July / August 2006 Issue
From August 9-13, the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show will take over the entire RDS complex in the heart of Dublin.
Feeding is one of the most crucial factors in determining the performance of a horse; therefore, it is no surprise that there are so many opinions and preferences when it comes to feeding for performance.
A neatly plaited mane and tail put the finishing touch to a good turnout for competing. Plaiting at least the mane is considered polite for dressage, and may be the norm in some showing classes, but it is not always correct to plait...
Wearing the right gear to get you noticed is all part of the showing scene. We talk to showman Robert Walker and get his advice on what to wear.
Next time you search out the photographer at a show to ask for a memento of your special day, spare a thought for the hard work and long hours that go on behind the scenes. Ireland’s Equestrian looks at a day in the life of equestrian photographer Jim Prime.
The first two-day meeting on the southern circuit was held at Central Track on the Bank Holiday weekend, June 4 & 5. Jackie Cowan reports.
Ponies (UK) Grand Spectacular
The second annual Ponies (UK) Northern Ireland Festival was recently held against the magnificent setting of Necarne Castle, Irvinstown. Leonora Curry reports…
Sweet Itch is a distressing condition that can make your horse or pony miserable. We asked the BHS for some advice on how to deal with this troublesome complaint.
The population of the world, currently estimated to be six billion, is dwarfed by the microbial community found in the horse’s digestive tract. Biotal’s Nick Berni explains the need for balance in the equine gut.
Polocrosse Gets Popular
Northern Ireland’s first major polocrosse tournament has been held at David and Sally Corbett’s polo pitch at Tyrella, County Down.
Eleanor Flegg reports…
N I Mounted Games
Carol Prime reports… Once again this season seems to have started almost as soon as the last finished with scarcely time for a well-earned break for the ponies over the winter.
Mathew Lawrence Interviewed
By Marina Wray and Norma Spur... The Northern Ireland Connemara Pony Breeders Association (www.niconnemaras.com) invited Mathew Lawrence over to Danescroft, Lisburn in April to give a masterclass on producing and showing Mountain and Moorland (M&M) ponies, hunters and cobs.
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