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, […]

Stephen Clarke: ‘Judges need competition practice, too’ *H&H Plus*

Stephen Clarke on how judges have had to adapt to challenges in 2020.

Stephen Clarke is a five-star international judge and has held the position of FEI dressage judge general since 2013.

Stephen Clarke judging at the European Championships.

No one could have imagined a year ago that the world would be plunged into the dreadful crisis we now find ourselves in. But in it we are, and we have had no choice but to sink or swim. Fortunately the human race is very adaptable, and we can take heart from all the examples […]

DSP Rose Of Bavaria — meet Laura Tomlinson’s ‘future podium and workaholic’ grand prix ride *H&H Plus*

Laura Tomlinson’s stunning mare turned plenty of heads at the 2020 National Grand Prix Championships. Polly Bryan hears more about her

AAA with Laura Tomlinson Rose of Bavaria at her yard; Cranmore Farm, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire in the UK, on the 17th March 2020

Need to know DSP Rose Of Bavaria Age: 11 Breeding: Bordeaux x Florestan I Studbook: DSP (BAVAR) Breeders: Rainer and Heidi Heuschmann Rider: Laura Tomlinson Owners: rider and Ursula Bechtolsheimer Greatest achievements: winner, grand prix special at Le Mans CDI3* February 2020; fourth with 75.46% in the grand prix, fifth with 79.95% in freestyle at […]

The Horse & Hound Podcast 33: Charlotte Dujardin | Horses that hate being clipped | News round-up

In our 33rd weekly episode of the first series of The Horse & Hound Podcast, British Olympic medal-winning dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin talks to H&H dressage editor Polly Bryan, where they discuss her top horses and finding new ways of training during lockdown, among other topics. Moving on to the week’s top news stories, our news editor Eleanor Jones, senior news writer Lucy Elder and news writer Becky Murray join Pippa to discuss what Brexit means for the horse world, especially in terms of travelling horses abroad, how riding schools are coping during the coronavirus pandemic and wearing body protectors in showing. We also welcome back equine trainer Jason Webb, who talks about how to best cope with horses that don’t like being clipped.

Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle at the National Grand Prix Championship 2020

Episode 33 of The Horse & Hound Podcast, our popular audio service available exclusively every Thursday morning for our H&H Plus subscribers, is now live. Each episode is available for all H&H fans to listen to 24hrs after its early release to our H&H Plus members. Search for “The Horse & Hound Podcast” in your […]

*Exclusive* Charlotte Dujardin on her tough 2019, going back to basics and a very special youngster *H&H Plus*

The double Olympic champion chats to Polly Bryan about the highs and lows of 2020, and how her training methods have developed

Charlotte Dujardin and MSJ Freestyle - Oaklebrook Mill, Mailswick, Newent, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom - 12 March 2018

For Charlotte Dujardin, 2020 was supposed to be a huge year. She and Mount St John Freestyle were gearing up for the World Cup Final and then the Olympic Games, Charlotte’s first appearance at each since the heady days of Valegro. She entered the year on a high, riding the wave of a euphoric Olympia […]