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Horse & Country TV Broadcasts Coverage of the Horse of the Year Show

03 October 2014 – Horse & Country TV (on Sky 253 and on smartphone, tablet and laptop via horseandcountry.tv/everywhere) will broadcast three exclusive programmes from the iconic Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) for the first time ever in 2014.

First is a 90 minute programme featuring Showing highlights from two Working Hunter classes: the Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year and the Science Supplements Working Hunter Pony of the Year. This programme premieres on Tuesday 28th October at 7.00pm on H&C TV.

The second, to be shown on Wednesday 29th October at 7.00pm, is a 90 minute programme covering International Showjumping in the novel and popular Suregrow Five Fence Challenge class.

Finally, H&C TV will broadcast a half-hour programme on Wednesday 29th October at 8.30pm featuring The Showing Register Master Class given by rising star and WEG team silver Dressage medallist Michael Eilberg.

All programmes will be presented by Horse & Country TV’s Jenny Rudall and include exclusive interviews with riders from the competitions.

Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming at Horse & Country TV, said: “We are thrilled to be providing coverage from this year’s Horse of the Year Show, one of the landmark events in the equestrian calendar. Given the large and passionate following for Showing, this discipline has been under-represented on TV and we’re delighted to bring this to H&C TV viewers along with some spectacular Showjumping from such a prestigious event. HOYS is rich in heritage and tradition, attracting huge numbers of spectators every year and is incredibly popular with our viewers who I know will delight in this coverage on H&C TV.”

For more information, please contact Georgie Wells at Revolution Sports + Entertainment – georgina@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0207 592 1207.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. In the UK and Ireland H&C TV is also available “over the top” both online and via apps for smartphones and tablets through the H&C TV Everywhere service, horseandcountry.tv/everywhere. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living.

At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in three categories in 2014, Best Specialist Channel, Best Factual Channel and Best Website/App. Fellow contenders for Best Factual were BBC3, BBC4, Discovery and History. Online, H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows.

H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 126,000+ Facebook fans and 35,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV to Broadcast Extensive Coverage from World Equestrian Games

Horse & Country TV (On Sky, on smartphone, tablet and laptop) will be the place to watch all of the action from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games taking place in Normandy later this month.

The specialist equestrian sports and lifestyle broadcaster will treat fans to build-up programming, daily highlights shows, extensive online reportage from the various WEG venues, and discipline-by-discipline highlights recapping all the action from the two-week long event, which represents the first opportunity for national teams to qualify for the next Olympiad.

Horse & Country TV’s coverage starts with a new six-part series, ‘FEI Road to Normandy’. This documentary series takes viewers behind the scenes to the homes of some of the finest equestrian athletes as they prepare for the equestrian world championships.

Horse & Country TV viewers will be given an inside look into their lives and the lives of those around them and explore the highs and lows of their individual journeys to the Games.

The series travels to Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, featuring some of the world’s top riders across four equestrian disciplines. Eventing’s London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist Andrew Nicholson (NZL), the current Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contender Sam Griffiths (AUS), the ever talented Paul Tapner (AUS) and up and coming Izzy Taylor (GBR) – a prospective member of the British team. In Show Jumping the Longines Ranking’s World No. 2 Ben Maher (GBR) will take viewers through his paces as he focuses on mirroring Britain’s London 2012 Olympic success and the USA’s Pan American Gold Medallist Lauren Hough (USA) will also be featured. Carriage driver Georgina Hunt (GBR), Dressage star Laura Graves (USA) and Para-Dressage favourite Bert Sheffield (USA) will open up their worlds to viewers.

Throughout the Games, equestrian fans in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands can watch hour-long daily highlights that will keep viewers up to speed on the previous day’s events across all disciplines. The daily highlights shows will broadcast each day at 6pm.

From the 3 September H&C TV will show hour-long highlights of the Team Dressage, Dressage Grand Prix Special and Freestyle, Team Jumping and Individual Jumping, and Eventing, and half-hour shows on each of Reining, Para-Dressage, Vaulting, Driving and Endurance. These programmes will be available on all H&C TV’s outlets in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Head of Programming, Jonathan Rippon, said, “We are very excited to bring this extensive package of WEG programming to our viewers across all our markets. It truly does make H&C TV the premiere destination for equestrian sports fans during these important Games.”

