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Manx Horse Council Announces Sponsor for 2022 Challenge Series

Alice Forster, clinical director of Milan Veterinary Practice with chairperson of the Manx Horse Council Raymond Cox agreeing a new sponsorship dealThe MHC is very pleased to announce that the upcoming and expanded Members’ Challenge series is again being sponsored by Milan Veterinary Practice.

The MHC reintroduced the concept of inter club competition last year in a drive to increase participation in the different equestrian disciplines. In what initially was a modest ambition turned out to be a very successful series of competitions with 13 teams lining up for the Dressage Challenge and the other disciplines being very well supported. Given that there are only a finite number of equestrians on the island it was the MHC’s objective to encourage riders of one discipline to perhaps try something that they had not considered previously. Adding in the element of friendly rivalry between the organisations brought out the best in the islands equestrians and not only was there good competition but also great enjoyment particularly at the Mounted Games, Driving and TREC, disciplines that many riders had not previously tackled. It is very pleasing to hear that these disciplines are reporting increased interest since the challenges.
Points were awarded to each organisation based on their finishing pace in the various competitions and the overall champion club will be announced at the MHC AGM on April 28th.

2022 sees an expanded series with ten rounds of challenges for the members to tackle. The first of these is scheduled for April 3rd when Ballavartyn EC will be hosting the Arena Eventing Challenge.

Alice Forster, Clinical Director at Milan Veterinary Practice, has been very supportive of the MHC’s objectives. “We at the Practice are delighted to continue our financial support for the MHC Challenge Series. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying their equestrian sport last year and we look forward to another great series”.

Raymond Cox, chairperson of the MHC said “We are very grateful to Alice and the Milan Veterinary Practice for the continued support which allows us to promote really good competition for all levels of riders on the island. We expect to see even better participation in 2022 series”.

23/02/22

 

Isolation of Equines Following Return from the UK

Now that Covid regulations have been relaxed our manx equestrians are travelling to the UK for competitions.
Whilst it is not mandatory for horses and ponies coming onto the island from the UK to be isolated it is something that I would recommend to keep Strangles, Equine Herpes Virus and other infections out of the Isle of Man. For equines not fully vaccinated against Flu then it is part of the import prermit regulations to isolate for 14 days after landing. For vaccinated horses then it is a voluntary matter to consider 14 days isolation if you on a livery yard (it may well be a regulation on that yard) and for horses kept at private premises then do not go to competitions on island for 14 days.

Isolation means keeping the horse in a separate air space and not just a stable at the end of the barn. Many of these diseases are spread by air borne contagion along with direct and indirect contact with the horse or its handlers.
If using a paddock for isolation then ensure that there is no contact with other horses over the fence or via shared drinkers.
Remember that infection can be spread by you so have hand sanitisers and foot dips by the isolation unit. Using separate waterproof overalls for handling the isolated horses is effective but remember to take them off and leave them in the isolation unit. Have separate tack, mucking out equipment and feed bowls and keep them for the isolated animal only. At the end of the isolation period disinfect all the tack and equipment with something like Virkon E.

The early signs that your horse may have an infection include dullness, not eating, coughing and perhaps a runny nose. Take its temperature per rectum (normal temperature is 100.5 +/- 0.5 degrees F or 38 degrees C). If you have concerns then speak to your vet who may wish to take nasopharyngeal swabs and blood samples in order to identify the cause of the infection.

Raymond Cox MVB, MRCVS 21/07/2021

21/07/21

 

First Aid Training

3 Day First Aid at Work course to be run at St John Ambulance HQ, Douglas, 9th/10th/11th August. Open to all. The course will be tailored towards Equine related injuries.

Please let us know ASAP if you would like to attend. Cost dramatically reduces from £269+VAT to £200 per head if we can fill all 12 spots.

Please contact Angie Goody for more details

06/07/21

 

Laminitis & Colic

There has been an reported increase in the incidence of both laminitis and colic cases recently from local vets.

