A fabulous new fox! New Fox Cherry Roller from Hiho Silver

Hiho Silver’s new Exclusive Sterling Silver Fox Cherry Roller Bangle is now available, and comes in three gorgeous finishes to suit all tastes.

The Cherry Roller is an exclusive design to Hiho but, not being a company to rest on its laurels, the team continues to innovate and design additional pieces to be included in this best selling range. This is one great example. Instead of the usual bling or smooth sterling silver, gold, or gold vermeil rollers, the fox is different. It’s made up of a static head and tail roller that is attached to the bit rings on the bangle, Both of these rollers are beautifully detailed. In the middle, there are three free moving rollers with a textured finish to resemble the fox’s coat.

“We put a lot of time into developing our products,” said Emma Warren from Hiho Silver. “The Cherry Roller Collection has seen a lot of development, not just in terms of us adding different pieces to the collection like necklaces, earrings, rings and so on; we’ve also expanded in terms of design, with different styles of roller and, in the case of the fox, quite a different design. A lot of our customers are equestrian, and a huge number are countryside lovers, so adding products like the Fox Cherry Roller ties in perfectly!”

As per the other Cherry Roller bangles, the Fox Cherry Roller includes a clever hook that loops around one of the bit rings that makes it easy to put on and take off.

The Exclusive Sterling Silver Fox Cherry Roller Bangle is available in sterling silver and sterling silver with rose or yellow gold vermeil finish.  Prices start from £185.

To find out more about Hiho Silver, see www.hihosilver.co.uk or call 01460 221006.

Sweet-Images Photography ‘Snaps’ up Best Blog Post at International Awards

Somerset based equine photography specialist Sweet-Images Photography, operated by Rachel Bragg, has claimed the award for Best Blog Post at the recent Equestrian Creative Network Awards.


The Equestrian Creative Network (ECN) is an online platform that showcases equestrian creative talent. You’ll find everything from journalists, marketers, photographers, web developers, writers, and many more, all highlighting their creative abilities on the site, which makes it the perfect place for conversations to start between client and creatives alike.  The awards, in their inaugural year, attracted a lot of interest from members of ECN and the public alike. Voting was based on a 50% share from the public and 50% from peer review.


When Rachel was first advised she was a finalist in two different categories of the ECN Awards - the Best Blog Post and Best ECN Profile - she was more than a little shocked. “Gaining my place alongside some much larger and far more established equine and rural businesses was the biggest thrill of the year for me and I was incredibly satisfied to have got that far,” said Rachel. “I genuinely never expected to win anything, but when Liam Killen (founder of ECN) read out my name during the online announcement for winning the Best Blog Post category I must have looked a picture myself because my jaw dropped and my mouth was hung open for so long I got jaw ache! I’d just about got myself together after doing a bit of a dance in my little office, which set off my spaniel, William, to run in circles too, when all of a sudden Liam read my name out AGAIN! I had to rewind to discover that I’d also come second in the category of Best ECN Profile! I can’t even begin to tell you how delighted I am and I can’t thank everyone who voted for me enough - together with my gratitude to the sponsors of this event. Totally gobsmacked!”


Rachel started Sweet-Images Photography in 2013, initially as a freelance equine event photographer. She’s worked for a number of the country’s leading on-site show photographers. In more recent times she’s expanded the business into offering personal equine photo shoots, successfully gaining a loyal and growing following on social media. Whilst she is based in Somerset she travels the UK with all aspects of her photography.


If you want to read the blog post that won this award you can find it on her website here:  http://sweet-images.co.uk/2017/05/13/when-photographs-really-do-mean-the-world/


You can also keep up with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SweetImagesPhotographyUK


For more information on the Equestrian Creative Network, please head to http://www.equestriancreativenetwork.com

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is helping to banish holiday boredom with its annual Summer Club

From Friday 28th July, Redwings’ Norfolk, Essex and Warwickshire visitor centres will be hosting a free weekly Summer Club, giving children aged seven to 11 years old (and their parents/guardians!) the chance to experience the world of the Sanctuary for themselves.


Summer Club sessions will take place every Friday at 11.30am until Friday 11th August. Each 45-minute session offers a range of hands-on activities to show how Redwings looks after the rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in its care.


The Summer Club is perfect for children who do not have a horse of their own but who want to experience what is involved in caring for one. They’ll be able to get stuck in making dinner for a peckish pony, preparing a comfy stable to help a nervous horse feel at home and even have a go at being a mini-vet, while enjoying plenty of cuddles with the visitor centres’ adorable horsey and donkey residents, of course!


Those who are able to attend four or more of the Summer Club sessions will also receive a special Redwings rosette.


Places for each session are booked on a first-come first-served basis, and parents/guardians can sign up their children at the visitor centre on the day, or book in advance by emailing education@redwings.co.uk.


