Here top showjumper Louise Pavitt, who competes up to five-star level and also has pony and junior European medals to her name, shares her advice on how to make the most of your showjumping coursewalk experience to help maximise the chances of
'The saying goes prior preparation prevents poor performance and this is certainly the case when it comes to competing horses. Here, top showjumper Louise Pavitt, who competes up to five-star level and also has pony and junior European medals to her name, shares her advice on how to make the most of your showjumping coursewalk experience to help maximise the chances of producing the best round possible. 1. Know your horse. Walk the course with your horse in mind — much like people no two horses are the same, some have bigger strides and some smaller, so make a plan that is relevant to each specific horse. 2. Be conscious of the time allowed. If it seems like the time is going to be tight, look for areas on the course where you can save time, for example turning inside a fence or angling a jump. 3. Always plan your route to the first jump. Often the approach you take to the first fence can set the pace for the rest of the course. Make sure you know the angle and direction you will start with. 4. Find an area in the course where you will be able to give your horse both a mental and physical breather. Allowing them time for this will lead to a much smoother ride. 5. Always add a stride on a related distance to a double of verticals , including combinations that are vertical-vertical-oxer. It is the oldest course builder trick in the book and encourages horses to flatten. Ensure you have the horse really sitting on its hocks to give you the best possible chance of jumping clear. 6. If you have a chance to watch a couple go before you, try to only study horses that are similar to yours. This way you will get the most accurate perspective of how the course is going to ride for you. Now you’ve got that advice in mind, take a look at these dressage competitions available to enter where you can show off what you’ve learnt… Summer showjumping Date: 29 June Venue: Mullacott Event Centre, Ilfracombe Details: “This unaffiliated show has a large range of classes, from 50cm up to 105cm.” Enter now Unaffiliated Derby show Date: 30 June Venue: Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead Details: “This unaffiliated competition is open to everyone, with classes ranging from 60cm to 90cm with rosettes and prizes on offer.” Enter now Evening showjumping Date: 2 July Venue: Beaver Hall, Leek Details: “This competition kicks off at 6pm with a clear round followed by classes ranging from cross poles up to 90cm.” Enter now British Showjumping Date: 4 July Venue: Rectory Farm Arena, Cirencester Details: “This affiliated show features classes from 90cm up to 1.30m.” Enter now British Showjumping Date: 5 July Venue: Forest Edge Arena, Swaffham Details: “This affiliated competition has classes ranging from clear round and 90cm up to 1.30m.” Enter now Unaffiliated showjumping Date: 6 July Venue: Inchcoonans Competition & Livery Yard, Errol Details: “This competition includes classes from clear round and 45cm up to 1.10m with a selection of qualifiers and a style and performance class too.” Enter now Visit equo.co.uk for full competition and training listings'
Here top showjumper Louise Pavitt, who competes up to five-star level and also has pony and junior European medals to her name, shares her advice on how to make the most of your showjumping coursewalk experience to help maximise the chances of
Advertisement feature with NAF As the weather warms the soil, and plenty of Spring-like rain waters it, the inevitable flush of grass will be bursting through, bringing those lush, green swards of pastures, so typical of this time of year. But
'Advertisement feature with NAF Kate Hore RNutr(Animal). Snr Nutritionist at NAF As the weather warms the soil, and plenty of spring-like rain waters it, the inevitable flush of grass will be bursting through, bringing those lush, green swards of pastures, so typical of this time of year. But what does that mean for our equines’ diets and how can we manage it? Due to the uncharacteristic wet, seasonal weather carrying through to summer, the current grass is relatively high in water soluble carbohydrates (WSCs) providing plenty of energy (calories), alongside higher levels of protein from growth and repair. This natural boost is perfectly timed for some groups, such as lactating mares or hard working equine athletes, but for other equines it can set alarm bells ringing. Our native breeds evolved to survive in harsh climates where they would naturally drop condition over winter, meaning the