This has been attributed to the unusual spring weather that we have had on the island, very wet, then very cold followed by a dry period all of which delayed the grass growth. However over the last 2 weeks the temperatures have risen and with the recent rain the grass has shot up. This has also resulted in an increase in sugars in the grass. These conditions mean that those horses and ponies susceptible to laminitis and colic need to be managed carefully.

Consult your vet for specific advice but limit the amount of time that your horse / pony spends grazing rich grass and feed supplement hay prior to turnout.

19/05/21

 

TREC Championships

TREC Isle of Man held their first event since the end of the third lock-down at Conrhenny Equestrian Centre last Sunday, hosting the Manx Horse Council Members’ TREC Championship sponsored by Milan Veterinary Practice.


Photo by IOM Equine

On a cold, wind-swept day interrupted by an occasional light shower, the competition was held outside starting with the obstacles, control of paces and orienteering (Conrhenny plantation.) It was a shorter and simplified format, to encourage new people to the sport of TREC.

In total, there were eight teams competing (four in each team) spread across the different equine disciplines, with a few individuals taking extra classes.
A prize presentation was held at the Creg Ny Baa Pub the following evening (Monday), which saw around 50 people present.

One of the organisers Jo Ralston gave a quick speech before thanking Michelle Hargreaves (Conrhenny Equestrian Centre), DEFA, the Judges and Committee and Milan Veterinary Practice for sponsoring the Manx Horse Council Members’ Championship Series.

Jo then went on to announce the final placings and winners with TREC Isle of Man Chairman Gillian Newey presenting the rosettes and prizes.

The evening concluded with a word search (fastest teams to complete it won a prize) and a map raffle.

TREC plan on holding their next competition on the weekend 3rd / 4th July (details will be released in due course) with training sessions to be scheduled in June.

For further details of TREC IOM and forthcoming events, details can be found on their Facebook page or their website:

www.treciom.com

The next of the Manx Horse Council Members’ Championships will be the Working Hunter Championship which will be organised by EVNPA on 16th May.

Manx Horse Council TREC Championship Results

Individual Champion - Victoria Garner
Individual Reserve Champion - Debbie Wright

Team Results

1st - Strenaby Farm
Sam Frize
Debbie Wright
Lauren McKinley
Grace Wolstencroft

2nd - Manx Chasers Riding Club
Laura Mylchreest
Victoria Garner
Rebecca Baggs
Jade Fyfe

3rd - Conrhenny Equestrian Centre
Paula Dowson
Jemima Mylchreest
Vicki Hargreaves
Lyndsey Collister

14/05/21

 

AGM Notification

NOTICE OF THE MANX HORSE COUNCIL AGM
TO BE HELD AT 7.30 P.M ON
TUESDAY 18TH MAY 2021
AT BALLAVARTYN EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

All registered members are invited to attend the AGM of the Manx Horse Council in accordance with the constitution, a copy of which may be found on the MHC website.

One third of the committee members are required to retire, those members having been in office the longest to retire first. As the new committee was elected last year all the members are of equal duration and lots were drawn as stated in the constitution. Therefore the following positions will be voted upon on May 18th:

  • Treasurer
  • Coaching coordinator
  • First Aid coordinator

Should any member wish to nominate a candidate for any of the above positions or have an agenda item added including any amendments to the current constitution then submit the item in writing to the secretary Rhona Bond (rhonabond@gmail.com) before April 27th 2021.

Membership subscription for is £20 from April 1st for 2021-2022. All subscriptions must be paid to the treasurer Caroline Hawley prior to the AGM if the member is to speak / vote (treasurer@manxhorsecouncil.com).

Each club / organisation may send more than one representative but only one nominated person will be permitted to vote.

19/04/21

 

Updated Guidance for Sports and Recreation Activities

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement (made on Thursday, 15th April 2021), providing there are no further reasons to extend the current COVID restrictions, as of Monday, 19th April 2021 at 00:01 there will be no restrictions (other than those relating to borders) in place which should impact the recommencement of Sports & Recreation in the Isle of Man.

