Report from Sam Watson Equiratings Evening

29 January 2024

Sam’s presentation was truly excellent and a lot of food for thought was left for us to ponder. He started off by telling us how Equiratings started. It all began by him not performing well in the showjumping phase at the World Games in Kentucky in 2010 and at the next World Games in 2014. He decided it was not going to happen a third time! He then worked out that he was in the…

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Report from the Annual Course Dressage Training with Gareth Hughes

9 January 2024

Firstly, very many thanks to Ann and all of the Committee Members for organising a fantastic and inspirational two days of training at the F&I conference. For all of us, this was our first visit to the conference since qualifying in 2018, 2023, 2006, and 2018 respectively. We met in Hong Kong and have been supported by many ‘F’s’ and ‘I’s’ whilst being overseas, but nothing compares to seeing and meeting so many people in…

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Report from the Annual Course Jumping Report

9 January 2024

Addington is a venue I have not been to for many years. I remember being pretty impressed all those years ago. It didn’t disappoint this time, simple and smart new navy branding, many arenas and good signage greeted us as we arrived. Ann was on the door smiling as always. I never know how she manages to do this when she has the weight of such an extensive two days on her shoulders. Beyond the…

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Chairman’s Report – Annual Course & AGM, Addington 2024

3 January 2024

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F & I Winter newsletter

13 December 2023

Festive greetings to you all! It does not seem two minutes since the last newsletter but yes winter is well and truly here. As always, it’s so important to stay in touch and ensure we keep talking and supporting each other as much as possible. This time of year can be very challenging, especially if you do not have the luxury of an indoor arena and therefore lessons have to be cancelled with frozen surfaces…

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F&I Autumn Newsletter 2023

30 September 2023

Dear F&I Member, Well, where does the time go? How have we arrived at the end of September already? I don’t know about you, but I find the year seems to whizz past faster than ever. I guess like so many of you, being super busy, the days merge into weeks and then months and you blink and it’s already blackberry time again, and the horses’ coats are starting to turn… What a super run-up…

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Report from the “Let’s Focus on Show Jumping” day

18 September 2023

“Let’s Focus on Show Jumping” was the theme at this year’s Scottish F&I day, organised in collaboration with BHS Scotland & BS Scotland. Held on Monday 18th September 2023 at Netherton Equestrian, Perthshire, it was an exciting day with a full programme of Show Jumping experts. Organiser Jen Morris had put together an amazing panel for us to learn from, which comprised: Lucy Moss – BS Scottish Development Officer & Scottish Committee Chair Shaun Sands…

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Report from the 2023 Burghley course walk with Eric Smiley FBHS

31 August 2023

10.20 am at fence two we all assembled, in eager readiness to walk this iconic five star track under the expert guidance of Eric.  The sun shone and pleasantries exchanged with fellow members from far and wide. Today’s group from all corners of the world making it a truly multi-national group. One of the joys of being an F&I member is the interesting like-minded people we encounter. Eric has a manner which makes him a…

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F&I Summer Newsletter 2023

30 June 2023

Sam York FBHS, Chair, 30th June 2023 Dear Members, How on earth is it already the end of June??  With the longest day already gone, summer is in full swing, the hay is ready to be cut and the horsefly season is in full force! I hope you are enjoying the amazing light mornings and long summer nights – my very early morning runs with the sun coming up are spectacular, and coaching into the…

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F&I Association Report: Irish Day

23 May 2023

On Tuesday, the 23rd of May 2023, F&I Association members had the pleasure of being welcomed to the beautiful Kildangan Stud in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Famously, Kildangan is one of 7 studs within the wider Godolphin Ireland Limited enterprise, founded by his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai). Kildangan’s own history can be traced back to the 17th century,…

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