Carl Hester’s wise words
H&H columnist and dressage legend Carl Hester shares his wise words on how he approaches the challenges a weather-enforced change in routine can bring with horses. With recent storms and wintry weather a problem for Olympians and grassroots amateurs alike, Carl’s words of wisdom are essential reading. “Recently I have had to adapt to what suits the temperament of the horses who are used to being turned out, rather than just working them harder,” he says.
A double Olympic medallist’s cross-country training secrets
Tokyo team gold and individual silver medal-winning British eventer Tom McEwen has shared insight into how he goes about cross-country schooling with his string. Away days, training at home, keeping it fun, and working as a team are all part of how Tom prepares his horses for the season.
Back with a treble
Leading amateur jockey Zac Baker marked his return to race-riding with a treble on his first weekend back in the saddle, after breaking his collarbone less than six weeks ago.
Zac took the men’s open with the Tom Ellis-trained Al Shahir at Kingston Blount on Saturday (26 February), which he followed by a double in both divisions of the 5yo&up maiden at Larkhill on Sunday (27 February). His Larkhill brace came aboard Far From Over, owned and trained by Maurice Linehan, and John Hargreaves’ Kauto No Risk, for trainer Joanne Priest.
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