From August 19, Horse & Country TV can be found at Channel 253 on Sky in the UK and Ireland, on cable and IPTV in the Netherlands and Sweden, and over the internet, on smartphone and tablet via H&C TV Everywhere in the UK and Ireland.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. In the UK and Ireland H&C TV is also available “over the top” both online and via apps for smartphones and tablets through the H&C TV Everywhere service, horseandcountry.tv/everywhere. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living.

At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in three categories in 2014, Best Specialist Channel, Best Factual Channel and Best Website/App. Fellow contenders for Best Factual were BBC3, BBC4, Discovery and History. Online, H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows.

H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 126,000+ Facebook fans and 35,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV to Broadcast Rolex Grand Prix Live from Aachen

Horse & Country TV (Sky 280 and on smartphone, tablet and laptop via horseandcountry.tv/everywhere) is proud to announce it will broadcast the Rolex Grand Prix from the CHIO Aachen in Germany on Sunday July 20th. The Rolex Grand Prix is the highlight of nine days of intense competition across multiple disciplines in Aachen, which welcomes more than 350,000 visitors each year. H&C TV’s live coverage of the showjumping will run from 12.50pm to 5.00pm British Summer Time. This is the first time the Rolex Grand Prix from Aachen will be broadcast live in the UK.

The CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen is considered by many to be one of the greatest horse shows in the world. Well-known equestrian presenter, Aly Rowell, will host the show direct from the event. H&C TV will also show comprehensive highlights from the entire CHIO Aachen event, including the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup, the Grand Prix Dressage of Aachen and the Eventing competition, which will feature Zara Phillips and Pippa Funnell.

Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming at Horse & Country TV, said, “The Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen is undoubtedly the highlight of the summer showjumping season and H&C TV will show every minute of the competition live.”

“We had a wonderful reception from our viewers to our first ever live broadcast of the Global Champions Tour from Paris. We are committed to maintaining this level of excellence for our viewers and look forward to a very exciting set of live broadcasts for 2014.”

For more information, please contact Georgie Wells at Revolution Sports + Entertainment: georgina@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0207 592 1207.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. In the UK and Ireland H&C TV is also available “over the top” both online and via apps for smartphones and tablets through the H&C TV Everywhere service, horseandcountry.tv/everywhere. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in three categories in 2014, Best Specialist Channel, Best Factual Channel and Best Website/App. Fellow contenders for Best Factual were BBC3, BBC4, Discovery and History. Online, H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows.

H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 126,000+ Facebook fans and 35,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV Documentary Takes Viewers inside the World Famous Spanish Riding School

20 June 2014 – An unprecedented television documentary showcasing the world’s oldest riding establishment, the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna, is to be broadcast by Horse & Country TV (Sky 280 and online) at 9pm on Sunday 29 June 2014.

Inside the Spanish Riding School takes viewers behind the scenes of the 440-year-old equestrian institute and follows them on tour in Malmo, Sweden, giving viewers a unique insight into the history and traditions of the Classical Dressage the school is so famous for. It is the first time a television channel has been given access to the historical institute on this level.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest of its kind in the world. First commissioned in 1565, it takes its name from the Spanish horses that originated from the Iberian Peninsula during the 16th century and were considered especially noble, spirited and suited for the art of classical horsemanship. Today there are 72 Lipizzaner stallions at the Vienna stables delighting over 300,000 visitors every year with their dazzling performances.

In the hour-long documentary, H&C’s Swedish presenter Sara Silfverberg takes viewers on a journey to discover the traditional methods used by the Spanish Riding School – developed all those years ago to aid war horses in battle – that now form the spectacular show that thousands of tourists travel from all over the world to see. As a prelude to the forthcoming Spanish Riding School UK Tour which will visit Sheffield Arena and London’s SSE Wembley Arena later this year, Silfverberg shadows the school as they go on tour to Malmo, Sweden and gains captivating insights from the riders, horses and tour management.

