The British Equestrian Federation is launching its annual This Girl Can Ride campaign, which encourages women to take up or return to riding. The campaign starts with a national ‘Give Horses a Go’ day on Sunday 13th September when women can enjoy a free riding session at one of more than 40 approved riding stables across the country. A list of participating venues is available on www.hoofride.co.uk.
Japan and Australia (whose Edwina Tops-Alexander is pictured below aboard Lintea Tequila) have claimed the last two tickets for the Rio Olympics at the Group G FEI qualifier that took place in Hagen, Germany, on Tuesday, August 25. The full list of teams now qualified for Jumping at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA.
Just a few days after Tom Jackson and Waltham Fiddlers Find stepped in to replace Flora Harris and Bayano in the team that will represent Britain at Blair Castle’s European Eventing Championships, BE have announced that the pair are now out of the competition after Waltham Fiddlers Find suffered a slight setback. As a result, Wills Oakden and Greystone Midnight Melody have now been called in to substitute them.
The FEI has set out to develop performance standards for showjumping surfaces following a meeting among 36 equestrian, veterinary and footing specialists from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and United States. Their ultimate aim is to provide consistent surfaces for all the major showjumping events from 2016.