As the daylight hours grow longer, riders’ thoughts turn to planning their forthcoming competition season. Perfect timing then for the first of Horse & Hound’s three special shows issues, available from your newsagent tomorrow (Thursday, 20 February).

Editor Lucy Higginson says: “This Thursday’s issue (pictured) is a whopping 196 pages and lists more than 3,000 events and shows, from endurance rides to driving, local shows to dressage championships, sponsored rides to lecture demonstrations.

“Alongside the show dates there’s also a great range of features: find out about leading show jumper William Funnell’s closet breeding operation, and whether you might be a show or dressage judge in the making.

“Horse & Hound investigates why, with entry fees getting on the increase, show organisers claim they still can’t cover their costs; and whether the days of Germany dominating the international dressage rankings may be coming to an end.

“We meet top young eventing prospect Ruth Friendat home, and ask top riders across the disciplines which shows they will look forward to most – and least.

“For all this and a great deal more, kick on to the newsagent and make sure you don’t miss THE guide to the season ahead.”

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