H&C TV Head of Programming, Jonathan Rippon, said: “The Spanish Riding School is an institution steeped in history and tradition with a reputation for excellence which transcends far beyond the world of equestrianism. This documentary provides a fascinating insight into the lives of those who work and travel with the school and we hope that through the broadcast we’ll be able to share this with our viewers.”

Inside the Spanish Riding School will be aired for the first time at 9pm on Sunday 29 June 2014 on Horse & Country TV (Sky channel 280). For further broadcast times, see our schedule listings at horseandcountry.tv/tv.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living.

At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and is shortlisted in three categories in 2014. Online, H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows.

In December 2013, the channel launched H&C TV Everywhere, a new service that allows you to watch the award winning channel without the need of a subscription to SKY: iOS and Android users can download a free H&C app so viewers can watch it on mobiles and tablets. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 125,000+ Facebook fans and 30,000+ followers on Twitter.

For more information, please contact Georgie Wells at Revolution Sports + Entertainment: georgina@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0207 592 1207

For more information about the Spanish Riding School UK Tour or for images and interviews from the SRS, please contact sam@samforrestpr.co.uk or 01242 603907.

Olympic Champions Ensure Golden Evening for New Horse & Country TV Venture

09 April 2014 – The first in a series of live events organised by the specialist international equestrian sports and lifestyle network Horse & Country TV has been crowned a “roaring success.” A sell-out crowd and a host of equestrian and British Dressage celebrities flocked to the Bacon Theatre at Dean Close School in Cheltenham last Thursday for an evening with London 2012 Dressage Gold medallists Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE.

‘An Evening with Carl and Charlotte’ hosted by H&C TV presenter Jenny Rudall was a sell-out and those lucky enough to bag a golden ticket and make the journey to the Bacon Theatre were not disappointed. The charismatic duo had the audience in fits of laughter one minute, with mouths open wide in amazement the next as they regaled them with their life stories and other anecdotes.  The live event was complemented in the theatre by screens showing clips from H&C TV programming which has followed the duo’s progress since Charlotte first arrived at Carl’s yard in 2007.

Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE were both part of GB’s Gold medal winning Dressage team at the London 2012 Olympics. Charlotte Dujardin also won Gold in the Individual Dressage.

“Whether we are competing or sitting in a theatre it’s always a pleasure to be in front of a keen and enthusiastic audience, and Charlotte and I had a fantastic evening at the Bacon Theatre,” said Carl Hester MBE.

Charlotte Dujardin OBE added:

“We were received so warmly by everyone and this definitely helps when Carl and I give insights into our journey. It’s a testament to London 2012 that there’s still such a buzz around the event nearly two years on. Winning gold was one of our proudest moments and something we never tire of talking about so we both thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event and having the audience and our team there.”

Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming at H&C TV, added:

“It was a fantastic evening, with two Olympic gold medallists; the tickets were like gold-dust and it’ll be television gold when it’s broadcast on H&C TV in June.”

“H&C TV is a well-established broadcast brand and our audience increasingly follows us online as well, but as a business we also want to embrace new opportunities that complement our existing range of activities.

“‘An Evening with Carl and Charlotte’ was H&C TV dipping its toe into the water of branded live events and it proved a roaring success; we couldn’t have been happier. Carl and Charlotte have great chemistry and covered a huge amount of ground over the two-hour event with a few eyebrow-raising revelations seeing the light of day!  Everyone seemed to leave smiling so it was a great way to start off this new venture with what is the first of many of these types of events for H&C TV.”

Horse & Country TV is available on Sky Channel 280 in the UK and Ireland, and on PC and mobile devices from www.horseandcountry.tv/everywhere.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Malta, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories in 2013. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 115,000+ Facebook fans and 30,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV press enquiries:
Gayle Telford – Revolution Sports + Entertainment
gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk

Black Beauty Returns to British Television with Horse & Country TV

11 February 2014 – “The New Adventures of Black Beauty”, the sequel to the iconic original British children’s TV series “The Adventures of Black Beauty”, is set to return to our screens this spring, courtesy of Horse & Country TV.

