Saturday, May 23, 2009

Caring For Your Veteran Horse

Do you own a veteran horse?
Horses are generally classed as 'veteran' once they reach 15 years and above. As horses grow older, their needs change with regards to care and management. If you have a veteran horse read our article 'Caring For Your Veteran Horse' provided by the Veteran Horse Welfare Society.

Once your horse reaches its veteran stage of life it doesn't have to mean that
you can't stop enjoying showing and riding. You just have to make sure that you undertake activities at a level that suits your horse's health and fitness. 'Veteran Horse Showing' is run by the Veteran Horse Society. Veteran Horse Showing hold the only affiliated showing series for older horses in the UK. Members of Veteran Horse Showing can enjoy a wide range of showing classes and Veteran Horse Dressage. You can even qualify for Olympia through the Veteran Horse Showing series. Find more details at the Veteran Horse Showing website.

Images and Information provided by The Veteran Horse Society and Veteran Horse Showing.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Robert Whitaker Wins British Open Show Jumping Championships - Again!

Robert Whitaker retains the title at the British Open Show Jumping Championships on Sunday for the third time running. Robert claimed the £25,000 prize on his mother's 14 year old gelding 'Lacroix' who he rode throughout the rigorous 4 day event. In second place came Nathalie Vand De Mei (NED) and in third place Robert Smith (GBR).

Robert Whitaker began competing in Show Jumping at the age of 8 and now at 26 years old is ranked second with the British Show Jumping Association. It is plain to see that Robert is following in the footsteps of his father John Whitaker and Uncle, Michael Whitaker and is definitely a budding star for British Show Jumping.

See the full write up from the British Open Championships 2009 in next week's Horse and Hound 30th April. 

Image Source: Horse and Hound Website

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

British Open Show Jumping - Extra Tickets Released

Despite the UK recession looming over us, the tickets for the British Open Show Jumping Championships are selling like hot cakes!

Tickets for Friday have sold out, with a record number of tickets sold for Friday's event. However, the organizers have now released additional tickets to avoid disappointing some of the people who want to attend the event on Friday the 17th of April.

Visit British Open Show Jumping site for details. 

Image Source: BOSJ

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Create & Share Horse Photo Albums

You can now create free horse photo albums on EquiPortal and share them with your friends.

Step 1 - Upload
Upload your photos. Crop and edit them online and even add text and effects if you like.

Step 2 - Arrange
Arrange your photos in to albums and optionally add titles and descriptions.

Step 3 - Share
Use the links in your photo album to share individual photos or whole albums. We provide the code so all you have to do is paste it in to your favourite website, blog, email or forum. You can also choose to show your album on our rated horse photos page

This is what it looks like when you share an album

This is what it looks like when you share a photo

Friday, April 3, 2009

British Open Show Jumping Championships

British Open Show Jumping Championships 2009  - Only 12 days to go!

When: Thursday 16th April - Sunday 19th April
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Cost: Adult Tickets from £25

Over four days you can enjoy:

Show Jumping
Top International riders compete for the richest single class in British indoor show jumping, offering a total prize fund of over £150,000. The best ten British riders are invited including Robert Whitaker who will be competing to defend his title.

Show Jumping Format:
  • Championship classes run every day
  • On Saturday the top twenty riders will be taken forward to the final
  • The British Open Final takes place on Sunday
Additional ShowJumping Classes
  • International Accumulator
  • British Open Puissance (Friday)
  • BEF World Class Development Programme - 2 classes for the UK's top twenty young riders under the age of 23

Indoor Cross Country (Sat)
Riders include Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips

Other Competitions
  •  Scurry Driving
The top UK scurry drivers take part in this exciting, high speed sport.
  • Barrel Racing
This is a fast and furious rodeo discipline requiring speed, accuracy and agility, with an exciting final on Sunday to determine the British Open Barrel Racing Champion.

Parelli Zone
There will be a dedicated arena for Parelli this year, with daily demonstrations and seminars.

Displays and Entertainment
  • Jean Francois Pignon
The world famous horseman will provide a new performance for this years event, demionstrating his unique and inspiring display of horsemanship with his beautiful white horses.
  • Metropolitan Police Activity Ride
Eight active Police Officers and their horses will demonstrate their level of skill and agility, which includes jumping through fire.
  • Arena Polo (Sat & Sun)
Top professional arena polo players will compete to claim the Champions title.

  • Celebrity Arena Polo (Sunday)
Katie Price and Amy Guy (AKA Siren from Gladiators) will play in the celebrity arena polo match as Team Captains, to show off the new skills they have learnt for this fast paced game.

There are even more retail stands in the Shopping Pavillion this year, including the Parelli Zone.

Ticket Prices
Depending on where you sit, adult tickets cost:
£45.00 / £35.00 / £25.00

Images sourced from British Open Show Jumping Website

Sunday, March 22, 2009

FEI Launch Online Equestrian Video Network - was launched on the 19th of March, offering users videos and live coverage from National and International equestrian events.

Coverage from major FEI events will include:
  •     Rolex FEI World Cup TM Jumping
  •     HSBC FEI World Cup TM Eventing
  •     FEI World Cup TM Dressage and Driving
  •     Meydan FEI Nations Cup TM
Users can choose to watch footage from the video archive or see live footage from around the globe. The first live coverage is today (22nd March 09) this season's final qualifies of the Rolex FEI World Cup TM Jumping in the Netherlands.

The Cost
According to FEI.TV, the online footage can be accessed through a combination of free-to-air and subscription. I have had a good look around the site and can't find any information regarding the 'free-to-air' content. If you select our chosen footage you get taken to the subscription page.
The subscription fees for accessing the footage are in US Dollars or Euros, at current exchange rates, GBP subscription prices are:

Annual Pass:

One Week Pass:

Day Pass:

This does seem like a good way of watching International equestrian events in the comfort of your own home, but is it worth the price tag? Join EquiPortal Discussion

Saturday, March 21, 2009

EquiPortal - the friendly horse forum

EquiPortal prides itself on having a friendly horse forum, allowing members the freedom to put across their own opinions and advice without causing offence to any other members. We have now introduced the 'Hows my karma' button for each post which allows members to rate how friendly / helpful other members are.

  • If you see a post from another member and think they are being rude / offensive simply click the minus button (-)
  • If you think they are being friendly and helpful click the plus button (+)
Keep up the good karma!