This issue, competition season’s back and so are our fantastic schooling exercises from top riders to make sure you and your horse are feeling your best before you get back out! Mike Jackson sets out three new exercises to boost straightness, accuracy and communication. Take a sneak-peek at Spencer Wilton’s lesson with H&R reader, Jodie, as he helps her unlock new gears in the canter and work towards collection. Plus, we launch a new series with eventing duo Kevin and Emma McNab that’s all about building essential cross-country skills even when you’re confined to the arena.
Fizz Marshall runs you through her pre-competition countdown so you can approach your first events calmly and with confidence. We’ve also put together the ultimate strategy for savvy horse owners looking to banish flies from their yards this summer – there’s options to suit every set-up. If it’s a touch of escapism you’re after, we take a look at horsey staycation options to suit every budget! And, if that’s not enough to tempt you, you could be the lucky winner of a mega prize bundle from Polyjumps, Foxy Equestrian and Eglove.
We also take a closer look at the struggles coronavirus has caused for riding schools across the UK and follow the astonishing feat of Greater London riding centre Park Lane Stables, whose heart-warming story has seen them raise an astonishing £1m to secure their future and their premises. Plus, young eventer Mollie Summerland talks frankly about her dream 2020 season, 5* debut and all things mental health.