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International Eventing Forum Preview

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International Eventing Forum Preview


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This goes out to all the eventing enthusiasts amongst  our thousands of members, here’s a date for your diary. That is if it’s not etched in your diary already.

When: Monday 5th February

What: The 2018 edition of the International Eventing Forum

Where: Hartpury College, Equine Centre

Once again, Hartpury College will open its state of the art facilities to eventing enthusiasts from Grassroots to 4* level. This year promises an all-star line up of riders, trainers and performance experts. There will be four key speakers throughout the day and in some cases, demonstrations involving well known riders. After each of the four sessions, there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Sandy Phillips kicks off proceedings at 10 am with a focus on eventing dressage and reveals what the judge is really looking for. As a member of the US Olympic dressage team, Sandy competed in three World Championships. When she moved to England and married Captain Mark Phillips, she rode for the British team at the Europeans and the World Championships. Now she flies around the world as an FEI 3* and 4* Judge for Eventing and Fei4* Judge for dressage.

Eric Smiley will be discussing how the sport has changed and might progress in the future. Eric who competed for the Irish team and at many 4*’s, is also one of the founders of the IEF. With an FBHS after his name, he is one of the most highly qualified trainers in the eventing circle.

After lunch and a chance to network and gossip with your fellow eventing anoraks, Performance Psychologist, Charlie Unwin will take to the stage. Charlie will be highlighting the importance of mind management and explaining how we can train our minds to improve our performance, even under the pressure of a competition environment. You can discover more about what Charlie does in our blog: Mind Games.

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Frederik Bergendorff rounds off the forum, with a talk on “Preparing for the Top”. Frederik is the new Swedish Event Team manager and coach who helped his team to a bronze medal at the 2017 Europeans in Poland.

Tickets are cheaper to buy in advance but there will be some reserved for on the door. Prices start at just £45 for the whole day.

http://www.internationaleventingforum.com/2018-theme/tickets/

Written By Ellie Kelly

Badminton build-up Giovanni and Kathryn

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Badminton build-up Giovanni and Kathryn

“I would rather win Badminton than any other event in the world” reveals international eventer Giovanni Ugolotti. “There is a feeling that no other event has, even the World Championships or Olympics and for Kathryn and me, it is what we have been dreaming of from childhood.”

With team appearances at the Olympics, World Games, European Championships, the Pan-Am Games and a number of CCI4* events between them, you could say that Kathryn Robinson and Giovanni Ugolotti are eventing’s “power couple”. Together they run Cranford Stud, an eventing and training yard in Gloucestershire and are both planning to compete at Badminton 2018. Horse Scout are giving away a prize for two people to walk the Badminton course with Kathryn and Giovanni and discover their trade secrets.

Giovanni started eventing in his native Italy and finished 4th in the Italian Junior Championships in 1999. He rode for the Italian Army Equestrian team from 2002 until 2007 before arriving in England in May 2008 to work for Andrew Nicholson. This was followed by a stint riding young horses for Tristram Owers. He quickly made his mark on the British scene taking 1st and 2nd at Hartpury CCI1* in 2008. In 2010 he finished 12th at Pau CCI4* and has competed at Badminton on three occasions.

Kathryn was born in Canada to a British father and Canadian mother but has been based in the UK for most of her life. The daughter of unhorsey parents, she began riding at her local riding school and was an active member of the Woodland Pytchley Pony Club. Kathryn didn’t take up eventing properly until she was 19, whilst working for international eventer Sam Albert.

Kathryn admits her career would not have been the same without her ride of seven years, Let It Bee. A horse she bought from Germany simply as an amateur horse but with whom she has scaled the highest level. The pair have competed at Badminton, Pau, The Pan Am Games and the Rio Olympics. Kathryn is hopeful for a good placing at this year’s Badminton, having jumped a double clear at her first attempt here in 2016.

So what do you need to excel at Badminton? “You need a partnership with your horse” explains Giovanni. “And your horse needs to be at the top of his form that weekend. You can have very good horses, capable of winning but if they are having an off day or are not at their peak for those four days then you are not going to win. You need a bit of luck” he says.

Kathryn and Giovanni will walk the Badminton course about four times. “The first impression doesn’t usually change too much and it is certainly a course that doesn’t get any smaller each time you walk. In fact, with Badminton I find that the more you think about it, the bigger it seems” he smiles.

Giovanni and Kathryn have a healthy working relationship rather than a competitive one. “We try to help each other” says Giovanni. “Kathryn helps me a lot in the dressage and I try to help her in the jumping. Sometimes we bump into arguments like every couple does. Luckily we like completely different kinds of horses, so it works out quite well.”

During the winter Kathryn likes to keep her eye in by riding out racehorses for trainers such as Ben Pauling and Alan King. Whilst Giovanni prefers to capitalise on the downtime, returning to Italy to see family. He is an ardent football fan and supporter of AC Milan.

