1. Who’s competing at Badminton?
With just six weeks to go before the Badminton estate welcomes hundreds of thousands of eventing fans through its gates, the entries for the five-star event, presented by Mars Equestrian (4-8 May 2022), have been released – and what a list it is. A virtual who’s who of eventing at the highest level are expected to head to Gloucestershire to compete for the prestigious title, including some significant Badminton first-timers making their debut at the event, while those on the waiting list will be keeping their fingers crossed that they make the final cut.
2. A fans’ favourite retires
Grey racehorses often collect a significant fan base during their racing career and 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Politologue is no exception. Having won his connections over a million pounds in prize money, he finished fourth in his final run, the 2022 Champion Chase on 16 March. The 11-year-old gelding, trained by Paul Nicholls, will return to his owner John Hales’ at the end of the season for his usual summer holiday, before heading off for a “wonderful retirement”.
3. Sunny days = bath time
As temperatures in the UK rise to well over the average for the time of year, this week may be a good time to give your horses a bath to help loosen that winter coat and remove any scurf that’s built up over the winter months. Whether you’re looking for a medicated shampoo for horses or a horse shampoo to brighten up a grey’s coat, we can suggest the best products to suit your needs. But unfortunately we can’t do anything about the soggy armpits you’re almost certainly going to experience along the way….
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