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2014 RoR Elite HOYS Show Series Champion - Flaygray ridden and owned by Faye Hesketh
2014 Joint RoR Elite Eventing Champion - Squadron Leader ridden by Daniele Bizzarro owned by Jane Arnold
2014 Joint RoR Elite Eventing Champion - Ortolan ridden by Polly Stockton and owned by Stella & Allen Stennett
Weathering Winter by RoR's Ask The Expert Rowena Cook
One minute it is cool and wet, then we are frozen out, then its so warm its better than the average British Spring! Such drastic changes in the weather does cause difficulties for owners, particularly for those with horses living out 24/7 or out by day and in at night.
One being the rugging dilemma, just as it is important that a horse is kept warm, equally so, he does not want to be overheated either. With these sorts of conditions it is all too easy for a horse to catch a chill (because, however mild it is, it is not like summer weather where the atmosphere is generally drier).
At the times you do see your horse in proper daylight it is important to check him over thoroughly for any little cuts and bumps. Make sure also that all is well with shoes and that the feet are generally in a healthy condition. Mud fever is the most common winter ailment; the quicker it is detected and treated the better.
Whilst your horse may have gone into the winter carrying a nice bit of condition, often as we head into February/March, horses can drop weight for seemingly no apparent reason. There is an array of conditioning feeds on the market but linseed is one of the most beneficial additions to the diet.
Remember that cold muscles are tight muscles so allow extra time for your warm-up. Some livery yards restrict grazing over the winter to limit poaching; if you are concerned about getting on a horse that has not been able to let off some of his natural exuberance in the field, then give him a 5-10 minute lunge before getting on.
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RoR Horse of the Year Champion 2014
Retrained racehorse 13-year-old Whatcanyasay was named RoR Horse of the Year at the inaugural RoR Awards ceremony in November 2014. Winning this award, which was sponsored by The Jockey Club, came as a genuine surprise to Whatcanyasay’s owner, 23-year-old Robyn Gray.
RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said; “RoR chose to recognise Whatcanyasay because he has achieved so much since he retired from racing, taking part in the RoR series of competitions to great success and retraining in such a diverse range of equestrian sports.”
Whatcanyasay was in training with Evelyn Slack and ran 46 times over hurdles and fences winning on four occasions, until he retired from racing in 2011. Since his retirement Whatcanysay has excelled in his new career with the RoR series of competitions, competing in a range of equine disciplines including eventing, cross country, hunting and dressage with his forte being Showing.
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