Top riders competing at lower levels and other things the horse world is talking about

Horse & Hound’s daily debrief, brought to you every weekday morning

  • 1. Competing against the pros

    In her column this week, top dressage rider and trainer Pammy Hutton talks about issues that can reduce the fun factor at competitions, pointing out that although it is hard to try to please everyone, the enjoyment for amateur riders can be reduced, and frustration increased, by the presence of international riders in novice classes, not to mention the perception that only “mega horses” qualify for championships.

    Find out Pammy’s thoughts on the classes top riders should compete in, whether young riders should have “made” horses, and the potential perils of tougher Covid restrictions…

    2. The return of the London International Horse Show

    With just days to go with the return of the show formerly held at Olympia, excitement is rising. The event has strict rules in place to mitigate against the spread of Covid, and a host of top international riders set to compete at the highest level of their sport.

    The Sheltand Pony Grand National at the London International Horse Show

    Spectators will enjoy World Cup dressage, showjumping and driving, as well as the traditional Christmas finale, at the ExCel London, where the top 40 native ponies in the country will also be strutting their stuff.

    Read H&H’s essential guide to the London International Horse Show

    3. Crossing disciplines

    Three-time champion Flat jockey Oisin Murphy had already shown his showjumping form at one of the UK’s biggest events, the Royal International Horse Show, by coming second in the international arena in July. He has now been jumping in Spain and although he only intended to compete in 1.10m classes, and maybe a 1.20m, has this month already notched up two double clears, and his first international win, at 1.30m level.

    “I was told exactly where to go and how fast, so I just tried to ride to instructions,” he told H&H. “It’s a great buzz – very different, but a great thrill all the same.”

    Read more about the jockey’s future showjumping plans

    You may also want to read…

    Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday, is packed with all the latest news and reports, as well as interviews, specials, nostalgia, vet and training advice. Find how you can enjoy the magazine delivered to your door every week, plus options to upgrade your subscription to access our online service that brings you breaking news and reports as well as other benefits.

    You may like...