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Clare to present new FEI Awards

Clare Balding will present the new FEI Awards in Copenhagen on 19 November. Clare, 38, has been part of the BBC’s presenting team at the past three Olympics and Paralympics, as well as fronting all its live racing coverage. A former champion amateur jockey herself, Clare also evented and show jumped in her youth and has a wide experience and knowledge of equestrian sport. She headed up the BBC’s coverage of this year’s Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships at Windsor Castle and the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championship from Fontainebleau.

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Queen visits Animal Health Trust

To celebrate her 50 years as patron, the Queen has just visited the Animal Health Trust. During her visit she was updated on their plans to expand their very successful Small Animal Centre by creating a new state-of-the-art Cancer Centre. This facility will enable their cancer experts to treat many more horses, dogs and cats suffering from the disease. The Centre will offer all three treatment options for cancer - surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy - on one site. It will mean that regardless of the diagnosis, they will be able to offer each and every patient the very best options for their specific case.

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Pony fireworks night death

Pony fireworks night death. A pony has just been put down after crashing into a lamppost on fireworks night. It is thought he had damaged his brain. It happened in Dartford, Kent. Shortly after midnight last Friday the pony was found lying in the road. On lookers said he had been galloping around the area - possibly scared by the fireworks. Vets who attended the pony said that he had a heart rate of 120bpm compared to 38 - 40 for a healthy horse, his brain was swelling and he was unable to use his front legs. The decision was taken to put him down. Story from horseytalk.net

National Trust rejects anti-hunt resolution

A resolution tabled by anti-hunt campaigners at the National Trust AGM has just been decisively rejected by the Trust's members. The resolution called on the Trust to publish details of all licensed sporting events (including hunting) on its website. Simon Hart, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance says, "This is a very sensible decision by National Trust members who have rejected a resolution which would have served no purpose other than to created problems for the Trust. Animal rights activists should now accept that it is for the Trust, not them, to monitor the legal activities of license holders. "In the five years the Hunting Act has been in force there has never been a successful prosecution involving a hunt on National Trust land and the likely repeal of the Act will simplify the process of licensing hunting in future." - Story from horseytalk.net


Michael Whitaker stormed to victory at the fourth leg of the 2009/2010 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series which has just taken place in Verona, Italy, where the world's top riders were faced with the toughest track of the season so far. Second to go in the five-horse jump-off, Michael stamped his authority all over the result with a fantastic run from Insul Tech Amai. Germany's Gilbert Bockmann slotted into runner-up spot with another talented nine year old, No Father's Girl. Reigning European Champion, Kevin Staut from France, finished third with Silvana. Michael was in flying form throughout the Italian fixture. He was second with Portofino who belied her 15 years with a spring-heeled performance and second again with Amai. Left with the decision about which of the two to take in the tough class he said he decided on Amai "because Portofino has shorter legs than Amai, so he can go faster!".

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