May 2014 News Headlines

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William Fox-Pitt tops Eventing world rankings
William Fox-Pitt is now 16 points ahead of Andrew Nicholson (NZ) who had headed the world rankings since the London 2012 Olympics. Fox-Pitt recently won the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event for the third time and now heads to Badminton with horses Cool Mountain, Parklane Hawk and Chilli Morning, hoping for a second win.

02 May, 2014  •  British Eventing  •  Full story

Do magnetic blankets help healthy horses?
Magnetic blankets are said to increase blood flow and reduce muscle tenderness and tension, thus helping to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. However a Swedish study on 10 healthy horses casts doubt on this. It showed that effect of a magnetic blanket on the back was not significantly different to the effect of a non-magnetc blanket.

02 May, 2014  •  Horse Talk NZ  •  Full story

First foal for showjumper Opportunity B
18 year old Opportunity B, a prolific winner on the GB showjumping circuit as well as competing in Nations Cups with Helen Tredwell, has given birth to a chestnut filly. The filly is the daughter of two Foxhunter champions, her dam winning in 2003 and her sire, Dutch Warmblood Luidam, winning in 1999.

01 May, 2014  •  British Showjumping  •  Full story

Is stallion performance under saddle affected by breeding?
A German study has concluded that semen collection from well-trained stallions does not affect their performance under saddle. Heart rate studies show that collection is only a moderate stressor. In addition, warm up exercise before breeding could help prevent injuries to hind legs or the back during collection.

01 May, 2014  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Chance to present the Boomerang Trophy at the Hickstead Derby
Buy an Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Community polo shirt and you could win a VIP weekend at Hickstead and the chance to present the famous Boomerang Trophy to the Derby winner.

01 May, 2014  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story