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Farmer awarded £2,450 compensation for cow killed by train

Farmer awarded £2,450 compensation for cow killed by train

|| Animak Animal Wear || A crofter has been awarded £2,450 in compensation from Network Rail after one of his cows was killed on a railway track.Duncan MacLennan, from the Highlands, said the cow made its way from common grazing land at Strathie because of poorly maintained fences along the track. The cow was struck by a train and killed during the incident on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line on 27 July 2016. Initially, Network Rail said the cow had strayed from its original field and it released a statement saying it invests “significant sums” renewing fencing along tracks every year....

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Grandfather who learned to ride in September to make BE debut

Grandfather who learned to ride in September to make BE debut

|| Animak Animal Wear ||  A grandfather who started riding at the age of 60 last September is aiming to complete his first British Eventing competition in a fortnight’s time as part of the Wobbleberry challenge.Northamptonshire-based Tony York is one of hundreds of riders who have vowed to take part in a BE80 for the first time in 2017, to raise money for the Willberry Wonder Pony charity. Daughter Jo York told H&H Tony had “always been threatening” to ride. “We’ve been riding forever and he’s always driven the lorry and walked courses with us,” she said. “He always used to have the ‘I could do it...

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Rider stored equine remedy in painkiller bottle: banned for 15 months

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Rider stored equine remedy in painkiller bottle: banned for 15 months

||  Animak Animal Wear ||  An endurance horse failed a drug test after he was given a homeopathic remedy stored in an old tramadol bottle.Houkoumi G, ridden by Belgium’s Evelyne Stoffel, tested positive for the powerful painkiller O-desmethyl-tramadol at the CEI* 100 at Virton on 4 September 2016. The drug is prescribed for use in humans, but it is a banned substance for equines under FEI rules, meaning it is “not permitted for use in the competition horse at any time”. It was found to be present in the urine, but not the blood sample taken. The case went before the FEI Tribunal on...

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Owner's hairspray causes showjumper's positive dope test

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Owner's hairspray causes showjumper's positive dope test

||  Animak Animal Wear || A positive test for a banned substance at an international showjumping competition was caused by a product used by the horse’s owner on his thinning hair.A sample taken from South African Jonathan Clarke’s ride Felix van de Mispelaere at the one-star show in South Africa in August 2015 was found to contain minoxidil. The chemical, used to treat high blood pressure, is a banned substance under FEI rules, ie one that has no legitimate use in horses. But on 6 June, the FEI tribunal ruled the source of the inadvertent contamination was the product used by Mr Slade, who owns the horse with his...

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School's out! 7 competitions you need to head to this summer holiday

School's out! 7 competitions you need to head to this summer holiday

|| Animak Animal Wear || With the majority of school’s summer holidays now upon us, take a look at these competitions you need to enter to make the most of your time off.   Unaffiliated showjumping Date: 15 JulyVenue: Priory Farm Equestrian, StaffordDetails: “Classes from clear round and 50cm to 1m. All classes include a jump-off if the first round is jumped clear. From beginners to seasoned pros, all are welcome — the more the merrier!”Enter now Express one-day event Date: 16 JulyVenue: Epworth Equestrian, DoncasterDetails: “Classes from 70cm to 90cm. The winner is the nearest to the optimum time with a clear round. Rosettes to sixth place in...

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