BREXIT

We have been asked by UK Government department Defra to inform you that the referendum vote which resulted in Brexit does not affect the regulations concerning obtaining/ updating a passport

. This includes change of ownership. There will be no change in the procedures regarding equine passports and the offences pertaining to non compliance remain the same.

May we remind owners that it is illegal to own a horse and not have the passport updated into your ownership within 30 days of purchase. Just having a passport for your horse is not enough, as by law, it must be signed and officially stamped into your ownership. Writing your name into the passport and it not being officially stamped is illegal. It is also illegal to sell a horse if it has not been officially updated into your ownership. All the above offences carry a £5,000 fine/penalty.

Imported horses with foreign passports are included in the above. They too must be updated. There is no need to send them out of the UK, we can update them for you.

We are running an AMNESTY from tomorrow's date 27th July 2016 for 10 days. This means you can get your horse's passport updated by the Lipizzaner National Studbook Association of Great Britain without incurring a late registration penalty. This is a chance for you to get yourself into a legal position.

We strongly advise you to take up this offer as your passport could be checked at any time by Government appointed officials/ Trading Standards and if it is lacking in the necessary information you are likely to be reported and fined. DON'T TAKE THE RISK. IT IS JUST NOT WORTH IT

telephone 01570 480090

 

 

 

 

 

 

The review below is extracted from the Telegraph on-line.

Our Chairman John Goddard-Fenwick also knows of the gruelling conditions and the mass grave containing these beautiful animals.

He was there with Lipizzan International Secretary Hildegarde Gekiere and was present when the horses were exhumed. The conditions were every bit as harrowing as detailed in the book. He and Hildegard helped to raise thousands of pounds which the LIF Rescue Fund used to help the survivors of this terrible ordeal. The UK society office was kept busy for weeks and John gave countless interviews both on radio and TV to help raise public awareness.

Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse by Frank Westerman: review

The beautiful Lipizzaner breed has endured a brutal 20th century

The lustrous Lipizzaner, whose history is examined in 'Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse' Photo: Alamy

By Jane Shilling

7:00AM BST 07 Aug 2012

 

For a breed of smallish, rather stocky grey horses, with only about 3,000 individuals registered worldwide, the Lipizzaner horse has a

remarkably lustrous reputation.

This comes mainly from its association with the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, where Lipizzaner stallions are used in performances of classical

dressage and the spectacular haute école “airs above the ground” – a choreographed series of leaps, capers and controlled rearing supposed

(erroneously) to be based on battlefield manoeuvres.

The journalist Frank Westerman met his first Lipizzaner in a distinctly less glamorous setting. Growing up in the suburbs of Assen, in the

Netherlands, he discovered a riding school where the owner, Piet Bakker, kept a Lipizzaner stallion, Conversano Primula.

“When you touch a Lipizzaner,” said Bakker, “You're touching history.” Primula's offspring took starring roles in Peter Greenaway's film of

The Tempest . Watching the film, Westerman “asked myself what it was that people tried to express through the animals with which they

surround themselves”. To answer this question, he turned to the history of the Lipizzaner, the oldest “cultivated” horse breed, dating back to the

seventh century,

when Moorish Barb horses were crossed with native Spanish stock.

In 1582, the Habsburg Archduke Charles II established a stud at Lipica, in modern Slovenia, from which the breed took its name, establishing six of the

eight foundation lines, or “dynasties”, from which all modern Lipizzaners are descended.

 

Westerman's research into Lipizzaner history takes him little further back than the 20th century, but that is enough. In the course of the past 100-odd

years, Lipizzaner herds have been dispersed, brutalised, shot for food by looting troops, subjected to deranged breeding experiments by Nazi and

communist biologists and, most recently, starved, massacred and buried in a mass grave during the Bosnian conflict.

Westerman was a reporter in Srebrenica during that conflict. “This was not the first report I had read about a mass grave in former Yugoslavia,”

he remarks, on reading the report of the autopsy on a dozen Lipizzaner carcasses performed by the International League for the Protection of Horses.

“But it was the only one dealing with horses. Yet I had the uneasy feeling that the death of these horses affected me more deeply.”

Equally shocking is his account of the Nazi stud farm established at Auschwitz, supervised by Hitler's chief equerry, Oberlandstallmeister Gustav Rau,

who initiated a programme of experimental breeding at remote stud farms in what is now the Czech Republic.

As the Allies advanced, the evacuation of the Lipizzaner stud at Hostau, where Rau had insisted on intensive inbreeding to create a “pure” line,

was assisted by General George Patton and his forces in a daring mission known as “Operation Cowboy”. (The incident was later made into a

Hollywood movie, Miracle of the White Stallions .)

Patton was characteristically underwhelmed by the exquisite performance of the Lipizzaners, writing in his diary that, “It struck me as rather strange that,

in the midst of a world at war, some 20 young men in great physical condition… had spent their entire time teaching a group of horses to

wiggle their butts…”

And still the Lipizzaners' sufferings at the hands of humans were not over. In peacetime, breeding programmes resumed. But in 2007 a YouTube video,

posted by the Belgrade action group Freedom for Animals, showed harrowing footage of emaciated Lipizzaners which had been taken to

Serbia in circumstances of doubtful legality. After protracted negotiation, the survivors were returned, to much rejoicing.

Westerman's account of the Lipizzaners' remarkable survival makes stirring reading. His tales of research in secret archives and encounters with

wartime veterans who helped with Operation Cowboy have the subterfuge and tension of a thriller.

His chronology is sometimes confusing, and his determination to link the Lipizzaners' history with the genetic theories of Mendel and Lamarck,

ideologues like the Soviet biologist Lysenko and Nazi programmes of eugenics is sometimes strained and can lead to lengthy and somewhat indigestible digressions.

