FOURTEEN-year-old sport horse Poppy took a turn for the worse one day, completely losing her appetite, dramatically dropping weight and generally not being her willing and loveable self – one of the many things owner Charlotte Parry loves about her.

THIS year’s Society of Master Saddlers’ National Saddlery Competition at Saddlers’ Hall, London proved as popular as ever with a host of prestigious awards presented in front of esteemed guests and industry professionals.

In 2013, Essex-based horse lover, Ellie Ingram, was contacted by a friend who told her she had heard about 25 Shetland ponies on their way to slaughter as they were deemed as ‘wastage’. The friend agreed to take two of the ponies and Ellie agreed to be responsible for their day-to-day care. They named the pair Pearl and Peaches.

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund are delighted to welcome legendary equestrian names, William and Pippa Funnell as the latest high-profile Vice Presidents to lend their support to this small but significant Charity.

THIS year’s BETA International saw young and talented apprentices and trainees competing for the top awards in the Society of Master Saddlers’ competitions over the three days.

Always a popular draw for visitors to the trade fair, the apprentice competitions bring a lot of interest to the Saddlery Pavilion to see the range of leather work being made.

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