Saturday, 12 January 2019

Thumbs up from Carl and Charlotte mean full steam ahead for Newent Valegro Sculpture Project

Detail of the head of the original maquette
Photo © Rose Lewis DEA&P 
Sculptor Georgie Welch brought four months of detailed work to a successful conclusion on January 4th with the final acceptance of her original maquette of Valegro by Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Alan Davies. In a short interview featuring Valegro and the maquette Carl described it as a “most beautiful piece of work” and went on to explain how the whole team at Oaklebrook Mill were delighted with Georgie’s work and couldn’t wait to see the final half-life sculpture installed in Newent Town Centre in order to “keep Valegro’s memory and all his wonderful wins alive in our area”.

Acting on feedback from Charlotte and Carl during previous visits Georgie had made some small adjustments to the maquette as well as adding a signature plate in the arena sand featured at the base of the sculpture. A limited edition of 12 bronze maquettes is now being produced by Georgie for fund raising and to act as a reference for the half-life sculpture.

The plastiline and wax maquette has been safely handed over to the Talos Art Foundry in Hampshire to create the first three editions of the bronze maquettes. It is aimed to have one of the maquettes available for display at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury (3 to 7 April 2019).

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Striving for Videoing Perfection: 2018 in perspective

Videoing Perfection 2018
Harveywetdog looks back on what at times has been an annus horribilis, reflects on "trouble at t'mill" but recognises that ultimately the good really does outweigh the bad.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Valegro: how to obtain one of twelve limited edition bronze maquettes

Valegro Limited Edition Bronze Maquettes

Plasterine and wax maquette in photo
Limited edition maquettes will be bronze
Here are the details of how you can obtain your very own bronze sculpture of the “world’s favourite dressage horse” with a range of options to suite the pockets of all Valegro enthusiasts.

To help fund the final half life sculpture in his home town of Newent we are releasing a limited edition of 12 (TWELVE) one-sixth life size replica bronze maquettes of Valegro in exactly the same pose as the final half-life sculpture.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Harveywetdog in 2019

On location at Blenheim in September 2018

When it comes to planning my schedule for the year ahead then everything is built around the three can't miss events at Hartpury and after that it's a balance of being reasonable with the travel, avoiding ERM if possible and trying out a couple of new events if I can. This time the new events will be Pontispool and Somerford Park and I'm looking forward to a return trip to Bicton Arena, especially for the season finale in October, and I do hope Withington Manor gets to run next year. And it will be busy busy busy in September with the British Dressage National Championships followed a week later by Blenheim Palace International.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Equi-Trek commit to Bramham until 2021

A bumper event in June for Bramham International Horse Trials has been crowned with the announcement that fellow Yorkshire brand Equi-Trek has signed for a further threeyears as title sponsors.   As world leaders in luxury horse transportationEqui-Trek provides the perfect partnership for Bramham as the event is world renowned for producing champions of the future.  The full Equi-Trek range, from trailers to HGV lorries, will be at the heart of next year’s event, 6 - 9 June 2019.

The showcase CCI4*-L winner will take away at cheque for over £5750 but even more coveted is thebrand new Equi-Trek Sonic 3.5 tonne horsebox that will be awarded to the winner for a whole year. Mr Bramham himself William Fox-Pitt has been lucky to given the keys to a Sonic on two occasions and has now added one to his fleet of vehicles at his Dorset base.  And being a truly international event, should the winner come from foreign shores, it’s no problem as Equi-Trek boasts a global dealer network.  2018 victor Yoshi Oiwa from Japan and this year’s champion Julia Krajewski are both based in Germany and have enjoyed a left hand drive Sonic.

Equi-Trek’s Managing Director Tom Janion commented; “Equi-trek is honoured to renew for a further three years of support at Bramham.  We have a wonderful relationship with the team and showcasing our extensive range of trailers and horse boxes in the stunning parkland against the backdrop of Bramham Park alongside world class equestrian competition is perfect for us. We’re a proud Yorkshire brand and are equally proud to align with Yorkshire’s best loved equestrian celebration.”   

The British Horse Feeds Under 25 CCI4*-L and the British Equestrian Trade Association CCI4*-Scombine with the Equi-Trek CCI4*-L to produce one of Britain’s premier eventing fixtures.  With top flight show jumping, high class showing, young horse classes for future stars and some fast and furious Pony Club action, it’s a true feast for any equine fan.  Plus, extensive shopping, a range of great food and action activities mean there’s something for everyone at Bramham.

The online Box Office for the 2019 event opens on 1 December – just five weeks away. In celebration of the partnership news, Bramham and Equi-Trek have teamed up to bring fans an amazing competition.  Anyone who makes a ticket purchase between the box office opening and 15January 2019 will be entered into a prize draw to win a complementary weekend hire of an Equi-Trek Sonic horsebox, which at 3.5 tonnes, can be driven on a standard car licence! Terms and conditions apply. Tickets for next year’s event make the perfect Christmas present and buying now means you beat the rush and guarantees the tickets you want, not to mention some healthy discounts!  Visit to see what’s on offer.

Bramham Event Director Nicholas Pritchard is looking forward to 2019; “My sincere thanks must go to Tom and the Equi-Trek team for their continued commitment to Bramham. It was a great event this year but we never rest on our laurels and their support enables us to invest back in the event to provide world class facilities for the competitors, owners and fans. We already have some great new initiatives for next year which we’ll be sharing over the coming months.  The countdown is already on – only 30 Saturdays until cross country day 2019! 

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

British Eventing Director Elections - make your vote count

Voting is currently open for the 2018 Director Elections; noting the disquiet running through the sport currently it is only right that members use their votes to elect the type of representation they require.

For me Nigel Taylor deserves to extend his directorship so that left me with one vote for the remaining four
Simon Blake
Jane Chewins
Suzannah Cotterill
Chris Tattersall

They are an interesting and diverse cross section of the eventing population and l encourage you to read their candidate statements and videos and vote for the person who best represents your interests. Let's not end up like we did last year where the turn out is embarrassingly small.

Make your vote count!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Weston Park Horse Trials 2018

My final event of 2018 will be Sunday at Weston Park Horse Trials - see you there!?

Weston Park Show Jumping in 2016
Photo ©Harveywetdog
For more information please see the Weston Park press release below.