News and events

How to maintain the right balance

30 April 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

Hickstead - latest news

30 April 2020

The Directors of the All England Jumping Course have released an official statement regarding the cancellation of both of Hickstead's international fixtures in 2020.

Blue Cross supporters foster horses to help charity during lockdown

30 April 2020

National Pet Charity Blue Cross has been overwhelmed by the equestrian sector’s support to help provide temporary homes for as many horses in need as possible during lockdown. With the charity’s two horse rehoming centres closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and staffing numbers greatly reduced, several of the charity’s regular support yards have stepped in to help out, taking horses temporarily into their own care.

Foal born at World Horse Welfare's Hall Farm named after hero Captain Tom

30 April 2020

Staff and grooms at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre were delighted to be met, on the morning of Tuesday 21st April, by a new addition to the team! Mare Winona had given birth overnight to a gorgeous colt foal who was bright and healthy and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Hall Farm. A social media competition to name the foal was won today by the name ‘Captain Tom’ after Captain Tom Moore, a 100-year old World War 2 veteran who recently raised a staggering £28million for the NHS after walking 100 laps of his garden, aided by his walking frame.

Virtual Royal Windsor 2020 receives thousands of entries from around the world

30 April 2020

Following the cancellation of Royal Windsor Horse Show due to COVID-19, the Organisers of the Show have put an innovative solution in place; Virtual Windsor 2020, an online platform that merges virtual competition with ecommerce and social media. Virtual Windsor has already generated an astounding number of entries to its online Showing classes, which are taking place at the same time as the usual competitions at the Show.

The benefits of synthetic harness

30 April 2020

For years the use of leather for harness has been the industry tradition and often the favourite one; some people still prefer leather today. Synthetic harness, however, has become a very strong competitor to leather for many reasons. Leather looks good and smells nice, but producing and maintaining it is time consuming and expensive. Leather can also be heavy. Synthetic materials on the other hand eliminate these disadvantages. Zilco has been making high quality synthetic harnesses since 1962 and today is recognised as a world leader in the equestrian market for a variety of disciplines such as endurance, carriage driving, racing and harness racing.

Charge of the heavy brigade

30 April 2020

The British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club was set up about 25 years ago and was largely the brainchild of Rowena McDermott and her husband John. Based in Hampshire, Rowena was born into a family of Percheron enthusiasts. Susan Dunne discovers more about about Driving Trials for the ever versatile heavy horse breeds.

World Horse Welfare - Clap for Carers

17 April 2020

Whilst maintaining social distancing! Staff - and some of the ponies - at Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Lancashire, one of World Horse Welfare’s four centres around the country, today joined with everybody else to show their support for our wonderful NHS and all other care and support givers during the Clap for our Carers

Horse care during Covid-19

16 April 2020

​For many of us, lockdown conditions have forced us to have a long, hard think about how best to manage our horses and ponies. From decisions on whether to continue riding or driving your horse, to restrictions put in place by livery yards, how to comply with Government advice and the worry over finances and jobs. All these need to be taken into account. World Horse Welfare has the following advice with links to help, support and guidance.

Don’t give your vet coronavirus

16 April 2020

BEVA publishes horse health guidance videos to help owners during COVID-19 lockdown