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7th February 2004

Who Cares if British Horses and Ponies are Sent Abroad for Slaughter ?
We do say the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) who are appealing to all British animal lovers to sign their petition today to help convince the politicians that we will not allow our horses and ponies to suffer long journeys to European abattoirs, ever again.
Comments Jo White, ILPH Campaigns Manager, "We are making a final push for more signatures before our petitions close at the end of the month. With less than a month to go before we close them we are urging all our supporters to rally and make an extra effort to get more signatures."

The on-line petition, currently standing at around 27,000, will close on 29 February and all the paper petitions need to be received at ILPH Headquarters at Anne Colvin House, Snetterton, Norwich, NR16 2LR, by that date.
Jo continues, "Alongside the petitions we are extending our letter writing campaign, this time to local MPs. We are now at a point where public support must also be directed towards the politicians who must put pressure on the Government to act so that the export trade is not resumed."
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The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
6 February 2004

FEI GANDINI WORLD RIDERS RANKINGS
FUCHS NUMBER ONE FOR THE LAST MONTH?
Markus Fuchs (SUI) is still the World Number One. But for how long? Further to his injury last December during CSI-W Geneva, Fuchs has not competed for two months now and his lead is getting shattered.
FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS
Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings with a score of 80.158.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
The Executive Board held its first meeting of the year on 4 February 2004 in Madrid.
FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING
This week-end, Bordeaux hosts the next FEI World Cup Qualifier on Saturday, 7 February, at the Parc des Expositions
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE
The National Federations of the qualified nations for the 2004 season of the Samsung Super League have now all confirmed their participation to the FEI.
FEI VET QUARTERLY NEWS
The future of equestrian sports can only be secured if the welfare of the involved horses is well protected. A competitive use of the horse as an athlete in sports, with its dependency on the rider to decide when the limits of performance have been reached, necessitates the presence of a veterinary safety net.
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South Essex Insurance Brokers' BHS TREC League Awards
Riders from all over the country were at The British Horse Society (BHS) North and Yorkshire Awards Party held recently (31 January) at the Morritt Arms Hotel, Greta Bridge, County Durham, to receive South Essex Insurance Brokers' BHS TREC League Awards for their achievements in 2003. The presentations were made by BHS Trustee Alison Fuller.
Competition for the SEIB BHS TREC League titles was fierce throughout the year, with the Level 1 & 2 Pairs League particularly hotly contested. Retaining their 2003 title were the Quantock Cavalleros, Vanessa Warren and Ros Wood, who gained maximum points with four wins and took the Welsh Championships en route. Level 3 & 4 Pairs League champions were Viv Little and Jayne Edge from Tweedsmuir in Scotland. Please click here for further details
Two Irish Sport Horses in top 30 on FEI Best Horse and Rider Combination in Jumping 2003
Two Irish Sport Horses earned top thirty positions in the FEI “Best Horse and Rider Combination in Jumping” rankings for 2003. The consistently successful Carling King (ISH) ridden by Kevin Babbington (IRL) took tenth position with Mr. Springfield (ISH) and Robert Smith (GBR) coming twenty-seventh.
In recent competition Sails Away (ISH) was ridden by Sebastien Numminen (FIN) to take eighth place in the Leipzig, Germany CSI W Wernesgruner Grand Prix (1m60) on Sunday, January 25th. Across the border in Switzerland at the Zurich CSI 5* (January 29th– February 1st) Michel Hecart (FRA) rode That’s Life (ISH) to win Thursdays Movenpick Opening 1m40 class.
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Laura Chapot And Sprite Win $5,000 1.40-Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
Aimee Aron And Jamaica Win $2,500 Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper High
WELLINGTON, FL - February 6, 2004 - Laura Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, riding her own Sprite topped a class of 91 entries to win the $5,000 1.40-Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge, Time First Round, at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, today. Chapot was third to go on the roster and set the pace with her clear round in 61.329 seconds. The rest of the field chased her time, and though 16 more riders posted clean trips, none could catch Chapot and her Sprite. Lauren Bass riding M.V. Cristal for Maypine Farm placed second with her time of 61.753. Anne Kursinski aboard Indeed for The Group Indeed was third, clocking in at 63.534.
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Nancy Later and Alexis-D Win USET Prix St. Georges
Susan Dutta and Romeo DC Win FEI Prix St. Georges A
Shannon Dueck and KRS Pegasus Win FEI Prix St. Georges B
WELLINGTON, FL - February 5, 2004 - Wellington Dressage, the first of three dressage shows at the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, kicked off today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Wellington Dressage is a four-day show, February 5-8, featuring qualifiers for the Olympic Games Selection Trials, USET national championships, and the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships.
Nancy Later riding her own Alexis-D won the $1,000 USET Prix St. Georges, a Qualifying Competition for the USET Intermediaire I Championship with a score of 68.250%, topping a class of 14 entries. The judges were all tightly in agreement; scores were: 271 from Joan MaCartney at H; 271 from Jessica Ransehousen at C; and 277 from Lorraine McDonald at B. In second place, Patricia Becker riding Tsunami earned 66.917%. Third place went to Catherine Morelli riding BeSe with a score of 66.583%. Please click here for further details
Old Pueblo Routs Orchard Hill 14-9 In Hall Of Fame Polo Action Friday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Jeff Hall and substitute Kris Kampsen scored five goals each to lead Old Pueblo over Orchard Hill 14-9 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Friday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Hall scored three consecutive goals in a 77-second span in the fifth chukker to give Old Pueblo a 12-8 margin. Orchard Hill’s Julio Arellano scored with 5:10 remaining in the fifth chukker to cut the lead to 9-8. But Hall took over, converting a penalty shot with 4:15 left, then scoring on a breakaway from the ensuing throw-in and adding a forehand on the next possession to virtually clinch the victory.
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Pony Express Tops San Saba 13-11 In Hall Of Fame Opener Thursday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Sapo Caset converted a 60-yard penalty shot with 1:11 remaining and Alex Agote scored on a breakaway 30 seconds later to lift Pony Express over San Saba 13-11 in the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup opening polo match Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The loss overshadowed an outstanding performance by San Saba’s Agustin Merlos, who tied the game at 11-11 on a 15-yard neck shot with 2:01 remaining. Merlos finished with a game-high nine goals. Hector Galindo scored one goal for San Saba while patron Tommy Lee Jones and Luis Echezarreta were held scoreless.
Agote finished with a team-high five goals and Caset added four goals for Pony Express (1-0). Patron Bob Daniels chipped in with two goals and Santiago Trotz, who replaced an injured Jeff Blake for this tournament, scored one goal.
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EFI Directors Hear New Anti-Doping Rules
AT a meeting of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland Directors at Kildare Paddocks, Kildare, yesterday (Thursday), Gary Rice of Beauchamps, Solicitors, outlined in detail the new Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Rules which come into effect on June 1, particularly those affecting equestrian athletes.
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Wellington Dressage Results Thursday Feb 5, 2004
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Friday Feb. 6, 2004
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Legal Aspects for horsemen
If you grow up riding horses, and you want to be a lawyer, then, of course, you become a lawyer specializing in the legal aspects of horse management.
And if you are willing to teach other horse lovers what they need to know, then, of course, you become the instructor for the online course, Legal Aspects of Horse Management. And that is exactly what Rachel Kosmal McCart has done.
Rachel, founder of Equine Legal Solutions, Inc., based in San Jose, CA, has joined the www.horsecoursesonline.com faculty. Her course is being offered by Austin Education Center and Scottsdale Community College. Students completing the course receive a certificate of recognition, and credit toward a Professional Designation in Horse Training or a Horse Sense Success Series Certificate.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Bordeaux France 6-8 February 2004
Prix du Club des Leaders, International Jumping Competition CSIW 1m40
1) THAT'S LIFE; Michel HECART (FRA), 2) KALUSHA; Robert SMITH (GBR), 3) BIANCA D'AMAURY; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA)
Prix GPA, Epreuves Cavali·res 1
1) I CAVALLI DES FOLE FIDELIO DE RAVEL; Pilar CORDON MURO (ESP), 2) QUERIDES; Linnea ERICSSON (DEN), 3) EXCEPTION DU GONGE; Valentine POZZO DI BORGO (FRA)
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6th February 2004

