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18th January 2003
Lightening The Burden Of Donkeys In The Holy Land
There is something about a donkey that makes us all go a bit soppy. Whether it is because of Christian religious connotations or the sheer cuddliness of Winnie the Pooh's depressed Eeyore, there is little doubt that the humble donkey holds a special place in the heart.
However, this is not the case the world over and in some countries donkeys, mules and asses are treated dreadfully through cruelty and neglect - often the result of a different cultural take on this most endearing of creatures
One person who has been determined to make a difference is British Lucy Fensom, who gave up the glamour of being an airhostess for BA to form Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land (SHADH) in 2000. People will be able to see the work of the organisation at first hand at this year's Midlands Equine Fair to be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 and 9 March.
Lucy had travelled extensively throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and was horrified over and over again by the maltreatment of donkeys in the region. Her list of horror stories seems almost endless - a pregnant mare being hit and run over by a taxi; donkeys tethered with wire for so long that the tether removed flesh to the bone; animals being left tied up in extremes of heat and cold with no water or food; beatings, overburdening and other outrages.
Lucy took action, and SHADH is now a registered charity and operates a rescue centre based just outside the Israeli town of Netanya. With a small team of local and European colleagues, she has developed a centre that provides protection and care for abandoned and abused animals and which works hard to raise awareness of the problem throughout the region.
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18th January 2003

Saddle Up For The Ultimate All-Indoor Equine Event!
The Midlands Equine Fair - "the ultimate equine event" - returns to the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8th and 9th March 2003 with more to see and do than ever before.
Organisers Contour Exhibitions & Events are promising the biggest and best show so far, with a dedicated Equestrian Shopping Village boasting around 130 trade stands; world-class demonstrations in the Supreme and Top Equestrian Arenas; the opportunity to meet the experts; a horse and pony breed society area; and an innovations area featuring four great winners of an innovation competition run by Contour.
In the Supreme Equine Area, champion three-day eventer Blyth Tait will demonstrate how to train a cross country horse; David Lloyd will present a show of Western riding to put the best cowboy to shame; international horse driving champion Dick Lane will provide a display showing the full process of horse driving, from harnessing up and the carriage to building an obstacle and driving it with the team - there might even be the chance to ride with Dick for a lucky member of the audience; as well as a demonstration from Nicole Golding and Adam Goodfellow from Kelly Marks' Intelligent Horsemanship team, national dressage champion Nicky Barrett in action, a stallion parade and carriage driving from Gary Docking.
The Top Equestrian Arena will see displays from the Fizz Coaching Clinic which specialises in helping both horse and rider to achieve a happy, balanced attitude and consistent performance; a presentation from the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre showing the re-education of race horses for re-homing and a life outside of racing; and a variety breed parade.
But the Midlands Equine Fair 2003 is not just about displays in arenas. There will be an opportunity to Meet the Experts from a wide range of disciplines including aromatherapy, hands on healing, bits and bitting, laminitis, nutrition, saddle fitting and shiatsu. The Fizz Coaching Clinic will also be in action in this section.
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18th January 2003
APHA

Jennifer Nice to lead award-winning magazine
American Paint Horses Association announces appointment of new editor

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) announced recently that Jennifer Nice of Weatherford, Texas, has been named editor of Paint Horse Journal, the association's award-winning monthly magazine.
For the past two years, Nice served as senior editor of Endurance World and Equestrian & Golf magazines in the United Arab Emirates. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a former resident of the Golden State.
Nice comes to APHA with an extensive background in publishing and art direction. She was formerly with Fancy Publications in Irvine, California, where she served as senior editor of The Western Horse, Horses USA and Quarter Horses USA. Under her leadership, The Western Horse was awarded the 2000 and 2001 Steel Dust Award by the American Quarter Horse Association in four different categories. The magazine also earned an outstanding photography award from American Horse Publications during her tenure. Quarter Horses USA earned a 2001 Steel Dust Award while Jennifer was senior editor.
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18th January 2003