Life on the yard is pretty busy so during the season, there is little time for other hobbies. “There is a lot of paperwork involved with running an equestrian business” explains Kathryn “Although we sometimes go to the gym after we have finished riding the horses”.

For 2018 they have some exciting young horses coming through, but good result at Badminton is vital for both riders as it will help their chances of team selection for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September 2018.   

Written By Ellie Kelly

Handsome and Classic Licensed Hanoverian: Classic Juan

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Witchan Farm Stud stands Classic Juan a 16.2h Dark Bay Licensed Hanoverian Stallion with nothing but good feedback on breeders forums for the progeny he is siring.  The consensus is he throws classic form with a laid back approach and easy temperaments, and their photographs show he passes on his handsome head too..

Classic Juan has the Cor De La Bryere line on his sires side and the fabulous state stallion Werther (Wendekreis).  On his Dam’s side he has Don Juan; powerful and impressive “Hanoverian Stallion of the Year” in 1997. His progeny have earned more than 75 million Euros in competitions. One of his very successful offspring is Dulf. With his rider Leslie McNaught he was part of the Swiss team that won the silver medal at the European Show Jumping Championships in Hickstead 1999. So if you are looking for the archetypal Hanoverian this breeding is first class. Classic Juans’ Horse Scout listing has some great photos which show his classic conformation well.

Bred and started at the German Hanoverian State Stud in Celle Classic Juan was born in 2000. After his rigorous 300 day performance test he was bought by Witcham House Farm Stud.

Proving his performance talent he is turning his abilities to a Dressage career.

Classic Juan won 26 affiliated classes and is graded Medium with 157 BD Points. Classic Juan qualified for 2007 winter semis in music at Elementary and Medium also qualified for Rhinegold International young horse championships at Hickstead as a 5 and 6 year old. Classic Juan also events successfully with 2 wins at BE100 and numerous placings and in 2012 he has been Show Jumping with 6 wins from 8 starts.

Since Classic Juan (CJ) started breeding his foals have been winning at County Shows, Hanoverian Regionals and placed up to third at the British Dressage Breeders Nationals and the Hanoverian Annual Shows. He is proving very popular with Breeders as his foals have his beautiful head, good conformation and brave personality. His colt scored 8.8, the highest mark for a dressage foal in the Futurity Evaluations in 2006. His offspring Classic Prada was awarded the highest mark ever 9.75 and Elite Premium in 2008 the judges gave her 3 x 10s for movement. 2 of his foals have also been awarded first Premiums for Eventing. Classic Juan was one of the only stallions to receive a stallion progeny performance award by the British Equestrian Federation 2009 when Classic Juan led the Sire rankings for overall and for Dressage.

You can find Classic Juans’ profile page on www.horsescout.co.uk here : http://www.horsescout.co.uk/horses/profile/710

Oliver Townend says he’s got ‘the horse power and the support’ for his 2015 season – Good Luck Ollie

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Oliver Townends’ interview with Lee Sobort, the equestrian correspondent for the Yorkshire post reassured his fans on his aims and ambitions for the 2014 event season following the serious injury to his shoulder at the end of 2013.  Then Townsend insisted its not ‘If’ its ‘When’ and to prove a point he has had a fantastic season clocking up some 480 rides and and 1556 points is the BE 2014 number 1 ranking rider and as if this is not enough he is also the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings number 4 and Eventing Zone Rankings number 3.!.

He says he’s “Got the horse power and the support” and is looking to adding millage to his horses in the 2015 season. He is confident of a good start on Armarda at Burgham at the end of March and is looking forward to a strong Badminton in May.

He is set to start his season with five rides at Aston-Le-Walls on the 1st of March so we all wish him the best for a successful 2015 season …. and his thousands of fans rooting far and beyond into the all important 2016 Event in Rio

His super converted dairy farm in Shropshire has everything on hand for training horses from his 46 box yard.  He always has stock for sale from young stock up to 3* and 4* horses.

Becoming one of Oliver Townends’ owners is a chance to become involved in an exciting sport following a top talented rider.   As an owner you can expect not only a very professional relationship but Townend aims to give his owners the best attention.  He says “Eventing is our business, but it should also be fun and we like to consider our owners as friends too”

FEI and grooms

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The FEI recognises the crucial role that grooms play

To view the Horse Scout Grooms click here

The FEI Awards put a spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that are making an outstanding contribution to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport – in or out of the arena.

Long-standing groom Jackie Potts (pictured) has been rewarded for years of hard work with the best groom award at the FEI’s awards on Sunday (14 December).

She has been William Fox-Pitt’s right hand woman for 22 years. Jackie is one of the most well respected grooms on the circuit. She has groomed at 4 Olympic Games, 4 World Equestrian Games and 8 European Championships on top of countless 3 day events around the world. Jackie is the consummate professional, managing all aspects of William’s yard and horses from training to veterinary care. Her extensive knowledge of horse management and training means her advice is often sought from other grooms as well the management at Team GB.