Richard's WOW Factor!
Current National Champion, European Team Bronze medalist & Olympic dressage rider Richard Davison appreciates the advantages of a comfortable saddle for his horse, using Flairtm the fully adjustable air flocking system. So when the manufacturers, First Thought Equine Ltd, designed and made the revolutionary WOW™ saddle, incorporating Flair™ as well as a host of other original features, Richard knew it would be something special.
"In dressage at all levels, but particularly at international level, it is vital to have the horse moving freely. The more advanced movements are physically demanding of the horse and require expression that must not be impeded in any way by the saddle. The advanced features of a WOW™ saddle allow the maximum amount of flexibility - it really helps their way of going and the air flocked panels provide ultimate comfort for the horse and for me!" says Richard, who will be training and competing on WOW™ from now on.
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Bring a friend and get a discount this year
American Paint Horse Association plans several trail rides for 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will host more trail rides than any other time in its history with at least ten outings planned around the nation this year.

Offering trail ride activities for members and their friends is taking on increasing importance for APHA. A recent membership survey, in fact, showed that 76 percent of its members participate in some sort of trail riding activity.
"Our goal in 2004 is to accommodate our members and make our rides as easy as possible for them to attend," said Cody Weirich, APHA trail ride coordinator. "That's why we've added several more rides in the past few years. Also, we understand that not everyone can get away for a whole week, so we've increased the number of weekend rides. We'll also make room for people who want to come out and join us for only a day or two on some of our longer rides."
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A Policeman's Lot
A sad little ceremony, dampened by the pouring rain, was held recently to honour the memory of ILPH Alexander, a long serving police horse, faithful companion and friend.
Trevor and Noreen Bassendale of Belton, near Doncaster were at ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Hall Farm in Norfolk, to plant a sweet chestnut tree in honour of the much loved ex-police horse that they had on loan from the ILPH for over 10 years, who died at the end of last year.

Comments Trevor, "After 12 years serving with the West Yorkshire Mounted Police Force he was retired to the ILPH and came out on loan to us. He was a wonderful horse, a great character and much loved by children. We miss him dreadfully, and without him our life won't be quite the same again."
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Dr. Cesar Parra Qualifies for 2004 Olympic Games
Wellington, Florida—Dr. Cesar Parra has qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with two horses. He survived a rigorous qualification process to earn a coveted spot as an individual dressage rider. Dr. Parra rode Galant du Serein to a score of 68.333% and Leonberg to a 67.9%. Both stallions are owned by Horses Unlimited, a premiere American breeding establishment.
“I cannot describe my excitement,” Dr. Parra said. “This is truly a dream come true.” Parra has competed internationally before, but this will be his first Olympics. He was the 1999 Pan American Team Silver Medalist as well as fourth place individually at the 2003 Pan American Games. In 2002, Parra rode in his first World Championships in Jerez, Spain. Parra is a United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist. “A rider works all his life for the opportunity to compete at the Olympics,” Dr. Parra said. “I’m so grateful for every one who has made this possible. Getting to the Olympics requires a lot of support, patience and faith from a lot of people, especially the stallions’ owner, Anne Whitten.”
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Americana at Augsburg - September 8-12, 2004: Top Events with very attractive prizes
Special events: EWU-Superhorse and Americana World Open Trail
With its proven mixture of superb sport, horse fair and entertainment, the "Americana 12th World Open Championship" is known to be the number one western riding event of Europe. Especially the reining and cutting -classes have gained world wide reputation and have been attracting top class reiners and cutters from all over the world. This time, the AMERICANA showmanagement also enlarged the other disciplines. Besides the renowned EWU-Superhorse event, there will be a EUR 6000.-(add.) trail - probably the largest sum of prize money ever offered in a trail in Europe.

