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The chairman of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) dressage committee, resigned after eight years in the post.

Both Princess Haya and the FEI executive board pushed for the whole dressage committee to resign in October, but the chairman Mariette Withages, previously refused.

At the general assembly in Buenos Aires last week, the FEI bureau voted for the chairman’s removal. But before any further action was taken, the chairman resigned.

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Post Hotel, Italy

Post Hotel, Italy

Join us on one of our hugely popular ‘Get-together’ riding weeks for singles or riders whose partners and friends don’t ride.
Join our house parties at the friendly Schlosswirt hotel in Austria, set among a beautiful national park.
Gallop or ski through the deep snow, winter moonlight rides through the forest and horse sleigh rides along the river. After riding, take afternoon tea with a slice of cake at the open fireplace. In the evening spoil yourself with a hot Gluhwein or Schnapps by the fireplace in the friendly bar. But if you fancy a bit of pampering, our Ride and Spa packages at The Poste in Italy, are a great way to meet up with others. With various spa and beauty packages for both men and women, as well as the the use of indoor pool and saunas and Aroma steambath, you won’t have time to get bored.

Here are just some of our get-together trips dates:

Ride and Ski in Italy. Visit the 2* Orthal from January 24 – 31st for just £612 for full board, 8 hours riding and return transfers from Vicenza.

Enjoy our Ride and Spa New Year detox trip at the 4* Post, Italian Dolomites (£813 per single room) from January Sunday 18 – 26th or March 28 to April 4.

Visit the friendly 3* Schlosswirt (£684 per single room) January Saturday 17 – 24th.

Or join us for a chalet party at the Schlosswirt for a bargain price, from either 8 – 15th March or 15 – 20th March, for just £595. This includes 7 nights half board and 10 hours of riding and return transfers.

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brooke-logoToday The Riding Company made a donation to the Brooke horse charity to train two animal workers as part of their ‘Give a gift for Christmas’ campaign.
Visit http://www.thebrookeshop.org and choose your gift – a lifesaving present for a working horse which can be ‘A month of healthy eating’ (£18.86), ‘a painkiller kit’ (£10), ‘a shade shelter’ (£36.45), a ‘fantastic fly fringe’ (£10) or even a ‘vet for the day’ (£39.31).
What a perfect Christmas present – the horse (or donkey) gets your help and you get a gorgeous gift pack to give your loved one. Each pack contains a fun card and a special gift certificate showing exactly how their present will give working animals and their poor owners a better life. Each gift also comes with two fantastic window stickers. Orders must be received by 15th December for Christmas delivery.

Visit http://www.thebrooke.org for more information.

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During these financially difficult times, keeping a horse can seem like a difficult expense. But The Riding Company has a few tips if you’re struggling, but don’t want to let go of your horse.

Get together with other horse people you know and move your horses in together to share the workload and bills. Create a diary to split up the day to day work and you’ll also be able to share the cost of food and vet fees.

Think about leasing your horse. The lessee pays for all or half of the horse’s expenses such as feed, and farrier. And in exchange, they will be able to use your horse. But if you decide to lease out your horse, make sure you have a contract in place that details payments and how often the lessee can work with your horse.

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Ski joering

Ski joering

Why not try this latest trend sport, which is offered at two of our Ride & Ski venues, the Post hotel in the Italian Dolomites and at the Strasserwirt in the Austrian Tyrol?

It’s like waterski-ing but the ‘horse-power’ comes from a horse, not a boat! Ski jeering costs £45 per hour.

Have a go at this new trend sport where you ski behind a horse, like waterski-ing on the snow! This is actually not a new sport at all, but had its origins in Sweden 2500 BC as a simple means of winter transport by peasants. It was also presented as a demonstration sport in the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz.
You should be at least 16 years old, a good parallel ski-er, but no riding experience is necessary. You should not deviate more than 1.5m to the side of the horse. During the one hour session, you will learn how to harness and control the horse whilst walking, trotting and cantering.

Visit The Riding Company online for more details http://www.theridingcompany.com

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araberwinter300x220Why not visit Strasswerwirt in Austria for a short break on the piste, with less than an hour on the plane?
Soak up the spectacular Tyrolean Alpine landscape; by horse, skis or foot in just a weekend.
The traditional family run hotel has been in the Nothegger family for generations, and has its own riding school with award winning instructors. A couple of short hacks on sure footed haflingers are also possible in winter to view this stunning winter landscape which includes frozen lakes and ice falls.

Or if you fancy staying in Italy, the 2* Orthal is a great budget trip. The family-run hotel is a comfortable, unfussy hotel which has been recently modernised in the local style. The hotel has its own ski slopes, ski school and ski /snowboard hire. Daily rides out in the gentle rolling hills around the Asiago plateau. The area is perfect for beginners and families and there are several other small ski stations in the area. Paradise for cross-country skiers.
Visit http://www.theridingcompany.com/uk/choose-a-holiday.htm#winterridingandskiing for more information.

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hack-portraitThe Riding Company – http://www.theridingcompany.com – are soon to launch their very own online shop selling beautiful equestrian gifts, fashion and bespoke services.

And here is just a little taster of what will be on offer. Our very own bespoke equestrian photographer offers everything from bespoke equestrian portrait sessions, to a session held at any location, such as stable visits, shows, events, or just a hack out.
His standard turnaround is 10 working days from the order being received, where he will then take around 100 photographs, and provide preview samples on a CD. Prices start from £99 for a shoot which includes four 10″ by 8″ prints.

Watch this space for more info on our new shop, or if you’d like to know more about equestrian photography email us amy@theridingcompany.com

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