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  • Katie and Howard's Eventful Year

Our vet Katie has had an amazing year..

''After a fabulous eventing season with the incredible 'pocket rocket' TJ including 8th at Chatsworth 3*, 18th in our first 4* event (the highest level) at Luhmuhlen in Germany and 17th in the British Open Championships we headed to the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials - a real childhood dream!!

It was just the most incredible experience from start to finish. I was certainly more excited than nervous and loved every minute being there with such a special horse - we achieved a personal best dressage and he gave me the most thrilling xc ride to finish clear and fast and very happy.

He came out sound and full of energy for the SJ and jumped amazingly to finish 24th - such an amazing result I still can't believe it!! Great to have Harriet Fairhurst by my side too taking great care of TJ and being nervous for me.

To cap my amazing season I have been shortlisted for the prestigious Horse and Hound Awards - Amateur Rider of the year. The winner is announced at their gala ceremony at Cheltenham racecourse which will be another exciting evening for me.''

Katie went on to win Amateur Rider of the year and we are sure 2019 will be even more successful for her and TJ.


Howard Newitt at the World Equestrian Games

Our Hawkhurst Clinical Director Howard Newitt was invited to be part of the FEI Veterinary Commission at the recent World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA.

''The veterinary commission is responsible for the welfare of the horses including conducting the horse inspections (trot-ups) and ensuring that medication requests are within the rules. We also were part of the quarantine team assessing all non-USA horses during their 42hour quarantine.

There were horses competing from nations from all corners of the globe and it was a fantastic experience to see all of the different types of elite horses and meet people from many countries. The difficulties with the venue have been well publicised but we should consider that the organisers took the games on at short notice when the original venue (Bromont, Canada) pulled out so without them there would have been no World Games.

Many of the people working at the games are volunteers and if any of you get the opportunity to volunteer at a major sporting event, I would encourage you to take it as it will be a unique time to meet lots of interesting people and to get involved with elite sports stars.''