The Erste Westernreiter Union Deutschland (EWU) and Americana invite to the EUR 2000.-- Superhorse event, a demanding show with elements of four disciplines which will take place shortly before the Reining-Night with the NRHA Bronze Trophy Open Final - on Thursday September 9, 2004. The Superhorse will be organized as one show combined with final (without a go). Visitors can look forward to a great show with lots of suspense.
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Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** - New Four-Star Horse Show Added To 2004 Season
WELLINGTON, FL - February 4, 2004 - Eugene R. Mische, president of Stadium Jumping, Inc., has announced the dates for the premiere of a new four-star show jumping competition in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** will be held April 9 -11 in the Charlotte Coliseum with a total purse of $260,000. The featured event is the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup, Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series of Show Jumping.
Formatted to showcase top performers, there are 11 elite classes scheduled over three days, creating a spectator-pleasing special event geared to attracting sports fans to the 14,000-seat Charlotte Coliseum.
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McLain Ward And Hurricane Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup - Round II
Abigail Carpenter Aboard Rosanne Van De Withoeve Win Adequan A-O Jumper High
WELLINGTON, FL - February 5, 2004 - The winning streak continues for McLain Ward as he racked up another win in the Internationale Arena at the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, today. Ward rode Hurricane for owner Turnabout Farm to victory in the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round II, CSI***. This series of eight competitions wraps up with the $30,000 Ariat International WEF Challenge Cup Series Final, CSI-W in Tampa, Florida, on March 31. Olaf Peterson of Germany, who will be the course designer at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, is the course designer in the Internationale Arena this week.
Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY, acknowledged the winning roll he's on. "I've got a lot of nice horses, great owners and a lot of great people around me. We put together a great team in every way," he said. "The fruits of our labors are paying off. Missy Clark trains Hurricane and I really don't see the horse until I come to the ring. It's a real testament to what a great job they do." Hurricane is a 14-year-old, bay 17.1-hand Hanoverian gelding.
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The Laurels at Landhope to Host USEF National Pairs Driving Championship
West Grove, PA—February 4, 2004—The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that The Laurels at Landhope will host the 2004 USEF National Pairs Driving Championship as part of its annual Combined Driving Event (CDE), September 10-12, 2004.
The Laurels at Landhope has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious driving competitions. This year’s USEF National Pairs Championship promises to be particularly exciting as the country’s top drivers compete with an eye on the 2005 Pairs World Championship, scheduled for September 8-11 in Wals-Salzburg, Austria.

The Laurels was chosen as host of the Championship by the United States Equestrian Federation’s International High Performance Driving Committee, and later made official after approval by the USEF Executive Committee. The Laurels at Landhope is sure to be a wonderful location to host the prestigious Pairs Championship due to the show’s organizing experience as host of the National Combined Driving Pony Championships for four years in the past.
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PERA
PERA News
The PERA Ball 2004 ticket application form is now available on the PERA website at www.peraworld.com, to make it even easier to get your tickets. Click on the PERA Ball 2004 section on the homepage to print and download the form. Everyone is invited and there is still time to get your tickets before the 14th Feb to avoid the £5 surcharge - further details are available on the site!
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Lake Placid Horse Shows Return To The Adirondacks June 30- July 11
Lake Placid, NY–February 4, 2004–The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, June 30 – July 11, 2004 at their fabulous horse show facility at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid, NY.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows include two AGA Grandprix Series events, the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid on Sunday, July 4, which will be televised on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and the $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grandprix on Saturday, July 10.
Special features of the 2004 Lake Placid Horse Shows include Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series events for junior and amateur/owner riders. At the Lake Placid Horse Show, the High Junior Jumper Classic and the Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic both take place on Sunday, July 4.
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Hampton Classic On Travel Channel!
Bridgehampton, NY—February 5, 2004—The Travel Channel will air its "Destination Long Island" episode that features footage from the 2003 Hampton Classic on February 6 and 7. Their website promo states, “Take a high definition tour of Long Island's 125 miles of breathtaking coastline and vineyards. From the Hampton Classic Horse Show to dinner at Oheka Castle to the Sunken Forest of Fire Island, find the hidden beauty of Long Island.”
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Thursday Feb. 5, 2004
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5th February 2004

The British Horse Society

BHS Ragwort Control Act becomes law this month
The British Horse Society sponsored Ragwort Control Act becomes law on 20 February, some fourteen months after it was declared in the 2002 Private Members' Bill parliamentary ballot.

