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Cheltenham Festival 2019

Cheltenham Festival 2019

WHW applaud BHA for robust action taken in aftermath of National Hunt Chase to protect equine welfare   

Says World Horse Welfare

The death of three horses this week, which can never be simply accepted as a bi-product of the sport, are a sad and salutary reminder of the scale of the challenge that remains in reducing the risks to equine welfare at Cheltenham. 

The recommendations of the BHA's Cheltenham Review were never going to be a magic wand but significant investment will have to be maintained to achieve the Review's longer term aims, most especially developing the predictive risk model in jump racing. 

During the Review we raised specific issues about the involvement of amateurs in the Festival, and Tuesday's outcome has only heightened our concerns for urgent changes to be made. 

However we applaud the BHA for the robust action they took in the aftermath of the National Hunt Chase, as protecting equine welfare always has to trump any competitive or commercial influences.

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Tony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fightTony Barnett has done amazingly with the forestry commission fight

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Couple enjoying first day of racing at Cheltenham

Couple enjoying first day of racing at Cheltenham

Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

Horse spotted standing up in back of pickup truck as owner drove 55mph down highway

Horse spotted standing up in back of pickup truck as owner drove 55mph down highway

-   The horse was seen with a saddle on its back while being tied to the pickup truck 

-   Driver was not using hazard lights, nor did truck have a tailgate  

-   Driver was stopped by police, but authorities said he didn't do anything wrong

Several drivers were shocked to see a horse standing up in the back of a pickup truck and secured only by a rope as its owner drove 55mph down a Texas highway over the weekend.  

The photo was shared on Facebook by Kerry Green Costello who says the horse's hooves were halfway off the truck. 

'Only In Texas. This horse is either very well trained or scared to death,' Costello wrote in the caption of the photo.

A horse was spotted standing up in the back of a pickup truck with its hooves halfway off the vehicle as its owner drove 55mph down a Texas highway

Horse spotted standing up in back of pickup truck as owner drove 55mph down highway

A second photo of the incident shows the driver being pulled over and stopped by police (pictured) a short time later. However, Corrigan police say the man wasn't doing anything illegal in the transportation of the horse

The horse was also wearing a saddle as the truck traveled down Highway 59, past Lufkin, Texas. 

The truck was not using hazard lights, nor did it have a tailgate, Costello said. 

Costello told KPRC that she thought that if 'anything spooks this horse, [it'll be] a danger to this horse, this driver, the other people on the road and me and my husband and our two 5 year olds in our car'. 

Another witness captured the incident on video as they passed by the truck. 

In the video, the horse appeared calm and seemed to be enjoying the wind.

Another witness captured the incident on video as they passed by the truck. In the video, the horse appeared calm and seemed to be enjoying the wind

A second photo of the incident shows the driver being pulled over and stopped by police a short time later. 

However, Corrigan police say the man wasn't doing anything illegal in the transportation of the horse.

The driver reportedly told officers that he was on his way to work at the stockyards when his truck that can pull the trailer wouldn't start, so he had to go with the alternative.

But according to Costello, whose post now has more than 1,600 shares, the unidentified driver had done this before. 

Other photos on her Facebook page show the same truck transporting a smaller horse on the back.

Horse spotted standing up in back of pickup truck as owner drove 55mph down highway

During that incident, the driver was also pulled over by officers. It's unclear if he was given a citation at the time.

According to Kerry Green Costello, whose post now has more than 1,600 shares, the unidentified driver had done this before. Other photos on her Facebook page show the same truck transporting a smaller horse (pictured) on the back

Horse spotted standing up in back of pickup truck as owner drove 55mph down highway

During that incident, the driver was also pulled over by officers. It's unclear if he was given a citation at the time

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Steve McCarronWhat is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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As it was very popular with the royalty of British society, it soon earned the title of "Sport of Kings". With racing taking place in Britain all year, there is always some interesting top-notch events not to be missed.

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Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Saving Mustangs

Robert Redford talks about the importance of saving Mustangs and the great work Return To Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation does everyday.

