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5th Jan 2002
ILPH ILPH Welcomes New Government Animal Welfare Initiative
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) welcomes today's Government announcement of plans to review, modernise and simplify animal welfare laws, some of which date back as far as 1911.
The Government, who will be consulting with animal welfare organisations, local authorities, courts, police and industry, wish to hear views on the existing 11 Acts of Parliament that govern the welfare of animals, with the possibility of a new animal welfare bill, pulling together current legislation and closing loopholes.
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5th Jan 2002

Major Changes at Sidelines Introduced in First Issue of 2002
WELLINGTON, FL (January 3, 2002)--Sidelines, a national equestrian publication focused on polo, hunters and jumpers, and dressage, has announced major changes starting with the first issue in January 2002. The 14-year-old publication based in Wellington, Florida, is introducing a new editor, new size, new format, and interior color.
The new format will incorporate a mix of editorial content for the disciplines covered rather than segmenting them.
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5th Jan 2002
USA Equestrian

Vote For Equestrian Of The Year
USA Equestrian members are invited to participate in the selection of the 2001 USA Equestrian of the Year. The voting will close at 12:00 noon, Friday, January 11, 2002.
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5th Jan 2002
USA Equestrian

Munford To Receive USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award
William M. Munford, Jr. of Campbellsville, KY, will receive the Walter B. Devereux Trophy as the recipient of the 2001 USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award. The award will be presented Friday, January 11, 2002 at the USA Equestrian Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.
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5th Jan 2002

Garden State Horse Show Draws Top Caliber Athletes
AUGUSTA, NJ—January 4, 2002— New Jersey’s state animal is the horse and nowhere else is it more celebrated than at the Garden State Horse Show.
Presented by the Junior Essex Troop, Inc., the Garden State Horse Show is the largest horse show in New Jersey, and will be held this year from May 1-5 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The show features five rings of exciting equestrian competition daily and culminates with the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix, a member event of the Cosequin U.S. Grand Prix League.
The Garden State Horse Show draws top equestrians, making the show their first stop in the northeast after wintering in Florida. The prestigious event marks the start of the spring circuit, enticing hunters and jumpers with top prize money. Some noteworthy events include the $15,000 Junior Amateur-Owner Jumper Division, part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, and Marshall & Sterling Children’s & Adult League, presented by Corona-Lexol.
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5th Jan 2002
2002 Bayer/U.S. Equestrian Team Festival Of Champions
Presented by State Line Tack
The twelfth annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions,
Presented by State Line Tack to benefit the USET
June 20-23, 2002
USET Olympic Training Center, Pottersville Road, Gladstone, New Jersey
The 2002 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, the only event of its kind in the country, showcases competition in five equestrian disciplines -- dressage, show jumping, combined driving, endurance and reining, the USET’s first Western riding discipline. The nation's best horses, riders and drivers vie for USET Championships and the right to represent the United States in international competition.
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5th Jan 2002
USA Equestrian

Co-Winners Of Breeder's Cup Award AnnouncedJ
ane MacElree of Colora, MD and Shelia Varian of Arroyo Grande, CA have been named as recipients of the USA Equestrian Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeder's Cup Award. MacElree is the owner of Hilltop Farm and a successful breeder of sport horses. Varian is a successful breeder of champion Arabians.
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4th Jan 2002

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts Annual Equine Educational Event
BATON ROUGE–Horse owners and enthusiasts from around the region are invited to an Equine Extravaganza at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and BREC Farr Park Horse Activity Center March 2-3, 2002.
"Equine Extravaganza: A Common Sense Approach to Horsemanship and Health Management" will offer two full days of seminars taught by nationally-known equine trainers, as well as equine health seminars and laboratories, tours and children’s activities. The joint venture between the veterinary school and educational partners, BREC and Purina Mills, Inc., introduces a new format, including group, private and semi-private riding clinics.
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4th Jan 2002
USA Equestrian Richey Named Junior Equestrian Of The Year
Reese Richey, 17, of Sardinia, OH has been named as the USA Junior Equestrian of the Year for 2001. The presentation of the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy will be made Friday, January 11, 2002 at the USA Equestrian Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.
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4th Jan 2002
USET Announces A Trial Test Of Modifications To Show Jumping Computer Lists
Gladstone, New Jersey—January 2, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that in preparation for proposed changes to the USET Computer Ranking List, it will test the new criteria for at least six months to determine the validity of the modifications.
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3rd Jan 2002 Going Forward Tour - The First Tour Of The Catherston Stallions In Over 10 Years
Catherston Stud recieves a great deal of support from competition horse breeders. In response to this Jennie has decided to take her 'boys' on tour. Jennie Loriston-Clarke would like to give breeders, especially those in the North, the opportunity to see some of the best know proven competition sires at work on the flat and over fences. Competitions permitting, Although the final lineup has yet to be decided, breeders and competitors can look forward to seeing such favourites as Catherston Dazzler, Catherston Humbug and Catherston Liberator as well as some of the younger stallions such as Catherston Dougal and Catherston Springsteen whilst learning about the philosophy that has taken Jennie and the stallions of Catherston to the top in all sheres of Equestrianism.
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3rd Jan 2002
HOYS New Venue For Horse Of The Year Show
Grandstand Media Ltd, organisers of Horse of the Year Show announced today that, from 2002, this annual prestigious equestrian event will be staged at a new venue.
An initial two year agreement has been signed between Grandstand Media and the National Exhibition Centre (N.E.C) in Birmingham with the first event at the new venue taking place from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October 2002.
The Horse of the Year Show was established at Harringay Arena in 1949 and due to lack of space, moved to Wembley Arena ten years later. Now once again the lack of guaranteed space at the Wembley Complex, coupled with the impending redevelopment of the stadium, has forced the organisers to secure the future of the event at the N.E.C.
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3rd Jan 2002
Leslie Howard Named Athlete of the Month for December
Gladstone, New Jersey –December 31, 2001– United States Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic veteran Leslie Burr Howard of Westport, CT was named USET Athlete of the Month for December after she won the Grand Prix and World Cup class at CSI-W Amsterdam, December 13-16, and the Grand Prix at CSI-A Maastricht on December 2.
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3rd Jan 2002