The Act provides for a statutory code of practice to prevent and control the spread of ragwort, the first time such a code has been established. In anticipation of the Bill's success, Defra commissioned ADAS to draft the code and set up a steering group of interested organisations, including the BHS who had initially approached the department about producing a code.
It is expected that the code will be finalised and passed before parliament in time for the Spring growing season when Ragwort is at the rosette stage of its lifecycle.
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One Million Pets At Risk From Floods
London (ots) - Britain's pet charity, The Blue Cross, warned today that there are potentially one million pets at risk of loss or injuryin times of flooding.
With government figures indicating there are approximately two million properties on flood risk areas across England and Wales, the charity warned that with pet ownership in the UK at an all time high, the risk of flooding affecting household pets is growing.
According to the Environment Agency, fewer than one in ten people have made any advance preparations to minimise potential damage and heartache caused by flooding.
Steve Goody, director of companion animal welfare at The Blue Cross said: "Pets rely on their owners for protection, so in times of flooding they need you to ensure their welfare. What we are suggesting is not rocket science, it simply means that owners must think in advance of the 'what if's' and ensure they make provision for their pets."
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Special saving to make on your horses' condition
Are you looking for that special saving on a bag of feed that will help your pocket and your horses' condition at the same time?
If the answer's 'yes', then don't delay. Get down to your local merchant where you will find a special offer worth £1 off every bag of Hickstead Horse Feeds' Condition Mix or Cubes sold before the end of April.
This is the time of year when you may see your horse is losing weight, so put aside a few minutes every week to assess his body condition, using a weigh tape and condition scoring.
To eliminate any of the external issues, assess potential worm burdens, and have teeth checked. If necessary, reconsider your horse's daily management routine, ensuring you eliminate stress.
Next, ask yourself whether you are feeding enough, of the correct type, of feed for the work your horse is undertaking.
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Quickstar II Z Dazzles Again With McLain Ward Up In 1.45-Meter Power & Speed Class
Mark Leone And Mr. Happy Win 1.40 Meter Time First Jump-Off, Section A
McLain Ward And Cinderella 248 Win 1.40 Meter Time First Jump-Off, Section B
WELLINGTON, FL - February 4, 2004 - The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, kicked off today with the second show in the 10-week circuit - the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***. The five-day show runs from Wednesday, February 4, through Sunday, February 8, featuring all jumper classes at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Highlighting this week is the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI*** on Sunday, starting at 1:30pm. Olaf Peterson of Germany is the course designer in the Internationale Arena this week.
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Super Slide - bigger and better than ever For the first time with CRI!
From September 2 to 5, 2004 the NRHA regional group of Bavaria once more organizes the Super Slide. This Bavarian Futurity has become well known and equally well accepted by rders and trainer as a great chance of preparation for the 'big' NRHA Futurity at the same facility later in the year.
Altogether the show offers EUR 15 000,-- add. With EUR 3000,-- going to the best breeders. Besides the Futurity classes in SBH Non Pro and Open as well as in Bit Non Pro and Open, there are NRHA Germany classens in Youth up to 14 years, Youth up to 18 years, Intermediate Non Pro, Non Pro and Open, all counting for the high point list.
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Peter Pletcher Earns Tricolors and a New Grand Prix Mount in Week One at Indio
Indio, California—The first week of the Horse Shows in the Sun Desert Circuit was very rewarding to Peter Pletcher and the horses and clients of PJP Farms. Pletcher, who traveled all the way from Texas, earned five championships and reserves in the hunter division plus his students walked away with their own tri-colors.
With Alex Dillard’s Rivoli, Pletcher was champion in the regular working division. He also swept the second year green division with the championship on Lynn Walsh’s Ocean Park and the reserve on Marianne Cochran’s The Dinner Guest. But the winning didn’t stop there. On Gail J. Serrell’s Speaking Of Pletcher took home another championship in the first year green-b division. Rounding out the tri-colors was Nancy J. Shaw’s Deveraux, reserve champion in the Pre-Green division.
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Cheltenham Festival Racing Tour 2004
Day 1 (March 13th) Depart US from nearest international airport.
Day 2 (March 14th) Arrive at London Gatwick airport, where you will be met by your guides, former Steeplechase jockey and trainer Gerry Russell and steeplechase trainer Peter Levendis. Coach to Kings Hotel on Brighton seafront. Rest of the day is free to sightsee. Dinner included.
Day 3 (March 15th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Coach to Plumpton Races stopping for lunch (included) on the way. Plumpton, a beautiful little track where your guide rode in his first race. Return to Hotel, evening free to sightsee (dinner included).
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Alliance Worldwide Offers Exclusive Travel Packages For 100th U.S. Open Championships Final Weekend At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida - A limited number of exclusive luxury travel packages are available for the final weekend of the 100th U.S. Open Championships, the most prestigious polo tournament in North America, at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The U.S. Open final weekend is Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18.
The three-night packages include rooms at either The Breakers or The Colony, two of the most renowned properties in Palm Beach, as well as tickets to the polo matches and transportation to and from the hotels for all functions held at the polo club. Airfare and car rentals are not included in the package.
The weekend's activities begin on Friday evening, with a spectacular Centennial Celebration cocktail reception and dinner party at the International Polo Club. Many polo players and patrons will be in attendance. Please click here for further details
CAI Live Oak to Host USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Championship
Ocala, FL—February 4, 2004—The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that CAI Live Oak in Ocala, FL will host the 2004 USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Championship, March 25-28, 2004.
The location was chosen by the United States Equestrian Federation’s International High Performance Driving Committee, and later made official after approval by the USEF Executive Committee. This marks the first time that the National Four-in-Hand Championships is being held at Live Oak. Show Organizer Susan Gilliland and her committee have established a reputation for producing one of the world’s best run and most exciting driving events.
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Dances With Horses Inc. : A Winter Welcome
From Frank Bell & Alexandra Danea
We are in the thick of winter here in Idaho with snow already several feet deep. When the sun shines it’s incredibly beautiful especially when gliding over the top of the snow on skis. In fact I’m just in from a great tour of several miles. At one point from a distance I noticed some fresh tracks of a large animal. I closed in and determined the direction the creature was heading then moved quietly along. Within ten minutes or so I spotted a huge cow moose silently drifting through the trees. They move with such grace and agility it defies imagination. We pretended not to see each other as she settled into a thick grouping of mature aspens and began munching away. I’m delighted to be surrounded by such wildlife and welcome their visits.
With winter come some very distinct precautions regarding our horses. Water is a huge concern. Just as humans seldom feel the need to drink and can easily become dehydrated, so do horses. Drinking freezing water isn’t very palatable so do your best to provide drinkable water by using a heater, removing floating ice, etc. Do what you can to encourage the drinking of water.
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Wed. Feb. 4, 2004
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Crab Orchard Defeats Black Watch 13-8 Tuesday In Final Of Ylvisaker Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Crab Orchard jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first chukker and coasted to a 13-8 victory over Black Watch in the final of the rain-delayed 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo match Tuesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The final was postponed from Sunday because two days of rain made the stadium field unsafe for the horses and players.
Crab Orchard maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game, including 7-3 at halftime and 10-6 after the fifth chukker. There was only one tie, at 1-1, in the first chukker.
Black Watch started strong in the sixth chukker as 8-goaler Facundo Pieres converted a 40-yard penalty shot with 5:35 remaining in the game and adding a 15-yard near-side with Julio Gracida on his hip 30 seconds later to cut the margin to 10-8.
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4th February 2004

