Baby Dujardin, an inspiring rider and other things the horse world is talking about
A baby on the way
Multiple medal-winning dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin has announced that she is expecting her first child, a girl, with her partner Dean Golding. “A new chapter of our journey is about to begin; the one we’ve always hoped for, and we can’t wait to welcome our baby girl into the world,” Charlotte said. “I just hope she already knows how much she’s been wanted and how much love awaits her, from ourselves and our excited families.”
Learn more about Charlotte and Dean’s announcement
A rider who lives with terminal cancer and qualified for the Petplan Equine Summer Area Festival championships, says the condition “won’t stop me from doing what I want to do, as long as I can Again”. Louise Lea and her own Fanucci finished second in the advanced middleweight at Field House Equestrian Center on August 16. Louise had recently learned that her remaining treatment options were “limited”. “You can’t waste those precious days,” she said. “I cried last week when they told me there was not much they could do, but I’m still going. It can’t be ‘woe to me’, it has to be loose your ass and go do something.”
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The end of an era
Emotions ran high as the iconic showground in the east of England hosted Equifest 2022 last week (August 17-20), the latest equestrian event to be held at the Peterborough venue. The gates are now closed for good to make way for a new housing development. Memories have poured in over the past week, recalling the glory days of the groundbreaking Ponies of Britain, Ponies (UK) and British Show Pony Society (BSPS) championships held here, as well as the once mighty show of the East of England – for many years one of the main events in the country, which moved to this permanent site in the mid-1960s.
“It was a sad and moving day”
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