Hi Folks. Hope You are all well and had a great Week.
Still very little Rain here. Officially a drought on for this Winter. Stock up on Your Hay. Remember my warning a few Weeks ago? Local Fodder Store near Gainsborough, can’t bow buy Rolls of Oaten Hay, only Wheaten.
On Saturday, we journeyed down to the lovely McLaren Vale Indoor, for Dolce’s first Prix St. George and Advanced. Congrats to the Lady who owns it. Wonderful place! I hope she noticed that I picked every single manure up in this warm up arena, all day 🙂
She won the Advanced, beating a State Squad Horse and ran second…just…..in the Prix St. George. Great effort and she is now off and running to the top. Got the 5 x 3 changes and all clean, so unless You get clean changes, don’t even bother. Stop trying.
Remember at the State Champs, how I was running a shuttle service so that Dolce ( Alma Mare to the Max) would not interfere with his performance?….well we thought we would bite the Bullet this Weekend, based upon the fact that I would baby sit her ( with a whip 😉 until he entered the Indoor and because he was then out of sight, she may shut up and let me Video.
We did that and You could hear Her yelling throughout his Test, from inside. So could he and he basically performed a crap test that no way deserved to win. This was most disappointing because we wanted to raise the Flag for the Australian Home bred Horses for the next you bute imported Stallion had just arrived ( pre-trained) and was in the Intermediate 2 against Him. He would have kicked it’s butt for I saw it in the warmup ring but wasn’t to be. He basically ‘dogged it’ and did hardly any passage or piaffe. Poor Mrs. HP.
So for the Grand Prix, I had to stay with Her and he did probably the best Grand Prix he has ever done. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!….no video 🙂
So I don’t know what we are going to do about Her in the future. It’s very difficult for she is such a strong willed type. We shall see…..thinking Cap on. Good for competition but not good for this type
DOLCE – PRIX ST. GEORGES SATURDAY – ROPING SUNDAY 🙂
WEANING TIME FOR CELESTE
The next Champ heads Home 🙂
Did Her feet Today, standing in the yard. Great Girl!!
They are all over the Country and I suspect they are the majority. One of the Hooves of Celeste, required immediate attention, from a corrective view point. Imagine the ‘Feral Breeders’ owning Her and Her running feral and not even Halter Broken??? It drives me Nuts. ….then they want to sell them for $25,000 but can’t catch em. They do a Video….that lasts 2o seconds and expect You to just pour Money into their Bank. Yea right. Don;t fall for them Folks.
If they haven’t Halter broken them in the first couple of Weeks, You can just Bet they have not been looked after properly. Worms, Shots, feet and more. What in the Hell are they thinking??????
and ties up like an Old Hand. Non event. She is an absolute Darling!!!!!——-5 MInutes after weaning and 1k journey.
You get back what you put in Folks!!
It’s a disaster Folks. I and many others in the Sport are disgusted by the current Head of the Board statement to the Adelaide Advertiser where he said that there was NO CRISIS in the Sport, despite there being 8 resignations (9) from the Dressage Committee, making it null and void. There are other problems all over the Sport. Spin Doctor!!!!!!!!!!! and typical of the New Age.
It is time for the Clubs to take over and to shut down EA.
Just Today, I got another complaint from a Rider, about Her ignorant handling of Her issue, by the C.E.O, where she was simply asking for Her entry monies back after paying nearly $500 to register Her Young Daughter (6 years) for an event and being hit for $50 per stall at the Wayville show Grounds and finding out that another Horse event 2 weeks earlier, were only charged $20 per stall. The C.E.O. carried on like it was Her money and upset the Mother badly.
SENIOR MEMBERS NOT RE-REGISTERING
Asa result of the Chair’s deceitful comments to the Advertiser, Mrs. HP has almost made up Her mind, to not paying Her registrations in a Weeks time and riding un-official, thus not competing Interstate or at any Championship Show any more, despite having two of the top Horses in the State, with one of them being THE TOP Horse in the State. She was also told Yesterday, that another Olympic Level Rider is not going to pay up and Today, a Stud near us too. These are all without knowing or talking to each other.Further, at least one State Squad Member is toying with the idea.
