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BETA International 16-18 Feb. 2003 - A Host of Innovations
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. Here are some previews:
New For The UK - The Woodfield Coat

"Pariani" Saddlery
The Pro Classic from Veredus
Hooves Pro-Equestrian Products
The unbeatable advantages of synthetic harness.

Nikwax® Equestrian Range
Authentic Australian riding jackets, coats and hats
JUMP OFF, the board game for Horse-lovers

Featured Articles:
The Riding Tree: Coordination Of The Aids
The Irish Draught Horse
Proof That Horses Have A Life After Racing!
Federation Equestre Internationale News


15th February 2003

Equine Intelligence
Supporting the BHS with its Approved Livery Yard Scheme
To keep control of the ever escalating cost of insurance or perhaps obtain insurance at all, equine businesses must sustain an increasingly professional approach, making good stable administration and risk assessment a daily process. Equine Intelligence provides an easy-to-follow programme of administration, enabling you to run a more professional and financially rewarding business.
As insurance fees have risen steeply following 11th Sept 2001 and claims increased due to no-win-no-fee contracts, the insurance industry is demanding greater evidence of good practice before offering public liability covers. Million pound claims within the equestrian industry are not uncommon and insurers are becoming increasingly uneasy about renewing contracts and taking on new clients. Barry Fehler of South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) has described the situation as a "serious closing down of this market".
The BHS is advising businesses to look towards safety and anticipate potential claims by implementing risk assessment and administration procedures. Their Approved Livery Yard Scheme requires the keeping of written livery contracts, land management schedules, and all aspects of health, safety and medical administration. Chris Doran, administrative manager of Riding Schools/Approvals at the British Horse Society states, "I cannot advise too strongly on the need for attention to detail."
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15th February 2003
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15th February 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
14 February 2003

ENDURANCE FORUM & SEMINARS HELD IN PARIS
A number of Forums, both open and technical were held from 7 to 9 February 2003 in Paris, France.
Organised by the FEI Endurance Committee in conjunction with the French Federation, the Open Forum (7th) chaired by FEI 1st Vice President, Freddy Serpieri, was attended by 115 participants from 29 National Federations. Discussions were free flowing and wide ranging on the future of the discipline.
2002 BEST HORSE AND RIDER COMBINATION IN JUMPING
The 2002 Best Horse and Rider Combination List is based on the 2002 results of the FEI Gandini Jumping Riders Rankings.
Ludger Beerbaum and Gladdys S are the best combination of 2002 with 1531 points ahead of another German combination Otto Becker/Dobel's Cento. Beerbaum placed twice in the Top 5, he is 5th with Goldfever 3.
THIS WEEK-END: FEI WORLD CUP DRIVING AND JUMPING IN VIGO
The five drivers who competed in Bordeaux last weekend, amongst which the unbeaten leader of the standings Michael Freund, safely travelled to Vigo at the beginning of the week. For title defender Freund and his colleagues Gert Schrijvers (Belgium), Rainer Duen (Germany) and Werner Ulrich (Switzerland) it will be the last competition before the final, which will take place in Göteborg from 27 to 30 March 2003. Only the best five drivers of the standings after 's-Hertogenbosch, which is the next leg after Vigo, will qualify for the final.
FEI WORLD CUP FINAL IN LAS VEGAS
The 25th World Cup Final in Jumping, supported by Budweiser, will take place in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from 16 to 20 April 2003.
Started in 1979, the World Cup Final is one of the biggest event of the yearly Jumping calendar and include the world's best riders in the discipline.
The 2003 World Cup Final will be the 5th final organised in the USA and for the second time in Las Vegas. In 2000, Las Vegas welcomed nearly 36,000 spectators.
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15th February 2003

Mclain Ward Wins $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup
Wellington, FL – February 14, 20003 – At the Winter Equestrian Festival today, the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series IV, a speed class was contested by 33 horse and rider combinations. The winner with the fastest time of 62.68 seconds was McLain Ward riding his own chestnut gelding Galant. In second place, with a time of 64.01 seconds, was Allegiance with Laura Kraut riding for the Pin Oak Farm. In third place, was Joe Fargis riding Edgar for Mary B. Schwab/O.E.J.I. Farm (65.24 seconds). Just eleven of the 33 horses had fault free rounds.
The World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular continued with more champions qualifying for the Hunter Classic and many juniors and amateurs working their way toward qualifying. In the Amateur Owner Hunters 36 and over, Mimi Tashjian qualified her Prove It by being Champion. Reserve Champion was Ilona,owned by James B. Pirtle Enterprises, Inc and ridden by Daryl Portela and who also qualified for Saturday evening’s Hunter Classic.
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15th February 2003
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Bayer Nominated For Southeast Tourism Society Award For the Second Consecutive Year
LEXINGTON, KY—February 14, 2003—For the second consecutive year, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer has been named as one of the top 20 activities for tourists for the month of April by the Southeast Tourism Society.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event attracts more than 80,000 horse-loving spectators to the Kentucky Horse Park for the exciting equestrian sport regarded as the ultimate challenge of horse and rider. This year's event takes place April 24-27 at the 1,200-acre park, a working horse farm with museums on 50 breeds of horses.
The Southeastern Tourism Society is a non-profit organization whose goals are to develop, market and promote tourism in the Southeastern United States. Its more than 450 members represent hotels and resorts, attractions, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other organizations that promote travel.
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15th February 2003
News Update from Morningside Stud
Plans are well under way for the 3rd International Breeders Conference, to be held on Saturday August 2 (the weekend before the Dublin Horse Show, which begins on Wednesday August 6). The theme of the conference is “Breeding, Managing, and Training Young Horses for International Competition Careers.” The speakers are Jennie Loriston-Clarke, the dressage rider who competed in four Olympics for Great Britain; Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins, the showjumping rider who is Commandant of the Irish Army Equitation School and competed in two Olympics for Ireland; Gillian Rolton, who won two Olympic Team Gold Medals in eventing for Australia; and Dr. Christa Finkler-Schade, a German expert on foal nutrition and management. The conference will feature keynote speeches in the morning and demonstrations with a young horse under saddle in the afternoon. The conference venue is the Kill International Equestrian Centre in Kill, County Kildare, the venue for the 2003 Special Olympics.
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15th February 2003
Dressage Rider, Jennifer Lee, Has New Web Site, New Horse, And New Sponsor
Los Angeles, CA -Dressage competitor Jennifer Lee has a new Web site at www.JenniferLeeDressage.com, a new horse named "La Elegance," and a new sponsor, Cinema DesignsT.
"La Elegance" is a five-year-old registered ATA mare by Trakehner stallion Leonidas out of Willa. Willa is by the Hanoverian stallion Werther. La Elegance was bred by Keenridge Farm, where Jennifer trains with two-time Olympian Hilda Gurney.
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15th February 2003