2003 Winter Equestrian Festival to Host Top-Level Dressage Competition
Wellington, FL—January 17, 2003—The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) will host three exciting dressage events at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
The competitions, including qualifiers for the selection trials to determine the U.S. Dressage Team for the Pan-American Games to be held in the summer of 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will begin January 30.
The dressage events at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival attract world champion and Olympic veteran riders such as Wellington resident Sue Blinks and include: · Wellington Dressage, January 30 – February 2
· Florida Dressage Classic, February 13-16 · Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, March 13-16
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18th January 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces Schedule of 2003 Eventing Developing Rider Training Sessions with David O’Connor
Gladstone, NJ—January 17, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host three eventing training sessions for developing riders in January and February, 2003. The training sessions will be conducted by USET’s Developing Rider Coach, Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor who captained the 2002 Gold Medal-winning World Equestrian Games eventing team.
The USET’s Eventing Developing Rider Program is available to riders of any age who aspire to compete at the highest levels of the sport. To qualify, each horse/rider combination must have completed a CCI** or above. Precedence is given to riders without prior team experience.
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18th January 2003
AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular Has A Record Of Champions
In 1997 the first ever American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic took place at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, FL and now seven years later this prestigious event, which will take place on February 15, 2003, is still considered one of the best hunter events in the nation. Up to 26 riders qualify to compete in this annual competition and each of those riders hopes to add his or her name to a very prestigious winners list.
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18th January 2003
USA Equestrian

USA Equestrian Releases Copy Of New Jersey Court Order Nullifying USET's NGB Challenge
Court Order is Contrary to USET Press Release

Today USA Equestrian released to the public and posted on its website www.equestrian.org a copy of the Court Order issued on January 10, 2003, by Honorable Edmund R. Bernhard, Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, relating to the USET's Challenge filed with the USOC attacking USA Equestrian's NGB status. The court declared "null and void" all substantive actions taken by the USET's Board of Trustees at recent Trustee meetings, and also specified that the Trustees' attempt to ratify "the filing and continued prosecution of the challenge before the United States Olympic Committee" was "null and void."
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18th January 2003

United States Equestrian Team Names 2003 Eventing Winter Training List
Gladstone, NJ—January 17, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) is pleased to announce the 18 riders and 29 horses invited onto the 2003 Winter Eventing Training List. The riders on the 2003 Winter Training List are invited to participate in 2003 Winter Training List Training Sessions with Capt. Mark Phillips, Sandy Phillips and George Morris, three of the sport’s most successful trainers
The training sessions are designed to give riders and horses the opportunity to work with these top trainers early in the year prior to the spring eventing season, Burghley and the Pan American Championships, building on the USET’s successes in Olympic and World Championship competition.
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18th January 2003
USA Equestrian

Remarks Of Federation President Available On Website
Alan F. Balch, president of USA Equestrian from 1997 to 2002, was reelected on Thursday for a final two-year term, ending in January 2005. Now available at www.equestrian.org/EquestrianGovernance/index.asp are Balch's remarks from the January 16th USA Equestrian Board of Directors Meeting held during the Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY. Additional documents will be posted as they become available.
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18th January 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CDI-W SAN PATRIGNANO ITALY 24 - 26 JANUARY 2003
CSI-A ZURICH SWITZERLAND 30 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2003
CSI** PONTEDERA ITALY 31 JANUARY - 2 FEBRUARY 2003
CSI* SAN PATRIGNANO ITALY 7- 9 FEBRUARY 2003
CSI** APPROVED STALLIONS ZWOLLE HOLLAND 19-23 FEBRUARY 2003
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17th January 2003
Ford Sponsors $150,000 Grand Prix at Indio Desert Circuit for Fourth Consecutive Year
SAUGERTIES, NY (January 16, 2003)--Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) is pleased to announce that Ford Motor Company is the Official Vehicle for the 2003 Indio Desert Circuit and the title sponsor of the $150,000 Ford Grand Prix for the fourth consecutive year.
Not only is the $150,000 Ford Grand Prix the largest single purse awarded at the Indio Desert Circuit, but it is also the last World Cup qualifying event for the West Coast and will decide which three riders from the West Coast League will compete in Las Vegas, Nevada. With so much at stake, the air runs electric in the Grand Prix Field for this event, and it always lives up to the excitement level everyone has come to expect.
Ford will have a full range of trucks on display around the HITS Desert Horse Park show grounds and qualified truck specialists at the Ford booth to answer questions. Rome Murphy, Ford Division's E-Commerce/Marketing Manager, says he is pleased with the response the sponsorship has generated for Ford. "We've got a product that meets the needs of all the participants and exhibitors at the equestrian events at the Indio horse show," said Mr. Murphy. "It's a win-win for us and for anybody who comes by to check out our booth and our products."
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17th January 2003