spring grass was perfect for recovery. However in modern management, where good condition is maintained all year round, then spring grass can result in unwanted weight gain in good do-ers, such as the natives and any equine who maintains weight easily. That weight gain brings many health risks and therefore it’s vital that we monitor at-risk animals in order to avoid it. Pasture management It may be necessary to limit your horse or ponies access to pasture, though take care. Research shows, ponies in particular, kept on restricted turnout can adjust both their bite rate and intake amount, so they eat as much grass in just a few hours as they would do if grazing naturally all day! So rather than restricting time at grass, think about restricting intake. Try to avoid simply fencing off a small corner of a field, as this restricts their movement, and natural exercise is essential for good health. For those that accept a grazing muzzle they can be really useful, though are not advised to be left on continually. Alternatively look at systems such as ‘paddock paradise’, also known as the ‘track system’ whereby a track is provided around the field with essentials such as water, a salt lick and shelter all in different places, to keep the horses moving round. Try adding obstacles such as small fallen logs, or rougher areas of ground, that will keep them challenged as they go round. If a paddock paradise set-up isn’t practical for your turnout, there are other simple steps you can take. For example, if limiting turnout hours, try to turnout overnight and bring them in during the day, rather than the other way round, as research shows horses graze for fewer hours at night. Exercise regime No matter how good your pasture management, for those horses and ponies who seemingly live on fresh air, a suitable exercise regime is also a must. If time is tight, why not find a sharer to help exercise your horse or pony, or try short lunging or long reining sessions as a way to quickly fit in a little extra exercise when time allows? Ride and lead is another way of keeping all equines exercised in a relatively short amount of time – assuming, of course, that your two are trained and accustomed to going out together! Dietary support Ensure the overall diet is kept as a natural high fibre, low cereal approach. Using concentrated starchy feeds only increases the level of potentially damaging carbohydrates, and is linked with a number of health issues, from the more serious to simple unwanted behaviour. Therefore it is best to avoid cereals in the equine diet, and feed a natural high fibre and forage diet instead. In order to trickle fibre intake it can be useful to feed soaked hay, as the soaking reduces the level of water soluble carbohydrates present. Supplementary support NAF Slim Pellets A high fibre and forage diet can be micronutrient deficient, particularly where soil deficiencies pass those shortfalls on to the grazing (which is common in the UK), and where preserved or soaked forages reduce the level of natural vitamins and minerals. NAF Slim Pellets uses natural plant sources to supply the essential micronutrients for general health and vitality, without any cereals. Slim comes in the form of palatable micro-pellets, so may be fed on a fibre feed base, or fed alone straight from the bucket if required. NAF Five Star Laminaze NAF Laminaze is a unique formulation, ideal for the horse or pony at risk from the effects of spring grass growth, as its concentrated metabolic support ensures gut health is maintained throughout the season. Laminaze provides natural prebiotics working alongside live probiotic yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to actively support stabilisation of the hindgut microbiome (yeasts, bacteria, funghi and protozoa population), which is so essential to gut health. A nutritional clay works with activated charcoal to absorb excesses naturally; and concentrated antioxidants harmlessly flush toxins out of the system to maintain health. MSM provides bio-available sulphur to support hoof integrity, particularly within the sulphur laminae; while zinc supports hoof strength from the inside out. Lastly, magnesium is included to support normal insulin regulation and glucose metabolism in the natural good do-er. This unique complex supports healthy metabolism as part of your overall management regime during spring and throughout the grass growing season.'
Two people, a cat and a dog were rescued after a suspected arson attack at a Black Country house this morning.
'Firefighters helped a woman in her mid-40s and a 16-year-old-boy from a first-floor window after a passer-by spotted the \'severe fire\' and raised the alarm at around 2am.'
