‘I never wanted it to end’: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on her legendary partnership with Shutterfly *H&H Plus*

This sensitive soul may have relaxed to classical music in his stable, but in the arena he was a powerhouse, says Jennifer Donald, winning a hat-trick of World Cup Finals

“Everyone dreams of having a wonderful partnership in their lives, whether it’s with a husband or a child — in my case, it was with a horse,” says Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, talking of course about Shutterfly. The exquisitely beautiful bay gelding was a powerhouse in the ring, helping his petite rider secure victory in three World […]

William Funnell and John Whitaker hero-to-hero interview: on confidence, patience, falling off and more *H&H Plus*

John Whitaker has inspired generations of riders, not least William Funnell. The pair sit down to discuss horsemanship, riding Milton, keeping motivated and years of friendship…

Robert Smith on mariums Claudius, WHITAKER Michael (GBR) & MOZART DES HAYETTES, William Funnell on Cortaflex Mondriaan, John whitaker on PEPPERMILL

William: I have admired your quiet consistency with horses since I was a kid, so it made a big impact years later when you sent your horse Barry Bug for me to ride. To go on to win the leading showjumper at Horse of the Year Show on a horse owned by you was a […]

‘A very dear friend has left us’: farewell to Butterfly Flip

Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson and her horse Butterfly Flip clear an obstacle to take the 4th place 09 December 2007 during the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Geneva. Ludger Beerbaum on his horse All Inclusive won ahead of Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on his horse Shutterfly and Ireland’s Jessica Kurten on his horse Libertina (ex-aequo). AFP PHOTO/FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

“RIP dear Flippan, you are for ever in my heart”

All in a day’s work: supergroom Mark Beever, who looked after Big Star *H&H Plus*

Nick Skelton’s long-term groom Mark Beever on unruly manes, swearing in front of Princess Anne and having a demi-perm to look like John Francome, as told to Jennifer Donald

Groom Mark Beever and Nick Skelton GBR riding Big Star in the Individual Final of the Show Jumping Competition at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro near Rio, Brazil on 19th August 2016

None of my family was horsey but I’ve always loved racing and I learned to ride aged 10 at Dulwich Riding School alongside Dane Rawlins. We used to have competitions for condition and turnout in Hyde Park with all the other riding schools from the area. Riding in the ring has never interested me, I’ve […]