Training Online
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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15th February 2003

Florida Dressage Classic sees Inatana Las Marismas win FEI Prix St. Georges
Wellington, FL – February 14, 2003 – Thursday, the first day of competition at the Florida Dressage Classic saw Puerto Rican, Yvonne Losos de Muniz win the FEI Prix St. Georges riding Inatana Las Marismas with a score of 70.750%. Interestingly, Yvonne’s barn also competes with show jumpers. Diane Hackley-Anderson scored 69.500% with Maikel to also win a FEI Prix St. Georges.
In the FEI Intermediate II, Tami Batts scored 63.333% riding Unforgettable to the win.
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15th February 2003

Mistie Long Wins 2002 MD Barns Amateur High-Point Award
Mistie Long earned the first annual 2002 MD Barns Amateur High-Point Award when she amassed an incredible 572 points in the new Amateur Achievement Award program. As the 2002 High-Point Amateur, Long will receive a two-stall horse barn provided by Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM) Corporate Partner MD Barns. During the year she earned seven national championships, seven reserve championships, 10 national top tens and 18 regional titles. Long also achieved the highest performance award, Rider of Excellence, in the Amateur Achievement Award program’s inaugural year. The Amateur Achievement Award program recognizes the accomplishments of adult amateurs and youth members participating in shows and distance ride events.

“It has been an amazing year,” says Mistie Long, “It’s very exciting to win the barn, as well as having so much success at the shows. It was my last year showing as a junior which made it a really big year for me.”
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15th February 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Sets Attendance Record
Attendance at the 2003 USA Equestrian Annual Meeting, held January 15 - 19, hit a record high of 514 attendees.
Attendance at the Annual Meeting has shown steady growth over the past 4 years and this year, despite inclement weather, attendance was up more than 11%. This increase is more than double the increase from 2001 to 2002.
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15th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Neumunster Germany 13-16 February 2003
Preis der Energiedienstleister e.on und SWN, Stadtwerke NeumUnster GmbH
International Jumping Competition Against The Clock
1) Soren von Ronne (GER); Charlottenhof's Charisma; 2) Jessica Kurten (IRL); Preishammer; 3) Holger Wenz (GER); Javelin 2; Faults 0.00 Time 46.53
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15th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Vigo Spain 14-16 February 2003
PREMIO CAIXA GALICIA, International Jumping Competition
FEI Art.238.2.1 Table A 1m50 against the clock
1) MR SPRINGFIELD; Robert SMITH (GBR), 2) CHAMPION DU LYS; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER), 3) GRANIE 5; Markus FUCHS (SUI)
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15th February 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
VILAMOURA EQUESTRIAN TOUR - FEBRUARY 2003 - Capt. Gerry Flynn with Bornacoola, Mo Chroi and Kilcummin, Cnoc Na Seimre. Lt Shane Carey with Kilkishin, High Roller, Ballycumber and Kilshanna Royale. Louise Walsh with Jogatina, Impact, Might Coevers and Nadja S
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14th February 2003

Performance Analysis Could Give Riders The Edge
With the help of the UK Sports Institute (UKSI), British Olympic Association and UK Sport a 3 day workshop at Hartpury College (23-25 February) organised by the World Class Performance Team (WCP) will present a number of new and stimulating ideas to riders, coaches and Performance Managers, that may significantly improve performance in the attempt to qualify and ultimately win medals at the Athens Olympics.

During the broader programme Scott Drawer, Performance Analyst at the UKSI, Kenny More, from the Scottish Institute of Sport (who has worked closely with the gold medal winning British Curling Squad), and Haydn Price, the WCP Consultant Farrier will deliver a performance analysis workshop to the WCP squads, presenting ways of tactically and technically appraising rider performance and assessing equine movement and soundness.
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14th February 2003
2003 Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse Set For March 10
WELLINGTON, FL (February 13, 2003) — The third annual Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse will be presented on Monday, March 10, 2003, starting at noon, at the Outback Polo Club on Southfields Road in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s the perfect event for Sidelines to do because Sidelines covers dressage, show jumping, and polo. It’s a natural tie-in for us,” said Samantha Charles, publisher of Sidelines and organizer of the event. “My plan is to eventually run triathlons around the country.”
In previous years, the triathlon was held as a charity benefit. The $25 admission ticket helped fund equestrians stricken with terminal illness, and the admission charge included an Outback lunch. This year admission will be free to all equestrians and lunch will be provided at a nominal fee. Tim Gannon, a lifelong polo player and one of the three founding members of Outback Steakhouse and Carabas restaurant chains, has donated his private polo club for the event every year, and continues to be the presenting sponsor as well as the event’s lunch concessionaire.
The Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon features top riders in three disciplines who compete against each other in four teams of three riders.
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14th February 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society hosts joint meeting with shoot organisations
The British Horse Society hosted a joint meeting with several shooting organisations at its offices in Stoneleigh yesterday (11 February). The aim was to discuss the way forward following an incident last year when a BHS member was badly injured when her horse bolted after being frightened by beaters at a shoot.
The organisations attending the meeting included the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO), the Union for Country Sports Workers (UCSW) the Campaign for Shooting (Countryside Alliance) and representatives from Exmoor National Park.
All attendees were universal in their opinion that the meeting had been very constructive and useful, and had created a positive way forward in approaching the problems sometimes encountered when equestrianism and shooting are in close proximity to each other.
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14th February 2003

