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30 April

 LEGAL   UK: Capt Mark Phillips in court over quad bike death case ╗  

Capt Mark Phillips attended court today as his lawyers fought to have a health and safety prosecution against his company dismissed.  The company, Equiland Ltd, and two other defendants deny health and safety charges following the death of a teenage quad bike rider on the Gatcombe Park estate.

After two days of legal argument at Bristol Crown Court, Judge David Ticehurst found in the defendants’ favour, ruling that the case should be “stayed as an abuse of process”.

The prosecution said it may appeal and the case was adjourned until next Thursday.  If the prosecution does not appeal the case will be dismissed.

(Source: Telegraph.co.uk – 30 April 2008)


Related Information

The HSE have produced an information sheet providing guidance on the safe use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV's) – quad bikes

see: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais33.pdf

Current standard riding hats are considered appropriate head protection when driving a quad bike


 DISEASE   Australia:  NSW Govt points finger over horse flu outbreak ╗  

New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald has publicly attacked the federal quarantine service, saying blame for the horse flu outbreak rests solely with it.

(Source: ABC Online - 30 April 2008)  


 INCIDENT   Norwich – England – UK: 84-year-old died after horse fall ╗  

An 84-year-old huntswoman suffered a fatal fall from her horse when it tried to jump a barbed wire fence, an inquest heard.

(Source Norwich Evening News - 30 April 2008)


29 April

 WELFARE   Skegness – England – UK:  Fears for horse safety ╗

A HORSE owner believes someone is deliberately letting her horses out of their field.

(Source: Skegness Standard - 29 April 2008)


28 April

 HSE   UK:  Agriculture bulletin April 2008

The 7th edition of Health & Safety Executive’s Agriculture E-bulletin is now available free online.

The E-bulletin provides details on the latest health and safety issues affecting agriculture and its associated industries.


 HSE   UK:  VDU / Display screen equipment (DSE) FAQs updated ╗

The frequently asked questions section relating to The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 was updated on 25 April 2008.  The Regulations require employers to minimise the risks in VDU work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.

They apply where staff habitually use VDUs as a significant part of their normal work. Other people, who use VDUs only occasionally, are not covered by the requirements in the Regulations (apart from the workstation requirements). However, their employers still have general duties to protect them under other health and safety at work legislation.

(Source HSE - 28 April 2008)

Who are the HSE and what do they do?


 FIRE   UK – Worcestershire:  Arson attack threatens horses ╗  

A fire at a stables near Malvern which threatened the lives of two horses is being treated as suspected arson.

(Source Worcester News - 28 April 2008)


 EVENTING   USA:  US Eventing wants frangible pins compulsory ╗ 

The US Eventing Association Eventing Standards Task Force is pushing to make frangible pins compulsory for all cross-country courses in the US.

(Source: horsetalk.co.nz  -  28 April 2008)


INCIDENT   UK:  Man hit by runaway horse critical ╗

A RACECOURSE worker who was hit by a running horse at Haydock on Saturday was described as “critical but stable” last night.

(Source:  Liverpool Daily Post - 28 April 2008)  


27 April

 EVENTING  INCIDENT   USA:  Rider injured and two Horses euthanised at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event ╗ 

A rider is in critical condition after a fall at the Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington, and two horses have to be euthanized.  Twenty-four-year-old Laine Ashker and her horse Frodo Baggins fell at fence 5.  She was airlifted to the University of Kentucky hospital where she remains in a stable but critical condition in intensive care. She suffered a broken jaw, a broken collar bone, and multiple fractured ribs.  Frodo Baggins, was diagnosed with a fracture at the base of his skull, as well as severe lung injury.  Euthanasia was considered to be the most humane option for the horse.   Another horse, "The Quiet Man", was critically injured during the competition and was also euthanised. His rider Sarah Hansel escaped serious injury.

(Source: Kentucky.com  -  27 April 2008)


 DOG ATTACK   UK – Lancashire:  Dogs shot dead after killing horse ╗ 

TWO rottweilers that are believed to have mauled a horse to death were shot by police officers.

Police received a call at around 1.40am to say that two rottweiler dogs were attacking a horse in a field off Clough End Road, Haslingden. When officers arrived at the scene they found the horse lying dead in the field after what appeared to have been a savage attack by the two dogs.

(Source: Lancashire Telegraph  -  27 April 2008)


26 April

 EVENTING   Education is at the heart of eventing safety, says FEI ╗

The latest International Equestrian Federation figures show eventing falls are decreasing, but rotational falls are up with a quarter of riders involved in such falls being severely injured or killed.

(Source Horse & Hound online - 26 April 2008)

Related International Equestrian Federation (FEI) information:

FEI Eventing Safety Forum - Report & Conclusions (Copenhagen - 19 January 2008)

2007 FEI Eventing Safety Statistics (Published 21 April 2008)

FEI Eventing Safety Homepage


25 April

DISEASE   UK:  Sussex horse sanctuary donkeys test positive for equine flu ╗   

Two donkeys at a rescue centre in Uckfield, Sussex have tested positive for equine flu. One has since died.

(Source Horse & Hound online - 25 April 2008)


 DOG ATTACK   Boy suffers facial scars after dogs attack pony while out riding ╗

A 12-year-old boy has been left facially scarred after falling from his pony during a dog attack

(Source Horse & Hound online - 25 April 2008)


 DISEASE   Australia:  Equine flu report out, government 'considering it' ╗

The final report of the six-month equine influenza inquiry has been released to Australia's federal government.  Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said in a statement that he had received it, and would take the time needed to thoroughly review it before making any decision on its recommendations.  No time for its public release has been given.

