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School’s out! Altior and friends enjoy a well-earned (very) sunny holiday


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  • The end of term is close for schools in the UK, but for stars of the National Hunt scene, the holidays are well and truly underway.

    As many of these heroes prepare to go back to ‘class’, H&H takes a look at the jumpers enjoying some R&R in the summer sunshine…

    Altior reflects on his third unbeaten season and shares some tips with his field pal, five-year-old Pacific De Baune

    Looking happy and relaxed in the sun

    Five-time Grade One winner Might Bite enjoys the sunshine

    Winner of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National, One For Arthur tucks into some tasty grass on his summer holiday

    The 12-year-old Eastlake relaxed after his eighth season

    Sleepy racehorses at Dan Skelton’s yard make the most of the sunny weather

    Anything for me? Dark Flame is ready for his close-up

    While some others enjoy a jaunt around their holiday pad at Richard Rowe’s West Sussex base

    Horses at Charlie Longsdon’s get stuck in to their holiday grub

    And finally… going back to school would have been less of a struggle if it involved working on the beach, like these lucky horses, owned by Mike Grech and Stuart Parkin

    In this week’s magazine, out on 5 July, don’t miss our bumper show guide issue, with complete show listings for 2018 plus features on keeping horses sound on hard ground, the best show venues in Britain and much more.

    In this week’s H&H interview, we talk to international event rider Izzy Taylor and check out our new feature ‘Fix it’ — Laura Tomlinson on improving a horse’s self-carriage. Read reports from across the disciplines over the weekend, including dressage action from Sheepgate, showjumping from Royal Highland and more.

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