Lyman T. Whitehead Qualifies Moulin Rouge for Hunter Classic on Saturday Evening
Wellington, FL – February 13, 2003 – The World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular today finished several divisions and those champions and reserves are qualified to compete in the big Hunter Classic on Saturday evening, February 15.
On the grass, in the Internationale Arena, the First Year Hunters were in 2 sections with 33 horses in the A Section and 36 horses in the B Section. Champion in the A Section was Madison’n Fifth owned by Wendy Israel and shown by Louise Serio. Reserve Champion in the A Section was Southern Lights ridden by Samantha Darling and owned by Dr. Sheila Buchbinder. In the B Section, Champion was Camberly with Emily Williams riding for the All Seasons Farm and Jimmy & Danielle Torano. Reserve Champion was Cast A Spell with Holly Orlando riding for La Bagatelle LLC.
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14th February 2003

Tom McCutcheon Wins Inaugural Intervet/USET Reining All Star Series Event
Gladstone, NJ—February 13, 2003— Tom McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX won the inaugural $25,000-added Intervet/USET Reining All Star Series event, riding Smartest Chic Olena, owned by Terry Owens of Weimer, TX, on Sunday, February 9 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, TX. The pair finished with a score of 219 points edging out Todd Crawford of Blanchard, OK, who was second with a score of 218.5 riding Commandalena, owned by Christina Knox of Ardmore, OK. Tom’s brother Scott McCutcheon of Whitesboro, TX, came in third with a score of 217.5 on Inwhizable, owned by Scott and Kathleen McCutcheon and Ed and Christine Hamilton.

The class drew thirteen entries with riders from as far away as Arizona and featured two USET Gold Medalists from the 2002 World Equestrian Games, along with several AQHA and NRHA Champions. Pete Hale of Intervet and renowned trainer, John Lyons, presented the awards to the top ten finishers of the event.
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14th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Neumunster Germany 13-16 February 2003
Preis des Verkaufsstalles Maas J. Hell
International Jumping Competition for Young Horses
1. Qualification
1) Christian Ahlmann (GER); Sinclaire 5
2) Tjark Nagel (GER); Kymba 2
3) Holger Wulschner (GER); Leroy Brown 17

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13th February 2003
Through The Horse's Mouth - The Right Food For The Right Horse
Horses, like people, have issues with food. The wrong feed, the wrong nutritional combinations and the wrong timing can all contribute to making a horse perform below par and feel under the weather.
A well-fed horse is a happy horse, and no organisation is more aware of this than Baileys Horse Feeds whose nutritionist Kate Lugsden will be part of the Meet the Experts area at the Midlands Equine Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern on 8 and 9 March.
Kate will be on hand to answer any questions about equine nutrition from visitors to the Fair, but in anticipation of this we asked her to answer the top 10 questions that are posed to her and her team:
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13th February 2003

British Open To Host The Cavalry
Visitors to this year's British Open Show Jumping Championships (Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield 24 - 27 April) will have the unique opportunity to see one of the very best equestrian displays in the country. Organisers Grandstand Event Management will present the stunning musical ride of the Household Cavalry during each performance at the Championships. It will be the first time that this amazing display will be performed at a major venue outside London.
Specially choreographed for the occasion, the display that will be performed in an array of spectacular lighting effects and accompanied by vibrant music. Mounted on beautiful black horses and resplendent in their red and blue tunics, gleaming steel cuirasses and plumed helmets, the Household Cavalry will captivate and enthrall with their fast-moving and intricate display.
The Household Cavalry Musical Ride is made up of twenty-seven serving soldiers from the squadrons of The Blues and Royal and The Life Guards. The soldiers wear full dress, as used on all state occasions, and are joined by the four State Trumpeters, mounted on grey horses and the magnificent drum horse.
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13th February 2003
Almost One Year Already!!
The idea had been planted for a while in the minds of Jean d'Orgeix, Michel Henriquet and Christian Carde when they founded - less than a year ago - Allege-Ideal. It had to become a reality and that was achieved with great enthusiasm since the support this initiative received was fabulous.
Honored by the patronage of Maurice Druon and a prestigious honorary committee, the association is proud to include today nearly 200 members, spread over 16 countries.
Wishing to gather under the banner of lightness riders from the four corners of the world and, from all the equestrian disciplines was the challenge to take up:
Allege-Ideal met it!
They are amateur riders, competitors, judges, breeders, equestrian arts enthusiasts, trainers, leaders …. The cosmopolitan and eclectic nature of the association contributes to its wealth and its strength.
During this first year, the activities of Allege-Ideal were essentially based on communication: representing the association in meetings and interactions with major equestrian organizations, participating to a variety of conferences and debates (in France and other countries), publishing the first issue of the association's newsletter, organizing the "Video consulting" service and creating a web site: www.allege-ideal.com
In 2003, we will expand our activities through organizing conferences, sensitivity meetings in equestrian centers, to benefit riders and instructors as well. We will very shortly provide a list of organizations and interlocutors - in France and in other countries - you will be able to contact on our behalf to establish all the practical and useful connections with Allege-Ideal.
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13th February 2003

Arabian Horse Association Emerges as New Full-Service Breed Organization
The International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA) will merge with the Arabian Horse Registry of America (AHRA) as of April 1, 2003. However, they have been working under a joint operating agreement as the Arabian Horse Association since January 1, 2003.

The benefits of such a merger include:
one full-service organization to serve the needs of Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse owners throughout the United States and Canada
a larger member base with 40,000-plus total AHA members now being served
one-stop shopping for members who only need to belong to one organization
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13th February 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society accepts court decision
The Board of Trustees of the BHS defends the interests of members by fighting Public Inquiries against the downgrading of bridleways to footpaths. For the first time in 30 years the Society, having lost a case, faces paying the costs of the other parties.
The Trustees are very concerned at this outcome and have thoroughly investigated the Secretary of State's grounds for her decision.
Detailed advice has been taken by the Trustees, and the Board has decided it is in the best interests of the Society to pay these costs rather than apply for Judicial Review.
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13th February 2003

Show Hunters Take Center Stage This Week
Wellington, FL – February 12 – The first day of the World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular week of the Winter Equestrian Festival was a warm wonderful day full of great show horses competing under sunny skies. On the Grand Prix field the Regular Conformation horses, led the way with a Model Class which was won by Chopard, handled by Scott Stewart and owned by Alexa Weisman. There was a Model Green Conformation, then the over fence classes began. This is the first time for these horses to show on the big international grass field as opposed to their traditional hunter show rings. Saturday night’s big Hunter Classic will be held on this field under lights and the champions and reserve champions of this week’s competition will qualify to compete.
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13th February 2003

