The World Horse Welfare recently welcomed The Princess Royal – honorary president of the charity – to open a new visitor centre and indoor arena. This took place at the organisation's Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Aboyne in Scotland last week (September 19th). Around 100 invited guests including community members, supporters, media and government attended Princess Anne's unveiling … More →
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Dvinsky has set a British modern-era record for competing in the most races with his 218th start at a meeting in Wolverhampton on Friday (September 21st). The record-breaking 11-year-old is in his tenth season and was ridden for the 27th time by Tom McLaughlin. In doing so he beat Sharp Hat's five-year-old record upon finishing ninth in the 32Red.com Handicap … More →
The World Horse Welfare has given its support to the latest changes to the Grand National from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). It supports the responsible use of horses in sport and also advises British horse racing on welfare. The BHA announced changes to the set up of the famous race, with the start line now beginning 90 yards further … More →
A number of changes have been announced for the Grand National next year, following a safety review. An official inquiry was launched after the deaths of two horses in April's race – including Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised. Despite calls for the field size to be reduced, the authority has deemed that the maximum number of competitors will remain at … More →
The first ever horse show exclusively for rare breeds will be taking place in Buckinghamshire this weekend (September 22nd to 23rd). Rare Breeds Heritage Horse Show is being supported by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and ten of the 12 equine breeds on its watchlist will be in attendance. Held at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, the event will include in-hand … More →
The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) has joined forces with World Horse Welfare to provide an educational experience for schoolchildren. This was the first time that the BHEST delivered an educational day at a non-racing venue as its officials taught children from Great Hockham primary, Norfolk, about welfare and care of equines. Children, aged seven to eight, were … More →
The Paralympics was the most successful in history for British equestrian riders with a total tally of 11 medals, which included five gold and silver. By securing gold for the fifth consecutive Games, Britain's unbeaten Paralympic record remains intact. It was also the first time since the sport was included in the Games that Britain had riders in all the … More →
Bestselling author Jilly Cooper has put her weight behind the World Horse Welfare’s campaign to get the European Commission (EC) to introduce maximum journey limits for equines. It has previously pleaded with the EC to introduce legislation that will see horses transported over much shorter distances in mainland Europe. Ms Cooper is now backing the equine charity’s campaign, which is … More →
The official review into this year's Grand National is expected to be released at some point next week, with some expecting further changes to the course. Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised was one of two horses that died during the race on April 14th, alongside According to Pete. This was the second year running that there were two fatalities in … More →
Organisers at Cheltenham Racecourse have decided to reduce the amount of tickets available for Gold Cup day in 2013 to around 67,000. The flagship event of March's prestigious festival attracted 70,400 racegoers to the Prestbury Park site earlier this year to see Tony McCoy's Synchronised come out on top. Organisers have decided to cut the allocation just in case bad … More →
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