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

‘Talent isn’t enough’: how to make the jump from being a successful young rider to an elite senior rider *H&H Plus*

Not everyone makes the jump from young riders to elite level. Eleanor Jones finds out just what it takes to step up to the highest echelons of the sport

Pippa teaching windrush pupil India

What does it take to reach the top? A good rider and good horses, of course. But what else does a young rider need to become one of those at the elite levels of our sport? “There’s so much more to the job than just being a good rider,” says Pippa Funnell. “You could go […]

Whisker removal banned in national competitions *H&H Plus*

Following the FEI’s announcement that triming horses’ whiskers would be banned from this July, some British governing bodies have followed suit. H&H finds out more

2C55RTD A close up of a strong and muscular black horse’s nose with a white stripe down the middle of the muzzle.

REMOVING horses’ whiskers is set to be banned at national level dressage and eventing. Following the FEI’s decision to ban the removal of “sensory hairs”, which comes into force this July, British Dressage (BD) included the following in its 2021 rule changes: “Trimming of the horse’s sensory hairs around the mouth, nose, eyes and ears […]

Diane Thurman-Baker: the classical dressage trainer who values in-hand work *H&H Plus*

Classical dressage trainer Diane Thurman-Baker on the power of working in-hand and taking a bit-part in a popular TV series

I grew up in Turville, famous for being the location of The Vicar of Dibley. In fact, I appear in some episodes riding one of the Lusitanos we had at the time. My parents started a riding school when I was about ve so I was always around horses. My sister and I both live […]

Four-time Olympian extends his run of dressage glory in Wellington

Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper at the 2021 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Wellington, Florida
Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper at the 2021 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Wellington, Florida

Steffen Peters continued his winning streak from 2020 into 2021 when he claimed his 17th consecutive international victory at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) in Wellington, Florida. Steffen rode his Tokyo Olympics team hopeful Suppenkasper to a solid win in the CDI4* grand prix special on 30 January. The pair, who are unbeaten in […]