H&C TV has acquired the rights to Series 3 and 4 of the popular children’s television drama. The third series first aired in 1990 on ITV, and was an immediate hit among families and young children.  Set in New Zealand 20 years after the original, the series revolves around the character of Victoria Denning, a free-spirited young girl whose inherent curiosity and penchant for challenging the status quo is forever getting her into scrapes of one sort or another.  As a wild black horse presents himself at the farm where she lives, Vicky’s bond with the namesake of the original Black Beauty is established.

Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming for H&C TV, said of the acquisition: “Everyone remembers the theme tune from Black Beauty, and now for the first time in 15 years it is back on British television.  We’re sure that fans who watched Black Beauty the first time around will be delighted to see the show again, and that it will also gain a firm following among a younger audience not yet familiar with this wonderful cast of characters.  Black Beauty also reminds those viewers who aren’t necessarily equestrian fans of the many inspiring stories about our special connection with horses.”

The series’ famous theme tune, “Galloping Home”, is an enduring part of the Black Beauty experience. The catchy melody written by Denis King will be instantly recognisable to Black Beauty fans, including those who may not have seen the show for 20 years or more.  As evidence of its cult status among British horse lovers, TV presenter Clare Balding even chose the song as one of her eight BBC Radio 4 ‘Desert Island Discs’ when she appeared on the programme in December 2013.

The return of Black Beauty adds to Horse & Country TV’s reputation for offering UK television viewers an alternative to the often-repeated formulas of talent and reality shows.  “The New Adventures of Black Beauty” premieres on Monday 14 April 2014, and will broadcast daily at 11am and 5pm.

Horse & Country TV is available on Sky Channel 280 in the UK and Ireland, and on PC and mobile devices from www.horseandcountry.tv/everywhere.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Malta, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv, www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories in 2013. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 115,000+ Facebook fans and 30,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV press enquiries:
Gayle Telford – Revolution Sports + Entertainment
gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk

One Year On from the Horsemeat Scandal

Pictures: World Horse Welfare.

Horse & Country TV Broadcasts HRH The Princess Royal’s Speech Challenging Horse Lovers to Think Again

Marking the anniversary of the horsemeat scandal, Horse & Country TV will broadcast a special programme featuring HRH The Princess Royal’s speech from the recent World Horse Welfare Conference, which considered ‘Horses in the Next Generation’.

This is the first time The Princess Royal’s speech, in which she suggested that horse welfare could be improved by the commercial sale of horsemeat in UK supermarkets, will have been shown in full on national television.  The show will premiere on Horse & Country TV on Wednesday, January 15.

In her speech, Princess Anne suggested British attitudes towards eating horsemeat may have to change in the face of Britain’s ‘Horse Crisis’ where almost 7,000 horses are at risk of neglect and abandonment.

The former Olympic eventer said: “Should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases, if there was a real value in the horsemeat sector? I chuck that out for what it’s worth because I think it needs a debate.”

She continued: “As I was reminded not so long ago by somebody who travelled in France, the most expensive piece of meat in the local butcher was a fillet of horsemeat.”

“We’ve got to understand whether that value has a part to play in how we reduce welfare cases, because… if it has real financial value then you look a bit further ahead in the way in which you look after your animals.”

The comments rekindled the debate that roiled the UK during the early part of 2013 after the discovery of horse DNA in processed food products on sale in UK and Irish supermarkets, resulting in a series of product recalls and throwing the spotlight on the food industry’s supply chain, testing procedures and food labelling.

L-R: Lord De Mauley, Ian Stark, Chair Philip Ghazala, Jenny Rudall and British endurance rider Anna Williams.
L-R: Lord De Mauley, Ian Stark, Chair Philip Ghazala, Jenny Rudall and British endurance rider Anna Williams.

The second half of the 30-minute show features a panel discussion from the same event, in which Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley, former Olympic eventer Ian Stark, British endurance rider Anna Williams and H&C TV presenter Jenny Rudall debate a range of horse welfare topics.

The 30-minute programme will be aired on Horse & Country TV (Sky Channel 280) on Wednesday 15 January 2014 at 7:30pm.