A Really, Really Big Week at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida -- February 12, 2003 -- Today is the beginning of the fourth week (out of seven) of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival being held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. It is the week of The Florida Classic World Champion Hunter Rider Spectacular scheduled for Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, The $50,000 Idle Dice Classic Grand Prix, a World Cup Qualifier, will take place. The Palm Beach Post, one of Florida’s preeminent newspapers, is the week’s corporate sponsor.
Taking center stage this week: the show hunter horses and riders. A show hunter class is judged on the manners, form over fences and movement of the horse, with fence heights ranging from 3’6”, 3’9” and 4’, depending upon the particular class. In sharp contrast, the jumper classes are judged solely on going clean and fast, over fences as high as 5’3”.
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13th February 2003
Cowboy Dressage
Famed horseman, clinician and trainer Eitan Beth-Halachmy has just released his new training video, Cowboy Dressage, Building the Foundation.
Eitan says, Cowboy Dressage is a way of not just combining two distinct disciplines but -more importantly-uniting them. The principles, practices, and teaching of dressage do not belong to just one discipline. It belongs to all disciplines, all breeds, all equestrians.
In Eitan's new video he teaches control of the three parts of the horse's body; in front of the saddle, head, neck and shoulders; under the saddle, the rib cage and behind the saddle, the haunches.
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13th February 2003

Tickets Still Available For Budweiser World Cup 2003
Show Jumping World Cup Final Promises To Be The “Event of the Year”

Las Vegas, NV—February 12, 2003—The 25th anniversary edition of the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final—Budweiser World Cup 2003—will light up Las Vegas, like never before and tickets for the extravaganza at the Thomas & Mac Center are still available!
After dazzling the show jumping world with its spectacular presentation in 2000, the World Cup returns to Las Vegas for another fantastic show, April 16-20.
Plenty of good seats remain for Budweiser World Cup 2003, but, warns the event's organizers, "With the start of the 2003 show jumping season, orders are coming in fast and we urge everyone to reserve their seats now so they won't miss out on what promises to be the most spectacular show jumping event the world has ever seen!"
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13th February 2003
PERA
PERA News
Following the success of the pre-season training last April, PERA is pleased to announce that they are to be repeated again this year, with both Francis Verbeek and Albert Voorn visiting Waresley Park Stud. For further details visit the PERA website at http://www.peraworld.com
Finally it's now just over a week until the PERA ball, if you haven't already got your tickets, don't miss out
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13th February 2003

Dressage At WEF Resumes With Florida Dressage Classic
WELLINGTON, FL -- February 12, 2003 — Dressage competition resumes at the 31st annual Winter Equestrian Festival with the Florida Dressage Classic, February 13-16, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Classes will be contested from Training Level through Grand Prix. Riders will compete in both Open and ABIC-USDF Qualifiers for the Regional Championships at all levels. The judging panel includes two ‘I’ judges — Liselotte Fore and Anne Gribbons, ‘C’ judge Maryal Barnett; ‘S’ judges Fran Dearing and Joan Humphrey; and ‘R’ judges Cindy Sydnor and Susanne Handler.
Highlighting the four-day competition are the musical freestyles on Sunday, February 16. Scheduled to ride are Jans Brons aboard Josien — winners of two Pan Am Games qualifiers at the Wellington Dressage show (January 30-February 2). The pair will debut their Intermediaire Freestyle, the third element of the three-prong qualifying classes for the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games are contested at the I-I level in three classes – Prix St, Georges (which determines the team medal), Intermediaire I and Intermediaire Freestyle (the combined results determine individual medals). Brons will ride his freestyle for the first time in competition, a preview before the next Pan Am Games qualifier, The Palm Beach Dressage Derby (February 28-March 2).
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13th February 2003
Brookhill Steeplechase Launches New Website, Corporations Eager to Return in 2003
RALEIGH, NC- The Triangle's only Steeplechase has launched its website and new logo for 2003. Corporations throughout the greater Raleigh-Durham area are already signing on to return to the event in anticipation of Brookhill's eleventh season. This year's race is scheduled for Saturday May 3, 2003 on Brookhill Farm in Clayton, NC.
"It's always exciting to see our loyal corporate partners return to Brookhill with such enthusiasm," explains Race Chairman Will Stanley. Partnering with sponsorship marketing firm Wisse, Hollmann & Co., Stanley and the Brookhill Steeplechase have expanded their corporate and geographic reach to include universities and college alumni groups for the event's new College Park area. Sponsorship agreements are still pending with several companies at this point, but contracts have been signed for the this year include Mentor Graphics, Preferred Flooring, Movers Technical and Risk Insurance Management Services. In fact, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau has agreed to issue a marketing grant to promote the upcoming races and annual festivities such the Hat & Tailgate Contests and Children's area for the third year in a row.
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12th February 2003

Reigning World Jumper Champion from Ireland Competing at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida – February 11, 2003 – Dermott Lennon, the handsome, 33-year-old Irishman, who is the reigning Jumper Champion of the World, has just arrived in Wellington to begin competing at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival. His World Champion mare, “Liscalgot”, a 12-year-old Irish-bred, will arrive later this month.Dermott and “Liscalgot” won the World Champion title this past September in Jerez, Spain at The World Games. They will hold this prestigious moniker until the next World Games in 2006.
Dermott’s exceptional ascent to fame in the equestrian world began at the family farm in the quiet town of Banbridge in tumultuous Northern Ireland. There, Dermott and his brother, John, began riding in local hunts and steeplechases while finishing their schooling. In 1989 at the age of 19, Dermott began riding for a local breeder, breaking and schooling the very young horses. By 1999, Dermott was showing grand prix jumpers in international competitions.
Dermott never had any formal equestrian training in the traditional sense. Dermott just displayed an innate talent with horses from an early age that only a lucky few are born with. He was literally self-taught, and he has never taken a riding lesson or worked with a trainer. Dermott is his own trainer, and, often, his own groom – a virtual one-man-band, so to speak. At Dermott’s level of achievement and competition, that is absolutely unheard of.
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12th February 2003

