Tokyo medals, major legislative changes and end of confinement: look back at 2021

Records were broken, historic law changes announced and the UK started to unlock again, with the sport of equestrianism providing many exciting times and owners and riders finally being able to enjoy their horses to the fullest. Take a look at some of the highlights of 2021 …

1 First woman winner of the Grand National

Rachael Blackmore receives Randox Grand National Handicap Chase Trophy after winning Minella Times Photo by David Davies – Pool / Getty Images

Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore became the first woman to win the Grand National when she first passed the post on Minella Times in Aintree in April.

2 remembering the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died in April at the age of 99. He was one of the best British polo players in the 1980s and excelled at four-man driving. The Duke was President of the FEI from 1964 to 1986 and is widely recognized for having created the sport of combined driving.

3 A milestone day for animal cruelty

Longer prison sentences for animal cruelty have come into force in England and Wales. Those convicted now face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, in line with Scotland and Northern Ireland – a big increase from the old six-month limit.

4 Government green light

Big Jake was the tallest horse alive

This one is so simple, but arguably the most special part of 2021: the freedom to take care of our horses as we please, meet our rider friends and just go out and enjoy our horses without having to worry. breaking government rules.

We had to wait until June for all the restrictions to be lifted, just in time for a summer of fun.

5 farewell to a beloved giant

Big Jake, the tallest living horse in the world at 8:00 p.m., has died at the age of 20. The beloved giant lived in America and was certified in 2010 as measuring 210.19cm at the withers.

6 mounted police patrols for road safety

Data from the BHS on traffic incidents involving horses have led to more mounted police patrols in the UK. The effectiveness of these patrols has shown that reporting all incidents and near misses to the BHS is not only essential, but leads to actions to help make roads safer.

Prancer likes to hack with horses

7 a deer went to hack

Two 1,000 Mile Hack Challengers posted photos of them in our Facebook group hacking with an unusual companion this summer – a wild deer called Prancer.

8 ‘Bronze lacé d’or’ for Dujardin

The world has been conquered by the adorable chestnut gelding Gio from Charlotte Dujardin in Japan. Despite his lack of experience at the senior levels, he helped Britain clinch bronze in both individual and team, alongside Carl Hester (En Vogue) and Lottie Fry (Everdale).

The trio reunited – with Tokyo Touring Reserve Gareth Hughes (Sinato van Hof Olympia) – and won team silver at the Europeans in Haden, Germany, with Charlotte and Gio also winning bronze in freestyle.

9 British eventing competitions set new Olympic record

After a 49-year drought, the British riders returned home Olympic champions thanks to the heroic performances of Oliver Townend (Ballaghmor class), Tom McEwen and Laura Collett (London 52).

Tom also won individual silver over Toledo De Kerser.

Ben Maher and Explosion W Photo: FEI / Christophe Taniere

10 Brilliant Ben takes gold in show jumping

Ben Maher and his valiant chestnut Explosion W won individual gold by just 17 hundredths of a second in a biting jump-off at the Tokyo Olympics.

11 The golden race continues for British para-riders

Sir Lee Pearson, Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells won a seventh Paralympic team gold medal in Tokyo.

Lee added two more gold medals to his tally on his local breed Breezer – both individual and Category II freestyle – reaffirming his place as the most decorated equestrian Paralympian of all time.

Lee then received a rare honorary sponsorship for British Dressage.

12 Two Shires hack in Scotland

Jamie Alcock and his Shire horses Millie and Willam set out from Gloucestershire and arrived in Morayshire, Scotland some 650 miles less than three months later.

They raised £ 50,000 for charity.

13 a new five-star – and a marriage proposal

In the absence of a CCI5 * horse show on British soil, following the cancellation of Badminton and Burghley, a new meeting was organized in Bicton in Devon at lightning speed.

Gemma Tattersall landed the top spot – an ideal career for her – and her boyfriend proposed at the winner’s press conference. She said yes!

14 a legend retires

Andrew Nicholson announced his retirement from high performance eventing at the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials in September. The six-time Olympian has said he will focus on producing horses at the two- or three-star level.

Piggy March, Nicola Wilson and Sarah Bullimore Credit: FEI / Richard Juilliart

15 British Whitewash in the European Eventing Competition

An all-female British team traveled to the FEI European Eventing Championships in Avenches, Switzerland and won all available medals, including a 23rd team gold medal for Great Britain.

16 Owner of an obese horse pursued

The owner of a Hackney Cross described by a vet as “grossly overweight” has been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering. The horse, John, lost over 25% of his body weight after arriving at Redwings.

17 Historic change for the modern pentathlon

Following concerns about the welfare of horses in the modern pentathlon at Tokyo 2020, a decision by the International Modern Pentathlon Union led to the announcement that show jumping will no longer be a part of the sport after the Olympic Games. 2024 in Paris.

18 Five SEIB champions crowned at Your Horse Live

A new SEIB Search for a Star M&M champion has been found at Simone Harrison and her Welsh section D Wishaw Red Admiral. Four more Search for a Star finals – all new for 2020 – meant five sashes and trophies were awarded in total.

19 Abandoned tow test

Trailer towing tests ceased on September 20 shortly after the government announced that drivers who passed their car test after January 1, 1997 will no longer need to take a separate test to tow a trailer or caravan. with a maximum authorized mass of a maximum of 3,500 kg. .

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