The year in focus: October to December 2005

  • October 2005

    Britain’s top names were missing from the Horse of the Year Show due to a clash with the Las Vegas Invitational, but the jumping still provided top class entertainment. Philip Spivey fulfilled a lifetime ambition at his first attempt by winning the Horse & Hound Foxhunter final with Romanov II.

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    • New royal award to honour equestrians
    • FEI spotlight falls on rollkur
    • Extra medals for dressage riders
    • HOYS crowns champion horse and pony

    November 2005

    The racing in world was in mourning following the loss of Best Mate. The outstanding steeplechaser collapsed and died while taking part in the William Hill Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. It was his first race after breaking blood vessels just prior to the Cheltenham Gold cup earlier in the year.

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    • Zara is Sunday Times sportswoman of the year
    • Leslie Law announced he’s moving to America
    • Champion show jumper ET is cloned
    • Hunts remain positive at opening meets

    December 2005

    Anky van Grunsven wowed the Olympia crowds and judges alike with her Olympic partner Salinero, (picture courtesy of Olympia) winning both the grand prix and kur classes. She also entertained the crowds with Painted Black in a special display on Wednesday evening.

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    • Equine industry strategy unveiled
    • Kentucky will host 2010 WEG
    • Riders sue for Las Vegas prize money
    • Rodrigo Pessoa wins Top Ten Final

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