Is this the most idyllic dressage yard in Britain?

With husband-and-wife dressage duo Richard and Gill Davison both riding at the top level and their sons competing in showjumping, Horse & Hound looks around the family’s multi-discipline yard in Staffordshire

Don’t miss the full feature about Richard and Gill Davison’s yard in today’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (20 July 2017)

A former dairy farm dating back to 1790, the beautiful red-brick buildings ooze character and charm and have been lovingly and thoughtfully restored into the equestrian jewel the property is today

With husband-and-wife dressage duo Richard and Gill Davison both riding at the top level and their sons competing in showjumping, Horse & Hound looks around the family’s multi-discipline yard in Staffordshire

Al Shira’aa: Unfolding the Map

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Kate Moisson and Tom O’Brien at Al Shira’aa’s UK operations in Surrey
Photo © Selene Scarsi
A Walk on the Premises

Al Shira’aa Stables was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support, develop and promote all aspects of equestrian sports and horse care, both in the Middle East and on a more global level. Al Shira’aa’s main base, in the heart of Abu Dhabi, hosts a wide variety of horses, from broodmares to youngsters, from top-level showjumpers to retired horses, with a particularly keen involvement in showjumping, as demonstrated both by Al Shira’aa’s support of the junior and YR showjumping teams in the UAE, and by the recently-established, substantial sponsorship agreement with the iconic Hickstead international to sponsor their Derby show and the Derby Class itself for the next three years.

Al Shira’aa: Unfolding the Map

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Kate Moisson and Tom O’Brien at Al Shira’aa’s UK operations in Surrey
Photo © Selene Scarsi
A Walk on the Premises

Al Shira’aa Stables was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support, develop and promote all aspects of equestrian sports and horse care, both in the Middle East and on a more global level. Al Shira’aa’s main base, in the heart of Abu Dhabi, hosts a wide variety of horses, from broodmares to youngsters, from top-level showjumpers to retired horses, with a particularly keen involvement in showjumping, as demonstrated both by Al Shira’aa’s support of the junior and YR showjumping teams in the UAE, and by the recently-established, substantial sponsorship agreement with the iconic Hickstead international to sponsor their Derby show and the Derby Class itself for the next three years.

BD’s new look web schedule section

Morning website visitors!

If you’re heading off to our schedules section today, you’ll notice a new look! It’s part of the first of our three phase IT project, in conjunction with Horse Monkey, around our in house competition systems which drive schedules, results, qualifications and membership.

This first phase focuses on the interface for our organisers to input their schedules you see on the website and in the magazine to provide a simple, easy to use system. The portal was launched to organisers on 4 July and now it’s your turn.

You’ll soon see there’s a very different look and feel to the section – but all the information you’ll need about the event is still there, just packaged in a different way.

One huge new benefit that you’ll notice is the search facility has been hugely improved – hurrah! Before, you could search on venue or county but now…you can search on just about anything.

  •  Search a range of dates
  •  You can add a selection of counties, not just one.
  •  You can search on level – and have a scroll of the list as freestyle and para competitions are included now.
  •  You can search by test – want to practice a certain test, maybe for your regionals? You can find a venue running it!
  •  Searching for a qualifier to get those last minute Regionals points? The new system will let you.
  •  You can even search on competitions by the day of the week they run.
  •  So if you’re looking for a Novice Gold Freestyle in August on a Thursday in Shropshire, you can ask the new system to search for you (although we can’t promise there is one).

There are a few more improvements being looked at – and do let us have any feedback on this new look and improved search.

On to Phase II…results! We’ll be looking to launch sometime early in the New Year with this one so you’ll have a little bit of a wait, but it’ll be worth it.