Your guide to the best videos for equine enthusiasts this Christmas

Videos make an ideal Christmas gift. Our guide offers plenty to choose from this season – from alternative therapies to the thrill of international showjumping — there is something for everyone.

Istabraq – The Quest For Greatness

Istabraq will surely go down in history as one of national hunt racing’s kings. The three-time Champion Hurdler was denied the chance to defend his title this year due to the FMD crisis. This video traces the story of this great horse and is told by those closest to him. A treat for fans.

Cost at around: £15.99.

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10 Goal Polo

Looking at the three years of the JAL Cup tournaments, the highest rated outside of the Americas. This video views the skills of some of the world’s best players. Commentated on by Jamie Heywood and Jim Hilston.

Cost at around £17.99.

Contact the BHS Bookshop (tel: 01926 707700)

The Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials 2001

Coverageof the 2001 horse trials, which saw a record 108 entries from 11 countries. Plenty of cross-country and viewers get another look at the “test run” of the potential new 2004 Olympics format, where riders are faced with two show jumping rounds instead of one.

Cost at around £15.99.

Contact Equestrian Vision (tel: 01403 864173) or click here to visit www.bramic.co.uk orcontact the BHS Bookshop (tel: 01926 707700)

FEI World Cup Dressage to Music Finals, Aarhus 2001

This is a chance to see a top class competition, despite the absence of reigning champion Anky van Grunsven, due to FMD. The top freestyle tests are shown in full and Richard Davison makes useful commentsabout some less well-known combinations.

Cost at around £17.99.

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Competition Driving Part 2: Basic Schooling for Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle Driving

The aim of this video is to help the competition driver in many aspects, including developing of skills for the correct execution of dressage movements, negotiation of marathon obstacles and training for the cone course.

Cost at around £24.99 (Part 1 also available).

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Cathy Tindall Gives Help With Some Common Problems & Equine Shiatsu Bodywork

These two videos featuring equine behaviour and health therapist Cathy Tindall offer advice on how an alternative approach may help your horse. The first video shows Cathy treating horses with a variety of problems using her own technique and philosophies. In the second video Cathy adapts the traditional Japanese Shiatsu bodywork technique to help horses.

Cost at around £16.99 each.

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FEI World Cup Show Jumping

Highlights of the Western European qualifying league and the leading riders’ performances at the 2001 World Cup final. Top riders, including Michael Whitaker, Rodrigo Pessoa, Willi Melliger and Markus Fuchs, battle it out for this prestigious title.

Cost at around £17.99.

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European Dressage Championships 2001

An excellent record of this year’s championships, narrated by Michael Tucker with expert commentary from Richard Davison. The video summarises the team and grand prix special competitions and then shows the 10 leading freestyle tests in full.

Cost at around £17.99.

Contact Equestrian Vision (tel: 01403 864173) or click here to visit www.bramic.co.uk orcontact the BHS Bookshop (tel: 01926 707700)

Rolex Kentucky three-day-event

Detailed coverage of the USA’s top three-day event, won this year by David O’Connor. Performances of the event’s leaders are shown in full and each phase is well analysed. Karen O’Connor interviews competitors as they complete the cross-country, providing an insight to how the impressive track rides.

Cost: £17.99.

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Great Grand Nationals

An entertaining look at the world’s greatest race, narrated by the first lady of Aintree, Jenny Pitman. A fascinating view of all aspects of the Grand National, including the mystery of Devon Loch’s losing “jump” and the sadness of Esha Ness’s “win” in the “race that never was”. The stories of legends such as Red Rum and Aldaniti are also retraced. A nostalgic treat for fans of racing.

Cost at around £14.99.

Contact Equestrian Vision (tel: 01403 864173) or click here to visit www.bramic.co.uk orcontact the BHS Bookshop (tel: 01926 707700)

Stages 1, 2 & 3 and PTT (4 videos)

The BHS Stages exams in video form give candidates an idea of what to expect when taking these famous tests. The Stage I video is very useful for those who are new to BHS exams and the Preliminary Teaching Test video gives the viewer a chance to prepare for some of the unexpected aspects.

Cost at around £12.99 for Stage, £14.99 for Stage 2, and £16.99 for Stage 3 and PTT.

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National Hunt Horses to Follow 2001-2002

Following on from previous “horses to follow” videos, Robert Copper has again asked many national hunt trainers to put forward a potential future star. Each trainer explains why in their opinion it will show the most improvement through the season.

Cost at around £14.99.

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For videos numbered 1-11, contact Equestrian Vision (tel: 01403 864173) or click here to visit www.bramic.co.uk or contactSatellite Sport Services (tel: 020 7696 8695)

Dancing With Horses

Believing that working with horses is comparable to dancing, Klaus FerdinandHempfling advises that even the slightest movement can convey powerful information. In this video he demonstrates how the horse will move with extraordinary grace if the request is effectively communicated.

Cost at around £18.99.

For more information contact J A Allen (tel: 01494 434548).

Schooling Horses In-Hand

German trainer Richard Hinrichs explains how much can be taught to a horse from the ground. He demonstrates how in-hand and under-saddle work interlinks, which can be helpful with higher level dressage movements. Using various techniques, he caters for all levels.

Cost at around £18.99.

For more information contact J A Allen (tel: 01494 434548).

Eventing

David O’Connor atRolex 2001 (£15.99); Rolex 3-Day Event (17.99); David and Karen O’Connor on basic horse-manship (3-part) (£17.99 each or £44.99 the set). The basic horsemanship series looks at work on the ground, on the flat and jumping and shows how the same principles run through each The pair has the knack of breaking everything down into simple principles, which benefit rider and horse. The “behind the scenes” at Rolex video is especially fascinating.

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Official Dressage Tests Preliminary and Novice and Elementary

Dane Rawlins, with the help of guinea pig riders and horses, shows how to tackle each test to gain maximum marks. He explains what the judges are looking for and how not to fall into common traps. These are a great way of learning tests – both tapes have been updated to include the new long arena tests and are valuable if you don’t have access to one.

Cost at around £15.99 for Preliminary and Novice and £14.99 for Elementary.

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Sport Psychology for Success by Nikki Heath and Dr Steve Bull.

Don’t dismiss this set as psychobabble, because it really makes sense. Nikki Heath, sports psychologist to the BEF and a prix st georges dressage competitor, has valuable advice on mapping your training plan, setting goals and overcoming nerves.

Cost at around £19.99 for audiotape or CD

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The HuntedFilmed over one year, this documentary chronicles the rich diversity that exists within the world of hunting and the British countryside. The characters that make up the Flint and Denbigh, a mounted pack and the Eryri,a foot pack make interesting viewing. This video also gives an insight into hunt circles.

Cost at around £24.99.

Contact Equestrian Vision (tel: 01403 864173) or click here to visit www.bramic.co.uk