But Westerman never loses sight of the emotional connection that inspired his story: the deep attachment between humans and horses which is, it

sometimes seems, more than we deserve.

 

Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse

Frank Westerman

Harvill Secker, £14.99, 310pp

 

 

 

 

 

SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL TO OFFER LESSONS TO THE EQUESTRIAN PUBLIC

 

For the first time in its 440 year history, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna is opening its doors to the equestrian public, offering lessons, theory and seminars .

The sessions, due to start in the Spring of 2013, will take place at the Lipizzaner Training Centre in Heldenberg . This is where the Lipizzaners spend their breaks and it is where the young horses are trained.

Chief rider Andreas Hausberger who is also director of the training centre said, “We want to maintain the tradition of the Spanish Riding School and share our centuries-old knowledge. The capacity is there and we have enough riders to do the training.” There are currently 16 riders at the School.

But only advanced riders with their own horses need apply.

“They need to be riding at a high standard,” said Mr Hausberger. “But it is not important that they be competition riders.

“Anyone can apply, but they must submit a video clip of them training and we will decide who to take on.”

Individual lessons cost €250 (£202) and group sessions — for a maximum of three people — are €450 (£363). There is plenty of space, with 40 boxes free for the 10 months of the year that the stallions are based in Vienna.

But demand is expected to be huge.

“It will be really, really big,” said Mr Hausberger. “We already have bookings and I am receiving calls from all over the world.”

British Olympian Richard Davison , one of the few foreign riders to have trained with the Spanish Riding School, said: “It's a great idea for as many people as possible to benefit from their teaching.

In 2007, the SRS was reported to be running an annual loss of £2.31million.

Businesswoman Elizabeth Gurtler, who took over in 2007, has attempted to redress the deficit by cutting wages and doubling the number of performances given.

So there you have it. Who will be the first to be accepted for lessons with their own Lipizzaner?

 

A horse in Cornwall has been confirmed to have Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA also known as Swamp Fever)

Defra confirmed the case today (Wednesday 3 October) and the horse will be put down .

Around 20 other horses on the yard have been placed under quarantine and are being tested.

EIA is a highly contagious condition that attacks a horse's immune system. It is passed by biting insects such as flies and midges and can cause death, as well as mares to abort.

There is no cure, so horses confirmed with EIA are put down to prevent spread of disease.

It is the second time this week EIA has beenconfirmed— on Monday (1 October) racehorse Danedream was pulled from this weekend's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after a case was confirmed at Cologne Racecourse in Germany.

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever , is a viral disease that attacks the horse's immune system. There is no cure and no vaccine for this viral infection, which is caused by a retrovirus closely related to the HIV virus in humans.

EIA is often fatal to horses but does not affect humans. Symptoms include a reoccurring fever and anaemia. However, horses can also carry the virus without displaying any clinical signs and once they have become carriers, they remain infectious for life. For this reason all infected animals must be humanely destroyed to control the spread of disease.

Blood-sucking insects, such as horse flies, are the most common transmitters of the virus. It can also be transmitted through the use of contaminated blood or blood products, instruments or needles. Pregnant mares may pass the disease to their foals in the womb.

EIA was first identified in France in 1843, and the last outbreak in England was in 1976. The virus is found worldwide and there was a serious outbreak in Ireland in 2006. It is a notifiable disease in the UK. If you suspect that your horse may be suffering from the disease you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Office (check on the Defra website or in the Yellow Pages for contact details).

EIA is confirmed through a blood test called the Coggins test. If EIA is confirmed then Defra can order the destruction of the horse, regardless of the owner's wishes. If the power to slaughter is invoked, the Animal Health Office will organise for the horse to be put down and for the carcass to be safely removed.

Horses that have been in contact with a horse that has tested positive for the infection will be kept under restrictions and tested until they are confirmed to not be carriers. Horses will not be culled just because they have been in contact with an infected horse.

For more information visit the Defra website

 

Spanish Riding School returned to the UK November, 2012

 

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna returned to the UK Novembe 2012 following its success in London in 2011

They appeaedr at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 16,17 and 18 November.

“Traditionally the Spanish Riding School has always played London and Birmingham together, however last year we were sadly only able to do London,” said a spokesperson.

“But due to public demand from Birmingham and the Midlands we will be back this year for three shows.”

Horses and riders from the 430-year-old school will be demonstrating classical equitation including their famous above the ground movements such as the capriole, levade and courbette.

Olympian Carl Hester also gave a demonstration.

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM DEFRA ON CEM OUTBREAK 30/03/2012

· Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) , a disease of horses notifiable in the UK, has been identified in a mare stabled in Gloucestershire.  A second mare at the stables is currently under investigation.

· CEM is a venereal infection that causes a discharge from the vulva, resulting from inflammation of the uterus.  Infected horses can be treated with antibiotics and recover.

· CEM cannot be transmitted to humans.

· The infection is easily controlled and movement restrictions on the horse and in-contacts have been put in place.

· It  is a sexually transmitted equine disease. However, indirect transmission can also occur for example through contaminated breeding equipment.

· The spread of infection is controlled by preventing the mating of infected horses, treating the infection, re-testing several times to check the infection has cleared up before resuming mating, and applying strict hygiene measures when handling the horses involved.

· International trade is normally carried out on the basis of testing animals first before they are exported.  Therefore there will be limited trade implications.

