Moorlands Totilas and his new rider Matthias Alexander Rath have had their first public outing together on the 6th Feb at Schockemohle Stallion Show in Germany, where 3000 spectators watched the duo perform. The pair next appear competitively in May with the aim to qualify for the European Championships in Rotterdam. Paul Schockemohle bought the stallion last October for an undisclosed sum, but according to the sellers, it was an offer that couldn’t be refused.
Totilas’s stud fees start at around £4500+VAT.
Racing was cancelled at Newbury racecourse on Saturday 12th February after 2 horses Fenix Two and Marching Song collapsed in the parade ring. It is speculated that the 2 horses were electrocuted by an old power line that has been accidentally severed and an investigation is under way. Kid Cassidy, trained by Nicky Henderson was withdrawn as it behaved oddly in the parade ring. None of the handlers were injured and the meeting will hopefully be re-scheduled for this coming week.
An 11 year old ex-racehorse thoroughbred foster mare called Candy has fostered a shire foal, named baby. The foal was born at the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, near Tarporley, Cheshire. Two days after the birth, the foal’s Dam died of a twisted gut. It was a worrying 3 weeks until a surrogate Mum was found, through the National Foaling Bank, to which the owner of the Shire Horse Centre, Mr Alistair King, is extremely grateful (see our link to this on equestrian associations at the top of the Home page). Mr King, who has bred shires for 40 years, has slept in his car for several nights so that he can keep a watchful eye over the mare and foal and says that the pair are now inseparable. Three other foals have been born at the centre over the last few weeks and visitors to the centre are being asked to think of names for the foals; fillies being named after Scottish Lochs and colts to be named after Scottish Mountains. Photo Courtesy of Horse and Hound.
The Over Wyre Equestrian Club – Meeting at The Black Bull, Preesall on Thursday 10th March @ 7pm. There will be a speaker from Allen & Page Horse Feeds giving a talk on “The problems with feeding Mollasses and Barley Feed” and “Horse Obesity”. Entrance fee is £5 adults and £1 children (as there isn’t an annual subscription payable to the club). All welcome. For further information, text Vanessa on 07854 501469.