Charity’s ‘biggest loser’ to be announced at Summer Extravaganza

World Horse Welfare is going to announce their “biggest loser” amongst their Shetland ponies at this year’s Summer Extravaganza in Norfolk.

Over the past six weeks volunteers have been taking the Shetland ponies at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton for walks to keep them trim over the summer months.  At the extravaganza’s educational corner, they will be weighed to see which pony has lost the most weight since the walks started.  The charity’s vet and farrier will also be on hand in the educational corner to answer any questions from members of the public.

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New midweek date for Nutwell Court Horse Trials

British Olympic team rider Mary King heads the entries at Nutwell Court Horse Trials which has a mid week date for the first ever time, in the hope it will attract more entries.

Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday 4, the move was initiated by organiser John Colson who said that in previous years a clash with other equine activities meant the event was failing to attract the number of entries required to make it feasible.

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Nunney International Horse Trials – A good galloping track for a confidence-boosting outing

Nunney International Horse Trials is the perfect event for less experienced rider/horse combinations, as well as offering questions for those with more miles under their belts.

Situated at Southfield Hose at Whatley near Frome, it’s a proper galloping track on good, well-established turf which is  widely regarded as the best type of ground on which to run an event.

There’s a very good covering of grass which has a dense sward, offering that all important spring, and all courses will be aerated if necessary.

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Top tips from the experts at World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare is giving you the chance to learn from a number of equine experts at our Spring Talk later this month.

Members of the public will be able to gain in-depth knowledge about several horse-related subjects such: – as worming, insurance, farriery, nutrition and polework at our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

We have a number of guest speakers at the event which include: –

• Vet Andy Williamson from Uplands Way Vets in Diss, Attleborough and Cromer

• John Blake from Breckland Farriers

• World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jacko Jackson

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Bishop Burton College Town and Country Day

Town & Country Day and BD Event to run along side the next British Horseball Association League Competition May 26-27 2012

The Bishop Burton College Town and Country Day is being held 27 May. The event, which includes themed events and activities, will run alongside the College’s British Eventing Horse Trials.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide variety of displays, demonstrations and activities, all with a distinctly rural flavour, including: Falconry; Mini Zoo; Dog Agility and Dog Show; Horseball; Chainsaw Sculpture; Children’s activities (including children’s story teller and face painting); Steel Band, Street Dancing, Zumbathon; Jewellery Making; Mini Olympics; Country Cookery; Woodland Crafts; Floristry Demonstrations; Fashion Show and much more!

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The Cotswold Confidence Clinic for Riders

Have you ever thought or said any of these things?

“I go to the yard 3-4 times each week. But I never get on and ride.”

“Every time my horse canters, I freak out.”

“I’m afraid of getting hurt and not being able to work or care for my family.”

“I want riding to be FUN – the way I remember it as a kid. Instead, all I do now is worry about everything.”

“Every time I go to a show I feel sick.”

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Can Tina Fletcher win the Carpetright Derby for the second year in a row?

Last year Tina Fletcher became the first lady rider to win the Hickstead Derby for 38 years. Next month, she hopes to become the first woman to win the most famous of showjumping classes on two consecutive occasions.

Tina’s Carpetright Derby winner, the quirky but talented Promised Land, has jumped in the class twice and is yet to have a single pole down – an incredible achievement considering there’s only been 53 clear rounds in the Derby since it was first run in 1961.

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Stride Out this summer for the working animals of the world

SPANA, the charity for the working animals of the world, is calling on people to Stride Out this summer and hold a sponsored walk, cycle, horse ride or run in aid of the charity.

The new fundraiser invites people to pick the Stride Out activity that best suits them and to choose the location, date and distance of their event.  For those who wish to follow in the footsteps of working animals, a selection of Stride Out routes with animal connections are also on offer such as canal towpaths, drovers’ roads and bridleways.

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Equine Agility – New Barn Riders April 18th

New Barn Riders 

Equine Agility Demo

Wednesday April 18th 2012

 7.00 for a 7.30pm start

Thought that Dog agility looked fun? Well, wait till you try the Equine version! Dawn Rubens is coming along to New Barn on Wednesday April 18th to demonstrate with some horses and ponies what this fast growing sport is all about.

So, if you have a much loved equine that, for whatever reason, you don’t or can’t ride, but want to develop an entirely new and exciting partnership with them – this is the evening for you!

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Surrey Spring Show 20th May 2012

At the inaugural show last year  the Surrey Spring Show raised a staggering £16,000.00, which was donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley.

The second annual Surrey Spring Show will be held on the 20th May 2012 at Felbridge Show ground.

The Harwoods Group has agreed to be the overall show sponsor ensuring that all the costs of the show are cvered and again that every penny donated or raised on the day of the show will be directly received by the two chosen charities.

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