2000 Budweiser World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa Eyes Return to Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV—January 13, 2003—Three-time Show Jumping World Cup champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil appears well on his way to a return trip to Las Vegas where he won the Budweiser World Cup Final in 2000.
Pessoa currently leads the World Cup standings of the Western European League with 58 points following six of fifteen qualifying events. Pessoa is one of the world’s elite show jumping riders vying for the right to represent their countries at the 2003 Budweiser World Cup Final at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003.
Pessoa became the first World Cup rider ever to “three-peat” when he won the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final for the third consecutive year at the Budweiser World Cup 2000 in Las Vegas. He had previously won the title in 1998 in Helsinki, Finland and in 1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The World Cup Final is an annual showdown among the top show jumping riders in the world, as they compete for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion. This will be the fifth World Cup Final held in the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000). The excitement of international show jumping competition amid the bright lights, theatrical shows, fine dining, and shopping found in Las Vegas promises a grand time for all.
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17th January 2003
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Enjoys Second Year at Post Time
Saugerties, NY (January 15, 2003)--The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will begin a second season at its new site, Post Time, a 300+ acre property purchased by Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) in 2001. The circuit will run for seven weeks from January 15 to March 9, 2003. HITS has added two new weeks to the schedule this year, January 15-19 and January 22-26, giving exhibitors the opportunity to start their season off early.
The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will feature more than 250 classes each week and will award over $1 million in prize money. A $25,000 Grand Prix will highlight each Sunday of weeks 1 and 2, and every Thursday of the remaining five weeks. A $50,000 Grand Prix will be offered each Sunday for weeks 3 through 6. Week 7, the finale to the Ocala Winter Circuit, will feature the $100,000 Volvo Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Companies. Approximately 2,000 horses and 4,500 horsemen from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe are expected to be on the grounds each week.
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17th January 2003

LSU Equine Health Studies Program receives more than $20,000 from stallion auction
BATON ROUGE–The Equine Health Studies Program in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine held its second multiple-breed Stallion Service Auction in the last quarter of 2002 to generate funds for expansion of the Equine Intensive Care Unit in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics. Over $20,000 was generated through the Internet-based auction.
More than 180 stallion owners from across the United States, representing more than 25 different breeds, donated stallion breedings to the auction. All stallion services offered in the auction were intended for the 2003 breeding season, and mare owners could bid on any number of stallion services.
“The Stallion Service Auction is an incredible opportunity for stallion owners to showcase and market their stallions and their farms while making a much needed and appreciated tax-deductible gift toward construction of the new Equine ICU,” said Dr. Rustin M. Moore, director of the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “Additionally, this multiple-breed auction provides a tremendous opportunity for mare owners to obtain breeding services to top quality stallions at potentially reduced fees.”
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17th January 2003

2003 Winter Equestrian Festival to Host Stanford Financial Group FEI Children’s International Jumping Qualifier
Wellington, FL – January 13, 2003 -- The 31st annual Winter Equestrian Festival will host a qualifier for the 2003 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Children’s International Jumping Final at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, February 15-16, 2003.
Riders from at least five countries have been invited to compete in the Stanford Financial Group FEI World Children’s Jumping competition, which is open only to children between the ages of 12 and 14 and is run under FEI Rules for Jumping Events (Art. 258, 260); Young Riders (Art. Y21); and the FEI General Regulations, including schooling, medication and saddlery.
The qualifier will comprise two competitions (one per day) with two rounds each, to be run under FEI Table A rules. Riders will compete over courses of between eight and 12 obstacles with heights over three and a half feet and spreads of more than four feet. Participants may compete on horses or ponies and may ride more than one mount, however the score of only one mount will count.
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17th January 2003

