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Helpful Foot and Mouth Disease Links
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4th March 2001
Equitana 2001 World champion amateur jockey to be a guest at the EQUITANA 2001
Nicole Traber-Renk (36) galloped ahead of the competition

Horse racing seems to be in her blood: the entire family of Nicole Traber-Renk, the reigning world champion amateur jockey, has devoted itself to the noble thoroughbred and the turf - with success . Nicole is not the only one who gained success after success in the Zürich Limmat, her father and her sister Birgt Renk, professionals in the racing saddle, are not unknown in the international galloping scene either.
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4th March 2001 Schmidt Clinches Open Jumper Classic
WELLINGTON, FL - March 3, 2001 - Jamie Schmidt, up on Mardi Gras, took first place honors in the Tommy Bahama Open Jumper Classic Saturday at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
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4th March 2001
Indio Spooner and Robinson Win Their Second $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix--Spooner Chalks Up Fourth Grand Prix Victory at Indio
INDIO, CA (March 2, 2001)--Richard Spooner, 31, of Burbank, California, and Robinson outperformed a field of 51 horses to win the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today. This is Spooner's fourth Grand Prix victory at the six-week circuit, and his second win with Robinson in the Friday Ariat Grand Prix.
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4th March 2001 NFU Welcomes Government and EU Speed to Help Farmers in Crisis
The NFU welcomed today's announcement by Minister of Agriculture Nick Brown that he has obtained agreement from Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler that the European Commission will pay agrimoney compensation early to British livestock farmers during the foot & mouth crisis.

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3rd March 2001
Catskills Horse Shows In The Sun Announces $100,000 Grand Prix Every Week at HITS Catskills in Ellenville, New York
RHINEBECK, NY (March 2, 2000)--Horse Shows In the Sun, Inc. (HITS), producer of six world class hunter/jumper horse show circuits nationwide, has announced that HITS Catskills, a five-event summer series of horse shows in Ellenville, New York, will offer a $100,000 Grand Prix every Sunday in 2001.
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3rd March 2001 2000 Olympian Captures Speed Class
WELLINGTON, FL - March 2, 2001 - Show Jumping's 2000 Olympian, Laura Kraut, 36, of Oconomowoc, WI piloted her mount, Palermo VII to victory in the Tommy Bahama Modified Speed at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on Friday.
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3rd March 2001
Equitana 2001 Hunt riders present themselves at the EQUITANA 2001
Show drag hunting and hunting signals

They are one of the many groups in the DRFV(German Riders and Drivers Association) but a very active group.
In hall 10 at EQUITANA 2001, the hunt riding group will have its own stand with something on every day: windplayers will perform traditional hunting signals, interviews with experts will give listeners an insight into hunt riding.
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3rd March 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease - ‘The Equine Industry Speaks With One Voice’
Representatives of every part of the British equestrian industry met in London, yesterday 1st March 2001 to
* review the position of the horse
* prepare a protocol to minimise the transmission of foot and mouth disease
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3rd March 2001 NFU Gains Valuable Grazing Derogation during Crisis
MAFF has granted farmers derogations for livestock grazing on set-aside land to ease the feeding crisis caused by foot and mouth disease movement restrictions after urgent lobbying by the NFU.
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3rd March 2001 Animal Movement will ensure British Meat is Kept on Shelves The announcement by the Government that there will be limited movements of livestock to abattoirs from Tuesday will help to ensure that shops are stocked with British meat, says the NFU.
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2nd March 2001 Helpful Foot and Mouth Disease Links
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2nd March 2001
The BHS Horses Need Not Be Slaughtered
The British Horse Society is being inundated with calls from worried horse owners who have heard that horses would be slaughtered along with livestock on an farm infected with foot and mouth.
This is the information being given out by the MAFF helpline.
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2nd March 2001
Meredith Manor Equestrian Centre Training Mythunderstandings Aids Versus Cues
There's a lot of talk about aids and cues in the horse world and a lot of it just confuses people. One trainer talks about using your legs as aids and another one tells you to cue your horse with your leg. Neither one probably knows what he's talking about. So it's no wonder horses get confused.
Horses don't care what a trainer calls the things he or she does, they just need to understand them in a horse logical way. As a training method, heeding uses methodically applied directional pressures to create shapes. Pressures that create shapes are called aids. Once the horse understands what shape you want when you apply a particular pressure, you can associate a cue or signal with that shape. So now you can use that cue to tell the horse exactly when you want him to give you the shape. You teach with aids. You ask with cues.
