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Swish support at Bramham!


New brand, Swish Equestrian, is supporting this year’s Bramham International Horse Trials by providing rugs for the top three placings in the three eventing classes. “Swish Equestrian is a new brand which is dedicated to providing horses with high quality rugs and accessories whilst offering great value for money,” explains Vanessa Paver, the brains behind Swish Equestrian. “We’re proud to be sponsoring Bramham Horse Trials and hope that the riders who win our rugs will be pleased with their prize.”

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Saumur. A Happy Hunting Ground for British Riders


Saumur CDI proved a happy hunting ground for British riders with several new combinations finding their feet and more established riders stamping their authority on the proceedings.A 70.85% score from Fiona Bigwood (pictured) in the grand prix boosted an otherwise inexperienced senior team to clinch third for the Brits in the nations cup ahead of Germany. Bigwood from Horsham in West Sussex went on to take second in the grand prix special (71.17%) and third in the grand prix freestyle (72.55%) partnered with her 11 year old Wie Weltmeyer gelding Wie Atlantico. "We’ve been working hard all winter and I was hoping to do well but you can never be sure. I really feel as though we’ve turned a corner, it was a great show and we all left with smiles on our faces!"

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GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW: TUESDAY 13 – THURSDAY 15 JULY 2010


Show set for outstanding equine entries. New classes and record prize money mean equine classes at the Great Yorkshire Show are set to attract an exceptionally high calibre of competition this year. The three-day event, which takes place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 July in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is England’s premier agricultural show and is expecting around 2,000 entries in the equine section alone. A great chance to see outstanding examples of different horse breeds, it is always hugely popular with visitors and this year offers prize money totalling £46,434.

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AP deserves National recognition


The Professional Jockeys Association would like to see Tony McCoy shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on the back of his famous victory in the John Smith's Grand National. The soon-to-be 15-times champion jockey finally added the Aintree feature to his list of big-race triumphs on his bulging CV by steering home Don't Push It on Saturday. And in a glowing tribute to McCoy, who is a director and a joint president, the PJA's chief executive Kevin Darley said: "AP is a wonderful ambassador for our sport, and we are lucky to have him." He added: "Hopefully, we can now look forward to him making the shortlist for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year - then the whole nation would get a chance to show their appreciation of his talents and achievements as a sportsman."

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Twenty Three riders qualify for World Class Development Championship at the British Open Show Jumping Championships


A total of twenty-three riders have qualified for the World Class Development Programme Championship and it’s supporting competition, the World Class Development Programme Pathfinder that are being held at The British Open Show Jumping Championships in Birmingham’s LG Arena on the 7th and 8th April 2010. From seven qualifying competitions held across the country attracting over two hundred entries, the top twenty-three horse and rider combinations based on points from best their four results, will now come forward to jump in this prestigious competition, which is open to riders aged 23 years or under. In consultation between British Showjumping and Grandstand Media, who run the British Open Show Jumping Championships, it was agreed that the four riders who were equal with 28 points; Lucy Guild, William Whitaker, Nicole Pavitt and Fionn Mcsharry would qualify to compete, therefore allowing an extra combination from the stipulated number of twenty-two riders in the original rules.

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