The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • Germany will lose its team silver medal from the 2017 European Eventing Championships in Strzegom.

    The news comes as the German federation revealed that the B sample from Julia Krajewski’s ride Samourai Du Thot tested positive for controlled medication firocoxib.

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    Over 98% of grooms who answered a recent survey said the equestrian industry is not doing enough to support their mental health and wellbeing.

    More than 1,300 people took part in the Grooms Minds study, which was launched by the British Grooms Association (BGA) in response to increasing calls for help and advice on the topic.

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    Eric Winter

    The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course is set to have an number of significant changes for 2018, according to course designer Eric Winter.

    Reflecting on the changes he has made since taking over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa in 2017, Eric says: “There’s no fence in the same place I don’t think — we’ve moved everything around a little bit.”

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    Rio Olympics Michael Jung

    Michael Jung and Sam FBW winning individual gold at the Rio Olympics. Picture by Peter Nixon

    German event rider Michael Jung has confirmed his plans for double Olympic champion La Biosthetique-Sam FBW’s future, following his withdrawal from Pau last month and rumours about his retirement.

    Michael told H&H today he decided after Sam won team silver and individual gold at the Rio Olympics last year that he would not contest any more championships, but would just “have fun with him at the rest of the competitions”.

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    Ginny Howe


    Eventer Ginny Howe survived a hairy moment when her girth snapped over a fence at Osberton International Horse Trials.

    Ginny was riding her sister Rachael Sheppard’s horse Echo P in the CCI2* at the Nottinghamshire event (27 September – 1 October) when the incident happened.

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    A horse owner who is “too frightened” to hack out after a driver rolled his car in front of her is saying riders should consider civil action if their horses are traumatised on the roads.

    Both Stacey Turner and her part-bred Spanish mare Revuelo required treatment for whiplash injuries sustained in the incident, when a car crash caused her horse to spin and bolt down a steep hill.

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    horses read body language

    Horses can distinguish between submissive and dominant body postures in strangers, confirming what equestrians have long suspected, new research has found.

    The study, led by the University of Sussex and published in peer-reviewed journal Animal Cognition, found horses were significantly more likely to approach someone showing submissive rather than dominant body language.

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