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2nd March 2001
The APHA American Paint Horse Association awards lifetime honors to 100,000th member
Lisa Robin recently became the American Paint Horse Association's 100,000th member. She is shown here with JB Blazer, the Paint Horse who led her right into APHA's record books.
FORT WORTH-When Lisa Robin of Fox Lake, Ill., purchased a Paint Horse for trail riding last year, she never realized where that special animal would lead her.
Robin never asked, but JB Blazer helped her ride right into the record books of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). Her love for the horse motivated her to join the APHA last December 21, making her the 100,000th member of the rapidly growing association.
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2nd March 2001 German Wins Largest Grand Prix of 2001 Season
WELLINGTON, FL - March 1, 2001 - German Equestrian Team Member, Markus Beerbuam rode the 11 year old Dutch bred mare, Leena to victory in the $25,000 Tommy Bahama Challenge Cup Friday at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Beerbaum bested a field of 67 horse and rider teams, the largest Grand Prix of the 29th annual Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival.
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2nd March 2001 Foot and Mouth will cost Three Quarters of a Billion in 3 Months
The NFU has estimated that if the foot and mouth outbreak is not brought under control in three months, the cost to the farming and food industry will be three quarters of a billion pounds.
The loss from the export ban and the restriction on movements of animals has been an estimated £21 million in the first week and about £38 million if the rest of the supply chain is included.
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2nd March 2001 NFU Works to get Practical Help during Crisis
NFU lobbying has resulted in practical changes to regulations on the movement of fallen stock, drivers' hours and the disinfection of delivery vehicles which will help farmers during the foot and mouth crisis.
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1st March 2001
Jumps USA Jumps USA & Dressage USA International
Jumps USA and Dressage USA, International literally jumped into the spotlight at the recent BETA 2001 World Trade Event. The large crowds at Jumps USA's booth kept company President, Philippe Gavet, busy answering requests for their innovative Horse Jumps and Dressage Arenas. This fast growing company has collected numerous endorsements from some premier Olympic Riders in the World.
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1st March 2001 Report of The First International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.
Laminitis is a complex disease of the horse, manifesting changes in the cardiovascular, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, and gastrointestinal systems of the affected animal, as well as agonizing lameness and obvious distress of extreme pain in the hooves. Dr. David Hood, Faculty at this conference, noted, "Laminitis is the NUMBER ONE ranked medical concern of horse-owners, even though it is NOT the most prevalent disease in horses. The reason for this concern is that this disease rarely kills an animal, but leaves it to suffer for extended periods, unable to place the load of its own weight on the hooves without the accompaniment of severe pain." The fear that one’s own horse might be permanently crippled by this disease, and that we currently have no preventative or effective rehabilitation for affected animals, further amplifies this fear.
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1st March 2001
Equitana 2001 European champion presents the German national champion
Pat Parelli is easily ranked among the horsemen who work with horses in a way which arouses in flight animals the desire to perform in a special way.
Two top stars will enter the square for the Reiter Revue International Golden Kids Cup, pony freestyle dressage on the level of international category L dressage: on Friday, 10th March , 4 p.m. the EQUITANA 2001 will present Marion Engelen, the reigning European pony dressage champion in the large ring (hall 6), who will saddle the national champion of the year 2000 in five-year-old pony dressage, Pan Tau B.
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1st March 2001 Ward Wins Americhoice Open Speed
WELLINGTON, FL - February 28, 2001 - 1998 AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward of Brewster, NY was in the winner's circle once more, this time aboard the chestnut gelding, 4 Seasons in the $5,000 AmeriChoice Open Speed Stake at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington on Wednesday.
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1st March 2001
ILPH Temporary Closure of all ILPH Recovery and Rehabilitation Centres
While current restrictions are in place due to the foot and mouth outbreak, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has taken the decision to close all six of their Recovery and Rehabilitation Centres throughout the UK.
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1st March 2001 NFU President to brief Fischler on Foot and Mouth situation
NFU President Ben Gill will tomorrow provide a full account of the desperate situation of British farmers as the foot and mouth nightmare unfolds to farming representatives from across Europe in Brussels.
