Breeding against the odds: how the industry has coped and adapted during Covid-19 *H&H Plus*

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world on its head. Alice Collins investigates how breeders have fared, and the impact Covid-19 has had on the market

Emma Blundell, Jill Blundell, MSJ Amaya and her foal Dylan by Damsey RM

Life as we know it is on hold, at least for now. But when breeders make their decisions, they’re required to look to the following year. So how do they think the pandemic has shifted the landscape and what might come next? Many in the breeding world have been forced to adapt in this torrid […]

Verdades: the sensational dressage horse who ‘trotted like a hackney’

It’s all thanks to the determination of his only rider that this sensitive gelding defied the odds to become one of dressage’s inspirations, discovers Alice Collins

Verdades, dressage horse
Laura Graves riding Verdades in the grand prix special at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018.

It’s all thanks to the determination of his only rider that this sensitive gelding defied the odds to become one of dressage’s inspirations

Starting young horses: the secrets to success from some of the industry’s best *H&H Plus*

A sound foundation is essential for young horses, regardless of which discipline they follow. Alice Collins finds out how the Billy babies start out

Will Plunkett getting on young Billy Stud horse Billy Candle. They could barely touch her 2 weeks before!

Having backed over 1,000 of them over the past quarter-century, Will Plunkett (pictured throughout) is well versed in starting young horses. He gives 50 Billy Stud three-year-olds their basic training every year. “I’ve broken horses for everything; eventing, showjumping, dressage, Arabs, for racing – even a Shire horse,” says Will. His diverse CV is testament […]

Salinero: the jumping-bred horse who hated halting but became a double Olympic dressage champion *H&H Plus*

Behind the gawky facade of this sensitive soul lay an outstanding talent. Alice Collins uncovers the story of a powerhouse who set global dressage alight

AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 05: Anky van Grunsven of Netherlands is seen on Ips Salinero during the Deutsche Bank Prize Grand Prix Dressage of Aachen on July 5, 2009 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

How a jumping-bred horse who hated halting became a double Olympic dressage champion is no mystery to his long-time rider, Anky van Grunsven. In fact, Salinero’s renowned inability to stand still in tests was also the foundation of his strength: energy in bucketloads and an ever-brimming desire to work. That, coupled with his extraordinary movement, […]

Legends of the sport: Totilas — ‘one of the most beautiful things I ever saw’ *H&H Plus*

The black stallion and his phenomenal scores lit up the dressage world. Alice Collins tracks his path to fame and the story behind his high-profile sale

A file picture made available on 18 August 2015 of dressage horse Totilas belonging to Dutchman Edward Gal biting a bouquet presented by businesswoman Marina Meggle, at the victory ceremony of the Grand Prix Special at the CHIO Aachen 2010 eque |

Few horses have owned the spotlight like the magnificent Totilas. Under Edward Gal, he set fire to the dressage scene with an almost 80% grand prix at their first international, when Totilas was just nine. They swept the board from summer 2009 to September 2010, winning everything there was to be won. But unlike Britain’s […]

H&H interview: Edward Gal — ‘riding to Totilas’ music again gave me goosebumps’

“He’s like a clone of his father; the same white feet, the same head, and even his expression. He’s so like Totilas it’s almost scary” — a look-alike Totilas son could contend next year’s Olympics with his sire’s former rider. Alice Collins asks Edward Gal about Glock’s Toto Jr and his other top horses

Edward Gal

Not much of note happened in the competitive sphere in summer 2020. But one black horse with a striking similarity to his famous father made a quiet debut at grand prix level at a national show in the Netherlands in July. The Dutch darling, Olympic dressage rider Edward Gal, showed the enthusiastic (though minimal, thanks […]

Horse & Hound’s 100 Greatest Horses Of All Time: Valegro *H&H Plus*

Horse & Hound celebrates the legendary dressage horse with a penchant for eating, who gifted Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin with ‘all the knowledge in the world’ by speaking to those closest to him…

Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro at London 2012.

Born in 2002, Valegro is the dressage wonderhorse who, with his rider Charlotte Dujardin, wowed the world, winning title after title and setting new records in all three types of grand prix. Valegro, who is by Negro and out of Maifleur (by Gershwin), belongs to Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott. He has lived at Carl’s […]