News and events

One-eyed Blue Cross pony Basil back home after being found tied to tree in graveyard

08 June 2020

A one-eyed Shetland pony belonging to the Blue Cross who was stolen from his field in Gloucestershire has been found tied up in a graveyard near Bristol. Basil was on loan from the national charity’s rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire, to Ali Bluck when he was stolen from her home in Gloucestershire on the evening of 21st May.

Equine Physiotherapy

01 June 2020

There are a number of different phases within carriage driving, which means we have to take into account the different demands of these phases on the horses and their driving team. Physiotherapist, Megan King explains the importance of working on strengthing exercises and regular check ups for both humans and horses. First Published in Carriage Driving June 2019

Tips from the Top

01 June 2020

With competitions on hold, Amy Mundell catches up with some of the world’s leading drivers to discover how they are keeping their horses fit and what tips and advice they have to make the best use of the extra time at home.

The Queen is on winning form at virtual Royal Windsor

01 June 2020

After the cancellation of Royal Windsor Horse Show, organisers moved the Show online to create Virtual Windsor 2020. More than 4,200 entries were received for the online Showing competitions, including several from HM The Queen.

Reading Sales update for remainder of 2020

01 June 2020

What a difference two months can make. After an exceptionally busy sale at Reading on the 4th March, and the successful introduction of online bidding in most sections, the world has changed completely. Chris Boreham explains that for the foreseeable future it will not be possible to hold “live” auction sales due to the Covid-19 restrictions, so all our auctions will be now ONLINE ONLY.


01 June 2020

American actress and avid equestrian Kaley Cuoco is the voice of the FEI’s latest digital campaign, sharing her enthusiasm, passion and love for the sport that has been at the core of the Olympic Movement for over a century. #ForTheLoveOfEquestrian has launched with an exclusive heart-warming video narrated by the actress, who has been riding since she was a teenager.

RDA Emergency Appeal Fund

01 June 2020

Along with all of RDA’s groups around the UK, Gareloch closed its doors back in March – with no idea when it will reopen. One of the first groups to receive support from RDA’s Emergency Fund Appeal, in the June/July issue of Carriage Driving we find out what impact the closure is having on its participants and volunteers.

Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

14 May 2020

The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis.

Summer skin

14 May 2020

While we all look forward to the prospect of long warm summer days and sunshine, for horses, it can lead to a range of ailments and conditions, not to mention the increase in biting insects. Rich Bristow BVet Med CertAVP MRCVS from Pinkham Equine Veterinary Services explains what to look out for and how best to prevent and manage your horses health in the summer months.​

Older and Wiser

14 May 2020

Like humans, horses age at different rates and many factors influence the longevity of a horse’s life, including its breeding, the stresses and strains placed on it in earlier years and the standard of care. We always advocate treating every horse as an individual, regardless of their age but, as nutrition influences the health and welfare of all horses and ponies, it’s helpful to be aware of some of the effects of old age in order to establish which feed will meet a particular individual’s requirements.