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1st March 2001 Budget must be sensitive to Foot and Mouth Catastrophe - NFU
The NFU is urging the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be especially sensitive to the impact of the Budget on the farming community while they are facing the catastrophe of foot and mouth disease.
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28th February 2001
The Quarter Pony The International Quarter Pony.
The International Quarter Pony is a vastly popular and growing breed, as the International Quarter Pony appeal is, truly international. The IQPA was instituted to provide and promote a correct, well-balanced, sound pony with quarter horse conformation and enough body, speed, and eye appeal to sufficiently compete with larger breeds as well as other ponies.
The International Quarter Pony is perfectly suited for riders who are too small to handle, or who simply don't wish
to handle, a big 15h or 16h horse. Quarter ponies are often the first choice for a child's mount due to their calm dispositions and even temperaments combined with their compact size.
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28th February 2001
Baileys Horse Feeds Foot and Mouth Precautions

Despite being in Essex, the same county as the first confirmed case of Foot and Mouth disease, Baileys Horse Feeds are reassuring all customers that they are taking all possible precautions to help in preventing the spread of the disease.
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28th February 2001 Traxdata Shows Its Support for Showing
Traxdata one of Europe's leading companies in modern technology and the biggest sponsor of show jumping in this country has announced its move into showing sponsorship.
The first, to take place at the Ponies (UK) Summer Championship, 15th -19th August, will be called the Traxdata Kingsford Ridden Mountain & Moorland Championship. The three-year agreement has been warmly welcomed by Davina Whiteman, chairman of Ponies (UK), "We are delighted to be associated with Traxdata and hope that this association will greatly benefit the showing fraternity throughout the UK"
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28th February 2001
Lucky Draw Winner Receives her Cheque
Lucky winner of the ILPH Grand Draw 2000, Catherine Akehurst, was over the moon about her £5,000 prize.
Catherine, who comes from Norfolk, but who now lives in of Winchmore Hill, London, says, "It was such a lovely surprise, I have never won anything before !
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ILPH
28th February 2001 Joint Statement from
The British Endurance Riding Association
The Endurance Horse & Pony Society
The Scottish Endurance Riding Club

On The Outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease

As a result of the continued and worsening Foot and Mouth Disease crisis, the British Endurance Riding Association (BERA), the Endurance Horse & Pony Society of GB (EHPS) and the Scottish Endurance Riding Club (SERC) have had no hesitation in cancelling ALL their events planned to take place in March 2001. All three organisations will also keep the situation under regular review and will be making further statements as appropriate.
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28th February 2001
Ocala Mary Lisa Nicholson-Leffler and Kick the Clouds Win $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at Ocala Masters
OCALA, FLORIDA (February 25, 2001)-Mary Lisa Nicholson-Leffler, 33, of Brookville, Maryland, riding Kick the Clouds won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at the Ocala Masters horse show in Florida today--the featured event of Week III at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Nicholson-Leffler bested a field of 44 on a course designed by Buddy Brown of Wellington, Florida. She also placed ninth with Graf Rossini S owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Chovnick. Kick the Clouds, owned by Nicholson-Leffler and her parents, earned $15,000 for Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson's Rolling Acres Farm. "I've been knocking on the door in the Grand Prix with both of them," said Nicholson-Leffler, who is competing at Ocala all five weeks. "Each time we've had four faults. I had the fastest time of the four-faulters last week. Mr. Brown's courses have been very technical all week--not huge, but very technical, and not many riders went clean. Today's course was very technical but 12 went clean. There were a lot of good turns and running--the key was to just keep it together."
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27th February 2001
Jeep Saddles Up With A Horse Called Trigger
This summer sees Trigger the mechanical horse and the Jeep National Riding Festival saddle up, once more, for what has now become their annual tour of the country.
Jeep National Riding Festival
Jeep National Riding Festival Due to popular demand, the Festival has kept some key elements of the campaign in the programme for 2001. Trigger, the festival’s famous mechanical horse, will be touring the UK again during June and July, visiting over 5,000 primary school children with an instructor from a local BHS / ABRS riding school. Not only will children be able to enjoy a fun packed day at school learning more about horses and riding, but teachers can continue to teach the children about horses thanks to the Horse Power Pack, a fantastic equine educational pack that has been specially produced by the Festival and Jeep to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
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27th February 2001
Horse Shows in the Sun Salsa Contest to Highlight Fiesta Day at Indio Desert Circuit--Local Entries Invited to Compete
INDIO, CA (February 26, 2001)--
The first annual Indio Salsa Challenge, open to local professional and amateur salsa makers, will highlight Fiesta Day presented by Avis, Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, El Informador del Valle, KUNA TV, and Valley Meat Markets on March 11 at the Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show.