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Harriet Morris-Baumber

Harriet Morris-BaumberA skinny fence can strike fear into the hearts of some riders, and course builders love to throw in this technical challenge to test how accurate your riding is, along with your ability to keep the horse straight.

Event rider and trainer, Harriet Morris-Baumber is used to negotiating these types of fences when she is competing herself and instructs her clients on the best way to tackle skinny fences, which can be one of the most common causes of a run-out.

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International Women's Day –
MP Kerry McCarthy visits HorseWorld!

MP Kerry McCarthy offers her support to #BreakTheChain

Kerry McCarthy visited HorseWorld recently to hear about our #BreakTheChain campaign and meet some of our rescued horses. Kerry has received more emails than any other MP in the country about tethered horses and at one point she had more emails about horses than about Brexit!

On her visit Kerry spoke with HorseWorld's Managing Director, Mark Owen, about the campaign aims. These are; to limit the amount of time a horse can be tethered for to 24 hours, to enforce a complete ban on tethering in dangerous locations and to make it so that if a tether is your only method of keeping a horse then you should not be permitted to keep that animal. Kerry also heard how the campaign has reached 94% of MP's and gained over 11,000 sign-ups so far.

Kerry has a history of supporting animal rights, so she and Mark also discussed the shortcomings of local councils who fail to employ Animal Welfare Inspectors leaving the police as the only people with the power to rescue a suffering animal. HorseWorld would like to see it become a mandatory duty for councils to employ an inspector which would mean the police would not have to attend animal rescues saving them time and money.

Kerry met Salisbury and Twiglet, two of our rescue horses. Salisbury was rescued after being born while his mother, Catena, was tethered. This meant she couldn't protect him and Catena was in serious distress at not being able to get to her baby. Luckily, in this case HorseWorld could step-in and rescue both mare and foal. However, a study published in 2014 found that 10% of tethered horses in South Wales were mares with young foals this show us that many horses have suffered as Catena did and will continue to suffer unless action is taken Kerry then met Twiglet who was rescued with a broken spine but is now in full health and exceptionally cheeky. He decided to nibble Kerry as she gave a moving speech on camera about her support for the campaign!

Kerry said: "I fully support HorseWorld's #BreaktheChain campaign, and so many of my constituents have written to me about it, it's clear they do too. It's so sad to see horses tethered by the roadside, often without adequate water or shelter, for days on end. We need the current law to be properly enforced, and for the Government to look at whether the law can be strengthened."

Having a record of supporting improvements to mental health services in the UK, Kerry also had a tour of HorseWorld's Discovery department which helps struggling and at-risk children by pairing them with a rescued horse and teaching the children how to care for horses.

Kerry said: "It was also great to hear about the work HorseWorld is doing with young people with social, emotional, mental health and learning needs, through its Discovery programme, and the difference contact with the horses can make to troubled young people's lives".

The HorseWorld team couldn't be more grateful to Kerry for her support and are hoping that with her voice added to the campaign they are one step closer to improving the lives of horses all over the UK.

Keeping our country side safe for walkers

BROOKE RAISES £2000 DURING WAR HORSE UK TOUR SHOWS

BROOKE RAISES £2000 DURING WAR HORSE UK TOUR SHOWS

Brooke raised £2000 thanks to donations from theatregoers during the Sunderland Empire Theatre leg of the War Horse UK tour, which ran from 6 to 23 February.

The charity, which protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world, has close ties to the War Horse story having been set up in 1934 to rescue the horses left behind in Egypt after World War 1.

BROOKE RAISES £2000 DURING WAR HORSE UK TOUR SHOWS

Last year, Brooke's yearlong campaign, Every Horse Remembered marked 100 years since the end of World War 1 and highlighted the eight million horses, donkeys and mules who lost their lives during the conflict.

Caroline Robertson, Brooke Senior Regional Fundraising Officer, said: "War Horse is a story which has close ties to the history of Brooke, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to spread awareness during this run of shows. Thank you to Brooke's extremely passionate group of volunteers in Northern England for engaging with theatregoers and collecting vital donations towards making a real difference to the lives of hard working animals around the world."