The British Horse Society and a gentle giant make a wish come true for two little girls
BHS Scotland teamed up with Big Scottish John of Hawthorn Den Clydesdales at Wester Melville Farm outside Edinburgh recently (25 January) in response to an email sent from Alaska and, as a result, two unsuspecting and brave girls had the day out of a lifetime.
The BHS Scotland website receives many requests and enquiries each day and tries to respond to every one so when a plea for help from an Alaskan Auntie appeared in the 'Inbox' it received due attention.
Writing from Anchorage, Alaska, Saunders McNeill was keen to arrange a special experience for her nieces Zoe (9) and Ninian (6) who had lost their mother to illness a year ago. The girls had always nurtured a particular dream to own a heavy horse, but living in Edinburgh made this somewhat impractical. However as Zoe and Ninian obviously miss their Mum, and recently celebrated their birthdays, Saunders felt a heavy horse experience was something they deserved.
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New account manager joins speciality feeds team
Jo Holmes has been appointed account manager for BOCM PAULS' speciality feeds division, and is working in an area north of the A50 to the Scottish borders.
Married to an assistant racing trainer, Jo is calling on a huge range of different customers as she is responsible for selling the company's Hickstead Horse Feeds range as well as Marsdens dog and game feeds.
"My customers are racing, training, and livery yards, riding schools, pet shops, feed merchants and tack shops, sporting estates and gamekeepers," she says. "I'm really loving the job and find I'm incredibly busy."
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Condios Shines in WBFSH Rankings
The Rankings Department for the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses notified Morningside Stud today that the WBFSH Jumping Ranking 2002-2003 for the stallion Condios is incorrect. The WBFSH CD-rom and homepage have Condios ranked as the world's 591st best jumper; in fact, according to the WBFSH, Condios' correct ranking is 355th. The WBFSH will publish a correction in the magazine Horse International and update their homepage.
The WBFSH ranking of jumping horses is based on results in large International Grand Prix, Nations Cup, and World Cup classes.
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APHA

American Paint Horses bring Wild West to life at Six Flags Over Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas-American Paint Horses will be a big part of the story about how the West was won in the action-packed Rangers & Outlaws Wild West adventure at Six Flags Over Texas, in Arlington, Texas, June 5 through Aug. 15.
Sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Rangers & Outlaws has been the top-rated show in the park.
More than 2 million people, half under the age of 18, will have the opportunity to see the performance this year. The 20-minute adventure will run for 72 straight days this summer, with three performances daily, Sunday through Friday, and four performances on Saturdays.
The Rangers & Outlaws adventure brings to life the true story of how the Texas Rangers fought outlaws and brought justice to the silver-mining town of Shafter, Texas, in 1892. Please click here for further details
Richard Spooner Scores 1-2-3 In The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix At HITS Indio Desert Circuit
INDIO, CA (February 2, 2004)—On Superbowl Sunday, Richard Spooner of Temecula, California, delivered the excitement of three touchdowns when he scored first, second, and third places in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix. Spooner rode Bradford, owned by Tracey Kenly & Kenly Farms to the blue ribbon. His second place win was aboard Hilton Flight, owned by Freedom Farms Inc. Spooner took third place with Robinson, his steady teammate and winner of the Vegas Grand Prix at the 2003 FEI Show Jumping World Cup. Robinson is owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group. Spooner's total winnings in the competition amounted to $32,500.
Gabriella Salick and Sandstone Laurin, winners of last year's $50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix, took fourth place in the competition. Sandstone Laurin is owned by Sandstone Horse Sales LLC. Canada's Jill Henselwood finished in fifth place aboard Special Ed, owned by Juniper Farms Ltd.
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Pony Advanced Level Training Course