The odd missed step is inevitable, but repeated stumbling could indicate something more serious, as Dr Ricki Watson explains
'If you have ridden horses for long enough, it’s likely you’ll have experienced that terrifying feeling of a horse buckling underneath you as he trips. It’s a dangerous situation for both horse and rider and a risk we should look to minimise, even though horses are normally adept at rescuing themselves before they hit the ground. Due to the work we ask our horses to perform, occasional tripping is unavoidable, but when does it become a concern? Tripping can be considered abnormal if it occurs more than twice per ridden session or if the horse always stumbles on the same leg. An additional warning sign is when the problem can be reproduced consistently during a certain movement or situation, such as exercising up or down an incline or when the horse is asked for increased poll flexion. A particularly poor or slow recovery from a stumble is also concerning. Horses usually snap back upright as fast as possible, almost embarrassed by their ineptitude, so a laboured return to their feet warrants investigation. There are a variety of tripping causes that can be ruled out by an owner or through a simple veterinary examination. Tripping in a young, unfit, unbalanced or distracted horse should improve with age and/or training. An obese animal is likely to trip less with an appropriate diet and exercise programme. Partially sighted animals and those with exercise intolerance or advanced cardiac disease are all more likely to trip when exercised, but these conditions would be diagnosed swiftly by a vet due to signs other than tripping. Further investigation will require a detailed veterinary history and clinical examination, as there is often more than one condition at play. Assuming there are no immediately obvious causes, addressing any foot issues will be beneficial, whatever the cause of tripping, and is often the solution in simple cases. Long toes on front or hind feet will cause delayed “breakover”, meaning the foot is slower to move in front of the horse and down onto the ground to bear weight. In addition, a longer toe is closer to the ground through the arc of flight, so is more likely to cause a stumble. And excessively long hind feet can interfere with the heels of the front feet. Careful trimming, with input from both vet and farrier, can improve foot shape and balance dramatically to reduce stumbling. Rolling the toe — by rounding the front edge of any chosen shoe — or using bar or reverse shoes, will alter the action of the foot during motion and can improve the biomechanics of the limb. Pinpointing pain A horse who continues to trip should be assessed for the presence of orthopaedic disease causing pain or lameness, or a neurological condition affecting limb coordination. Orthopaedic conditions can mean a horse adapts his movement to minimise the degree of pain, potentially causing tripping. An examination — with flexion tests, lungeing on soft and hard surfaces and ridden exercise — will often demonstrate a lameness, which can then be investigated with nerve and joint blocks to isolate the source of pain. Diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, ultrasound scans, MRI or CT will follow to identify the severity of the problem. Causes of lameness-induced tripping include navicular disease, coffin joint pain, ringbone and arthritis of the fetlock or knee. These are usually straightforward to diagnose and, depending upon severity, are often manageable with a combination of remedial shoeing, intra-articular medication and controlled exercise. Regular physiotherapy is beneficial, along with non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines prescribed by your vet, such as phenylbutazone (bute), and a good-quality joint supplement. Problems higher up the leg can also produce stumbling, as they will limit the degree of protraction (extension of the limb) during locomotion. Shoulder issues, such as arthritis or bicipital bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled joint bursa, or sac), can present in this manner. Some horses may stumble due to an orthopaedic issue without appearing lame. The neck, back and pelvis are all on the shortlist in such cases, but identifying the source of pain can be challenging. Blocks of these regions are technically difficult and carry a risk of inadvertent anaesthesia of major nerves, which can cause the horse to become ataxic (wobbly). Without obvious lameness, it can be tricky to assess improvements in a horse’s movement after local anaesthesia. If tripping is intermittent, it is hard to be sure of genuine improvement during a short assessment after nerve or joint blocks. Feedback from an experienced jockey who can ride the horse before and after any blocks is one of the most valuable aids to interpretation. Suspect areas can be screened for injuries with diagnostic imaging, which may include nuclear scintigraphy (bone scanning). Arthritis in the