Throughout the performances, all 60 cast and crew members wore Brooke's Every Horse Remembered pin badges on or inside their costumes.

BROOKE RAISES £2000 DURING WAR HORSE UK TOUR SHOWS

Unfortunately, working horses are not a thing of the past. By highlighting the struggle of working horses past and present, Brooke aims to build a better life for horses in the future. Over 100 million of these animals are currently working worldwide, earning an income that around 600 million people rely on. Brooke works in more than 11 developing countries, with owners, communities, service providers and governments to make long lasting improvements to the lives of animals and their owners.

"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

BREXIT

Export horses and ponies: special rules

Animal welfare organisations warn of public outcry if Government waters down animal protection laws

The warning comes as a new #BetterDealForAnimals campaign is launched, to make sure that animals don't become victims of Brexit. The campaign is calling for animal sentience to be explicitly enshrined in UK law, as it is in the EU, and for any future legislation or Government policy to fully take into account its impact on the welfare of animals. Without this, the UK Government's current planned legislation will weaken protection for animals across the country.

A major event in Parliament on 26 February will demonstrate strong cross-party support for the demand to fully recognise animal sentience in UK law before we leave the EU. This event is sponsored by Nic Dakin MP (Lab), Zac Goldsmith MP (Con), Tim Farron MP (Lib Dem), and Deidre Brock MP (SNP), and Sue Hayman MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will be speaking.

The calls to protect animal welfare are strongly supported by the public - new research published today, and conducted by YouGov on behalf of the charities, reveals that:

  • Voters for all the main political parties believe that animal welfare laws should be maintained or made more extensive than they are now – 86% of Conservative voters, 84% of Labour voters and 82% of Lib Dem voters
  • 80% of the British public want post-Brexit Government trade deals to have clear requirements that imported animal products meet or exceed British animal welfare production standards. Only 6% say this should not be a requirement
  • Almost 7 out of 10 (68%) want legal requirements to ensure that animal welfare is protected, to the greatest extent possible, when new laws and policies are made. Only 3% oppose this
  • Less than a third (31%) of the public are confident that the UK Government will live up to its promises of being a world leader on animal welfare, 56% say they are not confident
  • Two-thirds (66%) want an animal protection committee established to give expert independent advice to government on safeguarding animal welfare

Claire Bass, Humane Society International UK Executive Director and Chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link's Animal Welfare Group, said: 'Since passing the first animal protection law in the world, almost 200 years ago, our country has been a proud global leader in evolving science, ethics and policy to better protect animals. Now, as the Brexit deadline closes in, we are facing a weakening in our vitally important animal welfare laws. We need a firm and clear commitment from the government that it will recognise animal sentience in a strong law that has 'bite', to make sure animals do not become victims of Brexit.'

Sonul Badiani-Hamment, World Animal Protection External Affairs Adviser, said: "The Government keep stating that animal welfare is a priority for them, yet the public are still waiting for them to take action and protect them in law. Keeping the basic legal protections we have in the EU, and building on these, is vital if we're to live up to the promise of being a world leader on animal welfare."

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said: "A nation of animal lovers will not stand by while the UK Government weakens animal protections. We must speak up for animals who can't speak for themselves. With eighty six percent of the Government's own voters saying they want animal welfare laws maintained or strengthened, the Government must heed this message and live up to its promises to protect our treasured animals."

Ian Cawsey, Director of Advocacy, The Donkey Sanctuary said: "It is important that animals are not forgotten in all of the discussions and actions needed during the Brexit process. The UK Government has made some very encouraging comments about their desire to improve animal welfare post Brexit, but that needs to be turned into a reality. We know that MPs from all parties want to make this happen and this fantastic coalition of animal welfare groups stands by not just to hold the government to account but also to help them improve welfare for all animals in the UK."

Following the public backlash about animal sentience law not being included in the Withdrawal Bill in November 2017, the UK Government made firm commitments 'to make sure Brexit delivers not just for the British people, but for animals too'. These included promises to be 'a world leader in the care and protection of animals' and that the Government would 'strengthen our animal welfare rules.'