CLUBS RUNNING UN-OFFICIAL F.E.I.
Certain Clubs are going to be running F.E.I. Events, where non Members can still ride and have the joy of getting out there. This will come as a shock to the EA no doubt. This is where it as all arrived now. Everyone has had a guts full of the Administration of the Sport.
QUIZ OF THE WEEK
I got 2 answers. Here they are.
Hi John and Linda,
My answer for the quiz, regarding the grey filly.
She at first looked like she was going to walk through the gate to you. Then the man in the white shirt she doesn’t trust him. When he was massaging her poll she was staring at you, willing you to turn around. The second he got the bridle off and let her go she left him. Whereas in the next clip, she kept coming closer and closer to you.
Cheers a Lizzy
In the vid above – the guy in the white shirt basically undoes all your good work in the matter of a minute. Upsetting the horse around the head again by being rough and not patient and gentle and then not taking control of the horses head when removing the bridle. He should also have putt his hand firmly on the nose and letting the bridle drop over the ears and onto his arm to prevent the bit knocking against the horses teeth. Instead he basically did what would have caused horse to be bridle shy in the first place by pulling the bridle off and hanging onto it while giving the horse a whack in the mouth with the bit as the horse hadn’t opened his mouth to release the bit. If he is the owner there is the reason for the problem.
You are both correct of course but the Winner is Lizzy, because it was the glances of the Horse that was frantic to be not with the White Shirt, but I was looking for more as well.
If you go back and look at the Clip, things were spinning through the Head of the Filly, very fast. You will certainly see ( on a number of occasions) Her wanting to be with me but what you missed is that she also tried to capture the eye of the Young Cowboy Helping. She wanted to go with Him too. Him, Me, Him, Me, more me.
Meanwhile, the Fox was glancing around to see if I was watching ( I having just fixed the Horse) glancing to see if the Camera was on Him and more. This Video is a perfect example of just where TRUE HORSEMANSHIP has come, from those who still live in the Dark Ages where strength is the tool.
You actually saw TRUE UNITY going on at that Clinic….with every Horse and for that, I am proud.
Address please Lizzie
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction. Many years ago I cane to a clinic of yours at Tonnimbuk equestrian centre in Victoria. It was amazing to watch. And I loved how Mrs HP could really connect with the horses she rode and what’s more, the horses loved it.
I have a 9 year old mare who I helped break in. Thought it would be great. First error. But I have learnt a lot!!! She’s still a ripper horse!!!! Extremely quiet. Not fearful of anything, very brave and her passion is jumping!!! She just loves it! So we do eventing. Just low level at the moment.
My problem I have is with her contact in dressage, which is making me think I need to get your ‘re mouthing dvd’. She can do it, if she’s in the right mood. But will often resist non stop. Finally softening after about 45 minutes. At home she’s better. At competitions with a lot going on she’s always resistant and a bit tense. I have ridden a handful of amazing tests so I know it’s in there! I blamed her marey moods but I think it really comes down to confusion and her not knowing 100% what I’m wanting.
I have had many lessons from many different coaches and it just confuses me more and more and more!
I’ve had regular lessons with Manolo Mendez. He’s so soft and kind. Horses love him and it’s always long and low. Phoenix, my girl, LOVES, long and low. I leave her alone and she can stretch for days! She then gets annoyed when I try to shorten the contact and gets resistant. Fair enough.
I recently had a lesson with a completely different instructor everyone swore by. This lady explained to me that Phoenix has no idea what I’m asking. My contact is never consistent. It’s long, it’s short, a bit shorter, give a bit of rein, then shorter again. She has no one set thing so of course she doesn’t know what I’m asking. I’m more begging!