Horse & Country TV broadcasts in the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Malta, and can be found on the web at www.horseandcountry.tv , www.horseandcountrytv.nl, and www.horseandcountrytv.se. The Channel carries exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories this year. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 110,000+ Facebook fans and 30,000+ followers on Twitter.

Horse & Country TV press enquiries:
Hannah Grissell – Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Tel: +44 (0) 207 592 1207 E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk

Tobbe Larsson Joins Talent Line-Up at Horse & Country TV

Photo: La Valetto.

11 November 2013 – Horse & Country TV, the specialist international equestrian sports and lifestyle network, is pleased to announce it will produce a number of exclusive shows with the renowned Swedish horse artiste, Tobbe Larsson.

Tobbe will feature in his own episodes of H&C TV’s Yard Talk and Masterclass series, which will premiere in early December.  Later, H&C TV will follow Tobbe to Dubai, where he will be filmed working with local riders and their horses, both at the races and in the showjumping arena.

Tobbe Larsson is a household name in Sweden and many parts of the world through his tours with the show Apassionata, his hugely popular TV shows as well as his clinics. The last clinic was held in Borås, Sweden, with a sold-out show and an audience of 2,000 guests.

Tobbe is the latest equestrian star to join the line-up of talent on H&C TV that includes Monty Roberts, Pat and Linda Parelli and Carl Hester.

Speaking of the new relationship, Tobbe Larsson said: “It’s exciting to work with a new equestrian channel, which is exactly what Sweden has been waiting for. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to have access to H&C TV’s established international network, in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, to promote our way of working with horses here in Sweden to the wider world.”

Head of Programming for H&C TV, Jonathan Rippon, said: “It’s an honour for H&C TV to work with an established TV star such as Tobbe. Tobbe represents an exceptional talent, not only in his way with horses, but also by virtue of his natural and engaging on-screen persona. We hope to be able to bring our audience more of Tobbe’s tips and insights as our channel develops.”

Horse & Country TV began service in Com Hem’s new Tivo Large and Tivo Extra Large packages, and à la carte, on October 31.

About Horse & Country TV

Horse & Country TV lives on-air on cable and satellite and online at www.horseandcountry.tv and www.horseandcountrytv.nl. The Channel broadcasts exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards, H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories this year. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 90,000+ Facebook fans and 20,000+ followers on Twitter.

For further media information, please contact:
Tim Welland
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk
T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Petplan to Sponsor New Series on Horse & Country TV Featuring Equestrian Legend Lucinda Green

17 June 2013 – Horse & Country TV (Sky Channel 280), the specialist equestrian sports and lifestyle network, today announced the launch of a new six-part series featuring one of the true legends of equestrian sport, six times Badminton winner Lucinda Green. Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda is sponsored by specialist equine insurer Petplan and is based on the “Cross Country the Safe Way” clinics Petplan has run in partnership with Lucinda for the last 13 years, premiering at 8.30pm on Tuesday 25th June 2013.

At the heart of Lucinda’s philosophy are the principles of safety and the development of mutual confidence between horse and rider, which is reflected throughout the series. Each episode features riders and horses of different abilities being coached by Lucinda on how to deal with the challenges posed by a range of fences including skinnies, ditches and drops.

Lucinda commented, “My aim is to develop the confidence and thus the partnership between horse and rider through setting them various challenges to empower them to feel that together they can ‘get the job done’.”

The series is presented by Horse & Country TV’s Jenny Rudall, who said, “When I started riding Lucinda was an absolute hero to me and it was a real privilege to work alongside her on the Masterclasses. I can assure viewers that, whatever level you ride at, you’ll learn something new watching these shows.”

Head of Marketing for Petplan, Isabella von Mesterhazy, added, “We’re delighted to be bringing our longstanding relationship with Lucinda to a wider audience through this series of Masterclasses. Rider safety and helping to develop their knowledge has always been at the heart of our business and no one embodies this better than Lucinda.”

The topics covered in each episode are:
#1 – Cross country preparation
#2 – Skinnies
#3 – Ditches
#4 – Drops and steps
#5 – Water jumps
#6 – Corners and riding the course as a whole

Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda was filmed entirely on location at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian near Banbury by Cavewood Productions for Horse & County TV.