Yet, under current UK Government legislation plans, animals would receive less legal protection post-Brexit than they do while we're part of the EU. This is because Government Departments would not have the same legal requirement to take account of animal sentience and welfare in all new laws, policy and their delivery. The UK Government says animals are protected by existing laws – particularly the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – but this doesn't cover all animals, such as free living wildlife, and other overriding 'protection' legislation on farm animals permits poor practices, such as keeping laying hens caged, and farming ducks without full body access to water for bathing.

This is particularly worrying given the huge range of Government policy decisions to be made post-Brexit which could harm animals without strong legal protections, for example:

  • New trade deals could permit imports of lower welfare animal products – such as chicken carcasses washed in chlorine and meat and dairy produced from hormone-treated animals – leading to a race to the bottom in UK farming standards to compete on price.
  • Building of terrestrial and marine developments, and major infrastructure projects, e.g. housing, motorways and offshore renewable developments, may not have to consider the animal welfare impact to the same extent as under EU rules, risking avoidable suffering of wildlife.
  • Government Departments and Agencies responsible for UK International aid, could invest in overseas intensive farming systems banned in the UK due to poor animal welfare standards.
  • Wildlife management practices could more easily use inhumane methods, resulting in cruel and painful animal deaths.
  • Disturbance of marine animals could be even harder to determine as a wildlife crime - leading, for example, to more dolphins being disturbed by thoughtless boat users.

The animal welfare coalition is calling on Governments in the UK to keep vital legal animal protections in place as we leave the EU. The coalition is urging MPs to show their support for protecting our much-loved animals by attending the Parliamentary event and backing an Early Day Motion on the issue. It is also urging members of the public to back the calls of the #BetterDealForAnimals campaign by getting in touch with their MP.

The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

March 17 .............DAY 1,720

It is now 17020 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

"We're backing Maureen"

Click here to read in full the shocking way
Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Common Lands

"They can be sold providing evidence of pre-registration of title deeds are presented"

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony Barnett Common lands can be sold providing evidence of pre-registration of title deeds are presented, these deeds must be registered  with land registry to show that the lands were freehold pre Quo Warranto 1189, it is only when such evidence is disclosed to the land registry that they may be included on the statutes of 1925 and 1936 law of property acts.

No new Manors/estates were allowed to be created post Quia Emptories 1290, it was at that time in history lands could be sold as freehold under the statute Fee Simple, other Manorial wastes not of the demesne lands of an estates were registered under the 1965 commons registration act, these lands cannot be sold,let or leased, these lands  are open access from all points of view to the general public for air and exercise and for registered rights to persons so registered for use to benefit their living, although the rites are not registered to a person but  are registered to a property, prevents commoners from selling leasing,lettings or extinguishing the rites so attached to the property.

Access to Registered common lands is protected by section 193 of the 1925--1936 law of property act and it is unlawful without lawful excuse to impede those rites, the works on Yateley common do impede lawful access.

Evidence must be disclosed for examination by any chosen conveyance solicitor, conveyance or any other document wll not be conclusive of evidence without the original pre-registration of title deeds

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

This horse is just hilarious!!

British Showjumping announce plans for a National Training Centre

British Showjumping announce plans for a National Training Centre

Within the past few days British Showjumping have completed on the purchase of Home Farm, Hothorpe in Leicestershire with the plans for it to become the National Training Centre for the sport.

Acquiring and developing a National Training Centre has been an ambition for the Sport over the past ten years and it is with great delight that British Showjumping are now able to announce that such a superb facility has been secured. The National Training Centre will provide a modern facility for members in respect of training and educational facilities whilst also providing the sport with a solid commercial investment which will underwrite the sports financial standing further. Home Farm offers 120 acres including residential and equestrian facilities. The intention is that the venue will encompass short break accommodation and conference facilities as well as providing top class training facilities for members, officials and volunteers alike.