· Further details about Contagious Equine Metritis can be found at http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/cem/index.htm

· The Horse r acing Betting Levy Board has also produced a Codes of Practice for this disease http://codes.hblb.org.uk/

Exotic Disease Briefing Unit

30 th March 2012

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

 

SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL VISIT TO WEMBLEY

IMPERIAL DREAM

WE WERE THERE

It was a real pleasure to meet so many of you at Wembley in November.We are glad to hear you enjoyed the performance. Magical was a

word often used to describe the performances.

The current Wembley performances were preceded by a choreographed routine performed by Olympic and Paralympic dressage riders

Carl Hester and Lee Pearson which went down well with both Lipizzaner owners and the public alike.

Thank you for all your kind comments about our stand. We were pleased with it too. We would like to thank everyone who gave their time so willingly

to help out. The Ash Family and the Hardy Family & the Hayes Family especially who both gave up so much time over the four days to help man the stand.

From the feedback we have received, the mood of the public was very encouraging. It made a pleasant and light hearted atmosphere.

We met so many new people and the interest shown in the breed was very encouraging.

Classical horsemanship came to wide audience and for the Lipizzaner, as you know, an endangered breed, it can only be a good thing.

We have Live Nation Ltd and Universal Music Arts & Entertainment Ltd

to thank for this as their advertising and promotion of the event certainly seemed to pay off. Three of the days were a complete

sell out with the recently added Thursday performance almost so. The more people who know about the breed and enjoy what they have seen, the better.

We have spoken to 100's of people both during and after the visit and they have been interested in learning more about the Lipizzaner, several

wanting to ‘touch a live one'. Thank you so much to those who have agreed to show people your beautiful horses.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL WEMBLEY VISIT NOVEMBER 2011

We are pleased to announce we will be at Wembley with our usual stand for the visit of the Spanish Riding School in November. All of you who have tickets please get in touch and we can arrange to meet after the performances.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

State of alert as Dourine known as the 'covering sickness' found in Europe

25 June, 2011

A serious equine disease has returned to the Continent of Europe, causing horse welfare agencies & breeders to be on a heightened state of alert.

Dourine, a notifiable disease transmitted during covering that can be fatal in 50-75% of cases, was first discovered in two horses on the island of Sicily in May. Last week it spread to two horses in mainland Italy. One of the horses was put down, with the other remaining critically ill.

There have never been any cases of dourine in the UK, but World Horse Welfare is monitoring the situation as it is the first outbreak in Europe for many years. All horse exports from Sicily have been halted and officials are investigating the source of the outbreak.

#############################################################################################################

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna announce their 60th international tour due to start November 2011 and with only four London dates – tickets for this exclusive event, to be held at Wembley Arena in November 2011 are going to be scarce.  

Excitement builds for new Spanish Riding School tour


It is five years since the majestic, highly trained horses and riders of the 430 year old “High School for Classical Horsemanship” have graced the halls of the UK. Their last tour sold out within days as the opportunity to see the scholars of the Winter Riding School based in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna is a rare occurrence.
Their new show titled “ Imperial Dream ” sees an impressive display of classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école .
Visitors to the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna thrill to the absolute balance and harmony achieved by these beautiful White Lipizzaner stallions and their regal riders. Famed for their in-hand work and movements above the ground such as the Capriole, Levade and Courbette the Imperial Dream Show will feature all the classics but with a difference….


In keeping with their Austrian heritage the addition of live orchestral music and dance will add another dimension to this breathtaking extravaganza. Incredibly moving, highly sophisticated and full of the glamour of Imperial Vienna this is one ticket that lovers of horses and the arts won't want to miss out on.


The Imperial Dream

the Spanish Riding School, Wembley Arena, London:

Thursday 24th November- 8pm
Friday 25th Nov 2011 – 8pm
Saturday 26th Nov 2011 – 8pm
Sunday 27th Nov 2011 – 3pm

 

The Lipizzaner National Studbook Association of Great Britain are pleased to offer discount tickets for the visit of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna to its Registered Owners, family and friends. The venue is the Wembley Arena just outside London and the dates are 25 th , 26 th & 27 th November 2011.

 

The following price tickets are available:

£71.50 , £62.15, £39.75, £28.25.

Top price tickets are in the blue and red blocks . Second Price are the front to mid rows in the yellow blocks, third price are the top of the yellow blocks and fourth price are the corners of the yellow blocks (block N15 & S15).

Venue Map

The discounted tickets are the two middle prices:

£71.50 discounted to £64.35 & £62.15 discounted to £55.94

If anyone would prefer the £39.75 tickets, please contact the office for availability.

We cannot guarantee availability for any tickets as there is always the possibility that they will be sold out at any time. If this should happen, we will of course refund your money.

You might like to consider agreeing to either accept the next price up or down depending on which you originally order. We also require you to give a 2nd choice of date.

Please remember that the Sunday performance commences at 3pm. Even though we will make every effort to accommodate your first request, we reserve the right to change it to your 2 nd choice.

Remember, it is only the red, or yellow ticket prices that are discounted. You may order as many tickets as you like so long as the person booking the tickets is an Association Registered Owner.

 

This offer will close on 2 nd July. We advise you not to wait until the last minute as people all over the UK will be booking too. The Spanish Riding School usually appear both at Wembley Arena and the NEC Arena in Birmingham.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna

This year Wembley Arena is the only venue.

It is a show very worthwhile seeing. Remember, the SRS only come to the UK about every five years so it is a great opportunity to see riding at its finest

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DISCOUNT RE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL VISIT

We have negotiated for discount tickets for the SRS tour this year for our members. Please contact the office for further details.

=============================================================================

 

WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF ENQUIRIES REGARDING LIPIZZANER PASSPORTS. WE CAN ISSUE/UPDATE PASSPORTS FOR ALL LIPIZZANERS WHETHER IMPORTED OR BRED IN THE UK.