So she had me shorten my reins and do not give any more length at all. Now my reins were sooo so so short. Hands held a little bit up and apart. Kept correcting her straightness and just stay. Well Phoenix argued and found it hard but when she finally softened it did feel amazing but I still felt forceful. She said if I practise that then she will get used to that ‘contact’ and that that will just be the go. If that’s makes sense.
I just really don’t know what to do and think I need to start again. She’s 9. We should be getting better and I want my girl to be happy. Teeth are done. Bit professionally fitted and I ride in a micklem.
You mention on your website about scoring the mouth. And I’d say she’d definitely be at least a 6.
Just wanting your advice on what steps I should take!
Thank you so much for your time!
-Sheridan and Phoenix.
Phoenix LOVES long and low.
Hi Sheridan…..quite a saga ey?
Thanks for the compliments to my Wife. You are a good judge 🙂
The advice I would give You is this:
- Every time You change Coaches, it becomes a struggle for the Horses.
- I am the Coach of Mrs. HP, believe it or not and she regularly knocks off the State Squad with HOME BRED Horses, including Yesterday again. Changing Coaches and immediately, Your Horse is challenged or even confused.
- Every time You go to a Clinic of a visiting Coach, Your Horse has to become confused. All of those who Linda competes against, do Clinics to the max and it doesn’t help them at all. They still get knocked off. What does that tell You?
- The “Long and Low” Coach. I call them ‘Dreamers’ for You DON’T ride ‘Long and Low’ in a Dressage Test. You need ‘Collection’ and the rest of it. “Long and Low’ is for the warmup arena. Without saying any more, perhaps You may watch your Coach at work. ‘Hollow’, ‘above the Bit’ and more.
- and so this is not your fault, or your Horse. You simple cannot go to the Dressage and think You can change a Horse to what it is not at Home. Your Lady Coach is right and Your Man Coach is teaching to his own joy.
So go and follow this Video and tell me how You go.
Then, we can immediately advise You how to go and improve. This is not the fault of Your Horse!!
Finally, if You have half decent Internet at Your Place, You would be advised to have an assessment Lesson at least, with Linda.
You may even avail Yourself of this and Linda will give You a report.
Regards for now
Thank you so much for your reply.
Your points are exactly what I was thinking too. It’s confusing to her and I cannot go into a dressage arena long and low!
I watched both clips and I can see what you mean.
This evening I also tested her lateral mouth. The one rein stop is one thing I did with her quite a bit when I started her. So she knew what I wanted though I haven’t touched base with it in a long time. She stopped and bent both ways. Though I wouldn’t say she was very soft. Not bad though!
I think the two rein stop is not good! When she’s light and really focused she will stop on a dime. And with me thinking it almost! But generally she will resist and pull back, our halts in our dressage tests are never straight no matter what I do! (Thinking it’s my seat or me leaning one way or too much of one leg) but when she’s on the ball it’s awesome so I don’t know lol.
I don’t have the internet sadly where I agist but I could send an online assessment.
Do you think I would need to re mouth or is it more a training/coaching problem, and I need a new training path to stick to?
Thanks so much!
Hi again Sheridan,
The best shot is to give us a sample of the Shows and a bit of a lesson and Linda can then give You a complete report. It is a bit difficult to make a determination without seeing the Horse, however, I suspect that we can certainly solve Your problem, without re-mouthing. Let’s just work through it. Have a think about this
If in our Dressage Training, we do not equip the Horse, for what is going to be expected to be asked at the Dressage, we are simply being unfair to the Horse. That is not Horse Welfare. It is our responsibility to equip Horses with the Muscular structure, to be able to carry a Rider and to perform the required tasks, many of them un-natural to the Horse.
Don;t get me wrong, Mrs. HP rides every Horse ‘long and low’ and other things, prior to ‘collected’ work and even in between training movements, as ‘reward and relief’ for a job well done…….BUT……they still have to train all the movements and postures, that DRESSAGE JUDGES are going to DEMAND when You get in the ring.
Hope that sound ok.
