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Hickstead founder dies
DOUGLAS Bunn, Master of Hickstead, has died following a short illness.  
The founder and owner of the famous All England Jumping Course passed away at his home on 16 June 2009 surrounded by his family.  
Douglas began riding for Bill Gardner in 1938 and became one of the country's leading showjumpers, alongside his career as a barrister. 
In fact it was not unusual for him to go into court with his white riding breeches beneath his gown before abandoning his wig to go off to compete at a show. 
He often travelled abroad and, realising that British showjumping was lacking something, opened the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in May 1960.  
Douglas first clashed with his fellow riders when he introduced his British Jumping Derby the following year.  
The cornerstone of the course - designed to provide the ultimate test of horse and rider - was the 10ft 6ins high Derby Bank.  
Many of the riders disliked it and refused to jump it - all except the Irishman Seamus Hayes, who, with his horse Goodbye, not only negotiated it but won the first Derby competition with a clear round. 
From then onward, Hickstead became an integral part of the British showjumping scene, allowing Douglas to explore and expand many ideas including the design of courses, presenting the sport to the public and the developing role television was able to play. 
Peter Jeffery, press officer at Hickstead for 23 years, said: "Douglas was a gem of a man to work for.  
'The media loved him because, as long as he was talking about showjumping or his beloved Hickstead, he was never afraid to face up to a question or problem.  
'But like many great men, I think it is only now that he has gone that people will truly realise what he has done for the sport".

Website tool wins innovation award
ABBEYVIEW Equine has won a BETA International Innovation Award for PagePlay, their new easy website tool.  
It has been designed to enable businesses of all sizes to control their own website, offering unlimited pages and content, including photographs and videos.  
Abbeyview specialises in online marketing for equine and agricultural businesses of all sizes and was set up in October, making BETA it's first major exhibition. World class performance manager, Yogi Breisner, said: 'PagePlay makes it affordable for every equestrian to have their own website and would be useful to a wide range of people across all horse sports and businesses.'

E-booklet offers advice on chronic grass sickness
A NEW e-booklet has been launched on the care and management of horses affected with chronic grass sickness.  
Commissioned by World Horse Welfare and written by experts from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the booklet aims to provide advice and guidance on the diagnosis, treatment and risk factors associated with the illness.  
Professor Bruce McGorum, head of the School's equine hospital, said: 'In the last 20 years, 61 per cent of horses with chronic grass sickness admitted to the hospital have been nursed to recovery and the majority of these have even returned to work."
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