique and never offered before prize…..


Check out the prize!

Ever wondered what it is like to spend a day backstage with the Press Team at HOYS? Well now is your chance! As part of the prize, you will be invited to spend a day backstage with HOYS ambassador Hannah Eccles. You will be mingling amongst well-known equestrian journalists from the likes of Horse & Hound, interviewing riders, taking shots for social media, speaking to some of the other members of the HOYS team and getting a real feel for what it’s like to put on one of the biggest horse shows in the UK. And as if that isn’t enough, you and a friend will then be invited to enjoy an evening in hospitality, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a well-earned treat.

The runners up will also each receive a pair of tickets to come along and enjoy the show on the Sunday evening for the Gala Evening Finale.


Abide by the Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be over the age of 16 to enter
  • You must be able to demonstrate how you will communicate the HOYS news through way of blog/vlog/social media following
  • You must abide by Horse of the Year show’s social media rules as well as brand guidelines
  • Candidates must be available to attend the show, 2nd – 6th October 2019
  • The winning Superfan must have sold a minimum of 10 tickets in order to claim their prize.

Enter now

To fill out your application form, head to . Applications to become a HOYS Superfan will close on 30th April 2019 and winners will be selected by a panel of Grandstand Media Ltd employees. The lucky six winners will be contacted by Friday 10th May 2019.

Posted on March 19th, 2019

ENTRIES OPEN: The 2019 SEIB Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride

The SEIB Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride will take place on the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Sunday 8th September 2019.  Entries for this popular event will open on Tuesday 19th March and will be taken on the ride website. This will be the 18th running of the ride which over the years has raised well in excess of £250,000 for good causes.

Thanks to Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, riders will be able to enjoy riding on the parkland turf of a large section of the world’s toughest 5* eventing cross country course and see the huge fences up close on horseback. The ride course takes in famous Burghley feature fences such as the Trout Hatchery, Cottesmore Leap and the Rolex Combination. These iconic fences were joined in 2018 with the (ongoing) additional treat of riding over and under the new Flyover.

The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is 12km long and takes in both these famous fences and many of the tracks and pathways of the vast Burghley estate. The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities and there are strict policies in place to ensure that riders travelling at a leisurely pace are not disturbed by those wishing to go a little faster. All riders are required to remain in walk and trot when on the cross-country course.

The charitable action at Burghley on the 8thSeptember continues later in the afternoon, after the ride has finished, with the SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run. This 3.5km event is aimed at runners of all ages and abilities and takes place over some of the ride course. Details of the fun run and length of track are still being worked on and will be available on the ride website soon.

Ride organiser, Ian Scott said: “We are very much looking forward to the 2019 running of the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride and this year we will be raising vital funds for charities including Hannah’s Wilberry Wonder Pony, the BHS, World Horse Welfare and the Burghley charity of the year, the Jon Egging Trust.”

SEIB Insurance Brokers are in their 5thyear of generously sponsoring the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride. SEIB’s contribution combined with the support of Stamford XT, Burghley Horse Trials and Burghley Estate ensures that all set up costs of the ride are covered and so 100% of the money raised goes directly to charity. The 2018 ride raised £22,500 for charity.

Nicolina MacKenzie, SEIB’s Marketing Manager said: “The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is one of our favourite events of the year as it combines a great experience for participants with raising much needed funds for charity. We always aim to give something back to our loyal customers by helping to provide them with some great opportunities whether they enjoy leisure riding or going out competing. The Burghley Sponsored ride is enthusiastically attended every year by many of our customers.”

The SEIB Burghley sponsored ride guarantees a great day out for groups such as riding clubs, livery yards and teams, familiesand friends. The ride is open to all riders over 5 years of age and with runners welcome too, the day is even more of a perfect family event. Everyone completing the course will receive a memento of the day and there are some wonderful prizes for the participants raising the most money for charity.

Entries will open for the 2019 SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride on Tuesday 19th March at


Posted on March 11th, 2019

Horse Owners urged To Participate In Equine Herpes Virus Survey

Zoetis Inc. have announced that, given the concerns caused by the recent flu outbreak, it is urging horse owners to participate in a survey about Equine Herpes Virus (EHV), which is another common and debilitating infectious equine respiratory disease.

The aim is to identify best ways to improve understanding about EHV and to help reduce the risks it poses. Equine Herpes Virus is a contagious virus, which can cause respiratory disease, abortion and more rarely neurological disease. Equine Herpes Virus infections can be associated with poor performance and have a potential effect on the health of the whole yard. Once a horse is infected with Equine Herpes Virus it can harbour the virus throughout its life and potentially spread the disease to others. Infected horses often don’t show outward signs of Equine Herpes Virus infection but if they do, symptoms may include a high temperature, nasal discharge and a dry cough in younger horses. The horse may also show signs of depression and lack of energy. Reducing the spread of Equine Herpes Virus through management and vaccination is key to disease control.

“EHV has potentially serious health, performance and financial implications across every sector of the equestrian industry,” said Wendy Talbot, National Equine Veterinary Manager at Zoetis. “The aim of our survey is to find out more about horse owners’ awareness and understanding of the risks EHV poses. The results should help us identify the most effective prevention strategies and then ensure that they are accessible.” The survey runs until 15th March 2019 in parallel to a separate survey for vets. It is quick and easy to complete and you could win yourself a new body warmer.

Click here to complete the survey.

Posted on March 11th, 2019

Risk Factors for Equine Infectious Disease Highlighted by Horse Health Week

Horse Health Week is back on 25th March and the brand behind the campaign, Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy (KBHH), wants horse owners to know the risks when it comes to equine infectious disease.

Vicki Farr, equine veterinary advisor at MSD Animal Health, says the results of 2017’s horse owner survey, which was a collaboration with Horse & Hound, showed many respondents were unaware of risk factors that expose horses to infectious disease.

“36 percent of owners choose not to vaccinate because their horse doesn’t leave the yard or meet other horses,” she explains. “But the flu virus can travel up to 5km in favourable conditions. So, even if a horse lives alone and doesn’t meet other horses or people, he’s still at potential risk of infection.

“Likewise, the bacteria which causes tetanus is found in the soil, so a horse doesn’t need to leave his field to be at risk of the disease.”

During Horse Health Week, there will be a daily quiz for horse owners to keep KBHH’s mascot, Buzz, happy and healthy with KBHH saddlecloths as prizes.

Horse Health Week returns at a crucial time due to the recent equine influenza outbreak. “The recent flu outbreak serves as a timely reminder that unvaccinated horses are at risk of serious disease and that immunity doesn’t last a lifetime. Owners should ensure their horses’ vaccinations are up to date,” concludes Ms Farr.

Learn more and join in with Horse Health Week during 25th to 29th March 2019 by following KBHH on Facebook and Twitter and by using the hashtag, #HHWKnowYourRisk.