We hope that the positive message from the Chief Minister regarding the lifting of restrictions will be welcomed by the Island’s sporting community and everyone can get back to enjoying their sport!

Governing Bodies of Sport and members of the general public can always find updated information on COVID 19 via the IOM Government COVID 19 website: https://covid19.gov.im

15/04/21

 

Updated Guidance for Sports and Recreation Activities

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement made on 1 April 2021, as of 00:01 on Friday, 2nd April 2021 outdoor sports and recreational activities will be able to take place by following the strict guidelines as set out below.

Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Associations (and their member clubs) are
encouraged to risk assess any sporting activity in accordance with the guidance and are advised to visit the www.gov.im/COVID19 website for any further guidance.

Sports should also seek the advice and specific guidance for their own sports and activities from their National Governing Body of Sport

1. Individuals from different households may exercise outdoors in a group of no more than 10 people.

2. Outdoor sports and activities only (no indoor sport).

3. Club houses, changing rooms and toilets at sport facilities to remain closed

4. Social distancing of at least 2 metres is required.

5. Face coverings should be worn.

6. No governing Body of Sport (or member club) is to organise competitions,
tournaments, fixtures or events.

7. No sharing or touching of communal equipment in situations where a member of
different households would use the same equipment but at different times.
Examples of this are:
- A rake or golf flag on a golf course.
- Bowls on a bowling green.
- Tennis balls on a tennis court.

Guidance Document

02/04/21

 

Guidance for Sports and Recreation Activities

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement made on 2 March 2021 and more recently on 22 March 2021 outdoor sports and recreational activities will be able to take place by following the strict guidelines as set out below.

Local Sports Associations and clubs are advised to visit the www.gov.im/COVID19 website for guidance.

Sports should also seek the advice and specific guidance for their own sports and activities from their National Governing Body of Sport

1. Individuals from the same household may exercise outdoors but must not mix with members outside of their immediate household, unless:
It is for the purposes of support (to assist with positive mental health) where one household can exercise outside together with another household. This is only for single adults living alone and/or a household of lone parents and their children (under 18 years of age). Where one household and another household have gathered together at any time since 00:01 on 20th March 2021, neither households may gather with another household for the purposes of support. Please refer to the ‘Direction for events and gathering’ found here:

https://www.tynwald.org.im/links/tls/GC/2021/2021-GC-0063.pdf

2. There is to be no social gatherings.

3. Outdoor sports and activities only (no indoor sport).

4. Club houses, changing rooms and toilets at sport facilities to remain closed

5. Social distancing of at least 2 metres is required.

6. Face coverings should be worn.

7. No Governing Body of Sport (or member club) is to organise training activities,
competitions, tournaments, fixtures or events.

8. No sharing or touching of communal equipment in situations where a member of different households would use the same equipment but at different times e.g. a rake or golf flag on a golf course or bowls on a bowling green.

24/03/21

 

Manx Horse Council AGM Postponement

Due to the continued concern over the Covid 19 pandemic the scheduled AGM for the Manx Horse Council has been postponed until Tuesday May 18th 2021. The venue is Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre and the start time will be 7.30pm.

Members are invited to submit proposals for the agenda, including alterations to the constitution, nominations for the positions of Treasurer, First Aid Co-ordinator and Coaching Co-ordinator and any other relevant business. Submissions must be with the Secretary Rhona Bond by April 20th secretary@manxhorsecouncil.com

11/03/21

 

Equine Herpes Virus

British Showjumping (BS) has issued advice to its members who may be bringing horses back to the UK from Europe regarding the risk associated with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). There has been an outbreak of EHV in Spain with other countries now being infected.


EHV usually causes a mild respiratory infection with a raised temperature. However there is a neurological form of the disease which can cause a fatal paralysis and EHV can cause abortion in pregnant mares.


The risk to IOM horses is very low but horse owners should read the advice given by BS and it has excellent guidelines for effective isolation. All horses and ponies coming to the island should be quarantined for 14 days minimum irrespective of other risk factors. If horses have come from Europe or have been in contact with horses recently imported from Europe then along with strict isolation two blood samples and nasophargngeal swabs taken 10 days apart are required.


