Can you believe that women have only been allowed to vote for 100 years? It seems like no time at all, and to mark the anniversary of that monumental moment we’re celebrating some of equestrian’s leading ladies (p24). When we first discussed the feature in a planning meeting, there was a real buzz (and no, we’re not an all-girl team). There have been so many female-generated milestones that we could have filled the entire issue. Of course, it means we’ve had to leave some worthy women out, but we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we loved researching and writing it. I challenge you not to be moved by our interview with Suzanna Hext, who talks about her rise to para dressage glory on p18. Her life changed dramatically in a split second and, even when faced with a painful, bleak future, she battled on. She’s truly a wonder woman in her own right. Our Horse Care section kicks off with a great piece about natural living (p66). Growing up on a farm meant my horses enjoyed their life mostly in a field — or a barn when it was particularly cold and wet — and I’m still really keen on providing an environment that suits my horse, rather than me. It’s a constant battle though, isn’t it? Whatever your situation — livery, yard owner or otherwise — our feature shows that there are simple little changes you can make to take your horse’s quality of life up a notch. The turnout options, in particular, make for fascinating reading. Finally, I spent a day with Jason Webb to film the DVD attached to this cover. He has worked wonders on myriad equines with behavioural issues, and I was particularly struck by his effective, kind method for working with a horse nervous in traffic. Give it a watch — there’s something in there we can all learn from.
MAGAZINE It’s 50 years since Jane Holderness-Roddam won Badminton (above, p24). Suzanna Hext (above left) is a gutsy girl too (p18)