Bayer Legend to Award Top Riders at All Five HITS Circuits
SAUGERTIES, NY (January 16, 2003)--Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) announced today that Bayer Corporation and Legend (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution, the only approved I.V. joint therapy, will sponsor the top rider awards at all five HITS horse show circuits. The Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider Award and the Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider Award will be presented to the top horse and rider combinations each week at the Indio Desert Circuit in California, Ocala Winter Circuit in Florida, Arizona Winter Circuit in Tucson, HITS Culpeper in Virginia, and HITS Catskills in New York.
The recipients of the Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider and Leading Jumper Rider awards will be presented with a Bayer Legend jacket. This jacket will be similar to the jacket supplied by Bayer to the United States Equestrian Team members who competed at the 2002 World Games. Total points accumulated during the competition week will determine the winners.
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17th January 2003

North American Young Riders’ Championships, Presented by State Line Tack Honored As “Horse Show of the Year”
Towerheads Also Honors Howard Simpson For “Distinguished Service to the Industry”

OLD MILL CREEK, IL— January 16, 2003—Towerheads.com has recognized the excellence of the 2002 North American Young Riders' Championships, Presented by State Line Tack, and its director Howard Simpson with a pair of year-end awards.
The 2002 North American Young Riders’ Championships, Presented by State Line Tack, has been honored with Towerheads’ 2002 Horse Show of the Year award.
Towerheads also honored Howard Simpson, Event Director for the North American Young Riders’ Championships, presenting him with its award for Distinguished Service to the Industry.
“Long overdue for recognition, Young Riders’ … has been a quality event since its inception some 20 years ago,” noted the Towerheads citation. “Luckily, a growing group of trainers now recognizes the value of this wonderful competition. Towerheads’ Horse Show of the Year is the North American Young Riders Competition at Tempel Farms, in Wadsworth, Illinois.”
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17th January 2003

Voting has begun to name the Gypsy Horse Association
After a very successful week of collecting name nominations for the new gypsy horse registry, it's now time to go and vote for your chosen name. The voting page is up and running, and can be found at http://www.gypsyhorses.com/meeting3.htm
There you will find a place not only to vote, but if you choose, there is a place to comment on why you think a particular name is better than the others. Please follow the voting instructions carefully so that your vote will be counted, and do remember that your comments (if you choose to put any) should be friendly and positive, not negative and/or downgrading.
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17th January 2003

Student finds time
If you are a horseman involved with a breeding operation, finding a few free minutes can be hard at this time of the year.
But Leslie Mongeur of DeLand, Florida is finding the time to attend school at Allegany College of Maryland. She's taking the online course, Training Performance Horses. "Being able to learn at my own pace was the key attraction when I first read about the course," Mongeur said. "I knew the season was coming and I wouldn't be able to take all the lessons on a regimented schedule. But as soon as the horses settle do for the evening, and I have the time, I'll turn on the computer and I won't have missed a thing."
In addition to caring for nine horses, primarily Paso Finos, and running a pet grooming shop, Mongeur is just as busy as most horse owners. Time is precious. That's why nationally-know author and trainer Don Blazer designed the internet course, Training Performance Horses. Now students can get lessons whenever they can find some free time. There is no time limit for completing the course, but when it is finished students receive a Certificate of Recognition.
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17th January 2003
USA Equestrian

USET Explains Its Withdrawal of USOC Challenge
Maintains Commitment to Mission of Serving U.S. Athletes

Gladstone, NJ—January 16, 2003—On January 15, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) withdrew its Challenge before the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in order to facilitate a more rapid resolution to the equestrian governance dispute. Believing it could best serve this country’s equestrian athletes, as it has for more than a half-century, by defusing the extremely adversarial situation that has prevented USA Equestrian and the USET from being able to find common ground to resolve this matter, the USET withdrew the Challenge.
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16th January 2003

