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38th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists – Horse in Art

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

Some of the most celebrated equestrian artists will be exhibiting at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, Museum of the Horse, Tuxford from 23rd September to 7th October. The 38th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists – Horse in Art 2017 will see more than 100 paintings on show including works in all mediums, from paintings...

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Lowther Hound Show 2017

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017
Written by: Neil Salisbury

Once again, hunters and hounds gathered in Cumbria for the annual Lowther Hound Show, held this year on the 12th and 13th August.  Despite some inclement weather in the weeks prior to the show, the field was in good condition, drying out nicely until rain came early on the Saturday morning.  However this did not...

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In Search of the Kerry Beagle

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017
Written by: Noel Mullins

‘In Search of the Kerry Beagle’ is a fascinating book by huntsman, journalist, author, broadcaster, poet and producer of Irish Draught Horses and Connemara Ponies Stanislaus Lynch, the only Irish writer to be awarded two Olympic Diplomas for the Literature of the Chase at the London Games in1948, and Helsinki in 1952. He was also...

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Studying the Effect of a Rider’s Weight on Horses

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017
Written by: Mark Andrews

Researchers at the Animal Heath Trust are looking for volunteers for an important study that aims to develop guidelines for appropriate rider weight for horses. It’s not just horses that have been piling on the pounds recently. Some riders’ weights have crept up so that now they risk harming the horses they ride. Sometimes it...

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Low Cost Insurance for Hunters Through Lycetts

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
Written by: Anna Goodley

Hunting can be a dangerous business for both rider and horse and while we can be carried off in an ambulance to the waiting arms of the NHS, horses unfortunately do not benefit from the same free treatment. For minor injuries, insurance for hunters may not be required. After all ‘Dr Green’ and a period...

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Why Advocates of the Hunting Act are Running Scared of Repeal

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Written by: Jim Barrington

 James Barrington is a former Executive Director of the League Against Cruel Sports. He is now an animal welfare consultant to Countryside Alliance, Council of Hunting Associations and the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. The sight of John Prescott, with his leader Jeremy Corbyn in the background, pulling a toy fox out of a...

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Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017
Written by: Dr Helen Brook

The announcement on 9th May that the Prime Minister intends to hold a free vote in Parliament with a view to overturning the Hunting Act took a lot of people by surprise.  While many were aware of her pro-hunting views, the timing (only 1 month before the UK General Election) may be either a blessing…

New Chairman for South Herefordshire Hunt

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

Major Patrick Darling has recently taken over as Chairman of the South Herefordshire Hunt in Wormelow. Major Darling farms the Caradoc Estate at Sellack, near Ross-on-Wye. He is a church warden at St Tysilios at Sellack and a keen huntsman. In June 2016, the BBC released film footage which appeared to show fox cubs being...

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Curator of Hunting Leaves Welsh National Museum.

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

Dylan Jones, currently Curator of the Sporting, Hunting and Weapons collections and exhibits The Welsh National Museum at St. Fagan’s near Cardiff, will be leaving the museum at the end of March to start his own business. The Hunting collection at the Museum is small but holds some truly wonderful items.  Sadly, despite all of Dylan’s hard...

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Equine Bedding Infection Risk

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

A study reported  in Equine Science News  looked at various materials used in stables to provide bedding for horses. Properties such as dust content, ease of cleaning, comfort, absorbency and cost are often considered. But what about resistance to infection? Researchers at Nottingham Trent University, led by Kelly Yarnell, have been investigating how well some...

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