Happy event at San Patrignano stud
Happy event at San Patrignano stud: on saturday 8th February 2003 the second Weihaiwej's foal has born. The foal's father is Voltaire, one of the most important Hannover sires whose sons are, among the others, internationals winners like Concorde, Flyer, Kannan, Helios, etc.
"The foal, born by an embryo transfer, does not have a name. Indeed, we haven't been able yet to find an appropriate name made of a Chinese word beginning with "V", the letter which will mark all the newborn foals in 2003." Giacomo Muccioli, responsible of the San Patrignano's breeding farm, says. "However, the most important thing, which makes all of us very happy, is to see how Weihaiwej is able to transmit her genetic characteristics since the foal is resembling very much her mother."
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12th February 2003
World Class Start And Potential 2003
The final stage of the comprehensive selection process has been completed. The procedure of screening 450 applicants, short listing 106 riders, and then selecting less than 40 finalists, over the past 2 months has been an awesome task.
The finalists will be offered extra assistance in the form of individually tailored plans to assist in their competitive careers. A number of riders that did not make it on to the core programmes will also be offered extra assistance to ensure that WCS&P is able to monitor their progress, offer guidance and provide extra support.
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12th February 2003
Rural Diversification Is Open To Anyone With Ambition And Drive
Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre, situated in the Staffordshire Moorlands has quickly become one of the best equine competition centres in the Midlands. The former 82-acre dairy farm was purchased in February 2001. The new owners, David Kinsella and Anne Pearn made the bold step of selling their 22 year-old established business and country home, in order to set up and develop this new rural business.
Their combined passion for horses and nose for business made them aware that the area lacked a friendly equestrian centre with good facilities, in which people of all abilities felt comfortable to compete.
Work was quickly undertaken, involving huge personal capital investment. The main barn was refurbished into 18 high quality stables, a horse-walker installed, shower room and tack room built. Outside three arenas were under construction along with the installation of an all weather gallop, cross country course and car parking facilities.
Any rider visiting the Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre has the benefit of an excellent professional staff who will offer assistance, advice, support and lots of hard work to encourage and develop their skills and indulge their passion for horses. The centre is now undergoing some exciting new changes.
A new development for 2003 has been the purchase of a Cold Water Hydrotherapy Spa imported from Australia, for the treatment of lower leg injuries in horses. (One of only 6 in the country). The spa has had exceptional results in tendon and ligament injuries, joint conditions, healing of wounds and bone damage.The spa has been housed in yet another renovated farm building.
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12th February 2003

Richard Spooner and Robinson Capture $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix
Gladstone, NJ—February 11, 2003—Richard Spooner of Glendale, CA, piloted Robinson, owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group, to a win in the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, CA, on February 9.
Seoul Olympic course designer Olaf Petersen set an even course that allowed the majority of riders to get around without major difficulty. There were seven clear out of a starting field of 35 horse-and-rider combinations, thus ensuring a great competition.

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of West Lake Village, CA, was the first in the ring for the jump-off round aboard El Campeon’s Cirka Z. Simpson was one of five riders who completed the jump-off course with all the rails still in place. Following Simpson’s performance, riders raced to better her time of 48.64 seconds.
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12th February 2003
Robert Smith Continues His Winning Ways
Robert Smith continued his prize-winning form this weekend at the CSI-W Bordeaux by winning the Stallion class with Marius Claudius, and being 3rd in the Grand Prix with Mr Springfield. Robert's recent major achievements include:
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12th February 2003
2003 Winter Equestrian Festival Moves To Tampa
Tampa, Florida—February 11, 2003—With over $3 million in prize money, the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is the nation’s most significant horse show circuit. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., of Tampa, the Winter Equestrian Festival is the horse show of all horse shows in the U. S.
After competing in Wellington for seven weeks, the nation’s best hunter, jumper and equitation horses are now moving to Tampa for the remaining three weeks of competition. Over 1,000 horses will be in Tampa during this time.
Beginning March 12, WEF action moves to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa for three major events including the Suncoast Internationale, March 12-16; the Tampa Bay Classic, March 19-23; and the Tournament of Champions, March 26-30.
The main events taking place in Tampa are the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune, and the final event determining which U.S. show jumpers will qualify to ride in the 2003 Show Jumping World Cup Final in Las Vegas.
Spectators can enjoy classes for all age groups and discipline interests. And with as many as four rings going at any one time, there will be something for every member of the family. There will be hunter, jumper and equitation classes for children and junior riders, mounted on ponies and horses. Adult amateurs of all ages will be represented in hunter, jumper and equitation classes. The professional and advanced amateur riders will dominate the competition in pre-green, green and regular hunter divisions as well as at many levels of the jumper classes.
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12th February 2003

2003 Bayer/US Equestrian Team Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack
WHAT: The 13th annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack
WHEN: June 19-22, 2003
WHERE: USET Olympic Training Center, Pottersville Road, Gladstone, New Jersey
WHY: The 2003 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, the only event of its kind in the country, showcases competition in four equestrian disciplines -- dressage, show jumping, 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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12th February 2003
Irish Sport Horses ~ results from US and France
Irish Sport Horses Ado Annie and Eezy competed at the Indio CSI W in the US from January 29th to February 2nd last. Ado Annie (ISH) was ridden by Will Simpson (USA) to take third place in Sundays $50,000 King Shavings FEI World Cup Grand Prix. Behind them, in joint fourth, was Eezy (ISH) ridden by Duncan McFarlane (USA).
Last weekend, February 7-10, Showjumping action moved to France for the Bordeaux CSI W. Saturdays Bordeaux Grand Prix FEI World Cup saw Sea Wolf (ISH) take fifth place ridden by Esben Johannessen (NOR).
The Bordeaux Grand Prix on Sunday brought third place for the recently on form Mister Springfield (ISH) and his rider Robert Smith (GBR).
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12th February 2003
Willing Partners
You have audited Peter Campbell at international events like the Canadian Finals Rodeo or the Spruce Meadows Masters. Maybe you’ve heard him on the Horseman’s Radio Weekly with Jim Campbell. Read about him in select issues of the Western Horseman, Northern Horse Review or Trails Less Traveled.
It really doesn’t matter where you’ve seen or heard the name ~ it matters that you and your horse join Peter for a journey of classical horsemanship. Just because it’s called Horsemanship doesn’t mean it’s only western or english ~ remember this it’s a philosophy of why and how the horse operates.
Peter Campbell is an artist, a student of the horse, one of the very few clinicians today who has made his living a horseback. Incorporating his life experiences along with the heritage of the vaquero, Campbell is able to bring his students over 25 years of horse wisdom.
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12th February 2003

Sztyrle Takes Top Honors in Kilkenny/ICH Internationale As Winter Equestrian Festival Action Continues
February 10, 2003-- Wellington, FL--The third week of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, brought more exciting competition to the show grounds with the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, February 5-9.
Frederico Sztyrle of Argentina rode Caya, owned by the Sag Pond Farm of Sagaponack, NY, to the win in the featured class of the weekend, the $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup. Sztyrle trains with Joe Fargis in Sagaponack, NY. Sztyrle and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, who finished second aboard Rio, were the only two riders out of a starting field of 33 to ride clear in the first round to qualify for the jump-off. Both riders produced faultless jump-off rounds; however, Ward crossed though the timers just a half a second slower than Sztyrle to put him in second place.
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12th February 2003

United States Equestrian Team Veteran Dressage Rider To Be Featured on Animal Planet
Gladstone, NJ—February 11, 2003—United States Equestrian Team (USET) veteran dressage rider Jan Ebeling will be featured on Animal Planet on February 12 at 4:00 pm EST and on February 13 at noon EST on a program called “Aria, That’s My Baby,” a program about a horse, “Aria,” whom he bred.
Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, rode his Ricardo to victory in the USET Intermediaire Championship at the 2000 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions. Ebeling also placed second in the USET Intermediaire Championship at the 2002 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack.
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12th February 2003
CSI-W Vigo (Esp) 24 - 16 February 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Andrew Davies From Warrington, CHESHIRE with Limbo V have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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12th February 2003
CSI** Hasselt (Bel) 27 February - 2 March 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Ricky Hill From Benfleet, ESSEX have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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11th February 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society focuses on prevention of neglect by education of equine welfare
The British Horse Society is to focus its welfare resources more specifically at prevention of neglect to equines by developing its on-going role of education.
The charity has always recognised that it has a key role to play in raising welfare standards for horses. The decision has been taken by the BHS Board of Trustees to re-focus the Society's resources currently spent on its national rescue centre in order to build on the expertise that already exists within the BHS to provide more education in the campaign to prevent cases of neglect.
Since its opening six years ago, over 200 horses and ponies have been taken into care and successfully re-homed following rehabilitation at the BHS' Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, at Oxhill in Warwickshire. The current equine inhabitants are all due to be re-homed before the Centre finally closes in September 2003.
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11th February 2003
Best Bedding Alternative
Equi-Litter, Ltd. announced today that they have expanded the distribution of its Equi-Litter Premium Horse Stall Bedding to all areas of the continental United States.
Equi-Litter Stall Bedding is a pelletized 100% all natural pine wood product developed specifically as a safe, more absorbent, labor-reducing alternative to traditional bedding materials. Stringent quality control throughout the manufacturing process assures you of consistent quality in every easy to handle 40lb. bag. Now equine breeders, concerned with problems associated with straw, shavings or ground corn cobs, such as respiratory ailments, impaction colic, waste composting abilities, and storage space have a readily available alternative solution.
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11th February 2003
Series Of Equestrian TV Programs In Production
National Equestrian Communications (NEC), and Midwest Media Inc. (MMI), is producing a series of equestrian programs for the upcoming spring season. Comcast Cable Network, which reaches 4 million homes over 9 states in the South-East United States, will air the 30-minute programs. The shows will also be broadcast on America One Television via Horse TV.
The events to be covered include the Red Hills Horse Trials (CIC***-W) March 7-9, 2003, Tallahassee, Florida; the FEI World Children’s Competition Qualifier at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, February 15-16, 2003, and the Foxhall Cup which features the United States Equestrian Team Spring Three Star Championship and USA Equestrian National Three Star Championship and takes place at Foxhall, Georgia from April 17-20, 2003.
Red Hills Horse Trials will host the first Eventing World Cup Qualifier of 2003. Among the competitors will be Olympic and World Championship riders who will also be competing in the Foxhall Cup. The Red Hills program is scheduled to be aired on March 20th for the first time and will be repeated through April.
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11th February 2003
Spooner And Robinson Back On Top At Indio In The $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix
Indio, CA (February 10, 2003)—Richard Spooner of Burbank, CA and his mount Robinson, owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group, proved that the magic is still there by winning the $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Always a strong contender in the Grand Prix ring at Indio, Spooner had an amazing 2001 season with Robinson, winning three $25,000 Grand Prix competitions, and a $100,000 Grand Prix at the HITS-produced Tahoe circuit.
The $75,000 Bayer/USET World Cup qualifying class attracted a field of 35 entries, including 26 World Cup hopefuls. With two World Cup qualifying classes left, the competition is heating up. Spooner's win has secured him 20 points towards a qualification for the Finals in Las Vegas, NV.
World-famous course designer, Olaf Petersen of Germany designed the 13-obstacle course. Petersen has been appointed as the course designer for the Athens Olympics in 2004, making him the first individual ever to be the course designer at two Olympic Games. Seven horse/rider combinations, including six World Cup contenders, mastered Petersen's course to advance to the jump-off.
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11th February 2003
Cleveland Bay Society of North America Announces New Awards Program
The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America announces a new awards program for 2003. Instead of one overall versatility award, purebreds and partbreds (sport horses) will compete for year end awards in several disciplines including: Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Distance Riding, Hunter/Jumper, Western, Sport-horse In Hand and Versatility.
The Cleveland Bay is the oldest established breed of English horse. The first studbook was published in 1884, the breed is listed as endangered, but is making a come back . Many modern European warmblood were developed from Cleveland Bay stock. Notable Cleveland enthusiasts are HRM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Philip, and the late Alexander MacKay-Smith. Partbreds excell at many disciplines including dressage, showjumping, driving and eventing including a past Burghley CCI**** champion.
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11th February 2003
Fenney And Grace Crown Their Comeback By Winning The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (February 10, 2003)—Tracey Fenney of Flower Mount, TX, and Grace, a thoroughbred mare owned by Hidden Lakes Farm, delivered an amazing comeback by winning the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix in their first week of competition since the mare's injury over a year-and-a-half prior. Grace was Fenney's star partner in 2001 when the pair traveled to Europe for the U.S. Equestrian Team's Developing Riders' tour of northern European shows. Unfortunately the 11-year-old mare suffered an injury during the tour and has been out of action until this week. The rest and recuperation seems to have served Grace well, and now horse and rider have crowned their comeback by winning their first Grand Prix of the season at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.
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11th February 2003
International Spotted Horse Registry News
On January 27, 2003, the International Spotted Horse Registry Board of Officers lost a dear friend to cancer. Dawn Anderson was the ISHR's Florida Officer, a huge horselover, who also loved to help others get aquainted with horses. Dawn passed away shortly after she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she was only 26 and a mother of a 5 yr. old son. In her honor the registry will be aquiring a large plaque for the Yearend High Point Winners and it will be put up as a Memorial For Dawn Anderson
On Sunday, June 1, 2003 the International Spotted Horse Registry will be hosting an Open Horse Show in Carthage, Missouri at the Civil War Arena. There will be over 100 different classes offered, all Halter Classes will be double judged and double pointed. Show classes will be conducted in 2 arenas and there will be classes for Tots, Youth, Adults, Special Needs & Working Horse classes.
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11th February 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Awards Grant To 2002 WEG Team Member Amy Tryon
USA Equestrian's Executive Committee approved awarding a $2,500 Torchbearer grant to eventing athlete, Amy Tryon of Redmond, WA, at a meeting held via conference call on January 30. Tryon represented the U.S. in the World Equestrian Games held in Jerez, Spain, September 10 - 22, 2002.
Since its inception, USA Equestrian has awarded more than $120,000 in Torchbearer Grants to 23 athletes, athlete/rider teams and organizations.
"Our ability to provide financial support to America's top equestrian athletes is the direct result of the generosity of our members. We remain grateful for their investment in the sport and their growing commitment to excellence", said Kevin Burns, USA Equestrian's Assistant Executive Director of Development.
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11th February 2003

PHOTO CREDIT: Gabriele Noll

2003 Clay Webster Clinic Line-Up
Clay Webster Performance Horses has an entire new line-up of 2003 clinics to share with you! Our strong clinic and demonstration curriculum helps riders of all levels, and all disciplines put stronger foundations on their horses, for the achievement of individual goals. In addition, Clay offers a variety of exercises to riders for maximizing performance ability. Theories regarding equine psychology, show techniques, colt starting and body control are topics frequently visited at CWPH events. Horses straight out of the CWPH program are used to better convey clinic concepts, as well as demonstrations with participating horses. Clay delivers his ideologies in a clear, concise, gentle and logical manner, and questions are always welcomed to ensure an optimal learning experience.
We have a limited number of spaces left for the upcoming Clay Webster Reining /Horsemanship clinic on February 22-23, at Kestrel Ridge Farm in Springbank, Alberta - so pre-register soon!
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11th February 2003

ReinerSue reins
If you've been riding reining horses for awhile, and you've had plenty of horse show experience, what are you going to learn from a college online horse training course? "You learn a lot, from basic techniques to some very helpful advanced training methods," says Susan Dahl-Mitchell of Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. "I really loved the online availability of the material and the self-paced system."
The riding and showing of reining horses is nothing new to Dahl-Mitchell; she's been doing it for nearly a decade. To most of her friends, she is known as "ReinerSue." Dahl-Mitchell recently completed Training Performance Horses and received her "certificate of recognition" from Allegany College of Maryland. The course is taught by author/trainer Don Blazer and is offered online by four colleges.
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11th February 2003

Booming Internet Farm Trade Tops £300 Million
The value of farm produce sold over the internet is estimated to have reached £325 million.
The innovative new route for shifting farm goods stems from the burgeoning number of farmers who are online, according to an NFU survey of 1,000 farmers in England and Wales. More than eight out of 10 farmers have now entered cyberspace, a rise of a third on just over a year ago when only 62% used the internet compared to 83% today.
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10th February 2003
Horses Galore At Equus 2003 - And That Includes A Unicorn
Visitors to this April's Equus horse show in London will shake their heads in amazement as the event will opened each day.......... by a Unicorn!
No-one knows where this beautiful creature has come from, but his appearance at Equus, which is taking place at the ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands from 3-6 April, will start off a fantastic programme of daily demonstrations and shows in the event's star-studded main arena.
Amongst the celebrities taking part this year are Olympic Gold Medal winner Anky van Grunsven, Badminton Horse Trials winner Pippa Funnell and Olympic showjumper Geoff Billington with his popular partner "It's Otto". These will be joined by top "horse whisperer" Kelly Marks, side saddle specialist Claire Lewis, international showjumper Di Lampard plus demonstrations of Western Riding and Polo - which will include "have a go" sessions for the public. Each day's programme will close with a favourite pastime of ancient Rome - chariot racing.
Outside of the main arena there will be plenty of other exciting things for visitors to see and do. Over 150 companies will be showing the very latest equestrian products, clothing, stabling, transportation, holidays and training courses. And, as well as a Warm Up Arena, where visitors can see many of the stars getting ready for their performances, there is a Healthy Horse Stable Yard where talks and presentations on subjects such as veterinary care, equine behaviour, tack fitting and much more will be given by experts.
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10th February 2003
Stud Farm Is A Galloping Success Overseas
A Northumberland stud farm has won new international trade contracts worth up to £15, 000 as a result of participating in the 'Your passport to export success'* programme provided by Trade Partners UK - the government body dedicated to providing UK companies with global expertise on international trade and investment.
Otterburn-based Girsonfield Stud, launched just four years ago, signed up to the trade programme in March last year in a bid to export its services to Greece. With help from Trade Partners UK, the company attended a series of meetings with broodmare owners in Greece and collaborated with stud farm owners who now send heir 'retired' racehorses to Girsonfield. The company also produced Greek flyers and advertised their services in a new Greek horse racing magazine.
Susan Corbett, owner of Girsonfield Stud explained, "We have secured a number of new clients as a result of our visit to Greece. Being a small company, it would have been virtually impossible for us to explore such export opportunities alone. Trade Partners UK provided us with much needed funding and also gave us the confidence to approach a new market."
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10th February 2003

