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SUPPORTING THE EQUESTRIAN INDUSTRY: how Chapel Forge Farriers & their apprentices provide an equine podiatry service from foal to racehorse

Founder Gary Pickford using the forge at Chapel Forge Farriers' Lambourn headquarters

 

In Upper Lambourn there is a disused cemetery beside a former chapel which now houses two forges - inside on the upper floor is the headquarters of Chapel Forge Farriers.  It is Europe's largest firm of farriers employing a team of up to 28 farriers at any one time - as well as apprentices.

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Badminton call heralds breakthrough for Lissa Green and Ali G

Lissa Green

Lissa Green is understandably very excited at the prospect of her debut Badminton run but you get the feeling this 28-year-old event rider is bubbly much of the time.  When we met she had not long received the call from Badminton.

“Malin Head Clover (Ali G) and I will be able to tackle the most exciting course in the world......my excitement and goosebumps haven't stopped since I got 'that' phone call from the Badminton Office ….so special,” she says.

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Retraining of Racehorses: the story of the stellar second career of Marlborough owned & trained racehorse Beware Chalk Pit

Beware Chalk Pit with Rebecca Court

Beware Chalk Pit was twelve years-old when he won the Supreme Champion showing title at the four-day Retraining of Racehorses National Championship Show at Aintree in August last year.  He is pictured here with his rider Rebecca Court and garlanded with his awards.

The former National Hunt chaser, a bay gelding by Anshan, came out of training in January 2015.  And has made a remarkable switch to the show ring - with Rebecca Court.  Marlborough resident Ann Leftley still has an interest in him.

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