The Queen, a puissance and other things the horse world is talking about

Horse & Hound’s daily debrief, brought to you every weekday morning

  • 1. The Queen’s delightful Highland star

    The Queen watched her home-bred Highland mare Balmoral Leia win her class and secure the Royal Windsor Horse Show Highland pony title, and the Horse & Hound mountain and moorland (M&M) in-hand championship. Having not seen Her Majesty in public since March, the crowd at Windsor waved Union Flags enthusiastically and burst into applause both at The Queen’s arrival and her beautiful five-year-old mare’s win. Leia, who is by Balmoral Lord out of Balmoral Melody, was led by her producer Lizzie Briant during her class, and Henry Hird took the lead for the championship. The mare’s temperament was exceptional throughout, despite the crowd’s excitement and the fact she incurred a few kicks from a fellow competitor in the line-up.

    Find out how The Queen felt about her home-bred’s win

    2. An exciting puissance draw

    There was a British-Irish tie in the puissance at Royal Windsor Horse Show, with specialists Derek Morton and KBIS High Quality sharing the spoils with puissance debutante Chankar Mail, ridden by Trevor Breen. In a really exciting closing round, favourites Mr Blue Sky and Guy Williams, who have been so consistent in this class, also left the wall standing, but accrued a frustrating four faults by having the rail at the triple bar.

    Read more about this thrilling class

    Trevor Breen and Chankar Mai winning the puissance at Royal Windsor Horse Show

    Trevor Breen and Chankar Mai shared puissance victory at Royal Windsor Horse Show.

    3. Donkey skins being sold on social media

    Thousands of donkey skins are being sold illegally on unregulated websites and well-known social media platforms, a report by The Donkey Sanctuary has revealed. The report uncovers “the vast online illegal trading network sending millions of donkeys to their deaths”. Researchers have been able to identify a “clear scientific link” between illegal wildlife trade and donkey skin trade.

    Read the full story

    The illegal trade of donkey skins has been highlighted in a new report

    You might also be interested in:

    Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday, is packed with all the latest news and reports, as well as interviews, specials, nostalgia, vet and training advice. Find how you can enjoy the magazine delivered to your door every week, plus options to upgrade your subscription to access our online service that brings you breaking news and reports as well as other benefits.

    You may like...