17th - 18th February 2004
The following riders have been invited to attend an advanced level pony training course with Alan Fazakerley to be held at South View Equestrian Centre, Wettenhall, Cheshire on 17th and 18th February 2004
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Mark Jungherr and Enterprise Capture $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
OCALA, FL (February 2, 2004)—Mark Jungherr of Amesbury, Massachusetts, rode Enterprise owned by R A Francoeur to victory in Sunday's $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Patty Stovel of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, took second place aboard Interpol owned by Karen Murphy. Third place went to Harold Chopping of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, on Rabaila owned by Silver Oak Stables.
Grand Prix course designer, Timmy Hott of Bokeelia, Florida, set a challenging 12-obstacle first round course that included one double combination - fence No. 8, and one triple combination - fence No. 11. The time allowed was set at 96 seconds. The triple cost a number of riders their clear round and served to narrow the field to only three horses.
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Open Access To The Countryside - Views Sought On Public Places Legislation
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking views on whether regulations should be made to limit the circumstances in which open access land, as defined in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, will qualify as a 'public place' under existing laws.
A three month consultation, launched today, is part of the programme to implement the new right of public access to England's mountain, moor, heath, down and registered common land under the Act.
Public places are subject to a wide range of legislation to promote the environmental value of land, control anti-social behaviour, and protect the health and safety of users. The consultation examines whether making regulations to limit the application of legislation about public places across access land is necessary to safeguard landowners' interests.
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Wellington Dressage Kicks Off First 2004 Olympic Selection Trials Qualifier At WEF $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Team Spectacular Is Featured Event
WELLINGTON, FL - February 3, 2004 - The 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, kicks off the second week of competition with Wellington Dressage, February 5-8, the first of two shows that serve as United States Equestrian Federation Qualifying Competitions for the Olympic Selection Trials. The dressage show is held simultaneously with the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***, which runs February 4-8. Highlighting the dressage show is the featured event - the $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Team Spectacular on Saturday, February 7, starting at 3:00 pm.
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USET Foundation Elects First Slate of Officers
Gladstone, New Jersey—February 3, 2004— The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the new U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation was held at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The following individuals have been designated as officers:
Frank V. Lloyd – Chairman, Dr. Armand Leone, Jr. – President and CEO, Eric Straus – Secretary, Allan Shore, Jr. – Treasurer
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CSI-W Amsterdam Grand Prix & World Cup Results
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3rd February 2004

Cleaning Paddocks - definitely a job for Suckers !
In the first of a number of case studies providing indisputable proof of the effective application of technology, we look at a thriving Livery business, which bases its success on sound care principles and shrewd investments in effective equipment.
Barbara Kaylor runs a thriving family livery business at Southill Farm, Stock in Essex, with an established reputation for breeding quality foals and caring for owners brood mares through trouble free pregnancies. There is a committed strategy to invest in cost-effective technology and the artificial insemination programme is supported by modern foaling aids and CCTV monitoring.
Southill Livery has some 80 acres available, with 38 acres dedicated to 6 grazing paddocks, with the remaining being rested. This provides natural grazing conditions for some 30 horses, but also provides a cleaning problem for Barbara !
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Top riders gain feed sponsorship
Two top riders - one from Ireland and one from England - have gained sponsorship support from leading horse feed company Hickstead Horse Feeds.
Billy Twomey, currently based in Cheshire, although he represents Ireland, and Guy Williams, from Kent and 12th on the national ranking list, have both secured sponsorship packages that provide feed for their teams of international showjumpers.
"We are delighted that both riders have agreed to join the Hickstead stable," says Catharine Pinder, business development manager for the company. "Both have been doing extremely well and we hope that, using our competition feed range, the horses will go even better."
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Skelton Runner Up In Amsterdam World Cup

Nick Skelton from Shrewley, Warwickshire finished runner-up in yesterday's World Cup in Amsterdam, beaten into second place by Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum by less than half a second. Skelton riding John and Lisa Hales' 10 year-old bay Oldenberg stallion jumped one of only three double clear rounds of the competition beating the Netherlands Wim Schroder into third place.
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Yann Candele and Mill Creek Sweet Dream Secure World Cup Final Invitation
Cambridge, Ontario – Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON, is pleased to announce that Yann Candele and Mill Creek Sweet Dream have secured an invitation to the 2004 World Cup Final to be held April 21-25 in Milan, Italy.
Candele, a native of Normandy, France, enjoyed a successful season in the Canadian World Cup League to earn an invitation from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to the annual indoor World Cup Final. Candele’s invitation comes in addition to the two invitations offered to Canadian riders, League winner Ainsley Vince of Milton, ON, and runner-up Ian Millar of Perth, ON.
“After doing so well nationally, it is really exciting to see our young grand prix horses earning their way onto the international stage,” notes Phil Henning of Mill Creek Stables. “I am very proud of Yann, he is such a great athlete. The horses seem to realize their full potential and perform at their best under his guidance.”
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McLain Ward Named USEF International High Performance Athlete of the Month for January
Gladstone, NJ—February 2, 2004— McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, was named United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) International High Performance Athlete of the Month for January after he had an impressive beginning to the 2004 show jumping season by winning, on three different horses, the first three Grand Prix in which he competed.
On January 11, in Wellington, FL, Ward won the $25,000 Radisson Seven Seas Grand Prix on La Belle besting a field of 26 entries. The following week, on January 18 also in Wellington, Ward and Quickstar II Z won the $25,000 RV Sales of Broward Grand Prix over a field of 20 entries. He also placed seventh on La Belle. On January 28, he won the $25,000 Nutrena/Western Hay WEF Challenge Cup Grand Prix on Goldika over a field of 50 entries. That win was Ward’s record 10th win in the WEF Challenge Cup Series since the Series began in 1990.
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Winter Equestrian Festival Week 1 Wrap-Up, January 28-February 1
WELLINGTON, FL - February 2, 2004 - The first week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival was held January 28 through February 1 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. The five-day show entitled Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic CSI*** featured topnotch hunters and jumpers competing in eight rings. Javier Fernandez of Mexico was the course designer for the Internationale Arena. Following eight weeks of back-to-back shows in Wellington through March 21, the action moves to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the Budweiser American Invitational on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the 2004 WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world.
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Show Jumping Selection Procedures for Athens Olympic Games Now Available on USEF Website
Gladstone, New Jersey—February 2, 2004—The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that the show jumping selection procedures for this summer’s Olympic Games are now available by visiting the USEF’s website at www.usef.org and clicking on “High Performance”.
The 2004 Olympic Games will take place in Athens, Greece, August 13-29. The show jumping competition will be held August 22-27.
The Show Jumping Selection Trials will take place in Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano, CA, May 14, 15, 22 and 23. Horse-and-rider combinations wishing to compete in Show Jumping Selection Trials for the 2004 Olympic Games must qualify by achieving a performance standard in one or more
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Vilamoura Equestrian Tour (Por)
16th February - 14th March 2004 The following riders have been authorised to compete on the 2004 Vilamoura Equestrian Tour Please click here for further details