Hickstead Equine Event Draws Stars And Crowds.
Freezing weather conditions failed to deter fans of international horse trainer Monty Roberts and others looking for bargains from visiting the Hickstead Equine Event at the All England Jumping Course last weekend (January 10-12).
Post-Christmas bargains offered by more than 80 exhibitors and a star-studded daily fun forum also helped, and attendance for the second year of this attraction, held in a giant luxury and heated marquee, was easily equal to last year's record-setting opening.
Monty Roberts signed copies of his new book "From My Hands to Yours" and entertained fans with accounts of how he worked, while eventing European Champion Pippa Funnell, showjumper Tim Stockdale and dressage trainer Dane Rawlins entertained in Hickstead versions of popular television shows.
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16th January 2003

Winter Equestrian Festival To Host Samsung Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN
Wellington, FL—January 15, 2003—For the second year, the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) will host the Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by CN, as part of its 2003 run, January 22 – April 6 in Wellington and Tampa, FL.
The Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by CN, an international team show jumping competition recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), will take place during the Cosequin Wellington Finale CSIO***, March 5-9, the final week of the WEF’s seven-week stay at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
The United States, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Argentina, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia have all accepted invitations to compete in the Nations’ Cup and CSIO. Germany, France, and the Netherlands have also been invited to compete, but have not yet submitted their entries.
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16th January 2003
Uplifting Horse-Related Book for the New Year
Haven’t we all dreamed about leaving our 9 to 5 jobs and following our life’s dream of working full-time with animals? Emily Lineberger Bridges did just that and wrote a book about the adventure! Entitled Dear Dolly, this book is filled with the trials, struggles, laughs and lessons that go with following your heart’s desire.
After a 30-year absence from the horse world, Emily took the plunge and purchased what became Summerwind Farm in Tennessee. Summerwind is dedicated to breeding the best Arabian Horses in the area, a dream that Emily had her entire life. However, as with most dreams, they come with their own share of surprises, disappointments and lessons.
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16th January 2003

USET Withdraws NGB Challenge
USA Equestrian, Inc., the National Equestrian Federation of the United States, announced today that the United States Equestrian Team has withdrawn its Challenge to the status of the Federation as the national governing body for equestrian sport.
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16th January 2003
USA Equestrian
Live Audio Webcast Of USA Equestrian Board Meetings
There will be live audio webcasts available of the USA Equestrian Board of Directors meetings held during the Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY. The meetings will be held Thursday, January 16, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, January 18, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET and Sunday, January 19, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET.
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15th January 2003
BETA

Major Names For Feed Forum
MAJOR names from the field of equine nutrition are set to discuss new advances and legislation updates at the Horse and Country Fair.
The Feed Forum is sponsored by BETA and the organisers have brought together some of the leading figures and experts from the feed industry.
Clare MacLeod, MSc, Rnutr, of Feedmark will speak on 'What You Can Read From a Feed Bag or Tub'; Teresa Hollands MSc, Rnutr and Louise Jones MSc, of Dodson and Horrell will speak on 'What Kind of Energy is Your Feed Giving Your Horse'.

Here they will look at the nature of energy and its forms, from fizzy to non-heating.
Feed issues are currently high on the agenda at BETA with the association working with key players in the industry to lobby on issues relevant to both manufacturers and consumers.
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15th January 2003

