Perfect Prices, autumn five-stars and more things the horse world is talking about today

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  • The Price is right

    Tim and Jonelle Price have taken the top two spots in the eventing world rankings – the first husband and wife combination to do so. Tim’s position at the head of the list is the first change to the number one spot in three years. Oliver Townend, who has held the crown since 2019, is now ranked third. Commenting on the new world rankings, the Prices said: “Once upon a time, two small town kids dreamt that together they could take on the world. And they did. The end.”

    Discover who else has joined the top 10 in the world this month

    Autumn five-stars

    How to watch Maryland 5 Star live: Zara Tindall and Class Affair at the event in 2021

    Zara Tindall and Class Affair at Maryland 5 Star 2021.

    October is a bumper five-star month, with two top level fixtures in the space of a fortnight. Maryland 5 Star in the US, which joined the calendar in 2021, returns this week. The first veterinary inspection is scheduled for today at 6pm UK time (1pm local time) and H&H’s Pippa Roome is there to keep us abreast of all the action. Meanwhile, a total of 31 British combinations feature among the entries for 2022’s final CCI5* at Pau, which starts in two weeks’ time. Tom McEwen, Pippa Funnell and Ros Canter are all on the list for the French five-star (25 to 30 October).

    See the full timetable and find out how to follow Maryland 5 Star

    Sharpening the cutting edge

    Natasha Baker and Keystone Dawn Chorus during arena familiarisation at the World Para Dressage Championships before winning individual silver in the World Para Dressage Championship results

    Natasha Baker and Keystone Dawn Chorus, pictured during arena familiarisation at the World Para Dressage Championships. Tapping into the wider professional sport horse marketplace was how Natasha found her multiple medal-winning mare.

    British para dressage is taking stock and looking to the future as it reviews how it can sharpen its world-leading edge on an increasingly competitive global stage. The Brits brought home seven brilliant individual medals from a fiercely competitive World Championships in Herning this summer, where they finished off the podium for the first time as a team. Britain has long blazed a trail in para dressage, but now the world has caught up it sparks the question as to what needs to happen now for the Brits to keep at the forefront. H&H spoke to top para riders and British Equestrians’ para performance manager Georgina Sharples to seek their views and find out what the future holds…

    Find out what they highlighted as the way forward for Britain

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