EHV is not a notifiable disease by law, but similar to strangles, very good biosecurity is required to keep it out of the Isle of Man. A vaccine is available for horses deemed at risk against EHV.


Raymond Cox MVB, MRCVS

British Showjumping News Article

3/03/21

 

AGM Notification

NOTICE OF THE MANX HORSE COUNCIL AGM
TO BE HELD AT 7.30 P.M ON
WEDNESDAY 14th APRIL 2021
AT BALLAVARTYN EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

All registered members are invited to attend the AGM of the Manx Horse Council in accordance with the constitution, a copy of which may be found on the MHC website.

One third of the committee members are required to retire, those members having been in office the longest to retire first. As the new committee was elected last year all the members are of equal duration and lots were drawn as stated in the constitution. Therefore the following positions will be voted upon on April 14th:

  • Treasurer
  • Coaching coordinator
  • First Aid coordinator

Should any member wish to nominate a candidate for any of the above positions or have an agenda item added including any amendments to the current constitution then submit the item in writing to the secretary Rhona Bond (rhonabond@gmail.com) before March 24th 2021.

Membership subscription for April 2020 - March 2021 is £10 and £20 from April 1st for 2021-2022. All subscriptions must be paid to the treasurer Caroline Hawley prior to the AGM if the member is to speak / vote (treasurer@manxhorsecouncil.com).

Each club / organisation may send more than one representative but only one nominated person will be permitted to vote.

23/02/21

 

Members' Championships

Alice Forster, clinical director of Milan Veterinary Practice with chairperson of the Manx Horse Council Raymond Cox agreeing a new sponsorship dealThe Manx Horse Council is delighted to announce that Milan Veterinary Practice has agreed to sponsor the Council's activities for the coming year.

The Horse Council was reconstituted last year and the new committee, headed by chairperson Raymond Cox, is embarking on revamping the activities of the Council. Part of these objectives is the reintroduction of the inter-club championships that used to be so popular some years ago. Restyled as Members' Championships the Horse Council hopes to stage, in conjunction with the member clubs, competitions in all disciplines including Show Jumping, Dressage, Cross-Country, Mounted Games, Working Hunters and TREC. Many members specialise in one or two of these events and the Horse Council wish to see a broader participation in all the equestrian sports. The championships are designed to allow members try a discipline that perhaps they are new to. The first Members' Championship is TREC and will be held at Conrhenny Equestrian Centre on March 28th. The other championships will be held throughout the year.

Alice Forster, clinical director of Milan Veterinary Practice, said that she was very pleased to back the Manx Horse Council.

"The practice has a long history of providing veterinary care to horse owners on the Isle of Man and this agreement with the Horse Council demonstrates our continued determination to support all equestrian activities on the island".

More information may be found on www.manxhorsecouncil.com and www.facebook.com/manxhorsecouncil

10/02/21

 

First Aid Training

Now we are moving away from lockdown, the Manx Horse Council are pleased to be able to offer a 3 day Adult First Aid at Work course provided by St John's Ambulance local trainers .

We had dates drafted but had to put them on hold with the circuit breaker but are now in a position to run. (This is a full course not a refresher, which will be arranged later if there are enough takers, if not people may have to go on a general refresher themselves through St Johns) St Johns will endeavour to make this course equine focussed but it will not be an Equine specific FAW qualification.

The dates are Fri 12th Feb, Weds 17th Feb & Mon 22nd Feb 2021, ie starting a week on Friday. We have opted for spreading the course over 3 weeks on different days, to reduce impact and hopefully make it easier to get time off which is going to be really difficult with everyone going back to work today. Sessions will be from 9.30 til 5pm but we can take 30 mins for lunch and finish at 4.30pm to allow time to get to the horses/family if preferred.

Cost is £200 per person incl VAT - bring your own packed lunch. To be paid in full at time of booking , places first come first served.

