The British Horse Society has been named as Badminton Charity for 2018

The British Horse Society the largest equestrian charity in the UK has been named as the Charity of the Year at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018.



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The British Horse Society (BHS) has been helping and supporting horses, their owners and riders for 70 years. Founded in 1947, The British Horse Society now has over 100,000 members. The Society is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, and safety for horse and riders. 

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society, said “We are delighted to be Charity of the Year for Badminton 2018. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our work to the thousands of people who attend Badminton. This is a great way for us to celebrate our Platinum Anniversary, 70 years bringing people and horses together.” 

Hugh Thomas, Event Director at Badminton said “We are proud to be the biggest and longest established Horse Trials in the world and we want everyone who comes here to be aware of the great work, done by The British Horse Society.”

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will take place from Wednesday 2nd May – Sunday 6th May 2018, staged within the grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire. 

It is a fantastic sporting event and it is a real family event too. It is the highlight of my year and it has nothing to do with the shopping!!!

To see this year’s action at Badminton click here 

Court Bank Farm has a great young combination in Verena and Fabio and they are aiming to qualify for Badminton Grass Roots next year. To see more picture’s of the lovely Fabio in action please do click here

Verena & Fabio Cross Country

Verena & Fabio




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fireworks and horses at court bank farm

Fireworks can upset and frighten even the most sensible of horses.

Understandably horses and fireworks don’t mix. Horses are flight animals and so naturally they don’t like the fact that there are loud bangs and bright flashes up in the sky that they can’t run from. Even the calmest of horses can be affected because they have no warning of when the fireworks will be going off.


Horses are animals that like to have routines. Ideally, to keep your horse happy you would stick as close to their usual routine as possible. This means that if your horse normally lives out you could actually cause them more stress by bringing them in. However, if you know that your horse is happy to be stabled then you may choose to do so. Remember, though, that fireworks are not restricted to just bonfire night and so could be going off days before.

The BHS has put together information to help you cope with fireworks, which are now seen on many occasions throughout the year not just on Bonfire night.

We’ve put together this handy checklist for owners:

By being proactive in planning for firework displays, you can make the celebrations less stressful for you and your horse. 

It’s not just horse owners who need to be careful. Anyone organising a firework display should inform local horse owners. It’s also a good idea not to let fireworks off anywhere near fields or farms. 

Most people don’t realise how much suffering fireworks cause to animals, particularly horses. If you really want to have fireworks in your back garden, please think carefully about how it will affect the local animals first.

For more information, refer to the laws related to fireworks by visiting the DEFRA website 


If you are worried about your horse or pony and you are not sure if he is just upset or feeling unwell then you will find this link helpful.


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Well Done Verena & Fabio

Well Done to Verena & Fabio on your fantastic result from everyone at Court Bank Farm.


Well done to Verena & Fabio on your fantastic success at Weston park Bluechip Central North West 80T Championships, for more information click here from everyone at Court Bank Farm.

We all know how hard you have worked and you have such a lovely partnership with your young horse. 

Verena & Fabio  qualified at Kelsall coming 2nd which meant that they got through to the final which is an amazing achievement because it was only Fabio’s first ever season with British Eventing. 


Fabio did a fantastic dressage test and was in the top ten with 27.3 but unfortunately Fabio just rolled a pole showjumping.  He then zoomed clear through the cross country course which was maximum length with an optimum time of 6 minutes and 1 second.  They both flew around the course and finished well inside the time, we couldn’t be prouder of  you both.


The pair finished with a score of 31.3 and came 16th overall .


The competition was at Weston Park which is set in a beautiful setting and must have been just amazing to ride around.  Weston Park hold some of the very best competitions which are competed by the very best riders in the country including the likes of Zara Tindall, William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Andrew Nicholson, Sir Mark Todd and Izzy Taylor  



Verena is a very accomplished rider and has organised some fantastic jumping clinics at Court Bank Farm for everyone to enjoy of all abilities. Verena will be organising another clinic when our school has been extended so please do keep an eye on the notice boards and on the news.  Click here to see the pictures of our last clinic. 


