one likes an accident. Those featured in this section come from media sources and often lack detail of the complete circumstances.
Even so, by being aware of past accidents may help to prevent similar accidents occurring in the future.
A driver who ran into and killed a horse and its rider has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence and three-year
(Source: Horse & Hound
UK -London: Free Legal Seminars and Equine Law Newsletters
Hardwicke is a barristers’ chambers with a niche area of expertise in Equine
Law. They've been running seminarsover the past year covering the legal liabilities of horse ownership. We attended
the London Seminar in May 2011 and those attending described it as "really helpful". We'll keep you updated through
our Diary Dates section of any future seminars. In Addition the Hardwicke's Equine Legal Team have produced
With possibly the dullest name on the internet, this free reference resource from the National Archives will be useful
for students or anyone wanting to check a piece of legislation. Whilst not everyone will want to check out every law
passed in the UK over the last 800 years or browse the 6.5 million PDF documents when you're looking for a particular piece
of legislation (such as the Animal Welfare Act) you'll be able to find it easily and quickly.
UK: The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising
out of work activities.They do this through research, information and advice,
promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, inspection, investigation and enforcement.
HSE Myth of the month
The Myth of the Month series ran from April 2007 to December
2010. Throughout this period, HSE attempted to dispel some of the most widely believed health and safety myths.
Topthorn, a life-size black stallion puppet and actors from the West End hit
production War Horse along with Britain’s finest riders and trainers discussing London 2012 are just two of the treats
in store for visitors to BETA International 2012. BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the
equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. It will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 19 to 21 February. Entry
is open to the trade only and free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.
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Looking back, BETA International 2011 saw an increase on visitor numbers on
the previous year.It also provided the perfect launch platform for newcomer, Equine
Designs.Their product “Equi-Ping” is designed to offer a much safer alternative
to baler twine when tying up horses.Winning a highly commended innovation award, the
judges said “We liked the way that the tension could be varied and the fact that it could be
reused. This is a small device that could have a big impact on safety and security when tying up horses and ponies”.Riding Safety agrees and for us, this was the product of the show.Karen Roberts of Equine Designs told us “Over 10 months we’ve sold 45 000 Equi-Ping’s in 13
countries”. Visit www.equinedesigns.co.uk
UK January 2011 – Lantra: A Study into the Business and Skills Requirements
of the UK Equine Industry.
Lantra conducted a survey of 421 UK equine businesses between February and April 2010. A supporting employee survey
was undertaken from December 2009 to June 2010 which received 250 responses. Lantra report that "results from the survey are
not robust but are powerful indicators of the opinions of equine industry employees".The 112 page report contains considerable data and can be considered to be the latest up-to-date overview of the UK
Lantra work with employers, trade associations, unions, learning and training providers, Governments and public agencies
- to ensure the UK'sland-based and environmental industries have access to the
skills and people they need.Find out more »
The ‘Breaking the Strangles Hold’ campaign has smashed its initial fundraising target of £250,000, demonstrating
how important, to horse owners, getting to grips with this terrible disease is. Donations are still required and will help
fund research for the point-of-care test.
The ‘Breaking the Strangles Hold’ was run by the Animal Health Trust and The British Horse Society. It aimed
to raise £250,000 in order to produce a diagnostic blood test to screen for Strangles, and ultimately a vaccine to prevent
horses contracting this dreadful disease. The campaign reached its financial target in two years. A blood test has been developed.
Work still continues on a safe and effective vaccine.
Additional research has been funded by a number of bodies including HBLB, Welsh Pony and Cob Society, European Breeders
Fund, Puffa, AHT US, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Bransby Home of Rest for Horses, Mrs I J Gates Charity Fund, Stafford
Trust, Geoffrey Serth Charitable Trust and the Elise Pilkington Trust.