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The Horse & Hound Podcast: episode eight – Andrew Hoy’s Olympic memories | Pre-purchase vettings | News round-up

Welcome to the eighth weekly episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, in which we chat to seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy about his Olympic memories, his special horses and his current rides that he is aiming for Tokyo; our news team talk about steps being taken to reinstate championship show, the return of spectators and new initiatives to help businesses; and vet Ricky Farr MRCVS explains all you need to know about pre-purchase vettings.

Episode eight of The Horse & Hound Podcast, our exciting new audio service available exclusively every Thursday morning for our H&H Plus subscribers, is now live. We would love to hear your feedback on this week’s episode, so please do send your thoughts to pippa.roome@futurenet.com

In an exciting development, we have decided, for a limited time, to make each episode available for all H&H fans to listen to 24hrs after its early release to our H&H Plus members. Search for “The Horse & Hound Podcast” in your prefered podcast app and click subscribe to be notified about each new episode. This will allow more listeners to make The Horse & Hound Podcast an essential part of their week on Friday morning.

In episode eight, seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy shares his special Olympic memories with our podcast host H&H’s magazine editor Pippa Roome. Andrew looks back at some of the very special partnerships he’s built with horses along the way, which cross-country ride he would describe as his very best and why he’s excited about the horses he will be aiming at Tokyo next year.

“For my Pony Club horse to take me to an alternative Olympics, the Olympic Games, win Burghley and two World Championships – I was very, very privileged” – Andrew Hoy

Pippa is joined by news editor Eleanor Jones and senior news writer Lucy Elder to chat about this week’s top stories including work being done to reinstate championship shows, the racing industry’s pilot for the return of crowds to sporting eventing, pointing’s plans for a return ‘behind closed car doors’ if needed, and new measures from the Government to help support businesses.

“Everyone is just really, really grateful to Show Direct, Hartpury and British Dressage that the Winter Championships and Area Festival Finals are going to happen at all” – Lucy Elder

We also hear from equine vet Ricky Farr MRCVS of Farr & Pursey Equine, who this week is talking about what’s involved in a pre-purchase vetting and why vets are under intense pressure during the process.

“It’s one of the most stressful things we do as vets – there is pressure from the client, who is buying the horse, and pressure from the vendor, who’s selling it. Everyone wants that horse to pass – we want the horse to ‘pass’ or be suitable for purpose too. Vets aren’t in the business of making sure horses don’t, but there will always be something if you look hard enough.” – Ricky Farr, MRCVS

We hope you will enjoy it.

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