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    If he can do the job well, don't school him at...

    If he can do the job well, don't school him at home over the same patterns. Give him different tasks, make him think, stop him from 'knowing' what comes next so he has to listen to you rather than...
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    The UK has a different racing culture: a lot more...

    The UK has a different racing culture: a lot more variation in distance and running mainly on turf, all year round (therefore highly variable going) and the race courses are each very different from...
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    According to Channel 4 racing, Balthazar King is...

    According to Channel 4 racing, Balthazar King is due to leave hospital next week and will spend the summer turned out to grass, back with his owner.
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    I've never had any problem with half chaps and...

    I've never had any problem with half chaps and boots in even the roughest country, in fact, they are my preferred choice on exotic riding vacations. They are also a lot more forgiving around the...
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    I regard jump racing as the savior of the TB...

    I regard jump racing as the savior of the TB since it proves they still remain a tough, sound and competitive breed that can take the work and have good minds. Particularly when compared with the...
  6. Horse riding in France is really well organised...

    Horse riding in France is really well organised and generally of high standard in horse care and riding skill. The whole country is sub-divided into regions that promote horse sport of all kinds...
  7. I think it is a culture thing. To my European...

    I think it is a culture thing. To my European eyes the American forward seat has lost the tremendous elegance and flexibility evident in riders from the 1960s. Now it looks very forced and,...
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    The island is beautiful in a Mediterranean kind...

    The island is beautiful in a Mediterranean kind of way: hot as hell in the summer, dry for months of the year and can be very dusty and rocky but, in season, full of flowers and brilliant colours and...
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    Ahh hah. Maybe he inherited the coat from his...

    Ahh hah. Maybe he inherited the coat from his grandfather.... Nothing like good equipment built to last. Some coats I have seen could probably go hunting on their own, they have been around for so...
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    There is a constant and ancient tension in the UK...

    There is a constant and ancient tension in the UK between 'racing' and 'betting' since the bookmakers (big organisations such as Ladbrookes, Paddy Power, William Hill etc etc) claim racing is funded...
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    The Chid & Lec have black velvet collars... the...

    The Chid & Lec have black velvet collars... the mystery continues
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    Yup, a fist in the face resulting in a visit to...

    Yup, a fist in the face resulting in a visit to the local hospital is certainly 'free speech'. Regardless of Clarkson's immense popularity, or the huge money the BBC makes from Top Gear, the basic...
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    The child is wearing her Pony Club tie and dad is...

    The child is wearing her Pony Club tie and dad is a professional hunt servant as he is carrying a white whip. The hunt coat is blue with a number of buttons, front and back, and a green collar... so...
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    As a UK outsider looking in, here are a couple of...

    As a UK outsider looking in, here are a couple of thoughts:

    a) The level of everyday competition is high in the UK. Even Olympic riders start their own horses at the lowest level and so compete...
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    BE on safety in the sport...

    BE on safety in the sport http://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/page.aspx?section=202 which, as an outside observer, seems to be more factual and definitive than the USEA equivalent web page.
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  16. There are practical implications to this FEI...

    There are practical implications to this FEI rule.

    When fence judging, we check frangible pins frequently to make a visual assessment of any movement or deformation of the pin. There is no...
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    Carl Hester purchased Valegro after he failed a...

    Carl Hester purchased Valegro after he failed a stallion grading in The Netherlands. A "strong little stamp and although there wasn't a lot to see in his free movement he had a great hind leg in...
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    That is a really odd problem! If you are not...

    That is a really odd problem! If you are not allergic to any other fabrics, detergents etc I would have thought that it is not an allergic reaction. Have you tried a pre-tied tie? That might not be...
  19. Interesting comment from Bruce Haskell (who is...

    Interesting comment from Bruce Haskell (who is ERA President) on the unintended consequences of an the FEI rule...
  20. Background to research and development of...

    Background to research and development of frangible pins
    http://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/page.aspx?section=902
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    If you are eventing, ask a BE accredited trainer....

    If you are eventing, ask a BE accredited trainer. If you are show jumping, the BS youth programme has coaches available at shows to offer help and advice. Bitting depends on the horse, the rider and...
  22. Hunter trials are usually competitions run over...

    Hunter trials are usually competitions run over XC fences over natural ground. Days of my youth, they used to be over natural fences of the type the local hunt would meet (to show off your hunter or...
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    Precautionary principle? As it happens, BE have...

    Precautionary principle? As it happens, BE have not be able to raise the money to pay for the research on hat cams.
  24. As Gumtree said, just give it a go. Don't let...

    As Gumtree said, just give it a go. Don't let yourself be put off by the dress code and strange language. Basically you are following a load of dogs chasing around the countryside and no one says you...
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    This is the statement from BE to clarify the...

    This is the statement from BE to clarify the rule: http://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/news/item.aspx?id=5313

    BE is probably the leading authority on safety in eventing and has consistently...
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