MEDIA: Horse & Hound appoints first female ed

The IPC-owned equestrian lifestyle title Horse & Hound has appointed Lucy Higginson as its first female editor.

Higginson joins at a crucial time for the magazine as the hunting community struggles to fend off legislation seeking to ban hunting with hounds. She is only the fifth editor in the magazine's 118-year history.

Following a redesign earlier in the year, she plans only minor changes aimed at broadening the magazine's appeal.

Higginson said: 'I am not going to make radical changes. It is really just a constant quest to get the best pictures, writers and designers.

But I would like to now and again bring in pieces that are more of an entertaining read rather than an informative read. I should also like to do more humour. Next week, for example, we have a piece about how to fall off.'

Higginson claimed it was too early to say how the magazine would react if hunting with hounds was banned. The magazine has been at the forefront of the campaign to fight the ban and previous editor Arnold Garvey, who retired last year, was outspoken on the subject.

'Hunting has always been in the magazine, but it forms less than one third of it. It has already evolved into a complete competitive equestrian magazine, covering topics such as dressage, eventing and point-to-point,' she said.

Higginson joined the magazine from The Field as deputy editor two months ago.

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