Why a British Olympian is ditching top-level events, plus other things the horse world is talking about

  • 1. Why Tina Cook is stepping back from the top

    Competition legend Tina Cook has called time on her elite career after her medal-winning ride Billy The Red was shot down at the age of 15. She will continue to produce young horses and compete up to the three-star level, but also support her daughter. Isabelle, now 17 – who is a promising young eventer – and her son Harry, 15, who are her main priority now.

    Tina, who has three Olympic medals to her name in addition to being European champion and has won World Team Gold and Silver and European Team Gold, said H&H it is “the end of an era”.

    Learn more about Tina’s plans

    2. What do Lottie Fry and Charlotte Dujardin have in common

    Carl Hester, the man behind Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin’s incredible success, also helped Lottie Fry on her star-studded career, which reached new heights this summer when she won two individual gold medals. So he has an idea that makes them both tick.

    “Lottie gives you the same kind of calmness while watching her that I finally learned to get with Charlotte. They’re so good at their job, so good at competing that I don’t feel nervous or worried about her while I’m watching,” Carl said on episode 129 of The Horse & Hound Podcast this week hosted by NAF – Five Star for the best performance in the world. “You never feel that the situation will affect Lottie; it doesn’t completely overwhelm her and she is able to rise to the pressure. She actually rides better under pressure, just like Charlotte. She loves.”

    Read more from Carl

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    3. Celebrating the legacy of one of our favorite authors

    Black Beauty author Anna Sewell’s birthplace has opened to the public, 145 years after the best-selling novel was published.

    On Thursday (November 24), the Lord Mayor of Great Yarmouth led the official opening ceremony for Anna Sewell House – Redwings took over trusteeship of the property in July when the owner approached the charity about occupying the building.

    The Redwings plan to use the property to showcase “the legacy of Anne Sewell and her famous novel”, who did so much to raise awareness of horse plight more than a century ago, as well as the ongoing work of the charity.

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