From 11am until 1pm, Fiesta Day festivities will include strolling mariachis, charro exhibitions, piñata games, pony rides, a bouncy house, and a live KUNA radio remote broadcast, as well as educational and career information booths.
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27th February 2001
Tack Swaps Click Clop
Equine Internet Web Site Launched for Local Horse Owners!
Kerry Campbell from Maidenhead has always had a passion for horses and a keen eye for a good bargain! With this in mind Kerry had the idea at the end of last year to start a web site for local horse and pony owners in Bucks, Berks & Oxon.
“I wanted to create a web site that would not only be useful but hopefully save everyone time and money as well!” “Rather than trying to do everything all the time on the Internet nationally or world-wide, why not keep things closer to home and provide a service for local people?”
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27th February 2001
Entries now being accepted for Young Rider competition
U.S. Equestrian Team eyes potential reining team members at APHA World Show
Reining
FORT WORTH-Young equestrians interested in one day representing the United States in reining competitions around the world can move a step closer to their dream on June 28 during the American Paint Horse Association's (APHA) 2001 World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas. At that time, reiners between the ages of 16 and 21 will have the opportunity to compete in a Young Rider Reining Medal Class, which is being hosted by APHA in conjunction with the United States Equestrian Team (USET).
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27th February 2001
Equitana 2001 Pat Parelli will also be at the EQUITANA 2001 Horse and Rider on the same wavelength
Pat Parelli is easily ranked among the horsemen who work with horses in a way which arouses in flight animals the desire to perform in a special way.
Understanding horses, finding out what they are think and why they do what they do - when people master this communication with the four-legged animals, there is a natural bond between riders and horse, which can lead to the highest achievements and not only in top sport. One person who has mastered this communication and psychology like no one else is Pat Parelli. The Californian will be at the EQUITANA 2001 from the 8th to the 11th of March to demonstrate his natural horsemanship in the large ring (hall 6) to all visitors.
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27th February 2001
Horse Shows in the Sun Ray Texel and Fleur Win $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix At Indio Desert Circuit and Move Up in World Cup Standings
INDIO, CA (February 25, 2001)--Ray Texel, 28, of Malibu, California, riding the 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleur, was the only rider in a field of 32 to jump double-clear today at the Indio Desert Circuit in California, clinching the win in the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix and moving him from third to second in the West Coast League World Cup Standings. "I really believed in Fleur today and decided to give her some trust even though it was a real risky class for me," said Texel. "She's an intelligent horse, she's a fighter, and I think that these last couple of Grand Prix jump offs, she's learned from little mistakes we've been having. I decided today to challenge it and she came through for me. This is really what a partnership is about--working together with this animal. I gave her the best chance to go clear today, but I also think she really helped me out as well--when we came back for that jump off she helped figure things out from the other days. I believe that this weekend is one year exactly that we've been together. This is a wonderful anniversary. I'm going to have a drink for her tonight." Texel took home the blue ribbon, an engraved silver tray, an embroidered cooler, and $15,000 for owner Beverly Hills Equestrian Park.
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26th February 2001
Lando The best laid plans …. can go astray and still lead to a silver medal
In the highly controlled world of top class show jumping breeding, most successful stallions are much wanted foals that are carefully nurtured from birth to prepare them for a seamless career of top grading success and a full active life combining busy stud duties with an increasingly demanding programme of international competition. However, this was certainly not the case for the fully approved Danish Warmblood stallion Lando by Lancier who helped his Dutch rider Albert Voorn to win the individual silver medal at the Sydney Olympics. Why this was, and how Lando overcame the problems of a somewhat contentious start to his life make a fascinating story, and one that should inspire hope amongst breeders everywhere.
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26th February 2001 Lamaze Masters Zada Enterprises Grand Prix
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- February 25, 2001 - Canadian Eric Lamaze registered his first major win of the season, guiding Husker Du to the only double-clear round to capture the $75,000 Zada Enterprises, L.L.C. Masters Cup Sunday in Wellington.
