1. More stolen tack
The spate of high-value tack thefts from show centres continues, as 12 saddles were stolen from lorries at Northcote Stud last weekend during a four-day British Showjumping show. One rider has been affected by the thefts twice; she had saddles stolen at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre Complex last May, and then the replacements stolen last weekend. Northcote Stud event and sport manager Adam Cromarty, who said the total value of the stolen tack was £50,000, has been engaging with riders about whether they would be prepared to pay for extra night security and has had a positive response.
2. Storm Eunice
As parts of the UK recovers from Storm Dudley, the UK is bracing itself to be battered by Storm Eunice with multiple weather warnings issued by the Met Office. A red warning is in place for southwest coastal areas of the UK, and yellow and amber are in place elsewhere. A number of competitions have been cancelled including the British Dressage para winter championships at Myerscough International Equine Arena (18-20 February) and the BD winter area festival Beacons Equestrian in Carmarthenshire (12-21 February).
3. Goodbye Diamant De Semilly
The world-class showjumping stallion has died in retirement aged 31. Diamant reached the highest levels with French showjumper Eric Levallois including multiple grand prix wins, and the pair were part of the team that won gold at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. After his retirement from the sport in 2008 the stallion produced a long line of progeny who have dominated the showjumping and eventing worlds including Tom McEwen’s Olympic team gold medal-winning ride Toledo De Kerser, Marcus Ehning’s retired star stallion Comme Il Faut, and Don VHP Z, who took individual silver at the 2017 Europeans with Harrie Smolders. Eric said Diamant enjoyed a “beautiful, well-deserved retirement” and that not only had he lost his horse, he had lost his “best friend”.
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