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Following a positive dope test, America lost its Olympic team dressage 4th placing.

A random drug test on Mythilus during the Games showed the illegal drug Felbinac was in the horse’s system. The horse’s rider, Courtney King-Dye, later claimed Mythilus was contaminated while being treated for stress at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. But the International Equestrian Federation disqualified Courtney, which means America loses its fourth place in the Olympic team dressage competition.

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Live like a cowboy as you trek through the wild, romantic terrain in the Alps.
Families stay in mountain huts and ride Quarter and Paint horses especially imported from South America.
While the children learn how to pan for gold at The Pony Hoo, parents can relax at the Indian Spirits spa or take a trip down to the Western Saloon bar and listen to the live music.
On a Sunday, everyone gathers together in the Saloon to be entertained by cowboy tails. Two-step Western line dancing is held on a Wednesday, so make sure you take your cowboy boots.
The views along each wild trail are stunning and some of the riding is as high as 2000m.
The hotel is open all year round for riding, apart from in November and it lies on a high Alpine pass (1300m) with access into the largest ski area in the famous Zillertal Arena.
Fancy a break? Visit The Riding Company’s website, send us an email or give us a call.
020 7870 7834

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Beautiful painting…
With commissions that take artist Hazel Morgan all over the world and a client list including several Royal households across Europe and the Middle East, it’s clear to see why she is a leading equestrian artist.
The colour in this painting entitled Storm Cat is so luxurious, it almost looks edible.
For more details on the artist, visit http://www.hazelmorgan.com/

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Katie Price (or Jordan as she is commonly known) is set to launch her own equestrain clothing line this month at the Burghley Horse Trials.
The range, entitled KP Equestrian, includes clothing and accessories for both horse and rider – and is not for anyone shy of pink!
She said: ‘I’ve had such fun putting it together. I’ve worked with a top team of high-street fashion designers and we’ve applied quality fashion design to some classic equestrian pieces and given a horsey twist to a few general leisure items.
‘All the fabrics are of the highest quality and lots of thought has gone into the detailing to give each item a real design edge.
‘There’s something here for everyone – all ages and sizes, the horsey and the nonhorsey.
‘It’s fashionable and stylish but at the same time functional and wearable. And the horsewear is just fab. Your horse is going to look so cool!’
To see the range visit http://www.derbyhouse.co.uk/katieprice.asp

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Keep flies away from your horses eyes, by applying some lard near to the eye area.

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Riders will now be able to get closer to spotting whales than ever before, away from the crowds and where you can’t even get to by vehicle, thanks to a new holiday from The Riding Company.
Visit Hermanus, the most famous area in the world for whale watching and see Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, and the Southern Right Whale, at close quarters. Not only is the large population of whales and sharks unparalleled elsewhere, but the locations are so accessible, that you are virtually guaranteed to witness lots of different species.
Gallop across one of the world’s most stunning beach rides, part of a Unesco protected nature reserve, spread over a week. Holidays are available throughout the year with great beaches, as well as fauna and flora viewing. The whale watching season runs from September through to October, but many whales can still be seen in November.
Catch the start of the whale spotting season, with a trip this Autumn. You’ll get no jet lag, as South Africa is in the same timezone as Europe, the exchange rate is currently in our favour – where the pound can buy lots of South African rands and, well, there are no mating whales to be spotted by the cliffs of Dover.
The Riding Company can also arrange for you to go on a horse drawn tour of historic Cape Town, visit Table mountain by cable car and witness the amazing views or shark viewing and shark cage diving at Gansbaai.
For seven nights at a guest house and bush camp, a full itinerary and full board costs £1450 per person.
There are still some places available at the end of October and early November – which is when the whales come in to mate with the cows and there is plenty of action! It is also when the flowers are in full bloom in the famous flower valley, so get in touch with The Riding Company on 020 7870 7834 or email info@theridingcompany.com to make a booking. For more details visit The Riding Company’s website www.theridingcompany.com

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Visit Salzburg to experience the Sound of Music tour followed by a week of hiking, hacking and yodling in beautiful Alpine scenery, based at the family-friendly 3* Strasserwirt, a 700 year old country house hotel.

A seven night break costs just £346 per adult on half-board with return transfer from Salzburg airport (or 4 nights on half board: £261 per adult)

Sing like Maria to your heart’s content, as you visit the scenes where the famous film was shot, including the 18th century Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children were seen singing ‘Do-Re-Mi’ around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse,  and Leopoldskron Castle which was used as the von Trapp family home.

Then spend the rest of the week at this traditional Tyrolean hotel which has been in the Nothegger family for generations. The hotel lies in one of the most beautiful valleys in Austria and is surrounded by peaks which are easily accessible by foot or on horseback. The hotel has its own riding school and offers lessons of the highest quality throughout the year in addition to daily rides out in small groups, both for novice and for experienced riders. Maps and advice provided for hikes into the hills.

A seven night break costs just £346 per adult on half-board with return transfer from Salzburg airport Kids on half-board in adults’ room with transfer: 0-6 years: £66, 7- 12 years: £161, 13-15 yrs: £210. Short breaks also available: 4 nights on half board: £261 per adult: 0-6 years: £, 7- 12 years: £161, 13-15 yrs: £210. Sound of Music tour £40 per adult. 10 hours of riding (either group lessons or rides out) cost £125, (5 hours : £65). Family carriage rides also offered (£50 for 4 people).

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