15 Feb 2011

Horses in the headlines this week.


Hooked on Horses brings you a round-up of all the news snippets that are about or include horses this week, or we think may interest you!Please read and enjoy – HoH.

Woman charged over police horse ‘dog attack.’

A woman has admitted owning a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place after two police horses were bitten while on patrol in Essex. The two horses, Bella and Biscuit, were attacked by Staffordshire bull terrier Tyson in the Broomfield area of Chelmsford on the twelfth of January. Thirty-four-year-old Samantha Symonds from Chelmsford, is due to be sentenced in March.

London 2012 Equestrian Caterer
Racecourse operator Arena Leisure has won a contract worth up to £1 million in profits to provide catering at two venues for the London Olympic Games in 2012. One of the venues is Greenwich Park, home to the equestrian events.

The Duke of Edinburgh Celebrates his 90th milestone in style

The first photograph taken of the Duke of Edinburgh has been released to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition marking his 90th year.

The Duke of Edinburgh as a baby with Princess Alice in 1921
The Duke of Edinburgh as a baby with Princess Alice in 1921

In the black and white print Philip is a new-born baby in the arms of his mother Alice of Greece – an image which dates from soon after he was born on June 10, 1921 on Corfu.

It will form part of the display which will chronicle Philip’s life, interests and passions through objects, photographs, paintings and memorabilia.
Sporting pictures will also be included reflecting his passion for sport – polo, horse carriage driving, sailing and cricket.
Keen equestrians will enjoy this latest Royal exhibition, because of Philip’s equestrian pursuits, documneted in photography. Philip played polo until 1971, when he started to compete in carriage driving, a sport which he helped expand; the early rule book was drafted under his supervision.
Philip is patron to some 800 organisations, particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport, and education. He served as UK President of the World Wildlife Fundfrom 1961 to 1982, and was President of the International Equestrian Federationfrom 1964 to 1986. The exhibition will run for much of the year, it opened on February 12th until January 22nd 2012.

Two haystack fires in one day
Two fires broke out within a mile of each other in Southminster, Essex, on the 7th February. Farmers and firefighters have raised concerns about the recent spate of haystack fires in Essex. The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said they had noted forty-one such incidents in the past six months. In the past two weeks there have been incidents in Woodham Mortimer and two on the same day in Southminster.

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