(Source: horsetalk.co.nz  -  25 April 2008)


23 April

 BIZARRE   Hungary - Szeged:  Horse ditches singer mid-musical ╗

A Hungarian singer ended up in the orchestra pit after the horse he was sitting on bolted mid-performance when he broke into song at a musical adaptation of Geza Gardonyi's, The Stars of Eger at the national theatre in Szeged, Hungary.

(Source:  Ananova - 23 April 2008) 


 INCIDENT   UK – Yorkshire:  Leeds horse rider died two hours after freak accident ╗

A verdict of accidental death has been returned on a Leeds bank manager who died in a “freak accident” after falling from a horse in an indoor school.

(Source: Yorkshire Evening Post - 23 April 2008) 

22 April

A barn fire in which 11 horses died on Saturday 19 April 2008 at Fab Oak Stable has been traced to an electrical  fault. 

(Source : Kentucky.com  -  22 April 2008)

Read the previous report - Eleven horses die in barn fire ╗


 WELFARE   UK – Kent:  Horse tied up and dumped in lane ╗

A horse had to be put down after it was discovered tied up and dumped in a Kent village lane.

(Source BBC News Channel - 22 April 2008)


 DISEASE   UK – Sussex:  Uckfield horse centre closed after disease alert ╗

A horse rescue centre has been closed and placed in quarantine after the death of a mule and a donkey.

Bosses at the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust at Hempstead Farm in Uckfield believe a disease is responsible for the deaths.

(Source The Argus - 22 April 2008)


 DISEASE   USA – California:  Horse vaccinations against West Nile may be necessary ╗

Vaccinations to prevent horses from contracting the potentially deadly West Nile Virus are being encouraged during the West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week.

(Source ParadisePost.com - 22 April 2008)


 RESCUE   UK  - South Yorkshire Firefighters rescue horse from canal ╗

Firefighters successfully rescued a horse that fell into the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal at Mexborough.

(Source Sheffield Telegraph - 22 April 2008)

21 April

 RESCUE   UK – West Sussex:  Horse rescued from ditch has to be put down ╗

Firefighters used strops and lines to rescue a horse from a ditch on Friday (April 18) near Lurgashall.

A vet who attended the two-hour operation had to put down the horse after it had been removed from the ditch off Jobsons Lane, Dial Green.

(Source Midhurst & Petworth Observer - 21 April 2008)


 FIRE   UK – Hampshire:  Nine horses rescued from barn inferno ╗

Nine horses had to be led to safety after a fierce blaze engulfed a barn in Highbridge Road, Highbridge, near Eastleigh late on Friday 18 April.

Sixty tons of hay and straw were engulfed in the flames as the blaze swept through the 30x20m barn.

(Source The Southern Daily Echo - 21 April 2008)


 FIRE   UK – Dorset:  Livestock caught up in barn blaze ╗

Seventy firefighters were called to a barn fire that claimed the lives of four sheep and three lambs at Dogdean Farm, Smugglers Lane, Furzehill in the early hours of Monday morning (21 April).

10 horses were moved out of the nearby stable yard.

(Source Bournemouth Echo - 21 April 2008)


 INDUSTRY   UK:  Loophole in farriery law could cause welfare problems╗

Unqualified farriers could work in the UK due to a loophole in new legislation that allows individuals qualified in other EU countries to practise here, says farriers' groups

(Source Horse & Hound online - 21 April 2008)

20 April

 WELFARE   UK:  Man banned from owning horses for leaving stallion in tiny stable╗

A Surrey man has been banned from owning horses for 10 years after pleading guilty to keeping a stallion — Dobbin — confined in a small shack for months on end

(Source Horse & Hound online - 20 April 2008)


 EVENTING  INCIDENT   Ireland:  Rider killed during Ballindenisk Event╗

A rider has died at the Ballindenisk One-Day Event organised by Eventing Ireland in County Cork.

Karen Rodgers fell from her horse Kilcoltrim Brigade while riding the cross-country course and was killed in what has been described as a freak accident, a fall at the second last fence which was a water jump.

(Source  RT╔  20 April 2008)


 EVENTING   Mike Etherington-Smith - on the state of Eventing╗

Speaking to United States Equestrian Association online, the Rolex Kentucky three-day event course designer and Director of Sport for British Eventing, Mike Etherington Smith, gives his view of incidents and what he thinks the future will hold.

Related information:  USEA Safety

(Source USEA online 20 April 2008)


 DISEASE   UK - Lincolnshire:  Strangles hits Bransby Home of Rest for Horses

The Lincolnshire-based Bransby Home of Rest for Horses which has been open for 40 years has been forced to cancel its open day due to strangles.

(Source Horse & Hound online 20 April 2008)

19 April

 FIRE   USA – Lexington – KY:  Eleven horses die in barn fire

Eleven horses died when a barn caught fire at Fab Oak Stable on Paynes Mill Road in Woodford County at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday 19 April 2008.

(Source Kentucky.com 19 April 2008)

18 April
After a four-day trial, a 34-year-old Silsoe woman has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse and banned from owning horses and ponies for two years.
(Source:  Bedford Today 18 April 2008)

 FIRE   UK – Berkshire:  Horses rescued from stables fire ╗

Stable workers and fishermen rushed to help rescue horses trapped by fire.

Church Farm stables in Church Road, Sandhurst, were engulfed by flames at 7pm on Tuesday 16 April.

Firefighters at Bracknell fire station were alerted to the fire nine minutes later and six fire engines were required to tackle the flames.

It is believed the fire spread from an adjacent workshop, Castle Motors.

(Source  getbracknell 18 April 2008)


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