The past 12 months were full of highs and sadly, some terrible lows too. Here is the list of the most-read news stories on Horseandhound.co.uk during 2015...
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Fifty-five-year-old Mary Hance from Norfolk was killed due to injuries she sustained while clipping her horse. Her daughter said at the time of her death: “She had dedicated her whole life to horses”. Many tributes poured in for the “exceptional horse woman”.
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One of the updates that followed William Fox-Pitt’s serious fall while competing at Le Lion d’Angers in France provided a glimmer of hope for his fans. The news that he had “made progress” and was now conscious in hospital was a promising sign and we continue to wish William well in his recovery.
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Photographs online of horses and riders jumping a car during a ride in Ireland left H&H readers horrified. Welfare organisations were unindated with concerns from the public who saw images of horses jumping the car that still had a windscreen and glass in the windows.
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The equestrian world was left shocked when young Irishman Bertram Allen was disqualified from the Olympia grand prix after blood was found on the flanks of Quiet Easy 4, promoting Michael Whitaker on Viking into first place.
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The return of the Lloyds Bank’s iconic black horse proved a huge success and very popular with both horse enthusiasts and the general public alike.
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The ongoing story of top British event rider William Fox-Pitt following his serious fall while competing in France in October 2015 had his fans on tenterhooks as they awaited updates. The initial story that he had suffered injuries was a massive shock to us all but the subsequent news that he was stable in hospital provided a little comfort.
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Carl Hester explained to H&H what his plans were for superstar dressage horse Valegro after the BBC claimed the horse was to retire after the 2016 Olympic Games following an interview with Blueberry’s rider Charlotte Dujardin.
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Three horses were rescued from a property in North Lincolnshire in January after reports a pony was being eaten by a pack of dogs.
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In a extreme case of inconceivable cruelty, pictures of Splitters Creek Bundy, the horse with two broken forelegs, caused a storm on social media (not pictured).