neck, back or pelvic region can be treated with ultrasound-guided intra-articular corticosteroid injections. “Kissing spine” lesions can be treated with local infiltrations of corticosteroids or may benefit from surgery, while sacroiliac disease can be managed with anti-inflammatories and shockwave therapy, among other options. Physiotherapy and targeted rehabilitation programmes also help in improving the mobility of affected areas, maintaining flexibility and developing the horse’s core strength. Tipping the balance Neurological disease is the biggest worry, particularly with the horse who trips with his hindlimbs. This can be difficult to diagnose in subtle cases. A common cause is “wobblers” syndrome, which occurs when incorrectly formed vertebrae in the neck pinch the spinal cord. Arthritis of the neck joints or the growth of new bone (callus) around a fracture site can also create pressure on the spinal cord and, in the early stages, cause hindlimb weakness, which can manifest itself as tripping. If the condition worsens, neurological signs become more obvious and are characterised by difficulty turning in tight circles, dragging of hindlimb toes and sometimes even forelimb incoordination. Neck X-rays will often confirm the condition and dictate the appropriate therapy. Treatment options range from aggressive nutritional and exercise management in young animals that have developed too rapidly, resulting in neck instability, through to local injections of corticosteroids into affected joints to reduce inflammation. Surgical stabilisation of the neck joints may be an option. Fusion of the vertebral bodies results in around 60% of patients resuming a good degree of athletic function. There are a wide range of causes of tripping and stumbling. If the problem proves dangerous or becomes more regular, seek veterinary attention, so the horse can be fully assessed. Ref Horse & Hound; 20 June 2019'
A CRUEL woman has been accused of taping her four-month-old puppy’s mouth shut with a hair tie for two weeks to stop her barking. Alexis Callen, 19, admitted she tied Shadow’s snout for two days, but veterinarians believe it was shut for two weeks,
'A CRUEL woman has been accused of taping her four-month-old puppy’s mouth shut with a hair tie for two weeks to stop her barking. Alexis Callen, 19, admitted she tied Shadow’s snout for two days, but veterinarians believe it was shut for two weeks, causing severe disfiguration. Shadow had her snout tied so tightly it cut through her skin, exposing her flesh Facebook The four-month-old puppy’s snout was sliced so badly you can see inside of her mouth even when her jaw is closed Facebook Alexis Callen, 19, is facing a felony animal torture charge after being accused of tying her puppy’s snout shut Salt Lake County Jail The Black Labrador retriever-Alsatian mix is expected to make a full recovery, but she requires £1,570 ($2,000) worth of reconstructive surgery so she can eat and drink normally again. She needs immediate medical care as the left side of her snout has been sliced so severely you can see the inside of the mouth even when her jaw is closed. Celestial Zoo, a Utah County cat and dog rescue, first discovered Shadow’s injuries when Callen posted on Facebook about looking to rehome her puppy because she couldn’t afford her treatment. The group shared images of Callen’s post with a picture of Shadow, who appears wet, with the raw injury to her snout visible. Callen, of Murray, Utah, first blamed Shadow’s injuries on a neighbour, but later told authorities it was her. The teen’s post read: “My puppy got hurt badly and I don’t have the expenses to pay for her to go to the vet to get stitches, so I’m here to rehome her. “She’s a Lab German Shepard mix. Pm me for info,also anyone who bashes on me will be blocked from talking to me.” ‘MY PUPPY GOT HURT BADLY’ Celestial Zoo then shared what appeared to be comments from Callen’s post where she blames the injury on a dog sitter, even though her name is covered in the screenshots. The comment reads: “I had to make an emergency trip to see my family so i had someone in my complex watch her. “When I got back her snout was tied shut and swollen, i tried to do what i could to help her but i don’t have the expenses to pay for her to get stitches or healed properly. It goes on: “It wasn’t even a muzzle that they used, they said they did it because she wouldn’t stop whining.” Callen now faces a felony torture charge. Caylla Facemyer, Shadow’s new foster mom, told Fox 13 : “Left side [of her nose], it’s completely open even with her mouth closed. “You can see into her mouth. It’s pretty bad.” Celestial Zoo is now seeking for donations to help for Shadow’s surgery. They gave an update on Shadow’s condition on June 18 saying: “The vet looked it over and cleaned it up. “Gave her some antibiotics and pain meds. “The left side has already separated and will need surgery. “The right side may as well. It looks to be a rubber band or hair tie around her muzzle that caused it, left on for a week or two. “She’ll need to be seen again in a few days and then we’ll see what we need to do for surgery.” Celestial Zoo also shared news about Callen’s arrest later that same day. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN WORLD NEWS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHOT DOG HORROR\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBoy, 8, chokes to death on a hot dog in front of family in Gran Canaria\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tKNIFED IN MAGALUF\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t4 Brits stabbed in Magaluf after 'wallets and phones stolen' on strip\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tFAMILY TRAGEDY\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tFirst pic of Air Force woman, 38, found dead with her two drowned toddlers\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tPSYCHOPATH\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWho is Paris Bennett, the killer interviewed on Psychopath with Piers Morgan?\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tFIGHT OR FLIGHT\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMH370 sleuth gets DEATH THREATS warning he'll be killed if he keeps probing\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHOTTING UP\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBrutal 41C heatwave to fry top European holiday hotspots thanks to African plume\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t The group said: “Shadow had to go back to the vet today for a cone, but even though she is not happy about her cone, she is happy to report that thanks to the quick action of the Murray Animal Control officers, an arrest has been made on felony animal abuse charges. “We are thrilled at the quick action and hope that justice is found. She still has a long road and surgeries ahead of her, but she’s expected to make a full recovery.” One Friday they announced Shadow’s surgery had been scheduled. Shadow wears a cone on her head while she waits to have reconstructive surgery Facebook Shadow is a Black Labrador retriever-Alsatian mix Facebook Shadow needs surgery that will cost £1,570 Facebook The puppy is currently in the care of a foster mum Facebook This is what Callen reportedly posted on about Shadow Facebook These are reportedly Callen’s comments Facebook Celestial Zoo shared this update about Shadow on June 18 Facebook Celestial Zoo shared this update about Shadow’s surgery and Callen’s arrest Facebook We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.'
Ireland’s Michael Pender has become the youngest ever winner of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby, jumping the sole double clear to lift the Boomerang Trophy today (23 June). 52 years after Marion Coakes made history with Stroller as the youngest
'Ireland’s Michael Pender has become the youngest ever winner of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby, jumping the sole double clear to lift the Boomerang Trophy today (23 June). 52 years after Marion Coakes made history with Stroller as the youngest winner of the class in 1967, 19-year-old Michael — three months away from his 20th birthday — smashed the record on his Hickstead debut riding Hearton Du Bois Halleux. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s what every rider dreams of,” said Michael. After three riders produced clean sheets in round one, Michael had to jump off against Hickstead regulars Shane Breen (Golden Hawk) and Harriet Nuttall (A Touch Imperious). Brushing off the fact he was facing the infamous Derby fences for the first time, he held his own as the only rider to remain faultless against the clock to claim the title and the £34,650 first prize. “It means so much with all the history behind this class. I’m just delighted,” said Michael. His fellow Irishman Shane Breen had jumped first but despite recording a lightning-quick time, picked up eight faults with the 14-year-old stallion Golden Hawk. Michael set off at a steadier pace but, crucially left all the poles up to post a double clear before last drawn Harriet, who had already finished runner-up in the class three times, came home with just a toe in the water to finish second once again, with Shane in third. “You can feel fast and still be really slow on him [A Touch Imperious] but I think I was just overthinking the water,” said Harriet, winner of yesterday’s Speed Derby on Silver Lift. “I’ll 100% be back next year.” William Funnell, who was bidding for a record-breaking fifth win in the Hickstead Derby, came home with four faults on his 2018 winner Billy Buckingham to share fourth place with Graham Gillespie riding Andretti. “He felt fresh and he probably touched less than last year,” said William. “The good thing is I’ve still won it four times!” Don’t miss the full report from the Hickstead Derby meeting in next week’s Horse & Hound, out Thursday 27 June.'
H&H’s showing columnist relives a recent ‘bizarre’ experience at Staffs county..
