Meet the ‘carthorse cob’ who became a hunter of a lifetime *H&H Plus*

Meet Caroline Bullen’s handsome “carthorse cob”, who proved to be impressively nimble and who “knows better than anyone”, as she shares the story behind her brilliant hunter to Octavia Pollock

Caroline Bullen and Hobnob

We all love it when a purchase turns out to be better than expected. “I wanted a carthorse cob, something sensible and safe to lead children from,” remembers Caroline Bullen, joint-master of the Staff College Drag Hunt. “Hobnob was advertised on HorseQuest as a five-year-old happy hacker, owned by a nice lady who hadn’t jumped […]

Geoff Billington: These are desperate times *H&H Plus*

Geoff Billington reflects on the consequences of a second lockdown, “confusion and lack of transparency”, remembering a friend and why he thinks he should appear on a certain TV programme

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This has been another really tough month for the equestrian industry as things have ground to a halt once again. Since the announcement came at the start of November that England was returning to lockdown, I have had to cancel all the clinics I had planned in the run-up to Christmas; at this time of […]

Bristol De Mai crowned king of Haydock for a third time *H&H Plus*

Bristol De Mai proves he’s the ultimate definition of horses for courses by taking his third Betfair Chase. Marcus Armytage shares his insight on the race with input from the grey’s trainer and jockey, and finds out where the horse’s ultimate aim will be this season…

Bristol De Mai ridden by Daryl Jacob on their way to winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock Racecourse.

When Bristol De Mai won his first Betfair Chase in 2017, he beat Cue Card 57 lengths, earning him the highest rating at the time in jump racing. On Saturday, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ grey returned to his favourite track to win the race for a third time. The nine-year-old has never quite captured the imagination like […]

‘I don’t ride, but I know how to sell a ticket’ – Life as Olympia’s marketing and projects director *H&H Plus*

Jo Peck shares details on her varied and often fast-paced job, including the highs and lows, near-misses and mistakes, in a role that encompasses helping to deliver successful shows like Olympia

Olympia Friday Evening 20.12. 14 Jo Peck watches the jockey jumping

Jo Peck shares details on her varied and often fast-paced job, including the highs and lows, near-misses and mistakes, in a role that encompasses helping to deliver successful shows like Olympia

Why winter warm-ups matter *H&H Plus*

Easing horses into exercise in colder weather will help them stay injury-free and perform at their peak, explains Dr Susanna Ballinger MRCVS, who investigates the biology behind warming up and how to provide the best post-workout care, too

Tina with Paddy's Poem (Paddy) at brother Nick Gifford's racing yard

Easing horses into exercise in colder weather will help them stay injury-free and perform at their peak, explains Dr Susanna Ballinger MRCVS

Flexibility for Life with Team Hester *Promotion*

Promotional Feature with NAF

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Oakelbrook Mill is a hub of activity. Riders and horses quietly training while the dogs, peacocks and chickens happily go about their business. While NAF catches up with Carl Hester and Alan Davies, Valegro and Uthopia can be found relaxed in their stables right outside the main yard entrance.  “Valegro and Uthopia really enjoy the […]

Legends of the sport: Was superstar racehorse Brigadier Gerard better than the mighty Frankel? *H&H Plus*

Was Frankel definitely the best of all time or did Brigadier Gerard do even more within his era to earn that crown? The jury’s out, says Julian Muscat

Jockey Joe Mercer riding the horse ‘Brigadier Gerard’ at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse, England, July 24th 1972. (Photo by Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)

Was Frankel definitely the best of all time or did Brigadier Gerard do even more within his era to earn that crown? The jury’s out, says Julian Muscat

East Cornwall hunting report: ‘A fun, spoiling pack’ *H&H Plus*

The “correspondent’s curse” strikes as November gales hit Cornwall’s exposed moors, but the hunting community and a determined pack make for a memorable day nonetheless, writes Beanie Sturgis

Neil Starsmore and East Cornwall Hounds

The “correspondent’s curse” strikes as November gales hit Cornwall’s exposed moors, but the hunting community and a determined pack make for a memorable day nonetheless