Lamaze and Husker Du, a 12-year-old Dutch warmblood, riding second in the jump-off field of eight, cleared the seven jumping efforts in 45.898 seconds. "With six riders behind me (in the jump-off), I felt I had nothing to lose," said Lamaze, who earned $22,500. "It was a bit unexpected. This is only the fourth time I've ridden Husker Du. He's a brave, very dependable horse who makes my job easy."
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26th February 2001
Eriskay Pony Society to Host Judge Training
Although Eriskay Ponies are steadily increasing in number, so many ponies are geographically far flung or busy breeding in the Summer that it is difficult for anybody interested in the breed to see enough ponies together to develop an eye for what makes a good example of the breed.
Eriskay Pony Society
In an attempt to remedy this, the Eriskay Pony Society is to host a Judge Training session at its annual Breed Show to be held on 20th May this year.
The Show, which includes Showing, Youngstock, Dressage, Performance,Jumping, Young Handlers and Games classes this year, will be held at Tullibole Fish Farm, Crook of Devon, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Murray Wallace.
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26th February 2001
Meredith Manor Equestrian Centre Training Mythunderstandings The Importance of Directing Every Stride
When you first start training a horse, everything is about getting his attention. Once you've got his attention, you start directing his attention where you want it to go. To get the horse to pay attention to you, however, you first have to pay attention to the horse.
We call our basic groundwork lessons "heeding." It's a play on words. To an observer, it looks like the handler is moving the horse around like a dog at heel. Or you can think of it as the horse heeding-- meaning, paying attention to--to his handler. Either way, it's a pretty picture.
When we heed a horse, we let the lead rope loop down below the handler's hand. It's just there. It's not directing the horse. Sometimes I have students hook a thumb into their belt so they aren't tempted to use the lead rope to direct the horse. When most people lead a horse, they choke up on the rope and drag or push the horse's head in whatever direction they want the rest of him to go. Or if that doesn't work, they pull on him or jerk the lead shank or something else that creates some activity. They are working under the mythunderstanding that causing an action is the same thing as training the horse.

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25th February 2001 Madden Soars with Cloud Nine
WELLINGTON, FL - FEBRUARY 24, 2001 -Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY rode the 9 year-old grey Hanovarian gelding, Cloud Nine to victory in the $10,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Open Jumper Classic at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday. "He's a real winner and I love to ride him," said Madden, referring to Cloud Nine, sired by Gross Clockner and who has been with Madden since he was 6 years old.
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25th February 2001
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25th February 2001
Horse Shows in the Sun Tracy Fenney and Grace Win $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at Indio Desert Circuit IV
INDIO, CA (February 23, 2001)--Tracy Fenney, 36, of Flower Mound, Texas, riding Grace won the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today, besting a field of 47 on a course designed by Danny Foster.
Three riders were clean in the Jump-Off but Fenney was almost two seconds faster than her closest competitors--Mary Tyng on Baccarat and Will Simpson on El Campeon's Cayenne, who placed second and third respectively by fractions. Fenney said that when she walked the course she almost scratched. "I thought it was very technical and very hard. I didn't want to get Grace in any jams with this Sunday coming up. I thought, 'Should we take her or not?' Nothing bothers her so I figured it would be fine. She jumped it easy. When I ride that mare, she makes me feel like I can do whatever and go to the jumps." Fenney's win earned $7,500 for Grace's owner Hidden Lake Farm. The $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix was taped by JCR Sports Productions of Foothill Ranch, California, and will be televised next month.
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25th February 2001
Equitana 2001 EQUITANA 2001 – Always a horse length ahead.
Guest of honour: the ”Horse Whisperer” Monty Roberts
A new era is dawning for equestrian sports fairs with EQUITANA 200s1, now with an even more attractive appearance, greater space and a better organised layout. When the doors of the Essen fair ground open from the 3rd to 11th of March 2001, the Equestrian Sports World Fair will show a totally new and particularly visitor-friendly face. The ”Horse Whisperer”, Monty Roberts, will be a guest of honour, not only to officially open the EQUITANA 2001 but also to demonstrate his ”Join-Up®” method for four days.
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25th February 2001 Hanoverian News
Hanoverians earned 8 medals at the Olympic Games in Horsley Park, Sydney.......an excellent outcome.
The 26th Elite Foal Auction in Verden, Germany had a record number of foals (147) setting a new record high price of DM 60,000 and a record average price of DM 12,122. Thirteen foals were exported to the US.
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25th February 2001
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