E-MAIL OR PHONE THE OFFICE AND WE WILL BE PLEASED TO GUIDE YOU.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

The Royal Horse Gala

returns to London's 02 Arena September 11th & 12th

 

This unique display by five of the world's top riding schools, takes place this September in the O2 Arena, London.

The Royal Horse Gala, over the weekend of 11/12 September, will include performances from 36 Lipizzaner, Lusitano, Andalusian, Arab and Friesian stallions. Riding schools taking part are the Lipica Stud, Spanish Riding School of Samuel Lopez at Albecete, Cabalos Espanoles, the Royal Stud of the Netherlands, and the Stud Farm Ismer in Germany.

The show was last seen in the UK in 1996, at the Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena. Promoter Sarah Galbraith said this year's Royal Horse Gala will be "even more spectacular, more exciting and more entertaining" than the sell-out 1996 show.

The show in 1996 was hailed as one of the best equine events seen at the NEC and Wembley. We were there and can most certainly vouch for that. We have negotiated a fantastic offer for our members. If you are a member and have not received a circular containing details of how to claim your discount, please contact us and we will send it out to you. Remember, it is only a couple of weeks away so be quick. Royal Horse Gala will take you on a journey of equestrianism; you will be enchanted by the elegance and powerful movements of some of Europe's most beautiful stallions. Royal Horse Gala tickets present a true firework of art with horses. Get your Royal Horse Gala tickets, take your seat at The O2 and let yourself be mesmerised by the majestic King's horses.

The discount offer is only available to members and their families.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

LNSA OF GB RULES CONCERNING SWAMP FEVER

Please be aware that all Lipizzaners recently imported from affected areas who require to be registered with the Association must have undergone the tests required to be fully registered in the studbooks of the Association. This DOES NOT affect passport registration which we will process as normal. Passport registration and studbook registration are two separate things. If we are asked to register Lipizzaners recently imported from the affected areas and their surrounds we will, as a matter of course, inform DEFRA of that horse's existence in the UK. It is up to all of us to be vigilant and to protect our breed and the geneal equine population.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

SWAMP FEVER - LATEST

An investigation by DEFRA has traced just one horse that it says is at risk of developing swamp fever in Britain following the cases discovered in a yard in Wiltshire last month.

One animal from the shipment of Romanian horses that came to the UK via Belgium was moved from the Wiltshire yard which is speculated to be a dealer's yard.

A DEFRA spokesman confirmed: "One horse from the original consignment had been sold, so it was traced and tested and the test was negative."

The spokesman originally said that during 22nd December, when the horses arrived, and 11 January, when they were tested, no other equines were taken on or off the Wiltshire premises.

The owner of the yard has not yet been officially named, but widespread speculation suggests he is a large-scale dealer who may well have taken horses from his yard to sales around the UK before restrictions were placed upon the premises. A DEFRA spokesman said on Wednesday that two horses had been traced. He said they have tested negative, and that further tests are pending — but their whereabouts are not specified.

We understand that the yard in Wiltshire is currently the only one under surveillance. We will keep you updated but if you are concerned, visit the DEFRA website for further information.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

 

 

STORY OF THE LIPIZZANER

by Lyn Moran

This is a comprehensive history of the Lipizzaner from it's beginnings right up to the present time. This is the only publication available in the UK that has been checked by an expert from the Lipizzan International Federation for it's historical accuracy. It has been given their blessing as a correct and factual account of this most noble of breeds. Lyn Moran, the Author, is considered to be one of the UK's experts on the Lipizzaner and she is available on 01570 480090 for help and advice or for a general chat about the breed.

Why not order your copy of this great guide now. It is only £5.00 including PP and all proceeds go to help the Association in it's important work

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

STALLIONS AT STUD IN THE 2010 SEASON

If you have a purebred Main Register 1 mare and wish to put her in foal, please contact the Association office and we will guide you as to which of the available stallions would suit your mare's lineage. The Lipizzaner is a rare breed, whose bloodlines are guarded to ensure the continuation of the best classical lines. We do not enter offspring of unlicenced stallions in the main studbook. All mares whose offspring are intended for the main studbook must be authenticated (must trace back to the originators of the breed). There is no upgrading in the Lipizzaner breed.

If you have a mare of another breed, we will give you the details of your nearest stallion and/or any other that may interest you. To be eligible for the Half Bred register, your horse must contain 50% pure bred Lipizzaner blood. The offspring of Main Register 1 Lipizzaner mares who have been covered by a stallion of another breed are barred from entry into the Half Bred Register.The offspring of mares in Register 2 will be enteed in the part bred register.

To avoid disappointment, please contact the Office before having your pure bred mare covered by a Lipizzaner stallion who has been advertised elsewhere. If it is unlicenced, the offspring cannot be entered in the studbook or registers. If an unlicenced stallion covers a mare of another breed, the offspring cannot be entered in the registers. Stallions recommended by LNSA of GB have been proven and are approved for pure breeding.

 

 

Date: 19 January 2010 DEFRA

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) has been detected in two horses in Wiltshire following importation from Romania via Belgium, Defra confirmed today.

The premises is currently under restriction and the two infected horses will be humanely destroyed in line with existing regulations. The other horses on the premises will be subject to epidemiological investigation in the coming weeks. A further two horses have also been under investigation and test results have proved negative.

The animals arrived in a group of 10 horses, nine of which originated from Romania and one from Belgium. The nine Romanian horses were tested for EIA as part of routine post-import testing. Seven horses all tested negative. The horse that originated in Belgium is due to be tested shortly.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens said:

“This is the first case of equine infectious anaemia infected animals being imported into Great Britain since 1976 and shows the success of our post import testing regime. These were apparently healthy horses carrying a notifiable disease that we are keen to keep out of Great Britain. After considering the risk I have decided to take appropriate action and humanely destroy these two horses that tested positive.”