Armadillo's New Hot/Cold Therapy System for BETA 2003
Three times winner of the BETA New Product Awards, Armadillo have launched another product to add to their Therapy range. Armadillo are already known for their range of Magnotherapy products, including the Armadillo Magnetic Wraps, winner of the BETA New Product Awards 2000.
The Armadillo Hot/Cold Therapy System allows you to apply hot or cold therapy anywhere on the rider or limbs of the horse - all with one product!
Heat treatment provides quick relief from muscle and joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It increases the blood flow, relieves muscle spasm and reduces pain.
Cold treatment decreases swelling in damaged tissue and relieves pain. Cold therapy also reduces the risk of injury after heavy exercise such as eventing, show jumping or endurance.
The Therapy pocket insulates the Gel Pack, keeping the temperature constant for longer whilst allowing efficient hot or cold transfer to the body.
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15th January 2003
Need to relax and improve balance? Try T’ai Chi for Horse People with Suzanne Sheppard
Many of us hope to reduce stress in 2003. One fun way to do this is to learn T’ai Chi! A wonderful way to improve balance, relax and develop increased body awareness!
January 24-26, 2003, Brattleboro, Vermont
Dynamic Balance: T’ai Chi for Horse People
This weekend seminar provides a convenient, affordable way to learn about T’ai Chi firsthand, in a supportive, fun environment. Designed especially for riders, we’ll learn stretches, relaxation exercises, Chi Kung, and Part 1 of the yang style long form. You’ll go home able to continue to reap the health benefits on your own, with solid knowledge and a workbook full of notes!
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15th January 2003
Lendon Gray Fundraising Clinic in Malden Bridge, NY, April 11, 2003 for The Equine Fund.
January 14, 2003 -- The Equine Fund, a non profit organization dedicated to raising equine awareness to prevent abuse and raising funds to assist equine rescue, is organizing a fundraiser clinic April 11, 2003. Exclusive clinician for this fundraiser is former American Olympic team dressage rider, Lendon Gray.
The Leslie Stanton Equestrian Center in Malden Bridge, New York, will serve as host facility for the clinic. The center is located at 4186, Route 66 in Malden Bridge, NY, which is approximately half an hour west of the Berkshires, and half an hour east of Albany, NY.
The clinic will hold several semi-private lessons (2 riders in a class) conducted by Mrs. Gray. Auditors are welcome and encouraged. The Equine Fund will offer gourmet food, door prizes, and some free giveaways to the first auditors to arrive.
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15th January 2003
USA Equestrian
New Documents Released By USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian has released additional documents on pending sport governance matters.
Now available at www.equestrian.org/EquestrianGovernance/index.asp are USA Equestrian's January 10, 2003, submission to the USOC Membership and Credentials Committee, as well as the transcript of oral argument before the New Jersey Superior Court, resulting in the USET's corporate actions being declared null and void.
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15th January 2003
Brendan McArdle (28) is the new voice of equestrian sport on RTE Radio
Taking over from the legendary Michael Slavin in September of 2002, Brendan is also in his second year as a Senior International Selector for the Show Jumping Association of Ireland.
From Castleblayney in Co. Monaghan, Brendan is also the freelance equestrian correspondent for the Independent News Network, and has worked in television, with both The Racing Channel and Sky Sports.
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15th January 2003

Balch Continues to Undermine USET Service to Equestrian Athletes
Gladstone, NJ—January 13, 2003—USA Equestrian (USAE) President Alan F. Balch, in another in a continuing series of steps designed to deflect attention from his organization’s being out of compliance with the requirements of a National Governing Body (NGB), has forced a delay in action by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) to approve and implement programs for 2003.
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14th January 2003

