A top rider’s timely pregnancy, plus other things the horse world is talking about

  • 1. An incredibly well timed pregnancy

    Natasha Baker competing at the World Para Dressage Championships

    Natasha Baker and the Keystone Dawn Chorus, pictured during the individual competition at the World Para Dressage Championships.

    Congratulations to Natasha Baker and her husband Marc Jaconelli on the news that they are expecting their first child. “It’s something we’ve always wanted and planned for, but it happened faster than we ever expected,” Natasha said in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine.

    Natasha discovered she was pregnant days after winning two individual medals at the World Para Dressage Championships in Herning, Denmark, in August and is aiming to compete at the Paris Paralympics in 2024. “It’s a blessing – and it’s working perfect timing for Paris,” she said.

    Find out when baby Jaconelli is expected to arrive

    2. The countdown to London is on…

    The London International Horse Show 2022 will take place at the ExCel

    The excitement ahead of the London International Horse Show continues to build here at Horse and dog with news of the jumpers who will battle it out for glory at the ExCel (December 15-19). Will Harry Charles be able to defend his London Grand Prix and World Cup triumphs in 2021 as he faces top competition, including seven of the world’s top 10 jumpers? He will face stiff competition from his 2022 World Championships teammates Scott Brash, Joe Stockdale, Ben Maher and John Whitaker, as well as world number one and world champion Henrik von Eckermann.

    Find out who else is on the entry list for the London Horse Show

    3. A male rider’s call for equality

    A grassroots rider who says she “stuck out like a sore thumb” when she was learning to ride is calling for the equestrian industry’s branding and marketing to be “a bit more encouraging and inclusive and a bit less feminine”. Tim Barrett started riding as a teenager and now borrows ex-racehorse Turnwood Boy. He said H&H riding and horses are part of his identity, but that he feels in the minority and that more could be done to encourage men to get involved at the lower levels.

    Read more about Tim’s thoughts on this issue

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