NEW Hunt Club® Animal Bedding: An Alternative Packed With Advantages
WILLOUGHBY, OHIO-January 2, 2002-Hunt Club® animal bedding, a revolutionary bedding that offers significant improvements over traditional bedding materials, is now widely available. Mass distribution of Hunt Club bedding comes after four years of test marketing and product trials, which have yielded favorable reviews from horse and alpaca owners, breeders, veterinarians, zoos, publications, and educational institutions.
"In creating Hunt Club, we've created an entirely new product category and a win-win-win situation. It's a win for animals, for the people who own and care for them, and for the environment," says Carl V. Santoiemmo, president of Triple Crown Inc., an Ohio company that developed, manufactures and distributes the bedding.
Hunt Club bedding, U.S. and International Patent Pending, is manufactured from selected grades of corrugated material typically used for boxes, which is converted into small dimensional pieces that allow for separation of manure and bedding during the cleaning process. Air pockets in the corrugated material provide exceptional cushion for added comfort of the animal. Hunt Club bedding is virtually dust-free and offers superior odor control and moisture absorbency. It is treated with a safe, all-natural, non-toxic mineral that through the process of ionization, significantly reduces odors and unhealthy ammonia fumes.
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2nd Jan 2002
A Horse of Course with Don Blazer
Horses are pretty good travelers, if you give them half a chance.
But if you don't, shipping stress can kill!
If you think you are knocked out and dragged down and a bit tired after riding in a car for 10 to 14 hours, give some thought to 17, 18, or 19 hours in a hot, dark, swaying horse van or trailer.
A Horse of Course
Now it's usually not the trailer that causes the trouble. Today's horse trailers are pretty nice. Walter, a horse, of course, rides in a Jamco three-horse slant, and you can't get a trailer better built or with more comforts for the horse.
The problem usually starts with the person hauling the horse. Hauling horses for long periods of time is serious business. It is estimated that on road trips of 10 or more hours, at least 10 per cent of the horses will suffer some sickness.
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2nd Jan 2002
APHA Jim Kelley becomes new executive secretary of 100,000-member American Paint Horse Association
FORT WORTH, Texas-Jim Kelley officially took over the reins of one of the fastest-growing horse breed registries in the world Jan. 1, when he succeeded Ed Roberts as executive secretary of the 100,000-member American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
Kelley assumed the leadership position after serving five years as APHA's assistant executive secretary. He worked closely with Roberts on projects that have ranged from building a new 40,000-square-foot international headquarters building in Fort Worth in 1998 to establishing a high-tech computer system that streamlined registration processes.
Kelley becomes APHA's sixth executive secretary. Roberts held the position for 26 years and helped lead the organization from 10 employees and 26,000 registered horses when he arrived in 1975, to 160 employees and more than 640,000 registered horses today.
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1st Jan 2002
HorseTV January Program Schedule
Happy New Year! All programs begin at 7pm EST and run for two hours. Please adjust for local time zones. This month be sure not to miss the 2001 Dressage at Devon Horse Show, the 2001 National Paso Fino Championships, and the 2001 "Big Daddy" Team Penning from Cheyenne Frontier Days!
In February look for reining programs with Dell Hendricks, Bill Horn, Scott McCutcheon and Craig Johnson, as well as some wonderful surprises! We'll also begin to start repeating some of the programs so you won't have to worry about missing your favorite programs!
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1st Jan 2002
The Equitector Chill Master
Generally speaking most females complain about cold feet and when you are working on a yard during the winter when temperatures are often just around or below Zero, it is not easy to keep warm.
When working on a cold yard, standing still whilst holding horses for vets or farriers, or when riding for more than an hour, the feet quickly chill and once the cold has set in, it is virtually impossible to regenerate the heat.
There are few really effective boots on the market which help to prevent cold feet.
Almost all of the winter boots have furry or thermal linings that will warm the feet rather than prevent heat loss and even with best, after some time the effect will wear off.
We are introducing to the market at Beta 2002 a new type of boot guaranteed to keep your feet warm to minus 20 C.
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1st Jan 2002
USA Equestrian
Annual USA Equestrians of Honor Announced; Equestrian of Year Voting Begins