More Riders Take Up The Challenge
In the second year of the YOUR HORSE UK RIDERS CHALLENGE the number of riders entering qualifying rounds doubled, demonstrating the demand of a National unaffiliated competition series.
The Your Horse UK Riders Challenge is a national competition for everyday leisure riders. Competitors can take part in dressage and show jumping classes at local qualifying events around the UK. Split into junior (under 16 on 1/1/03) and senior sections, anyone can enter and there are no rules regarding the height of your horse or pony eg seniors can ride ponies and vice versa. Membership of UK Chasers & Riders is only required once a competitor has qualified.
Following on from the success of the 2002 Your Horse UK Riders Challenge, qualifiers for the 2003 competition will take place until July 2003. The Regional Finals will take place at designated venues throughout the country during July and August, and the National Finals will once again be held at Warwickshire College's Moreton Morrell Centre on 6th & 7th September 2003.
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14th January 2003
Leading Vet Joins Equissage Team
LEADING veterinary surgeon Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz has joined Niagara Healthcare plc, to assist with research and development on the Equissage physiotherapy system for horses and ponies.
Dietrich is based at the Equine Veterinary Clinic, in Puttenham, Guildford and has many years experience in this sector.
He has a wealth of knowledge in both thermography and acupuncture. Dietrich is currently undertaking a study into thermography in relation to Equissage and the benefits of physiotherapy and massage to horses.
Said Dietrich: "I am delighted to be working with Niagara Healthcare as consultant veterinary surgeon.
"Equissage is a wonderful system which is helping horses and ponies of all ages, sizes, fitness levels and competition ability.
"During the thermal investigations we have carried out we have seen vast improvements and benefits to horses that have regularly received Equissage."
The Equissage pad gives a deep cycloidal massage to the whole horse and due to the unique action of the therapy, the pad actively improves circulation, eases and tones muscles, and promotes lymphatic drainage.
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14th January 2003
City Slickers Youths to Compete at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida – January 13, 2003 -- The combination of children from the rough and tough, inner cities of Connecticut competing at the most prestigious horse show venue in the United States sounds like the stuff of a Hollywood movie. But that’s what’s going to happen when seven youngsters and five horses from the City Slickers Equestrian Program arrive at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington for the month of February.
City Slickers is a non-profit organization which provides inner- city children in Connecticut, ages 11 to 17, with year-round horse- and farm-related experiences. Careers within the horse industry are offered for the older participants. According to Ruth Fried, director of City Slickers, many of these children would be “dropping out of school, having babies, doing drugs and joining gangs” if it were not for this program. City Slickers attempts to take these children out of a world mired in hopelessness by showing them the horse world, an environment rich in love, caring and personal responsibility.
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14th January 2003
EFI Modernisation Proposals
At a meeting of the EFI Executive at the Ambassador Hotel, Naas, on Thursday, January 9, the recommendations put forward in a paper drawn up by Morgan Buckley, MD of ASMT Ltd. (Atlantic Sports Management and Training) in January 2003, regarding the modernisation of the EFI, were agreed upon.
The proposals reflect in large part matters discussed by the EFI and the Irish Horse Board at joint meetings over the last few months, and also the recommendations made by the Taskforce set up to examine the possible formation of an umbrella body for equestrian sport.
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14th January 2003
Equissage Support Event Horse Owners Association
EQUISSAGE has joined the Event Horse Owners Association (EHOA) as one of it main sponsors for 2003.
The sponsorship is an exciting move for Equissage, part of Niagara Healthcare plc, as the equine division increases its presence in the world of eventing.
As part of the sponsorship of the EHOA, Equissage will be supporting the EHOA novice section at Burnham Market Horse Trials, April 16 to 18.
Equine physiotherapy experts, Equissage join Shearwater Insurance, Charles Britton and Printin' who will be sponsoring events at Burgie, Aston Le Walls and Tetton Hall as well as Burnham Market in Norfolk
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14th January 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Budget And Finance Committee Meeting Open
The USA Equestrian Budget and Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET, is open to registered attendees of the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY.
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14th January 2003
Farmers Enter Cyberspace With Tailored New Website
The countdown has started to the launch of a new NFU website that uses the latest technology to deliver news and information tailored to meet the needs of individual farmers.
NFUonline will go live next month and will offer an unrivalled source of information to NFU members.
There will be regional and sector-specific information, a new market analysis service and a complete overview of UK and European agriculture policy - all at the click of a mouse.
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13th January 2003
BETA

Ready To Rock At BETA International 2003
Please note: this is a TRADE show, but following on from BETA International 2003 you will see the latest fashions and saddlery equipment in your local retailer.

BETA International 2003 looks set to be a mix of rock and roll and meet the celebrity.
As the days are rapidly counting down this year's Trade Fair is where it's all happening this February, with a host of well known names from the equestrian world making their way to the NEC.
If you're a music fan, you won't be disappointed with Zepla, planning musical entertainment. At the end of the show on the Monday, singer and song writer, Tony Matthews is set to entertain with a range of music, thanks to the firm.
BETA International Organiser Tom Hustler said: "We are very much looking forward to the 2003 Trade Fair which will be a hive of activity with many well known names from the equestrian world attending."
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12th January 2003