Verena & Fabio competing at Weston Park

Verena & Fabio Show Jumping


Verena & Fabio Cross Country

Verena & Fabio On The Cross Country Course

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BHS REACT Now to Beat Colic Award

Well done to the British Horse Society for their very well deserved React Now To Beat Colic award. All the liveries at Court Bank Farm found the React Now To Beat Colic information very interesting and informative.

Beat Colic at Court Bank Farm


REACT Now to Beat Colic educates horse owners on how to spot the early signs of colic in horses and encourages them to have a plan in place should their horse becomes critically ill.

The campaign, run by the BHS is based on five years of research by the University of Nottingham, which was funded by World Horse Welfare.

This research found that 90% of horse owners did not feel confident spotting the early signs of colic, and that up to 1 in 5 cases of colic seen by vets as an ‘out of hours’ emergency can be critical. The BHS ‘REACT’ campaign is linked to the ‘Vet React’ campaign, which has resources to help veterinary teams identify critical cases of colic as quickly as possible.  

Since the REACT campaign launched last year, the BHS has produced and sent out more than 10,000 REACT packs to horse owners across the country, and has had over 400,000 reaches through social media. The campaign has been well received by industry experts; the research behind it was presented at the International Equine Colic Research Symposium in Kentucky in July 2017, and the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress in September.

BHS Welfare Education Officer, Emmeline Hannelly said: “We are thrilled that REACT has been awarded the Veterinary Record Evidence Award. Since we launched last year we have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had from horse owners and support from the industry as colic is a major welfare concern. By educating owners how to react quickly at the first signs of colic can make all the difference to the outcome.”

Dr John Burford, from The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, said: “The Veterinary Record Evidence Award is a prestigious award which recognises a major contribution to evidence-based medicine in veterinary practice. Winning this award recognises the science behind the campaigns, and the way in which The British Horse Society, World Horse Welfare and University of Nottingham have collaborated to bring the greatest benefit to the horse’s health and welfare.”

Click here for the colic information on the BHS website. 

Coming Soon – Our Autumn Clean Up!
Where has our Summer gone? It is that time of year again for our clean up day.  Date to be confirmed. 
Autumn Clean Up

court bank farm clean up campaign


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Are We Over-Rugging?

Are We Over-Rugging?

Are we over-rugging our horses and do they really need a rug at all? is it cold enough this time of year yet to be wearing a rug.  

So what should we do? 

We as owners have been warned of the serious consequences of over-rugging their horses.

Dick Vet Equine highlighted the issue on Facebook after the practice saw an increasing number of horses being rugged unnecessarily this time of year.


“People seem to be more and more keen on putting rugs on,” vet Tess Fordham.

“It’s worse for horses this time of year [autumn] and in spring when the temperature fluctuates. People feel a bit cold in the early morning and late evening, but it’s much warmer in the middle of the day.

“In the depths of winter it isn’t such a problem as it’s cold enough for the horses not to get overheated.”

Ms Fordham said over-rugging can have serious consequences.

“In the short term it can lead to overheated horses,” she said. “We are called out to horses displaying signs of colic, but actually they are too hot and suffering heatstroke. This is a man-made welfare problem.


“In the long term, if an obese horse is rugged too much it will prevent them from losing weight — this puts them at massive risk of laminitis in the spring, summer and autumn. Laminitis kills and is almost entirely preventable.

“A horse should gain weight during the summer and lose weight during the winter. We mess with that process by rugging too much and by doing this we don’t allow them to reset their hormone levels.

“A horse should be coming out of winter with his ribs just visible. If we don’t allow them to have this natural weight loss their hormone levels remain high and they are much more likely to get laminitis in the spring.

“Obesity is a bigger equine welfare issue in this country than malnourishment.”


Ms Fordham advised owners to treat every horse as an individual and “not be pressured by what other people are doing”.

“Your horse may have other conditions which would make rugging more or less appropriate,” she added.

“You should use your horse’s weight and body condition score as a guide, not how cold you feel in the morning.

“I recommend people body condition score so they can have a good gauge of their horse’s condition.”

This is an ideal question to ask Gil Riley when he comes to do our visit next Thursday evening.



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