August 2012 News Headlines

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FEI World Cup Eventing title mix up
After announcing Belgium's Karin Donckers as the winner of the 2012 FEI World Cup Eventing title, the FEI have now said that the winner is Switzerland's Felix Vogg. Both riders finished on equal points but Vogg had a higher placing (second in Strzegom, Poland) making him the title winner. No British riders finished in the top 10.

30 August, 2012  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story

British Eventing YouTube competition winner announced
Congratulations to the winner of the inaugural British Eventing Cinema YouTube competition (in association with Horse Hub) 19 year old Amber Woodhouse from Berkshire. Her video captures the spirit of eventing.

24 August, 2012  •  British Eventing

Breeding mask could transform thoroughbred breeding
The Equilume mask (developed by Dr Barbara Murphy of University College Dublin) shines a timed, low-level blue light to a single eye from dusk until 11pm. It can be worn at grass - a cheaper alternative to keeping mares in under artifical light in order to bring them into season earlier in the year, an advantage for Thoroughbreds.

21 August, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Hills slow down racehorses - study
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, examining the speed of racehorses during races, have found that horses go slower both uphill and downhill. Human athletes are slower uphill but faster downhill. This may be due to 'the anatomical simplicity of their front legs limiting weight support and stability when going downhill.'

18 August, 2012  •  Horse Talk  •  Full story

Pink casts for donkey foal to straighten legs
Premature donkey foal, Primrose, was born with bowed front legs. She has to wear casts for about six weeks until her legs are strong enough to support her.

17 August, 2012  •  ITN

128-mile journey for horse-drawn canal boat
Bilbo Baggins, cob stallion, has towed the first horse-drawn canal boat from Leeds to Liverpool in 68 years. The journey, organised by the Horseboating Society, began in April. Horses were a common sight on the Liverpool waterfront from the 18th century up until the 1960s, forming a vital link between the docks and the rest of the city.

14 August, 2012  •  Bay TV Liverpool  •  Full story

Individual gold and bronze for GB dressage riders
Britian lived up to expectations with Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro winning gold and Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris winning bronze in the individual Olympic dressage. Charlottes's win is particularly impressive as she has only been riding at top level for 18 months. Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen on Parzival took silver.

9 August, 2012  •  British Dressage  •  Full story

Gold for GB team dressage riders
The GB team of Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer won team Olympic gold - the first ever Olympic medal in dressage. Hopes are high that they will follow up with individual medals on Thursday. The Royal Mail has issued commemorative stamps showing the team with their medals.

7 August, 2012  •  British Dressage  •  Full story  •  Buy the stamps

Gold for GB team showjumpers after 60 years
The GB team of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won team Olympic gold for the first time in 60 years. The competition went to a jump-off with the Dutch who were narrowly beaten. The Royal Mail has issued commemorative stamps showing the team with their medals.

6 August, 2012  •  British Showjumping  •  Full story  •  Buy the stamps

Frankel still unbeaten - 12th win
Frankel cruised to a 6 length victory in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood - his 12th consecutive win. The bookies were taking no chances with odds of 1-20. Frankel competes next in the Juddmonte International at York on 22nd August and may race 3 more times before retiring to stud at the end of the season.

1 August, 2012  •  The Guardian  •  Full story  •  Video

World Horse Welfare helps protect Olympic horses
The charity World Horse Welfare has released a video about their invovlement in the Olympics, including interviews with William Fox-Pitt and Nichola Wilson.

1 August, 2012  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story

Unbeaten Frankel heads for Goodwood
Frankel is aiming for his 12th consecutive win when he races in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood today. He won the race last year by 5 lengths. With only 4 horses in the race, Frankel's main opponent is the Godolphin four-year-old Farhh. Trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, will not be there to watch the race as he is undergoing cancer treatment.

1 August, 2012  •  BBC  •  Full story