Here You go…..6 Months work
THE COLLAR ROPE
Hi John, been using the hobbles, leather strap and just used the constraint collar. My horse went into a pretty good fit, and then just stood there for about two to three minutes looking sad. My question is, how many times does one use the constraint collar on a horse. My guy isn’t a kicker, just a nine year old that didn’t know anything. Your leg restraint techniques are a blessing to me. I have you Leg Restraint DVD and the Remouthing the Horse. Years ago I was a Parelli person, and it was ok for some things, but I just wasn’t getting what I needed.
Thanks for caring about horses and using techniques that save their lives.
It is not surprising at all that a Horse will strurgle the first time for they never learnt how to stand on 3 Legs. Quite normal. Just make sure their Leg is up high so they can’t get to kicking. That is your only danger.
To the question of how many times, well once is not enough. They should have it 3 or 4 times but this is why I then also STOCK WHIP TRAIN them whilst I am at it and indeed, get on them bareback from both sides. They need to learn to think about balance, not reacting to noise.
Thanks for the vote Sharon. Great!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
TIP OF THE DAY
” If You are going to compete Horses, they must be trained at Home, to be able to perform exactly as required when at a Comp. You can’t change training demands just because You left Home”
HORSELAW – THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
An animal welfare advocate filed a federal lawsuit last week after alleging he and a group protesters were threatened at a Tennessee Walking Horse show at Maury County Park on June 2nd.
Clant Seay of Oxford, Miss., founder of a national group that protests the treatment of horses, said he and 10 others were demonstrating on Maury County Park Drive when a driver “deliberately, recklessly and in a grossly negligent manner” nearly ran them over.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville, asks $150,000 in compensatory and $500,000 in punitive damages from defendants Kent McGary and his employer, Five Below, Inc.
This was the fifth year Seay and his group, “Citizens Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty,” has had a presence at the Columbia show. The demonstration has generated two other incidents before this one.
NEWS OF THE DAY
NIKOLIC FIGHTING FOR LIFE
A disgraced horse trainer is fighting for his life in Fiji after being arrested over alleged drugs and guns bust worth $20 million.
John Nikolic reportedly attempted self-harm while in custody in Fiji and is currently on life support as family rush to be by his bedside.
Fijian Police released a statement that alleged 13 bars of cocaine and ecstasy tablets were found, along with US$15,000 of undeclared currency, guns and ammunition.
Nikolic is the brother of disgraced jockey Danny Nikolic, who was banned from riding in late 2012 for threatening behaviour towards racing stewards.
Four men, including Nikolic, were reportedly arrested over the bust and the yacht that sailed from Bora Bora to Denerau in Fiji was seized by police.
Fijian customs chief Visvanath Das said the arrest was a testament to the commitment of the national police force.
‘I applaud the collaboration and efforts of our officers in successfully intercepting illicit drugs, undeclared currency and weapons,’ he said.
The statement also said the arrests were a warning to foreign drug-smugglers.
Police commissioner Rusiate Tudravo said, ‘This should send a strong warning to others that we have a close eye on our borders.’
A Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said that they have consular staff providing assistance to the Nikolic family.
In 2015, Nikolic was banned from attending racecourses and attending Melbourne’s casino following a series of scandals.
He was caught treating a horse with prohibited substance when he rubbed penetrene, a non-performance enhancing product, with an absorbent pad onto Wonderful Jester just moments before the horse won a race.
A year prior to this he was banned for 12 months from racecourses as the same horse tested positively for a prohibited substance, gabapentin.
QUEENSLAND COWBOY KILLED BY OWN TRUCK
Authorities have identified Queensland rodeo identity Brian King as the victim of a tragic accident last night, when he was run over and killed by his own truck at the Woodford show, north of Brisbane.
Mr King, 58, a bull and horse breeder from Mundubbera, was preparing to load cattle into his prime mover shortly before 9:00pm.
Ambulance officers said members of Mr King’s family witnessed the accident.
Mr King was a co-owner of the rodeo animal breeding business, BK Bucking Bulls.