As well as the Summer Club, each of Redwings’ visitor centres is hosting a jam-packed schedule of summer activities for all ages, including exclusive meets and greets with some of their most characterful rescued residents, fascinating talks, guided walks and pony grooming – and, don’t forget, entry to all visitor centres is completely free!


Redwings Ada Cole in Essex, Redwings Aylsham and Redwings Caldecott in Norfolk, and Redwings Oxhill in Warwickshire are open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).


For more information about summer activities at Redwings, visit www.redwings.org.uk/visiting

Showjumping's most famous family feature on British squad at Hickstead

Several members of the famous Whitaker showjumping family have been named on the Team NAF-sponsored British squad for the upcoming FEI Nations Cup™ leg at Hickstead (Friday 28 July).


Brothers John and Michael have been lynchpins of the British team for years, and they have been selected to represent their country once again alongside their nephew William Whitaker and their second cousin, Joe Clayton. They are joined on the five-man squad by William Funnell.


Michael Whitaker has been selected with his horse Viking, the recent winner of the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting; while John is due to ride the nine-year-old grey stallion Cassinis Chaplin. William Whitaker rides Utamaro d’Ecaussines, an experienced championship horse on whom William has had the ride since September 2016. Joe Clayton has been selected with the 10-year old Con Man JX, while William Funnell will ride the talented Billy Buckingham, who won the Eindhoven Derby in May and came sixth in the Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead last month.


World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping Di Lampard will name her final team of four the day before the competition, in which Britain faces opposition from teams from The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain.


The FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, presented by Longines, gets underway at 2.15pm on the Friday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show (25-30 July). The teams will jump two rounds with the best three scores counting from each round. If two or more teams finish on the same number of faults, a jump-off will decide the final honours.


Hickstead is the penultimate leg in European Division One of the FEI Nations Cup series, with the final leg in Dublin taking place two weeks later (9-13 August) and the final being held in Barcelona (28 September – 1 October). The Brits were relegated to Division Two last season but are aiming for promotion back up to the top division for next year. 


A number of showjumping’s biggest names will also take part in the competition, including France’s Kevin Staut, who is currently ranked fourth in the world; Olympic gold medallist Marcus Ehning from Germany; and top Dutch riders Jur Vrieling, Gerco Schröder and Harrie Smolders.


Tickets are available online at www.hickstead.co.uk. The FEI Nations Cup will be shown live on Sky Sports and via the FEI TV online service.


For the full list of international riders, click here. 

Jonty Evans desperate bid to raise half a million to keep his 'best mate' horse from being sold!

Irish Olympic rider Jonty Evans has pleaded with the public to help stop his Rio horse being sold off. Eventing champ Jonty and showjumper ‘Cooley Rorkes Drift’ dazzled at the Games in Brazil last summer.


But the equestrian could be forced to say goodbye to his “best mate” – better known as ‘Art’ – unless he can raise the €570,000 in the next five weeks. Heartbroken Jonty explained: “The European Championships are in five weeks’ time and I’ve been selected to go.


“A lot of people around the world would have this horse down for medal favourite. We went to the Olympic Games last year and he was amazing. Only three horses jumped a triple clear round and he was one of them".


“But if we can’t raise the money, I can’t take him.


“It will break my heart – it will absolutely break my heart. He’s part of our family.


“It seems a real shame that there’s a chance that we’re going to lose this horse when it’s now ready to win medals for Ireland.”


Determined Jonty has now set up a crowdfunding page in a last-ditch bid to secure the horse – better known as ‘Art’ – before the competition in Poland next month.


To help keep Art with Jonty Evans, please come over to https://www.jontyandart.com/#Story and make a donation to the Crowdfunding appeal.


The Rolex Grand Prix from the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen will be broadcast live on Horse & Country TV in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and The Netherlands on Sunday, July 23rd.


The Rolex GP from Aachen is one of the events in Rolex’s Grand Slam of Show jumping, which also incorporates Spruce Meadows and Geneva.


One of the premier jumping events in the world, the Grand Prix will be available live to H&C viewers in the UK and Ireland from 12.05pm on Sunday, July 23, and from 1.05pm in Sweden and Netherlands.


Sports fans can watch H&C on Sky 253 in the UK and Ireland, on cable and IPTV in The Netherlands and Sweden, and over the internet via H&C Play, www.play.horseandcountry.tv and Amazon Video www.amazon.co.uk/channels/horsecountry

Fear not old equine soldier your job is done

After almost 22 years military service Household Cavalry horse Viscount has been welcomed at the Horse Trust’s Home of Rest in Buckinghamshire. Viscount, a 17hh Black Gelding, Irish Sports horse retired to the Horse Trust from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment after 21 years and 11 months of service in the British Army.

Viscount served The Household Cavalry with distinction in all aspects of service, from parades to training new recruits. His calm demeanor saw him rotate around different posts throughout his service, being an Officer’s Charger to Royalty on ceremonial parades. 

