1. Charlotte Dujardin compares Imhotep to Valegro
British hopes ahead of the dressage World Championships were given a boost at Wellington CDI3* when Imhotep, who is known at home as Pete, produced personal best scores under Charlotte Dujardin to win both the grand prix (77.76%) and the grand prix special (78.36%). Charlotte told H&H after her tests: “Since Valegro, Pete is the one who’s given me that feeling of so much confidence in the arena. He’s a very inexperienced grand prix horse, but he always tries and I absolutely love that.” While the British team at the world championships may be without Carl Hester this time, there is still plenty for British fans to look forward to at the Herning World Championships.
2. Royal Ascot gets under way today
Five days of top-class Flat racing is about to begin in Berkshire, and although it’s currently unclear when The Queen will attend the royal meeting (will punters be betting on the colour of the Duchess of Cornwall’s hat each day instead, we wonder?), there is no shortage of great action – and fabulous fashion – to look forward to. With a bumper 36 races to savour, however, picking a winner is no easy task, so we’ve called on the racing experts for their Royal Ascot tips ahead of this year’s meeting.
3. Are you ready for summer?
With a mini heatwave forecast for this week in the UK, you can bet that the flies will be out trying to spoil our horses’ field time. To help prevent these biting insects from irritating our horses, the H&H testing team have been putting a range of fly rugs through their paces. Find out how they’ve measured up to the task, and browse other rugs that are currently available in our helpful buyers’ guide.
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