Posted on October 1st, 2021


The London International Horse Show, taking place at ExCeL London from 16th-20st December 2021, will host performances from the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment as part of the spectacular schedule of equestrian action across the five-day Show.

Organisers have confirmed the attendance of the much-loved Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, made up of 28 horses and 36 personnel, adding to the diverse range of equestrian activity already planned. As the only mounted ceremonial soldiers who also serve as fighting soldiers, the Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is unique globally as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British tradition. The drills, which are based on movements mounted soldiers would have historically used in battle, will be carried out to music and performed in a routine that is strongly focused on precise timing and coordination.

The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry will join the roster for each performance, which also includes scintillating action from The Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

In addition to the breath-taking display acts, spectators will be treated to world-class competitive action, including FEI World Cup competitions in three disciplines; Dressage, Driving and Show Jumping. The traditional crowd favourites, The Puissance and The London International Horse Show Grand Prix will also take their place at ExCeL London, featuring the world’s best show jumping horse and rider combinations, with the next generation of riders set to star in The Mini Stakes and The U25 British Championship.

Show Director Simon Brooks‐Ward said: “We are delighted to be welcoming The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry to The London International Horse Show 2021. They are always a firm favourite amongst the crowd, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.”

Captain William Long of The Life Guards, said: “The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is thrilled to be returning to the London International Horse Show. It will be very exciting to perform at the Show’s new venue, the ExCeL, this year.  It is always a privilege to take part in the show and truly does signal the start of the festive period.”

Posted on September 30th, 2021


Redwings Horse Sanctuary has launched a brand-new podcast to share stories of their rescued horses and donkeys, and conversations with their expert rescuers and carers.

This #InternationalPodcastDay on 30th September, the charity is celebrating by announcing its podcast series, called Sounds of the Sanctuary.

The weekly podcast takes listeners on a journey through the Sanctuary, with a spotlight each week on a rescued resident and their care, plus conversations with the vets, nurses, carers and support teams who make it possible.

Listeners can expect to go behind-the-scenes and discover more about Redwings’ facilities normally closed to the public, such as its specialist Reception Centre for new arrivals, Horse Hospital, Behaviour Centre and Rehoming Centres.

The charity has also produced a sister podcast, called Field Notes, involving sit down chats with Redwings’ experienced team, delving deeper into the equine care and welfare issues they frequently encounter and sharing their top tips along the way, from worming to land management, basic training to creating the perfect paddock.

The first three episodes of Sounds of the Sanctuary and Field Notes are already available to download from all major streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The most recent episode features an update on Phoenix, the foal who was left with life-threatening burns after an arson attack, as his vet shares the latest news on his progress.

New episodes of Sounds of the Sanctuary will be released on Mondays, and Field Notes on Wednesdays. Listeners can also subscribe to the series to ensure they never miss an episode.

Redwings Communications Manager, Stephanie Callen, said: “We’re so excited to share this project with everyone. The Redwings podcast presents a chance to hear directly from our hard-working equine welfare teams and meet our rescued residents – so it’s straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak!

“From the vets and nurses who help our rescued horses back onto their hooves, to the carers and maintenance teams who tend to their daily care, and the rehoming teams who find them loving new homes – this podcast brings a unique insight into life at the Sanctuary which we hope will be enjoyable to Redwings fans, new supporters and horse owners alike!”

To find out more about Redwings’ new podcast and the Sanctuary’s work, please visit

Posted on August 4th, 2021

Can you Hack it for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance?

Following Great Britain’s success at the 2020 summer Olympics, horse-riders from across the region are being challenged to join ‘Tack2Hack’, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) brand-new equine event, that will see supporters and enthusiasts horse ride 100 miles throughout August 2021 in aid of their local life-saving charity. 

Riders can tack up to hack out and conquer their 100 miles at a time that suits them, counting the miles during each ride. Solo, or together with friends, riders can create their own route to take the reins and stride out. All funds raised will go towards helping to keep the regions life-saving service operational for those that need it most.

Kerry Russell Head of Events at EHAAT said, “We are thrilled to launch this new event that will allow riders and enthusiasts of all abilities to choose how and when they hack out with their horses and ponies whilst also enjoying a boost to their wellbeing.  No matter how riders choose to take part, they will be joining hundreds of horse enthusiasts who will be taking advantage of the regions majestic countryside and showing that together we can help save lives.”

To join, riders can find out more information and register for free at to receive their free fundraising pack, t-shirt, mile tracker and safety hi-vis arm bands. Participants can then simply ride out to achieve their 100-mile target.  Those that raise the minimum fundraising amount of £150 will receive a beautiful sash for their horse to wear with pride.

For more information about EHAAT and its work, visit

Posted on July 23rd, 2021

Summer in the Saddle

A holiday activity can sometimes inspire a lifelong hobby and with many families choosing a staycation over a trip abroad this year, now could be the ideal time to have a go at something new.

