Eventing Radio Episode 120 by Bit of Britain

German Team Coach, Chris Bartle, Belgian Team Coach, Eric Smiley join Kerry Millikin and Chris this week to discuss coaching. Take a listen right here…

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Eventing Radio Episode 112

Our annual Christmas episode with all the hosts of the Horse Radio Network together on one show. Listen in for the fun, laughter and stories, imagine six strong personalities in one show! One you don’t want to miss.

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Eventing Radion Show Episode 111 – Merry Christmas

Introducing eventing legend New Zealander, Andrew Nicholson, who makes his debut on the show to talk about how he got to be one of the sport’s most prolific riders. Plus a listener’s question; Justin Hull asks why are there not more men in US eventing? All that and more on this week’s show so take a listen. Eventing Radio Episode 111 – Show Notes and Links:

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An update on Henny on EN by Samantha Clark

Check out the update here on Eventing Nation

There have been lots if comments about this situation on forums around the world and on both my site and Eventing Nation.  Many of them mention that a good contract may have resolved this, perhaps.

However, my concern as with the Sam & Totilas situation is that this is not good for horse sport.  Things like this will change the way our sport operates and probably not for the better.  Some of the best horseman I know are crap businessman.  I don’t know Peter well enough to know if this is the case but what I do know is that the only people who will win out of this situation are the lawyers and this is not good.

I would love to hear Linda’s side of the story but unfortunately we probably wont as the lawyers are now involved.  This is a shame.

More BAD news for Equestrian Sport – RunHennyRun


“HJ Hampton Center of Partnership Dispute

In a dispute surrounding the partnership interests of HJ Hampton, on November 2nd Linda Martin took HJ Hampton from Peter Atkins’ barn without his permission or knowledge.

Atkins was extremely concerned for the horse’s well being. On November 17th, Atkins obtained a court order that required Ms. Martin to surrender the horse to Atkins and further restrains Ms. Martin from selling, transferring, or otherwise taking any action affecting Atkins’ rights to HJ Hampton.

A hearing is scheduled for November 29, 2010 to determine whether the order will be extended pending a trial on the merits of the dispute. HJ Hampton is a nine year-old Argentine-bred Selle Francais gelding. Atkins has been his exclusive rider, trainer, and caregiver since 2007. Atkins and HJ Hampton represented Australia in the 2010 World Equestrian Games, where they finished 24th.”

So another fantastic partnership between horse and man is about to end thanks to the almighty dollar. It is a disgrace, we have an amazing sport that is built upon the ultimate level of trust and partnership between the athlete (the horse) and their jockey (us Eventers). You cannot make a horse do eventing, they must enjoy it, love XC and overall the level of trust between horse and man must be extremely high.

Unfortunately it is a reality that the average rider or even elite rider can only afford to own a few of their own horses. The riders then rely on building partnerships with “Owners” who support the riders by helping to pay the bills or buy that magical horse.

However since WEG we have also seen the dark side of this relationship between Rider and Owner. First off the rank was Totilas who was sold from under his partner Edward Gal, even whilst he was competing to take out the World Championships of Dressage.

Next came Michael Jung’s horse Sam, who was taken from Michael’s farm without his permission and has since been returned following legal action. Regardless of what happens this has gotten ugly and is likely to continue for some time yet.

And again news has emerged late this week, that internet sensation and youtube superstar HJ Hampton – more commonly known as “Henny” or “RunHennyRun” was taken from Peter Atkins’ farm without his permission.

It is understood the owner is trying to find a buyer. There is a lot to this story that I don’t know but the press release says a lot, even by what it doesn’t say.

How can we as a sport stop this happening? I don’t know, but I do know that this is CRAP, or even more strongly BULLSHIT. The behavior of the owners in these circumstances leaves a lot to be desired.

Check out Henny’s BIO on his facebook page, he was in no fit state to do much of anything only 2 short years ago. Since then Peter has put in a lot of hard work and following his catch rider at WEG and subsequent success suddenly he has a huge figure on his price tag. This is very disappointing in so many ways. I was truly looking forward to seeing Henny at Red Hills early next year and very hopeful to see both Peter and Henny in the Green and Gold again in London.

Now it seems both may not happen. Why?  Dollars. What a pity.  Just imagine how this little boy is feeling right now.

Owen and Henny at WEG 2010

Badminton – Leading the way and stepping up to the plate

Recently I leveled a direct criticism at all of the Four Star Events as NOT one included any in depth information of any kind on their website as to the safety devices used on their XC course.  My premise was that as the Four Stars, riders and other event organisers look up to them so seeing that a 4* is doing it would help promote to others to do more too.  Only one event responded to my criticism and in fact, they promised to do something about it.

That event was Badminton and last night I received this live to the story, where Badminton Director Hugh Thomas talks about safety.  I applaud Badminton, for taking the lead, I will also be preparing a story on the safety utilised at Adelaide last week.

Thank you Hugh and thank you to Monty White, who produced the video.

This is the full story on the Badminton Blog, and below is the interview with Hugh Thomas

Eventing Radio Episode 104

Fairhill winner Clark Montgomery joins Max and I on this week’s show and Jo Whitehouse tells us what to expect at this year’s U.S. Eventing Association Annual Meeting. Take a listen right here.

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