Stoneleigh, shorter days and the sun­shine state

With win­ter on the hori­zon, there’s no need to cur­tail your plans; there’s still plenty of news and events

Horse & Hound - - Letters - H&H De­vel­op­ment Ed­i­tor ALICE COLLINS

With the Bri­tish Dres­sage na­tional cham­pi­onships kick­ing off to­day at Stoneleigh and over 4,000 events to pe­ruse in this mega-is­sue of list­ings, the thrust of the week is one of com­pe­ti­tion, self-im­prove­ment and tar­get-set­ting.

The ever-short­en­ing days do not have to sound the death knell on rid­ing and com­pet­i­tive am­bi­tion for the sea­son — or even on your spec­tat­ing.

This week’s vet pages high­light the man­age­ment chal­lenges — and the re­wards — of per­for­mance horses who live out 24/7. And while that works for some, spare a thought for all the horses (and peo­ple) in the path of hur­ri­cane Irma, which has been cut­ting a swathe of calami­tous de­struc­tion through the Caribbean and Florida — in­clud­ing the horsey hot­bed of Welling­ton.

The out­pour­ing of sup­port and of­fers of help

within the equine com­mu­nity in the USA has been stag­ger­ing. I must de­clare a vested in­ter­est here: af­ter six-and-a-half happy years at Horse & Hound, this is my fi­nal week and I’ ll be mov­ing to the (usu­ally ap­pro­pri­ately named) sun­shine state. Though per­haps I’ll wait for the weather to re­cal­i­brate; you’re in topsy-turvy times when you seek bet­ter weather in Lon­don than Florida.

Good­bye and thank you to read­ers and col­leagues alike. It’s been emo­tional.

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