Police said initial investigations indicated he had been reversing the truck near the cattle yards within the showgrounds in preparation for loading cattle.
Officers believe Mr King slipped while getting out of the cabin and fell under the wheels of the truck, which was still moving.
Witnesses performed CPR and a rescue helicopter was dispatched, but Mr King died at the scene.
Police forensic officers attended the scene of the accident overnight and the prime mover has been taken away for further investigation.
The annual two-day Woodford show had been coming to a close when the accident occurred, with people busy packing up after the final fireworks and rodeo.
Woodford Show committee president Val Reichle said up until the accident the show had been going well, with some of the largest ever attendances over the Friday and Saturday.
She said the committee could not comment on the accident while police were investigating.
The National Rodeo Association offered “sincerest condolences” to Mr King’s family.
In a post on Facebook, the association described Mr King as a “well known and respected member of our community”.
On the post, Lane Mellers wrote: “You were one of the wildest, funny and loving personalities I’ve ever been around growing up. You will be missed.”
National rodeo queen Creedence Donoghue also sent her condolences.
“[Brian] will be dearly missed within the rodeo family and outside by the people who knew him,” she said.
Woodford officer in charge Sergeant Ryan Hanlon said the incident was being treated as a road fatality, despite occurring in a rear car park within the Woodford Showgrounds.
“It was a terrible accident,” he said.
“At this stage it appears the male driver has fallen from the prime mover.”
Sergeant Hanlon said Mr King’s death was a tragedy for the Woodford community.
“Our thoughts and the thoughts of the community of Woodford are with the family at this time,” Sergeant Hanlon said.
A spokesman for Worksafe Queensland said as the investigation was being handled by police as the incident occurred on a road within the Showgrounds.
CARRIAGE HORSES BOLT AT ROYAL ASCOT
No horses died as a result of the carriage accident in Ascot on ladies’ day yesterday (21 June), contrary to some reports.
All the horses escaped with minor injuries after one was spooked on the high street causing the carriage, used to take people to and from the racecourse, to crash into a ladies’ clothes shop.
The “very brave” horse Balmoral was praised on the Team Bowman Carriage Driving Team Facebook page after he was involved “in a bit of an unfortunate incident.”
The accident happened as the horses were transporting racegoers after racing at 6pm.
Thames Valley Police confirmed officers attended an incident in which a horse drawn carriage overturned.
Unfortunately we had a bit of an unfortunate incident yesterday at Royal Ascot but thank goodness all guests, the grooms and driver were all unscathed. All horses are recovering well with a few cuts and bruises and the very brave Balmoral is doing great even though he has had a few stitches to a wound on his side. We would like to thank the Ascot Authorities, The Thames Valley Police and Tim Baker and his crew from The House Hold Cavalry for all their help, and thank you to everyone else for helping and staying calm in the situation that occurred
“One of the horses pulling the carriage collided with a shop window,” said a police spokesman.
She said the horse “sustained minor injuries” as a result of the accident and was taken away for veterinary treatment.
The passengers in the carriage also sustained “minor injuries” and the police closed the road afterwards.
The Bowman team said on Facebook: “All the horses are recovering well with a few cuts and bruises.”
Balmoral, who is thought to have been spooked by a car horn causing him to bolt, had to have stitches to a wound on his side.
The Bowman carriage smashed into one of the windows of Natalya Couture, a ladies’ fashion shop on the high street. The shop was closed at the time.
One onlooker tweeted: “Just witnessed an awful accident in Ascot, one of the large horse carriages bolted down the high street right in front of me and careered over a roundabout and through a shop window!
A taxi driver Stefan Gulgheru who also watched the incident is reported as saying: “The horses were going very very fast and when they got to the roundabout they were out of control and one slipped.”
The Bowman team thanked the Ascot authorities, Thames Valley Police and Tim Baker and his crew from The Household Cavalry “for all their help.”
They also thanked everyone else watching the incident “for helping and staying calm in the situation that occurred.”