Notes

  1. Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is a virus disease of horses causing intermittent fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It can be transmitted by the exchange of  blood by biting insects and occurs typically in low-lying swampy areas.
  2. A notifiable disease is a disease named in section 88 of the Animal Health Act 1981 or an Order made under that Act and must be reported.
  3. This disease occurs in horses, mules and donkeys. Animals may be acutely, chronically or subclinically affected. The incubation period is variable, from a matter of days to a few months but generally one to three weeks. Antibodies usually develop seven to 14 days after infection and last for life.
  4. For an animal testing positively for EIA, the only course of action is to humanely put it down. This may be for the welfare of the affected horse, but also to protect other horses from infection. Once infected, horses are infected for life and can pose a risk to other horses in close proximity. We have agreed with equine industry veterinary surgeons that destruction is the right response in this particular case. This response is in accordance with both the Infectious Disease of Horses Order 1987 and the Specified Disease (Notification and Slaughter) Order 2006.
  5. EIA is not a zoonotic disease and has no human health implications.
  6. For further information, please see the below webpage:
    www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/eia/

EnLondonours telephone 020 7270 896quiries: 0845eases available on our webwra.gov.uks sustainable development

18th JANUARY 2010

Two horses imported into Britain from Romania have tested positive for swamp fever, in the first case of the virus entering the UK for more than 30 years.

The horses, in Wiltshire, are to be put down, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced.

Seven other horses from Romania tested negative for the disease. The British Horseracing Authority urged vigilance for signs of the disease.

Equine infectious anaemia - EIA or swamp fever - is a virus affecting horses, mules and donkeys that can cause fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It has no human health implications.

It is transmitted by exchange of blood by biting insects, and infected horses pose a permanent risk to other animals.

'Apparently healthy'

Defra chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said: "This is the first case of equine infectious anaemia-infected animals being imported into Great Britain since 1976 and shows the success of our post-import testing regime.

"These were apparently healthy horses carrying a notifiable disease that we are keen to keep out of Great Britain.

"After considering the risk I have decided to take appropriate action and humanely destroy these two horses that tested positive."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said the infected horses were not racehorses or animals used for breeding.

Defra advice was that horse racing was unlikely to be affected, and that the risk of the virus spreading was not high because "it is spread by biting flies and such spread is unlikely at this time of year and with the current weather", a BHA statement said.

"Nevertheless, racing should not be complacent," it added.

The authority said it had "advised all its veterinary officers and relevant racing stakeholders to be aware of the signs of this disease".

"This emphasises the need for continued vigilance for all horse diseases in the UK.

WE ARE ASKING FOR ALL OWNERS TO BE VIGILANT AND IF ANY SYMPTOMS ARE SUSPECTED, DON'T IGNORE THEM, BE SAFE AND REPORT YOUR CONCERNS.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

OLYMPIA

We are pleased to be able to offer our Lipizzaner owners the opportunity to attend Olympia, The London International Horse Show .

On Monday 22nd December, our owners can take advantage of a huge 40% off normal ticket prices. This fantastic deal will also allow you access to the prelim judging at 10am. You can enjoy the Shetland Pony Grand National, The famous Musical Drive of the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and thrill to the skills of Lorenzo, The Flying Frenchman. The finale for the show is a fabulous Highland Christmas, complete with bagpipes, swirling tartan and much more........ There are over 200 stalls to visit, bars, restaurants, cafe's. What more could the discerning Lipizzaner Owner want.

PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSOCIATION OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND. THIS OFFER IS ONLY OPEN TO OUR REGISTERED LIPIZZANER OWNERS

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Andreas Hausberger Promoted to Chief Rider of the SRS of Vienna

On October 25, 2007, Andreas Hausberger was promoted to Chief Rider during a gala performance to honor Georg Wahl. There were 400 invited guests at the gala performance, including the Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Josef Pröll.

During the 2006 SRS tour, Andreas Hausberger performed the long rein with Conversano Dagmar. Marcus Nowotny was promoted to Rider and Eleve Phillip Burg was promoted to Assistant Rider. Congratulations from The Lipizzaner National Studbook Association of Great Britain

 

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

THE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL TOUR OF THE UK 2006

WE WERE THERE AND WHAT A GREAT SUCCESS

Firstly, we would like to thank The Spanish Riding School and IMG for allowing us to be on the SRS UK Tour. It was a great success and we hope all of our membes who attended enjoyed it too. It was a hectic six weeks as not only did we have the two weeks of the performances, but also the build up and break down which we have only just completed. We would like to thank everyone for all their assistance and especially Chairman John Goddard-Fenwick for all his guidance, driving from place to place and setting up of the stands. Lyn Moran for all her work before, during and after the event and for being present every day throughout the Tour. Special thanks too to Mr and Mrs Ash for helping to man the stand at Wembley every evening despite the gruelling journey to and from Wembley due to the nightly adverse traffic conditions. Thanks to Fiona Hardy for her invaluable help on the Friday. Special thanks to Mrs Yeomans who travelled over 200 miles to help man the stand every evening at the NEC and whose sense of humour sure was infectious.

It was great to see so many of you, both old aquaintances and new ones.