'I have been showing for too many years to mention and have seen and heard most things. But a first occurred for us at the recent Staffs county show. Our 128cm show pony rider was placed fifth in a class of three in what seemed to us to be a bizarre, Alice-in-Wonderland scenario. The ring was a little buzzy and, fair enough, our pony and one other did misbehave on the go-round. However, our jockey was not in danger or frightened and was keen to do her show. The judges said the two ponies should really have been sent out, but asked if the riders wanted to continue and do their shows. Both did and, on presentation of the rosettes, first place was awarded as normal to the pony at the top of the line. The one standing second was then given fourth place, with our pony standing third in line receiving a fifth-place rosette. We were told this was because neither pony deserved to be in a qualifying position and go to the Royal International (RIHS). There are a few pertinent points to this story and I feel it’s important to raise them. A better solution First, we are part of a children’s society and, as such, have to encourage young riders in every way possible. Both children had already qualified, so the judges’ actions seem irrelevant. With only three in this qualifying class, the gesture did nothing to encourage entries at future shows and we all know how important it is to boost showing entries. Finally, how do you explain to a child that it is possible to achieve fifth place out of three? If the ponies’ behaviour was deemed unacceptable, perhaps a better solution would have been to give out the rosettes as normal and then ask the person responsible for the second-placed pony not to bring it back into the championship. After representations were made to the British Show Pony Society (BSPS), the latter clarified its advice to judges as being that if a pony is badly behaved and presents a risk to the rider or other competitors, or the child is so distressed they do not want to continue, they should be asked to leave the ring. Otherwise, they should be placed according to the marks, regardless of the numbers forward in the class. I’m pleased the results were adjusted accordingly, and I’m told the new rosettes and prize money are being sent to the riders concerned. Celebrations and commiserations With all the RIHS qualifiers finished, we are now on the run-up to the week itself. Hickstead has posted pictures of the fabulous new-surface showing rings they have installed for this year’s show, along with other brilliant changes. The inclusion of a champagne marquee next to the rings sounds particularly exciting for spectators and will provide the perfect place for celebrations and even commiserations. Good luck to everyone heading for Hickstead. Remember, it’s an achievement to get there and anything else is icing on the cake. Ref Horse & Hound; 20 June 2019'
Pay less for more? Five stables, all-weather arena, paddocks and four-bedroom house for a tidy price…
Keep an eye on your horses with the views from the living room..
'Is this the steal we’ve been waiting for? A tranquil equestrian set-up complete with a four-bedroom property located in Cumbria is on the market for a shade under £400,000. The property boasts an immaculate house as well as fantastic facilities for a small team of horses. Two Hoots is situated in Harker Road Ends and is conveniently placed two minutes away from the town of Carlisle . Despite being in a peaceful rural setting, it has access to the M6 and the A689. Equestrian centres within easy reach include: Greenlands (13 miles), Boustead Hill (10 miles) and High Plains (48 miles). The arenas and training facilities at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, are just a 30 minute drive from the front door. There are cross-country fences available just 15 minutes away at Warwick Hall , while Dalston Green Horse Trials is nine miles away. If you like to show sign up to BSPS Area 1B for local fixtures. The area is synonymous with glorious countryside and if you like to hunt, head out with the Old North Bridge Hounds or head a bit further south and join the Vale of Lune. Local riding clubs under and hour away include Lakes Riding Club and Cumbria Riding Club. This pretty Cumbrian nest might have all the elements of a dreamy equestrian home, but it is currently being priced at £399,000 by agents H&H Land & Property . How do you rate Two Hoots? Set in 1.38 acres, the property has views over the Cumbrian countryside. The well-maintained land has been split into three paddocks with post and rail fencing. When you’re not enjoying the miles of glorious hacking you can workout in this all-weather exercise arena , which has a woodchip and sand covering. There is an L-shaped stable block with two pony stables and three bigger loose boxes. There is also a tack room. To the rear of this stable block is a block-built pony stable/feed store. The house is a detached property surrounded by gardens which overlook the paddocks. Ground floor features include a kitchen, a dining room and a lounge with patio doors leading outside. There are four bedrooms – two on the first floor and two on the second. One has a balcony. For all the latest equestrian news and reports, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday'
Actress Lesley Nicol, 66, on her new ITV series Beecham House, the Downton Abbey movie (where she famously plays Mrs. Beryl Patmore), marrying a real-life ninja, and proving the doubters wrong… starting with walking the dogs on beach in Malibu