Viscount completed his military training age d just 5, passing out in as a Military working horse in 1997 and went on to spend time with the Queen’s Life Guard at all the major State parades.

In his last four ceremonial seasons he carried musicians from The Band of the Household Cavalry; a duty notable for requiring calm and consistent horses that can be ridden with limited instruction as the musicians largely give direction using only their legs while carrying their instruments.

After the last of his duties Viscount went to the Defence Animal Centre before retiring to his new home at The Horse Trust. Viscount stepped off the lorry very calmly on the hottest day of the year and enjoyed a long cooling shower from the Trust’s Care team before being released into the fields where he quickly befriended fellow Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment veteran Belize who had retired on the very same day.

Viscount has taken the mantle of ‘Longest serving Military horse’ from Remus who also retired to the Horse Trust in 2012. Just like Viscount, Remus was a truly remarkable horse and began service in 1991 as a four-year-old serving for an incredible twenty-one years until arriving at the Trust at the grand age of twenty-six to enjoy a well-deserved period of peaceful retirement after his long service.  

At their Home of Rest The Horse Trust has specialised in providing retirement and respite for working horses and ponies for 130 years. Army veterans have been provided respite and peaceful retirement since the Boer conflicts in the 19th century and during the First World War patrons of the Trust provided the first ever motorised horse ambulance to help transport wounded horses from the front line in France. That ambulance travelled 13,000 miles in just 2 years and carried over 1,000 horses to veterinary hospitals where they could be treated. The War Office commissioned more vehicles and by the end of the war fourteen of them were in operation in France, saving many thousands of horse’s lives. After the war, The Horse Trust retired horses that had served on the front line and today this work continues as military horses arrive at the Home of Rest in the beautiful Chiltern hills for their retirement. 

Jeanette Allen, CEO of the Horse Trust said “The Horse Trust is proud of its relationship with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and providing horses like Viscount with a home in their retirement after a lifetime of public service is our privilege.  With the help of our donors we are able to provide these hard-working equine civil servants the opportunity to relax and enjoy their twilight years just being a horse.” 

Watch the Longines Royal International Horse Show on Sky Sports

Three days of showjumping from the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.


The event will be shown live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with coverage produced by top sporting broadcaster IMG. Alongside the televised coverage there will be extensive livestreaming online covering all the action in the International Arena. 


The Longines Royal International Horse Show (26-30 July) features international and national showjumping, championship showing, arena eventing, side-saddle, driving classes and lots more. With an international dressage competition running concurrently at sister venue Dressage at Hickstead, the event is one of just three five-star CHIO international horse shows held in the world.


The show takes place just a few weeks before the FEI European Jumping Championships in Stockholm, and Hickstead could well provide a final run for many of the competitors who’ll be heading to Sweden in August to represent their country.


The competition in Hickstead’s famous International Arena gets underway on Wednesday 26 July, with all the action livestreamed via a single camera on both Hickstead.TV and the FEI’s YouTube channel. Streaming on both platforms will continue on Thursday with the first international showjumping classes of the show, the Bunn Leisure Vase and the Bunn Leisure Trophy. In the afternoon, the hugely popular MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge takes place, where some of the world’s best event riders tackle a course of cross-country fences within the main arena.


Friday is a very special day, when Hickstead plays host to the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain presented by Longines. This historic two-round team competition will see the Brits face competition from the Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. It’s the penultimate leg in the series with all still to play for ahead of the final series leg in Dublin, and teams will be fighting to qualify for the Final in Barcelona while also hoping to retain their place in European Division One for next year. Britain was relegated to Division Two last season but as host nations will be competing at Hickstead, giving showjumping fans their only chance to watch their country compete as a team on home soil.


Television viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch live on Sky Sports, while online coverage of the FEI Nations Cup will be available to FEITV subscribers only.


Over the weekend, showjumping highlights include two of the best-known classes in the sport – the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup. These classes, along with Saturday’s Bunn Leisure Salver and British Speed Classic, will be shown as multicamera broadcasts on both Hickstead.tv and the FEI’s YouTube channel. Sky Sports will also broadcast live from the show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.


For the first time ever, Hickstead will be showing a full-scale broadcast, including commentary, of both the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship and the De La Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship. Showing riders compete at shows around the country just to qualify for Hickstead; then the winners of individual classes at the Longines Royal International Horse Show head through to their respective championships, and the winners of these then qualify for Sunday’s Supreme championships, which are the most coveted titles of all in the outdoor showing season.


“Hickstead may be synonymous with showjumping, but showing is a huge part of the Longines Royal International Horse Show, with thousands of horses and ponies competing here each July,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “We know how popular showing is, so we’re pleased to be able to broadcast our Supreme Championships via our own Hickstead.tv platform as well as the FEI’s YouTube channel, which will allow it to reach a new global audience.”


Tickets are on sale now for this prestigious equestrian event, which is the official horse show of the British Horse Society, with discounts applying before 22 July. Visit the box office here. 

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