Plans Underway for 15th Annual Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic
South Hamilton, MA--February 2, 2004--Plans are now underway for the 15th Annual Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic. The Jumper Classic will be held September 8th through 12th, 2004 at the Schooling Field in South Hamilton, MA.
Last year’s Jumper Classic drew the top names in Show Jumping, including Olympic Veteran Nona Garson, Candace King, Darren Graziano, Jay Hayes, and eventual winner of the $50,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, Canadian Equestrian Team member, Ainsley Vince. Course Designer for the Jumper Classic, Richard Jeffery, was recently awarded the Mr. & Mrs. William C. Cox Memorial Trophy for being named the 2004 Course Designer of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. It was the fifth time this prestigious honor has been bestowed upon Jeffery.
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Spanish Sunshine Tour (Esp)
17th February - 21st March 2004
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Bayer And USET Foundation Sponsor Week 2 At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL - February 2, 2004 - The second week of the 32nd annual Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, is entitled the Bayer/USET Foundation Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***. It runs February 4-8.
The five-day show is co-sponsored by the Bayer Corporation Agriculture Division, Animal Health, and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation, the organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel, and educational needs of America's elite and developing International High Performance horses and athletes in partnership with the US Equestrian Federation (USEF).
The horse show culminates with the $50,000 Bayer/USET Foundation Wellington Cup CSI*** for the Village of Wellington Trophy. This Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)-sanctioned Grand Prix is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, in the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
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2nd February 2004

Your Chance To Win Part In A Working Demonstration With Internationally Recognised Horse And Rider Trainer
If you would like to learn how to have a better working relationship with your horse, the Midlands Equine Fair, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 13 and 14 March will have the opportunity for you.
For 23 years, Mary Wanless' mission has been to reveal the secrets of great horsemanship to every rider. And at this year's Midlands Equine Fair she is offering these secrets to two local riders who are willing to join her in the ring - one winner for Saturday, and the other for Sunday.
International lecturer and renowned author, her groundbreaking research and understanding provide riders with simple pieces of clear information and instructions, and direct tools for implementing them.
Having attained her BHSI (British Horse Society Instructor) and BSc in applied sports coaching, Mary has developed her methodology through combining her equestrian knowledge with experience gained in studying psychology, biofeedback, neuro-linguistic programming, body work, anatomy, physics and sports psychology. Please click here for further details
The FEI

FEI World Cup Jumping News: Shutterfly Soars to Victory in Amsterdam….
Great riding by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and superb jumping from Shutterfly sealed Germany’s fourth victory in the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup series in Amsterdam today.
After a two-year absence from the international calendar the Dutch fixture made a successful and welcome return, and the spectators in the RAI Holland Complex were treated to a thrilling jump-off which went right down to the wire.
Course designer Rob Janssen enjoyed a busy few days because he also fills the role of Show Director but he found enough time and inspiration to come up with a clever World Cup track to which only five riders found all the answers.
"It was difficult today" Meredith said afterwards. "I estimated six clears – it was technical, big and long – and I believe all World Cup classes should be like that so riders can be prepared for what they will meet at the Final – it asked lots of questions, it was set perfectly – especially for me!" she added.
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Eric Lamaze And Tempete Win $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach
Annie Starke And Boston Irish Win Children's Modified Jumper Championship
WELLINGTON, FL - February 1, 2004 - Eric Lamaze, 36, of Schomberg, Ontario, debuted his new Grand Prix horse and Olympic hopeful, Tempete, at the Winter Equestrian Festival today in Wellington, FL, topping a class of 32 entries to win the $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach presented by Western Hay, CSI***.
Prior to the class, course designer Javier Fernandez of Guadalajara, Mexico, explained his plan for the airy course with its generous 114-second Time Allowed. "In this first week some horses are jumping well and some horses haven't jumped for the last three months. It's difficult to create courses for the average - not too hard, not too easy," Fernandez said. "This Grand Prix is very easy. The horses need to jump easy now so that they are better for the next week, better for the seventh week, and for some, the Invitational in Tampa." Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI5* Zurich 29 January - 1 February 2004
Bang & Olufsen Prize, International Relay Competition
1) L.B. SCUTT; Willi MELLIGER L.B. POMPIDOU; Beat MANDLI, 2) FELIX DES NOUES; Peter WYLDE LADY PREISHAMMER; Jessica KURTEN, 3) LURANDA; Lars NIEBERG FOR FUN 16; Marcus EHNING
Swiss Life Challenge, International Jumping Competition with rotation of horses
1) Marcus Ehning (GER) ; 2) Christian Ahlmann (GER); 3) Dermott Lennon (IRL); 4) Steve Guerdat (SUI);
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Sunday's Ylvisaker Cup Title Game Postponed At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – The 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup championship game between Black Watch and Crab Orchard Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach was postponed. Almost three inches of rain fell over the past 24 hours, soaking the Bermuda-grass field, making it unsafe for the horses and players.
A makeup date will be announced Monday morning, according to Polo Manager Jimmy Newman.
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Sun. Feb. 1, 2004
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Amsterdam 28 January - 1 February 2004
MAARSEN GROEP PRIJS, Aangeboden door: Maarsen Groep
1) NOUVELLE; Wout Jan VAN DER SCHANS (NED), 2) JUMEX SPORT QREDO; Hubert BOURDY (FRA), 3) QUATRO VAN ESSENE; Maurice VAN ROOSBROECK (BEL)
FEI WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY AUDI, Internationaal Springconcours Gold League
1) SHUTTERFLY; Meridith MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), 2) ARKO III; Nick SKELTON (GBR), 3) EUROCOMMERCE MONTREAL; Wim SCHRODER (NED)
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1st February 2004

