US: Parents Sue Over Equestrian’s Death, Raising Safety Issues »
The parents of a 17-year-old girl who died in a fall while competing in the
Olympic equestrian sport of eventing have sued the sport’s governing body, her former trainer and others in a California
court, claiming that the death was caused in part because the course was made more dangerous to make it more “thrilling”
(Source: New York Times - 18 May 2008)
– UK: Six hurt as horse bolts at crowd »
Two people have sustained fractured ankles and a pregnant woman is being treated
for shock after being hit by a bolting horse at a show in Hampshire.
(Source: BBC News Channel - 5 May
Additional reporting with pictures and video - Mail on Sunday (7 May 2008)
RIDER PROTECTION UK:
Spotlight falls on hats worn by hunt servants »
The Master of Foxhounds Association is undertaking a safety review of the style
of hats commonly worn by hunt servants.
(Source: Horse & Hound Online
- 5 May 2008)
FIRE County Durham – UK: Animal deaths blamed on arsonists »
A fire in which a large number of animals were killed, is being treated as
arson, police have confirmed.
(Source: BBC News Channel - 5 May
CLIMATE Latest climate forecasts show decrease in summer rainfall »
Results from the latest techniques in climate change forecasting, published
by the Royal Society, indicate that average summer rainfall for northern Europe could decrease by between 5 and 20 per cent
by the end of the century. The findings use Met Office Hadley Centre climate
simulations in a multiple model ensemble.
It is thanks to multiple model ensembles that climate scientists will be able
to provide a more systematic risk assessment of projected climate change. The ultimate aim is to generate detailed probabilities
for a range of possible changes in climate, designed to give more information on the possible uncertainties in future climate. Dr James Murphy, Head of Climate Prediction at the Met Office, who pioneered this
work, said: "The science of probabilistic and ensemble climate prediction is still rather young but is growing quickly. Today’s
results are a step forward, but the numbers should be regarded as preliminary”.
The Met Office Hadley Centre model suggests that although it is very likely that overall summers will become drier,
it is likely that summer showers will become heavier.
(Source: Met Office - 2 May 2008)
See also the Riding Safely risk register »
WELFARE Worcestershire – UK: Horse cruelty woman banned for five years »
A Woman has been banned from keeping horses or ponies for five years after
being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a chestnut mare.
(Source: Stourbridge News - 2 May
ILPH announces new name »
The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has announced
that from 1 May 2008 it will be known as ‘World Horse Welfare’.
RIDER PROTECTION Panama City – FL – USA: Compulsory riding hats for under 16’s
a step nearer » Lawmakers passed a bill that requires
children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when they ride a horse on public property - a public road or right of way, a
public trail or school property, and when they receive riding lessons. The bill
now heads to the Senate for consideration.
(Source: WMBB -TV – 30 April 2008)
– Scotland – UK: Britain's tallest horse finds love »
It is not easy to find love when you are the biggest in Great Britain, but
for nine feet high Clydesdale horse Digger, most lady horses just came up short. It may have been a tall order but now the
World Horse Welfare resident at Aboyne, in Aberdeenshire, has finally found his perfect partner.
(Source: stv.tv - 1 May 2008)