Equestrian Planning Evening

Free Evening Talk 13th March Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Come along for a free informative evening at Bodiam International Arena TN32 5UJ.

Eyesore to Eyecatching
Planning permission for your arena and stables
Change of use for your barn and farm buildings or land
Holidays – Glamping – Commercial – Leisure – Residential

Raffle with excellent prizes raising funds for Kent Air
Ambulance and World Horse Welfare

The Batcheller Monkhouse planning team have been successful in securing consent for a wide range of interesting projects including: a cookery school, riding facilities for the disabled, glamping sites and shepherds huts, holiday lets, residential conversions, fishing lakes, farm shops and even a takeaway pizza business!
Presentation from Kirsty Castle MRTPI AIEMA of Batcheller Monkhouse

Our vet Howard Newitt will be talking about sarcoids and treatment options. Food and drink will be provided.

Call 01580 752301, email hawkhurst@milbournequine.co.uk or facebook us to book your place.


Pastures New

We are very sad to announce after 22 years Howard Newitt is leaving the practice in July to take-up an exciting new challenge running a stud in Ireland. The Milbourn vet team of Katie, Harriet and Catarina will continue to look after our Hawkhurst clients in conjunction with Clinical Director David McDonald. We are currently recruiting for a replacement for Howard and he’s worried that our clients may prefer the replacement! Howard said “It was a hard decision to make to move on from the many friends that I’ve made during my time here but it’s time for a new challenge for me and for someone else to take the practice forwards on their own style.”

Katie and Howard’s Eventful Year

Our vet Katie has had an amazing year –

”After a fabulous eventing season with the incredible ‘pocket rocket’ TJ including 8th at Chatsworth 3*, 18th in our first 4* event (the highest level) at Luhmuhlen in Germany and 17th in the British Open Championships we headed to the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials – a real childhood dream!! It was just the most incredible experience from start to finish. I was certainly more excited than nervous and loved every minute being there with such a special horse – we achieved a personal best dressage and he gave me the most thrilling xc ride to finish clear and fast and very happy. He came out sound and full of energy for the SJ and jumped amazingly to finish 24th – such an amazing result I still can’t believe it!! Great to have Harriet Fairhurst by my side too taking great care of TJ and being nervous for me.

To cap my amazing season I have been shortlisted for the prestigious Horse and Hound Awards – Amateur Rider of the year. The winner is announced at their gala ceremony at Cheltenham racecourse which will be another exciting evening for me.”

Katie went on to win Amateur Rider of the year and we are sure 2019 will be even more successful for her and TJ.


Howard Newitt at the World Equestrian Games

Our Hawkhurst Clinical Director Howard Newitt was invited to be part of the FEI Veterinary Commission at the recent World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA.

”The veterinary commission is responsible for the welfare of the horses including conducting the horse inspections (trot-ups) and ensuring that medication requests are within the rules. We also were part of the quarantine team assessing all non-USA horses during their 42hour quarantine.

There were horses competing from nations from all corners of the globe and it was a fantastic experience to see all of the different types of elite horses and meet people from many countries. The difficulties with the venue have been well publicised but we should consider that the organisers took the games on at short notice when the original venue (Bromont, Canada) pulled out so without them there would have been no World Games.

Many of the people working at the games are volunteers and if any of you get the opportunity to volunteer at a major sporting event, I would encourage you to take it as it will be a unique time to meet lots of interesting people and to get involved with elite sports stars.”

World Equestrian Games 2018 – Exciting news!

We are very excited to announce that our Hawkhurst Clinical Director, Howard Newitt has been invited by the FEI to form part of the veterinary commission at the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (https://tryon2018.com/).

This is a great honour as only a handful of vets are invited from across the globe to be part of the FEI veterinary team who will officiate at the horse inspections (trot-ups) and have overall responsibility for the welfare of the horses at the games. This appointment results from Howard’s 12 years as an FEI vet which includes previous appointments at local eventing & reining competitions, British Young Horse Eventing championships,  Junior European Reining championships & London Paralympic dressage.

Howard will be away for two weeks in September for the games which he is trying to convince everyone is all work and no pleasure!