July 2012 News Headlines

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Team silver for UK eventers
Team GB was narrowly beaten by Germany in the Olympic 3-day event. Faults in the individual showjumping by Mary King and Tina Cook moved them down to 5th and 6th, with Zara Phillips finishing 8th. Micheal Jung on Sam (for Germany) took gold, becoming the first rider to simultaneously hold World, European and Olympic titles.

31 July, 2012  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story

Olympic event horses pass first inspection
74 horses passed the first horse inspection at Greenwich. Four horses were held but all were passed after examintaion. Zara Phillips was asked to trot-up her horse a second time - possibly for the benefit of the cameras! The cross country course is not considered to be big by the riders but the terrain will make the course testing.

27 July, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Nervous humans make horses more relaxed
A study in Canada tested the reaction of a horse in a round pen to the presence of a person and showed that the more nervous the human, the lower the horse's heart rate. This suggests that people being physically or psychologically stressed around horses does not increase the risk to their safety.

24 July, 2012  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Monty Roberts cites scientific study in defence of Join-up
Following criticism of his methods in an Australian study, Monty Roberts has cited an earlier study which showed his methods to be less stressful on horses compared to a 'conventional UK technique' for training riding horses. The UK study was published in the journal Anthrozoos last year.

24 July, 2012  •  Horse Talk NZ  •  Full story

Bronze statue to commemorate Sefton
Thirty years ago today an IRA bomb killed 4 men and 7 horses of the Household Cavalry in Hyde Park. One horse, Sefton, became a symbol of the spirit of the regiment after surviving horrific injuries. Now the Royal Veterinary Hospital, where he was treated, has commissioned a life-size bronze of him, to be unveiled next spring.

20 July, 2012  •  Camilla Le May  •  Blog

Researchers urge rethink of Join-Up training methods
Researchers at Sydney University question whether Join-Up, popularised by Monty Roberts, is really humane. By replacing the human trainer with a remote controlled car, researchers reproduced the Join-Up behaviour in horses. They conclude that the method relies on fear and safety, not on it mimicing natural horse behaviour.

13 July, 2012  •  My Science  •  Full story

Donkey foal given prosthetic hind limb
Minature donkey, Emma, was born with a hind limb deformity. At two days old she was sent to a veterinary hospital in Alabama where the decision was taken to amputate the limb. Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Hanger Clinic worked together to provide her with a prosthetic limb. Emma is now 11 weeks old and happily running round her paddock on her new limb.

13 July, 2012  •  Auburn University  •  Full story

Valegro set new UK dressage record with score of 90.65%
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro became first UK combination to break the 90% barrier in an international dressage competition. They competed in the FEI CDI GP Freestyle at Hartpury college last Saturday. The freestyle test was desinged with the Olympics in mind, with music arranged by Tom Hunt.

12 July, 2012  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Tom Hunt interview

17 year old showjumper selected for US Olympic team
Reed Kessler will not meet the minimum age of 18 for Olympic showjumping until 9th July but she was ranked third in the shortlist and becomes the youngest Olympic showjumper in US history. Currently staying in the UK at the yard of her boyfriend, showjumper Tim Gredley, her world ranking has leapt from 169th to 81st.

05 July, 2012  •  BBC  •  Full story

Change to GB Olympic eventing team
Nicola Wilson riding Opposition Buzz, whose omission from the Olypmic eventing team surprised many, is to replace Piggy French on the team as Piggy's horse DHI Topper W is injured. Nicola joins William Fox-Pitt on Lionheart, Mary King on Imperial Cavalier, Tina Cook on Miners Frolic and Zara Phillips on High Kingdom.

02 July, 2012  •  Nicola Wilson  •  Full story

GB Olympic showjumping team named
The showjumpers representing GB in the London Olympics will be Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos, Peter Charles on Murka's Vindicat W, Ben Maher on Triple X III and Nick Skelton on Big Star. Tina Fletcher on Hello Sailor will be the travelling reserve. Tim Stockdale failed to get back on form in time, after breaking his neck last year.

01 July, 2012  •  British Showjumping  •  Full story