A winning racehorse found via facebook, and other things the horse world is talking about…

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  • 1. A horse bought from a Facebook advert wins at Cheltenham Festival

    The Gavin Cromwell-trained Flooring Porter took his second Stayers’ Hurdle title on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, repeating his 2021 success. The syndicate behind the seven-year-old gelding is made up of Ned Hogarty, who owns a flooring business in Galway, while the other members of the syndicate own a pub (and another word for beer in Ireland is ‘porter’), hence Flooring Porter’s name. In 2018 the syndicate bought the gelding for €10,000 (£8,553) after seeing his advert on Facebook.

    Find out what jockey Danny Mullins had to say about his ride

    2. Dining with the stars

    Nick Skelton riding Big Star at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Nick Skelton riding Big Star at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Who would be your dream horsey dinner guest? One lucky pair will get to hear the tales of Olympic legends Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut after “buying” the showjumpers at an auction, raising $10,000 (£7,595) for FEI partnered charity, Just World. Laura said she didn’t expect her and Nick to raise so much and said they had been bought by “lovely people”. Former Olympic champion Nick has taken part in the auction before, describing it as “good fun” and for a “great cause”.

    Read the full story

    3. How to sell your unwanted horse kit online

    How to sell horse kit online

    Is your tackroom full of superfluous kit you could sell online?

    Most equestrians can confess to “needing to have a clear-out”, if not to save space, then to earn some extra money from those unwanted horsey items sitting around gathering dust. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to prepare your equipment for sale, the different platforms to sell your kit on, and dealing with payments and postage.

    Check out this advice

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