Proof That Horses Have A Life After Racing!
International star among the winners in a nationwide competition
A nationwide competition to prove the versatility of ex-racehorses has revealed winners from every discipline, one saved from the slaughter house, a medal-winning British team horse and another that has "rescued" a rider nervous after breaking her neck.
Racehorses to Riding Horses was devised by South Essex Insurance Brokers and QBE International Insurance, one of the leading insurers of Thoroughbreds. From an initial entry of hundreds, six will be in London (on Saturday, January 11) for a presentation ceremony at the British Horse Foundation Breeders Awards Dinner at the Olympia Hilton Hotel.
The competition was backed initially by leading riders and commentators, including BBC television's Clare Balding, trainer Mark Johnston and international showjumper William Funnell. Subsequent support has come from the British charity Rehabilitation of Racehorses (RoR) and director Mrs Di Arbuthnot will be presenting a rosette and individual Wetherbys horse pedigrees to winners on Saturday.
Horses entered needed to be registered with Wetherbys and to have been in training for either Flat or National Hunt racing. Points were accrued during the 2002 season in affiliated competition or unaffiliated classes run by recognised organisations.
"It has been an unqualified success and will certainly attract an ever greater number of entries in future years," said South Essex Insurance Brokers managing director Barry Fehler. "The results prove conclusively that with sympathetic handling, racehorses can go on to fruitful and successful new careers."
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12th January 2003

Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team To Perform at the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium
January 10, 2003… Hold onto your hats and tighten your saddles, the internationally renowned Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team will be performing at the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium.
The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium, the first all encompassing equine show ever held in Canada, is scheduled March 13-16 at the Western Fairgrounds in London, Ontario.
Since their debut in 1998, the Ohio Top Hands - 12 world class women riders performing various drills in spectacular costume - has delighted audiences in major shows and parades throughout the United States. In 2002, they were crowned Mid-America Drill Team Champions in Kentucky.
"Our performances are written for 12 horses, but can be adapted for up to 16," said team captain and founder, Ginger Ryals, who also choreographs each of the difficult drills. "We perform to music and always carry American flags. We're a lot like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, except we're more rodeo style. We performed with them at the 1998 California State Fair, but we've never been to Canada before, so we'll get some Canadian flags."
Ryals said one of the Top Hands' signature moves is a rider entering the arena at a full speed gallop and carrying a flag while standing. The maneuver is called a Hippodrome and displays the incredible athleticism of the rider.
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12th January 2003

What Will the Future of the Horse Industry Be Like?
Preface: This article is being released instead of a basic news release to promote a new book titled: "The Ultimate Equine Legal and Business Advisor," By George G. Johnson, Jr. and Tracy D. Dowson. We hope that it both piques your interest and answers some of your questions.
Your childhood memories with your horse may tell more about your age than looking at your teeth. While some people remember the old plow horses at their grandparents, others will remember the popularity of the Appaloosa horse in the late 1960's. Many babyboomers remember the large classes in breed and 4-H shows and these boomers are aging, still riding and showing and creating a demand for more comforts like horse trailer's with living quarters. The youth of today may have memories of all those release forms that their parents have to sign or events being cancelled by outbreaks of diseases like Vesicular Stomititis.
The world around us has changed drastically in the past ten years and these changes are like a great rolling snowball that increases in size as it barrels straight towards us. Changes on all fronts including: biotechnology, legislation, public opinion, access to information, land development and the actual manner in which horses are used.
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12th January 2003
Hacienda dos Olivos, Centre of Classical Equitation Launches New Website
Hacienda dos Olivos, Centre of Classical Equitation and specialists on the Spanish horse, would like to announce the opening of their new website www.dosolivos.com.
Student courses, Instructional holidays, sale and exportation of quality Spanish bloodstock available. Advice given on any apect of the Spanish horse.
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12th January 2003

Irish Rider Moves Up 39 Places In FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings
Following her victory in the Grand Prix Kur at the Milan CDI*** last month Irish International dressage rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens from Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare has moved up 39 places in the latest FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings. The Munich based Merveldt-Steffens has moved up from 99th to 60th place on 67.063 ranking points. Reigning World Cup and European Champion Ulla Salzgeber from Germany leads the FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings with 79.856 points ahead of fellow countrywoman and reigning World Champion Nadine Capellmann on 78.750 points. American rider Lisa Wilcox slots into third place in the rankings on 78.623 points. The leading British rider is Richard Davison in 32nd place on 70.156 points.

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