HORSE FOUND WITH SEVERED TONGUE
Washington law enforcement authorities are hoping the public can help determine how a Thurston County horse’s tongue was severed.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carrie Nastansky said the office responded to a call from a horse owner reporting that a mare was found in her pasture with a severed tongue on June 19.
The horse was unable to swallow or eat as a result of the injury and was later euthanized, she said.
Investigators located the horse’s tongue elsewhere in the pasture, but how the injury actually occurred remains uncertain.
“We don’t know if (the tongue was severed) by human activity or by an accident,” Nastansky said. “No knife was found.”
A necropsy to determine the exact cause of the animal’s injury was slated for June 21.
In the meantime, the animal welfare organization Pasado’s Safe Haven, in Monroe, Washington, is offering a $2,000 reward for information about the case.
FIGHTING FOR LIFE
As the family of Rebecca Fentum-Jones waits for the 22-year-old to fight her way back to consciousness after being thrown from a horse last Sunday, her loved ones shared a message imploring other horse riders to wear a helmet.
Fentum-Jones, an experienced rider, sustained life-threatening head trauma in what is being described as “a freak accident” while volunteering at a horse-rescue ranch near St. Malo, 80 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.
She was near the end of a trail ride on a familiar horse when it stumbled coming out of a ditch to cross a road.
She was thrown over the horse’s shoulder and landed on the pavement, on her unprotected head.
“We have been told if she had been wearing a helmet at the time of the injury, then we probably wouldn’t be where we are right now, given the location of the injury,” her boyfriend, Richie Rodgers, said.
“That’s a message we would really like to share. She is an experienced rider who had been riding this horse a lot, and was just going for a short trail ride. We just want to spread the message that this can happen and, helmet safety, it’s worth the 30 seconds it takes to put it on.”
The couple, together for three years, met when they were playing basketball at Providence University College in Otterburne for the men’s and women’s teams.
Rodgers said Fentum-Jones’s prognosis is uncertain, and she’s “not out of the woods, in any regard.”
“It’s been really, really rough. You never really think something like this will happen. You read about it, and you think you can figure out how you’ll feel, but when it happens, it’s a whole other story,” he said on Friday.
“Every now and then, it just doesn’t even feel real.”
Rodgers, Fentum-Jones’s parents (Alison Fentum and Todd Jones) and some of the young couple’s friends are keeping an around-the-clock vigil at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
After the accident Sunday, Fentum-Jones was transported from the scene by STARS air ambulance. She had surgery to help reduce the swelling of her brain and, until Thursday, was deeply sedated.
She is being coaxed into consciousness by gradually reduced sedation medication. She was still on a respirator on Friday, but the machine was only assisting her breathing.
Rodgers said Fentum-Jones has been initiating her breathing and is showing what doctors call “reflex-type responses,” such as coughs and yawns.
“For us, it’s exciting to see, but this still doesn’t show that she’s going to come completely out of this 100 per cent,” he said. “It sounds positive, but we’re all being cautiously optimistic, given the situation.”
He said there is no timeline or guarantee for her recovery.
Fentum-Jones has worked in the horse business for the past three years at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Misty River Ranch near Île-des-Chênes and K-5 Stables in Rosser.
Her friend and K-5 manager, Leona Stahl, set up a fundraising web page (gofundme.com/rebecca-fentum-jones) to assist Fentum-Jones. As of Friday afternoon, it was approaching $11,000 in donations.
FIVE FOALS RUN OVER IN 3 WEEKS
Campaigners are continuing appeals for drivers in the New Forest to slow down and give ponies and livestock space after five foals have been killed in less than three weeks.
In the most recent incident (15 June), a hit and run driver left a foal alive at the side of the road with a broken back. The filly was found by a passerby and was euthanised by agisters.
The same dam, owned by commoner Luke Blomfield, also had her foal killed by a driver last year.