Finding an activity for disabled children and adults can sometimes be more of a challenge, with fewer options available.

Horse riding is a great holiday activity and there are several Accessibility Mark accredited centres close to UK holiday hotspots.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial to riders of varying levels of disability.

The south coast has a number of Accessibility Mark centres across Hampshire, Cornwall and Dorset, with centres also in other popular holiday destinations such as Yorkshire and Norfolk, all providing fantastic riding experiences for disabled people.

Louise Buckner, Centre Manager at Island Riding Centre based in the stunning location of the Isle of Wight said: “At Island Riding Centre we have the most wonderful facilities for disabled riders, including one of the Island’s few Changing Places facilities and a range of self-catering holiday accommodation suitable for disabled people with ground floor bedrooms, wet rooms and even adjustable height kitchen worktops.

“The site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and has a motorised para-rider hoist to help with mounting, and large indoor and outdoor arenas. Anyone who is visiting the area over the summer months is more than welcome to book a session or even a riding holiday available all year round. It also provides an opportunity for all the family to get involved with one activity together.”

Taking to the saddle has many benefits for people with both physical and mental disabilities, from the sense of freedom felt when on the horse to being able to connect with other people enjoying the same activity.

Wherever you are holidaying this summer there is sure to be an Accessibility Mark approved centre close by, so book your lesson today!

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

Posted on July 19th, 2021

Relaxation in COVID restrictions across the nation

British Equestrian Federation: updates from the ministers across Great Britain of relaxations of a number of COVID restrictions from today

While a number of restrictions are being removed or reduced, British Equestrian recommends all stakeholders in the industry to remain vigilant, respect others, and follow hygiene measures to keep everyone safe and reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.


As of Monday 19th July, England will move into Step 4 of the COVID response roadmap, which in practice means:

  • Limits on social contact will end, with no restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings. Accompanying guidance will be published by the government around how best to reduce the risk of transmission and protect yourself and loved ones.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business with a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks identified. Working Safely guidance sets out a range of mitigations that employers should consider, including:
    • cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly
    • identifying poorly-ventilated areas in the venue and taking steps to improve air flow
    • ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue
    • communicating to staff and customers the measures you have put in place.

Helpful links

Sport England – coronavirus restrictions FAQs

Posted on June 17th, 2021

World Horse Welfare visitor centres delay reopening in wake of continuing Covid restrictions

In light of the announcement of Covid-19 restrictions continuing into July, World Horse Welfare has taken the difficult decision to postpone reopening their Rescue and Rehoming Centres to visitors. The four centres were due to reopen next week after more than a year closed to the public.

UK Director Tony Tyler said: “We were very much looking forward to having supporters back at our farms, so this is really disappointing, but the safety of our visitors and staff is paramount. We’ll be delighted to welcome everyone when restrictions are lifted, so we hope our visitors can bear with us and book a visit later in the summer.”

Anyone who has already booked their entry tickets through the new system will be contacted shortly. The latest information will be available on the World Horse Welfare website (www.worldhorsewelfare.orgRegular updates can also be found on the charity’s main Facebook page and on each centre’s own Facebook pages, where the progress of some of the rescued horses can also be followed.

Zoe Clifford from Penny Farm said: “We are certainly looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the farm, and there will be celebrations when we finally do, but in the meantime we will continue to focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming as many horses as possible.”

World Horse Welfare has four Rescue and Rehoming Centres at Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire, Penny Farm in Lancashire, Hall Farm in Norfolk and Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset. All have been closed to the public since last March but have been continuing to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and rehome horses and ponies in need during that time despite a 20% drop in income over the pandemic.

Posted on May 28th, 2021


Popular equestrian YouTuber This Esme will be helping to judge entries in a fun online horse and pet show raising money for Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Unable to host its usual fundraising horse show this year, Redwings is once again challenging owners to showcase their beloved pets (of all kinds!) in a series of online classes after two successful virtual events in 2020.

Esme Higgs, the star behind the YouTube channel This Esme, will be judging the ‘Happiest Hacker’ class, which aims to highlight the joy of enjoying leisurely rides with your horse.

For the first time, the Redwings Show Online will also be offering virtual dressage classes, hosted by E-Riders.

These are just some of the many classes horse owners can enter in Redwings’ latest online event, which will also include classes for dogs and all other pets too – from donkeys to cats, from tortoises to chickens!

Entries to the Redwings Show Online 2021 are open now and will close on Sunday 20th June.

Redwings launched their first online show in May 2020 following the cancellation of their in-person event due to the pandemic. This and its follow-up – the Redwings Christmas Show Online – raised over £3,000 for the Sanctuary.

Due to ongoing coronavirus uncertainties, the charity has sadly decided to cancel their in-person event again this year, but hopes supporters will enjoy another fun online event.

Redwings Show organiser, Jude Palmer, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back our popular online show and very grateful to This Esme for helping us with the unenviable task of choosing winners from gorgeous photos of happy hacking!

