News and events

New hope for rare breeds

21 July 2020

A rare Suffolk Punch horse has given birth to a filly foal following an innovative approach using sex sorted sperm to determine the gender. It’s the first time in the world that this technique has been used to support the survival of rare breeds.

Welfare Wednesday webinars – join in and find out about key welfare issues.

17 July 2020

World Horse Welfare have launched a series of conversational, welfare-related free-to-watch webinars which are proving extremely popular. Topics in the pipeline include worming, weight (overweight and underweight), dentistry, transport, euthanasia, and grazing systems and each will feature an external expert in addition to a speaker from World Horse Welfare.

Riders Minds Launch Online Mental Health Support

17 July 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week,in May saw the launch of Riders Minds, a bespoke, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to supporting and improving the mental health of people inn the equestrian world

Feeding Advice for the Laminitis-Prone

16 July 2020

Managing good-doers, and preventing laminitis, involves being in control of every aspect of a horse or pony’s diet and exercise regime.

Horse of the Year Show 2020 is cancelled

03 July 2020

It is with great regret, that we, the Board of Grandstand Media Limited must announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to staging the 72nd Horse of the Year Show from Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th October 2021, at the NEC Birmingham.

Haymaking with donkeys

29 June 2020

The dramatic Norman keep of Trim Castle provided the backdrop to the annual Trim Haymaking Festival and the Donkey Breed Society of Northern Ireland provided the foreground. Lorna Shannon reports. First published in Carriage Driving August 2019

Arenas and indoor schools set to re-open

29 June 2020

​As a result of the British Horse Society lobbying the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and sharing the Covered Arena Best Practice guide, it has been agreed by DCMS that covered arenas and indoor schools can be used in England from 4th July. This is great news for all centres who will now be able to fully utilise their arenas

An unconventional carriage building project

29 June 2020

Those who know Ben Turner, may not be surprised by his latest project. He is one of life’s enthusiasts and his gusto and disregard for convention typifies much of what he does, including this latest scheme to build a series of Mad Max style carriages which were due to be unveiled at the London Harness Parade in April this year.

Sports Driving Unlimited receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

29 June 2020

Sports Driving Unlimited, a voluntary group based in Lockerbie, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Time to tackle ticks

29 June 2020

Ticks are opportunist creatures and can live on a variety of hosts, including horses. So, how much of a problem are they to equines? Claire Shand, SQP at Westgate Laboratories explains what signs to look for and the steps you can take to keep your horse healthy and tick free. First published in Carriage Driving, July 2019