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Groom Catherine plans for a more stable future

Groom Catherine plans for a more stable future

After a high-profile career that’s involved travelling the world, working for Royal riders and successful polo players and showjumpers, and generally hob-nobbing with the equestrian elite, top people’s groom Catherine Owen is back on Island soil – and working as a freelance groom. Turning 40 proves to be a milestone

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Living the Dream as a Racehorse Owner

Living the Dream as a Racehorse Owner

Many people dream of owning a racehorse – but then bump up against the reality of the bank manager, or perhaps a partner who’d prefer to spend the money on a new conservatory or hot tub – before agreeing to invest in a four legged lawnmower.  Vectis Racing, a small

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Scooby Makes his Mark

Scooby Makes his Mark

After losing her previous horse to colic four years ago, Heidi Carden wasn’t really looking for a replacement – until something about an ad in Horse and Hound captured her interest. She promptly took off on a road trip with her instructors and trusted friends, Sue and Sarah Holmes, to

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John’s life of horsing around – John Day

John’s life of horsing around – John Day

You could say that John Day was born to ride. Certainly, he’d taken to the saddle by the tender age of four, went from Pony Club to Riding Club, and was riding competitively at 11 years old. It helped that he grew up on the family’s arable, beef and dairy

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A slippery situation!

A slippery situation!

When Island Roads were successful bidders for the Highways PFI Contract the Island equestrian community were confronted with an additional hazard of extremely slippery road surfaces where metal horse shoes had no traction. The Horse Community Facebook page was full of reports of how horses and ponies were slipping and

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Robert Booth: A wealth of experience with horses

Robert Booth: A wealth of experience with horses

Whether it’s breeding or breaking-in horses, preparing them for a difficult equestrian discipline, or teaching students the finer points of riding them, Robert’s wealth of knowledge usually ensures a smooth passage. He writes with the same authority that he runs his yard, so we went behind the scenes at the

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Eventer Sarah has a big decision to make

Eventer Sarah has a big decision to make

Island eventer Sarah Holmes is hoping she will have a difficult decision to make at the end of the summer season. After a fine year of progression during 2013, Sarah is looking confidently to the future, and is keeping her options open for the time being as to whether she

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Young Shannon is Riding High!

Young Shannon is Riding High!

Dedication and determination are proving the key factors in the rise to prominence of young Island rider Shannon Cox. Shannon is still only 10 years of age, but has been riding for six years. And she already has a fine collection of silverware to show for her efforts, and is

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