Everyone agreed the performances were superb and worth the five year wait. The Wembley Performance was marred on the Friday by the horrendous traffic holdups which meant many of our members missed part of the specially arranged clinic but at least all of you were present for the main programme which was heralded by a stunning display by the Metropolitan Police Display Team. At both venues they received standing ovations and at the NEC on the Sunday matinee performance, surely no one was left seated. We were chatting to a couple of the riders afterwards and mentioned that it must be unusual to be so well received by every member of the public. 'Yes' said one of them. 'It makes a nice change to having a certain section of the public bolting away from us and a certain section of the rest wary of us!'. So well done to the Mets. It was a great display.

===================================================================

SOUVENIRS

We have a selection of souvenirs available from the Tour, So if you missed it, or could not get near our stand, contact us for a list and availability. We have a couple of North Light Levading Lipizzaners left at £65 including postage and packing. We have a few stunning black mounted prints of a white Lipizzaner coming out of the dark at £35 including PP. There is also a beautiful mounted print straight from the original of a Lipizzaner in Capriole. It is breathtaking. Price is £20 inc PP.

 

==================================================================

UK TOUR

OF THE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL OF VIENNA

WE WILL BE THERE

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE HAVE A STAND AT BOTH VENUES WHERE WE WILL BE PROMOTING THE BREED AND OUR ORGANISATION.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING OUR MEMBERS AT WEMBLEY AND THE NEC. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO ANY OF YOU AT LENGTH DURING OUR BUSY PERIODS BUT DO COME AND SEE US AFTER THE PERFORMANCE.

 

Many of you have taken advantage of our offer of tickets for the pre-performance clinic on the Thursday and Friday at both Wembley and the NEC. If you have not booked tickets and want to do so, scroll down the page where you will find booking details for both venues. If anyone has any questions, please do contact us on 0870 908 908 0

 

 

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna returns to the UK

Five years after their last sold-out tour, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna return to the UK in November 2006 to amaze audiences with their emotionally charged equine ballet.

This is a unique chance to see the elegant riders and beautiful white Lipizzaner stallions perform classical dressage at the highest level and in its purest form. From the mirror like symmetry of the Pas de Deux to the spectacular leaps of the Courbette and the Capriole, this thrilling performance represents the epitome of harmony between horse and rider.

Founded in 1572 The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest Riding School in the world and is regarded as the pinnacle of the classical art of riding, with skills and traditions dating back to Ancient Greece.

Tickets are selling quickly so book now to avoid disappointment!

Secure your tickets now to see this true wonder of the equestrian world.

Wembley Arena
16th, 17th, 18th at 8pm and 19th Nov at 3pm

NEC Arena
23rd, 24th, 25th at 8pm & 26th Nov 2006 at 3pm

BOOK now online at:
www.spanishridingschool.com

Tickets are also available for all performances from:

Wembley Box Office:
0870 060 0870

NEC Arena:
0870 909 4133

Ticketmaster:
0870 400 0604
0870 520 4020 (group bookings)

See Tickets:
0870 166 0427 /
0870 890 0107 (group bookings)

 

 

PASSPORTS

We are presently issuing passports for all Lipizzaner and part bred Lipizzaner horses. If your Lipizzaner is registered with us, it may be eligible for a free passport. Please contact the Office to see if you qualify.

FOR ALL LIPIZZANER HORSES

 

BRITISH EQUINE EVENT
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November
RASE ~ Stoneleigh Park ~ Warwickshire.

We will be there.   

We will have our traditional Society Shop Window at this year’s famous Equine Event.
The Equine Event is perhaps the UK’s largest shop window for the Horse World and is well worth a visit if you have never been. If you have been you no doubt will want to return.
It is an ideal opportunity for you to stock up on all your ‘horsey’ products for the winter months. There is so much to do and see at the Event that one day is hardly enough to get round all of the stalls, events, lectures and so on.
Most of the important breeds societies are represented at the Equine Event and the sight of all those magnificent major breeds together under one roof is a rare one not to be missed. As one show secretary said recently – ‘If you are a major equestrian body and are not represented at this major event, the public may well ask - Why Not’.
SO – we will be there and we will have a souvenir section,  plenty of beautiful photographs and a video.

In addition to our Breed Stand at the show there will be a ‘live Lipizzaner’ on display for the two days for the public to have a rare opportunity to see and interact with.
See you there.
 

