News and events

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

Slop on the suncream

11 June 2020

Now summer is upon us (in theory – it’s raining hard at time of writing!) as Fran Smith from World Horse Welfare explains, one thing owners of horses with pink noses or heels will need to keep an eye on, is sunburn.

RSPCA fears a second wave of equine crisis: “The worst is yet to come"

11 June 2020

The RSPCA is warning that a financial recession could plunge the country into a second wave of the equine crisis which has already led to thousands of dumped and dying horses and crippled welfare charities​. The charity has been called about more than 2,000 equine incidents during lockdown, sparking fears that more sick horses will be dumped across England & Wales

Feeding Mares and Foals

11 June 2020

Social media is certainly full of cute foal pictures, at the moment, and they and their mothers all have specific nutritional needs which grass alone cannot meet

Wishing the Duke of Edinburgh a happy 99th birthday

10 June 2020

To mark the 99th birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh, we are sharing images to celebrate the Duke's influence and support for carriage driving as both a competitor and a spectator. There is no doubt, he has over the decades highlighted and raised awareness of the sport across the globe.