Strictly come prancing! It"s Britain"s one and only horse ballet school brought back to life after 300 years

Strictly come prancing! It's Britain's one and only horse ballet school brought back to life after 300 years Haute ecole not been seen in Britain since the reign of Charles II and discipline became popular in France and SpainSpanish Andalusian horses thought to be the only breed with physical strength and intelligence to master it Olympics where Team GB won a total of five medals. Charlotte Dujardin mesmerised the nation with her performances of routines on her horse Valegro, winning gold in the team dressage and individual dressage events. Her sequence featuring Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben proved a big hit with the judges and raised the profile of dressage as a sport among the British people

Horsemeat scandal: Selling horses for food would help end this cruelty," says Abigail Butcher

'I'm going to say the unthinkable: Selling horses for food would help end this cruelty,' says ex-editor of Horse and HoundsAbigail Butcher believes horsemeat trade could end welfare issuesLast year more than 700 horses reported as abandonedHorses can be bought for 5 at auction and sold as meat By Abigail Butcher PUBLISHED: 01:16 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 17 February 2013 We might be appalled at having unknowingly eaten horse, but as a horse lover, I believe we need a horsemeat trade in Britain. If used properly, it could solve some of our desperate horse welfare problems. I worked as head of news for Horse & Hound, the UK’s equestrian bible, for six years

Horsemeat scandal: Thousands of horses slaughtered for meat in Romania for a 100 a time

After a life of hard labour, the butcher's knife awaits: The thousands of horses being slaughtered for their meat in Romania for a 100 a time Horses too old to work are sold to abattoirs, ending up on British supermarket shelvesCicalex abattoir is one of 25 in Romania to slaughter horses commerciallyRomania produces 14,000 tons of horsemeat each year, mainly for export By Nick Fagge PUBLISHED: 00:51 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 GMT, 11 February 2013 Caked in mud and tethered by rope in the tiny yard of a rundown farm, this is one of tens of thousands of horses that face slaughter in Romania every year for their meat.

Nanny working for Duke of Wellington"s son helped her boyfriend steal 30,000 of items from aristocrat"s country home

Nanny working for Duke of Wellington's son helped her boyfriend steal 30,000 of items from aristocrat's country home Sarah Hallcup, 27, had been nanny to aristocrat's children for four yearsBurglary discovered when Lord Christopher Wellesley returned from breakTreasures including busts of the first Duke of Wellington had been takenPolice found Hallcup's boyfriend Neal Akhtar, 27, had stolen the goodsHallcup, Akhtar and their accomplice Scott Allaway, 27, await sentencing By Harriet Arkell PUBLISHED: 17:48 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:48 GMT, 1 February 2013 Trusted nanny: Former nanny Sarah Hallcup, 27 A nanny employed by the youngest son of the Duke of Wellington was today convicted of helping her boyfriend burgle their country home. Lord Christopher Wellesley and his wife Lady Emma Wellesley entrusted Sarah Hallcup, 27, with the keys to their rambling home during the four years she looked after their children

How to turn a pony into a show- jumper… combine the Shetlands two favourite exports

How to turn a pony into a show-JUMPER. . . miniature horses combine Shetlands' favourite exportsThe Shetland pony and the Fair Isle jumper are beloved across the worldNow the two have been combined to promote the Year of Natural Scotland By Victoria Allen PUBLISHED: 00:55 GMT, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 22 January 2013 They are the two things Shetland is most famous for – so it’s perhaps surprising no one had the idea before

UK floods: Three ponies put down after being left marooned by water

Three ponies put down after being left marooned by floodwater as homeowners are warned of fresh deluge to end the yearThe horses had been grazing on flood plains in Over Causeway, Gloucester, which became water-locked following weeks of heavy rain | UPDATED: 22:55 GMT, 30 December 2012 Severe flooding trapped 60 horses on a tiny mud island, leaving them desperate for food and water. Attempts have been made to save the herd, but people living nearby have accused the RSPCA of taking too long to respond. Three of the horses had to be put down after suffering from salmonella, while many others were said to have become seriously dehydrated

Horserider Cautriona O"Leary who warned about dangers of sharing animals died when shared ex-racehorse bolted

Nervous horserider who warned about dangers of sharing animals died when ex-racehorse she kept with friend boltedCaitriona O'Leary, 28, died after her horse bolted in a country laneTwo motorists chased after the stricken woman, only to find her fatally injured in the roadToday a coroner recorded a verdict of accidental deathFather says she 'died doing what she loved' | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 21 December 2012 Tragic: Caitriona O'Leary, pictured, has died after being thrown from retired racehorse Mister, also pictured, which she was 'sharing' with another rider A woman who had written articles warning about the dangers of riding other people’s horses died after falling from a thoroughbred she shared with its owner. Caitriona O’Leary suffered fatal head injuries after she lost control of the 15-hand former racehorse named Mister, an inquest was told. Witnesses said she may have tightened up and leaned forward, making the 12-year-old mount speed up, thinking it was in a race

Olympics and Diamond Jubilee beat big-hitters Downton and X Factor to become most-watched TV programmes of the year

Olympics and Diamond Jubilee beat big-hitters Downton and X Factor to become most-watched TV programmes of the yearCultural and sporting events triumphed over usual favouritesClosing Ceremony was most-watched show since records began in 1981 | UPDATED: 11:19 GMT, 13 December 2012 Half of the most watched programmes of the year were sporting or cultural events, according to figures released yesterday. The London Games, Euro 2012, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were among the most popular, eclipsing traditional audience winners such as The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. The Olympics Closing Ceremony in August was the most-watched programme of the year – attracting an average audience of 24.5 million, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.

Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow"s Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000

Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000 1812 letter show history's famed general at one of his weakest moments | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 3 December 2012 A secret code letter sent by French emperor Napoleon boasting that his forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin has sold at auction today for almost 152,000.

Mother condemns council for removing shrine to her murdered daughter after receiving a single complaint describing it as "litter"

Mother condemns council for removing shrine to her murdered daughter after receiving a single complaint describing it as 'litter' | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 29 November 2012 A mother condemned a callous council today which removed a shrine to her murdered daughter, because of one complaint describing it as ‘litter’. Three people, including her boyfriend, were charged with murder after the body of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr was found in her burned out car dumped in a layby. But tributes left at the scene by family and friends were bagged-up by a council cleanup crew after one person complained that it frightened a horse