MHC will endeavour to claim up to 50% from IOM sport based on up to 2 people per riding club/centre, which will be refunded upon receipt. There are only 12 places available , but a further course will be provided if there is demand.
Please email Paul Fletcher - manxchasers@hotmail.com urgently to book a place and I will send you confirmation of a place being allocated to you and provide you with payment details.

Please will MHC representatives confirm by email asap which people their club/centre are nominating for funding support.

Many thanks
Paul Fletcher -any questions please text or call me on 463032 cos I don't pick up emails when outside

01/02/21

 

Role of the Athlete, Parent & Coach Workshop

Hi All,

The MHC are pleased to be able to offer to the Equine community a further workshop provided by IOM sport & recreation next Weds 3rd Feb on zoom from 7 til 8.

The workshop will last approx one hour and is entitled the Role of the Athlete, Parent & Coach. It is based around how coaches, young people & their parents can develop strong and mutually beneficial relationships with and between each other.

It is being led by Paul Jones who is a lecturer & advisor in Sports Coaching and Athlete development for IOM Sport & has previously worked for and provided consultancy support to Professional Sporting Organisations in Europe and the UK.

We can accommodate reasonable numbers, but they are still restricted to first come basis. If you wish to attend please email Paul Fletcher MHC performance officer -(manxchasers@hotmail.com) asap giving names of athlete, parent(s) or guardians, coach(es) wishing to attend. A donation of £5 towards costs will be invited.

Zoom links and payment details for donations will be forwarded to the first to apply - please share this info to all in the equine community, should be a good session,

Thanks Paul Fletcher Performance officer & Ray Cox, Chairman MHC

29/01/21

 

Guidance for Sports and Recreation Activities

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement (made on Thursday, 21st January 2021), the guidance for sports & recreation has been updated as of Saturday, 23rd January 2021 at 00:01.

All Governing Bodies of Sport (and members of the general public) must adhere to the IOM Government guidelines (see the website https://covid19.gov.im and the attached guidance document).

22/01/21

 

Virtual Coaching Conference

The Isle of Man Branch of the Pony Club would like to invite all coaches on the island to attend this conference. For coaches who have taught for our branch during 2020 and would like to attend the cost will be covered by the branch and are asked to contact Alice but all other coaches who wish to attend and acquire their CPD accreditation the charge will be £20 and this can be entered online.

Virtual Coaching Conference
We also launched our annual Coaching Conference this week, the theme is Coaching in the 21st Century – ‘Safeguarding the Future of Equestrianism’. It will take place online on February 5th from 6pm-8pm, we have some fantastic speakers lined up and it is going to be a very thought-provoking session. We have over 100 coaches registered already, remember this also counts as CPD, to find out more and book:- https://pcuk.org/coaches/coach-training/coaching-conference/https://pcuk.org/coaches/coach-training/coaching-conference/

19/01/21

 

Manx Horse Council Covid 19 Updated - 10th Jan 2021

The new rules came in to effect on 00.01 on January 7th 2021 and are due to remain in place for an initial period of 21 days.

This time round it is a slightly different set of circumstances, we know a lot more about the virus and how it is transmitted. We know more about the risks and the do's / don'ts of how to behave so that this lockdown is both successful and as short as possible.

The Manx equestrian community will do its part in continuing to look after our horses and ponies whilst ensuring that we keep ourselves and others safe.

All competitions and training have been suspended on the advice of the Sports Council. However you are permitted to attend to your horse outside of your property as necessary.

If you are attending to your horse's needs at a livery yard please observe all the government regulations which can be found www.covid19.gov.im

  • Wear a mask.
  • Social distance by 2 metres.
  • Use hand santisers / wash hands frequently.
  • Spend as little time as possible at the yard and stay home at other times.

It would be advisable to take time now to draw up a contingency plan for the care of your horse should you become ill or have to self isolate. Agree cover with your friend, neighbour, relative or a paid worker and make sure that they know how to look after your horse. A written plan would be best containing the relevant information and include contact numbers for your veterinary surgeon / farrier etc. Plan for the worst scenario and hope for the best.

10/01/21

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