Friday, 27 November 2009

The London International Horse Show, December 2009

Press Release from Olympia:

Dressage takes centre stage as the BBC confirms LIVE coverage from Olympia, The London International Horse Show.

In its second year of a four year deal to broadcast Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the BBC for the first time has extended its coverage to provide LIVE broadcast of Dressage.

The FEI World CupTM Grand Prix Freestyle to Music will be available LIVE through the BBC's red button and internet services on Wednesday evening, 16th December.

This major decision in support of Dressage was taken after the BBC recorded outstanding viewing figures of its coverage from the Dressage finals of the recent Alltech FEI European Jumping & Dressage Championships at Windsor in August.

Olympia Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: "It is certainly a sign of the times that the BBC have committed to support this discipline. Dressage is on a meteoric rise in terms of public interest and we're delighted the BBC has decided to include it in its Olympia coverage."

Michael Cole, Deputy Editor BBC Sport, said: "Olympia is a great entertainment spectacle and also a hugely important sporting event on the build up to the 2012 Olympics in London. With the popularity of Dressage increasing - highlighted at the recent European Championships - it was a natural decision for us to include Dressage within our Olympia package. We're looking forward to giving viewers such extensive coverage of a fantastic show."

As well as the Dressage on Wednesday, the BBC will broadcast the Accenture Christmas Puissance on Friday 18th December, also through its red button service. Highlights of the Accenture Christmas Puissance will then be shown on BBC2 on the afternoon of Saturday 19th December. On Sunday 20th, the FEI World CupTM Show Jumping Qualifier will broadcast LIVE on BBC2. Then on the evening of Monday 21st, the entire evening performance will be shown on the Red Button Service, LIVE.

Exact details of how to access the coverage on the red button service will be available ahead of Olympia. Please check for more detail a week ahead of the show.

Tickets for Olympia, The London International Horse Show are priced between £25 and £51 (£25, £35, £45, £51) with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children. Tickets include entrance to the Shopping Village but these can also be purchased separately without a show ticket for only £9. For further information and confirmed programme of events please visit For tickets, call the box office on 0871 230 5580

Book a special Dressage competition package including two evenings at the FEI World CupTM Dressage and overnight accommodation. Your accommodation is on the night of 15th December with the option to book an additional night on the 16th. Prices start from £112pp at the three-star Ibis Hotel Earls Court and £172pp to include two nights accommodation and breakfast. To get a 10% discount on these prices call 0871 221 3700 and quote OLYMPIA (lines open 8am-11pm)

For more details on going digital visit or telephone Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50. Other informative websites include:,
There are sponsorship opportunities available for this exciting evening of Dressage. Please call Desi Dillingham on 07785 292103 for more information.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Most Important Item in Your Equestrian Wardrobe

Protective Headwear - Why You Need it For Horse Riding
By Bee Primrose

horse-riding with helmetEquestrian helmets are an essential part of horse riding, whether you are under tuition, eventing, racing or just cantering across open fields. The range of accessories to brighten up and personalise headwear enables young people to create their own fashion statement, too.

A well-fitted helmet can provide essential protection in the event of a fall. Wearing good quality riding clothing will help to cushion a fall and a high performance helmet is the most critical if your head meets a hard surface. Horse riding helmet typically have layers of air bubbles that help lessen an impact and keep the brain from rebounding inside the skull.

When you choose your helmet, safety and comfort are key factors. Although price is an issue, a few extra pounds is a price worth paying for higher protection. Obviously, the risk when trotting around a menage on a small pony is less than the risk when galloping or jumping.

Ensure that you purchase a helmet that is specifically designed for horse riding. Unless you are familiar with helmet brands and sizes, be sure to try the helmet before buying. An experienced, trained salesperson at a specialist suppliers will be able to advise.

When trying the helmet, it should easily settle to the top of your head and cover the entire skull and back of your head with the front about 3.5 cms (1.5 ins) above your eyebrows. The helmet should not move or swivel if you shake or nod your head. When the helmet strap is properly fastened, ensure that you can move your jaw and use your mouth as normal. If needed, special padding is available to line a slightly larger helmet for comfort. Remember that a helmet must fit properly to protect your brain from damage.

One final tip: a helmet that has been impacted in a fall should not be used again and should be replaced. For this reason, do not buy a second hand horse riding helmet unless you are 100% certain that it has never been involved in a fall.

Sherwood Equestrian supplies good quality clothing and accessories for riders and their horses. Their information blog can be found at

Article Source: Ezine Articles / photograph courtesy of Equetech

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society, the UK's largest equestrian charity, has uploaded three videos to

Talking Horses - a short introductory video (34 seconds).

In Safe Hands - a video about BHS, safety training and riding instructor qualifications (9 minutes).

Riding and Road Safety - advice for motorists (95 seconds).

Trec - a BBC sports news item about BHS Trec (under 3 minutes).

Visit the British Horse Society web site to find out more about them.

For good quality equestrian clothing and accessories, visit

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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

How Dangerous is Horse Riding?

Unbelievably, there are no official figures specifically related to horse-riding accidents. Unlike safety belts for cars or crash helmets for motor bikes, there is no law for cyclists or horse-riders to wear safety helmets.

Whilst some would welcome legislation, most would prefer to have freedom of choice. For those who opt for safety, however, there are different qualities of safety equipment. The more challenging tasks demand better protection - a brief glance at Formula 1 Racing will extinguish any doubts about that!

Statistics are useful but knowledge is better. Thousands of people ride horses every day in Britain, without mis-hap. A good instructor will teach new horse-riders how to ride safely and there are high quality helmets, body protectors, riding boots and accessories.

Sherwood Equestrian will be pleased to offer advice on their product range. Please contact us by email or telephone 01707 663551.

Meanwhile, here is a link to a recent article from the BBC: The sacked drugs adviser Prof David Nutt famously compared its risks with those of ecstasy. But just how dangerous is horse riding?

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Welcome to Sherwood Equestrian.

For Equestrians looking for quality, value and a friendly, efficient, personal service, Sherwood Equestrian supplies branded equestrian products for Showing, Show Jumping and other Arena activities.

A family run company established in 2000, Sherwood Equestrian has a growing reputation for speedy service and excellent quality products from highly regarded manufacturers.

Sherwood Equestrian provides a personal service from their Hertfordshire base, with care and attention given to every order.

Our on-line shop meets the specific needs of Riders involved in Show and Event activities and offers top quality products Designed By Riders for Riders. This means that the extra features are included as a result of practical experience.

We are constantly adding to the range and endeavour to keep our prices competitive at all times.

You can order or purchase the products you need online or by telephone; visit our web site or call 01707 663551.
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