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If a lot happens in a week in horses, consider how much has happened in 130 years. Many of the sports that are closest to H&H’s heart now barely existed back then, with the first Badminton Horse Trials still some 55 years away.

Hunting and racing, on the other hand, were already deeply woven through Britain’s rural fabric. Horse & Hound — a weekly title from the first issue — encompassed far more in those days than horses and hounds, including other sports such as rowing.

This week we celebrate other firms who have served British riders for as many years as we have; we seek out the families who have enjoyed Horse & Hound for generations, and we reflect on the rapidly changing face of media.

And, since every big birthday should involve a few presents, we invite you to win some great gifts.

Thousands of you took up our invitation to vote for the greatest living horse in Britain today, and double Olympic gold medallist Valegro came out on top. With his world record talent, lovely nature and staggering good looks, he was a worthy choice, for all that there are many horses with strong claims.

H&H’s evolution inevitably leads it further into the world of digital, web-based content, and you may have noticed our new VIP section online — including exclusive videos, vet case studies and more. Do go and sample it for a free trial period.

And thank you all for supporting the world’s best-loved equestrian “bible”.

Find out what’s in the 130th birthday issue of Horse & Hound