The British Showjumping office will remain at its site in Meriden, Warwickshire with Home Farm operating as a stand-alone Centre of Excellence under 'British Showjumping Training Ltd'. Les Harris, Chairman for British Showjumping said "Purchasing a venue with a view for it being the official National Training Centre gives the sport a solid foundation to base itself from whilst also offering facilities that all members from grass roots through to top level riders can benefit from whether it be as a producer, competitor or owner. The Centre will also provide a superb environment for Coaches and Officials to undertake their official training as well as becoming a central point where all stakeholders can come together for the good of the sport.

"As a sport, British Showjumping are in an enviable position of being financially secure. The offices at Meriden have given the organisation a modern environment to run from as well as a rental income since its purchase in 2012. By adding Home Farm to the portfolio, the Association will sit in the top tier of sports in respect of its financial security and the legacy that it will be able to build on as a result".

Iain Graham, Chief Executive of British Showjumping furthered "It was always felt that the sport should have a National Training Centre. Initially put forward as a vision by our at-the-time Chairman in 2008, it is a vision that has never altered as being the one we should be striving towards. This will allow us to have a modern training facility whilst reducing the current costs in terms of the hiring of venues, travel and administration that accompanies this. "The site is not a permanent show centre and there is no intention for it to become one. We depend on our show venues around the UK to deliver competitive sport week-in and week-out to our members; this is something I wanted to very much make clear. "Many NGB's and Federations have a National Training Centre and there are significant benefits to our sport having the same. This is a major step forward and will allow us to deliver quality training across all levels of capability within one central purpose built and appropriate environment. We trust that the facility will be an inspiration for everyone who uses it and that it will serve to deliver both the ongoing development of the sport and the performance of those competing within it."

British Showjumping announce plans for a National Training Centre

Nick Skelton CBE, Individual Gold medallist at Rio 2016 and Team Gold medallist at London 2012 commented "Having a National Training Centre for showjumping can only be seen as an extremely positive step forward for the sport and one that is at least thirty years overdue. I stand by the fact that strengthening the sports property portfolio is the best investment British Showjumping could have made and in their purchase of Home Farm they have acquired an outstanding training facility that the membership and sport as a whole will benefit from.

"Before any Championships we all come together for team training and if there had been a permanent site such as this that could have become our camp for a week or two before London or Rio it would have been superb. Facilities such as these are rare and from a Member perspective I can't think of anything more inspiring than for a Junior Academy member to be training at the same venue the Olympic Team were training at only weeks before. "I am looking forward to seeing the plans for the National Training Centre come to fruition and I will definitely be spending some of my time there assisting our potential medal winners of the future alongside the rest of the performance team working with them."

Further information regarding the National Training Centre will be released in the near future before it opens its doors for business later in the year. The current website address for the venue of www.homefarmhothorpe.com will remain the same and will be relaunched in the near future under new branding.

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

Milton

Milton

Foaled in 1977, Milton was by Dutch Warmblood Marius, out of Irish Draught Aston Answers. His lines included successful sportshorses in both paternal and maternal lines, his sire being an international level and his dam a Grade A national level jumper.

When Milton was young, Caroline Bradley, who had ridden Marius to international success, told her parents he would be her Olympic mount. She trained him until her death in 1983, after which many offers were made to her parents to buy the gelding, who had already proven his talent. They kept the horse. Stephen Hadley, known later as a FEI TV show jumping commentator, rode Milton for a short time, before he became a mount of the world-renowned international rider John Whitaker. Milton entered international competition in 1985.

During his competitive career, Milton achieved many international victories, and became the first horse outside the racing world to win more than £1 million in prize money. Throughout his career, Milton rarely touched a rail or refused a fence. The gelding was a favourite with the crowd, many times ending a successful round with a leap into the air. Even after his retirement at the 1994 Olympia Horse Show, he was adored by all. Milton died on 4 July 1999. He was buried on the Whitakers' farm in Yorkshire.

Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

BETA National Equestrian Survey 2019
  Increase in riding over past 5 years

BETA National Equestrian Survey 2019
  Increase in riding over past 5 years

The British Equestrian Trade Association's National Equestrian Survey 2019 has revealed an increase in horse riding over the past five years. This was among the findings from the first stage of the survey presented by BETA executive director Claire Williams at the National Equine Forum, in London.

