The week that was: seven days in the horse world

  • We must ask “why we are still sleep-walking down this road”, World Horse Welfare’s chief executive has warned, as many horses’ lives are made miserable from good intentions.

    In his summing-up of the charity’s annual conference yesterday (30 November), Roly Owers said all those who deal with equines “must be open to learning more about them”.

    Over-rugging and overweight horses and riders…

    Julia Krajewski has accepted an FEI “administrative sanction” for Samourin Du Thot’s positive European Eventing Championships dope test.

    The German team rider said evidence collected during investigations into how controlled medication firocoxib came to be present in Samourai Du Thot (“Sam”) is not enough to prove her innocence.

    Read more about Julia’s decision…

    Not for the first time, Jeremy Clarkson has sparked controversy with his opinions.

    In a newspaper column entitled “No time to horse around”, the former Top Gear presenter bemoaned the fact that he was held up on his way to filming by “a young girl who had decided to exercise her pet horse in the middle of what’s a very narrow road”.

    Read H&H’s thoughts on the issue…

    A racehorse billed as a future superstar has been killed and a mare seriously injured in a catastrophic yard fire.

    Brian and Janet Vokes, who bred Welsh Grand National winner Dream Alliance, found their stables alight.

    ‘You can’t imagine such evil’…

    Ilott case

    A yard owner who faced a six-figure personal injury claim after accepting £30 from a novice rider to help her shop for a horse has had the case against her dismissed.

    Annette “Mimi” Warner filed a claim against Shona Ferguson after falling from thoroughbred mare Jilly two months after she was bought — although she had been advised not to buy her.

    Read more here…


    The owner of a talented four-star horse who was put down this week aged 26 has paid tribute to her “very special” friend.

    Teveri, known at home as “Rio”, competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) under Brazilian rider Vicente De Araujo.

    ‘I’ve never met another horse like him’…

    The countdown to next year’s Hickstead Derby and Royal International Horse Show has begun with the announcement of the judges for 2018.

    Next year’s events will take place on 20-24 June and 24-29 July respectively.

    Find out who’s judging what…

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