Jackie, who had swapped he normal jeans and polo for an elegant black dress for the Gala Awards said “It is so exciting and an absolute privilege,” and in acknowledgement to all those thousands of grooms who work tirelessly in support of the horse world aid. “I feel like I am accepting this award on behalf of all other grooms, who are so hardworking and equally deserving.”

Other winners where: World Jumping champion Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) for the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award.  The Longines Rising Star Award was awarded to Vaulter Lambert Leclezio (MRI), and the FEI Solidarity prize went to the equine therapy centre Equal Ark (SIN) with the final award called “Against All Odds” being awarded to Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete Sydney Collier (USA) with her service dog Journey

European Equestrian Riding Helmet Standard to be Withdrawn

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It has been announced by the EU Commission that the European Equestrian Riding Helmet standard (BS)EN1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication.  This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed.

 

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market.  Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard it will not become “non-standard” after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn.  If riders have hats certified to the EN1384 they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.

The existing EN1384 standard is currently in the process of revision. The withdrawal is due in part to the European working group responsible for the hat standard failing to reach an agreement on this overdue revision and subsequently causing the Commission to take this drastic step.

 

The draft proposal for the revision to EN1384 has to go through the laborious procedure of comment and review and it is still unclear when the final version will be published. An interim specification is being developed by a group of EU test houses and notified bodies (VG1) that will span the gap with a new specification. We expect to have this confirmed within the next few days.

 

In the future, CE marked riding hats will have to be successfully tested and certified against an alternative specification to allow CE certification to continue. Companies can choose which they use and could include the new VG1 specification, the revised EN1384 once published, PAS015. Riding hats cannot be CE marked solely to Snell, ASTM F1163 or the AS/NZ3838(2006) without additional testing.

 

The EN1384 and thus the BSEN1384 specifications have proved to be a popular standard throughout Europe with a wide appeal and have saved many riders from head injury, or death.

Whilst initially being promised a period of transition by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the industry has now received news that this option has been retracted.  This means that manufacturers will need to re-certify their (BS)EN1384 hats to the revised specification sooner than anticipated.

 

As a result of these recent changes, the disciplines and riding bodies within the UK will be reconsidering their hat rules for the future.  Full details of the changes currently available are listed below:

British Eventing

British Eventing will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.

 

Riding Clubs – British Riding Clubs will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.

 

The Pony Club – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. Full details of the revised Hat Tagging procedure will be communicated out to the Membership and Volunteers shortly.

 

British Dressage – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter

 

British Showjumping – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter

 

British Horse Society – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. From 1 January 2016 hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will not be permitted for use in BHS Approved Centres.

Oliver Townend Horse Scout Profile

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The hunger to succeed

Our leading event rider professional profile goes to Oliver…Winner of both Badminton and Burghley in 2009, Oliver’s success has always been based on hard graft and a love for the horses he works with. Oliver inherited this love of horses from his parents. His dad, Alan, was also an event rider, while mum, Eve, showed side saddle at county level.

Oliver began riding when he was 7 years old. His first success came when he was 11, with his pony Cool Mule at the Horse of the Year Show. At 13 he went on to represent Britain on the Pony eventing team at the European Championships, and he quickly moved through the ranks. For three years he was stable jockey to the late British Event Team show jumping trainer, Kenneth Clawson, in Leicestershire.

When Oliver eventually set up on his own at Lubenham Lodge, Leicestershire, he had just a few pounds in his pocket but an unquenchable thirst for success. Less than two years later he was able to buy his own farm in Dudleston Heath near Ellesmere, Shropshire where he is now based.

In 2005 the Hon William Russell’s Topping provided Oliver’s first crack at Badminton and he made the most of it by finishing in 12th place. This earned them an individual place at the European Championships, Blenheim, the same year. Edward & Robert Nicholson’s Flint Curtis took over as Oliver’s top horse in 2006 after placing third at Badminton, the horse’s first four star event. Oliver remained on the British Squad, riding Flint as an individual at the Aachen WEG that year, before earning his first team place – and a European Championship gold medal – at Pratoni in 2007.

Oliver Townend and ArmadaThen came his most successful year to date: 2009. Oliver and Flint Curtis won their first CCI**** at Badminton and Oliver then went on to win Burghley CCI**** on his other top grey horse, Andrew Cawthray’s Carousel Quest. He duly finished the season at the top of the British Eventing points table for the first time, having previously been top British rider.

Great results continue, with successive top placings at both national and international events. His string of horses, from youngsters to four star competitors, is impressive: his famous greys might no longer be in the start box, but they have worthy replacements. In 2012 Oliver was given the ride on Paul Ridgeon’s 4* horse Armada, and won Oliver the British National Championship title the following year.

In May this year, at one of the toughest Badminton’s in decades, Armada finished in the runner up spot. Meanwhile Black Tie II placed 4th at his first ever CCI4*, earning Oliver a place on the British Squad for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with Armada named on the Reserve list.

Oliver finished the 2014 season at the top of the BE Rider Rankings, with a clear points lead. Armada was =3rd in the Horse Rankings.