The Challenge
In 2004, reining is going to enter a new area – after receiving official F.E.I.-status and the inauguration of C.R.I.O. events, international reining competition will take on another dimension due to the sheer price money offered in European reinings. No longer can anyone who is running for the NRHA World Championship afford not to travel to Europe - if he or she wants to retain his or her chances to win the title!
"The Challenge", scheduled for July 8 through 18, will offer the hitherto unheard-of sum of Euro120,000 guarenteed price money (approx. $150,000). With $60,000 added money for the Open Lawson Bronze Trophy and another $60,000 added money for the Open Pullman Bronze Trophy (approved by the German NRHA), a price money of Euro 120,000 is guaranteed! These two contests are run separately, so everybody has a second chance at 60,000 Euros (approx. $75,000).
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The FEI

FEI World Cup Dressage News: Dutch Heroine Wins Again
Anky van Grunsven emerged victorious from a top class field in Amsterdam today, winning her second FEI World Cup qualifying competition on the trot. Van Grunsven's young horse Gestion Salinero, only nine years old, kept his head in a hot-house atmosphere to produce moments of brilliance in the 80 per cent-scoring test. "Gestion Salinero actually felt better in the Friday's grand prix when he was more relaxed, and today at times I just had to try and keep it quiet, but there were some moments where I knew that with more experience he could be a great horse".
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat rode Beauvalais with her customary vivacity for second place. Her World Cup season has been curtailed by other commitments, and Beauvalais caught a fever late last year, so the Spanish rider is now concentrating on the outdoor season, unlike Germany's Isabell Werth who is out to win a place at the World Cup Final in April.
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Clara Lindner And Priceless Win Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Championship, Section A
WELLINGTON, FL - January 31, 2004 - "My horses are all really good in the mud, actually, they're used to it. We've been in the mud a lot," said Clara Lindner, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio, winner of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Championship, Section A, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, today. Rains that commenced yesterday and continued throughout the day in the 'Sunshine State' created soupy conditions, but did not hinder Ms. Lindner's performances. "It's a little harder. Everything is a little slower and we get stuck in there some times, but my horses are all generally really good with it." Ms. Lindner brought six horses from her family's All Seasons Farm to the Winter Equestrian Festival and earned the Championship aboard Priceless, an eight-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding that she's owned and ridden for two years. Ms. Lindner trains with Tom Wright. Kilkenny Insurance Agency/ICH sponsors the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter Division. Please click here for further details

Kurten Takes Seventh At Zurich On New Mount
AFTER some weeks of waiting, Jessica Kurten finally took a Top ten place with her newly-acquired horse, <Castle Forbes Maike>, the ten yr-old Dutch-bred mare formerly ridden by Belgium's Philippe LeJeune.
Purchased by Lady Georgina Forbes, the mare has not featured well in any class in the short time since Kurten took over as rider, a phenomenon usually associated with horse and rider getting to know one another. But today (Saturday) in the major Swiss Life event at Zurich, the bay mare finally started to show her moves, taking a very respectable seventh in a huge Accumulator class of 55 riders.
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Sat. Jan. 31, 2004
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Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse and Rider
February 2004 E-Newsletter
“We don’t break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!”
~Bob’s World ~Training Tip of the Month
~Some Thoughts from Suz ~Riding Tip of the Month
~Where’s Your Horse?
~Bob Jeffreys Group Discounts
~Where did you get those Riding Pants?
~Agriventures Equine Expo. – Page 3
~SUNY Morrisville Foundation Clinic
~Valatie, NY – The Ground Manners Clinic
~Bloomingburg, NY -Extended Foundation Clinic
~Centered Riding® Clinic/Jumping Clinic
~Bob Jeffreys Calendar of Events – Page 4
~Bob Jeffreys Article of the Month – Page 5
Coming events to the Del Mar Fairgrounds
DEL MAR. CA --- The following is a list of future events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from January 24 through April 4, 2004. For more information on any of the events listed, please contact the promoter/organizer listed for the event. Events listed are subject to change.
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