“Whilst we are disappointed to cancel our in-person show again this year, we hope our supporters and showing fans alike will still have fun preparing photo entries for the Redwings Show Online instead.

“For the first time we also have virtual dressage classes, hosted by E-Riders. The classes will allow horse owners to take part in dressage classes from the comfort of their yards whilst supporting our rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. Plus, in true Redwings Show Online fashion, dogs will be included in the fun too with a special ‘Doggy Dressage’ class – where owners and pooches can strut their stuff!”

Horse photo classes include ‘Heavenly Horses’, ‘Perfect Ponies’ and ‘Cracking Cobs’, while pet classes – open to all animals – include ‘Cutest Pet’, ‘Funniest Photo’ and ‘Best Fur Family’.

Entries to the Redwings Show Online will cost a donation of £3 each, and entries to the E-Riders Dressage classes will be £12 each. Entries will close at the end of Sunday 20th June, with results being announced on Redwings’ social media channels the following week.

For more information on how to enter and to see a full list of classes, visit


Posted on May 26th, 2021

RDA Virtual National Championships Open to Accessibility Mark Riders

The 2021 RDA National Championships will welcome entries from Accessibility Mark riders for the first time, much to the delight of disabled riders that participate at accredited centres nationwide.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

This year’s championships will be held virtually on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September due to the on-going challenge of hosting an event during the pandemic.

Previously only participants from RDA Groups have been eligible to enter the charities flagship event which is not just about the competition but is also a chance to celebrate achievement.

A number of dressage classes will be open to Accessibility Mark riders with a qualifying competition also being held virtually and the winners going through to the Virtual Championship Finals.

With a slightly different feel to the normal party atmosphere at Hartpury College when participants and volunteers come together, the virtual competition with two days of live streaming offers riders, drivers and vaulters the opportunity to still compete

For anyone that would like to get involved and their coaches, RDA has produced a series of videos about how to record your entry which can be found along with the schedule on the RDA website. The closing date for entries for the qualifying competition is June 30th and Friday August 27th for the National Competition.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 51 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find out more about entering the RDA Virtual National Championships contact your Accessibility Mark Centre directly or to find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

Posted on May 17th, 2021

BEF update: further lockdown easing from 17th May across the UK

Today heralds a number of changes across the United Kingdom as lockdown continues to ease across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Vaccination rates continue at pace while case numbers are on the decline, but government leaders continue to urge caution as we begin to mix in greater numbers and in indoor spaces.

The changes in each country are as follows:


From Monday, the country will enter Step three of the government’s lockdown roadmap which will facilitate the following:

  • Gatherings permitted indoors of up to six people or two households – children of any age count in these numbers.
  • Organised sport and physical activity can take place indoors with no limit on numbers but within NGB guidance in place. Sport England recommends allowing 100sq ft per person (10ft x 10ft space) to provide a maximum capacity. In equestrian arena terms, this would permit up to 114 people in a 20 x 60 metre indoor school.
  • Up to 30 people can gather outdoors, while organised sport can take place in any numbers, subject to sport specific guidance.
  • Overnight stays are permitted, including hotels, hostels, B&Bs and private homes but must be used within the number limits of up to six people or two households. This includes horseboxes.
  • Indoor hospitality is now permitted so pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants can provide table service to groups of up to six or two households.
  • Spectators permitted at sporting events but within social distancing and gathering limits – no one should gather in groups of  more than 30 outdoors/six people or two households indoors within any limits.  Indoors there’s no set limit on total numbers but restrictions must be aligned with ventilation rates as per venue – but no more than 1,000 indoors at any venue. Spectators at equestrian shows are down to organisers’ discretion in line with their member body, and a ticketing procedure and full covid protocols should be in place.
  • Travel abroad permitted under the traffic light system with green list countries not requiring quarantine on return.
  • Competitors at British Dressage and British Showjumping competitions in England will now be permitted to bring a group of six (including rider, groom, owner, family, etc.) to shows. They must stay in their ‘bubble’ and not mix with others. British Eventing competitions will be allowing a rider plus four supporters.

Posted on May 13th, 2021

Royal President visits World Horse Welfare in Norfolk

HRH The Princess Royal visited the Norfolk centre of Britain’s largest equine rescue and rehoming charity on 11th May. 

As president of the charity, The Princess Royal wanted to find out how the work of World Horse Welfare had continued throughout the pandemic, learn more about how the charity deals with the increasing number of cases involving large numbers of unhandled horses and meet some of the horses and ponies currently in the farm.

On a beautiful day, she saw how staff deal with animals that are unused to being around people, and how they help the ponies get used to being led and enjoy being handled.

The Princess Royal also met with staff and some of the members of the public who have rehomed horses and ponies and the vet and farrier teams who provide specialist care for the animals. She then met some of the other residents, including Rose the newest foal born just three weeks ago to her mother Violet, a starving mare rescued only just before giving birth. Both foal and mother are doing well.