OBITUARY ~ Dr. Herta Saphier

It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that the Lipizzaner National Stud Book Association of Great Britain reports the death last Wednesday, 22nd May, of our Treasurer Dr. Herta Saphier. She passed away peacefully at her home near Chepstow after a short illness, with her family by her side.
Herta Saphier was a breeder of fine Lipizzaner horses, and up to the time of her death she still owned and bred quality animals. Over the years she had several of her own stallions. A number of our members are the fortunate owners of Lipizzaners bred by her, and as a consequence knew her personally.
Herta Saphier was familiar to most of us as our Treasurer. She was a founder of our organisation in 1986 when we were known as the British Lipizzaner Horse Society. She was Treasurer from the very first day of our inauguration, and the only Treasurer we have known. She will be sadly missed for that in itself, but her contributions first of all to the ‘Society’ and then to the ‘Stud Book Association’ go much further.
Whenever there was any function, such as our Breed Show, we all knew that we could depend on Herta Saphier’s fullest support with the organisation, and that she would be there ‘on-the-day’ to help in every way she could with the administration and smooth running of the event. When, as a Member Country, we were asked by the Lipizzan International Federation to host their Annual Symposium in 1992, Herta Saphier was again conspicuous for her help in organising this major event over 3 days at Burley in Hampshire, which was attended by delegates from all over the world.
For all our other major activities, such as exhibitions, and visits by The Spanish Riding School of Vienna to Wembley and the NEC, we always knew that again Herta would be there giving her help and full support, often standing for long hours behind a counter promoting the Lipizzaner in Great Britain and selling Society Souvenirs. Only last December, Herta together with her son Peter, spent the whole day behind the Society Stand at Wembley talking to the public about her beloved breed in that courteous manner she had, and which we loved her for. Afterwards she worked until late in the evening helping to pack away the society souvenirs - a day’s work which would daunt people half her age.
Herta’s zest for life was infectious, and no-one could remain miserable for long in her company. She wouldn’t let them! She was a stickler for doing things correctly and immediately. Not for her the ‘I’ll do it later’ syndrome. Her age did not prevent her from getting on with life - she celebrated her 80th birthday last November - and recently she travelled up to her beloved Scotland for a reunion with her medical peers at St Andrews University
She was kind and trusting, and her love for her animals extended to all living creatures. She was a very successful dog owner and breeder, and in her latter years she bred fine examples of her beloved dachshunds and Pyrenean mountain dogs. She loved her dogs, and many a time we had to share the settee with various canines draped in positions of luxurious abandon.
In the early stages of the war in Yugoslavia, our Society became greatly involved in aid for the Lipizzan Horses in war-torn Croatia, where many of these fine Horses were slain by the Serbians as symbols of the Croatian heritage, and where one stud in particular, at Lipic, had been completely destroyed. Not only did Herta Saphier spend hours and hours of dedicated work dealing with the tedious task of counting and meticulously recording the vast number of contributions we received, but she also put in hours of strenuous work promoting the appeal. On one particular day she was host to an ITV camera crew at her home in Chepstow, following which she, and her Lipizzaners, were seen by countless thousands of viewers on TV, resulting in even more money being raised for the Lipizzaners in Croatia. At around the same time she arranged her own Horse Show in Chepstow which raised yet more money, and persuaded other local shows to contribute some of their profits to the rescue fund.
All of this fine work, needless to say, was entirely voluntary and unpaid, and was given on top of her tremendous task of managing the accounts for the Society and dealing with all the subscriptions and registration fees, as well as day-to-day expenses and the handling and accounting of money for various promotional offers. All of which, again, was voluntary and unpaid, and all of which was given because of Herta’s love of the Lipizzaner Horse and her loyalty to our Breed Society. For all the hours of work she spent on behalf of the Lipizzaner Horses in Great Britain and the members of our organisation who owned them, and for all she did for the unfortunate Lipizzaners in Croatia, and the friendship and loyalty she gave us all, we are truly very grateful.
We cannot imagine things without her. It just has not sunk in that we will not be able to seek her advice or just pass the time of day with her. We know we will miss her tremendously, not just as our Treasurer, but also to many of us as a dear friend. Our heartfelt sympathies go to all the members of her family on their sad loss of this truly remarkable lady. She was one of a kind. There will never be another. Goodbye Herta and thank you for just being you.

TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE

 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR LIPIZZANER OWNERS

THE LIPIZZANER NATIONAL STUD BOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN HEARTILY WELCOMES THE DECISION BY DEFRA TO ISSUE PASSPORTS TO ALL EQUINES.

THIS WILL ENABLE THE WELFARE IDENTIFICATION OF HORSES & PONIES IN THE UK TO BE MORE CAREFULLY CONTROLLED, AND IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A FULL HISTORY OF THE INDIVIDUAL HORSE INCLUDING ITS MEDICAL HISTORY TO ALL INTERESTED PEOPLE. THIS WILL BE INVALUABLE TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS AND VETERINARY SURGEONS WHO MAY BE INVOLVED IN THE HEALTH CARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL HORSE OR PONY, AND FOR THE OWNER IT IS A NEAT AND CONVENIENT WAY TO HAVE ALL THE USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR HORSE IN ONE HANDY DOCUMENT.

THE LIPIZZANER NATIONAL STUD BOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN HAS ALREADY PREPARED PASSPORTS FOR ALL HORSES REGISTERED WITH IT, INCLUDING PART BREDS, AND MANY MEMBERS WILL ALREADY HAVE THEIR PASSPORTS. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FORERUNNERS IN THIS REGARD, AND OUR PASSPORTS ACTUALLY CONTAIN THE NEW INFORMATION REQUIRED BY DEFRA AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE THE PASSPORT FOR YOUR LIPIZZANER, OR PART BRED LIPIZZANER,  PLEASE E-MAIL US AT PASSPORTS@LIPIZZANER.ORG.UK AND WE WILL SEND YOU OUT THE FORMS REQUIRED TO FINALISE YOUR HORSE'S VERY OWN PASSPORT. REMEMBER, THIS IS NOW SOON TO BE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT, DON'T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY THE BRITISH EQUINE FEDERATION TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO THEIR PASSPORT LEGISLATION PLANNING COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED AT THE REQUEST OF DEFRA, AND WE WILL, AMONG OTHER THINGS BE SUPPLYING THEM WITH SAMPLES OF OUR PASSPORTS.

TO VIEW THE PAGE RELATING TO THIS ISSUE FROM THE DEFRA WEB SITE -
PLEASE CLICK HERE
 
ASOKA CLASSICAL STUD
278, Leigh Road ~ Worsley ~ Manchester.
are pleased to announce:
Two Clinics in November
1.    Clicker Training Clinic – 11th November
2.    Classical Riding Demonstration 18th November

CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC, 11th November:
The clicker is a unique training method and is based on behavioural science and proven to have amazing results. Clicker training is widely used on marine mammals and dogs and it is now time for the horse world to take note.
We will be covering the following subjects:
1.   Stable manners/basic schooling
2.   Schooling problems using classical methods
3.   Free lunging/liberty work
4.   Liberty display to music
(NB – A free informative leaflet will be given to everyone attending the clinic).