“We put up a post about it on social media and it’s had almost 500,000 shares, so we hope the message gets through to people,” said commoner Sarah Weston, who has co-founded the New Forest Roads Campaign. “The commoners have taken great steps to produce the best foals they can and in limited numbers, and its awful to see.
“It’s hard to understand the callousness of people playing Russian roulette with the ponies like this.”
Sarah added that the campaign is striving to convey two key messages — to ask drivers to slow down and take care, and not to feed the ponies as this encourages them to approach cars and come closer to the road.
“This year’s foals seem tamer than ever and you sometimes see them lounging about in the road waiting for passing cars,” she cautioned.
More than half of the recent deaths have been hit and run accidents, even though those reporting hitting a pony will not be subject to penalty unless it can be proved that they were driving dangerously.
The New Forest verderers currently offer a £5,000 reward for anyone who identifies a motorist involved in a hit and run.
“People are obliged, by law, to stop at the scene and find out who owns the pony and if they can’t, then they are obliged to report it as soon as is practical or within 24 hrs — which means driving to the nearest place where they have signal and ringing,” Sarah said.
“You can report it the same way as any other accident — call the police on 101 or 999 and they will contact the agisters.”
Statistics where drivers have reported accidents or have been traced show that local motorists are among the least likely to hit livestock.
“I’m keen to dispel the myth that it’s locals,” Sarah added. “One in five drivers is a local, two in five are commuters from the outskirts of the forest and two in five are from further afield — although tourists tend to drive more slowly.
DEATH THREATS TO BRITISH SHOW JUMPER FOR WHIP USE
British showjumper Ben Talbot said he plans to take a break from the sport after receiving death threats in response to his riding at a show in Germany this week.
The rider was barred from the four-star competition at Gros Viegeln for his reaction to his ride Everglade’s refusal at the water in a two-phase competition.
Video of the incident shows Ben repeatedly hitting the horse with his whip, and kicking him, after the stop. A man shouts, the bell is rung and Ben can be heard asking to go to the judges’ box.
“It was really stupid of me to do that,” he said.
“It was inexcusable and I’m not trying to defend myself in any way but the horse had been having a problem at water for a couple of weeks.”
Ben said the nine-year-old KWPN gelding had been eliminated every day at the water at a show the week before and that with training, he thought he had overcome the issue.
“I felt under an enormous amount of pressure from the people who co-owned the horse with me. I felt that if he stopped at water again, they’d take him away from me, which would be a disaster.
“That’s happened now; he’s gone to another rider. He’s not in my stable any more.” The co-owners, when contacted by H&H, declined to comment.
Ben said the public reaction to the incident has contributed to his decision to take a break from the sport.
“Whether that’s for six months, a year or for ever, I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t want this any more.
Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/showjumper-ben-talbot-banned-whip-use-656893#67K6IdkmcBLjtj3m.99
ANOTHER EVENT HORSE DIES
Axel Z, ridden by Belgium’s Chloe Raty, has been put down following a fall on the CCI4* cross-country at Luhmühlen.
The official statement from the organisers of the German event reads: “It is with great sadness and regret that we announce that Chloe Raty (BEL) and Axel Z, an 11-year-old gelding, had a fall at fence 18b, an upright, while competing in the CCI**** at Luhmühlen on 16 June 2018.
“The horse received immediate veterinary attention and was transported to the veterinary clinic. Unfortunately, spinal injuries were diagnosed and Axel Z sadly could not be saved.
“The rider was taken to hospital for thorough examination, which revealed no injuries.”
Chloe, 24, and 11-year-old Axel were competing at their first CCI4* and, having scored 33.9 in the dressage, went into cross-country in 31st place. They were clear until 18b, the final element of the Messmer Pond – the second of three water complexes at Luhmühlen.
They appeared to take off early at 18a, a step up out of water, which affected their take-off point for 18b, an angled rail. Axel Z left a foreleg at the rail and fell heavily on landing. The lower part of the rider’s body was briefly underneath the horse, but she was quickly extracted. Axel Z was sedated and taken to a nearby veterinary clinic.