The initial research, focusing on the number of horse riders and owners in Britain, the scale of lapsed riding and the barriers that prevent return and take-up, provides a clear and accurate picture of this part of the British equestrian landscape. The specially commissioned survey, which takes place every five years and was based on 6,151 nationally representative interviews, showed…

Number of horse riders: In 2014, there were 2.7 million riders following a steady decline in horse riding over the previous 10 years. Today, rider numbers are at 3 million, showing an indication of recovery, with not only an upturn in the number of people who have ridden in the past 12 months, but also an increase in those regularly riding at least once a month. There are now 1.8 million regular riders – back to levels seen between 2005 and 2010 – compared with 1.3 million in 2014. The greatest rise has been among 25- to 44-year-olds, an age group that showed a dramatic fall in riding during the previous five years.

Number of horse owners: In 2014, there was evidence of a steady decline in the number of Britain's horse-owning households, from 451,000 four years earlier to 446,000. The downward trend has continued, with the figure now standing at 374,000.

Scale of lapsed riders: Seven per cent of households in Britain have members who have ridden in the past 12 months. A further 20 per cent have lapsed riders, while 73 per cent have never ridden. Barriers to returning to the saddle: The survey shows that there are five million lapsed rider households in Britain, but 650,000 of them are interested in riding again. The two key growing barriers to this are access and proximity to horses.

 "Although this is just the first stage of the National Equestrian Survey – we still have the detailed reports on the equestrian economy, spending and population to come – the future of equestrian sport looks encouraging," said Claire Williams.

"The decline in rider numbers has been halted and the number of people riding on a regular basis has grown to give a far more positive outlook compared with five years ago. We are really looking forward to seeing the other parts of the survey, which are currently at fieldwork stage, with publication due in April/May.

"We are extremely grateful to Sport England, which through the British Equestrian Federation part-funded the survey work, which in 2019 has been the most robust ever and conducted online for the very first time."

Although BETA members will each receive a free overview document, orders are now being taken for copies of the 2019 BETA National Equestrian Survey. For costs and to place an order, contact Philippa Macintosh, telephone 01937 587062 or email philippa@beta-uk.org.

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

International Competition Grooms Group launched

International Competition Grooms Group launched

The International Competition Grooms Group (ICGG) has been launched to support any groom that works at international level competitions, whether in the UK or abroad.

With representatives from each international circuit, the Group gives the opportunity for members to share their concerns and important opinions.

The International Reps will work with the British Grooms Association (BGA) to collate, represent and feedback to governing bodies, organising committees and competition organisers - this is the smart and professional way to be heard; giving a united voice at this elite level.

In addition the ICGG will also offer support to less experienced competition grooms and give them a friendly representative from their sport, who they can contact to get practical advice and support.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) President, Ingmar De Vos said, "We welcome the creation of the International Competition Grooms Group, which will give a stronger voice to these incredibly dedicated members of our community. The FEI set up a grooms working group in 2017 and we hope this new international organisation will be fully representative of this important group of people and will enable us to have an even better communication channel direct with the grooms. We look forward to a close collaboration with the ICGG."

Alan Davies, Head Travelling Groom to Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester added, "I am extremely proud to be an Ambassador for the BGA. It is informative and supportive on many levels and always striving to improve all aspects of our lives as grooms. The new International Competition Grooms Group adds another dimension, giving even more support for those of us facing the challenges of travelling the world."

Joining Alan on the team of ICGG Reps for dressage is Heidi Troniseck (Richard Davison), for show jumping Daniel Tarpey (Harry Charles), Zoe Herbert (William Funnell) and Sara Shears (freelance) and heading up the eventing grooms is Jess Errington (Harry Meade) and Debbie Carpenter (freelance).

To join the ICGG simply go to www.britishgrooms.org.uk, select a membership option and on check out simply select 'I groom at international level competitions as part of my job.'

For more information and to join go to https://britishgrooms.org.uk/internationalcompetitiongrooms

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