CLASSICAL RIDING DEMONSTRATION, 18th November:
Learn how to ride in harmony with your horse, learn to use your weight correctly to improve schooling difficulties. The stud are looking for two people to help with the demonstrations. If you are interested in booking a lesson for the demonstration please ring – we will be looking for two areas to improve, one for each lesson.

CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC

– Admission £10
CLASSICAL RIDING DEMONSTRATION – Admission £10
Or book both for £18.
 
ROYAL ASCOT - 29th & 30th September

Where will you be able to see us on 29 th & 30th September?
Well, we will be at
Royal Ascot no less. There is going to be a spectacular weekend of racing and family entertainment together with the ‘Discover Racing Equine Parade’ on the famous Ascot Racecourse.
We are honoured to have been asked to this prestigious event and we are pleased to announce that
Andrea Knapman’s Lipizzaner horse Durcas will be showing off our breed for the weekend. He will be handled by owner and Society Member Andrea who is schooling Durcas for the dressage ring and is herself no stranger to the show ring. Andrea is a keen horsewoman and is often seen with Durcas as ambassadors for the breed and the Society at functions around the UK.
They will be ‘on parade’ in the Silver Ring at 3.15pm where Andrea promises a superb turnout to do us proud.
From around 3.30pm she and her Lipizzaner will be in the Display Stable/Paddock where members of the public will be able to meet Durcas and ask questions about our beautiful breed.
The Parade and Display is taking place on both Saturday and Sunday and promises to be an entertaining and interesting event for the whole family. Hope to see you there.
We will post a report on the event in the near future.

 
UNDERRIVER HORSE SHOW - Hildenborough, Kent

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER  (NEW VENUE)

We have just been informed of the new venue for the above show.
As a reminder, there are classes for Lipizzaners in Ring 7. The 1st class commences at 10.am with Lipizzaner Condition & Turnout In-hand. 
This class is open to any age.
At 11.30.am there is a ridden class for Lipizzaners in Ring 7.
Entry fees are £3.50 per turnout.
The above classes are kindly sponsored by Sarah Owlett.

For an entry form, please contact the Secretary Miss Owlett on 01732 838716.

Thanks to Andrea our Publicity Co-ordinator for information on the above show.
 
CLASSICAL TRAINER & RIDER TO HOLD 
ON-LINE CLINIC FOR MEMBERS
.
We are pleased to announce that  Miss Claire Groom, formerly a senior rider with the Lipizzaners of South Africa, is now available via  our website toanswer training questions put to her by members of the Lipizzaner National Stud Book Association of Great Britain.  Questions and answers will be posted for all visitors to see and learn from.
This Questions and Answers service is only available to members of the society .  Please address questions to classicalclinic@lipizzaner.org.uk
Miss Groom has an impeccable Classical Dressage background, having been a
Senior Rider with the Lipizzaners of South Africa, the only team of performing Lipizzaner stallions, outside of Vienna to be recognised and supported by the Spanish Riding School.
Miss Groom has herself been trained by such eminent horsemen as Erster
Oberbereiter Ignaz Lauscha, Oberbereiter Hubert Eichinger and Bereiter Andreas Hausberger - from the Spanish Riding School.
Just as in Vienna, in South Africa it takes many years for a trainee rider to qualify as a Rider, and ride in public performances. She has ridden Pas De Deux, Side saddle, and the School Quadrille, presented a stallion in the Long Rein, and is experienced in Work in Hand, airs above the ground.
Now back in England, Miss Groom is available to answer training queries of any sort, and will answer from a Classical Dressage perspective.
She is currently training her own young Lipizzaner stallion, from Piber, and has lessons when she can with Herr Egon von Neindorff, at his Reitinstitut in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Please take the opportunity to put your questions to Claire as it is a rare privilege  to have someone so highly qualified,  ready, willing, and able to help and guide you through such a critical period of your horse's education.
That critical period lasts all your horse's working life.  It is rarely too late to improve general dressage education which is so vital in establishing trust and rapport between horse and rider and thus making your horse a safe and enjoyable ride.  
Remember - A PROPERLY EDUCATED HORSE IS A SAFER HORSE. 
For those of you who wish to train in the classical manner this is a rare privilege indeed, and for those members who just wish to ride safely and enjoy their horses,  this is  an opportunity  to take advice from an exceptional rider and trainer willing to help you from the novice stages to the very top of the tree.
We look forward to reading your questions and Claire's advice.  We are all ready to learn.
If any visitor wishes to avail themselves of this rare opportunity, we have special joining rates,  Please e-mail us on training@lipizzaner.org.uk for details.
 
Portrait Of A Lipizzaner.

The well known artist Joanne Barringer has authorised us to sell copies of her beautiful water-colour of a Lipizzaner at a special price of £10.00 per mounted copy plus post & packaging of £2
The print is 10 x 7 inches approx. and is a limited edition of 1000.
Joanne has made a special study of the Lipizzaner in action and has spent time not only observing her own beautiful Lipizzaner but has also observed those at the Famous Spanish riding school of Vienna. She has taken dressage lessons from none other than Spanish riding Chief Rider Herr Arthur Kottas and she is a British Horse Society Examiner.
Her spare time is spent producing beautiful paintings which have been exhibited at many important Lipizzaner functions. She is an accomplished rider and another of her talents lies in the driving world where she has been responsible for producing many Lipizzaner pairs and several teams. She has also produced what is reputed to be the country's smallest driving team of ponies known as the Weenie Widgets. These little wonders are now resident at Cilyblaidd Manor and are to be seen on the show circuit during the summer months. Joanne has also been responsible for breeding several Lipizzaner show winners - - A talented lady indeed.