USA Equestrian, the National Equestrian Federation of the United States, today announced a re-structuring of its annual awards program for the year's top equestrians, and the commencement of voting for the overall title of Equestrian of the Year.
The Federation's Executive Committee voted for the re-structuring at its meeting on Friday, December 21, to reflect more thoroughly the breadth of equestrian sport across all breeds and disciplines. Henceforth, several divisional USA Equestrians of Honor will be awarded each year, for new trophies, prior to voting which selects the overall Equestrian of the Year. Last year's winner of the title was David O'Connor, Olympic Gold Medallist at the Sydney Games in Eventing.
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1st Jan 2002

Foot and Mouth - Only One County Left To Go
Three of the four remaining counties to be affected by foot and mouth will be declared clear of the disease at midnight - taking the country another step closer to being officially granted free status.
NFU President Ben Gill said the announcement by DEFRA would put an extra sparkle into the New Year celebrations of farmers in Cumbria, Durham and North Yorkshire.
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31st Dec 2001
Safety Around Horses.
A basic guide for beginning horse people
Getting involved in horses is a wonderful and rewarding way to learn new skills, develop a relationship with a fascinating animal, and meet new friends in the process. Like many activities, however, equestrian sport also involves some degree of risk. Horses are large,
powerful animals, easily capable of injuring a person. But, if you are well armed with a basic understanding of horses, a few hard and fast rules, and your own good sense, the risks are readily minimized.
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31st Dec 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-W Mechelen 26-30 December 2001
DCM, International competition CSIW 1m45
1) PRIOBERT DE KALVARIE ; Leslie HOWARD (USA), 2) HI SOCIETY PARTY; Conor SWAIL (IRL), 3) AUDI'S KATHJA; Emile HENDRIX (NED)
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30th Dec 2001
Selecting for the Best
January usually brings an influx of articles and advertisements for the breeding season, trying to entice mare owners and future buyers to look at their stock. Evaluating this onslaught of information from handsome stallions to frolicking foals, can be intimidating, but it is essential to realistically judge the strengths and weaknesses of each individual. As horse owners, and particularly as breeders our responsibility is to aintain the quality of each breed by selecting for those traits that bring the horse closest to the breed "ideal."
Mare owners first and foremost need to objectively appraise their horse. This includes assessing her physical characteristics, temperament and any singular talents. First, her physical attributes must be as close to correct as possible for her breed and discipline. Start at the ears and move through to toes and tail. Note every aspect that does not meet the highest standards; they need to be weighed against the good traits, which faults are acceptable and which eliminate her from the breeding barn. This in no way diminishes the mare's quality as an individual, it simply means her breeding potential is not of the highest caliber. Next evaluate her disposition; in this area there is no room for anything but the finest. The mare should be exemplary in her temperament and attitude. The dam contributes a majority of the inherited traits for disposition and is also the source of most early learned behavior. Therefore, it is critical to the foal's development and future
handling that he have the very best genes and teacher in a quiet, well-mannered, good-natured mother. Finally, explore the mare's talents and athletic potential. There are many differences between all breeds and within each breed in body type and ability. Knowing where a certain mare fits will help the breeder select a stallion that will complement her, or help to predispose the foal toward a chosen activity. If the mare is truly outstanding the stud should be carefully chosen so he emphasizes the qualities that contribute to her talent and not dilute them.
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30th Dec 2001

A Decade Of Saddle Fitting Research Yields A Solution
WOODSIDE, CA: SADDLETECH, the company that invented the SADDLETECH COMPUTER SADDLE FITTING SYSTEM in 1992, a decade later has introduced a new product the "SADDLETECH ORTHOTIC". Employing the results from 10 years of computer saddle fit testing, Saddletech has invented a thermoplastic formed structure that is "custom made" to the SADDLETECH GAUGE and FORMULA Measurements to provide a "Formula Fit" Orthotic for each horse. This product permits an accurate shape of the "MOUNTED" horse's back to be replicated, by including a calculation for the effect of the weight of the rider, to protect horses from poorly fitting English and Western saddles. This is NOT "just another pad". This is a "measured" structure that can be objectively documented to really "FIT", by using computer interface pressure measurement.
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