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Huge congratulations to the British Junior and Young Rider teams, who took decisive team golds in their European Championships over the weekend at Hartpury in Gloucestershire. There’s always something extra special about a home win, and it’s particularly heartening (though perhaps not for anyone from any other countries) to see that the next generation of riders is every bit as formidable as the current upper echelons in this country. To give you an update on the medal tallies so far, Great Britain currently holds Olympic gold, WEG gold, and European golds at Senior, Young Rider, and Junior levels. We’d be fairly confident they can add the Pony Europeans gold to that this week, too.
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Hambro Sport Horses Burgham International CCI4*-S (Morpeth, UK): [Results]
Voltaire Design Bicton Arena (2): [Results]
Glamis Castle Area Festival: [Results]
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We’re inching ever closer to October’s Young Horse World Championships in Le Lion d’Angers, and that means that the race for the Holekamp/Turner grant is hotting up. There are two exciting seven-year-olds newly qualified to fight for this lucrative bit of funding, and plenty who are close to completing their required MERs for the event – catch up on who’s in contention here.
I don’t know about you, but my favourite part of an eventing day is carbing up at the burger van at the end of it all. But I’m far from the first person to benefit from the unbridled joys of eating things in bread – and as it turns out, in medieval times, that was actually the main philosophy behind feeding horses. [The great equine bake-off of 1593]
We’re deeply saddened to hear the news that Anneli Drummond-Hay – the first-ever winner of Burghley – has died, age 84. This extraordinary powerhouse of a women was shortlisted for the Olympics in all three disciplines, and proved to a world that wasn’t quite as accepting of women at the top level that they could do anything the men could do – and often better. [We owe her a great debt]
We talk a lot about the potential concerns of wormer resistance – but antibiotics resistance in horses, too, can be a major concern. Just as in humans, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to evolve and adapt, minimising the impact of medicating and potentially leading to veterinary crises that are considerably harder to deal with. [Find out how to minimise risk here]
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We’ve featured 20-year-old Alice Casburn on EN a number of times in the past for her great successes with the homebred Topspin II, with whom she stepped up to five-star last season and completed Badminton this year. The horse is the grandson of Alice’s mother’s former Advanced horse, which is about as pony novel chic as it gets, and over the weekend, they represented Great Britain at the Young Rider European Championships, taking team gold and individual bronze for their efforts. Give her a follow to see what adventures they go on next — we hear there are some exciting ones planned for the latter half of the season!
Relive the action from the Young Rider Europeans cross-country day at Hartpury: