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Federation Equestre Internationale News


22nd February 2003
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
21 February 2003

IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD RETAINS EVENTING IN THE PROGRAMME FOR BEIJING 2008
The IOC Executive Board announced on 20 February evening a number of decisions on the disciplines and sports of the programme for Beijing 2005 Olympic Games. These decisions were taken in consultation with the International Federations concerned, for which the Programme Commission had recommended either excluding disciplines or changing certain events.

FEI 2003 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANCELLED
Further to the unstable worldwide political situation in the world, the FEI 2003 General Assembly, due to take place in Manama, Bahrain at the end of April, was cancelled by the Executive Board on 19 February 2003.
EBU TO DISTRIBUTE THE SUPER LEAGUE
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed that it will be offering the eight events part of the 2003 Samsung Super League for distribution.
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22nd February 2003

2nd International Conference on the Transportation of Horses by Road, Sea and Air
The 2nd International Conference on the transportation of sport/breeding horses is to be held on the weekend of 12th and 13th July at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucestershire.
It is specifically aimed at horse transport industry representatives and is expected to attract up to 300 delegates from all over the world.

The Conference, funded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) will focus on horse welfare during transport and will build upon the 1st Equine Transport Workshop, held in March 1999 in Middlebury, Virginia, USA. That Workshop, sponsored by the MSPCA, updated earlier research into Transport Stress in horses initiated by the FEI and ILPH.
Says Alex Atock, ILPH Consultant and Conference Secretary, "The Conference will review transport risk factors and existing guidelines for equine movement, seek to capture the perspective of the industry on the practical aspects of managing horses during transport, and will assess the safety and design of transporters by road, sea and air."
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22nd February 2003
Rare Lipizzaner Comes To The Midlands Equine Fair
The all-indoor Midlands Equine Fair, which is taking place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 8 & 9 March, is attracting a wide range of horse breeds, but none has such a romantic history as the Lipizzaner.
There are only 3,500 pure bred Lipizzaners in the world, and they are best known as the horses that are the celebrities at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Adult Lipizzaners are usually white, and there will be several of them in attendance at the Midlands Equine Fair - not least the members of international four in hand driving champion Dick Lane's teams. But they are likely to upstaged by Neapolitano Inka (known as Buttons to his friends) who is a very rare brown adult gelding, and who is making his first visit to the Fair this year.
Only one in 400 adult Lipizzaners are brown, a statistic that makes Buttons very special indeed. But if that were not enough, Buttons also has a royal ancestor - his grandmother was given to Her Majesty the Queen as a present from President Tito of Yugoslavia. When Tito died the mare was sold to Una Harley of the Starrock Stud near Shaftesbury, who has been a successful breeder of Lipizzaners for over 35 years. Buttons is a Yugoslavian cross Austrian Lipizzaner bred by Una, who now lives in Wales with his owner Alan Thomas.
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22nd February 2003
William Starts Anew
The World's official leading eventer William Fox Pitt starts a new season and his preparations for a crack at this year's Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (May 1-4), from a new base and backed by a new line-up of sponsors.
William and his partner Alice Plunkett have moved with the horses to Dorset and with support from a team of backers; Equissage, Musto Clothing, Barrus, Biotal and Monarch Equestrian, look set for a strong campaign.
Although William has yet to win Badminton he came a close second last year with Tamarillo, with whom he also won team silver at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez. Tamarillo tops his entries for this year along with stablemate, the surprise Burghley winner, Highland Lad. Moon Man will also have an entry but if tactics go to plan he and William will be crossing the Atlantic the week before to contest the American, Rolex Kentucky, event.
"To go one better at Badminton with Tamarillo would be fantastic but that would be a perfect world. Badminton will be a step into the unknown for Highland Lad but I hope it will prove a natural progression and that he will cope with the big atmosphere. And of course I am hoping for an injury free event this year," said William whose success last year came despite riding with a painful groin strain.
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22nd February 2003
Canadian Legend Ian Millar Wins The $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (February 21, 2003)—Ian Millar, seven-time Olympic veteran, and member of 13 winning Nations Cup Teams, demonstrated his outstanding horsemanship skills to a field of 34 entries in the $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Millar and his mount Nicos took top honors in the competition. Tracy Fenney and S & L Willie claimed second place, with Aaron Vale and his mount Picasso taking third place.
Course designer Danny Foster was responsible for building a fair and challenging 13-obstacle course, which included three doubles. The competition attracted a high-caliber field of entries, with twelve horses advancing to the jump-off.
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22nd February 2003

Youp And Leslie Howard Win the $5,000 NAL 1.4 m Americhoice Challenge by 8/10’s of a Second.
Wellington, FL – February 21, 2003 – The NAL Americhoice Challenge is a speed class and Youp with Leslie Howard up won in record time. This was a huge class with 86 entries vying to be the quickest with no faults over a course designed by Olaf Petersen of Germany. Seventeen horses had fault-free rounds but Leslie and Youp were the fastest and were only 8/10th s of a second faster than Joe Fargis riding Diams III for Mary B. Schwab and O.E.J.I. Farm.
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter and jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward year-end finals.
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22nd February 2003
Accenture Inter-Countries Challenge Talk Of The North
The Accenture Inter-Countries Challenge has taken place at Talk of the North, Birchinley Manor, Milnrow, Lancs from 17th - 19th February with Teams from Australia (riding borrowed horses), England, Wales and Scotland taking part. The third day's major competition was won by the England Red Team, comprising of: Emma Shaw from Great Haywood, Staffs; Mark Davin from Sale Cheshire; Tors Mallin from Stafford; Nathalie Phillips from Morley, Leeds; and Thomas Knox from Littleborough, Lancs.
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22nd February 2003
PERA
PERA News
IOC Executive Board Retains Eventing In Programme For Beijing 2008

The IOC Executive Board announced on 20 February evening a number of decisions on the disciplines and sports of the programme for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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22nd February 2003
Show Jumping Results: Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Portugal - February 2003
Prova/Competition II, Two Phases: 1st not against the clock; 2nd against the clock 1.35m
1) Joao Mota (POR) Risque Tout, 2) Mischa Everse (NED) Keaton, 3) Alexandra Ledermann (FRA) Filou du Carpont, 4) Marion Hughes (IRL) Heritage Transmission-
Prova/Competition III , Table A against the clock 1.45m
1) Jean Claude Vangeenberghe (BEL) Coronation 2,2) Saul Moreno (MEX) Gagnah de Gravoto, 3) Joao Chuva (POR) Finer Point
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22nd February 2003

High-Point Horse Infenitee++// Wins Sundowner Trailer
This year's Sundowner High-Point Horse, the Arabian stallion Infenitee++// (MHR Port Zar x Ga-Maara), racked up more points in the Arabian Horse AssociationSM(AHASM) Horse Achievement Awards program in one year--377--than any previous winner. His achievement earned his owner/breeder Margaret Vanden Broek of Norco, California, a two-horse trailer from Sundowner, an AHA Corporate Partner. But the real honor is not how many points Infenitee++// earned but how he earned them.

In 2002, 11 different riders showed Infenitee++//. They ranged from professional trainers to a first-time entry in native costume. What's astonishing is that he wins championships with beginners and amateurs as easily as he wins with trainers.
"We have had just about every kind of rider you can think of on him, and some didn't even have time to practice," says Lance Curtis, who trained the stallion and shows him for Vanden Broek. "Or it's the first time they ride him in the ring and he takes a national championship. He is a very easy horse to work around and always willing to work hard at impressing anyone who rides him."
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22nd February 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CIC*** TALLAHASSEE USA MARCH 2003 – Hilda Hick Donohoe with Squires Cap.
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21st February 2003
South Essex Insurance Brokers Will Sponsor Cross Country Championship
British Horse Society to run more than 50 qualifiers
The British Horse Society's cross country championship, which this year will have more than 50 qualifiers nationwide, is to be sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers.
"This is a great competition because it gives experienced riders a chance to ride across country as well as providing a safe introduction for complete novices," said the South Essex equestrian marketing manager, Nicolina MacKenzie.
All the SEIB/BHS Cross Country Championship qualifiers will be held at established events, including those run by riding clubs and local hunts. "So far there are 52 recognised events, but we would be happy to hear from more," said Rob Jones from the Society's competition department.
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21st February 2003

Molly Ashe and King Louie Win 2 Days in a Row!
Wellington, FL – February 20, 2003 – Molly Ashe and King Louie won again today. Yesterday, Molly and King Louie won the $7,500 1.45 m Time First Jump-off and today, they won the $7,500 1.45 m Time First Jump-off again beating a field of 54 horses.
With 47 horses attempting the course today, Millcreek’s Marco Taere won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup. Six of the 47 horses qualified for the timed jump-off – four of those horses had clean jump-off performances, 2 horses had 8 faults each. But, Millcreeek’s Marco Taere was 1.38 seconds faster than the second-placed Chardo ridden by Megan Lamaze and 2.36 seconds faster than the third-placed Royal Discovery with Markus Beerbaum riding. Millcreek’s Marco Taere is a Belgium Warmblood gelding by Darco.
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21st February 2003

Second Ring and Hall of Fame Class added for 2003 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic
South Hamilton, MA-February 18, 2002-The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic has announced exciting changes for its 2003 edition of what has become a tradition of top show jumping in New England. The 14th annual Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, which will take place September 3-7 at the Myopia Schooling Fields, in South Hamilton, MA, will now run two rings for competition everyday except Grand Prix Sunday.
"What we're trying to do is make the days shorter and the show run smoother without compromising any classes for exhibitors," explained Jumper Classic Manager, Peggy Lynch. "We'll be evenly allotting the classes to both rings because even though our second ring will be excellent, everyone wants to get their chance in the big ring." On Sunday, the big ring will be the focus for the $50,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix. "We want to devote everything on Sunday to the featured events of the show, most notably the Grand Prix itself," said Lynch.
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21st February 2003
New Convenient Equine Cold Therapy Leg Wraps Introduced
The most effective and certainly the least costly method of physical therapy for the Equine athlete is routinely applying cold therapy after exercise, schooling or showing.
There are two good reasons. First inflammation is a normal event after physical exercise. This inflammation is like a small brush fire. ..If you do not snuff it out quickly it will rage into a major blaze and become more difficult to control. Secondly, heat is damaging to tendons. Veterinary studies show exercise decreased pH and increased core temperatures of the tendons beyond physiologically healthy limits
Four new products are available from Ice Horse/ First Ice , namely The Knee to Ankle Wrap, Tendon Wraps, Hock Wraps and the Big Black Boot for the hooves. These products and the First Ice inserts provide comfortable, soothing cold for the horse, without skin irritation, and eliminate the ice mess in the stall.
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21st February 2003

Grand Prix Jumper Rider Candice King: A Lifetime of Equestrian Achievement
Wellington, Florida – February 20, 2003 – Candice King is a well-known fixture on the grand prix jumper circuit and is a regular in the big Sunday classes at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, currently going on at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Candice started riding before she could walk. She learned to read by reading horse show prize lists. At 7, she was showing quarter horses in Southern California, and by 15 switched to the English saddle and began competing in the hunter and equitation classes on the East Coast. She completed her high school education via a correspondence course while living in a trailer on East Coast showgrounds with her Mother. Always a master of her own destiny, Candice was determined to make riding a career and to be one of the best.
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21st February 2003
Spanish Success for Irish Sport Horses
Irish Sport Horses have been enjoying success in Spain over last weekend. At the Vigo (ESP) CSI W Mister Springfield (ISH) and Robert Smith (GBR) continued on their winning roll by taking first place in the Premio Caixa Galicia qualifier for the Grand Prix World Cup (1m50) €25,000 class on Friday, February 14th. In the Vigo Grand Prix FEI World Cup class on Saturday Mister Springfield (ISH) shared joint tenth position with Coolcorron Cool Diamond (ISH) and Robert Splaine (IRL), amongst other international riders.
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21st February 2003
USA Equestrian
U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final To Be Held This Weekend
Top riders and horses from around the U.S. and Canada are gathered in Miami, Florida for the 2002-2003 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final, presented by USA Equestrian. This event is being held in conjunction with the Miami Dade Winter Dressage CDI*** at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center in Miami, FL, with competition taking place February 21st - 23rd.
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21st February 2003

Clinics; Self Defense on the Trails
Event Clinic #2 March 8th and 9th Carnation, Wa USA
Learn to use your horse to protect yourself while riding on the trails. Taught by a former Mounted Police Instructor.
Event Clinic #2: What Works With Horses and Why March 22nd and 23rd
Course Description: Emphasis on ground manners, riding, sensory training, horse socialization, and self-defense from horse back. Whether you ride for fun or competition these clinics will help you have a better understanding and relationship with your horse. Learn what works, why it works and how to apply it to your discipline
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21st February 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian And Hertz Renew Affiliation
The Hertz Corporation, a USA Equestrian sponsor for almost three decades, offers Federation members special car rental rates at participating locations in the United States, Canada and internationally. When making reservations, customers must mention USA Equestrian's Corporate Discount Plan Number (CDP) listed on their membership card in order to receive the organization's rental rates. Members may make reservations online at www.hertz.com, via Hertz' toll-free number 1-800-654-2200, or through their local travel agent. You'll enjoy low web rates, members savings offers and USA Equestrian member discounts.
Angie Stone, Hertz' Account Representative for Membership Programs stated, "We're pleased to continue our long-term relationship with USA Equestrian. Working together for almost 30 years, we're able to offer members the same services at both airport and suburban locations, including #1 Club Gold service, NeverLost(r) and express return services."
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21st February 2003

Vermont Summer Festival
July 9 - August 10, 2003
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show circuit. This year’s event includes five USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix and five $10,000 Mini Prix to be held on the last day of each show. Each of the five weeks will also feature a $10,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class, part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series which determines which junior and amateur/owner riders will qualify to ride at the 2003 National Horse Show.
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21st February 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at 4:30 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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20th February 2003

British Breeders Are Ready For Change
The BEF "British Breeding" open meeting enjoyed an excellent turn out of representatives from all corners of the British breeding industry. In a lively debate, which followed presentations by the Chairmen of the seven Breeding Development Programme (BDP) working groups, delegates welcomed the chance to engage in this ground breaking programme and were eager to comment.

Graham Suggett emphasised the BEF's intention to facilitate and encourage an infrastructure within which all breeders could flourish, and said; "Participation in the initiatives is entirely voluntary, but my hope is that many will choose to join the planned schemes. Our plan seeks to help British-bred horses better meet the demands of the European sport-horse market, promote their successes, increase confidence of buyers in our product, and see more of our international riders competing on home grown horses."
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20th February 2003
Programme For Borders Festival Of The Horse 2003
sponsored by Millers Town & Country
The programme for this year's Borders Festival of the Horse was launched yesterday at Newark Castle near Selkirk where 'Mary, Queen of Scots' (in the person of local sidesaddle rider Vairi Wilson) was presented with a copy of the festival programme by representatives of festival organisers, the British Horse Society, and sponsors Millers Town & Country.
The festival, which is also supported with funding from the Scottish Enterprise Borders Events Support Scheme, celebrates and showcases everything that makes the Scottish Borders region Scotland's Horse Country. No less than 47 events will take place over the nine days between Saturday 17 and Sunday 25 May.
These include major established events such as the Floors Castle International Horse Trials (17 & 18 May), one-off opportunities to have-a-go at activities such as carriage driving (17 May) and also the chance for riders to try new sports such as 'hunting the clean boot' with the Berwickshire Blood Hounds (23 May)!
The festival also includes a special daily programme of guided rides (19 - 25 May) giving riders a chance to enjoy the varied and beautiful riding country of the Borders region. A number of the routes have been chosen to visit sites associated with local history and culture - including a Mary, Queen of Scots ride to Fulton Castle on Monday 19 May following part of the route she rode from Jedburgh to Hermitage Castle to visit the wounded Earl of Bothwell in 1566.
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20th February 2003

ILPH Bob the Cob's First Show
ILPH Bob the Cob lovers will have the opportunity to see him in action this weekend when he goes to a horse show for the first time.
Bob will be at Blackwater Farm, Gt. Witchingham (down the lane from the Wildlife Park), on Sunday, 23 February, where there is a dressage with jumping event. No, his jumping skills are not yet up to public scrutiny, but he will be having a go 'hors concours' (outside the competition - not competing) in one of the dressage classes.

Says Michelle Brunning his groom at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Hall Farm, Snetterton, "Bob's schooling has been progressing slowly but surely and we feel that it is now time for him to go to his first show.
"We aren't expecting a lot from him as it will all be new and exciting, we just want him to have the experience of mixing with horses in a competitive environment away from home."
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20th February 2003
Accenture Inter-Countries Challenge Talk Of The North
The Accenture Inter-Countries Challenge is taking place at Talk of the North, Birchinley Manor, Milnrow, Lancs from 17th - 19th February with Teams from Australia (riding borrowed horses), England x 2, Wales and Scotland taking part. The first day's major competition was won by Russell Morrison of Australia riding Panama Springbok second Woodentop Valentine and Emily Portas of Great Britain.
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20th February 2003
Irish Horse Board: proposed Umbrella Body for the Sport Horse sector
The directors of the Irish Horse Board at their meeting on the 13th February 2003 reaffirmed their support for the establishment of an Umbrella Body (Horse Sport Ireland) for the sport horse sector.
The Irish Horse Board participated actively in the Equestrian Federation of Ireland’s Strategic Group/Task Force, whose objective was to develop the process of establishing an appropriate Umbrella Body for the various organisations in the sector. Furthermore, the Irish Horse Board submitted a substantial document to the Strategic Group, outlining its proposals for the new body, and many of these proposals were adopted by the Strategic Group and were incorporated into the proposals that emanated from the Group.
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20th February 2003

Madden and Judgement Take Center Stage at Fourth Week of Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL—February 17, 2003—The Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular, February 12-16, which was the fourth week of competition at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, held at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, culminated with the weekend’s highlighted event, the $50,000 Idle Dice Classic. Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and her 2002 World Equestrian Games mount, Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, topped the field of 29 entries in the first World Cup Qualifier of the Florida season.

Six horses went clear in the first round to qualify for the jump-off, where it was Madden who prevailed with the fastest time of 39.56 seconds. Finishing second with a time of 40.03 seconds was Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and her mount Hidden Creek’s Jones. Lauren Hough, of Wellington, FL, who has already posted a win and a second place finish in 2003 grand prix events in Wellington, rode her Sydney Olympic mount Clasiko, owned by the Clasiko Group, to a third place finish in a time of 40.15 seconds.
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20th February 2003

Zada Enterprises Begins With Molly Ashe & King Louie Win
Wellington, FL – February 19 – Today, The Winter Equestrian Festival began the week called Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters with another rain-free, warm day. In the Internationale Arena, there was a $7,500 1.45 meter Time First Jump-off Class with 78 horses vying to be the best. King Louie ridden by Molly Ashe was the final winner for Rosewood Glen Ltd. Desilvio with Beezie Madden riding for Abigail S. Wexner was second.
There were 2 Young Jumper Classes today where the young horses that might be future Grand Prix stars begin their career. A $1,500 Young Jumper 5 Year Old Class was won by S & L Costa with Ainsley Vince riding for S & L Farm. Rodrigoo VDL with owner/rider Donald Cheska was second. A $1,500 Young Jumper 6 Year Old Class saw Pia Little win with Amber Mitchell-Peck riding for owner Melissa Hagenbart. Carraciola was second with David Raposa riding for Kara M. Tedeschi. Third place went to Debbie Stephens riding Melinga for Debbie McIntyre.
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20th February 2003

Devon Horse Show to Host North American League $2,500 Pony Jumper Class
Annville, PA—February 19 , 2003—For the first time ever, the Devon Horse Show will host a North American League (NAL) pony jumper class. This will mark the first time that ponies will be able to compete in a jumper division at the historic Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA, May 22-31.
The $2,500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic will be one of two NAL classes that the Devon Horse Show will host this year. The Pony Jumper class will be held on Sunday, May 25, as part of the horse show’s prestigious Junior Weekend. Devon will also host a NAL Open Speed Class.
The North American League (NAL) runs season long series in six hunter-jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October.
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20th February 2003

Equusworld.net Announces Free Web Sites in 2003
Equusworld.net: Local, Regional, National, & International Resources for Equine Professionals and Horse Owners.
Snohomish, WA – February 15, 2003 – Equusworld.net, offering free web sites to equestrian businesses, works locally, regionally, and nationally to link horse owners with professional service providers who can assist horse owners in solving the issues that they face every day. “Our goal is to empower the horse community by creating better access to one another,” said Tod Cunningham, creator of Equusworld.net.
“Each year, thousands of horse lovers buy horses with less preparation and information than they would have if buying a car. The result can be a horse that is unhealthy, unsafe, poorly trained, or a poor value…[and] also result in a potentially dangerous situation.” (Amazon.com)
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20th February 2003

The Bainbridge Companies: A Major Sponsor of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival and A Major Factor in the Development of Wellington
Wellington, Florida -- February 19, 2003 -- On any given day at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival now being held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington through March 9, 2003, one can see Richard Schechter galloping by on his beloved paint horse.
While not a competitor at The Festival per se, Mr. Schechter is part of the support system that makes The Festival possible: his company, The Bainbridge Companies (“Bainbridge”), is a Platinum Level Sponsor of The Festival. Mr. Schechter’s own personal philanthropy contributes to the existence of The United States Equestrian Team, The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, The Wellington Equestrian Alliance and The Hanley-Hazelden Foundation, to name but a few charitable/community organizations.
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19th February 2003
Society Dinner raises thousands
Top names from the worlds of polo and riding came together on Valentine’s night to raise funds for two charities – Brooke Hospital for Animals and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
The event saw society figures converging at Loseley Park in Guildford, Surrey for an auspicious Valentine’s dinner and celebrity auction.
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mong the personalities donating promises, were horse racing legend Lester Piggott, trainer Josh Gifford and racing commentator John McCririck. Other lots included a signed Eric Clapton CD, an Arnold Schwarzenegger autographed photograph and an entire set of original Womble books signed by their author, Elizabeth Beresford.
By the end of the night, the auction and sale of tickets had raised more than £3,000, equally divided between Brooke and the MND Association. The money will go towards improving the lives of working equines and their impoverished owners in parts of the developing world and to providing care and support for people living with MND in Sussex and Surrey.
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19th February 2003

Wellington Equus Medal Draws Huge Crowds – Dignelli Big Winner!
Wellington, FL – February 17 –Andre Dignelli showed when the pressure is on – he can perform! Crowned Champion of the Equus Medal, he rode beautifully in a class full of the most talented riders in the nation and the world. All riders had to have represented the United States in a Nations Cup, Pan Am Games or Olympic caliber competition. There were riders from Texas, California, Germany and Paris, France to name a few who traveled to be in this class.
Ringside spectators were elbow-to-elbow and very enthusiastic and well informed. George Morris enlightened the audience by critiquing each ride from the announcer’s booth after each performance. Everyone enjoyed watching these professional Grand Prix riders attempt an equitation class. Many had not performed in equitation in a number of years, but all proved they still had stuff to make it to the top.
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19th February 2003

Strike Three For Williams & Strapless In AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular
Valentine’s Day was a day late for Emily Williams and Strapless, who claimed their third victory in a row (2001, 2002, & 2003) on Saturday night, February 15, 2003 in the eighth annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular held during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
“I just can’t believe it. I didn’t think I could win it twice and to win it three times,” said Emily. Her eyes and her smile said it all. As many classes as Williams has won with Strapless, you would think she would get used to her victories, but she claims each new win with the same enthusiasm, appreciation and joy as if it were the first time she’d ever won anything.
“The pair seems to rise to the top,” added her trainer, Tom Wright. “I just never thought it could happen again.”
There were 28 riders who qualified to compete in the first of two rounds. Williams was 24th to go when she took over the lead. Then the last competitor, McLain Ward on Monte Christo, matched her score but claimed the lead by a judge’s decision.
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19th February 2003
Tracy Fenney And Grace Make It Two In A Rows By Winning The $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Ocala, FL (February 18, 2003)—Tracy Fenney of Flower Mount, TX, and her mount Grace, a thoroughbred mare owned by Hidden Lakes Farm, made it two in a row by winning Sunday's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Fenney and Grace also won the prior week's $50,000 Grand Prix—a remarkable achievement for the pair, considering that the mare has just returned to competition after over a year's absence from the ring due to an injury. Grace has certainly proved that she is back on form and Tracy Fenney is enjoying every moment of it.
Twenty-one horse/rider combinations took to the field in the $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix. Course designer, Javier Fernandez, set a challenging 14-obstacle course that whittled the entries down to just four contenders.
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19th February 2003

Florida Dressage Classic honors “Equestrian of the Year”
Wellington, FL – February 18, 2003 -- Lauren Walfish was honored as "Equestrian of the Year" by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the awards ceremony at the Florida Dressage Classic, held February 13-16, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Lauren Walfish competes in the FEI Young Rider division with her 13-year-old KWPN gelding, Icon (Julio Mariner x Erege.)
Presented by Event Chairwoman Mary Ann Grant and honorary Chairman, Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham, the award recognized extraordinary fundraising efforts on behalf of the society. During the past year, equestrians raised nearly $100,000 for the Society, with Walfish fundraising nearly $40,000 alone. First runner-up, Alison Firestone, lined up almost $30,000 in donations to the organization.
Corporate sponsor Bayer awarded a one-year supply of Legend to the winner, with Euro-American Saddlery also presenting a generous gift certificate.
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19th February 2003
CSI-B New Delhi (Ind) 14 - 16 March 2003
Andrew Hamilton From Carluke, Lanarkshire, Zoe Howse From Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Judi Piper From Hailsham, West Sussex have been selected to participate at CSI-B New Delhi in India
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19th February 2003
CSIJ-A S'Hertogenbosch 20 - 23 March 2003
Tom Davison From Uttoxeter, Staffordshire has been authorised to participate at the above mentioned show
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18th February 2003
Equus - tickets selling fast!
There is so much to see and do at Equus-The Horse Event 2003 that tickets are selling fast! It is set to be the most successful Equus to date…
The Household Cavalry will be making the most dramatic entrance of all the displays to Equus 2003. Not only will they amaze Equus visitors, with their incredible skill and exemplary turnout during their display, but they will also stop commuters in their tracks as they make their way across London early on the morning of Thursday 3rd April. What lengths will some people go to in order to avoid the congestion charge?
Many people, riders and non-riders alike, have dreamt of playing polo or riding western style? Many could seize this chance to turn this dream into reality at Equus 2003. Every day in the Main Arena members of the audience can have-a-go! Victoria Grace one of the leading women's polo players will be demonstrating and instructing visitors in the skills involved in playing polo whilst David Deptford, western riding expert will be on hand with his beautiful agile quarter horses.
Jeanette Brakewell, one of the numerous number of celebrities coming to Equus, has just announced that one of the horses that she will be bringing is Over to You , which will delight the eventing fanatics in the audience. Brook Staples will also be participating in the Eventing demonstration.
John Lassetter who trained at The Spanish Riding School of Vienna and then Saumur with The Cadre Noir is hosting a clinic. The British Riding Club Riding Test runner up, Carol Alcock, is a big fan of John's and is incredibly excited about the prospect of taking part in the clinic on Saturday morning.
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18th February 2003

World Class Performance On The Road To Athens
A 3 day workshop at Hartpury College (23-25 February) will address how the World Class Performance Programme (WCP) will seek to meet the challenges of Athens in the remaining 547 days to the Opening Ceremony. The workshop turns the focus forward, following a constructive debrief of the World Class Performance Team at the second annual World Class Equestrian Seminar held at the British Olympic Association Winter Training Facility in Lofer, Austria, on 1-3 December 2002.

These meetings are an important part of the rigorous process to review performances in 2002 and plans for 2003/4 including preparing for Athens, and meeting stringent BOA "fitness for purpose" requirements for athletes.
On the evening of Monday 24 February Simon Clegg, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission of Team GB in Athens, will deliver the key note of the workshop, setting out clearly what is required, physically and mentally, of all athletes who aspire to succeed in Athens. He will be followed by speakers from UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), a top track athlete coach and experts in equine nutrition and care from Spillers and NAF, Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Team.
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18th February 2003

32-Year-Old Half-Arabian Wins AHA High-Point Distance Award
Elmer Bandit (DJS Jameel Junaid), a 32-year-old Half-Arabian, was one of 16 Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians that won a 2002 Distance High-Point Award and blue satin cooler from the Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM). Elmer, who is owned by Mary Anna Wood of Independence, Missouri, was the highest scoring Half-Arabian ridden by an AHA member in the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), one of the organizations that governs competitive trail ride competition.

In Elmer Bandit's illustrious career, he has earned 21 NATRC championships and a Diamond Medallion for competing in more than 15,000 competitive miles. In 2001 he was the nation's second-placing horse in the NATRC open lightweight division, and first place regionally. In 2002, Elmer was in fifth place regionally.
Elmer's career as a competitive trail horse has been as distinguished as it has been long. As a "youngster" of 15, he became the first of seven horses ever inducted into the NATRC Hall of Fame. In 1980, he won the Bev Tibbitts Grand Champion Award for having the highest average score in the nation.
In 1998, Elmer won three rides, including two NATRC Sweepstakes awards as the highest-scoring horse in the open division. That October, in a 60-mile NATRC Ride, Elmer almost tied with a horse 23 years his junior, missing his fourth perfect score by a single point.
In more than 27 years of competitive trail riding, Elmer has developed a unique collection of skills. He pickets anywhere-on the foot or on a line-and rolls and urinates on command. An equine botanist, Elmer has perfected selective grazing at the trot, Wood reports. He divides plants into three categories-edible (raspberry and mulberry), inedible (sassafras) and "will-do-in-a-pinch" (dogwood).
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18th February 2003

Reining in success
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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17th February 2003
The Training Tree: Balance
WAVERLY, WV--Balance is one of those terms in the horse industry that is so misused that it’s become mythunderstood. All it really means is that the horse is distributing his weight equally on all four feet. We want him carrying as much of his weight on the ride side of his body as on the left side. We want him to carry as much weight on his two front feet as he does on his two back feet.

That seems pretty simple. But there’s a catch. A horse has this long neck with a big heavy head hanging out there at the end of it which naturally has a tendency to shift a little more of his weight onto his front feet. When he’s just hanging around being himself, a horse typically carries about 60 percent of his weight on his front feet.
This natural balance is going to vary quite a bit from horse to horse. One young horse may look like he’s carrying about equal weight on all four feet when he’s standing there. You can look at another horse and it looks like 90 percent of her weight is on her front feet. As horses grow and develop, their hind end grows first and pretty soon they’re standing downhill. Then you’ve got to wait for the front end to catch up. Some horses never completely catch up and stay built downhill, or what we call on their forehand, their whole lives. Because one side of his body stronger or more dominant than the other, a horse also tends to carry a little more weight on one front foot than on the other. When you’re training a horse, it’s your job to get him carrying his weight more or less equally on all four feet.
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17th February 2003
Glenstern and Oded Shimoni Win the FEI Grand Prix Special Saturday
Wellington, FL – February 16, 2003 -- The Florida Dressage Classic on Saturday had some very high score performances. Oded Shimoni, from Israel, won the FEI Grand Prix Special with a score of 69.933% riding Glenstern. Robert Dover is quoted as saying that “Oded’s performance in the Grand Prix Special was brilliant”. In second place was Kathy Priest with It’s Me H with a score of 63.667%.
In the FEI Intermediate I 2002, Josien scored a 71.250% with Jans Brons up. This very good class had 20 horses and riders with the lowest score in the class being 59.500% -- all had good scores.
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17th February 2003

Judgement Wins World Cup Qualifier
Wellington, FL – February 16 – Today at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the $50,000 Idle Dice Classic took center stage. This was a World Cup Qualifier that Judgement won with Beezie Madden riding for the Iron Spring Farm of Pennsylvania. Six horses had first rounds that were fault-free and Judgement was the fastest clear round in the jump-off with a time of 39.56 seconds. Second to go in the jump-off was Margie Engle with Hidden Creek Jones who set the pace and ended up second placed in their time of 40.03 seconds. In third place was Clasiko with Lauren Hough riding for the Clasiko Group with a time of 40.15 seconds.
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17th February 2003

Rocher and George Williams Win the FEI Freestyle
Wellington, FL – February 16, 2003 – Today was the last day of the Florida Dressage Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival and a warm day. George Williams and Rocher won the FEI Freestyle with a score of 876.5 (73.042%). Second place was Jan Brons with Fernando and a score of 806.5 (67.208%).
Jan Brons also won the FEI Freestyle Intermediate with Josien scoring 884 and 73.667%
Nicole Levy won the FEI Young Riders Freestyle with Korrado scoring 824.0 (68.667%).
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16th February 2003

Endurance and Competitive Trail Horses Earn AHASM High-Point Awards
The Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM) recognized 16 Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses as its 2002 Distance High-Point Award winners. Twelve of these horses earned blue coolers with white piping from Besco for their excellence in competitive trail with seven participating organizations. The coolers were embroidered with the horse's name and the high-point award.

Each competitive trail ride organization submitted an application to become eligible and selected high-point individuals within that organization. Winners had to meet the following criteria: (1) ride a registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian; (2) be current 2002 AHA members; and (3) compete in at least five rides sponsored by that organization.
AHA also worked with the American Endurance Ride Conference to identify high-point horses in the 100 and 50-99 mile categories. Each of the four winners received a navy fleece dress sheet with green piping from Weatherbeeta, donated by AHA Region 9 members George and Sherry McGraw. To highlight the horse's achievement, the coolers were embroidered with AERC and the high-point award
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16th February 2003

Casanova with Jennifer Urioste Wins Solaray Junior Jumper Gambler’s Choice
Wellington, FL – February 15, 2003 – Friday evening, the Solaray Junior Jumper Gambler’s Choice Class was a big success. Many enjoyed watching this class while at the Solaray Exhibitor Party in the Jockey Club. Jennifer Urioste won with her Casanova. Intersat Floyd with Melissa Orlick riding for Lynn Zbierski was second and Cannon Boy with Lara Gay was third for RCG Farm.
The World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular continued today with more juniors and amateurs attempting to qualify for this evening’s Hunter Classic. This class is not only one of the most prestigious for hunters, it also boasts a large total purse which is well over $46,000.
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16th February 2003

Rocher and George Williams Win FEI Grand Prix “B”
Wellington – February 15 – The Florida Dressage Classic on Friday had George Williams and Rocher scoring 71.667% to win the FEI Grand Prix “B”. Second place, also with a very good score (71.597%), was Glenstern, a 15 year old chestnut Dutch Warmblood, shown by Oded Shimoni.
In the FEI Intermediate I, Yvonne Loso de Muniz, from the Domincan Republic, scored 69.000% riding her Inatana Las Marismas to win. Second placed Marnix was ridden by George Williams to a score of 68.125%.
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16th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, Ocala, Florida, USA
$25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit II - Ocala, Florida, USA
1) Libera; Kevin Babington (IRL), 2) Lavendel; Andre Thieme (GER), 3) Carling King; Kevin Babington (IRL)
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16th February 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Vigo Spain 14-16 February 2003
PREMIO XUNTA/XACOBEO - CAIXA GALICIA, International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m55 with one jump-off
1) GRANIE 5; Markus FUCHS (SUI), 2) PARCO; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), 3) PRO PILOT II ; Edouard COUPERIE (FRA) 4) DELON VA; Cayetano MARTINEZ DE IRUJO (ESP), 5) FLEUR; Trevor COYLE (IRL)
International Jumping Competition, Table A 1m40 against the clock
1) VERELST QUEBEC; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), 2) SPRINGFIELD OHIO; Robert SPLAINE (IRL), 3) PRINS AYDIN; Bruno GAREZ (FRA)
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