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Horse & Hound celebrates 125th anniversary

Horse & Hound, the weekly equestrian title, celebrates its 125th birthday in 2009 and the occasion is being marked with a special 196-page commemorative issue.

The title has landed an exclusive cover shoot and interview with British equestrian icon, HRH The Princess Royal, in which she talks candidly about the role horses — and Horse & Hound — have played in her life.

“[Horse & Hound] provides a reference point for the different sports and to the wider community. Your present appeal on behalf of horsebox drivers is a case in point,” says The Princess.

The issue also looks back at the past 125 years of equestrian history, reveals the results of a reader poll into the most-loved equestrian ever and a real pull for readers is the competition page with a chance to win one of 125 “fantastic” prizes.

The issue coincides with a major sporting event in the equestrian calendar, the European Show Jumping and Dressage Championships, on which there will be an in-depth report.

Publishing director Simon Hare says: "125-years of continuous production is a fantastic achievement for any magazine but particularly for a weekly. Since its launch in 1884 priced twopence, Horse & Hound has remained dedicated to providing its readers with the very best equestrian content and we’re sure the special 125th anniversary issue will be a true collectors’ item."

The anniversary issue of Horse & Hound is on sale now, priced £2.40.

About Horse & Hound

IPC Media says: “Horse & Hound is the UK's leading equestrian magazine brand. As the world's oldest equestrian magazine and only weekly, it delivers a heritage of editorial excellence to readers and proven value for advertisers. It appeals to the dedicated and affluent equestrian consumer whose interests cover all aspects of horse sport, from eventing to endurance, polo to point-to-pointing, and hunting to showing. Every week Horse & Hound brings its readers the latest news, reports and results, supported with in-depth features, previews and interviews.”