The UK's market-leading equine bedding manufacturer, BEDMAX, has issued a heads-up warning to the UK equestrian industry. In a statement issued today, the company says it expects a continuation in the trend for the supply of good quality bedding options to tighten. It also predicts that going forward the prices of all types of horse bedding will rise significantly.
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This week, we bring to you Woodbine Racecourse in Canada. With three racetracks, one inside the another, Woodbine is the Canadian racecourse for thoroughbred and standardbred racing. Originally opening in 1956, Woodbine has been extensively remodelled since 1993, and since 1994 it now occupies three racetracks.
Chester is the oldest racecourse in Great Britain with racing events taking part from about 1533 with the first ever recorded race in 1539. Chester is an ancient city with Roman remains, including the racecourse, dotted throughout the area. The Roman Walls around the track let people watch the races for free with a birds eye view better than paying racegoers.
This month was all about the British Dressage winter championships. Back in February, Vinnie and I had qualified for the advanced medium silver freestyle class. As well as that we were also part of the young professionals quadrille that would be performing at the gala evenings.
Found in Louisville, USA, this 147 acre racecourse is home to America’s most famous races, The Kentucky Derby. Officially opening in 1875, Churchill Downs has since then served as the host for eight Breeders’ Cup World Championships, that of which no other racetrack has done before.
Located on the west coast of Scotland, Ayr Racecourse, Scotland’s premier course. With almost 30 fixtures held every year, Ayr Racecourse is also home to Scotland’s premier races including the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup – the most valuable Handicap sprint in Europe.
Located near Surrey, in South East of England, comes Lingfield Park. This racecourse was the first track to adopt an all-weather artificial course in 1989. Opened by the Prince of Wales (to become Edward VII) in 1890 with National Hunt fixtures, flat racing then started only four years later in 1894.
Located near Liverpool in the North West of England, lies Aintree Racecourse. National Hunt Racing was introduced here in 1839, followed by the Grand National being added to the fixtures soon after in 1849. Despite flat racing no longer taking place here anymore, it was very high quality at Aintree. Never Say Die ran here in 1954 before going on to win The Derby (Lester Piggott's first Derby winner at the age of 18).
Leopardstown, Ireland - the home of Irish racing in Dublin. The venue for the opening day of Irish Champions Weekend, Christmas Festival and the Stan James World Cup, this well-attended racetrack has played host to racing since 1888.
March has been pretty quiet for Vinnie and I. Unfortunately the Beast from the East disrupted our plans for the beginning of our competition season. Cambridge, where I am on placement, seemed to be the only place in the UK which didn’t get snow! So no snow day for me, but plenty for Vinnie!