To see a preview clip of Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda, please click on the following link: http://www.horseandcountry.tv/lucinda.

About Horse & Country TV

Horse & Country TV lives on-air on cable and satellite and online at www.horseandcountry.tv and www.horseandcountrytv.nl. The Channel broadcasts exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards, H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories this year. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 90,000+ Facebook fans and 20,000+ followers on Twitter.

About Petplan

Petplan Equine offers comprehensive insurance cover for horses and ponies aged from 30 days. Established 25 years ago, Petplan Equine understands the evolving equestrian market and strives to enhance knowledge and understanding of the equine world through employing horse enthusiasts and working closely with the equine industry.

Petplan Equine is part of the Petplan brand. Founded in 1976, Petplan is the UK’s largest pet insurance provider, offering comprehensive cover for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses.

About Lucinda Green

Lucinda Green MBE is the only rider to have won Badminton Horse Trials six times on six different horses. An Olympic, European and World Championships medalist, Lucinda is a seven time Tony Collins Memorial Trophy winner and was awarded the MBE in 1979.

Lucinda is now one of the world’s leading coaches in cross country riding. Her particular passion and specialty is in helping riders understand the way that horses think and react while tackling the challenges that riding across the country brings. In her ‘Petplan Equine Lucinda Green XC the Safe Way Clinics’ Lucinda provides expert advice sharing techniques and skills, that have made her one of the most successful riders in the history of eventing, in helping those she teaches to ride more safely.

Lucinda is also an accomplished equestrian journalist and broadcaster.

Petplan press inquiries:
Andrea Worrall
The GPC
E: panda@thegpc.co.uk
Tel: +44(0)1608) 654040

For further media information, please contact:
Tim Welland
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk
T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Horse & Country TV to Launch in Sweden

Magine cloud-based TV delivery service chosen for the channel’s international expansion

10 June 2013 – Following its launch in to The Netherlands last year, Horse & Country TV (Sky Channel 280), the specialist equestrian sports and lifestyle network, continues its international expansion by launching into Sweden in June 2013 via the cloud-based TV delivery service, Magine.

Magine will initially host Horse & Country TV’s UK-version channel, which will be replaced by the specially created Swedish version containing localised programming later in the summer.

Horse & Country TV Director of International Distribution, Wayne Dunsford said: “This is a major development for Horse & Country TV as we increase our international presence.  Magine represents an exciting opportunity for us to enter the Swedish market for the first time. We are delighted that they have recognised that there is a large and passionate audience for equestrian sports and country lifestyle in Sweden and we very much look forward to working with Magine’s experienced and ambitious team in making the channel a success. We will be making further announcements about our Swedish channel in the near future.”

Magine’s Chairman, Michael Werner, added: “Magine launched in Sweden this spring with other European territories to come this summer. Horse & Country TV is unique in Sweden and a great addition to the roster of national and international channels that have joined our cloud based delivery service. We are convinced that a quality, specialist channel like this will act as a driver to subscribers who will be able to access their favourite equestrian sports on any device, anywhere and anytime thanks to Magine’s pioneering UI.”

About Horse & Country TV

Horse & Country TV lives on-air on cable and satellite and online at www.horseandcountry.tv and www.horseandcountrytv.nl. The Channel broadcasts exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards, H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories this year. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 90,000+ Facebook fans and 20,000+ followers on Twitter.

About Magine

Magine (www.magine.com) is a cloud-based TV operator that offers a secure delivery service for broadcasters, content providers and viewers. It combines live TV, catch-up and on-demand programming in the same place. For broadcasters and content providers: Magine creates value and a route to content discovery and social interaction among viewers. It provides a viewer-designed experience that supports the TV value chain.  For viewers: Magine is a subscription service that offers the ultimate freedom of watching live and recorded programming from all channels on all devices: TV screens, smartphones, tablets or computers. It delivers high speed & high-quality images via any available internet connection.  Magine is currently available on Apple devices and in Samsung smart TVs. More TV platforms and Android tablets are on the way.

Magine press inquiries:
Laura Lemens Boy
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T: + 33 6 22 513 713

For further media information, please contact:
Tim Welland
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk
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