Horse & Hound

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Horse & Hound
File:Horse & Hound (magazine).jpg
Cover of Horse & Hound
Content Director Sarah Jenkins
Categories Equine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 44,458 (ABC Jan - Dec 2013)[1]
Print and digital editions.
Publisher IPC Media
First issue 1884 (1884)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Horse & Hound

Horse & Hound is the oldest equestrian weekly magazine of the United Kingdom.[2] Its first edition was published in 1884. The magazine contains horse industry news, reports from equestrian events, veterinary advice about caring for horses, and horses for sale. Fox hunting has always been an important topic for the magazine, as are the sports of eventing, dressage, show jumping, horse racing, showing, carriage driving and endurance riding. The magazine includes commentaries from top riders and trainers including event rider William Fox-Pitt, top eventing trainer Captain Mark Phillips, top show jumper William Funnell and Olympic dressage rider and trainer Carl Hester, among others. Its current Content Director is Sarah Jenkins, who replaced the magazine's first female editor, Lucy Higginson, in July 2014.

Among the major annual equestrian events reported by Horse & Hound are Badminton Horse Trials, Burghley Horse Trials, The Horse of the Year Show and the Olympia London International Horse Show.

The magazine is published by IPC Media (Inspire) (formerly Country & Leisure Media). The latest copy reaches shops every Thursday, while press day is Monday. The magazine's headquarters are located in the Blue Fin Building (formerly Kings Reach Tower), in central London.

Sister publications

Horse & Hound is one of three publications which IPC Media have categorised under the heading "country pursuits and equestrian", the other two being Country Life magazine and Eventing magazine.[3]

In the past IPC Media has been described as having three equestrian publications Horse & Hound, Country Life and HORSE magazines,[4] however the Audit Bureau of Circulations last has a listing for IPC Media's HORSE magazine in 2012.[5]

Horse & Hound online

Horse & Hound has a website at It is updated daily with equestrian news and reports from horse events. The site includes a forum where horse enthusiasts can share their experiences with each other and ask for help with problems they are experiencing with their horses. The website also publishes microsites for major events and including biographies of successful riders including Zara Phillips. The site also has picture galleries of top riders such as Lucinda Green.


Horse & Hound is most commonly known by the general public (outside the U.K.) after being shown, and mentioned, in the 1999 film Notting Hill, which starred Hugh Grant (whose character pretends to be a journalist from the magazine) and Julia Roberts.

In the 1995 film Circle of Friends, Celia Westward is shown reading Horse & Hound.


  1. "ABC Certificates and Reports: Horse & Hound". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 15 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. van Gilder Cooke, Sonia (1 June 2012). "All the Queen's Horses: Her Life in the Saddle". Times. Retrieved 22 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Brands". IPC Media. Retrieved 15 February 1660. COUNTRY PURSUITS AND EQUESTRIAN (drop down list) Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Alford, Kelly (9 November 2011). "Roger Cummings made IPC Connect publishing director". Press Gazette. Retrieved 15 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "ABC Certificates and Reports: Horse Magazine". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 15 February 2014. Average circulation 13,164 (Jan - Dec 1660)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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