Only 2 Horses Made It to the Jump-off Phase of the $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup
Wellington, FL – February 9, 2003 – Today at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the featured class began at 2:30 PM with the $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup. Only 2 horses made it to the jump-off in the class of 33 entries. Argentinean, Federico Sztyrle won with Caya, going just ½ of a second faster than McLain Ward riding Rio. Caya is a chestnut Holsteiner mare owned by Sag Pond Farm of Sagaponack, NY. Leopold Palacious-Jugo of Caracas, Venezuela was the course designer.
In the equitation rings this week, the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search had 2 sections. Abby Carpenter won one section with Michael Morrissey in second place. The second section of the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search was won by Haylie Jayne with Patti Scialfa in second.
The WIHS Equitation Class had 71 entries and Michael Morrissey, trained by Missy Clark, was the overall winner.
In the first section of the ASPCA Maclay, Daisy Johnson won with Gabby Sloam in second. In section B of the ASPCA Maclay, Leigh Healey was the winner with Kate Landau in second. The USA Equestrian Medal was won by Tania Hack with second going to Danielle Goldstein in a group of 45 entries.
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9th February 2003
The Training Tree: Straightness
WAVERLY, WV--We get halfway up the training tree before we introduce the concept of straightness to the horse. We spend the first months of a horse's training working on rhythm, relaxation, and freedom of gaits. In this early phase of training, we want him to feel comfortable carrying the weight of a rider. In the second phase of his training, we start to develop the quality of his forward movement. We ask him to accept the contact between the bit and our hand. Toward the end of his first year of training, we put our focus on straightness.
Straightness is a pretty easy concept but a lot of people mythunderstand it. It does not mean the direction the horse is moving. Whether he appears to be standing or moving crooked when you look at him is not the point. What straightness means is that the horse's entire body from nose to tail is in alignment with an imaginary line on the ground. That line might happen to be parallel a fence or it might be running down the middle of an arena. But a horse can travel "straight" on a circle just as well.
In order to travel straight, the horse has to be able use and coordinate the muscles on both sides of his body to an equal degree. All horses are crooked by nature. They all have one side that they prefer to turn on and one side that they don't. Some people refer to this as a horse having a stiff side and a hollow side.If a horse is stronger on his right side, it's easier for him to turn to the left so that's the side he'll turn to when he's fleeing from danger and that's the canter lead he'll tend to favor.
This should be easy to understand because most people aren't straight, either. People have a dominant side that they prefer to use, too. You learned to write with the hand on that side and you don't try to change unless you break that arm. There isn't any reason that you couldn't write as well with one hand as the other. But, basically because we don't see any big need for it, we don't try. The horse sees things the same way. So it's the trainer's job to help him work on both sides and develop his muscles evenly.
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9th February 2003

Eric Lamaze from Canada takes the $20,000 1.5 Meter Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL – February 8, 2003 -- Riding Millcreek’s Rosalind, Eric Lamaze won the featured class today during the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale week of competition. Of 34 entries in the class, eleven horses made it to the jump-off. Eric was third to go in the jump-off and held onto his lead, while 8 horses tried to beat his time with a clean round. Only four horses had clean rounds in the jump-off and McLain Ward riding Couletto K James was second to last in the jump-off with a fast time that was only 8/100’s of a second behind Eric and Millcreek’s Rosalind. Edgar ridden by Joe Fargis was third. Cosequin’s C.E.O. with Debbie Stephens riding for Centennial Farm was fourth with a clean round in the jump-off.
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9th February 2003

Organizing the Social aspects of this year’s AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular is MASON PHELPS, JR.
For most people, being named to a U.S. Olympic Team and being named horseman of the year would be a highlight of a career. For Mason Phelps, it was simply a start. In 1968, Mason was honored by the USCTA as its Horseman of the Year, and his mount, West Country, was the USCTA Horse of the Year. The USET selected Mason to its five-rider squad for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Despite this and other success as an eventing rider, Mason had yet to take his first step toward establishing his real claims to fame in the world of equestrian sports. Far beyond his abilities as a horseman, what sets Mason apart is the scale on which he does things and the style that he brings to all of his projects. It is the magnitude of his projects and the pizzazz with which he does them that makes Mason unique. Few people combine intelligence, diligence and vision the way Mason does.
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9th February 2003
World Dressage Rankings - Irish Rider Moves Up Again
Irish International dressage rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens has moved up to 55th place in the latest FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings (published by the FEI - Friday 7th February 2003). The Irish rider is on 67.464 ranking points after her successful outing at the World Cup qualifier in San Patrignano, Italy at the end of January. In the last couple of months Merveldt-Steffens has moved up an impressive 44 places in the ranking list. German rider Ulla Salzgeber retains the number one spot with 79.85 ranking points
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9th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Bordeaux France 7-9 February 2003
Prix EQUIDIA, International Jumping Competition CSIW 1m45
1) GELHA'S JUNIOR; Marcus EHNING (GER), 2) BIANCA; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA), 3) OLYMPIA; Michel ROBERT (FRA)
GRAND PRIX COUPE DU MONDE FEI, International WORLD CUP Competition 1m60
1) GRANDE DAME; Jan TOPS (NED), 2) COSTER; Christian AHLMANN (GER), 3) GRANIE; Markus FUCHS (SUI)
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9th February 2003
The Blood-Horse Announces New Classified Services Including Text Ads And Internet Exposure
LEXINGTON, KY-- The Blood-Horse, the Thoroughbred industry's leading weekly news magazine, will begin offering new text classified advertising and a new "2-For-1" service to all classified advertising customers of The Blood-Horse, beginning with the February 22nd issue. Each display and text classified advertisement placed with The Blood-Horse will now appear in both the printed magazine and online at bloodhorse.com, giving advertisers a powerful and effective "2-For-1" presence.
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