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Britain’s World Championships bid, a high rider’s ‘unscheduled vacation’, and different issues the horse world is speaking about


  • 1. Burghley’s bid to carry the 2026 eventing World Championships

    Yesterday (9 February) the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials organising staff introduced plans to bid for the 2026 eventing World Championships, and are in discussions with UK Sport about accessing funding. The five-star venue has held the World Championships twice earlier than, in 1966, and 1974. Occasion director Martyn Johnson stated Burghley is “synonymous with the top of the game of eventing”, and internet hosting the championships would carry big advantages to the occasion and local people. “It could additionally focus our longer-term imaginative and prescient for the occasion as we proceed to spend money on upgrading the everlasting infrastructures for athletes and horses to enhance additional a world-class venue,” he stated. The bid course of, run by the FEI, is open and can conclude by June.

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    2. Ben Maher’s “unscheduled vacation”

    British Olympic showjumping champion Ben Maher is recovering from a fall sustained competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida

    Olympic showjumping champion Ben Maher is recovering from a fall on the Wellington Equestrian Pageant in Florida, the place he has been leaping a string of horses. Ben stated on 8 February that owing to the “dangerous fall” he might be taking an “unscheduled vacation”, however he hopes to be again quickly. The Tokyo gold medallist had been having fun with a profitable couple of weeks within the States, and had clocked up various high placings together with together with his Rio Olympic accomplice Tic Tac and new high mare Dallas Vegas Batilly. Ben stated he’ll hold everybody up to date on his restoration and appreciates all the sort messages.

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    3. Unsuited combos placing welfare in danger

    Carl Hester at World Para Dressage Championships

    This week in his unique H&H column Carl Hester mentioned horse welfare, following an Worldwide Dressage Riders Membership Zoom assembly he attended led by equine vet and researcher Rachel Murray. Among the many assembly’s discussions was how the mistaken match between horse and rider could cause “confusion and damage”. Carl stated riders who lack confidence and switch to dressage as they discover it much less scary than leaping, or riders who will not be bodily match sufficient to sit down on the facility, is probably not positioned to journey a sparky younger horse ahead with confidence. “Horses attempt arduous to please and people keen temperaments, if not strengthened, skilled and managed appropriately, can put them in danger. We have to shield them. This isn’t criticism; it’s a name for schooling to be the precedence, for us to hearken to extremely certified practitioners like Rachel when speaking about welfare,” he stated.

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