New Year honours, making history, plus other things the horse world is talking about

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  • 1. New Year Honours for top riders

    Olympic gold medallists from Tokyo were among the equestrians recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours List. Paralympian Sophie Wells, who was awarded a OBE for services to equestrianism, described the recognition as “surreal and humbling”, acknowledging that “it’s not something you can aim for or win; it comes from outside the sport, from non-horsey and even non-sporting people.”

    Find out who else made the 2022 list

    2. Kicking on into 2022 with a new record

    Fumet D_Oudairies - Gina Andrews (10 of 27) The Ladies Open race at the Thurlow Hunt Point to Point steeplechases at Horseheath racecourse on Friday 31st December 2021

    Eight-time point-to-point champion Gina Andrews rang in the New Year by becoming British point-to-pointing’s winning-most female rider of all-time. Her milestone 304th victory saw the talented horsewoman pass Polly Gundry’s record that had stood for more than 10 years – a truly historic moment. Congratulations Gina!

    Enjoy more point-to-point highlights from over the festive period

    3. Join our 12 days of fitness

    2CH18G4 Healthy hispanic fitness girl with doing workout squat exercise isolated on white background

    To complete today’s New Year-themed daily debrief, it is that time of year when many of us look to improve our health and fitness, whether that’s for reasons of self-improvement or to help prepare ourselves for the next competition season. If you are feeling inspired then, of course, we are here to help with expert advice to help you establish new habits over the coming days, including these simple exercises to help you become a better, more balanced rider.

    Three simple exercises to get you started

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